December 11, 2019

Robert Carithers (Bob) Duncan, Jr.

On Monday, November 25, 2019, Robert Carithers (Bob) Duncan, Jr., loving husband, biological father of four, father-in-fact to one, and father-in-law, grandfather, and great-grandfather to many, passed away peacefully at home at the age of 90, with his devoted wife Helen at his side.  Adoring family and friends surrounded him throughout his final days.

Bob was born on July 1, 1929, in Washington, D.C., to Robert Carithers Duncan and Jane McMullan Duncan of Chevy Chase, Maryland. He graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in the District of Columbia in 1947, and received his BA from Union College in 1951, and his MA in Physics from Cornell University in 1958. When not leading memorable summer family camping adventures, he worked as a research physicist for many years at RCA Laboratories in Princeton, New Jersey, publishing numerous research papers between 1958 and 1977. He was later conscripted to serve in the delicate role of facilities allocation manager there until his retirement in 1987. Freed of a nine to five commitment, Bob then perfected his talents (and nourished his innate curiosity) as a home handyman, amateur tennis player, storyteller, instinctive educator, aspiring sailor, non-fiction book aficionado, Maryland crab picker, and New York Times crossword puzzler, and spent as much time as possible “puttering” and relaxing on the porch of the Duncan family cottage on the banks of the Potomac River in Southern Maryland.

Bob married his high school sweetheart and wife of 67 years, Helen Sheppard Duncan, on June 27, 1952. They raised two sons, Rob and Dave, and two daughters, Carol and Karen, in the home in which Helen still resides in Princeton, New Jersey. Their integrated-by-design neighborhood, and the civil and human rights ideals upon which it was founded in the late 1950s, remained — aside from family and children, whom he considered critical to that mission — the most important commitment of Bob’s adult life. Bob was a member of the Princeton Housing Group, which focused on fair housing initiatives during that time, and he and Helen routinely invited foreign students and young people facing challenging circumstances into their home over the years. Bob continued to take an active role in supporting equal rights on both the national and local level through the rest of his life.

Bob was a participating member of the Nassau Presbyterian Church from the time he and Helen joined in 1960, serving in various capacities on assorted committees over the years, supporting incarcerated youth, working on revitalization projects in Trenton, and leading immigration rights and other community service initiatives well into his late 80s. He was President of the Princeton YMCA Service Club in 1961-2 and 1965-6, and was elected to the West Windsor Township Board of Education in 1966. He served on the school board until 1975, and was chosen as its President during the period in which the Township planned, funded, constructed, and inhabited its first high school, now West Windsor-Plainsboro High School South. In spite of what he perceived as a naturally introverted and reserved personality, Bob’s thoughtful and heartfelt (and, when appropriate, humorous) words were welcomed, respected, powerful, and convincing in support of this endeavor, as they were on so many diverse occasions throughout his adult life.

Bob was preceded in death by his father and mother and brother, Bruce. He is survived by his wife, Helen; his four children and their families: Rob, Jennifer, Amy Cameron and Natalie Duncan; David, Valerie, Jennifer, Sarah (Turner), Katie, Cameron, Ashley (Webb) and Grayson Duncan; Carol, Elizabeth and Christopher Quin; and Karen, Chris, Stach, Jana, Rye and Li Jaran; much-loved spouses and significant others of several of his grandchildren; and Bryan Mitnaul — who Bob and Helen have considered part of their family since he grew up with their children as a next door neighbor — and his children David and Todd. 

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, December 14, 2019 at the Nassau Presbyterian Church in Princeton, New Jersey, at 4 p.m. Donations in Bob’s honor may be made to the International Rescue Committee or Nassau Presbyterian Church’s Hunger Fund.


Judith Applegate

Judith Applegate of Princeton, New Jersey. Deceased, December 3, 2019, age 83, after a long illness.

Born in 1936 in Northern New Jersey, the daughter of the late John Bayles Applegate (1900-1978) and Pauline Hammell Applegate (1908-1993), Ms. Applegate grew up in Westfield and Harding Township. She attended Kent Place School, received her B.A. in the History of Art from Brown University, and completed graduate-level work at the University of Chicago. Her professional career in the arts included work as an Assistant Curator with the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Director of Education and Chief Curator at the DeCordova Museum; Director of New York’s Place des Antiquaires International Antiques Center; Vice President, Citibank Art Advisory Services; and Director of the Litchfield Auction Gallery of Connecticut.

Always interested in education, Ms. Applegate held various adjunct teaching positions throughout her career, most recently with the Cooper-Hewitt Museum graduate program, the Bard Graduate Center, and the Fashion Institute of Technology. With her former husband, Irving Slavid, she ran a successful antiques business in Massachusetts and Connecticut. Returning to New Jersey in 1994, Ms. Applegate settled in Princeton, where she enjoyed helping with the Master Gardeners of Mercer County and continued to run her own art and antiques appraisal business before retiring in 2016.

She was predeceased by her brother John W. Applegate of California.

Ms. Applegate is survived by her daughter Suzy Cain of Wellington, New Zealand; two grandchildren, Joseph Cain of New York and Wilson Cain of New Zealand; a niece and nephew, Jennifer Applegate and Charles Applegate, both of California; and one grand-nephew, Timothy Applegate, also of California.


Marie-Antoinette Pinard

On Wednesday, December 4, 2019, Marie-Antoinette Pinard transitioned to heaven. Antoinette’s journey began in St. Marc Haiti, her place of birth. Mrs. Pinard attended the Ecole Elie DuBois for girls in Haiti and taught elementary school in Haiti for 15 years. After teaching, she acted as the Secretary of Presidential candidate, Clement Jumelle, under the administration of President Estimé.

In 1970, in search of a place to live out her dreams and share herself with the world, Mrs. Pinard emigrated to Princeton from Haiti. And we are all better for it.

Arriving in Princeton, Mrs. Pinard worked at Princeton Medical Center for over 25 years. Princeton became the birthplace of Andre V. Pinard, her beloved son and only child. Both Andre and Antoinette made the most of Princeton, capitalizing on its reputable public school system. Education had always been something that Mrs. Pinard took very seriously. Andre attended Community Park, John Witherspoon, and Princeton High School before graduating from Connecticut College in 1994.

Antoinette dedicated her life to the nurturing of her large extended family and made it a point to continue to take care of her family in Haiti by bringing them to the United States. Those of us who knew her know that her nurturing extended far outside of her extended family. We have all been nurtured, in some way, by Marie Antoinette Pinard. And we are blessed to have been able to experience the love that she gave, consistently, with class and some sass, if you deserved it.

Mrs. Pinard is survived by her son and his wife, Folake, sister, Nicole Lopez, and four brothers, Noe St. Juste, Emmanuel St. Juste, Elie St. Juste, and Michelet Jean-François as well as her three grandchildren, Ajani, Anais, and Amelie, her cousin Bertha Toussaint, and many nieces and nephews including Sophia, Bobby, Carla, Julio, Lucas, Edson, Vava, Mayerling, Jacques, Mimi, Sandra, Sade, Naomi, Raquel, Romy, Marjorie, and Carine.

Mrs. Pinard’s life will be celebrated on Saturday, December 14, 2019, at 2:30 p.m. at St. Paul’s Church. The viewing will be held from 12 p.m. until 2 p.m. at Kimble Funeral Home located at 1 Hamilton Avenue, Princeton New Jersey.


Michael “Mike” Ernest Bitterly

Michael “Mike” Ernest Bitterly, 61, of Princeton, NJ, passed away peacefully on December 3, 2019. Michael was born in Red Bank, NJ. He graduated from Monmouth Regional High School in 1976. Michael was a devoted father, brother, partner, and friend to all who knew him.

He is predeceased by his parents, Paul Joseph and Catherine (Markey) Bitterly, and his sister, Jacqueline Meaghan. He is survived by his loving and devoted daughter, Madeleine Bitterly, his brothers and their wives, Paul and Susan Bitterly, Gary and Debbie Bitterly, Francis and Lisa Bitterly, and eight adoring nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his loving partner and “warrior angel,” Brandy Corbo, and her three sons who fought this battle by his side with grace, humor, faith, and love.

Michael’s endearing talents brought him quickly to leadership roles in his business career. At the age of 19, Mike managed one of the NJ Shore’s finest restaurants as the Head Maitre’d. In his 20s he transitioned his talents to work on Wall Street and enjoyed a fulfilling career including nearly 30 years with Merrill Lynch/BlackRock. Michael retired as a Managing Director, and Global Head of BlackRock’s Wealth Management Business. In addition to his responsibilities, he was a member of BlackRock’s Global Operating Committee and Global Human Capital Committee as well as a member of the Board of Trustees for The Red Cross and a member of the Board of Directors for The Boys and Girls Club. Most recently in 2017 Michael founded the Princeton Redevelopment Group.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, December 14, 2019 from 9-11:30 a.m. at Poulson & Van Hise Funeral Directors, 650 Lawrence Road, Lawrenceville, NJ 08648.

A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 12 noon at The Church of St. Ann, 1253 Lawrence Road, Lawrenceville, NJ 08648.

Interment will be held privately.

The family requests in lieu of flowers, donations be made in Michael’s honor to: The Boys and Girls Club of Mercer County.

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


Kenneth M. Langeland

Kenneth M. Langeland, 90, of Griggstown, passed away on Friday, Dec 6, 2019 after an eight-year struggle with dementia. Kenneth was born and raised in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, NY.  After finishing high school he worked for Andrew’s and Evan’s Insurance Co. in Downtown Brooklyn. He was married for 68 years to Kay Morch Langeland, until her death on Feb 20, 2019. 

After marrying Kay in 1950, he proudly served his country in the U.S. Army, 28th Division, in occupied Germany during the Korean Conflict. Upon his discharge, he began working in the heavy construction industry. The NY Dockbuilders Union #1456 employed him for 36 years, he was most proud of working on the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge. He was also a member of the Vasa Order of America, Lodge Lyckan #507 for many years. He moved to Griggstown, NJ, in 1962 where he built the home he lived in for most of his remaining years. He attended Bunker Hill Church for over 50 years. Ken was a known jokester full of fun. His sense of humor entertained his many friends and family.

He is predeceased by his parents Christian and Elsa Langeland, and a sister Edith Hume. He is survived by his two devoted daughters and their husbands Lori and Lawrence Dudek of Skillman, NJ, and Dale and David Antonevich of Mechanicsville, VA, two beloved granddaughters, Susanne Dudek, Kristi Nelson, her husband Peter Nelson and great grandson Avery Thomas Nelson, a brother, Charles Langeland of Cranbury, NJ, and niece Elizabeth DeLeo of Somerset, NJ.

A Funeral Service was conducted on Sunday, December 8, 2019 at the M.J. Murphy Funeral Home, 616 Ridge Road at New Road, Monmouth Junction. Burial was private in the Griggstown Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Bunker Hill Lutheran Brethren Church, Restoring to Serve Building Fund, 235 Bunker Hill Road, Princeton, NJ 08540 or the Alzheimer’s Association.


Marie Y. Stone

Marie Y. Stone, 93, of Princeton died Thursday, December 5, 2019 at Princeton Care Center of Princeton. She had been a lifelong resident of Princeton.

Marie attended the public school system of Princeton. After graduating Princeton High School in 1944, she graduated Katherine Gibbs secretarial school in New York City.

Marie retired after 50 years as a legal secretary with the law firm of Smith, Stratton, Wise, Heher and Brennan of Princeton.

Daughter of the late Harold and Elsie (Duffield) Stone, she is survived by a sister, Joan Froehlich of Princeton; a niece, Denise Hewitt of Allentown, NJ; a great niece, Abigail Hewitt and great nephew, Wesley Hewitt; niece Lorise Furey of Wayne, PA, great niece Lila Furey and great nephew, Bryce Furey.

Burial will be at the convenience of the family.

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


Elisabeth Borgerhoff-Pomerleau

Elisabeth Borgerhoff-Pomerleau, daughter of Professor and Mrs. E. B. O. Borgerhoff, died peacefully at home in Mount Vernon, Maine, on November 8, 2019, surrounded by her loving family and friends.

Beth was born on August 20, 1951 in Princeton, New Jersey. She attended Rose Cottage Nursery School, Nassau Street School, Miss Fines School, and Princeton Day School. Beth was a brilliant student, especially of writing, languages, and music. She began studying piano as a young girl and later became a student of Naomi Chandler with whom she developed a lasting friendship. While studying Russian in high school, Beth traveled to Russia with the American Field Service, and went again to teach English in St. Petersburg. Beth was an editor for the PDS publication Cymbals, and a frequent contributor of poetry and prose. She sang with the school choir and madrigal group.

In the fall of 1969, Beth entered Yale University as a member of the first coed class at Yale. She majored in Russian Studies and was a founding member of the Yale Slavic Chorus. After graduating from Yale, Beth moved to Maine and in 1978 met Ricky Pomerleau. Beth and Ricky were married on November 4, 1995 by the Reverend Thomas Hagen, O.M.I., at the Princeton University Chapel in Princeton, New Jersey.

Beth quickly became in demand in Maine. She was sought after to serve as interpreter for Russian sailing crews arriving in Maine seaports. She provided piano and accordion accompaniment for a variety of dance groups, and performed frequently at the Center for Cultural Exchange in Portland, Maine. She was a member of the band The Ambassadors, which toured in the U.S. and Europe and released a live recorded album. She traveled with Project Troubador’s “Whistle Stop to China Tour” in the provinces, and to Shanghai and Beijing. Beth played with Alan Shavash Bardezbanian and His Middle Eastern Ensemble. The group toured and later recorded the CD “Oud Masterpieces: From Armenia, Turkey and the Middle East” which had international sales.

Beth was a much loved and respected piano teacher to children and adults in Bath, Maine, and at home in Mount Vernon. Many of her students became close friends and during Beth’s illness expressed their gratitude to her for the invaluable life lessons through which she lovingly guided them.

Beth studied painting theory and techniques at the Barnes Foundation in Merion, Pennsylvania, with Violette de Mazia. Beth made both representational and impressionistic paintings on canvas and on paper, creating some paintings as small as one inch square. Inspired by the Ukranian pysanki, she developed techniques for making paintings on ostrich, goose, and pullet eggs. Among her large abstract paintings, some she cherished most were her final ones. They are a tribute to the wonderful play of shape and color. Beth’s work has been exhibited in South Windsor, Connecticut, at the Ann Weber Gallery in Georgetown, Maine, and at Thomas College in Waterville, Maine. One of her seascapes is on permanent exhibit in the Upper School Library at Princeton Day School. Beth is represented by the CG Gallery, Ltd. in Princeton, New Jersey.

Beth was an excellent swimmer and avid reader of fiction and nonfiction. She loved nature and all nature’s creatures, especially birds, and was a dedicated ornithologist.

Beth was predeceased by her parents, E.B.O. Borgerhoff and Cornelia N. Borgerhoff, and by her sister Jane C. Borgerhoff.

She is survived, and will be forever missed, by Ricky, her loving husband of 41 years; stepson Raven; her sister Ledlie Borgerhoff of Princeton, N.J.; nephew and niece Arthur and Cornelia Borgerhoff of Chestnut Hill, Pa.; sister-in-law Susan Quinn and spouse John of Beverly, Mass.; brother-in-law Marc Pomerleau and spouse Curt Knight of Kea’au, Hawai’i; along with many beloved cousins, nephews, and nieces; cherished friends; and faithful dog Winston.

Sincere and heartfelt thanks to the nurses and doctors of the Harold Alfond Center for Cancer Care and to the Maine General Hospice of Augusta, Maine.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Thursday, November 21 at the St. Augustine Church in Augusta, Maine. A memorial service for Beth will be held in Princeton, New Jersey at the Princeton University Chapel on Sunday, June 14, 2020 at 1 p.m.


Henry Jones

A wonderful husband, dad, and Pop Pop and the patriarch of our family, Henry (Buddy) Jones passed away unexpectedly on December 5, 2019. He was 78 years old.

Henry was born in Camden, NJ, to the late Henry and Dorothy (Higgins) Jones and was stepson of the late John Fiumenero. He was also predeceased by his wife’s parents, the late Anthony and Catherine Cirullo, who loved him as a son, and his late brother-in-law Michael Cirullo. Henry spent his childhood in Kingston, NJ.  After marriage, he lived in Princeton, and finally Lawrenceville, for the past 45 years.

Henry was a member of Carpenter’s Local #781 – Princeton and served as Business Representative for 17 years. He retired in 1996. He was also a volunteer firefighter for Mercer Engine Company #3 in Princeton for many years.

The epitome of a family man, Henry was always ready to support his wife, children, and grandchildren in all their endeavors. A skilled woodworker, he produced many cherished items for family and friends. His backyard Koi pond gave him many hours of pleasure and at times, frustration. He was an enthusiastic NHRA fan. He enjoyed cruise vacations and especially enjoyed family summer shore vacations, 16 people in one house.

Henry was the #1 fan of his children’s and grandchildren’s activities and sporting events. He often proudly said, “If I had a nickel for every game I went to, I would have lots of money.” He loved every minute of it and took delight in all their accomplishments.

A quiet man who faced many health challenges throughout his life, Henry did it with bravery, grace, and dignity and a lot of wit. He had a wry sense of humor and could regale others with laughter.

Surviving Henry is his loving wife of 53 years, Frances Jones (Cirullo); his sons Henry (Rick) and wife Jennifer, Mark and wife Jennifer; daughters Karen Truban and husband Paul, Rebecca and husband Ray Pyontek. He is also survived by his cherished grandchildren Peyton, Alex, and Kathryn Truban, Liz and Caitlin Jones and Nate Jones.

Also surviving are his brother Anthony (Tony) and wife Jeanette Fiumenero, and brother-in-law Anthony and wife Donna Cirullo. He is survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins, lifelong friends, and his faithful canine companion Gracie.

We were blessed by his life and are grateful for the way he lived it and will cherish our many wonderful memories.

Services were held at Mather Hodge Funeral Home and interment at Princeton Cemetery.

If you wish, donations may be made to the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen (TASK), P.O. Box 872, Trenton, NJ 08605, Homefront, 1880 Princeton Avenue, Lawrenceville, NJ 08648 or The Salvation Army, at


Marilyn R. Wellemeyer

Marilyn R. Wellemeyer died peacefully in her apartment in New York City on Sunday morning December 1, 2019.  Marilyn was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, on January 3, 1925.  In her early years she attended public schools in St. Rose and Destrahan before moving on to the Louise S. McGehee School in New Orleans from which she graduated in 1942. The school honored her with its Distinguished Alumna Award in 1989.

She attended Bryn Mawr College because it offered her a larger scholarship package than did Vassar or Wellesley. Marilyn majored in French and graduated Cum Laude in 1946. She then went to Paris to attend the Sorbonne for one year where she studied French literature and philosophy.

Marilyn returned to the States in 1947 and worked for what was then called the Central Intelligence Organization as a translator/researcher. In addition to being fluent in French, Marilyn also had a reading knowledge of German, Italian, and Spanish.

Marilyn left the CIO in 1949 to pursue a degree in Modern European History at Columbia University during which time she was also an Administrative Assistant in the French department between 1949 and 1951. Her thesis, The Politics of Decolonization: France and Morocco, was eventually published by Columbia University Press in the Dean’s Papers in June 1969.

In 1951 Marilyn joined Time Magazine as an editorial trainee and secretary to the Foreign News Editor. From 1952 through 1955 she was a researcher in the Foreign News Department of Time before she moved to the Foreign News section of LIFE as a reporter in 1955. In 1959 she became the Chief Reporter for the LIFE Foreign News Department until she was sent to Paris in 1961 as a correspondent in LIFE’s European Bureau. While in Paris she covered many fascinating developments such as the Ecumenical Council’s opening in Rome, the Pope’s pilgrimage to Jerusalem, Churchill’s funeral, a special issue on the USSR, as well as the European reaction to the deaths of Kennedy and Nehru. She also spent time in Tokyo preparing a special issue of LIFE on Japan as well as stories on the Tokyo Olympics and Emperor Hirohito.

In 1965 Marilyn returned to New York as Assistant Editor in LIFE’s Modern Living department, where she focused on urban affairs and architecture. She interviewed Dallas Mayor Erik Jonsson as part of the story on the rebirth of Dallas.

Marilyn then transferred to Fortune Magazine as Associate Editor where she wrote 158 articles, all but 30 of which appeared in a monthly column in Fortune entitled On Your Own Time. These stories took her to Bonaire in the Caribbean for undersea photography, to Iceland for salmon fishing, to an archaeological dig in Texas and to a ski patrol in Vermont amongst many other locations. Many of these articles have been collected in a book by Marilyn, On Your Own Time: The Fortune Guide to Executive Leisure.

Upon her retirement from Fortune, Marilyn became active in the Women’s City Club of New York (WCC) a non-profit, non-partisan, multi-issue activist organization dedicated to improving the lives of all New Yorkers. (The Club is now known as Women Creating Change.) In 2009 she was recognized by the WCC as its Honoree of the Year with the following description of her efforts on its behalf:

“MARILYN WELLEMEYER, a WCC member since 1996, is the Chair of WCC’s Communication Committee. She is currently the Editor of AGENDA, a post she has held for the last five years and was the Editor of BULLETIN for 11 years. Marilyn served two three-year terms on the Nominating Committee and is currently on the Executive and Membership Committees.”

Despite her very busy and exciting life, Marilyn always made time to spend with her friends and family. She was a member of the Cosmopolitan Club in New York City for many years. She was also one of the many volunteers who organized the Bryn Mawr book sale held every spring at Princeton Day School.

Marilyn first became acquainted with the Princeton area in 1949 when her parents bought a farm on Bedens Brook Road. She enjoyed visiting the farm on weekends to recharge her batteries after very late nights “putting to bed” magazines on which she was working. After her retirement, she purchased a home in Princeton in 1990 where she enjoyed gardening; she knew all the Latin names as well as the common names of the species in her garden.

Marilyn is survived by her brother John, and his wife, Louise, who live in Princeton, New Jersey, with their twin sons, Douglas and James. She is also survived by her nephew, Robert Wellemeyer and his wife, Beth, of Castleton, Virginia; her nephew William Wellemeyer and his wife, Lori, of Shreveport, Louisiana; and her niece Edith Wellemeyer of Lafayette, Louisiana.  Bob is the father of Autumn Reynolds of Palmyra, Virginia and Ry and Dane Wellemeyer of Castleton, Virginia. William is the father of William John Wellemeyer of College Station, Texas. Marilyn’s brother, William R. Wellemeyer of Covington Louisiana, the father of Robert, William and Edith predeceased Marilyn. Her parents, Elmer Haefner Wellemeyer and Edith Hess Wellemeyer of Skillman, New Jersey, also predeceased her.

A funeral service will be held at the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home at 40 Vandeventer Avenue in Princeton beginning at 1 p.m. on Saturday, December 21. It is suggested that anyone wishing to remember Marilyn make a gift to the financial aid funds at Bryn Mawr College and/or The Louise S. McGehee School: Alumni Relations and Development, Bryn Mawr College, 101 North Merion Avenue, Bryn Mawr, PA 19010; The Office of Development, The Louise S. McGehee School, 2343 Prytania Street, New Orleans, LA 70130.

December 4, 2019

Thérèse Cécile (Côté) Lachance

Thérèse Cécile (Côté) Lachance of Princeton, New Jersey, died on Nov. 26, 2019 from complications after suffering a stroke in 2016. Thérèse was the loving wife of Rev. Dr. Paul A. Lachance, Ph.D. and the proud mom of Dr. Michael Paul Lachance, Ph.D. (Cooperstown, NY), Peter André Lachance (Yardley, PA), Marc-André LaChance (Essex Junction, VT), and Susan Ann (Lachance) Shih (Cranford, NJ).

Thérèse was the first-born child of Lucien and Emilienne (Bolduc) Côté and was born in Derby Line, Vermont, in 1932. She is survived by sisters Yolande Cody (Don), Claire Jaquish (Charles), goddaughter Joanne Comstock (Dana), and her brother Maurice Côté (Monica). She is also survived by godson Donald Cody II, goddaughter Jacqueline Bouffard, and goddaughter Louise Lavallee.  She leaves friends and family throughout the USA and Canada. She was predeceased by her beloved parents, grandparents, and many aunts, uncles, and cousins from both Vermont and Canada. She was the matriarch of a wonderful family that included nine cherished grandchildren: Marcel, Elijah, AnnaGrace, Beau Pierre, Joelle, Aline (Dias), Michaela, Zinnia, and Paul Thomas (Shih). She loved her children’s partners as her own: Carole (Lehoullier), wife of Michael; Patti Malinowski, longtime girlfriend of Peter; Amy (Myers), wife of Marc-André; and Philip Shih, husband of Susan.

On August 6, 1955, Thérèse was married to Paul, her high school sweetheart, in St. Mary “Star of the Sea” Church in Newport, (VT) by Rev. Damase Carrieres; thus began a Catholic and holy marriage that lasted over 61 years. She was a graduate of Sacred Heart schools in Newport, then from the St. Louis School of Nursing in Berlin, NH, where she earned top grades. She completed her residency at King’s County Hospital in Brooklyn, NY. No one worked harder than Thérèse, and no one could doubt her integrity, high morals, and love for the Immaculate Heart of Mary. As a Registered Nurse, she lovingly — and with great attention to detail — worked with patients at the Orleans County Hospital in Newport (VT), was head nurse at the Bishop DeGoesbriand Memorial Hospital in Burlington (VT), served at the 14th USAF Dispensary, Ethan Allen Air Force Base in Winooski (VT), worked at Sacred Heart Hospital in Hull, Quebec, and finished her nursing career at St. Peter’s Hospital in New Brunswick (NJ) working on Floor 3B. She loved being a nurse and treated each patient as she would want her own family members to be treated, often returning to work after her shift to finish details and to say prayers with patients. She was rewarded with notes and cards, calling her an “angel.” She held high standards for work and behavior while still being so gentle.

Thérèse left nursing to raise a growing family as we moved from Quebec to Dayton, Ohio, for Dad’s position at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. In 1963, the family moved to LaPorte, Texas, as Dad was selected as the first flight food and nutrition coordinator for the Manned Spacecraft Center at NASA in Houston. In addition to raising four children, she was engaged in local church activities and worked tirelessly to prepare and support Dad as he became an internationally recognized food scientist. Both Dr. Lachance and Thérèse were parish coordinators of the CYO at St. Mary’s Church. In 1967, Dr. Lachance joined the faculty of the Food Science Department of the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station and Rutgers — The State University. The family settled in a South Brunswick home which Mom made into a loving, accepting refuge.

She was known for her culinary abilities, often creating the most incredible meals, pies, and cakes. She supported Dad as demands for his time became extraordinary and as he became the first Permanent Deacon at St. Paul’s Church (Princeton) where he served from 1977 to when he became too ill with Parkinsonism. She kept everything organized while always insisting that the family eat dinner together. As the children became older, she returned to nursing, often working night shifts while continuing to be the best mom, wife, and nurse this Earth has ever seen. She supported the family having a dog and often had to care for the pet, even though she was not fond of animals. Her singing voice was the sweetest voice in church on Sundays. When she did need to discipline, Thérèse just needed to give “the look” and say she was “disappointed.” As we grew older, we all had fun to see how far we could go before she would declare (but we knew it was only talk) that she would “take you over my checkered apron!”

Vermont remained her home away from home, and she cherished the two-week summer vacations seeing her parents, brother, and sisters from around northern Vermont and Paul’s family in St. Johnsbury. As her children began families of their own, she was the source of guidance on how to cook special meals and how to raise children. Notes from Mom saying “I’m proud of you” are still treasured by her children and their partners. She liked nothing more than when we could “sit and hold my hand…” She treasured every second with us.

