Martin J. Corr
 
Martin J. Corr of Doylestown died suddenly at his summer home in Sea Isle City, NJ on July 28, 2014. He was 77.
 
Mert was the cherished husband of Mary Lee Rothwell Corr. They were married for 52 years.
 
Born in Philadelphia, Mert was the son of the late John A. and Helen Fallon Corr.
 
Mert graduated from Holy Cross, Saint Joseph’s Prep ’54, Saint Joseph’s College (’58, Golden Hawk) and Temple University School of Law (LLb ’61; LLM Trial Advocacy ‘94). He served his country in the U.S. Air Force from 1962-1966. In 2010 St. Joe’s honored him with the GEM Award in recognition of great loyalty to the university and selfless work for the good of others in the field of law.
 
Mert’s many interests included performing with the State Street Players, OLMC choir, golf (DCC), hunting and fishing. He was a bridge player, gardener, he loved his Brittany Spaniels and never missed a daily crossword puzzle. He was a Eucharistic Minister for many years and served on the parish council.
 
He was a past president of the Bucks County Bar Association, where he was a friend and mentor to many while holding a reputation as one of the toughest trial lawyers in the county.
 
Mert was currently serving as president of the Doylestown Borough Planning Commission. He was a former committeeman and executive committeeman of the Bucks County Republican Committee. His involvement in the community ran deep and touched many lives.
 
In addition to his wife, partner and lifelong best friend Mary Lee, he is survived by his children: Sean Corr (Jennifer), Marguerite Quinn (John), Molly Duet (Keith), and Beth Ann Corr DeStefano (Keith) and grandchildren: Liz, Pat, Chris, Maggie, Carolyn, Maeve, Lucy, Martin, Mary, Will, Ayla, Ronan, Brendan and one step-great grandchild, Linley.
 
He is also survived by his siblings: Paul (Mary), Grace, Gerry (Kristina), Ann (Torr), Jeanne (Tom), and Joseph (Janet). He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
 
Relatives and friends are invited to attend his viewing 6 to 8 p.m.,  Thursday, July 31, at Reed and Steinbach Funeral Home, 2335 Lower State Road, Doylestown and at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, 235 East State Street, Doylestown, from 9 a.m. until his Funeral Mass at 11 a.m., Friday, August 1.   Interment will  follow Mass in  Doylestown Cemetery.
 
In lieu of flowers, contributions in Mert’s name may be made to: Fragile-X Organization, 1616 Bonanza St. #22, Walnut Creek, CA 94596 or Pennsylvania’s Pro-Life Federation, 4800 Jonestown Rd., St. 102, Harrisbuurg, PA   17109-1741.

 

 

Vincent J. Prendergast
 
Vincent J. Prendergast of Doylestown died on Sunday July 27, 2014 at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. He was 83 and the husband of Deborah Class Prendergast.
 
Born in Boston, Mass., he was the son of the late Vincent J. and Ruth Fleming Prendergast.
 
Vince lived most of his life in Doylestown. He was a graduate of Boston College and St. John’s Seminary in Brighton, Mass. Vince served as a parish priest in Brockton and Watertown, Mass. and Atlanta, Georgia before being dispensed from his vows in 1969.
 
He met his wife Deb in 1970 and after searching a new career started selling real estate in Milton, Mass.  Following their  marriage he and Deb moved to Doylestown to start raising a family in 1973. He sold real estate for Class-Harlan and in 1990 he and John Stachel became partners running the firm later to be joined by Joann Maroney.
 

In his youth he was proud of attaining Eagle Scout. He was part of many service organizations in Doylestown over the span of 40 years. Vince was a Rotarian first and foremost but also served on the board of Family Services, Doylestown Historical Review Board, Chamber of Commerce, American for Native Americans, Dawn Patrol-Jesus Focus Ministry, Santa Clause for Wrapping Presence to name a few. He was an active member of Trinity Church Buckingham and enjoyed Wednesday morning prayer, conversation and served on the altar in assorted assignments along with taking communion to shut-ins.

 

He loved company and his swimming pool, never missing a day of swimming while it was open.
 

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his three sons: Gregory and Stephanie of Newark DE., Douglas and Kari of Doylestown and Patrick and Megan of Atlanta, GA. He was the proud grandfather of 5:  Haelee, Emma, Aidan, Sarah and Jackson.  He was the brother of:  Carol Ann Lee, of Florida  William and Trish of Sarasota, FL., Robert and Patty of Falmouth, Mass., Francis of Falmouth, Mass. and sister-in-law Marie of Revere, Mass.  He was predeceased by brothers:    James of Boston and Kenneth of Los Angeles.

 

Relatives and friends are invited to his memorial service 11 a.m.,  Friday, August 1, 2014 at Trinity Episcopal Church, 2631 Durham Road Buckingham. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.

 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Vince’s name to:  Trinity Episcopal Church Buckingham, c/o Vision 2020, P.O. Box 387 Buckingham, PA 18912.

 

 

Betty L. Pollock

 

Betty L. Pollock, 89 died peacefully at home on Sunday, July 27. She was the daughter of the late Walter and Adelaide Fegley, whom she honored and adored.

 

A resident of Doylestown for 64 years, she was active in Girl Scouts, the Doylestown Women’s Club and was a secretary for many years to local oral surgeons and an attorney.

 

Betty enjoyed playing the piano, working on sewing crafts, cooking and making her home beautiful. She loved flowers and was an avid gardener. She also took pleasure and pride in canning and preserving tomatoes and other produce from their garden.
She loved people and helping others, was kind, generous and caring. She didn’t know a stranger.

 

She is survived by Norman F. Pollock, her beloved husband of 67 years, her daughters; Patricia Pollock Rhoads (Richard) and Virginia Carol Deem (David), as well as  seven grandchildren:  Nathan Deem (Heidi), Robert Deem (Jaclyn), Kate McKee (Mark), April Arizmendi, Gloria Thompson, Carol Dodd, Rose Rhoads, and 11 great-grandchildren. 

 

She will also be sorely missed by numerous nieces, nephews and precious friends.

 

She was preceded in death by her siblings, Arlene Fell, Walter Fegley, Norma Glazer, and granddaughters Penny Rhoads Edwards and Patricia Morningstar Rhoads.

 

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday August 2, at Reed and Steinbach Funeral Home, 2335 Lower State Road, Doylestown. Interment will follow at Doylestown Cemetery.


Jeannette Frater


Jeannette Frater, a long time resident of Doylestown died Saturday, July 26, 2014. She was 85, and the wife of the late Jacob Frater Jr.

Born in Havre de Grace, Md., she was the daughter of the late James and Mary Morgan Alberts.

Her main activities revolved around her family, whether it was Sunday dinners, vacations in Surf City or cooking for everyone. She loved making everyone feel welcome and overfed. Her favorite times were holidays, always generous to a fault and happiest seeing the family together.


Jeannette is survived by her son, Glenn, his wife, Diane, and her grandchildren, Molly, Abigail and Kyle, Erin and Josh and the real attention grabbers, her great-grandchildren, Elijah and Arleigh. Also surviving are her sister, Ida and brother, Jim.

We know she is in a better place, she will be sorely missed.

Her funeral service and interment are being held at the convenience of the family.

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

 

Patricia Harren
 
Patricia Harren, 85, of Doylestown, passed away on July 25, 2014 surrounded by her family.  She is survived by her husband of 65 years, Richard E. Harren, Sr.
 
Born in Manhattan, NY, she was preceded in death by her parents, Walter Luby and Martha Magnuson Luby; her siblings: Walter Luby Jr., Gladys Luby Egan, Joan Luby Stahl and Edward Luby.
 
Patricia had a passion for art that was evident in everything she did and wore.  Her life and home were her canvasses.  She found profound beauty in a simple rose, the sight of a butterfly, had a deep appreciation for music and was a seeker of knowledge.  Her greatest joy was her family.
 
