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Obituaries for the week of Dec. 21

12/22/2015 10:44AM ● By J. Chambless

BRIAN R. AYLLON

Brian R. Ayllon, 16, of Kennett Square, passed away on Dec. 22 at the Jennersville Regional Hospital.

Brian was born in West Chester, the son of Roberto and Maricela Avila Ayllon. He was an 11th grade student at Kennett High School, where he was a member of the a capella choir and the marching band. He was a member of FARGO and the Win program. He enjoyed writing, playing the flute, singing, and playing video games.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by one brother, Edson Ayllon of Kennett Square; and one sister, Kassandra Ayllon of Kennett Square.

A visitation with family and friends will be held from 4:30 to 7 p.m. on Dec. 29 at St. Rocco Catholic Church (333 Sunny Dell Rd., Avondale). His funeral mass will follow at 7 p.m. Burial will be at 10 a.m. Dec. 30 at St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Kennett Square.

In memory of Brian, a contribution may be made to the Friends of Music, c/o Kennett High School, 100 E. South Street, Kennett Square, PA 19348. To leave a message of condolence, visit www.griecocares.com.

ROSEMARY M. KEHOE

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 was celebrated Dec. 18. Interment was 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 www.elcollinsfuneralhome.com.

F.M. MOOBERRY

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  www.griecocares.com.

DAVID J. SOLDO, SR.

David J. Soldo, Sr., 63, of Oxford, passed away on Dec. 16 at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury, Md.

He was employed with BASF Company in Newport, Del., as a power house operator, and was formerly employed with NVF in Yorklyn, Del., as a maintenance foreman. David enjoyed his Harley Davidson motorcycle and spending time fishing at his vacation home in Ocean City, Md.

He is survived by one son, David J. Soldo, Jr. (Michelle) of Bear, Del.; one daughter, Nichole Foraker (George Henderson) of Colora, Md.; three grandchildren, Tyler, Kayla and Jared; nephew, Mike Drenkhahn; and loving companion, Dolores DeHaven of Oxford. He was preceded in death by his wife, Elaine; and son, Keith Soldo.

A viewing was held Dec. 21. Interment was private. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to Eli Seth Matthews Leukemia Foundation, Inc., PO Box 33 Oxford, PA 19363. Online condolences may be made at www.elcollinsfuneralhome.com.

NINA M. BRAMBLE

Nina M. Bramble, 85, of West Grove, passed away on Dec. 18 at the Jennersville Regional Hospital.

Born in Houston, Texas, she was the daughter of the late Zander and Lucille James Seaton. She was a nurses aide at the Emily P. Bissell Hospital in Wilmington, Del., when she retired. Nina enjoyed gardening, cooking, traveling, and being with her family and friends.

She is survived by three sons, Henry W. McKinney III of West Grove, Harry W. McKinney and his wife Carolyn “Bunny” of Chadds Ford, and Harold “Butch” W. McKinney of West Grove; one daughter, Bonnie M. Schroder and her husband Charles of West Grove; one brother, Jack Seaton of Bear, Del.; four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Nina was predeceased by one brother, William “Bill” Seaton.

A visitation with family and friends will be held from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Dec. 23 at the Kuzo & Grieco Funeral Home (250 W. State St., Kennett Square). Her funeral service will follow at 11 a.m. Burial will be in the New London Presbyterian Church Cemetery. Online condolences may be made by visiting www.griecocares.com.

JOSEPHINE F. FAHEY

Josephine (“Jodie”) Fahey, 93, died peacefully on Dec. 20, under the care of the staff at the Linden Hall Nursing Facility and Willow Tree Hospice.

She was a lifelong resident of Kennett, and member of St. Patrick Church. She graduated from Kennett High School, attended Goldey Business (later Goldey-Beacom College), and enjoyed a 40-year career at Atlas Powder Company and its successors. Jodie was kind and generous, and she valued her many long-term relationships with early schoolmates, neighbors, relatives, and co-workers, and was cared for by and respected by dedicated friends from near and far. She was known for her amazing memory and knowledge of every aspect of her extended family’s lives, and honored her heritage by passing down a lifetime of family stories and possessions.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert E. and Kathryn Keating Fahey; and a sister-in-law, Elizabeth Mullen Fahey. She is succeeded by a brother, Edward J. Fahey and his wife Susan; three nieces, Susan Calio (James), Patricia Donmoyer (Larry), and Jane Orner (John); a nephew, Robert F. Fahey (Carolyn); two contemporary cousins, Msgr. Charles J. Fahey and James L. Keating; 10 great-nieces and nephews; and seven great-great nieces and nephews.

Friends are asked to contribute to charities of their choice and are invited to a requiem mass at St. Patrick Church (212 Meredith St., Kennett Square) at 11 a.m. on Dec. 28. Interment will be private. To view her online obituary, visit www.griecocares.com.

RUTH ELIZABETH RUBINCAN

Ruth Elizabeth Rubincan, 94, of Wilmington, Del., passed away on Dec. 21 at Brandywine Nursing Home in Wilmington.

Born in Oxford, she was the daughter of the late Benjamin and Julia Janowyc Rubincan. Ruth retired from Amtek (formerly Havec) in Wilmington. When she was not working, she enjoyed spending time with her family and doing crossword puzzles.

She is survived by a great-niece, Suzanne Rubincan; great-great-nephew, Matthew Heinemann; sister-in-law, Madeline Rubincan; sister, Patricia Foresteri (Jack); sister-in-law, Anna Rubincan; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by three sisters, Ida Swift, Alice Houck and Ella Rubincan; and two brothers, Benjamin and John Rubincan.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Dec. 26 at the Edward L. Collins, Jr. Funeral Home (86 Pine St., Oxford). Interment will be in Oxford Cemetery. 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 www.elcollinsfuneralhome.com.


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