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Obituaries for the week of May 16

05/17/2016 10:59AM ● By J. Chambless


Dr. Charles Strahan, Jr., of Kennett Square, died on April 29. He was 95 years old.

Born in Baltimore, Md., Charles was the son of the late Charles Strahan, Sr., and the late Ethyl Fisher Strahan. He earned a B.S. degree in chemistry from Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pa., in 1942, and then graduated from medical school from the University of Maryland in 1945. He finished his residency in psychiatry at the U.S. Veterans Hospital in Perry Point, Md., and completed his graduate work in psychoanalysis at the Baltimore-Washington Psychoanalytic Institute. Dr. Strahan opened his office in 1952 and had a solo practice until 1997. He was a member of the Medical Center of Delaware Psychiatric Department and served as Interim Chairman for two years. From 1970 until 1980, he was a psychiatric consultant for the Southbridge Medical Activities Center. He was one of the founding members of the Delaware Psychiatric Society. Dr. Strahan was the former president of the Delaware Psychiatric Society and a life fellow of the Baltimore-Washington Psychoanalytic Institute, the American Psychiatric Society, the International Psychoanalytic Society and the Medical Society of Delaware. He also taught at the University of Pennsylvania Medical School.

He had numerous interests throughout his life. He was a sailor, painter, woodworker, welder, pilot, voracious reader and a grower of orchids. He taught painting at the Academy of Life Long Learning at the University of Delaware.

Dr. Strahan is survived by his three daughters, Donna K. Strahan of Washington D.C., Christine S. Barker of Wilmington, Del., and Holly L. Strahan of North Pomfret, Vt. He is also survived by five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. His former wife, Jean, the mother of his three girls, preceded him in death in 1981. He subsequently married Johanne Dickinson in 1983. She has three children, John Guy Dickinson, Jr., of Oregon, Gregory R. Dickinson of California, and Susan Dickinson Beck of Delaware; and three granddaughters.

Services will be private. Memorial donations would be appreciated to The Music School of Delaware, 4101 N. Washington Street, Wilmington, Delaware 19802. Condolences can be sent to


Charles Wright Bevard, Jr., passed from this life on May 2.

He was born in 1942 in Baltimore, Md., to Charles W. Bevard and Katherine Anna (Shafer) Bevard. Charles grew up in Oxford, and graduated from McDonogh School in McDonogh, Md., in 1960. He graduated from Harvard University in 1964 with a cum laude degree with honors in economics. He was an editor for the Harvard Crimson Newspaper. He joined the U.S. Army in June 1964 and was assigned to the Transportation Corps. While in the Army, he was selected to attend the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He obtained a master’s degree in business administration magna cum laude. He had two tours of duty to Vietnam and was awarded the Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Cluster on both tours. For the final tour of his 20-year career, Major Bevard was a Staff Officer at TRADOC (Training & Doctrine Command) in Fort Monroe, Va. After his military retirement in 1984, Charles began his career as a banker. He became a senior vice president at Farmers Bank of Cook in Cook, Neb. In 1995, he was the co-author of the banking method known as the “Phantom Savings & Loan” which allowed over 30 banks in Nebraska to open branch offices in neighboring communities which led to statewide branch banking. He retired from banking in August of 2007.

Charles is survived by his brother, Bishop Herbert A. Bevard, Bishop of the Diocese of St. Thomas, Virgin Islands. He also leaves to mourn his cousins Howard B. Bevard of Baltimore, Md., Carolyn and George Fisher of Long Island, N.Y., Marion and Ginger Bevard of Bozman, Md., John and Linda Bevard of Edgewater, Md., Sally B. Bevard of LaPlata, Md., Timothy Lyn and Alan Bevard of Easton, Md., Garth Kirkwood of Sarasota, Fla., Cort Kirkwood of Penn Laird, Va., Bonnie Hastings of Forest Hills, Md., and Anne Robinson of Frederick, Md. Cherishing precious memories are his Nebraska friends Joyce Douglas, Justin, April, Alexandra and Jacquelyn Douglas, W. Ronald and Jan Douglas, Trish Jarnagin, and Paul Douglas. He will also be missed by many friends in banking and at Gramercy Hill Retirement Community. He was predeceased by his parents and his good friend, Judson B. Douglas III. Charles enjoyed all types of reading, Civil War history and trivia.

Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at Sacred Heart Church (203 Church Rd., Oxford) at 10 a.m. on May 23, preceded by the Holy Rosary at 9:30 a.m. Interment will be in Oxford Cemetery. Memorials in lieu of flowers can be provided to the Catholic Charities of the Virgin Islands,

P. O. Box 301825, St. Thomas, VI 00803; or the Newman Center of the University of Nebraska, 320 North 16 Street, Lincoln, NE 68508. Online condolences may be made at


Jeffrey D. Cullen, 64, of Lincoln University, passed away on May 5 at his home.

Born in West Chester, he was the son of the late David H. and Alice Ray Cullen. He attended the Oxford Area Schools and graduated from Sanford Prep School in Hockessin, Del., in 1969. Jeffrey was a member of the Class of 1973 at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, and graduated in 1975 with a degree in English literature. He was a member of Delta Sigma Fraternity. He was an independent bread vendor for Pepperidge Farm for over 25 years. He also managed an apple orchard, worked on an Alaskan oil tanker and as a lobster fisherman. He was a Boy Scout Leader for Troops No. 13 and No. 155 in Oxford. He was an avid historian and reader, and loved Maine, farming, and the sea.

Jeffrey is survived by two brothers, Gary C. of Northport, N.Y., and Dr. Kenneth K. Cullen of Rising Sun, Md.; one sister-in-law, Jo Greene; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Funeral services were held May 12. Interment was in Oxford Cemetery. Online condolences may be made at


Margaret Dickson Hawrylack, 80, of New London, died on May 5 at her home.

She was the wife of Michael W. Hawrylack, with whom she shared 60 years of marriage. Born in Plum Bridge, Northern Ireland, she was a daughter of the late William and the late Elizabeth (Barry) Dickson. Margaret was a store manager for House of Bargains in Philadelphia for many years. She enjoyed reading, traveling and anything about homeland of Ireland. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, and will be missed by all.

Survivors include, in addition to her husband, two sons, John and his wife Helen of Landenberg, and Michael and his wife Nuria of Feasterville, Pa.; one daughter, Margaret Ann Hatch and her husband Steve of Philadelphia; three sisters, Maureen and Florie, both of Ireland; and Adeline of England; eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by one brother and two sisters.

A funeral was held May 11. Interment was in New London Presbyterian Cemetery. To view her online tribute, visit


Dorothy M. Trosino, 93, of Chadds Ford, died on May 5 at her home.

She was the wife of the late Ernest Trosino, who died in 1977, and with whom she shared 15 years of marriage. Born in Alden, Okla., she was a daughter of the late Charles D. and the late Nancy C. Samuals Cane. She was a graduate of Delaware County Community College. She was a member of the Kennett Square VFW, loved to travel and worked for God.

Survivors include her stepson, Neil Trosino of Portland, Ore.; and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by two brothers and one sister.

A memorial service was held May 15. Interment was in Arlington National Cemetery, where she was laid to rest next to her husband. To view her online tribute and to share a memory with her family, visit


Joyce K. Cosenzo, 68, of Oxford, passed away on May 10 at home.

She was the wife of Daniel E. Cosenzo, Jr., and was preceded in death by her first husband, James Greene. Born in New Hall, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Vestell and Verna Agnes Lyons Woods. Joyce was a member of Safe Harbor Baptist Church in Cochranville.

She is survived by her husband; two sons, Steve Lawson of Cochranville and Anthony Lawson of Oxford; one daughter, Jennifer Lawson of Nottingham; seven grandchildren; two stepsons, Daniel E. Cosenzo III and Christopher A. Cosenzo, both of Oxford; five step-grandchildren; two brothers, Roger Woods of Aberdeen, Md., and Rodney Woods of Bluefield, W.Va.; and two sisters, Sharon Anderson of York, and Norma Taylor of Street, Md. She was preceded in death by two brothers, Buddy Woods and Jack Lyons.

A memorial service was held May 13. Donations in her memory may be made to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Foundation, payable to CHOP Foundation, PO Box 781352, Philadelphia, PA 19178-1352. Online condolences may be made at


Marion Butler, 89, passed away peacefully on May 7 at Preston in Jenners Pond.

Marion Luce Butler was born in 1927 to Jesse Menzies and Philip Montague Luce in Brooklyn, N.Y. She moved with her family to New Rochelle, N.Y. at a young age, where she met her future husband. Marion was a 1949 graduate of Connecticut College. She married Herbert Fuller Butler, Jr., a 1949 graduate of the United States Naval Academy, in 1950.

