Obituaries for the week of April 3
● By J. Chambless
LORETTA A. PORTER
Loretta A. Porter, 81, of Oxford, went home to be with her Lord on March 26 at her home.
She was the wife of Rev. Charles I. Porter, with whom she shared 45 years of marriage. Born in Eskdale, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Ray Carl and Catherine Marie Gayton Allen. Loretta was employed with the DuPont Company in Wilmington until she was married. She was active in the Church of Jesus Christ in Oxford, where her husband pastored since 1972. Loretta was compassionate, always willing to help others. She never wavered in her faith in Jesus dedicating her life the Lord.
She is survived by her husband; one son, Paul Joseph Porter and his wife, Lisa M. Porter of Lincoln University; one sister, Louise Burgess of North East, Md.; and two brothers, George R. Allen of Lebanon, Tenn., and Carmen J. Allen of Brenham, Texas.
A funeral was held April 1. Interment was in Oxford Cemetery. Online condolences may be made at www.elcollinsfuneralhome.com.
SANDRA C . REYNOLDS
Sandra C. Reynolds, 63, of West Grove, passed away peacefully at Neighborhood Hospice in West Chester on March 25.
She was the wife of Stephen C. Reynolds, Sr., with whom she shared 46 years of marriage. Born in Chester, Pa., she was the daughter of the late Alfred and Mary Ward Chew. She was a social worker at Kendal-Crosslands in Kennett Square, and other private and non-profit organizations throughout the years. She also worked as the director of Kennett Area Community Services and United Cerebral Palsy for many years, where she met and worked with many wonderful people. Sandra was a member of Assumption BVM Church in West Grove, and the London Grove Grange. She enjoyed animals, going to the Poconos and Ocean City, Md., bead work, crocheting, needlepoint, and vacations with her grandchildren.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by two sons, Stephen C. Reynolds, Jr., and his wife Colleen of Cranberry Township, Pa., and Christopher Reynolds of West Grove; one daughter, Nicole Reynolds of Elkton, Md.; three brothers, A. Kendall Chew of Claymont, Del., Donald Chew of Pleasantville, N.J., and Edward Chew of Kennett Square; one sister, Mary Allison Dydo of Middletown Springs, Vt.; five grandchildren, Collin, Alexa, Noah, Claire and Drew; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by one sister, Marilyn Visco.
In lieu of flowers, a contribution may be made to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, 100 West 10th Street, Suite 109, Wilmington, DE 19801; or to Assumption BVM Church, 300 State Road, West Grove, PA 19390. Online condolences may be made by visiting www.griecocares.com.
HARRY C. WITMER
Harry Clayton Witmer, 81, of Oxford, passed away on March 26 at his home.
Born in Warwick Township, Chester County, he was the son of the late Harry K. and Martha S. Bedi Witmer. He was the husband of Alice Kimble Witmer, with whom he shared 28 years of marriage. Harry retired from the Kennett Consolidated School District maintenance department. He was formerly employed as a welder and business owner in New Mexico. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army. Harry was a member and past Deacon of Nottingham Presbyterian Church. He enjoyed woodworking, duck carving, dancing, gardening, NASCAR, horses, trail riding, and especially his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He is survived by his wife, Alice Kimble Witmer; four children, Patti Cushing (Joseph) of Phoenixville, Sean Witmer (Heidi) of Artemas, Lisa Ellis (Craig) of Oxford, and Kim Smith (Scott) of Nottingham; 12 grandchildren, Shanna Rambo, Jon Donaldson, Julia Starkey, Tara McAdams, Christopher Cushing, John Cushing, Chris Petrie, Cheri Petrie, Joseph England, Ross England, Emily Smith and Lola Ellis; nine great-grandchildren; and one brother, Jerry Witmer of Montana. He was preceded in death by his stepmother, Sara Witmer.
A funeral was held March 31. Interment was in the Nottingham Cemetery. Donations in his memory may be made to the Nottingham Presbyterian Church or Brandywine River Valley Hospice, 121 Bell Tower Lane, Oxford, PA 19363. Online condolences may be made at www.elcollinsfuneralhome.com.
JAMES B. SHEPHERD, SR.
James B. Shepherd, Sr., 81, of Nottingham, passed away on March 26 at Ware Presbyterian Village in Oxford.
