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Obituaries for the week of Sept. 16

09/17/2019 12:24PM ● By J. Chambless


Jason Anthony LeChette, 23, of New London, passed away unexpectedly in the early morning of Sept. 5.

He was the beloved son of Rick and Kathy LeChette, and cherished brother of Eric LeChette and his wife, Kelli. Jason was thrilled to recently become an uncle for the first time with the birth of Bryce Edward LeChette, son of Eric and Kelli, and was joyfully looking forward to being the “fun uncle” for Bryce. Jason loved hunting and fishing with his lifelong friend, Dilan, with whom he formed Fully Flocked, a goose hunting guide service. Jason loved bowling, and was thrilled to travel to Las Vegas in 2017 with his family and lifelong friend Adam to bowl in the USBC Nationals.

Jason was born on Christmas Eve 1995, and thoroughly enjoyed celebrating his birthday with the Christmas holiday. He was a 2014 graduate of Avon Grove High School and a 2015 graduate of the nursing program at TCHS in New London. His interest in nursing started with a life-threatening illness in November of 2011, when he was 15. He was diagnosed with Aplastic Anemia and received a bone marrow transplant at A. I. DuPont hospital after completing a grueling series of radiation and chemotherapy treatments. He fought valiantly through this illness while receiving school instruction in the hospital, then later at home, due to his need to be protected from exposure to infections. He was able to return to school and was eventually hired as a nursing assistant at A.I. DuPont, where he was loved by the young patients and staff. He was hired as a corrections officer at Chester County Prison in July of 2018, and quickly became a respected and admired member of the staff. He was training to apply for a position on the prison CERT team at the time of his death. 

Jason was athletic his entire life, playing Little League baseball for Avon Grove, and later football in middle and high school, prior to his illness. He worked hard and was able to return to the football team in his senior year.

Jason was preceded in death by his grandparents and his cousin, Edward Wooding.  He is survived by his parents; brother; nephew; and many cousins, aunts and uncles.



Aaron M. Shoop, 84, of Lincoln University, passed away on Sept. 10 at Twin Pines Health Care Center in West Grove.

He was the husband of the late Clarabell J. Thompson Shoop. He was the son of the late Ira and Anna Frame Shoop. He served in the U.S. National Guard. Aaron retired from Super Fresh in Oxford after many years of service. Aaron lived in Lincoln University most of his life. He was a 50-year member of Ocklokonee Tribe No. 212 I.O.R.M., and Past Great Sachem of Pennsylvania. He was a longtime bingo caller at the Red Men Hall in Oxford. He was a hard worker and enjoyed gardening.

He is survived by one daughter, Judy L. Shoop of Downingtown; three grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; and two brothers, Ben Shoop (Shirley) of Delaware, and Clyde Shoop (Catherine) of Oxford. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Patty A. Sheets.

A graveside Red Men service will be held at 11 a.m. Sept. 21 at Beulah Baptist Church Cemetery (3815 Newark Rd., Oxford). Family and friends may visit from 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 15 at the Edward L. Collins, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc. (86 Pine St., Oxford).  A Red Men service will be held at 7 p.m. Online condolences may be made at



Yolanda D'Amico Fidanza, 90, of Avondale, passed away on Sept. 12 at Jenner's Pond in West Grove.

She was the wife of the late Alexander "Sunday" Fidanza, who passed away in 1980, and with whom she shared 30 years of marriage. Born in Prescott, Pa., she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Angela Carulli D'Amico. She retired from Hercules in 1994, and was tax collector for New Garden Township from 1982 to 2005.

She is survived by four children, Barbara Fidanza Martz of Cochranville, Alexander "Sonny" Fidanza, Jr. of Avondale, Karen Fidanza Schwartz of Newark, Del., and Steven Fidanza of Avondale; six grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her grandson, Alexander "Alex" Fidanza; two brothers, Alfred "Babe" D'Amico and Anthony "Tony" D'Amico; and two sisters, Jeannette Filiaggi and Edith Ciarrocchi. 

A funeral was held Sept. 17. Interment was in St. Patrick's Cemetery in Kennett Square. To view her online tribute and to share a memory with her family, visit



Everardo Duran-Trigueros, 60, of Landenberg, passed away on Sept. 8 at the Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.

He was the husband of Graciela Arevalo-Nunez, with whom he shared 38 years of marriage. Born in Yuriria, GTO, Mexico, he was the son of the late Magdaleno Duran and the late Guadalupe Trigueros. He was a member of St. Rocco Catholic Church. Everardo enjoyed dancing, leisure times, and being with his family and friends.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by six daughters, Maria D. Duran of West Grove, Alma R. Duran of Oxford, Graciela Duran of Landenberg, Cecilia Duran of Landenberg, Alexis Duran of Landenberg, and Monica Duran of West Grove; eight brothers, Jose Luis Duran of Kennett Square, Roberto Duran of Landenberg, Cesario Duran of Florida, Leonel Duran of Texas, Miguel Duran of Kennett Square, Juan Duran of Oxford, Antonio Duran of Oxford, and Manuel Duran of Mexico; seven grandchildren; and one great grandchild.

A funeral was held Sept. 13. Burial was in St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Kennett Square. To view his online tribute and to share a memory with his family, visit



Myranelle Mary Sheets, 94, of Oxford, passed away on Sept. 14 at Ware Presbyterian Village in Oxford.

She was the wife of the late Arthur Jack Sheets. Born in Chilhowie, Va., she was the daughter of the late John Henry and Mattie Belle Richardson Roland. Myranelle was employed as a seamstress at Bainbridge Naval Base in Port Deposit, Md.; Tiddies Sewing Factory of Quarryville; and West Grove Knitting Mill, where she retired in 1985. She was a farmer in Nottingham. She was a member of Nottingham Missionary Baptist Church. Myranelle enjoyed sewing, crocheting afghans and gardening.

She is survived by three daughters, Linda Sheets of Allentown, Anna Faye Miller (Raymond) of Rising Sun, Md., and Beverly Sheets of Nottingham; one son, Timothy J. Sheets of Nottingham; three grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; one sister, Mabel Phipps; and one brother, Harold Roland. She was preceded in death by a grandson, Timothy Sheets II.

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Sept. 18 at Nottingham Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery (303 W. Christine Rd., Nottingham). In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to Willow Tree Hospice, 616 E Cypress St., Kennett Square, PA 19348. Visit


Assunta Toto, 94, of West Grove, passed away on Sept. 13.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Giuseppe Toto, with whom she shared 62 years of marriage. Born in Catignano, Italy, she was the daughter of the late Alessandro and Grazia (Di Lorenzo) Di Zacomo. She was a homemaker and helped maintain the family mushroom business.

Assunta is survived by her children, Maria Drumheller (Don), Remo Toto (Diane), Luigi Toto (Michele), Justin Toto ( Mary), Nancy Austin (Lewis), and Rosalia Di Benedetto; 14 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren. She is also survived by a sister, Amalia. She was preceded in death by two sons (Gino and Gabriele Toto) and a grandson. (Eric Toto). She was also preceded in death by her seven siblings, all of Italy.

Friends and family are invited to attend Assunta’s visitation on Sept. 20 from 10:00 to 11:45 a.m. at Assumption BVM Church (300 State Rd., West Grove). Her funeral Mass will be immediately following the visitation. In lieu of flowers, a contribution may be made to Ware Presbyterian Village, 7 East Locust Street, Oxford, PA 19363, Attn: Employee Fund. To view her online tribute and to share a memory with her family, visit

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