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Obituaries for the week of Dec. 14

12/14/2015 01:31PM ● By J. Chambless


Donald L. Poole, Sr., 82, of Unionville, passed away on Dec. 6 at his residence.

He was the husband of Shirley Allaband Poole, with whom he shared 63 years of marriage. Born in Lancaster County, he was the son of the late Onyx and Mary Alice Coates Poole. He was a farmer working for Edgar Scott in Unionville for 20 years, retiring in 2008. He had also worked for New Bolton Center and Landhope Farms. Don was a 50-year member of the First Baptist Church of Kennett Square, where he was a Deacon Emeritus. He enjoyed gardening, cooking, making fudge, cooking for the men’s breakfast at the First Baptist Church of Kennett Square, and enjoyed being with his family and friends.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, Donald L. Poole, Jr., and his wife Donna of West Grove, and Kenneth B. Poole and his wife Patricia of Nottingham; three daughters, Kathleen Allaband of Unionville, Donna Bogle and her husband George of West Grove, and Barbara J. West and her husband Joseph of Kennett Square; one brother, Robert Poole of Nottingham; three sisters, Nancy Poole Allaband of Nottingham, Betsy Tome of Rising Sun, Md., and Mary Jane Krimmer of Oxford; 13 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

A funeral service was held Dec. 12. Burial was in the Unionville Cemetery. In memory of Don, a contribution may be made to the First Baptist Church of Kennett Square (415 W. State St., Kennett Square). To leave an online condolence, visit


Donald Earl Hanway, Jr., 79, of Unionville, died on Dec. 6 after a long illness.

He was the husband of Nancy Jordan Hanway, with whom he shared 58 years of marriage. Born in Wilmington, Del., he was the son of the late Donald Earl and the late Eva (Moore) Hanway. Donald was employed at the DuPont Experimental Station for 13 years. He then worked as an electrician and project manager for Tri- M for 32 years before retiring in 2000. He was a longtime member of Bethany Presbyterian Church, where he served as financial secretary, Elder, Deacon and trustee. Don enjoyed many summer vacations at Ocean City, N.J., with his family. He coached youth soccer and baseball for many years. In his retirement, you could always find him at one of his six grandchildren’s sporting events, rooting them on.

In addition to his wife, Don is survived by one son, Scott Hanway and his wife Sharon of New London; two daughters, Lori Hanway of Wilmington, Del., and Barbara Hanway of Chadds Ford; and six grandchildren, Jamie Testa (Gregory), Jodi Hammond (Andrew), Thomas Hammond (Jillian), Paige Hammond, Kaylee Hanway and Zachary Hanway. He was predeceased by a sister, Dorothy Loller.

A visitation with Don's family will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. on Dec. 19 at Bethany Presbyterian Church (316 Kennett Pike, Chadds Ford). A memorial service celebrating his life will follow at 11:30 a.m. Interment will be held privately at Longwood Cemetery. Contributions in his memory may be made to National Parkinsons Foundation, 200 SE 1st Street, Suite 800, Miami, FL 33131; or to Bethany Presbyterian Church, PO Box 17, Mendenhall, PA 19357. To view his online tribute and to share a memory with his family, visit


Kathleen "Dollie" Bonsall Davis, 84, of West Grove, passed away on Dec. 8 in Newark, Del.

She was the wife of the late Ronald B. Davis, who passed away in December of 2014, and with whom she shared 65 years of marriage. Born in West Chester, she was a daughter of the late Robert J. Bonsall, Sr., and the late Violet McClintock Bonsall. Dollie was a technician for Thatcher’s and CVS Pharmacies in Kennett Square, retiring in 2006. She enjoyed cooking Sunday and holiday dinners for her family. She enjoyed bingo every Friday night with her friends at the Kennett Senior Center. She also loved to go to Delaware Park and Atlantic City. Recently, Dollie became an avid Phillies fan. Her home was filled with memories and many family photographs.

Survivors include one son, Kenneth J. Davis (Claudia) of Newark, Del.; and one daughter, Cynthia L. Colvin (Brian) of Avondale. Predeceasing her were two sons, Lawrence A. Davis in 2008, and Thomas J. Davis (who died shortly after birth). She also left behind two sisters, Joanne Cox and Mildred Spencer; and two brothers, Robert J. Bonsall, Jr., and James T. Bonsall. Predeceasing her were her brothers, Raymond Bonsall, Richard Bonsall, Edward Bonsall; and one sister, Margaret Bonsall. She had seven grandchildren, Susan, Jamie, Kellie, Justin, Stephanie, Brian and Kristen; and seven great-grandchildren, Nicole, Clay, Grey, Mia, Bryn, Christian and Isabella.

Services and interment will be held privately. In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to Penn Medicine, Chester County Hospital for Cancer Research, 701 E. Marshall Street, West Chester, PA 19380. To view her online tribute and to share a memory with her family, visit


Harlan G. Cooper of Oxford passed away on Dec. 9.

He was in the company of his family when he passed peacefully. Harlan is survived by his wife, Nancy E. Cooper; their four children, Linda, Jon, Glenn and Ellen; and his grandchildren, Bryce, Cole, and Chadwick Boyd.

Born in West Chester in 1934 to Florence and Lawrence Cooper, Harlan was one of six children. He is also survived by his two sisters, Janis Clay of West Chester, and Margaret Place, of Egg Harbor City, N.J.; and his brother Manifred of Nottingham. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Leroy and Frank.

