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Malinda Frome Turnbull, passed away on February 6 at Medford Leas.
Louise Etter, 91, of Moorestown, passed away with family by her side at the Virtua Rehabilitation Center on December 23. She was born June 12, 1926, in Moorestown to the late J. Collins and Elizabeth (Scattergood) Bartlett. She was predeceased by her loving husband of 41 years, Ralph A. Etter, Jr.
She was a graduate of Moorestown Friends School and worked as a draftswoman at Philadelphia Bell Telephone Company. She also worked as a teacher’s aide at the Moorestown School System on both the playground and library. She was a wonderful wife and mother, grandmother of 4 and great grandmother of 7.
She is survived by her daughters, Elizabeth “Ariel” Hagan (wife of Ralph Hagan) and Carolyn Kaiser (wife of Mark Kaiser). She was predeceased by 2 siblings, Grace Barclay and J. Collins Bartlett, Jr.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in her honor to the Moorestown Friends Meeting, 118 East Main Street, Moorestown, NJ or The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, PO Box 5014, Hagerstown, MD 21741-5014.
Elizabeth McGinley Barmeyer, sister of Patricia McGinley Osborn ’47 and the late Connie McGinley Thomas ’53, passed away on January 12. Beloved wife, mother, sister, and “Nana”, Liz passed away peacefully at age 89 in the company of her family following complications from abdominal surgery. Her legacy as a wife of nearly 67 years, mother to six children, and Nana to nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren will live on endlessly in our hearts. Her passing brought to a close a life well lived. She was greatly admired for her gracious manner, her loving toughness in the raising of her six children, and her constant support for her husband, “Doctor Bob”. Her grace, strength of spirit, and love of life, friends, and family were an inspiration to us all.
Liz was born March 2, 1927, in Edgewater Park, Burlington, NJ as the oldest of four children to Elizabeth Marter and Thomas William McGinley. In her youth, she helped raise her three younger siblings, Patricia, Thomas, and Constance, due to her mother’s ongoing health issues. She played field hockey at Moorestown Friends School, a private college preparatory school just a few miles from her home. She also worked as a bus driver to help defray the cost of tuition. She went on to earn a degree as a Registered Nurse at the University of Pennsylvania. She met her loving husband, Bob Barmeyer, while working at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center in Philadelphia where Bob trained in Internal Medicine. They married on April 15, 1950 at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Burlington, NJ.
After Bob’s service in the Korean War, they moved to sunny Long Beach where they raised their six children and remained for the rest of their lives. She was an active member of the Rick Rackers auxiliary of the Assistance League of Long Beach for many years, and was a faithful attendee to all of her children’s sporting events and many other activities. Spending winter vacations in Hawaii, spring breaks in Palm Springs, and summer vacations in Newport Beach, at the Alisal Guest Ranch in Solvang, or on Catalina Island with their growing family brought her great joy. She especially relished a Mai Tai at Armstrong’s on the Avalon wharf at sunset after a day of tennis and relaxing at Descanso Beach.
Liz was preceded in death by her son Jeff Barmeyer and is survived by her husband Dr. Robert Lange Barmeyer, her sister Patricia Osborn, her daughter Robin Schleimer, her four sons, Dr. Robert Allan Barmeyer, Thomas Barmeyer, Andrew Barmeyer, and Budd Barmeyer, her nine grandchildren, Rita McNamara, Toby Barmeyer, Julie Valente, David Schleimer, Kit Barmeyer, Laurie Schleimer, Lucas Barmeyer, Britt Barmeyer, and Summer Barmeyer, and her four great-grandchildren, Justin Barmeyer, Julia Tor, Robbie McNamara, and Drew McNamara.
Walter I. Jacoby was born in Orange, NJ, to Raymond and Myrtle Jacoby. He and Joan met at Silver Bay Conference Center, on Lake George in New York, married in 1952, and honeymooned on Lake Champlain in Vermont. They have vacationed there with family almost every summer during the past 65 years.
Walt graduated from Moorestown Friends School and Lafayette College and earned a Master’s degree in Organizational Development from American University. He served as 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Army in Korea. He followed in his father’s footsteps with a YMCA career from 1954-1988 in New York, New Jersey, Ohio, West Virginia, and Beirut, Lebanon. After retiring from the YMCA, he pursued a career in non-profit fundraising with American City Bureau, participating in campaigns including Kiwanis International, Aquinas College, Wolfson Children’s Hospital and Ronald McDonald House in Jacksonville, Florida.