In addition to her husband, she is survived by her five children: Richard E. Harren, Jr., Glenn Harren, Jill Harren Wilson (James), Mark Harren, Neil Harren (Rosemary); her ten grandchildren: Christopher Harren (Jennifer), Danielle Byrd (James), Peter Harren (Kayla Skogh), Richard Parker, James Harren (Katie Brier), William Parker, Samantha Harren, Alexandra Harren, Maxwell Harren and Sara Wilson: her great-grandaughter,  Sylvia Harren  and her sister, Marilyn Elliott.
 
A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m., Saturday, August 9th at Reed and Steinbach Funeral Home, 2335 Lower State Road, Doylestown.  Friends may call from 2 p.m., until the time of the service.

 

Terrance G. Mazenko

 
Terrance G. Mazenko, of Doylestown, died Tuesday, July 22, 2014, at his residence.  He was 69 and the husband for 49 years of Lorraine (Novotney) Mazenko.
 
Born in Rosebud, PA, he was the son of the late Joseph and Thelma Killion Mazenko.
 
Terry proudly served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War.
 
He retired after many years from the Rolling Division of USX Steel. Afterward, he started his own landscaping business and also became the care taker at Mechanicsville Cemetery, Mechanicsville.
 
Terry loved traveling and spending time with his wife and family. He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend. He was also a passionate Phillies fan and golfer.
 
In addition to his loving wife, Terry is survived by his daughter: Kimberly Kenney, wife of David, of Quakertown; his son: Derek Mazenko, husband of Laurie, of Perkasie and his 2 grandchildren: Shannon Kenney and Brett Kenney. Being one of 13 children, Terry is also survived by 5 brothers, 3 sisters and numerous nieces and nephews.
 
Relatives and friends are invited to his funeral service 5 p.m., Sunday, July 27, 2014 at Reed and Steinbach Funeral Home, 2335 Lower State Road, Doylestown, where friends may call from 3 to 5 p.m., prior to the service.  Interment will be 2 p.m., Monday, July 28, 2014, in Washington Crossing National Cemetery, 830 Highland Road, Newtown, PA.
 
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Terry’s name may be made to: Disabled American Veterans, P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250-0301 or to: Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675.
 

 

Mary Elizabeth Luce

Mary Elizabeth "Beth" Luce of Doylestown, died Tuesday, July 8, 2014. She was 55.

Born in Philadelphia , Beth was the daughter of the late Bernard J. Smolens.

Beth received her undergraduate degree from Connecticut College in 1980 and her law degree from Villanova University in 1983. After graduating from law school, Beth moved to Doylestown, where she lived and worked most of her adult life. 

She served in the Bucks County District Attorney’s Office before joining the law firm of Pratt, Brett, & Luce, where she worked for over 20 years.

Beth was an active member of her community, serving on the board of mental health advocacy group Voice and Vision, Inc. and was a member of La Salle College High School ’s Mothers Club. She was also an avid tennis fan, having played on Connecticut College ’s women’s tennis team.

Beth is survived by her loving husband, William; her two sons: Maxwell and Nicholas; a sister Barbara Williams and a brother Michael Smolens, as well as numerous in-laws, cousins, nieces and nephews.

The family will receive guests from 9:30 a.m. until the time of Mass Friday, July 11, at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, 235 East State Street , Doylestown.  Her funeral Mass will begin at 11 a.m. Interment will follow Mass in St. John Neumann Cemetery , Chalfont.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions is Beth’s name may be made to LaSalle Academy, 1434 N. 2nd St., Philadelphia, PA 19122; Voice and Vision, Inc., 600 Louis Dr., Suite 106, Warminster, PA 18974; or the American Cancer Society, 480 Norristown Road, Suite 150, Blue Bell, PA  19422-2329,  www.cancer.org/donate.

 

Joseph Manca Jr.

Joseph Manca Jr. of Warminster, died Monday, July 7, 2014, at his residence at Ann’s Choice. He was 89 and the husband of the late Teresa Aglialoro Manca, who passed away in 1996.

Born in Brooklyn , N.Y . , he was the son of the late Leonard and Felicia Martinis Manca.

Joseph proudly served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He was a member of the Fleet Reserve Association, Branch 146 in Warminster and the USS Saratoga Alumni Association.

Survivors include his son, Lorenzo Joseph Manca, husband of Jane, of North Wales; his daughters, Cynthia Sarah Manca of Virginia and Vivienne Manca Smith, wife of Dennis, of Virginia; seven grandchildren; five great grandchildren; his brother, Anthony Manca, husband of Rita, of New York and his sister, Eleanor Camarda, wife of Sevario “Sam”, of New York.

Joseph was preceded in death by his daughter, Laura Felicia Edens; and his brother, Frank Manca.

Relatives and friends are invited to his funeral service 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 12, at Reed and Steinbach Funeral Home, 2335 Lower State Rd., Doylestown, where friends may call from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the service. Interment will follow in Whitemarsh Memorial Park , Prospectville.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Joseph’s name may be made to U.S. Navy Memorial, 701 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW , Washington , D.C .   20004 or at www.navylog.org.

 

Martha K. Snyder


        Martha K. “Gram” Snyder of Edison, peacefully passed away on Sunday, July 6, 2014.   She was 81.


        She was preceded in death by her husband of 59 years, George.


        Born in Hatfield, she was the daughter of the late Cline and Elva Blough Kissel.


        Marty grew up on several farms throughout the Bucks County area.   She was a graduate of Doylestown High School, class of 1951.


        George and Martha built their home in the Village of Edison in 1954 where they raised their family.


        Marty retired from the Doylestown Post Office where she was a rural letter carrier. She was an active member of Doylestown United Methodist Church. She also volunteered at the Central Bucks Senior Center where she rolled cinnamon buns.


        Martha enjoyed baking for her family, friends and co-workers. Every year her friends and family looked forward to her Christmas cookies. Gram will be dearly missed by all whose lives she touched.


        She was the loving mother of Charles (Rosemary) of Savannah, Ga., Albert (Michele) of Doylestown, Deborah Clark (Gene) of Elizabethtown, Pa., Diane of East Greenville, and George (Jacqueline) of East Greenville. She was very proud of her 14 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.


        Relatives and friends are invited to Marty’s memorial service at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 12, at Doylestown United Methodist Church, 320 East Swamp 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 Martha’s name may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

 

Rev. Robert N. McIntyre

Rev. Robert Nelson McIntyre of Doylestown, was welcomed into the Kingdom of Heaven by his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, Thursday, July 3, 2014. He victoriously fought the battle of colon cancer and Parkinson's through God's strength and joy over the past 20 years. Romans 8:18  For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.

Born in Philadelphia, to Elizabeth (Caddle) and Robert N. McIntyre Sr., he had one sister, Mrs. Margaret (McGovern) McKnight deceased (married to Edward McKnight), and one brother, Lawrence David McIntyre (married to Eleanor McCartney, deceased).

Robert graduated from Northeast High School (1942) and attended Philadelphia College of the Bible, Temple University and graduated from the Reformed Episcopal Theological Seminary (1956).
He worked as a draftsman on the RB-1 Conestoga, experimental aircraft for the Edward G. Budd Company; joined the Navy in 1943; trained at Sampson Naval Station, N.Y.; Memphis, Tenn. NAS; Gunnery School, Hollywood , Fla.; Operational Training, Quonset Point NAS, R.I.; Rocket Training, Key West NAS; assigned to flight crew VTN-91. He was shipped to Hawaii and assigned to USS Bon Homme Richard joining the Third Fleet under Adm. Halsey in the Pacific Theater of Operations. He went ashore in Tokyo two days after the peace treaty was signed. Aircrew awards included Pacific Theater Ribbon w/2 stars, American Theater Ribbon, Victory Medal and Aircrew Insignia w/3 stars. He was discharged with the rank of Aviation Machinist's Mate 2nd class.

