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Obituaries for the week of Dec. 31

12/28/2018 10:18AM ● By J. Chambless


Robert W. Jamison Jr., 68, of Cochranville, departed from this world on Dec. 19 at the Pocopson Home in West Chester.

He was the husband of Ellie Jamison, with whom he shared 23 years of marriage. Born in Philadelphia, he was the son of the late Robert W. Jamison, Sr., and the late Dorothy M. Zimmerman. He enjoyed surf fishing and trips to Cape Hatteras and the Delaware beaches with his wife, family and friends. He was a man of many trades, including being a certified auto mechanic and carpenter. Home remodeling was his specialty. His hobbies included playing with his dogs Daisy and Molly, gardening, tending to his livestock, playing the drums, and spending many hours flipping through books and playing checkers with his grandchildren.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his two stepsons, Frank Kolachny and wife Meg of Ambler, and Michael Kolachny and wife Bonnie of Cochranville; stepdaughter, Sherri Abbulone of GrosseIle, Mich.; eight grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; two sisters, Donna Kurdziel and husband Michael of Maryland, and Darlene Deveney and husband Darren of Florida. He was predeceased by his sister, Barbara Phillips, with whom he shared a special bond, departing within hours of each other.

A visitation will be held from 10 to 11 a.m., with a funeral at 11 a.m., on Jan. 5 at Manor Presbyterian Church (505 Street Rd., Cochranville). Burial will follow in the adjoining cemetery. The family asks that no flowers be sent. Consider a memorial contribution in Bob's memory to Manor Presbyterian Church. Visit


Barbara Jean Satterfield, 59, of Virginia, formerly of Avondale and Kennett Square, died on Dec. 14 after a three-month battle with complications due to gastric bypass surgery.

Born in Kennett Square, she graduated from Kennett High School in 1977. She leaves behind two sons, Kyle Taylor and Jon Philip Satterfield, Jr. The youngest of nine children of her late parents, Edward and Julia Sedlak, she is also survived by her three older brothers (Richard, Ronald, and James Sedlak) and her four older sisters (Cheryl Ann Sedlak, Patricia Force, Jacqualynn Stout, and Margaret Nason); and many cousins, nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband of 37 years, Jon Philip Satterfield; and her oldest brother, Edward Sedlak, both of whom loved her with all their hearts.
Barbara's love was contagious. She always had faith in God and in people. She was one of the most altruistic of people, and would give to anybody who was in need. She was truly one of a kind. A funeral service was held on Dec. 28.


Harry Hess, 86, of West Grove, passed away on Dec. 10 at Sunrise at Westtown.

He was the husband of Anne Bartholomew Hess, with whom he shared 49 years of marriage. Born in Philadelphia, he was the son of the late Edwin L. Hess and the late Alma Mattern Hess. Harry was a salesman at Urie & Blanton in Wilmington, Del., retiring in 1994. He was an avid fisherman, and he also enjoyed the shore and being with his family and friends.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by one daughter, Katherine Solomon and her husband David of West Grove; and one granddaughter. He was predeceased by one brother, Lewis Hess.

His service and burial were private. To view his online tribute and to share a memory with his family, visit


Michael Ray Thompson, 42, of Nottingham, passed away on Dec. 15 at Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia.

Born in West Chester, he was the son of the late James Smith and Martha Thompson. Michael enjoyed working on cars and riding on motorcycles, loved spending time with his four children, and loved all of his nieces and nephews, and having cookouts (at which you could always find him by the radio DJing with a Mason jar in hand).

Michael was predeceased by his brother, Harry J. Thompson. He is survived by one son, Ronald Steven Poole III; and three daughters, Taylor Nicole Thompson, Tessa Nadine Thompson and Haley Dawn Fraver; one granddaughter; one brother, Ryan M. Thompson; and one sister, Julie Marie Thompson.

Services will be held at a later date. Online condolences may be made at


Jerry (Buzzy) Nelson, 64, of Oxford, passed away unexpectedly on Dec. 23 at his home.