Born in Fair Hill, Md., he was the son of the late George Bryan and Lena Hackney Shepherd. He was the husband of Marilyn Passerini Shepherd, with whom he shared 23 years of marriage. James was employed with Pinno Pontiac Buick in Oxford as a service manager, and retired after over 50 years of service. He was a member of Gateway Baptist Church in Rising Sun, Md. He was also a member of the NRA and former member of the Gideons. James enjoyed classic cars and hunting. He hunted 108 deer.
He is survived by his wife; former wife and mother of their children, Anita Allendorfer Bowman of Nottingham; six children, James B. Shepherd, Jr. (Georgeann) of Nottingham, Gary S. Shepherd Sr. (Dawn) of Conestoga, Diane Howard (Donald) of Jacksonville, N.C., Linda Lewis (Charles) of New Providence, Thomas H. Shepherd, Sr. (fiancé Leisa) of Nottingham, Jonathan Shepherd (Victoria) of Greensboro, N.C.; four stepchildren, Rachel Petty of Wilmington, Del., Ben Petty of Elkton, Md., Steven Petty of Tempe, Ariz., and David Petty (Kimberly) of Kernersville, N.C.; 11 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; and six siblings, Gloria Ann Greer of Rising Sun, Md., Georgia Mae Stanley (Herman) of Rising Sun, Md., Shirley Joanne Crouse of Elkton, Md., Anna Lee Ebersole of Kirkwood, Sylvia Louise West (Donald) of Wickenburg, Ariz., and Gale Dean Shepherd (Elsie) of Kirkwood. He was preceded in death by his stepmother, Betty Bare Shepherd; and brother, Kenneth Ralph Shepherd.
A funeral was held April 1. Interment was in the Oxford Cemetery. Online condolences may be made at www.elcollinsfuneralhome.com.
ETHYLEEN M. MCCOOL
Ethyleen M. McCool, 95, of West Grove, died on March 26 at Twin Pines Health Care Center in West Grove.
She was the wife of the late Frederick Sylvina, who died in 1972. Born in West Grove, she was the daughter of the late Raymond and the late Esther (Weller) McCue. Ethyleen was a store manager for Sheldon’s Department Store in Kennett Square for many years. She enjoyed knitting, and was always helping others. She enjoyed shopping trips to Lancaster on weekends. She was a great mom and a great friend to all who knew and loved her.
Survivors include two sons, Ronald Sylvina and Daniel Sylvina, both of West Grove; and three grandchildren, Anita, Aiden, and C.J. Hersh. She was predeceased by one granddaughter.
A memorial gathering in her memory will be held at 7 p.m. April 21, 2017 at Luther House Apartments (126 Jenners Pond Rd., West Grove) in the parlor of Building number 4. Interment will be held privately. Contributions in her memory may be made to the Foulk & Grieco Funeral Home Inc, 200 Rose Hill Rd., West Grove, PA 19390. To view her online tribute and to share a memory with her family, visit www.griecocares.com.
STEVEN D. LANDBECK
Steven D. Landbeck, 74, died on March 26 after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease at Christiana Care Hospital in Newark, Del.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 38 years, Linda (Anderson) Landbeck; his daughter, Dana Andrews, her husband Michael Andrews and his granddaughter, Chloe Paige Andrews; his mother, Billie D. Landbeck; his brother, John S. Landbeck, Jr. and his wife, Sandra; his brother, Ronald O. Landbeck and his wife, Joyce; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Steven was born in Baltimore, Md. He graduated from Aberdeen High School in 1960 and immediately entered the Navy. He served on the USS Ranger CVA-61 for four years. He then entered the Maryland State Police in 1964/65 and served with them until an on-duty automobile accident caused him to retire in 1990. He then worked for the Cecil County Sheriff’s Department and various jobs before having to fully retire due to the Parkinson’s. In 2008, he and Linda moved to Richmond Hill, Ga., to be closer to their granddaughter, and most recently moved to Newark, Del. Steven enjoyed his friends, telling jokes, playing pranks, RV camping, working the Cecil County Fair, performing community service and activities, his dogs, his church and family activities.
Funeral services were held March 31. He will be interred with full military honors in a family plot at Little Britain Presbyterian Cemetery, Peach Bottom, Pa. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the MD State Police Memorial, 1300 Reisterstown Rd., Pikesville, MD 21208; or St. Elizabeth Episcopal Church, 16491 Hwy. 144, Richmond Hill, GA 31324. Online condolences may be made at www.elcollinsfuneralhome.com.
