Obituaries for the week of Aug. 14
● By J. Chambless
P. DI LIBERTO
Richard Philip Di Liberto, 74, of Oxford, passed away peacefully at home on Aug. 4.
Born in Philadelphia, he was the husband of the late Marie Elena Di Liberto, with whom he shared he shared 26 years of marriage. Richard graduated from The Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science, receiving a Bachelor in Science in Pharmacy in June 1967. He was a devout Catholic and a member of The Church of the Sacred Heart in Oxford.
He is survived by one son, Richard Philip Di Liberto of West Chester; two grandchildren, Amelia Marie and Giuliano Philip Di Liberto; and one brother, Dr. Thomas (Alice) Di Liberto of Malvern; and one sister, Joann Mary Di Liberto of Oxford.
A funeral was held Aug. 9. Interment was in SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery in Springfield. In lieu of flowers, and in memory of Richard Philip Di Liberto, donations may be sent to ALS Association, Greater Philadelphia Chapter (www.alsphiladelphia.org). Online condolences may be made at www.elcollinsfuneralhome.com.
HARVEY E. MAHAN
Harvey Elmer Mahan, 97, passed away on Aug. 7 at Ware Presbyterian Village in Oxford.
Born in Oxford in 1919, Harvey was the eldest son of the late Harvey L. and Bessie Mahan. He resided in Oxford and he worked as a farmer and a skilled automotive mechanic much of his life. Harvey and his late wife, Margaret Buckalew Mahan, were married over 50 years and were active members of the Oxford Church of the Nazarene.
He is survived by his daughter-in-law, Janice Mahan of Oxford; three grandchildren, John H. Mahan of England, David J. Mahan of Fairlawn, Va., and Sarah Mahan Green of Mt. Upton, N.Y.; three great-grandchildren; one nephew, Howard Mahan, Jr. of Oxford; and two nieces, Patricia Webb of Newark, Del., and Debbie Waltman of Oxford. He was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret Buckalew Mahan; and his son, Harvey James Mahan.
A funeral was held Aug. 10. Interment was in Oxford Cemetery. Online condolences may be made at www.elcollinsfuneralhome.com.
GWENDOLYN R. CORNELL
Gwendolyn R. Cornell, 83, of Landenberg, passed away on Aug. 8 at home.
She was the wife of Francis J. Cornell, Jr., with whom she shared 60 years of marriage. Born in Thorndale, she was the daughter of the late Warren and Blanche Busby Robinson. She graduated from Avon Grove High School Class of 1954. Gwendolyn was employed with DuPont’s AEC Division as a records clerk until 1960, when she became a stay-at-home mom. She was a lifetime member of the West Grove Fire Company, member of the Senior Circle at Jennersville Regional Hospital, and member of the Board of Directors of Oxford Area Senior Center. Gwendolyn volunteered at Jennersville Regional Hospital, Red Cross blood drives, and at her children’s schools and fund drives. She loved to travel to the Jersey Shore and camp along the East Coast, playing the organ, needlepoint, crafts and square dancing.
She is survived by her daughter, Kathleen McLimans and her husband Jim; one son, Ronald F. Cornell; three grandchildren, Christopher McLimans, Michael McLimans and Ronald M. Cornell; and one great-granddaughter, Riley.
A funeral was held Aug. 11. Interment was in Oxford Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to Oxford Senior Center, 12 E. Locust St., Oxford, PA 19363. Online condolences may be made at www.elcollinsfuneralhome.com.
KEVIN P. ARRELL
At the age of 29, on Aug. 9, Kevin Paul Arrell left this world much too soon – but he’d want you to know that up until the very end, his hair looked good.
He had unmatched charisma, colossal blue eyes, and stole grandmothers’ hearts with a flash of his dimples – his signature feature. Kevin enjoyed making people laugh, shredding on the guitar, and nicknames – many of which he gave himself. There wasn’t a board he didn’t ride; he loved snowboarding, skateboarding, and most of all, surfing. He enjoyed a good movie, a good book, and a good steak. Music truly filled his soul, and he probably heard of that one band years before you ever did. He played lacrosse at Avon Grove High School, where he graduated in 2006, and club lacrosse at Penn College. Kevin was an apprentice electrician for IBEW Local No. 654. He was also Irish – he might have mentioned that a time or two.
