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Obituaries for the week of March 13

03/13/2023 02:40PM ● By Steven Hoffman

Mary Stotsenburg Allen

Mary Stotsenburg Allen passed away peacefully in her sleep while at her home early on the morning of Feb. 24, 2023. She was 89.

Mary was born in New Jersey in 1933, the eldest child of Rev. Charles and Margaret Stotsenburg.  

Mary married Oscar Allen in 1964, after he proposed in the Great Smoky Mountains, NC. They spent over 40 years living in Paoli, Pa. before moving to Oxford to be closer to their son and his family. After graduating from Eastern Baptist College, Mary had a lifelong career devoted to the church, specializing in Christian education. Most of her years in ministry were spent at St. David’s Episcopal Church in Wayne, Pa. and Westminster Presbyterian Church in West Chester.  Mary’s talents were many, but she had a deep love of music and was a gifted singer and piano player.

Mary is survived by Oscar, her husband of 59 years; her two children, Ruth Anne (Dan) McCauley and John (Pauline) Allen; her three grandchildren, Gillian McCauley, Isaac Allen and Maxton Allen; as well as her sister, Ruth Stotsenburg.    

In lieu of flowers, the family asks those who would like to honor Mary to make a special gift to The Center Philadelphia, whose service to the community through the Arch Street Methodist Church held a special place in Mary’s heart. Donations may be made in her memory at or through mail to 55 N. Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107.  

Mary lived a rich and full life. She will very much be missed.

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

Francis “Frank” Joseph Anglim

There once was a fine horseman from Tipperary.

A truly good character was he.
Many horses he galloped and groomed
With love and sugar cubes they did bloom.

Golfing was his luxury.


Our favorite Irishman Francis “Frank” Joseph Anglim, age 86, of Unionville, passed away surrounded by angels on Feb. 26, 2023 at the Chester County Hospital. 

Born in Rosegreen, Tipperary, Ireland he was the third child of seven born to the late Patrick Anglim and the late Kathleen Carroll Anglim. His siblings in order of age, are William, Patrick Joseph, Margaret Mary, Matthew John, Thomas Joachim, and John Vincent. Thomas and John, and are survivors, along with many loving nieces and nephews.

His life was dedicated to racing horses on the flat and timber, as well as tending to their wellbeing. Vincent O’Brien was one of his first employers in Ireland. He set him on his way as a Steeplechase exercise rider and jockey. He raced throughout Europe then, in 1959 at the age of 23, he moved on to the United States. Francis then followed his life’s passion of working with horses for various reputable trainers throughout the East Coast, including Mike Miller, George M. Odom of Marydel, Skip Brittle of Tybridge Farm, and P. F. N. Fanning of Ivy Dell Stud.
Francis met the love of his life, Elaine Borland, while exercise riding in beautiful Saratoga Springs, NY. They married in 1970 and shared their love of horses and horse racing until her dying day in 2009.  She was preceded in death by her adored son John.  Elaine was one of the first professional female jockeys in the United States. Later in her life she became a very accomplished watercolor artist, most notable for her horse racing paddock scenes. Elaine featured Francis in many of her paintings.

When not tending to the horses, Francis found passion in perfecting his golf game.  Never tiring from golf, he played and won many tournaments with his distinctive golf swing. A longtime member of Loch Nairn Golf Club in Avondale, he gained many trophies that lined their walls, and in his lifetime scored three hole-in-ones.

Most impressive when meeting Francis was his gentle, never judgmental, always-pulling-your-leg, gift of gab, character. This personality gained him a broad spectrum of friends from near and far.  He will be missed, but will always be in the hearts of his friends and family.

A memorial meeting for worship will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 25 at London Grove Friends Meeting House,  500 W. Street Rd. (Newark Rd and 926) in Kennett Square.

 In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (, and/or  the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame  (

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 West Grove.


Thomas D. Jones

Thomas D. Jones, who was affectionately known as “Pudge,” passed away on Feb. 18, 2023. He was 51.

Born in 1971 in West Chester, Tommy was the son of Brenda J. Jones and the late Thomas Darlington Rainey, Sr.

Tommy graduated from East High School in West Chester and began a career as a truck driver. He enjoyed his years of truck driving and loved being out on the open road.

