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Obituaries for the week of Oct. 29

10/29/2018 01:43PM ● By J. Chambless


Nancy Elaine Lynch, 79, of Nottingham, passed away on Oct. 21 at home.

Born in Berrysburg, she was the daughter of the late Harry and Hattie Lanker Schlegel. Nancy enjoyed crocheting, arts and crafts, yardwork, and especially spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She is survived by her three sons, Steven S. Lynch (Sherry) of Cameron, N.C., Gary E. Lynch (Beth) of Pottstown, and Curt Schmeck (Kim) of Charleston, W. Va.; two daughters, Katrina (Tina) L. Zuzek of Parkside, and Karen Ciampa of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; eight grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by two sisters, Phyllis Weaver and Janet Schmeck.

A memorial service was held Oct. 25. Interment was private. Online condolences may be made at


David M. Frampton, 80, of Oxford, entered into rest on Oct. 24 at the Ware Presbyterian Village.

Born in Oxford, he was the son of the late Albert and Anna (Rentz) Frampton. He was married to the late Agnes (Corby) Frampton for 55 years. David graduated from Oxford High School and went on to serve in the Navy. He was a senior gardener at Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square for over 32 years. David enjoyed golfing, fishing, and traveling.

He is survived by his children: Elizabeth, wife of Tim Pearl of Cochranville; Christopher Frampton of Quarryville; Joyce F., wife of Bill Walters of Alabama; Ginger, wife of Michael Madonna of Wilmington, Del.; and Dan Frampton of New Mexico. Also surviving are five grandchildren and one great-grandchild; and three sisters, Helen Worral, Dorothy Greer, and Florence Wooten. He was preceded in death by a son, David J. Frampton

Services will be private. Memorial contributions may be made to the CurePSP, 1206 York Road, Suite L-4 Lutherville, MD 21093.


Joseph Willis Hickman (Will) died with his wife, Diane, by his side at his residence in Lewes, Del., on Oct. 25.

Will was born 79 years ago to Helen Wright and J. Willis Hickman, Sr., in West Grove. He worked in Giant as a produce assistant.

Will is survived by a large and loving family, including his wife Diane; his children, Debra Benham (Chris), Kimberly Taylor, Lauren Patrick (David), also Michele Connell (John), Jeff Champlin (Amy) and Eric Champlin (Amy). He is also survived by many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Margaret and Anne Hickman.

Relatives and friends are invited to a graveside service on Nov. 9 at 11 a.m. at Birmingham Lafayette Cemetery (1235 Birmingham Rd., West Chester). Visit


Richard E. Lyster, Sr., 70, of Penns Grove, N.J., passed away on Oct. 24 at Wilmington VA Medical Center.

He was the husband of the late Evelyn Shradley Lyster. Born in West Chester, he was the son of the late Wilbert and Agnes Miller Lyster. Richard was a veteran of the U.S. Army and served in the Vietnam War. Richard enjoyed fishing, watching movies, and eating Lays chips.

He is survived by one son, Richard E. Lyster, Jr., of Port Deposit, Md.; nine grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; one brother, Thomas Lyster of Penns Grove, N.J.; and one sister, Bonnie Lyster of Rising Sun, Md. He was preceded in death by three brothers, William “Butch” Lyster, Bruce Lyster and David Lyster; and three sisters, Alice Lyster, Brenda Graffigna and Dorothy Reyes.

A funeral will be held at 2:30 p.m. Nov. 3 at the Edward L. Collins, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc. (86 Pine St., Oxford), where friends and family may visit from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Interment will be private. Donations in his memory may be made to the Voluntary Services Dept. of the Wilmington Veterans Administration Hospital, 1601 Kirkwood Highway, Wilmington, DE 19805. Online condolences may be made at


Dennis Arnold Tice, 59, of Oxford, passed away on Oct. 25 at Jennersville Hospital Tower Health, West Grove.

Born in West Grove, he was the son of the late Irvin Donald and Betty Byrd Tice. Dennis loved his family. He was Poppo, Pop-Pop, Uncle D., they were “DAT and PAT.” Dennis, who loved much, will be missed.

He is survived by his life companion of over 35 years, Patty Osborne; her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, whom he loved as his own; one sister; three nephews; and numerous other family and friends.

A funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Nov. 1 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 is private. Online condolences may be made at


John C. Gebhard of Crosslands in Kennett Square passed away peacefully on Oct. 24 at the age of 92.
John was a family man. He was married to Joyce for 63 wonderful years and was an active father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He enjoyed traveling with friends and family, reading, and educational opportunities of all kinds. John was an honest, kind and good man; a man of integrity. He looked forward to each day with fascination. Ever the realist, but enjoyed science fiction the most. Practical, analytical at heart, he let those around him do the unnecessary worrying. He was happy and lived life in a humble, uncomplicated manner, living at peace with himself and with others. He loved his wife and best friend, Joyce, very much.
He was born in Seattle, Wash., to Capt. John C. Gebhard and Jean (Hall) Gebhard. He served in the Army as a medic in World War II. John received a degree from Lehigh University and a master's in chemical engineering from Cornell.

He began his career as a scientist and inventor at DuPont in 1951, where he worked until 1988. There he met his future wife, Joyce, who was working as an analytical chemist. He was civic minded throughout life, and served on the Unionville School Board, Pocopson Township Supervisory Board, in Rotary and on various committees in the Crosslands community.
John is survived by his loving wife Joyce; three children Scott (Pam) Gebhard, Bob (Patty) Gebhard, and Cindy Gebhard (Tim Scheid); seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

A memorial gathering is being held by the family at Crosslands on Nov. 11 at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, 1359 Broadway, Suite 1509, New York, NY 10018, or to a charity of your choice. To view his online tribute and to share a memory with his family, visit


Harry R. Luzetsky, Jr. (Ricky), 22, of Kennett Square, passed away on Oct. 27.

He was a laborer/apprentice bricklayer at Diamond State Masonry. Ricky enjoyed creating music, being with family and friends, and enjoying life to its fullest. He touched many individuals with his unique sense of humor, wit, compassion, respectfulness, and energy. He would occasionally argue with his sisters, challenge his parents, and have fights with his friends, but would always make amends and never remain mad, as it was not in his nature to think ill will of anyone. He will be greatly missed by all that knew him and those who will miss knowing him due to his short life.

Ricky is survived by his loving family: his parents, Harry and Michele; and his sisters, Ashlee and Maura. He was predeceased by his material grandparents, Michael and Mary Redden; and his paternal grandparents, Harry and Mary Luzetsky.

A visitation will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Nov. 2 at the Kuzo & Grieco Funeral Home (250 W. State St., Kennett Square). There will be graveside service immediately after at 12:30 p.m. at St. Patrick’s Cemetery (460 N. Union St., Kennett Square). In lieu of flowers, a contribution may be made to the Malinois Ranch Rescue, 100 Guins Creek Lane, McKenzie, TN. To view his online tribute and to share a memory with his family, visit

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