Obituaries for the week of Jan. 19
● By J. Chambless
WANDA EDMONDSON MARINE
Wanda Edmondson Marine, 86, a longtime resident of the Wilmington-Newark area, passed away with her son in Colorado Springs, Colo., on Dec. 13.
She was the wife of the late Romeo R. Marine, who passed away in 1978. She was born in Mount Hope, W.Va., but spent her early years in Ashe County, N.C., before moving north to Kennett Square. Wanda spent her entire working career with the DuPont Company, and after retiring, volunteered for a number of years with The Kalmar Nychel Foundation. She thoroughly enjoyed her volunteer work and often reminisced about it.
She is survived by two sons, David J. Marine and his wife Mary Jo of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Mark C. Marine and his wife Noom of Abilene, Texas; one sister, Bernice Little of Landenberg; two granddaughters, Melanie Marine West of Bethesda, Md., and Kara Marine of Castle Rock, Colo.; a grandson, Shawn Starcevic of Chillicothe, Ohio and his daughter Caralina; numerous nephews, nieces, and cousins; and her best friend, Helen Ferris of Wilmington, Del.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Jan. 24 at the Kuzo & Grieco Funeral Home (250 W. State St., Kennett Square. Inurnment will be in St. Patrick’s Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Gentiva Hospice at www.gentivahospicefoundation.org. Online condolences may be made by visiting www.griecocares.com.
JUAN ROSA CANDELARIA
Juan Rosa Candelaria, 94, of Oxford, passed away at his residence on Jan. 13.
He was the husband of Juana Rosa Machado, who passed away in 2006, and with whom he shared 47 years of marriage. Born in Barcelona, Puerto Rico, he was the son of the late Eulalio Rosa and Dionisia Candelaria. He enjoyed reading his Bible and preaching the Word.
He is survived by his nine children, Lolita Avila, Carmen Cortez Perez, Isabel DeShields, Ernesto Rosa, Antonio Rosa, Maria Luisa Maisonet, Ada Salcedo, Juan Rosa Colon and Julian Rosa; 27 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.
A funeral was held Jan. 17. Burial was in Union Hill Cemetery in Kennett Square. Online condolences may be made by visiting www.griecocares.com.
Mary Saganich, 94, of Oxford, peacefully went to be with the Lord on Jan. 13 at Jennersville Regional Hospital.
Born in Philadelphia, she was the daughter of the late Antonio and Antoinette Mascaro Caligiuri.
She was a wonderful, compassionate woman who always had an open heart and an open door. Her unconditional love and laughter were always apparent to those around her. She was a faithful servant to God throughout her life, even until the very end, and attended Sacred Heart Church in Oxford.
She is survived by her sons, William, Raymond, Daniel and Michael Saganich; daughter, Maryann Kellett; and brothers, John and Anthony Caligiuri. She is also survived by many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, a sister, two grandsons, and a great-granddaughter.
A funeral was held Jan. 16. Interment was in the Oxford Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in Mary’s name can be made to The Little Sisters of The Poor, Holy Family Home, 5300 Chester Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19143. Online condolences may be made at www.ruffenachfuneralhome.com.
ROBERT M. CHANDLER
Robert M. Chandler, 90, of Jenner’s Pond in West Grove, formerly of Wilmington, has passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family.
He was born in Buffalo, N.Y., to Anieta E. (Hageter) and Theodore W. Chandler. After graduating from high school, he began his freshman year in the College of Forestry at Syracuse University in 1942. He enlisted in the U.S. Army Signal Corps in March 1943, and served in Gen. Patton’s Third Army in Europe, earning five battle stars. Upon returning from World War II in December 1945, he married his high-school sweetheart, Dorothy E, Church (who died in 2013), with whom he was happily married for 68 years.
He earned a BS degree in organic chemistry from Miami University in Ohio in 1948, and a MS degree in organic chemistry from Syracuse University in 1950. He then began his 36-year career at the Du Pont Company as a chemist in pioneering research. Later, he helped develop the first synthetic fibers used in knitted and woven apparel fabrics. He was granted two U.S. patents and eventually retired in 1986 as a textile fiber account manager. He was involved in the Boy Scouts for more than 60 years, earning his Eagle Scout award and continuing his Boy Scout service as Cubmaster, Assistant Scoutmaster in three troops, and as Explorer Post Advisor. He was awarded the Scout Award of Merit for his service to the Wilmington District.
As a 47-year member of the Episcopal Cathedral Church of St John, he taught Sunday school and was awarded "Mentor of the Year" for his volunteerism in the church after-school mentoring program for urban children. For 12 years, Bob and his wife enjoyed organizing volunteers who cooked breakfast for the homeless at Friendship House in Wilmington. As a member of the church vestry, he helped provide housing for the poor through Cathedral rental properties. Professionally, he was a member of the Textured Yarn Association of America, and served as president of the Carrcroft Civic Association for several years. An avid golfer, birdwatcher, fisherman and sailor, he took great pleasure traveling and spending time with his family.
He is survived by his three children, Robert R., Barbara (Hallett), and Gary; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held Feb. 21 at 11 a.m. at the Episcopal Church of the Advent (401 N. Union St., Kennett Square). A reception will follow in the parish hall. Contributions in his memory should be made to the American Diabetes Association, 150 Monument Road, Suite 100, Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004. To share a memory with Bob’s family, visit www.griecocares.com.
VINCENT A. ANDERSON
Vincent A. Anderson, 101, of Kennett Square, passed away on Jan. 14 at Artman Lutheran Home in Ambler, Pa.
