Obituaries for the week of Nov. 14
● By J. Chambless
JESSICA LYNN SARLO
Jessica L. (Ehlers) Sarlo, 39, of Kirkwood, passed away unexpectedly on Nov. 2.
She was born in West Chester in 1977 to Lisa Campbell and William Love. Jessica was the wife of the late Charles Sarlo III. Jessica loved her girls dearly, God and music. She had a bright and cheery spirit and enjoyed helping others.
She is survived by her children, Brianna Ehlers, Cayla Webb, Jenna Ehlers and Emma Sarlo; grandson, Brayden Kneisley; and brother, Mark Campbell.
A memorial service was held Nov. 10. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to Domestic Violence Shelter, PO Box 832, West Chester, PA 19383; or City Gate Mission, 17 N. 7th Ave. Coatesville, PA 19320. Online condolences may be made at www.elcollinsfuneralhome.com.
MARY DILLON O'CONNELL
Mary Dillon O'Connell, 99, of Oxford, formerly of West Grove, died on Nov. 4 at the Ware Presbyterian Village in Oxford.
She was the wife of John P. O’Connell, who died in 1964, and with whom she shared 24 years of marriage. Born in Wilmington, Del., she was a daughter of the late Martin P. and the late Margaret (Conner) Dillon. She was a Registered Nurse at St. Francis Hospital in Wilmington, retiring in 1986, where she also graduated from the nursing school in 1938. She was a longtime member of Assumption BVM Church in West Grove.
Survivors include two sons, John P. O'Connell, Jr., of Dothan, Ala., and William “Radar” P. O’Connell and his wife Joyce of West Grove; one sister, Margaret Markel of Oxford; three grandchildren, Danny, Sean, and Meghan; and five great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by two brothers.
A funeral was held Nov. 10. Interment was in St. Mary's Cemetery, West Grove. Contributions in her memory may be made to Assumption BVM Church (300 State Rd., West Grove), or to West Grove Fire Company, PO Box 201 West Grove, PA 19390. To view her online tribute visit www.griecocares.com.
LORRAINE C. VINES
Lorraine C. Vines, 100, of Oxford passed away on Nov. 4 at her home.
She was the wife of the late Herman Vines. Born in Kennett Square, she was the daughter of the late Chester and Ethel Chandler Cullen. She was employed with the Oxford Area School District. After retiring, Lorraine and Herman owned and operated an antique shop, Glass and Brass, in Oxford. She graduated from Avon Grove High School and attended Goldey-Beacom College. She was a member of the Oxford Presbyterian Church and charter member of the Memory Garden Committee, Country Gardeners, Green Thumb Garden Club, Oxford Research Club and Hopewell Historical Associations. She enjoyed gardening, quilting, traveling, and spending time with her family.
She is survived by three children, Gail Burcham (Leonard) of Havre de Grace, Md., Scott Vines (Rebecca) of Oxford, and Pam Golden (Lew) of Woodbury, Minn.; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
A celebration of her life was held Nov. 10. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the Memory Garden or the Presbyterian Women of Oxford Presbyterian Church, 6 Pine St., Oxford, PA 19363. Online condolences may be made at www.elcollinsfuneralhome.com.
RANDOLPH S. KASCHALK
Randolph Scott (Randy) Kaschalk, 48, of Cochranville, passed away on Nov. 4 at Abington Hospital.
He was born in West Grove to Nancy Marsh Kaschalk Bartram of Cochranville, and the late Frank W. Kaschalk. He was employed with Gwynedd Manufacturing, Inc., in North Wales, Pa. He was a member of the Oxford Church of the Nazarene. Randy loved going to movies, dancing, and spending time with his friends and loved ones. Randy was an organ donor whom saved many lives by contributing to the gift of life organization.
He is survived by his mother; sister, Christel Preece of Oxford; two nieces and one nephew. Funeral services were held Nov. 8. Interment was in Homeville Cemetery, Cochranville. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to The American Cancer Society, PO Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123. Online condolences may be made at www.elcollinsfuneralhome.com.
CHRISTINE A. KREBS KENNEDY
Christine A. Krebs Kennedy, 81, of West Grove, died on Nov. 4 at Pocopson Home in West Chester.