VIVIAN M. BRISON
Vivian “Mert” M. Brison, 50, of Coatesville, passed away on March 25 at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.
She was the proud mother of Christian Brison, whom she adored. Born in West Chester, she was the daughter of the late Joel M. Brown, Sr., and the late Audrey Brison Fountain. She was a graduate of Avon Grove High School and attended Vocational Tech, where she obtained a cosmetologist degree, and became a licensed cosmetologist. She was employed by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and worked in several capacities. She was employed by the West Chester University in housekeeping before she left due to disability. Vivian was a member of the Galilee UAME Church in Avondale, and was a member of Mt. Tabor AME Zion Church, also in Avondale. She loved to cook for family and friends. She also enjoyed traveling, partying, the outdoors and being with her family and friends.
She is survived by her companion, Scott Terry Milbourne; one son, Christian J. Brison of Coatesville; one brother, Joel M. Brown II and his wife Rashida of Lincoln University; three sisters, Elizabeth A. Fountain of Coatesville, Angela Jones White and her husband Darien of Oxford, and Erin N. Fountain of Coatesville; and a host of nieces, nephews, aunts, and uncles, especially aunt Cheryl Brown of West Chester. She was predeceased by one brother, Brian Brison; and her namesake, Vivian G. Brison, her grandmother.
A funeral was held April 1. In lieu of flowers, a contribution may be made to the Avon Grove Church of the Nazarene, 240 East State Road, West Grove, PA 19390. Online condolences may be made by visiting www.griecocares.com.
GREGORY T. TRUNZO
Gregory T. Trunzo, 61, of Lincoln University, passed away on March 28 at his home, after courageously battling cancer for four years.
Born in New Eagle, Pa., he was the son of the late Thomas and Jane Marie Colameco Trunzo. Greg graduated from Monongahela Valley Catholic High School class of 1973. He received his bachelor’s degree in business and economics from Slippery Rock University class of 1976. He was employed as a transportation manager for U.S. Steel, Roadway Express, American Infrastructure and Old Dominion Freight Line. Greg was an active member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Oxford. He was an avid Pittsburgh sports fan, especially the Steelers and Penguins. Greg also volunteered for many years as a youth soccer coach, enjoyed golfing, vacationing at the beach, but mostly enjoyed spending time with his family and his many close personal friends.
He is survived by his loving wife, Laurie Huzela Trunzol; three children, Brock Trunzo (Erin) of Williamsport, Jarod Trunzo (Bridgette) of Latrobe, and Lindsey DeGuiseppi (Anthony) of Owings Mills, Md.; eight grandchildren, Nevina, Sidney, Alexander, Dominic, Gabriella, Gianna, Sophia and Avila; one brother, Thomas Trunzo; two sisters, Carol Kacho and Camille Sweger. He was preceded in death by his son, Thomas Emil Trunzo.
A funeral was held April 1. Online condolences may be made at www.elcollinsfuneralhome.com.
NAOMA JEAN STURGILL
Naoma Jean Sturgill, 52, of Cochranville, passed away on March 27 at Jennersville Regional Hospital.
She was the wife of Claude D. Sturgill, with whom she shared 31 years of marriage. Born in Whitney, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Buddy and Lola McDaniels Coy. Naoma attended New London Baptist Church in Kelton. She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, crossword puzzles, cooking and watching the Sci-Fi Channel.
She is survived by her husband; one son, C.J. Sturgill of Nottingham; one daughter, Tanya Weber of Oxford; two grandsons; two brothers, David Coy of Cochranville and Gene Coy of Nottingham; four sisters, Nancy Mullins of Cochranville, Nina Miller of Toughkenamon, Linda Coy of Honey Brook and Cheryl Oliver of Oakland, Calif.
Funeral services were held April 3. Interment was in Union Hill Cemetery in Kennett Square. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the funeral home to offset the cost of the funeral (Edward L. Collins, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc., 86 Pine St., Oxford, PA 19363). Online condolences may be made at www.elcollinsfuneralhome.com.
CHARLES GAWTHROP SHOEMAKER
Charles “Chuck” Gawthrop Shoemaker, 93, passed away on Feb. 24 at Kendal at Longwood in Kennett Township.
