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Vol. LXIV, No. 15
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
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Shirley L. Stives

Lore Lindenfeld

Lore Lindenfeld

Lore Lindenfeld, 88, of Princeton, died peacefully in her sleep April 8, at home, two years after a debilitating stroke and three weeks before her 89th birthday.

Born in Wuppertal, Germany, she left there the day after the Kristallnacht attacks on Jews. She graduated from Black Mountain College in North Carolina in 1948, where she studied weaving with Anni Albers and took courses in art with Josef Albers, making her a direct descendant of the Bauhaus, the German school of design where both of the Albers taught until it was shut down by the Nazis.

She worked as a textile designer in New York from 1948 to 1958, designing fabrics for women’s dresses and coats. She came to New Jersey in 1953, the year her husband began to teach at Rutgers University. She was a faculty member in the Visual Arts department at Middlesex County College from 1968 to 1986, earning a master’s degree from Rutgers University in 1982. She taught weaving at the Princeton Adult School for many years.

Her weavings, wall hangings, and fiber assemblages were widely exhibited, most recently at the Suzanne Patterson Center a few weeks before her death. In 2005 she participated in the exhibit “High Fiber” at the Renwick Gallery in Washington, D.C., the craft division of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, which owns two of her pieces. Her work is also in the collections of the Newark Museum, the New Jersey State Museum, and the Museum of Arts and Design (formerly the American Craft Museum) in New York, and in private collections in the U.S. and other countries.

She was a volunteer in the Newark Museum for many years, and a docent in the Princeton Art Museum since 1994. She was a member of the Textile Study Group of New York and the Princeton Artists Alliance, participating in many of their group shows.

Until the time of her stroke she was an inspiration and a role model for several generations of younger people. Her life was characterized by her critical eye, her thoughtful comments, her ever-new approach to art, her deep enjoyment of beauty wherever she found it, and her care for her family and for others.

She is survived by her husband, Peter, of Princeton; a son, Tom of Washington, D.C.; a daughter, Naomi Bosworth of Brattleboro, Vt.; and one grandson.

A memorial gathering will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Princeton on Saturday, May 1, at 11 am. Donations may be made to the Black Mountain College Project, Village Station, P.O.Box 607, New York, NY 10014-0607.

Earl R. Mertz Jr.

Earl R. Mertz Jr., 79, of Kingston, died April 9 at the University Medical Center at Princeton.

Born in Princeton, he had been a lifelong resident of Kingston.

He retired from Princeton Theological Seminary after 40 years of service. He was a member and elder of Miller Memorial Presbyterian Church in Monmouth Junction.

He was a United States Marine, serving during the Korean War.

A life member for more than 50 years and past president of Kingston Fire Company, he was also a charter member of the Kingston First Aid and Rescue Squad.

Father of the late Dale W. Mertz, he is survived by his wife, Betty L. Settelen Mertz; a son, Dan Mertz; two daughters, Susan Thompson and Judy Nemes; a brother, Martin Mertz; a sister, Nancy Kane; six grandchildren; and two step-grandchildren.

The funeral was April 13 at Miller Memorial Presbyterian Church, Ridge Road, Monmouth Junction. Burial was in Kingston Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Miller Memorial Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 460, Monmouth Junction 08852; or to Kingston Volunteer Fire Company, P.O. Box 222, Kingston 08528.

Jean H. Licklider

Jean Hardy Licklider, 83, of Northport, Mich., formerly of Princeton, died March 30 of natural causes at Munson Medical Center in Traverse City, Mich. She was a dedicated mother, competitive sportswoman, and devoted community servant wherever she lived.

Born and raised in Louisville, Ky., she received her B.A. in history from Rollins College in 1948.

Ms. Licklider lived an active life on an intellectual, physical, and spiritual level. She was always probing, reading, challenging, questioning, competing, but most of all helping others.

She was a participant in the life and ministries of the Episcopal Church in every place she called home, completing the church’s four-year Education for Ministry program in Michigan.

She was a member of St. Christopher’s parish in Northport; Grace Episcopal in Traverse City, Mich., Church of the Apostles in Oro Valley, Ariz., and All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Princeton.

Ms. Licklider and her late husband Heath raised their two children in Princeton, where he was a professor of architecture at Princeton University.

Ms. Licklider was given a community service award in Princeton for the many activities she worked in and supported. She was a member of the vestry at All Saints’ parish and served as a Girl Scout leader, a United Way fund-raiser, and a YWCA volunteer. She was president of the YWCA in 1968-69 and president of Princeton Family Services. She was also an avid golfer and a lifelong bridge enthusiast.

She is survived by a son, Tim of Boulder, Colo., and a daughter, Nell of Milford, Conn.

A memorial service is planned on her birthday, July 6 in Northport, where she lived for many years.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may sent to ShareCare of Leelanau, P.O. Box 153, Northport, Mich. 49670-0153.

Shirley L. Stives

Shirley Louise Stives, 88, of Sarasota, Fla., formerly of Princeton and Morrisville, Pa., died April 5 at The Springs Healthcare Center in Sarasota, Fla.

Born in West Point, N.Y., Mrs. Stives moved to her husband’s hometown of Princeton following their marriage in 1939. In 2004, the couple moved to Sarasota to be near their children.

She was predeceased by her husband of 56 years, George Randolph Stives; her mother, Florene Adele (Peck) Stamm; her father, John Roland Stamm; and a sister, June Ilhenfeldt. She is survived by two daughters, Mary Louise Conti of Sarasota and Bonnie Sue Parker of Lithia, Fla.; two sons, John R. Stives of Tullytown, Pa. and Timothy Stives of Tampa, Fla.; seven grandsons; and three great-grandsons.

A graveside service was held April 9 at Princeton Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be sent to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Arrangements were by the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home.

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