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Obituaries for the week of Aug. 8

08/09/2016 12:45PM ● By J. Chambless


Alan Sinton, 88, of Kennett Square, passed away peacefully with his family by his side on July 29 at the Pocopson Home in West Chester.

He was the husband of Mary Elizabeth (Willis) Sinton, with whom he shared 68 years of marriage. After his parents, the late Frederick William and the late Josephine (Williamson) Sinton emigrated to America from Northern Ireland, Alan was born in 1928 in Detroit, Mich. At the outset of the Great Depression they returned to the family homestead, County Armagh, Northern Ireland, where he lived his formative years, met and married Mary Elizabeth, and where their first four children were born. After permanently moving back to the United States in 1954, four more children were born. Alan was an amateur ham radio operator, spent some time boating and sailing at the Jersey Shore and on the Chesapeake Bay, and enjoyed watching the Philadelphia Phillies. However, his true love and passion was spending time with his beloved wife, Mary Elizabeth, all his children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and friends at his cherished summer home on the Sassafras River in Galena, Md.

He was a past member of Washington Memorial Pipe Band in Wayne, Masonic Lodge No. 475, and Kennett Square Golf & Country Club. Alan and Mary were also host parents of Ulster Project Delaware, an organization that fosters reconciliation and understanding between different groups in Northern Ireland. Alan and Mary, along with friends Bobby and Mary Lou Maucher, founded the Unicorn Restaurant & Pub (Half Moon today) in 1989.

One of his first jobs after moving back to the states was with the Sun Shipyard in Chester, Pa. This was followed by a position in the electronics division of the Paul Morrow Company in Wilmington, which had a major Department of Defense contract to contribute to the NASA X-15 project. He also directed the air conditioning division of a prominent heating and air conditioning company in Delaware. He then founded Alan Sinton, Mechanical & Electrical Contractors in 1971 in Mendenhall, and then incorporated in 1978 as Alan Sinton, Ltd. Today the business is owned and operated by his son, Bill Sinton, as Sinton Air Conditioning & Heating, Inc.

Alan was a pioneer in the HVAC industry. He was instrumental in helping develop a unique air conditioning system for the mushroom industry, the ‘WeatherKing’ Mushroom Climate Control Unit. He was an early adopter in the application of GeoThermal heating and cooling systems.

In addition to his wife, Alan is survived by three sons, Alan Fred Sinton, Robert Sinton (Anita), and Bill Sinton (Karen); five daughters, Hester O’Gara (Jim), Diana Zahner (Jim), June Scheffler, Carol Sinton-Shimpeno (Michael) and Christina Sinton Gorman (Martin); one sister, Gladys Richmond; dozens of nieces and nephews; 26 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by two brothers,Theodore Sinton and John Sinton; and one sister, Hester McMurray.

A funeral was held Aug. 5. Interment was in Longwood Cemetery in Kennett Square. Contributions in his memory may be made to the Kennett Area Senior Center, 427 S. Walnut St., Kennett Square, PA 19348. To view his online tribute and to share a memory with his family, visit


Leonard Lewis Jones, 90, was a lifelong resident of Oxford and member of Shiloh Presbyterian Church. He passed away on Aug. 1 while weeding the flower bed at his beloved church.

Leonard was born in East Nottingham in 1926, the son of the late Sherwood L. and Carrie Ann Lewis Jones. He was the adopted son of the late George L. and Hattie Harris. Upon his graduation from Oxford Area School, he entered the U.S. Army, serving in World War II. After leaving the service, he returned to Oxford and married Kathryn Hardy. Leonard was employed by Lukens Steel Company in Coatesville until his retirement after 35 years. He was a member of the United Steel Workers Union, American Legion Post 535, he was a trustee at Shiloh Presbyterian Church and member of the Men’s Chorus, as well as various other organizations.

Leonard is survived by his wife of 64 years; sons Nelson Walls, and Gary B. Jones and wife Patricia; daughter Sherri Jones Evans; four grandchildren, Gary A. Jones and wife Jenny, Danielle R. Jones and husband Dion, Daryl S. Evans and partner Terry Church, and Mallory D. Evans; seven great-grandchildren, Madison Jones, DeShaun Evans, Sabriya Jones, Ella Jones, Miles Jones, Caliana Jones and Genesis Harps; and one great-great grandson, Marley Jones. Leonard was preceded in death by his brother, Sherwood L. Jones.

