Obituaries for the week of Sept. 14
● By J. Chambless
DORIS F. OBARA
Doris Fontana Obara, 89, passed away on Sept. 1.
She was predeceased by her husband, Anthony J. Obara, in 1984. Doris is survived by her two sons, Anthony J. Obara, Jr., and Joseph M. Obara, both of Unionville. A funeral was held Sept. 8 at St. Elizabeth's Church in Wilmington. Interment was in Cathedral Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, Doris’s wishes were for contributions to the Little Sisters of the Poor, 185 Salem Church Road, Newark, DE 19713, where she spent many hours as a volunteer. Online condolences may be made at www.ruffenachfuneralhome.com.
EDWARD J. DAVIDSON
Edward J. Davidson, 68, of Malvern, passed away on Sept. 6 at the Chester Valley Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Malvern.
Born in West Chester, he was the son of the late James H. Davidson Jr., and Ruth Siple Davidson. He was disabled. He was an avid reader.
He is survived by one nephew, Barry Davidson of Chadds Ford; and one niece, Sharon Brown of New Orleans, La. He was predeceased by his brother, Walter “Buddy” H. Davidson.
A graveside service was held Sept. 11 at the Union Hill Cemetery in Kennett Square. Online condolences may be made by visiting www.griecocares.com.
RUSSELL D. MUSCARELLA
Russell D. Muscarella, 63, of West Grove, passed away on Sept. 5 at the Chester County Hospital.
Born in Wilmington, Del., he was the son of the late Russell and Helen (Ciuffetelli) Muscarella. Russell was a customer service engineer at the DuPont Company in Wilmington. He retired in December 2014, after 44 1/2 years of service. He was a member of the Atglen Sportsmen’s Club and the Jennersville YMCA. He enjoyed hunting, outdoor sports, swimming, golf, cooking, making bread, and he will always be remembered for his Christmas Eve contributions.
He is survived by his daughter, Justine Muscarella of West Grove; one sister, Susan Muscarella of Kennett Square; and his uncle, Tom Ciuffetelli and his wife Susan of West Chester.
A visitation with family and friends will be held from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Sept. 19 at the Kuzo & Grieco Funeral Home (250 W. State St., Kennett Square). A funeral mass will follow at 11 a.m. at St. Patrick’s Church (212 Meredith St., Kennett Square). Burial will be in St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Kennett Square. In lieu of flowers, a contribution may be made to the American Heart Association, 1617 JFK Boulevard, Suite 700, Philadelphia, PA 19103. Online condolences may be made by visiting www.griecocares.com.
ERNEST L. BOTTS
Ernest Lane Botts, 79, of Middletown, Del., formerly of New London, passed away on Sept. 8 at his daughter’s home in Newark, Del.
He was the husband of Jean Henderson Botts, with whom he shared 59 years of marriage. Born in West Chester, he was the son of the late James Ernest and Marion Jones Botts. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy. Ernest was employed with Chrysler for 33 years. He was a member of Hiram Lodge No. 25 A.F. & A.M of Newark, Del. He enjoyed hunting, skiing, camping and walking in the Christiana Mall.
He is survived by his wife; two daughters, Susan Jean Botts of Earleville, Md., and Sharon Joy Botts-DiMucci (Anthony) of Newark, Del.; and granddaughter, Taylor DiMucci. He was preceded in death by a son, Richard L. Botts.
Funeral services were
held Sept. 15. Interment was in Oxford Cemetery. In lieu of flowers,
donations in his memory may be made to Hiram Lodge No. 25 A.F.&A.M
of Newark, Delaware, 207 E. Delaware Ave., Newark, DE 19711. Online
condolences may be made at www.elcollinsfuneralhome.com.
MICHAEL S. LAGANELLI
Michael Salvatore Laganelli was born in 1947 in Chester, Pa., and went to be with his Lord while surrounded by his family on Sept. 7 in the Christiana Care Center for Heart & Vascular Health in Newark, Del.
