Obituaries for the week of May 29
● By J. Chambless
LEONARD J. MINNICK
Leonard J. Minnick, 86, of West Grove, passed away May 14 at Jennersville Regional Hospital in West Grove.
He was the husband of Suzanne G. Freeman Minnick, with whom he shared 61 years of marriage. Born in Chester, Pa., he was the son of the late Daniel A. and Olive Heinauer Minnick. Leonard was a veteran of the U.S. Army and served in the Korean Conflict. He was a member of the Chester Masonic Lodge No. 236 F. & A.M. and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local Union No. 654, Boothwyn.
He is survived by his wife; two daughters, Susan (Paul) Surplus of Ridley Park and Patti (Gabriel) Vattilana of Cochranville; six grandchildren, Nicholas, (Rachael), Victoria, Ian, Tamara, Michael and Nicole; and three great-grandchildren, Noah, Marlo and Ezra. He was preceded in death by his brother, Daniel Minnick; and sister, Barbara Edwards.
A memorial service was held May 23. Online condolences may be made at www.elcollinsfuneralhome.com.
CHARLES JOSEPH HUTH, JR.
Charles "CJ" Joseph Huth, Jr., 35, of West Grove, passed away on May 15 in New Cumberland, Pa.
Born in Chester, Pa., he was the son of Charles J. Huth, Sr, of Newark, Del., and Penny Hipple Huth of West Grove. CJ was a carpenter, working for Zvorsky Construction in New Cumberland. He was an avid fisherman, he enjoyed outdoor activities, four-wheeling, carpentry, bowling, music, playing the guitar, going to Phillies and Eagles games, and being with his family and friends.
In addition to his parents, he is survived by one sister, Jackie Huth and her significant other, Matthew O’Brien of West Grove; his maternal grandfather, Joseph Rubino of Aston, Pa.; one niece, Aleaya Rivera; and one nephew, Leo Rivera.
A memorial service was held May 23. In lieu of flowers, a contribution in CJ’s memory may be made to the Daystar Center for Spiritual Recovery, 125 North 18th Street, Harrisburg, PA 17103. Online condolences may be made by visiting www.griecocares.com.
ARLENE JOYCE SKELTON
Arlene Joyce Skelton, 75, of Kennett Square, passed away on May 19 at Jennersville Regional Hospital.
She was the wife of Herbert P. Skelton, who passed away in 1983. She was born in 1941 in Wilmington, Del., and attended Kennett High School. She was the daughter of the late Basil Ellsworth and Evelyn Mae Davis Taylor. She retired from the Chester County Hospital in 2005. Previously, she had worked Chester-Tricot Knitting Mills and at Hugo’s Inn. She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends. She loved Elvis, her dog Dadie Mae, reading and NASCAR.
Arlene is survived by two sons, Johnny W. Tucker, Jr. and his wife Linda of New London, and William E. Tucker and his wife Jody of York; one daughter, Lisa Taylor and her husband Jeffrey of Landenberg; three brothers, Michael Ellsworth and his wife Carol of Menifee, Calif., Richard Taylor and his wife Okie of West Grove, and Barry Taylor and his wife Cynthia of Hickory, N.C.; two sisters, Linda Whisler of Avondale, and Gale Richardson and her husband Ray of Chandler, Ariz.; nine grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
A service was held May 24. Her funeral service will follow at 1 p.m. Burial was in Longwood Cemetery in Kennett Square. In lieu of flowers, a contribution may be made to the PA Wounded Warriors, Inc., 1117 Country Club Road, Camp Hill, PA 17011. Online condolences may be made by visiting www.grieoccares.com.
ROBERT J. RHILE
Robert J. Rhile, 75, passed away on May 19 at the Jennersville Regional Hospital.
He was the husband of Sally Tracy Rhile. Born in Darby, Pa., he was the son of the late Howard and Julia Robinson Rhile. Bob worked in banking for more than 45 years. He held several positions at PSFS and retired in 2005 from his role as senior vice president at Citizens Bank. He enjoyed adventure, wine, race cars, and music. An avid worldwide traveler, he loved baseball, boating and spending time with his family.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by one son, Michael R. Rhile and his wife Susan of Glen Mills; five daughters, Maureen Bayliss and her husband Stephen of Royersford, Gretchen Harris and her husband Phillip of Lewisville, Ind., Julie Rhile and her husband Scott Sidlow of Parkside, Pa., Jill Seden and her husband Al of Holmdel, N.J., and Tracy DiNapoli and her husband Joseph of Oxford; one brother, Howard Rhile of Fairfax, Va.; one sister, Judy Tomarelli of Pottstown; 15 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Bob was actively involved in volunteering and was past president of Habitat for Humanity in Wilmington, Del.
A service was held May 27. In lieu of flowers, a contribution may be made to Habitat for Humanity of New Castle County, 1920 Hutton Street, Wilmington, DE 19802. Online condolences may be made by visiting www.griecocares.com.
