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Anne H. P. Root
Anne Hoagland Plumb Root, 43, of Avon, Conn., died December 17 at Hartford Hospital in Hartford, Conn., following a two-and-a-half year battle with cancer.
Born in Bryn Mawr, Pa., she grew up in Princeton, where she was a graduate of Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart.
She was a graduate of Colby College in Waterville, Maine.
She was an investment banker and finance editor in New York City before settling in Avon, where she became a PTO member at the Pine Grove Elementary School and member of Saint James Episcopal Parish in Farmington.
An active sportswoman who loved sailing, horseback riding, and skiing, she spent her summers in East Orleans on Cape Cod, where she was an officer of Namequoit Sailing Association.
Predeceased by her father, Robert J. Plumb Jr., she is survived by her mother, Anne Plumb Kelsey, and step-father, John L. Kelsey; her husband, Todd Root; three children, Hayley, Robert, and Henry; a brother, Robert Plumb of Wellesley, Mass.; a step-sister, Grayson Hardman; and a step-brother, Jonathan Kelsey.
The funeral service was December 23 at Christ Church Cathedral in Hartford. Burial was in Hartford's Cedar Hill Cemetery.
Arrangements were by Ahern Funeral Homes, Inc., Unionville, Conn.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Anne P. Root Trust For Children, c/o Saint James Episcopal Church, Farmington, Conn.
Melania Koziol, 91, of Princeton, died December 18 at Princeton Care Center of respiratory complications.
Born in Lysiecz, Poland, she survived three years of forced habitation in Kazakhstan, Siberia, during World War II with her husband, an exiled international lawyer. Her post-war travels took her to Iran, then England, and finally the United States in 1951. She spent most of her adult life in Franklin Park before moving to Princeton five years ago, where she lived with her cousin, Ron Oberleitner, and his family.
Her interests included gardening, reading, cooking, teaching and travel.
Predeceased in 1984 by her husband, Tadeusz, she is survived by two younger sisters, Sozia of Poland and Mecia of England.
A Funeral Mass was held December 23 at St. Paul's Catholic Church.
Mary E. D. Hunt
Mary Elizabeth Deas Hunt, 77, of Hamilton, died December 21 at the University Medical Center at Princeton.
Raised in Canton, N.C., she earned a B.A. degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a M.L.S. degree from Rutgers University.
She lived in Ithaca, N.Y., and Princeton before moving to Hamilton, where she worked as a librarian for the Hamilton Township Public Library, retiring in 1992.
An enthusiastic reader, she was also active in the American Recorder Society and the Embroidery Guild of America.
Predeceased by two brothers, Joseph Deas and Robert Deas, she is survived by a son, Laurence, and a daughter, Margaret, both of Princeton; her former husband, Prof. Gilbert Hunt, also of Princeton; two brothers, James Deas Jr. of Conyers, Ga., and David Deas of Gastonia, N.C.; a sister, Ann Deas Pool, of Lilburn, Ga.; and one granddaughter.
Arrangements were under the direction of The Kimble Funeral Home.
Robert E. Clancy
Robert E. Clancy, 76, of Plainsboro, died Christmas Day at home. He had been a Princeton resident for more than 40 years.
Born in Chicago, Ill., he received his secondary education in Roselle before earning a degree from Princeton University in 1948.
He served as an officer in the United States Marine Corps during World War II and the Korean War.
A veteran of more than 25 years in the insurance industry as a general agent for the Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company in New York, he was recognized nationally as a leader in the development of executive compensation programs and employee benefit plans. Professionally, he served as president of the General Agents and Managers Conference of the City of New York, and as president of the Massachusetts General Agents Association.
In 1981 he co-founded, with Glenn Paul, Clancy-Paul, Inc., a micro-computer sales and service company that expanded to seven locations in New Jersey. The company was acquired in 1988 by lnacorn, a New York Stock Exchange listed company.
A financial consultant, he advised individual and corporate clients in partnership with Sam Woodworth. He was also the owner of Clancy Realty Company, and served as a partner in P.M.R.C. Inc., developers of the Academy Court condominiums in Pennington.
He was a member of the Governor's Small Business Advisory Council and in 1989 was inducted into the Mercer County Junior Achievement Business Hall of Fame.
He was president of the Princeton University Class of 1948, Princeton Club of New York, and Princeton Area Alumni Association. He also served on the Council of Princeton University and the advisory committee to the Center for the Study of Religion.
His corporate directorships included the American Red Cross of Central New Jersey, which he served as board chairman; the Council of Community Services, which he served as president; and the Medical Center at Princeton, Eden Family of Services, United Way of Mercer County, and National Conference of Community and Justice, all of which he served as a board member.
He was the recipient of the Edward and Irene D. Farley Community Service Award, Clara Barton Award from the American Red Cross of Central New Jersey, and the Humanitarian Award from NCJJ.
