Obituaries for the week of Feb. 1
● By J. Chambless
Kathryn P. Whalen, 98, a resident of Oxford for over 70 years, passed away on Jan. 20 at Ware Presbyterian Village in Oxford.
She was the wife of the late Holly N. Whalen, who died in 1997, with whom she shared 56 years of marriage. Born in Mt. Eden Township, Lancaster County, she was the daughter of the late Walter C. and Mary Emma Groff Snyder. Beloved by all, she enjoyed her family, friends and neighbors, maintaining her home immaculately, cooking and gardening. Kathryn supplied room and board for the Defense Ladies during World War II.
She is survived by her sister, Pauline MacKenzie of Oxford; and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her sister, Dorothy Walker; and three brothers, Simon Snyder, James Snyder and Roy Snyder.
Funeral services were held Jan. 22. Interment was in Oxford Cemetery. Online condolences may be made at www.elcollinsfuneralhome.com.
OLIVER W. LITTLETON, JR.
Oliver “Ollie” Wilbert Littleton, Jr., 95, of West Grove, died on Jan. 24, surrounded by family, at the Chester County Hospital.
Born in 1920, he was the son of the late Oliver and Alice May Williams Littleton of Baltimore, Md. Ollie graduated from Washington College in Chestertown, Md., in 1942. He married Dorothy Reindollar Littleton, also a graduate of Washington College, in 1947. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II as a skipper of a minesweeper from 1944 to 1946. He spent 38 years with E.I. DuPont de Nemours in many locations, including Brazil, Chile and Australia, as well as Wilmington, Del. In his retirement, he enjoyed turning beautiful wooden bowls, travels with his wife, and six months per year at his beloved lake cabin in Wisconsin.
In addition to his wife, Ollie is survived by his son, Bruce Littleton; daughters, Terry Colburn, Karen Littleton, Suzanne Anderson; his grandchildren, Kelly, Dana, Taylor, Kyle, Jennabeth, Krista, Sarah and Ben; his great-grandchild,Trent; his nieces, Mary Anderson and Susan Waesche; and nephew, David Littleton. He was predeceased by one brother, Melvin Littleton.
Services were held privately. In lieu of flowers, send a smile or share a memory. To leave an online condolence, visit www.griecocares.com.
RICHARD S. DAVIS
Richard S. Davis, 75, of Kennett Square, passed away on Jan. 22 at Brandywine Hall in West Chester.
He was the husband of Shirley Peterson Davis, with whom he shared 38 years of marriage. Born in Philadelphia, he was the son of the late James and May Lawrence Davis. Richard was a security guard at the Chester County Prison. Prior to that, he had also worked at Lincoln University, Sears Hardware, Tri-M and the Kennett Senior Center. He was a member of the Greater Works Ministry in Kennett Square.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, Richard Davis of Parkesburg, and Jonathan Davis of Delaware.; two daughters, Rosiland Parker of South Carolina, and Antionette Davis of Media, Pa.; one sister, Dorothy Brison of Delaware; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren; stepchildren, Vandella Carter, Joann Hill, Sherry Bowman and Yvette Bowman; nine step-grandchildren; and eight step-great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by one daughter, Evette Davis; one brother, Jimmy Davis; one sister, Mary Davis; and one stepson, Richard Bowman.
His service and burial were private. Online condolences may be made by visiting www.griecocares.com.
ROBERT W. SHALVEY
Robert “Bob” W. Shalvey, 94, of Glen Mills, died on Jan. 23.
He was the husband of Gladys Palmer Shalvey, with whom he shared 60 years of marriage. Born in Wheeling, W.Va., he was the son of the late Herman J. and the late Virginia (Walters) Shalvey. He served our country in the Army as a Lieutenant during World War II. He was a science teacher at Mount Pleasant High School in Wilmington, Del., retiring in 1983. He enjoyed reading, gardening, and watching the circus. He enjoyed family vacations to Oglebay Park in Wheeling, W.Va.
Survivors include, in addition to his wife, one son, John R. Shalvey and his wife Stacy of West Grove; one daughter, Betsy A. Shalvey of Glen Mills; two grandchildren, Johnathan R. Shalvey of West Grove and Kelly Nilon of West Grove; and one great-grandson, Logan Snow.
