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Obituaries

Vincent K. "Vinny" Gerome

Vincent K. “Vinny” Gerome, age 31 of Aston and formerly of Folcroft died suddenly Monday, October 16, 2017 at home.

Vinny was born in Philadelphia on January 28, 1986.  He was raised in Folcroft, where he was a graduate of Academy Park High School and played Basketball with the Folcroft Boys Club.

He was employed as a plumber for Carter Mechanical in Malvern.

He is the beloved son of Edith Gerome Comuso and Andrew N. Ciafre, the brother of Leeanne Eakin and uncle to Edith Lee and Marie Eakins.  He is also survived by his best friends AJ and Mike and numerous Aunts, Uncles and Cousins.

Relatives and friends are invited to his Memorial Service Monday, October 23, 2017 8pm at the Griffith Funeral Chapel, 520 Chester Pike, Norwood, PA 19074.  Visitation will be 6:30-8pm.  Burial will be private at the convenience of the family.

Those wishing to contribute to help defray the cost of the funeral may do so by calling the funeral home 610-586-2142

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Joseph D. Steinmetz, Jr.

Joseph D. Steinmetz, Jr. age 78 of Aldan, formerly of SW Philadelphia died Sunday, October 8, 2017. 

Mr. Steinmetz was born on January 2, 1939, the son of the late Joseph D. and Anna Sheridan.  He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Lois E. (nee Swearinger) and his children, Laura Rispoli, Dan and Edna Steinmetz, and Matt and Barbara Steinmetz.  He was predeceased by his beloved son, Paul who died in 1993.  He is also survived by his siblings Julia Cosgrove and Charles “Buddy” Steinmetz, 12 grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Joe was a bookbinder for many years and was later employed by the Pacifico Group as a parts driver.

He was a very social person and had many friends.  He was always “on call” for anyone with a problem or needing help.  He could repair almost anything and was most happy when doing so.  Joe loved sports and was talented athlete in his younger days. He especially loved following Penn State and West Virginia football.  He enjoyed working with his hands, and carpentry was one of his favorite hobbies. 

Joe was a kind and gentle person, and his will be missed by those who knew and loved him.

Relatives and friends are invited to his Funeral Service Friday, October 20, 2017  11:00 am at the Griffith Funeral Chapel, 520 Chester Pike, Norwood, PA 19074.  There will be a viewing at the funeral home Friday, 10-11 am.  Burial will follow at Saints Peter and Paul Cemetery

In lieu of flowers contributions to the Susan G. Komen Foundation, Dept. 41831, P.O. Box 650309, Dallas, TX 75265 in Joseph’s Memory would be appreciated by the family

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Vincent J. Tomlinson

Vincent J. Tomlinson, age 73, of Glen Mills, passed away Friday, September 29, 2017 at Coatesville VA Medical Center.

Born in Philadelphia, he was the son of the late Vincent and Gertrude (nee Zapf) Tomlinson.

He was predeceased by his son, Shaun V. Tomlinson, and his first wife, Judith (nee Roth) Tomlinson.

He is survived by his loving fiancée of 15 years, Sara Fullmer; his daughters, Joyce Delany (Thomas), Debra Rose, Carol Wallace (Oscar), and Lindsey Tomlinson; and his son, Michael Tomlinson. He is also survived by 10 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren, and his siblings, Joseph Tomlinson (Peggy), Patrick Tomlinson (Pearl), and Kathy Smith (Robert).

Relatives and friends are invited to the Funeral Service 8:00 p.m. Thursday at Griffith Funeral Chapel, 520 Chester Pike, Norwood, PA 19074. There will be a Viewing 6-8:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

His interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, contributions to Coatesville VA Medical Center, Voluntary Services, 1400 Black Horse Hill Rd., Coatesville, PA 19320 would be appreciated by the family.

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Iona Marie West Vickers

Iona Marie West Vickers, 96, went to be be with her Savior on September 25, 2017.  She was born in Philadelphia in 1921, the daughter of Ethel Lofland West and Charles Oscar West and grew up in West Philadelphia.  Her father died when she was  5 years old and because he worked for the railroad, Iona and her mother had a pass that enabled them to frequently visit family in Sussex County, DE.  After graduating from West Philadelphia H.S., she worked for the Drexel Bookstore, an insurance company and eventually Bell Tel.  She later worked as a church secretary for Wharton Memorial Methodist Church and First United Methodist Church of Media.

She was the beloved wife of the late Harry G. Vickers.  She is survived by her sons, Charles G. (Fran) and James H. (Sally); grandchildren Chuck Vickers (Mary), Chad Vickers (Emily), Tim Vickers (Lori), Stacy Foreacre (Jon), Dan Vickers (Jen), and Andrew Vickers; greatgrandchildren CJ Vickers, Callie Vickers, Jake Vickers, Cooper Vickers, Leo Vickers, Caden Vickers, Conor Vickers, AJ Foreacre, Tristan Foreacre, Jason Foreacre, Katie Vickers, and Zac Vickers and many nieces and nephews.

She was a longtime resident of Norwood, PA before moving to her son's home in Media, PA in 2006.  Iona had deep faith and was an active member of Norwood United Methodist Church where she served on several committees and women's groups, taught Sunday School, was a pianist and sang in the choir.  She had a beautiful voice and often sang solos.  In her later years, she had her own ministry of sending cards and letters of encouragment that blessed many.

Known for her gracious hospitality, she was an excellent housekeeper, cook and seamtress.  She had a remarkble memory and maintained a sharp mind and sense of humor through her last days.  Iona will always be remembered as a loving and caring person.

Relatives and friends are invited to her Funeral Service 11am Saturday, Sept. 30. at Norwood United Methodist Church, 315 Chester Pike, Norwood, PA 19074.  There will be a viewing at the church after 9:30am.  Burial will be Monday 11:30am at Bridgeville Cemetery, 304 S. Main St., Bridgeville, DE.

Those wishing contributions to the Norwood UMC Memorial Fund in Iona’s memory would be appreciated by the family.

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Doris G. Parsons

Doris G. Parsons, age 89, a longtime resident of Milmont Park, Ridley Township, passed away peacefully on September 23, 2017 at her home surrounded by her loving family.

Born in Lancaster, Pa., she was the daughter of the late Elmer and Grace Geyer.

Doris was an avid reader and at one time was active with local card playing groups.  She will be remembered as a woman who was devoted to her family and especially enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren.

She was the wife of the late Richard Parsons.

Doris is survived by her loving daughters, Cheryl Abel (Raymond), Janet Drumm (Daniel), and Barbara Duffy (the late John); her four grandchildren; and her seven great-grandchildren.

Her Funeral Service will be held on Thursday, September 28th, 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.

Her burial will follow in Arlington Cemetery in Drexel Hill, Pa.

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Robert R. Dent

Robert R. Dent, age 86, an avid golfer and longtime resident of Ridley Park, died on September 15, 2017 at Crozer-Keystone Hospice Residence at Taylor Hospital in Ridley Park.

Born in Macon, Georgia, Bob lived in Ridley Park for the last 60 years.  He founded and owned Gar-Ren Tool & Machine Co. for 55 years.

Bob was a devoted friend, an avid golfer, and had a passion for life.

He was predeceased in July, 2000 by his wife of 47 years, Norma Dent.

Bob is survived by his loving partner of 13 years, Shirley Lawson; his son, Gary Dent and his wife, Laurie; his daughter, Karen Rohrer; his sister, Peg Bennett; his three grandchildren; and his one great-grandchild; all who brought him joy.

His Memorial Service will be held on Friday, September 22nd, 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, contributions made in Bob's memory to Crozer-Keystone Hospice, 200 W. Sproul Road, Springfield, Pa. 19064 would be appreciated.

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William H. Ewing

William H. (Bill) Ewing, age 81, passed away at his home on September 12, 2017 after a brief illness.

Born in Philadelphia, he was a longtime resident of the Eastwick section of Philadelphia before moving to Claymont, Delaware 21 years ago.  Mr. Ewing was the son of Samuel and Helen (Matsinger) Ewing, and husband of 50 years to his beloved wife Joan before her death in 2014.

He was a pressman at National Publishing Company in Philadelphia before retiring in 1996. 

He was a brother of the Masonic Lodge in Philadelphia.  Mr. Ewing was an avid gardener and his greatest joy was tending to his garden filled with tomato and pepper plants.  He was known for growing special yellow tomatoes "because they are sweeter than the red ones" and he gladly shared his prolific bounty with his family and neighbors.  He loved spending time with his grandchildren and his wife's beloved dog, Maggie.  He enjoyed sitting on his front deck in warmer weather, where he was always happy to receive visitors with a hug or handshake.  He especially treasured the visits from his children and grandchildren, and his role as Grandpop meant that the cookie jar was always filled and his pockets were always lined with "Grandpop Bucks" in anticipation of a visit.

He is predeceased by his beloved wife, Joan; and his, sister Ann Ewing and his brother, Samuel Ewing.

Mr. Ewing is survived by his sons, William and John; his daughter, Lisa; his daughter-in-law, Dana; and his grandchildren, Stephanie, Michael, and Jack.  He is also survived by his sisters, Irene Waugh and Helen Foreaker; and numerous nieces and nephews.

His Funeral Service will be held on Friday, September 15th, at 8 P.M., at the Griffith Funeral Chapel, 520 Chester Pike, in Norwood, Pa. 19074. 

There will be a visitation time on Friday from 7 P.M. to 8 P.M. at the funeral home.

His burial will be private. 

In lieu of flowers, contributions made in Bill's memory to the American Cancer Society, 1626 Locust Street, Philadelphia, Pa. 19103 would be appreciated.

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Patrick Thomas Whelan

Patrick Thomas Whelan, age 34, of Morton, formerly of Prospect Park, passed away suddenly on September 3, 2017.

Patrick was the beloved son of Thomas and Mary Jane (nee Grayson) Whelan.  He was the dear brother of Chrissie Cangemi (Mike) and Caroline Jackson (Brian).  He was the beloved Uncle of Dante and Nathan Cangemi.

Those that knew him well would say he had "the heart of a lion".  Patrick of "House Manderly", was an avid collector, devoted reader, comic book enthusiast, movie buff, trivia aficionado, and Philadelphia sports fanatic.  A friend to many, he is also survived by numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.

His Prayer Service will be held on Friday, September 8th, at 7 P.M. at the Griffith Funeral Chapel, 520 Chester Pike, in Norwood, Pa. 19074. 

There will be a visitation time on Friday from 5 P.M. to 7 P.M. at the funeral home.

His burial will be private.

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

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Charles "Chuck" Lawley

Charles "Chuck" Lawley, 65, a resident of Prospect Park, passed away peacefully on August 24, 2017 at Crozer-Keystone Hospice Residence at Taylor Hospital in Ridley Park.

Born in Philadelphia, he was the son of Charlie and Ethel Dowick Lawley.  He was a 1971 graduate of Interboro High School.

Chuck worked as a union carpenter for many years.

He will be missed by his family and his many friends.

Chuck is survived by his brother, Robert Lawley, and his sister, Judy Lawley.

There will be a Memorial Service and Celebration of His Life on Thursday, August 31st at 11 A.M. at the Griffith Funeral Chapel, 520 Chester Pike, in Norwood, Pa.

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

     His burial will be private.          

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Margaret E. "Peggy" Agliano

Margaret E. "Peggy" Agliano, 84, a resident of Westtown and a former resident of Essington, passed away peacefully on August 23, 2017.

Born in Weatherly, Pa., she had been a resident of Essington, Tinicum Township, before moving to Westtown Township in 1976.

Peggy was retired from Westinghouse after many years of employment.

She was a longtime member of St. John's Tinicum Lutheran Church in Essington and was a member of the East Lynn Grange in Unionville.

Peggy is survived by her husband of 43 years, William Agliano.

Her Funeral Service will be held on Tuesday, August 29th, at 11 A.M. at the Griffith Funeral Chapel, 520 Chester Pike, in Norwood, Pa. 19074.

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

Burial will be in Arlington Cemetery in Drexel Hill, Pa.     

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Ethel Sivak

Mrs. Ethel Sivak, a longtime resident of Tinicum Township, passed away on August 20, 2017.  She was 100 and a half years old.

She was a retired Franklin Mint mail clerk.

Ethel was the widow of the late Joseph C. Sivak (Pinky), who passed away in 1999.

Ethel was raised and educated in Bethlehem, Pa.  She loved to travel visiting 19 European countries and states.

She belonged to the Tinicum Fire Company Auxiliary, Senior Citizens, and served on the Board of Health.

Her survivors are her daughter, Carol Rebert of Florida; her sons, Joseph Sivak of Norwood and Bruce Sivak of Morton; her seven grandchildren; and her nine great-grandchildren.

Her funeral service and interment will be private.

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John C. Foote, Jr.

John C. Foote, Jr., age 75, known as Jackie to his family, a former resident of Tinicum Township and Hatfield, Pa., passed away on August 19, 2017 at Mount Nittany Medical Center in State College, Pa.

The son of the late Jack and Shirley Foote, Jackie was raised in Tinicum Township and was a resident of Hatfield for many years.  He had been a resident of Philipsburg, Pa. for the last few years.

He was a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and was a veteran of the Vietnam War having served in the U.S. Navy.  He was employed  as a materials manager for many years until his retirement.

He is survived by his two sons, John C. Foote, III and Thad Foote; his sister, Fran Coppens; and his four grandchildren.

His Memorial Service will be held on Friday, September 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 at Washington Crossing National Cemetery in Newtown, Pa.

    In lieu of flowers, contributions made to St. John's Tinicum Lutheran Church, 601 Seneca Street, Essington, Pa. 19029 would be appreciated.        

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Mary Elizabeth (Cardin, Bruner) Shemeluk

Mary Beth (MB, Mom, G'Mamma) Shemeluk passed peacefully on Thursday morning, August 17, 2017.

She is loved dearly and survived by her husband, William Shemeluk; her sons, Daniel Bruner (Meredith) and Marcus Bruner (Stephanie); her grandchildren, Elliott, Josephine, Felix, and Eva; and many loyal friends.

Mary Beth was born in Philadelphia to Edward and Katherine Cardin in July, 1954.  She graduated from Archbishop Prendergrast High School in 1971.  She married Joseph Bruner in 1976 and raised two sons, Daniel and Marcus.

In 1992 she married William Shemeluk, her devoted husband of 25 years.  They lived in Myrtle Beach, S.C.; Tulsa, OK; and Harrisburg, Pa.  No matter where she lived, home was wherever we could find her providing great home cooked meals, Yuengling, Tastykakes, and the Phillies.

Her Memorial Service and Celebration of Life will be held on Wednesday, August 23rd at 11 A.M. at the Griffith Funeral Chapel, 520 Chester Pike, in Norwood, Pa. 19074.

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

Her burial will be private.

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William R. "Bill" Potteiger

William R. (Bill) Potteiger, age 87, entered into rest on Tuesday, August 15, 2017 at the Crozer-Keystone Hospice Residence at Taylor Hospital in Ridley Park, Pa.

Bill was born to Esther May and Llewellyn S. Potteiger on October 22, 1929 in Temple, Pa.

As a child Bill was a Boy Scout.  He graduated from Reading High School in 1946.  He worked at "Doc's Drug Store" and enlisted in the U.S. Navy.  He served in the Medical Corps and attended Pharmacy School while serving.

He was discharged from the U.S. Navy in 1950, two weeks prior to Korea, and attended the Men's Nursing School at Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia.

Upon his graduation he began working as a Registered Nurse and eventually began working in the School of Nursing at Pennsylvania Hospital as an educator. 

He received his Bachelor of Science in Nursing and his Masters in Education while working at the Nursing School, and when the school closed in the 1970's, he began orienting student nurses from other programs as a part of their classroom education.

He then prior to his retirement recertified staff for CPR.  Bill retired in 1993.

Bill was also a musician, beginning early on drums eventually playing in a band.  After retirement he took lessons and purchased a vibraphone, his idol was Lionel Hampton.

Bill was a pilot; he began flying model airplanes that he eventually also began to build.  He attended flight school and had only his solo flight left to complete in his own plane when his father died in 1987. 

He was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Norwood where he served on Church Council for many years.

He gave long term care to someone from work for the last years of his life and in January 2014, decided he could no longer provide their care.  In September 2015 he moved in with his daughter and wife and grandson.

Bill is survived by his wife, Edna Mae; his daughter, Susan; and his grandchildren Marissa and Jonathan Romanelli; and one great-granddaughter, Emily Rose O'Hara.

His funeral service and burial will be private.

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

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John Edward McCormack, Jr.

It is with great and unexpected sorrow that we share the passing of John Edward McCormack, Jr.  John lost his short, yet, heroic battle with Cancer on Saturday, August 12, 2017 at the age of 77 in Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, peacefully surrounded by his family.

John was a Polio survivor as a child and was diagnosed with accelerated Kidney Disease, before he luckily received a transplant from a young donor at Thomas Jefferson in 2005 that gave him 12 good years.  He endured two separate summers with Melanoma and encountered Lung, Brain, and Liver Cancers just in the last year.

John was born on February 7, 1940 at the Women's Hospital in Overbrook, Pa. and he grew up in Narberth, Pa.  He was a longtime resident of Collingdale, Pa. and spent his professional life as a dedicated insurance agent.  His career began at General Accident, he became a Vice-President of Preston Patterson, he then moved on to Kinder and Furman, and ended his work with Yoos Agency.  After retiring, he spent his days in beloved Cape May, N.J.  John was completely devoted to his family and dearly loved as a husband, father, brother, uncle, and grandfather.  John's most adored hobby was following and idolizing Notre Dame.  His fondest memories include road trips to the campus and cheering inside the stadium.

John's parents were John McCormack Sr. and Lillian Kelly and he is survived by his wife, June McCormack and his children, John McCormack, III, Kevin McCormack and his wife, Christine Stacy-McCormack, Brian McCormack (deceased), Amielyn Spanier and her husband, Stephen Spanier, and Christopher McCormack and his wife, Denise McCormack.

John was the cherished "Poppy" of his grandchildren, Brittaney, Brendan, Ryan, Evan, Matthew, and Sean.  His sisters include Mary Anne Barnes and her husband, George Barnes (deceased) and Sr. Katharine McCormack, IHM (deceased).

His beautiful, kind-hearted and selfless spirit has touched the lives of many.  He did all that he could for those around him and he will be remembered by all as a true and humble giver- never anticipating anything in return.  His bright and true spirit will forever shine down through the heavens.

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated on the 56th anniversary of their love, on Saturday, September 9th, at 10 A.M. at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, 500 Woodlawn Avenue, in Collingdale, Pa. 19023.  There will be a visitation hour from 9 A.M. to 10 A.M. at the church.

     In lieu of flowers, our family has requested that all donations go back to Thomas Jefferson University Hospital with gratitude- specifically to the Sidney Kimmel Medical College, where John has been gifted to further research.  John's preference as a donor was always in hope that someday, his discoveries could be used to help another beautiful soul.  To donate, please visit https://w3jefferson.edu/giving.cfm or mail contributions to the Jefferson Office of Institutional Advancement at 125 S. 9th Street, Suite 600, Philadelphia, Pa. 19107, specifying "Research."          

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Diane Marie Antcliff

Diane Marie Antcliff, age 75 of Upper Chichester died Thursday, August 3, 2017 at Riddle Memorial Hospital.

Born in Ridley Park, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Georgia Marie Vaughn.

Diane is survived by her daughters, Justina Marie and Kevin Winter, their children Andrew and Samantha; and Christine Lynn and Michael Mahon, their children Michael, III and Cameron.  She is also survived by her siblings, Joyce Hamilton, Joseph Vaughn and Sherrill Domalewski, and 6 nieces and 2 nephews.  

There will be a Funeral Service Friday, August 11, 2017  11am at Prospect Hill Baptist Church, 703 Lincoln Ave, Prospect Park PA 19076. Friends are invited to call on the family 10-11am Friday at the church. 

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Ruth W. Edson

Ruth W. Edson, (nee Williams), age 86, departed this life on August 1, 2017.

Ruth was born on March 22, 1931 in Ridley Park and was raised in Glenolden.  She graduated from Glen-Nor High School in 1949.  She was married to Robert L. Edson in 1954 and worked as a secretary until becoming a Mom in 1958 when her hardest and most favorite homemaker work began.

Ruth was a loving wife, devoted Mom, wonderful Nana, Sister, Aunt, and great friend to many.  She enjoyed sewing, knitting, working on puzzles, baking cookies and banana bread for others, collecting birds especially cardinals, and rooting for the Phillies to name just a few, but her favorite was spending time with family. 

Ruth is survived by her husband, Robert Edson; her children, Paul and Liz Edson, and Judy and Gary Oakland; her grandchildren, Cheri France, Stephanie Oakland and Benjamin Oakland; and also many nieces, nephews, and their children and grandchildren.  We all miss her dearly.

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

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

Her burial will follow at Eastlawn Cemetery in Milmont Park, Pa.          

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Steve Marko

Steve Marko, age 84, a resident of the Milmont Park section of Ridley Township and a former resident of Philadelphia, passed away peacefully on July 26, 2017 at Riddle Memorial Hospital with his family by his side.

He was born in Philadelphia the son of Stephan and Helen Marko.

Steve was employed as an operation supervisor at Berm Studios, Inc. in Yeadon for 30 years until his retirement.

He was a veteran of the Korean War serving in the U.S. Army.

Steve was a member of St. Patrick's Chapel in Ardmore.  He enjoyed fishing in his spare time and loved to travel.  Most of all, he enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.

He is survived by his loving wife, Marilyn; his sons, Stephen and his wife Becky and David and his wife Barbara; and his grandchildren, Daniel, Alex, Jonathan, Christopher, and Annabelle.

His Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, August 12th, at 10 A.M. at the Griffith Funeral Chapel, 520 Chester Pike, in Norwood, Pa. 19074.

There will be time for visitation on Saturday from 9 A.M. to 10 A.M. at the funeral home.

His burial will be in Arlington Cemetery in Drexel Hill, Pa.

In lieu of flowers, contributions made in Steve's memory to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675 or to a charity of the donor's choice would be appreciated by his family.  

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Steven A. Grisack

Steven A. Grisack, age 60, a resident of Essington, Tinicum Township, passed away peacefully on July 26, 2017 at his residence surrounded by his family and friends.

He was born on April 18, 1957 in Philadelphia.

Steven was a member of Labor Union # 057.  He loved spending his time fishing, going to the race track, going to the pool, and most of all spending time with his nieces and nephews.

Steven is survived by his father, Joseph Grisack; his mother, Lorie; his sister, Debbie White; his brother, Joey Grisack and sister-in-law Denise Grisack; and his sister, Diane Grisack.

His Memorial Service will be held on Tuesday, August 1st, at 11 A.M. at the Griffith Funeral Chapel, 520 Chester Pike, in Norwood, Pa. 19074.

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

His burial will be private.

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

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Jessie E. Forte

Jessie E. Forte, age 90, a resident of Lutheran Knolls in Boothwyn and a former longtime resident of Prospect Park, passed away on July 23, 2017 at Naaman's Creek Country Manor in Garnet Valley.

Born in Providence, R.I., she was the daughter of the late Samuel and Jessie Livesley.   Jessie was a resident of Prospect Park from 1955 until 2000 when she moved to Lutheran Knolls.

She was a longtime member of Prospect Hill Baptist Church in Prospect Park and was a member of the "Loafers", a seniors group in Prospect Park.

Jessie was married for 47 years to her late husband, Robert A. Forte, who died in 1995.

She is survived by her sons, Richard; Robert and his wife, Karen; and William and his wife, Dorothy; and her many grandchildren.

Her funeral service and burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, contributions made in Jessie's memory to Prospect Hill Baptist Church, 703 Lincoln Avenue, Prospect Park, Pa. 19076 would be appreciated     

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Thomas Henry Buck, III

Thomas Henry Buck, III, "Tom", age 88, a resident of the Masonic Village of Lafayette Hill and a former longtime resident of Norwood, passed away peacefully in his sleep on July 8, 2017.

Tom graduated from John Bartram High School and the University of Pennsylvania.  He was retired from ARCO after a 38 year career in finance and marketing.

He was a 50 year resident of Norwood before moving to the Masonic Village.  He was a founding member of the Norwood Swim Club and served as Treasurer and Director of the swim team. 

He was a lifelong member of St. James Episcopal Church of Kingsessing in Philadelphia.  Tom was a 60 year 33rd Degree Mason and  Past Master of Lodge #3 F & A.M.

Tom was an avid fan of Penn State football and every Philadelphia sports team.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 44 years, Clare Margaret (O'Dowd) Buck and his brother, Frederick Buck.

Tom is survived by his children, Thomas H. Buck, IV and his wife Kathryn, Merrilee Ann Ulisny and her husband Michael, Dr. Carolee Ann Polek, Leslie Ann Notor and her husband Timothy, and Julie Ann Mongeluzi and her husband Joseph; and his eleven grandchildren.

His Funeral Service will be held on Friday, July 14th, at 11 A.M. at the Chapel at Arlington Cemetery, 2900 State Road, in Drexel Hill, Pa. 19026.

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

His burial will follow in Arlington Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions made in Tom's memory to The Shriners Hospital for Children, 3551 N. Broad Street, Philadelphia, Pa. 19140 would be appreciated by his family.

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Dorothy B. Cliffe

Dorothy B. Cliffe, age 99, a longtime resident of Essington, passed away peacefully on June 25, 2017 at the Prospect Park Health & Rehabilitation Center surrounded by her loving family.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph H. Cliffe.

She is survived by her two daughters and their husbands; her four grandchildren; and her seven great-grandchildren.

Her Funeral Service and interment will be held privately.

        In lieu of flowers, contributions made in her memory to St. John's Tinicum Lutheran Church, 601 Seneca Street, Essington, Pa. 19029 would be appreciated by her family.                  

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Keith R. Manduke

Keith Ronald Manduke, 64, of Philadelphia, died on June 24, 2017.

Born on Valentine’s Day, Keith was raised in Glenolden, PA and has been a resident of Pennsylvania his entire life.  Keith attended Millersville State College and worked at ADT from 1971 until retiring in 2000.

Described as witty, loving, and creative, Keith had many passions, including sci-fi novels and movies, animals, wildlife conservation, English tea, literature, and his favorite holiday – Halloween.  He enjoyed traveling and cruises, spending time with family and friends, and visiting the Philadelphia Zoo and other National Parks.

Keith left an indelible mark on the hearts of his family and friends and will truly be missed.

He was predeceased by his parents, Arthur Manduke and Doris Manduke, and his partner, William Schultz.

He is survived by his brothers, Bob Manduke (Nadine) and Mark Manduke (Peggy); his nieces and nephew, Lauren (Joe), Meghan (Adam), Jennifer, and Michael; two great-nieces and a great-nephew; as well as a number of cousins. 

A service will be held 11 a.m. Monday, July 3, 2017 at Griffith Funeral Chapel, 520 Chester Pike, Norwood, with visitation from 10-11 a.m. Burial to follow at Philadelphia Memorial Park, Frazer, PA.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Keith’s memory to the Wildlife Conservation Society at www.WCS.org.

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Robert E. Towey

Robert E. Towey, 59, of Glenolden, passed away June 22, 2017, at Crozer-Chester Medical Center. 

Born in Upland, to the late James J. and Betty (Owens) Towey, he was also pre-deceased by sister, Patricia Bair, brothers, James Towey, Jr., and Raymond Towey, and nephew Andrew J. Towey, Sr.

Bob work as a welder fabricator for JM Welding, he was a longtime member of the Sons of the American Legion, where he played Santa for Post 193 in Sharon Hill before moving onto Post 507 in Norwood, where he served 2 years as 2nd Vice, and was also past Commander.  Bob was currently serving as Sgt. of Arms for Post 566 in Glenolden, and also holds the office of Vice Commander for SAL 8th District of PA. Bob was a member of the AOH Black Jack Kehoe in Briarcliffe, and an avid pool and dart player.

He is survived by his loving wife Sharon (nee Irey), daughters, Hannah Towey, and Jeannette and Tiffany Shoop, his sister, Mary (Tom) Powell, and brothers, Stephen (Shelli) Towey, and William Towey (Tom).  Mr. Towey is also survived by 2 grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

His Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, July 1st at 2pm at the Griffith Funeral Chapel, 520 Chester Pike, Norwood, PA  19074.

There will be a visitation on Saturday from 12 pm to 2 pm at the funeral home.

Burial is Private

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made in his name to the Interboro Music Boosters, c/o Pres. Lori MaCann, 1631 Holmes Ave., Prospect Park, PA  19076.               

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Carol Ann McElhenny

Carol Ann McElhenny, age 73, a current resident of Murphy, N.C. and a former resident of Sarasota, Fla. and originally from Norwood, Pa., passed away peacefully on June 16, 2017 at Arden Courts of Warminster in Hatboro, Pa. surrounded by her loving family.

Carol Ann grew up in Norwood, Pa., the daughter of Irma and Jacob George.  She was a graduate of Interboro High School.