She often left notes written in her impeccable handwriting for Dad to find in his suitcase: “Don’t forget you’re very precious to me” and “I’m sure you’ll impress them!” and “I have always been very proud of you” and I love you very much” and “I’ll always be here to take care of you”  and “Don’t forget where you live!” and “Rest!” and “You haven’t left yet, and I already miss you!” and a prayer: “Lord, bring my precious other half home safely.” Dad always wrote back, including “Je t’aime plus que hier et moins que demain.” They called each other every day they were separated and adored each other. They never left home without a kiss. Theirs was a true love story. They held the Immaculate Heart of Mary close to their hearts and often prayed together. We all believed that Mom had a direct connection to God, but she disliked it when we called her “Saint Thérèse”…even though she is no doubt now among the saints and angels in heaven. She is with friends and family she has not seen for a long time and awaits all of us with her moving hugs, soft eyes, and sweet smile. Her loving husband, Rev. Dr. Paul A. Lachance, who died on Jan. 21, 2017, will be joyful to see his love and will probably greet her with a kiss and say, “You’re late.”

In lieu of flowers, take the time to pray with someone, hold a hand, feed the birds, donate food to the poor, and enjoy a piece of German Chocolate Cake, strawberry tarts, blueberry or pecan pie, or an order of beef stroganoff…though none of it will be as good as Mom’s. Care about your work with a high level of detail and integrity while honoring the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Treasure the children and never forget how lucky we are to be in a family. Rest, Mom…Merci beaucoup.

Friends may meet the family from 7-9 p.m. on Friday,  Dec. 6th at the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton. Deacon Jim Knipper will lead a prayer service. Funeral Mass will begin at 10 a.m. (9:30 a.m. viewing) in St. Paul’s Church (Princeton) at 216 Nassau Street on Saturday, Dec. 7th. The celebrant will be Pastor Emeritus, Monsignor Walter E. Nolan with Deacon Frank Crivello. Thérèse Lachance will be entombed in a mausoleum with her husband at Holy Cross Burial Park in East Brunswick, N.J., after mass is completed.


Eleanor Nini Perone

Eleanor Nini Perone, 95, of Princeton died Tuesday, November 26, 2019 at Acorn Glen of Princeton. Born in Princeton, she had been a lifelong resident.

Eleanor retired after many years of service as a receptionist with Mason, Griffin and Pierson. She participated in McCarter Theatre, of P J and B productions. She was a member of St. Paul’s Church, where she was christened and married, and a member of the Italian American Club of Princeton. She was an avid singer and dancer that was always involved in the arts.

She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She belonged to all of us. We were so fortunate to bask in her goodness, good advice, good friends, good conversation, and great food. She gave from her heart to each and every one of us, asking nothing in return. Her home was a special place where all were welcomed.

Daughter of the late Sebastiano and Mariassunta (Tamasi) Nini; wife of the late Felix A. Perone; sister of the late Anthony (Tony) Nini; two sons and a daughter-in-law Paul and Inez Perone, John Daren Perone; two daughters and their partners Toni Rita Perone and James Berger, Melanie Perone and Barry Blount; three grandchildren Allyn Bonilla, John Daren Perone, Jr., and Alexandra Nini Harnois; three great-grandchildren Christhian Bonilla, Sebastian Bonilla, and Bridget Alexandra Harnois.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Saturday, November 30, 2019 at 11:30 am at St. Paul’s Church, 216 Nassau Street, Princeton. Burial followed in the Princeton Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Princeton or the American Cancer Society.


Moore (Mosie) Gates, Jr.

Moore (Mosie) Gates, Jr., a lifelong resident of Princeton, passed peacefully and with grace from this world to the next on Saturday, November 30th after 93 years of doing his best to make the world a better place. He was surrounded by his devoted family and a dedicated team of caregivers.

Born August 28, 1926 in New York City, to Harryette (Reynolds) and Moore Gates, his family lived in Poughkeepsie, NY, until 1937 when they moved to Princeton. As a young man, he fondly recalled mowing neighbor Albert Einstein’s lawn. The family spent summers in Lakeville, CT, where he developed his love of golf and carded two holes-in-one within eight days at the age of 16.

He was a student at Princeton Country Day, now Princeton Day School, before attending The Hill School. There he excelled at sports, becoming Captain of both the soccer and golf teams. He attended Princeton University in the Navy V-12 Officers Training Program, graduating with the Class of 1948. At Princeton, he captained the varsity golf and soccer teams and was a member of Cottage Club.

After graduation, he began his career in investment management at US Trust Co., becoming Senior Vice-President in the Trust Department. After leaving US Trust in 1979, he was a Principal in several smaller investment firms and retired from Gates, Wilmerding, Carper & Rawlings in 2008.

In 1953, Mosie met Audrey Weiss, the love of his life for over 65 years. They were married on February 13, 1954 and began a family that grew to include four children, many dogs, and a few pet pigs. When the children were young, summers were spent on Lake Carmi in Franklin, VT, where Audrey’s parents, Helen and Irwin Weiss, had a “camp.” Many happy memories of swimming, fishing, water skiing, and cheerful dinners were made there. More recently, Audrey and Mosie rented houses on Martha’s Vineyard and in Mattapoisett, MA, that allowed all 17 of the widely-dispersed kids and grandkids to gather. Mosie was a reluctant skier but for many winters a ski house was rented in Woodstock, VT, with two of his college classmates and their families. The laughter still rings in that house and the love of skiing lives on in several of his children and grandchildren. His skiing prowess, or lack thereof, earned him the nickname, “Max” after an imaginary Austrian ski legend!

Mosie gave generously of his time to help others. The Boys and Girls Club of America benefited most from his commitment. He was a lifetime Board member, serving over 50 years, with 30 as National Treasurer. For many years, Mosie was Board Chair of the Rita Allen Foundation which provides funding for young scholars doing pioneering research on cancer, neuroscience, and palliative care. Under his care, it grew from a small family foundation into the important organization it is today. He also served on the Boards of the American Bible Society, Dorothea’s House, the Medical Center at Princeton, and the Board of Pensions of the Presbyterian Church. A devout Christian, he was an Elder at Nassau Presbyterian Church in Princeton. He was very active in the Princeton University Alumni Association, serving at various times as Class President, Class Secretary, and Class Treasurer.

Mosie had a passion for the game of golf. He was a lifelong member of Springdale Golf Club in Princeton and of Pine Valley Golf Club for 53 years. He also enjoyed many outings as a member of the US Seniors Golf Association. At Springdale, he holds the distinction of winning a major club tournament in each of the last eight decades, beginning with a victory in the 1943 Member/Guest and ending with a win in the 2011 C.W. McGraw Tournament, playing alongside son, Bill. In all, his name appears 17 times on various boards in the clubhouse. He was also a member of Princeton Investors Group and the Nassau Club.

Mosie was predeceased by his brother, Harris, in 2006 and leaves behind his beloved wife of 65 years, Audrey (Weiss) Gates; four children, David and wife Stacy (Bowman) of Manchester, VT, Bill and wife Anne (O’Neill) of Princeton, Tom and wife Tracey (Willis) of Pennington, and Susan Gates Pottinger and husband Michael of Cape Town, South Africa; as well as seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

A consummate optimist, Mosie was a man of deep faith and exceptional character, integrity, and kindness. The memory of his endearing smile and sparkling personality will live with us forever.

A memorial service will be held at Nassau Presbyterian Church in Princeton on Thursday, December 12th at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to the Boys and Girls Club of Mercer County.

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


Irving Leighton Newlin
May 29, 1923 – November 25, 2019

Irving L. Newlin (Irv) passed away quietly on November 25, 2019 at the age of 96. Born on May 29, 1923 in Philadelphia, he was the son of Charles Newlin and Mabel Stockton Christiansen Newlin. Irving was married to his wife Janet, who preceded him in death, for 57 loving years. 

Irving spent his childhood in Trenton, attended the Trenton public school system, and graduated from Trenton High School.

After high school at 19 years of age Irving enlisted in the U.S. Army and served during World War II. He received an American Theater, European-African-Middle Eastern Ribbon, Asiatic Pacific Theater Ribbon, Philippine Liberation Ribbon, and Victory Medal.

After returning from the war Irving met the love of his life, Janet Madden. From this marriage came three sons, Darrell, Durwin, and Leighton. Irving always was an active and loving father. He coached the Orioles YMCA little league baseball team and also umpired little league games. He was also quick to join in and support neighborhood youth at Community Park for baseball games and other sports related activities.

After attending the March on Washington in 1963 and witnessing the atrocities imposed on people of color during the Civil Rights Movement, Irving began a lifelong campaign of advocating for social justice reform issues, civil and human rights. He became the President of PAHR, Princeton Association for Human Rights, working in Princeton to advocate for better conditions through employment, equity, and fair practices. His passion was going on cruises and solving crossword puzzles with his wife Janet.

Irving worked for many years as a U.S. Postal Worker before retiring. He then took on a position as a mail handler for Peterson’s Guides in Lawrence, NJ, and retired from that position after 10 years. He also worked part time for several years at the Lutheran Church in Princeton as a custodian. He was an avid St. Louis Cardinals baseball fan.

Over the past few years of his life Irving lived at the Princeton Care Center on the third floor, where he was loved and cared for by a warm and wonderful staff.

Irving was predeceased by his wife Janet, and his twin sons Darrell and Durwin.  He leaves behind his son Leighton (Tesha); grandchildren Trey (Jenelle), Leia (Bob), Antoine, and Darrell Newlin Jr.; great-grandchildren StevieLeigh Bannon, Noelanii, Titan, and Oakley Dubuc, Trey Cole, Sterling, Darien, Sky, and Cheyenne Newlin; many nieces, nephews; and a host of other family and friends.

Irv also leaves two dear friends, Barbara and Lloyd Banks, his Wednesday pinochle partners, to cherish his memory.  He will be missed by all who loved him.

Services will be held on Saturday December 7, 2019 at Trinity Church (33 Mercer Street, Princeton, NJ 08540) at 1 p.m.  Interment will follow the service at Princeton Cemetery.


Katherine Marie Ness

Katherine Marie Ness, 98, died peacefully in her sleep on Sunday, November 24 in Warminster, Pennsylvania.

The only child of Frederick and Marie Albert, born on September 18, 1921. Katherine grew up in the borough of Queens New York, a true city girl! She graduated from high school a year early and went on to study at Pratt Institute, graduating four years later. She used her education to work as a dietitian in a Trenton hospital before marrying her husband of 55 years, Irving Ness, and moving to Princeton.

She was very active in the community, as a member of the Princeton United Methodist Church for over 60 years, and a volunteer at the former Princeton Hospital for over 30 years. In addition, she was a longtime member of the Women’s College Club of Princeton, including serving one term as president. Her interests knew no bounds and included protecting the environment, the welfare of animals, gardening, history, and traveling the world. She was also an ardent baseball fan.

She was preceded in death by husband, Irving Ness, and is survived by her two children Leland Ness of Alexandria, Virginia, and Victoria Ness of Sebastopol, California, and their respective spouses Janet Ness and Terry Garner.

A short service will be held graveside at Princeton Cemetery on Friday, December 6 at noon. In lieu of flowers a memorial contribution may be made in her name to the local or national branch of the Humane Society, or to Defenders of Wildlife. For information, please contact the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home at 40 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton at (609) 924-0242.

November 27, 2019

Captain Warren G. Leback

Captain Warren G. Leback of Skillman, NJ, passed away on November 21, 2019 at the age of 95. Warren had a 65-year career in the maritime industry starting at the age of 18 as a cadet midshipman on the liberty ship Joseph McKenna during World War II.

Warren was the son of the late Captain Vernon and June Leback of Astoria, Oregon. He and his twin brother, Calvin, were born on St. Patrick’s Day in 1924, and were nicknamed Pat and Mike, respectively. Warren was predeceased by his wife, Dorothy Jewel Leback, his twin brother, Captain Calvin C. Leback, his sister, Mary Leback Shook, and his son-in-law, Simon Sitwell.

He is survived by his children: Warren Thomas Leback and his wife Chloe, Christine Leback Sitwell, and Karen Frances Leback.  He is also survived by his grandchildren: Todd Leback and his wife Lisa Grové, Emily Leback Achin and her husband John, Peter Leback, and Sergey Sitwell.  His surviving great-grandchildren are Miles, Maude, Henry, Clover, and Violet.

Warren met his wife, Jewel, during World War II in San Francisco where she was serving in the United States Coast Guard as a SPAR. They were married in New Paris, Indiana, in 1947, and began their 67-year marriage in New York City. They also lived in Barranquilla and Cartagena, Colombia; Wyckoff, Franklin Lakes, Chatham, Princeton, and Skillman, New Jersey; New Orleans, Louisiana; Houston, Texas; and Washington, DC. Warren was an active member of numerous maritime organizations including serving as National President of the United States Merchant Marine Academy Alumni Association and National President of the Council of American Master Mariners. He also served as deacon of the Wyckoff Reformed Church and elder of the Nassau Presbyterian Church, Princeton, NJ.

After graduating from Astoria High School in January 1942, Warren completed training at the Cadet Basic Training School on Treasure Island in San Francisco Bay in June, 1942, and reported for duty on the McKenna, which was operated by Grace Line. He spent seven months at sea. During his first voyage, his ship brought back from Pearl Harbor the stern section of the destroyer USS Cassin, which had been bombed on December 7, 1941. On a second voyage, the McKenna delivered military supplies to the American troops on Guadalcanal; on this voyage, he was awarded a Merchant Marine Combat medal. After being discharged from the McKenna, Warren reported to the United States Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, NY, to complete his studies and graduated in January, 1944. He then he returned to Grace Line to sail in the South Pacific Theater. In 1947, Warren received his Master’s (Captain’s) License, which he maintained until his death.

Warren worked for Grace Line until 1960 serving as third, second, and chief mate on several vessels and Master of the passenger cargo ship Santa Monica. He also held managerial positions in Barranquilla and Cartagena, Colombia; and in New York City. Warren subsequently held positions with Central Gulf Steamship Corporation, Sea-Land Service, Inc., Interstate Oil Transport Company, El Paso LNG Company, and Puerto Rico Marine Management, Inc.  He was appointed Deputy Maritime Administrator in the Department of Transportation by President Ronald Reagan. He later served President George H. W. Bush as Maritime Administrator. He retired as President of First American Bulk Carrier Corporation.

Warren received the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy’s Outstanding Professional Achievement Award in 1964, the Alumnus of the Year Award in 1978, the Distinguished Service Award in 1984, and the Meritorious Alumni Service Award in 1989. In 1997, he was elected to the Academy’s Hall of Distinguished Graduates. A classroom in Bowditch Hall at the Academy is named in his honor. In 1991, he was honored with the Admiral of the Ocean Sea Award by the United Seamen’s Service. He received Honorary Doctorates from the Maine Maritime Academy and the Massachusetts Maritime Academy.

A memorial service will be held in Princeton at a later date. Warren’s wish was for donations to be made to United States Merchant Marine Academy Alumni Association and Foundation, Kings Points, NY, or American Merchant Marine Museum at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point, NY, in his memory. Warren’s ashes will be buried with his wife’s ashes in the cemetery at New Paris, Indiana, and spread over the Columbia River bar in Oregon.


Joseph Francis Gigliotti

November 21, 1970 – November 21, 2019

Joseph Francis Gigliotti, 49, of Boston, Massachusetts, was lost at sea on November 21, 2019, after being washed overboard during the offshore passage of his sailing vessel Volare from Newport, RI, to Antigua.    

Joe was raised in Princeton, New Jersey, attended Princeton Day School, and later Portsmouth Abbey School in Middletown, Rhode Island. He was a Dean’s list student who played lacrosse and was Captain of Portsmouth Abbey’s varsity hockey team. He graduated from St. Lawrence University with a BS in Economics and English and was a brother of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity.

Following his University graduation, Joe attended his brother John’s wedding on St. John, USVI, and became so enchanted with the islands he remained there for ten years. He formed a financial service company to write business plans for local entrepreneurs and eventually acquired and developed several local construction services companies. In 2002, he moved to New York where he joined the investment and merchant banking firm Dominick & Dominick in the wealth management division. Joe transitioned to the hedge fund industry as a Chief Financial Officer for Orin Kramer’s Boston Provident LP and later became a founding partner and CFO of Halogen Asset Management. In 2014 Joe moved to Boston and served as CFO for Three Bays Capital until May of 2019.

Joe loved hockey and played in adult leagues located in New York and later in Boston. He was also a passionate windsurfer and avid sailor. He sailed his first vessel Alba throughout the Caribbean as far south as Venezuela and eventually back home to New England. With almost 30 years of open ocean sailing experience, Joe earned a U.S. Coast Guard 100 ton Master Captain’s license. He was also an accomplished offshore navigator racing for a decade aboard Tribe, a 62’ Gunboat catamaran, with his father and brothers, most recently winning second place in the Newport-Bermuda Race.

Joe leaves behind his father and mother, Joseph and Sandy of Winter Park, FL; his beloved brothers, Gregory (Kristine) of Stamford, CT, and John (Day) of Winter Park, FL; three nieces, Annie, Gracie, Sydney, and nephew, Griffin; his longtime girlfriend, Ceci Cleary; as well as many uncles, aunts, and cousins who grieve his passing.

A conversation with Joe was always warm and engaging. He always left one with a clear sense that nothing mattered more to him in the world than the very moment he was sharing with you. The passion of his presence will be missed as he rests right where he always wanted to be … at sea.

Services will be held on Saturday, December 7 at 10 a.m. at St Catherine of Siena (4 Riverside Avenue, Riverside, Connecticut) directly followed by a reception at Stamford Yacht Club (97 Ocean Drive West, Stamford, CT).


James Wilson Clark

James Wilson Clark passed away on August 6, 2019 at the age of 95. He was married to his wife Margaret Custis Archer Clark for 62 years. He is survived by his three daughters, Margaret Custis Clark, Susan Clark Randaccio, Archer Griffith; his brother, John Hunter Clark, 92; and his five grandchildren, Ted and Casey Trozinski, and James, Lauren, and Alexander Randaccio.

His integrity and his commitment to service and to the nation were an inspiration to many, and he was beloved for his wonderful nature and his sense of humor. His presence in our lives will be deeply missed.

Jim Clark was born in Cleveland, Ohio, on December 21, 1923 the oldest of three boys. He attended Oberlin College, where his college career was interrupted by the U.S. entry into World War II. Eager to enlist, he joined the U.S Army Infantry, first serving in the U.S. training troops, and later in combat in France and Germany. As part of Patton’s 3rd Army, Company I, 319th Infantry Regiment, 80th Division, he moved through France and into Germany in the spring of 1945 as part of the Rhineland and Central Europe Campaigns, liberating Buchenwald, and pushing toward Berlin. On April 13, 1945 while securing a bridge in Gera, Germany, he was wounded in the chest and arm. He was awarded a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star for heroic and meritorious achievement in combat.

He left his commission as a First Lieutenant, and after a long rehabilitation, he returned to Oberlin where he completed his degree in History in 1948. He earned his Master’s in Public Affairs as a member of the first Master’s class at Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School in 1950, and he moved to Washington D.C. committed to public service, to shaping the life of the nation, and to addressing the challenges of a world he had experienced so personally at a young age.

In his 20-year career serving five U.S. presidents in the Executive Office of the President, Office of Management and Budget, he was responsible for financial management, planning, development and coordination of policy proposals, and administrative oversight for a variety of national priorities, including the FCC, the Atomic Energy Commission, the Merchant Marine, the Airforce, and Defense R&D programs. He served for five years as Director of International Programs responsible for all U.S. economic and military programs overseas, including U.S. foreign aid and oversight of the intelligence and national security services.

In 1970, continuing a long career specializing in strategic planning, program review, and management, he was named Director of Strategic Planning and Product Development for Chase Manhattan Bank and Chase Holding Company. While there, he shaped the future of the bank, expanding both international operations, as well as domestic banking services. He served on the Chase Monetary Mission Team developing international ties for U.S. businesses in OPEC Countries, and he expanded national consumer financial services, launching the bank’s new initiative, Chase Home Mortgage Corp. in 1978. He continued to serve the nation while in the private sector, serving on the Board of the Asia Foundation and as Staff Director of the Murphy Commission, the President’s Commission on the Organization of the Government for the Conduct of Foreign Policy.

In 1982, he returned to Princeton University as Deputy Director at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory where he served for eight years managing the administrative operations of the largest nuclear fusion research laboratory in the U.S. Following his retirement from the Princeton Plasma Physics Lab, Jim joined Mathtech, Inc. as a Senior Associate where he led a team overseeing U.S. Agency for International Development financed projects in the energy sector in Pakistan.

A firm believer in community service, Jim served the communities where he lived in numerous ways. In Washington D.C, in the 1950s and 60s, he organized and directed the Youth Recreation Program under the auspices of the YWCA serving the neighborhoods of South East Washington. In Princeton, he was active in Nassau Presbyterian Church, serving as everything from Sunday School teacher, to program and financial manager. He was a founding member of the Princeton Adult School, where he served on the Board and taught several classes.  Committed to the next generation of public servants, Jim also served on the Board of the Robertson Foundation for the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton for over a decade.

A life of significant accomplishment was marked by a commitment to building personal relationships both close to home and abroad. Our lives were filled with his friends and with many who sought his wisdom, counsel, humor, and love. The cousins and young people who shared our home, the lifelong friends from across the nation and the globe, from Germany to Pakistan, were a tribute to his spirit.

He will be most remembered for the love and joy he brought to his family. Not a day went by where he did not express heartfelt appreciation for both the simple and the grand of what this world has to offer — the clouds in the sky, the night stars, the twinkling lights of Christmas, the drama of a Nantucket sleighride, the mysteries of particle physics, the lives of those who tread before us, the majesty of the great ideas of history, and most frequently, his appreciation and gratitude for the people he loved. This appreciation of life’s gifts is his enduring gift to us.

A memorial celebration of his life will be held in Princeton, N.J., on December 21, at 1 p.m. at Nassau Presbyterian Church.

Memorial Contributions may be made in his honor to the following causes which he held dear:

The Wounded Warrior Project, Honor and Memorial Donation, James W. Clark,, or P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675-8517.

James W. Clark 50 Memorial Fund to further the development of future leaders committed to good governance in domestic and international affairs, directed to students at the Woodrow Wilson School. By mail: Princeton University, Alumni and Donor Records, Attn. Helen Hardy, P.O. Box 5357, Princeton, NJ 08543-5357. Online: (Click on the “in honor/memory of” box, and indicate in the “special instructions and comments field” that the gift is for the James W. Clark 50 Memorial Fund).

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


Dudley Allen Eppel

Dudley Allen Eppel, of Vero Beach, FL, and West Tisbury, MA, passed peacefully on November 21, 2019, with Nancy, his cherished wife of 63 years, and their four children by his side.

Born in Newark, NJ, on July 20, 1929, Dudley grew up in South Orange and Maplewood. He was a 1947 graduate of Columbia High School, where he was known as “Deadly Duds,” for his “leadership on the basketball court and play behind the baseball plate.” As captain of the Varsity basketball team, he was known as a “hard worker who never quit” — a truism for how he lived his life. Dudley received many athletic awards, also contributing to his baseball team’s win of the NJ Sectional State Championship in 1946. He was recruited for a post-graduate year at Carteret Prep School in West Orange where he played Varsity Basketball.

Dudley graduated from Rutgers University in 1954, where he was a Business Administration major and member of Chi Psi Fraternity. He continued to play basketball and also played semi-pro summer baseball for the Farmington Flyers (ME). His college career was interrupted by his service in the Air Force from which he received an honorable discharge to support his family when his father passed.

Dudley had an illustrious career on Wall Street having led four block trading desks over 42 years at leading firms, including Blyth & Co., Weeden & Company, Loeb Rhodes, and Donaldson, Lufkin, & Jenrette (DLJ). He retired as Managing Director of DLJ’s Institutional Equities Division in 1995. At his retirement party in Boston, he was presented with a certificate of recognition from Mayor Thomas M. Menino. According to his peers, he was known as a patient mentor and excellent practitioner of the art and science of block trading. His colleagues recognized him as Dudley “Warbucks” Eppel, with a cigar in one hand and a phone in the other, retiring as the “oldest living block trader on Wall Street.” He provided commentary on the financial markets for the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Institutional Investor, CNBC, and other news outlets.

Dudley was a loving father and raised his family in Princeton, NJ, where they resided for 45 years. With a passion for the beach, Dudley and his family spent many summers on the Jersey shore and later in Martha’s Vineyard, beginning in 1972. He shared his love of the ocean with his children, teaching them to body surf and enjoy a competitive surfside game of backgammon, making for beautiful memories. He also loved the mountains of Colorado and spent family ski vacations in Vail and Aspen. He had a special affection for the horse-drawn sleigh to the Pine Creek Cookhouse in Ashcroft. Dudley shared his love of the Big Apple with his family, exposing them to Broadway musicals and sporting events. He was a loyal fan of many teams, including the (now San Francisco) Giants, the Knicks, the Rangers, and the New York Giants.

Dudley had a keen interest in befriending many and was a mentor to people of all ages and backgrounds. He was an avid golfer and over his lifetime was a member of the Bedens Brook Club (Skillman, NJ), Rolling Rock Club (Ligonier, PA), Edgartown Yacht Club, the Vineyard Golf Club (Edgartown, MA), and the John’s Island and Red Stick Golf clubs (Vero Beach, FL).

He is survived by his wife, Nancy; his children Cheryl and her husband John Segar of Watertown, MA, Lynne of West Tisbury, MA, Dudley, Jr. (Lee) of Vero Beach, FL, and Meredith and her husband Chris Jylkka of Weston, MA; and his four grandchildren: Anna Lee and Charles Allen Segar, and Lila Grace and Alexander Dudley Jylkka.

His family, colleagues, and many friends deeply mourn his loss and celebrate his generous and loving spirit. He was predeceased by his mother Mildred Nauman Eppel, his father William Eppel, his sister Dianne Schryber, and his brother William Eppel. A celebration of Dudley’s life will take place on Martha’s Vineyard in July 2020. In lieu of flowers, please consider a gift in his memory to the Alzheimer’s Association ( or the West Tisbury Public Library Foundation (


Margaret McGurty Keenan

Margaret McGurty Keenan died on November 16 surrounded by family. Born November 8, 1935, in Pittsburgh, Margaret moved to Princeton in 1964 with her husband Patrick Joseph Keenan, Sr. Together they raised their four children, Patrick, Sean, Kate, and Elizabeth, at 17 Random Road.

Margaret earned a B.A. from Carlow University (formerly Mount Mercy College) in Pittsburgh and a Master’s in Education from Rutgers University. She wrote short stories and essays, including Incident at Ponte Tressa. She served as an editor for the Princeton Alumni Weekly (PAW) from 1978-1987, a position she truly loved for the breadth and depth of the content and her intelligent, witty, and slightly irreverent colleagues. She wrote and edited in Newark at the University of Medicine and Dentistry Alumni Magazine from 1987-1997. She produced feature articles covering the university’s research and clinical treatment programs, such as AIDS clinical trials and therapies, autoimmune disorders, health risks associated with electromagnetic fields, use of computers in medicine, growing antibiotic resistance, and a firsthand report on a liver transplant, for which she observed the entire 12-hour surgery.

She read broadly and voraciously; she and Patrick traveled the world, often with friends; and she continued to expand her fund of knowledge and circle of friends until her death. Margaret’s combined kindness, wisdom, and equanimity, reached many people. She is treasured by her husband Patrick, to whom she was married for 60 years; her children and their spouses; her grandchildren; her sister Suzanne; many, many nieces and nephews; and, of course, the Bridge and Book Groups.

An open house to celebrate Margaret’s life and share memories will be held at the Morven Museum and Garden, 55 Stockton Street, Princeton, NJ, on Sunday, December 15th from 2-4 p.m. If you would like to make a donation honoring Margaret’s life, please consider the Scleroderma Foundation ( or an organization meaningful to you.

November 20, 2019

Ralph Jacob Bailey

Ralph Jacob Bailey, 91, died peacefully in his home on Wednesday morning, November 13th. Born in 1928 in Trenton, he moved to Princeton with his family in 1931 and grew up within the small community of retail shop owners on Witherspoon Street. He attended the Princeton schools and enjoyed being part of the high school tennis and basketball teams.

Mr. Bailey left Princeton to pursue a law degree, and he worked as a practicing attorney for many years in New York City. In 1968, Mr. Bailey returned to Princeton with his wife, Eileen, where they raised their two daughters. Ralph and Eileen ran Bailey’s, a local clothing store at the Princeton Shopping Center, until its closure in 1985.

