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Obituaries for December 14

12/15/2020 11:25AM ● By Steven Hoffman

Dorothy Lee Jones

Dorothy Lee Jones, a resident of Oxford, passed away on Dec. 4 at Ware Presbyterian Village in Oxford. She was 84. 

She was the wife of the late Conley Bruce Jones.

Born in Bristol, TN, she was the daughter of the late Samuel Isaac and Tobie Mae Hatcher Booher.

She was employed with NVF in Kennett Square.

Dorothy loved cats.

She is survived by one son, Ronald B. Jones; two grandchildren, Christina Marie Hittinger and Dixie Lee Blankenship; one great-grandson, Nycholas Hittinger; and one great-granddaughter, Anja Hittinger.

She was preceded in death by a son, Bobby Dale Jones; two brothers, Billy Wayne “Charlie” Booher and Paul Edward “Tom” Booher; one sister, Evelyn Booher; and her companion, Horace Foskey.

A graveside service was held on Dec. 8.

In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 399 Market St., Suite 102, Philadelphia, PA 19106-2117.

Arrangements are being handled by the Edward L. Collins, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc. in Oxford.

Online condolences may be made at

William H. Porter, Jr.

William H. Porter, Jr., 80, of New Providence, formerly of Oxford, passed away on Dec. 5 at Lancaster General Hospital.

He was the husband of the late Lois Brown Porter, with whom he shared 51 years of marriage. 

Born in West Grove, he was the son of the late William H., Sr. and Mary Wilson Porter.

William farmed with his father in East Nottingham Township and was employed with Handicrafters in Thorndale. 

He was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Rising Sun, Md. and was also involved with the Mason Dixon Softball League.

William enjoyed bowling and spending time with his grandchildren.  He loved his family.

He is survived by his two daughters, Kelli M. Teel (H. Nelson) and Karen E. Kinsman (Kristopher); three grandchildren, Mariah Gondek, Quinton Barker and Erin Nicole Wentzel; three great-grandchildren; one brother, Robert Porter of West Grove; and one sister, Janet Pierson of Oxford.

He was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Jennifer Lynn Porter.

Services and interment are private.

In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Rising Sun, PO Box 251, Rising Sun, MD 21911. 

Online condolences may be made at

Ruth Virginia Crampton

Ruth Virginia Crampton, of West Grove, passed away peacefully on Dec. 5 at Twin Pines Health Care Center. She was 80.

She was born in Oxford on May 25 1940 to the late Albert and Grace (McAllister) Crampton.

She was a graduate of Oxford Area High School, Class of 1958.

Ruth was employed as a mushroom picker for Bud Wood for a number of years before moving on to work in food service as a line chef at The Marriott, Winterthur Museum and Gardens, and then at HSBC before retiring.

Ruth enjoyed playing bingo with her friends at the Oxford Senior Center and the Penny Game at Luther House.  

She loved word-find puzzles, clipping coupons, and watching daytime game shows. She was also an active member of a 12 Step fellowship for over 35 years and enjoyed helping others. She loved trying to spoil her grandchildren and always had special treats for everyone. She will be dearly missed by friends and family for her outgoing personality, generous heart, and loving spirit.

Ruth is survived by her son, Thomas; her daughter, Jennifer; and daughters-in-law Gina and Tina. She is also survived by seven grandchildren, Dakota, Jordan, James, Jeremy, Kirsten, Kristina, and Alexis and four great-grandchildren, Ray, Jason, Kendall, and Jensen. 

Ruth's surviving siblings are Alice (Pat) Hamilton of Rising Sun, Md. and Francis (Pat) Crampton of Drumore,  Pa.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her son, John Crampton and granddaughter, Destiny, and her brothers, Charles Crampton and Thomas Crampton.

The services are being arranged by Ruffenach Family Funeral Home.

Interment will be private. 

A Celebration of Life for friends and family will be held in the spring with a date to be determined later.

In lieu of flowers or memorial contributions, as Ruth would say, just be kind and help each other.

Robert J. Minnick 

Robert (Bob) J. Minnick went to his eternal rest on Dec. 5. Bob was a longtime resident of Oxford and a member of Sacred Heart Church. He was 78.

Raised in Delaware County,, Bob graduated from St. Madeline's parish in Ridley Park and Ridley Township High School. He later received a dual degree at Cornell University in marketing management and the Philadelphia Museum of Fine Arts at Cornell.

Bob was an owner/operator of Five Points Food Market in Media, Pa. He, also, had a distinguished career as a realtor for Century 21 then, later, Remax At Jennersville. 

