Obituaries for the week of March 16
● By J. Chambless
ERNESTINE ELAINE SANDERS DREW
Ernestine Elaine Sanders Drew, 91, of Kennett Square, died on March 1 at Linden Hall Nursing Home in Kennett Square.
She was the wife of the late Joseph D. Drew, who died in 2009, and with whom she shared 66 years of marriage. Born in Hanford, Calif., she was a daughter of the late Stanley and the late Eunice (Harper) Sanders. She was a member of Willowdale Chapel, where she participated in many groups. She was a member of the Kennett Area Senior Center, enjoyed flower gardening and crafting, and was an excellent seamstress. In her early years, she was a hairstylist for Demarco’s Beauty Salon in Broomall.
Survivors include one son, Gary Drew (Mo) of Germantown, Md.; three daughters, Sandra Crawford (Andy) of Kennett Square, Gwenn Spratt of California, and Patricia Keville of West Chester; 11 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by one brother and one sister.
A memorial service was held March 7. Contributions in her memory may be made to Neighborhood Hospice, 795 E. Marshall St., Suite 204, West Chester PA 19380. To view her online tribute and to share a memory with her family, visit www.griecocares.com .
JOHN F. FORLINO II
John Francis Forlino II, 65, of Oxford, died on March 3 at Christiana Hospital in Newark, Del.
He was the husband of Nancy Galati Forlino, with whom he shared 41 years of marriage. Born in Chester, Pa., he was a son of the late John F. and the late Mildred Irene (Goodchild) Forlino. He was a 1971 graduate of West Chester University. He was an industrial designer working for Nuart Graphics in West Chester.
Survivors include, in addition to his wife, one daughter, Erika Forlino of Downingtown; one brother, Jay M. Forlino and his wife Jacqueline of Landenberg; and several nieces and nephews.
A visitation with family and friends will be held from 9:30 to 11 a.m. on March 21 at the Kuzo & Grieco Funeral Home, Inc. (250 W. State St., Kennett Square). A memorial service celebrating his life will follow at 11 a.m. Interment will be held privately. Contributions in his memory may be made to the American Lung Association, 527 Plymouth Road, Suite 415, Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462. To view his online tribute and to share a memory with his family, visit www.griecocares.com .
HELEN ADA HACKMAN
Helen Ada Hackman, 91, of Avondale, passed away on March 6 at her residence.
She was the wife of Franklin Hackman, Sr., who passed away in 1995, and with whom she shared 53 years of marriage. Born in Pomeroy, Pa., she was the daughter of the late Clarence S. and Olga Flaharty Bailey. She was a homemaker, and enjoyed being with her friends and family.
She is survived by one daughter, Ruth Freeman and her husband Darrell of Avondale; one son, Franklin Hackman, Jr., and his wife Dorothy of Cochranville; one brother, Clarence Baily of Thompson, Ga.; one sister, Dolores Santiago of Jennersville: two grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by one daughter; Helen Baker; one sister, Amy Henry; three brothers, Harold, George and Quentin Baily; and two grandchildren.
A visitation with family and friends was held March 12. Burial was in Hephzibah Cemetery in East Fallowfield. In memory of Mrs. Hackman, a contribution may be made to Hospice Compassus, 1234 West Chester Pike, Suite 202, West Chester, PA 19382. To leave an online condolence or share a memory, visit www.griecocares.com .
Jacques “Jack” Stein, 96, died on March 7 in Jennersville.
He was born in 1918 to Oscar and Laura Schrenk Stein. He graduated from Northeast High School in Philadelphia in 1936. There, he was a star athlete in football, baseball, and track and field. He married Miriam Frances Holmes in 1944. They lived in Levittown, Pa., and Hilton Head Island, S.C.,. where he became an avid golfer. He was a lifelong Phillies fan who waited over 60 years to see them win their first World Series. A lover of classical and spiritual music, he played the cello and piano. He was a member of the Hilton Head Barbershop Quartet. He loved the Lord and attended many churches, in which he was a member of several choirs.
