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Obituaries for the week of April 10

04/10/2023 10:09PM ● By Steven Hoffman
Ruth Cheslock
Ruth W. (O’Gorman) Cheslock passed peacefully while surrounded by family at the York Hospital, on March 31, 2023. She was 78. 
Ruth brought smiles and laughter to everyone who knew her. 
She was the second child of Nellie Agnes Douglas (Muddy Creek Forks, Pa.) and John Frances Rose O’Gorman (Wilmington, Del).
Ruth’s early years were spent in West Philadelphia and the Route 3 suburbs. From Archbishop Prendergast High School, Ruth broadened her horizons through Drexel University and became a medical technician.  She worked in Lankenau Hospital’s lab in Darby, Pa., DuPont and then locally at Jennersville Hospital and Stroud Labs.
Ruth was “a friend of the library” and an avid reader. She belonged to two quilting groups “Quilters on the Line” and “Quilts of Valor,” and the work of those groups has raised the spirits of many. 
Ruth was preceded in death by her husband and best friend, Edward P. Cheslock. They were married on  July 31, 1966 and they built a wonderful life together in New London, Pa. That’s where they raised their daughter Rachel (Shawn Carroll) and practiced falconry. When Rachel was older, Ruth became a PIAA official in her favorite sport—swimming.
In addition to her daughter, she is survived by her grandchildren, Shawn Carroll and Mary R. Carroll, a sister, Helen A. Tetrault of Ormond Beach, Fla., a brother, John R. O’Gorman of Freeport, Long Island, NY. 
She is also survived by one niece, Eleda M. Moss, of Roswell, GA, a nephew (and Ruth’s Godson), Albert R. Tetrault (Rob) of Canton, GA, many cousins, river friends, “Drexel Buddies,” and her heartbroken dog “Pepper.”
Funeral services were held on April 8 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. in Oxford. Online condolences may be made at

Michael Phillip Ruff
Michael Phillip Ruff, 72, of Lincoln University, Pa., passed on March 26, 2023 at Chester County Hospital in West Chester.
Born on Jan. 30, 1951 in West Chester, he was the son of the late Robert “Preach” and Ruth Ruff Henderson.
Mike shared 32 years with his significant other and loving companion, Robin Annette Hudson. 
Michael graduated from Avon Grove High School as a member of the class of 1970.
He was employed with Lincoln University as a boiler room technician for 53 years.
Mike was an excellent cook and enjoyed fishing, boating and loved Sunday dinners. He touched many young lives through the Youth Employment Program and will be greatly missed.
He leaves to cherish his memory his companion, Robin Hudson; seven children, Kareem Charity, Michael A. Ruff, Jason Flagg, Patrick Trammel, Dante Tyman, Andru Hudson and Velina Stack;  14 grandchildren; and four siblings, Barbara Henderson Griffin (Keith), Chery Henderson, Robert Henderson (Kim) and Clinton Henderson (Alane).
He was preceded in death by his parents; two children, Marcus Ruff and Adrien Hudson; and two brothers, Richard Boddy and his twin brother, Eugene Ruff.
A home-going service was held on April 8 at the International Cultural Center at Lincoln University.
Interment will be in Union Hill Cemetery, Kennett Square.
Arrangements are being handled by the Edward L. Collins, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc. in Oxford. Online condolences may be made at