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Beverly Ann Dodds

Beverly Ann Dodds, age 68, of Ridley Park, passed away peacefully on January 19, 2020 surrounded by her loving family.

She was born and raised in the Sun Village section of Chester, Pa. where she lived until she was 40 years old.  Beverly lived a full life of smiles and laughter, and she brightened up every room she walked into.  Bev enjoyed going to the beach, trips to the casino- she always won, doing her wool, looking at old family photos, but most of all, she loved spending time with family and friends.  Whenever Beverly ran into a family member or a friend, she said hello, asked how they were doing, and listened intently.  She was a beautiful soul and genuinely cared about everyone she came in contact with.

Beverly was predeceased by her parents, Edward and Ruth Dodds; her brother Edward Dodds; and her sister-in-law, Mary Johns Dodds.

Her survivors include her sister, Bonnie Marra; her brother-in-law Joe Marra; her nieces, Tena Dodds and Amanda McDevitt (Mike); her nephews, John Dodds, Dustin Dodds, and Joe Marra (Lauren); her great-nieces, Autumn Dodds, Madisyn McDevitt, and Delaney Marra.

Family and friends are invited to attend her visitation on Tuesday, January 28th, from 6 P.M. to 8 P.M. at the Griffith Funeral Chapel, 520 Chester Pike, in Norwood, Pa. 19074 followed by a Memorial Service at 8 P.M.

Her burial will be private.

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Edward Joseph Chesnutt

Ed passed away on January 18, 2020 after a long outgoing life.  He was a lifetime resident of Collingdale, Pa.  After graduating from Collingdale High School, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served on the USS Dogfish SS-350 submarine.

Eddie loved Irish Music, Notre Dame Football, Horse Racing, and his Family.  He was a member of the Fox Smith V.F.W. Post # 4845 and the American Legion John Wesley Cross Post # 507.

Ed is survived by his Wife, Mary Margaret Quigley; his Children and their Spouses, Ed and Laurie, Sheryl, Joe and Mona, Steven and Amanda, and Danny and Allison; and his numerous Grand and Great Grand Children.

Please join us at the Griffith Funeral Chapel, 520 Chester Pike, in Norwood, Pa. 19074 on Saturday, January 25th, from 9 A.M. to 11 A.M. to bid farewell to Eddie.  There will be a brief Prayer Service at 11 A.M.

He will be missed.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to Fox Smith V.F.W. Post # 4845 and the American Legion John Wesley Cross Post # 507.

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Lois Elaine Isbell Dougherty

Lois Elaine Isbell Dougherty, 58, of North Wilmington, Delaware, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Thursday, January 16th, 2020.

She was born in Abington, Pa. and was the daughter of the late Frank (Isbell) and Theresa (Flaherty).  Lois was employed by Pete's Carpet after many various positions in and around Delaware County.

Lois enjoyed trips to Florida, the beach, Atlantic City, and was a social member of the American Legion Post # 951 in Boothwyn, Pa.; but her passion was her love for her husband, children, and grandchildren.

She is survived by her husband of 32 years, Dennis; her daughters, Tara (Joshua), Amber (Jason), and Jacquelyn (Corey); and her three grandchildren, Jade, Victoria, and Joshua, Jr.  Also her brother Frank (Aimee); and sisters Linda and Eileen, and predeceased by Nancy Isbell.  Also survived by many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Her Prayer Service will be held on Thursday, January 23rd, 2020 at 7 P.M. at the Griffith Funeral Chapel, 520 Chester Pike, in Norwood, Pa. 19074.

There will be a visitation time on Thursday from 6 P.M. to 7 P.M. at the funeral home.

Her burial will be private

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Metavivor Research and Support, Inc., 1783 Forest Drive # 184, Annapolis, MD  21401.    

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Mary E. Bowker

Mary E. Bowker, 81, a former resident of Essington, Pa., passed away peacefully on January 12, 2020 at Naamans Creek Country Manor in Garnet Valley, Pa.

Born in Philadelphia, she was the daughter of the late James and Helen Conroy.

She is survived by her brother-in-law, Carl Bowker and his wife, Nancy; and several nieces and nephews.  She is the sister of John Joseph Conroy, Dolores Lamb, and Constance Zaberer.

Relatives and friends are invited to her Funeral Service on Monday, January 20th, at 11 A.M. at the Griffith Funeral Chapel, 520 Chester Pike, in Norwood, Pa. 19074.

There will be a visitation on Monday from 10 A.M. to 11 A.M. at the funeral home.

Her burial will be private at Lawn Croft Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions made in her memory to The American heart Association, 1617 John F. Kennedy Blvd., Philadelphia, Pa. 19103 would be appreciated by her family.      

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David Tinley

David Tinley, 62, a resident of Swarthmore, Pa., passed away on January 4, 2020 at his late residence.

He was the son of the late John H. Tinley, Sr. and Jane Glass Tinley.  

David was a graduate of Ridley High School and Temple University.  He had earned a Masters Degree in Architecture.

He was a professor teaching architecture at the Philadelphia Community College for a number of years.

He was predeceased by his brother, John H. Tinley, Jr.

David is survived by his sister, Elizabeth G. Tinley.

Relatives and friends are invited to his Funeral Service on Saturday, January 11th, at 11 A.M. at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, 128 Chester Pike in Norwood, Pa. 19074.

His burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, contributions made in David's memory to Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry, 703 Lincoln Avenue, Prospect Park, Pa. 19076 would be appreciated by his family.                  

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Caroline Fairfield

Caroline (DiEmedio) Fairfield, of Glenolden, Pa., passed away on Thursday, December 26, 2019, after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer surrounded by her family.

She is survived by her husband, Scott; two daughters, Ryan and Kelly; her mother Rose Marie; and her five sisters, Michelle (Kai), Julie (Bill), Rose Marie (the late Matt), Dawn, and Donna Jean (Mark); and her beloved dog, Cricket.  She is preceded in death by her father, Joseph.  Also survived by her nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephew.

Caroline loved her family and friends and had a zest for life, loved history, and her town, Glenolden, where she resided for over 30 years.  She served as Majority Inspector for the 4th Ward and was President of the Glenolden Historical Commission for many years.  She also typed cemetery records for over 10 years for a local historian.

Services will be held privately at Caroline's request.

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Gloria DiBattista

Gloria (nee DiMatteo) DiBattista, age 70, passed away on December 16, 2019.

She is survived by her loving husband of 50 years, Ralph J. DiBattista; and her two sons, Greg (Kelly) and Ralph R. (Delia).

She is also survived by her three adoring grandchildren, Olivia, Greg, and Daniel.

Family and friends are invited to her Viewing on Saturday, December 21st, from 10 A.M. to 11 A.M. at the Griffith Funeral Chapel, 520 Chester Pike, in Norwood, Pa. 19074 followed by a Prayer Service at 11 A.M.

Her interment will be private.

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James Smarowsky

It is with great sadness that the family of James Smarowsky, known to his friends as "Jim", passed away on December 11, 2019 at the age of 50 after a brief but brave struggle against colorectal cancer.

A native of Norwood and Glenolden, Jim graduated from St. James High School in 1987 where he played football and earned the nickname "Bulldog".  He was an employee at Vitro Architectural Glass and resided in Harrisburg, Pa.

Jim enjoyed all Philadelphia Sports, had a great love of music especially Pearl Jam and playing guitar. Music was a constant source of energy and hope in Jim's life.

Jim was predeceased by his mother, Patricia Smarowsky (nee Kupsis).  He will be lovingly remembered by his sister Jennifer Quinn, his brother-in-law Sean Quinn, and his three nieces Meghan, Laura, and Kailey.  He will also be lovingly remembered by his father James Smarowsky, his step-mother Helen, and half-sister and brother Heather and Drew, as well as many friends and extended family.

His Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Wednesday, December 18th, at 11 A.M. at St. Gabriel Catholic Church, 233 Mohawk Avenue, in Norwood, Pa. 19074.

There will be a viewing from 10 A.M. to 11 A.M. Wednesday at the church.

His burial will be at a later date and will be private.

Those who so desire may make memorial donations to the American Cancer Society and fightcolorectalcancer.org                    

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Sandra Calciano

Sandra Calciano, 70, a resident of Glenolden, Pa., passed away peacefully on November 27, 2019.

Born in Phoenixville, Pa. she was the daughter of Earl Edward and Helen Vogt.

Sandra was employed as a Certified Nursing Assistant having last worked at St. Francis Country House in Darby.

She is survived by her husband, Christopher Calciano; her daughters Dawn Marie Royal and Roberta Carol Royal; her grandchildren, Richard Frank Crane III, Brittney Helene Schultheis, Salvatore Fichera, Jr., and Courtenay and Christian Fichera; and her great-grandchildren, Skylar-Faye Marie Crane and Charlotte Carol Crane.

Her Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, December 5th, at 7:30 P.M. at the Griffith Funeral Chapel, 520 Chester Pike, in Norwood, Pa. 19074.

There will be a visitation time on Thursday from 6:30 P.M. to 7:30 P.M. at the funeral home.

Her burial will be private.                  

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Angel Marie Doyle Cumpston

Angel Marie Doyle Cumpston was born on September 24, 1976 to the late Timothy Doyle and Rosemarie (Bartow) Eppler.  She had a brilliant mind with a beautiful soul that longed for nothing more than to be set free from the demons that held her down.  On Sunday, November 17th, God called Angel home to be with those loved ones that passed before her.  

Angel loved animals, God, science, breakfast cereal and was known to put down a tub of rice pudding.  She was artistic and musically inclined.  Angel was a daughter, mother, and loved very much.

She was preceded in death by her grandmother Dorothy Bartow, grandfather Edward Bartow, mother Rosemarie Eppler, father Timothy Doyle, step-father Randy Eppler, first child's father Joe Kilkenny, and ex-husband George Cumpston.

Angel leaves behind her children, Amber Kilkenny, Timothy Miller, and Nadia Miller and two furry grandbabies Remy and Albie.

Relatives and friends are invited to Angel's Memorial Service on Saturday, November 30th, at 3 P.M. at the Griffith Funeral Chapel, 520 Chester Pike, in Norwood, Pa. 19074.

There will be a visitation time on Saturday from 2 P.M. to 3 P.M. at the funeral home.

Her burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, contributions are being accepted by the eldest daughter, Amber Kilkenny, that can be sent to the Griffith Funeral Chapel, P.O. Box 56, Norwood, Pa. 19074.                              

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Leonard A. Breccia

Leonard A. Breccia, 83, of Philadelphia, Pa., died on Wednesday November 6, 2019 peacefully at home after fighting a long hard battle, with his wife Cheryl by his side.

Mr. Breccia (aka PopPop) was not only a skilled auto mechanic, who by the way, built his children's first quads, but also a Stationary Engineer who retired from Roxborough Memorial Hospital.  The true love of his life and pastime were his horses.  He started out racing thoroughbreds, then Harness Racing followed for the remainder of his career.

But if he was asked what his biggest accomplishment was, his answer would be his kids and family.  He cherished family traditions, and loved family get togethers.  Although, when he walked in within 30 minutes he would say, "Hurry Up, cut the cake.  I have to go!"  Typical Len, he loved his cake.

Lenny is survived by his loving wife Cheryl, and four children, Anthony, Lisa (Al), Lenny (Stephanie), Michelle (Tom), and was the step-father of Harry (Cathy).  He had 6 grandchildren who he truly adored, Lauren, Brianna, Valen, Nichole, Antoinette, and Brandon.  Len also had 3 great-grandchildren with another soon on its way.

Relatives and friends are invited to his Prayer Service on Friday, November 15th, at 11 A.M. at the Griffith Funeral Chapel, 520 Chester Pike, in Norwood, Pa. 19074.

There will be a visitation time on Friday from 10 A.M. to 11 A.M. at the funeral home.

His burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be accepted in his honor at action.lung.org                                    

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William F. "Billy" Daly

William F. (Billy) Daly, of Prospect Park, Pa., passed away suddenly on Tuesday, November 5, 2019 at the age of 62.  He was the son of the late Carl J. Daly Sr. and Frances Daly (McGowan) and was born on September 11, 1957 in Philadelphia, Pa.

Billy graduated from Ridley High School in 1976 and married the love of his life on April 24, 1982.  He was the proud father of two daughters and adored his granddaughter.  He was a family man and helped anyone who needed it.  Billy was a lifelong boater, spending his summer months with his family on the Chesapeake Bay.  Boating was his passion, and he found true happiness being out on the water.  Billy will forever be remembered for his storytelling, funny sense of humor, and quick wit.  His passing leaves a void that will never be filled and he will be missed dearly.

He is survived by Debbie, loving wife of 37 years; his daughters, Ashley (Shane), and Stephanie (Michael); and his granddaughter, MaKenzie.  He was brother to Carl J. Daly Jr. (Maryanne), Daniel Daly (Rosemarie), JoAnn Gabriel (Ernie) and brother-in-law, Stephen Kelly.

Family members and friends are invited to his Funeral Mass at St. Gabriel Roman Catholic Church, 233 Mohawk Avenue in Norwood, Pa. 19074 on Tuesday, November 12th at 11 A.M.

Visitation to be held at the church prior to the Mass from 10 A.M. to 11 A.M.

His burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center, 600 Discovery Lane, Grasonville, MD 21638.   www.bayrestoration.org

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Ellen F. Hews

Ellen (nee Ligget) Hews, age 88, of Prospect Park, Pa., went to be with her Lord and Savior on November 1, 2019.  

Born in Ridley Park, Pa., she was the daughter of the late John and Elenore (nee Jordan) Ligget and sister of the late Helen Jean (nee Ligget) Williams.  Ellen described her marriage to the late Leonard N. Hews, Sr. as wonderful, and also described him as a kind and thoughtful man who was a good father.  Raised in Norwood, Ellen was a 1949 graduate of Glen-Nor High School and was Director of Medical Records at Haverford Community Hospital for many years prior to her retirement.

Ellen enjoyed spending time with her family, particularly her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

During her 73 years as a member of Norwood United Methodist Church, Ellen dedicated her time and talents to numerous committees including serving as President of the Norwood United Methodist Women.  Ellen served Jesus through hosting Bible Studies in her home, teaching Sunday School and Vacation Bible School, and mentoring others in the faith.

Ellen thoroughly enjoyed entertaining family and friends, making homemade soups to share with others, and listening to the Phillies on the radio.  She loved deeply and enjoyed beautifully enduring friendships, especially with her club girlfriends who met together monthly for over 70 years.

She is the mother of Ellen (the late Eugene) Cochrane, Joyce (Joseph) Parcell, Leonard (Michelle) N. Hews, Jr.; grandmother of Holly (Joshua), Adam (Gina), Stephany (Douglas), Monica (Steven), Marissa and Neil; and great-grandmother of Lily, Evangeline, Alana, Madden, Finley, and Poppi.

Her Funeral Service will be held on Friday, November 8th, at 11 A.M. at the Norwood United Methodist Church, 315 Chester Pike, in Norwood, Pa. 19074.

There will be a visitation time on Friday from 9:30 A.M. to 11 A.M. at the church.

