Obituaries for the week of Feb. 26
● By J. Chambless
PATRICIA C. BROWN
Patricia C. Brown, of Kennett Square, passed away on Feb. 14. She was 88 years old.
Born and raised in Kennett Square, she was the daughter of the late Francis Campbell and the late Grace O'Neill Campbell. She was the beloved wife of Clarence L. Brown; mother of Claudia Leslie Davis, Marta Carol Brown, Corey Patrick Brown and Sondra Patricia Brown. She is also survived by seven grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her sisters, Carolyn Field and Marian Tavoni.
A funeral was held Feb. 24. In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial donation to: St. Jude Hospital, www.stjude.org, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
JEAN A. PRATT
Jean A. Pratt, formerly of Unionville, passed away on Feb. 10 at the Pocopson Home. She was 96 years old.
She was the beloved wife of the late John Marshall Pratt, who passed away in 1988. She is survived by her son, John Pratt and daughter, Jane Pratt; two grandchildren; sister Hazel Hairsine; and two great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her siblings, Cecil Rector, Ernie Rector and Nancy Yerkes.
A graveside service was held Feb. 24 at the Union Hill Cemeter in Kennett Square. Visit www.longwoodfuneralhome.com.
WILLIAM D. PRATT
William “Bill” D. Pratt, 81, of Kennett Square, passed away on Feb. 11 after a short illness.
Due to the loving care of his devoted wife, Bill was able to live out his life in the home he loved. Bill died surrounded by love. Bill was born and lived his entire life in beautiful Chester County. He attended Sanford School and was a proud member of the Class of 1955. He had a strong work ethic and spent 27 years at the Kennett Square Post Office before retiring in 1992. He found great pleasure in the simple things of life. He adored his family and loved all sports. Bill and Judy were blessed with many years of retirement together.
Bill was predeceased by his mother and father, Esther Garrett and Edward LeRoy Pratt; and his brother, Richard L. Pratt. He is survived by his wife of nearly 30 years, Judith E. Pratt; two daughters, Susan Pratt Murphy (Kevin), and Sandra Leigh Pratt; three stepchildren, Sharon L. Eggers (Steve), Jeffrey W. Riggs and Joseph H. Coover, Jr. He was a loving “Pop-Pop” to 12 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
At Bill’s request, there will be no memorial or funeral services. However, a contribution may be made to Neighborhood Hospice, 400 E. Marshall Street, West Chester, PA 19380. To view his online tribute
and to share a memory with his family, visit www.griecocares.com.
HIJINIA PIEDRA VAZQUEZ de CERVANTES
Hujinia Piedra Vazquez de Cervantes, 88, of Wilmington Del., passed away on Feb. 16 at Christiana Hospital.
She was the wife of Enselmo Cervantes Rodriguez. Born in Santa Barbara Pungarabato, Guerrero, Mexico, she was the daughter of the late Juan Piedra and the late Apolinar Vazquez. She was a homemaker. She was a member of St. Rocco Catholic Church, Avondale,. Hijinia enjoyed music, drinking coffee, eating enchiladas, traveling, and being with her family and friends.
A funeral was held Feb. 22. To view her online tribute and to share a memory with her family, visit www.griecocares.com.
NANCY LOU ROSS
Nancy Lou Ross, 82, of Cochranville, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family, on Feb. 16 at her residence.
She was the wife of Joseph W. Ross, Sr., with whom she shared 40 years of marriage. Born in Port Huron, Mich., she was the daughter of the late Albert G. Wolfe and the late Evelyn Bailey Wolfe. Nancy was a secretary in the maintenance department at the Franklin Mint in Wawa, retiring in 1992.
She was a member of St. Michael Lutheran Church, where she volunteered for many activities, including volunteering at the Luther House in Jennersville. She enjoyed crocheting, cooking, and being with her family and friends, especially her grandchildren.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by two sons, John Glyshaw of Portland, Ore., and Joseph Ross, Jr., of Kennett Square; four daughters, Karis Hollenbeck of Prospect Park, Kathy Glyshaw and her husband Kirk Nabors of Columbia, Md., Susan Evans and her husband Robert of Elkton, Md., and Sandy DeWilde and her husband John of Morrisville, Pa.; one brother, Charles Wolfe of Port Huron, Mich.; one sister, Lois Buckley of Port Huron, Mich.; 12 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. Nancy was predeceased by several brothers.
