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Obituaries for the week for February 28th

Peter G. Martelli, Sr.
Peter G. Martelli, Sr, a resident of Toughkenamon, Pa., passed away at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania on Feb. 19, 2024. He was 63.

He was the husband of Denise Daddezio Martelli, who passed away in May of 2023, and with whom he shared 33 years of marriage.

Born in West Chester, he was the son of the late Anthony “A.J.” Martelli, Sr. and the late Anna Shaw Martelli.

Pete was a dispatcher at Blittersdorf Towing in Toughkenamon. He retired in 2023 after more than 25 years of service.

He was a member of the Italian American Club in Kennett Square and  the Am Vets in Milford, Del.

He enjoyed going to Jamaica, and spending time with his family and friends.

He is survived by two sons, Peter G. Martelli, Jr. and his wife Brittani of Aberdeen, Md. and Daniel O. Wyatt and his wife Cheryl of Toughkenamon; one daughter, Mary Lou Vipperman and her Husband Justin, Sr. of Toughkenamon; two sisters, Ruth DiBenedetto of Wilmington, Del. and Susan Toomey of Kemblesville, Pa., and his grandchildren, Justin Jr (Lydia), Sara, Danny Jr, Robbie, Chase and Madison. 

Pete was predeceased by one brother, Anthony Martelli, Jr. and one sister, Barbara DiFilippo.

You are invited to visit with Pete’s family and friends in a celebration of his life from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 2 at the Italian American Club, 30 Ways Lane, Kennett Square. Burial will be private.

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

Arrangements are being handled by the Kuzo Funeral Home in Kennett Square.

Jean W. Brown
Jean W. Brown, of Nottingham, passed away at the age of 90 on Feb. 20, 2024 at Chester County Hospital in West Chester.

She was the wife of the late Clyde C. Brown, with whom she shared 65 years of marriage.

Born in Millington, Md., she was the daughter of the late George Julian, Sr. and Margaret Elizabeth Redmond Wallace.

Jean was employed with the Oxford Area School District, Nottingham School, and previously employed with the University of Delaware as a secretary for many years.

She was a member of Nottingham Presbyterian Church.

Jean enjoyed to knitting, crocheting and travel. 

She is survived by four children, Daniel Brown (Mary) of Oxford, Joni Irons (Greg) of Downingtown, Sharon Kennedy (Alan) of Oxford and Kim Eshelman (Andrew) of Lancaster, and ten grandchildren, and 13 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her brother, George Julian (Wally) Wallace, Jr. 

Funeral services were held on Feb. 24 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 (

Kenneth J. Lingo
Kenneth J. Lingo, of Oxford, passed away at his home on Feb. 20, 2024. He was 73.

He was the husband of Eileen Lingo, with whom he shared 43 years of marriage.

Born in Delaware County, he was the son of the late Kenneth and Margaret Lingo.

He was a longtime resident of West Chester. 

He retired from PECO after 40 years of service.

Kenneth was a huge fan of NASCAR, the Philadelphia Phillies and the Philadelphia Eagles. He also enjoyed traveling, golfing and fishing.

He is survived by his wife, two children, Andrew Lingo of Oxford and Lauren Lingo of Austin, Tex., and a sister, Pearl Burger.

Services are private.

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

Stanley Wayne Ringgold
Stanley Wayne Ringgold, 49, of Lincoln University, Pa., passed away at Select Specialty Hospital in Wilmington, Del. on Feb. 20, 2024.

He was born on May 8, 1974 at Chester County Hospital in West Chester. Stanley was the eldest son of Stanley and Bernice Gray.

Stanley was a 1992 graduate of Oxford Area High School. He loved sports. As a young boy, he played football and throughout his high school years he played basketball and was known for making three-point shots for the team. Stanley continued his education at Delaware Tech Community College in Delaware, Lincoln University, and the Automotive Trade School in Malvern, Pa.  

Stanley held various jobs in automotive industries, including his last job for Auto Zone before his illness forced him to stop working.  

Stanley enjoyed spending time with family and friends and going fishing with his parents. He loved going to sports events and enjoyed watching the Philadelphia Phillies, Eagles and 76ers.

One of the greatest joys of Stanley’s life was the birth of his son, Breyln. 

Stanley had a special bond with his siblings, Vannessa, Allen, and Tammi, and he loved hanging out with Allen, Kyle Haley, Colin Haley and Gerome Gray. 

Stanley was determined to lead a normal life, and when his health began to fail, he moved from Coatesville back to Lincoln University to live with his parents. His health journey took him in and out of the hospital for several years. In the fall of 2021, his diabetes took a turn for the worst, landing him in Christiana Hospital, and that became his residence for 16 months. In 2022, he relocated to a nursing home in West Chester, where he became a resident until October 2023 when he returned to Christiana Care Hospital. In February 2024, he transferred to Select Specialty Hospital in Wilmington, Del.  

He leaves to celebrate his life  his son Breyln Ringgold; his parents Stanley and Bernice Gray; a brother, Allen (Brooke) Ringgold; his grandmother, Ethel Gray; an aunt, Freda Reed and uncles Wilmer Gray and Reginald Gray; two devoted cousins, Gerome Gray and Colin Gray; a godmother Sheila Bowers, and a godfather Wayne Dyer. Also surviving are many nephews and nieces. These include Vannessa’s children, Parish Fowler, Shelby Fowler, Tyler Fowler, Ashleigh Val, and Journee Remylus, Allen’s children are J’Mear Maxwell, Isaac Ringgold, and Isaiah Fasig, and Tammi’s children are Dillon Bien, Bridget Bien, Anthony Gray, Ariana Gray, and Jordan Gray. He is also survived by 5 grand-nieces and grand-nephews, his stepchildren, Elexis Santiago, Alisia Boyer, Destinee Blair and Quentyn Blair, and a host of cousins and friends.  Stanley was preceded in death by his grandparents, Sherman and Freda Ringgold, and Wilmer Gray, Sr., two sisters, Vannessa Remylus and Tammi Gray, and a cousin, Kyle Haley.   

Stanley will forever remain in the hearts of his family and friends.

A service will be held on Saturday, March 2 at Shiloh Presbyterian Church, 42 Street Fifth Street in Oxford. The viewing begins at 9 a.m. and the service begins at 11 a.m.

Burial 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