Independent Active Lifestyle and Opportunities Highlight Princeton Windrows Adult Community Post

SUMMER DINING AT WINDROWS: The Nassau Patio, shown here, is just one of the dining options at Princeton Windrows, the independent, resident-owned active adult community. This popular patio is open for alfresco dinners in spring, summer, and fall. Patio heaters and a fire pit are available during cooler weather. Outdoor dining has become a big favorite for many who enjoy the pleasure of open-air eating opportunities.

By Jean Stratton

It’s all about choices.

At Princeton Windrows, the independent adult community for people 55 and older, residents have many options. Lifestyle, type of dwelling, eating choices, participation in activities, attending events, pets (Windrows is very pet-friendly) — it is all up to the residents. They have complete control of how they wish to live within a worry-free, easy-living setting.

No more snow shoveling, leaf raking, house painting, house cleaning, etc. Instead:  more time to focus on what is important at this point in one’s life.

Located on 35 acres at 2000 Windrow Dive, adjacent to Princeton Forrestal Village, and four miles from downtown Princeton, Windrows offers 192 apartment-style condominiums, and 102 one-story villas and two-story townhouses. Approximately 300 people are currently in residence.


At Princeton Windrows, residents own real property, which they can choose to upgrade or sell at any time.

“Princeton Windrows is unique in that it is not owned by a company,” explains Jane Black, president of the board of trustees. “It is a nonprofit condominium association independent adult community. There are very few adult communities not run by a corporation. We are resident-owned and managed, and very different from other 55 and older adult communities and assisted living and continuing care centers.” more

Obituaries 4/21/21 Post

Jill Wasserman

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Gordon A. Jacoby

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Peter Charles Drago

September 24, 1992 – April 7, 2021

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

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

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

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

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


Anita Sicroff

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

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

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

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

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

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

Anita Sicroff will be missed by all who knew her.

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


Frank Perley Reiche

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Ann K. Beneduce

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Seymour Becker

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

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

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

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

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

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


Carolyn S. Bledsoe

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

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

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


John (Jack) Goodfellow de Grouchy

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

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

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

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

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


Dr. Geddes W. Hanson

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Benjamin Ari Sandler

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

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

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

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

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

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

Private funeral services and burial were held at Princeton Cemetery.

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

To send condolences to the family visit


Calvin L. Hodock

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

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

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

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

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

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Michael J. Fox Foundation at

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

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Elisabeth Joseph

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Ann Reitzel

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Mary H. Walsh

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

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

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

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

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Arthur “Art” Fein

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Jean Ritchie Cooper

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

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

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

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

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


Teresa M. Choman

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

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

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

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

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

Please make a donation to the Alzheimer’s Association ( in her memory.

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John Franklin Harper

June 14, 1932 – January 23, 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Sybil L. Stokes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Shinobu Asano

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

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

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

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


Hannah Schussel

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

We plan to celebrate Hannah the way she deserves to be celebrated next year. In the meantime, in lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Hannah’s honor at

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Joseph Leo Bolster, Jr.

Joseph Leo Bolster, Jr., a beloved father of 14 who built a distinguished career at Princeton University and lived a life dedicated to public service, died on July 21, 2020, at the home of his youngest daughter, Peggy, in Westport, NY. He spent his final weeks surrounded by his 14 children and passed peacefully. Among Joe’s many gifts were an unflagging buoyancy of spirit, a quick, often hilarious wit, and a powerful devotion to community service born of the gratitude he felt for the opportunities afforded him in his lifetime. Joe was an inspiration to his family and to many who knew him, and whenever he entered a room, the good cheer within underwent a noticeable uptick.

The eldest son of Joseph Leo Bolster, Sr. and Jane Carroll Bolster, Joe Bolster was born in Albany, New York, on November 6, 1928, and grew up in Williamstown and Pittsfield, MA. At Pittsfield High School, he was a member of the Student Council, Vice President of the Senior Class, captain of the track team, and Western Massachusetts half-mile champion in 1945 and ’46.

After graduating from Pittsfield High, Joe spent a year in the Army of Occupation in Japan, and then attended The Hill School in Pottstown, PA, from January to June 1948. In September of ‘48, with the help of the GI Bill, he entered Princeton University as part of the Class of 1952. Joe majored in history and became an active member of the school community, joining the Senior Class Council, becoming President of The Princeton Charter Club, and Secretary-Treasurer of the Inter-Club Committee. He ran cross country and track at Princeton, captaining both the freshman and varsity track teams during his four-year career. Joe was a member of the Princeton-Cornell track team that raced against Oxford-Cambridge in 1950. He ran the mile in that meet in a four-man field that included Roger Bannister. On the voyage to England aboardthe MV Georgic, he met his future wife, Sarah “Tink” Murdock. In 1951, Joe was part of the Princeton team that finished second in the 4 x 880 relay at the IC4A Indoor Track and Field Championships, edging out a Fordham team that included future Olympic gold medalist Tom Courtney. The following season, Joe’s Tiger team finished first in the 4 x 880 relay at the Millrose Games at Madison Square Garden.

After graduation, Joe
embarked on a 39-year career at Princeton University. He started in the Bureau of Student Aid and subsequently held positions in the Admissions Office and as Secretary of the Alumni Schools Committees. In 1965, he joined Princeton’s Annual Giving Office, where he spent the next 26 years, 24 of them as Director. During his tenure, the Annual Giving Office raised more than $200 million in fully unrestricted funds for the university. Joe was also a member of the Board of Advisors, the Committee on Minority Affairs, and a coach of the freshman cross country and track teams.

As an offshoot to his Annual Giving work, Joe was a member of the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), serving as Middle Atlantic District Chair. In 1989, he was named CASE’s Professional of the Year.

Joe spent his adult life giving back to and volunteering in his communities, never forgetting the windows of opportunity that were opened for him as a schoolboy of modest means from Western Massachusetts. In Princeton, he served as Commissioner of the YMCA Little League Baseball organization, President of the Youth Employment Service (YES), President of the Johnson Park Elementary School PTO, and President of the Friends of Princeton Track. He was one of the founders of Princeton’s Dorothea’s House Scholarship program, which he chaired for more than 25 years. Joe was also a board member at the Princeton YMCA, the Princeton Regional Scholarship Program, the Aquinas Institute, St. Paul’s Church, and the Princeton Blairstown Center (PBC), which provides adventure-based, experiential education to vulnerable youth. Joe helped complete several significant capital initiatives for PBC.

For the Princeton University Class of 1952, Joe joined the Executive Committee after graduation, and also served as president and reunion chairman, among other posts. There is a Joseph L. Bolster, Jr. ’52 scholarship at Princeton.

Elsewhere, Joe served for 15 years as a trustee of the Hill School, and 10 years on the Board of Managers at Camp Dudley, in Westport, NY,

Joe was a member of the Nassau Club, the Princeton Club of New York, the Old Guard of Princeton, and the Nassau Swim Club (where he and Tink became lifetime members after helping the club raise funds for a major renovation in 2005). He was an avid biker in later life, as well as a regular jogger who completed several marathons.

Predeceased by his cherished wife, Tink, Joe is survived by his six daughters (Carrie, Jane, Mary, Martha, Libby, and Peggy), eight sons (Joe, Jim, Andy, Michael, Tom, Charley, John, and Richard), and 20 grandchildren (Martha, Frances, Kate, Bolster, Willa, John, Dana, Henry, Michael Mac, Callye, Jake, Eva, Luke, Jack Henry, Ethan, Clay, Jack Dashiell, Kayla, Magdalena, and Leo), who loved their “Bee-Bo” dearly.

A memorial service will be held on a future date in the Princeton University Chapel. A family burial will be held in the Princeton Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Dorothea’s House (, Princeton Blairstown Center (, Princeton University, Class of 1952 Annual Giving (, Centurion Ministries (, or the Boys and Girls Club of Pittsfield, MA (

Hoo-ha! Sis Boom Bah! We’ll always miss you, Joe.


Lynn Rabinowitz

Lynn Rabinowitz passed away on Wednesday, July 22, 2020 at age 75 with her family by her side.

Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, to Harry Lewis Lennard (Lenny) and Ruth Lennard, she lived all across the United States as a child and young woman. Lynn resided in Yardley for the past 54 years.

Her first career was working as a receptionist and bookkeeper with her first husband Barry Rabinowitz, at his pediatric dental practice in Trenton. She was also a successful real estate agent earlier in life and for the past 21 years has been a partner, with her daughter Rachel, at the fashion boutique Hedy Shepard LTD in Princeton.

As a younger woman, Lynn was interested in the arts, loved the ballet and could be found there whenever it was in town. Lynn enjoyed tennis, swimming, her daily morning walks, and was a gardening enthusiast.  She and her husband enjoyed travel and visiting new places. Lynn was a fabulous cook and loved to feed  friends and family. Family was more important to Lynn than anything else.

Lynn is survived by her loving husband, Robert Beckelman; her children, David Rabinowitz (Kathy) and Rachel Reiss (Adam); and her grandchildren Natasha, Jordyn, Jacob, and Addison. She is also survived by her blended family, John Beckelman (Marsha), Barbara Beckelman (Susan), Linda Beckelman (Mark, deceased), and their children and grandchildren.

Private memorial services were held on July 27 at Orland’s Ewing Memorial Chapel. To leave condolences for the family, visit Lynn’s obituary page at

The family respectfully requests memorial contributions be made to Capital Health Cancer Center directed to Capital Health Development Office at Two Capital Way, Suite 361, Pennington, NJ 08534.


Joseph Michael Azzara

Joseph Michael Azzara, age 64, of Princeton, NJ, entered into eternal rest Sunday morning, July 19, 2020.

Beloved husband of Barbara Hinkle-Azzara, devoted father of Michael Joseph of Charlotte, NC, and John Thomas of Asbury Park, NJ, and dear brother to Anthony (Sherry) of Jupiter, FL, Patrick of Manhattan, NY, and Carol Ann (Bob) Eberhardt of Palm Bay, FL. Joe was cherished by his loving nieces, nephews, cousins, and many extended family and friends.  

Born April 5, 1956, Joe was raised in Corona and Port Jefferson, New York, son of the late Anthony J. Azzara and Olga Azzara (nee DiNello).  He later moved to Canton, OH, where he began his working life at Republic Steel as an engineer. This was just the first step of an extensive dedicated career that later led him back to New York and the nascent field of Management Information Systems. Joe spent over 20 fruitful years at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital (later Continuum Health Partners and Capgemini) in NYC, and subsequently landed at Accenture where he continued his commitment to hard work and the advancement and encouragement of successful teams and projects. Throughout these years, many of Joe’s colleagues were impacted by his compassionate and supportive leadership style.  

Joe placed his highest priority on raising his two sons – always finding time for soccer tournaments near and far, assisting with schoolwork, and organizing ski trips. His other passions included golfing, taking care of his home – which was never visited by a plumber or an electrician – exploring small towns with his wife, particularly in Italy and France, and enjoying wine and good conversation with family and friends. Joe had an uncanny ability to spot a wine ‘winner’ in advance and took pride in his prescient picks.

Above all, Joe was defined by his strength of character – which was truly evidenced by his unwavering battle with cancer. Joe will be remembered as someone who was easy to talk with, who loved his family, and who held fast to his convictions.

Arrangements are being handled by the MJ Murphy Funeral Home in Monmouth Junction, NJ. Due to the COVID public health emergency, the family did not hold a visitation. The Mass of Christian Burial was held on Saturday, July 25th at St. Augustine of Canterbury, 45 Henderson Road, Kendall Park, NJ 08824. Following the funeral mass, entombment services were privately held for family at Holy Cross Burial Park and Mausoleum in Jamesburg, NJ.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Blavatnik Family Chelsea Medical Center at Mount Sinai Giving @  In Memory of Joseph Azzara.


Anne Dorothy (Hevner) Sullivan

Anne Dorothy (Hevner) Sullivan, 91, an acclaimed artist, departed this world peacefully on Thursday, July 23, 2020 at Meadow Lakes Retirement Community in E. Windsor, New Jersey.  She was married for 61 years to the late James Leo Sullivan, former Lowell and Cambridge city manager and president of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, who passed away in 2012.

Born March 17, 1929 to Anna (Zemeitus) Hevner and Thomas Benjamin Hevner, Anne grew up in South Boston, Massachusetts with her parents and siblings Dolores (Dorie), Jeanne, and Thomas (Tom) Benjamin Jr.

Since childhood, Anne wanted to study art, however, economic times postponed her dream for some years. In 1948, Anne stayed at Holmes’ Farm in Boscawen, New Hampshire, where she met her husband James. The couple married and began their family – the focus of their lives.

While raising her children, Anne began taking painting and drawing classes, entering local art competitions, and winning regional art awards.  She sold her first prize-winning oil painting, to Red Sox great Carl Yastrzemski and wife Carol in 1968.

Anne began her formal art instruction at Northeastern University in 1969. After completing her associate’s degree, she continued her art study with many classes in new techniques, particularly print making at the De Cordova Museum in Lincoln, MA. In 1975, Anne began working on her B.A. in Art at University of Massachusetts Lowell as one of very few adult day students and graduated in 1977.

Anne was a longtime member of Depot Square Art Gallery in Lexington, Massachusetts, Emerson Umbrella in Concord, Massachusetts, and a founding member of the Brush Art Gallery in Lowell. She was a signature member of the International Society of Experimental Artists, National Association of Women Artists, National League of American Pen Women, New England Watercolor Society, Copley Society of Boston – Copley Artist, and the Monotype Guild of New England.

Anne was an art instructor for the summer Aid to Individual Development program at University of Massachusetts at Lowell, where she worked with incoming freshmen who were first generation college students. In later years, she worked in Boston as an art consultant assisting banks and businesses in art acquisition for office spaces. She continued to teach at many venues, including the Whistler House Museum in Lowell, MA, where its Parker Gallery hosted her 2009 retrospective show when she turned 80.

Anne was a lifelong learner; always open to new ideas and developing many of her own during her 40 years in the art field, including print making, collagraphs, paper making, collage, and mixed media. She drew art inspiration from nature, and was known for her evocative watercolors as well as creative use of color and texture in experimental works. As her eclectic style became known both nationally and internationally, Anne was recognized by the National Association of Women Artists and the International Society of Experimental Artists, as well as named in “Who’s Who in American Art,” “Who’s Who in the East,” “Who’s Who in America,” and “Who’s Who in the World.”

Anne is survived by her four children and their spouses: Dr. Maura Ammendolia and her husband Anthony of Conway, New Hampshire; Mark Sullivan and his wife Elizabeth of Falmouth, Maine; Lianne Sullivan-Crowley and her wife Julie of Princeton, New Jersey; and Christopher Sullivan and his wife Kristin of Concord, New Hampshire. In addition, Anne leaves seven grandchildren: Cara (Ammendolia) Faria and her husband Adam of Westford, Massachusetts; Erin Sullivan of Cambridge, Massachusetts; James Sullivan of Cleveland, Ohio; Anne and Elizabeth Sullivan-Crowley of Princeton, New Jersey; and Jake and Quinn Sullivan of Concord, New Hampshire, as well as two great-grandsons, Wyatt and Leo Faria of Westford, Massachusetts.

Anne is also survived by her sister Dorie Docherty and her husband Edgar Eugene (Doc); her brother Thomas B. Hevner Jr. and his wife Anne; as well as several nieces and nephews, their spouses, and children. In addition to her parents, her sister Jeanne Weathers and Jeanne’s husband John Weathers predeceased her.

A private service will be held in the chapel at New Hampshire Veterans Cemetery in Boscawen (the town where they met) on Friday, August 7, at 11 a.m. where Anne will be laid to rest with her husband James.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the New England Watercolor Society, PO Box 170140, Boston, MA 02117.  E-condolences may be sent to the Kimble Funeral Home website at

Obituaries 7/15/2020 Post

Harriet E. Bogdonoff

Harriet Joy Eisenberg Bogdonoff passed away peacefully on July 5th in Portland, Maine. Beloved by many for her quiet wisdom and caring presence, she listened and rarely judged. Harriet will be deeply missed and always remembered.

Harriet was born December 14, 1922 in New York City and spent her early years living on the beach in Edgemere. She attended Hunter College as a math major, and worked in the statistics lab teaching others how to use the new computing machines. She was head of the math honors society, and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, in mathematics in 1943. Thinking she would find employment in one of the research labs nearby, she was told they were not hiring women.

Harriet ultimately found a job with the US Government at NACA, the precursor to NASA, and she left for Langley Field in Virginia, her first time out of NYC. She was to work for Seymour Bogdonoff, a young aeronautical engineer designing airplanes for the war effort, who had requested an engineer, not a mathematician. They overcame that obstacle and soon were inseparable. They married in October 1944.

In 1946 Seymour accepted the offer of a research assistant position at Princeton University, where over the next few years he built one of the foremost labs in the world for wind tunnel research into supersonic and hypersonic gas dynamics — then a new field. For more than 60 years, Seymour and Harriet were both active in the Princeton community, and were founding members of the Jewish Community Center.

Harriet worked at the forerunner of ETS (Educational Testing Service), in the math construction department, creating questions for the college board and SATs, and in the computer lab at Princeton University. After the birth of her first child, she turned to volunteer work. She was instrumental in starting a holistic health organization, a new approach at the time. She was interested in alternative health options, practicing yoga for many years and holding weekly meditation groups in her living room years later.

As a volunteer, she provided job placement advice for recently divorced homemakers and underemployed older women. Truly a lifelong learner, Harriet took a counseling class to improve her skills, and continued on to receive a Master of Education in Counseling and Guidance, from Trenton State College, in 1977. After graduation, she worked on a literacy grant to teach older adults how to read. She found such pleasure in helping others and had wonderful stories of the people she had met.

At the Mercer County Community Action Council, she provided training, jobs, and follow-up for people in poverty.  When the grant was not renewed, she went back to school for her social work degree. In 1982, at age 60, she graduated from Rutgers, Graduate School of Social Work, with a Master of Social Work.  She did her internship at Cornerhouse in Princeton, a counseling center for teenagers, and then at Jewish Family Services in Trenton, working with the elderly population, where she found her life’s work. She was there for many years, leaving only when her two weeks of vacation made world travel difficult. She started a private practice that she continued until she moved to Maine.

As part of her practice she worked with one of the first retirement communities in the area, providing residents with counseling and discussion groups around isolation, health concerns, and issues with their children. She was among the first group of social workers to work specifically with the elderly and to recognize that they had their own set of needs and issues. She became a National Certified Gerontological Counselor in 1991. She was also active in the Princeton Senior Resource Center where she received an award for outstanding achievement, and represented Princeton at the White House Conference on Aging. During that time, she started an information and referral service for corporate workers dealing with issues with their elderly parents. Funded initially by IBM, many other companies signed up for this service, her database surpassing anything else available. 

In 1992 Harriet, and three friends decided something had to be done to promote aging in place in Princeton. Community Without Walls (CWW) came into being. Starting with one house (chapter) of 75 – 100 members, they wrote a constitution and by-laws, and became a 501c3. Harriet served as resident gerontology expert, nudge, muse, President, and Board member. CWW continues, now with six houses, and is a national model for aging in place.

In 2001 Harriet was the New Jersey Geronotogist of the Year. Her keen mind, generosity, and quiet persistence profoundly changed the lives of seniors in Princeton and the surrounding communities.

Travel was a lifelong love. When Seymour was asked to lecture on his research in each NATO country, off they went with their three children (ages 2, 5, and 7), for seven months of travel throughout Europe — doing reading and math lessons as they drove. Five years later, they took off again with their family for another seven months (having toured the U.S. the summer before). From then on they planned a trip or two every year, often traveling with their good friends Roz and Norm.

The list of places they visited reads like a world atlas, and includes destinations like the Soviet Union, South America, Egypt, China, India, Vietnam, Laos, Jordon, Indonesia, Antarctica, Kenya, Mongolia, and Mali, actually traveling to Constantinople and Timbuktu.  Harriet continued traveling after Seymour died, visiting Guatemala, Alaska, the Netherlands, Japan, and Budapest into her late 80s and early 90s.   

In 2008, three years after her husband died, she left her close community in Princeton to move nearer to her daughter in Portland, Maine, where she made a new life for herself. She volunteered at Osher Life Long Learning, continued to take classes, served on the community board at The Atrium, an independent living community where she settled, and made many new friends. She ate numerous lobster rolls, a long-time favorite.

Harriet is survived by her daughter Sondra Bogdonoff (Jamie Johnston), and her son Alan Bogdonoff (Estelle Gross Bogdonoff), five grandchildren (Nemo, Caitlin, Jake, Emma, Noah) and two great-grandchildren (Scout and June). She is predeceased by her sister Doris Silberstein, her adored husband Seymour, and her beloved daughter Zelda.

She included many others among her extended family, from younger friends, to relatives’ children to her friends’ children and grandchildren. Across the generations, all received her love and attention. She was curious and open-minded, never satisfied with an easy answer. She was always there when someone needed to talk, and shared her knowledge and expertise with grace and generosity. 

Memorial contributions can be made to: The Good Sheppard Food Bank of Maine, P.O. Box 1807, Auburn, ME 04211-1807 or to the charity of your choice.


Hedwig H.C. Dekker

Hedwig H.C. Dekker, a longtime resident of Princeton, died peacefully at her home on July 10th, 2020 at the age of 99. Her death followed that of her beloved husband of 53 years and all of her siblings.

Hedwig, known to all as Henny, was born on June 10th, 1921 in Indonesia to Dutch parents. While she had very fond memories of her childhood in Indonesia, adequate local schooling was not available so her parents decided that it was best for her and her siblings to get an education in The Netherlands. At the age of 7, she and her older brother were brought to Holland to attend school. Life without her parents was difficult and got even worse when the Germans occupied Holland. Henny lived in Amsterdam during most of the war and endured the Dutch Famine of 1944-1945 (Hongerwinter) while half a world away her father was a Japanese prisoner of war. These memories of her early life were very vivid to Henny and she talked about them constantly and in great detail to those who cared for her in her final years.   

After the war, Henny studied physical therapy at the Mensendieck Institute in Amsterdam. By the time her parents returned to The Netherlands, she had met her future husband, the mathematician Jim Dekker, whom she followed to the U.S. in 1949. They were married in 1951. As a young academic couple they lived in Syracuse, Chicago, Princeton, Kansas City, and New Brunswick until they finally settled in Princeton in 1969. 

For many years Henny worked as a physiotherapist at Roosevelt Hospital in Edison, NJ, where she was well loved and respected by the staff and patients alike. She retired in 1986. 

Henny was a very giving person. There was not a charity that knocked on her door that was left empty-handed. She also helped friends and family whenever they needed it. She felt very blessed in her life and was grateful for everything that came her way. She will be missed by all of those that had the good fortune of knowing her.

A memorial gathering will take place when it is safe to do so.

Burial arrangements will be under the direction of Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, Princeton, NJ.


Carol Hamilton

Carol Hamilton, age 80, passed away at home in the early morning of July 6th, 2020 after a two-year struggle with ovarian cancer. She passed in the home she’d lived in for nearly 50 years, surrounded by her family.

Carol Hamilton (nee Dudrick) was born on March 11th, 1940 in Nanticoke, Pennsylvania, a town centered around Anthracite coal mining with a strong legacy of Polish American immigrants. She graduated from Nanticoke High School and received her undergraduate degree from Penn State University. She was teaching at Widener Memorial School (Philadelphia, PA) when she met her future husband, S. Sutton Hamilton III, who was a resident in psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania.

Carol had a lifelong interest in cooking and baking and originated a catering business, “Scandinavian Flair,” with her dear friend, Sue Johnson. Carol cooked along with Sue for years until returning to teaching, where she taught children with learning disabilities at the Newgrange School and finishing her teaching career at the Bridge Academy in Trenton, New Jersey. She cultivated expertise in the instruction of children experiencing difficulty in learning to read and was known for her patient and caring manner. While never a particular fan of travel by prop plane, she traveled all over the United States — including trips over the Rockies to Alaska — in the co-pilot seat of the Cessna flown by her husband.

Carol’s life centered around her family and her deep Christian faith. She was particularly active at the Stone Hill Church where she led weekly Bible study. Perhaps, above everything, she is best known and loved for her extraordinary kindness and patience. It is difficult to meet someone who knew Carol who did not comment on her remarkable concern for the wellness of others over herself. She was famous for her handwritten notes that she wrote — without expectation of return — to anyone she thought was suffering or might otherwise benefit from a personal and concrete example of kindness. 

Carol will forever be beloved and remembered for her exemplary kindness, extraordinary concern for others, and her endless capacity to put the needs of others ahead of her own. She is desperately mourned and missed by her husband of over 50 years, S. Sutton Hamilton III as well as her two children — S. Sutton Hamilton IV (Jessica) of Haddonfield, NJ, and Julie C. Hamilton (Alex) of Arlington, VA. She is also survived and similarly missed by her brother Jack Dudrick, her sister Joan McBean and her grandchildren Sophia, Micah, Cleo, Liam, and Aiden.

Special thanks to Richard Lee, MD and Laurie and Carmella of Princeton Hospice.

A celebration of life memorial service is planned for 2021.


Sally Hagen Schmid

Sally Hagen Schmid, 77, passed away peacefully on July 1, 2020, at Sandhill Cove Retirement Community in Palm City, Florida, where she was an active resident for the past 10 years.

Sally grew up in Princeton, New Jersey, and graduated from Ms. Fine’s School then attended Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York. She married in 1961 and had three children.  Following a divorce, she relocated to Hawaii to be near her family.  She worked in banking and married Albert Schmid in 1976. She was a long-term member and supporter of the Junior League of Honolulu, serving a term as President. In 1994, Sally moved back to the mainland, eventually settling permanently in Florida in 1998. During her time at Sandhill Cove she served on several committees and enjoyed living in the community.

Sally had a remarkable memory and a thirst for knowledge. She was once a contestant on Jeopardy and carried that skill throughout adulthood as an avid trivia player (and frequent champion). She was inquisitive and adventurous – she loved traveling the world on cruise ships and, in later years, reading multiple books a week, doing jigsaw puzzles and socializing with friends. She always loved meeting, talking to, and learning about people and was easy to share her quick wit. Sally (aka Gigi) especially loved watching her three grandchildren grow into adulthood.

She was preceded in death by her husband Albert; her son Thomas; and parents Ruth and Ralph Hagen. She is survived by daughters Kathleen Kerney and Barbara Kerney Phelan, son-in-law Stephen, and grandchildren Sara, Timothy, and Kevin Phelan as well as her sister Nancy Hagen Spaulding.

Sally’s wish was to have a celebration of life at Sandhill Cove which may be scheduled at a later date. She was an advocate of education and donations in her memory can be made to provide scholarship assistance to employees and their children: Sandhill Cove Foundation, 1500 SW Capri Street, Palm City, FL 34990. 


William E. Vandermark

William E. Vandermark passed away suddenly, at the young age of 70, on Friday, July 10, 2020, surrounded by his loved ones.

Billy was born and raised in Princeton and resided in Lawrenceville for the past 12 years. He was a fan of classic cars, was an ace mechanic, and was an avid camper.  He also enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.

Billy was the son of the late Warren P. and Daisy Bastedo Vandermark. In addition to his parents, Billy was preceded in death by his brothers Warren P. Vandermark and Arthur D. Vandermark.

He is survived by his loving wife, Pamela L. Vandermark; two daughters Anne Kahwaty (Albert) and Susan Vandermark; and one son Robert Vandermark (Kelly). Billy is also survived by his grandchildren Ronald and Katelyn Heil and Michael Kahwaty; two step-daughters Kimberly McBride and Katie Furfey; and several cousins, nieces, and nephews. In addition to his family, Billy is also survived by his lifetime friends, the Moore Brothers, several other close friends, and his sidekick, Casey.

At this time there will be no services.

Donations may be made in Billy’s name to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123 (, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation at JDRF, PO Box 37920, Boone, IA 50037 (, or to a charity of donor’s choice. 

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Nancy S. Klath

Nancy S. Klath, age 79, of Princeton, New Jersey, died on July 11, 2020, at home.

She was born in Cleveland, Ohio, and resided in the suburbs of that city, where she attended public schools. She graduated from Wellesley College in 1963 where she majored in history, and received a master’s degree in information science from Drexel University in Philadelphia in 1968. After leaving Wellesley she worked for a year in Boston as a pension trust analyst for the New England Mutual Insurance Company, and following marriage to Norman in 1964 they moved to Brooklyn Heights in New York City, where she began part-time work as a researcher for the Grolier Society. In 1966 the couple moved to Princeton, NJ, where they have resided since.

Following her degree from Drexel, she began a career as a professional librarian at Princeton University. She spent 28 wonderful years working in various capacities both in public and technical services, ending up as Deputy University Librarian for eight years and finally as University Librarian for two years. She retired in 1996, one year after her husband retired from JP Morgan.

Together they pursued a long-standing interest in gardening, with a large greenhouse and extensive outdoor perennial gardens, where over the years they hosted many garden tours, primarily for benefits of local nonprofits but also for membership groups like the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society and the North American Rock Garden Society. The couple also traveled extensively following their retirements.  Even while both working, they took annual vacations in Barbados in February, a tradition that continued for nearly 45 years with over 50 visits. They traveled extensively throughout Europe, including the Baltic, Mediterranean, and Black Seas. England and Scotland were each visited at least once annually over a period of 15 years, along with numerous visits to France, Italy, Spain, and Norway. They also traveled widely in North America, particularly to the Northeast and Midwest, where they had family and close friends, as well as numerous times to Arizona and Canada. Nancy loved to swim, needlepointed continuously, and read widely, especially history and mystery books.

She served many years on the Council of the Friends of the Princeton University Library, including two years as President. She also served six years on the Council of the Friends of the Princeton Public Library, as well as numerous years on the Board of the Princeton Adult School and as co-chair of its lectures committee.  She was an active member of Community Without Walls House 5 from its initial establishment until her death.

Nancy was preceded in death by her parents, Marie G. Stark and Hawley E. Stark.  She is survived by her sister, Emilie Kaden and partner Nancy Tobias of West Newton, MA; by nephew Joshua Kaden and his wife Giulia Cox of New York City; by nephew Matthew Kaden of Memphis, TN; and by nephew William Schmiedeskamp and his wife Carie Levin of Mason City, IA. Also surviving is Nancy’s husband of 56 years, Norman R. Klath of Princeton, NJ.

Memorial donations may be made to the Princeton Medical Center Foundation or the Princeton Senior Resource Center. Arrangements are under the direction of The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home.


Barbara W. Pierce

Barbara W. Pierce, formerly of Princeton, died on June 29 at the age of 101 years. Following a brief illness, she died from natural causes at Bear Creek Senior Living in West Windsor, NJ, where she had resided in recent years.

Born June 9, 1919 to parents Ernest S. Winterburn and Jessie Hounslea Winterburn, Barbara was raised in Fairfield and Nichols, CT, where she attended local schools. A graduate of Warren Harding High School in Bridgeport, CT, she completed a two-year course of study at Weylister Junior College in Milton, CT, now incorporated as part of the University of Bridgeport.

At a young age, her father immigrated with his parents to Connecticut from Bradford, England. Her mother was a direct descendant of Roger Williams, founding father of the colony of Rhode Island and pioneer of American religious liberty. Barbara was predeceased by her husband of 56 years, Henry (Hank) Wilder Pierce, Jr., whom she married on June 28, 1941.

Barbara had an active mind and was an avid reader, creative homemaker, and accomplished cook. She was an exquisite, lifelong knitter and possessed a natural talent for flower arranging. A gracious hostess, Barbara loved to entertain, and her warm, easy hospitality was regularly enjoyed by her family, her many friends, and a steady stream of out-of-town guests. She had an outgoing, vivacious personality and, often surprising those who didn’t know her well, possessed a quick, clever, and incisive wit.

