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Obituaries for the week of Jan. 4

01/05/2016 01:29PM ● By J. Chambless


Timothy Patrick Reilly, 48, of West Grove, passed away on Dec. 27 at his residence, after a courageous battle with cancer.

Tim was married to the love his life, Michelle, and together spent more than 16 years working as a team, sharing values of home and family in all they did. They have two wonderfully talented and strong children, Jack Schuh Reilly and Layne Gillian Reilly, who made him proud each and every day. Tim will be especially missed as a dedicated husband and father. He was blessed to have made many lasting memories with his children, including family vacations, camping adventures with Jack, watching Layne share her gift of dance, and most importantly the many hours they spent together, cooking delicious meals for family and friends.

Tim shared his passion for his job at Exelon Nuclear, watching the Cowboys through good and bad seasons, a love of the excitement of NASCAR and 1980s dance moves with the kids.

Tim is survived by his wife, Michelle Schuh Reilly; and his children, Jack and Layne. He is also remembered by his parents, Tom and Cathy Reilly; and his siblings and their families: Margie (sister), Todd, Annie and Jonathan Seagers and Tom (brother), Susan, Maddy and Daniel Reilly. He is also loved by his in-laws, David and Sharon Schuh, Michael, Abbie and Ally Schuh. Countless wonderful aunts, uncles, cousins and friends will carry his memories each day as well. Tim will be sadly missed by his furry friend, Livvy. He was preceded in death by his maternal and paternal grandparents; and his faithful canine sidekick, Gracie.

A funeral was held Jan. 2. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Timothy Reilly Memorial Fund, c/o WSFS Bank, 100 Old Forge Lane, Kennett Square, PA 19348, to be used for his children’s college fund. To leave an online condolence, visit


Eric John Quackenbush, 38, of West Chester, passed away on Dec. 25.

Born in Long Branch, N.J., he was the son of Sue Quackenbush of West Chester and Kenneth Seigler of Wanamassa, N.J. Eric attended Henderson High School in West Chester. He was a fun-loving, caring, and hard-working father. He loved spending time outdoors with his children enjoying nature, as well as fireworks, skateboarding, artwork and making people laugh.

He is survived by his parents; children, Cecily and Kyle Quackenbush; his siblings, Danielle Lopez, Sgt. Michael Lopez USMC, and Kendel Seigler; grandmothers, Barbara Quackenbush, Marie Quackenbush and Iona Seigler; and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Funeral services were held Jan. 2. Interment was in Oaklands Cemetery in West Chester. Contributions can be made to The Quackenbush Education Fund, Citadel Federal Credit Union, 1246 Cornerstone Blvd., Downingtown, PA 19335. Contributions may also be made online at (Account No. 739502). Visit


Col. Clarence D. Bell, Jr. Esq., passed away on Dec. 28.

Born in 1941 in New Orleans, he was raised in Upland, Pa. “Butch,” as he was known, graduated from Pennsylvania Military College in 1963 and obtained his J.D. from Temple Law School. Butch served two tours in Vietnam, earning the Purple Heart, Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with Silver Star, Bronze Star with “V” device, the Air Medal, three Army Commendation Medals, and the Combat Infantryman Badge. Butch continued to serve his country honorably, ultimately attaining the rank of Colonel in the United States Army Reserves.

Col. Bell was a member of VFW Post No. 845 in Downingtown, and the American Legion Post No. 194 in Rising Sun, Md. For many years, he was involved with the Oxford Golden Bears and the Oxford Little League as a coach. He will be remembered for many things, but most of all for being a loving and devoted husband, father, and grandfather.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Lou (O’Hara) Bell of Nottingham; two daughters, Allison Bell Royer (Shannon) of West Chester, and Christine Mary Bell of Rock Hill, S.C.; one son, Kevin James Bell (Andrea) of Lancaster; and eight grandchildren, Lauren, Kate, and Jack Royer; Patrick Boardwine; and Kevin, Emily, Liam, and Natalie Bell. He was preceded in death by his parents, Sen. Clarence D. Bell and Mary James Bell; as well as by his sister, Mary Davenport Bell.

