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Obituaries for the week of November 1

11/01/2021 08:37PM ● By Steven Hoffman

Harold Thomas Wooten, Jr.

Harold 'Tom' Thomas Wooten Jr, a resident of Colora, Md., passed away at his home on Oct. 7. He was 66.

He was born in Lancaster, Pa. to Harold, Sr and Janet (Mulvena) Wooten, who both preceded him in death. 

He graduated from Oxford Area High School in 1973, and then went to Cecil College and earned his degree in ACAD. 

He was employed by Chrysler's Newark assembly plant until he retired after 30 years in 2007. 

He loved to ride his Harley, discuss politics and spend time with his children and grandchildren, who called him 'Bumpa'.

Tom is survived by his forever love, Patricia Wooten; four children, Harold Thomas Wooten, III (wife Allison), Sarah Wooten (fiancé Kevin), Christopher Wooten (partner Simran) and Patrick Wooten (wife Jamie); and eight grandchildren, Katherine, Emma, Evelyn, Robert, Rebecca, Rhiannon, Niklaus and Amelia.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Katherine Wooten and brother, David Wooten. 

A celebration of life service will be held 11 a.m. on Saturday, November 20 at the Edward L. Collins, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc., 86 Pine St., 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

David W. Parker

David W. Parker has been called home to the heavenly father. He passed away on Oct. 24 at the age of 68. After being diagnosed with Stage 4 Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer in July of 2021, his battle has come to an end. 

He was born in Philadelphia on April 24, 1953.

David (Doc) proudly served his country in the United States Air Force from September of 1971 to January of 1978 as a fire protection specialist. After returning to civilian life, he continued to serve his community as a first responder driving ambulances for the Upper Darby Rescue Squad as well as the Philadelphia Navy Fire Department. He continued his work in the medical field as he became a Sleep Study Specialist with several major hospitals in the Philadelphia, Pa. and Norwich, Conn. hospitals. 

After retiring in 2019, David took some time to travel and spend time with his family and settled in Kennett Square with his son. Some of David’s favorite hobbies included grilling, fly fishing, watching golf, watching football, learning to play the guitar and listening to music. 

David is survived by his sisters, Gail Midyette, Tina Parker and Lynn Lauro; his children, Elizabeth Parker, Marguerite Parker, Danielle Parker and Joseph Parker; and his grandchildren, Jessica Pearl, Tuscan Wright, Dominic Wilkinson and Naveah Cooper. 


David is preceded in death by his parents, George Louis Parker and Joan Ann Wallen. 

In lieu of flowers, the family would like to ask for your continued prayers, support and understanding as they grieve his passing and plan his celebration of life. 

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

Arrangements are being handled by the Kuzo Funeral Home.

Krista Anne Wiechecki

Krista Anne Wiechecki passed away on Oct. 23 after a valiant battle with colon cancer.

There will be a visitation and a celebration of life service for Krista on Friday, Nov. 5 from 6 to 8 p.m., on Saturday, Nov. 6 from 10 to 11 a.m.,  and services on Saturday, Nov. 6 starting at 11 a.m. with a luncheon to follow at Avon Grove Nazarene Church, 240 State Road in West Grove. Masks are required during visitation and the funeral service.

Krista was born on Oct. 8, 1992, to Robert and Patricia Gilday of West Grove.

She was a graduate of Avon Grove High School in 2011 and received her associate’s degree from Delaware County Community College

She was married to Mark Wiechecki on Sept. 4, 2016 at West Grove Presbyterian Church.

She was a much-loved daughter to Patty and Rob, a devoted and a loving wife to Mark, a loving mother to Leona and Piper, a loving and caring sister to Katelyn and Robbie and a true friend to many. She had a passion for teaching and children and spent much of her career working in early education.

She was a member of West Grove Presbyterian Church and had an affiliation with Avon Grove Nazarene Church and Academy.

