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02/25/2014 04:22PM ● By Acl


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Allene M. Caddell, 93, of West Grove, passed away on Feb. 13 at the Jenner’s Pond Retirement Community in West Grove.

Her husband, Jack R. Caddell, died in 2007. She is survived by her daughter, Karen Frank; and her brother, A. Clyde Eide.
Born in Oak Park, Ill., she was the daughter of the late Alwin C. and Mayme Johnson Eide. She graduated from Ohio State University with a degree in fine arts. She was proud of her Norwegian heritage. She enjoyed her childhood and teenage years on the family farm in Capron, Ill., especially during the summer months, spending time with brother Clyde and cousins, Ted and Marilyn, and other close aunts and uncles. In later years, she led a country life on a few acres with her husband, Jack, near Lewisville and Kemblesville for several years. Riding horses, loving her dogs, playing bridge, gardening, reading, playing the piano, watching wildlife and cooking delicious meals were her favorite pastimes. She was a skilled and avid bridge player and donated a lot of her time to teaching others about the game. On occasion she traveled to Europe and Asia with her husband when he worked for DuPont. Horses and dogs were a big part of her life. She spent a lot of time with her daughter, Karen, doing what she loved -- foxhunting, showing horses and just riding in the countryside. She always appreciated visits from her daughter, Karen, and her husband, John.
Services were private. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the Chester County SPCA, 1212 Phoenixville Pike, West Chester, PA 19380.
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Robert M. Kline of West Goshen passed away on Feb. 14 at Jennersville Hospital, in the comforting presence of loved ones.

He was born in Ambler, Pa., in 1938 to the late Francis Kline and Alice (Hemerite) Kline. He was a farmer and caretaker for much of his life. He enjoyed fishing, tinkering with his tools, and being with family. 

 He will be joined with his late wife, Loretta Kline, with whom he shared more than 50 years of marriage.  He is survived by his sister, Harriet Paravati; two brothers, Francis Kline and Lenard (Butch) Kline; children, Robert L. Kline and Penny V. Wray; five grandchildren, Angela, Robert, James, Amy and Daniel; and eight great-grandchildren. He will be remembered and missed by family and friends whose lives he has touch so dearly.
A memorial service was held at Luther House on Feb. 23. Interment was private. condolences may be made at


Janice Carol Brown, 53, of West Grove, passed away on Feb. 11 at her residence.
Born in West Chester, Pa., she was the daughter of the late Thomas and Carol Dilly Eggers. She enjoyed shopping, cooking, cleaning, decorating, eating out and going to the beach.

She is survived  by her husband, Michael Santana, Sr., of West Grove; two sons, Timothy Brown and his wife Glenda of Mountain City, Tenn., and Michael Santana, Jr., of West Grove; two daughters, Jennifer Ramos of Avondale, and Heather Brown of West Grove; two brothers, Frankie Eggers of Aston, Pa., and Freddie Eggers of Nottingham, Pa.; two sisters, Donna Lewis of Avondale,and Carol Snyder of Toughkenamon; and four grandchildren, Tiffany Brown, Timmy Brown, Ashley Ramos, and Dantae Draper. She was predeceased by one granddaughter, Victoria Ramos.

A funeral was held Feb. 21. Burial was in the Kemblesville United Methodist Church Cemetery. Online condolences may be made by visiting


John (Jack) Kingston Greenland of West Grove died peacefully on Feb. 14 with his wife and children at his side.  

Predeceased by his parents, Anne Augusta Hart Greenland and Albert Kingston Greenland, he is survived by his devoted wife of 64 years, Margaret-Helen Stevens Greenland; his daughter Barbara Merritt Greenland Cooch, and son John Niven Greenland. He is also survived by his son-in-law Richard Rodney Cooch; grandchildren Richard Rodney Cooch, Jr., and Elizabeth Merritt Cooch; daughter-in-law Maria del Carmen Pagan Greenland; and grandchildren Jamie Niven Greenland, Sarah Hart Greenland and John Kingston Greenland II.

He was born and grew up in East Williston, N.Y.  A graduate of Williams College in 1942, he was selected to attend Naval Officers Training to serve in World War II and achieved the rank of Lieutenant.  He survived the bombing of his ship in the Mediterranean and guided many survivors to safety.

An executive with Kaiser Aluminum Company, he won the admiration and trust from all who worked with and for him.  After retirement, he enjoyed travel, volunteer work at Bryn Mawr Hospital, Longwood Gardens, Hagley Museum and the A.I. duPont Hospital for Children, fishing in Maine and spending time with family.  He had a lifelong love of reading and could frequently be found behind multiple newspapers.

