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Obituaries for the week of March 6

03/06/2017 02:41PM ● By J. Chambless


Janet (Graybeal) Kirkley, 73, entered eternity on Feb. 26.

She was a resident of Cecil County, Md., for over 40 years. Janet is survived by two daughters, Jacqueline (Gregory) Bulanow of North Charleston, S.C., and Denise (Gary) Simpers of North East, Md.; two brothers, Bert (Suzanne) Graybeal of Coatesville, and Phil (Elaine) Graybeal of Greer, S.C. Also surviving are many cousins, nieces and nephews, as well as her grandchildren, Lucinda Jan, Nadia Marie, Claudia Jean, Carson Ridgley and Charlotte Gwen. Janet was predeceased by her oldest brother, Jim Graybeal.

Janet was born at home on the family farm in southern Chester County to H. Wayne and Catherine Graybeal. Both parents are deceased. Along with her brothers, Janet enjoyed the discipline of living on a farm. Hard work and the thrill of accomplishment were attitudes that were evident throughout her life. As a mother, grandmother, sister, sister-in-law, cousin and aunt, she enjoyed being with family, as well as friends and neighbors. Her church family at Grace Bible Chapel in Rising Sun, Md., was always part of her life over the past 40 years. She, during those years, delighted in teaching the 4- and 5-year-old Sunday school class, teaching Adventure Club to third graders, VBS, being a Deaconess, and enjoyed the fellowship of being part of the congregation.

During her years of employment with the Cecil County Public Schools, Janet was lead secretary at the Cecil Manor Elementary School for 23 years, retiring in 2009. Following retirement, Janet dedicated much of her time caregiving for her parents.

A funeral was held March 6. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to Grace Bible Chapel Building Fund, 1949 Joseph Biggs Memorial Hwy., Rising Sun, MD 21911. Online condolences may be made at


John R. St. John, Jr., of New London, passed away on Feb. 27 at home, just shy of his 90th birthday.

He was the husband of the late Joan Elizabeth Lester St. John, with whom he shared 57 years of marriage. Born in Bristol, Tenn., he was the son of the late John R. Sr., and Ola Hendrickson St. John.

John was a member and Deacon for many years at the New London Presbyterian Church. He was a dairy farmer all his life. John was a pioneer in the local truck farming industry. He grew strawberries, cantaloupes, tomatoes, turnips, sweet corn, watermelon, apples, peaches and pumpkins. He was a member of the Avon Grove Lions Club, New London Civic Association, and the Forest Lawn Hunting Camp in Mifflinburg. He enjoyed hunting and fishing. John was a basketball enthusiast and accomplished equestrian. He enjoyed fox hunting, bluegrass and country music, and his cat, Blue. He loved telling his stories.

He is survived by two sons, James St. John and wife Kathy, and John David St. John and wife Kathy, all of New London; three daughters, Carol St. John of New London, Jill St. John Bair and husband Timothy of Williamsport, and Kelly St. John Cairns and husband Donald of Parkesburg; 13 grandchildren, Nadine St. John Turner, JR (John Reuben) St. John, III, Craig St. John, Ryan St. John, Krystal St. John, Kasey Kreider, Sarah Kudlack, Melissa Alleman, Troy St. John, Travis St. John, Nicole Bair, Lauren Cairns and Jacob Cairns; and 17 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his four sisters, Beatrice Parrot, Jeanette Stone, Lillian Lester and Mary Nell Keily; and a brother, Marvin St. John.

Funeral services were held March 4. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to Avon Grove Lions Club, 600 N. Baker Station Rd., West Grove, PA 19390. Visit


Jean Ann Truitt, 80, of Rising Sun, Md., passed away on Feb. 27 at Seasons Hospice & Palliative Care in Newark, Del.

Born in Havre de Grace, Md., in 1936, she was the daughter of the late Ernest E. and Dorothy C. (Cantler) Morris. She was a homemaker and had previously worked for C&J Clark Shoes in Kennett Square, in the accounting office. She was a member of New London Baptist Church in Kelton, and St. John’s United Methodist Church in Fair Hill, Md.; and enjoyed flower gardening, crafts, bird watching and church activities.

Survivors include one son, Benjamin F. Truitt, Jr.; one daughter, Teresa Truitt; and four grandchildren, Katherine Ray Truitt Mackie, Michael Alan Truitt, Heather Elizabeth Brown, and Cheyenne Raine Brown. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by a son, Linton A. Truitt.

A funeral was held March 4. Interment was in North East Methodist Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, or the Alzheimer’s Association, both in care of the funeral home (127 South Main Street, North East, MD 21901). To offer condolences, visit


Verner H. Condon, Jr., 90, West Grove, (previously of New Vernon, N.J.) died on Feb. 24 at the Jennersville Regional Hospital.

He was the husband of Alice Godfrey Waters Condon, with whom he shared 13 years of marriage; and the late Ann Garman Condon, who died in 2002, and with whom he shared 53 years of marriage. Born in Bloomington, Ill., he was the son of the late Verner and the late Lucille (Dennis) Condon. He served our country in the Navy. Verner enjoyed a successful and varied career. Early on, he was the Marketing Manager for Ford Tractor Company. He later became CFO for (GPU) General Public Utility Company, retiring in1988.

He loved anything outdoors, including fly fishing, hunting, and bird hunting. He also enjoyed skeet shooting. He was a longtime member of Bright Creek Park Association in Canadensis, Pa.