Robert was the loving husband of Margaret June McIntyre (Golle) for 67 years and he was the proud father of his four children, Melody McIntyre Nichols (Ted) of Doylestown, Robin Lynn Swann (Douglas) of Clayton, Calif., Dawn Sherrie Miller (Mark) of Sanford, Fla. and Robert Keith McIntyre (Sandy) of Perkasie. He was lovingly called Pop Pop and Grandpa by his six grandchildren, Jayme Chen (Channing), Megan  Atoigue (Adam), T. Philip Nichols, Brittany Miller, Marshal Miller, and Rylee McIntyre; and his two great-grandchildren, Ian and Karis Chen. He was "Uncle Bob" and "Uncle Mac" to numerous nieces and nephews.

In World War II as a night-bomber turret gunner over Japan, "Mac" McIntyre promised God that he would serve Him with his entire life, if his life would be spared when flying back to his aircraft carrier without lights on the ship and when running low on fuel as he was returning from a mission. The promise resulted in his dedicated passion to proclaim God's grace and love as a pastor in the Reformed Episcopal Church. He started three churches in Bucks County, Pa., St. Philips in Warminster (1955), Emmanuel Church of Four Brooks in Pipersville (1962) and Redemption Church, Center Valley/Quakertown (1991). Affectionately called "Mr. Mac", he was the founder and first director of Four Brooks Reformed Episcopal Bible Conference in Pipersville, and was honored to be president of the International Christian Camp and Conference Association. The denomination extended its borders to the west coast of the United States as he ministered and did church planting as Field Superintendent of the Board of National Church Extension. His sense of humor, smile, and love for the Lord were evident to all who met him.

The family will receive friends from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m, Thursday, July 10, at  Reed and Steinbach Funeral Home, 2335 Lower State Road, Doylestown. A  memorial service will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, July 12, at  Emmanuel Reformed Episcopal Church of Four Brooks, 80 Smithtown Rd (at Cafferty Road), Pipersville, PA 18947. Interment will be held privately in Washington Crossing National Cemetery, Newtown.
Condolences may be made at the Web site listed below. (Sign the Register).

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Rev. McIntyre's name to missionaries of the donor's  choice furthering the Gospel or to:  PVAMC/PADRECC,  3900 Woodland Ave #127-P,  Philadelphia, PA 19104, (VA Parkinson's Clinic) Attention:  Dawn McHale.

 

Betty Jane Martin    
 
Betty Jane Martin a longtime resident of Doylestown died Wednesday, July 2, 2014 at Doylestown Hospital.  She was 69 years old and the wife of the late Thomas Edward Martin who passed in 2003.
 
Born in New Hope, Betty Jane was the daughter of the late Marie Haas and John L. Arms Sr.
 
Betty Jane married Tom when she was 17 and built a life together with him and their two children, Randy and Robert. 
 
An animal lover, she always had a place for her pets, especially Honey, her last pet Pekingese.  She loved attending crafts shows or demonstrations.  She was a people person who loved talking with others. 
 
She worked in retail at Grant’s Department Store and as a nurse’s aide at Briar Leaf Nursing Home. 
She welcomed her grandchildren, Michael and Thomas.  She cared deeply for her family and friends and will be missed greatly.
 
Surviving are her sons:  Randy Martin, his wife, Maryanna and Robert Martin; her grandsons:  Michael and Thomas; her sisters: Darlene Voorhees and Helen Kallatch, her husband, Edward;  her brother, John Arms Jr., as well as her nieces Bonnie and Tammy and nephews:  Edward (Jen) and Scott (Sheri) and their families.
 
Betty Jane’s funeral service will be held 1 p.m. Monday, July 7 at Reed and Steinbach Funeral Home, 2335 Lower State Road, Doylestown where the family will receive guests from 12 noon until the time of the service.   Interment will follow in Whitemarsh Memorial Park, Prospectville.
 
Flowers are appreciated however, memorial contributions in Betty Jane’s name may be made to Doylestown Hospital, 595 West State Street, Doylestown, PA   18901.

 

Adelaide G. Tonkinson

Adelaide G. Tonkinson, a resident of Doylestown since 2007, formerly of Southampton and Holland, passed away Thursday, June 19, 2014, at Golden Living Center.



Born in Philadelphia, she was the daughter of the late George Gray and Adelaide Barr.

 

Adgie was a 1947 graduate of the Springfield Township High School in Montgomery County.

 

During her working years, she operated several pet shops, supported a pet supply business and ultimately found her passion as a floral designer working for Feeney’s Nursery in Feasterville.

 
Surviving her are three children:  Tyrone Tonkinson, his wife, Linda; John Tonkinson and Susan Tonkinson as well as her four grandchildren: Cassandra, Luke, Dana, and Katerina.
 
Relatives and friends are in invited to Adgie’s funeral service 11 a.m., Saturday, June 28 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, memorial contributions in Adgie’s name may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

 

Harold Catz

Harold Catz, a lifelong resident of Doylestown and community servant, died at Doylestown Hospital Wednesday, June 18, 2014.  He was 85.

He was the beloved husband of Mary, with whom he celebrated 57 years of marriage in November; and father of Colette Bannan of Doylestown;  Karen MacDonald, wife of Charles, of Bethlehem; Lisa Catz of Doylestown and Michele Joel, wife of Linta, of Tokyo, Japan; grandfather of  Shawn, Andrew (Rachel), Michael (Amber), Paul  (Anna), Stephen (Theresa), David, Ruth (Colby), Rachel, Abigail, Kaion, Ian, Illumi, Elianna and Kaila; and great-grandfather of Somerled, Abraham, Stirling, Flora and Winfield.  He was preceded in death by his grandson, Kaion.

Harold served in the Coast Guard after high school, returning to Doylestown to open Edison Furniture Store, which he kept in operation for 56 years, as well as working as a realtor.  He had been a borough council member for 16 years and vice president for many years. Harold was JCI senator, lifelong member and past president of Lions Club ('80 to '81 and '99 to '00) and Melvin Jones Fellow.

He was a risk-taker, an entrepreneur and an independent thinker, with a love of travel, having traveled around the world.

Harold will be remembered as a man who was always ready to help, always dependable, honest, hard-working. He was a powerful man without uttering a word.

Relatives and friends are invited to his memorial service at 6 p.m., Tuesday, June 24, at the Reed and Steinbach Funeral Home, 2335 Lower State Road , Doylestown. Interment will be held privately.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Harold’s name may be made to:  Lenape Valley Foundation, 500 N. West St. , Doylestown , PA   18901 .

 

Charles Conrad Jr.


Charles Conrad Jr. of Doylestown died Sunday, June 15, 2014 at St. Mary Hospital. He was 92.


Charles was the husband of the late Gloria E. Conrad, who passed away in 2001.


Born in Brooklyn, New York, he was the son of the late Charles and Eleanor Natterer Conrad.


Charles was employed with Prudential Insurance Company for over 40 years. He most recently worked in the taxes/accounting arena.


He was a very active man with a willingness to help others. He was also an avid animal lover.


Surviving are his children, Jeff Conrad and Carol Smyles, both of Doylestown, as well as his three grandchildren, Alexis, Colton and Cory; his great granddaughter, Layla; and his daughter-in-law, Monika of Florida.
Charles's funeral service will be at 11 a.m., Wednesday, June 18 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, memorial contributions in Charles's name may be made to the Bucks County S.P.C.A., P.O. Box 277, Lahaska, PA 18931.
In 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

Margaret E. Duffy


        Margaret E. Maicher-Duffy of Fenwick Island, Del., passed away surrounded by love with her family on Wednesday, June 11, 2014. She was 92.


        She was the beloved wife of John J. Duffy. Born in Philadelphia, she was the daughter of the late John and Margaret Klousterman Fay.


        In addition to her husband, John, she is survived by her children, Rose Joyce Zacharko of Millsboro, Del., Christina Maicher of Naples, Fla., Carol Priestley (Richard) of Stevensville, Md., Gloria Heineman (Lee) of Philadelphia, Madelyn Heinz (John) of Fenwick Island, Del., and Peter Maicher (Dawn) of Southampton; and her step-children, Meg Piercy (Richard) of Quakertown, and Stephen Duffy of East Norriton. Also surviving are ten grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and two great-great grandchildren; as well as her sister, Madeline Adair, of Philadelphia.


