July 7, 2021

Gregory Burnham

Gregory Gerard Burnham, beloved son, brother, husband, father, grandfather, uncle, and friend, passed away on Saturday, June 26, 2021, at the age of 74, following a cardiac incident the prior Wednesday.

Greg was born in Flint, Michigan on May 27, 1947, the eldest child of Eleanor and Robert Burnham, and raised in Jackson Heights, New York, with brothers Geoffrey, Robert, Kevin, and sister Victoria. Exceedingly bright and an excellent student, Greg attended and graduated from St. Joan of Arc School in Queens, Regis High School in Manhattan, Fordham University (BS, Mathematics) in the Bronx, and went on to earn a Ph.D. in Mathematics from Northwestern University. Greg excelled academically, and his curiosity and lifelong interest in learning were an inspiration.

Greg met the love of his life, Leland Jacobs, of Larchmont, NY, while still in high school. They married in 1969, and raised three devoted children, Snowden Anne Zastrow, Kevin Burnham, and Rory Pickett.

Greg worked for Bristol Myers Squibb from 1978 to 1998. The family lived in Evanston IL, Fayetteville NY, Hamden CT, and finally Princeton, NJ. Always enthusiastic, approachable, and generous, Greg made dear and lasting friends in each of the towns he lived.

In 1998 Greg joined the Port Authority of NY & NJ as its Chief Information Officer, and oversaw the modernization and implementation of a number of new initiatives and strategies, including those related to EZ Pass and other IT systems.

Greg was rightfully proud of his efforts after 9/11, helping to restore PATH service, payrolls, and other Port Authority functions in the harrowing and sorrowful wake of that day. His proudest accomplishment was that he managed to deliver each employee their weekly pay on time, ensuring them financial stability during an unprecedented tragedy. These accomplishments were cited by the Port Authority in a 2006 special citation honoring both his extraordinary efforts over the post 9/11 period and his longstanding excellence and distinguished service.

Both from large families, Greg and Lee’s primary focus and joy in life were their children, and more recently grandchildren who came to call their beloved grandfather “Chief.” Greg and his grandchildren delighted in each other. He shared with them his curiosity about the world including astronomy, music, wildlife, mathematics, sports, chess, baking, Road Runner, and countless other amusements.

Greg was an avid learner and prolific reader, and his insatiable curiosity and enthusiasm about countless subjects made him a wonderful companion and conversationalist. He was known as Bob Dylan’s greatest fan. Always fit and active, Greg enjoyed all outdoor activities, especially running, hiking, and biking. He felt at home in the mountains.

Greg’s company was a joy to all those fortunate enough to have known him.

Greg is survived by his wife Leland Burnham, of Princeton, NJ; by daughter Snowden, and Brad Zastrow, grandchildren Madeline Fink, Maxwell Fink, and Kane Zastrow, of Libertyville, IL; by son Kevin Burnham, and Anousha Shahsavari, grandchildren Keon and Neelu Burnham, of Austin, TX; and by daughter Rory, and Robert Pickett, grandchildren Charlotte and Hazel Pickett, of Princeton, NJ. He is also survived by his sister, Victoria Andrews, of Levittown, NY.

Greg will be sorrowfully missed as well by friends, countless nieces and nephews, in-laws, and relatives too plentiful to count. As one of his brothers-in-law lamented, “We’re down a good man.”

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Doctors Without Borders or Homefront Central New Jersey.

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Thomas Joseph Thornton Jr.

Thomas Joseph Thornton Jr., loving husband to Mary Ellen, dedicated father to T.J. (Amanda) and Ryan, grandfather to Alice Marie and Sam Thomas Thornton, passed away peacefully with family at home in Atlantis, FL, on June 20th, 2021 from complications from Parkinson’s. In a beautifully poetic last gesture, it happened to be Father’s Day.

Tom was born in Brooklyn, New York, on March 31st, 1946 with his parents Catherine and Thomas Thornton, his brother Bobby, and is survived by his sister Christine. Raised in Manhasset, NY, where he attended St. Mary’s High School, he proceeded to complete his education at The University of Notre Dame and then went on to receive his MBA at LIU. A tried and true fan of all things Notre Dame, his enthusiasm for his alma mater was unwavering.

He served as a Commissioner in Manalapan, Florida, for ten years and weaved his way through a fascinating professional career. He started at WR Grace as Peter Grace’s assistant, then advanced to mergers and acquisitions. Next he became CEO of Orchard Supply Hardware in California, followed by CEO jobs at home center Mr. Goodbuys, and gourmet food pioneer Dean and Deluca in New York City. Thomas then did consulting work for Campbell’s Soup, Fouchon, Lindt Chocolate, Juniors Cheesecake, and Kluge Vineyards, among others. He completed his career as CEO of Carmine’s, Palm Beach Gardens. While busy growing these companies, he also took an interest in new products, often coming home with hardware gadgets and then, after switching industries, delicious foods — he was much more partial to the latter. Great stories were often more plentiful than the perishables; Soho, NYC, in the 90s was a different place than it is today, and his accounts of the store, his colleagues, and the neighborhood made for lively family dinners, of which he missed few. Tom worked hard to provide a lovely upbringing for his two sons in Princeton, New Jersey, and for that they are forever grateful.

He met his wife, Mary, in Manhasset and they were married in 1972. Mary was everything to him and he liked to say that he was the luckiest guy in the world to have her as his wife. Well, he was, because she is an absolute treasure, caring for him with great love until the very end and still somehow finding time for work, hobbies, and grandkids.

The family suggests memorial contributions be made to The Parkinson’s Foundation of Palm Beach County, 200 SE 1st Street, Suite 800, Miami, Florida, 33131 or online at parkinson.org. For more information, you can call them at (561) 206-3156

Funeral arrangements are being handled by Quattlebaum Funeral Home, (561) 833-4061.

A Memorial Mass will be held at St. Edward Catholic Church, 144 North County Road, Palm Beach, FL 33480 on July 16th at 11 a.m.

“Sheila said she loved me, she said she’d never leave me, true love will never die.”

—Tommy Roe

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Rabbi David Wolf Silverman

David Wolf Silverman, rabbi, scholar, and educator, died peacefully at his home in Princeton on July 4th, 2021. He was 94.

Born in Chicago in 1926, Rabbi Silverman received his B.A. from the University of Chicago, his Masters of Rabbinical Ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York, and his PhD in philosophy from Columbia University. He served as Chaplin at Fort Lewis, Washington, during the Korean War.

Silverman was rabbi of the Conservative Synagogue of Riverdale, Temple Beth Zion-Beth Israel in Philadelphia, and Temple Israel of Deal, NJ.

Rabbi Silverman taught medieval and modern Jewish Philosophy for many years at the Jewish Theological Seminary, and was Principal of the Prozdor High School program there. He served as President of Spertus College of Judaica. Before his retirement, Silverman was adjunct professor of philosophy at  Monmouth University.

Since his retirement from the rabbinate, Rabbi Silverman was an active member and sought after teacher of Jewish philosophy, ethics, and bioethics at The Jewish Center and led High Holy Day services there. He also served for many years as Chaplin at the Princeton Hospital and The Penn Medicine Princeton Health Center.

Loving husband of 70 years to Tziona (Zion) Silverman, Rabbi Silverman was father to Shira (deceased), Debora, Eve, and Ethan Silverman, and father-in-law to Jeffrey Prager, Alan Kingsberg, and Irene Tobey. He leaves seven grandchildren, Daniel, Jesse, Julia, Noah, Alex, Theodore, and Raphael and one great-grandchild, Abigail.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, July 7th at 12 noon at The Jewish Center, 435 Nassau Street, Princeton followed by burial at Princeton Cemetery. Face masks are required for all those attending the service in the synagogue. Evening Shiva will be held at the Silverman residence on Wednesday, July 7th and Thursday, July 8th.

Contributions in Rabbi Silverman’s honor may be sent to The Jewish Center, Mazon, and the adult education program of the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York.

To send condolences to the family please visit Rabbi Silverman’s obituary page at OrlandsMemorialChapel.com.

May his memory be a blessing.

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Immanuel Lichtenstein

Immanuel Lichtenstein, age 99, died peacefully on June 12, 2021, surrounded by his family.

Immanuel, also known to friends and family as “Im,” “Immey,” “Manny,” and “Mike,” trained as a metallurgical engineer at the School of Engineering at Columbia University and at the Stevens Institute. His career and interests were far ranging — from corporate work for Avco Corporation and Phelps Dodge Corporation in California, gold and silver mining in Nevada and Idaho (as the founder and president of Agricola Metals, Inc.), gum arabic planting in Chad, and inventing and patenting “Laminite,” a treatment for corrugated cardboard that made it “rat-proof and fire resistant” — to memorizing and easily reciting the works of A.E. Housman, George Bernard Shaw, John Keats, and Shakespeare.

Immanuel, a veteran of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, helped to build airfields in the Arctic and to rebuild airfields in Germany after WWII. Known for his remarkable zest for life and adventure, Immanuel loved to ski, hike, and sail into his late 80s and 90s and continued to head Agricola Metals until his death.

Immanuel was the elder son of Rabbi Morris and Tehilla Lichtenstein who founded The Society of Jewish Science, a reform branch of Judaism, the year of Immanuel’s birth in 1922. Though not an observant member of Jewish Science, many believed that Immanuel embodied the Jewish Science philosophy of positive thinking in his practice of embracing life’s challenges with curiosity and enthusiasm. Indeed, in the final week of his life, Immanuel told his family that he wanted all to know that “we are all one; we love one another; there is nothing to fear about dying.”

Immanuel is survived by his wife of 67 years, Nancy Rabi Lichtenstein; his daughters, Alice Rabi Lichtenstein (James Bercovitz) and Elizabeth Torak (Thomas); his two granddaughters, Iris and Sarah Bercovitz, and his beloved younger brother, Michael (Peggy). He was predeceased by his son, Peter Morris Lichtenstein.

The family would like to acknowledge the enormous number of friends and relatives who shared in Immanuel’s joy of being.

Donations in Immanuel’s name can be made to The Society of Jewish Science.

His family has entrusted his care to the Johnston & Stanimer Funeral Home in Morris. For online expressions of sympathy to his family, please visit www.JohnstonFH.com.

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Eric D. Weitz

Eric David Weitz, PhD, passed away Thursday, July 1 at his home in Princeton, NJ, surrounded by his family at the age of 68.

A distinguished professor of Modern European History at City College of New York, he was a frequent lecturer in public and academic settings on the history of human rights, the Holocaust, the Armenian Genocide, and the genocide of the Herero and Nama of Namibia. His book Weimar Germany was named an “Editor’s Choice” by The New York Times Book Review.

He was born in New York City on June 15, 1953 to Charles and Shirley Weitz, the children of Eastern European Jewish immigrants. The youngest of three brothers who remained close throughout his life, he grew up in a small home in Bayside, Queens. His father, a CPA, worked long hours while his mother took care of the family. The Bayside Jewish Center was central in their lives both socially and religiously.

The brothers attended Campy Hurley, near Woodstock, NY, and it became an important part of Eric’s formative years. There he and his brothers learned about civil rights and peace, informed also by left-wing songwriters who performed there. Eric’s future academic work would continue to be rooted in the values he learned at camp and at the United Community Center in East New York, Brooklyn.

Eric married Carol Hunt Weitz in 1974 and the couple had two sons, Lev and Ben. He and Carol were married for 34 years with many happy years together.

As a young man in the 1970s and 80s Eric worked as a cook and a baker, sometimes while writing his dissertation, uncertain that he would land an academic position. He continued to enjoy cooking and baking throughout his life. He went on to a distinguished career as a professor of Modern European History first at St. Olaf College, then the University of Minnesota, and most recently at City College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York. From 2012 to 2016 he served as Dean of Humanities and the Arts at City College.

His many written works, all published by Princeton University Press, include A World Divided: The Global Struggle for Human Rights in the Age of Nation-States (2019), Weimar Germany: Promise and Tragedy (2007); A Century of Genocide: Utopias of Race and Nation (2003), and Creating German Communism, 1890-1990: From Popular Protests to Socialist State (1997). In 2006 he initiated a book series, also published by the Press, Human Rights and Crimes against Humanity.

In 2011, Eric married Brigitta van Rheinberg, his longtime publishing editor. He enjoyed getting to know her son Sebastian and her former husband Bob, who became good friends. Eric and Brigitta traveled more in the past 10 years than many people do in a lifetime. Highlights include Cuba, Machu Pichu, Kenya, South Africa, China, Japan, and a wonderful trip to Switzerland with the entire extended family. There were also many trips to Germany and the couple spent much time in Aachen, where Eric came to know and cherish Brigitta’s family and friends, and in Berlin with their dear friend Hanna Schissler.

Eric is survived by his wife Brigitta van Rheinberg; his sons Benjamin and Lev Weitz (Doha Mekki); his granddaughter Dahlia; his step-son Sebastian Zahler; his brothers Mark Weitz (Carol Weitz) and Alan Weitz (Linda Cohen); and his niece Grace.

A private funeral service will be held at Princeton Cemetery.

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Ellen Sharfstein Avins

Ellen Sharfstein Avins, age 104, of Skillman, NJ, died on June 29 at Penn Medicine Princeton Medical Center after a brief illness.

A native New Yorker, she was the oldest of the four children of Hyman Sharfstein and Sarah Stern Sharfstein. She excelled at Curtis High School on Staten Island and went on to Hunter College, graduating in 1937 with a major in statistics and election to Phi Beta Kappa.

Her career as a teacher of business studies at Curtis, New Dorp, and Tottenville high schools on Staten Island gave her great pleasure. After getting a Master’s in Counseling at Rutgers she became a career counselor, mentoring Tottenville students (some of whom had never been to Manhattan) and preparing them to succeed in the workplace. In the early years of retirement she used those skills as co-director of The Professional Roster in Princeton (where she and her family had moved in 1964).

She was married for 50 years to Jack Avins, a research engineer at RCA. With him she shared enthusiasm for family travel adventures and closeness to their siblings and extended families. In 2003 she moved to Stonebridge at Montgomery. In the past 10 years, she was fortunate to live with her talented and devoted companion, Winnie Njero.

Ellen is survived by her children Laurence Avins (Mary Ellen Biebel) and Carol Avins (Rayman Solomon); grandchildren Sara Avins Brown, Jenni Avins, Sara Voegtline, Matt Biebel, Claire Avins Solomon Nisen, and Jess Avins Solomon; as well as great-grandchildren Bella, Maizie, Jack, Lua, and Miriam.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, July 6 at The Jewish Center of Princeton. Burial was at The United Hebrew Cemetery, Staten Island, NY.

To send condolences to the family please visit Ellen’s obituary page at OrlandsMemorialChapel.com.

June 30, 2021

Sara Erina Katherine Cooper

Sara Erina Katherine Cooper passed away peacefully in her home in Titusville, New Jersey, on June 21, 2021, from complications associated with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS).

Sara waged a courageous fight against ALS for over five years with the same determination and commitment she brought to everything she did. Sara did not allow ALS to define her or prevent her from continuing to live her life as fully and meaningfully as possible. From the time she was diagnosed, raising awareness about this disease, for which there is no cure, was her passion and helping others with this disease, her mission. Sara educated others about ALS through her countless interviews, her exposure in magazines, newspapers, and podcasts and through social media. And as a champion and advocate for those new to the ALS fight, with her own experience in mind, she created the ROADMAP, a vehicle to provide those newly diagnosed with the information needed to navigate this unforgiving disease. She was relentless in her desire to make a difference, and she did.

Sara was a graduate of the Princeton Day School and Boston University, School of Management. After ten successful years in banking, Sara completed training at the Cambridge School of Culinary Arts. She turned her passion for cooking and her natural ability to engage with people into Four Girls, a successful catering business she started with three equally enterprising women. Sara was recruited to manage the customer accounts and new business development with Princeton’s Town Topics, and this experience gave her exposure to all aspects of marketing and the ability to secure director-level positions at The College of New Jersey, Princeton Magazine, and Moxie Woman. For three years Sara was also Director of Corporate Communications for Metaphore Pharmaceuticals Inc., Fort. Lee, NJ. But it was with Cooper Creative Group, launched in 2016, that gave Sara the greatest personal and professional satisfaction. There, along with the diverse talents of the women she assembled, she was able to combine her marketing experience with her entrepreneurial spirit, helping local businesses realize their full potential. She continued to enthusiastically serve her clients through her illness.

Sara served on the boards of Christine’s Hope for Kids and Hope Loves Company, an organization providing emotional support for children and young adults living with parents suffering from or lost to ALS. Sara was the recipient of the New Jersey Press Association Award and was recognized by several organizations for her achievement in raising ALS awareness, including the 2019 inaugural Impact Award presented by the Princeton Mercer Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Sara was a woman whose heart was full of love and compassion. She possessed a unique ability to bring people together and lift them up with her smile, her sense of humor and her humanity, and this never wavered despite her illness. She never focused on her challenges, but instead grew even more grateful for the life she lived and the love she received. She leaves a void in the lives of so many, but also leaves a legacy of kindness, selflessness, and a commitment to make a difference in the lives of others, simply by being Sara Cooper.

Sara was born in New York City on September 18, 1962. Sara leaves her husband, Michael James Delehanty; her mother, Mary Jane (Rubino) Cooper, the former Inspector General of the State of New Jersey, of Lambertville, New Jersey; and father Albert Cooper III, of Pinehurst, North Carolina; her brother and sister-in-law, Albert Cooper IV and Mary Platt Cooper, and her beloved nephew, Henry Albert Cooper, all of Hope, Maine and Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Sara was predeceased by her grandparents, Samuel and Philamena Rubino; and the Honorable Albert Cooper Jr. and Kate Cooper; and her adored nephew Keel James Cooper.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held at Our Lady of Good Counsel, 137 Upper Ferry Road in Ewing, NJ, on Saturday, June 26, 2021.

In lieu of flowers, Sara requested that donations be provided to Christine’s Hope for Kids and Hope Loves Company. Sara asked that donations not be given in her name to the ALS Association. Condolences are welcome at www.wilsonapple.com.

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Elizabeth “Betty” Gray

Elizabeth “Betty” (Kubovcik) Gray, 91, of Princeton, N.J., formerly of Spotswood, N.J., and Newton, Mass., died on June 25, 2021, in Princeton Care Center, Princeton.

Funeral services were entrusted to Spotswood Funeral Home, 475 Main Street, Spotswood. Entombment was in Holy Cross Burial Park, South Brunswick. To send an email note of condolence to the family, please visit spotswoodfh.com.

Born in Larksville, Penn., Betty moved to Newark, N.J., at a young age and married Gerald “Jerry” Gray in 1949 before moving to Spotswood, where they lived for most of their married life. Jerry died in 2011. Betty moved to Newton, Mass., in 2013 and then to Princeton Care Center in 2020.

At a time when women, especially mothers with young children, did not work outside the home, Betty worked nights as a bookkeeper for Prudential Insurance Company in Newark in the early 1950s before moving to Spotswood. She became a Tupperware dealer and eventually managed a team of dealers, a position she held for many years. In the mid-1970s Betty returned to full-time work as an executive assistant in the undergraduate admissions office at Rutgers University, before retiring as executive assistant to the director of the Associate Alumnae of Douglass College in 1997.

Betty was an active member of Immaculate Conception Church Choir for more than 40 years and enjoyed participating in the Ocean Grove Choir Festival yearly. She was actively involved in church activities, especially Immaculate Conception School. She was a Girl Scout leader in Spotswood for many years and was a longtime member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Spotswood Fire Department. She and Jerry enjoyed traveling extensively in the United States and throughout the world, often with their “club,” five couples from West Side High School in Newark who maintained a friendship for more than 75 years.

Betty is survived by two sisters, Marie Bauman and Josephine Kubovcik, both of Massachusetts, and her children: Barbara Flanagan and her husband, David, of Brookline, Mass.; Linda Flanagan and her husband, James, of Sag Harbor, N.Y.; William Gray and his wife, Stephanie, of Princeton, N.J.; and Maryellen Smith of Waltham, Mass. In addition she leaves nine grandchildren, Erin Flanagan Manning and Megan Flanagan LaForge, Michael and Thomas Flanagan; Michael Anna Gray, Corrie Gray Garcia, and Abigail Gray; and Hannah and Sarah Smith; and seven great-grandchildren.

Contributions may be made in memory of Elizabeth Gray to the Dementia Society of America, PO Box 600, Doylestown, PA 18901 or online at DementiaSociety.org/donate.

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Arthur M. Edelman

Arthur M. Edelman, a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, who lived and worked in the Trenton, N.J., area for more than seven decades, died peacefully on Monday, June 21, at Penn Medical Center in Plainsboro, N.J. He was 90 and had been in declining health.

A Boston Red Sox fan since his youth, Arthur followed the team religiously right up to his final days in the hospital, which he spent surrounded by family. Like most Red Sox fans, he claimed he could run the team better than whoever was manager at the time.

Arthur never got a shot at managing the Sox, but he had a long and successful career as a certified public accountant. In his younger days, especially during tax season, he would often work evenings in the den, the printout from his adding machine cascading from the desk to the floor, a college basketball game on the television to keep him company.

Later, Arthur merged his firm, Edelman & Eros, with J.H. Cohn & Co., where he became a member of the management committee and managing partner of its office in Lawrenceville, N.J. After he retired, Arthur continued as a consultant to the firm. He kept a calculator in his home office — a digital model with no paper to clutter the desktop.

Arthur Myron Edelman was born December 11, 1930, in Newton, Mass., and moved to Trenton 15 years later with his mother, Bertha Berkman Edelman, and older sister, Felice, after the death of his father, Maxwell.

It wasn’t long before he met his future wife, Marion Lavine, a classmate at Trenton Central High School. He went on to the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, commuting daily to Philadelphia, while Marion studied at Douglass College. They married in 1953, a year after their graduations and while Arthur was in the middle of his stateside Army service.

Arthur and Marion settled in Trenton and started a family. They lost their second child, a daughter, Leslie, to leukemia at 2 ½ in 1961. Marion died 11 years later, at 42, from breast cancer.

Arthur did what he saw his mother do: He persevered. A new love entered his life, Carol Frank, and they married in 1974. Their households came together — Arthur’s three children and Carol’s two, plus Carol’s father and a miniature schnauzer — in Princeton, N.J. He adored his wife, loved his new children, and tolerated the dog.

When he wasn’t working or complaining about the Red Sox, Arthur relaxed by golfing, socializing at Greenacres Country Club (now known as Cobblestone Creek) with Carol, going to the movies and theater, and traveling. He enjoyed watching his children, and then grandchildren, compete in sports and perform in dance.

His volunteer work included serving as president of the Jewish Community Center of Trenton, the local Jewish Federation, and Greenacres Country Club (now Cobblestone Creek Country Club.)

In addition to Carol, Arthur is survived by Marc and Edna Edelman, of El Portal, Fla.; Larry Edelman and Meghan Willis, of Saratoga Springs, N.Y.; Nancy Frank Cook and Richard Cook, of Basking Ridge, N.J.; Sue Edelman and Cheryl Schaffer, of Medford, Mass.; and Seth Frank and Caroline Broullon, of Doylestown, Pa.

His nine grandchildren — Sagiv Edelman, Gilad Edelman, Mara DeJonghe, Jacob Edelman, Gabriel Edelman, Stephanie Cook, Jennifer Cook, Sayde Frank, and Chloe Frank — brought Arthur immense joy. So did his great-grandchildren: Emmanuel Edelman, Remy DeJonghe, and Sylvie DeJonghe. 

Funeral services were held Friday, June 25 at Orland’s Ewing Memorial Chapel, with burial at the Har Sinai section of Ewing Cemetery.

Arthur was a regular contributor to Planned Parenthood. Memorial contributions can be made at weareplannedparenthoodaction.org. As Arthur would surely note, it’s tax deductible.

To send condolences to the Edelman family and to view a recording of the service, please visit OrlandsMemorialChapel.com.

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Andrew “Bucky” Cupples

Andrew “Bucky” Cupples, 93, of Princeton passed away peacefully on June 25, 2021 at Stonebridge at Montgomery Assisted Living in Skillman. He was born, raised, and a lifelong resident of Princeton. He was a three sport athlete at Princeton High School playing baseball, football, and basketball. He was inducted into the Princeton High School Athletic Hall of Fame in the 2000s.

After high school he enlisted in the United States Army and served during the Korean War. After returning home he met his lifelong wife of 60 years Teresa B. Cupples. Bucky was an active Firefighter with Princeton Engine Co. #1 with over 60 years of service and also worked and received service awards from the Princeton American Legion as well. Bucky is considered one of the last few remaining “Townies.” He loved Princeton and enjoyed raising his children and grandchildren there. Always attending Princeton University sporting events and parades down Nassau Street.

Bucky was predeceased by his parents Andrew and Rebecca Cupples; daughters Tracey Breetveld and Rebecca Kent; he is survived by his six grandchildren Daniel V. Wilson, Dylan Hullfish, Trevor Hullfish, Andrew Breetveld, Rebecca Breetveld, and Oliver Kent; and five great-grandchildren Madison and Reese Wilson, Harper Hullfish, and Michael and Tracey Breetveld.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, July 1, 2021 from 6-8 p.m. at the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton, NJ 08542. Funeral service and burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Princeton Engine Co. #1 / Princeton Fire Department, 363 Witherspoon Street,
Princeton, NJ 08540.

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Benjamin R. Britt, III

Benjamin R. Britt, III, 70, of Princeton died Wednesday, June 23, 2021 at home surrounded by his loving family. Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, he resided most of his life in Princeton.

Benjamin was a graduate of Lawrenceville Prep ’69. He retired in 2016 with over 27 years of service as a Shipping and Receiving Foreman with Princeton Gamma Tech. He was the former President of the Princeton Mac users group, member of the Washington Crossing United Methodist Church and the worship ministry, lifelong guitarist and bass player who enjoyed mentoring others as well as an avid fisherman.

Son of the late Benjamin R. and Margaret (Birge) Britt, Jr., brother of the late James Duncan Britt, he is survived by his wife of 41 years Susan (Geist) Britt; two sons and two daughters-in-law Jonathan and Julia Britt, Michael and Karla Britt; a daughter and son-in-law Naomi and Trenell Galman; two sisters Margaret Riley Britt, Alice Hume Britt; and six grandchildren Michaela, Abigail, Charlotte, Josiah, Jeremiah, and Henry.

The Funeral Service was held on Monday, June 28, 2021 at the Washington Crossing United Methodist Church in Washington Crossing, Pa.

June 23, 2021

Martin Almas Chooljian

Martin Almas Chooljian, 90, of Princeton, New Jersey, passed away on Tuesday, April 13, 2021 from complications related to the congestive heart failure he had battled for the past four years. Until his last few days he was able to remain at his residence in the care of his devoted caretaker, Brenda Stewart.

Martin was born April 18, 1930 in Haverhill, Massachusetts, as the fourth and youngest child of Manoog and Almas Chooljian. His father owned a confectionery as well as residential rental properties. The Great Depression had a lasting effect on Martin as it battered the family’s finances. He would later recall how the local bank worked with his parents to save their rental units. Early on, Martin learned the importance of hard work and education to move ahead in the world and he spent several summers working for the Haverhill Parks Department before graduating from Haverhill High School as the class of 1948 valedictorian. Martin then attended Harvard University on a scholarship where he received both his B.S. degree as an economics major in 1952 and his M.B.A. in 1954. While at Harvard Business School he met his future wife Helen, and they were married on April 16, 1955.

The couple spent their next few years in Dayton, Ohio, where Martin was serving for two years as a Procurement Officer in the United States Air Force, HQ Air Material Command with the official rank of First Lieutenant. Their first child Anne was born here in August of 1956.

Martin next moved his young family to Palo Alto, California, after accepting a job at Litton Industries where he served as Treasurer from 1958-1964. In August of 1959 a second daughter, Cynthia, was welcomed by the family.

In the summer of 1964 the family moved to Princeton where son Andrew was born in December of 1965. Martin and his best friend from childhood, Dana Hamel, started their own business, Penn Corporation, and felt that Princeton was the ideal location for a corporate office with its proximity to the two major cities of New York and Philadelphia. As President and Director of the company Martin presided over several years of growth as the original Penn Champ manufacturing facility in Butler, Pennsylvania, was joined by Beach Products in Kalamazoo, Michigan, a paper products company that boasted the exclusive license for the Disney paper tableware line. Ritepoint, a pen and writing instruments company was the next company to enter the fold, and finally Vitronic, an advertising specialties company located in the Ozarks of Missouri was the last company to be part of the Penn Corporation conglomerate. 

In 1985 the partners received an offer for their company that they could not refuse but they remained together at the same office location and founded CH Capital Corporation. Martin as President invested for various family members. The company was closed in late 2019 and Martin was proud of the fact that he was the longest lease holder of any tenant at One Palmer Square in the heart of Princeton.

Martin had many interests outside of his businesses. He was an avid walker who covered between seven and ten miles daily until the last few years of his life. His favorite walking companion was Baron, his much loved and spoiled Pembroke Welsh Corgi. He enjoyed reading the New York Times and Wall Street Journal on a daily basis, traveling, cooking, flying his Beechcraft Baron as an instrument rated pilot, deep sea fishing, skiing in Vail, Colorado and Alta, Utah, and playing tennis.

He thrived in the vast intellectual wealth of Princeton and Princeton was enhanced by his involvement in many of its local organizations. Martin and Helen were longtime members of the Nassau Club and Bedens Brook Club. They were also longstanding members and contributors to All Saints’ Episcopal Church. In addition they were major supporters of Trinity Counseling and the Princeton First Aid and Rescue Squad. The two organizations they had the strongest affiliations with were the McCarter Theatre and the Institute for Advanced Study. At McCarter Martin served as a Trustee and Treasurer from 1987-1994 and was named an Honorary Trustee in 1995. While serving he helped with the Phase II renovation of the Mathews Theatre. In 1992 Martin and Helen joined the Friends of the Institute for Advanced Study where they became enthusiastic supporters. Martin was elected to the Board of Trustees in 1997 and made significant contributions while serving on the Audit, Finance, Academic Affairs, Building, Development, and Public Affairs committees. After 13 years in this role Martin was named as a Trustee Emeritus. In appreciation of his service and philanthropy he was named an honorary lifetime member of the Friends Executive committee in 2016.