In addition to his wife, Alice, he is survived by one daughter, Dr. Marty Condon and her husband Nor Meyer of Mount Vernon Iowa; four stepsons, William Waters (Peggy), Charles Waters (Donna), Russell Waters (Barbara) and James Waters (Esther); two stepdaughters, Lyn Marruso and Alison Murphy (Steve); ten grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; a niece, Dr. Pamela Russell; and nephew, Willis Brown. In addition to his first wife, Ann, he was predeceased by a daughter, Nancy; and son-in-law, Alfie.

A service was held March 3. Contributions in Verner’s memory may be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society at 30 South 17th Street, Suite 800, Philadelphia PA 19103, or online at To view Verner’s online tribute and to share a memory with his family, visit


Emmanuel Aguilar Mondragon, 29, of Wilmington, Del., passed away on Feb. 23.

He was the son of Hermnelildo Aguilar Aguilar and Esther Mondragon Sanchez of Mexico. Emmanuel was a Janitor at the Hampton Inn in Chadds Ford. He enjoyed working, and spending time with his family and friends.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by one son, David Aguilar and one daughter, Donna Aguilar, both of Wilmington, Del.; four brothers; four sisters; and many cousins.

A visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. March 8 at Kuzo & Grieco Funeral Home (250 W. State St., Kennett Square). His funeral service will follow at 7 p.m. Burial will be in Mexico. Online condolences may by made by visiting


Kathleen M. Paisley, 67, of West Grove, passed away on March 1 at the Christiana Hospital.

Born in West Grove, she was the daughter of the late Francis and Ellen Mullen Chambers. She was a stock person for over 10 years at Big Lots in Kennett Square. Kathleen enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, shopping, yard sales, going to Disney World, the holidays, and spending time with her family and friends. She was a member of Assumption BVM Catholic Church in West Grove.

Kathleen is survived by one son, Frank Chambers and his wife Lori of Wilmington, Del.; three daughters, Marcy Leonzio and her husband Tim of Middletown, Del., Tricia Testerman and her husband Doug of West Grove, and Tracey Russo and her husband Brent of Parkesburg; one sister, Patricia Gravenor and her husband Selby of Kenton, Del.; ten grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

A visitation will be held March 8 from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. at Assumption BVM Church (300 State Rd., West Grove). Her funeral mass will follow at 11 a.m. Burial will be in St. Patrick Cemetery, Ashland (Hockessin), Del. The family would like to thank the staff at Christiana Hospital for the excellent care given to Kathleen. In lieu of flowers, a contribution may be made to the American Heart Association, 1617 JFK Boulevard, Suite 700, Philadelphia, PA. Online condolences may be made by visiting


Gertrude V. Orr, 95, of Garner, N.C., formerly of Oxford, passed away on March 2 in Central Harnett Hospital, Lillington, N.C.

She was the wife of the late Ralph M. Orr. Born in Elkton, Va., she was the daughter of the late Wesley and Mattie Morris Shiplet. She was a member of the Oxford Senior Center, Golden Slippers and Gray – Nichols Post No. 1779 VFW Ladies Auxiliary, Oxford. Gertie enjoyed crafts, going to craft shows, dancing, and especially spending time with her granddaughter and great-grandsons.

She is survived by two daughters, Susan L. Freeman (Barry) of Holly Springs, N.C., and Sandra K. Taylor (J. Earl) of Garner, N.C.; one granddaughter, Terri E. Taylor (William Gabor) of Raleigh, N.C.; and two great-grandsons, Zachary Gabor and Noah Gabor. She was preceded in death by two brothers, Bizeel Shiplet and Warfield Shiplet; and two sisters, Ethel Jackson and Leona Sexton.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. March 8 at the Edward L. Collins, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc. (86 Pine St., Oxford), where friends may visit from 10 to 11 a.m. Interment will be in Oxford Cemetery. Visit


Carol Ann Callahan Glenn, 56, of Nottingham, formerly Glenolden, passed away on March 4 in Berwyn, Md.

She was the wife of Mitchell K. Glenn, with whom she shared 31 years of marriage. Born in Darby, she was the daughter of the late Donald and Gertrude O’Neill Callahan. Carol owned the Sunoco Gas Station in Oxford, where she was the cashier. She received the Business of the Year award 2015 from the Oxford Area Civic Association. She enjoyed her beach home and dancing.

She is survived by her husband; two daughters, Shannon A. Glenn and Keri A Glenn, both of Nottingham; two sisters, Debra Carroll of Coatesville and Karen Callahan of Ports Mouth, Va.; one brother, Donald Callahan of Glenolden; and best friend, Carol “Buchy” Flood of Newark, Del.

A celebration of life service will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. March 18 at the Wyncote Restaurant (50 Wyncote Dr., Oxford). Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to the Oxford Educational Foundation, P.O. Box 142, Oxford PA 19363. A scholarship will be awarded to an Oxford Area High School graduating senior. Visit  


Jessica M. Prigg, 28, of West Grove, passed away on March 3 at her residence.

Born in Newark, Del., she was the daughter of the late James T. Prigg, Jr., and the late Cheryl Erickson Prigg. Jessica enjoyed shopping, dining out, going to the beach, her dogs Odie and Odessa, and being with her family and friends.

She is survived by two brothers, Jason Prigg, her twin brother, of West Grove, and Kenny Walker of Newark, Del.; one sister Lauren Walker of Claymont, Del.; her maternal grandmother, Mary Lou Erickson of Claymont, Del., her paternal grandmother, Betty Warren of West Grove; and her paternal grandfather, James Prigg, Sr., of West Grove.

Her service and burial will be held privately. Online condolences may be made by visiting

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