Summer Fun for All Ages, From Tots to Retirees, Is Offered at the Very Special Nassau Swim Club Post

SWIM TIME: These three young swimmers show their form as they get ready to take a dip in the Nassau Swim Club’s six-lane, 25-foot pool. “This is a safe, peaceful environment, where kids can really have a summer just being kids without all the pressure that is so prevalent today,” points out Ansie Monaghan, President of Nassau Swim Club Board of Trustees.

SWIM TIME: These three young swimmers show their form as they get ready to take a dip in the Nassau Swim Club’s six-lane, 25-foot pool. “This is a safe, peaceful environment, where kids can really have a summer just being kids without all the pressure that is so prevalent today,” points out Ansie Monaghan, President of Nassau Swim Club Board of Trustees.

Nestled in the woods near The Institute for Advanced Study is a hidden gem. Located at the tip end of Springdale Road, Nassau Swim Club has been welcoming members for nearly 50 years.

“We are a small safe family community,” reports Anne Merrick Mavis, board member and director of marketing. “Families return year after year for the friendly atmosphere, great swimming, and good company. My kids, now 15 and 13, love it. This is a place that they look forward to. They spend all day here. It’s their summer home.”

A private, cooperative, board-run organization, Nassau Swim Club offers 200 memberships to families and individuals. Its community atmosphere is enhanced by members taking part in the club’s operation. As Ms. Mavis notes, “Members take on two responsibilities when they join. For example, mowing the lawn, getting the pool ready, or helping with barbecues, picnics, etc.”

The club has several social events throughout the season, including its Memorial Day opening, the Fourth of July, Labor Day, and various other occasions, including a silent auction fund-raiser for the pool.

Princeton and Beyond

“We have a ‘Night Under the Stars’ with a special dinner, also a Texas Barbecue and a Movie Night, when we set up a big projector outside,” reports Ansie Monaghan, president of the board.

Members include people from Princeton and beyond, she adds. “They are people from all over the area, with different backgrounds, and we might not meet each other if it weren’t for the pool. It’s nice, too, because the kids are often from different schools, so they make new friends, as well as seeing people they already know.”

Adults are pleased that there is always a designated two-lane lap area in the six-lane, 25-foot pool, except for three hours — 8 to 11 a.m — when the swim team practices.

Children of all ages enjoy the opportunities geared to their level. A baby or wading pool is available to kids five and under. Its location beside the main pool is a plus, points out Ms. Mavis. “When my children were small, I could be with the 2-year-old in the little pool, and also keep an eye on my older child in the regular pool.”

In addition, chairs and tables are set up in shady spots surrounding the pool area.

A 13.5-foot diving well is another feature, which is also available for water polo.

Two life guards and one supervisor/life guard are always on duty. They are 15 yeas old or older, and have received life guard-, first aid-, CPR-, and AED- certified.

Small group swimming lessons are free to all ages, including adults.

Focus on Fun

The club’s swim and dive teams are part of the Princeton Area Swim & Dive Association (PASDA) and teams consist of boys and girls six to 18. They compete against teams in the area, and are at all ability levels. Various meets are held, including a championship meet at the end of the season.

The focus is on the enjoyment of swimming and the pleasure of being on the team. As the club statement notes: “At the conclusion of a meet, individual swimmers are ranked and awarded ribbons. The individual swimmers’ combined scores result in a winning team. We have a number of very good swimmers, but the emphasis is on fun and being part of the team. We believe that creating an atmosphere where kids are enjoying the activity keeps them interested. We encourage team members to come to practice daily, but we understand when other summer commitments take priority.”

Team members are required to have completed the deep end test and have a desire to have fun, continues the statement. “No previous experience is needed to join the team. Parents of participants are asked to volunteer to work at three of the meets, either home or away, and to bring a baked good for the home meet. You will also be asked to work one event at the championship.”

Regulations for the dive team are similar to those for the swim team.

General pool regulations require that children under 12 be accompanied by an adult (except for team members). Those over 12 may be unaccompanied, if they have passed the deep end test, and have signed parental permission.

Children often go on to become life guards as they grow up, says Ms. Mavis. “My son Andrew, who has come to the pool since he was four, will be a life guard this summer.”

Unique Atmosphere

Supervisor David Adlai-Gail, 19, has been with Nassau Swim Club since his very earliest days, and has a singular history. He came as a baby, began swimming at two, but as he reports, he actually came before he was born. “My mom came to the pool when she was expecting me!”

Nassau Swim Club provides a unique atmosphere that results in long-standing memberships, points out Ms. Monaghnan.

“It’s such a special place. You can always count on it here. It will always be the same relaxed, tranquil environment, as well as a place to make new friends. We want to keep it this way and have it continue to be this special place where we are able to offer the joy of swimming and an atmosphere of simplicity. And, it is a joy to be part of an organization that teaches children the love of water.”

Ms. Mavis agrees, adding: “We really are set apart by the simplicity, the wonderful setting with the natural shade, and the cooperation among the members. What a privilege to be part of such a special place.”

Family and individual memberships are available at reasonable costs, including discounts for those over 55, students, and those from nearby Princeton University, The Institute for Advanced Study, and Princeton Theological Seminary. There is also a generous guest pass policy.

Members may bring their own snacks or lunch; a refreshment concession is operated by students on an intermittent basis.

The pool is open from Memorial Day through the second week in September from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. (609) 436-0797. Website: www.nassauswimclub.org.

 

Noting that All Are Welcome At Broadmead Swim Club Post

To the Editor:

I was disheartened to read all the letters sent into Town Topics and other local publications lamenting about the impending closure of Nassau Swim Club (NSC). I am hoping that Princeton University reverses its decision so that people can continue to enjoy NSC, especially those families who have had generations of members attending NSC over the years.

I have not had the pleasure of swimming at NSC, but from what I know of the pool, it seems very similar to Broadmead Swim Club (Broadmead) in Princeton, to which my family and I have been members for the past several years. Small, quaint, neighborhood-focused pools are wonderful summer destinations in Princeton, and both NSC and Broadmead provide immense value to the University and overall town community. I truly feel for NSC members who are faced with losing their neighborhood pool, as I would feel the same way if Broadmead had to close. more

Former Resident Notes That There Is No Other Swim Cub Like Nassau Post

To the Editor:

How does one sum up a childhood of summer memories? Where does one form lifelong friendships well into old age? Where are life lessons experienced along with swim lessons, getting along and developing into one large family?

Why does one need DEI training when you’ve grown up at Nassau Swim Club?

Residing in Richmond, Va., as a parent of three children, I went in search of a “Nassau Swim Club” in the area for my children. Surely there was a small, family oriented pool offering swim lessons, a swim team, and the family atmosphere and camaraderie I experienced growing up at Nassau. Two years later, having joined our local club, I came to the realization that Nassau was itself its own entity.  more

Nassau is Valuable Club That All Families Should Have Opportunity to Experience Post

To the Editor:

I am shocked and surprised that Princeton University doesn›t see the value of Nassau Swim Club. The club was my home away from home every summer growing up. My siblings and I lived there and swam all day. We learned valuable lifelong skills and I still use them today. Nassau taught me how to swim (a lifesaving skill); how to socialize with peers, coaches, and parents (a skill that is slowly being lost today); responsibility; organization; and it brought joy.  more

Applying the Nassau Swim Spirit She Learned as a Child, Adlai-Gail Coached the Lemmings to Productive Season Post

IN GOOD FORM: Daniel Baytin displays his freestyle form in a race this season for the Princeton High boys’ swimming team. This summer, Baytin starred for the Nassau Swim Club Lemmings, taking first in the 50 breaststroke and second in the 100 individual medley at the Cicada Classic meet which culminated action this summer in the Princeton Area Swimming and Diving Association (PASDA). (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Becca Adlai-Gail has risen through the ranks during her time with the Nassau Swim Club Lemmings.

Some 19 years ago, Adlai-Gail started competing for the swim team as a 4-year-old and joined the club’s diving team as well three years later.

She was a stalwart for both programs through elementary, middle school, and high school, also starring for the WW/P-North swim team and going to compete at the college level for Bryn Mawr.

Diversifying her involvement with the club in college, Adlai-Gail started serving as an assistant coach for the Lemmings. In 2020, she took the helm of the program but the team had no meets due to the pandemic, although it was able to have five weeks of practice.

This summer, Adlai-Gail was excited to guide the team through a Princeton Area Swimming and Diving Association (PASDA)  dual meet campaign and the season-ending Cicada Classic held at the Community Park pool.

“I definitely look forward to it every summer, I have always thought of Nassau as my second home,” said Adlai-Gail. more

Joining PHS Boys’ Swimming for the Homestretch, Gifted Freshman Baytin Making Immediate Impact Post

By Bill Alden

Daniel Baytin didn’t waste any time making an impact for the Princeton High boys’ swimming team.

Joining the squad in January for the homestretch of the season, freshman Baytin has emerged as a force for PHS.

He won both the 200 individual medley and the 100 breaststroke to help PHS defeat Notre Dame 92-78 on January 17 and then repeated that double win against Lawrence last week to help the Tigers pull away to a 94-76 victory over the Cardinals and improve to 11-1.

Baytin has found a home with the PHS program. “I really like Princeton High in general,” said the 6’4 Baytin, who competes year-round for the X-Cel Swimming club and also stars in summer meets for the Nassau Swim Club Lemmings. more

Finding Summer Home With Nassau Lemmings, PHS Alum Kinney Guides Team to Strong Season Post

IN CONTROL: Daniel Baytin churns through the water in a meet last year for the Nassau Swim Club Lemmings. In late July, Baytin helped the Lemmings take fourth in Division 2 at Princeton-Area Swimming and Diving Association (PASDA) championship meet, starring in the 12-and-under boys’ group. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

After the Cranbury Swim Club closed in 2014, Will Kinney had to find another outlet for his summer swimming.

Joining the Nassau Swim Club Lemmings as a swimmer and assistant coach, Princeton High standout Kinney quickly found a home.

“The team is a lot of fun, it is positive and it is such a great experience for everyone,” said Kinney, who is heading into his sophomore year at William and Mary. “I don’t think it could have worked out any better. I have met so many people; it has been really nice to grow with this team.” more

Nassau Swimmers Save Their Best for Last, Coming Through at PASDA Championships Post

BAY AREA: Daniel Baytin of the Nassau Swim Club Lemmings displays his freestyle form in a race earlier this summer. Last week at the PASDA (Princeton Area Swimming and Diving Association) championship meet,  Baytin took first in the 8-and-under 25-meter freestyle, 25 breaststroke, and 100 individual medley. He also helped Nassau take first in the 100 medley relay. Nassau placed second of five teams in the Division 2 standings at the meet.  (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

BAY AREA: Daniel Baytin of the Nassau Swim Club Lemmings displays his freestyle form in a race earlier this summer. Last week at the PASDA (Princeton Area Swimming and Diving Association) championship meet, Baytin took first in the 8-and-under 25-meter freestyle, 25 breaststroke, and 100 individual medley. He also helped Nassau take first in the 100 medley relay. Nassau placed second of five teams in the Division 2 standings at the meet.
(Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

For Morgan Sawin, the PASDA (Princeton Area Swimming and Diving Association) championship meet was a key litmus test for her Nassau Swim Club Lemmings team.

“I sent an e-mail to the parents putting an emphasis on this meet,” said Nassau head coach Sawin, a former Boston University swimming star who hails from nearby Bridgewater.

“I told them it was a chance for swimmers to showcase how much they have improved this summer.”

The Nassau swimmers seized that opportunity with aplomb in the meet held at the Flemington-Raritan pool, taking second in the Division 2 standings at the PASDA meet, piling up 1,855.50 points, trailing only champion Ben Franklin with 3,315.

“We definitely did really well, better than expected,” said Sawin. “We had a good turnout. On paper, we were the third place team in league and we ended up second in the championships.”

On the boys’ side, Daniel Baytin did a really good job, taking first in the 8-and-under 25-meter freestyle, 25 breaststroke, and 100 individual medley. He also helped Nassau take first in the 100 medley relay.

“Daniel Baytin is very tall and he trains all year round,” said Sawin. “We get a lot of kids who are summer specific; they play other sports and just swim in the summer. He is a swimmer. It is pretty rare to find an 8-year-old who has already picked out his sport.”

The trio of Javier Lee, Toby Richmond, and Pierre Soumeillant combined with Baytin to help Nassau dominate the 8U age group. “Lee and Richmond were good, we put together a great relay,” said Sawin, whose 8Us also won the 100 free relay with Coll Wight joining Lee, Richmond, and Soumeillant.

“The fourth guy, Pierre Soumeillant, was new and flailing at the beginning and he was on the top relay by the end of the season. It was great to see that improvement.”

The Lemmings got great efforts from some of its other boy swimmers as Simon Sheppard won the 10U 25 free and 25 back while Andrew Koehler was fourth in the 10U 25 back, Lorne Wight was third in the 10U 25 breast and 100 IM and fourth in the 25 breast, Henry DeCheser won the 12U 50 butterfly and took fifth in the 50 free, and Calvin Ristad took second in the 12U 50 breast and fourth in the 50 free.

“Simon is pretty strong, he trains with the older group as does Andrew Koehler; they are ahead of things with their age group,” added Sawin.

“Henry was not expecting to win so that was a nice surprise for him. We had a new kid from England, Lorne Wight who was our go-to breaststroker. He decided he was going to do the IM and he did a good job with that.”

Among the younger Nassau girl swimmers, Sabine Ristad had a nice meet, winning the 8U 25 fly, taking second in the 25 free, and third in the 25 breast.

“Ristad can pretty much do everything,” asserted Sawin. “She is a swimmer, she is not tall but she is built for it, she is strong. She has got it, she has great technique for a 7-year-old.”

In the 10U group, Emma Hopkins took second in the 25 free and fifth in the 25 free with Kimi Wei placing third in the 100 IM and fourth in the 25 back and Sophia Burton was the fourth-place finisher in the 25 breast. Nassau took second in both the 100 free relay and 100 medley relay.

“Hopkins, Wei and Burton were our three strong swimmers in the 8-9 group,” said Sawin.

Isabelle Monaghan put in a strong performance in the 12U division, winning the 50 back and taking second in the 100 IM.

“Isabelle is always up there; she is a full-time swimmer,” said Sawin, noting that her older sister, Sophia Monaghan, was a star swimmer for Nassau who recently helped Stanford win the NCAA women’s water polo title. “She is following in the footsteps of her sister.”

A sister act, Julia, Margaret, and Anna Hill, gave Nassau some depth. “The three Hill girls helped us,” said Sawin.

“They moved up here last year from Virginia. Margaret is 11 but she acts like she is 18, she is very mature. Anna Hill swam up at the championships because we needed to fill in the lineup.”

As for the team’s older girls, Rachel Adlai-Gail took second in both the 14U 25 fly and 100 IM with Maddy Troilo winning the 100 IM and placing second in the 50 free. Becca Adlai-Gail was third in both the 18U 50 fly and 100 IM while Emily Klockenbrink took fifth in the 18U 50 back.

“The Adlai-Gail girls did well for us,” said Sawin. “Klockenbrink was a swimmer and a coach. She would coach 1 ½ hours and swim 1 ½ hours, She was juggling a lot, she was one of the busiest people on the team.”

Sawin liked the way the team saved its best for last. “I was pretty happy; we lost the first two meets and it was really, really nice that we got to win the last two and that they were at home,” said Sawin, who has previously coached at BU and other summer programs and works as a math teacher at Montgomery High. “We are building a team; we really need the older kids to stay.”

Having taken the helm of the program halfway through the 2013 season, Sawin enjoyed guiding the Lemmings all summer long this year.

“It was nice to start from the beginning and get to know how much the kids got better,” said Sawin.

“It was hard to tell last year when I came in the middle. There is a computer program that I put all the times into and see how much improvement there was. Some of the 8-year olds improved 20 seconds in the 25 free. It was fun to see the 5- and 6-year olds making big, big jumps.”

It was fun for Sawin to see the Lemmings display their customary camaraderie from the start. “I was shocked at the first meet, we started relays and the whole team was at the end of the pool doing an organized cheer,” said Sawin.

“I asked my assistant if she organized that and she said no, it came from the kids. There was a lot of team spirit.”

 

Swimming Outdoors in Princeton? Community Pool Not the Only Cool Spot Post

PRINCETON’S COMMUNITY POOL: When temperatures rise, Princeton residents head for the pool, which has seen an increase in annual memberships since it was refurbished in 2012. But read on, it’s not the only place to beat the heat this summer.(Photo Courtesy of Princeton Recreation Department)

PRINCETON’S COMMUNITY POOL: When temperatures rise, Princeton residents head for the pool, which has seen an increase in annual memberships since it was refurbished in 2012. But read on, it’s not the only place to beat the heat this summer. (Photo Courtesy of Princeton Recreation Department)

In spite of a power outage that closed the Community Park Pool briefly last week while work was carried out on the filtration systems, Princeton’s favorite place to cool off was up and running again quickly.

Executive Director Ben Stentz of the Princeton Recreation Department was on hand to see that the closure was of the shortest duration possible. The pool closed two hours earlier than normal on Friday, June 27. “We didn’t know how long it would take to make repairs on Friday night so we canceled Saturday morning swim lessons and lap swim. In the end, repairs were completed by about 4:45 a.m. on Saturday morning and we were able to open at our regular weekend time of 11 a.m. Long night but we got it done,” said Mr. Stentz, who reported yesterday that since the pool was rebuilt in 2012, membership has risen from around a steady 3,500 a year to in excess of 5,000 a year.

“As of July 1, the number is just shy of 5,200; last year it was 5,500,” said Mr. Stentz. “This is the new norm for us. In the 27 days that we’ve been open so far this year, including four of five rainy days, we’ve had 29,000 individual visits.”

The increased number of visitors to Community Park Pool may have had an effect on other local swimming locales where Princeton residents find respite from the summer’s heat.

Nassau Swim Club

Perhaps because the pool is tucked out of the way in a bucolic setting or perhaps because of increases in the number of users at the municipal Community Park Pool, membership at the Nassau Swim Club has fallen off in recent years. This is very good news for those who have long wished to join but might have been put off by the $600 one-time initiation fee. In order to encourage new members, the Club is waiving this fee and also offering reduced annual memberships.

Located on Lower Springdale Road between the Institute Woods, the grounds of Princeton University and Springdale Golf Club, this small co-op swim club has been around for nearly 50 years. The swimming pool is one that local families return to year after year. Today it boasts a 6-lane, 25-yard, competitive pool with a connected, 13.5-foot deep dive well. There is also a baby pool conveniently located next to the main pool and lots of green grass for sunbathing as well as shady spots. Swimming lessons are offered for children and adults and adult-only lap swims are a feature of the early mornings. Food trucks stop by and members are encouraged to hold social events at the club. ”This is a wonderful family spot that may just be Princeton’s best kept secret,” said board member Anne Mavis.

“To encourage new members, the club is offering a special rate of $50 for the entire July Fourth weekend from Friday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Not only that, if enrolling for July and August a family (of any number) can join for $399; $299 for a couple, and $199 for an individual,” said Ms. Mavis. Special rates also apply for seniors (55 plus) and for scholars visiting the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton graduate students, and Princeton Theological Seminary graduates and faculty.

For more information, call (609) 436-0797, email information@nassauswimclub.org, or visit: www.nassauswimclub.org, But be warned, not all membership details are currently up-to-date.

Quarry Swim Club, Hopewell

As its name suggests, the pool at the Quarry Swim Club was once part of a rock mining operation that closed down almost one hundred years ago. Located at 180 Crusher Road in Hopewell, the Club has been operating since 1928.

Fed by a natural spring, the quarry pool is up to 55 feet deep and children under 12 are required to pass an 80 yard swim test before being allowed in this old-fashioned “swimming hole” surrounded by rock cliffs. For children and adult non-swimmers there is a pool just 1.5 to 4 feet deep and Red Cross certified lifeguards are on duty at all times.

According to Jim Gypton, who has owned the Club with his wife Nancy for 27 years, the success of Princeton’s Community Park Pool has had no impact on business. “We don’t advertise, people find us by word of mouth,” said Mr. Gypton. “This isn’t a place for everybody, you won’t find lounge chairs but we have grass, a pool for children, diving boards in the Quarry and inner tubes for relaxation. We have a growing number of very loyal people who spread the word and bring their neighbors as guests. I know most of them by sight, if not by name.”

There’s a definite rustic feel to swimming here from Memorial Day weekend when it opens until Labor Day when it closes. In between it’s open seven days a week.

The pool has three large floats anchored in the water and three diving boards. Picnic tables and grills are provided under shade trees in a three-acre grove for visitors who want to spend the day. There’s also a snack bar and a sand volleyball court.

The Quarry Swim Club is a private facility for pass holders only. A variety of passes are available from full-season to partial-season and special pass options for late day visitors; there are no single day passes, however. Private and group swim lessons are offered for all ages.

For more information, call (609) 466-0810, or visit: www.quarryswimclub.com.

Broadmead Swim Club

Located on Broadmead Street off Western Way in Princeton, the Broadmead Swim Club is affiliated with Princeton University but membership is open to all. Fully staffed with experienced lifeguards, the pool remains open into the evening and it’s possible to order from local restaurants that are happy to deliver to Broadmead. Visits from the ice cream truck are a daily highlight for children.

In addition to a 20 meter pool, there’s a separate enclosed baby pool. Lifeguards offer private and group swim lessons, and there are yoga classes. Lawns cater to sunbathers and there are picnic tables in a shaded area.

This pool operates from May 24 through September 1, with changing hours as the summer progresses and specific times set aside for lap swimmers.

Memberships are available to the community and to members of Princeton University as follows: $680, community family ($600, University family; $300, student/postdoc family); $340, community single ($300, University single).

For more information, call (609) 759-0272, email: broadmead.swim.club@gmail.com, or visit: www.broadmeadswimclub.com.

 

Building on Outstanding Regular Season, Nassau Lemmings Thrive at PASDA Meet Post

BAY WATCH: Daniel Baytin of the Nassau Swim Club Lemmings shows his butterfly form in a race this summer. Last week, Baytin came up big at the Princeton Area Swimming and Diving Association (PASDA) championship meet, placing first in both the 8-and-under 100 individual medley and the 25 freestyle.(Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

BAY WATCH: Daniel Baytin of the Nassau Swim Club Lemmings shows his butterfly form in a race this summer. Last week, Baytin came up big at the Princeton Area Swimming and Diving Association (PASDA) championship meet, placing first in both the 8-and-under 100 individual medley and the 25 freestyle. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

After finishing second in the 2013 Division 2 dual meet standings in the Princeton Area Swimming and Diving Association (PASDA), the Nassau Swim Club Lemmings matched that performance in the league’s championship meet last week.

Showing good depth, Nassau piled up 2,344 points at the season-ending competition held July 22-23 at the Flemington-Raritan Community Pool, finishing behind only to the Ben Franklin Swim Club (2,676 points) among Division 2 teams.

Among the 10-and-under girls’ swimmers, Veronique DiBlasio was a key producer for the Lemmings, taking second in both the 25-meter backstroke, and the 25 breaststroke, and helping the 100 medley relay to victory, joined by Ella Caddeau, Margaret Hill, and Julie Troilo.

Caddeau for her part, won the 10-and-under butterfly and finished third in the back while Hill placed first in the 10-and-under 25 free and third in the 25 fly.

Cate Bashore took first in the eight-and under 100 individual medley while Sophia Burton placed fifth in the eight-and-under 25 free and second in the 25 back. Emma Hopkins was second in the 100 IM and fourth in the 25 fly. Sabine Ristad placed second in the six-and-under 25 back.

A pair of Simons, Simon L’Heveder and Simon Sheppard, came up big for Nassau’s 10-and-under boys. L’Heveder was second in the 10-and-under 100IM and third in the 25 back while Sheppard placed second in the 25 back and the 25 fly.

Daniel Baytin was a double winner in the eight-and-under division, placing first in the 100 IM and the 25 free. Alex Burton took fifth in the six-and-under 25 free and second in the 25 back.

The Monaghan sisters, Isabelle and Sophia, piled up a lot of points for Nassau’s contingent of older girls. Isabelle took second in the 12-and-under 50 back and third in the 100 IM as well as helping the 200 free relay to victory, joined by Rachel Adlai-Gail, Grace Sheppard, and Jane Uricoli. Stanford-bound water polo star Sophia placed first in both the 18-and-under 50 free and 50-and-under back and took third in the 50 fly.

