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Obituaries for the week of May 24

05/25/2021 09:12AM ● By Steven Hoffman
Shirley M. Nau, of West Grove, passed away on May 16 at Twin Pines Health Care Center. She was 85.
She was the wife of John H. Nau who passed away in 1971, and with whom she shared 20 years of marriage.
Born in Kirkwood, Pa., she was the daughter of the late William J. Devonshire and the late Ella Carrigan Devonshire.
Shirley was a dishwasher at Kendal-Crosslands for 28 years, retiring in 2000.
She enjoyed doing puzzle books, watching game shows on TV,  playing with her great-grandchildren, and being with her family and friends.
She is survived by one daughter, Sylvia A. Nau (Bob Mains) of West Grove; two sisters, Joanne Miller of West Grove and Sylvia Marzean of Vineland, NJ; two grandchildren and four great-grandchildren, and  many nieces and nephews.
Shirley was predeceased by one son, John W. Nau; six sisters, Verna, Hazel, Dorothy, Gladys, Lillian and Theresa; ten brothers, Howard, Winfield, Thomas, William, Leroy, John, Warren, Bobby, Harold and Stanley.
Services were held on May 21 at the Foulk Funeral Home of West Grove.
Burial was in Union Hill Cemetery in Kennett Square.
To view her online tribute and to share a memory with her family, please visit
Jean Lewis
Jean Lewis, age 65 of Kennett Square, passed away on May 14 at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Wilmington, Del.  
She is survived by her longtime companion Howard Dennison.  
Born on Sept. 13, 1955 in West Chester, she was the daughter of the late Raymond and Elsie (Williams) Lewis.
Jean was a graduate of Avon Grove High School in the class of 1973.  While she was in high school, she attended the Upward Bound Program at Lincoln University.  She was honored as Miss Upward Bound two years in a row.  She served in the U.S. Air Force, becoming a staff sergeant.  Jean also worked for NVF Company at the Kennett Square plant for many years.  
In her free time, she loved to read, shop and spend time with her family.  She loved attending family gatherings and cookouts.
Jean was a kind and loving person.  She truly loved her family and will be missed.
Jean is survived by her daughter, Charmayne Lewis (Raymond Maxwell), her grandsons Ty Maxwell and Raymond Maxwell, and siblings Roger Lewis (Denise), Gale Lewis, Raymond Lewis, Gary Lewis (Cathy), Brenda Lewis.  Jean will be missed by her nieces Winnie Lewis (Dean McClain), Jackie Burton (Eugene), Nicole Lewis and many other nieces and nephews.  
In addition to her parents, Jean is preceded in death by her siblings Douglas, Patricia and Teresa Lewis.
A graveside service will be held on Friday, May 28 at 11 a.m. at the New London Presbyterian Church Cemetery, 1986 Newark Road, New London, PA 19360.  
Contributions may be made in Jean’s name to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758516, Topeka, KS 66675-8516.  
Arrangements by the Kuzo Funeral Home; please visit Jean’s online memorial by going to

Margaret H. Greenland
Margaret-Helen Stevens Greenland died peacefully on May 16. 
Born and raised in Montreal, she was predeceased in 2014 by her husband John (Jack) Kingston Greenland, by her parents Margaret Lowrey Niven Stevens and Edward Merritt Stevens and by her brothers, Richard Merritt Stevens and William Jervis Stevens II.  
She is survived by her daughter, Barbara Merritt Greenland Cooch and son-in-law Richard Rodney Cooch, her son John Niven Greenland and daughter-in-law Maria del Carmen Pagan Greenland, her grandchildren Richard Rodney Cooch, Jr. (fiancée Shannon Elizabeth Sinclair), Elizabeth Merritt Cooch (husband Shawn Robert McDonnell), Jamie Niven Greenland Franzen (husband Alex Franzen), Sarah Hart Greenland and John Kingston Greenland II, and by soon-to-arrive great-grandson Jack Rodney McDonnell, and by two nieces and two nephews. 
After attending Trafalgar School for Girls, Marjorie Webster Junior College and McGill University, Margaret drafted graphic documents for U.S. military intelligence during World War II at MIT. She later worked in graphic art design for advertising firms in Boston and New York.
Throughout her life, Margaret continued learning and producing paintings, weaving, pottery, needlework and beautiful gardens. She attended numerous classes at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and was an active member of the Wayne Art Center. She participated in many juried art exhibits, one-woman shows and she accumulated numerous awards and accolades. Her connection with nature was her inspiration.
Margaret enjoyed many snowy Canadian winters on skis and summers in New England all her life. She cherished memories of train rides with her family from Montreal to Florida to visit her grandparents at Christmas.
Margaret embraced her gifted and talented life with profound gratitude. She knew and returned the solid love of family and laughed constantly with her adored husband Jack. They never ran out of conversation. She did not waste a minute of her life and at age 99 still had not become old.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that any contributions be made to Willow Tree Hospice, 616 East Cypress Street, Kennett Square, PA 19348. 
Services will be private.
Arrangements are being handled by the Edward L. Collins, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc. in Oxford. Online condolences may be made at

