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Obituaries for the week of March 29

03/31/2020 02:56PM ● By Steven Hoffman
Wm. Shawn Weigel, of Nottingham, passed away on March 22. He was 47.
He was born in West Chester.
Shawn was a 1990 graduate of Vanguard High School in Paoli, Pa., where he was president of his class and editor of the school newspaper, Vanguard Today.  He attended Lebanon Valley College in Annville, Pa. 
He was a staff writer at the Hockessin Community News in Hockessin, Del.
Shawn loved taking his kids to concerts and to Ocean City, Md. where he spent many summers with his aunts and uncles and cousins.
He was a talented writer and musician; a creative, funny, lovable man with a spirit larger than life.
Shawn is survived by his mother, Darlene (Dee) Weigel of Oxford; Herbie and Phyllis Tester of Oxford, PA; his children,  Hannah Pinkerton, of Mannheim, Pa., Elijah and Josiah Weigel, both of Oxford;  his sister, Tina Rader, of Nottingham; his ex-wife, Melissa Weigel, of Oxford; his fiancee, Carrie Murphy, of Dover, Del., and her children, Abby and Aidan Cross; his brothers at heart Shannon Arnold of Oxford and Tim Vargason of Nottingham; his black cat, Jack; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.
He is preceded in death by his maternal grandparents Edna Weigel and Harry and Ann Weigel, all from Oxford.
A celebration of life service will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his honor to LaMancha Animal Rescue, 855 Doe Run Road, Coatesville, PA 19320.Arrangements are being handled by the Edward L. Collins, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc., Oxford.
Online condolences may be made at

Kevin Thomas Shaffer, 39, of Oxford,, passed away on Sunday, March 22 at Jennersville Hospital in West Grove.
Born in Chester he was the son of Thomas C. and Sandra Hazlett Shaffer of Oxford.
Kevin enjoyed playing baseball and football growing up in Collingdale. In his younger years he raced radio-controlled cars, liked NASCAR, Big Eagles Fan, fishing with his father, and spending time with his family.
He is survived by his parents; maternal grandmother, Dolores Hazlett-Mulhern of Wallingford; a special friend, Heidi Guhl of Oxford; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, James Hazlett and paternal grandparents, Howard and Hilda Shaffer.
A celebration of life service will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers contributions in his memory may be made to the Ronald McDonald House of DE, 1901 Rockland Rd., Wilmington, DE 19803.
Arrangements are being handled by the Edward L. Collins, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc., Oxford. Online condolences may be made at
Virginia Jidge Sophia Zarco (Smallwood), 72, of Oxford, passed away on Friday, March 20 at her home. She battled cancer for many years and was always a fighter.
Born in Germany she was the daughter of the late Richard Buckingham and Virginia Bobbit.
Virginia loved working at Walmart. She was a member of the Oxford Area Senior Center. She had a love for her two cats.
She is survived by six children, Virginia Leyva (Marco Leyva) of New Castle, Del., Tracy Rew Sheets of Maryland, Jamie Zavala (Antonio) of Delaware, Jimmy Rew of Delaware, Billie Jo Smallwood, Jose Lopez (Angie) of New Jersey; one step-daughter, Lisa Smallwood of Delaware; sixteen grandchildren; many great-grandchildren who she loved dearly; two sisters, Louise Lyons of Wilmington, Del. and Betty Nickle and her husband, Robert Nickle of Lawton, OK; and sister-in-law, Jackie Buckingham of Alabama.
She was preceded in death by her brother, David Buckingham.
Services are private.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Lung Association. 
Arrangements are being handled by the Edward L. Collins, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc., Oxford. Online condolences may be made at

Nancy J. Beyers, of Kelton, Pa., passed away on March 20 at Jennersville Hospital.  She was 80.
Born on September 14, 1939, she was the daughter of the late Frederick and Anna (Hyland) Beyers.
She was a longtime member of St. Gabriel of the Sorrowful Mother in Avondale.  She worked for many years at the Acme Market in the West Goshen Shopping Center in West Chester.  In her free time she loved flower gardening, playing bingo, and trips to Bethany Beach for family crab feasts.  She will be remembered for volunteering at the New Bolton Center, the Kennett Area Senior Center and at her church.
She is survived by her nieces and nephews: Nancy Potts of Frankford, Del., Dennis Huntington of Plymouth, MI, Wayne Huntington of New Madison, OH, Dr. Gary Huntington of West Chester, Carolyn MacFadden of Holly Springs, NC, Diane Osterhoudt, of Pleasantville, NY, and James Puff, of Mahopac, NY.
A graveside service will be private at St. Patrick Cemetery at 460 N. Union St. in Kennett Square.  Arrangements are being handled by the Kuzo Funeral Home in Kennett Square. Please visit the online memorial for Nancy Beyers by going to

