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Obituaries for the week of Sept. 3

09/04/2018 10:22AM ● By J. Chambless


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


Thomas E. Greer, 59, of Nottingham, entered into the arms of God on Aug. 28.

Born in West Grove, Thomas was the oldest son of the late Victor E. and Elsie Arrowood Greer. He lived in Nottingham all his life. He attended Oxford Area High School. In his younger years, he was employed with Apex in Oxford, and served briefly in the U.S. Army. He had been ill for many years.

Thomas loved nature and enjoyed traveling. His favorite adventure was his cruise to Hawaii with his sister. He also traveled to Ireland and to many areas in the Caribbean. Thomas was a member of the Seventh Day Adventist faith. His family will miss his gentle, loving spirit.

He is survived by his sister, Victoria Miller (William) of Nottingham; brother, Mark Greer (Sandy) of Paw Paw, W.Va.; four nephews, Mark Steven Greer Jr., William Mark Miller, Alayis Greer and Luke Miller; and two nieces, Chelsea Greer and Jade Miller.

A funeral was held Aug. 31. Interment was in Union Cemetery, Fremont. Online condolences may be made at


Johnnie James Johnson, 63, of Oxford, passed away peacefully on Aug. 27 at Christiana Care Hospital in Newark, Del., following a very lengthy illness.

He was the husband of Barbara Weatherman Hudson, with whom he shared 14 years of marriage. He was born in 1954 in Coopers, W.Va., to the late Johnie and Hazel Henderson Johnson, formerly of Colora, Md. He attended Rising Sun High School and had several college degrees. Johnnie served honorably in the U.S. Air Force from 1972 to 1974. He was a member of the American Legion Mason-Dixon Post No. 194 in Rising Sun, Md. He was an NRA instructor, teaching gun safety. He took an active role in the American Legion Air Rifle Team, where he secured funding and took care of all rifles and repairs. His hobbies included fishing, guns, reading, computers, cooking and working on cars. He loved mowing the lawn, hunting, and making jewelry for family and friends.

He is survived by his wife; three daughters, Rebbecca (Chad) Cook of South Carolina, Cassandra (Allen) DeSouza of Florida, and Sarah Johnson (Bryan Robling) of Ohio; one son, James (Britain) Johnson of Florida; three stepchildren, Sherry (Daniel) Graham of Oxford, Karen Goddard Hudson (Charles Blevins) of Quarryville, Tom Hudson, VI (Nicole Strange Hudson) of Oxford; 12 grand-children; eight step-grandchildren; sisters, Arleen (Frank) Tortorelli of New York, and Robin (John) Mills of Newark, Del.; nephews Matthew Tortorelli, Tim Mills and Jason Mills; great-nephew, Cameron; mother-in-law, Juanita Weatherman of Rising Sun, Md.; sister-in-law Debbie Bornhard of Alabama; and several step-nieces and step-nephews. He was preceded in death by his sister-in-law, Linda Lightner.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Sept. 15 at the United Methodist Church (18 Addison St., Oxford), where friends and family may visit from noon to 1 p.m. A luncheon will be served in the church hall following the service. Interment will be private. Online condolences may be made at


Nathaniel W. Brady, Jr., son of the late Ann (Jones) Brady and Nathaniel W. Brady, Sr. passed away on Aug. 28.

Nate was married to Marie Walls Brady for 56 years and they were high school sweethearts. They resided in Oxford. Nate graduated from Oxford Area High School class of 1961, where he excelled in business, played saxophone in the school band and participated in sports. He went to Goldey-Beacom College. In 1963, Nate worked at Chrysler Corporation in Newark, Del. He worked as an assembler, security officer, member of the U.A.W. and United Plant Guards serving as financial secretary and shop steward. He retired in May 1999. He worked at Moccasin Run Golf Course as a ranger until June 2018. Nate was an award-winning golfer and bowler. He was a member of the Birdie Club. He was club champion for two years and served as financial secretary.

To mourn his loss, he leaves behind his five children, Nathaniel III, Angela (and son-in-law Ryan), Edward, Larry and Garry; a grandson and great-grandson; his sisters-in-law Joan, Elaine, Esperanza and Joann; his nieces Michelle, Tina Marie, Alyssa and Antoinette; his nephews Chad and Tyler; and devoted Maryland cousins, friends and other relatives. Nate was predeceased by his brother Charles in August 2017.

A service will be held at noon on Sept. 5 at the Oxford Presbyterian Church (6 Pine St., Oxford), where friends and family may visit from 10 a.m. to noon. Interment will be in Union Hill Cemetery in Kennett Square. Online condolences may be made at


Ruth B. Barker, 95, of Kennett Square, passed away on Aug. 29, 12 days before her 96th birthday, at Ware Presbyterian in Oxford.

She was the wife of Harley C. Barker, who passed away in 2010, and with whom she shared 65 years of marriage. Born in Rosedale, Pa., she was the daughter of the late George Buffington and the late Ella Clough Buffington. Ruth graduated from Kennett High School and went on to further her studies at Goldey Beacom College. Ruth enjoyed being a homemaker, going to Delaware Park, Brandywine Raceway and Williamsburg, Va. She also enjoyed doing crossword and jigsaw puzzles, and being with her family and friends. She was a member of the Presbyterian Church of Kennett Square.

