Obituaries for the week of May 30
● By J. Chambless
LUKE A. BACCINO
Luke Anthony Baccino passed peacefully from this world at home on May 28, surrounded by all his loving family. He was 3.
Luke’s infectious smile brought joy and happiness to all who saw it, whether it was family in everyday visits or strangers at the mall or supermarket. No one could pass by Luke without returning a smile of their own. There was hardly ever a moment when Luke was not happy and smiling, and one’s day would always brighten upon just seeing him. Luke had a wonderful sparkiness about him and would always tell you what was on his mind and what he wanted and when. Nothing held him back. His creativity and desire to be the center of attention was never clearer than when he choreographed his own dance routine while also singing along with his most cherished “Frosty the Snowman” singing Christmas card.
Luke’s family would like to thank Dr. Andrew Walter, his team, and all the wonderful nurses at A. I. DuPont Hospital and Dr. Robert Lustig and all the wonderful nurses of the Roberts Proton Therapy Center at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center. All the medical professionals who cared for Luke during his battle treated him so compassionately, like a member of their own families, and cannot be thanked enough for all they did for Luke and his family. Luke embraced his caretakers and the countless trips to the hospitals and actually looked forward to seeing them there.
Luke is survived by his parents, Nicholas and Melinda Baccino, and brother Cole, of Landenberg; Godparents Erik West of Wilmington and Marilyn Baiardi of West Chester; grandparents Janet Baccino of Kennett Square, Linda Pizzini of Kennett Square, and Sonny and Gloria Pizzini of Landenberg; uncle Ron Pizzini and his wife Kathy of Landenberg; uncle Lee Pizzini and his wife Joan of Landenberg; and cousins R.J., Jacqueline, Nathan, Alexa, and Sara. He was predeceased by his grandfather, Frank Baccino; and his aunt, Jacqueline Baccino.
A visitation with family and friends will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. June 5 at the Kuzo & Grieco Funeral Home (250 W. State St., Kennett Square), and again on June 6 at St. Gabriel of the Sorrowful Mother Church (8910 Gap Newport Pike, Route 41, Avondale) beginning at 10 a.m. Luke’s funeral mass will follow at 11 a.m. at the church. Burial will be in St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Kennett Square.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider making a donation in Luke’s memory to the Nemours/Alfred I. DuPont Hospital for Children, 1600 Rockland Road, Wilmington, DE 19803 (or call 302-651-4389 or visit http://www.nemours.org/givingtonemours/waystogive/rememberhonor.html); or the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, 324 S. 34th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104 (or call 215-590-1000 or visit http://www.chop.edu/giving/ways-to-give). Online condolences may be made by visiting www.griecocares.com.
Helen Louise (Pinky) Vaughan, 78, of Oxford, passed away on May 21 at Calvert Manor Healthcare Center in Rising Sun, Md.
She was the wife of Edward C. Vaughan, Sr., with whom she shared 61 years of marriage. Born in Oxford, she was the daughter of the late William and Lona Miller Keys. Helen was a member of the Nottingham Missionary Baptist Church.
She is survived by her husband; three sons, Edward C. Vaughan, Jr. (Wendy) of Oxford, James W. Vaughan (Brenda) of Peach Bottom, and Theodore Vaughan (Kathy) of North East, Md.; two daughters, Sandra Shephard (Joe) of Rising Sun, Md., and Betty Portwood (James) of Coconut Creek, Fla.; 10 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; three brothers, Charles Keys and J. Earl Keys, both of Nottingham, and Vernon Keys of Colora, Md.; and three sisters, Opal Goad of Rising Sun, Md., Patricia Temple of Nottingham, and Dorothy Van Dyke of Rising Sun, Md. She was preceded in death by a grandson, Jimbo Portwood; one brother, Joseph Keys; and four sisters, Zola Tharp, Ruth Fogleman, Villa McCardell and Tressie Wilson.
