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Obituaries for the week of Oct. 26

10/26/2020 01:52PM ● By Steven Hoffman
Joseph F. Captain, Jr.
Joseph F. Captain, Jr. passed away at his residence on Oct. 16. He was 86.
Joe, the son of Stella Captain and Joseph F Captain, Sr., was born in Boston, Pa. 
He attended Pennsylvania State University where he received a bachelor of science degree in business administration in 1956. He was a member of the Phi  Kappa Sigma fraternity. 
After graduating, he was employed by Westinghouse Electric’s Management Training Program in Pittsburgh, Pa. 
In 1958, he was accepted into the U.S. Navy’s Officer Training Program and was commissioned an ensign. He served aboard the USS Laws U.S. Navy destroyer, and in the Navy Presidential Honor Guard under President Eisenhower and President Kennedy in Washington, D.C. 
He met his wife-to-be, Carol, in Washington, D.C They were married at Holy Trinity Church in Georgetown in 1961. 
After completing his naval service, he joined the DuPont Company in Wilmington, Del., serving in several marketing and product management positions in the film and plastics departments. He retired from DuPont as product manager of Aldyl Piping Systems when the business was acquired by Uponor in 1991. 
He served as Uponor’s director of planning and services, including acting as liaison with Uponor Aldyl SA headquarters in Buenos Aries, Argentina.
Joe was an active member of the Immaculate Heart of Mary parish in Wilmington, Del. and served as president of its parish council. After moving to the Jenner’s Pond Retirement Community in West Grove in 2009, he became a member of Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church. 
Throughout his life, Joe enjoyed summer vacations at the beach with Carol, his children and grandchildren, sailing on the Chesapeake, and many family gatherings on the patio of the Captain family home overlooking the lovely landscape he created. 
He was also a travel enthusiast, traveling both professionally and with his family to Europe, South America and Asia.
He is survived by Carol, his loving wife of 59 years, a son Joseph F. Captain, III of Wilmington, Del.; daughter Robin L. Gilchrist (and her husband Alexander) of Philadelphia, Pa.; daughter Molly G. Kegerise (and her husband Kevin) of  Newmanstown, Pa.; daughter Amy S. Hammon (and her husband Michael) of Kennett Square. 
He is also survived by eight grandchildren, Jock, Duncan, Samuel, Kevin Jr., Justin, Quinn, Bennett and Cole.
A private visitation and a mass of Christian burial was held at The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church in West Grove on Oct. 26. 
The family has requested that any remembrances made in the form of contributions be addressed to The Jenner’s Pond Retirement Community Scholarship Fund or the Jenner’s Pond Retirement Community Staff Appreciation Fund, 2000 Greenbriar Lane, West Grove, PA 19390.
To view his online tribute and to share a memory with his family, please visit
Arrangements are being handled by the Kuzo Funeral Home, Kennett Square.

Betty B. Harkins
Betty B. Harkins, a resident of Kennett Square, died peacefully at her home on Oct. 17. She was 92.
She was the wife of the late George Harkins, with whom she shared 56 years of marriage.
 Born at her family farm in Rosedale, Pa., she was the daughter of the late George and Ella (Clough) Buffington.
She was a 1946 graduate of Kennett High School where she later worked. After many years of employment, she retired.
Betty was a woman of faith who lived a rewarding and full life. Her greatest joy was spending time with her family. She cherished her large and welcoming Christmas Eve celebration and for over 40 years, she was known for her Sunday morning breakfast.
Survivors include three daughters, Sharon Chambers (and her husband, Dennis), of Kennett Square, Marlene Taylor (and her husband, Donald) of Cochranville, Pa.,  Faith Guizzetti (and her husband Michael) of Landenberg, 14 grandchildren, 33 great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren.
She was predeceased by her son, Bobby Harkins, her daughter, Betty Lou Talamonti, and her son-in-law, Anthony Talamonti.
Services were held on Oct. 22 at the Kuzo Funeral Home in Kennett Square.
To view her online tribute and to share a memory with her family, please visit

