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Kuzo & Grieco Funeral Home

The Kuzo & Grieco Funeral Home has been a pillar of the Kennett Square community since 1860. Founded in that year as a funeral home by William H. Worrall, it also operated as a furniture store. A very typical practice of funeral homes during that era. Workers would manufacture furniture and caskets. The Worrall family continued to operate the business until forming a partnership with Albert F. Kuzo in the early 1970s. After 1975, the Kuzo family took ownership of the funeral home. In 1987, Russell J. Gofus and his wife Amber became the newest owners of the facility. Today, Grieco Funeral Homes is proud to adopt the fine family heritage of years past, as well as the Victorian charm and character of the historic architecture. We look very forward to continuing professional and dedicated services to the families of Kennett Square and surrounding communities.


Our Obituaries

Jayne Miller Mattioni

October 18, 1935 - March 20, 2015

Jayne (Miller) Mattioni, age 79, of Dover, NH, passed away on Friday, March 20, 2015 in Dover, NH.. Born in Oxford, PA in 1935, to Sarah (Cazier) and Leslie Miller, she was a lifelong resident of Chester County, living in Oxford, West Grove and Avondale. Most recently, Jayne resided in Bellamy Fields, Dover, New Hampshire. Jayne was the beloved wife of Dominic "Gee" Mattioni, who...
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Marsha Sue Gilmore

May 13, 1947 - March 20, 2015

Marsha Sue Gilmore, age 67 of West Chester, PA died on Friday March 20, 2015 at her home surrounded by her husband (together 18 years) Leo P. Gilmore and her daughter Sarah M. Goldman (husband Jeffrey Goldman.) Marsha was born in Michigan City, Indiana, where she was raised by Morris and Gertrude Levin Kozin. Marsha earned her BA in sociology and history from the University of Illinois...
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Marion E. Baker

February 1, 1918 - March 19, 2015

MARION E. BAKER, age 97, of Newtown Square, PA, passed away Thursday, March 19, 2015, in the Care Center of Dunwoody Village. Born in Chatham, PA, she was the daughter of the late Norman and Ethel Edwards Baker. A 1940 graduate of the Teachers College of West Chester, PA, she taught at the Llanerch Elementary School in Havertown, PA, retiring in 1968, Miss Baker was a member of the...
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Benson Bennett Martin, Jr.

October 8, 1946 - March 18, 2015

Benson (Ben) Bennett Martin, Jr., V.M.D. of Kennett Square, PA left this world on Wednesday March 18, 2015 after a long illness. He was 68 years old at the time of his passing and was known as Bennie to his family and closest friends. He was born in Greenwich, Connecticut on October 8, 1946 to Benson Bennett Martin and Janeth (Nancy) Martin who preceded him in death. He graduated from Fairfield...
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Corrin N. Corbin

December 12, 1935 - March 17, 2015

Corrin N. Corbin, age 79, of Avondale, Pa. passed away peacefully on Tuesday, March 17, 2015, at the Jennersville Regional Hospital. Born in Altoona, Pa. he was the son of the late Miriam & Edgar A. Corbin, Sr. A graduate of Altoona High School and Lock Haven University, he was a teacher at Kennett High School. He joined the DuPont Company in 1960. In 1986 he was named director of Apparel...
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Andrew N. Steele

November 11, 1987 - March 15, 2015

Andrew N. Steele, age 27 of Landenberg, PA, passed away suddenly on Sunday March 15, 2015 in Paradise, PA. Born in West Chester, PA, he was a son of James L. and Kimberly (Willard) Steele. Andrew loved playing guitar and enjoyed all types of music. He was an avid reader of world history, enjoyed hiking at The White Clay Creek Preserve and loved animals, especially his German Shepherd. ...
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Yolanda Ciarrocchi Bush

April 2, 1925 - March 14, 2015

Yolanda Ciarrocchi Bush, age 89 of Toughkenamon, PA, died Saturday March 14, 2015 at Neighborhood Hospice in West Chester, PA. She was the wife of the late John M. Bush who died in 1989 and with whom she shared 36 years of marriage. Born in Toughkenamon, PA she was a daughter of the late Charles and the late Maria (Pappone) Ciarrocchi. Yolanda was a 1942 graduate of Kennett High School...
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Salvatore DiBenedetto

February 2, 1920 - March 12, 2015

SALVATORE DiBENEDETTO, age 95, of Toughkenamon, PA, passed away on Thursday, March 12, 2015, at the Jennersville Regional Hospital. He was the husband of Jessie DeLaurentis DiBenedetto, with whom he shared 70 years of marriage. Born in Salle, Italy, he was the son of the late Pantelone and Loretta Lattanzio DiBenedetto He was a self employed mushroom grower and owned and operated Magnolia...
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Wilma J. Waldecker

April 16, 1921 - March 12, 2015

Wilma J. Waldecker, age 93, of Lincoln University, PA, passed away on Thursday, March 12, 2015 at Harrison House, Coatesville, PA. She was the wife of Frank W. Waldecker, who passed away in 2011. She was born in Ypsilanti, MI, daughter of the late Floyd and Norma Dolby Siddall. She was a homemaker. She is survived by one daughter, Sondra Waldecker of Lincoln University, PA. A service will be...
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Samuel Smedley

May 14, 1918 - March 12, 2015

Samuel Smedley, age 96, of Avondale, PA, passed away on March 12, 2015 at the VA Hospital Hospice in Coatesville, PA. Born in Media, PA, he was the son of the late Samuel and Alice Clayton Smedley. He is survived by one sister, Frances Ennis of Oxford, PA. He was predeceased by one brother, Hank Smedley. He worked in ground maintenance at Loch Nairn Golf Course. Service and burial will be...
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William Kenneth Mendenhall, Jr.

