Obituaries for the week of May 21
● By J. Chambless
EDNA MAE HENDRICKSON
Edna Mae Hendrickson, 70, of Kirkwood, passed away on May 11.
Born in 1947 in West Chester, she was the daughter of the late Ralph H. Reber and Ina Ruth Hodson. Edna was retired from CDS Analytical, where she worked in the shipping and receiving department. She enjoyed cvrocheting, especially making baby blankets for the family’s newborns and doing assorted crafts, but most of all she loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and granddogs.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph M. Hendrickson (Nick); a daughter and a son, Pamela L. (Roger) Henley of Nottingham, and Mark J. (Melissa) Hendrickson of Nottingham; three grandchildren; two granddogs, Muffin and Ruby; and three brothers, Robert Reber of Kembelsville, Ralph (Dotty) Reber of Cabool, Mo., and Harold (Patty) Reber of Oxford; and nieces and nephews.
JENNIE R. GRAYBEAL
Jennie R. Graybeal, 92, of Oxford passed away on May 11 at SECU Hospice Care Center in Yadkinville, N.C.
She was the wife of the late Charles W. Graybeal. Born in Ashe County, N.C., she was the daughter of the late John B. and Rosa Joines Shepherd. Jennie was a member of the Avon Grove Church of the Nazarene. She enjoyed crocheting, quilting, crafts, long walks, reading, jigsaw puzzles with friends, and especially spending time with her grandchildren.
She is survived by three sons, Robert Graybeal (Charlotte) of Myrtle Beach, S.C., John Graybeal of West Grove, and Mark Graybeal (Betsy) of Middletown, Del.; one daughter, BJ Hunter (Ernie) of Mocksville, N.C.; a daughter-in-law, Deb Marshall (Leigh) of Texas; eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; and one brother, Leroy Shepherd (Nell) of Darlington, Md. She was preceded in death by a son, Roger Graybeal; and three sisters, Lilly Shepherd, Kathleen Crouse and Shirley Johnson.
A funeral was held May 18. Interment was in Kemblesville Methodist Cemetery. Charitable donations may be made to the Nazarene Missionary Ministry, Avon Grove Church of the Nazarene, 240 State Road, West Grove, PA 19290. Online condolences may be made at www.elcollinsfuneralhome.com.
Carl J. Morefield, 87, of Broomall, formerly of West Grove, passed away on May 13 at the Broomall Presbyterian Home.
He was the husband of Theresa Tait Morefield, who passed away in February 2018, and with whom he shared 59 years of marriage. Born in Laurel Bloomery, Tenn., he was the son of the late Ferd Morefield and the late Margaret Gentry Morefield. Carl was a maintenance worker at South Mill Mushrooms, retiring in the late 1980s after 15 years of service. He enjoyed deer hunting, fishing, and spending time with his family and friends.
Carl is survived by one son, Carl E. Morefield and his wife Leona of Colorado Springs, Colo.; one daughter, Margie Brackin of West Grove; one brother, Russell Morefield of Laurel Bloomery, Tenn.; three sisters, Berti Morefield of Laurel Bloomery, Tenn., Shirley Widner of Laurel Bloomery, Tenn., and Kathryn Wheatly of Salisbury, Md.; and nine grandchildren. He was predeceased by one daughter, Jodi Morefield; one grandson, Raymond Brackin; and three sisters.
His graveside service was held May 18 at the Oxford Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, a contribution may be made to Broomall Presbyterian Home, 2002 Joshua Road, Lafayette Hills, PA 19444, attn.: Page Zettlemoyer. To view an online tribute and to share a memory with his family, visit www.griecocares.com.
CATHERINE L. LUCAS
Catherine L. Lucas, 60, of Kennett Square, passed away on May 14 at her home, surrounded by loved ones.
She was the daughter of the late Garfield and Edna Davis, widow of Billy Ray Lucas, mother of the late William H. Lucas, and sister of the late James G. Davis.
She is survived by her loving partner, Raul Ocasio-Torres; four daughters, Rebecca Lucas, Patricia Basham, Rosalie Pedroza-Ocasio, and Hepzi Ocasio; one son, Michael Lucas; 16 grandchildren; and 22 great-grandchildren; three brothers, William R. Davis, Stephen R. Davis, and Kenneth M. Davis; three sisters, Shirley J. Maxwell, Stella R. Kline, and Martha F. Lloyd; and many other nieces, nephews and loved ones.
A memorial service will be held June 3 at 2 p.m. at 431 Cedar Spring Rd., Kennett Square. If it rains, the service and gathering will be held at Calvary Baptist Church (218 Ellicott Rd., Avondale). To view her online tribute and to share a memory with her family, visit www.griecocares.com.