A service was held Aug. 6 at Shiloh Presbyterian Church. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to Shiloh Presbyterian Church, 42 S. 5th St., Oxford, PA 19363. Online condolences may be made at


Angela Jones Miller, 80, of Freedom Village in West Brandywine, passed away unexpectedly on July 23 in Albuquerque, N.M.

She was the wife of Hugh Miller, with whom she shared 58 years of marriage. Born Caroline Iris Angela Jones in 1936, in Barcelona, Spain to Cecil and “Molly” Jones, she was a refugee from both the Spanish Civil War and then World War II. She eventually grew up in Mexico City. After attending boarding school in England with her cousins, she matriculated at Rice University in Houston, Texas, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa as a Bachelor of Arts of romance languages. At Rice University, she met and married her husband, Hugh.

She was a multicultural woman who spoke three languages with fluency, and she explored the world with her husband. She delighted in being with her family. In her youth, she exhibited athleticism, taking delight in horseback riding, playing tennis, skiing and field hockey. As she matured, she continued physical competition by joining in golf and tennis tournaments and besting Hugh on Europe’s famed slopes. She proudly used the term “homemaker” as her listed occupation. She raised four children in Belgium from 1965 until 1979, mostly single-handedly, as Hugh traveled extensively. She and Hugh eventually settled in southern Chester County in 1979, a place she loved for its beauty and close friends. She was a member of the Kennett Square Country Club, Fieldstone Country Club, and Christ Church in Wilmington, Del.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by two sons, Michael (Kari) and Brian (Ana Aragon de Miller); two daughters, Susan McGlynn (Ray) and Kathryn Arbabi (Roger); sister-in-law, Barbara Jones; nephew, Gavin Jones, nine grandchildren; and several cousins. She was predeceased by her father, Cecil Jones; her mother, Carmen Jones (nee Park); father-in-law, Edward Miller; mother-in-law Martha (nee Carr); and her brother, Padraigh Jones.

A visitation with family and friends will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. Aug. 19 at the Episcopal Church of the Advent (401 N. Union St., Kennett Square). Her memorial service will follow at 11 a.m. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to the National Parkinson Foundation, Inc., 1501 N.W. Avenue/Bob Hope Road, Miami, FL 33136-1494. Online condolences may be made by visiting


Monroe L. (Dutch) Nute, III, 62, of Roanoke, Va., died unexpectedly on July 30 at his home.

Born in 1954 in West Chester, he was the son of the late Monroe L., Jr., and Audrey Stover Nute. Dutch grew up in Kennett Square. In 1971, he graduated from Kennett High School, where he wrestled and played soccer. He received his degree from Elizabethtown State College. He was employed with his father at Nute Motors in Kennett, Square, and later joined American Honda as a regional supervisor, retiring in 2015. He enjoyed traveling, going to church, and being with friends and family.

He is survived by his two sisters, Deborah N. Bove (Bob) of Avondale, and Lynne E. Nute of Long Beach, Calif.; two nieces, Rachel Hillworth and Danielle Porto; two great-nieces; three great-nephews; and longtime best friend, Sandy Hunt of Roanoke.

A graveside service was held Aug. 8 at Union Hill Cemetery in Kennett Square. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to First Baptist Church of Roanoke, 515 Third St., Roanoke, VA 24016. Online condolences may be made at


Marie Ann (Rande) Vaul, 55, passed away on Aug. 3 at Pennsylvania Hospital, surrounded by friends, after a brief illness.

She grew up in Cochranville and graduated from Octorara High School in 1978. She is survived by her father, Joseph A. Vaul of Mifflin, Pa.; mother, Judith C. Reece of Millerstown, Pa.; and brother, Michael Vaul of Mifflin, Pa.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family. Donations in her name can be made to the American Cancer Society (


Alexander James Fidanza, 32, of West Jefferson, N.C., formerly of Avondale, passed away at his residence on July 30.

He was the son of Steven L. and Penny Eachus Fidanza. He was a welder at AEV in West Jefferson, N.C. He enjoyed fishing, playing the guitar, music, building things out of metal, and being with his family and friends.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by one daughter, Lia M. Fidanza of Oxford; one sister, Angela J. Fidanza of Avondale; two brothers, Joe B. Eachus of West Jefferson, N.C., and Steven L, Fidanza II, serving in the U.S. Army in Missouri; and his paternal grandmother, Yolanda Fidanza of Avondale.

