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Obituaries for the week of June 21

06/21/2021 11:05AM ● By Steven Hoffman

Ralph Edward Denlinger

Ralph Edward Denlinger, 68, of Oxford, passed away on June 12 at Christiana Hospital in Newark, Del.

He was the husband of Marcia Hughes Denlinger, with whom he shared 44 years of marriage.

Born in Philadelphia, he was the son of the late John and Esther Clark Denlinger.

Ralph graduated from East Stroudsburg University in 1975. After graduating college, Ralph began a career dedicated to teaching and coaching. He was a science teacher with Octorara High School and coached track and cross country for Octorara High School as well as Oxford Area High School. He retired in 2008.

Ralph loved American history. He was a re-enactor and historian of the Revolution, with a strong emphasis on the local militia companies that served under and aided General George Washington’s Continental Army. 

He also enjoyed researching his family’s genealogy and his father’s tour of duty in the South Pacific during World War II. He was a long-time member of the Oxford Area Historical Association, as well as many other local historical groups in the Chester County area. He was a member of the Delaware Astronomical Society for many years. Ralph’s true passion in life was spending time with his granddaughters, coaching his sons’ sports, and traveling with his wife and friends.

He is survived by his wife; two sons, Michael Denlinger (and his wife Allison) of Avondale and Mark Denlinger (and his wife Amanda) of Chadds Ford; five grandchildren, Abigail, MacKenzie, Alexa, Savannah and Olivia; and two brothers, John Denlinger of Tampa, FL and Charles Denlinger of West Chester.

Funeral services were held on June 17 at Bethany Presbyterian Church.

Interment will be private.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to the Oxford Area Historical Association, PO Box 355, Oxford, PA 19363.
Arrangements are being handled by the Edward L. Collins, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc., in Oxford  (

Susan Lee Ash

Susan Lee Ash, a resident of Oxford and formerly of Sandwich, MA, passed away at her home on June 7. She was 74.

Born in 1947 in Salem, MA, she was the daughter of the late William and Wilma Teakles Foster.

She spent most of her life in Massachusetts, where she met and married her beloved husband, Eugene Arthur Ash. 

Sue and Gene were married for 53 years, raising a family of five children and providing a safe home to numerous foster children over the years.

Sue and Gene lived in Sandwich, MA on Cape Cod for 35 years until they retired to Florida to live with her mother and her sister, Lois Foster, before most recently moving to Pennsylvania to be closer to their children and grandchildren.

Sue received her associate’s degree in social work from Cape Cod Community College and found her passion working as a social worker and domestic violence victim advocate for the Independence House in Hyannis as well as the State of Massachusetts.

Sue is survived by her husband; five children, David (and his wife Alelihna), Cassandra (and her husband Tim), Daniel (and his wife Alexandra), Lisa and Gena; 14 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and a sister, Lois Foster.

Sue loved her grandchildren dearly and they loved her. She enjoyed watching them play hockey, football, lacrosse, soccer and baseball, and supported all of their interests in every way.

A private family ceremony and celebration of Sue’s life will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Independence House, Inc. 160 Bassett Lane, Hyannis, MA 02601 on her behalf.

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

Jeanne E. Reynolds

Jeanne E. Reynolds, 88, of Oxford passed away on May 28 in her home.

Born in Oxford, she was the daughter of the late Refton Earl and Mary Brumfield Reynolds.

Jeanne graduated from Oxford Area High School. 

She retired after 37 years as Supervisor of the Supply Division of the VA Medical Center in Perry Point, Md.

She was a member and treasurer of Redemptive Faith Community Church in Oxford. She was the former leader of the Children’s Youth Ministry and former member of the choir, duet and trio of the Oxford Church of the Nazarene.

Jeanne enjoyed gardening, reading, and doing word-search puzzles, jigsaw puzzles and plastic canvas.

She is survived by her sister, Mary Ruth Reynolds, with whom she resided, and six nieces and nephews, Cheryl Wambold, Karen Cramer, Donna Kauffman, John Reynolds, Jr. and his wife, Melba, Steve Reynolds and his wife, Lisa, and Teresa Miller and her husband Elbert.

She was preceded in death by two brothers, Lawrence Reynolds and John Reynolds, Sr.

Funeral services were held on June 4 at the Edward L. Collins, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc. in Oxford.

Interment will be in Oxford Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to Redemptive Faith Community Church, 2617 Old Baltimore Pike, Oxford, PA 19363 or Brandywine River Valley Hospice, 121 Bell Tower Lane, Oxford, PA 19363.

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

Bertha Lloyd Hunt Kinnaird

An angel of the Lord accompanied Bertha Lloyd Hunt Kinnaird into the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ at 4:32 p.m. on June 2. 

John Kinnaird, her husband of 60 years, was with her in her last hours. Her children also, who prayed and read scripture with her and sang hymns of praise and glory into her ears. Today Bertha is in the company of her Lord and with her son, John, and her sister, Lois Margaret Mitchell. 

Bertha served the Lord for 86 years on this earth before she went to the reward bought for her by Christ.

Bertha was born on March 8, 1935, in Chungju, Korea, to the Reverend Bruce Hunt and Katharine Blair Hunt, missionaries. God gave her to John in marriage in 1960, and they served him together for more than 60 years. 