        Margaret's funeral service and celebration of her life will be at 10 a.m., Saturday, June 21 at Reed and Steinbach Funeral Home, 2335 Lower State Road, 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.


        In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Margaret's name may be made to The Little Sisters of Jesus and Mary, P.O. Box 1755, Salisbury, MD 21802.

 

Ben P. Pisarek

Ben P. Pisarek, of Bethlehem, died Tuesday, June 3, 2014, at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Muhlenberg Campus. He was 92 and the husband of the late Carol Pisarek, who passed away in 1989.

Born in Buckingham, he was the son of the late Roch and Margaret Braduch Pisarek.

In his younger days, Ben was one of the first farmers in the Bucks County area.

After graduating high school, Ben proudly served his country during WW II in the United States Army, where he attained the rank of Corporal.

He loved painting and worked most of his life as a commercial artist. Ben also loved photography, being in the sun and carpentry, making many of his own frames.

Survivors include his daughters: Jodi Pisarek, wife of Anthony, of Sayreville, New Jersey; Nancy O’Connell, wife of Pat, of Orefield and Lisa Wolf, wife of Bill, of Kunkletown; his grandchildren: Will and Sasha.

Relatives and friends are invited to Ben’s graveside service 1 p.m., Tuesday, June 10, 2014, at Doylestown Cemetery, 215 E. Court Street, Doylestown.

Memorial contributions in Ben’s name may be made to Bucks County S.P.C.A., P.O. Box 277, Lahaska, PA 18931.

 

Gloria S. Waid

 
Gloria S. Waid of Doylestown died on May 19th, 2014 peacefully in her home surrounded by her family.  She was 86 years old. 
 
Born in Union Beach , New Jersey, Gloria was the daughter of the late Harry and Matilda Barkley Stott Howells.
 
She lived 30 years of her life in Feasterville, PA  before moving to Doylestown.  
 
Gloria worked many years in retail for Woolworth's and was a member of both the Feasterville Baptist Church and First Baptist Church of Doylestown.  She was the proud and loving matriarch of her family.  
 
She is survived by her daughter: Nancy Cziriak (Werner); her son, Thomas Waid;  her five grandchildren: Steven Laphen (Amanda), Jeffrey Laphen (Heather), Bill Laphen (Eileen), Megan Cziriak, and Kurt Cziriak and her seven great-grandchildren: Emily, Liam and Isla Laphen, Sydney and  Morgan Laphen, and Katrina and Bridgette Pepin.
 
Her funeral service will be held 11 a.m.,  Friday, May 23rd  at the Reed and Steinbach Funeral Home, 2335 Lower State Road, Doylestown, where friends may call from 10 a.m. until the time of the service.   Interment will follow in Lawnview Cemetery, Rockledge.
 
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Gloria's name may be made to Doylestown Hospital Hospice, c/o Development Office, 595 West State Street, Doylestown, PA 18901.

 

John A. Millane

 
John Arthur "Jay" Millane of Doylestown passed away quietly on Sunday May 11, 2014.  He was 78.  He was the beloved husband for 53 years of Elaine Myers Millane.
 
Born in and raised in Ludlow, MA, he was the son of the late John Joseph Millane and Thorstina (Tina) Olsen Millane. 
 
Jay was a 1954 graduate of Ludlow High School.  He graduated from Lehigh University in 1958 with a degree in Metallurgical Engineering.  He was a member of the Beta Theta Pi Fraternity and held dear the close and lifelong friendships he established with his brothers.  Upon graduation, Jay was commissioned in the Army, serving in Germany from 1958-1960.  For the last 53 years, he and his wife Elaine have made their home in the Doylestown area where they raised their family.
 
Next to his family, Jay dedicated his life to the business established by his great-grandfather, the Tinius Olsen Testing Machine Company in Horsham, PA.  Jay began working for Tinius Olsen in 1961, serving as President from 1971 – 2001.  Jay worked with his cousin, Charles Robert Tait Jr., to manage the company through several milestones most family companies don’t achieve: 100 years of operation and fifth generation family leadership.  He retired in 2001 after 40 years of dedicated service and remained Chairman of the Board through his passing in 2014.
 
In his professional career, Jay was an active participant and held leadership positions in key industry standards bodies.  He served as an ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials) Board Member from 1986 through 1993, as Chairman of the ASTM Board of Directors in 1991 and was the Chairman of the U.S. Technical Advisory Group to the International Standards Organization Committee on Mechanical Testing.  For his service, he was the recipient of the ASTM Award of Merit in 1985 and of the prestigious William T. Cavanaugh Memorial Award in 2000. 
 
Upon his death, ASTM established and awarded Jay as the first recipient,  the John A. “Jay” Millane Award for outstanding contributions in providing a strong and sustained voice for ASTM International and ensuring the necessary coordination with the appropriate ASTM groups responsible for standards on mechanical testing of materials, during the development of related standards by other international organizations.
 
In addition to his wife, he is survived by his son:  Mark Millane of Longmont, Colorado, his wife, Lynn, and their children, James (Jay) and Chantal:  his daughter, Marilyn Eckert, of Springfield, Virginia, her husband, William, and their children:  John and David; and his son: Michael Millane of Cave Creek, Arizona, his wife, Robyn, and their children: Shelby and  Alexandra Farrar and Andrew and Sydney Millane. He is also survived by his sister, Jean Keene of Etna, New Hampshire and his brother, David Millane of Baltimore, Maryland. 
 
A dedicated family man and  friend to all who met and knew him, he leaves a legacy of service and simple kindness.  He was a founding member of the Lenape Valley Church where he served as both Elder and Deacon in addition to many years as a member of the choir. 
 
He was an avid student of history and a passionate Philadelphia sports fan and he enjoyed passing these joys on to his children and grandchildren .  He also enjoyed travel which included trips to Norway, Australia, New Zealand, China, Spain, Portugal and Ireland during his retirement years.  What he enjoyed most, however, was traveling to and spending time with, the family he held dear.
 
A Memorial Service in celebration of Jay’s life will be held 11 am., Saturday, May 31 at Lenape Valley Church, 351 West Butler Avenue, New Britain, PA 18901.  Relatives and friends are invited to greet the family from 6 to 8 p.m.,  Friday, May 30 at Reed and Steinbach Funeral Home, 2335 Lower State Road, Doylestown, PA.
 
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the: John A. Millane '58 Endowed Scholarship Fund, Lehigh University's Office of Gift Planning, 27 Memorial Drive West, Bethlehem, PA 18015-3086 or to  Lenape Valley Church Memorial Fund at the address above.

 

Steven M. Galaton

 

Steven M. Galaton a longtime resident of Doylestown, died on Wednesday, May 7th, 2014 at his home.   He was 63 years old and the husband of Diane L. Galaton.

 

Born in Brooklyn, New York, Steve was the son of Martin and Eileen Safalow Galaton of Del Ray Beach, Florida.

 

Steve graduated from Cherry Hill West High School and received his Bachelor's in Chemical Engineering from the University of Delaware. He received his Master's Degree from the University of Pennsylvania. He was employed by several regional chemical companies including Air Products and Arkema. Most recently he headed A-Gas Performance Chemicals based in Doylestown. Steve had many international friends from years of travel in Europe, Mexico and the Far East. He was an avid golfer and wine connoisseur.

 


In addition to his wife and parents, he is survived by his daughters: Blaire Galaton-Kelleher, her husband, Brian and Kerry Galaton; his brother, Michael, his dog, Rebel and grand-puppy, Wilson. He will also be sadly missed by his longtime neighbors and friends from Pine Mill Circle.

 


Relatives and friends are invited to to his memorial service at 12 p.m., Tuesday, May 13th at Reed and Steinbach, 2335 Lower State Road, Doylestown where the family will receive guests from 10 a.m. until the time of the service.

