Obituaries for the week of Aug. 24
● By J. Chambless
STEPHANIE A. JACKSON
Stephanie A. Jackson, 43, of Sproul Road in Kirkwood, Pa., died on Aug. 13 at Lancaster General Hospital.
Stephanie attended Oxford School District and graduated from Solanco High School in 1990. She had been formerly employed by the U.S. Postal Service, as a waitress for Cromwell’s in Wilmington, Del., and as a packer for Amazon. She attended Connections Community Church.
Surviving her are two daughters, Amanda Robinson of Aston, and Matilda Fite of Oxford; her father, Allen T. Jackson, and his companion, Donna McDowell of Kirkwood; her mother, Linda L. Barnett Jackson, and her companion, Keith Pickel of Lancaster; a sister, Jennifer, wife of Jeremy Hart of Quarryville; and her companion, Christopher Amendola of Delaware.
Memorial services will be at the convenience of the family. To send an online note of condolence, visit reynoldsfuneralhome.net.
LOUIS C. NEYMAN
Louis C. Neyman, 94, of Oxford, passed away on Aug. 18 at his home, with his family by his side.
He was the beloved husband of Audrey W. Wilson Neyman, with whom he celebrated 65 years of marriage. Born in Elk Township, Pa., he was the son of the late Nelson and Hazel Henderson Neyman. He was a member of the Oxford Presbyterian Church, Redmen Lodge Oxford, Union Fire Company No. 1 Oxford, the V.F.W., Oxford Gun Club, Ruff and Tumble Engineers Waterlou Boys Kinzers, Pennsylvania Farmers Association and the Oxford Senior Center. He served proudly in the United States Army during World War II in the Battle of the Buldge and in Northern France.
In addition to his wife, Louis is survived by a brother, George Neyman of Newark, Del.; and many nieces and nephews.
A graveside service was held Aug. 21. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory can be made to the charity of your choice. Online condolences can be made at www.ruffenachfuneralhome.com.
Florence Malin, 92, of Nottingham, passed away peacefully on Aug. 15 at Calvert Manor Nursing Center.
She was the devoted wife of the late George Malin Jr.; and she was a beloved mother to Almira Fiorini, Estella Sampson, Marlene Thornburg and George Malin III. In addition to her children, she is survived by 11 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, and ione great-great-grandchild.
Burial was private. Online condolencescan be made at www.ruffenachfuneralhome.com.
ANNA B. VIRGILIO
Anna Bonifacino Virgilio, 96, of Kennett Square, passed away on Aug. 19 at Brandywine Assisted Living, surrounded by her children.
She was the wife of the late Frank S. Virgilio, with whom she shared 42 years of marriage. Born in Wilmington, Del., she was the daughter of the late Henry and Rose Bonifacino. She lived in Kennett Square for more than 80 years in the house that her father built. She graduated at the top of her class from Kennett High School in 1935. She worked for 19 years as a bookkeeper at the MGA Mushroom Co-Op. She and Frank owned Stephen’s Men’s Wear on the corner of State and Union streets for 35 years. She was a past president of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary Post 5467, lifetime member of St. Patrick Church, active member of the Ladies of St. Patrick and headed the prayer chain. She loved crossword puzzles, playing cards, singing and dancing, cooking Italian food, baking birthday cakes and pizzelles, and Sunday drives in the car. She loved God, family, and friends.
She is survived by four children: Stephen Virgilio (Judy) of Kennett Square, John Virgilio (Glennamarie) of Wilmington, Catherine Roland (Jeff) of Kennett Square, and Marie Wickersham (Ralph) of Hockessin; sister Louise Reynolds; brother-in-law Henry Virgilio; sister-in-law Mary Virgilio; eight grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A funeral was held Aug. 24 at St. Patrick Church (210 Meredith St., Kennett Square). Internment was at St. Patrick cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Patrick Church or Willow Tree Hospice of Kennett Square. Online condolences may be made by visiting www.griecocares.com.
MATTHEW R. ALBRIGHT
Matthew Robert Albright, 40, of West Grove, passed away on Aug. 19 at AristaCare at Meadow Springs, Plymouth Meeting.
Born in Washington, D.C., he was the son of the late Barbara Jones and Joseph Albright of West Grove. He is survived by his father; one brother, James D. Albright (Melissa) of Oxford; one nephew, Maddox; and two nieces, Alysa and Katelynn.