A service was held Feb. 1. Interment was held privately in Lancaster, Pa. Contributions in his memory may be made to Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675. To view his online tribute and to share a memory with his family, visit www.griecocares.com.
Minnie Eldreth, 100, of West Grove, passed away on Jan. 27 at her residence.
She was the wife of Gene Eldreth, who passed away in 1980, and with whom she shared 30 years of marriage. Her first husband, Byard Blevins, passed away in 1948. Born in Lansing, N.C., she was the daughter of the late Isaac and Mary Miller Pennington. Minnie was a certified nursing assistant at Pocopson Home for 20 years, retiring in 1974. She enjoyed cooking, canning, crocheting, reading the Bible, going to church, having holiday dinners, and being with her family and friends.
Minnie is survived by one daughter, Carol Cross of West Grove; ten grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by two sons, Darrell Blevins and Jerry Blevins.
Her service and burial were private. Online condolences may be made by visiting www.griecocares.com.
WILLIAM V. CHALUPA
William (Bill) Victor Chalupa passed away at Paoli Memorial Hospital on Jan. 25 at the age of 78.
Bill was predeceased by his parents, Frank Chalupa and Jennie Ogrinz Chalupa of Kingwood Township and Port St, Lucie, Fla.; and his sister, Carol Chalupa Clerico of Hillsborough, N.J. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Barbara Fritsche Chalupa. Also surviving is his brother, James Chalupa, married to Sheri Bowlby Chalupa, of Port St Lucie, Fla., and Ringoes, N.J. He is also survived by his daughter, Judith (Judy) Chalupa Rossetti, married to Michael Rossetti of Henderson, Nev.; and son, William (Chip) Chalupa, married to Sondra Swisher Chalupa of Landenberg. He had five grandchildren, Angela Rossetti, Christopher Rossetti, Samantha Chalupa, Kirstin Chalupa, and Matthew Chalupa.
Bill Chalupa was born in New York City in 1937, graduated from Frenchtown High School in New Jersey and Rutgers University. He continued on to earn his masters and Ph.D. from the College of Agriculture at Rutgers University. He was employed in teaching and directing graduate students in the Dairy Science Department at Clemson University. He was then granted sabbatical leave to perform research at the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Beltsville, Md. He then was employed by Smith-Kline pharmaceutical at the research farm in West Chester, and for a short time at the University of Maryland. Lastly, he attained full professor at the University of Pennsylvania, conducting research at New Bolton Center and teaching in Philadelphia. During his career, Bill received several honors for his work. In May of 2003, he was awarded the George Hammell Cook Distinguished Alumni Award. In July of 2007, he was recognized by the Dairy Nutritionists of Mexico for his outstanding contribution to dairy nutrition. Bill enjoyed rooting for Clemson, Penn State, and Rutgers football and basketball teams. For many years he enjoyed skiing and playing golf. Bill was also concerned about protecting the environment. He was a founding board member of the Nature Center of Charlestown in Chester County.
Private funeral services were held Jan. 30 at Paoli Presbyterian Church. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Visit www.maugergivnish.com.
ENSBRENNER ROGERS PASTORIUS
Phyllis A. Bloom Ensbrenner Rogers Pastorius, 88, of West Grove, died on Jan. 27 at her home.
She was the wife of the late Donald D. Pastorius, who died in 1992, and with whom she shared 42 years of marriage. Born in Canton, Ohio, she was the daughter of the late Elmer J. and the late Margaret G. (Ensbrenner) Bloom. She was a retired bookkeeper, and had been employed by William H. Jester, Deb-Mark Mushrooms Inc., Roy T. Weston Inc., Speare Brothers and Grieco-Miller Printing Company of Chester. She kept the books on a volunteer basis for the Assumption BVM Church and school in West Grove.
She was a 1945 graduate of the Chester High School, where she was a member of the National Honor Society. She was a founding board member of the Alcoholism Recovery Center. She served two terms as secretary and did volunteer work for A.R.C. before it became affiliated with the Southern Chester County Medical Center. She also volunteered for Bowling Green Inn. Phyllis was a lifelong Roman Catholic and was a member of Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church in West Grove, where she served two terms as a Parish Council member and was a member of the “People of Joy” Charismatic Prayer Group. She enjoyed being with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, flower gardening, quilting, traveling, and reading.