She married her former husband, Arthur Young from Prospect Park, Pa. in 1962.  They lived along the east coast as Arthur was in the U.S. Navy.

She later settled in Florida where she met and married Samuel McElhenny in 1973.  Carol Ann lived in Sarasota, Florida for 15 years before moving to Murphy, North Carolina..

An accountant by profession, she was the franchise owner of four H & R Block offices in Murphy, N.C., Andrews, N.C., Blue Ridge, GA., and Copper Hill, TN for 30 years.

She worked a lot.  When not working she enjoyed time spent on the lake and visiting her kids and granddaughter.

She was preceded in death by her sister, Marjorie George, as well as her parents.

Carol Ann is survived by her husband, Samuel McElhenny; her daughters, Kimberly Young of Chicago, and Tracy Young Cook (Thomas) of Murphy, N.C.; her granddaughter, Taylor Dornik of Chicago; her sister, Linda George Jones (the late Ritt) of Swedesboro, N.J.; and her former husband, Arthur Young of Biloxi, MS.

Her Funeral Service will be held on Wednesday, June 21st, at 11 A.M. at the Griffith Funeral Chapel, 520 Chester Pike, in Norwood, Pa. 19074.

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

Her burial will be in Arlington Cemetery in Drexel Hill, Pa.

There will be a luncheon for family and friends at Lehman's Tavern on Wanamaker Ave. in Essington, Pa. immediately following her burial.

     In lieu of flowers, contributions made in her memory to The Wounded Warriors Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675 would be appreciated.     

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James Robert Halliday

James Robert Halliday, age 40, a resident of Norwood, affectionately known as "Jamie" to family and friends, passed away peacefully on June 7, 2017.

He was born in Norwood, Pa. to Robert and Elizabeth Halliday. 

Ever since he was a little boy, Jamie loved going to work in construction with his father.

He attended Interboro High School, where he played baseball, basketball, and football.

Jamie earned his Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice from Penn State.  All through college, he worked with his dad every summer as a carpenter.

He went on to graduate from the Delaware County Police Academy.

Jamie coached his sons in baseball and his daughters in softball for the Norwood Athletic Club.

He loved the outdoors.  He loved skiing, hunting, fishing, and spending time in upstate Pennsylvania.

He also loved working with his dad building things.  He loved creating something beautiful.

Jamie is predeceased by his sister, Shanna Halliday Michael.

He is survived by his five children, Hallie, Michael, Zachary, Olivia, and Kyleigh.

He will be greatly missed by all those who were lucky enough to know him.

Jamie was known for his sense of humor, and although life was not especially fair to him, he never lost it.

A Memorial Service and Celebration of his Life will be held on Saturday, June 17th, at 12 Noon at the Griffith Funeral Chapel, 520 Chester Pike, in Norwood, Pa. 19074.

There will be a visitation time on Saturday from 10 A.M. to 12 Noon at the funeral home.

His burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the James Halliday Children's Education Fund at TD Bank, 2600 MacDade Blvd., Holmes, Pa. 19043.

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Irene A. Williamson

Irene A. Williamson, age 93, a longtime resident of Glenolden, passed away peacefully on June 5, 2017 at her residence.

Born in Norwood, she was the daughter of the late Howard and Esther Machette.

Irene was an avid gardener and was known for her beautiful flowers and gardens.  She enjoyed puzzles and games and loved to read.  Most of all, she enjoyed spending time with her family.

Irene was preceded in death by her husband, Ronald E. Williamson, and her nine siblings.

She is survived by her three daughters, Susanne (Harry) Archer; Esther (Robert) Berry, and Patricia (Richard) Heller; her eight grandchildren; her fifteen great-grandchildren; and her great-great-granddaughter.

Her Funeral Service will be held on Monday, June 12th, at 11 A.M. at the Griffith Funeral Chapel, 520 Chester Pike, in Norwood, Pa. 19074.

There will be a visitation time on Monday from 10 A.M. to 11 A.M. and on Sunday, June 11th, from 6 P.M. to 8 P.M. at the funeral home.

Her burial will be in Mt. Zion Cemetery in Collingdale, Pa.

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Denise A. Barnhart

Denise A. Barnhart, age 56, a resident of Ridley Park, passed away on June 2, 2017.

Denise was born on October 27, 1960.

She always had a love for the beach, sun bathing, and music.

Denise is predeceased by her father, James Barnhart.

She is survived by her boyfriend of 17 years, Blaine Curtis; her three sons, Robert (Carly), Nicholas (Jennifer), and Anthony; her daughter, Tiffany; her mother, Carole Barnhart; her five grandchildren, Nicholas, Dominic, Sophia, Remedy, and Lucas; and her brother, James (Lenore).

There will be a visitation time on Thursday, June 8th, from 6 P.M. to 8 P.M. at the Griffith Funeral Chapel, 520 Chester Pike, in Norwood, Pa. 19074.

Her burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, the family is accepting contributions for her funeral at:  www.gofundme.com/funeral-services-for-Denise?pc=sms

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Robert Warren Fagan

Robert Warren Fagan, age 80, a longtime resident of the Woodlyn section of Ridley Township and a proud veteran who was retired from the U.S. Marine Corps, passed away peacefully on May 14, 2017.

Born in Scranton, Pa., he was the son of the late Joseph and Hannah Fagan.

Bob was a veteran of the Korean War and completed  three tours in Vietnam serving in the U.S. Marine Corps.  He served 21 years in the Marine Corps until his retirement.  He then worked as a security supervisor for various hotels in the area.
He was a Life member of the Marine Corps League in Upland, Pa.

Bob was an avid sports fan and especially followed the Flyers and the Cleveland Browns.  He also had an extreme interest in local and national politics and would always offer his opinion on important issues.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Norma F. Fagan; his son, Robert W. Fagan, Jr.; and his daughter, Elizabeth Cowan.

Bob is survived by his son, Michael P. Fagan; his daughter, Darlette Fagan; and his four grandchildren.

His Funeral Service will be held on Wednesday, May 24th, at 11 A.M. at the Griffith Funeral Chapel, 520 Chester Pike, in Norwood, Pa. 19074.

Friends may call on Wednesday from 10 A.M. to 11 A.M. at the funeral home.

His burial with full  military honors will be in Prospect Hill Baptist Church Cemetery in Prospect Park, Pa. following the service.

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

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Margaret L. Walls

Margaret L. Walls, age 97, known affectionately as "Marge" to her friends, passed away peacefully on May 12, 2017 surrounded by her loving family.  Marge was a longtime resident of Norwood.

She was the daughter of the late Charles and Grace Hannah Stahl.

Marge was the manager of three Hallmark card shops in the area for a number of years before her retirement. 

She was a longtime member of St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Folcroft.

She was known for her beautiful afghan blankets that she knitted for her family and friends after her retirement.  Most of all, Marge will be remembered as a woman who was devoted to her family.

Marge was preceded in death by her husband, William, who died in 1971; and her four sisters.

She is survived by her children; Peg Malloy, Marilyn Cameron, and William Walls, Jr.; her sister, Charlotte Cook; her eight grandchildren; and her eleven great-grandchildren.

Her Funeral Service will be held on Wednesday, May 17th, at 11 A.M. at St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1500 Glen Avenue, in Folcroft, Pa. 19032.

Friends may call on Wednesday from 9:30 A.M. to 10:30 A.M. at the Griffith Funeral Chapel, 520 Chester Pike, in Norwood, Pa. 19074.

Her burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, contributions made in Marge's memory to St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church at the above address would be appreciated.

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Colleen Ann Curtius

Colleen Ann Curtius, age 52, of Prospect Park, Pa., went home to the Lord on May 6, 2017 after losing her battle with cancer.

Raised in Prospect Park and a former resident of Glenolden, Colleen was a 1982 graduate of Interboro High School. 

Colleen was happiest when she was with her family or vacationing at the beach, and is most remembered for her generosity, volunteerism, and dedication.

She was loved and will be missed immensely.

Colleen was the loving mother of Bayly Kern; beloved daughter of Albert and Rita Curtius; sister of Albert (IV) and his wife Shannon Curtius; and dear aunt to her nieces, Sarah, Madelyn, and Emma Curtius.  She was also survived by many loving friends and extended family members.

Relatives and friends are invited to her Memorial Service on Thursday, May 11th, at 7:30 P.M. at Princeton Presbyterian Church, 933 Baltimore Pike, in Springfield, Pa. 19064.

Calling hours will be on Thursday from 5:30 P.M. to 7:30 P.M. at the church.

Her burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Palliative and Hospice Care Team at Bryn Mawr Hospital, 130 South Bryn Mawr Avenue, Bryn Mawr, Pa. 19010.

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Sandra Sparrow Wilkinson

If you called her cell phone recently, you got a joyful voicemail message that began, "Hey, hey, hey, I'm still on the planet . . ." that would bring a smile to your face.  Sandra Sparrow Wilkinson, 76, a teacher, principal, and artist with an infectious spirit and unbounded creativity, left us peacefully on April 22, 2017.  Sandy was a beloved presence in Swarthmore, earning the respect of thousands of students, parents, and colleagues during her 28 years in the Wallingford-Swarthmore School District, through her retirement in Maine, and during her return to Swarthmore when she married Dr. Harold Wilkinson.

Born in Hamilton, Ohio in 1940 to Edna and Jerome Martin Lewis, Sr., Sandy grew up in a family that valued education and discipline.  Sandy attended St. Simons Elementary School and the selective Walnut Hills High School in Cincinnati.  A gifted public speaker and lover of poetry, Sandy won a prize for reciting "A Psalm of Life" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.  She earned her Bachelor's Degree in elementary education from the University of Cincinnati and won the Cincinnati Teacher of the Year Award after her second year of teaching.  She moved to Swarthmore in 1969 with her husband, Eugene Sparrow and son, Geno.  By 1971, Sandy was a single parent teaching in the Swarthmore School District.

Sandy was a creative teacher who connected with her students in a profound way.  She understood who needed encouragement, who needed more responsibility or freedom, and who would benefit from her gentle touch.  if you called her classroom on the inter-school phone system, a student would answer "Greetings and salutations! May I help you?" in a confident and polished tone.  Though never seeking attention for herself, she had a way of letting each child shine, whether through an unexpected role in a Shakespeare play, opera or production of "Amahl and the Night Visitors", or as the designated class scribe, leader of a school beautification project or business manager of a book fair.  Dissection of frogs for science yielded exquisitely drawn illustrations of the process; a school trip to Williamsburg led to intricately detailed dioramas.

Shortly after earning her Master's Degree in Educational Administration in 1985, the school district tapped Sandy for the position of principal of the Swarthmore-Rutledge Elementary School (SRS).  The first task she set for herself was to learn the names of the 702 students at SRS.  As principal, Sandy provided teachers with the inspiration and freedom to follow their passions in the classroom.  One teacher had his class study the work of Langston Hughes and the Harlem Renaissance, culminating in a visit to Harlem; another class did an extensive project on sustainable raised-bed gardening.  The influence of Sandy's work persists today through projects such as African dance artist-in-residence program, now in its 25th year.  Her talents were recognized outside the School District, as well.  In 1992, Swarthmore Rutledge Elementary School was designated a National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education.  Sandy, wearing her signature mis-matched earrings, received the award from former President Bill Clinton at the White House.  In 1997, Swarthmore College awarded Sandy a Doctorate of Humane Letters for her deep commitment and many contributions to the education of children in the local community.

When Sandy retired from the school district in 1999, she bought a house on the coast of Maine and threw herself into a creative life of indigo dying, painting, playing the flute and gardening.  She studied textiles that reflect diverse cultures and gathered an extraordinary collection from around the world.  She also continued to work with, and for, children, serving as adjunct professor of education at the University of Maine at Machias and starting Alumni Supporting Kids (ASK) to support after school program participation for all students in Wallingford-Swarthmore schools.

Sandy married Dr. Harold Wilkinson in 2010 and returned to Swarthmore.  She continued her indigo dye projects in her Park Avenue dye shed.  She was dedicated to her granddaughter, Malika, staying in touch through weekly Skype sessions and annual visits to Australia.

Sandy is survived by her husband, Dr. Harold Wilkinson; her son, Geno Sparrow; and her granddaughter, Malika Matisse Sparrow; her brother, Jerome Lewis, Jr.; and countless friends, students, and colleagues.

A Celebration of Sandy's Life will be held on Sunday, May 7th, at 2 P.M. at the Swarthmore Friends Meetinghouse, 12 Whittier Place, on the Swarthmore College Campus in Swarthmore, Pa. 19081.

In memory of Sandy, donations may be made to Alumni and Friends Supporting Kids, Foundation for Wallingford-Swarthmore Schools, P.O. Box 288, Wallingford, Pa. 19086 or in tribute to Drs. James Evans and Marilind Stiles at Jefferson to: Office of Institutional Advancement, 130 S. 9th Street, Suite 1700, Philadelphia, Pa. 19107, checks payable to "Jefferson" or donate online at Giving.Jefferson.edu.

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Fritz Robert Bruner

Fritz R. Bruner, 86, a longtime resident of Essington, formerly of Prospect Park and Ridley Township, died peacefully on April 19, 2017.  Born February 2, 1931 in Chester, Pa., he resided in Essington for 30 years.

A Korean War Veteran, Fritz was a self-employed home improvement contractor.  He worked in the industry for over 50 years.  A life-long member of St. James Episcopal Church in Prospect Park, he served three terms on the Vestry and was active in church and community events.  An Avid Philadelphia Eagles and Phillies sports and car racing fan, the highlight of his life was racing his '32 Ford Roadster cross-country in the Great American Car Race in 1987.  His roadster was always a "fan favorite" in Prospect Park's Annual 4th of July Parade.  Fritz was the son of the late E. Fritz and Frances Rees Bruner.  In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his aunt and uncle, Adelaide and Bartholomew Rees, ex-wife, Wenonah Bruner McNichol, former companion, Sandra McNulty, brother-in-law, Albert Hufnal, and a son, F. Richard Bruner.

SURVIVORS:  His loving companion of 30 years, Suzanne Albert of Essington, Pa.; sister Anne Elizabeth Hufnal of Wildwood, N.J.; daughter Debra Bruner (Greg) Grillone of Norwood, Pa.; daughter Donna (Lewis) LaBar of Stroudsburg, Pa.; son Daniel (Megan) Bruner of Media, Pa.; daughter-in-law, Shirley Bruner of Folsom, Pa.; extended family members, Tanya McKeith of Holmes, Pa.; Jon (Aimee) Albert of Eddystone, Pa.; Kandis McNulty of Media, Pa.; MaryBeth (Rich) Plummer of West Grove, Pa.; 13 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

MEMORIAL SERVICE:  Will be held on Monday, May 8th, at 11 A.M. at St. James Episcopal Church, 732 11th Avenue, Prospect Park, Pa. 19076.

VISITATION: Will be from 9:30 A.M. to 11 A.M. Monday at the church.

BURIAL:  Will be private.

CONTRIBUTIONS:  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to St. James Episcopal Church at the above address would be appreciated.

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Fay K. Santangini

Fay K. Santangini, 82, passed away peacefully on April 15, 2017 surrounded by her loving family.

She is survived by her children, Cynthia Podgurney, John Purdy, Robert Purddy, Joyce Datillo, and Ruthellen Carozza; her sister, Joyce Powell; her brother, David Whelan; her nine grandchildren; and her three great-grandchildren.

Her Memorial Service and Life Celebration will be held on Saturday, April 22nd, at 3 P.M. at the Griffith Funeral Chapel, 520 Chester Pike, in Norwood, Pa. 19074.

Her burial will be private.

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Nancy J. Vining

Nancy J. Vining, 89, a resident of White Horse Village in Newtown Square, Pa. and a former resident of Swarthmore, Pa. and West Chester, Pa., passed away peacefully on April 10, 2017 surrounded by her loving family.

Born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, she was the daughter of the late Ernest Howard and Janet Cliff.  Nancy had resided at White Horse Village since 2008 having lived at Hershey's Mill in West Chester and Swarthmore for many years prior to that.

Nancy was a well known award winning watercolor artist and her work was displayed throughout the Philadelphia area.

Nancy and her family enjoyed spending summers at Metis-sur-Mer on the Gaspe Peninsula in Quebec, Canada.  She was a longtime member of Trinity Episcopal Church in Swarthmore, Pa.  Most of all, she will be remembered as a woman who was devoted to her family.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Roy H. Vining.

Nancy is survived by her children, Susan Moore, William H. (Jenny) Vining, Robert J. (Catherine) Vining, and Charles F. (Susan) Vining; her twelve grandchildren; her great- granddaughter, Lila; and her sisters, Audrey Smith and Mary Ross.

Her Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, April 22nd, at 11 A.M. at Trinity Episcopal Church, 301 N. Chester Road, in Swarthmore, Pa. 19081.  There will be a visitation time on Saturday from 10 A.M. to 11 A.M. at the church.

Her burial in the church memorial garden will immediately follow the service.

In lieu of flowers, contributions made in Nancy's memory to Trinity Episcopal Church at the above address would be appreciated by her family.

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Manfred "Manny" Starke

Manfred "Manny" Starke, age 88, of Folcroft, formally of Toby Farms, passed away on April 6, 2017.

He was the beloved husband of Rosie (Boyer) and loving father of Rene (Jill), Petra (Buck), Rowena (Steve), Charles (Charlene), and Stephen (Jennifer).  He was also survived by his cherished 13 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren.

Manny grew up in Germany and moved to the United States in 1966 and worked as a baker for Traubs Bakery for many years.  He spent 26 years together with his adoring wife, Rosie.

Manny's favorite past times were traveling, dancing, and spending time with his family.  He will always be remembered as kind, generous, and loving to all.  He was always willing to help others in times of need, and never asked for anything in return.  He was a truly selfless person.

Relatives and friends are invited to his viewing on Tuesday, April 11th, from 6 P.M. to 8 P.M. and on Wednesday, April 12th, from 9:30 A.M. to 10:30 A.M. at the Griffith Funeral Chapel, 520 Chester Pike, in Norwood, Pa. 19074.

His Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Wednesday, April 12th, at 11 A.M. at St. Gabriel's Catholic Church, 233 Mohawk Avenue, in Norwood, Pa. 19074. 

His interment will follow at Edgewood Memorial Park in Glen Mills, Pa.

In lieu of flowers, contributions made in Manny's memory to St. Gabriel's Catholic Church Memorial Fund at the above address would be appreciated.

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Mary Elizabeth Nehlig

Mary Elizabeth Nehlig, age 90, longtime resident of Morton, Pa., and a current resident of Senior Commons in Springfield, Pa.;  passed away peacefully on April 5, 2017 at the Crozer-Keystone Hospice Residence at Taylor Hospital in Ridley Park, Pa.

Mary was born in Morton, Pa. on August 4, 1926.  Her father was Henry Paar Nehlig and her mother was Mary Scott Nehlig.  As an only child, Mary admitted that she was "doted upon" and even her pediatrician told her mother that Mary could do well with "a little benign neglect."

During Mary's childhood in the 1930's and 1940's her parents took in relatives in need of financial help or housing.  Through these "family guests" Mary took on the spirit of giving and sharing and the best of qualities of not only her parents but also these other adults.

In high school Mary excelled in academics.  She was elected to the National Honor Society and was valedictorian of her class of 1944 at Ridley Township High School.

Following high school Mary attended Wilson College in Chambersburg, Pa.  She majored in Political Science and worked in the library part time to help pay tuition.

Following graduation from Wilson, Mary obtained a position as a librarian at Drexel University.  Mary was offered a grant to study for a Masters in Library Science on a part-time basis by the director of the library who noticed her attention to details and her wonderful ability to work with the public.  After several years she achieved her degree and given more responsibility.  She worked for Drexel for 25 years in all and when she left she was Director of the Research Library.  Mary was then hired as the Assistant Director of the West Chester University Library System.  She worked there for 25 years during which time there was much expansion and development of the system and Mary played a vital role in this process.  Finally, at 76, Mary retired from library work after 50 years.

Over the years Mary traveled extensively in Europe, the Caribbean, and the United States.

In retirement Mary continued service to others.  She developed a program in which volunteer adults read books with K and 1st Grade Springfield students and Mary was active with the program until health issues intervened. 

At 87 it became necessary for Mary to move from the home she had been born in due to injuries from a fall and after some physical therapy moved to an apartment at Senior Commons in Springfield.  Her special talents were recognized there and she often helped new residents there and became a "Big Sister" to many; especially those residents with cognitive difficulties.

Mary was raised to be a gentile, polite, giving, and nurturing person who loved to host many family gatherings at her home.  Her motto seemed to be "kindness to all."  Perhaps best put by an aide at Senior Commons on learning of Mary's passing, "To know her was to love her."

Mary is survived by her cousins and second-cousins.

A Memorial Service for Mary will be held on Friday, April 21st, at 10 A.M. at Covenant United Methodist Church, 212 W. Springfield Road, in Springfield, Pa. 19064. 

There will be a visitation time from 9:30 A.M. to 10 A.M. at the church.

Her burial will be at Calvary Episcopal Cemetery in Aston immediately following the service.

In lieu of flowers, contributions made in Mary's memory to Covenant United Methodist Church at the above address would be appreciated by her family.

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Abramo "Al" Angelo O'Rangers

Abramo (Al) Angelo O'Rangers, a resident of Aston, Pa., age 76, peacefully left this world on Friday, March 31, 2017. 

Al was a proud Navy veteran who served aboard the USS Tortuga (LSD-26).  He was employed by Boeing and retired after more than 40 years working in Research & Development.

Al was an active member of the John Wesley Cross American Legion Post # 507 in Norwood where he served as Post Commander from 1998-2007 and also served as 8th District Commander from 2010-2012.

He enjoyed hunting, bowling, dancing, and spending time with his family.

Al is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Anne C. (nee Weeder); his sons, Michael (Joann), Mark (Jackie), Richard (Pam), and Daniel (Janine); a brother, William O'Rangers; and a sister, Maryann Sands; his grandchildren, Amanda, Ashley, Michael, Lindsey, Justin, and Mason; and his great-grandchildren, Steven and Jonathan.  He was also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Al was preceded in death by his granddaughter, Heather O'Rangers; and by his parents Angelo and Viola O'Rangers.

Visitation will be on Tuesday, April 18, 2017 from 10 A.M. to 11 A.M. at the Griffith Funeral Chapel, 520 Chester Pike in Norwood, Pa. 19074 with a Service to follow at 11 A.M.

His burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Al's name may be made to John Wesley Cross Post # 507, 20 West Cleveland Avenue, Norwood, Pa. 19074.    

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William "Bill" Armstrong

William Armstrong (Bill), 55, a resident of Upper Darby, passed away at home on March 29, 2017.

Born July 7, 1961, he was the son of the late Robert Armstrong and the late Patricia Armstrong Mastriano.  He was a lifelong resident of Delaware County and graduated from Interboro High School in 1979.

He attended Delaware County Vocational Technical School in Folcroft for masonry and was a member of the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftsworkers # 1 in Philadelphia.

He worked on many Union projects throughout the Tri-State area.

Bill was an avid video gamer and his guild members were international.  He enjoyed history, especially World War II and U.S. Naval History,  "Star Trek over Star Wars", music and comedy.  He will be remembered as a loving brother, Uncle, and Great Uncle to Brandon, Dean, Alicia, Meridith, Greg, Todd, Jeff, Kyle, Mya, Max, Ayden, Zac, and Claire.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Terry Armstrong.

Bill is survived by his sister, Jeanne Armstrong Walsh, wife of William, of Savannah, GA; and his brother, Ken Armstrong, husband of Joyce Brockson Armstrong, of Prospect Park.

His Memorial Service will be held on Wednesday, April 5th, at 7 P.M. at the Griffith Funeral Chapel, 520 Chester Pike, in Norwood, Pa. 19074.

A visitation time will be on Wednesday from 6 P.M. to 7 P.M. at the funeral home.

His interment will be private.

     In lieu of flowers, contributions made in Bill's memory to Taylor Hospice, P.O. Box 147, Ridley Park, Pa. 19078 would be appreciated.     

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Doris V. Cochran

Doris V. Cochran, 88, a lifelong resident of Essington, passed away peacefully on March 28, 2017 at the Prospect Park Health and Rehabilitation Center in Prospect Park.

Born in Chester, she was the daughter of the late Hobart and Mary Boyd.  Doris was a resident of Essington for all of her life.  She was a longtime member of St. John's Tinicum Lutheran Church in Essington; where she sang in the choir and was involved with the Ladies' Crafters at the church for many years.

Most of all, she will be remembered as a woman who was devoted to her family and her church.

Doris was preceded in death by her first husband, John Edward Cochran, Sr.

She is survived by her husband, Charles Spicer; her three children; her five grandchildren; and her five great-grandchildren.

Her Memorial Service will be held on Tuesday, April 4th, at 10:30 A.M. at the Griffith Funeral Chapel, 520 Chester Pike, in Norwood, Pa. 19074.

There will be a visitation time on Tuesday from 9 A.M. to 10:30 A.M. at the funeral home.

Her burial will be private.

    In lieu of flowers, contributions made in her memory to St. John's Tinicum Lutheran Church, 601 Seneca Street, Essington, Pa. 19029 would be appreciated.        

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Anna R. Irrgang

Anna R. Irrgang (Miller), age 103, died March 25, 2017. 

Born in Chester, Pa., the daughter of George W. and Margaret J. Miller and the widow of Charles J. Irrgang.  She was a resident of Glenolden, Pa. for over 70 years.

Anna is preceded in death by sisters Margaret Jackson, Dorothy Bagley, Jane Toy and brothers Willard, John, and George H. Miller.  Anna was a wonderful mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.  She enjoyed taking care of her family, sewing, crafting, and gardening.  She and Charles made many trips throughout the US. 

Anna and Charlie are survived by their children, Peggy Lovelace (the late Andy) of West Chester, Charles Irrgang, Jr. (Carole) of Ocean Pines, MD, Paul Irrgang (Patricia) of Mullica Hill, NJ, Gene Irrgang (Susan) of Horsham, PA, Barry Irrgang (Gail) of Leominster, MA, and Lynne McCormick(Michael) of Brookhaven, Pa.  Their legacy lives on through their six children, 15 grandchildren, and 20 great-grandchildren.  Anna lived a healthy and happy life.

Visitation will be from 10 A.M. to 11 A.M. on Friday, March 31, 2017 at the Griffith Funeral Chapel, 520 Chester Pike, in Norwood, Pa.  Burial will be in Chester Rural Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Willow Tree Hospice, 616 E. Cypress Street, Kennett Square, Pa. 19348.

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Edward Martin Schweizer

It is with great sadness that the family of Edward Martin Schweizer, 61, of Morton, announce his passing on Friday, March 24, 2017, surrounded by his family.

Born in 1955, Edward lived in Delaware County throughout his life.  Ed was a 1973 graduate of Springfield High School.  Throughout his childhood and adult life, he was passionately involved in the Boy Scouts of America.  Ed was a jack of all trades, he was an auto mechanic, printer, builder, and manager.  Ed retired taking memberships at the Prospect Park Swim Club, where he also loved spending his summer nights with his family.  He had a love for animals, handiwork, athletics, the Phillies, and the Flyers.

He loved vacationing with his family anywhere with a beach, where he also enjoyed boating and fishing.  Ed marched to the beat of his own drum, and loved making people laugh.

Ed is survived by his wife, Linda; his sons, Edward (Denise), Stephen, and David; his granddaughter, Alyssa; his mother, Angela Schweizer; and his sisters, Sue Webb (William), and Theresa Humes (Albert); his cousin, Franny McCollum; and his many nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by his father, Edward W. Schweizer.

Visitation and Funeral Services will be held at the Griffith Funeral Chapel, 520 Chester Pike, in Norwood, Pa. 19074 on Wednesday, March 29th, 2017 from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M.  Edward's burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the American Heart Association, 5455 North High Street, Columbus, OH 43214 or to the Providence Animal Center, 555 Sandy Bank Rd., Media, Pa. 19063 at the request of the Schweizer family

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Catherine E. Magowan

Catherine E. Magowan, (nee Hegarty), 88, affectionately known as "Cass" to her family and friends, passed away peacefully on March 20, 2017 at Fair Acres Geriatric Center.  She was a longtime resident of Norwood, Pa. and was a former resident of Philadelphia.

Born in Philadelphia, she was the daughter of the late Thomas and Catherine Hegarty.

Cass worked in the banking business  in the area for many years until her retirement in 1993.

She was a longtime active member of the New Greenwich Light Baptist Church on Oregon Avenue in Philadelphia, where her late husband served as pastor for many years.

Cass was devoted to her family and her family was her life.  She will be remembered as a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.

Cass was preceded in death by her husband of 63 years, George "Chuck" Magowan; her daughter, Eileen DiPietro; and her brother, George Hegarty.