He was the husband of Vandella Wolfe Anderson, with whom he shared 72 years of marriage. Born in Grassy Creek, N.C., he was the son of the late Harrison Bert and Willie Blanche Haverder Anderson. In his earlier years, Vincent worked on the family farm, plowing fields and milking cows. He later worked in the mushroom business and retired after 14 years of service with Lukens Steel in Coatesville. He was a resident of Kennett Square for over 50 years. He was a member of the Bethel AME Church in Kennett Square, and a former member of the York Rite Masonic Lodge in Gary, W.Va. He enjoyed tending to his vegetable garden, watching the Phillies, and spending time chatting with friends.
He is survived by his loving wife; and one son, Vincent E. Anderson and his wife Diane of Glenside. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Diana L. Anderson.
A home going service will be held at 10 a.m. Jan. 24 at Bethel AME Church (300 W. Linden St., Kennett Square), where friends and family may visit from 9 to 10 a.m. Interment will be in Union Hill Cemetery in Kennett Square. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to Bethel AME Church. Online condolences may be made at www.elcollinsfuneralhome.com.
FRANCES M. PIA
Frances M. Pia, 84, a lifetime resident of Kennett Square, passed away on Jan. 14 at the Chester County Hospital.
She was the wife of Bruno J. Pia, who passed away in 2002, and with whom she shared 52 years of marriage. Born in Wilmington, Del., she was the daughter of the late Frank and Secondina Olivieri Baccino. She was a homemaker who enjoyed cooking and gardening, and she was a St. Francis to all animals. She was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church and the Kennett Area Senior Center. She was a beloved mother and friend to many, and loved by all who knew her. She practiced her Christian principles by her many actions and by the way she lived her life.
She is survived by one son, Bruno R. Pia of Avondale; one daughter, Theresa "Terry" Pia of Kennett Square; one sister, Louise Saccucci of West Grove; three grandchildren; and one great-grandson. She was predeceased by one daughter, Julia Pia; one brother, Angelo Zunino; and one sister, Marie Pia.
A gathering with family and friends will be held from 8:15 to 9:15 a.m. on Jan. 21 at the Kuzo & Grieco Funeral Home (250 W. State St., Kennett Square). Her Funeral mass will follow at 10 a.m. at St. Patrick’s Church (212 Meredith St., Kennett Square). Burial will be in St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Kennett Square. In her memory, a contribution may be made to St. Patrick’s Church (205 Lafayette Street, Kennett Square, PA 19348), Online condolences may be made by visiting www.griecocares.com.
JOHN MCLAUGHLIN, JR.
John "Chooch" McLaughlin, Jr., 76, of Cochranville, died on Jan. 17 in West Grove.
He was predeceased by his wife, Barbara Shelton McLaughlin, and was the loving companion of Kathleen Johnston for the last six years. Born in West Chester, he was the son of the late John and the late Blanche (Zell) McLaughlin. He served in the Army for over six years in the 1950s. He was a corrections officer at Chester County Prison, retiring in 2000. He was a member of four VFW’s in Kennett Square, Oxford, Hockessin and Christiana, and the Italian American Club. He was an avid Eagles and Phillies fan, and also enjoyed NASCAR, fishing and hunting.
In addition to Kathleen, he is survived by one son, John McLaughlin (Mary) of Elkton Md.; one daughter, Kathy Sylvester (Shawn) of West Grove; two stepsons, Tim Shelton of Delaware and Kerry Shelton Oxford; grandchildren, Katie, Brett, Dean, Brandon, Alison (David) and Jason; and great-grandchildren, Emily and Kathryn.
A visitation with family and friends will be held from 11 a.m. to noon on Jan. 21 at the Kuzo & Grieco Funeral Home Inc. (250 W State St., Kennett Square). A funeral service will follow at noon. Interment will be in Union Hill Cemetery. Contributions in his memory may be made to Kennett Square VFW Post 5467, P.O. Box 126 Kennett Square, PA 19348. To view his online tribute and to share a memory with his family, visit www.griecocares.com.
FLOYD N. ENGLAND
Floyd N. England, 87, of Oxford, passed away at Calvert Manor Healthcare Center on Jan. 14, surrounded by his family.
Born in Zion, Md., he was one of 13 children of the late Ross and Erma Smith England. He attended Oxford Area Schools and was a veteran of the U.S. Army and Merchant Marines, having been stationed in Puerto Rico. He was Presbyterian by faith, a lifelong resident of Oxford, and a carpenter by trade. He was a 50-year member of Laborers’ International Union of North America. He enjoyed gardening, carpentry, mowing grass, and the Phillies. He was a gentle man who enjoyed socializing at Lanco Beagle Club and with the Fraternal Order of Eagles. He was a devoted husband, loving father and grandfather who will be dearly missed.
He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Barbara Fisher England of Oxford; four sons, Joseph (Mary), William (Kelly), Steven (Susan) and Charles (Judith), all of Oxford; 16 grandchildren; one great-grandson; one brother, John England (Grace) of Oxford; three sisters, Verna England Kirk (Donald) of Dover, Del., Laura England of Toledo, Ohio, and Pat Ferguson (Weldon) of Chestertown, Md.; and a host of nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by four brothers, Roger, Leroy, Willard and Donald England; and four sisters, Doris Reisler, Ethel Wiggins, Hilda Jones, and Vera England.
Family and friends are invited to attend a memorial service on Jan. 24 beginning at 10 a.m. at Nottingham Presbyterian Church in Nottingham, Pa. Interment will be at Oxford Cemetery immediately following. In lieu of flowers, donations in Floyd’s memory can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 399 Market Street, Suite 102, Philadelphia, PA 19106. Funeral arrangements are being handled by the Ruffenach Funeral Home of Oxford.