Obituaries for the week of April 30
● By J. Chambless
Elwood “Woody” Sinson, 89, of West Chester, passed away on April 23 at his residence.
He was the husband of Johanna Novack Sinson, with whom he shared 60 years of marriage. Born in British Guyana, he was the son of the late Henri Sinson and the late Marie Viret Sinson. Woody was a chemical engineer at Astra Zeneca, retiring in 2005. He had also worked for the DuPont Company and ICI. He was a member of St. Patrick’s Church in Kennett Square. He enjoyed watching golf, was an avid gardener, enjoyed going camping, sailing, fishing, barbecuing at the Ponderosa, and being with his family and friends.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by four sons, Stephen E. Sinson (Crystal Stanley) of Cochranville, David Sinson of Seattle, Wash., Philip Sinson of West Chester, and Timothy Sinson of Flagstaff, Ariz.; one daughter, Nannette O’Donnell of West Chester; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by one daughter, Anne S. Williams; one grandson, Mathew Sinson; and several brothers and sisters.
A visitation will be held May 2 from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Kuzo & Grieco Funeral Home (250 W. State St., Kennett Square). His funeral mass will follow at 11 a.m. at St. Patrick Church (212 Meredith St., Kennett Square). Burial will be in St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Kennett Square. In lieu of flowers, please make a contribution to the Dominica Hurricane Maria Relief Fund (dominicarelief.org). To view his online tribute and to share a memory with his family, visit www.griecocares.com.
JOSEPHINE D. OSBORNE
Josephine D. Osborne, 91, of Freedom Village at West Brandywine and formerly of Kennett Square, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on April 20.
She was the wife of J. Fred Osborne, with whom she shared 73 years of marriage. Born in West Jefferson, Ashe County, N.C., she was the daughter of the late Avery L. and Bessie (Graybeal) Sapp. With a lifelong passion for her Christian faith, Jo was a devoted and cherished member of the First Baptist Church of Kennett Square for over 68 years. She served on many boards of the church, but was most proud of her work for the Woman’s Missions Board of the First Baptist Church.
Surviving, in addition to her husband Fred, are two sons, Dennis Osborne and his wife Geri of Christiana, and Mark Osborne of Glen Mills; former daughter-in-law, Gabriella Osborne; four grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her brother, Dumas Sapp.
A funeral was held April 26. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the ABW Woman’s Mission of First Baptist Church of Kennett Square, 415 West State St., Kennett Square, PA 19348. Online condolences may be made at www.elcollinsfuneralhome.com.
FREDERICK N. WHITE, JR.
Frederick N. White, Jr., 82, died peacefully at his home under hospice care on April 22 after a brave battle with a stroke for almost two years. On the third day, his soul was returned to God.
Frederick was born in 1935 in Philadelphia to Frederick Norman White, Sr., and Elizabeth Verner Fowler. He graduated from Miami Edison High School in 1953 and from Temple University in 1958. He moved to Washington, D.C., and worked for IBM. In 1963, he worked as a contractor in the intelligence field and was deployed to South America. He entered the U.S. government service in 1967. He became Assistant Director of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service in 1974. Fred became Assistant Director of the U.S. Secret Service in 1980. For three years following the tragedy at Waco, he was detailed to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms to assist in the rebuilding of its management structure. Fred retired from the Secret Service in 2000. He immediately went to work as senior investigator for the United States Congress. He retired from that position in 2003 and moved to Kennett Square.
Fred was Worshipful Master of Semper Paratus Masonic Lodge No. 49 in the District of Columbia in 1974. He was a member of the Vestry of St. Paul’s Rock Creek Church in Washington, D.C.
Fred is survived by his loving daughters, Kimberly Ann Warsaw (husband Jay) of Dallas, Texas, and Karen Joan Gemmell of Boca Raton, Fla.; four grandchildren; his sister Bette Jean Woodall (husband Richard A.), of Atglen; and nephews Robert A. Woodall (wife Elise), Richard F. Woodall (wife Kristine), and Frederick Norman Woodall (wife Susan).
