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Obituaries for the week of Oct. 5

10/06/2015 12:16PM ● By J. Chambless


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 funeral was held Sept. 25. Burial was 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, Third Floor, 400 East Marshall Street, West Chester, PA 19380. Online condolences may be made by visiting


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 were held Sept. 24. Interment was 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


Lance Dale Reisler, 68, died on Sept. 13 at Moses Taylor Hospital in Scranton.

He was born in 1946 in Oxford, 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. A former resident of the Oxford area, 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


Ernest S. Goss, 58, of Coatesville, died on Sept. 23 at the Chester County Hospital in West Chester.

He was the husband of Marjorie “Midge” Brockett Goss, with whom he shared 32 years of marriage. Born in West Chester, he was a son of the late Samuel L. and the late Elinor (Cook) Goss. He was a computer technician working for DecisionOne at DuPont Corporation in Wilmington, Del. Ernest was a 1974 graduate of Kennett High School. He was also a longtime member of the Kennett Fire Company and served as an EMT for many years. He was a model train enthusiast, loved antique car shows, was a good cook and could fix anything.

In addition to his wife, survivors include two daughters, Sara E. Goss and Samantha L Goss, both of Coatesville; two brothers, Gary S. Goss (Nance) of Christiana, and Galen L. Goss (Amy) of Fairfax Station, Va.; and two sisters, Kathleen “Kasey” Goss (Scott Danforth) of Missoula, Mont., and Joye (Joyce Reynolds) Wilcox (Steven) of Cocoa, Fla. He is also survived by aunts, uncles, lots of cousins, and friends. He was predeceased by a stepbrother, Curt Reynolds.

A funeral was held Oct. 1. Contributions in his memory are encouraged to a gofundme campaign, “Goss Daughters College,” to establish college funds for his daughters. To view his online obit and to share memories with his family, visit


Dolores J. Deeney Blevins, 65, of West Grove, passed away on Sept. 29 at the Chester County Hospital.

She was the wife of Telford Blevins, who passed away in 2004. Her first husband, William Kreider, passed away in 1987. Born in West Chester, she was the daughter of the late William F. and Helen Walker Deeney. Dolores was a restorative aide at the Pocopson Home in West Chester, retiring in 2013 after 39 years of service. She was a member of the New London Baptist Church in Kelton. She enjoyed serving at the Manna Ministries, her cats, cooking, yard sales, flea markets, being with her family and friends, and sharing her faith with everyone.

She is survived by one sister, Frances A. Deeney of New Castle, Del.; three brothers, David B. Deeney (Linda) of Landenberg, Robert I. Deeney (Donie) of Wilmington, Del., and William F. Deeney III (Diane) of Milford, Del.; two nephews, David W. Deeney (Carol), and Daniel P. Deeney; three nieces, Lisa M. Deeney-Watters, Whitney W. Deeney-Pfeffer (Max) and Debra A. Deeney-Cubbage (Darius); four great-nephews, Matthew C. Deeney, Mason W. Deeney, Harris P. Deeney and Aaron R. Cubbage; several stepchildren; her aunt, Frances A. Fitzgerald of West Brandywine; and her lifelong friend, Sue Godwin of West Grove.

A funeral was held Oct. 5. In memory of Dolores, the family suggests that a contribution be made to Manna Ministries, c/o New London Baptist Church, 226 Pennocks Bridge Road, West Grove, PA 19390. To leave an online condolences, visit


Irene C. Caldwell, 90, of Landenberg passed away Oct. 2 at her home.

She was the wife of the late Bacil K. Caldwell. Irene was retired from NVF Company in Yorklyn, Del., and Kennett Square. She was a member of Bible Methodist Church in Kennett Square.

She is survived by three sons, Ted Bacil Caldwell of Landenberg, David Edward Caldwell and his wife Jannett of Avondale, and Jerry Caldwell and his wife Barbara of Dover, Del.; one daughter, Jan Warram and her husband Joseph of Landenberg; ten grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a grandson, Orren Caldwell; and a granddaughter, Sandra Powers.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Oct. 9 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 in Auburn Baptist Cemetery in Landenberg. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the American Heart Association, 610 Community Way, Lancaster, PA 17603; or American Cancer Society, PO Box 897, Hershey, PA 17033. Online condolences may be made at


Helen Logan Astle, 85, passed away peacefully, surrounded by loving family on Oct. 2 at Christiana Hospital.

She was born in 1930 in Havre de Grace, Md., to the late Wilmer B. and Margaret A. Logan. She graduated from Calvert High School. She drove a school bus for the Cecil County Public Schools for 15 years and worked as a paraprofessional at Rising Sun Elementary School for 12 years. Helen was the beloved wife of Norman E. Astle. The two shared 64 wonderful years together. She was a member of Hopewell United Methodist Church, where she served in multiple capacities. She and Norman enjoyed serving with the Cecil County Farm Bureau. Helen loved serving at her church, singing in the choir, volunteering for the Cecil County Farm Bureau and serving on the Cecil County Farm Queen committee. She enjoyed sewing, crafting, reading and spending time with her family.

In addition to her loving husband, she leaves behind a loving family who will cherish her memory: Six children, Eleanor DeLong (Kenneth), Alma DeLong (Gerald), Norman Astle, Jr. (Stephanie), H. Louise Batory (Robert), Richard Astle, Brenda Waddell (Randy); grandchildren, Jonathan DeLong (Jessica), Jeremy DeLong, Jared DeLong, Madison and Natalie Astle, Nathan, Nicholas and Brent Batory, Alexis and Grant Astle, Quinton and Lily Waddell; great-grandsons, Gideon and Kevin DeLong; sister, Margaret A. Logan; nieces, nephews and beloved friends. In addition to her parents, Helen was preceded in death by her sister, Mary Lewis Ross.

