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Obituaries for February 15

02/15/2021 02:58PM ● By Steven Hoffman

Robert E. Owen

Robert E. Owen, a resident of West Grove, passed away on Feb.  8. He was 81.

He was the husband of Barbara Cocciolone Owen, with whom he shared 36 years of marriage,

Born in Liverpool, England, he was the son of the late Robert John Owen and the late Jessie Hesketh Owen.

Robert was a printer/press operator at Unipak in West Chester, retiring in 2004 after 20 years of service.

He enjoyed gardening, mowing his grass, his cats, feeding stray cats, and being with his family and friends.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by one sister, Bertha Stevens of Eberly, Canada.

He was predeceased by eight  brothers and sisters.

His services and burial will be private.

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

Arrangements are being handled by the Foulk Funeral Home in West Grove.

Mary Ferguson Huber

Mary “Hope” Ferguson Huber passed away peacefully on Feb. 9 following an illness. She was 96.

Born in Wayne, Pa. on July 12, 1924, she was the daughter of the late Thomas G. and Mary G. (Doyle) Ferguson.

She attended St. Katharine of Siena School, graduating in the class of 1942. She worked at Bell Telephone and Philadelphia Water Company and she would share many stories about her train rides into Philadelphia. 

In the late 1950s, Hope was on a path to become a nun… that is until she met the love of her life, Edward Huber, a handsome man in the Army (she loved a man in uniform).  

They would enjoy a lovely marriage of over 60 years living in Aston, Pa. where she and her husband raised their family.  

Hope and her husband retired and moved to Kennett Square to be close to their children and grandchildren.  During their time in Kennett Square, they also met many dear friends.  

Hope was a woman of incredible Catholic faith, a faith that she lived every day.  She leaves behind this wonderful gift of faith to her family.  

In her free time, Hope loved hunting for a bargain and was the queen of knick-knacks. She loved chocolate and anything sweet and her presence was felt wherever she was and her sassy personality always made you smile, even in her final days.  

She had a wonderful love for animals and rescued three cats, Snowball, Tigger, and Holly.  Her favorite place was Cape May, NJ with her beloved husband. Most of all, Hope dedicated much of her life unselfishly to her family whom she loved so much.

She is survived by her children, Mark (Linda), Marie (Tom), and Anne (Harry), and she was an amazing grandmother to four grandchildren, Justin, Kristen, Kimberly, and John.

All services will be private.  Arrangements handled by the Kuzo Funeral Home in Kennett Square. Please visit the online memorial at

Dorothy Sue Butler

Dorothy Sue Butler, 88, of Conowingo, Md., passed away at home on Feb. 9.

She was the wife of the late Fred Butler.

Born in Recordville, Md., she was the daughter of the late Robert and Versia Adams Kennedy.

Dorothy enjoyed reading, beach trips, tanning, sewing and quilting winning many ribbons at county fairs for her quilts.

She is survived by five children, Linda Little of Darlington, Md., Fred Richard Butler, Jr. of Port Deposit, Md., Gilbert James Butler of SC, Patricia Ann Little of SC and Chris Ann Billings of Conowingo, Md.; twelve siblings, Betty McDaniel, Roxanne Palmer, Myrtle Green, Lillian Price, Martha Kennedy, Jackie Myers, Caroline Farmer, Gilbert “Butch” Kennedy, Robert “Bob” Kennedy, Samuel “Sam” Kennedy, John Kennedy and Daniel “Dan” Kennedy; 13 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and 6 great-great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by four children, Eva Mae Butler, Mancil Wayne Butler, Patrick Allen Butler and Janet Marie Butler; and three sisters, Robin Hopkins, Barbara Sites and Rosemary Donahue.

Interment will be in Oxford Cemetery. Services are private.

Arrangements are being handled by the Edward L. Collins, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc. in Oxford. Online condolences may be made at

Margaret A. DiNorscia

Margaret A. DiNorscia, of Kennett Square, passed away on Feb. 6. She was 94.

She was the wife of Alfred J. DiNorscia, with whom she shared 72 years of marriage.  

She was born in Kennett Square on May 11, 1926 to the late Eugene and Caroline (Vanore) DiFilippo.  

In addition to her parents, Margaret was also predeceased by her brother, Robert DiFilippo, and sisters, Splendora Giuseppe and Virginia Feconda.

Margaret was a 1944 graduate of Kennett High School. She was a longtime member of St. Patrick Church as well as the Ladies of St. Patrick’s. For many years, Margaret was a homemaker, and when her children were grown, she spent time working as a bookkeeper for Rex Mushrooms and Losito Mushroom Packing Company, in the cafeteria at Kennett High School and as a nurse’s aide at Kendal-Crosslands.

Margaret was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother.  She loved listening to music and prior to losing her eyesight, she enjoyed cooking, crafting, reading, and gardening. Most of all, Margaret loved having her family together for Sunday dinners and holidays. She was known for her homemade holiday soup and manicotti, and her famous chocolate cakes.  She was loving, kind, generous, and had a great sense of humor. Her smile and contagious laugh could brighten any room.

In addition to her loving husband, Alfred, Margaret is also survived by two daughters, Carolyn Peppernick (Thomas) and Madelyn Behrends, and a son, Alfred J. DiNorscia, Jr., all of Kennett Square; eight grandchildren, Kristen Jellison (Darin), Stephanie Arriviello (Chris), Michael Odorisio (Rachael), Erica Spiekermann (Kyle), A.J. DiNorscia, Anna Behrends (Marcus), Darren DiNorscia, and Jacqulyn DiNorscia-Murphy; and eight great-grandchildren, Noah, Kate, Nicholas, Christopher, Marilyn, Mariana, Mila, and Mila Grace. 

Margaret’s funeral mass and interment will be private and held at a later date. 

Contributions in her memory may be made to Pocopson Home, Attn: Accounting, 1695 Lenape Road, West Chester, PA, 19382.  

Arrangements are by Matthew Grieco of Grieco Funeral Home & Crematory Inc. (484-734-8100). 

To view Margaret’s online obituary, please visit

Ella Rose Hamm

Ella Rose Hamm, 79, of Oxford, passed away on Feb. 10 at home.

She was the wife of Howard E. Hamm, with whom she shared 62 years of marriage.

Born in Mt. City, TN, she was the daughter of the late Hugh and Winnie Phillips Dunn.

Ella was employed as a chef for Calvert Manor Health Care Center, Rising Sun, Md., retiring in 2003.

She was a member of Vaught Gap Church, Mt. City, TN.

Ella loved gardening, flowers, a manicured lawn and taking care of her family.

She is survived by her husband; five grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by one son, Daniel Howard Hamm and two daughters, Karen L. Morrison and Kimberly A. Farmer.

Services will be private. Interment will be in Oxford Cemetery.

Arrangements are being handled by the Edward L. Collins, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc. in Oxford. Online condolences may be made at