Barbara and her husband were frequent travelers, enjoying many international trips with Dartmouth College’s alumni travel program, and particularly with the Dartmouth Class of ’37 alumni trips. They also enjoyed spending winter months at their Caribbean home in Bequia, B.W.I.

A long-standing member of Princeton’s Nassau Presbyterian Church, The Present Day Club, and The Nassau Club, Barbara was a devoted wife and mother, good and loyal friend and neighbor, and active community volunteer. As a young bride living in Stratford, CT, during World War II, she rolled bandages for the Red Cross in support of the war effort. Moving several times during her husband’s lifelong career with the General Electric Company until his retirement, she was a supportive, corporate GE wife, repeatedly packing up their growing family of three children and establishing a new home and life in a new community.

After her husband was transferred to York, PA, Barbara was an active member of the York County Hospital Women’s Auxiliary and the Junior Women’s Club of York. When later living in Verona, NJ, she co-founded a new chapter of the Junior Women’s Clubs (a branch of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs, a national organization); was active in the PTA of North Caldwell, NJ’s schools; was a board member of Princeton’s Present Day Club, at one time serving as its Treasurer; and volunteered at Nassau Presbyterian Church. A resident of Princeton for more than 50 years, Barbara worked for several years on the Princeton Medical Center’s annual Rummage Sale.

She is survived by her three children: Bonnie Pierce Stevenson and husband J. Robert Stevenson of Summit, NJ; Wendy Pierce Evans and husband Larry A. Evans of Princeton, NJ; and Jay Wilder Pierce of Denver, CO. Barbara is also survived by four grandchildren: Christine Stevenson Willeford of Benicia, CA; Andrew Pierce Stevenson of Summit, NJ; and Natalie Louise Pierce and Samuel Wilder Pierce, both of Denver, CO; as well as three great-grandchildren. Also surviving her is her sister Sally Arline Nichols of Shelton, CT, and two nephews.

A private service and burial were held at Princeton Cemetery on July 10. Arrangements were by The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, Princeton. Donations in her memory may be made to The Present Day Club Preservation Fund through the Community Foundation of New Jersey, P.O. Box 338, Morristown, NJ 07963.


Susan (Suzy) Bell Trowbridge

Susan (Suzy) Bell Trowbridge, 78, of Princeton, NJ, passed away peacefully on July 4, surrounded by her adoring four sons and husband of 53 years, James W. Trowbridge. Suzy was born in Chicago, IL, the second daughter of Joseph and Sallie Bell, raised in Winnetka, IL, and educated at Woodlands Academy (‘59) and Newton College of the Sacred Heart (‘63), now Boston College.  

Suzy taught at an elementary school and then was a feature writer for the Chicago Tribune’s “Women’s Page,” before marrying Jimmy on April 1, 1967. Together, they embarked on an adventurous odyssey following Jimmy’s postings with the Ford Foundation’s regional offices in Jamaica, Mexico, Peru, Washington DC, and New York, which brought the family to Princeton, NJ, in 1978. Suzy next worked with the new Forrestal Village’s commercial marketing, followed by several years’ writing the Town Topics’ commercial column, “It’s New To Us,” and then for the past 35 years as a broker associate with the Henderson family’s real estate firms, now Callaway Henderson Sotheby’s International Realty.

Suzy’s bright light, warm smile, and her gracious, joyful manner immediately engaged and was loved by everyone she met, wherever she went. She was highly active in supporting her sons at each of their schools and was an enthusiastic participant in each community’s arts, music, and sports.  

She delighted in introducing her four sons and daughters-in-law, Jamie (Shannon O’Neil), Jeb (Ali Trowbridge), Mark (Sylmarie Trowbridge), and Matthew (Suzanne Cunningham), and nine grandchildren to her countless friends. Suzy lived for her relationships, exemplified being other-directed, and was always ready to lend support in her upbeat, cheerful way. She was fun and truly embraced life as an adventure. 

Suzy is also survived by her three sisters, Sallie Bulley (Kenilworth, IL), Bonnie Pacelli (Winnetka, IL), and Betsy Riley (Princeton, NJ).  

Gifts in Suzy’s memory may be made to, to support Susan Trowbridge Scholarships for the higher education and empowerment of selected young women living in Haiti’s poorest areas.

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Obituaries 7/8/2020 Post

Henry Read Martin

Longtime New Yorker cartoonist Henry Read Martin (who signed his cartoons H. Martin) died on June 30, 2020, just two weeks shy of his 95th birthday. For a man who had dealt with serious heart issues since he was 15, his sweet, loving, funny ticker sure gave him his money’s worth. 

Also known as Hank, Martin was born in Louisville, KY, where he attended public schools until entering Texas Country Day School in Dallas, TX, now known as St. Mark’s School of Texas. He graduated from Princeton University in 1948, after which he attended the American Academy of Art in Chicago. Hank then headed back East and began his 45-year career with The New Yorker magazine. He sold his first drawing — known as a “spot” (the small drawing inside a story) — to The New Yorker in April 1950, though it was another four years before he sold his first cartoon there. He was also a longtime contributor to Punch magazine and The Spectator in England and for 15 years had a daily syndicated newspaper cartoon called “Good News/Bad News.”  Collections of his cartoons included Good News/Bad News and Yak! Yak! Yak! Blah! Blah! Blah!, both published by Charles Scribner’s Sons. Hank received the National Cartoonist’s Society’s Gag Cartoon Award in 1978 and also illustrated many books published by Peter Pauper Press.

In 1953 Hank married Edith (Edie) Matthews and they settled in Princeton, NJ, where they raised their two daughters and Edie taught pre-school. It was Edie who noticed a sign for a one-room office for rent across the street from the Princeton University Press that became Hank’s studio for close to 40 years. For years he commuted to it on his bicycle and friends often stopped by his window to say hello. Despite working with pen and ink, Hank always wore a coat and tie to work “because you never know when someone is going to stop by and ask you to lunch.” In fact, every Thursday for over 10 years, Hank and other Princeton cartoonists such as Arnold Roth, Clarence Brown, and Mike Ramus met regularly for lunch at the (now defunct) Annex Restaurant on Nassau Street. 

On Wednesdays Hank would take the bus into New York “to peddle his wares” at The New Yorker, Good Housekeeping, Ladies’ Home Journal, and The Saturday Evening Post. Wednesday was “Look Day” at The New Yorker where the cartoon editor chose potential cartoons from each artist. Hank capped those days with lunch with the New Yorker cartoonists, a group often consisting of some combination of George Booth, Roz Chast, Sid Harris, Lee Lorenz, Nurit Karlin, Mort Gerberg, Sam Gross, Frank Modell, Jack Ziegler, Warren Miller, and Peter Porges (who usually sold his drawings elsewhere but regularly joined the lunch). It was a long-held tradition: in the 1940s the cartoonists’ lunch included such luminaries as Charles Addams, Charles Saxon, Barney Tobey, Whitney Darrow, and William Steig.

In Princeton, Hank served on the boards of several local Princeton organizations including SAVE, McCarter Theatre, and Friends of the Princeton Public Library. The Special Collections at Princeton University Library holds over 500 of his original cartoons published in The New Yorker and other publications along with 680 pen drawings for the famous New Yorker ‘spots.’ Also included in the collection is a complete set of his illustrated books and other archival materials. Hank also contributed cartoons and drawings to the Princeton Alumni Weekly as well as other Princeton University-themed mailings throughout his career and into retirement. In addition, the Morgan Library in New York City holds eight of his cartoons in its permanent collection.

Hank and Edie remained in Princeton until moving to Pennswood Village in Newtown, PA, in 1998. Edie predeceased him in 2010. He is survived by his sister Adele Vinsel of Louisville, KY, two daughters, “The Baby-Sitters Club” author Ann M. Martin and Jane Read Martin, as well as son-in-law Douglas McGrath, grandson Henry, and eight nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be planned for a later date when it is safe to congregate.


Christine Wainwright

Christine Wainwright, known to all as Nina, passed away on June 26, 2020 having waged a brave, three-year-long battle with cancer. She was surrounded by her daughter, Alex, her fiancé, John H. (Skip) Warvel III, and close friends. Nina was the daughter of the late Nicholas Biddle Wainwright and Christine (Tina) Henry Wainwright of Gwynedd, PA. Nina was born in Philadelphia, PA, graduated cum laude from both Germantown Academy and Trinity College in Hartford, CT. She earned her MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. 

After receiving her MBA, she began her storied career in corporate bond sales at Lehman Brothers in NYC where, as a role model for young women in the world of finance, she rose to the position of Managing Director, an extraordinary accomplishment for a woman at that time. Following her retirement from Lehman Brothers she acted as a consultant for the Rockefeller Foundation.

Nina had a lifelong love for music. She starred in college musicals such as Kiss Me Kate and was the Director of the Wharton Follies while pursuing her MBA. In New York City, she was an active member of the Blue Hill Troupe, and she was on the board of the Singer’s Forum. When she moved to Princeton, she became active with the Princeton Symphony. As a member of the PSO board, she founded the Pops Series which remains one of the highlights of Princeton’s musical events. As a member of the Westminster Choir College Dean’s Advisory Council, she was involved with strategic planning of the College. She created the Philip A. Campanella Memorial Scholarship as an endowment to support Westminster Choir College undergraduate voice majors with a minor in musical theater. In collaboration with Phil, her friend, mentor and accompanist, she recorded the album If I Ever Love Again, a valued keepsake for family and friends.

Nina also sat on the board of Andalusia and contributed greatly to the museum which was her family’s ancestral home. Nina was devoted to Andalusia and was a generous benefactor for many years. She took great pride in assisting and advising on the upkeep and horticulture of the property, as well as the family genealogy.

Nina was a passionate athlete and outdoors enthusiast. She was an accomplished figure skater, tennis player, and loved to ski and hike the mountains near her home in Beaver Creek, Colorado. Nina was an experienced equestrian who enjoyed practicing dressage with her horse, Nobby, locally and in the summers exploring on horseback the mountains of Wyoming near her favorite ranch. Her love of nature was reflected in the gardens she lovingly created at her home which were enjoyed by many from her porch. 

Nina’s friends were her family. She drew them close to her with her natural charm, generosity, infectious humor, and loyalty. She never judged differences; she celebrated them. Nina often said her friends were a prism; they reflected the many facets of what she felt was meaningful in life. Those who were part of her sisterhood were grateful. Nina’s greatest joy and accomplishment was her daughter, Alex. She carries and exudes the grace of her mother. 

Christine Wainwright is survived by her daughter, Alexandra Henry Wainwright Sowanick, of Princeton, NJ; her fiancé, John H. Warvel, III; her beloved dog, Baxter; her cousins Richard S. Auchincloss, Jr. of St. David’s, PA, Thomas F. D. Auchincloss of St. David’s, PA, Dorothea H. Schnorr of Philadelphia, PA, Ansie S. Monaghan of Princeton, NJ, and James C. Biddle, of Bryn Mawr, PA.

A private family service was held near her family home in Gwynedd, PA.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Glioblastoma Foundation, P.O. Box 62066, Durham, N.C., 27715 (email:;  or SAVE, a friend to homeless animals, 1010 Route 601, Skillman, NJ, 08558 (email:

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


Robert Moody Laughlin

Robert Moody Laughlin died in Alexandria, Virginia, as the result of the current pandemic on May 28, 2020.

Bob was born in Princeton, May 29, 1934, the son of Leslie Irwin Laughlin and Roberta Howe Laughlin. He was the youngest of four sons, including Leighton, James, and Ledlie. The family moved to Princeton when Bob’s father was appointed Assistant Dean for Admissions at the University.  He built one of the earliest houses on Drakes Corner Road where Bob and his three brothers were raised. Bob fondly remembered the family turning a part of their Drakes Corner property into a Victory Garden during World War II. The few Princeton University students still on campus volunteered to work along with Bob and his older brothers to make it a success.

Bob attended the Princeton Country Day School before continuing his education at the South Kent School in Connecticut. He graduated from Princeton University as an English major with the Class of 1956 and went on to Harvard to achieve a PhD in Anthropology in 1963. These two contrasting learning experiences convinced him that Princeton was far more attentive to students than Harvard. He remained a loyal tiger.

While a graduate student Bob married Miriam Elizabeth Wolfe. His graduate experience at Harvard included participation in the Harvard Chiapas Project. This took him and his young family to the highlands of southern Mexico to study the modern Maya and acquire one of its languages. His fascination with the Maya resulted in Bob’s 17-year effort to produce a dictionary of one of the 30 surviving Maya languages. Its 36,000 entries challenged the prevailing mistaken supposition that indigenous American languages possessed limited vocabularies. Bob’s Great Tzotzil Dictionary Of San Lorenzo Zinacantan remains the largest compilation of any indigenous American language.

Bob’s work with the Maya in Mexico was shared with his wife, Mimi, and their two children, Liana and Reese. His appointment as curator of Mesoamerican ethnology at the Smithsonian kept him in Washington, D.C., half of each year. Bob and his family spent the other half in San Cristobal de Las Casas, the colonial capital of Chiapas state in Mexico, surrounded by Maya villages.

Bob’s fascination with the Maya never faltered. His work in the Mexican highlands continued for more than a half century. His studies went beyond his dictionary to create works that preserved not only Maya botanic knowledge, folk tales, and dreams, but also revealed the literary quality of common Maya speech. These studies were published in acclaimed works which brought the language to the attention of the world (and the surprising fact that today over six million people still speak one of 30 Maya languages). His dictionary not only aided scholars in cracking the ancient Maya hieroglyphic code, but also spurred the modern Maya to promote literacy in their indigenous languages. This led to the creation of an indigenous cooperative of Maya writers to preserve their literary traditions and produce materials to make literacy in their native languages possible and thus enter the school curriculum. What followed was a major cultural revival. Bob and Mimi, whose own talents as a writer were turned to the Maya also, eventually created a theater group, which they named Monkey Business Theater, which toured Maya towns with productions in their own languages.

The work of this couple reached beyond traditional ethnographic pursuits to include activism, the creation of indigenous institutions, and environmental concerns. Bob has been feted expansively in Mexico, by his fellow anthropologists and among indigenous people widely. His contribution to academic literature was always outweighed by his interest in producing books with a wide appeal which could change minds about the nature of indigenous Americans.  One of his more popular books is his Maya Tales From Chiapas, Mexico, published in 2014.

It was Bob’s choice to be interred next to his parents in the Princeton cemetery.

Among his wide range of friends, Bob is fondly remembered happily bestriding the mountain trails in the cloud forests of Chiapas in proper Zinacantan gear: huaraches with recycled tire soles, the pink tunic worn by Zinacantec men, and a locally crafted disk-like hat heavily beribboned in traditional Maya fashion.


Conrad Schure

Optimistic, endlessly curious about the past, and humorous right up to the end, Conrad Schure of Freehold, NJ, and Clinton, CT, died on July 4, 2020 at Connecticut Hospice in Branford, CT, where his family was permitted to be with him in a coastline paradise.

Born in New York City on  April 2, 1930, the Great Depression took away the progress of his immigrant parents but not the foundation of a good education and how the determined can rebound. Among the depression tales that were learned from and became legendary, was the tongue in cheek story that he did not have a middle name because that was an extravagance. His parents, Stanley S. Schure and Tillie Effin Schure, rebuilt an economic base that also pulled an extended family to prosperity. Turning down football scholarships at several well-known colleges, which his father never forgot, Conrad elected instead to follow a drive to broaden his experiences and chose on his own to go from Elizabeth, NJ, to Montana State University to study engineering.

After graduate school at The George Washington University in Washington, DC, he went to work for the Department of the Navy working on the Navy’s first foray into computers. From there career highlights included working for several Fortune 500 companies such as Burroughs and IBM which took him into the Pentagon regularly. Later he worked on a team that put the first computer system on Wall Street. Then fine tuning his focus, his career passion became the installation of computer automation systems into hospitals across the country.

Locally, in the Freehold, New Jersey, area, he co-founded Brookside, a swim and tennis club where several generations of families made lasting summer memories. It also functioned as a way for his children and nieces to earn money for their college tuition but also to experience working in and eventually running a service business as part of becoming well rounded individuals.

Jerry (Geraldine Usher) his wife of 44 years predeceased him in 1999. His brother Stephen Schure died in 2003. His stepson Paul Schure passed away in 2015. He is survived  by children Patricia Schure and Sari Schure Picard Valenti, both of Freehold; and David Schure and his wife Anne Weber of Princeton, NJ. Four grandchildren: Emily Picard of Freehold, Molly Picard of Washington, DC, Aaron Valenti of Savannah, Georgia, and James Schure a student at RPI in Troy, New York. Of special importance is Sharon Baker, a member of the family for nearly 20 years.

A remarkable collector of art and antiques related to his many passions, ranging from western art, horses, and sailing, to surveying, scientific instruments, and calculating devices. He wrote articles and gave presentations in the U.S. and Europe on what he had learned, often using items from his collections as examples.

Due to safety precautions related to the COVID-19 pandemic, a memorial service celebrating his life will be held when it is safe to gather. If friends and family are so inclined, contributions may be made to a cause of their choice.

Obituaries, 4/29/20 Post

Norman Peter Herzberg

Everyone who knew Norman Herzberg, mathematician, was shocked and saddened by his sudden death after a short illness. He died March 29 at his home in Princeton with his wife of 52 years, Barbara, by his side. He was 82 years old.

Born in 1937 deep in the heart of Brooklyn to the late Hans and Herta Herzberg, he leaves a brother, Edward, of Hazlitt, N.J., a sister, Susan Leon, of  Baldwin, Long  Island, as well as cousins, nieces, and nephews.

After graduating early from James Madison High School in Brooklyn in 1954, Norman attended Columbia University, graduating Magna Cum Laude in 1958. He then headed to M.I.T., where he earned his doctorate in mathematics in 1965. He joined the Institute of Defense Analyses in Princeton in 1967 and worked there, contributing numerous classified papers, until his retirement in 2000.

Norman was a devoted and companionable husband to Barbara, whom he met on a blind date in 1964 when she was in the original company of the Loeb theater (now A.R.T.) in Cambridge, Mass. He used to leave his motorcycle helmet on her dressing table to let her know he was up in the light booth watching the show. They were married in the M.I.T. chapel in 1967 and subsequently  moved to Princeton in 1968 after a summer of math conference in Monterey, Calif.

They traveled extensively together often to Greece and its islands, but also to Malta, Madeira, Morocco, Mexico, China, Egypt, India, the British Isles, France, Italy, or as his wife used to say, “anywhere that stuff was older” than she. Norman was an avid and skilled photographer and documented their travels in vivid detail. He loved mathematics, computer technology, travel, good conversation. Until he lost his hearing in 1965, he greatly enjoyed classical music and fondly recalled waiting in the freezing rain for standing room at the Metropolitan Opera, Symphony Hall, or a theater. As one can perhaps tell from his photo, he also enjoyed conviviality and good food. His wife says, “He was the best charcoal cook in the business.”

He valiantly battled his hearing loss to remain connected and involved in the community. He belonged to Community Without Walls House 2, where he was on the Steering Committee, keeping the membership list up to date. He was also a remarkably good reader participating in the CWW 2 Play Reading group.

He will be very much missed for his wit, his hearty laugh, and his more than incisive and perceptive insights into everything.

Donations may be made in Normans’ name to Feeding America, Doctors Without Borders, or any other charity that works towards abating human suffering. There will be some kind of memorial when the current social distancing is no longer in effect.


Anthony Tabell

Anthony (Tony) Tabell, 88, of Exeter, NH, and formerly of Princeton, NJ, died peacefully on Monday, April 27, 2020.

He was born in 1931 in Brooklyn, NY, to Edmund W. and Margaret (Suydam) Tabell. He grew up in Riverside, CT, and graduated from St Luke’s School and Colgate University, Class of 1952. After serving in the Army, he joined his father at Walston and Company where he consulted with a variety of institutions and pursued technical market research, inspired largely by his father Edmund.

In 1965, he became senior vice-president, a member of the board of directors, and the director of technical research at Walston and Company.  Tony was one of the earliest practitioners of technical market analysis, having learned the value of  point and figure charts from his father Edmund, and subsequently  shifting to computer models as early as the late 50s and early 60s. In an interview with Professor Andrew Lo of MIT, Mr. Tabell commented that “I liked computers. I liked sitting down and writing computer programs in assembly language… it was a natural marriage with what I was doing with technical analysis, because technical analysis is analysis of data… I’m probably one of the first people who tried to evaluate stock price returns on a computer, necessarily a mainframe.” Tony also authored the Tabell Market Letter, a weekly publication he took over from his father, after his death, in 1965. The letter, a Wall Street institution since 1944, boasted a circulation of over 100,000. In addition, he was a founding member of the Market Technicians Association (now the CMT) and served as its president from 1975-76. He was a member of its board of directors until his retirement in 1993.

In 1970, Mr. Tabell left Walston and Company in NYC to form, with Matt Delafield and Ashton Harvey, the Princeton, NJ, brokerage firm of  Delafield Harvey Tabell which initially operated as a division of Janney Montgomery Scott. The firm’s steady success caught the attention, in 1991, of the US Trust Company, and soon after, DHT merged with USTrust.

Tony was also an enthusiastic traveler and adventurer, a trait he passed down to his children and grandchildren. He and his wife, Ellen (Molwitz) Tabell, visited all seven continents, and especially enjoyed travels to Antarctica and eastern Africa, to which they journeyed three times on different family safaris. An avid skier and mountain climber, he skied throughout Europe and the western states, but was happiest in New England where he spent many hours on the slopes of Killington and Okemo with his daughters and grandchildren.

Tony, who grew up rooting for the Brooklyn Dodgers, was also a long-suffering fan of the New York Mets and counted their 1969 World Series victory as one of the happiest days of his life. In 1985, his tongue-in-cheek theory about the correlation of the team’s success and the stock market’s dips was picked up by the AP and appeared in newspapers across the country.

In addition to Ellen, his high school sweetheart and wife of 66 years, Tony is survived by his three daughters, Meg (John) Kasprak of Brunswick, ME, Roberta (Bob) Jordan of West Bath, ME, and Sarah (Steve) Nocka of Wellesley, MA. He will also be missed by his grandchildren Alex Kasprak, Nick Kasprak and his wife Emily, Chris Kasprak and his husband Danny, Molly Jordan and her husband, Andrew, Sarah Jordan, and Andrew, Kristen, and Thomas Nocka.


Carolyn L. Patko

Carolyn L. Patko, 86, of Franklin Township passed away peacefully Wednesday, April 22, 2020 at the Center for Hope, Scotch Plains, NJ.

Born 1933 in Brooklyn, NY, her family moved to Griggstown, NJ, in the early 1940’s. She resided most of her life in Franklin Township, Somerset County where she was a member of Six Mile Run Reformed Church in Franklin Park.

After raising her three children, Carolyn worked as a secretary for many years at the Westminster Choir College and the Princeton Theological Seminary, both in Princeton, NJ. She was co-owner of the Yellow Rose Country/Western Bar, Manville, NJ, from 1987 thru 1997.

As a graduate of Princeton High School, she was a dedicated member of the Class of 1951 Reunion Committee. She was past president of the Little Rocky Hill Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary.

Carolyn was very talented and creative. In her retirement she enjoyed making things for her grandchildren. Besides stitching many projects and knitting many afghans, gloves, and hats, she was an avid painter, crafter, and cake decorator and a published poet. She even taught herself how to play the guitar.

Carolyn’s legacy and spirit live on through her loving family. She leaves behind her two sons and two daughters-in-law James J. and Kimberly Patko of Kendall Park, NJ, Joseph R. and Bridget Patko of Superior, MT, and four grandchildren, Amber Patko, April Patko, Aidan Patko, and Molly Patko. Daughter of the late Eugene and Florence Tornquist, wife of the late Joseph S. Patko, mother of the late Carol L. Patko, sister of the late Robert Tornquist, Jean Rutter-Levesque.

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

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, a memorial service will be held at a later date.


Joseph P. Moore

Joseph P. Moore, 78, passed away Wednesday, April 22, 2020 at home, surrounded by family. A full obituary and Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.





Betty Sander Thompson

Betty Sander Thompson, 90 formerly of Plainsboro, NJ, and most recently a resident at Stonebridge of Montgomery, Skillman, NJ, passed peacefully in her home on April 21, 2020.

Born June 26, 1929 in Glenville, WV, Betty spent the later part of her childhood in Gulfport, MS. She is predeceased by her husband Robert L. Thompson, Sr. and her parents John and Alice Sander.

Upon graduation from high school in Gulfport, MS, in 1947, Betty embarked on her future career by taking the “Hummingbird” train by herself to enter the University of Cincinnati’s School of Nursing. She graduated in June 1951 with a bachelor’s of science degree in Nursing. She played the flute in the orchestra at the University of Cincinnati and there she met fellow flute player, Robert Thompson, who became the love of her life! They went on to marry and spent 64 wonderful years together.

Betty, an avid tennis player, was involved in the USTA (United States Tennis Association) as an umpire and referee. In fact she was recruited back in 1979 to attend the first official USTA umpire’s certification clinic. In 1988 Betty received the Edwin Mellor Award for outstanding service as an umpire for the Middle States, USTA. Over the years she worked at a number of professional, collegiate, and junior tournaments as a line umpire, chair umpire, referee, and tournament director. In 2010 Betty retired and was recognized for her 32 years of service.

Betty was an active member of the P.E.O. Sisterhood, most recently Chapter AE of Princeton, NJ., she was recognized as a 50 year member in 2016. PEO was always near and dear to Betty’s heart, she cherished the many relationships she developed and always valued the impact the educational projects had on those women benefiting from them. Betty was also a member of the Nassau Presbyterian Church.

Betty is survived by her five children, Robert Thompson, Jr. and his wife Mary Beth, Sandra Pollock, Susan Kurtain and her husband Bill, Steven Thompson, Laurie Randow, her adopted daughter Kathy Cook and her husband Tom, her brother James Sander and her sister Nancy Royalty. She is survived by 16 loving grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Betty was a remarkable woman whose strength instilled confidence in those who knew and loved her. She was an attentive and loving wife and mother. She will be missed dearly by her family.

Due to the coronavirus the family will celebrate Betty’s life later in the summer when they can all travel and be together safely.


Al Angrisani

Government and Corporate Leader, Author, Philanthropist and Beloved Father and Grandfather

Albert (Al) Angrisani, 70, peacefully passed away on Thursday, April 23, at Penn Medicine Princeton Medical Center of Plainsboro, NJ. Born in Newark NJ, he lived much of his life in Princeton.

Throughout his life, Al held both government and corporate positions. He served as the Assistant U.S. Secretary of Labor under President Ronald Reagan from 1980 to 1984. He was the architect of the Job Training Partnership Act of 1982, which was one of the nation’s first public/private partnerships and played a major role in the economic recovery plan that created 16 million new jobs.

As a corporate leader, he led numerous successful public companies in his decades-long career including Harris Interactive, Inc., Greenfield Online/Ciao, and Total Research among others. Al was most proud of securing both their shareholder value and jobs for thousands of employees.

As an author, Al penned two books that became immediately popular in the business world. The first, Win One for the Shareholders, is a widely used primer for businesses struggling to survive in the competitive corporate world. His second book, From Last to First, drew on his own personal experiences to coach both individuals and businesses in building wealth and success. Al was also a regular commentator on national business news programs including CNBC, Fox Business, Newsmax, and Bloomberg TV.

Finally — and most importantly — he was a beloved father and grandfather, known as “Papa” to his seven grandchildren, Aiden, Reed, and Mabel Fratangelo, Landon and Noelle Nielsen, Cortland and Reese Gautieri. He is survived by three daughters and their husbands, Catherine and (Jason) Nielsen, Sarah and (Glenn) Fratangelo, and Elizabeth and (Eric) Gautieri, two brothers and two sisters, Frank, Russell and Marion Angrisani and Frances Lein.

A private graveside service will be held, with a memorial service to be held at a later date. As an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions may be sent to: The Ronald Reagan Foundation ( or a charity of your choice.


Scott McVay Petrone

Scott McVay Petrone died after a year-long illness on April 21, 2020, at his home in New York City. He was 47. Known for his many deep friendships, care, and support of others, and his athleticism and love of sports, Scott will be dearly missed by his family and friends.

Scott was born in Princeton, NJ, on January 15, 1973 and attended the Princeton Public Schools, graduating from Princeton High School in 1991. Remarkably, Scott earned 12 varsity letters at Princeton High School, lettering in soccer, swimming, and baseball from freshman through senior year. He captained his soccer, swimming, and baseball teams and earned All-State honors in soccer.

Scott attended Claremont McKenna College in Claremont, California, and graduated with a B.A. degree in economics. At Claremont, Scott was captain of the baseball team, earned four varsity letters, and was awarded the Arce Award for athletics.

After graduation, Scott embarked on a successful Wall Street career which began as a clerk on the New York Stock Exchange where he was the youngest head clerk in his firm’s history. He then held senior positions at Prudential Securities and Lazard Capital Markets as a convertible bond trader with responsibility for institutional sales, market making, capital commitment, and compliance.

Golf was a central part of Scott’s adult life and his friends and family have many cherished memories of the hours (sometimes full days) spent with Scott on the golf course and at Springdale Golf Club in particular where Scott was the Club Champion in 2012. Scott often walked away with the annual Petrone Open trophy and spent many hours organizing this much-loved family event.

Scott was also known to his friends and family for his encyclopedic knowledge of NYC and every restaurant that was worth visiting. You could call Scott with a destination and he would recommend a handful of excellent restaurants close by and sometimes pull strings to make a reservation for you. Scott loved good food and wanted to make sure that everyone was taken care of and having the best experience possible.

Throughout his life Scott was attached to his family and many friends, and doted on his nieces and nephews who were very dear to him and who loved him greatly in return. His friends treasured his spirit and sense of adventure, and the ease and enjoyment of being in his company. He will be remembered for his kindness, thoughtfulness, generosity, friendship, and respect and care for others.

Scott is survived by his parents, Ellen and Tom Petrone, his brothers, Michael, Andy and Bryan, his sisters-in-law, Emilie and Deborah, and his nieces and nephews, Claire, Benjamin, Drew, Calvin and Abby, in addition to many wonderful aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Memorial services are being held privately.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a contribution to 101: Need-Based Scholarships for Princeton High School Graduates (; or, where Scott delivered meals to the homebound in New York City.


Mildred Mario

Mildred Martha Daume Mario, formerly of Princeton and known to everyone as Millie, died April 17th in Key West after a year-long battle with cancer. She was 80.

Born in Brooklyn to German immigrant parents who fled the collapsing Weimar Republic in 1930, she was educated in New York City public schools, and was awarded a scholarship to Hunter College. Her mother, who did not believe girls should go to college, insisted her youngest daughter join the workforce, so she embarked on a brief career as an executive secretary at CBS and Bristol Myers in Manhattan, jobs for which she freely admitted in later years she was not well suited.
In 1961 she married Ernest Mario of Clifton, NJ, whose best friend, Bob Stier, had married Millie’s elder sister Edith a few years before. The couple relocated to Rhode Island, where Ernie earned his PhD and their sons Christopher and Gregory were born. In 1966 they moved to Rochester, NY, where Ernie began his career in the pharmaceutical industry. Their third son, Jeremy, was born in Rochester.

In 1972 the family returned to New Jersey, first to Cherry Hill, then to Bridgewater, and finally to Princeton. In Princeton, Millie embarked on what would become a life-long devotion to historic preservation with the restoration of the Belford House, a landmark 1934 Tudor Revival on North Road she restored long before historic preservation became fashionable.

