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Obituaries for the week of November 29

11/29/2021 09:55PM ● By Steven Hoffman

David Charles Peterson

David Charles Peterson, age 74, went to be with Jesus on Nov. 19.

He was the husband of Virginia (Ginny) Needham Peterson, with whom he shared almost 53 years of marriage.

Born on Dec. 1, 1946 in Kenosha, WI, he was the son of Grace Roberts Peterson of Elkton, Md. and the late Charles J. Peterson.

Dave was a graduate of Oxford High School, class of 1964.  He served his country in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War.

He worked most of his life in the trucking industry, diesel mechanics with Mushroom Transportation, Cappelli Excavating, Infleet Trucking and Mushroom Canning Co.  Later he had his own business as an owner operator of Peterson Trucking.

During his life, he enjoyed the outdoors: camping, hunting and also all motor sports. When he was younger, he worked on several farms in the area, including one belonging to the Liz Cheek Miller family, and they became his second family.

He was an active member of First Presbyterian Church in Rising Sun, Md., where he occasionally sang with the choir since he had a nice voice.

He immensely enjoyed his volunteer work at Jennersville Regional Hospital.

In addition to his wife and mother, Dave is survived by his sons, Jeffrey Peterson (Glenda) of Oxford, Michael Peterson (Tammy) of Oxford; grandchildren, Dustin, Brandon, Jesse and Jacqueline Peterson; brothers, Gary Peterson (Joyce) of Nottingham, Dennis Peterson (Linda) of Oxford, Charles Peterson (Susan) of Wilmington, Del. and several nieces and nephews.

Friends will be received on Saturday, Dec. 11 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Beulah Baptist Church, 3815 Newark Road in Oxford.  A Life of Celebration service will be at 11 a.m.

Donations in Dave’s memory may be made to: Children’s Fellowship of India, Inc., 151 Plum Creek Rd., North East, MD 21901.

Arrangements are being handled by Founds-Feryo Cremation and Burial Services, LLC in West Chester. 

Condolences may be made by visiting

Ralph Raymond Kuhn

Ralph Raymond Kuhn, Jr., a resident of Landenberg, passed away on Nov. 21 with his family by his side. He was 94.

A visitation for family and friends will be held from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 4 at Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 121 West Park Place, Newark, Del., where a funeral service will begin at 11 a.m. 

Face coverings will be required for all those in attendance not immunized with the COVID-19 vaccine per the Governor of Delaware. Interment will follow in New London Presbyterian Church Cemetery, 1986 Newark Road, Lincoln University, Pa. 

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Ralph’s memory to West Grove Fire Company Station 22, 101 Walnut Street, West Grove, PA 19390 or to Bayada Hospice of Chester County, 390 Waterloo Boulevard, Suite 220, Exton, PA 19341. 

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Patricia B. Rice

Patricia B. Rice, a resident of Dagsboro, Del., passed away on Nov. 22 at Atlantic General Hospital in Berlin, Md. She was 74.

She was the life partner of Joseph C. McComas.

Born in Delaware County, she was the daughter of the late Robert and Ann Windsor Boblasky.

Patricia was a registered nurse and retired from Coatesville VA Medical Center as a night supervisor after 18 years of service. 

She enjoyed traveling, especially to blue grass music concerts with Joe.

She is survived by her life partner; two sons, David Rice of Narvon and Daniel Rice of Honey Brook; and three grandchildren, Natalie, Nicholas and David.

She was preceded in death by one son, Brian Rice.

Funeral services were held on Nov. 29 at the Edward L. Collins, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc. 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

Howard I. Sheehan, Jr.

Howard I. Sheehan, Jr., of Cochranville, passed away on Nov. 22 at his residence. He was 84.

He is survived by his wife of over 45 years, Princessita (Dancel) Sheehan.  

Born on Nov. 10, 1937 in West Chester, he was the son of the late Howard, Sr. and Elsie (Snyder) Sheehan.

