Obituaries for the week of March 20
● By J. Chambless
TARA LYNNE KELLY WALTZ
Tara Lynne Kelly Waltz, 45, of Kennett Square, passed away on March 9 at her residence.
She was the devoted wife of Timothy M. Waltz, with whom she shared nine years of marriage. Born in Wynnewood, Pa., she was the daughter of Edward Kelly of Royersford, and Joy Meliori Cionci of Denver, Pa. She attended Downingtown High School. Tara was an owner of an antique business, and enjoyed Washington Capitols Hockey, antiques, vacations at the beach in Topsail Island, homemaking, and being with her family and friends.
Tara is survived by, in addition to her husband, one son, Robert James Bender III and his girlfriend, Molly L. Smith of Kennett Square; one daughter, Lynne Marie Bender of Wilmington, N.C.; two stepdaughters, Ashley N. Waltz of Philadelphia, and Heather A. Waltz of Hollywood, Fla.; and one grandson, Nicholas A. Waltz of Kennett Square. She is also survived by her maternal grandmother, Anne D. Meliori; several aunts, uncles, and half brothers and sisters.
A visitation will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. March 17 at the Kuzo & Grieco Funeral Home (250 W. State St., Kennett Square). Her memorial service will follow at 11 a.m. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, a contribution may be made to Lifeline Baptist Community Church, A Lively Hope, 230 Nutt Road, Phoenixville, PA 19460; or to the Kennett Community Wrestling Club, 107 Quail Lane, Kennett Square, PA 19348. Online condolences may be made by visiting www.griecocares.com.
JOSHUA R. WARD
Joshua Richard Ward, 33, of Newark, Del., previously of southern Chester County, died on March 12 in Newark.
Born in West Chester, he was a son of Joseph Ward of Cochranville, and Kelly (Massey) Stanton and her husband James of Millsboro, Del. Josh was a 2001 graduate of DelCastle Technical High School in New Castle, Del. He was a service writer at the TA Travel Center in Elkton, Md. He loved working on cars. He won the Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills Championship for the state of Delaware in 2001. He then participated in the national finals in Washington D.C., where he placed as a top finisher. He also loved four-wheelers, anything with motors and being on the water. Growing up, he was very close and appreciated his relationship with his grandparents.
In addition to his parents, Josh is survived by his maternal grandmother, Sheila Massey of Millsboro, Del.; his son Joshua Jr., and the mother of his son, Amy Ball; three brothers, Jeremy Santucci of Rising Sun, Md., Bryan Ward of West Grove, and Brandon Ward and his fiancee Jennifer Wilhelm of Toughkenamon; two sisters, Rebecca Ryan and her husband Michael of Newark, Del., and Brittany Ward of New London; his niece, Addy, and his nephew, Dane. He was predeceased by his grandparents, Shirley B. Ward and Ronald L. Massey.
A funeral was held March 18. Contributions in his memory may be made to www.gofundme.com/joshs-funeralsons-education-fund. To view his online tribute and to share a memory with his family, visit www.griecocares.com.
MARYALICE COOK UNDERWOOD MOORE
Maryalice Cook Underwood Moore, 73, of Lugoff, S.C., formerly of Kennett Square, died on March 13.
She was the wife of William Charles “Bill” Moore, with whom she shared 12 years of marriage, and the late Paul Joseph Underwood, Jr., who died in 1992 and with whom she shared 30 years of marriage. Born in Chadds Ford, she was a daughter of the late Francis Christopher Cook and Bessie Irene Cole Cheyney.
Maryalice is survived by her husband; daughter, Mary Kristie Underwood of Philadelphia; sons, Paul Joseph Underwood (Lucinda) of Farmington, Utah, and Francis Christopher Underwood, Sr., of Fairfax, Del.; grandchildren, Emerald Wilson, Jordan Wilson, Anthony Susi, Matthew Underwood, Talitha Underwood, Laura Underwood, Francis Underwood Jr., Cailin Underwood and Sawyer Underwood. Maryalice was predeceased by her sisters, Jane Wylie, Grace Slyder, Mabel Romanowski, Virginia Robinson, Marie Ruoss; and her brother, Jesse Cook.
A funeral was held March 21. Interment was in Union Hill Cemetery in Kennett Square. To view her online tribute and to share a memory with her family, visit www.griecocares.com.
DOMINIC A. DELLA VALLE
Dominic A. Della Valle, 87, of Kennett Square, died on March 13 at Neighborhood Hospice.
