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Vol. LXV, No. 3
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
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Alice H. Baionno

Ralph S. Copleman

Milton L. Cranstoun

Francis X. Critchlow

Julianne W. Douglas

Mary E. Hunter

Helen Y. Pennacchia

Glenn A. Torkildsen

Lisa M. Federico

Khristin Kyllo

Khristin Kyllo

Princeton University Freshman Khristin Kyllo of Vienna, Va., died January 13 in her Forbes College dorm room apparently of natural causes. She was 18.

She was found by officers with the University’s Department of Public Safety, who received a call from a Forbes resident shortly after 8 a.m. Princeton Borough Police and the Princeton First Aid and Rescue Squad responded after receiving a call from public safety.

In a message to the campus community, Princeton President Shirley M. Tilghman said, “I know I speak for our entire University community when I extend my heartfelt sympathy to Khristin’s family, friends and classmates. When faced with unexpected and untimely losses such as this, we must look to one another for strength and comfort, while reaching out to those whose grief is greatest. Let us also celebrate the many ways in which Khristin made our campus a better place to learn and live, as well as all that she accomplished in her short but vibrant life.”

A memorial service will be held on campus at a later date.

A member of Princeton’s softball team, she came to Princeton from James Madison High School, where she was a noted athlete on the basketball and softball teams and graduated in 2010.

She is survived by her parents, Thomas Kyllo and Julie Kyllo, and her younger brother, Tommy Kyllo.

A funeral will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, January 22, in her hometown of Vienna, Va. at the Vienna Presbyterian Church. The University has arranged for a bus to travel to the funeral, leaving at 8 a.m. Saturday from Baker Rink and returning to campus after the service. Attendees of the funeral are being encouraged to wear something purple, Kyllo’s favorite color. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to a scholarship fund that will be established in her name at James Madison High School in Vienna. A gathering of remembrance was held on campus January 13.

Alice H. Baionno

Alice H. Baionno, 85, of Hightstown, died January 13 at Meadow Lakes Care Center.

Born in Elizabeth, she moved to suburban Philadelphia as a child and was graduated from Upper Darby High School and West Chester University of Pa. where she earned a B.A. in Elementary Education.

After marriage, she moved to Kendall Park, where she resided most of her life. She continued her education, earning credits towards her master’s degree, while teaching fulltime and raising four children.

She retired in 1982 with over 14 years of service as a teacher at Cambridge Elementary School in South Brunswick. After retirement, she and her husband enjoyed traveling, especially to Nantucket, Bermuda, and Europe, as well as spending time with family and friends.

She was an active member of the Women’s College Club of Princeton, past secretary of Habitat for Humanity Trenton Chapter, and an Elder and Deacon of the Kingston Presbyterian Church. She was also an active participant in the Meadow Lakes community, a 10-year study participant in the Women’s Health Initiative, an avid golfer, and a member of Hopewell Valley GC.

Daughter of the late Howard W. and Edith Henry Hoffman; and younger sister of the late Myrtle E. Hoffman; she is survived by her husband of 55 years, Anthony T. Baionno; two sons, A. Thomas Baionno Jr. and John H. Baionno; two daughters, Janet Rubinstein and Nancy Luck; and seven grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, January 22 at the Kingston Presbyterian Church, 4561 Route 27, Kingston. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to the Kingston Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 148, Kingston, N.J. 08528; or to the Women’s College Club of Princeton Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 263, Kingston, N.J. 08528. Arrangements are under the direction of the M.J. Murphy Funeral Home, Monmouth Junction.

Ralph S. Copleman

Ralph S. Copleman

Ralph Samuel Copleman, 65, died suddenly on January 6 in New York’s Mount Sinai Hospital.

Born on March 22, 1945, in Shirley, Mass., he resided in Lawrenceville. The son of Benjamin Copleman, M.D. and Grace Levine Copleman, late of Freehold, N.J., he spent his childhood years in Perth Amboy and Westfield, N.J. He graduated from the Peddie Shool in Hightstown, N.J. and earned a BA in history from Tufts University (1967) and holds a master’s degree in Public Relations from Boston University (1972).

