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Obituaries for the week of May 2

05/02/2022 01:40PM ● By Steven Hoffman

Jennifer Prince and Ryan Prince

Jennifer M. Prince, age 50, and Ryan J. Prince, age 13, passed away on April 22, 2022. Jennifer and Ryan, a mother and her son, were taken from the world too soon.

Jennifer was a captivating woman whose authenticity and charisma magnetized anyone she met. Jenn was a people-person with an easygoing manner and a brilliant sense of humor. Jennifer took genuine interest in getting to know others and liked to have fun wherever she went. Whether it was at a winery enjoying a glass of wine or hiking a trail at a local nature preserve, her carefree view of life made her a joy to be around in any setting.

Born in Darby, Pa., Jennifer was the daughter of Carol Krupsky Happersett and the late William Happersett. Carol and William raised Jenn in Sharon Hill, where she had a happy childhood. She graduated from Archbishop Prendergast High School in 1989 and continued her higher education at Drexel University, earning her bachelor’s degree in film production.

Jennifer’s studies landed her a coveted position as video editor at CNN. She worked for CNN for several years, and lived in both Florida and then Atlanta. Upon returning to Pennsylvania, Jenn worked as a film producer at Comcast in New Castle, Del. Most recently, Jennifer worked as an executive administrative assistant at CVP Manufacturing in Kennett Square.

Though Jenn was a hard worker throughout her life, she settled down when learning she was pregnant with her beautiful baby boy, Ryan J. Prince, so she could focus on becoming a first-time mom.

Jennifer’s son, Ryan, was born on Feb. 2, 2009 in West Chester and he grew up in Kennett Square. He attended Greenwood Elementary before moving up to Kennett Middle School, where Ryan was a seventh-grader.

When he was younger, Ryan played soccer and was a member of Cub Scout Pack 60. As Ryan grew up, his interests shifted into playing Xbox and spending time with his cousin, Jonathan. Jonathan and Ryan were only 7 months apart and the two were thick as thieves. Ryan was very much like his mom in many ways and had a sweet, gentle soul. Though he was always kind and polite, Ryan had a silly side, especially when goofing around with Jonathan and his friends.

Jennifer and Ryan would often meet with Jennifer’s sister and nephew, Connie and Jonathan, to enjoy an outdoor adventure or a walk at Longwood Gardens. Jenn and Ryan loved to visit the shore and spend time on the beach with their family. The two also enjoyed visiting New England, where they ventured for several family vacations.

Jennifer and Ryan are survived by their mother and grandmother, Carol Happersett; their brother and uncle, Michael (Kathy) Happersett; their sister and aunt, Connie (Robert) Hickman; niece and cousin, Jordan Happersett; nephews and cousins, Michael Happersett and Jonathan Hickman; as well as many friends and those whose lives they have touched. Ryan is also survived by his grandmother, Lydia Prince; aunts, Christine Sauer and Kathy Prince-Sauer; and six Sauer cousins.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, May 4, 2022, at 11 a.m. at St. Patrick Church, 212 Meredith St. in Kennett Square. Following mass, interment will be held at 1:30 p.m. at Calvary Cemetery, N. Orange St. & Highland Ave. in Media, Pa.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be mailed to After-The-Bell, P.O. Box 1068, Kennett Square, PA, 19348 or made online at https://www.afterthebell.org/. (Ryan enjoyed attending several of the after-school programs with his friends and cousin. It provides recreational, social and academic skill activities for Kennett Middle School students).

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


EDITH E. FRITZ

Edith E. Fritz, age 91, of Nottingham, passed away April 25, 2022 at the Christiana Hospital. She was the wife of Herbert F. Fritz, who passed away in 2012, and with whom she shared over 50 years of marriage.

Born in Philadelphia, she was the daughter of the late Axil O. Blomgren and the late Anna Fitzpatrick Blomgren.

Edith was a homemaker. She enjoyed cooking, ceramics and taking care of her children.

She is survived by seven sons, Brian Fritz of Orwigsburg, Pa., Herbert Fritz, Jr. of Orwigsburg, Pa., Wayne Frits of Orwigsburg, Pa., Brent Fritz of Poconos, Pa., Ross Fritz of West Chester, Todd Fritz of Delaware and Vance Fritz of Delaware;  two daughters, Lexi Swatton of Nottingham, and Edythe Marino of Avondale; one brother, Howard Blomgren of Delaware; one sister, Annie Divito of New Jersey;  16 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren

She was predeceased by one daughter, Shirley Fritz.

You are invited to visit with her family and friend from 10 to 11 a.m. on Wednesday, May 4 at the Foulk Funeral Home, 200 Rose Hill Road, West Grove. Her Memorial service will follow at 11 a.m. Burial will be private.

To view her online tribute and to share a memory with her family, please visit www.kuzoandfoulkfh.com.


Peter Justice Collins

Peter Justice Collins passed away at the age of 87 on April 25, 2022 in Honey Brook, where he lived with Elizabeth (Betsey) Maule Collins, his wife of 67 years.