He is preceded in death by his parents, Samuel H. and Julia M. Minnick, a sister, Julia (White) Freiburg, and a brother, Samuel Minnick, Jr. 

He leaves behind his sisters, Elizabeth (Williams) Masho (Robert), and Mary Ann Linder (Richard), brother, Daniel Minnick (Rose), a sister-in-law, Rhelda Minnick and two stepchildren, Craig and Lori Riley (Bogutz).

Bob was a beloved uncle of 17 nieces and nephews, their spouses and children. He was known as the Great Uncle Bob and then, the Great Great Uncle Bob.

Private funeral services will be arranged through Kevin Lyons Funeral Services, Ltd. in Delaware County. Please go to their website to see an additional tribute to the beloved brother and uncle. 

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Heart's Promise Sheltie Rescue, 219 East Meyer Ave., New Castle, PA 16105 and at

Rev. Lawrence Leroy Talbot Sr.

Reverend Lawrence Leroy Talbot Sr. was born on Sept. 8, 1947 in Elkton, Md. to the late Leon and Edith Talbot of Oxford. He departed this life to be with the Lord on Dec. 6 at the age of 73.

Reverend Talbot attended West Chester University of Pennsylvania.  He retired from Elwyn Institute in Media, Pa. as a computer IT specialist.

Over the years, he took part in ministry in the African Union Methodist Protestant Church and Connection under the leadership of the Most Reverend Dr. Delbert L. Jackson, Presiding Prelate. Rev. Talbot pastored several churches, including Saint James AUMP Church in Wilmington, Del., Hosanna AUMP Church in Lincoln University, Pa., and Saint Paul AUMP Church in Lancaster, Pa. He was also an assistant pastor at Star of Bethlehem AUMP Church in Wilmington, Del.  

He held the offices of a conference assistant treasurer and conference trustee, and later retired from pastoring.

He was a devoted lifetime member of Trinity African Union Methodist Protestant Church in Zion, Md., where he served as a trustee, Sunday school teacher, and member of The Methodist Men’s Club.

Rev. Talbot was a loving husband, father and grandfather.  His favorite scripture was Psalms 23.  His favorite hymns were “Pass Me Not” and “At the Cross.”  

He loved being with his family, loved reading the Bible, and enjoyed building a variety of items, large and small.

Rev. Talbot is survived by Joanne Talbot, his loving and devoted wife of 33 years who is also a praying evangelist; three sons, Lawrence Talbot, Jr., (Daisy) of Reading Pa, Mark Talbot (Brenda) of Reading, Pa., and Keith Talbot of Florida; and one daughter, Kim Talbot of Reading Pa. 

He had four brothers, Leon Talbot (Juanita)), Marvin Talbot (Shirley) of  Oxford, Neil Talbot (Mary) of Newark, Del. and Shelton Talbot (Gwen) of  New Jersey and three sisters, Bonnie Moulden of Harleyville, Pa., Calva Queenan of Wilmington, Del., and Joan Barnett of Jennersville.

He is also survived by brothers-in-law, Lawrence Dickinson, Jr., Leonard Dickinson (Alice), Joseph Dickinson (Ruby), Richard Dickinson (Patricia), and Clarence Dickinson; a sister-in-law, Reverend A. Elaine Hammond; nine grandchildren; a host of nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends.

Reverend Talbot was a man who had a humble spirit. He was kind, compassionate, and a man of few words. He loved God, church and his sunshine (his wife, Joanne). He was a man of great character and integrity.  Rev. Talbot was a man after God’s own heart. He was a faithful member. He was steadfast and unmovable in the works of the Lord.

Due to the COVID-19 restrictions, his funeral service and burial will be private and for the immediate family only.

In lieu of flowers, a contribution may be made to Trinity AUMP Church, P.O. Box 110, Childs, MD 21916.

To view his online tribute and to share a memory with his family, please visit

John P. “Jack” Herr

John P. “Jack” Herr, 65, of New Providence, passed away on Dec. 12 at Lancaster General Hospital. He was the loving husband of the late Mary (Boyer) Herr, with whom he shared 15 years of marriage.

Born in West Grove, he was the son of the late John P. Herr and Yvonne (Brown) Herr-Wood.

Jack was a graduate of Oxford Area High School. In his early years he worked in manufacturing at NVF in Kennett Square. Most recently, Jack was employed as an assembler for CB Tool Company in Lancaster.