January 27, 1932 - March 10, 2015

William Kenneth Mendenhall Jr. of The Waterford, Juno Beach, Florida passed away peacefully on the 10th of March, 2015 after a hard fought battle with pancreatic cancer. Ken Mendenhall was born on the 27th January 1932 in Englewood, New Jersey, son of the late William K. Mendenhall, and the late Jeanne Pierce Mendenhall. Ken graduated from Leonia High School and studied at Hamden Sydney before...
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Rebecca Lynn Carter

September 7, 1970 - March 9, 2015

____________________________________________________________________________ Rebecca Lynn Carter, age 44 of West Chester, PA, died Monday March 9, 2015 at her home. Born in Washington, DC, she was a daughter of David B. Carter of West Chester and Elizabeth M. (Roessler) Carter of Allentown, PA. She was a 1988 graduate of William Allen High School; she was a 1992 graduate from Muhlenberg...
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Dewey S. Price

June 13, 1927 - March 7, 2015

DEWEY S. PRICE, age 87, passed away on Saturday, March 7, 2015, at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He was the husband of Bonnie Mahala Price, with whom he share 56 years of marriage. Born in Creston, NC, he was the son of the late Malcom and Margie Allen Price. Dewey was a Machinist at Wyeth Laboratories in West Chester, PA for 13 years, retiring in 1987. He was a...
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Helen Ada Hackman

February 28, 1924 - March 6, 2015

HELEN ADA HACKMAN, age 91, of Avondale, PA, passed away on Friday, March 6, 2015, at her residence. She was the wife of Franklin Hackman, Sr., who passed away in 1995, and with whom she shared 53 years of marriage. Born in Pomeroy, PA, she was the daughter of the late Clarence S. and Olga Flaharty Bailey. Mrs. Hackman was a homemaker and enjoyed being with her friends and family. She...
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John Francis Forlino II

April 2, 1949 - March 3, 2015

John Francis Forlino, II, age 65 of Oxford, PA, died Tuesday March 3, 2015 at Christiana Hospital in Newark, DE. He was the husband of Nancy Galati Forlino, with whom he shared 41 years of marriage. Born in Chester, PA, he was a son of the late John F. and the late Mildred Irene (Goodchild) Forlino. John was a 1971 graduate of West Chester University. He was an Industrial Designer...
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Ernestine Elaine Sanders Drew

September 6, 1923 - March 1, 2015

Ernestine Elaine Sanders Drew, age 91, of Kennett Square, PA, died Sunday March 1, 2015 at Linden Hall Nursing Home in Kennett Square, PA. She was the wife of the late Joseph D. Drew who died in 2009 and with whom she shared 66 years of marriage. Born in Hanford, CA, she was a daughter of the late Stanley and the late Eunice (Harper) Sanders. She was a member of Willowdale Chapel where...
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Vince Ruggieri

November 20, 1959 - February 28, 2015

VINCE RUGGIERI, age 55, of Avondale, Passed away on Saturday, February 28, 2015. Born in Jennersville, PA, he was the son of the late Frank and Patricia Lurty Ruggieri. Vince was a Tile Setter, last working for Coyote Construction Co., in Kennett Square. He enjoyed camping, canoeing, gardening, chopping wood, the outdoors, riding his bike and being with his family and friends. He is...
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Shirley J. Mathias

April 19, 1934 - February 24, 2015

SHIRLEY J. MATHIAS, age 80, of Kennett Square, PA, passed away on Tuesday, February 24, 2015, at Neighborhood Hospice, West Chester, PA. She was the wife of Philip H. Mathias, with whom she shared 57 years of marriage. Born in Braddock, PA, she was the daughter of the late Eugene and Clara Bunt Fischer. She was a homemaker and also taught Home Economics at Penncrest High School in Media, PA...
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Michele "Mike" DiPietro

November 30, 1913 - February 24, 2015

1913 Michele "Mike" DiPietro, age 101, passed away on Tuesday, February 24, 2015 at Neighborhood Hospice, West Chester, PA. He was the husband of Teresa D'Anastasio DiPietro, with whom he shared 49 years of marriage. Born in Cesa, Rocca St. Maria, Italy, he was the son of the late Girolamo & Antonietta DiMatteo DiPietro. Before Mike came to the US, he was enlisted in the Italian army...
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Edward J. Vetrone

November 4, 1921 - February 23, 2015

Edward Joseph Vetrone, age 93, of West Grove, Pa left this world to be reunited with his loving wife, Anna Margaret Dreger Vetrone, of 69 years who pre deceased him in 2011. Born in Philadelphia, Pa November 4, 1921. son of the late Ernest Vetrone and Edith Myers. Ed & Ann eloped prior to his deployment to the European theater. Ed was a combat photographer in WW2 from Nov 1942 to Oct 1945. He...
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Jesse John DeFrees

October 7, 1973 - February 22, 2015

Jesse John DeFrees, age 41 of Lincoln University, PA, died Sunday February 22, 2015 at his home. He was the husband of Charlene Costa DeFrees, with whom he shared 16 years of marriage. Born in Reading PA, he was a son of Ronald and Joyce (Stuebner) DeFrees of Reading, PA. Jesse was a 1996 graduate of the University of Delaware where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in International...
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Irene B. Taylor

July 12, 1927 - February 21, 2015

IRENE B. TAYLOR, age 87, of Avondale, PA, passed away at her residence on Saturday, February 21, 2015. Born in West Grove, PA, she was the daughter of the late James C. and Suzanna Mackey Taylor. Irene was a Bookkeeper at Conard-Pyle, Star Roses, in West Grove, PA for 60 years, retiring in 2005. She was a member of the Avondale Presbyterian Church, where she had served as an Elder,...
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Armando Davalos Esparza

October 22, 1958 - February 17, 2015

Armando Davalos Esparza, age 56, of Oxford, PA, died on February 17, 2015, at Mercy Suburban Hospital, Norristown, PA. Husband of Ana Rosa Martinez de Davalos, father to Luis Armando Davalos Martinez, and Rosa Guadalupe Davalos Martinez, all of Oxford. He has five brothers and sisters in Mexico He worked for Selts Technical in Oxford, PA... Viewing, 5:00- 7:00, Wednesday evening, Feb 25 at...
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Marian Bernard Lewis