The team’s 14-and-under girls’ contingent had a big meet. The quartet of Brigid DiBlasio, Emma Campisi, Becca Adlai-Gail and Maddie Troilo won the 200 medley relay. The 200 free relay of DiBlasio, Adlai-Gail, and Troilo together with Anna Hill also took first.

DiBlasio added wins in the 14-and-under 100 IM and 50 back while Campisi won the 14-and-under 50 breast and took fourth in the 50 free. Becca Adlai-Gail won the 14-and-under 50 fly while Troilo was second in the 50 breast.

As for the team’s older boy swimmers, Nick Bunn and Will McGuirk, piled up a lot of points. Bunn took first in the 18-and-under 50 fly and second in the 50 free while McGuirk won the 18-and-under 50 free and placed fourth in the 50 back. Bunn and McGuirk combined with David Adlai-Gail and Andrew Mavis to win the 200 free relay. Mavis also took second in the 18-and-under 50 back.

Ben Amon took fourth in the 12-and-under 50 breast while Sacha L’Heveder placed third in the 14-and-under 50 back and fifth in the 50 breast.

While Nassau Lemmings Didn’t Have Great Depth, Club Stepped Up in Maintaining Winning Tradition Post

BELL CURVE: Isabelle Monaghan displays her backstroke form in action for the Nassau Swim Club Lemmings. Last week at the PASDA championship meet, Monaghan, 10, placed second in both the 10-and-under 100-meter individual medley and the 25 butterfly. She also helped Nassau to wins in both the 100 medley relay and 100 freestyle relay. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

While the Nassau Swim Club Lemmings didn’t have as much depth as in past summers, the team lived up to the program’s winning tradition.

The Lemmings went 4-1 in Princeton Area Swimming and Diving Association (PASDA) Division II dual meets, earning a first place tie in the regular season standings.

“We had a great summer; it was very successful considering the numbers,” said Lemmings coach Beth Nagle.

“We were low, particularly in the 12-and-under and the 10-and-under boys. In some meets, we had just three swimmers in those age groups. We ended up in a three-way tie for first. We beat Ben Franklin and then Ben Franklin beat Trenton and Trenton beat us so it was very competitive.”

Nagle saw individual improvement across the board. “Most of our swimmers dropped their times,” said Nagle. “We made a point of working on stroke technique and starts this summer.”

That work paid off last week in the PASDA championship meet at the Flemington Raritan club as the Lemmings produced a number of outstanding swims.

“Looking at the numbers, we had a successful meet,” said Nagle, whose team placed second of six teams at the meet, scoring 2,447 points to trail only Ben Franklin’s total of 3,006. “Every swimmer placed and we had a couple of great relay races.”

One of the club’s top relays came from the younger girls. “The 10-and-under medley relay is one of my all-time favorite relays,” said Nagle, referring to the quartet of Isabelle Monaghan, Serena Bolitho, Ella Caddeau, and Veronique Diblasio.

“They came within a second of the meet record; they are really good. You throw Samantha Campisi in there on the free relay and they don’t lose anything.”

The core of young swimmers has plenty of experience despite being tender in years.

“We have had them since they were young,” said Nagle. “Isabelle Monaghan has her sister Sophia to look up to. We got Ella Caddeau back this year, that was a good addition.”

Nagle got some good work this summer from her older girls as well. “We are so lucky to have the older girls, they are our faithfuls,” asserted Nagle.

“Brigid Diblasio (age 13) and Becca Adlai-Gail (13) are big point scorers for us. We have a really solid under-18 group with Carla Tuan, Sophia Monaghan, and Susanna Tuan.”

Diblasio won both the girls’ 14-and-under 50 backstroke and 50 freestyle at the PASDA meet while Adlai-Gail placed first in the 14-and-under 50 butterfly. Carla Tuan won the girls’ 18-and-under 10 individual medley while Monaghan won the 18-and-under 50 back and took second in the 18-and-under free.

The Lemmings have a big star in the making on the boys’ side in 6-year-old Daniel Baytin, the winner of the 25-meter freestyle and backstroke at the PASDA meet.

“Daniel Baytin set freestyle and backstroke records at the PASDA meet,” said Nagle.

“At the mini-meet, he won all of his 6-and-under events and then went up to the 8-and-under and took second in the medley. Ben has helped us a lot; he juggles baseball with swimming He is a good athlete. Simon Sheppard is another good younger swimmer.”

Nassau got a lot of help through welcoming Matt Kuhlik, a star for the undefeated state champion Princeton High boys’ team who will be swimming for Emory this fall.

“Matt Kuhlik was a wonderful addition,” said Nagle of Kuhlik, who placed first in the boys’ 18-and-under 50 free and second in the 50 back at the PASDA  meet.

“He was looking for a job this summer and applied to be a lifeguard. He is a fantastic kid. He coached the 12-and-under boys and they looked up to him. He enjoyed being a role model for them.”

Kuhlik’s PHS teammate, Harun Filipovic, has assumed a big role in the Nassau program for years.

“Harun has grown up around the team; he has been swimming with us since he was four,” said Nagle of the Bucknell-bound star who won both the boys’ 18-and-under 50 back and 50 fly at the PASDA championships. “He set a team record in the 50 butterfly for us.”

Nagle liked the attitude she has seen around the team this summer. “As usual, I think Nassau has the best spirit around,” maintained Nagle.

“The lifeguards grew up around the team and now they are coaches. I heard it a million times this summer, kids saying ‘I want to be a lifeguard and a coach.’ The younger swimmers look up to the coaches and the lifeguards.”

The Nassau swimmers develop some deep bonds through spending a lot of time with each other.

“It is our own world,” said Nagle. “Practice ends at 10 in the morning and a lot of kids stay here until 3. It is like a camp.”

In order to keep that spirit going and increase numbers, Nassau is welcoming non-members to join the Lemmings as they will continue working through the summer in a new program called ‘Swimming Spree in August.’

“We are the only PASDA team that practices through August,” said Nagle.

“This year, it is open to anyone who is interested. We have one-hour practices in the morning and evening. We will have the coaching staff on hand and we will participate in the Bruce Nystrom intrasquad meet at the end.”

Competing at School, Club, National Level, Monaghan Rising Up the Water Polo Ladder Post

MAKING A SPLASH: Sophia Monaghan delivers the ball in action for the Lawrenceville School girls’ water polo team. Monaghan, who also stars for the Tiger Aquatics program based at Princeton University, will be competing on the international level next month as she plays for the USA Women’s Junior National Team at the Under-19 Pan American Championships in Canada.

As a ten-year-old, Sophia Monaghan had her sights set on being a swimming star.

But when her NJ Stingrays swim club coach suggested that she try out for the team’s water polo program, Monaghan decided to broaden her horizons.

After learning the ropes of the game with the Stingrays program, Monaghan stepped up and joined the more intense Tiger Aquatics program based at Princeton University.

“The Stingrays is [for] a lower age group, so once you get to be around thirteen or fourteen, there aren’t many kids playing at a higher level,” said Monaghan.

“When I went to Tigers, it started out as Masters, which is mostly forty-year-old men, and it was a chance to play somewhere where you weren’t even close to being the best, and that’s how you get better.”

Improving her game through exposure to such competition, Monaghan, 16, is now fully committed to being a water polo star.

Monaghan matriculated to the Lawrenceville School, in part, because it boasts the strongest high school program in the area and is a rising senior star for a Big Red girls’ water polo squad that went 17-3 last fall. She has ratcheted up her involvement with the Tigers program, practicing with the club several days a week during the year and throughout the summer.

For the past four years, Monaghan has gone to the Junior Olympics, and last year, her team placed sixteenth in the platinum bracket (seeds 1-24), the best-ever result for a women’s east coast team.

“It was a huge accomplishment for us, and this year we’re just hoping to build off of that,” said Monaghan of the competition, which will take place in early August in Northern California.

“We’re at a higher level now, but everyone has improved from last year, and our goal is to show that we can assemble a strong team. We have great players, and we want to show that we’re not only the best on the east coast, but we’re also a force to be reckoned with on the west coast.”

Acknowledging that the west coast is the hotbed for the sport, Monaghan has to adjust her game when she is going against California players.

In east coast competition, Monaghan generally plays the center position, where the strongest players are placed and most of the goals are scored, but when going against players from the west coast, her position shifts to being a defender.

“I’m used to being the biggest or fastest or strongest, but when I go out to California, I’m not even close to the best, and it gave me a reality check of how many incredible players there are,” said Monaghan, who still swims competitively, starring for Lawrenceville during the winter and the Nassau Swim Club Lemmings over the summer.

“It’s helped me to become a better player because I’ve been motivated to compete at their level.”

Later in August, Monaghan will be competing at an even higher level as she heads to Canada as part of the USA Women’s Junior National Team that will play in the Under-19 Pan American Championships.

“It’s really exciting to think that you’re competing to play for your country,” said Monaghan, reflecting on the tourney which will take place from August 10-18 at the Olympic Park’s Sports Center in Montreal, Quebec.

After all the progress Monaghan has made in water polo, she is looking forward to an exciting future in the sport which could include playing in college for one of the west coast powers in the sport.

“If I go out to play water polo on the west coast, it’s going to be to get a good education, because that’s how I’m going to get a job,” said Monaghan, who was named to the 2010-11 USA Water Polo All American list which honors student athletes who excel in both the pool and the classroom.

“My main focus in college is to get the best education I can and water polo is going to help me to do that.”

Those Who Were Part of NSC Shared Something Meaningful That Will Endure Post

To the Editor:

I grew up in Princeton in the late 1970s and 80s, but it may be more accurate to say that I grew up at Nassau Swim Club. My family joined Nassau when I was 10, and it was an enormous part of every summer of my life (first on the swim team, and later coaching and lifeguarding) for the 10 years that followed. The culture of the place, as well as its location, were a little off the beaten path — a reflection of Bruce Nystrom, the manager and face of the pool for so many years.

It was a welcoming place where I learned the importance of sportsmanship and hard work. I also learned the value of levity amid both. I looked up to my coaches, and later became one. I eyed the record board with awe, before claiming one, then watching it fall to someone I had coached. The circle of life. more

NSC is Unique, Special Place; Losing It Would Be Devastating to Many People Post

To the Editor:

I’ve spent every summer at Nassau Swim Club since I was born and have been on the swim and dive teams for 10 years. I truly cannot begin to comprehend why anyone would want to develop this beautiful land. Nassau has provided the Princeton community with a peaceful and diverse space for more than 50 years. At Nassau, children of all ages and backgrounds come together to spend their summers together. Nassau is a place for everyone, from the baby pool for kids to lap lanes for adults.  more

Obituaries 2/28/24 Post

Glenn Michael Ams

Glenn Michael Ams, 66, of Princeton, passed away peacefully at his nursing home on Saturday, Feburary 24, 2024 surrounded by family. He was a kind, humorous, and loving man. Glenn is survived by his siblings, Robert Ams, Rosemary (Ams) Raynor, Detlef Ams, and his many nieces and nephews. Glenn lived the majority of his adult life in Princeton with Robert, Susanne, Alexandria, and Matthew Ams. He is predeceased by his mother and father, Eleanore and Emmerich Ams.

Born with Down syndrome, Glenn grew up in Trenton, NJ, attending their school system. He enjoyed hanging out with his siblings, dribbling a basketball, swimming at the community pool, or going to the nearby Italian People’s Bakery. In Princeton, he was most recognized as the guy on the tricycle, and would many times be seen riding to his favorite spots, Thomas Sweet Ice Cream and McCaffrey’s Market where he made a number of friends over the last couple decades.

Glenn will also be fondly remembered as Philadelphia’s biggest sports fan, wearing Eagles and Phillies gear with pride every single day. Not a day would pass where he wouldn’t be sporting red or green for his teams.

Beyond his love for sports, Glenn found the most joy in life’s simple things. Whether he was enjoying an ice cold can of Coca-Cola, a ride in the car, sitting co-pilot in Robert or Matthew’s boat, peeling back a juicy clementine, or flipping through an old phone book, Glenn lived every experience in the present moment. Glenn’s vibrant spirit was also complemented by his passion for music. There was nothing better to Glenn than riding along in the car with the windows down and volume all the way up. His favorites were artists such as ABBA, the Village People, Glenn Fry, and Donna Summer.

Glenn touched the hearts of endless people as well as countless animals. His compassion for all of the dogs and cats he had over the years never went unnoticed. Finn, Glenn’s last cat, was particularly fond of him. They would often take naps side by side in the middle of the afternoon. Glenn truly never failed to put a smile on anybody’s face just by being himself. His pure and beautiful soul will be greatly missed.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Friday, March 1 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton.

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John H. Edwards

John passed away peacefully, 96, at the Capital Health Regional Medical Center in Trenton, NJ, on February 23, 2024. Born in Princeton, he was a lifelong resident of Kingston, NJ.

John graduated from Princeton High School in 1944. He was a United States Army World War II veteran. John was employed by Krajack Tank Lines for 48 years as an owner-operator.

John enjoyed camping and hiking with his family and beloved dogs. He was also a Nascar racing fan and loved country music.

Son of the late Hilda and James Edwards, John was predeceased by his wife, Dorothy (Sincak) Edwards of 54 years and sisters Virginia and Winifred and a brother, Ross Edwards. He is survived by his daughter, Linda Edwards, and son, John M. Edwards and daughter-in-law, Janice Edwards. John is also survived by his grandson, John M. Edwards Jr. and a great-randdaughter, Kayleigh Edwards, and a niece, Kathleen A. McCarthy.

Burial will be private in the Rocky Hill Cemetery. Arrangements under the direction of M. J. Murphy Funeral Home, Monmouth Junction.

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Doris K. Mapes

Doris (Dodie) Kleiber Mapes, 87, of Princeton and Stone Harbor, NJ, passed away at home on February 23, 2024.

Born in Princeton, Dodie has been a lifelong member of the Princeton community. In 1956 Dodie married Charles F. Mapes Jr., a recent graduate of Princeton University (Class of 1955). Dodie and Charlie were essential to the class reunions and other activities. Her involvement was such that not only was she made an honorary class member but was also honored with Princeton University’s Society of the Claw. Dodie is Past President of the Present Day Club and the Dogwood Garden Club where she made lifelong friendships. Dodie managed the Princeton Indoor Tennis Center in the 1970s and as an avid crafter of needlepoint she later opened The Needle Craft Shop.

Dodie was a voracious reader and enjoyed spending time outdoors whether tending to her garden, playing tennis, or spending time on the beaches of Stone Harbor with family. Dodie and Charlie traveled the world, including many trips with the Class of ’55. Dodie and Charlie have been members of Bedens Brook Club for over 50 years.

Daughter of the late John Paul and Helen Higgins Kleiber, sister of the late Donald Kleiber (Betty) and Vernon Kleiber, she is survived by her husband, Charles F. Mapes Jr.; her children, Charles F. Mapes III and his wife Maureen, Linda Mapes, and Elizabeth “Libby” Yarnall and her husband Stephen; sister-in-law, Nancy Kleiber; nine grandchildren, Jeremy, Nicholas (Ashley), Ryan (Alan), Charles IV (Sara), Sidney, Elizabeth, Rebecca, Douglas (Patti), and Donald (Christy); 10 great-grandchildren, Austin, Adalynn, Nicholas, George, Jordan, Dylan, Alli, Sarah, Kayleigh and Raelynne; her niece Karen Aveyard and nephew Eric Kleiber. Dodie is also survived by her devoted canine companion, Abby, and many dear friends.

Dodie had a wonderful sense of humor, a great laugh, and gave the best hugs.

A Memorial Service to celebrate Dodie’s life will be announced in the spring. Arrangements are under the direction of the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, Princeton. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to your local animal shelter.

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Dorothy H. Fiero

Dorothy H. Fiero, a resident of Princeton, NJ, and Nantucket, MA, passed away just shy of her 96th birthday on January 22, 2024 at Penn Medicine Princeton Medical Center.

Dolly, as she was known to family and friends, was born on February 17, 1928 in Mount Vernon, New York. She was the second of two children. She graduated valedictorian from A.B. Davis High School and received a full scholarship to Northwestern University’s School of Journalism.

Dolly met her beloved husband, Charles E. Fiero Jr (Chuck), at her brother Walter’s engagement party in Bronxville, NY, in 1947. Chuck and Dolly were married on August 28, 1948 and honeymooned on Nantucket Island. They then lived in Middletown, CT, as Chuck finished his degree at Wesleyan University. The couple moved back to Bronxville, NY, when Chuck joined the Chase Manhattan Bank training program. Dolly gave birth to two daughters before moving abroad to Geneva, Switzerland, and London, England. While in London, she gave birth to a son.

During this period of her life, she traveled extensively throughout Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. The family returned to the States and settled in Scarsdale, NY, until 1976 when a move brought Dolly and her family to Princeton, NJ, where she happily lived for the rest of her life.

Dolly was a longtime member of the Present Day Club, a supporter of the ASPCA, and an active volunteer at the Medical Center of Princeton, where she accumulated more than 2,000 hours of service. She was an avid reader, a needlepointer, and a die-hard New York Yankees fan. She loved the theater and travel, especially to the beaches of Anguilla and Hawaii. Her happiest times were always on the beach with a book in hand and family around — especially her six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Predeceased by Chuck, her husband of 66 years, Dolly is survived by her daughter Diane F. Claffey (husband Don) of Martinsville, Indiana, her daughter Wendy F. Morgan (husband Hugh) of Barrington, RI, and her son David E. Fiero (wife Kathleen) of Princeton, NJ; six grandchildren: Nick Brown (wife Kelly), Christopher Brown (husband Stephen), Heather Gugenheim (husband Zack), Brian Morgan, Sara Gullison (husband Ed), Jeffrey Morgan; and six great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held this summer on Nantucket.

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Herman Stanley Parish III

Herman Stanley Parish III, a 30-year resident of Princeton, died unexpectedly on February 10. He was the third child born to Virginia Ballentine and Dr. Herman Stanley Parish Jr., a flight surgeon in the U.S. Airforce in Waco, Texas, in 1953. Following Dr. Parish’s retirement from the USAF, the family settled in Cheyenne, WY, which Herman considered his home.

He graduated from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania with degrees in Finance, Accounting, and Management and was a member of the ZBT fraternity. His nearly 50-year relationship with his wife Rosemary began while they were students at Penn.
Following his graduation, he served as a midshipman in the U.S. Navy and in the reserves supporting Navy Seal teams in Europe. Herman separated honorably as a Lieutenant Commander in 1985.

After four years as a midshipman in the Western Pacific, he began a 13-year career in advertising as an account executive, copy writer, and creative director. He created multiple award-winning campaigns during his time at Ogilvy and Mather, Young and Rubicam, and other agencies.

Friends and acquaintances saw him as a thoughtful and thoroughly lovely man with a biting sense of humor. Yet few of his Princeton friends knew him as the beloved author of the children’s classic Amelia Bedelia. His modesty forbade it.

His aunt, Peggy Parish, introduced the literal-minded maid in 1963, writing 12 books in the series. His close relationship with his aunt ended with her death in 1988. Responding to requests to continue the series, Herman decided to do so himself, adding 59 titles to the series. They included picture books, I Can Read, and chapter books, several rising to the New York Times bestseller list.

His owlish wisdom was revealed through the pages of his books featuring the rollicking adventures of the grown-up, and young Amelia, who he described as “littler, but just as literal as ever.”

Herman saw himself as the Pied-Piper for early reading, lecturing at schools and libraries in more than 22 states. He emphasized the importance of writing and editing throughout his career; he understood that a series of books encouraged young readers to build on familiar literary territory. His humor, as well as his clear writing, engaged the funny bone of children and adults alike. Recently the books found new communities of interest in the autism spectrum and ESL readers.

Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the series, Herman observed that he and his aunt agreed that “there was a narrow window where children could read or be interested in reading. If you miss that opportunity, it is very difficult to engage them later.”

In 2014, Herman suffered a life-threatening stroke. After 17 days in the ICU, thanks to the heroic efforts of Doctors Gaurav Gupta and Sudipta Roychowdhury, and the ICU staff at Robert Wood Johnson Hospital, he made a full recovery and resumed his writing.

Herman enjoyed fly fishing, which he learned as an adolescent in his beloved Wyoming, flower gardening, cooking, classical piano, and walking in his much-loved Mountain Lake Park. He was a longtime member of Trinity Episcopal Church.

He is survived by his loving wife Rosemary; his sisters Mary Parish and Fredericka Lake; his adoring children Stan, Philip, and Margaret Parish; his daughters-in-law Anna Sanchez-Bendahan and Emmalee Carr-Parish; and his granddaughters Lola Rose Parish and Dorothy Owen Parish.

A memorial service and celebration of his life will be held at Trinity Church Princeton in May. Following his unanticipated death, his friends and family bid Herman — “Now cracks a noble heart. Goodnight sweet prince, and flights of angels sing thee to thy rest.”

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Donald Craig Sheasley

Donald Craig Sheasley of Princeton, NJ, passed away peacefully at age 89 on the crisp winter afternoon of January 17, 2024, a bookend to his arrival on the sunny autumn afternoon of October 7, 1934, in Lock Haven, PA.

The son of Ernest Doyle and Clara Eleanor (Kieser Hare) Sheasley, his parents and younger brother, George Bartrum Sheasley, later settled in South Pottstown, PA, along the Schuylkill River. He attended North Coventry High School, was active in the school choir, and graduated in 1952 as co-valedictorian.

While at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA, Don joined the college choir and the drama club Mask and Dagger and served as senior class president. Don graduated with a degree in education in 1956 and taught sixth grade for a year at Greenwich Elementary School in Stewartsville, NJ.

He hit a detour in July 1957 when drafted by Uncle Sam and served two years in the Army completing boot camp on the day Sputnik was launched. Don was sent to Baumholder Army Base in Germany, served as company clerk and fire direction control, and led musical events at bases in Germany.

After Army discharge in 1959 he returned to New Jersey, taught English classes at Piscataway High School, and was an advisor to the drama club. He took a sabbatical from teaching in 1965 and received a master’s degree in literature from Seton Hall University in 1967. Returning to teaching at PHS he also coached the golf team until retirement in 1992.

Don spent many years acting in community theater from 1960s-1981 at Foothill Playhouse in Middlesex, NJ; and directed plays including Ten Little Indians, A Doll’s House, The Importance of Being Earnest, and Arms and the Man.

In 1973 he returned to his love of vocal performance and pursued an interest in opera, studying with Ron Naldi, a tenor who had joined the roster of the Metropolitan Opera in New York. Don auditioned at the Princeton University Opera in 1977 and was offered the role of Sarastro in The Magic Flute. He landed several opera roles during that period with the Suburban Opera and Opera at Florham; by the late 1970s Don had become a Verdi baritone.

Don’s Lincoln Center debut with the Princeton University Opera in 1982 was in the role of Don Pizarro in Beethoven’s Fidelio. At the height of his career Don sang Rigoletto, Scarpia, Tonio and other roles with the Trenton Civic Opera and the Boheme Opera; he joined the Piccolo Opera performing Count DeLuna. Following other roles with the Opera Festival in Lawrenceville, he joined the Berks Grand Opera in Reading, PA, as Sharpless in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly.

As a member of Opera International in the 1990s Don appeared at Merkin Hall and Alice Tully Hall in New York and concert and oratorio settings for Hollywood composer Phil Springer. During that period he sang with Jersey Lyric Opera, the Baroque Orchestra of NJ, Concert Opera of NJ, as well as the Little Opera of NJ, the Verismo Opera, and the Regina Opera.

Don released a CD of arias and art songs, Warm As Autumn Light, in 1999.

Even into his late seventies Don performed in concerts with the Baroque Orchestra of NJ, The Opera Project in Hunterdon County, and the Eastern Opera Company in Morris County.

In addition to singing, Don contributed his formidable vocal talents locally as a reader for Learning Ally, a nonprofit organization supporting those with learning difficulties, as a reader and proofreader at the recording studio for the Blind and Dyslexic, and as a reviewer for 55PLUS programs. He collaborated with Dick Swain and Martin Rome on several musical events in Princeton.

