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Obituaries for the week of May 15th

Laurie Ann Hardy 
Laurie Ann (O’Shea) Hardy, a resident of Lancaster, passed away at her residence on April 24, 2024. She was 62.

She was the wife of Kenneth Dale “Buck” Hardy, and they shared 22 years of marriage. 

Born in Queens, New York on December 27, 1961, she was the daughter of the late Daniel and Audrey (Gunser) O’Shea.  

In addition to her husband, she is survived by her two sons, Richard Shirk and his wife Jennifer, and Robert Shirk and his wife Jennifer and three grandchildren, Ulysses, Maverick, and Mabel.  She was predeceased by her stepdaughter, Keyra Bryant.  

She is survived by her son-in-law, Jarvis Bryant Sr. and Keyra and Jarvis’s children, Jarvis Jr., Javon, and Jamirra Bryant.

She is survived by her four siblings, Thomas O’Shea and his wife, Kristen, Sharon Horst and her husband, Michael, Joy O’Shea, and William O’Shea and his wife, Teala. She is also survived by her brothers-in-law, Jeff Hardy and his wife Dominque and Scott Hardy and his wife Carol.  In addition, she is survived by an aunt and uncle and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Laurie was very talented at creating and making crafts, which she sold at craft fairs throughout South Central Pennsylvania.  Laurie was an ultimate NASCAR fan, and she loved the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Philadelphia Phillies.  Laurie worked for D & S Brassire Restaurant for 22 years and most recently, after 11 years of service, she retired from QVC.  

Laurie was a member of Shiloh Presbyterian Church where she shared her crafts, her smile and support for all of Shiloh’s ministries.  She will be remembered for her quick wit, sense of humor and kindness.  She will be sadly missed by family and friends.

Edward L. Collins, Jr. Funeral Home assisted the family with funeral arrangements. A viewing took place at Shiloh Presbyterian Church on May 3 and a memorial service followed.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in memory of Laurie Hardy to Shiloh Presbyterian Church Youth Programming, 42 South Fifth Street, Oxford, PA 19363.

Online condolences may be made at   

Maurice Alexander Reynolds
Maurice Alexander Reynolds, known as Mike to most and “Baby Bunny” to many, passed away on April 24, 2024 at his residence.

Maurice was a 53-year-old resident of Avondale.

Born in West Chester, he was the son of the late Maurice “Skip” E. Reynolds and the late Barbara Grey Reynolds.|

Mike was a graduate of Kennett High School and he continued his education at Goldey-Beacom College, where he earned his master’s degree in business accounting.

He was a behavioral safety associate at the Chester County Hospital and prior to that he was an ER tech for many years at the Jennersville Hospital.

Mike was heavily involved with the Avondale Fire Company for 35 years. He served at one time as an ambulance captain, and he later worked as a fire police officer. He also was a member of the fire company’s dive team and was the fire company’s representative on the Board of Directors for Medic 94.

He was a member of the Rotary and was past president of the Lion’s Club.

He loved to travel and had a hunger for adventure. He was an avid diver and he dived in the Colorado River at the Hoover Dam, the Indian River and fearlessly dove with sharks in the Bahamas.

Mike  is survived by his sister, Michelle Reynolds, of Parkesburg, his aunt, Helen Pugh, of Oxford, and his very close friends, Michael Keiter, Harvey Hall, Jennifer Patton, Jimmy Patton and Steven Hall.

A memorial service was held on May 4 at the Avondale Fire Company. Burial will be in the Longwood Cemetery in Kennett Square.

In lieu of flowers, a contribution may be made to the Avondale Fire Company, 23 Firehouse Way, Avondale, PA 19311.

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

Monte L. Richardson, Sr.
Monte L. Richardson, Sr., of Landenberg, passed away on April 30, 2024 at the Chester County Hospital. He was 85.

He was the husband of Margaret Finnen Richardson, with whom he shared 62 years of marriage.

Born in West Grove, he was the son of the late Maurice Richardson and the late Mary Cooper Richardson.

Monte was a mechanic at General Motors in Wilmington, Del. He retiried in 1996, after 30 years of service.

He enjoyed fishing, hunting, going to the mountains, sprint car racing, motorcycles and being with his family and friends..

In addition to his wife, he is survived by one son, Monte L. Richardson, Jr., of Landenberg, one daughter, Wendy L. Richardson, of Landenberg, two sisters, Lydia Ackerman of Landenberg, and Linda Hillyard of Landenberg, and six grandchildren, Anthony Richardson, Joseph Richardson and his wife Paige, Jessie Richardson, Jordan Richardson, Henry Buchanan and Nicole Buchanan. Also surviving are one great-granddaughter, Emery Richardson, and many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by two sisters, Mary McMillan and Peggy LaPore.

The service and burial will be held privately.

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

Arrangements are being handled by the Foulk Funeral Home in West Grove.

Richard Willis Edwards, Sr.
Richard Willis Edwards, Sr., of Kirkwood, went to be with his Lord and Savior on May 6, 2024. He was 92.

Born on Oct. 24, 1931 in Jonesboro, Tenn., he was the son of the late Jason Ralph and Floetta Jewel (Blevins) Edwards Sr.  He was the husband of the late Hellen (Waller) Edwards, who passed away shortly after the birth of their son Richard Jr. He later got remarried to Margaret Naomi (Tucker) Edwards, on Sept. 9,1954, with who they were married for almost 70 years.

