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Obituaries for the week of April 18

04/19/2022 11:37AM ● By Steven Hoffman

Adrienne Gallagher

Adrienne Marie Donaghue Gallagher passed away peacefully at home on April 9, 2022, after a long illness.  

She was a proud wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend. She was 82. 

Born April 2, 1940 to Louise Wermuth Donaghue and Adrian H. Donaghue, MD in Philadelphia, she was the oldest of six loving siblings. Affectionately known as Puggy, she graduated from St. Mary’s Academy and Chestnut Hill College.  She later earned her master’s degree in taxation from Widener University and headed her own tax preparation business with Dorothea Morse.  She was loved by her community for her tireless work in local charities, her long dedication to the St. Patrick’s Country Fair, and for her years patiently teaching mathematics at Lincoln University and Kennett High School.

She is survived by her loving husband of 57 wonderful years, William “Bill” J. Gallagher, Jr., with whom she settled in Kennett Square and raised four beloved children, Bill, Rob, Ree, and Jim.

Her proudest achievement and source of joy were her children and their families:  William J. Gallagher, III of Washington, D.C., A. Robert Gallagher of Christiana, Pa., Adrienne L. Gallagher of Chadds Ford, and James E. Gallagher of Boston, MA. She was a loving mother-in-law to Anne Favret, Rachel Walker Gallagher, and Heather Gamache and a doting grandmother to Andrew, George, Will, Abigail, Aidan, Keegan, Benjamin, and Leilani. 

Everyone who met her instantly fell in love.  Known for her simple elegance, she also loved her time at the beach, gardening, flower arranging and especially her travels with Bill around the world or to a grandchild’s sporting event.

She also adored her siblings and their families: Louis F. Donaghue, MD of Lake Worth, FL, Bobbie Jones of Baltimore, Md., Robert C. Donaghue from Silver Springs, Eleanor Donaghue of Olney, Md. and A. Frank Donaghue of Chicago, IL

She will be remembered by her family, friends and community for her vibrant zest of life, generous spirit, rousing family matriarchal leadership, caring ear, open heart, and her infectious smile and beauty.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Tuesday, April 19 at St. Patrick Church.

Interment will follow in St. Patrick Cemetery in Kennett Square. 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Adrienne Donaghue Gallagher ’62 to the Griffin Fund at Chestnut Hill College Institutional Advancement, 9601 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19118 (online at http://chc.edu/give), or the Kennett Food Cupboard, 136 West Cedar Street, Kennett Square, PA 19348 (online at https://www.kacsonline.net/support-kacs.html).

Arrangements are being handled by Matthew J. Grieco of Grieco Funeral Home & Crematory, Inc. (Tel: 484-734-8100).  To view her online obituary, please visit www.griecofunerals.com.


George M. Germanovich

George M. Germanovich Jr., of West Grove, passed away on April 8, 2022, at his residence in West Grove. He was 77.

Born in Philadelphia, he was the son of George M. Germanovich Sr. and Helen Starecky - Germanovich. 

George proudly served our country in the U.S. Army.

George was the longtime owner of one of the only gas stations in the Kennett Square Borough on the corner of Cypress and South Mill Road. He thoroughly appreciated his customers and loved chatting with them.  

George was a devout Catholic and was a parishioner at St. Gabriel of the Sorrowful Mother. Most of all, George will be remembered, by all who knew him, for his corny sense of humor and his love of politics.

George is survived by two daughters, Jeannine Casoli (Angelo) and Caroline Germanovich; one son, George Germanovich; three grandchildren, Mia, Angelo, and Luca; two brothers, Frank and Kenneth; and one sister, Eileen Paglia.  He was predeceased by his parents and two brothers, Thomas and Robert.

You are invited to visit with George’s family and friends from 10 to 11 a.m. on April 20 at St. Gabriel of the Sorrowful Mother 8910 Gap Newport Pike in Avondale. His funeral service will follow at 11 a.m. Interment will be in St. Patrick Cemetery in Kennett Square.  

Contributions in his memory may be made to St. Gabriel of the Sorrowful Mother Church at the above address. 

Arrangements are by Matthew J. Grieco of Grieco Funeral Home & Crematory, Inc. (484-734-8100).  Please visit his online obituary at www.griecofunerals.com.


Alfred L. Jackson

Alfred Lewis Jackson passed away on April 7, 2022, only three and a half weeks after he was diagnosed with metastatic disease by doctors at Christiana Hospital. The world was a wonderful place with Alfred in it. He will be missed by many, not the least of whom are his family. He passed away at the age of 68.

He was born on July 21, 1953, the fifth child born to Charles and Lula Carter Jackson. The family lived on Birch Street in Kennett Square during Alfred’s childhood. Alfred’s family grew to include five younger siblings to make him a middle child of the family of ten children.

Alfred was educated in Kennett and played sports as he grew older. He ran track and played soccer. His love of sports led him to play many others for fun well into his adult years. He enjoyed playing softball in the evenings at the Herb Pennock field with his brothers and nephews. When the “Ball Hog” volleyball tournament was held in Unionville, Alfred would insist on practices before the event, and he would play with reckless abandon while on the court. He loved watching sporting events including basketball, baseball, football, soccer, and golf. His love of sports of all kinds led him to support the children in his world by attending their competitions and helping them to perfect their skills. He was most fond of going to Eagles football games.

