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Obituaries for the week of February 20

02/20/2023 11:53PM ● By Steven Hoffman
Jay Michael Forlino
Jay Michael Forlino passed away at the Penn Pavillion Hospital while his wife and daughter were by his side on Feb. 8, 2023. He was a 70-year-old resident of Landenberg. 
Jay was the husband of Jacqueline Pingitore Forlino, with whom he shared 30 beautiful years of marriage. 
Born in Delaware County, Pa., Jay was the son of the late John (Jake) Forlino and the late Mildred Forlino.
Jay was a brilliant, funny, and kind family man. He liked making sourdough bread, cooking, making fireworks and ceramics, reading his Kindle, watching “Jeopardy,” fishing, and taking pictures. He could fix anything from a ripped sleeve to a broken refrigerator and literally everything in between. 
Professionally, Jay enjoyed working in research and development and creating patents. He started as a merchant marine and went on to work for Foote Mineral (lithium technology) and retired from W.L. Gore in 2020. Religiously, Jay was a faithful Catholic. Above all else, Jay loved spending time with his family. From watching his daughter’s events to spending time with his wife to walking his dog for miles, Jay loved it all. He will be deeply missed by all who had the pleasure to get to know and love him. 
Jay is preceded in death by his father, John (Jake) Forlino, his mother, Mildred Forlino, a brother, John Forlino, and beloved grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins. 
In addition to his wife, Jackie, Jay is survived by his two sons, Jay II Forlino (Angela) and Kevin Forlino (Corrine); a daughter, Abby Forlino; two grandchildren, Luna and Jay III Forlino; a sister-in-law, Nancy; a niece, Erika; and Rusty, his best buddy and dog. He is also survived by many cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends. 
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to House of Hope Animal Rescue, 31 Sparrows Way, Elkton, MD 21921.
To view his online tribute and to share a memory with his family, please visit

David C. Dickinson
David C. "Sporty Dave" Dickinson, a lifelong resident of Cochranville, Pa., was born on Aug. 10, 1962 and departed on Feb. 3. 2023. 
He had been facing a host of health troubles over the last few years and was on home dialysis. 
He attended Octorara High School and worked for a number of companies over the years, including CFM and GAP International. Those travels took him all over the world. Everyone who knew Sporty recognized that he had a gift with engines and systems. As he said, “If it ever ran once, I can make it run again!" 
He owned and tinkered on any number of old cars and tractors. 
He was a lifetime member at the Rough and Tumble and never missed a Thresherman's Reunion.
Sporty's other true love was music. He almost always had the radio or a CD on and his tastes ran from the Ink Spots to System of a Down. He was never far from one of his guitars. He played with the Gravel Pit Ramblers and other local groups. Sporty specialized in singing Hank Williams and travelled to Alabama quite a few times to play at the annual Hank Williams Festival at Hank's boyhood home in Georgiana.
Sporty made friends everywhere he went and will be remembered for his gentle nature, his varied interests, and his vibrancy.
He is survived by one son, Jonathan Dickinson of Glenmoore, Pa., and many others who will treasure his memory.
Services took place at Edward L. Collins Funeral Home, Inc., in Oxford on Feb. 18. There will be a wake at his place in late April, with the date to be announced.
Interment will be private.
Online condolences may be made at