Mr. Bailey is survived by his wife Eileen Avirett Bailey and their children and grandchildren: Kimberly Bailey Borek, her husband George Borek and children Cory and Alexis of Milton, GA; and Cynthia Bailey Landis, her husband Jon Landis and children Jason, Kathleen and Lauren of Summit, NJ. Mr. Bailey is also survived by his sister P. Eunice Davis of New Orleans, LA, and his brother Larry Bailey of East Brunswick, NJ, as well as three nephews and two nieces.

Services were held on Monday, November 18th followed by interment in Princeton Cemetery, under the direction of Kimble Funeral Home, Princeton. Extend condolences and share memories at

November 13, 2019

Stephanie Robinson Lewis

Stephanie Robinson Lewis, known to her friends as Steffi, died on November 7, 2019, at her home in Princeton. She had been ill for some time. On November 11, 2019, friends gathered for a quiet farewell in Princeton Cemetery where Steffi was buried beside her husband David Lewis.

Born on August 3, 1944, Steffi grew up in Greenwich Village. She attended the Little Red School House and graduated from Bronx High School of Science (where she was the best student in math). At Radcliffe College she majored in mathematics. While auditing a Harvard graduate philosophy seminar taught by J. J. C. Smart, a visiting Australian philosopher, she met David Kellogg Lewis. They were both still students when they were married in 1965.

From 1967 to 1970, Steffi pursued graduate studies in philosophy at UCLA until David’s appointment as Associate Professor in the Philosophy Department at Princeton University brought them to back to the East Coast. Steffi took several temporary teaching jobs in the area before deciding to make a career change. After taking an MBA degree at the University of Pennsylvania, she embarked on a very successful career in municipal finance. She maintained her own connection with the American Philosophical Association by serving as its treasurer for many years. She was also active in the Princeton Research Forum, a community of independent scholars, and served as its longtime treasurer. In a wry essay, “Etc.,” included in Singing in the Fire: Stories of Women in Philosophy (2003), Steffi chronicled her experiences as a philosopher, as an itinerant academic, as David’s partner, and as a financial advisor to towns and school districts.

Steffi and David had a wide circle of friends in philosophy, especially in Australia where they spent almost every summer, talking philosophy, birding, cycling, following Australian rules football, and exploring the country. In 2000, Steffi donated a kidney to David, who suffered from severe diabetes. That gave them another year together before David died suddenly in 2001.

In the years after David’s death, music brought Steffi new friends and interests. She became a fervent supporter of the classical music radio station, WWFM, enjoyed opera at the Glimmerglass Festival and the Metropolitan Opera, and served as a Board member for Orchestra 2001. At the same time, she began editing David’s correspondence and vast number of papers. With Peter Anstey of the University of Sydney and Anthony Fisher of the University of Manchester, she put together a volume of David’s correspondence with fellow philosopher and close friend David Armstrong.

Steffi and David had no children. She is survived by Don Lewis, his wife Elaine DiRico, and his daughter, Rose Anderson-Lewis; by Ellen Lewis; and by a cousin, Rebecca Epstein-Levi. For four years she was cared for with love by Kayla Reid and family, by Trisha McDermot, and by her dear friend, Andrew Rudin.

Donations may be made in Steffi’s memory to any of the organizations and institutions close to her heart.

November 6, 2019

Frieda Gilvarg

Frieda Gilvarg died during the night on October 10th, at the age of 97. Widow of Charles, mother of Karyn, David, Martin, and Gail, sister of Elizabeth Mueller, she remained active, engaged, and “feisty” until the end, living independently in Skillman.

Frieda Marie Mueller was born June 30, 1922 in LaGrange, IL, to William Mueller and his second wife, Lily Daiss, the second of five children, in addition to three from William’s previous marriage. Her early years included quarantine for scarlet fever, and a prolonged recovery from being struck by a car, but Frieda emerged unscathed from both.

She attended Lutheran schools through eighth grade, Lyons Township HS, and then Valparaiso University, earning a degree in Biology in December 1943, and promptly enlisted in the women’s auxiliary of the U.S. Navy, known as the WAVES. Having led a relatively sheltered life, the Navy opened her eyes to the wider world, and she particularly enjoyed her time in San Diego at the bustling wartime naval base, including the Officer’s Club!

After her discharge in 1946, she taught language arts to eighth graders at the Harvard School for Boys while living at home, and enrolled for a Masters in Zoology at the University of Chicago. While at the university she met Charles, and an unlikely post-war romance between a Midwestern German Lutheran and a Jewish New Yorker blossomed. Frieda’s family was very cool to the pairing, and her father imposed a one-year cooling off period, which Frieda shortened to three months, absent the “cooling.” They were married in NYC in 1949, and Frieda was welcomed by the Gilvargs.

Back in Chicago, Frieda took a job teaching at Elmhurst College before giving birth to Karyn in 1951. The following August they moved to New York, had David in 1952, and bought a home in Jackson Heights in 1956. In the summer of 1958 Frieda and Charles took a magical extended vacation in Europe while her in-laws babysat, going over on the Ile de France, a luxury liner on its last voyage, and returning with enough rolls of film to create a closet full of slides and memories. Frieda continued teaching in the NYC public schools as a one-year replacement for teachers on maternity leave, but after the birth of Martin in 1959 she put her career on hold to handle the demands of three children and a tight budget. A fourth child, Gail, was born in 1962, making the little row house a very crowded place, so when Charles was offered a full professorship at Princeton University the following year, the family sold their home and embarked on a six-month sabbatical in Israel, returning to a new life in suburban NJ in the summer of 1964.

In Princeton, Frieda oversaw the building of a new home, and began an association with the League of Women Voters that would last until her death, include countless voter registration drives, two terms as president of the Princeton chapter, recruitment of dozens of new members, and ignite a lifelong passion for liberal causes. Frieda also was an avid supporter of Planned Parenthood, driving to Trenton to counsel young women until she was 75. She also did substitute teaching, including a long-term replacement stint at Stuart CDS teaching biology. A nine-month sabbatical was spent in Zurich, with Gail and Martin attending school in Switzerland. She then worked as an employment counselor and as a realtor for Audrey Short.

After Charles retired from Princeton he retained his grant-funded lab, but they were free to travel a bit more, and began spending the winters in Scottsdale, AZ, eventually buying a condo near Camelback Mt. Frieda loved the climate, the smaller space to maintain, the frequent visitors and new friends, and politics remained a passion she and Charles shared. Back home in Princeton Frieda volunteered for Meals-on-Wheels for several years, at an age when she should have been receiving them, and continued her LWV activities. Grandchildren started to arrive in 1984, and she ended up being a grandmother of eight, whose lives she followed avidly.

After Charles’ sudden death in early 2013, Frieda moved to Stonebridge, a retirement community in Skillman where many of her friends were residents, and continued to live independently. During this period her grandson Thomas took her on two epic journeys starting from Arizona, one to visit long-lost relatives and friends in California and Oregon, and most recently a whirlwind tour of the South from New Orleans to Princeton, stopping in North Carolina to see her beloved younger sister, Bethy, and sample the cuisine of Alabama and the sights in Nashville. Childhood memories of long trips from Chicago to her mother’s family in San Francisco often came bubbling up on road trips, and Frieda’s love of movement and new landscapes never flagged. She was looking forward to Christmas in La Jolla, a fond memory from her wartime posting, and then driving out to Scottsdale to welcome a new decade.

Since her death, her children have fielded a flood of messages, from family, in-laws, LWV colleagues, and residents in the halls at Stonebridge. People remember different things about her but indomitable, feisty, and engaged are always among the words they use. It seems an odd thing to say about a 97-year-old, but it is a tribute to her vitality and spirit that her death came as a complete shock to so many.

Anyone wishing to honor Frieda’s memory with a charitable donation should consider Planned Parenthood or the League of Women Voters. A memorial service is planned for the summer of 2020; if you are likely to attend, please let us know.


Josephine Antoinette LaPlaca

Josephine Antoinette LaPlaca of New York City was born March 6, 1922 in Monmouth Junction, NJ, and passed away on November 3, 2019 at NYU Langone-Tisch Hospital at the age of 97.

Josephine is the 10th born of 12 children. She became the matriarch as last survivor of the Mary and Giuseppe La Placa family. Josephine was a New Yorker, was inspired by, active on the vibrant city scene, and resided there for all her adult life. She worked as a model in the ’40s, served as volunteer on the stateside World War II war effort, and in her later years had a career in real estate.

Josephine is survived by her nephews Jim, Tony, and David La Placa; great-nephews Paul and Leo La Placa, Clayton George and Jawed La Placa BenMoussa; her nieces Laraine, Geraldine and Rosemary La Placa, Laurie L Holladay, Claudia L George,Trinna LaPlaca B; great-nieces, Lauren, Anna, Pia, Lee LaPlaca and Noor La Placa BenMoussa.

Visitation will be held at Mather Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton, NJ 08542 on Friday, November 8, 2019 from 5-8 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Paul’s Church, 216 Nassau Street, Princeton, NJ 08542 on Saturday, November 9, 2019 at 10 a.m. Burial will follow in St. James Cemetery, Jamesburg, NJ.

Memorial donations may be made to the Lenox Hill Senior Center, NYC.


Peter J. Dungan

Peter Joseph Dungan, 66, died on October 2, 2019 following a short illness.

Peter was born November 15, 1952, in Washington, D.C., the second child of Mary (Rowley) Dungan and Ralph A. Dungan, Jr. Pete lived in Virginia until 1964, when the family moved to Chile. In 1967 the Dungans returned to the States and settled in Princeton, where Pete graduated from Princeton High School.

Following high school, he enrolled at Stockton State College, and in 1978 he graduated from the University of Illinois with a bachelor’s in psychology.

After college, Pete ran a furniture restoration business in Chicago. In 1984, he moved to Washington, D.C., where he lived with his mother until her death in 1987.

Peter then moved to Kodiak, Alaska, where he worked as a commercial fisherman and a substance abuse counselor. He earned his master’s in social work from Eastern Washington University in 1995, after which he worked as a therapist in Nome, Alaska, before returning to Kodiak in 1999. Peter lived in Kodiak, where he maintained a counseling practice, for the next 15 years.

In 2014, Pete relocated to Salida, Colorado.

Both of Peter’s parents died before him. Pete leaves behind his six siblings: Chris, Nancy, Jim, Moira, Paul, and Jenn, and his stepmother Judith. He is also mourned by his nieces and nephews, aunt, uncle, and cousins.

Peter loved helping people through his counseling. He also enjoyed meaningful conversation; a steak from the grill; his dogs; playing guitar; taking drives around his beautiful homes in Alaska and Colorado; and a good sleep.

A thoughtful and sensitive introvert with a strong sense of himself, Pete lived his life independently and on his own terms. He prepared to leave this world similarly, attending to the business of wrapping up his life and arranging his hospice and end-of-life plans.

Pete spent his last months visiting with family and friends in Alaska and Colorado. He died peacefully at the Howard, CO, home of his sister Moira and brother-in-law Bill, with his brother Paul and hospice nurse Kayla also at his side, enjoying a view of the mountains. He was well cared for in his last days, and left his life quietly and without fuss, free from fear and with few regrets. He was much loved, and he will be missed.

In keeping with Pete’s wishes, there will be no funeral service.

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Peter Douglas Halstead
March 17, 1942 – October 28, 2019

Peter “Pete” Halstead, 77, of Washington Crossing, PA, passed away on October 28, 2019. His unwavering determination to meet every health obstacle was an inspiration to everyone. Pete valued the deep friendships that spanned decades.  Whether in business or treasured personal relationships, he felt so blessed to live life and live it well.

Pete had a genetic kidney disease that took the life of his father in 1970, but was determined to do everything he could to live a long and productive life with his wife, his four children, and seven grandchildren, and his furry friend, K.C.

Pete was born March 17, 1942, in Newark, NJ, and moved to Bloomfield, NJ, where he met his childhood sweetheart and wife, Linda, and they recently celebrated 55 years of marriage. Pete loved to play baseball, basketball, and discovered singing when he was asked to be a part of the Colgate 13 A Cappella singing group at Colgate University. He continued singing with a newly formed Vintage 13 group who met annually for their friendships and love of performing.

Pete graduated with a BS major in Economics from Colgate University in 1964. He then studied for his MBA at NYU and Farleigh Dickenson, after which he entered the banking world at Manufacturers Hanover in NYC. He stayed in commercial lending until his retirement in 2000, as an EVP of Summit Bank Corp, at which time he became co-founder of Capital Consulting Networks, LLC, focusing on crisis management. Over the years, Pete sat on many boards such as McCarter Theatre, Colgate University Alumni Board, Stony Brook Millstone Watershed, Corner House of Princeton, Cancer Care, and National Kidney Foundation of Delaware Valley. He also served on the boards of MetLife Bank, First Bank of New Jersey, American Sensor Technologies, and Interpool, Inc.

Pete is survived by his beloved wife, Linda, and his children, Deb Cusma (and son-in-law, Stephen) of Titusville, NJ; Amy Willett of Duxbury, MA; Karin Telegadis (and son-in-law, George) of Tampa, FL; and David Halstead (and husband, Andrew Mrakovcic) of East Meadow, NY.  Pete was especially proud of his seven grandchildren: Will, Jay, Catherine, Lauren, Christian, Grace, and Sophia.  “Pop Pop” will surely be missed. They were the happiest kids alive when at “their” lake house being pulled on inner tubes behind his boat.

In lieu of flowers, donations can go to the National Kidney Foundation ( or NKF, 30 E. 33rd Street, New York, NY 10016), and/or the Polycystic Kidney Research Foundation ( or via mail at PKD Foundation, 1001 E 101st Terrace, Suite 220, Kansas City, MO 64131).

Celebration of Life service will be held at Nassau Presbyterian Church, 61 Nassau Street, Princeton, NJ, on December 7, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. Arrangements are by the Wilson-Apple Funeral Home, 2560 Pennington Road, Pennington. Condolences are welcome at

October 30, 2019

David E. Carlson

David E. Carlson, of Williamsburg, VA, passed away October 16, 2019. Born March 5, 1942 to Anna (Salomaa) and Emil Algot Carlson, Weymouth, MA.

David attended Weymouth High School, Rennselaer Polytechnic Institute (BS in Physics), and Rutgers University (Ph.D. in Physics). He served as Captain in Pleiku, Vietnam, commander of all communications in the country.

He started his career at RCA Labs in Princeton, NJ, and became vice president of the Thin Film Div. of Solarex (Amoco subsidiary). Retiring in 2002 as Chief Scientist for BP Solar, he continued contract reviews of grants and proposals submitted to the Dept. of Energy. He was also affiliated with several universities.

David received many honors including the RCA Laboratory Outstanding Achievement Award, The Ross Coffin Purdy Award of The American Ceramics Society, The Morris N. Liebmann and William R. Cherry Awards from The Institute of Electronics and Electrical Engineering (IEEE), The Walton Clark Medal from The Franklin Institute, and the Karl W. Boer Solar Energy Medal of Merit (Jimmy Carter was the first recipient of the award).

David was also featured in Who’s Who in America; his early solar cell modules have been featured at The Smithsonian, and are held in their collections. Issued 30 U.S. patents with five pending, he was the author of 90 technical papers. He is listed under “Timeline of Solar Cells” (1976).

David was a member of several professional societies, including the Maryland Geological Society. He also enjoyed collecting fossils.

He will be greatly missed and fondly remembered by all who knew him. He is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Mary Ann (Lewinski); son Eric D. of Los Angeles; daughter Darcey C. Leonard, and his precious grandson Jason of Midlothian, VA. He is also survived by twin sisters Barbara Marcellus (David) Webster, NY, and Betty Murley (Richard) Hingham, MA; brother-in-law Thomas Lewinski (Patricia) South River, NJ, and eight nephews and nieces.

Our husband and father will be greatly missed.

Funeral arrangements by Nelsen, Williamsburg will be private for family with no viewing. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in David’s memory to the Cancer Society or Wounded Warrior Project, Donor Care Center, P.O. Box 75854, Topeka, Kansas 66675. Condolences may be shared at


Lois Furcht Harris

Lois Furcht Harris, 87, passed away from Parkinson’s disease with family by her side at the Acorn Glen Assisted Living Facility in Princeton, NJ, on Saturday September 28, 2019.

She is survived by two siblings, Bill and Sally (Anthony Trama); sister-in-law Margaret Corey; children Barton (Fran), Verlee “Dee” (Grayson Ferrante), Nathan (April), James (Carolyn Coughlin) and Calvin (Lori); granddaughters Dana, Erika, Emily, Abby, and Becky; and grandsons Gregory, Adam, Nicholas, Ryan, Jason, Ethan, and David.

Lois was born May 13, 1932 in Mt. Kisco, NY, and a graduate of Pleasantville (New York) High School, earning an Associate’s Degree from Centenary College and later earning her Bachelor’s Degree from Thomas Edison State College, becoming a Family Counselor in Princeton. After closing her practice, she helped found a local delivery service named Beck and Call. Lois also co-founded Art Exhibition Consultants. Her love of gardening spilled over into her taking art lessons and becoming a pastel artist, exhibiting at the Princeton Senior Center.

She married Barton A. Harris of Marlboro, NY.  Her husband completed Medical School and their life began with a couple of “Army moves” to Texas and Germany, with her husband advancing his education and beginning his practice in New York State.  Her four sons were born in New York State and her only daughter was born in Germany. With five children born within a seven-year period, Lois became a “full time” Head of Household. She was known to laugh easily, open her door to care for friends and family without question, and to enjoy ice cream in all its forms. She was patient, thoughtful, and intelligent, living a full and fulfilling life.

Knowing how much Lois loved Wanaksink Lake in Rock Hill, NY, we’ve chosen to have a Memorial Service for her on Saturday, November 30th, at the Reformed Church of Shawangunk in Wallkill, NY, at 11 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her honor to The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, Grand Central Station, P.O. Box 4777, New York, NY 10163 or

October 23, 2019

Charles A. Lynch

Charles A. Lynch, 84, of Princeton, New Jersey, died peacefully, surrounded by loving family and friends, on Tuesday, October 15, 2019 at Penn Medicine Princeton Medical Center in Plainsboro, New Jersey. During his final evening with his family, he enjoyed pizza, martinis, and the victory of his favorite football team, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs. USC. Born January 6, 1935 in Brooklyn, New York, he was a resident of Princeton for more than 46 years.

Son of the late Charles and Mary McEvoy Lynch, he was predeceased by his brother David Lynch and by his beloved wife of 58 years, Marilyn A. Lynch. He is survived by his daughters Nancy van der Horst and Cara Lynch; sons-in-law Jan van der Horst and Rafael Alvarez; three sisters and two brothers-in-law, Diane and Gerard Feeney, Elizabeth and Matthew Schiebel, and Jane Glussi; sister-in-law Mary Lynch; grandchildren Rose van der Horst and Rafael Alvarez; and many nieces and nephews. The family would also like to acknowledge the many caregivers and medical professionals who tended to Charles over the last 11 years.

Charles was the first-born son, nephew, and grandson of his generation. Known as Charlie, he was a proud graduate of Regis High School and Manhattan College. He attended the University of Notre Dame, where he was called Chuck, and earned a PhD in Organic Chemistry. He received full scholarships for all his higher education and was deeply grateful for the opportunities that followed. His 1960 Notre Dame graduation commencement address was delivered by President Dwight D. Eisenhower, and the graduation blessing was bestowed upon the audience by His Eminence Giovanni B. Cardinal Montini, Archbishop of Milan, Italy, who became Pope Paul VI in 1963.

In 1958, while at Notre Dame, Charles and Marilyn Monaco were set up by mutual friends on a blind date. They married on July 30, 1960, in North Tonawanda, New York, and were deeply devoted to one another throughout their marriage.

A member of St. Paul’s Church, where he served as a lector and Eucharistic Minister, Charles was also a member of the National Honor Society, the American Society of Lubrication Engineers, and the American Chemical Society. Additionally, he served as a volunteer at Recording for the Blind.

Charles started his career in the chemical industry at Esso, later Exxon. He resigned from his job in 1965, sold his company stock, and spent the following 3.5 months with Marilyn and Nancy traveling across Europe, using Arthur Frommer’s Europe on Five Dollars a Day as a guide. It was their first time abroad. His study of Latin helped him communicate, as did assorted dictionaries and a reasonable command of German.

Upon returning from Europe, Charles accepted a research position at FMC Corporation in Baltimore, Maryland. In 1972, he was transferred to Princeton, New Jersey, where he lived until his death. Charles retired in 2006 after a long career in the chemical industry. His final position was as an Account Executive for the State of New Jersey, Department of Commerce, Department of Client Promotion. He worked with chemical companies in New Jersey to promote economic growth in the industry.

Charles and Marilyn enjoyed traveling and took many cruises. Their ports of call included stops in Alaska, the Caribbean, the Panama Canal, Mexico, South America, the Baltics, Greece, and Russia. They made trips all over Europe, including to Leiden, The Netherlands, for Nancy and Jan’s wedding in 1999. In total, they visited more than 40 countries.

Charles was a lifelong learner and loved to test his knowledge by watching Jeopardy. His family encouraged him to try out for the show, but he felt hampered by his lack of familiarity with current pop culture. His close friends and family knew that at 7 p.m. each night, he could be found watching Jeopardy with a martini in hand. He was an avid reader of many newspapers, especially The New York Times, whose Sunday
crossword puzzle he completed with ease. He enjoyed brain teasers and listening to classical music.

A fan of sports and trivia, Charles had a special interest in baseball and football. He loved the Brooklyn Dodgers and also followed the Yankees, the Mets, and the New York Giants. He was also devoted to Notre Dame sports, especially football. The entire Lynch family, including aunts, uncles, and cousins, often attended Notre Dame football games during the 1970s. Charles also cheered on the Princeton University football team and was a longtime season ticket holder.

Charles and Marilyn’s life together changed dramatically in late 2008, when his right leg was amputated as the result of a life-threatening aneurysm. Though many of his activities were curtailed, he was never bitter and graciously accepted his condition.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Thursday, October 24, 2019 at St. Paul’s Church 216 Nassau Street, Princeton. The family will be receiving friends from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the Mass in the St. Paul’s Church Fellowship Hall, located on the lower level of the Church. The burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Regis High School, Attn: Development Office, 55 E 84th Street, New York, NY 10028 or to St. Paul’s Church, 216 Nassau Street, Princeton, NJ 08540.

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


Richard Lee Sperry

Richard Lee Sperry passed away peacefully on July 11, 2019 with his family by his side.

Dick, also known as Beau, was born in Swarthmore, Pa., in 1942. He was raised in a warm, loving home with frequent family visits to New York museums, concerts, and theater, which nurtured his abiding cultural interests.

Dick was a graduate of Friends Central School, Lehigh University, and the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

While visiting a friend in Baltimore during his sophomore year at Lehigh, Dick met a young woman named Betsy Doyle. He invited her for a weekend at Lehigh and she accepted. She had a sudden death in the family and had to break the date. Two years later, he called again and asked her out. Betsy accepted, and the rest is history. They were married in 1966 and remained married for the next 53 years, having two loving children, Elisabeth and Richard, Jr.

His first real job was with the investment firm Scudder, Stevens and Clark. Not only was this Dick’s first job, but also his last. He was a loyal and valued member of the firm for 35 years, rising to Managing Director of the Philadelphia office after a few years in New York. Dick was highly respected by his colleagues and clients alike. During those years he and his family lived in Bryn Mawr, Pa., and spent summers in Cape May, N.J. They bought and fixed up several classic beach houses and the children had summer jobs there. When the children were older they took several trips to Europe. Dick retired in 2002 and spent the next 17 years happily with his family enjoying summers in Harpswell, Maine, and winters in Delray Beach, Fla.

Dick had many and varied interests. He had an enduring love of animals and was a past President of the Pennsylvania Society of Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. He was a Board Member of the Museum for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts (University of Pennsylvania) and the Bowdoin College International Music Festival. Also in Maine, he volunteered at The Coastal Humane Society, at their tent every Saturday at the local Farmers Market, introducing adoptable cats and dogs. Many families went happily home with new pets.

While at Scudder New York Dick joined The Metropolitan Club; in Philadelphia he belonged to The Merion Cricket Club, the Racquet Club, and the Cape May Cottagers Beach Club. He was a past president of the Gulf Stream Bath and Tennis Club and a member of The Gulf Stream Golf Club. A few years ago Betsy and Beau downsized in Florida and settled in Princeton, N.J., as their permanent residence. They joined The Bedens Brook Club and The Nassau Club.

Dick is survived by his wife, Betsy; his children, Elisabeth Patterson Sperry, her husband Thaddeus Shattuck, and their two children, Vera and George; Richard Lee Sperry Jr., his wife Maria Jose Fernandez Ramirez from Sevilla, Spain, and their three girls, Elena, Lydia, and Julia.

Burial will be private at the family property in Maine. In memory of Dick, donations can be sent to: Pennsylvania SPCA, 350 Erie Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19134.


Samuel Hynes

Samuel Hynes, who died on Thursday, October 10th, aged 95, was an eminent literary scholar and critic, as well as a World War II veteran who was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for his service in the Marine Corps.

Hynes was born in 1924, grew up in Minneapolis, enlisted aged 18 in the Navy flight program, and served with distinction as a bomber pilot in the Pacific. He married Elizabeth Igleheart, the sister of a friend and fellow pilot, in 1944. They had two daughters, Miranda (born 1950) and Joanna (born 1952).

Hynes completed his BA at the University of Minnesota, then received his MA and PhD from Colombia under the 1944 G.I. Bill. His teaching career began at Swarthmore College, where he taught from 1949-1968. He was then Professor of English at Northwestern, where he was Chairman of the faculty from 1970-73. He came to Princeton in 1976.

Hynes, who was Woodrow Wilson Professor of Literature emeritus at Princeton University, was best known for his memoir, Flights of Passage (1988), which was a New York Times best-seller and winner of the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award. He was a notable literary critic, writing extensively for The New Yorker, the New York Times, the Times Literary Supplement, the London Review of Books, and the Sunday Times.

His books of criticism include classic works on Auden and his circle, on T.E. Hulme, and on Thomas Hardy. He is acknowledged as one of the leading scholars of war literature, and a class on his work is taught at the United States Military Academy at West Point. His books include The Auden Generation (1976), The Edwardian Turn of Mind (1968), A War Imagined (1990), The Soldier’s Tale (1997), The Growing Seasons (2003), The Unsubstantial Air (2014) and On War and Writing (2018).

He sat on the Booker Prize committee in 1981, when he made the deciding vote that awarded the prize to Salman Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children. He received the Academy Award for Literature, American Academy of Arts and Letters, 2004, and was a Fellow of Royal Society of Literature.

Hynes appeared as a contributor on two documentaries by award-winning documentary maker Ken Burns. He was one of the central voices in The War (2007), appearing in every one of the seven episodes, and also featured in The Vietnam War (2017).

He is survived by his daughters, Miranda and Joanna; his grandchildren, Alex, Sam, and Lucy Preston; and his great-grandchildren, Alastair and Aurelia Preston, and Elias Preston Hassan.


Ersilia Nini

Ersilia Nini, 89, of Princeton passed away peacefully on Sunday, October 20, 2019.

Ersilia was born in Pettoranello, Del Molise, Italy and immigrated to the United States in 1972. She was a homemaker and a fantastic cook.

Predeceased by her parents Sebastino and Elpidia (Paolino) Tamasi; her husband Giuseppe Nini; her son Fernando Nini; her brother Frank Tamasi; and her brother-in-law Felice Toto; she is survived by her two sons and daughters-in-law Felice and Robyne Nini and Albino and Linda Nini; her nine grandchildren Ashlea, Alexa, Christopher, Madison, Julianna, Abbie, Emma, Gus, and Patrick Nini; her three great-grandchildren Haylea, Carter, and Delaney; her two sisters and brother-in-law Clarice and Antonio Cifelli and Esterina Toto; and many nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be on Thursday, October 24, 2019 from 5-8 p.m. at The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton, NJ 08542.

