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Vol. LXV, No. 37
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
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Nadia Koutzen

Anthony M. Pinelli

Kathleen F. Petrocelli

Elvira R. P. Tamasi

Barbara A. Power

Nadia Koutzen

Nadia Koutzen

Nadia Koutzen, 80, formerly of Princeton, died September 8 in the Community Medical Center of Toms River, New Jersey.

She was born October 6, 1930 in Philadelphia into a family of musicians. Like her family, she spent her life touching people through the gift of music. From age three, she was discovered to be a whirlwind talent; a true child prodigy who contributed to life with wondrous musicianship as a concert violinist.

Her career as a musician began at age ten as a soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra. She succeeded in touring as a recital and concert soloist throughout the United States, Europe, and Canada. She was first violinist with the Bolshoi, Pennsylvania Ballet, and Moiseyev dance companies, and was a member of The American Federation of Musicians.

She was also concertmaster for The Garden State Philharmonic and was involved in the Philly Pops of Philadelphia and Plays in the Park of Middlesex County with the Central New Jersey Musicians Union.

Her passion extended beyond music to her devotion of nature, the environment, and humanitarian work.

She will be remembered as a selfless, pure-spirited friend, revered violin teacher, mentor, gardener, and mother. She inspired many devoted pupils to whom she bestowed life-lessons and enjoyment.

She is survived by her children, David, Elizabeth, and Timothy.

A Memorial Service will be held at Christ Episcopal Church of Toms River at a later date.

Arrangements are under the direction of Anderson-Campbell Funeral Home of Toms River.

Anthony M. Pinelli

Anthony Mario Pinelli, 73, died September 10.

He was born to the late Pietro & Filomena Pinelli on March 24, 1938 in Princeton. He graduated from Princeton High School in 1956 and joined the Princeton Township Police Department in 1961. He married Luemma King in 1962 and together they lived in Skillman before locating to St. Ignatius, Mont. in 1991.

He was with the Princeton Township Police Department for over 26 years where he began as a patrolman and served as a juvenile officer. He moved up through the ranks retiring as Chief of Police in 1987. During that time he attended the FBI National Academy.

He and his wife fulfilled a lifelong dream by moving to Montana in 1991. There he indulged his love for wildlife by becoming a National Park Ranger at the National Bison Range in Moiese, Mont. for four years. His last 20 years were spent in St. Ignatius, Mont., where he hunted, fished, and enjoyed all of Montana’s treasures.

He proudly served in the National Guard for six years. He was a member of the 200 Club of Mercer County, the Italian American Sportsman Club, the Mercer County Police Chiefs Association, the New Jersey State Association of Police, the New Jersey State P.B.A., and was a lifetime member of Princeton P.B.A. local no. 130.

He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Luemma Pinelli; his children, Peter and Betsy Pinelli, Janice & Gary Schenck, and Donna and Michael Post; seven grandchildren; his brother, Frank; and his sisters, Lydia Pirone, Eleanor Pinelli, and Anna Pinelli.

The funeral will be held at 10 a.m. on September 19 at The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Ave., Princeton.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on September 19 at St. Paul’s Roman Catholic Church, 214 Nassau Street, Princeton. He will be laid to rest at Princeton Cemetery.

A viewing will be held on September 18 from 2 to 4 p.m., and 6 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home.

A Memorial Service will be held at a later date at the Mission Catholic Church in St. Ignatius, Mont.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be to Princeton Pettoranello Foundation, 120 John Street, Suite 3, Princeton, N.J. 08542.

Kathleen F. Petrocelli

Kathleen F. Petrocelli, 74, of Princeton, died September 11. She succumbed to infirmities related to a chronic liver disorder.

Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, she moved to Princeton as a young bride. She loved warm weather, flowers, traveling, and a good soap opera.

She is survived by the people who provided a lifetime full of joy, happiness and an occasional tear: her husband, Orlando; her sons, Lucio, Joseph, and Neil; and five grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on September 17 at St. Paul’s Church, 214 Nassau Street.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Impact OASIS, a charity dedicated to the autistic community. Donations may be made through; or to Impact Oasis, 1 Morgan Road, Middletown, New Jersey 07748.

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

Elvira R. P. Tamasi

Elvira Rosa Perna Tamasi died September 10 at the University Medical Center in Princeton.

Born in Pantaniello, Italy, on May 21, 1920, she loved life, but most importantly, she loved her family. She was a passionate student and was being groomed by her teacher to become a teacher herself. She was a treasure trove of prose, poetry, limericks, and ancient sayings and narratives, many of which were handed down from her grandmother, Filomena Nini.

She delighted and amused her family with them over the years. She loved to make home repairs and frequently consulted with and shared tools with her son-in-law, Ralph. She was a tireless nurturer and loved and cared for her entire family.

Predeceased by her husband, Angelo Michele Tamasi; her father, Antonio Perna; her mother, Lucia Perna; and her siblings, Ginetta, Claudino, Umberto, Armando, Pierina Stefanelli, and Michael Perna; she is survived by her daughters, Antonietta Branham, Pierina Thayer, and Rita deRose; five grandchildren; and three great grandchildren.

The funeral will be held at 10 a.m. on September 14 from the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on September 14 at St. Paul’s Church, 214 Nassau Street, Princeton.

Burial will follow in the Princeton Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tenn. 38105.

Barbara A. Power

Barbara Ann Gordon Power, 80, of Princeton, died September 7 at Merwick Care Center of Plainsboro.

The eldest daughter of the late Carroll and Agnes Gordon, she was born and raised in Mineral Point, Wis. In the mid-1950s, she moved to Haddonfield and then Princeton, where she and her former husband, Richard Power, raised their five children.

Predeceased by her brothers, Robert and Kenneth Gordon; and her companion and favorite dance partner, Jerry Pascale; she is survived by her children, Susan Power-Miller, Kathleen Power Ellenwood, Jennifer Power, Jeanne Power-Galli, and Ted Power; her sister, Carolyn U’Ren; and seven great grandchildren.

A Memorial Service was held on September 10 at the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home in Princeton.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to either HomeFront of Lawrenceville, (; or SAVE of Princeton, (

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