Finding enjoyment in the outdoors, Jack was an avid fisherman and hunter. His favorite place was Potter County and he had wished to relocate there. He also enjoyed riding his motorcycle with his friends and going on poker runs. He was also known for having several pet snakes over the years. He was a member of the Keystone Reptile Club, the Gentleman’s Motorcycle Club, and the Pequea Valley Sportsmen’s Association. He was a past member of Union Fire Company and Robert Fulton Fire Company.

He is survived by his daughters, April (George) Heisey, of Quarryville, and Stepfanie (Jeffrey) Eachus, of Coatesville; stepdaughter, Gina (John) Santana, of Nottingham; brother, Stanley (Patricia) Herr, of Quarryville; and grandchildren, Tyler, Michael, Brent, Preston, Lily, Hannah, Morgan, and Braelyn.

A service for Jack will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial donation in honor of Jack’s late wife, Mary, to The American Cancer Society online at

Arrangements entrusted to Dewald Funeral & Cremation Services, Inc. in Quarryville. To leave an online condolence, please visit

Lois DiVincenzo

Lois DiVincenzo passed away at home on Nov. 14 while surrounded by her loving family following a two-year battle with ALS and a severe stroke. 

She is survived by her husband, Bruce, with whom she built a beautiful life and a home on a hill in Landenberg. 

Lois and Bruce recently celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary. They raised five children together. Lois’s 68th birthday was spent surrounded by their family and they were so grateful for that last celebration. Bruce has been a devoted and loving husband to Lois, caring for her at home for the last year and enjoying their time together. 

Lois was a wise and wonderful mother and grandmother.  She was known as “GaGa” by her 17 grandchildren who absolutely adored her. She had nothing but patience and tenderness for fussy babies, tantrum-throwing toddlers, energy-filled kindergarteners, and rebellious teens. She could handle it all.  She loved to be surrounded by her family’s “joyful noise.”

Lois converted to the Catholic faith as an adult and it was central to her life. She attended daily mass when possible and prayed the rosary every day.  Her devotion to her faith led her to become a member of Our Lady’s Missionaries of the Eucharist.   She was also a member of St. Anthony of Padua parish in Wilmington, Del. and St. Gabriel of the Sorrowful Mother parish in Avondale.  She loved babies and dogs. She loved all of God’s creatures and would even brake for little frogs when driving in the spring as they covered the Landenberg roads. She loved watching and feeding birds, spending time at the beach (especially in Margate, NJ and Holden Beach, NC), tending to her flowers, making jam, baking pies, drinking coffee and sitting by her warm fire. 

Lois was born in Wilmington, grew up and started her family in Marshallton, Del. and moved to Landenberg in 1983. A 1970 graduate of McKean High School and an honors graduate of the University of Delaware, Lois spent over 30 years as an elementary school teacher in the Avon Grove School District. There, she played many roles over the years, including as a special education teacher, a reading specialist and an English as a second language (ESL) teacher.  Known as “Mrs. D,” she was well loved by her many students and colleagues. 

Lois is survived by her five children and 17 grandchildren: Carla Hughes (Jim) of Merchantville, NJ (Andrew, Evan, Nathan, Aidan, Bridget and Owen); Melissa DiVincenzo (Eric Hohman) of Wilmington, Del. (Oliver, Viggo, Gunnar and Kasper); Laura DiVincenzo (Mark Morris) of West Grove (Tyler, Caleb, Clementine and Remy); Lisa DiVincenzo (Brad Pecoraro) of Milton, Del. (Kayla and Talia); and Tim DiVincenzo (Paige) of Landenberg (Rhys).  She is also survived by her dear parents, Robert and Jean Hailstone; her siblings, Roberta Jones (Curt), Julie Parrack (David) and Jim Hailstone (Shirley); and many beloved nieces and nephews, cousins and friends. She was predeceased by her first husband, Scott Arthur, who passed in 1972. 

The family would like to thank everyone who provided support during Lois’s illness, including the doctors and staff at Penn Medicine and Bryn Mawr Rehabilitation. The family is blessed to have so many wonderful friends and family and they are also very thankful for the kindness of the caregivers, especially Sheena Mason, who became a friend to Lois and the whole family. 

In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to the Our Lady’s Missionaries of the Eucharist (; St. Anthony of Padua Church (; St. Gabriel’s of the Sorrowful Mother Church (; or the Ministry of Caring in Wilmington, Del. (  

A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated at St. Anthony of Padua Church at 901 N. Dupont Street, Wilmington, Del. on Nov. 20.  Entombment was held privately with her family.

Arrangements were handled by Doherty Funeral Home (302-999-8277). To offer condolences, visit