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Obituaries for the week of Jan. 26

01/26/2015 11:56AM ● By J. Chambless



Shirley M. Winther, of Chadds Ford and Ocean City, N.J., died quietly on Jan. 20, surrounded by her loved ones.

Born on Easton, Shirley moved to Philadelphia and married Walter Winther, with whom she recently celebrated a 67th wedding anniversary. As an artist, she became passionate about the Wyeth school of art. She was the owner of the Chadds Ford Art Gallery since the early 1970s and promoted the artwork and careers of scores of local artists over the years. She adored her family and spending time with her grandchildren in Chadds Ford, Vermont, Maine, and Ocean City.

She is survived by her husband, Walter; son Robert (Nancy); daughters Janice (Kurt) and Jackie (Bill); as well as grandchildren Bryan Winther (Melanie), Kelly Sweeney (Tim), Lauren Boredenko (Chris), Scott McCoy, Michael Murrison, and Jon Murrison; and great-granddaughter, Lily.

Plans are pending for a celebration of life in the spring or early summer. Donations in her memory may be made to PBS TV-WHYY, 150 N. 6th St., Philadelphia, PA 19106. Online condolences may be made at


Walter Joseph Reider, 94, of Melbourne Fla., died on Jan. 20 at Linden Hall Nursing Home in Kennett Square.

He was the longtime companion of Peggy Whitehead, and husband of the late Muriel Cody, who died in 2005 and with whom he shared over 20 years of a very happy marriage. Born in New York City, he was a son of the late Walter and the late Anna (Karoly) Reider. He served our country in the Navy during World War II in the South Pacific on Eniwetok Island. He was a truck driver for National 101 and Eastern on the Ball in New Jersey, retiring to Florida in 1975. He loved fishing and boating, especially off the coast of New Jersey with his nephew, Robert, and during his retirement years in Florida. He could fix anything and had a gift working with his hands. He was well known for his sense of humor, easygoing attitude, hard work, and love of people. He made friends wherever he went and was well loved by his family.

Survivors include, in addition to Peggy, one stepson, William Cody (Alice) of San Jose Calif.; one brother, Albert Reider (Ann) of Easton, Pa.; two grandchildren, Evan and Carey; three nieces, Doris Mucha, Ann Preston and Mary Daly and their families; nephew Robert; and grandnieces and nephews, Evan, Geoffrey and Olivia. He was predeceased by one brother, Lawrence; and two sisters, Dolores and Caroline.

A funeral was held Jan. 23. Interment was in St. Patrick Cemetery in Kennett Square. Contributions in his memory may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675. To view Walter’s online tribute and to share a memory with his family, visit

Ethel Cloud Bogle, 83, of Strickersville, Pa., passed away on Jan. 19 at her home.

She was born at home in Strickersville in 1931 to the late Willis M. and Florence E. Cloud. She attended a one-room schoolhouse in Strickersville, and graduated from Newark High School in 1950. She worked as a secretary for a construction company in Newark, Del., and then went to Hercules Powder Company for six-and-a-half years. While raising her family, she worked part time for National 5&10 in Newark, and then worked for The DuPont Company (Louviers in Newark) for 25-and-a-half years. She enjoyed dancing, playing cards, travel, cooking, gardening, crocheting, and caring for her devoted husband and family. She cherished her family and friends.

She is survived by her loving husband of 61 years, John F. Bogle, Jr.; a wonderful daughter, Jane B. Campbell and her husband Tony of San Diego, Calif.; and a wonderful son, Paul F. Bogle of Mt. Airy, Md. Her daughter in-law, Jenny W. Bogle, preceded her in death. She is also survived by four granddaughters, Andrea and Tara Campbell of San Diego, Calif., Holly Diaz of Clarksburg, Md., and Stephanie Bogle of Easton, Md.

The family wishes to thank friends, neighbors and all of her care providers. A service honoring her life was held at Kemblesville United Methodist Church on Jan. 25. Burial was in the church cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Cornerstone Church or Kemblesville United Methodist Church and mailed to R.T. Foard & Jones Funeral Home, 122 W. Main St., Newark, DE 19711. To send condolences visit


Alberta H. Smith, 101, of Kennett Square, passed away on Jan. 21 at the Pocopson Home.

