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Obituaries for the week of Dec. 4-9

12/09/2014 03:02PM ● By J. Chambless


Janet Cady Newill, 89, of Dover, Del., passed away on Nov. 15.

Born in Passaic N.J., she was the daughter of the late Pierre Amzi Cady and Louise Edna (Polhemus) Cady. She received her nursing degree from Centenary Junior College and Columbia University, Columbia-Presbyterian School of Nursing. She worked and taught in the nursing field for many years. She was married to the late Vaun Archie Newill for 57 years.

She is survived by her three children, daughter Nancy and her husband Christopher Clagett; and two sons, James and his wife Maria, and William and his wife Kristen; and eight grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and her two brothers, Pierre Cady and Robert Cady.

Her family will always remember her love of traveling, cooking, gardening, service to community and church, compassion for others, and devotion to her children, grandchildren, and beloved husband of 57 years. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the P.E.O. Foundation (P.E.O. Foundation, 3700 Grand Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50312); the American Cancer Society; or your local church. A memorial service will be held at a later date.


Ernesto Perez-Alonso, 70, of Oxford, passed away on Nov. 30 at Chester County Hospital in West Chester.

He was the husband of the late Cynthia Macko Perez-Alonso. Born in Moca, Puerto Rico, he was the son of the late Aniceto and Francisca Alonso-Perez. He is survived by six brothers and sisters, Quino Perez of Kennett Square, Amelia Cortez of Oxford, Carmin Ferrer of Puerto Rico, Domingo Perez of Kennett Square, Gilberto Perez Alonso of Oxford, and Nestali Perez of Oxford. He was preceded in death by one brother, Francisco Perez; and a sister, Idalia Valentin.
Funeral services were held Dec. 5. Interment was in Oxford Cemetery. Online condolences may be made at


Mary C. Buchanan, 69, of Lincoln University, passed away on Dec. 2 at the University of Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia.

Born in Darby, she was the daughter of the late Edward and Loretta Cashin Buchanan. She was employed with the United States Forestry Service as an editor for 38 years, retiring in 2000. She was a member of Assumption BVM Church and the YMCA in West Grove.

She is survived by one brother, Edward R Buchanan (Karen) of Ocean View, N.J.; two sisters, Anna M. Dodson-Collins of Elkton, Md., and Theresa McManus (Buck) of Cambridge Springs; and many nieces and nephews.

A mass of Christian burial was celebrated on Dec. 4 at Assumption BVM Church in West Grove. Interment was in Ss. Peter and Paul Cemetery in Springfield. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the Assumption BVM Church, 300 State Rd., West Grove, PA 19390. Online condolences may be made at


Harland E. Moidel, 66, loving husband, devoted father, grandfather, brother and friend, went home to be with the Lord on Dec. 5, surrounded by his loving family.

His love and devotion to his family, as well as his steadfast belief in God, supported him in his battle with glioblastoma that ultimately gave him peace.

Harland was born in 1948 to Sanford and Dorothy (Bigman) Moidel in McKeesport, Pa. The family relocated to Southern California, where he was educated and served in the California National Guard. He lived for many years in the Houston, Texas, area, where he met and married his wife, Patricia, who survives him along with children Ryan Moidel and grandsons Haden and Braden of Baytown, Texas; Adam Moidel and granddaughters of Richmond, Va.; Brad and Jamie (Moidel) Stancik of Tomball, Texas; Edward and Rebecca Segovis and granddaughter Mia of Allentown, Pa.; Michael Segovis of West Grove; and Holly Moidel of West Grove. He is also survived by his sister, Janis (Moidel) Tower and her husband Steve of California; sisters-in-law, Pam (Mike) Edwards, Paula (Dean) Thompson of Ohio, and Monica Kibler of Texas. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother in-law, Peter Kebler; and niece, Colleen Kibler.

In his years of service to Comcast, Harland developed lifelong friendships with his colleagues in which he held close to his heart.

A prayer service will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Dec. 10 at Assumption BVM Church (300 State Rd., West Grove), where friends and family may visit from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. Interment will be in New London Presbyterian Church Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to one of the following organizations in Harland's memory: National Brain Tumor Society at 617-924-9997 or; or the American Cancer Society at 800-227-2345. For the American Cancer Society, please provide the funeral home information (Edward L. Collins, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc., 86 Pine St., Oxford, PA 19363). Online condolences may be made at



Thomas C. Rosazza, 80, of Avondale, passed away on Dec. 6 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, he was the son of the late Clarence O. and Fay Sluder Rosazza. He was a farmer at heart, and was a retired owner/operator of the family business, Glen Willow Orchards, in Avondale. He was a member of the Avondale Presbyterian Church, where he had served on the board of trustees. He was also a member and past president of the West Grove-Avondale Rotary Club, was a Paul Harris Fellow, a member and past president of the Chester Delaware County Fruit Growers Association (where he organized workers at the Farm Show), a member of the Pennsylvania State Horticultural Board (where he served on the peach and nectarine research committee), and a lifetime member of the Avondale Fire Company. He served many years of the London Grove Township planning commission, and as an assistant scout leader of Troop 191 in Avondale. He was an avid boater and a member of the Coast Guard Auxiliary.

 In addition to his wife, he is survived by one son, Stephen R. Rosazza and his wife Brenda of Avondale; one daughter, Janice F. Ramberger and her husband Chip of Avondale; two brothers, Ralph O. Rosazza and Richard P. Rosazza, both of Avondale; one sister, Shirley Ann Raimato of Kennett Square; three grandsons, Andrew Thomas Rosazza, Ryan Joseph Ramberger and Justin Thomas Ramberger; and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at noon on Dec. 16 at the Avondale Presbyterian Church (420 Pennsylvania Ave., Avondale). A visitation and luncheon will be held after the service. His viewing and burial will be held privately. In lieu of flowers, a contribution in Tom’s memory may be made to the Avondale Presbyterian Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 446, Avondale, PA 19311. Online condolences may be made by visiting


Shirl Lynn Grabenstein Sotak, 49, of Avondale, died on Dec. 5 at Seasons Hospice at Christiana Hospital after a two-year battle with cancer.

Born in Ridley Park, Pa., she was a daughter of Robert C. Grabenstein of Wilmington, Del., and the late Joan Willett Grabenstein. She 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 was a diversely experienced interior designer who worked as an aircraft interior designer for Atlantic Aviation and other commercial interior design firms -- Knoll, Mitchell Associates and Siegfied Group. Her excellent reputation with her clients and employers was well deserved. She enjoyed spending time outdoors, gardening, hiking, bike riding and going to the beach. She was passionate about motherhood and practicing yoga, which brought her joy, as did her time with friends and family, especially her daughters Elyse and Mia. She was a member of St. Catherine’s of Siena in Wilmington, Del.

Survivors include, in addition to her father, her beloved daughters Mia Lynn and Elyse Marie; two sisters, Dawn (Michael) Hamill and Joan (Lawrence) DeVaney; nephews Daniel, Sean, and

Charlie; and a niece, Lindsay.

A visitation with family and friends will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. on Dec. 13 at St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church (2503 Centerville Rd., Wilmington, Del.). Mass will be at 11 a.m., followed by a luncheon, also held at the church. Burial will be private in Union Hill Cemetery in Kennett Square. Contributions in her memory may be made to the Children of Shirl Sotak scholarship fund, which is being established. To view her online tribute and to share a memory with her family, visit


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