Obituaries for the week of Aug. 15
● By J. Chambless
E. MARIE SCOTT
After many years of declining health, E. Marie Scott of Kennett Township passed away on Aug. 6.
She was born in 1925 in Ashland, W.Va., the first-born child of Boyd A. and Dannie Dickerson. She grew up in that area, graduated from Northfork High School, married and had two children. During the World War II years, she moved to Wilmington, Del., to work at Bellanca Aircraft. After a brief return to West Virginia, she settled permanently in the northern Delaware area to work and raise her children.
She remarried in 1954 and had her third child in 1955. She enjoyed a 20-year career as a secretary for the DuPont Company and retired in 1969. In 1960, she moved with her family to her present home. There she pursued her many interests of sewing, gardening, renovating her home and cooking. She was a member of Hockessin United Methodist Church, where she particularly enjoyed her years studying world religions and philosophy. There she also was, at different times, a leader and a member of the Dorcas Circle.
She was predeceased by her parents; a son, Virgil Preston Scott; her husband, Virgil Scott, Jr.; a brother, Lester Dickerson; and her granddaughter, Kathryn M. Scott. She is survived by her two children, Joseph R. Scott (Sue) of Kennett Square, and Kathryn L. Scott of Richmond, Va.; three grandchildren, Virgil Richard Scott, Michael J. Scott and Matthew J. Scott; and one great-granddaughter, Kiersten T. Scott. Other surviving family members include a sister, Louise Woods of West Virginia; and a brother, Bill Dickerson (Jean) of Texas; along with many cousins, nephews and nieces in the extended families.
A special thanks to everyone who has assisted in her care over the past few years, especially those caregivers at Brandywine Assisted Living at Longwood.
A funeral service was held Aug. 13. Burial was in Longwood Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to: HEAL (Human Ecology Action League), P.O. Box 509, Stockbridge, GA 30281; or St. Stephen’s Ministry of Hockessin United Methodist Church, 7250 Lancaster Pike, Hockessin, DE 19707.
GERARD D. TROILO
Gerard “Bib” D. Troilo, 91, West Grove, passed away on Aug. 6 at the Christiana Hospital in Newark, Del.
He was the husband of Christine E. Paisley Troilo, with whom he shared 71 years of marriage. Born in Collingswood N.J., he was a son of the late Joseph and the late Eleanor Troilo Teti. He served our country in the Navy during World War II. He was general superintendent of the General Motors Boxwood Plant, retiring in 1985 after 38 years of service. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, crabbing, boating, carpentry, and managed his own crops, including fruit trees and grapes. He loved Phillies baseball and was a member of the Old Timers Baseball Hall of Fame in Kennett Square. He was a 38-year member of the Avon Grove Lions Club.
In addition to his wife, Bib is survived by two sons, Joseph D. Troilo (Pauline) of Avondale, and Gerard S. Troilo (Cathy) of Wilmington, Del.; one daughter, Cynthia T. Zerillo (James) of Bear, Del.; two brothers, Frank Troilo (Hazel) of West Chester, and Nicholas Teti (Anna) of Kennett Square; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his son, Garrett Michael, in 1975; and two sisters, Nancy Schiavone and Eleanor Peacock.
A mass of Christian burial was held Aug. 11. Interment was in St. Patrick Cemetery in Kennett Square. Contributions in his memory may be made to The Alzheimer's Association, 399 Market St., Suite 102, Philadelphia, PA 19106; or the Avon Grove Lions Club, 600 Baker Station Road, West Grove, PA 19390. To view his online tribute and to share a memory with his family, visit www.griecocares.com.
RICHARD A. JOHNS
Richard Albert “Rick” Johns, 54, of Conestoga, Pa., passed away on Aug. 7 at his home.
He was the husband of Danielle Narcisi Johns, and father of Iysis Faith Ally Johns. Born in Darby, Pa., he was the son of Dorothy Mullen Johns Elliott of New London and the late Richard Allen Johns. Rick graduated from Oxford Area High School in 1979. He excelled in wrestling and football. He received his Foreign Missions degree from Valley Forge Christian College. He served as a board member for Faith Outreach Center in Mount Joy. Rick enjoyed fishing, spending time in Florida with his family, ministering, and was an avid Philadelphia Eagles football fan. He was a proud soccer dad who went to all of his daughter’s games.