October 17, 1921 - February 16, 2015

Marian B. Lewis, age 93 of Kennett Square, PA died Monday February 16, 2015 at Pocopson Home in West Chester, PA. She was the wife of the late Charles Hunter Lewis who died in 1956. Born in Kennett Square, PA, she was the daughter of the late Franklin and Mamie Merritt Bernard. Marian served our country in the Army as a Nurse during WWII. Her duties took her to England, Japan, and D Day...
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Jule B. Hoover

April 15, 1924 - February 14, 2015

JULE B. HOOVER, age 90, of Unionville, PA, passed away on Saturday, February 14, 2015, at her residence. She was the wife of Gerald E. Hoover, with whom she shared 62 years of marriage. Born in Scranton, PA, she was the daughter of the late William and Estella Hewitt Bartley. She was a math teacher at Ursuline Academy, Wilmington, DE, retiring in 1991. Mrs. Hoover enjoyed shopping,...
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Ronald H. Pfeiffer

December 18, 1946 - February 13, 2015

Ronald H. Pfeiffer, age 68, of New London Township peacefully passed away on Friday, February 13, 2015, at the Neighborhood Hospice, West Chester, PA, with his devoted wife Pam and loving son Ronald Jr. by his side. Ron was born and raised in Newington, CT, the only son of the late Mildred and Harold Pfeiffer. Ron pursued an education in Chemistry at Wagner College, Staten Island, NY, ...
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Grace M. DiProspero

February 4, 1935 - February 13, 2015

GRACE M. DiPROSPERO, age 80, of West Chester, PA, formerly of Kennett Square, passed away on Friday, February 13, 2015, at Barclay Friends. She was the wife of Erasimo A. DiProspero who passed away in 2014, and with whom she shared 55 years of marriage Born in West Chester, PA, she was the daughter of the late Frank and Grace Brittin McCormick. Grace was a Purchasing Clerk at the Chester...
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Charles "Tom" T. Taylor

August 1, 1951 - February 11, 2015

CHARLES "Tom" T. TAYLOR, age 63, of Oxford, PA, passed away on Wednesday, February 11, 2015, at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Born in Wilmington, DE, he was the son of the late David K. Taylor, Jr. and Gladys Raby Taylor. Tom was a Para Professional at the Delaware School for the Deaf, Ogletown, DE, retiring in 2011 after 17 years of service. He enjoyed playing golf,...
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Jerome Burruss

February 13, 1935 - February 9, 2015

JEROME BURRUSS, age 79, of West Grove, PA, passed away on Monday, February 9, 2015, at Twin Pines Health Care, West Grove, PA. Born in West Chester, PA, he was the son of the late Richard and Anita Davis Burruss. He was a self employed belt maker. Jerome enjoyed playing his guitar, listening to Country & Western music, NASCAR, and being with people. He played his guitar with many small...
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Daniel Sosa Vega

March 12, 1972 - February 9, 2015

Daniel Sosa Vega, age 42, of West Grove, PA, passed away on February 9, 2015. He worked at Leone Pizzini & Son Survivors, Wife, Gabriela Lara Garcia; one son, Juan Daniel Sosa Lara; two daughters, Daisy Sosa Lara and Joanna Sosa Lara, 8 brothers and sisters. Viewing: 5:00-7:00 Monday evening, February 16, 2015 at St. Rocco Catholic Church, 333 Sunny Dell Road, Avondale, PA. His funeral Mass...
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Karlie Adele Hall

October 3, 1996 - February 8, 2015

Karlie Adele Hall age 18, of Chadds Ford, PA, passed away Sunday February 8, 2015 at Millersville University. Born in Miami Florida, she was a daughter of John Hall (Tatiana) of Florida and Jeanette Wilson Hall of Chadds Ford. Karlie was a 2014 graduate of Unionville High School where she enjoyed playing Rugby. She also enjoyed swimming, dancing and many other sports throughout her...
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Robert K. Shuttleworth

June 20, 1941 - February 8, 2015

ROBERT K. SHUTTLEWORTH, age 73, of Unionville, PA, passed away on Sunday, February 8, 2015, at Neighborhood Hospice, West Chester, PA. He was the husband of Karen Ross Shuttleworth, with whom he shared 52 years of marriage. Born in Philadelphia, PA, he was the son of the late Kline and Julia Lozinak Shuttleworth. He was an Engineer at the Boeing Company, for 33 years, retiring in 1996. ...
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Patrick John Robinson

September 11, 1923 - February 8, 2015

Patrick John Robinson, age 91 of West Chester, PA, died Sunday February 8, 2015 at Pocopson Home in West Chester, PA. He was the husband of Dale Ruth Robinson with whom he shared 65 years of marriage. Born in Calgary Canada which he often called God's country, he was the son of the late Miles Harding and the late Blanche Hardbottle Robinson. Patrick was founder and owner of two...
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Marian L. Hoover

December 8, 1930 - February 7, 2015

Marian L. Hoover, age 84, of West Grove, PA, formerly of Oxford, PA, passed away on February 7, 2015. at Twin Pines Health Care, Chatham, PA. She is survived by many nieces and nephews. Her service and burial will be private.
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Josephine Bowlin Bruno

February 5, 1918 - February 7, 2015

Will post obituary soon.
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Juan Manuel Martinez Castaneda

October 24, 1995 - February 1, 2015

Juan Manuel Martinez Castaneda, age 19, of Kennett Square, passed away on Sunday, February 1, 2015 Born in Mexico, he was the son of David Martinez Aquilar and Maria Elena Castaneda Galan of Mexico. Juan worked at Specialty Mushrooms Co. in Kennett Square. He is survived by one brother and two sisters, in Mexico. Viewing: 5:00-7:00 Tuesday evening, February 10, 2015, at St. Rocco's Catholic...
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Paul E. Rusek, Jr.