He was born to William MacClean Shoemaker, Jr., and Mary Hickman Gawthrop in 1923 in Kennett Square, the youngest of three children. At the age of 6, he moved with his parents to Wilmington, where he attended Alexis I. duPont School then Wilmington Friends School. In the late 1930s the family purchased a property on Marshall Bridge Road in Kennett Square, where Chuck continued to live until the late 1990s. He graduated from the George School in 1942 and that fall entered Swarthmore College and enrolled in the Naval V-5 program. He received his commission in February 1945, began active service as a flight cadet in the Naval Reserve in June, and was training as a carrier-based night fighter pilot for assignment to the Pacific when the war ended.
In May 1945, he married
Joann (Jody) Brosius of Wilmington. In 1946, he matriculated to the
Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, graduating with a BS
degree. In 1948, he joined Joseph Brosius, his father-in-law, in the
family lumber business, Brosius & Smedley Company, and in 1966
was instrumental in merging it with the company of his boyhood
friend, James T. (Bud) Eliason, of J.T. & L.E. Eliason Inc. to
form Brosius-Eliason Company of New Castle and Wilmington, Del. At
the time of Bud’s death, Chuck became chairman of the company and
continued in that role until 2008. As a lifelong resident of Kennett
Township, he served 12 years as a Supervisor and, having earned the
Boy Scout rank of Eagle while at Wilmington Friends, served as
Scoutmaster of Troop 57 and on its board, and the board of Wilmington
Friends. A birthright Quaker, Chuck was a member of the Kennett
Monthly Meeting of Friends, where he served as Treasurer, Auditor,
Clerk of the Trustees, and member of several committees including one
that restored and maintained Old Kennett Meeting. He and Jody were
members of Kennett Golf and Country Club and a charter member of
Greenville Country Club, where he enjoyed tennis.
He is survived by two sons, Peter of Townsend, Mass., and Joseph (Jay) of Portland, Ore. He was predeceased by his son Charles in 2007; and wife Jody in 2012. He is also survived by five grandchildren, Andrew, Charles, Anna, Sarah, Alexandretta; and three great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at 1:30 p.m. April 29 at Kennett Monthly Meeting (125 West Sickle St.). In lieu of flowers, please send remembrances to Kennett Monthly Meeting, P.0.Box 122, Kennett Square, PA 19348. Online condolences may be made by visiting www.griecocares.com.
FRANCES S. ENNIS
Frances S. Ennis, 97, of Oxford, formerly of Glen Mills, passed away peacefully on March 28 at her home.
She was the wife of the late Charles H. Ennis. Born in Media, she was the daughter of the late Samuel and Alice Clayton Smedley. Frances received her nursing degree from the Women’s Hospital in Philadelphia. During World War II, she was the Head Industrial Nurse at the Civic Center Commercial Museum and Convention Hall in Philadelphia. She was a member of St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church in Oxford. Frances was also the chairperson and member of the Elizabeth Price Martin League at Fair Acres Geriatric Center in Lima, and the Women’s League at Jennersville Regional Hospital in West Grove, and volunteered at the Coatesville VA Center. She enjoyed golf, gardening, boating, and hosting at The Farmhouse Restaurant in Avondale.
She is survived by her two sons, Charles L. Ennis (Cindy) of Embreeville, and Jay Ross Ennis of West Grove; one daughter, Gail Tefft of Kennett Square; seven grandchildren, April Pierson, Sunya Jones, Nathan Smedley, Michael Smedley, Megan Tefft, Elizabeth Ward and Charlie Ennis; 11 great-grandchildren; and sister-in-law, Virginia Smedley of Avondale.
A memorial service will be held at 11:30 a.m. April 28 at St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church (116 Lancaster Pike, Oxford). Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to St. Christopher’s Church of Oxford; Hospice at VA Medical Center, 1400 Blackhorse Hill Rd, Coatesville, PA 19320; or St. John’s Episcopal Church, 576 Concord Pike, Glen Mills, PA 19342. Online condolences may be made at www.elcollinsfuneralhome.com.
ANGELA O. URBANI DELLA PELLE
Angela O. Urbani Della Pelle, 85, of Kennett Square, died on March 30 at Twin Pines Health Care Center in West Grove.
