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A. John Calhoun

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A. John Calhoun, 86, died at his home in Englishtown, NJ on Thursday morning, April 17, under the care of Life Choice Hospice.

Calling hours will be held Monday, April 21 from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Higgins Memorial Home, Freehold NJ. Funeral services will be Tuesday, April 22 at 11:00 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, Englishtown NJ, with Rev. Cynthia Ritter-Parker officiating. Burial will be in Old Tennent Cemetery, Englishtown.

Born January 4, 1928 in Watertown, he was the son of Anson F. and Mabel S. DeYoung Calhoun. He was the last descendant of city pioneer Chauncey Calhoun to have been born in Watertown.

Mr. Calhoun graduated from Watertown High School in 1946 and from the Crane Department of Music at Potsdam State Teacher’s College in 1951. He earned a Minister of Music degree from Westminster Choir College, Princeton, NJ in 1956, having performed at Carnegie Hall with the Westminster Symphonic Choir in 1955.

He served as a chaplain’s assistant in the army at Camp Gordon, GA from 1951-1953.

He married Vilma L. Csipo, daughter of Louis and Helen Kopar Csipo, on June 30, 1956 at the First Presbyterian Church, Perth Amboy, NJ, Rev. Dr. Andrew M. Sebben officiating. After residing for four years in Royal Oak, MI, the couple lived in Edison NJ for twelve years before moving to Englishtown in 1972.

Mr. Calhoun was a retired music teacher for the Perth Amboy, NJ school district. He served as minister of music at the First Baptist Church of Royal Oak, MI; then in the same capacity for 15 years at the First Presbyterian Church in Perth Amboy. He also served as organist and choir director for ten years at the Lincroft NJ Presbyterian Church and briefly for the Old Tennent Presbyterian Church, Englishtown.

Mr. Calhoun’s hobbies included his beloved dogs, model railroading, gardening and woodworking. He spent years designing and assembling a model church sanctuary out of balsa wood.

Survivors include his wife Vilma; a daughter, Roberta D. (James) Calhoun-Eagan, Canandaigua, NY; two sons, J. Kevin (Bern) Calhoun, Sonoma, CA; and Dave M. Calhoun, Beachwood, NJ; Lori Calhoun, Manalapan NJ, and grandchildren Alexandra, David, John and Andrew Calhoun and Caitlin Jolicoeur. Mr. Calhoun was one of 19 DeYoung first-cousins, grandchildren of Will and Ida Evans DeYoung of Theresa. Those who survive are Gerald Desormeau, Theresa; Ida Hunneyman, Clayton; Ida Revegno, Port St. Lucie, FL; Barbara Wood, Central Square; and Josephine Collins, Las Vegas, NV.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his memory to Westminster Choir College, 101 Walnut Lane, Princeton NJ, 08540 or the First Presbyterian Church, 50 Main St., Englishtown NJ 07726.

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