Funeral services were held Jan. 2. Interment with full military honors will be in Arlington National Cemetery, Va., at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758518, Topeka, KS 66675. Visit


Wayne Turner Pierce, 78, of Oxford, passed away on Dec. 25 at Ware Presbyterian Village in Oxford.

He was the husband of Gloria Grier Pierce, with whom he shared 53 years of marriage. He is survived by his wife; son, Marlin W. Pierce of Rockville, Md.; and his sister, Gayle Brabson of Oxford. He was preceded in death by a son, Carlton J. Pierce, at age 27 in 1994. Wayne lived his entire life in Oxford. Born in Barnsley, growing up in Chrome, he spent his married life in Oxford. He was the son of the late Earl Wayne and Helen Taylor Pierce. He graduated from Oxford High School in 1955, and Kutztown State Teachers' College, now Kutztown University, in 1959. Wayne was an art teacher at Oxford Area Intermediate School. He also co-owned Concord Land Surveying in Oxford. He was a scholar of bluegrass and old-time fiddle music. He kept the records of Oxford High School graduates for the Emeritus organization. He was the treasurer for Boy Scout Troop No. 44 in Oxford for over 20 years. He was an amateur radio hobbyist and illustrated in amateur radio magazines.

A memorial service was held Jan. 2 at the Ware Presbyterian Village Chapel. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to Boy Scout Troop No. 44, c/o Edward L. Collins, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc., 86 Pine St., Oxford, PA 19363. Visit


David C. Delp, Sr., 67, died on Dec. 28 at University of Wisconsin Madison, surrounded by his family.

He was born in West Grove, Pa., in 1948 to Graham and Martha (Wright) Delp. He was united in marriage to Laura Webb in 1970. David farmed in Pennsylvania before moving to Loganville, Wis., in 1995, where he dairy farmed and later owned and operated Delmec Trucking. David enjoyed his dogs, and riding his Goldwing trike. He especially enjoyed current events. He also enjoyed history, especially Early American history.

He is survived by his wife; three children, Clark (Jennifer), Daniel, and Mary; and six grandchildren, Tristen, Alyssa, Carrina, Lauren, Mariah, and Blake, all in Loganville, Wis. He is also survived by two brothers, Graham (Judy) and Charles of Oxford, Pa.; and one sister, Martha (Louis) Parison of Nottingham, Pa. He was preceded in death by his parents, and his brother Richard.

Funeral services were held Jan. 4. The family wishes to thank the staff of UW TLC for their exemplary care and kindness. Visit


Joseph E. Moore, Jr., 87, of Hockessin, Del., died on Jan. 2 at his home.

He was the loving husband of D. Yvonne (Christy) Moore, with whom he shared 64 years of marriage.

Born in West Chester, he was the son of the late Blanche (Nickel) Moore and Joseph E. Moore, Sr. He served our country in the Army during the Korean War. He was honorably discharged in 1956 as an SFC in the 10th Engineer Battalion, 3rd Infantry Division. He attended St. Agnes in West Chester and Malvern Prep, Villanova and the University of Delaware to further his education. He was a technician for the DuPont Company, working at Newport, Chestnut Run and the majority of his career at the experimental station, retiring in 1988. His interest in horse racing was evident in his depth of knowledge about the horses, jockeys and trainers, which led him to work part-time at Delaware Park and Brandywine Race Track.

His love of sports was evident in his creation and long-term coaching of the Babe Ruth Little League in Delaware for many years. He also enjoyed golfing and was a member of a few golf leagues. He was very talented at stained glass design and woodworking, and shared his love of these hobbies by generously gifting his creations to family, friends and casual acquaintances. Joe also enjoyed playing bridge with his DelPark Manor friends, and completing the daily crossword and cryptogram puzzles.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his four devoted daughters, Pamela Gambacorta, Christy Almeida (Joe), Debra Papillo (Mark), all of Hockessin, and Kimberly Mezick (Rob) of Wilmington; eight grandchildren, Ryan, Erin, Lauren, Devon, Caitlin, Francesca, Joseph, and Madison; and five great-grandchildren, Brady, Hunter, Evelyn, Sloane, and Jude.

