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Obituaries for the week of October 25

10/25/2021 12:56PM ● By Steven Hoffman

Mac Scott Duncan

Mac Scott Duncan, a newborn, went home in the arms of the Lord Jesus on Oct. 19.

Born in Ephrata, Pa., he was the son of Scott Kelton and Andrea Lynne Nicholson Duncan.

He is survived by his parents; one sister, Ella Nichole Duncan; two brothers, George John Duncan and Kelton Decker Duncan (his twin); paternal grandparents, George Decker and Nancy Scott Duncan of Oxford; and maternal grandparents, John Boyd and Evelyn Louise Nicholson of Starkville, MS.

Funeral services were held on Oct. 23 at the Christian Life Center in New London Township.

Interment will be in Oxford Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to the Lighthouse Youth Center, 245 Commerce 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

Daniel T. O’Brien

Daniel T. O’Brien passed away on Oct. 16 at the Chester County Hospital. He was 59.

He was the loving husband for over 36 years of Joyce (Owen) O’Brien.  Born on March 21, 1962 in Escondido, California, he was the son of the late James Eugene and Marlene Joan (Ross) O’Brien.

Daniel was a graduate of Kennett High School in the class of 1980.  He earned a bachelor’s degree from West Chester University and a master’s degree in special education from Immaculata University.  He devoted his life to being an educator, first working for Deveraux School and later for the Oxford Area School District at Hopewell Elementary.  

In his free time, he enjoyed playing guitar at school and in church as well as with family members.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his daughter, Christine O’Brien Murphy (and her husband Chris), his son, Sean O’Brien, and his siblings, Michael O’Brien, Chris O’Brien, Erin Beaver, and Terry O’Brien.  

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his brother Greg O’Brien.

All services will be private.  

The family respectfully requests no flowers; please consider a donation to Oxford Lighthouse Youth Center, PO Box 38, Oxford, PA 19363 or by visiting Please visit Mr. O’Brien’s online memorial by going to

Patricia K. Hoffman

Patricia K. (Stanley) Hoffman passed away on Oct. 8. She was 68.

She lived in Elkton, Md. and was formerly a resident of Oxford.

She was born in North Carolina on Sept. 11, 1953 to Junior Stanley and Nettie B. Hodge. Her family moved to the Oxford area and she attended the schools in Oxford, but she was always proud of being born in the south, and she loved cooking southern foods.

She worked several jobs during her life, and the one she probably enjoyed the most was serving as a home health care aide—she provided compassionate care to the patients she worked with.

She is survived by a son, Steve Hoffman (and his wife Kristin) of Pennsylvania.; two brothers, Dallas Powers of Pennsylvania and Mark Stanley of North Carolina; nephews, Timothy Stanley of Delaware and Shane Powers of Maryland; and a niece, Mandy Wyatt of North Carolina.

She was predeceased by her parents; a beloved daughter, Stephanie Hoffman; and a brother, Michael Stanley.

All services were private.

Interment was in the Oxford Cemetery.

She loved animals, especially cats, so in lieu of flowers, donations are respectfully requested to be made to the cat rescue of your choice.

Arrangements are being handled by the R.T. Foard Funeral Home in Elkton, Md.

Lawrence B. Beard

Lawrence B. Beard passed away peacefully at his Nottingham home on Oct. 16. He was 87.

He was born and raised on a farm in Cochranville, Pa. to the late Ralph Lawrence Barlow and Nellie Mae Beard. 

Lawrence was a decorated U.S. Army war veteran who served as sergeant in the Korean War from 1951 to 1953. 

He was a dedicated and hard-working employee at General Motors for 30 years until his retirement in 1992. 

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Verna D. Beard; daughter, Lauren D. Beard; granddaughter, Tara R. Myer Loeve; and great-grandson, Viggo Armand Loeve. Lawrence also leaves behind six siblings, Lillian Frank, Nancy Cook, Joanne Martin, Eugene Beard, Harold Beard, and Kary Beard. 

Services are private.

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

Harry R. Schofield

Harry R (Randy) Schofield, of Kennett Square, passed away at the Kendal-Crosslands Community on Oct. 16. He was 92.

