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Vol. LXIII, No. 33
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
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Patricia C. Georgantas

Thomas L. Evans

Bruce R. Perone Sr.

Bonnie J. Stafford

Thomas J. Moran Sr.

Muriel Green

Patricia C. Georgantas

Patricia C. Georgantas

Patricia Cooke Georgantas, 64, of Princeton and Nantucket, Mass., died peacefully August 8 at home, after a nearly three-year battle with brain cancer.

She grew up in Pennington and graduated from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, where she majored in English with a concentration in Russian literature. She was married to Aristides Georgantas in 1967 and went on to teach English in Deerfield, Mass. and then in Harlem in New York City.

In 1970 she and her husband relocated to Princeton, where they raised a daughter, Susie, and a son, William. Mrs. Georgantas was a much-loved teacher at Cherry Hill Nursery School in Princeton, becoming head teacher in 1980 after the retirement of the school’s founder.

She was an active Trinity Church Choir parent for 14 years, serving on the Choir Steering Committee. She was also a board member of Trinity Counseling Services, Planned Parenthood, and Young Audiences; a member of the Present Day Club; and a volunteer at Princeton Hospital.

She loved to cook and created hundreds of recipes that she collected into books and shared with friends. She was a devoted fiction reader, a secret poet, and a fan of rock ’n’ roll who taught herself to play the piano. She was also an avid bridge player who played competitively until May of this year. She will be remembered by all who knew her for her generosity, effortless hospitality, and warm smile.

Predeceased by her youngest brother, Robert Cooke, she is survived by her husband of 42 years; her daughter and son; her mother, Helen Cooke of Melbourne, Fla.; a sister, Susan Johnson of Jacksonville, Vt.; a brother, Harry Cooke of Portland, Ore.; and two grandsons.

A memorial service is planned for 4 p.m. on Sunday, September 13 at Trinity Church.

Thomas L. Evans

Thomas Llewellyn Evans, a Princeton resident for 47 years, died August 7 with his children at his side. He was a retired pediatrician.

Born in Drexel Hill, Pa., he was the son of the late Thomas L. Evans and Jessie Maude Butler Evans.

He attended Hobart College and received his medical degree from Temple University School of Medicine in 1953.

He served three years of active duty in England as a pediatrician and general physician in the United States Air Force before moving with his wife and children to Princeton. There he joined Dr. S. Robert Lewis in pediatric practice. On the staff of Princeton Hospital for nearly 30 years, he was a prominent and respected voice in hospital affairs.

In 1975 he became the Medical Director at the Lawrenceville School, where he specialized in adolescent medicine. During six of his summer vacations he spent time on Indian reservations in North Dakota and Arizona with Dr. William Besser, relieving Public Health physicians so they could take a vacation. He was much admired for his wisdom, caring nature, and smile by the children and teens he cared for, their parents, and all others who were touched by him.

He was an active and supporting member of All Saints’ Church from the time of its inception in 1960. An avid golfer and member of Springdale Golf Club, he also enjoyed camping, gardening, playing pool, visiting his second home on Amelia Island, Fla., walking with his dog, and especially spending time with his extensive family.

Dr. Evans was predeceased by his wife, Winifred Bentley Evans, his brothers Marshall and Ronald Evans, and his sisters Betty Jane Southgate, Mary Louise Cotter, and Margaret Woodward. He is survived by two sons, Mark Evans and Thomas Evans; two daughters, Janine Evans and Brenda Armstrong; three brothers, Robert Evans, David Evans, and Charles Evans; twelve grandchildren; and his second wife Mary (Tink) Lessing Evans.

Burial will be private. A service of remembrance will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, August 25 at All Saints’ Church, All Saints Road.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Trenton Soup Kitchen, P.O. Box 872, Trenton 08605; or to Mercer Street Friends Food Bank, 824 Silvia Street, Ewing 08628; or to a hospice of the donor’s choice.

Bruce R. Perone Sr.

Bruce R. Perone Sr., 75, of Skillman, died August 15 at home with his family by his side.

Born and raised in Princeton, Mr. Perone was the son of the late Bruce and Ann Perone, also of Princeton, and brother of the late John Perone.