She was the wife of the late Robert G. Della Pelle, who died in 1993, and with whom she shared 41 years of marriage. Born in the Province of Teramo, Italy, she was the daughter of the late Valentino and the late Adalgisa (De Rugeriis) Urbani. Angela was a longtime member of St. Patrick’s Church in Kennett Square, where she was a member of the church choir. She worked for Swayne Spawn Company from 1975 to 1985. She then owned and operated Della Pelle Bakery on State Street from 1992 to 2002. She was known for her authentic-style foods such as bread, pasta and pastries. From 1967 to 1972, she co-owned and operated a hotel called the Roxanne, located in the heart of Wildwood, N.J. In her early years of retirement, she enjoyed volunteering at Mary D. Lang Elementary School. Angela was very proud of her Italian heritage. She enjoyed classic Italian literature and Latin.
Survivors include two sons, Robert Della Pelle and his wife Bernadette, and Nicholas Della Pelle, all of Kennett Square; one daughter, Vivian Anton and her husband Erik of Edenton, N.C.; one sister, Irena Dussizza of the Province of Teramo, Italy; four grandchildren, Katrina Murphy and her husband Jeffrey, Anthony Della Pelle, Captain Dominic Della Pelle USMC and Nicolette Anton; and one great-grandson, Jeffrey Paul Murphy. In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by a son, Carmen, in 1992.
A visitation with family and friends will be held from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. April 6 at Kuzo & Grieco Funeral Home Inc. (250 W. State St., Kennett Square). Her Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at St. Patrick Catholic Church (212 Meredith St., Kennett Square). Interment will be in St. Patrick Cemetery. Contributions in her memory may be made to Kennett Area Community Service or KACS, PO Box 1025 Kennett Square PA 19348. To view her online tribute and to share a memory with her family, visit www.griecocares.com.
SUZANN FRIES GRIFFITH
Suzann Fries Griffith, 84, of Kennett Square, died on March 27 at Kendal At Longwood Retirement Community in Kennett Square, where she has been a resident for 10 years.
Previously, she lived in Durham, N.H., for 35 years. Born in Williamsville, N.Y., she was the daughter of Leslie and Dori (Wheaton) Fries and her stepfather, Harry Page. Suzann was a registered nurse, having earned her associate degree in nursing at the University of Rochester, and her B.S. in nursing at the University of New Hampshire. She worked as a labor and delivery nurse, at a tuberculosis hospital, as a home health nurse, and director of the visiting nurse association, and finally as a school nurse in Epping, N.H. Suzann, known as “Bana” by her grandchildren, was a dedicated mother, neighbor, friend, community activist, and master gardener. She was active in Democratic politics and the anti-nuclear movement of the 1980s. It is unclear if the last election played any role in her death, but it very well may have. Suzann loved to travel, taking trips to Spain, France, Mexico, the former Soviet Union and China. She enjoyed camping with her family when her boys were younger. She volunteered at Planned Parenthood, the public library, in nursing homes and at an elementary school tutoring program. Suzann loved to read, and instilled a love of reading in her children and grandchildren.
She is survived by her three sons, Jim Griffith (and his wife Jennifer) of McCall, Idaho, John Griffith of King of Prussia, and Fred Griffith of New Castle, N.H.; five grandchildren, Kelly, Hannah, Lilly, Emma and Abigail; and one great-granddaughter, Cordelia.
A memorial service celebrating Suzann’s life will be announced at a later date and will be held at Kendal at Longwood Auditorium. Contributions in her memory may be made to: The Kendal Center for Nursing Education and Leadership, PO Box 100, Kennett Square, PA 19348. To view her online tribute and to share a memory with her family, visit www.griecocares.com.
RICHARD A. HANNA
Richard Andrew Hanna, 78, of West Grove, passed away on March 31 at his home.
Born in Lancaster, he was the son of the late David and Elsie Speakman Hanna. He was the husband of Emma Viola Arnold Hanna, with whom he shared 43 years of marriage. Richard was employed with P.E. Kramme, Inc., in Avondale, as a mechanic. He enjoyed his dog, Honey.
Services were private. Online condolences may be made at www.elcollinsfuneralhome.com.
DONALD L. SIMPERS, JR.
Donald L. Simpers, Jr., 63, of Oxford, passed away on March 21 of lung cancer at Neighborhood Hospice in West Chester, with his family by his side.
Donald was a lifelong resident of Oxford. He was the son of the late Donald L. Simpers, Sr., and Barbara Davis Simpers.
Donald is survived by his mother, Barbara of Rising Sun, Md.; a brother, Wayne Simpers and his wife Debbie and two nephews of Oxford; a sister, Kimberly Mason and her husband Richard of Rising Sun, Md.; and two grandchildren, Lillianna Nicole and Lazarus Lee of Quarryville. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Samantha Lee Simpers.
