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Obituaries for the week of April 17

04/14/2023 06:35PM ● By Steven Hoffman

Dallett G. Tice

Dallett G. Tice, 89, of Nottingham, passed away at home on April 5, 2023.

He was the husband of the late Sadie Mae Hall Tice, with whom he shared 58 years of marriage.

Born in West Grove, he was the son of the late Norman and Emma Alexander Tice.

He was employed with NVF in Kennett Square as a machine operator for 45 years. He was an avid gardener who enjoyed the outdoors and listening to classic county music.

He is survived by his four sons, Robert Tice of North East, Md., Roger Tice of Elkton, Md., Victor Tice of Oxford and Dale Tice of Havre de Grace, Md. and two daughters, Elaine Keen (and companion, Robin Grammer) of Havre de Grace, Md. and Penny Weiss (and companion, William Raither) of Rehoboth, Del.

He is also survived by 7 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a son, George Tice.

Funeral services were held  on April 11 at the Edward L. Collins Funeral Home, Inc. in Oxford.

Interment will be private.

Online condolences may be made at

Donald James Cornelius

Donald James Cornelius, of Malvern Pa. and formerly of Unionville, died peacefully on March 11, 2023, one month prior to his 90th birthday. 

He was the husband of the late Olivene (Dodie) Cornelius.

He was born in 1933 in Chester, Pa. to the late Margaret Maxwell (McMonegle) Cornelius and the late William Emmett Cornelius. 

He was preceded in death by his siblings, William Emmett Cornelius and Margaret Jane Cornelius.

Don grew up in Glenolden Pa., and attended the First Presbyterian Church of Glenolden, where he earned perfect attendance awards from Sunday School. He was involved in Scouts, his first job was at a local ice cream store, and he excelled at school, even skipping a grade in elementary school. 

Don attended Lafayette College, was  a member of Sigma Chi fraternity, and graduated with a degree in mechanical engineering. He joined the U.S. Navy and trained at Pensacola Naval Air Station as a naval aviator, serving at the tail end of the Korean war on the USS Hornet, having been trained in Close Ground Support and nuclear armament delivery.

The often told story of how he met his wife, Olivene (“Dodie”) of 67 years on the beach in Pensacola was with the opening line of, “I’ve been swimming all around the world and I’ve never seen a woman swimming with her glasses on.” 

Don attended University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business MBA program and worked at Bethlehem Steel in Johnstown, Pa. The family, which included four children now, returned to Glenolden Pa. to live with their grandfather while Don returned to naval service during the Cuban Missile Crisis, eventually moving to Yorktown Heights, New York while Don worked at IBM. These were the years that the family hiked, often on Bear Mountain, and tent camped frequently with a triple-decker cot for three of the now five daughters. Five years later the family moved to Northbrook, Ill. in a station wagon with five girls, a dachshund and a fish tank full of gerbils due to a litter that had just been born and could not be left behind. 

The years in Northbrook were highlighted by weekend trips to the Chain of Lakes where Don taught the girls to waterski off the family boat, which he named the “Seven C’s”. Don and Dodie eventually returned to Pennsylvania, settling into Unionville with three of their five daughters where he was sole proprietor of a custom manufacturing business. He was active in the Unionville Presbyterian Church, a Past Master of Kennett Square Masonic Lodge, and a leader of the newly formed “History Club” of which he was the primary presenter of all things Civil War, one of his favorite and best known topics. He was proud and generous with his vast collection of Civil War books. Following retirement, he became a school bus driver for Unionville School District which may have been the most enjoyed occupation of his life, other than being a pilot. He loved Chester County, referring to it as “paradise.” During these years in Unionville he was an ardent supporter of Congressman Joseph Pitts and served as his campaign manager.

Don and Olivene are survived by five daughters, Nancy Carol (Clyde Trego) of Napa, Calif., Mary Elizabeth (Thomas Keating) of Hockessin, Del., Claire Louise (Frank Gangware) of Traverse City, Michigan, Margaret Jane (Edward Whitworth) of Malvern, Pa., and Jennifer Ruth (John Sintic) of Franklin, Tenn.

