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Obituaries for the week of April 20

04/21/2015 11:12AM ● By J. Chambless
Pastor Roger Doss Moore, 66, of Conowingo, Md., passed away on April 12 at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Home in Rosedale, Md.
He was the husband of Donna Lee Johnson Moore, with whom he shared 48 years of marriage. Born in Martinsville, Va., he was the son of the late Otto F. and Dorothy Mae Copeland Moore. He retired from Chrysler after 30 years of service. Roger was a faithful Pastor of the Oxford Church of God for 26 years. He enjoyed playing the guitar and keyboard, building computers, and driving his tractor.
He is survived by his wife; four children, Jolene Patey and her husband Mark, Julene Moore, Roger Darrell Moore Jr. and his wife Michelle, and Otto James Moore; six grandchildren, Keri Elizabeth, Hannah, Timothy, Chance, and Joshua; three great-grandchildren, Lilly, MacKenzie, Tatelli; four sisters, Deborah Sue Moore, Diane Spencer, Sandra Doss, all of Virginia, and Marilyn Wright of Texas; and one brother, Douglas Moore of Virginia.
 Funeral services were held April 16. Interment was in Brookview Cemetery, in Rising Sun, Md. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to Donna Moore, 158 Old Mill Rd, Conowingo, Md. 21918. Online condolences may be made at .
Carl George Prigg, 87, of Lincoln University, passed away on April 8 at Jennersville Regional Hospital. 
He was the husband of Pauline Guy Prigg, with whom he shared 58 years of marriage. Born in West Grove, he was the son of the late John and Annabelle Brown. He was a grounds keeper at the Oxford Cemetery in Oxford for 12 years. Carl enjoyed fishing and loved the outdoors.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by one daughter, Tonya L. Prigg of Avondale; two sons, Ronald Prigg and his wife Rosie of Lubbock, Texas, and Richard Prigg of Downingtown; 15 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and two great-great grandchildren.
A memorial service was held April 18. Online condolences may be made by visiting .
David Peary Lindquist of Lancaster, born in 1943, died on April 12 at the age of 71.
He was husband to Adrian Axtell Lindquist; father to David Peary Lindquist II, Jeffrey Vaughn Lindquist, and Rebecca Louise Lindquist Slaybaugh; father-in-law to Neelam Lindquist, Marvin Rodriguez, and Josh Slaybaugh; grandfather to Jemma Lindquist, Jude Slaybaugh, Max Slaybaugh and Gracie Lindquist; and brother to Eric A. Lindquist, Earnest W. Lindquist and Martha L. Burke.  
He grew up in Atglen, where he graduated from the Octorara School District, spent four years in the Air Force during the Vietnam War, and then finished his studies at West Chester University. He returned to his home school district of Octorara, where he taught for 30 years.
His passion for music showed in his love of the tuba, as organist at several churches -- including many years at his home church of Penningtonville Presbyterian -- and as a member of the Rotary Club, where he played piano faithfully for many years. He was a born teacher, touching the lives of many children, and children's children, where he encouraged everyone to "exercise their intellectual curiosity."  
Peary believed in the magic of Santa Claus, and his impressive collection was featured in several newspaper stories and historic town tours. He will be affectionately known as the Santa Guy to many people. He was the epitome of a gentleman and a proud 50-year member of Penningtonville Presbyterian Church in Atglen, and associate member of First Presbyterian Church in Lancaster.
A memorial service will be held on April 25 at 2 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church (140 E Orange St., Lancaster), with visitation from 1 to 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Hospice and Community Care of Lancaster and the Organ Fund at Penningtonville Presbyterian Church, Atglen, PA. Online condolences can be posted at
Rhoda M. Gift Mattson, 81, of Landenberg, died suddenly on April 13 at her home.  
She was the wife of the late Walter J. Mattson, who died in 2011, and with whom she shared 58 years of marriage. Born in West Chester, she was a daughter of the late George and the late Fanny (Kriner) Gift. She was a pharmacy tech for Eckerd-Rite Aid for many years. She was a longtime member of the Landenberg United Methodist Church, where she taught Sunday school, and she was an excellent seamstress.   
Survivors include one daughter, Susan Mattson-James (William) of Bear, Del.; two sons, Charles Daniel Mattson of Pike Creek, Del., and William James Mattson (Stephanie) of Wilmington, Del.; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by one son, two brothers and three sisters. 
A funeral was held April 17. Interment was in Kemblesville UMC Cemetery. Contributions in her memory may be made to American Cancer Society, 1626 Locust St., Philadelphia, PA 19103.  To view her online tribute and to share a memory with her family, visit
Ernest J. Bernotas, 90, of Chatham, passed away on April 12 at Twin Pines Health Care.
Born in Philadelphia, he was the son of the late Julius and Tekla Bernotas. He was disabled. He is survived by four nephews, Albert F. Bernotas, Robert Bernotas, Joseph Bernotas and Phillip Bernotas. He was predeceased  by three brothers, Albert J. Bernotas, Casmir Bernotas and Francis Bernotas. A memorial service was held April 17. Online condolences may be made by visiting
E. Ruth Cocciolone, 85,  of West Grove, died suddenly on April 15 at her residence. 
She was the wife of Alfred “Fred” J. Cocciolone, with whom she shared 65 years of marriage. Born in West Grove, she was a daughter of the late Samuel J. and Erma Isaacs Bryan. She was a member of the West Grove United Methodist Church. Ruth enjoyed crocheting, gardening, ceramics, reading, and especially being with her family. She was a co-owner and secretary/treasurer of F&R Excavating in West Grove. Prior to that, she had worked at the West Grove movie theater, West Grove Knitting Mill, Star Roses and as the secretary of Cocciolone Brothers.
She is survived by one son, Alfred J. Cocciolone Jr. (Katherine) of West Grove; two daughters, Donna Giuliani (Robert) of Kennett Square, and Lisa Marie Holmes of Oxford; four grandchildren, Jennifer, Nicole, Michael and LeAnna; and one great-grandson, Romo. 
A funeral was held April 21. Interment was in St. Patrick Cemetery in Kennett Square.  Contributions in her memory may be made to the West Grove United Methodist Church, 300 N. Guernsey Road, West Grove, PA 19390. To view her online tribute and to share a memory with the family, visit
Louis Gene De Antonio, 92, of Oxford, formerly of Chester, passed away on April 16 at Jennersville Regional Hospital in West Grove.
He was the husband of Sonja K. Mellinger De Antonio. Born in Altoona, he was the son of the late Alexander and Amelia Di Camillo De Antonio. He lived in Chester for most of his life, until he moved to Oxford in 1993. He was employed with Klose Brothers, Chester, and retired in 1979. Gene was a veteran of the U.S. Army and served in World War II. He was a member of Sacred Heart Church in Oxford. 
e is survived by his wife; four daughters,  Theda Tambone of New Jersey, Jayne Steffler of Claymont, Del., Amelia Riccardi of Cochranville and Laura Jean Ursone of Avondale; four grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; one sister, Lucy Saracina of Prospect Park; one half-brother, Kenneth Melchiorre of Morton; and one half-sister, Susan McCawley of Drexel Hill. He was preceded in death by his son, Gene L. De Antonio; two brothers, Alex De Antonio and Kelly Dostillio; and two sisters, Florence Saracina and Mary Nelms.  
A mass of Christian burial was held April 21. Interment was in Oxford Cemetery. Online condolences may be made at