When he wasn’t singing or volunteering, Don enjoyed golfing, bicycle trips, and gardening at the Walnut Lane home he shared with his life partner Julie. He was fascinated with genealogy and spent countless hours researching his family background, discovering tangential family connections along the way. He learned that relatives on both sides of his family had fought in the Revolutionary War as well as the Battle of Trenton and in the Union Army during the Civil War.

Don is survived by his partner of 42 years, Julie R. Wald of Princeton, NJ; his sons, Dirk Sheasley of Bridgewater, NJ, Ross Sheasley of Lawrenceville, NJ, and Kent Sheasley of Mashpee, MA; the mother of his sons and former wife, Nancy Ann Sheasley of Piscataway, NJ; his children-in-law Rebecca, York, and Sonja; Julie’s children Jon Wald, Lise Karas, Alison Wald, and Su Stanfa; his sister-in-law, Ann Sheasley of Lansdale, PA, and her children Alan, Gwen Jonik of Pottstown, PA, and Dane; Nancy’s caretaker Antonio; and Don and Julie’s grandchildren Meghan, Kelland, Noah, Kathryn, Bridgit, Rose, August, Abby, Madison, Noah, Lauren, Lindsay, and great-grandsons Samuel and Brayden.

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Christine P. Tamasi

Christine P. Tamasi, 88, of Princeton died on Tuesday, February 20, 2024, at Penn Medicine Princeton Medical Center, Plainsboro, New Jersey, surrounded by her loving family. Born in Pettoranello del Molise, Italy, she immigrated to the United States in 1946 and has been a lifelong Princeton resident. She was a graduate of Princeton High School Class of 1954, member of St. Paul’s Church, member and served as secretary of the Altar Rosary Society, and member of the Princeton Italian American Sportsman Club Ladies Auxiliary. Christine was a diehard Yankee Fan. She was a terrific cook and baker and enjoyed cooking for her family and friends.

Daughter of the late Umberto and Filomena (Nini) Pirone, sister of the late Felix Pirone, sister-in-law of the late Elizabeth Pirone, she is survived by her husband of 64 years Teodoro Tamasi; sons Mario (and Debra), Mark, Matthew (and Jessica); daughter Melinda (and Anthony) Godonis; a brother Anthony Pirone; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Sam and Mary Ann Tamasi, Maria and Sandy Procaccini, Camillo and Vincenza Paolino; five grandchildren: Tyler Tamasi (Lucia), Caroline Tamasi, Tony, Will, and Michael Godonis; and several loving aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

The funeral was held on Saturday, February 24, 2024, at the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home 40 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton. Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. Paul’s Church, 216 Nassau Street, Princeton. Burial followed in Princeton Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to St. Paul’s Church, 216 Nassau Street, Princeton, NJ 08540.

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Janet Louise Kirk

Janet Kirk, 80, died peacefully in her Princeton home on Saturday, February 24, 2024.

Born in Milaca, Minnesota, to Merle and Louise (Pearson) Kirk, she grew up on a small farm near Onamia, Minnesota. Janet attended elementary school in Onamia, where her mother was her teacher. She graduated from Onamia High School with Honors in 1961, and immediately left home for the “big city” (Minneapolis). She worked for Prudential Insurance, Honeywell, Inc., and several law firms, as a legal secretary. While working, she attended the University of Minnesota, graduating with a degree in Political Science.

She loved reading, meeting people, writing short stories, playing the piano, cats, going to concerts, movies, shows, museums, art and history lectures, and traveling to “unknown places.” On one such travel, she met one Michael Diesso, and they were married a year later.

They lived in Maryland for a year, and then moved to Princeton in 1980, where they first rented, then bought and renovated, the house they lived in ever since.

Upon moving to Princeton, Jan joined the staff of Town Topics and retired from there after 22 years of working in the front office, as well as being the Town Topics movie critic.

Together, Jan and Michael traveled around the world, through the Panama and Suez Canals, around both Cape Horn and the Cape of Good Hope, as far north as the North Cape, Norway, as far south as Antarctica.

Janet is survived by her husband, Michael, her sister Anita Zaske and brother-in-law, Dennis Zaske, many relatives, and friends around the world.

In lieu of flowers or donations, go out and have a dinner and drinks in memory of Janet Kirk.

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Obituaries 8/16/2023 Post

Stan Waterman

Stan Waterman died on August 10, 2023 at home in Lawrenceville, NJ, with his wife of 73 years, Susy Waterman, close by. Stan was 100 years old.

One of the first pioneers of diving in America, his career spanned eight decades. Its unlikely beginning after Naval service in WW2 was in a frigid glacial pond in Maine but one which took him eventually across most of the world’s oceans. His gift as a writer and raconteur started with his studies under poet Robert Frost at Dartmouth College.

He taught himself photography and filmmaking, built his own underwater camera housings, and had the first dive boat operation in the Bahamas aboard his custom built Zingaro where he made one of diving’s earliest films, Water World, in 1954.

He traveled the backroads of America on the “gumshoe circuit” — long before television — showing his early, hand-spliced films, which he narrated live while managing music on a small tape recorder. When the projector on occasion stalled and his films caught fire, his skills of amusing anecdote, well-sprinkled with poetic reference, were called upon to complete the evening.

Among his many other films, the most successful was The Call of the Running Tide in which he packed his entire family off with him to Tahiti for a year. It became a National Geographic favorite and later, in 1992, the Discovery Channel featured Stan and his family in a two-hour special, aptly named The Man Who Loved Sharks. The September 2005 issue of Sports Illustrated featured a profile of Stan, also recalling his first appearance on its January 1958 cover.

His 1968 collaboration with Peter Gimbel on the extraordinary documentary epic, Blue Water, White Death, was released in 1971 after nearly two years of filming. It was some of the first great white shark footage ever presented and was unforgettable. He was also co-director of underwater photography for The Deep, a book and screenplay written by his close friend Peter Benchley with whom he went on to do many years of television production.

Arranged along his bookshelves are many awards and plaques, now covered in layers of dust. Nearby, an old Seibe Gorman diving helmet is surrounded by rare shells, stuffed shark toys, cigar boxes, and his much loved copy of Kenneth Graham’s Wind In The Willows, from which he often quoted.

Stan’s later years were spent hosting dive trips around the world where he continued pursuing mantis shrimps and entertaining his guests aboard with nightly “bijou entertainment.” When he finally hung up his fins at 90 years old he retired to his office where he smoked cigars, wrote, and published his two anecdotal books: Sea Salt and More Salt, reminiscing of his adventures as a father, a filmmaker, and a poet philosopher.

His children were lucky enough to have a father who took them with him on many of his adventures, and those shared memories have proved lasting ones that bind them to this day.

He leaves behind a wrecking yard of flooded camera housings as well as a host of good friends and loving family. Some of their kind thoughts have been included here verbatim as their eloquence could hardly be improved upon. A charismatic, engaging person, Stan was always self-effacing and had requested long ago that there be no flowers sent or donations to worthy causes, just a glass to be raised when next you’re gathered with family and friends.

He wished his epitaph to be his favorite lines from Masefield’s Sea Fever:

“I must go down to the sea again,
for the call of the running tide is a wild call
And a clear call that cannot be denied.”

He is survived by his wife Susanna; three children, Gordy, Susannah, and Gar; as well as six grandsons and two great-granddaughters.

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Ed Lloyd

An environmental litigator, activist, and scholar, Edward Lungren Lloyd III, passed away Saturday morning, August 5, 2023 just nine days shy of his 75th birthday (1948-2023). Ed was the director of the Environmental Law Clinic at Columbia University Law School from 2000 to 2022, and was the Evan M. Frankel Professor of Environmental Law there. He taught and trained hundreds of law students in the Clinic, giving them real-life experience representing nonprofit clients advocating for clean water and air, wetlands preservation, endangered species, “smart growth,” contaminated site remediation, and better transit options in the National Environmental Policy Act process. Professor Lloyd was also a member of Columbia University’s Earth Institute’s Practice Committee.

Before joining the Columbia Law School faculty, Ed served for 15 years as the founding director of the Rutgers University Law School Environmental Law Clinic in Newark, where he also supervised students on leading edge cases, establishing several administrative and environmental law precedents. He was previously staff attorney and executive director of the N.J. Public Interest Research Group (PIRG). Ed Lloyd was often invited to testify before Congress and the State Legislature on environmental bills and enforcement matters. His numerous affiliations include being appointed by Governor McGreevey to serve on the New Jersey Pinelands Commission, where he outlasted attempts to replace him for stands taken against incursions to the Pinelands’ pristine aquifers; Litigation Review Committee of the Environmental Defense Fund; board member of the Fund for New Jersey; co-founder and co-director of the Eastern Environmental Law Center, the sole public interest environmental law firm in New Jersey; chair of the board of Environmental Endowment, a grant-making institution; and member of the New Jersey Supreme Court Committee on Environmental Litigation (appointed by then Chief Justice Robert Wilentz). He taught environmental law at Judicial College for state court judges.

Prepared at Gilman School in Baltimore, where he won the Princeton Area Alumni math prize, and graduated from Princeton University in 1970 with a degree in chemistry, Ed then attended law school at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. Ed returned to New Jersey and was admitted to the bar in 1974, at which he practiced for almost 50 years.

Ed’s love for Princeton University was unbounded. Until the last decade, he rarely missed a Princeton home basketball game, where his father Ed Lloyd, Jr. (Class of 1942) had been captain of the team. He never missed a reunion until 2022. Ed was proud to march in the P-rade (with son Alexander in the “pede”), then relax with classmates and family including sister Pamela Lloyd Coulter (Class of 1972), and before her untimely passing, cousin Barbara Price Krumland (Class of 1975), at Cloister Inn, where Ed lived as an undergrad and was treasurer.

Ed leaves his wife of 41 years, Janine G. Bauer, and two children, son Alexander Edward Lloyd, who graduated from Columbia Law School in 2019 and is a member of the New Jersey and New York bars, and daughter Abigail Elizabeth Lloyd, a social worker at Bellevue Hospital and Northwell Hospital in New York, sister Pamela Lloyd Coulter, Princeton University Class of 1972 (John V. Coulter), sister-in-law Sherry Ziegenbalg, brother-in-law Bruce Bauer (Frances), brother-in-law Jamie D. Bauer, and many cousins, nieces, and nephews of the expended Lloyd, Fanget, Driver, Price, Bovino, Wert, and Bauer families for whom he tried to be a role model, and succeeded. Ed was predeceased by his parents, Edward L. Lloyd, Jr. and Catherine Fanget Lloyd, and his brother, Robert G. Lloyd of Baltimore.

Ed will be sorely missed.

A Memorial Service will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, August 16, 2023 at the Nassau Presbyterian Church, 61 Nassau Street, Princeton.

Burial in Princeton Cemetery was private.

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Yngve Lennart Gustafsson

Yngve Lennart “Len” Gustafsson — our beloved husband, father, grandfather — passed away peacefully on August 4 in Princeton after a short illness. 

Born and educated in Sweden, Len considered himself a citizen of the world at an early age. During summer vacations as a teen, he took hire on Swedish ships delivering goods to foreign ports, exploring most of Europe. These voyages opened his eyes to new lands and fed his lust for travel and exploration. They also reinforced his national and cultural pride in Sweden and his hometown.

After earning degrees in engineering and economics he started his career with the Swedish-based Sandvik Steel, an international company with subsidiaries in many countries. His strong ambition and desire to grow his experience led him to push for a foreign post, and soon he was destined for a position in Dusseldorf, Germany, working and traveling all over Europe. This opened up further international opportunities, and he soon was on his way to the United States, settling in Glenrock, NJ, with his young family. He loved the freedom and non-bureaucracy of working in the American market and his initial three-year appointment turned into a lifetime in the States. Working closely with both Sweden and the USA, he traveled extensively.

Len had a lifelong passion for serving his hometown and his home country to the extent that in 1978 the Swedish Government appointed him Swedish Trade Commissioner and Vice Consul to the USA, based in Detroit, Michigan. Having one foot in both countries suited him well and gave him the opportunity to bring Swedish know-how to the auto industry and other industries. His experience and interest in both marketing and mergers and acquisitions came in handy to help many Swedish companies get a foothold in the United States. It also gave him a deep sense of satisfaction to serve and support the Swedish organizations in the Detroit/Bloomfield Hills area.

Len was always interested in what was in the forefront in business and joined the new exciting robotics industry, heading up a new Industrial Robotics Division for ASEA Inc. in Michigan.

After retirement from his corporate business adventures, he started his own consulting business.

Len was very civic minded and was a member of several organizations such as Odd Fellows, Rotary International, and served as president of the Princeton Rotary Club. He co-founded a Swedish supplementary school in New Jersey and served as its first president; he was a member of the Royal Roundtable of the Swedish Council of America; board member and lifetime member of the American-Swedish Historical Museum in Philadelphia, PA; Ambassador of Lidkoping (his hometown); an active member of Leif Ericson Viking Ship Organization; and sailed and worked on a replica of the Kalmar Nyckel tall ship in Wilmington, DE, combining his interest in history and boating.

Len was an avid sailor and was never as happy as when he was behind the steering wheel sailing one of his boats. He even planned to take his boat Makulu on a world tour but was stopped by Superstorm Sandy, which left his boat battered and piled up among many other boats in the harbor of Atlantic Highlands. Undaunted, he worked on repairing and lovingly restoring the boat over the next several years. During that same time, he worked with a team of young sailors who were interested in taking the boat on an educational world tour on which Len planned to partake.

Len loved sports and staying active. In his youth he played Bandy (a fast sport on skates) in his hometown, he had a mean backhand in tennis, he enjoyed ice sailing and downhill skiing, and he frequently played golf and once had a hole-in-one. In his later years he kept active with swimming, visits to his gym, and long walks with his wife.

Len looked forward every year to spending summers at his childhood summer house on a small island in lake Vänern, Sweden. There he could jump into his sailboat for a day trip or spend hours cruising around the archipelago. He topped it off each evening by watching the sunset right outside the dining room window.

Len is survived by his loving wife Elly; his three sons and their families: Bjorn and Tammy of Atlanta, GA, Erik and Debbie of Naperville, IL, Carl and Stephanie of Manhattan and his grandchildren Anna and Alexander; and friends and family in both Sweden and the Americas.

Len will be laid to rest at the church closest to his beloved summer home in Sweden.

A Celebration of Life will be planned at a later date.

Donations in his memory may be made to the American-Swedish Historical Museum, 1900 Pattison Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19145.

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James Adler Levy

James Adler Levy, 82, of Yardley, Pennsylvania, died at his home there on August 14 after a battle with several ailments.

Known as Jim or Jimmy, he was born in Trenton, New Jersey, in 1940. His family moved to Yardley in 1944 to a street called Alton Road, and with few gaps in time over the next 78 years, he lived his entire life on that street — first at his parents Charles and Elinor Levy’s house with his brother Paul, and then raised his own family at the house his parents built next door to his childhood home.

He was the son of Charles Levy, a businessman in Trenton and an owner of S.P. Dunham and Co. department stores, and his mother Elinor, an artist.

His wife of 37 years, Rebecca “Becky” Deitz Levy, pre-deceased him in 2004. She was his first love and a woman he not only idolized but who he called “the person with the most common sense of anyone he had ever known.” Becky and Jimmy built a wonderful life together in their community and loved playing golf and traveling together, and truly just being together. Becky was his rock and emotional head of what became his own family with his two loving and devoted children, Jonny and Rachel.

Jim attended Newtown Friends School, The Lawrenceville School, and graduated from Proctor Academy in Andover, New Hampshire. He graduated from The University of Pennsylvania in 1963. He started his career at Sears Roebuck as a young business trainee. He then joined his father at Dunham’s where he worked for many years. He learned how to be a businessman from his father who, along with Jim’s own brother, Paul, were his role models in life. Jim served in the Air National Guard.

At the age of 40, Jim set forth on a new career as an investment advisor at Smith Barney where he worked for 36 years. He was on the Board of Directors at Greenwood House for the Jewish Aged in Trenton, a Board Member of Har Sinai Temple of Trenton, and he served on The Newtown Friends School Board.

Jim was lucky in love not once, but twice. Jim’s daughter Rachel set him up on a blind date with Carol Sole of Michigan and Florida and Carol was Jim’s devoted companion since 2015. Jim and Carol shared much in common — love for travel, the arts, and for their own children and grandchildren.

Jim leaves behind a son Jonathan “Jonny” Levy and his wife Jill Nusbaum of Princeton, NJ, and a daughter Rachel Levy Lesser, and her husband Neil Lesser of Newtown. Jim was the proud grandfather to three adoring young adults, Joseph “Joey” Lesser, Rebecca Lesser, and Max Levy.

Jim is also survived by his brother, The Honorable Paul Levy and his wife Linda Levy of Lawrenceville, NJ,  his sister-in-law, Joanne Hochman of Savannah, GA. and many loving nieces, nephews, and grand-nieces and nephews.

Funeral services are Wednesday, August 16 at 11 a.m. at Har Sinai Temple, 2421 Pennington Road, Pennington, New Jersey.

Burial will follow at Greenwood Cemetery, 1800 Hamilton Avenue, Hamilton, New Jersey.

Shiva will be observed at the Lesser residence  in Newtown, PA, immediately following the burial, and from 5:30–9 p.m. on Wednesday, August 16 and on Thursday, August 17 with minyans at 6:30 pm.

The family respectfully requests memorial contributions in his memory be offered to Greenwood House, Har Sinai Temple, Mill Hill Child & Family Development Center, or to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Funeral arrangements are by Orland’s Ewing Memorial Chapel. For condolences please visit OrlandsMemorialChapel.com.

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Anne Cowin Fahey

Anne Cowin Fahey, 64, a longtime Princeton resident, died peacefully at home on August 4.

Anne will be remembered for her remarkable selflessness, her knack for nailing the little things, her humor, and her resilience. She took a stoic, glass-half-full approach to life through the tragic death of her husband, Kevin, in a car accident in 2006 and through her courageous three-year battle with ALS. Although her life was marked by deep lows, she chose to live a life filled with gratitude for the gifts life presented her: her children, her family, her friends, travel, and the arts. Behind a modest demeanor, Anne was exuberant, loyal, and loving, and determined to make the most of life. She will be deeply missed.

Born and raised in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, to Margaret and Lawrence Cowin, Anne studied French at the University of Michigan and graphic design at Pratt Institute. She lived in Detroit and New York City before settling in Princeton, New Jersey. In 1988, Anne married her high school sweetheart, Kevin, after an epic, 11-year long-distance relationship. She had met Kev at age 10, when they were castmates in a Cleveland Play House Youth Theater production. Nineteen years later, they returned to the Play House for their wedding. They had two children, Eamon and Byrne.

A talented graphic designer, Anne worked at Pentagram and later established herself as a self-employed designer, working with organizations including the Princeton Symphony Orchestra, 101: Fund, and Sustainable Princeton. Anne also brought her designer’s eye to thoughtful event invitations and inventive birthday cards for friends and family. In 2022, Anne’s design was proudly featured nationwide on the ALS Association’s Walk to Defeat ALS shirts.

After living in Aix-en-Provence for a year during college, Anne kept up her French language through conversation groups and later took up Spanish. Anne delighted in theater, music, good quality television, and travel. She would insist on taking a photo of her tour guide following any cultural tour. She loved food and cooking and nurtured this passion through relentless study and experimentation.

Anne is survived by her children, Eamon and Byrne; her mother Margaret Cowin; her sister Elizabeth Roth (George Roth); her brothers Tom Cowin and James Cowin; and niece Olivia Anne Roth; as well as her Fahey siblings-in-law and her partner David Myers. A memorial will be held at 12 p.m., Sunday, September 10 at Eno Terra in Kingston, NJ.

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Molly Sullivan

Molly Sullivan, 84, died on Friday, July 14, 2023 at the Princeton Care Center, in Princeton, NJ. Born in Abilene, Texas, on April 27, 1939, she will be remembered for her wit, her rebellious and mischievous spirit, and her love of music and cats.

Molly took up violin from an early age and played in her high school orchestra, where she excelled in Latin, was a member of the Classics Club, and was a cheerleader. After graduating from San Angelo High School, she attended San Angelo College where she got her B.A, and started teaching Latin at the high school level. As a teacher, she was known for her quirky and distinctive teaching style, however she underestimated the popular rejection of the theory of evolution (this was West Texas in the 1950s) which led her to move on from this job to graduate school at University of Texas Austin.

There she met and married Henry Wood in 1964, moved with him to Rochester and Brooklyn, NY, then to Princeton, NJ. Together they had four boys. After Henry passed away in 1979, Molly married Carl Faith who turned out to be the love of her life. They loved traveling and spent many summers (and winters and falls) in Barcelona.

Molly taught Latin for many years at Steinert, Hamilton, Rutgers Prep, Flemington, and Ewing High Schools. Her love of the language continued after her retirement with her participation in a Latin translation group, taking on translation of previously untranslated classics, and translating English works into Latin. She was a longtime member of a local reading orchestra, and in retirement tutored young children in reading in the Grand Pals program.

Molly was a longtime dancer. For decades she studied dance in many styles: flamenco, belly dancing, and ballet, as well as practicing yoga and aerobics. In retirement she drove friends to exercise classes.

Left to honor Molly and remember her love are her four children, Zeno (Jill Dowling) Wood, Japheth (Mariel Fiori) Wood, Malachi (Jhilam Iqbal) Wood, and Ezra (Simi Hoque) Wood; and 10 grandchildren, Indrid Griffin Wood, Leila Rae Yorek Sundin, Tarquin Wood, Maya Wood, Doria Iqbal Sharif, Daphne Wood-Fiori, Lihuel Wood-Fiori, Vesper Woodhoque, Esme Woodhoque, and Quinn Woodhoque. Molly was predeceased by her husband Carl Clifton Faith and her parents Denny and Dorothy Sullivan. She had many, many cats over the years, among them Gray Cat, Black Cat, Chichen Itza, Rambam, Avicenna, Ms. Moo, Puddin, Kit Lee, and Tiger and Mischief.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday, September 3 at Kimble Funeral Home, 1 Hamilton Avenue, Princeton, NJ 08542. There will be a gathering for guests from 10 to 11 a.m. with speakers beginning at 11 a.m. Afterwards, attendees and other friends and family are invited to join us for a reception at 199 Longview Drive. 

The family would like to extend our gratitude to all the kind and caring staff at the Princeton Care Center and Ennoble Care Hospice.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to Planned Parenthood and the ACLU in Molly Sullivan’s name.

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Naomi Kark Schedl

Naomi Kark Schedl passed away on May 10, 2023. She was born on January 12, 1920 in Cape Town, South Africa. She was the daughter of Dr. Solomon Ezekiel Kark and Rebecca Rossenstein and had two older siblings, Robert and Bernard.

Naomi matriculated with honors from the Good Hope School in Cape Town. She came to the USA in 1941 to attend Radcliffe. When she arrived, she discovered that Radcliffe was a women’s school and she didn’t want to go to a college segregated by sex. She also wanted to be an artist, but found out that Radcliffe only offered a degree in art history. So, she went looking for other schools and discovered that there was a School of Fine Arts that was connected to Yale and was co-educational. She enrolled in the Yale University School of Fine Arts and received her BFA in 1943 and her MFA in 1944. In her memoir she writes that she wanted to take courses in Yale College but that was forbidden, while in the Fine Arts classes she and other women were made to sit at the back of the lecture hall. During the 1944-45 school year she taught Art at Salem College, in Winston Salem, North Carolina.

In 1945 she married Harold Schedl, a Yale graduate, who was then working on his PhD. The family moved to Iowa City, IA, in 1950 when Harold began Medical School at the University of Iowa. Naomi taught art to children. When Harold graduated, the family moved to Bethesda, MD, where Naomi did post-graduate work in fiber art at American University (Washington, DC).

After the family returned to Iowa City, she began teaching Fiber Art in the University of Iowa Home Economics Department. Eventually her Fiber Art classes were cross-listed with the University’s School of Art and Art History. She was then tasked with developing a graduate program which emphasized Fiber Art. In addition to Fiber Art, Naomi was an accomplished painter. She exhibited her fiber art and other art work in national and international one person and group shows and received a number of awards and University grants. Her artwork is displayed in museums and in other public and private collections. She wrote art reviews and was featured in several issues of American Craft and Fiber Arts. She also organized multiple workshops. She is the author and illustrator of a children’s book, A Sea Voyage to Africa.

Naomi is survived by three sons, six grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.