Ernie’s career took the couple to North Carolina and then London, where Ernie was chief executive of Glaxo in the late 1980s and early 1990s. At that time, it was still customary for the wife of a British chief executive to act as an ambassador for the company, a role Millie adopted with passion and skill, and for which she was paid one pound per year. As she later said, when she was first diagnosed with Stage IV cancer in March, 2019, “I’m a girl from Brooklyn who has traveled the world by private jet and I have been everywhere. I’ve had an amazing life.”

In Palo Alto, Millie took on her most ambitious restoration project, the John Adams Squire House. A 1904 Classical Revival landmark that had fallen into serious disrepair and had avoided the wrecking ball more than once, the project would lead to Millie’s appointment to the Palo Alto Historic Resources Board, which she would be chair for eight years. She also joined the board of the California Preservation Foundation, a statewide historic preservation advocacy and educational organization, eventually serving as president.

Ernie and Millie returned to the east coast to be nearer to their children and grandchildren in 2001, eventually settling in Key West. Millie is survived by her three sons and eight grandchildren: Christopher’s daughter Millicent, of Washington, DC; Gregory’s children Griffin, Chloe, Madeleine, and Brigitte, of Miami; and Jeremy’s children Gretchen, Reid, and Charles, of Durham, NC.

Millie was an exceptional wife, a loving if strict German mother, and she doted on her grandchildren. The bacon and French toast breakfasts she made for them is a memory that her grandchildren will always treasure and that her loving daughters-in-law will never be able to replicate.

Millie was uniquely tough, strong, wise, patient, opinionated, and kind. She saw the best in everyone, was generous with her affection and her time, and would have done absolutely anything for her grandchildren. She loved the beach, the daily crossword, Scrabble, exercise, her three sisters (Elizabeth Knocklein of Garner, NC; the late Edith Stier of Clifton, NJ; and Anna Daume of Ridgewood, NJ), a good Black Russian, and was absolutely insistent that the entire family would be together for Christmas and the Fourth of July each year.

A memorial is planned in Princeton this fall.


Jean Marilyn (Farncombe) Davidson

Jean Marilyn (Farncombe) Davidson, age 76, passed away on Sunday, April 19, 2020 in Littleton, MA. Jean had a smile that could light up a room and a laugh that was infectious, even in her later years as dementia took hold of her. She will be dearly missed by all that came to know and love her.

Born on August 14, 1943 in Galt (now Cambridge), Ontario, Jean was one of four children born to the late John Ross and Luella May (Furlong) Farncombe. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ronald William Crosby Davidson, in 2016 and her younger brother, George Farncombe, in 2008.

Jean’s early years were spent on a farm in southern Ontario where her father was a farm hand. Growing up on the farm, she learned the importance of family, the value of hard work, and how to be resourceful and appreciate the simple gifts that you are blessed with. When she was in high school, her parents bought a general store and it was there that she met her future husband, Ron, in 1961, when she was home from nursing school for the weekend. One week after Ron graduated from McMaster University, they married on May 18, 1963 and moved to Princeton, NJ, where Ron pursued his graduate studies at Princeton University.

Together, as a young married couple, Jean and Ron left everything that they knew — their families and their country — to build a new life, filled with hope, promise, adventure, and opportunity in the United States. While Ron’s career moved them all over the country, Jean built a home and raised their two children while working as an X-ray technician and then, later, as a mammographer.

Jean loved traveling and enjoyed sharing her love of creative projects with others, often hosting dinner parties, cooking, baking, sewing, quilting, and making stained glass. Jean was very giving and thoughtful and made everyone feel truly special — sending handwritten letters or homemade cards, favorite recipes, articles, and homemade gifts with special notes that continue to be treasured. She embodied kindness, compassion, creativity, and humor.

Jean is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Cynthia and Greg Premru of Groton, MA, and her son Ron Davidson, Jr. of Princeton, NJ; her brother and sister-in-law Jack and Margaret Farncombe of Kemptville, Ontario; and her sister Linda Beckham of Brantford, Ontario. She is also survived by four grandchildren – William and Leo Premru of Groton, MA; and Crosby and Cayley Davidson, of Princeton, NJ. Her extended family includes several nieces and nephews and grand-nieces and grand-nephews in Ontario, Canada.

We are grateful for the wonderful staff who provided caring assistance to Jean over her last four years and care and comfort in her final days.

A celebration of Jean’s life will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial gift to the Alzheimers Research Program at McLean Hospital. Checks should be made payable to “McLean Hospital” and sent to 115 Mill Street, Mail Stop 126, Belmont, MA 02478. Online gifts can be made at Please note “in memory of Jean Davidson” in the memo field.

Arrangements are under the care of Badger Funeral Home. To share a memory or offer condolences, please visit www.


Nigel Paul Longshaw

Paul Longshaw, 66, died unexpectedly in his sleep early in the morning of April 15, 2020. He had recently been diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis. Born in Chipping Norton, England, Paul visited Princeton in 1985 on a lark and instantly made it his permanent home with his wife, Cille (née Koch). Longstanding Princeton residents and lifelong travelers, their itineraries invariably traced the paths of revered architects.

A member of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), Paul forged a 40-year career as an architect first in the U.K. and subsequently in the U.S., working with international teams to produce award-winning, state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities for leading pharmaceutical firms in the U.S. and abroad. As a senior project architect and technical lead at Jacobs Engineering in Conshohocken, PA, for nearly 25 years, Paul took particular joy in mentoring young architects, instilling the highest standards for design and construction practices.

Paul’s passion for distinctive design permeated every aspect of his life.Taking the lead with his Canon camera around his neck, he eagerly enticed friends and family to accompany him on walkabouts to marvel at exemplary buildings across the Princeton campus; admire glassy new structures shoulder-to-shoulder with neo-classical landmarks in Manhattan; or delight in the surprise of each new summer pavilion at the Serpentine in London.

Beyond his keen eye, Paul will also be remembered for his admittedly eclectic musical preferences ranging from Frank Zappa to Billy Strayhorn to Jenny Lewis, his talents as a photographer, his generosity, and his predilection for a proper English pint. In addition to his wife of 30 years, he leaves behind cherished extended family in the U.K. and U.S. and an exceptional constellation of lifelong friendships far and wide.

His ashes will be interred in the Pardee Memorial Garden at Princeton Cemetery. A memorial celebration will be planned at a later date.

If you wish to make a contribution in Paul’s memory, the British Heart Foundation, Philabundance, Trenton Area Soup Kitchen (TASK), and Princeton First Aid & Rescue Squad are among the many organizations he supported.

Obituaries, 4/1/2020 Post

Jacques Pierre Sibeud

Jacques Pierre Sibeud, dearly beloved husband, father, and grandfather passed away on March 25, 2020 at home in Sag Harbor, NY, at the age of 93. A successful business executive with an international career, Jacques was most focused on his family and friends. His intellectual curiosity, gregarious nature, and open mind attracted new lifelong friends along the way wherever he went.

Jacques was born in 1926 in Toulon, France, where his father was a French naval officer. Most of his childhood was spent in Lyon, France, where he attended a Jesuit preparatory school before going on to Le Prytanée National Militiare, a military boarding school for children of Légion d’Honneur recipients. Although his father hoped he would follow him into the Navy, Jacques was not attracted to the life of a soldier which he could appreciate very well from his experiences as a teenager during World War II.

Ultimately Jacques’ calling was to become a scientist so he returned home to study at l’École Supérieure de Chimie Industrielle de Lyon where he earned a chemical engineering degree and a PhD in chemistry. While working on his doctorate, Jacques made a discovery which brought him to the attention of the president of his corporate sponsor, Rhone-Poulenc, the French chemical-textile giant. In recognition of his abilities, Jacques was asked to move to the United States to build a chemical plant in New Brunswick, NJ, and spearhead the company’s new business there. The catch was he had to decide on the spot. Jacques accepted the challenge to head to an unfamiliar country where he did not speak the language, thereby launching a career lasting over 35 years with Rhone-Poulenc. Ultimately Jacques reached the top echelons of Rhone-Poulenc as Vice President-Technical, overseeing important research and the construction and acquisition of more plants in the United States including a rare earth extraction plant in Freeport, Texas.

Another very important moment came in the spring of 1963 when Jacques met the woman of his dreams at the home of a mutual friend. After a whirlwind courtship he and Michele were married in New York City in November where they lived for the next five years. In 1968, with 3-year-old daughter, Amy, in tow they moved to Princeton, NJ, where they lived for 21 years. Another significant decision came in 1966 when Jacques and Michele built a home in Water Mill, NY, where they summered for many years eventually moving in full-time in 1990. In 2014, Jacques and Michele moved again to a historic home in Sag Harbor within walking distance of the pier and village.

Once retired, Jacques had time to serve as Treasurer and then as Commodore of the Devon Yacht Club in Amagansett, NY, where he had been involved for years running the weekend sailing races and serving as Fleet Captain. He liked to joke that his father would have been very happy to see him in uniform at last! Jacques also found time to serve on the vestry at St Ann’s Church in Bridgehampton at the time when they managed the renovation of the parish house basement to a multipurpose space for hosting meetings and Sunday school. He also ushered at Sunday services on a regular basis.

Jacques had many hobbies in addition to sailing. He was an avid bridge player and also enjoyed tennis and golf. Jacques and Michele traveled most years to California and France to visit their respective families and visited many new destinations in Europe together. They made several trips driving across the country, visiting friends and new places each time. Jacques loved working on his garden with Michele and also cooking and hosting beautiful dinners for friends and family. Many will remember that every year he and Michele made raspberry and quince jelly to enjoy and to give as gifts. An avid reader, especially of history, and a true sports fan, he always had something interesting to talk about with anyone he encountered. As a member of several luncheon groups over the years, he enjoyed lively discussions. His most recent project, now in the final stages of completion, is an extensive Sibeud family history dating back to the 1500s in both English and French.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Michele Brown Sibeud; his daughters, Amy and Eugenie; his sons-in-law Alfred Morgan and Dean Gomolka; and six grandchildren: Carter, James, Timothy, Chloe, Grace, and Max.


Ricarda Froehlich

Ricarda Froehlich, 83 years old, died peacefully at Acorn Glen in Princeton on Sunday, March 29. She was born in Allenstein, East Prussia (today Olsztyn, Poland), the first child of the late Richard Lotzin and his wife, Hilde Bransky, on August 30, 1936. She grew up in Loerrach near the Swiss border where she attended the Hebel-Gymnasium and went on to study classical languages and literature (Greek and Latin) at the universities of Tuebingen, Hamburg, and Vienna. In 1961, she married Karlfried Froehlich and went with him to to the U.S. where they lived in Madison, NJ. In 1968, the family moved to Princeton.

Ricarda tutored numerous graduate students in German and Latin. Through Redeemer Lutheran Church in Trenton she participated in the work of the Trenton soup kitchen. Later, she became a longtime member of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Princeton Junction. She also served for many years as a choir mother at Trinity Church, and regularly attended the Early Birds bible study group at Nassau Presbyterian Church.

In 2010 the Froehlichs moved to the Princeton Windrows community where Ricarda spent her last years. Her mother had been a concert pianist, and Ricarda loved music. She sang in several church choirs and vocal ensembles over the years and was a faithful member of the Princeton Recorder Society. She also loved plants and flowers, and found great joy in tending her garden. She was gifted at arts and crafts, working especially with fabrics and yarns and exceptionally skilled at the spinning wheel.

Ricarda will be fondly remembered by a large circle of friends in the U.S. and abroad with whom she engaged in an extensive correspondence. She is survived by her husband and three children, Johanna Froehlich Swartzentruber of Princeton, Eberhard Froehlich of Montreal, and Daniel Froehlich of Poulsbo, WA, and two grandchildren, Anna Baroud of Berlin and Clara Swartzentruber of Princeton.

A private funeral service will be held on April 1 with burial at Princeton Cemetery immediately following. A memorial celebration will be scheduled later this year. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be directed to Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 177 Princeton-Hightstown Road, Princeton Junction, NJ 08550.


Amelia Buck Kerlin

Amelia (Amy) Buck Kerlin of Princeton died March 25, 2020, at Princeton Windrows where she had resided since 2005. She was the daughter of John Newton Buck and Elizabeth Mulcare Buck. Born in 1929, Amy grew up in Washington, DC, and attended Immaculata Junior College. In 1949 she married David Darton Kerlin, moved to New Jersey in 1955, settling in Westfield for 18 years. As their three children reached adulthood, Amy used her literacy and organizational skills working at the Westfield Board of Education in records and administrative support.

They moved to Princeton in 1972 where David was the local agent for State Farm Insurance. Amy once again employed her skills at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs for eight years in administrative support capacities. Her public spirit was demonstrated in her 30 years as volunteer for Recording for the Blind.

Amy’s interests were varied. With other family members she traced her Buck ancestry to 1635 when early English settlers arrived in Tidewater Virginia. For 35 years she and her husband enjoyed summers living aboard the BLUE WHALE docked on Barnegat Bay, where they hosted friends and family and were the life of dock parties. Extensive travel took them on driving trips across the USA, visits to many countries in Europe, a safari in Kenya, as well as numerous cruises with good friends. She also enjoyed swimming, gardening, and tennis, winning some friendly tennis championships at the Bay Head Yacht Club. At Windrows she was known for arranging group trips to the Met Live in HD opera performances at local theatres, participating in the poets group and the Windrows Warblers, and singing humorous duets with her daughter Marie at celebratory functions.

Predeceased by her husband of 59 years, she is survived by immediate family: Christine Kerlin in the state of Washington, John Buck Kerlin of Hamilton, NJ, and Marie Kerlin of Princeton; her sister, Elizabeth Rogers of Bethesda, MD; grandchildren Kayla and Clarissa Kerlin and Mandy Murphy, whom she loved so much; and many nieces and nephews. She will be sorely missed by her family and friends.


Charles F. McManus

Charles F. McManus, age 100, of Princeton Junction, died peacefully in his sleep on March 22, 2020, at his home.

The son of the late Edward J. and Lenore Giblin McManus, Charles was born on June 27, 1919, in Omaha, Nebraska, where he lived for 22 years — experiencing the Dust Bowl, catching many of the Swing Era’s most renowned big bands, and, on Prohibition Era summer trips, sitting on the gate of his uncle’s ranch watching for unwanted visitors while his uncle and friends ran a still in the barn. After graduating from Omaha Central High School in 1937, he entered Creighton University, where he was Commander of the Battalion of Cadets and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics and Physics in 1941.

In 1949, Charles married Hattie Crute of Danville, Virginia. Together they had five children, of whom four survive him: Edward McManus (and wife Patricia) of Bristow, Virginia; Mary Bowden of Burlington, New Jersey; Frances McManus (and husband Herb) of Princeton, New Jersey; and Trent Liakris (and husband Christos) of Fieldsboro, New Jersey. After 13 years of marriage, Hattie passed away in 1963. In 1967, Charles married Marjorie (Jerry) Quick of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, who survives him; as does their son Andrew McManus (and wife Stacy) of Chesterfield, New Jersey. He was predeceased by his son William C. McManus in 1994 and his brothers Robert E. McManus in 2009, Leo G. McManus in 2019, and Thomas F. McManus in 2020. He is also survived by six grandchildren.

Upon graduation from college in the summer of 1941, Charles entered the U.S. Army as a second lieutenant and served throughout World War II — deploying to the European Theater of Operations in January 1945 with the 13th Airborne Division and returning home in August 1945. He was one of the original members of the Army’s Airborne Corps and trained those that followed: the 11th, 17th, 82nd, and 101st Airborne Divisions. After leaving active duty at the rank of Captain in 1946, Charles entered the Army Reserve, retiring in 1969 as a Colonel. Serving in the American military was one of the greatest joys of his life and provided him with many close friendships and fond memories, especially of Fort Bragg where he served a number of tours.

Charles worked in the investment banking industry for 45 years in a career that began with Harriman & Ripley and concluded with Merrill Lynch where he retired in 1991. Along the way he also worked at Salomon Brothers, Blyth Eastman Dillon, Dean Witter, and William Sword & Co. Upon retirement, he and Jerry settled on a golf course in Sedona, AZ, where they enjoyed life for 15 years before moving back to NJ to be near family.

A devout man of faith for his entire life, Charles belonged to several Catholic parishes around the country where he served on boards and chaired various committees and support campaigns. He was an avid golfer who played into his nineties and was a member of the Springdale Golf Club in Princeton, New Jersey, for almost 50 years. He was also a lifelong fan of swing music and a lifetime member of the University Club in New York City.

Having grown up during the Depression and seen the ravages of war up close, his optimism and positive attitude were an inspiration to all. His Irish sense of humor served him well as he always remained focused on the bright side of life. He will be missed by all those who knew him.
A Memorial Mass will take place at a future date at Saint David the King RC Church.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Saul Colonial Home, 3795 Nottingham Way, Hamilton Square, NJ.

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John Seward Johnson, Jr.

John Seward Johnson, Jr., sculptor of hyper-realistic figures inhabiting cities around the world, creator of New Jersey’s Grounds For Sculpture and the Johnson Atelier, and grandson of Robert Wood Johnson, founder of Johnson & Johnson, died Tuesday, March, 10, 2020, surrounded by his family at his winter home in Key West, Florida. He was 89. The cause was cancer.

At the age of 38, Seward Johnson had been a painter when his wife, Cecelia Joyce Johnson, noticed that he had a mechanical aptitude and encouraged him to try sculpture. Less than a year later, Johnson won the top prize at the Design in Steel Awards. From the beginning, he focused on creating life-sized bronze sculptures of people engaged in daily activities to honor “the beauty of the rituals of everyday life.”

It was in 1980 that Johnson first achieved wide acclaim, followed by citywide exhibitions in Rome and Berlin, and a growing number of collectors. “Double Check,” Johnson’s 1982 bronze sculpture of a businessman, was the only Ground Zero piece to remain intact after the attacks of September 11, 2001. As The New York Times reported: “While ‘Double Check’ evolved into a memorial to all who perished, it was also a fitting metaphor for the city: though the sculpture had been knocked loose from its moorings, it endured.”

‘’Most people who like my work are timid about their own sense of art,” Johnson explained. “I love to draw it out of them, because they have strong inner feelings. They’ve been intimidated by the art world.’’ His later work explored iconographic references. A series that immersed viewers in life-sized tableaux of Impressionist subjects was among The Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington’s all-time draws and was later exhibited along the Seine in Bougival near Paris.

As Johnson became more prolific, he opened a studio in his native New Jersey that expanded to become the Johnson Atelier — a technical school and an open foundry for other sculptors that revolutionized control of the medium. Previously, the ancient secrets of casting had been well guarded. The Atelier gave artists freedom over own their work, attracting some of the world’s great sculptors.

Seward Johnson, the son of John Seward Johnson and Ruth Dill, was born in New Brunswick, New Jersey, on April 16, 1930. His father, a director of Johnson & Johnson, helped chart the company’s international expansion. His mother was the daughter of a member of the Bermudian colonial parliament, whose younger sister, Diana Dill, married the actor Kirk Douglas. Johnson lived with his three sisters in several locations across the United States and Europe. He attended the Forman School in Litchfield, Connecticut, to address his acute dyslexia, and the University of Maine at Orono. He served in the United States Navy during the Korean War, from 1951 to 1955.

After the war, he dutifully took a management job in the family company, but it was later made severely clear to him that his future was not there. He would undergo a period of painful searching to find his place, which his marriage to Cecelia Joyce provided. As his career took off, so did his reputation for being a well-known raconteur. Close friend Joyce Carol Oates joked, “Seward often tells great stories, and a few of them are even true.” Yet when it came to himself, he was unflinchingly honest. “After years of being afraid into my forties to show who I really was,” he later wrote, “I had to burst out and say, ‘Here, this is the real me. Take me or leave me!’”

As Johnson’s reputation as an artist flourished, he began plans for a sculpture park with a vision as detailed as his figures. Visitors would be “encouraged to overcome any natural, habitual, or learned resistance or fear of art, for an experience that elevates the soul and heals the spirit.” The now 42-acre Grounds For Sculpture gained international acclaim since its opening in June 1992 and features the works of more than 150 artists.

Still, many in Seward’s family felt his greatest gifts were reserved for them. “He was just capable of not taking anything for granted in his field of vision, always considering something from an upside-down point of view,” his son John S. Johnson III, co-founder of BuzzFeed, recalled. “What he did for me is open my eyes.” His nephew Michael Greenleaf felt Seward’s greatest lesson was “to extend yourself — to give yourself to the situation. Be generous — over and over.”

J Seward Johnson, Jr. who resided in Hopewell, New Jersey; Nantucket, MA; New York City, and Key West, Florida, is survived by his wife Cecelia Joyce; his son, John, and his wife, Susan; his daughter, India, and her husband Eliot, and five grandchildren.


Stacie Lee Isaacson

Stacie Lee Isaacson, born December 31, 1960 in Trenton, NJ, died peacefully on the night of March 13, 2020.

She spent her childhood in Yardley, Pa. She was a special gift to her mother, whose birthday was January 1st. Stacie was a beautiful person inside and out. Despite her many difficulties in life, she had an uplifting spirit about her that will be remembered by all who knew her. At a young age, many people in the local Yardley community volunteered to assist in a program called “Patterning” to improve her motor skills. She was a medalist in the Special Olympics for swimming of which she was very proud — her favorite stroke was the butterfly.

Never one to pass judgement on others, Stacie loved laughing and telling jokes and was very good at telling you what famous person you resembled. It was her way of endearing herself to others, her intent was to form a simple connection with that person. There are many life lessons Stacie taught us — about love, the beauty of life, and compassion for others. Though we may not have realized it at the time, her outward love for people is a lesson we can all share. As many can attest, she touched many lives and will surely be missed.

Predeceased by her mother and father Sondra and George Isaacson, and brother-in-law Howard Domers, she is survived by her sister Laurie Domers, her brother and sister-in-law Steven Isaacson and Laura Lichstein, her nieces Ashley and Alli Domers and Sydney and Olivia Isaacson. She was a longtime resident of the Bancroft residential community in Vorhees, NJ, and will be missed by many of her friends there.

Due to health concerns around coronavirus, funeral services will be held privately for family with burial at Ewing Cemetery. A celebration of Stacie’s life will be announced in the near future. Memorial contributions are respectfully requested to Special Olympics of New Jersey, or to a charity of the donor’s choice. To leave condolences for the family visit


Constance Greiff

Constance Greiff, architectural historian, a pioneer of the historic preservation movement in the U.S., and longtime resident of Princeton and Rocky Hill, died Sunday, March 1, in Princeton.

Mrs. Greiff (pronounced to rhyme with “life”) turned an amateur passion for historic buildings into a profession, authoring books, founding and presiding over Preservation New Jersey, a nonprofit devoted to preserving the state’s diverse heritage, consulting, and advising the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

“Every building tells a story, though sometimes you have to dig to find it,” Mrs. Greiff said. “I like the digging and I like the telling.”

Her sons James and Peter said the cause of death was congestive heart failure. She was 90 years old.

Mrs. Greiff found her vocation in the early 1960s, within a few years of moving to Princeton, which was rich in historically significant but largely unexplored homes, churches, and buildings. Teaming up with a Vassar co-alumna Mary (Weitzel) Gibbons, and photographer Elizabeth G. C. Menzies, Mrs. Greiff co-authored “Princeton Architecture: A Pictorial History of Town and Campus,” published in 1967 by the Princeton University Press. The book had unusually high sales for a university press edition and for a time graced a good number of coffee tables in Princeton. The book was later reissued in paperback.

That book led to her involvement in the nascent New Jersey preservation movement and the Princeton Historical Society, where she served twice as president and led the restoration of the society’s Nassau Street home, Bainbridge House.

In 1969, upon learning that Princeton University was going to build a large, mostly subterranean annex to Firestone Library, she and Mary Gibbons convinced the university to allow a brigade of students and volunteers to excavate the site, where the Houdibras Tavern had stood in the 18th century. For six weeks in the spring of that year, the team extracted shards of pottery and china, tableware and other household items, which later were catalogued and displayed in Bainbridge House.

Mrs. Greiff was appointed advisor to the National Trust for Historic Preservation in 1973 and became an editor at the Pyne Press, a small imprint based on Nassau Street that specialized in the re-issue of vintage architectural books. While at Pyne Press, she authored “Lost America: From the Atlantic to the Mississippi” and “Lost America: From the Mississippi to the Pacific,” photographic tours of hundreds of buildings of architectural or historic value that had been lost to neglect, fire, flood or modern development. Through these books, Greiff’s work became known to a national audience.

“‘Lost America’ is more than a runthrough of a morgue of dead buildings, for it can sharpen our sight, alert us what to look for, make us conscious of the buildings around us,” The New York Times’ Thomas Lash wrote in a review. “It can help us stop making the same mistakes our ancestors did.”

In a separate New York Times review, Rita Reif wrote, “’Lost America’ is the most persuasive, intelligent argument yet presented for preservation of this country’s historic buildings….This long overdue indictment of all apathetic or greedy Americans responsible for the destruction of architectural treasures, is written with full knowledge that preservation does not mean an end to change and progress.”

Other books Mrs. Greiff authored were “John Notman, Architect” (Athenaeum of Philadelphia, 1979), “Independence: The Creation of a National Park” (University of Pennsylvania Press, 1987), “Early Victorian” and “Art Nouveau” (both Abbeville Press, 1995), “Robert Smith, Architect, Builder, Patriot” (Athenaeum of Philadelphia, 2000), which she co-authored with Charles E. Peterson and  Maria Thompson “Morven: Memory, Myth and Reality” (Historic Morven, Inc., 2004) which she co-authored with Wanda Gunning.

In 1975, Mrs. Greiff founded Heritage Studies, a consultancy that performed surveys and studies for towns, counties, and states in the Northeast, the first of its kind in the preservation world. Heritage Studies employed many young architectural historians, helping launch careers in what was still a new field. Architectural historian Bob Craig, Supervisor of the New Jersey State Historic Preservation Office, who worked at Heritage Studies during a 12 year period in the 1970s and 1980s, recalled that working for Mrs. Greiff was “like getting a second graduate school education.”

In 1978, she founded Preservation New Jersey, of which she was President until 1989. She also served on the planning boards of Princeton and Rocky Hill and was a member of the New Jersey State Review Board for Historic Preservation.

Constance May Mann was born in New York on Oct. 4, 1929, the second of two daughters of Jacob and Evelyn (Weiss) Mann. Her father taught Latin in the New York public schools. Raised in Queens and Manhattan, she recalled being assigned to be a messenger in Manhattan during the blackouts of World War II. She said her duties were to sit by a phone in a basement office of her apartment building, but the phone never rang.

Mrs. Greiff graduated from Vassar College, where she studied Art History and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. Following graduate studies at the New York University Institute of Fine Arts, she returned to teach briefly at Vassar.

While studying at Vassar, she met Robert Greiff, an engineering student at Columbia University.  They were married in 1952 and had two sons, James and Peter, who survive her, as do James’ wife, Bia, his children, Rachel and Samuel, and Peter’s daughter, Lara. Robert Greiff passed away in 2018. Mrs. Greiff’s older sister, Joan, passed away in January 2020.


Rina Ann Pennacchia

Rina Ann Pennacchia, 75, of Annapolis, Maryland, passed away at home Tuesday, February 25, 2020.

A resident of Annapolis for over 50 years, Rina was born and raised in Princeton, New Jersey, by the late Dominick Pennacchia and Helen Yolanda (Taraschi) Pennacchia.

She was a graduate of Princeton High School, Golden Beacon Junior College in Wilmington, DE, and American University of Washington, DC.

Rina was a trailblazer for working women in the ’70s and ’80s. She rarely accepted “no” when she wanted to do something, and with tenacity and aplomb accomplished much in her life. She worked for a short time at ETS in Princeton, NJ, before moving to Washington, DC. She worked for the Urban Institute in its early days helping develop a compensation and classification system, minority recruitment, and affirmative action programs. After 12 years she resigned as Vice President and Corporate Secretary in 1983.

Rina went on to work for Freddie Mac as one of the only female administrators as Director of Administration, Facilities and Real Estate. She worked for Social and Scientific Systems developing affirmative action programs, restructuring benefit programs, and successfully defending against EEO lawsuits. She served as the Director of Human Resources for seven years at Howard Hughes Medical Institute where she restructured personnel services, counseled managers, supervisors, and employees in 35 sites and 28 states. By the time she left, HHMI grew to over 3,000 staff and consultants and 72 sites.

She completed her professional career with 10 years at the National Council on Aging (NCOA). As Vice President of Human Resources and Talent Management, this was one of her most rewarding experiences. She retired in May of 2019.

Rina was an avid traveler having visited Australia; New Zealand; St. Petersburg, Russia; Austria; Great Britain; Ireland; France; and Spain and especially loved spending time in Ferentino, Italy with family. She was an avid reader, loved culinary arts, classical music, and truly cared about people and their well-being. She was an active member and officer in the Washington Personnel Association (WPA), Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), and the American Society of Personnel Administration (ASPA).

Rina was predeceased by her sister, Angela (Pennacchia) Bechtelheimer. Rina is survived by her sister, Patricia Giallella and her husband Victor of Princeton, New Jersey; her niece Jennifer Cantalupo and husband Michael of South Easton, Massachusetts; her nephew Andrew Giallella of Ocean, New Jersey; her great-niece and goddaughter, Gabriella Cantalupo and a great-nephew Dominick Cantalupo; a dear brother-in-law Paul Bechtelheimer and his wife Christine of Sewell, NJ; longtime friend and companion Christopher Kuhn of Annapolis, Maryland; and several extended cousins in the Taraschi, Zoccola, Caponi, Zorochin, and Merrifield families.

She will be greatly missed by all those who knew and loved her.

At the request of the family, Rina was privately cremated.

Services have been postponed and will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in Rina’s honor to Dorothea’s House, 120 John Street, Princeton, NJ 08540.

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David Alan Jacqmin

David Alan Jacqmin of Princeton, NJ, passed away on Thursday, December 12, 2019. He was born on October 15, 1947 in Boston, MA, to Harris John Jacqmin and Alice Wheeler Jacqmin. He grew up in Alton, IL; Great Neck, NY; Garden City, NY; Deer Park, TX; and Westport, CT, graduating from Staples High School in 1965.

After matriculating at Swarthmore University, David earned his BS from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. While he was living in Boston and working as a carpenter, a mutual friend introduced him to his future wife, Maxine Novek. In 1977, David and Maxine were married in their Winter Hill apartment by the mayor of Somerville.

David earned his PhD in applied physics from Harvard University in 1983, after which the family moved to Shaker Heights, Ohio, where they lived for the next 34 years. After a two-year stint working for Standard Oil of Ohio, he joined NASA Glenn Research Center, where he worked for nearly 30 years before retiring as a principal investigator/senior research engineer in 2014. During his time at NASA, he published numerous research papers. The paper he considered his best (“Very, Very Fast Wetting”) was published in the Journal of Fluid Mechanics in 2002. It showed how it is possible to coat fibers and flat surfaces at very high capillary numbers.

David was also a musician, and — after playing the French horn as a teenager in the Connecticut All State Band — took up the instrument again in the mid-90s. He played for many years with the Shaker Symphony, a community orchestra. David loved being outdoors, and was always the first to wade into any body of water he came across — regardless of whether or not he’d packed swim trunks. He was an avid traveler, taking his family on numerous trips, perhaps most memorably to Nantucket, the Jersey shore, and Napa Valley. He was a voracious reader who loved James Thurber, Djuna Barnes, “The Wind in the Willows,” “Mistress Masham’s Repose,” and poetry. And he loved to eat — especially ice cream.

