Bruce B. Jones

Bruce B. Jones of Perkasie, died on Tuesday, February 2, 2016, at home. He was 73 years old and the husband of Judith Jones.

Born in Houtzdale, PA he was the son of the late Benjamin and Gladys Beck Jones

Bruce was a bricklayer and part of the Bricklayers Local Union No. 5, having worked in construction for over 30 years. After construction and semi- retirement he worked for Delaware Valley University as a landscaper. He always enjoyed landscaping, home improvement projects, traveling and fishing.

He was a loving husband and father.

In addition to his wife, Judith, Bruce is survived by his two children: Christian and Leisel.

Relatives and friend are invited to his memorial service 11 a.m., Monday, February 8 at Reed and Steinbach Funeral Home, 2335 Lower State Road, Doylestown.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Bruce’s name may be made to: American Heart Association, One Penn Center at Suburban Station, 1617 JFK Boulevard, Ste. 700 Philadelphia, PA 19103 or: www.heart.org

 

James P. Lackovic

 

James P. Lackovic of Silverdale, passed away on Saturday, January 30, 2016

at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. He was 59 years old.   He was the

loving husband of Victoria Mann Lackovic. 

 

Born in Coatesville, he was the son of the late John and Rosemarie Mackey Lackovic. 

 

James attended Temple University’s Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia. He was employed by commercial printing companies for years.   As head illustrator and designer for a production company, he created animated characters for children’s toys and video programming.

 

He was an accomplished, award winning fine artist, selling his paintings all over the world. James was an exhibitor at Moss Rehab’s All About Art Show for the past several years. He loved music, in particular playing keyboards.  James also enjoyed traveling especially to Cape May, Sedona and Key West. He loved animals and had many over the years.  James cherished his horse, Tucson and Miro, his Newfie, two of his many pets. 

 

He will be dearly missed by everyone who knew him.

 

In addition to his wife, James is survived by his brother: Robert Lackovic, his wife, Sharon, of Downingtown; his two sisters:  Mary Jo Beals, her husband Tom, of Downingtown and Susan Bechtold, her husband, Gary, of Ocean City, NJ and his sister-in-law, Donna Lackovic, of Phoenixville.    He is also survived by many nieces and nephews and his 8 pound ESA companion, Mr. Boo, who he absolutely adored. James was preceded in death by his oldest brother, John Lackovic. 

 

Relatives and friends are invited to his funeral Mass 11 a.m. Friday, February 5, 2016, at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, 235 East State St., Doylestown.  Interment will be private.

 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in James’ name may be made to: Last Chance Ranch, 9 Beck Road, Quakertown, PA  18951 or at: www.lastchanceranch.org

 

 

 

Patricia A. Feild
 
    Patricia A. Feild of Warminster died on Friday, January 22, 2016 surrounded by her family.   She was 58 and the wife of W. Kendall Feild.
 
    Born in Philadelphia, she was the daughter of Glenn Jarrett, Sr. and the late Gloria Hanley Jarrett.
 
    Patricia was a graduate of Gwynedd Mercy College with an associate degree in nursing.   She was a registered nurse at Holy Redeemer Hospital for more than twenty years.
 
    She had a great love of animals, in particular dogs.    Patricia enjoyed traveling and attending concerts with her husband, Ken.   
 
    Patricia will be remembered as a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend.
 
    In addition to her husband and father, Patricia is survived by her son: Christopher Feild, his wife, Courtney;   her daughter:   Kate Feild Sharkey, her husband, Andrew, and  her grandsons:   Matthew Feild and James Sharkey.    Also surviving are her brothers and their spouses: Glenn Jarrett, Jr., Thomas Jarrett and James Jarrett, as well as many nieces and nephews.    She was predeceased by her brother, John Jarrett.
 
    Relatives and friends are invited to her funeral Mass at 10:30 a.m., Friday, January 29, 2016 at  Nativity of Our Lord Catholic Church, 605 West Street Road, Warminster, where the family will receive guests from 9:30 a.m., until the time of Mass.    There will also be a viewing Thursday evening from 5 to 7 p.m. at Reed and Steinbach Funeral Home, 2335 Lower State Road, Doylestown.     Interment will follow Mass in Whitemarsh Memorial Park, Prospectville.
 
    In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Patricia’s name may be made to: Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, 322 Eighth Ave., 7th Floor, New York, NY   10001.

 

 

Elizabeth V. Cameron

Elizabeth V. Cameron of Doylestown passed away Wednesday, January 20, 2016 at Saint Mary Manor, Lansdale. She was 91.

Relatives and friends are invited to her funeral Mass, 11 a.m., Tuesday, January 26, 2016 at Saint Mary Manor Chapel, 701 Lansdale Avenue, Lansdale where the family will receive guests from 10 a.m. until the time of Mass. Interment will be private.

 

Eleanor R. Mill

Eleanor Ruth Mill, 81, of Doylestown, formerly of the Olney neighborhood of Philadelphia, passed away peacefully after a long battle with Parkinson’s Disease on January 21 surrounded by her family and loving caregivers.

Born in Philadelphia, she was the daughter of late William F. and Ruth M. (Gottshalk) Baker.

Eleanor is survived by her husband of 59 years, George Mill; her four children: sons, Carl (Dianne) of Carversville; Keith (Geri) of Hatfield: Kirk (Tammy) of Ephrata and daughter, Linda of Philadelphia and her four grandchildren: Heather, Rebecca, Adrienne and Ryan, as well as her sister, Beverly (Baker) Fink of Hatfield.

A loving wife and mother, Eleanor was active as a Girl Scout leader, Sunday School teacher and youth leader at her church and at her children’s schools. She loved to sing in the church choir, travel and camping with her family and spending long weekends at the family cabin on Lake Wallenpaupack. She will be dearly missed by everyone that knew her.

A service in her memory will be held at 11a.m., Tuesday, January 26 at Doylestown Presbyterian Church, 127 East Court Street, Doylestown, PA 18901. Interment will be at 2 p.m. in Hillside Cemetery, 2556 Susquehanna Road, Roslyn, PA.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Eleanor’s name may be made to: Doylestown Presbyterian Church, at the address above; Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, Church Street Station, P.O. Box 780, New York, NY 10008; Penn Wissahickon Hospice, 150 Monument Road, Suite 300, Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004 or to: Girl Scouts of Freedom Valley, P.O. Box 814, Valley Forge, PA 19482.

 

Vivian M. Crouthamel

Vivian M. Crouthamel of Pine Run Community died Sunday, January 17, 2016. She was 93 and the devoted wife for 57 years of Herbert C. Crouthamel.

Born in Norristown, she was the daughter of the late Newlin Fell and Zabiah (Coates) Paist.

Vivian was a graduate of Norristown High School, class of 1940 and retired as an administrative secretary from Central Bucks School District. She was an active member and Elder of Salem United Church of Christ where she established the senior citizen’s program, Prime Timers. She was also a member of the Village Improvement Association and a volunteer at Doylestown Hospital since 1980.

In addition to her husband, Vivian is survived by her beloved daughter, Susan Bodder, her husband, Bruce, of Palmerton and her two wonderful grandchildren: Bethany Luckenbach, her husband, Eric, of Walnutport and Justin Bodder, his wife, Jennifer, of Chalfont. Also surviving are her pride and joy, three great-grandchildren: Claire Luckenbach and Zachary and Emily Bodder, as well as her cherished nieces and nephews. Vivian was predeceased by her sister, Sarah Mueller and her brother, Newlin Fell Paist, Jr.

Relatives and friends are invited to her memorial service, 11 a.m, Saturday, February 13, 2016 at Reed and Steinbach Funeral Home, 2335 Lower State Road, Doylestown, where the family will receive guests from 9:30 a.m., until the time of the service. Interment will be private.

In lieu flowers, memorial contributions in Vivian’s name may be made to: Doylestown Hospital Hospice, c/o Development Office, 595 West State Street, Doylestown, PA 18901.

 

George J. Thomas

George J. Thomas, formerly of Dublin, passed away Saturday, January 16, 2016 at Briarleaf Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Doylestown.

Born in Philadelphia he was the son of the late George J. Thomas Sr. and Anne M. Thomas Berezansky.

George is survived by his two children: Kevin Thomas and Karen Thomas France; his two grandsons: Matthew and Ethan France and his loving step-father, Alex Berezansky, (Cecilia Kearns), who raised him as his own son after the death of his father. He is also survived by his step-sister, Linda Berezansky Kukula, (Richard Staffen); his neice: Carol Seefried Spector (Robert) and nephews: Jerome Seefried (Dawn), Henry Kukula (Marilyn) and David Kukula (Diane). He was predeceased by his sister, Barbara Thomas Seefried.

Relatives and friends are invited to his funeral service, 8 p.m., Wednesday, January 20, 2016 at Reed and Steinbach Funeral Home, 2335 Lower State Road, Doylestown where guests will be received from 7 p.m, until the time of the service which will be presented by Elder David Stec.

 

Donald J. Mueller

Donald J. Mueller, 83, of Doylestown, PA passed away on Friday, January 15, 2016 at his home. He was the husband for 55 years of Dolores Mueller, who passed away in 2014.

Donald is survived by his daughter: Christine L. Crisson, her husband, George, of Scotch Plains, NJ and his son: Gregory R. Mueller, of Sparta, NJ, as well as his two grandchildren: Zachary and Alexandra Mueller.

Donald was born in Newark, NJ and grew up in Maplewood, NJ with his parents (Robert and Julia), his brother, Robert and sister, Jean. He graduated from Columbia High School and Rutgers University, School of Pharmacy.

Donald honorably served in the Army and Army Reserve. After his military service, he worked as a licensed pharmacist before moving into the field of hospital administration. He served as the Hospital Administrator for Welkind Hospital in Chester (currently Kessler Rehabilitation). During his long tenure as Welkind's Administrator, the hospital dramatically increased in size. Donald was instrumental in the construction of a new, larger, hospital that more than tripled the number of inpatient beds. Through his leadership, the hospital also added several outpatient facilities.

Relatives and friends are kindly invited to his service 11 a.m., Friday, January 22, 2016 at Gate of Heaven Cemetery and Mausoleum, 225 Ridgedale Ave., East Hanover, NJ.

In lieu of flowers, memory contributions in Donald’s name to: St. Jude's Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105, would be appreciated.

 

Preceda R. Arnold
 
Preceda R. Arnold, of Furlong, died Thursday, January 7, 2016. She was 81 and the wife of  Charles W. Arnold.
 
Born in Philadelphia, she was the daughter of the late Edward and Helen Szukalski Martin.
 
Preceda attended St. Martin of Tours grade school, graduated from Little Flower High School for Girls and Nazareth Hospital School of X-ray Technology. Following her education, she met the love of her life and married Charles in June 1956.
 
Mrs. Arnold became very active in St. Jerome’s Parish, Philadelphia, including various school programs and having served as president of the home and school association.
 
In 1972, the Arnolds moved to Furlong, thereby joining Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish where again Preceda became an active volunteer in various programs including  membership  in The Ladies of Mount Carmel, serving as past president and being recipient of “Woman of the Year” in 2007.
 
Meanwhile, she became gainfully employed as a medical transcriptionist for a medical typing service working from home and later accepting a full time position with Ophthalmology Associates, from which she retired in 1999.
 
In addition to her husband, Preceda is survived by her two daughters: Preceda “Terri” Keeble, her husband, Barry and Charlene Fessler, her husband, Curren; her five grandsons, Eric (Ginger) Keeble and Andrew Keeble and Brandon, Alex  and Charlie Fessler; her two great-grandsons, Evan and Connor Keeble, as well as her sisters: Helen McArdle and Marie Martin and her brother, Edward Martin and many nieces and nephews.
 
Preceda loved life and was very proud of her loving husband, daughters, sons-in-law and was crazy about her grandsons and great-grandsons.
 
Relatives and friends are invited to her funeral Mass 11 a.m., Monday,      January 11, 2016, at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, 235 East State Street, Doylestown, where the family will receive guests from 10 a.m. until the time of Mass.    Interment will be private.
 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Preceda’s name may be made to:   Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Trisomy 21 Program, 34th and Civic Center Blvd., Philadelphia, PA   19104 or to:  St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN   38105.

 

 

Robert A. Kear

 
Robert (Bob) Allen Kear, a known Doylestown architect and painter, died at home on January 3, 2016 at the age of 80. 
 
Born in Danville, Pennsylvania he was the son of  late Edward and Elizabeth (Yerrick) Kear.
 
Bob was educated at Penn State University and the University of Oregon and served in the U.S. Army. 
 
He began his career as an architect at Kling Partners. After becoming a partner at Kling, Bob left to establish his own firm, Robert Allen Kear & Associates in Doylestown. His architectural contributions ranged from large national projects such as Xerox and Monsanto to regional buildings on the campus of St. Joseph’s University to local buildings such as the Doylestown Agricultural Works and The Market Way. 
 
Bob was committed to preserving the architectural esthetic of the Doylestown community. As an active member of the community, he was often called upon to provide insight on new projects in Doylestown, such as the courthouse. He also served as a member of the Doylestown Historical Society. Bob was a fine artist and spent his leisure hours painting Bucks County landscapes. 
 
Bob is survived by his daughter, Jennifer (Kear) Bauman; his sons: Scott, Gregory and Bradford, their spouses;  numerous grandchildren and great- grandchildren, as well as former wife, Lois (McCreary) Kear.   He was preceded in death by his brother, Edward (Bud) Kear.
 
A memorial service to celebrate Bob’s life will be held from 5 to 8 p.m., Saturday, January 9, 2016 at the James-Lorah House, 132 N. Main Street, Doylestown, PA. Interment will be private.
 
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Bob’s name may be made to: Center for Neurodegenerative Disease Research, Parkinson’s Research Fund, 3535 Market Street, Suite 750, Philadelphia, PA 19104.

 

Bryan R. Washington

Bryan R. Washington, professor of late 19th and 20th century American
literature and cultural studies, and a man of considerable wit, humor,
style, elegance and charm, with a passion for the beauty and joy of some of
life's most abundant and finest offerings, died of cancer on December 31,
2015. He was 57.

The son of Dr. Joseph R. Washington, Jr. and the late Sophia M. Washington,
Bryan was born in Boston, Massachusetts. During his formative years, Bryan
lived in numerous towns and cities, including Carlisle, Pennsylvania, Beloit
Wisconsin, Charlottesville, Virginia, Riverside California, and
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he attended the University of
Pennsylvania. While at Penn, Bryan was a Benjamin Franklin Scholar; he
graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree (with honors) in General Literature
in 1980. Penn served as a catalyst for Bryan's graduate studies, which led
him to complete his Masters Degree in English Literature at Christ Church,
Oxford University in 1982 through Penn's Thouron Award, a British-American
exchange program that was established to "bring young people with
exceptional ability from each country into contact with the ideas and
peoples of another country." Bryan received his second Masters Degree in
English and American Language at Harvard University in 1985. While pursuing
his Ph.D at Harvard, Bryan was also a Minority Prize Fellow from 1982 -1987.
Bryan received his Ph.D in English and American Literature and Language from
Harvard in 1989. After completing his graduate studies, Bryan launched his
academic career as an instructor at Lafayette College in 1987 and was
promoted to Assistant Professor in 1989 after completing his Ph.D - during
this time period, Bryan also served as a Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow
at Princeton University from 1991-1992. Bryan received a second promotion to
Associate Professor with full tenure in 1994.

Bryan's scholarly work includes the publication of a book entitled The
Politics of Exile: The Ideology in Henry James, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and
James Baldwin with Northeastern University Press, 1995. Bryan's book was
well received and widely cited. The book is considered by many to be one of
the first works to position James Baldwin alongside white canonical American
authors such as Henry James and F. Scott Fitzgerald. Northeastern University
Press's book preview states that "Bryan critically analyzes the writings of
Henry James, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and James Baldwin and argues that the
novels and essays of Baldwin are an ideal lens through which to examine the
writings of the two American exiles of previous generations. Baldwin was a
passionate reader of Henry James. However, as a racial "outsider", Baldwin's
readiness to embrace the values and assumptions inherent in the so-called
genteel bourgeois tradition is a paradox subject to intensive
investigation."

Bryan also authored several articles and reviews, including: "(Paris
Blues(s) ", an essay on James Baldwin; and "WASP Mischief: Martha Stewart
and the Racal Status Quo". In addition, Bryan was in the process of writing
a number of other works before he became ill, including two books: Cooking
in the Eye of the Cat; and The Difference After Dark, Blackness in American
Popular Culture.

Throughout  his career at Lafayette, which spanned over a quarter century,
Bryan received numerous honors, including the Student Government Superior
Teaching Award in 1989-1990 and 1992-1993; this is an award that is given by
graduating seniors, and it is rare for a professor to receive it twice.

Bryan also delivered numerous presentations at Lafayette on topics such as
“Blacks in Popular Culture” and “Black Writers in the Classroom”. In May of
2014, Bryan was asked to deliver “The Last Lecture” (modeled after Carnegie
Mellon Professor Randy Pautsch's lecture and book of the same name)  He was
one of only a handful of professors asked to speak to graduating seniors;
this was, sadly, Bryan’s last lecture and last professional engagement. The
title of the lecture was: “In the Course of It All: Life is Words"; this
honor, along with the two student government teaching awards, suggests how
deeply he was loved by his students - his courses were described by
students, both majors and non-majors, as a “must take", and were always
over-enrolled, with students consistently remarking on student evaluations
how he had changed their lives. They described him as inspiring, exciting,
funny, and extremely smart.

Bryan once described his teaching in the following terms: “If asked what I
aim to accomplish in the classroom, I would say I am trying for a good
conversation. For in all my courses dialogue is a primary emphasis. I enjoy
lecturing, but my class presentations, generally, are designed to provoke
dissuasion. Whether just beginning college work or about to finish,
undergraduates (I believe) have something to teach me."

As a resident of Doylestown, PA, Bryan's life also included jazz and the
American songbook as a joy, metaphor and interpretation of his many
passions: writing, literary criticism, food, art, "beautiful things," and,
of course, Paris. During most evenings, he could often be found playing his
stereo or the piano and singing to Carmen McRae, Shirley Horn or other great
jazz artists, while duck was in the oven (or some other scrumptious dish)
along with a plate of pate and wine at the ready, all for the evening's
feast to be shared with Russell Clinton, his husband and life partner for 23
years, and, on many occasions, close friends.

During his stay fighting cancer in various hospitals and healthcare
facilities, Bryan often said that the rooms that he was in were 'simply
awful', and 'he wants to go out in style' -  of course his care and room
assignments were, in fact,  top notch! But, we all know Bryan and his desire
to be surrounded by beauty. So, what did he do to dress up his room(s)? He
buys a beautifully designed Simon Pearce lamp for only a brief stay. And, at
Christmas, even though he was unable to eat solid foods or drink liquids due
to complications from the cancer, he had a bounty of epicurean delights
delivered from Dean and Deluca for him to taste and smell, including his
favorite wines and brandy, all for the decadence of it all, and to celebrate
his favorite holiday in abundance with his dear Russell.

In addition to his husband, Russell Clinton, Bryan is survived by his
father, Dr. Joseph R. Washington, Jr.; father-in-law, Bill Clinton;
mother-in-law, Ruthann Clinton; brother, David Washington and his partner
Christine Tramposch; Russell's sister, Debbie McKayle; nephews, Calvin
McKayle and Travis McKayle; niece, Kiara McKayle; and numerous other family
members and friends.

A celebration of Bryan's life will be held on Friday, January 29th at 4:00
p.m., Buckingham Friends School, 5684 York Road, Lahaska, PA.


In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Abramson
Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania Annual Fund, Attention Penn
Medicine Development, 3535 Market Street, Suite 750, Philadelphia, PA 19104
or online at www.cancer.pennmedicine.org

 

Ruth A. Welsh

Ruth Anne Welsh (nee Carlen), age 95, died peacefully Thursday, December 31,
2015 surrounded by family members.   She was the loving wife of 58 years to
the late John T. Welsh.

Born in Doylestown, Ruth was the daughter of the late Bernard S. and the
late Myra Hambleton Carlen.

A talented artist, actress, singer and writer, she was also a charter member
of the Ladies of Mount Carmel. She was the designated queen of volunteers in
Doylestown being a cub scout den mother and tour guide at Fonthill Castle
for many years just to name a few. She always had a smile for everyone, saw
only the good in everyone and made everyone who knew her better.

She is survived by five sons: Daniel, Michael, James, Richard (Diane),
Dennis (Kellie) and predeceased by son John Thomas, Jr.  She was the caring
grandmother of John, III (Andrea), Marie Vogel, (Brian), Erin, Patrick,
Kelly (Patrick Achuff), James,  Brendan (Rachel), Juliet,  Olivia, great
grandmother of Charlotte, Jack and loving aunt of many nieces and nephews.
She was the beloved sister of the late Bernard Carlen, Jr., the late Martha
Drapeau, the late Virginia Bowman, the late Calvin Carlen, the late Mary
Jean Berg, the late James Carlen, the late William Carlen and the late Norma
Kniese.

Relatives and friends are invited to her funeral Mass, 3 p.m.,  Saturday,
January 9, 2016 at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, 235 East State Street,
Doylestown, PA 18901, where the family will receive guests from 2 p.m.,
until the time of Mass.   Interment will follow Mass in St. Mary Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial contributions in Ruth’s name
to Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church at the address above.

 

Oliver A. Groman

Oliver A. Groman, a lifelong resident of Doylestown died on Sunday, December 27, 2015 at the age of 84. He was the loving husband for 58 years of Martha M. Kepler Groman.

Born in Doylestown, he was the son of the late Oliver and Evelyn Smith Groman.

Mr. Groman graduated from Doylestown High School and Penn State University. He served in the United States Navy, as well as the Army receiving honorable discharges from both branches of the military.

He began his career as Assistant Director at Neshaminy Manor. In 1970 he was sworn in as a Justice of the Peace, now known as a Magisterial District Judge, a position that he held until his retirement in 2010.

Oliver was a member of Doylestown Fire Company No. 1 for over 60 years, having served as President, Vice-President and Public Information Officer. He initiated the Youth Review Panel, helping many young people through the years.

Mr. Groman was a mason with Doylestown Lodge No. 245 F. & A. M. and a member of Doylestown Union Horse Company.

