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Obituaries for April 7

04/05/2021 07:34PM ● By Steven Hoffman

Charles S. Ferraro

Charles S. Ferraro, or “Charlie,” as he was affectionately known, passed away on March 26 at Paoli Hospital. 

Born in West Grove in 1949, Charlie was the son of the late Charles J. Ferraro and Millie Daddario Ferraro. 

Charlie had many talents. His main occupation was plumbing and he was also known as a “Mr. -Fix-It.” He was highly skilled in many areas and whether you had an issue with your vehicle or with your home’s plumbing, Charlie could, and would, fix it. 

Charlie has always enjoyed motorcycles, ice hockey and ice skating, tennis and old cars. Sports were a great joy of his (Charlie always rooted for the Phillies or the Eagles, of course). Charlie also enjoyed growing mushrooms. 

He was a genuinely giving person and had a wonderful sense of humor. He was a true jokester and all-around nice guy. Charlie will be deeply missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him.  

Charlie is survived by his mother, Millie Ferraro; his sisters, Judy Ferraro, Charlotte Ferraro, Annette Marini and her son, Andrew, his nephew; Mary Lou Drumheller and her husband, Rusty; his nephew, Matthew Drumheller, his wife Nina and their son, Ryan; his niece, Kelly Klapcuniak and her husband, James. 

In addition to his father, Charlie was predeceased by his niece, Victoria “Tori” Marini. 

Due to pandemic restrictions, a memorial service will be planned for Charlie at a later date. The website will be updated accordingly. 

In lieu of flowers, Charlie’s family kindly requests that donations be made to the American Kidney Fund, 11921 Rockville Pike, Suite 300, Rockville, MD 20852.  

To view Charlie’s online tribute and to share a message with the family, please visit

Kevin L. Call

Kevin L. Call passed away on March 22 at his home in Kennett Square. He was 64.

He will be remembered as a generous, funny, intellectually curious person who, above all, was devoted to his wife of almost 22 years, Barbara Saunders. In everything he did, his zest for life and infectious personality were a source of warmth and joy for everyone. His many interests and loves included travel, music, food and wine, cooking and being surrounded by his family and many friends.  

Kevin graduated from Moorestown High School in the class of 1974. He earned his undergraduate degree from Duke University in 1977, followed by a law degree from Rutgers Law School in Camden, NJ in 1987. His legal career included working for Dechert LLP in Philadelphia, Lukens Inc. in Coatesville, West Pharmaceutical Services in Exton and Arkema Inc. in King of Prussia. 

He retired in 2015 and pursued his love of travel, travlling extensively around the world with his wife Barbara. He had recently joined the board of directors of the United Way of Southern Chester County.

In addition to his wife Barbara, Kevin is survived by his brother, John L. Call, sister-in-law Ann Call, sister Pamela Keller, his nieces and nephews, Christine Murray, Gavin Call, Winnie Thompson, Zoey Robinson and Wesley Keller and their spouses, and several great nieces and nephews. He was the son of the late John L. and Ella K. Call.

Memorial contributions may be made to causes Kevin cared about deeply at Duke University: the Duke University Marine Lab Annual Fund or Duke Lemur Center, Madagascar Conservation Programs. You may donate online through this special page or you may mail a check payable to “Duke University” with “Madagascar” and/or “Marine” in the memo section to: Kevin L. Call Memorial Gift, c/o Mary Paisley, 3705 Erwin Road, Durham, NC 27705. Questions can be directed to [email protected] or 919-401-7252.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there will be a remembrance reception planned at a later date.  Arrangements are being handled by the Kuzo Funeral Home in Kennett Square. Please visit Kevin’s online memorial by going to

Barbara J. Linko

Barbara J. Linko, a resident of West Grove,  passed away on March 28 at the Jennersville Hospital. She was 78.

Born in Philadelphia, she was the daughter of the late Paul and Jeanette Heaton.

Her service and burial will be private.

