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Obituaries for the week of July 2

07/03/2018 08:23AM ● By J. Chambless


Dorothy May Grimes, 76, of West Grove, passed away peacefully at her home on June 22.

Born in Philadelphia, she was the daughter of the late Benjamin R. and Dorothy Elizabeth Alburger Sauselein. Dorothy graduated from William Penn High School, Class of 1959. She was employed with Delmarva Power and Light, retiring after 17 years of service. Dorothy was a member of Octoraro Chapter No. 463 Order of Eastern Star, Oxford, for 30 years. After retiring, Dorothy enjoyed quiet times, Sunday afternoons with family, church, and above all, she was a devoted grandmother.

She is survived by four daughters, Kathy May and her fiancé Steve Walton of Cochranville, Diane Keen and her husband Tony of Conowingo, Md., Linda Lockard and her husband James of North East, Md., and Janet Byington and her husband Thomas of North East, Md.; five grandsons; a great-granddaughter; one brother, Benjamin Sauselein and his wife Nancy of Port Deposit, Md.; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by two grandsons, Kevin Hadwin and Randall Smith; a granddaughter, Sabrina Lockard; and a brother, Beau William Sauselein.

A funeral was held June 20. Interment was in Oxford Cemetery. Online condolences may be made at


Sheridan Osborne, 85, of West Grove, passed away June 24 at home, surrounded by his family.

He was the husband of Joan McGinley Osborne, with whom he shared 56 years of marriage. Born in Creston, N.C., he was the son of the late Henry and Minnie Mahala Osborne. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving in the Korean War. He retired from Delchester Oil Company in West Chester, and the Unionville-Chadds Ford School District.

He is survived by his wife; three sons, Joseph Cooper (Laura) of West Grove, Jerry Osborne (Susan) of Stanton, Del., and Keith Osborne (Eva) of New Castle, Del.; one daughter, Sandy Fiumara (late husband, Mike); 12 grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; one brother, Odell Osborne of Avondale; and one sister, Ola Roark of North Carolina. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Tracey and Eula Osborne; and two sisters, Zell Lewis and Maebel Price.

A memorial service was held June 30. Online condolences may be made at


Accomplished businessman, philanthropist, and devoted family patriarch, Alexander Hionis, 81, of West Chester, passed away on June 23 after a lengthy and courageous battle with cancer.

He was born in Cephalonia, Greece, in 1937 to the late Rev. Evanggelos and Presbytera Oreanthy Hionis. Alex was the beloved husband of Dorothea “Dora” Danalis Hionis for close to 55 years.

Owner of Best Western Plus Concordville Hotel, Concordville Inn Restaurant, Inn at Mendenhall, Mendenhall Inn Restaurant, Wyndham Garden and other enterprises, Mr. Hionis was a successful businessman and contributor in Delaware County. Having left Greece to build his life in America in 1954, one of Alex’s favorite joys through his life was to return with his wife to his birthplace and retreat to their vacation estate on the island of Kefalonia. At home in Pennsylvania, Alex cared greatly about his community and his country, and he was a veteran of the U.S. Army National Guard. A charitable and religious man, he was an honorary member of the Hellenic University Club, and a longtime benefactor of St. George Greek Orthodox in Media.
He is survived by his wife Dorothea; his children Evanggelos (Cynthia), Loukianos (Linda), and Alexander II (Nina); his brothers Jerry (Effie), Dionisis (Rose), and Kostas (Laura); and sisters Athena Hionis and Eleni Andreatou of Greece. He also has eight grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Evanggelia; and a brother, Haralambos Hionis. He is also survived by many loving nephews, nieces and Godchildren.

Burial was in Edgewood Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations to St. George Greek Orthodox Church, 30 E. Forge Rd., Media, PA 19063.


Jeanne Harriet (LeFevre) Minshall, 92, formerly of Avondale and recently a resident at Linden Hall in Kennett Square, died on June 27, just before her birthday.

She was predeceased by her husband of 68 years, Jay Roland Minshall. Born in West Chester, she was the daughter of the late John Henry and Katherine Martha (Crossan) LeFevre. Jeanne was a graduate of Kennett High School in 1943, and graduated from the University of Delaware in 1946 with honors in math education and science as a minor. She was a tutor for many local students over the years. She was very busy as chauffeur and supporter for her children’s many activities throughout the years.

Jeanne was a member of several community organizations. She was a charter member of the Kennett Symphony Orchestra (1940-1982); organizer and leader with 4-H Clubs for 20 years; den mother for the Cub Scouts; on the New Garden Election Board for 38 years, and a member of Eastern Star. She enjoyed bingo, bowling and swimming in her later years, as well as being a source of much local history.