In addition to this wife, Martha, he is survived by his four children: son, Oliver A. Jr., his wife, Beth; daughters: Michele Carey, her husband, Don, and Chrystal Hilker and son, Steven C., his wife, Julie and his special daughter, LeAnn. Also surviving are his loving and wonderful sixteen grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.   He is also survived by his sister:   Patricia Coulton and family.

Relatives and friends are invited to his funeral service, 11 a.m., Monday, January 4, 2016 at Reed and Steinbach Funeral Home, 2335 Lower State Road, Doylestown, where the family will receive guests from 10 a.m., until the time of the service. The family will also receive guests Sunday evening from 6 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home. Interment will follow the service on Monday in Doylestown Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Oliver’s name may be made to: Doylestown Fire Company No. 1, P. O. Box 208, Doylestown, PA 18901.

 

John A. Bell

John Alexander Bell, of Solebury, passed away Monday, December 28, 2015 at his home. He was the husband for fifty-five years of Marjorie Laura Jackson Bell.

John was born in Philadelphia, the son of the late William and Jennie Bell, both of Ireland.

He was a graduate of Lower Moreland High School, Franklin and Marshall College and the University of Pennsylvania. John was a teacher of Chemistry and Physics at Central Bucks West High School for ten years. However, most of his working life was spent in electronic sales through his own company, John Bell Associates.

John was active in ministry for over forty years at First Baptist Church in Doylestown, Lakeside Educational Network in Fort Washington and Doylestown Christian Business Men’s Association.

John leaves behind his wife, Marjorie; his daughters: Nan Nagg, her husband, Dennis and Caryn DiGena, her husband, Michael; his son, Glenn and his wife, Stacia and his grandchildren: Aaron, Laura and Davis Nagg and William, Alexander and Elizabeth DiGena. He was preceded in death by his dear seventeen year old grandson, Robert Alexander Nagg.

St. Paul says in Timothy, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith!” John did as well!

His memorial service will be held at 7 p.m., Monday, January 4, 2016 at First Baptist Church, 311 West State Street, Doylestown, PA 18901. The family will greet guests from 6:15 p.m. until the time of the service.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in John’s memory may be made to: First Baptist Church at the address above or to Lakeside Educational Network, 240 New York Drive, Fort Washington, PA 19034.

 

Kathleen A. Tomer

Kathleen Anne Tomer passed away peacefully Sunday, December 27, 2015. She was 56.

Born in Philadelphia, she was the daughter of John and Joan Tomer. In addition to her parents, she is survived by her brothers, John, Bryan and Keith.

Kathy was a light to all who came into contact with her. Although she never spoke a word, her life spoke volumes to us all and taught us about Love and Grace. Kathy loved to laugh and smile; and those memories will forever be in our hearts.

The family wants to thank all of those who have touched her life over the years.

Relatives and friends are invited to her funeral service 10 a.m., Saturday, January 2, 2016 at Reed and Steinbach Funeral Home, 2335 Lower State Road, Doylestown where the family will receive guests from 9:30 a.m., until the time of the service. Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Kathleen’s name may be made to: First Baptist Church of Doylestown’s Missions Fund, 311 West State Street, Doylestown, PA 18901.

 

Theresa M. Kinkead

Theresa Marie (Streahle) Kinkead of Furlong lost her battle with cancer surrounded by family early Saturday morning, December 26, 2015.


Terry was dearly loved by her husband, Jim; her daughters: Becky (fiancé Brett Cybulski), Katie and Jackie and her sisters: Ruth Taylor and Anne Blastic (Ray), as well as her nieces and nephew Megan and Paige Taylor and Brian and Julie Blastic, and many other family members.

She was a hard-working and successful real estate agent working with the family of agents at Keller-Williams in Doylestown. She also loved playing golf with the Par-Tee girls at Five Ponds and tennis with her many girlfriends in Doylestown.

Although she will be remembered by friends and co-workers for her contagious smile and boisterous laugh, her family treasured her as a caring mother, forever proud of her three daughters.

Please join the family in remembering and celebrating Terry's life at 12 p.m., Wednesday, December 30, 2015 at Reed and Steinbach Funeral Home, 2335 Lower State Road, Doylestown where the family will receive guests from 10 a.m., until the time of the service. Interment will follow in Doylestown Cemetery.

 

Harry D. Wagner
 
Harry David ‘Jim’ Wagner of Doylestown Township died peacefully on December 25, 2015 at Pine Run Health Care Center with his family by his side.  Harry was 88 years of age.  He was predeceased in death by his loving and devoted wife of 62 years, Anne Elizabeth (Puderbaugh) Wagner, on October 26,  2015.
 
Born in Hershey, Pennsylvania, he was the son of the late Harry D. and Mamie (Kann) Wagner.
 
Harry graduated from Hershey High School in 1945 and immediately enlisted in the Army Air Corp. He was advanced to Corporal and served in Guam as a teletype specialist.  At the end of the war Harry attended Ryder College where he earned a Bachelor of Business Administration. 
 
He went on to become a claims investigator for Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Company (later became Nationwide Insurance) where he met the love of his life, Anne Puderbaugh.  On May 30, 1953 Harry and Anne where united in marriage and in December of 1954 they began their family of five children with the birth of their first child. 
 
Harry was an active member of the Chalfont Fire Company first as a fireman and then as fire-police.  He later became a police officer for the Chalfont Police Department, finishing his career as a police officer for the New Britain Borough Police Department.  Harry also was a member of the American Legion and was a 32nd degree Mason and Shriner.
 
Harry is survived by his five children:   Jeannette Wright,  her husband, Steve;  James, his wife, Ragen; Joseph, his wife, Kelli; Jeffrey, his wife, Brenda and John, his wife, Colette, as well as nine grandchildren; and five great-granddaughters.
 
A memorial service for both Harry and Anne will be held at 11:30  a..m, Saturday, January 2, 2016 at Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church, 84 East Oakland Ave., Doylestown, PA 18901,  where the family will receive guests from  11 a.m. until the time of the service.    Interment of  Harry and Anne will be 9 a.m., January 4, 2016 in Washington Crossing National Cemetery, Newtown. 
 
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Anne and Harry’s name to Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church at the address above.

 

 

Wilfred Jennings
 
Wilfred “Bud” Jennings of Warwick, PA passed away on December 22, 2015. He was 91 years old.  He was the husband for 66 years of Elizabeth “Betty” (Green) Jennings, and the son of the late Wilfred Parker Jennings and Adelaide (Stewart) Jennings. 
 
Bud graduated from Cheltenham High School and Yale University with a degree in Chemical Engineering.  He worked his entire career at ARCO where he was the manager of refinery technology.  Bud was a member of Alpha Chi Sigma, American Petroleum Institute, and a United States Marine Corp veteran. 
 
His passions in life were his family, opera and classical music. 
 
In addition to his wife, he is survived by his four children:   Linda Seeney Jennings, Douglas (Anna), Stephen (Carleen) and Timothy (Mary) and his four grandchildren; Kelly and Daniel Jennings, Erin Geist (Mark) and Valerie Jennings.  He is also survived by his sisters:  Thelma Richards and Dorothy Schroy. 
 
A service to celebrate Bud’s life will be held at 11 a.m.,  Monday, January 11, 2016 at St. Mathew’s Episcopal Church, 919 Tennis Ave., Maple Glen, PA   19002.  Friends may call at 10 a.m. until the time of the service.  Interment will follow in the Church memorial garden. 
 
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Bud’s name to:   Ann Silverman Community Health Clinic, 595 West State St., Doylestown, PA 18901 or to St. Mathew’s Episcopal Church at the above address.

 

 

Donna Marie Gresko

Donna Marie Gresko passed away peacefully, Sunday Dec. 20th 2015 surrounded by her loving family. She was 54 years old.

Donna entered eternal life and was reunited with her parents Margaret and Charles Taylor formerly of Horsham, PA.

She graduated from Hatboro Horsham High School and continued on to Montgomery County Community College. She held various administrative positions.

Donna married the love of her life, Michael Gresko in June 1989 and was a devoted wife and mother to their four children. Donna and Michael shared a love far beyond measure.

Her children were the focal point of her life. She found enjoyment in relaxing at the beach, reading, gardening, and cooking. She spent much time with family and friends. Her constant companion, her dog, Elvis, was always by her side.

For those who knew her, Donna will be deeply missed and her beautiful smile will never be forgotten.

Donna’s spirit is carried on by her beloved husband, Michael, and her four children: Michael (Christin Iacono), Anthony, Ashley and Breanna and her granddaughter, Juliette. She was the sister of Richard Taylor (Diane) and Kathleen Altomare (Vince).

Family and friends are invited to her service 11 a.m., Monday, December 28, 2015 at Covenant Church, 4000 Route 202 Doylestown where the family will receive guests from 9 a.m., until the time of the service. Interment will follow in St. John Neumann Cemetery, Chalfont.

 

Gary Scheets


Gary Scheets of Furlong died Friday, Dec. 17, 2015. He was 58, and the husband of Mary (Morton) Scheets.

Born in Doylestown, he was the son of Alice German Scheets and the late Horace Scheets.

Gary graduated from Central Bucks East High School, and worked as a local house painter for more than 30 years. He was a meticulous worker who took great pride in his work at home and on the job.

He loved the freedom of the open road while riding his motorcycle.

Gary was a warm and compassionate man who enjoyed participating in the annual local Toys for Tots drive. He was an affectionate and caring husband, supportive and proud father, and a loving and doting grandfather, fun-loving and always willing to help those in need. He loved animals and was known for taking his dogs to work with him.

In addition to his wife and mother, Gary is survived by his sons, Scott Seidle, his wife, Alison, of Ickesburg, Pa.; Shawn Seidle, his wife, Jessica, of Doylestown and Mark Scheets of Denver; his three granddaughters, Chloe, Kya, and Jasmine and two brothers, Wayne Scheets of Hatboro, and Tom Scheets of Holicong; as well as many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

Relatives and friends are invited to his funeral service 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 22, at Reed and Steinbach Funeral Home, 2335 Lower State Road, Doylestown, where the public may call at 10 a.m. Interment will be held privately.

 

Steven H. Kim

Steven H. Kim, of Furlong, passed away unexpectedly Saturday, December 12, 2015. He was 14.


Born in Montgomery County, he was the son of Steven and Lori Komorowski Kim.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his sisters: Natalie and Juliette.

Steven was a loving, gentle and kind son, brother, grandson, cousin, nephew and friend. We will mourn his loss but celebrate his time here with us as one of the brightest lights we have ever known. He was so special to so many people and his light and love will forever be in our hearts.

Steven loved fishing, playing football and video games but loved hanging out with his friends most of all.

Relatives and friends are invited to his funeral service at 1 p.m., Saturday, December 19, at First Baptist Church of Doylestown, 311 W. State Street, Doylestown. His viewing will be from 3 to 5 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m., Friday, December 18, at First Baptist Church. Interment will be private.

Friends and family are asked to bring their favorite photos of Steven to share with the family.

 

Ann B. Covatta

Ann B. Covatta, passed away Friday, December 11, 2015 at Brookdale Dublin. She was 85.

Born in Manchester, New Hampshire, she was the daughter of the late Alfred and Marguerite (Donnelly) Baldwin.

Ann was a graduate of University of New Hampshire and became an occupational therapist. Following her move to Doylestown in 1964 with her family and continuing her career at Abington
Memorial Hospital for over 30 years prior to retiring.

Ann loved to travel, feeling very fortunate that she was able to travel all over the United States, Canada, Europe, Egypt and Mexico with Puerto Vallarta being her favorite destination. There, she felt at home and relaxed. For many years it was an annual excursion she was able to enjoy, together with her companion, Fred Xanthopoulos.

Ann was also an artist, enjoying painting, ceramics, knitting, crocheting, cross stitch, leather work and many other crafts. She enjoyed attending art and craft shows. Ann was also an animal lover and visiting anywhere there were animals to see and pet.

She is survived by her son, Dan Covatta, of Doylestown; her daughter, Debi Rutherford, her husband, Bob, of Hellertown and her cousins in New Hampshire, the families of the late Joanne Lafond and Patty Roy. She was also predeceased by her companion, Fred Xanthopoulos and her companion at Brookdale, Leo Beauloc.

For over three years the Brookdale team have been caring for Ann in such a kind and loving way, they too, have become extended family.

Services and interment will be private.

 

Thomas J. Finley

Thomas J. Finley of Warrington, PA died on Thursday, December 10, 2015, at his residence surrounded by loving family. He was 84.

Tom was the beloved husband for 50 years of the late Elizabeth Maxwell Finley, who passed in 2005.

Born in Plymouth, PA he graduated from King's College and continued his education by receiving a Master's in Education at Seton Hall University. He retired as an administrator with the Neshaminy School District in 1993.

He was dedicated to his family, country, and church. He was a veteran of the Korean War.

He served as President of the Warrington AA Wrestling and coach for the youth league. In his youth he served as an altar server.

Tom is survived by his daughter, Kathleen Sumner, her husband, Henry, of Doylestown. Also surviving are his grandchildren: Kathryn, Elizabeth, Jennifer, and Margaret; and his sister, Jean Murphy, of Plymouth, as well as many nieces and nephews who will miss Uncle Tom. He was preceded in death by his son, Thomas E. Finley and sisters, Dorothy Finley, Helen Evans, and Mary Burns.

Relatives and friends are invited to his funeral Mass, 11 a.m. Saturday, December 19, 2015 at St. Robert Bellarmine Catholic Church, 856 Euclid Ave., Warrington, PA 18976, where the family will received guests from 10a.m., until the time of Mass. Interment will follow in St. John Neumann Cemetery, Chalfont.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Tom’s name may be made to: St. Robert Bellarmine Catholic Church at the above address or Neumann University, One Neumann Drive, Aston, PA 19014.

 

Elizabeth A. Lukridge

Elizabeth A. Lukridge of Doylestown died on Wednesday, December 9, 2015 at Luther Woods Nursing Home. She was 85 and the wife of the late William F. Lukridge, who passed in 2000.

Born in Seattle, Washington, she was the daughter of the late Ralph and Helen Cowell Michener.

Betty, as she was known to her family and friends, was a graduate of Cheltenham High School and had been employed by Bell Telephone for a number of years. She enjoyed spending time with her family, knitting, photography, the Jersey Shore and being with her friends in the Doylestown area.

She is survived by her stepchildren: Carol Frank, Joyce Okawa, William J. Lukridge and David Lukridge, as well as 14 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren.

Relatives and friends are invited to her funeral service, 11 a.m., Monday, December 14, 2015 at Reed and Steinbach Funeral Home, 2335 Lower State Road, Doylestown where the family will receive guests from 10 a.m., until the time of the service. Interment will follow in Doylestown Cemetery, Doylestown.

 

Phyllis L. Neel

 
Phyllis Louise Roush Neel of Doylestown died Wednesday, December 9, 2015 at the age of 94.
 
She was a resident of Pine Run Lakeview for the past 10 years.   They became her second family.   The Pine Run medical staff, the Doylestown Hospital Hospice staff at Pine Run Medical Center and the Lakeview staff were all devoted to her care and comfort.   We are so grateful to you.
 
Phyllis grew up in Fresno, CA, graduating from Roosevelt High School and Fresno State College, having majored in elementary education.    Always adoring children, she loved teaching first grade in Bakersfield, CA.   In December 1943, Phyllis married H. Clayton Neel who was serving in the U.S. Army Air Corp until the end of WW II.   They raised two daughters:   Joanne and Marjorie.
 
Clayton, an ordained minister in the United Presbyterian Church, brought the family to Ojai, CA where he pastored a congregation.   During these years, Phyllis was a homemaker, Scout leader and skilled seamstress.   After 3 years, the family moved to San Mateo, CA where Phyllis devoted herself to raising their daughters.   In the 50's the family moved to Media, PA.   Here Phyllis served as a 4-H leader and began to volunteer in local hospitals where over the decades she served thousands of hours.   Phyllis stitched beautiful crewel and petite pointe needlework pieces.   She loved creating these works of beauty.   She also was an avid gardener.   Phyllis and Clayton lived in Albuquerque, NM for 20 years and finally moved to the Doylestown area.   Phyllis cultivated many long, treasured friendships throughout the years.
 
Phyllis is survived by her two daughters:   Rev. Joanne Neel-Richard (Rev. Mary Anne Osborn) and Marjorie Turner (James), as well as 6 grandchildren: Ellen Tan (Dorothy), Matthew Richard, Christina Semenza (Matthew) and Christopher Turner (Tracy), Amy Hess (Michael), Jeffrey Turner (Erin) and 11 great-grandchildren: Milo, Stella and Amelia Richard; Avery and Chase Semenza; Reid and Cora Turner; Joey and Jimmy Hess and Clayton and Mayzie Turner.  
 
Phyllis’s love of family, her humor and genuine interest in the people in her life enriched all of our lives and brought us joy.
 
Services and interment are private.
 
If desired, memorial contributions in Phyllis’s name may be made to: National Parkinson Foundation, 330 So. 9th Street, 3rd Floor, Philadelphia, PA   19107.

 

 

William W. Finney, Jr.

 
On the afternoon of December 8th, 2015 we experienced a tremendous loss
through the sudden passing of William Warner Finney, Jr. of Doylestown. Bill
was born in Abington, Pa to William and Evelyn (Schingen) Finney. He was 55
years young and the loving husband for 33 years of Susan (Lutz) Finney and
proud father of Kristen Venettone (Jack), Julianne Finney, and William W.
Finney III.

Bill grew up in Southampton, Pa., having graduated from William Tennent High
School in 1978, where he met the love of his life. He played baseball
throughout his childhood and teenage years. He enjoyed summer trips to
Canada to fish with his father and developed his work ethic early through
his high school job and involvement in scouting.

Bill was a graduate of Kutztown University, class of 1982, having earned a
Bachelor of Fine Arts. Shortly after graduating from college he married and
moved to Doylestown in 1984. It didn’t take long for him to realize that
this was a special place.

As a talented artist and graphic designer, Bill  founded Finney Advertising
& Design in 1988. The success of his business has been a reflection of his
integrity and respect for customers and colleagues.

Bill lived his life for his family and never wavered in his faith. He
enjoyed traveling, backpacking, visiting national parks, golfing, cycling,
and talking about history to anyone who would listen! Bill was an Eagle
Scout and was active in Boy Scouts for most of his life. He served as a
Deacon and Elder at North & Southampton Reformed Church and as Sunday school
teacher at Doylestown Presbyterian Church, in addition to serving on several
committees. Bill coached baseball and softball for the Doylestown Athletic
Association and was extremely passionate about watching his children play
sports for C.B. West.

Bill was blessed with many circles of friends. Everyone that knew him
considered him a gentlemen and a scholar. Our hearts are forever broken.

Bill is also survived by his sisters: Lora Bodensteiner (Rudi) and Donna
McManus, as well as his loving in-laws, nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday the 12th of December at
Doylestown Presbyterian Church, 127 East Court Street Doylestown. Family and
friends are welcome to attend a visitation from 11 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. on
Saturday at Reed and Steinbach Funeral Home, 2335 Lower State Road,
Doylestown.    Interment will be held privately.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to:  Washington
Crossing Council Boy Scouts of America, 1 Scout Way, Doylestown, PA   18901
(www.washingtoncrossingbsa.org) or:  Facial Pain Association, 408 West
University Ave., Suite 402, Gainsville, FL   32601. (www.FPA-support.org).

 

 

Marguerite Feiler

Marguerite “Peggy” Feiler, of Lumberville, died Monday, December 7, 2015 at Briarleaf Nursing Home. She was 86 and the wife of the late Frank G. Feiler, who passed away in 1989.


Born in Doylestown, she was the daughter of the late Thomas and Mabel Anna Stahnten Anderson.


Once out of high school, Peggy modeled for True Story and Thrilling Love, national teen magazines.


She was a life member of Point Pleasant Fire Company, with service of over 50 years, loved the outdoors, hunting until she was 70 years old. She also enjoyed gardening and canning.


Survivors include her son: Tom Feiler, his wife, Anastasia Steinhoff; her daughter, Susan Aneskewich, her husband, Jamie; her sister, Dorothy “Sis” Foxwell, her husband, Robert, as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Services and interment will be held privately.


In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Peggy’s name may be made to: Point Pleasant Fire Company No. 1, 6500 Point Pleasant Pike, Point Pleasant, PA 18950 or: American Cancer Society, 480 Norristown Road - Suite 150, Blue Bell, PA 19422-2329.

 

Patricia A. Bartley

 
Patricia A. Bartley, of Philadelphia, died Friday, December 4, 2015, at Holy Redeemer Hospital in Meadowbrook. She was 72.
 
Relatives and friends are invited to her funeral service 11 a.m. Thursday, December 10, 2015 at Reed and Steinbach Funeral Home,2335 Lower State Road, Doylestown, where friends may call from 10 a.m., prior to the service.

Interment will be private.

 

 

Elizabeth A. Fluck

 

Elizabeth A. Fluck of New Britain died Monday, Nov. 30, 2015, at Pine Run.  She was 79 and the wife of the late Harold H. “Dutch” Fluck who passed away in 1999.


Born in Danboro, she was the daughter of the late William F. and Margaret Shelly Schiele.


Elizabeth was a graduate of Central Bucks High School, Class of 1954. She had been employed at Rite Aid at the Doylestown Shopping Center for more than 35 years.

 
Mrs. Fluck enjoyed trips to Ocean City, N.J., quilting, shopping and dinners with friends.


She is survived by three sons, Craig Fluck, his wife, Deneen; Bruce Fluck, his wife, Jean, and Tim Fluck, his wife, Doddie; as well as her grandchildren,   Craig, Corey Tom, Travis, Katie, Ryan and Elizabeth and her great grand-children, Craig Jr., Kalea, Emma, Tommy, Violet and Kayleigh. She is also survived by her brother, William Schiele and his wife, Marie, and her sister, Gladys Klein and her husband, Henry.


Relatives and friends are invited to her grave side service noon, Friday,

December 4, at Beulah Cemetery, 238 Almshouse Road, New Britain.
    

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Elizabeth's name may be sent to: Ascend Hospice, 108 Cowpath Road, Lansdale, PA 19446 or to:  American Diabetes Association, 150 Monument Road, Suite 100, Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004.

