Obituaries for the week of Feb. 11
By J. Chambless
DEBRA JEAN HOOVER
Debra Jean (Parfitt) Hoover, 58, of Lincoln University, died peacefully at home on Feb. 3.
She was born in 1960 in Bryn Mawr, the daughter of George Parfitt and Myrtle (Semple) Parfitt. Debbie grew up in Paoli and was a 1978 graduate of Great Valley High School. She was a life-long resident of Chester County.
She is survived by her husband, Jon Hoover, whom she married in 1989. She is also survived by children Michelle Knoll and her husband Eric Knoll, Adam Hoover and his girlfriend Victoria Dorsey; sister Diane Parfitt; mother-in-law Marvis Hoover; brother-in-law Dennis Hoover; and sisters-in-law Francine Parfitt, Diane Hoover, Karen Henry, Sharon Hoover, and Judy Closius; and numerous nieces and nephews and their children. She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers Tom and Bob Parfitt; father-in-law Robert Hoover; and brother-in-law Rick Henry.
Debbie enjoyed spending time with family and friends, going out to dinner, and vacations at Rehoboth Beach. She was a former Girl Scout leader and volunteered in the schools when her children were young. She also enjoyed attending her children’s events throughout school, scouts, college and beyond. The last event she attended, just one week prior to her death, was a baby shower for grandson Hudson Knoll, who is expected in late March. Prior to her last cancer diagnosis, she was employed by Modern Mushroom Farms, Inc., and prior to that, the former Chilton Company. Since 1992, she has fought through several cancer diagnoses, with many years cancer-free.
Following her wishes, she was cremated and the family will have a life-celebration party at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations to the Oxford Area Girl Scout Service Unit, c/o Tammy Ramberger, 630 Chrome Rd., Oxford, PA 19363. Online condolences may be made at www.elcollinsfuneralhome.com.
DUDLEY E. DANIELSON
Dudley E. Danielson, 83, of Oxford, formerly of Lancaster, Pa., and Clayton, N.Y., passed away on Feb. 1 at Ware Presbyterian Village.
He was the husband of Diane Ruth Danielson, with whom he shared 10 years of marriage. Born in North Chili, N.Y., he was the son of the late Guy Danielson and the late Grace Hendrickson Danielson. Dudley was a 1952 graduate of Warren High School in Warren, Pa., and he attended Roberts Wesleyan College in North Chili, N.Y. He joined the U.S. Army in December 1953, and served most of his four years at Camo Zama, Japan, assigned to the 96th MRU. While living in Kailua, Hawaii in the 1960s, he began a career as an excellent professional photographer, continuing in Carthage, N.Y. as Dudley’s Photography. He also published a summer newspaper, “Relax! In The 1000 Islands," had a radio show, ”Joy in the Morning,” from 1979 to 1984, with additional programs added along the way. A man of words, he compiled nine books. In his life, he tried to make a difference for the Lord.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by three sons, Jeffrey Howe of Buffalo, N.Y., Steven Robbins of Albuquerque, N.M., and Eric Robbins of Albuquerque, N.M.; four daughters, Kirsten LeVier (Thomas) of Severn, Md., DoriAnn Miles (Scott) Limerick, Pa., Melissa Lynn (Richard) of Black Lake, N.Y., and Carrie Lynn Hull of Phoenix, Ariz.; one brother, Frederick W. Danielson of Seaford, Del.; 14 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
To view his online tribute and to share a memory with his family, visit www.griecocares.com.
WILLIAM E. BURGESS
William Edward Burgess (“Billy B”), 86, of West Grove formerly of Ridley Pa., was called home to our Lord on Feb. 2.
He was the beloved husband of Dolores “Dolly” (nee Thompson); loving and devoted father of Debbie Brisgone (Michael); and adored grandfather of Nicole. He was predeceased by his parents, William and Ruth (nee Guinan) Burgess.
Bill was born in Philadelphia and grew up in Narberth. He attended Lower Merion High School and Temple University. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He was retired from Aqua America. During his retirement years, Bill worked for Home Instead Senior Care, provding welcome conversation and care for his fellow seniors. He will be remembered for his love of golf, physical fitness (lifting weights into his early 80s), and being an avid and lifelong fan of his beloved Eagles and Phillies. Bill also enjoyed attending Bible study, working on crossword puzzles, going to the beach in Ocean City, N.J., and watching old movies. Most of all, Bill loved spending time with Dolly, Debbie, Michael, Nicole and his granddog, Lily.
A visitation will be held from 8:45 to 9:45 a.m. Feb. 16 at St. Cornelius Church (160 Ridge Rd., Chadds Ford). His mass of Christian burial will follow at 10 a.m. Burial will be at noon at Saints Peter and Paul Cemetery in Springfield. In memory of Mr. Burgess, a contribution may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association (https://act.alz.org), 399 Market Street, Suite 102, Philadelphia, PA 19106. To view his online tribute and to share a memory with his family, visit www.griecocares.com.