Howard served his country in the U.S. Army. He was a member of Our Lady of Consolation Church in Parkesburg. He worked as a farmer and other odd jobs. In his free time, he loved to travel.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his twin sister, Mary Ann King and several nieces and nephews. He is also survived by a brother-in-law, Max Dancel, a sister-in-law, Corazon Murallos (and husband, Marcelo Murallos); a niece, Monica M. Capiral (and husband Joe Capiral), grandnieces, Kathlene, Kathreen and Kristen Capiral and lots of cousins from his wife's side of the family.

Friends will be received on Wednesday, Dec. 1 from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at St. Malachi Church, 76 Saint Malachi Road, Cochranville, PA 19330 where a Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10:30 a.m.  

Interment will follow in the adjacent cemetery.  

Please visit the online memorial by going to


Melissa Combs Michael, 85, of West Grove, passed away on Nov. 22 at Bay Health/Kent General in Dover, Del. 

She was the wife of Wilson Hamilton Michael, who passed away in 2010, and with whom she shared 56 years of marriage.

Born in Mountain City, TN, she was the daughter of the late Manuel Combs and the late Maclora Parsons Combs.

She worked in the housekeeping department  of Kendal at Longwood before her retirement.

Melissa enjoyed watching TV, being with her cat, “Baby,” and being with her family and friends.

She is survived by one son, Jeff Michael of North East, Md.;  three sisters, Irene Mosier of Landenberg, Emogene Swift of Mountain City, TN and Josephine Davis of Swansea, SC; four grandchildren;  three great-grandchildren and was cared for by her grandson Joshua Michael and his wife Christine of Smyrna, Del.

Melissa was predeceased by one son, John Michael and one daughter, Debra Michael.

Services were held on Nov. 29 at the Foulk Funeral Home in West Grove. 

Burial will be in Union Hill Cemetery, Route 82, in Kennett Square.

In lieu of flowers, a contribution may be made to the American Heart Association, 1617 JFK Boulevard, Suite 700, Philadelphia, PA 19103.

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

Warner Jackson Hamilton Jr.

Warner Jackson Hamilton Jr., who was also known as Jack or Jackie, passed away peacefully at Chester County Hospital on Nov. 23 due to complications from COVID-19. He lost his battle to the illness after 19 days of fighting.

He was a 61-year-old resident of Kennett Square.

He was the loving husband to Maria Louise Dibartolomeo Hamilton, with whom he shared over 36 years of marriage. They were together almost 39 years. 

He was the loving father to Jacalyn Marie Hamilton and her boyfriend Daniel Christopher Eller of Oxford.

He is survived by his wife, Maria; his daughter Jacalyn; a brother, Walter James Hamilton of Pawleys Island SC; a sister, Joyce Ann Browne (and husband David) of Elkton, Md.; a sister, Julie Lynn Dulski (and husband Jay) of Elkton MD.; a brother, Willard Jonathan Hamilton (and wife Sharon) of North East, Md; and many nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews who loved him dearly. 

He is also survived by three brothers-in-law, Louis F. DiBartolomeo (and girlfriend Jody Rampolla), James P. Taylor Sr. , and Lewis Taylor Jr., all of Landenberg; an uncle, Robert Brown (and wife Dottie) of Bear, Del.; an aunt, Betty Brown of Elkton, Md., an aunt, Joan Martin of Elkton, Md., and many loving cousins.

He is predeceased by his parents, Warner Jackson Hamilton Sr. and Martha Louise Brown Hamilton of Elkton MD.; his grandparents; a sister, Judy Lee Hamilton; many aunts, uncles, and cousins;  and four sisters-in-law, Nancy Louise Taylor and Elvera Ann Tayor of Landenberg, and Denise Frances Miller of Lincoln University, and Delores Ann DiBartolomeo of Kennett Square.

Jack loved his family and friends. He was an avid hunter and fisherman. He loved spending time at the beach with his family and friends. He also loved playing horseshoes, cormhole and bocce ball. He was a huge Philadelphia Eagles fan as well. He liked to work on Mopar cars when he was younger. He enjoyed swimming, gardening, and taking care of the pools. He was willing to help anyone with anything. His daughter and wife were his world.