November 22, 1940 - January 31, 2015

Paul E. Rusek, Jr. of Kennett Square, PA, passed away on January, 31, 2015, at his home surrounded by his family. He was the husband of Sarah Elise Dixon Rusek with whom he shared 48 years of marriage. Born in Springfield, MA, he was the son of the late Paul Edward and the late Emily (Nowak) Rusek. Paul earned his college degree at the University of Massachusetts, his Ph.D. in Chemistry at...
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Anthony James Evans

January 3, 2013 - January 30, 2015

ANTHONY JAMES EVANS, age 2, of Quarryville, PA, passed away at his residence on January 30, 2015. Born in West Chester, PA, he was the son of Jacob R. and Kelley Raimondo Evans of Quarryville, PA. Anthony was born with Congenital Myasthenic Syndrome, he was a fighter and overcame most obstacles. He changed the lives of all who knew him. He loved trucks and trains, especially, Thomas the...
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Charles Michael McCracken, Jr.

August 6, 1963 - January 28, 2015

Charles Michael McCracken, Jr., age 51, of Kennett Square, PA, passed away at his residence on Wednesday, January 28, 2015. He was the son of the late Charles M. and Judi Ann McKelvey McCracken. He was a stone and brick mason with Genovese Stone Works. He is survived by 2 daughters, Nicole and Amanda, and 1 brother, Scott McCracken. A service celebrating his life will be held at 2:00PM, ...
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Kevin J. Travers

April 25, 1930 - January 26, 2015

Kevin J. Travers, age 84 of Kennett Square, PA, died Monday January 26, 2015 at Jenner's Pond Retirement Community in West Grove, PA. He was the husband of, and leaves behind Joan Beckett Travers, with whom he shared 63 years of marriage. Born in Jersey City, NJ, he was the son of the late Edward and the late Claire (Mustermann) Travers. Raised in Tenafly, NJ before his college years at...
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Clifford C. Harkins

August 21, 1932 - January 24, 2015

Clifford C. Harkins, age 82 of West Grove, PA, died Saturday January 24, 2015 at Crozer Keystone Hospice Residence at Taylor Hospital in Ridley Park, PA. Born in Landenberg, PA, he was a son of the late George and the late Lillie (Lofton) Harkins. He served our country during the Korean War in the Army. He owned and operated his own painting business for many years. In earlier years he...
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Teresa "Terry" Catena Vincenti

January 21, 1924 - January 24, 2015

Teresa "Terry" Catena Vincenti, age 91 of Glen Mills, PA, died Saturday January 24, 2015 at Maris Grove retirement community in Glen Mills, PA. She was the wife of Nicholas J. Vincenti with whom she shared 69 years of marriage. Born in Toughkenamon, PA, she was the daughter of the late Camillo and the late Amelia (Fabiucci) Catena. Teresa was a Registered Nurse working for Christiana...
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Peter Ronald Eason

April 13, 1927 - January 21, 2015

Peter Ronald Eason, age 87, of Glen Mills, PA, died Wednesday January 21, 2015 at Neighborhood Hospice in West Chester, PA. He was the husband of Jacqueline Palumbo Eason who died in 2014 and with whom he shared 64 years of marriage. Born in Brooklyn NY, he was the son of the late Peter R. Eason and the late Eileen Henderson Eason. Peter served our country during World War II in the Navy. ...
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Alberta H. Smith

February 6, 1913 - January 21, 2015

ALBERTA H. SMITH, age 101, passed away on Wednesday, January 21, 2015, at the Pocopson Home. She was the wife of LeRoy T. Smith, who passed away in 1977, and with whom she shared 43 years of marriage. Born in Coatesville, PA, she was the daughter of the late Horace and Mildred Chaffee Hufford. Mrs. Smith was a Secretary at the Chester County Hospital, West Chester, PA for over 20 years,...
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Walter Joseph Reider

August 8, 1920 - January 20, 2015

Walter Joseph Reider, age 94 of Melbourne FL, died Tuesday January 20, 2015 at Linden Hall Nursing Home in Kennett Square, PA. He was the longtime companion of Peggy Whitehead and husband of the late Muriel Cody who died in 2005 and with whom he shared over twenty years of a very happy marriage. Born in New York City, NY, he was a son of the late Walter and the late Anna (Karoly) Reider. He...
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John "Chooch" McLaughlin, Jr.

November 8, 1938 - January 17, 2015

John "Chooch" McLaughlin, Jr., age 76 of Cochranville, PA, died Saturday January 17, 2015 in West Grove, PA. He was predeceased by his wife Barbara Shelton McLaughlin, and was the loving companion of Kathleen Johnston for the last 6 years. Born in West Chester, PA, he was the son of the late John and the late Blanche (Zell) McLaughlin. He served in the Army for over 6 years in the 50's. ...
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Frances M. Pia

July 10, 1930 - January 14, 2015

FRANCES M. PIA, age 84, a lifetime resident of Kennett Square, PA, passed away on Wednesday, January 14, 2015, at the Chester County Hospital. She was the wife of Bruno J. Pia, who passed away in 2002, and with whom she shared 52 years of marriage. Born in Wilmington, DE, she was the daughter of the late Frank and Secondina Olivieri Baccino. Mrs. Pia was a homemaker who enjoyed cooking...
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Juan Rosa Candelaria

July 25, 1920 - January 13, 2015

JUAN ROSA CANDELARIA, age 94, of Oxford, PA, passed away at his residence on Tuesday, January 13, 2015. He was the husband of Juana Rosa Machado who passed away in 2006, and with whom he shared 47 years of marriage. Born in Barcelona, Puerto Rico, he was the son of the late Eulalio Rosa and Dionisia Candelaria. Juan enjoyed reading his Bible and preaching the Word. He is survived by his...
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Alice M. Ohlfs Mantell

November 21, 1931 - January 12, 2015

Alice M. Ohlfs Mantell, age 83 of Kennett Square, PA, died Monday January 12, 2015 at Neighborhood Hospice in West Chester, PA. She was the wife of Robert T. Mantell with whom she shared 58 years of marriage. Born in Marinette, WI, she was a daughter of the late James and the late Margaret (Stoneburner) Ohlfs. In her early years, Alice was a Cub Scout Den mother for her boy's troop. ...
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Baby Ana Maria Virves Juan