Michael graduated from St. James High School in Chester in 1965 and enlisted in the U. S. Army. He served in Vietnam as a Medic from 1966 to 1967. After an honorable discharge, he attended O.R. Technician School in Philadelphia. Then he enlisted in the U.S. Navy as a Corpsman and served aboard the U.S.S. Forrestal and at multiple naval hospitals. Michael spent his final years in the Navy as a Fleet Marine Force Corpsman, or “Doc,” in Camp Lejeune, N.C. until 1978. After that, he joined the Pennsylvania Army National Guard and served until 1986.
He graduated with honors from Delaware County Community College with an Associate’s Degree in liberal arts. While putting himself through college, he was one of the first stay-at-home fathers. He also founded Chapter 67 of Vietnam Veterans of America in Chester. He later graduated from Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science and became a funeral director in Ohio and Pennsylvania. He retired in 2009.
Before and after retirement, Michael’s avid interests were the American Civil War (especially the Gettysburg battle), golfing, model trains, playing guitar, listening to the Moody Blues and the Beatles, watching Fox News, and spoiling his grandsons. He recently moved to West Grove after living in Oxford for the past 20 years.
Michael is survived by his loving wife of 41 years, Paula Kay Holdren Laganelli; his son, Nicholas Michael Laganelli; daughter-in-law, Sara Beth Wood Laganelli; two beloved grandsons, Lucas Samuel Laganelli and Dylan Michael Laganelli, all of Oxford; brother, Mark Joseph Laganelli and his wife Ann of Boothwyn; stepmother-in-law Arlene and her husband Walter Hartman of Marysville, Tenn.; brother-in-law Terry Holdren and his wife Sharon of Gahanna, Ohio; sister Joanne Leonardo of Media; three nieces and three nephews. Michael was preceded in death by his parents, Rosemary Honan and Salvatore “Sam” Laganelli of Chester.
A graveside service with full military honors was held Sept. 14 at the Oxford Cemetery. Donations in Michael’s memory may be made to the Vietnam Veterans of America (www.vva.org) or the Paralyzed Veterans of America (www.pva.org). Online condolences can be made at www.ruffenachfuneralhome.com.
LOUISE C. WALLNER
Louise C. Wallner, 76, of Kennett Square, died on Sept. 8 at Chester County Hospital in West Chester.
She was the wife of Charles E. Wallner, with whom she shared 40 years of marriage. Born in West Chester, she was the daughter of the late Joseph D. and the late Lenore (Carnahan) Cloud. Louise and her husband worked together for many years renovating homes in Wilmington, Del., and Sea Isle City, N.J. She was a member of the Architecture Review Board of Kennett Square Borough Historical Commission. A longtime Presbyterian, she was a member of Avondale Presbyterian Church. She was an avid reader, card shark, world traveler, amazing cook, diehard Auburn Tigers fan, accomplished musician and artist, energetic and passionately devoted to her husband and family. Known by everyone as a great storyteller, Louise loved to laugh and spend time with family and friends, many of whom she had since elementary school.
Survivors include, in addition to her husband, one son, Edward Killheffer (Sharon) of Wilmington Del.; two daughters, Margaret Oplinger (Tod) of Kennett Square and Christine Muench (David) of West Grove; a stepdaughter, Kathleen Wallner-Allen (Rich) of Virginia; a stepson, John Wallner (Cristina) of Brazil; six grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. She was predeceased by one brother, Jack Cloud.
A funeral was held Sept. 15. Interment was in Longwood Cemetery. Contributions in her memory may be made to Avondale Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 446, Avondale, PA 19311. To view her online tribute and to share a memory with her family, visit www.griecocares.com.
SARA W. LYSLE
Sara Woollens Lysle, 80, of Landenberg, died on Sept. 11 at the Jennersville Regional Hospital in West Grove.