There are also 15 surviving grandchildren, Anna Trego, Maxwell (Jillian) Trego, Liesa (Ian) Burdeshaw, Donald Keating, Caroline (Ryan) Hyland, William (Veronique) Gangware, Louise (Chase) Janson, Amie (Jason) Lester, Andrew (Dana) Whitworth, Geoffrey (Nicole) Whitworth, Matthew Whitworth, Hadley (Andrew) Brown, McKenzie Sintic, Jack Sintic, and Guinneth Sintic, along with nine great-grandchildren.

A graveside service was held on March 16 at Unionville Cemetery and was attended by family, friends from History Club, and the Bus garage. The Masonic Lodge and the American Legion participated in the memorial service and two of Don’s favorites, “The Naval Hymn” and “Onward Christian Soldiers” were sung. He was interred next to his wife, the love of his life, who had died three short months prior.

To view his online tribute and share a message with Don’s family, visit

Melissa Lauren Iaquinto

Melissa Lauren Iaquinto, of Oxford, passed away on April 8, 2023 with her family by her side. She was 49.

She fought a hard, three-year battle with lymphoma. She was the wife of Tony Iaquinto. 

Born in York, Pa., she was the daughter of Bruce Smith of Murrells Inlet, SC and the late Joyce Daugherty.

Melissa was employed with the Child and Career Development Center in Coatesville as a teacher assistant and  she worked with special need students. She enjoyed working with the children, often referring to it as her calling in life.

Melissa went back to school, attending Liberty University in Virginia while pursuing her bachelor’s degree in special education.

She was an avid runner, completing seven half-marathons, and numerous trail runs. She enjoyed reading, and the outdoors, her family, and especially her grandson.

Melissa is survived by her husband, Tony; her daughters, Taylor Dietrich (Nathaniel) of Fleetwood Pa. and Emma Iaquinto of Oxford; and her grandson, Bryce.

A memorial service was held  on April 15 at Waterway Church, in Oxford.

In lieu of flowers, donations made be made to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

Arrangements are being handled by the Edward L. Collins, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc. in Oxford.

Online condolences may be made at

Frederick O. Maxwell, Jr.

Frederick O. Maxwell, Jr. of Kennett Square, departed this life at the age of 53 on April 9, 2023.

Born in Wilmington, Del. in 1969, he was the son of Frederick and Sonia Maxwell.

Fred was a 1987 graduate of Kennett High School.  He went on to attend Drexel University, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in business. While working full-time, he earned two master’s degrees and obtained a Six Sigma certification in project management.

Fred loved sports.  He played baseball, beginning with Little League, and went on to play in high school, as well as into his adult years. In addition to baseball, Fred played basketball and enjoyed sharing his love for the game with his nephews.  He believed that if they were going to play ball with him, they had to learn the right way, so he taught them the art of sportsmanship by dominating over them, even though they were under 12 years old at the time. Not only did Fred enjoy playing sports, he enjoyed watching sports.  He was a true Philadelphia “Phanatic.”  When it came to the Eagles v/s the Cowboys, get out of the room and leave him alone, or you’ll get hit with his rally towel.

In addition to being passionate about sports, he was passionate about family and had a wonderful sense of humor.  He was a loving son to his father and mother, had a close relationship with his sister, Kim, and enjoyed partnering with his brother-in-law, Hallie, to have fun at Kim’s expense.  Fred was a loving uncle to his three nephews, Stanton, Cedric, and Kolton.  Just like any great uncle, he was their “big brother” by giving them that ear they needed to listen and gave them advice in a way only a true big brother / uncle could give.  Fred embodied the word love, and showed it in his own special way.  His infectious smile and his little sayings, like “No wayyyy!” will be forever missed.

Fred is survived by his parents, Frederick Sr. and Sonia of Kennett Square; his sister, Kimberly Jones (Hallice) of Kennett Square; three nephews, Stanton, Cedric, and Kolton Jones; a godson, Aristotle Miguel; as well as a host of other relatives and friends.

Services and burial will be held privately. 

To view Fred’s online tribute and to share a memory with his family, please visit

Carol J. Profeto

Carol J. Profeto, a one-year resident of Conowingo, Md. and a lifetime resident of Chester County, Pa., passed away on April 6, 2023 at the University of Maryland Harford Memorial Hospital in Havre de Grace, Md. She was 72.

Born in Coatesville, Pa., she was the daughter of the late Lewis R. and Janet Proudfoot Moore.

Carol was employed with Devereux Foundation, in Malvern, as a residential counselor for 35 years.

She was a devoted Christian and attended Impact Church in Parkesburg.