He was predeceased by his wives Catherine and Barbara; a son, Kevin; and a daughter, Colleen. He is survived by two sons, Brian of Newton, Mass., and Sean of Lawrenceville; a daughter, Kerry DeYoung of Gainesville, Fla.; and seven grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated December 30 at St. Charles Borromeo Church in Skillman. Burial was in the family plot in Princeton Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the University Medical Center Foundation at Princeton, 353 Witherspoon Street, Princeton 08540; the American Red Cross, 707 Alexander Road, Princeton 08540; or The Eden Institute Foundation, 1 Eden Drive, Princeton 08540.
Arrangements were by The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home.
Anthony J. Biancosino
Dr. Anthony J. Biancosino, 57, of Princeton, died December 27 at Princeton HealthCare System following a battle with cancer.
Born in Trenton, he was a resident of Tullytown, Pa., before moving to Princeton.
He was a graduate of Temple University, Indiana University and the University of Calgary.
Known as "Dr. B" to his music students and colleagues, he was a music educator for 35 years, 26 of them at Princeton Regional Schools. He was the creator and conductor of the award-winning Princeton Studio Band, which was the only school band to perform at two presidential inaugural balls. Downbeat Magazine recognized him as their 2002 Jazz Educator of the Year. He was also the founder and conductor of the American Heritage Wind Ensemble.
Predeceased by a daughter, Jennifer, he is survived by his wife, Merrill; his children, Michole Biancosino, Rachele Masterson, Gabriele Biancosino, Anthony Biancosino II, Dominique Biancosino and Alexandra Biancosino, all of Princeton; three stepchildren, Barbara, Zachary and Rebecca Price; also of Princeton; a brother, Joseph Biancosino-Downey of Bristol; and two grandsons.
A Funeral Mass was celebrated December 30 at St. Paul's Church; burial was in Tullytown Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to St. Paul's Church, 214 Nassau Street, Princeton 08542.
Arrangements were by the Galzerano Funeral Home, Levittown.
Stephen Guild, 49, of Rocky Hill, died November 15 following a long battle with cancer.
A native of Virginia, he was a 1976 graduate of Princeton University with a bachelor's degree in art and archaeology, concentrating in art history and the visual arts. A craftsman, painter, draftsman, musician, and film enthusiast, he made hundreds of paintings and drawings during his 27-year career. Also a landscape artist, his favorite spot was the view of the Lake Carnegie dam.
He founded Arcturus Painting in 1980, specializing in faux finishes, color-stained concrete, and various forms of surface restoration. His commissions included the restoration of Auldbrass Plantation, a Frank Lloyd Wright house in South Carolina, and numerous projects for architect Michael Graves in New York, Cincinnati, and Princeton. His restorative work is found in many Princeton area homes.
He played several instruments, enjoyed athletics and astronomy, and studied Joyce and Caravaggio.
He is survived by his parents, Henley and Virginia Guild of Alexandria, Va.; his wife, Monica Lange; two daughters, Elli and Sophia; and two siblings, Henley Guild and Susan Braun, both of Richmond.
A memorial service was held November 19 at the Princeton Quaker Meeting House.
Memorial contributions may be made to The Elli and Sophia Guild Education Trust, P.O. Box 544, Rocky Hill 08553.
Robin D. Smith
Robin Dunham Smith, of Walnut Creek, Calif., died December 23 in Walnut Creek following an extended battle with Parkinson's disease. She had been a longtime Princeton resident.
Raised in Scotia, New York, she was the third of five children born to Elodie Blanche Johnson and Roy Owen Dunham, a descendant of the Dunham family that helped found Plymouth Colony in Massachusetts in the 1600s.
Graduating as class valedictorian of Scotia High School in 1945, she went on to Barnard College to major in English.
In the early 1940s she was a regular contestant on "Little Red Schoolhouse," a Schenectady, New York-based syndicated radio quiz program which gave rise to the NBC radio and television program The Quiz Kids. At the age of 15, while working part-time at radio station WSNY as the station's engineer, she wrote, produced, and directed a regular Saturday morning children's program called To the Children.
In 1949 she joined the Madison Avenue advertising firm Ruthrauff and Ryan as a copy writer, where she wrote jingles for Lifebuoy shaving cream and Rinso laundry detergent, among other products.
She moved to Princeton in 1973 following the 1971 death of her husband, Thomas J. Smith. She worked as an editor and corporate archivist at Opinion Research Corporation for many years. In 1986, she won a national jingle-writing contest sponsored by the Chiquita Company to update the lyrics of the company's advertising jingle. She then donated the prize money to Princeton Day School, to endow the school's chapter of Students Against Driving Drunk.
In the early 1990s, the Mayor of Princeton honored her for her multi-year one-woman effort to beautify Nassau Street, through litter removal during daily walks with her beagle, Charlie.
She was an accomplished pianist who played regularly until her death.
She is survived by three sons, Timothy Dunham, Thomas Johnston Jr., and Andrew Brent; and six grandchildren.
Memorial gifts may be made in Mrs. Smith's name to The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research.
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