February 15, 2017

Obituaries 2/15/17

Edward A. Whitehouse

Edward A. “Ted” Whitehouse of Ringoes, N.J., Owl’s Head Me., and formerly of Nantucket, Mass., died February 12, 2017. He was 75.

Ted was born on November 10, 1941 in West Orange, N.J. to the late Joseph H. Whitehouse and Anita F. Whitehouse. He grew up on a farm in Warren Township, N.J. and graduated from Watchung Hills Regional High School in 1960. As a young man, he drag-raced in events sponsored by Ford Motor Company and raced snowmobiles for Polaris. Ted started his own company, Somerset Mechanical Contractors, Inc., and completed large-scale projects throughout New Jersey for companies such as Lipton Tea, Tenneco, and Hunterdon Medical Center. He settled in Ringoes in 1973. He married the love of his life, Sarah Richardson Whitehouse, in 1989 and was a devoted husband and father. He cherished spending time with his seven grandchildren, who called him “Poppy.”

An avid outdoorsman, Ted loved to hunt and fish and spent many summers in Maine and Nantucket on his boat, Sundance. For most of his adult life, he served as president and then as captain of the Hunt for White Game Club in Shohola, Pa. and successfully guided and oversaw each hunting season. He was an outstanding marksman and was a mentor to many in safe hunting practices and technique. He was also a member of Rockland Yacht Club, Rockland, Me.

Ted had a wicked sense of humor, an infectious smile and enjoyed unique hobbies such as vintage outboard motor restoration. He was a great role model, a caring friend, and was loyal to a fault.

He is survived by his beloved wife, Sarah R. Whitehouse; his six children, Rena A. Whitehouse (Edwin Baskin), Omaha, Nebr.; Melissa J. Whitehouse (Atiba Gomez), Brooklyn, N.Y.; Edward J. Whitehouse (Dorothy), Rumson N.J.; Whitney B. Ross (Stephen Moseley), Princeton; Dennis B. Ross, Stamford, Conn.; Hillary H. Nastro (Joseph), Wallingford, Conn.; seven grandchildren, Ross Moseley, Parkman Moseley, Hunter Ross, Joseph Whitehouse, Edward Whitehouse, Charles Nastro, and Anna Nastro; and a sister, Anita W. Hoag (Richard) of Rancho Mirage, Calif.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Holcombe-Fisher Funeral Home, 147 Main Street, Flemington, N.J. and services will be scheduled at a future date.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hunterdon Hospice’s Residential Hospice Fund, 2200 Wescott Drive, Flemington, NJ 08822, or to the Raritan Township Fire Company, 303 South Main Street, Flemington, NJ 08822.


Marjory Gelpke White

Marjory Gelpke White, a long time Princeton resident, passed away peacefully on February 9, 2017 at the age of 92 in the home of her loving daughter, Laura White Marks in Windham, New Hampshire. Her daughter, Nancy White Baruch and granddaughter, Cayce Marks were also at her bedside at the time of her passing.

She was born Marjory Gerhardine Gelpke on July 25, 1924 to Ellen and Adolf Gelpke in Ardmore, Pennsylvania.

Marjory attended Ursinus College, Collegeville, Pennsylvania in 1941-1945, graduating with a Masters Degree in both biology and chemistry. Marjory then attended Temple University Medical School in Philadelphia in 1946 — 1948. After meeting the love of her life, William Rolt White, they married in 1948 and lived in Easton, Pennsylvania while “Bill” finished his degree at Lafayette College. Settling back in the Philadelphia area for a number of years, they then moved to Princeton in 1963. Both were active members of the All Saint’s Church, the school and community.

At All Saint’s Church, Marjory served on the Altar Guild, Flower Guild and was the first woman to be elected to the Vestry. As her children were involved in the Boy and Girl Scouting programs, she volunteered to be leaders in both organizations. She was president of the Princeton High School PTA, a 27-year member of PEO, a philanthropic educational organization that raises money for women’s scholarships, and a long time active member of the Women’s College Club of Princeton (WCCP) from 1963 — 2016, serving as president 1981-1983. The WCCP also raises money for scholarships for young women to attend college. Having been raised to value education, Marjory was passionate about helping young women further their education through scholarship assistance.

After Bill White’s sudden and unexpected death (on his 50th birthday) in 1971, Marjory became sole provider for her three children; one in college, one on the way to college, and another in high school. Marjory, having just earned her Real Estate Brokers license a few months before, joined Audrey Short Realty World and embarked on an illustrious career, earning multiple awards as New Jersey’s top salesperson, spanning decades in the business. This was evident as, at the age of 85, she was being recruited by five competing Princeton real estate firms after her firm, Burgdorff Realtors, was bought by Coldwell Banker.

