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Obituaries for the week of Nov. 18

11/18/2019 02:33PM ● By J. Chambless


David Borrelli, 91, of Newark, Del., formerly of Avondale, passed away on Nov. 10 at his residence.

He was the husband of Yolanda Zaraco Borrelli, who passed away in 2010, and with whom he shared 59 years of marriage. Born in Langhorne, he was the son of the late Cesidio Borrelli and the late Josephine Borrelli. He was a technician for the Delmarva Power & Light Company for 41 years, retiring in 1989. He also owned Borrelli’s Restaurant & Bar in Wilmington, Del., along with his brothers, Paul and Thomas, and then the Barnwood Restaurant in Kennett Square. Dave was a member of Assumption BVM in West Grove, the Optimist Club, and was a past member and past chairman of the Avondale Borough Council in Avondale. He served his country for seven years in the National Guard. He enjoyed horse racing at Delaware Park, fishing, playing cards, going to the casinos, traveling, dancing at the Hunter’s Den, and being with his family and friends.

Dave is survived by one son, Michael Borrelli and his wife Joni of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; four daughters, Carol Anne Crossan and her husband Michael of Flower Mound, Texas,  Angela Marie Losito and her husband John of Avondale, Teresa Masha and her husband Richard of Landenberg, and Dolores Borrelli of Newark, Del.;  one brother, Joseph Borrelli of Cedars, Pa.; 12 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by three brothers, John Borrelli, Paul Borrelli and Thomas Borrelli.

A service was held on Nov. 15. Burial was in St. Mary’s Cemetery in West Grove. In lieu of flowers, a contribution may be made to the Avon Grove Lions Club, 600 Baker Station Road, West Grove, PA 19390; or to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. To view his online tribute and to share a memory with his family, visit


Agnes H. Wilson, 89, passed away peacefully on Nov. 7, with her loving family by her side.

Born in Oberkirch, Germany, Agnes was the daughter of the late August and Emilie (Meier) Schulle. At the age of 17, she immigrated to the United States as a World War II bride on a U.S. Army ship after marrying a serviceman in Germany.

For many years, Agnes raised her four children in Kennett Square, before moving to West Grove and then finally settling in Delaware. Before retiring in 1990 after 30 years, Agnes was the clinic coordinator for Pocopson Homes, where she started as a nurse’s aide and worked her way up through the ranks with many responsibilities including activities director and bus driver.

Faith and family were the center of Agnes’ life.  She was a parishioner at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church in West Grove for 22 years.  Once she moved to Delaware in 2001, Agnes attended St. Mary of the Assumption Parish in Hockessin.

From her annual beach vacations with her daughter, Jenny, to her many trips with her daughter, Brenda, from Germany and Canada to Niagara Falls and the New York Finger Lakes, Agnes treasured traveling with her children and grandchildren.

Agnes is predeceased by her husband of 40 years, Carl Wilson; her sons, James William Dilley, Jr., and Kenneth Ira Shields; as well as her brother and her four sisters. She is survived by her daughters, Brenda K. (Dilley) Cox, and Jenny A. (Dilley) Thomas and her husband Wayne; her daughter-in-law, Patricia Shields; her two grandsons; many nieces and nephews; as well as her forever friend of 41 years, Janice Wolfe.

A funeral was held Nov. 15. Interment was in Longwood Cemetery in Kennett Square. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary of the Assumption Church, 7200 Lancaster Pike, Hockessin, DE 19707.


Catherine E. Warren, 84, of Toughkenamon, died on Nov. 9 at the Pocopson Home in West Chester.

She was the wife of the late Albert D. Warren, Sr., who passed away in 1998. She was born in Conowingo, Md., and was the daughter of the late Violette Carter. She was a graduate of Avon Grove High School, Class of 1953. She was employed as a warehouse supervisor with Seneca Foods for 36 years, retiring in 1994. She was also employed part-time as a customer service rep (bagger) with Giant Foods, retiring in late 2006.

She is survived by a son, Albert D. Warren, Jr., of Landenberg (daughter in-law, Carol Lewis-Warren); a daughter, Barbara A. Warren of Wilmington, Del.., a granddaughter; and a host of nieces, nephews and friends. Funeral services were private. To view her online tribute and to share a memory with her family, visit


Justin C. Barnett, 39, of West Chester, passed away on June 26 in Philadelphia. 

He was a very talented poet, artist and songwriter who loved animals. He is survived by one son, Jordan; his parents, Frankie Thompson and John A. Barnett; stepfather John Thompson; brother Jacob; and grandmother Dolores Thompson. He was predeceased by his grandparents, Quinton and Jane Barnett, Frank and Helen Cannon, and Charles Thompson.


Donald A. Sampson, Jr., 67, of Oxford, passed away on Nov. 8 at his home.

He was the husband of Deborah Weir Sampson, with whom he shared 43 years of marriage. Born in West Grove, he was the son of Mary Greer Traina of Kirkwood and the late Donald A. Sampson, Sr. Donald graduated from Oxford Area High School Class of 1971. He studied carpentry in vo-tech for three years. He retired in 2016 from Curtis/Cruise Construction in Toughkenamon. He was the singer and drummer for Tammany Hall for over 40 years. He enjoyed surf and bass fishing, family cookouts, traveling to the beach and playing baseball with his grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife; mother; two daughters, Shannon Sampson Phillips (Mike) of Nottingham and Stacey Lee Sampson of Oxford; four grandchildren; two brothers, James Sampson of Oxford and Carl Traina of Rising Sun, Md.; and one sister, Lori Kelley of Oxford. A funeral was held Nov. 13. Interment was in Oxford Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to the Hospice and Community Care, P.O. Box 4125, Lancaster, PA 17604-4125. Visit


Richard E. Phillips, 75, of Oxford, passed away on Nov. 12 at his home.

