July 19, 2017

Obituaries 7/19/17

Maria Carmen Cortes Bugena

Maria Carmen Cortes Bugena passed away at home in Princeton on June 24. She was 97.

Over the course of five decades, Maria devoted her life to the care and nurture of others. In this way, she truly became a member of each of the families with whom she worked. She set an unsurpassed example of dignity and humility noted by any who had the pleasure to meet her.

Born four months premature on a ship off the coast of Valparaiso, Chile, to Liborio Cortes and Clara Bugena, her long life defied all odds. After contracting polio at the age of five, Maria was left unable to walk for over a year. It was during this time that she learned to sew as she helped her mother tailor uniforms for the Chilean navy.

The third of 12 children, Maria remained in Chile until she saw both of her parents through their respective battles with cancer. Working for the John M. Schmunk family as a housekeeper and nanny during their years in Santiago, Maria emigrated to the United States in June 1964 to continue working with the family in Titusville, N.J.

Maria’s final station was that of housekeeper and cook for Mr. and Mrs. Bertram F. Bonner in Princeton. Working for the couple and their family for over 25 years, Maria faithfully maintained her post for a year following the passing of Mrs. Corella C. Bonner in 2002. It was not until 2003 at the age of 83 that Maria officially stopped working. While her formal duties may have ended, Maria’s love for and devotion to those around her was undying.

Maria is survived by the five women whom she helped to raise and their families: Danner (Schmunk) and Andrew Reibe of Titusville and their children Brendan, Sian and Liela; Barbara (Schmunk) and David Burdick of Glenmoore, Pa., and their children Alli and Ryan; June (Schmunk) and Brian Cullen of Amherst, N.H., and their children Eliza, Alexandra and Isabella; Caitlin Hughes of New York City; and Johanna (Hughes) and John Hunsbedt of Princeton and their children Oliver and Audrey.

A Memorial Mass will be held at St. Paul’s Church in Princeton on Saturday, July 29 at 10 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, Maria wished that donations be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.


Garlie A. Forehand

A memorial service to celebrate the life of Dr. Garlie A. Forehand will be held at 11 a.m. on July 29th at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Princeton at 50 Cherry Hill Road, with a reception to follow.

A professor of psychology at Carnegie Mellon University, researcher at Educational Testing Service (ETS), author, and avid lover of travel and opera, Garlie Forehand of Princeton passed away on May 14, 2017.

Born in Lexington, Va. in 1933, he was the son of Garlie A. and Edith B. Forehand and grew up in Richmond, Va. He met his wife Emma while at the University of Richmond for his undergraduate work. Moving to Chicago, he received his graduate degree from the University of Illinois in Urbana. For many years he was a professor of psychology at Carnegie Mellon University until he moved to Princeton and started his work in research at ETS in 1973.

After retiring from the position of director of research program planning and development from ETS in 2000, he continued to consult in the areas of research design and workplace communication with an emphasis on curriculum innovation and evaluation. Garlie was dedicated to research and learning and as such, volunteered for Literacy Volunteers in Mercer County, Inc. for several years.

He will be remembered for trips to the Tanglewood Music Center, crossword puzzles, trying different foods with his dining club, his doodles, and a caring and inviting smile.

Father of the late Thomas A. Forehand, he is survived by his wife of 60 years, Emma (Costello) Forehand; two sons Michael W. and Joseph L. Forehand; daughter Karen E. Michael; daughters-in-law Lydia Harris and Elizabeth Connor; son-in law Jeff Michael; a brother John Forehand; his niece, Cathy McNutt; and two grandchildren, Jeremy Forehand and Miranda Bermejo.

Garlie and his wife Emma supported many local organizations such as the Universalist Unitarian Congregation, The Princeton Festival, and Princeton University Summer Chamber Concerts. They also volunteered for Meals on Wheels and as such, in lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations in Garlie’s memory be made to any of the above volunteer organizations.