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10/01/2014 05:15PM ● By Lev


Edward Bogus, 94, of Oxford, entered into rest on Sept. 21, peacefully at home.

Born in Ranshaw, Pa., he was the son of the late Michael and Susan Konetsky Bogus. He shared 68 years of marriage with Leona Herb Bogus. They met in Shamokin, Pa., where his father worked in a coal mine. They were married after he returned from World War II. He served in the Air Force.

He lived in Oxford for approximately 60 years. Retiring from the Oxford School District in 1981, he delighted in serving others. During his retirement, he devoted additional time to refinishing furniture for his family, painting, hanging wallpaper and performing other home improvement tasks. Acting faithfully as head usher at First Baptist Church of Oxford for decades, he often could be found scraping and painting at the church and helping with other maintenance. Although a quiet man, he had a strong faith in the Lord. He enjoyed fishing with his son and grandsons, mostly on the Octorara Lake.

For several years, he made wooden items to sell at craft fairs which he attended with his wife.

He is survived by his wife; three daughters, Karen McCardell (Frank) of Strasburg; Elaine Morrison (Barry) of Kirkwood; and Faye Max (Ed) of Honey Brook; and one son, Charles (Pamela) of Nottingham. He will also be missed by eight grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at the First Baptist Church on Oct. 18, with visitation with the family at 10 a.m. and the service at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the Memorial Fund, First Baptist Church, 552 Market St., Oxford, PA. Online condolences may be made at

Maurice W. Alexander, Jr

Maurice W. Alexander, Jr., 90, of Cochranville, went to be with Jesus his Lord and Savior on Sept. 22 at Harrison Senior Living of Christiana.

He was the beloved husband of Eleanor Bernard Alexander, with whom he shared 67 years of marriage. Born in West Grove, he was the son of Maurice W. and Reba (Gill) Alexander.  He was a graduate of West Fallowfield High School. He proudly served in the U.S. Army during World War II and the Korean War. He was a builder all his life, and a lifelong member of the Cochranville United Methodist Church, where he was active in Methodist Men. He was also a Boy Scout leader who had the honor of seeing both of his sons receive their Eagle Awards in scouting.  While serving on the Octorara School Board, he had a part in helping to form the Octorara School District. He was also a member of the Odd Fellows. He and his wife, for more than 40 years, helped to take care of 150 foster children in their home.

He is survived, in addition to his wife, by a daughter,  Linda Lee, wife of Mark Punchard of Gettysburg, Pa.; daughter-in-law, Susan Alexander of Newark, Del.; four grandchildren; Mark Jr. and Stephanie Punchard of Gettysburg, Shawn Alexander of Newark, Del., and Kristin Wolanski of Middletown, Del.;  six great-grandchildren, Abbey, Alaina, Autumn, Lyric and Micah Punchard and William Wolanski; and two siblings, Hazel Roche of Marathon, Fla., and Arnold Alexander of Cochranville. He was preceded in death by two sons, Wesley and Bernard Alexander.
Funeral services were held Sept. 26. Interment was in the Cochranville United Methodist Church cemetery. The family requests that donations be made in his memory to The Gideons International, P.O. Box 345, West Grove, PA 19390-0345; or The Cochranville United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 417, Cochranville, PA 19330. Online condolences can be posted at


Gloria M. Fecondo, 88, of Oxford, formerly of West Grove, passed away on Sept. 21 at Ware Presbyterian Village in Oxford.

Born in West Grove, she was the daughter of the late John and Adell Spira Fecondo. She was retired from Bainbridge Naval Station in Aberdeen, Md., as a seamstress. After retiring, she was caretaker for several friends and loved ones.

She is survived by five nieces and nephews, John Masciantonio of Nottingham, Judith Groff of The Villages, Fla., Angelo Masciantonio of Radnor, Sharon of Virginia, and Nancy Onque of Pittsburgh. She was preceded in death by two brothers, Vincent Fecondo and Alfred Fecondo; and one sister, Diana Masciantonio. Services and interment are private. Online condolences may be made at


Jimmy Crossan, 79, of Landenberg, passed away on Sept. 23 at the Jennersville Regional Hospital, surrounded by his family and friends.

He was the husband of Marie Cannon Crossan, with whom he shared 25 years of marriage. Born in Landenberg, he was the son of the late David B. and Catherine Lucas Crossan. He was a spray painter at Hewlett-Packard/Agilent Technologies, retiring in 1997 after 32 years of service. He was a member of the New Castle, Del., Moose Lodge. He served his country in the U.S. Navy. He enjoyed fishing, boating, tinkering with cars, and going to the Landenberg store every morning from 6 to 8 a.m. for the coffee club. He looked forward to going to the annual Chic-Nic weekend, and he especially enjoyed being with his family and friends.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by four daughters, Linda DaBundo and her husband Dominic of Landenberg, Debbie Johnston and her husband Duke of Landenberg, Cathy Antes of Landenberg, and Patty Kelly and her husband Billy of Phoenixville; two stepdaughters, Wanda Loughrey of Middletown, Del., and Trina McCloskey of Felton, Del.; one brother, Charles Crossan of Landenberg; 17 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by one brother, David Crossan.