He was well known in the fields of Organizational Development, Organizational Transformation and was a founding member of the Future Search Network. Since 1979, he has guided individuals, non-profits and companies in long range planning as a management consultant. In his later years, he applied his personal passion for the environment and conservation to his professional life. In 2005, he helped create and lead Sustainable Lawrence, a non-profit that promoted the adoption of sustainable practices throughout Lawrenceville. He retired after five years as Executive Director on December 31, 2010.

While leading Sustainable Lawrence, he mentored many individuals and communities locally and across the country, assisting and consulting with nascent organizing groups dedicated to creating sustainable communities. At the time of his death he was planning a book about leaders of the sustainability movement.

He was an avid cyclist, crossing all 3,500 miles of the United States to celebrate his 60th birthday. He is also the author of many poems and a book of poetry, The Talk Among Stones.

He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Joyce Meyer Copleman; two sons, Paul and Andrew; one grandson; and his sister, Marti Copleman.

Donations may be made in his memory to The Nature Conservancy by calling 800-628-6860 or mailing them to 4245 North Fairfax Drive, Suite 100, Arlington, VA 22203-1606. Please reference account number 212-8171 when making the donation. Donations may also be made to Sustainable Lawrence at or by contacting Sustainable Lawrence, P.O. Box 5612, Trenton, NJ 08638. You may also feel free to donate to a charity of your choice.

Milton L. Cranstoun

Milton L. Cranstoun

Milton L. Cranstoun, 85, died January 6 at Capital Health System At Fuld in Trenton.

Born in Lawrenceville, he resided most of his life in Princeton.

He was a Marine Corps, Veteran of the Korean War, who served from 1945 to 1947 and then was called back to serve in 1950. He was co-owner of Rosedale Mills of Princeton for 40 years until his retirement in 1991.

The son of the late Mary Elizabeth and William Cranstoun; brother of the late Raymond, Jack, and Alvin; he is survived by his wife, Dolores E. (Foster) Cranstoun; his son, Michael Cranstoun; his daughter, Elaine Powrie; his sister, Dorothy Skellinger; two brothers, Earl and Stanley Cranstoun; three grandchildren; and three step grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, February 19 at St. Paul’s Church, 214 Nassau Street, Princeton.

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

Francis X. Critchlow

Francis Xavier Critchlow died January 4 at home.

Born on December 18, 1923 to Frank Linley and Elizabeth Devlin Critchlow, he was raised in Princeton. He attended several local schools and was enrolled in the class of 1946 of Princeton University before enlisting in the US Marine Corps in 1943. He served in China and the Pacific Islands during WWII.

In 1949 he entered Georgetown University and wedded Gale Felicity Dinsmore-Minton. He graduated in 1952.

His love of language and song guided his life. He never approached a New York Times crossword without a pen. He could often be found reading Ptolemy in the original language. While at Georgetown, he co-wrote, sang, and danced in a musical farce, “Kiss Me, Tondelayo.” He was also active as a member of the a capella group of renown, “The Georgetown Chimes.” He remained involved with the group as “elder Statesman.”

In keeping with his love of music, he taught himself at a young age to play Jazz piano and later the guitar. In his deep sense of fun and love of the language, he followed his father’s tradition of the “Critchlovian Bon Mot” and forged his own near-perfect sense of Pun.

Predeceased by his sister, Agnes; he is survived by his wife of 61 years, Gale Felicity Dinsmore-Minton Critchlow; his sister, Therese; his four children, Claire, Louise, Carol, and Francis; five grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

A Memorial Mass was celebrated at St. Alphonsus Church, 54 East Prospect Street, Hopewell.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Alphonsus Church, 54 East Prospect Street, Hopewell, N.J. 08525.

Julianne W. Douglas

Julianne W. Douglas

Julianne Wightman Douglas died January 4.

