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Obituaries for the week of October 18

10/15/2021 04:39PM ● By Steven Hoffman


Bernice H. Keelins passed away at her Landenberg residence on Oct. 9. She was 85.

She was the wife of Francis R. Keelins, with whom she shared 44 years of marriage.

Born in Buffalo, NY, she was the daughter of the late Murton Hartsell and the late Violet Booker Hartsell.

She was a graduate of Alfred State College, Alfred, NY.

Bernice retired from the DuPont, May plant, after more than a decade, when she remarried and relocated, along with her son, to the Wilmington area.

She was truly a world traveler. She and her husband visited 54 countries and 42 states.

Bernice and her husband were members of St. Gabriel of the Sorrowful Mother Church, Avondale.

In addition her husband Francis, she is survived by one son, Robert Underwood and his wife Renee of Wilmington, Del.; three grandchildren, Sara and Matthew Underwood and Sean McMullan all of Wilmington, Del., and one sister, Shirley Kirby of Florida.

Her Memorial Mass and burial will be held privately.

In lieu of flowers, a contribution in Bernice’s memory may be made to St. Gabriel of the Sorrowful Mother Church, P.O. Box 709, Avondale, PA 19311.

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.

David Clyde Hubley

David Clyde Hubley, 60, of Magnolia, Del., passed away on Oct. 10.  

Dave was born on April 9, 1961 to Clyde Hubley and Shirley Hathorn.  He was raised in Oxford. Dave later attended Penn State University, where he received his bachelor of science degree.  He was employed by Agilent Technologies, where he worked for over thirty years. 

Dave was a loving son, brother, husband, father, stepfather, and grandfather.  He was passionate about his family, Penn State football, and the outdoors.  

Dave will be survived by his parents, Shirley and Clyde Hubley; his brother, Steven Hubley; his wife, Amanda Hubley; his children, Caitlin, Melissa, Daniel, and Samantha along with their mother Christine; his stepdaughters, Persephane and Gabriella; and two grandsons, Carter and Laureano. He will be dearly missed and never forgotten.  

A memorial service was held at noon on Friday, Oct. 15 at the Edward L. Collins Funeral Home, Inc., 86 Pine St., Oxford.

In lieu of flowers, donations to Penn State THON (, a charity that raises money for childhood cancer, are appreciated.  

Online condolences may be made at


Joyce Elaine Gardner, of West Grove, passed away on Oct. 14 at Penn Medicine Rittenhouse. She was 65.

She was the wife of Gerald C. Gardner, with whom she shared 46 years of marriage.

Born in West Grove, she was the daughter of the late Carl Chapman and the late Doris Nickle Chapman.

Joyce worked for the past 19 years at Giant Foods in Jennersville, where she was an assistant manager in the deli department.

She attended the Cornerstone Presbyterian Church in Kemblesville. She enjoyed playing Bingo and being with her family and friends.

In addition to her husband Gerald, she is survived by three sons, Keith A. Gardner (and his girlfriend Julia) of Blackwood, NJ, Daniel J. Gardner (and his girlfriend Mariah) of Orbisonia, Pa. and Matthew J. Gardner (and his wife Jennifer) of West Grove;  one brother, Joseph Chapman of Oxford and one sister, Shirley Worrell of Cochranville.

Her services and burial will be held privately.

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


Robert C. D’Ascenzo

Robert C. D’Ascenzo, age 79, of Glen Mills, Pa., passed away on Oct. 12 at Riddle Memorial Hospital. 

Born in Philadelphia in 1941, Bob was the son of the late Albert D’Ascenzo and the late Blanche Braca D’Ascenzo. 

Bob was a pattern maker and worked in the engineering industry. He retired from Boeing after 40 years of service.

When it came to anything with an engine, Bob was an enthusiast. He enjoyed fixing up old cars and bringing them new life. Bob had the mind of an engineer and was a fantastic problem solver. If something needed to be fixed, not only would Bob insist on fixing it himself, he already had any parts needed in his garage. Bob’s garage put even a Pep Boys to shame. 

Bob’s vast knowledge on a variety of topics made him a reliable resource for lending a helping hand but also offering sound advice. Though he was feisty at times, Bob was generous and his thoughtfulness made him a wonderful gift giver. 

Bob had a big heart. He adored animals and had a great fondness for dogs. He enjoyed spending time with his family and loved to get everyone together to take them out for a meal. Bob was the rock of his family and they will truly miss his gentle spirit. 

Bob is survived by his son, Michael R. D’Ascenzo; his daughter, Christine Genovese (Larry); and his seven grandchildren whom he loved very much. 

Bob was predeceased by his wife, Judith Lee D’Ascenzo, who passed in July of 2009. He was also proceeded in death by his sister, Anna and his brother, Albert. 

Services were held on Oct. 18 at Foulk Funeral Home in West Grove.

Interment will be held at Union Hill Cemetery immediately following Bob’s service. 

Arrangements are being handled by Foulk Funeral Home of West Grove. To view Bob’s online tribute, visit