He is survived by three daughters, Helene Hendrixson, Jackie Herb, and Jeanine Smith; two sisters, Virginia Carpenter and Dorothy Beltz; four grandsons; three granddaughters; 17 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandsons.
His service will be held at a later date. Online condolences may be made by visiting www.griecocares.com.
DEWEY S. PRICE
Dewey S. Price, 87, passed away on March 7 at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.
He was the husband of Bonnie Mahala Price, with whom he share 56 years of marriage. Born in Creston, N.C., he was the son of the late Malcom and Margie Allen Price. He was a machinist at Wyeth Laboratories in West Chester for 13 years, retiring in 1987. He was a member of the Kennett Square Missionary Baptist Church in Kennett Square. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, gardening, and being with his family and friends.
In addition to his wife, Dewey is survived by five daughters, Priscilla Price of Forest Hill, Md., Laura Price of Kennett Square, Pamela Scully and her husband Patrick of Waterbury, Conn., Donna King and her husband Dubbie of Forest Hill, Md., and Joice Forrester of Staunton, Va.; one son, David Forrester of Kennett Square; one sister, Hazel Price of West Jefferson, N.C.; eight grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.
A service and burial were held March 14 in Creston, N.C. In memory of Dewey, a contribution may be made to the Kennett Square Missionary Baptist Church (408 Bayard Road, Kennett Square, PA 19348). Online condolences may be made by visiting www.griecocares.com.
WALTER R. MCKEE
Walter R. McKee, 61, of West Grove, passed away on March 4 at home.
He was formerly of Marcus Hook, Pa. He graduated from Chichester Senior High School, and attended both Temple University and Messiah College. He worked for Sun Transport for over 25 years, until the Sun Company sold the fleet. He had served as cook and steward on many of the large oil tankers. In his younger years, he volunteered at the United Methodist Camp, Pocono Plateau, during the 1970s, where he met Marie Calvert, who later became his wife on Jan 15, 1983 at First United Methodist Church of Media.
He is also survived by his sisters Sandra (Tim) Cislo, Wendy (Ben) VanCleve, and Trudy (Lou) Caratello; and many nieces and nephews.
A funeral was held March 13. Memorials may be sent in his name to the Pocono Plateau, 304 Pocono Plateau Rd., Cresco, PA 18326.
WILLIAM J. WINSLOW
William “Bill” Jensen Winslow, 66, of Oxford, formerly of Germany, passed away on March 8 at Jennersville Regional Hospital in West Grove.
He was the husband of Jennifer L. “JR” Rowland Winslow. Born in Pittsfield, Mass., Bill was the son of Edgar Willard Winslow of Lenox, Mass., and the late Gyda Katrina Jensen Winslow. He was employed with the U.S. government in Germany as an architectural engineer. He enjoyed reading and watching political news, and antiquing with his wife. He was also committed to rescuing cats in need and giving them a better life.
He is survived by his wife and partner of 21 years; father; sister, Linda Winslow of Washington, D.C.; and brother, David Winslow of Portland, Ore.
Services are private. In lieu of flowers, donations in his name may be made to Forgotten Cats, Inc., 4023 Kennett Pike, Suite 422, Greenville, DE 19807. Online condolences may be made at www.elcollinsfuneralhome.com.
WILLIAM K. MENDENHALL, JR.
William Kenneth Mendenhall, Jr., 83, of The Waterford, Juno Beach, Fla., passed away peacefully on March 10 after a hard-fought battle with pancreatic cancer.
He was born in 1932 in Englewood, N.J., son of the late William K. Mendenall, Sr., and the late Jeanne Pierce Mendenhall. He graduated from Leonia High School and studied at Hamden Sydney before joining the Navy in 1952 during the Korean War. He resumed studies at the University of Virginia, graduating in 1954. In 1955, he married Barbara and moved to Palo Alto, Calif., to study law at Stanford University, graduating in 1957.
