December 16, 2015

Obituaries 12/16/15

Wayne Franklin Storie

Wayne Franklin Storie, Gouverneur, N.Y. Born June 5, 1946 to Earl F. and Arlene Storie. Wayne grew up in upstate New York and enjoyed hunting, fishing, and woodworking. He loved being on or near the water, including the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence River. He was educated in Antwerp and Philadelphia, N.Y.; then joined the U.S. Navy and served on board the USS Oglethorpe. He was a proud member of the Antwerp American Legion Post 916.

Wayne started working for St. Joe Mineral Corp in Belmont, N.Y. and was then transferred to Princeton and worked as a draftsman. In 1971 he met his lifetime love, Sina. They were married in 1972 and shared 43 years of married life. God blessed them with a son, Wayne Steven in 1974.

Wayne worked shortly in real estate before joining McLean Engineering as a machinist. He was promoted to supervisor of their subsidiary, Zero Corporation. As he enjoyed retirement, he spent time with his son working at their company, Storie’s Transport and Towing.

Wayne loved the great outdoors, making clocks, collecting handguns, and most especially he loved and cherished his precious grandchildren; Isabella Christina, 12 and Jack Anthony, 7.

He is survived by this wife, Sina; son, Wayne Steven, and his wife Christine; his mother in law, Fioralba Procaccini. He leaves behind many friends and family whom he enjoyed so much.

The funeral will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, December 19, 2015 at The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home 40 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Saturday at St. Paul’s Church, 214 Nassau Street, Princeton. Calling hours will be held Friday, December 18, 2015 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions in Wayne’s honor may be given to The American Legion, Post 916, Main Street, Antwerp, New York, 13608.


Aminta Marks

Aminta Marks died peacefully on December 9, 2015 in Princeton. She was 91 years old.

Daughter of John and Blanche (Rockwell) Willis of Horseheads, New York, Aminta graduated at the top of her class from Horseheads High School. In 1946 she graduated from Wilson College with a BS in biology and religion. She then moved to Baltimore, Maryland, where in 1948 she received a Masters in Education from Johns Hopkins University. From Baltimore, she moved on to Princeton Theological Seminary where she received her Masters of Divinity in 1951, and met John Henry Marks.

Aminta and John married July 21, 1951, and soon after, left for Basel, Switzerland, where Aminta picked up conversational German and studied painting, while John completed his doctorate. The following year they returned to Princeton, where with the exception of two sabbatical years in Jerusalem and Jordan, they would spend the rest of their lives.

Aminta held jobs ranging from staff writer for the Princeton Alumni Weekly and biology teacher at Princeton High School, to English teacher at The Lawrenceville School and administrator for a division of Gallup Polls. She was a member of Church Women United and spent many years as a volunteer with the Trenton Children’s Chorus and the Trenton After School Program.

Starting in 1962, the family relocated each summer to Grindstone Island on the St. Lawrence River. There, Aminta enjoyed swimming, gardening, painting, and writing. She was active in island life, which often revolved around the island’s community church. Through her painting, poetry, and later, her weekly column in the local newspaper, The Thousand Island Sun, she chronicled life on Grindstone Island.

Aminta enjoyed people: their stories, their manners, their lives. As her countless paintings and poems indicate, some compiled in her three books, A Pieta for The Dispossessed, Sweet Water And Polar, and So It Is, she observed life’s intricacies and ironies keenly and with kind delight and humor.

Whether in Princeton or on Grindstone, Aminta opened her house to all, always offering tea and cookies. Her legacy is her unyielding love for her family and care for the world. Aminta and John’s 57 years together were rich, and accented with long walks, mutual love, and healthy questioning of dogma. Unaffected and dignified in their life together, they exemplified compassion and decency. Sadly, her husband John died in 2009.

Aminta is survived by her oldest son, Peter, and his fiancé, Mia Williams; her daughter, Fleur, her husband, William Rueckert, and their children, Cleveland and his wife, Grayson, Elizabeth and her husband, Patrick Henry; and their youngest daughter, Julia, soon to be married to Brett Shannon; and her son, John, his wife, Belle, and their children, Phoebe, Anna, and Eliza.

On January 9, 2016 at 11 a.m., a memorial service will be held for Aminta at the Nassau Church in Princeton.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be sent to Princeton Theological Seminary, P.O. Box 821, Princeton, NJ 08542-0803.


Obit Cooke 12-16-15Elaine Cooke

Elaine Cooke, 88, peacefully passed away at her home in Princeton on Monday, December 14, 2015. Born in Richmond Hill, Queens, New York, she graduated from the Textile Art School in Manhattan and received her degree in art, with honors, from Hunter College.

Married in 1950, she taught school in Port Jefferson, New York, prior to their moving to Princeton in 1954. In Princeton, Elaine was the art teacher in the East Windsor School District as well as the Princeton Johnson Park School. As a Docent for 23 years at the Princeton University Art Museum, she conducted tours and worked with school children on Saturday morning programs. She was an honored member of the Eastern Star, a Deacon at the Nassau Presbyterian Church, and a member of the ADII Sorority.

Cruises, sailing or skiing with the family, gardening or swimming at the YWCA gave her great pleasure.

She is survived by her husband, Harry Cooke; daughters Ellen and husband Walter Dimitruk; Barbara Cooke; Janet and husband Gregory Richards; son Robert Cooke and wife Karen Cooke; her grandchildren Michaelin and Cameron Richards; Brittany Dimitruk, Brice Dimitruk, Brian and wife Sarah Dimitruk; and her great grandson Jase.

The funeral will be held Friday, December 18, 2015 at 11 a.m. at The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton. Burial will follow at Princeton Cemetery. Calling hours will be held Thursday, December 17, 2015 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home.