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Sally Kuser Lane

Sally Kuser Lane died Sunday, June 7, 2020 at her family home at Bay Head, NJ on the Jersey Shore. She was 95 and had battled declining health since last September.
     A striking woman who was an athletic 5 feet, 11 inches tall, she was the first grandchild of James and Sarah Kerney and a grandchild of Fred and Teresa Doelger Kuser. Her maternal grandfather was the publisher and owner of the Trenton Times newspaper and served as US Ambassador to Russia under President Woodrow Wilson. Her paternal grandfather, was the general manager and brewmaster of Peter Doelger Brewery in New York City.
     The oldest of three children of George and Mary Kerney Kuser, she grew up in Lawrenceville, NJ. Her father was a stockbroker in Trenton and her mother was the Chairman of the Board of the Trenton Times prior to the sale of the paper to The Washington Post in 1974. Sally, who attended Miss Fine’s School in Princeton before going to boarding school, was a graduate of the Mary Lyon School in Swathmore, PA.
     Sally married Arthur S. Lane, an attorney, when she was 22. He was 15 years older and they had met at her parent’s pool when she was nine and he was Captain of the undefeated 1933 Princeton football team, a fellow student of her Kerney uncles. Their 50-year marriage produced seven children. For 35 of those years, the Lanes lived in Harbourton, a 15-mile trek to school and sports in Princeton where the children attended school. Art became a state and then federal judge, before resigning to become general counsel at Johnson & Johnson. After reaching the mandatory retirement age for J&J executives he returned to private practice with a Princeton law firm.
     Princeton University, the alma mater of her husband and four of their children, was a big part of Sally’s life. She was a member of the Princeton Varsity Club and the only female lifetime member of the Princeton Football Association. She and Art attended every Princeton football game for many years and added basketball and female lacrosse games in later years. They hosted the annual football team spring cookout until Art died in 1997. She looked forward every spring to the presentation of the Art Lane '34 Award, given annually to a senior student athlete by the Varsity Club since 1999 to recognize “selfless contribution to sport and society”.
     A year after Art’s death, Sally returned to Lawrenceville and dedicated her remaining years to having fun with her family and friends. She loved to travel and put together semi-annual excursions to Tuscany in July and Belize during the winter. In between, there were trips to Ireland, Cape Town, Budapest, Istanbul, Havana, Vancouver, Montreal, Lisbon and Mont St. Michel. When Sally called, one had best have a bag packed!
     She celebrated her 80, 85 and 90 birthdays by taking a group of 35, including children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, to Key West where she always went parasailing and capped off the trip with a birthday dinner at the Hemingway Museum. Her entire family joined her in Lawrenceville to celebrate her 95 birthday last December.
     She is survived by her seven children: Sarah Kerney Lane (Samuel Graff ), of Trenton, NJ; Arthur Stephen Lane, Jr. (Marie), of Groton, MA; Mark Kuser Lane (Linda Axelrod), of Little Falls, NJ; Catherine Scannell Lane (Steve Jacobs), of Colorado Springs, CO; Henry Welling Lane, of Bay Head, NJ; Mary Kuser Lane, of New York City; Teresa Doelger Lane (Edward Nelson) of Basking Ridge, NJ; sixteen grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.
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