Obituaries

First Name Last Name
Wanda China

Wanda China 1924-2013

WANDA CHINA, age 89, of Kennett Square, PA, passed away on Thursday, March 28,2013 at Crosslands. She was the wife of Victor China, who passed away in 2003, and with whom she shared 49 years of marriage. Born in New York City, NY, she was the daughter of the late Romeo and Mary Pezzaro Bellotti. She was a Teacher and taught in New York, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Italy. She received her business degree in 1943 from the Grace Institute...

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Patricia  Ruggieri

Patricia Ruggieri 1937-2013

Patricia Ruggieri, age 76, of West Grove, PA., died Wednesday March 27, 2013 at her home in West Grove. She was the wife of the late Frank T. Ruggieri Jr. who died in 1982 and with whom she shared 29 years of marriage. Born in West Chester, PA she was a daughter of the late Clarence Lurty and the late Mildred Burton Lurty. Patricia was a 1954 graduate of Kennett High School. She was an office manager for 16 years for Taylor Oil Company in...

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Harold L. Bailey

Harold L. Bailey 1927-2013

Harold L. Bailey, age 85 of West Grove, PA died Monday March 25, 2013 at the Jennersville Regional Hospital. He was the husband of Velma Evans Bailey, with whom he shared 63 years of marriage. Born in Sadsburyville, PA he was a son of the late Clarence S. and Olga Flaherty Bailey. Harold served our country in the Army during WWII and the Korean War. He then worked for over 49 years in our area as a farm machinery mechanic. He enjoyed...

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Marilyn W. Smith

Marilyn W. Smith 1931-2013

MARILYN W. SMITH, age 81, of Oxford, PA, passed away on Sunday, March 24, 2013 at Ware Presbyterian Village. She was the wife of Eubert "Ike" Smith, who passed away in 1999, and with whom she shared 51 years of marriage. Born in Oxford, PA, she was the daughter of the late Robert R. Whiteside, Jr. and Eleanor Clendenin Tarbert Whiteside. Mrs. Smith was a homemaker . She was a Volunteer at many area functions . She was the Volunteer...

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Eileen Patricia  Shannon

Eileen Patricia Shannon 1948-2013

Eileen Patricia Scullin Shannon, age 64 of Warrington PA, died unexpectedly Saturday March 23, 2013 at her home. She was the wife of Jones B. Shannon Jr., with whom she shared 39 years of marriage. Born in Philadelphia, PA, she was a daughter of the late Charles and the late Mildred (Gibbons) Scullin. Eileen volunteered for many organizations throughout her life including Doylestown Cancer Center at Doylestown Hospital, the Special...

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Joseph Michael Taranto 1938-2013

JOSEPH MICHAEL TARANTO, AGE 74, OF Avondale, PA, passed away on Wednesday, March 20, 2013, at his residence. He was the husband of Gloria Cali Taranto, with whom he shared 50 years of marriage. Born in Brooklyn, NY, he was the son of the late Joseph Taranto, Sr. and Anna Buono Taranto. He was a Fireman with the City of New York for 28 years, retiring in 1991. Mr. Taranto was a member of the Assumption BVM Church in West Grove, PA. ...

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Antoinette  "Nettie" Rua

Antoinette "Nettie" Rua 1926-2013

ANTOINETTE "Nettie" RUA, age 87, of Hockessin, DE, passed away on Sunday, March 17, 2013, at the Franciscan Care Center at Brackenville. She was the wife of Louis Rua, who passed away in 2005, and with whom she shared 56 years of marriage. Born in Philadelphia, PA, she was the daughter of the late Ralph and Adeline Capuzzi Tumolo. Mrs. Rua was a File Clerk at the Philadelphia Stock Exchange for 10 years, retiring in 1991. She...

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Cornelia "Nina"  D. Crawford

Cornelia "Nina" D. Crawford 1960-2013

Cornelia Donohue Crawford, age 52, known to family and friends as "Nina" died March 13, 2013 at her home in Landenberg, PA. Born in Wilmington Delaware, she is survived by her daughter, Mary Elizabeth Crawford; her parents, F. Michael Donohue Jr. and Audrey Furber Donohue; her sister, Susan D. Bonomo (Frank); her brother, F. Michael Donohue IV (Kirstie); one niece and three nephews. Nina attended the Tower Hill School in Wilmington DE and...