He was the husband of Antonietta Bottini Della Valle, with whom he shared 68 and a half years of marriage. He was born in Newark, N.J., to Antonio and Theresa Della Valle, who taught him the values of self-determination and hard work that served him and his family for the rest of his life. He was blessed with three children, Barbara Nesbitt, Robert Della Valle, and John Della Valle; as well as five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother, Angelo Della Valle; and a sister, Dora Crisasulli. He was predeceased by one son, John Della Valle; and one sister, Camille McAuliff.
Mr. Della Valle led a storied career, beginning as an aircraft mechanic, and earned his way into the field of mechanical engineering. From there he fulfilled diverse roles in sales, management, and as an entrepreneur for businesses such as Pacific Airmotive, Robertson Photo Mechanics, Image Control systems, and DuPont. All the while, he was building four homes for the family to live in during any free moments he had. Although he retired at 62, he never truly stopped working. In his later years he resumed work as an aircraft mechanic when he wasn’t flying or taking on consulting projects.
A funeral was held March 20. Burial was in St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Kennett Square. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to St. Patrick’s Church, 205 Lafayette Street, Kennett Square, PA 19348.
Online condolences maybe made by visiting www.griecocares.com.
ANNA RUTH WARD
Anna Ruth Ward, 85, of Nottingham, passed away on March 13 at Calvert Manor in Rising Sun, Md.
She was the wife of the late John W. Whisman. Born in Clifton, N.C., she was the daughter of the late Roby Levi and Bessie Jones Ward.
She is survived by three children, John Whisman, Jr. (Sharon) of Christiana, Pa., Patricia Diane Pierce (Roger, Sr.) of Oxford, and Charles Levi Whisman (Nancy) of North East, Md.; one stepdaughter, Donna Parsons of Oxford; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews; and one sister, Opal Wyatt of Troutdale, Va. She was preceded in death by two sons, Danny Whisman and David Whisman; six siblings, Florence Icenhour, Mary Pennington, Pearl Bowers, J.D. Ward, Frances Brewer and Fred Ward; and one stepdaughter, Peggy Bove.
Funeral services were held March 20. Online condolences may be made at www.elcollinsfuneralhome.com.
WILLIAM J. GRANT
William J. Grant, 79, of Chadds Ford, passed away on March 15 at Virtua Hospital, Voorhees, N.J.
He was the husband of Janet Huyett Grant, who passed away in 2012, and with whom he shared 53 years of marriage. Born in Philadelphia, he was the son of the late William and Edith Himes Grant.
He was a program manager/engineer at Boeing in Ridley Park, Pa., retiring in 1998 after 40 years of service. He was also a volunteer at SCORE, providing free small business advice. He was a member of St. Cornelius Catholic Church in Chadds Ford, and the American Helicopter Society, and was a graduate of Villanova University. Mr. Grant enjoyed going to the Brandywine River Museum and traveling with his wife and family.
He is survived by two sons, Robert J. Grant and his wife Robyn of Seattle, Wash., and Steven M. Grant and his wife Kathlynn of Voorhees, N.J.; one sister, Nancy Stickles of Delaware County, Pa.; and six grandchildren, Jessica, Hannah, Austin, Richard, Erik and Kelsey.
A visitation with family and friends will be held from 9 to 9:45 a.m. March 23 at St. Cornelius Catholic Church (160 Ridge Rd., Chadds Ford). His funeral mass will follow at 10 a.m. Burial will be in Union Hill Cemetery in Kennett Square. Contributions in his memory may be made to the Brandywine River Museum, C/O Director of Development, Brandywine Conservancy, P.O. Box 141, Chadds Ford, PA 19317; or to the American Diabetes Association, 150 Monument Road, Suite 100, Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004. Online condolences may be made by visiting www.grieoccares.com.
BROMLEY E. JACOBS II
Bromley E. Jacobs II, 47, of Lincoln University, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family, on March 16 at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania after a courageous battle with lymphoma.
He was the husband of Denise Jackson Jacobs, with whom he shared 24 years of marriage. He was the son of Dennis G. and Geraldine Pratt Jacobs, of Warwick, Md. Bromley was a senior finance specialist at SAP America, Newtown Square, for the past 18 years. He was a member of the Assumption BVM Church in West Grove. He was an avid boater. He also enjoyed hiking, cooking, camping, kayaking, and spending time with his family and friends.
In addition to his wife and parents, he is survived by two sons, Tim Jacobs and Sean Jacobs, both of Lincoln University; one daughter, Kristen Jacobs of Lincoln University; one sister, Kim Walker and her husband Linn of Morgantown, W.Va.; his brothers-in law, sisters-in-law, and several nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, a contribution may be made to Team CMMD Foundation, 750 West Lincoln Highway, The Commons at Oaklands, Exton, PA 19341. Online condolences may be made by visiting www.griecocares.com.
EVA B. FERGUSON
Miss Eva B. Ferguson, 93, of Hockessin, Del., passed away peacefully on March 3.