Walt and Joan joined the Penney Farms Retirement Community in 1999 where he served on the board for 18 years. Walt was actively involved with PET at Penney Farms and served on the Mobility Worldwide (PET) international board. He was a Guardian ad Litem volunteer in Florida for many years. His passion for volunteering included hosting and counseling international students with Youth for Understanding, the Rescue Squad in Hague, NY, and YMCA World Service.
Walt had a life-long love of the outdoors that began when he was a young boy when his father was camp director. He loved swimming, biking, sailing, and camping throughout his life. He was always enthusiastic about music, playing the trumpet and handbells, leading camp songs, singing joyfully in church, and attending concerts. Walt and Joan have had a passion for travel and learning about other cultures. They organized and led YMCA cultural exchange trips to China. They enjoyed traveling to over 30 countries on 5 continents, often with family and friends.
Above all, Walt was a family man and family for Walt had no limits. Countless people have described Walt as a father figure including friends, colleagues, neighbors, and international contacts. Walt and Joan have four children and their spouses: Susan Jacoby and Susan Baumgardner, Gail and Dave Orser, Nancy and James Aman, and Russell and Barbara Jacoby. They have five grandchildren: Christopher and Matthew Jacoby, Joshua, Timothy, and Beth Anne Aman. Walt is survived by his brothers, Raymond and Roger. He is predeceased by his parents and his sister, Sarah.
In lieu of flowers, please consider remembering Walt by giving to the Camp Abnaki Jacoby Campership Endowment.
John Q. Cannon, Jr., husband of the late Susan Daniels Cannon ’50 and brother of Jane Cannon King ’47, passed away December 27, at age 85. He lived and left this life as a man of integrity and kindness with an admiring family and countless friends.
Jack was born June 8, 1932, in Washington, D.C., to John Qualye and Anna Laura Stohl Cannon. His formative years living on Hunt Avenue in Chevy Chase, Maryland, were filled with neighborhood games, basketball on the driveway court, family activities, and the formation of faith that would ultimately sustain him throughout his life. A move in his early teens to Riverton, New Jersey, opened new horizons and relationships, most notably with cute Susie Daniels who lived down the street. Jack and Sue became a bit of an “item” while attending Moorestown Friends School, where Jack played basketball and soccer. He later played baseball at Bates College, and a love and knowledge of sports was a fun and fulfilling part of his life. Jack served in the United States Army from 1954-56 after high school graduation and attending some college. Prior to finishing his military service, Jack was blessed to marry the cute girl from Riverton, Susan Flora Daniels, on August 13, 1955. They were later sealed in the Salt Lake (LDS) Temple, and Jack adored Sue throughout his life. She preceded him in death on September 24, 2009.
Jack and Sue were known as a kind, loving and faithful couple who were devoted to each other and to their family and friends. People from many walks of life felt loved and accepted in their presence. Sue was an exceptional listener, and Jack loved regaling listeners with his many stories and making personal connections. Strengthening family members and friends was always the primary focus of Jack’s and Sue’s lives, interwoven with their faith as devoted disciples of Jesus Christ. They served as ordinance workers in the St. George Utah Temple, in the South Africa Johannesburg Mission from 2001-03, and in other assignments as faithful members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Jack served as a bishop of the Cedar 12th Ward and always had deep love and appreciation for the good people with whom he lived and served. He and Sue also helped others consistently and comfortably in their day-to-day interactions regardless of ecclesiastical assignments.
Jack graduated from Bates College in 1957 and later earned a master’s degree from Brigham Young University. He was a distribution analyst for Mobil Oil Company in New York City and spent the majority of his career at Southern Utah University as Director of Financial Aid and Director of Career Placement until retirement in 1995.
Jack is survived by four children: Michael (Shauna) Cannon of Rexburg, Idaho; Dian (Ralph) Morrison of Millcreek, Utah; Martha Ann (Nathan) Johnson of Warrenton, Virginia; John (Brooke) Cannon of American Fork, Utah; 18 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; sister Jane (James) King of Salt Lake City; sister Ann VanWagoner of Alpine, Utah; and his sweet schnauzer, Lucy.
The family wishes to thank the many kind and skilled caregivers, medical professionals and friends who supported Jack during his battle with cancer. Online condolences may be sent to www.southernutahmortuary.com
Connie McGinley Thomas, sister of the late Elizabeth McGinley Barmeyer ’45 and Patricia McGinley Osborn ’47, aka “ Nurse Connie”, age 81, went to be with the Lord Tuesday December 13, 2016 in Mike Conley Hospice House. She was born June 20, 1935 in Edgewater Park, NJ. to the late Thomas W. and Elizabeth Marter McGinley. She was a Registered Nurse giving loving care to her students as a school nurse. Constance moved to Leesburg from Hertford, NC and was of the Episcopal Faith, and Past President of the Bocci Club of Hawthorne.