January 10, 2015 - January 10, 2015

Baby Ana Maria Virves Juan, of Rising Sun, MD,was born and passed away on Saturday, January 10, 2015 in the Union Hospital, Elkton, MD. She was the daughter of Julio Virves Mateo and Micaela Juan Matias of Rising Sun, MD. Services will be private.
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James "Jim" Scherer Pritchard

March 29, 1933 - January 5, 2015

James "Jim" Scherer Pritchard passed away at Park Lane at Bellingham in West Chester, Pennsylvania on January 5th at age 81. Born in South Weymouth, MA to Helen Scherer Pritchard and George Pritchard he was proud of the fact his father was born in Scotland, arriving in America at a very young age. He instilled in Jim and his brother Pete, a deeply rooted patriotic spirit and love of this country....
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Jane S. Malone

February 22, 1920 - January 4, 2015

Jane "Muzz" (Schrandt) Malone, long-time resident of Drexel Hill, Pa and more recently of West Grove, Pa, passed away on Sunday, January 4, 2015 at the age of 94. Jane was born in Philadelphia, PA and raised, along with her two sisters Mary Ford and Dorothea Ballard, by her mother, Jeanne McKeon Schrandt. She attended Villa Maria Academy on a full academic scholarship. Following graduation, Jane...
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Vivian E. Smith

December 23, 1923 - January 3, 2015

VIVIAN E. SMITH, aged 91, formerly of Avondale, PA, went to be with the Lord on January 3, 2015. She was the wife of the late Lewis E. Smith. Born in West Chester, PA, she was the daughter of the late Monroe Johnson and Anna Cubbage Johnson. She was preceded in death by a brother, Kenneth "Porky" Johnson, two sisters, Mildred "Babes" Johnson and Dorothy "Dottie" Johnson, and a son, Richard...
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Elsie Katherine North Blevins

August 9, 1927 - January 3, 2015

Elsie Katherine North Blevins, age 87 of West Chester, PA, formerly of Oxford, PA, died Saturday January 3, 2015 at the Pocopson Home in West Chester, PA. She was the wife of the late Lee G. Blevins who died in 1983 and with whom she shared 40 years of marriage. Born in Wilmington, DE, she was a daughter of the late Benjamin Franklin and the late Grace P. (Denn) North. Most important in...
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Barbara Ann Garver

January 8, 1945 - January 1, 2015

BARBARA ANN GARVER, age 69, of Coatesville, PA, passed away on Thursday, January 1, 2015, at Heartland Hospice, Wilmington, DE. She was the wife of Richard H. Garver, with whom she shared 45 years of marriage. Born in West Chester, PA, she was the daughter of the late Graham and Leona Rich Heath. Barbara was a Certified Nursing Assistant at Chatham Acres, Chatham, PA for over 37 years. ...
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Ronald B. Davis

August 10, 1929 - December 28, 2014

Ronald B. Davis, age 85 of West Grove, PA, died Sunday December 28, 2014 at Twin Pines Health Care Center in Chatham, PA. He was the husband of Dollie Bonsall Davis, with whom he shared 65 years of marriage. Born in West Chester, PA, he was the son of Cora Davis. Mr. Davis served our country during the Korean War in the Army. He was a Truck Driver and worked for several local companies...
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Joseph E. Bentzel

May 7, 1923 - December 25, 2014

Joseph E. Bentzel, age 91, of West Chester, PA, died on Thursday December 25, 2014 at Bryn Mawr Hospital. He was the husband of Patricia Jacoby Bentzel, with whom he shared 48 years of marriage. Born in York, PA, he was a son of the late Ervin and the late Mae (Savage) Bentzel. Mr. Bentzel served our country during World War II as a Technical Sergeant in the Army Air Corps, successfully...
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Milagros "Millie" Rojas Santos

September 10, 1988 - December 24, 2014

MILAGROS "Millie" ROJAS SANTOS, age 26, of Quarryville, PA, passed away on Wednesday, December 24, 2014 at the Crozer-Chester Medical Center. Born in Bayamon, PR, she was the daughter of Elisandro Rojas and Carmen Santos of Quarryville, PA. She was a member of the Rock of refuge Church in Toughkenamon, PA. Millie loved to sing, enjoyed drawing, helping others, making people smile, and...
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Mary Elizabeth Ludlam

November 11, 1964 - December 19, 2014

Mary Elizabeth Michelin Ludlam of West Grove, PA., passed from this life at home after a valiant 5 year struggle with cancer, on Friday, December 19, 2014. She was surrounded in love by her family and friends. Mary, ever optimistic and joyful, donned five different wigs at her 50th birthday celebration just last month. Mary was born November 11, 1964 in Ballston Spa, N.Y. to Dorothy and Henry...
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Gladys Eggers Vattilano

June 27, 1959 - December 18, 2014

GLADYS EGGERS VATTILANO, age 55, of West Grove, PA, passed away on Thursday, December 18, 2014, at her residence. She was the wife of Richard A. Vattilano, with whom she shared 34 years of marriage. Born in West Chester, PA, she was the daughter of the late Millard and Mazella May Eggers. Gladys was a cash application clerk at Herr's in Nottingham, PA for the past 1 ½ years. Prior to...
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Rita Ann Sarro

June 26, 1926 - December 17, 2014

Rita Ann Sarro, age 88, of Kennett Square, PA, passed away on Wednesday, December 17, 2014, at her residence. Born in South Philadelphia, and resided in Newtown Square 50+ years. She is survived by her children Linda, Laura & John, Grandchildren Jenny, Kimberly & Johnny, Great-Grandchildren Rosalee & Adrianna. Her Memorial service will be held on January 17, 2015. Please email your...
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Anthony J. Martelli

June 1, 1926 - December 16, 2014

ANTHONY J. MARTELLI, age 88, of Kennett Square, PA, passed away on Tuesday, December 16, 2014, at his residence. He was the husband of Betsy Dawson Sabatini Martelli, who passed away in 2010, and with whom he shared 7 years of marriage. Born in Kennett Square, PA, he was the son of the late Luca and Josephine Galante Martelli. Mr. Martelli was a mushroom grower, and part owner of the family...
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Wanda Edmondson Marine

