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01/07/2014 05:33PM ● Published by ACL

CATHY A. HARRIS

Cathy A. Harris, 55, of Kennett Square, died on Dec. 23 at the Neighborhood Hospice in West Chester.

She was the wife of Byron “Bud” Harris, with whom she shared 23 years of marriage. Born in Wilmington, Del., she was a daughter of Paul P. and Mary (French) Davis, both of West Chester.  She   was a 1976 graduate of Downingtown High School. She continued her education at Brandywine College and then one year at Empire Beauty School.  She loved horses and cooking.  

In addition to her husband and parents, she is survived by one son, Richard L. Grubb, Jr., of Kennett Square; two daughters, Christina Wisser and Melonie Owens, both of North Carolina; one sister, Barbara L. Schmidt (Chris) of Coatesville; and four grandchildren. 

There will be a visitation with family from 10 to 11 a.m. on Jan. 10 at the Kuzo & Grieco Funeral Home, Inc. (250 W. State St., Kennett Square).  A memorial service in celebration of her life will follow at 11 a.m.  Interment will be held privately.  Contributions in her memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1626 Locust St., Philadelphia, PA 19103. To share a memory with Cathy’s family, visit www.griecocares.com.

PEARL L. DUNN

Pearl L. Dunn, 77, of West Grove, died on Dec. 31 at the Chester County Hospital in West Chester.

She was the wife of Raymond E. Dunn, with whom she shared 58 years of marriage. Born in Shouns, Tenn., she was a daughter of the late Conley Willen and the late Bonnie Elliott Willen. She loved bluegrass music and trips to Delaware Park, but most importantly, she loved spending time with her family.   

Survivors include, in addition to her husband, three daughters, Joyce Martinez (Jose) of Mountain City, Tenn., Carol Dunn of West Grove,  and Brenda Rosazza (Steve) of Avondale; two sons, Raymond Dunn, Jr., of West Grove, and Chris Dunn (Beth) of Oxford; one sister, Venice Atwood of West Grove; one brother, Dee Willen of Lebanon, Pa.; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by a brother, Celmer Willen; and sisters, Mary Hughes, Betty Gentry and Dorothy Hurley. 

A funeral was held Jan. 6. Interment was in Union Hill Cemetery in Kennett Square.  Contributions in her memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1626 Locust St., Philadelphia, PA 19103. To view her online tribute and to share a memory with her family, visit www.griecocares.com.

THOMAS H. SINSHEIMER

Thomas H. Sinsheimer, 70, West Grove, died on Dec. 26 at the Ware Presbyterian Village in Oxford.  

He was the longtime companion of Isabelle Fenster. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., he was the son of the late Harry Charles and the late Louise (Cullura) Sinsheimer. He worked for US Airways as the fleet service chief agent, retiring in 1988. He was involved with Penn Township for over three decades, and was a Township Supervisor for several years. He especially loved spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, enjoying trips to Strasburg Railroad and points near and far.  He will be missed by all who knew and loved him. 

Survivors include, in addition to Isabelle, one daughter, Marie Louise Montemurno of Viera, Fla.; one son, Michael H. Sinsheimer, Sr., of Pensacola, Fla.; grandchildren Brandon Thomas Sinsheimer and Dana Elaine of Nottingham, Kevin Thomas and Nikki Jo, Michael Harry Sinsheimer, Jr., Annemarie Louise Taylor, Orion Montemuno, and Asher Montemuno; great-grandchildren Thomas Mark Sinsheimer, Miranda Nicole Sinsheimer, Kevin Thomas, Jr, Hunter Taylor and Rylee Monroe Taylor.

Services were held Dec. 28. Contributions in his memory may be made to the ALS Association, 321 Norristown Rd., Suite 260, Ambler, PA 19002.  To share a memory with the family, visit www.griecocares.com.

JAMES F. SMITH 

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James “Popeye” F. Smith, 71, of Rising Sun, Md., formerly of Oxford, passed away on Dec. 24 at Christiana Hospital in Newark, Del. Born in Mt. City, Tenn., he was the son of the late Wade and Emma Tester Smith. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, family gatherings, his Amish friends and gardening. He was always surrounded by his birds, ducks and animals at his home. No one ever left hungry after a visit with Popeye. He loved his family and friends, especially his grandchildren in his later years. 

