Obituaries for the week of June 20
● By J. Chambless
MARY M. SCOTT
Mary M Scott, 96, of Kennett Square, passed away on June 12 at Linden Hall Nursing home in Kennett Square.
She was the wife of W. Robert Scott, her college sweetheart, who she married in 1945,and with whom she shared 57 years of marriage. He passed away in 2003. She was born in 1920 to the late Nicholas and Mary Madden, in Philadelphia, where she grew up. She was very proud to tell you that she attended and graduated from Girl's High. Mary graduated from West Chester College with a major in English and a minor in math. She was a teacher in the Kennett school system for many years, retiring at the age of 70. Her passion after retirement was the Kennett Garden Club, the Junior Gardeners, and as a board member of the Kennett Symphony Orchestra. She also loved spending time with her family, and listening to classical music.
Mary is survived by four children, David and his wife Christine of Connellsville, Kenny of Kennett Square, Judi and her husband Francis of Lewes, Del., and Joan of Coppell, Texas.
A funeral was held June 16. Burial was in St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Kennett Square. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a contribution be made to The Kennett Symphony Orchestra, P.O. Box 72, Kennett Square, PA 19348. Online condolences may be made by visiting www.griecocares.com.
James O’Brien, 74, of Chadds Ford, passed away at his home on May 31.
He is survived by his
loving wife, June; daughters Shayne O’Brien, Meg and her husband,
Scott Powers; his son, Edward O’Brien; and two grandchildren, Owen
and Erin O’Brien Powers. He is also survived by his brother, Thomas
O’Brien and wife Shirley; his sister, Mary Patricia Smith; his
sister Catherine (Minty) and husband John Young; his sister Veronica
(Bonny) and husband Gilbert Cameau; and many nieces and nephews and
their children, to whom he was a most beloved uncle. Jim was
predeceased by his brothers, Richard and Mortimer O’Brien; and his
sister, Regina (Ginger) Kromphold.
Jim had a strength, spirit and zest for life that could not be suppressed. With his genuine interest in others, his overwhelming kindness and warmth, he was a friend to all who met him. His wonderful sense of humor and gift for storytelling captivated everyone who was fortunate enough to know him. He had a love of travel, literature, theater and history, and great interests in painting, genealogy, and Irish culture. He was an active student at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Delaware in Wilmington, and was well known by his professors and classmates for his insights, commentary and stories – to which he had received ovations.
Although diagnosed with cancer last summer, he was still determined to live his life as he always had, which was to its fullest. Jim made every day a new opportunity to learn something, befriend someone, or share a part of himself -- his laughter and quick wit, and his thoughtfulness. He adored his wife, family and friends, and always made time for everyone. Jim will be forever missed by his family and countless friends, but in our hearts and minds he will always be with us.
A memorial service celebrating Jim’s life will be held on June 26 at 1 p.m. at the DuPont Country Club (1001 Rockland Road, Wilmington, Del.). Contributions in Jim’s memory can be made to Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Wilmington Gift Fund at the University of Delaware. Please send contributions to: University of Delaware, Gifts Processing, 83 E. Main St, 3rd Fl., Newark, DE 19716. Make checks payable to ‘University of Delaware’ and include on the memo line the fund name and Jim’s name. To view Jim’s online tribute and to share a memory with his family, visit www.griecocares.com.
LOUISE LEBRON PATTON
Louise LeBron Patton, 84, of West Grove, passed away on June 14 at her residence.
She was the wife of Thomas G. Patton, Jr., who passed away in 2013, and with whom she shared 58 years of marriage. She was the daughter of the late Otto and Helen MacMillan LeBron. She was born in New Orleans, La., and grew up in Baltimore, Md. She was a homemaker, and she enjoyed sewing, gardening and working with therapy dogs. She was a member of Willowdale Chapel. She was very active in church ministries throughout her life -- everything from visiting the sick to prayer groups.
She is survived by three daughters, Elizabeth Patton of Lancaster, Anne Bailey of West Grove, and Cynthia Patton of West Grove; and one grandson, Andrew Bailey of Wilmington, Del. She was predeceased by one brother, Otto K. LeBron; and one sister, Mary Frances Haslett.
A memorial service in celebration of the lives of Louise and the late Thomas Patton will be held at 1:30 p.m. July 2 at Willowdale Chapel (675 Unionville Rd., Kennett Square). Her burial in Union Hill Cemetery will be held privately. In lieu of flowers, a contribution may be made to Willowdale Chapel, 111 Marshall Street, Kennett Square, PA 19348; or to Canine Partners for Life, P.O. Box 170, Cochranville, PA 19330. Online condolences may be made by visiting www.griecocares.com.