A visitation with family and friends will be held from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Aug. 9 at St. Gabriel of the Sorrowful Mother Church (8910 Gap Newport Pike, Avondale). His funeral mass will follow at 11 a.m. Burial will be private. Online condolences may be made by visiting


Harold (Butch) Lee Williams, 65, passed away on Aug. 2 in Llano, Texas.

He was born Aug. 3, 1950 in Hollywood, Calif., to Lillian Marie (Turban) and Everett Williams. He graduated from Benton Junior-Senior High School in Pennsylvania. He got his Bachelors degree in computer engineering from the University of Delaware and worked at Dupont for 34 years. Harold married Laura Hamilton in 1993 in Orange, Texas. He loved fishing, hunting, and being outdoors with animals.

He is survived by wife Laura Williams of Llano, Texas; daughters Tanya Sellers of Delaware, and Taylor Williams of Texas; brothers Joseph Griffith, Larry Williams, Gloria Templin of Pennsylvania; Terry Griffith, Carol Zeisloft of Delaware; Bonnie Reilly of Maryland; and 15 nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Everett Williams and Lillian Turban; stepmother Esther Williams; sister Barbara Karns; and mother-in-law Mary Vick Scott Hamilton.

A Celebration of Life will be held in May 2017 at the family home on the Llano River. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Cherokee Home for Children, P.O. Box 295, Cherokee, Texas 76832; or Christ Yoder Animal Shelter, 9150 Farm to Market Rd. 1431, Buchanan Dam, TX 78609. Email condolences may be sent to


Emily Rose White, 90, of West Grove, formerly of Wallingford, passed away on June 30 at Jenner’s Pond, West Grove.

She was preceded in death by her devoted husband, Arthur Michael White, Jr., of Stamford, Conn., with whom she shared 54 years of marriage. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., and raised in Queens, she was one of four children. She was the daughter of the late George F. and Emily M. Donnellan Adams. Emily married in 1948 and lived in Manhattan until 1954, when they moved to Katonah, N.Y., where they raised their three girls. In 1968, they moved to Wallingford. She was employed by Crozier Chester Medical Center as the office supervisor of the Radiology Department. Emily enjoyed cooking, crafting, and loved music and singing, especially Irish songs.

She is survived by three daughters, Kathleen Locke (Walter) of Vero Beach, Fla., and Avalon, N.J., Nancy Warner (Robert) of Lincoln University, Sheila DeLuca (Ronald) of Glenn Mills; and eight grandchildren.

A memorial mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Aug. 20 at Sacred Heart Church (203 Church Rd., Oxford), where friends and family may visit from 9 to 10 a.m. Interment will be in St. Thomas the Apostle Church Cemetery in Chester Heights. In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to St. Jude Children Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Dept, 142, Memphis, TN 38148. Show Tribute #10551686 with your donation. Online condolences may be made at


Eleanor G. Molnar, 96 (affectionately known as Baba, Mom and Berra) of Downingtown, passed away on Aug. 4 at Saint Martha Manor.

She was the wife of John Molnar, who passed away in 2006. They shared 51 years of marriage. Born in Kennett Square, she was the daughter of the late John and Anna Reardon Gallery. Eleanor was a graduate of West Chester State Teachers College class of 1942. She was active in many college sports. Post-graduation, she became a physical education teacher, a profession she dearly loved. While teaching, she remained active in athletics as a field hockey referee and coach, and volunteered many summers for the Red Cross Learn to Swim program. She enjoyed sewing, reading and baking cookies daily. She was an avid Phillies fan and was able to attend the 2008 and 2009 World Series. She had a great passion for animals, especially cats.

She is survived by one son, Mike Molnar and wife Shirley of Downingtown; two daughters, Beth Odum and husband Russ of Centennial, Colo., and Mary Anne Nickel and husband Bobby of Key West, Fla.: five grandchildren, Ricky L. Clay Jr., Emily Molnar, Michael Molnar and wife Katelyn, Kara Odum and Mathew Odum; and two great-grandchildren, Sincere and Kamron Clay. She was predeceased by one brother, Jack Gallery; and one sister, Grace Hallada.

A visitation with family and friends will be held from 8 to 9:30 a.m. Aug. 10 at Kuzo & Grieco Funeral Home (250 W. State St., Kennett Square). A funeral mass will follow at 10 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church (212 Meredith St., Kennett Square). Burial will be in St. Patrick Cemetery in Kennett Square. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Neighborhood Health Hospice (Home Service), 795 E. Marshall Street, Suite 204, West Chester, PA. 19380. Online condolences may be made by visiting


Jeanne D. Kennedy, 90, formerly of Landenberg, passed away peacefully on Aug. 3, surrounded by her loving family.

