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Obituaries week of May 4

05/05/2020 09:51PM ● By Steven Hoffman



William Morris Rawle, 82, died on April 19 at his home, Watermark Farm, in Oxford.  

Bill, or Wink, as he was known by his family and close friends, was born in Bryn Mawr, Pa. He was the son of James and Mary Cheston Rawle.  

He attended Episcopal Academy, Holderness School, Norwich University, and The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and served proudly in the First Troop Philadelphia City Cavalry and the Pennsylvania National Guard.

Described by his friends and family as a man of integrity, loyalty and with an insatiable zest for life, Bill was also an avid athlete. As a young man he learned to sail in Quissett Harbor on Cape Cod, and later in life kept a sailboat on the Chesapeake Bay. He also competed in baseball, basketball, and received the Boyer Scholarship from the First City Troop to study Economics at the University of Oslo, Norway where he was a competitive skier and ski jumper. In 1960, he was shortlisted for U.S. Olympic Ski Team and he went on to win the North American X-Country Ski Championship in the 30k and 50k races.  

Bill made his career in finance as a stockbroker and advisor, beginning at Elkins, Morris, Stokes & Co., G. H. Walker & Co. (later Merrill Lynch), and Boenning & Scattergood, where he spent almost 30 years.  He cared deeply about ethics in financial services and he considered it a privilege to help his clients invest and establish a financial foundation for their lives.

While Bill worked hard in business, his passion was for his family, his faith, and his farm.  He married Anne in 1970 and in the same year they established Watermark Farm in Oxford and soon after were joined by two daughters, Emily and Ellie, also of Oxford. They were both accomplished horsewomen.

For 50 years, the Rawle family has raised award-winning sport horses and coached dressage champions at the national and international level.  

Bill was an accomplished horseman winning an International Silver Medal in Dressage and competing in Three Day Eventing and Hunters and Jumpers as an Adult Amateur.  He not only loved riding but the farming as well and could often be seen on his John Deere tractor making hay or building jumps and doing projects around the farm. 

Bill’s greatest challenge came in 1988 when a horse-riding accident left him paralyzed for over a year with a severe spinal cord injury. Through perseverance and determination, he made an extraordinary recovery, and was eventually able to return to work and to his tractor.

Bill is survived by his wife Anne, his daughter Ellie, and his sisters, Elizabeth of Bryn Mawr, Pa. and Louisa of South Salem, NY. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Emily.

Services will be scheduled at a later date.  In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the First Troop Philadelphia City Cavalry Military Heritage and Education Foundation.

Arrangements by the Edward L. Collins, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc., Oxford, PA
On-line condolences may be made at

Evelyn L. Mains

Evelyn L. Mains, of Landenberg, passed away on April 20 at home. She was 74.
She was the wife of Allen C. Mains, Jr. with whom she shared 56 years of marriage.  

Born in Mountain City, TN, was the daughter of the late Fred Howell and Beulah Helen Eldreth Adams. 

Evelyn was employed with Hewlett-Packard for 30 years, retiring in 2001. 

She attended Landenberg Methodist Church.

She is survived by her husband; one daughter, Tina L. Pairo of Kennett Square; one brother, David A. Adams of Avondale; and one sister, Linda Dillon of Kennett Square.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Arrangements are being handled by the Edward L. Collins, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc., Oxford.
Online condolences may be made at


Everett Potter Priestley, age 74, of Lincoln University, passed away peacefully on April 24 at St. Francis Hospital. Born in Norwalk, CT, he was the son of the late Gertrude (nee Potter) and Albert Samuel Priestley. 

He was the youngest of three children. He moved to Newark, Del. with his family in 1948 when his parents established a Suburban Gas Company branch in nearby Glasgow. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1965 and was assigned to NAS Oceana, Fighter Squadron 33 (VF-33) as an Aviation Maintenance Administration worker. 