She was the wife of LeRoy T. Smith, who passed away in 1977, and with whom she shared 43 years of marriage. Born in Coatesville, she was the daughter of the late Horace and Mildred Chaffee Hufford. She was a secretary at the Chester County Hospital in West Chester for more than 20 years, retiring in 1978. She was a member of the Unionville Presbyterian Church, a past member of the Po-Mar-Lin Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary, Chester County Hospital Auxiliary, East Lynn Grange and the Eastern Star. She enjoyed traveling, and she had visited all 50 states. She also enjoyed knitting and crocheting.

She is survived by one son, Barry L. Smith and his wife Phyllis of Kennett Square; three grandsons, Brian Smith and his wife Debbie, Kevin Smith and his wife Sue, and Barry Smith and his fiancée Jenn; five great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by four brothers, Harrry Hufford, Bill Hufford, John Hufford and Pete Hufford; and one sister, Florence Highfield.

Services and burial were private. In lieu of flowers, a contribution may be made in her memory to Pocopson Home, 1695 Lenape Rd., West Chester, PA 19382. Online condolences may be made by visiting


Peter Ronald Eason, 87, of Glen Mills, died on Jan. 21 at Neighborhood Hospice in West Chester.

He was the husband of Jacqueline Palumbo Eason, who died in 2014, and with whom he shared 64 years of marriage. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., he was the son of the late Peter R. Eason and the late Eileen Henderson Eason. He served our country during World War II in the Navy. He was a proud member of the Fire Department of New York for over 20 years. He worked and studied hard and achieved the rank of lieutenant, and eventually Captain, leading Rescue 2 Company in Brooklyn. He often put his life in danger and saved many lives during his career. This station is known to be one of the busiest fire stations in the country. The love of his life was his wife Jackie, and the family that they raised together. He devoted himself to ensuring their well-being and was an active participant in all their lives.

He is survived by his sons and daughters, Linda Bartunek and her husband George of Baiting Hollow N.Y., Donna Kiernan and her husband Frank of West Chester Pa., Peter and his wife Renee of Milford, Conn., and Thomas and his wife Krista of Niskayuna N.Y.; one sister, Joan Silveira of Pismo Beach, Calif.; 11 grandchildren; and 11 great grandchildren.

Funeral services and interment will be held privately. Contributions in Peter's memory may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 399 Market St., Suite 102, Philadelphia, PA 19106; or to Neighborhood Hospice, 795 E. Marshall St., Suite 204, West Chester, PA 19380. To share a memory with his family or to leave an online condolence, visit


Clifford C. Harkins, 82, of West Grove, died on Jan. 24 at the Crozer Keystone Hospice Residence at Taylor Hospital in Ridley Park, Pa.

Born in Landenberg, he was a son of the late George and the late Lillie (Lofton) Harkins. He served our country during the Korean War in the Army. He owned and operated his own painting business for many years. In earlier years, he enjoyed bowling and fishing.

Survivors include three brothers, Emanuel Harkins and his wife Thelma of Hockessin, Del., William Harkins of West Grove, and Melvin Harkins and his wife Dorothy of New Holland; one sister, Virginia Harkins of West Grove; and many nieces and nephews.

A visitation with family and friends will be held from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Jan. 29 at the Kuzo & Grieco Funeral Home, Inc. (250 W. State St., Kennett Square). A funeral celebrating his life will follow at 11:30 a.m. Interment will be in Union Hill Cemetery. To view his online tribute and to share a memory with his family, visit


Teresa Cantena Vincenti, 91, of Glen Mills, died on Jan. 24 at Maris Grove retirement community in Glen Mills.

She was the wife of Nicholas J. Vincenti, with whom she shared 69 years of marriage. Born in Toughkenamon, she was the daughter of the late Camillo and the late Amelia (Fabiucci) Catena. She was a registered nurse, working for Christiana Hospital for many years. She was a member of St. Patrick Church in Kennett Square.

Survivors include, in addition to her husband, one brother, Camillo Catena of Kennett Square. She was predeceased by two sisters, Bettina Deery and Ilda Sullivan.

A visitation with family and friends will be held from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. on Jan. 29 at the Kuzo & Grieco Funeral Home, Inc. (250 W. State St., Kennett Square). Her mass of Christian burial will follow at 10 a.m. at St. Patrick Church (212 Meredith St., Kennett Square). Interment will be in St. Patrick Cemetery. Contributions in her memory may be made to St. Patrick Church, 205 Lafayette St., Kennett Square, PA 19348. To view her online tribute and to share a memory with her family, visit