A memoprial service was held Feb. 23. In lieu of flowers, a contribution may be made to St. Michael Lutheran Church Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 178, Unionville, PA 19375. To view her online tribute and to share a memory with her family, visit www.griecocares.com.
NORMAN A. BARRON
Retired Delaware Superior Court Judge Norman A. Barron died on Feb. 13, after a brief illness, with his wife and twin brother by his side. He was 75 years old.
Norm was born and raised in South Orange, N.J., and attended Hamilton College, graduating in 1964. After college, Norm served in the U.S. Navy, being honorably discharged in 1968 as a full Lieutenant. Norm arrived in Delaware in 1971 after receiving his law degree from Emery University and was employed as a Deputy Attorney General in the Delaware Department of Justice and later served as Chief Deputy Attorney General. In 1980, Norm was appointed as Delaware's first Chief Magistrate by then-Governor Pierre S. du Pont and served with distinction for eight years. After a brief period as Assistant Public Defender, Norm was nominated to serve as a Superior Court Judge by then-Governor Michael N. Castle and, after confirmation, served on the court from 1989 until his retirement in 2001. Despite his stern demeanor on the bench, Norm was very kind and cared deeply about his family and friends. His sense of humor was one of his greatest assets.
In his retirement, Norm and his wife, Alice, spent many winters in the Sarasota, Fla., area, where they enjoyed innumerable rounds of golf, warm weather and friendships. Norm finally achieved a golfer's ultimate goal by shooting a hole in one at the age of 71.
Norm was predeceased by his parents, Norman M. and Frances B. Barron; and his brother, Fraser. He is survived by his loving wife of 40 years, Alice Bricker Barron; and his two brothers, Mortimer of Amarillo, Texas, and his twin, Tim (Loren) of Kennett Square. He is also survived by nephews Christopher Barron (Tracy) of Annandale, Va., and Rupert Barron (Eve) of Houston, Texas; and neices Allison Dunbar of Los Angeles, and Alexandra and Cecelia Barron of Kennett Square.
Interment was held privately. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in Norm's name to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, ASPCA, PO Box 96929, Washington, DC 20090-6929. To view his online tribute and to share a memory with his family, visit www.griecocares.com.
DEAN W. NEEDHAM
Dean W. Needham, 65, of West Grove, passed away on Feb. 15 after a courageous battle with Parkinson’s Disease.
He was the husband of Virginia “Ginny” Shivery Needham, with whom he shared 36 years of marriage. Born in West Grove, he was the son of the late W. Edgar and Virgie Johnson Needham. He was a member of Beulah Baptist Church in Oxford. For 20 years, Dean worked for the Southeastern Veterans Center in Spring City. He was very proud to serve the veterans and meet their transportation needs. He was also a bus driver for DuVall Bus Service for the Avon Grove School District and worked in his family’s mushroom business in his earlier years. His hobbies included history, medicine and technology, and he had a love of the outdoors. He especially loved his dogs, Abbey and Ellie, and his cat, Joey.
Dean is survived by his wife; two sons, Shawn Needham of Philadelphia, and Brian Needham of West Grove; one sister, Virginia “Ginny” Peterson (David) of West Grove; and two nephews, Jeff Peterson (and family) of Nottingham, and Mike Peterson (and family) of Little Britain.
A funeral was held Feb. 20. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to Edward L. Collins, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc., to offset funeral costs. Online condolences may be made at www.elcollinsfuneralhome.com.
MARY MARGARET MCDONALD
Mary Margaret McDonald (Glaab) peacefully passed away on Feb. 15 at her home in Kennett Square. She was 91 years old.
