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Obituaries for March 8

03/08/2021 03:50PM ● By Steven Hoffman

Sarah R. Mitchell

Sarah R. Mitchell, a resident of West Grove, passed away peacefully on Feb. 21 in the Seasons Hospice facility at Christiana Care Wilmington Hospital in Wilmington, Del. She was 87.

Sarah was the beloved wife of Thomas J. Mitchell, with whom she happily shared 36 years of marriage. 

Born in Carney’s Point, NJ, she was the daughter of the late Rebecca Watson. 

Sarah was employed with the DuPont Company for 38 years. She was a supervisor in the former Engineering Department at the Louviers site in Newark, Del. 

Sarah enjoyed cooking, making Pizzelle cookies, knitting, puzzles and spending time with her family and friends. 

She enjoyed family reunions at Nottingham Park, trips to Shady Maple, Halloween and Christmas. One of Sarah and Tom’s favorite Christmas traditions was putting up their Christmas Village. They would spend time each year looking for the next addition to the village. 

Sarah and Tom loved to travel. They traveled extensively along the Eastern seaboard. One of their favorite places to vacation was Walt Disney World. During their 25 trips to Disney, they always found something new to visit and loved the Disney parks. 

Sarah was always quick with a witty response or a joke when she was around her loved ones. She will be greatly missed by her loving husband and her nieces, nephews and friends. 

Due to current COVID-19 restrictions, a private family service will be held at a later date. 

The family would like to thank the staff at Seasons Hospice, Jennersville Hospital and Jenner’s Pond as well as many friends for their kindness, care and compassion for Sarah. 

Arrangements are being handled by Kuzo Funeral Home of Kennett Square. To view Sarah’s online tribute and to share a message with her family, please visit

Gwendolyn M. Sumner

Gwendolyn M. Sumner, of Nottingham, passed away Feb. 20 at Chester County Hospital in West Chester. She was 73.

She was the wife of Barry O. Sumner.

Born in Philadelphia, she was the daughter of the late Joseph Daniel and Eleanor McIntosh Prusinski.

Gwen was retired from General Motors and Oxford Transportation. 

She had a passion for family, photography, scrapbooking, puzzles, feeding the birds, plants and her flower beds. Gwen really loved animals especially her dog who was her best friend, Coco. She loved her music, especially Alabama. The love she showed for her family and anyone who came across her was amazing, and when she loved she loved hard. Gwen always wanted to see and believe the best of everyone and she never held a grudge. Gwen was always there for her children—Jack for his weekly Thursday night calls and Carole for her 100 phone calls a day. 

Gwen loved fixing up the home that she created with her loving husband, Barry. They enjoyed their retirement together with their dog, Coco. Gwen was proud of the home they created together—she finally had her dream. Gwen especially loved being a grandmother and a great-grandmother. She spent a lot of time dedicating her love to her great-grandchildren, crafting, drawing, baking and learning about nature and animals together.

She is survived by her husband; daughter, Carole Coffman (and her partner Stan Feaster); one son, Jack Coffman (Renee); two stepsons, Brian Sumner (Jen) and Andrew Sumner (Nicole); eight grandchildren, Kaeyla R. Binck (Daniel), Karleigh Krystyne Coffman, Brandon Coffman (Cheyenne), Drew Sumner (Lexi) and David Sumner (Rosalind); three great-grandchildren, Bransen, Sienna and Ryver Binck; two sisters, Annette D’Emidio and Lisa Royack; two brothers, Kenneth Prusinski (Lisa Gerome) and Francis Prusinski, many nieces and nephews and extended family.

Services are private.

In lieu of flowers, the family has created a GoFundMe page which can be found at:

Gwen also was an extreme advocate for St. Judes Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. This was something she believed in and always prayed for a cure for cancer and for no children to ever be sick again.

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

William Robert Hocker

William Robert Hocker, age 68 of Avondale, passed away on Feb. 23 at his home.  

He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Laura Stonemetz Hocker.  

Born on Nov. 26, 1952 in Philadelphia, he was the son of the late Robert William and Mary Jane (Campbell) Hocker.

He was a graduate of Ridley High School in Folsom, Pa. in the class of 1970.  He continued his education and earned a bachelor’s degree at West Chester University.  He loved his family and his grandchildren were the light of his life.  He dedicated his life to a career in law enforcement, working as a federal special agent until he retired in 2009.  

He was a member of the Westminster Presbyterian Church in West Chester. In his free time, he enjoyed gardening, golfing, and telling stories of summers at the Jersey Shore.

In addition to his wife, William is survived by his children, Lauren Missirlian (Albert), Christopher William Hocker (Lindsay), and Julie Elizabeth Hocker; grandchildren, Luke, Claire, Henry, and Brooke; and siblings Dennis Hocker (Lynn), Susan Hartel (Edward), Nancy Plank and Amy Giulian (Karl), sister-in-law Judy, and many nieces and nephews. 

