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Obituaries for the week of November 14

11/15/2022 01:59PM ● By Steven Hoffman

Thomas E. Icenhour

Thomas Eugene Icenhour went to be with the Lord on Oct. 31, 2022 after a long battle with cancer. He was 59.

Born in West Chester, he was the son of Helena Barker Icenhour of Nottingham and the late James Icenhour.

Tom enjoyed fishing and working on cars.

He is survived by his mother; one daughter, Maggie; two granddaughters, Alice and Angel; one brother, Tim Icenhour of Nottingham; three nephews, Tim, Chad and Christian; two special aunts, Beverly and Lue; and one special uncle, Edwin.

Funeral service were held on Nov. 7 at the Edward L. Collins, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc. in Oxford.

Interment was in Oxford Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the funeral home to offset funeral expenses.

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

Evelyn J. Miller

Evelyn J. (Gent) Miller passed away peacefully at home on Nov. 2, 2022. She was 78 years old. 

Evelyn was born In Levington, VA on Aug. 21, 1944 to the late Gypsy (Tuggle) and the late Grady C. Gent. She was the wife of Elmer Lee Miller, with whom she shared 25 years of marriage.

In Evelyn’s younger years, she worked as a housekeeper for Bowling Green Rehabilitation. Later in life, she did what she enjoyed most – being a housewife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother.

Evelyn enjoyed her family most. She liked fishing (where she would sometimes out-fish the men), frequently going to Delaware Park, as well as the humble things of life.

She was preceded in death by three brothers, one sister, five sisters in law and one grandson.

Evelyn is survived by her husband Elmer of Kennett Square and her three children, Paul Garst of Oxford, Donna Jordon of Oxford, and Paul (Peanut) Gent, of Reading. She is also survived by two step-children, Dennis Miller and Kelly Miller, both of Oxford, one brother, Clyde Gent of West Grove, two sisters, Barbara Caldwell, of West Grove and Bonnie Clawson, of Tennessee, and one brother in law, Ray Miller Jr of Kennett Square.

She had 7 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Services will be private.

Evelyn’s family would like to thank the Willow Tree Hospice Care.

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

Joyce Ann McMullen

Joyce Ann McMullen, a resident of Nottingham, passed away while at home on Nov. 5, 2022. She was 73.

Born on May 22, 1949, in Coatesville, Pa., she was the daughter of the late James, Sr. and Grace Darone Leonard. 

Joyce was dedicated to her family and enjoyed spending time with them.

She is survived by two sons, Edwin McMullen, Jr. (Sharyn) and Robert McMullen; one grandson, Ethan McMullen; and ten siblings, James Leonard (Marie), David Leonard, Patricia Pluta, George Leonard (Linda), Robert Leonard (Sue), Pam Leonard, Deb Chesnet (Bill), Gene Leonard (Kathy), Linda Todd (Norman) and Barb Leonard.  

She was preceded in death by three siblings, Gary Leonard, Shirley Krauss and Dean Leonard.

Funeral services were held on Nov. 9 at the Edward L. Collins, Jr. Funeral Home, Oxford.

Interment will be in Freemont Cemetery.

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

William  H. Zwaan, Jr.

William  H. Zwaan, Jr., of West Grove, passed away at Chester County Hospital on Nov. 6, 2022.  He was 87.

He was the husband of Margaret Mary “Peg” Meehan Zwaan, with whom he shared 67 years of marriage.

Bill served his country as a member of the U.S. Navy. He worked for PECO as an electric mechanic for 30 years. After retiring at 55, Bill went to college and earned his bachelors degree. Despite suffering from a stroke during his studies, Bill graduated on time with a degree in psychology. 

Bill was a longtime member of Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish and a devout Catholic. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and an active Scout member for 30 years. Bill was even awarded the Silver Beaver from the Boy Scouts of America. 

Bill was a kind man with a quiet strength. He deeply loved his wife, Peg, and referred to her as the “Peg of my heart.” Bill always felt that he and Peg were meant to be together. They loved to camp together and traveled in their RV around the United States. The two got along so well that the pair led marriage counseling workshops through the Catholic church. 

Bill enjoyed fishing, the Phillies and had a soft spot for animals. Most of all, Bill loved his wife and family. He will be deeply missed by all who had the pleasure to know him. 

In addition to his wife, Peg, Bill is survived by sons, Robert, Thomas (Shannon) and Daniel (Wendy) Zwaan; daughters, M. Mary and Kathleen Zwaan; many grandchildren, great grandchildren and a great great grandchild; several nieces and nephews; as well as his dog, Lizzie. 

Bill was preceded in death by two sons, William H. Zwaan, III and Michael Zwaan, and his sister, Joan Cuff. 

Services were held at the ABVM Parish in West Grove. 

Interment will be private. 

In lieu of flowers, donations in Bill’s memory may be made to Noah’s Ark Rescue Project and Sanctuary, PO Box 301, Uwchland, PA 19480. 

Arrangements are being handled by Foulk Funeral Home of West Grove. 

To view Bill’s online tribute, visit

Gottlieb Strohmaier

Gottlieb Strohmaier, 92, of Oxford, passed away at his home while surrounded by his loving family on Nov. 7, 2022.

He was the loving husband of Marie DiEmedio Strohmaier, with whom he shared 68 years of marriage.

Born in Wilmington, Del., he was the son of the late Gottlieb Johann and Anna Marie Eisenmann Strohmaier. 

He graduated from Wilmington High School in 1948.  He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and Reserves for six years.

Gottlieb (Lieb) farmed all of his life. He was a farmer in Glasgow, Del. before moving to Oxford in 1958. He was a former member of St. Michael’s Lutheran Church in Unionville and then was a member of Community of Love Lutheran Church in Oxford.

Lieb liked following boxing, baseball and football.  He enjoyed spending time with his canine companions, took pride in his farming career, and thoroughly loved his Italian wife’s cooking.

He is survived by his wife and five children, Karl (Rose) Strohmaier of Port Murray, NJ, Kerry (Dave) Kraft of Manheim, Pa.,  Kurt (Judy) Strohmaier of  Oxford; Erin (Mark) Liberti, of Newark, Del. And Eric Strohmaier, of Oxford;.

He is also survived by eight  grandchildren, Stephanie (Greg) Rada, Heidi (Jeremy) Cosans, Darcie (Eric) Woltering, Heather Walls, Justin R. Strohmaier, Julie (Robert) Lagonera, Kirby L. Strohmaier and Russell (Elisa) Strohmaier, and 11 great-grandchildren. 

Lieb was predeceased by his brothers William, George, and twin brother Christian.

Funeral services were held on Nov. 14, at Community of Love Lutheran Church in Oxford.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Lieb’s memory may be made to Community of Love Lutheran Church.

Interment will be in Union Cemetery in Kirkwood, Pa.

Online condolences may be made at