Richard grew up a dairy farmer.  He never finished his senior year in Avon Grove, but instead passed his GED test and joined the U.S. Air Force in 1950. After training, he served for four years in the Korean War as an air guard on the runway.  

After his time of service, Richard returned to dairy farming and also began mushroom farming.  He eventually left dairy farming to work full-time in mushroom farming. He grew and ran his business for 32 years in Oxford. In the summer months, he worked for Chrysler, GM, and Lukens Steel.  Richard was the first mushroom grower in Oxford to have air conditioning in the mushroom houses. This enabled him to run the business all year round.

In addition to running the family’s mushroom business, Richard was also involved with AMI, the American Mushroom Institutes, Farm Credit - Federal Land Bank, and several other organizations.  

He and his wife Margaret attended Oxford United Methodist Church, and they were involved and helped to serve in various ways.  Richard loved his wife, cared about his family, everyone’s health and wellbeing, and helped where there was a need. He was always a handy man. He enjoyed growing corn, eating apple pie and peaches, listening to gospel and old country music, and John Wayne films.  Richard also enjoyed traveling, visiting family and going to Tennessee.

Richard is survived by his wife, Margaret and three children, Richard and Jean (Jones) Edwards, Rebecca and Clay Ammon, Brenda and Raul Villalobos.

Also surviving are three siblings, Larry and Carol Edwards, Kathy (Edwards) and Larry Brown, and J. Doug and Carol Edwards. Together Richard and Margaret have 10 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren and another little great-grandchild on the way.

Richard was preceded in death by his brothers, Jason Ralph (Jr.) Edwards, Arthur Edwards, and son Michael Stephen Edwards.

A celebration of life was held at Mt. Vernon Christian Church in Kirkwood on May 11. Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Oxford Lighthouse Youth Center and Pioneers.  If donating to Pioneers, please reach out to family members for information to help support Richard’s grandchildren in missions.

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

Karen Lee Topolski
Karen Lee Topolski, 72, of Oxford, passed away at Union Hospital in Elkton, Md. on May 3, 2024.

Born in Sunbury, Pa., she was the daughter of the late Kay Lee and Rosemary Powell Bloom. 

Karen was employed as a salesperson with Clover Department Store and Caldors Department Store and was a nanny for 18 years. 

She is survived by her son, Michael Joseph Topolski (Nicole) of Lincoln University and one granddaughter, Carleigh.

A memorial service was held on Saturday, May 11, 2024 at the Edward L. Collins, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc. in Oxford.

Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association,

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

William “Tom” Lewis
William “Tom” Lewis, from Cochranville, passed away with his family by his side after a short illness on May 8 at Lancaster General Hospital. He was 76.

He was married to Joanne Thompson Lewis, and they shared 59 years of marriage. 

He was born on June 28, 1947 in West Jefferson, NC to Joseph Elwood and Beulah Coldiron Lewis.  He moved to Cochranville as a young boy and later attended Octorara schools. 

He worked at Lenape Forge and then JR Coldiron and Sons. After retirement, he spent time driving the Amish. Tom was a car guy. He enjoyed buying and working on hot-rods and going to car shows. 

In addition to his wife, he is survived  by a daughter Andrea (Robert) Mayberry of Quarryville, a granddaughter, Amber Lewis, and a grandson, James (Brandy) Mayberry.  Also surviving are  two brothers, Joseph Fred (Nancy) and Charles Ed (Nancy) Lewis, also from Cochranville. 

As per his request, the funeral arrangements will be private. 

John Alvin Manges
John Alvin Manges of Oxford, passed away on May 7 after an extended illness. 

John was the son of James W. Jr and Donna J. (Melius) Manges of New Enterprise, Pa. 

John married Mary A. Clouse in 1977 and together they shared 46 years of marriage. 

John is survived by his wife, Mary, a daughter, Rebecca Botha (John) of Oxford, a daughter, Megan Briggeman (Steven), of York, granddaughters Lauren and Aubrey Botha, Caroline Briggeman, his mother, Donna J., a brother Rock (Carla) of New Enterprise, and a brother, Wayne (Lori) of Sorrento, Fla.

He was preceded in death by his father, James W. Jr. 

John will be dearly missed by his wife, their family and his Basset hound, Ellie May. 

John joined the U.S. Navy in 1974, becoming a cryptological technician for more than 13 years. John’s duty stations included Edzell, Scotland, Sugar Grove, WV, and Panama. He taught at Corry Station in Pensacola, Fla. and served aboard the USS John Rodgers. 

John graduated from Northern Bedford County High School and Chester County Community College with an associate’s degree in computer information systems. John worked for Intergraph Systems, Dade Behring and retired from Siemen’s Health Care Solutions. 

John enjoyed hunting, woodworking, watching the Pittsburgh Penguins and he had a season ticket for the Hershey Bears hockey team. 

A viewing was held at the Edward L. Collins Funeral Home on May 11, and a viewing took place at Stone Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Woodbury, Pa. on May 13 and on May 14. 

The funeral took place on May 14 with interment at Dry Hill Cemetery in Woodbury, Pa. with military honors. 

John requests donations to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St Jude Place, Memphis TN 38105 or to the American Diabetes Association. 

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