Mary was predeceased by her husband of 59 years, Dr. Charles Cameron “Cam” McDonald, Ph.D., a research scientist with the DuPont Company. She was also predeceased by two sons, Peter Scott McDonald of Boothwyn, and John Sutherland McDonald of Wilmington, Del.; and a brother, Charles Michael Glaab of Sarnia, Ontario. Mary is survived by two sons, Charles Lachlan McDonald and his wife Susan of Atlanta, Ga., and Eric Cameron McDonald of Kennett Square; and three daughters-in-law, Renay and Patti McDonald and Pamela Gieseler. Mary is also survived by eight grandchildren; and two brothers, Peter William Glaab of Sarnia, Ontario Canada, and John Kenneth Glaab of Uruapan and La Paz, Mexico.
Mary graduated from St. Joseph’s High School in Toronto, Ontario Canada, and then attended the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario, where she graduated as a lab technician and met her husband. After college, she worked for the Polymer Corporation as a lab technician, and in 1948 was elected “Miss Polymer.” Mary left Canada to live in Chicago, Ill., where Cam received his Ph.D. in chemistry from the Illinois Institute of Technology. In 1955, Mary moved to Wilmington, Del., so Cam could begin his career with DuPont, and then in 1979 they moved to Hamorton Village in Kennett Square. For many years, Mary was active in the business community, where she owned and operated the Decoy Book Store in Kennett Square. She was an avid reader and an active member of her book club. Mary was a member of St. Patrick Roman Catholic Church in Kennett Square, and for many years was a continuing education student at the Academy for Life Long Learning at the University of Delaware’s Wilmington campus.
Mary loved to travel and regularly proclaimed she was “willing to go anywhere, anytime with anyone.”
In addition to her family she will be missed by her neighbors who considered Mary a beloved member of their community and by her many friends.
A service was held Feb. 26. In lieu of flowers, please contribute to the Willow Tree Hospice in Kennett Square, who helped make Mary’s final weeks comfortable and peaceful. To view her online tribute and to share a memory with her family, visit www.griecocares.com.
JOHN J. HENDERSON, JR.
John Joseph Henderson Jr., 68, of West Chester, passed away on Feb. 16 at his home, surrounded by the love and comfort of his family and friends.
He was the husband of Susan May Henderson, and together they shared 45 years and four months of marriage. Growing up in West Chester, John was the eldest son of Gertrude Short Henderson and John Joseph Henderson, Sr. In 1967, John graduated from Unionville High School, and in 1968, he attended the Computer Programming Institute of Delaware. In 1969, John went to boot camp in Fort Bragg, N.C., where he earned a medal for sharpshooting and afterward entered the U.S. Army Signal School to continue his passion for computers at Fort Monmouth, N.J. Upon completion, he was called to Vietnam on Nov. 15, 1970, and was stationed there until Nov. 14, 1971. As a result, he was awarded The Army Commendation Medal. John married Sue Carr in 1972, and together they had two sons, Jason Matthew and Christopher Bryan. Over the next couple years, he had the honor to work with the URA. In addition to his sons, he coached and umpired many of the community’s youth in sports such as soccer, basketball and baseball.
In addition to his wife, Sue, he is survived by his sons Jason Henderson (Dawn), Christopher Henderson (Krista); five grandchildren; three siblings, his brother Robert Henderson, and his sisters Susan Agostini and Sandra Cecchi. He was also a beloved brother-in-law to Claude, Bryan, Kent, Bob and Jim, and Gail, Lynn and Karen; and uncle to several nieces and nephews.
John will always be remembered as a fun-loving, modest man with a playful sense of humor. He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and loved to fish.
A funeral was held Feb. 23. Burial was at the Unionville Cemetery in Unionville. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Neighborhood Home Hospice, 795 East Marshall Street, Suite 204, West Chester, PA 19380. To view John’s online tribute and to share a memory with his family, visit www.griecocares.com.
BETTY ELLEN LINCOLN SLAUCH
Betty Ellen Lincoln Slauch, 82, of Oxford, passed away peacefully at her home on Feb. 18.