She was the wife of the late James B. Lysle, Jr., who died in 2011, and with whom she shared 56 years of marriage. Forever in love, Sara was reunited with her husband on what would have been their 61st wedding anniversary. Born in Oxford, she was a daughter of the late Dwight and the late Helen (McMichael) Woollens. Sara graduated from Avon Grove High School in 1952 and worked at Penn Del Supply Company before embarking on her lifelong calling of raising a family. She was a library aide for the Avon Grove School District during the years her children were in school, retiring in 1981 to begin the next phase of her life, nurturing her grandchildren. She provided a loving daytime environment for each of her grandchildren and followed the last one to preschool. She was a teacher at Happy Heart Day School for four years. She was a longtime member of the New London Presbyterian Church, where she was member of the Women’s Evening Circle. Sara always worked behind the scenes providing meals, baking bread, serving in the nursery and praying for the needs of others. She delighted in spending time with her family. She also enjoyed baking, scrapbooking and bird watching.
Survivors include one daughter; Jeanne Marie Moore and Jeffrey of Landenberg; and three sons, James H. Lysle and Jane of Oxford, Richard D. Lysle and Juanita of State College, Roger E. Lysle and Anne Marie of Lincoln University; a loving nephew, Kevin Murphy of Landenberg, who was like a son; one brother, Dale Woollens and Patricia of Alabama; six grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; one great-grandson; and two step-great-granddaughters. She was predeceased by a sister, Mary Alice Dudkewitz; and a brother, Dwight Woollens.
A visitation with family and friends will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Sept. 17 and 10 to 11 a.m. on Sept. 18 at the New London Presbyterian Church (1986 Newark Road, Route 896, New London). Her funeral service will be at 11a.m. Friday at the church. Interment will be in the adjoining cemetery. Contributions in her memory may be made to the New London Presbyterian Church (CLC), 125 Saginaw Road, Lincoln University, PA 19352. To view her online tribute and to share a memory with her family, visit www.griecocares.com.
EZIO D. DiUBALDO
EZIO D. DiUBALDO, 82, of West Palm Beach, Fla., formerly of Landenberg, passed away on Sept. 9 while vacationing in Italy.
He was the husband of Marisa Martelli DiUbaldo, who passed away in 1996, and with whom he shared 37 years of marriage. Born in Paterno, Italy, he was the son of the late Giuseppi and Adelina Fabucci DiUbaldo. Ezio worked at Hewlett-Packard (Agilent) in Avondale for 34 years, retiring in 1997. He was a member of St. Gabriel of the Sorrowful Mother Church in Avondale. He enjoyed playing shuffleboard, bocce ball, gardening, and spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.
He is survived by four daughters, Anita Queppet and her husband Tim of West Grove, Silvia Lawrence and her husband Marty of Landenberg, Giulia DiUbaldo of Landenberg, and Sandy Ciarrocchi and her husband Barry of Landenberg; two brothers, Dante DiUbaldo (Lucy) of Avondale, and Domenic DiUbaldo (Donna) of Avondale; two sisters, Gina Costantini (Felice) of Avondale, and Ada Slavin (Ed) of Wilmington, Del.; four grandchildren, Marty Lawrence, Melanie Lawrence, Jason Queppet, and Alexander Ciarrocchi; and his companion of many years, Mae Dillow of West Palm Beach, Fla. He was predeceased by one brother, Ubaldo (Baldino) DiUbaldo; and one sister, Tina DiUbaldo.
A visitation with family and friends will be held from noon to 1 p.m. on Sept. 19 at St. Gabriel of the Sorrowful Mother Church (8910 Gap Newport Pike, Route 41, Avondale). His funeral mass will follow at 1 p.m., and burial will be in St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Kennett Square. In memory of Ezio, a contribution may be made to St. Gabriel of the Sorrowful Mother Church, P.O. Box 709, Avondale, PA 19311; or to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. To leave an online condolence, visit www.griecocares.com.
KAREN D. BACCELLIERI
Karen D. Baccellieri, 68, of Avondale, passed away on Sept. 14 at Neighborhood Hospice in West Chester.