Ken then had a successful career in the oil department of Citibank, moving with his family to London in 1960. In 1973, he set up the London merchant banking subsidiary of Banco Urquijo, which he ran for almost 15 years. In 1964, he bought a family home in East Grafton, Wiltshire which, by a twist of fate, was only a few miles from the village of Mildenhall in the Kennet valley, near the Marridge Hill home of his ancestor Benjamin Mendenhall, a Quaker who bought land from William Penn and emigrated to Kennett Square, Pa., in 1685.
In 1967, the purchase of an Irish draft mare called Cinderella sparked a lifelong passion for foxhunting and horse breeding. In 1992, Ken and Barbara began spending summer in Pennsylvania and spring in Florida, returning to Exmoor for the autumn. Being in Florida for spring training enabled Ken to renew his passion for baseball. Summers in Pennsylvania allowed him to pursue research into his family history. Ken shared his enthusiasm for entertaining, foxhunting, baseball, family history and Spanish culture with great zest. He will be missed by many friends on both sides of the Atlantic.
He is survived by his wife of 59 eventful and happy years, Barbara Suchy Mendenhall; his sister Jeannine McLaughlin of Kennett Square (George); son William Kenneth III of London (Mary Elisabeth); daughter Jennifer of Hyattsville, Md. (Michael); and grandchildren Pierce, Luke, and Tobias and Henry and Vivian. Services and burial will be private.
In lieu of flowers, a contribution may be made to Cancer Research Institute, 55 Broadway 1802, New York, NY 10006 (www.cancerresearch.org); or to Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation, 5300 East Avenue, West Palm Beach, FL 33407 (www.hpbcf.org, 561-494-6887). Online condolences may be made by visiting www.griecocares.com.
RICHARD L. STODDARD
Richard L. Stoddard, 72, of Nottingham, passed away on March 11 at his home.
He was the husband of the late Constance C. Cunningham Stoddard, with whom he shared 35 years of marriage. Born in Horseheads, N.Y., he was the son of the late Richard and Lois Nowlan Stoddard. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving in the Vietnam War. He was a self-employed truck driver. He was a member of the Ocklokonee Tribe No. 212 I.O.R.M. and the Mason Dixon Post No. 194 American Legion, in Rising Sun, Md. He enjoyed model trains.
He is survived by one daughter, Barbara S. Bowers and her husband Samuel, Jr. of York; three grandchildren, Samuel Bowers III, Nathan Bowers and Kristina Bowers; four sisters, Lois Brimmer, Linda French, Bonnie Hoffman, Connie Humphrey; one brother, James Stoddard; and Shelva Carl of New York.
A memorial service was held March 16. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Disabled American Veterans Chapter 90, 837 Lincoln Ave., West Chester, PA 19380. Online condolences may be made at www.elcollinsfuneralhome.com.
REBECCA L. CARTER
Rebecca Lynn Carter, 44, of West Chester, died on March 9 at her home.
Born in Washington, D.C., she was a daughter of David B. Carter of West Chester and Elizabeth M. (Roessler) Carter of Allentown. She was a 1988 graduate of William Allen High School, and a graduate from Muhlenberg College with a bachelor's in psychology. She earned her master’s in psychology at Chestnut Hill College. She was executive director of PA Foundations Online in West Chester from 2009 to 2014. She worked as a consultant to numerous non-profits in Chester County. Previously, she worked at Kids Peace in Lehigh Valley for over 14 years. She enjoyed geocaching, crossword puzzles, was secretary for The Chester County Thresholds Organization, and had a deep love for animals.
Survivors include, in addition to her parents and her stepmother, Constance Carter, two brothers, John A. Carter of Portland, Ore., and Andrew Carter of Tulsa, Okla.; three sisters, Amanda Bowersox of Allentown, Kristin Carter of Tennessee, and Deborah Carter of Boyertown; and six nieces, Ashley, Olivia, Jean, Brooke, Erin and Shelby.
A memorial service in celebration of Rebecca’s life will be held at a later date at Kennett Friends Meeting. Interment will be held privately. Contributions in her memory may be made to Thresholds of Chester County, P.O Box 1703, West Chester, PA, 19380. To view her online tribute or to share a memory with her family, visit www.griecocares.com.