Her burial will be in Prospect Hill Cemetery in Prospect Park, Pa.

In lieu of flowers, contributions made in Ellen's memory to Norwood United Methodist Church, 315 Chester Pike, Norwood, Pa. 19074 would be appreciated by her family.

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Nancy K. Thomas

Nancy K. Thomas, age 88, and the daughter of the late Harry Kelly and Marian Rafferty Kelly, passed away on November 1, 2019 at her home in Warminster, Pa. following a lengthy illness.

Nancy was the devoted wife to the late Allan Handy Thomas, Jr. for 35 years and mother to Vicky Thomas Fetter, Varcy Snyder (John), Allan Thomas, Vanessa Thomas Bennett (Dale), the late Valerie Thomas Ryan, Mark Thomas (Lynn), and Vonda Thomas Hommer (Sally).  She is also survived by 15 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. 

Nancy lived in the Morton area of Ridley Township for 47 years prior to moving to Warminster in 2001.  She worked at Taylor Hospital in Ridley Park as an LPN and a RN for more than three decades before retiring.  She loved travel, sewing, and spending time with her family.... many years having all of her grandchildren over on Thanksgiving weekend for making Christmas gifts for their parents.  

Her Funeral Service will be held on Thursday, November 7th, at 11 A.M. at the Griffith Funeral Chapel, 520 Chester Pike, in Norwood, Pa. 19074.

There will be a visitation time on Thursday from 10 A.M. to 11 A.M. at the funeral home.

Interment will follow at Glenwood Memorial Gardens, 2321 West Chester Pike, in Broomall, Pa.

A memorial luncheon will take place at Springfield Country Club, 400 W. Sproul Road, Springfield, Pa. at 1 P.M.

Donations made in her memory to the Alzheimer's Association or to Abington Hospital Hospice would be appreciated by her family.

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Richard R. "Russ" Pottier

Richard R. "Russ" Pottier, 87, of Glen Mills, former longtime resident of Ridley Park, died September 27, 2019.

Russ was a loving husband to Ruth (nee Averell) for 64 years, the devoted father of Beth (Ted) Avil and Renee (Joseph) Perri, and beloved grandfather of Kristen, Carolyn, Caleb and Marissa.

Born in Philadelphia, Russ was a graduate of Bartram High School.  He was a corporal in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Japan during the Korean War.  During his careers, he was a plumber for Union # 690, a project manager for Acme Markets and a crier for Judge Wright at the Media Courthouse.  Russ was an active member of Christ Church Ridley Park, serving on the vestry and singing in the choir.  He was a baritone in the Ridley Chorus and the West Chester Area Community Chorus.

Russ loved spending time with his family, listening to music, reading, genealogy, and the beach.  He had a distinctive laugh and always enjoyed having a good time.

A Memorial Service will be held at Christ Church Ridley Park, 104 Nevin Street in Ridley Park, Pa. 19078 on Tuesday, October 8th at 11 A.M.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Harlee Manor East Wing, 463 W. Sproul Road, Springfield, Pa. 19064 Attn: Michelle Russo.

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Mary M. Russo

Mary M. Russo (nee Baird), age 91, a resident of Secane and former resident of Darby, passed away peacefully at her residence on September 27, 2019 surrounded by her loving family.

Born in Philadelphia, she was the daughter of the late John and Clara Baird.  Mary will be remembered as a woman who was devoted to her home and family.

She was a member of the Yeadon Congregation of the Jehovah's Witnesses in Philadelphia.

Mary was the wife of the late Anthony L. Russo, who passed away in 1996.

She is survived by her two daughters, Christine Russo and Mary Bissell (Daniel, Sr.); her grandson Daniel, Jr. (Jaclyn); and her great-grandson Teddy.

A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, October 5th, at 2 P.M. at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, 3001 S. 84th Street, in Philadelphia, Pa. 19153.

Burial will be private at Arlington Cemetery in Drexel Hill.

In lieu of flowers, contributions made in Mary's memory to the Providence Animal Center, 555 Sandy Bank Road, Media, Pa. 19063 would be appreciated.

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Dolores A. "Nancy" Williams

Dolores A. "Nancy" Williams, 87, of Prospect Park, passed away peacefully on September 15, 2019 at Taylor Hospital surrounded by her family.

Dolores was born October 13, 1931, to the late Charles and Isabella Burnell.  She was a loving and devoted wife and mother.  Nancy was a housekeeper at the Holiday Inn in Essington before retiring and was past President of the Ladies Auxiliary, V.F.W. Post 598, in Darby.  Nancy enjoyed sewing, crafting, cooking, old movies and walking her dog Buddy.

Dolores is survived by her husband of 62 years, Alfred R.; her sons Richard, Alfred W. (Marianne), Earle B. (Barbara); and grandson Vasile.  She was preceded in death by her brother, Richard Burnell.

Family and friends are invited to visit with the family from 10:00 to 11:00 A.M. on Wednesday, September 25th, 2019 followed by her Memorial Service at 11:00 A.M. at the Griffith Funeral Chapel, 520 Chester Pike, in Norwood, Pa. 19074.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Providence Animal Center, 555 S. Sandy Bank Road, Media, Pa. 19063.                        

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Shirley J. McGahan

Shirley J. McGahan of Ridley Park passed away on September 14, 2019 at Crozer-Keystone Hospice at Taylor Hospital in Ridley Park.  Shirley was 90 years old.

Shirley is the widow of John J. McGahan, who predeceased her on May 1, 2001.  

Shirley is survived by her sons, Timothy McGahan (and Andrea) of Toms River, N.J. and Mark McGahan (and Peggy) of Aurora, IL.  Shirley is also survived by three grandsons, Sean McGahan (and Rebecca), Matthew McGahan (and Allyson) and Joseph McGahan; two great-grandsons, Truett and Rhodes McGahan; and her brother, Richard Maida.

Although born and raised in Philadelphia, Shirley spent the majority of her life in Ridley Park.  She was a devoted wife and mother, volunteered at Taylor Hospital, and volunteered and later worked part-time at the Ridley Park Public Library into her 80's.  Her work at the library was spurred by a life-long love of books.  She was especially a fan of English mysteries.  She volunteered extensively at her church of 56 years, Christ Episcopal Church Ridley Park, where she helped in the nursery, was the acolyte "mother", assisted in the office, and was Chair of the Altar Guild, regularly setting up the Saturday night service.

Relatives and friends are invited to her Memorial Service at Christ Episcopal Church, 104 Nevin Street, in Ridley Park, Pa. 19078 on Wednesday, October 16th, 2019 at 11 A.M.

In lieu of flowers, donations to Christ Episcopal Church would be greatly appreciated by her family.

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Sandra Kennedy

Sandra Kennedy, age 82, affectionately known as Sandy to her family and friends, a longtime resident of Prospect Park, Pa., passed away peacefully on September 4, 2019.

Born in Georgetown, Delaware, she was the daughter of the late George and Sadie Littleton.  She had worked at various jobs but was best known as a blood coordinator for the American Red Cross for a number of years.

Sandy was a former longtime member of Olivet Presbyterian Church in Prospect Park and currently is a member of the Tree of Life Church in Springfield, Pa.

She will be remembered as a woman who was devoted to her home and family

Sandy is survived by her husband of 58 years, Russell Kennedy; her children, Sarah Olsen (husband Mike), Vicky Masterson (friend Larry), Liz Kennedy (wife Shelley), and Russ Kennedy, Jr. (friend Joeylynn); her grandchildren, Aaron, Adamm, Allysha, Addison, Andrew, Patrick, Reese, and Lila; her eleven great-grandchildren; and her cousin, Andy Costanzo.