Bobbie Sue Ashby Miller, a resident of Peach Bottom, Pa. and formerly of Parkesburg, passed away on March 24 at the age of 86.
She was the widow of the late Ellsworth "Bill" Miller, who died in 1989.  
Born on August 19, 1933, she was the daughter of the late, Robert Ashby and Zella Blevins Ashby Roten.
She retired from Pocopson Home after 25 years where she worked as a unit clerk and nurse's aide. She enjoyed growing flowers, watching birds, listening to music, playing games, watching her soap operas and game shows. Nothing was more important to her than her family, both in the north and the south.  She loved the mountains of North Carolina where she was born and especially enjoyed attending the annual Ashby and Roten family reunion weekends. 
She is survived by her daughter Karen Blackburn of Wilmington, Del.; daughter-in-law Nancy Miller, of Flowery Branch, GA; Randy Miller (husband of Debbie) of Bear, Del., Cathy Cogdill, (wife of Donnie) of Peach Bottom, Pa., and Robin McKenna (wife of Jeff) of Parkesburg, Pa.; grandchildren; Samantha Miller-Hall, of Landenberg, Greg Miller of Landenberg, Matthew Cogdill (and wife Jackie) of Havre de Grace, Md., Phillip Cogdill of Willow Street, Drew McKenna of Alexandria, Va.; Paige McKenna of Parkesburg, Pa., and Gabrielle Hoffman of Port Penn, Del.; great-grandchildren Gia and Grayson Hall, Kendra, Wade, Kloe and Willow Miller; Mackenzie and Daniel Cogdill; James Hoffman;  sisters Billie Dare Reins Testerman of Laurel Springs, NC, Nita Jordan (wife of Carl) of Bristol, VA, Dianne Ashby, of Centreville, VA, and Shirley Pierce (wife of Larry) of Reidsville, NC, brothers; Chrysler Ashby (husband of Margaret), of Greensboro, NC, and Russell Roten (husband of Yuriko Roten) of Jefferson, NC.
She was preceded in death by a son, Garry Miller, and siblings, Clarence Ashby, Rhumell Ball, and Sherrill Roten.
Private funeral services will be held at Union Hill Cemetery in Kennett Square.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made in memory of Bobbie Sue Miller to Pocopson Home-Activities Department; 1695 Lenape Road; West Chester, PA 19382.

Roberta Kane Webb, 97, of Quarryville Presbyterian Retirement Community passed away into the arms of her Savior on March 24.
She was born  on Aug. 6, 1922 in Chester, Pa. to the late Harry and Grace Simmons Kane. 
Roberta was married to Clyde Webb until his passing in 1994. 
A homemaker, Roberta enjoyed flowers and always had flowers in her home. She also enjoyed painting and liked sharing her pictures with family.
She attended Grace Baptist Church in Russellville.
Roberta loved her family and enjoyed spending time with them. She also enjoyed fixing meals for them. We never ate enough according to her. She loved her church and her church family. It was hard for her when health kept her from going.
Roberta is survived by one daughter, Kathryn (wife of Lester Davis, Sr.) of Peach Bottom; five grandchildren, Lester, Jr. (Barbara), Susan Taska, Christopher (companion Shannon), Brad (Bobbie) and Beth Appel (Davey); twelve great-grandchildren; and six great-great grandchildren youngest being one week old.
In addition to her husband and parents she is preceded in death by four sisters, Ruth Forester, Dorothy Lindsey, Glady Chamberlain and Sara Wickhart; three brothers, Fred Kane, Harry Kane and Bill Kane. 
The family would like to thank the staff at Quarryville Presbyterian Retirement Community for their care for Roberta.
A funeral service was held at 10:30 a.m. on March 30 at the Edward L. Collins, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the Oxford Senior Center, 12 E. Locust St., Oxford, PA 19363. Arrangements are handled by the Edward L. Collins, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc., Oxford. Online condolences may be made at

Edward Francis “Ted” McGovern, passed away on March 25 at Linden Hall Nursing Home in Kennett Square after a lengthy illness.  He is survived by his wife Dorothy (Taylor) McGovern.  
Born on May 19, 1930 in Wilmington, Del., he was the son of the late Edward J. and Julia (McTague) McGovern.
McGovern worked for State Farm Insurance Company for 30 years as an agent, then an agency manager and finally as the corporate director of education and training.  Throughout his life, he was also a professional musician, playing primarily the piano and guitar and as band leader of several bands, including the Beachcombers, the Blue Notes Quartet, The Notables and Ted McGovern Music.  
In addition to his wife, Edward is survived by his four children, Julie Balentine of Honey Brook, Pa., Janet Herr (Brian) of Castle Rock, CO; John McGovern of Avondale, and Elaine Kelleher (Eric) of Avondale;  10 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will happen at a date to be determined.  Arrangements are being handled by the Kuzo Funeral Home.  Please visit the online memorial by going to

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