After being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2004, David became active with the InMotion nonprofit center and the Parkinson Education Program of Greater Cleveland. He is survived by his wife of almost 43 years, Maxine; daughters Hilary Jacqmin (husband David Fishman) and Laura Jacqmin (partner James Tasch); sister Deborah Jacqmin Kramer and brother-in-law Gregory Kramer; niece Alex Kramer; granddaughter Violet Ada Fishman; and many cousins. Donations may be made in his memory to InMotion ( and the Nature Center at Shaker Lakes (


Charles Russell Sheldon

Charles Russell Sheldon, 71, of Trenton, N.J., died quietly in his sleep last month after a brief illness.

Loving grandfather, father, brother, nephew, cousin, neighbor, and friend, Charlie was an ardent member of Citizen’s Rifle and Revolver Club, of Princeton Junction, and Pennington Road Fire Company and First Aid Unit, of Ewing. He is deeply missed.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Charlie’s name to either of the organizations mentioned above.

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Rachel “Phyllis” Soffen

Rachel “Phyllis” Soffen died at age 88 on Saturday, February 29, 2020. She lived in Princeton, NJ, for many years, raising a family of five children with her husband of 50 years, Marvin Soffen. After she retired, and after Marvin passed in 2003, Phyllis also lived in Durham, NH, Portsmouth, NH, and Potomac, MD.

Phyllis was born in Washington, DC, on September 14, 1931. Her childhood was spent in Red Bank, NJ, where she attended elementary school in a one-room schoolhouse. Later, the family moved to Washington Crossing, PA.

Phyllis graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1952, with a BA in Education, and then earned a MA in Child Psychology. While in college, she met Marvin Soffen on a blind date, but dismissed him quickly because he kept agreeing with everything she said. Later, while still in college, she fell ill with the mumps and returned home to Washington Crossing to convalesce. Bored, she started writing letters. Marvin responded, writing eagerly and repeatedly. She gave her besotted suitor a second chance and had the love affair of a lifetime.

Phyllis was an avid member of the League of Women Voters in Princeton, NJ, where she and Marvin made their life. She was a supporter of the Planned Parenthood organization and a member of the Princeton Jewish Center. She volunteered her time at Recording for the Blind.

When the youngest of her five children was in grade school, Phyllis started a career teaching three-year-olds at Rocky Hill Cooperative Nursery School. Her retirement party included children of children, and two generations of students. She enjoyed telling the story of always having a father of one of the children in her class play Santa Claus during the holidays. Typically, it seemed, it was always the child whose father was in costume who, terrified, tearfully refused to sit on Santa’s lap.

She instilled the love of reading in her children by taking the time to read to each of her five children separately (Laura Ingalls Wilder, the Hardy boys, Pippi Longstocking, and the Boxcar Children). Family April Fool’s Day breakfasts consisted of green colored milk and a soft-boiled egg — when you cracked it open, there was chocolate ice cream inside!

Her children’s friends also experienced her love of fun when they would come after school and get the standard “cookies and juice.” This consisted of Phyllis insisting each child give her the “hole” of the striped shortbread cookie in order to receive a fourth cookie. All would nibble that cookie down to a delectable but impossible hole, and offer it back, but no, she wanted “no cookie at all, just the hole.” This hole invariably disappeared as soon as the cookie’s rim was too tiny, and there went the chance of a fourth cookie. She was always appropriately shocked and dismayed.

She followed in her parents’ tradition of taking each of her grandchildren on a first trip to Europe when they turned 10 (so that they might remember it). She also loved trips to the family home at the Jersey shore, where she would ask the children to dig a hole in the sand to China and treat them to the Asbury Park boardwalk and amusement park rides.

Phyllis always looked on the bright side of every situation. Even when Marvin, the love of her life for 50+ years died, in the first 24 hours, through her tears, she insisted “this too will pass.” In addition to her husband Marvin, Phyllis was predeceased by her mother Mina (Greene) Ostrolenk, her father Samuel Ostrolenk, as well as her brother, David Ostrolenk.

She is survived by her children, Cindy Soffen Cooper and her husband David, Steve Soffen and his wife Margaret, Shari Soffen Donnermeyer and her husband Dennis, Sybil Soffen Miller and her husband Derek, and Scott Soffen and his wife Pat, along with 12 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

The family will hold a private memorial service. We share grief in her passing and joy in the memories she left us.


The Rt. Rev. G. P. Mellick Belshaw

The Rt. Rev. George Phelps Mellick Belshaw, the ninth Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of New Jersey from 1983 to 1994, died on Saturday, February 29th peacefully in an apartment he had recently moved into on Mercer Street in Princeton. He was 91 years of age, born July 14, 1928 in Plainfield, NJ, the only child of Edith Mellick of Plainfield and New York and the Rev. Harold Belshaw, who immigrated to America from Wigan, England when a teen.

Known as Mellick, he spent his early youth in Paris, France, where his father was on the church staff of the American cathedral, before moving to Manhattan and soon thereafter to New Haven, CT. Mellick attended St. Paul’s School, Concord, NH, graduating with the class of 1947, the University of the South, Sewanee, TN, completing his studies in three years and graduating with the class of 1951, and the General Theological Seminary in New York, graduating in 1954. In June of that year he married Elizabeth Wheeler of Providence, RI, and was ordained a deacon in the Episcopal Church a week later at St. Paul’s Cathedral in Boston, MA. He was ordained a priest at St. Christopher’s Church, Kailua, Oahu, Hawaii that December and spent three years as vicar of St. Matthew’s Church in Waimanalo, Oahu, during which he helped construct the new church building out of the vicarage garage.

He returned to General Seminary in 1957, earning a S.T.M. degree, working as a seminary tutor. From 1959 to 1965, Mellick was the Rector of Christ Church, Dover, DE, and from 1965 to 1975 was Rector of St. George’s-by-the-River, Rumson, NJ. He was elected Suffragen Bishop of New Jersey, duly consecrated in February of 1975,  before being elected on the first ballot to be the Diocesan bishop in 1983.

Mellick was active in a number of educational and advocacy ministries, including The Anglican Theological Review where he wrote book reviews and articles and served as a member of the corporation, the Coalition of Religious Leaders of New Jersey, visiting lecturer in ascetical theology at General Seminary, Fellow of the College of Preachers in Washington D.C., longtime active member of the American Teilhard de Chardin Association, and served the national Episcopal Church on the Economic Justice Implementation Committee, the Joint Commission on Peace, and as president of the Episcopal Urban Caucus.

He edited two books on Lenten meditations based on the writings of Evelyn Underhill and Archbishop of Canterbury William Temple, and wrote articles and essays for various publications including the Living Church and St. Luke’s Journal. He was awarded Doctor of Divinity degrees from General Seminary, The University of the South, and Hamilton College in Clinton, NY.

Mellick faithfully served General Theological Seminary as trustee from 1975 to 2006, including as Chairman of the Board for eight years in the 1990s. He retired as the longest serving trustee in the seminary’s history. He served a year as acting Dean there during the school year of 1997-1998. He also served as the summer chaplain at St. James’ Episcopal Church in Prout’s Neck, Maine, for 36 years in August.

Mellick is survived by his three children: the Rev. Richard Belshaw of Durham, NH; Elizabeth (Lisa) Belshaw Ham, who is the Development Director of Princeton’s Public Library here in Princeton; and George P.M. Belshaw, Jr. of Greenwich, CT. He was very fond of his two daughters-in-law Julia Slater Gittes and Dorothy Murray, his son-in-law Peter Ham, and his seven grandchildren: M Slater, Daniel Belshaw, Elizabeth Ham, Alexandra Ham, Martha Belshaw, Alice Belshaw, and George P.M. Belshaw III.

Mellick was a longtime fixture at many Princeton gatherings such as the Old Guard and Princeton Symphony concerts, an active tennis player at the Pretty Brook Club, a frequent dinner guest at the Nassau Club, and maintained innumerable friendships with many local residents. He was a lifelong sailor in summers in Maine, owning and caring for an old wooden Leuder-16.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, March 6 at 11 a.m. at Trinity Church, Princeton, NJ. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the G.P. Mellick Belshaw Educational & Theological Fund at the Diocese of New Jersey, Trenton, or Trinity Church, Princeton.


Betty Compton Selberg

On February 26, 2020 Betty Compton Selberg, formerly of Princeton, NJ, and Mountain View, CA, passed away at the age of 90 in Virginia Beach, VA.

Betty was born November 24, 1929 in Muses Mills, KY, to Virginia Nell Compton and Harold Compton. Betty was the eldest of six children. A graduate of Deer Park High School in Cincinnati, OH, she received her undergraduate degree in journalism from the University of Kentucky. She was a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Society, an editor for the UK paper, and modeled for department stores Shillito’s of Cincinnati, OH, and Purcell’s of Lexington, KY. She later worked as a journalist for the Thoroughbred Record and the Lafayette Journal and Courier.

Married to the late Carl Faith, Professor Emeritus of mathematics at Rutgers University, she lived in Princeton, NJ, with their daughters, Heidi and Cindy. She taught English as a second language, and studied ballet and dance while she attended the University of Pennsylvania where she received her master’s degree and pursued a Ph.D. in Linguistics.

Betty developed technical documentation at Applied Data Research (ADR) in Princeton before relocating to Mountain View, CA, to join IBM’s Santa Theresa Lab as a senior technical writer. She was president of her local IEEE chapter. She loved California’s weather, taking great joy in growing her roses and fruit trees.

In 1995 Betty returned to Princeton to marry her soulmate Atle Selberg, Professor Emeritus in the School of Mathematics at the Institute for Advanced Study. Atle died in 2007.

Betty had a lifelong love of languages; she studied Latin, Ancient Greek, French, and Italian. She was intellectually curious about different cultures and the scientific world. She was an expert cook, world traveler, and ardent photographer. A talented seamstress, she made coordinated outfits for her daughters — at the age when they cooperated — and herself. Betty also had a passion for early 20th century kitchenware, cookbooks, pottery, classic clothing, and haute couture which she collected over many years. As she often observed, “they don’t make things the way they used to!”

Betty’s laughter was contagious, her smile like a sunbeam. She could find common ground or a shared story with everyone she met. Her warm, generous, and gracious spirit brought joy to all who knew and loved her.

Betty is survived by her daughters Heidi and Cindy; her grandson, Michael Mandelkorn; and her five siblings, Robert Compton, Bonnie Hanson, Paula Schneider, Reecie Compton, and Judy Scott.

In accordance with Betty’s wishes she will be privately cremated. In lieu of flowers, please consider supporting journalism covering the causes that you care about.


Freeman J. Dyson

Professor Freeman J. Dyson died after a brief hospitalization in Princeton, NJ, on Friday, February 28 at the age of 96.

Freeman is survived by his beloved wife Imme Jung Dyson; his six children Esther Dyson, George Dyson, Dorothy Dyson, Emily Dyson Scott, Mia Dyson, and Rebecca Dyson; a step-daughter Katrina; their spouses; and 16 grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents Sir George Dyson and Lady Mildred Lucy Dyson, and his sister Alice Mildred Dyson, all of Winchester, England.

Freeman was born on December 15, 1923 in Crowthorne, Berkshire, England. He graduated from Cambridge with a B.A. in mathematics. Freeman worked as a civilian scientist for the Royal Air Force in World War II. Following the war, Freeman began his graduate studies in physics at Cornell University, where he worked with Hans Bethe and Richard Feynman. His most useful contribution to science was the unification of the three versions of quantum electrodynamics invented by Feynman, Schwinger, and Tomonaga. He subsequently worked on nuclear reactors, solid state physics, ferromagnetism, astrophysics, and biology, looking for problems where elegant mathematics could be usefully applied.

He has written a number of books about science for the general public. Freeman is a fellow of the American Philosophical Society, a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, and a fellow of the Royal Society of London. In 2000 he was awarded the Templeton Prize for progress in Religion, and in 2012 he was awarded the Henri Poincaré Prize at the August meeting of the International Mathematical Physics Congress.

Freeman and Imme were married in 1958 in San Diego, CA. They settled in Princeton where he continued as Professor of Physics at the Institute for Advanced Study. Over the next eight years, Freeman and Imme added four children to their family, which included two children from Freeman’s first marriage.

Freeman loved to read aloud to his children, often racing Imme out of the kitchen after supper to scoop up the chapter book du jour and settle in for a good read. Freeman was also a devoted music teacher, helping the children every afternoon with their daily practicing. On clear nights, Freeman would set up his telescope and gather his pajama-clad children around to star gaze and speculate on the mysteries of the universe.

Freeman would also happily cheer his children on as they swam their hearts out at Nassau Swim Club swim meets, and at horse shows at the Chestnut Ridge Riding Club. Nothing gave Freeman more pleasure than celebrating the dreams and aspirations of his children. Once the children had grown and gone, Freeman was a familiar site at the finish line of many a road race, clutching Imme’s pocketbook and cheering her on to win yet another race.

A memorial service will be held at Trinity Episcopal Church, on Saturday April 18 with a reception to follow at the Institute for Advanced Study. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Peace Action Education Fund,


Ann Lee Saunders Brown

Ann Lee Saunders Brown, 101, died peacefully at her family’s Tuckahoe Point Farm in Richmond, Va., on February 22, 2020. She was the daughter of Edmund Archer and Jane Quinn Saunders, and the sister of Jane Q. Saunders. Her son, Charles A. Brown, lives in Hawaii. Her grandson, Alexander Brown, lives on the family farm with his wife, Natalie, and their children, Ainsley, Harrison, and Savannah.

Born in Richmond and raised on the farm, Ann Lee graduated from Collegiate School, where she received the Rosemary Award – then and now, the highest award for academics, athletics, citizenship, and leadership. Collegiate named their upper school library, Saunders Family Library, for her.

In 1959, Ann Lee married Charles L. Brown at the family farm, and together they moved 19 times as his career elevated him to Chairman and CEO of AT&T. Ann Lee was a strong and caring support to Charlie and all those affected by the breakup of the Bell System. They returned to Virginia to live, but Ann Lee maintained her home in Princeton, New Jersey, and her support of the Institute for Advanced Study.

In Virginia, she enjoyed many years of involvement with Colonial Williamsburg, celebrated her father at Virginia Military Institute, and proudly supported the Charles L. Brown Science and Engineering Library and Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Virginia. No doubt, these institutions and others including the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden and The Tuckahoe Garden Club greatly enriched Ann Lee’s life.

Let the remembrance of her smile express her deep gratitude to all family, to all faithful supporters on the farm, to many exceptionally loyal friends, all colleagues of the many institutions she enjoyed, every caretaker, and certainly her beloved dog, Nikki Beau!

A celebration of Ann Lee’s life was held on February 29 at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Richmond. In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to Goochland Cares, Sheltering Arms, or any of the above-mentioned institutions.

Obituaries 2/5/20 Post

Leo D. Arons

Leo D. Arons, the proud owner of the Gilded Lion, an antiques and fine art gallery in Princeton, passed away October 31, 2019.

Born September 28, 1931, he was the son of Alexander Arons and Rosalind Arons (Goldberg), brother of Simone Iris Oliver (Arons), grandson of Simon and Henrietta Arons, cousin of Millicent Fidler, and nephew of Peter Z. Fidler and Marian Fidler (Arons). Leo Dore grew up at 79 East 18th Street in Brooklyn, NY, in a vibrant and loving Jewish community. Through the generosity of his uncle, he earned two engineering degrees at Cornell University. Staunchly individualistic and determined to embrace life only on his own terms, he took refuge at the Cornell libraries and the Johnson Museum, where he developed a passion for illuminated manuscripts and rare books of Persia, India, and Europe. His keen interest ultimately led to his avocation as a respected art historian, appraiser, and entrepreneur. His imagination, brilliant intellect, photographic memory, and lifelong commitment to scholarship helped him identify, secure, and sell many historical and culturally significant artifacts. His expertise extended from furniture, paintings, silver, and jewelry to orientalia, medieval art, and textiles.

As a resident of Princeton he was actively engaged in civic affairs, including the Borough Merchants for Princeton, and is fondly remembered by the Princeton Macintosh Users Group. He led the Princeton Folk Dance Group and the Princeton Ethnic Dancers, a folk dance troupe that performed in authentic ethnic costumes across New Jersey and on the main stage of the Philadelphia Folk Festival.

A loyal group of friends will remember Leo for his endearing characteristics: playfulness, humor, love of Hungarian food, Balkan music, and the Oxford English Dictionary. Many friends experienced poignant moments with Leo while they pored over old French letters, Paul Revere silver, Hudson River paintings, or Chinese silk. He had a generosity of spirit and an unflinching commitment to supporting his inner circle of friends through thick and thin.

Leo died mourning the loss of his most beloved friend and colleague, artist Lesley J. Mitchell, formerly of Princeton. With her husband Kelly Ray, Lesley ran a popular Argentine Tango dance studio in Philadelphia and organized many successful art exhibitions, much to Leo’s delight. Both Leo and Lesley lived light-years ahead of their time, actively supporting marginalized people with courageous words and deeds.

Friends and associates wishing to write condolences may visit the website of the B. L. Bush and Sons Funeral Home, 10 W. Genesee Street, Camillus, NY, at A memorial service will be held in Princeton later in 2020.  Please register for notification on the funeral home website, where you will also find links to charities chosen to honor Mr. Arons. For his commitment to higher education: Questbridge; for his love of music and dance: Hochstein School of Music and Dance; for his love of art and history: The American Historical Association.

Leo D. Arons, patron of the arts, friend, boyfriend, scholar, brother, son, nephew, cousin, rest in peace.


Betty Helburn Rimalover

Betty Helburn Rimalover of Princeton and Long Beach Island, NJ, died on January 24, 2020, age 96.

Born in Montgomery, Alabama, to Samuel and Ethel (Solomon) Helburn, she was the beloved wife of 57 years to Jack (predeceased). Devoted mother to Joan R. Gardiner (Thomas) of Bainbridge Island, WA, Anne R. Jorgensen (Craig) of Haddon Heights, NJ, and Elizabeth (Beth) R. Raschbaum (Art) of Haddonfield, NJ. Dear sister to the late Anne H. (John) Straus of NYC. Betty was a proud, loving Granny to Kevin (Natalie) Gardiner, Katie (Wesley) Jorgensen Gray, Steven (Ruby Snyder) Gardiner, Andrew (Mark Stuart Smith) Jorgensen, Laura Gardiner, Caroline Raschbaum, and Sarah Raschbaum. And she was fortunate to know her seven great-grandchildren: Alice, Glenda, and Jack Gray, Richard and Owen Gardiner, and Apollo and Leo Gardiner.

Betty attended Sidney Lanier High School in Montgomery, AL, The University of North Carolina in Greensboro, NC, and Huntingdon College in Montgomery, AL. As a child she liked horseback, overnight camp, and beach vacations to Wrightsville Beach, N C. Betty enjoyed Girl Scouts, both as a child, and later as a troop leader.

Very creative, she was talented at many handicrafts. She treasured time at the beach in Long Beach Island, NJ, with family and friends. She was an avid reader, enjoyed book clubs, and was a great bridge player. In her later years Betty started writing poetry and also wrote her autobiography, now treasured by her family.

She worked as a substitute teacher in the Princeton Public Schools and for 22 years she was also a reading coach for illiterate adults in the Mercer County area.

History buffs, Betty and Jack collected antique American glass bottles and flasks, antique inkwells, and match safes. She was recognized by the state of NJ as The Volunteer of the Year. Author of Antique American Wall Match Safes, Betty was also involved with the Princeton Historical Society and The Rockingham Association. She also assumed a variety of leadership roles at The Windrows in Princeton and served on the Plainsboro Library Committee when the new library was being built.

The family appreciates the compassionate care she received during her last years at Brandywine Assisted Living in Haddonfield, NJ.

Burial arrangements are private.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, 1415 NJ-70 #311, Cherry Hill, NJ 08034.

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Ruth Peterson Mazzarella

Ruth Peterson Mazzarella, age 100, died peacefully in her home on December 22, 2019. She will be deeply missed by her family, friends, and colleagues of the libraries, hospital, and church organizations where she volunteered.

Ruth was a New Englander, born in Massachusetts and raised in Maine. She exemplified the New England spirit of the original settlers — stoic, resilient, and self-reliant. Raised in a family of devout Baptists; her father was a minister who led churches in Maine, Ohio, and Massachusetts.

In 1940, she met the love of her life while working a summer job in Orchard Beach, Maine. Daniel, an Italian kid from Brooklyn, was not exactly a proper New Englander but they fell for each other just before WWII. Corresponding faithfully while he served in the Navy and she taught elementary school; they reunited after the war to build a family while living in Bellport, NY, Towson, MD, and Princeton, NJ, until Dan’s passing in 1996.

What does it take to live to be 100? There are many theories. Some say it’s vigorous exercise. Others say it’s a healthy diet full of green vegetables. For Ruth, the true secret of longevity was avid reading. She read over 200 books a year, including both fiction and non-fiction. She looked forward to reading articles in The Economist and The Atlantic until the end. She was a knower of things and could easily expound on topics as varied as the 17th century English monarchy to the current trade war with China.

She also gave her time freely to people who could benefit from her energy and knowledge. Her professional occupation, teacher, gave her the opportunity to shape the lives of hundreds of young people. She was also a devoted volunteer at Princeton Hospital, the Unitarian Church of Princeton, and several local libraries.

Ruth’s greatest joy was spending time with her family and watching them thrive, a feeling shared by her devoted children, Julia (Joe Beltromba), Paul (Carol Chock), and David; as well as by her seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Her passing leaves a void in our lives, but fond memories of her sustain us.

Donations in Ruth’s memory to the Mary Jacobs Library Foundation or Stein Hospice would be greatly appreciated.

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James A. Goodman

James Allen Goodman, 83, passed away on January 28, 2020 at his home at Meadow Lakes in East Windsor, NJ.

Jim was born in Southampton, NY, on June 4, 1936 and raised in Westhampton. A graduate of Westhampton Beach High School, he received a Grumman Aircraft Engineering Corporation scholarship to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he earned an S.B. in Electrical Engineering, and followed up with an M.S. from Columbia University. He spent much of his career at RCA Laboratories in Somerville, NJ, and Princeton, NJ, where he served as Director of Information Systems Planning & Computer Services and won several company Achievement Awards. He concluded his work years at American Cyanamid, now Pfizer.

Jim was a man of many hobbies and interests. A talented woodworker, he was a master of photography who built his own darkroom. He was also a land steward and trail builder, an avid camper, hiker, sailor (who once built his own sailboat), and bicyclist. Jim also found time to bake bread, study Russian, compile genealogy information for his family, and learn to bind books. Travel was another of his favorite activities.

After retiring from work in 1999, he devoted countless hours to digitizing his entire collection of photographs and family documents, which numbered nearly 90,000.

He will be greatly missed by his wife of 32 years, Susan, as well as son John Goodman, daughter-in-law Dorota Bulik, and grandson Nicolas Goodman, of Melrose, MA; and son Christopher Goodman, daughter-in-law Kim Goodman, and grandchildren Maya and Theo Goodman, of Round Rock TX. A previous marriage to the late Joan Goodman ended in divorce in 1978.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society or the Alzheimer’s Association.


James J. Ward, Jr.

James J. Ward, Jr., a former Princeton resident and managing partner at Simpson, Thacher and Bartlett, and a former associate dean of the Columbia Law School, died peacefully in his sleep in Sarasota, FL, early on January 30.

He is survived by six sons and eleven grandchildren, in addition to scores of nieces, nephews, grand-nieces, and grand-nephews, as well as his sister, Dr. Ann Ward Buetow of Williamsburg, VA.

He was 93.

Born in Elizabeth, NJ, in September 1926, he and his twin brother John (also deceased) were the eldest of five children. His father, James J. Ward, Sr. was a police detective and bank board member in Elizabeth. His mother, the former Mary Devine, was the daughter of the Bayonne, NJ, fire chief, Michael Patrick Devine.

Along with their younger brother Robert (Bob) Ward, the three Ward brothers became cornerstones of the Jefferson High School varsity football team and each would matriculate to college as athletes (Bob would become a two-time All America and College Football Hall of Fame inductee). James Ward planned to attend Columbia College in NY, then a formidable collegiate football program, but, at 18, in September, 1944, the last year of the Second World War, he and his twin brother volunteered for the Navy, fudging their birthdate by a few days, according to Naval records.

Mr. Ward was assigned to serve as an aircraft radio man in the waning months of the war. After the war, he entered Columbia College and played varsity football for four years for Columbia’s legendary coach, Lou Little, including as a member of the 1947 squad that beat Army, breaking the academy’s 32-game winning streak that dated back to 1943. In his 1949 senior season, Mr. Ward served as captain.

Mr. Ward entered the Columbia Law School after graduating from the College, serving as both a Freshman Football coach for Little and as an assistant dean of admissions for the College, while at Law School. Just prior to his graduation from law school, Mr. Ward was appointed a fellow of the Bar of the City of New York, an annual appointment the Association granted to “an outstanding law school graduate,” according to the Association at the time.

After his fellowship and a clerkship in the New York Court of Appeals, Mr. Ward began a nearly 30-year relationship with the New York law firm Simpson, Thacher and Bartlett. As a litigation associate, he began a close association with Whitney North Seymour, a firm partner and former president of The American Bar Association and the New York Bar Association.

During this period, Mr. Ward, who had been honorably discharged from the U.S. Navy in 1946 to attend Columbia, volunteered for the Navy Reserves, where he served until 1966, again achieving an honorable discharge as a Lieutenant, Junior Grade.

In 1956, at a wedding reception, Mr. Ward met Anne Sweeney, a model at the time, and, in 1958, they were married. They had their first of six sons in 1959, the last of whom was born in 1967. Mrs. Ward died in September, 2017.

After seven years at Simpson, Thacher, in 1962, Mr. Ward became an associate dean at his alma mater, the Columbia Law School. He returned to Simpson, Thacher in 1964 as managing partner, ostensibly serving as the firm’s chief operating officer. During his tenure, he managed the firm’s rapid growth, oversaw the firm’s move to a multi-floor presence at 1 Battery Park Plaza from its longtime headquarters at 100 Broadway, and led the opening of the firm’s first international office in London.

Besides his professional responsibilities, Mr. Ward was an avid volunteer to youth sports, founding a youth football league in Princeton, NJ, and, later, a youth lacrosse league in Montclair, NJ, both the first such leagues in either town.

Mr. Ward retired from Simpson, Thacher in 1982 and moved to Fort Myers, FL. During his retirement, Mr. Ward again volunteered as a coach, first as an assistant coach as Bishop Verot High School in Fort Myers and later as assistant coach at Cape Coral (FL) High School. He also briefly taught at Cape Coral. He retired from coaching in the 1990s, although he was known to his grandchildren as “Coach” until his passing.

Mr. Ward was deeply passionate about the arts, particularly the opera, a love he acquired in the standing room only section of New York’s Old Met while in college and law school. Even while living in Florida, he would make annual pilgrimages to the Metropolitan Opera in New York, often attending numerous performances over several days. In his retirement, he and his wife, Anne, spent much of their time traveling to see grandchildren, sampling local restaurants, and enjoying a Florida lifestyle that constituted their last 35 years, the bulk of their marriage and life together.

Mr. Ward is survived by his sons, Captain (USN, Ret.) Brendan F. Ward of Chula Vista, CA, Liam T. Ward of Longboat Key, FL, James J. Ward III of Woodbridge, VA, Patrick N. Ward of Denver, CO, Owen T. Ward of Mannassas, VA, and Conan M. Ward of Princeton, NJ, as well as his grandchildren, extended family, and his sister.

Services have not yet been announced.


Ronald “Ron” James Campbell

August 23, 1939 – February 2, 2020

Ron was born on August 23, 1939 in Washington, DC. He grew up in Waterford, VA, on a dairy farm. The youngest of four children, he is survived by his wife, Vicky Campbell; children, Mavis, Colin, and Derek (Katie); and six grandchildren, Campbell (23), Rees (21), Lena (18), Derek (16), Finn (2), and Jack (1). He is also survived by his two brothers, T. Colin and Jack Campbell, and sister Betty Jane Fletcher.

Ron was the first graduate of Louden County Day School, in Louden County, VA, after which he qualified for a full scholarship at Philips Academy Andover and Harvard. He then continued his education and received his Ph.D. from Northwestern University, in Physical Chemistry. Following this first round of education, he worked as a R&D scientist in lighting for 25 years for G.E, ITT, and at Philips in Eindhoven, the Netherlands and then back in the U.S. in NJ.

As Ron loved saying, he had two wonderful 25-year careers. His second career began after he graduated from Rutgers Law School, with his J.D. at the age of 52. After receiving his law degree, he worked as a patent attorney first for Kenyon and Kenyon, in NYC, and later closer to home for Universal Display Corporation. He found both of these careers very intellectually satisfying, each in their own way. He completed his working career with a yearlong post in Dublin, Ireland, a very happy year for Ron, where he loved traveling to Derry, exploring where his father was born, and finding extended family members.

His interests were many and varied. He loved reading, exploring various religious spiritual traditions, loved new ideas, loved his family and especially his grandchildren, loved walking and listening to books and music. He really enjoyed spending winters in FL, and he loved the spring and the blooming crab apple tree outside his library. He also absolutely loved listening to his wife Vicky sing, which is how he fell in love with her 55 years ago, listening to her sing, playing on her guitar. His sweet gentle soul will be greatly missed.

Celebration of life service will be held on March 7, 2020 at 2 p.m. at UUCP 50 Cherry Hill Road, Princeton, NJ 08540.

In lieu of flowers, contributions to improve the Memorial Garden at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Princeton, contact information below, or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

UUCP Memorial Planting Fund, 50 Cherry Hill Road, Princeton, NJ 08540.

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Helen B. G. Wise

Helen B. G. Wise, 74, of Princeton died Saturday, February 1, 2020 at home, surrounded by her children. Born in Lynchburg, VA, to Col. Samuel Stone Gregory, Jr., a self-proclaimed “poor, dumb dirt farmer,” and Helen Barksdale Martin Gregory, Helen was called “Monkey” by her father, “Lovely Eldest” by her mother, and “The General” by her younger siblings.

After graduating from Chatham Hall, Helen majored in theater at St Andrew’s Presbyterian College in North Carolina. She moved to Claremont, CA, to pursue a Master of Arts in English, where, in search of a man who could help her buy a used car, she met and fell in love with Don Wise, an economics student from Los Angeles. Don had been admiring the slender brunette across the quad who he thought resembled Audrey Hepburn, and was more than happy to help her. A used car, a bounced check, a dead rattlesnake, and one rejected proposal later, they were married on August 24, 1968.

Helen and Don moved to the Princeton area in 1976, where Helen devoted herself to raising their six children, three of whom were adopted from Korea. Always seeking to enrich the lives of her children and family, and build strong communities around them, she engaged in many volunteer roles. Over the years, she acted as board president at Mary Dietrich Presbyterian Nursery School, served as an Elder at Nassau Presbyterian Church, led Marriage Encounter weekends, organized church Extended Family events, volunteered as Art Director at Holt Heritage Camp, coordinated events for Nassau Swim Club, and led fundraising efforts for the West Windsor-Plainsboro High School orchestra. For over 20 years, she took enormous pride and joy in leading Nassau Presbyterian Church’s 3rd and 4th grade Sunday School team, motivating hundreds of children to memorize the 23rd Psalm.

In the 1990s, Helen became a professional storyteller. She spent the next couple decades visiting Princeton and Trenton schools, delighting both children and teachers telling folktales and helping students bring their own stories alive. Helen combined her gifts as a storyteller and Christian educator to help develop the PC(USA)’s Storyteller Series curriculum.

