Obituaries for the week of Oct. 7
● By J. Chambless
Alice Patricia “Pat” Williams, 76, of Oxford, passed away on Sept. 26 at Ware Presbyterian Village in Oxford.
Born in Philadelphia, she was the daughter of the late William and Alice Theilacker Madden. She was a member of Sacred Heart Church in Oxford. Pat was a longtime employee at Lankenau Medical Center in Wynnewood as an administrative assistant. She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and creating memories with her great-grandchildren.
She is survived by one son, Michael Williams (Shirley) of Oxford; one daughter, Michelle Quinn of Oxford; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Oct. 2. Interment was in SS Peter and Paul Cemetery in Springfield. Visit www.elcollinsfuneralhome.com.
KASIA AIST DAVIES
Kasia “Kay” Aist Davies, 72, of Kennett Square, passed away on Sept. 27 at Crosslands in Kennett Square.
She was the wife of Donald V. Davies, with whom she shared 35 years of marriage. Born in Newark, Del., she was the daughter of the late Wilmer Aist and the late Eileen Aist. Kay was a Chemist at the DuPont Company in Glasgow, Del. She enjoyed birds, plants, flowers, trees, and being with her family and friends. She was a gentle and quiet person and loved by all. She created beautiful artwork.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by one brother, Kent Aist in Maryland; and one sister, Pamela Aist in Dedham, Mass. Kay’s services and burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, a contribution may be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation, P.O. Box 5014, Hagerstown, MD 21741-5014. To view her online tribute and to share a memory with her family, visit www.kuzoandfoulkfh.com.
BILLY LEE GENTRY
Billy Lee Gentry, 84, of Cochranville, passed away on Oct. 5 in Harrison House, Christiana.
He was the husband of Dorothy Clark Gentry, with whom he shared 51 years of marriage. Born in Kermit, W.Va., he was the son of the late Isaac and Grace Lovins Gentry. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army. Billy owned and operated Gentry and Son Greenhouse in West Grove and Avondale. He retired from BFI, West Grove. He attended Chadds Ford Baptist Church. Billy enjoyed gardening, flowers, the outdoors, nature and traveling.
He is survived by his wife; three brothers, John Gentry of Oxford, Roy Gentry of McConnellsburg, and Isaac Gentry, Jr., of Wytheville, Va.; and two sisters, Annie Harpe of West Grove and Beulah Johnston of Oxford. He was preceded in death by his son, Andrew M. Gentry.
A celebration of life service will be held at 12:30 p.m. Oct. 12 at Chadds Ford Baptist Church (415 Baltimore Pike, Chadds Ford), where friends and family may visit from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. Oct. 12, at Unionville Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to Chadds Ford Baptist Church, P.O. Box 322, Chadds Ford, PA 19317; or the Humane Society, 2195 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster, PA 17602. Online condolences may be made at www.elcollinsfuneralhome.com.
SHARON PINNO CARLISLE
Sharon Pinno Carlisle, 75, of Cochranville, passed away on Oct. 5 at Seasons Hospice in Newark, Del.
She was the wife of Christopher I. Carlisle, with whom she shared 52 years of marriage. Born in Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia, she was the daughter of the late John V. and Alice Boyle Pinno. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from Immaculata College in Malvern. Sharon was employed with the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, New Bolton Center, as a clinical microbiologist, retiring in 2012 after 26 years of service.
She enjoyed cooking for family and friends and challenged herself to create unique recipes. Her love of gardening was evident by seeing the gardens around her home. Sharon was a lifelong learner and was always researching and learning about new topics that related to her work or family. Family vacations to Assateague and Nantucket Islands always held fond memories and a special place in her heart. Sharon’s greatest love was her adoring husband and her dog, Barney or “B” as she called him. She was so proud of all her grandchildren and loved hearing about their adventures and achievements in work and school.
She is survived by her husband; two children, Alison Carlisle Pennell (Gregory E.) of Oxford and Amanda Carlisle Brink (Joshua S.) of Milton, Mass.; five grandchildren; and one brother, John V. Pinno, Jr. (Elaine M.) of Nottingham. She was preceded in death by one sister, Sheila Pinno Patrick.
A memorial service will be held 2:30 p.m. Oct. 12 at the Edward L. Collins, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc. (86 Pine St., Oxford), where family and friends may visit from 1 to 2:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, PO Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123. Online condolences may be made at www.elcollinsfuneralhome.com.
FRANCES COLLINS RUCH
Frances Collins Ruch, 93, of Kennett Square -- formerly of Cape Cod, Mass., Princeton Junction, N.J., and Glyndon, Md. -- passed away peacefully on Oct. 5.
She was the beloved wife of 58 years to the late James J. Ruch Jr.; and sister of the late Mary McMullen, Aline Glavin, and Dr. Robert (Janet) Collins. She is survived by her children, Frannie Ruch of New York City, Pat Ruch (Al Cerkan) of Chicago, Aline Frank of Kennett Square, Katie Krathwohl of Ipswich, Mass., Marylou Ruch (Tim Frey) of Ipswich, Mass., Sue Barber (Bill) of Marshfield, Mass., Jim Ruch (Lori) of Helena, Mont., and John Ruch (Lisa) of Robbinsville, N.J.; 18 grandchildren; four great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her infant children, Mary Elizabeth, Ann, and Michael.
A graduate of St. Elizabeth’s College, Fran began her career as a social worker at the New York Foundling home for foster children, stepped aside to raise eight children and returned to social work until retiring at age 73. She served as Director of Seniors and Social Services for West Windsor Township, N.J., President of the NJ Senior Centers, Member of the National Counsel on Aging, and was a contributor to the establishment of National Senior Center Standards. Born in the Bronx, Fran grew up in the New York suburb of Pelham Manor. “Franie” Collins was a sports standout and class leader, her joy always close to the surface. Her innocence, girlish delight in everything, and perpetual laugh were enjoyed by all. A devoted people person, she loved her faith, family, and sitting by the ocean in her later years (and being in the ocean for most of her life).
A visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 13 at the Kuzo Funeral Home (250 W. State St., Kennett Square). A funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Oct. 14 at St Patrick’s Church (212 Meredith St., Kennett Square). Burial will be in Massachusetts National Cemetery on Cape Cod at a later date. Fran had a special love for the organizations serving her grandchildren with autism. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her memory to Eden Autism (www.edenautism.org) or The Charles River Center (www.charlesrivercenter.org). To view her online tribute and to share a memory with her family, visit www.kuzoandfoulkfh.com.
SAMUEL H. JACKSON, SR.
Samuel H. Jackson, Sr., 82, of Elkton, Md., formerly of Cochranville, passed away peacefully on Oct. 4 at Franklin Square Hospital in Baltimore.
He was the husband of Mary Anna Anderson Jackson. Born in Cochranville, he was the son of the late A. Samuel and Josephine D. Cochran Jackson. Samuel, also known as “Homeville Flash,” was formerly employed as manager of Mallet Hill Polo in Cochranville for 34 years, and retired in 2015 from CNC Compost in Avondale as a truck driver. He enjoyed horses, polo, trucks, fishing and vacationing in Ocean City, Md.
He is survived by his wife; four children, Alice Martin (Douglas) of Elkton, Md., Samuel H. Jackson, Jr. (Judy) of Cochranville, Frank Creshine (Tracy L.) of Quarryville, and Helen McGinnis (Andy Kauffman) of Paradise; seven grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and one brother, Harry Jackson of Quarryville.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Oct. 10 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 at www.seasonsfoundation.org. Online condolences may be made at www.elcollinsfuneralhome.com.