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Obituaries for the week of April 25

04/26/2016 09:40AM ● By J. Chambless


Yvonne “Toddy” Christy Moore, 87, of Hockessin, Del., died on April 17 at her home.

She was the loving wife of Joseph E. Moore, Jr., who died in January of this year, and with whom she shared 63 years of marriage. Born in West Chester, she was a daughter of the late Rowland and the late Mary Malloy Christy. She attended Unionville High School and the Chester County Hospital School of Nursing. She was a Registered Nurse for many years at AI DuPont Hospital for Children. She retired as the Night Nursing Supervisor in 1988. She was relied upon for her general medical knowledge by many, including family, friends and neighbors, throughout her life. Some of Yvonne’s fondest memories were growing up on the grounds of Longwood Gardens. Her love of flowers and gardening was evident, especially in her retirement. She loved vacationing with family and friends in Avalon and Stone Harbor, N.J. She enjoyed playing bridge with the DelPark Manor friends and completing the daily crossword puzzles. She was an avid Phillies fan, never missing a game on TV.

Survivors include her four devoted daughters, Pamela Gambacorta, Christy Almeida (Joe), Debra Papillo (Mark), all of Hockessin, and Kimberly Mezick (Rob) of Wilmington; eight grandchildren, Ryan, Erin, Lauren, Devon, Caitlin, Francesca, Joseph, and Madison; five great-grandchildren, Brady, Hunter, Evelyn, Sloane, and Jude; and two brothers, J. Wayne Christy of West Chester, and H. Romain Christy (Nancy) of Wilmington. She was predeceased by her two sisters, Dorothy R. Christy Barili and E. Jeanne Christy; and two brothers, R. Marvin Christy and Donald B. Christy.

Contributions in her memory may be made to the Ronald McDonald House of Delaware, 1901 Rockland Rd., Wilmington, DE 19803. To view her online tribute and to share a memory with her family, visit


Joyce Crossan Smith, 79, of West Grove, died on April 22 at Chester County Hospital.

She was the wife of Leedom “Smitty” Richard Smith, with whom she shared 53 years of marriage. Born in West Chester, she was a daughter of the late Harry H. and Ruby G. (Robinson) Crossan. She was a 1954 graduate of Avon Grove High School and the Bourbon Beauty School. Joyce was a licensed beautician and served 25 years as a rural mail carrier at Avondale Post Office, retiring at age 65. She was a lifelong, active member of Avondale United Methodist Church. She served in many positions, including The United Methodist Women’s Group, Choir, Administrative Board, Trustee, and Bible School teacher.

Joyce enjoyed playing bingo, traveling on bus trips with her friends, and watching her grandson in sporting events and concerts. She was an avid Phillies fan. In her spare time, she loved reading and doing word searches and other puzzles.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by three daughters, Susan E. Smith, Linda S. Mitchell (Bruce) and Patricia J. Evans (William), all of Kennett Square; one grandson, Nicholas Evans; a stepbrother, Edward Bassett (Mary Ann) of Chadds Ford; half-sisters Beverly Piskel (Ronald) of Nottingham, and Martha Burgess (Charles) of Newark; and many beloved nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a twin sister, Janice Marie Crossan; one brother, Richard E. Crossan; and two sisters, Anna Bess Daddario and Evelyn Neff.

A visitation with family and friends will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. April 27 at Avondale United Methodist Church (East Third Street and Chatham Street, Avondale). Her funeral service will follow at 11 a.m. Interment will be in Bradford Cemetery in Marshallton. Contributions in her memory may be made to Avondale UMC, PO Box 114, Avondale, PA 19311 To view her online tribute and to share a memory with her family, visit


August “Augie” Joseph DePippo, 86, passed away peacefully on April 22, surrounded by his family, at Maris Grove Senior Community.

Augie is survived by his wife, Emily, of Maris Grove in Glen Mills; son Joe and his wife Nancy, who reside in Brevard, N.C.; and son Richard and his husband Doug, who reside in Santa Fe, N.M. He was preceded in death by his brother, Robert DePippo; and his parents, Pasquale and Anna.

Born in Malvern to Pasquale and Anna DePippo, Augie grew up in Toughkenamon, attended Saint Patrick’s School for eight years, and graduated from Kennett High School in 1947. He was proud to have been a member of Toughkenamon Toughies football and baseball teams, and he played both soccer and baseball for Kennett High School. He was a veteran and served our country in the Army from 1951 through 1953.

In 1953, Augie married Emily DaVia. They were partners with brother Bob and Peggy DePippo in the Brown Derby Restaurant, which was first opened by his parents in 1934. They worked together for 40 years and made the Brown Derby a popular local restaurant. The Brown Derby was owned and operated by the DePippo family for 60 years. Augie was also active in the community. He served as a director of Elmwood Federal Savings and Loan, and was elected to the Borough Council of Kennett Square.

After selling the Brown Derby in 1994, Augie and Millie retired. In 2000, they moved to the Spruce Creek Community in Summerfield, Fla. During his retirement he was a volunteer at the Southern Chester County Medical Center and at the soup kitchen operated by St. Theresa’s Catholic Church in Belleview, Fla. Augie was an avid golfer and enjoyed playing with Millie and friends. He enjoyed traveling with Millie, and together they took many trips abroad and throughout the U.S. In October 2013, they moved back to Pennsylvania and the Maris Grove Retirement Community.

A visitation with family and friends will be held from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. April 27 at the Kuzo & Grieco Funeral Home (250 W. State St., Kennett Square). His funeral mass will follow at 11 a.m. at St. Patrick Church (212 Meredith St., Kennett Square). Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, a contribution in Augie’s memory may be made to the Willow Tree Hospice, 616 East Cypress Street, Kennett Square, PA 19348. To view Augie’s online tribute and to share a memory with his family, visit

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