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Obituaries for the week of May 29

05/30/2023 03:18PM ● By Steven Hoffman
William E. Duncan, Sr.
William E. Duncan, Sr., of Oxford passed away at his home on May 21, 2023. He was 82.
Bill was a loving husband, father, and grandfather who treated every single person he met like family. He loved to tell people about Jesus, and the love of the Lord, and he was never afraid to tell you that “Jesus loves you!”
He was the husband of Lois A. Greer Duncan, with whom he shared 60 years of marriage.
Born in Philadelphia, he was the son of the late William and Pauline Aumann Duncan.
Bill was a veteran of the U.S. Navy.
He was employed with Acme Markets as a butcher in Oxford and Kennett Square until retiring in 2003 after 30 years of service.
Bill was a member and teacher and song leader at the Octorara Bible Chapel in Oxford. 
He is survived by his wife; two sons, William Duncan, Jr. (Drema) of Peach Bottom, and Perry Duncan (Dana) of Oxford; and five grandchildren, William, Lorrie-Beth, Toby, Haleigh, and Heidi.
He is also survived by eight great-grandchildren, Cole, Anika, Paisley, Howie, Lilly, McTavish, Crue and Blaze.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Lorrie Anne Duncan.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, June 2 at the Oxford Bible Chapel, 624 West Lancaster Ave. in Oxford, where friends and family may visit from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, June 1.
Interment will be in Arlington Cemetery in Drexel Hill.
Arrangements are being handled by the Edward L. Collins, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc. in Oxford. Online condolences may be made to

Ma Luz Herrera
Ma Luz Herrera, age 85, of Cochranville, passed away May 19, 2023, at Twin Pines Health Care Center. She was the wife of Jose Carmen Herrera, who passed away in 2022, and with whom she share 64 years of marriage.
Born in Yuriria, Yuriria, GTO, Mexico, she was the daughter of the late Francisco Gonzalez and the late Eufrocina Barajas
Ma was a homemaker who enjoyed cooking, sewing, gardening, all of her animals and being with her family and friends.
She was a member of St. Rocco Catholic Church.
Ma is survived by four sons, Carlos Herrera of Lincoln University, Pa., Jose Luis Herrera of Cochranville, Pa., Fidel Herrera  of Lincoln University, Pa., and Adolfo Herrera of Grand Rapids, MI; three daughters, Maria De Lourdes Perez of Christiana, Pa., Isabel Herrera of Parkesburg, Pa. and Maria De Jesus Herrera of Parkesburg, Pa.; 19 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.
A funeral mass was held on May 25 at St. Rocco Catholic Church in Avondale. A graveside service  will be held on May 26, 2023 at St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Kennett Square.
To visit her online tribute and to share a memory with her family, please visit

Ruth Margaret Stotsenburg
Ruth Margaret Stotsenburg passed away peacefully on May 9, 2023. She was 83.  
Ruth was born in 1939 in New Jersey, the youngest child of Margaret Stotsenburg and Rev. Charles Stotsenburg.  After graduating from Eastern Baptist College and Eastern Baptist Seminary, Ruth had a lifelong career devoted to the church, specializing in Christian education.  Ruth started her career in Carlisle, Pa. and then served many years as the Christian education director for the U.S. army base in Heidelberg, Germany.  When she returned state side, Ruth continued her ministry, finally calling First Presbyterian Church of Moorestown home.  
Ruth loved music and was a beautiful singer. Her primary passions were learning, teaching, and traveling. Ruth led and provided the instructional component for dozens of educational tours and mission trips on four continents, including leading 22 tours of Israel, her favorite place in the world. She taught in every arena of her life, weaving her knowledge of and experience with Bible studies, Middle East geopolitics, and church history to provide context and depth of understanding for her students. Ruth was also keenly interested in mental health, later attaining her associates degree in psychology with Christian counseling credentials. For decades, Ruth then facilitated and advocated for NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness).
Ruth had recently lost her sister and lifelong companion, Mary Allen.  She is survived by her niece, Ruth Anne McCauley and nephew, John Allen.  Ruth truly gave her life to ministry and lived a rich and full life. She will be missed by her immediate family and the many members of her extended church family.
A memorial service will be held for Ruth on Saturday, June 17, 2023 at 11 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church of Moorestown, NJ.  
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Ruth’s honor to the First Presbyterian Church of Moorestown ( or NAMI Burlington County (
Arrangements are being handled by the Edward L. Collins, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc. in Oxford. Online condolences may be made at  

Merecades Antoinette Hill
Merecades Antoinette Hill, age 32, of Kennett Square, passed away on May 14, 2023 at the Chester County Hospital.
Born in West Chester, she was the daughter of Tameka Hill of Kennett Square and Roberto Juarez of Kennett Square.
She worked in retail sales for the past few years at Landhope Farms in Kennett Square.
Merecaeds was a member of the New Garden U.A.M.E. Church in Kennett Square.
She enjoyed doing cosmetology, singing, dancing, and cooking. She liked all kinds of music, and she was always the life of the party. She enjoyed being  with her family and friends, especially her son, who was the love of her life.
In addition to her mother and father, Merecades is survived by her son, Christian Hill of Kennett Square; five brothers, Anthony Winters of Lancaster, Pa., Angelo Hill, Andres Hill of North Carolina, Chris Scott of Philadelphia, and Silas Bell; her maternal grandmother Karen Davis and her paternal grandfather, Alfonso Juarez.
Funeral services were held on May 27 at the New Garden U.A.M.E. Church. Burial was in Union Hill Cemetery in Kennett Square.
To view her online tribute and to share a memory with her family, please visit

