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Vol. LXII, No. 37
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
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Russell Wenitsky

Fannie E. Floyd

François Y. Manière

Gerald A. Speedy

John Paul Torkildsen

Palmer Beverly Uhl

Samuel A. Sculerati Jr.

Gordon Mack

Russell Wenitsky

Russell Wenitsky

Russell Wenitsky, 49, of Princeton, died on Saturday, September 6. Russ was a dear friend to so many people who were drawn to his easygoing, ever optimistic and deeply loving nature. His commitment as a husband and father was something special. Those who were privileged enough to spend time with him and learn from his example had their own lives enriched.

Russ was Senior Vice President of Munich Reinsurance America and head of Innovative Solutions. The devoted husband of Barbara (née Friedrich), he was the beloved father of Rachel and Ariel, and his awesome dogs, Molly and Freddie. He was the loving son of Joseph and Janet Wenitsky; the cherished brother of Daniel Wenitsky and the late Barry Wenitsky; the beloved nephew of Charlotte and Ron Borofsky, the beloved cousin of their children, and the loving son-in-law of Lillian and William Friedrich. He is also survived by brothers- and sisters-in-law, and nieces and nephews. He was a special friend to Ira Yoffe, Alton Robertson, Peter Bronsteen, and Karl-Heinz Reichlmair.

Funeral services were held at Congregation Beth Chaim in Princeton Junction. Shiva will be observed through Friday afternoon at the late residence. Contributions in his memory can be made to Special Olympics, 1133 19th Street N.W., Washington, D.C. 20036, or to the Obama Campaign, or to the National Park Foundation, 1201 Eye Street N.W., Suite 550-B, Washington, D.C. 20005.

Arrangements are by Goldsteins’ Rosenberg’s Raphael Sacks, Southampton, Pa.

Fannie E. Floyd

Fannie E. Floyd

Fannie E. Floyd, 84, of Princeton, died September 3 at the University Medical Center at Princeton after a short illness. The daughter of the late George and Daisy Reeves, she was the wife of James Floyd Sr., former committeeman and Mayor of Princeton Township.

Born in Princeton, Mrs. Floyd attended the Witherspoon Street School for the Colored and Princeton High School. She went on to Virginia State University and graduated in 1945 with a degree in English. After her return to Princeton, she was employed by the Educational Testing Service for more than 20 years, working in the Test Production/Development Department as a proofreader.

Like her husband, she was involved in many Princeton area civic, social, charitable, and religious organizations for more than 50 years. Once stating that “I do things because I see a need,” she was initially involved in open housing and equal education issues. She served as a Princeton YWCA board member, Planned Parenthood board member, Cub Scout den mother, Churchwomen United member, and Community House Surrogate Parent participant. Her most recent involvements included the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, McCarter Theatre Associates Board, Princeton Nursery School, Princeton Community Democratic Organization, and the Witherspoon/Jackson Neighborhood Association.

She was also a dedicated member of Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church, serving as elder and deacon, and on many committees over the years.

In June 2008, Mr. and Mrs. Floyd were honored for their lifelong commitment to the local community by the funding by Princeton philanthropist William H. and Judy Scheide of an endowment in the Floyds’ name to help the University Medical Center at Princeton to provide healthcare to the uninsured and underinsured.

Mrs. Floyd is survived by her husband of 62 years, James Floyd Sr.; two sons, James Jr. and Michael of Princeton; a sister, Catherine Reeves of Princeton; and a granddaughter.

A graveside service will be held today, September 10 at 1 p.m. at Princeton Cemetery. A memorial service will be held on Sunday, September 21 at 2 p.m. at Nassau Presbyterian Church, 61 Nassau Street.

Memorial donations may be sent to the Fannie E. Floyd Charitable Fund, c/o Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church, 112 Witherspoon Street, Princeton 08542.

Arrangements are by the Hughes Funeral Home.

François Y. Manière

François Y. Manière

François Y. Manière, 59, of Princeton Junction, died September 5 peacefully at home, with his loving family by his side. He had been a Princeton Junction resident for the past 17 years.

Dr. Manière received his doctorate from Pennsylvania State University in food science. He was employed as Patent Director for L’Oréal USA in Clark, N.J.

An active member and Eucharistic Minister of St. David the King Church, he was also a coach and volunteer for school and community activities.

He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Alice Manière; four children, Patrick, Colleen, Eric and Kate; a sister, Roseline; and three brothers, Dominique, Olivièr, and Nicolas.

A funeral Mass was celebrated yesterday, September 9 at St. David the King Church in Princeton Junction. Burial will be private and at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in care of Kate Manière, payable to Alice Manière.

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

Gerald A. Speedy

Gerald A. Speedy

Gerald A. Speedy, 98, of Willow Street, Pa., formerly of Princeton, died August 31 at Lancaster General Hospital in Lancaster, Pa. He was the former National Director of the Program and Program Development Divisions of the National Council of the Boy Scouts of America. He was the husband of Ruth Mayer Speedy, and previously of Alice M. Speedy, who died in 1978.