Born outside Savannah, Ga. On November 24, 1920, she enjoyed an idyllic childhood until the stock market crash of 1929, when her father lost his banking position and their 200-acre farm on the Ashley River. She and her family then moved to an apartment in Flushing, N.Y.

She graduated as the salutatorian from Flushing High School, but turned down a scholarship to Smith College because her mother insisted she didn’t have the proper wardrobe. Instead, she began a career in New York City as a fashion consultant and model. One of her plum assignments was being chosen to model the line of Norman Hartnell, an Englishman whose designs included Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation gown.

When the U.S. entered WWII, she trained as an ambulance driver and in 1943 married Paul M. Douglas, a naval officer on the staff of Adm. Nimitz. She worked in Washington for the Red Cross while her husband was deployed.

After the War, the couple moved to Princeton so that her husband could finish his graduate studies at the University. His subsequent work in public relations caused the growing family to move several times—they lived on both coasts and in the Midwest before settling back in Princeton in 1960.

A mother of three daughters, she had trained to become a registered representative of the New York Stock Exchange but couldn’t find a job in that male-dominated industry. Instead, she put her business acumen to work in real estate. For 27 years she was a successful broker in the Princeton area. Her clients included university presidents, acclaimed artists, and a Secretary of State. As a volunteer, she supported historic preservation in Princeton, served on the Princeton University Concerts committee, and was a founding member of the Friends of the Institute for Advanced Study.

A gifted athlete, she excelled at tennis, skeet shooting, ping-pong, and anything else requiring lightning quick hand-to-eye coordination and a competitive spirit. Her family was never able to beat her at games, including checkers and cards. She also had a discerning eye for fashion and dressed with style.

Known for her lively parties, she was a gracious hostess who always welcomed newcomers into her community. She and her husband were avid gardeners and they kept their house full of fresh-cut flowers.

The couple retired to Rhode Island where they had a summer home, then to Philadelphia to be closer to their daughter, Nancy.

She is survived by her husband, Paul M. Douglas; three daughters, Susan Marcus, Nancy Pontone, and Carol Henderson; four grandchildren; and one great granddaughter.

Memorial donations may be made to The Friends of the Institute for Advanced Study, Einstein Drive, Princeton, N.J. 08540.

A memorial service will be held at the Princeton University Chapel on April 2, 2011 at 2 p.m.

Mary E. Hunter

Mary E. Hunter

Mary E. Hunter, a resident of Woodstock, Ga., and former Princeton resident, died January 8 at Saint Joseph’s Hospital of Atlanta.

Born November 9, 1921 in Brooklyn, N.Y., she received a high school diploma in 1937. In 1942 she married Lehman Hunter in Connecticut, and later began having her children and establishing her career. This included the opening of the family business, Topaz Extermination.

She loved good food and socializing, giving back to the community by volunteering to multiple organizations, and had a wonderful smile and personality that could light up a room. In her pastime at home, she loved to read and write.

She is survived by her son, William F. Hunter; her daughter, Jeanna E. Hunter; and one granddaughter, all of whom live in the Atlanta, Georgia area. She is also survived by many extended family members.

Funeral services will begin on January 21 at 11 a.m. in the Kimble Funeral Home, 1 Hamilton Avenue, Princeton, followed by burial beside her husband at Greenwood Cemetery in Hamilton, N.J. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until the time of service.

Please visit TheKimble to send condolences or share memories in the guest book.

Helen Y. Pennacchia

Helen Yolanda Pennacchia, 95, died at home following a lengthy illness.

A lifelong resident of Princeton, she was the third of six children born to Pasquale and Aldagisia Taraschi. She attended St. Paul School and was a member of the Sodality of the Blessed Mother.

She retired after 18 years from the Princeton Regional Schools where she was Cafeteria Manager at the John Witherspoon School and previously at the Valley Road School. Her profession combined her love of children and the culinary arts.