He is survived by his wife; mother; daughter; brother, Robert Johns of Naples, Fla.; and stepfather, Ron Elliott.
Memorial services were held Aug. 12 and 13. Interment was private. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to Faith Outreach Center, 475 Anderson Ferry Rd., Mount Joy, PA 17552; or Compassion International, 12290 Voyager Parkway, Colorado Springs, CO 80921-3668, where he sponsored a child. Online condolences may be made at www.elcollinsfuneralhome.com.
JANIS A. WALKER
Janis A. Walker, 72, of Oxford, passed away on Aug. 9 at her home.
Born in Monroe, La., she was the daughter of the late Richard Paul and M. Eleanor Long Walker. She was the wife of David W. Buckley, with whom she shared 25 years of marriage. She was employed as an executive assistant to the Vice President of Academic Affairs at Lincoln University and retired in 2010. For the last two years, Janis was employed as an executive director with Oxford Area Chamber of Commerce. She graduated from West Chester University with a degree in education. Janis taught Kennett Middle and Elementary School. She was a member of Community of Love Lutheran Church in Oxford. Janis enjoyed reading, gardening, cats, crochet and her grandchildren.
She is survived by her husband; one daughter, Christine D. Watson of Rhode Island; three step-children, Kevin Buckley of Pottstown, Sauna Miller of Kirkwood and Brendan Buckley of Oxford; three grandchildren, Nola, Chase and Brooklyn; and two sisters, Jean Wolf of Owings, Md., and Julie Walker of North Potomac, Md. She was preceded in death by a son, Daniel T. Watson.
A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Aug. 20 at the Community of Love Lutheran Church (117 N. 4th St, Oxford). Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to Oxford Area Chamber of Commerce Scholarship Fund, PO Box 4, Oxford, PA 19363. Online condolences may be made at www.elcollinsfuneralhome.com.
JOSEPH A. GENEREUX
Joseph Albert Genereux died at his home on Aug. 5. He was 83 years old.
Born in Worcester and raised in Webster, Mass., he was the son of the late Joseph Celerin Genereux, Esq., and the late Hermance Thibaut Genereux. He graduated from Bartlett High School in 1950 and continued his education in obtaining his B.S. from Lowell Textile Institute, now the University of Massachusetts in Textile Engineering. Joe was selected by the late Roger Milliken, along with nine other students, for a graduate fellowship at the University of Virginia, Institute of Textile Technology. After completing his textile thesis work, Joe fulfilled his military obligation with the United States Air Force. He served as both an airman and an officer, where he was involved in developing advanced engineering practices. He retired from the USAF Reserves in 1970 as a Captain.
In 1956, Joe began his 36-year career with the DuPont Company Textile Fibers Department. From the lab at Tech Service at Chestnut Run in Wilmington to the International Department at Textile Fibers, Joe traveled the country and throughout world, developing relationships to expand the company footprint. He was honored by the Chairman and Board of Directors for his marketing excellence and customer interaction effectiveness. After retirement, Joe enjoyed his new role as a consultant to the DuPont Legal Department. Most of all, Joe enjoyed taking care of his property, completing projections with precision and assisting in his children’s own businesses.
He was the beloved husband of the late Barbara Ann Hobson Genereux, who died in 1991; father of Michele Genereux-Bowling and her husband Tom, Michael Genereux and his wife Virginia, Mark Genereux and his wife Mary, and Matthew Genereux and his wife Susan; Pepere of Stella Bowling, Sophia Genereux, Pierce Genereux, Devin Genereux, Soleil Genereux, Josephine Genereux and Grace Genereux; and brother of Joanne Genereux Reed.
Burial in Longwood Cemetery was private. Memorial donations in Joe's name would appreciated to Willow Tree Hospice, 616 East Cypress Street, Kennett Square, PA 19348 (www.willowtreehospice.com).
RICHARD B. SHOUN
Richard B. Shoun, 76, of Peach Bottom, Pa., passed away on Aug. 13.
