Obituaries for the week of May 7
● By J. Chambless
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 was held May 2 at Faggs Manor Cemetery in 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 two great-great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by one granddaughter, Crystal Vattilano; a daughter-in-law, Gladys Vattilano; and several brothers and sisters.
Her graveside service was held 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.
VERONICA R. GALLAGHER
Veronica “Vera” R. Gallagher, 97, of Kennett Square, passed away on April 29 at Ware Presbyterian Village.
She was the wife of Patrick J. Gallagher, Sr., who passed away in 1991, and with whom she shared 48 years of marriage. Vera was the oldest of nine children. Born in Jersey City, N.J., she was the daughter of the late John O’Halloran and the late Agnes Doherty O’Halloran. She attended the Holy Family Academy in Bayonne, N.J., and graduated in 1939.Vera kept in touch with her classmates her entire life. After high school she worked at Gimbles department store in New York until after the war. Then she dedicated her life to her husband, children and their adventures together. She was a member of St. Cornelius Catholic Church in Chadds Ford. Vera and Patrick brought their family from New Jersey to Chadds Ford In 1974 and called it home ever since.
She is survived by one son, Patrick J. Gallagher, Jr., of Chadds Ford; one daughter-in-law, Karen Gallagher of Kennett Square; seven grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews who adored her. She was predeceased by two sons, Thomas P. Gallagher and Robert E. Gallagher and his wife Kim Gallagher; three sisters, Margaret McClellan, Agnes "Nancy" Hemmann and Elizabeth Foy; five brothers, Eugene O’Halloran, Robert O’Halloran, Edward O’Halloran, John O’Halloran and the Honorable James T. O’Halloran.
A visitation will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. May 11 at St. Cornelius Catholic Church (160 Ridge Rd., Chadds Ford). Her funeral mass will follow at 11 a.m. Burial will be in St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Kennett Square. To view her online tribute and to share a memory with her family, visit www.grieoccares.com.
JOHN F. CAVANAUGH
John F. Cavanaugh, 89, of Kennett Square, died on April 30 at his home at Freedom Village in Coatesville.
He was the husband of Esther Sommers Cavanaugh, with whom he shared 56 years of marriage. Born in Philadelphia, he was a son of the late John F. and the late Helen E. Poole Cavanaugh. John served our country in the Army Engineers during the Korean War. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Architecture in 1958. He was the owner of the family business, Davis, Poole & Sloan Associates, an architectural firm which was founded in 1938. Projects included the Philadelphia Civic Center, regional hospitals and prisons, public schools, the Church of the Holy Apostles in Penn Wayne, several Mormon churches, Bell Telephone buildings, and numerous projects for the city of Philadelphia. He was a member of the Union League of Philadelphia, the American Institute of Architects, Tacony Lodge No. 600 of Free & Accepted Masons, and the Episcopal Church of the Advent in Kennett Square, where he participated on many committees.
Survivors include, in addition to his wife, one son, John F. Cavanaugh III and his wife Karen of Coatesville; two daughters, Esther Brink and her husband Gregory of Downingtown, and Helen Bilinski and her husband Raymond of Kennett Square; one brother, Walter J. Cavanaugh of Glen Mills; and four grandchildren.
A service was held May 7. Contributions in his memory may be made to Church of the Advent, 201 Crestline Drive, Kennett Square, PA 19348. To view his online tribute and to share a memory with his family, visit www.griecocares.com.
HERBERT E. MORRISON
Herbert Ernest "Bert" Morrison, 89, of Landenberg, passed away peacefully on April 29, holding hands with his dear wife of nearly 63 years, Jane (Hinkle).
During those years, he became father to three children (Carol, Jeff and Glenn), grandfather to nine and great grandfather to three. He is survived by Carol Yelle, her husband Peter and their children Becca, Hannah, Tim and Nick; Jeff Morrison and his children Emily (husband Brad Hall) and Andrea; Glenn Morrison, his wife Diane and their children Michelle (husband Michael Mattelson), Matthew (wife Kelly, daughter Natalie and son Jackson) and Daniel (wife Jessica and daughter Kiley). He was preceded in death by a long line of family miniature dachshunds, including, most recently, Heidi, who enjoyed sitting on the back porch swing nearly as much as Bert.
