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Vol. LXIV, No. 3
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
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Janet Levy

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George D. Eggers Jr.

Philip D. Matthews

Kathleen A. O’Neill

Raymond G. Freeman

Mark Zaininger

John L. Thomas

Elizabeth Hartwig

Janet Levy

Janet Levy

Janet Caplan Levy, 73, of Philadelphia, formerly of Princeton, died January 10 after a long battle with cancer.

Born in Scranton, Pa., she attended Skidmore College, where she met her husband, Saul Yermie Levy. She continued her studies at Hunter College, receiving a BA in English Literature in 1958. She and her husband moved to Princeton in 1959, where they lived for more than 25 years while raising a family.

Mrs. Levy earned a Master’s degree in English literature from Rutgers University in 1968, after which she entered the workforce. She was co-director of a program to aid migrant farm workers in North Brunswick. From there, she worked for many years in marketing communications for Mathematica of Princeton and Data Decisions, a division of McGraw-Hill. In the late 1980s, she started her own marketing communications company, Techniconnection in Philadelphia. Eventually, she made a career trading stocks.

She loved to travel, especially with her husband. They lived in Paris with their children in the early 1970s. Together, they traveled throughout the world, developing an interest in art and history. Her other interests included gardening, finance, local history, and the Middle East. She was an avid reader.

She was predeceased by her mother, Henrietta Morrison Frankel, and her father, Sydney Caplan. In addition to her husband of 52 years, she is survived by her two children, Linda Levy Wood of Philadelphia and Jonah D. Levy of Piedmont, Calif.; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Services were January 13 at the Kimble Funeral Home. Burial was at the Princeton Cemetery with her beloved grandson, Justin.

Memorial donations may be sent to Mrs. Levy’s favorite charity, Smile Train ( To extend online condolences and sign the guest book, visit

Helen Papastephanou

Helen Papastephanou, 96, of Princeton, died January 12 at Acorn Glen, where she had resided for two years.

She was born to Marianthi and Constantin Philippo in Cairo, Egypt at a time when there was a large Greek community there. In 1940 she married Stelio Papastephanou, a neurologist; they moved to Athens in 1968. Widowed in 1971, she began visiting her son’s family in the United States in 1977. She moved to Princeton permanently in 1980 to help raise her granddaughter. Becoming a U.S. citizen at the age of 90 was one of her proudest moments.

Mrs. Papastephanou was involved in many charities when she lived in Egypt and Greece, and continued to work tirelessly to help raise money for the outreach programs of Trinity Church after moving to Princeton. A gifted artist, she enjoyed working with silver, jewelry, and enamel, and carving wooden birds. Also an avid knitter, she made over 500 sweaters sold at Trinity Church’s annual Christmas bazaars.

She was predeceased by a brother, Dimitri, and a sister, Chrysanthi.

She is survived by a son, Costa, of Princeton; and a granddaughter.

A memorial service was held at Trinity Church on January 16.

Memorial donations may be made to the Hospice Memorial Fund, Princeton Healthcare System Foundation, 253 Witherspoon Street, Suite 1, Princeton 08540-9914; or to Trinity Church, 33 Mercer Street 08540.

Arrangements were by the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home.

George D. Eggers Jr.

George D. Eggers Jr.

George Dewey Eggers Jr., 83, of Princeton and Key West, Fla., died December 21.

He attended Poly Prep in Brooklyn, N.Y., Princeton University, and the University of Maryland.

Enlisting in the United States Army in 1944, he rose through the ranks to become Brigadier General in 1973. He was a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, the U.S. Armed Forces Staff College, and the U.S. Army War College, where he also served on the faculty.

During the Vietnam War he was battalion commander of the 1st Cavalry Division. He also served in Germany as brigade commander of the 3rd Infantry Division, as Assistant Division Commander 8th Infantry Division, and as the Chief of Staff of VII Corps. His decorations included the Distinguished Service Medal, the Silver Star, the Legion of Merit with two oak clusters, the Bronze Star, the Air Medal, the Joint Staff Commendation Medal, and the Army Commendation Medal. Following his retirement from the Army in 1977, he joined the administration of Princeton University where he served as Director of Development.