Helen is preceded in death by her son Andrew Lee Wise, her husband Donald E. Wise, and her second husband John Schmidt. She is survived by five children and their spouses: Katharine Wise (Bill Pinches), Ryan Wise (Leslie Brunner), Jenny Borut (Jeff Borut), Mary Helen Wise, and Matthew Wise; eleven grandchildren: Andrew Pinches, Colin Pinches, Timothy Pinches, Samuel Pinches, Taylor Borut, Stella Borut, Caleb Wise, Benjamin Pinches, Catalina Wise, Isabelle Wise, and Alexandra Wise; and four siblings: Mary Riddle, Sallie Gregory, Stone Gregory III, and John Gregory.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, February 12 at Nassau Presbyterian Church, 61 Nassau Street, Princeton, following a private burial at Princeton Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Andrew Lee Wise Memorial Fund for Youth Music and Mission at Nassau Presbyterian Church.


Mary Estelle Pettit Funk

Mary Funk, a resident of Keene, New Hampshire, died on January 27, 2020, surrounded by members of her family, at the age of 96, having lived a rich and varied life.

Born into the family of Karl and Estelle Pettit in Brooklyn, New York on April 23, 1923, she had three brothers and three sisters. Later, her family relocated to Princeton, New Jersey.

In 1942, while a student at Vassar, she married Peter Funk and left Vassar to follow him to the West Coast prior to his deployment to the Pacific as a Marine Officer. During World War II, an act of Mary’s spontaneous kindness to an older woman led to her being invited to reside at the La Jolla Beach Club in California for the duration of the conflict.

Mary had always loved art and was a gifted artist, painting in oils and watercolors as well as drawing amusing cartoons. During her stay in La Jolla, Mary pursued her art, building on training she had received at the Pratt Institute in NYC. She maintained her interest in art throughout her life.

Mary’s and Peter’s marriage proved to be exceptionally loving and long-lasting. They were married for 74 years until Peter passed away in 2016. They had seven children, four boys and three girls. They raised their children in New Jersey and Connecticut, much of the time on Amity Farm in Lambertville, NJ. Mary thrived on the farm with her family. Among many other things, she started and ran a day camp for children.

Later the family moved to Princeton, NJ. In 2008, they relocated to Keene near their son, Dr. Mark Funk, and his wife Alice, who have a farm in Roxbury.

Mary carried out the challenge of raising seven children with great enthusiasm, sensibility, humor, and extraordinary love. Her adventures during those years could fill a book — and in fact, directly and indirectly, they appeared in several books authored by her husband. These included My Six Loves, Love and Consequences, and High Spirits, which were inspired by Mary and their large and lively family.

Despite the demands of child raising, she found time to assist Peter with his writing. Following in the footsteps of his father, Wilfred Funk, a writer and publisher, he wrote a monthly column for the Reader’s Digest called “It Pays to Enrich Your Word Power,” and she provided invaluable editing and organization for the column. Throughout her life she acted as a lynchpin for her very large, extended family including her brothers and sisters, their spouses and children together with many other family members. Her kindness, enthusiasm, and organizational ability helped to keep them in touch over the years.

During Mary’s last years, her daughter Celine and, sons, Mark and John, provided devoted care. Her other children Peter, Paul, Mary, and Eleanor, living more distantly, also provided support and love as well. Our family is deeply appreciative of the love and dedication provided by the wonderful caregivers who assisted in Mary’s care during her final years.

Mary is survived by her children, Peter, John, Celine, Mark, Mary, Paul, and Eleanor, their spouses, 15 grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren. She will be greatly missed by them and all who knew her for her tremendous generosity of spirit, her loving and optimistic nature, and her lively sense of humor.

A memorial service will be held at Trinity Church, 33 Mercer Street, Princeton, on May 9, 2020 at 11 a.m. Donations in her honor may be given to the church.

The Foley Funeral Home of Keene, NH, is assisting the family with the arrangements. To offer online condolences to the family or to share special memories, please visit

Obituaries 12/11/19 Post

Robert Carithers (Bob) Duncan, Jr.

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

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

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

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

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

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


Judith Applegate

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

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

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

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

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


Marie-Antoinette Pinard

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

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

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

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

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

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


Michael “Mike” Ernest Bitterly

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

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

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

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

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

Interment will be held privately.

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

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


Kenneth M. Langeland

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

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

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

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

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


Marie Y. Stone

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

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

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

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

Burial will be at the convenience of the family.

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


Elisabeth Borgerhoff-Pomerleau

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Henry Jones

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Marilyn R. Wellemeyer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Thérèse Cécile (Côté) Lachance

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Eleanor Nini Perone

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

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

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

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

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

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


Moore (Mosie) Gates, Jr.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Katherine Marie Ness

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

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

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

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

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

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Rosemarie Shangle-Johnson

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Edna M. McCrohan

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Gary Stanley Grover

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Obituaries 9/11/19 Post

Mary Virginia ‘Gina’ Everhard Tillett Wilson

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Ellen Viner Seiler

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Bernard Caras

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Andrew Spencer Bruno

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

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

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

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

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

His was a life well lived.

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


Dr. Walter Henry Waskow

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

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

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

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

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

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Richard Stoll Armstrong

The Reverend Dr. Richard Stoll Armstrong, 18 days shy of his 95th birthday, died peacefully at his home at the Princeton Windrows in Plainsboro Township, NJ, on March 11, 2019, surrounded by his children and beloved caregiver. Born in Baltimore, Maryland, on March 29, 1924, he was the second child of Elsie Stoll Armstrong and Herbert Eustace Armstrong, Sr.

Dick, as he was known to his family and friends, grew up in Baltimore and attended McDonogh School, a semi-military academy in Owings Mills, Maryland, where his father was head of the upper school mathematics department, athletic director, and head coach of the varsity football, baseball, and ice hockey teams. Dick excelled at sports while at McDonogh, playing for the varsity football, basketball, and baseball teams. He was captain of the baseball team, co-captain of the basketball team, and starting left end on the football team. He was the leading pitcher and center fielder for McDonogh’s 1942 baseball team, which he led in hits, extra base hits, and runs that year.

After graduating from McDonogh in 1942, Dick was awarded a Maryland Regional baseball scholarship to Princeton University, where he majored in economics. He played varsity basketball one season and varsity baseball on five different teams, including two war-time summer seasons, and was the only freshman on the 1943 baseball team. He was awarded the Underclassman Cup in 1943.

Having enlisted in the U.S. Navy in December, 1942, Dick was assigned to a V-12 unit at Princeton as an Apprentice Seaman, and was ordered to the Navy Supply Corps School in the Midshipmen/Officers Course (MOC) at Harvard School of Business Administration in June, 1944. He was commissioned as an Ensign that October, and after graduating from the MOC in May, 1945, was assigned to the USS Chandeleur as Disbursing Officer, and later promoted to Supply Officer. Dick was Honorably Discharged as Lt. (jg) from the U.S. Navy in July, 1946 and in September of that year, re-entered Princeton University as a senior under the G.I. Bill, graduating in June, 1947 (class of 1946). Dick’s senior thesis on “The Unionization of Baseball” was cited in the Senate Antitrust Hearings on Major League Baseball in 1958.

After graduation, Dick signed with the American League’s Philadelphia Athletics as a pitcher and utility infielder and was assigned to their Martinsville, Virginia, farm club in the Carolina League, later moving up to the Lancaster, PA Red Roses in the Interstate League. In September, 1947, Dick was offered and accepted a front office position with the Athletics’ Farm Department.

In January, 1948, Dick married the love of his life, Margaret Frances Childs (Wellesley, 1947) in a ceremony held in the Princeton University Chapel, Princeton, NJ, and together they embarked on his exciting career as a baseball front office executive during which he served as the Business Manager for the minor league Portsmouth Athletics in the Ohio-Indiana League (1948-1949), and then as the first Public Relations Director for two major league clubs, the Philadelphia Athletics (1949-1952) and Baltimore Orioles (1953-1955).

In between his stints with the two clubs, Dick accepted an offer to become Copy and Plans Director of the W. Wallace Orr Advertising Agency in Philadelphia. While with the agency, Dick’s versatile writing talents were used to create presentations for potential clients, plan and produce major advertising programs, write copy for radio and television commercials, newspaper and magazine ads, and write, produce, and participate in singing commercials. He also co-produced and directed a television sports show featuring the National Football League’s Philadelphia Eagles called The Eagles’ Nest.

In October, 1953, Dick was lured back into professional baseball when he had the opportunity to establish the first public relations department for the new American League Baltimore Orioles, where his father had also been appointed Business Manager. Among Dick’s then innovative ideas as the Orioles’ first PR Director were creating the first “live” Major League mascot, “Mr. Oriole,” who made his debut in 1954 (ten years before the creation of the New York Mets’ mascot, “Mr. Met”), and developing the first Major League club fan survey. A permanent “Dick Armstrong Collection” has been established at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York, comprising photographs, correspondence, and other memorabilia from both his and his father’s years in professional baseball, as well as an oral history Dick dictated for the Hall.

A dramatic “Damascus Road” experience during spring training in 1955 led Dick to leave his promising career in baseball for the pastoral ministry, a moving first person account of which is told in his book A Sense of Being Called. After graduating from Princeton Theological Seminary in 1958, Dick began his pastorate career, serving as Pastor of both the Oak Lane Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia, PA (1958-1968) and Second Presbyterian Church in Indianapolis, IN (1974-1980), and Minister of Worship at the Interdenominational Congregation of Pennswood Village in Newtown, PA (2002-2018), where he was still preaching at the age of 94 up until his retirement due to his cancer diagnosis. In addition, Dick was Interim Preacher for several congregations in Pennsylvania and New Jersey and often was a guest preacher at many different churches around the country. Dick’s book The Oak Lane Story and film that followed recount the renewal of the urban Philadelphia church he served that became a racially inclusive congregation through a service-oriented outreach to the community. The story inspired congregations throughout the United States and abroad to view their parish as a mission field.

Having first matriculated as a student, Dick returned to Princeton Theological Seminary twice, first in an administrative capacity as Director of Development and later Vice President (1968-1974) and then in a faculty position as the first occupant of the Ashenfelter Chair of Ministry and Evangelism (1980-1990). He retired with emeritus status in 1990, but continued to be active in various ministries throughout the world. He served in South Africa as a member of the advisory committee for the Centre for Contextual Ministry at Pretoria University, where he assisted with the peaceful transition for black ministers who had limited educational opportunities due to apartheid. Dick also served as vice president and then president of the Academy for Evangelism and Theological Education (1987-1991), as well as editor of the Academy’s journal (1991-1997).

Dick was an exceptionally creative person who wrote poetry and music throughout his life. His song “The Connie Mack Swing,” published in 1950 as part of the year-long Golden Jubilee celebration Dick created to commemorate legendary Philadelphia Athletics’ owner/manager Connie Mack’s 50 years with the club, became the A’s unofficial theme song while the club was still in Philadelphia. Two of Dick’s songs are in Princeton University’s songbook, Carmina Princetonia, and his first hymn, written for a music course he took at Princeton seminary, was published in the United States’ Armed Forces Hymnal. In 1996 he was commissioned to write a song commemorating the 50th reunion of Princeton University’s Bicentennial Class of 1946, which was introduced by the Princeton University Band and sung by the Princeton Nassoons. His song “Tigertown Blues,” written while he was a member of the Nassoons in 1946 and for many years the group’s unofficial theme song, was featured in the 2013 film Admission starring Paul Rudd and Tina Fey.

A prolific writer, Dick authored numerous books and articles drawing upon his varied background as a Navy veteran, major league baseball front office executive, advertising copy and plans director, radio broadcaster, development officer, journal editor, teacher, coach, and pastor. At the time of his death Dick had more than four dozen unfinished book projects, including nearly 3,000 pages of unpublished poetry.

In addition to his awards for athletic and academic achievement during his school and college years, Dick received many other honors as an adult. He was the first recipient of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes’ (FCA) “Distinguished Service Award” in 1965, and later received the FCA’s “Branch Rickey Memorial Award” (1973) and “Life Trustee Award” (1981). The FCA, founded in 1954, was an organization Dick was instrumental in getting established and was involved with for the rest of his life: he was an officer and member of its National Board of Trustees; established the Philadelphia, Princeton, and Livingston (NJ) chapters of the FCA and assisted in the establishment of chapters in Baltimore and other cities; and served in a variety of capacities for the organization’s annual national conferences from 1958-1974. On four separate occasions Dick was invited by the Board of Trustees to become the President of the FCA; however, work and family obligations prevented Dick from accepting the position each time.

Among Dick’s other major awards and honors were the “Outstanding Service Award” from the Indiana Chapter of the National Conference of Christians and Jews (1980); the Friends of Princeton Baseball’s “Robert L. Peters Award” (1990); the first recipient of the Academy for Evangelism in Theological Education’s “Charles Grandison Finney Award” (1997); the National Council of Presbyterian Men’s “Horizon 21 Award for Leadership Service” (1999); and the Albert Nelson Marquis Who’s Who “Lifetime Achievement Award” (2017).

Dick served on the Board of many not-for-profit, religious, and sports organizations, including the FCA; Princeton Theological Seminary; McDonogh School; American Boychoir School; and the Indianapolis Indians baseball club, the AAA affiliate of the American League Cleveland Indians. He was elected to the Maryland Oldtimers Baseball Association Hall of Fame in 1994, and the McDonogh School Athletics Hall of Fame in 1997.

As busy as he was with his work and volunteer activities, Dick was devoted to his wife and family. He and Margie were married for almost 66 years, prior to her death in 2013. Dick always said that he was in love with Margie “even before I met her,” because she was the “girl of my dreams” who embodied all the qualities he admired and was seeking in a life partner. Together they had five children, three of whom survive, and at the time of his death Dick was the proud and loving grandfather of seven and great-grandfather of six, with a seventh on the way.

Dick and Margie loved to travel, taking their young family all over the United States, and in later years leading groups of family members and friends on many international tours, including to Eastern and Central Europe, Australia and New Zealand, and the Holy Land. Margie also accompanied Dick on his speaking and teaching engagements throughout North America and abroad; they were an inseparable pair, joined at the heart and through their deep faith. A poet, pioneer, pastor, preacher, professor, author, singer/songwriter, and a man of many firsts who always tried to do his best in all things, Dick will be missed by family, friends, colleagues, and former students all over the world.

Dick is survived by his son-in-law, Michael Kanarek; his son and daughter-in-law Andrew and Caroline Armstrong; his son and daughter-in-law William (Woody) and Christine Armstrong; his daughter and son-in-law the Reverend Elsie and Thomas Rhodes; his grandson Derek Kanarek and his wife Rebecca; his grandson Graham Kanarek and his wife Marnie; his grandson Orion Kanarek; his granddaughter Alyssa McGlinn and her husband Francis; his granddaughter Olivia Armstrong; his grandson Seth Olsen and his wife Mary; his grandson Samuel Rhodes; his great-grandsons Charlie, Will, Elliott, Gabriel, and Julian; step-great-grandson Chili; and a large extended family of nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was predeceased by his devoted wife of nearly 66 years, Margaret Childs Armstrong, brother Herbert Eustace Armstrong, Jr., daughter Ellen Armstrong Kanarek, and son Richard Stoll Armstrong, Jr.

Arrangements by the Mather Hodge Funeral Home, Princeton, NJ ( Burial will be private. A memorial service is planned for 1:30 p.m. on May 9, 2019 at Miller Chapel, Princeton Theological Seminary, 64 Mercer Street, Princeton, NJ 08542.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Childs and Armstrong Family Scholarship Fund at Princeton Theological Seminary (, to the Armstrong Family Scholarship Fund at McDonogh School (, or to Seasons Hospice Foundation (


Catherine C. Blackwell

Catherine C. Blackwell, 106 ½, of Hopewell, NJ, passed away peacefully on February 25, 2019, at Merwick Care & Rehabilitation Center, Plainsboro, NJ.

Mrs. Blackwell was married to Norman P.  Blackwell for 42 years. She met Norman when the taxi she was riding in broke down in front of the Broad Street Garage. Norman was employed at the garage and later purchased it. Mrs. Blackwell worked closely with her husband as a partner in addition to doing the bookkeeping, running errands for her husband like picking up parts in Newark and Staten Island, and she even sold cars. She loved American History, singing in the church choir and the Hopewell Valley Chorus, dogs, driving cars, and wearing hats and gloves. Mrs. Blackwell was a member of the Hopewell Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary for 77 years, and a member of the Order of the Eastern Star.

Predeceased by her parents James and Catherine (Deasy) Cunningham, her husband Norman, and grandchildren, Jon A. Zuccarello and Amy B. Dula, she is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law, Catherine B. and Joseph D. Zuccarello and Dr. Nora L. and Dr. David J. Dula; her grandchildren Michael J. Zuccarello and wife Jeannette M., Kate A. Zuccarello, Dr. Molly E. Guzic and spouse Dr. Nicholas Guzic, Dr. Brian D. Dula and Kelly M. Dula; and great-grandchildren Justin M. and Anthony J. Zuccarello, Ava E. and Emily N. Guzic, and Serena R., Ashton J., Alaina W., and Tristan B. Dula and Special Family Friend Roberta Schott.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, April 5, at Mather Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton, NJ. Visitation at 10 a.m. and service at 11 a.m. Burial will follow at Highland Cemetery, Hopewell, NJ.

Memorial Contributions may be made in her name to Hopewell Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary, P.O. Box 253, Hopewell, NJ 08525 or SAVE Animal Shelter, 1010 Route 601, Skillman, NJ 08558.


Merlynn Hale Dixon

Merlynn Hale Dixon passed away peacefully on March 13, 2019 at the age of 95, leaving behind her three children, Cynthia, Phyllis, and Kenneth and seven grandchildren, Sarah, Sean, Jessica, Samantha, Rebecca, Madeline, and Lily, and two great-grandchildren, Fiona and Milo.

Born on August 10, 1923, Merlynn Hale Cook grew up in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with her beloved mother, Fiona. She attended Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts, and after graduation moved to Rochester, N.Y., to work for Kodak as a medical illustrator. There she married and soon thereafter returned to New England living in both Woodstock, Connecticut, and Wayland, Massachusetts, where she raised her three children. In 1970, Merlynn moved to Princeton, New Jersey, where she lived for the next 49 years and where she finished raising her family.

Merlynn spent her summers from her early childhood years to her senior years at her family’s summer home in Wales, Massachusetts, located on a beautiful country lake surrounded by generations of memories of her great-grandparents, grandparents, and her mother. Her children and grandchildren have wonderful memories of time spent with her at Wales, enjoying the summers swimming, boating, playing games, and picnicking. Merlynn was a fabulous cook!

Merlynn was a talented artist, painting countless paintings of her familiar and beautiful surroundings and her beloved pets. During her years living in Princeton Merlynn was involved in many community activities, including as a teacher of yoga at the YMCA, participating in painting classes at the Princeton Senior Resource Center, volunteering at Witherspoon Public Library, and very active in the Trinity Church of Princeton.

We will always remember the sweet companionship Merlynn had throughout her life with her cats. Each one living solo with her for up to 19 years at a time. Sunny, Christie, Lucy, then Tomas.

Merlynn’s last few years were spent living at Stonebridge at Montgomery, where she was lovingly cared for.

A memorial service celebrating her life will be held on Saturday, June 22, 2019 at 11:30 a.m. at Trinity Church, 33 Mercer Street, Princeton.

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Gert Paul Volpp

Gert Paul Volpp of Princeton, 88, died February 8 in Philadelphia.

Born in Lörrach, Germany, in July 1930, he was the second son of the late Anna Zeller and Otto Volpp. He received his Ph.D. degree summa cum laude from the University of Basel with a doctoral thesis on the structure of the African arrow poison ouabagenin (“Zur Konstitution des Ouabeginins”) under the direction of Nobel Laureate Thaddeus Reichstein. He arrived in the U.S. in 1958 to begin a five-year postdoctoral fellowship in chemistry at Harvard University, where he engaged in a total synthesis of colchicine with Nobel Laureate Robert Burns Woodward. At Harvard he met Ching Yuan, a postdoctoral fellow working with Nobel Laureate Konrad Bloch. The two were married in Oxford, England, where Ching, originally from Beijing, had a second postdoctoral fellowship with Sir Ewart Jones. They settled in Princeton in 1963, where they raised four children. Gert lived in Princeton for 55 years.

In 1963 Gert began a 38-year career at FMC Corporation, serving as Director of Commercial Development, Research and Development, Agricultural Products Group from 1978-2001. He traveled worldwide negotiating contracts with research laboratories for insecticide research and development. Initially focused on Japan and Western Europe, he extended the purview of FMC’s negotiations to Australia, China, Korea, India, and Eastern Europe. He held patents in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, France, Spain. Switzerland, Uruguay, the United Kingdom, Belgium, South Africa, the Philippines, Romania, and the Soviet Union.

He was predeceased by his wife Ching, and is survived by a brother, Kurt Volpp of Mosbach, Germany; a sister, Helga Reichel Kessler of Rheinfelden, Germany; three daughters, Sophie and Leti of Berkeley, Calif., and Serena of New York City; a son, Kevin, of Wynnewood, Pa.; and seven grandchildren, Daniel, Anna, Thea, Julia, Daphne, Nico, and Liliana.

Gert was an avid hiker, and loved hiking in the Alps. He spent his 80th birthday hiking in Yosemite. Until the birth of his children, he enjoyed piloting both small planes (the Cessna 182) and gliders. For his 86th birthday, he went paragliding, jumping from the Elfer mountain near Innsbruck, Austria. He was also an excellent storyteller, and a member of the memoir writing group at the Princeton Senior Resource Center, where he began his memoir, Opa Stories.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Friends of Herrontown Woods ( in his memory.


Laura Kruskal

Laura Kruskal, renowned and beloved creator and teacher of origami, died on February 6, 2019 at the age of 95. Laura was a sparkling personality, who drew people to her and impressed them with her unique charm. She wrote and sang origami songs, like the “International Origami Anthem,” and performed origami raps as she taught her original paper fold models, whether to students in schools and libraries or to origami enthusiasts at conventions.

Laura received her undergraduate degree with a biology major and chemistry minor from Hunter College, and her master’s degree from New York University. She was introduced to origami by her mother-in-law, the late Lillian Oppenheimer, who popularized origami in the United States. It was also through Lillian that Laura was introduced to her husband of 56 years, the late Martin David Kruskal.

Laura literally thought outside of the box, as she created origami models which could be folded from a rectangle rather than from the traditional square. She started this technique as she traveled the world, often to exotic places, with Martin David, a world-famous mathematician and physicist. It wasn’t always easy to find origami paper, but letter-sized computer paper was plentiful, and her creations worked equally well with pages from magazines, which made them very accessible. Laura taught her original origami models for years in the Princeton area and around the world, not only at origami conventions, libraries, and schools, but also in prisons, in restaurants, in buses, and anywhere where people were intrigued by her and her art.

Laura is survived by her three children, Karen Kruskal (and daughter-in-law, Sheera Strick), Kerry Kruskal, and Clyde Kruskal; five grandchildren, David Strick (and his wife, Jennifer Levy), Emma Kruskal, Alexander Kruskal, Justin Kruskal, and Rebecca Kruskal; and two great grandchildren, Ryan Strick and Lyla Strick.

(Photograph by Andrew Cribb)


Deacon Michael David Ross, Ph.D.

Deacon Michael David Ross, Ph.D., 78, a former Professor and Academic Dean at the Pontifical College Josephinum, died Sunday evening, March 3, 2019, while hospitalized in Honolulu, Hawaii, of kidney failure and complications from severe pancreatitis. A sign in his room asked that he be addressed as “Deacon Mike,” reflecting his commitment to and love for the Church.

Deacon Mike was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., in 1940, to Sidney Ross and Lee (Genud) Ross, both first-generation Americans of Jewish descent. As members of the Communist Party, his parents worked actively with poor and marginalized people for democracy and justice, providing role models for their children’s lifetimes of social justice service.

The Ross family moved to Baldwin, Long Island, in 1948, where Michael graduated high school. He then attended Antioch College, class of 1963, where he majored in and taught history at an Antioch summer program. Following graduation, he attended Columbia University, where he earned a Ph.D. in political science, and went on to teach and serve as Assistant Dean at Columbia College.

In college and during a year abroad at Leeds University in England, Michael was a leader in civil rights activities, helping to integrate a barbershop in Yellow Springs, Ohio, and to desegregate public accommodations in both countries. While studying and teaching, he also participated in community programs at a drug rehabilitation program for young adults in New York City.

Michael transitioned to working as an administrator for several psychiatric hospitals in New York and New Jersey. He was the Acting Chief Executive Officer of Ancora Psychiatric Hospital and the CEO of both Greystone and Marlboro Hospitals in New Jersey, from 1981–1994. 

In 1990, Michael converted to Catholicism and returned to school to enrich his education and capacity for religious service. He was ordained as a Deacon in the Church on May 14, 1994, and served diaconal ministry at St. Paul’s Church, Princeton, N.J. (1994–2003).

In 2003, he earned a second Ph.D., in theology from the Catholic University of America.In 2003, Deacon Mike moved to Columbus, Ohio, to become a systematic theology professor at the Pontifical College Josephinum. He was later appointed Josephinum’s Academic Dean and then its Provost. While in Columbus, he served at St. Mary Parish, Columbus (2003–2007) and St. Joan of Arc Parish, Powell (2007–2014). After retirement from the college, he remained active with the Josephinum Distance Learning Program, which he had founded in 2008.

Deacon Mike and his wife, Betty, moved to Kona, Hawaii, in 2014, where he served as the Coordinator of Spiritual Formation for the Deacon Program of the Diocese of Honolulu, and an instructor and advisor for the Office of Permanent Deacon Formation. During this time, he also served as the President of the Board of Directors of West Hawaii Habitat for Humanity. He was actively serving in ministry at St. Michael the Archangel Parish in Kona at the time of his death.

Deacon Mike is survived by his wife of over 45 years, Betty David Ross; his beloved son, Damon Ross; his first wife and Damon’s birth mother, Jean Ross; and Jean’s husband, John Womack; his daughter-in-law, Cylin; his grandson, August; his sister, Randy Ross; his nieces, Tara and Shivani Ganguly; his grand-nephew, Sidney Roth-Ganguly; and his godchildren, Yvette Minear, her husband, Josh, and Michael “Mowgli” Bunce. His energy, kindness and wit, and his example of scholarship, service, and love of family and community, continue to live on in those who survive him, and inspire those who have been privileged to know him. We will never forget him.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, March 30, 2019, at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Kailua Kona, Hawaii. Visitation at 9 a.m., Mass at 10 a.m., and reception at 11 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the following organizations that Michael was deeply involved in: The local chapter of Habitat for Humanity in Kailua Kona, PO Box 4619, Kailua Kona, HI 96745; or St. Michael’s Catholic Church, 75-5769 Ali’I Drive, Kailua Kona, HI 96740, in memo: debt reduction.


Dr. Thomas John “Jack” McNeill

Dr. Thomas John “Jack” McNeill, D.D.S., at 84 years passed peacefully March 12, 2019 in Princeton Hospital hospice. He will be forever adored by his wife Peggy “My Bride” married 60 years; son Keith, wife Toffee Albina, their children Claire and Ross; daughter Karin, husband Benjamin Bashore, Ben’s son Thomas; siblings William McNeill, Samuel McNeill (passed 2016), Kathleen Coffman, and their families; Peggy’s brother Robert Davis and family; Peggy’s sister Lynn Davis; extended family across the U.S., Ireland, England, and Australia; plus friends from his dental practice and sports activities.

Jack was born in July 1934 to John and May McNeill who immigrated from Ireland in the late 1920s. Raised in Gloucester, New Jersey, he graduated from Gloucester High School, Ursinus College, and University of Pennsylvania School of Dentistry. Jack served 11 years in the U.S. Army. As Lieutenant Colonel in Vietnam 1969-1970 he ran a dental MASH unit outside Saigon and joined helicopter missions retrieving soldiers injured in jungle combat.

The family moved to Princeton in 1970, where Jack was a Princeton Dental Group partner and New Jersey Dental Association officer. Jack drew respect as an excellent dentist graced with a gentle touch. In the tradition of a family doctor, he ensured his patients’ comfort 24/7.

Jack’s easy warmth, humility, generosity, and dry humor charmed all he met. Socializing, outdoor play, and a deep appreciation of nature kept Jack vibrant. A trickster, Jack wound jolly tales. He eagerly shared life’s joys with his children and especially his three grandchildren. Quite an athlete throughout life, Jack enjoyed all variety of sports with a jaunty, competitive spirit. He treasured biking with a buddy to the D&R Canal towpath and lazing along its banks, #1 hoagie and magazine in-hand. He was doe-eyed over Karin’s lakeside forest home in Vermont. Greathearted with time and strength, Jack led countless moving days when his parents and next generation changed residences. At home, Jack tended his yard in any weather, ready to chat with neighbors passing the yard edge along a historic shortcut between streets. Through Jack’s stewardship and neighbors’ efforts the path is now an official Town right-of-way. In commemoration, family and neighbors have named the path “Jack’s Peaceful Passage.”

Celebrate Jack’s life on Tuesday March 26, 5-8 p.m. at Mountain Lakes House located at 57 Mountain Avenue, Princeton, NJ. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the D&R Greenway Land Trust.


Patricia Rasche McPherson

Patricia Rasche McPherson, a resident of Princeton for 56 years, died peacefully in her sleep on March 16, 2019, at Brandywine Assisted Living in Pennington, New Jersey.  Born in St. Peter, Minnesota on September 2, 1936, Pat graduated from Northwestern School of Nursing in Minneapolis in 1957 and began a career as a registered nurse at the St. Peter State Hospital the same year.  In 1958 she moved with her husband James McPherson to Baltimore, where she worked as a research assistant in the Department of Epidemiology at Johns Hopkins Hospital while her husband pursued graduate study at Johns Hopkins University. In 1962 she came to Princeton, where Jim taught history at the university and she served as director of Princeton Homemakers Services and subsequently worked as a nurse at New Jersey Neuropsychiatric Hospital and Carrier Clinic. 

Sensitive to human needs and dedicated to a life of service, she was also a deacon and elder at Nassau Presbyterian Church and originated there the monthly hunger offering which has helped feed hungry people in many lands for more than 40 years.

Pat is survived by her husband, a brother William Rasche, a daughter Jenny Long, and three grandchildren: Gwynne, James, and Anne.

A memorial service to celebrate Pat’s life will take place at 11 a.m. April 13 at Pennington Presbyterian Church, 13 South Main Street.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Princeton Hospice, 88 Princeton-Hightstown Road, Princeton Junction, NJ 08550. Arrangements are by the Wilson-Apple Funeral Home, 2560 Pennington Road, Pennington. Condolences are welcome at

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Jaqueline Conrath

Jacqueline Fern Conrath, aged 86, died peacefully of natural causes on October 3, 2018. Her family was with her at the time. Jackie lived in Princeton for almost 48 years, from 1966 to 2013. She and her husband left in 2013 to live in an assisted living facility in Westford, Massachusetts, to be near her elder daughter.

Jackie was born in Dupree, South Dakota, and grew up in Portland and Pendleton, Oregon. She moved first to Chicago and then to the northeast coast in the 1950s.  She was educated at the University of Oregon (B.S.), Bryn Mawr College (M.S.S.), and Rutgers University (Ph.D., Anthropology). At different periods of her life, she worked as social worker, a psychotherapist, and an independent scholar in anthropology.

Jackie was remarkable for her interest in other cultures and places, her adventurous travel, her empathy for the intricacy of other people’s lives, and her profound love for her family. She wrote copiously — letters, journals, poetry, scholarly articles. She traveled widely, often by herself, to places such as India, Burma, Nepal, Pakistan, and New Mexico, and lived in India and Italy. She loved many things: the woods she lived in; swimming in
natural bodies of water, especially the Hopewell quarry; animals, wild and tame; all kinds of weather; and books and movies.

