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Obituaries for the week of October 31

11/01/2022 10:54AM ● By Steven Hoffman

Virginia Carol Dunn

Virginia Carol Dunn, 65, of West Grove, passed away suddenly while at home on Oct. 14, 2022.

She was born in West Grove in 1957 to Raymond Everett Dunn and Pearl Willen Dunn. 

Carol was a 1975 graduate of Avon Grove High School and went on to work for Agilent Technologies 44 years.

Carol enjoyed cheering on the Phillies, playing the slot machines at Delaware Park, attending blue grass festivals and spending time with her family and friends. She especially loved her annual Walt Disney World trip with Brenda and Andy.

Carol is survived by her father, Raymond Dunn Sr.; sisters, Joyce Martinez of Mountain City, Tenn., Brenda Rosazza (Stephen) of Avondale; brothers, Raymond Dunn Jr., of West Grove and Christopher Dunn (Elizabeth) of Oxford; as well as several nieces and nephews. She was proceeded in death by her mother, Pearl Dunn.

Services were held on Oct. 24 at Kuzo Funeral Home in Kennett Square.

Interment was at Union Hill Cemetery in Kennett Square.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be mailed in Carol’s memory to St Jude’s Children’s Hospital 501 St. Jude Place Memphis, TN 38105.

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

Louis Flavian DiBartolomeo Jr.

Louis Flavian DiBartolomeo Jr., a resident of Landenberg, passed away peacefully on Oct. 15, 2022 after a year-long battle with cancer. He was surrounded by family and loved ones when he passed away. He was 59.

Louie was an avid hunter and fisherman. He enjoyed time at the beach with family and friends. His favorite pastime was riding his Harley with his fellow Weasels. He also enjoyed racing recreationally. Louie enjoyed sharing his love of cooking with friends and family. He loved animals and especially enjoyed training dogs.

Louie followed in his father's footsteps as a mushroom grower in Kennett Square. He was also a landlord for numerous rental properties. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, Louis F. DiBartolomeo, Sr. and Louise A. Irace, sisters, Delores A. DiBartolomeo of Kennett Square, Elvera A. Taylor, Nancy L. Taylor, both of Landenberg and Denise F. Miller of Lincoln University; brother-in-law, Warren Hamilton, Jr. of Kennett Square; and great nephew, Pierson J. Taylor of Cochranville. 

Louie leaves behind daughters, Carleen J. DiBartolomeo Wehry, Monica L. DiBartolomeo and Audrey F. DiBartolomeo; sister, Maria L. DiBartolomeo Hamilton of Kennett Square; life partner, Jody L. Rampolla of Denver, Pa.; sons, David M. Rampolla (and wife Amanda) of Mohnton, Michael S. Rampolla (and girlfriend Erin Ongjoco) of Scharfferstown; brothers in law, James P. Taylor, Sr. of Landenberg and Louis H. Taylor, Jr. of Landenberg; nieces, Jacalyn M. Hamilton (and fiancé, Daniel Eller) of Oxford, Lisa and Elisabeth Taylor and Melissa Welsh, all of Avondale; nephews, James P. Taylor, Jr. of Avondale, Matthew J. Taylor of Denver, Ryan C. Taylor of Avondale and Lewis H. Taylor, III of Kirkwood. 

Louie was loved and admired by many for his big heart and kind soul. He was always willing to lend a helping hand to anyone in need. He will be dearly missed by many as a loving father, brother, partner and friend. May Louie rest in peace.

Services were held on Oct. 22 at Kuzo Funeral Home in Kennett Square and a Mass of Christian Burial took place at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Kennett Square. Interment followed at St. Patrick Cemetery. 

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123 or to the Brandywine Valley SPCA, 1212 Phoenixville Pike, West Chester, PA 19380. 

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

To view Louie’s online obituary, visit

Jane Marie Baily Baughman

Jane Marie Baily Baughman, of Oxford,  passed away on Oct. 20, 2022 at Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health in Lancaster. She was 90.

She was the wife of the late Robert F. Baughman, Sr.

Born in Oxford, she was the daughter of the late Joseph R. and Helen Violet Wolf Baily.

Jane was employed as a secretary for the vice president of fiscal affairs at Lincoln University.

She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Oxford.

She is survived by three daughters, Jennifer Lucas (Richard) of Rising Sun, Md., Kathy Ham (Lawrence Angelini) of Columbia, Pa. and Laura Kasting of Pickens, SC; one daughter-in-law, Lisa Baughman of Fla.; 9 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; two great-great granddaughters; and one sister, Mary Baily of Nottingham. 

She was preceded in death by her son, Robert F. Baughman, Jr.

A graveside service was held on Oct. 27, at Oxford Cemetery in Oxford.