He treasured most his role as husband, father and grandfather. He was a good listener, fair and scrupulously honest. His wife and children were, to him, his lottery winnings.

Services will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Willow Tree Hospice, 616 E. Cypress Street, Kennett Square, PA 19348.



Miriam (née Brace) Cole passed away with her children around her on Feb. 14.
Born in 1926 in Washington D.C., she was the only child of Florence and Leslie Brace.  She grew up in Westfield, N.J., graduating from Westfield High School in 1944. While attending Gettysburg College, she met Herbert W. Cole, who attended college on the GI bill after returning from World War II in the Pacific Theater, as a fighter pilot. She graduated from Gettysburg in 1948 with a major in biology and a minor in math. She was offered a scholarship to attend graduate school at Columbia University, but a better opportunity arose when Herb proposed marriage.

They settled in Cedar Grove, N.J., and grew their family with the birth of their three sons, Douglas, Roger and Robert. The family moved to Caldwell, N.J., and then to Schenectady, N.Y., where their only daughter, Leslie, was born. Herb’s career kept the family moving. From New York, they moved to Valley Forge, Pa., then to Mountain Lakes, N.J., and to Wallingford, Pa. In 1975, they made their last move to Pompano Beach, Fla., to help Mim’s mother, who was ailing. 

Mim was a dedicated, stay-at-home mom while her children were young, occasionally working as a substitute teacher and tutoring, while also volunteering to work with autistic children and at local hospitals, where both she and Herb were “pink ladies.” Mim also enjoyed the camaraderie of an office and returned to work full-time once her children were grown. She continued working until she was 82. 

Herb passed away in 1983 and although Mim was only 56 at the time, she chose not to look for another partner, saying, “Once you’ve had the best, no others will do.”

She is mourned by her children, including Douglas and Cheri Cole, Roger Cole, Robert and Lisa Cole, Leslie Cole and Brad Edwards; her grandchildren, Desiree and Kenneth Guzman, Danielle Cole, Sarah Muhlenberg, Jt., Ben and Sam Cole; her great-grandchildren, Bella and Miranda Guzman; as well as her nieces, nephews and family friends.

A service will be held on March 15 at 11 a.m. to celebrate Mim’s life at the Edward L. Collins Funeral Home (86 Pine St., Oxford). Friends are welcome to visit with the family at the funeral home prior to the service from 10 to 11 a.m. Online condolences may be made at


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Deborah H. Watterson Schrock, 69, of Cochranville, went to her heavenly home on Feb. 18.

She was the beloved wife of Homer E. Schrock, with whom she celebrated 16 years of marriage on July 5 of last year. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Kenneth F. Watterson, who passed away in 1977. 

She was born in Gap, daughter of the late LeRoy B. and Mary Shelley Hershey. She was a graduate of Octorara High School Class of 1962 and Lancaster School of Practical Nursing Class of 1965. She was employed as a LPN for 40 years, working at Jennersville Regional Hospital, and for Dr. Prasad and for Pushkarewicz Orthopedics. After retiring, she provided transportation to the Amish community. She enjoyed spending time with her family, traveling, flower gardening and spending winters in Florida. She went on nursing missions trips to Haiti and Jamaica. She brought joy to many persons with her sense of humor and gift of  laughter.

Surviving, besides her husband, are two sons, Kevin, husband of Babette Balla Watterson of Abita Springs, La., and Kurtis, husband of Julie Smoker Watterson of Cochranville; four stepchildren, Orpha, wife of Jeffrey Millslagle of Oregon, Ohio, Linda, wife of Dr. James Beitzel of Fort Wayne, Ind., Darrel, husband of Michelle Solomon Schrock of Merton, Wis., and Teresa, wife of David Brown of Marion, Ind.; four grandchildren,  Kendra, Logan, Kenny and Kara Watterson; eight step-grandchildren; and three step-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a brother, Larry W. Hershey, and a step-granddaughter.

A funeral was held Feb. 22. Interment was the Cochranville Methodist Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in Debbie’s memory to ReachGlobal Crisis Response, 19380 N. 10th St., Covington, LA 70433. Visit ]www.