She is survived by a son, Timothy Shields, St. Petersburg, FL. Three daughters, Beth Newsome and husband Bill, of St.Petersburg, FL, Michele Shields of Leesburg, FL, Tricia Prokop and her husband Ron, of Duncannsville, PA., two sisters, Liz Barmeyer, of CA., Pat Osborn, Leesburg and seven loving grandchildren. The family requests memorial donations be made in lieu of flowers to, Cornerstone Hospice, In Memory of Constance Thomas, 2445 Lane Park Road,Tavares, FL. 32778.
Crane “Salty” Loveland, brother of Samuel C. “Cappy” Loveland ’58 and Mary Loveland Chisolm ’64, 74, of Mardela Springs, MD passed away on January 8, 2017 at his home. Born in Philadelphia, PA, he was the son of the late Samuel Crowley Loveland, Jr. and Doris Crane Loveland.
“Salty” was a lifelong musician, playing under the labels of BMI, IAC, and Paula Records. Over the years, he played drums & vocals for many groups including, Charlie Daniels & Jaguars, Starfires, Drifters, Ronnie Dove, Supremes’, Lynyrd Skynyrd, 4 Seasons, the Halens, Stevie Vaughn & Brothers, Everly Brothers, James Brown, Lee Herman, The Beatles, The Kinks, Tommy Caswell, Dexter Ball, The Animals, Leon Russell, Brenda Lee & The Casuals, Erick Burton, Joe Ritchie & The Impossibles, Taz DiGregorio, Elvis, Hank Williams, Willie Nelson, Conway Twitty, Rhythm Wranglers, Brian Hyland, The Blue Notes, Merle Haggard & Nancy Sinatra.
He was a US Army Specialist and was a Helicopter Mechanic Door Gunner & Crew Chief and was a licensed Aviation Mechanic. He enjoyed Cindy’s East Side Kitchen and B&B Aviation in Cambridge with his daughter, Natalie. He was a worldwide tug boat and barge Captain at SC Loveland Tugboat & Barge Company, assisting the US Navy Coast Guard and Marines. He was proud of his automotive racing experience. He could drive anything and was licensed to do so. This cowboy worked with Mike & Mary Maganello and obtained many ribbons and trophies for his horsemanship with his siblings. He was a lifetime member of the American Legion, VFW, NHRA, 4H, and holds one of the earliest Harley Owners Group memberships.
Crane loved to give back to the community by raising funds for veterans’ causes. He was known to help homeless veterans assisting them to the “VA” and reminding them they may always have access to our National Parks. His family for generations was involved in shipping oil worldwide. He was in favor of shipping and alternative transportation to save our environment and waterways from the dangers of fracking for our future generations. In 2016, he and his family started a petition to stop euthanasia of dogs in Wicomico County and help service dogs and families.
Crane is survived by his daughter, Natalie Loveland Stone & her husband, Lucas of Mardela Springs; a son, Crane Smith Loveland, Jr. of Oroville, CA; 3 grandchildren, Genevieve, “Gunnar”, & Sebastian; 2 brothers, “Cappy” Loveland of NJ, and Brian Loveland of Easton; 2 sisters, Mary Chisholm, and Cyrene Loveland, both of Centreville.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his memory to Operation Save Do Lee, Wicomico County Humane Society, 5130 Citation Road, Salisbury, MD 21804.
Dr. Philip Wills Haines, brother of Bruce R. Shoemaker Haines ’73 and Gail Haines, son of the late Elizabeth Matlack Haines ’31, 72, passed away Sept. 23, at Maine General Medical Center in Augusta. He was born July 19, 1945, in Mount Holly Township, N.J., the son of Bernard S. and Elizabeth S. (Matlack) Haines. Phil grew up in Maple Shade, N.J., attended Moorestown Friends School (New Jersey) and graduated from Westtown School (Westtown, Pa.) in 1963. Phil then graduated from Union College with a Bachelor of Science Degree in 1967, and earned a Master’s Degree in chemistry from Purdue in 1969. Later, in 1982, Phil earned a Doctorate of Public Health from the University of North Carolina.
While working in a chemistry lab at Yale University, Phil met Susan Pitcher, and they married in New Haven in 1970. Phil and Sue moved together to Vassalboro in 1972, buying the home on Bog Road where they raised a family, tended a large vegetable garden, and enjoyed the woods on foot and on crosscountry skis.