Zofia Lichota, 102, of Oxford, formerly of Whiting, N.J., passed away on May 15 at home.
She was the wife of the late Edward Lichota. Zofia was born in Poland. She was a member and choir member of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church in Whiting, N.J. Zofia enjoyed gardening and was an animal lover.
She is survived by a daughter, Barbara Lichota of Oxford. A graveside service was held May 22 at Our Lady of Czestochowa Cemetery in Doylestown. Online condolences may be made at www.elcollinsfuneralhome.com.
KENNETH A. HURLEY
Kenneth Alan Hurley passed away peacefully on May 12.
Born in 1960 in Wilmington, Del., Ken was the son of Kenneth Lee Hurley and the late Essie Hurley. He was preceded in death by Kenny Jr. (son) and Donna Waldrup (sister). Ken is survived by four loving children, Toni Cuffari, Lee Hurley, Kelly Hurley and Jessie Hurley; seven grandchildren; one sister, Yvette Gwinn; one brother, Kevin Hurley; and a niece who was more like a daughter, Nicole Hurley.
Ken loved life, he was an avid musician, a jack of all trades and loved spending time with his family. He will be remembered for his “kitchen table conversations,” words of wisdom and the many songs he loved to sing. Ken will be missed dearly by all who knew him.
A celebration of life will be held June 4 from 11 a.m. to noon at the Union Fire Hall (315 Market St., Oxford), followed by a family-only lunch from noon to 2 p.m.
ROBERT J. MAXFIELD
Robert James Maxfield, 67, of Oxford, son of Ralston and Hazel Maxfield, passed away on March 17 at Seasons Hospice in Newark, Del.
Robert, a Vietnam veteran, loved music, reading, the outdoors and watching westerns. He was always there to give a helping hand to friends, neighbors and family. A hardworking man with a simple values, Robert always had a smile on his face and a ready laugh. The world is much poorer for his loss.
He is survived by his daughter, Casee Maxfield; as well as by his sisters, Patricia Davis and Susan Maxfield; and brother, Henry Maxfield.
A graveside service with full military honors will be held at 9:30 a.m. June 3 at Union Hill Cemetery (424 N. Union St., Kennett Square). Visit www.elcollinsfuneralhome.com.
ELIZABETH ANN BOWMAN BRISON
Elizabeth Ann Bowman Brison, 88, of West Grove, passed away on May 27 at Twin Pines Nursing Home in West Grove.
She was the wife of the late Alvin Harvey Brison, Sr. Born in Chester County, she was the daughter of the late Ernest Joseph and Eleanor Davis Bowman. Elizabeth attended Faith Tabernacle Church in Oxford. She enjoyed playing bingo and gardening. She kept a collection of cows and many other things.
She is survived by three sons, Stacey Brison (Christine) of West Grove, Ernest Joseph Brison of Coatesville, and Dale L. Brison of Collegeville; five daughters, Barbara Brison of Coatesville, Dorothy Cureton (Robert) of West Chester, Cynthia Brison of Coatesville, Brenda Brison of Coatesville, and Jacqueline Brison (Timothy) of Oxford; nine grandchildren; many great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; and five sisters. She was preceded in death by one son, Alvin Harvey Brison, Jr.; one daughter, Gloria Marie Brison; five sisters; and one brother.
Funeral services will be held at noon on June 7 at the Edward L. Collins, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc. (86 Pine St., Oxford), where friends and family may visit from 11 a.m. to noon. Interment will be in Union Hill Cemetery in Kennett Square. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to The American Diabetes Association, PO Box 15829, Arlington, VA 22215. Online condolences may be made at www.elcollinsfuneralhome.com.
JOSEPH F. HALEY
Joseph F. Haley, 85, of New London, passed away on May 28 at Neighborhood Hospice in West Chester.
He was the husband of Frances E. Reed Haley, with whom he shared 59 years of marriage. Born in Philadelphia, he was the son of the late Frank B. and Ella Janet Heffernan Haley. Joseph was a veteran of the United States Navy, serving in the Korean War. He graduated from Avon Grove High School, Class of 1949, and graduated from St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, Class of 1958, with a B.S. in industrial management. He was a member of Assumption BVM Church in West Grove. He was a Philadelphia sports fan, loved to travel and especially enjoyed spending time with his family.
He is survived by his wife; four daughters, Joanne Nathanson (Mitchell), Janet Wyatt (TC), Mary Wiegand (Lee), and Kathleen Graves (Gus); one son, Stephen Haley (Cheryl); eight grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and a sister, C. Jane Caso. He was preceded in death by a brother, John Haley; and three sisters, Mary Haley, Florence Falls and Patricia Lyons.
A memorial mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. June 2 at Assumption BVM Church (290 State Rd., West Grove), where friends and family may visit from 10 to 10:45 a.m. Interment is private. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675-8517; or Neighborhood Hospice, 795 E. Marshall St., Suite 204, West Chester, PA 19380. Online condolences may be made at www.elcollinsfuneralhome.com.