Martin was preceded in death by his beloved wife Helen, his two sisters, Sally Walden and Vars Adamian, and his brother Robert Chooljian. He is survived by daughter Anne Chooljian and longtime companion Raul Najar; daughter Cynthia Jost and son-in-law Dan Jost; son Andrew Martin Chooljian and daughter-in-law Laurel Chooljian; Brenda Stewart, loving caretaker and companion to Martin and Helen for 18 years; honorary grandchildren, Dr. Ingrid Stewart, Tyrone Taylor, Dr. Elizabeth Taylor, Dr. Rebecca Taylor, Joshua Taylor; and finally his honorary great-granddaughter, Stony Taylor.

Martin will always be remembered for his smile, kindness, great intellect, love of dogs, and his lifetime commitment to philanthropy. Most of all he will be remembered for his devotion to his family and especially to his wife Helen who he adored. He will be forever in the hearts of his family, numerous friends, and the Princeton community.

Private cremation was held and a memorial service celebrating Martin’s life will be held at All Saints’ Episcopal Church, 16 All Saints’ Road, Princeton, New Jersey on Saturday September 11, 2021 at 11:30 a.m. to be followed by a reception at the Bedens Brook Club at 240 Rolling Hill Road Skillman, New Jersey.

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

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John J. Wise

John J. Wise, a retired Vice President-Research at Mobil Research and Development Corporation for 44 years, died on Sunday, June 13, 2021 in Princeton, NJ. The cause was complications from Parkinson’s disease. He was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on February 28, 1932.

John graduated from Tufts University with a BS in Chemical Engineering and from MIT with a PhD in Chemistry. He worked at the forefront of commercialization of new technology for all facets of the petroleum industry ranging from how to find oil in the ground to making finished fuels and lubricants. He was responsible for the development and commercialization in New Zealand of technology for the conversion of natural gas into gasoline, a major advance of synthetic fuel technology. He also developed new technology now widely used for the production of the chemical intermediates for manufacturing polyester and styrene. He co-chaired a study between the auto and oil industries that developed information in a massive multi-year research study on how to minimize air pollution by reformulating gasoline and diesel fuel. This data was used by the EPA to set fuel standards used to implement the Clean Air Act. He was also recognized for his work as a member of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

He received the Gold Medal from the Industrial Research Institute for excellence in research management. He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering.

John married the late Rosemary Seary Bishop in 1967. They lived in Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Texas, and then Princeton, NJ.

He is survived by his two daughters, Susannah Scovil Wise and Jean Porter Wise, and one grandson, Alexander Wise Philbrick. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to LIFE Inc, 550 Lincoln Road Extension, Hyannis, MA 02601.

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

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Ruth Virginia Reynolds

Ruth Virginia Reynolds, “Virginia,” died peacefully on June 7, 2021. She was the loving wife of George T. Reynolds who predeceased her after 62 years of marriage. Daughter of Kenneth and Ruth Rendall, Virginia was appropriately born in Virginia 99 years ago.

During the first few years of Virginia’s life, the family traveled the country, as her father was playing tackle on one of the first professional football teams. They settled in Highland Park, NJ, when she was two, and she was soon joined by her loving brother Ken Jr.

After an active high school career, Virginia attended the New Jersey College for Women, now Douglass College. She was interested in children’s literature, and in that she became an expert. Combining her love of books with teaching, she enjoyed 20 years as head of the Lower School Library at Princeton Day School. Teachers would sometimes send troublemakers to that library to be “straightened up,” so calming and safe was that space. She worked in public libraries in Brooklyn and Trenton before marriage and afterward at the Churchill College Library (Cambridge) while on leave from PDS. She was also a volunteer on the Princeton Public Library Council and Board of the Friends.

Virginia was an accomplished storyteller, holding countless children and adults in spellbinding, delighted wonder with her presentations. She was also interested in art and was a highly respected docent at the Princeton University Art Museum.

Newlywed at age 21 Virginia and George, a physicist, spent most of the war years together at Los Alamos, until he left for the Pacific. She was initially denied residence on “The Hill” as she was not involved with the project. Saved by her degree in Library Science and George’s brash insistence, Virginia was allowed residency and worked there in the Library of Secrets.

Virginia made friends far and wide, from hometown Princeton (since 1946) to her beloved summer location in Woods Hole (since 1963) with its varied communities in marine science, arts, paddle tennis, and sailing. During several scattered years of sabbaticals in London, Cambridge, and Oxford, Virginia expanded her interests and circles of friends.

She traveled extensively in the UK, Europe, Turkey, Kenya, and Central America. Returning from a literary conference in Hawaii, she adopted a new name within the family, TuTu, Hawaiian for grandmother. And so, now as TuTu, she bestowed her knowledge and love onto her grandchildren, Justin, Ian, Allie, Jamie, Caroline, and Paige. Her brightest days over the last few years were seeing her great-grandchildren, Liva, Elijah, and Sophie-Morgan.

Virginia met any challenge with quiet optimism and an expectation of enjoyment. She and George raised four sons, Tom, Richard, Rob, and David. Above all, Virginia embodied a loving daughter, sister, wife, mother, mother-in-law (Marianne, Mary, Kris, and Pam), and grandmother.

Having had a modest upbringing, dampened by the Great Depression, Virginia always maintained caring and respect for all, making friends and inspiring confidence in those fortunate enough to meet her ready smile, which never left her. She coupled these values with a healthy dose of fun seeking and the occasional flash of mischievousness. She will be greatly missed.

The family have many to thank, particularly the staff at Stonebridge at Montgomery, for making the past several years ones of comfort and contentment.

Donations in Virginia’s memory may be made to All Saints’ Church of Princeton, 16 All Saints Road, Princeton, NJ 08540.

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

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William L. Joyce

William L. Joyce (Bill), of West Windsor, New Jersey, a retired archivist and research libraries administrator, died on June 6, 2021, from cancer. He was 79.

The funeral service will be held on Tuesday, June 29, 2021 at 11 a.m. at the Church of St. David the King in West Windsor, New Jersey. Visitation will be held at the Chapel of the Church from 4 to 7 p.m. on Monday June 28, 2021.

Bill was born in Rockville Centre, Long Island on March 29, 1942 and grew up in Freeport, New York. A 1960 graduate of Freeport High School, he received a bachelor’s degree in 1964 from Providence College, a master’s degree in 1966 from St. John’s University, and a Ph.D. in 1974 from the University of Michigan.

Bill worked primarily as a rare books and special collections librarian, curator, and administrator. He started his career as a manuscripts librarian at the William L. Clements Library at the University of Michigan. Beginning in 1972, he served as Curator of Manuscripts and later Education Officer at the American Antiquarian Society in Worcester, Massachusetts. After moving back to the New York area in 1981, Bill began as the Assistant Director for Rare Books and Manuscripts at the New York Public Library. He then became the Associate University Librarian for Rare Books and Special Collections at Princeton University in 1986. This was followed by his appointment as the Dorothy Foehr Huck Chair for Special Collections and Head, Special Collections at the Pennsylvania State University from 2000-2010.

Bill’s most important public contribution was his service on the President John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Review Board. The President John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Collection Act of 1992 created the Assassination Records Review Board as an independent agency to re-examine for release any assassination-related records that federal agencies continued to regard as too sensitive to open to the public. President Clinton appointed Bill to the five member Board in 1993 and he was confirmed by the Senate in April 1994. The Board finished its work in September 1998, issued a final report, and transferred all of its records to the National Archives and Records Administration in Washington.

During his retirement, Bill’s commitment to scholarship and public education led him to create two charitable funds to support these goals. The first, is the John Higham Research Fellowship awarded annually by the Organization of American Historians. The fellowship is named for Bill’s mentor at the University of Michigan, John Higham. It supports graduate students writing doctoral dissertations in American history. The second charitable fund is the William L. and Carol B. Joyce Historical Collections and Labor Archives Program Endowment for the University Libraries at The Pennsylvania State University. Its purpose is to support and enhance the Historical Collections and Labor Archives of the Eberly Family Special Collections Library at Penn State University.

Bill is survived by his wife of 53 years, Carol Bertani Joyce; his daughter and her husband, Susan and Oliver Köster; his son, Michael Joyce; his grandchildren, Alexander, Charlotte, and Marie-Louise; his sister-in-law Jacqui Joyce; his sisters and their spouses, Rosemary and David Spencer and Kathleen and Tom Sullivan; as well as many cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Any memorial donations may be given to the two funds referred to above that Bill and Carol created to support scholarship and public education. Online memorial donations to the John Higham Fellowship can be made at: https://secure.oah.org/store, by checking the box “Make a donation,” completing the contact information, and selecting a donation amount. On the page where the donor inputs the donation amount, there is a drop-down box “Donation Fund Designation,” please select “Other” and indicate Higham Fund in the box immediately below. Donations are also accepted via mail to: Organization of American Historians, 112 N. Bryan Avenue, Bloomington, IN 47408; or by phone at (812) 855-9836. Any memorial donations to the William and Carol Joyce Endowment at Penn State may be made to:  The Pennsylvania State University, 510 Paterno Library, University Park, PA 16802. Please indicate the “William and Carol Joyce Endowment” in the memo line.

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Cantor David S. Wisnia

Cantor David S. Wisnia, 94, passed away on Tuesday, June 15, 2021.

David Wisnia was a vocalist, composer, educator, and beloved community leader. Later in life, he would use his powerful baritone to share with the world his remarkable tale of surviving the Holocaust through story and song, tracing his harrowing journey from young Polish singing star to Auschwitz prisoner to American liberator with the 101st Airborne. Cantor Wisnia’s remarkable singing voice helped save him in the Nazi concentration camp.

David was born in the town of Sochaczew, Poland, on August 31, 1926. He was  a star student of the Yavneh-Tarbut Hebrew School System and he had mastered multiple languages — including German, French, Yiddish, and Hebrew — by the age of 10. He received vocal training as a pupil of director/composer Maestro A.Z. Davidovich. David also learned from renowned Cantors Gershon Sirota and Moshe Koussevitsky, mentors who taught him how to blend Jewish tradition with an operatic style.

As young David’s singing career began to flourish, he and his family — father Eliahu, mother Machla, older brother Moshe and younger brother Dov — moved to the capital city of Warsaw. David was soon performing in synagogues, in theaters, and on Polish radio. But on September 1st, 1939, Germany invaded Poland and soon after, the local Jewish population was forced into a small section of the city that would become the Warsaw Ghetto. One day, David returned home to find his father, mother, and younger brother murdered by the Nazi SS. David’s older brother had escaped the ghetto but was never seen again. Eventually David was captured and taken by cattle-car to the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp. 

David was a prisoner of Auschwitz for close to three years. He stayed alive by singing to entertain the Nazi guards and cell block leaders. While in the notorious death camp, he composed two songs that became popular with the inmates. One song is in Polish, “Oswiecim” (Auschwitz), and the other in Yiddish, “Dos Vaise Haizele” (The Little White House In The Woods), is now on display at the Holocaust Museum in Washington D.C. After being transferred to Dachau and surviving a Death March in December 1944, David managed to escape into the nearby woods. He was soon found and rescued by the American 101st Airborne Division. Joining with the 506th Parachute Infantry, he was adopted as their “Little Davey” and was able to put his language skills to work as an interpreter. He engaged actively in combat during the closing days of the war with Germany in 1945, transforming from a survivor to a liberator.

When the army brought him back with them to the United States in 1946, David set about building a new life in New York City. He began selling encyclopedias for the Wonderland of Knowledge company, eventually rising in the ranks to Vice President of Sales. He worked hard to support his wife, Hope, and their four children. He traveled often, but he always made sure to be home in time for Friday night Shabbat dinner — just as his father Eliahu had done for his family back in Sochaczew.

When the family moved to Pennsylvania, David and Hope helped grow a new thriving Jewish community in the Bucks County area. David served as Cantor of Temple Shalom in Levittown, PA, for 28 years, and then as Cantor for Har Sinai Hebrew Congregation of Trenton, NJ for 23 years. After retiring, he remained an active part of the community, teaching classes on cantilation and Hebrew language, leading communities in prayer, and performing countless baby namings, bar/bat mitzvah ceremonies, weddings, and funerals around the country. David also became a member of the American Conference of Cantors within the Union of American Hebrew Congregations.

David would go on to perform internationally, singing in Buenos Aires’ Libertad Synagogue, Israel’s Yad Vashem, and Warsaw’s Nozik Synagogue (1986) where he officiated at the first formal Bar Mitzvah ceremony to be held in Poland since World War II – the same synagogue where Wisnia sang as a choir boy over 70 years prior. David also performed concert tours with his grandson, singer/songwriter and pianist Avi Wisnia. Most recently, David returned to Poland to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz at a 2020 event attended by concentration camp survivors and prominent heads of state, which was televised to an international audience of millions. He frequently said that one of his greatest honors was being called up to sing the national anthem at the annual 101st Airborne Snowbird Reunion in Tampa, Florida, where veterans of World War II still called him Little Davey.

Towards the end of his life, David Wisnia found it increasingly urgent to share his experiences of living through the Holocaust. He published his memoir, “One Voice, Two Lives,” (2015) to ensure that this chapter of history will never be forgotten. His story has been featured in The New York Times, The Daily Mail, The Jewish Exponent, Buzzfeed, and in many other outlets around the world.

David led presentations about the Holocaust for audiences at synagogues, schools, and museums, and he was a frequent guest lecturer at Stockton University in New Jersey, at the invitation of Professor Douglas Cervi. David loved connecting most with students and young people, taking selfies with them, and imploring them to think about the impact they have on the world around them. When asked what he hoped the students took away from his story, he would say, “Do away with hate. Prejudice and hatred leads to death. There is a saying in the Torah: God tells Abraham ‘You shall be a Blessing’ and that is my message, that each and every one of us should ‘be a blessing.’ We should do good in this world, and be good to one another. Live a life with meaning and purpose, and leave this world a better place than when you entered it.”

David will certainly be remembered for his incredible voice, but he will also be remembered for his love of hot soup, fancy cars, and making friends with anyone and everyone he came into contact with. Husband of the late Hope Wisnia, he is survived by his two sons and daughters-in-law, Rabbi Eric and Judith Wisnia, Michael and Misa Wisnia; two daughters and sons-in-law, Karen Wisnia and Kirk Wattles, Jana and Lee Dickstein; and five grandchildren, Sara (Matthew Schiffer) and Avi Wisnia, Rachel and Ethan Dickstein, and Naomi Wattles. He was also grandfather of the late Dov Benjamin Wisnia.

David will be dearly missed by so many, but his story, his voice, and his legacy will continue to resonate from generation to generation.

Private funeral services and burial were held June 17 at King David Memorial Park, Bensalem, PA. A public memorial will be held at a later date.

For more information about David Wisnia, please visit onevoicetwolives.com.

To honor the life of Cantor David Wisnia, donations may be made to the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum, working to preserve the legacy of and educate about the Holocaust: http://auschwitz.org/en/donate.

To send condolences to the Wisnia family, please visit OrlandsMemorialChapel.com.

June 16, 2021

Carol Anne King

Carol Anne King of Princeton, New Jersey, died at her home on May 22, 2021. Carol was born in Cleveland, Ohio, on June 21,1938, to Helen (Ede) King and William Ernest King. Carol received bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Michigan State University, and a PhD from New York University.

Carol brought her expertise, leadership, and vision to countless professional and service endeavors throughout her career in Hospitality Business Management. Later, she became a Certified Retirement Coach and joined the Princeton Senior Resource Center as Director of Next Step Engaged Retirement Program. 

Carol was a member of Nassau Presbyterian Church where she served on the Church staff, and as Elder and Deacon. She was also a member of the Princeton Chapter of PEO Sisterhood. Her membership in Princeton Friends of Opera was a centerpiece in sustaining her love of the Arts.

Carol King was a person of the finest character, courage, and faith and wished to be remembered as someone who practiced Hospitality.

Carol will be deeply missed by her many friends and by family members Kenneth and Hedy Schaedel, Eileen New, Linda Reyes, Donna Knutson, Richard Schaedel, Daniel Stocks, Barbara Fields, Michael Ede, Pam LaWall, and Robert Mason.

A Memorial Service will be held at Nassau Presbyterian Church on Monday, August 16, 2021 at 11 a.m. The service will be followed by an outdoor reception.

Memorial contributions may be made to Nassau Presbyterian Church, Princeton Senior Resource Center, or PEO.

June 9, 2021

Helen Puschel Apgar
1921 – 2020

Helen Puschel Apgar would have turned 100 this September. She died at the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic on February 7, 2020 in Mantoloking, NJ, having regretfully outlived her husband H. Holt Apgar (Princeton ‘43) and her two oldest children, Holt Jr. (’69) and Barbara. Her youngest son David; her grandchildren Phebe (‘00), Sarah, and Camille; and four great-grandchildren survive her.

Born Helen Willard Puschel on September 24, 1921 in Flushing — not long after Queens incorporated it — she was the only child of Herbert W. and Helen Cork Puschel. She had two favorite uncles: Uncle Possum, Edward Chevalier Cork, youngest of her mother’s four siblings, who livened up family tea parties during and after Prohibition with dollops of “tonic” from a pocket flask; and Walter Puschel, who joined his great-uncle’s textile emporium Schumacher a few years after the company took part in the 1925 Paris Exposition that launched Art Deco, and helped the firm bring modernism to American homes.

A turning point in Helen’s life was the birth of a daughter in 1950 with cognitive deficits, who for years gave little sign of ever being able to lead a semblance of a normal life. In time, Barbara began to make peace with the world and even graduated from junior college, but always needed to live with Helen. Daughter in tow, Helen and Holt retired to their beloved beach house in Mantoloking, not far from where they had met in 1941.

Living as long as Helen did, her daughter always had a place to stay. Two months after Barbara succumbed to ovarian cancer, Helen awoke in good spirits one morning, had breakfast, fell into a coma, and, for no apparent reason, passed away.

A family memorial service will celebrate her 100th birthday.

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Carol Pettit Lovelock

Carol Pettit Lovelock, age 78, died of complications due to Covid-19 on May 17, 2021.

Carol was a member of the Pettit family that settled in the Princeton area around 100 years ago. She was born on January 2, 1943 in Alexandria, La., while her family was Army traveling. She attended the Valley Road School, and Princeton High School for one year. Carol was a graduate of the Solebury School, New Hope, Pa, and also studied at the Tobe-Coburn School for Fashion Careers in New York City.

She worked as Assistant Investment Counselor at the Bank of New York, on Wall Street. After raising her family, she became a Store Manager for Shoetown Stores in Oceanside and Baldwin, on Long Island.

She was predeceased by her parents, Bill and Taddy of Ridgeview Road, and her brother Jon. Carol is survived by brothers Bill (Kathy) and Don (Joan), sister Penny Kreinberg (Bob), and sister-in-law Barb.  

Carol maintained ties to Princeton by visiting family often, attending Easter services at Trinity Church, and shopping along Nassau Street and Palmer Square. She enjoyed fashion and gardening and always had flowers in her life.  She also enjoyed travel and visited most states in the U.S.A., Canada, and many countries in Europe and the Caribbean.

Her family was everything to Carol. She leaves behind her loving husband of 52 years, Joseph, and three children: Carolyn (Pat) McGarry, Joe W. (Henrietta), and Charles. She also loved and doted on her six grandchildren: Bridget, Peyton, Morgan, William, Katie, and Amanda. 

A memorial service will be held at Trinity Episcopal Church on Tuesday, June 15 at 10 a.m., and interment will follow at the family plot in Princeton Cemetery.

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Francis P. Fahey

Francis Patrick Fahey, age 86, entered into his eternal rest with God on Saturday, June 5, 2021.

Born and raised in Queens, NY, Frank graduated from St Joseph’s seminary in Princeton, NJ, and attended St. John’s University.

He proudly served his country in the US Navy and was assigned to the USS Intrepid from 1956-1958.

Frank married his childhood sweetheart Cathleen, and in 1972 they moved to Princeton, NJ, where they raised their five children.

Frank was instrumental in starting the West Windsor PAL Basketball League in the mid-70s and was a longtime member of Springdale Country Club.

At the age of 18 Frank began his career with AT&T working in the mailroom. He eventually worked his way up to Division Manager of AT&T Submarine Systems. He and Cathy were fortunate enough to travel the world before retiring in 1994 after 42 years with AT&T.

He was a loving father, husband, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, son, and friend to many.

Predeceased by his parents Patrick and Delia Fahey and sister Sr. Theresa Fahey, RSHM. Frank is survived by his wife of 64 years, Cathleen (Neller) Fahey; three sons Tim (Ellen), Brian (Kimbra), and Rob (Renee); two daughters Colleen (Mike) Natalicchio and Tara (Rob) Hetzel; two sisters Sr. Patricia Fahey, RSHM and Barbara (John) Chiaramonte; 13 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

A Visitation will be held from 1-3 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, June 10, 2021 at Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Friday, June 11, 2021 at St. Paul’s Roman Catholic Church, 216 Nassau Street, Princeton. Burial will be private.

June 2, 2021

Gertrude [Trudy] Maria Glucksberg (1934–2021)

Trudy Glucksberg, nee Hoenigswald, of Princeton, New Jersey, died suddenly on May 22, 2021 after spending an evening celebrating life with her companion, Allen Kassof, and his family in her favorite city, New York. She was the daughter of the toy designer Hilde Bohn Hoenigswald and philosopher Richard Hoenigswald. Trudy graduated from Music and Arts High School in New York and earned a BA in Fine Art from City College.

Born in Munich, Germany, Trudy and her family fled pre-war Germany and settled in the Riverdale section of the Bronx. She was an artist by profession and passion, and a gifted and gracious connector of people. Her Princeton home was a gathering place where all were welcome. There was always a pot of soup on the stove to be served with great conversation, and opportunities to meet people of all backgrounds and perspectives. Many lifelong friendships began in these salons, and in turn, expanded her “adopted” family, making all our lives richer.

After settling in Princeton in 1965, Trudy became part of the women’s printmaking community where she was influential on the local art scene. She continued to grow as an artist throughout her life.  Recently, during the pandemic, she challenged herself to complete a series of self-portraits that were honest, self-analytical, and showed her sense of humor. 

Over the years, she maintained her skills and connections to other artists by regularly attending weekly drawing sessions at the Arts Council of Princeton with live models — the “Monday Night Strip Club” she called them. Her art has graced many book covers, has been exhibited in numerous galleries, and hangs in homes and corporate collections across the world. A recent piece was awarded the 2016 Best in Show at Ellarslie and was purchased by the Trenton City Museum: a very proud moment.

Trudy was a graphic designer at Princeton University Press for more than 30 years. After her retirement as Senior Graphic Designer, she donated her services and talents to the Arts Council of Princeton. She was married to Sam Glucksberg for 32 years, and then shared her life with Al Aronson, artist and engineer, for 20 more years.  Most recently she found happiness with her companion, Allen Kassof. They had been family friends for 56 years, became partners in 2018, and endured the pandemic together. Newly vaccinated, they were enjoying the ongoing and welcome company of both their extended families.

She is predeceased by her half-brother and sister-in-law, Henry and Gabi Hoenigswald, and survived by her three children and their spouses: Matthew Glucksberg and Harriet Stratis, Ken Glucksberg and Sue Rosengard, and Nadia Glucksberg and Steve Hamill; her nieces, Frances Hoenigswald and Anne Hoenigswald, and Nick Thorner, Anne’s husband; her grandchildren Max Glucksberg and Alexander Stratis, and her great-nephews and their children.

A celebration of her life will be held later this summer. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in her memory to the Arts Council of Princeton at artscouncilofprinceton.org/donate.

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Nancy DiMeglio

Nancy DiMeglio, 81, passed away at home on May 27, 2021. She was the owner of Francesco’s Ristorante in Chambersburg.

Predeceased by her parents Luigi and Marie Sasso; and her husband Angelo DiMeglio who passed away on December 28, 2020; she is survived by her son Frank DiMeglio (fiancé Laura); daughters Lisa DiMeglio and Julie Willenbacher; grandchildren Alex DiMeglio, Melissa Dean (Jonathan), Jillian DiMeglio, Jordan DiMeglio, Christian Evangelisto Willenbacher, and Grayson Willenbacher; great-grandson Sebastian Michael Dean; and sister Carmela Di Scala.

Visitation and funeral service were held at The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, Princeton, NJ.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research hospital at stjude.org.

May 26, 2021

Catherine (Kay) Trotter

Catherine (Kay) Ann Carswell (Pallrand) Trotter died peacefully May 16, 2021 surrounded by her family in Princeton, NJ. Born in Ticonderoga, New York, on December 2, 1927, she was the daughter of the late Watson Goulder Carswell and Mary (Moore) Carswell. Kay will be greatly missed by Hale, her treasured husband of 43 years, her children Nannette and Stephen Pallrand (Rachel Mayeri), and her cherished grandchildren Eli and Cora.

Kay is also survived by her beloved brother John (Helen) — predeceased by her sister-in-law Elaine (Kirby) Carswell — and Elaine and John’s five wonderful children, Jim, Sue, Bill, Mandy, and Sarah. She will also be dearly missed by her sister-in-law Jean Trotter (predeceased husband Bernard) — their children Rex (Eliza) and Tory (Tibor), and Rex and Eliza’s children, John, Thomas, Andrew, Marie, Philip, Claire, and Martin.

Kay attended Clark University graduating in 1949 with a BA in English Literature, later receiving her MEd from Columbia University. Kay married George Pallrand and soon after they moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan, where Kay had her first teaching job in rural Michigan. Kay put her teaching on hold while raising her two children. After the family moved to Princeton, and the children were in school, Kay returned to her love of teaching, taking a position with the Princeton school system where she taught grades 5–7 for over 50 years.

Kay met Hale in 1976, they fell in love and married in June of 1977. Hale was a professor of Mathematics and Computer Science at Princeton University and they enjoyed sharing their careers, sabbaticals, traveling to visit Nannette in Brazil, conferences in Finland, and points in between. Kay and Hale would never miss an opera in New York City or a show at the Metropolitan Museum where they were members. Most cherished were their summers at the family cottage on Lake Cecebe in Ontario, Canada. Spending time with family, nephews and nieces, neighbors, listening to the call of the loons, or waking to watch the northern lights created enduring memories.

Kay was known for her gregarious personality. She created many lasting and deep friends over the years with students, colleagues, fellow swimmers, acquaintances, her doctors, and the waitresses at her favorite restaurants. Kay thrived on personal interaction and close friendship. She was an avid tennis player, swimmer, and skier who loved art, architecture, and knitting. She was a passionate liberal in politics.

A memorial will be held at the Mather-Hodge funeral home in Princeton on Thursday, May 27 between 3 and 5 p.m., with an informal service at 4 p.m. Burial will take place at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 29 at the Evergreen Cemetery in Salem, New York.

In lieu of flowers please make donations to the “Kay Trotter Gynecologic Oncology Fund” at the Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Donations can be made online at http://giving.temple.edu/KayTrotterFund, scroll down to the fund name. Donations can also be mailed to Temple Institutional Advancement, P.O. Box 827651, Philadelphia, PA 19182-7651.  Memo line should note that the donation is in-support of the “Kay Trotter Gynecologic Oncology Fund.”

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Prosper F. Cima Jr.

Prosper F. Cima Jr., age 79, of York, NE, died Tuesday, May 4, 2021 at York. He was born June 4, 1941 in Princeton, New Jersey, to Prosper Sr., and Adeline (Bell) Cima. Prosper worked with the New York State Police Department. He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in York. On January 1, 2000, he was united in marriage to Sara Eggers at Schroon Lake, New York.

​Prosper served his country in the United States Army, where he was a Rifle Expert. He also worked for Dan’s Construction, Wy-Ad, and Hitz Towing in York as a general handyman. Prosper loved spending time outdoors, and would offer anybody a helping hand. He enjoyed his dog Harvard, and his cat Sticker.

Prosper is survived by his son Prosper Cima III of New Jersey, special friends the Connie Horn Family of York, his aunts, Edith Montano and Peg Foster both of Charleston, South Carolina, uncle Robert (Claudette) Bell of Charleston, South Carolina, and two grandchildren. He is also survived by his special friends Dan Troester, Karl Heine, and Randy Hitz, all of York.  

Prosper is preceded in death by his parents, both wives, and good friend Mel Preslicka.

A graveside service will be held on Thursday, May 27, 2021, 1 p.m. at the Princeton Cemetery.

Memorials may be directed to the American Diabetic Association.

​​Condolences may be emailed to metz@metzmortuary.com. Messages will be given to the family.

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

May 19, 2021

Stuart Duncan

Stuart Duncan, 93, died peacefully at his home on April 30, 2021. Born in 1927 in New York City, he began his schooling at St. Bernards and Trinity. At age 14, he moved to Ridgefield, Conn., and finished his preparatory education at Wooster School in Danbury. As so many did during that time, he deferred his admittance to Princeton University to serve in the U.S. Navy during WWII, returning to his education in 1946.

When he graduated in 1950, he had already embarked on three associations that would last him his lifetime. He had begun ushering at Trinity Episcopal Church in Princeton, a relationship that would endure for 70 years; he had developed a bond with his university that led to decades of happy service as a Marshal at the P-rade, culminating in his years as Grand Marshal. He commissioned the Frank T. Gorman ceremonial mace in 1979 to honor his good friend’s prior service. Stuart was the first to carry it in 1980 and it has been carried in the P-rade by every Grand Marshal since. He was honored in 2012 with an induction into The Society of the Claw, a membership given to those who have contributed to the University in a significant way.

But most importantly, as a senior, while pursuing his passion for the theater in a student production at Miss Fine’s School, he met his future bride, Nellie May Oliphant. They were married in 1951, a union that would last for 65 years until “Petie’s” passing in 2016. By 1954, the couple had returned to the area for the birth of the first of their four children and Stuart’s expected career in the family business. For four generations, beginning in 1839, the Duncan family had owned the U.S. distribution rights to the Worcestershire sauce Lea & Perrins. Sales and marketing were a perfect fit for Stuart’s outgoing personality, and he rose quickly to Vice President of Sales.