Born in 1928 in Yeadon, Pa., Bert grew up playing with trucks and trains and took a great interest in outdoor life. He met Jane in 1942 and served in the United States Navy from 1947 to 1949. Bert and Jane were married in 1955 and raised their family in Drexel Hill, where Bert led the local Boy Scout Troop with his sons.
After leaving the Navy, Bert had a long career in printing and marketing with Sun Oil, from which he retired in 1991. Upon his retirement, Bert and Jane embarked on many adventures together, especially cruises, but were always happy to come home and resume their roles as self-appointed neighborhood greeters on their front porch.
Bert was an avid woodworker and took great pride in, among other things, his homemade clocks, lamps, dollhouses and intricate walking canes, including his signature rattlesnake canes carved out of “twisty sticks.”
A memorial service was held May 5. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress (http://mdsc.org) or to the Avondale Fire Company, EMS Division, 23 Firehouse Way, Avondale, PA 19311. To view his online tribute, visit www.griecocares.com.
THERESA A. BOLT
Theresa A. Bolt, 74, of Cochranville, passed away after an eight-year battle with cancer on April 29 at her daughter’s home.
She was the wife of Barney P. Bolt, Jr., with whom she shared 57 loving years of marriage. She will be greatly missed by her beloved children, Nicole B Comer and her husband Marc of Newark, Del., Barney P. Bolt III and his wife Tara of Baltimore, Md., and Kelly A. Bolt of Orlando, Fla.
Born in Chester, Pa., she was the daughter of the late Anthony Ruger and the late Miriam Eyre Ruger. She attended the Cochranville Methodist Church and enjoyed her church community as she was a strong believer in the Lord. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star for 35 years, and the Tall Cedars of Lebanon, Penn Chapter No. 21. With her strong love of family and commitment to friends, Theresa enjoyed spending time with them, whether it was traveling, dining or coordinating a “neighborhood” game. She took great pleasure in spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
In addition to her husband and children, she is survived by one brother, Thomas Ruger of Lincoln University; two sisters, Miriam Martin of Woodland, Pa., and Betty Jane Talbot of Indianland, S.C.; nine grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by one great-grandchild.
A funeral was held May 7. In lieu of flowers, please send a donation to OES Charities via Order of the Eastern Star, West Chester Chapter No. 352, Masonic Hall, 10 S. Church St., West Chester PA 19382.
ADRIANO B. D’ANGELO
Adriano B. D'Angelo, 80, of West Chester, passed away on May 2 at his residence.
He was the husband of Natalie Mucci D’Angelo, with whom he shared 55 years of marriage. Born in Italy, he was the son of the late Giuseppe D’Angelo and the late Adalgisa Zancolli D’Angelo. He was a mechanical engineer, last working at Boeing in Ridley Park. Previously, he worked at Westinghouse in Baltimore. Adriano was a member of St. Patrick’s Church in Kennett Square. He enjoyed singing, gardening, cooking, and being with his family and friends, especially his grandchildren.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by one son, Adrian J. D’Angelo and his wife Lisa Eckel of Downingtown; one daughter, Marina D’Angelo and her husband Peter Santa Maria of Philadelphia; one brother, Salvatore D’Angelo of Torino di Sangro, Italy; one sister, Filomena Rapino of Lanciano, Italy; and two grandchildren. He was predeceased by one brother, Giovanni D’Angelo.
A visitation will be held from 9 to 10:30 a.m. May 9 at the Kuzo & Grieco Funeral Home (250 W. State St., Kennett Square). His funeral mass will follow at 11 a.m. at St. Patrick Catholic Church (212 Meredith St., Kennett Square). Burial will be in St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Kennett Square. In lieu of flowers, a contribution may be made to Cuddle My Kids (cuddlemykids.org), 20 West Miner Street, West Chester, PA 19382. To view his online tribute and to share a memory with his family, visit www.griecocares.com.
LINDA R. KELLY GRIFFITH
Linda R. Kelly Griffith, 74, of Cochranville, passed peacefully with family by her side on May 2 at her home in Cochranville.