She was the wife of the late Edward Samuel Slauch. Born in Folcroft, Pa., she was the daughter of the late William E. and Ellen C. Krough Lincoln. Betty was a Graduate of Oxford High School Class of 1954, 40-year member of the Union Fire Company No. 1 in Oxford, and current President of the Ladies Auxilary, Founder of T.O.P.S. PA472 Oxford, member of Pocahantas, and a Lifelong homemaker and caregiver.
Betty is survived by daughter, Brenda Slauch; sons, Edward Slauch II (Marsha), Donald Slauch (Leona); eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. In addition to her husband and parents, Betty was preceded in death by her daughter, Judith Lynn Slauch McGlothlin; and four brothers.
A funeral was held Feb. 23. Interment as in the Oxford Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in Betty’s name can be made to the Union Fire Company No.1, 315 Market Street, Oxford, PA 19363. Online condolences can be made at www.ruffenachfuneralhome.com.
PATRICIA JUNE RIOS
Patricia (Patti) June Rios, 60, of Lincoln University, died on Feb. 20, peacefully at home.
She was the wife of Robin Rios, with whom she shared 42 years of marriage as well as a remarkable bond of true love. Born in West Chester, she was daughter to James and Hazel (Wiles) Miller, who also live in Lincoln University. Patti was a technician at Orca Company for many years, where she assisted in the construction and development of dive equipment. Patti was a devout wife, loving and compassionate mother and an extraordinary grandmother. She simply adored her family.
Survivors include, in addition to her husband and parents, one son, Robert Rios and his wife Lindsay of Oxford; one daughter, Sonya Rios-McMillan and her husband Brennon of Lincoln University; five brothers, Michael, Stephen, David, Jeffrey and Joseph Miller; one sister, Pamela Blakeslee; and four grandchildren.
A celebration of her life was held Feb. 27. To view her online tribute and to share a memory with her family, visit www.griecocares.com.
JOHN R. WILSON
John “Bob” Robert Wilson, 81, of Oxford, died on Feb. 19 at Jennersville Regional Hospital in West Grove.
He was the husband of Sandra Watson Wilson, with whom he shared 55 years of marriage. Born in West Chester, he was the son of the late John Robert and the late Jane (Van Horn) Wilson. Bob attended Mercersburg Academy before serving our country during peacetime in the Army Security Agency – Japan. Bob worked in sales for Prentice Hall until 1990, when he started a sign business in Delaware, Mr. Sign. He was a dedicated family man. He was a member of the Oxford Presbyterian Church, bridge clubs, and a previous member of the Kennett Square Golf and Country Club. He enjoyed fox hunting, sailing, and refinishing antiques. In his later years, he enjoyed RV travel, golf, poker, bridge, and reading.
Survivors include, in addition to his wife, two daughters, Cheryl Stradling and her husband John of Kennett Square, and Michelle Wilson of Wilmington, Del.; and three grandchildren.
A visitation will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. March 3 at the Oxford Presbyterian Church (6 Pine St, Oxford). A memorial service will follow at 11 a.m., with a luncheon at noon. Interment will be held privately. Contributions in his memory may be made to either the Oxford Presbyterian Church (6 Pine Street, Oxford, PA 19363); or the Benevolent Care Fund at Ware Presbyterian Village (7 East Locust St., Oxford, PA 19363). To view his online tribute and to share a memory with his family, visit www.griecocares.com.
Carolyn Trimble died in Chester County Hospital on Feb. 20 due to surgical complications. She was 58.
Carolyn was born in 1959 in Wilmington, Del., to her parents, Jess and Evelyn Bewley. She graduated from Avon Grove High School in 1977. She married Timothy Trimble in 1985 in West Grove. The Trimbles moved into their first home in Landenberg in 1986. Carolyn started working at Hewlett-Packard when she was 16 and she later continued her career at Agilent Technologies, where she would work for 40 years, impacting the lives of many through her sincere relationships. Early on, Carolyn enjoyed playing tennis, riding her bike, and taking care of her 1971 Mustang. Later, she enjoyed spending time with her family and friends, and traveling to the beach every summer with her family. She had an infectious laugh and smile that would brighten every room she entered.