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

William Burn Sharpless

William Burn Sharpless, 75, of West Chester, passed away on March 26 at Aventura at Pembroke. 

William shared 41 years of marriage with his late wife, Janet R. Sharpless, who predeceased him in March of 2015. 

Born in West Grove in 1945, William was the son of the late Raymond E. Sharpless and the late Margaret Burn Sharpless. 

William proudly served our country in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. Upon his return from Vietnam, William worked for Chrysler Automotive for 37 years in various positions throughout his tenure. 

In his younger years, William played guitar in a local band. His hobbies later in life included hunting and fishing. William was often a man of few words but when he did speak, you listened. He would often surprise you with a noteworthy, funny remark. William was caring, funny, great at giving advice and had a heart full of warmth and kindness.

William is survived by his son, William B. Sharpless, II (Carey); his sisters, Ruth Farmer (Dick) and Anna Mary McCarter (Lew); his grandchildren, Brayden and Kaleigh Sharpless; two brothers-in-law, Vic Richards (Peg) and Jeff Quinn; his sister-in-law, Anne Marie Montel (Jay); as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.  

Graveside services for William will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, April 9 at New London Presbyterian Cemetery, 1986 Newark Rd, Lincoln University, PA 19352. 

To view William’s online tribute and to share a message with his family, please visit

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

Patricia G. Borroughs

Patricia G. Borroughs, a longtime resident of Avondale and recently of Bel Air, Md., passed

away on March 28 at her residence. She was 85.

She was the spouse of the late Rev. John Elwood Borroughs, who passed away in 2013. 

Born on Nov. 13, 1935 in Baltimore, Md.,  she was the daughter of the late Phillip and Josephine (Lesieski) Gravels.

She was a bank teller and a devoted pastor’s wife. She loved to support her husband’s church ministry by leading ladies Bible studies. She was a junior church leader and played the piano.

Her passion for her family and God was evident every day in her life.  

Patricia is survived by her four children, Michele Hanks, Donna Borroughs, John Borroughs,

and Karen Stefanides, her 10 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.  

All services are private.  

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

Memories can be shared on the online memorial by going to

Gerald Weer Davis

Gerald Weer Davis, 77, of West Grove, formerly of Landenberg and Avondale, died at home on March 28 with his loving daughters by his side. 

He was the husband of the late Joan Marie Boyd Davis, with whom he shared 47 years of marriage. 

Born in Wilmington, Del., he was the son of the late Ernest K. Davis and the late Mae Weer Davis. 

He is survived by two daughters; Stephanie Davis Andrew (Daniel) of Forest Hill, MD and Cathleen Davis Luce (John) of Middleburg, VA; four grandchildren, Jake, Ben, and Alex Andrew, and Julia Luce; and one great-granddaughter, Nova Andrew.

He is also survived by his brothers, E. Kenneth of Beverly Hills, FL, and R. Thomas of Kennett Square; his two sisters, Joan A. Davis of West Grove and Janet Lamborn (Jay) of Port Charlotte, FL, and his sister-in-law Beth T. Davis (Randy Franz) of Parkesburg, as well as his many nieces, nephews, friends and wonderful police family. 

He was preceded in death by his two brothers, William W. (Bill) and W. Gene (Gene) Davis and his sister-in-law Grace Bonifacino Davis.

Gerry graduated from Avon Grove High School, attended Goldey-Beacom College and many other institutions for training pertaining to emergency services and law enforcement, including Penn State University, West Chester University, Delaware County Community College, Harrisburg Area Community College, Pennsylvania State Police Academy, Alvernia College, FBI, DEA, Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency, International Association of Chiefs of Police, and the Chester County District Attorney’s Office.

Gerry was employed by the Chester County Police Communications Center from 1967 to1982. He served as police dispatcher, deputy director of communications, acting director and director of the Department of Emergency Services. Some of the projects and accomplishments he was most proud of were his involvement in the merger of the communications center with the police and fire communications and the 9-1-1 expansion and disaster emergency management plan for the county, emergency management during the Three Mile Island nuclear incident, and a survey monitoring every bridge in the county for flood gauges.