Suzanne Marie Kelly
Suzanne Marie Kelly, 48, of Landenberg, passed away at home on Oct. 17.
Born in Wilmington, Del., she was the daughter of David and Peggy Hinckle Woerner of Lincoln University, Pa.
Suzanne attended the Christian Life Center in New London.
She graduated from Avon Grove High School class of 1991.
Suzanne was previously employed with Aspen Property Management in North East, Md. and Bowling Green Brandywine Treatment Center in Kennett Square.
She enjoyed vacationing at Ocean City, Md. with family, photography, walking and nature. 
She is survived by her parents; and one son, Aidan Kelly of Bear, Del.
A memorial service was held on Oct. 22. Interment will be private.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Sunday Breakfast Mission, 110 N. Poplar St., Wilmington, DE 19801. 
Arrangements are being handled by the Edward L. Collins, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc. in Oxford.
Online condolences may be made at

Walter Scott Bunting IV
Walter Scott Bunting IV, age 68, of Colora, Md., died Oct. 12 at home while surrounded by his family. To his wife, children, and most who knew him, he was Scott. As a child, he was known by Ted. He was born and grew up in North East, Md. 
Scott graduated in 1970 from Westtown School in Pennsylvania. He served on active duty in the U.S. Navy from 1972 to 1976, earning a National Defense Service Medal and Good Conduct Medal for Service. After serving in the Navy, he joined the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, where over 30 years, he worked as a Survey Chief on the Linthicum, surveying the Chesapeake Bay, and as a CADD engineer in Baltimore. 
He was a devoted husband of 27 years to Kari Bunting, a loving father to Ryan Bunting and Christine Bunting and a faithful friend to many. 
He loved sailing his Hobie 18 Magnum Catamaran, riding his Gold Wing, and genealogical research, which led to a coast-to-coast trip on his motorcycle in 2015, retracing his grandfather's 1915 trip in a Model-T. 
In addition to his wife and two children, Scott is survived by his mother, Jane Bunting, and his sisters, Nancy Titone and Susan Moore. 
He is preceded in death by his father, Walter Scott Bunting III, his son, Joshua Scott Bunting, and brother-in-law Milo Titone.
A Celebration of Life service will be held at a later date. 
In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions to the following: Deer Creek Friends Meeting, Special Olympics Maryland,, and Dr. Ken Pienta at JH Brady Urological Institute.
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Virginia W. Ogle
Virginia W. Ogle, 81, of Mendenhall, Pa., died Aug. 27 at her home. 
Born in 1939 in West Chester and raised on the family farm in Mendenhall, Virginia was the daughter of the late Robert and Ruth (nee Way) Woodward. 
She was a gardener, world-traveling bird watcher, and true foodie who avidly supported local farms and loved all flavors of ice cream (and kept most of them on hand).
Virginia was a respected craftswoman who owned and operated Wagon House Cabinetmaking and Hardwood Lumber in Mendenhall for many years, and the furniture she made is cherished by all who are fortunate enough to own one of her pieces.
She and her late husband, James, supported a variety of progressive causes. Many people, including family, friends, and even strangers, benefited from their kindness and generosity. An active volunteer, Virginia worked at the local library and she monitored eastern bluebird boxes for Longwood Gardens and local landowners for many years.
Virginia was preceded in death by her husband James, son David Pender, stepson Peter Ogle, and her parents. 
She is survived by two sisters, Ellen Eberhard of Colorado and Ruth Woodward-Krebs of Pennsylvania, two stepsons, Alex Ogle of Vermont and Chuck (Lisa) Ogle of Arkansas, a stepdaughter-in-law, Rachel Winslow of Pennsylvania, David’s father John Pender, 4 nieces and nephews, 10 step grandchildren, and 12 step great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at a later date. 
Donations in Virginia’s name may be made to the Kennett Library, 216 E. State Street, Kennett Square, PA 19348.