October 13, 2021

Dolores Milan Breithaupt

Dolores (Dee) Milan Breithaupt passed away on September 24, 2021. Born Dolores Phoebe Milan on December 5, 1928 in Middlesex, NJ, Dee was the fourth of five children born to Anne Taylor Milan and Louis Milan. 

As a child, Dee lived with her family in both Plainfield and Whitehouse, NJ, and Princess Anne, MD. From an early age, Dee’s life was filled with music, dancing, and singing. She mastered the castanets, having been taught by Paco Cancino (Rita Hayworth’s uncle). Dee’s close childhood neighbor, the now renowned jazz pianist Bill Evans, taught her how to play the piano. Dee excelled in tap dancing and ballet, ultimately taking these talents to Broadway as a young teenager, telling a small fib about her age in order to get an audition. She performed in the Broadway shows Count Me In, Dream with Music, and Early to Bed. While working on Broadway, she attended the Professional Children’s School in New York. 

In a newspaper article published when Dee was 17, she was quoted as saying her father did not like the idea of her being in show business. After several years of performing on Broadway, the family moved far from the big city to a farm on the Chesapeake in Princess Anne, MD. Dee graduated from the Mary A. Burnham School in Northampton, MA, and from Western College for Women in Oxford, Ohio — majoring in English. She later set up a dance school in Williamsport, PA. 

Dee worked for many years for American Express, first traveling the world and leading tours as a travel agent and later as Regional Director of Corporate Sales. Through her travels, she met and later married the love of her life, Wendell Breithaupt. Dee retired from American Express in 1991. 

Dee and Wendell shared a love for the game of golf. They traveled extensively and played golf at many famous courses. They retired to their home in Carmel Valley where they spent many happy years golfing, dancing, singing, and just enjoying each other’s company. As a team, they won several couples golf tournaments. One of Dee’s proudest golf achievements was a hole-in-one made during a tournament at Carmel Valley Ranch. She won senior championships in both New Jersey and California. She and Wendell are longtime members of Quail Lodge and Golf Club and Dee was a member of the Women’s Golf Association of Northern California. 

Dee is survived by her husband Wendell T. Breithaupt of Carmel Valley, CA; and her daughters Kim (Dave) Toot of Wellsville, NY, Megan Milan of Marco Island, FL, and Deborah (Bob) Smythe of Lawrenceville, NJ; as well as her brother Sandford (Carolyn) Milan of Whippany, NJ; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and several nephews and a niece. Dee is predeceased by her parents and siblings, Louis, Janet, and Robert. 

Dee’s family would like to thank Hospice of the Central Coast and Ileini’s Care for the loving and compassionate care they provided. 

Donations in Dee’s honor may be made to the SPCA for Monterey County, PO Box 3058, Monterey, CA 93942 or The Salvation Army of Monterey County, PO Box 1884, Monterey, CA 93942. There will be a memorial service at a later date. Please visit thepaulmortuary.com to sign Dee’s guestbook and leave messages for her family.


William W. Hewitt, Jr.

William W. Hewitt, Jr. passed away peacefully on October 3, 2021, in Princeton, N.J., at the age of 93. Born on July 28, 1928 in New York City, N.Y., to William Sr. and Mildred (Hegeman) Hewitt, he grew up in Garden City, Long Island, along with his sister Barbara (McBride), and graduated from Garden City High School. He attended Deerfield Academy and then graduated from Princeton University.

During the Korean War he served in the United States Navy aboard the aircraft carrier USS Kearsarge. His business career spanned many years at Merrill Lynch, as well as other financial institutions. He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Suzanne (Throckmorton) Hewitt, along with his son William (Catherine) and daughter Heather (Vincent), and three grandchildren: Will, Jack, and Elizabeth.


Under the wide and starry sky,
Dig the grave and let me lie.
Glad did I live and gladly die,
And I laid me down with a will.

This be the verse you grave for me:
Here he lies where he longed to be;
Home is the sailor, home from the sea,
And the hunter home from the hill.

—Robert Louis Stevenson

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

October 6, 2021

Richard (Dick) Alphonsus Canning

On Saturday October 2, 2021, Richard (Dick) Alphonsus Canning, loving husband, father, and grandfather passed away at the age of 93 in Queens, NY. Dick was the devoted husband for nearly 49 years of Eugenie (Jean) Loscalzo Canning, who preceded him in death on April 8, 2005. He is the son of Alphonsus and Regina Murphy Canning, both of New York City, NY. He is survived by his sister Mary Jeanne Canning of Monroe Township, NJ, and eight sons and daughters and their spouses: Sheila Canning of Rockville Centre, NY; Paul Canning (Marie Lavendier) of Farmington, CT; Denise Winters (Ed) of Salt Lake City, UT; Eileen Schwagerl (Brian) of Rockville Centre, NY; Jerome Canning (Chris) of Mount Vernon, NY; Michael Canning (Laurie) of Glen Allen, VA; Daniel Canning (Debbie) of Greenwood Village, CO; and Theresa Canning Zast (Jon) of Jackson Heights, NY. Dick was incredibly proud of his 17 grandchildren: Christopher, Nicole, Elizabeth, Caitlin, Kyra, Christina, Annie, Mary, Ellie, Aideen, Katie, Isabel, Paige, Cianna, Sofía, Charlie, and Vivian.

Dick was born on June 29, 1928 in Elmhurst, Queens, NY, and proudly acquired a Jesuit education at Xavier High School (‘46) and Fordham University (‘50) where he earned a full academic scholarship. Shortly after graduating from Fordham in the summer of 1950 and the commencement of the Korean War, Dick was drafted into the United States Army, training as a medic with his ultimate duty station, Fitzsimmons Army Hospital in Denver, CO, before receiving an Honorable Discharge in October 1952.

In August 1954 Dick was hired as a Hospital Sales Representative by E. R. Squibb & Sons, moving to Philadelphia to join the sales region there. In Philadelphia, Dick was introduced to Jean Loscalzo by a mutual friend. They went on their first date to a basketball game at the Palestra between Villanova and St. Francis, quickly fell in love, and were married on May 12, 1956. Dick and Jean settled into a small three-bedroom home on Price Street in Narberth, PA, which filled quickly when Sheila, Paul, Denise, and Eileen were born between 1958 and 1962. Upon promotion to manager of the Newark, NJ sales division, Dick and Jean relocated their growing family to Somerset, NJ, where Jerry, Mike, and Dan were born in quick succession. In the fall of 1970, Dick was promoted to a marketing position with Squibb and corporate worldwide headquarters were relocated from Manhattan to a new campus in Lawrenceville, NJ. This coincided with the growing family moving to a larger home on an acre of land in South Brunswick, NJ. Here their youngest, Theresa, was born, rounding out the busy household with four boys and four girls.

Outside of work, Dick spent all his spare time with his children, instilling the simple ethics of dedication to family, faith, and hard work. Dick coached many basketball, baseball and softball teams, led many summer trips in a station wagon full of children across New England, upstate NY, the Midwest, North Carolina, and the favorite destination of Dick and Jean, Cape May Point, NJ. Here Dick, Jean and children attended numerous family retreats run by the Marianist order of Catholic priests, brothers and sisters at their large seaside home. As Dick’s children grew into adulthood, married and started families of their own, he and Jean downsized from the busy house on Carter Brook Lane outside Kingston in 2003 to a comfortable duplex in Lawrenceville, NJ, where pictures on Dick’s refrigerator displayed his grandkids as their numbers grew and they experienced many successes in academics, athletics, and public service and he visited them around the country. Dick could not express often enough or effusively enough how proud he was of each of his grandchildren.

Throughout his life Dick had other passions beyond work and family. Having been raised in very humble surroundings in the midst of the Great Depression, Dick never forgot those who had less financial means and struggled with poverty and hunger. Putting his concerns into action, he supported the Martin House in Trenton, NJ, and became a foster parent to Raul Cruz, who Dick and Jean first met at a foster residence in New York City and who went on to raise a family of his own.

Another passion was his Irish upbringing. His parents, Al and Regina, were the children of Irish immigrants. Dick grew up in a time when everyone was identified by their ethnicity and heritage, so Dick was known as one of the “Irish kids” on the streets of New York City. This inspired in Dick a lifelong search to connect with his Irish roots culminating in a meeting with his two closest living Irish relatives, Kathleen Canning Donegan of Gortahose, County Leitrim, Ireland, in 1999 and her sister Josephine Canning Farrell of Dublin and Kathleen’s four sons in Leitrim in 2014.

Throughout these years Dick cultivated yet another passion channeling his past basketball playing and coaching background when in 1990 he became a season ticket holder of Villanova University basketball. For the next 26 years, Dick rarely missed a home game and when Jean could not attend with him he eagerly shared his second courtside ticket with his sons and daughters, grandkids, and many, many friends.

In the final quarter of Dick’s life, he came full circle returning to Queens, NY, when he moved to the Atria Assisted Living Residence in Forest Hills for the past five years. Dick was a gregarious favorite in the dining room, on the Resident’s Council, and during activities, including keeping his competitive streak alive in his later years appearing in many spelling bee finals.

Dick has rejoined Jean in Heaven and spent his last few days peacefully surrounded by family and content in a life well-lived of service, passion, and commitment.

A Celebration of Dick Canning’s life will be held with calling hours at the Fred H. McGrath & Son, Funeral Home, Bronxville, NY, between the hours of 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, October 8. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Joseph’s Church, Bronxville, on Saturday, October 9, 2021 at 9:45 a.m.

Please join the Canning children, spouses and grandchildren after Mass for a gathering of family and friends at JC Fogarty’s, 60 Kraft Avenue, Bronxville.


Frances Joan Flowers

Frances Joan Flowers, 100 years old, died peacefully in Princeton, New Jersey, on September 20, 2021.

Fran, daughter of Francis and Tekla Binkiewicz, was born in Great Neck, Long Island, on March 4, 1921, and lived much of her life there. The youngest of four daughters, she studied at Columbia University, receiving her nursing degree from Flower Fifth Avenue. During WWII she worked as a registered nurse at the US Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, NY, and after marrying midshipman Jeff Flowers of Selma, Alabama, they settled in Great Neck and raised their family of four children.

Fran (Fanya, Binkie) was a courageous soul, a loving wife and mother, a hero nurse. She loved the outdoors, grew beautiful gardens, traveled the world, and in retirement took up bird watching. She was an avid reader while her sight permitted. A devout Catholic, Fran was accepting of all, respectful, playful, and loving.

She spent the last two years living in Hopewell Township with her daughter, Rev. Chris Reed, retired pastor of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Princeton, and retired Unitarian Chaplain of Princeton University. She is survived by her daughter Chris, and three local granddaughters, Phoebe Reed of New York City, Alicia Reed of Hopewell, and Gabrielle Capoferri of Pennington.

Predeceased by her parents, her three sisters, and her husband, Fran is also survived by her children Marie Haulenbeek of N.C, Jeff Flowers of Maryland, and Jim Flowers of Indiana, her niece, Joanna Stern of New York City, their spouses, and 12 grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

A  Memorial Mass will be held at St. James Catholic Church in Pennington, NJ, on October 23, 2021 at 11 a.m. Fran’s and Jeff’s ashes will be interred at All Saints Church Cemetery in Great Neck, NY. After over 100 years, she is going home.

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September 29, 2021

Donna Meiyun Liu

Donna’s ashes were strewn into a deep-woods spring that ultimately feeds into Princeton’s rivers and streams, on September 7th. She had asked that they be spread as soon as possible into clear running water. “Don’t leave me in a box on the shelf,” she said.

On our hikes we sometimes mentioned that this or that place would be good for our cremated remains to be returned to the earth. The spot we wound up using was a favorite, serene and beautiful, deeply grounded and verdant, like Donna.

We wanted to keep Donna’s death out of social media but asked a group of CNN colleagues and family members to spread the news through email. Eventually it crossed into the CNN Alumni Facebook page. Many won’t be able to access the site, but the string of memories and the depth and warmth of the feelings are profound. A word that kept on coming up was “mentor” and the depth of gratitude from so many people from production assistants to correspondents, anchors, editors, camera crews, TV engineers, and executives was amazing. We never realized she had helped so many people, most of them younger than her, learn to make their way in the driven, demanding world of television news. She did it not through the assertiveness that’s part of the industry, but through her quiet, elegant competence.

Donna left CNN after 18 years and pursued careers with different paths, relying on her TV production experience. Just prior to the start of the second Iraq war, she taught a seminar as a Ferris Fellow at Princeton’s Humanities Council about the role of media coverage of conflict, in which she had plenty of field and desk experience. She was on the ground for the first Iraq war, and Tiananmen and its aftermath, earthquakes in Haiti and Kobe, so much more. She moved on to the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs to launch and curate the UChannel, a video lecture series on international affairs. She later worked at TelVue, a startup video server company which supplied the digital technology for local cable stations’ public access channels to operate more efficiently. She always felt a responsibility to democratize access to media. For several years she chaired the board of Princeton Community Television, our local public access cable station.

And in the middle of all this, Donna got our family to Prague for a month to get certified as ESL teachers. The plan had been to travel widely and teach but, in the end, we wound up team-teaching evening classes of recently immigrated parents of students at a local elementary school in Twin Rivers, organized by Literacy New Jersey. Donna had a wonderful talent in front of a class. The quiet and demure woman turned out to be an engaging performer for adult students crouched around elementary school desks for three hours in the evening.

Ultimately, she turned her attention to environmental issues. For two years Donna media-managed CivicStory, a nonprofit news site posting solutions-based news about sustainability and civics. She ran the website and produced more than a score of video and print stories of her own, combining her media savvy with her community and environmental concerns.

All our hiking in the fields and mountains around Princeton made us aware of the need to use our water resources more wisely. We took a course at Rutgers on environmental stewardship. As part of the certification process, Donna produced a video on Princeton’s water story and emerged as a credible source of public knowledge about what sustains Princeton.  That’s where the desire to have her ashes go into a stream with running water comes from.

She pushed on with her environmental activities well into the second and third rounds of her cancer treatment. As the disease dug into her central nervous system she would complain of her faltering capabilities. It was overwhelmingly sad as we watched this wonderfully intelligent woman lose her capacity to focus on what she had been able to spend so much of her creative life doing so well, writing and reporting.

As she wanted, Donna died at home, surrounded by her family, cousin Sandy from New Hampshire and Lynn, our housemate who lived with us in Atlanta and Hong Kong — Auntie Sandy and Auntie Lynnie to our daughters Karla and Louise. Donna was stoic, and complained only when her medication couldn’t control the pain that would overwhelm her. She was increasingly sedated as we, with the guidance of hospice nurses, worked to make her as comfortable as we could.

She died in the early morning of September 2nd fittingly, maybe, amid the flooding driven by the remnants of Hurricane Ida. The streams and rivers around us were at historically high levels and a tornado tore along Lake Carnegie.

As her illness grew worse, so many messages went unanswered, so many kind words and cards and flowers and gifts have gone unacknowledged. We hope this reaches all those who loved Donna as much as we did.