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his brother David Hocker and his brother-in-law George Plank.

All services will be private.  Contributions may be made in William Hocker’s name to the DEA Survivor Benefits Fund, or 2020 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Suite 659; Washington, DC 20006.  

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

Marvella C. Lilley McNeill

Marvella C. Lilley McNeill, 94, of West Grove, passed away on March 1 at Ware Presbyterian Village in Oxford after a short illness.

Born in West Chester, she was the daughter of the late Calvin H. Lilley, Sr. and Margaret M. Hill Lilley.

She was a 1945 graduate of West Chester High School. She retired in 1986 from AT&T and also worked for Bell of Pennsylvania, Diamond State Telephone Co. and Bell Atlantic in Delaware.  She was a telephone operator, mostly long distance, which she enjoyed most. She connected many servicemen with their loved ones after World War II.

She was a former member of the United Methodist Church of West Chester, where she met and married James F. McNeill. Mr. McNeill passed away in 2003.  

She also attended the West Grove United Methodist Church and Avon Grove Church of the Nazarene for many years.

She was past president of the former East Goshen Leisure Club, life member of Telephone Pioneers, past secretary of Avon Grove Seniors and former member of AARP.

Marvella enjoyed traveling in most of the U.S. and Canada, visiting Hawaii twice. She enjoyed helping others and being with her family. She liked all types of music especially, Gospel and country.

Mrs. McNeill is survived by her son, James F. McNeill, Jr. (Elaine); daughter Gail E. Morrison (Kenneth) with whom she lived; grandchildren, Stacy Barno (Mike), Jeremy McNeill (Georgia), Kelly Scullion (Joey), Christy Pelletier, Melissa Pierce (Ryan Carter), James Luycx (Cassie) and Denise Myrick (Chris); great-grandchildren, Jackson and Liam Barno, Megan and Joseph Scullion, August McNeill, Riley Pierce, Dominick and Oliver Carter, Nicholas and Alexander Luycx, Nicholas, Cameron and Mason Myrick; and many nieces and nephews.  

She was preceded in death by her daughter, Kim E. McNeill; sisters: Mary E., Florence M. and Doris E. Lilley and Barbara L. Mento; brothers, Harry Lilley and Calvin H. Lilley, Jr.; and a great-granddaughter, Hope Grace Barno.

Funeral services and interment at Green Mount Cemetery will be private due to COVID-19 restrictions.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to Angel Wings Kitty Sanctuary, 45 Parsons Rd., Landenberg, PA 19350.

Condolences may be offered by visiting

Alfred Joseph Dolor, Sr.

Alfred Joseph Dolor, Sr., 87, of Oxford, passed away on March 1 at Paramount Senior Living in Maytown, Pa.

He was the husband of Patricia Ann Kennedy Dolor, with whom he shared 33 years of marriage.

Born in Chesapeake City, Md., he was the son of the late F. Eulia and M. Violet Knorpp Dolor.

Alfred was a veteran of the U.S. Navy serving in the Korean War.

He was employed with DuPont Experimental Station in Wilmington, Del. as a chemical technician with 30 years of service.

Alfred was a member the Loyal Order of Moose #851 in Elkton, Md.

He was an avid sportsman and enjoyed fishing, hunting, and spending time at home with his wife cutting the grass.  

He is survived by his wife; one son, Alfred Joseph Dolor, Jr. (Carol) of Middletown, Del.; two stepsons, Steven Kennedy of Alameda, CA and Anthony LaCorte of Conestoga, Pa.; five grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; and six step-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Debbie Strazella.

Funeral services were held on March 7 at the Edward L. Collins, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc. in Oxford.

Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 399 Market St., Suite 102, Philadelphia, PA 19106-2117 or American Cancer Society, PO BOX 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718.

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

Online condolences may be made at

Jonathan Murray Hill

Jonathan Murray Hill or “Johnny” as he was affectionately known, passed away at home on Feb. 24. He was a 61-year-old resident of Avondale.

You may have known Johnny by one of his many other nicknames: “Derdrac,” “J.Hill, ”“Hillsky,” or “Murman.” 

Johnny was the husband of Winnie A. Browne Hill, whom he began dating in 1983. They married in 1992. 

Born in 1959 in West Chester, Pa., Johnny was the son of the late Margaret Harriet Foeman. 

Johnny was a graduate of the Avon Grove High School class of 1977. Throughout high school, Johnny worked at Mushroom Express. 

Following graduation, Johnny proudly served our country as member of the U.S. Army from 1979 to 1983 as a private first class. He was a sharpshooter and earned an Overseas Service Ribbon for his service outside of the United States. 

After being honorably discharged from the military, Johnny worked at various places, including Action Manufacturing Co., Alstrip, ServPro and Tastykake.