Don enjoyed the outdoors, riding his Harley Davidson and family cookouts. He was an avid reader of fiction, especially the Robert Jordan fantasy series, and enjoyed his pet parrot named Blue that he had for over 30 years. As a young man, Don worked with his father in a family mushroom business in Oxford, then NVF Manufacturing in Kennett Square for over 23 years until closing, and ISCO Industries in Elkton, Md.
The family would like to especially thank Penn Medicine Hematology/Oncology, Dr. Saroha and staff at the Kennett Square Medical campus, and the nurses and staff of Neighborhood Hospice of Penn Medicine, West Chester for the care Don received. A graveside service will be private. Online condolences may be made by visiting www.foundsfuneralhome.com.
DOROTHY J. McGINLEY
Dorothy J. McGinley, 93, of West Chester, passed away on March 30 at Pocopson Home.
She was the wife of Edward McGinley, who passed away in 1966, and with whom she shared five years of marriage. Born in Pomeroy, Pa., she was the daughter of the late William and Laura Holland Getman. She was an assembly worker at Denny-Reyburn in West Chester for 30 years, retiring in 1989. Dorothy was an avid reader, and enjoyed being with her family and friends.
She is survived by one sister, Virginia Burns of Lake Placid, Fla.; and nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by one son, Edward McGinley, Jr; and three sisters, Kathryn Eachus, Mary McGinley and Marjorie Walter.
Her service and burial will be held privately. Online condolences may be made by visiting www.griecocares.com.
GREGORY G. WHITE
Gregory Glen White, 57, of West Grove, passed away on March 30 at the Jennersville Regional Hospital.
He was the husband of Donna Jarmon White, with whom he shared 31 years of marriage. Born in West Grove, he was the son of Ida Miller White Hill of Avondale, and the late James H. White. Greg was the director of nursing ancillary services at Penn Medicine (Chester County Hospital), West Chester, for the past 15 years. He was a graduate of Avon Grove High School and the Ohio Institute of Technology. He was one of the founding members and an Elder at Christ Church at the Grove in New London Township. Greg , along with his wife, enjoyed doing marriage counseling and was active in ministry. He played soccer, basketball and baseball in high school and was a former soccer coach at the Avon Grove Recreation Association. He loved to barbecue, and enjoyed being with his family and friends.
In addition to his wife and mother, he is survived by one son, Tyler Glen White and his wife Natali of St. Mary’s, Ga.; one daughter, Geena Renee White of West Grove; two brothers, James Earl White and his wife Maggie of Wilmington, Del., and Jason D. White of Avondale; one sister, Regina S. White and her husband Keith of Wilmington, Del.; sister-in-law, Andrea Hargrave of Chicago, Ill.; two grandchildren who he loved and adored, Moxie Rozlyn White and Malone Isaac White; and Darius Spady of Honey Brook, who he thought of as a son.
A visitation will be held from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. April 8 at Christ Church at the Grove (formerly the New London Presbyterian Church), 1986 Newark Road, New London Township. His funeral service will follow at 10:30. Burial will be in Union Hill Cemetery in Kennett Square. Online condolences may be made by visiting www.griecocares.com.
GRACE L. MCMULLEN CROSSAN
Grace L. McMullen Crossan, 103, of Landenberg, died on April 3 at Twin Pines Health Care Center in West Grove.
She was the wife of the late Raymond S. Crossan, who died in 1995. Born in Bear, Del., she was a daughter of the late Clement S. and the late Ella (Davis) McMullen. Grace was a longtime member of the Landenberg United Methodist Church. She was a bookkeeper in the 60s and 70s for the family business, Kennedy Crossan & Sons Sawmill. She enjoyed gardening and loved flowers.
Survivors include one son, Raymond S. Crossan and his wife Carolyn of Landenberg; one daughter, Patricia Martin of Landenberg; three grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and several beloved nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a brother, Manlove; and a sister, Ruth.
A visitation with family and friends will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. April 7 at Landenberg United Methodist Church (205 Penn Green Rd., Landenberg). Her funeral service will follow at 11 a.m. Interment will be in New London Presbyterian Cemetery. Contributions in her memory may be made to Landenberg UMC. To view Grace’s online tribute and to share a memory with her family, visit www.griecocares.com.