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Vol. LXII, No. 30
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
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Mathilde W. Nanni

Peter J. Jensen

Mathilde W. Nanni

Mathilde W. Nanni

Mathilde Wood Nanni, 85, died Monday July 14, at her residence in Morrisville, Pa. Born and raised in Princeton, she moved to Brazil in 1979 where she lived until 1992, at which time she moved to Pennsylvania.

The only daughter and eldest child of Mathilde Lewis and R. Warner Wood, Sr., she was an honor graduate of Miss Fine’s School (now Princeton Day School), where she played tennis and field hockey, and was an accomplished horsewoman, especially with Tennessee Walkers. A graduate of Finch College in New York City, she accompanied her parents to the 1933 Chicago World’s Fair. After college, she worked for Mr. Granzey of Princeton, a noted artist of the time.

Wife of the late Luis F. Nanni and mother of the late Carlos F. Nanni, she is survived by a daughter Lisa Nanni of Morrisville, Pa.; two sons Robert A. Nanni of Washington Crossing, Pa., and Guillermo Nanni of Austria; two brothers, Dr. Warner Wood and Joseph Miller Wood; and four grandchildren.

The funeral service was held Monday at Trinity All-Saints’ Church, Princeton. Burial will be in All Saint’s Cemetery, Princeton.

Memorial contributions may be made to Make-A-Wish Foundation at or (866) 880-1382.

Peter J. Jensen

Peter J. Jensen, 52, of South Brunswick died on July 13 after a long battle with colon cancer. Born in Jackson, Michigan to Keith and Kay Jensen, the middle of five children, he was active in the Boy Scouts and the First Presbyterian Church. From his father he learned the importance of philanthropic giving and a love for golf, and from his mother a love of reading. As a boy, he traveled extensively with his family in Western Europe and came to deeply appreciate European art and culture.

In 1970 the family moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan, where he graduated from Huron High School. Before entering Kalamazoo College he spent a summer with a German family in a suburb of Kiel, West Germany. During college he participated in the junior foreign study program and lived with a German family in Erlangen, West Germany while attending the university there. These two experiences solidified his passion for German culture. During his senior year he was diagnosed with testicular cancer and received treatment at the University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor. Following surgery and radiation he enrolled in an experimental program developed by Dr. Lawrence H. Einhorn of Indiana University. The treatment successfully eradicated his cancer and received FDA approval two years later, offering hope in the fight against a form of cancer previously considered incurable. It is the same treatment later credited with saving the life of Lance Armstrong.

After graduating from college in 1978 with a BA in Economics, he attended the J.L. Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, graduating in 1981 with an MBA in Finance and Accounting. He worked for Northern Telecom first in Illinois and later in North Carolina. In 1990 he moved to New Jersey to begin a career with Merck & Co. Inc. where he held various positions in finance.

He was active in the Princeton community. An elder at Nassau Presbyterian Church, where he served on the Session and several church committees, he also did volunteer work for the Crisis Ministry and Trenton After School Program. In 1994 he joined the Carnegie Lake Rowing Association where he learned to sweep row and scull. He rowed at various clubs along the east coast and in Vienna, Austria. For six summers he was a host to out-of-town coaches of the National Team during summer training. Under the tutelage of Styve Pell, he restored a 1980’s racing shell and spent years rowing it up and down Carnegie Lake. He enjoyed and attended many concerts and lectures at Princeton University, Princeton Seminary and Westminster Choir College. He also traveled frequently to New York to attend museum exhibits and opera performances.

He is survived by his mother Kay, brothers Tom and James of Ann Arbor, brother Chris of Vancouver Island, Canada, sister Patricia of San Diego, two nephews and three nieces.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, August 16 at Nassau Presbyterian Church, Princeton. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Trenton Children’s Chorus, Princeton Outreach Projects Inc., 61 Nassau Street, Princeton, NJ 08542 or to Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, P.O. Box 27106, New York, N.Y. 10087-7106. Arrangements are under the direction of the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, Princeton.

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