SURVIVORS:  Cass is survived by her children, Elizabeth (John) Gorman, John (Deborah) Magowan, and Kathleen (William) Herbert; her grandchildren, John, Brooke, Kelly, Matthew, Andrew, and Mark; and her five great-grandchildren; and her brothers, John, Paul, and Edward Hegarty.

FUNERAL SERVICE:  Will be held on Saturday, March 25th, at 10:30 A.M. at the Griffith Funeral Chapel, 520 Chester Pike, in Norwood, Pa. 19074.

VISITATION:  Will be on Saturday from 9 A.M. to 10:30 A.M. at the funeral home.

BURIAL:  Will be in Eastlawn Cemetery in Milmont Park, Pa.     

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Helen B. "Granny" Rickards

Helen B. "Granny" Rickards, age 88, a lifetime resident of Milmont Park who was known as a strong, loving family matriarch, passed away surrounded by loved ones on March 14, 2017.

Helen was born and raised in Milmont Park, Pennsylvania to the late Joseph Breitenbach and Frances Breitenbach (Schwartz).  In addition to her parents, her loving husband of 67 years, George S. Rickards, Sr., son George S. Rickards, Jr., grandson Joey T. Rickards, and her four siblings predeceased her.

Helen loved and dedicated her life to her family.  She was a devoted wife who cherished her husband.  She met George through a mutual friend and was most attracted to his kindness.  She took pride in being an involved mother to her five children as she volunteered in various activities throughout their childhood.  She took pleasure in supporting her grandchildren in their individual interests and dreams.  Having the opportunity to have a relationship with all of her great-grandchildren was important to her.  Her favorite day of the year was Christmas Eve when she would have all four generations of her family together.  She graciously cared for numerous family members in their greatest times of need, and always opened her home and heart to people she loved.  Her primary hobby was needle pointing as she enjoyed making needle work for her family.

Helen is survived by sons, Thomas P. Rickards, III of Oxford and Jeffrey Rickards (Anne) of Essington; and daughters Denise Cooney of Folsom and Frances McAvoy (Jack) of Boothwyn.  She was the loving grandmother of Joel Rickards (Tara), Tracie Beltran (Jorge), Amanda Brownhill (Steve), Melissa Rickards, Thomas P. Rickards IV (Janet), Robert Cooney, Melinda Blailock (Matthew), George Cooney (Amanda), Katie Rickards, Brittany Rickards, and Jeffrey Rickards.  She adored her 15 great-grandchildren.  One nephew, William Breitenbach (Carol), also survives her.

A visitation will take place on Monday, March 27th, from 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. at the Griffith Funeral Chapel at 520 Chester Pike, Norwood, Pa. 19074, with a Prayer Service to follow at 7 P.M.  Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Helen's name may be made to Taylor Hospice, P.O. Box 147, Ridley Park, Pa. 19078- www.taylorhospice.org        

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George R. Chambers, Jr.

George R. Chambers, Jr., 82, a resident of Norwood, Pa. and former resident of Wallingford, Pa., passed away on March 14, 2017 at his residence.

Born in Philadelphia, Pa., he was the son of the late George and Mary Chambers.

George worked on the assembly line of General Electric for 35 years until his retirement.  A veteran, he served in the U.S. Army for a period of time.

He enjoyed singing and participating in karaoke in many places around the county and also enjoyed playing golf in his spare time.

George will be remembered as a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather.

George is preceded in death by his wife, Lois.

He is survived by his son, George R. Chambers, III; his daughter, Donna Phetteplace; his grandson, Mason; his great-granddaughter, Abigail; and his former wife, Ruth Kephart.

His Funeral Service will be held on Monday, March 20th, at 11 A.M. at the Griffith Funeral Chapel, 520 Chester Pike, in Norwood, Pa. 19074.

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

His burial will be in Arlington Cemetery in Drexel Hill, Pa.

In lieu of flowers, contributions made in his memory to the American Diabetes Association, 150 Monument Road, Suite 100, Bala Cynwyd, Pa. 19004 would be appreciated.     

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Henry R. Drott

Henry R. Drott, former Scientific Director of Clinical Chemistry at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, died on Wednesday, March 8, 2017.  He passed away peacefully at his home in Swarthmore, Pa. with his family by his side.  He was 76.

Born in 1940 in Hammond, Louisiana, he was the son of Albert Eugene and Beulah Edna (Robertson) Drott.  He attended Hammond High School, graduating in 1958.  After receiving a bachelor's degree in Chemistry and Mathematics at Southeastern Louisiana College in 1962, he pursued a doctorate in Physical Chemistry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, which he completed in 1968.

Upon receiving his Ph.D, he became an NIH Postdoctoral Fellow at the Johnson Research Foundation at the University of Pennsylvania under the direction of Professor Takashi Yonetani.

In 1970 he spent the year at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden on a European Molecular Biology Organization Fellowship, where, among other things, he was a guest at the Nobel Prize awards ceremony.

After his return to Philadelphia he was appointed Assistant Professor of Biophysics at the University of Pennsylvania and received an NIH Research Career Development Award.  In 1977 he moved to Children's Hospital of Philadelphia as an Assistant Professor of Chemistry in Pediatrics, and was named Scientific Director of Clinical Chemistry.

Dr. Drott transformed his laboratory at CHOP from a modest to a high performance, efficient operation.  He introduced state of the art technology and instrumentation allowing the laboratory to perform testing on very small blood samples, appropriate for the pediatric patients.  Dr. Drott also introduced patient bedside testing to enable more rapid clinical decisions.  This technology has also aided in the treatment of patients in the outpatient setting.  During his tenure, CHOP was ranked among the top pediatric hospitals in the nation.

In the 1980s he put this expertise to work on behalf of Project Hope, traveling with a team of medical professionals to Krakow, Poland in 1984.  There he shared new diagnostic and therapeutic techniques with fellow chemists at the city's Pediatric Hospital.

In 2007, he retired from Children's Hospital after thirty years of service.

Outside of work, Dr. Drott was active in the community as Committee Chairman for Boy Scout Troop 112 and as a leader of the local affiliate of Canoe Trails, which organized annual weeklong canoe expeditions into the Canadian wilderness.  As a young man, he participated in the order of DeMolay.  He was a Master Mason, and a Knights Templar.

He met his wife, Mary Overstreet in 1965, when they were both in the wedding party of Mary's cousin, Margaret Eckstein and Charles Twine, a classmate of Henry's at UNC Chapel Hill.  They were married on December 27, 1967.  He and his wife divided their retirement years between Swarthmore and Lincolnville Center, Maine.

He is survived by his wife Mary; sons Edward and Eric; and two grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his brother Esmond.

A Memorial Service will be held at 10:30 A.M. on Saturday March 18th, at the Swarthmore United Methodist Church, 129 Park Avenue, in Swarthmore, Pa. 19081.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, the Swarthmore United Methodist Church, or to the Curtis Institute of Music, Philadelphia.

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Donald George Hetzner

Donald George Hetzner, 85, passed away at home on February 24, 2017 surrounded by loved ones.

A lifelong resident of Prospect Park, Pa., Don was a wonderful man dedicated to his family.  "Pop" proudly served his country in the Korean War and eventually retired from the Philadelphia Electric Company.  He spent his free time enjoying life with his daughter Anna and her husband Bud, his grandchildren, and his great-grandson Leland.  Pop had a smile for everyone and a contagious sense of humor!  He especially loved reading, cooking, and spending time in Cape May. 

He has many surviving relatives who are lucky to carry on his legacy.

Services and his burial with military honors took place on Wednesday, March 1st.

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Lois E. Schmidt

Lois E. Schmidt, a long time resident of Norwood, Pa., passed away on Sunday, February 26, 2017.

Lois will join her late husband, Norman Schmidt Sr., who preceded her in death in 1999.

She is the daughter of the late Ralph Sr. and Margaret Denston and sister of the late Margaret Francis (Vincent) and Ralph Jr.

Lois was a long time member of the Norwood United Methodist Church.  She was employed as a hospital medical records clerk and later in retail at Hofferts Candy for many years.

Lois is survived by her sons, Norman Jr. (Lee), Randy (Lisa), and Glen (Lois); her grandchildren, Heather (Leo) DeMarco, Ryan (Tracy), Meghan, and Alyssa; and her great-grandchildren, Madeline and Juliana DeMarco.

The family would like to thank the caregivers at Brightview Senior Living in Mt. Laurel, N.J. for their attentive loving care and friendship.

Her Funeral Service will be held on Friday, March 3rd, 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 10 A.M. to 11 A.M. at the church.

Her burial will be in Glenwood Memorial Gardens in Broomall, Pa.

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

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Roger Albert Hummel, Sr.

Roger Albert Hummel, Sr., 54 years old, of Essington, Pennsylvania, passed away at home on Sunday, February 26th, 2017.

Roger leaves behind his loving wife of 18 years, Michelle Hummel and son Roger Hummel, Jr.; his mother, Sarah Esther Maines of IN;  his siblings, Patrick Hummel (Predeceased) of KY, Elmer Waggoner of KY, Cindy Neal of IN, and Phillip Waggoner of KY.

Roger is also survived by many other relatives and in-laws who loved him dearly along with a multitude of nieces and nephews.

Roger held many occupations in the maintenance field with the last being a Maintenance Mechanic and held a Blue Seal license.

Roger had skills and abilities for anything anyone could possible imagine.  if there was a problem that needed solving, Roger always had a solution.

He often helped others in need with anything that needed fixing as well as help others with snow removal when needed.

Roger attended New Life Community Church of God over the years and loved the Lord Jesus.

Roger volunteered at Tinicum Elementary School for various activities and functions over the course of the 8 years that Roger, Jr. attended.

Roger will be missed dearly by his family, church family, friends and community.

   A Memorial Service is to be held on Friday, March 3rd, 2017 starting at 6 P.M. at New Life Community Church of God, 500 LaGrange Avenue, Essington, Pa. 19029.   

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Joan M. "Mom-Mom" Kanavel

Joan M. Kanavel, 85, of Bear, DE, formerly of Prospect Park, Pa., passed away on Saturday, February 25, 2017.

Joan is now able to join her late husband of 60 wonderful years, Joseph W. Kanavel Sr., who preceded her in death in 2011.  Born in Philadelphia, she was a graduate of John W. Hallahan Catholic High School for Girls before marrying Joe (Pop) and moving to Prospect Park where she made a beautiful home and raised her five children.  She was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother.  She will always be lovingly remembered as "Mom-Mom".

Mom-mom enjoyed spending time with her family.  She would travel each year to the Jersey Shore to spend hours on the beach.  Her Christmas Eve parties and Mother's Day cook outs always brought the family together.  Of course the key to any good family gathering was her famous applesauce cake.  The recipe of which could never be duplicated.  Mom-mom always had a special place in her heart for her family.  Whether it was putting out Pop's breakfast before he left for work, cooking roast-a-beef for the gang or simply playing cards to pass the time on a rainy day, her family always came first.

Mom-mom's love for her family is kept alive by her children:  Joseph W. Kanavel, Jr. (Jackie) of Norwood, Maryann Murray (Mike) of Bear, DE, Cheryl Kanavel of Norwood, Robert Kanavel (Dolores) of Middletown, DE and Patty Acker (Ken) of Ridley Park.  She will also be lovingly remembered by her grandchildren:  Rachael, Joan, Jerry, Andrea, Katie, Ryan, Richard, Eric, Bobby, Megan, Kevin, Emily, and Dan.  Mom-mom also had several great-grandchildren who will miss her dearly.  In addition to Pop, Mom-mom was preceded in death by her beloved son, Thomas J. Kanavel of Norwood.

The family would also like to thank her caregivers, Mary Jo Metz, Anne Francia, Roberta Schroeder, and Linda Miles for their love and dedication.

Friends may call on the family between 4:00 and 6:00 PM on Sunday, March 5, 2017 at the Griffith Funeral Chapel, 520 Chester Pike, in Norwood, Pa. 19074.  Viewing hours will also be on Monday, March 6, 2017 at St. Margaret of Scotland Roman Catholic Church, 2431 Frazer Road, in Newark, DE 19702 from 10:00  to 11:30 A.M. where a Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:30 A.M.  Burial will be in Saints Peter & Paul Cemetery, 1600 S. Sproul Road, in Springfield, Pa. 19064 immediately following mass.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Joan's name can be made to St. Margaret of Scotland Roman Catholic Church at the above address.

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William Earl Eifert, Jr.

William Earl Eifert, Jr., 73, of Avondale, Pa., died peacefully on Tuesday, February 22, 2017.

He was born on September 25, 1943 in Bloomsburg, Pa. to William and Gwenavie Eifert.

Mr. Eifert retired from Elwyn, where he was the Director of Production Operations.  He loved and was loved by the staff and the customers of the Kevin Dugan Center, Concord Training Center and Lansdowne Work Center.  In his role at Elwyn Industries, he brought his many years of production and management experience from Clifton Precision, where he was a mechanical engineer for many years.  He felt privileged to have shared his knowledge and passion for production operations at Elwyn, with individuals preparing for employment at the Kevin Dugan, Concord Training and Lansdowne Work Centers.

He was a Mason and belonged to Prospect Lodge # 578 in Prospect Park.  He enjoyed cooking (large pots of "home style" food), dinner with friends and in his younger day, hunting.  Bill adored his grandchildren and enjoyed spending time with his beloved goldendoodle, "Bentley".

He was devoted to his wife and family and is survived by his wife of 13 years, Heidi Maria Eifert; his son, William E. Eifert, III; his step-children and their spouses, Rebecca Monaghan (Patrick) and Justin Schumm (Anya); his brother, Don Eifert; and sisters, Lois Slaughterback and Carol Smith; and three grandchildren, Patrick Sean Michael Monaghan, Liam Joseph Monaghan, and Sophia Isabel Schumm.

The visitation and funeral service will be held on Monday, February 27, 2017 at St. John the Evangelist Episcopal Church, 16 West Third Street, in Essington, Pa. 19029.  Visitation hours are from 10 A.M. to 11 A.M.  The Christian Burial Office will be celebrated by the Rev. Mark Smith at 11 A.M.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Bill's memory to Elwyn, 111 Elwyn Rd., Elwyn, Pa. 19063 or to St. John the Evangelist Episcopal Church at the above address.

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Corey B. Dunderdale

Corey B. Dunderdale, 64, a lifelong resident of Essington; passed away peacefully at home on February 22, 2017 surrounded by his loving family.

Born in Ridley Park, he was the son of the late Fred and Ruth Dunderdale.

Corey was employed as a technician with the Xerox Corporation for 35 years until his retirement.  Corey loved the outdoors and especially enjoyed fishing and hunting and had a special fondness for dogs.

He always enjoyed spending time with his loving family.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Ronald Dunderdale.

Corey is survived by his wife, Georgianna Houghton; his children, Kati and Kyle; his brother, Wayne; and his grandchildren, Charlotte and Smith.   

There will be a Funeral Service and Celebration of his Life on Wednesday, March 1st, at 8 P.M. at the Griffith Funeral Chapel, 520 Chester Pike, in Norwood, Pa. 19074.

There will be a visitation time on Wednesday from 6 P.M. to 8 P.M. at the funeral home.

His burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, contributions made in Corey's memory to The Spayed Club and Clinic, 800 Chester Pike, Sharon Hill, Pa. 19079 would be appreciated.   

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Ralph Irwin, Jr.

Ralph Irwin, Jr., 71, passed away on February 20, 2017 at Fair Acres Geriatric Center in Lima. Pa.

He was the beloved son of Ralph, Sr. and Veronica (ne: Reilly).

He was the loving cousin of the Cullen family and dear friend of Peter and Helen Pitts.

Graveside service and interment will be Thursday, March 2, 2017, at 11 A.M. at Valley Forge Memorial Gardens, 352 S. Gulph Road, in King of Prussia, Pa. 19406.

Rest in Peace, Ralph.

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Margaret Clarke

Margaret Clarke, age 76, a loving mother and grandmother, passed away comfortably in her home on February 20, 2017.

Margaret was born in Birmingham, England.  She is the daughter of the late Edna and Albert Biddle.  She attended Boldmere Secondary Modern School. 

Margaret loved to travel, visiting many destinations in her lifetime.  Margaret had a great interest in history, as well as learning about the world around her.  At a young age, Margaret traveled to post war Germany to visit her then fiance, Trevor Clarke, during his service in the British Army.  Margaret's love for travel continued throughout her life as she visited many other places such as Spain, Bermuda, and Canada to name a few.  Perhaps one of Margaret's biggest adventures was when she moved to the United States in 1976.  Although she had spent her whole life in the United Kingdom, she quickly adapted to American culture, becoming a proud United States citizen in 1983. 

In her career, Margaret worked as a secretary early on in life, later managing a cafe, and assisting in her husband's photography business while still living in England.  Later in life, Margaret devoted much of her time to caring for her daughter and grandchildren.

Margaret is survived by her husband of 55 years, Trevor Clarke; her daughter, Sharon Moran; as well as Sharon's three children, Erin Moran, Margaret Moran, and Gregory Chilkotowsky.

Margaret's parents, as well as her brother, Martin Biddle, passed away prior to her.

A Memorial Service for Margaret will be held on Saturday, February 25th, at 11 A.M. at Christ Episcopal Church, 104 Nevin Street, in Ridley Park, Pa. 19078.

Her burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, contributions made in Margaret's memory to Shriners Children's Hospital, 3551 N. Broad Street, Philadelphia, Pa. 19140 would be appreciated.

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George S. Rickards, Jr.

George S. Rickards, Jr., age 62, an avid coin collector, passed away on February 17, 2017.

George was born and raised in Milmont Park, Pennsylvania.  He is the son of Helen Rickards (Brietenbach) and the late George Rickards, Sr.  He is a graduate of Ridley School District.

George took pride in his work.  In his younger years, he helped his family in the excavating business and volunteered at the Woodlyn Fire Company.  Also, he enjoyed working at flea markets where he made many wonderful friends.

Above all, he enjoyed collecting coins.  He began this hobby as a child and continued into adulthood.  He had an eye to indentify coin imperfections and took pride in his coin collections.  He was a winner of various coin shows.  He was a member of the Delaware County Coin Club as well as the West Chester Coin Club.  In the later years of his life he was unable to participate in many of the things he enjoyed, but still maintained the friendships in the coin community.

George is survived by his mother Helen Rickards (Breitenbach) of Milmont Park; brothers Thomas Rickards III of Oxford and Jeffrey Rickards (Anne) of Essington; and sisters Denise Cooney of Folsom and Frances McAvoy (Jack) of Boothwyn.

He was the loving uncle of 12 nieces and nephews and 15 great-nieces and nephews.  George's father and nephew, Joey T. Rickards, preceded him in death.

VISITATION:  Will be held on Friday, February 24th, from 12 Noon to 2 P.M. at the Griffith Funeral Chapel, 520 Chester Pike, in Norwood, Pa. 19074.

His burial will be private.

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

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Donald H. Frazier

Donald H. Frazier, 68, a resident of Pocono Lake, Pa., and formerly of Darby, Pa., passed away suddenly on February 11, 2017 at his residence.

He served as a Collingdale police officer for 18 years until his retirement from the department.  He then worked as a mechanic at Philadelphia International Airport and later was employed as a truck driver for NAPA.

Don loved the outdoors and especially enjoyed fishing and hunting.

He will be remembered as a man who was devoted to his family.

He is preceded in death by his son, Donald, Jr., and his brother, Robert.

Don is survived by his wife, Thomasina; his children, Charles Frazier, Rony Frazier, Lori Frazier, Dennis Ennis, and Steven Ennis; his brother, John Frazier; his sisters, Dolores Sherwood and Helen Stamper; and his grandchildren, Cory, Alyssa, Amanda, Josh, Caitlyn, Alexis, Taylor, and Korra.

His Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, February 18th, at 2 P.M. at the Griffith Funeral Chapel, 520 Chester Pike, in Norwood, Pa. 19074.

There will be a visitation time on Saturday from 1 P.M. to 2 P.M. at the funeral home.

His burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, contributions made in his memory to the Myotonic Dystrophy Foundation, 1004 O'Reilly Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94129 would be appreciated.

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Joan L. Maniaci

Joan L. Maniaci, 78, a resident of Swarthmore, Pa., passed away peacefully on February 11, 2017 at her residence surrounded by her family.

Born in Philadelphia, she was the daughter of the late Francis and Regina Davis.

She will be remembered as a woman who was devoted to her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Joan was the wife of the late James Narcise and was also preceded in death by her son, Anthony Maniaci.

She is survived by her son, Michael Maniaci; her daughter, Antoinette Porter; her god-son, Frederick M. Bertele; her several grandchildren and her several great-grandchildren.

Her Funeral Service will be held on Thursday, February 16th, 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.

Her burial will be private.

  In lieu of flowers, contributions made in her memory to the Griffith Funeral Chapel, P.O. Box 56, Norwood, Pa. 19074 would be appreciated by her family.  

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Philip "Flip" Fioravanti

Philip "Flip" Fioravanti, 83, of Prospect Park, passed away on February 7, 2017 at Sunrise of Westtown.  Flip was born November 26,1933, the son of the late Emedio and Felicia Fioravanti.  As a young man, you could find Flip working with his family at the Fioravanti Shoe Store in Prospect Park.  Flip graduated from Prospect Park High School in the class of 1952.  Flip served in the US Army during the Korean Conflict from 1953 to 1955 and worked for over half his life at Westinghouse and Boeing.

Flip left a lasting legacy as coach to thousands of Delco athletes.  In 2006 he was inducted into the Delco Hall of Fame as a Distinguished Member for his own accomplishments as a four letter athlete in football, basketball, baseball, and track.

In his retirement, Flip loved following local high school sports at Garnet Valley, Ridley, and Interboro.  He enjoyed swimming at Prospect Park pool, trips to the beach, an occasional golf outing, playing the ponies, and spending his days at the casino.  Flip had many activities he enjoyed, but his favorite was being "Bebop" to his grandchildren.

Flip was preceded in death by his loving wife of forty-two years, Sally, his brothers Paul and Vince, and sister Theresa.

Flip is survived by his four sons:  Ken Fioravanti (Lori), Chip Fioravanti (Gina), Mike Fioravanti and Jim Fioravanti (Monica); his brother Naz, and twelve loving grandchildren:  Dustin, Shannon, Jenny, Steven, Hannah, Ryan, Logan, Mercedes, Andrew, Kyle, Luke, and Dante.

Relatives and friends are invited to celebrate Flip's life on Saturday, February 11th, from 10 A.M. to 12 Noon at Griffith Funeral Chapel, 520 Chester Pike, in Norwood, Pa. 19074.

Please plan to attend a luncheon at the Folsom Fire Hall, 411 Sutton Avenue, Folsom, Pa. 19033 from 1 P.M. to 4 P.M.

     In lieu of flowers, buy someone you love a Powerball ticket or place a bet remembering Flip at your favorite casino.     

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Linda R. Ford

Linda R. Ford, age 67, a former resident of Essington, Pa., passed away on January 24, 2017 at Fair Acres Geriatric Center.

Her Memorial Service will be held on Tuesday, January 31st, at 1 P.M. at the Griffith Funeral Chapel, 520 Chester Pike, in Norwood, Pa. 19074.

Her burial will be private.

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J. Neil Kasley

J. Neil Kasley, age 99, a longtime resident of Prospect Park, passed away peacefully on January 24, 2017 at The Residence at Glen Riddle, one month short of his 100th birthday.

Neil worked as a machinist fitter at Westinghouse for 35 years until his retirement.

He was a veteran of World War II having served in the U.S. Army.

Neil was predeceased by his wife, Doris R. Kasley.

He is survived by his children, Dee Casner, Mark Kasley, Kathy Kasley, and Randy Kasley; his four grandchildren; and his four great-grandchildren.

His funeral service and interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, contributions made in his memory to Christ United Methodist Church, 600 Dutton Mill Road, Brookhaven, Pa. 19015 would be appreciated

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John C. Anderson

John C. Anderson of Norwood, passed away on January 20th, 2017 at the age of 73.

He was employed at Boeing for 34 years, retiring in 1999.

John was the husband of Muriel (Liebenguth) Anderson.

He is survived by his son, John Jr., his son, Mark (husband of Sandy), his daugher, Phyllis (wife of Bob Caroselli), and his daughter, Andrea (wife of Al DiMemmo).

Also survived by his 10 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.

His services are private.

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Robert F. Williams "Mr. Bob"

Robert F. Williams, 74, of Norwood, passed away on January 17, 2017 after a long courageous battle with cancer.

He was born and raised in Southwest Philadelphia and graduated from John Bartram High School in 1960.  He was preceded in death by his parents Fred and Regina Williams.

He served honorably in the U.S. Navy traveling around the world.  He was a "Shellback" having crossed the Equator on the USS Rich in October 1964 at Mombasa, Kenya, Africa.

He retired after 40 years as a pipe fitter from General Electric.  Bob was a beloved crossing guard at Norwood School for 15 years.  He loved all of the children.  The children, families, and teachers consistently showed their love of Mr. Bob during his illness, recently singing Christmas Carols at his home.  Mr. Bob had a love of history and was Vice-President of the Norwood Historical Society.

He was an avid boater who traveled the United States to serve the boating community.  He was Past President of the Pennsylvania Boating Association, Past Director on the Board of the National Boating Federation, Past Delegate and Legislative Director of the Chesapeake Bay Yacht Association.  He was Past Commodore of Harbor Light Yacht Club and Past Chairman of the Board of the West End Boat Club; a Gold Card Member of Harbor Light Yacht  Club, a Gold Card Member of West End Boat Club;  and a member of the Riverside Yacht Club and Chesapeake Commodores Club.

He is survived by his beloved wife, Judy Williams, and sons Craig Galante (Theresa) and Jason Galante (Miriam) and six grandchildren, Shane, Jake, Drew, Isabella, and Andrew Galante and Jason Gavula.  Bob is also survived by his brother, Dr. Richard Williams (Lenora) and his sister, Barbara Salimao (Ron) and loving nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend his visitation on Saturday, January 21st, from 9 A.M. to 11 A.M. at St. Gabriel Catholic Church, 233 Mohawk Avenue in Norwood, Pa. 19074 followed by Funeral Mass at 11 A.M.

His burial will be private.

     In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) 555 Croton Road, Suite 111, King of Prussia, Pa. 19406 (610-664-9255) or to Norwood Historical Society, 10 Cleveland Avenue, Norwood, Pa. 19074          

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Janet L. Gross

Janet L. Gross, (nee Iredell), age 74, passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family on January 5, 2017.

She was the daughter of the late William and Thelma Edinger Iredell.  In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her son, Thomas Joseph Gross III, and granddaughter, Carolyn Gross.

Janet worked as a typist teacher for over 30 years before retiring.

She was the devoted mother of Paul Gross (Dolores), Shawn Gross, Diane Kennedy (Ron), Janet A. Gross, and William Gross (Jennifer).  She is also survived by loving brothers John Iredell (Ann) and Warren Iredell.

She was affectionately known as "Mom Mom" to her ten cherished grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

She will be forever missed by her beloved companion Buddy whom she rescued eight years ago.

The family of Janet would like to thank the Staff at Taylor Hospital's ICU and the Crozer-Keystone Hospice Residence Staff who took loving care of our mother.

Her Funeral Service will be held on Tuesday, January 10th, at 12 Noon at the Griffith Funeral Chapel, 520 Chester Pike, in Norwood, Pa. 19074.

A visitation time with the family will be on Tuesday from 10 A.M. to 12 Noon at the funeral home.

Her burial will be private.

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

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Mildred H. Stewart

Mildred H. Stewart, (Millie), 89, a longtime resident of Ridley Park, passed away peacefully on January 4, 2017, at Ware Presbyterian Nursing Home in Oxford, Pa.

Millie was born in Taylor Hospital, Ridley Park, the daughter of Charles and Edith Hebden.  She was a 1945 graduate of Glen-Nor High School.

She was a lifetime member of Norwood United Methodist Church and served the church in various capacities over the years, including President of the Board of Trustees.

Millie volunteered at Taylor Hospital in Ridley park for many years.  She was also a member of the Young at Heart Group in Ridley Park.

Most of all, she will be remembered as a woman who was devoted to her family and her Savior. 

Millie was preceded in death by her husband, Robert M. Stewart, and her sister, Doris H. Whitmore.

SURVIVORS:  She is survived by her daughter, Sharon (Mark) Johnson; her son, Glenn (Lynn) Stewart; her grandchildren, George, Jenny, and Steven; and her nephew, Stephen Whitmore.

FUNERAL SERVICE:  Will be held on Thursday, January 12th, at 11 A.M. at Norwood United Methodist Church, 315 Chester Pike, in Norwood, Pa. 19074

VISITATION:  Will be held on Thursday from 10 A.M. to 11 A.M. at the church.

BURIAL:  Will be in Glenwood Memorial Gardens in Broomall, Pa.

     CONTRIBUTIONS:  In lieu of flowers, contributions made in her memory to the Norwood United Methodist Church at the above address would be appreciated.     

