Obituaries for the week of July 27
● By J. Chambless
GEORGE K. CLAUSIUS
George Kenneth Clausius, 76, of West Grove, died on July 17 at his home, surrounded by his family.
He was the husband of the late Sandra Newlin Clausius, with whom he shared 30 years of marriage, and Ruth Detterline Clausius, with whom he shared 14 years of marriage. Born in Buffalo, N.Y., he was a son of the late Daniel Oliver and the late Louise (Kramer) Clausius. George served in the USMC from 1956 to 1962. He was a pipe fitter for Scott Paper until 1998. He then worked as a court officer at the Media Court House before moving to Southern Chester County to the Villages at Penn Ridge, where he served on the board of directors. He enjoyed traveling and camping in his travel trailer with his family in Lewistown, Pa. He played his favorite game of golf with his friends, and also enjoyed fishing. In recent years, he volunteered at Jennersville Regional Hospital and attended Avondale Presbyterian Church.
Survivors include, in addition to his wife Ruth, three daughters, Marsha June (Jim), Debra Eichler (Mike McLaughlin) Carol Clausius (Rene); two stepdaughters, Karen Knorr, and Nancy Addison; four sisters, Diane Bowden, Darlene Orlando (Tom), Nancy Chadwick (Roy) and Sandra Higgins (Bill); one brother, Wayne Clausius (Joanne); his sister in-law Donna McCann (John); five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
A visitation with family and friends was held July 23. Contributions in his memory may be made to the Avondale Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 446, Avondale, PA 19311. To view his online tribute and to share a memory with his family, please visit www.griecocares.com.
John Q. Greer, Sr., 91, of Nottingham, died on July 5.
He served in the 102nd Signal Company in World War II in northern France, and in the Korean War. He was a painter by trade.
He is survived by two sons, John Greer, Jr., and wife Pam of Nottingham, and Tom Greer and wife Susan of Raleigh, N.C.; and two daughters, Susann Brown and husband, Mike of Oxford, and Cheryl Greer of Rising Sun, Mass.; eight grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. He was married to the late Gladys Pyle Greer for 56 years. She preceded him in death in 2006. Services were private.
A. Preston Walker, 9l, of Kemblesville, passed away unexpectedly at Christiana Hospital on July 19.
He was the husband of Delena (Amoroso) Walker, with whom he had shared 63 years of marriage. Born in Chadds Ford, he was the son of the late Albert and Ada Weigard Walker. He attended the Christian Life Center in New London Township. He was retired from M&G Convoy, where he was an owner/operator car hauler. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, square dancing, traveling, bird watching, gardening, playing cards, and spending time with his children and grandchildren.
He is survived by his wife; two children, Daria W. (husband Arthur), Derek P. (wife Lisa); four granddaughters, Amanda Kreider, Lindsay K. Verdegem (husband William), MacKenzie Walker and Sophia Walker; sister, Elizabeth W. McGibbon of Coatesville; numerous nieces and nephews; and his beloved dog, Buddy. He was preceded in death by his brother, Wesley W. Walker.
Funeral services were held July 23. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to The Christian Life Center, 125 Saginaw Road, New London Township, PA 19352. Online condolences may be made at www.elcollinsfuneralhome.com.
LOUISE KUERNER EDWARDS
Louise Kuerner Edwards, 93, of Cochranville, passed away peacefully at her home on July 19, surrounded by her family.
She was the wife of the late Paul H. Edwards, who passed away in 1990, and with whom she shared 51 years of marriage. Born in Germany, she was the daughter of the late Karl and Anna Kuerner of Chadds Ford. She enjoyed spending time with friends and family, gardening, and listening to her favorite bluegrass music, living on the family farm, and traveling to the Smoky Mountains in Tennessee. She will be deeply missed by her daughter Catherine and her son-in-law Duane of East Tennessee; and her son, Philip of Cochranville; four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and one great-great-granddaughter; brother, Karl; and two sisters, Lydia and Clara. She was preceded in death by a son, Wayne; and sister, Elizabeth.
Funeral services were held on July 24. Interment was in Union Hill Cemetery in Kennett Square. The family would like to thank the staff of Brandywine River Valley Hospice, especially Louise’s nurses, Kerry Oswald and Beverly Stezemienski, for the wonderful care they provided to her in her home. Online condolences may be made at www.elcollinsfuneralhome.com.
John “Jack” F. Styer, 87, of Kennett Square, passed away on July 19 at Crosslands Retirement Community.
He was the husband of Elizabeth Logue Styer, with whom he shared 64 years of marriage. Born in Philadelphia, he was the son of the late J. Franklin and the late Alice Siegfried Styer. Jack graduated from Penn State University with a degree in horticulture. He was the owner of Styer’s Nursery & Garden Center in Concordville. He served on the board of the Pennsylvania Nurserymens Association and several other industry associations. He was a member of Concord Meeting and recently had served on the board of the Hickman in West Chester.
He is survived by one sister, Ann Styer Aines and her husband Phillip of Centennial, Colo.; sisters-in-law, Daurice Logue Grubbs (Robert C.) and Martha Logue Mendenhall; and beloved nieces and nephews.
A visitation with family and friends will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. on Aug. 2 at the Avondale Presbyterian Church (420 Pennsylvania Ave., Avondale). A memorial service celebrating his life will follow at 3 p.m. Interment in Concord Friends Meeting Cemetery will be held privately. Contributions in his memory may be made to the Avondale Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 446, Avondale PA 19311. To view his online tribute and to share a memory with his family, visit www.griecofuneralhomers.com.
JIM C. BEAVER
Jim C. Beaver, 85, of West Grove, died on July 22 at Neighborhood Hospice in West Chester.
