Obituaries for the week of August 3008/29/2021 08:09PM ● By Steven Hoffman
Mary Elizabeth Perez
Mary Elizabeth Perez, of Kennett Square, passed away on Aug 19 at Jennersville Hospital. She was 80.
Mary was born April 3, 1941 in Marion, VA, to the late Leonard and Nannie Mae Blevins.
Mary was a wonderful wife and mother. She had her own cleaning business for years in Kennett Square. She loved watching old westerns, gardening, cooking and decorating for the holidays. Halloween was her favorite time of the year. She also had a special love for her pet chihuahuas.
Mary is survived by her husband of 56 years, Luis Ayala Perez of Kennett Square; her children, Eric Blevins (Carina) of Kennett Square, Charles Blevins (Rachel) of Oxford, Antonio Perez of Kennett Square and Iris Fazio (Michael) of Kennett Square; four grandchildren, Angelica Blevins of ME, Brianna Perez-Beideman of Md., Kristina Brooks and Antonio Perez, Jr. of Kennett Square; her brother, Stanley Blevins (Wanda) of VA; two sisters, Geneva Barlow and Josephine Wilson of Pa.; as well as her niece, Nancy Blevins of Del. and Nancy’s children, Melissa and Nicolas.
She was preceded in death by her oldest son, Damon Blevins; her sisters, Virgina, Katherine and Dorothy; and one brother, Jim.
A viewing will be held privately with immediate family.
To view Mary’s online tribute and share a message with her family, please visit www.kuzoandfoulkfh.com.
Evelyn A. Kolb Robertson
Evelyn A. Kolb Robertson, 79, of Nottingham, passed away at home on Aug. 23.
She was the wife of the late James Louis Robertson, with whom she shared 60 years of marriage.
Born in Staten Island, NY, she was the daughter of the late Alfred A. and Evelyn Tarkington Kolb.
She enjoyed quilting, baking, and cake decorating. She was an accomplished, award-winning quilter.
She is survived by her three loving children, Steven Robertson of Fairfax, VA, Michael Robertson of Glenwood, Md., and Catherine Olsen of Boyertown, Pa.; 10 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; and two sisters.
A graveside service was held on Saturday, Aug. 28 at Oxford Cemetery in Oxford.
Arrangements are being handled by the Edward L. Collins, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc. in Oxford. Online condolences may be made at www.elcollinsfuneralhome.com.
Angela Jean Marrs
Angela Jean Marrs, a resident of Kennett Square, passed away on Aug. 20 at Phoenixville Hospital. She was 83.
Born in 1938 in Forest Hill, Md., Angela was the daughter of the late Derwood Howell and the late Ethel Cox Howell.
Angela worked in private duty nursing and later went on to work as a nurse’s aide for Unionville High School, where she assisted handicapped students on the school bus.
Angela was a longtime member of Kennett Square Missionary Baptist Church.
Angela’s grandkids were her life. She loved them very much and appreciated every moment they spent together. Whether it was at a family reunion or simply sitting on the porch and shooting the breeze, Angela was all about spending quality time with her family. She would give you the shirt off her back and her jolly disposition made her a joy to be around. Angela was a loving and caring woman and she will be deeply missed by all who knew her.
Angela is survived by her daughter, Vanessa Marrs; her brother, Richard Howell; two sisters, Anita Mertz and Joan Culbert; four grandchildren, Jessica Edler, Travis Marrs, Charlotte Marrs and Ronald Edler; as well as three great-grandchildren, James Marrs, Jackson Marrs and Lily Marrs.
She was predeceased by her son, Roger Marrs; and four brothers, James Howell, Dean Howell, Davis Howell and Frank Howell.
All are welcome to join Angela’s family for fellowship from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 4 at Kennett Square Missionary Baptist Church, 408 Bayard Rd, Kennett Square, Pa. 19348. Services will begin at 11 a.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to Kennett Square Missionary Baptist Church, 408 Bayard Rd, Kennett Square, PA 19348.
Arrangements are being handled by Foulk Funeral Home of West Grove.
Theodore Robert Woodward
Theodore Robert “Bob” Woodward, of Kennett Square, died Aug. 22 at Arden Courts of Wilmington, Del., where he succumbed to Alzheimer’s disease. He was 89.
He was the husband of Susan Fassett Rayne Woodward, with whom he shared 39 years of marriage.
Born in West Chester, he was the son of the late Theodore B. Woodward and the late Lillian Heron Woodward. He grew up on his family-owned farm, Pine Hill Fruit and Dairy Farm on Woodward Road in Kennett Township and has authored a book “The Farm,” vividly recounting his memories of farm life.
Bob was a 1950 graduate of Kennett High School where he was active in class leadership, sports, and music. He played violin in the school orchestra and the Kennett Symphony Orchestra; he also sang in school and church choirs. After graduation, Bob matriculated to Bucknell University where he majored in civil engineering and was a member of Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity. Fraternity life and the friendships it engendered played a vital role in his development, and as a proud Figi he mentored succeeding classes of young men; the significance of his contributions is memorialized by the naming of a fraternity house study room the T. Robert Woodward room.
