Obituaries for the week of Jan. 5
● By J. Chambless
RONALD B. DAVIS
Ronald B. Davis, 85, of West Grove, died on Dec. 28 at Twin Pines Health Care Center in Chatham.
He was the husband of Dollie Bonsall Davis, with whom he shared 65 years of marriage. Born in West Chester, he was the son of Cora Davis. He served our country during the Korean War in the Army. He was a truck driver and worked for several local companies during his career, including Mushroom Transportation in Kennett Square, Penn Supreme in Avondale and Longwood Manufacturing, where he also worked as a fabricator. He also delivered flowers for Barbers Florist in Kennett for some time. Most important in his life was spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Survivors include, in addition to his wife, one son, Kenneth J. Davis and his wife Claudia of Newark, Del.; one daughter, Cynthia Colvin and her husband Brian of Avondale; one brother, James Winchester of Kennett Square; seven grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by a son, Lawrence; two brothers, Charles and Morrie; and one sister, Ann.
A funeral was held Jan. 5. Interment was in Union Hill Cemetery in Kennett Square. Contributions in his memory may be made to The Alzheimer’s Association, 399 Market St., Suite 102, Philadelphia, PA 19106. To view his online tribute and to share a memory with his family, visit www.griecocares.com.
MATTIE OSBORNE PENNINGTON
Mattie Osborne Pennington, 90, of Avondale, passed away on Dec. 27 at the Pocopson Home in West Chester.
She was the wife of the late Ephraim Riley Pennington. Born in Ashe County, N.C., she was the daughter of the late William and Ella Roten Osborne. She was a homemaker. She enjoyed painting.
She is survived by six children, Ephraim R. Pennington, Jr. and wife Annette of Landenberg, Jannett Caldwell and husband David of Avondale, Gary D. Pennington of West Grove, William Paul Pennington and wife Paula of West Grove, Curtis D. Pennington of Downingtown, and Regina A. Pennington of West Chester; nine grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by an infant son, Larry Kent Pennington; and a granddaughter, Sandra Powers.
A graveside service was held Dec. 31 at Longwood Cemetery in Kennett Square. In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to Temple University Institutional Advancement, PO Box 827651, Philadelphia, PA 19182-7651. Make the check out to Temple University and write "Alzheimer's research" on the memo line. Online condolences may be made at www.elcollinsfuneralhome.com.
JOSEPH E. BENTZEL
Joseph E. Bentzel, 91, of West Chester, died on Dec. 25 at Bryn Mawr Hospital.
He was the husband of Patricia Jacoby Bentzel, with whom he shared 48 years of marriage. Born in York, Pa., he was a son of the late Ervin and the late Mae (Savage) Bentzel. He served our country during World War II as a Technical Sergeant in the Army Air Corps, successfully completing 30 combat missions in the European Theater, as a top turret gunner and engineer on a B-17 Bomber. He was very proud of his service to his country. He was a technician in the HVAC industry for many years and enjoyed several other professions during his life as well. He was a longtime member of Willowdale Chapel, where he participated in many prayer groups. He enjoyed listening to all kinds of music. Most important was quality time with his family, and he adored his grandchildren.
Survivors include, in addition to his wife, five children, Joseph Bentzel of California, Marianna Wolfmeyer of McHenry, Ill., Celeste LeFort (Robert) of Braintree, Mass., William S. Bentzel (Michelle) of Dun Ellen, N.J., and George K. Bentzel (Nancy) of Billings, Mont.; one brother, Andrew Bentzel of Tucson, Ariz.; one sister, Delores Kleinfelder of Ocean City, N.J.; eight grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. He was predeceased by a son, Barry.
A funeral was held on Dec. 30. Contributions in his memory may be made to Willowdale Chapel, 111 Marshall St., Kennett Square, PA 19348. To view his online tribute and to share a memory with his family, visit www.griecocares.com.
