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Obituaries for the week of Aug. 12

08/12/2019 02:30PM ● By J. Chambless

GUSTEN LUTTER

Gusten Lutter, 88, of Kennett Square, passed away on Aug. 5. A service was held Aug. 8.

Gusten was born to Agnes and Gustav Käsper in 1931 in Estonia. Gustav Käsper passed away in 1933. His mother married Ott Lutter in 1935, who raised Gusten as his own. The Soviets invaded in 1939 and the family fled their home. Ending the war in displaced persons camps in Germany, they were brought to the U.S. in 1949 by relatives living in Long Island. Gusten began his college education in electrical engineering at New York University.

 After a semester, he accepted a full scholarship to the University of Denver. Not wishing to be separated, the whole family moved to Denver. He met his future wife, Lorry, shortly before graduation. He was set to start at the DuPont Company in Wilmington, Del., so they wed eight weeks after meeting. They celebrated their 65th anniversary on June 24. He and Lorry raised their children in two homes that Gus, Lorry and his parents, built with their own hands, in Holliday Farms, Kennett Square. During these years, life was full of kids, parties (especially the annual neighborhood Christmas caroling), best friend neighbors, Baltimore Estonian School every Sunday, Estonian camp, trips back to Colorado, fishing, and tons of photographs. Gus was rarely without his camera.

Gus worked in Central Research and Development at DuPont’s Experimental Station for 33 years, primarily as a manager. In retirement, he was a constant presence in his grandchildren’s lives, sharing his love of sushi, attending their events, and taking them joyfully to free Estonia because the Soviets were gone.

 He leaves behind wife, Lorry; children and their families, Clyde Ott (Kathy), Gusten Jr. (Laurie Meadows), Tiiu Jill (Doug Tennent), Jaan Heino, and also Carol Clinkenbeard and Tom Rudolph; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to one of these organizations that Gusten has long supported: Jӓrvemetsa Estonian Scout Camp, checks made payable to FAAEY send to FAAEY Treasurer, PO Box 1107, Jackson, NJ, 08527 or donate at Jarvemetsa.org; Estonian American Fund, PO Box 7369 Silver Spring, MD 20907. View his complete obituary online at www.kuzoandfoulkfh.com/obituaries.

CATHY D. HOSTETLER

Cathy D. “Gentry” Hostetler, 60, of Lincoln University, passed away on Aug. 7 at home.

She was the wife of George Hostetler, with whom she shared 37 years of marriage. Born in Delaware County, she was the daughter of the late William and Margaret Gentry of West Grove. Cathy was a member of the First Baptist Church of Kennett Square for 36 years. She was formerly employed with JAM Christian Daycare at First Baptist Church of Kennett Square during the early stages. She also worked with the youth in a puppet ministry. She enjoyed working with children. Cathy enjoyed crafts and reading. She loved her children, grandchildren and her pets, especially her dog, Gemmie.

She is survived by her mother; three children, Heather Hendershot (Keith) of Washington, Mass., Samantha Eaton (Jarod) of Ellabell, Ga., George D. Hostetler of Cochranville; two brothers, William Gentry of Millford, Del., and Mark Gentry of Lincoln University; two sisters, Peggy Gaudi of West Chester, and Trisha Gentry of Coatesville; and six grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Aug. 14 at the First Baptist Church of Kennett Square (415 W. State St., Kennett Square), where friends and family may visit from 10 to 11 a.m. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 15829, Arlington, VA 22215; or the First Baptist Church of Kennett Square. Visit www.elcollinsfuneralhome.com. 

AARON MICHAEL PORTER

Aaron Michael Porter (Mickey), 60, of Coatesville, passed away on Aug. 1. Born in 1959, he was a devoted son, brother, uncle, nephew and friend. He was best known for his love of chickens, dogs and gardening, and his compassionate care for the elderly. Contributions in his honor can be made to any mental health organization or the American Cancer Society.

Obituary for Antoinette V. Sciotti  1934 - 2019

ANTOINETTE V. SCIOTTI

Antoinette V. Sciotti, 84, of West Grove, formerly of Oxford and Unionville, passed away on Aug. 5 at Twin Pines Health Care Center in West Grove.

She was the wife of the late Alfred A. Sciotti, Sr., with whom she shared 54 years of marriage. Born in Sellersville, she was the daughter of the late Philip and Catherine Pompei Galluppi. Antoinette was a member of Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church, West Grove.

She is survived by three sons, Anthony Sciotti of Oxford, Alfred A. Sciotti, Jr. of Cochranville, and Vincent Sciotti of Quarryville; one daughter, Anna Marie Sciotti-Walls of West Grove; 14 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; two brothers, Albert Galluppi of Perkasie and Adam Galluppi of Sellersville; four sisters, Josephine Mahoney of Mt. Ariel, Phyllis Gesmaker of Oxford, Louise Mayall of New Albany, and Diane Bauer of East Greenville. She was preceded in death by her grandson, Christopher Anthony Sciotti; and two brothers, Sabatino Galluppi and Philip Galluppi.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held Aug. 9. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to Assumption BVM Church, 300 State Rd., West Grove, PA, 19390. Visit www.elcollinsfuneralhome.com.

KATHIE GREGORY

Kathie Gregory died on Aug. 6 at Crosslands in Kennett Square. She was 80 years old.

Kathie was born in 1938, the daughter of the late Howard Timothy Rayne and the late Katharine Dare Farquher Rayne, and lived all of her life outside Kennett Square. She was the older of two children.

Kathie graduated from Washington College in Chesterton, Md., where she majored in history and English. She taught in many schools. Her last 14 years were in the Unionville School District.

Kathie was married shortly after college and had three children, Peter Gray, Lisa McManus and David Gray. She later married Ed Gregory, who also had children from another marriage, Karen Hogan and Lee Gregory. Ed and Kathie raised her children and had nearly 38 years together until Ed died in 2015.

A memorial meeting will be held at 1:30 p.m. Sept. 15 at Kennett Friends Meeting House (125A memorial meeting will be held at 1:30 p.m. Sept. 15 at Kennett Friends Meeting House (125 W. Sickle St., Kennett Square). Memorial donations in Kathie's name can be made to: Penn Medicine Hospice, 795 Marshall Street, West Chester, PA 19348; or the Kennett Library (www.kennettlibrary.org).

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