She was born in Fredericksburg, Pa., in 1923. She was a lifelong farmer who enjoyed the tranquility of a simple life tending to her animals. She also enjoyed sewing, especially needlepoint, and spending time with her friends.
She is survived by her close friends, Mary Anne and Richard Steel, and Michelle and Stanley Pedante.
Services will be held privately. To send online condolences, visit www.rtfoard.com.
ANGELA DAWN TIPTON
Angela Dawn Marie Tipton, 37, of Kennett Square, passed away peacefully in her sleep on March 13.
After fighting a courageous battle for the last 12 years with numerous health complications, she can finally rest pain-free. Born in Wilmington to Jesse R. Tipton and Lori D. Tipton-McGinnis in 1979, she was a graduate of Antonelli Institute of Art and Photography, and worked as a graphic designer before her illness.
She is survived by her parents, Jesse R. Tipton of Hockessin, Del., and Lori D. Tipton-McGinnis (Randy) of Cochranville, Pa.; sisters Alicia M. Tipton of Nottingham, Kristina D. Tipton-Balcazar (Sergio) of Kennett Square, and Jessica L. Tipton of Lancaster. In addition, she is survived by numerous nieces and nephews, including her Goddaughter Jasmine, Alyssa, Isaiah, Elijah, Josiah, Brandon, Jacqueline, Godson Kristopher, Jordan, Ayden and Avery. Angela’s nieces and nephews were her pride and joy, and she truly cherished every moment she spent with them. She was predeceased by grandfather, Adgie Tipton; grandmothers, Sharon Berkowitz and Nancy Rice; as well as several aunts and uncles.
A visitation with friends and family will be held at the Edward L. Collins, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc. (86 Pine St., Oxford), on March 22 from 6 to 8 p.m., and March 23 from 10 to 11 a.m., followed by the funeral service at 11 a.m. Interment will be in Oxford Cemetery. Online condolences may be made at www.elcollinsfuneralhome.com.
JEFFREY M. PHILLIPPE
Jeffrey Mark Phillippe, 38, of Kennett Square, died on March 15 in Chadds Ford due to injuries sustained in an automobile accident on his way to work.
Born in West Chester, he was a son of Mark and Margaret (Laffey) Phillippe. Jeffrey was a 1996 graduate of Kennett High School, and attended Penn State University and West Chester University. He was an inventory specialist for Office Basics Inc., in Delaware County. He was a diehard Philadelphia Sports fan. He loved his family, friends, his dog Molly Brown, and especially cherished spending time with his first-born niece, Makayla. He will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him but he will not soon be forgotten.
In addition to his parents, Jeffrey is survived by two brothers, Timothy and his wife Heather of Oxford, and Stephen (fiancée Megan Shinn) of Kennett Square; three nieces, Makayla, Ashlyn and Mia; one nephew, Brayden; many aunts, uncles, and cousins; and his lifelong brother-like friend, Kevin Reagan.
He was predeceased by his beloved grandparents George and Gertrude Laffey, and Earett and Geraldine Phillippe.
A visitation with family and friends will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. March 24 at the VFW Post 5467 (704 W. Baltimore Pike, Kennett Square). Interment will be held privately. To view his online tribute and to share a memory with his family, visit www.griecocares.com.
ROBERT M. ABERNETHY, SR.
Robert M. “Toby” Abernethy, Sr., 83, of Kennett Square, passed away on March 10 at Neighborhood Hospice in West Chester.
He was the husband of Marie Marenco Abernethy, with whom he shared 57 years of marriage. Born in West Grove, he was the son of the late Julian C. and Margaret Christy Abernethy. Toby served as a corporal in the U.S. Army from 1953 to 1955 before starting his entrepreneurial career with an automotive service station in West Grove. He went on to own and operate several businesses over his 61-year career, including an upholstery shop and body shop in Kennett Square, Abernethy’s Trash Removal (later United Waste Systems), and Abernethy’s Auto Body. He discovered a passion for golf in 1978, enjoying many years as a member at the Kennett Square Golf & Country Club, and never missed the first week of hunting season in Potter County, Pa., but his greatest love was spending time with his family and four adored grandchildren.
In addition to his wife, Toby is survived by two sons, Robert M. Abernethy, Jr., and his wife Wendy of Avondale, and Barry J. Abernethy of Avondale; four grandchildren, Robert M. Abernethy, III, Kevin E. Abernethy, Hayley Abernethy and Charles Abernethy. He was predeceased by five brothers, Pat Abernethy, John Abernethy, Bill Abernethy, Charlie Abernethy and Paul Abernethy; and one sister, Catherine Abernethy.