Relatives and friends are invited to her Memorial Service on Tuesday, September 10th, at 7:30 P.M. at Tree of Life Church (formally Princeton Presbyterian Church), 933 Baltimore Pike, in Springfield, Pa. 19064.  There will be a visitation time from 6:30 P.M. to 7:30 P.M. Tuesday at the church.

Her interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, contributions made in her memory to Tree of Life Church, 933 Baltimore Pike, Springfield, Pa. 19064 would be appreciated by her family.

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Alfred Monreal

Alfred Monreal, age 93, passed away peacefully on September 3, 2019 and joined his beloved wife, Mary Adora, who passed away on February 28, 2006.

Both were formally of Southwest Philadelphia and recently resided in Colwyn Borough.

They are survived by their four children and nine grandchildren.

Funeral Service and interment were private.

In lieu of flowers, contributions to the American Cancer Society, 1818 Market Street, Philadelphia, Pa. 19103 would be appreciated by the family                  

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Howard Berman

Howard Berman, 70, a current resident of Aldan, passed away peacefully on September 2, 2019 at his residence.

He is survived by his wife, Mary McCarthy Berman; his sons, Michael and Daniel Berman; his mother, Rhona Mazer; and his four grandchildren.

Relatives and friends are invited to his Memorial Mass on Thursday, September 5th, at 10 A.M. at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, 1901 Chester Pike, in Eddystone, Pa. 19022.

His burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, contributions made in his memory to St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, 1901 Chester Pike, Eddystone, Pa. 19022 would be appreciated by his family.  

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James S. Mitchell

James S. Mitchell, 70, a longtime resident of Ridley Park and Prospect Park, Pa., passed away on August 31, 2019.

Now retired, he was employed as a plant operator at PECO Energy for many years and later part-time at the United Parcel Service airport facility.  

James was an avid Flyers and Eagles fan and enjoyed playing hockey for years.  He also loved dogs, particularly his friend Blue and time spent at his family home in Cape May, N.J.  Jim also was a member of Boy Scout Troop 395 in Ridley Park and the Ridley Park Presbyterian Church.  Also, Jim enjoyed music and played trumpet and guitar.

He is survived by his brother, Alan and his wife Susan; his niece Caitlin; and nephew Kerry and his wife Meghan.

Relatives and friends are invited to his Memorial Service on Saturday, September 21st, at 1:00 P.M. at the Griffith Funeral Chapel, 520 Chester Pike, in Norwood, Pa. 19074.

There will be a visitation time prior to the service from 12 P.M. to 1:00 P.M at the chapel.

His interment will be in Lawn Croft Cemetery in Linwood, Pa.

In lieu of flowers, contributions made to the Providence Animal Center, 555 Sandy Bank Road, Media, Pa. 19063 would be appreciated by his family.

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Joseph A. Kelly

Joseph A. Kelly, (Kelly as many people referred to him) of Collingdale, Pennsylvania, passed away on August 23, 2019 at Bryn Mawr Hospital at the age of 74.

He was the son of Joseph A. Kelly and Dorothy Kelly (Taggart) and was born on February 2, 1945 in Philadelphia, Pa.  He attended Upper Darby High School and served in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam War era.

He married Linda S. Kelly (Quirk) on October 25, 1969.  He is survived by his wife and three children- Joseph A. Kelly III and his wife Tracey Kelly (Marvel), Karen Kelly and her partner John Reed, and Michael F. Kelly and his wife Melissa J. Kelly (Martz).  He is also survived by his grandchildren, Jax Kelly, Abby Damon, Frankie and Mia Campanile, Laken and Kaeden Kelly and Tyler and Ryan Reed.  In addition to his children and grandchildren he is survived by his many nieces and nephews, all of whom shared a close connection with him.  Joseph (Kelly) was predeceased by his parents Joseph and Dorothy Kelly, Aunt Alice Kelly and Cousin Edward Gavin.

He worked for Plumbmaster and was a part-time bartender at the Ramada Inn in Essington Pa. (now Clarion) and Connors Catering.  He was a volunteer firefighter for both Folcroft and Briarcliffe fire companies.  He also served as a member of the Board of Directors for Collingdale Swim Club and was an active member of the Collingdale Athletic Club.

Joseph (Kelly) will be remembered for his mixology, quick wit, storytelling and his collection of jokes.  He made sure you had a good time no matter who you were.  He was the life of any gathering and he loved to make people laugh and feel welcomed.  He was loved by anyone who came in contact with his bubbling personality and infectious smile.

A Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, August 29, 2019, at the Griffith Funeral Chapel, 520 Chester Pike, in Norwood, Pa. 19074.  Visitation hours will start at 1 P.M. followed by the Memorial Service at 2 P.M.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be sent to one of the following organizations:
     Gary Sinise Foundation: www.garysinisefoundation.org/give 1-800-708-7757
     American Heart Association: www2.heart.org  or  1-800-AHA-USA1
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Theresa "Terri" Keenan

Theresa "Terri" Keenan, 88, of Swedesboro, N.J., passed away peacefully on August 16, 2019.

Terri found joy in spending long summer days in Cape May, N.J. and loved to spend time with family and friends during long car rides.  She was a dental hygienist by profession and truly enjoyed bringing a smile to people's faces both at work and in her personal life.

She is survived by her husband Joseph Keenan; her daughter Charlotte (Coppock) Callahan; her son William Coppock and her daughter-in-law Patricia Coppock; along with her many loving grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by daughter Janice McCord and son Charles "Pete" Coppock.

Her funeral arrangements are private         

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Charles V. Ashenfelter
Mildred H. Ashenfelter

Charles V. Ashenfelter, 90, and his loving wife, Mildred H. Ashenfelter, 91, both passed away recently.  Charles passed away peacefully on July 16, 2019 and his wife, Mildred, passed away peacefully and joined him in heaven on August 2, 2019.  Both were residents of Naamans Creek Country Manor for the last few years and previously were longtime residents of the Holmes section of Ridley Township.

Charles was born in Coatesville and was the son of the late Leon and Florence Ashenfelter.  He was employed as an inspector at Boeing for many years until his retirement.

Mildred was born in Coatesville and was the daughter of the late George and Hazel Hampton.  She was a volunteer with the Taylor Hospice organization for a number of years and will be remembered as a woman who was devoted to her family.

They were predeceased by a son, David, who passed away in 2010.

Charles and Mildred are survived by their son, Dean Ashenfelter and his wife, Cindy; their four grandchldren; their eight great-grandchildren; and their two great-great-grandchildren.

Relatives and friends are invited to their Memorial Service on Friday, August 30th, at 11 A.M. at the Griffith Funeral Chapel, 520 Chester Pike, in Norwood, Pa. 19074.

There will be a visitation time on Friday from 10 A.M. to 11 A.M. at the funeral home.

Their burial will follow at Edgewood Memorial Park in Glen Mills, Pa.

In lieu of flowers, contributions made in their memory to Crozer-Keystone Hospice, 200 W. Sproul Road, Springfield, Pa. 19064 would be appreciated.            

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Arthur J. Gardner

Arthur J. Gardner, 81, a longtime resident of Norwood, Pa., passed away peacefully on August 14, 2019.

Now retired, he was employed as a computer draftsman at Westinghouse for many years.

Arthur enjoyed shooting pool and competed in two pool leagues in the area.  He was a member of the West End Boat Club where he also shot pool on a regular basis.

He was an avid fisherman who enjoyed trips to the shore.

Arthur was the husband of the late Anna L. Gardner.

He is survived by his daughter, Carol (Michael) Furkler; his grandchildren, Anne Marie and Samuel Jay; his sister-in-law, Dottie Paullin; his brothers-in-law, Alfred (Doris) Paullin and Donald Paullin; and his nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to his Funeral Service on Monday, August 19th, at 11 A.M. at St. James Episcopal Church, 732 11th Avenue, in Prospect Park, Pa. 19078.

