Obituaries for the week of June 22
● By J. Chambless
BRIAN A. SMITH
Brian A. Smith, 38, of Kennett Square, died on June 14.
Born in Baltimore, Md., he was the son of Ralph and Grace (Pappalardo) Smith. He was a 1995 graduate of Unionville High School, where he excelled in both hockey and lacrosse while participating in academically talented (AT) classes. In both sports, he earned several awards and excelled in AAA travel hockey, Team Philadelphia, and the Chicago Showcase a year earlier than most. Brian was severely injured in a car accident during his senior year of high school and left paralyzed. In spite of his condition, he remained charismatic and outgoing. Through his ups and downs, he handled himself with grace and determination. For five years, Brian enjoyed participating in the Bayada Regatta races in Philadelphia. Brian will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him. His impact on others will be known for years to come.
Survivors include, in addition to his parents, the love of his life, Wendy Wick and her kids Skylar and Josh; one sister, Kathleen Kolanko and her husband Frank and their children Mary Paige, Erin, Frankie, Nolan, Jamie and Crosby of Morrisville, Pa.; as well as aunts, uncles and cousins.
A funeral was held June 19. Contributions in his memory are encouraged to Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, 1095 NW 14th Terrace R-48, Miami, FL 33136, or www.themiamiproject.org. To view Brian’s online tribute, and to share a memory with his family, visit www.griecocares.com.
LUDDIE G. WRIGHT, JR.
Luddie G. Wright, Jr., of Oxford, went home to be with the Lord on June 15 at the Jennersville Regional Hospital.
He was the husband of Shirley Sanderson Wright, who passed away in 1989, and with whom he shared 40 years of marriage. Born in Arista, W. Va., he was the son of the late Luddie G. Wright, Sr., and Ethel Bennett Wright. Luddie was a radio operator for Amtrak, retiring in 1990 after 25 years of service. He served his country in both World War II and the Korean Conflict. He served on the USS Goldsborough. He was in seven major battles, and received six Bronze Stars and one Silver Star. He attended the State Line Baptist church. He was a member of the American Legion Post No. 475 in Rising Sun, Md., and the New London Masonic Lodge No. 545 F&AM. He enjoyed trains, gardening, western movies, reading western books, playing the slot machines at the American Legion, wildlife, and being with his family and friends. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather, and will be missed by all who knew him.
He is survived by four daughters, Mary Vick Madonna and her husband Rudolph of Fulks Run, Va., Pamela Gouge and her husband Ernest of Newark, Del., Carol McAllister and her husband Milton of Oxford, and Patricia Bush and her husband George of Cochranville; one sister, Patricia Winpigler of Myersville, Md.; 14 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by one sister, Eleanor Willard; two brothers, Bobby Lee Wright and Dale Wright; and one grandson, Jeremiah Gouge.
A funeral was held June 19. Burial was in Union Hill Cemetery in Kennett Square. In memory of Luddie, a contribution may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675. To leave an online condolence visit www.griecocares.com.
JEAN M. ROBERTS
Jean M. Roberts, 88, of Landenberg, passed away on June 17 at Calvert Manor Healthcare Center.
She was the wife of Jonathan “J.J.” Roberts, who passed away in 2001, and with whom she shared 54 years of marriage. Born in Bel Air, Md., she was the daughter of the late Wileynd Lydia Kennedy McMillan. Jean was an executive secretary at Hercules, Inc., in Wilmington for 20 years, retiring in 1972. After her retirement, she worked as a bookkeeper for her husband’s company, J.J. Roberts and Son Co. She was a member of the Toughkenamon Presbyterian Church. She enjoyed sewing, making her own clothing, and being with her family and friends.
She is survived by three sons, Kenneth J. Roberts and his wife Deborah of Landenberg, Brian J. Roberts and his wife Barbara of Avondale, and Paul J. Roberts and his wife Pam of Rising Sun, Md.; one brother, Swanson McMillan of Gainesville, Ga.; one sister, Lorraine Fraim of Gainesville, Ga.; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Her graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. on June 25 at the Union Hill Cemetery, Route 82, Kennett Square. Online condolences may be made by visiting www.griecocares.com.