He is survived by four sons, James H. Smith (Angela) of Mosheim, Tenn., Scott Heimburger of Champagne, Ill., Ryan Thompson of Rising Sun, Md., and James Charlton of Oxford; five daughters, Daisy Sue Shetron of Lincoln University, Sandra Gorman (Harry, Jr.) of Port Deposit, Md., Brenda Roark (Ronald) of Oxford, Amber Kemper of Havre de Grace, Md., and Shyann Knapp of Kennett Square; 14 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; one brother, Joseph Smith of Mt. City, Tenn.; and three sisters, Donna Atwood of Nottingham, Barbara Jean Rodriguez of Mt. City, Tenn., and Laura Jane Johnson of Oxford. 
Funeral services were held Dec. 28. Interment was in New London Presbyterian Church Cemetery. For more information, visit www.elcollinsfuneralhome.com.

JO  MASON 

Jo Mason, 76, of West Grove, passed away at Seasons Hospice at Christiana Hospital on Dec. 26.

Born in West Chester, Pa., she was the daughter of the late Raymond H. and Dorothy Brown Mason. She was a homemaker and she enjoyed playing cards at Jenner’s Pond, dominoes, Bowling Wii, reading, and taking her dogs for a walk and regularly visiting Preston and Rustin buildings, along with  her dogs, to make people smile. She was a very strong advocate for dogs, and an avid Philadelphia sports fan, especially the Eagles.

She is survived by one brother, Robert E. Mason and his wife Sally of Chadds Ford;  two nieces, Deborah Mundy and Robin Ciorrocco, her husband Michael and their children Carrie, Chrissy, Kelly and Anthony, Michael Jr. and his wife Jen and their children, Sophie and Nicholas,: a nephew, Thomas Mason and his children, Jennifer, Michael and Wendy;  great-niece Trista; and a second nephew, Robert Mason, Jr. and his wife Lori; many other relatives and friends; and  two constant companions, Smedley and Zoey.

A funeral was held Jan. 4. The family would like to thank the staff at Seasons Hospice and the staff at Christians Hospital ICU, for the excellent care given to Jo.

In lieu of flowers, a contribution may be made to the Jenner’s Pond Benevolent Fund,  2000 Greenbriar Lane, West Grove, PA 19390; or to Seasons Hospice Foundation, 8537 Solution Center, Chicago, IL 60677.

Online condolences may be made by visiting www.griecocares.com.

B. KATHRYNE HOOKER

B. Kathryne Hooker, 93, of Millersville, formerly of Oxford, passed away on Dec. 28 at Mt. Joy Hospice.

She was the wife of the late James E. Hooker. Born in Centerville, Va., she was the daughter of the late Jacob Thomas and Emma Gertrude Hawes Schneider. She was retired from the Chester County Press as a copy editor. She was a member of Cochranville United Methodist Church. She enjoyed reading, playing puzzles, and spending time with her friends, family and cats.
She is survived by one daughter, Donna Hooker Topping of Millersville; two grandchildren, Allyson Stallman of Birdsboro and Bradford Topping of Millersville; and two sisters, Helena Howard of Virginia and Louise Thompson of Texas.
A graveside service was held Jan. 2 at Oxford Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the Hospice of Lancaster County, PO Box 4125, Lancaster, PA 17604-4125.
Visit www.elcollinsfuneralhome.com.

 DOROTHY  L.  WOODSON 

Dorothy L. Woodson, 88, of Chadds Ford, passed away on Dec. 28 at her residence. 

She was the wife of William L. Woodson, with whom she shared 69 years of marriage. Born in St. Louis, Mo., she was the daughter of the late Louis F. and Mabel Jackson Plass. She was a homemaker. She enjoyed camping, flower gardening, housekeeping, and going to auctions and garage sales.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by one daughter, Janis Reynolds and her husband Allan of Chadds Ford; and one granddaughter, Jennifer Reynolds of Chadds Ford.

A funeral was held Dec. 31. In lieu of flowers, a contribution may be made to the Salvation Army, 701 North Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19123.

Online condolences may be made by visiting www.grieoccares.com.

ALBERTO SOTO 

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Alberto Soto, 25, of Oxford, passed away on Dec. 31 after a short battle with cancer.  

He was the beloved husband of Sherry (Madonna) Soto. Born in Lancaster, he was the son of Wanda Soto of Landenburg and Jose Soto of Nottingham. He was active duty with the U.S. Air Force. He had been stationed at Dover, Del., from June 2012 until December 2013.  