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David G. "Nifty" Nattress

David G. "Nifty" Nattress, 61, passed away on December 31, 2016.  It was his heart that gave him up, despite him having the biggest heart in town.

David was born in Ridley Park, Pa. and graduated from Interboro High School in 1973.  David enjoyed hunting, fishing, and anything and everything related to sports, which included a very up and down relationship with the Eagles.

David worked with his hands in the art of cooking, roofing, construction, and could fix basically anything that was broken, or at least make it work for a period of time.

David was preceded in death by his father, Cheney Nattress, Sr. and his brother, Gary Nattress.

David is survived by his two children, Jason and Dana Nattress; his granddaughter, Savanna; his mother, Mary Nattress; his two brothers, William and Cheney "Bob" Jr. (Jeanne) Nattress; and his two sisters, Mariann Nattress and Judi (John) Piechule.

His Funeral Service will be held on Thursday, January 5th, 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.

His burial will be private.

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

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Christine R. Schlechtweg

Christine R. Schlechtweg, 105, a longtime resident of Prospect Park, passed away peacefully on December 30, 2016 at the Broomall Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Broomall.

Christine was a longtime member of Prospect Hill Baptist Church in Prospect Park, where she sang in the choir for many years.

Friends are invited to attend her Memorial Service on Monday, January 9th, at 10:30 A.M. at the Griffith Funeral Chapel, 520 Chester Pike, in Norwood, Pa. 19074. 

There will a visitation time on Monday from 9:30 A.M. to 10:30 A.M. at the funeral home.

Her burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, contributions made in Christine's memory to Prospect Hill Baptist Church, 703 Lincoln Avenue, Prospect Park, Pa. 19076 would be appreciated.

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Teresa M. Cartularo

Teresa M. Cartularo, age 95, of Norwood, Pa., formerly of Southwest Philadelphia, passed away peacefully on December 27, 2016 from complications of Alzheimer's at Crozer-Keystone Hospice at Taylor Hospital.

Teresa was born on November 15, 1921 in Algoma, WV, the daughter of Felice and Francesca Aiello Cartularo.  She graduated from Northfork High School in 1940 and moved to Philadelphia in 1944.  Since 1999 she has resided in Norwood.  Her mother's death at an early age thrust her into the role of caretaker for her father and siblings; never married she was very much involved in helping raise her four nephews.  Among her extended family Teresa was called Zizzi, a term of endearment within Italian families to refer to a venerated aunt; over the years she left cherished memories of her attendance at family events extending down to great-grand generations.

Settling in Philadelphia Teresa found work as a bookkeeper at Blauners Department Store; that position lead to over 60 years in bookkeeping for Leff Brothers Furniture Store and the last 35 years at Delaware Valley Factors.  She was a conscientious and dedicated employee who rarely missed a day of work.

Teresa traveled extensively within the States and to Hawaii, Alaska, Canada, and Bermuda; traveling to Italy she was grateful to connect with her mother's family in their hometown of Montepaone in Calabria.  Teresa was often accompanied on these trips by her cousin Rita; as the two single women in their respective families they became friends and confidants and shared many experiences together.

Teresa enjoyed the theater and orchestra and especially Peter Nero and the Philly Pops.  She liked going to the shore, movies and dining out.  She was always willing to accompany her friends or family on trips to visit their children away at college or to see relatives in far states.

Teresa was a meticulous housekeeper and an excellent cook; her Feast of the Seven Fishes for Christmas were an annual, and delicious event. Though small in stature she had a big influence on her family, friends, and co-workers.  She was a devout Catholic, attending St. Barnabas Church in SW Philadelphia and later St. Gabriel Church in Norwood.  Later in life when she couldn't attend Mass weekly, EWTN became a staple for her.

Teresa is survived by her sister Marianna Spadafore (the late Dom) of Roseville, MI; brother Frank Cartularo (Teresa) of Norwood; nephews Donald Spadafore, Paul (Bonnie) Cartularo, Michael (Louise) Cartularo, and David Cartularo; grand nieces Amanda and Lauren Cartularo; grand nephews Andrew and Brian Cartularo, Paul and Domonick Spadafore; great-grand nieces Mila, Lucia, and Sylvia Spadafore.

Relatives and friends are invited to her Funeral Mass on Saturday, January 7th, at 10 A.M. at St. Gabriel Catholic Church, 233 Mohawk Avenue, in Norwood, Pa. 19074. 

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

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

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The Rev. William S. Musselman

The Rev. William S. Musselman, 87, Rector Emeritus of Christ Church, Ridley Park, Pa. and a resident of The Meadowood Retirement Community in Worcester, Pa., passed away peacefully on December 29, 2016.

Born in Norristown, Pa., he was the son of the late William S. Musselman, Sr. and Kathryn Seltzer Musselman of Norristown.   He was a former resident of Harleysville and Ridley Park, Pa.

Fr. Bill, as he was affectionately known by his church family and the community, was a graduate of Norristown High School in 1947; Gettysburg College in 1951; and the Philadelphia Theological Seminary in 1954.  He was ordained as an Episcopal priest on December 11, 1954.

He served as Rector of Christ Episcopal Church in Ridley Park, Pa. for 32 years until his retirement.  He was truly a servant of Christ, who ministered to people in all walks of life.  He was a wonderful husband, father, and grandfather, and a friend to all who knew him.  He will be sadly missed by all.

He was preceded in death by his devoted wife, Janet Schultz Musselman, and his brother, Ray S. Musselman.

Fr. Bill is survived by his son, James (Terre) Musselman; his daughters, Cheri (George) Ackley, and Janet M. Musselman; his six grandchildren; and his nine great-grandchildren.

A Memorial Service and Celebration of his Life will be held on Saturday, January 7th, at 11 A.M. at The Church of the Holy Spirit, Sumneytown Pike and Barndt Road (2871 Barndt Road) in Harleysville, Pa. 19438.  Friends may call and visit with his family on Saturday from 9:30 A.M. to 11 A.M. at the church.

His burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, contributions made in Fr. Bill's memory to The Church of the Holy Spirit at the above address; or to Christ Episcopal Church, 104 Nevin Street, Ridley Park, Pa. 19078; or to The Michael J. Fox Foundation, 469 7th Avenue, 498, New York, N.Y. 10018 would be appreciated by his family.        

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Leon Duchinski

Leon Duchinski, 79, a resident of Newtown Square, passed away peacefully on December 27, 2016.

Born in Conshohocken, Pa., he was the son of the late Joseph Stanley Duchinski and Sarah Veronica Duchinski.

Leon was a veteran and served for a period of time in the U.S. Army stationed at Fort Hood in Texas.

In his early years, he was the owner and operator of Lee's Tree Service.  He enjoyed working with wood, and served his carpentry  apprenticeship with Sherman-Reed Builders on the Main Line.

He became a master carpenter who was known for his wood work and was a skilled cabinet maker as well.  He was a self-employed carpenter and builder for many years until his retirement.

Leon had a special love for animals, especially his dogs who were always his constant companions. He will be remembered as a man who was devoted to his family.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Agnes Cullen Duchinski; his sister Louise; and his brother, John.

He is survived by his children, Lee (Andrea), Michele (William), and Ashley; his siblings, Gerald, Maryann, Patricia, and Joseph; and his grandson, Taylor.

A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, December 31st, at 11 A.M. at the Griffith Funeral Chapel, 520 Chester Pike, in Norwood, Pa. 19074. 

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

His burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, contributions made in his memory to an Animal Rescue Sanctuary of the donor's choice would be appreciated by the family.     

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Elizabeth H. "Betty" Falcone

Elizabeth H. "Betty" Falcone, 87, a resident of Morton and a former resident of South Philadelphia, passed away peacefully on December 22, 2016 at her residence surrounded by her loving family.

Born in Philadelphia, she was the daughter of the late Falco and Elizabeth Falcone. 

Betty was employed as a manager at  McCrory's  Department Store in Philadelphia for many years retiring in 1990.  She loved to read in her spare time and will be remembered as a woman who was devoted to her family.

She was preceded in death by her sisters, Mary Brady, Gladys Nascella, and Rosemary Falcone; and her brother, Frank Falcone.

SURVIVORS:  Betty is survived by her niece, Susan Miller, who provided her care over the years; and her many nieces and nephews.

FUNERAL MASS:  Will be celebrated on Tuesday, December 27th, at 11 A.M. at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, 2130 Franklin Avenue, in Morton, Pa. 19070.

VISITATION:  Will be on Tuesday from 10 A.M. to 11 A.M. at the church.

BURIAL:  Will be in Holy Cross Cemetery in Yeadon.

  CONTRIBUTIONS:  In lieu of flowers, contributions made in Betty's memory to Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church at the above address would be appreciated by her family.  

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Kenneth "Bear" Klotz, III

Kenneth (Bear) Klotz, III, age 36 of Norwood, died suddenly on December 18, 2016.  Bear was a hardwood flooring professional.

He was the loving husband of Stephanie Lynn (Althouse). 

Bear was happiest being with Tootie (Stephanie) and his friends and watching the Philadelphia Eagles.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Sharon Culleney.

Bear is also survived by the Althouse Family; his sisters, Lena DiMemmo Bourdess, Amber DiMemmo Owens, and Becky Culleney and many nieces and nephews.

There will a visitation time with his family on Thursday, January 12th, from 6 P.M. to 8 P.M. followed by a Memorial Service at 8 P.M. at the Griffith Funeral Chapel, 520 Chester Pike, in Norwood, Pa. 19074

His burial will be private.

   In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to https://www.youcaring.com/bearklotz-731529   

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William J. Duffy

William J. Duffy, 62, a resident of Wallingford, passed away on December 18, 2016 at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.

He is survived by his wife, Lana; his daughter, Mary; and his brothers, James, John, Michael, and Thomas.  He was predeceased by his parents, James and Winifred Duffy and his sister, Kathleen.

A Funeral Service for Bill will be held on Friday, December 23rd, at 11 A.M. at Saints Peter & Paul Ukrainian Orthodox Church, 1406 Philadelphia Pike (Rt 13), Wilmington, Delaware 19809.

Friends may call on Thursday, December 22nd, 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 Bill's memory to Taylor Hospice, P.O. Box 147, Ridley Park, Pa. 19078 would be appreciated.    

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Robert "Bob" Iseminger

Robert "Bob" Iseminger, 72, a resident of Glen Mills, Pa., passed away peacefully on December 15, 2016 at Pembrooke Health & Rehabilitation Center in West Chester, Pa.

There will be a Memorial Service on Friday, December 30th, at 2 P.M. at the Griffith Funeral Chapel, 520 Chester Pike, in Norwood, Pa. 19074.

Friends may call on Friday from 1 P.M. to 2 P.M. at the funeral home prior to the service.

His interment will be private

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Dolores M. Kauffeld

Dolores M. Kauffeld, 81, a resident of Glenolden and a former resident of Southwest Philadelphia, passed away on December 5, 2016 at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.

Born in Darby, she was the daughter of the late James and Dorothy Nelms.

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

She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter J. "Bud" Kauffeld.

She is survived by her children, Walter J. Kauffeld, Jr.,  Dolores Turner, Jean Kauffeld, Patricia Cooper, Jay Kauffeld, and Edward Kauffeld; her sisters, Marianne DiDonato, Anita Primo, and Eileen Gallagher; her sister-in-law, Helen Murray; her thirteen grandchildren; and her nine great-grandchildren.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Friday, December 9th, at 10:30 A.M. at St. George Catholic Church, on Lamont Avenue, in Glenolden, Pa. 19036

A visitation time will be on Friday from 9 A.M. to 10 A.M. at the Griffith Funeral Chapel, 520 Chester Pike, in Norwood, Pa. 19074.

Her burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, contributions made in her memory to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105 would be appreciated.

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Edward "Butch" C. Jevnick, Jr.

Edward (Butch) C. Jevnick, Jr., 76, of Essington, passed away suddenly in his home in Essington, Thursday, December 1, 2016.

Edward was born in Chester to the late Edward C. and Rose A. (nee DeMarco) Jevnick, Sr. Edward was a longtime employee of Boeing.

Edward is survived by his 3 children, Edward C. III (Shannon), David B. (Kelly), and his daughter, Susan Wood.  He is also survived by his 7 grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren, and his brother Arthur F. (Dianne) and 2 nieces and a nephew..

Friends may call for a visitation time on Tuesday, December 6th, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Griffith Funeral Chapel, 520 Chester Pike, in Norwood, Pa. 19074. 

His Funeral Service  will be at 11 a.m. at the funeral home.

Interment will be held privately.

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Betty M. Yates

Betty M. Yates (Hayes), nee Riddagh, 91, of Norwood, Pa., died on November 28, 2016 peacefully at the home of her daughter in Wilmington, Delaware.

Betty was born on January 28, 1925 in Norwood to Albert F. and Elizabeth (Zimmerman) Riddagh.  Betty attended Glen-Nor High School where she excelled on the field hockey team winning numerous awards.  She was an avid Philadelphia Phillies and 76ers fan and also enjoyed crossword puzzles and gardening.

She was preceded in death by her loving husband Edward Yates and her second husband Harry Hayes; her three sisters, Helen Waite, Mary Jane Edelen and Dorothy Randall and her four brothers, Albert Francis, Jr., William, Frank, and Frederick C. Riddagh.

Betty is survived by her daughter Donna (Dennis) Hugues; her four grandchildren, Matthew (JoAnn) Hugues, Nicole (Anthony) Starzi, Darren (Amy) Hugues, and Carla (Brian) Mitchell; her seven great-grandchildren; her great-great-grandson; her two sisters, Roberta Finegan and Anna Mae Hanna; her sister-in-law Lauretta Riddagh; and many loving nieces and nephews.

Friends may call for a visitation time on Sunday, December 4th, from 6 P.M. to 8 P.M. at the Griffith Funeral Chapel, 520 Chester Pike, in Norwood, Pa. 19074. 

Her Funeral Service and interment will be held privately.

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Dorothea G. "Doss" Russell

Dorothea G. "Doss" Russell, 83, a resident of Ridley Park and a former longtime resident of Norwood, passed away peacefully on November 29, 2016 at the Taylor Hospice House in Ridley Park.

Born in Philadelphia, she was the daughter of the late John and Dorothea Gallan.  Doss was a graduate of Darby High School.

She worked as a library aide at Interboro Senior High School for over 20 years until her retirement. 

Doss was a former member of the Prospect Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star.  She was a longtime member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Norwood and also volunteered at Taylor Hospital for many years.

She enjoyed knitting and crocheting in her spare time and was an avid reader as well.  Most of all her family always came first in her life.

SURVIVORS:  Doss is survived by her husband of 63 years, Roy; her children, Steven, Larry (Karin), and Connie (James); and her grandchildren, Lauren, Karly, and Abigail.

FUNERAL SERVICE:   Will be held on Friday, December 2nd, at 11 A.M. at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 501 Chester Pike, in Norwood, Pa. 19074.

VISITATION:  Will be on Thursday evening, December 1st, from 6 P.M. to 8 P.M. at the Griffith Funeral Chapel, 520  Chester Pike, in Norwood, Pa. 19074 and on Friday from 10 A.M. to 11 A.M. at Immanuel Lutheran Church.

BURIAL:  Will be in Edgewood Memorial Park in Glen Mills, Pa.

CONTRIBUTIONS:  In lieu of flowers, contributions made in her memory to Immanuel Lutheran Church at the above address would be greatly appreciated by her family.

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Jack Wood "Captain Jack" Bixby

Jack Wood Bixby, 95, of Wallingford, Pa., died peacefully on November 24, 2016.  He was a former resident of Norwood, Pa.

He was born on January 26, 1921 in Eldred, Pa., the son of R. Lee Bixby and Ava Wood Bixby.

Jack was a graduate of Mt. Jewett, Pa. High School in 1938.  He graduated from Clarion State College and also did graduate work at Temple University.

He was a proud veteran of World War II serving in North Africa, India, and Okinawa in the Army Air Corps.

A dedicated teacher and administrator, he taught at Eddystone High School where he coached basketball.  He became Assistant Principal at Interboro High School and then Prinicpal at Interboro Junior High School.  He ended his career at Interboro School District in 1983, after serving 17 years as Assistant Superintendent.

He lived in Norwood, Pa. where he served on the Borough Council and also served as its President.

A long time member of Norwood United Methodist Church, he was a Cub Master and Scout Master of Troop 250.  He served in many other capacities throughout the years as well.

Preceded in death was his loving wife of 65 years, Vern, and his two sons, Wynn Bixby (surviving wife Barbara) and Marshall Bixby (survivng wife Laurel); and his two brothers, Bill and Dick.

Surviving are his sons, Jack, Jr. (husband of Jan) and James (husband of Joyce); his four grandchildren, Wyatt (Sabrina), Stephanie (Greg), Kelly, and Shane (Erica); and his great-grandchildren, Matthew, Nia, and Maylin.

A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, December 3rd, at 11 A.M. at the Norwood United Methodist Church, 315 Chester Pike, in Norwood, Pa. 19074

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

His burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, contributions made in Jack's memory to the Norwood United Methodist Church, 315 Chester Pike, Norwood, Pa. 19074 would be greatly appreciated.

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Ottis G. McDonald

Otis G. McDonald, 90, a resident of the Residences at Chestnut Ridge in Chester and formally of Swarthmore, Pa., passed away peacefully on November 24, 2016 at his residence.

Born in Lester, Pa., he was the son of the late Hershel and Gladys McDonald.

He was employed as a truck driver for Leaman Tank Lines from 1967 until his retirement in 1983.  Otis was a fan of NASCAR and followed all the Philadelphia sports teams.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Anne.

He is survived by his step-daughter and two step-sons.

His Memorial Service will be held privately.

   In lieu of flowers, contributions made in his memory to Compassus Hospice, 2 Campus Blvd., Suite 200, Newtown Square, Pa. 19073 would be appreciated.   

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Edward J. McGourn

Edward J. McGourn, 76, a resident of Prospect Park, Pa. and a former longtime resident of South Philadelphia, passed away peacefully on November 22, 2016 at his residence surrounded by his family

Born in Philadelphia, he was the son of the late Charles and Catherine McGourn. 

He was employed as a manager with Shop Rite for a number of years, having worked for Acme Markets for many years prior to that.

Edward was preceded in death by his wife, Phyllis McGourn.

He is survived by his daughters, Phyllis (David) Shivone and Joan (Michael) Salvatore; his grandchildren, David, Justin, and Nicholas; and his nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to his Prayer Service on Wednesday, November 30th, at 11 A.M. at the Griffith Funeral Chapel, 520 Chester Pike, in Norwood, Pa. 19074. 

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

Burial will follow the service at Holy Cross Cemetery in Yeadon, Pa.

In lieu of flowers, contributions made in his memory to a charity of the donor's choice would be appreciated.

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Muriel Keeler

KeelerMuriel Keeler, 96, a resident of the Rose Tree-Media area and a former resident of Ridley Park, passed away peacefully on November 21, 2016 at Riddle Memorial Hospital in Media surrounded by her loving family.

Born in Gateshead, England, she was the daughter of the late James and Ethel Barrance.  Muriel emigrated to the United States from England in 1923 at the age of three.  She was a resident of Ridley Park for many years before moving to the Rose Tree-Media area in 1972.

She was a member of the Women's Auxiliary at Riddle Memorial Hospital for a number of years and was an active volunteer working in various areas at the hospital including the annual fair.  Muriel was also a longtime member of the First United Methodist Church of Media having served the church in various capacities over the years.

Muriel was an avid gardener and was known for her beautiful gardens.  She loved the outdoors and everything about nature, loved to travel, and always enjoyed trips to the beach.  Muriel was a very patriotic woman, and displayed the American Flag throughout the year.  She was a very active person and lived life to the fullest.  She will be remembered as a woman who was devoted to her family and always had that zest for life.

She was preceded in death by her husband, G. Harold Keeler.

Muriel is survived by her children, Diane (Kathleen) Keeler, Harold (Marian) Keeler, and James (Marie) Keeler; and her five grandchildren.

Relatives and friends are invited to a Celebration of Her Life to be held on Thursday, December 1st, at 10:30 A.M. at the First United Methodist Church of Media, 350 W. State Street, in Media, Pa. 19063.

There will be a visitation time on Thursday from 9:30 A.M. to 10:30 A.M. at the church.

Her burial will be private.

    In lieu of flowers, contributions made in Muriel's memory to the First United Methodist Church of Media at the above address or to the World Wildlife Federation, 1250 24th St. N.W., P.O. Box 97180, Washington, D.C. 20090 would be appreciated by the family.    

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Edna M. Evans

Edna M. Evans, 93, of Glenolden and formally of Ridley Township, passed away peacefully at her residence on November 14, 2016 surrounded by her family.

Born in Wilkes Barre, Pa., Edna was a resident of Ridley Township since 1946 before moving to Glenolden.  She will be remembered as a woman who was devoted to her home and family.

She was a member of the Women's Auxiliary of V.F.W. Post # 928 in Folsom and was formally a member of the Women's Auxiliary of V.F.W. Post # 7213 in Norwood.  Edna was a member of the Holmes Leisure Club and was a longtime member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Norwood.

Edna was preceded in death by her husband, William C. "Charlie" Evans; her daughter, Gail Woerner; and her grandsons, Robert S. Olsen and Samuel Stevenson.

SURVIVORS:  She is survived by her son, Charles (Paula) Evans; her daughters, Linda Evans, Beth (John) Carroll, and Brenda (Ed) Cole; her eight grandchildren; and her twelve great-grandchildren.

FUNERAL SERVICE:  Will be held on Monday, November 21st, at 11 A.M. at the Griffith Funeral Chapel, 520 Chester Pike, in Norwood, Pa. 19074.

VISITATION:  Will be on Monday from 10 A.M. to 11 A.M. at the funeral home.

BURIAL:  Will be private.

CONTRIBUTIONS:  In lieu of flowers, contributions made in Edna's memory to Immanuel Lutheran Church, 501 Chester Pike, Norwood, Pa. 19074 would be appreciated.

CONDOLENCES:  May be sent to griffithfuneralchapel@verizon.net

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Peggy Ann Stearns Kunze

Peggy Ann Stearns Kunze, 84, a longtime resident of Glenolden, passed away peacefully on November 13, 2016 at Fair Acres Geriatric Center surrounded by her loving family.

Peggy was born in South Philly on May 28, 1932 and moved to Collingdale at 5 years old.  She went to Harris School and graduated from Collingdale High School in 1950.  She moved to Glenolden in August of 1957.

Peggy went to Chester City Hospital and became a Licensed Practical Nurse.  She worked as an LPN at Chester City Hospital, Taylor Hospital, and was a nurse at the Elwyn School.  Peggy was a nurse for Patricia Sutton, D.O. for many years until she retired.

She was a Den Mother and was active in scouting for a number of years.

Peggy was on the Board of Directors at Glendale Heights and was President for a number of years.  She was a member of the West Philadelphia Order of the Eastern Star and served as Matron twice and was a current member of the Friendship Chapter # 551 O.E.S.

She was preceded in death by her husband Frank, her parents Mildred and Matthew Stearns, her brother Matthew, and her great-granddaughter Daiysha.

SURVIVORS:  Peggy is survived by her children, Peg (Steve), Fred (Elizabeth), and Marie (Walt), her sister Gloria, her seven grandchildren, Jennifer, Fred, Frank, Cody, Shana, Krista, and James; her 12 great-grandchildren, Alexa, Evan, Andrew, Elaina, Caroline, Ella, Natalia, Frankie, James, Madison, Makai, and Ahdivah.

FUNERAL SERVICE:  Will be held on Friday, November 18th, at 11 A.M. at the Griffith Funeral Chapel, 520 Chester Pike, in Norwood, Pa. 19074.

VISITATION:  Will be on Friday from 10 A.M. to 11 A.M. at the funeral home.

BURIAL:  Will be in Edgewood Memorial Park in Glen Mills, Pa.

CONTRIBUTIONS:  In lieu of flowers, contributions made in Peggy's memory to Providence Animal Center (formally DelCo. SPCA) 555 Sandy Bank Road, Media, Pa. 19063 would be appreciated.

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Carolyn Veronica Joyce

Carolyn Veronica Joyce “Babcia”, 88, of Prospect Park, PA, passed away on Wed., Nov. 9, 2016.

She was born Sept. 27, 1928, in Meadowlands, PA, a daughter of Jan Piechnik and Mary (nee Lopusniak) Vincen Picknick.

Ms. Joyce was a member of St. Gabriel’s Church, in Norwood, PA.  She worked as a legal secretary and court stenographer for both government and private enterprise and retired as a clerk for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in the Department of Public Welfare.

She enjoyed gardening, and traveling in the United States and abroad.  Ms. Joyce loved helping others and volunteered in numerous capacities during her lifetime.  She completed Red Cross Nurse’s Aide Training and became a candy striper in Washington, D.C., visited the elderly confined to nursing homes, and was a friend to the Philadelphia Public Library.  She was also very proud of her Polish heritage and was involved in Polish lessons and supporting Polish causes such as Polish dance classes and festivals.

Surviving are her three children, Mary Ann (Andrzej) Warchol, John Joyce, Carolyn (Glenn) Gallo, her grandchildren: Katarzyna Warchol, Michal Warchol, and Daniel Joyce, her brother Mack Picknick, of Washington, PA, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Deceased are her brother Constantine Picknick, and her half siblings, Mary (Vincen) Seaburn, Nellie Vincen, Andrew Piechnik, John Piechnik, Joseph Piechnik, Emily Botto, Frances Yelovich, Martha Delach, Tillie Lahosky, Mary Perone, Helen Hudak and Olga Tutay.

Friends and relatives are invited to a viewing at Griffith Funeral Home, Norwood, PA from 9:30-10:30 a.m. on Mon., Nov. 14th, 2016, and to the mass of Christian Burial at Saint Gabriel’s Catholic Church, Norwood at 11:00 a.m.  Int. SS Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery, Broomall, PA.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in loving memory of Carolyn Joyce to the Polish Language School, Our Lady of Czestochowa, Doylestown, Pennsylvania.

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Louis A. Bovo

Louis A. Bovo, 82, a resident of Glenolden and former resident of South Philadelphia, passed away peacefully on November 6, 2016 at his residence surrounded by his loving family.

Mr. Bovo was employed as a mail clerk at Pitney Bowes for 25 years until his retirement.

He was a veteran of the Korean War having served in the U.S. Air Force.

He will be remembered as a man who was devoted to his wife and family.

SURVIVORS:  He is survived by his beloved wife, Esther (nee Benedetto) Bovo; he was the devoted father of Len and Dina; and he was the loving pop-pop of Raymond and Corrine.  He was also survived by his brothers Paul (Anita) and Angelo; and was also survived by many nieces and nephews.

FUNERAL SERVICE:  Will be held on Thursday evening, November 10th, at 8 P.M. at the Griffith Funeral Chapel, 520 Chester Pike, in Norwood, Pa.

VISITATION:  Will be on Thursday evening from 6 P.M. to 8 P.M. at the funeral home.

BURIAL:  Will be private at Washington Crossing National Cemetery in Newtown, Pa.

CONTRIBUTIONS:  in lieu of flowers, contributions made in his memory to the Alzheimer's Association, 399 Market Street, Suite 102, Philadelphia, Pa. 19106 would be appreciated.

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Pastor George "Chuck" Magowan

MagowanPastor George "Chuck" Magowan, 85, a retired Baptist minister, passed away peacefully on November 2, 2016 at Fair Acres Geriatric Center in Lima, Pa. surrounded by his loving family.  He was a longtime resident of Norwood, Pa. and was a former resident of Philadelphia.

Born in Philadelphia, he was the son of the late George and Edna Magowan. 

He was employed as Vice-President of Operations at the former Central Penn Bank (now Wells Fargo) for 30 years.

Affectionately known as Pastor Chuck, he was ordained as a Baptist minister and was Pastor for many years at the New Greenwich Light Baptist Church on Oregon Avenue in Philadelphia.

He always enjoyed singing in the choir at church and was an avid sports fan and especially loved playing golf in his spare time.

Most of all, Chuck will be remembered as a man who was devoted to his wife and family.

He was predeceased by his daughter, Eileen DiPietro.

SURVIVORS:  Chuck is survived by his wife of 63 years, Catherine Hegarty Magowan; his children, Elizabeth (John) Gorman, John (Deborah) Magowan, and Kathleen (William) Herbert; his grandchildren, John, Brooke, Kelly, Matthew, Andrew, and Mark; and his five great-grandchildren.

FUNERAL SERVICE:  Will be held on Tuesday, November 8th, at 11 A.M. at the Griffith Funeral Chapel, 520 Chester Pike, in Norwood, Pa. 19074.

VISITATION:  Will be on Tuesday from 9:30 A.M. to 11 A.M. at the funeral home.

BURIAL:  Will be in Eastlawn Cemetery in Milmont Park, Pa.

CONTRIBUTIONS:  In lieu of flowers, contributions made in Chuck's memory to Friends of Fair Acres, P.O. Box 496, Lima, Pa. 19037 would be appreciated.

