● By J. Chambless
Jacob Elijah Henry Faust, 20, of Oxford, passed away on Nov. 25.
Born in Media, he was the son of Wayne Patrick and Regina Marie Nanopoulos Faust of Oxford. A lifelong resident of Oxford, Jacob graduated from Bethany Christian School, and Oxford Area High School in 2012. He was employed with his father’s business, Expert Heating and Air Conditioning, in Chester County. He was a member of the Church of the Sacred Heart in Oxford. He was an avid skateboarder, and enjoyed listening to live musicians, animals (especially cats), weekend bonfires with his friends, and the outdoors. He was someone special, and he was special to all of us in his own unique way. Those that knew him best knew that he never spoke without something to say, never laughed unless something was funny, and was infinitely sincere in everything he did. Most of us can't hear a song without finding his memory, or watch a movie without seeing a part of him in it. To say that he'll be missed is an exaggeration, because he left us all with something to remind us that he's always here. He was the best of us all.
He is survived by his parents; one brother, Jason Douglas Faust (Erin Furstnau) of Nottingham; one sister, Kimberly Anne Faust of Oakmont; paternal grandmother, Jean Elizabeth Faust of Upper Darby; nephew Sebastian Faust; niece Harper Faust; and his girlfriend, Karoline Jean Vetland.
Services and interment were private. In lieu of flowers, donations in Jacob’s memory may be made to the LaMancha Animal Rescue, 855 Doe Run Rd, Coatesville, PA 19320. Online condolences may be made at www.elcollinsfuneralhome.com.
LEONARD M. FERRY
Leonard Michael Ferry, 87, of Kennett Square, formerly of Swarthmore, Pa., died on Nov. 22.
He was the devoted husband of the late Claire Pacini Ferry, who died in 2001, and with whom he shared 49 years of marriage. Born in Philadelphia, he was a son of the late James Patrick and the late Anna Marie (Bove) Ferry. He served our country during World War II in the Army from 1945 to 1947. He was a draftsman working for Westinghouse and United Engineers, and before retirement, he did freelance work for area companies. He was an avid car enthusiast and was most happy under the hood of any car. He enjoyed singing, and performed with the Notre Dame de Lourdes Church players in Ridley Township and the West Chester Senior Center Sunshine Chorus. He also enjoyed karaoke and listening to Frank Sinatra. Most of all, he adored his family.
Survivors include two sons, Mark of Sewell, N.J., and Bruce and his wife Karen Ann of Ridley Park, Pa.; one daughter, Karen White and her husband David of Kennett Square; one brother, James J. Ferry and his wife Elizabeth of Glen Mills, Pa.; five grandchildren, Ryan, Nicholas, Melissa, Daniel, and Alycia; and several nieces and nephews. He was also known to many children in his later years as Pop-Pop Lenny. He was predeceased by a brother, James L. Ferry, at an early age.
A funeral was held Nov. 28. Interment was in Ss. Peter and Paul Cemetery in Springfield. Contributions in his memory may be made to Chester County Department of Aging Services, 601 Westtown Rd., Suite 320, West Chester, PA 19380. To view his online tribute, visit www.griecocares.com.
JANE CRAIG MORRISON
Jane Craig Morrison, 92, of Kennett Square, passed away on Nov. 22.
She was the wife of Albert B. Morrison, who passed away in 1997. Born in Birmingham Ala., she was the daughter of the late Hugh and Ethel Woods Craig. She was a homemaker, and a member of the First Presbyterian Church of West Chester. She received her BA degree from Mary Baldwin College in Staunton, Va. She also was a Navy Wave during World War II. She was an artist, loved entertaining and was an avid cook.
She is survived by three daughters, Lynn Miller and her husband Eric of Phoenixville, Janet Childs and her husband Keith of Blue Bell, Pa., and Laurie Swift and her husband David of Kennett Square; one brother, Hugh Craig of Birmingham, Ala.; one sister, Joyce Butterworth of Birmingham, Ala.; and five grandchildren. She was predeceased by one son, Craig Morrison.
Her service and burial were private. In lieu of flowers, a contribution may be made to Mary Baldwin College, PO Box 1500, Staunton, VA 24402, attn.: Terri Walker. Online condolences may be made by visiting www.griecocares.com.
LYDIA F. HAGGERTY
Lydia F. Haggerty, 74, of New London, passed away on Nov. 23 at her residence.
