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Obituaries for the week of Aug. 27

08/28/2018 12:36PM ● By J. Chambless


Kimberly Ann Farmer, 50, of Oxford, passed away on Aug. 19 at home.

She was the wife of Randy Farmer. Born in West Chester, she was the daughter of Howard E. and Ella Dunn Hamm. She was loved by family and friends.

She is survived by her parents, Howard and Ella Dunn Hamm of Oxford; husband, Randy Farmer; two sons, Joseph Daniel Norris and Jonathon Howard Norris, both of Creston, N.C.; one granddaughter; one brother, Dennis Tester of Mountain City, Tenn.; and three nieces. She was preceded in death by one sister, Karen Morrison; and one brother, Daniel Hamm.

A funeral was held Aug. 23. Interment was in Oxford Cemetery. Online condolences may be made at


Joseph R. Pennington, Jr., 51, of Newark, Del., passed away on Aug. 16 at Reading Hospital in Reading, Pa.

Born in Cochranville, he was the son of Barbara Thompson Gibson (Frank Gibson) and the late Joseph R. Pennington, Sr. Joe graduated from Oxford Area High School, class of 1985. He worked at Herr Foods for 30 years. He then worked at Bowling Green Brandywine Treatment Center up until his death.

He was a quick-witted, funny person, and will be missed dearly by his family and friends.

He is survived by his mother and stepfather; sister, Patty Gotschall and her husband Bob; nephews, Cody Gotschall and Cory Gotschall; several aunts,uncles and cousins; and stepsisters, Shonia LeGates and Francine Kiser.

A memorial service will be held at a later date. Online condolences may be made at


Marliss L. Wilson, 72, Of Newark, Del., passed away on Aug. 22 at Cadia HealthCare in Pike Creek.

She was born in 1946 in Philadelphia, to the late John and Elizabeth Price Lazzer. After graduating from Overbrook High School in Philadelphia, Marliss worked as an administrative assistant for several companies. Her most recent job was for the Eastern Methodist Conference of the United Methodist Church, where she retired after 28 years.

She enjoyed her time with family and friends, going on shopping trips for jewelry, clothing and perfume. The beach was another of her favorite destinations, taking the family to Ocean City, N.J., and later Rehoboth Beach, Del. She appreciated the flower gardens that were planted by her husband, Ron. Marliss was a Philadelphia 4 for 4 sports fan, and she and Ron cheered on all the teams through the good times and bad. Her greatest devotion, next to her family, was God. She was a longtime active member of the West Grove United Methodist Church.

She is survived by her husband of 42 years, Ronald Wilson; daughter, Beth Walls and her husband, Stephen; and a granddaughter. In addition to her parents, she was also predeceased by her brother, Rodney Lazzer.

A life celebration service will be held at 6 p.m. Aug. 29 at R.T. Foard & Jones Funeral Home, Inc. (122 W. Main St., Newark, Del.). Friends and family may visit beginning at 5 p.m. Burial will be held privately. In addition to flowers, memorial contribution checks can be made to “Christiana Care VNA” and sent c/o the funeral home. To send an online condolence, visit


Edward Vail Wandersee passed peacefully on Aug. 27 at Jenner’s Pond Retirement Community in West Grove.

Formerly of Chadds Ford, he is survived by his wife Kathleen (nee Cole), and his four daughters, Roxanna of Melbourne, Fla.; Robin and her partner, Matthew Ellis of Aston; Nicole and her husband, Stewart Fiori of Chadds Ford; and Karin of Chadds Ford; two granddaughters; and a sister, Judith Dagley Flaherty of Los Angeles.

A native of Chicago, Ed received his B.S.C.E. from Northwestern University and his M.B.A. from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. After a two year period in the U.S. Air Force at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida, he went on to a 35-year professional career in marketing with E. I. DuPont Company, including six years in Geneva, Switzerland. Ed was also active in many local organizations. This includes four years as President of U-CF School Board, eight years as Chairman of the Pennsbury Township Board of Supervisors, and President of the Chadds Ford Historical Society for five years. He also served in the Concordville-Chadds Ford Rotary. He continued his volunteer involvements at the retirement community of Jenner’s Pond, where he and his wife had lived for nine years. He served on the Residents’ Council and the Advisory Board and as editor of the community newsletter.

Services and interment will be private. Online condolences may be made by visiting

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