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Vol. LXIV, No. 32
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
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James L. Stoltzfus

Eva M. Wilson

Hendrik van Oss

Howard P. Sorensen

Genesio Pinelli Jr.

Barbara A. Koch

James L. Stoltzfus

James L. Stoltzfus, of Moab, Utah and Coronado, California, died at his home in Coronado on August 1, 2010 at the age of 84. He was predeceased by his parents, Ethel Marian Leck and William Alfred Stoltzfus, and by his son, Robert Lafler Stoltzfus.

Mr. Stoltzfus was born on July 29, 1926 in Beirut, Lebanon where his father founded what is now Lebanese American University. At age thirteen, prior to the onset of World War II, he returned to the United States to attend Deerfield Academy in Massachusetts. He later received degrees from Princeton University (Class of 1947) and the Graduate Business School of Harvard University (class of 1953). He achieved the rank of Captain in the U.S. Army, serving in several capacities, including occupational duty in Italy following World War II and as an officer in the 11th Airborne Division during the Korean War.

His business career spanned thirty-five years, and included management positions at the Harvard Business Review, R.H. Donnelly Corporation, and the Dun & Bradstreet Corporation. He finished his career at Funk & Wagnalls Corporation, where he served as President and later acquired the company.

Mr. Stoltzfus served as a member of the board of directors of Outward Bound International and was a member of the New York City Athletic Club, New York Road Runners Club, Coronado Yacht Club, Moab Rotary Club, and the Cozumel Country Club in Cozumel, Mexico. He was also a member of the Graham Memorial Presbyterian Church of Coronado and attended the Community Church of Moab.
During his later years, num–erous philanthropic interests and activities provided him with an enormous source of personal happiness and gratification.

He is survived by his wife, Floyd Humphreys; two daughters, Lisette Stoltzfus Edmond and Mariana Stoltz–fus Paen; two sons, James Leck Stoltzfus, Jr. and John Jennings Stoltzfus; and four stepchildren, Lawrence H. Whiting, Alison Stock, Ashley Mahaffey, and Donna Marrufo. He is also survived by his brother, William Stoltzfus, and sister, Lorna Wells, fourteen grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. He was adored by his family, who loved him devotedly.

A memorial service was held at 11:00 a.m. on August 9, at Graham Memorial Presbyterian Church in Coro–nado. A memorial service will be held in Moab, Utah at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Moab Valley Multi-cultural Center, P.O. Box 55, Moab, Utah 84532, or Scripps Health Foundation Robert Russo M.D. Heart Research, 10666 North Torrey Pines Road, La Jolla, Calif. 92037.

Eva M. Wilson

Eva M. Wilson

Eva Mae Wilson, 96, died August 2 at home under the care of Hospice and her caregiver, Veronica Awuha.

Born in Hope, N.D., she was a graduate of the University of Nebraska. Mrs. Wilson lived in Princeton for over 40 years before moving to Lawrenceville.

She volunteered at the University Medical Center at Princeton through the hospital Auxiliary, was a past member of the Present Day Club, The Woman’s College Club, and The Greater Princeton Area Pi Beta Phi Alumnae Club.

Daughter of the late Harry and Eva Livermore, she was predeceased by her husband, Stanmore V. Wilson; her brothers, Harry Livermore Jr., David Livermore, and Robert Livermore; and her stepson, Clyde Seaman. She is survived by her daughters, Elizabeth Crowther and Martha Watlington; four grandchildren; and eleven great grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held August 26 at 11 a.m. at the Nassau Presbyterian Church, 61 Nassau Street.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the University Medical Center at Princeton, 253 Witherspoon Street, Princeton.

Arrangements are under the direction of The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home in Princeton.

Hendrik van Oss

Hendrik (Hank) van Oss, 92, died July 21 at his residence in Pennswood Village, Newtown, Pa.

Born in Mount Pleasant, Pa., he had an early childhood in the Netherlands.

Mr. van Oss attended Plainfield High School, Mercersburg Academy, and was a graduate of Princeton University. He also studied at Columbia Law School and the School for Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University.

He was a champion high school and collegiate freestyle swimmer, holding the 1939 world record with Princeton’s 300-yard medley relay team. He is also noted at the International Swimming Hall of Fame in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and received the 250th Anniversary Award in 1999 for commitment to Princeton Swimming and Diving.

A career diplomat, he joined the U.S. Department of State’s Division of World Trade and Intelligence, Office of Biographical Information in 1942, holding various Foreign Service posts throughout the world.

Upon retirement in 1974 to Lawrenceville, he held volunteer leadership positions with Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic, Princeton University’s Alumni Council and Class of 1939, and the local Civic Association. He later moved to Pennswood Village where he served on the Corporate Board, and the ad hoc Architectural Design Team, Finance, and Planning Committees.

Mr. van Oss was predeceased by his wife, Anne van Oss; and is survived by his children, Alex van Oss, Hendrik van Oss, and Elise van Oss.

Memorial contributions may be made to Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic, Princeton Unit, 69 Mapleton Road, Princeton; or at

Howard P. Sorensen

Howard P. Sorensen, 87, of Cape Coral, Fla., formerly of West Windsor, died July 28 at Gulf Coast Village, Cape Coral, Fla.

Born in Racine, Wis., he lived in Chicago and West Windsor before retiring to Florida in 1980.

Mr. Sorensen was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, Pacific Theater, and a member of the occupation forces in Japan. He was among the first Americans on the ground to view the aftermath of the Hiroshima bombing.

Mr. Sorensen graduated from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and worked as an executive with Sears, Roebuck, and Co., in Chicago and New York.

An avid golfer and tennis player, Mr. Sorensen spent his retirement years in Florida playing sports and volunteering. A great lover of music, he was also an accomplished dancer.

He was predeceased by his parents, Erwin and Helen Sorensen; his wife, Lois Jane Alcott Sorensen; his son, James Sorensen; and his brother, Erwin Sorensen Jr. He is survived by his brother, John Sorensen; his daughter, Marianne Carnevale; and four grandchildren.

Burial will be at the convenience of the family. Contributions may be made in Mr. Sorensen’s memory to Mercer County Special Olympics, 3 Princess Road, Lawrenceville, N.J.

Genesio Pinelli Jr.

Genesio “Gene” Pinelli Jr., 73, of Princeton, died July 29 at the University Medical Center of Princeton.

Born in Princeton, he was a lifelong resident.

Mr. Pinelli worked for Princeton Plasma Physics for over thirty years.

Son of the late Genesio and Antonetta Pinelli Sr., he is survived by his brother, George Pinelli of Princeton.

The funeral service was held August 2 at the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Avenue. Burial followed in the Princeton Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Princeton First Aid and Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 529, Princeton.

Barbara A. Koch

Barbara Ann Koch, 59, of Branchburg, died July 21 at her residence after an extended battle with cancer.

Born and raised in Princeton, she was a graduate of Notre Dame High School in Lawrenceville, and the University of Pennsylvania.

Ms. Koch was employed as a nurse for many years at Jersey City Medical Center.

Daughter of the late John J. Koch, she is survived by her mother, Barbara Marant; her sister, Denise Tock; her step-sisters, Mary Rathbun and Karen Marant; and her step-brothers, Frank J. Marant and Joseph Marant.

After a private cremation, a Memorial Service was held July 24 in St. Paul’s RC Church, 214 Nassau Street. Burial of her cremated remains followed in St. Paul’s Church Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to an animal shelter of the donor’s choice or Mass cards offered in her memory.

Arrangements were under the direction of Kimble Funeral Home, One Hamilton Avenue.

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