Her parents immigrated from Campobasso and Pescara Italy. She was proud of her Italian Heritage and worked hard to preserve and to pass on the traditions of her father and mother to her children and other members of her family. She continued her tradition of gardening, canning vegetables and fruits for the winter, baking, and cooking for the love of it. She also crocheted and knitted. She gardened with her father, made wine, and enjoyed talking about farm life and the daily chores she performed to help her mother and father. She loved every minute of life with her family.

She became a Charter Member of the Girl’s Club at the Dorothea Van Dyke McLean Association. During World War II, she volunteered with the Princeton Chapter of the Red Cross and sent care packages to her husbands’ family who lived in Rome during the war.

Active in St. Paul Church and officer of the Golden Ages, she often reminisced about the wonderful dinners she and her husband Dominick prepared for the club as well as many trips to Atlantic City with their good friends Bill and Mary Derby.

The Princeton Knights of Columbus presented her with the Father Michael Farren Service Award for outstanding and dedicated service to her church, community and country.

Preceded in death by her husband of 71 years, Dominick; her daughter, Angela Bechtelheimer; her sisters, Josephine Zoccola, Edith Caponi, Rose Merrifield, and Mary Zorochin; and her brothers, Pasquale Jr. and Liberty; she is survived by her two daugheters, Rina Pennacchia and Patricia Giallella; and two grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Paul’s Church, 214 Nassau Street, Princeton, on Wednesday, January 19 at 10 a.m. Burial will follow in St. Paul’s Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Health Care Ministry of Princeton, PO Box 1517, Princeton, N.J. 08542; St. Paul Church, 214 Nassau Street, Princeton, N.J. 08542; or to the National Center for Padre Pio, 111 Barto Road, Barto, Pa. 19504.

Glenn A. Torkildsen

Glenn A. Torkildsen, 44, of Princeton, died January 13 in the University Medical Center at Princeton.

Born in Princeton, he was a lifelong resident.

He is survived by his parents, Austen and Ruth Torkildsen; a brother, Tedd Torkildsen; and a sister, Dianne Krause.

The funeral service will be held at Noon on Thursday, January 20 at the Bunker Hill Lutheran Church, 235 Bunker Hill Road, Griggstown. Burial will follow in the Griggstown Cemetery. Friends may call on Thursday morning from 11 a.m. until the time of service at the church.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Bunker Hill Lutheran Church, 235 Bunker Hill Road, Princeton, N.J. 08540; or The Arc of Somerset County, 141 South Main Street, Manville, N.J. 08835.

Arrangements are under the direction of the M.J. Murphy Funeral Home, Monmouth Junction.

Lisa M. Federico

Lisa Maria Clark Federico died January 11 at home in Lawrenceville.

Born in Orange, N.J. on September 22, 1958, she grew up in Kendall Park, N.J., attended St. Augustine’s Elementary School in Franklin Park, and graduated from South Brunswick High School, class of 1976. She attended Colby-Sawyer College in New London, N.H. where she graduated in 1978 with an Associate Degree in Liberal Arts.

She was a very talented artist and calligrapher and enjoyed crafts, sewing, and decorating projects around her home. In 1981 she married the late Anthony Federico, former Chief of Police in Princeton Borough. Together they had one son, Anthony Federico, 28, who resides in Lawrence Township. They had a second home on Lake Sebec in Bowerbank, Maine, where they spent many long weekends with newly found friends.

She worked for many years as the Garden Room manager at Prospect House for faculty and staff at Princeton University. Most recently she worked for the head of Food Services at Princeton University and loved her job there.

She was passionate about her dogs who were a constant presence by her side to the very end.

Her family includes her son, Tony Federico; her mother, Consuelo Clark; her brothers, George Clark and Caleb M. Clark; and her sisters, Tina Clark Feole and Kelly Clark.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to SAVE, A Friend to Homeless Animals, 900 Herrontown Road, Princeton, N.J. 08540.

A memorial service took place on January 18 at St. Paul’s Catholic Church, Princeton.

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

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