April 28, 2021

Obituaries 4/28/21

Edward Madison Gorman

Edward Madison Gorman (96) departed this Earth on April 17th, at 7:47 a.m. Mr. Gorman was born in Princeton, NJ. His parents were Frank T. And Beatrice B. Gorman. His father was a college professor.

He was predeceased by his wife of fifty years, Norma W. Gorman. His former wife Dorothy French lives in Princeton, NJ. His elder sister Elizabeth Parmentier of Palm City, FL predeceased him. A younger sister, Constance Gorman, lives in Mount Pleasant, SC. His elder brother Frank T Gorman, Jr died in 1979. His daughter Kathleen Colket lives with her husband Meredith in Avon, CT, and son, Stephen Gorman lives with his wife Rosalie in Pacific Grove, CA. Another son, Gary Gorman lives in Mount Pleasant, SC. His step-son Kenneth Westdyk and step-daughter Janice Cymny predeceased him.

Mr. Gorman leaves 12 grandchildren and step-grandchildren. Alexander Colket, Laura Jacobs, Caroline Colket, Brian Gorman, Kevin Gorman, Justin Westdyk, Blake Westdyk, Autumn Tranquelino, Sandra Cymny, Jamie Moreno, Kipa Sharpfish, and Michael Sharpfish.

In addition, he leaves 9 great grandchildren. Claudia Rose Beaty, Thomas Westdyk, Benjamin Rivera, Pasquale Rivera, Solan Colket-Jacobs, Nova Colket-Jacobs, Tomi Sharpfish, Enoki Sharpfish, and Declan Gorman.

Mr. Gorman graduated from Milton Academy, Harvard University (AB ‘46), and Harvard Business School (MBA ‘54). He served 3 years in the Navy during WWII, and 2 years in the CIA during the Korean War.

After graduating from HBS, he started Cascade Pools Corp. building residential pools in the Trenton, NJ area. Realizing that pools cost too much for blue collar workers, he developed a factory built, in-the-ground pool that could easily be installed by factory trained dealers.

This was a new concept in the industry, and with the endorsement of the Olympic Gold Medalist, Buster Crabbe, Gorman eventually had distribution east of the Mississippi River, Canada, Europe, and Japan with factories in Edison, NJ, Woking, Surry, England. He was a former member of the New Jersey Chapter of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO), and president of the Edison Rotary Club.

The pool industry was growing, and Gorman was one of the original industry leaders who established the National Swimming Pool Institute (NSPI) that developed standards for the industry, serving in all offices of the local chapter (NESPA) and Director as well as Vice President of the National.

Mr. Gorman spent summers at Cape Cod where his father taught him the love of sailing. In his later years he spent as much time as he could in Davisville with friends and family of his youth. Mr. Gorman retired early, and with his wife Norma (unretired) traveled the world from their home on Great Cruz Bay, St John, USVI.

In lieu of flowers, a contribution can be made to Cumberland College, Williamsburg, KY.


Irene Cornish Thompson

Irene Cornish Thompson of Rancho Santa Fe, CA and formerly of Princeton, NJ died peacefully from complications of COVID-19 on Monday March 22, 2021 surrounded by family. She was born in Bound Brook, NJ on July 15, 1942, the oldest child of William Charles Cornish and Irene (Rucinski) Cornish. 

She lived in the Princeton area for over 30 years before relocating to San Diego County, CA where she and her husband Gough W. Thompson, Jr. of Princeton, settled in Rancho Santa Fe, CA.

After leaving school to marry and raise a family, she returned to graduate from Douglass College – then the women’s liberal arts college associated with Rutgers University – with a BA in Sociology in 1975.

While studying toward her Master of Social Work (MSW) at Rutgers, Irene began as an intern at Corner House, the leading drug and alcohol treatment center in Princeton, NJ. After graduating in 1984, she was hired as a staff member at Corner House where she led Adult Children of Alcoholics groups as well as Incest Survivor Groups—both were firsts for their time.   