But his interest and passion for the theater had never waned and by the late ’60s, Stuart was ready to create something for himself. Partnering with Edgar Lansbury (brother to Angela), the duo found immediate success producing Off-Broadway revivals of Waiting for Godot, followed in 1971 by an award-winning revival of Long Day’s Journey into Night, starring Robert Ryan and two young, at that time unknowns, Stacy Keach and James Naughton.

Throughout 1970, the duo were also developing an unusual project — a master’s thesis by a Carnegie Mellon student based on The Gospel according to St. Matthew. They brought in a recent Carnegie Mellon graduate, Stephen Schwartz, to write the music and lyrics (leading to Schwartz’s first Grammy) and in May of 1971, the rock-gospel hit Godspell opened in New York City. Producing the subsequent road shows around the world kept Stuart busy for several years.

Stuart never lost his commitment to the importance of community theater and spent his later years as a well-regarded theater critic for The Princeton Packet and U.S. 1.  Winning countless awards from The New Jersey Press Association for his reviews, his two-decade career as a theater critic was lauded in 2015 when he received a Perry Award from the New Jersey Association of Community Theaters for his outstanding contributions.

He had an ebullience for life, a quick wit, a sharp, inquiring mind, and a delightful spirit. He will be missed by many. Burial at All Saints’ Church in Princeton will be private, and a memorial service will be held at Trinity Church, Princeton, N.J., in the future.

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

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Susan Ellis Waskow

Susan Ellis Waskow was a woman of action whose adventures ended at age 59 on May 17, 2021. She was born in Syracuse, NY, on November 17, 1961 to Eric Ellis, Ph.D., and Barbara Ellis, M.A., both of blessed memory. From 1964 on, she spent her formative years in idyllic Sewanee, Tennessee. She graduated from Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA, in 1983. Always independent, she lived in diverse locales such as Anchorage, AK; Buffalo, NY; Coconut Grove, FL; and Princeton and Hopewell, NJ.

She was a creator. She had a fulfilling first career as a costume designer and seamstress. It was while working at the Alaska Repertory Theatre that she met the love of her life, Darryl Waskow. Darryl and Susan were married for more than 30 years.

Nothing surpassed Susan’s love of her husband and her two wonderful children, Harry and Dorothy.

She worked for numerous Princeton University organizations, including the Office of Religious Life, Engineering, the Art Museum, and Outdoor Action.

Susan’s lifelong love of Judaism led her to be an active leader at Congregation Kehilat Shalom in Belle Mead, NJ, where she chanted Torah, served as adult education chair, ritual committee chair, and ultimately as Synagogue President.

Fueled by a deep sense of justice, Susan dove into projects with passion and gusto. She took part in numerous political campaigns and activism including the 2017 Women’s March in Washington, DC, where she took pride in engineering the tallest possible signs for herself and fellow marchers.

Her husband Darryl introduced her to sailing, and they enjoyed racing Snipes and Lightnings in regattas at the Jersey Shore and Caribbean. She enjoyed the sailing community as much as the competition. With her passion for the outdoors, she also delighted in camping, hiking, and kayaking.

Susan lived with great enthusiasm and a can-do attitude. She learned how to play flute in her 40s. She knitted numerous blankets for Project Linus, loved learning new dance steps, and cooked Iron Chef-style concoctions.

Like her father, she was the family storyteller. Once prompted, she could animatedly retell a story ripe with nuances and long forgotten details.

Susan was a protector. As the sibling closest in age to her special needs brother, Richard, she once confronted a bully, armed with only her trusty metal lunch box. As an adult she continued to take care of him through the remainder of his life, including through her service on the board of directors of Franklin County Adult Activity Center in Winchester, TN.

She had close relationships with her siblings, both biological and through marriage. She maintained lifelong friendships and made new friends wherever she was.

Susan was always giving to others.  In tribute to her father, a heart transplant recipient, Susan made her intent to become an organ donor clear.

She lived life to its fullest. She was predeceased by her parents Barbara and Eric Ellis and her brother Richard.

The memory of her inimitable personality will be a comfort to her survivors. They include: her husband Darryl Waskow, her son Harry and his fiancé Samantha Davidson, and daughter Dorothy all of Hopewell, NJ; her brother Ralph Ellis and his wife Angie of Peachtree City, GA, and their children Abigail and Samuel; her sister, Beatrice Ellis Fine and her husband Steve of Leawood, KS, and their children Benjamin and Eric; brother-in-law Steven Waskow and his wife Valerie of Princeton, NJ; and sister-in-law Rosalind Hansen and her husband Michael also of Princeton, NJ.

A memorial gathering will be held on Thursday, May 20, 2021 from 12-3 p.m. at the Star of David Memorial Chapel of Princeton, 40 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton, NJ 08542.

In lieu of flowers you may make contributions to the charity of one’s choice, Congregation Kehilat Shalom, 253 Belle Mead-Griggstown Road, Belle Mead, NJ 08502; or the Sourland Conservancy, 83 Princeton Avenue, Suite 1A, Hopewell, NJ 08525.

Donations may also be made to help train individuals preparing for careers working with special needs clients through The Richard Ellis Memorial Fund of the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Kansas City, 5801 West 115th Street, Overland Park, Kansas 66211.

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Hortenzia (Dolly) Benchea Rapking

1923-2021

Hortenzia S. Benchea (Dolly) Rapking passed away at her home at Princeton Windrows, Princeton, NJ, on May 14, 2021, at the age of 97. 

Dolly is predeceased by her husband of 67 years, Aaron H. Rapking, Jr., her first husband Charles Raezer, her parents, Myron and Margareta Benchea, and her brothers Hortenziu and Septemiu Benchea. Dolly is lovingly remembered by her son and daughter-in-law Michael and Linda Raezer of Tucson, AZ, and by her five daughters: Triana Bruso of Galloway Twp., NJ; Christine Cox of Longboat Key, FL; Frances and Steve Piesbergen of Florissant, MO; Caroline Rapking and David Hemingson of Reston, VA; MaryMarie and Frank Quigley of Annapolis, MD; niece Michele Henderson of Pensacola, FL; grandchildren Kellie, Stephanie, Charles, Sheryl, and Lisa; and great-grandchildren Katelyn, Karoline, Kathryn, Alana, Elyse, Christine, Henry, and Steven. 

Born in Wheeling, WV, on October 17, 1923, Dolly grew up there and experienced several “adventures” during her youth, including in 1939 being with her brothers on a ship headed to Europe to study in Romania, when it was announced over the public address system that Poland had been invaded and WWII had begun. The ship was able to safely maneuver its way back to Nova Scotia, where they traveled by train to be reunited with relatives in the United States. After graduating from high school, Dolly attended the University of St. Mary in Leavenworth, KS, where at a social event with soldiers from Fort Leavenworth, she met her first husband, Charles Raezer. They got married and soon son Michael was born.  1st Lieutenant Raezer was deployed to Europe and, sadly, lost his life in the Battle of the Bulge. 

Eventually Dolly returned to Wheeling, WV, to live with her parents, and enrolled at WV University where she completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in Education and Biology. It was at WVU that she met graduate student Aaron H. Rapking, Jr. They were married on November 27, 1946, and over the next 16 years were blessed with five daughters. During this time, the young family first lived in Morgantown, WV, then moved to St. Albans, WV, and finally to Charleston, WV. When the youngest girls were a bit older, Dolly went to work as a Library Assistant for the Kanawha County Public Library in Charleston, WV. Additional career advancement required a master’s degree in Information Science, so at age 46, and with the full support of her family, Dolly attended Catholic University in Washington, DC, even living in the residence hall! Upon graduation, Dolly obtained a position with the WV Library Commission as Director of Services for the Blind and Physically Handicapped in coordination with the Library of Congress, and also oversaw the Library Services for the WV Prisons and Penitentiaries. During this time, she was active at Christ Church United Methodist in Charleston, WV, and also served a term as President of the Pilot Club of Charleston. 

She retired from the Library Commission in 1983, and she and Aaron moved to Palm Harbor, FL, to live near her mother and brothers. While there, Dolly got involved in the Auxiliary for the Mease Hospital in Dunedin, FL, and served a term as the President of the Auxiliary. In 1998, Dolly and Aaron moved to NJ to be near to many of their children and found a home in the Princeton Windrows community. Dolly kept herself busy with reading, caring for her home, making wonderful friends throughout the Windrows community, and keeping up with her large family. She will be sorely missed.

A private celebration of her life was held with her family and close friends. Memorial donations to the Rapking Family Scholarship Fund may be sent to the Advancement Office, WV Wesleyan College, 59 College Avenue, Buckhannon, WV, 26201, or online donations may be made at wvwc.edu.

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

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Carol J. Barkann

Carol J. Barkann, of Princeton, passed away at her home on Monday May 17, 2021, at the age of 90.

Born in Newark, Mrs. Barkann was a former resident of East Brunswick. She was a graduate of Syracuse University and was an associate professor at the Fashion Institute of Technology for 18 years before retiring.

Wife of the late Jeremy Barkann, she is survived by a daughter Susan Barkann, two sons Michael (Ellen) Barkann and Peter Barkann (Julie Szukalski), and three grandchildren: Emily, Matthew, and Phoebe.

Private funeral services and burial will be held at Cedar Park Cemetery in Paramus, New Jersey.

The family respectfully requests memorial contributions to The Barkann Family Healing Hearts Foundation (thebarkannfoundation.org).

To send condolences to the family, please visit Carol’s obituary page at OrlandsMemorialChapel.com.

May 12, 2021

Katherine Boyd DalleNogare

January 24, 1934 — May 2, 2021

Katherine Boyd DalleNogare, age 87, passed away peacefully with her sons Dominic and Peter by her side on May 2, 2021 after a brief illness. Katherine was born and raised in Princeton, N.J., where she was a lifelong resident. She was a graduate of St. Paul’s School, Cathedral High School, and Rider College. After graduating college she worked as a medical assistant for Princeton pediatrician Dr. Jeanette Munroe. After her marriage to Pietro DalleNogare she was a devoted wife and loving mother raising her two sons. Later she returned to work for Dr. Owen Shtier, Dr Miriam Reed, Thompson Land Co., and Princeton University where she transcribed the Woodrow Wilson Papers.

Katherine was a devout Catholic and lifelong member of St. Paul’s Church in Princeton where she instructed Catholic education classes (CCD) to students. She was also a member of the Altar Rosary Society. Katherine enjoyed vacationing at the Jersey Shore. She loved nature, wildlife, gardening, knitting, flea markets, and yard sales. She took great pleasure working in her garden and feeding the squirrels and birds. Katherine also had a great talent for music — she played the piano, guitar, violin, accordion, and zither.

Katherine is predeceased by her husband of 58 years, Pietro DalleNogare, mother Rose Mary Boyd and father Alexander Reid Boyd. She is survived by her loving sons Dominic and Peter both of Princeton, NJ, and several cousins, nieces, and nephews.

A funeral mass was celebrated at St. Paul’s  Catholic Church, Nassau Street followed by burial in the church cemetery on May 6, 2021.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Kimble Funeral Home of Princeton, NJ.

Katherine was a loving and devoted daughter, wife, mother, and friend to many who will be greatly missed. May God keep her safe till we meet again!

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Marjorie T. Weaver

Marjorie T. Weaver, 95, formerly of Princeton, NJ, died Friday, May 7, 2021 at St. Luke’s Hospital, Fountain Hill, PA. She was born in Lewistown, PA, on July 13, 1925 to the late William Reed Teitsworth and Ruth (Isenberg).

Marjorie was a Church Secretary at Nassau Presbyterian Church in Princeton, NJ, for many years until her retirement. She was a faithful member of her church which was her life and the center of her social circle.

She is survived by nieces and nephews.

Service is private and at the convenience of the family. Online expressions of sympathy can be recorded at heintzelmancares.com. Arrangements are by the Heintzelman Funeral Home, Inc., Hellertown, PA.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Nassau Presbyterian Church, 61 Nassau Street, Princeton, NJ 08542.

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Richard Katen

Having lived a life filled with gratitude for God’s blessings, Richard Aziz Katen, “Dick,” went home to God on May 10, 2021, in Princeton. He was 93.

The son of loving parents, Aziz Katen and Olga Haddad Katen, Dick grew up in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, and attended Fort Hamilton High School. He was drafted immediately after graduation to serve in the U.S. Army of Occupation in Italy in WWII. After the war, he entered college and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Syracuse University College of Business Administration where he was recognized by Beta Gamma Sigma, the international business honor society. He then further served his country as a First Lieutenant in the Air Force in Korea and Japan during the Korean War.

In 1955 he married Jeanne Marie Borab, and they were married for 66 years. They liked to say they met before they were even born. Their grandparents from both sides were founders of the Fourth Avenue Presbyterian Church in Bay Ridge, so Dick and Jeanne grew up in the church. After Dick returned from Korea, they were married.

Dick began his career in retail in the management training program of Abraham & Strauss. With his family that now included a baby daughter, he searched for the best possible location to both open a business and raise a family. He chose Princeton, and with his closest friend, opened Home Décor in the Princeton Shopping Center in 1957. For the next 30 years, until the store closed in 1987, shoppers were drawn not just by lovely home furnishings, but by the kind and loving man that would light up the room and put a smile on every face.

Dick was a loyal member of Nassau Presbyterian Church where he served as both a Deacon and an Elder. He served on the board of the Princeton Cemetery for more than 25 years, was President of The Princeton Lions Club, volunteered at the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen, and was an active member of The Old Guard of Princeton, The Nassau Club, and Mercer Investors. He was particularly proud to have served on the board of Crisis Ministry (now Arm in Arm), where he played a key role in transforming the food pantry operation to a store-model, enabling clients to shop and make their own grocery selections.

For more than 36 years, Dick and Jeanne spent their winters in Florida where Dick was a volunteer pastoral visitor at Holy Cross Hospital in Fort Lauderdale. Always quick with a joke and a kind word, he brought comfort and love and made hospital life a little easier for both staff and patients.

Dick enjoyed traveling, reading, and following the markets. Most of all he enjoyed spending time with his family. He was a beloved husband, father, and grandfather. He is survived by Jeanne Borab Katen, beloved wife of 66 years; daughter BJ and son-in-law William Katen-Narvell; granddaughters Alexandra, Victoria, and Elizabeth Katen-Narvell; and many nieces and nephews who held him dear. He is predeceased by his elder sisters Violet Miller, Laurice Freda, and Florence Traboulsi.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Nassau Presbyterian Church or Arm in Arm, both located at 61 Nassau Street, Princeton, NJ 08542.

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

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Mary Anne Helms

Mrs. Mary Anne Helms of Princeton, NJ, passed away peacefully at Penn Medicine Medical Center at Plainsboro on May 6, 2021 at age 82.

Mary Anne was born in Jersey City, NJ, in November 1938 to her parents Anne Miriam and John Hehir. Both parents were retired New York City school teachers who moved to Princeton in 1976. Mary Anne grew up on Long Island and graduated from Sacred Heart Academy in Hempstead, New York. She then enrolled in Georgian Court College in New Jersey and graduated from Newton College of the Sacred Heart in Newton, MA, in 1960.

She spent the summer after graduation on a student tour of Europe. Following a short stint as an elementary school teacher, she moved to Manhattan. She worked on Robert F. Kennedy’s senatorial campaign and moved to Washington, D.C. when he was elected. She moved back to Manhattan, after a short stay in Washington, D.C., and went into the design business.

In 1976, she moved to Princeton to live with her parents. In 1982, she met and married Charles B. Helms of Princeton. He died late in 1984. In the 1990s she started a gift shop on Nassau Street, A Little Bit of What You Fancy. After the closure of the shop, she focused her energies on the care of her mother, who passed away in 2003.

She then moved to Middletown, Rhode Island, to be near her friends from Newton College. In 2005, she moved back to Princeton where she resided until her demise.

Predeceased by her parents, she is survived by her brother and sister-in-law, John J. Hehir, Jr. and Roswitha, of Skillman, NJ; a niece, Angelique Michelle Loveday of Jacksonville, FL; a nephew, John J. Hehir III of Dallas, TX; and grandniece, Jennifer Loveday Rowley and grandnephew, Nicholas Loveday, both of Jacksonville, FL.

A funeral mass at St. Paul Church, Princeton, NJ, was held on Monday, May 10, 2021, followed by burial in St. Paul Church Cemetery.

Memorial contributions, in her memory, to Montgomery Township EMS, PO Box 105, Belle Mead, NJ 08502 are appreciated.

Extend condolences and share memories at TheKimbleFuneralHome.com.

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Richard E. McCarron

Richard “Rick” Eugene McCarron, 50, of West Windsor, NJ, passed away on Friday, May 7, 2021, at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, with his beloved family by his side.

Rick was born in Trenton, NJ and was a graduate of Northern Burlington Regional High School and Rider College. Before his retirement he was employed by the New Jersey State Parole Board, Division of Parole. During his time with Parole he earned the Meghan’s Law Support Award.

Rick was a loving husband, father, son, brother, and friend. He was a well-respected coach adored by his children and others on baseball and softball Little League and travel teams. He was a passionate Philadelphia Eagles fan and reveled in their 2018 Superbowl Championship win for days. He loved all genres of music, especially The Beatles. Rick loved traveling the world with his family. He was proud of his Irish heritage and enjoyed celebrating Saint Patrick’s Day, his beloved mother’s birthday. He adored his faithful dogs, Bella and Finn. Rick was an avid reader and a quick-witted joke teller who loved to make people smile.

Son of the late Richard Murphy and Patricia Theresa (Seifritz) McCarron and son-in-law of the late Susana Beatrice Juricic; he is survived by his loving wife of 20 years, Patricia Susana (Juricic) McCarron; his children, Kaleigh Erin and Owen Marcel McCarron; three sisters and brothers-in-law, Cheryl and Jeff Petrow of Clayton, Jacquelyn and George Massina of Hamilton, Kelly McCarron-Schwing and William “Buzz” Schwing of Princeton, and several beloved nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 15, 2021 at St. David the King R.C. Church, 1 New Village Road, West Windsor, NJ.

Visitation for family and friends will be held on Friday, May 14, 2021, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Simplicity Funeral and Cremation Services at Glackin Chapel, 136 Morrison Avenue, Hightstown, 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 Rick. We appreciate your cooperation.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Rick’s memory to the American Heart Association by visiting In Memory Of at inmemof.org.

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Lucy McVicker

Lucy Claire Graves McVicker was 90 years old when she passed quietly in her sleep on May 9, 2021. Her parents were Herbert Cornelius Graves II and Josephine Lee Yost. She was born in Lower Merion Township, Montgomery County, PA, and grew up there and on a farm in Allegheny County, PA, with her sister, Nancy, and her brother, Herbert. They were a close-knit family.

Lucy studied English and Art, and she received her B.A. from Principia College in Elsah, Illinois. She married Charles Taggart McVicker in 1954. They lived first at Fort Knox, KY, and in Los Angeles, CA, finally settling in Princeton, NJ, in 1957, where she lived the rest of her life.

Her greatest pride was her family. She had four children: Lauri, Christopher, Bonnie, and Heather. Lucy loved nothing more than seeing their successes and supporting them in life’s trials.

Lucy also had a successful career as an award-winning artist. After attending Parsons School of Design in New York City she continued to study and painted vigorously. As her creativity expressed itself, she became known, and her work is in many private and corporate collections. She was a founding member of the Princeton Artists Alliance. Lucy has won prizes in art shows sponsored by The American Watercolor Society, The New Jersey Watercolor Society, and The Garden State Watercolor Society, and she is a signature member of each of these.

Lucy was a devout member of the Christian Science Church, serving in many capacities. Her love of God was unending. She was also a member of the Mayflower Society as a descendent of Captain Myles Standish.

Lucy loved every person she met. She embraced everyone with a huge smile, a hug, and a look that said, I want to know more about you. She loved to teach art, and many of her students, including family members, will never forget her patient, gentle lessons. The loss of Lucy’s presence will be felt by family, friends, and many in the Princeton community.

She is predeceased in death by her son, Christopher. She is survived by her husband of 67 years, Charles, and her daughters, Lauri McVicker, Bonnie Wilson, and Heather Teffenhart and their respective partner/spouses, Darlene Lowe, Peter Wilson, and Robert Teffenhart. She is also survived by her five grandchildren, Emily, Sarah, Trisha, Christine, and Daniel, as well as three great-grandchildren, Charles, William, and Olivia.

A private memorial service will be held for the family this summer. Lucy loved the environment, especially birds, trees, and flowers. Donations in her memory may be given to the New Jersey Audubon Society: https://community.njaudubon.org/donate.

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

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Rose B. Rickert

Rose Belfiore Rickert passed away on May 3, 2021. Rose was born in North Hempstead, New York, on June 2, 1926 to Filomena and Alfonso Belfiore. Rose was married to Herb for 66 wonderful years before he passed away in 2017. She is predeceased by her son Ken and her granddaughter Allison.

Surviving Rose are her children Nancy (Bert), Leslie (Jim), Don (Kay), and Neil (Susan). She leaves behind grandchildren Gwynne, Christopher, Amie, Keelan, Jaime, Emily, Ruth, and Ryan; and two great-grandchildren, Anselm and Cecilia. Rose also leaves behind a nephew, Dennis (Karin).

The greatest source of happiness in her life was her family. The gathering of the “clan” for any occasion was a joyous, raucous, fun time. Although most of the cooking was done by the Chief Chef, she usually had more help than she needed! In demand were Rose’s lasagna, cheesecake, and “that dessert.”  Her Easter pie was a once-a-year treat. Rose was also a very organized person, always anticipating what was needed. This includes this obituary which (for the most part) is in her own words.

As a member of All Saints’ Church in Princeton, NJ, Rose was active on several committees, but her first love was arranging flowers for the Sunday services and other occasions. Being an usher for many occasions was always an honor. She always considered All Saints’ Church her second home with a large, loving family.

Rose’s last place of employment was Princeton Theological Seminary. She worked in several departments until becoming Business Manager for the quarterly journal, “Theology Today.”  When grandchildren began arriving, she retired and spent many blissful hours with “the kids.”

The family would like to acknowledge the love and support from Vitas Hospice, the 24-hour Springpoint aides, and especially from the remarkable staff at Meadow Lakes. We will forever be thankful for your exceptional care of Rose and support to our family.

Memorial services are to be determined.

In lieu of flowers, please contribute to Womanspace, Inc. at womanspace.org.

May 5, 2021

Barbara B. Erdman

Barbara B. Erdman, “Bobbie,” age 61, passed away Thursday April 22, 2021 in Beverly Hospital after a long battle with cancer. Born in New Brunswick, NJ, she was the daughter of Joan T. Bassett and the late Alton H. Bassett. For 37 years, she was the beloved wife of William P. Erdman.

After growing up in Princeton, NJ, Bobbie’s love of sports, especially tennis and lacrosse, led to a Physical Education degree from college and a lifelong career as a health and gym teacher. The beginning of her career took Bobbie back to Princeton where she met future husband “Billy” Erdman, also from Princeton. The marriage started with 17 years in California, where Bobbie eventually became an athletic director at a local school. Both of their children, Jamie and Drew, were born in San Jose, CA. In early 2000, the family moved to Boston’s North Shore, where she eventually took a position at Brookwood School as a physical education teacher and coach. Bobbie also helped start the Hamilton-Wenham girls lacrosse program.

Bobbie loved kids, and thrived on watching them gain confidence through enjoyable activities, games, and sports. Home was invariably open and filled with her children’s companions. Bobbie’s friends were equally important, and perhaps her most memorable gift was being a good listener, and her generous spirit. She was always ready to lend an ear, or hand, to any friend in need.

Bobbie thrived outdoors. In California, many family days were spent camping, hiking, and windsurfing. She loved walking the beaches near her home in Wenham. To see Bobbie in her “Happy Place” meant going to her yard where she would garden until darkness, stopping only when all bird feeders were full. The birds of Wenham will miss Bobbie as much as anyone.

In addition to her husband and mother in Skillman, NJ, Barbara is survived by daughter Jamie B. Erdman of Denver, CO; son Drew H. Erdman of Salt Lake City, UT; and sister Linda A. Bassett and her partner George Morris of Buckley, WA.

A private graveside service will be held for Bobbie at the Iron Rail Cemetery in Wenham. Due to Covid restrictions, the family hopes to have a live feed during the service for those who cannot attend.

A Princeton church service in Bobbie’s honor will be on Tuesday, May 11th. Once again, the gathering is restricted to a small number of family members. For updates and directions, please visit Campbell Funeral Home: campbellfuneral.com.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her honor to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute’s Jimmy Fund through her Giving Page at danafarber.jimmyfund.org.

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Arlene Carnevale Sannino Kemph

Arlene Carnevale Sannino Kemph, 86, of Columbia, TN, died on April 29, 2021 at her daughter’s home surrounded by loved ones.

She was born October 3, 1934 in Princeton, New Jersey, daughter of the late Raphael Carnevale and Lillian Carrignan. 

She graduated from Princeton High School in 1952, then attended Rider College. After attending college, she worked at Krasny Law Firm in Trenton, until retiring to Brick Township with her husband Carleton in 1995. In 2014, she moved to Tennessee to be closer with her daughters and grandchildren.

She is survived by her sons Mark Sannino of Princeton, NJ, and William Sannino of New Hope, PA; daughters Sandra Morreale and Terri Hoschek of Columbia, TN; brother Ralph Carnevale of Myrtle Beach, SC; grandchildren Cody and Lance Hoschek of Columbia, Kristina Morreale Cooper of Charlotte, NC, Zachery Sannino, and two great-grandchildren. Mrs. Kemph was predeceased in death by her husband, Carleton Kemph.

Memorium contributions may be made to Maury Hills Church of Christ in Columbia, TN.

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Lydia Osborne

Lydia Osborne, 74, of Pennington, NJ, passed away surrounded by her family on April 24, 2021 at Capital Health Medical Center –Hopewell.

Lydia was born and raised in Princeton, NJ. After living in Ewing, NJ, for a couple of years, she moved to Pennington where she was a resident for the past 45 years. She graduated from Princeton High School and started her career at The Alumni Council of Princeton University in 1965. She left her career for ten years to start a family, however, she returned in 1983. As the Assistant to the Director of the Alumni Council, her compassion, knowledge, dedication, smile, and contagious personality were known by many Princeton alumni.

During her career, she was known by many as the go-to person who embraced all those who crossed her path. A highlight of her career was being selected as an honorary class member to the Princeton University classes of 1950, 1974, and 1983. She retired after 37 years at Princeton University.

She enjoyed her lifelong friendships, movies, visiting family/friends, and her biggest loves, her children and grandchildren. She loved spending time with her family, having Sunday dinners, and watching her grandchildren.

Predeceased by her father, Frederick Spring Osborne, mother Katherine Mitchell Osborne, and brother Frederick Spring Osborne, Jr., she is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Jennifer and Michael Kopliner IV of Pennington; a son and daughter-in-law, Scott and Meredith Sferra of Pennington; and three grandchildren Ava, Ryan, and Joshua.

Cremation and burial will be private.

A memorial service will be scheduled shortly for all to remember her life.

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

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Rina Shack

Rina Shack, of Pennington, New Jersey, passed away Monday, April 26, 2021 at the age of 91.

Rina Shack was born in Vienna, Austria, on August 15, 1929 to Anna and Leo Ginsberg. In 1938, at the age of 9, Rina and her family escaped the Nazi Regime that was closing in on Jewish families in Vienna and immigrated to Palestine and three years later to New York City. While German was her native tongue, she learned Hebrew while living in Palestine and later English once settled in the U.S. Rina attended school in Brooklyn and received her Bachelor of Science degree from Hunter College majoring in Chemistry and Psychology. She later went on to study Psychology at the graduate level at Columbia University.

Rina, in the late 1960s, worked as a social worker supporting foster care children at The Leake and Watts Orphanage in Westchester County. In the mid-1970s-1980s Rina was the Director of The Mercer County Senior Citizen’s Nutrition Program supporting social, recreational, and nutritional needs of seniors. After retiring, while raising her children Rina worked as a real estate broker.

Through Rina’s varied careers she was able to express many of her special qualities — including her ability to take people in need under her wing and help them achieve their goals, her unbridled at times charismatic loving personality, her intelligence, her social connectedness, as well as her kind and empathic nature.

Rina was predeceased by her loving husband Norman in 2002. She is survived by her three adoring children Susan, Jonathan, and Daniel and their spouses, as well as six beautiful grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Funeral services and burial will be private at The Princeton Cemetery, N.J.

The family respectfully requests that contributions offered in Rina’s memory be directed to support Jewish Family & Children’s Service (JFCS) of Greater Mercer County (jfcsonline.org/tributes) and/or Jewish National Fund Tree Center (usa.jnf.org/jnf-tree-planting-center).

To send condolences to the family please visit Rina’s obituary page at OrlandsMemorialChapel.com.

April 28, 2021

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

April 21, 2021

Jill Wasserman

Jill Wasserman, of Princeton, NJ, passed away on Friday, April 16, 2021 surrounded by her loving family. She was 88 years old.

Born in New York City to Louis and Betty Hinden, she was raised in Sunnyside, Queens, and attended Long Island City High School and then graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology with a degree in fashion design.

She initially worked as a model and then had a stint as a private detective before she started a career as a fashion buyer for a number of leading department stores including Neiman Marcus in Dallas, Texas, where she set up the first gift boutique and Gimbels in Philadelphia, PA, where she specialized in ladies’ hats.

Later she was a successful real estate agent working in Princeton, NJ, and during that time decided to return to school in her early 60s, earning a Bachelor of Arts and Master’s in Counselling degrees from the College of New Jersey.

Jill loved meeting and talking to new people and old friends and she looked at the world and approached all people with curiosity and openness. She was passionate about helping people in need and worked as a counselor at Catholic Charities in Trenton, NJ, Jewish Family & Children’s Services in Lakewood, NJ, and Princeton House in Princeton, NJ.

She loved everything about Princeton and lived in the area for nearly 50 years. She loved books and reading and was an active supporter of the Princeton Public Library and was very active in Community Without Walls (CWW) in Princeton into her 80s.