Funeral will begin at 9 a.m. on Friday, October 25, 2019 at the funeral home. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. at St. Paul’s Church, 216 Nassau Street, Princeton, NJ 08542. Burial will follow in Princeton Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Heart Association at

October 16, 2019

Rosemarie Shangle-Johnson

Rosemarie Shangle-Johnson, 85, a lifelong resident of Princeton, NJ, until moving to Ewing, NJ, in 2013, passed away Saturday, October 12, 2019 at Penn Medicine Princeton Medical Center in Plainsboro, NJ, surrounded by family after a very sudden illness.

Rosemarie attended St. Paul School and graduated from Princeton High School. 

She retired from Princeton University, Department of Emergency Preparedness, Security and Fire Division.

Rosemarie was a communicant of St. Paul’s Church, as well as a Eucharistic Minister and member of its St. Vincent de Paul Society. She was past president of the Ladies Auxiliary of Princeton First Aid and Rescue Squad and a member of the Princeton Getaway Club, Catholic Daughters, Encore Club and Golden Ages.

She was predeceased by her parents, Joseph and Elvira (Cuomo) Guadagno; husbands, Russell H. Shangle Sr. and Charles A. Johnson; and grandsons Russell H. Shangle III and Scott Joseph McClain.

Surviving are four children: Karen Coleman, (Kim), Russell H. Shangle Jr. (Robin) both of Princeton, Donna Jo McClain (Wes) of Charlotte, NC, and Jeffrey B. Shangle (Michelle) of Navarre, FL; 10 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and sister, Delores Holst.

She leaves behind her special friends The Golden Girls of Primrose Place.

Services will begin on Thursday, October 17, 2019 at 9:30 a.m. at the Kimble Funeral Home, 1 Hamilton Avenue, Princeton, NJ, followed by a 10 a.m. funeral mass at St. Paul’s Church, 214 Nassau Street, Princeton, NJ.  Burial in Princeton Cemetery, Princeton, NJ.

Visiting hours are Wednesday from 6 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions can be made to St. Vincent de Paul Society, 216 Nassau Street, Princeton, NJ 08540.

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Edna M. McCrohan

Our sweet Mother, Edna M. McCrohan, 96, passed away Sunday morning September 29 in Palm Coast, FL. She was surrounded by her loving children, Mary, Patti, and Peter.

Edna M. Morris was born to Mable and Rowland Morris in August of 1923 in Manasquan, New Jersey. Edna attended the Manasquan public school system, graduating in 1941. She was a spirited, fun loving, athletic young woman with a smile that could light up a room. She met her beloved husband, Peter J. McCrohan, at a USO dance one evening at the Tremount Hotel in Sea Girt, NJ. They fell in love and married eight months later. Pete was a member of the Coast Guard and was stationed in San Diego. Edna traveled by train. across the country, by herself, to be with her new husband.

After WWII Edna and Peter returned to Princeton, where his family resided. Pete continued his career as a Princeton borough police officer, eventually becoming Chief of Police for 11 years. Edna was also engaged in the Princeton community. After having three children together, Edna served on the Board of Education for two terms. She was a founding and charter member of the Lutheran Church of the Messiah of Princeton and a great Girl Scout Den Mother.

As her children started to grow, Edna decided to go to work. It was always expected of us to attend college, and I think my parents knew this would be difficult on just Pete’s salary. Edna started working part time for Educational Testing Service and enjoyed it. She would take the summers off return to Manasquan with her three children and our wonderful dog, Frisky George.

Always a “Jersey Gal” at heart she instilled in her three children love of nature and friends. We would move in with our Grandmother in Manasquan during these carefree summers. Most mornings we would pile into the family station wagon and head for the beach. Here we would swim for hours, dig for sand crabs, take long walks on the beach and boardwalk and, on some occasions, enjoy a frozen Milky Way bar at the end of the day.

Mac’s Pond was another favorite hangout. Here we would fish, feed the ducks, watch tadpoles turn into frogs, all this under the watchful eye of our Mom. She watched us while we swam, tended to our numerous bee stings, packed out beach lunches, all that went with taking three young children to the ocean, allowing us to feel safe and adventuresome. Our father Pete would join us when he wasn’t working or while on vacation. We became brave young children, then adults, under their watchful eyes.

Edna had an eye for beauty, whether it was fashion or furniture. She was a skilled seamstress. Her daughters became models for her creations, from dresses to crinolines, coats to matching hats, Edna could do it all. She even made dresses by hand for our dolls, that I have to this day.

As her children continued to grow, Edna started working full time for ETS. She eventually became administrative assistant for the Buildings and Grounds Department. This is where, one day, she saw a presentation about a new planned golfing community being developed in Florida. She bought a lot, and eventually they built a house and moved upon retirement to Palm Coast. Her dear friends Clara and Robert Queens also came along with them. They spent many hours at Pine Lakes Golf Club perfecting their game. Traveled on Police Chief conventions around the world and established a whole new life in Florida. Enjoying the best of both worlds, they would go back and forth, to Princeton, staying at Peter’s childhood home on Nassau Street.

When Peter died, she moved in with her daughter Mary in Palm Coast. Edna enjoyed her life, she was an incredible mother and friend. Strong in a beautiful way. Nonjudgmental and kind. We will miss her so very much. She is survived by her children, Mary McCrohan of Palm Coast, FL, Patti McCrohan of Jupiter, FL, Peter McCrohan of Stockton, NJ, sisters-in-laws Laura Morris and Lois McCrohan, and several nieces and a nephew.

A Graveside Service will be held 11 a.m. on Tuesday, October 22, 2019 in St. Paul’s Cemetery.

Visitation will be held on Monday, October 21, 2019 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home 40 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton.


Gary Stanley Grover

Gary Stanley Grover of Milford, NJ, passed away on Saturday, September 7, 2019. He was 75 but just one month shy of his 76th birthday on October 7th.

Born, raised, and longtime resident of Princeton, NJ, Gary had settled in Milford, NJ, around four years ago. His journey on 29 and the river began 15 or so years ago in Titusville with stops along the way in Lambertville, New Hope, and Frenchtown. It was on this northern journey that he met his fiancé Diane. It was also along this journey that he fought hard to reclaim much of the man he had once been.

He began his employment as an Engineer with Grumman Aerospace in Georgia before returning to Princeton in the mid ’70s to help with the family Taxi company. Gary enjoyed woodworking and working with his hands. He was very passionate about everything. He would do anything he could to help someone out.

Who Gary was to me (Shannon)? My father first and foremost. Coach, teacher, and a great friend. Tennis, soccer, baseball. No “hot doggin’” allowed. Two hands on the baseball when making a catch. Be aggressive when goaltending, go to the ball. I can still hear the tic-tacs in his pocket as he ran up and down the sidelines. He was always hoarse after every game. Got tossed from a game or two, but he was just so passionate he couldn’t help himself. He would then have to coach from the parking lot off the field. Taught me how to drive, how to paint, how to golf. Always willing to help in any way possible. He loved so much in life and was so happy by the river just taking walks. Biggest Giants fan I knew and loved going to the games. I always had respect for dad and miss him so much. We always had good laughs when we spoke. Thank you for being my father, I couldn’t have asked for more. You always did your best. Your son, Shannon.

Husband of the late Sandra (Collins) Grover Housler and son of the late Raymond Neamiah Grover; he is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Kirsten Grover and John Renshaw, a son, Shannon Grover, his mother, Beulah (Townley) Grover, a fiancé Diane Mallon, a brother and sister-in-law, Jeffrey and Kathy Grover, a niece, Megan Grover, and a nephew, Jason Grover.

A memorial service will be held on October 27, 2019 at The Ship Inn Restaurant & Brewery, 61 Bridge Street, Milford, NJ 08848 from 2 to 5 p.m.

Cremation services were private under the direction of the Varcoe-Thomas Funeral Home/Central Bucks Crematory, 344 North Main Street, Doylestown, PA 18901.

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United States Postal Service mail may be directed  to Kirsten Grover, 1 Darby Court, Ewing, NJ 08628.

Donations may be made to either: Michael T. Goulet Traumatic Brain Injury & Epilepsy Foundation ( or EASEL
Animal Rescue, Ewing, NJ (

October 9, 2019

David George Glen

David George Glen was born April 30, 1924 and raised in Edinburgh, Scotland, the son of William and Agnes Glen. His formal education was completed at Daniels Stewarts College, Edinburgh, after which he entered the field of medicine. He was a certified rehabilitation specialist, serving in military and civilian hospitals in the United Kingdom. From 1942 to 1945, he served in the Royal Air Force.

In 1955 David immigrated to the United States, becoming a citizen in 1961. For 15 years, he was Supervisor of Recreational Therapy at the Neuropsychiatric Institute of New Jersey. Afterwards, he was owner of the Princeton Gift Shop on Palmer Square, Princeton. Starting in 1957, he was associated with the Princeton Chapter of the American Red Cross, since his work at the lnstitute included close contact with the Princeton Chapter on a year-round basis. In 1972 he became an elective member of the Board of Directors, Princeton Chapter, for a three-year term. His tenure included Chapter Executive Committee duties. In July of 1975, he became chairman of the Princeton chapter, following which he served an additional year as member-at-large, and then three more years on the Board. Later on, David was an active volunteer with the Hospice Program at the Medical Center at Princeton.

David was a loving uncle to his four nieces and one nephew, Raymond, Anne, Sandra, Gail, and Gwen, all of whom survive him. His family writes that, “Although he lived so far away across the big pond, he would say he made many a trip home to Scotland. He came home to meet all the additions to the family: husbands, wives, and children. When he made the brave decision to move to America, his family was all so, so proud of what he achieved. We will never forget you, Uncle David. May you rest in peace. Love from all your Scottish family.”

A memorial service will be held on a date to be determined.

Memorial contributions may be sent to SAVE, 1010 Route 601, Skillman, NJ 08558.

Arrangements are by the Wilson-Apple Funeral Home, Pennington, NJ.  Condolences are welcome at


Robert Harry Blend

Robert Harry Blend, 99, of Princeton died Saturday, August 3, 2019 at Fox Trail Memory Care. Born in Brooklyn, NY, he resided on Long Island and in Westchester County, NY, and Sarasota, FL, before moving to Princeton, NJ, in 2010. Bob graduated from Pratt Institute as a Fine and Applied Arts Major. He received the Bronze Medal for Highest Ranking Senior in Advertising and Design.

Bob enlisted in the Marines the day after Pearl Harbor. He spent the next three and a half years in the Pacific fighting in a number of battles including Guadalcanal and Iwo Jima. He left the service in September, 1945 with several decorations and the rank of sergeant.

When he returned from WW II, he married his childhood sweetheart, Emma Wieler, and settled on Long Island where they raised their two daughters, Marilynn and Melinda.

Bob began his career as an Art Director on Madison Avenue. Bob retired in 1983 after a 35-year career as Creative Art Director with various advertising agencies. Over his career, he amassed many Art Director Club Awards and worked with a number of icons in the advertising community ranging from Andy Warhol to Ali McGraw. Some of his noteworthy and award-winning accounts were Revlon, Wamsutta, Fortunoffs, Manischewitz, Seagrams, and Patek Phillippe.

Bob was also a passionate golfer and had three holes in one over a 70-year playing career (including one at the renowned Black Course at Bethpage Golf Course).       

Growing up in a hardscrabble neighborhood in Brooklyn, he developed a thirst for art, culture, and travel. Some of his most cherished memories were touring museums and historical landmarks and experiencing foreign cultures throughout Europe. He passed this love of art onto hundreds of young people on Long Island, where each year he designed and created memorable theme floats for local community holiday parades.   

Son of the late John William and Ida Kaufold Blend, he was predeceased by his daughter, Melinda Jean, and his wife of 50 years, Emma Wieler, his wife, Thordis Marck, and his brother, John W. Blend Jr. Bob is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Marilynn and Chip Carstensen, and two grandchildren, Haley Melinda Carstensen and Andrew Robert Carstensen.

A Memorial Service will be held on November 2, 2019 at 11 a.m. at the Princeton United Methodist Church, 7 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton, NJ 08542. Arrangements are under the direction of the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, Princeton.

In lieu of flowers, Memorial Contributions may be made to: The Waldorf School of Garden City, 225 Cambridge Avenue, Garden City, NY 11530 ( or Pratt Institute, 200 Willoughby Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11205 (


Nancy E. Pike

Nancy Eleanor Peakes Pike, a longtime resident of Princeton and Montgomery Townships, died September 28 at Brandywine Senior Living at Princeton. She was 91.

Born in Cambridge, and raised in Weston, MA, she was the daughter of the late Seldon Charles Peakes and Christine Newborg Peakes. She graduated with honors from the Boston University School of Public Relations in 1949 with a B.S. in journalism. During college she was President of Phi Gamma Nu, a national professional sorority in Commerce, and a member of Kappa Tau Alpha, the national honorary journalism fraternity. Following graduation, she became a reporter for the Daily News Tribune, a Waltham, MA, afternoon daily newspaper.

Nancy met her future husband, the late Winthrop Seeley Pike of Wellesley, MA, at St. Mary’s Church in Newton Lower Falls, MA, where they married in 1954. After their wedding, she moved to Princeton, where he had joined the RCA Laboratories technical staff following his U.S. Army service in World War II. They started their family the following year, and remained married for over 57 years until his death in 2012. After raising her children, Nancy returned to the publishing world as the Business Manager for Theology Today, the Princeton Theological Seminary’s quarterly journal.

She was an insatiable reader, reading at least two newspapers daily and several books weekly; and a prolific and clever writer, whose letters, cards, and notes remain treasured by family and friends. An avid Red Sox fan, who loved sharing memories of being at Fenway Park with her father starting at age six, she could readily rattle off player and game statistics. She relished huge family gatherings and vacations in the Adirondack Mountains, and traveling in Europe following retirement. She was a crafty bridge player who regularly played with many friends, a talented baker, and gardener. In later years, she enjoyed the weekly “Tuesday Lunch Group” with her husband and many activities at Brandywine.

Nancy is survived by her loving children Kristina Hadinger and her husband Alfred, Christopher and his wife Leila Shahbender, Karen, Jonathan and his wife Kelly, Eric and his partner Stefan Steil, and Amy Sharpless and her husband Peter; as well as by nine grandchildren Jon, Alfred and his wife Juliane, Julia, Alexandra, Katherine, Justin, Morgan, Sophia, and Serena. She is also survived by her dear first cousin Doris Peakes Kendall of Cape Cod, MA, whose friendship lasted over 90 years and long distance.

Burial in All Saints’ Cemetery, Princeton was private. A memorial service celebrating Nancy’s life will be held at Trinity Episcopal Church, 1 Park Avenue, Rocky Hill, NJ, on Saturday, November 9 at 3 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in her name to the Trinity Episcopal Church Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 265, Rocky Hill, NJ 08553.


David Scott Albert

David Scott Albert passed away on October 1, 2019, in Princeton, NJ, at the home he shared with his mother, Linda Powell, and stepfather, Don Powell. He was 50 years old. And despite many health challenges in recent years, he remained upbeat and savored life — touching everyone who knew him with his gentle spirit and infectious smile.

David attended Princeton Day School, the Forman School, Worcester College, and the Wurzweiler School of Social Work at Yeshiva University, where he earned an MSW. As a caring and compassionate therapist, he was committed to helping others find ways to cope with and overcome their struggles in life. Concern for others came naturally to David and defined the way he moved through the world.

To his family and friends, Dave was known for his kindness and generosity (and for the smirk and impish glint in his eye when he was up to something). He loved to cook — and eat. Some of his all-time favorites: blueberry pancakes, pasta with clam sauce, rack of lamb, Maine lobster, tiramisu, dark chocolate, and in general, the most expensive thing on the menu. He was also an avid wine collector, who loved the art and science of wine, its history, how it is made, discussing and sharing it with friends and family — perhaps even more than drinking it. He made lifelong friends through his interests in wine collecting and beer brewing, and enjoyed hosting blind wine tastings at his home in PA. An accomplished gardener, Dave grew the biggest and best tomatoes on the East Coast. The secret of his success was that he planted mostly in manure instead of soil.

A fishing enthusiast, Dave learned how to catch ‘em at the ripe old age of 5 on his first of many excursions with his Grandpa Dan. Childhood was full of adventures at “the creek,” “the canal,” and “the shore” catching all kinds of creatures — frogs, lizards, crabs, crayfish, snakes — which came home to live in a glass tank in his bedroom (and sometimes escaped to take up residence in his sister’s room, under her bed). David’s love of fishing took him to many great “spots” throughout his life from the Delaware Raritan Canal to Canada, to Florida, to Deer Isle, in Downeast Maine, where he spent as much time as he could in a place he cherished.

Music was also an important force in Dave’s life from childhood on. As a kid, he was captivated by the mystique and high theater of the rock band, Kiss. By the time he was a teen though, he had evolved into a proud and self-proclaimed “Dead Head.” And over the next many years, he attended dozens of Grateful Dead concerts across the country, collecting recordings, anthologies, T-shirts, and other memorabilia. David never lost his enthusiasm for the band’s tunes and lyrics, despite a hearing loss later in life.

Another constant in Dave’s life was the camaraderie he found at Worcester College in Ohio among his Beta fraternity brothers who loved him dearly through many college misadventures and post-college milestones, laughed with him, bestowed him with nicknames “Eeyore” and “Dave the Wave” (aka “Waver”), and cheered him on through some very difficult times.

David is survived by his mother, Linda Powell; his stepfather, Don Powell; his sister, Lauren Albert; his father, Stephen Albert and his wife, Sheila; and his step-siblings, Don Powell, Jr., Sharon Powell, Ira Goldstine, and Cindi Goldstine Finley.

Donations in David’s memory can be sent to the San Diego Brain Injury Foundation (

A Celebration of Life will take place in Princeton, NJ, in November.

Herbert Windsor Hobler

September 25, 1922 — August 10, 2019

Herbert Windsor Hobler, age 96, died August 10, 2019 at Stonebridge at Montgomery in Skillman, New Jersey. A longtime Princeton resident and New Jersey broadcaster who founded radio station WHWH, Herb was a tireless and dedicated volunteer for more than 70 years, serving his college, country, community, and family.

Herb graduated from Princeton University with the Class of 1944, following his service during WWII as a navigator on B-29s flying missions over Japan.

Herb is survived by his four children, Randolph of Norwalk, CT, Debbie of Santa Barbara, CA, Nancy of Germantown, MD, and Mary Hyson of Cheshire, CT; six grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. His wife of 73 years, Mary “Randy” Hobler, died in 2017.

A memorial service celebrating Herb’s life will be held at Princeton Day School’s McAneny Theater on Saturday, October 12 at 1 p.m. PDS, 650 Great Road, Princeton.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Herb’s memory to the Princeton Area Community Foundation for the Herbert and Mary Hobler Operating Endowment.

Arrangements were made by Mather Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton, 08542.

October 2, 2019

Teresa Hooban

Our mom, Teresa Hooban, died September 30, surrounded by her children and her dogs, exactly as she would have wanted it.

She was a colorful tapestry of a person with so many woven pieces which made her the person we all knew and treasured in so many different ways.

She was a proud United States Army veteran. She was a semiprofessional cake decorator. She sewed beautiful clothes and dresses — if she finished them. She wanted to go to clown college and be a circus clown. She has, for as long as any of us have known her, had a balloon pump on hand and could actually make balloon animals, and she threw the best birthday parties with those talents. She wanted to be the drummer for Cher, or at least be friends with her. She always had the Lord and Taylor giveaway bags from the makeup counter, and lotions and potions we wouldn’t have ever gotten for ourselves. She danced more at our middle school rec nights than half the kids, and she was a “colorful” substitute CCD teacher.

She loved her home state of Texas with all of her heart and she loved yellow roses, lemon meringue pie, pink coconut Hostess Sno-Balls, and ALL candy. She was oddly devoted to ABC’s entire television programming lineup, and old black-and-white movies.

She drove inappropriately fast, and she let us hang out of the moon roof of the car with our friends, back in the days when you could still do that and be the cool mom for it.

She loved to sing songs in the car, always lagging a full sentence behind the singer, and she didn’t even notice that she was behind them. I think the fact that Matthew and I sang was her gift to us. Johnna, Matt, and I all know HER songs. I’m not sure what WASN’T her song. She said she’d send us butterflies but I think she will send all of us songs.

She always wanted some giant fun or different thing for her life and was always looking for it. Maybe she didn’t realize that she’d given and had that fun.

Her joy came from us as her kids and she did her best in all the ways she knew to give the most to all of us.

She adored her grandchildren: Melanie’s children, Jack Hooban, Whitney, Vivian, Nina, and Sloane McWilliams; Matthew and Allison’s children, Beatrice and Sawyer Hooban; and Johnna and David’s children, Nolan and Cara Roberts. She was devoted to her brother, Raoul Trujillo, and to her sister, Alice Donhardt. Beyond them, she treasured her dogs, Diesel, Oliver, and Mia and her deceased pets, Tyler, Kramer, and Rosie. She leaves behind nieces, nephews, and so many friends and family from Texas to California, Nebraska to Wisconsin, to Germany. They couldn’t possibly all be named.

She died in our hands on the morning of September 30, and she waited for us to all be here.

As with everyone who leaves us in life, we have different interpretations of what they were to us and how we remember them. We’d love each and every person who remembers our mother to please remember her in the best way you can, and to send a thought to the heavens today, because she deserves more in her memory than anyone could imagine.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations in her honor to the ASPCA ( and the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (


Elizabeth Reilly Moynahan

Elizabeth Reilly Moynahan, a lifelong architect who graduated from Radcliffe College and the Harvard School of Design in 1952 as one of only three women in her class, died September 23, 2019, age 94.

She was born on D-Day, June 6, 1925 in Boston, MA. She married Julian Lane Moynahan in Cambridge, MA, August 6, 1946. Her children were Catherine Maria, 1951; Brigid Elizabeth, 1954; and Mary Ellen (Molly), 1957. Elizabeth graduated from Girl’s Latin School in Boston, Radcliffe College AB 1946, Harvard University, Graduate School of Design, B. Arch, M. Arch 1952.

Liz, as she was known by friends and colleagues, managed to have a long and illustrious career as an architect while raising a family and sustaining a marriage of 68 years with the man she called “the love of her life,” her deceased husband, Julian Lane Moynahan, Distinguished Professor of English, poet, novelist, and literary critic.

Her work included corporate office buildings, houses, schools, community buildings, housing for the elderly, barrier-free designs, a college library, and the compound for The Institute for Women’s Leadership located on the Douglass campus of Rutgers University. In Princeton, she remodeled a section of the Princeton University Library and the Institute for Advanced Study, a pioneering design for solar housing as early as the 1970s. Elizabeth was active in historic preservation restoring, among others, the Albert Einstein House. As committed advocate for affordable housing, she was instrumental in creating Architects Housing, Eggerts Crossing Village Community Building and Offices in New Jersey. Her architecture and renovations included buildings in London, Dublin, and many houses on Cape Cod.

She was a gifted teacher, serving as a visiting professor of Architecture at the University of Utah, Louisiana State University, Rutgers University, and visiting critic at the Bartlett School, London. Her service to the New Jersey State Board of Architects included serving as commissioner for six years and president for one. She was secretary and treasurer to the Central Chapter AIA of the New Jersey Society of Architects and selected to serve on a six-member steering Committee for Historic Resources.

In addition to her professional accomplishments Liz was a mother to three daughters, an active feminist, and supporter of Civil Rights who campaigned for Shirley Chisholm and Geraldine Ferraro. A devoted mentor to young men and women pursuing architecture, she generously donated her time to judging design projects in local high schools. She was an accomplished gardener and cook who taught her daughters and grandchildren how to bake bread, make pesto, and eschew processed food. Each birthday featured a delicious and creative birthday cake, with a detailed Irish Cottage one of the most impressive. Her sewing projects were extensive, featuring Liberty prints and Irish tweed, creating unique and beautiful outfits for herself and her children.

An avid reader, a wonderful grandmother, and a mother who inspired and cherished her three daughters, she felt strongly about human rights and civil liberties and, along with her husband, gave generously to charity and liberal causes. An excellent storyteller and great conversationalist, she will be remembered for her wit, intelligence, strength, and empathy. Memorable anecdotes included her waltzing with the writer James Baldwin, and serving as a “Rosie the Riveter” during WWII, welding in an airplane factory as part of the war effort.

Elizabeth was predeceased by her beloved husband Julian Lane Moynahan and eldest daughter, Catherine (husband, Beckman Rich), and is survived by daughters, Brigid Elizabeth Moynahan (husband, Ray Clarke) and ( Molly ) Mary Ellen Moynahan (husband, Timothy Goodrich); four grandchildren, Henry Moynahan Rich, Julian Brizzi, Lucia Brizzi, and Lucas Moynahan Helliker; and two great-grandchildren, Charles  and Jack Brizzi. There will be a memorial service held in Princeton, New Jersey, April 2020.


Elizabeth Reilly Moynahan

Elizabeth Reilly Moynahan, a lifelong architect who graduated from Radcliffe College and the Harvard School of Design in 1952 as one of only three women in her class, died September 23, 2019, age 94.

She was born on D-Day, June 6, 1925 in Boston, MA. She married Julian Lane Moynahan in Cambridge, MA, August 6, 1946. Her children were Catherine Maria, 1951; Brigid Elizabeth, 1954; and Mary Ellen (Molly), 1957. Elizabeth graduated from Girl’s Latin School in Boston, Radcliffe College AB 1946, Harvard University, Graduate School of Design, B. Arch, M. Arch 1952.

Liz, as she was known by friends and colleagues, managed to have a long and illustrious career as an architect while raising a family and sustaining a marriage of 68 years with the man she called “the love of her life,” her deceased husband, Julian Lane Moynahan, Distinguished Professor of English, poet, novelist, and literary critic.

Her work included corporate office buildings, houses, schools, community buildings, housing for the elderly, barrier-free designs, a college library, and the compound for The Institute for Women’s Leadership located on the Douglass campus of Rutgers University. In Princeton, she remodeled a section of the Princeton University Library and the Institute for Advanced Study, a pioneering design for solar housing as early as the 1970s. Elizabeth was active in historic preservation restoring, among others, the Albert Einstein House. As committed advocate for affordable housing, she was instrumental in creating Architects Housing, Eggerts Crossing Village Community Building and Offices in New Jersey. Her architecture and renovations included buildings in London, Dublin, and many houses on Cape Cod.

She was a gifted teacher, serving as a visiting professor of Architecture at the University of Utah, Louisiana State University, Rutgers University, and visiting critic at the Bartlett School, London. Her service to the New Jersey State Board of Architects included serving as commissioner for six years and president for one. She was secretary and treasurer to the Central Chapter AIA of the New Jersey Society of Architects and selected to serve on a six-member steering Committee for Historic Resources.

In addition to her professional accomplishments Liz was a mother to three daughters, an active feminist, and supporter of Civil Rights who campaigned for Shirley Chisholm and Geraldine Ferraro. A devoted mentor to young men and women pursuing architecture, she generously donated her time to judging design projects in local high schools. She was an accomplished gardener and cook who taught her daughters and grandchildren how to bake bread, make pesto, and eschew processed food. Each birthday featured a delicious and creative birthday cake, with a detailed Irish Cottage one of the most impressive. Her sewing projects were extensive, featuring Liberty prints and Irish tweed, creating unique and beautiful outfits for herself and her children.

An avid reader, a wonderful grandmother, and a mother who inspired and cherished her three daughters, she felt strongly about human rights and civil liberties and, along with her husband, gave generously to charity and liberal causes. An excellent storyteller and great conversationalist, she will be remembered for her wit, intelligence, strength, and empathy. Memorable anecdotes included her waltzing with the writer James Baldwin, and serving as a “Rosie the Riveter” during WWII, welding in an airplane factory as part of the war effort.

Elizabeth was predeceased by her beloved husband Julian Lane Moynahan and eldest daughter, Catherine (husband, Beckman Rich), and is survived by daughters, Brigid Elizabeth Moynahan (husband, Ray Clarke) and ( Molly ) Mary Ellen Moynahan (husband, Timothy Goodrich); four grandchildren, Henry Moynahan Rich, Julian Brizzi, Lucia Brizzi, and Lucas Moynahan Helliker; and two great-grandchildren, Charles  and Jack Brizzi. There will be a memorial service held in Princeton, New Jersey, April 2020.