He performed two tours onboard the naval carrier USS America (CV-66). After leaving the Navy in 1967,  he attended college graduating from the University of Delaware and went on to complete his Juris Doctorate at William and Mary. Everett worked as an attorney in general practice in Wilmington and later Newark. 

Everett is survived by his children and their spouses, Everett V. and Carol A. Priestley and Mary “Lia” Amelia Priestley and Scott Walker; his grandsons, David Sargent Walker, Thomas M. Emory Walker, and James Michael Walker; and his brother, Howard Priestley.

In addition to his parents, Everett was predeceased by his wife, Mary Linda Priestley (nee Vannoy) and his sister, Edith Knotts.

Funeral services will be held privately. In lieu of flowers, donations are requested to be made to USO Pennsylvania & Southern New Jersey. Online condolences may be made at


Jeannie Pierce Scott, of Kennett Square and Annandale, VA, passed away on April 15 at Dunwoody Village in Newtown Square, Pa. She was 91.

Beatrice Jeannie Pierce was born in Kennett Square on Nov. 8, 1928, the daughter of the late Augustus Duer and Beatrice Nute Pierce. She graduated from Kennett High School, class of 1946 and attended Centenary College for Women, where she earned a degree in early education. Jeannie adored her kindergartners at Lynbrook Elementary School, in Springfield, VA; she went on to attend their graduations, weddings, and baby showers. She made lasting friendships with her coworkers. She lit up every room she entered.

Jeannie was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Annandale and the First Presbyterian Church of Kennett Square. She was devoted to God, and kept him in her heart always. She loved the ocean. She especially loved Hawaii, where she lived with her first husband, Alfonse Simeone, her son Franklin, and where her second son, Stephen was born. Her second husband, Bob Scott brought Jeannie back to Hawaii multiple times, and finally back to her hometown of Kennett Square.

Jeannie is survived by her children, Franklin Duer Simeone (Viki) of San Francisco, CA, Stephen Pierce Simeone (Patti) of Tampa, FL, and Kina Simeone Clark (Harry) of Gladwyne, Pa.; her grandchildren, Jamin Simeone (Carlye), Lonette Simeone, Adriel Simeone, and Lauren Simeone, and five great-grandchildren.  She is also survived by her stepchildren, Thomas Scott (Barbie) of Cincinnati, OH, Courtney Scott (Dana) of Reston, VA, and Leecie Scott of Winchester, VA; her step-grandchildren, Nicholas Scott (Blakney), John Scott (Crissy), Amanda Haldeman (Josh), Erin Calantuoni (Brian), Michelle Keys (Andrew) Gary Richter (Heather), Crystal Blair, Casey Blair (Stephanie), and 12 great grandchildren. 

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Alfonse Simeone and her second husband, Bob Scott. She was also preceded in death by her brother, Donald Nute Pierce and beloved grandson, David Alan Becker. 

Services will be scheduled for a later date at the Presbyterian Church of Kennett Square.  Arrangements are being handled by the Kuzo Funeral Home in Kennett Square. 

Please visit the online memorial by going to

Harold W. Spaetzel

Harold W. Spaetzel, 92, of New London, formerly of Ubly, Michigan, passed away at home on April 28.

He was the husband of Mary Eckenswiller Spaetzel, with whom he shared 68 years of marriage.

Born in Ubly, Michigan, he was the son of the late William and Mary Young Spaetzel.

Harold was a veteran of the U.S. Army.

He graduated from Ubly high school in 1945 and was class president. Harold was a dairy farmer for many years.

Harold was a member of Our Savior Lutheran Church in Bad Ax, Michigan.

He was an avid sports fan and enjoyed hunting, fishing, and spending time with his family.

He is survived by his wife; two children, Gretchen Hessler (Greg) of Rolla, Missouri and Pauline Cousineau (Ed) of New London Township; and two granddaughters, Emily Heggan (Justin) of Wilmington, Del. and Heidi Cousineau of Miami, FL.

