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Obituaries for the week of Oct. 17

10/18/2016 10:13AM ● By J. Chambless

OLEN M. GRIMES, JR.

Olen M. Grimes, Jr., 54, of Lincoln University, died suddenly on Oct. 10 at his home, due to a heart attack.

He was the beloved husband of Roxann Carter Grimes, with whom he shared 18 years of marriage. Born in Bridgeport, Conn., he was a son of the late Olen M. and the late Ann (Kane) Grimes. He was a 1980 graduate of Kennett High School. He served our country in the Marine Corps during peacetime.
Olen was the owner of My Polished Salon and Artworks Gallery in Kennett Square. During his years in business, he gained a vast knowledge of local well-known artists and their works, including Andrew and Jamie Wyeth, Sebastian Upson, Rea Redifer and Richard Bollinger, to name just a few. He was a longtime faithful member of the Longwood Rotary Club where he donated his time and treasure to local initiatives each year. In earlier years, Olen was a member of the Unionville/Chaddsford JCs, and the Kennett Fire Company. He was once an EMT, and successful car salesman at the former Garnet Ford in Kennett. He once enjoyed logging, was a disc jockey, and loved hunting, fishing and reading. Olen loved the town of Kennett Square, where he worked and gave selflessly for many years. He will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him and he will not soon be forgotten.

Survivors include, in addition to his wife Roxann, a stepson; four brothers, John, Carl, William and Michael; five sisters, Kathy, Ann, Vergia, Margaret and Vickie; and two grandchildren.

A visitation with family and friends will be held from 10 a.m. to noon on Oct. 29 at the Kuzo & Grieco Funeral Home, Inc. (250 W. State St., Kennett Square). A service in celebration of his life will follow at noon. Interment will be held privately. Contributions in his memory may be made to Kennett Area Community Service, or KACS, PO Box 1025, Kennett Square, PA 19348. To view his online tribute and to share a memory with his family, visit www.griecocares.com.


COLLEEN C. JOHNSON

Colleen C. Johnson, 89, of Oxford, passed away on Oct. 3 at Ware Presbyterian Village in Oxford.

She was the wife of Paul M. Johnson, and was preceded in death by her first husband, Richard Lee Davis. Born in Coatesville, she was the daughter of the late Frank and Nakada Sumner Charlton. Colleen was a member of Oxford Church of the Nazarene.

She is survived by her husband; two sons, Richard Frank Davis of Newark, Del., and Michael Edward Davis of Oxford; one daughter, Cynthia Trahan of Lafayette, La.; and four grandchildren, James Derek Davis, Nicole Lee Davis Joshua Lee Davis and Jonathan Karl Davis.

Funeral services were held Oct. 7. Interment was in Oxford Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 399 Market Street, Suite 102, Philadelphia, PA 19106; or Oxford Church of the Nazarene. Online condolences may be made at www.elcollinsfuneralhome.com.


MONCRIEFF L. WATSON

Moncrieff L. Watson, born Oct. 20, 1955, son of the late Oliver and Edna Watson of Lincoln University, passed away Oct. 3.

Moncrieff, known to family and friends as "Monty," was a loving husband, father, brother and pop-pop. He is survived by his loving and devoted wife, Joan Watson; his two sons, Moncrieff and Andre Watson; two grandchildren, Inaiah Hamlett and Mahki Nowlin-Watson; older brother, Clarence Watson; nieces, nephews and numerous cousins and friends who loved him.

Monty graduated from Oxford Area High School in 1973. Over the years, he worked for Dupont, Chrysler and Herr’s until he retired. Monty was an avid Minnesota Vikings fan and Golden State Warriors fan. He enjoyed watching westerns and listening to jazz music. Monty was also a devoted horse racing fan. He looked forward to attending the Belmont Stakes race each year, but his one passion was going fishing with family and friends on his boat.

A service was held Oct. 10. Interment was in Oxford Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, PO Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718. Online condolences may be made at www.elcollinsfuneralhome.com.


JOSEPH F. BORNEMAN

Joseph F. Borneman, 77, of Deltona, Fla., died on Oct. 6

He was born in 1938 in Philadelphia to John A. and Madeline (Henhoeffer) Borneman, and was one of nine children. Joseph graduated from St. James High School in 1956, and was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force.

