Obituaries for the week of April 9
● By J. Chambless
MIRIAM E. WEIGHT
Miriam E. Weight, 74, of Nottingham, formerly of Newark, Del., went home to be with the Lord on March 31.
She was the wife the late Jack D. Weight, Sr., with whom she shared 50 years of marriage. Born in Elkton, Md., she was the daughter of the late Austin C. and Margaret Heath Chidester. Miriam was a member of Nottingham Missionary Baptist Church.
She is survived by a son, Jack D. Weight, Jr., and wife Becky of Bear, Del.; one daughter, Dawn Mobley and husband Steve of Oxford; three grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and one sister, Marilyn McMillan of Middletown, Del.
A funeral was held April 9. Donations in her memory may be made to the Nottingham Missionary Baptist Church (303 W. Christine Rd., Nottingham, PA 19362). Online condolences may be made at www.elcollinsfuneralhome.com.
LINDA MAE GRAY
Linda Mae Gray, 64, of Oxford, passed away on March 12 at Union Hospital, Elkton, Md.
She was the wife of Marshall D. Arrowood, Jr. Born in Johnstown, Pa., she was the daughter of Harry and Margaret Scholly Gray of Rising Sun, Md. Linda was a veteran of the U.S. Army and served in the Army Reserves for 20 years. She was employed by Twin Pines Nursing Home as an administrative assistant, retiring in 2017. Linda enjoyed playing bingo, Delaware Park, and especially spending time with her family.
She is survived by her husband; parents; one son, William J. Arrowood of Oxford; one grandson; and three brothers, Terrance Gray of Willow Street, Richard Gray of Quarryville, and Brian Gray of Newark, Del. She was preceded in death by a brother, Dennis Gray.
A memorial service was held April 7. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to Folds of Honor, 8551 North 125th East Ave., Suite 100, Owasso, OK 74055. Online condolences may be made at www.elcollinsfuneralhome.com.
HELGA MARIA ANTONIE HANELT
Helga Maria Antonie Hanelt, 85, of Oxford, passed away on March 31 at home.
She was the wife the late Henry E. Hanelt. Born in Offenbach, Germany, she was the daughter of the late Hubert and Helene Antonie Wienecki Chwalisz. Helga came to the United States in 1960 with her husband and oldest daughter. They lived in Grand Rapids, Mich., for 19 years. From there they transferred to Salt Lake City, Utah, for five years, and then onto Tempe, Ariz. In 2006, they moved to Oxford. She was a seamstress by trade. While raising her children, she worked out of their home. Helga was a member of Sacred Heart Church in Oxford, where she was a part of the Young at Heart Group and the choir. Helga enjoyed her Wednesdays and bingo at the Senior Citizens Center.
She is survived by three daughters, Claudia M. Karat (Charlie) of Oxford, Diana Wills (Thomas) of Mesa, Ariz., and Martina Meisenheimer (Mark) of Princeville, Ill; beloved brother, Hans Chwalisz (Heli) of Rodermark, Germany; and four grandchildren.
A memorial mass of Christian burial will be held 10:30 a.m. April 16 at Sacred Heart Church (203 Church Rd., Oxford, PA 19363). Donations in her memory may be made to Sacred Heart Church. Online condolences may be made at www.elcollinsfuneralhome.com.
JAMES J. DOUGHERTY
James J. Dougherty (Jim), 55, of Oxford, passed away on March 31 from a heart attack.
Born in West Chester, he was the son of the late Bernard Joseph, Sr., and Anne Feeney Dougherty. Jim was self-employed as an automobile technician. He struggled with diabetes for many years. He enjoyed Cape May, N.J., NASCAR and spending time with family. His kindness and generosity will be missed by many.
He is survived by his two sisters, Anne Marie Puoci (Frank) and Meg McComsey (Larry); and two nieces, Caitlin McComsey and Lisa Puoci. He was preceded in death by one brother, Bernard Joseph Dougherty, Jr.
A memorial was held April 7. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312; or the American Heart Association, PO Box 15120, Chicago, IL 60693. Online condolences may be made at www.elcollinsfuneralhome.com.
JERONIMO ONORIO BERNAL FLORES
Jeronimo Onorio Bernal Fores, 56, of West Grove, passed away on April 4 at Jennersville Hospital.
He was the husband of Gloria Martina Lopez Rodrigues. Born in Almoloya De A., Mexico, he was the son of the late Adolfo Bernal Sotello and the late Atanacia Flores Castaneda. He was a laborer for A.J. Raimondo in Kennett Square. Jeronimo was a member of St. Rocco Catholic Church. He enjoyed gardening, and being with his family and friends.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by three sons, Daniel Bernal Lopez of Wilmington, Del., Oscar Bernal Lopez and Octavio Bernal Lopes, both of West Grove; four daughters, Rosio Bernal Lopez of Kennett Square, and Abigail Bernal Lopez, Sarai Bernal Lopes, Adaly Bernal Lopes, all of West Grove; four brothers, Diego Bernal Flores, Ramon Bernal Flores, Augustin Bernal Flores and German Bernal Flores, all of Mexico; two sisters, Petra Bernal Flores and Gloria Bernal Flores, both of Mexico; and four grandchildren.
A visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. April 11 at St. Rocco Catholic Church (313 Sunny Dell Rd., Avondale). His funeral 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 www.griecocares.com.
YVONNE L. JONES
Yvonne L. “Snookie” Jones, 68, of Oxford, passed away on April 3 at Heartland Hospice in Wilmington, Del.
Born in Oxford, she was the daughter of the late Delbert Allen and Fanny C. Grey Fagan. Snookie was employed with Mushroom Cooperative in Kennett Square as a plant supervisor. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Oxford. Snookie enjoyed crafting.
She is survived by one daughter, Regina Stewart (Robert, Jr.) of Oxford; one son, Michael Potter (Darlene) of Rising Sun, Md.; four grandchildren; one brother, James Allen of Nottingham; and two sisters, Betty Brandenberger of Nottingham, and Cindy Bergandi of Delaware. She was preceded in death by two sisters, Lorraine Bea and Sissy Miller.
A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. April 11 at the Edward L. Collins, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc. (86 Pine St., Oxford). Interment will be private. Online condolences may be made at www.elcollinsfuneralhome.com.
BARBARA ANN ALLEN
Barbara Ann Allen, 68, of Nottingham, died on March 22 in West Chester, after 10 months of fighting metastatic breast cancer.
She was the wife of the late Thomas D. Allen, with whom she had shared 22 years of marriage. Born in New York City, she was the daughter of the late Albert DeMarco and Anna Ciarletta. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Ronald DeMarco.
She was employed by Herr’s Foods, Inc., in Nottingham. She was a member of Janes United Methodist Church of Rising Sun, Md. Barb could sit for hours over a glass of wine to talk about your troubles or shoot the breeze; after all, “it’s 5 o’clock somewhere” as she used to say. She was loved for her sense of humor, her smile, her contagious laugh, her sayings and her energy that always got the party started and kept it going well into the night. She enjoyed listening to music, collecting cobalt blue glass, being creative by sketching, painting and crocheting and also taking bus trips back home to New York City.
Barbara is survived by her son Darrell and his wife Kimberly and their four children of Bryn Athyn, Pa.; and her daughter, Toni Zappitelli and her husband Mike and their son of West Chester.
A funeral was held March 31. Interment was in Oxford Cemetery. Please donate to any cancer research of your choosing.
DAVID R. HAMILTON
David R. Hamilton, 81, of Oxford, passed away on April 6.
He was born in 1936 in West Grove to the late Fred P. Hamilton and Evelyn (Keim) Hamilton. David was a talented carpenter and enjoyed woodworking. He built his family’s summer home in the mountains of Sullivan County, Pa. He was an avid hunter. David loved sports and played baseball for the majority of his life. He was a lifelong New York Yankees and Dallas Cowboys fan. David was a devoted grandfather and made multiple trips to New Jersey with his wife, Barbara, to watch their grandchildren play softball, lacrosse, and soccer. He was also a member of Janes United Methodist Church for 22 years.
David is survived by his wife of 60 years, Barbara J. Hamilton of Oxford; daughter, Robin Zabel and her partner Wes Baum of Bridgewater, N.J.; son, Michael Hamilton and his wife Lori of Kendall Park, N.J.; five grandchildren; and sisters Marilyn Hibbard, Hope Kepler, and Carol Warfel. In addition to his parents, David was preceded in death by his brother, Edward Hamilton.
A celebration of David’s life will be held on April 13 at 11 a.m. at Janes United Methodist Church (213 N. Walnut St., Rising Sun, Md.). A visitation will begin at 10 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made payable to, “Alzheimer’s Association” and sent in care of R.T. Foard Funeral Home, P.A., P.O. Box 248, Rising Sun, MD 21911. To send an online condolence, visit www.rtfoard.com.
Lucie McGlinn died on Feb. 19 in Lancaster, Calif.
She was born Lucia Cecilia DiNorscia in 1920 to Sopino DiNorscia and Frances Gale DiNorscia in Madison, Maine. She was one of six children. Her father and other family members moved from Maine to Kennett Square, where they eventually entered the mushroom business. Lucie grew up helping at the DiNorscia roadside stand, attended high school and entered the U.S. Army as a WACC.
While in the Army at the Pentagon, she met and married John James (Jimmy) McGlinn. Together they enjoyed life in the Army, which later provided the opportunity to see the world. Together, they had five children, John, Francis, Stephen, Mary and Cecilia.
Ten years after Jimmy’s death, Lucie moved to California, where she lived near her daughter, Mary Dennis, and close to son Steve (Nancy) McGlinn, for 12 years. Lucie lived her life with much gratitude for all she was given. Her passions included family, travel, German and Italian languages, opera, theater, dancing, skiing, the Catholic faith, cooking, organizing everything, using correct grammar, hosting others, and a genuine interest in people. She always drew upon her faith and family to experience life and all it had to offer. Until her death, Lucie remained the adorable, feisty, exuberant soul she had been her whole life.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her sisters and brother; her son Francis and beloved daughter-in-law, Nancy Park McGlinn (wife of Stephen). She is survived by John (Nadja) McGlinn of Iowa City, Iowa, daughter-in-law Rhonda McGlinn of Reno, Nev., Stephen McGlinn of Laguna Niguel, Calif.; Mary Dennis of Lancaster, Calif.; and Cecilia (Nick) Darrow of Smithtown, N.Y. She is also survived by her beloved grandchildren.