Born in Mountain City, Tenn., Richard had lived in Pennsylvania most of his life. He was the husband of Judy A. (Caudill) Shoun, with whom he shared 51 years of marraige. He was the son of the late Joseph C. Shoun and Opal L. (Mullins) Shoun of Peach Bottom. Richard attended Oxford area schools. He worked on the family farm and later worked as a diesel mechanic at the former Herr’s Motor Express in Quarryville for 18 years prior to retiring due to illness. He enjoyed antique cars and NASCAR and was an avid bowler. He was a member of Porters Grove Baptist Church in Conowingo, Md. He was a member of Washington Lodge No. 156, F & AM of Quarryville, and was a 32nd degree Mason. He was also a member of the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite in Valley of Harrisburg, and Lancaster, Lancaster County Shrine, Shriners International, and Zembo Temple in Harrisburg.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by his sister, Violet M. McKinney and husband Royce of Peach Bottom; brother-in-law, Samuel Caudill and wife Susan of Midland, N.C.; nephews, James McKinney, Lonnie McKinney, Raymond McKinney, and Jacob Caudill; a special great-nephew, Jeramy McKinney and wife Sarah; and several great nieces and nephews and many cousins.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Aug. 20 at the Mountain City Funeral Home. Graveside services and interment will be at Phillippi Cemetery in Mountain City. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Shriners Hospitals for Children, Office of Development, 2900 Rocky Point Dr., Tampa, FL 33607; or to a charity of your choice. Online condolences may be made at www.elcollinsfuneralhome.com.
BARBARA LOUISE DONOHOE
Barbara (“Bobbie”) Louise Donohoe, 86, passed on to her eternal, heavenly resting place on Aug. 14.
She was predeceased by her parents, Wade and Grace (Robinson) Wilson; and her eldest sister, Eva Manning. Barbara is survived by her loving husband, Philip G. Donohoe of West Grove; her son, Michael Donohoe (Terri) of Landenberg; her daughter, Jane Henry (David) of Avondale; and her sister and best friend, Evelyn Santucci of Landenberg. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Joshua Whann (Amy) of Woodbridge, Va., Phillip Donohoe and Jacquilyn Donohoe of Landenberg, Lauren LaMack of New York, N.Y., Sarah LaMack of Avondale, David Henry, Jr. and Benjamin Henry of Avondale. In addition, Barbara will be deeply missed by many cherished family members, nieces, nephews, Godchildren, and dear friends too numerous to count.
Sharing 64 wonderful years of marriage, Barbara and Phil had a beautiful bond of an unwavering faith in God and commitment to their loved ones. Together, they founded a mushroom-growing enterprise where she served as a business partner of a successful establishment that flourished for 27 years. They then went on to operating a retail establishment serving the mushroom industry until the age of retirement.
She was a graduate of Kennett High School and was a proud founding member of the Kennett High School Alumni Association. She combined her love of Christ and reading by participating in the Circle of Grace Bible Study group for many years while at her former parish, Saint Mary of the Assumption Church in Hockessin, Del. She was also a member of several other community committees and a founding member of the SAGES senior group. Barbara shared her faith and happiness with others by becoming a Eucharistic Minister and a Catechist for this Catholic ministry. She shared her love of horticulture and gardening with many. For the past 15 years, Barbara lived at Jenner’s Pond Retirement Community and was a member of the Assumption BVM Church in West Grove.
A visitation with family and friends will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Aug. 19 at the Kuzo & Grieco Funeral Home (250 W. State St., Kennett Square), and again from 9 to 10 a.m. Aug. 20 at Assumption BVM Catholic Church (300 State Rd., West Grove). Her mass of Christian burial will be 10 a.m. Saturday at the church. Interment will be in St. Patrick Cemetery in Kennett Square. In lieu of flowers please send contributions to Willow Tree Hospice, 616 E Cypress St., Kennett Square, PA 19348; or the Jenner's Pond Benevolent Care Fund, 2000 Greenbriar Lane, West Grove, PA 19390. To view her online tribute and to share a memory with her family, visit www.griecocares.com.