After Corner House, Irene launched her own private practice that she continued until her death.  She specialized in individual, marriage and family therapy and studied with some of the most internationally renowned leaders in her field, including Maurizio Andolfi, Salvador Mnuchin and Bill O’Hanlon. She served as adjunct faculty for Alliant University’s California School of Professional Psychology for over 20 years where she was highly regarded by her students and colleagues. She touched the lives of many, whose dilemmas were always her heartfelt concern, and helped them to survive, grow, heal and thrive. She was a gifted therapist, educator and mentor who took a personalized approach to serving the many diverse individuals, couples, families, agencies, asylees, counselors, violence and torture survivors, mentees, students, and children of military families she encountered. 

Her volunteer work included supporting the Native American Sycuan Inter-Tribal Vocational Rehabilitation Program and Survivors of Torture International. She also served as a Eucharistic Minister at Church of the Nativity in Rancho Santa Fe, CA.

Irene was known for her witty sense of humor and playful demeanor. She was also a fierce competitor. She was a member of the Rancho Santa Fe Tennis Club and remained active in pickleball, tennis, golf, and bridge. She especially enjoyed teaching young people how to play chess. She was an avid reader and fan of folk, opera and classical music. She had a high appreciation for the arts – from antiquities to modern contemporary art — and enjoyed film, travel and learning about other cultures. She was also a tremendously gifted cook.

She is predeceased by her parents, Irene and William C. Cornish, and a sister, Patricia Richmond. She is survived by her husband of 35 years, Gough W. Thompson, Jr., her daughter Rena Whitehouse of Boulder, CO; her daughter Melissa Whitehouse of Brooklyn, NY; her son Edward Whitehouse of Rumson, NJ, her daughter, Alexandra Carbone of Pasadena, CA, and four grandchildren whom she adored: Marco, Luce, Joseph and Teddy. She is also survived by her stepchildren, Gough Winn Thompson III, Betsy Phreed, Lydia Thompson, Dan Thompson, Tom Thompson, nine step-grandchildren and one step-great-grandson. Other survivors include her siblings William R. Cornish, Robert Cornish, Nancy Rigano and many nieces, nephews and great-nieces and -nephews.

A funeral mass is scheduled for May 14, 2021 at 1 p.m. PT at Church of the Nativity, Rancho Santa Fe, CA. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Irene’s memory to Survivors of Torture International, notorture.org, (619) 278-2400.


John Edwin Butcher

John Edwin Butcher, 87, passed away of AML (Acute Myeloid Leukemia) on April 20, 2021 in his home of 49 years. John was the son of the late George and Mary Clare McShane Butcher and was predeceased by brothers Max and George Donald Butcher.

Born in Chinook, MT, he moved to Southern California when he was two years old. After graduating from Covina (CA) High School, he joined the US Air Force and achieved the rank of Staff Sargent. John graduated from California Polytechnic State University (Pomona) with a BS in Mathematics and California Polytechnic State university (San Luis Obispo) with an M.Ed in Mathematics Education. He also earned Ed.M. and Ed.D degrees from Rutgers University (NJ) and an MS in Computer Science from Stevens Institute of Technology (NJ).

John taught mathematics at high schools in Clear Lake (CA), Glendora (CA), Princeton (NJ) and Stuafen(Germany) at the Army Dependent’s School. He then joined the faculty at Newark State College (NJ), now Kean University, and taught in the Mathematics/Computer Science Dept for 30 years, retiring as an Associate Professor.

He enjoyed travel, long distance bike riding, gardening, and was a volunteer for the Franklin Food Bank, the American Diabetes Association, the Mary Jacobs Library as well as a Board member and Secretary for the Rockingham Association.

John is survived by his wife of 52 years, Patricia Smith Butcher and his brother Earl, two sisters Alice and Mary, a sister-in-law Penny Butcher and numerous nephews and nieces.

At his request there will be no memorial service. Gifts in his name may be made to Salvation Army (NJ Division) 4 Gary Road, Union, NJ 07083 or to the Mennonite Disaster Service 583 Airport Road, Lititz, PA 17543.


