February 19, 2020

Obituaries 2/19/20

Nancy Sawin Teare

Nancy Sawin Teare, age 88, passed away peacefully on Saturday, February 15, 2020 in Princeton, New Jersey, with her two loving daughters by her side. 

Nancy was born on March 24, 1931 in Boston, Massachusetts, the daughter of George W. Sawin and Ida Hamilton Sawin. She grew up in Reading, MA, her parents having lived in Massachusetts all their lives. Nancy was the apple of her father’s eye and she enjoyed the time the two of them would spend together. She attended Reading High School and then Skidmore College, graduating in the Class of 1952 with a BA in Art. After graduation, she moved to Boston and worked as a commercial artist. She married George William Teare, Jr. in 1954 and enjoyed 45 years of marriage, raising two daughters together. 

Nancy moved to Princeton in 2004 to live closer to her daughters, but remained a New Englander at heart. She rooted for the Patriots, called a water fountain a bubblah, taught her family how to eat a lobster, loved coffee ice cream, subscribed to Yankee magazine, and never bought imitation maple syrup. She spent many summers on Cape Cod during her youth with her parents and her girlfriends. She later shared the love of the Cape with her children and grandchildren, always being the first one in the ocean no matter how cold the water temperature. 

Nancy was an avid artist all of her life, and her beautiful watercolors of seascapes and New England scenes hang in all the homes of those she loved. She had an innate sense of color which also showed in her interior decorating ability. Nancy displayed her artistic prowess in her many hobbies including needlepoint, quilting, and knitting. She devoted many hours to her needlepoint including stitching every grandchild their own Christmas stocking. She loved to travel and nothing made her happier than being near the ocean, whether it be sailing or walking a beautiful beach and collecting shells with her grandchildren. In the evenings, she enjoyed reading a good spy novel or a beloved poetry book and completing the day’s crossword puzzle. 

She grew up in the Reading Congregational Church, where her father was a deacon and sang in the choir. As part of the Daughters of the American Revolution, she was proud of the Sawin heritage tracing it back many centuries to Boxford, England.

Nancy was most proud of her family and held them dearly in her heart. She is survived by her daughters Catharyn Teare Cutright of Princeton, NJ, and Susan Teare Morris and son-in-law John Morris of Princeton, NJ;  her six grandchildren Brooks Cutright and wife Nahema Mehta, Molly Cutright, Logan Morris McIntosh and husband Tom McIntosh, Nellie Morris, Catharyn Morris, and Annie Morris, along with her three adored great-granddaughters, Annabel and Libby McIntosh and Nyah Cutright. 

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, February 22, 2020 at 12:00 noon at Nassau Presbyterian Church in Princeton, New Jersey. A private burial will be held in Watertown, Massachusetts.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made in her name to Skidmore College, Office of Advancement-North Hall, 815 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866-1632.

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


Pierre Adrien Piroué


Pierre A. Piroué, Henry Dewolf Smyth Professor of Physics, Emeritus, passed away peacefully on Wednesday February 12, 2020, in Princeton Hospital after a brief illness.

For over 60 years Pierre graced the Princeton University physics department with his outstanding research and teaching, and unforgettable charm and wit. Though he retired in 2001, he remained active in research and created a highly popular and respected freshman seminar on the physics of music.

A talented skier and tennis player, he loved his annual visits to Verbier in the Swiss Alps, and was a colorful, relentless presence on tennis courts on campus and at Constitution Hill.

Pierre is survived by his beloved wife of 65 years Marianne, son Olivier and his wife Teresa, daughter-in-law Beverly from his older son Nicolas, who predeceased him in 2004, and grandchildren Amanda and Andrew.

Funeral services and interment are private. Announcements will be made of a memorial celebration of Pierre’s life to be held at Princeton University.


Antonio Osato Elmaleh

Antonio Osato Elmaleh of Ringoes, NJ, died at home on January 16 surrounded by family after a long battle with cardiac amyloidosis. A memorial service will be held in the spring.

