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Vol. LXII, No. 42
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
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Christopher R. Rodgers

Christian H. Aall

Gloria P. Mack

Helen J. Falvey

Benjamin R Stewart

Alan R. Goldberg

Helen Pesta

Christopher R. Rodgers

Christopher Raymond Perry (Knobby) Rodgers of Gulf Stream, Fla., formerly of Princeton, died October 7 at his summer home in Brooklin, Maine. He was 87.

The son of Raymond P. and Alice A. (Meyer) Rodgers, he graduated from St. George’s School in Newport, R.I. and from Princeton University with the Class of 1942. He served in the United States Navy during World War II, overseeing radar operations on the aircraft carrier San Jacinto in the South Pacific, after which he returned to Princeton, where he made his home for many years. His entire career was spent at Citibank, from which he retired as a vice president after 35 years of service.

A skilled athlete, he was a goalie on the 1948 U.S. Olympic Hockey Team and played for many years with the St. Nick’s Hockey Club. Dedicated to the game of golf, he was a founding member of the Bedens Brook Club in Skillman and a former member of Pine Valley Golf Club. He also served as president of the Gulf Stream Golf Club in Florida and was a member of the United States Seniors’ Golf Association.

He was a generous supporter of many charities, especially those associated with veterans, and served on the vestries of Trinity Church in Princeton and Trinity Church in New York.

He was predeceased by his sisters, Alicia and Virginia; three wives, the former Charlotte Hundley, Mary Pardee, and Katharine Parson; and a stepson, Ario. He is survived by 10 children, Perry Rodgers of Hopewell, Emily Rodgers of Bucksport, Maine, Mary Elizabeth Alexander of New York, James Rodgers of Phoenix, Md., Sam Rodgers of Leverett, Mass., Sally Smith of Exeter, N.H., Alice Celestino of Sarasota, Fla., Virginia Hoyt of Lake Placid, N.Y., John Rodgers of Sweden, and Julie Alpert of Naples, Fla.; two stepchildren, Arrel Lindermann of Boston and Ann Parson of South Dartmouth, Mass.; 30 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Burial will be private. A memorial service is planned for January in Gulf Stream.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Francis by the Sea Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 76, Blue Hill, Maine 04614; or to St. Paul Episcopal Church, 188 South Swinton Avenue, Delray Beach, Fla. 33444.

Christian H. Aall

Christian H. Aall, 95, formerly of Princeton, died October 5 in Honolulu, Hawaii. For more than 25 years, he and his wife lived half the year in Honolulu, and half the year in Combloux in the French Alps.

Born in Oslo, Norway, he received his Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of Grenoble in France. He served in the Royal Norwegian Army in the Resistance Movement and then in England. While at Grenoble, he was the French student ski champion four years in a row, also winning the French jumping championship in Montgenevre in 1933.

He moved to the United States in 1947 with his family to join Monsanto Chemical Co. in Anniston, Ala. He held executive positions at Monsanto and later at American Metals Climax in New York City. On his retirement, travel, mountain climbing, and collecting Hawaiian stamps and English cow creamers, introduced to him by P.G. Wodehouse, became his passions. His 70th birthday present to himself was to climb the 21,247-foot Mount Mera in the Himalayas and on his 80th birthday he reached the summit of Mont Blanc, having done it twice previously. In 1990, he published his autobiography, Footprints in the Sand.

His first wife, Ruth B. Perkins of Princeton, survives him. His second wife, Sally Sample Ely Aall, predeceased him. He is survived also by his four children, Cecilia Mathews of Skillman, Mea Kaemmerlen of Plainsboro, Pamela McPherson of Washington, D.C., and Christian Aall of Deer Mountain, Utah; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Gloria P. Mack

Gloria Pessel Mack

Gloria Pessel Mack, 84, of Montgomery Township, died October 12 at Stonebridge at Montgomery.

Born in Adrian, Michigan, she lived in the Hopewell, Rocky Hill, and Montgomery Township area most of her life. She helped establish the Mary Jacobs Memorial Library and was employed there for more than 30 years until her retirement at age 81. She was a member of the First Reformed Church of Rocky Hill.

A loving and beloved member of her family and community, she was an avid reader and a plant and bird enthusiast who had a soft spot in her heart for all animals, large and small.

The wife of the late John Mack and grandmother of the late Lara Bunce, who died in June, she is survived by four daughters, Margaret Mason of Los Angeles, Frances Merritt of Lawrenceville, Kathleen Mack of Foster, R.I., and Jennifer Bunce of Hampton, N.H.; two brothers, Thomas Pessel and William Pessel; five grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

The funeral will be this Saturday, October 18 at 11 a.m. at the First Reformed Church of Rocky Hill, on Route 518 at Washington Street. Burial will be in Rocky Hill Cemetery on Montgomery Avenue. A reception for friends and family will follow immediately at Stonebridge at Montgomery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Mary Jacobs Memorial Library, 64 Washington Street, Rocky Hill 08553; or to the Winnacunnet High School Fund f/b/o Lara Bunce Scholarship Fund, Alumni Drive, Hampton, N.H. 03842.