Jill is survived by her brother Jon Hinden of Cherry Hill, NJ; her daughter Wendy Wasserman Perello and her husband Joseph Perello, of Princeton, NJ; her son Marc Wasserman and his wife Aimee Hartstein of South Orange, NJ; and three grandsons, Matthew Perello, Julian Perello, and Ari Wasserman.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, funeral services are private. A memorial service will be announced later this spring. Memorial contributions may be made to Lil Bub’s Big Fund (goodjobbub.org) which advocates for special needs companion animals and builds a community that celebrates and fosters the human animal bond.

To send condolences to the family visit Jill’s obituary page at OrlandsMemorialChapel.com.

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Gordon A. Jacoby

Born November 8, 1934 in NYC, Gordon A. Jacoby died of cancer at home in Princeton on April 7, 2021. He leaves his wife of almost 58 years, M. Elaine Jacoby, Esq., his son, David N. Jacoby of Boulder, CO, and his daughter, Rebecca A. Jacoby, of Philadelphia. Shiva visitations and services were held on April 11 and April 12 at his home. The family is planning a celebration of his life in late summer or early fall.

Certain themes arise from memories of his life: adventure, theatre and all the arts, gardening/farming, food and above all, family; an improv specialist who reduced both adults and children to hysterical laughter, flâneur extraordinaire, traveler, mentor of hundreds, and devoted husband and father who supported his wife and children in whatever they chose to do; a Renaissance man who was interested in everything and would try anything, perhaps because of his background with an artist father and a mother who ran a rooming house in Greenwich Village where he met all kinds of characters. He was open to people of all kinds, no matter their race or ethnicity or sexuality.

He started out as an auto mechanic who aspired to become a NYC fireman or a NY state trooper but instead went to California, where he worked as a VW mechanic and took classes at Pasadena City College, returning to NYC to study at CCNY, where he majored in Speech and was drawn into theatre.

Gordon met Elaine on Labor Day, 1960, when he saw her at the Museum of Modern Art. They were married in the chapel at Mount Holyoke College the day after Elaine graduated, on June 3, 1963. In the fall, they went on to Ohio State University with scholarships for master’s degree programs, Gordon’s in Speech Science. But theatre still drew him, so he decided to continue for a Ph.D. in Theatre.

Their son, David, was born in 1966 shortly before Gordon started his college teaching career at Mansfield State College (now Mansfield University) in PA as Chairman of the newly-minted Theatre Dept. He was directing Brigadoon when daughter Rebecca was born in 1969. But Gordon also learned to hunt and started the first of many gardens, as the couple developed lifelong friendships that extended their family.

Because Elaine wanted to go back to school, Gordon left his tenured position to take a job as an Assistant Professor at CCNY, teaching acting and directing, and Elaine started law school at Rutgers-Newark. With the strong support of Arlene Green, who immigrated from Nicaragua to become the family’s housekeeper and eventually a U.S. citizen, Gordon supported Elaine’s more than full-time student work. He became interested in children’s theatre; relatively fluent in Spanish, he wrote and produced a bilingual play called A Donde Vas? But as NYC neared bankruptcy in 1975, Gordon left CCNY to pursue a series of visiting professorships, among them Drew University and Mason Gross School of the Performing Arts at Rutgers.

In 1977, the family moved to Montclair, which offered a diverse community and schools and proximity to a Reform temple, Sharey Tefilo, where they became active members. Gordon became affiliated with the Whole Theatre Company run by Olympia Dukakis and her husband, Louis Zorich, coaching the actors on a wide range of dialects. He added teaching at a repertory theatre company in Providence, RI, and New Paltz State College in NY, while developing his freelance work as a dialect coach for theatres in NYC and NJ, including McCarter, and on films such as Avalon. Meantime, family remained paramount: camping trips in the summer, then Merrymeeting Lake in NH with Mansfield friends. Montclair neighbors Jerry and Janet Eber became lifelong best friends, extending their family again.

In the early ’80s Gordon and Elaine started traveling to Europe, especially to France. Rebecca’s year abroad in the UK led to a family trip throughout Scandinavia. Many trips followed.

Through Elaine’s law colleague, Mickey Neuhauser, the family grew again, as they celebrated many years of Passovers and Rosh Hashanahs and met Mickey’s extended family in France, who took care of Rebecca when she traveled to Paris during her year in the UK and
adopted David when he went to Paris to study for a year.

Gordon never stopped gardening. He made friends at the greenhouses at Rutgers and learned to grow seeds under lights in the basement in Montclair. So it was natural for him to want a farm, and when Rebecca went to college, Gordon and Elaine bought a 10-acre farm near Stockton, NJ. Gordon farmed for 11 years, when Elaine prevailed on him to retire to the Princeton area where they could enjoy more cultural pursuits and resume traveling in the summers, as well as in winter. They settled in Pennington, where Gordon went back to coaching actors, executives, and foreign students at Princeton University, becoming an enthusiastic teacher of American speech in the ESL program at the YWCA and a member of the Evergreen Forum faculty at PSRC. He was also a strong supporter of the Princeton Art Museum and in recent years an enthusiastic traveler with Elaine on Docent Assn. trips to Germany and Italy. Road Scholar took them, most memorably, to the Netherlands and Belgium, to the Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Hungary, China, and Turkey.

Gordon maintained a productive garden in Pennington, giving extra seedlings to friends, as well as untold amounts of his favorite kale. He joined a writers’ group, RATTS, doing readings of his stories at the Mercer County Library and publishing one in the annual fiction edition of US 1 News.

In 2018 Gordon and Elaine moved to the Avalon Apartments in Princeton, where they enjoyed being in the center of town, joining the Garden Theatre, frequenting restaurants in town and McCarter Theatre – until the pandemic shut down most of those favorite haunts. So Gordon’s last year was a bittersweet one, as he and Elaine still took drives and walks, until his illness required him to enter hospice at home. Family remained preeminent, as Rebecca made weekly trips from Philadelphia to help and David and his fiancée, Zen Nickle, came from Boulder, CO. He enjoyed Zoom visits with step grandsons, Adam and Nick Snow, and talks with his nephews Seth and Philip Aaronson and beloved friends Jerry and Janet Eber. As his son, David, said, “He was a man of the streets and of the earth” but most of all a lover of people.

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Peter Charles Drago

September 24, 1992 – April 7, 2021

Peter Drago, 28 years old, was killed by a drunk driver on April 7 in North Carolina on his adventure journey home from Florida. His parents, Michael and Meghan, as well as his two brothers, Henry and George, are profoundly affected by this tragic loss.

Peter grew up in New Jersey attending Princeton Day School, The Cambridge School, and Princeton Latin Academy. He graduated from Notre Dame High School and received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Sculpture from The Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University, where he earned the Paul Robeson Award for Emerging Young Artists. Peter was a gifted artist and mechanic with a specialty in restoring vintage British automobiles.

Peter’s passing has scarred his immediate family, neighbors, and his many friends from college, high school, and 18 summers at Nassau Swim Club. Also mourning is his extended family. He was loved by all who knew him.

There will be a celebration of his life and a retrospective of his artwork on Sunday, May 2, 2021, at The Boathouse at Mercer Lake in Mercer County Community Park from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. There will be plenty of outdoor space for Covid-19 concerns: https://www.boathouseatmercerlake.com.

Peter embraced his dyslexia and learned how to advocate for himself. In lieu of flowers, we believe he would appreciate donations made in his honor to Learning Alley: https://learningally.org.

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Anita Sicroff

In the early hours of April 6, Dr. Anita Edith Sicroff passed away at Alcoeur Gardens at Toms River in south Jersey. She was 96, an early survivor of Covid-19, and — but for Alzheimer’s — in excellent health and spirits.

Born in 1924 to Rose and Paul Grossman, Anita grew up in the Bronx. Anita loved animals, and expected early on to be a biologist, but fell under the spell of French and French literature in her early teens. She majored in French and Spanish at Hunter College High School and Hunter College in New York, and undertook graduate studies at Syracuse University (French and Philosophy), the University of Madrid, Middlebury College, and Vanderbilt (MA and PhD in French and Spanish literature). Anita was a gifted scholar and teacher: she was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa, served as president of the Society of French Teachers of New Jersey, and was honored with the Ordre des Palmes Académiques, an order of knighthood bestowed by the French government on exceptional academics and cultural figures.

In Syracuse, Anita fell in love with Albert Sicroff, a brilliant young Hispanist and philosopher whose research provided the excuse for years in France and Spain. Days after their marriage in August 1947, they left for France, residing in the outskirts of Paris — a dream come true! They were joined by Wipsy, an English cocker spaniel, and later by their sons, Elan, Seth, and Jonathan.

Anita had a successful career as professor of French and Spanish, and later English as a second language, at Fisk University, Adelphi, Trenton State, Rider, Mercer County Community College, Middlesex, and Rutgers.

After more than 30 years of marriage, Anita spread her wings, embarking on new professional and romantic ventures. Her Corporate Language Institute landed lucrative contracts for customized instruction in a range of communication skills; clients included AT&T Bell Laboratories, Educational Testing Service, BASF, Mitsubishi, American Express, PSE&G, and many others.

Anita was a devoted daughter, mother, spouse, friend, teacher, mentor, colleague, and dog-owner. She loved music, art, history, animals, and travel. She was kind, witty, competent, adventurous, humane, convivial, curious, intellectual, loyal, grounded. She was fortunate to find these same qualities in Jean Houston, her partner for 32 years.

Anita Sicroff will be missed by all who knew her.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Alzheimer’s Association.

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Frank Perley Reiche

Frank Perley Reiche, 91, a longtime resident of Princeton and the surrounding communities of Pennington and Plainsboro, died peacefully at The Elms of Cranbury on April 17, 2021. Raised in Bristol, Connecticut, he attended Bristol High School and then matriculated to Williams College, graduating with a Political Economics major in 1951. He subsequently earned a L.L.B. degree from Columbia University School of Law, a M.A. degree in Foreign Affairs from George Washington University, and a L.L.M. degree in Taxation from New York University School of Law.

Frank was active in the U.S. Navy from 1952-1956 and in the naval reserves from 1960-1966. Moving to Princeton, New Jersey, he joined the law firm Smith, Stratton, Wise & Heher as an Associate from 1962-1964 and a Partner from 1964-1979. In 1979, President Jimmy Carter nominated and the U.S. Senate confirmed him to a six-year term on the Federal Election Commission (FEC), including a year as FEC chairperson in 1982. When his FEC term ended, he returned to New Jersey as a practicing attorney with law firms based in Lawrenceville and West Trenton. He then became Of Counsel to the law firm Archer & Greiner (now Archer Law) in its Princeton office. Throughout his legal profession, Frank specialized in tax law, estate planning, and charitable giving. He also wrote extensively on campaign finance law.

Frank was engaged in a variety of philanthropic and charitable activities on both a local and national level. He was a member of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel where he served at one time as New Jersey chairperson, acted as a Director of the Center for Responsive Politics, and was appointed as the first chairperson of the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission by Governor William Cahill. Frank was former national chairperson of planned giving for Williams College and a former trustee of Wells College. Locally, he was former trustee emeritus at the Center of Theological Inquiry, former trustee of Westminster Choir College, and former member of the Stuart Country Day School Advisor Board.

Frank was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and uncle. He was married to Janet Taylor Reiche for 67 years. He is survived by Janet; his daughter Cynthia Schumacker of Newtown Square, Pennsylvania; his son Dean Reiche of Pennington, New Jersey; his two grandsons Alexander Schumacker of Honolulu, Hawaii and Christopher Reiche of New York, New York; two great-granddaughters; and nieces and nephews.

A private family burial service will be held on Saturday, April 24 at Princeton Cemetery. A memorial service for family and friends is planned for a future date at the Lawrenceville Presbyterian Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to either the Princeton Medical Center Foundation, 5 Plainsboro Road, Suite 365, Plainsboro, New Jersey 08536 or Williams College, 75 Park Street, Williamstown, Massachusetts 01267. Contributions can include the notation “in memory of Frank Reiche.”

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

April 7, 2021

Ann K. Beneduce

Ann K. Beneduce, a longtime resident of Princeton, died on March 18th at Penn Medicine Princeton Medical Center. She was a 102.

Her friends and family will remember her as a person who never promoted herself but always looked out for others. She was incredibly knowledgeable — a google before google — and her family constantly turned to her for answers about the most obscure things and she never failed to have an answer. She read voraciously. She was incredibly elegant. Most importantly, she was positive and supportive of everyone she came in contact with, and an absolute joy to be around.

Professionally, Ann was a noted editor of children’s picture books. She supported many authors and artists but is probably best known for her work with Eric Carle, who wrote and illustrated The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Eric came to show Ann his work when he had a first draft of book he wanted to write as well as illustrate. Ann was absolutely “blown away” by the illustrations but felt the story, centered around a worm at the time, needed help. She made gentle suggestions — such as changing the worm into a caterpillar — and continued to help him tweak the story. The book is now famous, one of the most beloved children’s books in the world. Ann and Eric became lifelong friends and worked on many other projects together.

Ann came to publishing in the 1950s when it was difficult for women to rise to senior positions. She overcame these challenges and became an editor in chief at many prestigious publishing companies. She was an “internationalist” in her approach to children’s books, finding talents across the globe. She moved beyond a conservative approach to the art, working with innovative and sophisticated artists. Folk tales from around the world were reimagined. After becoming known and highly respected in the publishing world, she was given the well-deserved honor of being able to form her own “imprint,” choosing a list of books to edit and publish. It is called Philomel from the Latin word for nightingale, and continues to this day under successors to Ann, after she retired. Some of the other wonderful authors and artists with whom Ann worked are Tasha Tudor, Ed Young, Jane Yolen, Mitsumasa Anno, Satomi Ichikawa, and Virginia Hamilton. Many books from her list have won major awards.

Ann also was a writer and translator.  She adapted folk tales and plays for Princeton local artist, Gennady Spirin, to illustrate.  Her writing skills were evident as she translated works from French for Rizzoli as part of a children’s series about famous artists, as well as writing original text.

In addition to her professional accomplishments, Ann was an artist who worked not for commercial success, but for her own enjoyment. She created portraits of friends, which she gave away as gifts, and beautiful still lives and landscapes. When she traveled, she brought her pencils and watercolors with her and returned with lovely images of places she had visited. She loved Paris in particular and visited there many times.

Ann will be sorely missed by her friends and family and all who knew her. She was a mentor to many as well as a great, great friend. She is survived by Joel L. Lebowitz, the noted scientist, and her two daughters, Wendy Worth and Cynthia Beneduce. Her cat, Pussycat, also survives her.

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Seymour Becker

Dr. Seymour Becker, historian, died October 5, 2020, in NYC at the age of 86. A specialist in 19th and early 20th century Russian history, he taught Russian and European history at Rutgers University from 1962 until his retirement in 2002.

He was among the pioneers in the field of nationalities and empire studies regarding Russia, when very few people realized the importance of studying Russia as an empire. Over his career, he wrote two books and many articles. His first book, Russia’s Protectorates in Central Asia: Bukhara and Khiva, 1865-1924, published in 1968, became a classic in the field and was reissued in 2004 due to a renewed interest in Central Asian studies. His second book, Nobility and Privilege in Late Imperial Russia, was published in 1985. Select chapters from his unfinished, third book are being posthumously published in the most recent issues of the international journal Ab Imperio, a journal “devoted to the interdisciplinary and comparative study of the history of nationalism and national movements in the post-Soviet space”; he served on the journal’s board since its inception in 1999.

Seymour, or “Sy,” was born in Rochester, NY, in 1934 to Aaron P. Becker and Lena Saperstone Becker, Jewish immigrants from Russia who met in the U.S. His father graduated from Rochester’s East High in 1920 and sold life insurance; his mother worked as a seamstress. Sy graduated from Benjamin Franklin High School where he was valedictorian, and then earned his BA from Williams College (1956, Summa Cum Laude) and his MA and PhD from Harvard University (1958 and 1963). While at Harvard he met Carol Cohen whom he married in 1957, and they had two children. After accepting the position at Rutgers, he moved with his family to Princeton, NJ, where he lived until 1980. During that time, in 1967-1968 as part of an IREX exchange program, he spent a year in Moscow doing research, and also traveled to Central Asia. In 1980, Sy moved to NYC with Alla Zeide, a Russian émigré and fellow academic, and the two married in 1981. He and Alla spent 2003-2004 in Florence, Italy, while he was Director of the Rutgers Study Abroad Program in Florence.

Sy was known not only for his scholarship, but also for his kindness and generosity as a teacher and PhD advisor, and he maintained relationships with many of his former students as they pursued their own academic careers. He and Alla were frequent hosts in their apartment in NYC to colleagues and friends over the years. He loved classical music and opera, classic movies, National Public Radio, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, travel, and good conversation. Most of all, he loved his family. A constant and avid reader, his knowledge of world history was as wide-ranging as it was deep; he was a dedicated intellectual. Sy owned more books than he had shelves for, but that never stopped him from acquiring additional ones, and he could not walk past a sidewalk display of used books without stopping to see whether there was a title he needed to buy.

He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Alla Zeide; his children, Susan Becker of North Brunswick, NJ, and Geoffrey Becker and his wife, Nora Sturges, of Baltimore, MD; his grandson, Bruno Becker; his brother, Herbert Becker and his wife, Carol Becker, of Washington, DC; his nephew, Scott Becker and his wife, Flora Qian, of Hong Kong; and his cousins Judy Gordon Hersh, of Denver, CO, and Sanford Gordon, of New York, NY.

A memorial service may be held later in 2021. Tribute gifts can be made to The Yiddish Book Center at yiddishbookcenter.org/join-support. Alternatively, an in-memoriam gift to benefit Rutgers’ Alexander Library can be made by making a check payable to “Rutgers University Foundation.” In the memo line, write “Alexander Library Gift Fund in memory of Seymour Becker.” Mail checks to: Rutgers University Foundation, PO Box 193, New Brunswick, NJ 08903-0193.

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Carolyn S. Bledsoe

Carolyn Schafer Bledsoe, 74, died peacefully on March 25, 2021 at the Marjorie P. Lee Senior Living Community in Cincinnati, Ohio, after a brief battle with cancer. She was the beloved wife of Michael D. Bledsoe; dear sister “Moon” to Carla (Bruce) Hogg and Susan (Dean) Carmeris; devoted mother of Matthew (Jessica) Bledsoe; the best Nana ever to Ellery, Jacob, and Finn Bledsoe; and a loving aunt to many nieces and nephews. 

Carolyn was born on November 21, 1946 in Princeton, New Jersey. An immensely gifted artist in a variety of different media, Carolyn received a Master’s degree in Art from Butler University and went on to teach at a variety of schools. Carolyn became the Activities Director at Marjorie P. Lee in 2003, and used her incredible talents in arts and crafts, music, and popular culture to brighten the day for hundreds of seniors throughout her career. No crossword puzzle was a match for her profound knowledge and intellect, no golf course was safe from her smooth, sweet swing, and her radiant smile outshone even the sunniest day at the Jersey Shore.

Carolyn was preceded in death by her loving parents Carl C. Schafer and Muriel Silcox Schafer, and her dear son Carl Richard Bledsoe. A family picnic will be held in her honor at a later date. In lieu of flowers, her family suggests that donations be made to the National Hemophilia Foundation.

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John (Jack) Goodfellow de Grouchy

John (Jack) Goodfellow de Grouchy, 99, of Princeton died Friday, March 26, 2021. Born in Upper Darby, PA, he resided much of his life in the Philadelphia area, later settling down in Newtown, PA, and Princeton, NJ.

Jack was an accomplished athlete throughout his life and spent summers of his youth lifeguarding with his brothers in Stone Harbor, NJ. In addition to wrestling, he played football at Haverford High School. Jack was a proud graduate of Lehigh University, where he lettered in football and swimming. He was also very active in the Chi Phi Fraternity. Jack was a United States Army World War II Veteran having served in the Pacific Theater. Jack started his career at WR Grace in New York, went on to start his own firm as a Certified Public Accountant and then a partner for many years at deGrouchy-Sifer & Co. Jack was a founding member of National Junior Tennis and Learning of Trenton and continued to serve on the Board of Directors, a past member of the Newtown Borough Council, Past President of the Newtown Rotary, member of Pretty Brook Tennis Club and Springdale Golf Club.

Son of the late William and Gertrude (Kelly) deGrouchy, husband of the late Janet E. deGrouchy, brother of the late R. Travis deGrouchy and Richard deGrouchy, he is survived by his sister Sally L. McCaffrey, and his three daughters Felice Kincannon, Janine deGrouchy-Hraska, and Suzanne deGrouchy, son-in-law, Paul Hraska, and grandchildren, Zoe Hraska, Thomas Siller, and Georgeanne Siller.  He is also survived by his stepchildren Richard Tomlinson, David Tomlinson, Elizabeth Bartels, Andrew Tomlinson, their spouses, and more grandchildren: Sarah, Coleman, and Sophie Bartels; Chloe, Trevor, Emily, Samuel, Will and Drew Tomlinson, and three great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Jack de Grouchy Scholarship fund at NJTL of Trenton, 949 W. State Street, Trenton, NJ 08618, https://www.njtloftrenton.org.

A graveside service will be held 11 a.m. on Wednesday, April 7, 2021 at the Washington Crossing Veterans Cemetery, 830 Highland Road, Newtown, PA.

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Dr. Geddes W. Hanson

Dr. Geddes W. Hanson, affectionately known as Guy, passed away on Saturday, March 27, 2021, at Penn Medicine Princeton Medical Center. 

Geddes was born in the Bronx, NY, on May 17, 1934. He was a graduate of Stuyvesant High School in New York City and often spoke proudly of being among the city kids known for their shoulder bags and slide rules. He double-majored in Physics and Philosophy at Howard University before earning a Master of Divinity from Harvard Divinity School in 1958. On June 6, 1959, Geddes married Carrie McCullough at the Third Baptist Church in Alexandria, Virginia. This marriage would last the rest of his days.  

After pastoring congregations in New York, Philadelphia, and Indianapolis, in 1966, Geddes and Carrie relocated to Princeton at the behest of the Reverend James I. McCord, then president of Princeton Theological Seminary. Beyond being among the first African Americans to earn a Ph.D. in Theology from Princeton (1972), Geddes became the first permanent African American teacher at the seminary. Here he helped organize the first “Conference of Black Seminarians” on campus in 1968, which led to the development of the Association of Black Seminarians.  

With a focus on church administration, conflict, and theories of change, Dr. Hanson held various administrative and teaching roles since 1969. He was both Director of the Center for Continuing Education and a cohort leader for the Doctor of Ministry program. Dr. Hanson retired as the Charlotte Newcombe Professor of Congregational Ministry in 2009. Before his retirement, the Association of Black Seminarians instituted the Geddes W. Hanson Lecture, a biennial lecture in honor of his legacy and contributions to the seminary.  

Geddes and his wife Carrie were avid international travelers, often visiting museums and art exhibits. His two favorite places were Paris and Vienna. He is predeceased by his parents, Geddes H. and Adele (Gumz) Hanson, as well as two sisters, Ivy and Avis Hanson. He is survived by his loving wife Carrie Hanson and an intentional family comprised of former students and their children known as the “The Hanson Kids.” 

The funeral was held on Tuesday, April 6 at Trinity Church in Princeton. 

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Edler Garnett Hawkins Prize at Princeton Theological Seminary. This award celebrates African American academic achievement among the seminary student body. Gifts can be addressed to Princeton Theological Seminary, Attn: Advancement Office, 64 Mercer Street, Princeton, NJ 08542-0803.

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Benjamin Ari Sandler

Benjamin Ari Sandler, of Kansas City, MO, and Princeton, NJ, passed away suddenly and tragically on April 1, 2021 at the age of 39.

Ben was born in Philadelphia, PA, and spent his childhood growing up in Princeton, NJ. He graduated from Princeton High School and Wesleyan College in Middleton, CT. He received his MBA from Kellogg at Northwestern University.

In high school, Ben was in the orchestra, playing percussion and double bass. He also was part of a garage band, playing drums which toured. Upon finishing college, he worked in a job that allowed him to pursue his two great loves, music and cars. He managed rock bands and also helped maintain a collection of vintage cars and even appeared in a movie with a small role driving such a car.

He was especially gifted in the tech world. Ben was a one-man IT Support resource for family and friends alike. Aside from his love for music and cars, he enjoyed reading and was a relentless seeker of intellectual pursuits.

Ben had a very good heart and was generous with his time and talents. He had a wonderful sense of humor and was always fun to be around. He will be deeply missed by his family and friends.

Benjamin is survived by his mother Deborah Sandler (Crosby Kemper), his father Sheldon (Katie) Sandler, and his sister Shira (John) Ruppert and two nephews, Samuel and Henry Ruppert.

Private funeral services and burial were held at Princeton Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to: NAMI – National Association for Mental Illness (nami.org) or to Golden State Greyhound Adoption in Walnut Creek, CA (goldengreyhounds.com).

To send condolences to the family visit OrlandsMemorialChapel.com.

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Calvin L. Hodock

Calvin L. Hodock, 87, of Skillman, passed away on March 31, 2021 at home surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Chicago, Illinois, and was a resident of Skillman for more than 40 years. Calvin was an Army Veteran who served during the Korean War. He attended the University of Cincinnati as an undergrad and received his MBA from the University of Illinois. 

He launched an illustrious advertising and marketing career in Chicago with Lavidge & Associates, where he met his wife Diane. During his career he worked at Gillette, Clairol, Carter Wallace, Johnson & Johnson, Coke, and Campbell’s. He had a passion for market research and new product innovation. After Calvin’s corporate adventures, he continued his passion for education and mentorship by taking on various teaching positions at Berkeley College, New York University’s Stern School of Business, and was a guest lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business. He is the former chairman of the board of the American Marketing Association, creating The Edison Awards, a prestigious event recognizing companies and individuals for their contribution to design and innovation.

Calvin was an avid sports fan, cheering for The Cubs, The Bears, Notre Dame Football, and Villanova Basketball. He played college basketball for a brief period of time and remained active throughout his life. He worked out daily and could often be seen chatting it up with various people in the lobby of Princeton Fitness and Wellness Center. He was the kind man that treated everyone with compassion and respect. He could always find topics in common with the people he came across and enjoyed sharing his thoughts and opinions. He was well loved by everyone and was often referred to as “The Professor” and “Big Cal” by those that knew him.

Predeceased by his parents Lester and Helen Hodock; wife Diane I. Hodock; and Stanley Hodock; he is survived by his daughters Shannon (Kerry) Hodock-McCoy and Courtney Hodock; his grandchildren Reagan and Calvin; and dogs Roxy, Beau, and Greta.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, April 7, 2021 at St. Paul’s Church, 216 Nassau Street, Princeton, NJ 08542. Burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Michael J. Fox Foundation at michaeljfox.org/donate.

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

March 31, 2021

Norman Edward Gaskins, Jr.

Norman Edward Gaskins, Jr. died unexpectedly on March 4, 2021 at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Muhlenberg, PA. He was 77 years old and was retired. He was admitted to the hospital on February 24, 2021 and was immediately put onto oxygen to try to bring up his levels. One week and a day later, he passed away from pneumonia as a result of COVID-19.

Norman was born on April 19, 1943 in Princeton, New Jersey, the son of the late Norman Edward Gaskins, Sr. and E. Ermalene (Hall) Gaskins. With the passing of his father, the family moved to Princeton, New Jersey, after living on the campus of Lincoln University, outside of Oxford, Pennsylvania, where his father was a Professor of Organic Chemistry for over 20 years. Lincoln’s campus had many children about and one of Norman’s friends was Julian Bond and his brother James, and they would roam the campus making up games and boys just being boys.

Norman graduated from Princeton High School, where he played football and played the clarinet and saxophone in the Princeton High School Band. He attended Lincoln University and served in the U.S. Army for nine years, training in Minnesota and then onto the island of Crete in Greece, working with Nike Missiles. Later he served in Furth and Ansbach, Germany, a base the U.S. Army took over after World War II. Within this time frame, he married the late Marlyn (Funk) Gaskins of Minnesota.

He was later employed by the company GE/Betz, Inc. of Trevose, Pennsylvania, and Addison, Illinois, where he retired. He also enjoyed playing music with a few old friends, organizing a jazz band of sorts. Later he went back to a beloved hobby of his collecting, designing, and building scaled model trucks, “18 wheelers,” and when he was growing up, how he loved his farm tractors … those “green” John Deeres.

Norman is survived by his wife, Sandra (Fuchs) Gaskins, of Easton, PA, and their two children, Jennifer G. Niederer and her husband John of Hamburg, NJ, and Jeremey Gaskins and his wife Nicole S. of Kissimmee, FL; and his four children with his first wife Marlyn, Norman E. Gaskins III and his wife Jennifer A. of Minnetonka, MN, Melonie G. Elvebak and her husband Mitchel of Waconia, MN, Robert Gaskins and his wife Jennie U. of Brooklyn Park, MN, and Gregory Gaskins and his wife Michele D., Brooklyn Park, MN. He is also survived by a brother, Owen Hall Gaskins of Hamilton (Princeton), NJ; an aunt, Mary E. Hall Sibley of Los Angeles, CA, and an uncle, Richard G. Hall of Blue Bell, PA; 11 grandchildren; and a host of cousins and many dear friends.

A committal service at the graveside of his parents at Princeton Cemetery, Princeton, NJ, to be determined.

March 24, 2021

Leigh B. “Tim” Harris II

Leigh B. “Tim” Harris II, 92, of Glenville, North Carolina, and formerly of Princeton, passed away peacefully with his children and loved ones all around him on Saturday, February 6, 2021, at Sterling Estates of West Cobb Retirement Community in Marietta, GA. 

Beloved father, grandfather, uncle, mentor, and friend, Tim was born and raised in Princeton, NJ, by the late Leigh B. Harris, Sr. (master glassblower at Princeton University for 42 years) and Maude Bishop Harris. He married his high school sweetheart, Elizabeth Jane “Betty” Vandenberg, who passed away after 64 years of marriage in 2013. He is also preceded in death by his sister, Jean Harris Mason, whom he loved dearly.

Carp fishing in Lake Carnegie and hunting were pastimes he enjoyed with his father, whom he was very close to. Tim had a love for music. As a youngster and into adulthood, he was a member of the Princeton Drum and Bugle Corps, and often played “Taps” at the Borough Monument for special memorial occasions. In high school, he played the baritone saxophone in the band, and for a time was invited to travel with the jazz band, Hank Durell and the Dreamers.  Tim played on the football team in various positions. After high school, he received a B.S. degree from Rutgers University. 