Bob’s career with PECO culminated in his position as manager of the Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland Interconnection (PJM) a consortium of electrical power producers. In this position, he was a member of national and international power organizations and advocated for interconnection in Europe, Australia, and South America, a commitment he continued to pursue after retirement through his private consulting company, Power Systems Consulting Inc.
Bob enjoyed gardening, sailing, and mentoring family and other young friends.
Family was central to him, and he was known as the best husband, father, grandfather, and uncle ever.
In addition to his wife, Susan, Bob is survived by his three daughters from his first marriage, Laurie Newell (and her husband Keith) of Hillsborough, NC, Leslie Rieling of Ranger, GA, and Susie Christie (and her husband Erik) of Hampstead, NC; two stepsons, Timothy Rayne (and his wife Amee) of Kennett Square and Steve Rayne (and his wife Lisa) of Lincoln University; ten grandchildren, Ryan Rieling, Brett Rieling, Jeffrey Newell, Caleb Newell, Andrew Newell, Peter Newell, Sierra Rayne, Mac Rayne, Josh Rayne, and Matt Rayne; two great-grandchildren Noa Grace Newell and Jonathan Keith Newell; one sister Doreen Woodward Sonchen Conard; three nieces, Pam Rudy, Kim Longenecker, and Beth Bannister; one nephew, Bob Sonchen and two cousins, Margaret Woodward Ostrum and Janice Woodward Good.
He was predeceased by one sister, Jeanne Woodward Menges, one niece, Carol Sanville, and one cousin, John Woodward.
Services were held on Aug. 28 at the Episcopal Church of the Advent in Kennett Square.
Contributions in his memory may be made to Doctors Without Borders https://donate.doctorswithoutborders.org
Arrangements are being handled by Matthew Grieco of Grieco Funeral Home & Crematory (1800-FUNERAL).
Condolences can be left for the family at www.griecofunerals.com.
Guvenal Carrillo Sosa
Guvenal Carrillo Sosa, age 61, of Kennett Square, passed away on Aug. 20 at his residence. He was the husband of Eliazar Villagomez Zavala.
Born in La Barranca, MPO, De Moroleon, GTO, Mexico, he was the son of the late Nicolas Carrillo Lopez and the late Cristina Sosa Cortes.
He was a mushroom picker at South Mill Mushrooms.
He was a member of St. Rocco Catholic Church in Avondale.
Guvenal enjoyed being with his family and friends.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by one son, Emigolio Carrillo Villagomez of Kennett Square;; one daughter, Gricelda Carrillo Villagomez of Kennett Square; four brothers, Sacramento Carrillo Sosa of Cochranville, Pa., Leopoldo Carrillo Sosa of Kennett Square, Frollan Carrillo Sosa of Willmington Del. and Baltazar Carrillo Sosa of Mexico, and four grandchildren.
A funeral mass was held on Aug. 26 at St. Rocco Catholic Church and burial was at St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Kennett Square.
To view his online tribute and to share a memory with his family, please visit www.kuzoandfoulkfh.com.
Arrangements are being handled by the Foulk Funeral Home of West Grove.
Edwin H. Paschall, Jr.
Edwin H. Paschall, Jr., of Kennett Square, passed away on Aug. 23 at Chester County Hospital. He was 75.
Born in 1946 in Wilmington, Del., Edwin was the son of the late Edwin H. Paschall and the late Dorothy H. Kirk Paschall.
In his younger years, Edwin was a Boy Scout and a member of 4-H.
He went to school at Unionville and attended the National School of Meat Cutting in Toledo, OH, after which he went on to work as a butcher.
Edwin was a birthright Quaker and was happy to be a member of London Grove Friends Meeting.
Edwin served on multiple committees and enjoyed being active in several clubs around the community including the Active A’s of Delaware, the Waterloo Boys of Southeastern PA and the Chester County Antique Car Club. Edwin had a kind heart and enjoyed volunteering as well. He volunteered at the Kennett Food Cupboard, raised funds for Walk4Hearing and was involved in the Chester County branch of HLAA, the Hearing Loss Association of America.
Edwin is survived by his sister, Sandra Bruce; six nieces, Denise Bannon, Cheryl Wyatt, Elizabeth Elfner, Heather Kline, Rebecca Knapp and Catherine McCartan; as well as his nephew, John Eastburn.
In addition to his parents, Edwin was predeceased by his sister, Judith Montague and his brother, John Paschall.
A viewing will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 1 and from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 2 at Kuzo Funeral Home, 250 W. State Street, Kennett Square, PA 19348. Immediately following Thursday’s viewing, family will attend interment at London Grove Friends Burial Ground. All others are invited to gather at London Grove Friends Meeting House, 500 West Street Road, Kennett Square, PA 19348, from noon to 1 p.m. for Edwin’s memorial service and a light lunch immediately following.
Masks are respectfully required at both the funeral home and London Grove Friends Meeting House.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Edwin’s memory be made to London Grove Friends Meeting, 500 W. Street Road, Kennett Square, PA 19348.
Arrangements are being handled by Kuzo Funeral Home of Kennett Square.
