Deaths

James R. Johnston Jr., 79, died November 19. Survivors include a daughter Marie E. Johnston of Plainsboro.

R. Margaret Thompson, 69, of Monroe Township died November 20 at Raritan Bay Medical Center. Survivors include her husband of 47 years, John J; a son, Jay of West Windsor; three daughters; and eight grandchildren.

Gervasio M. Amador, 70, of Milltown died on November 20 at the Pavilions of Forrestal in Plainsboro. Survivors include his wife Maria; son, Anthony of East Brunswick; David of Milltown; and grandchildren, Steven, Mark, Emily, Allison, and Matthew. Donations may be made to the Raritan Bay Medical Center, Old Bridge Division, Dialysis Unit, Ferry Road, Old Bridge.

Mildred Rockoff, 97, of Tampa, died November 20. Survivors include her son, Hugh Rockoff of West Windsor; and grandchildren Steven and Jessica Rockoff. Contributions may be made to Hadassah, the American Association of University Women, or the National Downs Syndrome Congress.

Mabel Yurcho, 95, of Princeton died November 28 at Merwick Rehab Hospital and Skilled Nursing Facility in Princeton. Survivors include her niece and nephew, Carmine and Joyce Cirullo of West Windsor. Donations may be made to the Hopewell First Aid and Rescue Squad, Hopewell 08525.

Zofia Husiatyska Hulak, 94, of Cranbury died December 2. Born in Poland, she and her husband and daughteremigrated to the United Sates in 1950 and moved to Cranbury in 1957. Hulak sold fruits and vegetables at a roadside stand on North Main Street in Cranbury. Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Christian and Boloy of West Windsor; and grandchildren, Alexander and Edward.

Drew Dinardi, 21, of West Windsor died December 3 at Doylestown Hospital in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. Survivors include his father and stepmother, Drew Dinardi Sr. and Kelly Dinardi of West Windsor; his siblings, Jamie Lynn Dinardi and Michael Anthony Dinardi, both of West Windsor; and his uncle and aunt, Bernard and Nancy Dinardi of North Brunswick.

A graduate of West Windsor-Plainsboro High School South, Class of 2001, he was a volunteer fireman and 911 emergency dispatcher in West Windsor. Born in New Brunswick, he had lived in West Windsor 16 years.

Sarah M. Santowasso, 100, died December 3 in Chandler Hall, Newtown, Pennsylvania. Born in Princeton, she was a lifelong area resident. During World War II, she was a member of the Princeton Junction Volunteer Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary. Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Robert and Donna Santowasso of Hopewell; and a daughter and son-in-law, Joan and Donald McNinch of Pennington.

Raymond Marienski, 70, of Medford died December 3. Survivors include his son and daughter-in-law, Raymond Scott and Carmelita, of Plainsboro. Donations may be made to the Baptist Childrens Home, First Baptist Church, 432 Bank Street Medford 08055.

Kevin C. LaCosta, 42, of Berkeley Heights, died on December 5 at home. Survivors include his brother and sister in law, Lawrence G. and Merce of West Windsor. Donations may be made to American Heart Association, 2550 Route 1, New Brunswick 08902.

Francesca Morning, 59, of East Windsor died on December 5 at her home. The founder and operator of Francesca’s Limousine Service, she sold real estate with Weichert Realty and was active in Princeton Alliance Church. Contributions may be made to the He Cares/We Care Ministry, Princeton Alliance Church, Plainsboro 08536.

Shawn F. Petry 29, of Plainsboro died November 24. Born in Philadelphia, he spent most of his life in Folsom. Survivors include his parents, Harry A. and Karen M. Petry of Folsom; his sister and brother-in-law, Andrea and Joseph Flood; his brother and sister-in-law, Jason and Tina Petry; his paternal grandmother, Viola Petry; a niece, Kelsie Flood; and his fiancee, Romona Porwoc of Plainsboro. Donations may be sent to Tabor House, 1000 South Broad Street, Trenton 08611.

Paul Edwin Bevensee, 69, of Smithville died at his home on December 6. Born in Newark, he lived in the Princeton area most of his life. He was the founder and president of Princeton-Windsor News Service until 1988. Between 1958 and 1964, he served in the U.S. Army Reserves.

Survivors include his father, Edwin of Lakehurst; three sons, Glenn and wife Sandra of Northfield, Scott and wife Katherine of Monmouth Junction, and Gregg of West Windsor; their mother, the Rev. Donna M. Bevensee of West Windsor; and three grandchildren, Kristin, Aleksander, and Kara. Donations may be made to American Heart Association.

William E. Heller Sr., 87, died at Bear Creek Assisted Living in West Windsor on December 8. Born in Elizabeth, he lived in Mountainside and Florida before moving to West Windsor.

Ethel T. Wagner, 85, died December 9 at Bear Creek Assisted Living in West Windsor. Born in Trenton, she lived there most of her life. She retired from General Motors in 1979, after 32 years of service. Survivors include two sons and daughter-in-law, Karl and Mary Ann Wagner of Robbinsville, and Richard of Aurora, Colorado; her sister, Margaret Joseph of Trenton; her sister-in-law, Virginia Tilger of Trenton; her five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Donald Charles Ambuhl, 79, of Redding, Connecticut, died suddenly on December 10 in New York City. Born in Indianapolis, Indiana, he was a veteran of the U.S. Army during World War II. Survivors include one of his daughters, Ann Trzasko of Plainsboro. A service will be held Saturday, December 18, at the New Canaan Congregational Church, in New Canaan, Connecticut. Donations may be sent to David James Ambuhl Memorial Scholarship Fund, Bucknell University, Cooley Hall, Lewisburg, Pennsylvania 17837, or to a charity of one’s choice.

Joseph J. Odas, 83, died December 13 at the Pavilions at Forrestal in Plainsboro. Born in Trenton, he was a lifelong area resident. He was a World War II U.S. Army Air Corps veteran who served in North Africa. He retired from State of New Jersey Department of Transportation with over 40 years as a blacksmith.

Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, William and Maureen Odas of Hamilton Square; a daughter and son-in-law, Denise and William Ronca of Hamilton Township; four grandchildren, Richard J. Maffei Jr. and wife Melissa of Hamilton Township, Jaime Gormel of Brigantine, William J. Odas of Hamilton Township, and Joseph S. Odas of Hamilton Township; and two great-grandchildren, Richard J. and Morgan S. Maffei.

Donations may be made to Alzheimer’s Association Central NJ Chapter, 12 Roszel Road, Princeton, NJ 08540.

Barbara J. Kirk, 69, of Princeton Junction died December 13 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Paterson.

She resided in Bayonne for 67 years before moving to Princeton Junction two years ago.

Survivors include her brother and sister-in-law with whom she had resided Frank and Carolyn Pilkiewicz of Princeton Junction; a sister and brother-in-law Catherine and Frank Romanski of Wayne; and one stepson William Kirk Jr.