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Obituaries for the week of August 1

08/02/2021 08:26PM ● By Steven Hoffman
Carter James Bishop
Carter James Bishop, 9, of Oxford, passed away on July 24. 
Born on May 31, 2012 he was the son of Alexander and Melissa Hensley Bishop, both of Oxford.
He lived a life that was too short, but his life was one of joy, laughter, love and kindness. Carter was a goofball at heart. He was always quick to make a funny face and talk in a goofy manner. He was always smiling and always laughing. 
Carter was like no other. He had a heart that would rival world leaders who cared for many. He was a lover of animals, and he was like a textbook of biological information. Carter was quick to make a joke, quick to bug his big sister, quick to protect his little sister, quick to love his mother and father, and quick to say, “I’m a banana.” 
Carter loved his video games, never wore a shirt and proclaimed his love for his mother. He loved his macaroni and cheese—a steady diet would have suited him just fine. Carter was loved by all he came in contact with. He met his mother’s intention to have him be a gentleman and his father’s intention to have him be strong. Carter James Bishop was loved and loved many. His memory will be honored every day by all of those who loved and adored him.
He is survived by his parents; his number-one homie, Don Ryan; two sisters, Makayla Bishop and Jeri Ryan; grandparents; Bonnie Nelson, Randy Hensley, Connie McCoy, Michael Ryan, Mimi Jessica Bishop and Andrea Ryan; and one uncle, James Bishop.
He was preceded in death and greeted with open arms by his grandfather, Jerry Nelson and great-grandfather, Don Walliegh.
Funeral services were held on July 30 at the Edward L. Collins, Jr. Funeral Home in Oxford.
Interment will be in Oxford Cemetery.
Arrangements are being handled by the Edward L. Collins, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc. in Oxford. Online condolences may be made at

Anna Sklarsky Herrschaft
Anna Sklarsky Herrschaft, age 95, of Hollywood, FL, passed away on July 28. She was the wife of the late Joseph C. Herrschaft, with whom she shared 55 years of marriage before he died on Dec. 19, 2005.
Born in Bens Creek, Pa., she was the daughter of the late John Sklarsky and the late Susanna Ferchalk Sklarsky.
Anna managed the cafeteria for Bishop McDevitt High School for many years and was a homemaker.  She also was both a Cub Scout and Girl Scout den mother and an avid bowler. She was a longtime member of St. Stephens Orthodox Church in Philadelphia.
She is survived by two sons, Ronald Herrschaft (Tanya) of Avondale, and Richard Herrschaft (Theresa Sutton) of West Chester; one daughter, Joanne Gottlieb of Hollywood, FL; and seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents and husband, she was predeceased by four brothers and three sisters.
Her funeral mass of Christian burial was held at The Episcopal Church of the Advent in Kennett Square.   
Interment will be in Longwood Cemetery in Kennett Square.  
Contributions in her memory may be made to Pretty in Pink Foundation at
Arrangements are being handled by Matthew Grieco of Grieco Funeral Home & Crematory, Inc. (1800-FUNERAL).  
To view her online obituary, please visit

Lance Hunter Butler Sr.
Lance Hunter Butler, Sr., a loving husband, father and grandfather, passed away at the age of 83 at the Masonic Village in Elizabethtown, Pa. on July 19.
Lance was born on Nov. 10, 1938 to Frank and Beatrice Butler. He grew up on their farm in Swedesboro, NJ.  Lance graduated from Gettysburg College in 1962. On June 16, 1962, he married Eleanor Schoeller, to whom he had dated since high school. They raised three children, Kristen, Heather and Lance, Jr.
Lance was a high school science teacher and football coach before he began his 29-year-career as a human resources manager with the DuPont Company.  He later worked for International Paper as a senior  employee productivity consultant. With the DuPont Company, the Butler family lived in Seaford, Del. and Easton, Conn., but it was Kennett Square that they called home for over 40 years.   
Lance loved football and baseball. He played football at Swedesboro High School and Gettysburg College. He was an avid Eagles, Phillies and Green Bay Packers fan. Each fall, Lance could be seen wearing his iconic Green Bay Packers jacket. Having been raised on a farm, he enjoyed gardening and yard work. 
Lance was preceded in death by his parents Frank and Beatrice and sister Lura. 
He is survived by his wife Eleanor, his three children Kristen Butler Kaminski, Heather Butler Tessier and Lance Butler, Jr., their spouses and partners, and his beloved grandchildren, Nathaniel Butler, Samantha Tessier, and Chase Butler.
In lieu of gifts and flowers, please consider a donation to the Compassionate Care Fund at Masonic Village Elizabethtown, One Masonic Drive, Elizabethtown, PA 17022. 
Per his wishes, there will be no funeral. There will be a celebration of life held at a later date.  The family wishes to thank the caring doctors and staff at the Masonic Village in Elizabethtown for the excellent care both Lance and Eleanor have received.