 


In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Steve's name may be made to:  National Brain Tumor Society, 55 Chapel Street, Suite 200, Newton, MA 02458 or Last Chance Ranch, 9 Beck Rd. Quakertown, PA 18951.

 

Ralph E. Wagner


        Ralph E. Wagner of Doylestown, died Tuesday, May 6, 2014. He was 81 years old.


        Married 52 years, he was the husband of Oneida Ruch Wagner.


        Born in Bath, Peennsylvania, he was the son of the late Walter and Alberta Steiner Wagner.


        Ralph spent most of his career as a Guidance Counselor in the Central Bucks School District. Being very active in the masonic fraternity, he was Past Master of Doylestown Masonic Lodge #245 and High Priest in Chapter.


        In addition to his wife, Ralph is survived by his daughter, Carol Wagner; his son, Todd Wagner; as well as many nieces and nephews.


        Relatives and friends are invited to his masonic service at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 10, and to his funeral service at 10:45 a.m., at Reed and Steinbach Funeral Home, 2335 Lower State Road, Doylestown, where the public may call from 10 a.m., prior to the masonic service. Interment will follow in Bethlehem Memorial Park, 1851 Linden Street, Bethlehem.


        In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Ralph’s name may be made to Alzheimer's Association of America, 322 8th Avenue, New York, NY 10001
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George G. Anthos

George G. Anthos of Dublin passed away Saturday, May 3, 2014, at Praxis Alzheimer’s Facility in Easton.   He was 85, and the friend for 71 years and  husband for 59 years of Lolita M. Anthos.


Born in Yonkers, New York, George was the son of the late Ernest Anthopoulos and Anna Jsituoglou.


George was a graduate of Pace College with a Bachelor of Business Administration.  He worked as a marketing representative for Merchants and Business Men’s Mutual Insurance Company.


He was a member of the Elk’s and the American Legion.   George enjoyed golf, swimming, softball, skiing, ice hockey and figure skating.


In addition to his wife, he is survived by his sons, Gregory, Roger and Stephen Anthos; as well as his brother, John Anthopoulos.


Relatives and friends are invited to his funeral service, 3 p.m., Friday, May 9, at Reed and Steinbach Funeral Home, 2335 Lower State Road, Doylestown, where the guests will be received from 2 p.m. until the time of the service. Interment will be held privately.


In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in George’s name may be made to:  Alzheimer’s Association, Delaware Valley Chapter, 399 Market Street, Suite 102, Philadelphia, PA 19106.


Robert J. Szeman

Robert J. Szeman of Sellersville lost his battle to cancer Thursday, May 1, 2014, at Grand View Hospital.  He was 58.


Born in Bridgeport, Connecticut, he was the son of the late Robert J. and Patricia Moran Szeman.


Robert worked his entire life as a commercial truck driver.


He was an avid collector of trains, fire trucks, fire engines and related trinkets and enjoyed going to trade shows.


Robert was a fan of the Washington Redskins and will be missed by his family, friends and beloved dog, Sailor Moon.


Relatives and friends are invited to a time of fellowship and sharing from 6 to 7 p.m., Monday, May 12, at Reed and Steinbach Funeral Home, 2335 Lower State Road, Doylestown.


In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Robert's name may be made to American Cancer Society, 480 Norristown Road, Suite 150, Blue Bell, PA 19422-2329.

 

Alice S. Kohn

Alice Salter Kohn of (Eureka) Chalfont passed away Friday, May 2, 2014, at Abington Hospice Warminster. She was 86 and the wife of the late William Kohn III, who passed in 2007.


Born in Jenkintown, she was the daughter of the late Richard T. and Winifred Williams Salter.


Alice was a graduate of Upper Moreland High School, Class of 1945, in Willow Grove.  She was a dedicated wife, mother and grandmother and 25 year cancer survivor.


Alice joined her husband William in Civil War re-enacting, nurturing an interest in Bucks County history and artists. She was a skilled cook, seamstress and artist and enjoying attending CLR classes at Delaware Valley College and participating in Walk for Life.


Surviving are her daughters, Judith Townsend Kohn and Deborah Anne Kohn, as well as her grandson, Sterling Townsend Wall.


Relatives and friends are invited to Alice’s memorial service 11 a.m., Monday, May 12, 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 Alice’s name may be made to: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, P.O. Box 27106, New York, NY   10087-7106 or to ALS Association, Greater Philadelphia Chapter, 321 Norristown Road, Suite 260, Ambler, PA 19002.


Paul B. Landt


Paul B. Landt of Chalfont died Sunday, April 27, 2014, at home. He was 89.
He was the husband of the late Elizabeth "Betty" Danzenbaker Landt, who passed in 1999, for more than 50 years.


Born in Horsham Township, he was the son of the late Mathias H. and Edith M. Buck Landt. His older brother was Claude.


Following his retirement from Link Belt in Colmar, Paul and Betty began a sharpening business located at their home and he was known as "the Village Grinder" in the community. He enjoyed various hobbies during his life including carpentry work and raising exotic pheasants.


He is survived by his four children, John P. Landt, Nancy E. Loux, Patricia L. Carr, and W. Daniel Landt; 11 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren ,who loved him dearly.


Relatives and friends are to his funeral service 11 a.m. Friday, May 2, 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, Horsham Township.


"Precious in the sight of God is the death of His loved ones."

William Lloyd, III

 
William “Bill” Lloyd, III of Doylestown Township passed away on April 14th 2014 at his home.   He was 82 years old and the loving husband of Patricia Lloyd for 57 years. 
 
Born in Salida, Colorado, he was the son of late Grace Harris Lloyd and William Lloyd, Jr.
 
In addition to his wife, he is survived by his three children: son, Tod Lloyd, and daughters, Jenny Penn (John), and Kristine Moser (Joe).   Bill and Pat also have six grandchildren: Robert, Nick, Maia, Emma, Joey, and Kimberly.
 
Bill attended University of Colorado Boulder and majored in Electrical Engineering.  He met his wife in Boulder, Colorado while both of them were attending the university.  They married in 1956. Bill graduated from University of Texas, Texas Western with a B.S. in Physics in 1958.  After graduating from Texas Western, Bill began working for Remington Rand in 1958 as a Field Engineer.  Bill remained with the company Univac (Unisys Corporation), working in executive corporate management positions until his retirement in 2001.
 
Prior to settling in Doylestown Township with their family in 1974, Bill and Pat lived in various parts of the country that included Texas, New York, California, Missouri and Illinois while he worked for Unisys.  Bill remained active as a resident and volunteer in the Doylestown Township for 40 years.
 
During retirement, Bill was active in a variety of local community projects and service in the Doylestown Township.  In 2005, he was awarded and recognized for his dedication to volunteer service for the Delaware Valley College.  Bill became a Master Gardener in 2001 and later the vice chair on the Master Gardner’s Steering Committee.   As a Master Gardener, he volunteered at the Henry Schmeider Arboretum at Delaware Valley College, Neshaminy Manor and at the Honey Hollow Nature Center, Bucks County Audubon Society.  He was also chair for the Arboretum Advisory Board Council.
 
In 2001, Bill began attending classes at the Center for Learning in Retirement (CLR) at Delaware Valley College.  He served as vice chair and later chair on the CLR Board from 2003 to 2012.  His engagement with CLR remained active throughout his years of retirement.  In addition to his commitment and devotion to CLR, he was active with the Aging Task Force for the Doylestown Township, becoming chair of the Regional Central Bucks Aging Taskforce in 2005.  Bill was very devoted to the protection of watersheds and the importance of preserving land and water sources in the community, and as a means to fulfill this interest he served on the Environmental Advisory Council for the Doylestown Township Board.  Further underscoring his commitment to public service, he served as an elected Judge of Elections for District 8 from 2009 to 2014.
 
Bill enjoyed traveling, and his most favorite destinations included frequent trips to Colorado, New York City and the Jersey Shore.  He enjoyed bird watching, gardening, Broadway plays, museums and art galleries as he traveled with his wife and family.
 
