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Obituaries for the week of May 31

06/01/2021 11:38AM ● By Steven Hoffman

Olympia Guizzetti Manfredini

Olympia (Sissi) Guizzetti Manfredini, a resident of Landenberg, passed away on May 24 at Chester County Hospital. She was 88.

She was the loving wife of Dominic E. Manfredini, with whom she shared 48 years of marriage.

She was the daughter of the late Victor Guizzetti and the late Lousie Bertogli Guizzetti. She was preceded in death by her baby brother.

She is survived by her son, Dominic J. Manfredini and his wife Cathy of Hampstead, NC, her daughter, Elizabeth-Ann N. Manfredini and her spouse Kate Worthing of Tucson, AZ, her brother, Gildo Guizzetti of Landenberg, and one granddaughter, Savanna Manfredini.

She worked as an administrative assistant at Leon Pizzini and Son and, after becoming a wife and mother, she was a homemaker.

She was an avid gardener and cook who also enjoyed ceramics, flower arranging, reading, and spending time with her granddaughter and family and friends.

Her funeral mass was held on May 29. Burial will be at Saint Patrick’s Cemetery in Kennett Square.

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

Arrangements are being handled by the Kuzo Funeral Home in Kennett Square.

Stephen M. Lombardi

On May 26, Stephen Michael Lombardi, a devoted husband, and father lost his battle with Glioblastoma, a rare but aggressive form of brain cancer. He was 54.

Stephen was born on March 5, 1967. 

He loved motorcycles, cars, and playing the drums. 

Stephen married Ruthie, his neighbor and high school sweetheart. They shared 33 years of marriage.

They brought two sons into the world, Stephen Jr., and Nicholas. Steve loved spending time with his boys, playing drums in multiple bands, and most of all, helping his sons pursue their passion for music. He even built them a recording studio. 

Steve had experience in printing, landscaping, woodworking, and mechanics. He was a “jack of all trades.” 

Steve had a big heart and would lend a hand to anyone that needed help fixing or building things. 

Stephen is survived by his wife, Ruthie, his two sons, Stephen Jr. (Emily) & Nicholas (Kelly), his mother, Mary, and father, Joseph Jr. He is also survived by his brothers, Joe III (Marlo), Brian and Tommy; his sisters, Lisa (Mike), Carla (Will), Julie (Tony), Lora, as well as many brothers-in-law and sisters in-law, cousins, nieces, and nephews. 

Services were held on May 29. 

Interment will be private.

 If you would like to donate to the family, please use the GoFundMe link below:

Thanks to everyone who has supported Stephen’s journey in fighting Glioblastoma.

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

Joseph Norman Cotter

Joseph Norman Cotter, 91, of Oxford, passed away on May 23 at Ware Presbyterian Village in Oxford.

He was the husband of the late Colette M. Legendre Cotter, with whom he shared 57 years of marriage.

Born in Philadelphia, he was the son of the late Joseph A. and Charlotte Depermentier Cotter.

He served as lieutenant in the U.S. National Guard.

Joseph graduated fifth in his class at Central High School in Philadelphia in 1947.  Joseph received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania and his master’s degree from both the University of Pennsylvania  and Penn State University.

He was head of the Languages Department and the high school principal at Tatnall School in Wilmington, Del. for 28 years, and formerly taught at the University of Georgia and Washington and Lee University.  Joseph was fluent in the foreign languages of Spanish and French.

Joseph was a U.S. Chess Champion (a number one ranking) with many years of tournament experience. He also played roughly 20 national and international games at one time.

Joseph was also a “life master” in Bridge with many years of tournament experience.

Joseph was both Delaware and Pennsylvania Backgammon State Champion.

Joseph served as president of the Ware Presbyterian Retirement Center in Oxford for three years.

He is survived by one son, Christopher Cotter (and his wife, Victoria Martinez-Cotter) of Houston, TX; and one grandchild, Brendan Cotter of Hockessin, Del.