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Sandra P. "Sandy" Redden

Sandra P. "Sandy" Redden, (nee Huntzinger), of Kedron, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on October 21, 2016 at her residence.

Born in Pottsville, Pa., she was a longtime resident of Folsom.  She received her LPN at the age of 45, after raising her seven children. 

Sandy retired from Little Flower Manor in 2005, and was previously employed at Manchester House.

She was a faithful member of Our Lady of Fatima Parish in Secane.

Sandy was the daughter of the late Clarence and Marie (nee Ondick) Huntzinger, and was the mother of the late Clifford Redden.

She is survived by her husband of 51 years, Clifford Redden, whom she met at age eight when they were neighbors.

A loving mother, she is survived by Tami Redden, Joan Redden, Norman Redden, and Courtney (Mark) Henry.

She is the loving grandmother of Allyson Cellucci, Elliana, Nolan, and Nicole Clark.

She is also survived by dear friend Jeffrey Dougherty.

Services and interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, contributions made in her memory to Taylor Hospice, P.O. Box 147, Ridley Park, Pa. 19078 would be appreciated.

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William J. "Bill" Munger

William J. "Bill" Munger, 74, a longtime resident of Prospect Park, passed away peacefully on October 21, 2016 at his residence.

Born in Philadelphia, he was the son of the late Herbert and Edith Munger.  He was a resident of Prospect Park since 1968.

Bill was a veteran of the Vietnam War having served in the U.S. Navy.

He was employed as a Postal Clerk with the U.S. Postal Service for over 40 years working in the Philadelphia Post Office.

Bill was at one time the soccer coach at Interboro High School and was a basketball coach for the Interboro Junior High School years ago.

He was very active with the Prospect Park Youth Club, having served as President at one time.  He coached baseball with the Youth Club and also ran the Bowling Program.  Bill was always an avid sports fan.

He will be remembered as a man who was devoted to his family.

Bill was predeceased by his sister, Cora Gilmer.

SURVIVORS:  Bill is survived by his wife of 50 years, Avis Munger; his children, Sharon Munger, Lori Perillo, and William E. (Colleen) Munger; and his six grandchildren, Michael, Kayla, Ryan, Allyson, Charlotte, and Sebastian.

FUNERAL SERVICE:  Will be held on Wednesday, October 26th, at 8 P.M. at the Griffith Funeral Chapel, 520 Chester Pike, in Norwood, Pa. 19074.

VISITATION:  Will be on Wednesday from 6 P.M. to 8 P.M. at the funeral home.

BURIAL:  Will be private.     

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Mark J. Forsythe

On October 19, 2016, Mark J. Forsythe slipped into the loving arms of our Lord and Savior.

He was a resident of the Essington section of Tinicum Township and was a former longtime resident of Norwood.

Mark attended St. Gabriel's School and graduated from Interboro High School.  He worked at Broadmeadows Prison, Houdry Chemical, and Inolex Chemical Co.  His jobs were security, boiler operator, and building engineer.

Mark was a Life Member of the Tinicum Township Fire Company.

Mark was preceded in death by his parents, Jim and Margaret Forsythe, and his in-laws, LeRoy and Helen Joseph of Wilmington, Delaware.

Mark is looking foward to meeting up with Otto and Shtinky Cat at the Rainbow Bridge.

SURVIVORS:  Mark is survived by his loving wife of 39 years, the former Susan Joseph; his son, James; his dog, Oscar; his brother, James and his wife Helen and their sons Sean and Brian of Lewes, Delaware.  Mark was the Uncle of 21 nieces and nephews and 21 great-nieces and nephews.

MEMORIAL SERVICE:  Will be held on Thursday, October 27th, at 8 P.M. at the Griffith Funeral Chapel, 520 Chester Pike, in Norwood, Pa. 19074.

VISITATION:  Will be on Thursday from 6 P.M. to 8 P.M. at the funeral home.

BURIAL:  Will be private.

CONTRIBUTIONS:  In lieu of flowers, contributions made in Mark's memory to Crozer-Keystone Hospice, 200 W. Sproul Road, Springfield, Pa. 19064 or to the Tinicum Township Fire Company, 99 Wanamaker Ave., Essington, Pa. 19029 would be appreciated.

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Elizabeth R. "Betty" Huddy

Elizabeth R. "Betty" Huddy, 93, a longtime resident of Collingdale, passed away peacefully on September 28, 2016 with her daughter by her side at the Bryn Mawr Extended Care Center in Bryn Mawr.

Born in Warsaw, Kentucky, she was the daughter of the late Nicholas and Elsie Della Camera  She was raised in Clifton Heights before residing in Collingdale.  Before raising a family, she worked at one time as an operator with Bell Telephone of Pennsylvania.

Betty was a Past President of the Ladies Auxiliary of V.F.W. Post # 5428 in Collingdale and was an Honorary Member of the Collingdale High School Alumni Association.

Betty enjoyed crocheting, doing crosswords, and making candy in her spare time.  She will be remembered as a woman who was devoted to her family.

She was the wife of the late Joseph J. Huddy; and was also predeceased by her sons, Joseph J. Huddy, Jr. and James J. Huddy; and her daughter, Denise M. Sheridan.

SURVIVOR:  Betty is survived by her loving daughter, Roe Huddy.

FUNERAL SERVICE:  Will be held on Wednesday, October 5th, at 10:30 A.M. at the Griffith Funeral Chapel, 520 Chester Pike, in Norwood, Pa. 19074.

VISITATION:  Will be on Wednesday, October 5th, from 9:30 A.M. to 10:30 A.M. at the funeral home.

BURIAL:  Will be in Saints Peter & Paul Cemetery in Springfield, Pa.

CONTRIBUTIONS:  In lieu of flowers, contributions made in Betty's memory to  V.F.W. Post #5428, 343 Oak Lane, Collingdale, Pa. 19023 or to the charity of the donor's choice would be appreciated by the family.

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Stephanie Marchesani

Stephanie Marchesani, 30, a loving and caring critical care nurse who was dedicated to her patients and devoted to her family and friends, passed away on September 11, 2016.

Born in Philadelphia and raised in Norwood, Pa., Steph was a 2004 graduate of Interboro High School.  She graduated with Honors from Temple University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing in 2008.  Steph, BSN, RN, began her career in 2008 as a staff nurse and progressed into a role as a critical care nurse at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.  Steph was about to complete her Masters in the Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioner Program at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing.

Steph loved to travel to near and far away places, enjoyed cooking, biking, and the occasional Broad Street Run.  She was a devoted daughter, sister, and friend, an expert and caring nurse, and always enjoyed being in the company of her friends.

She will be sadly missed by her loving family and her many colleagues and friends.

SURVIVORS:  Steph is survived by her mother, Madeline (Steve); her father, Michael; her sister, Laura (Matthew), her brother, Michael; and her boyfriend, Jeff; and her professional colleagues and many friends.

VISITATION: Will be held on Friday, September 16th, from 5 P.M. to 8 P.M. at the Griffith Funeral Chapel, 520 Chester Pike, in Norwood, Pa. 19074 and on Saturday, September 17th, from 8:30 A.M. to 10 A.M. at St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church, 817 N. 7th Street, Philadelphia, Pa. 19123.

BURIAL:  Will be in Oakland Cemetery in Philadelphia.

     CONTRIBUTIONS:  In lieu of flowers, contributions made to The Nursing Memorial Scholarship Fund, in memory of Stephanie Marchesani, The University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, 418 Curie Blvd., Philadelphia, Pa. 19104 would be appreciated by her family.     

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Jerome "Jerry" Taylor

Jerome “Jerry” Taylor, 89, a life long resident of the Essington section of Tinicum Township, passed away peacefully on August 29, 2016 at the Sterling Health Care and Rehabilitation Center in Media.

Born in Essington, he was the son of the late Edgar and Grace Taylor.  Jerry was employed for 35 years with Bell Telephone of Pennsylvania retiring as an engineer.

He was a veteran of World War II having served in the U.S. Navy.

He was a longtime member of St. John’s Tinicum Lutheran Church in Essington and for many years was a member of Fernwood Lodge # 246 Free and Associated Masons in Philadelphia.

Jerry enjoyed gardening and was known for his beautiful gardens.  He loved animals, and had many interests including nature, electronics, and many of the sciences.

He will be remembered as a man who was devoted to his family.

Jerry was predeceased by his loving wife of 67 years, Geneva J. “Gen” Taylor, who passed away earlier this year.

SURVIVORS:  His is survived by his son, Jerry (Kathy) Taylor; his daughters, Roberta Karmels and Joan (John) Zdun; his grandchildren, Jessica, Jennifer, and Christopher; and his great-grandchildren, Miles, Skyla, and Thomas.

MEMORIAL SERVICE:  Will be held on Wednesday, September 7th, at 11 A.M., at the Griffith Funeral Chapel, 520 Chester Pike, in Norwood, Pa. 19074.

VISITATION:  Will be on Wednesday from 9:30 A.M. to 11 A.M. at the funeral home.

BURIAL:  Will be private.

CONTRIBUTIONS:  In lieu of flowers, contributions made in his memory to St. John’s Tinicum Lutheran Church, 601 Seneca Street, Essington, Pa. 19029 would be appreciated.

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Diane Elizabeth McKnew

Diane Elizabeth McKnew, 61, a resident of Glenolden, passed away on August 17, 2016 at Delaware County Memorial Hospital in Drexel Hill.

She will rest in peace with her sister, Susan West, her brother, Thomas Hall, and her father, William Hall.

Diane is survived by her daughter, Stacey McKnew; her son, Donald McKnew; her mother, Dorothy Hall; her sisters, Janice Meindl, Dorothy Johnston, Patty Colgan, and Joan Hall.  She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Her Memorial Service will be held on Wednesday, August 24th, at 11 A.M. at the Griffith Funeral Chapel, 520 Chester Pike, in Norwood, Pa. 19074.

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

Her burial will be private.

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Martha Lauretta "Retta" Dunderdale

Martha Lauretta Dunderdale, (nee Montgomery), age 96, affectionately known as “Retta” to her friends, passed away peacefully on August 15, 2016 surrounded by her family at the Broomall Presbyterian Village in Broomall, Pa.

Born in Essington, she was a lifelong resident of the Essington section of Tinicum Township.  She was the daughter of the late Al and Martha Montgomery.

She was a graduate of Eddystone High School.  She worked as an inspector at Westinghouse during World War II and then as a shipping clerk at Clifton Precision Products and later Powell Electronics.

Retta was an original member of the former “Women’s Emergency Rescue Unit” created by the Essington Fire Company during the heating up of the Cold War in the 1950’s.  The Unit was trained in firefighting and rescue techniques.  During this time she drove a fire truck, operated pumps, handled hose, and climbed a 75 foot aerial ladder. 

In later years, she mastered the art of needle work including knitting, beading, crochet, and her favorite, counted cross stitch.

A woman devoted to her family, her favorite “job” over the years was being a mom, grandmom, and great-grandmom. 

She was the oldest of five Montgomery children, now all deceased; Bertie, Jean, Florence, and Gil.

Retta was the wife of the late Roy “Hubby” Dunderdale, to whom she was married for 62 years until his death in 2004.

SURVIVORS:  She is survived by her two sons, Roy (Kathy) and Gil (Suzanne); her four grandchildren, Gil (Alana), Kristin (Sean), Melissa (Rick), and Charlotte; and her six great-grandchildren, Patrick, Isabelle, Shane, Aiden, Ryan, and Emily.

FUNERAL SERVICE:  Will be held on Saturday, August 20th, at 10 A.M. at the Griffith Funeral Chapel, 520 Chester Pike, in Norwood, Pa. 19074.

VISITATION:  Will be held on Friday, August 19th, from 6 P.M. to 8 P.M. and on Saturday, August 20th, from 9 A.M. to 10 A.M. at the funeral home.

BURIAL:  Will be in Glenwood Memorial Gardens in Broomall, Pa.

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

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Paul Joseph Moore, Jr.

Paul Joseph Moore, Jr., 31, of Clifton Heights, Pa., lost his long battle with addiction on Sunday, August 7, 2016.

A self-employed barber and music engineer, he graduated from Interboro High School (2004), Empire Beauty School, and Full Sail University for the Recording Arts.  He is a proud descendent of the Lakota Oglala Nation of North Dakota.

He is predeceased by his father, Paul Joseph Moore, Sr. and his niece, Isabella Aislyn Kelly.

He is survived by his loving mother, Brenda Anne Moore; his step-father, Jesse James Johnson; his brother, Brian Michael Kelly and sister-in-law, Olivia Tainter; his nephews, James Kelly and George Kelly; his grandmother, Alice Buck; and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Paul will be dearly missed by his family and friends.

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

His burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Red Cloud Indian School, Pine Ridge, S.D. 57770
www.redcloudschool.org

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Charles Phillip Hammes, Jr.

Charles Phillip Hammes, Jr., 86, a resident of Wallingford, Pa., passed away peacefully on August 4, 2016 at Riddle Memorial Hospital with his loving family by his side.

He was born on September 26, 1929 at Roxborough Memorial Hospital.  He was the son of the late Charles P. Hammes, Sr. and Helen Hammes Egner (nee Smith).

Charles graduated from Roxborough High School, where he was the star pitcher on their baseball team.  He then attended West Chester State College and graduated from Taylor Columbia Business College.  He served in the National Guard for a period of time.

Charles was a bookkeeper/accountant for the MBA and then Conrail for a total of 35 years and retired in 1992.

He was a member of the Norwood United Methodist Church for 43 years and served the church in various capacities over the years.  A devotee of Gilbert and Sullivan operettas, he also loved sports, reading, puzzles, and playing pinochle.

Charles was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather to whom his family meant everything.

He is survived by his wife, Carol Collins Hammes, to whom he was married 48 years; his daughter, Holly Hammes Goldsborough; his son-in-law Glenn; and his granddaughter, Hope.

His Funeral Service will be held on Wednesday, August 10th, at 11 A.M. at the Norwood United Methodist Church, 315 Chester Pike, in Norwood, Pa. 19074.

Friends may visit with his family on Wednesday, August 10th, from 10 A.M. to 11 A.M. at the church.

His burial will be in Arlington Cemetery in Drexel Hill, Pa.

In lieu of flowers, contributions made in Charles’ memory to the Norwood United Methodist Church at the above address would be appreciated by his family.

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Norma Ruth Sprague (Bezold)

Norma Sprague (nee Bezold), age 60, of Lester passed away on July 24, 2016 at her home surrounded by her family and close friends. 

The daughter of Charles and Alice Bezold, she graduated from Interboro High School, Class of ’74.  Norma was a devoted wife and mother, not only to her own children but also to their friends.

She loved nature, was an avid gardener and took care of many stray animals, in addition to her three rescue dogs.

She is survived by her husband, Joseph; her sons Chris and Vince; her daughters-in-law Hannah and Allison; and her grandsons, Caleb and Benjamin.

Family and friends are invited to attend her funeral service on Thursday, July 28th, at 11 A.M. at the Griffith Funeral Chapel, 520 Chester Pike, in Norwood, Pa. 19074.  Visitation will be on Thursday from 10 A.M. to 11 A.M. at the funeral home.

Burial will be in Eastlawn Cemetery in Milmont Park, Pa.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Penny Angels Beagle Rescue @ pennyangelsbeaglerescue.com

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Pauline Menna

Pauline Menna, age 88, a longtime resident of Prospect Park, passed away peacefully on July 22, 2016 at the Crozer-Keystone Hospice Residence at Taylor Hospital in Ridley Park.

Born in Elmer, N.J., and raised in the Woodlyn section of Ridley Township, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Mary Antonoff.  Pauline was a graduate of the former Ridley Township High School.

She was a resident of Prospect Park since 1954, residing in the home that she and her late husband, Reggie, built together.

Pauline was a professional seamstress and also worked for a period of time in retail sales.  She took great pride in her home, and continually worked with her husband to maintain their beautiful gardens.  They were known in the community for their seasonal Christmas and Halloween decorations, and had received “Beautification Awards” from the borough over the years.

Pauline and Reggie loved to travel, and had gone to many places across the United States including the island of St. John in the Virgin Islands with their group of devoted friends.  She enjoyed the most her summers in Avalon, N.J. with her husband, family, and friends.

Most of all, family meant the most to Pauline, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and she cherished the times when the family got together for holidays and birthdays.  She had just celebrated her 88th birthday with her family.  When her family kissed her good-bye over the years, she always lovingly replied, “Be Careful.”

Pauline was preceded in death by her loving husband of 66 years, Reggie, who passed away last October; and her sister, Florence Seeberger.

Pauline is survived by her children, Ron (Karen) Menna, Shelly (Hank) Griffith, and Holly (Scott) Butler; her grandchildren, Jamie, Lori, Tricia, Tracy, and Chelsea; her great-grandchildren, Max, Oliver, Milo, and Claudia; and her niece, Sandy; and her nephew, Steve.

A Service of Remembrance for Pauline will be held privately this week by her family.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions in her memory be made to the Shriners’ Hospital for Children, 3551 N. Broad Street, Philadelphia, Pa. 19140     

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Catherine M. "Cass" Hansen

HansenCatherine M. “Cass” Hansen, 67, of Essington, formerly of SW Philadelphia, passed away at home on Saturday, July 16, 2016.

She was born in Philadelphia on December 5, 1948.

She was a devoted wife and mother, whose pride and joy were her grandchildren.

Cass will be sadly missed by her husband, Robert; children, Michelle (Shawn) Dooley and Erica (William) Rubincam; grandchildren, Shawn and Matthew Dooley and Mia, Joshua, Jason, and Nicholas Rubincam; siblings, Robert (Karla) Walsh, Barbara (Rick Mateu) Pompei, Rita (Joe) Damico, Terri Walsh, and Jacquie Barney.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Lillian (Taylor) and Robert Walsh and sisters, Dawn, Peggy, and Carol.

Her Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Wednesday, July 20th, at 10:30 A.M. with a viewing after 9:30 A.M. at Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church, 208 Milmont Avenue, in Milmont Park, Pa. 19033.

Viewing also will be held on Tuesday, July 19th, from 6 P.M. to 8 P.M. at the Griffith Funeral Chapel, 520 Chester Pike, in Norwood, Pa. 19074.

She will be laid to rest in Saints peter 7 Paul Cemetery in Springfield, Pa.

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Inez Twesten

Inez Twesten (nee Boal), age 93, died peacefully on June 27, 2016 at the Masonic Villages of Lafayette Hill, Pa.

Inez was born in Langhorne, Pa. on February 4, 1923.  She was the daughter of Eleanor and William Boal and had four sisters, all of whom are now deceased.  She was the wife of the late Charles W. Twesten, III, who died in 2010.

Before her marriage to Charles, during World War II, she worked as a secretary at the Philadelphia Naval Yard.  She lived most of her married life in Norwood, Pa. where she was very active in St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church.  During her many years as a member, she served as President of St. Stephen’s Guild and also served as Director of the Altar Guild and helped with many different fund raisers.  In her early years of marriage she also performed secretarial duties for her husband in his plumbing and heating business.  Inez was a member of the LeVan Smith Raibley Auxiliary # 7213 of the Norwood Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Norwood Historical Society, and a volunteer at the Norwood Library.

Inez and her husband, Charles, moved to Williamstown, New Jersey in 1993.  She then became a member of St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church in Glassboro, N.J. where she also served in St. Thomas’ Women’s Guild.  She has resided since 2004 in the Masonic Villages in Lafayette Hill, Pa.  During her years in the Masonic Village she assisted in the annual bazaar and also volunteered in the gift shop.  Her years there were very good ones, surrounded by a caring staff who were always there for her in every way for the last twelve years of her life.

Inez’s hobbies during her last years included reading, knitting, crocheting, and caring for her African violets.  She also recently found a lot of enjoyment coloring in adult coloring books and painting.  What she loved most was being a wife, mother, and grandmother.

Inez is survived by her two children: Judith Rehm of Chester Heights, Pa. and Robert Twesten of Hillsborough, N.C. as well as her son-in-law, Charles Rehm.  She is also survived by four grandchildren: Glenn Eckard of Springfield, Pa., Mark Eckard of Christiansted, St. Croix USVI, Carolyn Twesten of Hurdle Mills, N.C., Dana Twesten of Englewood, N.J. and three great-grandchildren: David and Justin Eckard of Springfield, Pa. and Campbell Eckard of Christiansted, St. Croix, USVI.  Inez is also survived by twelve nieces and nephews:  Sue Francis, Ed Foreaker, and Mary Jane Clark of Florida, Sallie Blackiston of Delaware, Beverly Weeks, Donna Miller, Charles Martin, David Martin, John Hershey, Susie Riecks, and Carol Joslin of California, and Patti Rothschild of Virginia.

A Memorial Service will be held at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 128 Chester Pike in Norwood, Pa. on Friday, July 8th. Calling hour will be from 10 A.M. to 11 A.M. followed by Holy Eucharist at 11 A.M.  Burial of her cremains will take place at Arlington Cemetery in Drexel Hill following the service.

In lieu of flowers, Inez has requested contributions be sent to St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church at the above address; or to St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church, 212 N. Main Street, Glassboro, N.J. 08028; or to the Masonic Village, 801 Ridge Pike, Lafayette Hill, Pa. 19444.

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Blanche G. Taylor

Blanche G. Taylor, 98, a resident of Secane and a former longtime resident of Essington, passed away peacefully on June 16, 2016 at Fair Acres Geriatric Center in Lima, Pa.

Born in Royal Oak, Maryland, she was the daughter of the late Elias and Mary Belle Hall Taylor.  She will be remembered as a woman who was devoted to her family.

She is the wife of the late Ernest Taylor.  Blanche is also predeceased by her grandsons, Dean and Brian, and her sister, Ida May Milligan.

Blanche is survived by her daughters, Joan (the late John) Franco and Patricia (Mario) Potorti; her grandchildren, Joanie, Audra, Chris, Michael, Thomas, Joey, Dennis, Darren, Jerome, Ernie, Mark, and Michelle; and her several great-grandchildren.

Her Funeral Service will be held on Tuesday, June 21st, at 10:30 A.M. at the Griffith Funeral Chapel, 520 Chester Pike, in Norwood, Pa. 19074.

There will be a visitation time on Tuesday from 9:30 A.M. to 10:30 A.M. at the funeral home.

Her entombment will be at Eglington Memorial Gardens in Clarksboro, N.J.

In lieu of flowers, contributions made in Blanche’s memory to The Friends of Fair Acres, P.O. Box 496, Lima, Pa. 19037 would be appreciated.

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Joseph J. Scalies

Joseph J. Scalies, 83, of Prospect Park, left this world peacefully on June 10, 2016 surrounded by his family.

He was born to the late Charles and Theresa Scalies.

Joe was a retired truck driver who last worked for Kansas Beef Industries.  He will be remembered as a man who was devoted to his wife and family.

He was predeceased by his sister, Regina Mondello.

SURVIVORS:  He is survived by his devoted, loving wife of 59+ years, Esther (Divon).  Together they have four children, Theresa (G. Lyle Long), Charles, Lisa (John Bellano), and Esther (Jim McMenamin).  His grandchildren will miss his stories but keep him in their hearts forever.  Joey, Lindsey, Austin, Jimmy, Zack, Chris, Gina, John, Gabrielle, Matty, and Samantha will always remember grandpop telling them he was not watching the Phillies but then giving a “play by play” account.  Joe is also survived by his brother Charley (Angie); six great-grandchildren; his in-laws Peter, Carol, and Joan Divon; and many nieces and nephews who loved Uncle Joe.

FUNERAL MASS:  Will be celebrated on Thursday, June 16th, at 11 A.M. at St. Gabriel Catholic Church, on Mohawk Avenue, In Norwood, Pa.

BURIAL:  Will be private.

CONTRIBUTIONS:  In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations made in his memory to Little Flower Manor, 1201 Springfield Road, Darby, Pa. 19023.

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Diana M. Snyder

SnyderDiana M. Snyder, 77, a former resident of Ridley Township, passed away peacefully on June 8, 2016 at The Wayne Center in Wayne, Pa.

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

Diana is the wife of the late Albert Snyder.

She is survived by her daughter, Virginia Hill; her son, Francis MacMullett; her four grandchildren; and her great-grandchild.

Her funeral service and burial at Forest Hills Cemetery will be private.

In lieu of flowers, contributions made in her memory to The American Lung Association, 527 Plymouth Road, # 403, Plymouth Meeting, Pa. 19462 would be appreciated

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Margaret Mary Irey

Margaret Mary Irey, 65, of Prospect Park, Pa. passed away on June 5, 2016, at Riddle Memorial Hospital.

Margaret was born in Philadelphia, Pa. to the late William and Catherine Foster.  Margaret enjoyed cooking and spending time with her children and grandchildren.  Margaret also loved the Jersey Shore.

Margaret is predeceased by her loving husband of 44 years, Charles W. Irey.

SURVIVORS:  Margaret is survived by her children, Michael (Tara), James (Colleen), Joseph, Steven (Lauren), and Amanda; her grandchildren, Michael, Mackenzie, Andrew, Charlie Ana, Macie, Jameson, and Evan; her siblings, Robert, Florence, Cathleen, Patricia, John, Thomas, Joseph, Gail, and Marian.  She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

FUNERAL MASS:  Will be celebrated on Monday, June 13th, at 11 A.M. at St. Gabriel Catholic Church, on Mohawk Avenue, in Norwood, Pa.

VISITATION:  Will be on Monday, June 13th, from 10 A.M. to 11 A.M. at the church.

BURIAL:  Will be in Saints Peter & Paul Cemetery in Springfield, Pa.

CONTRIBUTIONS:  In lieu of flowers, contributions made in Margaret’s memory to The Riddle Health Care Foundation Hospice & Palliative Care Program, 1068 W. Baltimore Pike, Media, Pa. 19063 would be appreciated.

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Florence R. Brooks

BrooksFlorence “Flossie” R. Brooks (nee Renz), age 86, of Upper Chichester, Pa. formerly of Glenolden, Pa. and Media, Pa., passed away on June 1, 2016 at Riddle Memorial Hospital.

Flossie was a 1947 graduate of Glen-Nor High School, a lifetime member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, Norwood, Pa. and recently a member of Reformation Lutheran Church, Media, Pa.  A lifelong Delaware County resident, Flossie enjoyed spending summers at Jersey shore campgrounds and later in life, winter months in North Fort Myers, FL.  A member of the Prospect Lodge No. 301 Order of the Eastern Star of Prospect Park, she worked for Westinghouse, Kelly Services, and the Interboro School District.

Born in Norwood, Pa., she was the daughter of the late Harry W. Renz, Sr. and Florence Renz (Farley), and she was predeceased by her siblings, Warren D. Renz, Sr., Dorothy Worrall, and Harry W. Renz, Jr.

She was the wife of the late Charles L. Brooks, Jr., who died in November 1996.

Flossie was the devoted mother of Sandy (Dennis) McKnight and Charles S. (Lori) Brooks and the beloved grandmother of nine grandchildren and great-grandmother of nine.

Relatives and friends are invited to her visitation on Saturday, June 4th, from 9 A.M. to 10:30 A.M. at the Griffith Funeral Chapel, 520 Chester Pike, in Norwood, Pa. 19074 followed by her Funeral Service at 10:30 A.M.

Her burial will be in Edgewood Memorial Park in Glen Mills, Pa.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Immanuel Lutheran Church, 501 Chester Pike, Norwood, Pa. 19074.

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Joseph William Worrell

WorrellJoseph William Worrell, age 52, a longtime resident of Ridley Park, passed away on May 28, 2016.

Born August 27, 1963, he was the son of the late Robert P. and Carol A. (Clarke) Worrell.  He was a graduate of Ridley High School.  He worked most of his life as a mechanic.

SURVIVORS:  He is survived by his loving wife of 24 years, Linda M. Phelan Worrell; his loving children, Heather M. Worrell, Kaitlyn M. Worrell (fiancée Nicholas Perez-McLean), and Joseph W. Worrell, Jr.; his two loving grandsons, Michael T. Wiegand and Mason R. Morris; his brothers, Robert P. Worrell and Frank Worrell; and his nephews, Robert Worrell, III, Thomas III and Matthew Phelan, Patrick and David Jr. Phelan, and Timothy, Tyler, and Brandon Worrell.

FUNERAL SERVICE:  Will be held on Monday, June 6th, at 11 A.M. at the Griffith Funeral Chapel, 520 Chester Pike, in Norwood, Pa. 19074.

VISITATION:  Will be on Monday from 10 A.M. to 11 A.M. at the funeral home.

BURIAL:  Will be in East Lawn Cemetery in Milmont Park.

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Charles A. Rowland, Jr.

RowlandCharles Andrew “Reds” Rowland, Jr., age 87, passed away peacefully on May 18, 2016 at Hunters Creek Nursing Home in Orlando, Florida where he was President of the Residents Association.

Born in Chester, Pa., Reds was the son of the late Dr. Charles A. Rowland and Agnes (nee Cross) Rowland.

