Obituaries-Feb. 26, 2004

Edith Kramer

   BUCKINGHAM, Pa. — Edith R. Kramer, 100, formerly of Lambertville, died Thursday, Feb. 19, at Buckingham (Pa.) Valley Care Center.
   Born in Lumberville, Pa., Mrs. Kramer came to Lambertville as a child and lived there until moving to Buckingham 10 years ago.
   With her late husband, Frank L. Kramer Sr., she owned and operated Harry K. Kramer and Son Memorials, a family owned business established in Lambertville by her father-in-law, Harry K. Kramer, in 1897 and continued today by her son and daughter-in-law, Frank and Sue Kramer.
   Earlier, Mrs. Kramer worked at both the hairpin factory and the silk hosiery mill in Lambertville and served as a telephone operator at the Lambertville Telephone Company.
   A lifelong member of the Centenary United Methodist Church in Lambertville, Mrs. Kramer was active in the church’s ladies’ guild.
   She was a longtime member of the Fleet Wing Hook and Ladder Company Ladies Auxiliary in Lambertville.
   She was the daughter of the late Edward and Charlotte Davis Strouse.
   Besides her son and daughter-in-law, she is survived by a grandson, Frank L. Kramer III of New Hope; two step-grandsons, Jim Tedesco of East Greenville, Pa., and Scott Tedesco of Flemington; and many cousins, nieces and nephews, including George and Leona Fluck of Robbinsville.
   Services were private.
   Memorial donations may be made to the Fleet Wing Hook and Ladder Company, 12 N. Main St., Lambertville, 08530, or to the church at 108 N. Union St., Lambertville, 08530.
   Arrangements were under the direction of the Van Horn-McDonough Funeral Home, Lambertville.
Robert Brennan

   NEW HOPE — Robert J. Brennan, 65, died Monday, Feb. 16, at his home.
   Born and raised in Trenton, Mr. Brennan lived in Lawrenceville before coming to New Hope 25 years ago.
   He was an antiques dealer and with his late partner, Donald Holmes, owned and operated Don Roberts Antiques in New Hope. Earlier, he was a licensed pharmacist working in pharmacies in the Princeton and Trenton area.
   He was a 1961 graduate of the School of Pharmacy at Fordham University.
   He served with the National Guard.
   He was a member of St. Martin of Tours Church, Solebury.
   He was the life partner of Mr. Holmes, the son of the late Frank J. and Margaret Brennan and brother of the late Margaret Lepkowski, Edward Brennan, Mary Mayti, Francis Brennan and Nancy Gore.
   He is survived by his former wife, Marion DiFilippo and her husband, Gary, of Lawrenceville; several nieces and nephews, Geraldine Eppolito and her husband, Angelo, of Waretown and Alexander Lepkowski and his fiancée, Holly Padderatz, of Robbinsville; and many great-nieces and great-nephews.
   The funeral mass was held Friday at the church. Burial followed at the parish cemetery.
   Memorial donations may be made to the Bucks County SPCA, Box 277, Lahaska, Pa., 18931.
   Arrangements were under the direction of the Van Horn-McDonough Funeral Home, Lambertville.
Mary LaRue

   LAMBERTVILLE — Mary Bowe LaRue, 81, died Tuesday, Feb. 17, at her home.
   Born in Lambertville, she was a lifelong resident.
   She was a member of the Lambertville Senior Citizens and the Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary Post 41 in Trenton and a past member of the Lambertville-New Hope Rescue Squad Auxiliary.
   She was the widow of Samuel Coleman and daughter of the late Harry and Mary Anne Worthington Bowe and was predeceased by four sisters and three brothers.
   She is survived by her husband, William M. LaRue; her stepchildren, William LaRue and Elizabeth LaRue, both of Lambertville; her brothers, Harry Bowe of Lambertville and Lamar Bowe of Rosemont; and several nieces and nephews.
   Funeral services were private.
   Memorial donations may be made to the Lambertville-New Hope Ambulance and Rescue Squad, Box 237, Lambertville, 08530, or Hunterdon Hospice, Hunterdon Medical Center, 2100 Wescott Drive, Flemington, 08822.
   Arrangements were under the direction of the Van Horn-McDonough Funeral Home, Lambertville.
Evelyn Eisenbeil

   FLEMINGTON — Evelyn C. Eisenbeil, 84, died Wednesday, Feb. 18, at Hunterdon Care Center, Raritan Township.
   A lifelong resident of Hunterdon County, she was born in Mt. Airy, daughter of the late Russell and Ethel Runkle Lambert.
   She previously had resided in Sergeantsville and Ringoes before moving to Flemington.
   She was a homemaker and was a member of the Delaware Township Senior Citizens and the West Amwell Township Senior Citizens.
   Surviving are her husband, Frank Eisenbeil; three sons, Robert Eisenbeil of Hendersonville, N.C., Frank Eisenbeil of Young Harris, Ga., and Dennis Eisenbeil of Savannah, Ga.; a daughter, Bernice Cegielski of Stockton; 10 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
   Funeral services were held Saturday at the Holcombe-Fisher Funeral Home, Flemington. Burial was in Sandy Ridge Cemetery, Delaware Township.
   Memorial donations may be made to Flemington-Raritan Rescue Squad, 26 Route 12, Flemington, 08822.
John Kirk

   LOWER MAKEFIELD TOWNSHIP, Pa. — John A. Kirk, 64, died Tuesday, Feb. 17, at Lower Bucks Hospital, Bristol Township, Pa.
   Born in Trenton and formerly of Solebury Township, he had been a Lower Makefield Township resident for six years.
   Mr. Kirk was retired from Bristol Myers Squibb in Lawrenceville where he was an environmental specialist.
   He graduated from Trenton High School and Bucknell University.
   He was a member of the National Association of Environmental Professionals.
   He was a member of St. Philip’s Episcopal Chapel in New Hope and served as warden for eight years.
   He was a volunteer for Special Olympics, the Audubon Society of Pennsylvania and the Environmental Committee for Yardley.
   He was an Army veteran, serving in the Medical Service Corps.
   He is survived by his wife, Dorothy L. Kirk; two daughters and sons-in-law, Kimberlee A. and Collin McCollough of Lambertville and Pamela J. and Brent Schroeder of Yardley, Pa.; and four grandsons, Payne and Tanner Schroeder and Dylan and Christopher McCollough.
   A memorial service was held Friday at the church. The Rev. E. Kyle St. Claire, vicar, officiated.
   Memorial donation may be made to the church at 10 Chapel Road, New Hope, 18938.
   Arrangements were under the direction of the FitzGerald-Sommer Funeral Home, Yardley, Pa.
Mary Gross

   BEND, Ore. — Mary Eick Gross, 81, died Saturday, Feb. 14, in Bend, Ore.
   Mrs. Gross was born in Lambertville to Clark and Maude Curtis Eick.
   She married John Gross Nov. 1, 1941 in Lambertville where they lived most of their lives.
   Mrs. Gross was a homemaker and enjoyed reading, gardening and playing the organ.
   Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Brenda and Bill Peck of Bend; a son and daughter-in-law, John and Roseanne Gross Jr. of Succasunna, N.J.; a son, Thomas Charles Gross of Elephant Butte, N.M.; a sister, Marie Eick Hartpence of Interlachen, Fla.; two granddaughters; and five great-grandsons.
   She was preceded in death by her husband.