A memorial service will be held 11:30 a.m. on Friday, June 4 at the Edward L. Collins, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc., 86 Pine St., in Oxford.

Interment will be private.

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

Online condolences may be made at

Sean Higgins Kane

Sean Higgins Kane, 46, passed away on May 16 while surrounded by his family. 

Born and raised in Queens, NY, Sean embodied and cherished his New York roots all throughout his life. 

A proud graduate of Archbishop Malloy High School and member of the Sun and Surf Beach Club of Atlantic Beach, Sean valued and maintained the many connections and friendships made during his formative years.

As an adult, Sean migrated to Delaware County in PA to start a family with the love of his life, Nicole. Once there, Sean quickly adopted the “Delco” lifestyle and developed a love for the Jersey Shore and Wawa iced tea. He enjoyed many days at the Briarcliffe Pool, where he was known as “Mr. Briarcliffe” and at the shore, which to him, was North Wildwood and Mack’s Pizza. 

More recently, Sean made the move to Kennett Square where he bought a dream home for his family and enough land for his beloved Labradoodles, Georgie and Pip, to run. With his move to Chester County, Sean became an avid golfer and introduced the Kennett Square golf scene to the Sean Kane brand of country club etiquette. His days spent on the farm in Kennett Square were some of the most peaceful of his life. 

Sean had a passion for living and was joy personified. His laughter and personality were larger than life and impacted everyone with whom he came in contact. One of his many mantras in life was “Why not?” He would try anything, except for vegetables, at least once. He was most at ease when he was surrounded by those he loved, listening to his enormous playlist, and soaking in some sun. 

Sean is survived by his wife, Nicole, his three children Dominic (Melissa), Layla, Gracie, a granddaughter due in August of this year, and father-in-law Frank Lomonaco (Robin.) 

Sean is predeceased by his mother, Maureen Kane and is survived by his father, Donald Kane, and two sisters Kristen (Steve) and Megan (Dennis). 

Sean is also survived by many relatives and friends that he chose as family. His longtime commitment and kinship with the Accarino family, Mulato family, the McKaneloschmidti clan, KSQ Wreckreation, and his Legendary Logistics family cannot be overstated. 

A memorial service was held at the Willowdale Chapel on May 26.

In lieu of flowers, Sean’s family is simply asking people to manifest his generosity and “pay it forward.”  

Arrangements are being handled by Grieco Funeral Home & Crematory (1800-FUNERAL)

Dean C. Kinney

Dean C. Kinney, of Nottingham, passed away on May 27 at home. He was 55.

He was the husband of Jodine A. Bolen Kinney, with whom he shared 28 years of marriage.

Born in Darby, Pa., he was the son of Louis T., Sr. and Mary Louise Founds Kinney of Nottingham.

Dean was employed at Herr Foods Inc for 31 years where he worked as a salesman and district manager. Dean built a lot of great relationships with his co-workers and was a mentor to many. 

Dean attended Calvary Independent Baptist Church, Quarryville.

He was a 25-year member of the board of directors and past treasurer of Happy Heralds, Inc. 

Dean enjoyed mechanic work, outdoor activities, helping others and spending time with family. His greatest passion was serving the Lord and sharing the gospel with others. Dean welcomed every opportunity to share the word of God with those he came in contact with.

He is survived by his wife; parents; three sons, David C. Kinney, Jonathan C. Kinney and Noah D. Kinney, all of Nottingham; one daughter, Sarah A. Edkin (Nathanial) of Jersey Shore, Pa.; one brother, Louis T. Kinney, Jr. (Deborah) of Nottingham; and one sister, Deborah A. Bachman (Robert) of Lockhaven.

Funeral Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, June 2 at Calvary Independent Baptist Church, 1225 Robert Fulton Hwy., Quarryville, PA 17566, where friends and family may visit from 10 to 11 a.m.

Interment will be in Nottingham Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to Calvary Independent Baptist Church.