Jackie was married for almost 53 years to Dennis Wrong, a sociologist; he died five weeks after she did. She is survived by two daughters from her first marriage to Surinder Mehta (Jaya Mehta, son-in-law Sunand Bhattacharya, and grandchildren Ishan and Ila; Sheila Mehta, son-in-law Michael Squillacote, and grandchildren Anna and Nicholas), and a stepson (Terence Wrong, daughter-in-law Marisa Guthrie, and step-grandchildren Edward — by a previous marriage – and Olivia). She is also survived by nephews Paul and Mike Conrath, and niece Denise Fortin.

Jackie was much loved and is keenly missed.


Alfred Wild Gardner

Alfred Wild Gardner died peacefully at home on December 3, 2018. He was born at home in Princeton, New Jersey, on December 17, 1929 to Sarah Spencer Morgan Gardner and Henry Burchell Gardner. Alfred attended Princeton Country Day School, The Forman School, and graduated high school from St. Paul’s School in Concord, New Hampshire in 1948. Gardner was Class of 1952 from Princeton University, where he excelled on the varsity hockey team. Gardner worked for The First National City Bank, now Citi Group, during which he attended a Harvard Business School Management Program.  Gardner worked for years in the Personal Banking Division, and later in the Commodities Division as Vice President.  In 1972, Gardner moved to Colorado, and in 1976 he started his own real estate firm, which later merged to become Basalt Realty. A fanatical fly fisherman, in 1969 Gardner purchased and developed Otto Creek Ranch along the Frying Pan River, near Aspen, Colorado. His other hobbies included wildlife and landscape photography, and of course, golf.

Gardner was a member of The Mantoloking Yacht Club, The Nassau Club, and The Old Guard of Princeton. He was a past member of the Eagle County, Colorado Planning Commission, Bedens Brook Club, and The Princeton Club of New York. Gardner served as an usher at St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church in Palm Desert, California and was member of the Rancho La Quinta Country Club, where he lived with his second wife, Katharine Gulick Wert, whom he married in 1998. 

Alfred Gardner was predeceased by his first wife, Sandra Hebard Gardner, and son, Burchell Gardner, in 1996 and 1977, respectively. He is survived by two sons, Alfred Gardner (Susan) of Denver, CO, and Frederick Gardner (Debra) of Denver, CO; one daughter, Mary Gardner of Fort Collins, CO, and also by his grandchildren, Morgan, Caleb, Katherine, and Sean Gardner and by his wife, Katharine Gulick Gardner.

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


Dr. Arthur R. Lyding

Dr. Arthur R. Lyding, beloved father, brother, and grandfather and a resident of Princeton for 49 years, recently passed away at the Merwick Rehabilitation Center following a short illness at the age of 93.

Born in Brooklyn, New York, Dr. Lyding lived with his family about a block away from Ebbetts Field, home of the Brooklyn Dodgers, and Arthur was a steady attendee of Dodgers’ games. In fact, his Mother often was able to obtain choice seating at the games by enticing the ushers with her famous homemade salami sandwiches. After graduating from Boys High School, Dr. Lyding attended Cornell University, where he obtained a bachelor of arts degree in chemistry in 1945. Upon his graduation from Cornell, Dr. Lyding served in the United States Navy during World War II as an expert in sonar and radar technologies. After the War ended, Dr. Lyding pursued graduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania from where he obtained a Master of Science in organic chemistry in 1948 and a Ph.D. in organic chemistry in 1951. He began working as a senior research chemist for Olin Matheson in New Haven, Connecticut. During this period, he was also an associate professor of organic chemistry at Southern Connecticut State College and the University of New Haven.

He met the love of his life, Harriet, on a blind date in 1956 and married in 1957. Following the birth of their son, Christopher, in 1960, Arthur continued to work at Olin Matheson until 1969. That year he transferred to FMC Corporation, the site of the current Medical Center of Princeton, and moved his family to Princeton. From 1975 to 1987, Dr. Lyding was a supervisor at NL Industries, in Hightstown, New Jersey, where he supervised the development of new organic and polymeric additives for the plastics, textile, and paint industries. By the time he retired, Dr. Lyding had received 12 patents in organic and polymer chemistry.

Dr. Lyding was an ardent fan of the Gilbert and Sullivan operettas and would try to attend as many performances as possible. He was completely mesmerized by the combination of the exquisite lyrics of Sir W.S. Gilbert put to music by Sir Arthur Sullivan. He often lamented how today’s youth had no appreciation for such culture, but instead seemed to be only interested in the indecent and vulgar lyrics of modern music.

Dr. Lyding was also an avid philatelist and model train enthusiast. During the summers, he was a constant fixture at the Community Park Pool.

Of course, Dr. Lyding was also well-known for being a diehard Chicago Cubs fan. When he was growing up in the 1930s and 1940s, the Cubs were indeed a power house in the National League. Despite their long drought from winning a pennant that began in 1945, Dr. Lyding steadfastly rooted for the Cubs through all the lean years until his patience and loyalty were finally rewarded with a World Series Championship in 2016. He was even cremated wearing his favorite Chicago Cubs jacket.

But perhaps Dr. Lyding saved his greatest passion for the hundreds of middle and high school students he aided over the years in such courses as Algebra, Geometry, Calculus, Chemistry, Physics, Latin, German, and SAT/AP prep. He fully enjoyed interacting with these students because doing so kept his mind active and in touch with the young generation. He also made many lifelong friends with the students’ parents. Indeed, his success with these students can be measured by the extraordinary amount of complimentary letters he received from the students and their parents.

Dr. Lyding was predeceased by his parents Charles and Irene Lyding and by his wife of 46 years, Harriet, in 2003. Dr. Lyding is survived by his son, Christopher S. Lyding, Esq. of Plainsboro; a grandson, Charles T. Lyding; and his brother, Peter W. Lyding of Riverdale, N.Y.

A memorial service was private. The family will hold a public celebration of life ceremony in the spring. In the meantime, please extend condolences and share remembrances at


James Lawrence Martin

James Lawrence Martin, age 88, of Hopewell, New Jersey, passed away on Sunday, December 9, 2018, from complications of Parkinson’s. Jim’s mother was Catherine Irene Keough, and his father was Lawrence Edward Martin. Jim graduated from Montclair High School and received an Engineering degree from the Virginia Military Institute in 1952 before serving in the United States Army in Germany. He received advanced engineering degrees from Rutgers University and Pennsylvania State University, and subsequently taught at VMI, NJIT, and TCNJ. 

He married Kathleen Clarke in 1963, and they raised three daughters, Christine Martin Buck, Jennifer Martin-Kochis, and Catherine Martin Luginsland. He leaves seven granddaughters and many nieces and nephews to cherish his memory. 

A mass of Christian burial was celebrated by Msgr. Michael Walsh at St. Alphonsus church on Thursday, December 13, 2018, followed by a gathering at the Hopewell Bistro. Interment will be at Washington Crossing National Cemetery, December 27, 2018 at 11 a.m. The family requests that in lieu of flowers donations be made to Hopewell Fire Department or St. Alphonsus parish.

Arrangements are under the direction of Hopewell Memorial Home, Hopewell.


Alan H. Kane

April 19, 1955 – December 10, 2018

Alan H. Kane died in Boca Raton, Florida, on December 10, 2018 after a brief battle with esophageal cancer.

Alan was born in W. Hartford, Connecticut, and moved to Princeton with his parents, Herbert and Phyllis Kane, in 1956. Alan attended Princeton public schools until high school. He attended the Hun School of Princeton for high school, graduating in 1973. He received a B.A. from Connecticut College in New London, Connecticut in 1977.

Alan lived and worked in Boca Raton for the last 30 years. For the past few years he worked in adult education and found his calling as a teacher and tutor. Prior to that Alan was involved in several small business ventures.

He is survived by his beloved wife, Eva Fellows, his children Justin and Rebecca, their golden retriever Layla, his parents Herbert and Phyllis Kane of Princeton, and his sister Julie Kane of San Francisco, among many other loving extended family members and devoted friends. 

Alan’s family and friends will celebrate his life at a gathering in Boca Raton in January 2019.


Robert S. Davison

Robert S. Davison, Tykie, 61, of Princeton, New Jersey, passed away Thursday, December 13, 2018 surrounded by his loved ones at home. He was the husband of Polly H. Davison. They shared 37 years of marriage together.

Born and raised in Princeton, he was a lifelong resident. He was the son of late Robert S. Davison, Sr. and Helen (Hallinger) Davison.

He was a member of Princeton Engine Company #1 and a member of Local #9 Plumbers and Pipe Fitters Union of Tinton Falls. He will he remembered for his generosity, his skilled hardworking traits, integrity, and most of all the unconditional love he had for his family and friends.

We will continue to remember what he loved most. His grandchildren were his absolute world, the beach was his home away from home, his love for fishing, and his occupied set days or weekends on his couch at home, his B-1 seat at the Ivy Inn, or on a game field or in the stands watching his favorite sports teams, Dallas Cowboys, Notre Dame, or the New York Yankees.

He is survived by his wife Polly (Houston) Davison; a son and daughter-in-law Robert S. Davison, lll and Jamie Davison; a daughter and son-in-law Carrie and Ryan Jenkins; five grandchildren, Ryan Jenkins Jr., Danyale Jenkins, Bryce Davison, Reese Davison, and Emery Davison; his father-in-law Darby Houston; a sister and brother-in-law Kim and Tim Allshouse; and brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Will and Michelle Houston, Peter and Mary Houston and Rick McKee; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services were held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, December 18, 2018 at the at Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton.

In lieu of flowers, Memorial contributions may be made to Christine’s Hope for Kids, PO Box 190, Hopewell, NJ 08525, or Good Grief, 5 Mapleton Road, Princeton, NJ 08540.


Katherine M. McCarthy

Katherine M. “Kathy” McCarthy, 97, passed away peacefully at home in Plainsboro on Sunday, December 16, 2018. 

Born in Binghamton, NY, on December 24, 1920, Kathy and her family moved to Plainsboro when she was a child, and she lived the rest of her life in the Princeton area. Her mother, Veronica (Hickey) Holohan, was a schoolteacher, and her father, John K. Holohan, immigrated to this country from Ireland and went on to serve as a lay magistrate in Plainsboro. She lost her younger brother, John E. Holohan, in World War II, and she remained close to her sister Mary “Holly” Waldron until Holly’s death in 2015.

Kathy attended Princeton High School, where she met the love of her life and future husband, Jack McCarthy, Jr. She graduated from high school in 1938 and Connecticut College in 1942. After college, she taught at the Ashley Hall School in Charleston, SC. She waited for Jack while he left for wartime service with the Army in Europe, and they married after his return at St. Paul’s Church in Princeton in December 1945. They were happily married until his death in 2012. 

Kathy devoted her life to her husband and family. After her two sons passed childhood, she took up tennis and became an accomplished player. She played golf infrequently, but well enough to sink a hole-in-one at the Bedens Brook Club. Kathy carried herself with an understated grace and beauty; her college yearbook appropriately described her as “demure.” She had a fine sense of humor and a steadfast devotion to close friends. Her five grandchildren loved their time with Nana, and late last year she was able to welcome her great-grandchild into the world.   

Predeceased by her parents, husband, brother, and sister, Kathy is survived by her two sons and daughters-in-law, John “Jack” F. McCarthy, III and Susan G. Anable, and Kevin E. and Patricia M. McCarthy; her five grandchildren, Megan K. McCarthy, John F. McCarthy IV, Kaitlin M. McNamara, Caroline A. McCarthy, and Michael J. McCarthy; and her great-grandchild Olivia G. McNamara. 

Visitation will be on Saturday, December 22, 2018 from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at St. Paul’s Church, 216 Nassau Street, Princeton, NJ 08542, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. Burial will follow in St. Paul’s Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests consideration of a contribution in Kathy’s memory to Catholic Charities of Trenton. 

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


Nicholas L. Carnevale

Nicholas L. Carnevale, 91, of Monmouth Junction died Thursday, December 13, 2018 at Penn Medicine Princeton Medical Center of Plainsboro. Born in Princeton, he was a lifelong Princeton resident. He was a graduate of Princeton High School and Rutgers University. Nicholas was a United States Korean War Army Veteran serving second in command of military medical field services. Mr. Carnevale worked for many years in the Insurance Industry including The Equitable Life Assurance Society, he was a district manager and then a regional manager for The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company. Nicholas was a partner in the Walter B. Howe Insurance Company from 1966-1989. He was Vice President, Active Chairman, and Chairman Emeritus of Carnevale Consulting Corporation, Mergers and Acquisitions from 1983 to present. He was also on the Board of Directors of the Trust Company of Princeton 1985-1989, The Summit Bank Advisory Board, Chairman of the Board of Global Value Investors Corporation, and an associate of The Lear Alliance from 2002 until present.

Nicholas was also a member of Nassau Presbyterian Church for 65 years, where he served as Deacon, Elder, Trustee, Sunday School Teacher, and Assistant Sunday School Superintendent. He also was a Boy Scout Leader, President of the Delaware Valley Life Underwriters Association of NJ, Vice President of the Somerset County Red Cross, Member and Past President of The Chamber of Commerce of Princeton, and on the Board of Trustees of the American Boy Choir of Princeton. Nicholas was a member of Princeton Rotary and Rotary International from 1969 until present, serving as president in 1980 and having perfect attendance somewhere in the world for 37 years. He also helped start 10 Rotary clubs in the state of New Jersey over a 16-year period. He was also Foundation Member and Chairman of the Thomas Edison State College Foundation, Co-Founder and Past President of the Princeton-Pettoranello Foundation and Pettoranello Gardens Project leader, Past President and Trustee for over 25 years of the Nassau Club, Trustee of the Princeton Historical Society, and Advisory Board Member of the Greater Princeton Youth Orchestra.

Nicholas received many awards including Citizen of the Year in 1976 from the Chamber of Commerce, 16 service awards and three Paul Harris Fellow Medals from The Rotary Club of Princeton, The Matty Matthewson Award “Rotarian of The Year, 1994,” The Humanitarian Award in 1983 from the National Council of Christians and Jews, Community Service Honors in 1999 from Princeton Township, the Extraordinary Service to Princeton award from the Princeton-Pettoranello Foundation, the Heritage Medal in 2001 from the Italian-American National Hall of Fame, Community Leader Award in 2002 from The Rotary Club of Princeton, and The Cavalerre Medal for National and International Service to Humanity from the Federal Republic of Italy.

At the time of his death Mr. Carnevale was on the Advisory Board of Investors Bank and was on the board of the Roma Foundation.

Son of the late Angelo and Christine Amalia (Palumbo) Carnevale, brother of the late Ango Carnevale, Alfonso Carnevale, he is survived by his wife Marjorie Mary Lee (Roseborough) Carnevale; two sons and a daughter-in-law Lawrence F. Carnevale, Douglas E. and Peita Carnevale; sister Evelina Gargione; and four grandchildren William, Christopher, Gabriella, and Stephanie.

The Funeral Service will be held 11 a.m. on Saturday, December 22, 2018 at Nassau Presbyterian Church, 61 Nassau Street, Princeton. Burial will follow in the Princeton Cemetery.

Friends may call on Friday, December 21, 2018 from 5-8 p.m. at the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home 40 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to: Thomas Edison State University Foundation – Nicholas and Marjorie Carnevale Endowment for University Excellence.

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Marlene G. Brown

Marlene G. Brown of West Windsor passed away peacefully at home on October 26, 2018, after a long battle with breast cancer. 

Marlene was born in Queens, New York, on February 11, 1961, and moved to Great Neck, Long Island as a child.  She graduated from Great Neck High School South in 1979, and from Brown University in 1983.  After college, Marlene worked in Paris, New York, and Washington, DC, before enrolling in Rutgers Law School-Newark, where she earned a J.D. in 1989.

At law school, Marlene found a passion for tax law, which she followed throughout her professional life.  Following a stint at the accounting firm of Deloitte & Touche, she clerked for Judge Lawrence Lasser, the Presiding Judge of the New Jersey Tax Court, and then began a long career with the State of New Jersey – Division of Law, most recently as Senior Deputy Attorney General and Section Chief. She argued several significant cases before the New Jersey Supreme Court, and served as a fellow with the National Association of Attorneys General U.S. Supreme Court Fellowship Program in Washington, DC.

Marlene was the loving mother of two sons, Mark and Benjamin, who were the lights of her life.  She enjoyed music, theater, traveling, and swimming, and was a patient observer of her husband’s and sons’ various outdoor pursuits. After spending an academic year in Paris as an undergrad, and a year clerking at a Paris law firm, Marlene was a fluent French speaker, and loved visiting both Paris and Montreal. She was active in Congregation Beth Chaim, serving as Sisterhood president, a Board member of the Central Jersey Youth Orchestra, and an active volunteer and fundraiser for the Breast Cancer Resource Center.

Marlene is survived by her parents James and Barbara Brown of East Windsor, NJ; husband David McMillin of West Windsor; sons Mark Brown-McMillin of New Brunswick, NJ, and Benjamin Brown-McMillin of Ithaca, NY; siblings Caren Haase (Robert) of West Windsor and Michael Brown (Lillie) of Chappaqua, NY; nieces Allison Haase and Mia Brown; and beloved aunts Michele Buslik and Anita Brown of Manhattan.

Funeral services were Tuesday, October 30, at Congregation Beth Chaim in Princeton Junction, with burial at Princeton Cemetery.

The period of mourning will be observed Wednesday, October 31 from 7-9 p.m. at the home of James and Barbara Brown in East Windsor. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Breast Cancer Resource Center in Princeton, NJ, or to the Newport Jazz Festival c/o Newport Festivals Foundation, Essex, MA. Funeral arrangements are by Orland’s Ewing Memorial Chapel, 1534 Pennington Road, Ewing.


Kevin J. Embert

Kevin J. Embert passed away on Thursday, October 25, 2018 at Penn Medicine Princeton Medical Center. He was 60 years old.  Born in Abington, PA, in 1958, he grew up in Levittown, PA. 

He is predeceased by his parents Donald and Mary (Malloy) Embert, and his brothers Donald Embert, Jr. and Eugene Embert. He is survived by his partner, Kimberly Budd Doub, her sons Jason, Nicholas, and Sam; his daughter Heather Embert; sister Sharon (Jack) Holleran; and brother Dennis (Amy) Embert.

Kevin has lived in the Princeton area for the last 20 years and was employed at the Institute of Advance Studies for over 15 years.

He also leaves behind his greatest friends, his two cats, Mr. B and Stella, and his beloved dog, Dakota.

A Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, November 1, 2018 at 11 a.m. in the Kimble Funeral Home, 1 Hamilton Avenue, Princeton, NJ 08542.  Friends and family may gather from 10 a.m. until the service time.

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Henry Alexander Galitzine King

After a long battle with Parkinson’s disease, Henry Alexander Galitzine King, age 85, died on October 27, 2018 at Meadow Lakes, East Windsor, NJ.  He was a long-time resident of Princeton, NJ.  Henry was born on October 3, 1933 in Princeton and moved to Baltimore in 1934 when his father Edward joined the new Walters Art Museum. His mother, Princess Tatiana Galitzine, was born in Russia, and lived there in splendor before the revolution and great hardship after the revolution. She wrote a memoir of her family’s life in Russia during this period, The Russian Revolution, Childhood Recollections.

Henry attended Calvert and Gilman Schools in Baltimore and, like his father, went to Princeton University, Class of 1955.  He was in ROTC at Princeton, received his commission as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Air Force, and entered duty in 1956.  After his discharge in early 1959, he stopped in Aspen, Colorado for a week of skiing. The planned week in Aspen stretched into a ski-bum season where he met Yolanda Swee from Hurley, Wisconsin. They shared their love of sports, the outdoors, and an adventurous desire to see the world.  They married in July of that year, beginning their 59 years together.

Henry began his 33-year career with Citibank in New York City. Three years later they happily accepted a transfer to London where they lived for five years. Henry then became the branch manager in Dublin, Ireland where they began riding horses and hunting to the hounds. Three years later he became branch manager of the Milan office. They loved Italy, with its proximity to skiing in the Alps. These two years were followed by a return to New York where he joined the Petroleum Department, financing the Alaskan Pipeline.

In 1978, they took another Citibank opportunity to go back to Europe, this time to Geneva, Switzerland.  This turned out to be an 11-year stretch, lasting to 1989.  Time spent in the Alps, skiing and hiking, brought great joy. They did high-mountain ski touring with guides including parts of the Haute Route using randonnée skis, skins, couteaux, and sleeping in mountain huts. His public service in Geneva included two years as the President of the American International Club, and serving on the Ecolint school board.

While in Geneva, Henry got to know some of the largest art collectors in the world. Upon their return to New York in 1989, he headed up the Citibank Art Advisory Service. He retired from Citibank in 1992, followed by consulting for Christie’s, and then retirement “for good” in 1995. 

Most summer vacations were spent in Greensboro, Vermont, filled with lots of tennis, golf, and friendships.  During Henry’s five-year Presidency of Mountain View Country Club, he spearheaded the building of a new clubhouse. 

Henry was on the board of The Royal Oak Foundation (the American arm of the British National Trust), the Friends of the Princeton University Art Museum, and the Copley Hospital Foundation in Morrisville, Vermont.  He was a long-time member of the Pretty Brook Tennis Club, Springdale Golf Club, the Old Guard of Princeton, and The Nassau Club.

He is survived by Yolanda (Lanny), his wife and two sons: Christopher of Lenox, Massachusetts (Carolyn Guenther King) and two grandchildren Ella and Andrew; and David of Geneva, Switzerland (Minna Poutanen King) and three grandchildren Julian, Isabelle and Timo. He was predeceased by his daughter, Nicola Tatiana.

A celebration of Henry’s life will be held at Trinity Episcopal Church at 33 Mercer Street, Princeton, NJ 08540 (609-924-2277) on November 3, 2018 at 3 p.m.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Nicola Tatiana King Memorial Fund at the Vermont Community Foundation, 3 Court Street, Middlebury, VT 05753 or to The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, Church St. Station, P.O. Box 780, New York, NY 10008.


Saul Yermie Levy

Saul Yermie Levy passed away peacefully at the age of 83 on October 23, 2018, surrounded by family and friends. He was the son of the late Sidney and Eve Levy. He was predeceased by his wife of 52 years, Janet Levy. He is survived by: his brother, Richard Levy, of Stroudsburg, PA; his daughter, Linda Levy-Wood and her husband Ronald Wood, of Philadelphia, PA; his son, Jonah Levy and wife, Helga Ying; grandchildren, Ian Raydo and wife Chrissy Raydo, of Mechanicville, NY; Candis Lupietuu and husband Jason Lupietuu, of Philadelphia, PA; Rachel Raydo, of Philadelphia, PA; Milo Levy, of Brooklyn, NY; Julien Levy, of Philadelphia, PA; Refathun Momo, of Philadelphia, PA; Elijah Levy, of Piedmont, CA; Charlotte Levy, of Piedmont, CA; great-grandson Jonah Raydo, of Watertown, NY; Mila Raydo, of Mechanicville, NY; and Keira Raydo, of Mechanicville, NY.

A brilliant student, Professor Levy studied Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute on a full scholarship, before earning a Ph.D. in Mathematics from Yeshiva University. In one of his first jobs, Levy helped install one of the first computers used by an insurance company in New York. He worked at RCA in Princeton, NJ until 1971 when he joined the newly formed Computer Science Department at Rutgers University. Professor Levy taught courses in computer architecture for almost 40 years and served as Associate Chair of the Department. He was known for his clarity of exposition and dry wit.

He was an avid traveler. In 1970-71, he lived in Paris, France with his family. He continued his world travels into his 80s. He had a passion for art and art history, never missing an opportunity to visit a museum. Also, very dear to him was his Jewish community at Kesher Israel, where he was a member for more than 25 years, and he attended services regularly.

A devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, he loved to spend time with his family, and he was adored across the generations. He possessed an exceptionally dry, dark sense of humor, which he passed on to all of his family members, and his family has no doubt that Professor Levy is making jokes about his own passing from the Great Beyond.

Services were held Thursday, October 25, 2018 in the Kimble Funeral Home, 1 Hamilton Avenue, Princeton, NJ 08542, followed by burial in Princeton Cemetery, Princeton, NJ. 

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Angelina L. Mattera

Angelina L. Mattera, 89, of Princeton died Monday, October 22, 2018 at Penn Medicine Princeton Medical Center in Plainsboro.

Born in Pettoranello di Molise, Italy, she came here to the United States in 1943 at age 14 and settled in Princeton. She was a member of St. Paul’s Church. She was a seamstress for various shops, Prep Shop, Verbest Dry Cleaners, Gail Dry Cleaner, and Lux Dry Cleaner. Angelina was a devoted, loving wife and mother who protected everything she loved. She enjoyed cooking for family and friends. She had the soul of an angel and everyone that met her was touched by her kindness and love. A very faithful woman, she had an extreme faith of the Lord. She was a cancer survivor and fighter of various illnesses in her life.

Daughter of the late Arturo and Marie (Rossi) Lise, wife of the late Giovanni Mattera, sister of the late Alex Lise, she is survived by her daughter and son-in-law Sylvana and David Acolia; four sons and daughters-in-law, Joseph and Debbie, John M. and Marie, Anthony R. and Rose, Mario S. and Coleen; her twin sister Clara Sferra; a sister-in-law Olympia Lise; seven grandchildren, Jolene and husband Marty Manion, Theresa Mattera, Anthony and wife Sarah Mattera, Nicholas Mattera, Michael Mattera, Daniel Mattera, and Grace Mattera; four great-grandchildren, Johnny Millard, Liliana Mattera, Gabrielle Mattera, Jacob Mattera; her grand dogs Bingo and Buddy; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Calling hours were held on Sunday, October 28, 2018 at The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton.

The Funeral was held at 9 a.m. Monday, October 29, 2018 at the funeral home. Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Paul’s Church, 216 Nassau St., Princeton. Burial followed in Princeton Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made in Angelina’s memory to Fox Chase Cancer Center.


William Howard Becker

William H. Becker, 94, died on October 20, 2018 at his home in Princeton, NJ.

Bill was born in Brooklyn on January 12, 1924 to Morris and Ethel Becker. A bright, curious, lively young boy, he played sports and possessed a natural gift for making friends. He also enjoyed being a devoted older brother to sister Renie.

Bill graduated from high school in Rosslyn, New York, and studied at Queens College. After a year in the U.S. Navy, he attended New York University, then progressed to Virginia Commonwealth University Dental School. A newly-minted dentist in 1949, Bill settled in Norfolk, Virginia. Some years later he was introduced to Merle Skoler, a music teacher and fellow New Yorker, on a blind date. She quickly became the love of his life; and they married in 1959, eventually raising four sons.

Bill went on to serve the Norfolk community as a dentist for over five decades. Many of his patients grew up and brought their own children to him. Bill also volunteered his services to underserved communities in Israel.

After a long and satisfying career, Bill retired from dentistry at age 85. He and Merle moved north from Virginia Beach to be closer to their sons. In Princeton, Bill built a new life, continuing to collect friends of all ages. He enjoyed family dinners, people-watching in Hinds Plaza, jaunts to Parx Casino, and playing pool, poker, and Scrabble with his grandchildren and friends.

Bill was humble, generous, loyal, and a man of the highest integrity — in other words, a true mensch. He always put family and friends first. We learned from his example every day and are eternally grateful to have loved and been loved by him.

Bill is survived by his cherished wife Merle; his sons Richard (Rachel), Paul (Lori), Daniel (Madeleine), Sam (Jennifer); his sister Renie (Becker) Teitelman; and nine grandchildren: Olivia, Ben, Hannah, Joshua, Sophia, Corey, Robbie, Emily, and Kate. The family wishes to thank Bill’s dedicated caregivers and companions: Ashaki, Kayla, Jessie, Sophie, and Mary Kate as well as his poker and Scrabble buddies. A special debt of gratitude is owed to his dear friend Marty Austin.

Funeral services were held on October 22, 2018 at the Star of David Memorial Chapel in Princeton. Memorial contributions may be sent to the Alzheimer’s Research Foundation at


Charles Edward Stenard

Charles Edward Stenard, 82, passed away at Penn Medicine Princeton Medical Center on October 23, 2018 after a long and courageous fight against Parkinson’s disease.  He was born on February 3, 1936 in Watertown, New York. He was predeceased by his parents, John and Irene Stenard, and his brother, John Stenard.  He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Kirby Stenard, of 59 years as well as sons Steven, wife Lysa of Cincinnati, OH; Andrew and wife Jennifer of Manalapan, NJ; daughter Deidre of Princeton, NJ;  and five grandchildren, Alexandre, Kirby, Andrew, Elizabeth, and Katherine.

Charles attended Harvard University on a NROTC scholarship (AB ‘58).  After serving three years as a Research Naval Officer at the National Security Agency, he earned a PhD in Mathematics from Princeton University.

He had an accomplished 30-year career at AT&T Bell Laboratories in research and development management, where he worked on many diverse national security programs. The span of his work included supervising ABM missile tests in Kwajalein, Marshall Islands, and machine learning and neural network software tool development for natural handwriting recognition for the U.S. Postal Service.

Having moved to Stonebridge Retirement Community, he kept active.  As an accomplished cellist, Charles enjoyed playing chamber music and giving concerts. He enjoyed activities such as lectures, musicals, attending various community activities, and being active with his grandchildren.  He was a member of Trinity Church, The Old Guard, and on the board of Crisis Ministry where he volunteered for many years. 

The funeral was held at Trinity Church, 33 Mercer Street, Princeton, NJ, on Saturday October 27, 2018.  In lieu of flowers, donations to the Michael J Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s research or other charities are greatly appreciated.


Marcia E. Baunach

Marcia E. Baunach, age 70 of Princeton, NJ, died Wednesday, October 24, 2018 at the Penn Medicine Princeton Medical Center.   

Born in Somerville, NJ, she was the daughter of the late Michael T. and Antoinette (Calio) Russo. Marcia grew up in Whitehouse Station and graduated from Hunterdon Central High School. She lived in Pennington for 47 years before moving to Princeton 10 months ago.

Marcia was a medical assistant at Princeton Hospital before retiring in 2010.

She enjoyed traveling and spending time at the beach. But it was spending time with friends and family that meant the most to Marcia. You would often find her on the phone chatting away with friends.

Marcia is survived by her husband of 50 years, Gerald Baunach; her son, Michael Baunach of Wilmington, DE; and her daughter, Abigail Weigelt and her husband, Justin of Medford, NJ and her precious granddaughter, Adelaide Weigelt. She is also survived by many cousins who were like siblings to her.

A funeral service will be held on Friday, November 2, 2018 at 11 a.m. at the Kearns Funeral Home, 103 Old Highway 28, Whitehouse, NJ 08888.

Flowers are welcome or memorial donations may be made through IN MEMORY OF at for the benefit of Womanspace Inc., which provides help for people dealing with domestic abuse.

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Rosemary O’Brien

Rosemary O’Brien, 93, died on September 29, 2018 at her home at Princeton Windrows, in Princeton, NJ, after a long struggle with Parkinson’s disease.

She was born June 6, 1925 in South Bend, Indiana, the eldest child of Dr. Peter Birmingham and Sarah Birmingham. She graduated from Saint Mary’s College in 1947 and earned a master’s degree in Far Eastern Studies from the University of Michigan in 1979.

In 1948 she married James L. O’Brien of Beloit, Wisconsin, with whom she raised three children in South Bend, Indiana and Ann Arbor, Michigan, before moving to Princeton in 1968. She greatly enjoyed spending summers, over more than 50 years, at their cottage in Harbor Springs, Michigan.