A private graveside service will be held at Longwood Cemetery in Kennett Square. Contributions in his memory may be made to Heartland Hospice of Delaware, 256 Chapman Road, Suite 102, Newark DE 19702. To view his online tribute and to share a memory with his family, visit


Arthur Joseph Pugh, 89, of Lititz, formerly of Chatham, passed away on Jan. 1 at Ephrata Manor in Ephrata.

His first wife, Katherine Blevins Pugh, passed away in 1981; and his second wife, Clara Price Pugh, passed away in 1994. Born in Wytheville, Va., he was the son of the late Lloyd David and Nellie Crouse Pugh. He was milkman for 46 years at Penn Dairies in Lancaster, retiring in 2001. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, golfing, all sports, and he enjoyed being with his family and friends.

He is survived by one son, Lloyd David Pugh of Lititz; three daughters, Nellie Jane Buhl and her husband James of Quarryville, Katherine Ann Johnson and her husband Robert of Parkesburg, and Betty Jean Pugh of Missouri; one sister, Geraldine Lynch of Georgia; 11 grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by one son, Arthur Joseph Pugh, Jr.; two sisters, Ella Anderson and Doris Pugh; and one brother, Edward Dale Pugh.

A funeral was held Jan. 5. To leave an online condolence, visit


Marian E. Smith, 86, of Toughkenamon, passed away on Dec. 30 at her residence.

She was the wife of Livona Smith, Sr., with whom she shared 69 years of marriage. Born in West Chester, she was the daughter of the late William L. and Martha E. Burruss Stafford. She was a nurse’s aide, working for various employers in the area. She was a member of the New Life in Christ Fellowship in Coatesville. She enjoyed cooking, and being with her family and friends.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by two sons, Livona Smith, Jr., of Coatesville, and William R. Smith and his wife Yvonne of Toughkenamon; one sister, Dorothy Kennedy of Trenton, N.J.; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by two brothers, William Stafford and James Stafford; and one sister, Virginia Boddy.

A visitation with family and friends will be held from 10 a.m. to noon on Jan. 8 at the Kuzo & Grieco Funeral Home (250 W. State St., Kennett Square). Her Funeral service will follow at noon. Burial will be at 2 p.m. at the Philadelphia Memorial Park in Frazer, Pa. Online condolences may be made by visiting


Pauline G. Twyman, 87, of Oxford, went to be with the Lord on Dec. 31.

She was the wife of the late Hubert Twyman, Jr., with whom she shared 52 years of marriage. Born in Avondale, she was the daughter of the late Paul and Mary Wilson. She was a stay-at-home housewife, where she raised seven children. She was a member of the Apostolic Fellowship Worship in Oxford. Pauline enjoyed spending time with her family and friends, watching television, reading and cooking.

She is survived by seven children, Marguerite Warren of Oxford, Paulette Twyman of Oxford, Cynthia Ralph (Samuel) of Oxford, Kenneth Twyman (Sandra) of New Jersey, David Twyman of Coatesville, Jannette Twyman of West Chester and Glenn Twyman (Missy) of Little Britain; 14 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild; and two brothers, Ulysses Wilson and Leonard Wilson, both of Wilmington, Del. She was preceded in death by two sisters, Lauren Gonzalez and Inez Martinez.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Jan. 8 at the Oxford Presbyterian Church (6 Pine St., Oxford), where friends may visit from 9 to 11 a.m. Interment will be in Union Hill Cemetery in Kennett Square.

In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the Edward L. Collins, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc., 86 Pine St., Oxford, PA 19363, to offset the funeral expenses. Visit


John D. Brisach, 85, of Oxford, passed away on Dec. 31 at Jennersville Regional Hospital in West Grove.

He was the husband of the late Helen Howell Brisach. Born in Oxford, he was the son of the late Eugene and Bertha Morrison Brisach. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and served in the Korean War. He was employed with GM Boxwood Plant for 34 years. He was a life member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie No. 2666 and served as Worthy Past President for two terms. He was also a member of Mason Dixon Post No. 194 American Legion in Rising Sun, Md., and the Moose Lodge in Elkton, Md. He enjoyed reading, golfing and listening to country music.