Carol enjoyed reading, evening coffee, music, family and especially her grandchildren.

She is survived by one daughter, Lori Profeto-Moore (Bill) of Conowingo, Md.; three grandchildren, Katelyn Brooks (Phillip) of Elkton, Md., Jasmyne Moore of New York, NY and Dawson Moore of Rising Sun, Md.; five great-grandchildren, Kelli, Georgia, Weston, Penelope and Theo; one brother, Robert L. Moore of Downingtown, four sisters, Kay Walton Collegeville, Ellen Bernard (Ron) of Coatesville, Nancy Coates of Coatesville, Rose Borrell (Bill) of Douglas, GA; and her cat and best friend, Mallie.

Funeral services were held on April 14 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 Funeral Home, Inc. in Oxford.

Online condolences may be made at

Howard Lee Furches

Howard Lee Furches entered into rest at home on April 4, 2023 at the age of 89. 

He was the husband of Mildred D. McIntire Furches, with whom he shared 58 years of marriage before her death. 

Born in Lancaster, Pa. On Jan. 14, 1934, he was the only son of the late Felty A. and Lula Belle Miller Furches. 

After graduating from Solanco High School in 1951, he attended Mars Hill College for the fall semester before returning home to help his father with the dairy farm during the Korean War. He married his wife in 1954 and together they farmed their own farm for eight years. At that time he sold the farm and returned to finish his education with his wife, beginning with the spring semester. After completing his time at the junior college he transferred to Wake Forest University where he earned his bachelors of science degree in biology and eventually a master’s degree from West Chester University while he taught.

He taught science and math the first year at Solanco, in the “new” high school, before moving to teach science at Oxford Area High School for 30 years. He retired in 1993. He also was an adjunct professor at Cecil College for one year after he retired.

A member of Wrightsdale Baptist Church, he was licensed by the church when he felt called to be a lay minister. This led him to interim minister positions at New Bethel Baptist in York County, New Providence Baptist (formerly Beaver Valley), Strasburg Baptist and Willow Street Baptist. He also led revival services throughout the East Coast.

A man of many trades, in the 1970s he bought back the farm he had sold and was a crop farmer while he taught, ministered, and worked construction. He farmed until he was nearly 80 when he became a gentleman farmer. He also was licensed to sell life insurance and mutual funds.

In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by a sister Doris Brown, and a younger sister who died at child birth.

He is survived by his children, a son, Samuel L. Furches, the husband of Carla Martin, and daughters, Delena A. Swisher, wife of Randolph W. and Joleen D. Furches, all of Peach Bottom, Pa.; and four grandchildren, Jordan W. Swisher (Kelsey) of NJ, Keri A. Kupinger (Jeremy) of MO, Alexander L. Furches (Becca), and Logan J. Furches, both of Pennsylvania.

Funeral services were held at Nottingham Missionary Baptist Church in Nottingham on April 8.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the building fund at Nottingham Missionary Baptist Church; Hospice and Community Care, 685 Good Drive, P.O. Box 4125, Lancaster, PA 17604 or Family Forever Home Healthcare, LLC, 243 Friends Road, Nottingham, PA, 19362.

Online condolences may be made to

Paul V. Barr, Sr.

On Christmas Eve, 1934, in the midst of the Great Depression, Harry and Anna Barr welcomed their youngest child Paul into their Upper Darby home.  While he was a wee lad, Paul’s family moved to Marshallton where horses quickly became a way of life, as well as a transportation means in the rural village.  As an early teen, Paul saved all his earnings one summer to buy a Western-style rifle.  With his earnings in his pocket, he walked all the way into West Chester, bought a Marlin .22 at a hardware store, then proudly carried it back to the farm in Marshallton.  Times were very different indeed! 

While a student at West Chester State Teachers College, he managed the family’s Dairy Queen on Gay Street.

After graduation, Paul became a U.S. Marine, serving with 1st Marine Division at Camp Pendleton.  He left active service to help with his father’s decades-old cosmetic business, and continued drilling with the 16th Rifle Company in Wilmington.