Gail Elizabeth Kohn

Gail Elizabeth Kohn, age 69, passed peacefully on Sunday, September 19, 2021 surrounded at home by loving family and friends.

She was born in New Haven, CT, the daughter of the late Immanuel and Vera Kohn.

Gail was a graduate of Princeton High School and Rider College. Her career included working for The Gallup Organization and Mathematica Policy Research. 

She was an active promoter of the visual and performing arts within the Princeton community, including serving on the board of trustees of the Princeton Festival and as a member of the Princeton University Concerts Committee. She was a lifelong volunteer for libraries and numerous community organizations.

Surviving are her sister Sheila, brother Robert and wife Sue, brother Peter and wife Meg; six nephews and nieces: Megan, Emily, Michael, Jason, Sarah, and Katherine; and her grandnephew David and grandniece Hannah.

Burial services will be private.

The family requests that any gifts in Gail’s honor be sent to the Princeton Festival, the Princeton University Chamber Concert, or Institute for Advanced Study in support of the Hans Kohn Endowed Fund.

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Peter C. Bunnell


Peter C. Bunnell, whose passionate and inspired teaching profoundly changed the field of photographic history, passed away at his home in Princeton, New Jersey, on Monday, September 20, 2021. As the inaugural David Hunter McAlpin Professor of the History of Photography and Modern Art at Princeton University, a position he accepted in 1972 and held for 30 years before his retirement, Bunnell educated a generation of undergraduate and graduate students in what is still a young branch of art history; his was the first endowed professorship in the history of photography at any American university. An enthralling storyteller with a deep personal knowledge of the medium’s history, an infectious enthusiasm, and an unfailing devotion to his students, Bunnell drew capacity crowds to his undergraduate courses and attracted graduate students from across the country and beyond. A testament to the widespread and lasting influence of his teaching, Bunnell’s Princeton protégés have served as curators and professors at leading institutions including the Metropolitan Museum; the Museum of Modern Art; The Morgan Library; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; George Eastman Museum; the Philadelphia Museum of Art; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the International Center of Photography; the Victoria and Albert Museum; the Fotostiftung Schweiz; Aperture; Brown University; Indiana University; City College of New York; Bard College; Bowling Green State University; and Zurich University of the Arts, among others.

As curator of photography at the Princeton University Art Museum throughout his 30-year tenure on the faculty, and as Museum Director from 1973 to 1978 and Acting Director again from 1998 to 2000, Bunnell built a broad-ranging collection of photography, the firsthand examination of which became an unforgettable central element of the student experience in his classes and seminars. “These photographs are used,” he said, “they don’t just sit around in boxes.” In fact, he taught all of the discussion sections of his courses himself, always with original photographs rather than with slides. Photographer and former Princeton professor Emmet Gowin recalls Bunnell’s extraordinary gift for “awakening and reaching the hearts and minds of students of all kinds, but especially his ability to connect with and support students attempting to practice the art of photography themselves.” At the time of Bunnell’s retirement in 2002, Gowin praised his capacity to understand the work of artists “who were in no way synchronous with his own stances or world views. To a degree almost unthinkable, the collection he built at Princeton is without gender bias or cultural bias, but embracing of all that was fresh and difficult in the work of young contemporary artists.”

Allen Rosenbaum, who Bunnell hired as Assistant Director of the Museum in 1974 and who later became its Director, similarly recalls his generosity, noting that “there was no ego or vanity in his directorship.” Rosenbaum vividly recalls having been invited to a class led by Bunnell and Gowin and having come away with “a sense of the great gifts of these men as thinkers and communicators, and with the revelation — at least for me — that there was such a thing as connoisseurship in photography.”

In addition to the expansive and carefully selected collection that Bunnell built for the Museum, spanning the history of the medium, he secured two important archives — those of Pictorialist photographer Clarence H. White, the subject of his Master’s thesis at Ohio University, and Minor White, Bunnell’s own mentor as a photographer and interpreter of the medium. He met Minor White as an undergraduate at the Rochester Institute of Technology, where classes taught by White nurtured his burgeoning interest in photography. “I took his classes, and, as was his practice, he drew a group of students around him outside the Institute,” recalled Bunnell. “These were informal sessions where he explored in more depth his philosophy and attitudes toward photographing.” Bunnell went on to receive a Master of Fine Arts in photography from Ohio University in 1961 under the tutelage of Clarence H. White Jr., as well as an M.A. in art history from Yale University in 1965, where he began a doctoral dissertation on the life and work of Alfred Stieglitz.

Immediately before joining the Princeton faculty in 1972, Peter Bunnell served as curator of photography at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, where he had joined the staff in 1960 as a collection cataloguer and risen to associate curator in 1968 and curator in 1970. At MoMA, Bunnell’s achievements included groundbreaking exhibitions that offered innovative new avenues to analyze and understand photography: Photography as Printmaking (1968), and Photography into Sculpture (1970), as well as an exhibition of the work of Clarence H. White (1971). In addition to exhibitions at Princeton in subsequent years, including a continuous series of installations designed for students in his courses, Bunnell organized the Harry Callahan exhibition for the United States Pavilion at the 38th Venice Biennale in 1978.

Beyond his role as teacher and curator, Bunnell served the field in various capacities — as national chair of the Society for Photographic Education and chair of the board of The Friends of Photography — and was the recipient of numerous honors and awards including fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation (1979) and the Asian Cultural Council (1984). He was also named an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society.

Peter Bunnell wrote extensively on topics across the history of photography, though primarily about American artists, and most often about living photographers, many of whom he knew personally. His numerous essays have been anthologized in Degrees of Guidance: Essays on Twentieth-Century American Photography (1993) and Inside the Photograph: Writings on Twentieth-Century Photography (2006). His book Minor White: The Eye That Shapes, which accompanied a retrospective exhibition of White’s photographs that opened at the Museum of Modern Art in 1989, won the George Wittenborn Memorial Award of the Art Libraries Society of North America. He also authored three monographs on Jerry N. Uelsmann, his undergraduate roommate at Rochester Institute of Technology and a lifelong friend. In addition, he edited several anthologies — A Photographic Vision: Pictorial Photography, 1889–1923 (1980); Edward Weston on Photography (1983); and Aperture Magazine Anthology: The Minor White Years, 1952–1976 (2012); and co-edited two Arno Press reprint series, The Literature of Photography and The Sources of Modern Photography.

Long into retirement, Bunnell happily remained an invaluable source for researchers in the history of photography who called upon his recollections of firsthand encounters with 20th-century photographers, recollections aided by file cabinets filled with decades of carefully taken notes, newspaper clippings, and other seldom-saved ephemera — an invaluable resource that will become available to future scholars at Princeton’s Art Museum and Firestone Library.

Peter Curtis Bunnell was born in 1937 in Poughkeepsie, New York, the son of Harold C. Bunnell and Ruth L. Buckhout. He is not survived by immediate family but is held dear in the memory of the many students, scholars, artists, and curators who benefited immensely from his wisdom and deep generosity of spirit. Following his wishes, no funeral service will be held, but friends, colleagues, and protégés will gather at a later date to celebrate his life.

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September 22, 2021

Albert J. Raboteau Jr.

(Photo Courtesy of Princeton University)

Albert J. Raboteau Jr., 78, was a lifelong scholar and man of faith who authored five books, co-edited two books, published numerous academic papers, and taught and mentored generations of students as a professor in the Department of Religion at Princeton University from 1982-2013.

Known as Al to friends and loved ones, he died peacefully at home on September 18, 2021, following a years-long battle with Lewy Body Dementia. Al was born in 1943 in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, but largely grew up in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and Pasadena, California. He was intensely dedicated to his studies, entered college at age 16, and went on to earn bachelor’s, master’s, and Ph.D. degrees from Loyola Marymount University, Marquette University, and Yale University, respectively. Raised Catholic, Al was deeply inspired by the writings of Thomas Merton. Al converted to the Orthodox Church later in life. He found great inspiration and solace in the Orthodox faith and was one of the founders of the parish church, Mother of God Joy of All Who Sorrow, in Princeton, N.J. Al was predeceased by his father, Albert Jordy Raboteau; his mother, Mabel Ishem Raboteau; his stepfather, Royal Woods; and his sisters, Alice Warren and Marlene Raboteau.

Al is survived by his wife, Joanne Shima, four children — Albert J. Raboteau III, Emily Raboteau, Charles Raboteau, and Martin Raboteau — and two stepchildren, Jane Bennett Smith, and Annie Bennett. Al is also survived by seven grandchildren: Albert J. Raboteau IV, Oliver Raboteau, Magnus Raboteau, Lucia Raboteau, Paz Raboteau, Geronimo LaValle, and Ben LaValle. Al will be dearly remembered by all of them, as well as by his former wife and the mother of his children, Katherine Murtaugh; and numerous members of his extended family, including daughters-in-law Jane Machin and Cara Mafuta Raboteau, and son-in-law Victor LaValle.

Al will also be fondly remembered by numerous colleagues, former students, and friends. Al will forever be recalled as a patient and attentive teacher; a caring father; a diligent, creative, and influential scholar; a generous friend; and a lover of the arts, film, literature, poetry, the Los Angeles Dodgers baseball team, and a wide range of music spanning centuries, from Gregorian chant, to spirituals, to Bob Dylan.

The viewing will be held Thursday, September 23, from 6-9 p.m. at Mother of God Joy of All Who Sorrow Orthodox Church, 904 Cherry Hill Road, Princeton, N.J. The Office of Burial will be held at the same church at 10 a.m. on Friday, September 24. The ceremony is open to well-wishers and will also be streamed online at facebook.com/mogprinceton The burial will follow at Highland Cemetery, 95 Hopewell-Wertsville Road, Hopewell, N.J. In-person attendees for all events are asked to wear masks in consideration of the health of all present.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Arm In Arm, formerly known as The Crisis Ministry, in Trenton, N.J., which can be contacted at arminarm.org or (609) 396-9355.


Joan Stewart Hicks


Joan Stewart Hicks lived a rich and committed life, deeply devoted to family, friends, and social justice. Born in Abington, PA, Joan spent her early years in Huntington Valley, PA, and her adult and married years in Princeton, NJ. She spent the last 18 years with her wonderful friends at Stonebridge in Rocky Hill, NJ. Joan died on September 12, 2021, at home, with her family by her side. She was 94 years old.

Brilliant, elegant, quick witted, and fun, Joan loved life, her family, and her friends. She experienced the world passionately through conversation, music, language, and art. Joan was an engaged and entertaining conversationalist. You could be sure that she would listen to you attentively, be genuinely interested in your point of view, and ask thought-provoking questions. Joan spent countless hours at her table reading, writing, painting, and sketching, and connecting remotely with loved ones. When not at her table, Joan could be found at her keyboard, composing original tunes, or at her computer, firing off missives in English, French, and even Spanish. Joan was deeply connected to her family’s lives. She often pored over the pages of her atlas, tracking a loved one’s travels. Joan was drawn to life’s adventures. From learning to fly planes to aid war efforts during WWII, to sailing around the globe with her beloved husband of 70 years, A.C. Reeves Hicks, and their five children, Andrea, Ted, Lindsey, Daren, and Libby, Joan explored life with a fierce curiosity and a desire to experience everything.

Joan was deeply committed to social justice. She treated all she knew with respect, dignity, and care. This was reflected in her relationships with family and friends, in her service to her community, and in her philanthropic efforts. Joan was committed to her work with children at the Grant School in Trenton, the Stuart School, the Rock Brook School, as well as to her involvement with the Princeton Arts Council, the Princeton Public Library, the YWCA, where she helped run Soupcon, a cafe for incarcerated young women, and countless other community projects. A lover of music, Joan was a longtime supporter of the Philadelphia Orchestra, and the New Jersey and Princeton symphonies. An avid tennis player, Joan played competitive youth tennis and was known locally for her wicked forehand.

A loving wife, mother, aunt, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend, Joan will be deeply missed. She believed in the power of love, respect, and wit as avenues for making the world a better place.

Joan was predeceased by her husband, Reeves, her son, Ted, and her sister, Patricia.

Joan left us with the following thoughts:

“So where am I going, what shall I do, send you some kisses, adieu adieu.”

Donations in Joan’s memory may be made to the Stoutsburg Sourland African American Museum in Hopewell, NJ (ssaamuseum.org) and to the Boys and Girls Club of Mercer County, NJ (bgcmercer.org).


Gioconda Escalona

Gioconda Escalona, age 85, died peacefully at her home in Lawrence Township, NJ, on Sept. 12, 2021. She was the wife of the late Alfredo Escalona. For 28 years Gioconda has longed to rejoin her late husband, and continue their love story.

Gioconda was born in Havana, Cuba, in 1936. She was a high school graduate of Colegio Baldor in Havana. A young bride when she married, she and Alfredo fled communist Cuba in 1961 with their two eldest children, two suitcases, and $60. This painful decision was motivated by a strong desire to raise their children in freedom.

Together they rebuilt their life with years of hard work. She and her husband founded and operated The Village Store on Plainsboro Road for 25 years.

Gioconda was a member of St. Paul Parish in Princeton, and was a daily communicant for many years at the Church of St. Ann in Lawrence. A devout Catholic, she dedicated much of her time praying for her loved ones and others in need of prayer. While living in Puerto Rico, she and her husband ministered together as Cursillistas.

An avid reader of mystery novels, she also enjoyed true crime stories on TV. She loved old-time Cuban music and sharing family history with her children and grandchildren. Gioconda will be remembered for her high intelligence and sense of humor. She balanced a no-nonsense approach to life with her wit and banter, enjoyed by all who were fortunate enough to know her.

She is survived by her children: Alfredo Escalona (Cassy) of Lawrence Township, Alida Escalona of Hainesport (Joseph Fadule II of Robbinsville), Lisa Gutro (James) of Lincoln, NH, and Paul Escalona (Jerilyn) of Croydon, PA; seven grandchildren: Joseph, James, Nicholas, Matthew, Samuel, Alexa, and Brian; and great-grandchildren: Anthony, Athena, and Aubrey Nicole. She was predeceased by her granddaughter Aubrey Pappas and Aubrey’s unborn baby, Niko.

A funeral mass was celebrated at St. Paul Parish, Princeton, NJ, with burial following in Princeton Cemetery

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Patricia Dickson Tappan

December 18, 1935 — September 9, 2021

Patricia Dickson Tappan passed peacefully on September 9, 2021 at her home in Hilton Head, South Carolina, after 11 days of hospice care and a battle with dementia.

She is survived by her loving son Thomas Dickson Edgar. Patty is beloved by many, many dear friends. A celebration of her life will be held December 15 at Sea Pines Country Club.

Born north of Boston, Patty grew up in Brooklyn Heights, NY, and lived in Grosse Pointe, MI; Chappaqua, NY; Paris, France; and was a longtime resident of Princeton, NJ, before moving south in 2012. She worked as a teacher, manager, and realtor.

She published a fun novel, A Fine How Do You Do, under Patty Dickson.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Friends of Caroline Hospice in Port Royal, SC.