RICHARD E. CROSSAN
Richard Earl Crossan, 83, died on March 2.
He was a member of the Farmville United Methodist Church in North Carolina, where he served in the United Methodist Men. He was a truck driver for 47 years at P.E. Kramme in Avondale. He was an avid sportsman, and loved hunting, fishing, and trap shooting. He also loved his grandsons and their sporting events.
He was preceded in death by his twin sister, Bess Daddario; and sister, Evelyn Neff. He is survived by his wife, Kay Crossan; Cyndi Lauderdale and husband Danny of Farmville; sisters Joyce Smith of West Grove, Beverly Piskel of Nottingham, and Martha Burgess of Newark, Del.; brother Edward Bassett of Chadds Ford; and grandchildren Dan and Cross Lauderdale.
A funeral has been held. Interment was in Hollywood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Farmville United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 153, Farmville, NC 27828.
Salvatore DiBenedetto, 95, of Toughkenamon, passed away on March 12 at the Jennersville Regional Hospital.
He was the husband of Jessie DeLaurentis DiBenedetto, with whom he shared 70 years of marriage. Born in Salle, Italy, he was the son of the late Pantelone and Loretta Lattanzio DiBenedetto. He was a self-employed mushroom grower, and owned and operated Magnolia Farms in Toughkenamon with his family, until his retirement in 1985. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was an avid reader, enjoyed cutting grass, and being with his family and friends. He was a member of St. Gabriel of the Sorrowful Mother Church.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by one son, Vincent DiBenedetto and his wife Nancy of Toughkenamon; two daughters, Donna Ferroni and her husband James of Avondale, and Sandra Bock and her husband Charles of Toughkenamon; one sister, Velda Salerni of Lansdale; six grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
His service and burial were private. In lieu of flowers, a contribution may be made to the American Heart Association, 1617 JFK Boulevard, Suite 700, Philadelphia, PA 19103. To leave an online condolence, visit www.griecocares.com.
HARRY W. KIRK, SR.
Harry Wesley “Pappy” Kirk Sr., 73, of Quarryville, passed away on Feb. 17 at home.
His death was ruled accidental. He passed away peacefully, surrounded by his loving family and hospice care. Born in 1941 in Fremont Pa., Harry was the son of the late Harry S. Kirk and Stella W. (Brown) Kirk. He was the husband of Linda C. (Custer) Kirk for 17 years. He attended Oxford High School, and later graduated from Thaddeus Stevens Trade School with an electrical degree in 1961. He worked for Refrigeration Control Technology in Reading, Pa., where he later retired in 1994. He was a Birthright Quaker (Eastland Friends Meeting). In his free time, Harry enjoyed hunting, fishing, and attending Native American pow-wows, where he was known as “Trapper.” In addition to the outdoors, Harry loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.
In addition to his beloved wife, Linda, he is survived by three sons, Harry W. Kirk Jr. of Lancaster, David P.S. Kirk of Frackville, Pa.; and Matthew D. Krassenstein and his wife Christy of Peach Bottom, Pa.; and one daughter, Andrea Kirk Trompeter Kirk of Quarryville. He is also survived by one brother, John D. Kirk of Fremont, Pa.; two sisters, Dorothy K. Freese and her husband Paul of Nottingham, and Patricia N. Newsome of Wellsville, N.Y.; and several grandchildren, Madeleine, Maxwell and Quinlan Trompeter, along with Matthew and Dylan Krassenstein. He was preceded in death by one brother, David P. Kirk, in 1965.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on March 21 at the Mechanic Grove Church of the Brethren, in Mechanic Grove, Pa. Friends may visit from noon to 1 p.m. at the church. A private inurnment will take place at the Eastland Friends Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Eastland Friends Meeting of Clark Coates, 51 Sleepy Hollow Rd., Nottingham, PA 19362; Lancaster Mennonite School, 2176 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster PA 17604; or to Hospice & Community Care, 1685 Good Drive, Lancaster PA 17604.