Obituaries for the week of Sept. 21
● By J. Chambless
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 funeral was held Sept. 18. Burial was in St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Kennett Square. Online condolences maybe made by visiting 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 funeral was held Sept. 18. 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 funeral was held Sept. 19. Burial was 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.
LANCE D. REISLER
Lance Dale Reisler, 69, died on Sept. 13 at Moses Taylor Hospital in Scranton, Pa.
He was born in 1946 in Oxford, Pa., the son of the late Donald and Helen (Garrett) Reisler. He graduated from Oxford Area High School in 1964. He retired from Lukens Steel Company in Coatesville. He recently resided in Scranton. He was a member of St. Peter's Cathedral in Scranton.
He was a kind, loving and caring man. He will be missed dearly.
He is survived by one niece, Melissa Reisler of Newark, Del.; one nephew, Gary Reisler of Laurel, Del.; and great-nieces and great-nephews, Kameron of Anchorage, Alaska, Lila and Dalton of Laurel, Del., Sandie, Carisa, Kari, Aubrey, Harmonie and Gabriel, all of Newark, Del.; and sister-in-law Kathy Reisler of Newark, Del. He was predeceased by a brother, Gary Reisler.
Interment was private. Online condolences may be made at www.elcollinsfuneralhome.com.
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.
PAUL L. SIMMERS
Paul L. Simmers, 77, of Oxford, formerly of Nottingham, passed away Sept. 20 at Ware Presbyterian Village in Oxford.
He was the husband of Joan L. Shank , with whom he shared 30 years of marriage. Born in West Grove, he was the son of the late Paul G. and Frances C. Simmers. He was employed with Longwood Gardens for 36 years and retired in 2000. He was a member of St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church in Oxford, and Penn Dutch Pacers Volksmarch Club.
He is survived by his wife; three children, Darlene Sosis (Jay) of Coatesville, Daniel Simmers (Neeia) of Bay City, Texas, and Daphne Mitchell (Marvin) of Deluth, Ga.; four stepchildren, Sharon McGrath (Mark) of Ephrata, Kathleen Ball (Brian) of Euless, Texas, William Brittingham (Michelle) of Nottingham, and Robert Brittingham (Sandra) of Carneys Point, N.J.; 15 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and three sisters, Genevieve Doland of Atglen, Joanne Szakos (Joseph) of Hellertown, and Louise Kreuter (Andrew) of Toughkenamon. He was preceded in death by a brother-in-law, Peter Dolan.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Sept. 26 at St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church (116 Lancaster Pike, Oxford), where friends and family may visit from 10 to 11 a.m. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology, 750 E. King St., Lancaster, PA 17602. Online condolences may be made at www.elcollinsfuneralhome.com.
Vittorio U. Sirianni, 88, of Kennett Square, passed away on Sept. 20 at the LifeCare Hospital of Chester County.
He was the husband of Rosina Fazio Sirianni, who passed away in 2010, and with whom he shared 57 years of marriage. Born in Accaria, Catanzaro, Italy, he was the son of the late Antonio and Antonia Lio Sirianni. He was a circuitry assembler at the NVF Company in Kennett Square for 37 years, retiring in 1992. Vittorio was a member of St. Patrick’s Church in Kennett Square. He enjoyed gardening, and being with his family and friends, especially his grandchildren.
He is survived by three daughters, Vittoria Baker and her husband Robert of Kennett Square, Sisina Sirianni of Kennett Square, and Maria Miller and her husband Randy of Jennersville; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren; two brothers-in-law, Antonio Fazio of Kennett Square, and Antonio Aiello of Italy; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by one brother, Guglielmo Sirianni; and one sister, Aldina Sirianni.
A visitation with family and friends will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 24, and again from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Sept. 25, at the Kuzo & Grieco Funeral Home (250 W. State St., Kennett Square). His funeral Mass will follow at 11 a.m. at St. Patrick’s Church (212 Meredith Street, Kennett Square). Burial will be in St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Kennett Square. In lieu of flowers, a contribution may be made to St. Patrick’s Church, 205 Lafayette Street, Kennett Square, PA 19348; or to the LifeCare Hospitals of Chester County, 3rd Floor, 400 East Marshall Street, West Chester, PA 19380. Online condolences may be made by visiting www.griecocares.com.
RONALD E. SCHMIDT, SR.
Ronald E. Schmidt, Sr., 76, of the Calvert area/Rising Sun, Md., passed away on Sept. 16 at Union Hospital in Elkton, Md.
He was the husband of Theresa C. Griffith Schmidt, with whom he shared 53 years of marriage. Born in Baltimore, he was the son of the late Virginia Gilley Schmidt. He was a retired auto dealership owner, and was also a bus driver with Benjamin and Marshall Bus Companies. Ronald was a member of Good Shepherd Parish in Perryville, Md. He was also a member and past president of the Rising Sun Lions Club, past president of the Better Business Association, and court clerk for the Baltimore City Courts. He loved baseball, westerns, train rides, Christmas and the ocean.