In his free time, he enjoyed traveling and fishing.

Tommy had a warm soul and was adored by everyone he met. It didn’t matter if he was gone from the area for years at a time – when Tommy was back in his hometown, everyone knew him and it was as if he never left. All who had the pleasure to know Tommy will miss the warmth and kindness he brought to the world.

Tommy is survived by his mother, Brenda J. Jones; his brother, Jeffrey A. Christie; two sisters, Tracy L. Jones and Jill V. Jones; along with a host of other relatives and friends.

Services were held on March 11 at Kuzo Funeral Home in Kennett Square. 

Interment will be private.

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

Philip J. Raymond, Jr.

Philip J. Raymond, Jr., passed away suddenly at the University of Pennsylvania Hospital from complications of a stroke. Phil went to be with the Lord peacefully on February 23, 2023, at 76 years of age. He was surrounded by his family. 

Phil was full of life and love, was a selfless friend, and deeply committed to his family. He was a devoted husband of Janet, and loving father of son Chris (Denna), and daughter, Jennifer Devine (Ned), and his grandchildren, Maddie Raymond, and Evelyn, Lily, and Josie Devine.

He is also survived by his brother, Bruce (Mary) and their daughter Shelley Reinemann (Keith) and their daughter June and many cousins. 

Phil is preceded in death by his father, Philip J. Raymond, Sr., and his mother, Germaine Gariepy Raymond. 

Phil was born in Springfield, Mass., and received a liberal arts degree from Providence College and then served the country in Vietnam as an Army Lieutenant in the 597th Transportation Company, earning a Bronze Star. 

After returning from the war, Phil continued his education by earning his MBA at Western New England College while supporting his family and continuing to serve in the Army Reserves, retiring honorably at the rank of Captain. His long professional career in the insurance and finance industry is filled with achievements, goals attained, and peers uplifted. 

He was recognized as an “Industry Legend,” leader and mentor by many colleagues and friends.  

Phil proudly served in a multitude of professional, charitable and familial capacities throughout his life, including Rotary Club, Jaycees, soccer and basketball coach, Boy Scout leader, and many others. He pursued all his hobbies with great vigor and detail. His positive attitude, perseverance, engaging sense of humor, intelligence, eagerness to serve others, and desire to succeed in all aspects of his life served him well through all his 76 years. Phil was a pillar of strength in many lives. He will be greatly missed. 

The family will hold a small private service in North Carolina. Phil desired to be cremated and wanted to be where the beaches are soft, the mountains are strong, and the golf season is long. 

Memorial donations may be made to the charities or

John Patrick Little

John Patrick “Pat” Little passed away on March 2, 2023 at Christiana Hospital in the presence of his daughter, Carolyn Little. He was 78.

He was a resident of Avondale and previously lived in Greenville, Del.

Born to Helen and Duard Little on Sept. 28, 1944 in Lawrence, Kansas, Pat was the oldest of five brothers. He attended Randolph-Macon Military Academy in Front Royal, Virginia and went on to Pennsylvania Military College (now Widener University) where he was a member of the Theta Chi Fraternity in which he forged a brotherhood of lifelong friendships. Pat loved long-distance running and was a member of the cross country team, winning many awards. He earned a degree in economics and completed MBA courses at the University of Pennsylvania as well as an advanced management certificate from Columbia University. 

Pat served with honor and distinction in the U.S. Army from 1968 to 1970 during the Vietnam War where he was wounded in action and awarded the Purple Heart, among other honors. After his military service, he went on to serve his fellow veterans by becoming actively involved in the Military Order of the Purple Heart, rising through the ranks to be the National Chief Commander in which he embodied the values of courage, integrity, and selflessness, helping the organization to expand its assistance and support to veterans nationwide.

After returning from Vietnam, Pat and Nancy Little married and had two children, Michael and Carolyn, whom he loved and cherished. He had a distinguished  22-year career with the DuPont Company that took his family from Colorado, where he loved to climb mountains and ski, to Missouri, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and back to Delaware. He had a quick-witted sense of humor, enjoyed playing tennis, taking his family to Ocean Park, Maine in the summer, going to the symphony and plays, playing Bridge, and traveling and sharing delicious meals (especially spicy Mexican food, fried clams, oysters, ice cream, and a good ol’ Manhattan).