He is survived by his son Mark (Gillian) of Deltona, Fla., and his daughter Jennifer (Pat) of Oxford; and grandchildren Patrick and Daniel (Ingrid) Carr, Stefanie, Aaron, Ava, Mariah Borneman and Justine Borneman. He was predeceased by his wife; Eileen; and his son, Danny.

He was a member of Assumption BVM Church in West Grove, and Our Lady Of The Lakes Church in Deltona, Fla., where he lived for the last three years. Joseph was a member of the Knights of Columbus and attended mass daily. He was also devoted to making and donating rosaries.

Relatives and friends are invited to visit with his family from 9 to 10 a.m. on Oct. 22 at Assumption BVM Church (300 State Rd., West Grove). His funeral mass will follow at 10 a.m. Internment will be in Cochranville. Online condolences may be made by visiting www.griecocares.com.


RUTH W. BUSSIERE

Ruth W. Bussiere, 87, of Kennett Square, passed away on Oct. 11 at Crosslands.

She was the wife of Norman L. Bussiere, with whom she shared 65 years of marriage. Born in the Bronx, N.Y., she was the daughter of the late Fairfax Randall Wheelan and Elizabeth Ovens Wheelan. She worked at various public libraries, retiring in 2006 from Emma S. Clark Library in Setauket, N.Y. She was dedicated to her family and friends, and spent her happiest times with them.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by one son, Robert D. Bussiere and his wife Alice of Wilmington, Del.; two daughters, Jeanne B. Stephens and her husband James of Shaker Heights, Ohio, and Elizabeth Bussiere and her husband Daniel Cohen of Worcester, Mass.; four grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. She was predeceased by three brothers.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Nov. 12 in the William Penn room at Crosslands (1600 E. Street Road, Route 926, Kennett Square. Burial will be held privately. In memory of Mrs. Bussiere, 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.


HOWELL RAY STEWART

Howell Ray “Buddy” Stewart, 83, of Perryville, Md., passed away on Oct. 16.

Buddy was born in 1933 in Hanceville, Ala., to the late Lonnie Wilburn Stewart and Tera Lee (Anderson) Stewart. He was a proud member of Nottingham Missionary Baptist Church since 1983. He had a lifelong career in heating and air conditioning, and owned three different heating and air conditioning companies throughout his lifetime, until his retirement. He loved gospel music, camping, and dogs, especially Dachshunds. Buddy loved, and was especially proud of, his wonderful family, and cherished his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Buddy is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Audrey Nadine Stewart; his children, Debbie Jackson and her husband Jimmy, Cheryl Zueger and her husband Mark, Stephen Stewart and his wife Brenda, Mark Stewart and his wife Sherri, Janice Jones and her husband Michael, Matthew Stewart and his wife Alice; 17 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; and his brother, Arvel Stewart. In addition to his parents, Buddy was preceded in death by his son, Robert James Stewart; brother, Roy Stewart; and his sister, Edith Tillery.

Funeral services will be held on Oct. 19 at 11 a.m. at Nottingham Missionary Baptist Church (303 W. Christine Rd., Nottingham). Family and friends may begin visiting at 10 a.m. In addition to flowers, memorial contributions can be made payable to the Alzheimers Association and sent in care of R.T. Foard Funeral Home, P.A., 111 S. Queen St., Rising Sun, MD 21911.


KATHARINE M. KENDIG

Katharine M. “Kate” Kendig, 91, of Glen Mills, passed away on Oct. 14 at her home at Maris Grove.

She was the devoted and loving wife of Nathan Kendig, with whom she shared 61 years of marriage before his passing in 2014. Kate was born and raised in Kennett Square, where she graduated from St. Patrick’s Grade School and Kennett Consolidated School. She worked at the DuPont Company as a secretary prior to marrying Nate, and then as a teacher’s aide at Kennett Consolidated School for a number of years. Kate was an accomplished vocalist who performed at Longwood Gardens and in her father’s minstrel shows. Kate’s true joy was being a homemaker and raising her three sons. Her Sunday dinners were something that everyone looked forward to. Kate and her family spent 30-plus years summer vacationing in Belgrade, Maine. Upon her husband’s retirement from Camp Kennebec in Belgrade, Kate and Nate enjoyed their summers on the coast of Maine, where they spent much of their time with family and friends.