Helen J. Falvey

Helen Jane Falvey, 89, of Princeton, died peacefully October 13 at home.

Born in Ossining, N.Y., she resided in Ossining until 1948, when she and her late husband, Patrick Falvey, moved to Connecticut. In 1958, Mr. and Mrs. Falvey and their children, Susan and Peter, moved to Newtown, Conn., which became Mrs. Falvey’s home for over 40 years. Four years ago, she moved to New Jersey to live closer to her son and daughter.

She had many interesting jobs throughout her lifetime. In the 1930s and ‘40s she worked in New York City for the jewelry designer and craftsman Francisco Rebajes at his stores in Greenwich Village and on Fifth Avenue. Mr. Rebajes and his wife, Pauline, remained her lifelong friends. While living in Newtown, she worked at The Connecticut Shop, Molly’s Flower Shop, and Mrs. Anderson’s Food Store, and was a personal secretary for a local resident. She also kept property records for George Cladis, who owned the property where the Falveys lived. Mr. and Mrs. Cladis and Mrs. Falvey also formed a lifelong friendship. For more than 20 years, she worked for Dr. Lawrence Daum, a dentist in Newtown, and in her later years, for another dentist, Dr. Steven Landen.

She loved life and was always joyful. She always noticed beauty around her and took pleasure in the simple things in life. She was also very creative, her creativity reflected in her charming home in Newtown.

Daughter of the late John and Margaret McCall Hoar, wife of the late Patrick Falvey, and sister of the late Mary McCue, Margaret Meader, Agnes Henning, and John Hoar, she is survived by her children, Susan Johnson of Princeton and Peter Falvey of Lawrenceville; two grandchildren; and her beloved friends Tom Quinn of Poughkeepsie, N.Y. and the Orlowski sisters, formerly of Newtown.

A memorial service will be held at St. Rose of Lima Church, 46 Church Hill Road, Newtown, Conn. 06470 on Saturday, October 25 at 11:30 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Princeton Hospice Memorial Fund, 253 Witherspoon Street, Princeton 08540-9914; or to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Benjamin R. Stewart

Benjamin R. Stewart 85, of Forked River, formerly of Kingston, died October 11 of congestive heart failure, peacefully at home.

Born in Princeton Hospital, he grew up in Kingston. He was the owner and operator of Kingston Garage, Inc. for over 40 years, retiring in June 1985.

A World War II veteran, he served in the South Pacific.

He was a 60-year member of the Princeton Masonic Lodge No. 38 in Princeton and a member of the Kingston Volunteer Fire Company for 55 years. He was an avid fisherman.

He was the loving husband of Elizabeth (Thea) Stewart of Forked River. He is survived by a son, Richard W. Stewart of Kingston; a sister, Evelyn Barnes of Hampton, N.J.; and two grandsons.

A graveside service will be held at Princeton Cemetery this Saturday, October 18 at 11 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Southern Ocean County Hospice.

Alan R. Goldberg

Alan R. Goldberg, 58, of Montgomery Township, died October 9 at home.

Born in Lakewood, he resided most his life in the Princeton area. He was a computer administrator for Princeton University where he had been employed since 1976.

He was a member and past chief of East Windsor Township Rescue Squad from 1978 until 1999, and a member of the Montgomery Rescue Squad since 2000. He was also a member of the New Jersey Audubon Society and a volunteer for Skywarn weather service.

Son of the late Robert and Jean (Simon) Goldberg, he is survived by his wife, Laurie Larson; two sons, David and Todd; a daughter, Heather Goldberg; and a granddaughter.

The funeral service was October 11 at the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home. Burial was private.

Memorial contributions may be made to Montgomery Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 105, Belle Mead 08502; or to the East Windsor Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 30, Hightstown 08520.

Helen Pesta

Helen Pesta, 86, of Princeton, died October 7 in the Merwick Care Center in Princeton.

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., she resided in the Greenpoint section of Brooklyn before moving to Princeton in 1963. She retired in 1962 with over 25 years of service as a bridal dress maker/designer with Fink Brothers Inc. in New York City.

She was a communicant of St. Paul’s Church.

Daughter of the late Victor and Michelina Wawrzycki, she is survived by her husband of 58 years, Edmund Pesta, and several nieces and nephews.

The funeral was October 10 at the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home. A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated October 10 at St. Paul’s Church. Burial was private.

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