Obituaries for the week of Nov. 9
● By J. Chambless
Lynne Gail Bradham, 62, of Elkton, Md., formerly of Oxford, passed away on Oct. 31 at Christiana Hospital in Newark, Del.
Born in Newark, she was the daughter of the late Benjamin Franklin and Frances Jones Bradham. She was employed with Action Manufacturing in Atglen. She enjoyed the beach, and spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.
She is survived by one son, Jason L. Bradham and his wife Kelly M. Riberio of Newark, Del.; two grandchildren, Kayla and Julianna; two brothers, Rhae Bradham of Nottingham, and Mark Bradham of Dover, Del.; and two sisters, Rosemary Pedretti of California and Charlotte Gentry of Oxford. She was preceded in death by a brother, Lee Bradham.
A memorial service was held Nov. 5. Visit www.elcollinsfuneralhome.com.
ROBERT F. MULLEN
Robert F. Mullen, 75, of Coatesville, passed away on Nov. 1 at Neighborhood Hospice in West Cheste.
He was the husband of Maryanne Herman Facciolli-Mullen, with whom he shared 10 years of marriage. Born in Chester, he was the son of the late John and Carma Moeller Mullen. He was a State Farm Insurance agent in Bear, Del., retiring in 2015 after 40 years of service. He was a member of the Episcopal Church of the Advent in Kennett Square. He enjoyed golfing, traveling, going to his grandkids' sporting events, and being with his family and friends.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by three sons, Robert Mullen, Jr. and his wife Helen of Wilmington, Del., Michael Mullen and his wife Tracy of Clayton, Del., and David Mullen and his wife Melinda of Newark, Del.; one daughter, Kathleen Tucker and her husband Steve of Clayton, Del.; two stepsons, Joseph B. Facciolli and his wife Colleen of Elverson, and Jaret E. Facciolli and his wife Mindy of West Lawn, Pa.; one stepdaughter, Nicole Ellis and her husband Glenn of West Chester; 18 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
A funeral was held Nov. 6. In his memory, a contribution may be made to Neighborhood Hospice, 400 East Marshall Street, West Chester, PA 19380. Online condolences may be made by visiting www.griecocares.com.
ROBERT PEARSON DELANEY
Robert “Bob” Pearson Delaney, 86, a longtime resident of Pocopson Township, died on Oct. 31 at Christiana Hospital.
He was married to Anna “June” Sherratt Delaney for 40 years before her death in 1993. He was born in Roxborough to William Pearson Delaney and Ella Raybold Delaney. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict. He spent his working years with Gulf Oil Corporation, SunOlin Chemical Corporation, and Ace Appliance Service, retiring in 1993. He was a deeply religious man and served both as a deacon and as a trustee at the First Baptist Church of Kennett Square. He was a member of the Palestine-Roxborough Masonic Lodge No. 135 F&AM. He liked reading detective stories and was a talented gardener. He was an avid wildlife observer and chose his retirement cottage at Ware Village in Oxford partly because it overlooked a good bird watching site. He took great pleasure in attending family reunions each summer.
He is survived by one son, Mark Delaney of West Grove; three daughters, Karen (Bruce) Brown of Downingtown, Laurel Delaney of West Chester, and Gail (Jim) Hartsky of West Chester; two brothers, Walt Delaney of Lafayette Hill and Bill Delaney of Wayne; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. In addition to his wife, he was predeceased by one brother, Richard Delaney.
A funeral was held Nov. 6. Burial was in Longwood Cemetery in Kennett Square. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1626 Locust Street, Philadelphia. PA 19103; and/or The First Baptist Church of Kennett Square, 415 W. State St., Kennett Square, PA 19348. Online condolences may be made by visiting www.griecocares.com.
ALICE BITTON WILCOX
Alice Bitton Wilcox, daughter of the late Saul and the late Clara (Ibgui) Bitton, 81, of West Grove, died on Nov. 4 at Twin Pines Health Care Center in West Grove.