Mr. Elmaleh was born in New York City on June 15, 1950 to Sono Osato and Victor Elmaleh. A graduate of the Collegiate School in 1968, he went on to attend Duke University.

Always fascinated by history, Mr. Elmaleh was particularly interested in the Civil War, its origins, and its continuing impact on our country today. He was the author of The Ones They Left Behind, a novel set during the aftermath of the Civil War. He was also podcaster of the series “Uncovering the Civil War,” which will be released in book form later this year.

Mr. Elmaleh was an investor in real estate and green energy companies, and a former restauranteur and movie producer. In an earlier period of his life, he was a nationally ranked tennis and squash player. Mr. Elmaleh was also an avid golfer and reader, as well as a competitive Scrabble, backgammon, and cribbage player.

He gained recognition as a dedicated supporter of education and was a two-time Board Chair of the Waldorf School of Princeton. Mr. Elmaleh was also a member of The Players Club in New York City and The Ridge at Back Brook in Ringoes.

Married in 2003 to Anne Williams, he is survived by his spouse and two children, Sarah Elmaleh and Andrew Elmaleh, both of Los Angeles. He is also survived by his brother Niko and nephew Alex of New York City. He was pre-deceased by his first wife, Cathy Anne Horn, who died in 2013.


John Clarence Zahner

John Clarence Zahner passed away peacefully on February 6, 2020 in Seattle, Washington. He was 85 years old.

John had a long career at Mobil Central Research Laboratory and Engineering Department. John grew up in Centralia, Illinois, and attended the University of Illinois, thinking he wanted to study architecture. He received his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering there in 1961 before joining Stanford University as an Assistant Professor.

In 1963 he and his wife Ann (Drenckhahn) Zahner moved to Princeton, NJ, to join Mobil Central Research and raise their family. John’s name is on 19 patents for Mobil, three as the sole inventor. He also conducted scoping economics at CRL and pioneered refinery model linear programming on laptops. In the last few years of his Mobil career, he taught a course in Process Engineering at Princeton University.

John retired to Vail, Colorado, where he very much enjoyed 19 years of skiing, playing tennis, listening to outdoor concerts, and entertaining family and friends. In 2013 he moved to Carlsbad, CA, to be near his brother Mike and then moved again in 2016 to Seattle to be near two of his sons and his grandchildren.

His family and friends have many cherished memories of his thoughtfulness, generosity, and hospitality. To his three sons he is remembered for giving them a great life and for being a great father, role model, and friend.

He is survived by his brother Mike and his nephew Greg; his sons (and daughter-in-law) Charles, Jamie, and Jack (and Ali); his four grandchildren Oscar, Joe, Anna and D.J.; and his ex-wife Ann.


Robert “Bob” Joseph Fratangelo

On Friday, February 14, 2020, Robert “Bob” Joseph Fratangelo, loving husband, father, and grandfather, passed away at the age of 77.

Bob was born on November 6, 1942 in Bronx, NY, to Joseph and Leah (née Zinna) Fratangelo. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Louisville in Louisville, Kentucky in 1965. He was the proud trustee of the Delta Upsilon fraternity. Bob was married to Susan Fratangelo and they raised their son, Glenn Joseph Fratangelo, in Great Neck, NY.

Bob was preceded in death by his father, Joseph, and his mother, Leah. He is survived by his wife Susan, his son and daughter-in-law, Sarah, and three grandchildren Aiden, Reed, and Mabel.

Bob was living in Princeton, New Jersey, next to his son at the time of his death and will be buried at the Princeton Cemetery. The family wishes to thank the Princeton Care Center and Penn Medicine Princeton Health who took wonderful care of Bob. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the American Cancer Society.


Cathleen “Kay” Shaughnessy

Cathleen “Kay” Shaughnessy, 96, of Robbinsville died Thursday, February 13, 2020 at Rose Hill Assisted Living of Robbinsville. Born in Newark, NJ, she resided most of her life in Belleville, NJ.