Rosemary had a passion for reading and a great talent for writing, culminating in the publication of a book on the diaries of Gertrude Bell, who was an early female Middle East explorer. She enjoyed travel around the globe with her husband Jim, who was an attorney and executive with Bendix International. Rosemary also developed an increasing interest in other women’s issues and published articles and chapters on women’s historical and cultural topics. Wherever she lived, she enjoyed participating in various book groups and reading clubs. She always showed flair for entertaining. Rosemary was active in many civic activities in Princeton. She was among the first women to be inducted into the Old Guard of Princeton Nassau Club.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 54 years, James L. O’Brien, who died in 2002; her parents; and her brother Richard and his wife Jeanne. She is survived by daughter and son-in law, Anne and Dr. Stephen Bauer of Rochester, New York; son and daughter-in-law, Dennis and Wendilee (Health) O’Brien of Winter Harbor, Maine; son and daughter-in-law David and Sara (Howard) O’Brien of Reston, Virginia; five grandchildren, Erica (Bauer) Evert and her husband Corey Evert and Benjamin, Luke, Charleen, and Gabe O’Brien; and one great-grandson, Jack Evert.

Visitation for family and friends will be held on Friday October 12, 2018 from 4-6 p.m. at Kimble Funeral Home, 1 Hamilton Avenue, Princeton, NJ 08542. The burial will be private in Princeton Cemetery.

A gathering to celebrate Rosemary’s life will be held Saturday, October 13, 2018 from 2-4 p.m. at Princeton Windrows, 2000 Windrow Drive, Princeton, NJ 08540.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Rosemary’s honor to the Michael J. Fox Foundation, P.O. Box 5014, Hagerstown, MD 21741-5014.


Chi Lung Kang

Chi Lung Kang, 97, Princeton resident of 51 years, died September 30, 2018. Born and raised in Shanghai, China, his college education at the National Chiao Tung University was interrupted by the World War II Japanese invasion of Shanghai. He and his family fled to Chungking, where he went to work in a munitions factory building arms. At the end of the war, he returned to Chiao Tung where he completed his degree in mechanical engineering. In 1947 he immigrated to the United States to get advanced degrees in mechanical and electrical engineering at the University of Illinois Champaign/Urbana. It was there that he met his loving wife-to-be Chia-chen Chu (Cecilia) who was also pursuing her advanced degrees. After graduating, in 1951 they moved to New Jersey and married. They happily lived there for the rest of their lives; raising their family and helping their siblings, nephews, and nieces immigrate to the United States.

Chi Lung worked at Boonton Radio Corporation, Remington Rand Univac, Princeton University (Forrestal atomic accelerator group), and General Electric conducting high energy engineering research. With family and friends he championed kindness to all, intellectual curiosity, and a love for China — the “motherland.” From the beginning to the end of his life he enjoyed and promoted Chinese philosophy, literature, and poetry. Survived by his son and daughter-in-law Jeff and Brenda Kang, Ft. Lauderdale, FL; son and daughter-in-law, Ray and Kim Kang, Orono, MN; five grandchildren, Lee Kang, Chelsea Kang, Harrison Kang, Eleanor Kang, and Rachel Kang; two sisters Ji Qin Kang, Plainsboro, NJ, and Ji Cheng Kang, Chengdu, China; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A visitation and memorial service will be held Saturday, October 13, 2018 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Kimble Funeral Home, 1 Hamilton Avenue, Princeton, NJ.; immediately followed by a reception at Shanghai Park Restaurant, 301 N. Harrison Street, #33, Princeton, NJ from 2-4 p.m. An interment service and reception will be held in Princeton at a future date. Condolences can be submitted online at In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Chi Lung Kang Endowment at the University of Illinois Foundation, 1305 West Green Street, Urbana, IL 61801.


Mary Josephine McCloskey

Mary Josephine McCloskey, known as Bridie to all that knew her, 85, passed away peacefully on Friday, October 5th, 2018, at the Brookdale assisted living facility in Hillsborough, NJ.

Bridie was born on October 6th, 1932 in Gurteen, Ireland. The oldest of three children, Bridie grew up in Gurteen with her two brothers and completed her schooling in Halifax, England. Bridie developed a lifelong love of horses and swimming during her childhood. She trained to swim the English Channel and often swam on Long Beach Island and at the Community Park Pool. She treasured trips back to Ireland to visit friends and family.

Bridie was a resident of Princeton for nearly 60 years. Bridie immigrated to the United States in 1954 to live with relatives in Trenton before meeting her husband William (Dave) McCloskey. She worked for Bell Telephone Company until the birth of her first child, Michael (Kevin). She loved being a mother to Kevin and her daughter, Maureen (Missy), and devoted herself to supporting her children throughout their adult lives. Bridie could sing — at the great delight of others she could be found singing “Danny Boy” by her mother’s side at a pub in Gurteen or family birthday parties in Princeton. Bridie was very talented in needlepoint and this transitioned into a love of drawing in her later years. Bridie and her husband Dave spent countless falls and winters cheering for the Tigers at Princeton football and basketball games.

Bridie was a light to all that knew her. She defined selflessness as a beloved daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, cousin, aunt, and friend. Daughter of the late Martin and Mary (Mulligan) Callaghan, sister of the late Tony Callaghan, mother of the late Michael Kevin McCloskey. She is survived by her husband William David McCloskey; daughter Missy and her husband Ken; and her two grandchildren, Kelly and Ryan. She is also survived by her brother, Peter Callaghan and sister-in-law Mary Callaghan of Manchester, England; and special nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Friends may call on Wednesday, October 10th, from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Mather-Hodge Funeral Home. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, October 11th, at 10 a.m. at St. Paul’s Church 216 Nassau Street, Princeton. Burial will follow in the Princeton Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul’s Church 216 Nassau Street, Princeton, NJ 08542.


Jill Ann Gowen Weatherill

Jill Ann Gowen Weatherill, longtime resident of Princeton NJ, died September 30, 2018, at her son’s home in Connecticut after a long battle with frontotemporal dementia (FTD). She was 85 years old.

Born in East Dereham, Norfolk, UK, Jill was the first in her family to attend university, studying food science at Queen Elizabeth College in London. After university she worked for British food companies Lyons and Walls, before moving to New York City in the late 1950s where she continued work as a food scientist.

Jill met her husband, Derek Weatherill, in 1960 while on a sailing holiday in England. As Derek also happened to live in New York they arranged to meet upon their return to the States, and married in June 1961.

Jill was always extremely active and never without a ‘project.’ She was a passionate gardener, knew all the Latin names of plants, and created a spectacular garden over a 40-year period at the family home in Princeton. It was much admired by all, visited by gardening clubs and painted by artists. Friends rarely left without gifts of plants, cuttings, or flowers.

Jill’s love for children led her to spend many years teaching nursery school. Later she worked as a docent at the Princeton University Art Museum giving tours to children and also adults. In her free time, she enjoyed visiting art museums, playing the piano and recorder, and attending classical concerts. With Derek, she shared a love of the ancient world, and wrote a small book of Greek myths in verse. She kept herself informed about current events and always had a stack of newspapers by her bed.

Her husband Derek was diagnosed with cancer shortly after he retired, ending dreams of traveling together in retirement. Derek struggled with the illness for eight years before passing away in 2004. After falling at home in October 2013, Jill moved to an apartment in Boston in early 2014 to be closer to family. She moved into a memory care assisted-living facility in Boston in 2015.

She is survived by her brother Roger of Tahiti, her four children — Sally, Simon, Julian, James — and five grandchildren, Oliver, Emily, William, Ben, and Sophia. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration,

She has been buried alongside Derek at Princeton Cemetery. A memorial is being planned, for details please email


Joyce Marie Albers-Schonberg

Joyce Marie Albers-Schonberg died on October 6 after a long, bravely fought illness in her 76th year and the 50th year of an incredibly happy marriage. 

Joyce was born in Linden, NJ to Mary D. and Andrew R. Kovatch. After high school, she went to Douglass College in New Brunswick, New Jersey and graduated with a degree in Biochemistry. She then joined the Merck Sharp & Dohme Research Laboratories in Rahway NJ in 1965, where she was part of several important projects. After 12 years, she decided on a career change, obtained a Master’s Degree in Business Administration at New York University, and joined the First Boston Investment Bank in Manhattan as a Healthcare Securities Analyst. In her field, she ranked first in the country in the Institutional Investor magazine for several years. In the 1990s she made one more career change, joining the very young healthcare investment firm, Deerfield Management, where she found wonderful, lasting friends. In 1999 she retired to join her husband, Georg Albers-Schonberg, whom she had met in her first few weeks at Merck and who was now also retired.

Joyce had the rare gift to always put others before herself. She continued to care very deeply for Douglass College and its Alumnae Association, for the Princeton Healthcare System Foundation and many other charitable causes. In 2012, Joyce was awarded the NJ Women of Achievement Award. 

Joyce is survived by her husband, her mother, age 95, her brother Richard A. Kovatch, two sisters Jo Ann Kuser and Andrea Correia, their growing families, and Georg’s many relatives in Europe.

Joyce and Georg enjoyed extensive travel throughout the world and spending time on the Jersey shore. They had a deep appreciation for the fine arts, and could regularly be found at the Metropolitan Opera, or attending a concert given by the Princeton Symphony Orchestra.

Visitation will be at the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton, NJ, Friday, October 12th from 3-6:30 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Paul’s Catholic Church, 216 Nassau St., Princeton, NJ, Saturday, October 13th at 11 a.m.

In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial contributions be made in Joyce’s memory to any of the following organizations: Columbia University Medical Center; the Princeton Medical Group P.A.; Princeton Healthcare System Foundation; Lustgarten Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer; the Associate Alumnae of Douglass College; or the Community Foundation of Collier County (Naples, Fl).


Georgine Hall Stauffer

Georgine Hall Stauffer, 93, died peacefully on Monday, October 1, 2018, at the Acorn Glen assisted living residence in Princeton.

Georgine was born and raised in Princeton, the daughter of George Gilson Fleming and Grace Elizabeth Titus, and she spent most of her adult life there. She graduated from Wilson College in Pennsylvania in 1946 and later earned a master’s degree in English from Columbia University.

Her calling was in the theatre. She performed in summer and regional plays during college and went on to enjoy a long acting career with appearances in a wide variety of stage, TV, and movie productions. Her Broadway credits include a performance with George C. Scott in Present Laughter and a role as understudy to Anne Pitoniak in Night Mother. Off-Broadway, she appeared in Moliere’s Learned Ladies with Jean Stapleton; in Sam Shepard’s True West with Peter Boyle and Tommy Lee Jones; and in Harold Pinter’s The Birthday Party. Her regional theatre roles included Henry V, Buried Child, and Tartuffe. In the early 1960s, she pioneered a children’s television program entitled Once Upon a Day, which aired on WNET in New York. Later in her career, she appeared in several TV series, including Law and Order and The Good Wife. And she played Melvin Douglas’s secretary in the movie Being There with Peter Sellers and Shirley MacLaine. Georgine also taught English and drama in the Princeton public schools for years, and until recently, she worked at The Lewis School of Princeton teaching drama to students with dyslexia and other learning challenges.

Her first marriage was in 1949 to Herbert J. Hall, a prominent physicist and environmental scientist and the father of her three children. Later husbands included Ralph Freedman, former Chair of the Department of Comparative Literature at Princeton University, and David DuVivier, a former assistant district attorney in Manhattan and member of the Coudert Brothers law firm in Paris. In her 80s, Georgine rekindled a college-era romance with Daniel Stauffer, a Princeton graduate and civil engineer from Texas, and the two were married in August of 2010. Their loving companionship ended with Daniel’s passing in May of 2017.

Not only an accomplished actress, Georgine was a champion of civil rights, a devoted mother, a gourmet cook, a lover of English Bulldogs (Guinevere and Lancelot), and a loyal and generous friend to many, from actors and academics to the caregivers on staff at Acorn Glen. Her love of life, grit, and humor will be sorely missed.

She is survived by three children and their spouses (Molly Hall and husband Emilio Tavernise; John Hall and wife Kate Hall; and Stephen Hall and wife Margaret Dailey); two stepsons and their spouses (Mark Freedman and wife Alison Meyer; and Jonathan Freedman and wife Sara Blair); seven grandchildren (Kate Berenson, Aaron Berenson, Hannah Berenson and husband Ryan Stafford, Sarah Berenson, Conrad Hall, Jennifer Hall, and Margot Hall); six stepgrandchildren (Weli Freedman, Michael Freedman, Sarah Freedman, Ariel Freedman, Benjamin Freedman, and Miriam Freedman); and two great-grandchildren (Grace Stafford and Caleb Stafford).

The family held a burial service at the Princeton Cemetery on October 8th, with a memorial to follow on a date to be determined. Arrangements are under the direction of the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home in Princeton.

Donations in Georgine’s memory may be made to The Actors Fund, 729 Seventh Avenue, 10th Floor, New York, NY 10019; The Lewis School of Princeton, 53 Bayard Lane, Princeton, NJ 08540; or C-Change Conversations, PO Box 1206, Princeton, NJ 08542.


Elinor T. Riddle

Elinor T. Riddle, 77, of Princeton, NJ passed away Friday, October 5, 2018 from cancer. She died at home, quietly in her sleep.

Born in Elmhurst, NY, Elinor graduated from Marymount Manhattan College in 1962 with a bachelor’s degree in English Literature. In 1965 she married Larry Riddle, with whom she raised a family of three children. They have lived in Princeton since 1973. In 1986 she joined the Princeton Public Library where she worked as a library assistant for over 20 years. Beauties of nature have been joys in her life, and she and her husband have been avid birders.

Elinor was predeceased by her parents, Edmond and Margaret Kelly Tyne. She is survived by her husband; her two daughters, Margaret Gillingham and Adele Feldstein; her son, George; her six grandchildren, Ellen and Ben Gillingham, Jean Strickland, Hazel, Ava and Eloise Feldstein; and her sister Catherine Bingay.

Services will begin on Wednesday, October 10, 2018 at 10:15 a.m. in the Kimble Funeral Home, 1 Hamilton Avenue, Princeton, NJ followed by a 10:45 a.m. funeral mass at St. Paul Church, 214 Nassau Street, Princeton, NJ. Interment will be in Princeton Abbey and Cemetery, 75 Mapleton Road, Princeton.

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James Arthur Floyd, Sr.

James Arthur Floyd, Sr. was born in Trenton on March 9, 1922 to John and Adeline Floyd. He died on May 14, 2018 at Brandywine Senior Living at Princeton at the age of 96. He was predeceased by his parents, his sister Daisy Banks, and his beloved wife of 62 years, Fannie Floyd. A private funeral service was held on May 25th.

James attended the Trenton Public School System. He attended Trenton Central High School, graduating in 1939, cum laude. He also attended the Trenton School of Industrial Design. He went on to West Virginia State College and graduated in 1944, magna cum laude. He was president of his class. He was also president of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity during his college years.

After graduation, James returned to Trenton and was hired by Stokes Molded Products. In 1946, he married Princeton native Fannie Reeves and moved to Princeton. In Princeton, Jim immediately involved himself in civic affairs and local politics. During those early years he, and others, founded the Trenton Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi. He was elected to the Princeton Township Committee in 1968 and was named Mayor in 1971.

In 1972, a promotion required Jim and his wife to move to Cleveland, Ohio. The move was part of his long career with the Electric Storage Battery (ESB) Company, during which he rose from a Jr. Draftsman to Vice President of Personnel, covering domestic and international factories. In 1977, Jim returned to Princeton. In 1982, he retired from ESB and became Vice President of Personnel at the Educational Testing Service (ETS). After implementing needed changes, Jim retired from ETS in 1987.

During his life, Jim was a civic activist, serving on many charitable boards and organizing and supporting many causes for the betterment of the community. He advocated tirelessly for education, civil rights, and open housing. He was also a long-serving lay leader of Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church in Princeton.

James Floyd, Sr. is survived by his two sons, James and Michael; his granddaughter, Isobel Allen-Floyd; his brother, Samuel; and extended family.

A memorial service honoring the life of James Floyd, Sr. will be held on Saturday June 23rd at Nassau Presbyterian Church, 61 Nassau St., Princeton, at 11 a.m. Floral arrangements are welcomed.

Charitable donations in the memory of James Floyd, Sr. may be made to the Mercer County Community College Foundation — Floyd Scholarship, Princeton Community Housing, The Paul Robeson House of Princeton, and the Corner House Foundation.


Yefeng Pang

Yefeng Pang, 84, passed away peacefully at Rutgers University Hospital in Newark on June 15, 2018, after a courageous 13-month battle with esophageal-stomach cancer.

Born in Dalian, China, Yefeng graduated with a B.S. in history from ShanDong University, China and became a history professor of DeZhou University. He came to the U.S. to visit his daughter and granddaughters in 2008 and lived as a resident in the U.S. ever since. He was a bookworm and enjoyed painting, singing, playing piano and violin, and swimming.

He is survived by his wife Xuelan Xu of 52 years; daughter Jingjing of Princeton, New Jersey; son Didi of NanNing China; and three granddaughters, RanYiXiu, Megan, and Emma.

Private family services were held at Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, Princeton followed by burial in Princeton Cemetery on Tuesday, June 19, 2018.

In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the American Cancer Society.


Robert Lathrop Bennett

Robert Lathrop Bennett, born April 21, 1945 in Princeton, died April 9, 2018 in Huntsville, Alabama, following a short sudden illness. He is survived by daughter, Jennifer (Edward); son, Joshua (Jerica); sisters Susan (Robert) and Katherine; and five grandchildren. His family was by his side during his illness. A burial and funeral service will be held June 30, 2018 at 11 a.m. at the Rocky Hill Cemetery and Trinity Episcopal Church in Rocky Hill, N.J. 

Robert was the son of Ralph and Jane (Clayton) Bennett. He graduated from Princeton High School in 1963. Upon graduation he attended Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore (B.S.) and Tufts University in Boston (Ph.D. in Molecular Biology). He completed his post-doctoral work at the University of Connecticut Health Center in Farmington, which led to a faculty appointment and a subsequent faculty appointment at the Albany Medical College in Albany, N.Y. He took a hiatus from academia in the early 1980s to pursue an interest in dairy farming. He returned to the scientific community working for NutraSweet, enjoying many roles in a fermentation plant. After Monsanto purchased NutraSweet, he was transferred to a new plant in Decatur, Alabama. A few years later he made another bold career move, transferring to a Virginia company programming computerized control systems. Following the completion of that job, Bob started contract work on projects all over the country, creating or improving various computer systems which run the process industries (chemical, pharmaceutical, and water purification, among others). He had recently returned to Alabama and continued to consult on projects from home.

An accomplished scientist, mathematician, and computer programmer, Bob’s greatest pride and joy were his children, and even more so, his grandchildren who called him “GrandBob” —  a name coined by the oldest grandchild. He passed his love of trains, tractors, and music down to his three grandchildren from Jennifer and Ed, all of whom he loved to spoil. Josh shared his passion for Michigan football, and they generally went to at least one game every year. He was thrilled to watch his grandsons play sports and to be GrandBob the Builder. He would have been over the moon with Josh and Jerica’s recent pregnancy announcement.

Bob has been a devoted member of the Episcopal Church throughout his lifetime and enjoyed serving as a deacon and lay-reader as well as participating in many of the churches outreach programs.

Bob’s travels around the country allowed him to pursue (and combine) his two favorite hobbies — trains and photography. An accomplished amateur photographer, he loved to hang out at train junctions and watch the trains and photograph them. He loved model railroads and was an avid collector — sadly he never achieved his goal of a whole house model train track! Given his interest in trains and layouts and his computer programming knowledge, it surely would have been amazing!

Bob’s cremated remains are to be interred in the Rocky Hill Cemetery, an area he loved and played in as a child. The service will follow in his childhood church. In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that donations be made to the American Heart Association, 7272 Greenville Avenue, Dallas, TX 75231 or the Episcopal Diocese of Alabama, 521 20th Street North, Birmingham, AL 35203.


LouEtta Carroll Santucci

LouEtta Carroll Santucci, age 102, of Princeton passed away peacefully on Monday, June 11, 2018. She was born and lived in Hopewell, until her marriage to Royal James Carroll. She and he resided in Princeton for more than 32 years until Royal’s passing in 1973.

Prior to her marriage, LouEtta was a conscientious employee of N.J. Bell Telephone. During her time with the company she performed her operator’s duties during the infamous night of October 30, 1938. Orson Welles and his Mercury Theater production performed a radio adaption of H. G. Wells’ The War of the Worlds. Some listeners mistook the program to be real, (convinced that Martians were invading Grovers Mill, N.J.). They made numerous calls to police, newspaper offices, and radio stations. The show caused nationwide hysteria. During that evening LouEtta worked through the entire night tirelessly reassuring callers that the show was not real.

In 1996, when LouEtta was 80 years old, her son and daughter-in-law arranged for her to appear in the PBS American Experience production, the Battle of Citizen Kane, (a documentary about the battle between Orson Welles and William Randolph Hearst over Welles’ Citizen Kane and the Mercury Theater production of the radio show). LouEtta was fascinated by the filming process and enjoyed her role in the production.

Dedication to work and caring for others continued during LouEtta’s lifetime. She worked at the Princeton Medical Group for many years, managing the Records Department. She was a devoted wife, sister, mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend sharing her cooking knowledge, gardening, crafting, and sewing talents with all who asked for assistance and she regularly made original creations which she gifted to many friends and relatives.

LouEtta remarried after her husband, Royal passed. She resided in Palm Beach County, Florida for several years with her second husband, John Santucci. She returned to New Jersey after his death to be near her family.

LouEtta is survived by her son, Royal James Carroll II, his wife Bonnie Lee Carroll and a daughter, Hope Sudlow; her husband, Richard B. Sudlow, and grandsons, Royal James Carroll III and his wife, Janice Carroll; Brooke T. Sudlow; granddaughter Jean Simpson and her husband Bob Simpson; sister, Adele Larason; and great-grandchildren, Royal James Carroll IV, Johanna Lee Carroll, Caroline Simpson, Willard Simpson, and Emma Simpson.

At LouEtta’s request there will be a private memorial. Arrangements are under the direction of The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, Princeton.


John Stanley Brown Jr.

John Stanley Brown Jr. died in Coral Gables, Fla. on June 6, 2018 at the age of 88. Born in Jersey City, John graduated from Rutgers University in 1953, and subsequently enjoyed a 41-year career at Johnson & Johnson. At the time of his retirement, John was Vice President, Employee Relations Worldwide.

John married Aljean Del Rosso in 1956. Together, they lived a devoted family and community life in North Brunswick and Princeton with their three daughters. John was well-known for his many volunteer efforts; he served on the boards of Stuart Country Day School in Princeton, the Crawford House in Skillman, and the Parker Home in Highland Park. In New Jersey and beyond, John and Aljean were involved in multiple cultural organizations including the Nassau Club, Lincoln Center, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Among his many other activities, John was an enthusiastic fisherman, a determined golf and tennis player at the Bedens Brook Country Club, and an avid ham radio hobbyist. John and Aljean were prolific travelers, frequenting both family trips to Puerto Rico and parts unknown. Their latest adventure was a relocation to Coral Gables, Fla.

John is survived by his wife Aljean; daughters, Deborah Murdock of Vero Beach, Fla. and husband Brian, Kathryn Wyrough of Miami, Fla. and husband Penn, and Elizabeth Brown of New York, N.Y.; 11 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren; brother Arthur; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial service and celebration of John’s life will be held in Coral Gables in August. For those who wish to make a donation in honor of John S. Brown Jr., the family requests that you direct your gift to RWJ University Hospital Foundation, 10 Plum Street, Suite 910, New Brunswick, NJ 08901.


Laura K. Hill

Please join us for a celebration of Laura K. Hill on Sunday, July 1, 2018 at 11 a.m. at the Butterfly House Watershed Center, 31 Titus Mill Road in Pennington, NJ 08534.

Children are very much welcome and encouraged as this would have been my Mom’s wish. Let’s all share a delicious lunch, filled with Mom’s Favorite foods, while enjoying the Butterfly House, flower gardens, and discovery room after the ceremony.

If you would like to share any memories, please let us know prior to the celebration, as it will be included in the ceremony.

Please RSVP by June 24, 2018 to or call (609) 613-6224.

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Raymond R. Wadsworth

Raymond R. Wadsworth, 80, of Princeton died Thursday, May 31, 2018 at Capital Health System at Hopewell.

Born in Johnstown, Pa., he was a resident of Princeton for 60 years. He also owned a shore home in South Seaside Park where he enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. He was the owner of the Flower Market and Wadsworth Gourmet Bakery in Princeton. He was the founder of Spirit of Princeton. A Past Fire Chief, he served for 55 years as a member of Mercer Engine Company #3. He currently was chaplain for the fire company. A member of St. Paul’s Church, he served as head usher and Eucharistic Minister, was a member of the Pastoral Council and St. Vincent DePaul Society, and was a 4th Degree Knight with the Princeton Knights of Columbus Council #636. He also started the Blue Mass at St. Paul’s. He was a member and a Chaplain of the Red Knights. He was a member of the Princeton Borough Council. He started the Princeton High School Post Prom. He coached Little League Football and was a Boy Scout Leader for Troop #88. He started a flag burning ceremony to dispose of old flags. Ray loved people, he purchased a fire truck for a dollar and shipped it to Nicaragua so they can save lives.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Jacqueline (Nebus) Wadsworth; one son and daughter-in-law R. Keith and Elizabeth Wadsworth; a daughter Kathleen Wadsworth; and three grandchildren Keith, Jesse, and Andrew Wadsworth.

The Funeral will be held 9 a.m. Wednesday, June 6, 2018 at The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Ave., Princeton. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Paul’s Church, 214 Nassau St., Princeton. Burial will follow in Princeton Cemetery.

Calling hours were Tuesday, June 5, 2018 at the funeral home. A Fireman’s Service was held at 8 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul’s Church (for the Prayer Garden), 214 Nassau St., Princeton, NJ 08542.


Jerry Freedman

Dr. Jerome Kenneth Freedman, 88, passed away peacefully in Princeton, on June 4, 2018. He was predeceased by his loving wife, Carol, who passed away in December, 2017. His funeral service will take place at Mather Hodge in Princeton on Thursday, June 7th at 11 a.m.

Known as Jerry, he will be missed by his large family that includes three daughters, Emily Stollar (and Lawrence) of Vienna, Va.; Elizabeth (“Tizzy”) Bannister of New York, N.Y.; and Eleanor (“Ellie”) Deardorff (and Craig) of Princeton.

Jerry also had eight grandchildren, Aaron Stollar (and Janna), Sam Stollar (and Lauren), Sarah Stollar Smith (and Michael), Peter Deardorff, Saren Deardorff, Madeleine Deardorff, Edmund Bannister, and Miranda Bannister.

Also, bringing much joy to Jerry were his great-grandchildren. His great-grandsons Oliver and Henry Smith and Nathan Stollar were recently joined by Caroline Stollar, Jerry’s first great-granddaughter, named after her great-grandmother and Jerry’s wife Carol.

Jerry was the son of Dr. Barnett and Lillian Freedman. He grew up in New Haven, Conn. and had the distinction of being the first baby born at Yale New Haven Hospital by Caesarian who lived.

Before Jerry and Carol moved to Princeton in 1997 for retirement, Jerry was an ophthalmologist in New Haven, Conn. He had his own practice since 1963 and had surgery privileges at the Hospital of St. Raphael and Yale New Haven Hospital.

After graduating from Phillips Academy Andover, Jerry earned his AB from Yale University in 1951, his MD from Tufts College Medical School in 1955, and went on to do an Internship at Yale-New Haven Hospital from 1955-56.

From 1956-58, Jerry served as a Captain and flight surgeon in the United States Air Force and was stationed in Texas, Alabama, and Wisconsin.

His completed his Ophthalmology Residency at the University of Chicago in 1961, followed by serving as an Instructor from 1961-1963 and participating in an NIH Fellowship in Ophthalmology from 1958-1963. Jerry earned his MS (Surgical degree) from the University of Chicago in 1963.

Jerry was always very involved in the medical community beyond his practice. He served as President of the Medical Staff at the Hospital of St. Raphael in the 1990s and was a delegate to the AMA in the 1980s- ’90s, among his many appointments.

In New Haven, Jerry and Carol enjoyed belonging to the Quinnipiack Club and Mory’s Association. They also were longtime members of the Yale Club of New York.

When they moved to Princeton in 1997, they placed themselves closer to all three of their daughters but in town with one.They were an active part of their daughters’ and grand-childrens’ lives, seen at their plays, concerts, birthday parties, grandparent days at school, soccer matches, and swim meets.

In his early years in Princeton, Jerry devoted many hours a week being recorded at Recording for the Blind, now Learning Ally. His specialty was science related material.

Jerry and Carol made many wonderful new friends in Princeton, in many cases through their memberships at The Nassau Club and Carol’s at the Present Day Club.

Jerry was a big reader and was known to have strong opinions on a rather large range of topics. His personality which ranged from very quiet and introspective to quite animated, was appreciated by all who knew him. He will be missed greatly.

Friends and family are invited to the Nassau Club following the burial at Princeton Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Penn Medicine Princeton Medical Center or Learning Ally in Princeton.


Elizabeth Reilly Steele

Elizabeth Poole Reilly Steele (Betty), a 60-year resident of Princeton, beloved mother of six, and grandmother of eight, died May 30, 2018. Born February 28, 1928, in Boston, she was the cherished only child of Eugenia Poole Reilly and James Crowley Reilly of Lowell, Mass.

Betty’s delightful childhood was enriched by the Reilly clan of Lowell, especially her seven next door cousins. One, Grace Reilly Conway, became Betty’s lifelong best friend. They spent nearly every day of their young lives together, including more than 80 summers at Drakes Island, Maine. That tranquil space became Betty’s foundation, the getaway she later enjoyed for so many summers with her own children. There she instilled in each of them an appreciation for place and a devotion to family, as well as the beauty of storytelling as she recreated many wonderful experiences with her loving Daddy, devoted Auntie Bud, and many family and friends.

She attended Lowell schools and became lifelong friends with Libby Drury King of Falmouth, Me. (their mothers were also great friends). Betty graduated from Rogers Hall School for Girls, where she was editor-in-chief of the literary yearbook and valedictorian of her graduating class. She attended the College of St. Elizabeth with her cousin, Grace, before transferring to Manhattanville College. There she became an officer of the English Club, earned a degree in sociology, and was awarded a Child of Mary medal.

Betty began her working life as a reporter for the Lowell Sun, where she had a by-line for the column “And Have You Heard,” focusing on the social and cultural activities of the Lowell community. Interviewing First Lady Mamie Eisenhower was both an exceptional opportunity and a pinnacle of Betty’s career. She also had occasion to meet with actress Dorothy Lamour and director Alfred Hitchcock while they were in town on a movie promotion tour.

Betty married in 1953 and the couple moved to Charlottesville, Va., then Riverside and Merced, Calif. She loved the adventure of traveling the country and relished the challenges of independence. With the births of her first two children in California, Betty found her true calling: motherhood. The family returned east and lived briefly on Staten Island before choosing Princeton to settle with three, then six, young children. Betty chose to make this town her home for the rest of her life.

Her children were Betty’s greatest source of pride and joy. She had a talent for making each of her six feel special, carving out coveted time alone with one or another and creating lasting memories out of the smallest activities such as celebrating her late father’s birthday on Valentine’s Day. She brought joy to each day, somehow knew just what to say in hard times, and personified unconditional love.

