Obituaries for the week of September 21
By Steven Hoffman
Marian P. Bush
Marian P. Beatrice Bush, a resident of Oxford, passed away at home on Sept. 14. She was 95.
She was the wife of the late Charles W. Bush, with whom she shared 65 years of marriage.
Born in West Grove, she was the daughter of the late Robert Jamison and Alta Fiester Pierce.
Marian was employed for 25 years with Hewlett-Packard in Avondale.
She was a member of the Nottingham Presbyterian Church.
Marian enjoyed reading, sewing, crocheting, gardening and word-find puzzles.
Her greatest joy was her family
She is survived by two daughters, Marguerite E. Keene (wife of Bill) of North East, Md. and Virginia Woollens (wife of the late Carl Woollens) of Oxford; one son, Charles R. Bush (and wife Patricia) of Oxford; 12 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and 20 great-great-grandchildren; one great-great-great-grandchild; one brother, Robert Pierce of Avondale; and one sister, Catherine Duncan of Landenberg.
She was preceded in death by one son, John W. Bush.
Services will be private.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Nottingham Presbyterian Church, 497 W. Christine Road, Nottingham, PA 19362.
Arrangements are being handled by the Edward L. Collins, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc.of Oxford.
Paulette Violet Twyman
Paulette Violet Twyman, a lifetime resident of Oxford, passed away on Sept. 13 at Christiana Hospital in Newark, Del. She was 71.
Born in West Chester, she was the daughter of the late Hubert and Pauline Wilson Twyman.
She was a member of Apostolic Church in Oxford.
Paulette enjoyed reading, walking, writing songs, singing, reading the Bible and knitting.
She is survived by three children, Christal Nowlin of Coatesville, Valerie Abernaphy of Philadelphia and Tyrone Nowlin of Oxford; two brothers, Kenneth Twyman of New Jersey and Glenn Twyman of Little Britain; three sisters, Marguerite Warren of West Grove, Cynthia Ralph of Oxford and Jeannette Twyman of West Chester; and three grandchildren, Michael Miller of Coatesville, Tierra White of Philadelphia, and D'esha Abernaphy of Philadelphia; and two great grandchildren, Logan Miller and Maddison Miller.
Funeral services were held on Sept. 18 at the Edward L. Collins, Jr. Funeral Home in Oxford. Arrangements are being handled by the Edward L. Collins, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc.
Mario “Chuff” Basciani, 91 of Avondale, passed away peacefully at his home while surrounded by his loving family on Sept. 13.
Born on January 20, 1929 in Toughkenamon, he was the son of the late Emedio and Anna Basciani.
Mario’s father began farming mushrooms in 1925, which is how he found his passion.
Mario was a 1947 graduate of Kennett High School where he found the love of his life, Anna Masciantonio, with whom he shared over 70 years of marriage.
He was the founding owner of Basciani Mushroom Farms.
In his free time, he loved playing cards, but Mario’s life revolved around his family and his business.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by his children, Mario “Monnie” Basciani (and wife Kathleen), Joanne Regester (and husband George), Richard Basciani (and girlfriend Kim), Susanne Guizzetti (and husband Victor), and Michael Basciani (and wife Carla). He is also survived by 18 grandchildren and 39 (soon to be 40) great-grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, Mario was preceded in death by his siblings Rose DiFabio, Flavian Basciani, Dora Basciani, and Emedio Basciani Jr.
Services were held on Sept. 19 at St. Gabriel of the Sorrowful Mother Catholic Church in Avondale.
The Mass of Christian Burial and interment were private.
Please visit Mario Basciani’s online memorial by going to www.kuzoandfoulkfh.com.
Dana Franklin Hall
Dana (Danny) Franklin Hall, a resident of Sarasota, Fla., passed away on Sept. 13 at Sarasota Memorial Hospital. He was 68.
Born in West Grove, he was the son of the late Greer Max and Gretchen Priscilla Hall.
Dana is survived by his daughter, Alicia Brooks of Wilmington, Del.; his 4 granddaughters, Traneigh Triplett, Taelynn Brooks, Teyanna Brooks, and Tashauna Brooks; his 3 sisters, Judy Osborne of Dacula, GA, Sandy Brabson of Port Deposit, Md., and Jennifer Thomas of Davenport, Fla. He is also survived by 2 brothers, Steve Hall and Mike Hall, both from Rising Sun, Md. as well as many nieces and nephews.
Dana grew up in Nottingham and graduated from Oxford Area High School in Oxford as part of the Class of 1971.
A memorial service will be led by Pastor Charles Finney on Sunday, Sept. 27 at 2 p.m. at Calvary Missionary Baptist Church, 35 Sylmar Road, Rising Sun, Md. 21911.
The family is requesting that everyone please observe social distancing and, if possible, wear a mask during the services.
Linda Sue Johnson
Linda Sue Johnson, a resident of Oxford, passed away on Sept. 16 at home. She was 73.
She was the wife of Donald McCarther Johnson, with whom she shared 56 years of marriage.
She was born to Ruby Blanche Mullis and Preston Lambert on Nov. 24, 1947 in West Jefferson, S.C.