She was the wife of Edward F. Haggerty, Sr., with whom she shared 53 years of marriage. Born in Unionville, she was the daughter of the late Thomas F. and Edith Best Russell. Lydia was a homemaker. She was an avid Dallas Cowboys fan, and enjoyed traveling and genealogy.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by two children, Kim Haggerty Hawkins and her husband Brian of Great Mills, Md., and Russell D. Haggerty and his wife Meghan of Great Mills, Md.; one brother, Thomas Russell of Westwood, Pa.; two sisters, Margaret Russell of Oxford, and Mary Winchester of Harrisburg; and four grandchildren. She was predeceased by one son, Edward F. Haggerty, Jr.
A funeral was held Dec. 1. Burial was in the New London Presbyterian Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you hug and kiss your family members. Online condolences may be made by visiting www.griecocares.com.
CORDELL S. LEID
Cordell S. Leid, 96, of West Grove, passed away on Nov. 24 at Jennersville Regional Hospital in West Grove.
She was the wife of the late Ellsworth H. Leid. Born in Salem, Va., she was the daughter of the late Clarence P. and Lola P. Dickerson Simpkins. She was an active member of the New London United Methodist Church. She lived in Southern Chester County most of her life. She was employed as a records clerk with Chrysler in Newark, Del., for 25 years and retired in 1979.
She is survived by one daughter, Lois Dunn of Downingtown; four grandchildren, Robin Nuse, Ric Dunn, Julianne Herrick, and Bethany Leid; nine great-grandchildren, Ryon, Regina, Ahnaliese, Chloe, Cassidy, Noah, Riley, Aidan, and Emerson; one great-great-grandchild, A.J.; one brother, Odell Simpkins of West Chester; and one sister, Doris Prewitt of Oxford. She was preceded in death by a son, Gary Leid; brother, Kirtie Simpkins; and two sisters, Lottie Simpkins and Delta Gallup.
Funeral services were held Nov. 29 at the New London United Methodist Church. Interment was in the adjoining cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the New London United Methodist Church, 1010 State Rd., New London, PA 19360. Online condolences may be made at www.elcollinsfuneralhome.com.
JAMES B. McSHANE
James Bernard McShane ("Mr. Jim"), 82, passed away on Nov. 24 in Onancock, Va.
Born in Philadelphia, he served in the Air Force and was stationed in Japan during the Korean War, and was a proud member of the American Legion. He worked for the DuPont Experimental Station in Wilmington, Del., for many years and retired in 1986. He was married to Frances Smith from 1958 until she passed away in 1973.
They had four children, Anne Frances McShane of Milton, Del., Nancy Kupelian of Chincoteague, Va., James McShane of Broadheadsville, Pa., and Matthew McShane of Gilbert, Pa. James is also survived by a brother, Frank McShane; and a sister, Ann Lange, both of Philadelphia; four grandchildren, Alexis Irwin, Jake Truitt, David Farver and Madeline McShane; and one great-granddaughter, Abigail Totten.
A funeral was held Nov. 29. Burial was in St. Mary’s Cemetery in West Grove. Contributions in lieu of flowers may be made to the Hospice on the Eastern Shore. Online condolences may be made by visiting www.griecocares.com.
ESTHER GAMBILL WILSON
Esther Gambill Wilson, 93, of Lansing, N.C., died on Nov. 24 at the Westwood Hills Nursing & Rehab Center in Wilkesboro, N.C.
She was born in 1921 in Ashe County, N.C., to Samuel and Sarah Jane Miller Gambill. In years past, she worked as a civilian office clerk for the U.S. Navy.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Norman Marshall Wilson; and a brother, Ralph Gambill. She is survived by daughter Carolyn Brahe of Arlington, Va.; son Michael Wilson of New York, N.Y.; son Richard Wilson of Lansing, N.C.; one grandchild; three great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
A funeral was held on Nov. 26 in North Carolina. Burial will be on Dec. 5 at 3 p.m. in the Homeville Cemetery in Cochranville, Pa. Words of comfort and remembrance may be viewed or sent to the family at www.ashelawn.com.
LuAnn Keys, 58, of Nottingham, passed away on Nov. 25 at Lancaster General Hospital.
She was the wife of B. Wayne Keys, Sr., with whom she shared 40 years of marriage. Born in West Grove, she was the daughter of Nancy Tollinger Renier of Quarryville and the late Carl D. McVey, Sr. She graduated from Solanco High School in 1974. She was employed with Eschbach Bus Company in Holtwood for 14 years. She was a member of Nottingham Missionary Baptist Church. LuAnn enjoyed crossword puzzles, working in her flower bed, motorcycling with her husband, and she especially loved her grandchildren.
