Obituaries for the week of Feb. 18
● By J. Chambless
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.
A funeral was held Feb. 16. 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.
ARTHUR D. HANBY
Arthur David Hanby, 69, of Oxford, passed away on Feb. 2 at Rose City Nursing and Rehab in Lancaster, Pa.
He was the husband of the late Helen C. Hanby, with whom they shared 34 years of marriage. Born in Wilmington, Del., he was the son of the late Charles and Doris Schultz Hanby. Arthur farmed for most of his life in Oxford Township. He was a lifetime member of the Fox Hunting Club.
He is survived by three sons, Anthony B. (Paula E.) Hanby, and Clayton J. Hanby, both of Nottingham, and Jason A. (Dana A.) Hanby of Cochranville; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Feb. 23 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 private.
Donations in his 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.
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 service was held Feb. 16. Visit www.elcollinsfuneralhome.com.
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 service was held Feb. 15. Burial was 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.
A funeral was held Feb. 16. 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.
Frederick Wolter, 71, passed away on Feb. 8 in Minneapolis, MN.
He grew up in Dilworthtown and attended Chadds Ford Elementary School, Unionville High School, and Franklin and Marshall College. He was a musician who played the guitar and banjo, and loved to play and hear old-time folk and bluegrass music. He was a farmer who farmed in the hills of West Virginia for many years. He was a master carpenter who could build or remodel a house. He served in the U.S. Army as a medic during the Vietnam era. He was a friend and will be greatly missed.
KELLY LYNN BENSON
Kelly Lynn Benson, 50, of Oxford, passed away on Feb. 11 at Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia.
Born in Coatesville in 1968, she was the daughter of John S. Benson of Oxford and the late Barbara Stewart Benson. Kelly was a member of the Oxford United Methodist Church. She was a longtime employee with Cameron’s Ace Hardware in Oxford. Kelly was a cancer survivor. She enjoyed her cat and spending time with her family.
She is survived by her father; one son, Timothy M. Benson (Erin) of Wilmington, Del.; one grandson; one step-grandson; and two siblings, Laura Benson and Thomas Benson, both of Oxford.
A funeral was held Feb. 18. Interment was in Oxford Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the Oxford United Methodist Church, 18 Addison St., Oxford, PA 19363.
Online condolences may be made at www.elcollinsfuneralhome.com.
Annabelle (Ann) Prewitt, 80, of Oxford, passed away on Feb. 11 at her home.
She was the devoted wife of Richard D. Prewitt, Sr., with whom she shared 58 years of marriage. Born in Spanishburg, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late William Lonnie and Danis Severt Jones. Ann was formerly employed with Bell Telephone. She served as secretary for the family business, Prewitt’s Garage in Oxford, and was the tax collector for Lower Oxford Township for many years. Ann was a member of Kennett Square Missionary Baptist Church. She enjoyed gardening, particularly her roses, bird watching, all sports, especially college football and basketball, and spending time at their second home in Breezewood, Pa.
She is survived by her husband; one son, Richard D. Prewitt, Jr., and his wife Beth of Centre Hall, Pa.; two grandchildren; and two sisters, Joyce Frampton and her husband Rich of Oxford, and Georgia Mayhorn and her husband Jack of Bear, Del. She was preceded in death by a sister, Mary Lou Hayworth.
A funeral was held Feb. 17. Interment was in Oxford Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the Kennett Square Missionary Baptist Church, 408 Bayard Rd., Kennett Square, PA 19348; or Neighborhood Hospice, 795 E. Marshall Street, Suite 204, West Chester, PA 19380. Online condolences may be made at www.elcollinsfuneralhome.com.
CAROL A. WRIGHT
Carol A. Wright, 83, of West Chester, passed awayon Feb. 9 at Pocopson Home in West Chester.
She was the wife of George C. Wright. Carol was born in 1935 in Shreveport, La. She was formerly employed with Rollins in Wilmington, Del., as an administrative assistant. Carol loved gardening, flowers, dining out and the Philadelphia Eagles.
She is survived by her husband; three children; five grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. A prayer service was held Feb. 15. Interment will be in Oxford Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the Neighborhood Hospice, 400 E. Marshall St., West Chester, PA 19363. Online condolences may be made at www.elcollinsfuneralhome.com.
Louise (Frabriso) Pettyjohn, 91, of Exeter Township, passed away on Feb. 13 at the Reading Hospital.
Her husband, Joseph C. Pettyjohn, died in 1987. Born in Kennett Square, she was a daughter of the late Dominic and Mary (Fata) Frabriso. She was a graduate of Kennett Consolidated High School. Louise was a member of St. Catharine of Siena Roman Catholic Church in Mt. Penn. She was a member of the Reading Liederkranz and also a Girls Scout member and leader. Louise was a homemaker who was dedicated to her family; one of the best gifts she gave her children was staying at home to raise them.
She is survived by two children, Joseph C. Pettyjohn, Jr., and Carol J., wife of Glenn Burnish, all of Reading. One granddaughter and two great-grandchildren also survive her. She was predeceased by her brother James and his wife Bessie (Saienni); her brother Samuel and his wife Virginia (Pannell); her sister,Angeline and her husband William Smith; her sister Genevieve and her husband Earl Saienni; and her sister Mary and her husband Richard Marine and daughter, Virginia.
A service was held Feb. 19. Contributions may be made to the Exeter Community Library, 4565 Prestwick Drive, Reading, PA 19606; or United Way of Berks County, 501 Washington St., Reading, PA 19601. Online condolences may be sent at www.kuhnfuneralhomes.com.
EVELYN GLORIA HUK
Evelyn Gloria Huk, 92, of Oxford, passed away on Feb. 17 at Ware Presbyterian Village in Oxford.
She was the wife of the late Frank Huk, with whom she shared 55 years of marriage. Born in the Bronx, N.Y., she was the daughter of the late John and Elsie Genzler Fetzer. Evelyn was an active member of St. Paul Episcopal Church in Chester. She was employed with Widener University and Swarthmore College in the Registrar’s office, helping to inspire honor students. Evelyn enjoyed sewing, knitting, crafts, playing bingo, going to the beach and spending time with her family.
She is survived by two daughters, Lorraine Bucurel (Craig) of Lincoln University, and Linda Peirish (Bud) of Wexford; one son, Frank Huk (Marian) of Cape May Courthouse, N.J.; and five grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her sister, Florence Vidstrand.
A funeral will be held at 10:30 a.m. Feb. 22 at the Edward L. Collins, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc. (86 Pine St., Oxford), where friends and family may visit from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Interment will be in Indiantown Gap National Cemetery at 1:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to Willow Tree Hospice, 616 E. Cypress St., Kennett Square, PA 19348. Online condolences may be made at www.elcollinsfuneralhome.com.