Residing in Orlando, Florida since 1988 and formerly of Chester, Pa. and Cherry Hill, N.J., Reds was a graduate of the Haverford School and Pennsylvania Military College in Chester.

After serving in the Army in Korea, Reds dedicated his entire career working to the Atlantic Richfield Company (ARCO).

He was an avid fan of all Philadelphia sports and the Florida Gators and the Nittany Lions, as well as an avid stamp collector and jigsaw puzzler.  He enjoyed needlepoint and his work is distributed and proudly displayed by friends and family.

Reds was predeceased by his wife, Ann, and his brother, James.

He is survived by his sons, Charles (Pam) and Robert (Karen); his five grandchildren, Sarah, Rebecca, RJ, Molly, and Lauren; his sister-in-law, Peg; as well as his nieces and nephews and their children.

A Graveside Service followed by his burial will take place on Friday, June 3rd, at 11 A.M. at Chester Rural Cemetery at the Rowland family lot.

In lieu of flowers, contributions made in Reds memory to the American Diabetes Association, 150 Monument Road, #100, Bala Cynwyd, Pa. 19004 would be appreciated.

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Isabel D. Irvin

IrvinIsabel D. Irvin, (nee Nelson), age 87, passed away peacefully on May 20, 2016 at North Cape Center in Cape May, N.J.

Born in Maple Shade, N.J., Isabel was the daughter of the late Thomas E. Nelson and Rose (nee McKenna) Nelson.

Residing in Cape May, N.J. since 1997 and formerly of Prospect Park and North Philadelphia, Pa., Isabel was a proud graduate of John W. Hallahan Girl’s High School in Philadelphia.  Working with her father, she helped start the Nelson Plumbing business in Philadelphia, handling record keeping.  She also worked alongside her many friends at the Real Estate Trust Co. and Fidelity Philadelphia Trust Co. in Philadelphia.

A longtime member of St. James Episcopal Church in Prospect Park, Pa., Isabel enjoyed delivering outreach to home bound church members.  She was a member of the Altar Guild, and the Confraternity of the Blessed Sacrament.  Active in her local community, Isabel was a member of the Prospect Park Fire Co. Women’s Auxiliary, and the Ridley Park Community Chorus.  Her volunteer work gave her much joy including visiting residents of the Prospect Park Nursing Home.  Upon moving to Cape May, N.J., Isabel became a member of the Church of the Advent and the Altar Guild and became a Reading Volunteer at the Carl Mitnick Elementary School.

Isabel is survived by her loving husband of 60 years, George Allen Irvin and her dear daughters, Joyce Covert, Gail Miller, and Grace (Fran) Ferrell.  She is a cherished Mom-Mom of nine grandchildren and Aunt to her devoted nieces and nephews.

Friends may visit with the family on Saturday, May 28th 2016 from 9:30 A.M. to 10:30 A.M. followed by her Funeral Service at 10:30 A.M. at St. James Episcopal Church, 11th and Lincoln Avenue, in Prospect Park, Pa. Her final resting place will be in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Cheltenham.

    In lieu of flowers, donations made in her memory to St. James Episcopal Church, 732 11th Avenue, Prospect Park, Pa. 19076 would be appreciated.        

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Dorothy M. LaCrosse

Dorothy M. LaCrosse, a resident of White Horse Village in Newtown Square and a former longtime resident of Norwood, passed away peacefully on May 21, 2016 at Riddle Memorial Hospital.

Born in Norwood, she was the daughter of the late Frank and Ethel Cline.  She was a 1935 graduate of the former Glen-Nor High School.

Dorothy enjoyed traveling and loved animals, but mostly will be remembered for her wonderful sense of humor.

She was the wife of the late Edward LaCrosse.

SURVIVORS:  She is survived by her five grandchildren; her two nieces; her nephew; and her many great-grandchildren.

FUNERAL SERVICE:  Will be held on Wednesday, May 25th, at 11:30 A.M., at the Griffith Funeral Chapel, 520 Chester Pike, in Norwood, Pa. 19074.

BURIAL:  Will be private.

CONTRIBUTIONS:  In lieu of flowers, contributions made in her memory to the Providence Animal Center, (formerly SPCA), 555 Sandy Bank Rd., Media, Pa. 19063 would be appreciated.

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John Joseph Poole

PooleJohn Joseph Poole, age 85, beloved husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, of Media, Pa. and formerly of Springfield, Pa., died peacefully on May 3, 2016.

Born in Preston, MD, John grew up in Prospect Park and eventually moved to Springfield.  He was a 1949 graduate of Prospect Park High School and attended Sleeper’s Business School and the University of Pennsylvania.  John started working at Atlantic Richfield Company in 1950 until his retirement in 1985. 

He was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1952 and sent to Korea, where he worked for General Maxwell Taylor, and received two Bronze Stars and seven additional medals. He returned in 1954 and married his high school sweetheart, Barbara Yerkes. 

John was a member of the Ridley Park Presbyterian Church and later, the Springfield Presbyterian Church, where he served as a trustee, deacon, elder, and usher.  John was a member of the Springfield Athletic Association, Indian Guides, and the Springfield Lions Club.  He enjoyed spending time with his family in Sea Isle City, N.J., fishing and crabbing on his boat, and family get-togethers on holidays and birthdays. 

He moved to Granite Farms Estates in 2006 and served as Vice-President of the Granite Farms Residents Association.

John was preceded in death by his parents, John Poole, Jr. and Ethel (Fluharty) Poole and his sister, Dorothy (Theodore) Robinson.

John is survived by his wife, Barbara (Yerkes) Poole; daughter Sandra Carter; son Robert (Patti) Poole; his four grandchildren, Marie (Gabe) Pepper, Alicia Carter, Joshua Poole, and Anna Poole; and great-grandson, Gavin Pepper.

A Memorial Service to celebrate John’s life will take place on Saturday, May 14th, 2016, at 10:30 A.M. in the auditorium at Granite Farms Estates, 1343 W. Baltimore Pike, in Media, Pa.

A private family ceremony and burial will take place on Monday, May 9th, 2016.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to The Samaritan Fund, Granite Farms Estates, 1343 W. Baltimore Pike, Media, Pa. 19063.

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Anastasia Banjock

BanjockAnastasia Banjock, 87, a resident of Secane, Pa. and former resident of Upper Darby, passed away peacefully on April 21, 2016 at her residence with her loving son by her side.

Born in Philadelphia, she was the daughter of the late Thomas and Anastasia Reed.  She was employed for a number of years as a secretary with Haab Oil Company before her retirement.

She was an avid reader and loved horses, but most of all, she will be remembered as a loving and devoted mother to her son, Daniel.

Anastasia was the wife of the late Thomas Banjock.

She is survived by her loving son, Daniel T. Banjock, with whom she lived.

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated on Wednesday, April 27th, at 11 A.M. at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church, 1 Fatima Drive, in Secane, Pa. 19018.

Friends and family may call on Wednesday from 10 A.M. to 11 A.M. at the church.

Her burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery in Yeadon, Pa.

In lieu of flowers, contributions made to Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church at the above address would be appreciated.        

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Elsie Joan Spanier

Elsie Joan Spanier, 80, a longtime resident of Prospect Park, passed away peacefully on April 20, 2016 at Fair Acres Geriatric Center in Lima, Pa.

Joan was the daughter of the late Valentine W. Spanier, Sr. and Elsie Safka Spanier.

She was employed as a secretary for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for a number of years until her retirement.

Joan was a devout Catholic and a longtime member of the St. Madeline Catholic Church parish in Ridley Park.

She is survived by her brother, Valentine W. Spanier, Jr. (Barbara) and her sister, Patricia S. Martin (Christopher); and her nieces and nephews.

Her Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Monday, April 25th, at 11 A.M. at St. Madeline Catholic Church, Penn Street and Morton Avenue, in Ridley Park, Pa. 19078.

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

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

In lieu of flowers, contributions made in Joan’s memory to St. Madeline Catholic Church, 105 Park Street, Ridley Park, Pa. 19078 would be appreciated.         

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Stefan Martin

Stefan MartinStefan Martin, age 90, of Milmont Park passed quietly on April 8, 2016.

Beloved husband of 59 years to Doris Martin, father to Carmen and Bernard Martin, and grandfather to Alec and Jon Martin.

Stefan emigrated to the United States in 1960 from Germany and worked in management for Boeing Corporation and the Philadelphia Gear Corporation.  Retirement years were enjoying traveling the world and spending time with his family.  Stefan’s zest for life and love of entertaining leaves a legacy of friends and family that will forever miss him.

Visitation will be held on Sunday, April 17th, at 3:30 P.M. followed by a Memorial Service at 4:30 P.M. at the Griffith Funeral Chapel, 520 Chester Pike, in Norwood, Pa. 19074.  Burial will be private.

     In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Taylor Hospice, P.O. Box 147, Ridley Park, Pa. 19078          

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Roy K. Acker

Roy AckerRoy K. Acker, 71, a longtime resident of Norwood, passed away peacefully on April 8, 2016 at home surrounded by his loving family.

Born in Philadelphia, he was the son of the late John and Harriet Acker.  He was employed as a facility manager at the Springfield School District for 24 years until his retirement.

Roy was a decorated veteran of the Vietnam War having served in the U.S. Marine Corps.  He was a longtime member of the Marine Corps League, Delaware County Detachment, in Upland.

Everyone knew Roy loved his dog, Bogey.  He will be sadly missed by his family and his many friends.

SURVIVORS:  Roy is survived by his wife of 51 years, Rosemary (Roe) Acker; his son, Ken (Patricia) Acker; and his grandsons, Kevin and Daniel; his brother, Edwin (Fran) Acker; and his sister, Eleanor (Graydon) Hess.

FUNERAL MASS:  Will be celebrated on Tuesday, April 12th, at 10 A.M., at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, 1901 Chester Pike, in Eddystone, Pa. 19022.

VISITATION:  Will be on Monday evening, April 11th, from 6 P.M. to 8 P.M. at the Griffith Funeral Chapel, 520 Chester Pike, in Norwood, Pa. 19074 and on Tuesday morning, April 12th, from 9 A.M to 10 A.M. at St. Rose of Lima Church.

BURIAL:  Will be private with military honors at Washington Crossing National Cemetery in Newtown, Pa. at a later date.

CONTRIBUTIONS:  In lieu of flowers, contributions made in Roy’s memory to The Gary Sinise Foundation, P.O. Box 50008, Studio City, CA 91614-5001 (garysinisefoundation.org) would be appreciated.

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Nancy E. Gibson

GibsonNancy E. Gibson, age 82, of Swedesboro, N.J. and formerly of Norwood, Pa., died at peace on March 30, 2016 after a lengthy illness.

Mrs. Gibson was born in Philadelphia to the late Hasel and Clara Mae Bailey and retired from a career in banking as a branch manager.  Mrs. Gibson was a lifelong sports fan and held a special love for her dog, “Nipper”.

She was the beloved wife of the late Clarence H. “Pete” Gibson. She was also predeceased by her brother, Dan Bailey and her sister, Julia Chase.

Mrs. Gibson is survived by her son Paul (Phyllis); loving grandsons, Timothy (Claire) and Kyle; cherished great-grandsons, Nolan and Elliot; her sister Carol Keehnle, and many nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to her Funeral Service on Tuesday, April 5th, at 10 A.M. at the Griffith Funeral Chapel, 520 Chester Pike, in Norwood, Pa. 19074.

Friends may call on Monday evening, April 4th, from 7 P.M. to 9 P.M. at the funeral home.

Her burial will be at Gloucester County Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Monroe Township, N.J.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Interboro High School Scholarship Fund, 900 Washington Avenue, Prospect Park, Pa. 19076.

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Roger L. Gasslein

GassleinRoger L. Gasslein, 73, a resident of Coatesville, passed away on March 29, 2016.  Born in Oklahoma, he was the son of the late Joseph and Alice Gasslein.

Roger was employed by Boeing Helicopters for 40 years as an accountant.  He was a member of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Ridley Park for 45 years.  He most recently attended Christ Memorial Lutheran Church in Malvern.

Roger enjoyed flowers, the beach, and animals.  Because of his cheerful and caring personality, he truly made an impact on everyone he met.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Christine Wegmann Gasslein.  He is also survived by his children, Kimberly (Michael) Olsan, Robin (Rich) Beck, and Gregory (Jessica) Gasslein.  He was also the loving grandfather of Max, Alexandra, Mark, Kim, Kyle, Moriah, Addison, J.R., and Aiden.

His Funeral Service will be held on Monday, April 4th, at 10 A.M., at Christ Memorial Lutheran Church, 89 Line Road, in Malvern, Pa. 19355.

A Visitation will be held on Sunday, April 3rd, from 7 P.M. to 9 P.M. and on Monday, April 4th, from 8:30 A.M. to 10 A.M. at the church.

Burial will be in Arlington Cemetery in Drexel Hill, Pa.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in his memory to the Chester County SPCA, 1212 Phoenixville Pike, West Chester, Pa. 19380.

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Florence V. Veacock

Florence N. Veacock, 83, a resident of Newark, Delaware and formally of Holmes, Pa., passed away peacefully on March 25, 2016.

She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, James.

She was a loving mother to James Veacock (Kathy), Linda Horton (Ron), John Veacock, Kathy Veacock, and Joan Gentile (John).

She was a cherished Mom-Mom to 13 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

Florence was also survived by her brother, Jack Empson; and her sister, Jean Welch.

She also leaves behind many friends whose lives she touched over the years.

Her Funeral Service and interment will be private.

Contributions can be made in her memory to the St. Jude organization.  www.stjude.org

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Rudolph F. Pearl

Rudolph Frank Pearl, 85, known as Rudy to his friends, passed from this life to the next on March 23, 2016 at Paoli Memorial Hospital.

Rudolph was born in Philadelphia and lived most of his life in Norwood, Pa. 

He is survived by his wife, Miriam; his children; grandchildren; and great-grandchildren.

A Visitation period will be on Thursday, March 31st, from 10 A.M. to 11 A.M. at Norwood United Methodist Church, 315 Chester Pike, in Norwood, Pa. 19074 followed by a Celebration of Life service at 11 A.M. 

His interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, contributions made in his memory to a charity of the donor’s choice would be appreciated.

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Roberta "Bobbe" Hart

HartRoberta “Bobbe” Hart (nee Marcoux), 81, of Darby, Pa., died Tuesday, March 15th surrounded by her loving family at Vitas Hospice at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital in Darby.

She was born in 1934 in Waterbury, CT and moved to Pennsylvania in the 1960’s where she remained a long time resident of Darby.  Bobbe was a waitress at the Blue Comet and Empire Diner in Lansdowne, Pa. for over 25 years and had a long list of regular customers.

Bobbe was fascinated by travel books and was an avid doll collector.  Known for her sharp wit and fantastic sense of humor, Bobbe was cherished by many.  She mostly enjoyed spending time with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.  Bobbe spent her last few years in the company and care of her daughter, Leslie.  Together they enjoyed summer trips to Cape Cod visiting family.

She was the daughter of the late John and Marguerite Marcoux and the sister of Margaret “Peggy” Swan of Naugatuk, CT, niece Sharon Bosco and great-niece Madeline Bosco of Middlebury, CT.

Bobbe is survived by her four children, Leslie Hart, Shelly McEneaney, Greg Hart of Darby and Judy Patterson of Cleveland, TN. She is predeceased by her son Jon Hart and great-granddaughter Raven Rose Black.  She is also survived by 11 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.

There will be a Funeral Mass celebrated for Bobbe on Friday, March 18th, at 10 A.M. at Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church, 1101 Main Street, in Darby, Pa. 19023.

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

Her burial will be private.

     In lieu of flowers, contributions made in Bobbe’s memory to The Griffith Funeral Chapel, 520 Chester Pike, Norwood, Pa. 19074 to be given to The Hart Family would be appreciated.          

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John Conrad Worrell

John Conrad Worrell, 87, “Jack”, of the Masonic Village, Elizabethtown, Pa., died on Monday, March 14, 2016.

Born in Philadelphia, Pa. on December 1, 1928, he was the son of the late William Worrell and Lillian Deitz Worrell.

He resided in Prospect Park, Pa. from 1957 until his move to the Masonic Village in 2007.

John loved his country and was proud that while still attending Bok Technical High School, he helped the war effort as an apprentice machinist at the Philadelphia Navy Yard during World War II.  He was recognized by the Navy on November 19, 1945, for his service.  He also later joined the U.S. Naval Reserve in 1951.

He later worked as a machinist for Baldwin Locomotive Works until diminishing eyesight forced him to develop a new career.  John went on to work for the Gulf Oil Corp for more than 34 years, rising through a succession of positions until he retired as the manager of their Bulk Oil operations and Gulf’s tank farm facility in Darby Township, Pa.

He was a member of the Gulf Oil Orange Disc Square Club until his retirement and a Free and Accepted Mason in the Prospect Park Lodge # 578 for more than 50 years.

John was married to the late Elizabeth Smith Worrell for 59 years and is survived by his son, John Conrad Worrell, Jr.; his daughters Lillian Worrell Hall and Carolyn Worrell McFalls; his six grandchildren; and his two great-grandchildren.

There will be a celebration of life service on Saturday, August 6th, at 1 P.M. at the John S. Sell Chapel located at the Masonic Village on 1 Masonic Drive, Elizabethtown, Pa. 1702

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Mary B. Jones

Mary B. Jones, 95, a longtime resident of Ridley Township, passed away peacefully on March 6, 2016 at Fair Acres Geriatric Center surrounded by her loving family.

Mary worked as a Postal Clerk with the U.S. Postal Service at the Newtown Square office for over 20 years until her retirement.

She was very active and spent much time at the Schoolhouse Senior Center in Folsom.  Mary loved trips to the shore, especially to Ocean City, Maryland.  She had a great affection and love for dogs.

Most of all, she will be remembered as a woman who was devoted to her family.

Mary was predeceased by her husband, William; her grandson, Michael; and her brother, Joseph.

SURVIVORS:  Mary is survived by her sons, Eugene (Josephine) Jones and William (Judith) Jones; her nephew, Lee (Janet) Ward; her niece, Beverly (Jim) Baker; her grandchildren, Kimberly, Christopher, Tracie, Stephanie, and Eric; and her great-grandchildren, Cole, Julianna, Shaun, Olivia, and Ainsley.

MEMORIAL SERVICE:  Will be held on Saturday, March 12th, at 11 A.M. at the Griffith Funeral Chapel, 520 Chester Pike, in Norwood, Pa. 19074.

VISITATION:  Will be on Saturday from 10 A.M. to 11 A.M. at the funeral home.

BURIAL:  Will be in Saints Peter & Paul Cemetery in Springfield.

     CONTRIBUTIONS:  In lieu of flowers, contributions made in Mary’s memory to the Delaware County SPCA, 555 Sandy Bank Rd., Media, Pa. 19063 would be appreciated.     

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John J. Franco, Jr.

John J. Franco, Jr., 75, a resident of Secane, Pa., passed away peacefully on February 14, 2016 at Taylor Hospital in Ridley Park, Pa. surrounded by his loving family.

John was a resident of Secane for the last 22 years.  He was employed as an inspector at Boeing for 40 years until his retirement.

A Mason, he was a member of the Lansdowne Masonic Lodge for many years.

He will be remembered as a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather who was devoted to his family.

John was predeceased by his son, John J. Franco, III; and his two stepsons, Brian and Dean.

SURVIVORS:  John is survived by his loving wife, Joan; his daughter, Tracy (Darin) Bevard; his step-children, Joanie, Joseph, Jr., Darren, and Thomas; his several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

FUNERAL SERVICE:  Will be held on Thursday, February 18th, at 11 A.M. at the Griffith Funeral Chapel, 520 Chester Pike, in Norwood, Pa. 19074

VISITATION:  Will be on Thursday from 10 A.M. to 11 A.M. at the funeral home.

BURIAL:  Will be in Saints Peter & Paul Cemetery in Springfield.

CONTRIBUTIONS:  In lieu of flowers, contributions made in John’s memory to The Shriners’ Hospital for Children, 3551 N. Broad Street, Philadelphia, Pa. 19140 would be appreciated

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Dorothy Bartow

Dorothy Bartow, 85, a longtime resident of Essington, Pa., passed away on January 29, 2016 at Taylor Hospital in Ridley Park, Pa.

Mrs. Bartow was a resident of the Essington section of Tinicum Township for over 50 years.

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

She was the wife of the late Edward (The Rabbit) Bartow, who died in 1991.  She was also predeceased by her daughter Rose Eppler and son-in-law Randy Eppler.

SURVIVORS:  She is survived by her son, Michael Bartow and his wife, Theresa, of Lester, Pa.; her grandchildren, Angel Cumpston, Katherine Bartow, David Dobson, Angela DiEmidio, and Christine DiEmidio; a great-granddaughter Amber Kilkenny who she raised, and her eight other great-grandchildren.

MEMORIAL SERVICE:  Will be held on Thursday, February 4th, at 11 A.M. at the Griffith Funeral Chapel, 520 Chester Pike, in Norwood, Pa. 19074.

VISITATION:  Will be on Thursday from 10 A.M. to 11 A.M. at the funeral home.

BURIAL:  Will be private.

CONTRIBUTIONS:  In lieu of flowers, contributions made in Dorothy’s memory to The Community Church of Folsom, 1212 Melrose Terrace, Folsom, Pa. 19033 would be appreciated.

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Geneva J. Taylor

Geneva J. “Gen” Taylor, age 87, of Essington, Pa., passed away peacefully at home on January 28, 2016 surrounded by her loving family.

Born in Essington, she lived there all of her life. She was the daughter of the late Leon and Parmelia Zimmerman.  Mrs. Taylor was also a life long member of St. John’s Tinicum Lutheran Church in Essington.

An avid reader, she will be remembered as a woman who was devoted to her family.

Mrs. Taylor was predeceased by her brother, Bud; her sisters Alice and Gloria; and her grandson Erick.

SURVIVORS:  She is survived by her husband of 67 years, Jerome “Jerry” Taylor; her son, Jerry (Kathy) Taylor; her daughters, Roberta Karmels and Joan (John) Zdun; her grandchildren, Jessica, Jennifer, and Christopher; her great-grandchildren, Miles, Skyla, and Thomas; and her sister, Dorothy Cliff.

MEMORIAL SERVICE:  Will be held on Wednesday, February 3rd, at 11 A.M. at the Griffith Funeral Chapel, 520 Chester Pike, in Norwood, Pa. 19074.

VISITATION:  Will be on Wednesday from 10 A.M. to 11 A.M. at the funeral home.

BURIAL:  Will be private.

CONTRIBUTIONS:  In lieu of flowers, contributions made in her memory to St. John’s Tinicum Lutheran Church, 601 Seneca Street, Essington, Pa. 19029 would be appreciated.

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Nancy Irene Stewart Zeuner

Nancy Irene Stewart Zeuner, 73, passed away on January 16, 2016.

Nancy, Mom, Ma-maw had many interests and they all involved her family.  She loved doing arts and crafts, sewing, reading, puzzles, crossword and word searches, coloring and cruising the neighborhood on her decorated scooter.

She was our matriarch, our rock.  She never judged, always supported and always allowed us to be who we wanted to be.  She was our dream supporter.  She will truly be missed.

She is preceded in death by her brother, Jon.

Nancy is survived by her children, Deborah, Dawn, and Donald, her brother Ross, sister-in-law Lynda, her sister, Alice; her grandchildren, Sara, Jennette, Jessica, Beth-Anne, Emily, David, Dustin, and Carl; her great-grandchildren, Nasir, Isaac, Eric, Jordan, Michael, Jaedyn, and Ares.

Her funeral service and burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, contributions made in Nancy’s memory to LCFA (Lung Cancer Foundation of America), 15 S. Franklin Street, New Ulm, MN 56073

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Jane Ann Smith

Jane Ann Smith, age 57, passed away on January 14, 2016.  Jane lived in Pitman, N.J. for 20 years before moving to Washington, Pa. where she worked with Harness Race Horses, PA.

She was a member of The Meadows Track Chapel in PA.  Jane was the daughter of Francis and Lillian DePaul (nee Hagen).

She was the wife of Thomas P. Smith, Sr.  She is survived by her children, Thomas P. Smith, Jr. (Christina), Melissa Hansen (Michael), Rebecca Smith (Marc), Patrick Smith (Brittney), and her 9 grandchildren.

Friends may greet the family on Tuesday, January 19th, 2016 at 10 A.M. for a visiting hour with a service to follow at 11 A.M.

In lieu of flowers, donations will be accepted for the family in c/o Thomas P. Smith, 207 Winona Avenue, Holmes, Pa. 19043.

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kepth the faith.  2 Timothy 4:7         

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Carol L. Quinlan

Carol L. Quinlan, 72, a resident of Glenolden, passed away peacefully on January 8, 2016 at Fair Acres Geriatric Center in Lima, Pa.

Born in Philadelphia, she was the daughter of the late John and Wilda Ward.

Carol was employed as a bookkeeper with various companies in the area before she retired.

SURVIVORS:  Carol is survived by her soul mate, Walter Fedin and his daughters, Dawn and Miki;  her daughter, Lisa; and her sisters, Sue Morris and Karen Budinger.

FUNERAL SERVICE:  Will be held on Wednesday, January 13th, at 7 P.M. at the Griffith Funeral Chapel, 520 Chester Pike, in Norwood, Pa. 19074.

VISITATION:  Will be on Wednesday from 6 P.M. to 7 P.M. at the funeral home.

BURIAL:  Will be private.

     CONTRIBUTIONS:  In lieu of flowers, contributions made in Carol’s memory to The Friends of Fair Acres, P.O. Box 496, Lima, Pa. 19037 would be appreciated          

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Rita Petrocelli Tucci

Rita Petrocelli Tucci, 93, a Philadelphia resident, passed away peacefully on December 28, 2015 at the Sterling Heath Care and Rehabilitation Center in Media.

She is survived by her son, Richard Petrocelli; and her grandchildren, Rich and Heather.

Her Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Tuesday, January 5th, at 11 A.M. at St. Gabriel Catholic Church, 233 Mohawk Avenue, in Norwood, Pa. 19074.

Family and friends are invited to her viewing on Monday, January 4th, from 6 P.M. to 8 P.M. and on Tuesday morning, 9:30 A.M. to 10:30 A.M. at the Griffith Funeral Chapel, 520 Chester Pike, in Norwood, Pa. 19074.

Her burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery in Yeadon.

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Anna S. Powers Dahms

Anna S. Powers Dahms, 99, a longtime resident of Prospect Park, passed away peacefully on December 27, 2015 at the Crozer-Keystone Hospice Residence at Taylor Hospital in Ridley Park.

Born in Philadelphia, she was a resident of Prospect Park since 1942.  Mrs. Dahms was a retired secretary who worked for the Masonic Temple, Grand Lodge in Philadelphia for a number of years.

She was a longtime member of Norwood United Methodist Church.  She was a member of the church since 1953.  She enjoyed gardening, sewing, and crocheting in her spare time.

Mrs. Dahms is predeceased by her first husband, Aaron G. Powers, who died in 1971; and her second husband, C. Curtis Dahms, who died in 1990.

SURVIVORS:  She is survived by her nephews, Edward Martin and Robert Martin; her step-daughters, Joan Holzhauer and Connie Westfall; and her six step-grandchildren.

FUNERAL SERVICE:  Will be held on Thursday, December 31st, at 11 A.M. at the Griffith Funeral Chapel, 520 Chester Pike, in Norwood, Pa. 19074.

VISITATION:  Will be on Thursday from 10 A.M. to 11 A.M. at the funeral home.

BURIAL:  Will be in Edgewood Memorial Park in Glen Mills, Pa.

CONTRIBUTIONS:  In lieu of flowers, contributions made in Mrs. Dahm’s memory to Norwood United Methodist Church, 315 Chester Pike, Norwood, Pa. 19074 would be appreciated.

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Frank C. George

Frank C. George died peacefully at Lima Estates in Media, Pa. on December 13, 2015 at the age of 82.

Frank was born on February 18, 1933 in Haddonfield, N.J.  He graduated from Darby High School, Darby, Pa. where he met his wife Pat Abrecka.  Frank served in the U.S. Navy from 1952 – 1956 assigned to the aircraft carrier USS Philippine Seas.  Returning to Darby after his naval service Frank worked as a machinist for his uncle, Charles Stoddart, before beginning a 30+ year career working for General Electric’s Space and Re-Entry Systems Division, in Philadelphia and Valley Forge, Pa.

Frank and Pat were long time residents of Ridley Park, Pa. where Frank organized and participated in many community activities.  Specifically, Frank was an original founder and coach for many years of the Ridley Park Boy’s Club, as well as a Board of Trustees member for Taylor Hospital.  He was an avid Philadelphia Eagles football fan and never missed a game on TV.