He was the husband of Bonnie Mae Walleigh Nelson. Born in 1954 in Bainbridge, Md., he was the son of Anna Mae Schofield Nelson of Oxford and the late Charles C. Nelson. Jerry was a lifetime resident of the Oxford area. He was employed with Nottingham Property Management in the maintenance department. Jerry enjoyed bass fishing, hot rods (his Chevy II named Jumping Jack), car shows, and spending time with family, friends and his dog. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

He is survived by his wife; mother; two daughters, Karen Hensel (John) of Holtwood and Melissa Bishop of Oxford; four grandchildren; two brothers, Michael Nelson (Laurie) and David Nelson (Barbara) all of Oxford; numerous nieces and nephews; and his beloved dog, Honey Jack. He was preceded in death by a nephew, Jason Nelson.

A funeral was held Dec. 29. Interment was in Oxford Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to PAW, Partnership for Animal Welfare, 100 N. Second St., Philadelphia, PA 19106. Online condolences may be made at


Jennifer Ann Gavin Laningham, 34, of Oxford, passed away on Dec. 23 at her home.

She was the wife of Jonathan Alan Laningham. Born in Fairfax, Va., she was the daughter of Jeffrey and Janice Tanner Gavin of Oxford. Jennifer graduated from Oxford Area High School Class of 2002. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from Neuman University, graduating magna cum laude. She was a member of Freedom Life in Christiana, and volunteered at Camp Can Do in Gretna for many years. She had a heart for children with cancer because she was a childhood cancer survivor herself. Jennifer was a wonderful wife and mother. She had a blessed life and the best family you could ever hope for. She will be loved and cherished forever.

She is survived by her husband; parents; one son, Wyatt Laningham, at home; one brother, John Gavin of Orlando, Fla.; one sister, Jo Marie McCullin of Oxford; and maternal grandmother, Betty Tanner of Palm Bay, Fla.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Jan. 4 at the Freedom Life Christiana Campus (477 Noble Rd., Christiana, Pa.). Online condolences may be made at


Joel Lucio Vazquez Bedolla, 28, passed away on Dec. 25.

Born in Moroleon, GTO, Mexico, he was the son of Salvador Vazquez Cintora and Evangelina Bedolla Jimenez of Kennett Square. Joel worked for the Excel Modular Scaffold & Leasing Corporation in New Jersey. He was a member of St. Rocco’s Catholic Church in Avondale. He was a Dallas Cowboys fan, and enjoyed cars, listening to rap music, and being with his family and friends. He was very loving to his family, especially his nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by four brothers, Jose Vazquez Bedolla, Daniel Vazquez Bedolla, Jesus Vazquez Bedolla and Vicente Vazquez Bedolla, all of Kennett Square; two sisters, Maria Vazquez Bedolla and Rosa Nelly Vazquez Bedolla, both of Kennett Square; his maternal grandmother, Guadalupe Jimenez Guzman; one sister-in-law; two brothers-in-law; and many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

A visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Jan. 2 at St. Rocco Catholic Church (313 Sunny Dell Road, Avondale). His funeral mass will follow at 7 p.m. Burial will be at 11 a.m. Jan. 3 at St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Kennett Square. To view his online tribute and to share a memory with his family, visit


Nancy Lou Krivanek, 71, of Oxford, passed away on Dec. 24, at home in Elk Township, following complications from cancer. 

She was born in Hamtramck, Mich., and was the daughter of the late Edward and Eleanor (Obuch) Abraham. She graduated from Wayne State University in Detroit and taught at middle schools in Michigan. She and her husband, Neil, moved to Newark, Del., where she substituted in the Newark school system. They moved to the Oxford area and raised crops, cattle and sheep on their farm. The sheep supplied the wool for a business of yarn production, weaving and knitting creations. Her weaving group took prizes in the Sheep to Shawl contests at Pennsylvania Farm shows. She also served as tax collector for Elk Township in the early 1980s. She enjoyed boating in summer on the Chesapeake Bay. 

She is survived by her husband, Neil, with whom she shared 49 years of marriage; a sister, Sue Ann Snow of Kansas City, Kan.; and nieces Emily Snow of Kansas City and Megan (Watson) of Bonner Springs, Kan., and nephew Mark Gary of Longwood, Fla. She was preceded in death by her sister, Katherine Gary of Lancaster, Pa. 

A memorial service is planned for Jan. 16 from 2 to 4 p.m. at Flickerwood Wine Cellars in Oxford. In lieu of flowers, donations to the World Wildlife Fund would be appreciated.  

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