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

Online condolences may be made at

Janet M. Shaw

Janet M. Shaw, of Oxford, passed away on Oct. 19, 2022 at Chester County Hospital in West Chester. She was 66.

Born in W. Jefferson, NC, she was the daughter of the late Thomas F. and Betty Lou Parsons Shaw.

Janet was employed with the Oxford Area School District as a bus driver.

She loved her animals, gardening, sewing, cooking family dinners and her companion, Thomas Crossan. 

She is survived by her two children, Erica Shaw of Bear, Del. and Michael Armendariz of Grapevine, Tex.; four grandchildren, Jesse Armendariz, Michael Armendariz, Samantha Armendariz and Bryan Armendariz; four brothers, Thomas Shaw of West Grove, Ernie Shaw of NC, Terry Shaw of Kirkwood and Michael Shaw of Oxford; and one sister, Kathy Arnold of Mt. City, Tenn.

She was preceded in death by her brother, Daniel Shaw and sister, Wanda M. Woods. 

Services were held on Oct. 28.

Interment will be private.

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

Ellen M. Sexton

Ellen M. Sexton, 80, of Oxford, passed away peacefully in her home on Oct. 13, 2022.

She was the wife of Joseph W. Sexton, with whom she shared 31 years of marriage.

Born in Wrightsdale, Pa., she was the daughter of the late Frederick T. and Mary E. McQuiston Sprout.

She retired from W. L. Gore, Cherry Hill Plant in Elkton, Md., where she worked in the accounting department.  After retiring from W L Gore, Ellen was employed as an Amish Taxi Driver.  

Ellen was a member of First Baptist Church of Oxford, Ocklokonee Council #212 Degree of Pocahontas and the Mixed Bird Bowling League in Oxford.

She enjoyed making crafts, having and going to yard sales, auctions, bowling, going to the beach and spending time with friends and family. 

She is survived by her husband; daughter, Tammy M. McIvor (Donald) of Oxford; granddaughter, Ashley N. McIvor of Oxford; two sisters, Pearl Carlton of Newark, Del. and Barbara Sexton of Md.; two brothers, Fred Sprout, Jr. of New Providence and Howard Sprout of Las Vegas, NV; and her beloved bird, JJ and grand dog, Boone.

She was preceded in death by three siblings, James Sprout, LeRoy Sprout and Janet Cavender.

Funeral services were held on Oct. 17 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. Oxford, PA. Online condolences may be made at

Charles Peterson

Charles Peterson passed away on Oct. 25, 2022 at his home in West Grove while surrounded by his loving family. He was 97.

He was the husband of Lucy Peterson, with whom he shared 71 years of marriage. Born in Poplar, North Carolina he was the son of Samuel and Texie Peterson. He had ten brothers and one sister, all of whom preceded him in death. 

A veteran of the Pacific Theater in World War II, Charles earned several recognitions for his service, including the Bronze Star for heroism during the Battle of Okinawa. He loved his country and was an avid patriot, attaining the rank of corporal in the U.S. Army. 

Following the war, Charles and his family moved to Pennsylvania where he worked for 35 years at NVF in Kennett Square, retiring as a supervisor.

Charles loved his family dearly and was a hero to them all. He is survived by his daughter Diana and her husband Bryan of Felton, Del., his son Greg and his wife Brenda of Landenberg, his son Dwayne and his wife Tracy of West Grove, and his youngest son Roger and his wife Candace of Nottingham. He has 7 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren whom he referred to as “his little ones.”

Services were held on Oct. 29 at Edward L. Collins Jr. Funeral Home, Inc. in Oxford.

Charles will be interred at Nottingham Baptist Church Cemetery with full military honors.

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

Online condolences may be made at

James Robert Pierson

James Robert (Bob) Pierson, age 82, passed away peacefully on Oct. 21, 2022. He was the loving husband of Betty R. Pierson, with whom he shared 57 years of marriage.

He was the son of the late James and Margaret (Brandenberger) Pierson of Landenberg. He spent the majority of his life on the family farm in Landenberg, where he was raised, and inherited from his Grandmother Brandenberger at a young age. He had a sense of pride knowing he could pass the farm along to his son, grandson, and great grandsons.

After graduating from Kennett High School in 1958, Bob enlisted in the United States Air Force from 1959 to 1963, where he maintained F-105 Thunderchief Fighter Bombers. He often spoke fondly of his service and being stationed near Las Vegas.

After leaving the Air Force, Bob obtained a position in Avondale at F&M Scientific, which later became part of Hewlett-Packard Co. in 1965. He married his dedicated wife, Betty, at the Presbyterian Church of Kennett Square in 1965, where they faithfully attended weekly, and are still members.