There will be a visitation time on Monday from 10 A.M. to 11 A.M. at the church.

His interment will be in Lawn Croft Cemetery in Linwood, Pa.

In lieu of flowers, contributions made to the Providence Animal Center, 555 Sandy Bank Road, Media, Pa. 19063 or to St. James Episcopal Church, 732 11th Avenue, Prospect Park, Pa. 19076 would be appreciated by his family.                      

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William Douthwaite, Jr.

William Douthwaite, Jr., 95, a longtime resident of Ridley Park, Pa., passed away peacefully on August 12, 2019, confident that "nothing could separate him from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord."

He was living with his family in Springfield, Virginia since 2013.

Bill was a veteran of World War II having served in the U.S. Army Air Corps.  He was employed as an electrical engineer in the Philadelphia region, working at Technitrol, RCA, Gould-Brown-Boveri, and most recently at the Defense Personnel Support Center in Philadelphia until his retirement.

He was predeceased by his wife of 48 years, Nancy G. Douthwaite and by a son, Robert Douthwaite.

Bill is survived by his children, the Rev. William Douthwaite, III, Cynthia L. Douthwaite, and the Rev. James A. Douthwaite; his six grandchildren; his six great-grandchildren; and also survived by his loving nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to his Funeral Service on Friday, August 16th, at 11 A.M. at St. Mark's Lutheran Church, 628 E. Chester Pike, in Ridley Park, Pa. 19078.

There will be a visitation time on Friday from 10 A.M. to 11 A.M. at the church.

His burial will be in Mount Hope Cemetery in Aston, Pa.

In lieu of flowers, contributions made in Bill's memory to St. Mark's Lutheran Church, 628 E. Chester Pike, Ridley Park, Pa. 19078 would be appreciated by his family         

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Shaun M. Douglas, Sr.

Shaun M. Douglas, Sr. (01/08/1979) passed away suddenly on July 20, 2019 at the age of 40.  

He was a talented man of many traits, and the hardest of workers that you could ask for.  He enjoyed being with his family, especially his Grandson.  He was a loving Husband, Father, Grandfather, Son, and Brother.  He enjoyed traveling out of the country with his wife, and sometimes his kids.  He loved his Dunkin Donuts coffee, getting his haircut once, maybe twice a week, and going on long rides on his motorcycle.  He was loved by his closest friends.

He is survived by his loving wife, Melissa A. Douglas, Father to Shaun M. Douglas Jr. (Fiance Samantha M. Wagner), and Jacob M. Douglas; and Grandfather to Shaun M. Douglas III.  He is also survived by his Father-In-Law Bernard E. McCollum Sr.; Brother-In-Law Bernard E. McCollum Jr.; his Mother, Sharon Douglas; his Step-Father Bill Baum; his seven siblings, and his several nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by his Mother-In-Law Dianne McCollum; his Father Andrew Douglas Sr.; and by one sister.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday, July 25th, from 9:30 AM to 11 AM and are invited to attend his Prayer Service to follow at 11 AM at St. Gabriel Catholic Church, 233 Mohawk Avenue, in Norwood, Pa. 19074.

The burial will be in Saints Peter & Paul Cemetery in Springfield, Pa.

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Anna Rita DeRosa

Anna Rita DeRosa (D'Angio) of Villas, N.J. and formally from Philadelphia, passed away peacefully at the age of 94 on Thursday, July 18, 2019.

She is survived by her 50 years partner in life, Joseph McHugh; her children, Robert (Kathleen) DeRosa, Kathleen (Ron) Taylor, and John (Donna) DeRosa; her grandchildren, Lisa Messner, Ronald (Lauren) Taylor, Brian (Monica) Taylor, Viana DeRosa, Alana (Mike) Porter, and Karen Taylor; also her 10 great-grandchildren.  She was sister to Phyllis Amendt, Angie Cellini, and Benedict (Audrey) D'Angio.  She was also beloved by the extended McHugh family.  She was preceded in death by her two-great-grandsons.

Her Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Friday, July 26th, at 11 A.M. at St. Gabriel Catholic Church, 233 Mohawk Avenue, in Norwood, Pa. 19074.

Friends may call on Friday from 10 A.M. to 11 A.M. at the church.

Her burial will be in Saints Peter & Paul Cemetery in Springfield.

In lieu of flowers, contributions made in her memory to The Ronald McDonald House, 3925 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, Pa. 19104 would be appreciated by her family.

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Theresa Elizabeth Hyett

Theresa Elizabeth Hyett, 88 of Secane, Pennsylvania, passed away peacefully on May 7, 2019 at West Chester Hospice.  Theresa was the daughter of Mary and Alfred Hyett of Lydney, Gloucestershire, England.  Theresa was the youngest of five children.  She moved to the United States to live with her sister, Alfreda Anderson, husband Alfred Anderson and daughter, Elisabeth, until she received training in secretarial skills.  Her first employment was with the Rohm and Hass Company, now Dow Chemical Company.  She retired early from the company and took an executive secretary position with the National Park Service in Philadelphia.  She stayed with the NPS until her final retirement in 1993.

Theresa had an exceptional love for animals and rescued many over the years.  Her joyful personality and generous nature will be missed by family and friends.  

She is survived by her niece, Elisabeth Anderson; and her nephews, Martin, Scott, and Keith Anderson.

A Mass in memory and celebration of Theresa's life will be held on Saturday, July 27th, at 1 P.M. at Our Lady of Fatima Chapel, 1 Fatima Drive, in Secane, Pa. 19018.

Gifts in honor of Theresa's life may be made to Best Friends Animal Society, 5001 Angel Canyon Road, Kanab, Utah 84741-2001.

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Adam German, Jr.

Adam German, Jr., known as "Addie" to his family and friends, a longtime resident of Tinicum Township, died peacefully surrounded by his family on July 16, 2019.

He is survived by Catherine, his beloved wife of 65 years; daughter Cathy; son Robert; sister Jayne Keyser; four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.  He is also survived by his two daughters-in- law, Fran German and Bridgett German; and his son-in-law, Walter Koban.

Adam was preceded in death by his parents, Adam and Ella and his loving son, Gary German.  

Adam was born and raised in the Meadow's section of Philadelphia where he became an avid hunter and fisherman that lasted his whole life.  He enjoyed playing shuffle board and watching the Phillies.

He was a past Commissioner of Tinicum Township for 28 years and served as President; and was a Past Commander of Essington V.F.W. Post # 4845 and Norwood American Legion Post # 507.  He was a lifetime member of Tinicum Township Fire Company and was a member of Springfield Hanby Lodge # 767 F.& A.M.

He worked as an oil burner mechanic and was retired from Wilson of Wallingford.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Monday evening, July 22nd, from 6 P.M. to 8 P.M. at the Griffith Funeral Chapel, 520 Chester Pike, in Norwood, Pa. 19074.

His Funeral Service and interment will be held privately.

In lieu of flowers, contributions made in his memory to The Heart Fund of Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, 3401 Civic Center Blvd., Philadelphia, Pa. 19104 would be appreciated by his family.

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Margaret Mary "Peg" McGrory

Margaret Mary "Peg" McGrory (nee Schikel), 75, a resident of Essington, Pa., passed away peacefully on July 14, 2019.

Born and raised in Philadelphia, Pa., she was the daughter of the late Margaret Wholey and Albert Schikel.  She is predeceased by her two brothers, Albert and John Schikel.