He was the author of a number of articles and book reviews, and at the time of his death was writing a novella about the Vietnam conflict.

He served as President of the Princeton ROTC Advisory Council and the Alumni and Friends of ROTC for over 20 years. He also held numerous volunteer leadership positions for his Princeton Class of 1947, including five years as president. In the Princeton community, he headed the board of Trinity Counseling Service during the early 1990s. He was a member of the Association of the United States Army, the 1st Cavalry Division Association, the Princeton Club of New York, and the Century Association of New York. He was also an ardent New York Yankees fan.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Margaret (“Mickey”); two sons, George III and Robert; eight grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at the Princeton University Chapel at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 3, with a reception to follow at the Nassau Club, 6 Mercer Street.

The interment of his cremated remains, with full military honors, will be at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, July 6 at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia.

Memorial donations may be made to Princeton University for the George D. Eggers Jr. ’47 Book Fund, P.O. Box 5357, Princeton 08543-5357.

Philip D. Matthews

Philip D. Matthews

Philip Damon Matthews, 57, of Santa Cruz, California, formerly of Princeton, died January 12 at home.

Born in New York City, he grew up in Princeton, as had many generations of his family.

A gifted athlete with an affection for theatre, he attended Chapin School and Princeton High School (class of 1970) before moving to Santa Cruz at age 19, where he attended Cabrillo College for theatre arts, and San Jose State University for his athletic and math teaching credentials.

While at PHS, he was captain of the hockey and lacrosse teams and All-State in soccer, hockey, and lacrosse. As an adult he coached children’s teams in Santa Cruz.

He had a lifelong love for the sea, as an avid surfer, sailor, and diver, and as a talented photographer who exhibited locally. He was active in a local neighborhood association in his area of Santa Cruz, Pleasure Point, organizing tournaments, clean-ups, and other civic activities.

He is survived by his wife of 28 years, K’lyn; his parents, John P.C. and Verna D. Matthews of Princeton; two brothers, Cuyler Matthews of Montreal, Canada, and Chris Matthews of South Salem, N.Y.; and many friends throughout the country.

Kathleen A. O’Neill

Kathleen A. O’Neill

Dr. Kathleen A. O’Neill, 63, of Princeton, died December 23 at the Kindred Hospital in Rahway while recovering from surgery.

Born in Brooklyn, New York, to the late Dorothy Anne Lamb O’Neill and Harry David O’Neill, Dr. O’Neill moved to the Princeton area in 1987 when she assumed the responsibility of Senior Examiner in the Assessment Division of Educational Testing Service.

Dr. O’Neill completed her undergraduate studies at Hobart and William Smith Colleges with a B.A. degree in both English and French. She completed two M.A. degrees, one in English at Indiana University and another in Measurement and Statistics from the University of Iowa. She then completed her doctoral work in English and in Measurement and Statistics, earning two Ph.D.s from the University of Iowa. As a member of the American Educational Research Association and the National Council on Measurement in Education, she authored numerous publications related to educational measurement and assessment.

Dr. O’Neill made 26 conference presentations throughout the U.S. during her tenure at ETS, which included her work as DIF coordinator in the Assessment Division, chair of the Fairness Steering Committee; Principal Measurement Specialist in the Assessment Division, director of GRE Subject Tests in the GPE Division, functional leader in the Test Measurement, Content and Use Group GPE Division, program administrator in the GRE Program, HED Division, and most recently senior business planner in the HED Division.

Prior to joining ETS, Dr. O’Neill served as a senior test specialist in the Contract Programs Department and as editorial manager and program associate in the Health Programs Department of American College Test Program in Iowa City, Iowa. At the University of Iowa she served as a teaching assistant, instructor, assistant to the director, and adjunct assistant professor of English. She also served as a senior lecturer at the U.S.S.R. Academy of Science Foreign in 1976 and at the Language Institute in Moscow from 1969 to 1971; and for two years taught secondary school English at Monrovia High School in Monrovia, Ind.