 


David F. Angeny

David Franklin Angeny of Doylestown passed away at his home surrounded by his loving family on Saturday, November 21st at the age of 87. He was the husband for 61½ years of Evelyn Werner Angeny.

He was born in Danboro and was the son of the late Clarence and Margaret (Wolfinger) Angeny.

David graduated from Doylestown High School, class of 1946. He was a self-employed builder after he worked many years in the family business of Angeny Brothers.

In his youth, he enjoyed scouting and camping with the Boy Scouts. In his elder years he enjoyed youth sports. He was a lifetime hunter in Pennsylvania, Maine, and Idaho.

David was a former member of Plumstead Lions Club. He belonged to the Doylestown Lodge Free & Accepted Masons, Lehigh Consistory, and North Penn Shrine. He was a life member of Salem United Church of Christ in Doylestown.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his children: Roy, his wife, Julie, of Idaho and Lynn Cooney, her husband, John, of Doylestown; four grandchildren Michelle and Sean Cooney and Cameron and Hunter Angeny and his sister, Doris Bleam, of Perkasie. He was preceded in death by his brother: A. Leroy Angeny and two sisters: Fay Lois Angeny and Grace Marie Moyer.

David’s family will receive friends from 9 a.m. until the time of his service at 11 a.m., Saturday, November 28, 2015 at Reed and Steinbach Funeral Home, 2335 Lower State Road, Doylestown. Interment will follow in Doylestown Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in David’s name may be made to: Salem U.C.C. Memorial Endowment Fund, 186 E. Court Street, Doylestown PA 18901 or Doylestown Hospital Hospice, c/o Development Office, 595 West State Street, Doylestown, PA 18901.

 

Damien N. DeRose

 

Damien Nicholas DeRose of Doylestown passed peacefully Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015, at Temple University Hospital.  He was 30. 

 

Born in Elizabeth, New Jersey, he was the beloved son of Nicholas and Lynn D’Amico DeRose.

 

Damien was a well-respected Singer Songwriter under the name of “Peasant.”  As a recording artist he was a member of The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers.  Starting off in 2003 at the age of 18 his first album, "Fear Not, Distant Lover," was entirely home-recorded and self-released. Damien toured extensively in both Europe and the USA.  Damien’s songs were featured on several network TV shows.  As noted in a memorial article by WXPN, “His music struck an emotional chord with listeners: beautiful melodies set to affecting arrangements, lyrics of personal introspection and a voice that was delicate and captivating.”

 

In addition to his parents, Damien is survived by his brother, Jonathan Noah DeRose.

 

A life gathering will be held from 1 to 4 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 28, at Aldie Mansion, 85 Old Dublin Pike, Doylestown.

 

 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Damien’s name may be made to:

Christian Life Prison and Recovery Ministry,  P.O. Box 1624,   Southampton,

PA 18966   (please note on check:  Damien DeRose Scholarship Fund).

 

Nancy H. Presti

Nancy H. Presti of Doylestown passed away on Wednesday, November 11, 2015 surrounded by loving family. She was 56 years old and the beloved wife and true companion of the late David F. Presti.

Born in Plainfield, NJ, she was the daughter of Esther Manente Hall and the late Edwin F. Hall.

Nancy graduated from Central Bucks East in 1977 and went on to earn a degree in business and marketing from Boston College in 1981. Remembered by her BC lacrosse teammates as a leader on and off the field, Nancy was a two-time co-captain and All-American athlete. She led the team with grace and tenacity to BC’s first national tournament for women of any sport. Upon graduation, she started her real estate career with Rouse & Associates in Philadelphia working to lease space at One Liberty Place. Nancy eventually moved back to Doylestown, where she met and married the love of her life, David. She went on to establish a very successful career in commercial and residential real estate that would span 30 years, most recently with The Nancy H. Presti Group at Berkshire Hathaway. Her impeccable reputation was well recognized throughout the region and earned her Berkshire Hathaway’s top honors for years. She was a passionate, dedicated professional who treated her many clients like family.

Above all, Nancy adored and cherished her two children, Samuel and Abigail, who brought such joy to her life. Their accomplishments, both academic and extracurricular, were a source of great pride. Of note is Sam and Abbie's participation as team leaders for Relay for Life, where they both set fund-raising records for the organization. Nancy was exhilarated by Sam and Abbie’s scholastic success throughout their lives, most recently with Sam’s enrollment into the Integrated Business and Engineering program at Lehigh University and Abbie’s outstanding achievements in both a rigorous honor’s curriculum and the harlequin theater at Central Bucks West. She watched excitedly as Abbie began the college selection process this year. As a family, they loved travel and adventure and together have enjoyed many trips to Europe, the Caribbean and most recently, California.

Nancy loved her hometown, Doylestown and she and David chose to live and raise their family here. They began their married life in a small borough home that was once James Michener’s residence and she was thrilled to move to the borough again in 2013. A devoted member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Doylestown, she trained to become a Stephen Minister and provided one-to-one care and support to parishioners going through challenging times.

Over the years, Nancy and David both battled cancer and through it all, they maintained a positive attitude and lived life to the fullest. Their optimism and perseverance were contagious. Evidence of this was Nancy's commitment to holding the first annual Taste for Life benefit as a way to honor David and give back to the Abramson Cancer Center at the University of Pennsylvania, which was so central to their care.

Nancy is survived by her mother, Esther M. Hall; her loving children, Sam and Abbie; her sister, Mary Ann Battipaglia, her brother and sister-in-law, Thomas and Lisa Hall; her aunt and uncle, Sue and John Detlefsen; her uncle, Roy Dales; several cousins, and nieces and nephews: Matthew and Kelly, Christen and fiance Ross, Jeffrey, Kathryn, and Thomas. Nancy also leaves behind her beloved husband's family, including her mother-in-law, Maysie Presti, and her husband, George Corrieri; David's siblings and their spouses: Barbara and Robert Breinich; Duane and Leigh Presti; Linay and Bruce Robinson; Barry and Georgia Presti; Brian Presti and fiancé Diane Martin; Darryl and Renee Presti; Janelle and Jeffrey Falabella and many nieces and nephews. Nancy is also survived by her dear “framily” the Canavans: Mark, Jody, Sarah, and Amy, whose unconditional love and support has been invaluable.

Relatives and friends are invited to her funeral service at 10:30 a.m., Monday, November 16, 2015 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 301 North Main Street, Doylestown where the family will receive guests from 9 a.m., until the time of the service. The family will also receive guests Sunday evening, November 15 from 7 to 9 p.m., at Reed and Steinbach Funeral Home, 2335 Lower State Road, Doylestown. Interment will follow the funeral service in Doylestown Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Nancy’s memory for Sam and Abbie’s College Fund may be made to: ‘Charles Schwab FBO The Presti Family Trust,’ c/o StratWealth, 7300 Grace Drive, Columbia, MD, 21104 or to: David and Nancy Presti Foundation, Inc. c/o 3088 Street Road, Doylestown, PA, 18902.

 

Ross E. Stempel, Jr.

Ross E. Stempel, Jr., of Doylestown, died Monday, November 9, 2015 at Doylestown Hospital. He was 96 and the husband for 56 years of Frances Murray Stempel.


Born in Pineville, Pennsylvania, he was the son of the late Bertha West and Ross E. Stempel, Sr.


Ross was a 1937 graduate of Doylestown High School and a 1949 graduate of Drexel University with a BS in Commerce.


Between high school and college graduation, Ross served in the US Army during WW II.

He worked for Sinkler Fuel Oil as an accountant/corporate secretary for 35 years.

Ross was active as a Scout Master with the Boy Scouts in Doylestown from 1950-1965, a member of the Knights of Columbus #4160 and Doylestown American Legion Post 210. He served as Treasurer of Doylestown FISH from 1986-2008, an organization that concentrated on charity services.

He was a parishioner of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church for 60 years, an active member of St. Joseph’s Society, was active with the YMCA and Central Bucks Senior Citizens.

In addition to his wife, Ross is survived by his daughters: Maureen Allu, her husband, Marshall, of Ft. Washington and Susan Van Ness, of Florida; three grandchildren: Tracy Albertelli, her husband, Michael, Erin Allen, her husband, Brad and Glen Van Ness, his wife, Dianne, as well as four great-grandchildren, Cecilia, Natalie, Patrick and Andrew. He was preceded in death by a son, Donald and two brothers: Richard and Norton and a sister, Jean.

Relatives and friends are invited to his funeral Mass 11 a.m. Saturday, November 14, 2015, at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, 235 E. State Street, Doylestown, PA 18901, where friends may call from 10 a.m., prior to the Mass. Interment will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Ross’ name may be made to: Boy Scouts of America, 1 Scout Way, Doylestown, PA 18901 or Society of St. Vincent de Paul, c/o Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church at the address above.

 

 

Mae J. Myers

Mae J. Myers of Doylestown passed away peacefully on Thursday, June 25, 2015. She was 89.
She was the wife of the late Frank W. Myers, Jr.

Mae was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. After marriage, there were many moves during her life including Kansas City, Chicago, San Francisco and the Pocono’s and lastly, the Doylestown area.

Mae was always gracious and welcoming to everyone. She was an avid golfer most of her life. Mae was also the ultimate authority on crossword puzzles and anything to do with frogs. She was aptly referred to as “the Frog Lady” by visitors and friends. She took everything in stride and had spunk up to the end.

Mae is survived by her daughter: Pamela Stewart of Calgary, Canada and her son: Philip Myers, M.D., of Sellersville, as well as her grandchildren: Frank IV, Carrie, Courtney, Joshua, Sarah, Jennifer, Samantha and Adam. Also surviving is her sister: Joan Loehlein of Palo Pinot, TX. She was also predeceased by her son, Frank W. Myers, III.

Services and interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Mae’s memory may be made to: Free Clinic of Doylestown, 595 West State Street, Doylestown, PA 18901.

 

Ruth I. Hughes

Ruth I. Hughes, age 52, of Chalfont, passed away on November 7, 2015.

She was born to the late David and Ruth Boltz Hughes in Pennsauken, NJ.

She is survived by her husband of 27 years, Jeffrey E. Toner, and daughter, Kathryn H. Toner, as well her brothers: David Hughes (Toni) and Robert Fisher-Hughes (Janet) and her nieces and nephews: Ruth Toner, Emily Toner, Patti Auxer, Laura Hughes, Robert Maxwell and Alison Maxwell.

Ruth graduated from Pennsauken High School and from Oberlin College with a major in psychology in 1985. She received a Master’s degree in Library Science from Drexel University and thereafter worked first at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary and later at the Library Company of Philadelphia for 17 years, where she was Chief Cataloger and a much valued member of the staff until 2012.

In 2010 a collection of 100 artists’ books was given by her friend, Alice Austin, to Oberlin College in her honor and for decades to come the Ruth Hughes Collection will remind many generations of readers of Ruth’s love of books and libraries. She was a longtime supporter of the Oberlin College Library, serving on the Friends of the Library Council from 1992 to 1998 and as Vice President from 1995 to 1998. She was also an active member of Doylestown Presbyterian Church where she was surrounded by many loving friends.

In the years since her retirement, while she was coping heroically with her cancer, she dedicated herself to the care of her family and to service to her community and she leaves a rich legacy of love for all who knew her.

Funeral services will take place at 2 p.m., Saturday, November 14, 2015 at Doylestown Presbyterian Church, 132 East Court Street, Doylestown, PA 18901. Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests contribution in Ruth’s memory be made to: Doylestown Presbyterian Church at the address above or: Abramson Cancer Center Of the University of Pennsylvania, Attn: Penn Medicine Development, 3535 Market Street, Suite 750, Philadelphia, PA 19104-3309.

 

Victoria L. Exner

Victoria Lynn Exner of Furlong passed on November 3, 2 015 at Aria Health Center. She was 29.

Born in Doylestown, she was the daughter of Jessica Lyn Schieber Blackburn (Thomas C. Blackburn, “Dad”) and the late Thomas R. Exner.

Victoria graduated with honors in 2004 from Central Bucks High School East. She also was a graduate of Bucks County School of Beauty Culture in 2007 having earned a cosmetology license. Victoria was passionate about helping victims of addiction and their families, as well as families of murder victims.

In addition to her mother, Victoria is survived by her sister, Felicia J. Carey, her grandparents: William and Aileen Schieber; Laurence and Rose Blackburn; her siblings: Thomas, his wife, Wendi; Jamie and Tracy Exner; her uncles: Mark Schieber, his wife, Debbie Jo and Timothy Schieber, his wife, Roseann, and Robert Lewis, his wife, Laura, as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins and other loved ones. She was predeceased by an aunt: Deborah Fesmire and a cousin: Christiana Fesmire.

Relatives and friends are invited to her service 12:15 p.m., Monday, November 9, 2015 at Reed and Steinbach Funeral Home, 2335 Lower State Road, Doylestown, where the family will receive guests from 11:30 a.m., until the time of the service. Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you take the time to perform a random act of kindness in Victoria’s memory.

 

Helen W. Comerford

Helen Warga Comerford of Doylestown, formerly of Glenside, died on October 27, 2015. She was 97 years old and loving wife of Leo P. Comerford.

She was the mother of Leo Comerford Jr (Jonell) and Barbara Shaeffer (Joseph), grandmother of 6 and great-grandmother of 4.

Helen was a 1941 graduate of Women’s Medical College Nursing School, having worked as a nurse with polio victims, newborn nursery, private duty and as a school nurse at Cardinal Dougherty High School.

Helen was a long time member of Queen of Peace Parish in Glenside and served on the Altar Society.

Her funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m., Monday, November 2, Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, 235 East State Street, Doylestown, where the family will receive guests from 9 a.m. until the time of Mass. Interment will follow Mass in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Cheltenham Township.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Helen’s name may be made to: The Miraculous Medal Shrine, 500 E. Chelten Ave., Philadelphia, Pa 19144.

 

Nancy H. Burkart


Nancy Hamilton Burkart, a longtime resident of New Britain, passed away at home on Thursday, October 22, 2015. She was 85 and the wife for 64 years of Bruce B. Burkart.


Born in Doylestown, Nancy was the daughter of the late Ralph J. and Laura Clemens Hamilton.


Nancy was a graduate of Doylestown High School, class of 1947. She was a service representative with Bell Telephone Company for five years before becoming a homemaker.


Nancy was the longest active member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, where she taught Sunday school for sixteen years and sang in the choir for thirty years.
She enjoyed bowling and playing Bridge. Nancy was a long time Red Cross blood donor, having donated fourteen gallons of blood and volunteered with Meals on Wheels for forty-three years as well as being on the Board of Directors and had been president and secretary. Nancy also volunteered and was part-time as a staff member for the Bucks County Historical Society, Mercer Museum for forty years. She had been on the Board of Directors of the Womens’ Committee / Friends of Bucks County Historical Society for two yeas, a member of the Covered Bridge Society of Bucks County, as well as librarian and past president of New Britain Library and Literary Society.


In addition to her husband, Bruce, she is survived by her son, Brian S. Burkart, his wife, Cathy, of Raymond, Maine and her daughter: Lisa K. Chalmers, her husband, David, of Pittsburgh, PA; four granddaughters: Tyler Ruch of Milford Square; Dustyn Kujawa, her husband, Christopher, of College Park, MD; Brandi Arnold, her husband, Jason, of LaPlata, MD and Erika B. Jones, her husband, Walt, of Pittsburgh, PA, as well as six great-grandchildren: Zevin, Bryce and Sienna Ruch and Clara, Joseph and Kelsi Arnold. She was predeceased by her son, Kevin B. Burkart.


Relatives and friends are invited to Nancy’s memorial service, 11 a.m., Wednesday, October 28, 2015 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 301 North Main Street, Doylestown. Interment will be private in Whitemarsh Memorial Park, Ambler.


In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Nancy’s name may be made to: Meals on Wheels of Central Bucks, 252 Belmont Ave., Doylestown, PA 18901 or to: New Britain Baptist Food Larder, 22 East Butler Ave., New Britain, PA 18901.

 

William John Miller, Jr.


William John Miller Jr., called "Jack" by his friends and family, died unexpectedly at his Doylestown home Thursday. He was 72.

Jack recently retired from Penn State University where he taught Asian studies as an adjunct professor at their Abington campus.

Born in 1943 at Chestnut Hill Hospital, Jack was the son of the late William John and Gladys Olsen Miller Sr. He grew up in Cheltenham, spending much of his childhood involved in the Boy Scouts and playing the saxophone in his high school jazz band.

Jack graduated in 1961 from Cheltenham High School and went on to obtain his Bachelor's degree in history and teaching certificate from Muskingum College in 1965, and later a Master's degree in education from Temple University in 1971.
After graduating, Jack felt a calling to use his newly-acquired skills to make a difference abroad. He joined the Peace Corps, through which he spent two years volunteering as a teacher in the Philippines.

Once back in the States, he continued on his path, teaching social studies at Abington Senior High School where he spent over 20 years sharing his love of world culture and history with his students.

With great pride, Jack was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to China in 1985. This afforded him the opportunity to study Chinese history up close.
In line with his civic-mindfulness, he served as a councilman for Doylestown Borough for several years.

All his life, Jack was eager to converse with friends about some of his favorite topics, including world history, politics, and the arts. What started out as innocent conversations, often turned into lively debates, as Jack was a very impassioned raconteur.

Jack dedicated much of his life admiring and celebrating the diverse beauty he discovered in many cultures around the world-through his teaching career, art collections, and travels. But nothing brought him greater joy than instilling this kind of eclectic wonder in his students and loved ones.

Jack is survived by his brother, Bruce Miller (Kay); his daughters, Leilani Learn, Michele Haddon (Jamie) and Pat Ngam; and his grandchildren, Connor Learn, Gabriella Learn, Cole Stanley, Sydney Haddon, Finnegan Haddon, Patrick Flanagan and Charlize Haddon.

Relatives and friends are invited to his memorial service 7 p.m., Wednesday, October 28, at Reed and Steinbach Funeral Home, 2335 Lower State Road, Doylestown, where friends may call from 6 p.m., until the time of service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the James A. Michener Art Museum, 138 S. Pine Street, Doylestown, PA 18901.

 

Deborah P. Bouc

Deborah P. Bouc of Doylestown passed away Monday, October 12, 2015 surrounded by her family at her daughter’s house in Hatboro. She was 61 and the wife of Donald Bouc.

Born in Philadelphia, she was the daughter of Winfield Preston Warner and Anna Frances Warner Madgey (Robert Madgey).

In addition to her husband, she is survived by her children: Christine Monaghan (Edward); Jennifer Guzman (Paul) and Jessica Bouc, as well as her grandchildren: Kayla McKay, Zachary McKay, Taylor Devine, Mason Monaghan, Tyler Masters, Gloria Guzman, Anakin Smalley, Jocelyn Smalley and Natalie Smalley. Deborah is also survived by her brother, Michael Warner (Arlene) and her sisters: Beth Rayburn (Bob) and Patricia Miller (Ron).

Relatives and friends are invited to her funeral service, 12 p.m., Friday, October 16 at Reed and Steinbach Funeral Home, 2335 Lower State Road, Doylestown, where the family will receive guests from 10:30 a.m., until the time of the service. Interment will be private.

 

W. Andrew McPherson

W. Andrew “Drew” McPherson of Doylestown passed away on Wednesday, October 7. He was 80 and the husband of 50 years to Darla Walke McPherson.

He was born in 1935 in Collingdale, Pa. to William J and Bessie McKillop McPherson.

He was raised in Collingswood , NJ and graduated from Collingswood High School, Shelton College and The Reformed Episcopal Seminary. Drew worked for Merck & Co, Inc. in computer programming and office technology. He was active in community serving with the Doylestown Fire Police and Doylestown Township Zoning Hearing Board. He also served on the board of directors of the Merck Sharp & Dohme Credit Union for more than 30 years.

In addition to his wife, Darla, he is survived by his son, Glenn of Levittown; his daughter, Holly (Mark), of Indiana and his granddaughter, Aubrey Devon-Elizabeth and his dear little dog, Snapple.

Relatives and friends are invited to his funeral service, 10 a.m., Saturday, October 17, 2015 at Reed and Steinbach Funeral Home, 2335 Lower State Road, Doylestown, with a visitation from 9 a.m., until the time of the service. Interment will follow in Whitemarsh Memorial Park, Prospectville.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: Doylestown Fire Company No. 1,
P. O. Box 208, Doylestown, PA 18901
.

 

Frank J. Lichtner

Frank J. Lichtner, 62, of Chalfont, PA, died on Tuesday, October 6, 2015.

Frank taught and coached swimming at LaSalle College High School for 25 years. During his tenure, he emphasized, through his coaching and example, the life values and benefits of commitment, hard work, perseverance, and self-confidence. His focus was always on the student athlete and the personal reward of being the best you can be.

Frank is survived by his wife, Jennifer; his children: Graham, Daphne and stepson, Greg Allen; mother, Doris (Brennan); sister, Judy Maurer; brothers, Steve and Jeffrey (Heidi); aunt, Margaret Wilson and many nieces and nephews.

His funeral Mass will be 11 a.m, Tuesday, October 13, at Our Lady Help of Christians, 1500 Marian Road, Abington, PA, where the family will receive guests from 9 a.m., until the time of Mass. Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions to: Frank Lichtner Scholarship Fund, c/o LaSalle College High School, 8605 Cheltenham Ave., Wyndmoor, PA 19038.

 

Nancy A. Jacobs

Nancy A. Jacobs of Doylestown passed away on Saturday, October 3, 2015. She was 57 years old and the loving wife, partner and best friend of Barry Douglas.


Nancy was one of six, born to the late Carl and Dorothy Jacobs of Grosse Ile, Michigan. She spent her childhood going on adventures with her siblings: swimming, canoeing and exploring their island home. She had a strong, courageous spirit, a beautiful heart and a fierce sense of loyalty to the people she loved.


Her sister Linda Barnes reflected that Nancy was not only incredibly kind, but also strikingly beautiful and extremely intelligent. “She was the smart one,” said Linda. Her father encouraged Nancy to apply her sharp mind toward a degree in engineering and in 1981, Nancy graduated with her Bachelors of Science in Engineering from The University of Michigan.

Nancy and Barry moved to Doylestown in 1989 and she quickly became very involved in the local community. She made friends easily and was blessed with a rare quality where everyone who knew her felt close to her and heard by her.