Funeral services were held Aug. 25. Interment was in Oxford Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to St. Jude children’s Research Hospital, Tribute Program, PO Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38148. Online condolences may be made at www.elcollinsfuneralhome.com.
VIRGINIA BOGGS GUNN
Virginia Boggs Gunn died peacefully in the early morning hours on Aug. 19, in her room at the Kutz Home in Wilmington, at the age of 94.
She was born in 1921 in Woodstock, N.Y., the youngest of four children born to The Rev. Norman Towar Boggs and Ethel Fitzhugh Boggs. From 18 months until about the age of 12, she lived in France with her family, then returned with them to Woodstock after the death of her father. She attended Kingston High School in Kingston, N.Y., and then attended Swarthmore College in Swarthmore, majoring in French and graduating in 1942. She worked in Washington, D.C., London, and Paris for the U.S. government during the Second World War. In France she met Harold Dale Gunn of Dallas, Texas. They were married on March 25, 1946, in London. Harold died Sept. 12, 1989.
After her husband completed his degree in anthropology in London in 1949, the couple and their two daughters spent 18 months in Nigeria, then returned to the United States, living first in Storrs, Conn., then Philadelphia, and then at Lincoln University, where Harold joined the faculty in 1960. Virginia earned a Master of Education degree in French in Connecticut in the early 1950s, and later her Ph.D. in French literature at Bryn Mawr College, awarded in 1974. She was a teacher all her life, primarily of French. She taught at the Friends Select School in Philadelphia; at Octorara High School; at Lincoln University from 1965 to 1979; at Cecil County (Md.) Community College; and from 1982 until she retired in 1986, at the Lancaster Country Day School in Lancaster, Pa.
After the death of her husband, Virginia moved from Nottingham, Pa., where they were living, to Kennett Square, in 1994. She lived there independently until 2005, then at the Friends Home in Kennett until 2013, when she moved to the Kutz Home in Wilmington.
Virginia was active in the Episcopal Church throughout her life and also close to the Quaker tradition. She undertook many volunteer activities and was particularly proud of her work with the League of Women Voters.
Virginia is survived by her three children, Joan G. (the late Edward) Broadfield, Susan G. (Marc) Pevar, and H. Erik (Judi) Gunn; as well as by six grandchildren, Lara Broadfield, Jonathan Broadfield, Jeremy (Leah) Pevar, Noah Pevar, Aaron Gunn (fiancée Nancy Ma), and Matthew Gunn. She is also survived by her former daughter-in-law, Dr. Bonnie L. Wirfs. She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold; by her son-in-law, Edward Broadfield; and by her grandson, Daniel Pevar. Also preceding her in death were her brothers and sister, Norman Towar Boggs, Fitzhugh Boggs, and Mary Boggs.
In keeping with her wishes, Virginia’s body was donated to be used by medical students in their studies of human anatomy through the Pennsylvania Humane Donations Registry.
A memorial service will be held on Aug. 30 at 1 p.m. at the Episcopal Church of the Advent (401 N. Union St., Kennett Square). Interment will be held privately. Donations in her memory may be made to Swarthmore College, 500 College Ave., Swarthmore, PA 19081; the League of Women Voters, 1730 M Street NW, Suite 1000,Washington, DC 20036-4508; or The Nature Conservancy, 4245 North Fairfax Drive, Suite 100, Arlington, VA 22203-1606. To view her online tribute or to share a memory with her family, visit www.griecocares.com.
STEVEN L. TINGLEY
Steven L. Tingley, 50, of Chatham, passed away on Aug. 17 at home.
He was the son of Edward W. and Thelma W. Tingley of Chatham. Steve was born in 1965 in Chester County. He grew up in West Grove and Chatham, and graduated from Avon Grove High School, class of 1983. Steve spent many years working in the mushroom business, and more recently in construction.
Surviving him, in addition to his parents, are his three sisters, Stephanie Swan of Huntingdon and her children Nadine R. and Michael C. Swan, Joy Tingley of Landenberg, and April Kellett or Nottingham and her husband Randolph W. Kellett Sr. and their two sons, Chase A. and Austin L. Kellett. He was proceeded in death by his maternal grandparents, Chester and Alma Weidner; and his paternal grandparents, Worrell and Verna Tingley.