Phil was a kind, caring, dedicated leader in the workplace who strove to ensure that his colleagues and associates received the support and recognition they deserved. He worked tirelessly in support of Public Health across Maine. He was employed by the Maine Bureau of Health in 1972 as a chemist in the Laboratory of Public Health, then promoted to Assistant Director after earning his Doctorate degree, and eventually to Director of the Laboratory of Public Health. He was later promoted to Deputy Director of the Bureau of Public Health and served as Acting Director for the Bureau for periods of time. Senator King remembered “Phil Haines was determined and dogged in protecting the health and well-being of Maine people-his shoulder was always to the wheel but with a twinkle in his eye and a smile on his lips. He was a valued contributor to my time as governor. The people of Maine (and I) have lost someone special.”
Through his life, Phil was devoted to both family and community. He energetically supported community and town functions, serving in numerous capacities throughout his life in Maine including: 16 years on the Vassalboro Board of Selectmen, many years on the Budget Committee and Sanitation District Trustees; more than 30 years as fireman and as treasurer of the Vassalboro Fire Department; treasurer of the Vassalboro Friends Meeting, Webber Pond Lake Association and Tilton Lane Association; and ten years on Delta Ambulance Board of Directors (including time as President).
Another of Phil’s passions was enjoyment of the outdoors with loved ones. This began with childhood trips to Maine, hiking, canoeing and sailing. Later, Phil and Sue enjoyed introducing these activities to their children, exploring the forest behind their home as well as woods, streams, and mountains across Maine and elsewhere. Particular highlights included numerous trips paddling down the Allagash River, hiking up Mt. Katahdin, camping at Acadia National Park, and sailing on Webber Pond and Penobscot Bay.
Phil is survived by his wife of 47 years, Susan (Pitcher) Haines of Vassalboro; two sons, Josh Haines and wife Heather of Acton, Mass., and Seth Haines of Boulder, Colo.; grandsons, Henry and William Haines of Acton, Mass. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Phil’s memory to the: American Lung Association of Maine, 122 State St., Augusta, ME 04330-5689 or Kennebec Land Trust, PO Box 261, Winthrop, ME 04364.
Peter Fenton Stebbins, 64, of Gainesville, Virginia, died peacefully at home on Sunday March 4, surrounded by his wife and loved ones. Peter was born on April 1, 1953, to the late Robert Stebbins and Naomi Bates in Camden, New Jersey. Peter was a generous and devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother, and uncle who loved spending time with his family. He enjoyed golfing, cooking, skiing, DIY projects with his grandsons and family trips to Aruba. He was a fan of the Washington Nationals, and took great pride in watching his beloved Philadelphia Eagles win Super Bowl XXXIX. Peter had a deep love for animals, and great deal of respect for Vietnam Veterans, and all military service members alike.
Peter is survived by his best friend and loving wife Jean Stebbins, and their cats Lucy and Jack; daughter Lauren McMahon and husband Patrick McMahon of Alexandria, VA; daughter Erin Agnew and partner Matthew Jenkins of Culpeper, VA; son Demetri Hogue of Chantilly, VA; grandsons Nathan, Eric, Logan, Aidan, and Max; sister Kathryn (Stebbins) Johnson and husband Clark Johnson; sister Melinda Katz; and many loving in-laws, nieces, nephews, neighbors, and a host of long-time friends.
In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy are asked to take the form of contributions to Peter’s memorial fund, offsetting medical and funeral expenses, at https://www.gofundme.com/peterstebbinsmemorial or donations in Peter’s name to the Foundation for Alcoholism Research at http://alcoholismresearch.org/.
Eileen Devinney, sister of Ed Devinney ’82, age 51, of Anchorage Alaska, died peacefully on September 21 at the home of her parents, Edward and Margaret (Klopfle) Devinney Jr. Sister of Edward and Chrissie (Klingle-smith) Devinney. Aunt Hannah and Liam. Niece of John and Shelia Devinney and of George and Marianne (Klopfle) Henderson. Also survived by many cousins, friends, and colleagues.
Eileen was a graduate of Moorestown Friends School, the University of Pennsylvania, and the University of British Columbia. Serving 25 years as cultural anthropologist with the National Park Service (NPS) as liaison to Native communities she was given honorary names Cimiralria and Igaun by the Yup’ik and Iñupiaq tribes, respectively, and received NPS national recognition in 2012. Eileen trod lightly on the earth, treating others with understanding and respect and leaving behind many who loved her dearly.
Memorial donations to St. Malachy Church, Mayo Clinic (Dept. of Development, 200 First St. SW, Rochester, MN 55905), or Samaritan Hospice (www.samaritannj.org) would be appreciated.