WENDY LEE DOLACK
Wendy Lee Dolack, 56, of Nottingham, passed away on Aug. 10 at her home.
Born in Chester, Pa., she was the daughter of the late Donald Earl and Elizabeth Rhodes Lawson. She was the wife of Richard A. Dolack, Jr., with whom she shared 28 years of marriage. Wendy enjoyed watching television, playing bingo and spending time with her family.
She is survived by her husband; one son, Donald Dolack, at home; three sisters, Donna Jean Lawson of Reading, Sandra Bates of Nottingham, and Cheryl Amey of Cochranville; and nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Aug. 24 at New London United Methodist Church (1010 State Rd., West Grove). Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations 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.
MARY MADELINE GREER
Mary Madeline Greer, 84, of Avondale, passed away on Aug. 15 at her residence.
She was the wife of James W. Greer, with whom she shared 66 years of marriage. Born in Lansing, N.C., she was the daughter of the late Wiley and Martha E. Powers Blevins. She was a food service manager at Mary D. Lang school in Kennett Square, retiring in 1997 after 18 years of service. She was a member of the New London Baptist Church in Kelton. She previously sang in the church choir, was a Sunday school teacher, and worked in the church nursery. Madeline enjoyed cooking, canning, gardening, sewing, doing Word Search puzzles, and being with her family and friends.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by one son, James W. Greer, Jr. and his wife of Dorothy of Oxford; five daughters, Janet Barker and her fiancé John R. Porter of Landenberg, Joyce Rivera and her husband Roberto of Oxford, Jenny Taylor and her fiancé Bob Stoker of Avondale, Janice Perry and her husband Joseph of Avondale, and Julie Taylor and her husband Douglas of Kennett Square; one brother, Lonnie Blevins of Beloit, Ill.; two sisters, Zelma Miller of Woodbridge, Va., and Annabelle Damewood of Roanoke, Va.; 18 grandchildren; and 24 great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by one daughter, Mary Lou Greer; two brothers, James Blevins and Ray Blevins; and two sisters, Yvonne Steed and Melissa Hale.
A visitation with family and friends will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. Aug. 20 at the New London Baptist Church (226 Pennocks Bridge Road, West Grove). Her funeral service will follow at 11 a.m. Burial will be Union Hill Cemetery in Kennett Square. In memory of Madeline, a contribution may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. Online condolences may be made by visiting www.griecocares.com.
Thomas W. Gallimore, of Kirkwood, passed away at the age of 69 on Aug. 13 after a lengthy illness.
Born in Hillsville, Va., he was the son of the late Burton W. and Emily K. Gallimore. He moved to the Oxford area as a young boy and graduated from Oxford Area High School. He spent his lifelong career in the retail business, employed for many years by Totes, Isotoner, Inc., and was proprietor of Evan’s Unpainted Furniture in Quarryville for a few years. Thomas was a member of Sacred Heart Church in Oxford. His happiest times were spent on the water with family and friends, either surf fishing in Fenwick Island, snorkeling in Aruba or boating on the Chesapeake. His hobbies included collecting antiques, researching Southern Lancaster and Chester County history, woodworking, gardening, and restoring his ’55 Chevy.
He is survived by his wife and best friend, Jean Watterson Gallimore, with whom he shared 46 years of marriage; beloved son, Evan T. (Kim); special granddaughter, Kaela; one brother, Terry (Christine); one sister, Linda Haney; two sisters-in-law, Judith Gallimore and Dorothy Moscardelli (Paul); several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a brother, John.
He was sincerely grateful to all the staff (nurses, doctors, receptionists) at the Ann B. Barshinger Cancer Institute in Lancaster, for their outstanding care and support which helped him through many years of treatment. He was also grateful to the staff at National Institute of Health in Bethesda, Md., whose research provided him the opportunity to participate in several innovative trials and surgeries and most importantly gave him hope and the will to survive.
A memorial mass will be celebrated at 11:30 a.m. Aug.19 at Sacred Heart Church (203 Church Rd., Oxford), where friends and family may visit from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation, 1317 King St., Alexandria, VA 22314. Online condolences may be made at www.elcollinsfuneralhome.com.