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Obituaries for the week of Aug. 10

08/11/2015 01:53PM ● By J. Chambless
Lorraine Bilafer of Landenberg, formerly of Stow, Mass., passed away peacefully in the presence of family in the early morning hours on Aug. 2.
She was the devoted wife of the late George M. Bilafer. She was a beloved mother to Kathi Saball and her late husband Randy of Orlando, Fla., Cindy Dearborn and her husband Jed of Hudson, Ohio, Cheryl Tremblay and her husband Mark of Chelmsford, Mass., George Bilafer and his wife Ruta of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., Laurie Bilafer-Jones and her husband Derek of Landenberg, Trish Hornbeck and her husband Paul of Littleton, Mass., and Maureen Doucette and her husband Gregory of Maynard, Mass. In addition to her children, she is survived by her grandchildren Heather, Kelley, Jed, Mandy, Jennifer, Matt, George, Cameron, Stephanie, Ben, Andrew, Payson, Paige, and Jordan; great-grandsons Connor, Jackson and Jack; brother John Bates; and much-loved in-laws, nieces, and nephews. She was also the beloved sister of the late Gordon Bates and the late Richard Bates.
She will always be remembered for her infectious laugh, twinkling eyes and beautiful smile.   Her love of traveling took her throughout the U.S. and Europe, including recent trips to Ireland and Mexico. She adored her summers in Maine by Long Lake. She enjoyed reading, knitting beautiful blankets and sweaters, and spending time with family and friends. She had the most loving heart and touched many lives with her presence.
A funeral was held Aug. 7 in Massachusetts. Interment was at the Brookside Cemetery in Stow, Mass.
Contributions in Lorraine’s memory to the American Heart Association, 7272 Greenville Avenue, Dallas, TX   75231 ( would be appreciated. Online condolences may be made by visiting

MIRIAM (“Mim, “Mimi”) Masten Weer, 87, of Unionville, passed away on Aug. 3 at Cadia Health Care in Wilmington, Del.
She was the wife of William A. Weer, Jr., who passed away in 1988, and with whom she shared 41 years of marriage. Born in 1928, in Ashland, Del., she was the daughter of the late Benjamin Boyd and Florence Davis Masten. She was a graduate of Alexis I. DuPont High School in Wilmington, Del. Miriam was a office administrator at the Unionville-Chadds Ford School District, working in the Unionville High School,   for 25 years, retiring in 1983. She was a 50-year member of the Unionville Presbyterian Church. She and her husband sang in the church choir and were members of the Church couple’s group called “The Mariners." In her younger years, she was an active member of the Po-Mar-Lin Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary, where she is a Lifetime Member. Her greatest love of life was spending time with   her two granddaughters, and three great-grandsons.
Miriam is survived by her daughter, Cheryl Weer Azzolini of Unionville; two loving granddaughters, Aimee Azzolini-Gallatig and her husband Kevin of Unionville, and Tracey Azzolini and her companion Dan Farrugia of Chadds Ford; and three great-grandsons, Charlie, Jack, and Lucas Gallatig, all of Unionville. She was predeceased by one sister, Erma Masten.
The family would like to thank all the staff at Cadia for the loving and excellent   care given to Miriam for the past four years. Their dedication and support were immeasurable as they became her extended family.
A funeral was held Aug. 10. Burial was in the Unionville Cemetery. In memory of Miriam, the family requests that a contribution be made to the Unionville Presbyterian Church, 812 Wollaston Road, Kennett Square, PA 19348; or to the Po-Mar-Lin Fire Company, P.O. Box 36, Unionville, PA 19375. To leave an online condolence, visit

John “Jake” Elliott Cardwell, Jr., 58, of Lincoln University, passed away on Aug. 3 at Lankenau Medical Center in Wynnewood, Pa.
He was the husband of Elizabeth A. Gallagher Cardwell, with whom he shared 16 years of marriage. Born in Chester, he was the son of Mary L. Goodman Cardwell of Brookhaven and the late John E. Cardwell, Sr. He graduated from Sun Valley High School Class of 1974. Jake was employed with Techmer in Aston as a plastics chemist, and formerly employed with Rohm & Haas for 15 years. He enjoyed cars, motorcycles, gardening and loved animals. In his younger years, Jake was a Golden Glove Boxer.
He is survived by his wife; mother; two sons, John “Jake” E. Cardwell, III of Trainer, and Kevin Michael Smith of Lincoln University; and two grandchildren, John and Julia Cardwell. He was preceded in death by a sister, Diane Cardwell Rhoades.
A memorial service was held Aug. 8. Interment was in Edgewood Memorial Park in Glen Mills. Online condolences may be made at