Kathleen H. Ruggiero

Kathleen H. Ruggiero, 79, of East Windsor, passed away at home on Friday, April 23, 2021. Kathleen was the daughter of the late, Joseph T. and Estella Higham. Born and raised in Trenton, she resided in East Windsor for the past 48 years. She was a graduate of Douglass College, Rutgers University and worked at ETS and as the Assistant Registrar at Rutgers University before leaving her career to devote herself to her family and the family business, Ben’s Shoe Repair. After her children were grown, Kathleen rediscovered her management talents at Roper ASW in Montgomery, NJ where she worked until her retirement in 2007. She was beloved by her husband of 47 years, Biagio Ruggiero; her children, Bernice Wiles of Hagerstown, MD, Estella (Don) Gilpin of West Windsor, Celeste (Pete) Gray of Robbinsville and Biagio (Erin) Ruggiero of Pittsburgh, PA; and her grandchildren, Liam and Nora Gray, Henry Gilpin and Benjamin and Eliza Ruggiero. She will forever be remembered by her brother, Joseph (Geraldine) Higham of Pennington, NJ; and her sister, Margaret Hryniuk of Garner, NC; and by her nieces, nephew, cousins and friends. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, April 29, 2021, at 10 a.m. at Sacred Heart R.C. Church, 343 S. Broad Street, Trenton, NJ 08608. Interment will follow at Old Tennent Cemetery in Manalapan, NJ. Due to funeral restrictions, the staff of Simplicity Funeral and Cremation Services at Glackin Chapel respectfully requests all funeral attendees wear a face covering during all services for Mrs. Ruggiero. We appreciate your cooperation. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Mrs. Ruggiero’s memory to The RISE Community Services Partnership of Hightstown by visiting In Memory Of at inmemof.org. Arrangements are under the direction of Simplicity Funeral and Cremation Services at Glackin Chapel, 136 Morrison Ave., Hightstown, NJ. www.simplicityfuneralservices.com Simplicity Funeral & Cremation Services at Glackin Chapel 136 Morrison Ave. Hightstown, NJ 08520 (609) 448-1801

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Dr. Albert Edward Kodzo Kormewlo Timpo

Dr. Albert Edward Kodzo Kormewlo Timpo, 79, of East Windsor passed away Sunday, April 11, 2021 at Penn Medicine Princeton Medical Center of Plainsboro, NJ. Albert was born in Accra, Ghana.

Albert, a pediatrician, trained at the Hadassah Medical School in Israel with residency at the Metropolitan Hospital in New York. He was employed by Garden State Medical Group (RCHP) in Princeton, worked as Health specialist with the USAID in Ethiopia and as a Medical Officer with the UNHCR in Namibia in addition to several consultancies with a number of United Nations agencies.

Predeceased by his parents Dick Mensah and Alice (Arthur) Timpo.

He is survived by his loving wife Emelia Ethel (Ackah) Timpo, three daughters Awoye, Emefa, and Edem in New Jersey and his siblings Anna, William, George, Mercy, Virginia, Samuel, Clement and Juliana in Ghana, the United Kingdom and the United States in addition to numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

A Visitation will be held on Saturday, May 8, 2021 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at The M.J. Murphy Funeral Home, 616 Ridge Road Monmouth Junction, NJ. A Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, May 8, 2021 at 11 a.m. at The M.J. Murphy Funeral Home, 616 Ridge Road Monmouth Junction, NJ. Burial will follow in Somerset Hills Cemetery and Mausoleum, Basking Ridge.

Zoom information will be placed at mjmurphyfuneralhome.com for family and friends streaming the services.


Jane Willey Swartzentruber

Jane Willey Swartzentruber died peacefully on March 28, 2021 in Moorestown, New Jersey at the age of 91.