Although she was a talented business woman, Nancy received the most joy from volunteering and helping others. A giver by nature, Nancy spent time working for the Network of Victim Assistance and the Habitat for Humanity Re-Store. In her last few years, she also volunteered at Mercer Street Friends teaching math and reading skills to underprivileged individuals.

Nancy had a lively mind and strong body: she was an active reader and news junkie who loved sunshine and nature, yoga and long walks with her dog. Her loss is felt deeply and she will be dearly missed.

She is survived by her husband, Barry and her three children, Rebecca, Andrew, and Joshua, who she was teaching, loving, and encouraging until the very end.

Services and interment will be held privately.

Memorial contributions may be made in Nancy’s name to: Mercer Street Friends, 151 Mercer Street, Trenton, NJ 08611 or: National Cancer Institute, BG 9609 MSC 9760, 9609 Medical Center Drive, Bethesda, MD 20892-9760.

 

Russell A. Lampman

Russell A. Lampman born in Philadelphia, died at the age of 90 on October 3, 2015 at Pennswood Village.

A graduate of Lafayette College (1950). As an engineer he worked for Burroughs, IBM and co-founder and CEO of KLI Inc., . He fought in World War II and was the recipient of two purple hearts and a bronze star.

He was predeceased by his wife Margaret (Wiesner) and is survived by his two children: Jeff (Mary) and Lynn (Lynne) and three grandchildren: Russell (Brianna), Zachary, and Michael. He was a loving husband, great father and fun grandfather.

Funeral services will be private. Interment will be in Hilton Head, South Carolina.

Donations may be made to: Wounded Warrior Project, Inc. 4499 Belfort Road, Suite 300 Jacksonville, FL 32256 or woundwarriorproject.org

 

 

Susan M. Sweet

 
    Susan M. Bender Sweet, a 40 year resident of  Plumsteadville passed away Saturday, October 3, 2015 at her home, surrounded by her family.   She was 64 and the wife for 42 years of Robert F. Sweet.
 
    Born in Philadelphia, Susan was the daughter of Mary O. Bender and the late Arnold Bender.
 
    In addition to her husband, Susan is survived by her son:  James, his wife, Jennifer; her two  grandchildren:   Maycee and Kayla Sweet, as well as her two sisters:   Linda McWhorter and Lisa Aerts and her two brothers:   Bud Bender and William Bender.
 
    Susan was a graduate of Central Bucks High School, class of 1969 and Bucks County Community College, having received a degree in Early Childhood Education.   For many years she worked at Rainbow World and Little People Nursery School.   She had also been employed at  A & T Chevrolet until she decided to pursue her life long dream and opened a gift shop in the Village of Skippack, Pa.
 
    Her family would like to thank Doylestown Hospital and Doylestown Hospice for all the tender and compassionate care they provided during the past few weeks.
 
    Relatives and friends are invited to her funeral service, 2:30 p.m., Thursday, October 8, 2015 at Reed and Steinbach Funeral Home, 2335 Lower State Road, Doylestown where the family will receive guests from 1:30 p.m., until the time of the service.   Interment will follow in Doylestown Cemetery.

 

Doris S. Stone

Doris Suiter Stone of Doylestown, formerly of Drexel Hill, Pa., passed away peacefully at Neshaminy Manor on Wednesday, September 30, 2015. She was 91 and the wife for 65 years of the late Charles F. (“Chick”) Stone Jr.

She is survived by many loving family members, including her sons: Charles F. III, (Jane) of Swarthmore, Pa., Rod (Suzanne) of Doylestown, and Richard (Nancy Jo) of Garner, NC; her grandchildren: Elizabeth, William (Alison), and Robert (fiancé, Erin) Stone and their mother Kathleen Mock (Robert), Norine Whitlow (Justin) and Mariah Kelly (Sean) of Asheville, NC and their mother Margaret, and Theodore Harrington IV(Melissa); and her cherished great-grandchildren, William and Nathan Stone, Olive Whitlow, Theodore V and Benjamin Harrington, Wallace Kelly due in November; as well as 4 step-grandchildren and ten step great-grandchildren in North Carolina. She was predeceased by her brothers, Warren and William Suiter, and infant great-grandson, Avery Whitlow.

Doris was born in Washington DC in 1924 to William and Kathryn Suiter. She soon moved with her parents to Upper Darby, Pa., where she subsequently met Chick, whom she married on June 15, 1946. She was a wonderful stay-at-home mother while the boys were in elementary school and as her boys got older, returned to work as a secretary at Garrettford Elementary School. She moved to the Community YMCA in Lansdowne, Pa., working as coordinator of the Annual Giving Campaign. Chick and Doris were a very active ‘team’ in the square-dancing community as founding members of the Grand Squares Club that danced two Friday nights per month at the Community YMCA. Their work was instrumental in the growth of square dancing in the area.

Doris and Chick enjoyed frequent camping trips and visits to Ocean City, NJ, biking on the boards, sitting on the beach and visiting the diner on the way home. They were also devoted to the activities of their grandchildren, attending sporting events, concerts, and school shows. When younger, their grandchildren were always happy to visit Berry Avenue to disappear into the basement to prepare an entertaining ‘show’ for the adults. Doris was dearly beloved “Gammy” to her great-grandsons. She enjoyed being a part of their childhood activities and the many “firsts.” Her favorite words to hear were; “We love you, Gammy.”

After moving to Doylestown, Doris met a new group of companions at Center Square Towers, enjoying their friendship and camaraderie. Living in the area provided the opportunity to visit with family and celebrate important occasions.

Visitation and a celebration of her life will be held 10:30 a.m., Saturday, October 24, 2015 at Reed and Steinbach Funeral Home, 2335 Lower State Road, Doylestown, with a visitation from 9:30 a.m., until the time of the service. Interment will be private in Church of the Holy Comforter, Drexel Hill, PA.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be sent to: Alzheimer’s Association, Delaware Valley Chapter, 399 Market Street - Suite 102, Philadelphia, PA 19106 (alzfdn.org) or: American Cancer Society, 480 Norristown Road - Suite 150 Blue Bell, PA 19422-2329 (donate.cancer.org).


Lorraine Kriebel

Harriet Lorraine Kriebel, of Doylestown, died on the afternoon of Wednesday, September 30, 2015 at her home. She was 81 years old and the wife of late Charles Norman Kriebel.

Born in Doylestown in 1933, Lorraine, as she liked to be called, was the daughter of the late Clarence Richard and Grace Myers Ott, both longtime residents of Danboro.

Lorraine was a devoted wife and mother, and committed her life to both God and family. She enjoyed gardening, cooking and baking. She also enjoyed traveling with her husband, Charlie and friends, as well as spending time with her five grandchildren later in life.

Lorraine had been a longtime active member of Salem United Church of Christ in Doylestown, for which she loved making and selling crafts for fund-raising fairs they held.

Lorraine is survived by her daughter: Kathy (Tom); two sons; Barry (Kim), and Gordon (Sue) and her five grandchildren: Allyson, Lauren, Kristen, Aidan and Emma. In addition, she left behind two sisters: Alfreda Labs and Rosanne Fillman, along with many other relatives and close friends, who will always remember her gentleness, love and kindness.

Relatives and friends are invited to her funeral service, 11 a.m., Thursday, October 8 at Salem United Church of Christ, 186 E. Court Street, Doylestown, PA 18901, where the family will receive guests from 10 a.m., until the time of the service. Interment will follow in Mechanicsville Cemetery, Mechanicsville.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Salem U.C.C., at the address above, in respect for Lorraine and Charlie's lifelong devotion to their church family.

 

John D. Wisloski, Jr.

John D. Wisloski Jr. of Doylestown died Friday, Sept. 25, 2015, in University of Pennsylvania Hospital. He was 72.

He was the loving husband of Beverly (Hanko) Wisloski, with whom he just celebrated a 50th wedding anniversary. John was beloved as a husband, father, grandfather and brother.

Born in Wilkes Barre, Pa., he was the son of the late John and Hope Danish Wisloski.

John earned his Masters in Elementary Education from Temple University and taught elementary school at Abington Elementary School for 38 years.

He loved being outdoors and bird watching, camping, hiking, and fishing, and was an avid organic gardener. He also enjoyed following Philadelphia sports teams, reading, and Sudoku; but most of all, John enjoyed spending time with his family: traveling, vacationing beach-side, playing games, coaching his children and sharing laughs at family dinner. He followed all his children's and grandchildren's sporting events and stage performances.

He will be remembered as an intelligent, hard-working man who appreciated his family and was always supportive and proud of his children and grandchildren.

In addition to his wife, Beverly, John is survived by his son, Drew Wisloski, his wife, Jennifer of Horsham; his daughters, Glynis Pereyra, her husband, Dean of New York, Gwen Chein of New Jersey, Lynn Hamilton, her husband, Scott of Doylestown, and Jessica Wisloski of Doylestown; his 12 grandchildren, Paul, Brandon, Zachary, Jack, Julia, Selena, Eric, Lily, Nathan, Summer, Evan and Delia; as well as his sisters, Deanne Kietrys, her husband, Tom of New Jersey, and Joanna Ward of Texas.

Relatives and friends are invited to his visitation from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 30, at Reed and Steinbach Funeral Home, 2335 Lower State Road, Doylestown, and to his funeral Mass at 11 a.m. at St. Anne Ukranian Catholic Church, 1545 Easton Road, Warrington. Interment in Doylestown Cemetery will follow Mass.

 


Robert W. Shillady

Robert William Shillady of Doylestown, formerly of Lower Gwynedd, passed away peacefully at Neshaminy Manor Nursing Home after battling Parkinson’s Disease with courage, quiet strength and dignity. He was 79 and the husband of Lucille Garris Shillady.

Robert was born in Reading, PA to the late William and Arlene (Miller) Shillady.

He was an Air Force Veteran. Bob was a graduate of Penn State University, class of 1963 with a degree in Electrical Engineering. He began his career at General Dynamics in San Diego and earned a Master’s Degree from San Diego State University. He returned to the east coast and worked for American Electronics Laboratories in Colmar for many years and for Lucent Technologies in Allentown.

Bob took great pride and joy in his daughters and loved spending time with his sons-in-law and grandchildren. He loved to travel and fish, but most of all, spending time with his family and friends. He was passionate about exercise and watching Penn State football. Bob also enjoyed early mornings and was a talented artist who painted in both oils and water colors. Many of his friends and family have his original works.

Bob will be remembered as hard-working and disciplined, but also as a fun, gentle, kind and loving man.

In addition to his wife, Bob is survived by his daughters: Lisa (Antonio) Dovali of Mexico City, Mexico and Paula (Michael) Foran of Doylestown; his five grandchildren: Michelle, Antonio, Alexander, Jacob and Emma, as well as his brothers: David (Ethyl) Shillady of Reading and William (Judy) Shillady of New York, NY. He is also fondly remembered by many nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to his memorial service, 11 a.m., Saturday, October 3, 2015 at Doylestown Presbyterian Church, 127 East Court Street, Doylestown where the family will receive guests from 10 a.m., until the time of the service. Interment will be private.

 

DeWitt E. Whittaker


DeWitt E. Whittaker, of Doylestown, died Wednesday, September 16, 2015, at Golden Living Center. He was 92 and the husband of the late Lois Whittaker, who passed away in 2011.

Born in Washington D.C., he was the son of the late Frank and Viola Whittaker.

Mr. Whittaker served in the US Army during WW II as a flight engineer where he flew B-17 Bombers. He worked for 42 years at Leeds & Northrup in North Wales and was past commander of Doylestown American Legion Post 210.

DeWitt was very family oriented, enjoyed traveling and things of the sea.

He is survived by his children, Claudia Whittaker, of Buckingham, Paul Whittaker, of Buckingham and Beth DiCandilo, wife of Andrew, of Hatfield and his three grandchildren, Tom and Jennifer DiCandilo and Joyce Whittaker. Mr. Whittaker was preceded in death by his sisters, Dorothy and Frances.

Services and interment will be held privately.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Mr. Whittaker’s name may be made to: Bucks County S.P.C.A., P. O. Box 277, Lahaska, PA 18931.

Richard R. Reinhold

Richard R. Reinhold of Doylestown died Friday, Sept. 11, 2015, at Pine Run Health Care. He was 89.

Relatives and friends are invited to his funeral service 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 16, at Reed and Steinbach Funeral Home, 2335 Lower State Road, Doylestown. Interment will follow in Washington Crossing National Cemetery, Newtown.

 

Joseph A. Jordan, Jr.

Joseph A. Jordan, Jr., of Doylestown, died Thursday, September 10, 2015. He was 67 years old.


Born in Philadelphia, he was the son of the late Joseph A. and Catherine Carroll Jordan.


Joe attended LaSalle College High School and Villanova University. While in college, he accepted a position with Kopensky Accounting and earned his CPA shortly after graduation. He partnered to establish Jordan and Delaney Accountants in 2004. Joe remained in public accounting throughout his life.

While raising six children with his wife, Patti, Joe was very active in the greater Doylestown community. He volunteered his professional services with annual reviews for the Bucks County Symphony Society and served as Treasurer on the Board of Directors of the Doylestown Athletic Association. He enjoyed coaching DAA baseball, basketball and softball for more than a decade. He also served on the Board of Directors of Law Enforcement Association Corporation of North Carolina.

A prior athlete, Joe was an avid sports enthusiast who enjoyed watching games with his children. He also enjoyed solving crossword and sudoku puzzles, working in his yard and fishing. Joe cherished his private time and was a voracious reader, easily consuming four or more books weekly.

Joe is survived by his wife, Patti, and his six children, Shannon, Bethany, Jay, Brian, Christopher and Kate, as well as their respective spouses and eight grandchildren. He will also be missed by his sisters, Teresa and Marie and their families, his sisters-in-law, Betsy, Melinda and Kim and their families, as well as many good friends.

Relatives and friends are invited to his funeral Mass 12:30 p.m. Friday, September 18, 2015, at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, 235 East State Street, Doylestown, where the public may call from 11:30 p.m., until the time of Mass. Interment will follow Mass in St. John Neumann Cemetery, Warrington.

 

William W. Garretson

William Welleck Garretson passed away on August 17, 2015 at his home in Doylestown. He would have been 81 in September.

He was raised in Scarsdale, NY by his parents, the late Mary and W. Melvin Garretson.

Bill earned a BS in Geology and an MBA from Columbia University and completed everything but his dissertation for a PhD in Economics from The New School. After working summers through college selling explosives in rural Pennsylvania, he started his career at IBM, moved to the planning office of the Urban Development Corporation, and then the Economics Department of Citibank where he enjoyed a long career and was a much in-demand speaker at economic conferences. After partial retirement he moved to mortgage appraisals. Following his full retirement he remained active in the Philadelphia Council for Business Economics, serving as President for a year.

Bill was a baseball lover, die-hard Mets fan and longtime softball player. He played on company teams during his career and recently was in several senior softball leagues, playing his last game for his team, The Grumpy Old Men, on Thursday, August 13.

Bill had a joy for life that was infectious to anyone around him, and a sense of humor that everyone enjoyed. A nature-lover, he enjoyed hiking, climbing, canoeing, birdwatching and anything that let him be outdoors, including spending time at his cabin in the Adirondacks. He appreciated music of all kinds and cherished the companionship of his cat.

He loved his family more than anything and will be greatly missed by all.

Surviving are his wife of 53 years, Jan Olsen Garretson; daughter, Susan Garretson Friedman, (Charlie); son, Matthew Garretson, (Sherry McClaine) and his beloved grandchildren: Simon and Meadow Garretson, and step-grandson, Ian Friedman, as well as his older sister, Mary Louise Glass, and nieces: Suzanne Lynn, Sarah Glass, Mary De La Roca, Caroline Glass and nephew, Garret Glass.

Relatives and friends are invited to his memorial service 4 p.m., Friday, August 21, at Reed and Steinbach, 2335 Lower State Road, Doylestown, where the family will receive guests from 3 p.m. until the time of the service. Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Bill’s name may be made to: Peace Valley Nature Center, 170 North Chapman Rd, Doylestown, PA 18901 or at: www.peacevalleynaturecenter.org

 

Kenneth D. Reed


Kenneth Dean Reed, of Doylestown, died peacefully Sunday, August 9, 2015 after a brief illness.

Born in Altoona, PA, he was a graduate of Altoona High School. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. After being discharged he moved to Doylestown.

Mr. Reed retired from the former Link-Belt/FMC Corp. and later the Central Bucks School District.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Mary (Musante) Reed and his three children, Robert F. of Pennsylvania, Lorraine R. Vollrath, with whom he resided and David J. of Virginia, as well as his five grandchildren.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

Frank A. Welsch, M.D.

Dr. Frank Anthony Welsch, 68, of Doylestown, died on the evening of Saturday, August 8th, following a long and courageous battle with bladder cancer. Dr. Welsch passed away at his home while surrounded by his loving family and friends.

Dr. Welsch was the only child of Frank and Susanna Welsch, having grown up in Kensington section of Philadelphia. The first in his family to attend university, Frank simultaneously supported his family’s efforts running their neighborhood grocery and meat market.

Dr. Welsch attended high school at St. Joseph’s Preparatory School, after which he earned a Chemical Engineering degree from Drexel University, and subsequently enrolled in medical school at the University of Pennsylvania. After completing his Internship and Residency at Abington Memorial Hospital in Internal Medicine, he established a private practice in Doylestown. Subsequently, Dr. Welsch went on to pursue a fellowship in Pulmunology at Albert Einstein Medical Center before co-launching Bucks Country Medical Associates. Over the following 32 years, Dr. Welsch built a wide and supportive network of colleagues and patients across a number of hospitals and treatment centers throughout Northeast PA. Dr. Welsch officially retired from his practice in 2014.

Dr. Welsch was an avid gardener, enjoyed global travel, cooking, and fostered a budding interest in the sport of golf and a penchant for design. “Franc” cherished the time that he spent with his family and friends down on Long Beach Island, NJ. Known by all who knew him as a compassionate, patient and generous individual, “Pop Pop” truly lived his life as, “a man for others;” the mission statement of his high school alma mater.

He leaves behind his beloved wife, Barbara, of 43 years; his daughter, Rebecca (Christopher) Hepler and their three children: Lauren, Katie and Andrew; and his son, David (Whitney).

Friends and family are invited to his funeral Mass at 11 a.m., Thursday, August 13th, at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, 235 East State Street, Doylestown, preceded by a viewing beginning at 9 a.m., until the time of Mass. Interment will follow Mass in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Cheltenham.   There will also a be viewing from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Wednesday evening, August 12 at Reed & Steinbach Funeral Home, 2335 Lower State Road, Doylestown.

The family asks that any donations be made online to the Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network at www.bcan.org or to Doylestown Hospice at www.doylestownhealth.org.

 

Anne K. Somerville

Anne K. Somerville, of Chalfont, passed away peacefully at her home on August 4, 2015. She spent her final days surrounded by her family.


Survived by her husband of 65 years, Jim, she is also survived by her five children: Barbara Spirko (Thomas); David (Terry); Emery Keeler (John); Scott (Renee) and Susan Washburn (Joe). Also surviving are her grandchildren: Jeffery (Beth); Jason; Joshua; Rebecca; Kristin; John Paul; Thomas; Hunter; Tanner; Olivia; Lexi and Nik, as well as her great-granddaughter, Kimberly. She was predeceased by grandsons: Jonathan and James.

Anne was born in Philadelphia where she spent her younger years living in Germantown. Anne first earned a Teaching Degree in Education at West Chester State Teachers College and a Master's Degree in Education from Temple. After marrying Jim in 1950, they moved to Chalfont where she was always active in the community. Her strong belief in education inspired her to successfully lobby for the first public kindergarten in the District in 1956. For decades Anne dedicated many hours to the Warrington Athletic Association and the Central Bucks School District. Anne never wanted to stop learning and after her children were grown she was a founding member of the CLR (Continued Learning in Retirement) program at Delaware Valley University.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Friday August 7 at Reed and Steinbach Funeral Home, 2335 Lower State Rd, Doylestown, Friends may call from 10 a.m. until the time of the service. Interment will follow in Whitemarsh Memorial Park, Prospectville.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Anne’s name may be made to: Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, 34th St and Civic Center Blvd., Philadelphia, PA 19104 or to: Doylestown Hospital, c/o Development Office, 595 West State Street, Doylestown, PA 18901.

 

James C. Hopkins

James C. Hopkins of Buckingham died on July 28,2015 at Doylestown Hospital. He was 78 and the husband for 58 years of Lorraine (cooney) Hopkins.

Born in Trenton, NJ, Jim was the son of the late Leslie C. and Florence (Applegate) Hoplkins.

Jim was retired from an automotive supply business which he owned for years. He and Lorraine enjoyed traveling and spent much time in the Caribbean and Europe.

In addition to his wife, Jim is survived by his daughters and their husbands: Jamie H. Coleman, her husband, Jeffrey, of Perkasie and Susan H. Smith, her husband, George A., III of Doylestown, as well as his grandson, George A. Smith, IV, wh was the joy of his life. He was predeceased by his brother, Richard B. Hopkins.

At Jim’s request, services and interment were private.

If so desired, contribution in Jim’s name may be made to: Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, 230 East Ohio Street, Suite 304, Chicago, Illinois 60611.

 

Carol F. Maloney

It is with sadness the family of Carol F. Maloney, 80, announce her ascent into heaven. Carol passed away Monday, July 13, 2015.


She was born in Chappaqua, NY, to parents Elmer Lee and Adelaide Fingar.

Carol had a passion for fashion. She majored in merchandising at Margie Webster Junior College and was employed in the fashion industry, B. Altman and Company, in New York City for many years. Carol worked in real estate for 25 years in LaGrange, IL. She was on the LaGrange Memorial Hospital Associate Board of Directors for many years.

Carol was fond of reading and frequently made book recommendations to friends and relatives. She also loved to travel, having taken many trips throughout her life.

Carol is survived by her loving husband of 57 years, Philip Leo Maloney; sons: Jay and Mark, along with their wives, Kelly and Cathy, and her three grandchildren. Carol is also being remembered by her sister and brother-in-law, Jane and John Branigan, along with their children and grandchildren; and Carol’s sister-in-law, Helen Fingar, along with her children and grandchildren. Carol was preceded in death by her brother, Lee, and her sons, Kirk and Keith.