Working alongside his father-in-law, John Vandenberg, Tim worked at Tiger Bus Line, which provided bus service for Princeton Borough and Township Schools, as well as transportation service for many Princeton University sports teams. On two occasions, Tim provided cross-country transportation for a six-week “Westward Ho” trip for students from Princeton Country Day School. 

Tim was a volunteer fireman with Engine Company #3. He also enjoyed bowling and playing baseball with his men’s Nassau Social Club league. Even though he had moved away from Princeton many years ago, he still cherished the times he could come back to visit his daughter and reminisce about his growing up in Princeton and days gone by with longtime friends.

In 1964, Tim changed careers and went on to get a teaching degree. He taught math for more than 25 years, having been on the faculty of Northeast High School and Pine Crest School, both in Ft. Lauderdale, FL; and The Hun School of Princeton in Princeton, NJ. He coached football and wrestling for most of his teaching career, and as an experienced outdoorsman, he organized student activities that included intramural sports, community service, hiking, climbing, canoeing, and other camping skills that helped students to appreciate nature and being outdoors. 

In the summer of 1965, through his relationship with Pine Crest School, Tim started a five-decade-long affiliation with Camp Highlander, a residential camp owned by Pine Crest School in the mountains of Highlands, NC, which eventually moved to Mills River, NC. He was counselor of the oldest boys cabin his first year, then became Program Director, Assistant Director, and eventually, Tim was Director of the camp for many years. In 2000, when the camp was sold, Tim stayed on, holding various roles until he was 89 years old. 

Tim was devoted to his family, along with his wife Betty, and they both worked into their 80s to provide a good and full life for their children and one another. Their family meant everything to them, and neither tired of talking about their children or one another. Tim is survived by four children of whom he was so proud: Donna Harris Pope, Princeton, NJ; Leigh Harris and wife Mary Jane Morrison, Fletcher, NC; Dale Harris Sparacino and husband David, Hendersonville, NC; and son Timothy Harris and wife Deana, Kennesaw, GA. Along with his children, Tim leaves behind 13 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews, and many
coworkers and friends who will feel the emptiness his absence leaves. 

Tim was known by many names: Dad, Pops, Pappy, Uncle Tim, Mr. H, Boss, Popi, and Mr. Tim, but anyone who had the blessing and opportunity to know Tim was touched by his kind nature, and his sincere interest in them when they spoke. His commitment to the development of the skills and confidence of youth, his wisdom and sage advice, and his mere presence touched the lives of thousands of children, young people, and adults. Tim’s passing leaves a gaping hole in the hearts of many.

Tim’s children cannot thank enough the owners, administration, and wonderful staff at Sterling Estates of West Cobb in Marietta, GA. He could not have been better loved nor better cared for. We are also very grateful to the staff of Trinity Hospice Care of Marietta.

In Honor of our Dad and his legacy in camping and the lives of children, a scholarship in his name has been established with the American Camp Association to send children to Camp Highlander. Tax deductible donations can be made through the following link: https://acacamps.formstack.com/forms/aca. Please be sure to note: “In Memory of Mr. Tim Harris.”

A Celebration of the Life of Tim Harris will be held on August 21, 2021 at Camp Highlander in Mills River, NC. The following link provides information, along with a tribute from Camp Highlander: https://everloved.com/life-of/leigh-harris-ii.

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Bruce L. Ackerman

1945 – 2021

With sadness the family of Bruce Lawrence Ackerman announces his death on February 25, 2021. Bruce grew up in Millville, New Jersey. He was the son of Samuel Ackerman (B. T. Ackerman Sons) and Wilma Freedman Ackerman (The Children’s Shop). Bruce attended Millville High School and went to Haverford College where he majored in political science. After college, he went to Yale Law School.

In the summer of 1971, he drove west to Los Angeles where he had a job with George Lefcoe, a law professor at USC. Under a HUD contract, Bruce did research concerning subsidized housing and community development. He also had the opportunity to teach administrative and local government law. In 1972, he married Martha Ruffin (Pittsburgh, PA) whom he met in a parking lot in New Haven, CT. While living in Los Angeles, she found a job at the Beverly Hills Presbyterian Church Nursery School. One of the children in her class was Robbie Sherman, whose father and uncle wrote the music for the movie Mary Poppins.

In 1974, they drove back to New Jersey with most of their possessions in their car, so that Bruce could work for Governor Byrne, first in the governor’s office and from 1977 to 1982 for the Treasurer, Clifford Goldman. Bruce has two close friends from the Byrne administration who still reside in Princeton. Bruce and Marty bought their first little house near Grover’s Mill in West Windsor and lived there for the next 17 years. During his spare time before children, he wrote and published four law review articles. One of them has a slightly jazzy title (“The Conclusive Presumption Shuffle”). Their first child was born in 1977 and the house grew in time for the second child in 1980.

In 1982, Bruce began working for Merrill Lynch in NYC, primarily structuring, negotiating, and executing commercial mortgage loans. In 2005, he retired. Throughout his life, Bruce played lots of tennis and basketball. He traveled, he became a Grandpa, and he tried to make the most of his life while battling Parkinson’s disease.

He is survived by his wife Marty of Princeton; his sister Harriet Ackerman of Philadelphia; his son John and John’s wife Robin Schuldenfrei of Yalding, England; his daughter Robin Cameron and her husband Phil of Jackson, WY; and four wonderful grandsons, Henry and Theo Ackerman of Yalding and Dylan and William Cameron of Jackson.

He will be remembered by his friends, colleagues, and family members for his sharp intellect and dry sense of humor, which included learning how to say “without cheese” in the language of each country to which he traveled. Bruce was determined to not let the addition of cheese ruin a good meal.

If you would like to make a contribution in Bruce’s memory, we suggest the American Parkinson Disease Association (APDA).

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Joshua Mark Levy

May 4, 1975 — March 11, 2021

Joshua Mark Levy, of Hopewell Township, New Jersey, passed away Thursday, March 11, 2021 after a battle with pancreatic cancer at the age of 45. He died in his home among family and friends.

Joshua is survived by his wife Marcy Sheldon; his children Sienna (23), Alden (11), and Taegan (9); his parents Harold Levy (Marta) and Stephanie Lurie (Cliff); his brother Jeffrey Levy (Lauren); his sister Rebecca Levy-Cruz (Frank); step-siblings: Adam Paster, Scott Paster, Doron Greenbaum, Naomi Greenbaum, Alyssa Lurie; his grandmother, Marcia Levy; his grandparents, Jack and Sylvia Goldstein; and his very large extended family.

Joshua was born on May 4, 1975 in Livingston, NJ. He met Marcy while studying Conservation Biology at Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA, and they had a daughter, Sienna, in 1997. He went on to pursue a law degree from Lewis & Clark University in Portland, OR. In 2005, Josh and Marcy had a beautiful wedding on San Juan Island. Upon completion of his juris doctorate degree, he moved his family back to his home state of New Jersey and in 2009 and 2011, they welcomed two more children, sons, Alden and Taegan, into their family.

Josh quickly achieved success as an environmental lawyer and moved on to construction law where he became a financial partner at Tannenbaum Helpern Syracuse & Hirschtritt LLP in New York City. Josh was an active father and a devoted husband. He was passionate about politics, baseball (Yankees), music, particularly the Grateful Dead, and he attended live concerts whenever possible. He also enjoyed gardening, skiing, and anything that allowed him to be outside in nature.

Throughout his life Josh embodied the true spirit of an extended family and the concept of “strangers stoppin’ strangers just to shake their hands.” Friendships and acquaintances took on a deeper meaning born from his authenticity.

The family would like to thank everyone who supported them over the past two years. They will be honoring his life in a private celebration. To send condolences to the family visit OrlandsMemorialChapel.com.

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Sandra Sinclair Dinsmore

Sandra Sinclair Dinsmore died on March 12, 2021 in Bath, Maine, after a four-month decline in health due to a stroke.

Sandy, as she was affectionately known, was born on May 12, 1936, in Princeton, New Jersey, where her father, Robert Braddock Dinsmore, attended Princeton University years earlier. Sandy was popular and pretty, succeeding in school. She played the piano, sang, and performed in theater as a member of the Princeton High School class of 1954. She attended Bradford Junior College, achieving an associate’s degree.

Sandy met Charles A. Chapman, a Bowdoin College class of 1957 jazz drummer. They married in Castine, Maine. They had three children in succession, Cameron Reed, Deborah Blackwood, and Wendy Robbins by 1960. Her son currently resides in Skillman, New Jersey.

After divorcing, Sandy moved back to Castine with the children in 1967 and worked as a secretary to Admiral Rodgers at Maine Maritime Academy. She married her high school beau, Dr. Tom Robbins of Princeton, New Jersey, in 1968. They divorced In 1971, and Sandy set up an Early New England antiques shop next to her home.

After attending an antiques show in Princeton, she became reacquainted with Drury ap Rice, a fellow dealer, living in Woolwich, Maine. They married and moved in 1974. Sadly, he passed away in 1976.

From 1976 to 1983 Sandy managed her antique business, and wrote copy and advertising for Antiques Magazine and Maine Antiques Digest. In 1984 she attended Bowdoin College in Brunswick, ME, and the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, MA.

Since 1989 Sandy worked as a volunteer and advocate for literacy and the arts, and wrote articles for The Penobscot Bay Press, Ellsworth American, The Working Waterfront, Fisherman’s Voice, Maine Times, Bangor Daily News, Down East, Island Journal, Maine Boats and Harbors, Points East, and Wooden Boat. Her last 20 years were spent writing about the working waterfront for Commercial Fisheries News, and books including More By Eye Than By Measure, which was nominated for a Maine Literary Award in 2020.

Sandy is survived by two sisters, three children, six grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, cousins, nieces, and nephews. Her life will be celebrated in Maine over the summer, as her extended family finally gathers together again.

March 17, 2021

Nancy Mynott Davis

Nancy Mynott Davis, an avid student, devoted writer, and loving wife, mother, and grandmother left this earth on February 16, 2021, surrounded by her family in Princeton, NJ. Born in Rochester, NY, on August 15, 1924, Nancy’s gentle, strong, and loving spirit was foundational to her many deep and long-lasting friendships, her relationships with her family and her 72-year marriage to her husband, Richard Warren Davis of Yonkers, NY. Known for her intelligence, wit, and dry, self-deprecating sense of humor, Nancy was intellectually driven and persistent in her quest for knowledge. She loved to read, especially the New York Times, and to write.

Nancy was smart, strong-willed, determined, and above all, kind. An innate and lifelong learner, Nancy was valedictorian of Irondequoit High School’s class of 1942 in Rochester, NY, before graduating from Cornell University in 1946 where she was an active member of Delta, Delta, Delta Sorority. Nancy continued her education at Trinity College in Hartford, CT, where she earned her master’s degree in English. A writer both by trade and temperament, Nancy was rarely without a pen in her hand. While in Farmington, CT, she worked at Mill Race Books, served as editor of Miss Porter’s School Alumni Bulletin, was a college advisor at Watkinson School, and was a frequent contributor to many local publications, in addition to starting a nursery school.

“Nan,” as she was known to those closest to her, cultivated a large and loyal group of friends throughout her long life at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY; at Avon Old Farms, in Avon, CT; in Buffalo, NY; at Miss Porter’s in Farmington, CT; and in Andover, VT. For 30 years, she planned and organized “Summerweek,” an annual literary gathering of friends both old and new that married her love of learning with her commitment to cultivating deep and impactful friendships. Each year, she would host the themed gathering in Andover, VT, where friends would come prepared with research and presentations on sociological subjects like “first ladies” or “the mill girls.”

Nancy’s deepest friendship was with her husband of 72 years, Richard W. Davis. Nancy and Dick met in 1948 returning to the States on a decommissioned troop transport ship out of Liverpool, U.K. Dick snapped a now precious photo of Nancy walking up the gangplank when his friend pointed her out, saying, “There’s Nancy Mynott — You’ll like her!” Within a year, the two were engaged, and over the next 72 years they cultivated a stable and loving life together.

An avid planner, Nancy was meticulously organized and always prepared with a game or an activity. She was a kind and loving matriarch who took true joy in spending time with her grandchildren. Growing up, her five grandchildren would frequently visit her in Connecticut and Vermont, where she was always prepared with games, art projects, and activities. Whether playing badminton in the backyard, writing short stories, painting placemats, or molding small sculptures, “Grammy,” as her grandchildren called her, always made sure that they had something fun, creative, and intellectually nourishing to engage with at her house. When her grandchildren talked to “Grammy,” she listened. Whether about school, work, or social lives, she was always curious to learn about the adults that they were becoming.

Nancy leaves behind her adoring husband Richard W. Davis; her four loving children, Deborah Payne Davis (Randolph Ludacer), Christine Davis Rubino, Margaret Mynott Davis (Andrew Gomory), and Richard Tucker Davis (Robyn Davis); her five grandchildren Robert Ludacer, Ray Ludacer, Matthew Rubino, Ellen Gomory, and Henry Gomory; her great-grandchildren Finnian and Gemma Rubino; her brother Geoffrey Mynott (Bobbie), and many nieces, nephews, and friends.

A memorial gathering will be held later this year.

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Joshua Mark Levy

May 4, 1975 — March 11, 2021

Joshua Mark Levy, of Hopewell Township, New Jersey, passed away Thursday, March 11, 2021 after a battle with pancreatic cancer at the age of 45. He died in his home among family and friends.

Joshua is survived by his wife Marcy Sheldon; his children Sienna (23), Alden (11), and Taegan (9); his parents Harold Levy (Marta) and Stephanie Lurie (Cliff); his brother Jeffrey Levy (Lauren); his sister Rebecca Levy-Cruz (Frank); step-siblings: Adam Paster, Scott Paster, Doron Greenbaum, Naomi Greenbaum, Alyssa Lurie; his grandmother, Marcia Levy; his grandparents, Jack and Sylvia Goldstein; and his very large extended family.

Joshua was born on May 4, 1975 in Livingston, NJ. He met Marcy while studying Conservation Biology at Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA, and they had a daughter, Sienna, in 1997. He went on to pursue a law degree from Lewis & Clark University in Portland, OR. In 2005, Josh and Marcy had a beautiful wedding on San Juan Island. Upon completion of his juris doctorate degree, he moved his family back to his home state of New Jersey and in 2009 and 2011, they welcomed two more children, sons, Alden and Taegan, into their family.

Josh quickly achieved success as an environmental lawyer and moved on to construction law where he became a financial partner at Tannenbaum Helpern Syracuse & Hirschtritt LLP in New York City.

Josh was an active father and a devoted husband. He was passionate about politics, baseball (Yankees), music, particularly the Grateful Dead, and he attended live concerts whenever possible. He also enjoyed gardening, skiing, and anything that allowed him to be outside in nature.

Throughout his life Josh embodied the true spirit of an extended family and the concept of “strangers stoppin’ strangers just to shake their hands.” Friendships and acquaintances took on a deeper meaning born from his authenticity.

The family would like to thank everyone who supported them over the past two years. They will be honoring his life in a private celebration.

To send condolences to the family, visit OrlandsMemorialChapel.com.

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Sue Zelda Stember

Sue Zelda Stember died on March 6, 2021 at her home in South Brunswick. She was 98 years old. She was the wife of the late Charles Herbert Stember, and is survived by her children: Nicholas Samuel Stember and Emily Maxine van Wincoop, son-in-law Eric van Wincoop and Sam’s wife, Majken Moeller Stember; grandchildren Sophia, Oliver, and Henry; as well as a great many friends in Princeton, Israel, Taiwan, and other parts of the world. 

Before moving to this area she was a professional singer on radio, television, and stages in the United States, Israel, and other countries. She recorded for Radio Free Europe and traveled with a USO Unit entertaining our soldiers during World War II. She appeared on the Arthur Godfrey Show, Chance of a Lifetime, and a weekly show on Channel 13 for three years.

Over the years that she lived in Princeton, she was involved in HomeFront, the Princeton Photography Club, Community Without Walls, The Jewish Center, On Stage, and the Havurah. She was Golde in Fiddler on the Roof at McCarter and in Washington State Park. Her photographs of children are in many homes in this area.

An online gathering for friends and family will be held at a future date.

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James Ben Laughlin

On Sunday, February 28th, 2021, James Ben Laughlin, son of Ledlie Irwin Laughlin and Roberta Moody Howe Laughlin, died at age 92. 

Born June 24, 1928, in Buffalo, New York, James (Jim) spent his early years at Princeton Country Day School, then Deerfield Academy, where he graduated in 1946. Following Deerfield, Jim attended Spartan University of Aeronautics in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where, by the time he graduated in 1947, he had become both a certified aircraft mechanic and a certified commercial pilot instructor. The following year Jim matriculated at Princeton University where he spent two years before taking a two year leave of absence to serve his country in the Army during the Korean War. While enlisted, he worked at an ordnance depot in Tokyo, Japan, where he was the Head of Chief of Procurement Review Section of the Engineering Office. Jim became a corporal and was awarded the Certificate of Achievement. Once discharged, he returned to Princeton University and graduated in 1952. Throughout his time at Princeton University he developed a deep love and appreciation for the University and for his eating club, Charter Club.

In 1954 Jim joined the Gallup Poll as Director of Field Personnel. While employed by the Gallup Poll, Jim married his longtime family friend turned love, Julia Gallup Laughlin, on June 29, 1957. Following his position at the Gallup Poll, he was appointed the Assistant Director of Financial Aid at Princeton University and subsequently Assistant Dean of Students up until 1969 when he became a Real Estate Agent and Broker for Stewardson and Dougherty. After several years as the owner of Art Fac, then a new technology rendering photographs into art facsimiles, Jim returned to real estate, becoming the Sales Director of Forrestal Village for John T. Henderson. He was most fulfilled as a full-time volunteer at Princeton University’s Blairstown Center helping inner-city children.

As a youth, Jim spent his summers in Hyannis Port, Massachusetts, until his marriage to Julia, when they decided to purchase property in Hope Town, Abaco, Bahamas. Throughout his life he was a vacation resident of the tiny island and served as a Commodore of the Hope Town Sailing Club. Jim had a deep love for this island and the people on it. 

Jim’s gentle paternal presence, his razor-sharp humor, his undying love for sweets, and much, much more will be deeply missed.

Jim is survived by his wife of 63 years, Julia Gallup Laughlin; his two children, daughter The Rev. Ophelia G. Laughlin, son James Y. Laughlin; and his four grandchildren, Eric and Alexander Keller, and Katelyn and Margaret Laughlin.

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Paula Kolojeski

Paula Kolojeski of Princeton, NJ, passed away on January 18, 2021 at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia, following a trying battle with ovarian cancer; she was 72.

Paula was an artist well known for her art illustrating the Jersey Shore, especially in the region surrounding Manasquan and Spring Lake. Her paintings and prints can be seen in numerous homes, businesses, and public buildings; some were in the World Trade Center. 

She was born Paula Murphy in Leavenworth, Kansas, before moving to the Philadelphia area, where her father Paul Owen Murphy was the editor of the Evening Bulletin. Paula was very well-read, excelled at crossword puzzles, and was an avid Liverpool Football Club fan. She was a wonderful companion. 

She leaves behind two sons Nicholas Kolodziejski and Jason Kolojeski; three grandsons Ivan, Alex, and Henry Kolodziejski; her sister Lea Murphy and brother David Murphy; and her husband Benoit LeBlanc.

March 10, 2021

Roland Foster Miller, Jr.

June 13, 1946 – March 4, 2021

Roland Foster Miller, Jr., 74 of Princeton, New Jersey, died peacefully on March 4th, 2021 after a short illness.

A masterful wordsmith, journalist, and teacher, Roland’s subtle wit and resourcefulness made him a welcomed and trusted friend. A New York Times editor for more than 40 years, he joined the Times in 1977 as its youngest member on the Metropolitan Desk. Retiring in 2009, he continued part-time at NYT with his last assignment editing the Op-Ed page on Christmas Eve. For 21 years he was an adjunct professor at the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, where he co-founded the Columbia News Service. Prior to the Times he worked for the Staten Island Advance and the New York Post. The recipient of many journalism awards, he was often cited for respecting the melody of each writer’s voice.

Often seen with a book or Kindle in hand relaxing in the sun, he was a quiet, modest man with many talents. Whether playing sonatas by Chopin, Clementi, or Rachmaninoff, competing as a 3rd degree black belt in national karate tournaments, or researching distant ancestors like Charlemagne or Fulk, King of Jerusalem and the Count of Anjou, Roland, a.k.a. R.F. or Skip, always had a deep reverence for life and his fellow man.

As a member of The Society of The Cincinnati in The State of Connecticut, he was chairman of its Historical Donations Committee for the past four years; Lt. Governor and former secretary of The Society of Colonial Wars in the State of New Jersey; a board member of The New England Society in the City of New York and chairman of The New England Society Book Awards. He was also a proud member of the Thomas Stanton Society. He was a longtime member of the NewsGuild of New York; the Silurian Press Club; The National Arts Club; The Bryn Mawr-Wellesley Book Sale; and a member of The Old Guard of Princeton New Jersey.

Born and raised in Sarasota, Florida, he is predeceased by his parents Mary and Roland Foster Miller and his dad Donald L. John. He is survived by his best friend and loving wife of 38 years Ireen Kudra-Miller, sisters Jodi John and partner Bill Bronson of Sarasota, Florida, Jill Mullins and husband Mike Donovan of Parrish, Florida, sister-in-law Karyn Coyne and
husband George Sterling Coyne of Upper Black Eddy, Pa., sister-in-law Tara Kudra of Princeton N.J., nephews Sgt. Mason Mullins of Ft. Campbell, KY, Miles Mullins of Atlanta, GA, Aunt Joan Tatum of Sarasota, Florida, and many loving cousins.

A memorial service celebrating Roland’s life is planned for the summer. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be sent to The Brain Tumor Research Fund for glioblastoma research at Penn Medicine: www.pennmedicine.org/BrainCancerResearch.

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Gabriel Stelian

Gabriel Stelian, 87, of Lawrenceville passed away on Sunday, March 7, 2021 at Penn Medicine Princeton Medical Center of Plainsboro, NJ. Gabriel was born in Arad, Romania, from which he escaped in 1966 along with his wife and son. They lived in Rome before coming to the U.S. in December of the same year to settle in the Philadelphia area.

Gabe was employed by Certain-Teed as a Manager of Industrial Engineering. He had a Masters in both Mechanical and Industrial Engineering and also taught at Drexel University. Gabe loved opera, having served on the board of the Princeton Festival for over a decade. He and his wife Judy saw Rigoletto over 180 times, but Gabe was actually most passionate about Wagner’s Ring Cycle, having visited Bayreuth for their Wagner Festival several times. He and Judy traveled extensively and enjoyed classical music concerts and theater in addition to opera. As a lover of language, Gabe spoke seven of them.

Predeceased by his parents Ernest and Elena Seidner, he is survived by his wife Judy, son Peter, daughter-in-law Hélène, and granddaughters Bianca and Indigo. Gabe — in all his stubborn, wry, opinionated, erudite, honest complexity — will be remembered and forever loved. And so he lives on.

Burial will be in Princeton Cemetery on Wednesday March 10, 2021 at 3 p.m. with an outdoor service. Coffee will be served at the Stelian residence after the ceremony.

Memorial donations in lieu of flowers may be made in Gabe’s name to the following: The Princeton Festival, American Cancer Society, and American Heart Association.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Star of David Memorial Chapel of Princeton.

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Michael Strumpen-Darrie

The family of Michael Strumpen-Darrie announces his passing with sorrow. Michael died at home on March 3, 2021, in Princeton, NJ, from complications of Alzheimer’s.

Michael grew up in Pelham and Larchmont in Westchester. He attended Iona High School, Institut Le Rosey in Switzerland, and Ecole des Roches in France. He learned Italian, Spanish, and Japanese in addition to French and German. He earned a BS in Languages at Georgetown University, a Masters in Business Administration at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and a Masters in Linguistics at the University of Michigan.

He began working at the, then family owned, Berlitz School of Languages when he was 16, working there for over 50 years. He led the development of new curriculum and programs in language instruction for a worldwide network of 300 language schools.

Michael met his wife Ann in a constitutional law class at Georgetown and their young college love lasted through over 55 years of marriage. They have two children: Christine Strumpen-Darrie and Beth Jackson (married to Mark Jackson); and grandchildren Sophie Raglan, Francois Grinda, and Emma and Logan Jackson.   Michael truly enjoyed his children and delighted in his grandchildren.

Michael was an accomplished athlete.  He was a tennis champ in high school, a competitive water skier, beautiful snow skier, and an adventurous snowboarder. He also was very handy, maintaining many rental properties over the years. 

Michael had a great sense of humor, keen intellect, strong work ethic, and commitment to family.  He was a really unique guy, who left a fun and loving impression on everyone who met him.

When the pandemic is no longer a risk, friends will receive an email with information regarding a memorial mass followed by a reception at the house. For further information or to send the family a condolence, please visit https://bradleyfuneralhomes.com/michael-strumpen-darrie.

March 3, 2021

Elisabeth Joseph

Elisabeth Joseph, of Monroe Township, NJ, passed away on Monday, February 22, 2021 at the age of 97.

Born in Berlin, Germany, Elisabeth survived the Holocaust by working as a maid for a family who entertained Nazis, a family who protected her with food, shelter, and false identity papers. Her brother, Hans Martin Jacoby, was deported to Auschwitz and her parents, Bruno and Ella Jacoby, were deported and murdered in Riga, Latvia.

After the war, Elisabeth married Ernst Joseph, who survived by living in a small room for 27 months, protected by an ordinary German couple. In 1948, Elisabeth and Ernst immigrated to the United States. There they reunited with Ernst’s brother Gerhard in Trenton, NJ, who was able to escape Germany in 1938.  

Elisabeth and Ernst settled in Hamilton Township and later moved to Ewing Township.

Elisabeth was predeceased by her husband Ernst and her granddaughter, Amy Grossman. She is survived by her loving daughter Evelyn Grossman and her husband, Dr. Leonard Grossman; her grandson, Dr. Eric Grossman and his wife Dr. Elizabeth Grossman of Santa Barbara, CA; and great-grandchildren, Josephine, Knox, and James. In addition, she is survived by her nieces, Judi and Barbara, and their children and grandchildren.

Elisabeth was a devoted mother who gave her only child Evelyn deep love and support. Elisabeth was an avid swimmer and shared that passion with her grandchildren, taking them to the JCC pool, plus cheering on Eric and Amy at their many soccer and lacrosse games.

For 15 years Elisabeth worked as a salesperson at Dunham’s department store in Trenton and Lawrenceville. The store was later acquired by Burlington Coat Factory, where Elisabeth continued to work part time.

After retirement, Elisabeth moved to Concordia, an adult community in Monroe Township. Her natural charm and joie de vivre brought her many new friendships and an opportunity to participate with the Rock N Rollers and continue a lifelong passion for dance.

Elisabeth traveled back to Berlin with her daughter Evelyn in 1995 to reconnect with the German friend who saved her life.  A few years later, she honored her rescuer with the title of Righteous Among the Nations.

Funeral services were held February 26 with burial at Fountain Lawn Memorial Park, Ewing Township, NJ.

Memorial contributions may be made to Met Council on Jewish Poverty, 77 Water Street, 26th Floor, New York, NY 10005 or Make a Wish Foundation of New Jersey, 1384 Perrineville Road, Monroe Township, NJ 08831.

To send condolences to the family, visit Elisabeth’s obituary page at OrlandsMemorialChapel.com.

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Ann Reitzel

Ann Reitzel, 89, passed away peacefully on February 24th at Care One in Hamilton, New Jersey.   

Born in Park Ridge, Illinois, Ann spent her youth in the Chicago area. After marriage she and her husband Glenn raised their family in various locations: Bloomington-Normal, Illinois; Omaha, Nebraska; and Princeton, New Jersey; while Glenn worked for IBM.   

Upon graduating from Iowa State with a degree in child development, Ann worked for Hull House in Chicago as a nursery school teacher before raising a family of three children. Ann contributed a chapter to the book The Parenting Advisor, published in 1978. Once her children were off to college, Ann pursued a career in real estate in the Princeton area.

After retirement in Milford, Connecticut, Ann and Glenn moved to Pinehurst, North Carolina, to enjoy 16 years of regular rounds of golf in between many exciting trips abroad. They always looked forward to summers at their cottage in Three Lakes, Wisconsin, with extended family and friends as members of the Three Lakes Rod & Gun Club.

Daughter of the late Elmer and Gertrude Jarchow Zitzewitz, wife of the late Glenn Reitzel, mother of the late Glenn (Win) Reitzel III, she is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Jocelyn Reitzel Sullivan and James Sullivan of San Francisco, CA, and a son, Andrew Reitzel of Plainsboro, NJ. She was predeceased by her sister Gail Zitzewitz Owen and David Zitzewitz.

Despite the challenges she faced in recent years, her positive spirit remained strong and she will be missed by those who were able to enjoy her smile.

Those desiring to make a memorial donation in Ann’s honor may do so at Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement (www.thewomensalzheimersmovement.org); Cure Alzheimer’s Fund (https://curealz.org); or the Demmer Public Library, Three Lakes, Wisconsin.

A memorial service will take place in late spring in Three Lakes, Wisconsin.

Local arrangements are by the Wilson-Apple Funeral Home, Pennington, NJ. Condolences are welcome at www.wilsonapple.com. Arrangements in Wisconsin will be by the Gaffney-Busha Funeral Home, Eagle River, Wisconsin.

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Mary H. Walsh

Mary Hildebrand Walsh died on February 27, 2021 in Skillman, N.J.; she would have been 99 in April. Mrs. Walsh was born in Greenville, KY, to the late Bess (Procter) Hildebrand and William Alfred Hildebrand. She was predeceased in 2018 by her husband, W. James Walsh. Mrs. Walsh attended the University of Louisville before deciding to move to New York City to pursue an acting career after World War II. She left drama school in New York to become a model at Bergdorf Goodman’s custom-made department and modeled in high fashion shows for many years.

