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Obituaries for the week of Dec. 25

12/26/2017 08:37AM ● By J. Chambless


Robert F. Shappell, 66, of West Grove, lost his courageous battle with cancer on Dec. 17 at Heartland Hospice House.

He was the beloved husband of Kathleen Buffington Shappell, with whom he shared 45 years of marriage. Born in Drexel Hill, he was a son of the late Robert Shappell and the late Margaret (Cone) Messina. Bob graduated from Upper Darby High School in 1969 and received his engineering degree at Pennsylvania Institute of Technology. He retired from Southco, Inc., in Concordville in 2008 as a production supervisor after 32 years. Since 1971, Bob has served the community as a volunteer, and later as a board member and past president of Kennett Area Community Service. He was a member of Kennett Grange No. 19, where he held many offices, including past president. Bob enjoyed his years coaching KAU Little League, including the year his team won Pennsylvania District Champions. He was past Scout Master of Kennett Troop 53. Bob proudly served our country in the Army National Guard for six years. He was an avid Philadelphia sports fan. He loved cruising and attending oldies concerts.

In addition to his wife, Bob is survived by one daughter, Amy Vandercapellen and her husband Butch and their son Erik of Long Neck, Del.; and one son, Brian Shappell and his children Molly and Liam of Parkesburg; one brother, Richard Shappell and his wife Regina and their children; and two stepbrothers, Robert Messina and Stephen Messina.

A visitation with family and friends will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. Jan. 6 at the Kuzo & Grieco Funeral Home, Inc. (250 W. State St., Kennett Square. A service celebrating his life will follow at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to Kennett Area Community Service (KACS), PO Box 1025, Kennett Square, PA 19348. To view his online tribute and to share a memory with his family, visit


Dorothy Marie Barker Darnell, 86, of Cochranville, passed away on Dec. 15, 2017 surrounded by her family.

Born in Ashe County, N.C., Dorothy was the daughter of the late Luther Barker and the late Lucy Hart Barker. Dorothy was the beloved wife for 65 years to the late Clarence Darnell; mother of Lorraine Kim Francis (Robert), Lorna Kip Vitato (Barry) and Lorie Kit O’Connor (Bill); grandmother of Deana Fagan (Deana Gregory) and Courtney Smith. She was predeceased by her daughter, Loretta Kay Hoover, sister to Gaye Miller, Geneva Jumper, Carl and Harlbert Barker. She was predeceased by her siblings, Bernice, Donald, Glen, Earl and Gale Barker.

She was a personal assistant and seamstress to Mary A. Rumsey for 30 years. She then worked as a manager at her daughter's store, Capt’s Hallmark, for 14 years. A member of Kelton Church of Christ, Dorothy served as the secretary for many years. Dorothy was a wonderful mother and grandmother to her six girls and they will miss her dearly.

Her funeral was held Dec. 22. Burial was in Oxford Cemetery.


Sara Ann Arrell, 79, of Lincoln University, passed away on Dec. 19 at her residence.

She was the wife of John A. Arrell, with whom she shared 57 years of marriage. Born in Abington, Pa., she was the daughter of the late David Montgomery and the late Kathryn McCabe Montgomery. Sara had worked in the office for 15 years at Agway, Inc. She attended the Christian Life Center in New London. She enjoyed shopping, going to Disney World, Starbucks, Fig Vodka, eating steamed clams and being with her family, especially her grandchildren.

In addition to her husband, Sara is survived by two sons, John A. Arrell, Jr., and his wife Patrice of New London, and Robert Arrell of New London; one daughter, Amy Coppock and her husband Lawrence of New London; one sister, Margaret Barder of Ardsley, Pa.; nine grandchildren; and two great-granddaughters. Sara was predeceased by one son, Steven Arrell; one sister, Kathryn Finlay; and one brother, David Montgomery.

A visitation with family and friends will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 27, and again from 10 to 11 a.m. on Dec. 28, at the Foulk & Grieco Funeral Home (200 Rose Hill Rd., West Grove). Her funeral service will follow at 11 a.m. Burial will in the New London Presbyterian Church Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, a contribution may be made to the The Chester County Hospital Foundation, Abramson Cancer Center, 701 E. Marshall Street, West Chester, PA 19380 (; or to the American Diabetes Association, 150 Monument Road, Suite 100, Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004. To view her online tribute and to share a memory with her family, visit


Lorenzo Zavala Bedolla, 58, of West Grove, passed away on Dec. 21 at the Pocopson Home in West Chester.

He was the husband of Josefina Nino Villagomez, with whom he shared 38 years of marriage. Born in Las Penas, Moroleon, GTO, Mexico, he was the son of Lorenzo Zavala Lara of Mexico, and the late Eliazar Bedolla. Lorenzo owned the El Ranchero Mexican Restaurant in Kennett Square. He was a member of St. Rocco Catholic Church. Lorenzo was a great dancer and he enjoyed soccer, especially Las Chivas team, working, watching Netflix, and being with his family and friends. He was a very nice person, and a loving husband, father and grandfather.

In addition to his wife and father, he is survived by one son, Jaime Zavala Nino and his wife Lindsey of West Grove; three daughters, Lorena Zavala Nino and her husband Ruben, Esmeralda Zavala Nino and her husband Antonio, and Diana Zavala Nino and her husband Luis, all of West Grove; five brothers, Rogelio Zavala Bedolla of Kennett Square, Jaime Zavala Bedolla of Mexico, Marcello Zavala Bedolla of Parkesburg, Luis Zavala Bedolla of Parkesburg, and Gustavo Zavala Bedolla of Kennett Square; four sisters, Gloria Zavala Bedolla of Mexico, Rosalina Zavala Bedolla of Oxford, Eliazar Zavala Bedolla and Milagros Zavala Bedolla, both of Mexico; and ten grandchildren.

A visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Dec. 28 at St. Rocco Catholic Church (313 Sunny Dell Road, Avondale). His funeral mass will follow at 7 p.m. Burial will be in Mexico. To view his online tribute and to share a memory with his family, visit


Margaret Ellen Beach, 63, of Elkton, Md., passed away on Dec. 20 at her home.

Born in Wheeling, W.Va., she was the daughter of Elizabeth Shriver of Salyersville, Ky. She was a teacher for 40 years at Chestertown Christian Academy and Elkton Christian School. Margaret was a member of Nottingham Missionary Baptist Church. She loved cooking, baking, and spending time with family, especially her grandchildren.

She is survived by her mother; two sons, Adam D. Beach (Katherine) of Rising Sun, Md., and Andrew Scott Beach (Ashley) of Landenberg; one daughter, Amber Dawn Flanagan (Michael) of Marlton, N.J.; nine grandchildren; two brothers, Robert Felber of Salyersville, Ky., and Danny Wade of Salyersville, Ky.; and one sister, Donna Richards of Bridgeport, Ohio.

A funeral was held Dec. 23 at Nottingham Missionary Baptist Church in Nottingham. Interment was in the adjoining cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins, 401 N. Broadway, suite 1343, Baltimore, MD 21287. Online condolences may be made at

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