She is survived by two sons, Kenneth H. Barker and his companion ImaJean Peterson of Avondale, and Larry E. Barker and his wife Elizabeth of Kennett Square; three step-grandchildren; and one sister, Betty Harkins of Kennett Square. Ruth was predeceased by one sister, Helen Wynn.

Her funeral will be held privately. To view her online tribute and to share a memory with her family, visit


Matthew J. Camperson, 32, of Cochranville, died suddenly on Aug. 29.

Matt loved his daughter more than anything, and enjoyed nothing more than being her dad. He also had a special bond with the family dog, Lexi, and the feeling was obviously mutual. He recently bought a black 2018 Dodge Charger Scat Pack, which was his favorite toy. He was well known for his contagious sense of humor and his notorious pranks.

Matthew is survived by his wife Carolyn; his daughter Emily; his parents Patrice and Robert Camperson; and his brother Steve. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at The Barn Vineyard Church (3224 Appleton Rd., Landenberg) on Sept. 6 at 12:30 p.m. Relatives and friends may gather at the church from 10:30 a.m. until the time of the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Chester County Suicide Prevention Task Force, PO Box 315, Exton PA 19341. View his online tribute at


Patty Pennock, 79, of West Grove, passed away on Sept. 1 at her residence.

She was the wife of Hadley B. Pennock, Jr., with whom she shared 63 years of marriage. Born in Rockdale (Lenni), Pa., she was the daughter of the late Albert L. Opdenaker and the late Beatrice Wilson Opdenaker. She was the owner/operator of Pennock’s Donut House in West Grove for seven years. She was a member of Assumption BVM Church in West Grove, and a past member of St. Francis de Sales Church in Aston. Patty was past president of the Ladies Auxiliary at the VFW in Media. She enjoyed bluegrass festivals, gardening, house cleaning, watching game shows on TV, collecting tea cups and bells, her cats, entertaining, and being with her family and friends.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by two sons, Hadley B. Pennock, III (Lorraine) of Logan Township, N.J., and Robert W. Pennock of West Grove; one daughter, Eileen R. Luciani of Yorklyn, Del.; her twin brother, Gerald Opdenaker of Lake Wells, Fla.; four sisters, Barbara Graham of Tallahassee, Fla., Louise Barnes of Ambler, Pa., Rosemary Aker of Norwood, Pa., and Linda Mullen of Aston, Pa.; seven grandchildren; and ten great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by two sisters, Caroline Poore Bonetti and Margaret Heavens; and one brother, Albert Opdenaker, Jr.

A visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 7 at the Foulk & Grieco Funeral Home (200 Rose Hill Rd., West Grove), and again from 10 to 11 a.m. Sept. 8 at St. Francis de Sales Church (35 New Rd., Aston). Her funeral will follow at 11 a.m. Burial will be in Edgewood Memorial Park in Glen Mills. To view her online tribute and to share a memory with her family, visit


S. Yvonne (Maule) Hannum, 89, of Oxford, passed away at home peacefully on Sept. 1.

She was the beloved wife of Charles Hannum, with whom she shared almost 70 years of marriage. Born and raised in the Oxford area, Yvonne was the daughter of the late Francis and Elsie Maule. Yvonne was very active with the Girl Scouts and graduated from Oxford High School. She and her husband owned and operated Hannum’s Grocery in Oxford for almost 40 years. After retirement, she enjoyed her flowers, cryptograms, and their collection of unique antiques, as well as being a faithful and active member of the Oxford United Methodist Church.

Yvonne is survived by her husband and one “adopted” daughter, Katie Obenchain of Oxford; and close family friends, Larry and Pat Reese of Oxford.

A funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Sept. 7 at the Oxford United Methodist Church (18 Addison St., Oxford), where friends may visit from 10 to 11 a.m. Interment will be in Oxford Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to Oxford United Methodist Church. Online condolences may be made at


Gladys Ruth Brown, 86, of Oxford, passed away on Aug. 31 at Jennersville Hospital Tower Health in West Grove.

She was the wife of the late John Cedric Brown. Born in Commodore, Pa., she was the daughter of the late Leroy and Cora McMahan Brooks. She was a member of Truth and Life Center in North East, Md.

Gladys enjoyed gardening, crossword puzzles and reading.

She is survived by one son, Eric J. Brown of Oxford; one daughter, Melissa A. Replogle (Lauren) of Oxford; two grandchildren; and one brother, Robert Brooks (Wylene) of Shiloh, Ga. She was preceded in death by one daughter, Deborah Lee Sprout.

A funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Sept. 6 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 held in Oxford Cemetery. On line condolences may be made at


Clarence "Brownie" Leroy Brown, of Kennett Square, passed away on Aug. 26 at his home as he wished. He was 89 years old.

Born in Dilworthtown, he was the son of the late Margery Brown. Brownie was the beloved husband of the late Patricia Campbell Brown, who passed away in 2018; and father of Claudia Leslie Davis, Marta Carol Brown, Corey Patrick Brown and Sondra Patricia Brown. He was also survived by seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

A visitation will be held Sept. 8 from 1 to 2 p.m., with a memorial service at 2 p.m. at the Longwood Fuineral Home & Cremation of Matthew Genereux, Inc. (913 East Baltimore Pike, Kennett Square, Pennsylvania). A reception with the family will follow the memorial at the Kennett Square VFW, 704 W. Baltimore Pike, Kennett Square. Memorial donations to the Kennett Square VFW would be appreciated. Burial will be private.

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