Dr. Sarah Banks, mother of School Committee Member Kennette Banks ’02, of Columbia, MD and Mt. Laurel, NJ, transitioned from earth on Saturday, February 10, at her home in Columbia. She was 77. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Memory of Dr. Sarah Banks to the Van Meter Camden Scholars Endowment at Moorestown Friends School; Swarthmore College Annual Fund; Gilchrist; Links, Inc.; or Success in Style.
Dale Blackburn, husband of former faculty and former Dean of the Faculty Grace Kennedy Blackburn, stepfather of Richard Garcia-Kennedy ’73, Jean Kennedy ’74, and Tom Kennedy ’76, passed away.
Andrew Borden, brother of Michael Borden ’04 and Kayla Borden ’06, passed away.
Russell Collins, father of Deb Williams ’74, peacefully passed at the age of 92 on the evening of December 21. Russell’s life was a rich collection of love, friendship, loyalty and bravery. He was a gifted drum player in his high school band when the American naval base at Pearl Harbor was attacked. Russell quickly enlisted in the United States Navy and proudly served his country during WWII as an original crew member of the Battleship USS New Jersey (BB-62). After the war, Russell returned home to New Jersey and married his high school sweetheart Helen S. Collins (nee Stepler). They were together for over fifty years until Helen passed in 2004. Russell celebrated life by surrounding himself with loved ones. Loving father of Russell Douglas Collins (Deborah), and Debra Collins Williams (Dennis). Caring brother of the late Catherine Carlson. Dear grandfather of Janet Glick, Jeffrey Collins, Allison Williams Ericksen (Ross), Drew Williams, and Grant Williams and great grandfather of Alexa Collins, Jordyn Glick, and Jason Glick. Later in life, Russell returned to the USS New Jersey as a volunteer when the battleship became the Battleship New Jersey Museum and Memorial on the Camden, NJ Waterfront. He was a Mason, a Shriner and an Odd Fellow and is further survived by the many dear friends from these organizations and his Battleship New Jersey volunteering days. Russell will always be remembered for his hearty laugh, gentle grin and skillful storytelling. A man whose place in the world will be hard, if not impossible, to fill. In lieu of flowers, a donation can be made in Russell’s name to the Battleship USS New Jersey, 100 Clinton St. Camden, NJ 08103 or Samaritan Hospice, 5 Eves Drive Suite 300, Marlton, NJ 08053.
Neil Hartman, former faculty and School Committee member and father of Sandra Hartman Reid ’73 and Judith A. Hartman ’79, passed away on February 6, in Medford, New Jersey, at the Medford Leas Retirement Community, he was 97. In addition to being a caring father and grandfather, Neil will be remembered as a dedicated teacher who impacted the lives of countless students and as a man who contributed to international understanding and worldwide peace.
Neil was born in Cedarville, Ohio on June 8, 1920, the fourth and last child of George and Lida Owings Hartman. He attended the Cedarville public school, graduating in 1937. He then attended Cedarville College, graduating in 1941 with a B.A. in Mathematics and Science. He was hired by the Marysville, Ohio school district to teach junior-high mathematics for 1941–1942, but they had him teach high-school science instead.
Growing up as a Methodist, Neil was profoundly influenced by his church. On the advice of his older sister, Doris, he attended a Quaker work camp in Michigan during the summer after his junior year of college (1940). At the camp, there was much discussion about what a Christian should do regarding the impending military draft. The following summer, Neil went to a work camp in Mexico to rebuild a school damaged by an earthquake, where there was also much serious discussion among the young men. The draft law had passed that summer and he was required to register upon his return to the U.S. He had decided that as a Christian he could not kill another man, so signed up as a conscientious objector (CO).
Registering as a CO was not easy, as there was much antipathy towards conscientious objectors. Indeed, the Greene County draft board did not grant him (nor anyone else) CO status. After several failed appeals, he connected with the National Service Board for Religious Objectors (NSBRO), who took up his case with the Selective Service. Eventually, he was granted CO status, a 4E classification.
After being drafted, Neil served in several different capacities for the Civilian Public Service (CPS). In 1943, he drove heavy machinery for an irrigation project as part of reclamation work in the 1930s dust-bowl region around Trenton, North Dakota. In October of that year, feeling he could serve his country better, he transferred to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to be an orderly in the men’s ward at Byberry Hospital, a state mental institution. The conditions in the hospital were atrocious. One positive contribution the COs made was to document and expose those conditions, which helped reform the system after the war. While in Philadelphia, Neil also volunteered as a human guinea pig for medical studies of Hepatitis at the University of Pennsylvania. Hepatitis was a serious health issue at the time and he wanted to help find a cure. He also wanted to show that he was not afraid to take personal risks, as the COs were often accused of being cowards.
