Obituaries for the week of Aug. 6
● By J. Chambless
ROBERT DAVID STARK
Robert David Stark, 83, of Kennett Square, passed away on July 28 at the Christiana Hospital.
Born in Kulpmont, Pa., he was the son of the late David Stark and the late Stella Jingeleski Stark. He was an elementary school teacher in the Avon Grove School District for 40 years, retiring in 1998. He also worked as an iron worker for 25 years and belonged to the local iron workers union. He served his country in the U.S. Army Infantry. He was a member of St. Patrick Church, the Knights of Columbus and the Kennett Area Senior Center. He enjoyed playing with his granddaughter, the outdoors, carpentry, helping others, and being with his family and friends.
He is survived by one daughter, Deborah Ann DeMarie and her husband John of Dover, Del.; one brother, Kenneth Stark; and one granddaughter. He was predeceased by one daughter, Diane Lynn Stark; and his former wife, Teresa Sinshack Stark.
A funeral was held Aug. 4. Burial was in St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Kennett Square. In lieu of flowers, a contribution may be made to St. Patrick Church, 205 Lafayette Street, Kennett Square, PA 19348. To view his online tribute and share a memory with his family, visit www.griecocares.com.
MARGARET MARY STEEL
Margaret Mary Steel, 97, of Kennett Square, passed away on July 30 at her residence.
She was the wife of Herbert A. Steel, who passed away in 2006, and with whom she shared 65 years of marriage. Born in Pottsville, she was the daughter of the late James King and the late Anna Canfield King. She was a licensed practical nurse, working at Chatham Acres for 30 years. She enjoyed boating, going to the North East River, and being with her family and friends.
Survivors include, one son, Herbert Steel and his wife Barbara of Kennett Square; two sisters, Nancy Ann King of Pottsville, and Joan Selinko of Pottsville; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
A service was held Aug. 4. In memory of Mrs. Steel, a contribution may be made to the Kennett Square Missionary Baptist Church, 408 Bayard Road, Kennett Square, PA 19348; or to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. To view her online tribute or to share a memory with her family, visit www.griecocares.com.
EVELYN REITER BOYD
Evelyn Reiter Boyd, 86, of Oxford, passed away on Aug. 1 at home.
She was the wife of the late Samuel F. Boyd, Jr., with whom she shared 47 years of marriage. Born in Lancaster County, she was the daughter of the late Caldwell G. and Nina Mast Reiter. Evelyn was a graduate of Coatesville School of Nursing. She retired from Ware Presbyterian Village in Oxford. She was well known for her kindness, taking care of others, and her passion for gardening. Evelyn was much loved by her family and will be sorely missed.
She is survived by five children, Shirley Boyd Lamkin, Larry Boyd (Linda), Dale Boyd (Kelli), Brian Boyd (Juli), and Louise Boyd; 10 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by a daughter, Diane Boyd Farkas; sisters, Leona Smoker and Alma Woomert and Luella Byerly; a brother, Paul Reiter; and great-grandchild, Macayla J. Gault.
A funeral was held Aug. 6. Interment was in Oxford Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Oxford Neighborhood Services Center, 35 North Third Street, Oxford, PA, 19363. Online condolences may be made at www.elcollinsfuneralhome.com.
JOHN H. McLIMANS, SR.
John H. McLimans, Sr., 86, of Nottingham, passed away on Aug. 4 at Jenner’s Pond.
He was the husband of Donna Blackburn McLimans, with whom he shared 26 years of marriage. Born in West Grove, he was the son of the late Solomon Pusey McLimans and the late Florence Myers McLimans. He was a self-employed truck driver, retiring in 2010. He enjoyed golfing, gardening, driving his truck, and being with his family and friends.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, John H. McLimans, Jr., and his wife Shirley of West Grove, and William Scott McLimans and his wife Denise of West Grove; one daughter, Deborah L. Hampton of Avondale; two brothers, William P. McLimans of Oxford, and James L. McLimans of Kennett Square; one sister, Mary L. Moore of Oxford; 10 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandson. He was predeceased by one brother, Robert McLimans; one son-in-law, Fred Hampton, Sr.; and one grandson, Fred Hampton, Jr.
A visitation will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Aug. 8 at the Foulk & Grieco Funeral Home (200 Rose Hill Rd., West Grove). His funeral service will follow at noon. Burial will be in the New London Presbyterian Church Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, a contribution may be made to the West Grove Fire Company, P.O. Box 201, West Grove, PA; or to the Union Fire Company No.1, 315 Market Street, Oxford, PA 19363, Attn: Sharon Goldie. To view his online tribute and to share a memory with his family, visit www.griecocares.com.
KATHY BLAKE SHORE
Kathy Blake Shore, 71, of West Grove, died on Aug. 3.
Born in West Grove, she was a daughter of the late Marvin G. “Dutch” and the late Margaret O’Neill Blake. Kathy was a lifelong resident of West Grove. She attended Assumption BVM grade school, graduated from Bishop Shanahan in 1965, and attended Immaculata College. She was an accomplished musician and organist all her life. She played for almost every local church for all occasions, including Sunday services, weddings and funerals. She was a longtime faithful member of Assumption BVM Catholic Church in West Grove. She was a diehard Phillies fan, loved her cat Smokey McGee, her flowers and going out of her way to help others.
She is survived by her longtime, faithful partner, Cheryl Sedlak of West Grove; one son, Jamie Shore (Suzanne) of Humble, Texas; one sister, Maureen Neff of West Chester; two brothers, Dorsey and Richard Blake, both of Kennett Square; five nieces and nephews; and four great-nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her daughter Kelly in 1990.
A visitation will be held from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Aug. 11 at Assumption BVM Catholic Church (300 State Rd., West Grove). Her memorial mass of Christian burial will follow at 11 a.m. Interment will be held privately. Contributions in her memory may be made to Liman House for Women, PO Box 1306, Wilmington, DE 19899. To view her online tribute and to share a memory with her family, visit www.bachmanfuneral.com.