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Obituaries for the week of Jan. 25

01/26/2016 01:31PM ● By J. Chambless


William “Bill” R. Kuntz, 78, of Landenberg, died on Jan. 15 at Seasons Hospice in Newark, Del.

He was the husband of the late Lila Rose Conklin Kuntz, who died in 2012, and with whom he shared 50 years of marriage. Born in Lock Haven, Pa., he was the son of the late Raymond and Marion Kuntz. He was a machine mechanic for Wyeth Laboratories for over 30 years. He enjoyed playing volleyball, watching Penn State football, crossword puzzles, listening to 1950s music and vacationing at the summer cabin with the family. He was a member of the Italian American club in Kennett Square and West Chester.

Survivors include one son, Patrick Kuntz and his wife Lisa of Landenberg; two daughters, Lisa Mills and her husband Gilbert of Elmer, N.J., and Lana Cornette of Oxford; four brothers, Richard, Jack, Charlie, Raymond all of Lock Haven; three sisters, Barbara Barzona, Rita Clark, and Patricia Kuntz, all of Lock Haven; and six grandchildren, Sheena Kuntz, Cody Kuntz, Kylie Beyer, Blaine Cornette, Eden Cornette and Sally Cornette. He was predeceased by two brothers and three sisters.

A funeral was held Jan. 22. To view his online tribute and to share a memory with his family, visit


Frances F. Hewton, 84, of West Chester, passed away on Jan. 17 at the Pocopson Home.

Born in Lewiston, Maine, she was the daughter of the late David and Mary Madeline McGrath Frieman. She was a homemaker who enjoyed shopping, dining out with her friends, going to art museums, summers at the Jersey Shore, trips back to Maine, and especially enjoyed being with her family and friends.

Frances is survived by one son, Robert D. Hewton and his wife Ellen of West Chester; one daughter, Cathryn King and her husband Michael of West Grove; two brothers, Donald Frieman of Philadelphia, and James Frieman of Florida; two sisters, Arlene Dowd and Susan Davis, both of Philadelphia; and four grandchildren, Kelly, Katherine, Lindsey and David.

Her service and burial were private. In lieu of flowers, a contribution may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Delaware Valley Chapter, 620 Freedom Boulevard, Suite 101, King of Prussia, PA 19406. Online condolences may be made by visiting


Georgette E. Sullivan, 93, died peacefully of natural causes on Jan. 14 at Crosslands Retirement Community in Kennett Square.

Born in France, she spoke French in her family of origin. In high school in Oakland, Calif., she was president of the Girls' Athletic Association, and captain of the high school softball team. Georgette's married life was dedicated to her children, Michele, Kenneth and Dennis, and husband Robert. She had a passion for nurturing and caring for nature, and all creatures large and small. Active in her children's scouting and school programs, she and Robert sponsored several international students and volunteered generously to many local causes. They traveled extensively, "chasing" birds to many places in the world. In her mid-50s, she and her husband served in the Peace Corps in Swaziland.

She loved reading Shakespeare, watching baseball (her favorite was the double play, no matter which team), playing Scrabble, book repair, ping-pong, opera, gardening and birding. She was widely admired and loved, and will be missed by many.

She is survived by her daughter Michele and her husband Jim; her sons Kenneth and his wife Carolyn, and Dennis Sullivan; by her beloved sister, Rosemarie and her husband John and their sons and daughter, Steve, Eric and Renee Johnson. Georgette had grandchildren and great-grandchildren, all of whom live in Australia.

A memorial meeting for worship will be held at Centre Monthly Meeting (311 Center Meeting Rd., Greenville, Del.) on Feb. 6 at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to any of the following: Centre Monthly Meeting, Pat Roberston Treasurer, attn: Freeman Miller, 5 Log Church Rd., Centreville, DE 19807; Forgotten Cats (; Prescott Audubon Society (; or the National Park Service ( To share a memory with her family, visit


On Jan. 11, Aidan Andrews Young died peacefully at home with his family surrounding him, after a prolonged fight with a rare, recurrent brain tumor.

Aidan was born on June 29, 2004 and lived in Placencia, Belize and Chatham, Pa. He is survived by his mother, Julia Gardner; his father, Carlton "Patu" Young (of Placencia, Belize); and his brother, Damien Berry (of Santa Catalina, Panama); his grandparents, Timothy and Nina Gardner; as well as many aunts, uncles and cousins.

A celebration of Aidan's life will be held on Jan. 30 at 3:30 pm, at Upland Country Day School (420 W. Street Rd., Kennett Square).

