Obituaries

First Name Last Name
Vivian E. Smith

Vivian E. Smith 1923-2015

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

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J. Paul Bush

J. Paul Bush 1918-2015

J. PAUL BUSH, age 96, of Hockessin, DE, formerly of West Grove, PA, passed away on Thursday, January 1, 2015, at the Franciscan Care Center. He was the husband of Elizabeth Greer Bush, who passed away in 2000, and with whom he shared 37 years of marriage. Born in West Grove, PA, he was the son of the late James P. and Reba Buckalew Bush. He was a self employed dairy farmer. Mr. Bush was a member of the West Grove Fire Company. He...

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Barbara Ann Garver

Barbara Ann Garver 1945-2015

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

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Ronald  B. Davis

Ronald B. Davis 1929-2014

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

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Joseph E. Bentzel

Joseph E. Bentzel 1923-2014

Joseph E. Bentzel, age 91, of West Chester, PA, died on Thursday December 25, 2014 at Bryn Mawr Hospital. He was the husband of Patricia Jacoby Bentzel, with whom he shared 48 years of marriage. Born in York, PA, he was a son of the late Ervin and the late Mae (Savage) Bentzel. Mr. Bentzel served our country during World War II as a Technical Sergeant in the Army Air Corps, successfully completing 30 combat missions in the European Theater,...

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Milagros "Millie" Rojas Santos

Milagros "Millie" Rojas Santos 1988-2014

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

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Jay V. Irwin

Jay V. Irwin 1925-2014

Jay V. Irwin, age 89 of Avondale, PA., died Monday December 22, 2014 at Brandywine Senior Living at Longwood in Kennett Square. He was the husband of Margaret McLaughlin Irwin, with whom he shared 68 years of marriage. Born in DuBois, PA, he was a son of the late Vernon Bell and the late Emma Dean (Work) Irwin. Before finishing high school, he enlisted in the Navy and served stateside in WWII at Camp Lejeune. After attending...

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William R. Daugherty

William R. Daugherty 1951-2014

WILLIAM R. DAUGHERTY, age 63, of West Grove, PA, passed away on Saturday, December 20, 2014, at Christiana Hospital, Newark, DE after a brief illness. Born in Lancaster, PA, he was the son of the late Robert and Elmira Dinger Daugherty. He lived most of his life in the West Grove area and graduated from Avon Grove High School. Bill served in the U S Army in Fairbanks Alaska as a heavy equipment operator. Bill worked for many years as a...

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Mary Elizabeth Ludlam

Mary Elizabeth Ludlam 1964-2014

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

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Gladys Eggers Vattilano

Gladys Eggers Vattilano 1959-2014

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

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Rita Ann Sarro 1926-2014

Rita Ann Sarro, age 88, of Kennett Square, PA, passed away on Wednesday, December 17, 2014, at her residence. Born in South Philadelphia, and resided in Newtown Square 50+ years. She is survived by her children Linda, Laura & John, Grandchildren Jenny, Kimberly & Johnny, Great-Grandchildren Rosalee & Adrianna. Her Memorial service will be held on January 17, 2015. Please email your contact info to r26service@gmail.com for details. ...

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Anthony J. Martelli

Anthony J. Martelli 1926-2014

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

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Louise M. Crawford

Louise M. Crawford 1930-2014

LOUISE M. CRAWFORD, age 84, of West Grove, PA, passed away on Saturday, December 13, 2014, at her residence. She was the wife of John T. Crawford, who passed away in 1985, and with whom she shared 31 years of marriage. Born in West Chester, PA, she was the daughter of the late Lewis and Elizabeth Manley Melrath. She was an Information Referral Secretary at the Kennett Area Senior Center, Kennett Square, PA, for 22 years, retiring in...

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Wanda Edmondson Marine

Wanda Edmondson Marine 1928-2014

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

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Dorothy Johnson

Dorothy Johnson 1926-2014

Dorothy "Dottie" Johnson, aged 88, went to be with the Lord on December 12, 2014. Born on June 23, 1926 in West Chester, PA, she was the daughter of the late Monroe Johnson and Anna Cubbage Johnson. She worked as a nurse's aide for many years. Dottie was fun-loving and enjoyed traveling with her sister Mildred. She was preceded in death by a brother Kenneth "Porky" Johnson and a sister, Mildred "Babes" Johnson. She was survived by a sister,...

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Betsy Thompson Turner

Betsy Thompson Turner 1927-2014

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

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Willard R.  Stem, Jr.

Willard R. Stem, Jr. 1954-2014

Willard R. Stem Jr, age 60, of Lincoln University, PA., died suddenly Tuesday December 9, 2014 in Lincoln University, PA. He was the husband of Carol DeFidelto Stem, with whom he shared 35 years of marriage. He was born in Easton, PA and graduated from East Stroudsburg University where he was an Athletic Hall of Fame Inductee. He was a Financial Coach and was founder and owner of Senior Secure Advisory Group in Chadds Ford PA. He...

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Judith A. Marshall

Judith A. Marshall 1950-2014

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

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Marjorie M. Anderson

Marjorie M. Anderson 1921-2014

Marjorie M. Anderson age 93 of Kennett Square, Pa., died Saturday December 6, 2014 at Kendal Retirement community in Kennett Square. Born in Philadelphia, she lived in the Philadelphia area most of her life. Graduating from Haverford High School in 1937 and from the University of Pennsylvania in 1941, she was a retired teacher, who had taught at schools in four states. Starting in Pleasantville, New Jersey in 1942, she went on to teach in...

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Thomas C. Rosazza

Thomas C. Rosazza 1933-2014

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

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Shirl Lynn Grabenstein  Sotak

Shirl Lynn Grabenstein Sotak 1965-2014

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

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James Ralph Jennings

James Ralph Jennings 1957-2014

James (Jimmy) Ralph Jennings, 57, of Lincoln University, PA, passed away on Wednesday, December 3, 2014 at his residence. He was the beloved husband of Dolores Weaverling Jennings, who passed away this past July, and with whom he shared 32 years of marriage. Born in Wilmington, DE, he was the son of James B. and Kathryn A. Jenkins Jennings of Lehigh Acres, FL. Jimmy was a maintenance man at the Avon Grove School District for 35 years before...

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Denise M. Bush

Denise M. Bush 1961-2014

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

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Paul J. White 1926-2014

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

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Vernon Brice Paisley

Vernon Brice Paisley 1937-2014

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

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