Krista enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. She loved vacationing at the Jersey Shore.

Krista is preceded in death by her grandfathers, Chet Gilday and Thomas Albertson.

Krista is survived by her precious children, Leona and Piper; her husband, Mark; her siblings, Katelyn and Robbie Gilday; her parents Robert and Patricia Gilday; and her grandmothers, Jean Gilday and Anne Albertson.

Memorial donations, in lieu of flowers, can be made to Leona and Piper’s scholarship fund through the Avon Grove Church of the Nazarene, 240 State Road  West Grove, PA 19390 or through the church’s website, 

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

Ruth Codichini

Ruth Codichini, of Cochranville, passed away peacefully at the age of 100 on Oct. 20. She died of natural causes that evening after a long visit with close family at her side in the home where she lived with her daughter and son-in-law, Marcia and Bernie Dickerson.  

Born and raised in Altoona, Pa., she was daughter of the late Frank and Sadie Kemp.  

Ruth had an older sister Mary and two younger twin brothers, Billy and Bobby.  She graduated high school in 1939 and went to work for the local electric company.  


In 1941, Ruth married Jack Anderson and went on to share the next 34 years together with him.  They spent their first three years together in Nebraska then moved back east to Valley Forge before settling into the home they built in Kennett Square where they raised their two children, Tommy and Marcia. Tragically, they lost Tommy to a motorcycle accident at the young age of 17 in 1962.  Ruth then suffered the loss of Jack to cancer in 1975. Just a few years later, Ruth was fortunate enough to meet and marry Joseph Codichini, with whom she spent the next 27 years.  She was truly blessed with two wonderful husbands. 

Ruth was a devout Christian and dedicated member of Willowdale Chapel for over 60 years, where she was known as a “prayer warrior.”  Her strong love and faith in God inspired countless people to invite Jesus into their hearts.  Ruth was a truly amazing woman, wife, mother, and grandmother who loved her family and friends with all her heart.  She always put God and others first before herself and touched so many lives with her grace and compassionate, caring nature.  Ruth was very close and devoted to her family with whom she shared immeasurable special occasions with, while also being a big part of everyone's daily lives. 

Ruth very much enjoyed gardening, cooking, good food and traveling.  She also enjoyed volunteering and being involved with her favorite organizations such as Young Life of Chester County, Spanish Health Ministry, Child Evangelism of Chester County, Teen Haven and Mission Aviation Fellowship.  

Ruth is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Marcia and Bernie Dickerson; Joe's son and wife, James and Jan Codichini; grandchildren, Celeste, Karen, Cynthia, Joseph III and Jay, as well as her great-grandchildren, Xander, Neve, Noah, Ryan, Kennedy, Grey and Leila.

A funeral service was held on Nov. 1 at the Willowdale Chapel in Kennett Square.  

Burial will be at the  Union Hill Cemetery, also in Kennett Square. 

Contributions in lieu of flowers may be made to Southern Chester County Young Life, P.O. Box 301, Atglen, PA 19310, Attn: Tukker Zimmerman or go to:\sccyl.

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

George L. Morrissiey

George L. Morrissiey, of West Grove, passed away peacefully at his home on Oct. 22. He was 73.

He was the husband of Jane Needham Morrissiey, with whom he shared a wonderful 23 years of marriage.

Born on October 20, 1948 in West Chester, George was the son of the late George R. Morrissiey and the late Mary Maynes Morrissiey.

George was a graduate of Kennett High School, class of 1966. Following his high school graduation, George followed his father into the mushroom industry until he moved to Florida, where he worked to build the infrastructure that would later become Walt Disney World.

While in Florida, George found a passion for bodybuilding, and he won numerous competitions up and down the east coast. George loved organizing bodybuilding competitions as well as car shows. George liked old cars and hotrods and enjoyed driving his classics in parades and participating in car shows.

In 1996, George moved back to Pennsylvania and found his calling as a Pennsylvania State Constable. George enjoyed his job and meeting all kinds of interesting people.