He began his professional Scouting career as Director of Cub Scouting in Minneapolis, Minn., where he helped to pioneer the then new younger boy program. In addition to his local responsibilities he wrote program materials for the national organization. In 1938 he was loaned to the National Council in New York City for 30 days, during which time he wrote the first Howbook of Cub Scouting. In 1940 he was called to the National Office to serve as Assistant National Director of Cub Scouting, and in 1949 became National Director of Cub Scouting. He was the author of the Cub Scout Handbook, Cubmaster’s Handbook, and Den Mother’s Handbook, in addition to other program literature. In 1952 he was appointed Assistant National Director of the Program Division, and in 1957 became its Director. He was also responsible for the program aspects of several U.S. Jamborees, each comprising about 50,000 Scouts. In that capacity he led the U.S. contingent to the Greek World Jamboree. He also devised and directed Operation Reach, the first anti-drug abuse program of the Boy Scouts of America, carried out with the active assistance of the National Institutes of Health.

Before moving to Willow Street in 1987, Mr. Speedy served on the Princeton Parks Commission when the present parks system was developed.

Ordained as an elder in Nassau Presbyterian Church, he later became a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Lancaster, PA.

In addition to his wife Ruth, he is survived by two sons, Robert of Lakewood, N.J. and Richard of Hopewell; four grandsons; and five great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at a date to be determined. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the First Presbyterian Church, 140 East Orange Street, Lancaster, Pa. 17602.

Arrangements are by the Kearney A. Snyder Funeral Home, Lancaster, Pa. To send an online condolence to the family, visit

John Paul Torkildsen

John Paul Torkildsen of Griggstown, born in 1924, died September 4 at the University Medical Center at Princeton.

Born and raised in Lista, Norway, he immigrated to the U.S. in 1938, and had been a resident of Griggstown since 1956. He was a World War II veteran, having served in the U.S. Navy Coast Guard.

He was a dedicated machine shop foreman and business manager of sheet metal shops in Trenton and Newark.

He faithfully attended Bunker Hill Brethren Lutheran Church.

He is survived by his wife, Grace; four daughters, Linda Stauffer, Donna Fauske, Gail Smart, and Peggy Fauske; a brother, Austen, and half-sister, Marit, both in Norway; eight grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

The funeral service was September 8 at Bunker Hill Lutheran Brethren Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Griggstown Volunteer Fire Company 35, 1037 Canal Road, Princeton 08540; or to the Bunker Hill Lutheran Brethren Church, 235 Bunker Hill Road, Princeton 08540.

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

Palmer Beverly Uhl

Palmer Beverly Uhl, 75, of Princeton, died August 12 after a long illness.

Born in Winchester, Va., the daughter of William and Elizabeth (Palmer) Beverley, she graduated from St. Catherine’s School in Richmond, Va. and from Bradford Junior College.

Her family came to Princeton in 1957, after which she taught at All Saints’ Nursery School for more than 10 years. For years, the family spent summers at their home in Westport, N.Y. on Lake Champlain, where she and her husband met in 1949. Mrs. Uhl came to love the place, and returned there this year. She was an active and past member of the Garden Club of Princeton, the Present Day Club, and Women’s Investment Group.

She is survived by her husband of 56 years, Harrison J. Uhl Jr.; two sons, Harrison J. Uhl III and William B. Uhl; a daughter, Palmer B. Uhl; and a grandson.

Memorial services will be held at Trinity Church in Princeton on September 12 at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Arrangements are by the W.M. Marvins Sons funeral home in Elizabethtown, N.Y. For online condolences, visit

Samuel A. Sculerati Jr.

Samuel Anthony Sculerati Jr., 75, of Lanoka Harbor, N.J., formerly of Princeton, died September 7 at Community Medical Center, Toms River.

Born in Princeton, he moved to Lanoka Harbor in 1968.

He was retired from Causeway Ford, Manahawkin.

Predeceased by his wife, Loretta J. Sculerati, in 2005, he is survived by a stepson, John Fuschini; three brothers, James, Robert, and Thomas; and several nieces and nephews.

Services are private under the direction of Layton’s Home For Funerals, Forked River, N.J.

Gordon Mack

Gordon Mack, 81, a resident of Princeton since 1965, died September 8 at the University Medical Center at Princeton. The cause was prostate cancer.

He earned a B.A. and second lieutenant’s commission at Southern University, where he entered the Army ROTC, played football, joined Kappa Alpha Psi, and served as president of the student YMCA, the beginning of a life-long connection.

Following two years’ service in the Army and graduate school at NYU, he was hired as an Assistant Boy’s Work Secretary at the Hyde Park YMCA in Chicago, Ill. Almost 40 years later, including 10 years as a Division Chair at Bank Street College of Education, he retired from the YMCA of the USA where his most recent responsibilities had included national personnel services and the implementation of the Y’s mandate for cultural diversity. Within weeks of retirement, he agreed to an appointment at the University of Northern Iowa to head the American Humanics Program, a launch pad for students entering the not for profit sector.

He was the first chairman of Princeton’s Commission on Civil Rights and had served on the vestry of Trinity Church and board of Trinity Counseling Service. He was also a member of the Princeton Old Guard.

A native of Evanston, Ill., he is survived by his wife, Kay; a daughter, Melissa Mack of Elizabeth; a son, Michael of Richmond, Va., a daughter, Margot Mack of New York, and a son, Matthew of Kappa, Kauai; and a sister, Marjorie Mack of Brooklyn.

A memorial service will be held this Saturday, September 13 at 2 p.m. at Trinity Church, 33 Mercer Street.

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

Arrangements are by the Kimble Funeral Home.

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