Obituaries for the week of Aug. 3
● By J. Chambless
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.
JOHN Q. GREER, SR.
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.
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 RJ and Georgia Ann Pierce, uncle Terry Pierce, and brother Brian Eller.
A graveside service was held at Union Hill Cemetery on July 30. 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 were held July 31. Interment was in Fernwood Cemetery and Mausoleum in Lansdowne. Online condolences may be made at www.elcollinsfuneralhome.com.
Victoria Rose “Tori” Marini, 24, of Kennett Square, passed away on July 28 at the Pocopson Home.
She was the daughter of Victor and Annette Ferraro Marini of Kennett Square. She enjoyed watching music videos, swimming, riding her bicycle and taking walks. She loved to eat, and enjoyed being with her family and friends.
In addition to her parents, she is survived by one brother, Andrew Marini of Kennett Square,; and her maternal grandmother, Millie Ferraro of Kennett Square. She was predeceased by her maternal grandfather, Charles Ferraro; and her paternal grandparents, John and Dorothy Marini.
A celebration of her life was held Aug. 2. In lieu of flowers, a contribution may be made to the Child and Career Development Center, 1525 Lincoln Highway East, Coatesville, PA 19320, Attn: Dr. Mateka. Online condolences may be made by visiting www.griecocares.com
VALENTINE E. WALLS
Valentine E. Walls, 63, a 30-year resident of Cochranville, passed away on July 30 at his residence.
He was the husband of Deborah Saverioni, with whom he shared 32 years of marriage. Born in Chester, he was the son of the late Cecil and Amelila Gobber Walls. He was a self-employed carpenter for many years. He was a member of the NRA and was active in the Atglen Gun Club. Val enjoyed his cabin in Snow Shoe, hunting, fishing, ATV trails, and being with his family and friends.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by one son, Clayton Saverioni-Walls of Cochranville; and two sisters, Debbie Schaefer of Forked River, N.J., and Emily Harris of Arkansas. In lieu of flowers, a contribution may be made to the Wounded Warriors Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675. His service and burial will be private. Online condolences may be made by visiting www.grieoccares.com.
FREDERICK F. KRAMER III
Frederick Franklin Kramer III (“Boomp”), 95, of Kennett Square, passed away on July 24 at the Chester County Hospital.
He was the husband of Marian Williams Kramer, with whom he shared 72 years of marriage. Born in Allentown, he was the son of the late Frederick F. Kramer, Jr., and Jennie June Cordeaux. He graduated from Lehigh University in 1941, and was the first and youngest pilot to solo in his flight class. He served his country during World War II as an aircraft specialist for Pratt & Whitney Aircraft Company. He worked in his family’s business, Kramer Music House, in Allentown, before becoming the manager of Apple Hill Ski Area in Orefield, Pa. He and Marian moved to Kennett Square in 2004 and became active members of St. Michael Lutheran Church. His greatest joy was spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by one son, Frederick F. Kramer IV and his wife Patricia of Winston-Salem, N.C.; three daughters, Kimberly Snyder and her husband W. Cordes of Allentown, Kerry Collins and her husband William of Leesburg, Va., and Megan Minella and her husband Louis of Kennett Square; 11 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
His memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Aug. 15 at St. Michael Lutheran Church (109 E. Doe Run Rd., Unionville). Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, a contribution may be made to St. Michael Lutheran Church, Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 178, Unionville, PA 19375. Online condolences may be made by visiting www.griecocares.com.
DAVID J. EGAN
David John Egan, born in 1947 in Drexel Hill, died on Aug. 1 in Philadelphia from complications of Mesothelioma.
A graduate of Monsignor Bonner High School, he was the president and CEO of Cemtech Energy Controls in Media, a company he established 39 years ago. A lover of all of the arts, his true passion was literature, having amassed a collection of over 15,000 books.
He is survived by the love of his life and wife of 49 years, Veronica Egan (née McMurtrie); his son David; daughters Kara, Kathleen and Maura; daughter-in-law Madeline Egan; sons-in-law Migue deJong, Scott Taylor and Justin Stefano; his two siblings Gerard Egan and Patricia Gilroy; three grandsons, David John, William, Michiel; many nephews and nieces; and countless friends.
His memorial mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Aug. 6 at St. Patrick Church (212 Meredith St., Kennett Square). Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, send donations to the Autism Society of Baltimore-Chesapeake, P.O. Box 10822, Baltimore, MD 21234. Online condolences may be made by visiting www.griecocares.com.