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Vol. LXII, No. 20
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
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John W. Claghorn Jr.

Elizabeth Shanefield

Christina Litostansky

John W. Claghorn Jr.

John Winthrop Claghorn Jr., 84, a Princeton resident since 1953, died April 19 at Constitution Hill.

Born in Philadelphia, he graduated from Chestnut Hill Academy in 1942. Following his graduation he served with the United States Army Air Corps in World War II. In 1946, he married Margery Richardson Claghorn whom he had known since childhood in the Poconos, where their families both had summer homes.

Mr. Claghorn spent his career at Time, Inc.

A member of the Pretty Brook Tennis Club and Pocono Lake Preserve, he was an avid tennis player, paddle tennis player, and fly fisherman.

He was predeceased by his wife, Margery; a sister, Anne C. Longstreth; and a brother, Frederic S. Claghorn. He is survived by his four children, Margery C. Robertson, John W. Claghorn III, David T. Claghorn, and Susan C. Ferguson; two sisters, Elizabeth L. McIlvain and Susan C. Aitken; and eight grandchildren.

A private memorial service will be held in August at Pocono Lake Preserve, Pennsylvania.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Wildlands Conservancy, 3701 Orchid Place, Emmaus, Pa. 18049

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

Elizabeth Shanefield

Elizabeth (Libby) Davis Shanefield, 69, of Honolulu, Hawaii, formerly of Princeton, died May 2 in Honolulu of cancer. She had lived in Princeton for 40 years before moving to Hawaii in 2006.

Born in Buffalo, N.Y., she studied art history at Wellesley College (B.A. ’60) and later received an M.A. at Teachers College of Columbia University.

She was a member of the Princeton Friends Meeting (Quakers). Her volunteer experience with the American Friends Service Committee in post-war Finland influenced her to become a Quaker, and shaped her life’s work teaching English to speakers of other languages. She trained ESOL teachers at the Princeton-in-Asia program of Princeton University, and helped to create an ESOL section at the Princeton Public Library. She also worked as a consultant, tutoring students from the Institute for Advanced Study and writing exam questions for Educational Testing Service.

She loved to travel, and voyaged to all seven continents on educational tours or to visit former students.

A member of the Princeton Recorder Society, she performed in numerous local concerts. Her other interests included art, bird watching, gardening, swimming, and tennis.

Daughter of the late Carleton and Frances Stewart Davis, she is survived by her husband of 44 years, Daniel Shanefield of Honolulu; a daughter, Alison Bixby Buckley of Chicago; a son, Douglas Shanefield of Honolulu; a brother, John S. Davis; a sister, Anne Carnahan; and two grandchildren.

Christina Litostansky

Christina “Chris” Litostansky, 82, of Princeton, died May 11 at the University Medical Center at Princeton after a courageous effort battling a long illness.

Born in Princeton, she was a lifelong resident.

She was a homemaker and a member of St. Paul’s Church. She enjoyed cooking and bingo in her leisure time.

She was predeceased by her husband John in 1993, her parents Enrico and Mary Pirone, her brother Ralph Pirone, and her sister Fanny Todaro. She is survived by a son, Eric Litostansky of Lawrence; a sister, Rose Marchione of Princeton; a brother, John Pirone of Princeton; and two grandsons.

The funeral service will be this Friday, May 16 at 10 a.m. at the Kimble Funeral Home, One Hamilton Avenue. It will be followed by an 11 a.m. funeral Mass at St. Paul’s Catholic Church, 214 Nassau Street. Burial will be in Princeton Memorial Park, Robbinsville.

Visitation hours will be this Thursday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 3076 Princeton Pike, Lawrenceville 08648.

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