Memorial contributions may be made to either Hopewell United Methodist Church or the Cecil County Farm Bureau Women in care of Lee A. Patterson & Son Funeral Home, P.A., P.O. Box 766, Perryville, MD 21903-0766.

Funeral services are scheduled for Oct. 7 at 11 a.m. at Hopewell United Methodist Church of Port Deposit, Md. A visitation will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. at the church prior to the funeral service. Interment will be in Oxford Cemetery. Visit


Robert L. Regester, 83, of Kennett Square, died on Oct. 2 at Neighborhood Hospice in West Chester.

Born in West Chester, he was the son of the late George Ellsworth Regester, Jr., and Edith Vernon Lear.

A lifelong resident of Kennett Square, he was a 1949 graduate of Kennett High School, earned a bachelor’s degree at West Chester State Teachers’ College, a master’s degree at Temple University, and continued to do post-graduate work at a variety of other colleges and universities. After serving two years in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, he was a teacher and counselor at Interboro High School in Prospect Park, Pa., from 1955 to 1993. He was a 2014 inductee to the Interboro High School hall of fame. In addition to a lifelong love for learning and a passion for teaching, he especially enjoyed road trips, landscape gardening, computer research, family history, amateur photography, and the arts, as well as the fellowship of his extensive family and of his few remaining good friends.

He was preceded in death by sisters Margaret R. Young and Marjorie R. Veasey; and brother George E. Regester, III. He is survived by brother William T. Regester, of Millersville, Pa.; and several nieces and nephews.

A visitation with family and friends will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. Oct. 12 at the Kuzo & Grieco Funeral Home Inc. (250 W. State St., Kennett Square). A memorial service celebrating his life will follow at 11 a.m. Inurnment will be in Union Hill Cemetery. Contributions in his memory may be made to the Bayard Taylor Memorial Library, P.O. Box 730, Kennett Square PA 19348; or to Kennett Area Community Service or KACS, PO Box 1025, Kennett Square PA 19348. To view his online tribute and to share a memory with his family, visit


Barbara Townsend Mansfield Porter passed away on Oct. 3 at the age of 76, surrounded by family.

She was born and raised in Chesnut Hill, Pa., and graduated from Springside Chesnut Hill Academy and Centenary College. Loved by many, Barbara will be remembered as an avid equestrian, animal lover, breeder of Italian Greyhounds, accomplished fisherwoman, needlepoint artist, and antiquarian. Her home in Lewes, Del., received the Award of Excellence in Historic Preservation from the Lewes Historical Society in 2012. She was also a resident of Great Guana Cay in the Bahamas.
Barbara is survived by her two children, William H. Porter, III “Chip” and his wife Hillary of Chadds Ford, and daughter Devon Porter Fleming, who lives in New Canaan, Conn., with her husband David W. Fleming II and their three children, Hayley Townsend Fleming, 22, David Wilson Fleming III “Wilson,” 19, and Eve Mansfield Fleming, 16. Services are open to friends and family and will be held at 11 a.m. October 9 at the Lower Brandywine Presbyterian Church (across from Winterthur). To view Barbara’s online tribute or share a memory with her family, visit In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Delaware Hospice, 16 Polly Drummond Center, Polly Drummond Shopping Center, Newark, DE 19711.


Albert Lee Talley, Sr., 85, of Oxford, passed away on Oct. 5 at his home.

He was the husband of Georgianna M. Tuohey Talley, with whom he shared 62 years of marriage on April 11, 2015. Born at home in Chadds Ford in 1930, he was the son of the late Frank Day and Mary Ella Slawter Talley. He retired in 1992 as a heavy equipment operator from Operating Engineers Local No. 542. Albert enjoyed farming, bowling, gardening and most of all spending as much time as he could with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife; daughter, Linda L. Peterson (Dennis) of Oxford; six grandchildren, Jennifer Rohrer (Paul) of Quarryville, Jake Talley of Arizona, Mandy Landers (Tom) of Nottingham, Sarah Colondrillo (Chris) of Carlisle, Jason Talley (Kelly) of Conowingo, Md., and Ashley Utter (Steve) of Springfield, Va.; nine great-grandchildren; two brothers, John Talley of Chadds Ford and Kenneth Talley of Milton, Del.; and two sisters, Phyllis Clark of Chadds Ford and Amy Thomas of Aston. He was preceded in death by three sons, Albert Lee Talley, Jr., Michael Talley, and Frank Talley; one grandson, Erik Jon Peterson; one brother, Harold Talley; and six sisters, Ethel Talley, Grace Reincke, Blanche Johnson, Doris Twaddell, Ruth Eusden and Ida Roop.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Oct. 8 at the Edward L. Collins, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc. (86 Pine St., Oxford), where friends and family may visit from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Interment is private. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to Susan G. Komen, PO Box 650309, Dallas, TX 75265-0309. Online condolences may be made at


Kenneth “Butch” Sampson, 66, of Landenberg, passed away at Seasons Hospice in Newark, Del.

Born in West Grove, he was the son of the late Kenneth J. Sampson and Mabel Baker Sampson Trent.

Butch was a self-employed truck driver. He enjoyed working on cars, going to car shows, and being with his family and friends.

He is survived by two sons, Christopher W. Sampson and Nicholas J. Sampson, both of Dover, Del.; two brothers, David H. Sampson of Landenberg, and Wade B. Trent of Newark, Del.; and his former wife, Kellie Few Sampson. He was predeceased by one brother, Richard Trent.

A visitation with family and friends will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. on Oct. 10 at the Kuzo & Grieco Funeral Home (250 W. State St., Kennett Square). His funeral service will follow at 11 a.m. Burial will be in Union Hill Cemetery in Kennett Square. To leave an online condolence, visit

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