ADA P. BOSWELL
Ada P. Boswell, 92, of West Chester, formerly of West Grove, died on June 16 at the Pembrooke Nursing home in West Chester.
She was the wife of the late Joseph Boswell, who died in 1973, and with whom she shared 30 years of marriage. Born in Cochranville, she was a daughter of the late Edward and the late Sara (Evans) Prange. Ada was a floor clerk for JJ Newberry in Kennett Square for many years. She loved TV and was a longtime member of the Calvary Baptist Church in Avondale.
Survivors include two sons, Joseph Boswell (Mary) of Nottingham, and Terry Boswell (Linda) of Honey Brook; one daughter, Sharon B. Boyer (Kevin) of West Grove; eight grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by eight brothers and sisters; and a daughter, Linda E. Fogleman, in 2006.
A funeral was held June 22. To view her online tribute and to share a memory with her family, visit www.griecocares.com.
CHARLES M. BARRINGER
Charles Minor Barringer, of Kennett Square, died on June 13 after a short decline.
He was born in 1920 in Locust Valley N.Y., the son of Lucy (Minor) and Paul B. Barringer, Jr. He graduated from Episcopal High School in Alexandria, Va., and from Princeton University in the class of 1942, later going on to receive his master's and doctorate degrees in chemistry from Princeton.
After participating in a Naval training program in the summer of 1940, Minor was commissioned in 1941 in the U.S. Navy, and served as assistant and then chief engineer on the destroyers USS Bristol and USS Trathen. He mustered out as a lieutenant commander in November 1945.
In December 1942, Minor married Mary M. Pratt, who predeceased him in 2012. They lived for 50 years on Center Mill Road before moving to Kendal in 2001. From 1949 to 1965, Minor worked for the E.I. DuPont Company in the organic chemicals and elastomers departments. He then resigned to engage in consulting and community service in minority business relations in Wilmington, where he helped found the West Center City Early Learning Center. He was also active in open space preservation and land use planning in Kennett Township and the Brandywine River watershed. He and Mollie were members of Christ Church in Greenville, Del.
Minor's interests included history, science, the environment, gardening, fly fishing, travel, meteorology, and woodworking. To the end of his life he kept up with current events and research on Alzheimer's disease, and kept in close touch with a far-flung family in Europe, Australia, and many areas of the U.S.
He is survived by his two daughters, Mary Barringer of Shelburne Falls, Mass., and her spouse, J Doster; and Elizabeth Barringer of Cambridge, Mass., and her husband John Clark; daughter-in-law Therese Barringer of Haddonfield, N.J.; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. His son, Charles M Barringer, Jr., predeceased him in 2010, as did a daughter, Lucy, in 1950. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Check www.griecocares.com for updates. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Minor's name to Canine Partners for Life, P.O. Box 170, Cochranville, PA 19330; or to the Red Clay Valley Association, 1760 Unionville-Wawaset Rd., West Chester, PA 19382; or to West Center City Early Learning Center, 600 N. Madison St., Wilmington, DE 19801. To view his online tribute or to share a memory with his family, visit www.griecocares.com.
JOAN M. SMYTH
Joan Marie Smyth, 62, of West Grove, died on June 18 at the Lankenau Hospital in Wynnwood.
She was the wife of Robert “Bob” Smyth, with whom she shared 40 years of marriage. Born in Chester, Pa., she was a daughter of the late Edwin and the late Joan Marie (Reilly) Murphy. Joan was a 1970 graduate of Avon Grove High school and a 1975 graduate of nursing school. She worked as an RN for over 25 years at Pocopson Home. She loved spending time with her family at home or at their cabin in Peach Bottom. She loved her home and was very proud of the beautiful landscape of trees, flowers and a koi pond. Over the years, she enjoyed doing all kinds of arts and crafts, including designing cakes, handmade dolls and painting gourds. She also liked camping, boating and fishing. She adored spending time with her grandchildren, and her Yorkies Bubba, Chachi and MoeMoe. She will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her, but her memory will live on for years to come.