Pete was born in Philadelphia on May 30, 1934 to George and Jean Collins. He had an older brother, Richard, and a younger brother, Stephen, who each preceded him in death. Pete often talked of playing in the woods behind their home in Hammonton, NJ and from an early age he only wanted to be outdoors. That passion went on to define how he lived his life. 

In 1952 Pete graduated from George School where he met Betsey and they married in July of 1954. Pete and Betsey began their married life in High Island, Texas, but soon moved to Pennsylvania where they raised their family, Bradford, Stephen and Laura, at Betsey’s childhood home near West Grove. 

Summers were spent camping as a family, first in Vermont and Maine, and then, in 1966, Pete and Betsey packed the kids and a tent into their Volkswagen bus and went on an 8-week trip across the U.S. The following summers were spent traveling and by 1969 the family had been to 48 of 50 states, exploring many of the National Parks. Pete was rarely happier than when he saw his first glimpse of the Rocky Mountains and he passed that love of the outdoors to his kids. 

Pete enjoyed a career as a mushroom farmer in Chester County and then retired to the northwoods of Maine, where he relished the opportunity to hike, canoe, and cross country ski. He loved chopping wood and making maple syrup. His childhood dream of living in the woods had come true. 

After twenty years in Maine, Pete and Betsey moved to Tel Hai Retirement Community in Honey Brook, where Pete volunteered with Meals on Wheels and worked in the mailroom. He continued his daily walks and knew everyone he encountered. Pete never met a stranger and he will be remembered for his kind and friendly spirit. 

Pete and Betsey were members of Maple Grove Mennonite Church in Atglen, Pa. They were also members of YAG Club (Young Adult Group) for over 70 years. Pete’s faith in Christ was important to him. As his health was failing he expressed his readiness and desire to be with Jesus. 

Pete is survived by his wife, Elizabeth (Betsey), and their three children, Bradford (Lee Ann),
Stephen (Laurie), and Laura (Samuel); eight grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, his sister-in-law Mildred, four nieces and a nephew and their families. Family services will be held at a later time.  Shiveryfuneralhome.com.


Michael F. Carroll

Michael Francis Carroll passed away peacefully on April 25, 2022 in Oxford. 

Mike was born in Chicago, IL on Dec. 30, 1936, to Francis and Rosalie (Kennedy) Carroll. 

He grew up in the house where his mother was born until, when he was 16, his family moved to Pennsylvania. He attended Penn State University and remained a lifelong Nittany Lions fan. He married the love of his life, Sally Laine, in 1978. They worked together to create the family business, Mike Carroll & Associates.

Mike was active in the American Legion for many years. He was an avid woodworker, sharing his beautiful creations with family and friends. He and Sally were enthusiastic golfers. They believed, "There is never bad weather on a golf course!" 

He is survived by stepchildren, Drake Fox (Rena) and Linda Fox; step-granddaughters, Ashley Yerkes (Will) and Brandi Arrell; his sister, Katherine Carroll Hurwitz (Ivan); brother, Tom Carroll (Rosemary); and many nieces and nephews.

Preceding him in death were his wife Sally in 2016, his parents and his brother, Richard.

Services are private.

Arrangements are being handled by the Edward L. Collins, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc. in Oxford.

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


Francis Osborne

Francis “Frank” Osborne, 85, of Oxford, passed away on April 26 after a long fought battle against a stroke and its lasting effects. In those 7 years, he showed a strength that amazed everyone and earned him the nickname, “The Man of Steel.”

Frank, was born Oct. 7, 1936 in Creston, NC, to Ermin and Ethel Stewart Osborne. 

He served in the U.S. Army and was stationed mostly in Germany.  He went on to a truck driving job. He retired from To-Jo Mushrooms, Inc. in Avondale.

He met and married Hearlie Shelton Osborne, and together they raised two children, Mike and Cathy. 

On his journey, Frank had many people in his life who became “sons and daughters” along the way.  During his illness, each one of them spent many hours showing him how much they loved him through visits, calls, videos and such.  The family’s hope is that Pam, Sandra, Carlos, Gladys, Jeremy, Stephanie, Patti and Talia, and his honorary grandchildren, Charly and Niobe, and honorary great-grandson, Levi, know how much their love and devotion meant to him.  He loved you all beyond measure! 

He is survived by his wife, Hearlie; one daughter, Cathy; sisters-in-law, Harlene of Oxford, Lois of NC, Lillian of NC; and many nieces and nephews.  He was also survived by many friends who turned into family.

He is preceded in death by his beloved parents; his son Mike; his in-laws, Fred and Gladys; his cherished nephews, Doug, Davey, Charles and Timmy; and a niece, Sherry. He was also preceded in death by his siblings, Mary Rose, Lois, Jimmy, Myrtle, Rob and Hilda, and brothers-in-law who became his brothers, Tom, Jim, Darrell, Bill, Orville, Jake and Allen, and a sister-in-law, Yvonne.   

Funeral services were held on April 30 at the Edward L. Collins, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc. in Oxford. 

Interment with full military honors will be held at the Oxford Cemetery.

Arrangements are being handled by the Edward L. Collins, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc. in Oxford.

