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Obituaries April 21

04/19/2021 05:42PM ● By Steven Hoffman
Ronald Kenneth Ament
Ronald Kenneth Ament, affectionately known as Ron, peacefully made his transition from this life after a short illness while surrounded by his family on April 11. He was 90.
Ron leaves to mourn a loving wife, Joyce Hall Ament, and two daughters, Sonya Lynn Ament of Coatesville, Pa.., and Sharon Lea Hall (and husband Steve) of Rockville, Md. 
He is also survived by two grandchildren, Stacie Hall Morabito (and husband Richie) and Jonathan Hall (and fiance Danielle Baughman), all of Rockville, Md.
He was born in West Grove to Leon and Ethel Ament on Aug. 27, 1930.
Ron graduated from Avon Grove High School in June 1949. He received many awards in sports in high school and to this day a photo and plaque for his most outstanding athlete award remains on the wall at Avon Grove.
As a young boy, Ron attended West Grove United Methodist Church.
Ron was a proud veteran who served the country from 1951 to 1955 in the U.St. Navy. He was an aviation machinist second class. His home base was Brunswich, ME. Serving in the Navy allowed Ron to see the world. 
In June of 1959, Ron graduated (Dean's List) from Lycoming College in Williamsport, Pa. In June of 1962, Ron graduated with honors from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC as a biology and science major.
Ron was employed by NIH (The National Institutes Of Health) in Bethesda, MD. He became a captain in the United States Public Health Service and retired after 30 years.
He loved flying planes. He was a certified flight instructor and commercial pilot.  He owned 3 planes and flew all over the country. His love of horses allowed him to be an owner and trainer of standard breed pacers (harness racing). He raced horses at several race tracks throughout Pennsylvania and Maryland. Ron was a nationally ranked tennis player and was ranked number-one in the senior division of the Middle Atlantic Tennis Association. 
Ron loved animals, especially horses and his dogs. He left behind 3 horses and his faithful lab, Chessie. 
Ron truly loved his farm on Creek Road, where he lived for almost 40 years.
Ron often went to Walt Disney World in Florida to vacation. He also enjoyed going to Hawaii on two separate occasions. 
He will be fondly remembered by his wife's 3 daughters, Lolita and Desiree Hall of Frederick, Md. and Justine Hall of New York.
Ron will be greatly missed by his animal caretaker Delores (Dee) Winters of New London, Pa. and his best friend of over 50 years, Norman (Norm) Fitz , who was known to Lynn and Sharon as Uncle Norman.
Awaiting him in heaven besides his parents are his sister Margaret (Peg) DiCristofaro and a former extraordinary wife of 57 years, Patricia (Patty) Kavanagh Ament.  
Ron lived a full and good life. He accepted Jesus Christ as His Savior before departing this world.
His service and burial will be private
In lieu of flowers. A contribution may be made to the Brandywine Valley SPCA, 1212 Phoenixville Pike, West Chester, PA 19380.
To view his online tribute, and to share a memory with his family, please visit

Theodore Marshall, IV
Theodore Marshall, IV, 36, of Oxford, passed away at home on April 12.
Born in West Chester, he was the son of Debra Thomas Marshall of Oxford and the late Theodore Marshall, III.
Theodore was a graduate of Oxford Area High School as part of the Class of 2002.
He was employed with the Moccasin Run Golf Club in Atglen and Wyncote Golf Club in Oxford. 
Theodore enjoyed making homemade wine, walking, pencil painting, barbecuing, and landscaping. He especially enjoyed helping his grandmother.
He is survived by his mother; maternal grandmother, Virginia Thomas of Oxford; paternal grandmother, Cookie Thomas Barnes of Bel Air, Md.; and his aunts and uncles. 
Services were held on April 19 at the Edward L. Collins, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc. in Oxford.
Interment is private.
In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the funeral home to offset funeral costs. 
Arrangements are being handled by the Edward L. Collins, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc. in Oxford.
Online condolences may be made at

Betty Bender
Betty (Fiedler) Bender, a resident of Kennett Township, passed away on April 14 at the Pocopson Home. She was 96.
She was born on July 20, 1924.  
Mrs. Bender was the wife of the late Paul F. Bender and the mother of Bruce Bender, Neal Bender, (late) Hugh Bender, Lynne Lynch (David) and Joan Bender (Michael O’Shea).
She was the grandmother of Olivia Lynch, Mark O’Shea and Theresa O’Shea and the late Erin Lynch.
All services will be private.  
Arrangements are being handled by the Kuzo Funeral Home of Kennett Square.
Please visit Mrs. Bender’s online memorial by going to

Barbara Ann Stanziola
The Stanziola family’s matriarch, Barbara Ann Stanziola, passed away into the loving arms of her Lord and savior Jesus Christ on April 12, after a long battle with Bulbar Palsy (ALS).   
Born in September of 1947 in Baltimore, Md., she grew up in Oxford and graduated from Oxford Area High School in 1966.
Barbara is survived by her husband of 47 years, Robert Stanziola of Hilton Head, SC, and her four children, Darrell Steffy (Joan) of Oxford, Mark Steffy (Lisa) of Dunshore, Pa., Michael Stanziola (Jillian) of Exton, Pa., and Kimberly Castellane (Neil) of Hilton Head, SC.  
In addition, she is survived by six grandchildren, eight great grandchildren, and her three sisters, Phyllis Tester (Herb) of The Villages, FL, Jacqueline Benham of Charlestown, Md., and Dee Weigel of Nottingham.    
She was preceded in death by her father, Elwood Crothers of Oxford, her mother, Edna Weigel of Oxford, and her stepfather, Harry Weigel of Oxford.
Barbara’s career involved modeling, homemaker, and bridal consultant.  She loved to serve the Lord by opening up her home for Bible studies, hosting missionaries, singing in the church choir and volunteering in nursing homes. 
A celebration of life service will take place at Keith Funeral Home in Hilton Head, SC on Thursday, April 22 at 7 p.m.  
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Grace Community Church, 450 Spanish Wells Rd, Hilton Head Island, SC 29926.

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