He is survived by four sons, Denis Brisach and his wife Donna of Oxford, John Pugh of Providence, Md., Dale Pugh and his wife Cindy of Wilmington, Del., and Donald Pugh and his wife Karen of Oxford; two daughters, Denise Saylor and her husband,Michael of Kirkwood, and Joanna Blounts and her husband Stanley of Wilmington, Del.; ten grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one son, David Pugh; one great-grandson, Brandon; and two sisters, Jean Hardy and Dorothy Huss.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Jan. 9 at the Edward L. Collins, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc. (86 Pine St., Oxford), where friends may visit from 10 to 11 a.m. Interment will be in Oxford Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to St. Christopher’s Church, 116 Lancaster Pike, Oxford, PA 19363. Online condolences may be made at


Stephen R. "Pat" Patrick, 63, of Bellmead, went to be with the Lord on Dec. 29.

Services were held Jan. 5. Burial was at Oakwood Cemetery.

Pat was born in 1952 in Lynchburg, Va., to William Wilburn and Jean Elizabeth (Alexander) Patrick. He graduated from Oxford Area High School in 1971. He joined the Air Force and retired after 20 years of service. Pat then worked as a fireman at Chrysler Technologies for many years. He joined the Bellmead Fire Department in 1992 and served as Assistant Fire Chief. Pat received the W.A. Neel Memorial Award for Firefighter Of The Year in 2002. He met Diane Moehle in Topeka, Kan., and they married in 1975.

Pat was preceded in death by his mother; and a brother, Glenn Patrick of South Carolina. Survivors include his wife, Diane Patrick of Bellmead; his father, William "Bill" Patrick of Oxford; a sister, Joan Marie Groseclose of Oxford; a brother, Michael Dennis Patrick of Rising Sun, Md.; and several nieces and nephews.


Patricia A. Moore White, 84, of Coatesville, formerly of Kennett Square, died on Dec. 30 at her home at Freedom Village.

She was the wife of William R. White, with whom she shared 61 years of marriage. Born in Dayton, Ohio, she was the daughter of the late Russell H. and the late Ruth (Young) Moore. She was a 1953 graduate of Ohio Univeristy, where she earned a BS in zoology. She participated on the altar guild at Church of the Advent in Kennett Square and numerous other churches she belonged to throughout her life. She enjoyed golf, playing bridge, antiquing, traveling, reading, needlework and volunteering.

Survivors include, in addition to her husband, two sons, W.R. White of Exton, and David White (Suzanne) of Reston, Va.; one daughter, Stephanie Hoffman (Rene) of Downingtown; one brother, Russell E. Moore of Kyle, Texas; and four grandchildren, Kelly, Shannon, Maddy and Emma.

A visitation with family and friends will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. Jan. 9 at the Episcopal Church of the Advent (401 N. Union St., Kennett Square). A memorial service celebrating her life will follow at 11 a.m. Interment will be private in the adjoining memorial garden. Contributions in her memory may be made to the Episcopal Church of the Advent, C/O Altar Guild Fund, 201 Crestline Drive, Kennett Square, PA 19348. To view her online tribute and to share a memory with her family, visit


Lona P. Fabiucci, 71, of West Grove, passed away on Jan. 3 at Jennersville Regional Hospital.

Born in West Chester, she was the daughter of the late Arturo and Violette McIntire Fabiucci. She was a retail sales manager at various jewelry stores in the area. Lona enjoyed reading, traveling, watching movies and spending time with her family.

She is survived by nieces and nephews, as well as great-nieces and great-nephews. She was especially fond of her niece Darlene Selk and her husband Steven, and their children, who helped care for her. She was predeceased by one sister, Joan French.

Her memorial mass will be at 1 p.m. Jan. 16 at St. Patrick’s Church (212 Meredith St., Kennett Square). Burial will be private. Online condolences may be made by visiting