Relatives and friends are invited to her memorial service, 11 a.m., Thursday, July 23, 2015 at Reed and Steinbach Funeral Home, 2335 Lower State Road, Doylestown. Interment will be in Chappaqua, NY at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Carol’s name be made to: Penn Radiation Oncology-Doylestown, 599 West State Street, Suite 103, Doylestown, PA 18901.

 

Earl W. Hampton

Earl W. Hampton of Forest Grove died Sunday, July 5, 2015 at Doylestown Hospital. He was 87 and the husband for 67 years of Pinky (Elliott) Hampton.

Born in Holicong, he was the son of the late Leonard and Estella Price Hampton.

Earl served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, having attained the rank of Seaman First Class.

He worked for over 40 years as a metallurgist at Standard Press Steel in Jenkintown and had the privilege of traveling for work to places like Japan, Puerto Rico, India and Mexico.

Earl was a lifetime member of Midway Volunteer Fire Company in Lahaska, a 50-year member of the Doylestown Masonic Lodge No. 245 F. & A.M., a member of the Scottish Right Consistory in Allentown, a Shriner of Crescent Shrine Temple in Trenton, a member of the Doylestown Moose Lodge No. 1284 and Doylestown Maennerchor Society, as well as a longtime member of Forest Grove Presbyterian Church.

He enjoyed woodworking and going on cruises with Pinky, which took them all over the world.

In addition to his wife, Earl is survived by his sons, Jim Hampton (Sue) of New Britain and Earl "Chip" Hampton Jr. (Debbie Johnson) of Tunkhannock; five grandchildren, Jason, Rebecca, Earl III "Bill" (Jodie), Kari and Kyle (Elin); his great granddaughter, Claire; as well as his sister, Ruth Barth of Florida. Earl was preceded in death by his daughter, Patty Jo Hampton, and his brother, Clarence Hampton.

Relatives and friends are invited to his memorial service at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, July 11, at Forest Grove Presbyterian Church, 1865 Forest Grove Rd., Forest Grove, PA 18922, where friends may call from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service. Interment will follow the service in Forest Grove Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Earl's name may be made to Forest Grove Presbyterian Church at the address above.

 

Elizabeth J. Kirchmyer

Elizabeth J. Kirchmyer of Doylestown, died on Tuesday, June 30, 2015 at Abington Hospice at Warminster. She was 86 years old and the wife for 48 years of the late James L Kirchmyer.

Born in Buffalo, N.Y., she was the daughter of the late Edward and Loretta Schaub McCarthy.

Elizabeth graduated from Sacred Heart Academy and also from Bryant and Stratton Business School. She worked in the accounting department for Lipton Foods.

Elizabeth was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She was a devout Catholic, an exceptional cook, and an avid gardener.

She is survived by her three daughters, Kathleen Muzyka of Philadelphia, Nancy Bierly of New Hope, and Barbara Pullar of Doylestown. Also surviving are her eight grandchildren, Laura Fowler, Gregory Fowler, Kristen Bierly, Lauren Bierly, Suzanne Bierly, Christopher Pullar, Rachel Pullar, and Sarah Pullar; as well as one great granddaughter, Emme Parks.

Her funeral Mass will be at 11 a.m. on Friday, July 3, at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, 235 East State Street, Doylestown, where friends may call from 10:30 a.m. until the time of Mass. Interment will follow Mass in Doylestown Cemetery, Doylestown.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Elizabeth’s name may be made to: Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers, P.O. Box 302, Maryknoll, NY 10545-0302 or: Franciscan Missionaries of the Eternal Word, 5821 Old Leeds Road, Birmingham, AL 35210-2164.

 

Peter D. Selby

Peter Day Selby of Brick, NJ, died June 26, 2015. He was 45 years old.


Peter is survived by the sons he loved dearly, ten-year old twins Aidan Peter and Dylan Pierce; their mother Sarah Corrington Selby; and his mother Lyla Day of Doylestown, PA.

Peter graduated from South Hunterdon Regional High School and Pennsylvania State University where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering. He also held an MSE from Iowa State University and an MBA from University of  Rochester. Peter was Sales Manager at Dec-USA, Inc., Brick, NJ.

An avid mountain climber, Peter successfully summited Mt. Rainier three times, two of those unguided. He made multiple winter ascents on Mt. Washington in New Hampshire’s Presidential Range, a mountain renowned for its dangerously erratic weather. During an ascent on Denali (Mt. McKinley), Peter spent 18 days at high altitude during avalanche conditions, which ultimately prevented a push for the 20,237 ft. summit.

Also surviving Peter are sister: Sara Selby Flores (James) of Savannah, GA; brother: Rodney W. Selby (Marie) of Portland, OR; sister: Beth Selby Bass (Robert) of Westport, CT; brother: Robert D. Selby (Renee) of Wycombe, PA; sister-in-law Joyce Selby of Doylestown, PA; six nephews, six nieces, as well as their spouses and children; and the Corrington family. Peter was predeceased by his father, John Rodney Selby in 2003, and his oldest brother, John Richard Selby in 2014.

Peter possessed a wry wit and ready laugh. His nature was gentle and his heart kind. He loved and enjoyed his family and friends and particularly looked forward to spending time with them during holidays, trips, and adventures. Peter will be sorely missed by all.


Relatives and friends are invited to pay their respects at a memorial for Peter, July 11, 2015, from 2 to 4 p.m., at The Pineville Tavern, 1089 Durham Rd., (Rte. 413), Pineville, PA, 18946.

 

 

Mae J. Myers


Mae J. Myers of Doylestown passed away peacefully on Thursday, June 25, 2015. She was 89.

She was the wife of the late Frank W. Myers, Jr.

Mae was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. After marriage, there were many moves during her life including Kansas City, Chicago, San Francisco and the Pocono’s and lastly, the Doylestown area.

Mae was always gracious and welcoming to everyone. She was an avid golfer most of her life. Mae was also the ultimate authority on crossword puzzles and anything to do with frogs. She was aptly referred to as “the Frog Lady” by visitors and friends. She took everything in stride and had spunk up to the end.

Mae is survived by her daughter: Pamela Stewart of Calgary, Canada and her son: Philip Myers, M.D., of Sellersville, as well as her grandchildren: Frank IV, Carrie, Courtney, Joshua, Sarah, Jennifer, Samantha and Adam. Also surviving is her sister: Joan Loehlein of Palo Pinot, TX. She was also predeceased by her son, Frank W. Myers, III.

Services and interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Mae’s memory may be made to: Free Clinic of Doylestown, 595 West State Street, Doylestown, PA 18901.

 

George R. Hendricks


George Russell Hendricks, of Mechanicsville, formerly a 29 year resident of Horsham, went to the house of the Lord Monday, June 15, 2015, at Briarleaf Nursing Home in Doylestown. He turned 80 on his last birthday.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Sara (Snyder) Hendricks, of Ligoneer, PA in 1955, his wife, Elizabeth (Van Buskirk) Hendricks in 1993 and by his son George R. Hendricks, Jr., of Ruffsdale, PA in 2003.

Born in Philadelphia, George was the son of the late Alberta Charles (Chester) and Clayton A. Hendricks.

He graduated from Upper Dublin High School and retired from Lapio Homes after 29 years of employment, where he worked as a brick layer and stone mason.

Mr. Hendricks loved fishing and boating on the Delaware Bay and loved to sit on the beach at Fortescue, NJ watching the sunsets and relaxing. He enjoyed rides in the car looking for deer in Bucks County to see how many he could count and riding around at Christmastime to see all the decorated houses with their displays and lights. He loved beautiful women and his 2002 Ford Ranger Truck.

Surviving are his five children: John Hendricks, his wife, Shelby, of Washington, PA and their three children, Dana, Amy and Beth; Debbie Conell, her husband, Curtis, of Springfield, MO and their children, Cailene, Brittney and Justin; Stella Bonus, her friend, Bruce, of Canonsbury, PA and their children, Brian, Anthony and Christian; Ron Hendricks, of Meadowlands, PA and his children, Steve and Derek; Roger Hendricks, of Washington, PA; his sisters, Estella Cuth, of Glenside, Ruth Flowers, of Green Lane, Alberts Stiles, her husband, Loris, of Mechanicsville, whom George resided with till moving to Briarleaf, as well as many nieces and nephews, his beloved Sheltie dog, Sadie, of 15 years and his former wife, Geraldine.

Relatives and friends are invited to a memorial luncheon for George Sunday, July 12, 2015, from 1 to 4 p.m., at the Doylestown Maennerchor Society, 40 East Oakland Ave., Doylestown, to pay respects to a wonderful person.

 

John H. Ferrino Sr.

John H. Ferrino Sr. of Philadelphia, formerly of Bucks County, passed away Friday, June 5, 2015. He was 93.

He served in World War II and proudly fought in the Battle of the Bulge, where he received a Bronze Star.

John is survived by his son, John and his wife, Susan, and two grandsons, Matthew and Christopher.
"He is not really gone if we remember him."

Interment was held privately in Washington Crossing National Cemetery, Newtown.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in John's name may be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation, Greater Delaware Valley, 30 South 17th St., Suite 800, Philadelphia, PA 19103-4001.

 

John F. DiPete


John F. DiPete (Giovanni Francisco DiPete) age 84, a long time resident of Doylestown, passed away Sunday night, May 31, 2015, peacefully at home with his loving wife of 63 years, Ella J. DiPete, by his side.


Born in Philadelphia, he was the son of the late Frank and Rose (Gisondi) DiPete.

In addition to his wife, John is survived by his three daughters: Dianne M. Nowicki, her husband, Alan; Kimberly A. Conley, her husband, Andrew and Suzette D. Taylor, her husband, William, as well as 8 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

John attended Temple University, was the former owner and operator of Capitol Electronics and Delmar Enterprises for 60+ years in Warminster. He was the former President of Rhawnhurst Lions Club; former President of Doylestown Airport Association and Master of multiple languages.

John was a devoted and loving husband, a best friend, best dad there could ever be. He loved to cook and always wanted to feed people. John was a true craftsman, engineer, pilot, brew master of wine and beer and ultimate teacher to all. His knowledge of so many topics was vast and he loved to share with everyone. He was a true history buff.

His memorial service will be 11 a.m., Saturday, June 6, at Reed and Steinbach Funeral Home, 2335 Lower State Road, Doylestown, where the family will receive guests from 10 a.m. until the time of the service. Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in John’s memory be made to: American Cancer Society, 480 Norristown Road - Suite 150, Blue Bell, PA 19422-2329.

 

Frank O. Kaminski

Frank O. Kaminski of Doylestown died Sunday, May 31, 2015, at his residence. He was 76.
He was the husband for 50 years of Mona (Jammal) Kaminski.
Born in Torrington, Conn., he was the son of the late Frank and Anna Marie Kaminski.
Frank served in the U.S. Marine Corps for nine years and finished his duty as an embassy guard in Beirut, Lebanon, where he met Mona.
He worked as a surveyor for Gilmore & Associates, Inc. for 30 years, retiring in 2000.
He enjoyed history and geography, carpentry and bird watching.
In addition to his wife, Frank is survived by his daughter, Miriam Granger and her husband, Tom of Doylestown; his son, Karl Kaminski of New York City; and his brothers, John Kaminski and his wife, Joyce, and Donald Kaminski and his wife, Patricia, both of Connecticut.
Relatives and friends are invited to his viewing 9 a.m. Wednesday, June 3, at Reed and Steinbach Funeral Home, 2335 Lower State Road, Doylestown. Interment will be held privately.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Frank's name may be made to Society of St. Vincent de Paul, c/o Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, 235 E. State St., Doylestown, PA 18901.

 

Mary Montes
Mary Montes of Doylestown was called home to God Saturday, May 30, 2015. She was 99.
She was the wife of the late Steven Montes.
Mary proudly served in life as a registered nurse for over 50 years.
She is survived by her daughter, Stephanie Cronin; her grandsons, Larry and Francis Rooney and her great-grandson, L.J. Rooney.
Relatives and friends are invited to her funeral service, 7 p.m., Wednesday, June 3, at Reed and Steinbach Funeral Home, 2335 Lower State Road, Doylestown, where the family will receive guests from 6 p.m., until the time of the service. Interment will be held privately in Holy Savior Cemetery, Bethlehem.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Mary's name be made to Pine Run Lakeview, 2425 Lower State Road, Doylestown, PA 18901 or Pine Run Community, 777 Ferry Road, Doylestown, PA 18901, honoring their caring commitment to her.

 

Dorothy M. Stenken


Dorothy May (Kelly) Stenken peacefully passed into the afterlife on May 23, 2015.


Dorothy was born in 1927 - the day Charles Lindbergh made his solo voyage by plane across the Atlantic Ocean.

Dorothy and her three sisters Margaret, Martha and Ernestine grew up in Elkins Park, PA listening to stories told by their parents, the late Martha and James Kelly, of their early years growing up in County Armagh and County Coleraine, Ireland and learning the important values of hard work and perseverance.

Following graduation from Abington High School, Dorothy met her future husband, Jack Stenken. They wed in 1946 and in 1954 settled in Chalfont, to raise their six children.
Highlights of Dorothy’s life included: raising her children; her years working and forming lasting friendships with her customers and co-workers at a New Britain gift shop; camping with her family and boating with her husband up and down the east coast.

After Jack’s passing in 1992, Dorothy continued to find joy in family and friends and loved watching the medley of wildlife that surrounded her home. She especially looked forward to the annual arrival of geese that hatched their offspring on the banks of her pond, which thankfully she witnessed a few days before her passing.

She is survived by her children: Dede Maloney of Free Union, VA; Peggy Carnahan of York, PA; John (Joanne) Stenken of Chalfont, PA; Kurt Stenken of Albrightsville, PA; Mark (Sue) Stenken of Ottsville, PA and Marcia Kelly (Dan) of Stamping Ground, KY; her grandchildren: Jason, Joshua, Brett, Nicole, Shawna, Kaitlin, Bob, Madeline and Andrew; as well as her great-grandchildren: Emma, Camryn, Connor and Daniel; her sisters: Margaret Kennedy of Charleston, SC and Ernestine (James) Gardner of Hatboro, PA and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and husband, she was predeceased by her sister, Martha Penecale.
Dorothy’s children recognize and thank those who held a special spot in her heart including: Harry Carnahan, Mike Farbotnik, Diane Stenken and Patty Landt Carr.

Relatives and friends are invited to her memorial service 2:30 p.m, Friday, May 29 at Reed and Steinbach Funeral Home, 2335 Lower State Road, Doylestown, where the family will receive guests from 1:30 p.m., until the time of the service. The immediate family will take part in a peaceful good-bye to Dorothy in the days ahead.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Dorothy’s memory may be to: Warrington Township Fire Company, P.O. Box 748, Warrington, PA 18976; Warrington Community Ambulance Corps, P. O. Box 787, Warrington, PA 18976 or to: Shriners Hospital for Children, 2900 North Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, FL 33607.

 

Harold “Jack” Parks, Jr.


Harold “Jack” Parks, Jr., of Lahaska, died Friday, May 22, 2015, at his residence. He was 86 and the husband of almost 29 years to Rebecca McPherson Parks.

Born in Hartsville, he was the son of the late Clara Ewer and Harold Parks, Sr..

Jack served in the US Air Force during the Korean Conflict.

He worked as a mechanic for the former Visqueen, in Flemington, NJ, worked as a self employed contractor with his father and most recently drove a school bus for New Hope and Central Bucks School Districts, until age 83.

Jack was past president of Solebury Lions Club, past Commander of Doylestown Legion Post 210 and member of New Hope Legion Post 79.
Jack was also very involved and was a lifetime member (65 years) with the Midway Fire Company in Lahaska. He was past chief of Midway Fire Co. and also a 30 year volunteer Solebury Twp. Fire Marshall, past president of Bucks County Fireman’s Assoc., Life member of Bucks County Fire Chief’s Assoc., Member of Bucks County Fire Chief’s and Fireman’s Assoc.

Jack was also an owner/driver at Flemington Speedway as well as an avid Nascar fan.

In addition to his wife, Jack is survived by his children: John Charles Parks, Donna Smutnik, her husband, Jim, Lorie Burd, her husband, Harry, Jennifer Stoy, her husband, Mike; his grandchildren: Matt, James, Robert, Andrew, Kyle, Jason, Jackie and Mikayla, as well as his sister: Mary Parks Myers, her husband, Lee. He was preceded in death by his daughter-in-law, Lori.

Relatives and friends are invited to his funeral service 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 27, 2015, at Reed and Steinbach Funeral Home, 2335 Lower State Rd., Doylestown, where friends may call from 10:30 a.m., prior to the service. Interment will follow in Washington Crossing National Cemetery, Newtown. A viewing will also be held Tuesday evening, May 26, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Jack’s name may be made to Midway Volunteer Fire Company, P.O. Box 715, Lahaska, PA 18931 or Doylestown Hospice, c/o Doylestown Hospital, 595 West State Street, Doylestown, PA 18901.

 

Richard E. Harren, Sr.
 
Richard (Dick) Edward Harren, Sr., 92 years old of Doylestown,  passed away on May 21, 2015. He was preceded in death by his wife of 65 years, Patricia Luby Harren.
 
Born in Queens, NY and a graduate of Queens College, he was preceded in death by his mother, Viola C. Harren, father, Edward T. Harren and brother, Edward Harren.
 
Richard served as First Lieutenant Navigator in the United States Army Air Force during World War II for which he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Medal of Valor.
 
Richard retired from Rohm & Haas after 33 years in Coatings Research as a leader on the frontiers of polymer research where he was the recipient of many patents.
 
Richard is survived by his five children: Richard E. Harren, Jr. (Barbara), Glenn D. Harren, Jill Harren Wilson (James), Mark S. Harren, Neil M. Harren (Rosemary); his ten grandchildren: Christopher Harren (Jennifer), Danielle Byrd (James), Peter Harren (Kayla), Richard Parker, James Harren (Katie), William Parker, Samantha Harren, Alexandra Harren, Maxwell Harren, Sara Wilson and great-granddaughter, Sylvia Harren; his brothers: Robert Harren (Alice) and John Harren (Charlene); and sister-in-law, Margaret Harren.
 
A memorial service will be privately held.

 

 

Rita Ann Graves


Rita Ann Graves of Warrington passed away peacefully on Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at Neshaminy Manor. She was a cute 91 and the dear wife of the late Loren James Graves.


Born in South Philadelphia, she was the loving daughter of the late Baldino and Antoinette Pesanti Petti.

Rita was the adoring Mom of Judith Ann (Michael) Lauria and Larry (Beverly) Graves, an awesome MiMi to Michael Lauria Jr., Loren J. and Christopher Graves and a very devoted twin sister to Eddie Petti.

Rita was all about her family! She was one of eight children who grew up in an awesome Italian family. Never a dull moment! She was the best “Mom” and “MiMi” ever! She was so full of life and fun to be with always. The life of the party without question.

She was a wonderful caregiver to her twin sisters, Jean and Rose. Her passions in life were her family, spoiling her grandsons, cooking her specialty dishes and making her famous Pizzelles. Rita loved the beach and enjoyed her beautiful home in Brigantine with her daughter and twin sisters. This was a special time in her life. She was a true “Fashionista” in every sense of the word. Her second home was the BonTon in Doylestown. You would never see her in the same outfit twice with accessories to match to perfection. She touched the lives of so many with her wisdom and lessons of life. All who knew her loved her!

Special thanks to the Neshaminy Manor Family for your kindness and the wonderful nursing staff on Units C-1 and A-1 for their TLC of Mom.

Her Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m., Saturday, May, 30, 215 at St. Robert Bellarmine Catholic Church, 856 Euclid Ave, Warrington, where family will receive guests from 10 a.m. until the time of Mass. Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions in Rita’s name be made to: Temple Lung Center, Attn: Taylor Kenney, 7th Floor-Parkinson Pavilion, 3401 N. Broad St., Phila, PA 19140.

 

 

 

Ward A. Cotton

Ward Alan Cotton Esq., husband, father, brother, friend, died May 19, 2015, after a long illness.

He is survived by his loving wife, Linda (Metzger); his children, Aimee and Geoffrey; his sister, Gail Kenney (Anthony); in-laws, Marty and Joe Metzger; as well as his brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews.

A graduate of Penn State and University of Toledo Law School, Ward worked for Montgomery County as a district attorney, public defender and child advocate. At various times in his life he enjoyed travel, golfing, basketball, coaching, and all Philadelphia sports teams.

Family and friends are invited to Ward’s memorial service at 11 a.m. on June 20, at Christ’s Lutheran Church, 700 Pennsylvania Ave., Oreland, Pa., where the family will receive guests from 10 a.m., until the time of the service. Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

 

William W. Cathers, III

William W. Cathers, III, of Doylestown, died Sunday afternoon, May 17, 2015. He was 76.

Born in Doylestown, he was the son of the late Maude Holcombe and William W. Cathers, Jr.

Bill graduated from Central Bucks High School, class of 1956 and married Doris Jones in 1959.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Army.

Bill was a career truck driver for the former North Penn Transfer in Lansdale, eventually retiring from UPS in Willow Grove. After retirement, he enjoyed driving part-time for local owner/operator Tom Bennett and R.L. Smith in Danboro.

Mr. Cathers was a lifetime member of the Doylestown Fire Company. He lived a life of service to his country and community. In addition to serving more than 60 years as a volunteer fire fighter, he was a member of the American Legion, the Knights of the Golden Eagle and the Fraternal Order of Odd Fellows Lodges, as well as a generous donor to many charities.

Bill’s love for people was evident. Friends and family considered him a professional conversationalist who never met a stranger. He especially enjoyed meeting and talking with friends at both the Doylestown and Plumsteadville Wawa’s, where he was given the unofficial title of “Greeter.”

He loved going places and seeing things. Bill shared his fondness for history and fascination with how things are made with his children, grandchildren and friends at every opportunity. He was also an avid country and blue grass music fan and NASCAR race fan.