She was the wife of Carl E. Baccellieri, Sr, DMD, with whom she shared 30 years of marriage.
Born in Witchita Falls,
Texas, she was the daughter of Rebecca Pierce Brownlee of Denton, Texas, and the late
Ernest Brownlee. She was a 1969 graduate of
Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas.. She was a homemaker,
and taught art for a short period of time at the Kennett High School. She was a very
accomplished water colorist and exhibited her paintings often. Karen was an amazing
Christian woman, whose masterpiece was her children and grandchildren. She was an avid reader,
enjoyed bird watching, traveling, going to the movies and going to her beach
house in Sea Isle City, N.J. She loved to cook, which helped to bond two families
together. Karen was a member of St.
Gabriel of the Sorrowful Mother Church, and served on the Pastoral Council. She
was a past president (1998) of the Spade and Trowel Club.
In addition to her husband and mother, she is survived by four sons, Carl E. Baccellieri, Jr., DMD and his wife Becky of Kennett Square, Brian Baccellieri, Esq. and his wife Amy of Claymont, Del., Robert Rivello of Arcata, Calif., and Samuel Rivello of Copenhagen, Denmark; three daughters, Vanessa Rivello Dawid of Trumbull, Conn., Kathleen Baccellieri and her fiancé Steven Garrigan of Jersey City, N.J., and Megan Baccellieri Gigliotti and her husband Mark of Coatesville; one brother, Dr. Ernest Brownlee, Jr., and his wife Susie of Sunny Vale, Texas; one sister, Kathi Sale and her husband Richard of Denton, Texas; and eight grandchildren, Jack Baccellieri, Ryan Baccellieri, Grace Baccellieri, Ben Baccellieri, Olivia Gigliotti, Gabriella Gigliotti, Miles Dawid and Anthony Jude Baccellieri.
A visitation with family and friends will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Sept. 17, and again on Sept. 18 from 8:30 to 10 a.m. at the Kuzo & Grieco Funeral Home (250 W. State St., Kennett Square). Her funeral mass be held at 11 a.m. at St. Gabriel of the Sorrowful Mother Church (8910 Gap Newport Pike, Route 41, Avondale). Burial will be in St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Kennett Square. Online condolences maybe made by visiting www.griecocares.com.
KEVIN B. TYNES
Kevin Bernard Tynes, 50, passed away on Sept. 11 at Riddle Hospital.
He was the son of Edward I. Tynes, Sr., and Patricia Tynes of Kennett Square. Kevin was born in 1965 in Chester County. He grew up in Kennett Square and graduated from Kennett High School, class of 1984. Kevin enjoyed working with his hands and was a very skilled tradesman and mason. He enjoyed relaxing and watching TV, joking with family and friends. Mostly, he enjoyed working hard to bring a smile to his children’s faces.
He is survived by his mother, Patricia Tynes of Kennett Square; two sons, Kevron Bernard Tynes (Brandy) of Avondale, and Kaleb Tynes; four daughters, Kelsey Tynes, Jasmine Morefield-Tynes, Kayla Morefield-Tynes, and Kamryn Morefield-Tynes, all of Kennett Square; one brother, Edward I. Tynes, Jr., of New Castle, Del.; one sister, Tonya Price of Tuscaloosa, Ala.; one grandson, Liam A. Tynes of Avondale; and his companion, Jodie Morefield of Kennett Square. Kevin was predeceased by his father, Edward I. Tynes, Sr.; and his grandmother, Sarah Brison-Walls.
A visitation with family and friends will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. on Sept. 23 at the Kuzo & Grieco Funeral Home (250 W. State St., Kennett Square). His funeral service will follow at 7 p.m. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Morefield-Tynes Children’s Fund; a fund set up for the benefit of his minor children. Checks may be made payable to: The Morefield - Tynes Children's Fund,131 Garner Drive, Avondale, PA 19311.
Online condolences may be made by visiting www.griecocares.com.