Her husband, Herb, preceded her in death. She is survived by her brother, Robert Luce (wife Nancy) and her children, Dr. Virginia Reef, Barbara Brenner (husband Carl), Herbert (Skip) Butler III (wife Karen); and grandchildren Charles (wife Becca), Nathan (wife Cassi), William Brenner, and Veronica and Brigitte Butler.

Marion was always proud of her Scottish heritage and was pleased to have visited the castle Menzies in Scotland, attending a gathering of the clan. She enjoyed numerous overseas and domestic tours of duty with her husband, including Japan, France, Germany, and Hawaii.

In her younger years, Marion worked as an elementary school teacher. When her children were grown, she became interested in genealogy and parlayed that interest into a job at the Daughters of the American Revolution, in Washington, D.C.

On retirement, she and Herb moved to Wintergreen in Nellysford, Va., where she became involved in the book and investment clubs and the Nature Conservancy, among other things. Marion and Herb stayed active with tennis and skiing and also enjoyed traveling around the world. She was somewhat of an adventurer throughout her life, starting with following her husband’s naval ship around the Mediterranean with other young Navy wives, followed by road trips throughout Europe, to attending Outward Bound’s Maine Coast Sailing adventure.

When her husband died, Marion moved to Jenners Pond in West Grove, where she made many friends and continued with the book and investment clubs, as well as becoming active in the photography club. She enjoyed the cultural activities in the Philadelphia/Wilmington area. She was a loving wife and mother and a doting grandmother, and shared her joy of travel with her children and grandchildren. She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.

A memorial service will be held at Kensico Cemetery in Valhalla, N.Y., sometime this summer. The date and time of the memorial service will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to one of the following: The Benevolent Care Fund at Jenners Pond, The Menzies Charitable Trust and Friends of Castle Menzies at, or The Nature Foundation at Wintergreen at


Dr. Willard L. Hunsinger, of West Grove, passed away after a short illnesson May 10 at age 77.

He was the son of Willard R. and Helen Kovaschetz Hunsinger. Will was the proud husband of Nanci McWilliams Hunsinger, with whom he spent almost 58 years of marriage. He was the father of Wendalyn Lunt (George) and Tobin M. Hunsinger (Sally). He was the grandfather of Katherine Lunt, Rebecca Lunt, Anna Hunsinger, Noah Hunsinger, Grace Hunsinger and Elijah Hunsinger. He is also survived by his sister, Mary Jane Mordan; brother, Milton J. Hunsinger; and a number of nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his siblings, Jacklynn Hunsinger and Elizabeth Book.

Will proudly served his country as a member of the U.S. Navy, aboard the USS Laffey. He returned home to continue his education, receiving a bachelor’s degree from Bloomsburg University, a master’s degree from University of Delaware and a doctorate of Education from Nova University. Will spent most of his adult life as an educator. He served in many roles, including math teacher and administrator in Delaware school districts for 35 years.

A funeral service was held May 15. Gifts in Will’s name may be made to the Wounded Warriors of PA (, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society ( or Epilepsy Foundation of Delaware (


Robert McIntire Stewart, Sr., 83, of Oxford, passed away on May 15 at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia.

Born in Oxford, he was the son of the late Norman and Elizabeth Jamison Stewart. Robert was a veteran of the U.S. Army and served during the Korean War. He was employed with the U.S. Postal Service inOxford as a mail carrier, and retired in 1991 after 32 years of service. He was a member of Nottingham Presbyterian Church. He was also a member of the American Legion No. 535 in Oxford, Union Fire Co. No. 1 in Oxford, Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie No. 2666 in Oxford, and past Sachem of the Ocklokonee Tribe No. 212 I.O.R.M. in Oxford. Robert enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren.

He is survived by his son, Robert M. Stewart, Jr. (Regina) of Oxford; daughter, Sandra Poole of Oxford; three grandchildren, Megan Elizabeth Stewart, and Amanda Lee Poole and Jessica Lynn Stewart; sister, Barbara Benson of Oxford; and his former wife, Helen Donache Stewart.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on May 19 at the Edward L. Collins, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc. (86 Pine St., Oxford), where friends and family may visit from 10 to 11 a.m. and Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. Interment with full military honors will be in Oxford Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to American Legion Roy W. Gibson Post 535, PO Box 569, Nottingham, PA 19362. Online condolences may be made at

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