Johnny loved video games, playing basketball, the Philadelphia 76ers, boxing, Star Trek, comedy, and Kung Fu movies. He enjoyed cooking (and eating!) a good meal. One of his favorite things to eat was a sandwich from Earl’s. On weekends, Johnny liked to go to farmers’ markets like Cowtown and the Green Dragon. 

In addition to his wife, Winnie, Johnny is survived by his daughter, Shayna; his son, Abram; four brothers, William, Jimmy, Stanley and Tony; four sisters, Eleanor, Angeline, Victoria and Ruby; his aunt, Betty Ann Gwyn; as well and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. 

He was predeceased by two sisters, Diane and Linda; and one brother, Kenneth. 

Due to pandemic restrictions, Johnny’s viewing will be private. 

Graveside services for Johnny were held on March 8 at Union Hill Cemetery in Kennett Square. 

Arrangements are being handled by Kuzo Funeral Home of Kennett Square.

Annette Susan Lewin

Annette Susan Lewin, 53, passed away on March 1 at the University of Pennsylvania Hospital. She was the loving wife of Wendell Joseph Lewin for 27 years and loving mother to Chelsea and Connor. 

Born on January 10, 1968 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, she was the daughter of Ronald and Donna (Ettinger) Barkhouse. 

Annette received her education from Sackville High School, Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia, Mount Saint Vincent University ( in Halifax, Nova Scotia) and York University (in Toronto, Ontario). 

Annette was born to be a teacher and instilled a love of learning in all her students. She taught for five years at York Region District School Board before moving to the United States. Annette lived in Limerick, Pa., then relocated to Dacula, GA, and finally settled down with her family in Chester County in 2006. 

There was nothing that Annette loved more than her family. After having children, Annette put aside her passion for teaching for seventeen years to devote all she had to be the best mom to Chelsea and Connor. She volunteered in their schools and substitute taught at Penn London Elementary School before returning to teach full time in 2017. Annette was a loving and supportive colleague to all the teachers and faculty she worked with. She was also very involved with her church, The Christian Life Center, which she loved and was loved deeply. Annette inspired and touched the lives of everyone she knew with her bubbly personality, beautiful smile, positive outlook on life, strength, courage, and incredible kindness. 

In addition to her husband, children and parents, Annette is survived by her sister, Heather (and her husband Dennis), six nieces and nephews and hundreds of students who loved her dearly. 

A service is scheduled for Saturday, March 13, 2021 at 2 p.m. at the Christian Life Center, 125 Saginaw Road, Lincoln University, PA 19352. 

The interment will be private. 

Contributions may be made in Annette’s name to the cancer charity of your choice. Arrangements are being handled by the Foulk Funeral Home of West Grove. Please visit Annette’s online memorial by going to

Betty I. Jenkins

Betty I. Jenkins passed away at her home in West Grove on March 6. She was 84.

Born in Elkhorn, WV, she was the daughter of the late Luther and Virgie Brewer Powers and the wife of the late Robert Jenkins.

Betty was a member of the Avondale United Methodist Church, where she enjoyed helping with activities, socials, and bake sales. Her family was everything to her and she always looked forward to family lunches on Sunday at her house after church.

She loved holidays, from Easter, to the Fourth of July, to Thanksgiving and Christmas, as a time to bring everyone together. She hosted an Easter Egg Hunt for the grandchildren and great-grandchildren every year, and Betty enjoyed cooking and baking for every holiday that she could. She truly enjoyed helping others, especially around the holidays. Every Christmas Eve, Betty had an open house where all were welcome: family, friends, and anyone who didn’t have a place to go.

She had a love for animals of all sorts. She collected owl-themed decorations and housewares, all sorts of stuffed animals, and lots of animal movies that she watched with her grandchildren. She also enjoyed spending time with family at Ocean City, Md. and Myrtle Beach each summer.

She is survived by three children, Karen Greer (Robert), Gary Steven Jenkins (Darlene), and Deborah Dickens (Rick), all of West Grove; six grandchildren, Matthew Jenkins, Michelle O’Neill (Timmy), Jennifer Lloyd (Onie), Denise Smith (Darren), Kayla Dickens, and Hannah Dickens; and six great-grandchildren, Tyler and Casey O’Neill, Payton and Arbor Lloyd, and Hailey and Gavin Smith. 

She will also be truly missed by her special friends, Anna “Nanny” Greer and Esther Herrera (a.k.a. “that lady”). The family would like to thank Nanny for all of her help, as well as Esther who cared for Betty and saw that she passed peacefully in her home.

Visitation and a viewing will be held on Wednesday, March 10, at the Kemblesville United Method Church, now known as Christ Church at the Grove, 1772 New London Rd., Landenberg, PA 19350, where friends and family may visit from 10 to 11 a.m. 

Services will follow at 11 a.m. and interment will be in the adjoining church cemetery. The public is invited, and all those wishing to attend will be asked to wear masks and maintain social distancing protocols.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Betty’s memory may be made to a charity of your choice.

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