Kate is survived by her sons, Kevin (Veronica) of Sarasota, Fla., Terrance (Anna Marie) of Newark, Del., and David of Newtown, Pa.; and two adored grandchildren, David Jr. “Duke” and Devon; along with several nephews, nieces, grandnephews and grandnieces left to cherish her memory. She was preceded in death by her parents, Francis P. and Florence (Leonard) Mundy; her brother, Francis “Pete” Mundy; sisters Margaret Chrzanowski and Mary Mundy; sister-in-law Laura (Kendig) Myers; and brothers-in-law Dr. John Chrzanowski and Benjamin Myers.

The family would like to extend their appreciation to the caregivers at Maris Grove Rose Court and Crossroads Hospice.

A visitation with family and friends will be held from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Oct. 21 at the Kuzo & Grieco Funeral Home (250 W. State St., Kennett Square). A funeral mass will follow at 11 a.m. at St. Patrick’s Church (212 Meredith St., Kennett Square). Interment will be private. Contributions may be made in Kate’s memory to Crossroads Hospice & Palliative Care, 523 Plymouth Road, Suite 225, Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462; or Dementia Society of America, PO Box 600, Doylestown, PA 18901. Online condolences may be made by visiting www.griecocares.com.


JOSEPH M. MATONTI, JR.

Joseph M. Matonti, Jr., 77, of Peach Bottom, passed away on Oct. 16 at his residence. 

He was the husband of Irene Sandy Matonti, who passed away in 2014, and with whom he shared 59 years of marriage. He was the son of the late Joseph M. Matonti, Sr., and Carol Pope Matonti. He was a boilermaker with the Boilermakers Local No. 13 in Newportville, Pa. Joseph was a member of Assumption BVM Church in West Grove. He enjoyed carpentry, cabinet making, mechanical work, heavy rigging (which was his specialty), boating, water sports, and being with his family and friends.

Joseph is survived by two sons, Joseph M. Matonti III and his wife Deborah of Lewes, Del., and Derek M. Matonti and his wife Lisa of West Chester; two daughters, Irene “Cookie” Shoffner and her husband Stephen of Downingtown, and Roxanne Creshine and her husband Douglas of Peach Bottom; two brothers, Richard Matonti of Naples, Fla., and Frank Matonti of Philadelphia; two sisters, Anna Fitzgibbons of Levittown, and Carol Hofer of Levittown; 13 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by one son, Brian Matonti; and one brother, Michael M. Matonti.

A visitation with family and friends will be held from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Oct. 21 at Assumption BVM Church (300 State Rd., West Grove). His funeral mass will  follow at 11 a.m. Burial will be in Ss. Peter and Paul Cemetery in Springfield. In memory of Joseph, a contribution may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 150 Monument Road, Suite 100, Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004. Online condolences may be made by visiting www.griecocares.com


ANTHONY L. Di FABIO

Anthony L. Di Fabio, 93, of Toughkenamon, passed away on Oct. 17 at his residence.

He was the husband of  Rose Maria Basciani Di Fabio, who passed away in 2010, and with whom he shared 63 1/2 years of marriage. Born in Ardmore, he was the son of the late Louis and Mary Nespoli Di Fabio. Tony was a supervisor at the NVF Company in Kennett Square, retiring in 1986 after over 30 years of service. He was a member of St. Gabriel of the Sorrowful Mother Church in Avondale, and the American Legion and VFW, both in Kennett Square. He served his country during World War II in the U.S. Army Air Corps, serving in the 11th Airborne, 472nd Field Artillery Para-Glider Battalion “The Angels." Tony enjoyed gardening, working in his yard, watching wrestling, watching QVC, and being with his family and friends.

He is survived by one daughter, Mary Ann Di Angelis and her husband Joe of Toughkenamon; two brothers, Frank Di Fabio of Newtown Square, and  Henry Di Fabio of Aston; two granddaughters, Angela, and Jo Anne and her husband Eric; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by one sister, Angelina Di Fabio; and two brothers, Louis Di Fabio and Charlie Di Fabio.

A visitation with family and friends will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. Oct. 24 at St. Gabriel of the Sorrowful Mother Church (8910 Gap Newport Pike, Route 41, Avondale). His funeral mass will follow at 11 a.m. Burial will be in St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Kennett Square. In memory of Tony, a contribution may be made to St. Gabriel of the Sorrowful Mother Church, P. O. Box 709, Avondale, PA 19311; or to the American Diabetes Association, 150 Monument Road, Suite 100, Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004. Online condolences may be made by visiting www.griecocares.com.

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