She is survived by four sons, Dondial J. Pastorius of Claymont, Del., Robert Pastorius (Linda) of West Grove, Paul Pastorius of West Grove, and Dan Pastorius (Debbie) of Mesa, Ariz.; three daughters, Candance L. Johnson of Aston, Mary A. Bush (John) of West Grove, and Paula Lownes of West Grove; 21 grandchildren; and 24 great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by two sons, Arthur Pastorius and Mark Pastorius (Pat).
A funeral was held Feb. 1. Interment was in Union Hill Cemetery in Kennett Square. Contributions in her memory may be made to the Building Fund of Assumption BVM Church. To share a memory with her family, visit www.griecocares.com.
BETTY GHEEN JOSLYN
Betty Gheen Joslyn, 73, of Landenberg, passed away on Jan. 28 at the Jennersville Regional Hospital.
She was the wife of Richard K. Joslyn, with whom she shared 46 years of marriage. Born in West Chester, she was the daughter of the late James and Pearl Wilson Jordan. Betty was a space planner at Agilent Technologies in Wilmington, Del., retiring in 2007 after 30 years of service. She enjoyed painting, crafts, gardening, decorating, and being with her family and friends.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by two sons, Russell Gheen and his wife Tracey of Baldwin, Wis., and Richard A. Joslyn and his wife Faith of Newark, Del.; one brother, James Jordan (Terri) of Lewisville, Pa.; two sisters, Nancy Gresham (Fred) of Harrisburg, and Joyce Ross (Bill) of Landenberg; three grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Her service and burial were private. In lieu of flowers, a contribution may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. Online condolences may be made by visiting www.griecocares.com.
IRENE S. ROBERTS
Irene S. Roberts, 92, of Toughkenamon, died on Jan. 29 at Jennersville Regional Hospital.
She was the wife of the late Frank John Roberts, who died in 1987, and with whom she shared 45 years of marriage. Born in Clifton, N.C., she was a daughter of the late Joshua and the late Ella (Graybeal) Roark. Irene worked for many years for several mushroom canneries before working for NVF Company in Kennett Square. She loved watching NASCAR, especially Dale Earnhardt Jr., and enjoyed sewing.
Survivors include one daughter, Fay Eller (Paskel) of Toughkenamon; one sister, Grace Webb (Victor) of Rising Sun, Md.; two grandchildren, Brian Eller (Lisa) of New Castle, Del., and Kathleen Eller of Toughkenaman,; and three great-grandchildren, Brandon, Matthew and Amber. She was predeceased by a daughter, Judy; and two brothers, Gale Roark and Bob Roark.
A visitation with family and friends will be held from 11 a.m. to noon on Feb. 5 at the Kuzo & Grieco Funeral Home Inc. (250 W. State St., Kennett Square). A service celebrating her life will follow at noon. Interment will be in Union Hill Cemetery in Kennett Square. Contributions in her memory may be made to Kennett Community Services or KACS, PO Box 1025, Kennett Square PA 19348. To view her online tribute and to share a memory with her family, visit www.griecocares.com.
RAINEY FRED WINTERS, SR.
Rainey Fred Winters, Sr., 66, passed away peacefully at Jennersville Regional Hospital on Jan. 30. He was surrounded by his loving family.
Rainey was born Jan. 1, 1950, in Mountain City, Tenn., to the late Claude Harrison and Elvia Mae Stout Winters. Rainey attended Kennett High School until 1968. In 1970, he joined the United States Army. He rose from Private to Sargent (E-5) within two years. He also received his diploma in auto mechanics. In 1976, was honorably discharged from Fort Bragg, N.C. He was a member of the Oxford Lodge No. 353 Free and Accepted Masons and was a Masonic Master in 1989. He was a machine mechanic for KenneTex Yarn Factory, where he met his wife, Jeannie. They shared 34 year together.