February 19, 1928 - December 13, 2014

1928-2014 Wanda Edmondson Marine, age 86, a longtime resident of the Wilmington-Newark area passed away with her son in Colorado Springs, Colorado on December 13, 2014. She was the wife of the late Romeo R. Marine who passed away in 1978. She was born in Mount Hope, West Virginia but spent her early years in Ashe County, North Carolina before moving north to Kennett Square, PA. Wanda spent...
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Betsy Thompson Turner

February 7, 1927 - December 11, 2014

Betsy Thompson Turner, age 87, died on December 11th, 2014 at her home in Cartmel. She was predeceased by her husband, George C. Turner, in 1999. They were married for almost 50 years. Except for a few years in her early married life, Betsy was a resident of the Kennett Square area. She was the daughter of Theodore R. and Marion Pyle Thompson. She attended George School and graduated from...
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Judith A. Marshall

April 21, 1950 - December 8, 2014

Judith A. Marshall, age 64, of Avondale, PA, died Monday, December 8, 2014 at the Christiana Hospital in Newark, DE. She was the wife of Henry N. Marshall Jr., with whom she shared 20 years of marriage. Born in West Chester, PA, she was a daughter of the late Ernest Brison and Mary Clayburn of Exton, PA. She lived with her aunt Vivian Brison for many years. Judith was a 1969 graduate of...
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Thomas C. Rosazza

December 28, 1933 - December 6, 2014

THOMAS C. ROSAZZA, age 80, of Avondale, PA, passed away on Saturday, December 6, 2014, at the Twin Pines Health Care Center. He was the husband of Shirley Swisher Rosazza, with whom he shared 59 years of marriage. Born in Avondale, PA, he was the son of the late Clarence O. and Fay Sluder Rosazza. Tom was a farmer at heart, and was a retired owner /operator of the family business, Glen Willow...
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Marjorie M. Anderson

January 21, 1921 - December 6, 2014

Marjorie M. Anderson age 93 of Kennett Square, Pa., died Saturday December 6, 2014 at Kendal Retirement community in Kennett Square. Born in Philadelphia, she lived in the Philadelphia area most of her life. Graduating from Haverford High School in 1937 and from the University of Pennsylvania in 1941, she was a retired teacher, who had taught at schools in four states. Starting in Pleasantville,...
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Shirl Lynn Grabenstein Sotak

January 21, 1965 - December 5, 2014

Shirl Lynn Grabenstein Sotak, age 49, of Avondale, PA, died Friday December 5, 2014 at Seasons Hospice at Christiana Hospital after a 2 year battle with cancer. Born in Ridley Park, PA she was a daughter of Robert C. Grabenstein of Wilmington, DE and the late Joan Willett Grabenstein. Shirl graduated from Padua Academy in 1983 and the University of Delaware in 1989 with a Bachelor of Arts...
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James Ralph Jennings

July 31, 1957 - December 3, 2014

James (Jimmy) Ralph Jennings, 57, of Lincoln University, PA, passed away on Wednesday, December 3, 2014 at his residence. He was the beloved husband of Dolores Weaverling Jennings, who passed away this past July, and with whom he shared 32 years of marriage. Born in Wilmington, DE, he was the son of James B. and Kathryn A. Jenkins Jennings of Lehigh Acres, FL. Jimmy was a maintenance man at...
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Denise M. Bush

June 5, 1961 - November 30, 2014

DENISE M. BUSH, age 53, of Avondale, PA, passed away on Sunday, November 30, 2014, at the Temple University Hospital, Philadelphia. PA. Born in West Grove, PA, she was the daughter of the late Frank E. Bush Sr. and Marie D'Antonio Bush Denise was a certified nursing assistant at Pocopson Home. She was a 1979 graduate of Avon Grove High School. She was an avid Bingo player, and...
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Paul J. White

January 29, 1926 - November 27, 2014

PAUL J. WHITE, age 88, passed away on November 27, 2014, at his residence. He was the husband of Evelyn Bosack White, with whom he shared 58 years of marriage. He worked his entire career at ARCO Chemical Co. in Philadelphia, retiring in 1981. He is survived by two daughters ,Tara Kee (David) and Hallie Speight (Allen), and three grandsons, Dylan and Jordan Kee and William Speight. His...
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Vernon Brice Paisley

July 26, 1937 - November 26, 2014

VERNON BRICE PAISLEY, age 77, of Landenberg, PA, passed away on Wednesday, November 26, 2014, at his daughter's home in Clayton, DE. Born in Landenberg, PA, he was the son of the late James Herchell and Jessie Williams Paisley. Vernon was a chemical research technician at Hercules, Inc., Wilmington, DE, for 38 years. He was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed fishing, hunting, archery and...
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Steven C. Engle

December 4, 1964 - November 25, 2014

Steven Clay Engle, age 49 of Kennett Square, PA, died Tuesday, November 25, 2014, at his home surrounded by his family after a 2 year battle with cancer. Born in West Grove, PA, he was the son of the late R. LaVerne Engle who died in 2006 and Cynthia (Winner) Engle of Kennett Square. Steve graduated from Kennett High School in 1982 and Messiah College in 1986 with a BA in Human...
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James Bernard McShane

August 7, 1932 - November 24, 2014

James Bernard McShane "Mr. Jim" , age 82, was born August 7th, 1932 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and passed away on November 24th, 2014 in Onancock, Virginia. James McShane served in the Air Force and was stationed in Japan during the Korean War and was a proud member of the American Legion. He worked for the DuPont Experimental Station in Wilmington, Delaware for many years and retired...
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Jane Craig Morrison

March 5, 1922 - November 22, 2014

JANE CRAIG MORRISON, age 92, of Kennett Square, PA, passed away on Saturday, November 22, 2014. She was the wife of Albert B. Morrison who passed away in 1997. Born in Birmingham AL, she was the daughter of the late Hugh and Ethel Woods Craig. Mrs. Morrison was a homemaker, and a member of the First Presbyterian Church of West Chester. She received her BA degree from Mary Baldwin...
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Leonard Michael Ferry