You are invited to visit with his family and friends from 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 1 and again from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 2 at the Kuzo Funeral Home, 250 West State Street in Kennett Square. His Funeral Mass will then be held at 11 a.m. at St. Patrick Church, 212 Meredith Street in Kennett Square. Burial will be in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Route 82, in Kennett Square.

In lieu of flowers, a contribution may be made to St. Patrick Church, 205 Lafayette Street, Kennett Square, PA 19348.

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

Dr. Edward I. Weitzman 

Dr. Edward I. Weitzman, a resident of Avondale, passed away on Nov. 19 at the age of 80.

He is survived by his longtime partner, Phyllis Osborne.

He is also survived by his two daughters, Debbie Weitzman and Sharon Fraley (Keith); two sisters, Sue Conway and Jo Gee of Atlanta; three stepsons, Jeff, Clint and Kevin; two nephews, Ted and Matt, and six grandchildren, Jeffery, Nick, Alex ,Mimi, Lily and Elayna. 

He was a member of TSS, the Brandywine Polo Club, and he also held a license for a private plane and a helicopter. 

Services will be held at a later date.


Dean Richard Dungan, of Lincoln University, passed away on Nov. 16.  He was 77.

He was the beloved and devoted husband of Barbara Ann Dungan (nee Rose), with whom he shared 50 years of marriage.

Born in Denver, Col., he was the son of the late Dean Aubrey Dungan and the late Mary Dungan.

After retiring from New Castle County Airport in New Castle, Del. as an air traffic controller and supervisor, Dean continued to work for Flight Safety International in Wilmington, Del. as director of training and teaching meteorology at Wilmington University.

His many interests included music, traveling, ham radio and most of all participating in anything and everything having to do with flying.  As he was a pilot and flight instructor for most of his adult life, Dean was happiest when flying any time, any where.  He was the organizer of the Delaware Aviation Hall of Fame “Flight of Honor” and East Coast Experimental Aircraft Association fly-ins out of New Garden Airport, New Garden Township. 

Dean was a proud U.S. Army veteran, reaching the rank of sergeant while serving in the Vietnam War.  He was a member of the American Legion in Newark, Del., The National Association for Amateur Radio (ARRL), Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) and Quiet Birdmen, (QBs) Delaware.  He was a graduate of Wilmington University in Delaware.

In retirement, Dean and his wife Barbara and son, Christopher, embarked on a new adventure by buying an 18-acre horse farm in New London Township.  He enjoyed the peace and quiet and the beautiful nature of the surrounding area which he was excited to share with family and friends.  “Happy Tails Doggy Day Camp” was established in keeping with Dean’s love of animals, especially dogs.  He took great satisfaction in growing this new endeavor. 

In addition to his wife, he is survived by one daughter, Brooke S. Silver (Bradley) of Oxford; one son, Christopher R. Dungan of Lincoln University; one brother, Dale Dungan of Denver, CO and three grandchildren, Leven, Grace and Lane.  He was preceded in death by his brother, Dana Dungan.

A celebration of life and memorial service will be held at a later date.

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

In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to Vietnam Veterans of America, 8719 Colesville Road, Suite 100, Silver Spring, MD 20910 or you may visit

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

Joseph Anthony Lammert, SR.

Joseph A. Lammert, Sr. Has passed away. 

He was born on March 23, 1934 in St. Louis, Missouri to Charles and Florence Amelia (Daulby) Lammert.  

Joe lived in Richboro, Pa. for many years before moving to Chester County.

He was the husband to Shirley (Kellems) Lammert, and father to Mary Ann, Joe Jr. (deceased),  and Jennifer (Michael) Waite.

In addition to his immediate family, Joe is survived by his grandchildren, Matthew (Lisa) Lammert, Luke Page, Michael Page, Cody Lammert, Ryan Waite and Alex Waite. Joe also has five great-grandchildren, Andrew, Abigail, and Aidan Lammert and Ike and Theo Page. 

A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Nov. 30 at Assumption BVM Catholic Church in West Grove. 

A private interment will occur at a later date.

In lieu of floral arrangements, the family requests donations in Joe’s memory to either St. Jude Hospital (ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital), 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or National MS Society, P. O. Box 91891, Washington, DC 20090.

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