She is survived by seven children: Tom, Susan (Clark) and Bob in the local area, Ann Brown of Las Vegas Nev., Dot Smith of Salunga Pa., Kay Cocciolone in Northeast Maryland, and Steven Rutherford of Tampa, Fla.; 14 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Dorothy Johnson of Downingtown.

A memorial service will be held at the Presbyterian Church (211 S. Broad St., Kennett Square) on July 6 at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations be made to the Kennett Symphony Orchestra, PO Box 72, Kennett Square, PA 19348; or Friends Home in Kennett, 147 W. State St., Kennett Square, PA 19348. Condolences can be made at


Sandra J. Goeddel, 71, of Kennett Square, passed away on June 30 at Neighborhood Hospice.

She was the wife of Dennis L. Goeddel, with whom she shared 50 years of marriage. Born in Wheeling, W. Va., she was the daughter of the late Alex Pizi and the late Josephine Tarli Pizi. She was a high school math teacher for the Quincy Public Schools in Quincy, Mass., retiring in 2001. Sandra was a member of the Kennett Square YMCA, where she developed many friends.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by three sisters, Dona Luikart of Coraopolis, Pa., Linda Lee of Wellsburg, W.Va., and Rita Villani of Bridgeville, Pa.

The family is planning a private service with interment in the family hometown of Folignano, Ascoli, Piceno, Italy. To view her online tribute and to share a memory with her family, visit


Michael Koodelitch, Jr., 74, of Philadelphia, went home to be with the Lord on June 28 at Inglis House, where he had been a resident for the past 26 years.
He was born in Springlen, Germany, in 1944. Due to an accident in 1992, he became a quadriplegic. He grew up in Delaware County, and attended Chester and Eddystone schools. He enlisted in the Army from 1961 through 1964. During his time in the Army, he was in Garmisch, Germany, where he served at the armed forces recreational center as swim instructor. He also toured Europe, playing basketball for the Army. He was a gifted musician, and loved and played all sports.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Michael and Tanja Koodelitch. Survivors include one daughter and her husband, Tanja and Michael Agriesti of Bexley, Ohio; two grandsons; one sister, Helen Komarnicki of Quarryville; one niece and her husband, Julie and Brian Redding of Chambersburg, Pa.; one nephew and his wife, J. Scott and Sarah Komarnicki of Ridgeway, S.C.; and five great-nephews and great-nieces.
There will be a graveside memorial service with honor guard at Lawn Croft Cemetery in August. The Kaniefski Kendus D'Angolie funeral home will be officiating. Memorial donations may be sent to Inglis House, 2600 Belmont Ave., Philadelphia PA 19131.


A. Jean Pierce, 88, of Oxford, passed away on June 30 at the home of her daughter.

Jean resided in the Oxford area most of her life. She was the daughter of the late Thomas Evan and Beatrice Webb Gill. She was the wife of the late P. David Pierce, who died in 1991. Jean attended and was a member of the First Baptist Church in Oxford.

Jean is survived by her eight children, Linda Letterman of Nottingham, Velma Riggins of Kennett Square, Barbara Chamberlain of Landenberg, Michael Pierce of Narvon, Dennis Pierce of Middletown, Del., Thomas Pierce of Oxford, Nancy McFadden of Oxford, and Charles Pierce of Christiana; two sisters, Louise Pierce of Wilmington, Del., and Joyce Rock of Honey Brook; 16 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-granddaughters. In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Theresa Salada; a great-grandson, Timothy Sheets II; three brothers; and two sisters.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. July 6 at the Edward L. Collins, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc. (86 Pine St., Oxford), where friends and family may visit from 10 to 11 a.m. Interment will be at Oxford Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Jean’s memory may be made to the First Baptist Church, 552 Market St., Oxford, PA 19363. Online condolences may be made at