George and Jane owned the Corner Café in Jennersville from 2008 to 2019, where you would find him enjoying a cup of coffee and good conversation. George had a great sense of humor and always had a joke (good or bad) or story to tell. He had an infectious laugh that would fill the room.

In addition to his wife, Jane, George is survived by his children, Flavio Morrissiey (Babs) of Orlando, FL, Wendy Jean Eddinger (Scott) of Micco, FL, Joshua Morrissiey (Yvonne) of Smyrna, Del. and Georgia Jane Morrissiey of West Grove; grandchildren, Dakota, Devin, Peyton, Joey, Kendra, Maximus, Damien, Adeline and Maggie; as well as one great-grandchild who is on the way.

Services were held on Oct. 27 at the Foulk Funeral Home in West Grove.

Interment followed in Union Hill Cemetery in Kennett Square.

Donations in George’s memory may be made to the Toughkenamon Presbyterian Church, PO Box 369, 147 Church Street Toughkenamon, PA 19374.

Please visit his online memorial by going to

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

Carl Joe Vaughan, Jr.

Carl Joe Vaughan, Jr., a resident of Nottingham, passed away on Oct. 27 at Jennersville Hospital in West Grove. He was 53.

He was the husband of his loving wife Gaye Wallace Vaughan, who he adored.

Born in Lancaster, he was the son of Elsie M. Rupert Vaughan of Nottingham and the late Carl Joe Vaughan.

Joe was employed with Petro Custom Concrete as a truck driver, hauling large equipment.

He was a member of New London Lodge #545 F.& A.M.

Joe enjoyed hunting and was an avid muscle car enthusiast who especially enjoyed his 1972 Chevy SS Nova (White Lightning) and his 1965 Chevy Nova. He always said, “The faster the better.” He is best known for his car detailing, his infectious laugh and big smile, his heart of gold and loving nature.

He is survived by his wife; mother; one daughter, Kaylen Jackson of Columbus, OH; one step-son, Joseph Gross (Jocelyn) of New Providence; one step-daughter, Morgan Gross of Oxford; two step-grandchildren, Juelz Torres and Warren Gross; one sister, Deborah Sturgill of Nottingham; one niece, Ashley Sturgill; one nephew, Dylon Sturgill; and two great-nephews, Barrett and Bane.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 3 at the Edward L. Collins, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc., 86 Pine St., Oxford, where family and friends may visit from 10 to 11 a.m.

Interment will be in Union Cemetery in Kirkwood.

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

Eva Varglien

Eva “Hilde” Varglien, age 100, formerly of West Grove, passed away peacefully on Oct. 28 at Brackenville Complete Care in Hockessin, Del. 

Hilde was born in a small fishing village, Volosca, Italy on Oct. 6, 1921 to Paolo Zencovich and Erminia Mirthes Zencovich.  

The love of her life was Leopoldo Varglien, who served in World War II for five years.  They married when Leopoldo returned from the war.  Since Italy lost their homeland region to Yugoslavia as a war settlement, Hilde, Leopoldo and Cristina applied and waited for three years to move back into Italy, where they lived for five years before immigrating to the U.S. in 1956.  Hilde was a devoted hair stylist and owned two beauty salons through the years. One was in Cortina D’Ampezzo, Italy and the other in Glenolden, Pa. After retirement, she and Leopoldo moved to West Grove to be near their family.

Hilde is survived by her daughter, Maria Cristina Reinert (Les); grandchildren, Tim Reinert (Nicole), Julie Taplin (Scott) and Natalie Edwards (Mike); and great-grandchildren, Michael, Fiana, Tyler, Lizzy, Jamie and Samantha and many nieces, nephews and cousins.  

She was predeceased by her husband, Leopoldo Varglien and brothers, Giuseppe Zencovich, Enrico Zencovich and her sister, Elisabetta Zencovich Manzin. 