THOMAS M. SINGLETON
Thomas (Tom) Michael Singleton, 45, of Pittsburgh, passed away on May 13 at his residence.
He was the son of Mike and Lucy Singleton of Parkesburg. Tom was a self-employed carpenter who enjoyed his time with family and friends.
In addition to his parents, he is survived by his son, U.S. Army Staff Sargent Jason Brenneman and his wife Anna, their two children Zayne and Leila (Tom's grandchildren); his daughter Elise Willits; and his brother Michael Christopher Singleton; Michael's wife Kimberly Ann; and their children Christopher, Michael and Casey.
His service and burial will be held privately. In lieu of flowers, a contribution may be made to PA Adult & Teen Challenge, c/o Finance Department, P. O. Box 98, Rehrersburg, PA. 19550. To view his online tribute and to share a memory with his family, visit www.griecocares.com.
ELEANORE D. CAVENAUGH
Eleanore died at her residence in Chadds Ford on May 14, surrounded by her loving family.
She is survived by her husband of 60 years, David (Gary); her children Laureen Smith (Goeff), Barbara McDowell, and Ken Cavanaugh (Maria), all of West Chester; and six grandchildren. She loved children and volunteered at local schools for many years.
A memorial mass was held May 18. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 399 Market St., Suite 102, Philadelphia, PA 19106.
JANICE MATCHNER HERR
Janice Matchner Herr, 68, of Apopka, Fla., passed away on May 3.
She was born in 1950 in Coatesville. Originally from Oxford, she was in the graduating class of 1968 from Oxford Area High School. During the time she lived in Oxford, she was in employed at the Oxford Gas Company and Annan Run. Once she moved to Apopka, she started working with Quest Incorporated.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Grace Matchner; and brother, William Machner. She is survived by her father, Frank W. Matchner, Jr.; daughter, Amy Beth Herr; siblings Ruth Ann Vincent, Martha Livingston and Frank W. Matchner III; six nieces and nephews; and many loved ones and friends.
JOANN M. GHIONE
JoAnn M. Ghione, 73, of Kennett Square, passed away on May 15 at her residence.
Born in Wilmington, Del., she was the daughter of the late William J. Ghione and the late Amelia Pilotti Ghione. JoAnn was a secretary at Thompson Roses before her retirement. She was a member of St. Patrick’s Church.
JoAnn is survived by one brother, Vincent Ghione of Wilmington, Del.; and one niece, Gretchen Ghione of Wilmington, Del.
Her funeral mass will be held at 11 a.m. May 24 at St. Patrick Catholic Church (212 Meredith St., Kennett Square). Burial will be in St. Patrick’s Cemetery. To view her online tribute and to share a memory with her family, visit www.griecocares.com.
RUTH A. GAGNEAUX
Ruth A. Gagneaux, 89, of Oxford, passed away on May 9 at home, under the care of her daughters and Brandywine River Valley Hospice.
She was the wife of the late Dudley Gagneaux. Born in Campbell, N.Y., in 1929, she was the daughter of the late Walter, Sr. and Hilda Mason Furman. Ruth was employed with Ames in Oxford, Eckerd’s Drug Store in Oxford and the Oxford Area School District in the cafeteria. She loved flowers, birds, word search puzzles, and especially playing with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She is survived by three daughters, Carmen G. Baeckel (Robert), Jeanette G. Acord (the late Jimmie Acord) and Melinda S. Gagneaux, all of Oxford; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; two brothers, Walter Peter Furman, Jr. of Troy, Pa., and Donald Furman of Amarillo, Texas; and one sister, Alice Molene Stewart of Myrtle Beach, S.C. She was preceded in death by one brother, Howard Gale Furman, Sr.; and one sister, Kathryn Fleming.
A funeral was held May 14. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to Brandywine River Valley Home Health and Hospice, 121 Bell Tower Ln., Oxford, PA 19363. Online condolences may be made at www.elcollinsfuneralhome.com.
Michael DiFilippo, 62, of Landenberg, passed away on May 19 at Jennersville Hospital.
He was the husband of Kay Vickers DiFilippo, who passed away in 2003, and with whom he shared 30 years of marriage. Born in West Grove, he was the son of the late Mario DiFilippo and the late Winonna Brookert DiFilippo. Mike was a forklift operator at General Motors in Wilmington, retiring in 2007 after 31 years of service. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, riding his motorcycle, his dog Ellie, and being with his family and friends.
He is survived by one son, Michael D. DiFilippo of Landenberg; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by one daughter, Bobbi Jo Brown.
A visitation will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. May 25 at the Foulk & Grieco Funeral Home (200 Rose Hill Rd., West Grove). His funeral will follow at 11 a.m. Burial will be in the Kemblesville United Methodist Church Cemetery. To view his online tribute and to share a memory with his family, visit www.griecocares.com.