Obituaries for the week of March 23
● By J. Chambless
ANN E. HAGERTY
Ann E. Hagerty, 83, of Oxford, passed away on March 13 at Ware Presbyterian Village in Oxford.
She was the wife of the late Edward Hagerty. Born in Chester, Pa., she was the daughter of the late Charles and Mary Gatewood Pitts. She resided in Landenberg for most of her life, until she moved to Oxford in 2006. She was employed with Kaolin Mushroom Farms in Kennett Square for 23 years as Mr. Michael Pia’s personal secretary. In 1972, Ann was the founder and past member of the New Garden Art Association. She enjoyed gardening, wildlife, cats and painting.
She is survived by her two brothers, David Pitts and his wife Sharon of West Chester, and Donald Pitts and his wife Aileen of Milford, Va.; stepdaughter Nancy Kamm of Orlando, Fla.; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her adopted son, Charles Hagerty; and brother, Charles Pitts.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on March 28 at the Edward L. Collins, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc. (86 Pine St., Oxford), where friends and family may visit from 10 to 11 a.m. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the Chester County SPCA, 1212 Phoenixville Pike, West Chester, PA 19380. Online condolences may be made at www.elcollinsfuneralhome.com.
LAWRENCE M. KLEVANS
Lawrence M. “Larry” Klevans, 82, of West Grove, died on March 15 at his home in Jenner’s Pond Retirement Community.
Son of the late William and Bertha Klevans, he was born in Cleveland, Ohio, but grew up in Roaring Spring, Pa. He was a graduate of Penn State University with a BS in chemical engineering in 1954, and received a MS in chemical engineering from the University of Minnesota in 1956. While at Penn State, he was a member of Alpha Epsilon Pi social fraternity, Tau Beta Pi and Sigma Tau, engineering honor societies, the America Institute of Chemical Engineers, and the American Chemical Society. Also, he was a longtime member of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Newark, Del., where he served in many organizational capacities. He was a member of the Cecil County Board of Education from 1982 to 1992 and served as president for two of those years.
He was employed by the DuPont Company from 1956 until 1981 at the Chambers Works, and from 1981 to 1988 at the Barley Mill Plaza by the Agricultural Chemicals Department, retiring as a senior engineer. He worked an additional nine years for the U.S. Army Chemical Weapons Disposal Project, retiring in 1997 as chief of the Systems Acquisition Branch.
After retirement, he was involved in many non-profit organizations. He served as treasurer of the Fair Hill Nature Center, as president of the Cecil County Maryland School Board Nominating Convention, as a trustee for the Cecil County Public Library System, and as a tax-preparer and district coordinator for the local AARP Foundation Tax Preparation Group. Later, when he moved to Jenners Pond Retirement Community, he was active in the following committees: Residents’ Council, Arts and Entertainment and Woodshop.
Larry was a hot air balloon pilot and enjoyed flying his balloon, the Black Eagle, over the local area for 14 years. Also, he participated in major rallies such as the Albuquerque International Balloon Festival.
Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Judith Berman Klevans; his brother Edward Klevans of State College; three daughters, Mary-Lynn Jensen of Orlando, Fla., Jennie Lucier of Bradenton, Fla., and Barbara Klevans of Golden, Colo.; a son, Richard Klevans of Cary, N.C.; and five grandchildren.
A memorial service was held at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Newark on March 21. The family suggests that contributions be made the UUFN Endowment fund (420 Willa Rd., Newark, Del.); or the Jenner’s Pond Benevolent Care Fund. Online condolences may be made by visiting www.griecocares.com.
YOLANDA CIARROCCHI BUSH
Yolanda Ciarrocchi Bush, 89, of West Grove, died on March 14 at Neighborhood Hospice in West Chester.
She was the wife of the late John M. Bush, who died in 1989, and with whom she shared 36 years of marriage. Born in Toughkenamon, she was a daughter of the late Charles and the late Maria (Pappone) Ciarrocchi. She was a 1942 graduate of Kennett High School and a longtime parishioner of St. Gabriel Catholic Church in Avondale. From the 1970s to 1996, she was a travel agent for Bon Vivant Travel Agency, and more recently for Worldwide Travel from 1996 to 2011. She loved traveling, cooking for everyone, and most importantly, spending time with her family and grandchildren.
Survivors include two sons, John C. Bush and his wife Mary of West Grove, and Jim T. Bush of Toughkenamon; two brothers, Henry Ciarrocchi and his wife Edith of Avondale, and Albert Ciarrocchi of West Grove; two sisters, Edith Haney of West Grove, and Mary DiSerafino of Aston; four grandchildren, Christopher, Melissa, Cory and Brian; and sisters-in-law Mary Ciarrocchi of Greenville, and Helen Downing of Kelton. She was predeceased by a brother, Charles Ciarrocchi.