Matthew (Matty) Shavel

Matthew (Matty) Shavel, husband of Hedy Shepard Shavel and Gloria Tuck Shavel (deceased), brother of Mike, DAD to Jon, Ruth, Merrye (deceased), Stephen, Douglas, Marcie, Michael, Lauren and Ronie. POPPY to Loel and Shoshannah, Suzanne, Gabi and Avi, Joseph, Aaron, Jacob, Julianne, Devon, Marisa and Julia. GRAND POPPY to Ronen and Dean.

Served in the Air Corps during WWII, attended Pratt Institute, 68-year veteran of the Home Textile Industry. Former President of Shavel Home Products, past President of National Bed Bath and Linen Association, past President of the East Meadow Jewish Center, Board Member of The Jewish Center of Princeton and Greenacres CC. A PROUD JEW.

Funeral services were held September 26 at The Jewish Center of Princeton, New Jersey, with burial in Wellwood Cemetery, West Babylon, New York.

The family respectfully requests that donations be made in Matty’s memory to the following: Boys Town Jerusalem Foundation of America, Inc., 1 Penn Plaza, Suite 6250, New York, New York 10119; Greenwood House, 53 Walter Street, Ewing, New Jersey 08628; and The Jewish Center — Rabbi’s Discretionary Fund, 435 Nassau Street, Princeton, New Jersey 08540.

Funeral arrangements are by Orland’s Ewing Memorial Chapel.


Muriel L. Palmer

Muriel L. Palmer of 97 years died peacefully in her home at Windrows in Princeton, NJ, on Sept 24, 2019. 

Muriel L. Palmer loved life, beauty, and the natural world. She traveled the world. She was mother to many children. She was loved by all who knew her and will be remembered by those.

Muriel L. Palmer is survived by her daughter Katherine L. Thropp, her husband Jocelyn C. Masson, her sister Florence L. Donigan as well as her two nephews Kevin Donigan and Michael Donigan, and her two nieces Gail L. Traylor and Carol L. Landry.

A memorial service will be held on October 5th at the Ewing Church Cemetery, NJ, at 11 a.m. Donations will be graciously accepted to the Delaware Raritan Canal Commission, POB 539, Stockton, NJ 08559. No flowers please.

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


Herbert Windsor Hobler

September 25, 1922 — August 10, 2019

Herbert Windsor Hobler, age 96, died August 10, 2019 at Stonebridge at Montgomery in Skillman, New Jersey. A longtime Princeton resident and New Jersey broadcaster who founded radio station WHWH, Herb was a tireless and dedicated volunteer for more than 70 years, serving his college, country, community, and family.

Herb graduated from Princeton University with the Class of 1944, following his service during WWII as a navigator on B-29s flying missions over Japan.

Herb is survived by his four children, Randolph of Norwalk, CT, Debbie of Santa Barbara, CA, Nancy of Germantown, MD, and Mary Hyson of Cheshire, CT; six grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. His wife of 73 years, Mary “Randy” Hobler, died in 2017.

A memorial service celebrating Herb’s life will be held at Princeton Day School’s McAneny Theater on Saturday, October 12 at 1 p.m. PDS, 650 Great Road, Princeton.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Herb’s memory to the Princeton Area Community Foundation for the Herbert and Mary Hobler Operating Endowment.

Arrangements were made by Mather Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton, 08542.

September 25, 2019

Mary Osborne Witherbee

Mary Osborne Witherbee of Baltimore, MD, and Greensboro, VT, formerly of Princeton, NJ, died peacefully at her home in MD surrounded by her children on September 6, 2019 after a long illness.  Born in Bronxville, NY, on February 23, 1931, she was the daughter of the late Elizabeth Ide Osborne and Stanley de Jongh Osborne of New York.

During her long and colorful life she ran her own interior design business and was one of the first breeders of Shih Tzu dogs in the United States. She was involved in and volunteered at many charitable causes such as a children’s hospital in Baltimore, the tutoring of children in Trenton, NJ, and sat on the boards of Sterling College and the Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium in Vermont. She was active in her book and garden clubs in Princeton and a former member of Bedens Brook Club. She was married three times: to James Bedford Downing, Jr, of Hobe Sound, FL, from whom she was divorced; to the late Edmund Ruffin Beckwith of Princeton, NJ; and to the late John Hemenway Witherbee, of Nantucket, MA, from whom she was divorced.

All who knew Mary recognized her as a “life force” and a woman of passion, with a wicked sense of humor and strong opinions. Her energy and zest for life affected all those close to her. She had a great ability to befriend people of all ages and walks of life. Mary’s great loves were her extended family, her wide circle of friends, her many dogs, and her gardens. Mary was devoted to all things Vermont, especially her farm in Greensboro.

She is survived by her four children James Bedford Downing III (Liz) of London, England; Elizabeth “Lisa” Downing Sartorius of Baltimore, MD; John Osborne Downing (Francie) of Green Pond, SC; and Lily de Jongh Downing (David Yudain) of North Stamford, CT; as well as three Beckwith stepchildren (Ruffin, Jean, and David); eleven grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister, Cynthia Osborne Hoskin of Cold Spring, KY, and her brother, Richard de Jongh Osborne of New York, NY.

The family would like to thank her devoted caregivers Yolanda Addison, Renee Tuck, Iris Rosa, and Nancy Githinji. A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, October 26th, at 4 p.m. at St. John’s Western Run, Butler, Maryland. Donations in her memory may be made to the Greensboro Land Trust.


Robert Marius DeMartino

Robert Marius DeMartino died at his home in Princeton on March 3, 2019. The son of Mario and Emily DeMartino, Bob’s childhood years were spent in Jersey City. He attended Rutgers University in New Brunswick, where he met Ellen Calhoun. They were the centers of each other’s lives until her death in December 2015 at age 66. They had lived in New Hope and South River before moving to Princeton in 1992. Ellen earned her Master’s of Library Science from Rutgers and made a lifelong career as a tenured librarian there.

After earning his PhD in Classical History from Rutgers in 1985, Bob turned to administration and worked in grants administration and sponsored research at Monmouth College, Rutgers-Camden, and Seton Hall before retiring to enjoy a quiet life in Princeton with his wife Ellen and their Pyrenees dogs. They enjoyed canoeing or kayaking on the lake, antiquing at the Lambertville Flea Market and at estate sales around the area, and gardening. Their house was notable for the number and variety of daffodils in their front yard each spring, to which they added new varieties every year.

Bob was an active member of Toastmasters and enjoyed teaching English conversation groups at the Princeton Public Library. He was a respected member of the Princeton community, a good friend and neighbor, and enjoyed meeting new people through social groups such as Meet Up. Princeton residents may remember him walking his Pyrenees and then his very large white Komondor puppy.

A private gathering of Bob’s friends and neighbors will be held Saturday, October 5 at his home in Princeton. Please RSVP to if you would like to come and remember our good friend. Donations in the DeMartino’s memory can be made to National Pyrenees Rescue


Hazel V. Rhodes

Hazel V. Rhodes, devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and great-great-grandmother, peacefully passed away at home surrounded by family members on Saturday, September 14, 2019 at the age of 93.

Hazel was born on November 11, 1925 in Mt. Olive, NC, to Oscar and Katie Allen Winn. After completing her education in the Dudley and Mt. Olive, NC, Schools, she relocated to Allentown, NJ, in her early twenties. In January of 1947, Hazel moved to Princeton, NJ, where she met the love of her life, Emanuel Rhodes. On June 27, 1947, they were the first couple married by the late Rev. John W. Johnson in the Mt. Pisgah A.M.E. Church parsonage. Hazel and Emanuel were residents of Princeton, NJ, for over 70 years. Hazel was an active member of Mt. Pisgah A.M.E. Church for over 69 years serving as a choir member, usher, and member of the Pastor’s Aide.

Hazel retired from the Princeton School District in 1996 after 25 years as a teacher’s assistant. She enjoyed traveling, cooking, playing cards, board games, and the casino, but most of all, time spent with her family members (five generations) was her greatest joy. Hazel was an avid basketball fan and followed the 76ers. She was also an active member of the Zeta Amicae of Princeton-Trenton Auxiliary, Epsilon Xi Zeta Chapter, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., for 50 years; and a longtime member of the Princeton Senior Citizens Club.

Hazel is preceded in death by her parents, Oscar and Katie Allen Winn; husband of 71 years, Emanuel Rhodes; brothers Oscar Pink, Orbell, and Edward; sisters Katherine, Gwendolyn, and Helen; brother-in-law, Oscar Rhodes (Juanita). Also, close friends Inez Crawford, Barbara Hill, Florence Sharples, and Lillian Trotman.

Hazel is survived by three daughters, H. Patricia Rhodes, Lynet Dugger, and Lisa D. Miles; one son, Emanuel Derrick Rhodes; and son-in-law, Paul Miles. Six grandchildren: Gina Jackson-Beale (Corey), Ralph Jackson III, Mia Johnson (Gary), Nina Dugger (Melvin), Emanuel J. Jackson, Sr. (Nicole), and Skyler Dugger. Seventeen great-grandchildren: Shana Jackson, Sharesse Jackson, Gary Johnson Jr. (Erika), Sheldon Jackson (Ramona), Canaan Johnson, Chanel Johnson, Shaan Johnson, Cameron Johnson, Makye Pegram, Amirah Jackson, Yoana Jackson, Kayla Jackson, Emanuel “Jay” Jackson Jr., Aaron Pegram, Antonio Jackson, Zamarrion Gantt, and Shada Jackson. Five great-great-grandchildren: Kayden Taylor, Jai Johnson, Gavin Johnson, Kailee Taylor, and Kamryn Taylor.

Hazel is also survived by special nieces, Bertha Logan-Smoot and Vanessa Davenport; special cousins, Dorothy and Ralph Stevens, and Samirah (Holly) Abdul-Fattah. She embraced as daughters, Penney Edwards-Carter and Joanne Parker. Special friends include: Pete Burford, John Clark, Minnie Craig, Mardean Epps, Charlotte Gipson, Melva and Willie Moore, Leighton Newlin, Carrie Roque-Tucker, and John Washington, as well as many other nephews, nieces, cousins, and friends.

Hazel’s homegoing service will be held on Thursday, September 26, 2019 at 11 a.m., First Baptist Church of Princeton, John Street and Paul Robeson Place, Princeton, NJ. Calling hours will be 9 a.m. until time of service at the church. Rev. Dr. Deborah Blanks, Mt. Pisgah A.M.E. Church, is the officiate.

In lieu of flowers, the family of Hazel Rhodes requests donations be made to the Building Fund of Mt. Pisgah A.M.E. Church, 170 Witherspoon Street, Princeton NJ. 08542. Interment will be private. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Hughes Funeral Home, Trenton, NJ.

September 18, 2019

Jermain Johnson Anderson

Jermain Johnson Anderson, 95, passed peacefully on September 11, 2019 in her home at Princeton Windrows with her beloved husband Ellis at her side. She was born Jermain Duncan Johnson in Boston on February 16, 1924 to Madeline (Snelling) and George Frederick Betts Johnson and raised by her father George and stepmother Isabelle (Kahle) of Lewiston, New York. She attended Rosemary Hall School, Greenwich, Connecticut, and graduated from Bouvé-Boston School of Physical Education in 1945 with a degree in physical therapy. She returned to Buffalo and worked at Buffalo Children’s Hospital where she met John F. Mueller. They were married in 1946 and had two children, Jermain Johnson (Jamie) and John Freeman, Jr (Johnnie). While in Buffalo, Jermain served on boards of hospital organizations, was a member of Junior League and was involved with Planned Parenthood.

The family moved to the Philadelphia area and lived there for six years, relocating to Princeton in 1957. Divorced in 1966, Jermain married Jack F. Andrews on  April 22, 1967 and gained three adult daughters. She taught third grade at Miss Mason’s School in Princeton from 1963 to 1982. Her teaching career continued at Princeton Day School until 1986, followed by tutoring at the school and in the volunteer program at a Trenton inner city school.

After Jack passed away in 1991, Jermain continued living in the Princeton area. She was a longtime, active member of Nassau Presbyterian Church in Princeton, and while serving on the Session of the church, she met Ellis B. Anderson, another Session member. They were married in 1993 and Jermain gained two more adult daughters. Jermain had an active life of sports, church, and community service. In Princeton, Jermain served on the boards of The American Boy Choir School and the Princeton Present Day Club and was a volunteer at Princeton Hospital. She enjoyed sailing, fishing, skiing, tennis, and golf. Jermain and Ellis loved to travel the world, a highlight being their journey along the Old Silk Road from China. During retirement at Princeton Windrows, she enjoyed bridge, gardening, reading, and the cultural events available in the Princeton area. Piecing together jigsaw puzzles was a favorite pastime.

Jermain is survived by her husband of 26 years, Ellis B. Anderson; sister Georgia Pooley of Buffalo, New York; daughter and son-in-law, Jamie and Eric Steiner of Colorado Springs, Colorado; and son and daughter-in-law, John and Sally Mueller of Tulsa, Oklahoma. She is also survived by stepdaughters Rebecca Smith and Katherine Nestor (Tom), Gwen Nacos (Tom), Gail Walraven, and Valerie Williams. Her beloved grandchildren include Hillary Aldassy, Emily Morey, Annabel Rangel, Taze Mueller, and step grandchildren Ben Smith, Allison Fontan, Tyler Fontan, and Harrison Fontan. She is also survived by three great-grandchildren, four step great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. The loss the family feels is eased by the special joy of knowing her love for others, which was returned by so many friends and family who will cherish lovely memories of Jermain.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that gifts be made to the charity of your choice in honor of Jermain. A memorial service will be held at Nassau Presbyterian Church in Princeton, New Jersey, on Saturday, September 21, 2019 at 11 a.m. Funeral arrangements are being made by The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home.

Nancy Carole Schaefer

Nancy Carole Schaefer, 74, passed away at her home in Princeton on September 1, 2019, after a period of illness, in the company of her loving family.

Nancy was born in Newark, NJ, on February 1, 1945, the only daughter of James and Margaret Schaefer. She grew up in Plainfield, NJ, attended the Hartridge High School, and graduated from Marymount University in Tarrytown, NY, with a BA in English in 1967.

She then attended the USC Film School to train as a sound recordist. She pursued a career in the film industry for several years, working on commercials, documentaries (including one in Nigeria and another in Zimbabwe), a feature film by an African American production company, and on Frank Zappa’s film 200 Motels.

She moved to Princeton in 1976 to be married, and followed her media interests with work in publishing before becoming a mother in 1983. Around 1990 she began teaching art to incarcerated teens, first in programs funded by NJ State grants, and later as a full-time teacher at the NJ Training School near Jamesburg. Her last, ongoing, project is a documentary on Princeton sculptor Bob Jenkins.

Nancy was a devout and lifelong Catholic, and for several decades attended services at the Aquinas Institute as well as St. Paul’s Church in Princeton.

Nancy is survived by Kirk McDonald, her husband of 43 years; her two children, Alex McDonald and Owen Schaefer; and two grandchildren, Han and Rei Schaefer.

A Memorial Mass will be held at the Princeton University Chapel, 2 p.m., Friday, September 20, followed by a reception, 3:30-6 p.m., at Prospect House (University Faculty Club).

Her ashes will be interred at 11 a.m., Saturday, September 21, in the St. Anthony Mausoleum of the Holy Cross Burial Park, Jamesburg, NJ.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Nancy Carole Schaefer fund of the Arts Council of Princeton,

Joyce Beldon Turner

Joyce Turner, age 70, longtime resident of Princeton, NJ, passed away at the Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, PA, due to complications following a surgery she had undergone two days previously.

Joyce is survived by Ed Turner, her husband of over 48 years, whom she met in 1969; by their sons Alex Turner and Danny Turner as well as the latter’s wife Jessica Turner, whom she loved like a daughter; her 2-year-old grandson Dylan Turner, who was the unrivaled joy of her life in her final years; her sister Debby Herritt; her brother Rob Beldon (Lori); and her brother-in-law Scott Turner (Erica). Throughout her childhood and adult years she was exceptionally close to her uncle and aunt, Ed and Laney Ellis. She was preceded in death by both of her parents, Mickey and Sidney Beldon of Newton, MA, as well as by both of her parents-in-law, George and Gladys Turner of Knoxville, TN. Joyce was quite family-centered and was a devoted and beloved wife, mother, mother-in-law, grandmother (or “Mimi” as Dylan called her), daughter, daughter-in-law, sister, sister-in-law, aunt, and niece.

Joyce was born and raised in the Boston, MA, area and spent significant periods of her life residing in Pasadena, CA, and in South Brunswick, NJ. She moved to Princeton first in 1975 and then returned permanently in 1987 after a decade-long absence. Her early schooling was in Newton, MA, and after graduating from Newton South High School in 1967, she attended Lesley College in Cambridge, MA, where she obtained a Bachelor of Science in Education in 1971.

From shortly after her college graduation until the time of her death, she worked as an educator in many capacities, from school board member to teacher to volunteer aide in various school settings, and at every level from pre-school to high school, mostly in public schools but also for a few years at private schools in California. For the past 19 years, she worked as a special education teacher at Princeton High School, having been certified in that specialty in 2001 based on graduate studies at Rider College. Her engagement with students routinely extended far beyond the classroom, and she was a passionate advocate for all students and their well-being in every possible way she could. Many consider her to have had a deep and crucial positive influence on their lives.

In addition to her work as an educator, Joyce was an active, enthusiastic, and influential member of numerous civic groups and other local organizations wherever she lived. In Princeton these included the Minority Education Committee; Not In Our Town; the Princeton Community Housing Board; Springboard, Inc. (which she directed for several years) at the Princeton Library; the Co-op Nursery School Board; and the P’nai Or congregation; among others. In the 1980s she was twice elected to the South Brunswick Board of Education on which she served for five years. Beyond her efforts through such organized groups, Joyce frequently took a strong personal interest and role in the lives of both students and other young people with whom she came into contact, either professionally or socially. She was even given the affectionate nickname “Mama Turner” by a group of young Japanese astronomers who spent time in Princeton in the 1990s.

Outside of her work and family, Joyce was an avid traveler, visiting 46 U.S. states and five continents plus many island nations. The Boston Red Sox, casino gambling, mahjong, crocheting, and reading were among her numerous interests. She was exceptionally passionate politically with views solidly situated on the left wing of the Democratic Party for her whole adult life. Irrepressible laughter, a quick smile, enthusiasm, quiet determination to fight for social justice, unshakable conviction that she knew its nature, deep concern for the problems of others, and a sunny disposition were among her defining qualities as a person.

Through ten major surgeries in less than three years, she struggled fiercely against a persistent infection in her right hip that ultimately took her life. Her courage, determination, and positive attitude during her illness inspired all those around her. Her passing has left the Universe a far less bright, happy, kind, and loving place.

A public memorial service to celebrate Joyce’s life and accomplishments will be held on October 19, 2019 from 2-6 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Princeton worship center (50 Cherry Hill Road, Princeton, NJ 08540). Donations to a memorial fund being established in her honor and to support at-risk and special needs students in the Princeton Public Schools are requested in lieu of flowers or other material expressions of sympathy. Please make checks payable to “Memorial of Joyce Turner” and mail them to Alex Turner, PO Box 22302, Oakland, CA 94623.

September 11, 2019

Mary Virginia ‘Gina’ Everhard Tillett Wilson

Mary Virginia ‘Gina’ Everhard Tillett Wilson died peacefully at her Princeton home on September 1, 2019 with her children comforting and thanking her.

Born during a rare spring snowstorm April 2, 1924 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Gina was lovingly devoted to her family and friends. They were her greatest pleasure. She was raised to become a woman of boundless energy and good will, by her parents, Dr. Will D. and Helen (Lowry) Everhard with her brothers Bill and Bob. She graduated from John Harris High School and attended Penn State.

In June of 1945 she married Paul D. Tillett Jr., the brother of Bob’s best friend. They moved to Washington, DC, and then to Chicago, where Paul earned his law degree. In 1950 their friend, H.H. Wilson (Hube), brought Paul to the Politics Department at Princeton, where he earned a PhD. Paul and Gina were immediately active with schools, civil liberties, civil rights, and local politics. In 1957 Paul became associate director of the Eagleton Institute at Douglass College. They remained in Princeton and eventually bought their dream home on Ewing Street in 1961. The house was part of the 1958 Maplecrest integrated housing development.

In the ’50s and early ’60s Gina worked for George Gallup at Gallup & Robinson. After Paul died in 1966, she worked for Tony Cline, the Director of Research at ETS. She retired after 20 years. Well before retiring, she trained as volunteer for CONTACT, the Mercer County crisis and suicide hotline. She took overnight shifts, and enjoyed the intrinsic value of volunteering and making a difference in peoples’ lives. She became a volunteer trainer, helped write the training manual, and enthusiastically served on the board. Her 27 years with CONTACT also gave her the opportunity to make more lifelong friends and travel to conferences in South Africa and Australia.

In 1969, she married her good friend Hube Wilson and later moved to his home in Solebury, Pennsylvania. Gina was a gracious hostess, entertaining her husbands’ colleagues, guest speakers, graduate students, politicians, her book club friends, and extended family.

Among her guests were those who fought to oppose the House Un-American Activities Committee, the House Internal Security Committee, and the abuses of the FBI. They succeeded in closing those committees and brought about passage of the Freedom of Information Act. In the late ’70s and ’80s, Gina served on the board of the National Committee Against Repressive Legislation (NCARL), which continued the effort to protect civil liberties and dissent.

A civil liberties and civil rights activist, she believed in individual and civil responsibilities. For Gina, it was not enough to talk, she had to show up. She lived it. Her moral compass was strong and true. She gave generously to civil rights, consumer rights, educational, environmental, and sane nuclear policy causes. She supported common decency. Gina attended the 1963 March for Jobs and Freedom in Washington, DC. She was active in the PTA, a room mother, a helpful neighbor, a poll watcher for 30 years, a volunteer driver, and a member of many civic groups.

Gina loved to travel. Most school vacations with the family involved swimming and camping in state and national parks in 46 states and Mexico. Later, she traveled with her children and grandchildren on special trips to Canada, the Caribbean, India, Nepal, and Europe. Her trips with friends included Japan, Thailand, Greece, and the second public tour of China in 1978. She especially enjoyed traveling with Paul’s sister Nancy, and with her cousin Helen Plone, who were like her sisters growing up.

She never complained for herself. She fought for the underdog and under-represented. Demanding her voice be heard, she had the most polite way of making her point. Eastern Airlines discovered that she could not be dismissed.

Through difficult times, Gina and Paul enjoyed life. She said, “What choice did we have?” They were role models to other parents raising children with disabilities. They made wonderful friends everywhere they lived. In Princeton the Allens, Darrows and Jacobs were the core of friends who enjoyed near weekly dinner parties and dancing into the wee hours to Armstrong, Basie, Ellington, and Sinatra. Children were always welcome at the table, in discussions, and at parties.

She is loved dearly by four grandchildren. She deeply influenced them growing up. They know a bathing suit goes into your suitcase first, to always find the best parking spot, to take a good swim, and to love ice cream and chocolate covered nuts.

The family is extremely grateful for the extraordinary care she received from her wonderful caregivers during this past year.

She is survived by her sister-in-law Nancy (Tillett) Albright; son Jeff Tillett; daughters Susan Tillett and Meg Tillett Trendler (Gary); grandchildren Jessie Tillett, Shelby Tillett Gallo (Matteo), Jody Trendler (Eli Lotz), Paul Trendler (Sarah); and great-grandchildren Amerie Tillett, Odin Trendler, Selah Trendler, and Micah Lotz, along with many nieces and nephews.

She lived through many tragedies and hardships with grace and humor, and she would tell you she lived a charmed life. A memorial service with ice cream will be held on October 12, at 11 a.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Princeton, 50 Cherry Hill Road.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to CONTACT of Mercer County ( or The Seeing Eye (


Ellen Viner Seiler

Ellen Viner Seiler, who lived most of her 94 years in Princeton, died on August 31 at Stonebridge at Montgomery in Skillman.

A career woman before the feminist movement made it common, Ellen was editor of publications at Princeton University’s International Economics Section (formerly the International Finance Section) from 1971 to 1990, and before that managing editor at Public Opinion Quarterly at Princeton from 1958 to 1968. She also worked at the Russell Sage Foundation in New York and The American Sociologist at Northwestern University, as well as at other publications.

“My father, Jacob Viner, was a longtime professor at the University of Chicago before he came to Princeton University and the Institute for Advanced Study,” Ellen recalled in 2004, “so I was born in Chicago and am mostly a product of the University of Chicago Lab Schools.” She also spent two years at the International School in Geneva, Switzerland, as a child.

Ellen’s years at Smith College exactly coincided with the American involvement in World War II. After graduation, she worked in Paris as a translator for the Organization for European Economic Cooperation before moving to New York City in the late ‘40s, where she worked as an editor at McGraw-Hill and enjoyed the city’s vibrant cultural and social life. She married Frederick E. Seiler III, a publisher and editor, in 1954, moving from New York to Princeton, where her father and his wife Frances Viner were living already. Of their early years in Princeton Ellen later recalled, “We made many friends and had a lot of fun.”

A politically active progressive Democrat, Ellen got involved in the civil rights movement by helping to write and edit a newsletter for the Princeton Association of Human Rights (PAHR). She was a member of the Princeton Committee of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and a lifelong member of the League of Women Voters. She co-wrote the short documentary film The Princeton Plan: Fifty Years Later, an oral history of how Princeton integrated its elementary schools in 1948 through busing, becoming the national model when many school administrators — most notably the New York City Board of Education — adopted it.

Ellen eventually found herself involved in so many causes that she kept a bumper sticker that said, “Stop me before I volunteer again!” She was a skilled raconteur and will be remembered for her terrifically funny anecdotes, her love of NPR and PBS, and her fondness for theater, classical music, and the American (and French) pop music of her youth. Even in her final weeks, and suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, she could manage a chorus of Charles Trenet’s song Je Chante.

In addition to her family, Ellen maintained connections her entire life with a long list of friends in the United States as well as Great Britain and Europe​. Her friends were enormously important to her, as well as their spouses and children, and she kept up with all of them with great interest and enthusiasm.

Ellen was predeceased by her parents and husband, and by her brother, Arthur W. Viner and his wife, Ann Welch Viner, and sister-in-law Dorothy Compton. She is survived by daughter Margaret, of Northampton, Mass. (Leonard); son Andy of Washington, DC (Susan); two grandchildren, Julia Melnick and William Melnick; two step grandchildren, Emily Melnick and Alison Melnick Dyer; and two step great-grandchildren. She is also survived by a nephew and two nieces and their children.

The family would like to thank Anne Allen for her extraordinary companionship with and care of Ellen in her final years, as well as the staff at Springpoint at Home and Stonebridge.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Ellen’s memory may be made to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, the League of Women Voters, or the Alzheimer’s Association.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, November 9 at 1 p.m. at Stonebridge at Montgomery in Skillman, New Jersey.


Bernard Caras

Bernard Caras, 90, passed away on August 28, 2019 at Princeton Medical Center.

Bernie was born on July 18, 1929, in Lawrence, MA. He grew up in the larger Boston area, and graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1951 with a degree in Physics. While studying at RPI, he met Phyllis Jackson, whom he married in 1953, shortly after getting his Masters in Physics.

Bernie worked for Sylvania Electric after graduation, and shortly after moving to the Glenn L Martin Company in Baltimore, Maryland, he was one of three Americans invited to join Eisenhower’s Atoms for Peace program (the International School of Nuclear Science and Engineering). His participation in the program required him to move his family 11 times in 16 months. As part of this program, Bernie received a post-doctoral degree. After the program ended, the Caras family moved to New York where he worked at Radiation Research in Manhattan for a few years. Bernie and his family then moved to Princeton in 1959, where he lived for the next 60 years.

Bernie was an active participant in his community. He was a member of the Jewish Center for over 60 years, and in his years at the Jewish Center, served as House Committee Chairman and a member of the Board of Directors along with being an active and participating member of the synagogue. He was Chairman of the Princeton chapter of the IEEE and a member of the American Vacuum Society, along with being a member of many other professional organizations.