The son of Paul and Helen (McHugh) Arrell and the brother of Meghan and Brianna, he lived the majority of his life in New London. Kevin is survived by his aunts, uncles, cousins, and the many others who loved him. He is also survived by the five lives he saved through organ donation.
A visitation will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Aug. 17 at the Kuzo & Grieco Funeral Home (250 W. State St., Kennett Square) and again from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Aug. 18 at Assumption BVM Church (300 State Rd., West Grove). His funeral mass will follow at 10:45 a.m. Burial will be in Edgewood Memorial Park in Glen Mills. Contributions in Kevin’s memory may be made to Gift of Life Family House (www.giftoflifefamilyhouse.org/support/giveagift), 401 Callowhill St., Philadelphia, PA 19123; or Kacie’s Cause (www.kaciescause.com), Kacie’s Cause, 232 Longwood Rd., Kennett Square, PA. 19348. To view his online tributes and to share a memory with the family, visit www.griecocares.com.
MICHELLE ANN WATSON REYES
Michelle Ann Watson Reyes, 44, of Kennett Square, passed away on Aug. 7.
She was the wife of Maurice A. Reyes, with whom she shared 28 years. Born in Chester, Pa., she was a daughter of the late Robert Watson and Barbara (Barberes) Watson, who lives in West Chester. Michele was a pricing coordinator at Giant Foodstores in Kennett Square for many years. She loved gardening, scrapbooking, doodling, going to casinos, her dogs, dancing, swimming and spending time with family.
Survivors include, in addition to her husband, one daughter, Marissa Cortez (Desiree) of Los Angeles, Calif.; one brother, David Watson (Anna) of Cochranville; one sister, Monica Watson of Coatesville; her two dogs, King and Luigi, and her cat, Sunny.
A funeral was held Aug. 15. To view her online tribute and to share a memory with her family, visit www.griecocares.com.
JAMES R. BADGER
James R. Badger, 79, of Milton, Del., passed away on Aug. 8 after a long illness.
He was the husband of Patricia Badger, with whom he shared 34 loving years of marriage. Born in West Chester, he was the son of the late James Donald and the late Edna (Sheets) Badger. James graduated from University of Delaware. He then went on to work in the technology industry as a buyer for Hewlett Packard. He eventually retired from Agilent Technologies. When James wasn’t working, he loved boating, fishing and being on the water in general. He also enjoyed tinkering with items and always said, “I can fix that!” Most of all, he enjoyed spending time with his family and traveling with them as well.
Along with his wife, Patricia, James is survived by his children, James (Donna), Dawn (Ric), Jeff (Amy), and Andrew; his sisters, Dot and Betty; his grandchildren, Niki, James, Rick, Mackenzi, Craig, Candice, Michael, DJ, Sarah, Paul, Samantha, Angela and Lauren; his three great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. James was predeceased by his brother, Bob; and his daughter, Wendy.
A funeral was held Aug. 12. Interment was at Longwood Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made in James’s name to Delaware Hospice,100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE 19963. To view his online tribute and share condolences with the family, visit www.griecocares.com.
BENJAMIN M. CLOUD
Benjamin Michael “Crumb” Cloud, 23, of Ridley Park, formerly of Oxford, passed away on Aug. 10.
Born in West Chester, he was the son of Marvin G. Griffith, Jr., and Nancy Gayle (Estell) Cloud. A graduate of Oxford High School and Culinary School, he was a chef. Ben enjoyed fishing, driving, video games and making people smile.
In addition to his parents, he is survived by one daughter, Zoey Dems; two brothers, Chris Cloud of Oxford and Jaime Cloud of Lancaster; one sister, Ericha Cloud of Wilmington, Del.; paternal grandparents, Marvin G. and Linda Griffith of West Grove; maternal grandfather, Norman Reed; and fiancée Kelsey Zimmerman of Ridley Park. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandmother, Emeline Reed.
Services and interment will be private. To view his online tribute and to share a memory with his family, visit www.griecocares.com.