F. RONALD MCDONOUGH
F. Ronald McDonough, of Oxford, passed away on Dec. 23 at the age of 77.
He was born in 1937 in Kennett Square. He was the son of the late Joseph McDonough and Ethel Collins. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, where he served as a pilot's navigator, based in Texas.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 43 years, Edna T. McDonough. Also, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Edward and Bernard McDonough; and one child, Teresa McDonough. He is is survived his five children, 16 grandchildren, and 14 great-grandchildren.
Ronald spent his entire life in southeast Pennsylvania, where he enjoyed hunting and fishing, plus watching his children and grandchildren grow up. He will be missed by all who have known him over the years.
A funeral was held Dec. 30. Interment was in the Oxford Cemetery. Online condolences may be offered at www.ruffenachfuneral.com.
BARBARA ANN GARVER
Barbara Ann Garver, 69, of Coatesville, passed away on Jan. 1 at Heartland Hospice in Wilmington, Del.
She was the wife of Richard H. Garver, with whom she shared 45 years of marriage. Born in West Chester, she was the daughter of the late Graham and Leona Rich Heath. She was a certified nursing assistant at Chatham Acres for more than 37 years. She was a member of the Wesley United Methodist Church in Quarryville. She enjoyed reading, watching TV, and being with her family and friends.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by two sons, Ronald J. Heath (Deirdre Petrie) of Coatesville, and Butch Heath (Teresa Rice) of Newark, Del.; three daughters, Cheryl Atwood (Rob York) of Oxford, Anne Marie Hobson (Ron Fortin) of Elkton, Md., and Patricia Ann Cordero (Manuel) of Lincoln University; three brothers, George Heath of Coatesville, Warren Heath of Rising Sun, Md., and Cecil Heath of Chatham; three sisters, Kit Bennett of Nottingham, Mary Lou Bozette of Toughkenamon, and Bonnie Hilton of Coatesville; 16 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
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). Her funeral service will follow at noon. Burial will be private. In memory of Barbara, 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.
J. PAUL BUSH
J. Paul Bush, 96, of Hockessin, Del., formerly of West Grove, passed away on Jan. 1 at the Franciscan Care Center.
He was the husband of Elizabeth Greer Bush, who passed away in 2000, and with whom he shared 37 years of marriage. Born in West Grove, he was the son of the late James P. and Reba Buckalew Bush. He was a self-employed dairy farmer and a member of the West Grove Fire Company.
He is survived by a stepdaughter, Mildred Elizabeth Lillard of Honey Brook; and a sister, Helen Bush Downing of Kelton. He was predeceased by two sisters, Marjorie Bush Johnson and Betty Ann Bush; and three brothers, Charles A. Bush, Frank Bush Sr., and John Bush.
His graveside service will be at 10 a.m. on Jan. 7 at the New London Presbyterian Cemetery (Route 896, New London). Online condolences may be made by visiting www.griecocares.com.
ELSIE KATHERINE NORTH BLEVINS
Elsie Katherine North Blevins, 87, of West Chester, formerly of Oxford, died on Jan. 3 at the Pocopson Home in West Chester.
She was the wife of the late Lee G. Blevins, who died in 1983, and with whom she shared 40 years of marriage. Born in Wilmington, Del., she was a daughter of the late Benjamin Franklin and the late Grace P. (Denn) North. Most important in Elsie’s life were her family and friends, and she adored her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Survivors include one son, Ronald L. Blevins and his wife Tanna of West Chester; three daughters, Charlotte Yarnall (Penny) of West Grove, Marie Wingate (Jim) of New Castle, Del., and Linda Holton (Matt) of Harpers Ferry, Va.; two sisters, Virginia Pennington of Laurel, Del., and Barbara Woody of Georgetown, Del.; nine grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by five brothers, Paul, James, Benny, Allen, and Leon; and one sister, Mildred.
A visitation with family and friends will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. on Jan. 7 at the Kuzo & Grieco Funeral Home Inc. (250 W. State St.. Kennett Square). Her funeral service will follow at 11 a.m. Interment will be in Longwood Cemetery, Kennett Square. Contributions in her memory may be made to the Kennett Area Senior Center, 427 S. Walnut St., Kennett Square, PA 19348. To view her online tribute and to share a memory with her family, visit www.griecocares.com.