ELAINE JOAN OSBORNE
Elaine Joan Osborne, 80, of West Grove, passed away on Feb. 3 at home.
She was the wife of the late Roy R. Osborne. Born in Middleburg, Pa., she was the daughter of the late Cecilia Sassaman Fike. She retired from Lukens Steel in Coatesville. Elaine was a member of Sacred Heart Church in Oxford. She enjoyed bowling and country dancing.
She is survived by two sons, Robert Osborne of Annville, and David (Betty) Osborne of Nottingham; one daughter, DeAnne Dague of Cochranville; seven grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and one brother, Wilson Fike of North Carolina.
A service was held Feb. 11. Interment was in St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery in Taneytown, Md.
Online condolences may be made at www.elcollinsfuneralhome.com.
JANE A. FINNEN
Jane A. Finnen, 87, of West Grove, passed away peacefully on Feb. 7 at her residence.
She was the wife of William A. Finnen, Jr., with whom she shared 65 years of marriage. Born in Wilmington, Del., she was the daughter of the late Reuben F. Abernethy and the late Matilda J. Fuller Abernethy. Jane worked for the DuPont Company, Chester County Voter Registration Services, and served in Penn Township for many years. She was a great homemaker and enjoyed breeding horses, fox hunting, gardening, canning, square dancing, and was avid hunter and fisherman.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by two daughters, Suzanne Sylvina and her husband Michael of West Grove, and Dianne Swenson and her husband David of West Grove; six grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by one brother, Reuben F. Abernethy; two sisters, Thelma Gibe and Mary Ella Farmer; and one granddaughter, Stacy Sylvina Connell.
A visitation will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. Feb. 15 at the Penn Township Building Finnen Room (260 Lewis Rd., West Grove). Her memorial service will follow at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, a contribution may be made to Willow Tree Hospice, 616 E. Cypress Street, Kennett Square, PA 19348. To view her online tribute and to share a memory with her family, visit www.griecocares.com.
DORA DEAN WELCH
Dora Dean Welch, 81, of Landenberg, passed away on Feb. 9 at her home.
She was the wife of the late Ira Calvin Welch, and was preceded in death by her first husband, Wilbert Feltner. Born in Thomasville, N.C., she was the daughter of the late Edward and Amanda Walker Hughes. Dora enjoyed gardening, bird watching, and especially spending time with her family.
She is survived by eight children, Sharon Mains (Kenny) of Mt. City, Tenn., Susie Holman (Dan) of Mayodan, N.C., Wilbert Feltner of Palmer, Mass., Bonnie Geiser of Crumpler, N.C., Liz Arnold (Mike) of Avondale, Johnny Feltner (Kathy) of Lincoln University, Walt Feltner (Sis) of Elkton, Md., Tiger Welch of Butler, Tenn.; 33 grandchildren; 43 great-grandchildren; one brother, Bobby; and two sisters, Barbara and Betty. She was preceded in death by a son, Sam Feltner; and a daughter, Kitty Holman.
A funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Feb. 16 at the Bible Evangelical Church of Kennett Square (500 E. Cypress St., Kennett Square). Friends and family may visit on Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Edward L. Collins, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc. (86 Pine St., Oxford) and Saturday from 10 to 11 a.m. at the church. Interment will be in Union Cemetery, Nottingham. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, PO Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718. Online condolences may be made at www.elcollinsfuneralhome.com.
ROGER L. PIERCE, JR.
Roger Lee Pierce, Jr., 41, of Delta, formerly of Oxford, passed away on Feb. 4 at home.
Born in West Chester, he was the son of Roger Lee Pierce, Sr., and stepmother Patricia of Oxford, and mother, Gina K. Silvers of Alabama. He enjoyed movies, fishing and boating.
He is survived by his parents; fiancee Beth Ann Druyor of Delta; four children, Alexis Nicole Pierce of Wilmington, Del., Zachary Lee Pierce of North Carolina, Alyssa Renee Pierce of Oxford, and Lainy Pierce of Harrisburg ; two grandchildren; two brothers, Caleb Pierce of Oxford and Richard Chester of Alabama; eight sisters, Carmen May Bracy of Alabama, Crystal Marie Hughes of Alabama, Linda Lee Feeney of Oxford, Ashley Marie Pierce of Oxford, Stacey of Washington, Erin Quigley of Texas, and Gabrielle Romonchik of Michigan; and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held at noon on Feb. 16 at the Edward L. Collins, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc. (86 Pine St., Oxford), where friends may visit from 10 a.m. to noon. Interment will be private.
In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the funeral home to help with funeral expenses. Visit www.elcollinsfuneralhome.com.
PINKIE V. SHIPLET
Pinkie V. Shiplet, 97, of Oxford, passed away on Feb. 11 at Ware Presbyterian Village in Oxford.
She was the wife of the late Bizeel W. Shiplet. Born in Grundy, Va., she was the daughter of the late William Henry and Etta Reedy Van Dyke. Pinkie retired from the Oxford News Shop and was formerly employed with Towne Drug of Oxford. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Oxford. She was also a member of the Oxford Senior Center.