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Mike Joye

Erwin Michael “Mickey” Joye of Pamplico, SC, and Princeton, NJ, passed away on Thursday, May 4, 2023 after battling Parkinson’s disease for more than a decade. He was 78 years old. Our hearts are heavy with loss but also full of joy and gratitude for the time we shared with him.

He is survived by his loving wife of 48 years, Lucy (Sticco), his eldest son and daughter-in-law, his younger son and fiancée, a grandson, three siblings and their spouses, and a multitude of caring extended family and friends. He is predeceased by his parents and two brothers.

Mike was born on October 16, 1944 to Amy (Evans) and Acue “Stoll” Joye and grew up in the small farming community of Pamplico. During summers he cropped tobacco on his Grandaddy Evan’s farm alongside family members. Sandlot baseball and “half rubber” matches filled his early years. He was a proud member of the Pamplico High School basketball team when they won the state championship. He shared in the Southern heritage unique to the Pee Dee region. The values of hard work, honesty, and perseverance learned during these years always remained with him. Though his Southern accent could wax and wane from day to day, his love for those in his home state was a steadfast part of his identity.

Mike attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, graduating in 1966 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science. He was awarded a four-year Navy ROTC scholarship for his undergraduate education. The first two years of his military assignments were as a naval officer at sea. Upon completion of his duties, he was discharged in 1970 from the U.S. Naval Station in Brooklyn, NY, as a Lieutenant, receiving a letter of commendation stating: “Your leadership, intelligence, and self-discipline have been in the highest tradition of the United States Navy.” Mike’s four-year service was an important part of his life. He often said that the responsibilities required to fulfill his military duties shaped his future.

Three years later in 1973, Mike earned the degree of Juris Doctor from Columbia Law School. He was recognized as a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar for outstanding academic achievement. Mike launched his professional career in the New York City law firm LeBoeuf, Lamb, Leiby and McCrae where he became a partner in the practice of insurance law. Mike believed in working hard and playing hard, and he unfailingly arranged his busy schedule to play short stop for the inter-firm softball games that he enjoyed.

Mike had an adventurous spirit and an open inquisitiveness about the world. From 1978-1980, he took a hiatus from the law firm to teach constitutional law at Ahmadu Bello University in Zaria, Nigeria, during that country’s transition from a military dictatorship to a constitutional government modeled on the U.S. Together, he and Lucy traveled widely throughout northern Africa and experienced the languages, foods, and traditions of the people along their journeys. Their travels furthered their respect and appreciation for different cultures.

Upon returning home to the U.S., Mike continued to practice insurance law as general counsel at American Insurance Group (AIG), Reliance Insurance Company, and American Reinsurance Company. Throughout his legal career, Mike developed a reputation for his keen intellect, good judgment, and honesty. He used his abilities in combination with an unrelenting work ethic to help resolve complex issues for his clients. Later in life, he applied these skills to public service as a member elected to the Montgomery Township Council.

Despite long commutes, longer office hours, and frequent business trips, family was Mike’s priority. No matter how busy, he always made time to help his children with homework, offer wise advice, and engage in the lives and the laughter of his sons and their friends, often hauling them to early morning ice hockey games in the big red family van with the notorious “JOYBOYS” vanity plates. Those who knew him remember his contagious optimism, intelligence, and broad knowledge of history and sports, especially the Yankees and his alma mater UNC Tarheels basketball team.

We miss Mike dearly.

Memorial services are planned in Princeton, NJ, and Pamplico, SC.

In lieu of flowers the family would be grateful for donations made to support the work of Mike’s neurologist, Dr. Matthew Swan, for Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders at Mount Sinai Hospital NY at: http://giving.mountsinai.org/movement.

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David M. Mackey

David Maurice Mackey passed away on May 23, 2023, in the Health Care Center at Stonebridge at Montgomery in Skillman, New Jersey. At the time of his death, he was suffering from esophageal cancer. Born on July 24, 1934, in Washington, D.C., to Justus Umsted Mackey and Isabel Louise Mackey nee Cathey, David grew up in suburban Washington and graduated from Washington-Lee High School in Arlington, Virginia. Following high school, he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Art Education in 1957 from Kutztown University. After two brief years as an art teacher, he was called to serve in the United States Army in Heidelberg, Germany, where he was a feature writer/photographer for regional military newspapers. Upon discharge in 1960 he returned to teaching and began what would become a 33-year career as a beloved art teacher in the Princeton regional school district, retiring in 1993.

During his 33-year career, David was active in organizations promoting education and teaching. At various times, he served as President and Vice-President of the Princeton Regional Education Association; as Recording Secretary, Vice-President, and President of the Mercer County Education Association; and as President of the Art Educators of New Jersey. In 1986, the Art Educators of New Jersey presented David with their “Outstanding Art Educator Award” and a Life Membership.

David was widely known for his interest in railroading and was an avid train-chaser and collector of railroad memorabilia. He served as President of the New Hope Steam Trains Foundation for two years and, when he had time, worked for the New Hope and Ivyland Railroad moving freight between points south and west of New Hope.

He was a member of the Board of Trustees of the Hopewell Museum, and eventually served as their President. In retirement, he kept up his interest in art education as a Docent for the Princeton University Art Museum.

David is predeceased by his younger sister Micki and his beloved wife of 32 years, Rebecca Sachs Mackey. He is survived by his brother- and sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews, and their children.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the American Cancer Society, to the Princeton High School Scholarship Fund at Fund101.org/donate, or to the Hopewell Museum, 28 East Broad Street, Hopewell, NJ 08525.

Arrangements are under the direction of Cromwell Memorial Home in Pennington.

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Assunta Sferra

Assunta Sferra, 91, of Princeton passed away on Tuesday, May 30, 2023. She was born in 1931 in Pettoranello del Molise, Italy. In 1969 she arrived in Princeton, NJ, where she was a lifelong resident. Assunta was a housewife who enjoyed cooking, gardening, and spending time with her family.

Predeceased by her parents Dominico and Angela (Toto) Sferra; husband Oreste Sferra; and brothers Tony, John, and Joe; she is survived by her brothers and sisters-in-law, Bert and Ester Sferra, and Flory and Patricia Sferra; and many nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held from 9:30–10:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 10, 2023 at St. Paul’s Church, 216 Nassau Street, Princeton, NJ 08542 with a Mass of Christian Burial celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Burial will follow in Princeton Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

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

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Vladimir Visnjic

Vladimir Visnjic, a particle physicist and active member of the Princeton community, passed away on May 30, 2023 at 76 years of age, three months after the passing of his beloved wife Georgia.

Vladimir was born in Belgrade in the former Yugoslavia. Despite their limited means, his parents managed to enroll him in one of the best schools in the country: the Classical Gymnasium. While there, he excelled in all subjects, especially Latin, Ancient Greek, and Mathematics. He went on to study electrical engineering at university, before dedicating the rest of his career to physics.

From a young age he exhibited a knack for learning new languages (eventually mastering seven), which opened up many doors for him in life, beginning with a physics internship in Paris while still a university student. Needing to get from Belgrade to Paris but possessing minimal funds, he made the 1200-mile trek on a tiny motorcycle that broke down several times along the way. While in Paris, he lived in a tent and supported himself financially by unloading trucks at a farmer’s market every morning before heading to the physics institute. Through hard work and perseverance, he gained admission to a doctoral program at the University of Bonn in West Germany. There he wrote a PhD thesis on quantum chromodynamics and met his future wife and mother of his children, the mathematician Georgia Triantafillou.

In 1979, Vladimir and his wife left Europe and came to the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, where they made friendships that have lasted to this day. Over the next two decades Vladimir published influential articles in particle physics and held posts at NYU, Fermilab, the University of Minnesota, the Max Planck Institute in Munich, and the International Centre for Theoretical Physics in Trieste. After many wanderings, he and his family returned to Princeton for good in 1996. Vladimir spent the last two and a half decades of his life teaching advanced mathematics at Temple University in Philadelphia.

Vladimir was known for his inquisitive mind and his fun-loving, adventurous spirit. He enjoyed taking his wife and two kids on trips to go skiing, camping, fishing, and exploring foreign countries. His house parties resembled the salons one reads about in novels, attracting a colorful assortment of characters including artists, musicians, and intellectuals of various stripes. He was a generous host who offered guests copious amounts of homemade wine and huge quantities of delicious meat roasted on a stainless-steel rotisserie grill that he had built himself in his university’s machine shop.

His inquisitive spirit permeated all aspects of his life. He loved taking things apart to figure out how they worked and then putting them back together again. He could fix anything from a broken toilet to a defective vehicle. He never cooked the same dish in the same way twice but made every meal a new experiment. When preparing his famous feasts, he was known to get engrossed in a conversation and forget the food in the oven, only to remember to take it out at the perfect moment for optimal deliciousness.

As parents, Vladimir and his wife Georgia always strove to foster their kids’ scientific curiosity. Every family dinner was an invitation to think creatively and critically about the world. And they made sure to have dinner as a family every night. Their children went on to become successful academics in their own right, both receiving PhDs from Princeton University.

Vladimir could hold engaging conversations on any subject. A friend who visited him on his last day of full consciousness reported that, in the space of an hour, Vladimir chatted about the relationship between quantum gravity and field theories, interesting features of Latin grammar, and the scenes depicted on Ghiberti’s Gates of Paradise on the Baptistery door in Florence. Little did he know that in three days he would be passing through the same gate.

Vladimir is survived by his two children (Katerina and Vanya “Jack” Visnjic) and five granddaughters (Zoe, Alexandra, Lydia, Athena, and Selena). Following his wishes, the funeral will be held in Greece, where he will be buried next to his wife.

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

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Hal “Red” Ross
July 5, 1934 – May 21, 2023

Hal was raised in and around Princeton, NJ, in a loving farming family affected, like many, by the Great Depression. He was gifted with a strong mind and body and a will to succeed, all of which served him well in life. Excelling in mathematics and statistics, he put his efforts towards a notable career in Market Research, co-founding and managing Mapes & Ross Advertising Research for 30 years. He was a leading authority in the field and was frequently quoted in the Wall Street Journal, Advertising Age, and other journals.

Even with all his career achievements, he defined himself first as a father and excelled at the role. He raised two sons and a daughter with bottomless affection, support, and engagement. He loved to coach kids’ baseball and football and was highly involved with the Princeton YMCA swim center. Active in community service, he participated in the Princeton Rotary Club for decades.

He loved to mingle with witty, positive people, and could deftly deliver a joke or funny story to light up the room. If rock ‘n’ roll or country music played, his feet were moving. The man could dance. His charm was legendary.

He loved sports, and played many well. Over time he mostly gravitated to skiing. This passion grew from regular family weekends at Elk Mountain, Pennsylvania, and eventually led to his retirement in Sun Valley, Idaho where his sons had previously relocated. The free spirit culture of Idaho suited him well and he effortlessly found his place among the colorful local ski town characters.

Hal is survived by his sons Peter and Brian, sister Dorothy, brother-in-law Bruce, and nephews Doug and Chris. He will be sorely missed. Perhaps his only goal left unfinished was a tireless campaign to rid menus of garlic and onions.

He will be laid to rest next to his daughter Jennifer in the Princeton Cemetery. A casual dress celebration of his life will be held at the Nassau Club at 3 p.m. on Saturday June 10.

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Ernest Monge

It is with great sadness that the family of Ernest Monge of Princeton, NJ, announces his passing on May 27, 2023. It was very sudden. He was 86 years old.

Ernie had an amazingly rich and varied life. He was a true Renaissance man. Born in Quito, Ecuador, Ernie moved to the United States as a young man in 1960 after spending two years teaching in the Galapagos Islands under the direction of the Franciscans. He had contemplated a religious career but instead followed his sister Josephine’s footsteps and moved to Yonkers, NY. There he enrolled and graduated from Fordham University.

His first job was with the Bank of Nova Scotia in New York City. The bank turned out to be his only employer. Ernie had a distinguished 40-year career. Although he had always been based in New York City, he had several postings in Latin America. Ernie had a talent for languages (he knew at least seven); he was a skillful diplomat and he truly loved people. He was an invaluable member of the Scotia Bank family.

Ernie left Woodside, NY, and moved to East Windsor in 1986 and then to Princeton in 1992. He retired in 2006, five years after the 9/11 tragedy which he witnessed and then survived. In retirement he dedicated his time to his passions of travel, cooking, and writing. He became a historian and biographer and was recognized in both Ecuador and Spain for his historical contributions.

Ernie was a beloved member of his family in the United States, Canada, Ecuador, and Europe. He was a father to his siblings, nieces, nephews, and extended family. He was a man of great faith and was wise, generous, and always there. His laughter was outrageous and infectious. There will never be another Ernie.

Ernie was predeceased by his parents Ernesto Celiano Monge and Elsa Maria Zambrano; his sisters Elsa and Veronica (Uscocovich); and his friend Roy Anderson. He is survived by his sisters Josephine (Schmeisser) of Princeton, NJ, and Rosemarie (Kosar); brothers Rodrigo and Edward; niece Josephine Law of Princeton, NJ, and her children Anastasia and Oliver; 12 nieces and nephews; and 14 great nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, June 7,, 2023 from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. and on Thursday, June 8, 2023 from 10:30-11:30 a.m. at the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton, NJ 08542. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday at 12 p.m. at St. Paul’s Church, 216 Nassau Street, Princeton, NJ 08542 followed by burial in Princeton Cemetery.

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

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Vivian B. Shapiro

Vivian B. Shapiro, MSW, PhD, the beloved wife of Harold T. Shapiro, passed away on May 29, 2023 following a brave battle with a long illness. Vivian is survived by her husband, Harold T. Shapiro, and her four daughters, Anne (Joseph Kabourek), Marilyn (Ralph Schapira), Janet (Steve Eisenberg), and Karen (Susan Goodin), in addition to her 11 grandchildren, Joseph, Sarah Laura, Emily, Alex, Aaron, Teddy, Jared, Corey, Jacob, and Sophia, and six great grandchildren.

Born and raised in Montreal, Canada, Vivian first moved to the United States when her husband attended graduate school at Princeton University. The family then moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan, where they lived until their return to Princeton in 1988, when Harold became the president of Princeton University. In Montreal, Ann Arbor, and Princeton, Vivian had many close friends and colleagues with whom she remained in touch throughout her life.

In addition to being a devoted wife and mother, Vivian earned her MSW from the University of Michigan School of Social Work in 1969. In 1970, Vivian joined the Child Development Project at the University of Michigan. There, her work with her colleagues led to new ways of working with parents and children, including early understanding of the intergenerational transmission of trauma. Vivian was a co-author, with her mentor Selma Fraiberg, and colleague Edna Adelson, of “Ghosts in the Nursery,” a groundbreaking article in the field of infant, child, and caregiver mental health. Ultimately, Vivian joined the University of Michigan School of Social Work and retired as an Associate Professor Emerita of Social Work in 1988.

In 1988, Vivian relocated to Princeton when her husband became the president of Princeton University. She continued her own work; earning her PhD in Social Work at Smith College in 1994, and continuing to explore new ways to support the well-being of children and families. In 2001, Vivian published a book entitled Complex Adoption and Assisted Reproductive Technology: A Developmental Approach to Clinical Practice, which she co-authored with her colleague, Isabel Paret, and her daughter, Janet Eisenberg.

In addition to her devotion to her family and friends, and to her life’s work, Vivian was deeply involved in community services. As a board member of the Children’s Home Society, Vivian worked to introduce new approaches to infant and early childhood mental health to the organization. Vivian’s deep contributions to the Children’s Home Society were recognized in 2022 when the Vivian B. Shapiro Early Childhood Center was opened in Trenton, NJ.

The family wishes to express its gratitude to all who meant so much to Vivian during her life, and who did so much to support Vivian and her extended family through Vivian’s illness.

Private family services honoring the life of Vivian were held on May 30, 2023.

Funeral arrangements are by Orland’s Ewing Memorial Chapel. For condolences, please visit OrlandsMemorialChapel.com.

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Robert Conant Ellis
September 2, 1931 – June 3, 2023

Robert C. Ellis, permanent resident of Falmouth, MA, and former resident of Princeton, NJ, from 1975 to 2002, died peacefully at Falmouth Hospital on Saturday June 3, 2023 after a recent illness. He was 91 years old.

Robert graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 1953, and earned an MBA at Boston College and Masters of Library Science from Rutgers University. He worked in market research for several corporations including Pan Am Airlines, Arthur D Little, American Express, Dun & Bradstreet, Fidelity Union, and AT&T until his retirement in 1994. He also was an author of the book, Cape Cod Yesteryears – The Life and Short Stories of Eleanor Conant Yeager.

He served as Naval Officer during the Korean War 1954-1957.

He is survived by his daughters, Elizabeth (Bill) of New Ipswich, NH, and Gail (Jeff) of Fair Haven, NJ; his sons, Robert Jr. (Bonnie) of Pleasantville, NY, Peter (Merceditas Villanueva) of New Haven, CT, David of Brooklyn, NY, Stephen of Meriden, CT, and Bruce (Shelley Bennett) of San Diego, CA; and 15 grandchildren.

Bob is survived by wife Pat Ellis, a retired registered nurse and faithful companion particularly during years when his memory began to fail. Bob also leaves behind Pat’s five children and eight grandchildren whom he loved.

Bob has a sister Rosemary and brother-in-law Ed Currant of Plymouth, Mass., and a sister-in-law Jay Ellis of California. Bob is predeceased by his brother William and his first wife, Joanne Marie Hynes Ellis.

Bob and the Ellis children attended the Princeton School System as well as Lawrenceville Prep, were a part of the Princeton Community Tennis program, attended St. Paul’s Church, and his first wife Joanne served on the Princeton Board of Education.

The family would like to extend its heartfelt gratitude to the staff at Falmouth Hospital, Laurentide Memory Care, Royal Cape Cod Rehabilitation, and Southcoast VNA Hospice Services who provided exceptional care and comfort to Bob.

Funeral mass will be held on Monday, June 12 at 10 a.m. at St. Patrick’s Church, 511 Main Street, Falmouth, MA. Burial immediately following at St. Anthony’s Church, 167 E. Falmouth Highway, E. Falmouth, MA.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Bob’s memory to: The Conant House, Falmouth Historical Society 55 Palmer Ave, Falmouth, MA 02540, (508) 548-4857; Catholic Relief Services, 228 W. Lexington Street, Baltimore, MD, (377) 435-7277; or Wounded Warrior Project — Woundedwarriorproject.org.

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Zygmunt Andrevski

Zygmunt Andrevski, a longtime Princeton resident, passed away on March 12, aged 90, after a long illness. He was born in Poland and as a child lived through the German invasion during WWII. He emigrated to the U.S. in 1959. An avid pilot and parachutist, he flew MiG planes for the Polish air force and flew gliders, Pipers, and Cessnas in the U.S. for pleasure.

He worked at General Instruments in New York before moving to Princeton in the early 1970s to work for David Sarnoff Laboratories as a mechanical engineer. Over 25 years at Sarnoff he worked on many groundbreaking inventions and enjoyed meeting and collaborating with colleagues on many projects and received Sarnoff’s Outstanding Achievement Award. He was awarded 27 international patents for his work including work on the CD player and flat panel television. He was part of a team awarded a Technical Emmy Award for camera technology.

He enjoyed painting, sailing, and skiing in his free time and attended St Paul’s Church regularly. He was a role model to many, generous with his friends, and lived his life with humility and dignity.

He is survived by his wife Anna who lives in Lawrence, and daughter Agata and two grandchildren who live in London.

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Sheila W. Johnson

Sheila Warfield Johnson died on March 9, 2023 at home in Stamford, CT, after a long battle with ovarian cancer.

She was born in New York, NY, on December 2, 1943 to Eleanor and Collister Johnson, and attended Ms. Porter’s School and Smith College. She majored in French Literature, studying abroad her junior year at the Sorbonne in Paris, and was a member of the Octavians singing group. After graduating in 1965, she worked at Life magazine where she spent seven years as a member of the editorial staff.

In Far Hills, NJ, rarely a day went by in the Johnson household without a song. Sheila’s father “Coddy” sang with the Yale Whiffenpoofs and often gathered with his three brothers who lived nearby to make music. She was a soprano with a bell-like tone and a natural gift for performing. While raising her family in Princeton, NJ, she became an original member of the Boudinotes, a female a cappella group that performed both locally and nationally for over a decade. She also worked as a research assistant to William Bundy, a foreign affairs advisor to presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson, who at the time was writing A Tangled Web, a book on Nixon foreign policy.

After her second marriage ended, she moved to Hopewell, NJ, and joined the coed singing group Jersey Transit. Sheila vigorously pursued a passion for gardening, thanks in part to the influence of her beloved mother, “Elle,” who held positions in the Garden Club of America and was known to encourage strict use of Latin botanical names. In 1996, Sheila became a New Jersey Master Gardener and attended NYU’s Rusk School to study horticultural therapy.

In 2007, Sheila met and married Harry Wise, whom she described as the love of her life. After a few years in Manhattan, the couple moved to Stamford, CT, where they enjoyed a life filled with music — Sheila on vocals and Harry on the piano. She also sang with the Greenwich Grace Notes and joined the choir at St. Luke’s Church in Darien. Sadly, Harry passed away in 2014, but Sheila remained in Stamford, living near her children.

In recent years, Sheila traveled to Paris to serve as a judge for several rose competitions and took trips to Europe with friends as well as with her kids and grandkids. She continued to enjoy a cherished family tradition of gathering each summer on Martha’s Vineyard where her parents, siblings, and cousins had spent time since the 1960s.

She is survived by her son Eben MacNeille, daughter Alisa MacNeille Kuhn, four grandchildren, her sister Lee Auchincloss, and brother Collister Johnson, Jr. Her maternal grandfather, Malcolm Muir, was president of McGraw-Hill Publishing Company and created Business Week magazine in 1929. He also served as editor-in-chief, publisher, and chairman of the board at Newsweek magazine.

Sheila’s determination at the end of life was inspirational. She never openly complained as she pushed through life-prolonging treatments to gain more time with friends and family. Last summer she enjoyed one last swim in the Atlantic Ocean. Her lyrical spirit, strength, and joie de vivre will be ever present in our hearts.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at leopgallagherstamford.com for the Johnson family.

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Michelina Federico

Michelina Federico, 89, of Princeton died on Wednesday, March 22, 2023 at home. Born in Pettoranello del Molise, Italy, she has been a longtime resident of Princeton. She was a member of St. Paul’s Church, Princeton. She was a part of the church’s Rosary club. Michelina was an avid gardener who took great pride in her backyard garden and flower beds. She enjoyed knitting scarves and blankets for family while watching her favorite television shows. Michelina was always delighted to visit her loved ones and never showed up empty handed as she was always prepared with her homemade pizzelles. She loved to cook and entertain, spending many occasions at her home hosting family and friends over the years and up until her final days.

Daughter of the late Giuseppe and Bambina (Toto) Pirone, wife of the late Benito Federico, mother of the late Anthony V. Federico, mother-in-law of the late Lisa M. Federico, sister of the late Adalgisa Ucci, Fiorina Ucci, Lucia Carnevale, and Rosina Parmigiano she is survived by two daughters Maryann Federico, Rosa Anne Federico; two brothers Umberto Pirone and his spouse Giovannina, Vittorio Pirone and his spouse Vincenzina; one sister Alberina Nini and her husband Sebastiano; six grandchildren Anthony Federico and his wife Rose, Corey Kimball and his wife Marina, Heather Kimball, Ashley Dimitriadis and her husband Theoharis, Christopher McDonald and his wife Grace, Patrick McDonald and his wife Renee; and four great-grandchildren Hunter Kimball, Dylan Kimball, Tiana McDonald, and Anthony Federico. She also has many extended family and friends that she loved and cherished very much.

The Funeral was held on Monday, March 27, 2023 at the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton.

Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. Paul’s Church, 216 Nassau Street, Princeton.

Burial followed in the Princeton Cemetery.

Memorial Contributions may be made to St. Paul’s Church, 216 Nassau Street, Princeton, NJ 08540.

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Carolyn Jarnmark Ringland

Carolyn “Lynn” Ringland died peacefully on March 13, 2023, at an assisted living community in Westchester County, NY, after a five-year struggle with Alzheimer’s Disease. She was 81 years old.