He was the husband of the late Marian Phillips. Born in West Grove, he was the son of the late Donald K. and Abby Kaye Phillips. Richard was a retired mushroom grower in the Oxford area. He was a member of Encounter Church in Quarryville. He enjoyed traveling and spending quality time with his best friend, Nancy Fite.

He is survived by two daughters, Katrina Phillips of Montpelier, Vt., and Angela Marshall of Finlay, Ohio; three grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and one sister, Joyce McDowell of Oxford. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Rhonda McGee; a brother, Donald Phillips; and a sister, Jane Giffing.

A funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Nov. 22 at Encounter Church (300 Hideaway Dr., Quarryville), where friends and family may visit from 10 to 11 a.m. Family and friends may also visit from 6 to 8 p.m. Nov. 21 at the Edward L. Collins, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc. (86 Pine St., Oxford).  Interment will be in Oxford Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to Encounter Church, 300 Hideaway Dr., Quarryville, PA 17566. Online condolences may be made at


Margaret Mary McMichael, 73, of Kennett Square, passed away on Nov. 13 at her residence.

She was the wife of Charles McMichael, who passed away in 2018, and with whom she shared 50 years of marriage. Born in Philadelphia, she was the daughter of the late Harold Kerslake and the late Monica Reilly Kerslake. She was a secretary at the U.S. Department of Defense in Philadelphia for many years before her retirement. She enjoyed going to the casinos, and being with her family and friends.

She is survived by two daughters, Teresa Petersen and her husband Matthew of Kennett Square, and Kathy Sherm and her husband John of Woodstown, N.J.; and four grandchildren. Her service and burial were private. To view her online tribute and to share a memory with her family, visit


Thomas M. Walsh, 79, of Oxford, passed away on Nov. 14 at Jennersville Hospital Tower Health in West Grove.

He was the husband of Georgia L. Hathaway Walsh, with whom he shared 56 years of marriage. Born in Great Neck, N.Y., he was the son of the late James and Molly McLaughlin Walsh. Thomas was inducted into the National Museum of Racing’s Hall of Fame in 2005. In 1956, Thomas began his riding career at 15 years old. During his 12-year career as a jockey, he was either first or second seven times in the standings and was at the top of the ranks in 1960 with 31 wins. Thomas ranked second in the steeplechase division in 1957 and 1958. He won the American Grand National five consecutive times. Thomas also ran in the Saratoga Steeplechase Handicap, the Harbor Hill Handicap and the New York Turf Writers Cup winning in several of those. After his career as a jockey Thomas became a horse trainer. He trained more than 2,000 starters, winning in 200 races. In 2013 Thomas retired after his cancer diagnosis.

He is survived by his wife; and two brothers, Jim Walsh (Anne) of Alexandria, Ky., and Robby Walsh (Barbara) of Bethpage, N.Y. He was preceded in death by a brother, John Walsh.

A memorial service was held Nov. 18. Interment was private. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to a charity of your choice. Online condolences may be made at


Lane E. Jackson passed away in his sleep on the morning of Nov. 13 after a battle with cancer.

He was born in West Grove in 1938 to the late M. Anita (Wason), a skilled artisan and scouting advocate, and Everitt Jackson, a cattle dealer. Lane was raised on his family's farm in Nottingham and graduated from Oxford Area High School in 1956. He was drafted into the Army in 1961 and was stationed in Verdun, France, until 1963. Upon release, he traveled Europe in his VW bug and then returned to the states to People’s Bank of Oxford, where he continued for 29 years. As Vice President of Operations, Lane took pride in creating bank efficiencies through the innovative use of computers and automation. Later, he began Jackson Enterprises, where he built over 60 homes for local families. Through the years he was a member and held a variety of roles in the Oxford Jaycees, Chamber of Commerce, American Legion, Athletic Association, the local Learn to Swim Program, Redman’s Lodge and West Nottingham Township.

Lane is survived by his wife of 53 years, Shelba B. Jackson of Oxford; his daughter Julie Layne Jackson-Morris and her husband Daniel; and his two grandsons. 

Lane is fondly remembered for his humor and his generosity with his time and skills. Lane was the consummate outdoorsman. His love for the outdoors began in the Boy Scouts, where he earned the honor of Eagle Scout and traveled to the Philmont Scouting Ranch. Throughout his life, he was an accomplished fisherman, marksman, hunter, and craftsman.

Services and interment were private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to the Boy Scouts of America – Chester County ( Online condolences may be made at and personal memories may be sent to


Vivian Beatrice Piersol, 103, of Glenmoore, passed away on Nov. 11 at Hickory House Nursing Home in Honey Brook.

She was born in 1916 in Altoona, a daughter of the late Harry and Laura Crosson. Vivian was preceded in death by her husband of over 50 years, Norman Piersol; three siblings, Marion Ebling, Fredrick Crosson, and Harry Crosson, Jr.; one son, Ronald Piersol, Sr.; and her great-granddaughter, Amanda Piersol.

She was a member of Central Presbyterian Church, and a homemaker. She and Norman loved to volunteer at their church and for other charitable causes. She loved to paint and created a number of beautiful works of art over the years. Vivian also enjoyed spending time with her friends and family, hosting countless family gatherings and Saturday night pinochle. She was also known for her famous pies and cooking.

Vivian is survived by one son, Larry Piersol; five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren. She also leaves many other family members and friends who will sadly miss her.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Nov. 2019 at Central Presbyterian Church in Downingtown, with a reception in Fellowship Hall to follow. A greeting period with the family will begin at 10:15 a.m.


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