She was the wife of the late Earl Wilcox, who died in 2003, and with whom she shared 55 years of marriage. She was born in Casablanca, Morocco, grew up outside of France, and worked on a U.S. Air Force base in Morocco, where she met her husband. She was fluent in French, Arabic and English. For over 25 years, she was an event coordinator for Three Little Bakers dinner theater. She was an amazing gourmet chef, cooking anything Moroccan, Mediterranean, and French. She loved to entertain and was always dressed to the nines. She was a member of the Kennett Area Senior Center, Italian American Club, Bowling Club, and visited the elderly regularly.
Survivors include two daughters, Brenda Baccino of Oxford and Jacqueline Hicks (Billy) of Kennett Square; four brothers, Armand, Danny, Jackie, and Jius; three sisters, Helen, Paulette and Sylvia; four grandchildren, Billy (Melanie), Jamie (Kate), Michelle and Elyse; and five great-grandchildren, Gavin, Grace, Grant, Graham, and Alex. She was predeceased by her daughter, Jessie Wilcox.
Interment was in Union Hill Cemetery in Kennett Square. Contributions in her memory may be made the Kennett Area Senior Center, 427 S. Walnut St., Kennett Square, PA 19348; or to Cure Progressive Supra Nuclear Palsy, 30 E. Padonia Rd., Suite 201, Timonium, MD 21093. To view her online obit and to share a memory with her family, visit www.griecocares.com.
RICHARD L. KREUTZFELDT
Richard Leroy Kreutzfeldt, 81, of West Grove, died on Nov. 6.
He was the husband of Wanda (Alley) Kreutzfeldt, with whom he shared 24 years of marriage. Formerly of Bucks County and New Market, Va., Richard was born in Farmer, S.D. He was the son of the late Alfred and Anna (Lienemann) Kreutzfeldt. Richard served our country in the Army during the Korean War. He was an engineer in the battery industry for many years, retiring in 1998. He loved woodworking, golf, and writing about Christianity. He was a Christian man his entire life and was a member of West Grove United Methodist Church. He was loved by everyone who knew him.
Survivors include, in addition to his wife, two sons, Steve and his wife Lynn of Felton, Pa., and Stan and his wife Chris of Pinehurst, N.C.; three daughters, Shawn and her husband Pat of Folsom, Pa., Janine Stover and her husband Eric of Lincoln University, and Jane Fountain of Billings, Mont.; 13 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his former wife, Arlis (Forester) Kreutzfeldt; and daughter Sherry Stolis in 1991.
A visitation with family and friends will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. Nov. 15 at the West Grove United Methodist Church (300 N. Guernsey Rd., West Grove). A celebration of life will follow at 3 p.m. Contributions in his memory can be made to the West Grove Youth Garage, 122 Rosehill Avenue, West Grove, PA 19390. To obtain his online obituary, visit www.griecocares.com.
ELIZABETH STALLER WHITTLE
Elizabeth “Betty” Staller Whittle, 95, of Kennett Square, died on Nov. 8 at Kendal Community in Kennett Square.
She was the wife of the late Wilson H. Whittle, who died in 2003, and with whom she shared 60 years of marriage. Born in Mount Carmel, Pa., she was the daughter of the late Howard W. and the late Grace Owens Staller. Betty studied dental hygiene at Penn and was a dental hygienist in Philadelphia in the early years, where she met Wilson. They married in 1942. She was a longtime member of the Episcopal Church of the Advent and enjoyed hosting the annual church picnic at the family farm in Kennett. She was a member of the Seedlings garden club, and the Kennett Country Club, where she loved playing golf and tennis. She volunteered for many years at the Encore Resale shop. She loved gardening and cooking for her children and grandchildren. Her kitchen was known as “Gramma’s bar and grill.” She loved traveling abroad and to many of the 50 states with Wilson in their RV. They especially loved their campground in the Florida Keys and going to Penn State football games. She enjoyed the Philadelphia Orchestra, theatre, and playing tennis with the girls.
Survivors include one son, Jeffrey Whittle and his wife Carolyn of Kennett Square; one daughter, Katherine W. Turner and her husband Bill of Kennett Square; six grandchildren, Matthew Grieco (Sherry) of Avondale, Susan Grieco of West Grove, Scott Whittle (Gina) of West Chester, Leslie Brewer (David) of Leesburg, Va., Josh Turner (Angelina) of Maine, and Benjamin Turner of Maine; and 15 great-grandchildren.