Linda will always be remembered for her compassionate and caring nature as she opened her heart and the doors of her home to friends and family alike. Linda was a loyal animal lover and often welcomed pets in her home throughout the years, especially her beloved dogs.
She is survived by her husband; four children, Donald, Wayne, Linda and Mark. She was also loved and adored by her many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
A graveside service was held on Sept. 21 at Union Cemetery in Kirkwood.
Arrangements are being handled by the Edward L. Collins, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc. in Oxford.
Richard D. Prewitt, Sr.
Richard D. Prewitt, Sr., 81, a resident of Oxford, passed away on April 16 at home.
He was the widower to Annabelle (Jones) Prewitt, with whom he shared 58 years of marriage before her passing in 2019.
Born and raised in Oxford, he was the son of the late Ivory D. and Arvilla Lutman Prewitt.
Dick was the former President of Prewitt’s Garage, Inc., where he worked with his brother Bob for decades, serving the Oxford community. He devoted all of those years to provide customers with high-quality automotive service and outstanding client satisfaction.
He was an Honorary member of the Union Fire Company No. 1 of Oxford.
In his spare time, Dick enjoyed hunting, cutting and splitting wood, lawn equipment repair, building large operational airplane models and spending time with his best friend and love, Ann, at their retreat in Breezewood, Pa.
He is survived by his son, Richard D. Prewitt, Jr. (and his wife Beth) of Centre Hall, Pa.; two grandchildren, Kimberly Ann Prewitt (and her fiancé Matthew Mosses) of New Cumberland, Pa. and Brian R Prewitt of Boston, MA; two brothers, Robert Prewitt (and his wife Flossi) of Oxford and Rodney Prewitt (and his wife Deb) of Kirkwood, Pa.; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Norma Bartram, and a brother, Ronald Prewitt.
A memorial service will be held 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 3 at Prewitt’s Garage on Route 10 (458 Limestone Road) in Oxford, where friends and family may visit from 1 to 2:30 p.m.
Please be sure to wear a mask and follow social distancing protocols.
In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to Kennett Square Missionary Baptist Church, 408 Bayard Rd., Kennett Square, PA 19348, Union Fire Company No. 1, 315 Market St., Oxford, PA 19363 or Penn Medicine Hospice, 400 E. Marshall St., West Chester, PA 19380.Arrangements are being handled by the Edward L. Collins, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc. in Oxford.
Laura R. McKinney
Laura R. McKinney, a resident of Oxford, passed away on Sept. 15 at Ware Presbyterian Village in Oxford. She was 97.
She was the wife of the late Henry McKinney and her first husband, Roy Poe.
Born in Mercersburg, Pa., she was the daughter of the late James and Blanche Stahl Shives.
Before marriage, Laura worked in a shirt factory making shirts for the U.S. Army and later was employed as a secretary for Lositos Mushrooms for 14 years.
Laura attended the Oxford Church of the Nazarene and was a former member of the Avon Grove Church of the Nazarene where she was a member of the Ladies Ministry. She was also a member of the West Grove Senior Center and Oxford Senior Center where she served on their Participants’ Council for 5 years.
She loved to crochet and bake. She made all her children and grandchildren their wedding cakes.
She is survived by two sons, Donald Poe and Roger Poe, both of Oxford, as well as 3 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren; and a great-great granddaughter.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 23, at the Oxford Church of the Nazarene, 116 E. Locust St., Oxford, PA 19363, where friends and family may visit from 10 to 11 a.m.
Interment will be at St. John’s United Methodist Church Cemetery in Elkton, Md.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Oxford Area Senior Center, 12 E. Locust St., Oxford, PA 19363. Arrangements are being handled by the Edward L. Collins, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc. in Oxford.
Luis Fernando Fonseca
Luis Fernando Fonseca, 35, of Aberdeen, Md., passed away on Sept. 12. He is survived by his mother Lanea Fonseca and his father Concepcion Fonseca.
In addition to his parents, he is survived by his siblings, Chon Fonseca (Jessica), Ana Fonseca and Julio Fonseca. He also left behind his ex-wife Nicole and their two children, Nicholas and Annabelle; girlfriend Danielle Hamburg and daughter Hadley. He is survived by numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and extended family and friends.
Born in Coatesville, Pa., Luis was a graduate of Avon Grove High School in the class of 2003. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps as a reservist and was deployed in Iraq. Following his time in the service, Luis continued his education earning multiple technical IT certificates and progressive positions, lastly as lead engineer with Software Engineering Center, Communications - Electronics Command.
In his free time, Luis was an avid bicyclist and he enjoyed riding his motorcycle and boating on the Bohemia River. He was a loving and devoted father to his 3 children. He was an active participant in the Eli Seth Matthews Leukemia Foundation.
Friends and family will be received on Wednesday, Sept. 23 from 10 a.m. until noon at the New London Baptist Church, 226 Pennock Bridge Road, West Grove, PA 19390, where a services will begin at noon. Burial of his cremated remains will be private at the Delaware Veterans Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, Luis’ family requests donations to the Eli Seth Matthews Leukemia Foundation by going to www.BraveEli.com.
Arrangements are being handled by the Foulk Funeral Home of West Grove. Please visit the online memorial by going to www.kuzoandfoulkfh.com.