Alban Forcione

Alban Keith Forcione passed away Tuesday, September 14. Born in Washington, DC, in 1938 to Eugene Forcione and Wilda Ashby, he prepped at the Landon School. He received his B.A. from Princeton University in 1960, majoring in the European Civilization Program and writing his senior thesis on Cervantes’ Don Quixote. He received an M.A. from Harvard in Comparative Literature (Spanish, Italian, English), studied on a Fulbright scholarship in Spain and Germany, and returned to Princeton for his doctorate, writing his Ph.D. thesis on Cervantes and the Humanist tradition.

After completing his graduate studies Alban was asked to join the Princeton faculty in the Department of Romance Languages and the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, where he spent the majority of his 50-year career as the Emory L. Ford professor of Spanish and Comparative Literature. He also had interim appointments as Distinguished Visiting Professor at other universities such as Stanford, Columbia, Penn, Dartmouth, and Harvard.

Alban was an eminent scholar of Seventeenth Century literature of “Golden Age” Spain, and the graduate students he mentored include many outstanding educators who maintain a community because of his teaching. Alban’s exhaustively researched books are all seminal works in his field. They include: Cervantes and the Mystery of Lawlessness, Cervantes and the Humanist Tradition, and, most recently in 2009, Majesty and Humanity in the Political Drama of Golden Age Literature.

In retirement Alban moved to the Windrows, where he enjoyed classical music and movies, playing the piano, and attending the opera and Princeton football games. (As an undergraduate he had played on the University sprint football team.)

He was predeceased by his wife, Renate, and one of his two sons, Mark. He is survived by his son Michael, his brother Eugene, a niece Erika Lubben Bucci, two nephews Stephen and Lawrence Forcione, and his companion, Joyce Gardiner.


Theodore B. Van Itallie, Jr.

Theodore B. Van Itallie, Jr., 70, died at home in Princeton on September 11, 2021. The cause was myelodysplastic syndrome, a blood cancer. 

An attorney, he had an accomplished and varied career in private practice, as corporate counsel, in government service, and as an arbitrator. He was a litigator for 19 years at Patterson, Belknap, Webb & Tyler in New York, where he became a partner in 1985. From 1996 to 2009 he was Associate General Counsel and head of global litigation for Johnson & Johnson.  He served as Director of the Division of Law, NJ Department of Law and Public Safety, in 2009.  He then became an arbitrator specializing in commercial disputes in the pharmaceutical and medical device industries, continuing that work until 2021.   

He was a co-founder and chair of the Chief Litigation Counsel Association, co-founder and president of the New Jersey Lawsuit Reform Alliance, and a board member of the Fund for Modern Courts, among other organizations. He taught advanced law courses at Seton Hall and Columbia Law Schools, and published pointed commentary on New Jersey legal issues. 

Known from childhood as Taysen, he was born September 13, 1950, in Boston, the second of five children of Barbara Cox Van Itallie and Dr. Theodore B. Van Itallie. He grew up in New Jersey, first in Franklin Lakes and later in Englewood, and spent idyllic summers on Long Island Sound in Fenwick, Connecticut. He graduated from Choate in 1968, then studied for a year at the American University of Beirut in Lebanon. He earned his B.A. cum laude from Harvard in 1973 and his J.D. in 1977 from Columbia, where he was a Kent Scholar.   

He met his wife, Jane Scott, when both were lawyers at Patterson Belknap; they married in 1988 and raised two children, the joy of Taysen’s life. He maintained strong bonds with his four sisters and their families, spending part of every summer under the same roof with them in Fenwick. He enjoyed warm relationships with his wife’s family and was a valued friend and counselor to all his nieces and nephews.

A graceful skier, a dedicated golfer, and an avid cyclist, he took pleasure in introducing his children to his favorite sports. He learned boating at a young age and felt at home on the water. In later years he took up fly-fishing. When these activities were precluded by his illness, he continued to enjoy reading, especially history; he was halfway through a biography of Lenin when he died.

He was also a talented photographer. He leaves behind a rich archive documenting the adventures of his youth — his year in Beirut, summers volunteering in a remote village in Quebec, a trip through Iran and Afghanistan in 1977 — and the growth of his beloved children. 

Taysen is survived by his loving wife Jane; by his daughter Elizabeth Van Itallie and son Michael Van Itallie of Brooklyn, NY; by his sisters Lucy Borge (Robert Lombardo) of Quogue, NY; Tina Van Itallie (James Anderson) of Guilford, CT; Elizabeth Van Itallie (Glenn Morrow) of New York, NY; and Katharine Van Itallie (Lars Klove) of Peterborough, NH; by his nieces Caroline Keenan (Richard) of Ridgefield, CT; Emily Anderson (Jake Sandmann) of Guilford, CT; and Gina Morrow of Brooklyn, NY; and nephew Jackson Morrow of San Francisco, CA; and by his grandnieces and nephews Zoe and Teddy Keenan and Hugo and Margot Sandmann; along with dear cousins from Maine to Arizona.

A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, October 19, 2021, at 1 p.m. at Trinity Church in Princeton. It will be live-streamed for those who cannot attend; a link will be available on the Church website the day of the service.

Donations in Taysen’s memory may be made to Housing Initiatives of Princeton and Send Hunger Packing Princeton, two charities he admired.

September 15, 2021

Arthur Leslie Arrison

Arthur L. Arrison, a pioneer Christmas tree farmer in Princeton and Newtown, Pa., went home to be with his heavenly father on July 12, 2021. Arthur battled COPD and heart complications with loving care in Lake Placid, N.Y., for many years.

Arthur was born in Trenton, N.J., on February 6, 1956 to Carl and Kay Phillips. He had a twin brother, Philip; a brother, Carl; two sisters, Diann and Brenda; and many nieces and nephews. He married his sweetheart, Dena, in 1985 and was a proud and loving father to his two sons, Christopher and James. He had a daughter, Nicolette Danielle Arrison, by a prior marriage in St. Louis, Mo.

Arthur proudly joined the U.S. Army, where he excelled highly for six years and was discharged with honors after serving in Korea and North Carolina. He returned home and married Dena,  and they purchased a 21-acre farm from the Reed family at 4200 Mercer Road in Princeton. The family planted  thousands of tree seedlings in the barren fields, and started a Christmas tree farm consisting of spruce, pine, fir, and hemlocks. Arthur believed in farm preservation to fight climate change, and maintained beautiful open space to save the farm from any future development of condos, townhouses, or apartments. Arthur will be remembered as being a steward of land and often said, “Leave no farm behind.”

Arthur was very generous to the Princeton community, and gave back by saving trees, caring for trees and shrubs, and also planting hundreds of spruce and pine trees in Princeton neighborhoods for 27 years. In addition, he started a firewood business in the winter months — he recycled wood by removing diseased or dead large oak trees on the farm and worked hard all year long in order to prepare for winter sales of firewood to the Nassau Inn and neighbors with his two sons and a beagle named Mason. Recycling the wood was a way to avoid turning it into mulch, and to keep Princeton fireplaces toasty during the holidays.

In the summer months on the farm he planned and planted a huge vegetable garden with his sons. He also taught them how to farm crops and care for the farm for a self-sustainable way of life. He purchased seedlings every year, fixed barn windows and floorboards, grew hay, fixed tractors, and worked long days, sunrise to sunset.

Arthur’s final wishes were to preserve the Princeton farm forever from more Mercer County development and New Jersey sprawl.

Arthur was a member of the Washington Crossing United Methodist Church, where he tirelessly worked on many events and volunteered for many church suppers. He was very generous at Christmastime by donating trees to local town halls, city halls, and Princeton neighbors and businesses.

Arthur also loved their home on Cape Cod, finding his serenity on the ocean while deep sea fishing with his sons, and canoeing and hiking in the Saranac region of the Adirondack Mountains.

Arthur was laid to rest in Washington Crossing Veterans Cemetery on August 2, 2021, and will be missed by Dena, his children, grandchildren, family, and friends.

Memorial donations may be sent to Isles Inc., Resource Development Department, Attn. Patricia Walker, 10 Wood Street, Trenton, NJ 08618.


James Leonard Groom

Local architect James Leonard Groom, known to all as Len, recently passed away in Kenmore, WA, at the age of 87.

Born in Brooklyn, NY, in 1933, Len moved to Princeton with his parents and elder sister Estella as a pre-teen. He attended Princeton public schools and then Princeton University (Class of 1955), where he was an enthusiastic participant in track and field, lover of classical music and opera, and student of art and architecture.

He attained his bachelor’s and master’s in architecture from Princeton and Columbia. Following a stint in the Army and a year of European travel, Len and his wife, Anne, and young daughters, Lisa and Martha, returned to Princeton for what would be Len’s long career with local architecture firms, most notably The Hillier Group.

He played leadership roles on a number of major projects, including dormitories at Rutgers University, Ramapo College, and Fordham University. After the enormous satisfaction of completing the Merritt Tower skyscraper in Baltimore, he declared that he could never go back to designing “squatty little buildings.” He capped his career with the exuberant New Jersey State Aquarium in Camden and the headquarters of GlaxoSmithKline in London — now a familiar landmark on the route to Heathrow Airport. His coworkers fondly recall his astute mentoring and creativity, and teased him about his perpetually scrounging for change for the office Coke machine.

Bright, curious, and open-minded, Len enjoyed good conversation, Monty Python, and the New York Mets. An inveterate traveler, Len and Anne made many trips to Europe and especially enjoyed train travel and cruises. Len also amused himself by painting detailed digital portraits that placed the beloved faces of family members into old master paintings, with such finesse that his grandchildren are continually surprised when they encounter the originals.

Len is survived by his wife, his two daughters, and their spouses and children, along with his sister, two nieces and two nephews, and their spouses and families.

His modern house on Cedar Lane in Princeton, imaginatively designed and largely constructed by him, still stands and remains in the family.


Memorial Service

Trudy Glucksberg

On Sunday, November 7 (postponed from September 19), from 2-5 p.m., the Arts Council of Princeton will host a memorial service celebrating the life of Trudy Glucksberg.

Trudy was an artist by profession and passion, and a gifted and gracious connector of people. She was a beloved member of the Arts Council family, serving as a dedicated front desk volunteer, attending weekly Open Drawing Workshops, displaying her work in the popular “Concentric Circles” exhibition, and annually submitting work to our Members Exhibition. Her art has graced many book covers, has been exhibited in numerous galleries, and hangs in homes and corporate collections across the world.

This memorial will be hosted by Trudy’s family and open to all who would like to celebrate her incredible life.


Margarete Leah Linton

Margarete “Leah” (Deutch) Linton fled Nazi-controlled Austria as a young teenager, broke female stereotypes working men’s jobs in her 20s, helped start a kibbutz in Israel, and became a beloved nursery teacher for decades in the Trenton, NJ, area. She passed on Tuesday, September 7, 2021 in Southbury, CT, after a courageous battle with cancer. She had just turned 96, and to the very end, she maintained her legendary and contagious sense of humor.

While universally seen as a strong, loving, and supportive wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, she remained a trailblazer, a community pillar and inspiration to all whose lives she touched. According to Jewish tradition, her passing on the High Holy Day of Rosh Hashanah deems her a “tzadik,” or “person of great righteousness,” which she indeed was throughout her storied life.

Having escaped Vienna, Austria, with her mother for the United States as a young teen in 1939 and having lost many family members, including her father, in the Holocaust, those experiences shaped her self-prescribed mission: to bring the phrase “Never Forget,” to life and spend a lifetime educating citizens about the dangers of hate. Thus, she freely shared her experiences in person and online about the dislocations and terror she experienced as a young girl with thousands of students in Connecticut and elsewhere, as well as providing an oral history to the United States Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C., and speaking to the Connecticut State Legislature on Holocaust Remembrance Day at the request of the Governor.

In 2017 at age 91, Leah and her daughter, Leslie Linton, celebrated a joint bat mitzvah at B’Nai Israel in Southbury, where she was an active congregant, the first bat mitzvah for both of them. “Thirteen represented a terrible time in my life, in our world,” she said during her bat mitzvah speech. “I am here today for the millions of girls who were killed during those years and were never able to even dream of a bat mitzvah.”

Yet despite the trauma she experienced, Leah was incredibly optimistic and funny, an inveterate joke teller with a quick wit that was never used to denigrate anyone but herself.

As a former resident of Lawrence Township, NJ, Leah was the favorite nursery schoolteacher of thousands of children who attended Herzl Zion Hebrew School in Trenton (later the Abrams Hebrew Academy in Yardley, PA) and to the end she maintained connections with many of her students, who are now in their 60s and 70s.

Leah and her husband Ted, upon his retirement from Princeton Plasma Labs, moved to Los Alamos, NM, where he continued work on scientific projects. They later returned to settle in Southbury, ultimately to the Watermark retirement community. After Ted passed in 2006, Leah became an even more active member of that community, where she was universally loved and acted as an unofficial mayor and ambassador for prospective residents. She also founded a writer’s circle, another passion of hers, and loved her time participating in drum circles and other activities.

Leah was a believer in the independence of women. “I have always had strong views on women’s equality,” she also said in her bat mitzvah speech, noting that as a young woman, “I went out of my way to prove women can do anything men can do.”  So it made perfect sense that Leah pushed the envelope for women, whether as the first woman upholsterer in a New York upholsterer’s local union or the first woman hired as a tree trimmer at the Bronx Botanical Gardens. Even before these jobs, she was a founding member of Kibbutz Sasa in Upper Galilee, Israel.

Leah will be deeply missed by her children, David (Hope) Linton of Lawrenceville and Leslie Linton (Bruce) of Colts Neck, N.J.; grandchildren Jaime Bunn (Matt), Adam Whitten, Josh Linton, and Dana Whitten; and great-grandchildren Tyler and Zachary Bunn. Leah is predeceased by her loving husband, Ted Linton.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation or the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.


Harold Corbusier Knox

Harold Corbusier Knox of Tucson, AZ, died on September 5, 2021 in Tucson due to complications from kidney cancer. Hal grew up in Princeton, NJ, and was the son on Nancy and Gordon Knox of Princeton and Santa Fe, NM.

Born on September 1, 1946, Hal graduated from Princeton Country Day, the Darrow School, the University of Arizona, and Potomac School of Law.

For many years, Hal served as a United States National Park Service Ranger in Washington, DC, and then joined the federal Bureau of Land Management as a Real Estate Specialist in New Mexico. Upon retirement, he moved to Tucson. Hal had an ardent interest in the outdoor and conservation issues. He spent many years volunteering at the Sabino Canyon Recreation Area in Tucson as well as with other local charities. An accomplished creative writer, several of Hal’s poems were published in magazines and he also wrote a screenplay.

Hal is survived by his twin brother Tom Knox and his wife, Jill, of Tucson, and his brother Toby Knox and his wife, Kathryn, of South Burlington, VT, and many beloved nieces and nephews. His parents and sisters, Emily Corbusier Knox and Cynthia Knox Watts, are deceased.

Donations in Hal’s memory can be sent to the Arizona chapter of The Nature Conservancy, Tucson Conservation Center, 1510 E. Fort Lowell Rd, Tucson, AZ 85719.  A gathering of family and friends will be held at a future date. 