Relatives and friends are invited to attend his funeral service, 11 a.m., Wednesday, April 23, 2014 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, memorial contributions in Bill’s name may be made to: Doylestown Hospital Hospice, c/o Development Office, 595 West State Street, Doylestown, PA   18901.

 

 
Carol Venter
 
Carol Venter, of Doylestown, passed away Saturday, March 29, 2014, at Abington Hospice at Warminster, following a strong and courageous battle with cancer.  She was 53.
 
Born in New York, NY, she was the daughter of Marie Adele (Russo) Venter and the late John Gerald Venter.
 
Carol was a former teachers aide at Mill Creek Elementary School. For the last 6 years she worked at ICON Medical Imaging in Warrington.
 
Known for her famous baked clams, Carol loved to cook.  She also loved music and making people laugh.
 
In addition to her mother, she is survived by her daughters: Barbara Haug and Alexis “Tex” Haug, both of Doylestown; her brother: John Venter, of New York and her sister: Gene Marie D’Amico, wife of Joe, of New York, as well as many wonderful friends.
 
Relatives and friends are invited to her visitation from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, April 4, at Reed and Steinbach Funeral Home, 2335 Lower State Road, Doylestown and to her funeral service 2 p.m. Saturday, April 5, at Doylestown United Methodist Church, 320 East Swamp Road, Doylestown.

 

 

Thomas J. McGarry
 
Thomas Joseph McGarry, a former resident of Doylestown,  died on March 17 at his home in New Rochelle,  NY.  He was 64 years old.
 
Born in Scranton PA,   he was the son of Joseph P. McGarry and the late Helen F. Shaughnessy  McGarry.
 
Tom  grew up in Linwood  NJ.  He lived most of his adult life in New Jersey and was a graduate of Trenton State College.  During the Vietnam War, Tom served for two years as an Aviation Ordnanceman on the U.S.S. John F. Kennedy.  After his active duty, Tom was a member of the Naval Air Reserve based at Willow Grove (PA) Naval Air Station.
 
Tom is survived by his father, Joseph P. McGarry of Warminster, PA; his sisters:  Patricia Kraeer of Malvern, PA;  Maryellen Goodwin (John) of Atlantic City NJ;  Ann Gabrielson (Thomas) of State College PA;  Margaret Eden (Robert) of Chester Springs  PA  and  brothers:  Mark McGarry (Sylvia) of Lansdale PA; Joseph McGarry (Ann McBride) of Perkasie PA;  and  Brian McGarry (Constance) of Downingtown, PA.  He is also survived by sixteen nieces and nephews and five grand nieces and nephews. 
 
His Funeral Service, Mass and Interment on March 23 and 24 will be private.  
 
In lieu of flowers, donations in Tom’s name may be made to: Honor Flight Philadelphia Program Attn: Andrew Schiavello, 7 Windsor Circle, Springfield, PA 19064   (www.honorflightphiladelphia.org) or to:   Wounded Warrier
Project, Post Ooffice Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675 (www.woundedwarriorproject.org.)

 

 

Noreen A. Scaliti
 
Noreen Ann (Haran) Scaliti, a 50 year resident of Doylestown died on Thursday, March 13, surrounded by her family at Wesley Enhanced Living Center. She was 79 years old.    She was the wife of the late Lewis A. Scaliti, who passed in 1991.
 
Born in 1935 in Brooklyn, NY, she is the daughter of the late Emmett Haran and Nora Whelan Haran.
 
She was a 1952 graduate of Catherine McCauley High School in New York. Noreen and husband Lewis moved the family to the Doylestown area in 1962. She was a full time stay-at-home Mom through the 1960s, 70s, and 80s, graduating all 5 children from Central Bucks schools and 5 colleges.
 
She was a devout Roman Catholic and lifetime parishioner at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, where she served as a Eucharistic Minister. She also volunteered with Meals on Wheels and the Bloodmobile at Mt. Carmel.
 
She cherished her sun-drenched summer days at the Doylestown Country Club pool.  For those that knew her, she was funny, strong and courageous, handling life’s many challenges with grace and a distinct bellowing laugh. She was always quick to share her experience, strength and hope with others in need. Aside from her epic strength and wit, she was known as a wonderful wife, Hall-of-Fame Mom (and 12-time Nana) by friends and neighbors in Doylestown.  
 
 
Noreen is survived by her five loving children, sons:  Doug (Debbie) of Lahaska; Paul (Toni) of Bernardsville, NJ; Patrick (Alba) of Doylestown; Michael (Michele) of Schwenksville and her daughter: Jeannine (Dave) Lodwig of Springtown. She will be missed by her 12 grandchildren: Mara, Kyra, and Lewis Scaliti of Lahaska; Jessica, Andra, and Cara Scaliti of Bernardsville; Jack and Gianna Scaliti of Schwenksville and Annie Grace, Patrick, Owen, and Molly Lodwig of Springtown.
Noreen was preceded in death by her brother, Robert Haran.
 
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m., Monday, March 17, 2014 at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, 235 East State Street,  Doylestown. Friends may call from 9 a.m., until the time of Mass.   Interment will follow in Doylestown Cemetery.
 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Michael F. Scaliti, 4342 Annandale Drive, Schwenksville, PA   19473 for the benefit of an anonymous charity previously designated by Noreen.

 

Carole M. O’Malley
 
Carole Marie O’Malley, of Furlong, died on March 12, 2014.  She was 70 years old.  She was the wife of Joseph Richard O’Malley.
  
Born in Philadelphia, she was the daughter of the late Stanley and Loretta Kullman Gishen. 
 
A graduate of St. Hubert’s High School in Philadelphia, Carole  was a teacher’s aide at Bridge Valley Elementary School, having worked at Mill Creek Elementary School and Our Lady of Mount Carmel grade school.   She was a loving mother figure and good friend to all who knew her in each of these communities over the years.
 
Married on November 25th, Carole is survived by her husband of 47 years, Joseph, of Furlong;  her son and daughter-in-law, Justin O’Malley and Heather Nardone of Swarthmore;  her daughter and son-in-law Whitney and Kyle Lundy of Downingtown, as well as her grandchildren: Connor and Jackson O’Malley of Swarthmore, and Miles Lundy of Downingtown.
 
Relatives and friends are invited to her funeral Mass, 11 a.m., Monday, March 17 at St. Cyril of Jerusalem Church, 1410 Almshouse Road, Jamison where the family will receive guests from 9:30 a.m. until the time of remembrances beginning at 10:45.   Interment will follow Mass in St. John Neumann Cemetery, Chalfont.
 
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Carole’s name may be made to:  St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

 

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.

Harry K. Zimmerman, Sr.


Harry Karl Zimmerman Sr. passed away peacefully at his Doylestown residence on Thursday, January 31, 2014. He was 87 years young.


Harry, the only child of Harry A. Zimmerman and Agnes Ford Zimmerman.


Harry was a graduate of Hatboro High School, the class of 1944. Although a Pennsylvania farmer by trade, Harry was also a certified private airplane pilot.
He will be remembered fondly for his patience and kindness by members of the Hatboro Sportsman Gun Club, the Boy Scouts of America and the Warwick Township Volunteer Fire Company Auxiliary.


Harry and his wife, Ida Jane, raised their five sons on the family’s historic Bucks County farm in Ivyland. After retiring and moving to Doylestown, Harry continued to enjoy working outside. He could be found keeping a perfect lawn or helping his wife in their lovely flower gardens. He was especially happy to spend time with his family.


He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Ida Jane (Rogers) Zimmerman and their five sons: Harry Jr.; Thomas, his wife, Vivian; John, his wife, Margaret; Frederick, his wife, Danielle and Andrew, wife, Jacqueline. Harry was the proud grandfather of seven grandchildren: Thomas, Christian, Laura, Leokadia, Laura Jane, Gwendolyn, and Erika. He had been recently blessed with one great-granddaughter, Khaleesi.


