Obituaries for the week of Oct. 1
● By J. Chambless
MARTIN F. LAWRENCE, JR.
Martin “Bud” F. Lawrence, Jr., 81,
of Kennett Square, passed away on Sept. 23, surrounded by his family,
at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.
He was the husband of Shirley Peters Lawrence, with whom he shared 59 years of marriage. Born in West Chester, he was the son of the late Martin F. Lawrence and the late Dorothy Hughes Lawrence. Bud was a self-employed service station owner/operator until his retirement. He was an avid race car enthusiast and a member of the York County Racing Club Hall of Fame. Bud enjoyed driving his cars and just riding around. He also enjoyed going out to dinner at Woody’s and the Kennett Inn, and especially being with his family and friends.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, Martin F. Lawrence III and his wife Silvia of Landenberg, and Michael A. Lawrence of Coatesville; two sisters, Dolly Mento of Town Bank, N.J., and Sandy Kavanagh of Avondale; and two grandchildren.
A service was held Sept. 27. In lieu of flowers, a contribution in Bud’s memory may be made to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Eastern PA Chapter,100 N. 20th Street, Suite 405, Philadelphia, PA 19103. To view his online tribute and to share a memory with his family, visit www.griecocares.com.
FREDERICK A. BRUBAKER
Frederick Andrew Brubaker, 92, of Oxford, formerly of Downingtown, passed away on Sept. 26 at Ware Presbyterian Village in Oxford.
He was the husband of the late Marilyn (Sissy) Jane Myers Brubaker. Born in Dayton, Ohio, he was the son of the late Arthur and Laura Miller Brubaker. Frederick was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and served in Worlw War II. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware, Ohio. He owned and operated F.A. Brubaker & Associates in Downingtown, retiring in his mid-1980s. He was a member of the Oxford Presbyterian Church and served as an Elder. He was also a member of the Brandywine Shrine Club. Frederick taught adult Sunday school at Central Presbyterian Church in Downingtown.
He is survived by two sons, Andrew J. Brubaker (Sandra) of New Hampshire, and Guy Arthur Brubaker (Lauren) of Maryland; one daughter, Jo Anna McDonald (James) of Pennsylvania; three grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and one sister-in-law, Joan Dowd of Ohio. He was preceded in death by a grandson, Benton Frederick Brubaker.
A funeral was held Sept. 29. Interment was in Oxford Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the Salvation Army, 669 Lincoln Highway, Coatesville, PA 19320. Online condolences may be made at www.elcollinsfuneralhome.com.
RICHARD B. SIMON
Richard B. Simon, born in 1930 in Spring City, and formerly of Chadds Ford, passed away peacefully, with his children at his side, on Sept. 18 at Jenner's Pond in West Grove after a three-year struggle with dementia. He was 88.
He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Ginny; his son Mark (and Judy) Simon of West Chester; his daughter Alison (and Tom Kissel) Simon-Kissel of Ashburn, Va.; and his older brother Joseph Simon of Elizabethtown. He had three grandchildren.
Richard (Dick) served his country honorably as a pilot in the U.S. Air Force with the 96th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron, and later in the Delaware Air National Guard with the 166th Tactical Airlift Group. During his career he broke the sound barrier, was a member of the QB, and achieved the rank of Lt. Colonel before he retired. He was awarded four medals, several ribbons and multiple bronze and silver Oak Leaf Clusters. Dick met his future wife Ginny as a college freshman when he was farmed out to Lycoming College where she was studying. After his stint in the Air Force and their marriage, he was graduated from Penn State University in 1958 and later Rutgers University with degrees in business administration and finance.
Dick spent his entire 35-plus year career with Wilmington Trust Company, retiring as vice president of commercial loans in 1993. During his tenure he served on several local boards, including the Delaware Epilepsy Foundation and the former Riverside Hospital. He was also a lifelong Freemason, and a member of the Spring-Ford Masonic Lodge in Royersford.
Dick and Ginny built their dream house on the lake in Chadds Ford in 1976, where he enjoyed much of his retirement doing the things he loved best: vegetable gardening, puttering about the yard, and spending time with family and friends. Dick and Ginny also travelled extensively in the UK and North America and hosted many family vacations at the shore in Dewey Beach, Del.
A visitation for family and friends will take place at the Kuzo & Grieco Funeral Home (250 W. State St., Kennett Square) on Oct. 5 from 6 to 8 p.m. Burial services at Ewing Church Cemetery are private.
In lieu of flowers, donations would be appreciated for The Ministry of Caring, 115 E. 14th Street, Wilmington, DE 19801 (www.Ministryofcaring.org).