Bertha attended West Suburban Hospital School of Nursing in Illinois and then practiced as a registered nurse. 

In addition to her professional work, Bertha spent her life serving others. A student and teacher of scripture, she led the women of her church in Bible Study until shortly before her death. She was often found at her kitchen table offering wisdom and comfort to those in crisis. 

She was an artist and an artisan who loved working in her garden. She painted, foraged, and created beauty out of every material that came to hand. Her dinner table was always full and lively with rich conversation. One of the great works of her life was giving voice to her eldest son, scribing his poetry for him when he could not. 

Bertha is survived by her husband John, and by her children, Malissa, wife of Clint Files; Deborah, wife of James Perry; Malcolm Kinnaird and his wife Justine; and David Kinnaird and his wife Rachael. 

She is also survived by her sisters, Connie Stonehouse and Mary Heerema and her brother, the Reverend David Hunt. 

She is the beloved grandmother of John Norman, Hunt, Thom, Katharine, Addie, Blair, Grace, John, Robert, James, Finley, and Drew. She is known as “Aunt Bertha” to the generations of extended family who reveled in her generosity and love.

Bertha will be sorely missed in this life, but we rejoice in our confidence that she is with the Savior she loved and served.

“An excellent wife, who can find?

She is far more precious than jewels.

The heart of her husband trusts in her,

And she does him good…

She opens her hand to the poor

and reaches out her hands to the needy…

She opens her mouth with wisdom, 

and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue…

Her children rise up and call her blessed. 

Her husband also, and he praises her: 

“Many women have done excellently, but you surpass them all.”

Charm is deceitful and beauty is vain,

But a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.”


A service of worship and internment will be held to celebrate Bertha’s entrance to glory. Until that time, please hold her family in prayer.

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

Joseph F. Miller

Joseph F. Miller, age 64, of Glen Mills, Pa., passed away on May 16 at Brinton Manor.

Born in Philadelphia, he was the son of the late Francis A. Miller and the late Rose O’Reilly Miller.

Joe was a flight engineer in the U.S. Air Force, retiring in 2004 after over 20 years of service. 

He was a decorated member of the U.S. Air Force, retiring as a master sergeant. 

He had several tours overseas including Germany, Afghanistan and Iraq.

He is survived by six brothers; 18 nieces and nephews and several great nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held at a later date.

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

Sharon L. Mormino

Sharon L. (Beck) Mormino, a longtime resident of Framingham, MA and formerly of Kaolin, Pa., passed away on June 15 with her daughters and her husband of 51 years by her side. She was 76. When she passed, she was at home where she had been fighting her battle with Alzheimer’s Disease for the past five years.

Sharon was the daughter of the late Cassimer and Ethel (Irey) Beck.

Sharon is survived by her loving husband, Paul Mormino; her daughters, Elizabeth and her husband Brian Dacey of Hopkinton, MA and Ellen and her husband Gregory LaRosa of Pipersville, Pa.

She is also survived by seven grandchildren, Catherine, Caleb, and Donovan Dacey and Sam, Sebastian, Silas, and Solomon LaRosa.  

She was predeceased by a third daughter, Carolyn Mormino and a brother-in-law, Christopher Wall.

Sharon is also survived by her brother, Barry Beck and his wife Kathy of Wilmington, Del.; sister-in-law Janet (Mormino) Wall of San Diego, CA; brother-in-law Thomas Mormino and his wife Susan of Mercer Island, WA; and five nieces and nephews.

There will be a celebration of Sharon’s life at the Holliston Historical Society Barn, 547 Washington Street, Holliston, MA on Thursday, July 22 from 4 to 7 p.m. This celebration of Sharon’s life will be as she wished – comfortable clothes, light food and drinks, and lots of memories and laughter.

Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the Norton Funeral Home in Framingham, MA.

In lieu of flowers, please consider honoring Sharon’s love of animals by making a donation to the ASPCA on Sharon’s Memorial page.  

Please visit for a full obituary and online guestbook.


Marian “Bonnie Thompson, 68, of Birdsboro, Pa., passed away on June 16 at her residence.  

She was the wife of Russell J. Thompson, who passed away in 2019, and with whom she shared 45years of marriage.

Born in Philadelphia, she was the daughter of the late Lewis Shacklock and the late Marian Green Shacklock.

Marian was an accounting coordinator at Pilot Air Freight in Media, Pa. for over 20 years, retiring in 2018.

She was an avid reader, and she also enjoyed cross stitching, crocheting and being with her family and friends.

She is survived by three daughters, Amy Gray and her husband Alex of West Grove, Carolyn Haas and her husband Dan of Harrisburg, and Louise Peoples and her husband John of Palm Coast, FL; three brothers, David Shacklock of Tehachapi, CA, Joseph Shacklock of West Chester, Pa. and Lewis Shacklock of Melbourne, FL; two sisters, Karen Federici of Blakeslee, Pa. and Janet Gartner of Franklinville, NC, and four grandchildren, Reagan, Caleb, Tyler and Zoey.

Her memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, June 25 at the Foulk Funeral Home of West Grove, 200 Rose Hill Road in West Grove. 

Burial will be held privately.

In lieu of flowers, a contribution may be made to the American Heart Association, 300 5TH Avenue, Suite 6, Waltham, MA 02451.

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