Her beautiful life will forever be cherished in the lives of her husband, Timothy; her sons, Jonathan and Andrew; her daughter, Christina; her brothers, Jay, Tom, and John; her sisters, Susan, Margaret, Elizabeth, and Jeanette; lastly, her wonderful mother, Evelyn. She was predeceased by her father, Jess.
A visitation will be held from 9 to 10:45 a.m. March 1 at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church (300 State Rd., West Grove). Her funeral mass will follow at 11 a.m. Burial will be in the New London Presbyterian Church Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, a contribution in Carolyn’s memory may be made to a charity of your choice.
To view her online tribute and to share a memory with her family, visit www.griecocares.com.
ADAM M. DILLEY
Adam Matthew Dilley, 33 of Denver, Colo., formerly of Kennett Square, died suddenly on Feb. 18 in Denver, Colo.
Born in Lima, Pa., he was the son of Joseph and Concetta (Connie) Tavoni Dilley of Kennett Square.
Matt, as he was known by friends and loved ones, worked in various customer service industries, as he enjoyed working with people. He had a charisma that was infectious. Matt was a creative soul and a talented artist. He was passionate about skateboarding and had the opportunity to skate around the country and the world. His love of the outdoors brought him to Colorado, where he had been living for the last four years. There, he enjoyed hiking in the mountains, camping and biking.
Survivors include, in addition to his parents, his maternal grandfather Dominic Tavoni of Kennett Square; his brother Joseph Dilley, Jr., of Bristol, R.I.; his sister Allison Tuscano (Steven) of West Chester; and his beloved cousins, Alexandria and Samantha Tavoni. He was preceded in death by his sister, Adrianne Dilley.
A visitation will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. Feb. 28 at Kuzo & Grieco Funeral Home Inc. (250 W. State St., Kennett Square). A funeral service will follow at 11 a.m. Interment will be held privately. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory can be made to the Anson B. Nixon Park. Checks can be made payable to Kennett Area Park Authority, P.O. Box 1121, Kennett Square, PA, 19348. To view his online tribute and to share a memory with his family, visit www.greicocares.com.
BRAD W. GIFFIN
Brad William Giffin, 26, of Chadds Ford, passed away at his home on Feb. 20.
He was born in 1991 at Riddle Memorial Hospital in Media, the son of Robert William Giffin and the late Linda Louise (Buck) Giffin. He attended Kennett High School and graduated in 2010. Following high school, he studied at Kutztown University. Brad was an avid fan of all things sports. He was always prepared to discuss his favorite teams and had all of his favorite players stats ready to fire. He enjoyed playing video games, outdoor activities, spending time with his friends, traveling, and his beloved pets growing up. He played on several sports teams, beginning with Little League baseball, basketball and football. His friends, family, and those closest to him will remember his infectious smile and laugh, as well as his caring and gentle demeanor. He deeply loved and cared for his girlfriend, Kristy McLaughlin, whom he always spoke of in the highest regard.
Brad is survived by his father, Robert William Giffin of Kennett Square; mother, Michele
Crowley Giffin of Kennett Square; brother, David Justin Giffin of Baltimore, Md.;
grandmother, Dorothy Jean Grande of Kennett Square; aunt, Donna Jean Giffin of Brookhaven; half-sister Victoria Brandenstein of California; half-brother John Arnold of Florida; stepsister Nicole Barakat of South Carolina; stepbrother Michael Barakat of Washington; and stepbrother David Barakat (Linda) of Maryland. He is also survived by his girlfriend, Kristy McLaughlin of Landenberg; in addition to many cousins, close friends and family members. The family would also like to acknowledge Brad’s “second family” Joanne, Keith, Brad and Jamie Smith. Brad was predeceased by his mother, Linda Louise (Buck) Giffin; and his uncle, Steven Giffin.
A visitation will be held from 9 a.m. to noon March 2 at Kuzo & Grieco Funeral Home, Inc. (250 W. State St., Kennett Square). A service celebrating his life will follow at noon. Interment will be held privately. Contributions in his memory may be made to KAU Little League, 873 East Baltimore Pike, PMB 472, Kennett Square, PA 19348. To view his online tribute and to share a memory with his family, visit www.griecocares.com.
