Obituaries for the week of April 11
● By J. Chambless
Patricia Ann Stockton, 56, of West Grove, became an angel on April, 2.
She was the wife of Joseph William Stockton with whom she shared 29 years of marriage. Born in Chester, she was the daughter of Marian Lee and the late James Long. She was a woman of faith, an avid reader and a crafty woman who loved to crochet. She had a gift with children, who instantly connected with her spirit and vivacious laugh. She enjoyed her many years as a youth leader and daycare worker. She consistently utilized her gift of writing through poetic therapy in hopes that it would help comfort others. To her family she signified strength and the courage to survive.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by beloved daughters Wanda Dilworth and Christine Stockton; grandchildren Abigail and Austin Dilworth; and one brother, John Long. She was preceded in death by her siblings, James Long, Jr., and Marian Smith.
A celebration of life was held April 9. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to National Alliance on Mental Illness. Mail a check to: NAMI, P.O. Box 62596, Baltimore, MD 21264-2596, call NAMI at 1-888-999-NAMI (6264) or visit www.nami.org/Get-Involved/Donate. Online condolences may be made by visiting www.griecocares.com.
TIMOTHY R. HAM
Timothy Ryan Ham, 43, of Oxford, passed away on April 2.
He was the husband of Julie Ham. Born in West Chester, he was the son of Gary L. (Judy) Ham of Nottingham and Nancy (Keith) Hunter Davis of Oxford. He graduated from Oxford Area High School class of 1991. He was a member of the National Honor Society and played in three sports – soccer, baseball, and was named All-Area Wrestler. Timothy attended Shippensburg University and received his finance degree from Goldey-Beacom College. He enjoyed gardening, fishing and sports.
He is survived by his parents; three children, Madison Miller of Hagerstown, Md., Cole Ham and Cade Ham, both of Cochranville; twin brother Christopher Ham of Newark; one sister, Lauren Ham of Oxford; step-paternal grandfather, Russell Malloy of Nottingham; and step-maternal grandmother, Nancy Davis of Millsboro, Del.
Funeral services were held April 11. Interment was in Nottingham Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to Oxford Wrestling Association, c/o Jamie Canaday, 608 Elk Ridge Rd., Oxford, PA 19363. Online condolences may be made at www.elcollinsfuneralhome.com.
LEANNA NELSON JOHNSON
Leanna Nelson Johnson, 103, of Oxford, passed away peacefully on April 1 at Ware Presbyterian Village in Oxford.
She was the wife of the late Luther “Bud” Johnson, and preceded in death by her first husband, Viscount H. “Count” Nelson. Born in Chester, she was the daughter of the late Fred and Bessie Harris Dorsey. Leanna was employed with Lincoln University as a secretary for the Dean of Students.
Leanna is survived by her loving son, Robert L. Nelson (Shelley); grandchildren Norean Johnson (Harlan), Shelley Nelson, Christopher (Leeann) and Berk (Aubray) Nelson; and great-grandchildren Harlan, Stephon and Brionna Johnson; Harper and Clover Nelson. She was preceded in death by a son, Dr. H. Viscount “Berky” Nelson (Joan); and Godparents Louis H. Cornish and Elsie Harris Cornish.
Funeral services were held April 9. Interment was in Oxford Cemetery. Online condolences may be made at www.elcollinsfuneralhome.com.
SANTOS MARTINEZ PABON
Santos Martinez Pabon, 76, of Oxford, passed away on April 3 at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia.
He was the husband of the late Maria Gonzales Martinez. Born in Vega Alta, Puerto Rico, he was the son of the late Ambrosio Martinez and Manuela Martinez. Santos was a member of St. Rocco Catholic Church in Avondale and sang in the choir. He was employed with Conner Pyle Nursery in West Grove for 25 years. He enjoyed music, playing guitar and guiro.
He is survived by one brother, Stevan Martinez of Puerto Rico; three sisters, Maria Martinez of Puerto Rico, Lydia Martinez of Puerto Rico, and Delia Martinez of York, Pa.; and one sister-in-law, Margie Jimenez (Francisco) of Nottingham. He was preceded in death by three brothers, Pablo Martinez, Angel L. Martinez and Reyes Martinez; and sister, Rosa Martinez.
A mass of Christian burial was celebrated on April 7, and a graveside service was held April 8. Online condolences may be made at www.elcollinsfuneralhome.com.
Lola Auriti, 86, of Kennett Square, died on April 5 at Bryn Mawr Hospital.
