Obituaries for the week of March 14
● By J. Chambless
MARY ELLEN CHANDLER CLEMENS
Mary Ellen Chandler Clemens, 91, of Kennett Square, found peace on March 5.
was predeceased by her husband, H. Donald Clemens, Jr., with whom she
shared 51 years of marriage. Born in West Chester, she was a daughter
of the late George D. Chandler, Sr., and the late Alta (Hagerty)
Chandler. She graduated from Drexel University in 1941, and was
employed as a secretary until her post-World War II marriage to Don
Clemens. She helped Don in all his business endeavors, all while
raising five children and maintaining an active volunteer
Mary was a longtime member of the Episcopal Church of the Advent, where she served on many committees, including Altar Guild. She enjoyed gardening, bird-watching, sewing, knitting, golf and watching all sports, including her beloved Philadelphia Phillies take the 2008 World Series Pennant. Mary also enjoyed bridge, and loved to attend monthly lunches with her “West Chester Gang.” Prior to her illness, she was an employee of A Garden of Yarn in Old Ridge Village Shopping Center in Chadds Ford. Many knitters sought her out for her expertise and knowledge, and were charmed by her smile and patience. Mary was passionate about helping those less fortunate, and was a tireless volunteer for various organizations. These included volunteering with Tick Tock Early Learning Center, as well as serving on their board, and Kennett Middle School’s “After the Bell” program. Mary was a breast cancer survivor since 2001.
Survivors include two daughters, Shelley Clemens (Mark Chadwick) of Oreland, Pa., and Lyle Boyle (Thomas) of Manasquan, N.J.; three sons, Edward C. Clemens (Diane) of Kennett Square, Henry D. Clemens III of Kennett Square, and Robert C. Clemens of Kennett Square; one sister, Leah Chandler Yocum of Honey Brook; her sister-in-law, Betty Chandler of West Grove; eight grandchildren, Daniel and Casey Boyle, Alexander Chadwick, and Conry, Lara, Lisle, Aubrey and Chandler Clemens.
The Clemens family would like to sincerely thank the entire staff at the Neighborhood Health Hospice of West Chester for their wonderful, loving treatment of Mary.
A memorial celebration of Mary’s life will be held Saturday, May 7, at the home she shared with her son, Ed, and his family in Kennett Township among her beloved flower gardens. Details to follow. Contributions in her memory may be made to the Memorial Garden of Episcopal Church of the Advent, 201 Crestline Drive, Kennett Square, PA 19348; Tick Tock Early Learning Center, 1694 Baltimore Pike, Avondale, PA 19311; or Kennett After-School Association, After-The-Bell, P. O. Box 1068, Kennett Square, PA, 19348. To view her online tribute and to share a memory with her family, visit www.griecocares.com.
ALBERT E. FRANK III
Albert E. Frank III, 48, of Cochranville, passed away on March 6 in the Temple University Hospital.
He was the son of Albert E. Frank, Jr., and Elizabeth “Jane” Miller Frank of Cochranville. He was a tow truck driver and mechanic for Triangle Towing in Lester, Pa., for 17 years, leaving due to health reasons. After that, he was driving for the Amish community, which he really enjoyed. He loved the outdoors, working on cars and driving the Amish.
In addition to his parents, he is survived by two sisters, Debora J. Young and her husband Steve of London Grove, and Linda Frank-Funk and her husband Rick of Valley Lee, Md.; one niece, Samantha Wood and her husband Chris; and three nephews, Daniel Hilferty, John T. Hilferty and Steven Miller.
A funeral was held March 12. In lieu of flowers, a contribution may be made in his memory to: Chester County Intermediate Unit, c/o Technical College High School, Pennock’s Bridge Campus, 280 Pennock’s Bridge Road, West Grove, PA 19390. Online condolences may be made by visiting www.griecocares.com.
GILBERT L. JOHNSTON
Gilbert L. Johnston, 87, of Kennett Square, passed away peacefully on March 7 at Kendal at Longwood.
Gil was born in Harrisburg, son of the late Mary and Walter Johnston. He was a graduate of Cornell University, Princeton Theological Seminary and Harvard University. Following a ministry at Loudonville (N.Y.) Presbyterian Church, he was a professor of East Asian religion at Pennsylvania State University and Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Fla., where he retired in 1995. Gil was active in the Quaker faith and was a member of Centre Friends Meeting in Centreville, Del. His interest and study of Zen Buddhism and Quakerism guided his personal philosophies of peace and social justice.
Gil is survived by his loving wife, Sheila Johnston; his children, Claire Mackin (Scott), Adam Johnston (Cindy), and Ben Johnston (Mary); five grandchildren; a sister, Margaret Thomas; and by a wealth of friends, who were deeply touched by his gentle nature and generosity.
A memorial service was held March 13. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Sheila and Gilbert Johnston Scholarship for Study Abroad at Eckerd College, Office of Advancement, Eckerd College, 4200 54th Avenue South, St. Petersburg, FL 33711. Donations may also be made to Centre Friends Monthly Meeting, P.O. Box 154, Rockland, DE 19732. Online condolences may be made by visiting www.griecocares.com.