Doris Carozzo Denest
Doris Carozzo Denest passed away peacefully at her nursing home in West Chester on May 20, 2023 after a sudden illness. She was 93.
The first born daughter of Edgar Carozzo and Emma Bugliani, Doris was born on May 19, 1930 in Wilmington, Del., and grew up in Kennett Square. Doris graduated from Kennett High School in 1948 and married Joseph L. Denest of Wilmington, Del. in 1951. 
From a very young age, Doris’s life became one of giving to others unconditionally. As the oldest daughter in her family, Doris adored and often cared for her sisters Marlene, Shirley, and Eddie, who became her three best friends. She cherished every moment with them. As a mother to her four children and grandmother of two, Doris shared her love, wisdom, and boundless support. There was nothing more important to her than family and she gave selflessly. 
Many will keep Doris in their hearts. She is survived by her children, Michael (Diane) Denest of Newark Del., Linn (Greg MacDonald) Denesti of Moab, UT, Lisa (Jeff) Bell of Kennett Square, and Mark (Carolyn) Denest of Downingtown.
She is also survived by grandchildren, Molly Stack of Moab, UT and Eric (Assela) Sutherland of Aarhus, Denmark; sisters, Shirley Tingley of West Grove and Eddie Leo of Wilmington Del., and her many nieces and nephews, cousins, and dear friends old and new. 
Doris is preceded in death by her husband of 68 years, Joseph Denest; an infant daughter, Debra Ann, who passed away at birth in 1959; her parents, Edgar Carozzo and Emma Bugliani; sister Marlene (Richard) Giancola; brothers-in-law on the Carozzo side; brothers and sisters-in-law on the Denest side; two nephews; cousins and other family members.  
A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated at St. Patrick Church in Kennett Square on May 30.  The Rite of Committal and burial took place at St. Patrick Cemetery in Kennett Square.
In Lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in Doris’s memory to United Way of Southern Chester County. Checks can be made payable to United Way of Southern Chester County and mailed to P.O. Box 362, Kennett Square, PA 19348, or you can donate online at the United Way of Southern Chester County website.
To view her online tribute and to share a memory with her family, please visit
Arrangements are being handled by the Kuzo Funeral Home in Kennett Square.

Denise Martelli
Denise Martelli, a resident of Toughkenamon, passed away on May 21, 2023 at her residence. She was 69.
She was the wife of Peter G. Martelli, Sr., with whom she shared 33 years of marriage.
Born in West Chester, she was the daughter of the late Nazareno A. Daddezio, Sr., and the late Mary Lou Conaway Daddezio.
Denise was a travel agent and the owner /operator of Avondale Travel for 25 years, retiring in 2015.
She enjoyed going to the beach, vacations in Jamaica and being with her family and friends.
In addition to her husband, Denise is survived by two sons, Daniel O. Wyatt and his wife Cheryl of Toughkenamon and Peter G. Martelli, Jr. and his wife Brittani of Aberdeen, Md; one daughter, Mary Lou Vipperman and her husband Justin, Sr, of Toughkenamon,  and six grandchildren.
In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her brother, Nazareno A. Daddezio, Jr.
You are invited to visit with Denise’s family and friends in a celebration of her life from noon to 3 p.m. on Friday afternoon, June 2 at the Italian American Club, 30 Ways Lane in Kennett Square. Burial will be private.
In lieu of flowers, a contribution may be made to Penn Hospice Development Office, 3535 Market Street, Suite 750, Philadelphia, PA 19104 or
To view her online tribute and to share a memory with her family, please visit
Arrangements are being handled by the Kuzo Funeral Home in Kennett Square.

James D. Mazzoni
James D. Mazzoni, a resident of West Grove, passed away on Oct. 29, 2017 at the age of 93.  Born in Kennett Square on March 27, 1924, he was the son of the late Domenic and Domenica (DiFilippo) Mazzoni.
After graduating from the Kennett Consolidated School District in 1942, he enlisted in the United States Air Force during World War II and participated in the Carpetbaggers, 801st 492nd Bombardment Group Bomb Unit, who were stationed in England and participated in classified missions supporting the underground resistance in Europe.
After serving his country, he was employed by Boeing in Ridley Park and retired after 25 years.
He loved animals and had a special fondness for dogs. During his life, he almost always had a pet, and each one was fortunate to be in his loving care.
Jimmy is proceeded in death by his siblings, Jean H. Huffman, Mary Tomasovich and Elizabeth M. Troyan. He was survived by his brother, John J. Mazzoni, who passed away on Jan. 26, 2023.
His final resting place will be in St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Kennett Square.