She was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil, but lived her early years in Guardiagrele, Italy, then moved to Brooklyn, N.Y., and eventually to Kennett Square. She was the daughter of the late Giovanni and the late Emma (Damiani) Auriti, and was a sister to three brothers. Lola worked in the clothing industry for many years. She loved good food and enjoyed spending time with her brothers and their families, and socializing with friends and neighbors. She was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church in Kennett Square.
Survivors include one brother, Ovidio Auriti (Donatella); and several nieces and nephews, all of whom brought her great joy in her later years.
A mass of Christian burial was held April 11. Interment was in St. Patrick Cemetery in Kennett Square. To view her online tribute and to share a memory with her family, visit www.griecocares.com.
MIGUEL C. CABRERA
Miguel C. Cabrera, 89, of Atglen, passed away on April 6 at Neighborhood Hospice in West Chester.
He was the husband of the Julia Narvaez Cabrera, with whom he shared 52 years of marriage. Born in Puerto Rico, he was the son of the late Asuncion and Adelina Cabrera. Miguel was a hardworking man who provided the best for his seven children, whom he was so very proud of.
He is survived by wife; seven children, Carmen J. Ortiz (Juan) of Little Britain, Miguel C. Cabrera, Jr. (Luz) of Lancaster, Adelaida Griffin (Dan) of Maryland, Rosa M. Ramos (Johnny) of Delaware, Zoraida Baer (Roy) of Nottingham, Jose W. Cabrera (Denise) of Oxford, and Carlos M. Cabrera (Loretta) of Peach Bottom; 21 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by seven brothers and two sisters.
Mass of Christian burial was celebrated April 12. Online condolences may be made at www.elcollinsfuneralhome.com.
GEORGIE ANNE CHAMBERLAIN-ESPINOZA
Georgie was born in West Grove and grew up in Oxford. She was the daughter of Joseph G. Chamberlain of Oxford and the late Gladys M. Kane Chamberlain. She attended the Oxford Area High School and was part of the class of 1986. Georgie was an incredible person who loved spending time with her friends, family, children and grandchildren. In her spare time, she enjoyed going on walks, shopping and going to the beach. She also had a love for flowers and animals, especially koala bears.
She is survived by her father Joseph and stepmother Beverly Chamberlain; one son, Christopher Phillips (Katie); two daughters, Rosa Espinoza (Joseph) and Marlena Espinoza (Marguise); one brother, Joseph Chamberlain (Judy); four sisters, Grace Montgomery (Rich), Glenda Patrick (Terry), Gloria Butler (Arthur) and Gladys Swain; and five grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her mother, Gladys Kane Chamberlain; and one brother, James E. Chamberlain.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. April 13 at the Edward L. Collins, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc. (86 Pine St., Oxford), where friends and family may visit from 9:30 to 11 a.m. In Lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the Oxford United Methodist Church, 18 Addison St., Oxford, PA 19363. Interment will be in Oxford Cemetery.
MICHELE ELIZABETH ANN BALL
Michele Elizabeth Ann Ball, 48, of Port Deposit, Md., formerly of Great Meadows, N.J., passed away on April 9 in her home, with her loving family at her side.
She was the wife of Marc Edward Ball, with whom she shared 25 years of marriage. Born in Paterson, N.J., she was the daughter of Douglas Jobeless of Daytona Beach, Fla., and Patricia Miller Lukac (Richard) of Denville, N.J. Michele was a member of the Oxford Presbyterian Church and always focused on God’s love. She was a loving and dedicated mother, as well as a Girl Scout Troop Leader for seven years, She loved photography, cooking, gardening, and was an inspiration to everyone who met her.
She is survived by her husband; parents; three daughters, Helene, Emily and Grace, all at home; one brother, Stephen Williams of Canon City, Colo.; one sister, Maureen Jobeless of Port Murray, N.J.; maternal grandmother, Fannie Miller of Green Twp, N.J.; father-in-law, Richard Ball of Waretown, N.J.; sister-in-law, Lorraine Zimmerman of Malvern; and brother-in-law, Kenneth Ball of Blacksburg, Va. She was preceded in death by her mother-in-law, Helene Ball.
Friends and family may visit on Friday, April 15, at the Edward L. Collins, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc. (86 Pine St., Oxford) from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Funeral services will be held April 16 at the Oxford Presbyterian Church (6 Pine St., Oxford) at 9:30 a.m. Interment will be in Ss. Peter and Paul Cemetery in Springfield. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made towards an Education Fund (529 Plans) for her three girls. Donations can be sent to Marc Ball at 31 Foxfire Dr., Port Deposit, MD 21904. Online condolences may be made at www.elcollinsfuneralhome.com.