Jerry Grundfest

June 12, 1930 – Sept. 5, 2021

Jerry Grundfest, 91, died suddenly on Sept. 5, 2021. He was a resident of Somerset, NJ, since 1966.

Born in Brooklyn, NY, he spent his high school years in Phoenix, AZ, and then received his BA in History from Stanford University, and an MBA and Ph.D. from Columbia University (also History).

His career in arts and historical organizations included the Philadelphia Bicentennial Commission and the Hall of Fame for Great Americans. In his later years he was a real estate agent for several firms in Princeton, NJ. He was a member of the Princeton Historical Society, where he led historical tours of Princeton. A lifelong lover of the arts, he subscribed to many cultural institutions  — opera, symphony, ballet, theater — in New York, New Jersey, and Tanglewood, MA.

He is survived by Sandra, his beloved wife of 66 years; his daughter Leslie (Ricardo Siboldi) of Piscataway, NJ; his son Robert (Colleen) of Warren, NJ; and grandchildren Elizabeth Siboldi, Joshua Grundfest, and Abigail Grundfest.

He is pre-deceased by his sister, Rhoda Sigman, and survived by a niece, Isabel Stevens, and nephews Alan and Jonathan Sigman.

A graveside service was held on Thursday, September 9 at Mount Lebanon Cemetery in Woodbridge, NJ.

Donations in his memory may be made to Anshe Emeth Memorial Temple or an organization of your choice.


Nancy M. Kramer

Elizabeth (Nancy) Ann MacNeil Kramer passed away peacefully September 6, 2021 at the age of 90 in Essex, Connecticut.

Nancy was born in Forest Hills, New York, on November 8,1930 to Elizabeth Quinn MacNeil and Neil MacNeil. She enjoyed much of her life in New York, New Jersey, and Vermont surrounded by her family and friends.

Nancy studied at Catholic University in Washington, D.C. and Barnard College in New York City. While in college in New York City she met her husband Jack Kramer. They were happily married for 52 years. She was an accomplished painter, gardener, and bridge player. Nancy had a vibrant social life and was well-known by her friends and family for her welcoming and loving nature. 

Nancy is survived by her two children, W. Jeffrey Kramer and Elizabeth Whitney; and three grandchildren, Hunter, Kathryn, and John Kramer. Nancy was predeceased by her son John MacNeil Kramer, her sister Maryrose Cumbaugh, her brother Neil MacNeil, and her husband John Stanley Kramer.

A funeral service was held on Friday, September 10, 2021 at Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton, NJ. Burial was in Trinity-All Saints’ Cemetery. 

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the Parkinson’s Foundation.

September 8, 2021

Charles Joseph “Cal” Heitzmann Jr.


Charles Joseph Heitzmann Jr., 80, beloved husband of Marilyn Heitzmann, passed away on August 22, 2021 at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia.

Cal, as he was known by his friends and family, was born in Weehawken, NJ, to Charles and Lula Heitzmann. Throughout his entire life, Cal was incredibly passionate about Weehawken. As an athlete, he excelled on the field lettering multiple years in soccer, basketball, and baseball. As a student, he graduated with honors. But there was nothing more special to him about Weehawken than the lifelong group of friends he made there, many of whom he stayed connected to for his entire life.

Cal graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from St. Peter’s University with a major in American History. He went on to receive a master’s degree from New Jersey City University. After receiving his bachelor’s degree, Cal married Ruth Steinmetz, who pre-deceased him. The two were happily married for 33 years. After a few years of travel, they had two children, son David and daughter Laura. They raised their family in Belle Mead, New Jersey. Cal’s love of sports also spilled over into coaching where he coached both his son and his daughter for many years in both basketball and baseball. He was particularly proud of one of his daughter’s teams winning the league championship in basketball. He also continued to play in both softball and basketball leagues well into his 50s with more wonderful friends that he made along the way. 

Cal was keenly interested in helping others and spent his entire 40-year career in the healthcare industry starting with the CDC as a field epidemiologist, spending the first five years of his career there. He spent most of his working life serving as the Executive Director of the Academy of Medicine of New Jersey. Here, Cal was instrumental in creating and developing the concept of an “Academy” to manage the business affairs for medical specialty and health related organizations. This concept has since been adopted by dozens of states and major cities across the country, all focused on sponsoring continuing medical education programs for physicians. Cal served on many Boards and Committees including the NJ Osteopathic Education Foundation Board of Directors and the American Diabetes Association, NJ Affiliate Board of Directors. He was also a member of the American Association of Medical Society Executives.

It was in Princeton where he met his devoted wife of more than 19 years, Marilyn Davies. The two made an instant connection at a Princeton Hockey game and the rest was history. Cal and Marilyn spent half their time in Naples, Florida, and the other half in Princeton/Skillman, New Jersey. Like newlywed kids, they enjoyed so much together including fine dining on the town and friendly competition on the golf course. Cal being an avid New York Yankee fan even got Marilyn to become one herself. They were each other’s greatest strength, and they treated each other’s families like their very own.  

Cal had a unique way of connecting with people on a personal level and making them feel great about themselves. He was also one of the kindest, loyal, and trustworthy people one could ever know. All of Cal’s family and friends will miss him dearly.

Cal is survived by his wife, Marilyn Heitzmann; two children (and spouses), David (Carol) Heitzmann and Laura (Paul) Ulrich; and four adoring grandchildren, Trevor, Paulie, Kelsey, and Charlie. He is also survived by four step-children (and spouses), Bruce Davies (Susan Marcantonio), Mark Davies (Lidianny Barga), Eric Davies (Trevor Davies), and Nancy Davies (Brad Schwartz); and six step-grandchildren, Kyle, Lucas, Nadia, Elliot, Sage, and Elle. He also leaves behind his sister Gail Hunt and his cousin Mary Bea Kingwill.

A Memorial Service was held on August 26, 2021 at the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home in Princeton.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in memory of Cal Heitzmann to the Parkinson’s Foundation (parkinson.org) or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital (st.jude.org).


Dennis M. Moore Sr.

Dennis M. Moore Sr., 70, of Seaside Park, NJ, passed away on Friday, September 3, 2021, at home surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Indianapolis, Indiana, and resided in Seaside Park. He graduated from Rider University with his master’s in business and continued to attend Stanford University’s executive business program. He was hired by Church and Dwight in 1980 where he served as Vice President in several capacities over the course of his career until he retired in 2006. He enjoyed jigsaw puzzles, sitting in his garage down at the shore, playing golf with his sons, and spending time with his grandsons. His family was the most important to him.

Predeceased by his parents William H. and Lucille (Culhane) Moore; two sisters Sharon Cassity and Maureen Joy; three brothers William Michael, Bobby (Robert), and Joseph Earl; he is survived by his wife of 28 years Donna (Gordon) Moore; one daughter Courtney Moore of Jersey City; three sons and daughters-in-law Derek and Nicole Rasavage of Pittstown, Kyle Rasavage and Natalie Rockhill of Bordentown, and Michael Moore of New York; three cherished grandsons Kyle, Mason, and Carter; and sister Jackie Morphew of Peru, Indiana.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, September 9, 2021 from 5-7:30 p.m. followed by a funeral service at The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton, NJ 08542. Burial will be private.

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

September 1, 2021

Laura J. Hawkins

Laura J. Hawkins passed away peacefully at Princeton Medical Center on August 22 after a prolonged illness during which she demonstrated great fortitude and grace.

Born in Metuchen on September 14, 1946 to Alberta Stults Dey Hawkins and Albert William Hawkins, she grew up in a house on Longview Drive, built by her father, who also designed a footbridge in the Mountain Lakes Nature Preserve which she proudly pointed to when walking there with friends. She was also proud of her family’s deep roots in New Jersey, roots reflected in the family surnames Dey, Stults, and Hawkins found in many regional place names and cemeteries. 

She had a beautiful alto voice. After graduating from Princeton High School, she received a Bachelor of Music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music where she studied the French horn and Music Literacy, subjects she subsequently taught at the American Boychoir School in Princeton. She sang in a number of choral groups, including Princeton ProMusica.

Laura was a gentle spirit with a quick and wry sense of humor and little patience for pretense. She had a deep interest in plants and nature which she developed and expanded, first as a Rutgers Master Gardener of Mercer County, then in Landscapes of Light, a horticultural business she established. She was an early proponent of native plants. Her keen eye for texture, shape, and color helped owners enhance existing plantings, and her knowledge and design skills are evident in many local gardens.

In recent years, Laura turned her considerable talents to photography. She posted magical photographs on Facebook of the many places in New Jersey and Pennsylvania she visited: the Pine Barrens, D&R Greenway, Cranbury Pond, Wickecheoke Creek Preserve, Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge, and High Rocks State Park, to name a few. She shared her love for nature with all she met, and was especially gifted in communicating with children. Through her photography, Laura supported the conservation efforts of local organizations such as D&R Greenway Land Trust and Pinelands Preservation Alliance. Laura’s love of and respect for nature also led her to be active in environmental causes including EQAT (Earth Quaker Action Team) which successfully lobbied a major bank to stop financing mountaintop removal coal mining in Appalachia.

Laura’s powerful photographs earned her recognition from The Pine Barrens Alliance and from D&R Greenway Land Trust. The Trust selected her as their first Photographer of Preservation, a group that came to include Tasha O’Neill, Dave Anderson, and Jim Amon. Their library of her photographs features striking scenes of central New Jersey preserved landscapes, and of Meredith’s Garden of Inspiration in the Greenway Meadows Poetry Trail.   

Laura was a member of many “communities” in Princeton — healthy food, native plants, yoga, music, environmental protection, swimmers at the Princeton Pool, and patrons of the Princeton Senior Resource Center where she was known as an avid ping-pong player. She was also a member of the informal community of Princeton’s animal lovers, including the owners of dogs and cats she cared for while their owners were away. Laura’s uncle Amos Stults founded the Hopewell Veterinary Group, and Laura too had a special way with animals. She had sustained relationships with the pets she cared for that their owners envied — some called her the Dog Whisperer.

Laura is survived by a niece Susan Hawkins Bitsko and her husband Frank Bitsko, two nephews, seven great-nieces and nephews, and five great-great-nieces.

Laura attended Princeton’s Quaker Meeting and was a member of Nassau Presbyterian Church. A burial service will be held at Princeton Cemetery, and a celebration of her life will be held at a later time soon to be determined. Please contact Nassau Presbyterian Church for details. Condolences may be made online at the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home website (https://matherhodge.com).

In lieu of flowers, donations in Laura’s memory can be made to D&R Greenway Land Trust, the Trenton Music Makers, or the Princeton Senior Resource Center.

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


Joseph J. Gawarkiewicz

Capt. Joseph J Gawarkiewicz, USN (ret) died on August 21, 2021 at Willow Valley Communities, Lancaster, PA after a long illness.

Joe was born on Staten Island, NY, in 1934 to Helen Kochman Gawarkiewicz and Joseph J. Gawarkiewicz. He attended high school at the Augustinian Academy in Staten Island. He attended Villanova College prior to receiving a Congressional appointment to the United States Naval Academy graduating in 1957.

He joined the Civil Engineer Corps, earning a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. His first CEC tour was at the Naval Air Test Center at Patuxent River, MD.

Next, Joe earned a Master’s of Science in Engineering at Princeton University. Joe completed two tours of duty in Vietnam in 1968 – 1969, along with tours in Thailand, Mississippi, London, England, Newport, Rhode Island (Naval War College), and the Pentagon.

He completed his career as the Public Works Officer at the Naval Academy. Joe’s awards included the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star with Combat V, Navy Commendation Medal, and the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal.

In 1982, Joe joined Princeton University as General Manager of Plant & Services and became involved in an expansion of Princeton facilities and Service Departments. In 1993, he retired from Princeton and with his wife Dolores moved to Island Heights, a small community on the Jersey shore. While there he was elected to serve on the Borough Council for two terms. Joe and Dolores moved to Philadelphia for several years before moving to Willow Valley Communities in Lancaster, PA, where he was able to spend some time with fellow USNA grads.

Joe was a role model to many, a great thinker with a dry sense of humor, and much loved by his family and friends. His reassuring presence will be sorely missed and hopefully emulated by his grace, dignity, and humility.

Predeceased by his wife, Dolores Gleba Gawarkiewicz in 2018, Joe is survived by his son, Glen and wife Connie, and daughter Marlene Jane and husband Marty Franklin; five grandchildren Ellen, Thomas, Gwen, Delia, and Teddy; and his brother, Charles Gawarkiewicz and his wife Patricia.

Donations may be made to Alzheimer’s Association. Services will be held at the Naval Academy in the spring.

To send an online condolence, please visit SnyderFuneralHome.com


Judith M. Paulsen

Judith M. Paulsen, 84, of Griggstown passed away Monday, August 23, 2021 at home surrounded by her loving family.

Judith was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, where she graduated from Fort Hamilton High School. She spent many summers and weekends in Griggstown growing up and moved there permanently in 1957 after marrying the love of her life, Carsten. She raised her family and was adored by all the neighborhood kids of Sunset Hill. She was known as Aunt Judy but most of all, everyone’s “Bestamor.”

She worked at Chase Bank in Manhattan and over 20 years at Management Planning Inc. in Princeton.

She was a longtime member of Bunker Hill Church.

She is predeceased by her parents Jens and Madeline Olsen, her children Cheryl and Steven, a sister Doris Fredholm (Richard), and a brother Ronald Olsen (Priscilla).

She is survived by her loving husband of 64 years Carsten Paulsen; son James and wife Stacey, son Christopher and wife Rose, and daughter Meredith and husband Michael Mangini; seven grandchildren James Jr., Kristen (Aaron), Emily, Bara, Sean, Michael Jr., and Dakota; seven great-grandchildren Hannah, Landon, Lauren, Hailey, Brooklyn, Brayden, and Madilynn; and several nieces and nephews.

A Memorial Service will be held at 12 p.m. on Saturday, September 4, 2021 at Bunker Hill Church, 235 Bunker Hill Road, Griggstown, NJ.

Family and friends are welcome to call starting at 11 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Bunker Hill Church.

Arrangements are under the direction of M.J. Murphy Funeral Home.


Antonio Tamasi

Antonio Tamasi, 94, of Princeton, NJ, passed away peacefully at home on August 23, 2021, surrounded by his loving family.

Born in Pettoranello, Italy, Tony immigrated to the United States in 1953 and settled in Princeton.

He worked in the grounds maintenance departments at Princeton University and then RCA Laboratories. After a 35-year career at RCA, he retired in 1992. After retiring, he expanded his part-time landscaping business and continued to work well into his eighties.

Tony was a member and past president of the Societa M.S. Roma Eterna, and a member of the Princeton Italian American Sportsman Club. He was a devout parishioner of St. Paul’s Roman Catholic Church. Tony was an avid gardener and was passionate about his craft. For many years he volunteered his time planting and maintaining the beautiful grounds of Pettoranello Gardens in Princeton. He proudly shared his gardening expertise with family, friends, and neighbors.

Tony’s true passion was his family. He was a devoted husband, proud father, and PopPop, a loyal brother and friend. He enjoyed helping his children and grandchildren with their vegetable gardens and landscaping. He especially enjoyed spending time with family at Sunday dinners. Tony leaves a legacy of hard work and love of family.