George A. “Chubby” Panarello, Jr., died on Feb. 14 in Concord Township, where he had lived for 20 years.
He was born in Chester, the son of the late George and Alice (nee Nacrelli) Panarello. He was a member of St. Cornelius Church in Chadds Ford. Known to all as Chubby, he attended Upper Chichester High School, where he discovered one of the loves of his life, football. His prowess on the gridiron subsequently earned him admission to the Delco Athletic Hall of Fame. Football took Chubby to the University of Delaware, but he ultimately chose to follow in in his father’s footsteps and pursue a career in pharmacy. He graduated from The Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science in1956, and for the next 40 years, was the proprietor of Boothwyn Pharmacy. From behind the counter, he cared for the residents of Boothwyn with good medicine and good advice. He knew each of them by name and cared deeply about his customers, his employees and his community. 

An avid golfer, he spent many hours out on the course in the company of close friends, and almost as many hours in the clubhouse, where he played a mean game of gin. In mid-life, Chubby discovered skiing in Colorado. He loved fishing among the Florida mangroves, on the lakes of the U.S. and Canada, and in the waters off Delaware. He was a passionate waterfowl hunter and loved the Maryland countryside. His Brookwood Kennel produced field champion beagles. Most of all, Chubby loved his family and his friends, all of whom already miss his inimitable style. 

He is survived by his wife, the former Patricia Simpkins; son George A. Panarell, III (Danielle) of Rehobeth Beach, Del.; daughters Maryalice St.Clair (David) of Wilmington, and Fran Panarello of Wilmington; and his brother, Chris Panarello of Concordville.
Contributions may be made to the Lewy Body Association of America, 912 Killian Hill Rd. S.W.. Liburn, GA 30047.


Jessie Magda Tyson Oas Pennington, 99, of Summerville, S.C., and formerly Pocopson, Pa., passed away on Feb. 19 at home.  
She was the wife of the late Maurice L. Pennington, Sr., with whom she shared 49 years of marriage until his death in May of 1982.  Born in Chadds Ford in 1914, she was the first of 13 children born to the late Mary Marguerite Tyson and the late Gustav Oas.

In her early years, she worked at Yeatman’s Greenhouses, the Kennett Cannery, and at The Feed Mill at Lenape for Mr. Copeland. She finished her employment as a switchboard operator for Longwood Gardens. She was a 52-year member of the Eastern Star, serving as Worthy Matron of the Kennett Square Chapter from 1968 through 1969. She was also a member of the Ladies Auxiliary at the Longwood Fire Company.  

She was well known for her talents of knitting, cross stitch and embroidery. Her greatest joy was taking care of her mother and also her brother, Mickey Her excellent cooking included oven-baked fried chicken and rice pudding with raisins.

She was the loving mother of Elaine Oas Gochnauer (R.C./Bob) of Summerville, S.C., and Maurice L. Pennington, Jr. (Barbara/Tinker) of West Chester.  She was the grandmother of Patricia Gochnauer Huffman, Robert Clyde Gochnauer, Mark Allen (Rusty) Gochnauer (deceased), Larry Francis Gochnauer, Craig Lee Pennington, Faith Amanda Pennington Larson, Jeremy Nathaniel Pennington and Eric Taylor Pennington (deceased).

She was the great-grandmother of Bradley Gochnauer, Georgianna North, Nicholas Gochnauer, Christian Gochnauer, Meredith Sakoda, Hannah Pennington, Luke Pennington, Alexa Pennington, Matthew Larson, Jackson Pennington, Noah Larson, Colin Pennington and Tyler Pennington.

She was also the great-great-grandmother of Ava Jayde Gochnauer and Alexander Bartow North.

She is survived by sisters, Hannah Rebecca Quinn of Phoenixville, Jane Teter (William) of Parkesburg, and Dorothy Banner (Lad) of Pasadena, Md.; brothers Frank of Atglen, Charles (Ann) of Kennett Square, and Jack (Jean) of Avon Park, Fla.; brothers-in-law, James Clark and Harvey Journey; and sister-in-law, Josie Parman.

Predeceased are sisters are Sarah Donia and her husband Frank, Elizabeth (Betty) Journey and Eleanor Clark; brothers Carl and his wife Jean, Walter (Pete) and his wife Dorothy and Alfred (Mickey). Jessie was also survived by numerous nieces and nephews, and she loved the challenge of trying to remember all their names.

A funeral was held Feb. 25. Interment was in Longwood Cemetery in Kennett Square. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be given in memory of Jessie Pennington to The Hospice Care of South Carolina, 300 North Cedar Street, Suite C-2, Summerville, SC 29483.