Frank is survived by his children, Doreen George Carson (and spouse Kevin Carson) and F. Dean George (and spouse Linda Berkenbaugh George), his brother Dan C. George, and his grandchildren, Courtney Carson, Rebecca Carson, Dalton George, and Desiree George.  His wife, Patricia Abrecka George, predeceases him.

A Memorial Service is scheduled for Saturday, January 9, 2016, at 10 A.M. at Lima Estates, 411 N. Middletown Road, Lima, Pa. 19037.  All are welcomed to attend to honor Frank’s life.  The family is very appreciative of all the care that Frank received from the caregivers and staff at Lima Estates over the last several years of his life.

In lieu of flowers, donations made in Frank’s memory to the Ridley Park Athletic Club, P.O. Box 35, Ridley Park, Pa. 19078 would be appreciated by the family.

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Doris E. Klina

Doris E. Klina, 89, a longtime resident of Prospect Park, Pa., died on December 4, 2015 at Crozer-Chester Medical Center after a brief illness.

Doris was born in Wilkes Barre, Pa. on October 21st, 1926, the daughter of Asher and Elsie (King) Young.

Doris spent her youth in Kingston, Pa. and moved to Prospect Park in 1955.  She raised eight children with great care and love, taking extra special care of daughter Judy.  She would push Judy in the wheelchair over to Interboro Junior High, then bring her home at the end of the day, in the rain, sleet, and snow every day for years, to say “devoted” is an understatement of her dedication to her children.

Doris was employed by Strawbridge and Clothier for 28 years as a sales associate, earning “Employee of the Year” on two occasions.

Doris was a member of St. James Episcopal Church in Prospect Park for 60 years.  She participated in the Women’s Group and was often found in the kitchen preparing meals for church dinners.  She loved her church, attending services weekly.

She was an active Sports Booster member at Interboro High School while her children were participating in sports and never missed one of their games, especially the football games.  She was an avid gardener, spending hours in the yard tending to her roses.  She was a Phillies/Eagles fan and could be heard either cheering or booing her home teams.

She spent summers in LBI for many years and she enjoyed traveling.  She would tell stories of her Pennsylvania Dutch heritage and was an excellent cook. She will be sorely missed by all who loved her.

Doris is predeceased by her husband, James M. Klina, and her daughter, Judith A. Klina.

SURVIVORS:  She is survived by her children, James M. Klina, Jr. (Sheila Byrnes), Joanne Burns, Frank C. Klina (Deborah), Richard F. Klina (Laurie), Janice Whitmore (Thomas Gindle), Margaret Keenan, and Susan Murphy (Thomas); her 15 grandchildren; and her 8 great-grandchildren.

FUNERAL SERVICE:  Will be held on Thursday, December 10th, at 11 A.M. at St. James Episcopal Church, 11th and Lincoln Avenues, in Prospect Park, Pa. 19076.

VISITATION:  Will be on Wednesday, December 9th, from 6 P.M. to 8 P.M. and on Thursday, December 10th, from 9:30 A.M. to 10:30 A.M. at the Griffith Funeral Chapel, 520 Chester Pike, in Norwood, Pa. 19074.

BURIAL:  Will be in Lawn Croft Cemetery in Linwood, Pa.

CONTRIBUTIONS:  In lieu of flowers, contributions made in memory of Doris to St. James Episcopal Church, 728 11th Avenue, Prospect Park, Pa. 19076 would be appreciated.

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Geraldine "Gerri" Jackson

Mrs. Geraldine Jackson (nee Minner) of Sharon Hill, Pa., passed away on November 30, 2015 at the age of 71.  She had battled cancer and passed away at home.

Gerri was born to parents Robert and Margaret (Butler) on October 20, 1944.  She attended Interboro High School Class of 1962 and graduated from Bloomsburg College.  In 1966, she married Chuck Jackson.

Gerri had two children.  Gerri briefly taught elementary school in the Interboro and Southeast Delco School District and Sharon Hill Elementary.  She was involved with the Sharon Hill Ramblers and served Sharon Hill as the President of Council.  Gerri served as administrative assistant to State Representative Ronald Raymond in his local district office.  Gerri worked as office manager at Uniques & Antiques Auction sales for 25 years.

Gerri is survived by Chuck Jackson; her son, Kent Jackson of West Chester, Pa.; and her daughter, Andrea O’Neill of Deland, FL; and four grandchildren, Gabi, Chris, Sarah, and Eric.

A Memorial Service and celebration of her life will be held on Saturday, December 5th, at 11 A.M. at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 501 Chester Pike, Norwood, Pa. 19074.  There will a visitation time on Saturday from 10 A.M. to 11 A.M. at the church.

Gerri will be cremated and her ashes will be interred with her mother and father in the Washingtonville, Pa. Lutheran Church Cemetery in a private ceremony.

The family is grateful for condolences, and in lieu of flowers, donations to one of Gerri’s favorite causes, Immanuel Lutheran Church or Animal Friends of Lansdowne would be appreciated.

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Lois Ash Bondarchuk

Lois Ash Bondarchuk, “Mrs. B.”, age 66, a resident of Las Vegas, and formerly of Tinicum Township, passed away peacefully at home on November 20, 2015.

Lois taught at the Tinicum School for over 30 years, where she was a mentor to many and a “kid at heart.”  She was phenomenal and tireless in finding ways to instill to children a love of learning.

She was the beloved wife of the late Kenny Bondarchuk and daughter of the late Bernice and Mike Ash.

SURVIVORS:  She is survived by her loving sisters, Merri Ash, Nancy Ash Hay, and Bonnie Ash; and her second soul mate, Joseph Vera.  She is also survived by her sisters-in-law, Chris Novelli and Kathy DiDomenico; and her niece, Lauren Melcher; and her nephews, Mike and Nick DiDomenico; and her kids in fur, Romeo, Rocky, and Lulu.

FUNERAL SERVICE:  Will be held on Tuesday, December 1st, at 11 A.M. at the Griffith Funeral Chapel, 520 Chester Pike, in Norwood, Pa. 19074.

VISITATION:  Will be on Tuesday from 10 A.M. to 11 A.M. at the funeral home.

BURIAL:  Will be in Saints Peter & Paul Cemetery in Springfield, Pa.

CONTRIBUTIONS:  In lieu of flowers, contributions made in Lois’s memory to the Eisenhower Medical Center Foundation, 39000 Bob Hope Drive, Rancho Mirage, CA 92770 would be appreciated.

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Robert M. Stewart

StewartRobert M. Stewart, 89, a longtime resident of Ridley Park, passed away peacefully at home on November 18, 2015 surrounded by his loving family.

Mr. Stewart was born in Chester, the son of the late George and Lelia Stewart.  He was a 1943 graduate of Ridley Township High School and was a graduate of the University of Delaware.  He was a resident of Ridley Park since 1952.

Mr. Stewart was a veteran of World War II having served in the U.S. Army.

He was employed with Philadelphia Electric for 38 years, retiring as the Director of Personnel Administration.

He was a lifetime member of Norwood United Methodist Church and served the church in various capacities over the years including Chairman of the church Administrative Board.

Mr. Stewart volunteered at Taylor Hospital in Ridley Park for many years and also served as a Chaplain there for a number of years.  He was a member of the Young at Hearts group in Ridley Park for many years and also served as President for a period of time.  He enjoyed playing the piano and considered himself an amateur magician.

Most of all, he will be remembered as a man who was devoted to his family and his church.

He was predeceased by his brother, George Stewart.

SURVIVORS:  He is survived by his devoted wife, Mildred; his daughter, Sharon (Mark) Johnson; his son, Glenn (Lynn) Stewart; his grandchildren, George, Jenny, and Steven; and his sister, Ruth Yost.

FUNERAL SERVICE:  Will be held on Saturday, November 21st, at 11 A.M. at the Norwood United Methodist Church, 315 Chester Pike, in Norwood, Pa. 19074.

VISITATION:  Will be on Saturday from 10 A.M. to 11 A.M. at the church.

BURIAL:  Will be in Glenwood Memorial Gardens with military honors in Broomall, Pa.

CONTRIBUTIONS:  In lieu of flowers, contributions made in his memory to the Norwood United Methodist Church at the above address would be appreciated    

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Kevin E. Trabbold

Kevin E. Trabbold, 59, of Lester, Pa., died on November 15, 2015 peacefully at home.

He was a former roofer who enjoyed fishing at the Jersey Shore.  He was a devoted and loving husband, father, but most of all grandfather.  He was an avid Eagles and Flyers fan but his passion was spending time with his grandchildren.

Mr. Trabbold was the son of the late Barbara Ruppert.

SURVIVORS:  His wife, Linda C. Trabbold (nee Clarke); his son, Christopher (Jaime), his daughter, Tiffany (Dominic); his grandchildren, Brittany, Dominic, Kyle, and Ronnie; his siblings, Denise, James, Lisa, and Robbie.

MEMORIAL SERVICE:  Will be held on Friday, November 20th, at 7 P.M. at the Griffith Funeral Chapel, 520 Chester Pike, in Norwood, Pa. 19074.

VISITATION:  Will be on Friday from 5 P.M. to 7 P.M. at the funeral home.

BURIAL:  Will be private.

CONTRIBUTIONS:  In lieu of flowers, contributions made in Kevin’s memory to The Griffith Funeral Chapel, P.O. Box 56, Norwood, Pa. 19074 would be greatly appreciated by his family.

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Harry N. Cake

Harry N. Cake, a resident of Holmes, Pa., passed away peacefully on Saturday, October 31, 2015, at the age of 62 at Taylor Hospital in Ridley Park.

Born in Chester, Pa. on March 7, 1953, he was the son of the late Norman and Elizabeth Cake.  Harry grew up in Holmes, Pa. and graduated from Ridley High School in 1971.  Employed by the U.S. Postal Service, Harry retired after many years of service.

Family and friends were most important to him. There wasn’t anything that he wouldn’t do for them.  He greeted everyone with a smile and was the first one to volunteer when someone needed help.  An avid bowler, Harry rolled six “300” games, and was a member of the Ridley Township Old Timers Hall of Fame.  He also enjoyed hunting and gardening.

SURVIVORS:  His sister, Joan Brim (George), caregivers Jack and Kathy Mruk, numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews.

MEMORIAL SERVICE:  Will be held on Friday, November 6th, at 8 P.M. at the Griffith Funeral Chapel, 520 Chester Pike, in Norwood, Pa. 19074.

VISITATION:  Will be on Friday, November 6th, from 6 P.M. to 8 P.M. at the funeral home.

BURIAL:  Will be private.

CONTRIBUTIONS:  In lieu of flowers, contributions made in Harry’s memory to the Griffith Funeral Chapel, P.O. Box 56, Norwood, Pa. 19074 would be appreciated.

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Reginald M. Menna

Reginald M. Menna, age 88, known affectionately as “Reggie” to his family and friends, passed away peacefully on October 27, 2015 at the Crozer-Keystone Hospice Residence at Taylor Hospital in Ridley Park.

Born in Philadelphia and raised in Tinicum Township, he was a resident of Prospect Park since 1954 residing in the home that he and his wife, Pauline, built together in 1954.

Reggie served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.  He was employed as a stockbroker with various brokerage firms in Philadelphia for many years until his retirement.  He had attended the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.

Reggie enjoyed working in his tomato garden, tending to his yard, and watching the birds at his feeders with his friend Chick for hours and hours.  Most of all, family meant the most to him, and he cherished the times when his family all got together for holidays and birthdays.

He met his wife, Pauline, in 1948 and they were happily married for 66 years.

SURVIVORS:  His beloved wife, Pauline; his children, Ron (Karen) Menna, Shelly (Hank) Griffith, and Holly (Scott) Butler; his grandchildren, Jamie, Lori, Tricia, Tracy, and Chelsea; his great-grandchildren, Max, Oliver, Milo, and Claudia; and his dear friend, Chick.

MEMORIAL SERVICE:  Will be held on Wednesday, November 4th, at 7 P.M. at the Griffith Funeral Chapel, 520 Chester Pike, in Norwood, Pa. 19074.

VISITATION:  Will take place on Wednesday from 5 P.M. to 7 P.M. at the funeral home.

BURIAL:  Was done privately.

CONTRIBUTIONS:  In lieu of flowers, contributions made in Reggie’s memory to The Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry, 703 Lincoln Avenue, Prospect Park, Pa. 19076 would be appreciated by the family.

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Elaine Hinkel Shattuck

Elaine Hinkel Shattuck, age 70, a former resident of Norwood, Pa.,passed away peacefully on October 26, 2015 at Fair Acres Geriatric Center in Middletown Township.

Born in Philadelphia, she was the daughter of the late Roy and Anna Hinkel.

Elaine was a member of Olivet Presbyterian Church in Prospect Park, Pa. since 1997.

GRAVESIDE SERVICE:  Will be held on Thursday, October 29th, at 11 A.M. at Lawn Croft Cemetery on Ridge Road in Linwood, Pa.  Burial will follow the service.

     CONTRIBUTIONS:  In lieu of flowers, contributions made in Elaine’s memory to the Memorial Fund of Olivet Presbyterian Church, 1001 Washington Avenue, Prospect Park, Pa. 19076 would be appreciated          

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Elizabeth "Betty" Sides

Elizabeth “Betty” Sides, age 93, a longtime resident of Drexel Hill, Pa., passed away peacefully on October 24, 2015 at the Crozer-Keystone Hospice Residence at Taylor Hospital in Ridley Park, Pa.

Born in Prospect Park, she was the daughter of the late Royal and Mabel MacLellan.  Betty was employed as a medical transcriptionist at Lankenau Hospital and then Riddle Memorial Hospital for over 40 years until her retirement.

Betty was a life time member of St. James Episcopal Church in Prospect Park.  She loved working in her beautiful garden and was proud of the fact that she cut her own grass.  Most of all, she will be remembered as a woman who was devoted to her family.

She was the wife of the late Leo Sides and was also predeceased by her son, Leo Sides, Jr. and her grandson, Christopher.

SURVIVORS:  Betty is survived by her children, William Sides, Barbara Reynolds, Glen Sides, Shirlee Kelly, and Jeanne Sides; her sister, Ethel Brittingham; her 12 grandchildren; and her 18 great-grandchildren.

FUNERAL SERVICE:  Will be held on Wednesday, October 28th, at 11 A.M. at St. James Episcopal Church, 732 11th Avenue, in Prospect Park, Pa. 19076.

VISITATION:  Will be on Wednesday from 10 A.M. to 11 A.M. at the church.

BURIAL:  Will be in Valley Forge Memorial Gardens in King of Prussia, Pa.

CONTRIBUTIONS:  In lieu of flowers, contributions made in Betty’s memory to St. James Episcopal Church at the above address would be appreciated.

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Stephen E. Sleeper

Stephen E. Sleeper, age 68, a resident of Wilmington, Delaware and a former resident of Prospect Park, Pa., passed away on October 22, 2015 at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Elsmere, Delaware.

Born in Ridley Park, he was the son of the late Edwin and Sarah Sleeper.  He was a 1966 graduate of Interboro High School.  Steve was a veteran of the Vietnam War having served in the U.S. Army.

He was employed as a graphic artist for the Dupont Company for a number of years.

SURVIVORS:  He is survived by his son, Brian; and by his brother, David.

VISITATION:  Will be on Friday, October 30th, from 6 P.M. to 8 P.M. at the Griffith Funeral Chapel, 520 Chester Pike, in Norwood, Pa.

BURIAL:  Will be private.

CONTRIBUTIONS:  In lieu of flowers, contributions made in Steve’s memory to the Wounded Warriors Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675 would be appreciated.

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William Bridge, Sr.

William Bridge, Sr., age 95, a longtime Prospect Park resident, passed away peacefully on October 15, 2015 at Brandywine Hospital in Coatesville, Pa.  

Born in Chester, he was a longtime resident of Prospect Park and the last two years at St. Martha Center for Rehabilitation and Healthcare in Downingtown, Pa.   

Mr. Bridge served in the U.S. Army during World War II.  He worked as a foreman at Atlantic Steel Casting Co. in Chester, Pa. until its closure.  

He is predeceased by his loving wife of 71 years, Anna Bridge; his father, Daniel Bridge; his mother, Mabel Bridge; his sisters, Stella Forgach, Elizabeth Ciafre, and Lillian Carter; and his brother, Daniel Bridge.

SURVIVORS:  He is survived by his sons, William (Arlene) Bridge, Jr. and Richard (Joanne) Bridge; his sisters, Lauretta Riddaugh of North Port, Florida and Gertrude Zurlo of Florida; his four grandchildren; and his six great-grandchildren.

FUNERAL MASS:  Will be celebrated on Thursday, October 22nd, at 11 A.M. at St. Gabriel Catholic Church, 233 Mohawk Avenue, in Norwood, Pa. 19074.

VISITATION:  Friends may call on Thursday from 10 A.M. to 11 A.M. at the church.

BURIAL:  Will be in Saints Peter & Paul Cemetery in Springfield, Pa.

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Margaret Hamilton Witmer

WitmerMargaret Hamilton Witmer, 99, a 74 year resident of 738 Pennsylvania Avenue, Prospect Park, Pa., died peacefully in her sleep on October 12, 2015, at her home where she was under home hospice care.

Born in Chester, Pa. in 1916, she spent her childhood years in Chester, and graduated from Chester High School.  She attended Temple University where she completed all but her last semester, leaving to marry Frank P. Witmer, Jr.  They had a wonderful marriage for 71 years before his passing in 2010.  Together they founded the Prospect Park Termites youth football organization in their home back yard in 1948.  The Termites are now in their 68th straight year with 6 football teams and cheerleader squads.  Mrs. Witmer was an integral part of the initial founding, team Mom, and team nurse for many years, and remained an avid fan through her 99th year.

She was a devoted Episcopalian for over 73 years as a faithful member of St. James Episcopal Church in Prospect Park.

She has been an avid fan and supporter of Interboro High School football and baseball for 59 years since its formation, regularly attending and cheering through her 98th year.  She has received Interboro’s Hall of Fame Award and Prospect Park’s Citizen of the Year Award, among many other recognitions over the years.

Mrs. Witmer was predeceased by her husband, Frank, and by her oldest son, Frank P. Witmer, III.

She is survived by son Thomas and his wife Frances of Seneca, SC; daughter-in-law Joan G. Gombar of Glen Mills, Pa.; five grandchildren, Deborah J. Rausher of Roaring Branch, Pa., Cynthia W. Schofield of Kennett Square, Pa., Laura S. Witmer-Gautsch of Mason, Ohio, Frank E. Witmer of Exton, Pa., and Thomas H. Witmer, Jr. of Epping, NH; 15 great-grandchildren; and 4 great-great-grandchildren.

There will be viewings on Friday, October 23rd, from 2 P.M. to 4 P.M. and from 6 P.M. to 9 P.M. at the Griffith Funeral Chapel, 520 Chester Pike, in Norwood, Pa. 19074.

Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, October 24th, at 10:30 A.M. at St. James Episcopal Church, 732 11th Avenue, (11th & Lincoln Aves.) in Prospect Park, Pa. 19076; followed by her burial service at Edgewood Memorial Park in Glen Mills, Pa.

The family is requesting contributions in lieu of flowers to either:  The Margaret H. Witmer Memorial Fund, St. James Episcopal Church, 732 11th Avenue, Prospect Park, Pa. 19076 or to The Margaret H. Witmer Memorial Fund, Prospect Park Termites, 637 Fourteenth Avenue, Prospect Park, Pa. 19076.

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Nancy E. Gibson

 

GibsonNancy E. Gibson, age 82, of Swedesboro, N.J. and formerly of Norwood, Pa., died at peace on March 30, 2016 after a lengthy illness.

Mrs. Gibson was born in Philadelphia to the late Hasel and Clara Mae Bailey and retired from a career in banking as a branch manager.  Mrs. Gibson was a lifelong sports fan and held a special love for her dog, “Nipper”.

She was the beloved wife of the late Clarence H. “Pete” Gibson. She was also predeceased by her brother, Dan Bailey and her sister, Julia Chase.

Mrs. Gibson is survived by her son Paul (Phyllis); loving grandsons, Timothy (Claire) and Kyle; cherished great-grandsons, Nolan and Elliot; her sister Carol Keehnle, and many nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to her Funeral Service on Tuesday, April 5th, at 10 A.M. at the Griffith Funeral Chapel, 520 Chester Pike, in Norwood, Pa. 19074.

Friends may call on Monday evening, April 4th, from 7 P.M. to 9 P.M. at the funeral home.

Her burial will be at Gloucester County Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Monroe Township, N.J.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Interboro High School Scholarship Fund, 900 Washington Avenue, Prospect Park, Pa. 19076.

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Roger L. Gasslein

GassleinRoger L. Gasslein, 73, a resident of Coatesville, passed away on March 29, 2016.  Born in Oklahoma, he was the son of the late Joseph and Alice Gasslein.

Roger was employed by Boeing Helicopters for 40 years as an accountant.  He was a member of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Ridley Park for 45 years.  He most recently attended Christ Memorial Lutheran Church in Malvern.

Roger enjoyed flowers, the beach, and animals.  Because of his cheerful and caring personality, he truly made an impact on everyone he met.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Christine Wegmann Gasslein.  He is also survived by his children, Kimberly (Michael) Olsan, Robin (Rich) Beck, and Gregory (Jessica) Gasslein.  He was also the loving grandfather of Max, Alexandra, Mark, Kim, Kyle, Moriah, Addison, J.R., and Aiden.

His Funeral Service will be held on Monday, April 4th, at 10 A.M., at Christ Memorial Lutheran Church, 89 Line Road, in Malvern, Pa. 19355.

A Visitation will be held on Sunday, April 3rd, from 7 P.M. to 9 P.M. and on Monday, April 4th, from 8:30 A.M. to 10 A.M. at the church.

Burial will be in Arlington Cemetery in Drexel Hill, Pa.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in his memory to the Chester County SPCA, 1212 Phoenixville Pike, West Chester, Pa. 19380.

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Florence V. Veacock

Florence N. Veacock, 83, a resident of Newark, Delaware and formally of Holmes, Pa., passed away peacefully on March 25, 2016.

She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, James.

She was a loving mother to James Veacock (Kathy), Linda Horton (Ron), John Veacock, Kathy Veacock, and Joan Gentile (John).

She was a cherished Mom-Mom to 13 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

Florence was also survived by her brother, Jack Empson; and her sister, Jean Welch.

She also leaves behind many friends whose lives she touched over the years.

Her Funeral Service and interment will be private.

Contributions can be made in her memory to the St. Jude organization.  www.stjude.org

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Rudolph F. Pearl

Rudolph Frank Pearl, 85, known as Rudy to his friends, passed from this life to the next on March 23, 2016 at Paoli Memorial Hospital.

Rudolph was born in Philadelphia and lived most of his life in Norwood, Pa. 

He is survived by his wife, Miriam; his children; grandchildren; and great-grandchildren.

A Visitation period will be on Thursday, March 31st, from 10 A.M. to 11 A.M. at Norwood United Methodist Church, 315 Chester Pike, in Norwood, Pa. 19074 followed by a Celebration of Life service at 11 A.M. 

His interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, contributions made in his memory to a charity of the donor’s choice would be appreciated.

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Roberta "Bobbe" Hart

HartRoberta “Bobbe” Hart (nee Marcoux), 81, of Darby, Pa., died Tuesday, March 15th surrounded by her loving family at Vitas Hospice at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital in Darby.

She was born in 1934 in Waterbury, CT and moved to Pennsylvania in the 1960’s where she remained a long time resident of Darby.  Bobbe was a waitress at the Blue Comet and Empire Diner in Lansdowne, Pa. for over 25 years and had a long list of regular customers.

Bobbe was fascinated by travel books and was an avid doll collector.  Known for her sharp wit and fantastic sense of humor, Bobbe was cherished by many.  She mostly enjoyed spending time with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.  Bobbe spent her last few years in the company and care of her daughter, Leslie.  Together they enjoyed summer trips to Cape Cod visiting family.

She was the daughter of the late John and Marguerite Marcoux and the sister of Margaret “Peggy” Swan of Naugatuk, CT, niece Sharon Bosco and great-niece Madeline Bosco of Middlebury, CT.

Bobbe is survived by her four children, Leslie Hart, Shelly McEneaney, Greg Hart of Darby and Judy Patterson of Cleveland, TN. She is predeceased by her son Jon Hart and great-granddaughter Raven Rose Black.  She is also survived by 11 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.

There will be a Funeral Mass celebrated for Bobbe on Friday, March 18th, at 10 A.M. at Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church, 1101 Main Street, in Darby, Pa. 19023.

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

Her burial will be private.

     In lieu of flowers, contributions made in Bobbe’s memory to The Griffith Funeral Chapel, 520 Chester Pike, Norwood, Pa. 19074 to be given to The Hart Family would be appreciated.          

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John Conrad Worrell

John Conrad Worrell, 87, “Jack”, of the Masonic Village, Elizabethtown, Pa., died on Monday, March 14, 2016.

Born in Philadelphia, Pa. on December 1, 1928, he was the son of the late William Worrell and Lillian Deitz Worrell.

He resided in Prospect Park, Pa. from 1957 until his move to the Masonic Village in 2007.

John loved his country and was proud that while still attending Bok Technical High School, he helped the war effort as an apprentice machinist at the Philadelphia Navy Yard during World War II.  He was recognized by the Navy on November 19, 1945, for his service.  He also later joined the U.S. Naval Reserve in 1951.

He later worked as a machinist for Baldwin Locomotive Works until diminishing eyesight forced him to develop a new career.  John went on to work for the Gulf Oil Corp for more than 34 years, rising through a succession of positions until he retired as the manager of their Bulk Oil operations and Gulf’s tank farm facility in Darby Township, Pa.

He was a member of the Gulf Oil Orange Disc Square Club until his retirement and a Free and Accepted Mason in the Prospect Park Lodge # 578 for more than 50 years.

John was married to the late Elizabeth Smith Worrell for 59 years and is survived by his son, John Conrad Worrell, Jr.; his daughters Lillian Worrell Hall and Carolyn Worrell McFalls; his six grandchildren; and his two great-grandchildren.

There will be a celebration of life service on Saturday, August 6th, at 1 P.M. at the John S. Sell Chapel located at the Masonic Village on 1 Masonic Drive, Elizabethtown, Pa. 1702

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Mary B. Jones

Mary B. Jones, 95, a longtime resident of Ridley Township, passed away peacefully on March 6, 2016 at Fair Acres Geriatric Center surrounded by her loving family.

Mary worked as a Postal Clerk with the U.S. Postal Service at the Newtown Square office for over 20 years until her retirement.

She was very active and spent much time at the Schoolhouse Senior Center in Folsom.  Mary loved trips to the shore, especially to Ocean City, Maryland.  She had a great affection and love for dogs.

Most of all, she will be remembered as a woman who was devoted to her family.

Mary was predeceased by her husband, William; her grandson, Michael; and her brother, Joseph.

SURVIVORS:  Mary is survived by her sons, Eugene (Josephine) Jones and William (Judith) Jones; her nephew, Lee (Janet) Ward; her niece, Beverly (Jim) Baker; her grandchildren, Kimberly, Christopher, Tracie, Stephanie, and Eric; and her great-grandchildren, Cole, Julianna, Shaun, Olivia, and Ainsley.

MEMORIAL SERVICE:  Will be held on Saturday, March 12th, at 11 A.M. at the Griffith Funeral Chapel, 520 Chester Pike, in Norwood, Pa. 19074.

VISITATION:  Will be on Saturday from 10 A.M. to 11 A.M. at the funeral home.

BURIAL:  Will be in Saints Peter & Paul Cemetery in Springfield.

     CONTRIBUTIONS:  In lieu of flowers, contributions made in Mary’s memory to the Delaware County SPCA, 555 Sandy Bank Rd., Media, Pa. 19063 would be appreciated.     

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John J. Franco, Jr.

John J. Franco, Jr., 75, a resident of Secane, Pa., passed away peacefully on February 14, 2016 at Taylor Hospital in Ridley Park, Pa. surrounded by his loving family.

John was a resident of Secane for the last 22 years.  He was employed as an inspector at Boeing for 40 years until his retirement.

A Mason, he was a member of the Lansdowne Masonic Lodge for many years.

He will be remembered as a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather who was devoted to his family.

John was predeceased by his son, John J. Franco, III; and his two stepsons, Brian and Dean.

SURVIVORS:  John is survived by his loving wife, Joan; his daughter, Tracy (Darin) Bevard; his step-children, Joanie, Joseph, Jr., Darren, and Thomas; his several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

FUNERAL SERVICE:  Will be held on Thursday, February 18th, at 11 A.M. at the Griffith Funeral Chapel, 520 Chester Pike, in Norwood, Pa. 19074

VISITATION:  Will be on Thursday from 10 A.M. to 11 A.M. at the funeral home.

BURIAL:  Will be in Saints Peter & Paul Cemetery in Springfield.

