Obituaries

Posted May 25, 2006

Ann D. Merritt

Ann Davis Merritt, 83, of Skillman, N.J., and Chappaquiddick, died on May 2 of acute myeloid leukemia. She was the wife of Robert McElroy Merritt, who predeceased her. She was also predeceased by her son Barry Davis Merritt. She is survived by her son Robert McElroy (Mike) Merritt Jr., of Bolder, Colo.; seven grandchildren, Kristen, Colin, Jamie, and Grace, of Colorado, Sarah, Lauren, and Abigail of Vermont; two great-grandchildren, August and Annie.

Mrs. Merritt was born in Manhattan in 1922 and graduated from Penn Hall Preparatory School in 1940. She attended the Child Education Foundation, the first Montessori training school in the United States, and continued her education at Stetson University.

A resident of the Princeton-Kingston, N.J., area since 1954 and of Chappaquiddick since 1977, she was involved in a wide range of community activities.

She was a former board member of the Friends of the Princeton University International Center, Trinity Counseling Service, and American Field Service-USA. For many years she was an active volunteer for Trinity Church's outreach program and the Princeton Medical Center. In Princeton she was a member of the Springdale Golf Club, Nassau Club, Contemporary Garden Club, and Present Day Club. In Chappaquiddick she was a member of the Edgartown Yacht Club, Chappaquiddick Beach Club, Royal Chappaquiddick Yacht Club, and Island Ball Watchers Society.

Memorial services were held on May 5 at Trinity Church in Princeton, N.J. Interment was private. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Trinity Counseling Service, 22 Stockton Street, Princeton, NJ 08540 or Sheriff's Meadow Foundation, Chappaquiddick division, Wakeman Conservation Center, RR1, Box 319X, Vineyard Haven, MA 02568. Arrangements are under the direction of the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, Princeton, N.J.

Conrad L. Benoit

Conrad L. Benoit of Somerset died on May 11 at the age of 85. He was married to his wife, Dorothy, for 60 years having celebrated that milestone in January of this year.

Conrad was a veteran of World War II serving in Saipan during the war. He was a boilermaker of large generating plants for 34 years prior to his retirement in 1982. He was predeceased by a son, Conrad W. Benoit.

Along with his wife, he is survived by a son Gerald L. Benoit of Somerset and Oak Bluffs; a daughter, Patricia Law, her husband Jesse (Jack), and an only grandchild, Olivia, all of Oak Bluffs. He also leaves behind his beloved little dog, Debbie.

Arrangements were handled by the Faria-Silva Funeral Home In Fall River. Services were private. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to V.N.A./Hospice of Fall River, 502 Bedford Street, Fall River, MA 02720.

Celestine Howard

Celestine Howard died on May 22. She was the wife of Lloyd Howard who predeceased her; the step-mother of Janice Howard Dost of Berkley, Calif.; aunt of Olivia Steele of Arlington and Richard Steele of Vineyard Haven.

A private memorial service is planned. A full obituary will appear in a later edition of The Times. Arrangements by Keefe Funeral Home, Arlington.