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Obituaries for the week of April 3

04/02/2023 11:26PM ● By Steven Hoffman

Margaret Theresa Newman

Margaret Theresa Newman (nee Grant), peacefully passed away on March 22, 2023 in Hendersonville, Tenn. 

Peggy, as she was known to family and friends, was the beloved wife of the late Robert J, Newman Jr., and the mother to Margaret (Salvatore) Faia, Robert III (Julie) and Eric (Bernadette).

Peggy was the grandmother to Margaret (Christopher) Jones, Mary (John) O’Donohue, Elizabeth (Charles) Martin, Perpetua (Matthew) Seidenberg, Salvatore II (Kelly) Faia, Victoria (Joshua) Krosskove, Caroline (Alexander) Schon, Philomena Faia, Anastasia (Liam) Clarke, Joseph Faia (Anna Crawford), Azelie Faia (William Roehm), Louis Faia, Gerard Faia, Catherine Faia, Alicia (Jim) Cryer, Robert Newman, Sean Newman, Lauren Newman, Ryann Newman, Eric II Newman and Brooke Newman. She was the great-grandmother of 28 great-grandchildren.

Peggy was the much-loved daughter of the late Hugh and the late Margery, (nee McBride), Grant. 

Peggy was born in Philadelphia on May 31, 1937. She was the loving sister of Mary (late Jack), late Michael Joseph, late Michael “Sonny” (Patsy), late Helen Ann (Bob), late Josephine “Sally” (Dan), James “Jimmy” (late Mary Beth) and Monica “Mona” (Gary) and the beloved sister-in-law of Diane (Ed). She was “Aunt Peggy” to many nieces and nephews and godmother to several.

Early in her childhood, Peggy spent a few years in Downings, Ireland. Peggy was raised in the Swampoodle section of Philadelphia and attended Saint Columba Catholic School. As a young military wife Peggy spent a few years in Wiesbaden, Germany before returning to Philadelphia to raise her family. Peggy was fluent in Gaelic and German.

Peggy enjoyed her Philadelphia neighborhood and community, and served as a school crossing guard for 25 years. She also worked part-time in the evenings at the then Pennsylvania Bank.

Peggy enjoyed spending her summers at her beach home in Ventnor, New Jersey, where she opened her home to her extended family and friends wanting to assure they had an enjoyable summer vacation.

Reatha Lorraine Cochran Povelones

Reatha Lorraine Cochran Povelones, of Mooresville, NC, peacefully passed away on March 21, 2023 with her family by her side. She was 81.
Reatha was born near Oxford on Oct. 2, 1941. She was the daughter of the late Ernest and Ruth Cochran of Russellville, Pa. and devoted wife to John E Povelones, Jr.  

Reatha and John met as children attending the Villa Nova one-room schoolhouse, just north of Russellville.  She graduated from Oxford High School in 1959, then married John two years later and moved to Biloxi, MS where John was stationed in the U.S. Air Force. During their 61 years of marriage, John’s military career afforded them the opportunity to travel and live in several states and in Germany. When John retired from the Air Force, Reatha started her own career as office administrator for AG Edwards where she earned her stock brokerage license and was listed on the New York Stock Exchange. 

Reatha was a committed Christian who served the Lord through her humility, kindness, and love of family and others. She loved the outdoors and could identify the birds, ferns, mushrooms, flowers, and trees of every area in which she lived. She had an artistic flair.  During her walks, she would arrange twigs, leaves, and stones into nature pictures. Photos of her artwork are shared in a book made by her children.

In addition to her parents, in 2018 she was preceded in death by daughter Linda Povelones Jowers, son-in-law Tim, granddaughter Brianna, and grandson Alexander.

In addition to her husband, John, she is survived by their son John (Sue) Povelones III,  daughter Vicki (Joe) Siragusa, and Robert (Danielle) Povelones, sister Beryl (Wilmer) Sprout, brothers Gary (Laura) and Bennie (Martha) Cochran, brother-in-law Arthur Povelones, sister-in-law Roberta (Randy) Perry, and grandchildren John and Jeff (Povelones), Joseph and Jacob (Johnson), and Ethan, Elena, and Isabelle (Povelones), who were the light of her life.

A funeral service was held on March 25 in Mooresville, NC.

In her memory, contributions may be made to your local chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. 

Albina DePaoli

Albina “Bina” DePaoli, a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and friend, passed away at the age of 98 while surrounded by her loving family on March 30, 2023.

Born on June 9, 1924, Bina grew up in a small village tucked away in the Dolomite mountains of Northern Italy. In the midst of World War II, Bina became a governess for families in Milan and Rome. Following her marriage to her childhood sweetheart Lino in 1950, Bina immigrated to the United States and settled in Kennett Square.

For many years, she worked as a seamstress. Her attention to detail and keen eye for design allowed her to create customized clothing patterns to be used in turning ordinary items into extraordinary garments. Bina was once asked to make a wedding dress from a lace tablecloth for a friend’s daughter.

Bina will always be remembered for her passion for cooking, playing progressive rummy with her best friends, and snacking on Vaccaro’s Bakery amaretti cookies whenever she had the chance. But the most important thing to her was undoubtedly her family. She was loved by everyone who knew her and would never turn down the chance to help someone in need.

Bina is survived by her daughter, Lory Callen (and her husband, Ken), her grandson, Chris Callen (and his wife, Christine), her granddaughter Danielle Callen, her great-grandchildren, Madeline and James, and countless nieces, nephews, and cousins. 

Bina was preceded in death by Lino, her loving husband of nearly 49 years, her parents, Francesco and Giacoma Vittorelli, her sisters Amalia, Emelia, Maria, and Eleonora, and brothers Luigi and Antonio.

A funeral mass was held on April 4 at St. Patrick Roman Catholic Church in Kennett Square.

Interment will be at St. Patrick Cemetery in Kennett Square.

Bina’s family would especially like to thank the staff and caregivers at Ware Presbyterian Village, Willow Tree Hospice and Brandywine Senior Living for their thoughtful care and compassion.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests making a donation in Bina’s memory to St. Patrick Roman Catholic Church, 205 Lafayette Street, Kennett Square, PA 19348, Little Sisters of the Poor, 185 Salem Church Road, Newark, DE, 19713; or Boys Town, 14100 Crawford Street, Boys Town, NE, 68010.

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

To view Bina’s online tribute and share a message with her family, visit