She is survived by her two sons, William Wesley Shiplet (Julie Thompson) of Oxford, and Donald J. Shiplet (Sue VanLone) of Jasper, Ga.; one daughter, Virginia S. Alexander (Britten, Jr.) of Oxford; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; and one sister, Nell Delp of North East, Md. She was preceded in death by one grandson, Britten Alexander, III; two brothers, Herbert Van Dyke and Joseph Van Dyke; and three sisters, Eula Brown, Nedith Kinney and Irene Van Dyke Montgomery.
Services will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the First Baptist Church of Oxford, 552 Market St., Oxford, PA 19363. Online condolences may be made at www.elcollinsfuneralhome.com.
THOMAS K. NEWILL III
Thomas K. Newill, III, 78, of Nottingham, passed away on Feb. 4 at Lancaster General Hospital.
He was the husband of Lorraine Dixon Newill. Born in Chester, he was the son of the late Thomas K. and Helen Shrom Newill. Thomas was a teacher for Avon Grove High School for over 31 years. He taught agriculture, then driver’s education. Thomas was an athletic director for 22 years, a bus scheduler, cross country coach, served on the PIAA Wrestling Steering Committee and organized cross country meets for 13 years. He was past President of the Oxford Area Jaycees, Pennsylvania Jaycees Safety Chair, Pennsylvania JCI Senate President from 1998-1999, US JCI Senate Region Vice President from 1999-2000, and served on various committees, including chairing the By-Laws and Constitution Committee. Thomas was a lifetime member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie No. 2666 of Oxford for 49 years and a member and Past Sachem of Ocklokonee Tribe No. 212 Improved Order of Redmen for 28 years.
He is survived by his wife; and daughter, Beth Newill. He was preceded in death by daughter, Sandi Newill Creasy.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held noon on Feb. 16 at the Redmen Hall (114 Brick Rd., Oxford), where friends and family may visit from 10 a.m. to noon. Interment will be private. Visit
DORIS P. CARSTENS
Doris P. Carstens, 82, of Oxford, passed away on Feb. 9 at her residence, surrounded by her family.
She was the wife of Franklin J. “Joe” Carstens, with whom she shared 60 years of marriage. Born in South River, N.J., she was the daughter of the late Peter Sack and the late Mary Zwolinski Sack. She had worked for 10 years as a part-time secretary at the Southern Chester County Chamber of Commerce in Kennett Square. She was also previously employed at Johnson & Johnson Personal Products in New Brunswick, N.J. She was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church in Kennett Square, and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Absecon, N.J. Her favorite activities included being with her family and friends, especially her more recent time spent with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She loved going to the shore in Ocean City, N.J., where she and her husband had a summer home. She loved sitting and visiting with friends and neighbors on the beach, and enjoyed the beauty and relaxed atmosphere there.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by her daughter, Karen Flad and her husband David of Lincoln University; two sons, Joseph P. Carstens and his wife Krista of Downingtown, and David B. Carstens and his wife Sharon of Raleigh, N.C.; one sister, Laverne Sack of Myrtle Beach, S.C.; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by one sister, Arlene Santo Salvo of Scotch Plains, N.J.; and one grandson, Kevin Flad of Lincoln University.
A visitation will be held from 11 to 11:45 a.m. Feb. 15 at the Church of the Sacred Heart (203 Church Rd., Oxford). Her funeral mass will follow at noon. Burial will be in St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Kennett Square. In lieu of flowers, a contribution may be made to Willow Tree Hospice, 616 E. Cypress Street, Kennett Square, PA 19348. Arrangements by the Kuzo Funeral Home in Kennett Square.
GLENN L. TEETER
Glenn Lester Teeter, 84, of Oxford, passed away on Feb. 12 at Jennersville Hospital, West Grove.
He was the husband of Joan McIver, with whom he shared 58 years of marriage. Born in Coatesville, he was the son of the late Leonard and Mildred McMichael Teeter. Glenn was a veteran of the U.S. Army, proudly serving from 1957-1959 while stationed in Korea. He was employed for 29 years with the Oxford Area School District, retiring in 1999. Glenn was a member, historian and past Board Director of the Union Fire Company No. 1, Oxford. In 2014 he was recognized by the Oxford Area Historical Association for his dedicated work on the history of the Union Fire Company No. 1. He was also a past member of the Ocklokonee Tribe No. 212 Improved Order of Red Men, Oxford.
He is survived by his wife; three children, Linda Hersh and her husband Frank of Oxford, Chris Teeter and his wife Mala of Bear, Del., and Michael Teeter and his wife Jennifer of Downingtown; six grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
Relatives and friends may visit from 3 to 5 p.m. Feb. 16 at the Edward L. Collins, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc. (86 Pine St., Oxford). Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the Union Fire Co. No. 1, 315 Market St., Oxford, PA 19363. Online condolences may be made at www.elcollinsfuneralhome.com.