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08/27/2014 06:14PM ● By Lev



Mary E. Beck, 105, passed away on Aug. 19 at her residence.

She was the wife of the late Joseph E. Beck, who passed away in 1941, and with whom she shared five years of marriage. Born in Chadds Ford, she was the daughter of the late John Francis and Mary Anna Golden McGinley. She was a 1927 graduate of Media high School. She was a lab technician at the NVF Company in Kennett Square, retiring in 1974 after 35 years of service. She was a lifetime member of St. Cornelius Catholic Church in Chadds Ford, and was member and past president of the Sodality at St. Cornelius.

She is survived by one daughter, Peggie Day and her husband Bill of Chadds Ford; two grandchildren, Denise Day and William Day, Jr. (Mary Beth); two great-grandchildren, Trip Day and Foster Day; one step-great-granddaughter, Kelly; her niece Joan Osborne (Sheridan); Goddaughter, Eunice Hannum; and many other nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by one sister, Margaret Morgan; and her brothers, John, Edward and Joseph McGinley.

The family would like to thank the staff of Heartland Hospice, especially Mary’s nurse, Debra Detweiler, for the wonderful care they provided to her in her home. Thanks also to Betty Ferguson of Home Helpers for her companionship and care.

A funeral was held Aug. 23. Burial was in St. Thomas the Apostle Cemetery in Chester Heights. In memory of Mrs. Beck, a contribution may be made to Heartland Hospice of Chadds Ford, 5 Christy Drive, Suite 103, Chadds Ford, PA 19317. Online condolences may be made by visiting


Dr. Richard H. Stoneback, Jr., V.M.D., 55, of Oxford, passed away on Aug. 19 at his home. 

He was the husband of Donna L. Parcell Stoneback, with whom he shared 28 years of marriage. Born in West Grove, he was the son of Richard H. Sr., and Margaret Stevenson Stoneback of Clarion, Pa. He graduated from Oxford Area High School in 1976, Penn State University in 1981, and from The University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine in 1988. He was a dedicated veterinarian in Oxford, practicing for 26 years, and treated his clients as extended family. He was a member of the Oxford United Methodist Church. He was a dairy goat judge and member of the American Dairy Goat Association. He enjoyed showing goats, antiquing, auctions, and collecting china and glassware.  

He is survived by his wife; parents; one son, Ricky W. Stoneback and his wife Deana of Essex Junction, Vt.; one daughter, Samantha J. Stoneback, at home; one granddaughter, Charlotte Rose Stoneback; one brother, Randy Stoneback of Clarion, Pa.; and one sister, Peggy Beardmore of Severna Park, Md.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Sept. 20 at the Oxford United Methodist Church (18 Addison St., Oxford), where friends and family may visit from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to Dr. Edith Mitchell’s Colorectal Cancer Research Fund, Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center of Thomas Jefferson University, 233 S. 10th St., Suite 502, Philadelphia, PA 19107. Online condolences may be made at


Helen D Woods, 96, of Kennett Square, died Aug. 21 at the Heartland Hospice House in Wilmington, Del. 

She was the wife of the late J. Jackson Woods, who died in 2007, and with whom she shared 60 years of marriage. Born in Long Island, N.Y., she was a daughter of the late John and the late Stephania (Baginska) Dudek. She was a food server at the old J.J. Newberry department store in Kennett Square, and at Reese’s drugstore. She enjoyed sewing, cooking, and spending time with family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was a past member of the Kennett Square Presbyterian Church, and a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the VFW.

Survivors include one daughter, Judith W. Nowark of Kennett Square; one son, Gregory T. Woods of San Francisco, Calif; one sister, Frances Martin of Rehoboth, Del.; two granddaughters, Mandy Witulski and her husband Dave of Newark, Del., and Stephanie Allee and her husband Bob of Chambersburg, Pa.; and four great-grandchildren, Emma, Jack, Leah, and Abby.

A visitation with friends and family will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. Aug. 27 at the Kuzo & Grieco Funeral Home Inc. (250 W. State St., Kennett Square). Her life celebration funeral service will follow at 11 a.m. Interment will be in Union Hill Cemetery in Kennett Square. Contributions in her memory may be made to Good Neighbors Home Repair, 205 E. State Street, Kennett Square, PA 19348.  To view her online tribute and to share a memory with her family, visit


Carl D. McVey, Sr., 84, of Peach Bottom, passed away on Aug. 22 at his home.

Born in Little Britian Township, he was the son of the late Roman E. and Ethel E. McVey. He retired in 1992 from Herr’s Motor Express in Quarryville after 43 years of service. He enjoyed shuffleboard, baseball and NASCAR.He was a collector of antiques and blue Depression glass, and enjoyed spending time with his Amish friends.

He is survived by his children, Carolyn Jamison of Peach Bottom, LuAnn Keys and husband Wayne of Nottingham, Joni Latham of Nottingham, Mark McVey of Peach Bottom, Denise Sennett and husband Martin of Bel Air, Md., Carl D. McVey, Jr., of Nottingham; nine grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; three brothers, Norman McVey of Nottingham, Arnold McVey of Canal Fulton, Ohio, and Donald McVey of New Providence; and one sister, Linda Brown of Nottingham. He was preceded in death by his siblings, Arthur McVey, Edna Haley, Becky Cregger, Maude Styer, Leta Mellinger and Robert McVey.

A funeral was held Aug. 26. Interment was in Little Britain Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to Hospice and Community Care, 685 Good Drive, PO Box 4125, Lancaster, PA 17604-4125. Online condolences may be made at



Daniel Patrick McLaughlin passed away at the age of 49 on Aug. 21, quietly, peacefully, but very unexpectedly, at his home in West Grove.

A native of Escanaba, Mich.,  he had lived in the West Grove area for the past 11 years as a beloved and essential member of the Kwietniak family. He proudly served Sunoco, Inc., as an award-winning truck driver and irreplaceable friend. He was born to Betty and Harold McLaughlin in 1964. After a childhood of traveling across the country, Dan and his family settled in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. An avid motorist from an early age, Dan was fixing cars and flying planes before he graduated high school. A robust man of few -- but often wise -- words, he enjoyed the quiet life and was proud of his small-town roots. He greeted each winter like an old friend, always ready to dig out his neighbors with a huge snowplow and an even bigger smile. In warmer months, he was content just sitting outside and watching thunderstorms roll in after a long day of work. He loved cooking, campfires, caring for small animals, landscaping, watching television and most importantly, helping anyone who needed it.

After winning a battle with throat cancer last summer, he felt he had a new lease on life. He will be remembered by those who knew him as a selflessly dedicated worker with a larger-than-life personality and an indefatigable sense of humor.

He is survived by his two daughters, Monica and Kayla; his two sisters, Cindy and Colleen; his long-term fiancée, Ronda Kwietniak, and her family, Sam, Abbey, Nicky and Joey Kwietniak.

A visitation with family and friends will be held from 9:15 to 10:15 a.m. on Aug. 29 at the Assumption BVM Church (300 State Rd., West Grove). His memorial mass will follow at 10:30 a.m. Burial will be private. Online condolences may be made by visiting


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