She is survived by her loving husband of 61 years, Jerry Ringland; beloved daughters Jodi Outland (Jim Outland) of Cape Charles, VA, and Kesti Aysseh (Gordon Aysseh) of Darien, CT; and six grandchildren, Matthew, Benjamin, and Mark Outland; Emily, Dillan, and Thomas Aysseh; together with family and friends far and near.

Lynn was the middle daughter of John and Doris Jarnmark. She was predeceased by her parents and sister Monica Barnouw. She was very close with her younger sister, Suzy Solberger of Sweden, and her many nieces and nephews, who survive her.

Lynn was born in Santiago, Chile, on January 22, 1942. At the age of 4 she moved to Sweden where she spent her childhood years, she spoke fluent Swedish for the rest of her life. She came to the United States as a young teenager, lived in California, Pennsylvania, and attended high school in Mamaroneck, NY. She went on to college at the Rhode Island School of Design and in 1962 she graduated from Parsons School of Design in New York with a degree in Graphic Design. Thereafter, she worked for several advertising agencies in New York City. Summer of 1962, she married Joseph “Jerry” Ringland, then a medical student at Cornell Medical College in New York. At the completion of his medical training in 1970, they along with their first daughter, moved to Princeton, NJ, where they resided for 50 years.

Lynn was a devoted mother of two and worked from home for many years focusing on graphic design work. She also loved to volunteer for the Arts Council of Princeton and the Doctor’s Wives Committee at Princeton Hospital contributing to many poster designs for the Hospital Fete. The highlight of her career was working for Martha Stewart Magazine, baking, and decorating cookies.
Lynn had a true zest for life, always positive and upbeat. Her trues loves included visiting Sweden, skiing, traveling, entertaining, cooking, baking, arts and crafts, playing golf, taking long walks and spending time with her children and grandchildren at their respective homes.

A private family service will be held in Connecticut. In lieu of flowers, donations in her name will be welcomed by the Alzheimer’s Association at act.alz.org.

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Lawrence “Larry” Berger

Lawrence “Larry” Berger, 69, passed away peacefully at home on Friday, March 17, surrounded by his wife Paget and his children Rebecca, Aaron, and Josh. He will be remembered by those who knew and loved him for his penetrating intellect, the passions he shared, and his perceptive kindness. Those who knew him well, and those he met only in passing, benefited equally from his humorous sweet nature and his attentiveness. He was a committed Jew, who lived his principles rather than expound on them.

Larry grew up in Brooklyn, New York. Following graduation from Harvard College, he worked as a Research Associate at the Harvard Business School, before beginning his career in accounting followed by investment banking. He aspired to be an entrepreneur and always felt that those early disciplines, plus his natural gift for connecting people and synthesizing ideas, could propel him toward developing startup businesses. His list of ventures was long and varied, before he gravitated toward Biotech and founded the successful firm Genovation BioSciences which he nurtured until reluctant retirement in 2021.

Larry’s passions were numerous and he pursued them vigorously. Chief among them were music, current events, and golf. In his lifetime Larry collected over a thousand vinyl albums and CDs. He prided himself on his extensive knowledge of genres and performers. While living in Boston, New York, and Princeton he also attended an untold number of live performances, which he claimed helped him “calibrate” his audio system at home.

Larry could expound for hours on world history and current events. He knew intimately the history of every area in which he lived or visited, favoring American Revolutionary and Civil War history. His analysis of news and events was always filtered insightfully through the lens of the past. For him, pursuing history could also mean joining a guided tour of the Battlefield in Princeton at 6 a.m. on a January morning, because it was more authentic that way.

Larry’s affection for golf began during his years in Brooklyn, competing for his high school golf team. He adored watching or speaking about golf, playing golf, and collecting equipment. On two occasions Larry journeyed to Ireland and Scotland (Old St. Andrews) to play golf, fulfilling a personal dream of his to see where the game was inaugurated.

He used his considerable gifts to penetrate and enhance every life experience. The life experience most precious to Larry was being a husband and a father. He and his wife Paget celebrated 50 years of constant companionship in 2022. Yet for Larry no role or achievement could outmatch that of being a father, reflected in the growth and development he shared with Becca, Aaron, and Josh. He is abundantly missed by his loving family and a small group of close friends, some of whom he remained close with since his college days. His generous presence and engaging conversations enriched all who knew him.

Donations in honor of Larry’s life may be made to St Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital or Magen David Adom (the Israeli Red Cross.)

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Casey Charles Huckel

Casey Charles Huckel of Princeton, New Jersey, passed away on January 16, 2023. He was only 35 years old, but the years he spent with us were full of life and love.

Casey was an intelligent, caring, and inquisitive man who tragically suffered from mental illness. Despite his personal struggles, he never failed to laugh at a funny joke and will be remembered by all who knew him for his contagious belly laugh. A graduate of Princeton High School and Tulane University, he was an avid reader, gifted writer, and talented athlete.

Casey fought his mental health challenges courageously, always seeking to find passion for life. He will be deeply missed by his family and friends, who hope that he finds peace, love, and compassion in the afterlife.

He is survived by his devoted parents, Kirk Huckel and Lisa Desiato: his step-mother Colleen Exter; and his siblings: Kiersten Huckel, her husband Charles Sipio, and their son Felix; Emily Lampshire and her husband Stephen; Cody Exter and his wife Caroline.

In honor of Casey’s memory, his family is asking that donations be made to the National Alliance of Mental Illness.

A funeral service was held at The Presbyterian Church of Lawrenceville on Tuesday, January 24, 2023. Arrangements are by the Wilson-Apple Funeral Home, Pennington. Condolences are welcome at wilsonapple.com.

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Yetta Goldstein Ziolkowski

Yetta Goldstein Ziolkowski, beloved mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, passed away on the morning of January 10 in Kirkland Village, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Her husband of almost 70 years, Theodore Ziolkowski, born 1932, had died there on December 5, 2020. In their life together they had previously resided in Chapel Hill, North Carolina; Innsbruck, Austria; New Haven, Connecticut; Cologne, Germany; Hastings, New York; and, for the longest stretch, Princeton, New Jersey, from 1964 to 2019. For 15 years, toward the end of their lives, they made extended annual visits to Berlin, Germany.

Yetta Ziolkowski was born on August 5, 1929, in Cedartown, Georgia. She was the oldest of four children of Margaret Goldstein, née Embry, originally from Anniston, Alabama, and Samuel Jacob Goldstein, né Olewnik, who had immigrated to the United States in 1903 from Ciechanów, in the Russian Partition of what is now Poland. She took great pride in being the daughter and sister of veterans: her father had served in France in World War I as a volunteer in the Canadian Expeditionary Force, and her brother, Jimmy Alden Goldstein, was a U.S. soldier stationed in South Korea in the late 1950s.

A conventional resume would record that Yetta Ziolkowski was high-school valedictorian in Lincoln, Alabama, an undergraduate at what is now the University of Montevallo, Alabama, and a graduate student who earned an M.A. in comparative literature at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. Later she taught Latin at a girls’ school in New Haven, Connecticut. In midlife — the long Princeton phase — she made many meaningful contributions as a volunteer at Princeton Hospital, docent at the Princeton University Art Museum, and coordinator of host families for Saudi Arabian engineering students studying English on the University campus in the summers of 1976 and 1977. She worked alongside her husband during his 13 years of service as Dean of the Princeton University Graduate School.

Yetta also did numerous co-translations with her husband, notably of Herman Meyer’s The Poetics of Quotation in the European Novel, and took photographs to accompany her husband’s works. In her sixties and seventies, she increased her community work, especially with the local welfare board, and applied to her own garden her sophisticated landscape and horticultural knowledge, gained in part from promoting the restoration of the garden designed by Beatrix Farrand at the Graduate School.

Though accurate, the accounting given fails to capture much about Yetta Ziolkowski that was most extraordinary. To the end, she retained an enduring imprint from her upbringing in rural Alabama during the Great Depression and World War II. Her father and mother brought together lasting roots, his in the Jewish communities in Ciechanów and Mława in what is now north-central Poland, and hers in and around a place called Embry’s Bend, alongside the Coosa River, outside the small town of Lincoln, Alabama.

To the last, she also commanded a formidable historical knowledge, an awe-inspiring memory of people — their faces, names, families, stories, and more — and places, and a deep and broad erudition in literature, art, history, and religion. To these she added perspectives gained from travels with her husband, not only across North America, but also throughout Europe, as well as to South Korea and Japan.

Yetta retained close ties both with those she had known from childhood and with those she had befriended in adulthood. Her husband may have published numerous books of literary and cultural history, but he and everyone else in the family recognized without hesitation that Yetta had read seemingly everything. That reading was not confined to English, since she shared with her spouse a profound commitment to German and Latin. Family members also knew how her nature would lead her from casual encounters into extended conversations that would elicit exceptional recollections and connections. Long before AI, she could transcend almost instantaneously the six degrees of separation.

From the very start, the relationship between Yetta and Theodore Ziolkowski — a fellow Alabamian, from Montevallo — was one of unbounded and unfailing love. Their marriage on March 26, 1951, proved magically successful, uniting two people whose fathers immigrated to the United States from utterly different backgrounds in eastern Europe. As a matriarch and person, Yetta was formidable in shaping and guiding those around her. She conveyed her strong insights, convictions, visions, and ambitions to everyone, not the least her three children and seven grandchildren. Her descendants will hear for generations to come about her mind, character, and, above all, love. She will never be forgotten.

She is survived by her younger sister Sarah Avisar Lichtman, of Bnei Dror, Israel; younger brother Jimmy Alden Goldstein, of Lincoln, Alabama; and youngest sister Barbara Bonfield, of Birmingham, Alabama; and daughter Margaret Ziolkowski and her husband Robert Thurston, of Oxford, Ohio; elder son Jan and his wife Elizabeth Ziolkowski, of Newton, Massachusetts; and younger son Eric Ziolkowski and his wife Lee Upton, of Easton, Pennsylvania. Also grieving her loss are a grandson and six granddaughters, along with two great-granddaughters and three great-grandsons.

In lieu of flowers, those who wish to memorialize Yetta Ziolkowski may make a donation in her name to either the World Jewish Congress (support.worldjewishcongress.org) or the Anti-Defamation League (adl.org).

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Jane T. Fenninger

Jane T. Fenninger, age 101, of Evanston, IL. Beloved wife of the late Leonard D. Fenninger, M.D.; loving mother of Anne Fenninger and the late David Fenninger. She is survived by her sister Elisabeth Peterson. Her sister Joan Purnell and brother H. Barton Thomas predeceased her. She has four grandchildren, Kathy O’Donnell, Randy Wolfe, Heather Akers, and Brandon Fenninger; and eight great-grandchildren, Teagan and Madison O’Donnell; Grace, Pearson and Emma Wolfe; and Harper, Jack, and Charlie Fenninger. She was also blessed with many nieces and nephews.

Jane was born September 23, 1921, in Pittsburgh, PA, to Katharine Jane Black Thomas and Harrison McClure Thomas. She grew up in Princeton, NJ, graduating from Miss Fine’s School in 1938. Jane went on to study at Vassar College, graduating in 1942 and received a M.A. from American University in 1968. She was a reading specialist at Sidwell Friends School, Washington, D.C. and North Shore Country Day School, Winnetka, IL.

While family came first, Jane loved literature, art, music, travel, sailing, and her community.

She was an active volunteer well into her nineties at the Art Institute of Chicago, the Women’s Board at the Presbyterian Homes, Evanston, IL, the Glencoe, IL Garden Club, and Glencoe Union Church.

A celebration of Jane’s life will be held April 23, 2023, in Princeton, NJ. Interment will be next to her husband, Leonard, at Glencoe Union Church at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in her memory to Glencoe Union Church, the Art Institute of Chicago or the Geneva Foundation of the Presbyterian Homes.

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Giseltraud I. Welburn

Giseltraud I. Welburn (Gigi), born March 10, 1941, passed away on January 10, 2023, dying of glioblastoma, a deadly brain cancer that lasted 18 months. She had two younger brothers that predeceased her.

She was defined by one characteristic that almost everyone noticed about her: namely, she was the kindest and most generous of people who always put other people first before herself.

She was born in Osnabruck, Germany, and emigrated to the U.S. in 1967 after living in Spain for five years. While there she worked briefly as an au pair for a Spanish family, teaching their five children to learn German, but soon switched to attempting a career in acting. She did play an extra in two movies including Circus World and The Fall of the Roman Empire, and developed a close friendship with John Wayne and Rita Hayworth while there. However, she soon decided that acting was not for her and became a bookkeeper, something she was trained to do in a vocational school in Germany.

In the U.S. she trained to become an accountant and was working for KPMG when she met her husband, Ronald L. Welburn, and they married in Stillwater, N.J., on September 4, 1982. Gigi had stopped both smoking and drinking in her mid-thirties prior to her marriage, and became an active member of the AA organization that was to become a major part of her life. She is credited by the AA membership with saving many lives as she went to daily meetings and inspired others to stop drinking. Her recreation included 23 years as a member of the Metropolitan Opera in New York City, and running three properties in Mount Pleasant, S.C.; Skillman, N.J.; and a weekend house in Stillwater, N.J. Living near Princeton, Gigi had many friends in the Present Day Club.

Every year Gigi and Ron made a point of visiting exotic vacation spots around the world including their best and last vacation in 2019 when they went on the Sea Cloud on a “castle and garden trip” visiting Northern Ireland and Scotland. The onset of glioblastoma changed Gigi’s life for the worse. However, her spirits were high until the end as she believed in her AA work as well as “a perfect marriage of 40 years.”

The Welburn family has no children nor relatives living in the U.S. Gigi is survived by her husband and a grand-niece Emma Leiber and her parents, Petra and Carsten Leiber, who live in Bramsche, Germany.

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In Memory of

Dr. Michael R. Cortese

Michael R. Cortese, D.M.D., 69, of Princeton passed away on Saturday, January 21, 2023 at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital at Hamilton.  Michael was born in South Plainfield, NJ, and spent his childhood there. As a young man, Michael reached the prestigious level of Eagle Scout and lettered in four sports every year at St. Joseph’s High School in Metuchen, NJ. He enjoyed spending his summers at the Jersey Shore swimming and body surfing, and lifeguarded in Plainfield. 

Michael was a proud graduate of the University of Notre Dame. While in college, he met his wife Angela, and they were married in 1976. They lived in Ridgefield Park, NJ, while Michael pursued his Doctor of Medical Dentistry from the Fairleigh Dickinson University School of Dentistry, and their son was born in 1980. After he earned his doctorate, the family moved to Texas, where their daughter was born in 1983. During their time in Texas, Dr. Cortese received his Certificate in Maxillofacial Prosthetics and Dental Oncology from the University of Texas Health Science Center M.D. Anderson Hospital and Tumor Institute. The family moved to Princeton in 1987 where he established the facility which would later become Princeton Prosthodontics.

Dr. Cortese was a member of the prestigious American Academy of Maxillofacial Prosthetics. He is one of only 360 accredited Maxillofacial Prosthodontists worldwide. He was a member of the American College of Prosthodontics, American Dental Association, Society of Clinical Oncology, New Jersey Dental Association, Osseointegration Society, and Academy of Osseointegration. 

Dr. Cortese was a skilled dental artist creating facial and oral prosthetics for patients to be able to function after cancer surgery. He spent over 30 years healing and treating the Princeton community and beyond. He treated all of his patients like family. His staff never left him and Melissa Cowman, his Dental Assistant and Practice Administrator, worked with him side-by-side for over 35 years. Michael was one of the very first dentists in the U.S. certified by Apollo Health collaborating with physicians to screen, prevent, and reverse Alzheimer’s and dementia.

He loved all things Notre Dame, the Jersey Shore, cooking for his family, ’60s music, and a good cigar.  He proudly coached his daughter’s soccer team and other youth sports in the community. He will be missed by his loving family and many friends.

He is survived by his loving wife Angela (Morrison) Cortese; son Michael Cortese; daughter Lauren Cortese; his mother Josephine Cortese; three sisters and three brothers-in-law Terry and Tony Mangion, Joanne and Martin Smith, Pati and Jim Brenn; a brother and sister-in-law Paul and Nancy Cortese; and many nieces and nephews. Michael is predeceased by his father Michael A. Cortese.

A Visitation will be held from 5-8 p.m. on Thursday, January 26, 2023 at Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton, NJ 08542. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Friday, January 27, 2023 at St. Paul’s Catholic Church, 216 Nassau Street, Princeton, NJ 08542.

Arrangements are by Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, Princeton.

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Sarah Lambert Morgan
1933-2023
Sarah Lambert Morgan of New York City and Oyster Bay passed away at age 89 on January 12, 2023. Beloved for her wit, compassion, and dedication to her family. Sarah volunteered as a book binder at the Mertz Library of The New York Botanical Garden and served on the boards of the Havens Relief Fund Society, the Grosvenor Neighborhood House, and the New York Institute for Special Education.

A multigenerational New Yorker, she was born in Manhattan on August 17, 1933 to Samuel W. Lambert Jr. and Mary H. Lambert. An avid fly fisher, Sarah was the first female member of the Megantic Fish and Game Club, a member of the Women’s Fly Fishers, the Colony Club, and the Colonial Dames.

She is sorely missed by her husband Charles F. Morgan; her brother Samuel W. Lambert III; her three children Charles Morgan Jr., Maria Grill, and Samuel Morgan; daughters-in-law Kace and Shoki; her son-in-law Chris; and her seven grandchildren.
Memorial Service to be held at the Church of the Heavenly Rest in New York, N.Y., on January 27 at 11 a.m.

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Beverly Wolfe Glassman

Beverly Wolfe Glassman, born July 15, 1929 in Baltimore, MD, died on September 11, 2022 in Princeton, NJ.

Beverly grew up in Baltimore where she attended Forest Park High School, then Towson State College graduating with a teaching degree. She married Irvin Glassman in 1954 and moved to New Jersey when her husband accepted a position at Princeton University. Beverly taught elementary school in Monroe and Dutch Neck for several years. Beverly was known to be a wonderful hostess and cook and frequently entertained Irv’s graduate students in their home. She also was active in The Jewish Center of Princeton and Hadassah. Beverly loved to travel, spending two years of Irv’s sabbatical in Italy, one with her young family.

She is survived by her three daughters, Shari (Warren Powell) of Princeton, NJ; Diane (Ed Gienger) of Ocean View, DE; and Barbara Glassman (Arthur Rubin) of Millbrook and New York, NY; six grandchildren, Eddie (Nicole Kennedy) Gienger, Megan (Paul Boyd), Elyse Powell, Dan Powell, Maya Rubin, and Noah Rubin; and one great-granddaughter, Naomi Kennedy Gienger.

Funeral Service and Burial were held on September 13, 2022 in New Jersey. Memorial contributions can be made to Hadassah.org or your charity of choice.

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Albert Bortnick

After a long and healthy life, and a very short illness, Albert Bortnick, 97, of Princeton passed away Friday, January 20, 2023 peacefully at home in Princeton.

Albert was the second son born to Isidore and Lena Bortnick, he was born in Philadelphia, PA, and raised in Jersey City. He and his brothers shared friends, laughs, food, and enjoyed each other’s families. He served as a radar technician in World War II, and a month before he was scheduled to be sent overseas, the war ended. He came back home and enrolled in New York University, where he became Phi Beta Kappa (he would cringe knowing this was included because his humility trumped his achievement), edited the newspaper, and met the love of his life, Judith Joyce Karmiller.

Albert and Judith (Judy and Al as they were known) were married on March 25, 1951 and enjoyed a warm, loving, and fun 70 years together. Albert was an English teacher in the New York City School Board and then became a Vice Principal in various high schools in the Bronx, NY.

Albert and Judith raised their two children in Rockland County, NY, and lived there until relocating to the Princeton area 15 years ago. After retiring from the NYC School Board, Albert and Judith both taught at Montclair State University, and spent their time traveling, visiting children and grandchildren in Germany and Canada. They loved life together. They had many wonderful times with friends, family, and long dinners discussing most recently read novels and seen movies, and were open and curious to whatever their grandchildren were interested in.

Albert was predeceased by his wife Judith Joyce Bortnick, parents Isidore and Lena (Schwartz) Bortnick, brothers Joseph (Joe) Bortnick and Jacob (Jack) Bortnick, and sisters-in-law Marilyn Bortnick and Cecilia Bortnick. May their memories be a blessing.

He is survived by son Evan Bortnick, daughter Bonnie Hillman, son-in-law Hart Hillman, daughter-in-law Anna Bortnick, granddaughter Alexandra (Sasha) Bortnick, grandson Sam Hillman, and grandson Jake Hillman. He will be sorely missed for many reasons, but particularly when any of his family and friends need a precise definition for a word.

The family extends a deep thank you to Dr. David Barile, Dr. Ramy Sedholm, and the entire staff of Greenwood Hospice Care, including the two Kellys and Chaplain Byron.

A Memorial Visitation will be held from 10-11 a.m. on Monday, January 30, 2023 at Star of David Memorial Chapel of Princeton, 40 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton, NJ 08542. A Funeral Service will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, January 30, 2023 at Star of David Memorial Chapel of Princeton, 40 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton, NJ 08542. Burial will take place with immediate family only in Washington Crossing National Cemetery.

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Eugene Guerino Freda

Eugene Guerino Freda, 94, of Ewing, NJ, passed away on Friday, January 20, 2023 at Care One at Hamilton, NJ. Born in Princeton, NJ, he was raised in the Jugtown section.

Eugene attended the Princeton schools and completed his freshman year at Princeton High School before transferring to The Hun School of Princeton, graduating in 1948. After graduating, he created the Hun Alumni Association on which he served in various capacities for several years. In 1952, he graduated from the University of Miami, Florida with a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering.

He retired as a Major from the Active Air Force Reserve in 1975 after honorably serving on active duty from 1952 to 1956, most notably in France and Germany with the Western European NATO forces.

Upon returning from his tour of duty, his career led him to becoming District Service Manager for Carrier Air Conditioning Company then President of Eastern Air Balance Company. In 1969, Eugene received his Professional Engineers License. Along with his wife, Ellie, who had excellent business knowledge, they opened the Eugene G. Freda Company offering field engineering consulting services until they retired in 1992.

He was a member of the American Legion.

Eugene was predeceased by his wife, of 38 years, Eleanor “Ellie” Doten Freda, in 1998; parents, Guerino and Filomena (Quaresima) Freda; two sisters, Gloria Ann Chambers and Katherine Judith Freda; and brother-in-law, William Chambers.

Surviving are his son and daughter-in-law, Russell and Mary Jo Freda, and four grandsons: Anthony and his wife Diana, Nicholas and his fiancé Miranda, Zachary and Jeremy Freda; and two nieces, Kay (Joe) Torpey and Cynthia Chambers.

Private cremation and burial services are under the direction of Kimble Funeral Home, Princeton, NJ.

Memorial contributions to Ewing Covenant Presbyterian Church, 100 Scotch Road, Ewing, NJ 08628 are appreciated.

To extend condolences and share remembrances, please visit TheKimble
FuneralHome.com.

Obituaries 8/10/2022 Post

James Kerney Kuser II

1960 – 2022

James Kerney Kuser II, an estate lawyer in Princeton for over three and a half decades, passed away at home July 31, 2022, following a brief illness. Sixty-two years old, Kerney was born in Troy, Ohio, on February 15, 1960, the son of R. George Kuser Jr., a newspaper publisher, and Clare McHugh Kuser, a homemaker. He is survived by his partner, Jeremiah Edwin Obert; by three of his six siblings; by two uncles and one aunt; and by many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

After four years at the Lawrenceville School, Kerney attended Kenyon College, graduating with a bachelor of arts degree in 1982 before studying law at Seton Hall University. He was admitted to the New Jersey Bar in 1985. He was active in many civic and professional organizations. Kerney used his lawyering skills with a light touch and a sure hand, and was always available to help friends and family.

In 1984 he donated a kidney to his older sister, Cricket, and the organ continued to function and support life until her death in 2014. He traveled around the world to support her when she competed in the World Transplant Games, including visits to Budapest in 1991 and Sydney, Australia, in 1997. When Cricket passed away in Vancouver, he was able to sell her home for the highest price possible and distribute the estate proceeds to her survivors.

More recently, he helped the widow of an eminent scientist at the Institute for Advanced Study remain in her home for several years and later sell it for more than the family thought possible.