Predeceased by his parents, Vito and Carmela (Cifelli) Tamasi, his sister, Cleonice Nini, and son-in-law, James Willie, Tony is survived by his loving wife of 69 years, Evelina (Pirone) Tamasi; his daughters and son-in-law, Carol Ann Willie, Marisa and Michael Robson; his grandchildren, Jennifer Bukowski and her husband Michael, Lauren Carey and her husband Chris, Lindsay Robson and Michael Robson; five great-grandchildren, Ryan, Evan and Kyle Bukowski, Megan and Jack Carey; his sisters, Ida Ciccone and Esterina Sferra and her husband Umberto; his sister-in-law Mary Ann Pirone; brothers-in-law, Giuseppe Nini, Ralph Pirone, and his wife Lydia; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

The funeral was held on Saturday, August 28, 2021 at Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Paul’s Church and burial at Princeton Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Tony’s memory may be made to Embracing HospiceCare, 3349 Route 138, Building D, Suite F, Wall, NJ 07719.


Lorraine Fisch

Lorraine Fisch, beloved wife, mother, volunteer, and friend, passed away August 28, 2021 after a long battle with cancer. She was 60 years old.

Lorraine was a 30-year resident of West Windsor. She gave of herself to help others, believing deeply in women’s equality, anti-racism, and empathy for others.

She volunteered and served in leadership over the years at String of Pearls Reconstructionist Synagogue, Sharim v’Sharot choir, Youth Orchestra of Central Jersey, Girl Scouts, and the Friends of the West Windsor Library. She helped friends and family whenever she could and had a kind, giving, and protector soul. She was loved by many and will be dearly missed.

Lorraine is survived by her husband Rob Friedman and daughter Molly Fisch-Friedman.

Funeral services and burial were August 31 at Ewing Cemetery.

Shiva will be observed at the family home through Sunday evening.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to one of the many causes of her life, including Planned Parenthood, SAVE, Trenton Area Soup Kitchen, Greenpeace, and String of Pearls Reconstructionist Synagogue.

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

August 25, 2021

Gary and Susan Froehlich

Gary Froehlich, 72, of New Smyrna Beach, Florida, passed away at home on August 10, 2021. Susan Froehlich, 72, also of New Smyrna Beach, Florida, passed away on August 13, 2021. 

Gary was born in Princeton, New Jersey, on July 21, 1949, and attended Princeton High School until he enlisted in the Army.  Gary served in the 11th Light Infantry Brigade, and was sent to Vietnam to serve his country, which he was very proud to do.  Gary was awarded two Purple Hearts with OLC, the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge and the Sharpshooter Badge with Rifle Bar.  He was also awarded high honors from the State of New Jersey for serving his country. Even though Gary was a Disabled Veteran, he looked at every day of his life as a gift.

Despite his disabilities, Gary worked for many years in the family business, Bohrens/United Van Lines, which was founded by his grandfather. Gary was a longtime resident of West Windsor, New Jersey, before moving to Port Orange, Florida, in 2001 and then to New Smyrna Beach in 2020. Gary was a family man who loved life and enjoyed fishing, and he was a devoted husband, loving father, grandfather, and friend.  He will be truly missed by many.

Predeceased by his parents, Warren Froehlich, Sr., and Louise Marshall Froehlich, and his brother, Warren Froehlich, Jr., Gary was survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Susan L. Froehlich, who passed away three days after Gary. Gary is survived by his daughter, Kristie Christ, son-in-law Tim Christ, and grandchildren Kyle and Jennifer Christ of New Smyrna Beach, Florida. He is also survived by his brothers, Theodore W. Froehlich of Princeton, New Jersey, and Edwin Froehlich of Waretown, New Jersey, and many nieces and nephews.

Susan was born in Princeton, New Jersey, on March 29, 1949, and attended Princeton High School, where she met the love of her life and husband of 52 years, Gary Froehlich. Susan was a homemaker who dedicated her life to making a home for her husband and daughter. She also worked at the Dutch Neck School in West Windsor, starting as a cafeteria aide and later as an assistant librarian. Susan loved working with the children, and the students loved her because she listened with an open heart and was very fair to all. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and friend, who will be missed by many.

Susan was a longtime resident of West Windsor, New Jersey, before moving to Port Orange, Florida, in 2001, and then to New Smyrna Beach in 2020.

Susan was predeceased by her parents, Richard and Carolyn Hawley. Susan was also predeceased by her husband, Gary, who passed away three days prior to Susan’s passing. Her family feels that, simply put, she could not bear to continue without him.

Susan is survived by her daughter, Kristie Christ, son-in-law Tim Christ, and grandchildren Kyle and Jennifer Christ of New Smyrna Beach, Florida.

Services for both Gary and Susan will be private and determined at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in their names to the New Smyrna Beach Fire Department, 3551 State Road 44, New Smyrna Beach, Florida, 32168.


Guinnevere (Guinn) Anspaugh Roberts

Guinnevere (Guinn) Anspaugh Roberts, 80, left the world peacefully on July 27, 2021, at her Princeton, New Jersey, home with her family by her side.

Guinn came into the world in Wichita, Kansas, as the second of three daughters born to Lee and Ellen Anspaugh. Guinn was an insatiable reader and excelled in school. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Linguistics and a Master’s degree in Teaching English as a Second Language at the University of Kansas. Guinn was both studious and adventurous. A friend introduced the tall and willowy college junior to Rad, a handsome and humorous entomology graduate student, and she often snuck out the window of her Alpha Chi Omega sorority house to visit him.

The two married and moved to Berkeley, California, and then to Corvallis, Oregon, where their shared love of gardening blossomed and their first two children were born. After six years of working, raising kids, gardening, reading, and enjoying the outdoors, the family moved to New Jersey. Guinn and Rad’s youngest daughter was born shortly thereafter, and a feisty dachshund puppy also joined the family. The family lived on the Millstone River for two years of merry madness, including two floods. Ever calm in a crisis, Guinn rescued the neighbor’s two goats by coaxing them into a canoe. Soon thereafter, the family moved to higher ground in Princeton.

Guinn taught English as a Second Language at Rutgers. She was much loved by her students, and by her family and friends, for her calm demeanor and unwavering encouragement. She adored her children and supported them from infancy to adulthood, handling the majority of parenting and household tasks. Guinn worked in her garden most days and shared her horticultural knowledge through volunteer work as a Master Gardener. Guinn and Rad made many trips to Central and South America, mixing fun and science to collect insects for Rad’s research, and the entire family spent an adventure-filled sabbatical year in Argentina in 1983. Whether traveling or at home, they enjoyed friendly and competitive games, including Scrabble, which Guinn often won.

Once the children were grown, Guinn shifted from teaching to work at the Educational Testing Service (ETS), where her team designed, wrote, and evaluated the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). After retirement, Guinn enjoyed many years of master gardener work, reading, taking classes at the Princeton Adult School, travel and vacations with family, and visiting and playing Scrabble with friends.

Guinn was predeceased by her husband Radclyffe Roberts. She is survived by her three children, Radclyffe, Guinnevere (Winnie), and Pauline (PK); five grandchildren; two sisters Kay and Barbara and their children; and a loving extended family. A memorial will be held in Princeton in the fall.


Cornelia Ladd O’Grady

Cornelia Ladd O’Grady of Princeton, New Jersey, passed away in her sleep at her home of 23 years on Monday, August 9, 2021 after a lengthy illness.

She was born in Plainfield, New Jersey, on April 13, 1935 to Caroline Heminway Ladd and Delano Wood Ladd, Sr.

She is a graduate of Miss Porter’s School and an alumna of Vassar College.

She was a former New Jersey chapter board member of The National Society of Colonial Dames of America, a former board member of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, and a former officer of The Junior League. Also, she was active in arranging trips for The Friends of The Princeton University Art Museum.

She was a current member of The Colony Club, The Present Day Club, and Bedens Brook Club.

She is survived by her husband of 64 years, Robert H. O’Grady; her son Standish H. O’Grady of Glenbrook, Nevada; her son Bradford L. O’Grady of Princeton, New Jersey; and her daughter Cornelia S. O’Grady of Princeton, New Jersey. She is also survived by her daughters-in-law Anne Brophy O’Grady of Glenbrook, Nevada, and Katharine Carter O’Grady of Princeton, New Jersey; her grandsons Henry, Standish, Alexander, and Tyson; and her granddaughter Sinclaire.

Her sister Caroline Ladd McCullagh and her brother Delano Wood Ladd, Jr. pre-deceased her.

Memorial contributions may be made to Miss Porter’s School at 60 Main Street, Farmington, CT 06032; Trinity Church at 33 Mercer Street, Princeton, NJ 08540; or SAVE – A Friend to Homeless Animals at 1010 County Road 601, Montgomery Township, NJ 08558.

Funeral arrangements are to be determined. 


John Theodore Fischer

John Theodore Fischer, age 92, of Princeton died peacefully on August 22, surrounded by his loving family. He had suffered complications from Parkinson’s disease. 

John was the son of Dr. Theodore and Eleanora Marie Koestering Fischer and was born at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan, in 1928.

John grew up in South-Eastern Missouri and loved attending school. His early education was at a parochial school in Altenburg, and he attended Perryville High School where he graduated as valedictorian of his class. He went on to receive his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Washington University in St. Louis, and his MSEE degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge. For his sabbatical year he spent his time studying abroad at the Imperial College of Science in London, England.

John was employed for many years as a research engineer in consumer electronics at RCA Laboratories (later David Sarnoff Research Center of General Electric) in Princeton, NJ. He loved problem solving, woodworking, building things, splitting firewood, and annual trips with his family to the Maine seacoast.

John was a longtime member of the Lutheran Church of the Messiah in Princeton, NJ, having joined the church when he and Esther came to Princeton in 1952. Over the years he served the church in many roles including
Sunday school teacher, Church Treasurer, and member of the Board of Elders. John also served on several call committees.

John was pre-deceased by his parents and his two brothers, Frederick E. and Richard A. Fischer. John is survived by his wife of 69 years, Esther, his daughter Elizabeth Kay Fisher, his son John II, son and daughter-in-law James Andrew (Sandra Anne), and granddaughter Katherine Alida Fisher. He also leaves behind his sister, Patricia Allen, his stepsister Kathryn Miesner, and sister-in-law Jeanette Fischer, as well as many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

A visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, August 29, 2021 at the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Ave, Princeton.  The funeral will be held at the Lutheran Church of the Messiah, 407 Nassau Street, Princeton, NJ on Monday, August 30, 2021, at 10:30 a.m. The burial will be at Highland Cemetery, Greenwood Avenue (95 Hopewell-Wertsville Road), Hopewell following the service.

Donations in John’s honor may be made to The Lutheran Church of the Messiah, 407 Nassau Street, Princeton, NJ 08540 or Trinity’s Services and Food for the Homeless (SAFH), Lower East Side, 602 East 9th Street, New York, NY 10009.


Nixon Waln Hare

Nixon Waln Hare, 76 — beloved father, uncle, and grandfather — passed away at home in Spartanburg, SC, on May 17, 2021. Nick was a lifelong resident of Princeton, NJ, joining the community as a child and returning after college and military service to live and work in the area for nearly 60 years.

Born in Mineola, NY, in 1944, Nick lived with his parents, Jean Gibbs Hare of Garden City, NY, and Emlen Waln Hare of Bryn Mawr, PA, and his older brother, Emlen Gibbs Hare, in Garden City, and attended Cathedral School of St. Mary. 

The family relocated to Princeton in 1952 where Nick attended Princeton Country Day School (1959) and The Choate School (1963). A natural athlete and lover of games, Nick played varsity hockey, lacrosse, and soccer, captaining and co-leading soccer teams in high school and at Colorado College (1967).

Before his senior year, Nick completed boot camp with the U.S. Marine Corps. He received a 2nd Lieutenant commission at graduation, got married, and started USMC Basic School in Quantico, VA. He was accepted into the flight program and shipped out to Iwakuni, Japan, as a Radar Intercept Officer in F-4B Phantom aircraft in 1969. Between 1970-1971, Nick was assigned to the 2nd Marine Air Wing in Beaufort, SC. After being honorably discharged, he returned to Princeton and entered the USMC Reserve Force until 1973. Joining the military remained an enduring honor and source of pride for Nick as a veteran.

Nick pursued a career in finance, working in corporate lending departments for commercial banks, including Citibank and J. Henry Schroder Bank and Trust, in New York City, Philadelphia, and Princeton. He enjoyed developing new business and dove into every aspect of fund and portfolio management at Founders Court, Inc. starting in the mid-1980s, and pursued leveraged buyouts for manufacturing and chemical companies.

As a hobbyist photographer, Nick merged his love of animals, nature, and sports. He was a friend to feral cats and songbirds alike, an audio-recorder of midnight coyotes, a happy walker of dogs, and an unmissable presence on the sidelines. Nick relished Southwestern landscapes, pristine Caribbean waters, golfing with good friends, dry wit, fast cars, making pancakes, hospital volunteering, dancing, and hikes in the mountains of North Carolina.

Nick is survived by six children: Elizabeth Hare, Katherine Hare, Hobart Hare, Margaret Hare, Amory Hare, and Phoebe Hare; their spouses; three grandchildren; and his brother.


Fritzie Moore Tottenham-Smith

February 18, 1931 — August 8, 2021

Fritzie Moore Tottenham-Smith passed away peacefully on Sunday, August 8, 2021 at RiverWoods in Durham, NH. She was 90 years old.

Born in Ventnor, NJ, she had been a Princeton resident since 1954. She and her husband also maintained a cherished summer residence on Grindstone Island, Clayton, NY, within the Thousand Islands in the St. Lawrence River, which she and her first husband designed and built. She attended Miss Fine’s School in Princeton and graduated from the Queen Anne School in Seattle, WA.

After 28 years of marriage, Fritzie was widowed by her first husband John L. Moore, Jr. in 1980. She subsequently married Norman Tottenham-Smith, also a widower, in 1981.

Fritzie volunteered for many years at the Medical Center at Princeton. She also served on the Board of Trustees of the Princeton Visiting Nurse Association and the Princeton Day School. She was a former member of Nassau Presbyterian Church, the Contemporary Garden Club, Pretty Brook Tennis Club, and The Princeton Club of New York.

Fritzie is survived by her husband Norman; her loving sons John L. Moore III (and daughter-in-law Kimberly) of Norwalk, CT, Peter J. Moore (and daughter-in-law Louisa) of Richmond, VT, and Thomas B. Moore (and daughter-in-law Verlinda) of Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA. Also, stepson Michael Tottenham-Smith of England and stepdaughter Fiona T-S Stonor of France. Lovingly known as “G” to her four granddaughters: Sarah and Phebe Moore, Caroline and Melissa Moore; and her grandson Ian Moore; as well as one step-granddaughter, two step-grandsons, and two step-great-granddaughters residing abroad.

As her father once told her, “your heart is as big as a hotel, always room for one more.” She far exceeded her father’s observation and filled her family with unbelievable amounts of encouragement, support, and love.