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

Robert Joseph Kidd

Robert Joseph Kidd, 95, of West Grove, and formerly of Huntingdon Valley, Pa., passed away on May 19 at his home while surrounded by his family.  He was the husband of Barbara Schwing Kidd, with whom he shared 53 years of marriage and the late Elaine Stefan Kidd, with whom he shared 13 years of marriage. 

Robert was born on March 6, 1926 in Philadelphia, a son of the late Robert Kidd and the late Katherine Arntz Kidd. After graduating Northeast Catholic High School in three years, Robert went on to graduate from the University of Pennsylvania in 1950, earning a bachelor of science degree in zoology. During World War II and his freshman year at the University of Pennsylvania, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy at the age of 17.  Robert served in Naval Intelligence in the Pacific Theater on the Island of Guam and earned the Asiatic / Pacific Theater ribbon and Naval Unit Commendation.

Robert worked for a major insurance company and retired in 1987 as a regional group pension manager after 33 years of service. He was also on the board of directors of the Frankford Building and Loan Association for twenty years.  After he retired, Robert enjoyed seeing the world while he and his wife, Barbara, traveled extensively.  In addition to Europe and South America, they visited Israel, Egypt, Southeast Asia, Indonesia, China, India, Vietnam, Cambodia, Polynesia, and the entire Pacific Rim including Australia and New Zealand.  

In addition to his wife Barbara, he is survived by two daughters, Amy Kidd-Suplick (Gregory) and Elise Kidd; one son, Kenneth Kidd; and six grandchildren, Max, Jack, Samantha, Emilea, Noah, and Nathaniel.  

He was predeceased by his brother Ronald F. Kidd, Esq. (Catherine). 

You are invited to visit with Robert’s family and friends from 10 to 11 a.m. on Thursday, June 10 at Our Lady of Good Counsel, 611 Knowles Ave, Southampton, PA 18966.   

His memorial Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 11 a.m.  Interment with full military honors will be in Sunset Memorial Park in Huntingdon Valley, Pa.  Contributions in his memory may be made to the Kennett Area Community Service Food Cupboard (

Arrangements are being handled by Matt Grieco of Grieco Funeral Home & Crematory, Inc. (1-800-FUNERAL).  To view Robert’s online obituary, please visit

C. Victor Richards

C. Victor “Vic” Richards, 88, a lifelong resident of Kemblesville, passed away on May 26 at Ware Presbyterian Village. He was the husband of Margaret “Peg” Sharpless Richards, with whom he shared 53 years of marriage before she passed away in 2010.

Born in West Grove, he was the son of the late Earl Richards and the late Gertrude Heinz Richards.

Vic was the owner/operator of Richards Auto Repair in Kemblesville, retiring in the early 2000s, after over 50 years of service.

He was a member of the Kemblesville United Methodist Church, a former member of the BMC Sports Car Club, the Rough & Tumble Engineers Historical Association, and a former board member of the West Grove Building and Loan Association.

Vic enjoyed gardening, playing cards, collecting old tools and farm equipment and he was a lifelong car enthusiast and Coca-Cola connoisseur.

He is survived by two sons, C. Timothy Richards and his girlfriend, Wendy Muth of Kemblesville, Jonathan T. Richards and his wife Michelle of Kemblesville and four grandchildren, Selena, Dylan, Luke and Natalie.

He was predeceased by one sister, Priscilla Bollenbach.

You are invited to visit with his family and friends from 10 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, June 2, at the Foulk Funeral Home of West Grove, 200 Rose Hill Road in West Grove. His funeral service will follow at noon. Burial will be in the Kemblesville UMC Cemetery, Route 896, in Kemblesville.

Although COVID restrictions are changing, the family requests that visitors wear a mask for the services.

In lieu of flowers, a contribution may be made to Neighborhood Services, 35 N. 3rd Street, Oxford, PA 19363 or to The Nature Conservancy, 2101 North Front Street, Building #1, Suite 200, Harrisburg, PA 17110.

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