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Obituaries week of Dec. 2

12/03/2019 12:56PM ● By Steven Hoffman


Harold Weston Bledsoe, 86, of Willow Street, Pa., formerly of Nottingham passed away on Nov. 22, with his family near at home, after a long battle with Alzheimer’s Disease.

He was the husband of Mary Smyth Bledsoe with whom he shared 62 years of marriage.

Born in Todd, NC, he was the son of the late Bernard and Beulah Callaway Bledsoe.

Harold was a veteran of the U.S. Army, stationed in Germany from 1953 to 1955.

He retired from Lukens Steel in 1994 after 42 years of service.

His love will never be forgotten.

He is survived by his wife; one son, Steve Bledsoe of Willow Street; one daughter, Donna Nardo of Oxford; one grandson, Reynold Davis; one great-grandson, Weston Davis; one brother, Denton Bledsoe of NC; three sisters, Jewel Woodie, Berniece Hunt and Barbara Goodman all of NC.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Dottie Bledsoe.

Services will be held at a later date.Arrangements are being handled by the Edward L. Collins, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc., Oxford, PA.

On-line condolences may be made at



Barry Lee Kenes, Sr. passed away peacefully on Nov. 26 at the age of 74.

He was born and raised in Enola, Pa., the son of Frances (Weaver) Kenes and Stephen Kenes.

He was known for bringing joy and laughter to his family and friends. He worked with high-rise electrical signs in and around eastern Pennsylvania. He was also the owner and operator of ServiceMaster Commercial and Home Cleaning Company with Audrey, his wife of almost 50 years.

Barry came to know the Lord, Jesus Christ at the Christian and Missionary Alliance Church of Progress, Pa. and most recently was a member of the Bible Evangelical Church of Kennett Square. He was a member of the Full Gospel Christian Business Men’s Association. Barry continued to express God’s loving kindness throughout his life.

Survivors include his wife, Audrey Kenes (Shorter) and their children: Adam (married to Suzie) Kenes; Kelly (married to Kevin) Calley; Monica (married to Scott) Schneider; William (married Sendi) Kenes; Barry (married to Rhonda) Kenes Jr.; Jodi (married to Scott) Beckey; Sherry (married to James) Benson; and Jo (married to Doug) Stirling. He was also blessed with 32 grandchildren and 46 great grandchildren.

Barry was preceded in death by his mother, Frances (Weaver) Kenes, his father, Stephen Kenes, and his sister, Stevonna Crousore.

Visitation with the family will take place Wednesday evening, Dec. 4, from 6 to 8 p.m. and Thursday, Dec. 5, from 10 to 11 a.m. A celebration of life service will then take place at 11 a.m. The visitations and services will be held at the Bible Evangelical Church of Kennett Square, 500 E. Cypress Street, Kennett Square.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Adult and Teen Challenge PA at the website


Douglas Arthur Fisher of Oxford died peacefully on Thanksgiving day, Nov. 28.

He was born on July 13, 1942 to Ralph and Ruth Fisher in Battle Creek, MI. He grew up the eldest of three in Indiana and Michigan. After graduating from Wabash College in 1964, he moved west to UC Davis where he received a PhD in Botany in 1968.

Doug’s career included time as a professor, as a manager of a research publishing company (BIOSIS), and as an independent timber-milling operator where he made fine wood boards from trees around the Southeast Pennsylvania area. Some of Doug’s fondest memories were spending time in Houghton Lake, Michigan as a boy with his grandfather, and later as a father with his sons and extended family. Another annual highlight for Doug over the years was a week-long ski trip with friends to different ski resorts around the country. At home, Doug sang in the choir at Westminster Presbyterian Church, donated his time to Habitat for Humanity, played bridge with an extended group, and loved a good steak or hamburger.

Doug is survived by his wife Barbara, his sister Susie, his two sons David and Nathan and their spouses, Barbara’s children Brian Donahue and Angie Allen, and six grandchildren (Tad, Skye, Talia, Nadia, Kylie, and Zach).  He is predeceased by his parents and his sister, Barbara. 

Doug’s love of family and hearty laugh will be missed.

A Memorial service will be planned at a later date at Ware Presbyterian Village.

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