Nellie  Cora Gill
Nellie Cora Gill passed away peacefully at Citizens Nursing Home in Frederick, Md. on Feb. 10, 2023. She was 89.
Born on June 12, 1933, in Nottingham, Nell was the daughter of the late Ernest Robert Gill and Nellie Jane Duncan Gill. 
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her siblings, Mabel Ann Gill, Wilmer Gill, John Gill, Mary Gill, Laura Gill, Millie Casimano, and her brothers-in-law, Tom Neufell, Jim Hudgins and John Wilson. 
She is survived by two sisters, Norma Neufell and Sara Hudgins; a brother-in-law, Nick Casimano; and nieces and nephews, Tom and Jennifer Neufell, Joe Neufell, Mike Neufell, and Donna Neufell, Terri and Mark Wilkinson, Patti and Kyle Smith, Elaine Collyer, Gina and Tom Schell, Julie and Mike Carbiener and Mary Hudgins. She is also survived by great nieces and nephews, including Joe, Casey, Tara, John, Matthew, Andrew, Ashley, Michael, Meghan, Maddie, Morgan, Dylan, Dominick, Jacob, Emma, and Andrew and great grand niece, Aleeya. Her surviving cousins include Pam Duncan Donnelly, Debra Duncan Roney and their families, as well as longtime friends Rebecca Franch and her family. 
With so many siblings and relatives, the memories of her life will live on forever with those who knew and loved her. Nell grew up with her eight siblings on their family farm in Nottingham. 
She graduated from The Oxford Area High School, then moved to Washington DC. with her sisters. She attended Strayer Business School and pursued a career working for the Federal Bureau of Investigation where she retired with 31 years of dedicated service.
Nell’s favorite pastimes included going to dances with her sisters, weekends at the beach and spending time with her family at their farm. She always enjoyed being close to her family, often gathering with relatives during her free time. Throughout most of her adult life, Nell was often seen with her sister Mabel, along with John and Warren. Her passions, besides her nieces and nephews, included helping family, shopping, and enjoying the sun at the beach or on her patio while surrounded by her plants and flowers.
In recent years, Nell moved to Myersville and lived with her niece, Gina and husband Tom. During her final years, she resided at Citizens Nursing home in Frederick. 
She loved and appreciated the kindness of everyone who cared for her, called and visited. She will be greatly missed. 
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Feb. 25 at the Edward L. Collins, Funeral Home, Inc., 86 Pine St., in Oxford.
Interment will be in Oxford Cemetery. 
Arrangements are being handled by the Edward L. Collins, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc. in Oxford. Online condolences may be made at  

Mary V. Cartledge
Mary V. (Rehnert) Cartledge, of Oxford, passed away at Lancaster General Hospital on Feb. 14, 2023. She was 78.
She was the wife of the late Charles Johnson and Harry C. Cartledge.
Born in Delaware County, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Mary (Talbot) Rehnert.
She is survived by her loving sister, Jane (Rehnert) Smith; a niece, Johanna (Smith) Ryan and her husband Paul and their children, Kaitlyn, Hanna, Danielle, Paul and Quentin Ryan; a nephew, Joe Smith and his children, Abigail Manero, Andrea, Andrew and Ashley Smith; Kevin Smith and his wife, Marcella (Jackson) Smith and their children, Holly, Rebecca and Kevin Smith; and a nephew, William Thornton (Trish) and their children, Nathan, Charlie and Vincent Thornton. She is also survived by her dear friend of 65 years, Mary (Mulroy) LoGiurato.
She was preceded in death by two nephews, Kevin and Daniel Smith.
Mary enjoyed spending time with friends, who were like family, as well as spending time at the Oxford Senior Center. 
A mass of Christian burial was Celebrated on Feb. 18 at Sacred Heart Church in Oxford.
Interment will be in Oxford Cemetery.
Online condolences may be made at

Harold T. Bryson, Jr.
Harold T. Bryson, Jr., a resident of Quarryville who formerly lived in Russellville, passed away on Feb. 14, 2023 at Quarryville Presbyterian Retirement Community. He was 97.
He was the husband of the late Margaret Shifflett Bryson, with whom he shared 64 years of marriage.
Born in Chester County, he was the son of the late Harold T., Sr. and Clara Harris Bryson.
Harold graduated from West Fallowfield High School, class of 1943.
He was a dairy farmer in Russellville for most of his life.
Harold was a member of Grace Baptist Church, Oxford.
Harold served as director and treasurer of the Chester-Delaware County Farm Bureau, director of Coatesville Child Development Center, president of the Oxford Area School Board and he served on the Upper Oxford Planning Commission.
He was a member of the Oxford Historical Association, a 75-year member of Skerrett Lodge #343, Past Master in 1956 and Russellville Grange.
Harold was a foster father to many children.
He is survived by a son, Harold T. Bryson, III (Bing) of Reno, Nev., a daughter, Susan B. Orth (Jeffrey) of Lancaster; two grandchildren, Daniel Orth (Michelle) and David Orth (Christin), four great-grandchildren, Benjamin, Isaac, Elliot and Oliver; and a sister-in-law, Erica Shifflett, and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by one sister, Audrey Kauffman, and a brother, Calvert Bryson.
Funeral services were held on Feb. 21 at the Edward L. Collins, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc. in Oxford.
Interment will be in Cochranville United Methodist Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of your choice.
Online condolences may be made at