She is survived by two children, B. Wayne Keys, Jr., of Nottingham, and Karey J. Martin and her husband James of Quarryville; four grandchildren, Ashlynn Keys, Kirsten Martin, Jayven Keys and Adison Martin; two brothers, Mark McVey of Peach Bottom, and Carl McVey, Jr., of Quarryville; and three sisters, Carolyn Jamison of Peach Bottom, Denise Sennett of Bel Air, Md., and Joni Latham of Nottingham.
Funeral services were held Dec. 1. Interment was in the Nottingham Missionary Baptist Church cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the Nottingham Missionary Baptist Church, 303 W. Christine Rd., Nottingham, PA 19362. Online condolences may be made at www.elcollinsfuneralhome.com.
VIRGINIA LEE HEATH
Virginia Lee Heath, 82, of Kennett Square, and formerly of Oxford, passed away on Nov. 25 at her home.
She was the wife of the late James R. Heath, Jr. Born in Shady Valley, Tenn., she was the daughter of the late Alexander and Jane Flanagan Snyder. She was an avid reader and enjoyed singing, cooking, sewing clothes, playing bingo, going to the casinos, and watching game shows, soap operas and court TV. She especially loved her dog (Harley) and spending time with family. Her sense of fashion matched her personality --- all sparkle and shine. She had a great, fun-loving personality. Earlier in her life, she was employed with Chatham Acres Nursing Home for 17 years as a nurse’s aide. She loved her patients very much and put her whole heart into caring for them.
She is survived by three sons, James R. Heath, III (Susan) of New Providence, Gary L. Heath (Diane) of Greenville, Tenn., and Timmy A. Heath (Michele) of Quarryville; five daughters, Georgia I. Jones of Oxford, Judy A. Chamberlain (Joseph, Jr.) of Oxford, Darlene J. Webster (Walter) of Oxford, Patty J. Day (Michael) of Rising Sun, Md., and Barbara J. Heath of Kennett Square; caregiving granddaughter, Sherri Compton (Steve) of Rising Sun, Md.; 18 grandchildren; 37 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and one sister, Mary Watkins of Cleveland, Ohio.
Funeral services were held Dec. 2. Interment was in Oxford Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to Heartland Hospice, 5 Christy Dr., Suite 103, Chadds Ford, PA 19317; or The American Cancer Society, PO Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123. Online condolences may be made at www.elcollinsfuneralhome.com.
STEVEN CLAY ENGLE
Steven Clay Engle, 49, of Kennett Square, died on Nov. 25 at his home, surrounded by his family, after a two-year battle with cancer.
Born in West Grove, he was the son of the late R. LaVerne Engle, who died in 2006, and Cynthia (Winner) Engle of Kennett Square. Steve graduated from Kennett High School in 1982 and Messiah College in 1986 with a BA in human resource management. He was a production supervisor in the service industry, working for Cintas Company, Land O’ Lakes Company, and R&J Warehouse during his career. He was a Freemason and member of the Cumberland Star Lodge No. 197 and a lodge in Akron, Ohio. He enjoyed volunteering, helping animals, and was always willing to help those in need. He will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him.
In addition to his mother, he is survived by a brother, Chuck Engle and his wife Linda of Downingtown; niece Lauren Engle; and nephew Keith Engle and his wife Brittany; his companion, Dawn Bowman; his former wife, Sandy Kuhn Engle; and extended family in Ohio.
A visitation at 10 a.m. and a memorial service in celebration of Steve’s life will be at 10:30 a.m. on Dec. 6 at Unionville Presbyterian Church (815 Wollaston Rd., Unionville). Interment will be in Longwood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in his memory may be made to the SPCA of Chester County, 1212 Phoenixville Pike, West Chester, PA 19380; or Neighborhood Health Hospice, 795 E. Marshall St., Suite 204, West Chester, PA 19380. To view his online tribute and to share a memory with his family, visit www.griecocares.com.
ROSCOE C. BROWN
Roscoe C. Brown, 96, of Oxford, passed away on Nov. 24, surrounded by his loving family, at Jennersville Regional Hospital in West Grove.
Born in Grassy Creek, N.C., he was the son of the late Oscar and Clyde Grace Brown. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army Air Corps, and served in the Aleutian Islands during World War II. He was a member of the Ocklokonee Tribe No. 212 I.O.R.M., VFW Gray-Nichols Post No. 1779, and Oxford Mason Lodge No. 353 F.&A.M. He owned and operated Brown’s Plastering until he was well into his 80s.