Born and raised in northeast Philadelphia, Randy is survived by his children, Christopher and Carolyn Schofield, his daughter-in-law Cindy, grandsons Anthony and Robert, granddaughters Emily and Vanessa, and five great-grandchildren. He was the beloved husband of the late Virginia (Ginny) Schofield, with whom he shared 64 years of marriage at the time of her passing in April 2020.

Randy graduated from Penn Charter High School and Hobart College, where he starred in basketball.  After college, he served in the Navy aboard the USS Iowa.  Randy spent the majority of his working career at DuPont, where he was an International credit manager.

Randy was very involved in his community as a member of the Episcopal Church of the Advent, the Kennett Square Golf and Country Club, Sigma Chi fraternity, and spent many years of active involvement in After The Bell, an after-school program for students of Kennett Middle School.  Randy enjoyed golfing, playing cards, the companionship of countless friends, attending his grandchildren’s sporting events, and was an avid follower of Philadelphia sports teams. Randy also enjoyed a lifetime of traveling the world with his wife Ginny, family, and friends.

Randy’s memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 5 in the William Penn room of the Crosslands Community Center, 1660 E. Street Road in Kennett Square.  Crosslands requests that all attendees be vaccinated.  Contributions in memory of Randy can be made to Kendal-Crosslands Communities, Zearfoss Fund for Crosslands Staff Support, PO Box 100, Kennett Square, PA 19348.  

Arrangements are being handled by Kuzo Funeral Home of Kennett Square.

Dominick DiFilippo

Dominick DiFilippo, a resident of West Grove, passed away on Oct. 18. He was 87.

He was born in West Grove on April 21, 1934, to Joseph and Mary DiFilippo, and was the youngest of their four children. 

Dominick was a 1952 graduate of Avon Grove High School.

He is survived by his high school sweetheart and wife of 66 years, Norma Richardson DiFilippo; his six children, Andy (Kathy), Dianne Thrasher, Gino (Bev), Marlene Osborne (Dave), Teresa Brimmeier (Albert) and Rico (Lynn); 11 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

He was proceeded in death by his parents, Joseph and Mary; his brothers, Anthony and Joseph; his sister, Catherine McCreary; and his son-in-law, Albert Brimmeier.

Dominick spent many of his earlier years enjoying his love of baseball as the manager to the Rams and taking the 1970 Avon Grove All-Stars to the State Championship.

He was well known for his talent and knowledge regarding the operation of heavy equipment while working for Green Valley Excavating and owning his own business. Dominick created a renowned lake Shangri La, known today as Somerset Lake in Landenberg. His accomplishment even made the cover of a heavy equipment magazine, which labeled his success a “one man machine.”

Dominick spent all of his life caring for his family, his homestead and his garden. He always made sure that nothing was left undone and no one went without, especially animals, stray or wild. He enjoyed the outdoors and loved to spend time in Potter County.

Dominick was one of a kind – he will truly be missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him.

Services and burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Avondale Hometown Heroes Wall Fund, 110 Pomeroy Avenue, P.O. Box 247, Avondale, PA 19311 or to a humane society of your choosing.

Arrangements are being handled by Foulk Funeral Home of West Grove.

Eileen Pennock

Eileen Pennock, 59, of Coatesville passed away on Oct. 14 at her residence.  

Born on October 4, 1962 in Upper Darby, Pa., she is the daughter of Clara (DiSantis) Marella and the late Charles Marella.

Eileen graduated from Enfield High School, Enfield, CT in the class of 1980. She worked in sales for the hearing aid industry.  In her free time, she loved watching shows and movies, crocheting, listening to Aerosmith, and being surrounded by her dogs. She had an open-door policy and was there for anyone who needed it. Most of all, she loved cooking and being with her family. 

Eileen is survived by her children, Hadley, Ashley, and Brian. Along with Michael and Sofia, and her sister Patrice Mastromatteo. She is preceded in death by her brother Charles “Chuck” Marella, and her great love, Roger Marrs. Eileen was also like a second mother to many of her children’s friends. 

Services were held on Oct. 23 at Kuzo Funeral Home in Kennett Square.  

If anyone would like to send flowers, Barber’s florist of Kennett Square can be contacted at (610) 444-5380.

Please visit Eileen’s online memorial by going to