ARTHUR G. BASMAJIAN
Arthur G. Basmajian, 87, of Kennett Square, formerly of Havertown, died on Feb. 23 at Seasons Hospice at Christiana Hospital in Newark, Del.
He was the husband of Bernice A. Tichian Basmajan, with whom he shared 62 years of marriage. Born in Philadelphia, he was the son of the late Artin and the late Beatrice (Misirian) Basmajian. Art served our country during peacetime in the Army. He was an engineer for the DuPont Company for many years, retiring in 1993. He also worked for All State Engineering Company, BE&K Engineering company, Miller Brewing, and did not truly retire until the age of 78. During his career, he was fortunate to travel near and far to such places as Louisiana, Texas, Virginia, and Germany. He loved all types of music, gardening, fixing cars, antique car shows, Formula 1 racing, fine china birds, bargaining, and was known as a snappy dresser.
Art was a longtime member of Grace Chapel in Havertown, where he served as a trustee, fourth grade Sunday school teacher, chapel choir member and usher. He was also a founding board member of the Ranch Youth ministry, where he served for many years. His true passion in life was giving to missions.
Survivors include, in addition to his wife Bernice, two daughters, Caryl Atmajian and her husband Donald of West Chester, and Vera Cobourn and her husband Charles of Kennett Square; one son, Arthur Basmajian, Jr., of Pittsburgh; two sisters, Vera Panosian and her husband Howard of Bel Air, Calif., and Lillian Jamgochian of Fort Myers, Fla.; and three grandchildren.
A visitation will be held from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. March 3 at Grace Chapel (1 W. Eagle Rd., Havertown). A memorial service celebrating his life will follow at 11:30 a.m. Interment will be held privately at Valley Forge Memorial Gardens in King Of Prussia. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Grace Chapel Missions and mailed to the same address as the church. To view his online tribute and to share a memory with his family, visit www.griecocares.com.
LINDA M. SPOHN
Linda M. Spohn, 68, of Lincoln University, passed away on Feb. 23 at her residence.
She was the wife of Thomas J. Spohn, with whom she shared 47 years of marriage. Born in Easton, Pa., she was the daughter of the late Emidio and Virginia Kirkwood Urbani. Linda was an elementary school teacher, last teaching at the Avon Grove Charter School in West Grove, retiring in 2011. She was a member of the Assumption BVM Church in West Grove. Linda enjoyed gardening and watching her grandchildren. Her family was her life.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by one daughter, Kristie Dougherty and her husband Erin of Ft. Myers, Fla.; four sons, Kyle Spohn and his wife Jamie of Owings, Md., Keith Spohn and his wife Krystal of West Chester, Kirk Spohn and his wife Jessica of Elkton, Md., and Kory Spohn of Lincoln University; one brother, George Urbani and his wife Jan of Georgetown, Del.; and eight grandchildren.
A visitation will be held from 8:45 to 9:45 a.m. March 3 at Assumption BVM Church (300 State Rd., West Grove). Her funeral mass will follow at 10 a.m. Burial will be held privately. In lieu of flowers, a contribution may be made to Compassus Hospice, 2 Campus Blvd., Suite 200, Newtown Square, PA 19073. To view her online tribute and to share a memory with her family, visit www.griecocares.com.
ANNA S. RUBINCAN
Anna S. Rubincan, 87, of West Grove, passed away on Feb. 23 at her home.
She was the wife of the late Benjamin L. Rubincan, Sr. She was the daughter of the late John David and Alice R. Arrants Moulton. Anna retired from the Fred S. Engle Middle School Food Service Department. She lived in the West Grove area most of her life. She enjoyed bowling, dancing, eating out, and spending time with family and friends.
She is survived by one son, Benjamin L Rubincan, Jr. (Susan) of West Grove; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Diana Green; brother, Everett Moulton; and sister, Esther Wiseman.
A funeral was held Feb. 27. Interment was in Oxford Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to Neighborhood Hospice, 400 E. Marshall St., West Chester, PA 19380. Online condolences may be made at www.elcollinsfuneralhome.com.