Online condolences may be made by visiting


Esther Hopson Briggs, 87, of West Grove, passed away on Feb. 22 at Brandywine Assisted Living.
She was the wife of Martin Briggs, who passed away in 2009, and with whom she shared 63 years of marriage. Born in North Carolina, she was the daughter of the late Ervin Hopson and Delia Bailey Hopson. She worked for West Grove Knitting Mills for 25 years, retiring in 1987.  She was a member of the Gospel Lighthouse Church in Nottingham. She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends. She also enjoyed gardening and reading.
She is survived by one son, Larry Briggs and his wife Mary Lou of Landenberg; son-in-law John Hughes of West Grove; four grandchildren, John Hughes, Jr. and wife Nicole of Bergton, Va., Laura Hughes Hammond of Oxford, Jennifer Briggs McLean and husband Art of Avondale, and Kristie Briggs and husband Charlie of Omaha, Neb.; and eight great-grandchildren, Brittany, Victoria, Brooke, Christopher, Zachary, Elliot, Elissa and Toby. She was predeceased by her beloved daughter, Edna Hughes, and son Phillip; two sisters, Mae Jones and Laura Barnett; and six brothers, Laus, Clyde, Paul, James, Robert, and Claude Hopson.
A visitation with family and friends will be held Feb. 28 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at the Foulk & Grieco Funeral Home (200 Rose Hill Rd., West Grove). Her funeral service will follow at 11 a.m. Burial will be in the New London United Methodist Cemetery. Online condolences may be made by visiting


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James M. Hudson Sr., 80 of Lawndale, N.C., formerly of Oxford, passed away on Feb. 18 at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, N.C.

Born in Greensburg, Pa., he was the son of the late David P. Hudson and Charlotte Martin. He  was retired from the Pennsylvania Dept of Agriculture. He was also an agricultural salesman and formerly owned Someday Farm in Lincoln University. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving in the Korean War. He was also a member of the New London Lodge 545 F&AM. An avid reader, he enjoyed gardening and, later in life, traveling.

He is survived by one son, James M. Hudson, Jr. of Navarre, Fla.; one daughter, Charlotte (Beth) E. Hudson of Oxford; one niece, Linda Catherine Flinn of Landenberg; and his former wife, Gail G. Hudson.
Services will be private.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the USO, PO Box 96322, Washington, DC 20090; or to the Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758518, Topeka, KS 66675. Online condolences may be made at


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Geraldine Roberts Barker, 74, of Toughkenamon, passed away on Feb. 17 at her daughter's residence, with her family at her side. 

She was the wife of Ray Gale Barker, who passed away in 2013, and with whom she shared 55 years of marriage. Born in West Grove, she was the daughter of the late Elijah J. and Ruby 

Edwards Roberts. She was a kitchen aide at Chatham Acres for many years. She also worked at Phillips Mushrooms and in the kitchen at the New Garden Elementary School. She also did private house cleaning. She enjoyed reading, watching and feeding birds, the outdoors, country music and dancing. She was always laughing.

She is survived by two daughters, Debra Lyall of Cochranville, and Patricia Davenport and her husband Andre of Toughkenamon; two brothers, Bobby Joe Roberts of Nottingham, and Glenn 

Elijah Roberts (Kathy) of Linwood, Pa.; two sisters, Kathy Woods of Ashville, N.C., and Linda Sue Hampton (Jim) of Nottingham; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by two sisters, Jean Ann Price and Rosalee Hoosier.

A funeral was held Feb. 24. Burial was in New Garden Friends Cemetery. Online condolences may be made by visiting


Daniel L. Milley, 89, of Oxford, passed away on Feb. 23 at his home.

He was the husband of the late Myrtle Thompson Milley. Born in Newfoundland, Canada, he was the son of the late Levi and Melina Oliver Milley. He was a member of the United Aerospace Workers and retired from Boeing in Ridley Park, Pa. He was also a member of the Collingdale Gospel Chapel and the Oxford Bible Chapel. He enjoyed woodworking and spending time with his family.
He is survived by four sons, Brian D. Milley and his wife Maureen of New London, Bruce D. Milley and his wife Susan of Parkesburg, Robert J. Milley and his wife Mary of Lincoln University, and Stephen J. Milley of Oxford; and nine grandchildren.
A viewing will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 27 at the Oxford Bible Chapel (Route 472 and Bethel Road, Oxford), with services to follow. Interment will be in Prospect Cemetery in Toronto, Canada. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his name may be made to World Vision, PO Box 78481, Tacoma, WA  98481-8481.