A visitation with family and friends will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. March 24 at the Kuzo & Grieco Funeral Home (250 W. State St., Kennett Square). His service and burial will be held privately.
In lieu of flowers, a contribution may be made to Neighborhood Hospice, 400 East Marshall Street, West Chester, PA 19380. Online condolences may be made by visiting www.griecocares.com.
TROY T. SHATLEY
Born in Chilhowie, Va., he was the son of the late Richard and Hattie Owens Shatley. He was the husband of Naomi Ruth Brack Shatley, with whom he shared 58 years of marriage. He was employed with Frezzo Brothers in Avondale as a truck driver. He was a member of the Full Gospel Apostolic Church in Kennett Square. He enjoyed fishing, gardening and spending time with his family.
He is survived by his wife; three sons, Troy T. Shatley, Jr. (Leah) of Canton, Richard E. Shatley of West Grove, Chris Shatley of New Providence; two daughters, Mary Graver (Rev. William) of Bel Air, Md., and Deborah Shatley of Rising Sun, Md.; three grandchildren, Brittany Presberry, Brock Graver and Jeremy Shatley; one great-grandchild, Liona Presberry; three brothers, Mont Shatley of Lincoln University, Guy Shatley of Kingston, and Kermit Shatley of Smithport; and two sisters, Jean Caraballo of Landenberg, and Emma L. Good of Nottingham.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. March 22 at the Full Gospel Apostolic Church (430 E. South St., Kennett Square), where friends and family may visit from 9 to 11 a.m. Interment will be in Christ Community Fellowship Cemetery, West Grove. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the Edward L. Collins, Jr. Funeral Home, 86 Pine St. Oxford, Pa 19363. Online condolences may be made at www.elcollinsfuneralhome.com.
LOUISE MARIE DYER
Louise Marie Dyer, 87, of Oxford, passed on March 16 at Twin Pines Nursing Home in West Grove.
She was the wife of the late George Francis Dyer, Sr., with whom she shared 62 1/2 years of marriage. Louise lost her husband and companion in 2007. Born and raised in the Oxford area, she was the daughter of the late Horace and Mabel Anderson Milburn. Louise was a member of the Allen AME Church, Oxford. She served as an Honorary Missionary Steward, member of the choir, and served wherever the needs arose. She was employed as a home domestic worker for most of her life, retiring in 2004 after 20 years of service to the late Senator Ware Family. Louise enjoyed cooking, playing bingo, Bible reading and especially her family.
She is survived by five sons, George Dyer, Jr. of Lancaster, Donald Dyer of Nottingham, David Dyer of Harrisburg, Raymond Dyer of Lancaster, and Wayne Dyer of Oxford; 19 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; and one sister, Elsie Twyman of Oxford. She was preceded in death by a son, Mitchell Levi Dyer.
A service will be held at 11 a.m. March 22 at the Edward L. Collins, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc. (86 Pine St., Oxford), where friends and family may visit from 9 to 11 a.m. Interment will be in Rolling Green Memorial Park, West Chester. Online condolences may be made at www.elcollinsfuneralhome.com.
HANNAH ANN PAUL
Hannah Ann Paul, 104, of Oxford, formerly of Philadelphia and Barrington, N.J., passed away March 16 at Ware Presbyterian Village in Oxford.
She was the wife of the late Alfred Paul. Born in Collingdale, Pa., she was the daughter of the late Franklin and Hannah Pedrick Howell. She loved to read and sew. Hannah was a wonderful mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and wife.
She is survived by three children, Robert Paul of Avondale, Carole Bessette of Stuart, Fla., and Judith Prendergast of Leesburg, Fla.; six grandchildren; and ten great-grandchildren. Services are private. Online condolences may be made at www.elcollinsfuneralhome.com.
KIMBERLY ANN SEATS
Kimberly Ann Seats, 51, of Quarryville, passed away on March 19 at her home.
She was the wife of Archie D. Seats, Sr. Born in West Chester, she was the daughter of the late Jim and Elizabeth Pearl Smith Coram. Kimberly attended Beulah Baptist Church in Oxford. She was a loving mother and grandmother.
She is survived by her husband; one son, Archie D. Seats, Jr., of Quarryville; one daughter, Tina R. Seats of Quarryville; grandson, Nicholas Alexander Rodriquez; one brother, Keith Smith of Lancaster; and two sisters, Jennifer Smith of New Providence and Sharon Elville of Willow Street. She was preceded in death by a grandson, Julian Burke.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. March 24 at the Edward L. Collins, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc. (86 Pine St., Oxford), where friends and family may visit from 10 to 11 a.m. Interment will be in Oxford Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to American Cancer Society, PO Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123. On-line condolences may be made at www.elcollinsfuneralhome.com.