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Obituaries for the week of October 25th

Janet H. Dougherty
Janet H. Dougherty passed away on Oct. 5, 2023 at The Glen, Willow Valley, in Lancaster, Pa. She was 92.

Mrs. Dougherty was predeceased by Dr. LaVerne N. Dougherty, her husband of 59 years. They had a daughter, Sharon Lynne (Dougherty) Rouis (Paul).  In 1957, Mrs. Dougherty was predeceased by her husband LeRoy B. Abbott, with whom she had two children, Dennis Burnette (Abbott) Dougherty (Elaine) and Barbara Abbott (Dougherty) Crandell.  

Born in Covington, KY on Feb. 10, 1931, Janet was the daughter of the late George M. and Helen Osborne Byrne.  

She spent her early life in Kentucky and graduated from Florence High School in 1949.  Until her death, she maintained close relationships with her remaining classmates. She married Verne in 1961 and in June of 1962 the family moved to Oxford.

Mrs. Dougherty was the business office manager for her husband’s veterinary practice until they both retired in 1997.  She was a hands-on and involved partner with her husband, dedicated to the success of the practice and small animal clinic. She became “mom” to the numerous young veterinarians and their families employed by the practice, and always did her best to make them feel welcome and at home for 25 years. She was elected to various offices, including president, during her affiliation with the Auxiliary.   Janet was interested in historical preservation, taking a special interest in the New London, Pa. area where she and her husband resided from 1971 to 1997.

Mrs. Dougherty was “Nana” to six grandchildren, Andrea Dougherty, Daniel Dougherty (Jennifer), Karin Holm, Elizabeth Tabor, Katherine Flannery (Terry), and Tyler Rouis and 10 great-grandchildren. It was a special privilege for Janet to spend 10 years at Willow Valley with her husband where they made many new friendships which continued and grew during the three years after his passing.  She was admired and loved by many and will be missed by all.

Shirley Schuler Baumgardner
Shirley Schuler Baumgardner, 81, of Cochranville, peacefully passed away at Twin Pines Health Care Center in West Grove on on Oct. 15, 2023.

She was the wife of the late Ronald Baumgardner and first husband James Darrel Schuler. 

Born in West Chester, she was the daughter of the late Carl E. and Elsie Willis Onks. 

She was employed with the Nottingham Inn, Herr Foods, Charlotte Motor Speedway and as a nanny. 

Shirley was a member of the Red Hats Society, North Carolina and was active in veterans groups. She was an avid reader, enjoyed scrapbooking, crocheting, travel, taking trips to the beach and especially spending time with her family and friends. 

She is survived by her son, D. Wayne Schuler of Oxford and three daughters, Rosa Schuler Ferguson of Oxford, Deborah Schuler of Newport, NC and Susan Schuler Bromley of Dover, Pa.

Also surviving are seven grandchildren, Mike Ferguson, Amanda Ferguson Bradley, David Schuler, Greg Schuler, Christopher Schuler, Steve Collins and John Collins, four great-grandchildren, Edward Ferguson, Jacksen Uhland, Alexandria Collins, and Audrey Collins; and one brother, Frank Onks of Cody, WY. 

She was preceded in death by her brothers; Roy Onks of Pomfret, VT and Sam Onks of Downingtown and her aunt Bertie of Cochranville.

Funeral services were held on Oct. 19 at the Edward L. Collins, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc. in Oxford.

Interment will be in Oxford Cemetery. 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, PO Box 22718, Oklahoma City, Ok, 73123-1718. 

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

Margaret Mary Driscoll
Margaret Mary Driscoll, a resident of Oxford and formerly of Sun Village, Pa., Delaware County, passed away on Oct. 11, 2023 at home. She was 72.

Born in Chester, Pa., she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Marie Graham Phillips.

Margaret was a member of St. Rose of Lima, Eddystone.

She was a cafeteria aide at Nottingham Elementary for 20 years and was previously employed with Fibre-Metal Products Co., Concordville as Local Union President for 33 years.

She enjoyed traveling, shopping, Rod Stewart music and especially all her students. 

She is survived by one daughter, Elaine Wanner of Alabama, two grandchildren, Samantha Long of Oxford and Jacob Long of Coatesville, four great-grandsons, Dustin, Jacob Roman and Gunner, one brother, Joseph Phillips of South Carolina, and a slew of nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by one sister, Catherine Cassidy and one brother, John Phillips.

A Celebration of Life Service was held on Oct. 21 at the Edward L. Collins, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc. in Oxford.

Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Dustin James Long College Fund on GoFundMe. 

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

Yvonne Renverse Mapp
Yvonne Renverse Mapp, age 101, of Oxford, passed away peacefully on Oct. 11, 2023 in her apartment at Ware Presbyterian Village.  

Born in Belgium on June 30, 1922, she was the daughter of the late Fernand and Louise Quintart Renverse.  

Yvonne was predeceased by her husband, Isaac Mapp, and her brother, Mutien. She is survived by her closest friends, Laura Anderson, Rita Smyth and Robert Lillich.

Yvonne’s life was one of music. A graduate of the Royal Conservatory of Music in Brussels where she studied piano, chamber music, harmony, keyboard harmony and music history, she was named Professor of Piano of the School of Music in Felieze and the Music Academy of Soignies in 1945. 

During her tenure as the accompanist of the 120 Voice Protestant Choir of Brussels, she met her future husband Ike who was a soloist in the choir and a student at the University of Brussels.  They were married in 1952 and emigrated to the United States in 1954 when Ike was offered a biology teaching position at Lincoln University. 

A classically trained concert pianist, Yvonne gave a recital at Lincoln University in 1956 and soon after began a teaching career in piano. Word spread quickly that Yvonne was offering piano lessons and soon it was well known that if a family wanted their children to study piano, “Madame Mapp” was the best teacher in the area.  Over the next 40 years she taught hundreds of students of all ages.  Her students will remember her as being serious about the music, but so very caring about each and every one of them.

Yvonne’s other passions were for nature, gardening, birds, and all animals. She fed birds and squirrels even as she nurtured a feral cat colony who ignored the birds and came to her door twice a day for food.  She and Ike had many, many pet dogs and cats throughout their lives.  Her last beloved cat, Kalik, moved with her to Ware and lived to be 18 years old, predeceasing her by four months.

Yvonne had a keen and curious mind and she read voraciously to keep up with current events, scientific breakthroughs, medical science, nature, and the arts.  When asked what she would buy if she won the lottery, she always replied “A sports car!”  Thanks to a generous car dealer on the Main Line, Yvonne got “the ride of her life” in a Maserati on her 80th birthday!

Friends and former students are invited to share in a celebration of Yvonne’s life at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 11 at Mary Dod Brown Memorial Chapel on the campus of Lincoln University.  

Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the S.P.C.A. 1212 Phoenixville Pike, West Chester, PA 19380.

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

Georgianne McEntyre
With great sadness we announce the loss of our beloved mother Georgianne McEntyre, who passed away on September 10, 2023. She resided in Phoenixville, Pa. A life so beautifully lived deserves to be remembered. Her memorial will be held on September 28, 2023.