Jeanne leaves behind her five daughters, Edith “Micki” Weidlein (Philip), Virginia Kennedy, Donna Norris (Lee), Debra Crom (Robert), Peggy Krygier (Kenneth); former daughter-in-law, Judith Fellman; and Skipper's longtime companion, Kathleen O'Brien. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Cheryl Stewart, Thomas Hogate, Philisa Weidlein-Crist, Krista Taylor, Nichole Kennedy, Brittany Petrucci, John La Forte, Joseph Owens, Julia Nutter, Chase Pickeral, Chad Crom, Stephani Blake, Spencer Crom, Elijah “Taylor” Crom; 26 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren; along with a vast number of nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her parents, Raymond West and Edith Fowler West, formerly of Port Deposit, Md.; her loving husband, Spencer B. Kennedy, Jr.; her infant daughter, Sharon Lee Kennedy; her son, Spencer B. Kennedy III, "Skipper"; infant great-granddaughter, Chelsea Marie Owens; two brothers, Warren and Taylor; and three sisters, Grace, Charlotte and Joyce (Peg).

Jeanne spent her life dedicated to her family and supporting her husband in his Naval career. Although she did work outside the home throughout the years, she always said her greatest achievement was raising her children. She and Spencer enjoyed vacationing with family. Family reunions, vacations at the beach and monthly dinner outings with her daughters and granddaughters are all treasured memories she leaves us with.

A visitation with family and friends will be held from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Aug. 10 at Kemblesville United Methodist Church (Route 896 and Peacedale Road, Kemblesville). Her funeral service will follow at 11 a.m. Interment will be in the adjoining cemetery. Family and friends are invited to a luncheon to celebrate the life of Jeanne at the church hall immediately following funeral services. In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to the National WWII Museum, 945 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA 70130. Online condolences may be made by visiting


Jesse M. Foster, Jr., 57, of Conowingo, Md., passed away after a long-term illness while surrounded by his loving family on Aug. 5.

He was born in 1958 in Elkton, Md., to Jesse M. Foster, Sr., and the late Vaudeline C. (Perdue) Foster. Jesse was the Pastor of Fellowship of Faith Church in Kirkwood for ten years. He founded and facilitated The Exchange Youth Ministry of Oxford, and later a branch in Rising Sun, Md. Additionally, Jesse was the owner and operator of Tristate Petroleum Services. He was a fan of the Baltimore Ravens and Baltimore Orioles. Jesse was a hardworking man who cherished his family and his faith.

He is survived by his loving wife of 37 years, Marie Foster; son, Shane Foster and his wife Christine; three grandchildren, Samantha, Coby, and Emily Foster; three sisters, Karen Smith, Vanessa Cole, and Maxine Donell; and father, Jesse M. Foster, Sr. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Shannon Foster; mother, Christine Foster; brother, Ron Simmons; and sister, Thea Swift.

A celebration of Jesse’s life will be held on Aug. 11 at noon at Christ Community Fellowship (356 Chatham Rd., West Grove). A visitation will be held two hours prior, beginning at 10 a.m. Burial will follow the service at Christ Community Fellowship Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made payable to Rising Sun Lions Club and sent in care of R.T. Foard Funeral Home, P.A., 111 S. Queen St., Rising Sun, MD 21911. To send condolences, visit


Eleanor R. Eller, 85, of Oxford, passed away on Aug. 6 at Christiana Hospital in Newark, Del.

Born in Pilot Town, Md., she was the daughter of the late Howard and Orpha Lewis Farmer. She was the wife of the late Carl E. Eller. Eleanor was employed with Krapf’s paratransit bus for 14 years, which granted her the opportunity to form relationships with people in the greater Oxford area. She enjoyed sewing, needlework, cooking, reading, gardening, and spending time with her family. Eleanor was deeply loved by her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Her smile lit up the room most when her children and grandchildren were all together.

She is survived by one son, Michael E. Eller of Wilmington, Del.; two daughters, Teresa G. Ogino (Mike) of Oxford and Phyllis C. Barlow (Timothy) of Cochranville; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her second husband, Frank McCoury; and grandson, Mark Simmons.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Aug. 11 at the Edward L. Collins, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc. (86 Pine St., Oxford), where friends may visit on Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. and Thursday from 10 to 11 a.m. Interment will be in Oxford Cemetery. Online condolences may be made at

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