He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Carmelita A. Yarrusso Brown; his son, Steven Brown of Oxford; two daughters, Gail Brown Vahey of Wilmington, and Antoinette Mitchell of Saxton, Pa.; eight grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; his brother, Jack Brown of Oxford; his niece, Janie Hannan of Wilmington, Del.; and additional nieces and nephews.
A Masonic service was held on Dec. 1 , December 1st, at the Edward L. Collins, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc. Interment with full military honors was in Oxford Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the VFW Gray-Nichols Post No. 1779 in c/o the Edward L. Collins, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc., 86 Pine St., Oxford, PA. Online condolences may be made at www.elcollinsfuneralhome.com.
DENISE M. BUSH
Denise M. Bush, 53, of Avondale, passed away on Nov. 30 at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia.
Born in West Grove, she was the daughter of the late Frank E. Bush, Sr., and Marie D’Antonio Bush. She 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 also enjoyed being with her cats, and her family and friends.
She is survived by two brothers, Frank E. Bush, Jr., and his wife Diana of Landenberg, and Jeffrey C. Bush and his wife Elaine of Perkasie, Pa.; one sister, Deborah A. Clary and her husband Truman of Oxford; her aunt, Helen Downing of Kelton; and nieces and nephews.
A visitation with family and friends will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. on Dec. 5 at the Kuzo & Grieco Funeral Home (250 W. State St., Kennett Square). Her memorial service will follow at 11 a.m. Burial will be private. In memory of Denise, a contribution may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1626 Locust Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103. Online condolences may be made by visiting www.griecocares.com.
VERNON B. PAISLEY
Vernon Brice Paisley, 77, of Landenberg, passed away on Nov. 26 at his daughter’s home in Clayton, Del.
Born in Landenberg, he was the son of the late James Herchell and Jessie Williams Paisley. He was a chemical research technician at Hercules, Inc., Wilmington, Del., for 38 years. He was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed fishing, hunting, archery and photography. He was a member of the Brandywine Long Rifles Club, where he won many awards for excellent marksmanship. He was also a member of the Delaware Bowbenders Archery Club, where he took part in many competitions. He enjoyed spending time at his cabin in Potter County, with his best friend Kevin Murphy, and driving around with his two dogs, Maggie and Molly.
Vernon is survived by one daughter, Julianne Paisley Corley of Clayton, Del.; one daughter-in-law, Julie Paisley of Landenberg; one brother, Raymond Edward Paisley of Landenberg; two sisters, Lillian Ruth Robins and Margaret Louise Hopkins, both of Landenberg; five grandchildren, Stephanie Paisley, Emily Paisley, Colton Squiccimara, Gabriel Corley and Natalie Corley; and his former wife, Judith Paisley Lusk. He was predeceased by one son, Vernon Brian Paisley; three brothers, Donald Hale Paisley, Joseph O’Brien Paisley and James Robert Paisley; and one sister, Faye Marie Paisley.
A visitation with family and friends will be held from 5 to 6 p.m. on Dec. 10 at the Kuzo & Grieco Funeral Home (250 W. State St., Kennett Square). His memorial service will follow at 6 p.m. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, a contribution in Vernon’s memory may be made to the National Audubon Society, Attn: Audubon Angel, 225 Varick Street, 7th Floor, New York NY 10014; or to the Pennsylvania Game Commission, 2001 Elmerton Avenue, Harrisburg, PA 17110. Online condolences may be made by visiting www.griecocares.com.
LAURA F. SLOAN
Laura F. Sloan, 92, of Oxford, went to be with the Lord on Nov. 21 at Ware Presbyterian Village.
She was the wife of C. Mercer Sloan, who passed away in 2006, and with whom she shared 64 years of marriage. Born in Spruce Grove, Pa., she was the daughter of the late Carl and Abigail Whiteside Furniss. She was a homemaker and a member of the Avondale Presbyterian Church.
She is survived by two sons, Robert Sloan and his wife Oksana of Perryville, Md., and William Sloan and his wife Karen of Millsboro, Del.; one daughter, Mary Elizabeth Bradley and her husband Larry of North East, Md.; one sister, Helen Shank of Lititz; three grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by two brothers, Carl Furniss and John Furniss.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Dec. 4 at the Avondale Presbyterian Church (420 Pennsylvania Ave., Avondale). Burial will be private. Online condolences may be made by visiting www.griecocares.com.