Bill will be missed tremendously by his four children: Brian L. Cathers, his wife, Patti, of Hamburg; Pamela J. Tsang, her husband, Allan, of Virginia; David B. Cathers, of Doylestown and Glen R. Cathers, his wife, Alyssa, of Lehighton; his 14 grandchildren; two great grandchildren; his brother, C. Harry Cathers; and his former wife, Doris, as well as many nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to his funeral service 11 a.m. Friday, May 22, 2015, at Reed and Steinbach Funeral Home, 2335 Lower State Road, Doylestown, where friends may call from 10 until the time of the service. Interment will follow in Doylestown Cemetery. A viewing will also be held Thursday evening from 7 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Bill’s name may be made to: Doylestown Fire Company No. 1, P. O. Box 208, Doylestown, PA 18901; American Cancer Society, 480 Norristown Road - Suite 150, Blue Bell, PA 19422-2329 or to: Wounded Warrior Project, 4899 Belfort Road, Suite 300, Jacksonville, FL 32256.

 

 

Janet M. Franklin


Janet Marie Franklin of Warminster, passed away on May 12, 2015 at Warminster Hospice of Abington. She was 91 years old and the wife of the late William A. Franklin, whom she had married in 1948.

Born in Philadelphia she was the daughter of the late Ralph and Gertrude Radetzky Schafenacker

Janet was a graduate of Doylestown High School, class of 1941 and Lansdale School of Business, Lansdale. She had worked as Business Representative for Bell Telephone Co. In Doylestown. She also worked at Keller Glove Mfg. Co., Plumsteadville and American Lung Association, Doylestown.
Mrs. Franklin had been a resident of Doylestown for fifty years, was a former member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Women's Club, Doylestown, St. Mary's Woman's Club, Summertown, SC and was a Communicant at St. John Bosco Church, Hatboro.

Janet is survived by her children: William R. Franklin, Gertrude M Breuer, Marianne Smith, Janet M. Bagnall, Michael C. Franklin, as well as 11 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren.

Relatives and friends are invited to her funeral Mass, 11 a.m., Monday, May 18, 2015 at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, 235 East State Street, Doylestown, where the family will receive guests from 10 a.m., until the time of Mass. Interment will follow Mass in St. Mary Cemetery, Doylestown.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions in Janet’s name may be made to: Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Youth Organization, 235 East State Street, Doylestown, PA 18901.

 

Mary Ann L. Beck


Following a valiant struggle, Mary Ann (Lyons) Beck succumbed to multiple illnesses and passed away peacefully, surrounded by family and friends on May 9, 2015.

Born and raised in the Germantown section of Philadelphia, she also resided in Hatboro and Collegeville.

Mary Ann was the dear wife of Bill; loving and devoted mother of Meghan Petsko (Joe) and Kelly Beck; adoring Mimi to Joey and Sean Petsko; and caring niece of Janet and Jim Kelly.

She will be sorely missed by all the relatives and friends who knew and loved her.

The public is invited to her funeral Mass at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 16, at St. John Bosco Roman Catholic Church, 215 E. County Line Road, Hatboro, followed by her interment in Whitemarsh Memorial Park, Ambler. A viewing will also be held from 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday evening at Reed and Steinbach Funeral Home, 2335 Lower State Road, Doylestown.

 

 

Clarence A. Overpeck


Clarence A. Overpeck of Carversville died Saturday, May 9, 2015, at Doylestown Hospital. He was 96.


Surviving are his wife, Joyce (Trussler) Overpeck; his step-daughter, Paula Galasso, of Plumsteadville; four step-grandchildren; two step great grandchildren; and a niece, Katherine Ann. He was preceded in death by his brother, Harvey.


Relatives and friends are invited to his funeral service 11 a.m. Friday, May 15, at Reed and Steinbach Funeral Home, 2335 Lower State Road, Doylestown, where friends may call from 10 a.m. until the time of service. Interment will follow in Carversville Cemetery, Carversville.


In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Clarence's name may be made to Bucks County S.P.C.A., P.O. Box 277, Lahaska, PA 18931.

 

Brian G. Good
 
    Brian Gabriel Good, age 33 of Doylestown, PA passed away suddenly on Friday, May 1, 2015.   Born in Doylestown Hospital on December 14, 1981, he spent his elementary years in Rockford, Illinois.   When his family returned to Doylestown, he attended Lenape Middle School and graduated from Central Bucks East High School in 2000.  He then attended Bucks County Community College.  Brian was a kind, sensitive, gentle soul.   He enjoyed computers and photograph.   He was a great lover of literature and had a library of countless books.   He had a great fondness for all animals, especially his cat, Toby.
 
    Brian was recently employed as a baker by Dunkin Donuts in Dublin, Pa.   He was a former  employee of Doylestown Book Store, Doylestown Library and as a summer employee of Central Bucks custodial staff.
 
    Brian was preceded in death by his grandparents, Lucy and Ralph Notoro of Warren, Pa. and Louise and Clarence Good, Jr. of Johnstown, Pa.
 
    He is survived by his beloved parents, Pamela Notoro Good and Clarence (Larry) Good, III; his younger brother, Daniel C. Good of Doylestown and his younger sister, Ann E. Good of Seattle, Wa. and many aunts, uncles and cousins.    He will be greatly missed by the many people who loved him.
 
    His viewing will be held at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, 235 East State Street, Doylestown on Thursday, May 7 from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m.   The Mass of Celebration will be held at the church at 12 p.m.    Burial will be held in Warren, PA on Saturday.
 
    In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Brian’s name to Doylestown Library or a charity of your choice.

 

Mary Ann Reshetar

Mary Ann (Gana) Reshetar, of Doylestown, died on Tuesday, April 28, 2015 at her home. She was 93 years old and the wife of the late Joseph R. Reshetar.


Born in Czechoslovakia , she was the daughter of the late Edward and Rose Sakala Gana.

Mary Ann was a homemaker, a loving wife and mother. She loved to garden, bake, cook, sew and entertain family and friends.

Her wonderful sense of humor will live on forever through her children.

She is survived by her children: Thomas of Townsends, Montana’'; Diane Schmellick, of Coopersburg; Mary Ann Schote, of Chalfont; Joanne C. Norland (Stein) of Pipersville and Edward of Doylestown. She is also survived by 9 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren, as well as her brother: Edward Gana (Mary Jane) and her sister: Ann Gana. She was preceded in death by her sons: James P. and Joseph R. Reshetar and her two brothers: Joseph and John Gana

Relatives and friends are invited to her funeral service, 11 a.m., Saturday, May 2 at Reed and Steinbach Funeral Home, 2335 Lower State Road, Doylestown. The family will receive guests from 10 a.m. until the time of the service. Interment will follow the service in Beulah Cemetery, New Britain.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Mary’s name may be made to: Doylestown Hospital Hospice, 595 West State Street, Doylestown, PA 18901.

 

Frank J. Gentile


Frank J. Gentile of Perkasie, formerly of New Britain, died Wednesday, April 22, 2015, at his residence. He was 74 and the husband of Teresa Brown Gentile.


In addition to his wife, Terri, Frank is survived by his sons, Anthony DiVito, his wife, Sue-Ann; Brian Gentile, his wife, Amanda; Francis Gentile, his wife, Holly, his daughters, Regina Detweiler, her husband, Eric and Catherine Gentile, her fiancé, Dan; 13 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; as well as his brother: Craig Gentile, his wife, Joanne.

Relatives and friends are invited to his memorial service 2 p.m. Sunday, April 26, at Reed and Steinbach Funeral Home, 2335 Lower State Road, Doylestown. Interment will be held privately.

 

Raphael F. Armento


Raphael (Ray) F. Armento of New Hope was born into eternal life Sunday, April 19, 2015, after a brief and intense battle with lung cancer. He was 76.

He was the son of the late Joseph and Stephanie (Iacona) Armento; beloved husband of Jovina (DiMarino) for 53 years; loving father of Diane (Greg Feliz), Susan (Martin Bahner), and Stephen Armento (Kimberly); adored grandfather of Kathryn, Andrew, Matthew, Gina, Michael, and Stephanie; brother of Joseph Armento (Joan). He also is survived by many dear friends and family members.

Born and raised in South Philadelphia, Ray graduated from St. Joseph's Prep, Drexel Institute of Technology, and University of Santa Clara. He had a long and illustrious career as a program manager for GE and Lockheed Martin.
He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, especially in Ocean City, N.J. His love of adventure led him to many travels and cruises in the United States and around the world.

Ray was active in the men's group at St. Martin of Tours Church and treasurer of Boy Scout Pack 173. He was on the board of the Fox Run Preserve Homeowner's Association.
Ray survived kidney cancer, prostate cancer, and skin cancer. His grandchildren, Kathryn and Matthew Bahner, have previously raised funds for the American Cancer Society. His granddaughter, Gina Feliz is currently participating in the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life of Central Bucks Middle Schools.

To honor his memory, in lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Holicong Hope Team, of which Gina is a member. Donations can be made online at http://main.acsevents.org/site/TR/RelayForLife/RFLCY15EC?team_id=1822606&pg=team&fr_id=65944&_ga=1.222461595.1437184873.1429729903 or by mail to; American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718.

His Funeral Mass will be held at 12 p.m., Monday, April 27 at St. Martin of Tours Church, One Riverstone Circle, New Hope. Friends and family may call from 9:30 to 11:15 a.m., at Reed and Steinbach Funeral Home, 2335 Lower State Road, Doylestown. Interment will follow Mass in St. Martin of Tours Cemetery, New Hope.

 

George M. Wilson, M.D.

George Matthews Wilson, M.D., passed away peacefully at home Saturday,    April 18, 2015, surrounded by his loving family. He is survived by his devoted wife, Eleanor R. Wilson.

Born and raised in Washington Crossing, NJ, Dr. Wilson was the son of the late John Clifford and Verena B. Wilson.

He was a graduate of the Pennington School, Ursinus College and Jefferson Medical College, serving his internship and residency at Germantown Hospital. Dr. Wilson practiced General Surgery at Roxborough Memorial Hospital for over 30 years and completed his career in 1997 after serving four years as Chief Medical Officer there.

He was a caring and dedicated physician, esteemed highly by his patients many years after he had treated them.

Dr. Wilson was a precision drummer and, as a young man, was invited to play with the Martin Mayer Orchestra in Trenton, NJ. He also played in a medical staff combo early in his career. In addition to drums, Dr. Wilson also enjoyed playing guitar and banjo.

A true Renaissance man, he also enjoyed painting and was an avid reader. He enjoyed spending time at his home at the Jersey Shore. Known for his keen wit and wisdom, Dr. Wilson was an accomplished raconteur whose stories both fascinated and amused all who knew him.

He will be sorely missed by family and friends.

In addition to his wife, Dr. Wilson is survived by his sister, Marjorie Opdyke, her husband, Neil, of Gainsville, FL; his sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Robert and Doris Lanouette, of Hatfield, as well as many caring nieces and nephews.

Services will be held privately at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Richard A. Reif Heart Institute at Doylestown Hospital, 595 West State Street, Doylestown, PA 18901, of which Dr. Wilson was a strong supporter and where he received outstanding care over the past seventeen years, will be deeply appreciated.

 

Dorothy A. Muller

Dorothy A. Muller of Doylestown passed away Saturday, April 18, 2015. She was 84.

Relatives and friends are invited to her memorial service at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 28, at Reed and Steinbach Funeral Home, 2335 Lower State Road, Doylestown. Interment will be held privately.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Dorothy's name may be made to Bucks County S.P.C.A., P.O. Box 277, Lahaska, PA 18931.

 

Elizabeth E. Mason
 
    Elizabeth “Betty” Mason of Doylestown, formerly of Hazlet, New Jersey passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her loving family on Friday, April 17.   She was 84.    She was the wife of the late Boyd Mason.
 
    Born in Keyport, New Jersey, Betty graduate from Keyport High School in 1948.
 
    She was the loving mother of six children; daughter:   Lyne Buck, her husband, Bill, of Toms River, NJ; son: Alex, of West Chester, PA; daughter: Beth Decker, her husband, Dave, of Jackson, NJ; son: Jeff; daughter, Colleen Carricarte, her husband, Lou, all of Doylestown and daughter-in-law:  Kathie, of Toms River, NJ.   She was predeceased by her son, Gary.
 
    Betty will truly be missed by her children, as well as  her 13 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren.
 
    Relatives and friends are invited to Betty’s funeral service, 7 p.m., Thursday, April 23 at Reed and Steinbach Funeral Home, 2335 Lower State Road, Doylestown where the family will receive guests from 4 p.m. until the time of the service.    Interment will be 2 p.m., Saturday, April 25 in Shorelands Memorial Cemetery, Hazlet, NJ.
 
    In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Betty’s name may be made to:   American Lung Association of PA, Suite 403 - 527 Plymouth Road, Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462.

 

Howard G. Hooven

 
Howard G. Hooven of Doylestown, died at home on April 15, 2015. He was 89 years old.
 
Born in Philadelphia, PA, Howard was the son of the late Howard and Florence (Grosh) Hooven.
 
Howard was the beloved husband of 59 years of the late Marjorie C. Hooven. He was the devoted father of Marie James and Barbara (Paul) Gilligan. He was the loving grandfather of Scott James. He is also survived by his sister, Dorothea Blenk, and his niece, Dorothea Graham, and nephew, A. William Graham, Jr.
 
Howard was a World War II veteran in the 9th Medical Corps, 11th Airborne Division, and served in Sapporo, Japan as a surgical technician at the 161st Station Hospital.
 
Howard was a sales engineer and former vice president of the BAASE Company.
 
Howard was a talented woodworker who enjoyed making Early American style furniture. He and Marjorie built the house where they lived for over 50 years, and Howard passed away in their home. Howard was a dog lover and is survived by his dog, Penny, and his granddogs, Wilbur, Kinsey, and Ziva.
 
A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, April 21 at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 84 East Oakland Avenue, Doylestown. Family and friends may call on Monday, April 20 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Reed and Steinbach Funeral Home, 2335 Lower State Road, Doylestown and at church from 9 a.m. prior to the memorial service. Interment of ashes for both Howard and Marjorie will follow the memorial service at Doylestown Cemetery.
 

Memorial donations may be made to:   Doylestown Hospital Hospice, c/o Development Office, 595 West State Street, Doylestown, PA   18901.

 

 

Robert H. Bishop
 
Robert H. Bishop, a longtime resident of Central Bucks, died at the age of 88 on Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at Doylestown Hospital with his loving family by his side.  He was the husband of the late Joan Christ Bishop, of sixty years, growing up together from the time they were six years old.
 
Born in Hatboro, he was the son of the late Herbert and Edna Baude Bishop.
 
He graduated from Hatboro High School and then served in the US Army during WW II.  After serving his Country, he worked at Fischer & Porter in Warminster for many years before opening Bishop’s Atlantic Service Station in Chalfont in the 1950’s and 60’s.  Years later, he started an auto detailing business and transitioned into the same line of work with Thompson Toyota. 
 
Bob and Joan spent several years in South Carolina after retiring, returning to Doylestown a few years later as his wife’s health became a challenge.  With his devoted care for her, their lifelong relationship grew even stronger and their return to Bucks County allowed for all of his family to enjoy their final years together.  
Mr. B, as he was lovingly known, will be deeply missed.  He was a simple man in the best sense – expecting nothing and appreciating everything.  His memorable smile and wry sense of humor left a lasting impression on everyone he met. His happiest moments were spending time with family and friends.  He enjoyed meeting new people, learning new things, reading, and watching the Phillies and movies. 
 
Bob is survived by his loving daughter Bev, and husband Bill VanPelt, of Quakertown, and his devoted son, Jim Bishop and wife Eileen, of Holland.  He has six wonderful grandchildren; Mike VanPelt and wife Kristin, Heather and husband Harry Schmitt, David Masceri, Stephanie Masceri and husband Justin Benjamin, Nicole Masceri and Amy Bishop.  He has five adorable great grandchildren; Natalie, Jared, Zach VanPelt and Andrea and Alex Schmitt, and lifelong friends, Dick and Dottie Rosenberger.  He was preceded in death by his brother, Herbert Bishop. 
 
A service celebrating Mr. B’s life will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, April 23 at Lutheran Church of God’s Love, 791 Newtown-Yardley Road, Newtown, PA   18940.   Refreshments and a time to visit with the family will follow the service.   For those who plan to attend Mr. B’s service, he would appreciate that you dress casual.
 
In lieu of flowers, contributions in Mr. B’s name may be made to: Friends of the Heart Institute,  c/o Doylestown Health, 595 W. State Street, Doylestown, PA  18901.

 

 

Scott Ogilvie

Scott Ogilvie of Doylestown passed away Sunday, April 12, 2015 at home. He was 43.

He was the father of Bryan, Samantha, Jacob, Kylee, and Ashlee Ogilvie.

Born in Bristol, he was the son of Barbara Riley Yarmark and David Ogilvie Sr.

Scott attended Central Bucks East High School. He successfully owned and operated Reliable Building Group. His hobbies included hunting and fishing.

He loved being a father, brother and son.

In addition to his parents and children, Scott is survived by his sisters, Kristina Ogilvie, Kelley Hutchison Winn, her husband, John, and Sarah Yarmark; his nieces, Ava and Kira Winn; as well as his step-father, Charles Yarmark, and step-father, Eric Hutchison.

Relatives and friends are invited to his Memorial Service at 11 a.m., Thursday, April 16, at Reed and Steinbach Funeral Home, 2335 Lower State Road, Doylestown, where the family will receive guests from 10 a.m. until the time of the service. Interment will follow in Doylestown Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Scott's may be made to Scott's Children's Educational Fund, c/o PNC Bank, Attn: Marcia Ozbeki, 378 North Main Street, Doylestown, PA   18901.

 

Elaine W. Carroll

Elaine W. Carroll, a lifelong resident of Doylestown, died Tuesday, April 7, 2015, at New Seasons at New Britain. She was 75.

She was the wife of the late James Carroll, who passed away in 1997.

Born in Doylestown, she was the daughter of the late Frank and Emma Kidd Wintyen.

Elaine worked as a legal secretary for a local law firm for many years. Afterward, she worked as a bookkeeper for her husband's store, Jim Carroll's Hardware, from 1976 until 2006.

She is survived by her daughter, Teri McMasters, her husband, Ward, of Blue Bell, her three grandchildren, Ward, Emma, and Cooper, as well as her lifelong friend, Judie O'Donnell.

Elaine was preceded in death by her son, Tim, in 1987, and her sister, Edythe Heinemann, in 2005.

Relatives and friends are invited to her funeral service, 1 p.m. Saturday, April 11, at Reed and Steinbach Funeral Home, 2335 Lower State Road, Doylestown, where friends may call from 12 noon until the time of the service. Interment will follow in Beulah Cemetery, New Britain.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Elaine's name may be made to TODAY, Inc., P.O. Box 908, Newtown, PA 18940.

 

Louise H. McGraw

Louise Helwig McGraw of Buckingham died unexpectedly Monday, April 6, 2015. She was 84.

A graduate of Temple Nursing School, Louise was the beloved wife of the late Dr. Thomas E. McGraw, with whom she was married 47 years.

She is survived by her loving children, Maureen, Timothy, Antonio, Thomas Michael and his wife, Jill; cherished grandchildren, Michael, Sean and Emma; her siblings, Leonard Helwig, Mary Worthington and her husband, Jim Kuhn; and her treasured companion, Dr. Al Colley.

Relatives and friends are invited to her funeral service 10 a.m. Saturday, April 11, at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 84 E. Oakland Ave., Doylestown. Friends may call from 9 a.m., prior to the service. Interment will be held privately.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Louise's name may be made to Aark Wildlife Rehabilitaton and Education Center  via the web site www.aark.org, or to a humanitarian charity of your choice.

 

Therese A.  Whicker

    Therese A. "Terry" (Griffin) Whicker, a longtime resident of Doylestown and most recently of New Hope, fulfilled her contract with God on Good Friday, April 3, 2015.


    She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles R., her parents and siblings.

    Terry loved living and raising her children in Bucks County.

    She is survived by Chuck, Suzanne Jahn, Michael (Karen), Amy, Colleen Jones (Peter) and seven grandchildren.

    Born in Philadelphia in 1927, she was a graduate of St. Hubert's High School, Class of 1945. Terry moved to Doylestown in 1955 and worked as a realtor for Class Harlan in the 1960's, C and B Toys and later for Prudential as a Consumer Affairs Specialist.

    She loved reading, the arts of Bucks County and traveling to such countries as Australia, New Zealand, Switzerland, Israel and her parents' homeland, Ireland. She wouldn't think twice about packing a bag to go on an adventure all the while humming Billy Joel songs.

    Relatives and friends are invited to her funeral Mass at 11 a.m. on Thursday, April 9, at St. Martin of Tours Roman Catholic Church, 1 Riverstone Circle, New Hope, where the family will receive guests from 10 a.m. until the time of Mass.  Interment will be held privately.

    In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Terry's name to Phoebe Ministries Wyncote, 208 Fernbrook Ave., Wyncote, PA 19095.

 

Christopher P. Peppelman

Christopher P. Peppelman of Huntingdon Valley passed away Tuesday, March 31, 2015, at his home. He was 48.

Born in Meadowbrook, he was the son of Patricia O'Donnell Peppelman and the late James D. Peppelman.

Chris was a graduate of Lower Moreland High School, Class of 1985, and the owner and operator of James D. Peppelman, Inc. an excavating firm in Huntingdon Valley.

In addition to his mother, Chris is survived by his children, Julianna, Ryan, Coleman, Jake and Logan Peppleman; his grandson, Joshua; his sister, Donna Alexander; his brother, James Peppelman; as well as his nieces, Lindsay and Bridgette Alexander; and nephews, Jimmy, Matt and Daniel Alexander.

Services and interment were held privately.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Peppelman Children's Education Trust Fund, c/o PNC Bank, Attn: Marcia Ozbeki, 398 North Main Street, Doylestown, PA  18901.

 

Beverly A. Rasco

Beverly Ann Rasco of Chalfont, died Saturday, March 28, 2015, at New Seasons of New Britain.

She was the wife for 55 years of the late William A. Rasco, Sr.

Born in Albany, N.Y., she was the daughter of the late Raymond and Blanche Cuyle Cronk.

Beverly Ann Rasco of Chalfont, died Saturday, March 28, 2015, at New Seasons of New Britain.

She was the wife for 55 years of the late William A. Rasco, Sr.

Born in Albany, N.Y., she was the daughter of the late Raymond and Blanche Cuyle Cronk.