A funeral was held April 30. Contributions in his memory may be made to the Church of the Advent Memorial Fund, 201 Crestline Drive, Kennett Square, PA 19348. To view his online tribute and to share a memory with his family, visit www.griecocares.com.
RUSSELL L. PHILLIPS
Russell L. Phillips, 85, of Nottingham, passed away on April 24 at Twin Pines Health Care Center in West Grove.
He was the husband of the late Cecilia Beattie Phillips with whom he shared 55 years of marriage. Born in Boone, N.C., he was the son of the late Frank John and Lillian Eldreth Phillips. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army. Russell was employed as a truck driver with Yellow Freight in Lancaster, and H.W. Givens, Glen Roy and Brown’s Express of Oxford. He was a member of the Teamsters Union. He enjoyed horses and playing cards.
He is survived by two daughters, Sherry L. Phillips and Sharon Kulp (Thomas) all of Nottingham; three grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Velma Phillips of North Carolina and Peggy Mabe of Nottingham. He was preceded in death by two sisters, Essie Stoker and Connie Keys; and five brothers, Paul, Vernon, Gene, Clifford and Grant Phillips.
A funeral was held April 28. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the American Heart Association, PO Box 15120, Chicago, IL 60693. Online condolences may be made at www.elcollinsfuneralhome.com.
THOMAS H. LESS
Thomas H. Less, 85, of Chadds Ford, passed away on April 25 at Neighborhood Hospice in West Chester.
He was the husband of Rose Verratti Less, with whom he shared 64 years of marriage. Born in Philadelphia, he was the son of the late Edmund Less and the late Victoria Szwajkowski Less. He was an industrial engineer, working at ALP Lighting in Pennsauken N.J., retiring in 1998. Thomas was a member of St. Cornelius Catholic Church in Chadds Ford, and the American Legion. He enjoyed boating, cooking, fly-fishing and being with his family.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, Thomas J. Less and his wife Sharon of Elverson, and Robert D. Less and his wife Maryellen of Phoenixville; two sisters, Rosemarie Dempsey of Oceanside, Calif., and Marcia Mason of Philadelphia; and four grandchildren.
A visitation will be held from 9 to 10 a.m. May 2 at St. Cornelius Catholic Church (160 Ridge Rd., Chadds Ford). His funeral mass will follow at 10 a.m. Burial will be in St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Kennett Square. In lieu of flowers, a contribution may be made to St. Cornelius Catholic Church, 160 Ridge Road, Chadds Ford PA 19317. To view his online tribute and to share a memory with his family, visit www.griecocares.com.
ROBERT F. BAUGHMAN, SR.
Robert F. Baughman, Sr., 87, of Oxford, passed away on April 25 at Masonic Village Home in Elizabethtown, Pa.
He was the husband of Jane Marie Baily Baughman of Oxford. Born in Cochranville, he was the son of the late Ferree and Reba Hogg Baughman. He farmed in Oxford and was a manager for Capital Bakers in Baltimore before retiring as manager for Washington National Insurance in Coatesville. After retirement he was employed part-time for McLeod Auto Sales and Pinno Pontiac, both of Oxford, and Ramsey Ford of Rising Sun. Robert was a member of the First Baptist Church of Oxford and the Christiana Lodge No. 417 F.&A.M. He enjoyed traveling, camping, hunting and gardening. He especially enjoyed growing tomatoes.
He is survived by his wife; one son, Robert F. Baughman, Jr. (Lisa) of Florida; three daughters, Jennifer Lucas (Richard) of Rising Sun, Md., Kathy Ham (Lawrence Angelini) of Columbia, Pa., and Laura Kasting of Pickens, S.C.; nine grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter; and one sister, Joyce McDowell of Oxford.
A funeral was held April 30. Interment was in Oxford Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to Masonic Village Lafayette West, 600 Freemason Dr., Elizabethtown, PA 17022. Online condolences may be made at www.elcollinsfuneralhome.com.
STEPHEN L. KRAUSE
Stephen (Steve) Louis Krause, 75, of Landenberg, died at home on April 22, with his two beloved dogs nearby.