Mrs. Walsh met the love of her life at a party in New York City. She and Jim were married in 1950 and resided in Upper Montclair, N.J. After marriage she raised three children, continued her modeling career, and pursued her interest in the theater by working with the Junior League’s Children’s Theater in Montclair, N.J.  In 1969 Mrs. Walsh and her family moved to Princeton, N.J., where she was a longtime member of the Present Day Club, the Dogwood Garden Club, the Nassau Club, and the Nassau Presbyterian Church. Mrs. Walsh was most recently a resident of the Stonebridge Montgomery retirement community in Skillman, N.J.

Mrs. Walsh is survived by her three daughters and their husbands (Cynthia Walsh and Rene Milo, Diana Walsh and Paul Magnin, and Jennifer Walsh and Bernard Wharton), five grandchildren (Alex, Christopher, Tyler, Kayleigh, and Zach) and two great-grandchildren (Jayden and Lily).

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

February 24, 2021

Alison Jean Flemer

Alison (Min) Flemer is off on a new adventure. Her body has not let her do this in some time. Her daughters Janet Flemer, Kate Barrack, and Rebecca Flemer are grateful that she is free. She leaves behind five grandchildren: Wilkie, John, and Jennifer Barrack, Ana and Jeffrey Clemente; granddaughter-in-law Mary Beth Barrack; and one great-granddaughter, Riley Elizabeth Barrack.

Min was born in Australia in 1930 and passed February 16, 2021.

She met her beloved husband John while living in London. Always up for a new experience, she took weekend trips while there, and they met on a ferry boat to the Isle of Skye in 1956. They were engaged three weeks later on a Vespa in Paris.

They had 25 beautiful years together in Princeton. She filled the house with art, creating much of it herself. The family traveled to Puerto Rico, Canada,
Europe, and Australia, and Min and John had their own trips together. Min involved herself with gardening groups, Recording for the Blind, and art. She joined Friends of Foreign Students, hosting Princeton grad students from Australia and New Zealand who remain devoted friends.

After John passed suddenly in 1982, Min began spending half the year in Vieques, Puerto Rico. She made deep and lasting friendships there to add to her Princeton group. She took on several formidable renovation projects, built a renowned garden, supported local organizations, and became a beloved part of the tight knit community there. She continued her adventures and traveled with friends and her daughters until ill health kept her close to home.

A memorial service will be held at a later date due to COVID-19 restrictions.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be sent to The Vieques Conservation & Historical Trust or a charity of their choice.

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Janet Horvath Gregory

Janet Horvath Gregory, 76, passed away January 22, 2021, in the home she loved so dearly, after a long illness surrounded by her family.

Born and raised in the town of Tottenville, Staten Island, New York, Janet (known to so many as Janie) was a loving wife and mother, who lived life passionately and loved her family fiercely.  Her greatest joy in life were her five granddaughters, whom she loved deeply.

Janet began her career in New York City at Irving Trust and worked at Staten Island University Hospital and Hoenig & Company, both in New York. Moving to New Jersey in 1986, she co-owned and operated AlphaGraphics in New Brunswick, with her husband, David and her son, Donald. Janet retired in 2011 after she enjoyed 10 years working at Watermark Group in Princeton. 

Her life was filled with family celebrations, travel, her many creative activities, and countless blessings. Through it all, Janet worked hard, laughed loud, and loved with all of her being. She loved to dance, tell stories, and spend time with her family, especially her five granddaughters who illuminated her life. A dedicated wife, mother, and grandmother, she will be missed immensely by her family and many friends.

Janet was pre-deceased and is now reunited with her mother and father, Paul and Mary Horvath, and her two brothers, Brian and Paul Horvath.  She is survived by her husband of 34 years, David; her son Donald and daughter-in-law Dorothy; her daughter Traci and son-in-law Michael; and her beloved five granddaughters, Jessie, Emma, Julia, Jillie, and Hannah.

Due to the pandemic, an outdoor memorial service will be held on May 16, 11 a.m. at The Mountain Lakes House in Princeton. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Janet’s name to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

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Marion Plaxen Roemer

Our beloved mother, grandmother, sister, and aunt, Marion Plaxen Roemer, of Princeton, NJ, passed away of natural causes at Preferred Care at Mercer in Ewing, NJ, on Wednesday, February 17, 2021, at the age of 85.

Born in Far Rockaway, New York, Marion was a longtime resident of Princeton for 57 years. She graduated from Queens College, City University of New York, and taught nursery school in Lawrenceville, NJ, for a few years while raising her children. She was a lifetime member of Hadassah, and was active in The Artisan’s Guild of Princeton, the American Brain Tumor Association (Philadelphia chapter), and other local organizations. She volunteered as a Girl Scout leader and was a member of the PTA of the Princeton Regional Schools. She loved her family and friends, the arts, as well as her love for the opera and live theater. She was an avid crossword puzzle solver and competed and placed in national tournaments. Her family endearingly called her “the Latin dilettante.”

Marion was predeceased by her husband Dr. Jack L. Roemer and her son Philip B. Roemer. She is survived by her son Jonathan (Grace) Roemer of Princeton; two daughters, Michelle Roemer (Glenn) Schoen of Doylestown, PA, and Shari (John) Pflueger of Austin, TX; her brother Barry Plaxen of Bloomingburg, NY; six grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Funeral services are private. Burial will be in the Princeton Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Brain Tumor Association, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and McCarter Theatre. To send condolences to the family visit OrlandsMemorialChapel.com.

February 17, 2021

Honorable Morton I. Greenberg

Honorable Morton I. Greenberg, a United States Circuit Judge of the Third Circuit, passed away on January 28, 2021 at the Medical Center of Princeton, New Jersey. His death was attributed to non-Covid pneumonia, a complication of pulmonary fibrosis.

Judge Greenberg was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on March 20, 1933, to the late Pauline and Harry Greenberg. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his brother, the late Judge Manual H. Greenberg. He grew up in Atlantic City, New Jersey.  He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1954 with a major in history and attended law school at Yale University, class of 1957, where he was a member of the Board of Editors of the Yale Law Journal.

Judge Greenberg was married to Dr. Barbara-Ann K. Greenberg for 33 years. Despite numerous medical challenges, he credited his long, full life to the loving care she gave him over the years. They were devoted to each other.

Judge Greenberg’s distinguished law career began with his appointment to the Office of the Attorney General in Trenton, New Jersey, in the late 1950s. In 1960, he moved to Wildwood Crest and practiced law as a community lawyer in a small firm in Cape May, New Jersey, for the next 11 years. His eldest daughter Elizabeth remembers her father taking her to his law office when she was a child in the 1960s and telling her she could be a lawyer, too, at a time when few women attended law school or held professional jobs.  “My father always believed I could do and be anything I wanted,” she said.

In 1971 Judge Greenberg moved to Princeton to take a position appointed by the Attorney General of New Jersey as assistant attorney general in charge of litigation for the state. He would continue to call Princeton home for the rest of his life. His son, Lawrence, said, “I looked forward to having lunch with Dad nearly every weekend, and I often think about what he would do when it came time to make any kind of ethical decision.”

In 1973 Governor William T. Cahill appointed Judge Greenberg to the Superior Court of New Jersey. While on the Superior Court, Judge Greenberg served on all divisions of that court and ended his service there on the Appellate Division.

President Ronald Reagan nominated him to be a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in 1987, and he remained in that position until his death.  Judge Greenberg has written thousands of opinions, many of which have been published and have precedential authority. Given his state and federal service combined, Judge Greenberg was the longest serving judge in New Jersey, serving the judiciary for 47 years. His daughter, Suzanne, remembers her father joking that he never worked a day in his life because he always did what he loved. “There was a great lesson in that for me,” she said.

With his passing his Third Circuit colleagues remembered Judge Greenberg as a scholar with an exceptionally strong work ethic and a jurist who enriched the nation and its judiciary. Governor Philip D. Murphy called him a “giant” who served the judiciary for almost a half of a century. His clerks remembered him as a role model – a man of kindness, compassion, open-mindedness, a jurist who showed respect for all who came before him and who had an incomparable sense of humor. They repeatedly expressed feeling honored to be counted among the members of his family of law clerks. At a symposium at Yale, he reminisced: “The more power you have the more restraint you use.” Mary Ann Gartner, the Judge’s judicial assistant for 33 years, said: “He was the most wonderful human being you could ever meet – so considerate and so personable.” 

Judge Greenberg has four children, three from a prior marriage, and his wife’s son, Carl, whom he regarded as his own son. His children are Elizabeth J. Greenberg (Robert A. Blecker) of Chevy Chase, Maryland; Suzanne A. Greenberg (Steven Perrin) of Long Beach, California; Lawrence R. Greenberg (Melissa) of New Hope, Pennsylvania; and Carl Hoyler (Sarah) of Summit, New Jersey. He has numerous adoring grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Carl commented about Judge Greenberg: “He showed so much affection to us and our boys, and was such a devoted husband to my mother. He was one of the most honorable, humble, and genuine people we have ever known.”

The family wants to express its appreciation to Kwasi Bonsu, his loyal caregiver, Dr. Laura Buckley of Princeton Medical Associates, and the staff of the Medical Center of Princeton for all the care they have given to Judge Greenberg.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Princeton Rescue Squad, 2 Mt. Lucas Road, Princeton, New Jersey 08540.

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Lenore Gordon

Lenore Gordon, 92, of Princeton, NJ, passed away at home on Thursday, January 28th. Beloved widow and treasured companion of Irwin; devoted mother to Mark (Susan), Princeton, NJ, and Sara, London, England; Grandmom to Thea Colman, (Craig), Winchester, MA, Alene Pearson, (Val Jordan), Albany, CA, and Melissa Gordon, (Jason Lynott), Lynn, MA; and Great Grandmom to Eli, James, Maya, and Zoe.

Lenore had a happy upbringing in Newark, New Jersey. She and her gaggle of “MerryMakers” would often end the school day at the local drug store counter. Fate intervened one New Year’s Eve when her date had to cancel due to illness. At the last minute, she went to a party at her cousin’s where she met Irwin, who had recently returned from military service. They married in June, 1948, after Irwin’s graduation from Rutgers University.  

Lenore embraced the life of a “50s housewife” in much the same way she approached any experience. She cooked and baked from scratch, cleaned and ironed without ever hiring help or using a laundry … ever! She had amazing energy and determination; the latter never more apparent than when confronting the unspoken malady that took over in her final month.

As a teenager and young adult, Lenore worked at Levy’s Department Store in Newark. She would draw on this experience in later years. When her children were in junior high school, Lenore began employment at Bellows, the specialty women’s and children’s clothing store in Princeton. Lenore always spoke her mind and garnered a loyal following with the families who appreciated her candid suggestions and advice.

Despite working full-time, Lenore continued her volunteer activities with many community groups including more than 40 years at Princeton Hospital’s reception desk (and the glorious Fete), many Jewish charities, the “Y” on Avalon Place, the Lawrenceville Library when it was housed in the old fire station, local soup kitchens, and others. Irwin and Lenore were wonderful role models to their children in their energy and generosity to local charities.

A number of years after leaving Bellows, Lenore enjoyed a new career as a telephone interviewer with Gallup Polls. Given her intelligence, she was a natural to draw out the public figures and leading business executives to share their views on current affairs.

Lenore was “before her time” in many ways. She was a woman who expressed her opinions. Lenore was always well-intentioned albeit sometimes the recipient of her advice or opinion was not prepared for either the tone or the stance that Lenore would impart.

Before the term “health nut” came into vogue, Lenore embraced the need for proper nutrition and exercise. She determined that any recipe would taste better if the amount of sugar was halved, orange juice substituted for water in a pastry dough, as well as ground almonds added to a pie crust. Raw wheat germ was sprinkled on otherwise delicious bowls of ice cream while a tablespoon of cod liver oil was required before bedtime when her children were small. 

Lenore was a regular at the exercise classes sponsored by Mercer County in the local libraries before community life was “canceled.” She not only enjoyed Bob Kirby’s hour-long classes but was stimulated by her much younger and wonderful classmates. Lenore was hopeful the classes would resume after “lockdown” given their boon to physical and mental health. 

In the 1960s, before the term “soccer Mom” was coined, Lenore would bake cookies for half-time at Mark’s home soccer games at Lawrence Junior High School. Was this the foundation for the team’s eventual success to win the New Jersey State Championship when the new high school was built?  

Lenore did not consider patience a virtue except if she learned that someone needed help. Then, she had all the time in the world and inordinate energy to make something better. Years after leaving Bellows, she learned that a former colleague (who did not have any family) needed a ride to doctor’s appointments. This soon expanded to doing the woman’s grocery shopping as well as the laundry at Lenore’s home. The weeks, months, and years ticked by as the woman’s
Parkinson’s took its toll. Early on, Lenore contacted a local church and found some wonderful Jamaican caregivers who allowed this woman to remain in her home until her dying day. This was long before “hospice care” became prominent in the community. These caregivers became Lenore’s friends. One remarked that Lenore assisted over 17 of these women to have sustained employment with other friends and family over the years.  

Over nearly 67 years of marriage, Lenore and Irwin traveled to 43 countries on five continents. They enjoyed the sights but the best memories were made from conversations with local people and experiencing their cultures. Intrigued to learn, Lenore often returned with amazing “finds” which ranged from the Grenoble hotel owner’s recipe for garlic potatoes (which he made nightly for her) as well as a black ball of soap from Guatemala to add shine to one’s hair.  

Lenore was a tough cookie who knew from a much younger age “how she wanted to go.”  She often commented on an illness that “if nothing useful could be done, there was no need to know.” Her children and doctors respected that philosophy in December when it was discovered that she had advanced lymphoma.  

Another of Lenore’s mantras was that she wanted to spend her final days in the comfort of her home. Thanks to the support of her children, that wish was granted, too. Princeton Hospice was wonderful in their compassion and responsiveness during Lenore’s last few weeks. The family is especially grateful to Hospice staff members Pat Anene and Gladys Benavides who were especially kind and gentle. 

Lenore’s final wish — with arrangements organized over 20 years ago — was that she wanted to donate her body for medical research to the Rutgers Anatomical Lab. (Her late husband, Irwin, was a proud Rutgers graduate.) Luckily, Covid did not interfere with those plans.  

​Contributions in Lenore’s memory to one of Lenore’s favorite local charities would be appreciated: Rescue Mission of Trenton, HomeFront, or Trenton Area Soup Kitchen (TASK).

In recent years, Lenore had a familiar remark during telephone conversations when a topic was exhausted. What better way to end this account than in her own words. “Well, that’s the story!”

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Orest C. “Chick” Chaykowsky

Orest Clarence “Chick” Chaykowsky of Yardley, Pennsylvania, passed away peacefully February 11, 2021 at the age of 87.

He was born on April 27, 1933 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. He lived in the Princeton, New Jersey, area since 1956. Chick graduated from the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering. He won the academic gold medal for his achievements in his undergraduate work and earned the Isbister Fellowship. He continued his studies to earn a Master of Science degree in Physics from the same University and earned the University of Manitoba traveling fellowship for continued studies in non-Canadian universities. In 1956, he enrolled in the doctorate program in electrical engineering at Princeton University and was granted The Arthur LeGrand Doty Scholarship in Electrical Engineering.

In 1958, Chick withdrew from his studies at Princeton University to begin his professional career as Chief Engineer and technical advisor to the President at General Devices Inc., a telemetry instrumentation company in Monmouth Junction, NJ. In January of 1961 he co-founded Princeton Applied Research Corp. (PAR) and served as Vice President of Marketing, President, and Vice Chairman in his 19 years with PAR until EG&G Inc. of Waltham, MA, acquired PAR. In 1980, he founded a United States subsidiary of a Helsinki, Finland based Bactomatic Inc. where he was the President and CEO. Chick also founded G & C Advertising and Marketing Inc. as well as Preximco Inc., establishing outlets for U.S. distribution of electronic instrumentation for foreign entities. Chick’s professional lifetime memberships included both the Institute of Electronic and Electrical Engineers and the scientific research society Sigma Xi.

In retirement, Chick enjoyed traveling far and wide and visited almost 70 countries. He was fluent in Ukrainian and “got around” on his French and Russian. He was a longtime member of the Bedens Brook Club in Skillman, N.J., and The Princeton Club of NYC. He was the Bailli of the Baillage of The Princeton Chapter of the international gourmet dining society Confrerie de la Chaines des Rotisseur and an honorary Bailli and Commandeour of the Philadelphia Chapter. He was also a Conseiller of the wine society L’ordre Mondial. Chick was an accomplished violinist in his childhood playing the instruments made by his grandfather.

Chick is predeceased by his wife Ingrid Birgitta Chaykowsky and his parents John and Jean Chaykowsky. He is survived by his brother Arthur Eugene Chaykowsky and wife Bette of Kingwood, Texas. He is also survived by his first wife Joy Ann Chaykowsky Hutchinson; his son Richard Steven Chaykowsky of Ottawa, Canada; his sons John Michael Chaykowsky of Yardley, PA, and Robert Steven Chaykowsky and wife Christine Henderson Chaykowsky of Florida; and his grandchildren John Michael Joseph Chaykowsky and Grant Whelan Garret Chaykowsky of Los Angeles, CA, William Chaykowsky and Maxwell Chaykowsky of New Hampshire, and Ingrid Chaykowsky of Florida. Also surviving are numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins in Canada and Sweden.

The viewing for Chick will be held on Wednesday, February 17, 2021 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Poulson & Van Hise Funeral Directors, 650 Lawrence Road, Lawrenceville, NJ 08648.

A graveside prayer will follow at Princeton Cemetery, 29 Greenview Avenue, Princeton, NJ 08540.

Please wear a mask and maintain social distancing.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made in Chick’s name to The Hun School of Princeton, Attn: Advancement Office, 176 Edgerstoune Road., Princeton, NJ  08540.

To send condolences to the family, or for directions, please visit www.poulsonvanhise.com.

Arrangement are under the direction of Poulson & Van Hise Funeral Directors, Lawrenceville, NJ.

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Albert Mennello

Albert Mennello, 85, of Princeton, NJ, passed away on Thursday, February 11, 2021 at Penn Medicine – Princeton Medical Center in Plainsboro, NJ.

He was a former Vice President of Princeton Bank, which subsequently became Chemical Bank of New Jersey and from which he retired in 1992.

During his active years, he served as Trustee of the Princeton area United Way, board member and chapter chairman of the Princeton Chapter American Red Cross, and Trustee of the Dorothea House. Albert was a former member of the Princeton Italian-American Sportsmen Club and the Banking Club of the University of Pennsylvania. He was also a graduate of the Stonier Graduate School of Banking.

Predeceased by his parents Alberto Mennello, born in Muro Lucano, Italy, and Ergomina Carnevale Mennello, born in Pettoranello, Italy; and his brother Michael Mennello (Dec. 2020); he is survived by his loving wife, Lois Feola Mennello, and many wonderful, loving, and always caring and helpful cousins, both maternal and paternal.

Private graveside services, under the direction of Kimble Funeral Home, Princeton, NJ, will be held in St. Paul Church Cemetery, Princeton, NJ.

Extend condolences and share memories at TheKimbleFuneralHome.com.

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Constance (Connie) Parker

Constance (Connie) Parker, 87, passed away February 13, 2021 at the Elms of Cranbury from pneumonia. Born June 5, 1933 to the late Harold and Molly (Cuomo) Parker, Connie was a lifelong resident of Princeton prior to moving into the Elms in 2015. 

After graduating from Princeton High School, she worked for Zinders on Nassau Street for 30 years, retiring in December of 1981. After retirement, she cared for a number of children of family members and close friends. Her family fondly remembers Sunday family dinners at Connie’s.

She is survived by many cousins and close family friends. 

A viewing will be held on Thursday, February 18, 2021 at 11 a.m. at the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home. A graveside service to follow at 12 p.m. at Princeton Cemetery.

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Mary Elizabeth Wisotzkey McClellan

Mary Elizabeth Wisotzkey McClellan, widow of Bruce McClellan, died peacefully on February 2, 2021 at RiverMead, a retirement community in Peterborough, New Hampshire.

She was born in York, Pennsylvania, on September 14, 1923 to Elizabeth Ivison and Harry A. Wisotzkey, Jr., who predecease her, as do her sisters JoAnn Topley and Barbara Jane Ashcroft, and her brother Harry A. Wisotzkey III. She is survived by her children, Ann I. McClellan, William S. McClellan II (Nelda Zaprauskis McClellan), and Robert N. McClellan (Linda Spencer McClellan); and her grandchildren, Kate A. McClellan, Cassandra H. McClellan, and Garrett B. McClellan, and step-grandson Brook Miller, plus many nieces and nephews, grands, and great-grands.

Mary Elizabeth graduated from York Collegiate Institute – York County Academy in 1941 and from Middlebury College in 1945. She married Bruce McClellan in 1946 and accompanied him through his final term at Williams College, his first year of teaching at Deerfield Academy, his two years as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford, and his return to Williams in an administrative position before arriving at The Lawrenceville School where he became an English teacher in 1950. In 1953, they were promoted to be Head of House and wife at Hamill House. In 1959, Bruce became Head of School, a position he held and Mary Elizabeth supported in every possible way including entertaining and traveling widely until their retirement in 1986. Mary Elizabeth was a proud honorary member of seven Lawrenceville classes and the grandmother of two Lawrentians.

In addition to raising three children, Mary Elizabeth was the founder of Parents at Lawrenceville, an Elder of the Presbyterian Church of Lawrenceville, and a founder of the Artisans Guild at the Princeton YWCA, later serving as a YWCA board member, chairing the fundraising effort to purchase Bramwell House. She authored Felt- Silk- Straw, Handmade Hats, Tools and Processes for the Bucks County Historical Society of Doylestown, Pennsylvania.

After moving to New Hampshire in 1986, she served on the board of the Monadnock Community Early Learning Center and the Garden Club of Dublin, following her deep interests in Horticulture and Conservation. She also served as a Reiki practitioner at the Monadnock Healing Arts Center in Jaffrey. In more recent years at RiverMead, she served as secretary then president of the Resident’s Council. Her essay, “My New Life Without a Car” was published in the Northern New England Review. She also served as the correspondent for her Middlebury Class of 1945 and Class Secretary for the Class of 1947 of the American Association of Rhodes Scholars. She was an avid knitter and gardener throughout her life.

A service of remembrance will be held at a future date. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in memory of Mary Elizabeth to The Lawrenceville School, or the charity of your choice.

To share a memory or offer condolence on his memorial page, please visit www.cournoyerfh.com for more information.

February 10, 2021

John Nebesney

John Nebesney, 79, a resident of Princeton, passed away on February 1, 2021.

John was a brilliant artist! He was born and raised in Scranton, PA. He was an only child who loved his parents John and Edna. When John was a boy, he loved to sketch and play football.

He is survived by his closest friend/former wife Carol Nebesney, his son Stephen Nebesney, his daughter Krista DeLauro, his daughter-in-law Chinami Yamanaka, and his son-in-law Louis DeLauro. John adored his grandkids, Ava DeLauro and Yoshi Yamanaka-Nebesney.

John graduated from the Philadelphia College of Art. He had a distinguished career as an artist. His art was featured in many publications big and small. He was especially proud of his art being featured in New York Press Magazine and Plate Magazine. His avant-garde paintings are eye-catching, engaging, and one-of-kind. Many of John’s personal art pieces are understated and beautiful. John was a director of Pharos Studios in Princeton. He also created art designs for Gertrude Hawks Chocolates. Gertrude Hawks Smidgens are his most famous chocolate design. John was an incredible talent, and he enjoyed the process of creating art as much as he enjoyed his finished products.

John’s life was dedicated to his family and his many friends. He deeply loved Carol and his children, Stephen and Krista. His grandchildren were his greatest joy. He had a huge heart and was generous with his time helping as many people as possible during his lifetime. He appreciated and loved his friends and extended family.

John was adventurous and smart. He could create amazing art using any medium. He could fix things, design things, create short films, and use tech at a very high level. He was funny, and he could easily make his friends and family laugh.

John Nebesney was more than a brilliant artist. He was a loving family man, an awesome grandfather, a mentor, an inspiration, and a caring friend. He will be missed.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the American Heart Association (www.heart.org/en/get-involved/ways-to-give).

A small service will be held for immediate family only the week of February 7. John’s family will contact friends and family in the spring to attend an open memorial on a future date. Arrangements are under the direction of Wilson Apple Funeral Home, 2560 Pennington Road, Pennington, NJ. Condolences are welcome at www.wilsonapple.com.

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Russell T. Tornrose

Russell T. Tornrose, (Russ), of Bethel, ME, died at age 80 on January 21, 2021 at Bella Point Nursing Home in Bridgton, ME. The cause of Russ’s death was complications from dementia, from which he had suffered during his later years. Russ was known in several communities in Maine, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts as a respected teacher and school principal.

Russ was born in New York City to William and Marie Tornrose on May 11, 1940. The majority of his development years were in Salisbury, MA. He was a 1958 graduate of Governor Dummer Academy (now Governors Academy) in South Byfield, MA. His career there was marked by both academic and athletic success. He captained both Football, and Track, in which he held school records. He graduated with honors as a member of the Cum Laude Society. At graduation, Russ was awarded the Morse Flag, the Academy’s highest honor, given to the one senior who excelled most widely.

After graduation Russ entered as a freshman at Princeton University in the fall of 1958. Russ continued with athletics at Princeton where he played tackle on the varsity football team, and threw both the shotput and the discus on the track team. Russ was a member of Tiger Inn. He graduated in the Class of ‘65. 

Russ was married before his senior year to Carol Keeney of Short Hills, NJ. They lived off campus during Russ’s senior year at Princeton, in nearby Hightstown, NJ. Carol and Russ embarked on the adventure of a lifetime after graduation when Russ was offered a position teaching in the American School in Karachi, Pakistan. Carol was employed at the school as well. On occasion, Russ was invited to practice and compete with the Pakistani national track team, where he broke the national record in the discus, and held the record for several years thereafter. At the conclusion of their years in Pakistan, Russ and Carol undertook a wide ranging trip of several months through central Asia, India, and Europe, exploring widely at a time when travel in Asian frontier regions was accessible.

On their return to the United States, Russ and Carol located in Exeter, NH, where Russ became a teacher and coach at the Emerson School, a private school in Exeter. Tragically, the school was the site of Carol’s sudden death from an aneurism. Recovery from her death was extremely difficult for Russ, a very private individual. Embarking on a new life, Russ began what would become his career as a teacher and coach in public school systems in Maine and Massachusetts. Public school education became a passion of Russ’s, one in which he was honored by many of his peers, and in the towns that he served.

In every place that he taught, and there were many, Russ was revered both as a teacher, and later as a principal, and became, always, extremely popular, both among faculty and students, as well. Teaching was much more than a career for Russ; it was a deep passion. He had strong views on education and how it should serve. As a friend and teaching colleague said of him, “his teaching sojourn took place in an incredible array of high-achieving schools. What set him apart? Russ was a revered leader with a passion for the classroom and an inexhaustible intellectual drive to understand teaching. He helped transform Wayland Junior High and many other schools in his career.”

During that long career, Russ intentionally served as both teacher and principal. As another friend and colleague said of him, “Russ believed that to be an effective principal you needed to periodically get back into the classroom as a teacher — that was how he always explained his journey in education and his zig-zagging career.” Russ also pursued his interest in education academically, garnering a Master’s degree at University of New Hampshire, and in his later years completed the course work for his Doctorate, although health issues prevented the completion of his dissertation.

Russ completed his full time public high school education career as the principal at Noble High School a new high school in Maine, where he helped to shepherd the design and construction of this large new school. The school won a number of architectural awards, and became known throughout the state of Maine. After retirement, Russ returned to living in Maine, near Portland.

But education called again. At the request of the school superintendent, Russ returned to a Principal’s role in Andover, Maine, not far from where he eventually moved, in the town of Bethel. After his “second” retirement, Russ continued to teach in Community College, a new field for him, where he discovered his own budding talents in that environment too. Russ was clearly born to teach, and to excel at it.

After settling in Bethel, Russ became active again in the Episcopal Church at Christ Church in nearby Norway, ME. He was active there, serving on the vestry and ultimately as the Senior Warden of the parish. 

Russell will be buried in Exeter, NH, where both Marie Tornrose, his mother, and Carol Tornrose, wife of his early years, rest. He is survived by his sister Carole of Fort Worth, Texas, and by a number of nieces and nephews in Texas, Virginia, and California. His family and his many friends will miss his lively intellect, charming sense of humor, wide ranging knowledge about so many things, and his warm and generous presence.

Arrangements are under the care of Chandler Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 45 Main Street, South Paris. Online condolences may be shared with his family at www.chandlerfunerals.com.

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Rose Ann and Joseph Daniel Haggerty

At their daughter’s home in Skillman, NJ, Rose Ann Haggerty, 96, died on January 26, 2021 and, five days later on January 31, 2021, Joseph Daniel Haggerty, 96, also died. After a courageous fight, they both died of complications from COVID-19. They were married 62 years. Rose was predeceased by her sister and two brothers. Joe was predeceased by his two sisters and four brothers.

Rose (Mogeleski) was born in Throop, PA, on August 28, 1924. She was a member of the Throop High School class of 1942. Rose graduated from the Scranton State Hospital School of Nursing as a Registered Nurse in 1945 and was a member of the U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps. World War II ended before her class was called to service. She continued her nursing career as a surgical nurse. In the early 1950s, Rose moved to New Jersey where she was on staff at the Veterans Administration Hospital in East Orange. After meeting on a blind date, she married Joe in 1958 at Sacred Heart Church in Newark. Rose then turned her attention to raising a family in Maplewood and South Orange where they lived until 2008. In 2008 they moved to the Princeton area to be closer to their three grandchildren. She relished her role as wife, mother, and grandmother. Rose did have a second act in managing her husband’s law office and serving as his legal secretary. They worked together for over 20 years.