March 3, 1927 - November 22, 2014

Leonard Michael Ferry, age 87 of Kennett Square, PA formerly of Swarthmore PA, died Saturday, November 22, 2014. He was the devoted husband of the late Claire Pacini Ferry who died in 2001 and with whom he shared 49 years of marriage. Born in Philadelphia, PA, he was a son of the late James Patrick and the late Anna Marie (Bove) Ferry. He served our country during World War II in the Army...
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Macel M. Keller

January 31, 1922 - November 20, 2014

Macel M. Keller, age 92 of Kennett Square, PA, formerly of Clayton, NJ, died Thursday November 20, 2014, in Kennett Square, PA. She was the wife of the late Earl W. Keller who died in 2008 and with whom she shared 56 years of marriage. Born in Mount Sterling, NC, she was a daughter of the late Robert and the late Alice (Barnes) Leatherwood. Macel was an accomplished seamstress, and loved...
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Anselmo S. Aschiero

July 11, 1924 - November 20, 2014

Anselmo S. Aschiero, age 90 of Christiana, PA, formerly of Avondale, PA, died Thursday November 20, 2014 at the Brandywine Hospital in Coatesville, PA. He was the husband of the late Joan Pia Aschiero who died in 1987 and with whom he shared 33 years of marriage. Born in Mongardino, Asti, Italy he was a son of the late Francesco and Rina Aschiero. Anselmo owned and operated his own...
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Diana Wynn Woods

November 23, 1968 - November 19, 2014

Diana Wynn Woods, age 45 of Cochranville, PA, died Wednesday November 19, 2014 at Neighborhood Hospice in West Chester, PA. She was the wife of Herbert Woods, with whom she shared 27 years of marriage. Born in West Grove, PA, she was the daughter of the late William and the late Lucille (Mains) Wynn. Diana was a Manager in the electronics department at Walmart in Parkesburg for over 10...
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Olive D. Brinton

April 24, 1921 - November 19, 2014

OLIVE D. BRINTON, age 93, of Landenberg, PA, passed away on Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at Kendal at Longwood. She was the wife of Richard O. Brinton, who passed away in 2000, and with whom she shared 50 years of marriage. Born in Red Lion, PA, she was the daughter of the late Joseph H. Deckman, Sr. and Lydia Fox Deckman. She was a homemaker, who enjoyed crocheting, crafting, reading, and...
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Warren H. Lauder

January 4, 1922 - November 18, 2014

Warren H. Lauder, age 92, of West Grove, PA, formerly of Kennett Square, PA, passed away on Tuesday, November 18, 2014, at Jenner's Pond. Warren shared 63 years of marriage with his wife, Dorothy who passed away in 2011. Born in Mileses, NY, Warren was the son of the late Adolph John Lauder and Emma Landeck Lauder. He was senior editor of the Chemical Engineering newsletter for the DuPont...
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Barbara Jean Miller

November 12, 1983 - November 17, 2014

Barbara Jean Miller, age 31, of West Grove, PA died suddently Monday November 17, 2014 at Brandywine Hospital in Coatesville, PA. Born in West Chester, she was a daughter of the late Sherry Miller who died in 1995. Barbara attended Avon Grove High School, class of 2002. She worked as a Teachers Aid in the in Daycare industry in recent years. She loved movies, spending time with friends,...
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John J. Pollock, PhD

February 6, 1933 - November 15, 2014

John J. Pollock, PhD, age 81, of West Grove, PA, passed away at his residence on Saturday, November 15, 2014. He was the husband of Phyllis Kobylinski Pollock, with whom he shared 54 years of marriage. He was the father of John V. Pollock, James J. Pollock and Jean P. Bentley, brother of Robert Pollock and William Pollock and he has one grandchild. He was a Toxocologist at Wyeth Laboratories,...
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E. Victor Pesce

May 17, 1938 - November 11, 2014

E. VICTOR PESCE, age 76, of Milton, DE, formerly of Kennett Square, PA, passed away on Tuesday, November 11, 2014, at his residence. He was the husband of Antoinette Marson Pesce, with whom he shared 54 years of marriage. Born in Wilmington, DE, he was the son of the late Victor J. and Adelina Pizzini Pesce. Vic was a Glassblower for the past 58 years, and was the owner of At-Mar Glass, Inc...
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William H. Whiteman, Jr.

July 3, 1926 - November 10, 2014

William H. "Bill" Whiteman, Jr., age 88, of Kennett Square, PA, passed away of natural causes on Monday, November 10, 2014. He was born in Port Deposit, MD, the son of the late William H. and Pearl C. Whiteman. He was predeceased by his loving wife of 49 years, Beatrice Evans Whiteman, and by his sister, Marjorie Townsend of Oxford, PA. He was a veteran of WWII serving in the Army...
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Michael L. Smith

December 31, 1945 - November 9, 2014

Michael L Smith, age 68, of Kennett Square, PA, loving father and grandfather passed on Sunday November 9, 2014. He is survived by daughters Maureen Willson and Megan Parker, sons-in-law Jeff Willson and Matt Parker, and 3 grandchildren Finn and Fletcher Willson and Abigail Parker. He is a retired executive at DuPont - Merck Pharmaceuticals. A funeral mass will be held at St....
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Pearl M. Losito

August 4, 1924 - November 9, 2014

PEARL M. LOSITO, age 90, of West Grove, PA, passed away on Sunday, November 9, 2014, at Neighborhood Hospice, West Chester, PA. She was the wife of Michael V. Losito, who passed away in 1972, and with whom she shared 25 years of marriage. Born in Pittsburgh, PA, she was the daughter of the late Luigi and Carlotta Raponi Pucci. Mrs. Losito was a homemaker. She was a member of the...
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Esther DiGuiseppe DiAngelis