Jimmy L. Pennington 
Jimmy L. Pennington, 77, of Nescopeck, passed away on Jan. 27, 2023, with his loving family by his side at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville. 
Born in Little Britain on Oct. 19, 1945, he was a son of the late Arvel D. and Edith (Lewis) Pennington.
He graduated from Solanco High School, Quarryville, in 1966 and was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army in 1969. Jimmy worked at General Motors in Delaware and then as owner/operator at Tucquan Park Family Campground in Holtwood, from April 1977 until January 1993. He worked hard all of his life and was a wonderful husband, father, and grandfather. 
On May 11, 1968, Jimmy married his loving and devoted wife Teresa (Jones) Pennington. They would have celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary in May. 
Jimmy was a man of few words, who loved a good laugh. He was a kind and gentle man who loved working on old cars, restoring antiques, gardening, and long car rides.
He will be greatly missed by his beloved wife, Teresa; a daughter, Kimberly (Eric) Krall, Sugarloaf; a granddaughter, (and the apple of his eye), Hannah Shae; a brother, John Frazer; and sisters, Betty (Jay) Groff of Quarrysville, Arvella Witmer of Lancaster, and Geraldine Jose` of Christiana, and many beloved nieces and nephews. 
He was preceded in death by his parents. 
Relatives and friends are invited to attend Jimmy’s celebration of life on Saturday, March 4 at 11 a.m. at Mt. Eden Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1241 May Post Office Road, Quarryville. 
Arrangements are entrusted to Heller Funeral Home, LLC, Nescopeck. Online messages of comfort may be sent to [email protected]

James Garland Owen Sumner, Jr.
James Garland Owen Sumner, Jr., 73, of Oxford, passed away on Feb. 15, 2023 at home.
Born on July 26, 1949 as the fifth child and only son to delighted parents Jim and Marguerite Donley Sumner, James Garland Owen Sumner, Jr. was the beloved baby brother to Jeanne (John Letterman), Lena (Floyd Hansen), Beverly (Pete McDowell), and Shirley (Jerry Arnold).  
Jim survived a 1950s and 1960s childhood of biking to Bicknell’s, fishing with his father and playing lots of sports with neighborhood and school friends.  He attended Lincoln University and then joined the Navy where he was an electrician on a nuclear Navy submarine. 
Jim loved his wife, his family, his church and his Oxford community. After his discharge from the Navy, Jim married Etha McDowell in 1974 and then focused on deciding what he wanted to be when he grew up.  He was a lifelong learner, earning degrees from Penn State, West Chester University, and Union Theological Seminary.   He used that learning in his own business as a handyman, in the classroom as a teacher, and as a Christian education director.  
Jim traveled a long faith journey from his early years at the Nazarene church to the Oxford Presbyterian Church where he found a faith family.  He was employed there for many years but also loved being a deacon, taking young folks on mission trips, and representing the church on a peace mission to Central America.
Jim’s large extended family of nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews were very important to him.  He enjoyed coaching some of their sports, listening to their artistic performances and helping others with home projects when needed.  
He relished working to help others while serving on Oxford Borough Council for several terms, serving on the Oxford School Board, helping build the local Democratic party, tutoring and mentoring at Oxford schools, being a Trustee at Lincoln University, and delivering Meals on Wheels for over 25 years.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Jim’s beloved Oxford Presbyterian Church (6 Pine Street, Oxford, PA  19363) or to the Oxford Educational Foundation (PO Box 142, Oxford, PA  19363).
Jim’s celebration of life will be held at the Oxford Presbyterian Church at noon on Saturday, March 4 with visitation from 10 a.m. to noon.
Arrangements are being handled by the Edward L. Collins, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc. in Oxford. Online condolences may be made at  

Janice R. Baccino
Janice R. Baccino, 82, of Trout Run died Feb. 15, 2023 at Valley View Nursing Center. 
Born March 20, 1940 in West Chester, she was a daughter of the late Jack and Blanche McMillen Reeves.
Janice is survived by her husband of 51 years, Paul Baccino; her sisters, Peggy (John) Shively of Trout Run, Jackie Bean of Quarryville and Laura (Ken) Riale of Kennett Square and a granddaughter, Jody Taylor.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her son, Douglas Weaver and two brothers, Roger and Kermit.
A private graveside service will be held at St. Patrick Cemetery in Kennett Square.
Arrangements are entrusted to Knight-Confer Funeral Home (