Joe was born in Newark, NJ, on February 22, 1924. The family lived in Chicago, Omaha, and Scranton before returning to Newark in 1937. A few months after graduating from Barringer High School in June of 1942, Joe enlisted in the U.S. Army and served in the Pacific Theater as a radio operator. With the help of the G.I. Bill, Joe graduated from Seton Hall University in 1948 and Georgetown Law School in 1951. He enjoyed a successful career in the law that spanned 50 years. He began as an associate with Smith, James and Mathias in Jersey City and was house counsel for Liberty Mutual Insurance Company before establishing his own practice. An authority on Workers Compensation Law, he represented clients in the compensation, trial, and appellate courts throughout New Jersey. Joe also served as the municipal prosecutor for the City of Orange where he maintained an office. When not in the courtroom, Joe was a championship handball player and played into his 80s. In 2000, he played and won a prize at the International Handball Tournament in Ireland. He enjoyed researching his family history in the United States and Ireland. 

Together, Rose and Joe enjoyed traveling, including visits to Ireland and Poland. However, their greatest joy was spending time with and cheering on their three grandchildren. Rose and Joe were regulars at recitals, theatrical performances, and sporting events.

They are survived by their daughter Rose Haggerty and son-in-law Daniel Haggerty of Skillman; grandchildren Joseph Daniel II, Caroline Elizabeth, and Charlotte Rose. They are also survived by a daughter Mary Haggerty of Boston. 

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on February 13, 2021 at 10 a.m. at St. Charles Borromeo Church in Skillman.  Due to COVID – 19 restrictions, burial and a celebration of their lives will be held in the summer. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Gary Sinise Foundation (garysinisefoundation.org).

Extended condolences and shared remembrances at Franklin H. Rainear, Jr. Affordable Funeral Service and Cremation (affordablefuneralservicecremation.com).

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Frances Baum

Frances Baum, of Laguna Woods, CA, died on January 30, 2021 after a long illness with her family at her side.

Fran was born in Princeton, NJ, to parents Paul and Eunice Urken. She graduated from Syracuse University with a BA in religion and then earned a master’s degree from Columbia University Teacher’s College in New York City. She taught elementary school for many years. As a young single woman she traveled to Italy, enjoyed Manhattan folk music clubs, and drove an MG convertible. She married Burton Baum, a chemist, in Princeton, in 1965. It only rained one day that summer, the day of their outdoor wedding, but they had a wonderful marriage. Rain turned to snow when they later moved to Mendota Heights, MN, and they finally came to California to enjoy the sunshine, retiring in Laguna Woods Village in 2004.

Fran had a remarkable number of friends. She kept in touch with childhood friends throughout her lifetime, and added many more through the years. Fran had a great variety of interests. She especially loved cooking and made incredible meals for her family and friends. She also enjoyed bridge, gardening, dancing, reading, the arts, travel, and was active in various Jewish women’s organizations. At Laguna Woods Village, she became a clown, named Copy Cat, sang with the Harmonaires, danced with the Rock-n-Rollers, and played with the Bridge Club. She was an active member of the National Council of Jewish Women and the Reform Temple, as well as a strong supporter of South County Outreach.

Fran leaves her loving husband Burton, after 55 years of marriage, her son Paul of San Francisco, CA, her daughter Julie of St. Paul, MN, her brothers Arnold Urken of Washington, DC, and Irv Urken of Princeton, NJ, and six nieces and nephews.

Funeral services and burial were private at Beth Israel Cemetery in Woodbridge, NJ. A virtual memorial service is being planned for a later date. Contributions in her memory may be made to South County Outreach, the Myositis Association (myositis.org), or to a charity of the donor’s choice.

To send condolences to the family visit Fran’s obituary page at OrlandsMemorialChapel.com.

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Rita Mandel Kravitz

Rita Mandel Kravitz, 93, of Pennington, New Jersey, passed away on Monday, February 8, 2021, at her home.

Born in Brooklyn, New York, she was a longtime Trenton area resident. Mrs. Kravitz had been a resident of Pennington since 1995. She was a congregant of Har Sinai Temple for over 60 years, and a volunteer at Capital Healthcare Systems and its auxiliaries in Mercer and Hopewell for over 30 years.

Wife of the late William Kravitz, Mrs. Kravitz is survived by her daughter and son-in-law Shelley and Lawrence Gordon of Middletown, NJ, her son and daughter-in-law Arthur and Anne Eby of Point Pleasant, NJ, and grandchildren Michael Gordon and Robyn and Nathan Uri.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, funeral services and burial were private at Ewing Cemetery. The period of mourning will be private. The family respectfully requests any memorial contributions be made to a charity of the donor’s choice. To send condolences to the family visit OrlandsMemorialChapel.com.

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Ida M. McHugh

Ida M. McHugh, 96, passed away January 31, 2021, at Monroe Village, Monroe Township, NJ. 

Born and raised in Princeton, NJ, Ida was a loving wife and mother, a loyal friend, and a ”fixture” in the Princeton community.   

A graduate of Princeton High School, she met her husband, Elmer “Iggy” McHugh, at the Castania Dairy (now Pj’s Pancake House), where the two worked side by side flipping burgers and whipping up milkshakes. They raised two children, Lawrence and Sharon, and enjoyed a long and colorful life together, dining often with friends at The Annex and Conte’s, vacationing at the Jersey Shore, and attending sporting and community events. She rarely missed a Princeton University football game and was a lifelong New York Yankees and Green Bay Packers fan. 

A caterer by profession, known for her delectable dishes, Ida was proudly Irish. She celebrated her Celtic heritage through years of charitable giving and service to organizations close to her heart; among them, the Princeton Fire Company, the American Legion Post 76, the Knights of Columbus, and St. Paul’s Catholic Church.  Her “Irishness” was always ever present; it was evidenced by her remarkable strength to weather tragedies and bad news with grace and optimism, her “joie de vivre” and big heart, and in her fearlessness. Throughout her life she exhibited an adventurous and pioneering spirit — she earned a pilot’s license in her 20s, was known to swim long stretches in the Delaware River Canal, and worked well into her 70s, remaining independent and active into her 90s.

Ida was predeceased by her parents, Raymond and Nellie Smith, her loving husband Elmer L. “Iggy” McHugh, her son Lawrence “Larry” McHugh, her brother Leroy, and sister Rita. She is survived by her daughter Sharon A. McHugh and son-in-law, Walter V. Maykowskyj of Princeton and three nephews, Stanley “Pete” Sibert of Hamilton, NJ, Joseph O’Gorman and wife Donna of Trenton, NJ, and Thomas Witt and wife Linda of Florida.

Due to the pandemic, graveside services and burial at Princeton Cemetery are private. A memorial service will be scheduled for a later date. Arrangements are being handled by The Kimble Funeral Home, Princeton, NJ. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Princeton Fire Department, 363 Witherspoon Street, Princeton, NJ 08540.

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Alice E. Kent

Alice E. Kent, 79, of Hamilton Square, NJ, died of complications from COVID-19 on January 15th,  2021. Alice was born to Charles and Betty Griffith in Trenton and graduated from Trenton High School. She was the General Manager at Nelson Glass Company in Princeton for 55 years, retiring in 2019. She endeared herself to many coworkers, neighbors, and customers through the years watching Princeton grow and change. Starting out in 1964 with her beehive hairdo and high-heeled shoes, and ending with her orange spiked hair, hip ’60s clothing, and enough jewelry to sink a ship, she was truly a character about town. Everyone knew Alice. Many became friends and many depended on her for her expertise and knowledge. She was sweet and kind, all 4’10, 100 pounds of her. She had a great smile and giggle. On the phone, she sounded like a teenager but had a friendly way of commanding respect. In a six month period in 2001 Alice lost both her only child, daughter Dawn D’Angelo (age 35), and her husband Jim. Her extended family at Nelson Glass, along with her beloved kitties and close friends, sustained her through this difficult time. She will be sorely missed by her Nelson Glass family, especially Robbie Nelson. 

In the last 10 years of her life, Alice enjoyed listening and dancing to area rock bands. Together with her dear friend Paul Tyler, she was a fixture and supporter of many bands who (again) all knew Alice and looked forward to a hello kiss from her as she entered the club. They were often the first on the dance floor urging others to follow. Again, she was the character about town. Everyone knew Alice. 

She is survived by her brother Terry Griffith of Hamilton; two sisters, Betty Pettis of New Hampshire and Pat Cooper of Morrisville, PA; Michael, her godson; a special niece Donna who was her hairdresser; many nieces and nephews; her beloved Paul Tyler; and her special cat Taz, who was the other man in her life.

A cremation service was held privately. Several memorials will be scheduled at a later date. Donations may be made in Alice’s name to SAVE — A Friend to Homeless Animals, 1010 Route 601, Skillman, NJ 08558 or to your local animal shelter.

February 3, 2021

Robert (Bob) Goeke Sr.

Robert (Bob) Goeke Sr., 91, of Kingston, passed away on January 25, 2021 at University of Penn at Princeton, Princeton, NJ, after a brief illness.

Bob was born on May 11, 1929 in Mount Rose (Hopewell Twp.), NJ, before the Goeke family moved to Lawrence Township. He attended Princeton High School. At the age of 21 he was drafted into the U.S. Army, 1666 MED CO 26 Infantry Regiment and in 1953 he was honorably discharged.

Six months later he married his sweetheart Virginia “Ginny.”  Bob and Ginny lived in Princeton before moving to Kingston 59 years ago where they raised their three children.

Bob enjoyed countless fishing and boating trips with family and friends, hunting, and cooking for holidays and picnics. After his retirement he enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, who he adored.

Bob worked at the Farmer’s COOP in Hopewell while attending plumbing apprentice school. He worked for J.B. Redding & Son (Redding’s Plumbing & Heating) for over 30 years and was a member of the Kingston Volunteer Fire Co. for 56 years.

He was preceded in death by his parents Matie and Fred Goeke Sr.; his beloved wife of 65 years Virginia (Petrone) Goeke; his brothers William, Edward, and Stephen; sister Virginia Bertrand-Holley; and great-granddaughter Emilia Sophia McDonald.

He is survived by his son Robert Goeke Jr. of Kingston, son and daughter-in-law Richard and Petra (Felkl) Goeke of Bridport, VT, and daughter Debra Goeke of Princeton; six grandchildren, Melissa, Jennifer, Pamela, Christa, Patrick, and Jeffrey; five great-grandchildren; two brothers, Fred Jr. and David; two sisters, Elizabeth Martin and Veronica Pettipas; sister-in-law Janet Petrone; and many nieces and nephews.

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, February 5, 2021 at St. Paul Parish, 214 Nassau Street, Princeton, NJ. Burial will immediately follow at Princeton Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Kingston Volunteer Fire Co., PO Box 222, Kingston, NJ 08528.

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John Procaccino

John Procaccino of Stuart, FL, passed away December 24, 2020.

He was born in Princeton, New Jersey, and was a lifelong resident. John graduated from Princeton High School and continued his education at Rupert Trade School, becoming an electrician. John retired in 2014, after 48 years of service as an Electrical Supervisor with Hatzel & Buehler of IBEW LU 269, in Trenton, New Jersey.

He was a volunteer with the Princeton Fire Department, holding many positions, including Assistant Chief for 42 years.

He had many interests, including doting on his grandson, Dominic, and the game of golf.

John is survived by his wife, Laura and grandson Dominic, both of Stuart, FL. He also leaves behind daughter Alexis of Oklahoma; sisters Judy Procaccino of Princeton, NJ, and Mary Ann Procaccino (Joe) of Hopewell, NJ; niece Rebecca and her children, Dana and Kelly; nephew Matthew (Brittany); along with many cousins and friends, including a very special friend, Diane Taylor.

John is predeceased by his parents Mary Ann and Ernest Procaccino, and his beloved son, Nicholas A., who passed away in 2006.

A memorial service will be scheduled at a later date.

Donations may be made in John’s name to any local charity, including the following Tykes & Teens, 3577 SW Corporate Way, Palm City, FL 34990; YMCA of the Treasure Coast, 1700 SE Monterey Road, Stuart, FL 34996; Grace Place Church, 1550 SE Salerno Road, Stuart, FL 34997; or directly to Dominic Procaccino, his grandson, c/o Laura Procaccino, 2499 Madison Street, Stuart, FL 34997.

January 27, 2021

Arthur “Art” Fein

Longtime Princeton resident and retired physician Arthur “Art” Fein died on January 17, 2021 at age 89.  

Art was born in Newark to Jan and Sophie Fein, a studio photographer and a colorist. Art attended Stuyvesant High School in NYC until his senior year, when he moved with his family to Miami Beach where he graduated from Miami Beach Senior High. He went on to graduate from the University of Florida, where he met his future wife, Harriet. He attended medical school at Wake Forest, where he graduated  No. 1 in his class. He did his radiology residency at Johns Hopkins.

Art joined Princeton Radiology in 1963, and remained there for 41 years.  Art chaired the department for 30 years (which grew from 4 to 40 physicians) and was president of Princeton Medical Center for two years. Physicians and staff alike commented that he was a great leader, a mentor, a friend, and an outstanding physician. Art loved being a physician and often said he never “worked” a day in his life.

Art absolutely cherished Harriet. Their lifelong love affair, mutual respect, and teamwork have served as a model for each of their children’s long and happy marriages. They nurtured and enjoyed close long-term friendships.

To all who knew him — friends, family, coworkers — he was the epitome of a “mensch” and was loved and respected, not just for his many accomplishments, but for his kindness, his ability to listen and lend a hand, and to connect with practically anyone. He had a zest for life, a wonderful sense of humor, and was a true adventurer. Art’s insatiable curiosity lead him to travel the world with Harriet, often to lesser explored destinations, always returning with spectacular photos and stories. Art was an eternal optimist whose ready smile and playful nature were incredibly endearing. He delighted when engaging with his family, especially during the summers when the family would gather in Emerald Isle, North Carolina. Art’s close extended family was very important to him, and he enjoyed all the gatherings over the years, especially Thanksgiving and Passover with the cousins.

Following retirement in 2004, Art’s thirst for knowledge led him to take a variety of interesting and challenging courses at Princeton. Art and Harriet were long time members of the Princeton Jewish Center. After spending 50 years at their home in Princeton, Art and Harriet moved to Windrows five years ago where many of their long-term friends resided.

Art leaves behind his wife of almost 69 years, Harriet; three children and their spouses: Rick and Jackie Fein (Mission Viejo, CA); Doug and Debbie Fein (Chapel Hill, NC); and Karen and Paul Kelly (Princeton). He was a loving and devoted grandfather to Jarrett, Micaela, and Naomi Fein and Skylar, Jillian, and Colton Kelly. Art also leaves behind his sister Ellen Shishko, nieces and nephews, many cousins and close friends.

In Art’s later years he often ended conversations with his children and grandchildren with one of his mantras, “Enjoy Life.”  He recently said, “I lived the life I wanted. No regrets.”

He will be missed by all. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to one of Art’s favorite charities: Doctors without Borders, Feeding America, or the Sierra Club.

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Jean Ritchie Cooper

Jean R. Cooper, 91, formerly of Pennington, died December 14, 2020 at Pennswood Village, Newtown, PA.

Born in Chicago, IL, on November 28, 1929 (Thanksgiving Day) to the late Norman L. and J. Marie Ritchie, she spent her childhood and youth in Saratoga Springs, NY. She attended public schools and, to her Mother’s disappointment, turned down a full scholarship to Vassar College in favor of attending the University of Rochester, where she received a BS/RN degree. She met her future husband, Jack Cooper, while both were serving as counselors at Silver Bay Camp on Lake George, NY. They married in the summer of 1951 and settled in Schenectady, NY, where Jack was pastor of State Street Presbyterian Church, and, subsequently, the first General Presbyter of the Albany Presbytery. All four of their children were born in Schenectady.

In 1964, the family moved to New Jersey, for Jack to establish the Center for Continuing Education at Princeton Theological Seminary. Jean obtained the necessary certifications to become a school nurse, and in 1966 she began a 17-year career as a school nurse in the Montgomery Township Schools. She retired when Jack retired from the Seminary, and they were able to travel, to spend summers at their “Playhouse” in Vermont, and to visit with their beloved grandchildren. They moved to Pennswood Village in 2000, where they enjoyed a wide range of activities and the company of their many friends.

Predeceased by her husband of 57 years, Jack Cooper, and her brother, Donald G. Ritchie, Jean is survived by her four children: Dawn Rosso, Deborah Kruesi, John Cooper, and Ruth Sawin; her son-in-law, Mark Rosso and daughter-in-law Rhonda Cooper; and five grandchildren.

A memorial service and life celebration will be held at a future date. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, www.alz.org.

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Teresa M. Choman

Teresa M. Choman, 85, died peacefully on January 18, 2021, at Princeton Hospital after a valiant fight against COVID-19.  Born in Toronto, Canada, Teresa was raised in Pennsylvania, and her home town was Schuykill Haven, where her parents Nat and Pauline Burachock owned a florist shop. She was preceded in death by her husband, Bohdan “Dan” Choman, in 2012; they were married for 57 years, and had two sons and four grandchildren.

Terri, as she was called by family and friends, was an elementary school teacher for 20 years in Oradell, New Jersey, before moving to Princeton, where she was a substitute teacher for several more years. She also volunteered at Princeton Hospital for many years, helping staff and patients at the front desk and in the library.

Terri was quite active at her parish, St. Paul’s of Princeton, where she was a member of the Knitting Ministry and Rosary Club. She and her husband also
volunteered with the Loaves and Fishes Ministry. Terri loved to read books, and belonged to a book club with her good friends in the Princeton Walk neighborhood, where she lived since 1990. She also liked swimming with a group of friends called the Mermaids.

She is survived by her two sons, Nicholas and Thomas Choman; four grandchildren, Sarah, Christie, Matthew, and Nicholas Choman; her sister, Maryann Biemuller; and many nieces and nephews. They and many of her other relatives and friends will greatly miss her caring, giving, and beautiful spirit.

A funeral mass was held at St. Paul Parish in Princeton on Friday, January 22, 2021 followed by  burial in Princeton Cemetery.

Please make a donation to the Alzheimer’s Association (act.alz.org) in her memory.

Extend condolences and share memories at TheKimbleFuneralHome.com.

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John Franklin Harper

June 14, 1932 – January 23, 2021

John Franklin Harper of Princeton, NJ, passed away on Saturday, January 23, 2021 at Penn Medicine – Princeton Medical Center, Plainsboro, NJ.

He was born June 14, 1932 in Newburgh, NY, and attended Kent School in Kent, CT. John married Katherine Johnson in 1953 when he was a senior at Princeton University.  After graduating in 1954, having served in ROTC, the Army sent him to Ft. Sill, OK, and then on to Ft. Lewis, WA. 

John and Katherine had four children, John F. Jr., Jay Meredith, Carolyn Elizabeth, and Katherine Clark.

John’s two post-Army jobs were at Philadelphia National Bank and Gulf Oil. In 1960, John was hired by Princeton University to help with its $53 million campaign and following the completion of that effort stayed on to work in the Princeton Development Office. In 1966 he resigned to join two colleagues to form a fund-raising and public relations firm in NYC.  In 1972, John formed his own fund-raising firm, John F. Harper and Co., which focused on some of the finest independent schools and colleges along the East Coast.

He served as ’54 Class Agent, 25th Princeton Reunion Class Chair, and Vice-President and President of the Class of 1954. John played the ukulele and was a member of the “Buster Lewis” all male joke club in the 1980s. 

John and “Margee” were married in 1987 and worked together in John’s firm until 1992.  Since then they have volunteered with local nonprofit organizations. John was a founding member of the Pacific Southern Model Railroad in Rocky Hill and built from “scratch” his own H-O gauge model railroad at his home, which he operated for many years. He was President of the Nassau Club from 1996-1998 and Treasurer thereafter until 2007. He also served on the Boards of the Princeton Area Community Foundation and Delaware Raritan Greenway.

John is survived by his wife, four children, his sister, Priscilla, and her husband, Charles, and seven grandchildren. He was predeceased by Katherine Johnson Harper and Nancy Bailey Harper. We will all miss him terribly. We are most grateful to his caretakers for the past seven years, Louis Semexan, Steve Mathelier, Benedik Louis, and John Hyppolyte.

There will be a graveside service, in the Harper family plot, in Woodlawn Cemetery, New Windsor, NY.

Donations may be made to Delaware Raritan Greenway, One Preservation Place, Princeton, NJ 08540.

Extend condolences and share remembrances at TheKimbleFuneralHome.com.

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Sybil L. Stokes

Sybil L. Stokes, 89, died of complications from COVID-19 on December 31, 2020. She lived in the Princeton area for more than half her life.

Born in Brooklyn, Sybil was the daughter of Samuel and Sadie Langbaum and the younger sister of Lawton and Stanley. A bright, bookish girl, she graduated as valedictorian of Lafayette High School in 1949. She attended Cornell University on a Regents scholarship, was elected to Phi Beta Kappa her junior year, and graduated in the Class of 1953. She then went to Yale University, to pursue graduate study in Political Science. There she met Donald E. Stokes, a fellow graduate student. The two married in 1955. As an interfaith couple, they had two ceremonies, one Jewish, the other Quaker.

Sybil and Don began their married life in Ann Arbor, where they both worked at the University of Michigan and raised their two daughters, Betsy and Sue. Sybil conducted research at the Institute of Public Administration and co-founded the Center for Continuing Education of Women. Her political activism included serving as President of the county chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, campaigning for Democrats, and participating in various civil rights and anti-Vietnam War activities. Sybil attended the Ann Arbor Friends Meeting for nearly 20 years.

In 1974, Sybil moved to Princeton when Don became Dean of the School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. Many of the School’s faculty and administrative staff became her dear friends. She worked at the Educational Testing Service, eventually directing the SAT program, and as Director of Grants Management for the State of New Jersey’s Health and Human Services Department, from which she retired in 1992.

In retirement, she pursued her passions for literature, the Times crossword, and social justice, tutored for Literacy Volunteers, and served on the board of Child Care Connection. She traveled the world with Don until his death in 1997 and later with her family and her friends. She moved to Stonebridge retirement community in 2010, where she chaired the Program Committee for several years.

Sybil is survived by her daughters, Elizabeth Stokes (Mesut B. Çakır) of Princeton and Susan C. Stokes (Steve Pincus) of Chicago, five grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

To honor Sybil’s memory, donations may be made to Mercer Street Friends of Trenton (mercerstreetfriends.org) or the ACLU of New Jersey (aclu-nj.org). A celebration of Sybil’s life is planned for the future. 

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Shinobu Asano

Shinobu Asano, affectionately known to everyone as “Dink,” died peacefully at her home in Princeton, NJ, on January 18, 2021 at the age of 93. Dink was born to George and Hisae Yamamoto on July 17, 1927 in San Jose, California, where she spent much of her childhood. Her high school years were spent in a WWII Japanese Relocation Camp. A young woman ahead of her time, Dink pursued a college education, graduating from Temple University with a degree in business.

Soon after, she met, fell in love, and married Dr. Akira “Aki” Asano. They moved from Philadelphia, PA, to Princeton, NJ, where they raised their family. Dink was employed in a variety of capacities over her lifetime including as a house girl, a classroom aide at Miss Mason’s School, an administrator/manager with the Princeton Tennis Program, and ultimately as an administrative assistant at Princeton University. Bright, witty, and energetic, Dink enjoyed reading, gardening, socializing, and playing tennis.

Dink was preceded in death by her mother and father, her husband Aki, her sister and brother-in-law Yuri (George) Nishimura, her brother and sister-in-law Ayao “Al” (Helen) Yamamato, and her brother Kinzo Yamamoto. She is survived by her sons David of Easton, CT, and Gary (Debra) of Marquette, MI; her granddaughters Megan and Mallory; her brother Tetsuo (Hiroko) Yamamoto; and many nieces and nephews.

The family has decided to postpone memorial plans at this time. In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that donations be made in her name to either The Michigan Dental Association Foundation (www.foundation.michigandental.org) or to the Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk, CT (www.maritimeaquarium.org/donate).

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Hannah Schussel

Hannah Marcia Schussel (née Schulz) was born on the first day of spring, March 20, 1950 in Jamaica, Queens. On January 15, 2021, after telling her husband “I love you,” she succumbed to heart failure at the University of Pennsylvania hospital. She was 70 years old.

Hannah, daughter of Morris and Natalie Schulz, grew up in Great Neck, New York, and developed a passion for retail at a young age, spending many days in her grandfather’s appliance store, Plesser’s. Every Saturday of her childhood, Hannah walked to temple with her beloved father and her younger sister, Anita.

She attended Nassau Community College and Hoftstra University, earning her Masters in Special Ed, but quickly found her passion in sales, first wholesaling bras and girdles for Playtex. She then sold radio ad space for WKTU, the hottest rock station in Manhattan. And for a short, glorious year, she and her lifelong friend, Marcia, ran a personal correspondence service called Ghost Writers.

Hannah’s gift was knowing her customers. Upon moving to Princeton with her two young daughters, she and her husband opened Toys…the Store, the first of its kind on Palmer Square. They ran the shop successfully for seven years, at one point opening a second location in Pennington. Through her daughters’ acting, Hannah became involved with McCarter Theatre Center, and she later created McCarter’s first and only gift shop, serving as buyer, merchandiser, and manager of a network of volunteers. Her next venture was Hannah!, an accessories boutique that showcased her unique sense of style. Most recently, Hannah was the Assistant Manager for BCBG’s MaxAzria store in Lord & Taylor at Quaker Bridge Mall, delighting in giving her clients personal attention, and in wearing her paycheck!

Hannah dressed impeccably in black, and the jangling of her bangles always announced her. She was constantly seeking her next entrepreneurial venture, as long as it left time for: dates with her husband, visits to the beach, sushi, Italy, everything her grandchildren said or did or drew, The Young and the Restless, The Rolling Stones, watching her daughter Madeline on TV, film openings and weekly movie dates, traditions and holidays, cooking multi-course meals, fashion and design, celebrity gossip, tequila, the gym, and keeping in touch with friends and family. She was the consummate cheerleader and the fiercest protector of everyone she loved.

She had no patience for rudeness, negativity, or wire hangers. She was vivacious and colorful, and optimistic to the last minutes of her life.

She is survived by her husband and best friend of 44 years, Sandy Schussel; her daughters Madeline Blue Schussel and Stefanie (Schussel) Todd; son-in-law Nathan Todd; grandchildren Penelope and Levi; her sister Anita (Schulz) Goldman and family; her mother-in-law Rita Schussel; her in-laws Buddy Schussel, Rick Schussel, and sister-in-law Jodie (Schussel) Cohen and their families; all of her favorite cousins; her lifelong friends; and many fans.

A private funeral and burial was held on Tuesday, January 19th at Floral Park Cemetery in South Brunswick. Our sincerest thanks to Rabbi Robert Freedman for a beautiful service and for bringing so much light to her in her last few months of hospital stays. Thanks also to the Star of David Funeral Home, and to the staff at Penn Medical in Princeton and Philadelphia.

We plan to celebrate Hannah the way she deserves to be celebrated next year. In the meantime, in lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Hannah’s honor at https://memories.net/timeline/hannah-schussel-94890#.YAhkjdSwbnQ.link.

January 20, 2021

William J. Toole

William J. Toole, 90 ½ years young, passed away after a brief illness on Friday January 8, 2021 in Melbourne, Florida.

Born in Trenton NJ, to Scottish immigrants, he was raised in Princeton, living there most of his life until moving to Pennington in 2005, with winters in Florida.

Mr. Toole was predeceased by his parents, William M. Toole and Jane (Jean) W. Gray, his wife Anne E. Toole, and his grandson Alexander Platt.

He is survived by three children, Linda A. Toole and husband David Gottschlich of Columbia, MD; Jane E. Platt and husband Greg of Cream Ridge, NJ; and Robert K. Toole and wife Patricia of Lawrenceville, NJ; eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren with one more on the way. He is also survived by his brother, the Reverend Dr. George G. Toole of White Hall, MD. He also leaves his “out-law” family in the Columbus, Ohio, area. His companion of the last nine years, Emma Denny, and many friends in Florida will also miss him.

Mr. Toole graduated from Princeton High School and attended Rider College. He formerly worked for the Princeton University Store but spent most of his career with IBM Corporation. He was part owner of Tartan Taxi of Princeton.

Bill was a 70-year member of Princeton Hook and Ladder Co. of the Princeton Fire Department, serving as President and Trustee. He was the longtime Secretary of the Princeton Firemen’s Relief Association and a Life Member of The NJ State Firemen’s Association. He was a Past Master of Princeton Lodge #38 F&AM, and Past District Deputy Grand Master and Past Chaplain of the Grand Lodge for New Jersey. Advisory Board member of the International Order of Rainbow Girls #51, he was also a Trustee of the Masonic Home at Burlington, NJ. He was a member of the Scottish Rite, Crescent Temple, and the Princeton Shrine Club. He additionally served his community as a member of the Borough of Princeton Affordable Housing Board and as a Sergeant and Tank Commander for 13 years in the New Jersey National Guard.

Bill enjoyed history and geography and was able to enrich those passions through his love of travel with his wife, Anne. They were members of the Wally Byam Caravan Club, traveling the North American Continent in their Airstream travel trailer. Bill was proud of his Scottish heritage and they traveled to Scotland many times visiting family and other countries as well. After 59 years of marriage, Anne passed away.

Bill met Emma in Florida, and they continued traveling this time mainly by cruise ship, including one eventful trip to Cuba.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Bill’s memory may be made to the Shriners Children’s Hospital.

Interment will be at Trinity-All Saints’ Cemetery, Princeton.

A celebration of Bill Toole’s life will be held at a later date this year.

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

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Jeffrey Lionel Gossman

Jeffrey Lionel Gossman, the M. Taylor Pyne Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures, Emeritus, at Princeton University, died on Monday, January 11, 2021, at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.

Lionel was a meticulous scholar who happily crossed intellectual boundaries to follow untrodden paths and discover the orphans neglected by scholarly research to create connections between fields and disciplines. He understood that events great and small do not happen in isolation and the high and the low do not inhabit separate realms. His scholarship was driven by a passion to bring attention to those who have been neglected, misunderstood, or out of fashion. He was not a linear thinker who stuck to his chosen path. He was a scholar, a lover of arts, and a storyteller. He wrote on topics ranging from historiography to the stained-glass windows in the working-class sections of Glasgow. He published in the most prestigious academic presses, but loved to publish on Openbookpublishers.com, VictorianWeb.org, and other online platforms, which made his work accessible to everyone around the world.