She was the wife of Marvin G. Griffith, with whom she shared 57 years of marriage. Born in West Virginia, she was a daughter of the late Arnold and the late Thelma Violet (Givens) Kelly. Linda worked for many years as a waitress for many local diners. They included the Pennsylvania House, Avon Grove Diner and the Chatham Diner. She simply loved taking care of people through thick and thin and was always willing to give the shirt off her back. She was especially fond of her large family who depended on her in sickness and in health. Linda loved doing all types of crafts, she was a great cook, and enjoyed being a Cub Scout leader for her son. She loved spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren at the family pool in the summer.
In addition to her husband, Linda is survived by one son, Marvin “Marty” Griffith, Jr., and his wife Debra of Cochranville; one daughter, Kimberly Osborne of Nottingham; eight grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by a daughter, Lisa Coy; granddaughters, Jennifer and Kelly Coy; a grandson, Benjamin Cloud; and several siblings.
A visitation will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. May 9 at the Foulk & Grieco Funeral Home, Inc. (200 Rose Hill Rd., West Grove). Her funeral service will follow at 11 a.m. Interment will be in Union Hill Cemetery in Kennett Square. Contributions in her memory may be made to Heartland Hospice, 5 Christy Drive, Suite 103, Chadds Ford, PA 19317. To view her online tribute and to share a memory with her family, visit www.griecocares.com.
RICHARD M. PIERCE
Richard Maiden Pierce, 75, of Lincoln University, passed away on May 1 at home.
He was the husband of Margaret Jamison Pierce. Born in Philadelphia, he was the son of the late Maden and Violet Taylor Pierce. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and served in the Vietnam War. He was employed as a salesman with Herr Foods for 48 years. Richard enjoyed cars, Civil War history and woodworking. He loved his family and cherished his friendships. He was proud of his Quaker heritage.
He is survived by his wife; two daughters, Tina Louise Pierce of Newark, Del., and Monica Rae Mowery of Baldwin, Md.; and Timothy Ray Rupard; three stepchildren, Louann Spade of New Holland, Rick Richardson of Manheim and Sherry Hamilton of Willow Street; seven grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; one brother, Donald Pierce of Gaithersburg, Md.; his beloved dog, Joey; and many friends. He was preceded in death by one brother, David Pierce; and two sisters, Gloria Conner and Carol Pierce.
A visitation will be held from 10 to 11 a.m., folllowed by a memorial service on May 11 at the Edward L. Collins, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc. (86 Pine St., Oxford). Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to Heartland Hospice, 5 Christy Drive, Suite 103, Chadds Ford, PA 19317. Online condolences may be made at www.elcollinsfuneralhome.com.
GAIL A. LONG
Gail A. Long, 78, died peacefully at home in Pennsylvania under hospice care on April 28, after a long and brave battle with breast cancer.
Gail grew up in Los Angele,s but spent most of her life in Sandy Hook, Conn., where she raised two children, Madison and Jennifer. She was a psychiatric nurse for many years at Danbury Hospital, Dartmouth Hitchcock Hospital, and Shands Hospital in Florida. Gail had a passion for caring for others and adopted into her heart numerous neighbors, children, and patients over the years. Her greatest joy was being a grandmother, Emma, to seven beautiful children. In addition to her grandkids, Gail is survived by Daniel Long, Madison Long, Elizabeth Long, Jennifer Hughes, David Hughes; and her brother, Bruce Ackley.
A life celebration will be held at 10 a.m. June 9 at Avondale Presbyterian Church (420 Pennsylvania Ave., Route 41, Avondale). Interment will be held privately. Contributions in her memory may be made to Avondale Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 446, Avondale, PA 19311. To view her online tribute and to share a memory with her family, visit www.griecocares.com.
DONNA ELAINE PARSONS
Donna Elaine Parsons, 67, of Oxford, passed away on April 26 at Jennersville Hospital Tower Health in West Grove.
She was the wife of Kyle Parsons of Oxford. Born in West Chester, she was the daughter of the late John and Margaret Moser Whisman. Donna was employed with DuVall’s Bus Service LLC as a bus aide for 19 years.