His last job while drafted was to work as a “seagoing cowboy” for the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Agency (UNRRA) on boats that shipped livestock to war-torn countries in Europe and Asia. When he was released from the draft in May of 1946, UNRRA hired him as a supervisor for four more trips. These early experiences fostered his life-long interest in other cultures and international travel.
In 1947, Neil began teaching mathematics at George School, a Quaker school in Newtown, Pennsylvania. There he met Venette Addison Shearer, whom he married in August 1948. In July 1949, Neil and Venette moved to Toyama Heights, Japan, for three years to do relief work with the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC). While there, they ran a neighborhood center that provided services to the surrounding war-damaged area. The center ran a kindergarten and provided English and sewing lessons, dance classes, and other activities. It was there he learned to call square dances. Japan had a profound impact on Neil; the bonds he formed there were maintained for the rest of his life.
Upon returning to the States in 1952, Neil started teaching mathematics and religion at Moorestown Friends School (MFS) in Moorestown, New Jersey, and did so until his retirement in 1985. An integral part of the school community, he coached boys’ varsity tennis, acted in school plays, instructed the May Day dancers, organized the school’s alumni lobster dinners, and shopped for the school’s food cooperative, among other activities. He also continued his own education, obtaining a Master’s degree from Temple University. While reputed to be a stern, no-nonsense teacher who could be intimidating, he was also known for his dry sense of humor. He was proud that so many of his students went on to be successful and to “do good” in their own lives.
After retirement, Neil was the chair of MFS’s bicentennial celebration (1985–1986) and was on the School Committee (their Board of Trustees) from 1997 to 2005. He was greatly honored by MFS in 2012, when the school named a new classroom building after him: Hartman Hall.
Moorestown would be Neil’s home for almost 50 years, where he and Venette raised their family of three daughters. As convinced Quakers, the couple became members of Moorestown Monthly Meeting and were active in the life of the Meeting, serving on many committees. For a teacher, a summer job was a necessity. During the early years, Neil worked as a manager of an ice cream stand, “Dairyland”, and in later years he ran a tennis camp and tutored. He satisfied his love of travel by packing up the family and hitching up the tent trailer to explore different parts of the country each year. He remained close to his three siblings. Family visits and reunions always included tales of their childhood escapades, eliciting much laughter from the younger generations.
Neil’s life darkened with the illness and death of his wife Venette, in 1975, and his daughter Holly Lynn, in 1978. After Venette’s death, Neil renewed his acquaintance with Marian B. Weinberger, a nurse whom he’d met as a young man at the 1940 work camp in Michigan. When they married in 1978, she moved to Moorestown and became a beloved part of his family and the broader community. After retirement, they had many adventures together, enjoying camping and Elderhostels both in the U.S. and abroad. They served on several Quaker committees, including the Friends World Committee for Consultation. Neil served as a tour guide at the historic Arch Street Meeting House in Philadelphia for the Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. They eventually moved to the Medford Leas Retirement Community in 1998. In addition to his long-awaited return trips to Japan, Neil continued exploring new lands for many years, including the United Kingdom, Scandinavia, Denmark, Russia, Cambodia, Vietnam, Cuba, Bolivia, and Nicaragua. Neil and Marian’s marriage lasted nearly 40 years, until her recent death in December 2017.
Neil continued his efforts for peace throughout his life. He facilitated cultural bridges on an individual level, frequently hosting international guests at the Hartman household. He participated in the 1960s civil rights movement, served as a draft counselor to young men during the Vietnam War, and participated in war protests and vigils well into his 90s. His life was as full and as meaningful as it was long.
Neil is survived by daughters Sandra M. Hartman Reid and Judith A. Hartman; sons-in-law Joseph M. Reid and Michael L. DeKay; grandchildren Kimberly L. Reid, Jamie Lynn E. Reid, McKenzie D. Hartman, and Addison D. Hartman; and six nieces and nephews.
A memorial service honoring Neil’s life was held on March 10 at the Moorestown Monthly Meeting of the Society of Friends. A reception followed in the Dining Hall Commons at Moorestown Friends.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to either of the following: Moorestown Friends School, 110 E. Main Street, Moorestown, NJ 08057-2949 www.mfriends.org or Heifer Foundation, the Seagoing Cowboys Endowment, 1 World Avenue, Little Rock, AR 72202 www.heiferfoundation.org.