In addition to his wife and parents, he is survived by his three children, Veronika, Kristi and Nathon, all of Oxford; his sister, Nancy Neese of Camden, Del.; and his foster brothers and sisters, Carrie, Kurt, Ryan and Brian Naus. 

A funeral was held Jan. 6. Interment was in the Oxford Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Eli Seth Matthews Leukemia Foundation, P.O. Box 33, Oxford, PA 19363; or to support.woundedwarriorproject.org.  

Online condolences can be made by visiting www.wildefuneralhome.com.

MARY K. MONTGOMERY 

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Mary K. Montgomery, 101, of Kennett Square, passed away on Dec. 26 at the family  residence.  

She was the wife of the late John C. Montgomery, who passed away in 1994, and with whom she shared 47 years of marriage. Born in Philadelphia, she was the daughter of the late David and Mary Torpey  Kiniry. She was a homemaker, and enjoyed decorating for fashion shows, knitting, and being with her family and friends. Before getting married, she was a statistical department manager at the Mobil Corporation. After raising her children, she operated a gift shop in Springfield, Pa. She was a member of St. Patrick's Church in Kennett Square.

She is survived by one son, John M. Montgomery and his wife Peg of Meadowbrook, Pa.; one daughter, Mary M. Drinker and her husband Don of Kennett Square; and four grandchildren. She was predeceased by four brothers, David, William, Joseph and John Kiniry, and one sister, Catharine Kiniry.
A funeral was held Jan. 4. Burial was in Calvary Cemetery in Conshohocken, Pa. 

In lieu of flowers, a contribution may be made to the Avon Grove Lions Club, 600 Baker Station Road, West Grove, PA  19390; or to Neighborhood Hospice, 400 East Marshall Street, West Chester, PA 19380.

Online condolences may be made by visiting www.grieoccares.com.

JEAN M. ARROWOOD

Jean M. Arrowood, 80, of Oxford, passed away on Dec. 29 at Calvert Manor Healthcare Center in Rising Sun, Md.

She was the wife of Richard Arrowood, with whom she shared 63 years of marriage. Born in Wrightsville, Pa., she was the daughter of the late Joseph C. and Alice H. Brown Buffington. She was a member of the Media Mennonite Church in Oxford, and past member of Valley Ridge Saddle Club in Nottingham. She was an Avon representative for 39 years, and enjoyed quilting with the church sewing circle. 

She is survived by her husband; one son, Gary Arrowood (Ayshie) of Oregon, Ohio; seven daughters, Deborah McComsey (John) of Christiana, Pa., Linda Kilgore of Peach Bottom, Cheryl Rendler (Bo) of Oxford, Bonnie Kennelly (Jim) of Wayland, Iowa, Dottie Greer (Junior), Denise Hilton (Tink) and Dena Arrowood, all of Oxford; 22 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; two brothers, William Buffington of Quarryville and Beverly Buffington of Oxford; and two sisters, June Arrowood and Beulah Benner, both of Oxford. She was preceded in death by a son, Dennis Arrowood; and daughter, Susan Arrowood.
A funeral was held Jan. 3. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the Media Mennonite Church Building Fund, 866 5th St., Oxford, PA 19363.

Online condolences may be made at www.elcollinsfuneralhome.com.

BARBARA ANNE BERLIN 

Barbara Anne Berlin, 86, of West Chester, passed away peacefully on Dec. 18, following a long illness. 

She was born in Yakima, Wash., to John and Genevieve Quinn on April 2, 1927. Throughout her childhood, the family lived in several different countries, including Chile and Romania. Upon returning to Washington, she graduated from the Annie Wright Seminary in Tacoma. She attended Stanford University and graduated in 1948 from the University of Washington in Seattle.  After raising six children, she became a real estate agent with Pierce and Bair in Kennett Square. She loved to travel and spend time with her children, grandchildren, and the many friends she had made over the years.  

She is preceded in death by her parents, her older brother John, and her husband of 54 years, Gordon E. Berlin. She is survived by her six children and their spouses, John, James (Chris), Richard (Billie Jo), Barbara (Randy), Anne, and Robert (Lisa); in addition to her brother Richard and his family. She is also survived by 10 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren; and a great-great-granddaughter. 

Friends are invited to visit with her family from 1:30 to 2 p.m. on Jan. 11 at the Kuzo and Grieco Funeral Home (250 W. State St., Kennett Square). A  memorial service to celebrate her life will follow at 2 p.m. Burial will be private. 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, 225 City Line Avenue, Suite 104, Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004.

