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David Asbury

Demetrius McDowell

Margaret A. Pasek

Frank M. Soda

Joan Paulino

Robert Lessing

David Asbury

David Asbury, 87, of Princeton, died September 10 in St. George, Utah, while visiting his daughters.

Born in London, England, he served with the British Army during World War II from 1939 to 1946. In 1952, he immigrated with his family to the Princeton area, where he lived until his death.

Predeceased by his wife of 57 years, Alice, he is survived by three daughters, Marjorie Asbury and Gerri Gercak of Hurricane, Utah; and Linda Schwarz of Lawrenceville; a sister, Joan Price of Jamesburg; a brother, Clifford Kent of England; seven grandchildren; and four greatgrandchildren.

Memorial donations may be made to the Princeton First Aid and Rescue Squad.

Demetrius McDowell

Demetrius McDowell, 38, of Plainfield, died on August 17 at New York University Hospital after a long illness.

He was a graduate student in the English Department of Princeton University. At the time of his death, he was in the final weeks of completing his doctoral dissertation in the field of 19th-century American literature.

Born in Queens, N.Y., he attended the High School of Music and Art in New York, then studied at Buffalo State College in Buffalo and at Rutgers University-Newark, where he received a B.A. in English in 1992. In 1993 he was admitted to the doctoral program at Princeton.

In 1995 he contracted encephalitis, rendering him legally blind. Despite the impairment, he learned to scan his reading materials into a computer for vocal playback. He completed his degree requirements and worked five years on his dissertation, a study of the relations between publisher James T. Fields and authors Nathaniel Hawthorne and Henry James. He was admitted to Phi Beta Kappa in 1992.

He was formerly an editor on the Rutgers Observer, writing on film, theatre, and music. In recent years he was a member of Friends Meeting in Plainfield.

Burial was on August 23 at Oak Grove Cemetery in Hillsdale, Mich. A memorial service of music and readings will be held at 11 a.m. on September 27 at the First Presbyterian and Trinity Church in South Orange.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Demetrius McDowell Memorial Fund at Princeton University, c/o Nancy Kalmikoff, Gift Records, P.O. Box 5357 Princeton 08543-5357.

Margaret A. Pasek

Margaret A. Pasek, 88, of Princeton, died September 21 at the University Medical center at Princeton.

Born in Philadelphia, Pa., she had been a resident of Princeton and Kingston for more than 60 years.

She was a restaaurant owner in the Princeton area and also worked for Princeton Hospital. She later worked as a hospital volunteer.

An avid seamstress, she loved quilting, crocheting, and various arts and crafts. She had been a parishioner of St. Cecelia's Roman Catholic Church, Monmouth Junction.

Wife of the late Louis ("Butch") Baldino and the late Chester Pasek, she was also predeceased by a brother, Alphonse Good, and a sister, Lucy Persico. She is survived by two sons, James Baldino of Austin, Tex., and Alphonse Baldino of Monmouth Junction; a daughter, Rose Ida Hendricks of Las Vegas, Nev.; two brothers, Joseph Good and John Good; six sisters, Beatrice Fiorentino, Ann Boccanfuso, Phyllis Mishinski, Marie Ruane, Antoinette Steaffieri, and Ida Ciarlanti; eight grandchildren; ten greatgrandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

A Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Wednesday, September 24, at 9:30 a.m. at St. Paul's Church, 214 Nassau Street. Burial will follow in St. Paul's Cemetery.

Arrangements are by The Kimble Funeral Home.

Frank M. Soda

Frank Michael Soda, 90, of Princeton, died September 21 at the Merwick Unit of the University Medical Center at Princeton.

Born in Forino, Avellino, Italy, he came to the United States as a teenager. He lived in northern New Jersey for 22 years before moving to Princeton in 1955.

He graduated summa cum laude from both Montclair State College and Columbia University, and was a master teacher in French, Italian, Spanish and history. He taught foreign languages at Princeton High School, where he was the head of the modern language department. He also instituted foreign language teaching in the elementary schools.

He served as vice principal at Princeton High School, and taught methodology classes at Princeton University.

The French government awarded him Les Palmes Academiques for his interest and encouragement of the French language and culture. He received the Teacher of the Year award from the State of New Jersey in 1960.

He was predeceased by his wife of 62 years, Elaine; a sister, Theresa Cocozza; and three brothers, Nick, George, and Michael. He is survived by two daughters, Elissa Viglianco of Melbourne, Fla., and Barbara Young of Princeton; a son, Frank Jr. of San Francisco, Calif.; a brother, Fiore, and sister, Mary Pellecchia, both of Forino, Italy; and three grandchildren.

The funeral will be 8:30 a.m. Thursday, September 25 at the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. at St. Paul Roman Catholic Church. Burial will follow at Princeton Cemetery.

Visiting hours will be Wednesday, September 24, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home, 40 Vandeventer Avenue.

Joan Paulino

Joan Paulino, 62, a lifelong resident of Princeton, died September 22 at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in New York. She had worked for Princeton Advanced Components for 33 years as a manager.

Daughter of the late Margaret and Louis J. Paulino, she is survived by a brother, Robert of Hamilton; and close friends Ronald Hauser, Carole Esposito and Catherine and Joe King.

The funeral services will be Friday, September 26 at 1:30 p.m. at The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Avenue. Burial will follow at Princeton Cemetery.

Visitation will be Thursday, September 25 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Memorial Sloan Kettering in New York.

Robert Lessing

Robert Lessing, 81, of Princeton and Chebeague Island, Me., died September 21 at home in Princeton.

A graduate of The College of Wooster, he received his MBA from Harvard Business School. During World War II, he served as a lieutenant aboard a minesweeper in the South Pacific. He was a marketing representative in the textile fibers division of the DuPont Company for 37 years, most of them in New York City.

A swimmer, golfer and tennis player, he was for many years a member of Pretty Brook Tennis Club. He was a founding member of the Great Chebeague Tennis Club, a member of Springdale Golf Club and Great Chebeague Golf Club. He also belonged to The Old Guard of Princeton and was an original member of The Romeo Club.

He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Mary-Alice; four daughters, Jane Fasanella of Robbinsville, Anne Woodrick of Robbinsville, Susan LaVoie of Pinedale, Wyo., and Amy Dudeck of Hamilton Square; a twin brother, Donald, of New Providence; and 18 grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at All Saints' Church in Princeton on Saturday, September 27 at 11 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Princeton First Aid Squad, 237 North Harrison Street, Princeton 08540; or The College of Wooster, Wooster, OH 44691.

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