Helen Compton White
Helen Compton White, of Oxford, passed away May 14 at Ware Presbyterian Village in Oxford. She was 96.
For 56 years she was the wife of the late Willie G. White, the first year of which they spent apart while he was a pilot in World War II.
Born in Roanoke, VA, she was the youngest daughter of seven children of Cornelius Moses Compton and Ora Kate Johnson.

In addition to Roanoke, Helen lived in Beckley, WV, where she graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School. She also lived in Chester, Aston and Huntington in Pennsylvania. Before moving to Huntington, she and Gerald enjoyed several years in Haines City, FL.
Helen loved to play and follow golf. She was most happy when with her family and friends. She possessed a great sense of humor and it led to making many friends and acquaintances.
At various times in her life she worked as a switchboard operator, at Sun Oil, Sunroc, and Riddle Memorial Hospital; as well as a teacher’s aide for the Delaware County Intermediate Unit.
Helen and Gerald were members of Mount Hope Methodist Church in Aston and, while living in Oxford, she belonged to the West Grove Presbyterian Church. She is survived by two sons, Dale of Claymont, Del. and Glenn of Avondale, three grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.
A graveside service for immediate family will be held in the future.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation, 399 Market St., Suite 102, Philadelphia, PA 19106-2117 or the American Cancer Society, 29 Broadway, Floor 4, New York, NY 10006-3111  .
Arrangements are being handled by the Edward L. Collins, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc. in Oxford. Online condolences may be made at

April L. Hansen
April L. Hansen, age 28, passed away on May 12 following a lifelong battle with cystic fibrosis. 
April graduated from Avon Grove High School in 2011.  In 2012, she founded her own business, The Trendy Little Geek, which was born from her passion of quilting and love of quality fabrics. 
April continued her education at Meredith College, graduating in 2016 after a double lung transplant. She earned her bachelor’s degree in graphic design. 
Following college graduation, April moved to Brooklyn where she spent her time exploring the city and absorbing the rich culture of New York. She was an avid foodie with an artist’s soul and loved every minute of living in Brooklyn. 
While continuing to run her own business, April worked full time at Trader Joe’s in the SoHo section of Manhattan.
April was a go-getter with an indomitable determination to succeed at any endeavor. She was not one to sit still.
As a transplant recipient, April understood the importance of organ donation firsthand. In her death, she donated her organs in the hope of bettering the lives of others. Her desire was that her donation could assist in the repair of a burn victim’s damaged skin or allow a visually impaired person to regain their sight.  
April is survived by her mother, Nina Hansen; her father, Eric Hansen; as well as her aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. 
April was preceded in death by her fiancé, Cris Dopher. 
You are invited to visit with April’s family from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, June 18 at Foulk Funeral Home, 200 Rose Hill Road, West Grove, PA 19390 and again on Saturday, June 19 at Nottingham Presbyterian Church, 497 W Christine Rd, Nottingham, PA 19362.  
Visitation at the church will be 1:30 to 3 p.m. with a memorial service to follow at 3 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, April’s family kindly requests donations be made to a Make-A-Wish, a nonprofit organization that brought great joy to April’s life. Donations in her memory may be mailed to Make-A-Wish America, 1702 East Highland Ave., Suite 400, Phoenix, AZ 85016 or to your local Make-A-Wish office.
To view April’s online tribute and to share a message with her family, please visit
Arrangements are being handled by Foulk Funeral Home of West Grove.