JASON F. BOWERS
Jason Ferguson Bowers, 39, of West Chester, passed away suddenly on Jan. 16.
Jason was born in Danville, Pa., son of Joseph and Charmaine Poplaski Bowers, in 1978. He attended St. Maddine's School in Ridley Park, as well as Interboro School in Prospect Park. Jason attended Henderson High School in West Chester. He was a carpenter by trade. He enjoyed soccer, rugby, baseball, and played for the Prospect Park Termites. Jason loved concerts, fishing, and all outdoor activities. Above all, Jason was dedicated for the care of his brothers, even though young himself.
Jason is survived by his father, Joseph Bowers of Coal Township; stepfather John Ferguson of Portugal; brothers Jared and Cody; niece Sophia; nephew Oscar; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his mother, Charmaine Ferguson; brother, Jackie Ferguson; and grandparents John and Catherine Stank, John and Rita Poplaski, and John and Patricia Ferguson.
A memorial service in Jason’s honor will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. March 2 at the Butler, O'Connor, McCormick VFW Banquet Hall (837 Lincoln Ave., West Chester). Internment will be private. Memorial donations may be made to Edward L. Collins Funeral Home, Inc., 86 Pine Street Oxford, PA 19363.
J. SCOTT GREENLEAF
J. Scott Greenleaf, 77, of Kirkwood, passed away on Feb. 25.
He was the loving husband of Kathryn Ann Dawson Greenleaf. They were married for 54 years. He was the son of the late C. Martin Greenleaf, Sr., and Sadie Stoner Herr Greenleaf of Kirkwood. Scott graduated from Solanco High School in Quarryville in 1959. He enjoyed hunting, and working on trucks and cars. A lifelong resident of Lancaster County, Scott was the owner/operator of Greenleaf Mushrooms and Compost in Kirkwood. He was a member of Union Presbyterian Church, where he was a caretaker of the Union Cemetery and served on the Union Cemetery Commission.
Surviving, in addition to his wife Kitty, are son Benjamin Wayne Dawson, husband of Pamela Czerny Dawson of Nottingham; daughter Debra Greenleaf of Nottingham; and daughter Donna Greenleaf Heisler, wife of Dennis Heisler, also of Nottingham. Scott is also survived by six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren; a sister, Anna Greenleaf Skiles; and a brother, C. Martin Greenleaf, Jr.; as well as his beloved Australian Shepherd, Misty. Scott was preceded in death by a brother, Edgar Greenleaf
Services will be held at Union Presbyterian Church (5637 Street Road, Kirkwood,) on March 3 at 2 p.m. A viewing will be held Saturday at the church from noon to 2 p.m. Burial will be in Union Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Autism Speaks, (autismspeaks.org), or Tommy Foundation (tommyland.org). Visit www.reynoldsfuneralhome.net.
JEAN H. BOTTS
Jean H. Botts, 82, of Middletown, Del., passed away on Feb. 26 at Christiana Hospital in Newark, Del.
She was the wife of the late Ernest Lane Botts, with whom she shared 59 years of marriage. Born in Clayton, N.J., she was the daughter of the late Cloyd and Alice Downs Henderson. She was a member of the West Nottingham Presbyterian Church in Colora, Md. Jean was employed with DuPont in Glasgow, Del., retiring in 1993. She enjoyed golf, skiing, bowling and reading.
She is survived by two daughters, Susan Jean Botts of Earlville, Md., and Sharon Joy Botts DiMucci (Anthony) of Newark, Del.; one granddaughter, Taylor DiMucci; and one brother, John Ralph Henderson of Rising Sun, Md. She was preceded in death by a son, Richard L. Botts; and brother, Cloyd Thomas Henderson.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. March 2 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. The family would like to thank the Cardiac ICU Staff at Christiana Hospital for the exceptional care and support during this difficult time. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to Seasons Hospice, 4755 Ogletown Stanton Rd., Newark DE 19708. Online condolences may be made at www.elcollinsfuneralhome.com.