Sue Heath, mother of Sueellen Heath Riffkin ’79, Jenny Heath ’82, and Lisa Heath Dainton ’85 and wife of former faculty member Sandy Heath, of Medford, NJ passed away peacefully on December 11. She was 80. Born in Philadelphia, PA, she is the daughter of the late Harvey and Adele Redington, and has resided at Medford Leas for over 10 years, moving here from Moorestown, NJ. A graduate of Ridgewood High School and Goucher College, one of the Seven Sisters, Sue majored in English and loved writing and editing. Her diverse career included work in libraries, association management, and Quaker administration. As a devoted community volunteer, she served on boards and in direct service with groups such as the League of Women Voters, Moorestown Ecumenical Neighborhood Development, Contact of Burlington County, Pastoral Care Newsletter, and La Leche League. She is the wife of Dudley D. Heath (Sandy) and celebrated 60 years of marriage with him in September. Her daughters, Suellen, Jenny, and Lisa, were her pride and glory, and they will miss her high expectations and unflagging support. Dama Sue’s humor and sharp ears are traits that awed and entertained her grandchildren Becky and Sophie Riffkin, Cole and Beth Pollard, Sam, Zach, and Luke Dainton. Her siblings, Jim and Dell Redington, were at the heart of extended family gatherings at Sue’s favorite sunset spot on Long Beach Island. Her family will remember her feistiness, love of reading, needlework, and amazing one-liners. She could be counted on to have knowledge and an opinion about a wide variety of current events. A surprise for many may be that Sue enjoyed square dancing and had a valuable baseball card collection. In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, donations can be made to the League of Women Voters, 204 W. State Street, Trenton, NJ 08608.
Evan “Shelly” Kjellenberg, husband of Marilyn “Missy” Kjellenberg ’54, 82, of Sister Bay, WI died peacefully in his sleep on January 18. Born in Peoria, IL and raised in Cincinnati, OH. Shelly earned a full scholarship to Dartmouth College and finished his last year at Tuck School graduating in 1957. He went on to the University of Chicago Law School and earned a J.D. degree. Shelly met the love of his life at Green Mountain College of Vermont and on September 6, 1958 married Marilyn Medl of Evanston, IL. They spent 59 1/2 wonderful years together.
He is survived by his wife Missy, daughter Suzanne, son Todd (Paula), sister Marilyn Anderson of Illinois and two grandchildren Shane and Shannon. Shelly was in private practice of law for 36 years. His greatest honor in 1983 was to be asked by Secretary of State, Jim Edgar, to chair the Committee of Commercial Code of Illinois and rewrite the code of 1936. He enjoyed his membership in the Chicago Law Club. Since 1996, Shelly decided to start a law practice in rural Wisconsin and retired in May of 2014. Shelly enjoyed 25 years of Evanston’s 4th of July association, barbershop singing with the Arlingtones competitive chorus, Sister Bay historical society and loved volunteering with fellow Lion’s club members for 20 years.
Louis Martinez, husband of Jessica MacNeill Martinez ’95, passed away.
G. Ernest Mertens, husband of Kathleen Livingston Mertens ’64, of Goochland, VA, passed away on May 8. He is survived by his wife, Kathleen; and children, Shea Tolson and William Mondrago’n; and his stepson, Nathan Mondrago’n. Ernie had three grandchildren; and a sister, Kathryn Ann Mertens. His family and many friends will miss him dearly. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.
Carolyn Miller, former School Committee member, wife of the late faculty member G. Macculloch Miller, mother of the late Jennifer Miller ’65 and Debbie Miller Hull ’63, and mother-in-law of the late T. Reagan Hull ’62, 95, died peacefully March 12. Born May 5, 1922, in Richmond, Ind., Carolyn Hope Pickett was a lifelong member of The Religious Society of Friends (the Quakers). She graduated from The Westtown School outside Philadelphia and then attended Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio, where she met her future husband, George Macculloch “Cully” Miller. Cully and Carolyn were married Nov. 14, 1942; they lived and worked in Moorestown, N.J., from 1946 to 1992 and then retired to Rockport in 1992, where they became an integral part of the community.
Carolyn is survived by her daughter, Deborah Miller Hull (Daufuskie Island, S.C.); two granddaughters, Sandra Hull Laber (Dallas) and Gabrielle Secor Miller (Santa Fe, N.M.); grandson Christopher Eden Miller (Los Angeles); and two great-grandchildren, Grace Breese Laber and Samuel Dixon Laber (Dallas). Carolyn was preceded in death by her husband, George Macculloch Miller; daughter Jennifer Joy Miller; and sister Rachel Pickett Stalnaker.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be directed to Moorestown Friends School, 110 E. Main St., Moorestown, NJ 08057 or visit giving.mfriends.org
Martha “Suzie” Nase, mother of Josh Nase ’06, passed away peacefully on Dec. 12 at Virtua Hospital in Marlton. She was 60. Born in Mount Holly, Suzie was a resident of Moorestown and formerly of Maple Shade.