An avid gardener, Kerney planted his one-acre property with thousands of flowers and dozens of ornamental trees,
always with an eye to providing birdbaths and feeders as well as color throughout the long growing season.

Kerney also had a knack for speaking to children as thoughtful people capable of making rational decisions. When his 7-year-old niece, Eylül Isabella Kuser, moved to the United States from Istanbul she planned on adopting her middle name as being easier for Americans to handle. Uncle Kerney told her that her new country was a land of immigrants, that she was a special person in her own right, and that she should make people deal with her on her own terms, including being known by her actual name. Eylül was persuaded … and has lived to regret it as a teacher, fellow student, or coach is sure to mangle her name every day.

His unique way with young people made a difference in the life of Errol McDowell, son of Kerney’s close friends, Rider and Victoria McDowell. Kerney and Errol hit it off right away when the boy was 8 years old, and maintained their special bond through a years-long ordeal for all when Errol was stricken with a type of brain cancer called medulloblastoma. Errol passed away at the age of 18 in 2018, but conceived of a charity called Canceragogo, which is seeking $1 from every American to cure cancer through immunotherapy.

According to the National Pediatric Cancer Foundation, only 4% of cancer research funding in the U.S. goes towards treating childhood cancer, a disparity which leads to few drugs having been developed for children with cancer while hundreds have been created for adults.

The family encourages donations to Canceragogo. A celebration of life is being planned for late summer or early fall.

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Eileen A. Dow

Eileen Anne (Maxim) Dow died peacefully of natural causes at home in Princeton, NJ, on August 7, 2022 surrounded by her loving family. Born in the Bay Ridge section of Brooklyn, NY, Eileen graduated with honors from Fort Hamilton High School and was working in Manhattan when she met her husband of 63 years, Kenneth Dow, then attending Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute on the GI bill. After their marriage in 1950, Mr. Dow was employed as an engineer by the JM Huber Company and the couple was stationed in Borger, Texas, and later in Macon, Georgia, where they welcomed the arrival of the first of their five children.

Upon returning to New York in 1955, the young family soon moved into a new house in suburban Greenlawn, NY, on Long Island. For the next 25 years Eileen was a full-time homemaker. She was active in the PTA, the Girl Scouts, and other civic groups during this time, and she especially enjoyed the family’s annual camping trips throughout the Northeast.

In the 1980s Mrs. Dow returned part-time to the workforce, holding an administrative job in an orthopedic surgery group. Later, after her husband’s retirement and the arrival of grandchildren, the couple moved to Hampton Bays, NY, where they enjoyed an active social life. During retirement they also traveled throughout the United States and the United Kingdom. In final years the couple moved to the Princeton Windrows community to be closer to family members. Mr. Dow passed away in 2018.    

Eileen was an avid reader, enjoyed swimming, and was an accomplished bowler, regularly scoring over 200 points and once nearing a perfect game. Her grandchildren fondly recall her penchant for chocolates. She always will be remembered as a devoted wife, mother, and friend.

Her survivors include a daughter Susan (Dow) Connolly; sons Michael, Kenneth, Thomas, and David; son-in-law Peter Connolly; daughters-in-law Gianina, Catherine, Mae, and Colette; and eight grandchildren: Jacqueline Connolly, Thomas Connolly, Emily Dow, Melissa (Dow) Ortega, Charlotte Dow, Abigail Dow, Grace Dow and Harrison Dow. After a funeral mass at Queenship of Mary Catholic Church, Plainsboro NJ, interment was at Calverton National Cemetery, NY. Memorial contributions to Greenwood House Hospice at greenwoodhouse.org/giving/tributes are appreciated.

Extend condolences and share memories at TheKimbleFuneralHome.com.

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Rabbi Daniel Grossman

We mourn the loss of Rabbi Daniel Grossman, beloved teacher, father and husband, who passed on August 2, 2022 at the age of 71. 

Rabbi Grossman is survived by his wife Dr. Elayne Robinson Grossman, his son Sam Grossman, daughter Rabbi Miriam Grossman, and son-in-law Jeremy Siegman and granddaughter Shayna. He is also survived by his brother Dr. Larry Grossman, sister-in-law Joanne Grossman, and a cherished extended family.

Born July 24, 1951 to Jackie and Murray Grossman in Philadelphia, PA, he was an infant survivor of the RH factor. Rabbi Grossman was a lifelong lover of music, storytelling, and Jewish community. 

He graduated Temple University with a B.A. in religion in 1973 and was later ordained at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in 1978. He was a cherished leader in disability and deaf inclusion efforts within the Jewish community. Rabbi Grossman was a pulpit rabbi for over 40 years, the majority of them at Adath Israel in Lawrenceville, NJ, where he led the congregation for 25 years.  As a rabbi his passions were adult education, disability inclusion, and serving families in times of loss.

Rabbi Grossman will be missed by many. May his memory be for a blessing.

Funeral services were held on August 3 at Adath Israel Congregation, with burial at Roosevelt Memorial Park in Trevose, PA.

Memorial contributions may be made to: the American Kidney Fund, Sharim v’Sharot, Adath Israel Congregation, and Congregation Kol Emet.

Funeral arrangements are by Orland’s Ewing Memorial Chapel.

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

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Augustine F. Mosso

June 7, 1931 – July 30, 2022

Gus Mosso, of Cape May, NJ, and formerly of Princeton, NJ, passed away peacefully in the comfort of his home on July 30, 2022. Born in Brooklyn, New York, to Joseph and Mary Mosso, Gus was the youngest of six children, sisters Sadie Frances, Janet, Isabel, and brothers Pat and Frank. He excelled in school and was the first college graduate in his Italian immigrant family. He studied Pharmacy at St. John’s University in New York City and he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in 1952 and he maintained lifelong school friendships.

Gus enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served as a Lieutenant during the Korean Conflict (1953-1956) and received an honorable discharge. He met the love of his life Mary Ann (nee Turano) and they married in 1960 and had four children by 1965! Gus earned his MBA in Marketing and Management from New York University in 1959 after he attended evening classes especially designed for the 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  business management employees located in the downtown Wall Street area.

From 1960 to 2005 Gus’s very interesting work in a diverse and exceptional pharmaceutical career included positions of increased executive responsibility in sales, advertising, international marketing, and creative services. He was awarded the Squibb President’s Award for Outstanding Individual Performance in 1973. Gus later became Director of Worldwide Marketing and Creative Services and in 1985 his role included managing the Squibb Gallery in Lawrenceville, NJ. Gus was presented with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Gold Medallion in 1989 for this work and for his role in promoting corporate support for arts education. Gus retired early and started his own medical conference planning firm, The Mosso Group Inc., from 1990-2005.

As well as being an avid theater fan Gus turned his talents to producing plays for the Princeton Community Players. Gus and Mary Ann traveled the world and visited six continents. After 37 years in Princeton, he and Mary Ann relocated permanently to Cape May, NJ, where Gus served as President and later Vice President of the Village Greene Civic Association. He advocated for reduced speed limits on local roads and other measures to protect walkers and bicycle riders. Gus and Mary Ann served as volunteers for the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts and supported local theater and many cultural events in Cape May. Gus was gifted in painting with acrylics and writing, especially poetry with rhyming couplets. His organizational and meeting planning skills for national and international medical educational symposia, and for several family reunions and celebrations, were extraordinary.

Gus is survived by his loving wife Mary Ann of 62 years, his grateful children Rev. Lauren Mosso (Mark Duckworth with their children Arthur, Genevieve, and Mireille Duckworth), Lisa Woodford (Jonathan), Joseph Mosso (Brenda), and Christopher Mosso, together with nieces and nephews of several generations, and many friends, who remember Gus with love.

There will be a funeral Mass in honor of Gus on Friday August 19, 2022, at 10 a.m. St. Paul Church, 216 Nassau Street, Princeton, N.J. Mass will be livestreamed and accessible by visiting this link, stpaulsofprinceton.org/mass-streaming, that will be active at 9:50 a.m.

In lieu of flowers please consider donations in Gus’s honor to benefit Cape May Lutheran Church, 509 Pittsburgh Avenue, Cape May, NJ 08204; Family Promise of Cape May County, 505 Town Bank Road, North Cape May, NJ 08204; or Cape May City Fire Department, 712 Franklin Street, Cape May, NJ 08204. Our family is forever grateful to Rev. Dr. Jeffrey Elliott for his love and support.

For information and condolences, visit Spilker Funeral Home, Cape May at spilkerfuneralhome.com.

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Frances Rizk

Frances Rizk, a loving mother and grandmother, and a warm and generous person, died at home in Princeton on August 3, surrounded by her three children. She had recently celebrated her 90th birthday in style, her wit and sparkle intact until the very end.

Born in Brooklyn, NY, to John Bolin and Mary O’Neill, Fran grew up surrounded by extended family who took care of her when she lost her mother at age 10. After graduating from St. Albans High School in Queens, she completed two years of study at Queens College. She worked for American Can Company then sought a more adventurous life by joining Colonial Airlines as a stewardess. This allowed her to travel to many fun destinations around the globe and began her love of travel.

She met Edward Rizk, the Lebanese delegate to the United Nations, in New York and the two were married there in 1957 at the Greek Orthodox cathedral. Thus began a more than 40-year marriage that took them to many places around the world. After New York City, they moved to London, where Eddie was the Arab League Ambassador to the United Kingdom. Fran attended several teas at Buckingham Palace, watched tennis matches at Wimbledon, made many new friends and spent summers in the mountain village of Broummana, Lebanon surrounded by Eddie’s extended family.

In 1966, the family moved to Lebanon and settled down in Beirut. The next decade represented Lebanon’s “Golden Years” and they all lived full lives amidst friends and family, moving among the family’s several homes. Fran remained as active as ever: She was President of the American Women’s Club in Lebanon, Vice President of the country’s mental hospital, a board member of the local YMCA, and Vice Chair of an arts festival in the Bekaa Valley, all while raising her three children.

In 1976, Lebanon became racked by civil war. Eddie foresaw that this would go on for a long time and urged the family to relocate to the U.S. to build their lives there. They first moved to Ithaca, NY, where their oldest daughter Nayla was accepted to Cornell. Fran was a big fan of Cornell Hockey and they held season tickets for the four years they lived there. In 1980, they moved to Manhattan. For the next two decades, Fran and Eddie enjoyed life on the Upper East Side combined with summers at their home in the hills above Cannes in the South of France. Everywhere they were, family and friends were welcomed with open arms.

As Eddie, 19 years Fran’s senior, grew older, they moved to Princeton, NJ, to be closer to their son, Amin Rizk and his wife Kim. In 2000, Eddie passed away and Fran moved into a new addition built onto Amin and Kim’s house in Princeton. She spent the next 20 years living with them and helping them raise their family, while seeing her daughters and their families as often as she could.

Fran’s life in Princeton was full. She was a docent at Drumthwacket, a member of the Present Day Club, and enjoyed many evenings at the McCarter Theatre. She also enjoyed going with friends to the Philadelphia Ballet and museums in NYC. Fran continued to travel with friends and family on trips to Asia (Japan, China, Vietnam), Egypt, England, Ireland (where her mother’s family came from), Italy, the Caribbean, and Ecuador and the Galapagos. She also traveled back to Lebanon.

Fran is survived by her three children Nayla Rizk (Robert Tarjan), Aline Rizk, and Amin Rizk (Kim); her grandchildren Peter McCall (Lucy), Andrew McCall, Alexandra McCabe, Ens. Christiane McCabe, Natalie Rizk (John), and Katherine Rizk. She was also blessed with three great-grandchildren, Mary and Luke McCall and Wynona Rizk. Fran will be missed by her many relatives and good friends around the world. She will be laid to rest next to her husband, Edward, at the Princeton Cemetery. Services are private and under the direction of Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, Princeton.

Obituaries 8/3/2022 Post

Gabrielle Aline Pittet-Borel
June 2, 1922 – July 8, 2022

Gaby Borel, 100 years old, left us peacefully early on the morning of July 8, 2022 at her home of 65 years in Princeton. 

Born in Bière, Switzerland, a farm village with a military base, in the French part of Switzerland, on June 2, 1922, her father, Auguste Pittet, was a Major in the Swiss army and an avid alpinist. Gaby’s mother, Odette Gillieron-Pittet, skilled in the artisanal arts, ran an efficient household. Her brother, Edouard, was born the following year.

Gaby’s father, after postings in various parts of Switzerland, settled with his family in Payerne, where Gaby spent the rest of her growing up years. She often referred with heady enthusiasm to her youth in Payerne as “ma belle jeunesse!” Those years covered pre and early WWII years which included the standard curfews, rationing, and schooling without heat (which she ascertained resulted in children never being sick rather than the opposite). There, she formed what were to be lifelong friendships, attended dances, town balls, and made mischief. Gaby’s spirit and unquenchable appetite for life was countered by a father who, though caring, was a strict disciplinarian.  He signed her on for a short stint in the Swiss army’s complementary female division because she had waved at some soldiers on a departing train, and sent her to perfect her German at the Iseltwald girls boarding school run by no-nonsense nuns on Lake Brienz. As was her nature, she managed to have fun there regardless and to master German while making more lifelong friends. Gaby was then able to follow her true calling, painting and drawing, at the Lausanne School of Beaux Arts. 

Upon completion, she was hired by the meteorological institute in Zurich to draw weather maps, and it was in Zurich that she met and fell in love with her future husband, Armand Borel, who was doing his graduate work at the Zurich Polytechnic Institute (ETH). In 1947, while Armand was securing his doctorate in Paris, Gaby went to London to learn English where she helped make ends meet by working and initially living in the Moral-Armament center. In her spare time, she drew sketches of a sadly bombed out cityscape and continued to meet more fascinating people. She and Armand then both reconnected in Geneva, where he taught at the University of Geneva, and in 1952, following an offer from the Institute for Advanced Study, Armand proposed, they married, and then sailed to America, where their daughter Dominique was born two years later. After Princeton, an exhilarating trip to Mexico, and a turn in Chicago, they returned to Switzerland, where Armand was then teaching at ETH in Zurich, and a second daughter Anne was born. Finally, with a tenure offer from the Institute for Advanced Study, in 1957 Gaby and Armand made their permanent residence Princeton, NJ.

Gaby and Armand were passionate travelers and nature lovers. Luckily Armand’s work brought them opportunities to not only travel but to spend extended periods of time abroad. Their trips were well researched and they always found the hidden treasures in the less accessible venues of the places they visited. Gaby was gifted with a keen aesthetic eye: museums, art, fossils, geology, and archeology were among her many interests and she always was on the lookout for an as yet undiscovered arrowhead, fossil, or archeological relic whether it was on site or hiding in the local flea markets and auctions.  And she found them.

Aside from annual visits to Switzerland, there were three-month stays in Hong Kong three years running and numerous trips to India, the first one having been in 1960, and well as many other countries. In the early years, there were also summer respites in Canada or Maine where Gaby, sometimes cooking over a wood stove, would fry up chanterelles found in the woods or try to serve less identifiable mushrooms to her amused but understandably reluctant husband. To her small daughters, begging for yet another tale to be read and with no book on hand, she would sometimes grab a piece of toast, fold it in two and “read” them a story. Gaby Borel was the indefatigable social conduit of her marriage. She loved meeting new people and the more of an international  and intercultural mix the better. The range of her friends was wide and without barriers. She could connect with someone who was 20 just as well as someone who was in their 90s. Not someone who functioned in a club or not for profit group network mode, Gaby helped many others and did good deeds for innumerable people. Whether it was bumping into a new Princeton arrival on Palmer Square, helping them locate a crib and leaving her homemade pie on their doorstep that same evening, or whether it was being there, when no one else was, for a family dealing with isolation and mental illness, she responded with compassion and alacrity to those in need. Her pies and immense generosity were renowned and enjoyed by many over the years.

After her husband died in 2003, Gaby continued to travel, mostly to Switzerland, where she would stay for lengthy periods of time, initially on her own, and then with her daughters. Together they also traveled to Panama, Cuba, Costa Rica, and more. Until nearly her last breath, Gaby was still wanting to plan more trips. She talked of Brazil, Guatemala, Mexico, and wanting to go back to India.

Pre-deceased by her husband Armand and her brother Edouard, she is survived by her daughters Dominique and Anne as well as her cousins, niece, nephews, grand and great-grandnieces and nephews, her godchild Alexis, caregiver Floridalma, and friends all over the world.

Gaby Borel and her zestful generous spirit will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved her.

A celebration in honor of Gaby will be announced at a future time.

Donations may be made in her name to TASK in Trenton and The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust: Haven for Elephants.

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Kathryn M. Yoder

Kathryn Louise Mulhollen Yoder passed away at her home in the early morning hours of July 25. It was as she wanted it. Family and friends visited her bedside to serenade her, read to her, and wish her well on her journey. She was happy! Kathryn was all about giving to others and making sure she left a bit of herself on Earth — in paintings, needlepoint, poems, collages, and in many words of wisdom. She was always the teacher and philosopher!

Trained as a home economics teacher, Kay went on to become a substitute teacher at Princeton High School — on too many subjects to mention. She became a full-time English teacher there later in life. She passed on that love for education to her older daughter who became an English teacher.

When Kay retired, she devoted herself to painting, pottery, collages, and poetry. Even later in her life, she was a frequent guest at her younger daughter’s writing retreats where she thoroughly enjoyed offering opinions and tips to aspiring authors. She was an author herself, writing for children’s magazines and authoring a poetry book, Portraying My Life in Paint and Poetry.

Kay was born unexpectedly in Lebanon, Pennsylvania, in her grandmother’s bed when her mother was home for her mother’s funeral. She was raised in Portage, Pennsylvania, and moved at a young age to Johnstown. She had a Little Women type of childhood with four sisters, Belle, Mae, Gladys, and Marjorie, and a loving mother and father, Lillie and Victor. She played the French horn in orchestra and band, survived the 1936 Johnstown Flood, starred as Elizabeth Bennet in her school play, and danced with Gene Kelly (she loved to tell people that).

It was during the summer of 1942, while attending summer school at Penn State, that she met Wayne Yoder when she asked him to join her bridge party (she loved playing bridge!). A tennis date followed, which is ironic, since they never really played again. They were married two years later and remained married for 64 years — living in Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Princeton, Savannah, and then back to Pennsylvania and Princeton. Their lives included three children —Charlotte, Thom, and Carolyn. They loved to travel and attend plays, musicals, and the symphony. And they continued to play lots of bridge.

Grams to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, she was known to play badminton, whiffle ball, and golf and also enjoyed traveling to her son’s home for Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners.

At the age of 88, Kay moved to Stonebridge where she lived independently and continued to paint. She took up collage, pottery, and poetry, and found peace sitting on her porch surrounded by her flowering begonias and listening to the birds.

She is survived by her children and their spouses, Louis Longo and Jean Schluter Yoder; grandchildren Tim Sherwood and his wife, Arleen; Scott Sherwood and his wife, Renee; and Margaret and Elizabeth Yoder; and great-grandchildren Sam and Ben Sherwood and Abigail and Owen Sherwood.

Donations can be made to the Kay Yoder Scholarship (she had such an impact that they created a scholarship in her honor!) at highlightsfoundation.org/kay-yoder-scholarship. A memorial service will be held at the Foundation’s Barn in Boyds Mills, PA, in late August.

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Mary V. Laity

Mary Vicchi Laity passed away peacefully on July 24 at her home in Princeton Windrows with family members by her side. She was 92. Mary was born on July 9, 1930, in a charity hospital on Welfare (now Roosevelt) Island in New York City. Her parents were immigrants from Italy with very little formal education, but Mary benefited from the excellent educational opportunities offered by the New York public schools, first at P.S. 59 in Manhattan, where she gave the Farewell Address (valedictorian’s speech) at her eighth-grade graduation, then at Hunter High School, where she obtained a first-rate liberal arts education. She matriculated at Hunter College, then one of the top women’s colleges in the state, before moving with her family to Miami. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Miami.

While at Miami, Mary worked over the summers at the Monmouth Hotel in Spring Lake, New Jersey, where she met her future husband of 42 years, Richard Laity, a graduate of Haverford College who was going on to graduate school; Mary and Richard were married in 1951. They spent the first few years of their marriage in Ames, Iowa, where Richard earned a Ph.D. in chemistry from Iowa State University and Mary taught fourth grade. In 1955 Mary and Richard moved to Princeton, New Jersey, where Richard was a member of the Chemistry Department at Princeton University, later becoming professor of chemistry at Rutgers, and Mary reared their five children. When the children were older, Mary returned to school, earning an M.A. and M.Phil. in English from Rutgers University. A gifted educator, she taught literature at the University College adult school of Rutgers while a graduate student, tutored children through the volunteer organization College Bound, and taught a wide variety of literature classes, from Charles Dickens to Henry James to Virginia Woolf and others, in the Evergreen Forum, where she had a devoted following of students eager to take whatever course she was teaching.

A lifelong avid reader with an interest in the arts, Mary wrote reviews for the local papers on art, music, and history. She belonged to two reading groups and for 22 years was a member of the Travellers Club — an organization of women who would research and write a paper each year on an eclectic variety of topics; Mary’s numerous papers included studies on Magna Carta and English law, fiction of the Great Depression, and the lost world of Byzantium. She later expanded many of these for the Forum at Windrows, an independent living community to which she moved in 2016.

Mary was active in the Princeton community in other ways, as a member of the League of Women Voters and the Women’s College Club of Princeton (of which she was for many years the historian and publicity chair).

Mary’s professional life included jobs as a proofreader at Peterson’s Guides, fundraiser for Preservation New Jersey, and supervisor for many years of the proofing department at Caliper Corporation.

Mary loved New York City, not only for its cultural offerings, but because she believed that during the Depression and the 1940s, it was good to its poor people, offering them excellent educational and other opportunities.

A wonderful and beloved mother, throughout her long life Mary was always ready to listen to and support her five children, providing for each whatever help or encouragement he or she most needed. And she passed on to them her love of literature and art, her sense of fairness and support for the underprivileged, her patriotism and commitment to citizens’ rights and responsibilities (she never missed a vote), and her unwavering faith in her family. As both mother and grandmother, she treated each child as a unique, special individual. She was a delightful traveling companion, a wonderful cook, a staunch companion in joy and sorrow, and a friend.

Mary is survived by her children and their spouses, James Laity and Mary Anne Festa, Susan Laity, Katherine and Earl Walker, William Laity, and John Laity and Linda Feng, and her grandchildren Richard Laity-Festa, Rachel Laity, Gretchen Laity, Enzo Feng-Laity, and Metta Feng-Laity.

A memorial service will be held in the fall at Trinity Episcopal Church.

Extend condolences and share memories at TheKimbleFuneralHome.com.

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Frank Tufano

August 1, 1934 – July 27, 2022

Frank Tufano Sr. (August 1, 1934-July 27, 2022), a retired metallurgist, father, grandfather, uncle, friend, and mentor, passed away on Wednesday, July 27, 2022 at home surrounded by his loving family.

Frank was predeceased by his son, Frank Tufano Jr., his father, Vincenzo Tufano, his mother, Anna Tufano (Cuomo), and siblings Cecelia Tufano, Joseph Tufano (Irene), Vincent Tufano (Julia), and John Tufano (Theresa). He is survived by his loving wife and companion of 66 years, Emma Tufano (Muentener), his daughter, Allison Clancy and husband Kevin, his granddaughter, Kaitlyn Clancy and fiancé Jarreau, his brother Richard Tufano and wife Kathleen, as well as many nieces and nephews.

Frank was born and raised in Princeton, NJ, and anything Princeton was in his heart, especially the Princeton Tigers. He often told stories of hopping over the fences at Palmer Stadium and Dillon and Jadwin Gyms to watch the games, as well as playing in the war tunnels under Princeton. Frank proudly served his county in the U.S. Army and was a Marksman, stationed on the missile base in Leonardo, NJ.

Frank was a Metallurgical Engineer and spent his 30-year career at Ingersoll Rand in Skillman, NJ, where he was the recipient of five (5) patents; one of which he developed was the process that reduced the corrosion on the silencer of the Navy submarine.

He was a bright and creative man with many interests, particularly golf. At the age of 14, he caddied at Springdale Golf Course for well-known individuals, such as Jimmy Stewart, Mae West, William Bendix, and Don Knotts, all of whom participated in the University’s Triangle Club.