A graduate of the Princeton School System, he later graduated from Trenton Junior College with a degree in commercial art.

In 1952 Mr. Perone established B.R. Perone Painting and Decorating, which he owned and operated until his retirement earlier this year. Area residents and contractors will also remember Windsor Paint and Paper in Princeton Junction, owned by Bruce and his wife Leni until 1995.

Mr. Perone served his country as a member of the New Jersey National Guard and attended every reunion of his “Band of Brothers.” He also served his community as an active member of the Princeton Lions Club and the Delaware Valley Business Club.

With his wife, Mr. Perone filled his leisure time traveling, golfing, and sailing.

He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Leni Longo Perone; two sons, Bruce Perone Jr. of Belle Mead and Brian Perone of New York City; two daughters, Brooke Musolino of Chester, N.J. and Kim Zaminski of Long Island, N.Y.; a sister, Sue Ann Snyder of Rocky Hill; four grandchildren; and his former wife, Marjorie Haydu-Walker.

A funeral service was held August 18 at the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home. Burial was in Princeton Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Princeton Hospice, 208 Bunn Drive, Princeton 08540.

Bonnie J. Stafford

Bonnie J. Stafford

Bonnie J. Stafford, 60, of Jerico Springs, Mo., formerly of Princeton, died August 10. She was born in Calgary, Alberta, Canada to Robert and Annie (McKay) Stafford.

A 23-year resident of Princeton, she moved to Missouri in 2006. A former model, she was self-employed as a horticulturist.

While in Princeton, she owned Beyond the Garden Gate and was actively involved in the Princeton Hospital Auxiliary and Springdale Golf Club. She was also involved in People for Pets in Nevada, Mo.

She believed in living life to the fullest, saying “If a job is worth doing, do it well.”

She is survived by a daughter, Bryn Kerry Michelle Stafford of London, England; and a grandson.

Memorial contributions may be made to a local Humane Society in Bonnie’s name.

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Thomas J. Moran Sr.

Thomas J. Moran Sr., 91, of Holiday City Berkeley in Berkeley Township, died August 11 at the Pavilion at Forrestal Village in Princeton.

Born in New York, he lived in Brooklyn before moving to Holiday City Berkeley 30 years ago. He served several years as a combat navigator, achieving the rank of Lieutenant in the United States Army Air Force during World War II. He also served in the U.S. Air Force in the Korean War.

A Deputy Chief of the New York Fire Department, he served on Ladder 147, 132, and 108, Engine 226, Battalion 33, and the Division of Safety.

He was predeceased by his parents, Michael Sr. and Lena Moran; his brothers Michael Jr., James, and John Moran; and his sons Robert and William Moran. He is survived by his wife, Dorothy (nee Weis); two sons, Thomas Jr. and Timothy of Princeton; six grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held August 13 at St. Maximilian Kolbe Church, Toms River. Burial followed at St. Joseph Cemetery, Toms River.

Arrangements were by the Timothy E. Ryan Home for Funerals, 145 St. Catherine Boulevard, Toms River, N.J. Condolences may he sent by visiting

Muriel Green

Muriel Green, 66, a Princeton resident for almost 35 years, died August 13 at the University Medical Center at Princeton after a five-month battle with lung cancer.

Raised in Lynbrook, Long Island, she attended Dickinson College and lived briefly in San Francisco, Chicago, Yonkers, N.Y., and Teaneck, N.J. She settled in Princeton in 1976, when her husband at the time took a position as a radiologist with Princeton Radiology Associates.

She taught art to children at the Princeton YWCA for over 30 years, as well as courses at other local organizations. An entire generation of Princeton-area children learned how to draw, paint, sculpt, collage, color, craft, and explore their creativity from her. Perhaps her best-loved class was quilt making, in which she helped young people design and make their own quilts, teaching them how to sew in the process.

She is survived by a daughter, Caroline of New York City; a son, James of Washington, D.C.; her partner, Nick Katz of Princeton; and her sister and brother, Carol Millman and David Friedman.

No funeral service is planned. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Princeton YWCA.

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

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