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Annie R. Foeman

Annie R. Foeman 1922-2013

ANNIE R. FOEMAN, age 91, of Avondale, PA, passed away on Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at the Jennersville Regional Hospital. Born in London Grove, PA, she was the daughter of the late James E. and Irene Bowman Foreman. Annie was an Assembler at Lasko Products Inc., West Chester, PA, for 40 years, retiring in 1992. She was a member of the Star of the West Tent No. 6. She enjoyed reading, traveling, going to the Casinos, watching TV, and...

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Robert E. DePuy 1921-2013

Robert Edwin DePuy, age 91, of Kennett Square, PA, passed away on Sunday, March 10, 2013. Bob was born on Nov. 27, 1921 in New York City, NY, son of the late Chauncey M. and Ella W. Abel DePuy. He was predeceased by his wife of 59 years, Gloria Payne DePuy ; his brother Walter DePuy; son Robert E. DePuy, Jr., and great-grandsons Maxwell and Edwin Bauman. Bob spent his childhood in New York, Germany and Italy. His education continued at...

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Helen Donohoe Brown

Helen Donohoe Brown 1927-2013

Helen Donohoe Brown, age 86, of West Grove, PA, formerly of Kennett Square, passed away peacefully on March 9 at Preston, Jenner's Pond. She was the beloved wife of the late Malcolm C. Brown with whom she shared 39 years of marriage. Helen was the daughter of the late Joseph and Frances (Mowery) Donohoe. She graduated from Kennett High School in 1944 and from St. Francis School of Nursing, Wilmington, DE in 1947. Helen was a member of the...

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Helen "Texas" E. Raymond 1922-2013

Helen "Texas" E. Raymond, age 90 of West Chester died Friday March 8 at the Pocopson Home in West Chester. Helen was a Supervisor at U.S. Bank Note Co. in Philadelphia for 32 years. She enjoyed Country and Western music and was a devoted member of St. Gabriel Church in Avondale. She is survived by many friends who loved and cared for her. Her visitation will be 10 to 11am Thursday March 14, 2013 at St. Gabriel Of The Sorrowful...

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Alice Fahey Durbano

Alice Fahey Durbano 1921-2013

Alice Fahey Durbano, 91, passed away on March 7th 2013 at Linden Hall Retirement home in Kennett Square. She was raised on her family's farm in Kennett Township and moved to Delaware after her marriage to John Durbano who preceded her in death in 2006. She is survived by her devoted cousins, as well as her extended family and friends. Alice attended St. Patrick's Elementary School, graduated from Kennett High School in the Class of 1939, and...

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Alma Davis Struble

Alma Davis Struble 1913-2013

Alma Struble of Kennett Square died peacefully in her sleep at the Friends Home in Kennett on March 4. She was 99. She was born Alma Homer Davis, September 1913, in West Chester, Pennsylvania, where her father was principal of West Chester High School. Her parents were Joseph Albert Davis and Bertha McGee. After living briefly in Massachusetts and Vermont, she and her family moved to Philadelphia in residence at Girard College. Alma...

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Clifford N. Edwards, MD 1924-2013

Clifford N. Edwards, MD, age 88, of Kennett Square, PA, formerly of Los Angeles, CA, Cedar Rapids, IA and Las Cruces, NM, passed away on Saturday, March 2, 2013. He was the husband of Joyce Adela Edwards, who passed away in 2008, and with whom he shared 57 years of marriage. He was a pioneering urological surgeon with a career spanning five decades. During WWII he was assigned to the Royal Canadian Signal Corps. Prior to medical school...

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John Peter Larmann

John Peter Larmann 1937-2013

DR. JOHN PETER LARMANN, age 75, of Chadds Ford, PA, passed away on Saturday, March 2, 2013, at his residence. He was the husband of Susan Mercer Larmann, with whom he shared 49 years of marriage. Born in Hackensack, NJ, he was the son of the late Albert F. and Mary Elizabeth Larmann. He graduated from Stevens Institute of Technology with a doctorate in chemistry and completeted a post doctorate at the University of Illinois. Dr....

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Robert "Bobby" Alan Brackin

Robert "Bobby" Alan Brackin 1945-2013

Robert Alan (Bobby) Brackin, 67, of West Grove, Pennsylvania passed away peacefully at his home, surrounded by family on Friday, March 1, 2013, after a seven month battle with an aggressive brain tumor. He spent most of his life in the Borough of West Grove, born June 10, 1945 at the old West Grove Hospital on Prospect Ave to the late Robert E. Brackin and Mildred Lane Brackin. He worked at the West Grove United States Post Office on...

