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Obituaries for the week of October 4th

Ofelia Luna de Lopez
Ofelia Luna de Lopez, of Wilmington, Del., passed away on Sept. 20, 2023, at Christiana Hospital in Newark, Del. She was 64.

She was the spouse of Fidencio López Zavala, with whom she shared 48 years of marriage. 

Born in Moroleón, Guanajuato, México, she was the daughter of the late Jose Luna Magaña and Jovita López López.  

She was a member of St. Rocco’s Catholic Church in Avondale.  

Ofelia will be most remembered for always being positive toward life. She was a role model of persistence.  She was always guiding those around her, especially her kids, to never give up.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by her children, Alejandro, Claudia, Alejandra, Jose F., Edgar, and Jose, her siblings, Carmen, Ana Maria, Rosa Maria, Maria de Jesus, Antonio, Roman, Leticia, Patricia, and Vanesa, and her grandchildren, Cristian, Citlali, Ofelia, Cesar, Jorge Luis, Mariana, Hasmin, Edgar, Omar, and Angel.

A funeral service was held on Sept. 26 at St. Rocco’s Catholic Church in Avondale.    

Interment will be held privately.

Arrangements are being handled by Matthew Grieco of Grieco Funeral Home & Crematory, Inc. (484-734-8100) of Kennett Square.  To view Ofelia’s online tribute, please visit

Elaine C. Sheets
Elaine C. Sheets, of Oxford, passed away in the presence of loved ones on Sept. 10, 2023 at her home in Oxford after a battle with colon cancer. 

Born in Wilmington, Del., she was the daughter of the late Harold Joseph Groff and Lillian Haney Groff. 

Elaine was a loving mother to her two surviving sons, Paul D. Sheets and Brinton J. Sheets and to her daughter, Stacie Sheets, who went home to be with Jesus Christ in January of 2001. She is also survived by her sister, Anna E. Keene, of Lincoln University Pa. and her daughter through marriage, Frankmena G. Sheets of Oxford.

Elaine dedicated her life to Jesus Christ, family, and to making a living through hard work. She delivered the Daily Local News for 31 years, along with other publications. She delivered papers 365 days a year, no matter the weather, with very little time off. In fact, she had no more than four weeks off from work over her entire 31 years delivering newspapers. Her last day on her paper route was August 26, 2023, which was the same day she went into the hospital. Elaine loved animals very much, especially her dog Bear, who is now helping to carry on her memory for her family. 

Elaine was adamant about pointing out, and rejecting the evil in this world. Despite her many sufferings throughout her life, she rejoiced in her faith, and was never deterred from Jesus Christ.

To view her online tribute and to share a memory with her family, please visit  

Arrangements are being handled by Foulk Funeral Home of West Grove.

Natasha Lenoga Chennelle
Natasha Lenoga Chenelle, of Elkton, Md., passed away on Sept. 17, 2023. She was 40.

Born in American Samoa, she grew up in Hawaii and Elkton, Md.

Natasha was known for her smile and her giving heart. Her pride and joy were her daughters, Maliah and her sister Jazmine. Her life was dedicated to her daughters and her family. She had a love of dance and enjoying her time with those closest to her. “Keep your head up and just keep going.” was her motto.

Natasha graduated from Rising Sun High School. She then pursued a modeling career for four years until the birth of her beautiful daughter, Maliah. Her dedication became raising her daughter until she was able to pursue massage therapy. She worked as a massage therapist for six years, and this became her second love.

Natasha loved adventures with her friends especially if it involved the beach, music, good food and beverages. She was always known as the friend who would always be there no matter what. She was filled with love for others and acceptance of anyone. She had an infectious grin.

She was known for her prompt lateness to any and every occasion, and this includes her funeral. Her resilience and strength despite the obstacles she faced was undeniable.

As a child, Natasha was always grinning from ear to ear and just wanted to be with her mother and sister. She loved sitting in the sun and just watching the sky. Family beach trips were what she lived for which continued into adulthood. Her passion also evolved with her love of writing poetry and music lyrics.

She is survived by her daughters Maliah Webster and Jazmine Webster, her mother, Pou Chenelle, her father, Ronald (Tee) Phillips, a sister Cecile (Sieni) Gibbs, her brothers, Robin Gibbs and Pascal Chenelle, sister Krista Beck, nephews Malachi Gibbs and Micah Gibbs, and nieces, Mercedes Chenelle, Sonia Chenelle and Charlize Chenelle.

The memorial service was held Sept. 30 at the Shiloh Presbyterian Church in Oxford.

Online condolences and donations may be made at

Ann Marie Hickman
Ann Marie Hickman, a 78-year-old resident of Oxford, passed away on Sept. 22, 2023 at her home.

She was the wife of the late Joseph Hickman.

Born in Chadds Ford, she was the daughter of the late Joel Palmer and Mary Margaret Kelly Jones.

She is survived by one sister, Diane Whitehead and her husband, Robert Polis Whitehead of Newark, Del.

Ann was preceded in death by a brother, Charles Francis Jones.

A memorial service was held on Sept. 29, at the Edward L. Collins, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc. in Oxford.

Interment will be private.

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

Betty Benjamin Bare
Betty Benjamin Bare,79, of Oxford, passed away while surrounded by her family on Sept. 26, 2023 at Lancaster General Hospital.

She was the wife of the late Arland C. Bare, Sr.

Born in Rising Sun, Md., she was the daughter of the late Thomas Edward and Mona Jean Baumgarner Benjamin.

Betty was employed with Gross School Bus as a bus driver and was previously employed as a manager at Squires Pantry in Nottingham.

She was a member of Endeavor Church in Elkton, Md.

Betty enjoyed spending time with family, especially her grandchildren and church family.

She is survived by two sons, Kevin D. Bare (Tracy) of Peach Bottom and Charles D. Bare (Renee) of Dover, Del; three daughters, Deborah J. Kinney (Louis T., Jr.) of Nottingham, Sheila A. Bare of Oxford and Drema D. Duncan (William) of Drumore; six grandchildren; and fifteen great-grandchildren. 

She was preceded in death by a son, Arland C. Bare, Jr.; one brother, Thomas Edward Benjamin; and one sister, Rebecca Carpenter. 

Services were held on Sept. 30 at the Endeavor Church in Elkton, Md.

Interment will be in Oxford Cemetery.

Online condolences may be made at  

Patricia L. DuBosq
Patricia L. DuBosq, of Kirkwood, Pa., passed away on Sept. 29, 2023 while at home. She was 74.

Born in West Chester, she was the daughter of the late Albert R. and Rebecca Larue Flicker DuBosq.

Patricia lived in Kimberton until her junior year of high school. In 1966, she moved to her family’s home in West Grove and graduated from Avon Grove High School, class of 1967.

She was employed with JC Penney in Prices Corner in the toy department and later discovered auctions, antiques and refurnishing furniture.  She then owned and operated an antique shop in Nottingham for many years and was also employed with Hill’s Auction and retired in 2019. Patricia made many friends over the years while attending numerous auctions. 

She loved animals especially cats and goats and her log cabin in Kirkwood.

She is survived by one sister, Catherine M. DuBosque of Nottingham.

A memorial service will be held 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 12 at the Oxford United Methodist Church, 528 Market St. in Oxford, where family and friends may visit from 11 to  11:30 a.m. with a luncheon to follow in the fellowship hall.

Interment will be private.

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