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Obituaries for the week of October 24

10/24/2022 03:54PM ● By Steven Hoffman

Elsie J. Harbaugh

Elsie J Harbaugh, of Nottingham, passed away on October 13, 2022 at her home. She was 85.

She was the wife of late Richard L Harbaugh, with whom she shared 49 years of marriage.

Born in New Paris, Pa., she was the daughter of late J. Cress and Ada Brown Wade.

Elsie is survived by two daughters, Colleen  (and her late husband Timothy Hunnell, Sr) and Eileen (George, Sr); five grandchildren, Timothy Jr (Denise) Tristian (Brian), William (Mikalea), Megan (Troy) and George Jr.; and 18 great grandchildren, Kelsey, Noah, Timothy, 3rd, Sarah, Ryan, Chloe, Kaylee, Logan, Leeya, Koltyn, Trevor, Alex, Mason, Trinity, and Evie. She adored all of her family and loved spending time with each of them. 

Elsie loved watching hummingbirds outside her window and walking to her pond to fish. 

She was a member at the Oxford Church Of God. 

Services were held on Saturday, Oct. 22 at the Oxford Church of God.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Divine Sent Food Cupboard in Oxford.

Nancy Lee Sagers

Nancy Lee Sagers, of West Grove, passed away at the Chester County Hospital on Oct. 19, 2022. She was 74.

Born in West Chester, she was the daughter of the late Everitt Henderson and the late Elizabeth Spahn Henderson.

Nancy was a homemaker and she enjoyed going to the Brandywine River Museum, taking rides on hot air balloons and being with her family and friends, especially her grandchildren.

She is survived by one son, John C. Sagers and his wife Lisa of Quarryville, Pa.; one brother, Charles Henderson of Oxford and two grandchildren, Brooklynn Sagers and Brandon Sagers.

Nancy was predeceased by one sister, Mary Froshower.

You are invited to attend her memorial service at 1 p.m. on Saturday afternoon, Oct. 29 at the Foulk Funeral Home of West Grove, 200 Rose Hill Road, West Grove.

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

Anna Basciani

Anna Basciani, of Avondale, PA, passed away peacefully at home while surrounded by her loving family on Oct. 15, 2022. She was 93.

Anna was the wife of the late Mario “Chuff” Basciani, with whom she shared over 70 years of marriage prior to his passing in September of 2020.

Born 1929 at home in Toughkenamon, Anna was the daughter of the late Antonio Masciantonio and the late Mary DeDominic Masciantonio.

Anna graduated from Kennett High School. Until the age of 80, Anna worked as a bookkeeper for the family business, Basciani Mushroom Farms. Yet, the title Anna was most proud to have was “mom.” She dedicated her life to raising her family and found great delight in taking care of those whom she loved.

Anna loved to spend time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was a wonderful cook and her family always looked forward to one of her homemade meals. Anna also enjoyed traveling.

Anna was the matriarch of her family. She was a strong woman—so strong that she beat cancer five times and through it all never complained. Anna’s faith was also strong and she was an original church keeper for St. Gabriel of the Sorrowful Mother Parish, where she was a lifelong member.

Anna’s family and friends will deeply miss her lovable personality and the joy she brought to the world.

Anna’s family would like to extend their deep gratitude to all of her caregivers and acknowledge the special efforts of both Anita and Frances. They also thank Brandywine Hospice for their support through a difficult time.

Anna is survived by sons, Mario “Monnie” Basciani (Kathleen), Richard Basciani (Kim) and Michael Basciani (Carla); daughters, Joanne Regester (George) and Susanne Guizzetti (Victor); 18 grandchildren; and 42 great grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, Anna was preceded in death by her brother, Nick Masciantonio and her sisters, Julia Caputo and Helen Vallorani.

A viewing was held on Oct. 20 at St. Gabriel of the Sorrowful Mother and interment was at St. Patrick Cemetery.

Memorial contributions in Anna’s name may be made to the St. Gabriel Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 709, Avondale, PA 19311.

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

Robert Curtis Knowles

Robert Curtis Knowles, 88, passed away peacefully on Sept. 9, 2022, at his home in Kennett Square while surrounded by his loving family. He was the husband of Barbara Knowles, with whom he shared 66 wonderful years of marriage.

Born in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, he was the son of the late Jess Knowles and the late Alice Mitchell Knowles. 

Robert “Bob” graduated from Pawtucket East Senior High School. He received his A.B. degree, class of 1955, with honors in biology from Brown University and earned his Ph.D. in biochemistry and his M.D. degrees from Case Western Reserve University. After internship and residency in clinical pathology at Case Western Reserve University and University Hospitals of Cleveland, Bob served as chief of the epidemiology division and later as director of the scientific department in the United States Navy Naval Medical Research Unit No. 4, Naval Hospital in Great Lakes, Illinois. Bob continued to serve in the United States Naval Reserves, retiring as Captain with the 4th FSSG, Naval and Marine Corps Reserve Center in Wilmington, Del. 

From 1969 to 1977, Bob practiced medicine at the Pennsylvania State University School of Medicine, Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. From there he moved on to become Section Chief of Microbiology and Immunology and Hospital Epidemiologist at the Medical Center of Delaware until his retirement in 1998. During this time, he was a partner with Delaware Clinical & Laboratory Physicians, P.A. Bob loved to teach. A lifelong educator, Bob was an Assistant Professor of Pathology, College of Medicine of the Pennsylvania State University; Adjunct Associate Professor, Life and Health Sciences, University of Delaware; Medical Director, Medical Technology Program, University of Delaware, and Latin America Visiting Professor, Quito, Ecuador, August 1985. He was a member of many professional organizations including the Medical Society of Delaware.

 Bob was a devoted and loving husband, father and grandfather. He touched many lives with his honesty, generosity, and willingness to see good in others. He had a wonderful knack for telling jokes. Bob was an avid photographer, loved to travel and enjoyed musical theatre, opera, movies, dancing and fish aquariums. He especially enjoyed being a “Member of the Bored,” a close group of friends.

He is survived by his wife Barbara, his children, Kathy Knowles of Dover, Del., Kenneth Knowles of Kennett Square, Mark Knowles of Lincoln, VT, and Lynn Knowles and her husband Jan Pilch of Homburg, Germany. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Jaden, Sophie and Anna Pilch, his sister, Eunice Potts and her husband Robert of Lincoln, RI, his brother, Donald Knowles and his wife MaryAnne of Ozawkie, KS, nieces and nephews, and Golden Retriever Abbey.

Funeral services will be held on Nov. 1, 2022 at 10 a.m. at the Lime Rock Baptist Church, 1075 Great Road, Lincoln, RI with burial following in the Middletown Four Corners Cemetery, 350 E Main Rd, Middletown, RI.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested contributions to the University of Delaware. Please forward donations to, Gifts Processing, 83 E. Main St, 3rd Floor, Newark, DE 19716. Make checks payable to 'University of Delaware' and include on the memo line "in memory Robert C. Knowles". Gifts can also be made on the University of Delaware's secure website, Donations will be directed to the Robert C. and Barbara J. Knowles Endowed Scholarship fund at the University of Delaware.

To view Bob’s online obituary, please visit