He is survived by his wife; one son, Ronald E. Schmidt, Jr. (Melissa) of Rising Sun, Md.; two daughters, Theresa C. Springel (Anthony) and Michelle L. Rash (John), all of Rising Sun, Md.; eight grandchildren, Christopher Buell, Lauren Springel, Ethan Springel, Marissa Rash, Randall Rash, Robert Rash, Daniel Rash, and Alyson Schmidt; one great-grandson, Bryson Buell; and one brother, William H. Schmidt (Joan T.) of Airville, Pa. He was preceded in death by a sister, Paula V. Benton; and uncle, William R. Gilley.
Ronald was a loving husband, father and grandfather. His greatest joy in life was his children and grandchildren. His passing will leave a void in our hearts that not even time can heal.
A memorial service will be held 1 p.m. Sept. 26 at St. Agnes (150 S. Queen St., Rising Sun, Md.), where family and friends may visit from noon to 1 p.m. A luncheon will follow at Janes United Methodist Hall. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in c/o Edward L. Collins, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc., 86 Pine St., Oxford, PA 19363 to assist with expenses. Online condolences may be made at www.elcollinsfuneralhome.com.
WILEY E. PAISLEY
Wiley E. Paisley, 95, of Landenberg, went home to be with his Lord on Sept. 17.
He was the husband of Ollie Greer Paisley, with whom he shared 73 years of marriage. Born in Piney Creek, N.C., he was the son of the late Lee Gordon Paisley and Phoebe Jane Caldwell Paisley. Wiley was a machine tender of the NVF Company in Yorklyn, Del., for over 30 years, retiring in 1982. He was a member of the Avon Grove Church of the Nazarene in West Grove. He was one of the original members of the North Carolina Ridge Runners. He enjoyed traveling to Potter County, snowmobiling, hunting, fishing, and being with his family and friends. He served his country in World War II as a member of the U.S. Army Air Corps.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by three sons, Garland Paisley of New London, Arnold Paisley and his wife Sandy of Downingtown, and Marvin Paisley and his wife Judy of West Grove; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Wiley was predeceased by five brothers, Hershall Paisley, Cecil Paisley, Wilder Paisley, Thomas Paisley and Dale Paisley; and seven sisters, Ida DeBoard, Erie Caldwell, Dora Halsey, Reba Wallace, Edna Paisley, Donna Caldwell and Annie Caldwell.
A visitation will be held Sept. 23 from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Avon Grove Church of the Nazarene (240 East State Road, West Grove). His funeral service will follow at 11 a.m. Burial will be in Union Hill Cemetery in Kennett Square. In lieu of flowers, a contribution may be made to the Tim Leonzio Foundation, VTEFD, Attn: Lynn Cox, 555 Hyetts Corner Road, Middletown, DE 19709. Online condolences may be made by visiting www.griecocares.com.
WILLIAM M. WOLF
William M. Wolf, 88, of Oxford, passed away Sept. 18 at Ware Presbyterian Village in Oxford.
He was the husband of Frances Grason Wolf, with whom he shared 64 years of marriage. Born in Hayesville, he was the son of the late Earl and Ella McKinney Wolf. William was a veteran of the US Army, serving in the Korean War. He retired in 1985 after 40 years of service with PECO. He was a member of the Nottingham Presbyterian Church, Oxford Hunt Club, and PECO Quarter Century Club.
He is survived by his wife, and one brother, Earl Wolf, Jr., of Wyoming. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Lawrence and Nathan Wolf.
A funeral was held Sept. 22. Interment was in Oxford Cemetery. Online condolences may be made at www.elcollinsfuneralhome.com.
WILLIAM G. SMITH
William G. Smith, 95, of West Grove, passed away Sept. 20 at his home.
He was the husband of Goldie R. Gray Smith, with whom he shared 74 years of marriage. Born in Forrestville, Pa., he was the son of the late George and Mary Letitia Massey Smith. William attended the First Baptist Church of Oxford. He was employed with Joseph Coates of Oxford, Abernathy’s Auto Body in Avondale, and owned and operated his body shop in West Grove. He enjoyed rebuilding farm tractors and hay wagons.
He is survived by his wife; two children, Randy W. Smith and Faye A. Hipkins, both of West Grove; two grandchildren, Douglas Allen Hipkins, Jr., and Renee Lynn Smith; three great-grandchildren, Kiersten Hutchinson, Maryn Hipkins and Rachel Hipkins; brother, Howard Smith; and sister, Dorothy Maher. He was preceded in death by a three brothers, Harold Smith, George Smith, Jr., and Roland Smith; and sister, Janet Dudley.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Sept. 24 at the Edward L. Collins, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc. (86 Pine St., Oxford), where friends and family may visit from 10 to 11 a.m. Interment will be in Oxford Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to Canine Partners for Life, 334 Faggs Manor Rd., Cochranville, PA 19330. Online condolences may be made at www.elcollinsfuneralhome.com.