To leave an online condolence, visit www.griecocares.com.

JOSEPH WILLIAM BRINTON 

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Joseph William Brinton, 57, of New Providence, formerly of New London, passed away unexpectedly on Jan. 1.

Born in West Grove, he was the son of the late Robert W. and Virginia L. Howett Brinton. He was employed with the U.S. Postal Service in Nottingham. He enjoyed fishing, hiking, and backpacking. He loved the outdoors and playing guitar.

He is survived by his former wife, Debra M. Dressler Brinton of Nottingaham; two sons, Tyler J. Brinton of New Providence, and Trevor W. Brinton of Nottingham; one brother, Robert W. Brinton and wife Dianne of Hockessin, Del.; three sisters, Mary Lou Eller and husband Bill of Nottingham, Dorothy Hill of Newark, Del., and Patricia Chamberlain and her late husband Claude of West Grove; and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral services were held Jan. 5. Online condolences may be made at www.elcollinsfuneralhome.com.

KEVIN JAY ANDERSON 

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Kevin Jay Anderson, 56, of West Grove, died Dec. 19 at home.

He was born in1957 in West Grove, son of Constance Snowden Anderson and late Melvin Anderson II. He was employed at the NVF plant in Kennett Square. He enjoyed spending time with family and friends, cookouts and family reunions, playing basketball and other sports. 

He was preceded in death by three sisters, Debra Hayman, Sandra Simpson, and Denise Anderson; and four brothers, Gary, Lawrence, James, and Melvin Anderson III. He leaves to cherish his memory his mother, Constance Anderson; wife Gloria Anderson; three children, Anthony Lockman, Keisha Anderson and Talonda Cain; two grandsons, Jalen Cain and Jakhi Edwards; five sisters, Barbara (Thomas) Rochester of Oxford, Carolyn (Steve) Bowman of West Chester, Linda (Johnny) Maxwell, Joanne (Howard) Hawkins and Patricia Anderson, all of Delaware; four brothers, Raymond (Joan) Anderson, Richard (Myra) Anderson, Dennis Anderson, all of Delaware; and Wayne (Mary) Anderson of West Grove; two aunts, Florence Harris and Freda Anderson; one uncle, Norman Bevard and friends Clinton, Lisa, and David; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. 

RICHARD BEARDS

Richard Beards died on Dec. 20, after a short hospital stay.  

He was born in Manhattan, where he later attended the Riverdale Country Day School for Boys before going on to graduate from Dartmouth College and, later, to the University of Washington, where he earned a Ph.D. in English literature. He taught at Temple University for 49 years, interspersed with Fulbright appointments in the English Institute of Lund University in Lund, Sweden; and also in the English Institute of Odense University in Odense, Denmark. In addition to teaching children’s literature and to lecturing in Europe about Thomas Hardy, and in Pennsylvania about Quaker women writers, he operated Bookplace, a used book store and art gallery in Oxford, and was a founding member of the Oxford Arts Alliance. 

He is survived by his wife, Virginia. Donations in his memory may be made to the IHM Family Literacy Program, 406 Charles Street, Coatesville, PA. 19320 (www.ihmfamlit.org); or to the Oxford Arts Alliance, 385 S. Third Street, Oxford, PA 19363 (www.oxfordart.org).

MARIANNE E. MILLER 

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Marianne Elizabeth Miller, 63, of Nottingham, died peacefully in her sleep on Jan. 3 at her home.

She was born in Philadelphia, daughter of the late Fred and Mary Schnell Young. She graduated from Archbishop Prendergast High School in Philadelphia in 1968. She married Thomas Miller in 1976 and had four daughters with him. She was formerly employed by Wawa, and was an operations manager for Land Hope Farms and CR Friendly’s. She was also a real estate agent with RE/MAX before she retired. She was the first woman president of the Oxford Lions Club. She enjoyed reading, decorating, and crocheting, but her main passion in life was spending time with her family and friends. She was outgoing, passionate, hard-working, and so full of life. She loved being a mother and a "Gam-Gam."

She is survived by her husband, Tom; her daughters, Holly Jones, Allison Burgoyne, Jennifer Dunn, and Kelly Miller; four grandchildren, Olivia and Nathan Burgoyne, and Audrey and Brenna Dunn; two sisters, Barbara Zorzulo and Lori Bush; and one brother, David Young.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Jan. 11 at the Edward L. Collins, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc. (86 Pine St., Oxford), where friends may visit from 10 to 11 a.m. Interment will be private.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The John Fetting Fund for Breast Cancer Prevention at Johns Hopkins Medicine, 750 E. Pratt St. 17th Floor, Baltimore, MD 21202.
For more information, visit www.elcollinsfuneralhome.com.

