Obituaries-March 30, 2006

Robert Winn

   WEST AMWELL — Robert A. Winn Jr., 55, died Tuesday, March 21, at home.
   Born in Doylestown, Mr. Winn had lived in Lambertville and West Amwell all his life.
   He was a corrections officer for 24 years. He retired in 2004 from the Hunterdon County Department of Corrections in Flemington.
   He was a master mason in the Amwell Lodge 12 F&AM, a member of the Sons of the American Legion Post 120, and Elks Lodge 1070, both in Lambertville, and a life member of the Lambertville-New Hope Ambulance and Rescue Squad.
   He was the son of the late Robert A. Winn Sr. and Verna P. Reece Winn and brother of the late Jocelyn J. Winn.
   Surviving are a son, Robert A. Winn I, and a grandson, Robert A. Winn V, both of West Amwell; two sisters and a brother-in-law, Gwendolyn and Paul Butler of Jacksonville, Fla., and Brenda S. Perkins of Newport Richey, Fla.; his niece, Breanna Butler of Jacksonville; his nephews, Byron J., Bradley, Ashley, Seth and Mason Butler, all of Jacksonville; and many cousins.
   Funeral services were held Saturday at the Garefino Funeral Home, Lambertville. Burial was private. Masonic services were held Friday.
   Memorial donations may be made to the CINJ Institute, 2575 Klockner Road, Hamilton, N.J., 08690, or the Lambertville-New Hope Ambulance and Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 237, Lambertville, 08530.
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Norman Russell

   EAST AMWELL — Norman F.S. Russell, 85, died Wednesday, March 22, at home.
   Born in Haverford, Pa., he was the son of the late Norman F.S. and Ella Eisenbrey Russell.
   He lived in East Amwell for 46 years.
   He was a l943 graduate of Princeton University.
   He was a captain with the Army during World War II.
   A retired banker, he was vice president of First Pennsylvania Bank, retiring in 1981 after 35 years.
   Mr. Russell also had served on the boards of various companies and was chairman of the board of J.T. Hirst & Co., Leesburg, Va.
   He was a member of the Sons of Colonial Wars, the Nassau Club of Princeton, the Bedens Brook Club, the Princeton Club of New York and the Newcomen Society.
   Surviving are his wife, Vivianne Hooppaw Russell; two daughters, Anne Barrett of Athens, Greece, and Barbara Flight of Boston; two sisters, Ella King Torrey of Philadelphia and Grace Wheeler of Bryn Mawr, Pa.; and three grandchildren, Maria Barrett, Casey Flight and Christopher Flight.
   Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, April 3, at Princeton University Chapel.
   Arrangements are under the direction of the Holcombe-Fisher Funeral Home, Flemington.
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   Memorial donations may be made to the Vivianne and Norman Russell Sr. Class of l943 Financial Aid Fund at Princeton University, P.O. Box 5357, Princeton, 08543-5357.
Veronica Burd

   TRENTON — Veronica "Ronnie" Burd, 60, died Friday, March 24, at Chandler Hall in Newtown, Pa.
   Born in Doylestown, Mrs. Burd lived most of her life in Lambertville.
   She was the daughter of the late Joseph and Almena Boan McLaughlin stepdaughter of the late Joseph Taylor and sister of the late Joseph McLaughlin.
   Surviving are her husband of 43 years, Matthew R. Burd; one daughter and son-in-law, Susan and Jim Rufh of Ewing Township; two sons, Richard Burd and Jim Burd, both of West Trenton; one sister, Diane Bodine of Columbus; four grandchildren, Andrew and Courtney Rufh and Cody and Jared Burd; and several nieces and nephews.
   Funeral services were held Monday at the Garefino Funeral Home, Lambertville. The Rev. David Errickson officiated. Burial followed in the Holcombe-Riverview Cemetery, Delaware Township.
   Memorial donations may be made to Chandler Hall Hospice, 99 Barclay St., Newtown, Pa., 18940, or the Pennington Road Fire and Rescue Squad, Ewing Township, N.J.
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Victoria Sherry

   SOLEBURY — Victoria Sherry, 84, died Feb. 11, injuries suffered from a fall in her home.
   She was born in Jersey City, N.J.
   She graduated Henry Snyder High School and studied voice in New York City.
   In 1940, she auditioned for J.J. Shubert and was signed to a six-month tour in Sigmund Romberg’s production of "Blossom Time." She played major rooms in New York with Wilbur Evans, most notably the palace on Broadway and also the Catillion Room with Larry Brooks.
   She starred for two seasons with the St. Petersburg Operetta Theatre’s winter season from 1950 to 1952.
   In June 1952, she premiered the season opening of the Kansas City Starlight Theatre with a production of the "Desert Song" written by Sigmund Romberg. Mr. Romberg conducted the overture, which he turned over to her husband, musical director Roland Fiore.
   She also performed numerous leading roles at the Music Circus in West Amwell in the 1950s.
   She organized the Piccola Opera in Philadelphia at Palumbo’s Restaurant and was the producer of opera in an opera dinner theater, also at Palumbo’s, with her husband as musical director until the restaurant ballroom burned down.
   Shortly after the demise of Palumbo’s, she resumed production at the Drexelbrook in Drexel Hill, Pa.
   A memorial mass will be held Tuesday, April 4, at 10:30 a.m. at St. John the Evangelist Church, Lambertville.
   Memorial donations may be made to any charity.
   Arrangements were under the direction of Leaver-Cable Funeral Home of Buckingham.