Circe Urbanski

Posted 5/10/22

LAWRENCEVILLE, N.J. —Circe Andrea Urbanski, née Papageorge, 75, died from complications of a stroke on Sunday, May 1, 2022, at her home in the Meadows of Morris Hall. She previously …

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Circe Urbanski

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LAWRENCEVILLE, N.J. —Circe Andrea Urbanski, née Papageorge, 75, died from complications of a stroke on Sunday, May 1, 2022, at her home in the Meadows of Morris Hall. She previously lived in Monroe Township, N.J., for 15 years, and was originally a native of Illinois.

A celebration and thanksgiving of life is 3 p.m. Sunday, May 15, at Christ Congregation, 50 Walnut Lane, Princeton, N.J. 08542. A.S. Cole Son & Co., 22 North Main Street, Cranbury, N.J., is in charge of the arrangements. 

Ms. Urbanski was born Aug. 13, 1946, in Chicago, the first daughter of George and Lucretia Yangas Papageorge. She was raised on the family’s farm and then in the small town of Paris, Ill., until high school graduation. College took her to Chicago, and she graduated from the University of Illinois with a B.A. in French which included a year in Paris, France, studying at the Sorbonne.

She is survived by her sister, Dorcas Tsakiridis; two nephews; two great-nieces; one great-nephew; her long-time best friend, Tina Xanos and family, including her godson, Ossian, in Illinois; and her many close friends in New Jersey.

Joie de vivre, is how all of her friends, colleagues and relatives will remember her. An adventurer and scholar devoted to the fine arts, classical music, theatre, foreign film, history and reading, she demonstrated an insatiable thirst for knowledge. All whom knew her loved her for her charismatic smile, laughter, joyfulness, sweetness and genuine kindness.

Ms. Urbanski’s first love and passion was the study and practice of the fine arts, including classical piano, drawing and oil painting. Her interests and study took her to week-long chamber music intensives in Manchester, Vt., and to improvisational live music at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. She never turned away an invitation to an art exhibit, chalking up a record of hundreds of art exhibits in the New York City/Philadelphia art region. One of her most fulfilling adventures and accomplishments was becoming a practicing member of the Brooklyn Museum of Art where she became a student in their highly regarded oil painting classes.

Her political activism led her to the Coalition for Peace Action of Princeton, where she was an active and resolute member for 15 years. She was always ready to write a letter, protest or attend a lobby day. Her religious affiliation was with the Princeton congregation of the United Church of Christ, where she was a devoted member, active participant and readily made friends.

Ms. Urbanski’s life was not complete without the company of companion cats and dogs. She cared deeply about all animals. Her feline companion animals brought her constant joy and comfort. Memorial donations may be made to SAVE - A Friend to Homeless Animals, at 1010 Rt. 601, Skillman, NJ 08558. 609-309-5214 https://savehomelessanimals.org.

Her family and friends are profoundly grateful to the staff of the Meadows at Morris Hall for their kindness, compassion and exemplary care.

Online condolences at www.saulfuneralhomes.com.