Margaret is survived by her husband of 59 years, Philip and her children, Philip McGrory, John McGrory, and Margaret (Peggy) Cerenzia.  She is also survived by two granddaughters, Mandy Cavalieri and Crystal McGrory, as well as one great-granddaughter, Savannah.

Margaret was a devoted and loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.  She will always be remembered by her bright smile, generous heart, and loving personality.

Friends may call on Friday, July 19th, from 6 P.M. to 8 P.M. at the Griffith Funeral Chapel, 520 Chester Pike, in Norwood, Pa.  There will be a Prayer Service at 7:30 P.M. during the visitation at the funeral home.

Interment will be private                      

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Celinda M. Wood

Celinda M. Wood, 65, of Holmes, Pa., passed away peacefully on July 8, 2019.

Cindy was the daughter of the late Donald Martin and Alice Burke.

She was the wife of the late George Wood.

Cindy is survived by her daughter, Jennifer; her son, Brian; and her grandsons, Lucas, Jason, and Zander; as well as brothers, Donny, Bobby, John, Michael, and Tommy; and sisters, Sally and Patty.

Family and friends are invited to call on Friday, July 12th, from 6 P.M. to 8 P.M. at the Griffith Funeral Chapel, 520 Chester Pike, in Norwood, Pa. 19074.

Her interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, contributions made in Cindy's memory to:  St. Jude's Children's Hospital or The American Cancer Society, would be appreciated by her family.         

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George H. Wood

George H. Wood, 64, of Holmes, Pa., passed away suddenly on June 27, 2019.

George was the son of the late John Wood and the late Christina Wood.

He was the husband of the late Celinda Wood.

George is survived by his daughter, Jennifer; his son, Brian; and grandsons, Lucas, Jason, and Zander; as well as his brother, Jack.

Family and friends are invited to call in Friday, July 12th, from 6 P.M. to 8 P.M.at the Griffith Funeral Chapel, 520 Chester Pike, in Norwood, Pa.19074

His interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, contributions made in George's memory to:  St. Jude's Children's Hospital or to The American Cancer Society, would be appreciated by his family.

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Edward W. Frederick

Edward W. Frederick, 88, a longtime resident of Ridley Park, Pa., passed away peacefully on July 3, 2019 surrounded by his loving family.

Born in Paxinos, Pa., he was the son of the late William and Clara Frederick.  Ed was employed as a materiel coordinator at Boeing for over 40 years until his retirement.

He was a longtime member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Norwood, Pa., and was a member of Springfield Hanby Lodge # 767, F.& A.M. and the Scottish Rite, Valley of Philadelphia.

He will be remembered as a loving father and a family man.  His family is comforted to know he leaves us to join his beloved wife, Nancy, who passed away in 2013.

He is the husband of the late Nancy Day Frederick, to whom he was married 62 years.

Ed is survived by his daughters, Diane Weatherill, Janice Kintsche (Joseph), and Nancy Duffy (Daniel); his four grandchildren; his two great-grandchildren and his buddy, Wink.. 

Relatives and friends are invited to his Funeral Service on Wednesday, July 10th, at 11 A.M. at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 501 Chester Pike, in Norwood, Pa. 19074.

There will be a visitation time on Wednesday from 10 A.M. to 11 A.M. at the church.

His burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, contributions made in Ed's memory to Immanuel Lutheran Church, 501 Chester Pike, Norwood, Pa. 19074 would be appreciated by his family.

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Patricia A. Wanner

Patricia A. Wanner, 74, a longtime resident of Folcroft, Pa., passed away peacefully on June 24, 2019 surrounded by her loving family.

Pat was the daughter of the late Leo Martin and Mary Gardner.

She was the wife of the late Wayne Wanner, who was a Sergeant on the Folcroft Police Department for a number of years.

Pat is survived by her daughters, Christina and Gina; and her granddaughters, Christina, Dominique, and Hannah.

Family and friends are invited to call on Tuesday, July 2nd, from 10 A.M. to 12 Noon at the Griffith Funeral Chapel, 520 Chester Pike, in Norwood, Pa. 19074.

Her interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, contributions made in Pat's memory to Crozer-Keystone Hospice, 200 W. Sproul Road, Springfield, Pa. 19064 would be appreciated by her family.                           

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Richard "Ricky" Gavetti, Sr.

Richard "Ricky" Gavetti, Sr. passed away suddenly on June 23, 2019 at the age of 58.  Richard served in the Marine Corps, and later became a Master Plumber and owned his own business.  Richard enjoyed deep sea fishing in tournaments and spending time with his family out on the open sea.  As a self-renowned "world 's biggest Eagles fan", Richard was happy to see his beloved Philadelphia Eagles take home their first Super Bowl.

Richard was a loving husband to Doreen Gavetti (Buck), father to Richard Jr. and Steven, and grandfather to Anthony.

He is survived by his mother Rose Crowley (Salerno), brother Douglas (Lisa), sister Bernadette Bellino, and he is predeceased by sisters Denise and Linda.  Beloved by many nieces and nephews and loving aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Family and friends are welcome to join his Memorial Service on Friday, June 28th, at 7:30 P.M. at the Griffith Funeral Chapel, 520 Chester Pike, in Norwood, Pa. 19074.  Visitation hours will be Friday from 6 P.M. to 8 P.M. at the funeral home.  Burial will be private.

Ricky has asked that in his memory, please donate to the American Cancer Society, 1626 Locust Street, Philadelphia, Pa. 19103, for his two dearly missed sisters.                  

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Mildred W, Edgar Zielke

Mildred W. Zielke, 97, of Essington, Pa. passed away on June 21, 2019 at home with family by her side.

A viewing will be held on Friday, June 28, 2019 at 10 A.M. at Griffith Funeral Chapel, 520 Chester Pike, in Norwood, Pa. 19074  Services will follow at 11 A.M. and burial will be in Edgewood Memorial Park in Glen Mills, Pa.

Mildred was born in Newport, OH to Frank and Effie Edgar on November 9, 1921, one of six children (4 brothers, 1 sister).  She went to school at Newport, OH. and graduated from St. Joseph Nursing School in Parkersburg, WV in 1943.  An Army Veteran of World War II, Mildred served as a First Lieutenant RN in the European Theater 108th Evacuation Hospital, Utah Beach throughout Northern France.  She married Hans Zielke on April 10, 1944 in Queens, NY.  After the war she worked at St. Joseph's Hospital in Philadelphia, Pa. and at Piasecki Helicopter, Philadelphia, Pa.

She was a member of the American Legion Post # 507 in Norwood, Pa., the VFW Post # 478, Essington, Pa., and the American Legion Auxiliary.

Mildred is survived by her son, Richard A. Zielke, of Essington, Pa.; a sister, Mary E. Hall and a brother, Howard Edgar, both of Newport, OH, and several nieces and nephews.

        The family of Mildred W. Zielke wishes to extend our sincere thanks to Heartland Hospice, Chadds Ford, Pa.; Comfort Keepers (especially Barbara Schollenberger), Springfield, Pa.; and the Rev. F. Michael Knight. The family would also like to thank the Veterans Administration for all their assistance.                

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Harry J. Irrgang, Sr.

Harry J. Irrgang, Sr., 80, of Nottingham, Pa. and a former longtime resident of Prospect Park, passed away peacefully on June 8, 2019 at his residence surrounded by his loving family.

Born in Philadelphia, Harry was the son of the late John and Alice Irrgang.  He was a resident of Prospect Park for 65 years before moving to Nottingham in 2005.

Harry graduated from Interboro High School in 1957.  He was employed as a steamfitter with Steamfitters' Local #420 for many years until his retirement.