A funeral was held March 20 at Assumption BVM Catholic Church in West Grove. Interment was in St. Patrick Cemetery. Contributions in her memory may be made to Neighborhood Hospice, 795 E. Marshall St., Suite 204, West Chester PA 19380; or to American Macular Degeneration Foundation, PO Box 515, Northampton, MA 01061-0515. To view her online tribute or to share a memory with her family, visit www.griecocares.com.
ANDREW N. STEELE
Andrew N. Steele, 27, of Landenberg, passed away suddenly on March 15 in Paradise, Pa.
Born in West Chester, he was a son of James L. and Kimberly (Willard) Steele. He loved playing guitar and enjoyed all types of music. He was an avid reader of world history, enjoyed hiking at The White Clay Creek Preserve, and loved animals, especially his German Shepherd. Andrew attended Wilmington Christian School and Kennett High School. He was a compassionate, gentle and kind soul. He will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him.
Survivors include, in addition to his parents, one brother, Jamie Steele and his wife Catherine of Seattle, Wash.; aunts and uncles, Bob and Donna Willard and Jeff and Kathy Willard; and several cousins.
A funeral was held March 20. Interment was in New London Presbyterian Cemetery. Contributions in memory of Andrew may be made to County Corrections Gospel Mission, “City Gate” P.O. Box 1136, Coatesville, PA 19320. To view an online tribute, or to share a memory with his family, visit www.griecocares.com.
JOHN B. DEWEY
John B. Dewey, 92, passed away on March 16 in West Grove.
Born in 1922 in Syracuse, N.Y., John was the youngest child of Lillian and Maurice Dewey. He grew up in Warners, N.Y., and graduated from Warners High School in 1938. In 1940, he entered Cornell University’s School of Agriculture. In 1942, he joined the Navy and served as a pharmacist’s mate, second class, for two and a half years. Returning to Cornell in 1946, he became chancellor of Alpha Zeta fraternity, graduated in 1948 and married Marilyn A. Dulin in 1949.
Raised on a dairy farm in Warners, N.Y., John was always a farmer at heart who enjoyed the agriculture business, gardening, and livestock. A respected judge of dairy cattle who showed Ayrshires at the New York State Fair for 13 years, he was champion dairy cattle showman at Cornell in 1941. John started his professional career as editor of the Ayrshire Digest and in 1953 joined DuPont’s Agricultural Products division, where he held various product marketing and management positions until his retirement in 1986. Never wanting to just relax, John served on the landscaping committee at Jenner’s Pond for a number of years. John loved to garden and spend time in his yard. A simple and unassuming person, John took great pleasure in his family and friends. He was a very devoted husband to Marilyn, his wife of 65 years.
John is survived by a sister, Arlene; sons Michael and wife Denise, Robert, and Thomas; a daughter, Carol and husband Steve; and three grandchildren, Alex Burton, Catherine Burton, and Elizabeth Dewey.
A memorial service in celebration of both John and Marilyn’s lives will be held at 10 a.m. on March 27 at the Episcopal Church of the Advent (401 N. Union St., Kennett Square). Interment will be held privately in the adjoining church memorial garden. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Chester County 4-H Club, 601 Westtown Rd., Suite 370, West Chester, PA 19382. To view his online tribute and to share a memory with his family, visit www.griecocares.com.
Isabel Hernandez, 81, of Oxford, formerly of Las Piedras, P.R., passed away on March 17 at Twin Pines Health Care Center in West Grove.
She was the wife of the late Adalberto Serrano Casanova. Born in Las Piedras, P.R., she was the daughter of the late Eleutorio and Adela Hernandez Morales. She was a devoted Catholic who enjoyed ceramics, sewing, cooking and dolls.
She is survived by her four children, Jacqueline S. Lugo of West Grove, Wilberto Serrano of Oxford, Carmen F. Sanchez of Newark, Del., and Damaris Rivera of Oxford; six grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and two brothers, Rafael Ramirez of New York and Pedro Ramirez of Florida.
A memorial service was held March 20. Interment was private. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the National Kidney Foundation, Finance Dept., 30 East 33rd Street, New York, NY 10016. Online condolences may be made at www.elcollinsfuneralhome.com.
CAROL MARIE BUELL
Carol Marie Buell, 71, of Nottingham passed away on March 18 at her home.