A visitation with family and friends will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. Nov. 14 at the Kuzo & Grieco Funeral Home Inc. (250 W. State St., Kennett Square). A memorial service celebrating her life will follow at 11 a.m. Interment will be held privately in Union Hill Cemetery. Contributions in her memory made be made to the Kennett Area Senior Center, 427 S. Walnut St., Kennett Square, PA 19348; or to the Episcopal Church of the Advent, 201 Crestline Drive, Kennett Square, PA 19348. To view her online tribute and to share a memory with her family, visit www.griecocares.com.
FRANK J. SIPALA, JR.
Frank J. Sipala, Jr., 87, of Lincoln University, passed away suddenly on Nov. 7, surrounded by his family at Jennersville Regional Hospital in West Grove.
He was the husband of Marie A. Jacobs Sipala, with whom he shared 65 years of marriage. Born in Wilmington, Del., he was the son of the late Frank, Sr., and Mary Lamonica Sipala. Frank was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and served in World War II. He retired as a real estate broker. He was a member of Sacred Heart Church in Oxford. He was a founding member of the Knights of Columbus and served as usher. He was a golfer, artist and woodworker. Frank was a family man who was devoted to his family.
He is survived by his wife; two daughters, Debra Broadbent (Randy) of New London, and Joyce Justison of Wilmington, Del.; one son, Frank J. Sipala, III of Middletown, Del.; nine grandchildren, Jennifer Haws, Erin Sharp, Fredrick Justison, Jr., Katherine Broadbent, Dr. Jason Justison, Eric Broadbent, Jaclyn Wimmer, Frank J. Sipala, IV and Jamie Lynn Sipala; six great-grandchildren; one brother, George Sipala (Helen) of Chadds Ford; one sister, Lucille North of Wilmington, Del.; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a brother, Joseph Sipala; and two sisters, Jenny Razze and Mary King.
A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Nov. 14 at Sacred Heart Church (203 Church Rd., Oxford), where friends and family may visit from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. Interment will be in Oxford Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to Sacred Heart Church, 203 Church Rd., Oxford, PA 19363. Visit www.elcollinsfuneralhome.com.
WINIFRED FITTIN WISMER
Winifred Fittin Wismer, 81, of Oxford, passed away on Nov. 9 at Ware Presbyterian Village in Oxford.
She was the wife of the late Walter Graham Wismer and was preceded in death by her first husband, Thomas Francis Fittin. Born in Upper Darby, she was the daughter of the late Edmund M. and Edna McIntire Blanken. Winifred graduated from Hershey High School in 1952 and received her Bachelor of Science in chemistry from the University of Delaware in 1956. She was analytical chemist for Atlas Chemical, and later taught science for the Morrestown Friends School in Nre Jersey. She was a member of Oxford United Methodist Church. She served in a church choir since the 11th grade, president of Women’s Fellowship, served as a Sunday and Bible school teacher and was active in Christian Women’s Club. Winifred also served her community by volunteering at Ware Presbyterian Village. She enjoyed sewing, knitting, counted cross-stitch, gardening and flower arranging.
She is survived by one son, David F. Fittin of Shillington; two daughters, Michele F. Jarvis (Richard W.) of Naples, Fla., and Deborah L. Snyder (Kenneth W.) of Wilmington, Del.; two stepsons, John G. Wismer (Vikki) of Williamsburg, Va., and Linwood R. Wismer (Cindy) of Marlton, N.J.; nine grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and one brother, Charles M. Blanken (Nancy) of Lancaster. She was preceded in death by her sister and brother, Carolyn Brown and Edmund M. Blanken.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Nov. 12, with visitation preceding the service at 10 a.m. at the Oxford United Methodist Church (18 Addison St., Oxford). Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to Willow Tree Hospice, 616 E. Cypress St., Kennett Square, PA 19348; or Compassion International, 12290 Voyager Parkway, Colorado Springs, CO 80921-3668. Visit www.elcollinsfuneralhome.com.