Survivors include, in addition to her husband, one son, Jay A. Smyth and his wife Tonya of Landenberg; one daughter, Melissa McHugh and her husband David of Willow Street; her twin brother, Edwin Murphy of Toughkenamon; and five grandchildren, Brittney, Little Jay, Robbie, Lily and Aiden.
Services and interment will be held privately. Contributions in her memory may be made to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 15120, Chicago, IL 60693. To view her online tribute and to share a memory with her family, visit www.griecocares.com.
KATHLEEN P. SHATLEY
Kathleen Palcso Shatley, 61, passed away at her home after a nine-month battle with cancer.
She was the loving wife of Richard Shatley, with whom she shared 24 years of marriage. She was preceded in death by her former spouse, Paul Combs. She was the daughter of the late John and Elizabeth Palcso of Kennett Square. She worked at Phillips Mushroom Company in Kennett Square until her illness.
She is survived by her two sons, John Paul Combs of Mountain City, Tenn., and Christopher and wife Jennifer Combs of Avondale; her brother John and wife Clemence Palcso, and their children, Matt and Rebecca of Denver, Colo.; seven grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter.
A visitation with family and friends will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on June 25 at the Foulk & Grieco Funeral Home (200 Rose Hill Road, West Grove). Contributions in memory of Kathe may be made to the Neighborhood Health Hospice Service, 400 E. Marshall St., West Chester, PA 19385. The family would like to especially thank Troy and Ruth Shatley for their constant and loving care during the last days of her illness. Online condolences may be made by visiting www.griecocares.com.
JOHN A. CALIGIURI, SR.
John A. Caligiuri, Sr., 92, of West Grove, passed away on June 20 in the Coatesville VA Medical Center Hospice.
He was the husband of Theresa Biondi Caligiuri, with whom he shared 66 years of marriage. Born in Philadelphia, he was the son of the late Anthony and Antionette Mascara Caligiuri. John was a self-employed mushroom grower for 50 years, retiring in 1985. He was a member of Assumption BVM Church in West Grove, a fourth degree Knight in the Knights of Columbus and the VFW Post No. 5467 in Kennett Square. He was a member of the American Mushroom Institute for many years, and had served as past president. John served his country as a Corporal in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II. He served in Iwo Jima, where he was severely wounded and received a Purple Heart. He enjoyed gardening, growing fruit trees, was an avid golfer, and enjoyed being with his family and friends.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, John A. Caligiuri, Jr., of West Grove, and Perry Caligiuri and his wife Mary of Jensen Beach, Fla.; one daughter, Angeline Baughman and her husband Tom of West Grove; one brother, Anthony Caligiuri of Nottingham; four grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by one brother, Joseph Caligiuri, Sr.; and two sisters, Angeline Caligiuri and Mary Saganich.
A visitation with family and friends will be held from 9:30 to 11 a.m. on June 26 at the Assumption BVM Church (300 State Rd., West Grove). His funeral mass will follow at 11 a.m. Burial will be in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Route 82, Kennett Square. In memory of John, a contribution may be made to the Coatesville VA Medical Center Hospice, 1400 Black Horse Pike, Coatesville, PA 19320. Online condolences may be made by visiting www.grieoccares.com.
CONNIE L. GATES
Connie L. Gates, 70, of Oxford, passed away on June 15 at Jennersville Regional Hospital in West Grove.
She was the wife of the late Gordon E. Gates, Sr. Born in Havre de Grace, Md., she was the daughter of Pauline Prewitt Baker of Oxford and the late Leonard Baker.
She is survived by three sons, Kenneth Gates, Kevin Gates, and George M. Gates, all of Oxford; four daughters, Kristina Towner of Nottingham, Christine Gates of Conover, N.C., Karen Jennings of Rising Sun, Md., and Kelly Ragosta of Coudersport; 18 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a son, Gordon E. Gates, Jr.; brother, Steve Baker; sister, Dawn Baker; and infant brother, Ronald.
A memorial service was held June 19. Online condolences may be made at www.elcollinsfuneralhome.com.