Kay retired in 1989 as the Secretary to the Superintendent of Schools with the Belleville Board of Education. She was a Charter Member of the Belleville Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary, Past President of the Belleville Elks Lodge 1123, was a Credit Manager of Walter Kiddie & Co., and an active member of Reach to Recovery Division of American Cancer Society.

After her husband’s death in 2006, Kay relocated to Princeton, NJ, to be closer to her grandchildren and became involved with The Golden Agers, The Encore Club, and Princeton Senior Resource Center. She will be remembered for her love of family and joyous spirit in which she embraced life.

Daughter of the late James and Katherine (Shanley) Reilly, wife of the late Robert J. Shaughnessy Sr. (Belleville Fire Dept. Deputy Fire Chief), sister of the late James J. Reilly, Mary Reilly Coronato, she is survived by her son and daughter-in-law Robert J. and Dee Shaughnessy, three grandchildren Robert, Daniel, William Shaughnessy, and a great-granddaughter Maya Shaughnessy.

The Funeral will be held at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, February 22, 2020, from the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Avenue. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. at St. Paul’s Church 216 Nassau Street, Princeton. Burial will follow in the Immaculate Conception Cemetery, Montclair, NJ.

Friends may call on Friday, February 21, 2020 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home.


Lucinda P. Servis

Lucinda P. Servis passed away on February 9, 2020 at Merwick Care & Rehabilitation Center, Plainsboro, NJ. She was a longtime resident of Princeton and Ocean Gate, NJ.

Cin was born on May 14, 1927 in Elmira, NY, the youngest child of Raymond A. and Caroline R. Perry. After graduating from Elmira Free Academy in 1945, Cin attended Cornell University and received a bachelor of science degree from the School of Hotel Administration in 1949. She was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta sorority.

At Cornell, Cin met the love of her life, John E. “Jack” Servis from Princeton, NJ. Cin and Jack were married on June 24, 1950, and settled in Princeton. Cin was the bookkeeper and financial mind behind the family business, Servis Electric. In 1960, Cin and Jack adopted a son, John Perry Servis. Cin and Jack were married for more than 57 years before Jack passed away in 2008.

Cin enjoyed being a dog owner. She and Jack owned six Doberman pinschers and a wandering yellow lab named Sigurd over the course of their life together. Cin also loved growing plants and flowers. She had a greenhouse at home that she worked for more than 50 years, and took pride in winning several ribbons the Central Jersey Orchid Society. In addition, Cin and Jack were active members of the Cornell Club of Central New Jersey. Cin cherished her membership in the Present Day Club in Princeton. For more than 50 years she had wonderful experiences playing bridge, attending lectures, and going on bus trips. Cin was honored to be named a life member of the Club in 2019.

She played tennis for more than 25 years after learning the game at age 42. Cin loved spending summers and long weekends in Ocean Gate, NJ. She became very skilled at preparing all types of seafood dishes. Cin was a member of St. Andrew’s and, after 1973, Nassau Presbyterian Church.

In addition to her parents, Cin was predeceased by her loving husband Jack, her oldest brother, John D. Perry of Pine City, NY, and her niece, Kate Sinko of Trumansburg, NY.

She is survived by a son, John P. Servis and daughter-in-law Moira O’Connor-Servis, of Orefield, PA; grandsons Stephen and Andrew Koch; brother Richard A. Perry of Ithaca, NY; nieces Maryanna Crawford (David), Jane Kufta (Bill), Cindy Farnham (Butch), Marilyn Sgrecci (Carl), and many great-nieces and great-nephews.

At Cin’s request, funeral services will be private. There will be no visitation or calling hours. Burial at Greenwood Cemetery, Hamilton Township, NJ, will be private at the convenience of the immediate family. Memorial donations in lieu of flowers may be made to SAVE-A Friend to Homeless Animals, 1010 Route 601, Skillman, NJ 08558, or to Chemung County Humane Society & SPCA, 2435 State Route 352, Elmira, NY 14903.

Arrangements are under the direction of The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton, NJ 08542.