Beverly graduated from business school, then worked as a retail buyer for three years in Albany. She later worked as a reservations agent for American Airlines in Albany. She and her husband relocated to Huntingdon Valley, Pa. in 1968 where she was a full-time mom until her children reached their teen years. She then volunteered in a variety of departments at Holy Redeemer Hospital in Meadowbrook. She eventually took a position in Sports Medicine there, retiring after 17 years in 2004. She and her husband lived together for seven happy years in a home they built at Heritage Creek, Warminster, before his untimely death in 2009.

Beverly was a loving mother and grandmother, a very strong and independent woman with a mind of her own. Her sweet smile and concern for others was always evident.

Surviving is her daughter, Laurie Meyer, her husband, Joe, and their children, Janelle and Brendan; her son, William Rasco Jr., his wife, Suzanne, and their children, Alison, Ian, and Moira; as well as her daughter-in-law, Robin Rasco. Beverly was preceded in death by her son, Brian.

Relatives and friends are invited to her committal service at 11 a.m., Friday, May 15, in Washington Crossing National Cemetery, 830 Highland Road, Newtown.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Beverly's name may be made to Salvation Army, P.O. Box 269, Alexandria, VA 22313.

 

 

Wilhelm H. Hofmann

 

Wilhelm August Hugo Hofmann, a longtime resident of Doylestown, passed away, Saturday March 28, 2015, surrounded by his family who cared for him. He was 91. He was the husband of Wilma Elfrieda Hofmann who preceded him in death.
 
Born in Hanua, Germany he was the son of the late August and Elli Elsass Hofmann.
 
At the tender age of 16, Wilhelm was drafted into the Luftwaffe and fought in World War II. After returning from war, Wilhelm met his wife whom he was devoted to for 62 years of marriage.
 
In 1954, he traveled to America with his wife, son, and mother in law. In 1960, Wilhelm became a naturalized citizen and proudly wore the American flag on his lapel. His greatest joy was being a loving and devoted husband and he cherished his family.
 
He is survived by his daughter; Beverly Hofmann Rost, his son Dieter Nitschke (Irene Luongo); His grandchildren: Eric Nitschke(Connie), Jason Nitschke, Kyle Rost(Katrina), Kimmy Rost, and Ali Omelian; His great grandchildren: Julia Nitschke, Luke Nitschke, Tyler Friel, and he was so anxiously awaiting the birth of his newest great grandchild.
 
Relative and friends are invited to his funeral service on Wednesday, April 1, 2015 at 2p.m., at Reed and Steinbach Funeral Home, 2335 Lower State Road, Doylestown. Where friends may call from 1p.m., until the time of the service. Interment will follow at Doylestown Cemetery.
 
In lieu flowers, memorial contributions in Wilhelm’s name may be made to Doylestown Hospital Hospice, 595 West State Street Doylestown, PA 18901.

 

 

Mary Jean Berg

 

M. Jean Berg, a longtime resident of Bucks County, passed away Wednesday, March 25, 2015, at St. Mary Manor, Lansdale. She was 89 and the wife for 50 years of the late Ralph Clifford Berg, who passed in 1994.  

 

Born in New Hope, she was the second youngest child of the late Myra Hambleton and Bernard Strickler Carlen Sr.

 

Jean is survived by her sons, R. Clifford Berg, Jr., his wife, Donna; Douglas Carlen Berg, his wife, Suzanne; Gary Keith Berg, his wife, Brenda; and daughters, Donna James, her husband, Robert, and Patti Palombo, her husband, Thomas; seven grandsons, Michael Berg, Richard James, Ross James, Nicholas Palombo, Gary Berg Jr., Brandyn Berg and Joshua Berg; and five granddaughters,  Heather Heisler, Jennifer Berg, Janet Brown, Laura Kelly and Joanne Palombo; and twelve great-grandchildren.   Jean is also survived by her sister, Ruth Welsh.

 

She was a graduate of Doylestown High School, Class of 1943, and loved helping with class reunions.  

 

Mrs. Berg was a member for more than 70 years of Doylestown Presbyterian Church, where she had served as a Deacon and Sunday School teacher.

 

She was a member and past Worthy Matron of Doylestown Chapter 327, Order of the Eastern Star; past member and past Royal Matron of Emblem Court, Court of the Amaranth and past Mother Advisor of the Doylestown Assembly, International Order of the Rainbow for Girls.   Jean was also a member of the Doylestown Chapter 125, Women of the Moose.


Relatives and friends are invited to her memorial service, 1 p.m., Saturday, May 9, at Doylestown Presbyterian Church, 127 E. Court St., Doylestown, PA 18901. Interment will be held privately in Solebury Friends Meeting Cemetery.

 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Jean’s name may be made to:   Doylestown Presbyterian Church, at the above address.

 

 

Violet R. Shull

Violet R. Shull, a lifelong resident of Bucks County, died Saturday, March 28, 2015, at Neshaminy Manor. She was 81 and the wife of 64 years to Ray H. Shull.

Born in Hartsville, she was the daughter of the late Charles and Josephine Twardy Kuller.

Violet owned and ran her own hairdressing business for over 10 years.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by her daughter: Denise Bryan, wife of Don, of Quakertown, her son: Dennis Shull, husband of Sharon, of Plumsteadville; her grandchildren: Tara Walsh, wife of Jesse, Brandy Menth, wife of Bruce, and Renee Shull; her great grandchildren: Josiah, Jonathan, Joelle, Jena and April, as well as her sister: Charlotte Fretz, of Arizona.

Violet was preceded in death by her sisters: Emily, Ida Mae, Catherine and Josephine and her brothers: Charles and Lindley.

Relatives and friends are invited to her funeral service 11 a.m. Thursday, April 2, 2015, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 301 North Main Street, Doylestown, PA 18901, where friends may call from 9 a.m., until the time of service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Violet’s name may be made to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church at the address above.

 

Joan H. Adkins

 
Joan H. Adkins, of Doylestown died on March 24th , 2015.  She was 83 years old and the wife of the late Clifford P. Adkins, who passed in 2002.
 
Born in Portsmouth, Ohio she was the daughter of the late Harold and Martha Holt.
 
Mrs. Adkins enjoyed a rewarding life enriched by the love of many family members, friends and her beloved animals. She was a devoted wife, daughter, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother bringing joy and happiness to everyone she encountered.   Her loving and nurturing spirit will be missed by all.
 
She is survived by her daughter: Pamela Benstead, her husband, Richard, of Doylestown and her son, Jeffrey Adkins, his wife, Susan,  of Fogelsville, five grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Relatives and friends are invited to her funeral service, 11 a.m., Wednesday, April 1, 2015 at Reed and Steinbach Funeral Home, 2335 Lower State Road, Doylestown, where the family will receive guests from 10 a.m., until the time of the service.   Interment will follow in National Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa Cemetery, Doylestown.
 
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Joan’s name may be made to:   Doylestown Hospital Hospice, 595 West State Street, Doylestown, PA   18901.

 

 

Mary Anne Darrah

 
Mary Anne (Leatherman) Darrah of Doylestown went to be with her Lord on Friday, March 20, 2015 at Wesley Enhanced Living surrounded by her daughters and son-in-law. 
 
Born in Abington, she was the daughter of the late Roland and Mary (McIlhatten) Leatherman.
 
Mary Anne graduated from Central Bucks High School in 1956.  She was a bookkeeper for her family’s food market, Leatherman and Godshall, later starting her own business, Bookkeeping Etc.
 
Mary Anne was a pillar of her church, community and family. She was a disciple of Christ, devoted wife, loving mother and faithful friend.  She lived her life serving others with kindness, love and compassion. As a member of Doylestown Presbyterian Church for 64 years she served on session, sang in the choir, taught Sunday school, confirmation class and youth group; was a deacon, elder and usher. Mary Anne was always engaged with her community through volunteer activities at Doylestown Hospital, Hospice and Habitat to name a few.  She cherished and nurtured her relationships with family and friends. She was like a sister, second mother and grandmother for many. 
 
Her gentle spirit will be missed but not forgotten by all who knew her and were touched by her life well lived.
 
Mary Anne is survived by her daughters: Deborah Allison (Thomas) of Alexandria, VA and Diane Elizabeth (Robert) of Pennsburg, PA.  She was preceded in death by her husband of 49 years, James H. Darrah.
 
Relatives and friends are invited to attend her funeral service at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 26, at Doylestown Presbyterian Church, 127 East Court Street, Doylestown, PA   18901, where here family will receive guests from 10 a.m. until the time of the service.     Interment will follow the service in Doylestown Cemetery.
 
In lieu of flowers, Mary Anne’s family requests memorial contributions in her name be made to: Doylestown Presbyterian Church at the above address; American Cancer Society, 480 Norristown Road - Suite 150, Blue Bell, PA  19422-2329 or to:  Best Friends Animal Society, 5001 Angel Canyon Road, Kanab, UT 84741-5000.

 

Newton L. Beck

Newton L. Beck, a longtime resident of Mechanicsville, passed away after a short illness, Friday, March 13, 2015. He was 83 and the husband of Ann Vasey Beck, with whom he just celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary.


He was born in Mechanicsville, on his family's farm on Ash Mill Road in Buckingham Township. He was the son of the late Newton and Anna Wahl Beck.


As he grew older, he went from farmer to entrepreneur. He was self-employed his entire life, starting his own real estate office in 1959. Newton also worked as a builder and developer starting in the early 70's.


He was a member of Bucks County Board of Realtors for over 50 years and was a charter member of Bucks County Ski Club.


Newt was also self-taught in many things. He held a private pilot’s license and was an avid hunter, hunting all over the United States. He also enjoyed boating on the Chesapeake Bay and in the Poconos. His greatest joy came from spending time with family and friends at their mountain house on Lake Wallenpaupack.


Newt recently said “I'm lucky; I've completed my bucket list".


In addition to his wife, he is survived by his daughter: Diane Beck-Werner, and her husband, Ernest. His son: Newton “Skip” Beck, and his wife, Karen; his grandchildren: Ernest Werner III, Emily Conover, and her husband, Brian, Dylan and Kyle Beck; his great grandchildren: Avery and Colton Conover; his brothers: Joseph Beck and William Beck and his sisters: Joanne Hall and Linda Eutermoser.
Newt was preceded in death by two sisters: Mildred and Grace.


Relatives and friends are invited to a time of sharing and celebrating Newton’s life, 11 am Sunday, March 29, 2015 at Doylestown Country Club, 20 Country Lane, Doylestown, followed by a luncheon.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Newton’s name may be made to Midway Volunteer Fire Company, Box 296, Lahaska, PA 18931 or Boy Scouts of America, via Troop 41, Washington Crossing Council #777, 225 Green Street, Doylestown, PA 18901.

 

 

Margo L. Bechtel

 
Margo Lynn Bechtel passed away peacefully on March 3, 2015, at the age of 56, surrounded by her loved ones, after having fought a painful and aggressive battle with cancer.   The family is thankful she is no longer in pain.
 
A graduate of Central Bucks High School West, Margo lived the majority of her life in Warrington.
 
She enjoyed spending her free time reading, gardening and walking her dog. She loved hot tea and chocolate.  Margo especially enjoyed being an aunt and grandmother.
 
She leaves behind her parents, Sylvia and Stephen Bechtel; her sister, Elaine Pangerc (Andy), her brother, Stephen Bechtel, Jr. (Joan) , her daughters: April and Lyndsie, three grandchildren, a nephew and her beloved dog, Bailey.
 
Relatives and friends are invited to her memorial service, 12 p.m., Saturday, March 21 at Reed and Steinbach Funeral Home, 2335 Lower State Road, Doylestown, where the family will receive guests from 11 a.m. until the time of the service.    Interment will be held privately.
 
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Margo’s name may be made to:   Doylestown Hospital, 595 West State Street, Doylestown, PA   18901 or to:  American Cancer Society, 480 Norristown Road - Suite 150, Blue Bell, PA  19422-2329.

 

 

Matthew A. Garlick
 
    Matthew Alan Garlick passed away on Saturday, March 7, 2015 at Doylestown Hospital.  He was 42.
 
    Born at Fort Benning, Georgia, he was the loving son of Elisabeth Myerson Garlick and the late Seibert Garlick, Jr.
 
    He attended Gayman Elementary School and was a graduate of Central Bucks High School East, class of 1991.
 
    In addition to his mother, Matthew is survived by his sister:  Elisabeth Ann Matulewicz (Michael), as well as his nephew, Sean Matulewicz.
 
    Relatives and friends are invited to his graveside service, 2 p.m., Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at Washington Crossing National Cemetery, Newtown.    The family will receive guests from 12 to 1 p.m. at Reed and Steinbach Funeral Home, 2335 Lower State Road, Doylestown.

 

 

Robert P. Matusiak
 
Robert P. Matusiak of Silver Spring, MD died on Wednesday, February 25 in Kensington, MD. He was 65 years old and the husband of Elaine Rose.
 
Born on Staten Island NY, he is the son of Daniel Matusiak and the late Anne Matusiak.
 
Robert spent his boyhood on Staten Island. He graduated as Valedictorian for the 1967 Class of the Augustinian Academy where he was awarded several scholarships including the National Scholarship to Cornell University, the Knights of Columbus Scholarship and the Regents’ Engineering Scholarship to Cornell University. He also earned his Eagle Scout badge, the highest advancement rank in Boy Scouting. He received BS and Master degrees in chemical engineering from Cornell University and an MBA from the Wharton School of Business University of Pennsylvania. Most of Robert’s adult life was spent with his wife and two children in Wexford, PA, a northern suburb of Pittsburgh. He had been employed as a refinery engineer for Sunoco, Inc in Marcus Hook, PA; Director of Mergers and Acquisitions for Sun Co., in Philadelphia, PA and as Vice President Business Development for National Intergroup, the parent company of National Steel, in Pittsburgh. For 17 years, he was the owner and operator of Acutran, Inc., a transformer manufacturing company in Fombell, PA. A United States Army veteran with a rank of Captain upon honorable discharge in 1980, Robert served on the board of directors of the North Hills YMCA. He enjoyed snow skiing, tennis, model trains, jazz and camping.
 
In addition to his wife, he is survived by his son: David, his daughter, Lily; his father Daniel Matusiak, his sisters: Patricia Karnatski (Jack) and Ellen Onorata (Frank); nieces Leah Savia (Chris) and Alison Malone (Ed); nephews Jason Karnatski (Vicky), Frank Onorata III and Keith Onorata; grandnieces and grandnephews Zachary Malone, Tyler Malone, Victoria Malone, Jenna Karnatski and Frank Onorata IV.
 
His Funeral Mass will be 12:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 3 at the Barn Chapel, Our Lady of Czestochowa, 654 Ferry Road in Doylestown, PA.  Friends and family may call from 10 to noon at  Reed and Steinbach Funeral Home, 2335 Lower State Road, Doylestown, PA, 18901. Interment will follow Mass in  Our Lady of Czestochowa Cemetery.
 
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Robert’s name may be made to: Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration (AFTD,  Radnor Station Building #2, Suite #320, 290 King of Prussia Road, Radnor, PA 19087) or at  www.theaftd.org.

 

 

Yvonne W. Scott

Yvonne W. Scott of Doylestown passed away Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015 at Doylestown Hospital. She was 83.

Relatives and friends are invited to her funeral service at noon on Saturday, Feb. 28, at Reed and Steinbach Funeral Home, 2335 Lower State Road, Doylestown, where the family will receive guests from 11 a.m. until the time of the service. Interment will be held privately.

Mildred Pearl Morgan

Mildred Pearl Morgan, a longtime resident of Doylestown, died on Monday, Feb. 23, 2015 at Neshaminy Manor. She was 85.

Born in Warminster, she was the daughter of the late Howard and Madeline Eichner Hall.

Mildred had been employed as a telephone operator for Bell Telephone Company and PECO.

She is survived by her daughters, Vicki Morgan and Nancy Eaton (Craig); and son, Jack Morgan (Christine); her grandchildren, Danielle, Stephanie, Wendy, Brent, Heather, and Sean; and her great-grandchildren, Ali, Matthew, Joseph, Jake, Lauren, and Olivia. She is also survived by her sisters, Betty Diehl and Marilyn Huey; and her brother, Albert Hall.

Services and interment will be held privately.

 

Esther Sherry Thompson

 
Cherished wife of Bill (deceased 2002), constant and true mother of Kit Thompson (Cliff White), Bill Thompson (Susan), Kathy Papasso, so soon gone from us (Ron) and Pat Stone (Rich); beloved aunt of Tom Sherry (Jinell), Jim Sherry (Jane), Mary Mayhew, Bill Sherry (Cheryl) and Peggy Hudson;  and inspiration to grandchildren Mike Thompson (Ashley), Cliff White, Bill Thompson, Mac Stone, Kaylee McConnell,  Douglas McConnell, Ryan Thompson, Marcae Thompson and Tim Thompson, as well as great grandson Dylan, Esther died peacefully in her Doylestown home of more than fifty years.
 
Born in Fall River, MA, Esther’s story includes service as a Red Cross Volunteer during WWII, successful business careers in retail and real estate when women in management were rare; as well as athletic success in tennis and golf that kept her fit and active through her long life. She was devoted to Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church and enjoyed the company of friends at Doylestown Country Club.
 
Her funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, February 27 at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, 235 East State Street, Doylestown, PA   18901. Visitation will be held from 9:30 to 10:30 prior to the Mass.   Internment will follow Mass in St. Mary Cemetery.
 
In lieu of flowers, contributions in Esther’s memory may be made to Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church at the above address.
 
We, Esther’s family, thank her physicians and her wonderful friends for their loving help in achieving her goal of staying in her home here until she left for her heavenly home.

 

 

Barbara A. Ferrino
    Barbara Ann Ferrino of Bucks County died on Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at Neshaminy Manor.    She was 62.
    Born in Philadelphia, she was the daughter of John Ferrino, Sr. and the late Antoinette Palmieri Ferrino.
    Barbara was a graduate of LaSalle College and received a Master of Education from Temple University.   She enjoyed playing piano and ballroom dancing in her youth, prior to her illness.
    In addition to her father, Barbara is survived by her brother, John Ferrino, Jr., his wife, Susan and her nephews:   Matthew and Christopher.
    Relatives and friends are invited to her Funeral Mass, 11:30 a.m., Friday, February 27, 2015 at St. Cyril of Jerusalem Roman Catholic Church, 1410 Almshouse Road, Jamison.   Interment will follow Mass in St. John Neumann Cemetery, Chalfont.
    In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Barbara’s name may be made to:   Multiple Sclerosis Foundation, Greater Delaware Valley, 30 South 17th Street, Suite 800, Philadelphia, PA 19103-4001.

 

 

John J. Friel
 
John J. Friel of Furlong died on Tuesday, February 17, 2015 at age 70. 
 
Raised in Germantown, Philadelphia by Hubert J. and Beatrice Doohan Friel, he attended St. Francis Elementary School, LaSalle High School and the University of Pennsylvania for undergraduate and graduate education, earning a PhD in geology. 
 
John worked as a materials scientist for Bethlehem Steel and Princeton Gamma Tech before teaching geology at Temple University. 
 
He was a retired Captain of the US Navy Reserve, having served in Vietnam. 
 
John was a proud member of British Officers’ Club of Philadelphia, Civil Air Patrol Squadron 907, Microscopy Society of America, Microbeam Analysis Society, American Society for Testing & Materials International, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association and Doylestown Pilots Association. 
He is survived by his wife, Patricia; his children: Joseph (Beth), Kathleen (Seth), Christine, and (Rev.) David, as well as his grandchildren, Abigail, Michael, and Daniel. 
 
John’s Funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, February 23, 2015 at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church, 235 East State Street. Doylestown.   Friends may call from  6 to 8 p.m.,  Sunday, February 22  at Reed and Steinbach Funeral Home, 2335 Lower State Road., Doylestown.  Interment will follow Mass in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Cheltenham Township.
 
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in John’s name may be made to:   Edmundite Missions, 1428 Broad Street, Selma, Alabama 36701-4300.

 

 

Judith A. Tiedeman

Judith Ann Tiedeman of Doylestown passed away Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015, at Holy Redeemer Hospital. She was 73.

She was the wife of the late Robert J. Tiedeman.

Born in Sellersville, she was the daughter of L. Kenneth Reading and the late Janet R. Dilworth Reading.

Judith had a varied career, having worked at Keller Glove in the early 1960's, owned and operated a gift shop from the late 1960's through the early 1970's, worked at State Farm Insurance Company and worked for Levy Bus Company for about fifteen years, driving a bus for handicapped children.

In her spare time, Judith enjoyed painting and firing ceramics and knitting.

In addition to her father, Kenneth, Mrs. Tiedeman is survived by her sons, Richard C. Schade Jr. and Robert J. Tiedeman Jr.; her four grandsons, Ryan and Kristopher Schade and Gavin and Landon Tiedeman, as well as her brother, Kenneth L. Reading.

Relatives and friends are invited to her funeral service, 11 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 21, at Reed and Steinbach Funeral Home, 2335 Lower State Road, Doylestown, where the family will receive guests from 10 a.m., until the time of the service.  Interment will follow the service in Beulah Cemetery, New Brtiain. 

 

 

William F. Hamilton
 
William F. Hamilton of Warminster  passed away Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015 at Abington Memorial Hospital.  He was 89.
 
    A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m., Friday, March 13, 2015 at the Chapel at Ann’s Choice, 30000 Ann’s Choice Way, Warminster.   Interment will follow at 11:30 a.m. in Washington Crossing National Cemetery, Newtown.
 
    In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Mr. Hamilton’s name may be sent to:  Salvation Army, P.O. Box 269, Alexandria, VA  22314.

 

Theodore Reantillo


Theodore Reantillo of Doylestown, passed away Tuesday, February 10, 2015. He was 78 and the loving husband for the past 56 years of Lynne Morris Reantillo.


Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., he was the son of the late John and Filomena Portar Reantillo.


Ted served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean War.


In addition to his loving wife, Lynne, he is survived by his three children, Lori Thorsheim (Chris), Lisa Werner (Dave) and Greg Reantillo; his seven grandchildren, Chelsea, Ryan, Christopher, Scott, Jennifer, Matthew, and Nick; and a sister, Victoria Laura.