Relatives and friends are invited to his funeral Mass, 11 a.m., Friday, February 7, 2014 at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, 235 East State Street, Doylestown. Interment will be private.


In lieu of flowers, the family would like donations in Harry’s name to the Doylestown Hospital Hospice, c/o Development Office, 595 West State Street, Doylestown, PA 18901.

John T. Brown, Jr.

    John T. Brown, Jr. of Doylestown passed on Friday, January 24, 2014.   He was 85 years old.   John was the husband of Ruth C. Deal-Groves.

    Born in Baltimore, Maryland, he was the son of the late Naomi D. Snyder Brown and John T. Brown, Sr.

    John lived abroad and in various states on the east coast, but considered Bucks County home.

    He was a graduate of Johns Hopkins University.  He worked for IBM for 38 years as a Senior Marketing Manager and Manager Consultant.   John was a principal of his own consulting firm for 4 years, leading information study teams in the U.S. and Europe.  He also served as Secretary/Treasurer for his wife’s business, The Celtic Pavilion.

    John was active in Episcopal Church for many years in Pennsylvania and Delaware, serving on the vestries of 6 churches and/or as a member of Finance Committees, Accounting Warden,  Building Committees and Senior Warden/Rector’s Warden.

    He was active with Habitat for Humanity: Sussex County, Delaware:  Executive Committee, Board of Directors, Founding President, Chairman-Fund-raising and in  Bucks County as  past treasurer, past director and board member and construction volunteer.  John was past president of the Plumstead Lions Club and of the Lewes, Delaware Lions Club, also serving on the Board of Directors there.   He was a member of the Doylestown Rotary Club serving as the Maasai Well Project Coordinator and had been honored with the Maasai Staff of Leadership.

    Additionally, he was chair of Johns Hopkins University Eastern Shore Alumni; Member of the City of Lewes Long Range Planning Implementation Committee; Shipcarpenter Square Homeowner’s Association: Trustee and President;  Lewes Chamber of Commerce: Executive Director; Sierra Club: Chair of Sussex County Chapter; Upper Makefield Township Planning Commission; Special Equestrians: Board of Directors, Fund Raising, Director 5k Race and a Free Mason.

    John was passionate about his family, as well as, “Gus the Griffon,” champion JW Top Gun of Tidewater; dog shows; traveling; literature and people.

    In addition to his wife, Ruth, he is survived by his three children:   Jeffrey J. Brown, his wife, Barbara A., of Doylestown; Lydia L. Hertzler, her husband, Glenn J., of Doylestown and J. Thomas Brown, III, his wife, Deborah S., of Richmond.   He is also survived by six grandsons: Jeffrey J. and James Brown; Collen A. and Ian N. Hertzler; Russell C. and Justin A. Brown; three granddaughters, Katharine E. and Rachael A. Brown, Lindsay E. Brown and three great-grandsons: Henry T. Hertzler, Alexander T. and Jack C. Brown.

    Relatives and friends are invited to his memorial service at 1 p.m., February 1st at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 84 EastOakland St., Doylestown. Interment will follow in Doylestown Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in John T. Brown, Jr.’s name to: Habitat for Humanity of Bucks County, 31 Oak Ave., Suite 100 Chalfont, PA. 18914 http://habitatbucks.org/donate or to: Doylestown Rotary Club Scholarship Fund, Doylestown Rotary Club, P.O. Box 207, Doylestown, PA. 18901.

 

Robert E. Shull

 
Robert E. Shull of Doylestown died Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at his home at Wesley Enhanced Living with family around him.  He was 99 years old.   Robert was the husband for 68 years of the late Pearl B. Shull.
 

Born in Cleveland, Ohio he was the son of the late J.  Bert Shull and Mayme E. Davis.

 

During World War II he served with the 3rd Army, 104th Evacuation Hospital, having earned the Bronze Star. He was a graduate of Miami (OH) University with a BS degree in Business.
 
He was an avid tennis player, competing in national tournaments into his 80s. 
 
Robert is survived by a son:   David Shull and his wife, Sandra, of Baltimore, MD and daughters: Kathleen Herzog and her husband, David, of Warrington and Robin Logan and her husband, Kent, of Tega Cay, SC, as well as six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
 
Relatives and friends are invited to his  memorial service, 10 a.m., Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at Reed and Steinbach Funeral Home, 2335 Lower State Road, Doylestown.   Interment will be private.

 

Lisa E. DiStefano

Lisa E. DiStefano of Doylestown passed away on Friday night January 10 with her family by her side. She was 47 years young. She was the wife of John DiStefano.

Born and raised in Doylestown, she was the daughter of Patricia Foster Kardane and the late Leonard Kardane.

Lisa graduated from Delaware Valley College. She worked as an accountant for 20 years at Foster and Kardane, owned and operated the Plumsteadville Inn for the next 7 years and was currently working as a bookkeeper at Keenan Mercedes in Doylestown.

Lisa enjoyed helping others, spending time in her garden and sitting on the beach with her family.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by her two sons: John and Joe; their dog, Sonny; her brothers: Mike Kardane (Jill); Bruce Kardane (Robin) and David Kardane and her sisters, Pam Parsons (Wayne); Debbie Kardane (Todd) and Mindy Vieira (Tom).

Relatives and friends are invited to her funeral service, 1 p.m., Thursday, January 16 at Reed and Steinbach Funeral Home, 2335 Lower State Road, Doylestown. The family will receive guests from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., prior to the service. Interment will follow the service in Doylestown Cemetery, Doylestown.

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

 

Dorothy C.K. Smith

Dorothy C.K. Smith, of Doylestown, died Friday, January 10, 2014 at Pine Run Lakeview. She was 104 and the wife of the late Max W. Smith.

Born in Upper Black Eddy, PA, she was the daughter of the late Jonas and Lucinda Cochran Kilmer.

Dorothy lived most of her life in Doylestown. Dorothy and her husband Max owned and operated a coal sales and trucking business in Doylestown in the 1930's to the 1950's. They then owned and operated Doylestown Motors Truck and Auto Sales through the 1960's.

She was a member of the Doylestown Presbyterian Church. Dorothy enjoyed cooking and baking, but most of all was spending time with her family.

She is survived by her son: Richard Smith wife Marlene of Danboro, PA. Also surviving our her twelve grandchildren: Rich Smith, Jolene Smith, Patricia Gorg, Carol Smith, Cheryl Doran, Scott Seiz, Duane Seiz, Sharon DeCrew, Bruce Smith Jr., David Smith, Linda Smith, and Wayne Smith. As well as 17 great grandchildren and 4 great-great granchildren

She was preceded in death by two daughters: Gloria Smith and Joan Seiz and a son, Bruce Smith.

Relatives and friends are invited to her Funeral Service 10am Wednesday, January 15,2014 at Reed and Steinbach Funeral Home 2335 Lower State Road, Doylestown. Where friends may call from 9am till the time of the service. Interment will follow in Upper Tinicum Cemetery, Upper Black Eddy, PA

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Dorothy’s name may be made to Doylestown Presbyterian Church, 127 East Court Street Doylestown, PA 18901 or to Doylestown Hospital C/O Development Office, 595 West State Street Doylestown, PA 18901

The family would like to thank Pine Run Lakeview for all the loving care they provided for Dororthy and a special thanks to her nieces: Geraldine, Virginia, Arlyce, and the late Evelyn for their weekly visits.

 

Carolyn M. Moyer

Carolyn Mary Moyer, nee, Anderson, of Spring House Estates died on Wednesday, January 8, 2014. She was 86. She was preceded in death by her husband, Erwin Thomas Moyer, and her brothers, Leroy L. Anderson and William T. Anderson.

For over twenty-five years she was a reading tutor at Silver Springs - Martin Luther School, where she earned recognition as the longest-serving volunteer. She served all her life in a variety of church, school and community positions and in her family.