Harlan’s family moved to Oxford in 1948 after purchasing a farm south of town. Harlan attended Oxford High School, where he was a third basemen for the baseball team. He and Nancy met in high school and were married in 1954. Shortly after high school, Harlan went to work for Oxford Plumbing and Heating. He retired from Oxford Plumbing & Heating after 43 years of service. Harlan enjoyed many activities throughout his life. Growing up on a farm, he became an avid hunter and fisherman. Every fall, he and his brothers pursued grouse and wild turkey in many parts of Pennsylvania. On spring weekends, he enjoyed fly fishing for trout in his favorite streams. In his later years, he filled his summer days with golf outings in the camaraderie of friends at local courses. In 1967, Harlan and his brothers purchased land in Fulton County, where they built a cabin for their families and friends to enjoy. The cabin still stands and remains a source of enjoyment for the family.

A memorial service will be held at 4:30 p.m. on Dec. 20 at the Oxford United Methodist Church (18 Addison St., Oxford, PA 19363), where friends and family may visit from 3 to 4:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the Oxford United Methodist Church. Visit


Marie Kelso Kent, 74, of Lincoln University, passed away suddenly on Dec. 8.

Born in Clifton Heights, Pa., in 1941, she was the daughter of the late William Kelso and the late Elizabeth Halfpenny Kelso. She was the beloved wife of Paul "Stanley" Kent; mother of Donna Marchand (Rick), Paul Kent (Brett Wilson) and Trish Kent-Allen (Mark); grandmother of Thomas Marchand, Michael Marchand, Christopher Marchand, Elizabeth Marchand, Tyler Allen and Corey Allen; sister of Elizabeth Giles, Sally DiGiorgio, Happy Johnston, William Kelso, Dina Heller, Tootsie Freidly, Muggsy Kelso and John Kelso. She was predeceased by her siblings, Wilma Giannatusio and Jamie Kelso.

A funeral was held Dec. 14. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Marie's memory may be sent to


Alta F. Caudell, daughter of the late Walter and Annie Thompson, passed away on Dec. 10 at the Pocopson Home.

She was born in Ashe County, N.C., on Dec. 5, 1929. She was employed by Hewlett Packard Company for several years.

Alta is survived by her son, Bradford G. Sharp and wife Kathy of New Lenox, Ill.; two grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; one brother, Alan "Bill" Thompson and wife Nancy of West Grove; and one sister, Alice Lewis and husband Steve of Cochranville. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Albert Thompson and wife Betty; and her sister, Alma Levenite and husband Kenneth; and two nephews, Steven and Timothy.

Funeral services were private. Online condolences can be posted at


Rosemary M. Kehoe, 84, of Cochranville, formerly of Glenolden, passed away on Dec. 14 at Twin Pines Health Care Center in West Grove.

She was the wife of the late Joseph I. Kehoe. Born in Philadelphia, she was the daughter of the late Richard and Rose Hopkins Lynn. Rosemary was employed with General Electric Space Division in Valley Forge as a systems analyst. She was a member of Sacred Heart Church in Oxford, and was formerly a member of Our Lady of Fatima, Glenolden, where she served as a Eucharistic Minister. Rosemary enjoyed singing, crossword puzzles, and the Stone Harbor beaches in the summer.

She is survived by one son, Joseph J. Kehoe of Cochranville; two grandchildren, Carrie Kehoe (Ryan) and Wendy Wilroy; three great-grandchildren, Harper, Logan and Cassidy; and one sister, Marguerite (Peggy) Guimond of Hartford, Conn.

Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Dec. 18 at Sacred Heart Church (203 Church Rd., Oxford), where friends and family may visit from 10 to 10:45 a.m. Interment will be in Saints Peter and Paul Cemetery in Springfield. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to The Alzheimer's Association, P.O. Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090-6011. Visit


F.M. Mooberry died peacefully on Dec. 11 at Kendal at Longwood, where she was a resident.

F.M. was born in 1930 in Albert Lea, Minn., as that was the closest hospital to her hometown of Northwood, Iowa. She grew up active in the Girl Scouts and committed to a professional Scouting career. Graduating from the University of Iowa, she became the executive at the Shinning Trail Council in Burlington, Iowa. Her Scouting career was interrupted when she married David Mooberry in 1953 and after a short stay at Purdue, moved to Delaware. She joined the Wilmington Area Council with responsibility for Cecil County, Md. A growing family and husband’s transfers cut short the scouting career and she changed to her back-up interest, horticulture. F.M. was a guide at Longwood Gardens in the late '60s and early '70s but, returning from a move to Princeton, she became a volunteer at the new Brandywine River Museum. When Frolic Weymouth asked her, “Can’t you do something about this tiny garden and the ugly parking lot?" a new career was solidified. She decided that the garden at an institution committed to protecting the Brandywine Valley should be committed to protecting the native plants of the region. As coordinator of horticulture at the museum, she worked with 40 other volunteers and lots of truckloads of mushroom soil to create an outstanding native plant garden.

F.M.’s career as gardener, educator, designer, author, speaker, collector of seeds for commercial growers and advocate for native plants flourished. In1990, she started the Native Plants in the Landscape Conference at Millersville University that is still active today. Along the way, she discovered an unusual white seedling of Phlox paniculata that she named for her husband. Phlox ‘David’ was named Perennial Plant of the year in 2002. F.M. was also an active member of the London Grove Friends Meeting.

F.M. is survived by a very close and loving family, including her husband of 62 years; her daughter, Susan Mooberry and husband Greg Paterson of San Antonio, Texas; her son, Douglas Mooberry and wife Pat Pusey Mooberry of Unionville; and four grandchildren, Alex of San Antonio, Elizabeth of Alexandria Virginia, Jessie of Turkey, and Brinton, a senior at Lehigh University.

A celebration of her life will be held in the New Year. Contributions in her memory may be made to London Grove Friends Meeting, 500 Street Rd., Kennett Square, PA 19348. To view her online obituary, visit

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