Mary Elise Cook passed away on July 12, 2022. She was 96.
Born and raised in Princeton she was the daughter of Helen Margerum Roediger and Paul Otto Roediger. She graduated from Princeton High School in the class of 1943, and in the following year graduated from Katharine Gibbs in New York City. She is predeceased by her husband of 71 years, Dr. Alfred S. Cook, Jr., also a lifelong Princeton resident whom she met at a high school Valentine’s Day party. After her marriage in 1944 she worked as a medical secretary while her husband attended medical school in Philadelphia. The couple settled back in Princeton in 1954 where her husband set up his medical practice and Mary Elise became active in the newly formed Women’s Auxiliary at the hospital. She, along with two other doctors’ wives, chaired the first June Fete, which later became a major fundraising event for the hospital.
Mary Elise was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother to her family. Her love of cooking brought the family together for Holiday and Sunday dinners. She never missed a single high school field hockey, basketball or softball game. She provided the teams with homemade chocolate chip cookies to celebrate the victories and to soothe the losses. At the end of every season she would hold team banquets for all the players and coaches. She became an honorary member of every team.
After her children were grown she became a licensed realtor with Peyton Associates, where she worked for over 20 years. Her inherent knowledge of Princeton was a great asset and her specialty was real estate in the Jugtown Historic District of Princeton, where she grew up. In her retirement she enjoyed spending time on the beach at Barnegat Light, a favorite place where she spent many happy days.
Mary Elise is survived by her children, Mary Ann Cook of St. Petersburg, Florida and Camden, Maine, Margaret Farley of Fort Myers, Florida and Raymond Cook of West Windsor, New Jersey. She was predeceased by her oldest daughter Sandra Labaree of Wiscasset, Maine. She is also survived by 4 grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren and her brother Dr. Paul M. Roediger of Gwynedd, Pennsylvania.
The family will hold a private burial service. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her memory to a charity of your choice.