ANITA V. CAMPBELL
Anita V. Campbell, 94, of Nottingham, passed away on March 8 at her home.
She was the wife of the late Frank R. Campbell. Born in Chester, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Anna Smondrowski Bilinski. Anita was a member of Union United Methodist Church in Fremont.
She is survived by one daughter, Patricia A. Clark (Donald R.) of Nottingham; two grandsons, James Campbell and Jamie Campbell; three great-grandchildren, Caroline, Megan and Tim; and daughter-in-law, Jean Cotter (Bill) and their children, of Newtown Square. She was preceded in death by two sons, Frank R. Campbell, Jr., and James Campbell; and grandson, Patrick Cotter.
Funeral services were held March 12. Online condolences may be made at www.elcollinsfuneralhome.com.
CHARLES R. PORTER
Charles Robert Porter, 67, of Twin Pines in Chatham, formerly of Glenmoore, passed away on March 11 at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia.
Born in West Grove, he was the son of the late John L. III and Anne Elizabeth Birchard Porter. Charles was employed with Kraft as a school bus driver for Coatesville School District.
He is survived by one son, Charles Robert Porter, Jr., of West Chester; four brothers, John L. Porter IV of Landenberg, Michael L. Porter Sr. of West Grove, James W. Porter of Oxford, and Patrick Porter of Albuquerque, N.M.; and two sisters, Kimberly Porter of Elk Mills, Md., and Karen Mannheim of Landenberg.
Services are private. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the American Heart Assoc., PO Box 15120, Chicago, IL 60693. Online condolences may be made at www.elcollinsfuneralhome.com.
JUANITA M. KIRK
Juanita M. Kirk, 81, of Kennett Square, passed away on March 9 at the Christiana Hospital.
Born in Lansing, N.C., she was the daughter of the late Ray A. and Ola Wilcox Miller. Juanita was a freezer technician at the MGA Mushroom Co-Op in Kennett Square for 30 years, retiring in 1997. She was an avid NASCAR fan, and enjoyed country music, fishing, going to the beach, and being with her family and friends.
She is survived by one daughter, Sibil Kirk of Wilmington, Del.; two brothers, Elmer Lee Miller and Ray Miller, Jr., both of Kennett Square; one sister, Virginia Dare Kelly of Kennett Square; three grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. She was predeceased by one brother, Kermit Miller; and four sisters, Delaray Miller, Carleen Witt, Neida Roop and Rebecca Pauline Richardson.
Her service and burial will be held privately. Online condolences may be made by visiting www.griecocares.com.
ELEANOR M. CONDY MCLAUGHLIN
Eleanor M. Condy McLaughlin, 85, of Kennett Square, died on March 11 at her home in Kennett Square, surrounded by her family.
She was the wife of Joseph McLaughlin, with whom she shared 33 years of marriage. Born in Darby, Pa., she was a daughter of the late Joseph and the late Agnes (Immediato) Condy. Eleanor was a devout Catholic all her life, and in recent years was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church in Kennett Square. For most of her career, she was an office manager for the corporate offices of K-Mart. Prior to her work at K-Mart, she worked in the insurance industry. She and her husband enjoyed over 20 years of retirement in Port Charlotte, Fla., where she played bingo regularly and served on the board of directors for her local homeowners association.
Survivors include, in addition to her husband, one daughter, Agnes O’Toole of Kennett Square; a stepson, Joseph Mclaughlin Jr. and his wife Linda of Boothwyn; a sister, Agnes Leonore Condy, SSJ of Springfield; 11 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and many loving nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by four brothers, John, Sam, Joe and Pat; four sisters, Mary, Annie, Minnie and Lee; one son, Martin Hill, in 1985; and a stepson, Kenneth McLaughlin, in 2015.
A visitation with family and friends will be held from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. March 18 at the Kuzo & Grieco Funeral Home Inc. (250 W. State St., Kennett Square). A mass of Christian burial will follow at 11 a.m. at St. Patrick Catholic Church (212 Meredith St., Kennett Square). Interment will be held at a later date. Contributions in her memory may be made to Willow Tree Hospice, 616 East Cypress Street, Kennett Square, PA 19348. To view her online tribute and to share a memory with her family, visit www.griecocares.com.
YVONNE JEANNE WINTERS
Yvonne Jeanne “Jeannie” Winters, 70, passed away peacefully at Jennersville Regional Hospital on March 12.
Jeannie was born in 1945 in Wilmington, Del. She was predeceased by her parents, Eleanor Davis and Richard Davis. Growing up, Jeannie had two sisters, Annette and Patty. Jeannie went to Mount Pleasant High School and then moved to Pennsylvania, where she was employed at KennetTex Yarn Factory. There she met Rainey F. Winters, her husband of 34 years, who passed on Jan. 30, 2016.
After her employment with KennetTex, she moved on to work at Thatchers as a pharmacy technician. After many years, she found an emotionally rewarding job working at Duvall's Bus Services as a van driver, and was adored by many children and their parents.