A funeral was held Sept. 29. Burial was in Faggs Manor Cemetery in Cochranville.

In memory of Jimmy, a contribution may be made to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Eastern PA Chapter, 555 North Lane, Suite 5010, Conshocken, PA 19428.

Richard Allen Lyons, 83, of West Grove, passed away on Sept. 22 at Twin Pines Health Care Center.
Born in Chester, Pa., he was the son of the late George W. and Winifred LeTourneau Lyons. A builder by trade and an architect by passion, he worked for a variety of construction companies in the Delaware and Chester County areas, as well as in the state of Delaware. He also owned and operated his own construction companies throughout the years, building custom homes and historic house and barn renovations.  He was a graduate of P.S. DuPont High School, class of 1949, where he was captain of the football team. He married Joan Ann Gray of Wilmington, Del., in 1950 and had seven children. They divorced in 1982.
He is survived by three sons, Michael Allen Lyons and his wife Shirley of Chester, Va., Jeffrey Allen Lyons and his wife Caroline of Lincoln University, Pa., and Richard Allen Lyons, Jr. of Richmond Va.; four daughters, Sam Lyons of Downingtown, Luanne Gray Lyons-Smith and her husband Russell of Pocopson, Barbara Lee Lyons of Downingtown, and Toni Joanne Ritchey and her husband Jeffrey of Elverson; one sister, Joan Lee Kelly of Oceanport, N.J.; 10 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Services and interment will be held privately. In memory of Richard, a contribution may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1626 Locust Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103. To view his online tribute and to share a memory with his family, visit


Fred L. Boyd, 78, of Houston, Texas, left this world and peacefully entered into God’s glory on March 24 at Conroe Regional Hospital, surrounded by his loving wife, Drusilla and children, Eric and Wendi. A graveside service will be held Saturday, Oct. 18 at the Nottingham Cemetery at 2:30 p.m. A time of visitation will follow at The Post House in Oxford.
Fred was the son of the late Fred and Angie Boyd of Oxford. He grew up on a farm in Oxford, where he nurtured a natural talent for music and sports, and graduated from Oxford Area High School in 1954. Serving in the United States Air Force brought Fred to Lubbock, Texas, where he met his bride of 55 years, Drusilla Hobbs. They moved to Florida, where Fred graduated from Embry Riddle Aeronautical Institute in 1961 to pursue his passion and career in aviation as a pilot and authorized inspector. He led Methodist Church revivals and welcomed any opportunity to sing in the tenor section of multiple choirs. He especially enjoyed the Clear Lake United Methodist Church Choir. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and champion of anyone who needed extra encouragement in challenging circumstances.
He is survived by his wife, Drusilla; son Eric; daughter and son-in-law Wendi and Bryan Threlkeld; grandchildren Justin, Dillon and Michaela Boyd, Nicholas and Nathan Threlkeld, Megan Fishman; great-grandchildren Harley, Zoey and, Kristopher; sister Yvonne Herr; sister-in-law and husband, Elaine and Nick Fry; nephew Michael Feeney; and niece Karen Feeney. Online condolences may be made at


John A. “Jack” Lynch, Jr., 78, of Oxford, passed away on Sept. 25 at the Coatesville Veterans Affairs Hospice.

He was the husband of Yvonne Stroud Lynch. He graduated from Oxford Area High School in 1954. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving in the Korean War. He was employed with the Chester Water authority for 37 years as lead mechanic. He was the former co-owner of Rising Sun Karate Club, and retired from Jack’s Plumbing and Heating of Oxford. He was a member of Manor Presbyterian Church in Cochranville. He was also a member of the Union Fire Co. No. 1, Oxford Search and Rescue as a diver, Roy W. Gibson Post No. 535 American Legion Honor Guard, Oxford Masonic Lodge No. 353 F.&A.M. for over 50 years, and served on the Bell Tower and the Oxford 250th Anniversary Committees. He was also active in Boy Scouts.

He is survived by his wife; two sons, Steven S. Lynch and his wife Sherry of Cameron, N.C., Gary E. Lynch and his wife Beth of Limerick; one daughter, Tina Schmeck Zuzek and her husband Steven of Brookhaven; two stepchildren, R. Mark Johnson of Landenberg, and Kimberly VanSant and her husband Darren of West Grove; 11 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and a stepsister, Geraldine Townsend of Delaware.

Funeral services were held Sept. 30. Interment with full military honors was in Oxford Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the American Legion Roy W. Gibson Post 535, PO Box 569, Nottingham, PA 19362. Online condolences may be made at


Mary Clark, 88, of Kennett Square, passed away peacefully on  Sept. 26 at Linden Hall. 