Born in Madison, Wis., and raised in Landenberg, he was the son of Robert Louis Krause and Janet Summers Krause. A 1961 graduate of Avon Grove High School, he was an outstanding athlete. He played baseball for Avon Grove and for the University of Delaware. He also played for Landenberg, in the Delaware Semi-Pro League. His professional career included many endeavors: raising Christmas trees on a family tree farm in Landenberg, working on a drilling rig, running a logging and skidding operation in Kane, Pa., and driving tour buses and long-haul tanker trucks. He was also proud to have been a school bus driver for Swisher’s. Steve had many hobbies, such as gardening, hunting and wood-working, but his true love was being outside on the farm and in the woods.
He is survived by his son Stephen R. Krause and his wife, Trish, and their son, Stephen, of Fort Myers, Fla.; his son John (JC) A. Krause and his wife, Aimi, and their children Chase, Grady, and Alexia of Novato, Calif.; and daughter Heidi E. Sasso and her son, Sereno, of Newark, Del. He is also survived by a sister, Janet (Nan) Taylor and her husband Tom of Maryville, Tenn.; and a sister, Ellen Casson of Wilmington, Del. He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Philip Krause; his wife, Judith Riley Krause; and his daughter, Kimberly Celloto. Also mourning his loss are his grandchildren; his wife’s daughter Catherine Williamson and her husband Brian, and children Kyle and Patrick; his nephews, Robert and Ben Taylor; his niece, Wendy Krause; and extended family and many friends.
A celebration of his life will be held June 2 at 1 p.m. at the family farm (239 Mercer Mill Rd., Landenberg). In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial donations be made to the Brandywine Conservancy, or to the Avon Grove High School Scholarship Fund, designated for the Robert and Janet Krause Memorial Scholarship. To view his online tribute and to leave a memory with his family, visit www.griecocares.com.
George Tice of West Jefferson, N.C., passed away on April 18 at Forsyth Hospital in Winston-Salem, N.C.
Born in 1956 in West Grove, he was a resident of Oxford in his early years. He attended Oxford area schools. He lived in Elkton, Md., for a short time before moving to West Jefferson, N.C. He enjoyed and took pride in his vegetable gardens every summer, growing award-winning cabbages. He enjoyed NASCAR, hunting, and vacationing at the Outer Banks. He also loved the mountains where he resided. One of his favorite things was spending time with family. He was employed at NVF Company in Kennett Square for a short time before moving to North Carolina.
He is survived by his wife, Brenda Tice of West Jefferson, N.C.; stepson Jason Bare of North Carolina; his father, Dallett Tice; four brothers, Robert Tice of Port Deposit, Md., Roger Tice of Coatesville, Victor Tice of Oxford, and Dale Tice of Havre de Grace, Md.; two sisters, Elaine Keen of Oxford and Pennie Weiss and companion William Raither of Rehoboth Beach, Del. He was preceded in death by his mother, Sadie Tice; his daughter, Melissa Deanne; and many nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held May 19 from 4 to 6 p.m. at The Chatter Room in the Ox Haven Apartments Complex, 301 Conowingo Circle, Oxford. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 15829, Arlington, VA 22215.
BEATRICE MAE CAROZZO
Beatrice Mae Carozzo, 93, of Kennett Square, passed away on April 28 at Twin Pines Health Care Center.
She was the wife of the late Joseph Carozzo, who passed away in 2009. Her first husband, Augustine Carozzo, passed away in 1953. Born in Nesquehoning, Pa., she was the daughter of the late William E. Bond and the late Beatrice May Maurer Bond. She was a homemaker. She was a member of St. Gabriel of the Sorrowful Mother Church in Avondale. She enjoyed singing, going to the Brown Derby on Fridays, and she especially enjoyed being with her family and friends.
She is survived by one daughter, Catherine Taylor and her husband Charles of Avondale; two sons, William A. Carozzo and his wife Barbara of Kennett Square, and Augustine V. Carozzo and his wife Nancy of Kennett Square; 11 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandson. She was predeceased by her brothers and sisters, Dorothy Wildoner, Ruth Hiffelfinger, Peggy Lapata, Tom Bond, Janet Davis and William Bond.