Frank also loved spending time at their Pocono home on Lake Wallenpaupack, which he and Emma built themselves. He enjoyed waterskiing, boating on the lake, and snow skiing. Frank retired from Ingersoll Rand in 1994 and pursed his love of golf, and spent summers at their lake house in Pennsylvania.

A celebration of life will be held on Wednesday, August 10, 2022 at 11 a.m. at Blawenburg Reformed Church, 424 Route 518, Skillman, NJ 08558 – (609) 466-1832. For those unable to attend the service, it will be streamed live on both the Blawenburg Reformed Church’s Facebook page or through Zoom at the following link: https:/zoom.us/j/97023890396 Passcode: church; or phone: 1-646-558-8656; Meeting ID: 970 2389 0396.

In Lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Cancer Society, designated to multiple myeloma, or Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey in remembrance of Frank.

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Alexander Edwards Morris

February 8, 1941 – July 25, 2022

Alexander E. Morris, a retired business executive, father, and grandfather, passed away on Monday, July 25, 2022. Alex (“Sandy” to family and childhood friends) was predeceased by Pegie Morris, his loving wife and companion of 57 years, in January. Alex is survived by his son Robert V. Morris, Robert’s wife Kendall L. Morris, their three grandchildren – Parker, Hayden, and Ellie (Richmond, VA), his son Garret E. Morris and his wife Joyce B. Morris (Towson, Maryland). Alex is also survived by his brother Dudley E. Morris (Santa Barbara, CA).

Alex was born and raised in Princeton, New Jersey. He attended The Lawrenceville School and later Princeton High School (Class of 1959). He went on to major in Business and graduated from Rider University (Lawrence, NJ). He enjoyed a successful career, working in multiple industries and roles, including Pharmaceuticals, Office Supplies, and Business Process Consulting.

He was a bright and creative man with many interests. Alex loved history, politics, the traditional catholic liturgy, and most of all spending time with family. He enjoyed good food, investing in real estate, reading, and tending to his recent collection of bonsai trees. Dogs were always special to Alex and his bulldog, Alistair, was by his side at the end.   

Alex strove to live his life in accordance with strong personal values. He taught his family the value of hard work, the importance of honesty and of personal responsibility. He also taught them to love and to appreciate the beauty of our physical world.

A funeral mass will be celebrated in Alex’s honor in the chapel at St. Agnes Catholic Church (7775 Vanderbilt Beach Road, Naples, FL 34120) on Friday, August 5, 2022 at 11 a.m. Burial and an in-home reception to follow (28396 Sombrero Drive, Bonita Springs, FL 34135).

In lieu of flowers, a donation to St. Mathew’s House Naples, FL, or to a charity of your choosing will be appreciated.

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Elwood “Woody” Willis Phares II

Elwood “Woody” Willis Phares II passed away on Tuesday evening, July 19, 2022, at his home in Princeton, NJ, at the age of 92. With a radiant smile, bellowing laugh, and magnanimous charm, Woody was a generous husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend.

Woody was born on June 1, 1930, to Eugene and Ruth (Royer) Phares of Elizabeth, NJ. He attended The Pingry School, where he played on both the football and swimming teams, along with being a member of the 1947 Pingry Hall of Fame golf team. Summers growing up were spent at the beach in Bay Head and Sea Girt, NJ, along with many memorable years with his younger brother, Richard Royer Phares, as a camper and counselor at Camp Waganaki in East Waterford, ME.

After graduating from Pingry in 1947, Woody majored in Management Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) of Troy, NY, graduating with honors in 1951. At RPI, Woody was selected to both the Phalanx Honor and White Key societies, as well as the Theta Xi and Tau Beta Pi fraternities. Woody served as the Vice President of his Junior Class and as Chairman of the Ring Committee during his Senior Year.

A fierce athlete, Woody continued his athletic passion at RPI, playing on both the football and lacrosse teams. Woody was co-captain of the 1951 lacrosse team under coach Ned Harkness, who recalled Woody as “one of the best centers I ever had the pleasure of coaching.” During the 1951 North/South All-Star game, Woody led the team to a 12-11 win, taking all 12 out of 12 face-offs. Woody was selected as an All-American, and named to UVA’s All-Opponent team comprised of players the rival university considered the very best they’d shared the field with. In 1993, Woody was inducted to RPI’s athletic Hall of Fame.

Following his undergraduate ROTC training, Woody joined the 82nd Airborne Division, where he trained in strategic reserve during the Korean War as a 1st Lieutenant Paratrooper, stationed in the South of France.

After the Korean War, Woody attended Harvard Business School, graduating with honors in the class of 1955. While at Harvard, Woody met Jacqueline “Jacquie” Jean Overturf, and they married in February 1956. Together, Woody and Jacquie raised Melissa Jameson “Jamie” Phares and Craig Anthony Royer Phares in Princeton, N.J. The family spent years vacationing in Barbados, Bermuda, Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA, and Snowmass/Aspen, CO. Woody and Jacquie fostered a passion ​for travel throughout their 66-year marriage, with countless memories and anecdotes from travel experiences around the globe.

Woody worked in the chemical engineering business for his entire career. Cary Company and Dart Industries, Inc. In 1979 he joined West/Penetone, Inc. (formerly West Chemical Products, Inc) as CEO and President, a position he held until retiring in 2016. Woody proudly took West from a publicly traded company to a privately owned “family company.”

Woody served on the boards of the University Medical Center of Princeton, Crawford House, and The Pingry School. Woody also made consistent charitable contributions to the McCarter Theatre Center, the Princeton Symphony Orchestra, the Arts Council of Princeton, RPI,
Harvard Business School, the Harvard Radcliffe Institute, Princeton Day School, and Save the Children, among others. Woody was a member of the Harvard Club of New York City, the Coral Beach & Tennis Club of Bermuda; the Pretty Brook Tennis Club, the Nassau Club, and The Old Guard of Princeton. He was additionally a previous member of The River Club of New York, The Bedens Brook Club of Princeton, and the Racquet Club of Chicago.

Woody was an avid skier, tennis, and squash player. He was an arts patron and regular theatergoer. Woody was fun, witty, and a sharp dresser. He loved to play Hearts on his many family trips and vacations. Woody will be remembered for his immense kindness, warmth, and charisma. Every January, he and Jacquie opened their doors on Rosedale Road to celebrate their multigenerational “12th Night” holiday party with the Princeton community. Woody was the life of the party; always smiling, laughing, and making sure all were well fed and hydrated.

Woody is survived by his wife Jacquie; their children, Jamie and Craig (wife Katharine Herring Phares); and his five beloved grandchildren, Hadley, Austin, Didier, Charles, and Keene Phares.

A family burial was held Tuesday, July 26 in the Princeton Cemetery. A memorial service and Celebration of Life will be held in the fall of 2022.

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Raymond Woodfield

Surrounded by a family full of love, Raymond Woodfield died at home in Princeton, NJ, on July 9, 2022. Born in Lakewood, NJ, in 1929, Ray spent most of his life in Rockland County, NY. After serving in the military as a youth, he attended college on the GI bill and pursued a degree in Engineering. He worked on the original Tappan Zee Bridge, and went on to oversee bridge and road construction in many high-profile projects, including the NY Thruway and Berkshire Spur, World’s Fair in Queens, Robert Moses State Park, Saw Mill River Parkway, and Queens Zoo. In Princeton, he worked on the original construction of the Jasna Polana estate.  

In 2001, while working on Route 9A near the World Trade Center, he witnessed and survived the fall of the twin towers, barely managing to crawl through the dust cloud to safety. He then worked on the reconstruction of 9A for many years after.

In retirement, Ray took up table tennis at the Princeton Senior Resource Center, making many new friends and winning medals at the NJ Senior Olympics. An avid bike rider, he biked 22 miles shortly before his cancer diagnosis at age 91. Ray was also well known for his beautiful whistle. He whistled in the morning when he woke up and many times during the day. He lived his life to the fullest, relishing every day, and with the help of his doctor and devoted family valiantly battled leukemia for 20 months.

Ray is pre-deceased by wife and square-dancing partner Margaret (Peggy) Haldeman and survived by daughters Karen Woodfield (Angus Eaton) and Kathleen Woodfield (Alfred Gibbs), stepsons Edward Dobkowski (Georgia Glovatsky) and Arul Karttikeya, grandchildren Dylan Gibbs and Tina, Juanita and Sara Eaton, and many beloved nephews, nieces, and cousins, along with many special friends who were like family to him. He touched many lives with his infectious smile and twinkling blue eyes, and will be remembered for his love of life, love of people and love of food. 

Services for family and friends to celebrate Ray’s life are being planned around his birthday in October. For donations, please consider the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLC).

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Flora Ann Karhunen Varrin

Flora Ann Karhunen Varrin — a gracious, loving, and beautiful wife, mother, and grandmother — died on July 16, 2022 following a short illness. She was at the time a resident of Stonebridge at Montgomery in Skillman, having formerly lived in Princeton, New Jersey, and Newark, Delaware.

Early Years

Flora was born on November 21, 1934 in Newark, New Jersey, to Anna Kutvonen Karhunen and Armas Karhunen who were immigrants from the Savo region of Finland. She was raised by her mother in Kearny, New Jersey, following her father’s untimely death in 1938. As her mother worked full-time, Flora was truly a latch-key child, fueling her independence and resilience. A natural beauty, she won a Shirley Temple look-alike contest as a child.

In 1952, Flora graduated from Kearny High School where she was a cheerleader captain and a scholar. Upon graduation, she received three out of the seven medals that were awarded for distinguished academic performance in various disciplines.  She then worked in northern New Jersey as an executive assistant, initially at Fireman’s Insurance and then at Anheuser-Busch.

Wife, Mother, and Grandmother

Flora’s proudest accomplishment was as a devoted and loving mother, as well as a lifelong partner to her husband. Flora and Robert Douglas Varrin (Bob) eloped during his junior year at Princeton University to Elkton, Maryland, where they were married on February 26, 1955. They had first met in seventh grade, but did not reconnect until after their high school graduation. Together, they raised a family of three children — initially traveling across the U.S. before settling in Newark, Delaware, where Bob worked as a professor and associate provost at the University of Delaware and Flora managed the household.

Flora is survived by Robert Douglas Varrin, her spouse of 67 years, her children Diane Eshleman (Gregory) of Princeton, NJ, Mantoloking, NJ, and Stockbridge, MA, Robert D. Varrin Jr. of Reston, VA, and Middleburg, VA, Susan Deland (Alexander) of Pelham, NY, and New London, NH, and four grandchildren, Douglas Eshleman (Steven), Amanda D’Esterre (Alexander), Alexander Deland Jr., and Diane Deland.

Finnish Heritage

Flora spoke fluent Finnish, which she learned as a child before learning English. She was strongly connected to her Finnish heritage and dear family in Finland, where she was proud to hold citizenship. Indeed, she truly had international credentials, as she was also a citizen of Switzerland through her husband’s family. Flora and her husband enjoyed travelling both domestically and internationally — with a special affinity for Finland and Switzerland.

Her maiden name, Karhunen, derives from the Finnish word for bear: fitting, given the strength of her love and devotion to her family. Through Flora, the family came to appreciate the meaning of another Finnish word “sisu” — which roughly translates into determination, tenacity, and bravery.

Princeton Connection

Flora was a proud and active Princeton spouse, gathering often with her husband’s 1956 classmates and their spouses. All three of her children are graduates of Princeton, as well as two of her grandchildren.

She was a longtime member of The Present Day Club in Princeton and also a member of Nassau Presbyterian Church, where she served on the Board of Deacons.

Arrangements

Burial at Princeton Cemetery is private and held under the direction of Mather-Hodge Funeral Home. 

A memorial service for friends and family will be held at Nassau Presbyterian Church on Saturday, September 10 at 11 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Nassau Presbyterian Church, 62 Nassau Street, Princeton, NJ 08542 (nassauchurch.org).

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Timothy James Forrester

Timothy James Forrester, of Bloomfield Hills, MI, died on July 10, 2022, after a battle with cancer; he is survived by his wife, Brittany. First in his heart and thoughts were always his beloved children, Blake, Macklin, Riley, and Claudia. They loved Saturday morning breakfasts, camping, swimming at the club, paddle boarding, and having Dad with them at swimming meets, concerts, recitals, and dances. He also leaves behind their devoted mothers: Kelley O’Rourke and Brittany Forrester. Tim follows his parents, Frederic John Forrester and Margaret Ann Forrester (nee Pitonyak), and his oldest sister, Mary Ann Forrester, in passing. 

He was the youngest of nine children and leaves behind Eileen of Verona, PA; Rick (Linda) of Canonsburg. PA; Joe (Adriana) of Germantown, MD; Betty (Bill Bartos) of Rockford, IL; Dr. Patricia of Fenton, MI; Kathleen (Daniel Plott) of Tomball, TX; Tom (Paula) of Cohasset, MA; countless nieces, nephews, cousins; and many more extended family members. As the chief financial officer and executive vice president of United Wholesale Mortgage (UWM), Tim’s colleagues were also family to him and have been a constant support in good times and bad. We are forever grateful for their thoughtfulness, presence, and friendship throughout the years.

Born in Marietta, Ohio, Tim moved with his family to the Pittsburgh area and graduated from Peters Township High School in 1985, where he was both a decorated scholar and athlete. He continued his studies and matriculated from Michigan State University in 1990 with a degree in accounting. Before becoming CFO at UWM, he was a partner at Deloitte and Touché. He continued his passion for golf, baseball, basketball, and volleyball throughout his life.

Wonderful remembrances and stories have been shared with the news of his death: they ranged from trenchant and touching to ribald and hilarious, a perfect reflection of Tim in all his complexity. He was simultaneously private and sociable — disciplined and hardworking, yet outrageously, ridiculously fun. A common theme from younger professionals is that Tim’s mentoring or guidance are responsible for their successful career. He would insist that they were responsible, and he only had the honor to pass on what he had learned. We were a bit
surprised and touched to hear from other countries too, sometimes from people who had only met him in person once or twice and regarded him as a dear friend. They wanted to know if they could not travel for his memorial service, did we mind if they gathered to remember and raise a glass to Tim.  He would have loved that.

We invite those who can join us in person to come to his memorial service on Thursday, July 21, 2022, from 2 to 7 p.m., with informal sharing and then a formal service starting at 5:30 p.m. The services will be at AJ Desmond & Sons, 32515 Woodward Avenue, in Royal Oak, MI 48073. We will host a social gathering after these services at a nearby establishment.

In lieu of flowers, the family encourages you to contribute in his honor to a fitting cause or nonprofit organization, including St Jude Children Research Hospital, Gamers Outreach, and Technoblades Sarcoma Foundation of America. If you can find a golf tournament supporting your charity, that seems particularly apt for Tim.

A singular light has gone out of this world but never out of our hearts. Tim, we love you, we mourn your passing, we remember you always.

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Geraldine Bowers

Geraldine “Gerry” Pederson Bowers, 100, of Princeton, NJ, passed away on February 6, 2022.

Born in August 1921 in southern Minnesota, she was raised in several small cities in central Iowa during the Great Depression and learned the values of simplicity, thrift, and self-reliance, which she carried throughout her life. Gerry graduated from Nevada High School in Nevada, IA, in 1938, and then attended Iowa State College (University) where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree and remained an active alumna for the rest of her life.

After college, she taught high school science and home economics in rural South Dakota. Later, Gerry volunteered for the Navy WAVES during World War II. She served as an air traffic control tower operator in Pensacola, FL. After being honorably discharged from the U.S. Navy, Gerry moved back to Iowa where she became engaged to former high school classmate, Fred Bowers. Gerry and Fred were married in Iowa in 1945. Their son Steven Bowers was born in Ames, IA. After Fred graduated with a chemistry degree, the young family moved to Elizabethton, TN, where daughter Nancy (Bowers) Zuber was born. The family moved to Princeton, NJ, in 1959.

Gerry was a beloved member of Nassau Presbyterian Church for 63 years, serving as an ordained Elder and Deacon, leading committees, and teaching church school. She was a member and leader of Presbyterian Women and in 1998 commissioned a new hymn entitled “Praise the God of All Beginnings” to the tune of “Bowers.”

Gerry often said, “If you choose to join a group, use your talents and take an active part.” She did just that with: Princeton Area Church Women United (president); P.E.O. Sisterhood (74-year member, attending state and international conventions, and president); The Women’s College Club of Princeton (president); The Present Day Club; Girl Scouts (troop leader and Council Board member); and Princeton Embroiderers’ Guild. She even taught hat-making at the Princeton YMCA.

Gerry was a daily crossword puzzler and an avid reader with a personal collection of over 1,000 books. She was a lover of the arts, regularly attending concerts and exploring museums. And she was an advocate of education for all women.

Gerry’s lifelong passion for learning extended to her travels. She joined fellow group members on trips around the world including Egypt-Israel-Jordan, Australia-New Zealand, Germany-Switzerland, and Italy-Sicily with her Nassau church members; Turkey, where she went swimming in the Mediterranean off the back of a sailboat at age 88, and a river cruise on the Elbe with Iowa State University Alumni (the “Traveling Cyclones”); and trips to Norway, France, the former Yugoslavia, Jamaica, Nova Scotia, and all over the U.S. with family and friends. Later in life, she enjoyed seasonal vacations with her family to Florida.

She loved Princeton, and most of all, she loved people. Each individual was important to her. She made deep, lasting friendships. She asked the best questions, had a terrific sense of humor and a sharp wit, and was well-known for always being cheerful and positive. She kept in active correspondence with family and friends. On her 100th birthday, she received over 100 birthday cards from around the world.

Gerry was preceded in death by her parents Carl J. and E. Melia Pederson, her loving husband Fred M. Bowers, her younger brothers George Pederson and Curtis Pederson, and her son-in-law Leo Zuber, Jr. She is survived by her son Steven F. Bowers and daughter-in-law Dora (Updike) Bowers; her daughter Nancy (Bowers) Zuber; her grandchildren Mary Grace Zuber (Todd Magreta), Andrew Zuber (Amanda), and Scott Bowers; and her great-grandchildren Max Zuber, Josephine Magreta, and Beatrice Magreta.

An open memorial is planned for February 21, 2022 at 11 a.m. in the Nassau Presbyterian Church Sanctuary, 61 Nassau Street, Princeton, NJ 08542. Due to COVID precautions, masks are required and there will be no reception. A Zoom livestream will be facilitated by the family and is available upon request.

In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory can be made to her beloved Nassau Presbyterian Church in Princeton or to the charity of your choice.

Funeral arrangements have been made by Kimble Funeral Home in Princeton. Private burial will take place at a later date in Nevada, IA.

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Toba Barbara Dincin Bierman

Toba Dincin Bierman, born on October 17, 1936 in Dumont, New Jersey, died on February 7, 2022 at Penn Medicine Princeton Medical Center. The cause of death was Myelodysplastic Syndrome, a form of pre-Leukemia. She was a resident of Princeton for over 60 years.

Toba was educated in the public schools of Englewood, New Jersey. She attended The Child Education Foundation of Adelphi University, and graduated from The College of New Jersey with a degree in education. She then taught in the primary grades of Princeton schools for over 27 years.

Toba is survived by her loving husband, Bob, and three sons: Bradford Dincin, and his wife Syndi, of Willow Grove, Pennsylvania; Todd Andrew of Jersey City, New Jersey; Adam Gregory, and his wife, Sandra Jordan, and their daughter, Rachel Rebecca, of Princeton, New Jersey.

Toba spent part of each year in Kennebunk, Maine, and Paris, France, where she vacationed and managed a busy hobby dealing with antiques and collectibles.

This devoted wife, mother, mother-in-law, and grandmother will be remembered for her courage and strength at times of adversity, and for the love she gave to others at all times.

Friends wishing to honor her memory are encouraged to make a gift in her name to the Graves Memorial Library in Kennebunkport, Maine.

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Diane Sherman-Levine

Diane Sherman-Levine, 93 years of age, passed away on February 6, 2022. A former resident of Princeton, NJ, she was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She is survived by her three children, four grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.

Diane was an author, holistic healer, and a longtime humanitarian. Her love and laughter will be very much missed.

Services are being held privately.

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Terry Harris Grabar

December 8, 1928 – February 10, 2022

Terry Grabar died on February 10, 2022 at her home near Princeton, New Jersey. She was 93 years old.

A funeral service will be held at Trinity Church, 33 Mercer Street in Princeton, at 11 a.m. on Friday, February 18, 2022. Burial will follow at Trinity-All Saints’ Cemetery, Princeton. 

Terry was educated at Walnut Hills High School in Cincinnati (class of 1946), Wellesley College (class of 1950), and the University of Michigan, where she received a Ph.D. in English literature in 1962. She had a long career as an educator, teaching in a Princeton elementary school in the 1950s, and then as a Professor of English at Eastern Michigan State University (Ypsilanti), Northeastern University (Boston), Radcliffe College, and Fitchburg State College (Fitchburg, Massachusetts), where she was for many years chair of the English Department. 

She specialized initially in early 19th-century English writing about Persia, and her later academic interests focused on English and American poetry of the 19th century and on the Bible as literature. Terry retired in 1990, and her post-retirement activities included published translations of books from French to English, as well as accomplished playing of bridge, Scrabble, and the piano. 

Terry married Oleg Grabar in 1951, and they lived in Ann Arbor, in Jerusalem, and outside Boston (in Lexington and then Concord), before moving to Princeton in 1990. Their daughter Anne Louise died in 1988, and Oleg Grabar died in 2011. She is survived by her brother Sandy Harris of Hendersonville, North Carolina; by her son Nicolas Grabar and daughter-in-law Jennifer Sage of New York; and by her grandchildren Henry, Olivia, and Mars. 

Terry Grabar was graced with natural dignity, wisdom, and humor, which touched her many colleagues and friends all through her long life. 

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George H. Hansen

Dr. George Hughes Hansen died in Naples, Florida on February 2, 2022. He was born in Rutland, Vermont, on November 2, 1934, the son of Christian Donald Hansen and Flora (Hughes) Hansen. He graduated from Rutland High School in 1952, the University of Vermont in 1956, and the University of Vermont College of Medicine in 1961. He interned at the University of Virginia Hospital and served a Pediatric Residency at Letterman General Hospital in San Francisco, California, from 1965-1967.

He was a commissioned officer in the United States Army Medical Corps serving posts in the United States and Germany until his retirement as a Colonel in 1992. George’s natural leadership skills, sunny disposition, and knack for resolving delicate situations without rancor brought him increasing responsibilities and commands. After he retired from the Army, he used those skills at hospitals in New York and New Jersey. He was the Chief Medical Director of Mercer Medical Center and facilitated the merger with Helene Fuld Medical Center. After the merger, he took on the role of chief Medical Director at Capital Health Medical Center-Hopewell. He was a member of the Old Guard in Princeton and served as President for four years. He especially enjoyed participating in the Men’s Group at the Nassau Club and was proud to be a member. George loved to travel and maintained his sense of curiosity and interest in people, places, and things throughout his life.

He is survived by his wife Susan of Naples, Florida; daughter Kenena (Shawn) Montague of Essex Junction, Vermont; sons Michael (Renee) Hansen of Pearland, Texas, Steven (Denise) Hansen of Houston, Texas, Timothy (Diane) Hansen of Bolton, Vermont, and Erik (Brenda) Rhoda of Naples, Florida; grandchildren Kenena, Evelyn, Paul, Tanner, Carly and Lukas Hansen, Breya Montague, Kaitlyn (A.J.) Rhoda Bullock, Whitney (Eric) Barrows, Matthew Rhoda and Hannah (Hayden) Huber; great-grandson Benjamin Barrows; sister Kenena Hansen Spalding of Springfield, Virginia; sister-in-law Ingrid von der Goltz; brother-in-law Günther Berger; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents and in-laws Gerhard and Käthe “Mimi” Berger, his wives Heidi and Elaine and brother, Attorney John Donald Hansen, sister-in-law Judy Hansen, and brothers-in-law Holger Berger and Rüdiger von der Goltz. He will also be missed by the many other relatives and friends whose lives he touched with his kindness.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, February 18, 2022, at 11 a.m. at the Nassau Presbyterian Church in Princeton, New Jersey.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the University of Vermont Children’s Hospital.

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Joseph M. Burns, Ph.D.