Gency A. Phipps, 89, of Oxford, passed away on Aug. 6 at the Pocopson Home. 
She was the wife of Willie C. Phipps who passed away in 1980, and with whom she shared 41 years of marriage. Born in Independence, Va., she was the daughter of the late Crockett Phipps, Sr, and Edna Valentine Phipps. She was a homemaker and enjoyed cooking, playing bingo and being with her family and friends, especially her grandchildren. She was a member of the Faith Tabernacle Church in Oxford.
She is survived by one son, Clifton Phipps and his wife Janice of Newark, Del.; one daughter, Meldora Phipps of Newark, Del.; one sister Katherine Simpson of Salem, Va.; three grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
Her service and burial were private. Online condolences may be made by visiting

Mildred Jeanell Wilson, 73, of Quarryville, passed away on Aug. 5 at her home.
She was the wife of Curtis Wilson, with whom she shared 56 years of marriage. Born in Roanoke, Va., she was the daughter of the late Jewell and Yvonne Baldwin Buttrey. She attended New Providence Baptist Church. One of Millie’s greatest joys was spending time with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She also enjoyed spending time with friends at White Oak Campground, listening to bluegrass music.
She is survived by her husband, Curtis Wilson; two sons, Gary Wilson (and his wife, Sandi) of New Providence and John Wilson (and his wife Trish) of Little Britain; ten grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; one sister, Tilly Osborne of Jennersville; and one brother, Dave Osborne (and his wife Marlene) of New Providence. She was preceded in death by two sons, Mark Wilson and Matthew Wilson; and two brothers, Doug and Charles Buttrey. 
Funeral services were held on Aug. 10. Interment was in the Auburn Baptist Cemetery in Landenberg. Online condolences may be made at

Dakota Grant Noon II, a newborn, passed away on Aug. 4 at Jennersville Regional Hospital in West Grove.
He was the son of Dakota Grant Noon and Jalisa MadelineTorres of Oxford. Dakota is survived by his parents; a sister, Monroe Soliel Noon; maternal grandmother, Zaida Torres; paternal grandparents, Brian and Sharon Noon; maternal great-grandparents, Iris Torres and Belen Gonzales; paternal great-grandparents, Darlene Noon and Cecil and Vivian Miller; and three uncles, Anthony Torres, Carlos Torres and Coleman Noon.
Dakota joins his paternal great-grandfather, Richard Noon, in heaven.
Funeral services were held on Aug. 7. Interment was in Homeville Cemetery. Online condolences may be made at  
Roy E. Campbell, 69, of Unionville, passed away Aug. 6 in the comfort of his home. 
He was a dedicated, loving husband to Susan Wilson Campbell during their 46 years of marriage. He grew up in Havertown, Pa., and was the son of the late Maurice and Dorothy Campbell. Roy was predeceased by his brother, Robert “Bob” Campbell. Roy worked in construction for 48 years, most recently as a contractor, and retired in 2014. Roy served his country in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War as a helicopter crew chief. 
In addition to his wife, he is survived by his daughter, Stacie Campbell Maiers and son-in law David of Oxford; two sons, Roy E. Campbell II and his wife Chae of Hong Kong, and Todd Campbell and his wife Shawn of Landenberg; and seven grandchildren, Evan, Tyler, Ryan, Ethan, Emily, Olivia and Abigail.
Roy was incredibly strong during a yearlong fight with brain cancer, for which his family will be forever proud. He passed, surrounded by his wife and three children, and is now at peace. He enjoyed sailing on his boat, barbecuing and spending time with friends at the marina, fly fishing, and throwing the frisbee to his dedicated chocolate lab, Joey. He loved spending time with his family. Roy was a loving father and grandfather. He, along with Susan, always supported their children in their pursuits, including sports, careers and family. He loved being surrounded by his grandchildren. Most of all, Roy will be remembered for his endearing patience and understanding with his family, pragmatic approach to life, his contagious sense of humor and ability to always be positive.     
A celebration of Roy's life with his family and friends will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. on Aug. 12 at the Kuzo & Grieco Funeral Home (250 W. State St, Kennett Square). A memorial service will follow at 11 a.m. Burial will be private.  
In memory of Roy, donations can be made to benefit the brain cancer department (or research) at UPenn's Abramson Cancer Center, who provided tremendous care to Roy over the past year. Send to Penn Medicine Development & Alumni Relations at 3535 Market Street, Suite 750, Philadelphia PA 19104. Online condolences may be made by visiting