Mary Murray Garrett

Mary Murray Garrett, (née Tietje), 91, of Hobe Sound, Florida, formerly of Princeton, NJ, died peacefully on August 12, 2021 surrounded by family and her husband of 20 years, Robert Y. Garrett, III.

Mary was born on April 16, 1930, the daughter of Marion and Emil D Tietje, Sr. She graduated from Lacordaire Academy in Montclair and attended Marymount College, Tarrytown, NY.

Mary was one of the founders of the Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart, Princeton, NJ. She was a member of the Jupiter Island Club, the Blooming Grove Hunting and Fishing Club, the Pretty Brook Club, and the Bedens Brook Club of which her husband was one of the founders. She was also a member of the Garden Club of Trenton, the Contemporary Garden Club, and the Jupiter Island Garden Club. She served as President of each. Mary also served on the boards of the Stuart Country Day School, the Princeton chapter of the Foundation Fighting Blindness, the New Jersey National Bank, the Jupiter Island Club, and the Hobe Sound Nature Center. She was an active volunteer in the Princeton community.

Mary enjoyed painting throughout her life. She was very competitive as an equestrian, sailor, tennis and paddle player, and as a golfer.

She was preceded in death by her first husband of 50 years, John P. Murray, Jr. and by her sons Michael, Timothy, and Peter. She is survived by her children: Ellen (Jim) Kelsey, Elizabeth Hosea, Rick (Brigid), Stephen (Muffie), and Scott Murray; 11 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and a sister, Joann (Harry) Briggs. Mary is also survived by her stepchildren Tracy Rubin, Rob (Diana), and John Garrett; eight stepgrandchildren; and seven stepgreat-grandchildren.

She was a loyal and good friend and a caring wife and mother who will be greatly missed.

Funeral services will be private.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Hobe Sound Nature Center, 13640 SE Federal Highway, Hobe Sound, FL 33455 or the charity of your choice.

Extend condolences and share remembrances at TheKimbleFuneralHome.com.


Marilyn Adele Durbin

Marilyn Adele Durbin, age 97, passed away peacefully in the embrace of her family on August 11, 2021 in Duarte, California. Marilyn was a resident of the Princeton area for 65 years. She was an active member of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Princeton for more than 50 years and was the assistant librarian at Princeton University’s math and physics library for 20 years.

Marilyn was born in New York City and attended Hunter High School and College. In 1945, she married Enoch Durbin, who subsequently became a professor in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department at Princeton University. Together, they enjoyed travels abroad, church activities, playing tennis and bridge, and being with their children and grandchildren. 

Marilyn was a dedicated volunteer. She created a library for the Plainsboro schools in the 1950s. She delivered food for the Red Cross’ Meals on Wheels, through snow and rain and continuing until she was older than many of the residents she served. She sorted clothes at Second Time Around, a charitable thrift store in Pennington.

Her children, Jon, Paul, and Karen, made Marilyn proud. She was a wonderful mother-in-law to Donna, Cinian, and Abhinandan. She was equally proud of her five grandchildren, Amanda, Lyle, Aarti, Nikhil, and Seth, and one great-grandson, Niam. The family has many fond memories of joyful and loving times with Mom/Grandma/Great-grandma.

August 18, 2021

Carol Hollander
July 17, 1946 — August 13, 2021

For those who knew me and those whose lives I have touched.

I was born into a big Italian family. The date was July 17, 1946. My blue eyes caused quite a stir, and I rose like a bright star in the hearts of my loving parents, Lena and Eugene Martinelli. The stories and history that ran through my family shaped the person I would become. Even now as I write this, I can fall back all those years to big family dinners, raucous weddings, and simple days at the Italian Club watching the old men play bocce ball on perfectly sculpted courts. There was a sense of community, connection, a shared history, and a passion for life that has informed my entire being. I loved school from the beginning, and by the age of 8 knew I wanted to be a teacher. My brother Paul, who is six years younger than I, can attest to my early awakening to a passion for teaching when, as a precocious 10-year-old, I would make him sit at a desk for hours as I honed my skills.

I found many joys as a teen, including theater and cheerleading, culminating in the beginning of a relationship with Michael, who was to become my husband and partner of almost 60 years. I the cheerleader captain and he the captain of the football team, my own personal fairy tale. I attended William Paterson College and graduated with honors in 1968 with a B.S in Education, followed a number of years later by an M.S. in Speech Pathology at California State University Fullerton.

What followed was a 43-year career in teaching, where I found all I could have ever hoped for in a profession, as well as a group of lifelong friends whom I love and respect to this day. I held each student who passed through my classroom as a precious and unique individual deserving of my full attention and respect and of the opportunity to grow into a competent and curious adult. As co-president of the Teacher’s Union, I help lead the union through some difficult and important milestones in the history of the school district, with results that reflected my deep commitment to the profession and my belief in the importance of education to the fabric of every culture.

Along the way, we were blessed with the arrival of our son Jason, who would grow to become an accomplished and compassionate doctor and who with his wife Sarah blessed us in turn with our granddaughters Alex and Jesse. Watching those girls grow into beautiful, kind, and competent young women has been nothing short of extraordinary and life-affirming. I know they will continue to bless the world with their presence.

Throughout my life I traveled far and wide, climbed a few mountains, toured Alaska, parts of Europe, and much of the continental United States and Canada on a motorcycle and was blessed with abundant gifts of a well-lived life.  In the end my biggest joys came from family and from my lifelong quest to bring people together whenever it was in my power to do so. I leave this world with a big thank you and with gratitude to all those who have blessed me with their presence and friendship throughout my life. Now I make room for another to be blessed by the gifts of life. May they find as much joy and fulfillment as I have.

In lieu of flowers please send contributions to the MDS Foundation, 4573 South Broad Street, Suite 150, Yardville, NJ 08620. And please consider donating blood to the Red Cross. The gifts of being a blood donor are remarkable.


Marguerite Kovalakides

Marguerite Kovalakides, 89, a lifelong resident of Princeton, passed away on Tuesday, August 10, 2021. She was a member of Girl Scout Troop 1 of Princeton and graduated from Princeton High School in 1949. She was the longest full-time employee at the Firestone Library at Princeton University. She was an avid fan of the Mets and NY Rangers and also enjoyed knitting.

Predeceased by her parents James and Eva (Mavericos) Kovalakides and sister Anna K. Miller, she is survived by her brother Nick Kovalakides of Bradenton, FL; and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews.

A memorial service will be held at a later date at Princeton Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to the Princeton First Aid Squad, 2 Mt. Lucas Road., Princeton, NJ 08540.

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


Dr. Leonard M. Moss


Dr. Leonard M. Moss died on August 3 at his home in Princeton, NJ, at the age of 94.  He was born in Brooklyn, and he lived and worked in New York until he moved to Princeton in the early 1990s.

From 1943-45, he attended Columbia University, where he was an outstanding student and an editor of the undergraduate newspaper. He served in the Navy during 1945-46, and following his honorable discharge, he continued his education at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, receiving his MD degree in 1951. He also received a Certificate in Psychoanalytic Medicine from the Columbia Psychoanalytic Center, where he was a collaborating psychiatrist for many years. He was Board Certified in Psychiatry and Neurology and a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. He was also a member of the Task Force on Psychiatry and Industry for the American Psychiatric Association, and one of the founding members of the Academy of Organizational and Occupational Psychiatry.

Early in his career, Dr. Moss conducted groundbreaking research on the treatment of patients in suicidal crisis, resulting in his publication of a paper, “The Psychotherapy of the Suicidal Patient,” in April 1956, as well as several subsequent publications on that topic. As a result of his work in this area, the New York City Board of Corrections engaged him as a consultant on the relationship between the suicidal behavior of inmates and the overcrowded prison environment.

In addition to treating individual patients, Dr. Moss became a pioneer in the field of occupational psychiatry, which led to his becoming the psychiatric consultant to the medical department of the Mobil Corporation. In that capacity, he started working with other Mobil physicians to understand and solve systemic workplace problems, such as how to prevent the depression experienced by Mobil’s fleet of sea captains as they approached the age of 40.

In 1970, he became Mobil management’s in-house consultant on matters of organizational stress.  Throughout the late 1970s and early 1980s, he developed Mobil’s plan to help avoid stress and depression among the 1,400 workers stationed in the North Sea while building and working on an 88-story high oil platform, the largest in the world at that time.  He did much of his work on-site in Norway or at the North Sea platform, enduring frequent, hazardous helicopter flights ferrying him to and from the platform. 

In 1987, in partnership with his second wife, Dr. Muriel Moss, he formed The Human Effectiveness Group, which provided stress management programs for corporations, and coaching and career development for their executives. Their clients included companies such as American Express, First Data Corporation, Western Union, and RJR Nabisco, at locations in the United States, London, Paris, and Vienna.

Leonard Moss authored numerous articles, chapters, and volumes throughout his career, including Management Stress (1981), a volume in the Addison-Wesley Series on Occupational Stress, which focused on managing depression and violence in the workplace and the role of the psychiatrist in industry. After retiring in 2005, he wrote a memoir called Managing Stress in Times of Uncertainty, published in 2012. At the time of his death, he was working on a book on psychiatry and aging.

In addition to his professional career, Leonard Moss was an avid art collector and supporter of the arts, particularly of printmaking. He first acquired prints of scenes of New York City, but quickly expanded to acquire work by many of the most important artists working in prints. His close friends included artists like the extraordinary artist and art teacher Will Barnet, and he became involved in promoting the discipline of prints in contemporary art, both through his involvement in the New York Print Club, of which he was a longtime president, and his years as the first co-chair (with his wife Muriel) of the Advisory Council of the Rutgers University Institute for Print and Paper, now the Brodsky Center. He and Muriel Moss presided over the transition of the print center to the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, where it continues to publish new editions by significant diverse artists.

Throughout the past decade, he was also active and served in a leadership role in the Princeton Community Without Walls, an organization that helps aging people continue to live in their homes.

Twice a widower, Dr. Moss was married to Ruth Moss from 1950 until her death in 1987, and is survived by three children from his first marriage. He was later married to Dr. Muriel Vogel Moss from 1989 until her death in 2020, and is survived by three step-children: Laura Vogel (Barry Farber), David Vogel, and Rob Vogel (Bonnie Malkin); five step-grandchildren: Jason Farber, Steven Farber, Rebecca Vogel, Claire Vogel, and Jack Vogel; and three step-great-grandchildren.

A memorial service was held on Wednesday, August 18. Contributions in his memory may be given to the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University.


Lena Chang Sheeran

Lena Chang Sheeran peacefully passed away in the early hours of August 13th at home surrounded by her loving family. Far more than an award-winning actuary and co-founder of both CURE and NJ PURE, she was a dedicated colleague, mentor, and friend.

Born in Yuen Nan, Xiang Yuen, China, Dr. Chang came to the United States at the age of 16. As a young woman, she broke barriers, earning a bachelor’s degree in physics at age 19 and doctorate in mathematics from the University of Illinois by the age of 23. Her career spanned decades in which she founded Massachusetts Employers Insurance Exchange in Boston, MA (now, A.I.M. Mutual) before moving to New Jersey where she and her late husband and former New Jersey insurance commissioner, James J. Sheeran, co-founded CURE Auto Insurance and NJ PURE medical malpractice insurance. She also founded both Chang & Company and Silver Rock Solutions throughout her storied career.

Dr. Chang proudly received a number of awards over the years, including the prestigious Clifford D. Spangler Award by the American Risk and Insurance Association in recognition of for her highly regarded article and theorem on rating and risk evaluation in 1989. She also received the Golden Door Award from the International Institute of New England, honoring a U.S. citizen of foreign birth who has made outstanding contributions to American society. A strong proponent of education, she shared her knowledge with others, holding professorial positions at several universities and serving as an assistant dean at Temple University School of Business. In 2009, she was invited to join the China Center for Insurance and Risk Management (CCIRM) as a member of its advisory board for a three-year term.

Beyond her memorable work, Dr. Chang enjoyed the arts. She was on the Board of Trustees of the renowned McCarter Theatre in Princeton for many years and supported the Monteverdi Choir and Orchestra as the American Friend of the Choir, for which she was invited to a dinner hosted by HRH Prince of Wales at the Buckingham Palace in May of 2017. Dr. Chang also enjoyed playing golf, creating jewelry, meeting people, and traveling, especially her cherished visits to Jamaica. Yet, she valued nothing more than spending time with her family. 

Dr. Chang made a difference in the lives of so many. Those who had the great fortune of knowing her will forever remember her strength, ethics, and loyalty. She will be missed dearly but not forgotten.

Daughter of the late Hai Ping Chang and Zi Ruai Kwan, wife of the late James J. Sheeran, sister of the late C.S. Chang, she is survived by her daughter and son-in-law Audrey Poe Knox and Campbell Knox; son Eric Poe; brother and two sisters-in-law Thomas and Monica  Chang, Alice Chang; five grandchildren Eibhleann G. Knox, James Riordan Knox, Mikayla J. Poe, Madison R. Poe, and Mason R. Poe; cousins Shen and Mary Shey, CH and Carol Liu; and many nieces and nephews.

The Funeral will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday, August 23, 2021 from the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. at St. Paul’s Church, 216 Nassau Street, Princeton.

Entombment will be Tuesday, August 24, 2021 at 10 a.m. in St. Catharine’s Cemetery, Sea Girt.

Friends may call on Sunday, August 22, 2021 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to homefrontnj.org in memory of Dr. Lena Chang.

August 11, 2021

Royce N. Flippin Jr.

Royce N. Flippin Jr. passed away at age 87 from natural causes on Saturday, July 31 at his home in East Brunswick, New Jersey. Born and raised in Montclair, NJ, Royce gained fame early in life as one of the leading scholar-athletes of the 1950s in high school and college. At sports powerhouse Montclair High School he lettered for three years in four sports — football, basketball, baseball, and track — and was named New Jersey’s outstanding high school athlete as a senior.

Royce went on to become a Princeton University football and baseball standout and student leader. Playing tailback in football coach Charlie Caldwell’s legendary single-wing offense, Royce was named All-Ivy and All-East as a junior. He famously came off the bench with a knee injury his senior year to score the opening touchdown against Yale in a 13-0 victory that clinched the Tigers’ Ivy League championship. At graduation Royce was awarded Princeton’s Poe Cup, presented to an outstanding athlete who also exhibits great moral character.

After college, Royce served in the Marines and worked for Standard Oil before attending Harvard Business School. Following stints at General Foods and Smith, Barney, he joined colleague Tom Delaney to start First Spectrum, the nation’s first-ever corporate-responsibility mutual fund. In 1973, he became Princeton’s athletic director, presiding over six years of Ivy League-leading winning percentages. He went on to be athletic director at MIT for 12 years, serving five years on the NCAA Executive Committee and one year as President of the ECAC. He sat on the Ariel Investments and TerraCycle Inc. boards, among others, and advised companies including Lightbridge and New Reality Solutions.