Harry was a lifetime member of Prospect Park Fire Co. Station 8.  He was also a member of the Oxford Union Fire Co. #1 for 14 years.  During his 60 years of service he was an active firefighter and was a Captain of the Fire Police.

Harry was an avid fisherman and a skilled custom rod builder.  He was a lifetime member of the Delaware Mobile Surf Fishermen.  He was a woodworking craftsman and enjoyed making furniture for himself and his family.  He also enjoyed baking in his spare time.

Harry was the husband of the late Laurel D. Irrgang.  He is survived by his wife, Constance Street; his sons, Harry J. Irrgang, Jr. (MaryLou), and Ronald Irrgang; his daughters, Patricia Davaro (Tony) and Deborah Irrgang; his eight grandchildren; and his two great-grandchildren.

Relatives and friends are invited to his Funeral Service on Friday, June 14th, at 11 A.M. at the Griffith Funeral Chapel, 520 Chester Pike, in Norwood, Pa. 19074.  There will be a visitation on Friday from 9:30 A.M. until 11 A.M.  Entombment will be directly following at Glenwood Memorial Gardens in Broomall.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in Harry's memory to Prospect Park Fire Company, 1001 Lincoln Avenue, Prospect Park, Pa. 19076 http://station08.com or Union Fire Company #1, 315 Market Street, Oxford, Pa. 19363 http://oxfordfire.com

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Thomas Francis Russo

Thomas Francis Russo, 75, of Folcroft, passed away comfortably on May 25, 2019 at home after a long battle involving many different ailments.

He was born on November 29, 1943 to the late Leonard and Eleanor Russo.  He spent most of his early life in Philadelphia and graduated from John Bartram High School. He moved to Folcroft in 1976 and spent the rest of his life there with his wife Margaret, and three sons Anthony, Nicholas, and Thomas, Jr.

Thomas spent over 30 years driving for various bread companies including Bond, Sunbeam, and Stroehman.

He loved his children and grandchildren Alexander, Maria, Vincent, and Aubrey. He cherished buying various trinkets and electronics for them; he loved the internet, Ebay, and Amazon.

He was an active parent. He was a member of the Folcroft Boys Club for years running the Saturday Youth bowling league at Sharon Hill Lanes.  He enjoyed bowling, the Phillies, and cars.

He adored his late wife, famed Psychic Mari Russo.  He loved to cart her various cart reading venues and advertised her amazing talents wherever he could.  Secretly, he was very proud of all her accomplishments.

His survivors include his brother Leonard Russo; his sister Elizabeth Formentose; his sons, Tony, Nick, and Tom; and his daughters-in-law Gerri and Kiersten.  He is also survived by loving nieces, nephews, cousins, grandkids, and many dear friends.

        There will be a visitation time on Tuesday, June 4th, from 5 P.M. to 7 P.M. followed by a service at 7 P.M. at the Griffith Funeral Chapel, 520 Chester Pike, in Norwood, Pa. 19074.                  

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JoAnn Simon McLaughlin

JoAnn Simon McLaughlin, (nee Printz), age 75, a longtime resident of Southwest Philly and current resident of Newark, DE, passed away in her home on May 22, 2019 surrounded by her loving family.

JoAnn had her faith in Jesus, and believed in loving, caring, and helping everyone that came into her life.  Born in Philadelphia on August 14, 1943 to the late Samuel Printz and Emma (Morgera) Printz, JoAnn always put family first.  

JoAnn loved cooking and feeding everyone that stopped at her home, including every animal that wandered into the yard.  Her spirit was infectious as she exuded resilience and toughness.

She was predeceased by her first husband, Howard Simon and her second husband, Paul McLaughlin.

JoAnn is survived by her three children, daughters, Karen Simon (Ernesto) and Tamara Daniels (predeceased Paul); and her son, Howard Simon (Brandy).

JoAnn will also be fondly remembered by her seven grandchildren, Paul, Breanne, Miranda, Jacob, Luke, Liya, and Delaney; and her many great-grandchildren.  She is also survived by her brother, Skip Printz; her sister, Arlene Hagerty (Bill); and many nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by her sisters, Dorothy Hershman and Barb Lavecchio.

Her Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Thursday, June 13th, at 11 A.M. at St. Margaret of Scotland Catholic Church, 2431 Frazer Road, in Newark, DE 19702.

There will be a visitation on Thursday, June 13th, from 10 A.M. to 11 A.M. at the church.

Her interment will be in Saints Peter & Paul Cemetery in Springfield, Pa.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in her name to https://giving.christianacare.org/ and designate for the Helen F. Graham Cancer Center  (4701 Ogletown Stanton Road, Newark, DE 19713)

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Joseph J. Sivak

Joseph J. Sivak, known as "Transmission Joe", a longtime resident off Norwood, passed away peacefully on May 22, 2019 surrounded by his loving family.

He was born in Ridley Park, Pa. and was the son of the late Joseph and Ethel Sivak.  Joe was employed as a transmission mechanic for over 37 years at Pat's Transmissions in Folsom.  He was known as the best transmissions mechanic in Delaware County.  He loved street rods and putting transmissions in all kinds of cars.  He was a member of the Delaware County Street Rod Association.

Joe was skilled at woodworking and enjoyed trips to the shore.

His passion was his family and he especially had an endearing love for his grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Anita; his children Kurt Sivak (Amanda) and Kim Maria Sivak; his grandchildren Kurt, Jr. and Aliya; his brother Bruce Sivak (Pam), and his several nieces and nephews.

His Memorial Service and Life Celebration will be held on Thursday, May 30th, at 11 A.M. at the Griffith Funeral Chapel, 520 Chester Pike, in Norwood, Pa. 19074.

There will be a visitation on Thursday from 10 A.M. to 11 A.M. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, contributions made to Joe's Grandchildren Education Fund, c/o the family at 2 Circle Lane, Norwood, Pa. 19074 would be appreciated.

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Edward Joseph Bonner, Jr. "Bucky"

Edward Joseph Bonner, Jr., "Bucky", 65 years young, a gifted carpenter for 45 years, passed away on May 17, 2019.

He was the beloved son of Edward and Elizabeth Bonner, a grandchild of Irish immigrants.

Bucky was the beloved father of Emily, Kelly, Melanie, and Robin and dear grandfather of Logan, Jayden, Kaileigh, Gavin, Liam, and Mason.

He was the cool brother of Ann, Barbara, Jane, Frank (Teri), Susan (David), Nancy (Kevin), and Bob (Rachel); as well as an Uncle to many nieces and nephews.

He was the former husband of Laura and Maria.

He left his mark in Glenolden where he grew up and spent most of his adult life in Chester County.  

All who knew him experienced his warmth, goodness, and generous spirit and will miss him dearly but he will live forever in our hearts.

Family and friends are invited to his Memorial Service on Friday, May 24th, at 11 A.M. at the Griffith Funeral Chapel, 520 Chester Pike, in Norwood, Pa. 19074.

        His interment will be private.                  

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George F. McCloskey

George F. McCloskey of Norwood passed away on May 16, 2019.  He is predeceased by his wife Barbara to whom he was married to for sixty-one years, and by his brothers Thomas and Donald.

He is survived by his six children, Donna O'Connor (Ray), Timothy McCloskey (Jan), Kelly Wolfe (Marty), Brian McCloskey (Helenann), Kathleen McVeigh (John), and Gavin McCloskey (Mary); his fourteen grandchildren, Brian, Bridgid, and Morgan O'Connor, Michelle Skrobak (Michael), Meghan Emmerson (Dan), Thomas (Portia) and Mark Wolfe, Shane, Brenna and Jocelyn McCloskey, John Patrick (Joany) and Matthew McVeigh, and Connor and Jonathan McCloskey; and his four great-grandchildren.