She was the wife of John R. Kennedy, with whom she shared 44 years of marriage. Born in Delaware County, she was a daughter of the late Wolfgang and the late Christina Ann Krebs. In her early years, Christine worked for Bell Telephone and Burrows Manufacturing. She later worked for Oxford Royal. She loved riding horses, motorcycling with her husband, going to the drag races, and vacationing in the Allegheny Mountains of Pennsylvania with her family.
Survivors include, in addition to her husband, five sons, John, Rob, Rick Jimmy and Tom; two daughters, Jean and Suzanne; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and her sister, Lisa. She was predeceased by a brother, Frederick; and a sister, Johanna.
A funeral was held Nov. 10. To view her online tribute and to share a memory with her family, visit www.griecocares.com.
ANTONIA RITTENHOUSE WILSON
Antonia Rittenhouse Wilson (“Tony”), of Oxford, went home to the Lord on Nov 5. She was 88 years old.
Born in Merion, Pa., she was the daughter of Taylor and Sara Rittenhouse of Philadelphia. Her family later moved to Stomally Farm in West Chester. She graduated from West Chester High School in 1945. As a teenager, Tony worked on the farm and enjoyed riding horses. She married Charles Davis Wilson, Jr., and lived in King of Prussia and Valley Forge. They then settled in Oxford, on Meadow-Vue Farm, in 1950. She helped run the farm and The Barn, the milk store they founded in Oxford. She later became a bookkeeper and worked for her son’s business in Wilmington for several years. She continued to work part-time at home after she retired. Tony was a devout Christian. She attended Mt. Vernon Christian Church and Bethany Presbyterian Church. She loved her Sunday school class at Mt. Vernon. Tony enjoyed gadgets and liked to keep up with technology. She was talented with a camera and produced beautiful photographs. Although she became partially blind in her later years, she continued to use the computer and became very proficient. She became well known in the community for creating greeting cards for her friends and family.
Tony was devoted to her family. “Gran” was blessed to have the opportunity to enjoy her grandchildren and be a part of their lives. She will be missed by all.
She is survived by three sons, Charles D. Wilson III, and H. Taylor Wilson, both of Oxford, and M. Scott Wilson of Wilmington, Del.; two daughters, Sally Wilson Paulson of Lincoln University, and Laura R. Wilson of Bluffton, S.C.; 10 grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter; one sister, Sally Rittenhouse Parry; and one brother, P. Neel Rittenhouse. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Antonia “Toy” Wilson; and two sisters, June Rittenhouse McClure, and Elizabeth Ellis Bailey.
A memorial service was held Nov. 10. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the American Cancer Society and the National MS Society. Online condolences may be made at www.elcollinsfuneralhome.com.
CHARLOTTE G. MAY
Charlotte G. May, 81, of West Grove, passed away on Nov. 5 at her home.
She was the wife of the late Arlton “Blackie” C. May. Born in Shouns, Tenn., she was the daughter of the late Ambrose and Elzina Coldiron Eldreth. She was a charter member of New London Baptist Church. Charlotte enjoyed gardening, canning, quilting, and making jams and jellies. She especially enjoyed spending time with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and helping others.
She is survived by two sons, Billy May of Casper, Wyo., and Wayne May (Paula) of West Grove; two daughters, Pam Bolt (Larry) of Nottingham, and Patti Taylor (Randy) of Nottingham; 11 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and one sister, Patsy Miller of Mt. Pleasant, N.C. She was preceded in death by a son, Jimmy “Macky” May; two grandchildren; three brothers; and six sisters.
Funeral services were held Nov. 9. Interment was in New London Presbyterian Church Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to New London Baptist Church (226 Pennocks Bridge Rd., West Grove, PA 19390). Online condolences may be made at www.elcollinsfuneralhome.com.
PAUL FRANCIS WINTERS
Paul Francis Winters, 58, of Kennett Square, passed away on Nov. 7 at Jennersville Regional Hospital.
He was the son of the late John F. and Gladys Tinnin Winters. He was a self-employed auto body mechanic. Paul enjoyed ice hockey, drag racing, football, all sports, restoring cars, and being with his family and friends.
He is survived by two brothers, Brian E. Winters and his wife Mildred of Philadelphia, and Gary A. Winters of Kennett Square; and he was an uncle to a host of nieces and nephews. Paul was predeceased by two brothers, Luther Tinnin and John F. Winters, Jr.
His memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Nov. 19 at the New Garden Memorial UAME Church (309 E. Linden St., Kennett Square). Online condolences may be made by visiting www.griecocares.com.
VIRGINIA M. SCHEETZ
Virginia M. Scheetz, 84, of Landenberg, died on Nov. 4 at Twin Pines Health Care Center in West Grove.
She was the wife of Wasson R. Scheetz, with whom she shared 59 glorious years of marriage. Born in Norristown, she was the daughter of the late James and the late Martha (Hullinger) Burns. Virginia was a devoted sister to her brothers Jimmy, Bobby, Jackie, and Ray; and to her sisters, Dot, Boo, and Martha.
Virginia was a graduate of St. Patrick’s in Norristown, where she first learned, with the help of IHM sisters, the importance of practicing the corporate works of mercy to every soul who crossed her path. A stranger did not remain a stranger to Virginia. She also attended Los Angeles Harbor College, taking classes in business and Spanish when she lived there with her husband, Wasson. She enjoyed a career as an executive secretary prior to becoming a full-time mother and homemaker. She enjoyed dancing, traveling to Europe, art, movies and most importantly serving others.
Survivors include, in addition to her husband, one son, Steven W. Scheetz of Langhorne; one daughter, Beth Charnichko of Landenberg; one brother, Jack Burns of Norristown; two granddaughters, Ginger Rose and Mary Katie; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins whom she loved greatly.
Her final wish was to tell everyone that she will love them forever and to come to her Celebration of Life Party. It will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. Nov. 19 at the Kuzo & Grieco Funeral Home Inc. (250 W. State St., Kennett Square). A service will follow at 11 a.m. when Virginia’s life story will be shared. Family and friends are encouraged to share their memories. Her mass of Christian burial will follow at noon at St. Patrick Catholic Church (212 Meredith St., Kennett Square). A reception will follow at La Verona Italian Restaurant in Kennett Square. Contributions in her memory may be made to Disabled Veterans National Foundation, 1020 19th St. NW - Suite 475, Washington, DC 20036; or to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. To view her online tribute and to share a memory with her family, visit www.griecocares.com.
ROBERT SHAWN JOHNSON
Robert Shawn Johnson, 42, of Toughkenamon passed away on Nov. 6.
Born in Taylorsville, N.C., he was the son of Nina Miller and the late Roger Johnson. Robert was employed by C.T. Bartoli Mushrooms, Inc., as a maintenance worker. He was a member of the VFW Club, Post 5892 in Hockessin, Del. He loved woodworking, and enjoyed making country crafts for furniture. Robert especially loved spending time with his daughter.
He is survived by his mother, Nina Miller; stepfather, Kenneth Miller; a daughter, Alexis Johnson; a stepson, Xavier Seay; and one brother, Dave Johnson (Monica) of Oxford. Robert was preceded in death by his father.
A service was held Nov. 14. Online condolences may be made at www.elcollinsfuneralhome.com.
Deneen “Neenie” Bewley, 57, of West Grove, passed away on Nov. 11 at her residence.
She was the wife of Don Bewley, with whom she shared 23 years of marriage. Born in Boone, N.C., she was the daughter of the late Raymond and Rose Osborne Miller. She was a homemaker. Neenie enjoyed fishing, the outdoors, gardening, and being with her family and friends.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by two daughters, Chrystal Dugger and her husband Tim of Kennett Square, and Julia Whisman of Elkton, Md.; one brother, Blake Miller of Reading, Pa.; four sisters, Richina Peterson of West Grove, Rita Venuto of Lancaster, Christine Eckman of Landenberg, and Jorena Bonsall of Lancaster; and seven grandchildren.
A visitation with family and friends will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Nov. 17 at the Foulk & Grieco Funeral Home (200 Rose Hill Rd., West Grove). Her service and burial will be private. Online condolences may be made by visiting www.griecocares.com.
GEORGE B. SCARLETT II
George Baily Scarlett II, 71, of Kennett Square, passed away on Nov. 9 at his home in Kennett Square, where he lived all his life.