CAROLYN S. GUERRINA
Carolyn S. Guerrina, 73, of Cochranville, passed away on June 17 at the Christiana Hospital.
She was the wife of Louis E. Guerrina, who passed away in 2011, and with whom she shared 44 years of marriage. Born in Waynesboro, Pa., she was the daughter of the late Joseph E. and Anna Curfman Shively. Carolyn graduated from Waynesboro High School in 1960 and Shippensburg University in 1964. After college, she taught first grade in New Castle, Del. She met her husband-to-be shortly afterward and they married in 1967. She was a member of the St. Malachi Catholic Church and Choir, Brandywine Conservancy, Cheshire Hunt Conservancy, Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, Havre De Grace Decoy Museum and Buck & Doe Trust, and actively supported the Brandywine Conservancy, S.A.V.E, Longwood Gardens, Chesapeake Bay Foundation, and the Misty of Chincoteague Foundation. Carolyn was a compassionate friend to animals and enjoyed her home, where she raised her children. With her husband, she enjoyed traveling near and far. Since her husband’s passing, she has gotten great enjoyment from spending time with her grandchildren and friends.
Carolyn is survived by son Michael; daughter Karen; son-in-law Grant DeCosta; daughter-in-law Anna; grandchildren Luke, Ella and Matthew; brother Curtis Shively; sister-in-law Susan; niece Rachel; nephew Stuart; and her beloved cat, Wendell.
A visitation will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. June 22 at St. Malachi Catholic Church (76 St. Malachi Road, Cochranville). Her Funeral will follow at 11 a.m. Burial will be in the adjoining church cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to: Brandywine Conservancy, P.O. Box 141, Chadds Ford, PA 19317; or St. Malachi Catholic Church, c/o Our Lady of Consolation Church, 603 West Second Ave., Parkesburg, PA 19365. Online condolences may be made by visiting www.griecocares.com.
Joan Rose Althouse Murphy, of Oxford, passed away on June 16.
She and her husband John were devoted to each other for 63 years. Joan was born in Philadelphia in 1931 and attended Germantown High School and St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, where she met her husband. Post-graduation, she worked as a secretary and married in 1953. Later, she graduated from the Philadelphia College of Art, with a degree in interior design. She was also very talented at sewing and was always well dressed, usually in clothes she designed and made herself.
At home, Joan was the mother of three children and was committed to creating a strong family life. She served three balanced meals a day, big family dinners for every occasion, and was an adventurous cook. She absolutely loved Christmas. Joan was also a lifelong animal lover and was never without pets of varied species. She loved cocker spaniels most, and bred and showed them. Beyond her home and work, she and her husband loved to travel, and they trailered their way through most of the United States. She was also committed to her faith, and served the Lutheran church in countless ways over the years, volunteering her time on committees, singing in the choir, and making sure her family went to church each week.
She will be missed by her three children, Judi (husband Bob), John (wife Dori) and Joy (husband Doug); and her grandchildren, Noelle and Aliza. Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, P.O. Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090-6011.
CLIFFORD A. BENNETT
Clifford “Kip” A. Bennett, 87, of West Grove, passed away on June 18 at Seasons Hospice at the Christiana Hospital.
He was the husband of Mary “Betty” Bennett, who passed away on June 19, 2016, and with whom he shared 68 years of marriage. Born in Coatesville. he was the son of the late Horace D., Sr. and Elsie Brandenberger Bennett. Kip was a bus driver for the DuVall Bus Company in New London for 15 years, retiring in 2015. Prior to working for Duvall, he worked for Star Roses, Gawthrop/Delchester Oil Company, and London Britain Township. He was a member of the Avon Grove Church of the Nazarene. Kip was a life member of 55 years, and past Chief at the West Grove Fire Company. He also had service as a past Fire Police Captain. In earlier years he was a coach for the Avon Grove Little League.
He is survived by two sons, Robert A. Bennett and his wife Donna L. of Ocala, Fla., and Thomas W. Bennett and his wife Barbara Sue of Middletown, Del.; one daughter, Barbara Anne Gentry and her husband Bruce of West Grove; one sister, Jennie Reid of Coatesville; nine grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
A visitation with friends and family will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 23 at the Avon Grove Church of the Nazarene (240 E. State Rd., West Grove). A funeral service for both Clifford and his wife will follow at 1 p.m. Burial will be in New Garden Friends Cemetery in New Garden. In lieu of flowers, a contribution may be made to the American Heart Association, 1617 JFK Boulevard, Suite 700, Philadelphia, PA 19103. Online condolences may be made by visiting www.griecocares.com.
Mary “ Betty” Bennett, 88, of West Grove, passed away on June 19 at Seasons Hospice at Christiana Hospital.