He was both an intellectual trailblazer and a skeptic of the latest intellectual fashions. He was a generous and contributing citizen to the institutions which he served – Johns Hopkins from 1968 to 1976 and Princeton University from 1976 until his retirement in l999 as well as the American Philosophical Society which he loved, and on whose many committees he served for years. He was a reader for Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic (now Learning Ally), and he was usually assigned the most unglamorous French grammar texts.

Lionel was born on May 31, 1929, on the kitchen table of a rented flat in Hyndland in the West End of Glasgow. His father was born in London, his mother in Glasgow, both children of immigrant working-class parents.

Lionel received all his basic education in the Scottish public school system. In 1943, at the age of 14, he earned what was to be his first of many academic honors, “The James Wilson Medal for Excellence in French.” In 1946 he entered the University of Glasgow where he majored in French and German. He graduated with first-class honors in 1951 — the year of the University’s 500th birthday. Between 1952 and 1954 he served first in the Royal Navy and then in the Army, where he was trained as a simultaneous translator between Russian and English and earned a First-Class interpreter’s certificate.  In 1954 he entered St. Antony’s College, Oxford, where he received his D.Phil degree in 18th-century French literature in 1958.

In September 1958 Lionel came to the United States. As he writes in his (unpublished) autobiography “In the Footsteps of Giants: My Itinerary from Glasgow to Princeton,”… though I was suspicious of American power and appalled by the McCarthy witch hunts, I sensed the deep democratic instinct of the Americans and it appealed to me as a Scot. I felt instinctively that my Glasgow accent and my provincial lower-middle class Jewish background would not be held against me. I would be taken for who I was and allowed to become whatever I could make of myself.”

A full list of Lionel’s publications and academic honors are included in the Princeton University obituary: https://www.princeton.edu/news/2021/01/15/lionel-gossman.

Following is a small selection: Honors: The Howard T. Behrman Award, Princeton’s highest award for distinguished achievements in the humanities (1990); Officier des Palms Académiques (1991); elected to the American Philosophical Society (1996); and honorary degree of Doctor of Humanities, Princeton University (2005). Publications: “Men and Masks: A Study of Molière” (Johns Hopkins University 1963); “Medievalism and the Ideologies of the Enlightenment” (JHU, 1968); “Between History and Literature” (Harvard University Press, 1990); “Basel in the Age of Burkhardt,” awarded the George L. Mosse Prize for modern cultural history by American Philosophical Association (Chicago University Press 2000); “Brown Shirt Princess: A Study of the Nazi Conscience” (Openbook Publishers, 2009); “Thomas Annan of Glasgow: Pioneer of the Documentary Photograph” (Openbook Publishers, 2015); and “Scottish Publishers and English Literature: Some Smaller Publishers” (Victorian Web, December 2020).

Lionel is survived by his wife Eva; his daughter Janice, son-in law Michael Coppola and his son Nicholas; his sister-in-law Gabriella Weiss, and brother-in-law Alexander Ben Ami; his nephew Dr. Daniel Weiss (Debbie) and family; niece Ruth Bergman (Rabbi Aaron) and family; nephew Oded Ben Ami (Judy) and family; Rivka (Nivi) and family; Yair Ben Ami (Maya) and family; as well as many cousins in Glasgow, London, and Zurich.

Donations can be made to a charity of choice or to the American Friends of Glasgow University.

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Mandy Rabinovich

Mandy Rabinovich passed away peacefully in the early morning of January 16, 2021.

A longtime Princeton local who had lived all over the world, Menachem Mendel Rabinovich was born on January 30, 1927, in Bucharest, Romania. It was there, as a teenager, that he met Edith Hershkovich, his wife of 53 years whom he married in 1949, the same year the couple moved to Israel and started their family. Mandy always described Edith, known to all as Dita, as his soulmate. She passed away in 2002.

Mandy’s love of life, adventure, and travel took him all over the world. He raised his family on three continents — in Israel, Brazil, and Germany — exposing his children and grandchildren to multiple cultures. It wasn’t uncommon to hear four languages spoken over a single family dinner.

In their later years, Mandy and Dita settled in Princeton, where he would spend many hours drinking cappuccinos, in particular at Small World Coffee, and befriending baristas all over town. He was known for his warmth and his ability to make friends in a matter of minutes, extracting life stories and dispensing advice as only he could. “Health and luck,” he would say at the end of every conversation. “These are the most important things.”

Mandy is survived by his three children and one daughter-in-law: Shifra Rubin, Pnina Rabinovich, Alan Rabinovich, and Lina Rabinovich. He was also the beloved Saba of eight grandchildren – Itay, Noa, Deborah, Eli, Rafael, Shai, Dita, and Lucas – and four great-grandchildren – Matan, Ori, Mia, and Nuri.

His life affirming optimism, unusual sense of humor and electric smile will forever be remembered by those who knew him and loved him.

Funeral services and burial were Monday at Princeton Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to UNICEF USA (unicefusa.org).

To send condolences to the family visit OrlandsMemorialChapel.com.

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William H. Osborne III

William H. Osborne III, 91, formerly of Princeton, N.J., passed away on November 30, 2020, of COVID-19. He was a resident of Pacifica Senior Living in Santa Fe, NM.

Bill was born and raised in Newark and Maplewood, NJ. He attended Princeton University and served on the alumni committee for class of 1950. During the Korean War, he served as lieutenant in the U.S. Army. He worked many years as a Trust Officer at National Newark & Essex Bank, Midlantic Bank, and several other NJ banks. He served on the board of several charities, including the Job Haines Home for Unwed Mothers.

Bill was a voracious reader, avid cyclist, and photographer. After retiring, he loved traveling with his wife Lib, vacationing in Maine, and visiting family across the U.S. Bill was known and loved for his integrity and generosity, his gentlemanly charm, and dry humor.

He is survived by his sister, Joan O. Lautenberger; his three children, Lynn D. Osborne, Wendy O. Pierce, and William H. Osborne IV; and six grandchildren.

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Marjorie C. Horowitz

Marjorie C. Horowitz, 96, longtime Princeton resident, most recently residing at the Stonebridge at Montgomery retirement community in Skillman, New Jersey, passed away on January 4, 2021.

Marjorie, daughter of  Dora and Barnett Chasen, and younger sister of Harriet, was born on June 19, 1924 in Newark, New Jersey, and lived in nearby New Brunswick for most of her youth. After graduating from high school, she attended optical school and worked as an optician in New York City before returning to New Jersey to marry her childhood best friend’s handsome older brother, Milton Horowitz. The Chasen and Horowitz families were longtime friends and the engagement was welcomed and celebrated.

Marjorie and Milton married in 1947. She moved to the Princeton area where Milton and his cousin had purchased Weber’s Training School and established a veterinary practice on Highway US 1.  In those days, room and board were part of the kennelmen’s salary so she cooked three meals a day for her husband and six other hungry men.  A tough job for a new bride.

Speaking of cooking, Margie made the best pies ever. The fruit filling was terrific, but her crust received top billing.  If fruit pies were not to your liking, not to worry, her mandelbrot (Jewish biscotti) was a big hit with her friends and family. Nobody had just one helping of her brisket as well. Marjorie raised her two children, Carol and David, on the property. She was active in the community and was a founding member of the Princeton Jewish Center. She and Milton traveled the world together, and when in mid-life she, also, took up his hobby of fishing, “they fished all over the world” too. In later years, Marjorie became interested in stained glass. She made many beautiful lamps, mirrors, boxes, and window pieces. She loved the Yiddish language; she spoke, wrote, and read it fluently.  She also belonged to a Yiddish reading and conversation group in Princeton.

She is lovingly remembered by her children, their spouses, her grandchildren, nieces, nephews, many friends, and her dearest friend of 90+ years and sister-in-law, Shirley Shapiro (née Horowitz). Due to current public health Covid precautions, there will not be a funeral service or gathering at this time. When conditions permit, a celebration of her life will be held.

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Lawrence Walter Howley

Lawrence Walter Howley, 84, passed away peacefully and returned to the Lord on January 12, 2021 at Princeton Care Center from complications with COVID related illness. 

Mr. Howley was born on October 3, 1936 in New Brunswick, New Jersey, to Anna (Benedyk) and James S. Howley. As a young man of 17 he enlisted in the Air Force but received a medical discharge. Mr. Howley relocated to Princeton with his family in the late 1950s. Mr. Howley was self-educated as a freelance writer. He especially enjoyed writing for children and contributed to children’s magazines.  He was most proud of a piece titled “The Long Ride” taken from his childhood memories of sledding. 

While residing in Princeton, “Larry and Susan” frequently visited the Princeton Public Library, enjoyed “going to the shore” and walks around town. Larry was a loving caretaker of his wife of 60 years, Susan, who suffered from medical issues in recent years. He was the best “big brother” and always had a quick wit. He will be dearly missed, as he was dearly loved.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and two brothers, James Neill Howley and John Timothy Howley. He is survived by his wife, Susanna Robertson Howley, and four sisters: Blanche M. Ropars, Naperville, IL; Linda Howley-Skuby, Bloomington, IL; Colleen Howley Gosselin, Charleston, IL; and Maureen (Randy) Pletcher, Springfield, IL. Susanna and Lawrence had no children but doted on their many nieces and nephews. 

The family would like to extend special thanks to the dear neighbors on Bank Street, especially Mrs. Hannah Rosenberg and Chip and Jean Crider for their support of Larry and Susan during their time of need. Also, our brave nephew, Robert Howley, who was able to supervise the closing of their apartment of 50 years. In time of need, the staff of Princeton Care Center, and Dr. Barile, MD, were kind and generous with their support.

Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on January 15, 2021 at St. Paul’s Church. Burial followed in St. Paul’s Church Cemetery.

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

Donations may be made to charity of your choice.

January 13, 2021

John Law Jacobus

After a brief but hard-fought battle with cancer, John Law Jacobus, of Washington, DC, passed away on January 2, 2021. He was 57 years old. 

John was born in Washington, DC, and when he was 6, a family move took him to Princeton, NJ, in August of 1970, where he spent the remainder of his youth, graduating from Princeton Day School in 1982. At graduation, he was awarded the English and Latin prizes, a Headmaster’s award, as well as being the first recipient of the John Douglas Sacks-Wilner ’80 Award. He loved studying English and history, and participated in several dramatic presentations, including one of the first full Shakespearean plays mounted by the school, Twelfth Night.   

John attended Harvard University, receiving a bachelor of arts (A.B.) in History, graduating magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. At Harvard, he was a recipient of the Detur Prize, one of the oldest academic prizes at Harvard College, awarded to only the top 49 freshmen in the class. He was also awarded a John Harvard Scholarship, in recognition of academic achievement of the highest distinction, as well as the Whitehill Prize, given by Lowell House to the junior student who “as a scholar and citizen best represents the tradition of the humane letters and arts.” John was a member of the Phillips Brook House Association, dedicated to public service in the greater community. He also served as head usher in the Memorial Church, then under the stewardship of the Reverend Peter J. Gomes.  As head usher, John led the reading in the chapel service at commencement. 

After college, John continued on to the Harvard Law School, receiving his Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree in 1989. Upon graduating, he accepted a position as law clerk to a federal judge, the Hon. Maryanne T. Barry, at the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey.  Following his clerkship, John served as a trial attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, DC, beginning his career as a member of the Attorney General’s Honors Program.  While at the Justice Department, John received two Special Achievement Awards from the Attorney General, one for Sustained Superior Performance of Duty (1993) and the other for Meritorious Acts Performed on Behalf of the Department (1994). 

Following his service at the U.S. Department of Justice, John briefly served as the general counsel in a family-owned business, the Jacobus Pharmaceutical Company, Inc., a position he relished. Following that service, John joined Steptoe & Johnson, LLP, in Washington, DC, where he remained for the rest of his career. Elected partner at Steptoe in 2001, John focused on commercial litigation and arbitrations, often with a focus on insurance and reinsurance/risk trading. He was a distinguished member of the bar, both domestically and on an international basis, and served as chair of the Insurance and Reinsurance Practice Section of Lex Mundi, the world’s largest assembly of private law firms. While at Steptoe, John also devoted a significant amount of time to pro bono work, often with a focus on helping immigrants reach the safety of the United States following persecution or torture abroad. His representation of the underprivileged also included serving as lead counsel in proceedings before the United States Court of Appeals of the District of Columbia Circuit in litigation on behalf of developmentally delayed children, in a case challenging their stewardship by the government of the District of Columbia.     

John was a lifelong reader and collector of books, which he cherished. History was a particular interest; while he enjoyed building his knowledge on all eras and cultures, World War II and its aftermath were a special focus for him. Together with his partner (and later husband) of 23 years, John enjoyed traveling and seeing both the cultural sites of the world and its geographical wonders from Argentina to Zimbabwe and dozens of countries in between. 

John enjoyed the culture of urban spaces, but relished getting deep into rustic places as well.   He was particularly fond of walking in the woods and along the rocky cliffs at Isle au Haut, Maine, where his family has spent summers for many generations. Isle au Haut held a special place in his heart, often inspiring deeply contemplative moments, especially at night, when the ink-black sky was spread with stars and the murmurs of the ocean sounded nearby.   

Character was destiny for John, and he believed that kindness was the greatest wisdom. All who knew him would attest that he served as an exemplar of those values his entire life. He was utterly devoted to his husband, David Uhler, and was beloved by his family and many friends.  John was predeceased by his brother, William Penman Jacobus, to whom he lovingly gave many hours of thoughtful care during a prolonged period of illness in William’s life. In addition to his husband, John is also survived by his parents, David and Claire Jacobus of Princeton, NJ; his sister Marget Jacobus of Westfield, MA; his sister and brother-in-law Hughie Jacobus and Andrew Hildick-Smith of Winchester, MA; his sister Laura Jacobus of Princeton, NJ; three nephews, Gordon, Seth, and Neil Hildick-Smith; a niece, Ellen Jacobus; and a new grand-niece, Sophie, daughter of Gordon and his wife Alice Wisener.

A memorial service for John will be planned for a later date. Those who would like to honor John’s memory in the meantime may wish to make a donation in his honor to the Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center at Georgetown University (lombardi.georgetown.edu/giving); the Isle Au Haut Community Development Corporation (isleauhaut.org); or the Shakespeare Theatre Company (shakespearetheatre.org/support/ways-to-give).

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Dr. Douglas H. Wiedemann

Dr. Douglas H. Wiedemann, 67, a longtime resident of Princeton, died on November 12, 2020 at the Penn Medicine Princeton Medical Center in Plainsboro.

Dr. Wiedemann was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to the late Herbert P. and Henrietta P. Wiedemann. Early in his life, it became clear that he possessed an exceptional gift for mathematics, and this became his lifelong passion. Dr. Wiedemann received a BS degree in electrical engineering from Princeton University in 1975, an MS in computer engineering from Carnegie Mellon University in 1977, and a Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, in 1986.

As an undergraduate, Dr. Wiedemann started to work during the summer at the Institute for Defense Analysis in Princeton. This was the beginning of his long career as a research staff member at the Institute’s Center for Communication Research, where he remained active up until the time of his death. His career at the Center for Communication Research was punctuated by short stints at Thinking Machines Corporation and Sun Microsystems. Dr. Wiedemann was well-known for his work on sparse systems of linear equations over finite fields, which is used in addressing mathematical problems such as factoring integers in an efficient way.

Dr. Wiedemann was interested in a great range of matters, from the tangible and physical to the theoretical and abstract. His imaginative and original observations were unique. One of his supervisors wrote the following when Dr. Wiedemann was only 29 years of age: “The beautiful new mathematics that you have discovered and continue to extend in so many directions is one of the most exciting developments in modern cryptanalysis. I understand that you were recently able to use your new techniques to solve an important problem that had defied solution for several years.”

Dr. Wiedemann will be greatly missed by his colleagues and family. He remained single throughout his life. He is survived by his brother, Herbert P. Wiedemann MD, of Shaker Heights, Ohio and his wife, Patricia Barz, and their children, Sarah Wiedemann of Denver, Colorado and Andrew Wiedemann of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, as well as aunts, nieces, and nephews.

Cremation arrangements were provided by the Kimble Funeral Home of Princeton. Dr. Wiedemann’s ashes were interred next to those of his parents at the Providence Presbyterian Church in Hilton Head, South Carolina. 

A private service for the family will be held there when the COVID pandemic resolves.

Memorial gifts can be made to the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation through the Give Now tab on the home page of their website: https://www.crohnscolitisfoundation.org.

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Charles Minter “Pat” Patrick, Jr.

Charles Minter “Pat” Patrick, Jr. passed away after a brave struggle with Covid-19 on December 24, 2020. He was born in Dallas on November 27, 1933 to Brooksie Smith Patrick and Charles Minter “Pat” Patrick, Sr.

He graduated from Highland Park High School and Washington & Lee University where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in History and Political Science, was a member of Beta Theta Pi fraternity, and captain of the swim team. Following graduation, Pat enlisted in the United States Coast Guard, graduated from Officer Candidate School, and was stationed on Governors Island in New York City. Pat served aboard the USCGC Westwind, earning the Coast Guard Arctic Service Medal. During that time in New York City, Pat began dating Ann Guthrie. When asked how he knew she was “the one,” he replied, “she told me.” In 1958, Ann and Pat married in Dallas, and he called her “my beautiful bride” throughout their 62 years of marriage.

Following his service in the Coast Guard, Pat began his lifelong career as an insurance broker with the family company C.M. Patrick Agency. After numerous mergers, Pat joined Alexander & Alexander where he held various positions and earned his Chartered Property & Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) designation. In 1987, Pat relocated to New York City as CEO of A&A’s Captive Management Services, settling in Princeton, New Jersey. In 1992, Pat became President of A&A Japan, whereupon Pat and Ann moved to Tokyo.

After retiring in 1994, Pat and Ann moved to Rociada in northeastern New Mexico, in the mountain community of Pendaries where he served as Salvation Army board member, Rotary Club of Las Vegas President, and board member of Pendaries Village Community Association. Pat and Ann enjoyed traveling the world, especially their trips to Great Britain, China, the Soviet Union, Italy, and France. In 2015, Pat and Ann returned to Dallas to The Tradition to be near family and friends. Pat was involved with the Tradition Resident Council Activities group and enjoyed giving historical presentations on the Titanic. Later at Emerson, Pat enjoyed spending time visiting with residents in the dog park and working in the Community Store.

Pat was a member of Christ the King Catholic Church and was involved in the parents’ associations of their children’s schools including Christ the King, Jesuit, Ursuline, and Cistercian. Pat was a trustee of the Catholic Foundation and past member of Brook Hollow Golf Club, Idelwild, and Terps.

To his wife, children, family, and friends, Pat was kind, funny, patient, loyal, supportive, and generous. He could tell a great story but liked listening to one even more. He was an avid reader; loved history, movies, politics, tennis, and naps; and was “OK” at golf. Pat was a true gentleman who strived to do the right thing.

He is survived by his wife Ann; brothers Allyn and wife Julie; Brooks and wife Sharon. Children Charles “Pat” Patrick, III and wife Sheila, their children Charles, Jessica, and Katherine; Aline Patrick; David Patrick and wife Monica, their children Delaney, Sarah, and Lucy; Michael and partner Will Cromley.

A private service was held at Calvary Hill Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his memory to The Catholic Foundation, Pastoral Reflections Institute, Cistercian General Scholarship Fund, The Bridge Homeless Recovery Center, or the charity of your choice.

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Dr. Evette Katlin

Dr. Evette Katlin passed away at her home in Lawrenceville, New Jersey, on Tuesday evening, January 5, 2021.

Born in the Bronx on June 13, 1957, Evette grew up in New Rochelle, New York, and later Randallstown, Maryland. She previously resided in Silver Spring, Maryland; Jerusalem; Los Angeles; and New York City before moving to Lawrenceville.

After graduating from Randallstown High School, she earned a degree in nursing from the University of Maryland, Baltimore. She later earned a master’s degree in Public Health and Nursing from Catholic University, a second masters in Marriage/Family & Child Counseling and Industrial Psychology from Antioch University in Los Angeles, and a third masters at Hunter University NYC in Social Work Administration. She earned a PhD in Health Studies at Temple University. More recently, Evette entered into studies in the Cantorial and Rabbinical Program at the Academy of Jewish Religion.

Evette began her professional life as a visiting nurse and practicing at hospitals in Los Angeles and later Washington, DC. She later became a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and worked in that capacity as a psychotherapist for over 25 years at several local agencies including the Princeton Psychiatric Hospital, Family & Children’s Services in Princeton, and most recently at the Family Guidance Center in Hamilton. She was also a licensed health and wellness Life Coach.

Evette had a strong Jewish identity teaching as a religious school teacher at Adath Israel congregation, The Jewish Center of Princeton, and at Kehillat Shalom in Belle Mead, NJ. She led High Holiday Services for many years in Metuchen, NJ; Freehold, NJ; Marlboro, NJ; Bensalem and York, PA; Frederick, MD; and Westport, CT. In recent years she became the student Rabbi at Congregation Ohev Sholom in York, PA. She was also an accomplished composer of liturgical music. As a composer and lyricist, her works are published in Cantor’s Assembly, Women’s Cantor’s Network, and Shalshelet Foundation.

An active member of the Jewish community, Evette was a member of the Women’s Cantor’s Network and Association of Rabbis, Cantors at the Academy of Jewish Religion, New Jersey Cantor’s Concert Ensemble, and the Delaware Valley Cantors. She was also active with JFCS of Greater Mercer County.

Her family life began in Silver Spring, MD where she met her husband, Hazzan Arthur Katlin, in synagogue choir. In the years following, culminating with 29 years in the Adath Israel community where Arthur has been the congregation’s cantor, they have shared a love of Judaism and music together. Evette and Art would often present concerts as a duo throughout their marriage. She was an active member of the Adath community, participating in Women’s League, Bikur Cholim and led a monthly Women’s Rosh Chodesh group. She was honored as the Women’s League Torah Fund Honoree in 2016.

Evette had a passion for working with people. An extremely hard worker, her lifelong pursuit of knowledge led her to a commitment to acts of service. She was passionate about Judaism and was deeply committed to Social Justice and Tikun Olam. She was a marvelous and versatile singer in many genres from Broadway, Jazz, and Pop to Gospel, and Jewish Liturgical music.

Evette is remembered for her empathy and positive outlook, as someone who wore her heart on her sleeve, she could find humor in any situation and her family and friends will cherish her contagious laugh. She was social, outgoing, and fun loving. A natural listener, she constantly encouraged self-reflection as a means for growth. Through these qualities and selflessness she truly embodied the meaning of an “Eishet Chayil,” a woman of valor.

Above all things, Evette loved to spend time with her close family, cooking, watching TV and movies, traveling and playing family games — especially Boggle and Rummikub.

Evette is predeceased by her parents Diana and Robert Kaufman.

She is survived by her loving husband, Arthur Katlin; her children, Shara Katlin and Aaron Katlin; and her cousin, Adam Sisenwein.

Private funeral services and burial were held at the Adath Israel Congregational Plot in Fountain Lawn Memorial Park in Ewing, NJ.

To send condolences to the family, visit OrlandsMemorialChapel.com.

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Norman Denard

Norman Denard, a longtime resident of Princeton, died at the age of 99 on January 9, 2021 at RWJ Somerset.

Norman was born in Trenton and graduated from Rutgers University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He was married to his late wife, Roz, for 73 years. Norm and she moved to Princeton in the early 1950s and created a wonderful home and life for themselves and their three children.

Norm was a polymath of sorts. He had deep knowledge, interest, and affinities in a wide range of areas and subject matter. These included world cultures, literature, poetry, history, etymology, geography, physics, electricity, natural sciences, climatology, astronomy, writing, religion, foreign language, the arts, philosophy, technology, and classical and folk music. He was always more than happy to delve into conversation on any of these subjects, with family, friends, and acquaintances alike.

Norman was a partner for many years at Mohawk Electric in lower Manhattan. He had dreamed of becoming a teacher and sharing his love of learning, so after retirement he went back to college and received a Masters in Education including his Teacher’s Certification. Following a few years of subbing and giving it his best shot but not feeling fulfilled, he shifted gears.

Norm had an insatiable thirst for knowledge and was a true lover of learning. His involvement with Community Without Walls also served as an opportunity to stay engaged. Whether by extensive reading, participating in Elderhostel and Smithsonian trips, taking courses online, or auditing classes at Princeton, expanding his mind was always important to him.

Over the years, in addition to his intellectual bent, he was also very happy when participating in a wide range of pastimes.  They included canoeing (white and flat water), skiing (downhill and cross country), sailing, motorcycling, bird watching, mucking for marine life at the shore, hiking, woodworking, clay sculpting, snorkeling, photography, fencing, ice skating, and camping.

Traveling and adventuring with Roslyn and with close friends was an important aspect of his life, as well. He had the pleasure to visit over 50 countries around the world which included highlights such as Israel, exploring the bridges of Wales, Bhutan, the steppes of Eastern Mongolia, the Silk Road, Greenland, Kenya, Pakistan, Turkey, Peru, and Tibet. Norm was a staunch supporter of the Free Tibet movement. He never tired of seeing the historical, cultural, and natural wonders of the world. His fascination in the children and people of these countries was caught innumerable times in pictures or tapes as his subjects showed equal captivation in his camera and recorder.

Jewish heritage and values were two things Norm felt strongly about. As a child, he even gave up his own bed for Golda Meir when she came to Trenton to inspire support for the State of Israel. In the years that followed, he continued to share that commitment with family, friends, and members of the Jewish community. Often he would share a Succoth celebration at home that was both traditional and memorable for all. He was also a committed supporter of the Center for Jewish Life at Princeton University and served as President of The Jewish Center while being involved in its various committees and groups.

During WWII, as a member of the U.S. Army Air Corps, he served as a Supply Officer, an Airplane Armament Officer, as well as a Gunnery Instructor stateside. While stationed in the Philippines, Norm was involved in Air and Sea Rescue. He also worked for a time in the U.S. Weather Bureau out of Rochester, NY.

Words that describe Norm Denard best would include: gentle, honest, a global humanitarian, compassionate, inquisitive, moral, interesting, intelligent, grateful, and devoted to the love of his life, Roz.

Norman is survived by his son Jeff and his daughter Lisa Denard (Peter Koval), including grandchildren, Sean, Jessica, Tracy, Amanda, and Alexis, and two great-grandchildren, Evelyn and Walker. He is predeceased by his wife Roslyn, his daughter, Karen Denard Goldman, parents Samson and Yetta Donskoy, and his sister Bas Zion Kelsey.

A memorial service will be planned for a later date.

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Dawn Wilcox

Dawn Wilcox, nee Margaret Dawn Elsbury Winter, died peacefully in her sleep on December 26, 2020 in the Rancho Palos Verdes home of her daughter Susan. 

Dawn was born in Carlisle, England, on March 18, 1929 to Charles Elsbury Winter and Margaret Pearl Winter, nee Wilson. She attended the Carlisle and County High School for Girls and then the Hunmanby Hall School, operating in Armathwaite Hall, Bassenthwaite, during the Second World War.  In 1948/49, Dawn completed a translator’s degree at the University of Geneva, where she met Ralph Wilcox, a US veteran of WWII, studying French on the GI bill. Dawn was only 19 and knew that her parents would never let her marry an American, so she returned to England and Ralph to California, and they corresponded for two years until Dawn turned 21. Dawn then spent one year in California before the couple was married on September 6, 1951 in St Michael’s Church in Carlisle.

Ralph accepted a job in adult education with the United States Forces, and for the first 15 years of their marriage, they lived in various parts of France, including Verdun, La Rochelle, Tours, and Fontainebleau, where all three of their children were born, Carol in 1953, Ian in 1955, and Susan in 1958. During the 1960s, Dawn became involved in Girl Scouts, as a much beloved leader of Junior troops and then in the 1970s as a trainer for new leaders. Following her father’s death, Dawn, who could not bear the thought of never seeing him again, sought and found renewed Christian faith, which was central to her life for the subsequent 40 years. In 1966, the family moved to Heidelberg, Germany, and in 1974, to Belgium.  In 1985, Ralph retired and returned to Southern California, to Hidden Meadows near Escondido, where they built their dream house with a pool, which Dawn had spent years designing.

The couple spent nearly 20 idyllic years in Hidden Meadows, describing every day as “another day in paradise.” During this time, Dawn enjoyed gardening and managed to cultivate a spectacular British rose garden. She was actively involved in the local garden club, a book club, yoga classes, and regularly helped with grandchildren in Hacienda Heights, also hosting and visiting those in Princeton, NJ. After Ralph’s death in 2005, Dawn stayed in her home another five years, until her macular degeneration worsened, rendering independent life impossible. The last decade of her life was divided between her two daughters’ homes, in Princeton, NJ, and Rancho Palos Verdes, California.

Dawn loved discovering the world and traveled all over Europe, from Greece to Scandinavia during their 35 years in Europe. A highlight just before retirement was a trip to the Holy Land. In later years, she particularly enjoyed cruises, many of them with Susan, to Bermuda, Alaska, China, New Zealand, and the Baltic Sea. After retirement, Dawn returned to England twice, first in 1998 and in 2007, and she was impressed by the positive changes in her hometown but never did miss the rain! Her last cruise was to the Sea of Cortez, in honor of her 80th birthday in 2009.

Dawn’s greatest joy in life was her family, and she delighted in her three children and five grandchildren, particularly enjoying playing card games and organizing special outings to museums, as well as fun trips for them, such as a trip to see the whales in Baja, California, or to Catalina Island and a cruise around Hawaii in honor of their 50th anniversary. She was tickled pink to have participated in kindling grandson Sean’s passion for science at an early age.  She will be greatly missed by her three children Carol Wilcox Prevost (Jean Herve) of Princeton, NJ, Ian Wilcox (MaryAnn) of Hacienda Heights, California, and Susan Wilcox of Rancho Palos Verdes, California; her five grandchildren Christopher Prevost (Brenda), Ian Prevost (Nam) and Olivia Prevost Karr (Ryan), Sean Wilcox (Lauren) and Lisa Wilcox; and six great-grandchildren Tyler, Landon, Amelia, Lily and Ralph Prevost, and Audrey Karr.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to Heifer, Int., one of Dawn’s favorite charities.