Bob soon realized that he would rather work for himself than a large company, so in 1969, he started J. Robert Pierson Inc., his own excavating and septic service business. He was owner/operator for 50-plus years, with his son, Mark, working diligently by his side from an early age onward. Bob expertly operated the dozer, while Mark flawlessly ran the backhoe on jobs.

In his pastime, Bob once enjoyed going on annual deer hunting trips to Potter County, attending Masonic Lodge meetings, and collecting tractors/equipment, which some would refer to as junk, but were future restoration projects to him. Always wanting to expand his knowledge in the wastewater industry, he looked forward to attending annual state and national conventions and trade shows with Mark, including the Pumper Show, in various cities such as Nashville, Louisville, and Indianapolis. 

In his later years, Bob mostly enjoyed his evenings and weekends at home with Betty, their Yorkies, and rescued cats, watching the Eagles and their favorite TV shows. He was proudly a member of the New London Masonic Lodge, where he was a Past Master, the Kennett Masonic Lodge, the Pennsylvania Septage Management Association, and Delaware Onsite Wastewater Recycling Association.

He is survived by his wife, Betty of Landenberg; his children, Mark D. Pierson (Lenna) of Landenberg and Lesa R. Simpson (Kirk) of Oxford; his grandchildren (who lovingly called him Poppop), Heather Murphy (Sean) and M. David Pierson II (Monica), all of Oxford; his great-grandchildren (who always brought an added sparkle to his eyes when they visited over the last 15 months), Malcolm and Marcus Pierson and Hope Murphy. He is also survived by his brother, William F. Pierson (Patricia) of Mechanicsburg, Pa. and many nieces and nephews.

The family would like to extend their warm and heartfelt appreciation to the staff, skilled caregivers, and nurses at the healthcare facility where Bob resided for the past 15 months. The compassionate care and comfort is valued beyond measure.

A viewing/visitation will be held on Nov. 5 from noon to 2 p.m. with the funeral service starting at 2 p.m. at the Presbyterian Church of Kennett Square, 211 S Broad St, Kennett Square.

Interment with Masonic and Air Force honors will immediately follow the service at New Garden Friends Cemetery, 875 Newark Rd, New Garden.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations be made to the Presbyterian Church of Kennett Square (PCKS), 213 S Broad St, Kennett Square, PA 19348. Checks can be made payable to PCKS with ‘In Memory of Bob Pierson’ in the memo section.

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

Arrangements are being handled by the Foulk Funeral Home of Wet Grove.


Mary R. McMillan

Mary R. McMillan passed away peacefully at the age of 94. 

She was the eldest daughter of Maurice P. Richardson and Mary Cooper Richardson.

Mary graduated from Kennett High School and attended Goldey-Beacom College  and worked at the NVF Company as an executive secretary to many officers until she retired at the age of 70.

Mary was predeceased by her husband Jim, her daughter Mary Jane and her sister, Margaret LePore.

She is survived by her brother, Monte Richardson (Marge); sister, Lydia (Bill) and sister Linda Rector-Hilyard (Jack) and many nieces and nephews, great nieces and great nephews and great great nieces and nephews.

In honoring Mary’s final wishes, a private graveside service was held to include her immediate family members.

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

Victoria Corrado Peirson

Victoria Corrado Peirson passed away on Oct. 10, 2022, at Jenner’s Pond Retirement Community in West Grove. She was 72.

She was the wife of Rondel G. Peirson, with whom she shared 19 years of marriage.

Born in West Chester, she was the daughter of the late Joseph S. Corrado and the late Muffy Manfredi Corrado.

Victoria graduated from Kennett High School in 1967 and earned her accounting degree from Hartford Institute of Accounting.

Victoria previously owned interior design and accounting services businesses.  Before starting her businesses, she operated Heavy Haulers, a subsidiary company to Corrado American, in New Castle, Del.  She enjoyed sewing, knitting, gardening, entertaining and was known for her culinary skills.  In addition, she loved Christmas and spending time with her family and close friends. 

She will be remembered for her engaging personality and loyalty to all who knew and loved her. 

In addition to her husband Rondel, she is survived by her son, Christopher J. Schult and his wife Kimberly, of Mount Airy, Md.; two brothers, Joseph J. Corrado and Frank L. Corrado, both of Kennett Square; and three grandchildren, Alexandra Schult, Allison Schult, and Maxwell Schult; and her beloved cat Buttons.  She was preceded in death by her first husband, David Henry Schult, from Elizabeth, NJ.

Her Life Celebration Service was held on Oct. 29. Interment will be held privately.  Contributions in her memory may be made to Alzheimer's Association

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

To view her online obituary, please visit