Funeral services were held May 24 at the Nottingham Missionary Baptist Church. Interment was in the adjoining church cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to the Nottingham Missionary Baptist Church, 303 West Christine Rd., Nottingham, PA 19362. Online condolences may be made at www.elcollinsfuneralhome.com.
Lois S. Griffith, 81, of West Grove, passed away on May 20 at Jennersville Regional Hospital in West Grove.
She was the wife of the late Roger L. Griffith. Born in Green Mountain, N.C., she was the daughter of the late Bill and Rhoda Street Sturgill. Lois retired from the mushroom industry in Kennett Square. She attended Kennett Square Missionary Baptist Church. She enjoyed shopping. Lois was a loving person and was always willing to lend a helping hand.
She is survived by two sons, Steven R. Dimiris of Wilmington, Del., and Randy C. Griffith of Knoxville, Tenn.; five grandchildren, Alyssa Dimiris, Alexa Dimiris, Nicole Dimiris, Zachery Dimiris and Amanda; one brother, Burly Sturgill (Maxie) of Johnson City, Tenn.; two sisters, Betty Miller (Cecil, Sr.) of Newport News, Va., and Grace Canfield (Vic) of Gloucester, Va.; and many loving nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by 13 siblings.
Funeral services were held May 25. Interment was in Oxford Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718. Online condolences may be made at www.elcollinsfuneralhome.com.
ELAINE D. KELLOGG FLING
Elaine D. Kellogg Fling, 79, of Honey Brook, formerly of Kennett Township, died on May 18 at the Chester County Hospital in West Chester.
She was the wife of Philip R. Fling, with whom she
shared 34 years of marriage. She graduated from Haverling High
School. She then moved to Washington, D.C., where she worked for the
Navy Department. She married F. Lawrence Daly and then moved to
Seattle, Wash. After eight years, they transferred to Chester, Pa.,
with the Boeing Company. Elaine then married Philip and lived in
Kennett Township. She worked for Kennett Township for several years,
volunteered at the Kennett Senior Center Bookstore, and after 30
years they moved to Tel Hai retirement community in Honey Brook.
Elaine was a member of the Southern Chester County Historical
Commission and Historical Society. She enjoyed reading and had a
library of many books. At Tel Hai, she volunteered at the library and
the Honey Brook library. She enjoyed many trips with the family
Airstream trailer throughout the United States and Canada.
Survivors include, in addition to her husband, sons Russell Daly (Joan) and Kevin Daly; a stepson, Steven Fling (Beth), and a stepdaughter, Valerie Tolentino (Rob). She has two grandsons, and eight step-grandchildren. She is also survived by brothers, Gary Kellogg and William Barlow; sisters, Sandra Grievson (Robert), Barbara Dunston (Kenneth), Georgia Boring (Todd), and Glenna Greens (Thomas); and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by brothers Philip and Donald; and sisters Ronica and Marie.
A visitation with family and friends will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. June 4 at St. Michael Lutheran Church (109 E. Doe Run Rd., Unionville). A memorial service celebrating her life will follow at 11 a.m. Interment will be in Union Hill Cemetery in Kennett Square. Contributions in her memory may be made to The Care Assurance Fund at Tel Hai, PO Box 190, Honey Brook, PA 19344. To view her online tribute and to share a memory with her family, visit www.griecocares.com.
Angelo Masciantonio, 88, of Kennett Square, passed away on May 24 at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.
He was the husband of Domenica Di Medio Masciantonio, with whom he shared 59 years of marriage. Born in Civitella Messer Raimondo, Italy, he was the son of the late Nicola Vincenzo and Filomena Masciantonio. Angelo owned and managed a farm in Italy, and served in the Italian Army from 1945 to 1947. He also worked in the coal mines in Belgium and in the auto industry in Germany. He brought his family to Kennett Square in 1966. He initially worked in the mushroom industry, then as a gardener at Winterthur. He then went to work as an assembler at General Motors in Wilmington, Del., where he retired in 1996 after 25 years of service. He was a member of St. Patrick's Church in Kennett Square. He enjoyed gardening, music, the outdoors, and spending time with his family and friends.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by one son, Mario A. Masciantonio and his wife Ann of Avondale; one daughter, Filomena Elliott and her late husband John of Avondale; and three grandchildren, Laura, Angela and David. He was predeceased by one brother, Francesco Masciantonio; and one sister, Rosaria Di Guglielmo
A funeral was held May 28. Burial was in St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Kennett Square. Online condolences may be made by visiting www.griecocares.com.