Alfred was proud of having served his country in the Army during the post-war era of the Vietnam conflict. He was discharged in April of 1974.  After his discharge, he then showed his support of all men and women who served by becoming a member of the Kennett Square American Legion post 0491. He participated in Memorial Day parades by marching with a color guard. He bought and flew a flag for POWs to show respect for those servicemen and women who were captured by America’s enemies during conflicts.

When Alfred left the service, he attended culinary school and thus started the next chapter of his life. Alfred worked in many restaurants in Pennsylvania and Delaware, but his career as an executive chef was primarily spent at the Kennett Square Inn.  He proudly served the Kennett community for 25 years at the Kennett Square Inn and when patrons asked for something special, he could usually accommodate any request.  He loved creating specialty dishes constructed with a portion of Kennett Square mushrooms in honor of the industry for which Kennett is famous.  He enjoyed competing in the Mushroom Festival cooking contest and was featured one year on “Fretz’s Kitchen” as a result of his creation. 

During his career as the executive chef at the Kennett Square Inn, he met his significant other, Jan Orbon, with whom he shared his life.

He lived out most of his life within a 25-mile radius with Kennett at its center. He loved being a chef, he loved having a family, he loved vacations in Cape May, he loved sports, and he loved spending time with friends. Since his retirement in 2019, Alfred has had a new love, his dog Raven. His loving and loyal heart and his quietly powerful energy support all of the people he loves.

Alfred will forever be remembered by his family which includes his significant other, Jan Orbon, her daughter, Julia Fornoff, and Julia’s  son, Tyler Fornoff; Alfred’s daughter, Doris Harris (Sonny), his grandchildren, Nicole Robinson, Derrick Steele and Tre’von Harris; his siblings Charles Jackson, Clarence Jackson (Jessica), Gary Jackson (Danielle), Edward Jackson, Robert Jackson, Cathy Quail, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and Aunt Pearl Cunningham.

Alfred was predeceased by his parents, Ebby Twyman, John Jackson, and Cynthia Jackson.

You are invited to visit with Alfred’s family and friends from 1 to 2 p.m. on Thursday April 21 at Church of the Advent, 401 N. Union St. in Kennett Square. His life celebration service will follow at 2 p.m. Interment will be held privately. 

Contributions in his memory may be made to the Alfred Louis Jackson memorial fund at (https://www.tmcfunding.com/funds/alfred-l-jackson/6622/) or to the After The Bell Program where he volunteered many times (online at https://www.afterthebell.org/donate).

Arrangements are by Matthew J. Grieco of Grieco Funeral Home & Crematory, Inc. (484-734-8100) . To view his online tribute and to share a memory with his family, please visit www.griecofunerals.com.


Honorah Isabella Shaw

Honorah “Pudgy” Isabella Shaw, 81, of Honey Brook, and formerly of Coatesville, passed away on April 10, 2022 at Chester County Hospital in West Chester.

She was the wife of Fred Shaw, Sr., with whom she shared 60 years of marriage.

Born in Trainer, she was the daughter of the late John F. and Honorah MacDonald.

Pudgy attended Valley Forge Baptist Church, Collegeville.

She enjoyed thrift shopping, a good laugh and she especially loved her family.

She is survived by her husband; one son, Fred Shaw, Jr. (Karin); one daughter, Deborah Pflugrad (John); four grandchildren, Ashlea, John, Austin and Dallas; and two great-grandchildren, Vanessa and Ryan.

Funeral services were held on Thursday, April 14 at the Edward L. Collins, Jr. Funeral Home.

Interment was in Oxford Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to Silent Word Ministries, P. O. Box 889, Trenton, GA 30752.

Funeral arrangements are being handled by the Edward L. Collins, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc. 

Online condolences may be made at www.elcollinsfuneralhome.com.


Darryl Barrett

Darryl Barrett, of Kennett Square, passed away at home where he resides with his significant other, Gale Lewis, on April 11, 2022. He was 60.

Born 1961 in West Chester, Darryl was the son of John Denny and Hilda Snowden. 

Darryl enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, watching the Philadelphia Eagles’ games and riding his motorcycle. 

Darryl is survived by a son, Darrale Anthony Barrett and a daughter, Ericka Janise Barrett, both of Kennett Square; his sisters, Terri Barrett of Oxford, Lisa Barrett and Brenda Barrett-Davis, both of Kennett Square; his grandchildren, Darrale Jr., Tyasia, Imanni, Tyrell, Tyania and Gianna Barrett; as well as a host of nieces and nephews. 

Darryl was preceded in death by his sister, Charlene Snowden, and his brother, William Barrett. 

A viewing will be held from 10 a.m. to noon on Monday, April 25 at Kuzo Funeral Home, 250 W. State St., in Kennett Square. Services will begin at noon and interment will follow at Union Hill Cemetery. 

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


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