IDA A. DINORSCIA
Ida A. DiNorscia, 91, of Kennett Square, passed away on Sept. 27 at the Jennersville Hospital.
She was the wife of the late Anthony O. DiNorscia, who passed away in 1994, and with whom she shared 45 years of marriage. Born in Coatesville, she was the daughter of the late Salvatore Dazio and the late Bridgetta DiLulius Dazio. Ida was a homemaker. She was a member of St. Patrick’s Church in Kennett Square, where she was involved in various positions. She served as president of the Ladies of St. Patrick’s Church, The Altar Rosary Society, where she was involved for many years cleaning the church. She also volunteered for 28 years as the Tuesday librarian at St. Patrick’s School. She also worked at the polling places each election year. She enjoyed volunteering, cooking, reading, watching westerns, the Food Channel on TV, playing trivia games, and being with her family and friends.
She is survived by one son, Richard A. DiNorscia and his wife Lynn of Parkesburg; three daughters, Marlene Reinhart of Coatesville, Antoinette Isaacs of Oxford, and Diane DiNorscia Green and her husband Eric of Newark, Del.; one sister, Lena Kluckowski of Baltimore, Md.; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by six brothers, Dr. John Dazio, Quincey Dazio, Joseph Dazio, Anthony Dazio, Nicholas Dazio, and Albert Dazio; three sisters, Mary Scamuffa, Bessie Rudy and Emma Dazio; and one great-granddaughter, Ashley Marie Sagers.
A visitation will be held from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Oct. 4 at the Kuzo & Grieco Funeral Home (250 W. State St., Kennett Square). Her funeral mass will follow at 11 a.m. at St. Patrick 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 St. Patrick Church, 205 Lafayette Street, Kennett Square, PA 19348; or to the Autism Society of America,18 Watkins Avenue, Chadds Ford, PA 19317. To view her online tribute or to share a memory with her family, visit www.griecocares.com.
DOUGLAS B. EVANS
Douglas B. Evans, 61, of Oxford, passed away on Sept. 26 at home.
Born in West Grove, he was the son of Betty Lee Siple Evans of Oxford and the late J. Martin Evans, Jr. Douglas graduated Oxford Area High School class of 1975 and attended West Chester University. He was a self-employed land supervisor. Douglas attended Kemblesville United Methodist Church. He enjoyed hunting, music, softball and was an avid sports fan. He especially enjoyed his grandchildren.
He is survived by his mother; three grandchildren; and one brother, Chuck Evans of Port Deposit, Md.
He was preceded in death by his son, Jared P. Evans; and brother, Daniel Clay Evans.
A memorial service will be held at 6 p.m. Oct. 3 at the Edward L. Collins, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc. (86 Pine St., Oxford), where friends and family may call from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Interment will be private. Online condolences may be made at www.elcollinsfuneralhome.com.
FRANCES ARLENE SAMMS
Frances Arlene Samms, 93, of Garnet Valley, formerly of Orange, Texas, passed away on Sept. 29 at Naamans Creek Country Manor in Garnet Valley.
She was the wife of the late Leslie D. Samms, who passed away in 1998, and with whom she shared 55 years of marriage. Born in Grenola, Kan., she was the daughter of the late Roy H. Dory and the late Etta Moore Dory. She was one of the first members of the First Christian Church in Orange, Texas. She was a homemaker, and she enjoyed square dancing and being with her family and friends.
She is survived by one daughter, Linda D. Porter and her husband Larry of Garnet Valley; one son, Larry D. Samms and his wife Joanie of Hemphill, Texas; three grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by one daughter, Sheila Lynn Samms; two brothers; and two sisters.
Her graveside service will be held in Orange, Texas, at a later date. In lieu of flowers, a contribution may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. To view her online tribute and to share a memory with her family, visit www.griecocares.com.
ELIZABETH A. ARMSTRONG
Elizabeth A. Armstrong, 63, of West Chester, passed away on Sept. 27 at Pembrooke Nursing and Rehabilitation in West Chester.
Born in Wilmington, Del., she was the daughter of the late John H. Armstrong and the late Mary Horty Armstrong. She was a food service worker at Aramark. Elizabeth enjoyed playing bingo, bike riding, sports, computer games and reading.
She is survived by one brother, John H. Armstrong, Jr.; and one sister, Mary Catherine Armstrong.
A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Oct. 4 at Union Hill Cemetery in Kennett Square. In lieu of flowers, a contribution may be made to Pembrooke Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 1130 West Chester Pike, West Chester, PA 19380, Attn: Sherry Urban; or to Handi-Crafters, Inc., P.O. Box 72646, Thorndale, PA 19372, Attn: April Ennis-Pierson. To view her online tribute and to share a memory with her family, visit www.griecocares.com.