Before moving from her home to Friends Home/Linden Hall, she enjoyed being a wife, homemaker and flower gardening. She was the wife of the late Milton N. Clark, who died in 1996.  Together they shared 52 years of marriage. She was born in Lenni, Pa., to the late Camillo and Maria (Mordine) Fiore.

Survivors include her sister, Elvira “ Vera”  Passmore of West Grove; and her niece and

caregiver Elaine M. Fiore of Kennett Square; ten nieces and nephews; 11 great-nieces and nephews; and one great-great niece. She was predeceased by a sister, Helen (Fiore) Marziani; and brothers John P., Charles J., and Camillo, Jr. Fiore; and a nephew, Charles Fiore, Jr.

Services were private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Willow Tree Hospice, 616 E. Cypress St., Kennett Square, PA 19348; or Friends Home/Linden Hall, 147 W. State Street, Kennett Square, PA 19348. To view her online tribute and to share a memory with her family, visit


George P. Shannon, 73, of West Grove, passed away on Sept. 26.

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., he was the son of the late Frances Shannon and the late Suzanne Fallat Shannon. He was the beloved husband of Carol Ficalora Shannon; father of Maria Testa and her husband Joe, Dorothy Shannon and George Matthew Shannon; and grandfather of Samantha Lynn Testa, Nicole Testa, Victoria Ann Testa and Lauren Amy Testa.

A prayer service and viewing were held Sept. 30. Burial was private.


Santiago Espinoza Monge, 48, of Toughkenamon, passed away suddenly on Sept. 26.

Born in Turicato, Mexico, he was the son of the late Isidro Monge and the late Maria Reyes Espinoza. He was the beloved husband for 17 years of Carin M. Bonifacino; father of Alexandra Monge and David Monge; and brother of Samuel, Maria de Jesus, Josephina, Alfredo, Ines and Esther.

A funeral mass will be offered at 11 a.m. on Oct. 2 at St. Rocco Catholic Church (313 Sunny Dell Rd., Avondale).  A visitation will be held from 9:30 to 11 a.m. in the church.  Burial will follow in New Garden Friends Cemetery. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Rocco Parish, 313 Sunny Dell Road, Avondale, PA 19311.


Juanita Marilyn Wyatt, 70, of Gordonville, formerly of West Grove, passed away in her home on Sept. 27.

She was the wife of Robert W. Wyatt, with whom she shared 26 years of marriage. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Eddie Hampton. She was the daughter of Evelyn Arnold of Appomattox, Va., and the late Dennis Arnold, Sr. She was born in El Campo, Texas, and graduated from Unionville High School in 1962. She was employed with Pocopson Home where she retired after 26 years.

She is survived by her husband; mother; two sons, Richard Hampton of Nottingham and Michael Hampton of Cochranville; one daughter, Terry Billings of Kirkwood; two step-daughters, Michelle Owrutsky of Owings Mill, Md., and Dana Buck of Elizabethtown, Tenn.; nine grandchildren; two brothers, Dennis Arnold, Jr. of Concord, Va., and Larry Arnold of Weaver, Ala.; and one sister, Brenda Frankenberger of Parkesburg.

Friends may visit at the Edward L. Collins, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc. (86 Pine St., Oxford) from 10 to 11 a.m. on Oct. 3, with funeral services to follow at 11 a.m. Interment will be in Oxford Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, consider making contributions to Hospice and Community Care, P.O. Box 4125, Lancaster, PA 17604, in her name. Online condolences may be made at




Edith Frances Whitaker Howell Main, 75, of Oxford, passed away on Sept. 25.

Her last residence at Brookdale Senior Home (Clarebridge), in Westampton, N.J., where the loving and caring staff tearfully said their goodbyes to Fancy, along with her daughter, Susan, and her daughter’s husband, Wayne. Born in Chilhowie, Va., she was the daughter of late Alfred and Beulah (Stines) Whitaker. She was best known by her family and friends as “Fancy."  She lived, worked and raised a family, living more than 50 years in the Oxford area.  She worked for Herr Foods 37 years. She enjoyed gardening, shopping, yard sales, and collecting keepsakes.

She is survived and will be always missed by one daughter Susan Bowers (Wayne) of Shamong, N.J.; one sister, Betty Johnson of Chilhowie, Va.; two brothers, Frank Whitaker of Chilhowie, Va., and James Whitaker (Judy) New Castle, Del.; one daughter-in-law, Debbie Howell; eight grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and many special nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by a son, David Howell.

Relatives and friends may visit from 1 to 2 p.m. on Oct. 2 at the Edward L. Collins, Jr., Funeral Home, Inc. (86 Pine St., Oxford). Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. at the funeral home. Interment will be in Nottingham Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery in Nottingham. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Fran Main may be made to the  Alzheimer's Association, P.O. Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090-6011, or Online condolences may be made at

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