JOSEPH M. TALAMONTI
Joseph “Joe Joe” M. Talamonti, 70, of Kennett Square, died on Aug. 8 at Pocopson Home in West Chester.
Born in Wilmington, Del., he was a son of the late Giuseppe and the late Frances (DiTomasso) Talamonti. He was an Inspector in the aviation industry for many years. He thoroughly enjoyed playing golf with his family and friends, especially getting great pleasure from his trips to Myrtle Beach every year with his buddies. He played on several softball leagues in the Downingtown and Kennett Square areas, and became a regular at the wine cellar for a taste or two, joining in the camaraderie with old and dear friends. In his spare time, Joe was also a bartender in the Downingtown area and at the Red Clay Room in Kennett Square. Joe loved music, which was apparent from his extensive record collection and his knowledge of the title, artist and year the record was introduced. Joe-Joe’s sense of humor and library of “one liners” will be missed. He was a member of the Kennett Square Fire Company and the Italian American Club.
Survivors include one daughter, Frances Funderburg and her husband John of Essington, Pa.; one brother, Tony Talamonti of Kennett Square; one sister, Donna Miller and her husband Dan of Kennett Square; one granddaughter, Shelby; and many cousins, nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a brother, Luigi.
A visitation is scheduled from 8 to 9:30 a.m. Aug. 18 at the Kuzo & Grieco Funeral Home (250 W. State St., Kennett Square). His memorial mass will follow at 10 a.m. at St. Patrick Church (212 Meredith St., Kennett Square). Interment will be in St. Patrick Cemetery. Contributions in his memory may be made to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, 1359 Broadway, Suite 1509, New York, NY 10018; or to St. Patrick Church, 205 Lafayette Street, Kennett Square, PA 19348. To view his online tribute and to share a memory with his family, visit www.griecocares.com.
CHARLES D. MATTSON
Charles “Dipper” Daniel Mattson, 61, of Wilmington, Del., and formerly of Landenberg, passed away on Aug. 13 at Cadia Rehabilitation Pike Creek, in Wilmington, Del.
Born in West Chester, he was the son of the late Walter J. Mattson and the late Rhoda Gift Mattson.
He was a truck driver, last working at Technivate. Dan was a member of the Landenberg United Methodist Church and many motorcycle organizations. He enjoyed riding motorcycles, fishing, camping, driving trucks, teaching his nieces and nephews no-no’s, and being with his family and friends.
Dan is survived by one sister, Susan Mattson James and her husband William of Bear, Del.; one brother, William James Mattson and his wife Stephanie of Newark, Del.; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by one brother, Walter George Mattson.
A visitation will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Aug. 21 at the Kuzo & Grieco Funeral Home (250 W. State St., Kennett Square). A time of sharing will follow at noon. Burial will be in Kemblesville United Methodist Church Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, a contribution may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1626 Locust Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103. To view his online tribute and to share a memory with his family, visit www.griecocares.com.
WILLIAM D. KEETH, JR.
On Aug 12, William D. Keeth, Jr., of Oxford, died suddenly
in a motorcycle accident at the age of 44.
Billy lived life to fullest, enjoying every moment possible. He loved to travel when given the opportunity, having been able to live and work around the world, making many friends along the way. Also, as an avid outdoorsman, he loved to fish, hike, climb, camp, hunt, kayak, ride, canoe -- enjoying these things with his closest friends. Bill also looked forward to meeting with a special group of friends for their Tuesday night dinners. Billy always looked forward to spending time with his son, Brody. Billy was always there to take care of his mother and sister without hesitation.
is survived by his son, Brody Orion Keeth 17, of Downingtown; mother,
Margaret E. Keeth of Oxford; sisters, Sheri Keeth [Chris Natalini] of
Essington, Sandie Keeth of Oxford and Carol Keeth Williams [Chip
Williams] of Rotonda West, Fla.; and loving aunts, uncles,
Godchildren and friends. He was preceded in death by his father, William D. Keeth, Sr., of Oxford.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Aug. 20 at the Edward L. Collins, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc. (86 Pine St., Oxford), where friends and family may visit from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Interment will be private. Online condolences may be made at www.elcollinsfuneralhome.com.