ELIZABETH J. SHANNON

Elizabeth "Betty" J. Shannon, 70, of West Grove, passed away at the Jennersville Regional Hospital on Jan. 2.

She was the wife of Dennis T. Shannon, Sr., with whom she shared 46 years of marriage. Born in Philadelphia, she was the daughter of the late George E. and Harriet Spatig  Zeller. She was an elementary school teacher for 32 years, retiring in 2010 from the Southeast Delco School District. She was a member of Assumption BVM Church, West Grove, where she had previously taught CYFF. She was very proud of being  the president of the  Villages at Penn Ridge Homeowners Association. She was an avid reader, enjoyed flowers, cooking, and especially enjoyed being with her grandchildren.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by one son, Dennis T. Shannon, Jr. and his wife Lisa of Haverford Township, Pa.; one daughter, Betty Amabile and her husband Chris of Garnet Valley, Pa.; and six grandchildren. She was predeceased by one brother, George W. Zeller.

A visitation with family and friends will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Jan. 8, and again from 9 to 9:45 a.m. on Jan. 9, at Assumption BVM Church (300 State Rd., West Grove). Her Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 10 a.m. Burial will be in Saints Peter and Paul Cemetery in Springfield.

In her memory, a contribution may be made to Assumption BVM Church, 105 West Evergreen Street, West Grove, PA 19390. Online condolences may be made by visiting www.griecocares.com.

STEVEN J. GIFFIN

Steven J. Giffin, 47,  of Chadds Ford, passed away on Jan. 1 at his home.  

Born in West Corvina, Calif., he was the son of Dorothy Giffin Grande.  He graduated from Springfield High School in 1984. He was the co-owner of Giffin Construction, Inc., in Kennett Square with his brother Bob, with whom he shared the business for 20 years.  He enjoyed softball and was the member of many teams, including St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church in Springfield.

He loved life, laughter, nature and valued hard work. He enjoyed being with his family and friends, fishing, gardening, sports, crabbing in Rock Hall, Md., and his dog Bear. His courage in the face of his long illness will remain an inspiration for all who loved him. His family would like to thank all the doctors and medical personnel who cared for Steven during his long illness and who remained his loyal friends.

He is survived by his mother, Dorothy Grande of Kennett Square; Robert Giffin and his wife Michele of Kennett Square; his sister Donna of Aston, Pa.; his live-in companion and best friend Kimberly Irey Ward of Chadds Ford, and her son, Lee Ward; grandfather, Robert King of Villanova; nephews David Giffin of Baltimore, Md., Brad Giffin of Avondale; and aunts, uncles and cousins.

A visitation with family and friends will be held from 10 a.m. to noon on Jan. 9 at the Kuzo & Grieco Funeral Home (250 W. State St., Kennett Square). His memorial service will follow at noon. Burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Steven’s memory may be made to the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (www.mmrf.org) or Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF), 383 Main Avenue 5th Floor, Norwalk, CT 06851.

Online condolences may be made by visiting wwww.griecocares.com.

FRANCES LOUISE SANTUCCI

Frances Louise Santucci, 82, of West Grove, passed away on Dec. 30 at home.

Born in West Chester, she was the daughter of the late Philip Taylor and the late Helen Umflet Taylor. She was the beloved wife for 60 years of Vincent Joseph Santucci; mother of Joseph V. Santucci, Sr. and his wife Debra A.Santucci, David A. Santucci and his wife Jennifer Propst Santucci, Michael P. Santucci and his wife Angela Santucci, and Phillip T. Santucci and his wife Suzie L. Santucci; grandmother of Angie Santucci, Charlene Hall, Joseph Santucci, II, Emily Santucci, Jeremy Santucci, Katie Weaver, Philip Santucci, Jr., Daniel Santucci, Abigail Santucci, Claire Santucci, Tina Santucci Burkhart, Heather Santucci and Vincent Santucci; sister of the late Philip Taylor, Jr., Phyllis T. Helms and Dorothy T. McGovern.

Burial was private in Brandywine Baptist Cemetery in Chadds Ford. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made for the benefit of David Santucci & Dorothy McGovern, c/o Longwood Funeral Home, 913 East Baltimore Pike, Kennett Square, PA  19348.

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