Betty went on to raise the children alone, and faced down difficulties with the support of devoted friends such as Flora Hicks. Rarely faltering, Betty set a powerful example of grace under pressure. She became a woman perhaps not even she knew she could be: resilient, resourceful, self-reliant, and successful. She went back to work, joining Gallery 100 on Nassau Street, which was owned by her dear friend Fleurette Faus. When Betty moved into advertising and public relations, she found an interest that would last the rest of her career. The personal and professional converged in her role as director of public relations for Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart in Princeton, which all four of her daughters had attended and she had helped found in the 1960s.

Her physical beauty lasted through each stage of her life, but Betty was much more than her captivating smile. She had an equally lovely singing voice, a passion for reading, a great talent for writing, and a flair both for decorating and entertaining — interests many of her children have carried forth. She expanded her writing skills with poetry courses at Princeton University where the quality of her work was noted, and often delighted family and friends with poems and limericks. Betty was instrumental in the preservation of Princeton’s historic houses, having fully restored her Colonial Revival home at 250 Mercer Street. She enjoyed activities at the Present Day Club of Princeton, was a proud founder of the TWIN Awards (Tribute to Women & Industry) program at the YWCA, and chaired the Lane of Shops major fundraiser of the Princeton Hospital Fete.

Betty is survived by six loving children: James Reilly Steele and his wife Elizabeth of Sao Francisco Xavier, Brazil; Eugenie Steele Dieck and her husband David of Lafayette Hill, Pa.; Mary Ellen and her husband Joseph; Elizabeth Steele and her wife Margaret Drugovich of Oneonta, N.Y., and Castine, Me.; John Steele and his wife Julie Tippens of Arlington, Va.; and Margaret Steele and her husband Robert Rieth of Sherman Oaks, Calif. Betty’s love for life will also continue in her eight grandchildren: Andrew and Brendan Dieck, Elizabeth and William Kelly, Reilly and Molly Steele, and Jack and Alexandra Rieth.

Betty is also survived by her cousins Grace Reilly Conway and Ann Reilly Gervais, both of greater Lowell, Mass., and Drakes Island, Me. She was predeceased by her parents and her cousins Frances Reilly Mack, Peter W. Reilly, and Walter B. Reilly of Mass.; Lawrence K. Reilly of Me.; and Henry T. Reilly of Vt.

Services will be private and held at a later date. Gifts in memory of Elizabeth Reilly Steele may be made to Mary Jacobs Memorial Library (64 Washington St., Rocky Hill, NJ); the Present Day Club (72 Stockton St., Princeton, NJ 08540); or to support research at the Parkinson’s Foundation (200 SE 1st St., Suite 800, Miami, FL 33131). Arrangements are by The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home.


Morris Marks

Morris Marks, whose boundless love for his family was returned in full, died Thursday, May 31, 2018 at 94. He was a proud South Philadelphian and first-generation American, the son of Nathan and Tillie Marks, from Kishinev, Moldova. He had four older brothers — Harry, Abe, Dan, and Jack — and his passing marks the end of a generation.

After graduating from South Philadelphia High School for Boys, Morris enlisted in the Army and served in the Signal Corps, repairing code machines. Celebrating V-E Day, he watched Gen. Charles de Gaulle march through Paris from a perch near the Arc de Triomphe. His father died when Morris was serving in Europe, and when he returned to the United States, he became a watch repairman to help support his mother. He spent the next four decades working on Philadelphia’s Jewelers Row.

He had a fantastic stroke of luck when, after moving to a new home in 1952, he found that one of his neighbors was a young teacher named Connie Seidler. Two years later, they were married. They moved to Northeast Philadelphia, where they raised two children, Marilyn and Ted.

After retirement, Morris and Connie moved to a senior-living community in Tamarac, Fla. Morris quickly became active in the community, serving as secretary of the condo board and as a member of the neighborhood-watch program, preventing crime during the hours of 1 to 4 on Sundays. He was the man people called when they needed a ride or when something had to be fixed.

Morris and Connie moved to Princeton in 2005. They celebrated 64 years of marriage April 11 and shared many blessings during their time together: summer vacations in Atlantic City and later in America’s national parks, Alaska, and Hawaii; traveling to Israel, England, and China, where Morris walked on the Great Wall at the age of 83; and especially spending time with their grandchildren. Nothing made Morris happier than hearing about what his grandchildren were learning and experiencing.

Until his last days, Morris was interested in the world around him, reading The New York Times and watching the news on television even though his eyesight had begun to fail. He always loved history, and he showed his command of that subject late in life by shouting out the answers to Jeopardy! questions, often outpacing the contestants. He voted in every election.

Morris is survived by his wife, Connie Seidler Marks; his children, Marilyn Marks Tal and Reli Tal of Princeton, and Ted and Ilene Marks of San Jose, Calif.; his grandchildren, Rinat Tal, Eliana Marks, and Zachary Marks; his sister-in law, Lois Seidler; his cousins, Albert Appel and Carrie Schoenbach; and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held June 4, with burial at Princeton Cemetery.

Contributions in his memory may be made to Senior Care Services of N.J., P.O. Box 1517 Princeton, NJ, 08542-1517; the Princeton Senior Resource Center, 45 Stockton St, Princeton, NJ 08540; or a charity of the donor’s choice.

Funeral arrangements by Orland’s Memorial Chapel, 1534 Pennington Road, Ewing Township.


Janet Easly McGinn

Janet Easly McGinn passed away Sunday, June 3rd, at her home in Princeton Junction.

Born in Barnesboro, Pa. in 1935 to the late John and Kathryn Easly, sister to the late Mary Kay Easly and Joanne Raihall. Janet graduated from Pennsylvania State University and taught English and Religion for over 50 years in the Catholic school system. She was beloved by all the students she touched in her long career.

She is survived by her husband of 57 years Martin W. McGinn, her children Martin, Matthew, Michael, and Gretchen McGinn, her daughters-in-law Elizabeth and Jennifer McGinn, and her grandchildren Madeleine, Clare, Julia, Maeve, and John McGinn.

Viewing will be held at The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Ave. Princeton, NJ 08542 on Thursday, June 7 from 3-6 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Paul’s Catholic Church, 216 Nassau St. Princeton, NJ 08542 on Friday, June 8 at 11 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul’s School, 218 Nassau St. Princeton, NJ 08542.


Emmi Spies

Emmi Vera Tobias Spies, a longtime resident of Princeton and Kingston, passed away on May 22, 2018. She was 89, and lived a remarkable life.

Born in Stettin, Germany in 1929, to Dr. Walter Tobias and Margarete Freundlich Tobias, she was 10 years old when she fled Germany together with her family. They emigrated to Santiago, Chile, where she was raised and schooled, showing talent in competitive swimming and in creating original fashions. She married Claudio Spies in 1953 and they moved to the United States, where they lived in Cambridge, Mass., Poughkeepsie, N.Y., and Swarthmore, Pa. before moving to Princeton in 1970 with their five children, Caterina, Michael, Tatiana, Leah, and Susanna. 

Shortly after arriving in Princeton, Emmi began to work supporting young dyslexic children and was one of the original teachers at the Lewis School, where she taught for many years. She took great pride in following the growth and success of so many of her former students. Even following retirement she continued to work with students from the Princeton area schools, and touched the lives of dozens of students and their families. Emmi was also an avid knitter of colorful hats, scarves and sweaters, which will continue to lend warmth and flair to many appreciative friends and family members.

Emmi spent many summers at the beautiful beach in Small Point, Maine, where she enjoyed long walks and many happy memories with family and friends. She was also very much at home in the loving family community of her beloved deceased brother Juan, of Vancouver, Canada.

She is survived by her children Caterina, and her husband Myron Reece, in Glen Ellen, California; Michael and wife Claudia, of New York City; Leah, and husband Alex Winck, of Los Angeles; and Susanna, of Los Angeles. Her beloved daughter Tatiana passed away in 2012. She is also survived by five grandchildren, Jake, Elijah, Ben, Olivia, and Julia, and by her former husband Claudio, who lives in Glen Ellen with Caterina and Myron.

She will be lovingly remembered by her many friends and former students.

Private family services are planned. A memorial service will be held in Princeton for friends and former students on a date to be announced shortly. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association; or the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation.


Memorial Service for James Floyd

A memorial service for James Floyd, Sr. will be held Saturday, June 23, at 11 a.m. at Nassau Presbyterian Church. Floyd, a longtime public servant and former Princeton Township mayor, died May 14 at the age of 96.

Floyd was Princeton’s first African American mayor and was instrumental in getting the Witherspoon-
Jackson neighborhood designated a historic district. He was born in Trenton in 1922 and moved to Princeton in 1946.

The Floyd family welcomes all in the community to attend the service. Nassau Presbyterian Church is
located at 61 Nassau Street.

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Carol Ann Freedman

Carol Ann Freedman of Princeton, N.J., 83, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, December 12. She will be missed by her large family that includes her husband, Dr. Jerome “Jerry” Freedman, of 61 years; her daughters, Emily (and Lawrence) Stollar of Vienna, Va.; Tizzy Bannister of New York, N.Y.; and Ellie (and Craig) Deardorff of Princeton. She was adored by her eight grandchildren: Aaron (and Janna) Stollar of Arlington, Va.; Samuel (and Lauren) Stollar of Great Falls, Va.; Sarah (and Michael) Smith of Needham, Mass.; Peter Deardorff of Arlington, Va.; Saren Deardorff of Northampton, Mass.; Madeleine Deardorff of Princeton; and Edmund and Miranda Bannister of New York, N.Y. Carol also loved and was proud of her three great-grandchildren, Oliver and Henry Smith and Nathan Stollar. Her first great-granddaughter is expected next spring.

Carol was predeceased by her parents, Clara and Lester Rosenburg of Boston, Mass.

She attended the Walnut Hill School in Natick, Mass, before attending Wheaton College in Norton, Mass, where she graduated with a BA in Government in 1956. She also married her husband in 1956 and they proceeded to live in Montgomery, Ala., San Antonio, Tex., and Milwaukee, Wis., while Jerry served as a Flight Surgeon in the U.S. Air Force. They then lived in Chicago while Jerry did his residency at the University of Chicago. Carol briefly worked in the retail business in Chicago but really focused on her growing family.

In late 1962, they moved east to Jerry’s hometown of New Haven, Conn., where Jerry would set up his ophthalmology practice. Carol raised their three girls and was extremely involved in many local organizations. When her kids grew up, she managed her husband’s ophthalmology practice. She was a great friend to many and was known for hostessing some incredible parties where her gourmet cooking, great style, sense of fun and friendship were enjoyed by all.

In 1997, Carol and her husband moved to Princeton, to be closer to all of their daughters. They settled right into life in Princeton and made many close friends. Joining the Present Day Club, The Nassau Club, and The Princeton University Art Museum helped Carol acclimate quickly, but she was also quickly loved by her daughter, son-in-law,  and grandchildren’s friends in Princeton. She was seen at many of their parties, birthday celebrations, graduations, soccer games, and swim meets.

Carol’s service took place on December 14 at Mather Hodge in Princeton where Cantor David S. Wisnia officiated. Carol was buried at Princeton Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that friends consider donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Association of New Jersey,


Laura Hill

On, Saturday December 2, 2017, Laura Hill passed away peacefully. Battling cancer for 20+ years, she refused to stop fighting. She was never once in pain, nor was she suffering. Her positive spirits, sparkling eyes, and gentle touch carried her through every moment.

Laura was born on September 27, 1951 to Jack Filson Hill and Mary Jane Hill (Johnson) in Des Moines, Iowa. Shortly after, her parents moved to Trumansburg, N.Y.; where she spent her childhood years. This is when her love for baking began as well as her passion for flowers. She started her own baking business and custom bouquets to give to her neighbors on May Day. She spent her summers waterskiing on Cayuga Lake, enjoying a donut from Home dairy and an ice cream cone at Purity. She attended Iowa State for her undergraduate degree and New York University for her Masters in Early Childhood Education. She found herself falling in love with traveling as she took many cross country trips with college friends and explored what Europe had to offer. She ended up planting her roots in Princeton, N.J., where she opened up her own Daycare. She quickly became known in town, as she would walk up and down Nassau Street with her triple stroller. Her friendly hello, true love for teaching, nurturing ability, delicious baked goods, and her longing to document everything through photographs simply set her apart from any other caregiver. The strength of love and family was so important to her and it didn’t matter if there was a blood relation or not.

She is the second of six beautiful children: Margaret Hill-Daniels, Patricia Schiphof-Hill, Gregory Hill, Gordon Hill, and Gary Hill. She surrounded herself with the love of five nephews, eight nieces, two great-nephews, and two great-nieces. Her greatest pride and joy was that of her one and only child, Jennifer Michelle Hill. Jennifer inherited her mom’s genuine passion for travel, sewing ability, and love for helping others. Laura knew how important it was to instill these qualities in her daughter at a young age. As the years went by, their love for each other and the special bond they created became very envious to others. Photography, elaborate quilting, and baking were just a few of Laura’s creative outlets, many of which have touched the lives of people all over the world.

Laura will be greatly missed, but more importantly remembered and celebrated for her strength, courage, unconditional love, and warmth. Cherish every moment, because it will always be in your heart. Don’t be afraid to ask questions or make mistakes. Find your silver lining, because every day holds the possibility of a miracle.

A spring ceremony will be held among the beautiful blooming flowers and graceful butterflies to honor Laura Hill, a remarkable woman, supportive friend, nurturing care giver, loving sister and daughter, and the best role model her daughter could ever ask for in a Mom. (To continue on Laura’s love for children and giving back, there has been a legacy fund created in her name: Thank you for helping us to continue to celebrate Laura.


George Fox

George Fox, 78, of Princeton, died on December 12, 2017 as a result of melanoma. He is survived by his wife, Barbara Figge Fox, three children (Elizabeth Fox Dodge, George Fox Jr., Susannah Fox) and eight grandchildren. A memorial service will be held Saturday, December 30, at 3 p.m. at Princeton United Methodist Church, 7 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton NJ 08542 ( In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Princeton UMC’s Pastor’s Discretionary Fund, to help those in emergency need, or to a charity of the donor’s choice.

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Lawrence J. Ivan, Jr.

Lawrence J. Ivan, Jr., 85, of Princeton passed away on Saturday, December 2, 2017.

He was born on November 15, 1932 in California, raised in Rahway, N.J., and resided in Princeton for 53 years. Lawrence graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 1958 where he played varsity basketball and ran track for the Sooners. From 1958-1966 he played basketball for the Eastern Basketball League and State League for Trenton Colonials. He was a veteran of the Korean War of the Airborne Division. Lawrence was a loving husband, father, brother, and grandfather. He was a role model and mentor for many people.

He was a teacher and coach at Princeton Regional Schools from 1958-1999. He received a proclamation from the Mayor of Princeton, Liz Lempert, in June 2016, the Jim Floyd Lifetime Achievement Award for contributions to the Princeton Community, Princeton High School Hall of Fame Award, and Princeton Recreation Department Hall of Fame Award. He was a Deacon at the Nassau Presbyterian Church for 25 years.

Lawrence was the Princeton Community Park Pool Manager for 50 years and was with the Princeton Recreation summer basketball league for 40 years. For 25 years he was a CYO basketball official with more than 1,000 games and was in the CYO Basketball Hall of Fame — Referee Division. He was a Basketball Official for IAABO #193 for 51 years, served as both President and Vice President of IAABO #193, and received a service award for 50 years with IAABO Central Jersey Basketball. For 45 years he was a track & field official, and was awarded the NJ Track & Field Association Jay Dakelman Lifetime Achievement Award, and the NJSIAA Outstanding Cross Country Official Award.

He is predeceased by his parents Lawrence J. and Helen (Mahoney) Ivan, Sr., wife Elizabeth M. Ivan, brother and sister-in-law William J. and Betty Ivan. He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law Laine M. (Ivan) & Michael Santoro Sr.; daughter Kristy Ivan & fiancé J.P. Watters; grandchildren Michael Santoro Jr., Olivia (Santoro) and Cory Onorati, Nora, Mark, and Trey Carnevale, and Gavin Nuttall.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, December 16, 2017 at Nassau Presbyterian Church, 61 Nassau St., Princeton, NJ 08542. Arrangements are under the direction of The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, Princeton.


Edward C. Taylor, Jr.

Scholar, inventor, and teacher Edward (Ted) Curtis Taylor, Jr. died at home in St. Paul, Minnesota on November 22, 2017 at the age of 94. Prof. Edward C. Taylor was born in Springfield, Massachusetts, on August 3, 1923. He attended Hamilton College and graduated from Cornell University, where he earned both his B.A. (1946) and his Ph.D. (1949). He was a Merck Postdoctoral Fellow (1949-50) of the National Academy of Sciences in Zürich, Switzerland, and then the du Pont Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Illinois (1950-51). He joined the faculty at the University of Illinois in 1951, and moved to Princeton University in 1954, where he worked as a senior research chemist and professor.

Ted was one of the foremost heterocyclic and medicinal chemists in the world. Through his achievements in chemical research at The University of Illinois and Princeton University, he demonstrated the power of imaginative planning in heterocyclic synthesis. Ted’s seminal contributions to the field of heterocyclic chemistry opened new avenues of investigation for chemical synthesis and studies of the therapeutic potential of hundreds of new classes of organic compounds. His investigations of anti-folate compounds led to the development of the first drug ever approved for the treatment of mesothelioma. Alimta, developed with Eli Lilly Corporation, has prolonged the lives of countless cancer patients. Ted has been honored with Fulbright, Guggenheim, and Alexander Von Humboldt awards, the Thomas Alva Edison Award for Invention, the National Academy of Sciences Award for Chemistry in Service to Society, the Heroes of Chemistry award, and many others. Ted was awarded honorary degrees from Princeton University, Hamilton College, and the University of Illinois. To further honor Ted’s achievements, Hamilton College named its new science building The Edward and Virginia Taylor Science Center, and Princeton’s new Frick Chemistry Laboratory includes the Edward C. Taylor Auditorium and Taylor Commons.

Ted lived in Princeton, New Jersey for the majority of his life and loved spending summers in Vermont on the family farm with his wife Virginia (Ginnie). After Ginnie’s death in 2014, Ted moved to St. Paul, Minnesota where he enjoyed being with his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Ted was an avid golfer and vegetable gardener, and stayed active by going to the gym three times a week. He also studied German at the Germanic American Institute in St. Paul and attended German immersion camp at the Concordia Language Village during his summers in Minnesota. Most of all, he loved being with his family and being part of his great-grandchildren’s lives.

Ted is preceded in death by his parents Edward and Margaret Taylor, his sister Jean Anderson, and his wife of 68 years, Virginia Crouse Taylor. He is survived by his son Ned Taylor (Connie) and daughter Susan Spielman (Rick); grandchildren Anna, Ranger, Thane, Kate, Emilie, Maren, Lindsay, Molly, and Marc; great-grandchildren Oscar, Paloma, Penelope, Ajax, Anja, Lucy, Elizabeth, Charles, Kristina, Grant, Sofia, Faith, Elsa, Grace, Micah, James, Clara, Willa, Lachlan, and Kelly; nephews Curt, Jon, and Chris; and nieces Elizabeth and Martha.

Ted was the best friend of everyone who met him and will be missed by all. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, December 9, 2017 at Central Presbyterian Church of St. Paul (500 Cedar St. N., St. Paul, MN 55101) at 3 p.m. Reception to follow.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the Thompson Senior Center, 99 Senior Lane, Woodstock VT 05091.


Dr. Kern K.N. Chang

On Wednesday, November 22, 2017, Dr. Kern K.N. Chang departed peacefully to join our loving God in Heaven. He was 99 years old, and is now reunited with his beloved wife of 70 years, Emily.

Kern epitomized the courageous pioneer who came to this country with only the desire and drive to provide a new life for his family. He was a prolific inventor with a successful career at RCA, culminating in being honored with the David Sarnoff Outstanding Achievement Award in 1967. But above all, he will be remembered as the loving, humble, and kind husband, father, uncle, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He will forever be the constant light that guides his surviving family. His hard work, sacrifice, and perseverance have
created the strong roots that will allow the generations to come to grow and prosper. We miss you, but your spirit is part of us. We will always love and cherish our memories of you.

Kern is survived by his children Joseph W. Chang; Eugene B. Chang and his wife, Susan M. Chang; and Ellen G. Chang. He will be greatly missed by his six grandchildren: Kristin Chang, Ryan Chang, Laura Chang and her husband Kevin Uttich, Jonathan Chang and his wife Catherine Tan, Brandon Schneider, and Kira Schneider; and his great- grandchildren, Elizabeth Uttich and Kyran Uttich.

Kern’s family is very grateful for the tremendous group of caregivers that provided love, humor, and the highest quality of life for Kern in his later years. Heartfelt thanks to Debbie, Jennifer, Nancy, Joyce, Cyndee, and Alida.

Kern’s funeral services were previously held.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Kern’s name, to Guthy Jackson Research Foundation, Inc. PO Box 15185, Beverly Hills, CA 90210.


Margaret Williams Migliore

Margaret Williams Migliore, 83, died in Princeton Hospital on November 29, 2017 after a lengthy illness, surrounded by the love and prayers of her family and friends. She had been a resident of Princeton for 59 years.

Born in McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania, she graduated with a B.A. from Westminster College (Pa.) and an M.A. in English literature from the University of Pittsburgh. Her long career in public school teaching included two years at Robinson Township High School, Pa., followed by four years at Hightstown High School, and over 20 years at the John Witherspoon Middle School and Princeton High School, where she taught classes in typing, business subjects, and English. She is fondly remembered by many of her former students at Princeton High who often told her of the value of the skills she taught them.

Margaret was active in the life of Nassau Presbyterian Church, where she served at various times as Deacon, Elder, Junior High Sunday School teacher, and choir member. She also served as a member of the New Brunswick Presbytery Committee on Preparation for Ministry and for years was part of a national team of examiners responsible for evaluating the test performance of seminary graduates hoping to qualify for ordination. As spouse of a Seminary professor, on numerous occasions she warmly welcomed to her home Princeton Seminary students and visiting scholars from around the world.

Margaret was also active in community organizations, including the Trenton Children’s Chorus and the recently formed Stitchers for Peace, a regular gathering of women from the Princeton Jewish Center, the Mosque of the Islamic Society of Central N.J., and Nassau Presbyterian Church, whose goal is to deliver a message of hope and healing by providing hand-stitched items to people throughout the world whose lives are upended by violent conflict in their homelands. A favorite of Margaret was the project of providing children of migrants or children in war-torn countries with warm and colorful quilted mats on which the children might sleep. The work of the group also serves the cause of peace and reconciliation among people of different religious traditions. In what spare time Margaret had, she loved to quilt and garden.

She is survived by her husband Daniel L. Migliore, Professor emeritus of Systematic Theology at Princeton Theological Seminary; her daughter Rebecca Migliore, Pastor of the United Presbyterian Church of West Orange, N.J.; her son Mark Migliore, Principal of Eastside Christian School in Bellevue, Wash.; her brother, John Williams of Columbus, Ind.; and her two grandsons, Luca and Matteo.

The funeral service will be held in Nassau Presbyterian Church on Saturday, December 9, at 11 a.m., followed by a reception in the church fellowship hall. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to Arm in Arm (former Trenton Crisis Ministry Program) at


Dorothy Epstein Tobolsky

December 17, 1918  — November 15, 2017

Comfortable and well taken care of in the long-term care facility in Newton, Massachusetts where she had lived for a number of years, Dorothy Tobolsky passed peacefully in her sleep on November 15, 2017. Born to Morris Epstein and Mary Okun Epstein in New York City during the height of the worldwide Influenza Pandemic in 1918, Dorothy was educated in the NYC public schools and later studied nursing at Hunter College. In 1943 she married Arthur Victor Tobolsky, a then-graduate student at Princeton University. When Arthur received a faculty appointment upon his graduation a year later, he and Dorothy remained in Princeton, unwittingly joining the ranks of many fellow first-generation American Jews who were migrating to the suburbs to raise their baby-boomer children. Dorothy felt great pride in the fact that all three of her children would grow up as bona fide Princetonians with connections to all of the following organizations: Princeton Hospital, Princeton Public Schools, Princeton Jewish Center, Nassau Swim Club, Princeton YMCA, Princeton Ballet School, Princeton Little League, Princeton Community Tennis Program, etc.

Arthur Tobolsky served as the Russell Wellman Moore Professor of Chemistry until his death in 1972, at which time Dorothy began a decades-long tenure of her own as a staff member at the university. Over the years this included positions in the Phonograph Record Library (doesn’t exist anymore) in Woolworth Hall, the Engineering School, and the English Department. Dorothy and her husband did not raise their children in a religious fashion, but they did become charter members of the Princeton Jewish Center in the early years of their marriage. As longtime Princeton residents they took as much advantage as possible of the many cultural and intellectual offerings of a vibrant college community. During Dorothy’s 67 years as a town resident she served as a staff member of many area organizations: these included Littlebrook School, Princeton Junior School, Opinion Research Corporation, and the Princeton Public Library. The capstone of these many fulfilling experiences, one that did not come until after her retirement, may have been her role as a docent at the Princeton University Art Museum. She greatly enjoyed conducted gallery tours and auditing lectures in McCormick Hall.

Dorothy is predeceased by her parents Morris and Mary Okun Epstein, her sister Ida Epstein Goldberg, and her niece Marguerite Goldberg Rosenthal. She is survived by three children (Margo Irwin of Ambler, Pa., William Tobolsky of Atlantic City, and Steven Tobolsky of Stowe, Vt.); five grandchildren (Andrew Irwin, Alexandra Tobolsky, Victoria Tobolsky, Stephanie Presenza, and Amanda Gilbert); one nephew (Benjamin Rosenthal); and four great-grandchildren. Due to the migration of Jewish families from Eastern Europe both before and during the second World War, Dorothy and her family also have cousins in North America, Argentina, Russia, and Israel. In addition to her husband’s status as a graduate school alumnus *44, two of her children (Bill, ’74 and Steve, ’76) and two of her grandchildren (Andrew Irwin, ’93 and Victoria Tobolsky, ’12) are undergraduate alumni of Princeton University. Donations may be made either to the Princeton Jewish Center or the Anti-Defamation League, and a memorial service will be held at the Princeton University Chapel on May 30.


George P. K. Ching

George P. K. Ching, 91, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on November 14, 2017 in Princeton.

Born in Beijing in 1926, George served in the Chinese National Army during the chaos of the Sino-Japanese War (World War II). In 1947 George left China to study in the United States, earning a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Delaware and an MBA from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. He began his career as an engineer, then held a variety of corporate management positions, settling in Litchfield, Conn. while serving as Chief Financial Officer at the Timex Corporation. George and Jeannette, his wife, then founded their own business that focused first on petroleum processing, operating between West Africa and the Texas Gulf Coast and southern Europe, and later on the development of power plants and steel rolling facilities in China.

In the early 1970s, George was appointed to the National Advisory Council on Minority Business Enterprise established by the U.S. Department of Commerce. George served on the vestry as warden at St. Michael’s in Litchfield and on the board of trustees for the Episcopal Church Foundation, the General Theological Seminary, and the White Memorial Foundation of Litchfield. George was made a Commander in the Order of St. John of Jerusalem. He will also be remembered for the example he set for living a generous, compassionate life, full of joy and humility.

George is survived by his wife, Jeannette; his son and daughter-in-law Thomas and Margaret; his daughter and son-in-law Dora Ching and Richard Wong; his daughter Valerie; and grandchildren Michael Ching, Kimberley Ching, and Isabel Wong. He is also survived by his elder sisters Minnie Dai, Julia Liu, and Lydia Siu, and his younger brother Hardy Ching.

Memorial services will be held on April 7, 2018 at Trinity Church in Princeton, N.J. at 11 a.m. and on May 5, 2018 at St. Michael’s Parish in Litchfield, Conn. at 11 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to:

1) Trinity Church, 33 Mercer Street, Princeton, NJ 08540. Please designate your donation to the Hunger Fund in memory of George Ching. You may also make a donation online at:

2) St. Michael’s Parish, 25 South Street, P.O. Box 248, Litchfield, CT 06759. Please designate your donation to the St. Michael’s Food Pantry in memory of George Ching.


Barbara Hurlock Barnett

After a long struggle with chronic illness, Barbara Hurlock Barnett died peacefully in hospice care at home in Meadow Lakes, Hightstown, on November 17, 2017.

Barbara was born in London, England, in 1928. She attended Girton College, Cambridge University, where she received a B.A. in 1950, and an M.A. in Biochemistry in 1951. She completed her M.Sc. in Biochemistry at the University of London in 1954, conducting postgraduate research on adrenocorticosteroids at the University Medical School.

Barbara was invited to the United States in 1955 to work in the Ben May Laboratory for Cancer Research at the University of Chicago, where she pursued research with Dr. Paul Talalay on the biochemical properties of steroid hormones, supported by the American Cancer Society. This research yielded 10 publications co-authored by Barbara. In 1958 she moved to Boston, to investigate the metabolic function of Vitamin B-12 at Harvard Medical School.

In Boston, Barbara was an active member of the English Speaking Union, an international educational charity, where she met her husband-to-be of 51 years, Michael. After marrying in 1961, and briefly returning to England, Barbara and family settled in Princeton in 1964, where she lived for 38 years before retiring with Michael to Hightstown.

Although Barbara gave up her career in biomedical research in 1962 to raise a family, she considered herself a life-long scientist in partnership with her husband, who remained an active scholar until his death in 2012. She co-authored several papers with Michael in the 1970s, developing instructional materials for computer programs developed for the IBM 360 computer.

A member of the Trinity Church faith community, Barbara began volunteering with The Crisis Ministry (currently Arm in Arm) shortly after it was founded in the 1980s. A strong believer in expanded educational opportunity, she tutored math and science to adults seeking a GED. She also supported the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen, and was active with the New Jersey Anti-Hunger Coalition.

She is survived by her sister, Iris Hurlock Braithwaite; her daughter, Gabrielle; her son, Simon; and her daughter in-law, Melissa Roper-Barnett; predeceased by her husband; her son, Graham; and her brother, Ronald Hurlock. She leaves six grandchildren.

Barbara was an enthusiastic gardener and avid reader, with an enduring love of the performing arts and her English homeland. She enjoyed long walks with her husband, especially in the English countryside, as long as her health allowed. Later in life, she read for the blind, volunteered in the Meadow Lakes library, and cherished visits with her grandchildren. A caring friend, dedicated mother, and devoted wife, she is remembered for her intelligence, thoughtfulness, committed service, great capacity for listening, and willingness to speak her mind freely.

Interment will be private: a public memorial service at Trinity Church, Princeton, will be held on January, 13, 2018.


Anthony M. Carnevale

Anthony “Tony” M. Carnevale, 88, of Princeton, passed away peacefully at home.

Born and raised in Princeton, he attended St. Paul’s School, and graduated from Princeton High School class of 1948. After several short term jobs, his main stay was with AT&T for 35 years. He also was a member of the N.J. Army National Guard for 35 years, retiring as Sergeant Major.

Son of the late Michael and Lucia Carnevale. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Lucille (McCracken) Carnevale; son Gary Carnevale; daughter April and son-in-law Rich Dombey; grandchildren Courtney, Anthony (A.J.), and Catherine Carnevale, Jessica and husband Josh Barkauskie; brother Michael Carnevale; sister Margaret (Peg) DeBiase of Denver; and several nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, December 6, 2017 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Ave. Princeton, NJ 08542. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, December 7, 2017 at 10 a.m. at St. Paul’s Church, 216 Nassau St., Princeton, NJ 08542. Burial will follow in St. Paul’s Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers send contributions in Anthony Carnevale’s memory to St. Paul’s School, 218 Nassau Street, Princeton, NJ 08542 or Wounded Warrior Project, PO BOX 758516 Topeka, KS 66675.