CONTRIBUTIONS:  In lieu of flowers, contributions made in John’s memory to The Shriners’ Hospital for Children, 3551 N. Broad Street, Philadelphia, Pa. 19140 would be appreciated

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Dorothy Bartow

Dorothy Bartow, 85, a longtime resident of Essington, Pa., passed away on January 29, 2016 at Taylor Hospital in Ridley Park, Pa.

Mrs. Bartow was a resident of the Essington section of Tinicum Township for over 50 years.

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

She was the wife of the late Edward (The Rabbit) Bartow, who died in 1991.  She was also predeceased by her daughter Rose Eppler and son-in-law Randy Eppler.

SURVIVORS:  She is survived by her son, Michael Bartow and his wife, Theresa, of Lester, Pa.; her grandchildren, Angel Cumpston, Katherine Bartow, David Dobson, Angela DiEmidio, and Christine DiEmidio; a great-granddaughter Amber Kilkenny who she raised, and her eight other great-grandchildren.

MEMORIAL SERVICE:  Will be held on Thursday, February 4th, at 11 A.M. at the Griffith Funeral Chapel, 520 Chester Pike, in Norwood, Pa. 19074.

VISITATION:  Will be on Thursday from 10 A.M. to 11 A.M. at the funeral home.

BURIAL:  Will be private.

CONTRIBUTIONS:  In lieu of flowers, contributions made in Dorothy’s memory to The Community Church of Folsom, 1212 Melrose Terrace, Folsom, Pa. 19033 would be appreciated.

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Geneva J. Taylor

Geneva J. “Gen” Taylor, age 87, of Essington, Pa., passed away peacefully at home on January 28, 2016 surrounded by her loving family.

Born in Essington, she lived there all of her life. She was the daughter of the late Leon and Parmelia Zimmerman.  Mrs. Taylor was also a life long member of St. John’s Tinicum Lutheran Church in Essington.

An avid reader, she will be remembered as a woman who was devoted to her family.

Mrs. Taylor was predeceased by her brother, Bud; her sisters Alice and Gloria; and her grandson Erick.

SURVIVORS:  She is survived by her husband of 67 years, Jerome “Jerry” Taylor; her son, Jerry (Kathy) Taylor; her daughters, Roberta Karmels and Joan (John) Zdun; her grandchildren, Jessica, Jennifer, and Christopher; her great-grandchildren, Miles, Skyla, and Thomas; and her sister, Dorothy Cliff.

MEMORIAL SERVICE:  Will be held on Wednesday, February 3rd, at 11 A.M. at the Griffith Funeral Chapel, 520 Chester Pike, in Norwood, Pa. 19074.

VISITATION:  Will be on Wednesday from 10 A.M. to 11 A.M. at the funeral home.

BURIAL:  Will be private.

CONTRIBUTIONS:  In lieu of flowers, contributions made in her memory to St. John’s Tinicum Lutheran Church, 601 Seneca Street, Essington, Pa. 19029 would be appreciated.

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Nancy Irene Stewart Zeuner

Nancy Irene Stewart Zeuner, 73, passed away on January 16, 2016.

Nancy, Mom, Ma-maw had many interests and they all involved her family.  She loved doing arts and crafts, sewing, reading, puzzles, crossword and word searches, coloring and cruising the neighborhood on her decorated scooter.

She was our matriarch, our rock.  She never judged, always supported and always allowed us to be who we wanted to be.  She was our dream supporter.  She will truly be missed.

She is preceded in death by her brother, Jon.

Nancy is survived by her children, Deborah, Dawn, and Donald, her brother Ross, sister-in-law Lynda, her sister, Alice; her grandchildren, Sara, Jennette, Jessica, Beth-Anne, Emily, David, Dustin, and Carl; her great-grandchildren, Nasir, Isaac, Eric, Jordan, Michael, Jaedyn, and Ares.

Her funeral service and burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, contributions made in Nancy’s memory to LCFA (Lung Cancer Foundation of America), 15 S. Franklin Street, New Ulm, MN 56073

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Jane Ann Smith

Jane Ann Smith, age 57, passed away on January 14, 2016.  Jane lived in Pitman, N.J. for 20 years before moving to Washington, Pa. where she worked with Harness Race Horses, PA.

She was a member of The Meadows Track Chapel in PA.  Jane was the daughter of Francis and Lillian DePaul (nee Hagen).

She was the wife of Thomas P. Smith, Sr.  She is survived by her children, Thomas P. Smith, Jr. (Christina), Melissa Hansen (Michael), Rebecca Smith (Marc), Patrick Smith (Brittney), and her 9 grandchildren.

Friends may greet the family on Tuesday, January 19th, 2016 at 10 A.M. for a visiting hour with a service to follow at 11 A.M.

In lieu of flowers, donations will be accepted for the family in c/o Thomas P. Smith, 207 Winona Avenue, Holmes, Pa. 19043.

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kepth the faith.  2 Timothy 4:7         

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Carol L. Quinlan

Carol L. Quinlan, 72, a resident of Glenolden, passed away peacefully on January 8, 2016 at Fair Acres Geriatric Center in Lima, Pa.

Born in Philadelphia, she was the daughter of the late John and Wilda Ward.

Carol was employed as a bookkeeper with various companies in the area before she retired.

SURVIVORS:  Carol is survived by her soul mate, Walter Fedin and his daughters, Dawn and Miki;  her daughter, Lisa; and her sisters, Sue Morris and Karen Budinger.

FUNERAL SERVICE:  Will be held on Wednesday, January 13th, at 7 P.M. at the Griffith Funeral Chapel, 520 Chester Pike, in Norwood, Pa. 19074.

VISITATION:  Will be on Wednesday from 6 P.M. to 7 P.M. at the funeral home.

BURIAL:  Will be private.

     CONTRIBUTIONS:  In lieu of flowers, contributions made in Carol’s memory to The Friends of Fair Acres, P.O. Box 496, Lima, Pa. 19037 would be appreciated          

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Rita Petrocelli Tucci

Rita Petrocelli Tucci, 93, a Philadelphia resident, passed away peacefully on December 28, 2015 at the Sterling Heath Care and Rehabilitation Center in Media.

She is survived by her son, Richard Petrocelli; and her grandchildren, Rich and Heather.

Her Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Tuesday, January 5th, at 11 A.M. at St. Gabriel Catholic Church, 233 Mohawk Avenue, in Norwood, Pa. 19074.

Family and friends are invited to her viewing on Monday, January 4th, from 6 P.M. to 8 P.M. and on Tuesday morning, 9:30 A.M. to 10:30 A.M. at the Griffith Funeral Chapel, 520 Chester Pike, in Norwood, Pa. 19074.

Her burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery in Yeadon.

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Anna S. Powers Dahms

Anna S. Powers Dahms, 99, a longtime resident of Prospect Park, passed away peacefully on December 27, 2015 at the Crozer-Keystone Hospice Residence at Taylor Hospital in Ridley Park.

Born in Philadelphia, she was a resident of Prospect Park since 1942.  Mrs. Dahms was a retired secretary who worked for the Masonic Temple, Grand Lodge in Philadelphia for a number of years.

She was a longtime member of Norwood United Methodist Church.  She was a member of the church since 1953.  She enjoyed gardening, sewing, and crocheting in her spare time.

Mrs. Dahms is predeceased by her first husband, Aaron G. Powers, who died in 1971; and her second husband, C. Curtis Dahms, who died in 1990.

SURVIVORS:  She is survived by her nephews, Edward Martin and Robert Martin; her step-daughters, Joan Holzhauer and Connie Westfall; and her six step-grandchildren.

FUNERAL SERVICE:  Will be held on Thursday, December 31st, at 11 A.M. at the Griffith Funeral Chapel, 520 Chester Pike, in Norwood, Pa. 19074.

VISITATION:  Will be on Thursday from 10 A.M. to 11 A.M. at the funeral home.

BURIAL:  Will be in Edgewood Memorial Park in Glen Mills, Pa.

CONTRIBUTIONS:  In lieu of flowers, contributions made in Mrs. Dahm’s memory to Norwood United Methodist Church, 315 Chester Pike, Norwood, Pa. 19074 would be appreciated.

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Frank C. George

Frank C. George died peacefully at Lima Estates in Media, Pa. on December 13, 2015 at the age of 82.

Frank was born on February 18, 1933 in Haddonfield, N.J.  He graduated from Darby High School, Darby, Pa. where he met his wife Pat Abrecka.  Frank served in the U.S. Navy from 1952 – 1956 assigned to the aircraft carrier USS Philippine Seas.  Returning to Darby after his naval service Frank worked as a machinist for his uncle, Charles Stoddart, before beginning a 30+ year career working for General Electric’s Space and Re-Entry Systems Division, in Philadelphia and Valley Forge, Pa.

Frank and Pat were long time residents of Ridley Park, Pa. where Frank organized and participated in many community activities.  Specifically, Frank was an original founder and coach for many years of the Ridley Park Boy’s Club, as well as a Board of Trustees member for Taylor Hospital.  He was an avid Philadelphia Eagles football fan and never missed a game on TV.

Frank is survived by his children, Doreen George Carson (and spouse Kevin Carson) and F. Dean George (and spouse Linda Berkenbaugh George), his brother Dan C. George, and his grandchildren, Courtney Carson, Rebecca Carson, Dalton George, and Desiree George.  His wife, Patricia Abrecka George, predeceases him.

A Memorial Service is scheduled for Saturday, January 9, 2016, at 10 A.M. at Lima Estates, 411 N. Middletown Road, Lima, Pa. 19037.  All are welcomed to attend to honor Frank’s life.  The family is very appreciative of all the care that Frank received from the caregivers and staff at Lima Estates over the last several years of his life.

In lieu of flowers, donations made in Frank’s memory to the Ridley Park Athletic Club, P.O. Box 35, Ridley Park, Pa. 19078 would be appreciated by the family.

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Doris E. Klina

Doris E. Klina, 89, a longtime resident of Prospect Park, Pa., died on December 4, 2015 at Crozer-Chester Medical Center after a brief illness.

Doris was born in Wilkes Barre, Pa. on October 21st, 1926, the daughter of Asher and Elsie (King) Young.

Doris spent her youth in Kingston, Pa. and moved to Prospect Park in 1955.  She raised eight children with great care and love, taking extra special care of daughter Judy.  She would push Judy in the wheelchair over to Interboro Junior High, then bring her home at the end of the day, in the rain, sleet, and snow every day for years, to say “devoted” is an understatement of her dedication to her children.

Doris was employed by Strawbridge and Clothier for 28 years as a sales associate, earning “Employee of the Year” on two occasions.

Doris was a member of St. James Episcopal Church in Prospect Park for 60 years.  She participated in the Women’s Group and was often found in the kitchen preparing meals for church dinners.  She loved her church, attending services weekly.

She was an active Sports Booster member at Interboro High School while her children were participating in sports and never missed one of their games, especially the football games.  She was an avid gardener, spending hours in the yard tending to her roses.  She was a Phillies/Eagles fan and could be heard either cheering or booing her home teams.

She spent summers in LBI for many years and she enjoyed traveling.  She would tell stories of her Pennsylvania Dutch heritage and was an excellent cook. She will be sorely missed by all who loved her.

Doris is predeceased by her husband, James M. Klina, and her daughter, Judith A. Klina.

SURVIVORS:  She is survived by her children, James M. Klina, Jr. (Sheila Byrnes), Joanne Burns, Frank C. Klina (Deborah), Richard F. Klina (Laurie), Janice Whitmore (Thomas Gindle), Margaret Keenan, and Susan Murphy (Thomas); her 15 grandchildren; and her 8 great-grandchildren.

FUNERAL SERVICE:  Will be held on Thursday, December 10th, at 11 A.M. at St. James Episcopal Church, 11th and Lincoln Avenues, in Prospect Park, Pa. 19076.

VISITATION:  Will be on Wednesday, December 9th, from 6 P.M. to 8 P.M. and on Thursday, December 10th, from 9:30 A.M. to 10:30 A.M. at the Griffith Funeral Chapel, 520 Chester Pike, in Norwood, Pa. 19074.

BURIAL:  Will be in Lawn Croft Cemetery in Linwood, Pa.

CONTRIBUTIONS:  In lieu of flowers, contributions made in memory of Doris to St. James Episcopal Church, 728 11th Avenue, Prospect Park, Pa. 19076 would be appreciated.

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Geraldine "Gerri" Jackson

Mrs. Geraldine Jackson (nee Minner) of Sharon Hill, Pa., passed away on November 30, 2015 at the age of 71.  She had battled cancer and passed away at home.

Gerri was born to parents Robert and Margaret (Butler) on October 20, 1944.  She attended Interboro High School Class of 1962 and graduated from Bloomsburg College.  In 1966, she married Chuck Jackson.

Gerri had two children.  Gerri briefly taught elementary school in the Interboro and Southeast Delco School District and Sharon Hill Elementary.  She was involved with the Sharon Hill Ramblers and served Sharon Hill as the President of Council.  Gerri served as administrative assistant to State Representative Ronald Raymond in his local district office.  Gerri worked as office manager at Uniques & Antiques Auction sales for 25 years.

Gerri is survived by Chuck Jackson; her son, Kent Jackson of West Chester, Pa.; and her daughter, Andrea O’Neill of Deland, FL; and four grandchildren, Gabi, Chris, Sarah, and Eric.

A Memorial Service and celebration of her life will be held on Saturday, December 5th, at 11 A.M. at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 501 Chester Pike, Norwood, Pa. 19074.  There will a visitation time on Saturday from 10 A.M. to 11 A.M. at the church.

Gerri will be cremated and her ashes will be interred with her mother and father in the Washingtonville, Pa. Lutheran Church Cemetery in a private ceremony.

The family is grateful for condolences, and in lieu of flowers, donations to one of Gerri’s favorite causes, Immanuel Lutheran Church or Animal Friends of Lansdowne would be appreciated.

CONDOLENCES:  May be sent to griffithfuneralchapel@verizon.net

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Lois Ash Bondarchuk

Lois Ash Bondarchuk, “Mrs. B.”, age 66, a resident of Las Vegas, and formerly of Tinicum Township, passed away peacefully at home on November 20, 2015.

Lois taught at the Tinicum School for over 30 years, where she was a mentor to many and a “kid at heart.”  She was phenomenal and tireless in finding ways to instill to children a love of learning.

She was the beloved wife of the late Kenny Bondarchuk and daughter of the late Bernice and Mike Ash.

SURVIVORS:  She is survived by her loving sisters, Merri Ash, Nancy Ash Hay, and Bonnie Ash; and her second soul mate, Joseph Vera.  She is also survived by her sisters-in-law, Chris Novelli and Kathy DiDomenico; and her niece, Lauren Melcher; and her nephews, Mike and Nick DiDomenico; and her kids in fur, Romeo, Rocky, and Lulu.

FUNERAL SERVICE:  Will be held on Tuesday, December 1st, at 11 A.M. at the Griffith Funeral Chapel, 520 Chester Pike, in Norwood, Pa. 19074.

VISITATION:  Will be on Tuesday from 10 A.M. to 11 A.M. at the funeral home.

BURIAL:  Will be in Saints Peter & Paul Cemetery in Springfield, Pa.

CONTRIBUTIONS:  In lieu of flowers, contributions made in Lois’s memory to the Eisenhower Medical Center Foundation, 39000 Bob Hope Drive, Rancho Mirage, CA 92770 would be appreciated.

CONDOLENCES:  May be sent to griffithfuneralchapel@verizon.net

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Robert M. Stewart

StewartRobert M. Stewart, 89, a longtime resident of Ridley Park, passed away peacefully at home on November 18, 2015 surrounded by his loving family.

Mr. Stewart was born in Chester, the son of the late George and Lelia Stewart.  He was a 1943 graduate of Ridley Township High School and was a graduate of the University of Delaware.  He was a resident of Ridley Park since 1952.

Mr. Stewart was a veteran of World War II having served in the U.S. Army.

He was employed with Philadelphia Electric for 38 years, retiring as the Director of Personnel Administration.

He was a lifetime member of Norwood United Methodist Church and served the church in various capacities over the years including Chairman of the church Administrative Board.

Mr. Stewart volunteered at Taylor Hospital in Ridley Park for many years and also served as a Chaplain there for a number of years.  He was a member of the Young at Hearts group in Ridley Park for many years and also served as President for a period of time.  He enjoyed playing the piano and considered himself an amateur magician.

Most of all, he will be remembered as a man who was devoted to his family and his church.

He was predeceased by his brother, George Stewart.

SURVIVORS:  He is survived by his devoted wife, Mildred; his daughter, Sharon (Mark) Johnson; his son, Glenn (Lynn) Stewart; his grandchildren, George, Jenny, and Steven; and his sister, Ruth Yost.

FUNERAL SERVICE:  Will be held on Saturday, November 21st, at 11 A.M. at the Norwood United Methodist Church, 315 Chester Pike, in Norwood, Pa. 19074.

VISITATION:  Will be on Saturday from 10 A.M. to 11 A.M. at the church.

BURIAL:  Will be in Glenwood Memorial Gardens with military honors in Broomall, Pa.

CONTRIBUTIONS:  In lieu of flowers, contributions made in his memory to the Norwood United Methodist Church at the above address would be appreciated    

CONDOLENCES:  May be sent to griffithfuneralchapel@verizon.net

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Kevin E. Trabbold

Kevin E. Trabbold, 59, of Lester, Pa., died on November 15, 2015 peacefully at home.

He was a former roofer who enjoyed fishing at the Jersey Shore.  He was a devoted and loving husband, father, but most of all grandfather.  He was an avid Eagles and Flyers fan but his passion was spending time with his grandchildren.

Mr. Trabbold was the son of the late Barbara Ruppert.

SURVIVORS:  His wife, Linda C. Trabbold (nee Clarke); his son, Christopher (Jaime), his daughter, Tiffany (Dominic); his grandchildren, Brittany, Dominic, Kyle, and Ronnie; his siblings, Denise, James, Lisa, and Robbie.

MEMORIAL SERVICE:  Will be held on Friday, November 20th, at 7 P.M. at the Griffith Funeral Chapel, 520 Chester Pike, in Norwood, Pa. 19074.

VISITATION:  Will be on Friday from 5 P.M. to 7 P.M. at the funeral home.

BURIAL:  Will be private.

CONTRIBUTIONS:  In lieu of flowers, contributions made in Kevin’s memory to The Griffith Funeral Chapel, P.O. Box 56, Norwood, Pa. 19074 would be greatly appreciated by his family.

CONDOLENCES:  May be sent to griffithfuneralchapel@verizon.net

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Harry N. Cake

Harry N. Cake, a resident of Holmes, Pa., passed away peacefully on Saturday, October 31, 2015, at the age of 62 at Taylor Hospital in Ridley Park.

Born in Chester, Pa. on March 7, 1953, he was the son of the late Norman and Elizabeth Cake.  Harry grew up in Holmes, Pa. and graduated from Ridley High School in 1971.  Employed by the U.S. Postal Service, Harry retired after many years of service.

Family and friends were most important to him. There wasn’t anything that he wouldn’t do for them.  He greeted everyone with a smile and was the first one to volunteer when someone needed help.  An avid bowler, Harry rolled six “300” games, and was a member of the Ridley Township Old Timers Hall of Fame.  He also enjoyed hunting and gardening.

SURVIVORS:  His sister, Joan Brim (George), caregivers Jack and Kathy Mruk, numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews.

MEMORIAL SERVICE:  Will be held on Friday, November 6th, at 8 P.M. at the Griffith Funeral Chapel, 520 Chester Pike, in Norwood, Pa. 19074.

VISITATION:  Will be on Friday, November 6th, from 6 P.M. to 8 P.M. at the funeral home.

BURIAL:  Will be private.

CONTRIBUTIONS:  In lieu of flowers, contributions made in Harry’s memory to the Griffith Funeral Chapel, P.O. Box 56, Norwood, Pa. 19074 would be appreciated.

CONDOLENCES:  May be sent to griffithfuneralchapel@verizon.net

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Reginald M. Menna

Reginald M. Menna, age 88, known affectionately as “Reggie” to his family and friends, passed away peacefully on October 27, 2015 at the Crozer-Keystone Hospice Residence at Taylor Hospital in Ridley Park.

Born in Philadelphia and raised in Tinicum Township, he was a resident of Prospect Park since 1954 residing in the home that he and his wife, Pauline, built together in 1954.

Reggie served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.  He was employed as a stockbroker with various brokerage firms in Philadelphia for many years until his retirement.  He had attended the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.

Reggie enjoyed working in his tomato garden, tending to his yard, and watching the birds at his feeders with his friend Chick for hours and hours.  Most of all, family meant the most to him, and he cherished the times when his family all got together for holidays and birthdays.

He met his wife, Pauline, in 1948 and they were happily married for 66 years.

SURVIVORS:  His beloved wife, Pauline; his children, Ron (Karen) Menna, Shelly (Hank) Griffith, and Holly (Scott) Butler; his grandchildren, Jamie, Lori, Tricia, Tracy, and Chelsea; his great-grandchildren, Max, Oliver, Milo, and Claudia; and his dear friend, Chick.

MEMORIAL SERVICE:  Will be held on Wednesday, November 4th, at 7 P.M. at the Griffith Funeral Chapel, 520 Chester Pike, in Norwood, Pa. 19074.

VISITATION:  Will take place on Wednesday from 5 P.M. to 7 P.M. at the funeral home.

BURIAL:  Was done privately.

CONTRIBUTIONS:  In lieu of flowers, contributions made in Reggie’s memory to The Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry, 703 Lincoln Avenue, Prospect Park, Pa. 19076 would be appreciated by the family.

CONDOLENCES:  May be sent to griffithfuneralchapel@verizon.net

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Elaine Hinkel Shattuck

Elaine Hinkel Shattuck, age 70, a former resident of Norwood, Pa.,passed away peacefully on October 26, 2015 at Fair Acres Geriatric Center in Middletown Township.

Born in Philadelphia, she was the daughter of the late Roy and Anna Hinkel.

Elaine was a member of Olivet Presbyterian Church in Prospect Park, Pa. since 1997.

GRAVESIDE SERVICE:  Will be held on Thursday, October 29th, at 11 A.M. at Lawn Croft Cemetery on Ridge Road in Linwood, Pa.  Burial will follow the service.

     CONTRIBUTIONS:  In lieu of flowers, contributions made in Elaine’s memory to the Memorial Fund of Olivet Presbyterian Church, 1001 Washington Avenue, Prospect Park, Pa. 19076 would be appreciated          

CONDOLENCES:  May be sent to griffithfuneralchapel@verizon.net

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Elizabeth "Betty" Sides

Elizabeth “Betty” Sides, age 93, a longtime resident of Drexel Hill, Pa., passed away peacefully on October 24, 2015 at the Crozer-Keystone Hospice Residence at Taylor Hospital in Ridley Park, Pa.

Born in Prospect Park, she was the daughter of the late Royal and Mabel MacLellan.  Betty was employed as a medical transcriptionist at Lankenau Hospital and then Riddle Memorial Hospital for over 40 years until her retirement.

Betty was a life time member of St. James Episcopal Church in Prospect Park.  She loved working in her beautiful garden and was proud of the fact that she cut her own grass.  Most of all, she will be remembered as a woman who was devoted to her family.

She was the wife of the late Leo Sides and was also predeceased by her son, Leo Sides, Jr. and her grandson, Christopher.

SURVIVORS:  Betty is survived by her children, William Sides, Barbara Reynolds, Glen Sides, Shirlee Kelly, and Jeanne Sides; her sister, Ethel Brittingham; her 12 grandchildren; and her 18 great-grandchildren.

FUNERAL SERVICE:  Will be held on Wednesday, October 28th, at 11 A.M. at St. James Episcopal Church, 732 11th Avenue, in Prospect Park, Pa. 19076.

VISITATION:  Will be on Wednesday from 10 A.M. to 11 A.M. at the church.

BURIAL:  Will be in Valley Forge Memorial Gardens in King of Prussia, Pa.

CONTRIBUTIONS:  In lieu of flowers, contributions made in Betty’s memory to St. James Episcopal Church at the above address would be appreciated.

CONDOLENCES:  May be sent to griffithfuneralchapel@verizon.net

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Stephen E. Sleeper

Stephen E. Sleeper, age 68, a resident of Wilmington, Delaware and a former resident of Prospect Park, Pa., passed away on October 22, 2015 at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Elsmere, Delaware.

Born in Ridley Park, he was the son of the late Edwin and Sarah Sleeper.  He was a 1966 graduate of Interboro High School.  Steve was a veteran of the Vietnam War having served in the U.S. Army.

He was employed as a graphic artist for the Dupont Company for a number of years.

SURVIVORS:  He is survived by his son, Brian; and by his brother, David.

VISITATION:  Will be on Friday, October 30th, from 6 P.M. to 8 P.M. at the Griffith Funeral Chapel, 520 Chester Pike, in Norwood, Pa.

BURIAL:  Will be private.

CONTRIBUTIONS:  In lieu of flowers, contributions made in Steve’s memory to the Wounded Warriors Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675 would be appreciated.

CONDOLENCES:  May be sent to griffithfuneralchapel@verizon.net

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William Bridge, Sr.

William Bridge, Sr., age 95, a longtime Prospect Park resident, passed away peacefully on October 15, 2015 at Brandywine Hospital in Coatesville, Pa.  

Born in Chester, he was a longtime resident of Prospect Park and the last two years at St. Martha Center for Rehabilitation and Healthcare in Downingtown, Pa.   

Mr. Bridge served in the U.S. Army during World War II.  He worked as a foreman at Atlantic Steel Casting Co. in Chester, Pa. until its closure.  

He is predeceased by his loving wife of 71 years, Anna Bridge; his father, Daniel Bridge; his mother, Mabel Bridge; his sisters, Stella Forgach, Elizabeth Ciafre, and Lillian Carter; and his brother, Daniel Bridge.

SURVIVORS:  He is survived by his sons, William (Arlene) Bridge, Jr. and Richard (Joanne) Bridge; his sisters, Lauretta Riddaugh of North Port, Florida and Gertrude Zurlo of Florida; his four grandchildren; and his six great-grandchildren.

FUNERAL MASS:  Will be celebrated on Thursday, October 22nd, at 11 A.M. at St. Gabriel Catholic Church, 233 Mohawk Avenue, in Norwood, Pa. 19074.

VISITATION:  Friends may call on Thursday from 10 A.M. to 11 A.M. at the church.

BURIAL:  Will be in Saints Peter & Paul Cemetery in Springfield, Pa.

CONDOLENCES:  May be sent to griffithfuneralchapel@verizon.net

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Margaret Hamilton Witmer

WitmerMargaret Hamilton Witmer, 99, a 74 year resident of 738 Pennsylvania Avenue, Prospect Park, Pa., died peacefully in her sleep on October 12, 2015, at her home where she was under home hospice care.

Born in Chester, Pa. in 1916, she spent her childhood years in Chester, and graduated from Chester High School.  She attended Temple University where she completed all but her last semester, leaving to marry Frank P. Witmer, Jr.  They had a wonderful marriage for 71 years before his passing in 2010.  Together they founded the Prospect Park Termites youth football organization in their home back yard in 1948.  The Termites are now in their 68th straight year with 6 football teams and cheerleader squads.  Mrs. Witmer was an integral part of the initial founding, team Mom, and team nurse for many years, and remained an avid fan through her 99th year.

She was a devoted Episcopalian for over 73 years as a faithful member of St. James Episcopal Church in Prospect Park.

She has been an avid fan and supporter of Interboro High School football and baseball for 59 years since its formation, regularly attending and cheering through her 98th year.  She has received Interboro’s Hall of Fame Award and Prospect Park’s Citizen of the Year Award, among many other recognitions over the years.

Mrs. Witmer was predeceased by her husband, Frank, and by her oldest son, Frank P. Witmer, III.

She is survived by son Thomas and his wife Frances of Seneca, SC; daughter-in-law Joan G. Gombar of Glen Mills, Pa.; five grandchildren, Deborah J. Rausher of Roaring Branch, Pa., Cynthia W. Schofield of Kennett Square, Pa., Laura S. Witmer-Gautsch of Mason, Ohio, Frank E. Witmer of Exton, Pa., and Thomas H. Witmer, Jr. of Epping, NH; 15 great-grandchildren; and 4 great-great-grandchildren.

There will be viewings on Friday, October 23rd, from 2 P.M. to 4 P.M. and from 6 P.M. to 9 P.M. at the Griffith Funeral Chapel, 520 Chester Pike, in Norwood, Pa. 19074.

Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, October 24th, at 10:30 A.M. at St. James Episcopal Church, 732 11th Avenue, (11th & Lincoln Aves.) in Prospect Park, Pa. 19076; followed by her burial service at Edgewood Memorial Park in Glen Mills, Pa.

The family is requesting contributions in lieu of flowers to either:  The Margaret H. Witmer Memorial Fund, St. James Episcopal Church, 732 11th Avenue, Prospect Park, Pa. 19076 or to The Margaret H. Witmer Memorial Fund, Prospect Park Termites, 637 Fourteenth Avenue, Prospect Park, Pa. 19076.

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