Buxton, J. Scott Powell, 57, passed away suddenly on May 19 while working on the ship S.S. Alpena in Sturgeon Bay, Wis.
He was born in Wilmington Del. Scott’s early years were spent with his mother, Patricia Powell, in Moorestown, N.J., and later went to live with his father in Pennsylvania. He was a graduate of Avon Grove High School. Scott later graduated from the Maine Maritime Academy in 1982 with a degree in Nautical Science, and continued his education at Southern Maine Community College, where he participated in an accelerated Marine engineering program. His career as a Merchant Seaman took him all over the world, but the place he most wanted to be was in Maine with his family. Scott’s greatest joy was being with his family. He also enjoyed hunting, skiing, snowmobiling, mowing his lawn and any other activity that took him outside.
He is survived by his wife, Tammy L. Powell; a daughter, Gabrielle E. Powell; and a son, Wyatt R. Powell; as well as many loving aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. His father and stepmother reside in Florida.
EVELYN M. ATKINS
Evelyn (Mallamas) Atkins, 80, of New London, went home to be with our Lord on May 29 at her home.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert E. Atkins, with whom she shared 52 years of marriage. Born in Beckley, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Paul and Evelyn Mallamas. Evelyn was a member of the Christian Life Center in New London. She was active with the Ground Zero Youth Ministry of the Christian Life Center for many years. More recently, she has been a supporter of the Ground Zero Master’s Commission of Marlton, N.J.
She is survived by two sons, Matthew S. Atkins of New Jersey, and Rev. Michael S. Atkins and his wife Christine of New Jersey; and one sister, Margaret Miller of Aston. She was preceded in death by two brothers, Tony V. Mallamas and Paul Mallamas, Jr.; and five sisters, Jeanette Mallamas, Edith M. Kobelia, Frances M. Pack, Madeline C. Reichenberg, and Genevieve MiMarcello.
Funeral services will be held at 7 p.m. on June 3 at the Christian Life Center (125 Saginaw Rd., New London Township), where friends and family may call from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to Ground Zero Master’s Commission, P.O. Box 703, Marlton, NJ 08053. Online condolences may be made at www.elcollinsfuneralhome.com.
HARRIS L. COOPERMAN
Harris Lee Cooperman, 88, of Kennett Square, died on May 13 at Crosslands Community in Kennett Square.
He was the husband of Esther Leeds Cooperman, with whom he shared nearly 60 years of marriage. Born in Philadelphia, he was the son of the late Daniel and Rebecca (Fidler) Cooperman. After graduating from Philadelphia’s Central High School, he earned a degree in mechanical engineering from Cornell University in 1949, where he rowed with the varsity crew team for three years. After being drafted during the Korean War, he was trained as an instructor in the operation and maintenance of tactical artillery, and selected to teach at the United States Military Academy at West Point, where he first had the opportunity to work in a well-equipped machine shop. He returned to Philadelphia after the war, joining the firm of Max Levy and Company, a manufacturer of half-tone screens and etched plates for the graphic arts industry. After responding to a request from RCA to design a specialized camera that could reduce full-size circuitry plans for miniaturization, he founded HLC Manufacturing in 1964, a business focused on the production of reduction cameras, and on related precision instruments. He held a number of patents relating to his work. After selling his business to Kidde Industries, he later became a vice president in the corporate finance department of the First National Bank of Maryland in Baltimore.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by his three children and their spouses: Emily T. Cooperman of Philadelphia, Morris L. Cooperman of Haddon Township, N.J., and Hannah B. C. Bray of Parkville, Md.; a granddaughter, Claire T. Bray; and five step-grandchildren, Katharine S. Thomas, and Elise, Michael, Bernadette, and Becky Trendler.