Jean (Cameron) Castelli passed away peacefully on June 29 at Reading Hospital in West Reading.
Jean was 70 years old, born on July 4 1947 in West Grove to the late George W. and Marie H. Cameron. She was a native of the Oxford area, graduated from Oxford Area High School in 1965, and attended Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, where she met and married her husband of 49 years, Nicholas V. Castelli.
Although Jean studied industrial design in college, her first job was a floral designer for Hecht Company in Baltimore, and thus started her love of flowers.  In 1973, Jean and husband started their own floral business which eventually became The Family Tree Florist in Oxford.  She was also an artist, and had her work featured in many magazines and several local businesses.  Recently, Jean taught art to after-school students at Avon Grove, as well as art lessons at the Oxford Senior Center. One of Jean’s best unsung talents was photography. She could capture beauty in the simplest of things and find the most interesting shots in very unusual places. 
Jean will be most remembered for her July 4 birthday -- a firecracker personality, paintings, drawings, jewelry, kindness, big heart, and fun-loving craziness.
Jean is survived by her husband; her beloved daughter Karen, wife of Matthew Taylor of Landenberg, and her two adored grandchildren, Aidan and Isabelle, who were the center of her life. She is also survived by a sister, Nancy, wife of David Harpe of West Grove; nieces and nephews; and a multitude of lifelong friends. She was predeceased by her sister, Patti Cameron Becker of New Holland.
A visitation with family and friends will be held July 6 at 10 a.m., followed by a ceremony at 11 a.m. at the Ruffenach Funeral Home (224 Penn Ave., Oxford). Interment will be private.

Philip Acheson Hayes of Kirkwood, formerly Oxford, 84, passed away peacefully on June 30 at Hospice & Community Care in Mount Joy.
He was born in 1933 to the late Viola and Edgar Hayes. He was a 1952 graduate of Oxford High School, and Goldey-Beacom College in 1954. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Rising Sun. Philip farmed all his life. 
He enjoyed operating farm equipment, camping, collecting farm toys, hauling the Amish, hunting, visiting friends in Mifflin County and riding his Harley.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 62 years, Violette Ferguson Hayes; daughter Gayle Bugg (Ron) of Hinton W. Va.; two sons, Charles Hayes Kirkwood, and Raymond Hayes Fogelsville; six grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.
Relatives and friends are invited to his celebration of life, with a viewing at 10 a.m. July 7 at Ruffenbach Funeral Home (224 Penn Ave., Oxford). His funeral will follow at 11 a.m. Interment will follow in the Oxford Cemetery.
Memorial donations in memory of Philip may be made to Hospice & Community Care, PO Box 4125, Lancaster, PA 17604-4125. Online condolences may be made at


Samuel Barclay Mosier, 41, of Oxford, passed away on June 30 at Christiana Hospital in Newark Del.

Born in Sarasota, Fla., he was the son of Daniel C. and Priscilla Townsend Mosier of Oxford. Samuel graduated from high school in 1999. He was baptized in 1995 as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses and was a much-loved member of the Rising Sun, Md., congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses.

He is survived by his parents; five uncles, William B. Townsend (Ileen) of Conestoga, John H. Townsend (Donna) of Oxford, Charles M. Townsend (Sandy) of Oxford, Jeremy A. Townsend (Opal) of Oxford, and Andrew E. Townsend (Bobbi Sue) of Oxford; three aunts, Jane S. Fraze (Gary) of Newark, Del., Wendi Simons (Paul) of Bradenton, Fla., and Cindi Mooneyham (Kenneth) of Sumter, S.C.; and 21 cousins. He was preceded in death by one cousin, Derek Simons.

A memorial service will be held 3 p.m. July 7 at Rising Sun Maryland Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses (1120 Telegraph Rd., Rising Sun, Md.). Online condolences may be made at


Martha Marchese (nee Hoblitzell), 70, of Ardmore, passed away on July 1 at Jenner’s Pond Retirement Community in West Grove.

Born in 1947 to Carl Hoblitzell and Susan Hill, she was the oldest of four children. She met her husband, Joseph Marchese, at the Naval Base in Philadelphia and they were married in 1967. They spent the next 45 years living in and around the Philadelphia area, building a family and church community. After they were married, Marty, as she was known to her friends and family, and her husband opened their hearts and home to children of their own, foster children and families in need of a place to stay. She was a deeply spiritual woman, being an active member of St. Martin de Porres in North Philadelphia for many years, and doing missionary work around the world, mostly in Africa and Haiti. Her ready smile, her willingness to pitch in, and her generosity of spirit touched all of the families that she met on these trips.

She was an avid seamstress – making clothes for her family in the early years, teaching her children how to sew and create crafts, and even, as part of the mission work, teaching women how to sew items to be sold.

Martha’s husband predeceased her in June of 2011. She is survived by their children Chris, Lisa, Michael, Scott, Stephen, and Tina Nguyen. She is also survived by 10 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Family and friends may call at 9:30 a.m. July 9 at Sacred Heart Church in Oxford. Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated 11 a.m. at Sacred Heart Church. Interment will follow in Saints Peter & Paul Cemetery in Springfield, Pa. Donations in her memory may be made to St. Martin de Porres School, 2340 W. Lehigh Ave., Phila, PA. 19132. Online condolences may be made at