She is survived by her daughter Natalie (with husband John Furia); son Rainey Jr. (with Winnie Feng); grandson John Furia Jr.; and sisters Annette (with Ron Perry), and Debbie Davis. Jeannie was predeceased by her sister, Patty Anderson.
Upon entering the last stage in her life, Jeannie, along with Rainey, received much help and support from Brandywine Hospice staff Julia McLaughlin, BJ Boughter, Tracy Hide, Bob Damey, and Lauren Montemuro.
Funeral services will be held at 7:15 p.m. March 18 at the Edward L. Collins, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc. (86 Pine St., Oxford), where friends and family may visit from 6 to 7 p.m. A Celtic music session will be held from 7 to 7:15 p.m. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers donations in her 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.
BETTY JANE PIERCE LETO
Betty Jane Pierce Leto, 91, of Kennett Square, died on March 11 at the Kendal Community in Kennett Square.
She was the wife of the late Charles Leto, who died in 2012, and with whom she shared 62 years of marriage. Born in Phoenixville, she was a daughter of the late Norman A. and the late Sidney (Williamson) Pierce. In addition to raising four boys and three grand girls, Betty was a registered nurse, working for Chester County Hospital and retiring from Kendal at Longwood after over 25 years. She enjoyed cooking and gardening, and volunteered for the American Red Cross, American Heart Association, Cancer Society, and was active at the Willowdale Chapel and local political campaigns.
Survivors include four sons, Keith (Sandy) of Harrisburg, Timothy (Janice) of Chadds Ford-Kennett Square, Larry of Chadds Ford-Kennett Square, and Thomas of Kennett Square; two brothers, William of Wilmington, Del., and Hubert of New Tripoli, Pa.; six grandchildren, Nicholas, Craig, Ben, Amy, Audrey and Abby; and six great-grandchildren, Chelsea, Emily, Charlie, Steven, Torin and Isabella. She was predeceased by four brothers, Alfred, Norman, Samuel, and Harry; and two sisters, Dora and Sydney.
A visitation with family and friends will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. March 18, and 10 to 11 a.m. March 19, at the Kuzo & Grieco Funeral Home Inc. (250 W. State St., Kennett Square). A funeral service celebrating her life will follow at 11 a.m. Interment will be in Longwood Cemetery. Contributions in her memory may be made to the Kennett Area Senior Center, 427 S. Walnut St., Kennett Square, PA 19348. To view her online tribute and to share a memory with her family, visit www.griecocares.com.
Patrick Cubel, 24, of Oxford, passed away on March 12 at Christiana Hospital in Newark, Del.
Born in Twenty-Nine Palms, Calif., he was the son of Valerie Laird Cubel of Columbia, Md., and Patrick Allen Cubel of San Diego, Calif. Patrick loved music, cars, fishing, and his family, especially his two young children. He was well known for his warm and friendly nature, and his ability to find the humor in any situation, even if the laugh was at his own expense. Patrick was a giving, caring person who lived his life like an adventure and never shied away from a challenge. He will be sorely missed among his many loving friends and family.
Patrick is survived by his parents; his children, Lillian and Gavin Cubel; and companion Lacey Poorman of Wilmington, Del.; his siblings, Valerie D. Jerger of Kennett Square, Jonathon P. Wolske of Bear, Del., Amanda M. Cubel of Oxford, Nicole Strickland and Sarah Cubel, both of Fair Play, Ga.; and paternal grandfather, Ray Cubel of Indianapolis, Ind.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. March 17 at the Edward L. Collins, Jr. Funeral Home (86 Pine St., Oxford), where friends may visit from 1 to 2 p.m. A luncheon will be at the residence of Troy Pinkerton and Amanda Cubel (205 Delaware Ave., Oxford). In lieu of flowers, an education trust fund has been established for Patrick’s children with Navy Federal Credit Union. Online condolences may be made at www.elcollinsfuneralhome.com.
ISABEL MARIE MORLANDO
Marie Morlando, 72, of Cochranville, passed away March 13 at Jennersville Regional Hospital in West Grove.
She was the wife of Andrew Morlando, Jr. Born in Portugal, she was the daughter of the late Manuel and Lucy Benedeto Oliviera. Isabel was employed with Siemens in Malvern in the Insurance Claims and Medical Billing Department. After retiring, she was a cafeteria aide in the Octorara School District. She loved the beach, shopping and gardening.
She is survived by her husband; three sons, Andrew Morlando (Barbara) of Atglen, Joseph M. Morlando of West Chester, and Russell F. Morlando of Hudson, Wis.; three grandsons, Andrew T., Ryan T., and Jacob M. Morlando; and one granddaughter, Lauren M. Morlando.
A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. March 18 at Our Lady of Consolation Church (603 W. 2nd Ave., Parkesburg), where friends may visit from 10 to 10:45 a.m. Interment will be in Philadelphia Memorial Park in Frazer at 2 p.m. on Friday. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to KenCrest, 521 Plymouth Rd., Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462. Online condolences may be made at www.elcollinsfuneralhome.com.