Dr. O’Neill is survived by her brother, Paul R. O’Neill, D.D.S., of Southfield, Mich.

A memorial service celebrating her life will be held at 2:30 p.m. this Saturday, January 23 at the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton.

Memorial contributions may be made to S.A.V.E. Animal Shelter in Princeton or WGBH Educational Foundation, One Guest Street, Boston, Mass. 02135.

Raymond G. Freeman

Raymond G. Freeman, 70, of Princeton, died peacefully January 4 at home.

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., he had been a Princeton resident for the past 11 years.

He was honorably discharged from the United States Army. After retiring from General Motors, he pursued a career in real estate and land development.

He is survived by his partner, Betsy A. Bennett of Princeton and her children and grandchildren; a daughter, Pat Sormilich of Griggstown; three sisters, Joanne Cockcroft, Valerie Chick, and Virginia Ferrara; and a brother, Charlie Freeman.

The cremation services were private. To send condolences or sign the guest book, visit www.thekimble

Mark Zaininger

Mark Zaininger, 46, died on Saturday, January 16, at the University Medical Center at Princeton after a brief, valiant battle with cancer.

Born on July 16, 1963 in Princeton, he was a graduate of Princeton Day School. He received a BA in architecture and a BS in mechanical engineering from Lehigh University, and an MFA in industrial design from Pratt Institute. He was most recently a partner with Leslie Campbell and Associates, a design firm in Princeton.

He is survived by his wife, Leslie Campbell, his daughter, Charlotte; his son, Luke; his parents, Karl and Sophia Zaininger; his sister, Lydia; his brother, Alexander; nieces, Paula and Louisa; and nephew, Augustin.

A memorial service celebrating his life will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, January 22 at Trinity Church in Princeton.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made in his name to Princeton Day School, P.O. Box 75, The Great Road, Princeton, NJ 08542.

John L. Thomas

John L. Thomas, 64, of Oro Valley, Ariz., formerly of Princeton, died December 19 at home after a short battle with cancer.

Born in Princeton to the late Leonard and Theresa Thomas, he graduated from Princeton High School in 1963, then took a four-year tour of duty in the United States Marine Corps.

In his leisure time, he was an avid hunter and fisherman.

He is survived by his wife, Jenny Loeffredo Thomas of Trenton; two sons, Leonard of New Hampshire and Michael of Arizona; a sister and dedicated caregiver, Rose Parcels of Delaware; and three grandchildren.

A memorial service was held on January 19 at St. Paul’s Church, Princeton.

Memorial contributions may be sent to the American Diabetes Association, NJ Office, Centerpoint II, Suite 103, 1160 Route 22 East, Bridgewater, N.J. 08807; or to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 7, East Syracuse, N.Y. 13057.

To extend condolences online or sign the guest book, visit

Elizabeth Hartwig

Elizabeth Hartwig, 93, of Griggstown, died January 6 at home, with her family at her side.

Born in New York City, she and her family moved to Griggstown in 1921. She attended elementary school and was a member of the final graduating class of the one-room schoolhouse in Griggstown. In 1935, she graduated from Princeton High School.

Mrs. Hartwig retired after 25 years of employment as a clerk in the Franklin Township Tax Collectors Office.

She was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Griggstown Volunteer Fire Company and the Griggstown Historical Society.

She was predeceased by her brother, John Wallek, and two sisters, Ann Hoepfner and Sue Rightmire. She is survived by her husband of 69 years, Richard H. Hartwig; a daughter, Paulette Neas of Fort Collins, Colo.; a son, Richard C. Hartwig of Milltown; four grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter.

A funeral service was held January 8 at Christ the King Lutheran Church in Kendall Park. Burial followed in Ten Mile Run Cemetery, Griggstown.

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

Arrangements were under the direction of the Kimble Funeral Home.

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