Gerry was a part-time New Garden Township police officer starting in 1967, and became full-time in 1972. He was chief of police from 1973 to 2002. Under his leadership, New Garden grew from 5 part-time officers to 12 full-time officers. He was proud of supporting community programs in schools such as DARE, GREAT, and EDDIE EAGLE. He was an advocate for the officers that he hired and encouraged education, safety, training, and advancement. 

He was proud of many “firsts” for his department: hiring one of the first female officers in the county in 1985; one of the first to utilize computerized records (1993); first in the county to have AEDs in all patrol cars (1997); second in the county to have a School Resource Officer (1998); and Police Bike Patrol (1999). He believed in a community policing philosophy before it became popular, obtaining from then-Senator Joe Biden’s office, approximately $800,000 in federal COPS funding to expand the department and practice community policing strategies. His greatest accomplishment was that no officers were injured or killed during his tenure.

Gerry was Chief of Police for East Marlborough Police Department from 2002 to 2015. He was brought on board to assist in establishing policy and procedures and heading the department using his lifetime of experience. He retired in 2015.

Gerry was involved in his profession and the community. He was a lifetime member of the Avondale Fire Company, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association, and the Chester County Chiefs of Police Association. He was a member of the Southeast Pennsylvania, Southern New Jersey, and Delaware Police Chiefs Association. He was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police. Gerry was a charter member of the Pennsylvania Chapter Association of Public Safety Communication Officers and also served on the Board of Directors for the Southern Chester County EMS.

Gerry always said he didn’t have much time for hobbies, but he enjoyed reading, spending time with friends at their cabin in Clearfield County, trips to the beach and Topsail Island, NC, IACP conferences with his wife, Joan, Penn State Football, the Philadelphia Eagles and absolutely anything to do with Jake, Ben, Alex, and Julia.

His interment will be private. A memorial service will be held honoring his life at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made at the following: The National Law Enforcement Officer’s Memorial Fund in Washington, DC – OR The American Cancer Society –

To view Gerry’s online tribute and to share a message with his family, please visit

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

Patricia Mae Lindsey

Patricia Mae (Mintmier) Lindsey, of Lincoln University, and formerly of Johnstown, Pa., passed away on March 30 at Jennersville Regional Hospital in West Grove. She was 85.

Patricia was born on Sept. 1, 1935, to Kenneth W. and Viola M. (Brehm) Mintmier. She attended school in Johnstown where she graduated from Johnstown High School as valedictorian in 1953. She worked and retired from S.G. Lewis and Son Inc. of West Grove. 

She married the late James H. Lindsey, Jr. on Aug. 30, 1981. She was a loving and devoted wife to her husband of 38 years, before James’ passing on September 19, 2019.

Patricia was a member of Oxford United Methodist Church and previously a member of Franklin Street United Methodist Church (Johnstown), Conemaugh Valley School District PTA, and a lifetime member of Cover Hill Volunteer Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary. She enjoyed spending time with family, many friends in both Johnstown and the Oxford areas, and most of all loved being Mom, Grandma, and Great-Grandma. 

She is survived by one son, Edward Pfeil of Johnstown, Pa.; one daughter, Cheryl Ann Danzl of Bradenton, FL; two grandchildren, Dennis Danzl (Alexis) and Derek Danzl; and three great-grandchildren, Tyson, Briley and Daxtyn Danzl. She will be deeply missed by family and friends. 

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to American Cancer Society, 29 Broadway, Floor 4, New York, NY 10006-3111 or Cover Hill Fire Co., 985 Remington Dr., Johnstown, PA 15902.

A graveside service and burial took place at Benshoff Hill Cemetery in Johnstown, Pa. on April 5.

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

Online condolences may be made at

Patricia Eileen Burt

Patricia “Pat” Eileen Burt, 70, of Lincoln University, passed away on March 28 at Jennersville Regional Hospital.