Following his career at DuPont, Pat assisted in the startup of numerous companies. He was the president of Union Optical Company USA, and served on boards of directors for international companies as well as various boards at the request of the Governor of Delaware. Most recently, he served as the township supervisor chair, for the New Garden Township. He truly lived a life of service until his final days.

He is survived by his son, Michael, and daughter, Carolyn; brothers, Alex (Nancy), Chris (Michelle), James (Kathy), and Lee (Carrie); former spouse, Nancy Little, companion, Sandi
Keith; granddaughter, Michala Heiser, and grand-dog, Phoenix. He is predeceased by his parents.

The funeral service with military honors and celebration of life will be private. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in honor of John Patrick Little to Mesothelioma research.

Memorial service for Gene Allen Robinson and Marcia Ellen Robinson

Saturday, March 18, 2023 at 11 a.m. 

Gene Allen Robinson, Jr. (December 13, 1043 – April 12, 2021)  

Gene, known fondly as “Papoose” or “Pap,” was the son of the late Florence Prigg and Gene Robinson, Sr.  He graduated from Avon Grove High School and worked for 30 years at General Motors in Newport, Del.  Pap passed away from COVID-19 on April 12, 2021 at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia.  

Marcia Ellen Robinson (September 3, 1946 – March 6, 2023) 

Marcia was the daughter of the late Katherine Walls and Harry Simon.  She graduated from Oxford Area High School and worked in many positions, including Video Source in Cochranville, Star Roses in Jennersville, and Outback Trading Company in Oxford.  She died at home in Philadelphia on March 6, 2023, following a long battle with cancer. 

Pap and Marcia began dating in high school, married in 1965, and were together for more than 50 years.  They purchased a new home on Broad Street in Oxford and raised three children, Suzanne, Christopher and Timothy.  They were also extended parents to many of their children’s and grandchildren’s friends through the years.  The doors of their home were always open for anyone in need or who just wanted to stop by to visit.  Their home was the site of many pool parties, cook-outs and game nights, and the home was always full of love and laughter.

Pap and Marcia were committed lifelong members of Shiloh Presbyterian Church, serving on boards, singing in the choir, helping out at dinners, and volunteering in the community until declining health rendered that impossible.  Pap and Marcia moved to Delaware in 2013 and to Philadelphia in 2015 so they could be closer to family and health care providers.  

Pap and Marcia always had a smile on their faces and were truly good and faithful servants, always extending themselves to their family, church family and many friends.

Pap is predeceased by his parents, brother Tyrone Robinson, and sister Bridgette Bolling (Melvin).  He is survived by six brothers and three sisters, Jacqueline Sharpe of Kennett Square, Monroe Robinson of West Grove, Cyrus Robinson (Jeanette) of Delaware,  Rowena Robinson of West Grove, Kevin Robinson (Linda) of Delaware, Moiscell Robinson of Lincoln University, Lakeeta Waters (Ernie) of Coatesville, Todd Robinson (Tamara) of Coatesville, Troy Robinson of Oxford, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, and uncles.

Marcia is predeceased by her parents, Katherine Walls and Harry Simon, and brothers Richard Simon of Arizona and Harry Douglas Simon of Oxford.  She is survived by her sister Connie Simon of California and several nieces and cousins.  

Pap and Marcia together are survived by three children,  daughter Suzanne Burgess (Ephony); son Christopher Robinson (Lynne) and son Timothy Robinson (Teddie Gwynn), and their grandchildren, David Alexander Burgess, Olivia Burgess, and Jada Q. Burman (Lloyd); and great-grandchild Lloyd K. Springer, Jr.  

A combined memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 18, 2023 at 11 a.m. at Shiloh Presbyterian Church, 42 South 5th Street, Oxford. Masks are required.  The service will also be televised on Zoom at 10:45 a.m. (Meeting ID: 926 8393 4880 / Passcode: 730766 / Phone access 301-715-8592 or 646-876-9923).  

Interment to follow at Oxford Cemetery in Oxford.

Cards and messages of condolences may be sent to the family at Post Office Box 18864, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19119.