While Bernie was trained as a physicist, he found his professional calling as an engineer. In the recent past, he worked for companies like Burroughs Corporation, Bell Labs, and Princeton Optronics. He often served in the role of “troubleshooting engineer,” helping advance and fix technology. Despite building such technology, he maintained his own ways of doing things, joking that he could build and fix a computer, but he couldn’t use one.

The funeral was held Friday, August 30, 2019 at the Jewish Center in Princeton, NJ. Contributions in his memory can be sent to the Jewish Center at 435 Nassau Street, Princeton, NJ 08540.

He is pre-deceased by his son Edward, and survived by his wife, Phyllis, his daughter Jana (Mark) Gelernt, his son Jay (Randi) Caras, and grandchildren Anya (Ezra) Gelernt-Dunkle, Eva Gelernt, Edward Gelernt, and Avi Caras. May his memory be for a blessing.


Andrew Spencer Bruno

Andrew Spencer Bruno, 87, died September 5, 2019, in Cranbury, NJ.

Spencer was born in New York City, the son of Andrew and Olive Bruno. He enjoyed his youth playing baseball in Central Park, going to Yankee games, and attending The McBurney School. He then matriculated at Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA, where he met his future wife, Elise Mueller. Upon graduation and marriage, the couple completed Spencer’s military obligation at Ft. Hood, Texas.

Returning home to New Jersey, Spencer was employed by Gallup and Robinson, where he learned the art of marketing. He then worked in New York at Compton Advertising for ten years. In 1970, he started his own business, Spencer Bruno Research Associates, which continues today as Bruno and Ridgway Research Associates.

In 1976, Spencer and his family were part of a group that founded Windsor Chapel. His other interests were golf, at Springdale and Peddie Golf Clubs, and opera. He was on the board of Boheme Opera NJ for many years.

He leaves to mourn him his wife of 64 years, Elise, and his family. Sons, Scott and wife, Karen, Peter and wife, Julie, and David and wife, Jennifer; his daughter, Kathryn and husband, Robert; his grandchildren, Amy and husband, Alex, Elizabeth, Jessie, Michael, Jack, Harry, Sarah, Luke, and Kate; and his great-grandchild, Anderson.

His was a life well lived.

Interment was held privately at Greenwood Cemetery under the direction of the Saul Colonial Home, 3795 Nottingham Way, Hamilton Square, NJ.


Dr. Walter Henry Waskow

Dr. Walter Henry Waskow, longtime resident of Princeton and Long Beach Island, NJ, and Marco Island, FL, passed on September 3, 2019, 21 days shy of his 91st birthday. Walter served as Chairman of the Department of Anesthesia at St. Francis Hospital in Trenton, NJ, and later at the Medical Center of Princeton. He also served as a U.S. Army Staff Sergeant from 1946 through 1948 at the Panama Canal Zone.

Walter was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to Max and Julia Waskow and was the younger brother of Mary Maxin. After graduating high school, Walter attended the University of Pennsylvania, Class of 1952, and graduated from Hahnemann Hospital Medical College in 1956. While at Hahnemann he met his loving late wife, Geraldine.

Walter and Gerry were married on September 13, 1956 and together they had three children of whom he was very proud, Darryl Waskow married to Susan of Hopewell, NJ; Steven Waskow married to Valerie of Princeton, NJ; and Rosalind married to Michael Hansen of Princeton, NJ. His greatest joy was being a grandfather to Harry and Dorothy Waskow.

Walter was a devoted and loving son, husband, father, and grandfather. He enjoyed a full life that included extensive travel, sailing in the Virgin Islands and on the Chesapeake Bay, flying, rooting for the Philadelphia Eagles and Phillies, and entertaining his friends and family with his quick wit and never-ending jokes.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro. There will be a private ceremony for the family. Arrangements are under the direction of The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, Princeton.

September 4, 2019

Virginia Ahl Kyte

Virginia Ahl Kyte, cherished wife, mother, grandmother, and aunt, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, August 28th after a brief illness, safe in the knowledge that she was loved almost as intensely as she had loved her family and dear friends. She was 92.

Ginny Kyte was a smiling, lovely, faithful, and genuine force of nature. She loved the sand pipers of the Jersey Shore, the lupine fields of early summer in Maine, and any good sporting event, especially college football. She will miss the endless matches of this year’s U.S. Open, where she was routing for a strong finish from Coco Gauff. She baked cookies for every holiday, delighted in her grandchildren’s accomplishments and many adventures, and in her later years knitted over 100 blankets for babies and toddlers along the southern border. Being a wife and mother and grandmother defined her and her last days were filled with a sense of contentment. She carried happy memories of being a newlywed racing sailboats on the Shinnecock Bay to joy-filled years as a young mother on Ross Lane.

Her strong will was born from a family lineage she rarely voiced but included Dr. John Peter Ahl, a surgeon in the Revolutionary War; Dr. John Alexander Ahl, a U.S. Congressman from Pennsylvania; and five generations of graduates from Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA, dating back to 1875. One of those graduates was Jim Kyte, fresh off the GI Bill after WWII. He became the greatest love of her life when they married in the summer of 1949.

Preceded in death by her truly beloved husband, James Mathison Kyte, Jr., she is survived by her loving daughters Kimberly Kyte of Princeton and Jamie Kyte Sapoch and son-in-law John Sapoch of Hopewell, devoted grandchildren Emily and Jack Sapoch, brothers George W. Ahl, Jr. (Trumbull, CT) and Cary W. Ahl (Lancaster, PA),  along with a multitude of nieces and nephews.  Her family is grateful to the nursing staff and aides at Stonebridge who were a steady and constant lifeline of loving care in her final weeks.

A memorial service will be held Saturday September 28th at 11 a.m. at the Princeton University Chapel, Princeton, NJ. 

Arrangements are under the direction of the Cromwell-Immordino Memorial Home, 2560 Pennington Road, Pennington, NJ 08534.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks consideration of a gift in memory of Virginia Kyte be sent to Princeton University Chapel, Princeton University, Murray Dodge Hall, Princeton, NJ 08544. The Chapel, her place of worship for 20 years, has the great privilege to quickly respond to issues of pressing need, locally and across the country, in areas of social justice, disaster relief, refugee assistance and direct need. All gifts will honor her life.


David Howard Dingle

David Howard Dingle, formerly of Princeton, was born on September 25, 1928, the youngest of four children, to Howard and Edith Dingle of Cleveland, Ohio, and Naples, Florida. He learned to play the piano at age 7, encouraged by his father, a Trustee of the Cleveland Symphony, under the tutelage of acclaimed teachers Boris Goldovsky and Arthur Loesser.

After graduating from University School in Shaker Heights, Ohio, David earned a B.A. in Economics at Cornell University in 1950. He was a member of the Freshman Lightweight Crew, Glee Club (accompanist for three years), Theta Delta Chi fraternity, Class Councils, and Sphinx Head Senior Honorary Society. 

He enjoyed tennis and squash, and in his lifetime was a member of the Merion Cricket Club in Haverford, PA, the Union League Club of New York, the Amateur Ski Club of New York, and the Pretty Brook Tennis Club of Princeton.

His business career started in sales and marketing with Scott Paper Company, with 12 years in retail sales, sales training, and product management. During this time he lived in Haverford, PA, where he raised three children. In 1957, he was appointed Coordinator of Marketing for Scott Paper Company’s partnership with Bowater Paper Company, introducing soft paper products to the U.K. Market. He lived for three years with his family in London for this assignment.

In 1964 he moved to New York and opened a travel agency, Peter Paul and Dingle.  Later he became one of the first financial planners to achieve Certified Financial Planner status. During this time he in lived in Princeton, NJ, where he raised a second family. He developed Bridge Energy with Henry McDonald, and later became a Mortgage Broker when he returned to New York in the 1980s, where he lived until he retired in 2003 and moved to the North Fork of Long Island.

But perhaps more importantly, whatever his “day job,” he was rarely without a “night and weekend job” as a jazz piano player — continuing well into retirement. He also sat in with jazz masters such as George Shearing, Lee Evans, and Kirk Nurock.

David is predeceased by his parents, his brother John Dingle, and his sisters Janet Kent and Laura Dingle. He is survived by his wife Susan Grathwohl Dingle; his children Michael of San Francisco, Leslie (Kevin Reilly) of Ithaca, and Jeffrey (Susan Poor) of Marblehead, with his first wife Elizabeth Severinghaus Warner; Christopher (Constance) of Toronto and Mark (Jacquelyn) of New York, with his second wife Celia Drayson Ryan; and 11 grandchildren, as well as many nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his stepson Jake Koprowski (Natalie) and their six children.

A Memorial Service of Witness to the Resurrection will be held at First Presbyterian Church of Southold on Saturday, September 14, at 12 noon, with a reception to follow. Interment will take place at Lake View Cemetery in Cleveland in spring, 2020.


Henry Joel Powsner

Henry Joel Powsner, age 90, died August 12, 2019, peacefully and surrounded by family.

Henry was born to Solomon Powsner and Sarah (Sylvia) Rosenberg on March 30, 1929, and grew up in Hewlett, Long Island. He attended Woodmere High School, Princeton University, and MIT, earned an M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, completed his residency at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center, and was certified by the American Board of Radiology and the American Board of Nuclear Medicine.

His high school years were punctuated by creative exploits, such as putting a homemade chemical paper into the classroom pencil sharpener, causing startlingly loud interior explosions when used, and running a thin tube under his mother’s tablecloth to drain wine from Elijah’s glass. At Princeton, he cleverly circumvented the prohibition against pet dogs, cats, or rodents by keeping a baby alligator in his bathtub and was finally asked to live off campus after proudly demonstrating to a proctor how he had set off a fire alarm without breaking the glass rod.

While living in Boston, he met Dana McPeak. He quickly determined she was the love of his life and they married three months later.

From 1960 to 1966, Henry served as an Air Force physician, first at Eglin in Florida and then at Burderop and South Ruislip in England. Henry’s move across the Atlantic with Dana and their three daughters was only the second time he had left the U.S. That began a lifetime of international travel that took them to six of the seven continents. 

In 1966, they returned to Princeton, where they spent the rest of their lives. He worked as a radiologist, in later years specializing in mammography, until his retirement in 1997. He was active in local and state government and in the community, including service on the boards of the Princeton Regional Schools, NJ Commission on Radiation Protection, Princeton Board of Health, Physicians for Social Responsibility of Central NJ, Princeton Community Democratic Organization, Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Princeton, and Princeton Memorial Association.

Henry was generous with his knowledge on many subjects and especially appreciated for his ability to help people understand difficult medical choices. He spoke out and took action in support of right behavior in domains as varied as public safety, the environment, consumer protection, silly retail policies, and how to run a meeting, always with a sense of proportion and humor. He will be remembered fondly for his legendary knowledge of Robert’s Rules of Order and grammar, being able to build and fix almost anything, visiting every friend in the hospital, and his love of gadgets, tools, and puns.

His last days were peaceful, with visits from close friends and relatives, cared for by the staff at Acorn Glen, Princeton Hospice, and his family. 

His wife, Dana, and his brother, Edward, predeceased Henry. He is survived by his daughters (Kim Corfman, Shelley Powsner, and Laurie Powsner), sons-in-law (Stanley Corfman, Steve Skrovan, and Jonathan Krejci), and grandchildren (Abigail and Daniel Corfman, Samuel and Julia Skrovan, and Benjamin and Jesse Krejci). 

A memorial service will be held on September 28, 2019 at 1 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Princeton, 50 Cherry Hill Road, Princeton, NJ 08540.  Donations can be made in Henry’s name to: UUCP (address above), Star Island (30 Middle Street, Portsmouth, NH 03801), and the Princeton Hospice Program (5 Plainsboro Road, Suite 365, Plainsboro, NJ  08536).


Harvey Daniel Rothberg

Harvey Daniel Rothberg, 90, died August 18 at the Penn Medicine Princeton Medical Center, Plainsboro.

Born November 17, 1928 in Plainfield, he was the son of the late Harvey and Helen (Rosenberg) Rothberg.

He grew up in Plainfield, graduating from Plainfield High School. Attending Princeton University, he graduated magna cum laude in 1949. He then entered Harvard Medical School, where he graduated cum laude in 1953.

Medical internship and residency followed at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. He later served as captain in the U.S. Medical Corps in the department of hematology at Walter Reed Hospital in Washington, D.C. Dr. Rothberg later returned to Massachusetts General for a senior residency.

His distinguished medical career at the Princeton Medical Group began in 1960 as a doctor of internal medicine, specializing in hematology and oncology. He was among an early group of physicians to become board certified in the field of medical oncology. During his 40-year career in Princeton, he served as president of the medical staff at Princeton Hospital, and as president of the Oncology Society of New Jersey.

Dr. Rothberg also served on the hospital’s Biomedical Ethics Committee until June of this year, and helped write the hospital’s version of a Living Will. Motivated by his lifelong interest in education and sharing knowledge with others, he was Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, and served as the first president of the Princeton Regional Board of Education after the Borough and Township merger.

Dr. Rothberg wrote successive books documenting the history of Princeton Hospital: The First Fifty Years: The History of Princeton Hospital, 1919-1969, and 25 years later, The First Seventy-Five Years: A History of the Medical Center at Princeton 1919-1994.

Upon his retirement in 2000, he was acknowledged with deep gratitude by the Princeton Hospital medical staff for his outstanding contributions to the medical community.

Dr. Rothberg was an ardent “Princeton Tiger,” proudly marching in the annual Princeton University P-rade, and most notably chairing his Class of ’49’s 70th reunion this past June. Football games, campus lectures, and cultural activities energized his life.  He was a longtime member of The Nassau Club, The Old Guard, and Springdale Golf Club.

He was also an avid gardener, botanical print collector, and deeply appreciated his books and library. His travel itineraries included visits to the architectural and cultural capitals of the world.

He was proud to serve as a docent at the Princeton University Art Museum for 19 years. In 1994, he curated an exhibit at the Princeton University Firestone Library, titled “Masters of Botanical Art” based on his own botanical print collection.

After his retirement as a physician, he continued to share valued medical advice with family and friends.

Dr. Rothberg is survived by his wife Nancy of 46 years (to the day), his youngest daughter, Nancy Barnes (David) of Chatham, NJ, and their daughters Charlotte and Madeleine, who brought great joy to his life. He is also survived by two older daughters from a previous marriage, Elizabeth Rothberg of New York, N.Y., and Marjorie Rothberg of Wilmington, Del., and his brother, John Charles Rothberg (Diane) of Madison, VA.

He was predeceased by his siblings, Anne Carolyn Reed, Nancy Lee Pierson, and Louis Nathan Rothberg.

Dr. Rothberg will be remembered for his sense of humor, empathy, dedication to his patients, profound work ethic, and great love of family. The recipient of many honors, he was awarded The National Conference of Christians and Jews Greater Princeton Area Humanitarian Award in 1996.

A private burial took place at the Princeton Cemetery. A public celebration of Dr. Rothberg’s life will be held at the Princeton University Chapel on Saturday, September 21, at 3 p.m.

Dr. Rothberg was a great believer in giving back. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to any of the following organizations: The Princeton Area Community Foundation, Doctors Without Borders USA, the American Cancer Society, or a cultural organization in the area of art or


Nancy Carole Schaefer

Nancy Carole Schaefer, 74, passed away at her home in Princeton on September 1, 2019, after a period of illness, in the company of her loving family.

Nancy was born in Newark, NJ, on February 1, 1945, the only daughter of James and Margaret Schaefer. She grew up in Plainfield, NJ, attended the Hartridge High School, and graduated from Marymount University in Tarrytown, NY, with a BA in English in 1967.

She then attended the USC Film School to train as a sound recordist. She pursued a career in the film industry for several years, working on commercials, documentaries (including one in Nigeria and another in Zimbabwe), a feature film by an African-American production company, and on Frank Zappa’s film 200 Motels.

She moved to Princeton in 1976 to be married, and followed her media interests with work in publishing before becoming a mother in 1983. Around 1990 she began teaching art to incarcerated teens, first in programs funded by NJ State grants, and later as a full-time teacher at the NJ Training School near Jamesburg. Her last, ongoing, project is a documentary on Princeton sculptor Bob Jenkins.

Nancy was a devout and lifelong Catholic, and for several decades attended services at the Aquinas Institute as well as St. Paul’s Church in Princeton.

Nancy is survived by Kirk McDonald, her husband of 43 years; her two children, Alex McDonald and Owen Schaefer; and two grandchildren, Han and Rei Schaefer.

A gathering/wake will be held from 5-8 p.m., Wednesday, September 4 at the Kimble Funeral Home in Princeton, where some of her art will be on display.

Arrangements for a Memorial Service will be announced at a later date.

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August 28, 2019

Harriet Howard Nicol

February 22, 1932 –August 2, 2019

Harriet Howard Nicol (née Williams) passed away on August 2, 2019 at Good Samaritan Hospital in Suffern, NY, after an extended illness.

Born in Boston on February 22, 1932 to Moses and Anstiss Crowninshield (Boyden) Williams, Harriet graduated from The Madeira School and Bryn Mawr College, Class of 1953; as well as having attended the Chestnut Hill School and the Winsor School. In 1957, she married Harold Gilbert Nicol, growing their family with the subsequent adoption of two children, Harriet and James.

Harriet was predeceased by her husband Gil, her daughter Harriet (Hally) Nicol, her parents, her brother Moses Williams Jr., her stepfathers George Lee Haskins and James Aliferis, her stepmother Mary Bennett Holden Williams, her aunts Harriet Howard Ohl and Eleanor Williams Benziger, and her uncle Alexander Williams.

She is survived by her stepmothers Gertrude Lounder Haskins and Shirley Pethes Aliferis; her son James Williams Nicol; her cousins Anstiss Ohl Miller, Edwin Ohl, Hugh Benziger, John Benziger, and Janet Warren Rogers; as well as countless loyal friends.

Enjoying a very full life, Harriet worked for the Town Topics newspaper in Princeton and primarily for New York University in New York City. She enjoyed friendships, art, theater, reading, and the cultured life. She loved to travel and supported numerous civic charities.

Harriet will always be remembered by those blessed to know her for her thoughtful kindness, strengthened by her cheerful spirit, redeemed by her immutable goodness, and touched by her constant generosity.

A service will be held at Trinity Mausoleum chapel at 770 Riverside Drive, New York, on September 6, 2019 at 10 a.m. Requiescat in pace.

August 21, 2019

Robert John Levine

Robert John Levine, 97, died at his home in Princeton on July 7, 2019, after a year of declining health.  He had lived there since moving to Princeton in the 1964. Born in 1921 to Helen Langendorfer Levine and Sol Levine in Riverdale, New York, he graduated from DeWitt Clinton High School, completed a B.S. in Engineering from Manhattan College, and went on to earn a Masters of Industrial Engineering from Columbia University. While studying at Columbia, he met Virginia (Ginny) White Arnold of Bethel, Vermont. They were married in 1948.  

During World War II he served in the U.S. Army Signal Corps, where he created the first mobile radar unit. After the war, he developed a wide range of gauges and detectors, from a chocolate gauge for Hershey and Nestle to a hydrogen detector that is now leaving the solar system on the Voyager space probe. He combined his love of engineering and teaching as the vice president of the Center for Professional Advancement in East Brunswick, New Jersey, and the founder of Princeton Technical Publishers. He enjoyed children and teenagers and was an advisor to the R.E.S.I.S.T.O.R.S., one of the first high-school computer clubs. 

Always a defender of the rights of citizens, he helped prepare a case against property owners who closed a path that neighborhood children used to go to and from school and that residents used to walk to the Princeton Shopping Center. The pedestrians prevailed; the path now belongs to the town and remains in active use.

Bob was also a passionate wine enthusiast and a friend of winemakers all over the world. He taught wine appreciation courses both at his home and at the Princeton Adult School for many years. He went on to co-found the Society of Wine Educators to create professional standards for wine courses. He brought a similar energy to many other interests, from ballet and opera to skiing and sailing. He taught generations of youth to sail on a series of day-sailor boats in Barnegat Bay, and continued to sail his own boat there until he was 95. 

During the 1960s and 1970s he was active in the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Princeton,
including time on the Board of Directors and terms as treasurer. During that time he and his family started to attend family retreat conferences at Star Island in New Hampshire. Always sensitive to issues of inclusion and fairness, he and his wife Ginny made changes to guarantee the attendance of new families in the conferences, and created open and public social gatherings. Upon Ginny’s death in 1989, he established the Ginny Levine Scholarship Fund to provide financial assistance to those otherwise unable to attend the conferences.

Through the 1990s he was an active volunteer with various groups in the Princeton area, and ultimately did a number of projects under the auspices of the National Executive Service Corps. In later decades he assembled a fine collection of glass art, getting to know artists and gallery owners and traveling to sales and exhibitions. 

Bob was predeceased by his first wife, Virginia A. Levine, and his sister, Mary Levine Harnett. He is survived by his second wife, Diane Sherman Levine of Seattle, Washington; son John Robert Levine and daughter-in-law Antonia Saxon of Trumansburg, New York; daughter Margaret Levine Young and son-in-law Jordan M. Young II of Cornwall, Vermont; brother Richard Levine and sister-in-law Nancy Levine of Ringwood, New Jersey; grandchildren Margaret Virginia Young of Portland, Maine, Sarah Saxon of Trumansburg, New York, Christopher Isaac Young of Los Angeles, California; and 11 nieces and nephews. 

A memorial service will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Princeton at 1 p.m. on Sunday, October 20, 2019. 


Joan Hicks Mitchell

Joan Hicks Mitchell, of Princeton, NJ, passed away on August 12, 2019, just a few days after celebrating her 90t​h​ birthday. Born in Spring Lake, NJ, on August 7, 1929, she was the daughter of Mary L. Reeves and Thomas Edward Hicks. Joan attended Princeton Public Schools, Dana Hall School in Wellesley, MA, Goucher College in Towson, MD, and Rider College in Lawrenceville, NJ.

Joan resided most of her life in Pennington, Lawrenceville, and Princeton. She was married to John R. Mitchell and moved to Brevard, NC, with their two children, Jody and David. After her divorce, Joan returned to the Princeton area where she lived for the remainder of her life.

Joan enjoyed the outdoors, playing tennis, horseback riding, and taking walks. She was an avid reader, card player, dog owner, and expert in American history and family genealogy. For most of her adult life, Joan followed the principles of Joel Goldsmith, the American spiritual author, teacher, mystic, and founder of the Infinite Way movement.

Joan was predeceased by her daughter Joan “Jody” R. Mitchell of Winston-Salem, NC; sister Patricia H. McNitt of Annapolis, MD; nephew Thomas Edward Hicks III of Elkton, MD; and her brother A.C. Reeves Hicks of Princeton, NJ. She is survived by her son David Mitchell, sister-in-law Joan S. Hicks of Princeton, NJ, and a dear friend, Preston Brady Evers, of Princeton, NJ.

“Aunt Joanie” has seven nieces, and a nephew, who, along with their families, will miss her gentle spirit, crystal blue eyes, quick wit, and sense of humor. She was the “go-to” source for Hicks family history.

There will be a family gathering to celebrate Joan’s life at a future date. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA).

August 14, 2019

Herbert Windsor Hobler

September 25, 1922 – August 10, 2019

Herbert Windsor Hobler, age 96, died August 10, 2019 at Stonebridge at Montgomery in Skillman, New Jersey.

Born in St. Louis in 1922, he was raised In Bronxville, NY, and Stamford, CT. His family moved to Princeton in 1941 when he was a student.

After graduating from the Hill School, he entered Princeton in the Class of 1944, where he was on the basketball and track teams. He thereafter served as class secretary for many years, and was President of the class for five years. A dedicated Tiger to the end, Herb showed his stripes when this year, he attended his 75th Princeton reunion; his 73rd reunion in a row. A trustee candidate of the University in 1969; he was honored in 2003 with the Princeton Alumni Service Award. He chaired many of the Class of 1944’s reunions. Herb likely also saw more Princeton basketball games (over 870) over 70 years than anyone else, in large part by being the color man on the WHWH radio broadcasts over a period of 18 years.

During World War II, he was an Army Air Corps (now the Air Force) navigator on a B-29 flying missions over Japan, and in 1986, was President of the 9th Bomb Group Association, and continued for 14 years.  

A commuter to New York for 18 years, Herb was first in programming at Mutual Broadcasting Company, then joined the NBC-TV network the day it started in December 1949, where he sold his first spot on the “Today” and “Show of Shows.” After two years with the CBS network, he joined the start-up company, Teleprompter, for five years, helping to pioneer their prompting system. For four years he was head of production at Videotape Productions in NYC, where he supervised thousands of TV commercials and shows. After founding the Nassau Broadcast Company, he put WHWH Radio on the air in 1963. The station provided extensive community programming. A year later he bought WTOA-FM from the Times of Trenton changing the call letters to WPST. As principal owner and Chairman of Nassau Broadcasting Company, he also started six cable companies. Nassau Broadcasting Company was sold in 1986.

In 1975, Herb was named National Broadcaster of the Year with the Abe Lincoln Award for editorializing about government broadcasting restrictions. As a result, he served four years on the National Association of Broadcasters Board where he chaired the First Amendment Committee. 

Locally, he served on the boards of the YMCA, the Hun School, the United Fund, Princeton Savings and Loan, the Nassau Club, and Tiger Inn. A member of the Springdale Golf Club, a past active elder in the Nassau Presbyterian Church, Paul Harris Rotary Fellow, and Chairman of Princeton Township’s 150th anniversary.  Herb was honored as Princeton’s Man of the Year both by the Chamber of Commerce and the United Fund’s Lambert Award. In Princeton he was also a co-founder of Concerned Citizens of Princeton, and in 1999 created the 20th Century Brick Walk in Palmer Square. He also helped create “the Spirit of Princeton,” a fund of the Princeton Area Community Foundation, of which he was a co-founder. Due to his fundraising, the fund was able to bring back the annual Princeton Memorial Day Parade. At the Nassau Club, over many years, as Chairman of the Speaker program, Herb was responsible for bringing over 1,000 speakers to the weekly luncheons.  

One of Herb’s great passions was the American Boychoir School.  After becoming a board member in 1974, he was responsible for suggesting a name change to the school, The American Boychoir, which was accepted by the Board. Serving as Chairman of the Board for 22 years, Herb worked tirelessly on behalf of the Boychoir, helping them achieve national recognition for their academic and vocal excellence.

Mr. Hobler is survived by his four children: Randolph of Norwalk, CT, Debbie of Santa Barbara, CA, Nancy of Germantown, MD, and Mary Hyson of Cheshire, CT. He leaves behind six grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. His wife of 73 years, Mary “Randy” Hobler, died in 2017. His parents were the late Atherton W. Hobler and Ruth W. Hobler of Princeton; and he was predeceased by his brothers, Edward and Wells, and sister, Virginia.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions be made to the Princeton Area Community Foundation or a local charity in his name. A memorial service is planned at a future date.  


Robert (Bob) Dalton Smart

Robert (Bob) Dalton Smart, 83, died on August 4, 2019.

Bob, son to the late Dalton and Gertrude Smart and oldest of five children, grew up in North Quincy, MA. He graduated from North Quincy High School where he ran track and was an Eagle Scout. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa in Civil Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Bob met the love of his life, Elizabeth “Betty” Rodden of Salem, MA, on a blind date to the Boston Pops with Arthur Fiedler. They were married and he commissioned to the United States Navy, Civil Engineer Corps. During his 20-year Navy career he obtained two graduate degrees from MIT, was a Deep Sea Diver, served in Vietnam, and was an Ocean Engineering Instructor at the United States Naval Academy; he retired a Navy Commander.

Bob then moved to Princeton, NJ, in 1978 and began a 20-year career for Princeton University, working first at the Plasma Physics Laboratory and then the University Main Campus; he retired in 1998 as the Director of Facilities. During his time in Princeton he was active in the Aquinas Institute and the MIT Club of Princeton. He would often return to Princeton to visit friends and family and enjoy pizza at Conte’s.