For all his professional success, Royce’s life was expressed most deeply in the personal impact he had on countless individuals over the years. He loved lifting up others wherever he encountered them, and the stories of those he assisted along their life paths are legion. He was also devoted to his family, including his soulmate and wife of 65 years, Louise Ferdon Flippin, who survives him; his late daughter Diane Nole and her late husband Art; sons Royce 3rd and Robert and their spouses, Alexis and Patricia; six grandchildren — Brian Nole with his wife, Dana, Robert Flippin Jr., Michael Flippin, Ryan Flippin, Christopher Flippin and Maisie Flippin; great-granddaughter Haylee Nole; four siblings, Carol Colavita, his late sister Molly Baker, John Flippin, and Doreen Cleerden and their families; and his Ferdon in-laws and their families.

Royce continued to embrace athletics throughout his life, excelling in tennis in middle age, and was admitted into New Jersey’s High School Athletics Hall of Fame in 2017. He remained dedicated to all things Princeton University, including his Class of 1956 classmates, and was an enthusiastic member of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church. Royce’s energy and optimism and his willingness to go the extra mile for others have left an indelible mark on all who knew him. He will be greatly missed.

Donations can be made in Royce’s memory to Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 90 Leonardine Avenue, South River, NJ 08882.


Paul Emerson Van Horn, Jr. M.D.

Dr. Paul Emerson Van Horn, an orthopedic surgeon who practiced in Princeton, N.J., for over 30 years, died on Thursday, July 8, 2021. He was 91.

Dr. Van Horn moved to Princeton with his wife, Margaret “Peggy” R. Van Horn, M.D., a psychiatrist, in 1962. While they raised their family of four children, first on Gulick Road and then across town on Stuart Road West, Dr. Van Horn started his private practice, the Princeton Orthopedic Group, P.A., one of the first professional associations in the state. Dr. Van Horn was a stalwart at the Princeton Hospital (Princeton Medical Center) where he saw patients for decades, and served many local schools, including Princeton University, Lawrenceville, Hun, and Peddie, as well as other institutions such as Meadow Lakes and Rossmoor. Seeing a need for a local source of post-operative physical therapy, he founded Physical Therapy of Princeton. In addition to his medical practice in Princeton, Dr. Van Horn taught at the Robert Wood Johnson Medical Center.

Born in Springfield, MA, in 1929, Dr. Van Horn grew up in Churchville, NY, outside of Rochester, where he kept a trap line, bred pigeons, and canoed the Genesee River with his younger brother, Pete. He graduated cum laude from Mount Hermon School (now Northfield Mount Hermon) in 1947 and from Yale in 1951, and then received his medical degree in 1955 from New York Medical College. After completing an internship at the General Hospital, University of Rochester, NY, he served two years in the U.S. Army as a flight surgeon, including training at the U.S. Air Force School of Aviation Medicine in Texas. After his military service, Dr. Van Horn returned to his studies as a resident in General Surgery at Tufts Medical School until 1959, when he received a fellowship in Orthopedic Surgery from the Mayo Clinic. It was at the Mayo Clinic that he fell in love with Peggy Ross, a young psychiatric fellow. Upon completion of the fellowship and receiving a Master of Science degree in Orthopedic Surgery from the University of Minnesota, he and Peggy married in 1961, and together they moved to Princeton.

Dr. Van Horn was a member of the American, New Jersey, and Mercer County Medical Associations, a fellow of American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, a founding member of the Eastern Orthopedic Association, a member of the Yale Club of New York and Princeton, the Holland Society of New York, the Nassau Club, the Old Guard of Princeton, a Rotarian Paul Harris Fellow, and a member of the Doctors Mayo Society.

During the latter part of his career, Dr. Van Horn volunteered with various organizations, performing surgery in underserved areas in Pakistan and in the Amazon River Basin in Brazil. After retiring in 1993, he traveled extensively with Peggy in various parts of the world including India, the Netherlands, Botswana, Tanzania, and China, but was particularly drawn to the more remote places such as the Alaskan Pribiloff Islands, the Galapagos Islands, and the lush jungle areas of Peru and Costa Rica. He enjoyed skiing, tennis, and puttering around fixing things at his retreat on Lake Wallenpaupack in the Poconos, and later, on Virgin Gorda.

Dr. Van Horn died peacefully at home at Meadow Lakes in Hightstown, N.J., surrounded by family who were gathered for the celebration of his 60th anniversary of his wedding to Peggy, who survives him. Also surviving him are his four children, Barbara V.H. Yocum of Snowmass Village, CO; Valerie V.H. Pate of Richmond, VA; Alison K. Van Horn of Washington, D.C.; and Paul E Van Horn, III of Brooklyn, NY; their four spouses; and nine grandchildren.

A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, August 28 at 3 p.m. at the Forsgate Country Club in Monroe Township, NJ, followed by a reception. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations in his name be made to Esperanca (Esperanca.org) or the Sierra Club (Sierraclub.org).


Helen B. Cleary

Helen Birch Cleary, 96 – beloved wife, mother, and grandmother – passed away peacefully at CareOne at East Brunswick Assisted Living in East Brunswick, New Jersey on July 19, 2021.

Born in Princeton, New Jersey, on July 18, 1925 to William John Birch and Angelus Coffee Birch, Helen grew up in the Town of Princeton and, from her earliest days, was a fantastic athlete and a passionate ballet dancer. After graduating from Princeton High School in 1943, she decided to pursue her passion further by studying at the school of the acclaimed Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo in New York City under the famed tutelage of Mme. Maria Swoboda. Her love for ballet was a constant in her life, and in 1954, Helen served as the first volunteer teacher for the then-fledgling Princeton Ballet Society, founded by the renowned Audree Estey. Working closely with Ms. Estey, she helped to grow the program from its humble beginnings in a small empty space on Witherspoon Street into what is now known as the American Repertory Ballet, which today is recognized as New Jersey’s preeminent residential ballet company.

In pursuit of another one of her passions – childhood education – Helen graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Trenton State Teachers College (now The College of New Jersey) in 1947, which marked the beginning of a decades-long career as a primary school teacher. After spending a few years at Miss Fine’s School, she then entered the Princeton, New Jersey, public school system and served on the faculty of the Nassau Street, Community Park, John Witherspoon, and Johnson Park schools. It was in the classroom that Helen was most at home – where her unmatched creativity, wit, and love for the students she taught were always on full display. Unquestionably, Helen was a truly wonderful teacher.

In 1951, Helen was married to Joseph Robert (“Bob”) Cleary – her high school sweetheart and a passionate educator himself – and the two spent the next 65 years happily sharing their lives together. After brief periods living in St. Louis, Chicago, Rochester, and Malaysia for Bob’s work, they retired to Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, in 1986. In retirement, Helen was a devoted volunteer. She served as the Head Courier for the PGA’s Heritage Golf Tournament, sponsored by The Heritage Classic Foundation, and for many years, also ran a daycare program for the children of visiting golfers. Additionally, Helen was a long-time volunteer for the WTA’s Family Circle Cup, a women’s professional tennis tournament.

Helen – known to her friends and family as “Honey” – was the life of the party. She had a personality that would light up a room and a laugh that would carry far and wide. Helen was an avid storyteller, was blessed with the gift of gab, and was also a top-notch practical joker. She was a talented craftsperson and was always experimenting with new mediums to express herself artistically. And, while less adept in the culinary arts, that never stopped Helen from also experimenting in the kitchen – especially around the holidays when she would tirelessly bake delicious Christmas cookies for everyone she could think of. A devout Catholic and a proud American, she was both deeply spiritual and patriotic. Helen was strong-willed and fiercely dedicated to her family. She was also supremely generous and would never hesitate to help a friend in need. Wherever she went, Helen knew everybody – and everybody knew her as well.

The many students who passed through her classroom doors will remember Helen for the positive impact she assuredly made on their young lives. Her friends will remember her for her grace, humor, charm, and fun-loving nature. And her family will remember her for the unrivaled kindness she exuded, as well as for the unwavering love she bestowed upon them each and every day. Helen will undoubtedly be missed by everyone who was lucky enough to have had her even briefly touch their lives.

Helen Birch Cleary is survived by her loving son Mark Cleary, her adoring grandsons William and James Cleary, and their mother Jenifer Cleary. A memorial service in celebration of her life will be held at a date and time soon to be determined. In lieu of flowers, please donate in Helen’s honor to The American Repertory Ballet & Princeton Ballet School by visiting www.arballet.org/helencleary/. Donations can also be sent by mail to Princeton Ballet School, 301 N. Harrison Street, 2nd Floor, Princeton, New Jersey 08540.


Leila Cayci

Mrs. Leila Cayci passed away on April 30, 2021, at her home in Princeton with her family around her.

Blessed with beauty, brains, and a gentle charm, Leila was a graduate of the American Girls School and the American University in Cairo. A talented pianist, Leila pursued her interest in music receiving a bachelor’s degree in arts from Douglas College and a master’s degree in music from Syracuse University. Her children have wonderful memories of listening to Leila play the piano and she instilled in them a lifelong love of music.

While studying at Douglas, she met her future husband, M.A. Cayci, a civil engineer who worked in multiple disciplines including infrastructure design and aerospace engineering. Leila combined being a devoted wife and mom with pursuit of a career as a librarian, earning a master’s degree in library science from Rutgers University. For many years, she served as a public library director.

In retirement, Leila enjoyed spending summers at the Jersey shore, attending concerts and cultural events, and following with keen interest news of the world. Throughout her life, Leila was always up for a lively conversation about current events.

Leila was predeceased by her husband and is survived by her daughters Karen and Barbara and extended family. The service and burial at Princeton Cemetery were both private and arrangements were handled by Kimble Funeral Home.

A beautiful, loving, and dedicated mother, and a strong, independent, and determined lady, Leila lived her life with honesty, integrity, and respect for all. She will be deeply missed by her family.


Gil Gordon

Gil Gordon, of Monmouth Junction, passed away on Friday, August 6, 2021 with his family beside him. He was 72.

Born and raised in Warwick, NY, he earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Northeastern University and a Master’s in Human Resources from Cornell University. After working at Johnson & Johnson for 10 years, he started Gil Gordon Associates in 1982, a firm specializing in Telecommuting.

As a pioneer and innovator in this field, he was highly sought after as a consultant and speaker throughout the United States and the world. He authored multiple books on the subject. One of the leading experts on telecommuting and organizational behavior, Gil was showcased in multiple interviews for local, national, and international news outlets throughout the 1980s and 1990s.

During the past 20 years, he transitioned to his next career — community service and advocacy. These efforts became his full-time job. He was admired and recruited for his ability to analyze situations, address them efficiently, and solve disputes with minimal conflict. Always on the cutting edge, Gil had the foresight to identify the challenges of tomorrow while actively working on the issues of today.

Gil was quietly charitable with both his time and his resources, helping not just people, but communities and organizations in need. He served as a longtime volunteer and board member of JFCS of Greater Mercer County, served as President of The Jewish Center of Princeton, volunteered with Cornerstone Kitchen, and developed and spearheaded the Princeton Period Project.

In addition, Gil served on the Biomedical Ethics Committee at Penn Medicine Princeton Medical Center, weighing in on difficult decisions before and during the COVID-19 pandemic. These were just some of his local affiliations and positions; he also served on national committees within the Jewish Conservative Movement.

An avid photographer, Gil traveled much of the American Southwest in an effort to capture the perfect shot. He also loved classic cars, and his purchase of a neon green Dodge Challenger in 2020 brought him great joy throughout his illness.

Gil is survived by his wife Ellen; his children Adam Gordon (Kari Hexem) and Lisa (Marc) Rogol; his brother Barry (Barbara) Gordon; grandchildren Zachary, Alexa, Moe, and Asher; his treasured aunt Shirley Gordon and her daughters Joy Markel and Leah Gomberg; as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins, and in-laws.

Funeral services were held August 8 at The Jewish Center of Princeton, with burial at Princeton Cemetery.

At Gil’s request, memorial contributions may be directed to The Jewish Center General Fund or to JFCS of Greater Mercer County.  Kosher canned/packaged goods may also be donated to JFCS Mobile Food Pantry in his memory.

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


John B. (Jack) Rogerson, Jr.

John B. (Jack) Rogerson, Jr. passed away peacefully on July 8 in Pennswood Village, Newtown, PA.  Born on September 3, 1922, Dr. Rogerson died two months shy of his 99th birthday. The son of the late John B. Rogerson, Sr. and his wife Freda of Cleveland, Ohio. Dr. Rogerson was the devoted and loving husband of Betty, his lifelong companion who passed away in 2012. They were soulmates for almost 70 years.

Dr. Rogerson, a navy veteran, loved music, reading, and travel, especially to countries where he could use his language skills. He received his B.S. degree in mathematics from Case Institute of Technology in 1951, a PhD in Astrophysics from Princeton University in 1954 followed by a post-doctoral fellowship awarded by the Carnegie Foundation. During his career as a professor at Princeton, Dr. Rogerson took an active lead in developing techniques suitable to space astronomy.  His work with Stratoscope 1 and 2 in which a balloon lifted a telescope 80,000 feet above our atmosphere to film the surface of the sun earned him the appointment of Executive Director of the Princeton Observatory’s Space Telescope Program. That appointment led to NASA’s launch of the Copernicus Satellite in 1972, an Orbiting Astronomical Observatory that produced significant advancement of knowledge to the astronomy community around the world. His life’s work produced numerous professional publications. Dr. Rogerson is listed in “Who’s Who in America” as well as “American Men of Science.”

Professional accomplishments aside, Dr. Rogerson was first and foremost dedicated to his family. A soft-spoken, gentle individual, he was their cornerstone. A warm and loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, Dr. Rogerson is survived by two sons, Dr John N. Rogerson and wife Eunice of The Villages, FL, Alan M. Rogerson and wife Chrysa of Tucson AZ; grandchildren Jennifer Azzano and husband Chris (Maj. Gen USAF retired) of Reno NV, Betsy Wolf and husband Derek of Danville, CA, Johnny D. Rogerson and wife Christine of Howell, NJ, and Jason Rogerson of Ewing, N.J; great-grandchildren Allison, Chicago, IL,  Steven Azzano, Stanford Univ., CA, Emmy Wolf, Univ. of Colorado, and Drew Wolf, Danville, CA, Jerry and Jake Rogerson, Howell, NJ.  Dr. Rogerson was predeceased by wife Elizabeth “Betty/Nana” and wonderful son, Jerry B. Rogerson.

The family misses our loving patriarch but takes comfort in the fact that he is reunited with his dear Betty and Jerry.  A private interment ceremony for family was held at the Princeton Cemetery on July 30, 2021.

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


Joan Machol

Joan Miriam (Carlson) Machol, 80, of Princeton Junction, loving wife of Richard Erving for 59 years, passed away peacefully on August 8, 2021.

She was born and raised in Manchester, CT, lived many years in Worthington, Ohio, and resided in Princeton Junction, NJ for the past 34 years. She was a Registered Nurse, mother of five, and an avid volunteer. Her volunteerism included many years at McCosh Health Center at Princeton University and Princeton Hospital. Joan and Richard were world travelers having traveled together to Sweden, Italy, Japan, China, Hawaii, Alaska, Bermuda, and the Caribbean Islands. She loved her 10 grandchildren.