She was the wife of Clifford “Kip” Bennett, who passed away on June 18, and with whom she shared 68 years of marriage. Born in Coatesville, she was the daughter of the late Wilmer S. and Mary Walker Montgomery. Betty was a billing clerk for Kennett Dental in Kennett Square for eight years, retiring in 1990. Prior to that, she was a billing clerk for 15 years at Jackson-Durning, MD in Kennett Square. She was a member of the Avon Grove Church of the Nazarene. She enjoyed being with her family and friends, and especially enjoyed babysitting her grandchildren.
She is survived by two sons, Robert A. Bennett and his wife Donna L. of Ocala, Fla., and Thomas W. Bennett and his wife Barbara Sue of Middletown, Del.; one daughter, Barbara Anne Gentry and her husband Bruce of West Grove; two brothers, James W. Montgomery of Warner Robbins, Ga., and Robert E. Montgomery of Akron, Pa.; nine grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
A visitation with friends and family will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 23 at the Avon Grove Church of the Nazarene (240 E. State Rd., West Grove). A funeral service for both Betty and her husband will follow at 1 p.m. Burial will be in New Garden Friends Cemetery in New Garden. In lieu of flowers, a contribution may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 399 Market Street, Suite 102, Philadelphia, PA 19106. Online condolences may be made by visiting www.griecocares.com.
ANTHONY J. SPRINGEL
Anthony J. "Tony" Springel, 57, of Rising Sun, Md., passed away suddenly at home on June 16.
He was the husband of Theresa C. "Terri" (Schmidt) Springel. Born in Chester, he was the son of Lorraine C. (Hoag) Springel and the late Anthony M. Springel. Tony was a 1977 graduate of Oxford Area High School, and was formerly employed as a machinist with Brandywine Valley Fabricators in Coatesville, and Morton Thiokol in Elkton, Md. In 1983, he fulfilled his dream of starting his own company and he remained the sole proprietor of A.J. Springel Construction, Inc., until his death. Tony was a proud member of the NRA, Jaeger Sportsman's Club, Oxford Gun Club and Strasburg Sportsman's Association. He was a coach for Cecil Soccer, and also coached and sponsored Rising Sun Little League softball and baseball teams. He was a member of Good Shepherd Parish in Perryville, Md., and former member of Sacred Heart Parish in Oxford. In addition to being an avid hunter, fisherman and outdoorsman since childhood, Tony enjoyed the ocean, camping, scuba diving, NASCAR, gardening, and vacationing with family and friends. Above all else, Tony's greatest love was his family, and he will be remembered as a devoted and loving husband, father, brother and son.
He is survived by his wife; mother; daughter, Lauren V. and fiancé Jeff Willis of Newark, Del.; son, Ethan M. of Rising Sun, Md.; and sister, Bernadette Huss and husband Ron Hurd of Newark, Del.
Friends are invited to visit with the family beginning at 10 a.m. June 25 at Edward L. Collins, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc. (86 Pine St., Oxford), followed by a memorial service at 11 a.m. Interment will be private.
EDWIN G. HASH
Edwin G. Hash, 96, of Oxford, passed away on June 20 at Harrison Senior Living of Christiana, Pa.
He was the husband of the late Velma M. Cook Hash. Born in Independence, Va., he was the son of the late Carl and Rose Poole Hash. Edwin was employed for 20 years as a service manager for Ewing Motors in Nottingham, and owned Hash’s Auto Repair in Oxford. He was a lifetime member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie No. 2666, Oxford. Edwin enjoyed automobiles.
He is survived by two daughters, Geraldine M. Price of Oxford and Faye A. Sebastian (Larry) of Nottingham; four grandchildren, Tom Price, Steve Price, Jeff Price and Beth Thompson; six great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one brother, Ralph Hash; and two sisters, Eunetta Philippe and Ina Faye Fitzwater.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on June 23 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. Interment will be in Oxford Cemetery. Online condolences may be made at www.elcollinsfuneralhome.com.
LINDSAY C. F. SCOTT
Lindsay C.F. Scott, 87, of Unionville, died on June 20 at her residence.
She was the wife of Edgar Scott, Jr., with whom she shared 68 years of marriage. Born in Boston, Mass., she was the daughter of the late William S. and Lillian Wood Febiger. She was a homemaker. She was a fox hunter and she raised thoroughbred yearlings for sale.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by one son, Edgar Scott III of Centerville, Del.; one daughter, Mary F.S. Remer of Villanova, Pa.; one sister, Ethel F. Coles of Manchester, Mass.; and two grandchildren.
Her service and burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, a contribution may be made to the Cheshire Land Preservation Trust, P.O. Box 983, Unionville, PA 19375-0983. Online condolences may be made by visiting www.griecocares.com.