Bob and Betty moved from Dodds Lane to Wolfeboro, NH, for their retirement; they built a house and lived on Lake Wentworth. His joy in life was having his grandchildren visit and spending time with them on the lake. Bob was the President of the Holden Shores Association for over ten years. Wolfeboro, Lake Wentworth, and his community of local friends held a special place in his heart.

Bob is survived by Betty, his loving wife of 61 years and his six children, 14 grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren: Donald and Andrea Smart of West Windsor, NJ (Ryan, Tammy, Skylar, Gayle, Cathryn); Maureen and Brian McAloon of Agoura Hills, CA (Tim and Laura); Tom and Carolyn Smart of Naperville, IL (Britney, Isabella, Patrick); John and Jane Smart of Herndon, VA (William and Caroline); Jim and Joanne Smart of Hopewell, NJ (Michael and Kenneth); Barbara and Tom Linko of Princeton, NJ (Kevin, Colleen, John).

A Funeral Mass will be held at St. Katharine Drexel Catholic Church in Alton, NH. Burial will take place at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date. While in Princeton, Bob was inspired by Father Tom Hagan and his mission in Haiti; in lieu of flowers, donations in his memory are appreciated to Hands Together,


Thomas Harvey McNally

On Thursday, August 8, 2019, Rev. Thomas Harvey McNally passed away at age 84.

Thomas was born on November 13, 1934 to Peter and Alice (Lukens) McNally. He graduated from Bucknell University in 1958 and received his MDiv. from Andover Newton Theological Seminary in 1961. While at Bucknell, he met the love of his life and future wife, Beverly Jane Griner. Prior to her death in 2010 they celebrated 50 years of marriage. They raised two daughters, Dawn and Heather. 

Tom, a lifelong NJ resident, served in American Baptist churches in Trenton and Holmdel. He also had a long career as a civil servant in New Jersey State Government, retiring as a manager in the Budget Bureau. 

He was an active member of Christ Congregation for the past 50 years serving on many boards and committees. In addition, he served on several state boards for ABC-NJ. Throughout his life he volunteered for different organizations including Holmdel Volunteer Fire Department, Coalition for Peace Action, and Centurion Ministries, along with mentoring seminarian students.

His passing leaves a hole in his family that will be impossible to fill. He was devoted to his family and fiercely loyal to his friends. He was a man with a strong moral compass. He enjoyed watercolor painting and in retirement became an avid golfer. He loved reading, especially historical biographies. His family will remember him for his quirky sense of humor and style which only made him more unique. No one could sport plaid and stripes together the way he did.  The proudest moment of his life was when he married Beverly. For the next 50 years they fell in love a little bit more each day, and he has been lost the last nine years without her. We are comforted that they are together again.

Thomas was preceded in death by his sisters, Ruth and Leona, his brother Peter, and his wife, Beverly Jane Griner. He is survived by his daughters Dawn McNally Cobb (Randall) and Heather McNally; grandchildren Jacqueline, Juliet (Patrick), and Benjamin; his three great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, August 16, 2019 at Christ Congregation on the corner of Walnut and Houghton in Princeton, NJ, at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Pennington First Aid Squad, 110 Broemel Place, Pennington, NJ 08534.


Thomas J. Moran

On Thursday, August 8, 2019, Thomas J. Moran, passed away at the age of 73.

Tom was born on September 20, 1945 in Brooklyn, NY, to Tom and Dorothy (Weis) Moran. He received his engineering degree from Manhattan College in Bronx, NY, in 1967, after attending Regis H.S. in New York, NY, and he worked as a civil engineer for the Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, D.C., for 33 years. 

Tom was dedicated to serving his country and helping people. He served in the U.S. Navy for many years, in addition to his work with the EPA. After his retirement in 2010, Tom received an MBA from George Washington University, and then put his time and energy towards helping foreign national college students make their way in the U.S., both during and after their graduation, including helping them find employment. In this way, he helped hundreds get acclimated to their new environs, and gave specialized help to a lucky few – all on a volunteer basis. Tom was a kind, gentle, and brilliant man.

Tom was preceded in death by his father, Thomas, his mother, Dorothy, and his brothers Bob and Bill. He is survived by his brother Tim; his sisters-in-law Leslie, Johan, and Lynda; his nephews Brian and Michael; and his nieces Casey, Leah, Shannon, and Megan.

A memorial for Tom will be held at a later date.


Ann Johnson

R. Ann Johnson, aged 81, passed away peacefully at her Princeton home on July 22, 2019. She was born on March 25, 1938 in Narberth, PA, to L. Sarle Brown Sr. and Doll Daisy Adams Brown. She is survived by her sons Richard and Lewis, her daughter-in-law Kim, and her longtime partner Joseph Pinelli.

The Brown family moved from Narberth to Fort Worth, TX, in 1954, when Sarle Brown accepted a faculty position at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Ann graduated from Paschal High School in 1956 and married Larry Johnson that June. Then in 1958 the Johnson family left Texas for the Northeast, finally settling in Princeton in 1963. Ann finished her bachelor’s degree at Douglass College in 1964 and continued graduate work in biology at Rutgers.

Ann started raising Golden Retrievers in 1970 and established what came to be known as Gold-Rush Kennels, an internationally recognized breeder of show dogs. After Ann and Larry divorced in 1982, Ann continued to live in Princeton and operated Gold-Rush in Wrightstown, NJ.

Ann was an eclectic mix of matriarch, humanitarian, and scientist. While she held firm to her convictions, she never said “no” to anybody. Stay at the house? Glad to provide a roof over your head, for any amount of time. Take care of your dog for a day or month? No problem. Need to borrow some money? Just tell me you’ll eventually pay me back. Want to learn about breeding, whelping, showing, grooming, and caring for Golden Retrievers? Come to Princeton for an hour or a decade and I will assist. Need my time, money, scientific expertise, and abilities? This is what I live for.

She dedicated herself to her boys and the joy, art, and science of breeding exceptional Golden Retrievers and sharing them with the world — starting with Gold-Rush Charlie, who broke all Golden Retriever show records and held them for 20 years. With the help and support of many friends in the Golden-loving community Gold-Rush produced over 200 titled show dogs. As a longtime friend put it, “She was a friend, she was a mentor. She brought happiness to countless people.”

Over the past few years she faced the challenges of leukemia and its treatment, normal pressure hydrocephalus and subsequent surgery, and progressive dementia. She never once believed she was going to die, and lived her life to the final second knowing her legacy would continue.

There will be a gathering to celebrate her life and love of life at her Princeton home the afternoon of September 8th. Call, text, or message Kim at (310) 804-8227 or for details. 

It was Ann’s wish that, should friends desire, memorial contributions may be sent to the Golden Retriever Foundation Zeke Cancer Research Fund.


Kay Frances Pettit

Kay Frances Pettit of New Hope, PA, passed away peacefully in her home on Wednesday, July 17, 2019 with her beloved husband Karl D. Pettit, III at her side. She was 76. 

Kay was born and raised in Allentown, PA, by her parents Florence (McNabb) and Willard Seng. In her early twenties she married her first husband, Arlyn Lichthardt, and moved to Oahu, Hawaii, where he taught English at the Punahou School for six years. While enjoying the island paradise, Kay taught nursery school and became the devoted mother to her three children Leilani Souders (Mark), Heidi Feigles (Neal), and Kurt Lichthardt (Kanika). 

After spending brief periods living in Minneapolis, MN, New York, NY, and Abington, PA, Kay and her family settled back in Allentown. During this period and after her divorce, she ultimately followed her passion and took the position of Coordinator and Chief Food Stylist at Rodale Press of Emmaus, PA. Later in the early ’90s, Kay began a new chapter in her life when she worked as the Director of the Gift Shops and Volunteers at Lehigh Valley Hospital.

Kay and Karl reacquainted in 2000 and rekindled a friendship that had begun in the 1960s. They settled in New Hope, PA, in 2003, and got married on Block Island in 2005. By that time, Kay had become the Director of Volunteer Services for the University Hospital at Princeton, NJ.  There, she was responsible for managing the services of over 1,000 volunteers as well as the very popular Hospital Gift Shop.  

Kay and Karl took many interesting trips together to places like the Dominican Republic, Cuba, Mexico, and Martha’s Vineyard. However, in 2015, she began to suffer from liver and neurological disease that soon caused limited movement and the inability to speak. During this difficult time in her life, she was embraced by a very special caregiver, Pat Simpkins, who became her best friend and supporter for the last two years of her life.  In spite of her failing health, Kay was able to maintain her friendships with very special friends, and find pleasures in life despite tremendous frustration. In the end, she displayed unexpected determination and overcame many obstacles to spend several of her last days with her husband, extended family, and friends on Block Island, the place she loved most. 

In addition to her husband and her children, she is survived by her five grandchildren Ty and Cory Souders, Ethan Feigles, Brock and Kadan Lichthardt; her two stepchildren Pauli Pettit (Craig) Rose, and Karl D. Pettit IV; and two step grandchildren Samuel and Bexley Rose. She will be greatly missed and always remembered by those whose lives she touched so deeply.

Cremation services were private. A memorial service will be held in Allentown on August 25 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Saucon Valley Country Club.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial gift to the Doylestown Hospice would be appreciated.

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Leslie Vought Kuenne

Leslie Vought Kuenne, 58, of Princeton, NJ, and Shelburne, VT, died at home surrounded by her loving family on August 12 after a fierce and courageous year-long battle with ovarian cancer.

Leslie was an engaged champion of the arts, most recently serving as president of McCarter Theatre Center’s Board of Trustees. She was a gifted painter, sketch artist, chef, and award-winning photographer and gardener. Leslie was the loving wife of Christopher B. Kuenne, founder of Rosetta and Rosemark Capital, author, and Princeton University lecturer in entrepreneurship. She was a devoted mother to three sons, Peter, William, and Matthew, and the late Olivia Michelle Kuenne. She was a beloved friend who made a tremendous impact on everyone she met.

Leslie was born in Aspen, Colorado, on December 29, 1960, daughter of Barbara Vought Harbach, former president of the Society of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (where Leslie was treated), and Peter Vought, a noted artist and son of aviation pioneer and member of the Aviation Hall of Fame, Chance Vought. Leslie grew up in Aspen and Santa Barbara, painting, skiing, playing soccer, and helping to raise her little sister, Tori. 

She received her B.A. in Biology from the University of California San Diego, Revelle College, and an M.S. in Human Genetics from Sarah Lawrence College. She went on to work as a genetic counselor at Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York, Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia, and Abington Hospital.

Leslie was deeply dedicated to her community. In addition to her board leadership of McCarter, she served on the boards of the Arts Council of Princeton, the Vestry of Trinity Church, and as an officer of the Stony Brook Garden Club. She volunteered with Trinity Counseling Service, Planned Parenthood, D&R Greenway, The Lawrenceville School, and Princeton Day School. Leslie was also an avid photographer and an active member of the Princeton Photography Club, where she won numerous awards for her nature photographs. Her favorite place to spend time as a family was in and around Shelburne, Vermont, where she and Chris own a house on Lake Champlain and spent summers over the past 30 years.

Leslie fought valiantly over the past 13 months against one of the most virulent forms of ovarian cancer. At each step along the way, she revealed a tenacity and grace that inspired all who knew her. She imbued her life with love, purpose, and impact. Leslie was an extraordinary and loving mother and wife who cared for and inspired the couple’s three sons and their daughter, Olivia, who died in 1997. She was devoted to her friends and applied her empathic listening and quiet leadership skills to her board work. Leslie achieved a life of impact through her compassion and kindness.

In addition to her husband and sons, Leslie is survived by her sisters Victoria Vought of Southport, CT; Annie Vought of Oakland, CA; Pam Harley of Rochester, New Hampshire; and Lisa Setos of Los Angeles, CA; her mother-in-law Janet Kuenne of Princeton; sister-in-law Carolyn Kuenne Jeppsen and husband David and daughters, Charlotte, Isabelle, and Mia of Washington, DC; as well as many beloved friends, cousins, and colleagues.

Her funeral will be held on Saturday, August 17 at 4 p.m. at Trinity Church, Princeton.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a memorial gift to the Olivia and Leslie Rainbow Foundation, which is dedicated to providing young children with both instruction and access to the performing and visual arts. Please direct your gift to the foundation c/o Brown Brothers Harriman, PWM-5th Floor, 140 Broadway, NY, NY, 10005.

August 7, 2019

Emma Lee (Costello) Forehand

September 8, 1932 – June 1, 2019

Prior to retiring Emma had been a yoga teacher at Johnson & Johnson and the YWCA of Princeton; and an administrative assistant. She was an avid lover of travel and opera, Emma Lee (Costello) Forehand, recently of North Andover, MA, passed away on June 1, 2019.

Born in Richmond, VA, in 1932, she was the daughter of Thomas Joseph Costello and Clara Estelle (Tally) Costello and grew up in Richmond, VA. As a young girl, she studied dance with Miss Elinor Fry and performed in recitals of Miss Fry’s “little Tots.” She played cello avidly and performed with the Virginia Symphony Orchestra.

She met her husband Garlie Forehand while he was at the University of Richmond for his undergraduate studies. After marriage Emma and Garlie moved to Chicago, where she continued to play cello with local orchestras, while raising two young boys, Tom and Mike, and typing Garlie’s PhD dissertation. In 1962, Joe was born and the family moved to Pittsburgh where Karen was born. Emma and her family moved from Pittsburgh to Princeton in 1973. Emma received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1992 from Thomas Edison State College.

Emma was politically active and was a supporter of the League of Women Voters.

She will be remembered for trips the Tanglewood Music Center, love of the cello, trying different foods with her dining club, and her joyous laugh.

Mother of the late Thomas A. Forehand, she is survived by two sons Michael W. and Joseph L. Forehand; daughter Karen E. Michael; daughters-in-law Lydia A. Harris and Elizabeth Connor; son-in-law Jeff Michael; brother-in-law John B. Forehand; niece Cathy McNutt; and two grandchildren, Jeremy Forehand and Miranda Bermejo.

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

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, August 17 at 1 p.m. at the Universalist Unitarian Congregation of Princeton, 50 Cherry Hill Road, Princeton, NJ 08540.


Jacinto “Jack” Marrero

Jacinto “Jack” Marrero, 86, of Princeton, died on Saturday, June 1, 2019.

A Korean War veteran, he was born in 1932 in Toa Baja, Puerto Rico, and lived a long life of active citizenship, community service, and dedication to his work, family, and friends, and to the arts, culture, music, and baseball.

Mr. Marrero was a graduate of Hartwick College and a proud member of Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity. He was a teacher of many, beginning in Puerto Rico, and then in New York City and New Jersey in the 1960s and 1970s. During those years, he also worked as an accountant and as a part-time Director of Admissions at Lutheran Hospital, Brooklyn, New York. Early in his career, Mr. Marrero was hired by the New York City Board of Education to support and integrate Hispanic students into the community. He completed graduate work at New York University before beginning a long and meaningful career of almost 30 years with the National Conference of Christians and Jews (NCCJ). Jack held multiple leadership positions in the NCCJ over many years and was integral in fundraising, developing relationships with community and government leaders, resolving conflicts between different religious, ethnic, and racial communities, running workshops, and mentoring youth. Later in his life, Mr. Marrero remained committed to nonprofit and development work in creating Princeton Associates, LLC and the American Interfaith Council.

Mr. Marrero served on over a dozen professional and civic commissions and boards over the course of his life, including the founding groups of Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn and the Puerto Rican Institute at Seton Hall University, the Princeton Task Force on Ethics, the Board of Trustees of Beth Israel Medical Center, the Board of Trustees of Kean University, of which he was Chair, and the Princeton Regional School Board, of which he was President.

Jack was gregarious, kind, caring, funny, and well read, especially in politics and history. He enjoyed many recreational interests, including reading, swimming, cross-country skiing, tennis, culture, the arts, and travel. He had an encyclopedic memory for baseball and was a lifelong fan of the St. Louis Cardinals. Jack was also deeply passionate about music and singing. He played trumpet in the Army, as well as during and after college. In 2012, Jack released a studio album of vocal music. He had also planned to record a second CD.

Beloved by many, Jack is survived and dearly missed by his wife, daughter, son-in-law, grandson, a sister, and many nephews, nieces, great-nephews, great-nieces, and extended family, friends, and members of the community.

Funeral services were held at The Jewish Center of Princeton on June 2nd, followed by burial at Washington Cemetery. Shiva was observed at the Marrero residence in Princeton.

Donations in Jack’s memory may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Funeral arrangements are by Orland’s Ewing Memorial Chapel.

July 31, 2019

Anthony (Tony) J. Persichilli

Anthony (Tony) J. Persichilli, 76, of Pennington, NJ, died on July 24 of complications from a fall.

Born in Trenton on January 10, 1943 to the late Giovanni and Angelina (Bel Forte) Persichilli, he is survived by his wife of 49 years, Judith M. Persichilli; his sister and brother-in-law, Salma and Frank Popovich; his brother and sister-in-law, Dominick and Joan Persichilli; sisters-in-law, Leanne Mella and Toni M. Tracy; brother- and sister-in-law James and Tara Mella; and several nieces and nephews. He was also predeceased by his brother, August Persichilli.

Tony graduated from Ewing High School Class of 1961 where he served as Class President. He continued his education at Rider University receiving both Bachelor of Arts and Master of Business Administration degrees. Tony worked at AT&T for 31 years in various Human Resources positions and was Vice President of Human Resources for Prudential Financial in Newark for five years prior to his retirement.

Tony was a dedicated public servant having been elected to the Pennington Borough Council in 2004 and for three consecutive terms as Mayor from 2006 until December 2018 when he retired as the longest serving Mayor in the history of Pennington.

Tony volunteered his time generously and was a member of the Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce, Mid-Jersey Regional Chamber of Commerce, New Jersey Conference of Mayors, and the American Heart Association, and served on the Board of St. Francis Medical Center Foundation and the Development Committee of Catholic Charities, Diocese of Trenton. In recognition of his service and generosity, Tony was the recipient of the 2013 Mercer County Light of Hope award from Catholic Charities, Diocese of Trenton, and the 2014 Spirit of St. Francis Award from St. Francis Medical Center. Tony was also a member of the Trenton Country Club.

Tony will be remembered and missed by a wide and wonderful circle of friends, and he was a faithful attendee of the Friday Lunch Group, a highlight of his week. Tony’s family would like to especially acknowledge the friendship, support and assistance of Judy and Bob Rottkamp, Juliana and Wendell Pribila, and Skip and Janet Hutchinson.

A Mass of Christian Burial in celebration of Tony’s life was held on Monday, July 29, 2019 at St. James Church, Pennington, NJ.

Private entombment was at St. Mary’s Mausoleum, Hamilton, NJ.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions in Tony’s memory be made to St. Francis Medical Center Foundation, 601 Hamilton Ave., Trenton, NJ 08629 or to Catholic Charities, Diocese of Trenton, 383 W. State St., Trenton, NJ 08607.

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


Mercedes Woods

Mercedes Woods, a lifelong resident of Princeton, NJ, peacefully passed away on her birthday, July 19th at the Princeton Care Center. Her beloved family, hospice service, and care staff were with her.

Mercedes will dearly be missed by her sisters: Gwendolyn Woods East of Utica, NY, and Johnetta Woods of Princeton, NJ. All of her loved ones, family, and friends will truly miss her gracious spirit and vibrant smile.

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


Gregory L. Staats

eeGregory L. Staats, 71, of Princeton Junction, NJ, passed away unexpectedly on July 23rd at Penn Medicine Princeton Medical Center in Plainsboro, NJ. Born in Somerville, NJ, on August 1, 1948, he grew up in Princeton, going to Valley Road School and Princeton High. He did a one year tour in Vietnam while in the Army. He attended Mercer County Community College, and graduated from Stockton College with a degree in Special Education.

Son of the late Vincent and Audrey Staats; predeceased by his oldest brother Vincent; survived by his youngest brother James Staats and his wife Josephine Ferraro residing at 938 Terrace Blvd, Ewing, NJ 08618; sister-in-law Sarah Staats; his life partner Elaine Staats and her two nieces, Vanessa Campbell and Jennifer Gregg; three nephews, Adam Staats and his wife Jessica Trombetta of NJ, Jonathan Staats of SC, Stephen Staats of WV; and a niece, Jessica Muller of NC.

He liked playing cards, bicycle riding, motorcycles, playing Frisbee, and bird watching. Some of his favorite places were the Jersey Shore and Block Island. Greg was a true dog lover. Nothing made him happier than having a canine companion by his side.

He was always helpful and generous. He was a kind, great, and wonderful man, a faithful friend, a loving brother, and an upstanding human being.

A short service with be held graveside at Princeton Cemetery at 11 a.m. on Friday, August 2 for close family and friends.

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

In lieu of flowers, people may donate to either the Disabled Veterans at or the or to a charity of their choice.

July 24, 2019

Martha E. Peck

Martha Ehlkes Peck, widow of John G. Peck, Jr., died on July 17, 2019. She was born in Morristown, New Jersey, but spent most of her life in the Griggstown, Kingston, and Princeton areas.

She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Jersey City University, and a Master of Education from Rutgers University, School of Education. She served 43 years as an elementary teacher in Metuchen, teaching grades three and four.

She served on the board of Church Women United and was an active member of the Lutheran Church of the Messiah in Princeton.

Martha is survived by her brother-in-law, Wm. Robert Peck; godchildren, Deborah Krocheski of PA, and William R. Taylor of VA; and many relatives in Germany.

There will be a memorial service at the Lutheran Church of the Messiah, 407 Nassau Street, Princeton, NJ 08540 on August 19, 2019 at 11 a.m., followed by graveside committal in Princeton Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Lutheran Church of the Messiah; Christ Congregation, 50 Walnut Lane, Princeton, NJ 08540; or St Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St Jude Place, Memphis, TN, 38105.


Louise Grafton


Louise Grafton died peacefully at home in Princeton on July 20, 2019. The cause of death was pancreatic cancer.

Born in Philadelphia on December 12, 1941, Louise studied English at the University of Pennsylvania, where she took her BA with highest honors, in 1962, and at Indiana University, where she received her MA in 1964. She then joined the founding faculty at Jefferson County Community College, now Jefferson College, in Hillsboro, Missouri. In 1967 she moved to De Paul University in Chicago, where she was awarded tenure in the Department of English and taught until 1975.

In Chicago Louise started on what became her real career in technical theater. Since her childhood, she had practiced crafts of many kinds. Beginning as a volunteer maker of props at Court Theater, then the summer Shakespeare theater of the University of Chicago, she taught herself to make just about anything needed for a play that was not part of a set or a costume: furniture, armor, weapons, food, statuary. Her summers at Court and a season at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, where she worked with James Bakkom, equipped her with formidable skills.

In 1975, Louise moved to New Jersey with her husband Tony and found a position as a prop maker at the New York Shakespeare Festival. In the decades to come she worked on several Broadway shows and for the McCarter Theatre in Princeton, the Prospect Theatre Company at the Old Vic in London, the Big Apple and Royal Hanneford circuses, the Westminster Choir College’s Opera Theatre, and the Philadelphia Shakespeare Festival.

For many years she taught prop making at the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. From 2014 to 2019 she made props for the Musical Theatre program at Rider University, for which she had a special affection. She also built historical reconstructions for the New York Public Library, the Princeton University History Department, and PBS, and worked on the Academy Award-winning film A Beautiful Mind.

Louise kept many of her favorite creations. Visitors to her house encountered marvel after marvel: a red dragon, a she-devil, a giant pickle, and a statue of the Madonna and child (which appeared in a number of productions of Tosca). A devoted and beloved teacher, Louise gladly shared everything she knew with colleagues and students. In 1973-74 she studied upholstery in London with a gentleman she knew only as Mr. Marshall, the retired upholsterer to King George VI. He taught her the traditional craft, starting with bare wood and horsehair. For decades afterwards she initiated Rutgers students into what she called “the way of Mr. Marshall.”

Making and hearing music were central to Louise’s life. As a student she was the first woman to march with the Penn band, in which she played the clarinet. In later life she sang with many choral groups, most recently The Masterwork Chorus, with which she several times performed Handel’s Messiah in Carnegie Hall. Music and prop-making came together for her in the Westminster Opera Theatre: working closely with gifted young singers gave her great joy.

Louise spent long periods in London, Oxford, Pasadena, Berlin, Hamburg, and Vienna with her husband and family, and traveled to Australia, the Galapagos, Alaska, and Russia with her sister Nancy.

She is survived by her husband, Tony; her sister, Nancy; her son, Sam, of Washington, DC, his wife Amanda and their daughter Catie; her daughter, Anna, of Brooklyn, NY, her husband David and their daughter Alice.

A celebration of her life will take place in the fall. In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to Partners in Health or the Rescue Mission of Trenton.


Nancy Davis

Nancy Davis of Princeton, New Jersey, passed away on July 17th, 2019 at home surrounded by her family after battling ovarian cancer for over 2 ½ years. Nancy was born in 1943 in Phillipsburg, NJ, and is predeceased by her mother, Katheryn Eisenhauer and father, Harold Eisenhauer. She is survived by her husband of 55 years A. Douglas Davis, two sons Douglas and Devin, daughters-in-law Alejandra and Neelam, and four grandchildren who she could not see enough of, Samantha, Cameron, Carina, and Andrew.

Nancy graduated from Phillipsburg High School in 1961 and later continued her education at Churchman’s Business College in Easton, Pennsylvania. In 1963, she met A. Douglas Davis of Belvidere, NJ, and the two were married in 1964. In 1969, Nancy moved to Princeton with her husband and young son Douglas, where she worked as a bookkeeper for several businesses and managed Polly’s Fine Candy on Palmer Square. She served as a supportive baseball mom and assistant coach to her son’s teams for seven years and was a loved member of her community with her involvement in the Princeton Fire Department and the Princeton School District. Her favorite pastimes were sitting on a pile of dirt planting her flowers, baking cakes for her grandchildren, and caring for her dog Mindy.

Nancy was a devoted wife, a loving mother, and an adored grandmother. She will be honored on Thursday, July 25th from 5-8 p.m. at the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home. The family requests that in lieu of flowers donations be made to cancer research.


Harriet Smith Stuart

Harriet Smith Stuart, 80, died after a sudden but brief battle with cancer on July 14, 2019 at her home in Princeton. She had been able to enjoy the weekend surrounded by family and friends.

She is survived by her son Doug Stuart (Lisa) of Lake Oswego, OR, her daughter Betsy Antonellis (Mike) of Franklin, MA, and four grandchildren, Taylor and Wyatt Stuart, and Mickey and Lilly Antonellis.

Harriet was born in South Bend, Indiana, the daughter of Wayne Smith and Harriet Bury. Her family moved to Omaha, Nebraska, then to Anderson, Indiana, before settling in Cazenovia, New York, in 1946 where she lived through high school. She was a member of the National Honor Society and was active in drama and sports. She was especially proud of a trophy she won for “Best All Around Senior Girl Athlete.”

Harriet graduated from the University of Michigan in 1961 then worked at Procter and Gamble in market research before moving to Chicago where she worked at the Harris Bank. She married in 1964 and moved to New York and worked at the 1964 World’s Fair. The next year she got a job with Sperry Univac as a systems analyst then left that job to raise a family. The family lived in Illinois, Missouri, New York, and Texas before moving to Princeton Junction in 1974. She has lived in the Princeton area ever since.

After divorcing in 1976 she held several jobs before settling into the religion department at Princeton University. She admired both the students and faculty and retired in 1999. She has always enjoyed volunteering, travel, the theatre, playing bridge, and crafts, especially basket weaving for the last several years.

Harriet was member of Trinity Church in Princeton for 45 years where she volunteered through her final months. A memorial service will be held there at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 27, 2019 at 33 Mercer Street, followed by a reception in Pierce Hall.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the 24 Club of Princeton:

July 17, 2019

Stephen Marc Williams

On Friday, July 12, 2019, Stephen Marc Williams, loving husband and father of two daughters, passed away at his home in Princeton, NJ, after a year of declining health, at the age of 60.

A transplanted southerner, Steve was born in Montgomery, AL, on February 25, 1959 to H. Glenn and Barbara (Hanke) Williams. Steve graduated from Jefferson Davis High School as Class President in 1977, and as a first generation college student received a Bachelor’s degree Cum Laude in History from Princeton University in 1981. After graduation, Steve launched an illustrious 38-year long career in the global banking industry, most recently as a Product Designer for Bloomberg’s evaluating pricing service.