There will be a rite of Christian burial on May 12 at 11 a.m. at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Kennett Square. A light luncheon will be held at the Hilton (Longwood) Garden Inn (815 E. Baltimore Pike) from 1 to 4 p.m. for family and friends. To view her online tribute and to share a memory with her family, visit www.griecocares.com.
JAMES R. PHIPPS
James R. Phipps, 73, of Avondale, passed away on April 9 at the Chester County Hospital.
Born in West Grove, he was the son of Blanche Hopper Phipps of West Grove, and the late Roscoe B. Phipps. Jim was a security guard at Jenner’s Pond, and prior to that, he worked as a paver for Brandywine Paving. He enjoyed watching all the Philadelphia sports teams on TV, bluegrass Gospel music, going out to eat, and being with his family and friends.
In addition to his mother, he is survived by his companion of 40 years, Judith A. Maxwell of Avondale; one sister, Jenny Hoover of Kelton; Judy’s daughter, Beverly Reccuiti of Honey Brook and her two children; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by one brother, Claude Phipps.
A visitation will be held from 10 a.m. to noon on April 12 at the Kuzo & Grieco Funeral Home (250 W. State St., Kennett Square). His funeral service will follow at noon. Burial will be in the Union Hill Cemetery in Kennett Square. In memory of Jim, 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.
MARY FISHER ROSS
Mary Fisher Ross, 99, of Cochranville, passed away on April 8 at home.
She was the wife of the late William R. Ross. Born in Lodi, Va., she was the daughter of the late Rush and Lucy McThenia Fisher. Mary enjoyed traveling with her daughters.
She is survived by three daughters, Wanda R. Horne of Aberdeen, Md., Peggy Corbin of Kennewick, Wash., and Mary Jane Thompson of Cochranville: six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Allen Leech of Carbondale, Ill., and Kathryn Steele (Frank) of West Grove. She was preceded in death by her son, William S. Ross, Sr.; grandson, John E. Ross; and eight brothers and sisters.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. April 13 at the Edward L. Collins, Jr., Funeral Home, Inc. (86 Pine St., Oxford), where friends may visit from 10 to 11 a.m. Interment will be in Oxford Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to Alzheimer's Association, 399 Market St., Suite 102, Philadelphia, PA 19106-2117. Online condolences may be made at www.elcollinsfuneralhome.com.
ROBERT S. SLAUCH
Robert S. Slauch, 87, of Oxford, formerly of Huntington Valley, Pa., passed away on April 7 in Jennersville Regional Hospital.
Born in West Grove, he was the son of the late S. Spencer and Margaret Sims Slauch. Robert graduated from Oxford High School in 1948 and Temple University in 1956 with a BS degree in business administration. He was employed with Lower Moreland School District as the Superintendent of Business and later as the Treasurer and Tax Collector of Lower Moreland Township, Montgomery County. Robert was Past President of the Rotary Club No. 7707 of Huntingdon Valley-Southampton. He was a member and past superintendent of Sunday School of Oxford United Methodist Church. Robert enjoyed tours, conventions and riding trains.
He is survived by two sisters, Doris E. Slauch of Rising Sun, Md., and Anna S. Ross of Oxford; and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by three brothers, Edward, Paul and Ray Slauch.
Relatives and friends may visit from 6 to 8 p.m. April 13 at the Edward L. Collins, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc. (86 Pine St., Oxford). A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. April 14 at Oxford Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made Oxford United Methodist Church, 18 Addison St., Oxford, PA 19363. Online condolences may be made at www.elcollinsfuneralhome.com.
KENNETH F. STEELE
Kenneth F. Steele, 67, of Little Britain, entered into rest on April 9 at home, surrounded by his family.
Born in Lancaster, he was the son of the late Francis Oliver and Lucille (Shoemaker) Steele. Ken and his wife, Maryjo (Gallagher) Steele, had celebrated 37 years of marriage in June. Ken graduated from Solanco High School in 1968 and Millersville University in 1975. He was a teacher, farmer, salesman, financial planner and developer. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, snowmobiling, and was an avid car enthusiast. Most of all, Ken enjoyed the time he spent with his family.
Surviving besides his wife is a son, Scott Francis and his wife Sarah (Ibach) Steele and their children, Landon Vaughn and Grady Thomas Steele. Along with his parents, Ken was preceded in death by his uncle Chester and aunt Hazel Virtue.
Services celebrating Ken’s life will be at Wesley Church (1104 Kirkwood Pike, Quarryville) on April 13 at 10:30 am. Friends will have an opportunity to greet the family immediately following the service. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Ken’s memory to Ann B. Barshinger Cancer Institute, c/o Lancaster General Health Foundation, 600 N. Cherry St., PO Box 3555, Lancaster, PA 17604. Visit the online guestbook at www.dewalds.com.