He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Mary (Young) Spaetzel and his sisters, Lorraine Newcomb, Joanna Burrows, Mavis Ackerman and Wilma Daniels.

Services will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Willow Tree Hospice, 100 Sycamore Dr, West Grove, PA 19390 or Our Savior Lutheran Church, 123 W Irwin St, Bad Axe, MI 48413.

Arrangements are being handled by the Edward L. Collins, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc., Oxford.

Online condolences may be made at

Christopher J. “Joe” Gallo

Christopher J. “Joe” Gallo, of Landenberg, died peacefully in his sleep after a long-fought battle with liver cancer on April 27. He was 70.

He was born in Chester, Pa. on Dec. 25, 1949 to Joseph and Lucy Gallo.  

He attended the Milton Hershey School for two years after his father had passed away, and then later enrolled at St. James Catholic School in Ridley Park, Pa. to be closer to home and his family. 

Later, he got a job working for the Delaware River Port Authority and during his time there, he achieved several degrees, including his MBA in finance from Widener University. He also worked on the EZ-Pass project as program manager. 

He was active in the Oxford United Methodist Church as a treasurer, pastor relations chair, Sunday School teacher, and a member of the administrative board.  

He loved to travel, eat good food, and tell tales that made everyone laugh.  He had such a wonderful, bright spirit and could make anyone laugh when they were having a tough day.

Joe is survived by Robin, his loving wife of 40 years; their two sons, Paul and Daniel and daughter-in-law, Joanna; sisters, Rosalie, Joanne and Carmella; brother-in-law Mark Jamison, spouse, Linda Jamison; and niece, Kristen Jamison. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Lucy Gallo and in-laws, C. Paul “Dutch” and Margaret Jamison.

In lieu of flowers, Joe requested donations be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital P.O. Box 1000, Dept 142, Memphis, TN 38148-0424.

Services will be private.

Arrangements are being handled by the Edward L. Collins, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc., Oxford.

Online condolences may be made at


Megan Amber Testa, 34, of Cochranville, passed away unexpectedly on April 15 at her home.  

Born in West Chester, Megan was the daughter of Stephania A. (Losito) and Larry A. Testa.  Megan was a 2003 graduate of Octorara High School.  

Megan enjoyed trips to the mountains in Somerset County and working on her art projects such as her beautiful drawings and paintings.  

In addition to her parents, she is survived by her siblings, Matt and Cheri Testa of Reading, Jake and Carrie Testa of Oxford; nephew, Bane Testa and niece, Sasha Testa; and, furry friends, Clover and Frankie.

According to Megan's wishes, there will be no funeral service. Please remember Megan as the kind and loving woman she was and plant some flowers in her memory.

In lieu of flowers, please donate in Megan's memory to the Brandywine Valley SPCA, 1212 Phoenixville Pike, West Chester, PA 19380.

Arrangements are being handled by Wilde Funeral Home of Parkesburg. Online condolences can be posted at


Timothy Wayne Liddick, Sr., of Toughkenamon, passed away on April 27 at the Chester County Hospital. He was 61.

He was a loving husband and best friend of Dorothy Marie (Estacio) Liddick. They were high school sweethearts and went on to share 42 years of marriage. 

He was born on January 25, 1959 in West Chester to the late Raymond and Helen Liddick (Price).

Tim graduated from Kennett High School in the class of 1977 and was a track and cross country  champion.  He always had a great time at his class reunions and reconnecting with friends. He worked for the Brandywine River Museum until his retirement in 2016.  He particularly enjoyed decorating the museum for the holidays. 

