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Obituaries for the week of March 6th

Joseph L. Warram
Joseph L. Warram, of Landenberg, passed away at Christiana Hospital in Newark, Del. on Feb. 25, 2024. He was 83.

He was the husband of Janet I. Caldwell Warram.

Born in Maryland, he was the son of the late Leonard and Florence Raisen Warram.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. 

Joseph was employed as security for Boeing and DuPont. He was also a police officer for Kennett Square, Avondale and the West Grove police departments. 

He was an active member of Boy Scout Troop 44, Oxford for over 50 years and served in numerous positions.  Joseph received many awards as a scouter including Wood badge beads, Commissioners Arrowhead Award , Octoraro District award of Merit, Chester County Council Silver Beaver, Order of the Arrow Vigil Honor and the Octoraro Lodge 22 Allouchsit Allogagan Award.

He is survived by his wife, two sons, Timothy Warram of Millersville, Md. and William Warram of Waynesboro, Pa., and two grandchildren, Delanie Rebecca Warram and Quinn St. John Warram.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Leonard Warram.

A visitation for friends and family was held on March 2 at the Edward L. Collins, Jr. Funeral Home in Oxford.

Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to American Heart Association, PO Box 840692, Dallas, TX 75284-0692 or Boy Scout Troop 44, c/o Jeffery Lewin, 21 Howard Lane, Quarryville, PA 17566 or Venmo Jeffery Lewin Troop 44. 

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

Susan Mahala
Susan Mahala gained her angel wings as she passed away peacefully while at home and surrounded by her family on Feb. 25, 2024. She was 77. 

She was born on Nov. 6, 1946 to James and Marie Hamilton (Cann) and was the wife of Gus Mahala, with whom she spent 47 years.

She attended Kennett High School, followed by beauty school and Cecil Community College. 

During her lifetime, she pursued many different careers and she retired from the Job Corp. However, she would always say her greatest accomplishment was her children. 

Her family meant more to her than anything in the world and she made sure to remind each of them often. She was known for making the best spots, nightly check-ins to make sure everyone was safe and early morning birthday calls, making the best sandwiches and always having a pot of coffee on to enjoy a good talk. 

She loved going to Delaware Park, shopping, dancing, decorating, sewing, watching the Hallmark channel and the show “Blue Bloods” and rewatching her favorite movie, “Gone with the Wind.” 

She was a kind to everyone she met and her passing leaves a huge hole in the hearts of her family and friends. 

Susan and Gus had eight children all together, and 33 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren, all of whom she loved dearly.

“Sue-Sue,” as she was affectionately known, is survived by children, Suzanne Hughes (Michael), Jennifer Lawson, Carey Hughes (Lee), Tracy Mahala (Ryan), David Mahala (Denise), Keith Mahala, Melissa King (Brian) and Kristen Schwartz (Eric), and daughter-in-law Renee Barnett. 

The grandchildren are Ashley, Michael, Corey, Jonathan, Joseph, Lee, Brandon, Miranda, Robert, Giovanni, Sebastian, Timmy, Nicholas, Luke, Alex, Dylan, Jason, Jacob, Charlie, Lexi, Kyle, Eli, Gavin, Shelby, Derian, Savanna, Vivian, Karrigan, Sawyer, Greyson, Tobias, Thatcher and Mckinley.

The great-grandchildren are Abigail, Aubree, Scarlett, Chase, Paisley, Liam, Bailey, Mayla, Rhys, Archer, Gwen, Braelyn, Keanu and Maria.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a sister, Florence Rybinski, and her faithful dog, Trixie. 

Susan’s service and burial will be held privately.

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