She was the beloved daughter of Miriam R. and the late Charles E. Nase Jr.; loving mother of Joshua Joseph Carter Nase; sister of Charles Nase (Angela), Jeffrey Nase (Rhonda Arenson) and the late David Carter Nase; cherished aunt of Christopher R. Nase (Christina) and Stephen A. Nase (Heather); and great aunt to Allison R. Nase and John C. Nase. She is also survived by her aunt, Roberta Preston; cousin, C. Daniel Morgan (Donah); and her lifelong friend, Sherry H. Taylor.
Suzie was employed as an administrative assistant for Davis Enterprises for several years. She enjoyed scuba diving, traveling (particularly to Jamaica), painting, photography, crafts, gardening, antiquing, and raising butterflies.
In lieu of flowers, we suggest donating to any of the following: Animal Welfare Association in Voorhees (856-424-2288); Magee Rehabilitation Hospital in Philadelphia (215-587-3000); or the Handicap Scuba Alliance of N.J. (http://hsanjscuba.com).
Florence Sawyer, wife of former School Committee member Warren Sawyer, stepmother to Martha Sawyer DeLuca ’66, Janet Sawyer Thomas ’67, and Stephen Sawyer ’76, and stepgrandmother to Rachel Thomas ’06, age 97, passed away peacefully in her sleep in Medford, NJ, on February 24. Florence was preceded in death by her parents, Paul and Bessie Stickney, her first husband, Robert (Bob) Scott, and her grandson, Noah Thomas. Florence is survived by her husband, Warren Sawyer, her children, David Scott (Dennie), Betsy Scott, Lynn Sahin (Hayati), Carol North (Christopher), step-children, Martha DeLuca (Peter), Janet Thomas (John), Steven Sawyer (Monica), and grandchildren, Terry Scott, Kevin Scott, Nedret Sahin, Madeline North, Aidan North, Rachel Thomas, Luisa Sawyer, and Nicolas Sawyer.
Florence lived in Philadelphia, PA, Northfield, MN, Moorestown, NJ, and Medford, NJ . She had a quiet, cheerful personality, and loved her family! She enjoyed sewing, quilting, reading, doing crossword puzzles, playing Scrabble, watching Jeopardy, and socializing with family and friends. Her family loved to make her laugh! Over the years she volunteered in the Girl Scouts, the Cub Scouts, the American Red Cross, the Moorestown Friends Meeting, and at the Medford Leas Retirement Community. In addition to opening their home to exchange students, she and her first husband, Bob, hosted a number of inner city youth needing an educational boost, through a program called A Better Chance. For many years she was the church secretary at the United Methodist Church in Northfield, MN. She never sought attention, and was loved by everyone. She was known for her beautiful smile!
Her family was so grateful for the care she received at Medford Leas, and asked that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Medford Leas Employee Educational Assistance Fund.
Erick Timber, father of Alexander Timber ’10 and Luke Timber ’13, 71, of Cherry Hill, passed away suddenly at home on December 8, surrounded by his loving family. He will be truly missed.
Born in Santurce, San Juan, Puerto Rico, Erick and his parents moved to Philadelphia, PA when he was two years old. He remained in the Delaware Valley his entire life. He received a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Temple University 1967, and a Bachelor of Architecture from Drexel University. After graduating from Drexel University 1976, he worked at both engineering and architectural firms before founding his own firm in 1989. Timber Architecture Office (TAO), is located in Moorestown, NJ and serves clients across the region.
Throughout his career Erick had the pleasure of working with many talented individuals including his wife, a fellow architect, for 33 years and his daughter, an interior designer, for seven years.
He cherished watching his children play tennis on an undeviating consistent basis from their early childhood until the end of their adolescence.
Surviving are his beloved wife of 32 years Maureen (nee Corcoran); his three children, Megan, Alexander and Luke; his sister Lillian Mierkowski (nee Timber) (George); sister-in-law Patricia Corcoran, sister-in-law Sharon Merriman (Ken); brother-in-law Thomas Corcoran (Nancy); brother-in-law John Corcoran (Elizabeth); and twelve nieces and nephews. Predeceased are his parents Oliver Timber and Lillian Timber-Reichner.
Memorial gifts may be made in memory of Mr. Erick Timber to Legacy Youth Tennis and Education.