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Aidan Andrews Young Fund to support the Pediatric Advanced NeeDs Assessment (PANDA) and Care Team at Children's National Medical Center to honor Aidan's spirit of determination and the outstanding care provided by Debbie Lafond, Lauren Hancock and Eugene Hwang, who brought much healing comfort, meaning and joy to Aidan's life journey. Checks may be made and sent to: The AAY Fund of Children's Hospital, ATTN: Dianne Wicklein, Children's Hospital Foundation, 801 Roeder Road, Suite 300 Silver Spring, MD 20910. To share a memory with Aidan’s family, visit


Mario M. Raimato, 83, of Kennett Square, died on Jan. 24 at home.

He was the husband of Florence M. Spence Raimato, with whom he shared 53 years of marriage. Born in 1932 in Kennett Square, he was the son of the late Gelsomino Raimato and the late Mafalda Musischi Raimato. He graduated from St. Patrick Elementary School and Kennett High School Class of 1950. He was a member of UAW Local 435. Mario was a member of St. Patrick Church in Kennett Square. He was a paint inspector with General Motors for 29 1/2 years before retiring. Mario loved his family and it brought him great joy to spend time with them at the beach, attending church and during Sunday dinners which he hosted weekly. He was also a big NASCAR fan and loved to tend to his garden. He was adored by his grandchildren and was a role model for his entire family.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his daughter, Lynn Raimato Commodari (Jim Hamilton) of Newark, Del.; son, Mario Michael Raimato, Jr. (Michelle) of Avondale; grandchildren, Christopher Commodari, Lauren Commodari, Chelsea Commodari, Rebecca Raimato, Francis Raimato and Samuel Raimato; brother, Frank Raimato; and sister, Marie McMillen, both of Kennett Square. He was preceded in death by brothers, James Raimato, Henry Raimato, Robert Raimato and Michael Raimato.
A visitation with family and friends will be held Jan. 29 from 6 to 9 p.m. at DellaVecchia, Reilly, Smith & Boyd Funeral Home, Inc. (410 N. Church St., West Chester, His funeral mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Jan. 30 at St. Patrick Church (212 Meredith St., Kennett Square). Interment will be in St. Patrick Cemetery in Kennett Square. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, 1617 JFK Blvd., Suite 700, Philadelphia, PA 19103.


Carrie E. Church, 58, of Downingtown, passed away on Jan. 18 at Ware Presbyterian Village in Oxford.

She was the wife of the late Earl Church. Born in West Grove, she was the daughter of the late Crawford and Lydia May Patterson. Carrie loved teddy bears, scratch-off tickets and spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.

She is survived by four children, Phillip Patterson (Roslyn) of East Earl, Sarah Walton of Oxford, Rebecca Walton of Downingtown and Nicole Walton of Reading; one adopted daughter, Carrie G. Church of Boston, Mass.; one brother, Samuel Patterson of Cochranville; and three sisters, Peggy Patterson of Oxford, Lori Patterson of East Earl, and Alice Shelly of Clay Township. She was preceded in death by a brother, Thomas E. Patterson, Sr.

Funeral services were held Jan. 26. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to American Cancer Society, PO Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718. Online condolences may be made at


William “Therm” Eller, Jr., 80, of Avondale, died on Jan. 19 at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center in Philadelphia.

He was the husband of Shirley A. (Kimberle) Eller, with whom he shared 57 years of marriage. Born in Landenberg, he was a son of the late William T. and the late Callie (Poe) Eller, Sr. Therm was a machine operator for Crowell Paper Company for over 35 years before retiring. He enjoyed hunting and fishing with his family.

Survivors include, in addition to his wife, three sons, Robert Eller and his wife Lori of Landenberg, Kevin Eller of Avondale, and William T. Eller III and his wife Samantha of Oxford; one daughter, Kimberly Barlow and her husband Charles of Oxford; two brothers, Charles Eller and his wife Marie of Conowingo, Md., and John Eller and his wife Linda of Boone, N.C.; two sisters, Elsie Blevins of Avondale and Jane Gibson of West Grove; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by three brothers and four sisters.

A visitation with family and friends will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. Feb. 6 at the Foulk & Grieco Funeral Home Inc. (200 Rose Hill Rd., West Grove). A memorial service celebrating his life will follow at 11 a.m. Interment will be held privately. Contributions in his memory may be made to Kennett Area Community Service (AKA Kennett Food Cupboard) or KACS, PO Box 1025, Kennett Square PA 19348. To view his online tribute and to share a memory with his family, visit