She was the wife of the Robert Steve Buell, with whom she shared 50 years of marriage. Born in Philadelphia, she was the daughter of the late William Frances and Edith Mae Thanklingburg Devine. She was a member of the New London Baptist Church. She was also a member of Local 1776 United Food & Commercial Workers, American Legion Auxiliary Post 194 in Rising Sun, Md., and volunteered at Manna Ministries, located at the New London Baptist Church. She was employed with Acme Market and Tony’s Sub Shop in Oxford. She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, and cooking.
She is survived by her husband; one son, Steven Buell and his wife Missy of Oxford; one daughter, Marie Vazquez of Coatesville; one stepson, Richard Allen Buell and his wife Judy of Syracuse, Ind.; eight grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; one brother, James Devine and his wife Brenda of New Jersey; and one sister, Linda Devine of New Jersey.
Funeral services were held March 23. Interment was in Nottingham Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to Manna Ministries, 226 Pennocks Bridge Road, West Grove, PA 19390. Online condolences may be made at www.elcollinsfuneralhome.com.
CORRIN N. CORBIN
Corrin N. Corbin, 79, of Avondale, passed away peacefully on March 17 at the Jennersville Regional Hospital.
Born in Altoona, he was the son of the late Miriam and Edgar A. Corbin, Sr. A graduate of Altoona High School and Lock Haven University, he was a teacher at Kennett High School. He joined the DuPont Company in 1960. In 1986, he was named director of apparel marketing.
Corrin is survived by his wife, Joanna; his sisters, Wenda Clouser and Rosella DeRiemer; his son, Russell; daughter, Claudia; stepdaughters Jennifer Thomas (Jeff), and Allison Leizear (Dennis); and two grandchildren, Alexandra and Nathan Thomas. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Edgar A. Corbin, Jr.; his sister, Madeline Wagner; and his daughter, Dayle Rutledge.
A celebration of life service will be held at 11 a.m. on March 28 at the St. Michael Lutheran Church (109 E. Doe Run Rd., Unionville). In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the National Kidney Foundation (www.kidney.org). Online condolences may be made by visiting www.griecocares.com.
FRANCIS R. DIFILIPPO
Francis “Frank” R. DiFilippo, 92, of West Grove, died on March 22 at Jennersville Regional Hospital in West Grove, surrounded by his beloved granddaughters.
He was the husband of Miranda Quartessi DiFilippo, who died in 2004, and with whom he shared 59 years of marriage. Born in Camden, N.J., he was the son of the late Nazarene and the late Mary Genova DiFilippo. He served our country during World War II in the Army, and was stationed all over Europe. He owned and operated DiFilippo mushrooms in Avondale for many years, and late in his career, he worked for PECO in West Grove. He was a member of Assumption BVM Church in West Grove. He enjoyed playing cards with his buddies at “Tuffies Club.” Most of all, Frank cherished his time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Survivors include three granddaughters, Kelly Neely (Brian) of West Grove, Beth Decker (Mike) of Landenberg, and Andrea Sarkissian (Dan) of Avondale; eight great-grandchildren, Lauren, Matthew, Miranda, Joey, Andrew, Julia, Lyla and Jude; one brother, James L. DiFilippo (Mae) of Wilmington, Del.; and his daughter-in-law, Barbara DiFilippo McGee (Ed) of West Grove. In addition to his wife, he was predeceased by his son, Frank P. DiFilippo, in 1999; two sisters; and four brothers.
A visitation with family and friends will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. on March 26 at Assumption BVM Catholic Church (300 State Rd., West Grove). His mass of Christian burial will follow at 11 a.m. Interment will be in St. Patrick Cemetery in Kennett Square. Contributions in his memory may be made to Avondale Fire Company, 23 Firehouse Way, Avondale PA 19311. To view his online tribute and to share a memory with his family, visit www.griecocares.com.
GEORGE T. BUSH, SR.
George Thomas Bush, Sr., 71, of Oxford, passed away on March 23 at his home.
He was the husband of Dorothy Broomell Bush, with whom he shared 41 years of marriage. Born in West Chester, he was the son of the late Lawrence and Anna Mary Nickel Bush. He was employed with Lukens Steel, Lenape Forged Products and Timet Company as manager of the maintenance department. He was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, and served in the Vietnam War. George enjoyed fishing and coin collecting. He also enjoyed working on John Deere tractors.
He is survived by his wife; one son, George T. Bush, Jr.; one daughter, Lisa Crews and her husband Alvin; one sister, Eleanor; five grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on March 27 at the Edward L. Collins, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc. (86 Pine St., Oxford), where friends and family may visit from 10 to 11 a.m.
Interment with full military honors will be in Oxford Cemetery. Online condolences may be made at www.elcollinsfuneralhome.com.