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


Michael Shawn McMullen

Michael Shawn McMullen, LTC (Ret), of Alexandria, VA, passed into glory in the early morning of April 25, 2022. He was 58.

He was the loving husband of 21 years to his beloved wife, M. Denise McMullen and devoted father to his precious daughters, Johanna Rose McMullen and Michaela Elsa McMullen.

Michael was a man of integrity, dedicated to family and friends, and had a heart for serving God wherever that led him. Despite his cancer diagnosis, Michael continued to selflessly put the needs of others before his own. His gregarious nature, sense of humor, and amazing positive outlook impacted many lives.

Born on March 15, 1964 in Oxford, Pennsylvania, he was the son of the late Eleanor Rose and Charles Robert McMullen. As a young boy, Michael belonged to Boy Scouts Troop #44, in Oxford. He played baseball and wrestled at Harford Christian High School. As a teenager, Michael participated in First Baptist Church of Oxford and Oxford Nazarene Church youth groups. He spent summers working as a baker at the Sandy Cove Bible Conference Center, North East, Md., which later became a favorite family retreat with Denise, Johanna, and Michaela. 

Michael graduated from Oxford Area High School in 1982 and Messiah College in Grantham,  Pa. with a bachelor of arts in biology education in 1986.

He later earned a master’s degree from Wayne State University in Detroit, Mich. He

also attended Reformed Bible College, Grand Rapids, Mich., where he continued to

make lifelong friends. Michael was employed by Hon Industries as safety manager in

Florence, Alabama and Muscatine, Iowa.

Michael followed his father’s footsteps by joining the Army. His exceptional service to his country for 31 years included deployment to Korea, Iraq, and Afghanistan.

He held various positions in the Army National Guard over the years and continued to

work for the Army National Guard G-9 as a Civilian Environmental Performance Assessment System Specialist up until his death. His leadership and tenacity to solve problems even in the midst of enduring personal health challenges was extraordinary.

Michael was a member of the Alexandria Presbyterian Church in Alexandria, VA, where he worshiped for 18 years, served as a deacon and in Children’s Ministries. His favorite Bible verse was Romans 8:28, “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” Michael believed and modeled that the Christian life is very doable.

In addition to his wife and daughters, he is survived by his siblings, Lori McMullen of Russellville, Pa. and Timothy McMullen (Teresa) of Lancaster, Pa.; his mother and father-in-law, Margaretta E. Emilius and Wayne L. Post of Lady Lake, Florida; his brothers-in-law, W. Douglas Post (Holly) and John Post (Traci), and sister-in-law, Jennifer Troxel Post; and his nieces and nephews, Matthew McMullen, Chelsea Post, Cody McMullen (Amanda), Carlee Post, Ashley Russell (Zach), Dean McMullen, Connor Post, Kylie Post, and Abigail McMullen. He also leaves behind aunts, uncles, cousins, great nieces and nephews, cherished church family, friends, and colleagues. Michael was preceded in death by his infant sister, Angel; his brother-in-law, Charles David Post; and his parents, Eleanor Rose and Charles Robert McMullen.

Services in Virginia were held on April 30 at the Alexandria Presbyterian Church.

Then, on Saturday, May 7 at 11 a.m., funeral services will be held at First Baptist Church of Oxford, 552 Market Street in Oxford. 

Friends and family are invited for visitation from 10 to 11 a.m. Interment with full military honors will follow immediately at the Oxford Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to one of these ministries: Buffington Family, Legacy of Hope Foundation, Bruce Forsee, Training Leaders International, and Alexandria Presbyterian Church Deacons Fund.

Arrangements are being handled by the Edward L. Collins, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc. in Oxford.

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


HERBERT THOMAS STEEL

Herbert Thomas Steel, a resident of Kennett Square, passed away at the Chester County Hospital on April 28, 2022. He was 77. 

He was the husband of Barbara Newell Steel, with whom he shared 50 years of marriage.

Born in West Grove, he was the son of the late Herbert A. Steel and the late Margaret Mary King Steel.

He was a maintenance worker at the Friends Home in Kennett Square for 25 years, retiring in 2014. Prior to that, he had his own construction business.   

Herb was a lifetime member of the Kennett Square Fire Company, where he served as a fire policeman. In his earlier years, he was a member of Boy Scout Troop 24 in Kennett Square.

He enjoyed spending his summers on the Chesapeake Bay. He enjoyed boating, traveling, camping, driving his motorhome, and going to flea markets and yard sales. He had a love of antique cars and motorcycles.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by one son, Gregory Thomas Steel of Kennett Square; one daughter, Greta Denny (and her husband Michael) of Toughkenamon; two grandchildren, Rebecca Denny and Austin Denny, and his dog Buddy.

You may visit with his family and friends from 3 to 5 p.m. on Thursday, May 5 at the Kuzo Funeral Home, 250 West State Street in Kennett Square.  His funeral service will follow at 5 p.m. Burial will be held privately.

In lieu of flowers, a contribution may be made to Colon Cancer Coalition, 5666 Lincoln Drive, #270, Edina, MN 55436.

To view his online tribute and to share a memory with his family, please visit www.kuzoandfoulkfh.com.


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