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Obituaries for he week of November 22

11/21/2021 03:22PM ● By Steven Hoffman

Pauline S. MacKenzie

Pauline S. MacKenzie, 96, of Oxford, passed away peacefully on Nov. 7 at Jenners Pond in West Grove.

Pauline was born on June 9, 1925 in Lancaster County to the late Walter Chester and Mary Emma Groff Snyder.

Pauline married William H. MacKenzie on July 20, 1946 in the Oxford Presbyterian Church and she has been a member of the church since then.

William (Bill) and Pauline owned and operated The Varsity Grille Restaurant in Oxford since January of 1959.  After Bill’s passing in August of 1976, Pauline continued to run the business with the help of her two daughters until she retired at the age of 83 in 2008.

Pauline was generous in her donations to many local organizations, including Oxford Little League, The Lighthouse, Boy Scouts and many more school and town events.  

She was awarded the Oxford Citizen of the Year Award in 2008. Pauline was a kind, generous person who loved being with her family. She had many friends in Oxford, old and young, and was well-respected in the Oxford community. 

Pauline was truly one of a kind.

Pauline was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; two brothers; two sisters; and her infant granddaughter Boyd.

She is survived by her two daughters, Deborah Shortlidge (Swithin) of West Grove and Valerie Boyd (Chauncey) of Oxford; seven grandchildren, Karen Williston, Swithin Shortlidge IV, Wendy Grasty, Stefanie Gordon, Andrew Boyd, Emily Bonner and Chadwick Boyd; and fifteen great-grandchildren. She was loved by her family and will be missed.

Services are private.

In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to Oxford Presbyterian Church, 6 Pine 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

Joseph Ronald Bruecks

Joseph Ronald Bruecks, of West Grove, passed away on Nov. 14 at the home of his daughter. He was 79.

He was the husband of the late Joanne Elaine Bruecks, who died in 2009, and with whom he shared 45 years of marriage.  

Born in Philadelphia, he was the only child of the late Joseph S. Bruecks and the late Beatrice Rivel Bruecks.

Joseph graduated from West Catholic For Boys High School and Our Lady of Angels College with a degree in business. He served his country for six years as an air traffic controller in the Air Force during peacetime.

For over 30 years, he worked for Philadelphia Electric Company at Peach Bottom Nuclear Power Plant in Delta, Pa. as a supervisor in the comptroller office. 

He was a member of Assumption BVM Parish in West Grove, where he handled finances, the school bus program, and supermarket fundraising for many years.

He enjoyed home projects, watching the Eagles, reading, accounting, gardening, collecting model trains, throwing darts and shooting pool in the early years, and spending time with his family. 

Survivors include four sons, Michael, Mark (and his wife Stacey) of West Chester, Brian (and his wife Marie) of Lincoln University, and John of Coatesville; three daughters, Colleen of West Grove, Karen of Newtown Square, and Kate Parker (and her husband Wes) of Coatesville; his siblings, and thirteen grandchildren, Keira, Zach, Jennifer, Alyssa, Kylee, Tyler, Cameron, Emma, Tristan, Cassandra, Charlotte, Anna, and Claire.   

A Mass of Christian burial was held on Nov. 19 at Assumption BVM Catholic Church in West Grove.

Interment will be held privately in Holy Cross Cemetery in Yeadon.  

Contributions in his memory may be made to Assumption BVM Church 300 State Rd. West Grove, PA 19390. 

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

To view his online obituary, please visit

Kathleen Mary Nunn

Kathleen Mary Nunn went to be with her Lord on Nov. 11. The 96-year-old resident of Kennett Square passed away peacefully while surrounded by family. 

Kathleen was born to Frank and Alice Monahan on January 9, 1925 in Twin Mountain, New Hampshire. As a child, she excelled in school and loved to sing and dance. 

Kathleen met her husband, Nick Nunn, in 1951. They married a year later on Jan. 31, 1952 and shared 53 wonderful years of marriage. They went on to have six children, Nick, Richard J., Mary, Robert, Jane, and David. 

Kathleen was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, and friend. She lived a full and warm life, filled with joy and kindness. She always made you feel like you could do anything. She will be fondly remembered and sorely missed.

She was preceded in death by her late husband, Nick Nunn, and a son, Richard J. Nunn.

She is survived by her brother, Joseph, five of her children, Nick, Mary (and her husband Kirk), Robert, Jane, and David, as well as her eight grandchildren. 

Contributions may be made in Kathleen’s memory to your charity of choice. 

Arrangements are being handled by the Kuzo Funeral Home in Kennett Square.

Please visit Mrs. Nunn’s online memorial by going to

Janet Kay Wilson

Janet Kay Wilson, an 83-year-old resident of Landenberg, entered her heavenly home on Nov. 14.

She was the wife of Roger E. Wilson, with whom she shared 64 years of marriage. Born in Lansing, MI, she was a daughter of the late Loy Harper and the late Ada Hoag Harper. Janet graduated from Sexton High School in Lansing MI.

Janet served her local church in a variety of ways over the years as a nursery caregiver, Sunday School teacher, and enjoyed camping and hiking with the youth. Most recently, she was a member of The Christian Life Center where she was a testimony of God's faithfulness to all who knew her. Janet's activities there included attending the Chicken Soup for the Senior Soul small group and assisting with Project Angel Tree and Urban Promise.
Her favorite things are times with family, reading her Bible, attending her grandchildren's activities and her game shows. She will be remembered for her joyful and pleasant attitude in spite of increasing physical limitations. She always put others at ease and found a reason to smile.
In addition to her husband Roger, she is survived by two sons, David Wilson (and his wife Jane Anne) and Steven Wilson; two daughters, Kathy Lewis (and her husband Ted) and Diane Peel (and her husband Glenn); twelve grandchildren, Elizabeth, Jennifer, Mark, Natalie, Evan, Joshua, Hannah, Emily, Erica, Devon, Emmersen, and Nolan; and five great-grandchildren, Lily, Asher, Adalyn, Shiloh, and Isla.
Janet's legacy of caring for others continues through her donation of tissue which, per her wishes, will be used for valuable research in the fight against Multiple Sclerosis.

Services were held on Nov. 19 at the Christian Life Center in Lincoln University, Pa. Interment will be held privately at New London Presbyterian Cemetery. 

Contributions in her memory may be made to Rocky Mountain MS Center online at
Arrangements are being handled by Matthew J. Grieco of Grieco Funeral Home & Crematory (484-734-8100).  To view the online obituary, please visit