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Obituaries for the week of May 3

05/03/2021 06:48PM ● By Steven Hoffman
Alicia P. Cullen
Alicia P. “Ace” Cullen, passed away on April 26 at the Chester County Hospital. She was 92.
Born on Aug. 30, 1928 on Staten Island, New York City, she was the daughter of the late Alfred Watson and Alicia (Begg) Elmore.
After graduating from East Dennis High School on the cape she attended Missouri Valley College. She drove the Grey Ladies for The Red Cross, was active in The Ground Observer Corps and volunteered at the Princeton Hospital. In 1951, she married Robert E. Cullen, who was employed by the DuPont Company. They spent the next few decades living around the world, including Princeton, NJ, Geneva, Switzerland and Cape Town, South Africa. They returned to Kennett Square in 1974.
She had several passions which included playing golf, raising dogs and traveling. She belonged to the Kennett Square Golf and Country Club where she served as chairman, captained the women’s golf team, won several club championships and played golf into her 80s. 
In addition, she loved to breed and show dogs. Her house was always bustling with their activity.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Robert, who passed away in 2002 after 51 years of marriage.
She is survived by her daughter, Tracy Hoyt (and her husband Michael) of Barrington, RI and her son, Todd (and his wife Sharon) of Kennett Square and their five granddaughters, Megan Hoyt Ogura, Kelsey Hoyt, Kimberly Hoyt, Morgan Cullen and Taylor Cullen.
A private graveside service was held at 11 a.m. on May 1 at Union Hill Cemetery in Kennett Square.  
Contributions may be made to the Unionville Presbyterian Church, 812 Wollaston Road, Kennett Square, PA 19348.  
Arrangements are being handled by the Kuzo Funeral Home of Kennett Square. Please visit Mrs. Cullen’s online memorial by going to

John Thomas Papi
John Thomas Papi, 68, of Oxford, and formerly of Woodlyn, passed away at home on April 28.
He was the husband of Pamela Preston Papi.
Born in Chester, Pa., he was the son of the late Vincent and Jean Di Nacola Papi.
John was a 25-year veteran of the U.S. Air Force and served in the Vietnam War.
He was a member of the American Legion Mason Dixon Post #194, Rising Sun, Md.
He was employed with Congoleum Flooring in Marcus Hook. 
He is survived by his wife; one daughter, Renee Papi of Oxford; one granddaughter, Kaylee Thompson of NJ; and one brother, Tom Papi of Boothwyn.
He was preceded in death by a son, Jason Papi and a brother, Michael Papi.
Funeral services were held on May 1 at the Edward L. Collins, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc., in Oxford.
A Masonic Service was also held.
Interment with Full Military Honors accorded by the American Legion Mason Dixon Post #194 will be in Little Elk Friends Cemetery.

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

Michael J. Bresnahan
Michael J. Bresnahan, age 81 of Kennett Square, passed away on April 25 at Pocopson Home. Michael was the husband of Patricia G. Bresnahan, with whom he shared nearly 48 years of marriage. 
Following high school graduation, Michael went on to earn his undergraduate degree from Penn State and continued his education at Pitt Law, where he earned his doctorate. 
Michael was director of legal services for 20 years at State College. Upon moving to Kennett Square, he went in to private practice in West Chester for 25 years. 
In addition to his wife, Patricia, Michael is survived by his brother, Patrick (Barbara) Bresnahan; numerous cousins; his nieces and nephews, Linda, Michelle, Christa, Erik, Kevin, Peter, John, Rachael, Michael and Mary Beth; as well as many grandnephews and grandnieces. Michael was predeceased by two brothers, John and Kevin Bresnahan. 
Services were held on May 3 at Kuzo Funeral Home in Kennett Square. 
Mass was at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Kennett Square. 
Interment was at St. Patrick Cemetery.  
Contributions in Michael’s memory may be made to The Pennsylvania State University, 2583 Gateway Drive, Bristol Place Suite 130, State College, PA 16801 or to the Brandywine Valley SPCA, 1212 Phoenixville Pike, West Chester, PA 19380.  
To view Michael’s online tribute and to share a message with his family, please visit