In his younger years he enjoyed coaching KAU baseball and basketball, respectfully called “Coach and the legend” by his players. You could find him in front of the television when the Eagles, Phillies or Sixers were playing.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his three sons, Timothy Wayne Liddick, Jr. (Wanda), Michael Liddick (Sean) and Brandon Liddick, and his grandchildren, Troy and Hannah.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother Donny Liddick and niece Lindsay Estacio and his in-laws Anastacio and Gladys Estacio. He leaves behind his nephews, Richard Estacio Jr. (Lauren), Aaron Bennett, Jarod Estacio, nieces Brooke Bennett Norbert (Cameron), Alexis Bennett, and great niece Alexa Lauren Estacio.

The Liddick family extends its heartfelt thanks to the doctors and nurses of the CCH Covid Unit, PENN Hospice, Nurse Maureen and Hospital Chaplain Suzanne. The family also thanks the Davita Jennersville Dialysis staff for the compassionate care for Tim, which was a great comfort to the family over the last years.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Covid -19 research at PENN Medicine 701 EAST Marshall St., West Chester, PA 19380.

All services will be private.

To view his online tribute and to share a memory with his family, please visit


Corinne Rhodes, of Oxford, died on April 30 as a result of the Covid-19 virus. She was 93.

She was the widow of Donald M. Rhodes, who passed away in 2005, and with whom she shared 35 years of marriage.  She was previously married to the late Hubert (Scoop) Sumner for 20 years.

Queenie was born on May 8, 1926 at the family farm on Blake Road in rural Elkton, Md.  She was the daughter of the late Robert B. and Mattie Jones Finger.  

She was a secretary at Jordan Bank and Nottingham Schools, prior to retiring from the Oxford Area School District.  

Queenie was a graduate of Calvert High School, Rising Sun, Md. and attended secretarial school in Philadelphia.  She was a longtime member of the Oxford Church of the Nazarene, and a lifetime member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the VFW, Post 1776.    

She is survived by her daughter, Deborah Haney Cozzone; a brother, Robert B. Finger, II; four grandsons, Robert, Jeffrey, and Timothy Haney, and Steven R. Cochran; three great-granddaughters, three great-grandsons; extended family; and cherished friends.

Queenie was predeceased by her sisters, Lucille Stamper, Jane Davis, and Polly Stamper; and two daughters, Sandra Fisher and Linda Urusky.

She served in various capacities with the local VFW Post Auxiliary, but for the longest period as the post secretary.  She was also a longtime Financial Secretary for the Oxford Church of the Nazarene. She enjoyed traveling and bowled for over 50 years on various leagues at Ox-Grove Lanes.    

A special thank you is extended to the staff at Calvert Manor Healthcare Center for the excellent, loving care they provided prior to her passing. 

A memorial service will be planned for a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Oxford Church of the Nazarene, 116 E. Locust St, Oxford, PA 19363 or Calvert Manor Healthcare Center, 1881 Telegraph Road, Rising Sun, MD 21911. 

Arrangements are being handled by the Edward L. Collins, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc., Oxford. Online condolences may be made at


Doris M. Dengler, age 92, of Kennett Square, passed away on April 29 at Linden Hall.

She was the daughter of the late Clayton V. and Marie E. Dengler.

She grew up in Lebanon, Pa., moved to New York City in 1958, where she was employed in a law firm and studied at Columbia University School of General Studies and Mills College of Education.  

After graduation she moved to Kennett Square where she taught elementary education and completed her own education with a master’s degree in education from Temple University. 

Doris retired from teaching in 1989 and for almost two decades thereafter worked as a guide in the garden at Winterthur.  During this period of time she traveled extensively in Europe, the United States and Mexico.

Doris had many interests, including politics, literature, art, music, theatre, history and nature.  She also loved people and had a wide circle of friends.

She leaves no children but a family of nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews and two great-great nieces.  She was predeceased by her only sister, Jeanette and brother-in-law James Hoffman.

Her service will be held privately. 

To view her online tribute and to share a memory with her family, please visit

SLUG: Obituaries May 6

Obit- Mains

Obit- Rawle

Obit- Scott


Obit- Gallo


Obit- Dengler

Obit- Liddick

Obit- Rhodes

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