Born in Chicago, Illinois on July 7, 1929, she spent her early life in Goshen, Indiana, graduating from Goshen High School in 1947 and Goshen College in 1951. She met her husband, Orley, when she was accompanying a Goshen College choir in which he was singing. During their 69-year marriage, Jane devoted herself to supporting Orley in his mission work in Europe, and his scholarly and pastoral work in Princeton, New Jersey, where she made their home and raised their four children. A faithful member of All Saints’ Church, where Orley was Vicar, and then Rector, she especially enjoyed her position in the alto section of the choir. Jane joined the faculty of Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart in 1967, where she taught French for 25 years, ultimately becoming head of the Romance Language Department.

She and Orley retired to Florida in 1993. They found a welcoming community within the Church of the Redeemer in Sarasota. Jane, an avid and critical reader, particularly enjoyed her time with their Women’s Book Club. In 2016 she and Orley made their final move to the Evergreens in Moorestown, NJ to be closer to their children.

Jane was predeceased by Orley, who died in 2019. She is survived by her four children, Anne Lewis, Emily Urquhart, Francine Storck, and Eric Swartzentruber, their respective spouses, Jay, Peter, Jonathan, and Johanna, and seven grandchildren. All of their lives were enriched and enlivened by her brilliant mind, her devastating wit, her devotion to family, and the example she set of excellence in every pursuit. She will be irreplaceable across the Scrabble board.

A private funeral service and interment are planned.


Jean Barber Bucek

Jean Barber Bucek passed away at home in Somerville, NJ on April 12, 2021. She spent her life in community service, helping and being helpful to others and leaving a lasting impression on those who worked beside her.

Jean was born in New York City on August 20, 1938 and lived most of her life in Manhattan. After marrying Ladislav Bucek in 1957, and welcoming son John in 1963 and daughter Jeanine in 1965,

Jean turned her sights to the community, firmly believing in the bible verse, “Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime.”

She launched her career first, getting involved in establishing financial and personnel systems for community-based non-profit organizations. Then later, while working, she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Management from Fordham in 1978. She helped build or sustain many organizations: Morningside Montessori School, Training for Living, Urban Housing Assistance Board, National Center for Social Entrepreneurs, The Dome, National Council for Research on Women, The Feminist Press, Community Access and others. She and Larry divorced in 1988.

Using her financial skills and administrative training, she guided these groups with their fiscal and personnel management so they could focus on their primary goals of giving assistance to the underserved. She served on the board of her children’s school, Professional Children’s School. She also was a board member for her first spiritual home, Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church and her subsequent one, Riverside Church. She thrived in the city, drawing energy from its people, culture, diversity and her personal mission to be useful to others every day.

Jean did make time for fun with family and friends, shooting pool and bowling with her son in their league, (using her own 8lb purple bowling ball, as purple was her favorite color), She enjoyed dinners and theater with her sister and daughter and walks with her Maltese terrier, Jesse James. She wrapped up her career in New York serving as part-time administrator at George Artz Communications for 18 years, JASPOA and Broadway Community, Inc.

In 2012, Jean relocated to Princeton, NJ to be closer to her sister, her son and daughter and their families. She found outlets for her industry and her compassion: working at two church soup kitchens, a food pantry and as a home health aide. She loved living next to the Princeton Public Library, where she spent many hours roaming the stacks and lent her expertise every year during the library’s annual tax help forum.

In 2017, Jean moved to Somerville and joined what would be her last spiritual home, United Reform Church, where she became a deacon, again helping with administration and planning.

Jean is survived by her sister Sally Barber, her son John Bucek, and daughter Jeanine Rosen; grandchildren Emma, Alex, Sam, Thomas and his wife Urma; niece Sharon and her husband Ralph Greer, nephews James Gardiner and his wife Hedy, and Stephen Lois and his wife Cyndee.

Gifts in Jean’s memory may be donated to the United Reform Church, 100 Main Street, Somerville, NJ 08876 or via urcsomerville.org.

To leave messages of condolence for the family, please visit bridgewaterfuneralhome.com.

A service will be held on Saturday, May 1, 2021 at 10:30 a.m. at the United Reformed Church, 100 West Main Street in Somerville, NJ 08876.