Relatives and friends are invited to his funeral service, 8 p.m., Thursday, February 12, at Reed and Steinbach Funeral Home, 2335 Lower State Road, Doylestown, where the family will receive guests from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Interment will be held privately in Washington Crossing National Cemetery, Newtown.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Ted’s name may be made to: Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675.

 

Donald Heiser
 
Donald Heiser, of Horsham, died Monday, February 9, 2015, at Doylestown Hospital. He was 84.
Services and interment will be private.

 

Earl Bierman

Earl Bierman of Doylestown, New Hope, Pa., a man with a contagious smile, a huge heart, and an unfailing optimism about all things in his life, family first among them, passed away at sunrise on Sunday morning, Jan. 25, 2015. He was 86.

In 1946, Earl Bierman and June Overington were positioned in Nuremberg, Germany, in the Palace of Justice for the postwar Nuremberg Trials. Earl was a tall, handsome American soldier, appointed as a white-helmeted courtroom guard; and June was the lovely Englishwoman who was working as the personal secretary to the Honorable Judge Francis Biddle, the primary American judge throughout the trials. Before the trial, the two were strangers, but it was then and there that the Englishwoman and the American soldier saw their future. The verdict was in - Earl and June would marry on April 17, 1948 in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, England, and remain cherished partners for more than 66 years.

Earl honorably served our country in Europe and in the Korean War while in the 1st Division, 26th Infantry, U.S. Army.

Earl loved everything Philadelphia: athletic teams, soft pretzels, scrapple, the Mummers, and his favorite beer – Yuengling, made in his hometown of Pottsville. He was a fun-loving athlete himself, who continued playing tennis and golf well into his final years.

Earl especially enjoyed spending time with his large family.

He is survived by his wife, June; his three children, Glen Bierman, Gail Albert (Gene) and Lynn Goldman (William); his grandchildren, Elizabeth Bierman, Sean Albert, Ryan Goldman, Curt Goldman, Scott Goldman and Billie Goldman Buck; and his 15 great grandchildren, who were lucky enough to know him well.

Earl was preceded in death by his granddaughter, Heather Leigh Albert, and his great granddaughter, Colbie McTernan Goldman. He was also preceded in death by his brothers, Allan and Bill.

Earl, born on July 3, 1928 in Pottsville, Berks County, Pa., was the son of Earl Bierman and Marie Derr Bierman.

His community involvement throughout his life was constant. His affiliations included Newtown Masonic Lodge No. 427 (F&AM 32nd degree), Shriners, Newtown and Lambertville-New Hope Rotary Clubs, New Hope Park and Recreation Board, Lambertville-New Hope Winter Festival Board, just to name a few. Not to be forgotten was his team that won the 1960 Little League World Series. Earl proudly orchestrated a parade that had elephants leading his victorious team down the Levittown Parkway.

Earl was a man with a warm handshake and an unfailing optimism about all things in his life. He had a positive spirit until the end. He will be greatly missed by many.

Services will be held on Thursday evening, Jan. 29, at Reed and Steinbach Funeral Home in Doylestown, where the family will be receiving from 6 to 7 p.m. with services immediately following.

In lieu of flowers, the family encourages donations be made to Doylestown Hospital, 595 West State Street, Doylestown, PA 18901 or to New Hope Park and Recreation Board, 123 New St., New Hope, PA 18938.

 

Cintra J.  Browse
 
Cintra Jones Browse, of Doylestown, died on Saturday, January 24th, 2015.   She was the wife of the late Robert Browse, who passed in 1992.
 
Mrs. Browse, the only child of John Latta and Gertrude Ross Jones, was born in Doylestown and lived most of her life in Bucks County, for many years at her home, Cremona, in Holicong. 
 
A graduate of The Springside School, Mrs. Browse studied occupational therapy at the Friends Hospital, Philadelphia before beginning her career in the field with the Navy in 1945.  She served as a WAVE in the military for two years in San Diego, California  and Portsmouth, New Hampshire until her honorable discharge in 1946.
 
Moving to New York City following World War II, Mrs. Browse joined the staff of  Columbia Presbyterian Hospital, leaving to care for her widowed mother in 1952.  She married her husband of thirty nine years, Robert Henry Browse, in 1953 and began a long life of community service.  Mrs. Browse volunteered for decades at Doylestown Hospital, was active with Trinity Episcopal Church, Buckingham for many years while she and her family resided in Holicong and she served on the board of the Phillips’ Mill Community Association in New Hope.  She gave most generously of her time to the Planned Parenthood Association of Bucks County in Neshaminy where she spent many hours counseling unwed mothers.  Mrs. Browse was honored with the organization’s top prize, the Margaret Sanger Award, in 1983.  Mrs. Browse also raised three sons, while her husband built the accounting firm Burton & Browse of Newtown and Doylestown.
 
Throughout her adult life Mrs. Browse was an inveterate traveler, exploring Europe and Asia with her family and friends.  Even after she was widowed she maintained an active life of service, family, travel and friends.
 
Mrs. Browse  is survived by her sons: Nicholas, (Cary)  of Still River, Massachusetts; Latta, (Carolyn) of Blairstown, New Jersey and Timothy, (Sue) of Mendham Township, New Jersey, as well as her six grandchildren:   Shane, Rory, Tyler, Annelies, Collin and Troy.
 
Her graveside service will 1 p.m., Thursday, January 29, at  Doylestown Cemetery, 215 East Court Street. Doylestown.  There will be a memorial service in the spring for all who knew and loved her at Trinity Episcopal Church, Solebury.
 
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Cintra's name may be made to:  Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania at 610 Louis Drive, Suite 303 - 2nd Floor, Warminster, Pa. 18974.

 

 

Elizabeth Suckow Nichols
 
Elizabeth Suckow Nichols, 83, of Doylestown was welcomed into the loving arms of Christ on January 21, 2015.
 
Born in Bayonne, NJ she was the daughter of the late Theodore K.  and Miriam D. (Pellett) Suckow.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister, Suzanne O. Suckow of Bergen County, NJ.
 
She was the loving wife of her surviving husband, Earl A. Nichols, for 59 years. They married in 1955 in Glen Rock, NJ and resided in Carversville  from 1955 until 2013 when they moved to Pine Run Retirement Community.
 
At the beginning of WWII her family moved to Massachusetts where she graduated from Whitman High School in 1949.  She graduated from Swarthmore College in 1953 majoring in history. Elizabeth continued her studies in education at the University of Pennsylvania. From 1953-1958 she taught second grade at Buckingham Friends School in Lahaska. Later she taught at Trinity Day School in Solebury. She was an educational liaison with the Bucks County SPCA. After raising her family, she worked for Companion Services at the Pine Run Retirement Community in Doylestown, a position she held for 20 years, retiring in 2008. Elizabeth was considered one of the most beloved companions. 
 
Elizabeth was a member of the Emmanuel Reformed Episcopal Church of Four Brooks, Pipersville for over 40 years. She regularly taught Sunday School, Daily Vacation Bible School, organized children’s programs, participated in the women’s programs and Bible studies.
 
During their retirement, Elizabeth and Earl traveled extensively throughout the United States and Canada visiting National Parks, lighthouses, family and friends.
Elizabeth was the wonderful mother of her surviving children: Theodore E. Nichols (Melody) of  Doylestown; Miriam N. Wilson (Kenneth) of Zelienople, PA; Timothy E. Nichols (Betty) of Doylestown; Holly N. Stenson (Stephen) of North Adams, MA  and Dr. Thomas E. Nichols (Ulrike) of Leamington Spa, UK.  She was lovingly called Grammy and Grandma by her nine grandchildren: T. Philip Nichols, Rebecca H. Mello (Adam), Andrew H. Wilson, Katheryn E. J. Nichols, Lydia R. Nichols, James P. Stenson, Matthew B. H. Nichols, Norah L. Nichols, and Gavin M. Stenson. She was Aunt Beth to numerous nieces and nephews.
The family would like to thank all the nurses, aides, companions and staff of Pine Run Community who compassionately cared for Elizabeth. 
 
A memorial service will be held 3 p.m.,  Saturday, January 24, 2015 at  Reed and Steinbach Funeral Home, 2335 Lower State Road, Doylestown.    The family will greet guests from 2 pm. until the time of the service. Interment will be private in Carversville Cemetery.
 
Condolences may be made using the Reed and Steinbach website www.reedandsteinbach.com. 
 
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Elizabeth’s name may be made to:  Bucks County SPCA, Box 277, Lahaska, PA 18931 or to:  Parvee Foundation, Pine Run Retirement Community, 777 Ferry Road, Doylestown, PA 18901.

 

 

 

Robert C. Canup, Sr.
 

Robert C. Canup, Sr., of Doylestown, died Tuesday, January 20, 2015, at his home surrounded by his family. He was 59 and the husband of Jean Herrington.

 

Born in Greensboro, Georgia, he was the son of the late Eugene and Eloise Hall Canup.

 

Robert worked as a painter for over 25 years and enjoyed working outside, planting flowers and vegetable gardens in his free time.

 

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his sons: Chris Canup, of Dublin; Nic Canup, of Doylestown; Jon Canup, of Newtown; Robbie Canup, of New Jersey; a step-son: Tony Herrington, of Arizona; five grandchildren; three brothers: Morgan, Glen and Johnny and a sister: Debbie, as well as many nieces and nephews.

 

Relatives and friends are invited to his funeral service 11 a.m. Saturday, January 24, 2015, at Reed and Steinbach Funeral Home, 2335 Lower State Road, Doylestown, where the public may call from 10 am until the time of the service. Interment will follow in Fountainville Chapel Cemetery (formerly known as German Baptist Church Cemetery).

 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Robert’s name may be made to:  Special Olympics, 3535 Rockview Drive, Bristol, PA 19007 or to the family.

 

Lois V. Protinsky
 
    Lois V. Protinsky of Doylestown died on January 20, 2015.  She was 90 and the wife of the late Henry C. Protinsky.
 
    Born in Orange, New Jersey, she was the daughter of the late George A. and Jennie Pierson Miller.
 
    Lois enjoyed bowling, knitting, church activities, her many friends and spending time her with family.
 
    She is survived by children: son, Henry S. Protinsky, his wife, Joanne and daughters: Gail L. Eggimann, wife of the late W. Craig Eggimann and Lynn A. Brauns, her husband, Steven, as well as six grandchildren, her sister:   Carol Magyarits, her husband, Lester and her borther-in-law, Albert Cartwright.   She was predeceased by her sister:  Betty Cartwright.
 
    Relatives and friends are invited to her funeral service 7 p.m., Friday, January 23, 2015 at Reed and Steinbach Funeral Home, 2335 Lower State Road, Doylestown, where the family will receive guests from 2 p.m., until the time of the service.   Interment will be 10:30 a.m., Saturday, January 24, 2015 at Hollywood Memorial Park, Union, New Jersey.
 
    In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Lois’s name may be made to:   Gulf Breeze United Methodist Church, 75 Fairpoint Drive, Gulf Breeze, FL    32561.

 

 

 

Mary E. Taylor
 
    Mary E. Taylor of Doylestown passed away on Sunday, January 11, 2015.  She was 101 and the wife of the late Robert J. Rumer and the late Edward T. Taylor.
 
    Born in Philadelphia, she was the daughter of the late Walter S. And Abigail Ladley Marvill.
 
    Mary worked for many years as an accountant in banking, having retired in 1975.
 
    Surviving is her son:   Ronald E. Rumer, his wife, Joan; her five grandchildren:  Robert J. Rumer III, T. Scott Rumer, Timothy Rumer, Debra Kamilla Tallman, Edward Taylor Rumer and her elevengreat-grandchildren:  Brielle Rumer, Thomas Rumer, Ryan Rumer, Kevin Tallman, Kate Tallman, Emily Rumer, Jake Rumer, Geneva Rumer, Shelby Rumer, Robert Rumer IV and Katie Rumer.  Mary was predeceased by a son:   Robert J. Rumer, II.
 
        Relatives and friends are invited to her funeral service 11 a.m., Friday, January 16, 2015, at Reed and Steinbach Funeral Home, 2335 Lower State Road, Doylestown,  where the family will receive guests from 10 a.m., until the time of the service.    Interment will follow in Whitemarsh Memorial Park, Prospectville.
 
           In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Mary may be sent to:   Doylestown Hospital  Hospice, c/o Development Office, 595 West State Street, Doylestown, PA  18901-2554 or to:   PARVEE Foundation at Pine Run Community, 777 Ferry Road, Doylestown, PA 18901.

 

 

Alice Murphy
 
Alice (Luczejko) Murphy of Doylestown, Pennsylvania, died on January 8, 2015 at the age of 95.
 
Alice was born of Ukrainian immigrants (Julia and Tony).  She was the last survivor of their five children (Anne, Sophie, Julie, Alice and John). Her family home was in Sayre PA. After graduating high school, Alice went to Ithaca to join her eldest sister Anne as a hairdresser for the Updike Salon, where Alice continued to work until she was seventy.
 
Shortly after moving to Ithaca, Alice met Bill on a blind date. In 1941 they began their 73 years of marriage. Within a couple of months Pearl Harbor triggered Bill’s involvement in the Army. Bill was shipped overseas for World War II as an airplane mechanic. They spent their honeymoon in Atlantic City in a hotel that later became a barrack where Bill was housed during his training.
 
Alice and Bill were active in their Ithaca community where they raised their three daughters. They were members of the Catholic Church and Bill was a member of the volunteer fire department and a member of the Elk’s Lodge. They always had neighbors who became close friends. Bill’s extended family also lived in Ithaca, and Alice always remained close to her sisters and brother.
 
Extended family gatherings have always been an important part of Alice’s life. There were summer vacations on Cayuga Lake, picnics at the state parks, gatherings at lake cottages, visits to Eldridge Park. Holidays were always a time for family to come together at various family homes. After the children were grown, Alice and Bill went on road trips with Alice’s sisters and brother, always maintaining a close relationship. As the years went by Alice became the matriarch of the family, and nieces, cousins and friends gathered at her home to celebrate holidays.   
 
Later in life Alice became an accomplished artist. She delighted many people with her wonderful painted boxes, trays and artwork. Six years ago Alice and Bill moved to Wesley / Heritage community in Doylestown, Pennsylvania to be near their daughter Jan. Her artwork was displayed in the lobby of Wesley / Heritage during a collective show in the fall of 2014.
 
Alice was spirited and loved. During her time in Doylestown she develop close relationships with many caregivers, including Brenda, Glen, Elona, Jeanette, the nurses in skilled nursing (Terri, Mary, Carol, Linda) and many more wonderful people. During her last few days she was assisted by Grandview Hospice.
 
The family will be eternally grateful for all the people who cared for her and the loving kindness they showed.
 

Alice is survived by her husband, Bill, who lives at Wesley Enhanced Living in Doylestown; her daughters: Gail Florian of Gladstone, Oregon; Carol Murphy of Carbondale, Colorado and Jan Murphy of Carversville, Pennsylvania and their husbands; her grandson, Frank Florian, of Gladstone Oregon and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

 

 

Robert A. Hall
 
    Robert A. “Bob” Hall of Dublin died on January 8, 2015 at Golden Living Doylestown after a prolonged illness.  He was 83 years old.  The beloved husband of Esther V. Hall, they had been married for 56 years. 
 
    Born in Stillwater, Oklahoma he was the son of the late Chester and Alice Treat Hall.
 
    Bob lived most of his life in Dublin.  He served in the Air Force during the Korean War.  After honorable discharge Bob attended Upper Iowa University, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics.  After moving to Pennsylvania he became a computer operator at the Naval Air Development Center, Johnsville where he programmed the centrifuge used in the training of the early astronauts.  He thoroughly enjoyed telling stories about meeting our Country’s first astronauts.  In his later years Bob also enjoyed reading, traveling, working with stained glass and collecting coins.
 
    In addition to his wife he is survived by two daughters: Carol Moyer (Scott) and Lisa Hall, as well as his two grandsons: Mathew Hall and Kevin Moyer.  Bob is also survived by his sisters, Jean Leonhart, Shirley Carpenter and Kelly Piepmeier and his brother, David Hall.
 
    A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m., Saturday, January 17th at Reed and Steinbach Funeral Home, 2335 Lower State Road, Doylestown.  Visitation with the family will be from  2 p.m., until the time of the service.    Interment will be private.
 
    In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Bob’s name to:  Mennonite Disaster Service, 583 Airport Road, Lititz, PA 17543.  MDS is responsible for organizing disaster response in the United States and Canada.

 

 

Peter Mekosh
 
Peter Mekosh, of Hoschton, Georgia, formerly of New Britain passed away on Thursday, January 8, 2015 at home.   He was 96 and the husband for 61 years of the late Victoria L. Mekosh who passed in 2008.
 
Born in Centralia, Pennsylvania, Peter was the son of the late Michael and Anna Fago Mekosh.
 
Mr. Mekosh was retired from Merck Pharmaceuticals, where he worked in maintenance operations. He was a World War II veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard and a member of St. Anne Ukrainian Catholic Church. His daughter, Joanna, lovingly cared for Mr. Mekosh for 11 years along with her husband, Ben and their two daughters, Lorinda and Rosanna Cruz.
 
Survivors include his daughters, Joanna Cruz, of Hoschton, GA;  Gloria Lachman, of Sellersville, PA;  Victoria Rosenbaum, of Nicholson, GA;  Donna Allen of Middleburg, FL; his son, Peter Mekosh Jr., of Jackson, NJ; 10 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren as well as  many nieces and nephews.   Mr. Mekosh was preceded in death by his son, Gregory Mekosh and daughter, Patricia Mekosh.
 
A funeral Mass will be held at 11 a..m,  Wednesday, January 14, 2015 St. Anne Ukrainian Catholic Church, 1545 Easton Road, Warrington, PA 18976 where the family will receive guests from 9:30 a.m., until the time of the service.   Interment will follow Mass in St. John Neumann Cemetery, Chalfont.
 
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Peter’s name may be mad to St. Anne Urkainian Catholic Church at the above address.

 

 

Kriss Ore
 
    Kriss Ore of Quakertown passed away on Tuesday, January 6, 2015.   He was 94.
   

     Relatives and friends are invited to Mr. Ore’s funeral service 11 a.m., Monday,

January 12, 2015  at Reed and Steinbach Funeral Home, 2335 Lower State Road,

Doylestown where the family will receive guests from 10 a.m. until the time of the

service.   Interment will follow the service in Doylestown Cemetery, Doylestown.

 

Clinton Stiles

Clinton "Pop" Stiles of Ottsville died Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015.  He was 83. He was the husband of the late Roberta C. Stiles, who died in 2004.

Born in Doylestown, Clinton was the son of the late Clinton F. and Ethel Frazer Stiles.

Pop served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.  He was a carpenter.


He is survived by his sons, Clinton Craig Stiles and his wife, Sandra, and Christopher Stiles and his wife, Catherine; his daughter, Amy Slater and her husband, Kenneth; and his step-son, Benjamin Yannarella and his wife, Mary. Pop is also survived by 12 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren, as well as many nieces and nephews.

The family would like to thank all who showed kindness to Pop at The Oaks, Dublin Diner, Perkins and Groveland Grill over the years at each breakfast and lunch time.

Also, the family would like to extend a special "thank you" to the wonderful ladies at The Country Homestead for their love and care during the last 18 months.

Pop's funeral service will be 12 p.m., Friday, Jan. 9, at Reed and Steinbach Funeral Home, 2335 Lower State Road, Doylestown, where the family will receive guests from 10 a.m. until the time of the service. Interment will be held privately.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Clinton's name may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.

 

H. Philip Eiseman
 
On the morning of Thursday, January 1st we experienced a tremendous loss through the passing of Phil Eiseman. At age 70, after a battle with cancer, Phil departed peacefully at home in Doylestown surrounded by his loving family.
 
Phil was born in Pittsburgh, PA to the late Howard Philip and Jean (Wynn) Eiseman. He moved to Philadelphia in 1960 and soon found a passion for roofing. In 1968 he founded Eiseman Construction Co., Inc. in Doylestown. The success of Phil’s company has been a reflection of his integrity and his respect for customers, family and community.
 
Phil had a tremendous love for cars and racing, for baseball and football, for skiing and travel, for wine and music and elephants, and above all else, for his family. He was a natural leader with contagious positive energy. His storytelling was unrivaled and showed his kindness and creativity. Phil's way with words was disarming and solution-oriented. He faced challenges with relentless optimism.
 
Phil Eiseman was the American Dream.
 
Phil is survived by his loving wife, Melissa Eiseman. He leaves behind to cherish his memory his children:  Colleen Wojenski (Joseph), Carrie Dipalantino (David), Maria, Gregg, and  Maye Phillips (Michael), Sam and Max Wechsler. He was the proud grandfather of Matt and Conor Wojenski, Carter Capps, Ava Dipalantino, and Marianna Figueroa.  Also surviving is his dear sister, Jeane Criss (Robert).  He is an awesome uncle of Robert Howard Criss and Daryl Jeane Kerr (David) and their families. Phil will remain with us always.
 
The family will receive guests from 9 to 10 a.m. on Monday, January 5th at Reed and Steinbach Funeral Home, 2335 Lower State Road, Doylestown, followed by services at 10 a.m.   Interment will follow in Doylestown Cemetery, Doylestown. 
 
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Phil’s name may be made to: Central Bucks Family YMCA, 2500 Lower State Road, Doylestown, PA 18901.

 

 

Robert F. Ruehl

Robert Furman Ruehl of Doylestown, died on Monday, February 3, 2014. He was 73. He was the beloved husband of Cheryl Kay (Rufe) Ruehl with whom he shared over 41 years of marriage. They were lifetime residents of Bucks County.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Elizabeth and Victor Ruehl, Jr. and a brother, Terry.

Bob was a graduate of Central Bucks High School, Williams College and The Law School of the University of Virginia. He had practiced law for over 44 years in Doylestown.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by many nieces and nephews.

Services and interment were private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Bob’s name may be made to: St. Thomas Episcopal Church, P. O. Box 247, Fort Washington, PA 19034 or to: Bucks County S.P.C.A., P. O. Box 277, Lahaska, PA 18931.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  n lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Charles's name may be made to the Bucks County S.P.C.A., P.O. Box 277 , Lahaska , PA 18931