1938 – 2022

Joseph M. Burns — teacher, author, and economist — died at his home in Princeton, New Jersey, on January 27, 2022, at the age of 83. Born in New York City, Joseph Burns was the son of Arthur Frank Burns and Helen Bernstein Burns. In the 1950s, his family moved to the Maryland suburbs of Washington, D.C., where Joe graduated from St. Albans School in 1957. Joe’s summer days were spent at the working farm his family owned for over 50 years in Ely, in the town of Fairlee, Vermont. In contrast to today, the region near the Burns farm had once been in the 1880s the site of copper miners’ economic unrest and insurrection known as the “Ely Wars.” In Joe’s youth, Ely was a summer retreat and a think tank collective for his father and other prominent economists. Joe often recalled listening on the radio as a boy with his family to New York Giants baseball late into Vermont summer evenings.

Graduated from Swarthmore College with high honors in 1960, Joe then obtained an M.A. (1961) and Ph.D. in economics (1967) from the University of Chicago. He published two books: Accounting Standards and International Finance, with emphasis on multinational corporations, and A Treatise on Markets, focusing on spots, futures, and options markets. Beginning in 1967, Dr. Burns’ teaching career led him to Texas and Rice University as an economics professor and also to California as a visiting professor at UCLA and Stanford universities. He also lectured in finance at Georgetown University and was briefly a fellow at the Hoover Institute. Burns additionally worked as the Deputy Director of Monetary Research at the newly created (in 1974 by President Ford) Commodities Futures Trading Commission (1976-1979) to regulate the U.S. derivatives market, including futures, swaps, and options. Dr. Burns then worked as a senior economist at the U.S. Department of Justice Anti-trust Division. While investigating many prominent cases of anti-competitive business practices of the time, Joe often joked how he was the foremost authority in the country on billboard advertising, work that he found interesting, unique, and controversial.

Even though he had a distinguished academic and government career, Joe was most proud of being a father to his two children, Rebecca and Stephen. When they were children, he would often sing to them the old Doris Day song, “Qué Sera Sera.” In the mornings, he would wake them up with the revelry song or Dr. Seuss’ “It’s a Great Day for Up.” At other times, to galvanize them, he would sing — very off-key — “Roar Lions Roar,” the Columbia fight song that was sung by his father to him as a child. Joe also loved to make up bedtime stories for his children about the adventures of animals, particularly bears, crocodiles, and hippopotamuses. Burns passed on to his children a love of animals, having many dogs and cats and long supporting animal rights groups. His interests also spanned from researching ancient and modern coins to extensive investigation of alternative natural medicine.

Even though both his parents were Jewish, Dr. Burns did not become a Bar Mitzvah until he was 50 years old on the mountaintop of Masada, the ancient rock fortress high in the desert overlooking the Dead Sea in Israel. This Bar Mitzvah was on the site of the mythical story of Jewish rebels’ last stand for freedom from oppressors and invaders. The primary focus of Joe’s economic work was the concrete practice of helping to ensure freedom — specifically freedom of economic opportunity in fair and transparent capitalist markets. Joe assimilated his early Episcopal and Quaker schooling and strove to discover, understand, and embrace the Jewish meaning of Mitzvot, living his life with meaning and a strong sense of fairness.

Although Dr. Burns had a serious and respectful demeanor, those who knew him appreciated his quirky sense of humor, humility, compassion and assumption of good faith, and devotion to his family. Joe made a difference in many people’s lives; he will be very missed.

Joe is survived by his wife of 30 years, Ellen Herbst Burns, his daughter Rebecca Burns, his son Stephen Burns, and his brother David Burns and sister-in-law Christina Burns. Donations in Joseph Burns’ honor may be given to Israeli Guide Dogs for the Blind (israelguidedog.org).

Arrangements are by Orland’s Ewing Memorial Chapel.

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Obituaries 2/2/2022 Post

William R. “Bill” Adams

William R. “Bill” Adams of Burlington Twp., passed away on Sunday, January 30, 2022 at Virtua Hospital Willingboro at the age of 89.  Born in Burlington on October 12, 1932 to the late William S. and Harriet (nee Stilts) Adams, Bill remained a lifelong resident. He was a graduate of Burlington High School, Class of 1952 and attended Rider College.

Bill served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, stationed in Baumholder, Germany. He attained the rank of Staff Sergeant and served as a tank commander in the 2nd Armored Division.  He retired from McGuire AFB, Wrightstown as the supervisor in charge of the Heating Shop.

In his spare time, Bill enjoyed Thursday morning trips to Columbus Market with his brother Elmer and Friday night local football games. He was also a fan of the Phillies and would take yearly February trips to spring training in Florida. He was also a season ticket holder for many years. In addition to the Phillies, he also loved watching other sports, traveling to New York City and the theater and throughout the United States, Central Islands, and Europe. 

Not only did he love his family, he was loved by so many including his many nieces and nephews. 

In addition to his parents, Bill was predeceased by his first wife, Rose (nee Spanelli) Adams, and his siblings, Elmer Adams, Doris Brant, Wilamina Vitrano, and Betty Raiselis. He is survived by his wife Amelia Conte Adams, who he met in 1979 and were married in 1983; his sons William (Kelly) Adams of New Hope, PA, Dennis (Teana) Adams of Summerfield, FL, and Joseph (Deirdre) Adams of Burlington; his grandchildren Brandie (Matthew) Kulp, William, Jr. (Ashley) Adams, Rose (Paul) Esposito, Jaime (Will) Patterson, Ryan (Nicole) Adams, Nikki (Mandy) Cloud; his great-grandchildren Brayden, Caleigh, Tyler and Justin Kulp, Anna Rose Esposito, Payton and Jaxson Adams and Nash Patterson. Bill is also survived by his sister-in-law Rose Adams of Beverly, brother-in-law Joseph (Karen) Spinelli of Newark, DE, and sister-in-law Mary Lou Schachte of North Carolina. 

A viewing for Bill will be held Thursday, February 3, 2022 from 9-10:30 a.m. at the Page Funeral Home, 302 E. Union Street, Burlington. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. in St. Paul R.C. Church, 223 E. Union Street, Burlington. Burial will follow in Princeton Cemetery, Princeton, NJ. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 23 Vreeland Road, #105, Florham Park, NJ 07932 would be appreciated by his family. Messages of sympathy may be sent to the family through pagefuneralhome.com.

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Millie Harford

Millie Harford passed peacefully in her home surrounded by family at sunset on Tuesday, January 18, 2022. 

A lifelong student, teacher, and artist, Millie was born in Jersey City in 1929 to Ernestine and Joseph Waters. She enjoyed a life based in faith and was quick to make friends. 

Majoring in Art History, she graduated from the University of Richmond in 1951. Her love for art and education remained a pillar throughout her life.

The summer after her graduation, Millie met her husband James “Jim” Harford in Manasquan, NJ. Together they embarked on their life’s adventure. After marrying in 1952, they spent a year in Paris, France, before
returning to New Jersey and raising a family in Princeton. 

Gentle, funny, and kind, Millie loved Princeton and was an active participant in its community. When Millie and Jim completed their long winning streak on Johnny Carson’s TV show Do You Trust Your Wife? they spent their prize money on throwing Millie’s Ball — a huge soiree for all her friends to enjoy.

Millie was a member of many groups including Pretty Brook Tennis Club, Community without Walls, Princeton Contemporary Garden Club, book clubs, and the former Princeton Mini’s group that won several Philadelphia Flower Show ribbons.

After receiving her Montessori certification from the pioneering Whitby School in Greenwich, Connecticut, she established Griggstown Montessori in 1961. Along with Peggy McNeil and Mary Murray Garret, she is celebrated as a founding mother of Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart where she taught preschool for 14 years. Later on, she volunteered at Ned O’Gorman tuition-free schools in Harlem, NY, and Trenton, NJ’s Martin House Learning Center.

A docent for 40 years at Princeton University Art Museum, she was also a founding docent at the National Women’s Museum in Washington, DC. A painter and poet, Millie always carried a sketchpad and notebook in her bag. Millie was always enrolled in a course from Bible study to Spanish class to Chinese history to rowing. She always did her best and loved doing it. Millie and Jim invite you, to “Enjoy The View” from their bench donated to the D&R Canal State Park at Lake Carnegie opposite where they lived.

She is predeceased by husband James, son Peter, sister, Lois Smith, and is survived by her children Susan, Jim, Jennifer, and Chris; granddaughters Amanda Harford and Ayla Vo Peacock; great-granddaughter Sydney Jackson; and brother Roger Waters. 

A memorial mass is scheduled for February 19, 2022 at 10 a.m. at St. Paul Parish, 214 Nassau Street, Princeton, NJ, followed by a committal service at Princeton Cemetery. A reception will follow at its conclusion. For more information about the events, including online access, please contact the Kimble Funeral Home at (609) 924-0018, kimblefh@comcast.net, or TheKimbleFuneralHome.com

Family will be at home receiving friends in the days following services. For details, please contact (609) 924-4454 and milharford@gmail.com.

In lieu of flowers, suggested donations are welcome, in her name, to Father Tom Hagan’s Hands Together in Haiti  (handstogether.org), Princeton Senior Resource Center (princetonsenior.org), or Stuart Country Day School (stuartschool.org).

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Judith Hillery Higgins 

August 20, 1936 — January 16, 2022

Judith Hillery Higgins passed away on January 16 at age 85 from Parkinson’s disease. She was a gifted writer, a loving mother, a witty and caring friend, who held a lifelong passion for art. She will be missed dearly by her family, friends, and devoted caregivers.

Born in 1936, Judith grew up in Boonton, NJ, where she loved to paint wistful watercolors of dream-like figures. And together with her brother Paul they invented dramatic games, such as crouching behind the bulky family radio to read the news, or by hiding in the garage from imaginary wolves.

At age eight, she discovered a love and talent for writing. Winning several awards for her writing while still in high school, Judith won a full scholarship to Brown University, where her uncle Victor had also attended.

She flourished at Brown, and graduated Summa Cum Laude with a B.A. in Writing and Psychology. At graduation, she was awarded the Anne Crosby Emery Fellowship to support a year of graduate study in creative writing and Anglo-Irish Literature at Trinity College, Dublin.

Moving to Manhattan, she became a textbook editor for Random House, where she made two dear friends. At a party she met Judiah Higgins, a financial analyst from Newcastle, Pennsylvania, who complemented her relative shyness with witty, animated conversation, propelled in part by his equally deep love of literature. Married in 1964, the couple moved to Paris, London, and then to Princeton (Jud’s alma mater, and close to New York) with their son, Ned. Judith and Judiah were married for 19 years, until they divorced in 1983.

Throughout her life, Judith worked very hard to be a full-time freelance writer. Her first published story, “The Only People,” won the “Atlantic First” prize, appearing in the Atlantic Monthly, and later re-published in The Best American Short Stories, 1968.

Judith was fortunate enough to befriend some of the Princeton community’s devoted supporters of literature. She contributed two short stories to the Quarterly Review of Literature, co-edited and managed by Princeton professor and poet Theodore Weiss and his wife Renée. In addition, she wrote an essay on Sylvia Plath’s growing popularity on college campuses for University, the Princeton Bulletin, while also publishing stories in the Texas Quarterly and the Southern Review, among others.

In 1984, her loves for art and writing professionally came together, when she was given the chance to write a feature profile of painter Alice Neel for ARTnews magazine. As a result, she wrote profiles and reviews for ARTnews and Art in America. In 1988, she contributed an essay to The New British Painting, a catalogue for a group exhibition that explored Britain’s 1980s resurgence of figurative painting, published by Phaidon Press.

Based on her work, she won two travel grants to research on contemporary art in England, Scotland, and Ireland in 1989. These trips abroad comprised a time of great professional fulfillment, for she discovered she loved interviewing artists as well. Her openness put them at ease. And when Judith offered a good insight, or when she and the artist discovered an insight together, the artist could say simply, “That’s right” or “That is one thing I’m trying to do.”

Judith’s hobbies included swimming, walking in the woods behind the advertising company she worked for in later life, seeing plays (mostly dramas) in New York with her son (who loved them as well), taking life-drawing classes, visiting her beloved cousin Philip and his family in New Jersey and Virginia, and making amusing holiday cards. Often the cards depicted tender caricatures of the recipients, such as depicting a friend with a rather longish head and curly hair as a smiling buffalo.

She loved using different materials too. For one birthday card for her son — who, thin at the time, was nicknamed “Wire Man” — she depicted his arms and legs by stapling two bent pipe cleaners to the card — and adding, too, a (taped-on paper) smiling face.

And people who knew her liked her subversive humor. In one such display, she dressed up in Jud’s businessman “uniform” — suit, shoes, briefcase — to impersonate him returning home from work. At his usual arrival time, she walked in the front door, and ignored Jud’s startled reaction and “Hey!”, as she marched silently, heavily, up the front stairs. [As for Jud not recognizing his wife, it should be noted that he wore very thick glasses.]

Judith wanted to be cremated, and so her ashes will be interred at St. Mary’s Cemetery, in Boonton, in April. Judith is survived by her son Ned; her brother Paul Hillery, and his three children; and by her cousin Philip Hillery’s wife, Ginger, and their five children.

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Mary Ann Opperman

Mary Ann Opperman, 83, of Princeton died Tuesday, January 25, 2022 at home surrounded by her loving family. Born in Connellsville, PA, she was a lifelong Princeton resident. She and her husband Joe enjoyed a long life together, first meeting in first grade, then as high school sweethearts followed by 63 years of marriage. Their wonderful life was built around this enduring, unique love for 79 years. Their odyssey began when Joe dipped her pigtail in an inkwell  in first grade at Southside Elementary School in Connellsville, PA, and ended with Joe holding her hand as she left this world.

Mary Ann attended Bucknell University, but after two years transferred to Penn State University to be with Joe. Married while still in college, the young couple moved to New Jersey after graduation when Joe began his career at Johnson & Johnson.

She worked at Princeton University for 21 years as a research assistant in the Social Psychology Department. She worked with professors and graduate students while managing the human subjects for research. She also volunteered at the children’s section of the Hospital Fete and Princeton High School as a tutor.

She devoted herself to raising four children in Princeton. She was involved in many volunteer organizations but is best known as the mom to whom her children’s friends would talk to, spending many hours at the kitchen table helping them navigate the social landscape of childhood. Mary Ann comes from a long line of gardeners. She loved to spend time in her perennial garden in Princeton, producing the year-round show despite the clay soil and abundant shade.

She loved to travel for ski and beach vacations with family and friends including summer trips to the Jersey Shore and ski trips to Vail and Telluride, CO, and Jackson, WY. Later, she and Joe traveled extensively together in Europe and the Caribbean and celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary at Phantom Ranch in the Grand Canyon.

Family was her priority. She went all out at family gatherings, especially Thanksgiving and Christmas, at her home in Princeton. She loved having her children and grandchildren home to eat, drink, and laugh together.

In 1997 Mary Ann and Joe built, with her sister and brother-in-law, a house in Culebra, Puerto Rico. She loved to walk on the beaches and sit on the deck to watch the moon and sun rise over the water.

Mary Ann is the daughter of the late James and Mary (Keagy) Banning, mother of the late Joseph Anthony Opperman, sister of the late Jane Katselas. She is survived by her husband of 63 years Joseph J. Opperman; a son Jim Opperman and his partner Sharon Reiman; daughters Julie Opperman and her partner Andrew Eills, Jane Moynihan and her  husband Michael Moynihan; and five grandchildren, Nicholas Cooney, Michael Moynihan, William Squires, Katherine Moynihan, and John Moynihan.

A private graveside service was held on Friday, January 28, 2022 at the Princeton Cemetery. A memorial service is planned for later this year. 

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

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Charles P. Flesch Jr.

Charles “Chuck” P. Flesch Jr., 58, of Mercerville, passed away on Sunday, January 23, 2022, at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in Hamilton, NJ. 

Born in Trenton, he was a lifelong area resident and attended Steinert High School. Chuck began his roofing career as a roofer with Cooper and Schaffer Roofing and was with them for 13 years. He then founded Flesch’s Roofing and Sheet Metal Company, Inc. and has been serving all of Mercer County proudly for 26 years. Chuck’s business was voted Town Topics Readers’ Choice Award: Best Roofing Company four years in a row. 

Over the years, Chuck was involved in many hobbies. He started from a young age in the racing community which later in life, led him to a stock car of his own. In the ’90s you would see “Chargin’ Chuck” Flesch in the #28 at many dirt tracks in the tri-state area. Chuck enjoyed meeting friends for a bite to eat and a cold drink. Chuck’s true passion was being down the shore at Lanoka Harbor with his family. He found his peace on the water on the bridge of his boat, Reel Spoiled, feeling the wind in his hair and the salt air on his face. He loved to fish for tuna and large fish as well as sharking. He loved riding his Harley and later in life, fixing up the dune buggy with his son, Chuckie. 

Predeceased by his parents, Charles P. Sr. and Joan (Bowker) Flesch; he is survived by his wife of 42 years, Colleen Thomas of Mercerville; his children, Sara Flesch and her fiancé, Martin Rutledge, of Yardville and Charles “Chuckie” P. Flesch, III and companion, Stephanie Dileo, of Hamilton; his two grandchildren, Bryce and Aubrey Rutledge; his brothers, Dave and Terri Flesch of Mercerville and Robert Flesch and his companion, Mari Denko, of Yardville; his beloved aunts and uncles, Marge and Jim Struble of Hamilton Square and Bob and Regina Bowker of Mercerville; his half-brother, Scott Flesch and half-sister, Wendy Smith; his mother-in-law, Peggy Thomas of Hamilton; and several cousins, nieces, nephews, and loving family members and dear friends.  

A Memorial Gathering was held on Sunday, January 30, 2022 at the Saul Colonial Home, 3795 Nottingham Way, Hamilton, followed by a Celebration of Life Service. 

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Chuck’s memory to a charity of the donor’s choice.

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Liam O’Callaghan

Liam O’Callaghan was born in Co. Limerick, Ireland, in 1946, shortly after the death of his veterinarian father, and shortly before the death of Liam’s sister Madeleine. Liam spent much of his early childhood in the care of his uncle Vincent, while his mother worked in London and Dublin. He survived two bouts with pneumonia, and one with tuberculosis, before the age of 4. Experience working at his family’s railway bar and dairy farm led Liam to apply himself keenly to the study of mathematics and physics at the (then all-boys) Christian Brothers School at Westland Row in Dublin.  

He received his BS Hons, MSc in Mathematics from University College Dublin in 1969 and then studied mathematics at Wesleyan University (Middletown, CT) on a Fulbright Fellowship, receiving his PhD in 1976. Liam’s life was forever changed by his time in graduate school. At Wesleyan, he met fellow mathematics PhD student Robin, whom he married in 1975. Furthermore, upon finding that in the U.S. one could easily store a half-gallon of ice cream in the home freezer, Liam formed an intention to become a U.S. citizen, a goal he realized in 1986.

Liam and Robin lived for 40 years on Battle Road in Princeton, NJ, where they raised three boys and three girls. During his time in Princeton, Liam worked as a software engineer at RCA (later GE) Astrospace, and Telos (later Engility and L3 Communications), primarily working on orbit determination for communication satellites. He also received an MBA from Rutgers in 1983.

Not long after attending their youngest daughter’s college graduation, Liam and Robin put their plans for a well-deserved rest on hold so Liam could help his oldest daughter raise her two young girls in Northern California. After four years of indulging his granddaughters’ every whim, Liam moved on to San Diego to spend time with his oldest son and his grandson. Finally, in 2017, Liam returned full time to Princeton. Three more granddaughters soon arrived, to Liam and Robin’s delight. Liam and Robin entertained their grandbabies regularly, spoiled their irrepressible Boston Terrier, Spike, and also enjoyed travel to California, Ireland, and points on the East Coast.

In late 2020, Liam received a diagnosis of Glioblastoma Multiforme, from which he died on January 2, 2022. In his last year, Liam often remarked with incredulity on his luck at meeting and marrying Robin; he said he could not have recruited a better partner with whom to share a life and raise a family. Being surrounded by his children and grandchildren was his greatest joy. His second greatest was recounting stories about his family’s achievements and notable characteristics, many of which are preserved in his series of comprehensive Christmas newsletters and thoughtful speeches at his children’s weddings. 

Liam is survived by his wife, Robin; his children, Liadan (Matt), Aindrais (Oksana), Lasair (Mike), Conall (Lucile), Ciaran, and Aishlinn (Ricky); his grandchildren, Evy, Didi, Vladimir, Célèste, Hélène, Birdie, and Mila; and one grandson expected in April. 

Liam’s family took him back to his birthplace of Effin, County Limerick, Ireland, where a Mass of Christian burial was celebrated on January 16. He was laid to rest in Ardpatrick Cemetery alongside generations of his family. A Mass will be said in Liam’s memory at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 12, 2022, at St. Paul Roman Catholic Church in Princeton, NJ.

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Rhoda L. Isaac

Rhoda Kassof Isaac, 93, died of age-related illnesses as well as Covid-19 on January 26, 2022.

She was born in New York City and grew up there before moving to a chicken farm in New Jersey. She studied textile design at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn and was the mother of Jan Luss (1949-1996, son of her first husband Gerald Luss). She married Henry Isaac in 1954 and her son Jeffrey Isaac was born in 1956.

The family moved to Switzerland in 1963. She resumed her studies in mid-life culminating in a degree in analytical psychology from the CG Jung Institute, specializing in picture interpretation. In 1988 she moved to Princeton, New Jersey. Her career included work as an artist in various media including drawing, painting, ceramics, and photography. She taught art to adults and children in the U.S. and Switzerland as well as for several years at the American International School of Zurich. She practiced psychoanalysis and continued her work as an artist until shortly before her death.

She is remembered by her extended family, her son Jeffrey, his wife Sophie Clarke and grandson Elias Isaac, her three nieces Annie Kassof, Anita Kassof, and particularly Arlen Kassof Hastings who was her daily caregiver in the last months of her life, and by the many people whose lives she touched as a friend, teacher, analyst, and mentor.

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Charles A. Baer

Charles A. Baer died peacefully on January 27, 2022, at the Atrium of The Village at Penn State at the age of 100. He was a chemical engineer with many patents, his last obtained at age 95. He was a man who gave generously of his time, talents, and money.

Born in Burnham, PA, to Clarence (Cub) Baer and Caroline Shirk Baer on May 20, 1921, Chuck moved with his parents to Ellwood City as a child. He graduated from Ellwood City High School in 1939 and attended Pennsylvania State University, receiving his Bachelor’s Degree in chemical engineering in December 1942. Upon graduating, he received a job offer from Bausch & Lomb in Rochester, NY, and worked there from 1943 to 1951.

In May 1943, Chuck, later called Charlie, married Martha Potter at Calvin United Presbyterian Church in Ellwood City, PA. They had two children, David and James.

Charlie worked at National Research Corporation in Boston, MA, from 1951 to 1959, before leaving for Texas Instruments in Dallas, TX. Many of Charlie’s patents came when he worked on processes of vacuum-coating films and fabrics used in a variety of materials. His patents include “Process of coating a refractory body with buron nitride and then reacting with aluminum” (1963); and “Disproportionation production of nano-metal powders and nano-oxide powders” (2016).

Later Charlie moved to Princeton, NJ, where he resided for more than 30 years. He worked for National Metalizing, and then Standard Packaging before beginning his own consulting business, Charles A. Baer Associates. He worked internationally with the International Executives Business Corps in Latin America, Europe, Egypt, India, China, and South Korea.

Charlie and Martha were members of the St. Andrews Presbyterian Church in Princeton. They supported the local hospital, gave generously to individuals, and became a central part of their neighborhood.

After retiring and moving from Princeton, Charlie continued to maintain professional contacts and helped companies with problems related to vacuum metalizing. As one of the pioneers in the field, his expertise covered generations of machinery and systems. He continued to field questions well into his nineties.

Charles Baer was preceded in death by his wife of 70 years, Martha, and his eldest son, David. He leaves behind Heather Fleck, whose friendship and love enriched his later years, as well as a son, six grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren, along with loving friends and colleagues around the world.

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Laura J. Hawkins

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Joseph J. Gawarkiewicz

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

To send an online condolence, please visit SnyderFuneralHome.com

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Judith M. Paulsen

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

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

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

She was a longtime member of Bunker Hill Church.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Antonio Tamasi

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Lorraine Fisch

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

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

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

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

Funeral services and burial were August 31 at Ewing Cemetery.

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

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

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