She shared 49 years of marriage with her beloved husband, Mark Edward Burt.

Born in Columbus, OH, Pat was the daughter of the late Richard Lawrence Croak, and Reva Louise Leslie. 

Pat graduated in 1968 from Johnstown High School in Johnstown, OH. 

Her career spanned many years, as an administrative assistant, employed by ICI Americas Inc., Zeneca Inc., and AstraZeneca Inc.

In life, she most enjoyed time spent with family, friends, watching her grandchildren play baseball, and reading books.

She is survived by her husband Mark Edward Burt; two children, Jennifer Harold (Tyler), and Andy Burt; four grandchildren, Tzad Burt, Alo Burt, Aidan Harold, Evan Harold; one sister, Mary Helen Skipton (Dean); two brothers, Phil Croak,  Bill Croak; one aunt, Barb Croak; four nieces, Sharon Wandling, Vicki Croak, Nikki Croak, Michelle Croak; one nephew, Donnie Armstrong; several cousins; and many lifelong friends.

Pat was preceded in death by her brothers, Larry and Jimmy Croak.

At present, there are no funeral arrangements. An intimate gathering of family, and friends will be happening at a later date.

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

Online condolences may be made at

Anna Lee Ebersole

Anna Lee Ebersole, a resident of Kirkwood, Pa., passed away on April 1 at Hospice and Community Care of Mount Joy. She was 80.

Born in Lewisville, she was the daughter of the late Brian and Betty Bare Shepherd.

Anna retired from Avon in Newark, Del. and Fergusson and Hassler in Quarryville. 

Anna played the piano and organ and enjoyed her grandchildren, cooking and her cat.

She is survived by three sons, David Fisher (Christa) of Quarryville, Bob Fisher (Kelly) of Lancaster and Richard Fisher (Nora) of Lancaster; 13 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; one brother, Gale Shepherd of Kirkwood; three sisters, Ann Greer of Lancaster, Georgie Stanley of Rising Sun, Md. and Louise West of Wickenburg, AZ.

She was preceded in death by two brothers, James Shepherd and Kenneth Shepherd and one sister, Jo Ann Crouse.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Humane League of Lancaster County,

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

Online condolences may be made at

James J. Elliott, Sr.

James J. Elliott, Sr. passed away April 1 at his residence. He was the loving husband for 50 years of Marie J. (Hartis) Elliott.  

Born on November 3, 1949 in Wilmington, Del., he was the son of the late Harry and Regina (Widzgowski) Elliott.

Jim attended Salesianum High School, graduating in the class of 1967.  He achieved his bachelor’s degree and MBA from University of Delaware, finishing his masters degree in 1973.  He worked for Anixter in Media as a sales engineer.  He was an ordained Catholic deacon serving the St. Patrick’s Parish in Kennett Square and was also a member of the Knights of Columbus.  

When it was time to get away, he enjoyed family vacations to Walt Disney World.

In addition to his wife, Jim is survived by his three sons, Jim Elliott, Jr. (Jennifer) of Wilmington, Del., Michael Elliott (Wendy) Greensboro, NC and Steven Elliott (Denise) of Lancaster, Pa.; and 4 granddaughters, April, Makayla, Addison and Victoria.  He is also survived by his brother, Harry Elliott of Wilmington, Del.

Friends will be received on Wednesday, April 7 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Kuzo Funeral Home, 250 W. State St., in Kennett Square. There will be restrictions on the number of people allowed inside at a time.  

Additional time to pay respects will be on Thursday, April 8 from 9 to 11 a.m. at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, 212 Meredith St., Kennett Square, Pa. where A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11 a.m.  

Interment will follow at St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Kennett Square.  

Contributions may be made in Mr. Elliott’s name to St. Patrick’s Church, 205 Lafayette St., Kennett Square, PA 19348 or to Salesianum High School, 1801 N. Broom St., Wilmington, DE 19802.  

Please visit the online memorial by going to