A memorial gathering will be held in the William Penn Room of Crosslands in Kennett Square at 2 p.m. on June 4. Interment will be held privately. Contributions in his memory may be made to Philabundance. To view his online tribute and to share a memory with his family, visit www.griecocares.com.
KATHY ANN LEWIS
Kathy Ann Lewis, 52, of Oxford, passed away on May 26 at her home.
Born in Wilmington, she was the daughter of Edward E. Lewis of Oxford and Dorthy Lee Blevins Lewis of West Grove.
She is survived by her parents; a son, Timothy Stanley of Elkton, Md.; three grandchildren; two brothers, Jerry Lee Lewis of Little Britain and Edward Earl Lewis, Jr., of Newark, Del.; and one sister, Sharon Denise Lewis of North East, Md. She was preceded in death by a brother, Timothy Michael Lewis.
Services will be private. Online condolences may be made at www.elcollinsfuneralhome.com.
Teddy Gene Fox, 65, of Oxford, passed away on May 29 at Jennersville Regional Hospital in West Grove.
Born in Boone, N.C., he was the son of the late Cluster A. and Margaret Cornett Fox. He refinished antiques, and restored both furniture and old clocks in his earlier days. He enjoyed fishing, boating, camping, antique furniture and animals. Teddy loved his family and friends. He was at his most happy having a cookout during nice summer days. Ted never passed a yard sale during the yard sale season. Teddy bravely fought his long illness with courage and hope.
He is survived by two brothers, Allen Fox of Oxford and Jerry White of Taylorsville, N.C.; and Dolores Cornette, his best friend and caregiver.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. June 2 at the Edward L. Collins, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc. (86 Pine St., Oxford, PA, 19363), where friends and family may call from 10 to 11 a.m. Interment will be in Union Hill Cemetery in Kennett Square. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to the funeral home to help with expenses. Online condolences may be made at www.elcollinsfuneralhome.com.
Francis “Pat” Moran, 92, of Kennett Square, died on May 29 at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital in Darby, Pa.
He was the husband of the late Mary Lou Myers Moran, who died in May of 2014, and with whom he shared 64 years of marriage. Born in Kennett Square, he was the son of the late Charles T. and the late Mary Jane (Crawford) Moran. Pat served our country during World War II in the Navy. He worked for many years as a truck driver for Mushroom Transportation and Gilbert Peirson Green houses. He was a member of the American Legion, the VFW and the Kennett Area Senior Center. He was one of two surviving members of his childhood group called “The Patch” where he enjoyed playing all types of sports with his buddies. He was a Phillies fan and enjoyed collecting Lionel model trains.
Survivors include two sons, Charles Pat Moran, Jr. (Giovanna) of Kennett Square, and George W. Moran (Mary Alice) of Wilmington, Del.; one daughter, Mary Anne Moran of Kennett Square; one sister, Marian Johnson of West Grove; four grandchildren, Brian Price (Amanda) of Virginia, Travis Price of Arizona, Alicia and Nicholas Moran of Delaware; and two great-grandchildren, Amelia and Eleanor Price. In addition to his wife, he was predeceased by a sister, Ann Fiore.
A visitation with family and friends will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. on June 2, and from 8:30 to 9 a.m. on June 3, at the Kuzo & Grieco Funeral Home Inc (250 W. State St., Kennett Square). His mass of Christian burial will be 9:30 a.m. Friday at St. Patrick Catholic Church (205 Lafayette St., Kennett Square, PA 19348). Interment with full military honors will will be in St. Patrick Cemetery in Kennett Square. Contributions in his memory may be made to St. Patrick Catholic Church. To view his online tribute and to share a memory with his family, visit www.griecocares.com.