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Obituaries for the week of April 6

04/08/2020 02:50PM ● By Steven Hoffman


Ralph A. Dutton, 69, passed away at home in Oxford on March 26.

He was born on October 5, 1950, in Oxford and was the son of the late Ralph and Edith Dutton Sr. 

Ralph attended school in the Oxford Area School District and graduated from Oxford Area High School in 1968 before joining the United States Navy. He spent six years serving his country before receiving an honorable discharge for his service.

Ralph was currently employed by the Chester County Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired in Coatesville. He worked assisting with product assembly for the military resale program. Ralph enjoyed helping others and he loved spending time with his family and friends.

He is survived by his two children, Zayne A. Dutton (Jasmine), of West Chester, Pa. and Tara L. Easterling (Brian) of Paoli, Pa; One sister, June Ellen Dutton of Oxford; One brother, Paul Dutton of West Chester, Pa; a niece, Linda Dutton of Oxford; and six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. 

Due to the current crisis the country is experiencing, a home-going service will be held at a later date in Oxford.  Detailed information will be shared with family and friends in the future to celebrate the life of Ralph A. Dutton Jr. 

Funeral arrangements are being handled by Edward L. Collins Funeral Home, Inc., 86 Pine Street, Oxford.


Carol Irene Newsom, 74, of Chadds Ford, passed away on March 29 at her home.  

Born on October 18, 1945 in Darby, Pa., she was the daughter of the late Robert and Irene (Wright) Moyer.

She was a graduate of Upper Darby High School in the class of 1963.  She was a homemaker, raising her children but then entered the workforce as an administrator working for State Farm for 20 years.  She was a longtime member of the First Baptist Church in Kennett Square.  She served the church in many ways and enjoyed weekly Bible studies. Most of all, she loved her family and particularly enjoyed being around her grandchildren. She loved being a grammy to Robbie and Rachel, and she couldn’t wait for them to visit so she could spend time with them.

She is survived by her three children, Denise Newsom, Danielle Alexander (and her husband Rob), and Jonathan Newsom and her two grandchildren, Robbie and Rachel Alexander.

There will be a memorial service at the First Baptist Church in Kennett Square,. It will be scheduled at a later date. Please visit the online memorial by going to


Gene F. Patrick passed away at his home in Oxford on April 1. He was 78.

He was the husband of Joyce Hays Patrick, with whom he shared 59 years of marriage.

Born in Lancaster, he was the son of the late Raymond C. and Edna E. Pierce Patrick.

Gene graduated from Oxford Area High School as part of the class of 1958.

He attended Wesley Church in Kirkwood.

He was employed with Herr Foods, Nottingham as a sales supervisor.

He is survived by his wife; two sons, David M. Patrick (Lauren) of Coatesville and Timothy Gene Patrick of Oxford; one daughter, Dawn Christine Patrick of Oxford; five grandchildren, Timothy Gene Patrick, Jr., Jessica Patrick, Mathew Patrick, Hannah Gordon and Meredith Gordon; two great-grandchildren, Dylan Patrick and Owen Patrick; three brothers, Raymond Patrick of Oxford, Terry Patrick of NC and  Ronald Patrick of Christiana, Pa.; and two sisters, Brenda Holston (Lawrence) of MA, Sandra Slauch (John) of Kirkwood.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Gwyn C. Patrick, Sr.

Services will be private.

In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to Gene’s grandchildren’s education fund.
Arrangements are being handled by the Edward L. Collins, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc., Oxford.

Online condolences may be made at

Richard and Anna Manfredi 

Richard Manfredi passed away as a result of congestive heart failure on Oct. 16, 2019. His wife Anna followed him in death on March 22, 2020 as a result of the same affliction. Both were 91 years old at the time.

Richard Lewis Manfredi and Anna Gloria Vallorani were wed on June 3, 1950 and shared 69 years of marriage.

Richard was born in Annville, Pa. to Rocco Manfredi, an immigrant from Montorio al Vomano, Abruzzo, Italy, and Inez Maria Casantini of West Virginia on September 21, 1928. Anna was born in Philadelphia to Romano Vallorani, who immigrated to the U.S. from Ascoli Piceno, Italy, and Filomena Staino, who left Pedace Cosenza, Italy as a child, on October 19, 1928. They met in Toughkenamon as teenagers after both their families had relocated to the small town and gotten involved in the business of growing mushrooms. Richard was a mushroom grower most of his life and Anna was homemaker. Together they raised six children on a horse farm in Toughkenamon and were involved for many years in the breeding and racing of Thoroughbreds. Richard had a trainer’s license for many years and loved watching his horses race.

Both were entirely devoted to their children and their animals. While their children eventually moved out, they never went far as all six of their children have homes in southern Chester County. They are survived by their six children, Vicky Lesniczak (Gene), Michele Carr (Ben), Erica Blittersdorf (Tommy), Rocco Manfredi, Nicole Roberts (Stuart) and Deanna Manfredi (Tarquin Moore), as well as two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Anna is also survived by her brother, Joseph Vallorani and predeceased by her sister Marie Caputo. Richard is survived by his sister, Sandra Manfredi and brother Rocco Manfredi, Jr.

Burial will be private.


Raymond “Tom” Thomas Miller, age 72, of Rising Sun, Md., passed away on March 27. He was born on July 14, 1947 in Havre De Grace, Md. to the late Ransom E. Miller and Frances V. (Burkins) Miller.

A Vietnam veteran, Tom proudly served his county in the United States Air Force. He was a member of the American Legion Post 194 in Rising Sun, Md. and served with the Honor Guard for many years. Tom coached for the Rising Sun Little League while his sons played baseball. He was a huge sports and Nascar fan. Tom took great joy in helping everyone he knew. He will be dearly missed by all who knew him. 

Tom is survived by his beloved wife of 49 years, Anna Miller; sons: Steven Miller and his wife, Candace and Kevin Miller and his wife, Maria; granddaughter, Allison; five siblings: Virginia Tharp and her husband, Bob; Allen Miller and his wife, Judy; Linda Bak and her husband, Stan; Russell Miller and his wife, Christine and Hazel Jeansonne and her husband, Russell; and beloved dog, Winston.

Services will be held at a later date. To send online condolences and check for updated service information, please visit 


Mary B. Miller Lewis, 78, of Quarryville, passed away on April 2 at her sister’s home in Kennett Square.

Born in West Chester, she was the daughter of the late William and Mary Fouth Miller. 

Mary was employed with Hewlett Packard, American Manufacturing Technologies and Synthes from 1988 until retiring in 2011.

She was active in the cub scouts and girl scouts.

Mary enjoyed vacationing in Sea Isle City, N.J., trips to Williamsburg, VA and family camping trips.

She is survived by one son, Joseph Lewis of Elkton, Md.; four grandchildren, Molly, Katie, Asia and Anthony; one brother, James Miller of West Grove; and one sister, Judith Pratt of Kennett Square.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Mary Ann Marchesani; and two brothers, William Miller and Kenneth Miller.

Services will be held at a later date.    

In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital P.O. Box 1000, Dept 142, Memphis, TN 38148-0424.
Arrangements are being handled by the Edward L. Collins, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc., Oxford.
Online condolences may be made at