George retired after 36 years as a welder from General Electric in Philadelphia.  He served twenty years as Mayor of the Borough of Norwood and eleven years as Vice-President of Borough Council.  He was Past President of the Delaware County Association of Boroughs.  He was a volunteer at the USO at Philadelphia International  Airport for 22 years.  He was a member of the Norwood 4th of July Association for 36 years and worked with Toys For Tots in Folsom for 33 years.

George served honorably in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean War.  He also serviced in the Merchant Marines on Sun Ship Taneero.  George was a Life Member of the Marine Corps League of Upland and was a longtime member of the American Legion Post # 507 in Norwood.

Family and friends are invited to his Funeral Mass to be celebrated on Thursday, May 23rd, at 11 A.M. at St. Gabriel Catholic Church, 233 Mohawk Avenue, In Norwood, Pa. 19074.

Friends may call on Wednesday, May 22nd, from 6 P.M. to 8 P.M. at the Griffith Funeral Chapel, 520 Chester Pike, in Norwood, Pa. 19074 and on Thursday, May 23rd, from 9:30 A.M. to 11 A.M. at St. Gabriel Catholic Church.

His interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, contributions made in George's memory to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 would be appreciated by his family.

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Joseph M. Dougherty

On Thursday, May 2, 2019, Joseph M. Dougherty, 52, passed away at his home in Morton, Pa.  He was born February 14, 1967 in Darby to the late John H. Dougherty II and the late Eleanor L. (Devlin) Schuster.  He grew up in Folcroft and attended St. Gabriel's where he enjoyed playing baseball.  He attended St. James and Academy Park High Schools.

Joe was known for his generous spirit as he was always willing to help a friend.  He never met a stranger as he enjoyed talking with everyone he met.  Joe also loved cats and enjoyed spending time with them.  He held a variety of different jobs and for the last few years was employed by Keystone Blind Association where he worked at the visitors center.

He is survived by his brothers John H. Dougherty, III and Thomas A. Darlington, II; sister-in-law Liz Darlington; and nephews Thomas and Gavin.  He is also survived by Juno, Panther, Stewie, Sniffles, and Barbie, his beloved cats whom he loved very much.

The family will be receiving guests at the Griffith Funeral Chapel, 520 Chester Pike, in Norwood on Wednesday, May 15th.  Visitation will begin at 10 A.M. and the Memorial Service will begin at 11 A.M.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the American Heart Association in Joe's honor.

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John J. "Jack" Downs

John J. "Jack" Downs, age 75, a resident of Norwood, passed away peacefully on April 29, 2019 at home surrounded by his family.

Jack was retired and enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.

He served in the U.S. Army for a period of time in the late 1960's.

Jack is survived by his wife, Melissa; his children, Jonathan, Harrison, and Alexandra; and his large extended family and many friends.

His Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Monday, May 6th, at 10 A.M. at St. George Catholic Church, on Lamont Avenue, in Glenolden, Pa. 19036.

There will be a visitation time on Monday from 9 A.M. to 10 A.M. at the church.

His burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, contributions made in Jack's memory to St. Jude Children's  Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN  38105 would be appreciated.               

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Helen Ann Bowhall

Helen Ann Bowhall, 89, passed away on April 24, 2019.  She was a long time resident of Prospect Park and an active member of the Prospect United Methodist Church in Prospect Park.

She was a proud graduate of the Jefferson College of Nursing and worked as a nurse at Taylor Hospital.  She enjoyed spending time at the Jersey shore with her family, socializing with friends, shopping for deals, and watching her Eagles fly.  Helen's kindness and compassion for others will be missed by everyone she touched.

She is survived by her son, Edward Grant Bowhall III and grandchildren, Sarah (John), RJ, Crystal, Andrew and Hailey.

She is preceded in death by her husband Edward Grant Bowhall II, sister Margaret, and daughter Nancy.

Visitation will be on Tuesday, April 30th, from 9:30 A.M. to 10:30 A.M. at the Griffith Funeral Chapel, 520 Chester Pike, in Norwood, Pa. 19074.

Funeral service and burial will be private.               

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Eleanor Bimler

Eleanore Bimler, 87, a longtime resident of Sharon Hill, passed away peacefully on April 22, 2019 

Born in Summit Hill, Pa., she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Susan Pavlick.  Eleanore was a resident of Sharon Hill for the last 64 years.

She was employed as a fabricator at General Electric for 15 years until her retirement.

Eleanore was a member of the Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Sharon Hill for many years and is currently a parishioner at St. George Catholic Church in Glenolden.

She enjoyed her many trips to the casino, but most of all will be remembered for her devotion to her family.

Eleanore is the wife of the late Daniel K. Bimler, and is also predeceased by her sons Joseph and Daniel, and her daughter Carolyn.

She is survived by her daughters, Deborah Gallagher, Susanne Christopher, and Cynthia Donato; her eleven grandchildren; and her six great-grandchildren.

Her Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Monday, April 29th, at 10 A.M. at St. George Catholic Church, on Lamont Avenue, in Glenolden, Pa. 19036

Her burial will follow at Saints Peter & Paul Cemetery in Springfield.

In lieu of flowers, contributions made in her memory to the Providence Animal Center, 555 Sandy Bank Road, Media, Pa. 19063 would be appreciated.                  

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Alfreda Anderson

Alfreda Anderson, wife of the late Alfred Anderson of Swarthmore, passed away peacefully on April 19, 2019 at the age of 96.  Alfreda was the daughter of Alfred and Mary Hyett of Lydney, Gloucestershire, England and the eldest of five children.  Alfreda served as a nurse during World War II in Gloucester, England.  It was here that she met her future husband, Captain Alfred Anderson, at a hospital dance held for officers in the U.S. Army and hospital nurses.  Following the war, Alfred and Alfreda, along with their young daughter Elisabeth, traveled to the United States aboard the RMS Queen Mary, as was typical of other war brides during the era.

Alfreda practiced nursing in later years and obtained her RN credentials.  Her career spanned several decades from hospital work to nursing homes and ultimately private duty.

Alfred and Alfreda traveled numerous times to England to visit family and friends.  Their traveling also took them to Russia, Hawaii, and ultimately China.  The Andersons traveled with a contingency of nurses to China in the spring of 1989 to study Chinese medical practices, both mainstream and holistic. It was during their stay in China they witnessed the student protests and spoke with young students in Tiananmen Square practicing their English.  Little did they know at the time that their visit to the Square was merely days away from the massacre of these young people.

Alfreda is survived by her children, Elisabeth (Skip), Martin (Sharon), Scott (Susan), and Keith (Peter).  And, her grandchildren, Geoffrey, David, and Steven.  Her siblings have since passed; her sister Theresa, sadly, in most recent days.

Services will be held at Trinity Episcopal Church, 301 N. Chester Road, in Swarthmore, Pa. on Saturday, June 22nd, at 2 P.M.  Her family welcomes all who knew Alfreda and want to join in the celebration of her life.

Alfreda's love for nature and animals is reflected in the many organizations to which she contributed.  In lieu of flowers, donations made to one of her three favorite charities:  Earth Justice Legal Defense, Voorhees Animal Orphanage, a no-kill shelter, and Best Friends would be appreciated.                        

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Edna Mae Potteiger

Edna Mae Potteiger entered into rest on Sunday, March 24, 2019 at the Crozer-Keystone Hospice Residence at Taylor Hospital.

Edna Mae was born and raised in Muncy, Pa., the daughter of the late Violet and Edward Schenck.  She graduated from Muncy Schools and also from the University of Pennsylvania Nursing Program, she also attended Our Lady of Angels College in Aston.

She began working in the Operating Room at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, later moving to Delaware