March 19, 1918 - November 7, 2014

Esther DiGuiseppe DiAngelis, age 96 of Kennett Square, PA, died Friday November 7, 2014 at her home surrounded by her family. She was the wife of the late Alfonse DiAngelis who died in 1996 and with whom she shared 56 years of marriage. Born in Kennett Square, PA, she was the daughter of the late Pietro and the late Lucia (Martelli) DiGuiseppe. Esther worked at the cafeteria for Kennett...
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Ian William Fischer

December 12, 1996 - November 6, 2014

Ian William Fischer 17 of Pilesgrove, New Jersey and New London, Pennsylvania, died suddenly Thursday November 6, 2014 in Salem County New Jersey as a result of a car accident. Born in Media, PA he was a son of William J. Fischer Jr and his wife Lori of Pilesgrove, NJ and Lisa Gourdier Malone and her husband Walter of New London, PA. Ian was a senior at Salem County Vocational Technical...
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Mark A. Hollinger

October 22, 1956 - November 5, 2014

Mark A. Hollinger, age 58, passed away in his Kennett Square home on November 5th, 2014 after a yearlong battle with glioblastoma multiforme. He was the devoted husband of Ellen Vosburg Hollinger with whom he shared 26 years of marriage. Born in Lancaster, PA and raised in Woodstown, NJ he was a son of John Hollinger III of Audubon, PA and the late Marilyn Herman Hollinger. Mark is also survived...
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Richard Mark Weaver

July 24, 1974 - November 2, 2014

Richard Mark Weaver, age 40, of Landenberg, Pennsylvania was born on July 24, 1974 and passed away November 2, 2014. Richard is survived by his mother, Ilene Weaver of Landenberg, Pennsylvania, one grand mother, Faye Dixon of Landenberg, Pennsylvania, one sister, Norma Jean Fratoni and husband Sam of South Portland, Maine, two nephews, Matthew Snyder and Benjamin Fratoni both so South Portland,...
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Henry Allen Gass

October 3, 1929 - October 29, 2014

Henry Allen Gass passed away peacefully in Kennett Square, PA on October 29th after a brief illness. Henry was born in Reading on Oct. 3, 1929, to Henry and Edna (Rothermel) Gass. After studying music at Ithaca College he enlisted in the Air Force, where he became the chief arranger for the Air Force radio programs "Serenade in Blue" and "Time for Defense". Henry studied and taught music for...
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Jon Hanning Olson

January 31, 1934 - October 26, 2014

Jon H. Olson died October 26, 2014 in his cottage at Jenner's Pond in West Grove, PA attended by his friends, family, and wife Nancy Olson. The causes of his death were complications from COPD and biliary adeno carcinoma. His parents were Irenee and Andrew Olson. Andrew spent most of his business career with Phillips Petroleum, and the family moved frequently, such that Jon attended 14 schools...
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Earl "Rusty" T. Jones, Jr.

March 23, 1952 - October 25, 2014

Earl T."Rusty" Jones, Jr., 62, of Kennett Square, passed away suddenly at his home on Saturday, October 25, 2014. He was the husband of Linda Brison Jones, with whom he shared 39 years of marriage. Born in West Chester, he was the oldest son of the late Earl T."Pete" Sr. and Ida Green Jones. Rusty graduated from Kennett High School in 1970, where he participated in choir, orchestra (cello),...
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George Lewis Houghton

July 19, 1933 - October 24, 2014

George Lewis Houghton, age 81, of Kennett Square, PA, died Friday, October 24, 2014 at Kendal at Longwood in Kennett Square, PA. He was the husband of Dana Davis Houghton, his second wife, with whom he shared 30 years of marriage. Born in Philadelphia, PA, he was a son of the late Willard F. and the late Sara Nancy Holmes Houghton. George Houghton graduated from Westtown Friends...
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Mary Rankin Zalon

August 7, 1927 - October 21, 2014

Painter and illustrator Mary Rankin Zalon died Tuesday October 21, 2014 at her home in Kendal at Longwood in Kennett Square at the age of 87. She was the beloved wife of Al Zalon with whom she shared 65 years of marriage. Born in The Bronx, NY, in 1927, she was the daughter of the late Alexander Duncan Rankin and the late Alice (Taaffe) Rankin. She was interested in art from early on,...
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Robert C. Volk

August 16, 1948 - October 21, 2014

Robert C. Volk, age 66, of Prospect Park, PA, passed away on Tuesday, October 21, 2014, at his residence. Born in West Chester, PA, he was the son of the late Joseph and Dora Haines Volk. Bob worked as a customer service agent for the Sato Travel Agency in Philadelphia, prior to that he was a customer service agent for Eastern Airlines in Philadelphia. He enjoyed traveling, going out...
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Anne Reynolds Orem (Nee: Kennedy)

August 16, 1928 - October 21, 2014

ANNE REYNOLDS OREM (nee: KENNEDY), age 86, of Kennett Square, PA, passed away on Tuesday, October 21, 2014, at Crosslands. She was the wife of George Orem, who passed away in 2011, and with whom she shared 24 years of marriage. Her first husband, John V. Reynolds, with whom she shared 28 years of marriage, passed away in 1980. Born in Philadelphia, PA, she was the daughter of the late John...
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Gregory L. Barnes

June 28, 1950 - October 19, 2014

Gregory L. Barnes, age 64, of Landenberg, PA, passed away on Sunday, October 19, 2014, at the Christiana Hospital. He was the husband of Nancy Lott Barnes, with whom he shared 44 years of marriage. Born in Philadelphia,PA, he was the son of the late Robert P. Barnes, Sr and Louise Zeits Barnes. He is survived by two sons, Stephen Barnes and Jeffrey Barnes; two brothers, Robert P. Barnes, Jr....
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Georgia Ann Pierce

January 24, 1939 - October 18, 2014

GEORGIA ANN PIERCE, age 75, of Landenberg, PA, passed away on Saturday, October 18, 2014. She was the wife of R.J. Pierce who passed away in 2000, and with whom she shared 45 years of marriage. Born in Bluefield, WVA, she was the daughter of the late Grady and Gypsy Tuggle Gent. She was a homemaker, and enjoyed cooking and being with her grandchildren. She was a member of the Kennett Square...
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