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Janette Vanore Baillieul

Janette Vanore Baillieul 1909-2013

Janette Pannell Baillieul, age 103.8 of Kennett Square, PA, died peacefully at home on Saturday February 23, 2013. She was the wife of the late Carl J. Pannell who died in 1951 after 23 years of marriage and the late Stuart Baillieul who died in 1983 after 20 years of marriage. Born in Avondale, PA she was a daughter of the late Paul Vanore and the late Victoria Santamassimo Vanore. Janette was a Bank Teller for First National Bank of...

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Judith "Judy" A. Ferron

Judith "Judy" A. Ferron 1940-2013

Judith "Judy" A. Murtha Ferron, age 72 of West Chester, PA passed away peacefully on Saturday February 23, 2013 at Neighborhood Hospice in West Chester. She was the devoted wife of the late Charles T. Ferron who died in 2010 and with whom she shared 53 years of marriage. Judith was born in West Chester, Pa. She was the daughter of the late Jack Murtha and the late Mary Sudzinna Murtha. Judy attended Saint Patrick's elementary school in Kennett...

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Isaac Rowland Evans, Jr.

Isaac Rowland Evans, Jr. 1924-2013

Isaac Rowland Evans Jr., age 88, of Kennett Square, PA, died Thursday February 21, 2013 at the Linden Hall retirement home in Kennett Square. He was the husband of the late Nancy Peter Evans who died in 2004 and with whom he shared 52 years of marriage. Born October 26, 1924 in West Chester, PA, he was a birthright Quaker and was a son of the late Isaac Rowland and the late Kathryn (Lang) Evans. He grew up at Longwood Gardens where his...

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Sara Melinda Franceschini 1963-2013

SARA MELINDA FRANCESCHINI, age 50, of Kennett Square, PA, passed away on Monday, February 18, 2013, at her residence. She was the wife of Donald J. Franceschini, with whom she shared 26 years of marriage. Born in Baltimore, MD, she was the daughter of Sara Shook Pendleton of Wilmington, DE, and the late Edmund S. Pendleton. She was the Secretary and Property Manager at Penco Management in Chadds Ford, PA. She enjoyed volunteering at...

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Kenneth "Dick"  R. Chaires, Sr.

Kenneth "Dick" R. Chaires, Sr. 1936-2013

Kenneth "Dick" R. Chaires Sr., age 76, of Georgetown DE, formerly of Kemblesville and Glen Mills, PA died Sunday February 17, 2013 at the Beebe Hospital in Lewes DE. He was the husband of Faytha King Chaires, with whom he shared 58 years of marriage. Born in Glen Mills, PA he was a son of the late Kenneth A. Chaires and the late Pearl Scull Chaires. Kenneth was proud to have recently graduated from high school. He was an auto body painter...

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Shirley Stephens Hardcastle 1927-2013

Shirley Stephens Hardcastle, age 85, of Kennett Square, died Sunday February 17, 2013 at the Crosslands Community. She was the wife of the late Henry Kellogg Hardcastle Jr.

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Frances M. Herndon

Frances M. Herndon 1918-2013

Frances MacNally Herndon, age 94,died Saturday, February 16, after a brief illness. Born in Bryn Mawr, she was the daughter of the late Paul H. and Ruth M. MacNally of Wayne, PA Mrs. Herndon was a graduate of the Baldwin School and Wells College. She was the wife of Dale L. Herndon who died in 2001. Mrs. Herndon was a member and former officer of the Spade and Trowel Club of Kennett Square and of the Old Kennett Questers. For twenty¬¬...

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Margaret "Mike" Elizabeth Patton

Margaret "Mike" Elizabeth Patton 1935-2013

Margaret "Mike" Elizabeth Patton, age 77, passed away of natural causes on Saturday, February 16th, 2013. Born in Lambertown, PA on April 27th, 1935, she was the daughter of the late Harvey and Bessie Edmonds Brison. In her early years, she worked for Swayne Mushroom Farms and later worked as a housekeeper for various families in the Kennett area. She was a member of Greater Works Ministries for nearly 50 years. Mike enjoyed many activities...

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