Predeceased by her parents Edwin Harold and Miriam Dorothy (Dahlstrom) Carlson, she is survived by her husband, Richard Erving; five children — Melynda Jean (Stephen Ullery) Machol, Karen Machol (James Vincent) Piraino, Richard John Machol, Kelley Elizabeth (John) Figueroa, and Kathleen Beth Posk; 10 grandchildren — David, John Michael, Christopher, Kathryn, Veronica, Alexa, Christian, Eva, Faith, and Olivia; sister Elizabeth Joy Jones; and brother Edwin Carlson.

Visitation will be held from 9:30-10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, August 11, 2021 at St. David the King Church, 1 New Village Road, Princeton Junction, NJ 08550 followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. Burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association at alz.org.

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

July 28, 2021

Inge (Ingeborg) Pielenz Cadle

November 8, 1933 — July 18, 2021

Inge Pielenz was born in Heilbronn, Germany, on her mother’s 25th birthday. Her childhood was shaped by World War II. Happily, her family lived in a rural town that suffered relatively little devastation. After the war, as the only daughter (with three brothers), Inge was expected to stay at home until she married, but she insisted on training as an interpreter. She studied French in Switzerland and then English in England.

Next Inge got a job in Heidelberg as an interpreter and secretary in the office of the chief chaplain for the U.S. Army in Germany. There she met Don Cadle, a private in the Army, but one with a B.A. from Yale and a Ph.D. from Oxford. They were passing acquaintances for more than a year before Don was asked by her boss to proofread her application to an American college, and discovered that the beautiful blonde German girl was also both smart and principled.  With only two months left in his enlistment, he tried to court her, but she was skeptical, thinking all he wanted was a quick adventure before heading back to the U.S. Don, however, was very persuasive: they got engaged on their second date and were married on June 30, 1956.

Forty years of a very good marriage followed. Inge bravely left her family, culture, and native language behind when travel between the U.S. and Europe meant either days on a ship or a sequence of propeller planes! Don soon joined the Civil Service, starting in the Bureau of the Budget; then he and Inge were joined by daughter Caron. Inge became an American citizen and settled into suburban life in Arlington, Virginia. 

But in 1964 the three Cadles moved to Germany, due to the death of Inge’s beloved older brother Frank. Don was needed to help run the Pielenz family business, a sewing-thread manufacturing company. Inge had to readjust to being her parents’ daughter in her old hometown and help Don deal with the stress of learning a new language in his mid-30s and of working with his father-in-law. There was secret relief all around when, more than three years later, Inge, Don, and Caron could return to the U.S. They settled in Washington, D.C., and Don resumed his work with the Civil Service.

Don left the government for private industry in 1970, and in 1971 the family moved north to Princeton, New Jersey. In 1978, Don opened his own investment business. This gave Inge and Don the flexibility to do a lot of what they loved best: encouraging, helping and broadening the horizons of (mostly) young people, with great generosity. Over the course of about 30 years, they took 66 teens and 20-somethings on major trips, including three to Egypt, four to China, one to the Soviet Union, two to India, and many more to Europe, Central America, South America, Asia, Australia, New Zealand, and many U.S. states. Inge was counselor, sounding board, den mother, and cheerleader for two generations of young folk from the U.S., Germany, the U.K., Australia, Denmark, Switzerland, Mexico, Egypt, Turkey, and Japan. She and Don opened their home and hearts to exchange students, relatives, friends, friends of friends, and to daughter Caron’s German husband, Ralf Remshardt, who was welcomed into the family in 1986 with celebrations first in Germany and then in Princeton. Inge and Don often changed lives with spontaneous acts of kindness, such as buying a car for the chauffeur who’d driven them during several trips to Egypt so he could open his own taxi business.

Inge managed to do all the above while also taking care of a large house, always full of guests, without any help until she was well into her 80s, and creating a huge, beautiful garden that was her greatest joy and, as she put it, her therapy.  She always said that she would have liked to have been an architect, and her designs for a major addition to the Princeton house and for the landscape that surrounded it prove she would have made a good one.

Inge Cadle will be remembered by those whose lives she touched for her sense of adventure, her courage, her tenacity, her wit, and her warmth. When she lost Don in 1996, she faced the future without fear or self-pity. Asked by one Princeton neighbor how she managed not to cry, she replied, “I had 40 good years, I have no reason to complain.” She responded to the undeserved cruelties of age and memory loss with the same stubborn bravery. While we live, we will miss her.

Inge moved to Gainesville, Florida, in 2018 and received 24-hour care starting in March 2019.  She is survived by daughter Caron Cadle, son-in-law Ralf Remshardt, brother Albrecht Pielenz and his wife Christiane, sister-in-law Christa Pielenz, ex-sister-in-law Erika Pielenz, 12 nieces and nephews in the U.S. and Germany, their many descendants, and a large group of much-loved “relatives by choice,” as well as the best care team in the world: geriatric care manager Jocelyn Holt and caregivers Liza and Mary Clines, Melissa Giles, and Iva Floyd.


Jean O’Neill Huntington

Jean O’Neill Huntington, 95, died peacefully on July 3, 2021 at her Stonebridge at Montgomery residence in Skillman, New Jersey, with her family at her side. 

Jean was the wife of the late Thomas Foster Huntington and their 24-year union was a joyous one. Jean and Tom spent countless days sailing around Narragansett Bay and cruising the New England coast. Whenever there was music and a bit of floor space they would be the first ones to step out and start dancing. They also loved traveling overseas and spending time with their children and grandchildren. 

Born Jean Bell O’Neill on May 9, 1926 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to Mildred Tiel O’Neill and William Charles O’Neill, Jr, she graduated from Abington Friends School and the University of Pennsylvania. Jean then worked in New York and became a trade journal editor. After her May 1956 marriage to Charles Fink Fischer she moved to Princeton where they raised two children, Cornelia and Henry.

A natural athlete, Jean played and refereed field hockey for over 30 years. She loved competitive tennis and continuing playing well into her 80s. Despite losing her sight and with it her ability to play bridge in her final years, Jean remained cheerful and witty, an O’Neill family trait that served her well all of her life. Jean was a member of Trinity Episcopal Church, the Pretty Brook Tennis Club, and the Present Day Club.

Jean is survived by her brother William (Audubon, PA), her daughter Cornelia Fischer Sertl (Mark Sertl, Rochester, NY) and their two children Katja (Annapolis, MD) and Nicholas (Somerville, MA), her son Henry Fink Fischer (Nancy Richardson Fischer, Hood River, OR), as well as Fischer stepsons Charles (St. Croix, VI) and Don (Mary Esther, FL), Huntington stepdaughters Ellen (Wilmington, DE), Louisa (Weezie) (Allentown, NJ), and Deborah (Brooklyn, NY), and their families.

A private family gathering is planned later in the year.

July 21, 2021

Byron Adams Campbell

In Memoriam

Byron Campbell, Ph.D., died peacefully at home on June 24, due to complications from Parkinson’s disease. He was 94.

Byron was the Eugene Higgins Professor of Psychology, and then professor emeritus, at Princeton University.

Born in Portland, Oregon, Byron grew up in Seattle and loved the mountains and the Pacific Northwest. Summers on his maternal grandfather’s farm, becoming an Eagle Scout, camping with family and friends, and his first adventure in Alaska built the foundation for his lifelong love of the wilderness.

His father, Robert H. Campbell, was a prosperous business owner in the food and grain supply industry, and his mother, Estelle Grettie Campbell, was a capable woman known for baking lemon meringue pies from scratch on backcountry hiking trips. Sadly, Byron’s father died in an accidental drowning when Byron was just 11. This event no doubt spurred him to make the most of every day, and to work hard to secure financial stability for himself and his family. Eventually this goal led him to supplement the family income by investing in and managing rental real estate.

After high school graduation, Byron volunteered for induction into the Navy, and served as a radar technician for the duration of WWII. He then used the GI bill to earn a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Washington. Byron continued his studies at Yale University, earning his Ph.D. in experimental psychology, and then completed his post-doctoral studies at Harvard University.

While at Yale, Byron fell in love with fellow graduate student Enid Margaret Hobart. They were married in 1954, and in 1956 Byron joined the faculty of Princeton University. Later that year their daughter Andrea was born and 5 years later they celebrated the arrival of their son, Ian. Over their marriage of 62 years, Byron was always supportive of Enid’s work as a professor at Trenton State College, and as a clinical psychologist in private practice.

Throughout his five decades of research and teaching, Byron treasured his relationships with many colleagues, and with graduate students and post-docs in “the Campbell lab.” He and his team made significant contributions, and he mentored many of the field’s greatest contributors. His post-doctoral fellows and graduate students, and their post-docs and grad students, have gone on to train over a thousand women and men whose research and teaching continues to push neuropsychology forward around the world.

Byron was an amazing trip planner, and he loved sharing his enjoyment of the outdoors and travel with Enid, his children and later his grandchildren, and close friends. There were many adventures in Europe and North America, as well as New Zealand, and China. In addition, he greatly enjoyed spending time in the little house he and Enid acquired in 1984 and fixed up over time, just a few miles from the Canadian border in Northern Vermont, with a spectacular view of Mount Mansfield, and blessed with wonderful neighbors. The family still gathers there for a bit of mountain magic. Camping, canoeing, hiking, snowshoeing, and his annual adventures to Alaska, especially along the Stikine River and near Wrangell, remained active passions for him well into his 80’s.

His wife Enid passed away in 2015. He is survived by his son, Ian Campbell, Ph.D., of White Rock, New Mexico; and his daughter, Andrea Sacchetti of Princeton, along with Andrea’s husband Raymond, and grandchildren Adam Frary and Thomas Sacchetti. In addition, he is survived by Adam’s wife, Rebecca McNichol, greatgrandchildren Simone and Fox, and Thomas’s fiancée, Emily Denton. He is also survived by his sister-in-law Joan Hobart, nieces Ann and Elizabeth, and nephews John, Ted, and Bill.

A memorial gathering is planned in Princeton on August 6. For more information, please contact Andrea at ByronsMemorial@gmail.com.

In lieu of flowers, please consider contributions in his name to D&R Greenway Land Trust, or The Nature Conservancy.


Natalia Oleynikova

Natalia Oleynikova, age 68, passed away in Plainsboro Township, NJ, on Tuesday, July 13, 2021, after a long battle with cancer.

She is survived by her daughter Julia, son Eugene, daughter-in-law Makiko, grandson Emil, father Dolya, brother Aleksandr, and other relatives in Minsk, Belarus, and Brooklyn, NY.

Natalia will be remembered as a person of integrity, hard work, and passion.

She was cremated in accordance with her will.

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Ellen J. MacLean

Ellen J. MacLean, 75, of Hopewell, New Jersey. It is with great sadness that the family of Ellen J. MacLean announce her passing. Ellen went home to be with the Lord on July 16, 2021. She was born on September 15, 1945 in Perth Amboy, NJ. Ellen was “born again” in 1989. She was predeceased by her parents, Fred and Pauline Everson, her son, Jerry MacLean, Jr., and her brother, Don Maier. She is survived by her husband of 58 years, Jerry MacLean (Hopewell, NJ), daughters, Tammy MacLean (Boston, MA) and Sherry MacLean (Princeton, NJ), a godson, Kam Amirzafari (Hillsborough, NJ), and brothers Fred Everson (Toms River, NJ) and F. L. Everson (Tuckerton, NJ). She also leaves a large circle of other close relatives and many dear friends.

Ellen was a member of Cape Island Baptist Church in Cape May, NJ for many years, and also of Stonehill Church in Princeton. Ellen loved nature, the town of Cape May, where she had a second home for many years, the scenic countryside in and around Hopewell, and her husband’s beautiful gardens. She will be laid to rest next to her beloved son in Shoreland Memorial Gardens in Hazlet, NJ. Forever in our hearts.

Family and friends were invited to visit on Monday, July 19, 2021 at Shore Point Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., 3269 State Hwy/Rt 35 N., Hazlet, NJ 07730. Funeral services were offered at St. John’s United Methodist Church, 2000 Florence Ave, Hazlet, NJ 07730. Interment followed at Shoreland Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Hazlet, NJ. Memorial Contributions in memory of Ellen can be made to Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, at BillyGraham.org.  For information, directions, or to send condolences to the family, please visit, www.shorepointfh.com.

July 14, 2021

John H. Timoney

John H. Timoney, age 88, beloved husband of Ana Palacios Timoney, and father to Maria Teresa (Tess), Francis, Mark, and Michael died peacefully at home on July 3, 2021 after a long illness.

Born June 14, 1933 to Francis Xavier and Margaret Timoney of New York City, he attended All Hallows Elementary and High Schools and Columbia College where he was captain of the swim team and president of the Alpha Delta Phi fraternity. He played water polo for the New York Athletic Club, the U.S. Army, and various clubs in South America.

At 23, after two years of service in the U.S. Army, John joined W.R Grace and became sales manager for Pan American-Grace Airways in Bolivia. There he met and married Ana Palacios of San Antonio, Texas, who was assigned to the U.S. Embassy in La Paz. His career in finance took the family across Latin America, from Bolivia to Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, New York City, the Midwest, and Berkeley, California, bringing them to Princeton in 1978 when he left W.R Grace to join Bio-Dynamics. He served as Chief Financial Officer for Applied BioScience International (APBI) until 1997 and subsequently served as a member of the Board of Directors of Omnicare and International Schools Services (ISS).

John and Ana traveled the world with curiosity and a sense of fun. He was as comfortable in the great museums of Europe as in the sugar cane fields of Northern Peru. And wherever he was, he always found a beach or a swimming pool. John was an avid reader of history and literature, with an abiding interest in Spanish and Latin American culture. He read deeply into the nexus of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. His Catholic faith was the core of his strength. He was charitable in all ways. He gave generously, not just financially, but also of his time. He was especially proud of having volunteered in the renovation and construction of homes on behalf of Catholic Charities of Trenton.

John was, in every respect, a gentleman. He was an exceptionally loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. Nothing gave him greater pleasure than to be surrounded by his boisterous family, including ten grandchildren and his great grandson. His memoir, From La Paz to Princeton, tells his story.

His wife Ana; his children Tess, Francis, Mark, and Michael; and his sister Susie O’Neill of New Berne, North Carolina, survive him. His brother James, and his sisters Jane and Margaret predecease him.

A funeral mass will be held on Wednesday July 14, 2021 at 10 a.m. at St. Paul’s Roman Catholic Church in Princeton. In lieu of flowers, donations in his name may be made to the All Hallows School for Boys in the Bronx.

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

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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.”


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.


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.


Hortenzia (Dolly) Benchea Rapking


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.


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!


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.


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.


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.

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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Irene Cornish Thompson

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


John Edwin Butcher

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

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

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

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

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

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


Kathleen H. Ruggiero

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

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Dr. Albert Edward Kodzo Kormewlo Timpo

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

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

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

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

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

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


Jane Willey Swartzentruber

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

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

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

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

A private funeral service and interment are planned.


Jean Barber Bucek

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.