Paul bought his first house on Main Street, Unionville, and married Irene.  He volunteered at Po-Mar-Lin, and his young boys quickly learned that when the siren went off, they could climb out on the porch roof and wait for the fire trucks to rush by!  (With Mom’s supervision, of course...)  With their third child on the way, Paul resigned from the reserves, and they moved barely a block away to a 12-acre property on what was then known as Baltimore St.  Young’uns need activity, so Paul sponsored and coached in URA baseball, and spent some time as Cubmaster, Pack 22.  He also became involved with Unionville Presbyterian Church as a Sunday School teacher, trustee, and deacon.  Sadly, the days of fox hunting and riding were drifting into the rear-view mirror, supplanted by three active boys.  Paul was also one of the original boosters that brought a football program to Unionville High School.

In 1971, Paul built the Dairy Queen in Longwood, and this is the business for which he is most readily known.  In fact, he remained active as the franchisor for Dairy Queen in Chester County until illness sidelined him well into his 80s.  In the business world, he was always active in chambers and associations, having been a president of the Pennsylvania Restaurant Association.  He was a staunch supporter of local business throughout his life.

Paul enjoyed spending time with friends and family, always ready to have the grandkids over.  Out of town cousins, friends, and Marines, always had a place to stay.  He took pride in his yard work, which he meticulously maintained until he was around 80.

In the end, it was a battle with Parkinson’s that took him to the Lord, with Paul making a great impression on all the medical staff and physical therapy folks that watched him fight against numerous setbacks.  His motivation never left him throughout.

Paul was predeceased by sister Nancy Herrmann, and brothers Harry and Charles.  He is survived by his wife Irene, brother Doug, and children Paul, Dean, and Glen; and five grandchildren.

Services will be announced at a later date.  

Arrangements are being handled by DellaVecchia, Reilly, Smith & Boyd Funeral Home, 410 N. Church St. in West Chester (

Irene M. Barr

On July 18, 1932, Hungarian and Ukrainian immigrants Steve and Mary Nagy welcomed their baby girl Irene into their farming family in Sandy Hill where they provided much of their own sustenance.  Irene grew up tending chores with the goats, cows, horses – and her favorite – the Bantam roosters.  She loved the family’s player piano, and anything outdoors, although her brothers forbade her from shooting with them because she turned out to be a better shot!  Irene’s elementary education was in a one-room school house to which she and her brothers walked, whatever the weather.  After skipping a grade, she went on to graduate from S. Horace Scott Senior High School, and was subsequently one of a dozen nurses to graduate from the Coatesville Hospital School of Nursing.

She began her nursing career at Embreeville State Hospital at a time when mental health was transitioning to more humane patient treatment.  By the time she met her husband of 60 years, she was working in Philadelphia.  Taking time off to raise her three boys, she finally returned to nursing at Ward 34B in the Coatesville VA Hospital.  From there she would go to several other rehabilitation facilities, often working two jobs at a time, then ultimately retiring in her early seventies!

Irene was a woman of many talents and passions that would be put to use raising her three boys – Paul, Dean, and Glen.  She always had a new craft project to keep them from fighting on rainy days.  When Paul became a Cub Scout, the pack needed a new den, and Irene became the den mother for Den 7, a position she held for seven years as Dean and Glen also went through scouting.  Her cooking was legendary to anyone that had the pleasure of enjoying her home-cooked meals.  In fact, as her young men went off and served overseas, many of their closest friends also got care packages with their favorite homemade treats.  She loved their time on “the farm” in Unionville, and was happiest taking care of the yard, especially the rock garden.  After the boys were done picking fruits and vegetables, she would go canning and freezing and baking and cleaning and cooking.  Another passion of hers was the seashore, so there were plenty of trips to the Chesapeake or Ocean City with the vintage Skotch Cooler chock full of sandwiches and drinks.

After they downsized to Marshallton, Irene had more time to enjoy flora and fauna.  Feeding the birds became a daily ritual regardless of the weather or her work schedule, and she always had immaculate flower beds with complementary annuals and perennials.  Eventually, planting those annuals became a Mother’s Day tradition where all three boys and their families would plant and transplant under Mom’s guidance.

COPD eventually prevented her from performing her favorite chores, yet it never interfered with the joy she felt when loved ones visited.

Irene was predeceased by her husband Paul, and brothers John and Bob.  She is survived by her three boys, five grandchildren, and a great grandson.

Donations may be made in her memory to Chester County Council, BSA. 

Services will be announced at a later date.

Arrangements are being handled by DellaVecchia, Reilly, Smith & Boyd Funeral Home, 410 N. Church St. in West Chester (