Steve’s casket was hand-crafted by his lifelong friend Rick Bartholomew from the ash and cherry trees growing on his Vermont family farm, a place Steve loved to visit. Steve was an avid outdoorsman who loved to hunt, fish, and explore, especially in upstate and central Pennsylvania and Vermont. The joy of his life was spending time with his niece and nephews. Steven had a lifelong love of dogs, and for several years Steve, and his beloved sidekick Pete, were inseparable, and a common sight in the area. Steve was outgoing and made friends everywhere he went. He was charismatic and entertaining, and could find humor in any situation. He was a foodie in the truest sense of the word, always eager to try new things. Friends will remember his many memorable dinners and parties. The world is a little less bright without him in it.
Relatives and friends are invited to his visitation from 11 a.m. to noon on Aug. 26 at the Chatham United Methodist Church (3215 Gap Newport Pike, West Grove, PA 19390). His funeral service will follow at noon. Interment will be at the Union Hill Cemetery in Kennett Square. In his memory, contributions may be made to the Chatham United Methodist Church, or the Huntingdon County Humane Society, 11371 School House Hollow Rd, Huntingdon, PA 16652 (814-643-7387). Online condolences may be made by visiting www.griecocares.com.
RAY D. STIKE, SR.
Ray D. Stike, Sr., 95, of Rising Sun, Md., passed away at his residence on Aug. 20.
He was the husband of Helen Talley Stike, with whom he shared 73 years of marriage. Born in Nella, N.C., he was the son of the late James Bartlett Stike and Margaret Roselle Stuart Stike. Ray was a mushroom grower for 25 years, retiring in 1984. He served his country in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was in the Medical Corps, and helped transport wounded soldiers and prisoners of war from the South Pacific to California. He crossed the equator 10 times. He was a member of the Porters Grove Baptist Church and the American Legion Post No. 194 in Rising Sun, Md. He enjoyed gardening, activities at the church, and being with his family and friends.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by one son, Ray D. Stike, Jr., of Elkton, Md.; one sister, Gladys Porter of Wauchula, Fla.; one grandson, Joe Stike; and two great-grandsons, Tyler Stike and Dylan Stike. He was predeceased by two sisters, Virgie Lee Hamm and Helen Mae Stike; four brothers, Stuart Stike, G. Howard Stike, Ernest Stike and his twin brother, Paul Stike.
A visitation with family and friends will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Aug. 26 at the Kuzo & Grieco Funeral Home (250 W. State St., Kennett Square). His funeral service will follow at 1 p.m. Burial will be in the Nottingham Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery in Nottingham. In lieu of flowers, a contribution may be made to the Porters Grove Baptist Church, 478 Connelly Road, Rising Sun, MD 21911. Online condolences may be made by visiting www.griecocares.com.
ARNOLD F. OSBORNE
Arnold “Beaver” Fred Osborne, 70, of Nottingham, passed away on Aug. 23 at Naaman’s Creek Country Manor in Boothwyn.
Born in West Grove, he and his two brothers were the first set of triplets born in Jennersville. He was the son of the late Glenn O. and Betty Deaver Osborne. He retired as a self-employed carpenter who loved woodworking, photography, landscaping and stonework. He and his son, Gabriel, spent every week together working on four-wheelers, restoring antique cars and trucks, landscaping, gardening and anything to do with restoration of buildings. Beaver found tremendous joy in taking photographs, framing them and giving them as gifts. He spent much time with his ex-wife, Nancy Haigh, and husband Edward Rohe and her friends that became his family for the last 40 years. He will be greatly missed by them. Beaver was a member of Gospel Lighthouse Freewill Baptist Church. He was man of great faith who had a strong belief in God.
He is survived by two sons, Gabriel G. Haigh of North East, Md., and Robert Boyd of Oxford; daughter Tammy Boyd of Coatesville; four grandchildren, Brandon Boyd, Timothy Sullivan, Tiffany Boyd and Nathan Boyd; two great-grandchildren; Stephan Boyd and Maddison Boyd; two brothers, Donald G. Osborne of Sparta, Tenn., and Ronald J. Osborne of Conowingo, Md.; and two sisters, Nancy Curry of Rising Sun, Md., and Judy Potter of Sparta, Tenn.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Aug. 29 at the Edward L. Collins, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc. (86 Pine St., Oxford), where friends may visit from 10 to 11 a.m. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to Heartland Hospice, 5 Christy Dr., Brandywine Two, Suite 103, Chadds Ford, PA 19317. Online condolences may be made at www.elcollinsfuneralhome.com.