Prior to that, Steve worked for Fannie Mae, in Washington, D.C.; CF Global Trading, in NYC; Mummert & Co, of Munich, Germany; Barclay’s Capital, LLC, of NYC; Deutsche Bank Securities, of NYC; Lazard Freres, LLC, of NYC; The First Boston Corporation, of NYC and London; and Bankers Trust Corporation, in NYC. Throughout his career, Steve was particularly passionate about mentoring university students and early career professionals.

Steve and Charlotte Treby McLaughlin met at Princeton University in 1980, and they married in September 1988. Together, they raised two daughters, Charlotte and Anna.

Steve was a board member of Isles, Inc., a community development and environmental organization based in Trenton, New Jersey; a Board Member of the Historical Society of Princeton; and served as Treasurer of the Board of Governors of the University Cottage Club at Princeton. He was also a member of various social and athletic clubs. In New York City, Steve was a member of the Racquet and Tennis Club and the The Leash Club, as well as the Amwell Valley Conservancy, the Bedens Brook Club, and the Pretty Brook Tennis Club in Princeton.

Steve was a lifelong enthusiast of ideas, sports, movies, and music. He was an avid traveler and history lover. After completing a college internship in Freiburg, Germany, Steve became fluent in German and cultivated an appetite for travel. He lived in London for five years, where he grew lifelong relationships and went on innumerable adventures, from rafting in the former Yugoslavia to a safari in Kenya. Steve was a true Renaissance man and never stopped acquiring new interests and hobbies. He voraciously read works of history (particularly regarding the U.S. Civil War), economics, literature, and poetry. Over his life he played golf, court tennis, squash, and wrestled. He was an avid fan of the Princeton Tigers and the University of Alabama football team. He also loved bird hunting with his beloved Brittany Spaniel “Monty.”

Steve was a highly ranked high-school chess player and would amaze his fellow students by playing against them “blindfolded,” with his back to the board. He co-produced a movie about the early days of the Beatles, Backbeat, starring Stephen Dorff, in 1994, and also supported the launch of Final Touch, a London-based music production company. Particular eclectic musical favorites included Steely Dan, Warren Zevon, and Yes. Throughout his life, Steve was known for his restless intellectual enthusiasm and acuity, his explosive humor, and his kindness and generosity to friends and strangers.

Steve was preceded in death by his father, H. Glenn Williams, of Montgomery, AL. He is survived by his wife, Treby, his two daughters, Charlotte and Anna, his mother, Barbara Williams, his sister Shannon Norwood, Andrew Norwood, and their two sons, Rob and Patrick.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, July 20, 2019, at the Princeton University Chapel at 5 o’clock p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Isles, and the Historical Society of Princeton

July 10, 2019

Herman Louis Brav

“July 4, 1949 was the greatest day of my life,” the quiet wonderful man would often proclaim during his last years. That was the Monday 70 years ago that Herman Brav met Adele, the love of his life, at the old New Yorker Hotel on Eighth Avenue in Manhattan. She was a tall and beautiful young woman who had lost much of her family in the Holocaust but herself survived in a Siberian forced labor camp, arriving in America three years earlier and working at nearby Macy’s Herald Square. He too had come from Europe in 1946, returning with the Fighting 69th Infantry after 16 months of heavy combat from Normandy through France and Germany and the Elbe River meeting with the Russians that signified the end of the war in Europe, earning a Bronze Star and French Legion of Honor for the Liberation of France.

Having lost his father at 4 years old and his identical twin brother Seymour to a car accident and sister Nanette to illness by the time he turned 13, Herman was forced to grow up early in Depression Era Brooklyn. These tragedies, and the wartime deaths of his Army brothers, would always haunt but never stop him from building a life out of struggle. After marrying Adele in 1950, they bought a house, raised two children on Long Island, and embraced the relative normalcy and tranquility of their postwar years. Herman became well known for his almost 60 years as a hollow metal door salesperson in the New York area large construction trade, employed full-time until he was 85 years old. He was an active member of Temple Hillel in North Woodmere, New York, and a casual weekend biker on his old Schwinn three-speed.

Forced in 2011 by his wife’s illness to move closer to his longtime Princeton resident son Peter, he was beloved at Stein Assisted Living in Somerset, New Jersey, where he spent his final years, visited often by his son and his daughter Miriam. He no longer had his head for numbers or any memory of what had been said or eaten five minutes earlier. Yet he never lost his love of family and always expressed appreciation for the daily efforts of the nurses and aides, something marveled at for its genuine affection. His smile would always widen when one would mention his wife of 65 years or ask about his military service. “I don’t play Bingo, son,” he would say when his son would arrive every Wednesday evening to call the games at his facility. “Just come sit with me,” his son would reply always. He would come along, he would play and win more than his share, place the few quarters in his son’s hand, and all was good. After years of worries and an instinct to protect that never faded even as his body wound down, in his last years he found for the first time a relaxed peace and an awesome appreciation for the simplest of things, be they kind words, a half hour in the courtyard sun, one scoop of butter pecan on a sugar cone, or a visit by one of his son’s dogs looking for a lap to sit on.

Over his 96 years, he had said goodbye to so many loved ones, including Adele who passed four years ago. Now his two children, beloved daughter-in-law Janet, five grandchildren Zarah, Julia, Nathaniel, Gregory, and Seth, and three great-grandchildren Orianna, Josephine, and Luna Adele, say goodbye to him with the greatest of love and admiration for this humble man who always thought of everyone but himself.

His family requests that any donations in his honor be made to UJA-Federation of New York and/or the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.


The Rev. Dr. A. Orley Swartzentruber

Orley Swartzentruber passed away peacefully on June 28, surrounded by his family. He was 93.

Born in Argentina, he was the son of the Rev. Amos and Mrs. Edna Swartzentruber, Mennonite Missionaries from Canada. After completing primary and secondary school, he came to the United States for College and Biblical Seminary in Goshen, Indiana. After graduation, he was sent to Brussels, Belgium, then to Paris, France, where he spent the post-war decade of the 1950s in work for the Mennonite Board of Missions and Charities, founding a congregation in the Parisian suburb of Châtenay-Malabry.

Upon returning to America, Orley settled in Princeton, NJ, where he studied the Old Testament at Princeton Theological Seminary (1960-62 MA), then, under Dr. R.B.Y. Scott, earned a PhD in Religion from Princeton University (1970). In 1963, while serving as chaplain of Saint Agnes School in upstate New York, he was ordained to the priesthood of the Episcopal Church by the Rt. Rev. A. W. Brown, Bishop of Albany.

Orley returned to and remained in Princeton, where he served in the ministry of the Episcopal Church, first as Vicar of All Saints’ Chapel of Trinity Parish, then as its first Rector, as it became the newly self-supporting All Saints’ Church. He enjoyed serving as Chairman of the Committee on Rules of Order and Dispatch of Business in the NJ Diocesan Convention and was twice elected Deputy to the General Convention.

Orley retired to Sarasota, FL, in 1994, where he was grateful to find a vibrant appreciation of the arts and the Church of the Redeemer. He joyfully made his home there until 2016, when he moved to The Evergreens in Moorestown, NJ, nearer to his children.

Orley is survived by Jane, his wife of 68 years, three daughters and sons-in-law, Anne and Jay Lewis, Emily and Peter Urquhart, Francine and Jonathan Storck, one son and daughter-in-law, Eric and Johanna Swartzentruber, and seven grandchildren.

A Requiem Eucharist will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, August 3 at All Saints’ Church, 16 All Saints’ Road in Princeton, followed by interment in Trinity-All Saints’ Cemetery.


Diana Christine Fredericks (Didi) Waltman

Diana Christine Fredericks (Didi) Waltman, 91, passed away on Sunday, June 30 with all four of her children gathered closely around her at the Stonebridge Senior Living Community in Skillman, N.J. She fiercely loved life. She lived life to the very fullest.

Didi was born in Buffalo, N.Y., to James Torrey Fredericks and Alice Sibyl Lachmann Fredericks. As was her habit, Didi arrived early. Her parents were visiting Buffalo to attend the theater and rushed to the hospital mid-performance. The maternity ward at Buffalo Hospital was still under construction. With no available newborn incubator, Didi spent her first days in an instrument sterilizer.

Influenced by her father’s love for hiking, canoeing, and camping, Didi spent childhood summers bushwhacking and portaging through the Canadian wilds with her dad and brother Jim.  She was also influenced by her European mother’s love for the arts, starting piano training at age 3 and maintaining a lifelong passion for classical music. Her father insisted she and her brother attend the “farm” school, just outside of Bradford, PA, and they were called “the Agricola” by other students upon transferring to Bradford High School. Didi excelled in academics and attended Smith College, majoring in Math and Art History, and graduating in 1949.

Didi saw the positive beauty in every person and situation. She was a generous friend and a dedicated member of every community in which she participated. She was a doer, with abundant energy, and she applauded this trait in others. Didi was proud to work for the Princeton University Music Department for 14 years, and in that time attended every orchestral concert and student rehearsal.

Upon retirement, Didi became a volunteer docent and then co-chair of the docent committee at the Princeton University Art Museum. She also became an avid post-retirement student, taking two to three university classes each year, focusing on Art and History. She traveled to the Yucatan Peninsula with Princeton’s Gillett Griffin to study the Mayan Ruins of Chichen Itza.

Didi loved to travel and organized numerous adventures through Europe, Canada, and the American West. Preferring to travel off the beaten path, she steered her husband, children, and friends onto French canal barges, Greek fishing boats, and Norwegian mail boats. She hiked Canadian glaciers, Norwegian fjords, and the Samaria Gorge on the island of Crete.

In their final years, Didi and her husband Bob moved to Stonebridge, proud members of the “pioneer” cohort of first residents. Didi was deeply grateful for all the dear friends and activities at Stonebridge. She quickly became involved with the Executive Committee, Program Committee, Stonebridge Singers, and numerous cultural and political groups. A passionate political progressive and strong women’s advocate, Didi engaged in political discourse with zeal.

Family was the center of Didi’s world, and Didi was the heart and soul of her family. She was the voice on the phone that could right the world. She believed the world was inherently good. She made the world a better place.

Didi is predeceased by her husband, John Robert (Bob) Waltman. She is survived by her daughters Susan Waltman, Sally (Bay) Waltman, and Martha O’Connor (and spouse Michael), and by her son James Robert (Jim) Waltman (and spouse Alicia) as well as by her eight adoring grandchildren Jack, Diana (Annie) and Matthew Simpson, Kelly, Duncan and John Patrick O’Connor, and Emma and James Torrey (Jimmy) Waltman.

Interment will be held privately. Arrangements are under the direction of the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home. A celebration of life ceremony will be held at Stonebridge at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Emily’s List.


Claudia Guenther

My Mom, Claudia Guenther, passed away in her sleep the morning of July 1, 2019 while on vacation in Vermont. If there is a better way to go than peacefully in a place you love, Vermont, next to the man that you love, her husband Jim, I can’t come up with it.

Claudia was born in New York City on April 17, 1948. Her family (mother Maria, brother Eric, and sister Sharon) moved around during her early childhood years before settling in East Millstone, New Jersey, when her college professor father, Smith Palmer Bovie, was granted tenure at Rutgers University. She studied music in Boston as a freshman in college before returning to New Jersey to complete her education at Rider College (now University) with a degree in teaching.

Soon after she married her high school sweetheart George Sayler. She taught ninth grade until 1977 when she has her first daughter, Marie, I followed in 1979. When Marie and I were in middle school she rejoined the work force as a personal aide for disabled adults, first working with a wheelchair-bound young woman named Jenny as she completed high school and college and then with Archie, a young(ish) man with cerebral palsy. In the early ’90s Claudia met and married Jim Guenther, who turned out to be her “forever lover.”

They shared many interests and were (are) longtime members of the Lawrenceville Swimming Association, The Pennington Players, and the Hopewell Presbyterian Church. Claudia was a member of Hopewell Valley Chorus for decades and never missed an opportunity to sing “Happy Birthday.” She volunteered for Meals-on-Wheels and organized and performed holiday sing-alongs at various senior centers in central New Jersey.

Jim and Claudia were true partners. They traveled regularly, attended cultural festivals and free concerts, embracing every style and genre of music.

In 2013 Claudia suffered a massive brain aneurysm. The recovery process stretched well over a year and a half and encompassed stays in the ICU at Capital Health Medical Center in Hopewell, the Brain Trauma Unit at Lawrence Rehabilitation Center, and six months at Merwick Rehabilitation in Plainsboro. Jim visited her every day after work during this time. Jim provided full time caregiving for Claudia when she came home in August 2014. She continued to recover with his help and support, occasionally forgoing use of a wheelchair.

Claudia loved Vermont, a place she spent every summer during her childhood with her family. She and Jim were on vacation there when he called me to say she had died overnight, in her sleep.

Funeral services will be held a later date.

In lieu of flowers, please consider the spouse or the loved one who is a full-time caregiver and offer him or her a hand or a break of any duration. Living at home the last five years of her life would not have been possible without Jim’s unending support and care.

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

July 3, 2019

Elinor “Ellie” Rosenthal Kraut

Elinor “Ellie” Rosenthal Kraut, 91, died Sunday at her home in Aventura, Florida.

Born in Princeton, NJ, she grew up in Princeton and lived in the Trenton area for most of her adult life.

Elinor graduated from Princeton High School in 1946, where she captained the basketball and baseball teams.

She graduated with a degree in psychology from Smith College in 1950, where she was captain of the baseball team and president of its Hillel Chapter. After graduation, she worked as a social worker for the State of New Jersey.

In 1954 she married Dr. Irving Kraut, a successful orthodontist in Trenton. The couple lived above his office on West State Street for several years, then moved to Lawrence in 1957 shortly before the birth of their third child. There, the family grew to eight children, and in 1969 they moved to Ewing, where the family was completed with the birth of a ninth child. The family were members of Adath Israel Congregation.

She learned tennis from her father, the late Samuel Rosenthal, while in her teens and the sport would become a lifelong passion. She played and coached tennis until the age of 90. She won numerous tournaments in Trenton, Princeton, and Mercer County throughout in the 1950s and 1960s in both singles and doubles, including in partnership with her sister Marilyn Rosenthal.

In 1962 she began teaching tennis at the Trenton YWCA and also taught at the Ewing Adult School and on her own court in Ewing. She instilled a love for the game in all of her children and in the hundreds of players she coached through the years. In 1968 the family was featured in World Tennis Magazine. In 2016 the National Junior Tennis and Learning (NJTL) of Trenton honored her at their annual gala as one of a group of “Women who Rock.” In 2018 her children and tennis friends presented her with an award commemorating 56 years of coaching tennis.

After the death of her husband in 2001 she increasingly spent time in her winter home in Aventura, FL, eventually making it her permanent residence while returning to Ewing each summer.

Daughter of the late Samuel and Ida Rosenthal, she is predeceased by her husband Dr. Irving Kraut, her eldest son Dr. Jon Kraut, and by her brother Donald Rosenthal.

She is survived by four daughters Robin Kraut Zell of Tekoa, Israel, Carin Kraut Cohen of Voorhees, NJ, Lesley Kraut Schwarzman of Princeton, NJ, and Wendy Kraut of Aventura, FL; four sons Dr. Bruce Kraut of Lawrenceville, NJ, Gary Kraut of Paris, France, Dr. Eric Kraut of Pikesville, MD, and Dr. Robert Kraut of Orlando, FL; 25 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren and counting; and a sister, Marilyn Rosenthal.

Funeral services are Wednesday, July 3, 12:30 p.m. at Orland’s Ewing Memorial Chapel, 1534 Pennington Road, Ewing Township. Burial to follow at Fountain Lawn Memorial Park.

Memorial contributions may be made in her name to National Junior Tennis and Learning of Trenton, (, and to Greenwood House, (, a network of senior living, care, and service based in Ewing.


Geraldine Nazzaro

Geraldine Nazzaro, of Princeton, NJ, peacefully passed away on June 30, 2019, surrounded by her devoted family and friends. Geraldine was born on November 21, 1930 in Brooklyn, NY, and was raised in the town of Chiusano di San Domenico, province of Avellino, Campania, Italy. She was predeceased by her mother, Antoinetta Cataldo Caccaviello, her father, Franco Caccaviello, and her brother, Pasquale Caccaviello. Geraldine is survived by her husband of 66 years, Dr. Genuino Nazzaro; her children, Emma Nazzaro Syka, Sandra Nazzaro Sturla, Carl Nazzaro, Lillian Nazzaro, Silvana Nazzaro Clark; her sister, Luisa Fiore of Bethlehem, PA; and their families.

Although her childhood to adolescent years were marked by the harrowing experience of living in war torn Italy during WWII; it was then when she met the love of her life, a charming young medical student in town, Genuino. After her return to the States and long courtship across the Atlantic, Geraldine and Genuino were reunited and married on March 19th, 1953 in Chuisano, Italy. Together they voyaged to the U.S. on the Andrea Dorea, arriving on Ellis Island and eventually moved to Princeton in 1964.

A longtime resident of Princeton, “Dina” acted upon her strong spiritual life and family values in the Catholic faith. She was a loving mother and wife, a talented artist and opera singer, always opening her home with her bright smile, loving heart, and unforgettable meal. She had a passion for the arts, Italian cuisine, and being in the lively company of her family and friends. She especially loved singing Italian lullabies to her grandchildren in their early years and teaching them her cooking techniques and recipes in their later years. Her unconditional love, creativity, and passion inspired her children and grandchildren to develop and pursue their own passion and steadfast commitment to family.

In addition, Geraldine was one of the founding members of the Italian Club of Princeton, a group of Italian and American women and Italophiles who have continued their fellowship, sharing an appreciation of Italy, its people, its ideals, and cultural traditions.  Known as “Nonna” to her 12 grandchildren, Blaze, Luke, Matteo, Dylan, Alex, Andrew, Francesca, Madeleine, Gianluca, Nicholas, Russell, and Anabella, she has left a rich legacy to the Nazzaro family and local community.

For those who wish to say their farewell, the Viewing is Wednesday, July 3, from 8-10 a.m. at Mather Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Ave., Princeton, NJ.  Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10:30 a.m. at St. Paul’s Roman Catholic Church, 216 Nassau Street,  Princeton, followed by interment at the Princeton Abbey and Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the “Geraldine Nazzaro Scholarship Fund” at Princeton Junior School.


Judith Ann Foley

Judith Ann Foley was born in South Bend, Indiana, on November 12, 1940 to Catherine J. Foley and Edward J. Foley Jr. The family moved to Princeton, New Jersey, in 1943 where Judith attended St. Paul’s of Princeton Catholic School. She graduated from Cathedral High School in Trenton, New Jersey, and went on to earn a Medical Technician Certificate from the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate Hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Judith worked as a Medical Technician and Office Secretary in Philadelphia from 1963 to 1984; after which she returned to Princeton and became School Secretary for St. Paul’s of Princeton Catholic School until 2011. After retiring, Judith relocated to Herndon, Virginia, to be close to family.

Judith passed away on Thursday, June 27, 2019 at her residence. She is survived by her brother and sister-in-law, Gregory and Andrea Foley; a nephew, Palmer Foley; and her brother, David Foley.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, July 9, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. in St. Paul Church, 214 Nassau Street, Princeton, NJ, followed by burial, in the family plot, in St. Paul Church Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, family requests that donations be made in Judith’s memory to The Angels Ministry of St. Paul’s School of Princeton that provides a quality Catholic education to economically challenged families.

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June 21, 2019

William Bryce Thompson, IV

William Bryce Thompson, IV of Princeton, NJ, peacefully passed away on Friday, June 21, surrounded by the tremendous love of family and friends. Bryce was born on August 18, 1931 in his father’s home in Valley Head, Alabama, but Bryce is well known as a longtime Princetonian, having grown up at 195 Nassau Street in the house his grandfather built, where Bryce later had his office.

Bryce is predeceased by his father William Bryce Thompson, III, his mother Felicita Doris Golden, and his brother John Golden Thompson. Bryce is survived by his wife Grace White Thompson; his children Lise Thompson and William Bryce Thompson, V from his first wife Siri Willits; his son-in-law Robert Brander, his daughter-in-law Kristen Thompson; his children Barton Thompson and Hannah Thompson from his second wife Frances Lippincott; his grandchildren Nina Brander, William Bryce Thompson, VI, and Finley Thompson; and his stepchildren Wilson Weed, Mary Grace Hodgkins, and Morgan Weed.

As Bryce grew up, his family faced significant challenges, so that Bryce clearly understood from early age that, except for their love, he was on his own. Bryce was a man of big ideas, fierce ambition, hard drive, risk-taking, and strong work ethic. Bryce rocketed to success largely through his own wits and determination. Bryce graduated from Princeton High School and then attended seven different colleges for one semester each — as he often recounted. “Seven colleges and no degree!” — his college career having been more to do with tourism than education, and also because Bryce had to pay for college himself, by teaching tennis (he was a self-taught player) in summer and selling Christmas trees out of his front yard in the fall — and sometimes through his poker winnings. As he said, “One semester was all I could afford!”

Bryce volunteered to be drafted and was sent by the Army to occupied Germany, during the last year of Germany’s occupation. He was initially assigned as a typist — but his superiors soon realized Bryce’s skills did not lie there, and Bryce was reassigned to head up the tennis program the Army established to rebuild relationships among the formerly warring nations. In winter, Bryce was assigned to ski for the Army.

Known to many as “the Land Man,” Bryce started his company Thompson Land in 1958, and he quickly became one of the largest landowners in New Jersey. Since the mid-1980s Bryce has been committed to land preservation, and in the living room of his longtime East Amwell home in Ringoes, New Jersey, Bryce held one of the first — if not the first — meetings in the state to launch land preservation. Thanks to Bryce and all the many people who have committed themselves to the hard work and contribution of land preservation, East Amwell is now at least 45% preserved. Bryce himself is regarded as the major individual land preservationist in central New Jersey, if not the entire state — and some sources say beyond.

Bryce has long been known as a singularly savvy, sharp businessman — a “wheeler dealer” — always quick to pass on his lifelong adage of “Buy low, sell high.” Full of life and passion throughout his life, Bryce’s predilection for adventure and risk-taking led him to distinguish himself not only in real estate, but also in sports. Bryce loved tennis and was not only a fine teaching pro, but an award-winning competitive player. Bryce was also an excellent horseman. He took up riding in his 40s and won the Fall Hills Steeplechase, was an award-winning polo player though his mid-70s, and served as Master of Hounds of the Amwell Valley Hounds fox hunting club. He was a member of the St. Moritz Tobogganing Club, in Switzerland, where he raced the skeleton toboggan on the famous Cresta Run and won the World Seniors race. His endeavors included hang gliding, skydiving, scuba diving, fast cars, fast motorcycles — he loved his Triumph motorcycle — and beautiful women.

Bryce will be remembered by his family, friends, and community as someone the likes of which will not likely come again. He was of a time and world that is largely gone. He will always be remembered at his permanent spot at the head of our family table where he prevailed with sharp wit, gentlemanly charm, and always with a twinkle in his eye.

Bryce loved his family dearly. His unique style of tough love, perseverance, and strength will all be truly and sorely missed. The words to describe him are impossible to write but he will forever live on in the countless stories and memories of all those whose lives he touched.

A Funeral Mass was celebrated Tuesday, June 25, 2019 at St. Paul Church, Princeton, with burial at Princeton Cemetery.

We ask that those who wish to honor the legendary life of this extraordinary man and his land preservation legacy to consider a donation to New Jersey Conservation Foundation, 170 Longview Road, Far Hills, NJ 07931 (908) 234-1225; or D & R Greenway Land Trust, 1 Preservation Place, Princeton, NJ 08540 (609) 924-4646.

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William Carnachan Slack

William Carnachan Slack passed away on Sunday, June 16th, at Kimball Farms Nursing Home, Lenox, MA. He was 84.

Bill was born on March 15, 1935 in New York City to Catherine and Beekman Slack. His parents’ bold first encounter on a New York trolley foreshadowed Bill as an adventurous romantic. After attending the Kent School and Columbia, he took an abrupt turn, making his way through the ranks of the auto industry, specializing in British cars. At the height of his career, Bill managed much of the American market for Jaguar.

Bill was renowned for never missing a day of work, but his personal life offers a truer reflection of his joie de vivre. He was a great lover of animals, regularly rescuing strays who became his devoted companions. He celebrated life by attending concerts and theater, enjoying good food, traveling, and spending time with loved ones and friends. It seemed nothing could stop him from attending choice iterations of Wagner’s The Ring Cycle. He was a talented photographer and artist, and we are grateful that much of his passion remains with us, reflected in his works.

Bill finally found the lifelong partner he’d yearned for in Meg, his third wife. He is survived by two previous wives, Francine and Susan; his children Babiche, Katya, and Nicholas; their spouses; and four grandchildren. His family remembers him as warm, non-judgmental, fun, and inclusive. We are lucky that he helped shape the course of our lives.

There will be a private celebration of Bill’s life on July 7th in Lenox, MA.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Berkshire Humane Society.


Jyothi Thomas

Jyothi Thomas, 32, died on June 15, 2019 at her home in Skillman, NJ, located near the Montgomery schools her daughter attends. The cause of death was complications from Stage 4 breast cancer. Her funeral service was held on June 24, 2019 at St. Paul’s Church in Princeton.

Jyothi was born on November 29, 1986 in Kerala, India. Her precise birthplace was Kattappana, a small village near Kumili where her parents and brother currently reside. In these beautiful and temperate mountains, Jyothi had a warm and supportive childhood. Her early life was closely tied to her family, including her brother, parents, grandparents, uncles, aunts, and cousins.

Jyothi received her early education at St. Anne’s Higher Secondary School in Kottayam and St. Thomas High School in Kumili. In high school, she achieved the Mar Ivanios Memorial Award and Scholarship for higher studies. She also achieved first rank in a Sunday School exam in Thiruvalla Dioceses, in Kerala. She was a talented singer and participated in dramas and other school functions. Additionally, she was a leader in Malankara Catholic Youth Movement (MCYM). She did well in all levels of school, engaging in some friendly rivalry with her cousins of similar age.

Jyothi studied nursing at St. Joseph College of Nursing, Dharmagiri, Kothamangalam. She chose the specialty Labor & Delivery because of her love of baby children and her desire to focus on mothers. After moving to the U.S., Jyothi worked in nursing education and subsequently as a labor nurse for Trinitas Hospital (Elizabeth, NJ), Hunterdon Hospital (Flemington, NJ), and Penn Medicine Princeton Medical Center (Princeton, NJ). She considered nursing, especially L&D, as her calling. She was beloved by her fellow nursing students and professional co-workers.

Jyothi is survived by her husband, Jose Thomas, and her daughter, Elina Thomas. Over the years, Jyothi made many sacrifices for her family, including supporting Jose’s graduate studies and spending sleepless days caring for her daughter. Her family salutes her memory and spirit.

If you would like to make a donation in Jyothi’s name, Elina and Jose suggest the Nature Conservancy at


Heinz Kahlbrock

Heinz Kahlbrock, 92, of Skillman died Thursday, June 20, 2019 at Stonebridge at Montgomery Health Care Center. Born in Stuttgart, Germany, he resided in Holmdel before moving to Princeton. He retired after many years of service as an Electrical Engineer with Bell Labs.

Son of the late Heinrich and Charlotte (Kramaroff) Kahlbrock, he is survived by his wife Joanna (Baran) Kahlbrock, his sister Margaret Edelson, and sister-in-law Irene Alexander.

The Funeral Service will be held 1 p.m. on Wednesday, June 26, 2019 at the Mather Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton. Burial will follow in the Princeton Cemetery.


Memorial Service

Kam Williams

A Memorial Service for Kam Williams, prolific film and literary critic, longtime Town Topics contributor, will be held on Saturday, June 29 at 11 a.m. (doors open at 10 a.m.) at the Princeton Garden Theatre, 160 Nassau Street. A party will follow at Chancellor Green Hall, Princeton University, from 1 to 3 p.m.