She is survived by her husband; two daughters, Michelle Taylor (fiancé Keith C. Thomas) of Oxford, and Pauline Shute (fiancé Eric J. Mumford) of Philadelphia; three stepchildren; five grandchildren; several step-grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; two brothers, John Whisman, Jr., of Christiana, and Charles Whisman of North East, Md.; one sister, Patricia Pierce of Oxford; best friend, Phyllis Walls of Oxford; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by two brothers, David Whisman and Danny Whisman; one sister, Peggy Bove; and grandson, John Taylor.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. May 12 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 private. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the funeral home to help offset funeral expenses. Online condolences may be made at www.elcollinsfuneralhome.com.
MARY ELIZABETH GEORGIA STEVENS
Mary Elizabeth Georgia Stevens was born in St. Marys, Pa., in 1921 and died in her sleep at Kendal at Longwood in Kennett Square on April 22.
She was the younger child of Willis Scudder Georgia and Vera Scott Georgia. She graduated from Altoona High School in 1939 and attended The Pennsylvania State University, the University of
Pittsburgh and Temple University. She was the widow of John Pfouts Stevens, Jr., who predeceased her in their 67th year of marriage on June 16, 2007. She is survived by three sons, John Pfouts Stevens, III, Scudder Georgia Stevens, and Peter Jeffrey Stevens; and their respective spouses, Reiko Haraguchi Stevens, Mary Claire Jackson Stevens, and Kimberly Moore; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Betty found joy in her family, her church, her books, her music and art, and her bridge table. She won prizes for the short stories she wrote and the needlepoint art she created. As an adamant advocate for the education of her family, she generously supported their efforts to attain a higher education. Betty was a social person and thrived in her interactions with friends, neighbors and family. She was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority, the Lemoyne Civic Club, the Camp Hill Civic Club and the Camp Hill Womens Club. She lived her spiritual life continuously, and was a member of the Camp Hill Presbyterian Church, where she served as a Deacon. Betty embraced performing in the choirs of the various churches to which she belonged. She enjoyed history and genealogy, and was a wry observer of the consequences of the actions of mankind. History was alive for her through her memberships in the Cumberland County DAR and the Scudder Association, where she served on its Board of Directors for a number of years.
A memorial service, in the manner of Friends, will be held at Kendal at Longwood in the Activities Central on May 12 at 2 p.m. On July 21 at 11 a.m., a memorial service will be held at St. John’s Chapel in Laporte, Pa., followed by the interment of her ashes with her husband’s at the family grave site in Jersey Shore, Pa. In lieu of flowers, consider a gift to the Kendal Crosslands Arboretum Fund (P.O. Box 100, Kennett Square, PA 19348).
JOHN F. CROSSAN
John F. Crossan, 81, of Oxford, formerly of Malvern, passed away on May 7 at Neighborhood Hospice in West Chester.
He was the husband of the late Bonnie May Jones Crossan and Angelina Spector Crossan. Born in Bryn Mawr, he was the son of the late James Joseph and Mary Josephine Ford Crossan. John graduated from West Philadelphia Catholic High School for Boys in 1956. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving from 1957-1959. John graduated from Temple University in 1962 with an Associate’s Degree in Electronic Technology. He was employed with several electronic firms including Westinghouse Electric, and in 1966 was employed with GE Missile and Space Division in Valley Forge as an engineer. He was a member of Sacred Heart Church in Oxford, and the Senior Circle at Jennersville Regional Hospital, where John volunteered with his late wife, Angel.
He is survived by one daughter, Bonnie M. Davison (Daniel) of Oxford; four stepchildren, Thomas Spector (Susan), Drew Spector, Christopher Spector and Justine Somani (Jerryl.); one grandson; seven step-grandchildren; and one sister, Barbara Gorbey of Garnet Valley. He was preceded in death by a brother, James Crossan.
A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. May 14 at Sacred Heart Church (203 Church Rd., Oxford), where family and friends may visit from 10 to 10:45 a.. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to Holt International Children’s Services, 250 Country Club Road, Eugene, OR 97401. Online condolences may be made at www.elcollinsfuneralhome.com.