Marjory’s success in real estate was rooted in creating a caring relationship and welcoming her clients into the community she loved. Many of her clients became good friends and fellow parishioners at All Saint’s Church. As matriarch of the family, Marjory was the historian and keeper of the many generational stories. She helped strengthen the family bonds with her passion to connect everyone. Family reunions in Ocean City, New Jersey, were especially joyful occasions.

Always an adventurous spirit, Marjory enjoyed exploring the world with her children and grandchildren, traveling to England, Ireland, France, Costa Rica, the Caribbean Islands, Italy, and Greece. A life long learner and lover of the arts, Marjory reaped the benefits of living in Princeton, auditing courses at Princeton University and regularly attending performances at McCarter Theatre and the New Jersey Symphony at Richardson Auditorium.

Beloved wife,mother, mother in law, grandmother, and great grandmother, Marjory was predeceased by her parents, Ellen and Adolf Gelpke; her husband, William R. White; her sister Ellen Craun; brother in law Ted Craun; nephew Todd Craun; sister in law Gloria Gelpke; and brother in law John Macinko. She is survived by her three children; Geoffrey, Laura, and Nancy; brother Roy Gelpke; sister Connie Macinko; grandchildren Fenlon, Justine, Seaver, Brett, Tyler, Cayce, Luke; and great grandson, Adrian.

There will a memorial service to celebrate Marjory’s life on Sunday, March 26, 2017 at 2:30 p.m., at All Saint’s Church, 16 All Saint’s Road, Princeton, New Jersey.

In lieu of flowers, Marjory requested that contributions be made to the Women’s College Club of Princeton, NJ, PO Box 3181, Princeton, NJ 08540; the PEO Foundation, 3700 Grand Avenue, Des Moines, Iowa 50312; or All Saint’s Church, 16 All Saint’s Road, Princeton, NJ 08540.


Gene P. Kaplan

Gene P. Kaplan, 88, of Princeton died suddenly on Friday, February 3, 2017, at the University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro after a brief illness.

Born in New York City, he resided in Princeton for almost 20 years. He earned a BS in economics from the Wharton School of Finance and Commerce of the University of Pennsylvania, and an MBA in accounting from the NYU Graduate School of Business Administration. During the Korean War, he served in the United States Army.

Gene had a long and varied career in financial services in both the private and public sectors, including CIT and William Sword & Co. He was also a financial consultant and co-founder of Seawoulfe Partners, Ltd in Princeton and Capital Consulting Network in Princeton, from which he retired as managing partner in 2011.

He was active in many civic and professional organizations and was president of the Board of Trustees of the New Jersey Shakespeare Festival. He was also honored by Cancer Care of New Jersey and Financial Executives International (FEI) of New Jersey.

Son of the late Abraham and Rita (Gold) Kaplan, Gene was predeceased by his first wife Marjorie Moss Kaplan and his brother Alan. He is survived by his wife of 22 years, Patricia A. Meyer; and his three daughters Amy Kaplan, Betsy Kaplan, and Abigail Butrym (Michael); two grandchildren (Emma and Spenser); his brother Ralph; his aunt Alyce; and many caring nieces, nephews, cousins, friends, and former colleagues.

A Memorial Service will be held on April 2, 2017 at 2 p.m. at The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton followed by a Celebration of Life. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that any donations be made to the Multiple Myeloma Association, Cancer Care of New Jersey or to a charity of the donor’s choice.

For additional information or to share condolences, please access the Mather-Hodge website at www.matherhodge.com.


Blanche A. McCarthy

Blanche A. McCarthy, 94, of Princeton entered into eternal rest on Monday, February 13, 2017 at St. Joseph’s Skilled Nursing Center in Lawrenceville.

Born in Trenton, she was a lifelong resident of Princeton. Blanche married Robert David McCarthy on June 29, 1949 at Blessed Sacrament Church in Trenton. She was a former member of the Present Day Club of Princeton, an honorary member of Springdale Golf Club of Princeton, and a lifelong parishioner of St. Paul’s Church in Princeton.

Daughter of the late James J. and Blanche Marie (Gallagher) McGuire; wife of the late Robert David McCarthy; and sister of the late Elinor McCarthy; she is survived by two sons and a daughter-in-law Robert D. McCarthy, Jr. and Marly MacFarlane, and James J. McCarthy; one daughter and son-in-law Kathleen McCarthy and Richard J. Maylander.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Friday, February 17, 2017 at St. Paul’s Church, 216 Nassau Street, Princeton.

Burial will follow in St. Paul’s Cemetery.

Calling hours will be held from 8:30 to 10 a.m. Friday at The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Ave., Princeton.