A visitation will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. May 3 at St. Gabriel of the Sorrowful Mother Church (8910 Gap Newport Pike, Route 41, Avondale). Her funeral mass will follow at 11 a.m. Burial will be held privately. In lieu of flowers, a contribution may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 399 Market Street, Suite 102, Philadelphia, PA 19106. To view her online tribute and to share a memory with her family, visit www.griecocares.com.
THOMAS L. PARDON
Thomas Lee Pardon, 74, of Rochester, Mich., passed away on April 22.
Born in Moline, Ill., he lived in La Salle and Monroe, Mich., as well as New London, Pa. He graduated from Monroe High School, where he was an outstanding athlete in swimming, football, and track. Tom was married for 52 years to his beloved wife and best friend, Kathryn. He is survived by his wife, and three sons, Todd (Carrie) of Rochester, Mich., Michael (Erika) of Clarkston, Mich., and Christopher (Rachael) of Melbourne, Australia. He is also survived by his six grandchildren; his brother, Terry (Barb), of Birch Run, Mich.; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Quinn and Louise Magerkurth Pardon; and his brothers, Ted (Priscella) and Tim (Marilyn).
Tom served in the U.S. Air Force and worked for 40 years for the General Motors Corporation as a dimensional engineer. He worked at the Wilmington, Del., and Baltimore plants and in the Central Office, located in Michigan. Tom was known for his love of his family, friendliness, storytelling abilities, and hard work. His interests included woodworking, clock making, house projects, camping, family vacations and travel. Tom was a member of New London Lodge No. 545 and The Good Sam Club. He participated in service projects with the Avon Grove Lions Club, athletic departments in the Rochester Community Schools, and at churches he and his family attended. Interment was in the Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly, Mich. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the National Kidney Foundation or the American Heart Association. To leave an online condolence to the family visit www.pixleyfuneral.com.
PATRICIA LOUISE HOLLAWAY ORLOWSKI
Patricia Louise Hollaway Orlowski, 69, of Seaford, Del., formerly of Kennett Square, passed away on April 28 at Seaford Center in Seaford, Del.
Born in West Chester, she was the daughter of the late James C. and Shirley M. Brewer Hollaway. Pat was employed as a LPN and also worked as a florist. She enjoyed her nursing career and caring for people. She loved doing crafts and enjoyed her garden.
She is survived by one son, Stephen S. Orlowski and his wife, Sandy King Orlwoski of Seaford, Del.; two grandchildren; one brother, Rick Hollaway of Coatesville; and one sister, Peggy Hollaway Destafney of Elkton, Md. She was preceded in death by a brother, Jeffery M. Hollaway of Quarryville.
A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. May 2 at Faggs Manor Cemetery (505 Street Rd., Cochranville). Online condolences may be made at www.elcollinsfuneralhome.com.
ENNIS M. VATTILANO
Ennis M. Vattilano, 89, of West Grove, passed away on April 29 at her residence.
She was the wife of John J. Vattilano, who passed away in 2012, and with whom she shared 60 years of marriage. Born in Chilhowie, Va., she was the daughter of the late Walter Eller and the late Bertha Whisman Eller. She was a homemaker and a member of the New London Baptist Church. She enjoyed cooking, the beach, yard sales, taking care of her family, and being with her family and friends.
She is survived by four sons, John J. Vattilano, Jr., of Newark, Del., Jerry Vattilano of West Grove, Raymond Vattilano (Denise Snyder) of Nottingham, and Richard A. Vattilano of West Grove; one daughter, Linda S. Vattilano of West Grove; one sister, Renie Blevins of Ocala, Fla.; nine grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. She was predeceased by one granddaughter, Crystal Vattilano; a daughter-in-law, Gladys Vattilano; and several brothers and sisters.
Her graveside service will be at 2:30 p.m. May 3 at the Union Hill Cemetery in Kennett Square. To view her online tribute and to share a memory with her family, visit www.griecocares.com.