He was the husband of M. Lorraine Spitler Beaver, with whom he shared 64 years of marriage. Born in Port Trevorton, Pa., he was the son of the late Ralph J. and the late Margaret (Heiser) Beaver. He earned his bachelor and master's degrees from Penn State University. He was a teacher at Avon Grove High School from 1952 to 1986, and Lincoln University from 1969 to 2000.
Survivors include, in addition to his wife Lorraine, one daughter, Andrea Lorraine Tidlow (John) of Virginia; one son, Maxwell Beaver of West Grove; one sister, Helen Mitchell of Thompsontown, Pa.; and two grandchildren. He was predeceased by a daughter, Tamara Jill, in 1975.
A funeral was held July 28. Interment was in Union Hill Cemetery in Kennett Square. Memorial contributions in memory of Mr. Beaver may be made to the Jennersville YMCA C/O Theatre Programs, 880 W. Baltimore Pike, West Grove, PA 19390 (www.ymcagbw.org/donate). To view his online tribute and to share a memory with his family, visit www.griecocares.com.
DANIS LEE JONES
Danis Lee Jones, 98, of Rising Sun, Md., formerly of Oxford, passed away on July 22 at Calvert Manor Healthcare Center in Rising Sun.
She was the wife of the late William Lonnie Jones. Born in West Jefferson, N.C., she was the daughter of the late Jesse Abner and Minnie Jane Johnson Severt. She was a member of Kennett Square Missionary Baptist Church.
She is survived by three daughters, Annabelle Prewitt and her husband Richard of Oxford, Georgia Mayhorn and her husband Jack of Newark, Del., and Joyce Frampton and her husband Richard of Oxford; five grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; five sisters, Jessie Absher of Laurel Springs, N.C., Betty Ball and Leafie McNeil, both of West Jefferson, N.C., Kay Brooks of Lumberton, N.C., and Marsha Teaster of Grassy Creek, N.C.; and two brothers, Jack Severt of West Jefferson, N.C., and Ray Severt of Michigan. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Mary Lou Hayworth; seven brothers; and one sister.
A graveside service was held July 25 at Oxford Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Kennett Square Missionary Baptist Church, 408 Bayard Rd., Kennett Square, PA 19348. Online condolences may be made at www.elcollinsfuneralhome.com.
THOMAS C. BONIFACINO
Thomas Carl Bonifacino, 71, passed away peacefully at Mayo Clinic on July 20, after a brief battle with cancer.
Born in 1944 in West Grove, Tom was a retired mushroom grower and more recently known as Chef Tom, owner and operator of The Hamilton Cafe, where he pursued his love for cooking with his wife, Marie, in Jacksonville, Fla. He also enjoyed fishing and car races.
He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Marie; five children, Melissa Nicotera (Chuck), Gregory Bonifacino (Maria), Rebecca Crowers (Matthew), Mark O'Steen (Amy), Sarah O'Steen (John); and the joys of his life, his seven beautiful grandchildren. Tom was preceded in death by his parents, Ernest and Julia Bonfiacino; and his beloved son, Thomas Carl Bonifacino, Jr. A celebration of life will be held at a later date.
Sabrina Barclay of Landenberg, born Sabrina Ann Eller, died at the age of 35 on July 21.
She was lovingly surrounded by close family as she passed away peacefully at Christiana Hospital. She was very kindhearted and generous, always genuinely concerned for the well-being of others. Sabrina had a strong love for her family, the most important part of her life. She was a free spirit and now in eternal life her spirit is truly free.
Sabrina will be dearly missed by her sons Tyler Eller and Dustin Kendrick, Jr.; husband William Barclay; her mother Delores Mattson; her father Larry Eller, Sr.; siblings Larry Eller, Jr., and wife Theresa, Matt Mattson, Jeremy Eller, Shaun Eller, Jessica Eller, Nancy Eller, and Crystal Pennington; aunts and uncles Norman Pierce, Angie and Thomas Osborne, Sandra and Bobby Carpenter, Sherry and Jeff Briley; cousins Paul Gent, Samantha, Terri-Lynn, and Curtis Osborne, Christina Franks, and Amanda Pierce; nephew Larry Eller III; and many more extended family members and friends. She was preceded in death by grandparents R.J. and Georgia Ann Pierce, uncle Terry Pierce, and brother Brian Eller.
Family and friends are invited to her graveside service at Union Hill Cemetery (424 N. Union St., Kennett Square) on July 30 at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations for funeral services can be accepted at gofundme.com/SabrinaBarclay. To view her online tribute and to share a memory with her family, visit www.griecocares.com.
SYLVIA F. KIMMEL
Sylvia F. Kimmel, 72, of Oxford, passed away on July 24 at Brandywine Hall, West Chester.
She was the wife of the late William E. Kimmel. Born in Chester, she was the daughter of the late Estus and Rosa Allen Dickerson. Sylvia graduated from Chester High School Class of 1961.
She is survived by one son, David Kimmel of Oxford; two daughters, Melissa Maloney and her husband James of Oxford, and Michelle McInnes and her husband Richard of Dover, Del.; four grandchildren, Joshua Maloney, Amanda Maloney, Victoria Kimmel and Ryan Brooks; and one brother, Richard Dickerson and his wife Deborah of Oxford.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. July 31 at the Edward L. Collins, Jr Funeral Home, Inc. (86 Pine St., Oxford), where friends and family may visit from 9 to 10 a.m. Interment will be held in Fernwood Cemetery and Mausoleum in Lansdowne. Online condolences may be made at www.elcollinsfuneralhome.com.