He was the loving husband of Dorothy Kirmse Scarlett, with whom he shared 40 years of marriage. Born in Coatesville in 1945, he was the son of the late William J. and the late Anne (Stone) Scarlett. He attended George School, Rollins College, Penn State, and Tyler School of Art in Rome, Italy. His love of art led to the founding of The George B. Scarlett Gallery, and over the years, he nurtured many emerging artists. His love of architecture led him to a successful career in real estate with Berkshire Hathaway Home Service in Greenville, Del., and Brandywine Fine Properties Sotheby's International Realty in Centerville, Del. He was director emeritus of The Kennett Symphony and an active board member of the Union Hill Cemetery. George was the consummate host. He taught so many to appreciate the finer things in life. He was a true gentleman, with a twinkle in his eye, an infectious laugh, and a generous heart, who always saw the bright side of life.
In addition to his wife Dorothy, George is survived by two sisters, Joan Winebrenner (Parse) and Elsie Anne Gerard; brothers-in-law Andy (Christie) and Steve (Barbara); and close cousins in the Halsted and Jackson families. He was a very special uncle to Anne, Peter, Jonathan, Nathalie, Pierre, David, Christopher, McRae, Lisa and Colby and so many others to whom George was a favorite “uncle.” In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a sister, Elizabeth.
George’s life celebration service and reception will be held at 11 a.m. Nov. 16, at the Vicmead Hunt Club (903 Owls Nest Rd., Wilmington, Del.). Interment will be held privately. Contributions in his memory may be made to the Union Hill Cemetery Association, 424 N. Union Street, Kennett Square, PA 19348; or to the Kennett Symphony, PO Box 72,106 West State Street, Kennett Square, PA 19348. To view his online tribute and to share a memory with his family, visit www.griecocares.com.
Maj. (Ret.) James "Jamie" Donald, 54, of West Grove, passed away on Nov. 11 while hiking in French Creek State Park.
He was the son of the late Edward Donald and Mary Coe. He is survived by his wife, Kari T. Donald; and his children, son Bryan J. Donald and wife Christianna of Corpus Christi, Texas, son Paul J. Donald and wife Samantha of Middletown, R.I., daughter Renae Gigon and husband Michael of Mont Clare, Pa., and daughter, Andreah L. Donald and her son, Charles. Other family members include M. Kathleen Donald, Sara Schuster, Patricia Parrelly, Heather Hammitte, Thomas Donald, Michael Donald, and Todd Coe.
Jamie served our country courageously as a pilot in the United States Air Force for 23 years. He is a veteran of the first Gulf War, Operation Provide Comfort, and Operation Enduring Freedom. Following retirement from the Air Force, he became an engineer at the Boeing Corporation in Philadelphia. He was an active member of Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church in West Grove, and was a diaconate candidate in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, where he studied at the St. Charles Boromeo Seminary in Overbrook.
Jamie shared in God's creation through woodworking, making cheese, computer programming, and faith formation. A charitable and giving man, he always opened his heart and the doors of his home to anyone in need, asking only that after receiving his help that they move on to help others. He loved spending time with his family and friends.
A visitation with his family and friends will be held from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Nov.16 at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church (300 State Rd., West Grove). His funeral mass will follow at 1 p.m. Burial will be in Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly, Mich. In memory of Jamie, a contribution may be made to the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. Online condolences may be made by visiting www.griecocares.com.
DONALD E. YERKES
Donald Ewing Yerkes, 78, of Kirkwood, formerly of Oxford, passed away on Nov. 12 at his home.
He was the husband of Juanita Roberts Yerkes, with whom he shared 39 years of marriage. Born in West Grove, he was the son of the late Harry and Anna Ewing Yerkes. A lifetime resident of the Oxford area, Donald farmed in Elk Township and was employed with Chrysler in Newark, Del., for 38 years. He attended Nottingham Missionary Baptist Church. He enjoyed car shows, watching NASCAR and going to antique shops and auctions.
He is survived by his wife; one son, Mark A. Yerkes of Kirkwood; two stepsons, Daniel C. Grinestaff (Connie) of Kirkwood, and William L. Grinestaff (Dianna) of Quarryville; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and one brother, Raymond Yerkes of Lancaster. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Evan Yerkes and Lawrence Yerkes.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19, at Nottingham Missionary Baptist Church (303 W. Christine Rd., Nottingham, PA 19362), where friends and family may visit from noon to 1 p.m. Interment will be in Union Cemetery, Kirkwood. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to Nottingham Missionary Baptist Church. Online condolences may be made at www.elcollinsfuneralhome.com.