Mary Elizabeth Mastantuono
Mary Elizabeth Mastantuono passed away peacefully at home on Aug. 23.
Mary Elizabeth was born on Jan. 11, 1943 in Philadelphia , the daughter of the late Robert and Rose ( Donato ) King.
Mary Elizabeth was a wonderful wife , mother and grandmother . She loved nothing more than being with her family and was so proud of them. She was always there whenever someone needed her to lend a hand. She always thought of herself last and those that needed her help first. She loved to spend time with her cousins, aunts and uncles whom she grew up with. Many preceded her in death and she is reunited with them now.
Mary Elizabeth is survived by Dominic, her high school sweetheart and loving husband of 56 years; her daughter, Michele and son-in-law Keith of Avondale: four grandchildren, Jordan, Cole , Luke and Avery.
A funeral service was held at the Foulk Funeral Home in West Grove.
Burial will be in St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Kennett Square.
In lieu of flowers, a contribution may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
To view Mary Elizabeth’s online tribute and to share a memory with her family, please visit www.kuzoandfoulkfh.com.
Theresa R. Caligiuri
Theresa R. Caligiuri, 92, of West Grove, passed away on Aug. 25 at Twin Pines Health Care in West Grove.
She was the wife of the late John A. Caligiuri, Sr., who passed away in 2015.
Born on April 29, 1929 in New Garden Township, she was the daughter of the late John and Marie (Bucci) Biondi.
Theresa was a graduate of Kennett High School in the class of 1947. She was a lifelong member of Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish in West Grove. She loved golfing and was proud of her hole-in-one at Loch Nairn Golf Course. Most of all, she was a devoted mother and homemaker.
She is survived by her children, Angeline F. Baughman (Robert), John A. Caligiuri, Jr., and Perry C. Caligiuri (Mary); four grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her brother, John Biondi and sister, Edith Losito.
In addition to her husband and parents, she was also preceded in death by her siblings, Joseph Biondi, Paul Biondi, Margaret Malchione, Mary Mastrippolitto, and Fred Biondi.
Friends will be received on Thursday, Sept. 2 from 10:30 to 11 a.m. at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish, 300 State Road, West Grove, PA 19390. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11 a.m.
The interment will follow at St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Kennett Square.
Please visit Mrs. Caligiuri’s online memorial by going to www.kuzoandfoulkfh.com.
Christina Cariss Jackson
Christina Cariss Jackson passed away peacefully with her husband by her side on Thursday, Aug. 26 at Chester County Hospital in West Chester. She was 42 and lived in Nottingham.
She was the wife of Richard L. Jackson, with whom she shared 21 years of marriage.
Born in West Chester, she was the daughter of Angelo Rodriguez of Kennett Square and Pamela Dunn of Coatesville.
Christina was employed with Scotts Miracle-Gro Company in Oxford as an operation coordinator. She was certified as a nutritionist and fitness instructor.
She enjoyed weightlifting, watching softball, traveling and helping others. Most of all she enjoyed spending time with her family and playing with her dogs. Going to the beach with her husband was the thing she enjoyed most. She was an avid reader and liked watching the ID Channel.
Christina was funny, witty and always had a smile on her face. She was what most people would call a “firecracker,” but had a heart of gold.
She is survived by her husband; her parents; a stepmother, Jenna Rodriguez; a stepfather, Clarence Hall; maternal grandparents, James and Lorraine Shawless of Avondale; many loving uncles and aunts; and two dogs, Apollo and Pepper.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 2 at the Edward L. Collins, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc., 86 Pine St., in Oxford, where friends and family may visit from 10 to 11 a.m.
Interment will be private.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, PO BOX 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718.
Arrangements are being handled by the Edward L. Collins, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc. in Oxford. Online condolences may be made at www.elcollinsfuneralhome.com.
Floyd Morris Parsons
Floyd Morris Parsons, a resident of Avondale, passed away at home on Aug. 25. He was 89.
He was the husband of the late Elizabeth “Loukie” Rozazza Parsons, with whom he shared 62 years of marriage. He married his loving wife in 1956.
Born in Downingtown, he was the son of the late James and Erma Morris Parsons.
Floyd was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and served during the Korean War.
He retired after 30 years of service from Hewlett Packard in Avondale as a journeyman.
He attended Assumption BVM Church in West Grove.
He was an avid golfer and enjoyed playing at Chantilly Manor Country Club, Rising Sun, MD, Newark County Club and Coral Oaks Golf Course, Cape Coral, FL. He especially enjoyed traveling to Florida. Floyd was well known as “the Golden Putter.”
He is survived by his three daughters, Tamzen M. Parsons of Avondale, Ronda P. Reed (Scott) of Landenberg and Erica DeHaven (John) of Quarryville; and three grandchildren, Westley Reed, Kevin Reed and Desiree DeHaven; and his cat, Clippy.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Gerald Parsons.
Services will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to Neighborhood Services Center, 35 N. 3rd St, Oxford, PA 19363.
Arrangements are being handled by the Edward L. Collins, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc., in Oxford.
Online condolences may be made at www.elcollinsfuneralhome.com.