He is survived by his wife, Yvonne “Jeannie” Winters of Oxford; daughter Natalie (with her husband John Furia); son Rainey Fred, Jr.; grandson John Furia, Jr., and Melissa (with family). Rainey had eight brothers and three sisters, including Voida (with her husband Bart) Brown of Mountain City, Harrison of Oxford, E. Odell (with wife Hazel) of West Grove, fraternal twin Wayne, Sr. (with wife Terry) of West Grove, Ollie (with husband Jim) of Neva, Tenn., J.D. (with Linda) of Oxford, W. Dean of Kennett Square, Denver (with wife Dee) of Oxford, Norman of Oxford, Debbie (with Jim) of Nottingham, Ronnie (with Virginia) of West Virginia, as well as several nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews. He was predeceased by two nephews, John F. Rosenbaum Jr., Bobby Jo Brown; and great-niece Taylor Renee Winters.
Funeral services will be held at 5 p.m. Feb. 4 at the Edward L. Collins, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc. (86 Pine St., Oxford), where friends and family may visit from 4 to 5 p.m. Interment will be private. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers donations in his memory may be made to The American Cancer Society, PO Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718. Online condolences may be made at www.elcollinsfuneralhome.com.
CATHERINE L. SCHOTTIN
Catherine L. Schottin, 85, of West Grove, passed away on Jan. 31 at Jennersville Regional Hospital in West Grove.
She was the wife of Robert A. Schottin, with whom she shared 66 years of marriage. Born in Buffalo, N.Y., she was the daughter of the late Joseph Gillogly and Gladys Blackmon McGowan. She was a member of Community of Love Lutheran Church in Oxford. Catherine enjoyed riding horses, the ocean, and especially spending time with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She is survived by her husband; son, Michael Schottin of Newark, Del.; two daughters, Linda Hinkelman of Oxford and Robin McFann of Holtwood; seven grandchildren, Dawn Singer (Brad) of Philipsburg, Anne LaManna (James) of Elkton, Md., Timothy Schottin of Cochranville, Valerie Watson of Elkton, Md., Jason Schottin of Jacksonville, N.C., Christian Watson of Hockessin, Del., Tracie Sebold (Bryan) of Elkton, Md.; 12 great-grandchildren; and brother, Douglas Gillogly (Grace) of Ithaca, N.Y.; two nieces; one nephew; and several cousins. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Barbara Watson.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Feb. 4 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 private. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to Community of Love Lutheran Church, 117 North Fourth St., Oxford, PA 19363, or a charity of your choice. Online condolences may be made at www.elcollinsfuneralhome.com.
ALBIE LUCILLE LEE
On Jan. 31, Albie L. Lee ascended to her eternal rest in Heaven.
Albie, affectionately known as Dollie, was born in 1931 in West Chester to Thomas Arrington and Luvinia Burruss. Albie was their only child. She took pride in the fact that she was a descendant of the intrepid Arctic explorer Matthew Henson. Albie attended Kennett Consolidated School District for the primary grades and Howard High School in Wilmington, Del., for high school. She also attended Spiggs & Donald Beauty Culture College, Lankenau Hospital, as well as The Lincoln University in Pennsylvania.
Albie accomplished many first as an African American woman. She was the first black lab technician at the Lankenau Hospital, the first black clerk at Arthur's Apparel Shop, and the first Medicare caseworker for Chester County Board of Assistance. She held numerous professional positions within her community, including Institutional Research Coordinator at The Lincoln University, Child Accountant Administrator for the Erin Dudley Forbes Charter School, and Local Registrar for the Pennsylvania Health Department and Vital Statistics. In her personal time, she enjoyed reading and writing, sports, arts and crafts, attending auctions and flea markets, modern jazz and classical music, knitting, crocheting, cross-stitching, Asian artifacts, yard sales and planting flowers.
Taking her role as an active leader in the community seriously, she joined and headed community organizations to make a difference. Some of the organizations in which she was involved include Cub Scouts, auditor, and Democratic committee person.
She leaves to cherish her memory six children, Keith, Francine, Arnise, Lawrene, Judy and Lenetta; her beloved seven grandchildren, Charlene, Arrin, Jonovan, Adrin, Theodore, Brandon and Langston; eight great-grandchildren; a host of nieces, nephews and cousins; and several of her children's friends, who adopted her as their second mom. She was preceded in death by her parents; and a son, Arrin Burruss.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Feb. 6 at the Edward L. Collins Jr. Funeral Home, Inc. (86 Pine St., Oxford). Friends and family may visit Friday from 7 to 9 p.m., and Saturday from 9 to 11 a.m. Interment will be private. Online condolences may be made at www.elcollinsfuneralhome.com.