Hilde always remembered her devoted caregiver, Emma, who lived with her and lovingly cared for her for many years.  She was also very appreciative of the great care she received from Brookdale Assisted Living, Brackenville Complete Care and the dedicated staff from Bayada Hospice, all in the State of Delaware.

Hilde enjoyed being with her family and friends, as well as traveling, cooking and gardening.  She was a member of Assumption BVM Parish in West Grove since 1988, and was a founding member of the former Assumption BVM Roses in Winter Senior Organization along with being an original member of the Rosary Prayer Group founded by her friend, Janice Wolfe 22 years ago. 

A viewing was held on Nov. 2 at Assumption BVM Church in West Grove, followed by the mass of Christian burial. Interment was at St. Malachy Cemetery in Cochranville, Pa.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Assumption BVM Church, 300 State Road, West Grove, PA 19390 or The Kennett Food Cupboard, 136 W Cedar St, Kennett Square, PA 19348.

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

Arrangements are being handled by the Foulk Funeral Home in West Grove.


Kenneth Evans Holloway Sr.

Kenneth “Ken” Evans Holloway Sr., 92, of West Chester, died on Oct. 24, while at home with his loving family. 

He was the husband of Shirley J. (La Riviere) Holloway, with whom he shared 71 wonderful years of marriage.

Born in Chester and raised in Dearborn, MI, Ken was the son of the late Harry Nelson Holloway and the late Annabella (Jones).

Ken was in junior college in Michigan when he began dating Shirley. He soon moved back to Pennsylvania and began working. He and Shirley were very devoted in their letter correspondence for a year before they married and Shirley joined Ken in Pennsylvania, where they raised their family. 

Ken was a talented swimmer and diver, teaching diving in addition to competing. Ken and Shirley were also avid sailors, treating their family to many wonderful days out on the “Passing Fancy.” Ken also enjoyed studying history and skiing, but he enjoyed nothing as much as he enjoyed spending time with his family.

Ken’s grandchildren and great grandchildren will have many memories of their PopPop/Great Pop attending their sporting events, cheering them on, and always encouraging their talents and interests.

Ken owned his own specification consulting company called SpecTech, which he grew into a successful business.

Ken is survived by his loving wife Shirley; his sister Shirley; his son Kenneth Jr and his wife Marlel; his son Mark and his wife Donna; his son Dale and his wife Carol; as well as seven grandchildren, Lauren (Mark), Christina (James), Jacqueline (David), Dawne (Stephen), Dale Jr, Jonathan (Christine), Brooke (Casey), and 7 great grandchildren Kesi, Jenna, Gabriel, Stephen, Jackson, Charlie, Tristan, and 2 more on the way.

Ken is preceded in death by his parents; his brothers, Frank and Harry Nelson; and a sister, Regina.

A private family memorial will be held in the spring.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in Ken’s memory to the Brandywine Valley SPCA, as Ken and Shirley have been lifelong dog lovers. Donations may be mailed to Brandywine Valley SPCA, 1212 Phoenixville Pike, West Chester PA 19380.

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

William C. Brown III

William C. Brown III passed away on Oct. 18 at Jenners Pond Retirement Community in West Grove. He was 87.

Bill is survived by his wife, Margie (Johnson) Brown, with whom he shared 62 years of marriage; three sons, Doug Brown (Diane), Stuart Brown (Lisa), and Greg Brown (Pamela); and 8 grandchildren.  

Bill was predeceased by his parents, William and Emma.

Bill graduated from Episcopal Academy and Princeton University, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in economics. 

A memorial service was held on Oct. 29 at the New London Presbyterian Church in Lincoln University.

Interment will be held privately. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Bill’s name to The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation or  Willow Tree Hospice (part of Amedisys)

Arrangements are being handled by Matthew J Grieco of Grieco Funeral Home & Crematory, Inc. (484-734-8100).  

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