She is survived by her daughter, Susan Brookhart (Frank): son, Tom Moyer (Sue); her grandchildren: Carol Brookhart, Rachel Brookhart, Dan Cooper (Erin), Becky Woody (Bryan) and great-grandchildren: Matthew and Jacob Woody.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a..m, Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 120 North Easton Road, Glenside, PA 19038. Friends may call from 10:30 a.m., until the time of the service. Interment will follow in Ivy Hill Cemetery, Philadelphia.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Carolyn’s name may be made to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, at the address above or to Silver Springs - Martin Luther School, 512 West Township Line Road, Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462-1001.

Brenda L. Brown

Brenda L. Brown, passed away January 7, 2014 at Doylestown Hospital after a valiant battle with cancer, at age 55. She was the beloved wife and friend of Joseph E. Brown for over 36 years.

A resident of Perkasie, Brenda was born in Lewisburg, PA; the daughter of Roger and Nancy Watts. She lived most of her life in Doylestown.

Brenda was our loving wife, friend, mother and Mommom.

A 1976 graduate of Central Bucks High School West, she spent most of her professional life as a retail manager, most recently with Macy’s. Brenda was an active member of her church, a believer of faith, a giver of charity, an avid quilter and seamstress and a mother to all. She loved her work and took pride in all she did. Even in death, she gave; donating her corneas so others might see. Her greatest joys were her grandchildren and the beach.

In addition to her husband and parents, Brenda is survived by her children: Joseph Brown of Perkasie; Amy Brown of Perkasie and Joshua Brown of Doylestown and her grandchildren: Philip, Zoe, Ayden and Clayton. Also surviving are her siblings: Linda Morgan of Warminster, Alicia Kear of Doylestown, Robert Watts of Dublin and Lori Trimble of Spinnerstown; her grandmother, Anna Snyder of Milton, PA; and her in-laws, Lee and Mary Brown of Mechanicsville. She also leaves behind many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, in-laws, cousins and friends; she considered everyone family. She was predeceased by her grandparents; Glenn Snyder, Sr., Earl and Ethel Watts; great-grandparents Clara and Stoner and brother Glenn.

Funeral services are open to the public and will be held at 11 a.m., Monday, January 13, 2014 at Peace Lutheran Church, 100 Old Bethlehem Road, Perkasie, PA 18944. Friends may call from 10a.m. until the time of her service. Interment will follow in Doylestown Cemetery, Doylestown.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Brenda’s name may be made to: Peace Lutheran Church, at the address above or to Pennridge FISH, P.O. Box 9, Perkasie, PA 18944 ( a non-profit food pantry serving the Pennridge area).

Joseph F. O’Neill, Jr.

Joseph F. O’Neill, Jr. of Dublin, died on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at Doylestown Hospital. He was 71.

Relatives and friends are invited to funeral service 11 a.m., Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at Reed and Steinbach Funeral Home, 2335 Lower State Road, Doylestown. Interment will follow in White Chapel Memorial Park, Feasterville.

 

Maria Morgan

Maria Morgan of New Britain,died on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at ManorCare Rehab. She was 78 years old. Maria was the wife of Eugene B. Morgan who died in 2012.


Born Germany, she was the daughter of the late Alois and Loni Eder Haslbauer.
While living in Esslingen, Germany she met and married an American soldier, Eugene Morgan. She immigrated to New Britain in 1962 where she gave birth to their daughter, Susan.


Maria became a US citizen in 1983. She worked for John Knoell & Son, Inc. for many years having attained the position of foreman over the finishing department.


In the last 2 years she has received a great deal of help from her friends to whom she was grateful.


She is survived by her daughter, Susan Orgill and Susan's husband, Glenn; her grandchildren, Paul Orgill and Paul's fiancée Kristen Fantry and Rachel (Orgill) Burroughs, Rachel's husband Alex and their soon to be son, Elijah;. Also surviving are her family in Germany: Rosal Munz; Iris and Albert Greiner and Nichole and Michael Teichman and their two children. She was preceded in death by Markus Greiner.


At Maria’s request, services will not be held.

 

George H. Sinn, Sr.

 
George H. Sinn, Sr., a resident of Warrington for 49 years, died Tuesday, December 31, 2013, at his home surrounded by his loving family.  He was 80 and the husband for 59 years to Barbara Silcox Sinn.
 
Born in Philadelphia, he was the son of the late William C. and Iva Robinson Sinn.
 
Mr. Sinn was a veteran of the United States Army.
 
George was a self-employed fence contractor and hard-working handy man who enjoyed working on projects.  He enjoyed sports and playing cards, especially pinochle.
 
Mr. Sinn enjoyed time with his neighbors and friends but cherished time with his family.
 
In addition to his wife, he his survived by his daughters: Vicky Haar, wife of Gary; Bobbie Fox, wife of John; Sharon Kelly, wife of Dave; Kelley Foley, wife of Chris; his sons: George Sinn, Jr., husband of Ruth; Keith Sinn, husband of Sandy; 16 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren, as well as a sister, Mildred (Chick) Martin.   George was preceded in death by a brother, William Sinn and a sister, Iva Brown.
 

Relatives and friends are invited to his funeral service 11 a.m. Monday,

January 6, 2014, at Reed and Steinbach Funeral Home, 2335 Lower State

Road, Doylestown, where friends may call from 10 to 11 a.m., prior to the service.  Interment will follow in Hillside Cemetery, Roslyn, PA.

 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in George’s name may be made to:  American Heart Association, 700 One Penn Center at Suburban Station, 1617

J F K Blvd., Philadelphia, PA  19103 or Doylestown Hospital Hospice,

c/o Development Office, 595 West State Street, Doylestown, PA 18901.

 

Yolanda M. Yashinski

 
Y1olanda M. Yashinski, of Doylestown, died Monday, December 23, 2013.  She was 87 and the wife of the late Chester E. Yashinski, who passed away earlier this month.
 
Born in Carbobdale, PA, she was the daughter of the late James and Constance Picone Tremont.
 
Yolanda served as the cantor, singing for funeral Masses at St. Stanislaus Roman Catholic Church in Lansdale, for many years.
 
Most of all, she devoted her life to raising her family.
 
Surviving are her daughters: Delores Huelsman, of Doylestown, Patricia Landis, of Harleysville, Kim Siebert, wife of Paul, of Hamilton, NJ; 8 grandchildren: Tisha, Tami, Kelly, Michael, Mark, Melissa, Eric and Jake; 10 great grandchildren, as well as two sisters: Rose Peakler and Dee Sarafinko, both of Scranton.
 
She was preceded in death by a sister: Sue Gallagher and two brothers: Joseph Tremont and Michael Tremont.
 
Relatives and friends are invited to her Funeral Mass 12 pm Monday, December 30, at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, 235 East State St., Doylestown, where friends may call from 11 am to 12 pm, prior to the Mass.  Interment will follow Mass in The National Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa Cemetery.
 
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Yolanda’s name may be made to the charity of the donors choice.

 

Rev. Frank C. Roppelt

Rev. Frank Roppelt went home to be with Jesus His Savior on Sunday,

December 22, 2013 following surgery for a fractured hip.  He was 93

years old at his passing. He was the loving husband of Sara "Peggy"

Fort Roppelt who passed in 2008.

Frank was born and raised in Morrisville and at the age of 16 responded to

the Gospel message and gave his life to serving The Lord.   He attended the Philadelphia School of the Bible (now Cairn University) where he met his

wife-to-be, Sara "Peggy" Fort, and went on to The Reformed Episcopal

Seminary in Philadelphia for his Divinity degree. 

His first church was in Murray Hill, NJ, where was ordained, followed by pastorates in Summerville NJ, and Baltimore.   In 1959, Frank and Peggy with their two daughters, Nancy and Paula, moved to pastor the Calvary Reformed Episcopal Church in Philadelphia, where he faithfully served the congregation full time for over 40 years and many more years after that assisting with the congregation. 

Frank never stopped his service to the Lord, even in "retirement", telling his

care givers and fellow residents of his faith and their need for the Lord's gift of salvation.  

He was a prankster in his seminary days, a story teller and jokester to all that would give him time to listen, and most importantly, a servant to his congregants and those he saw in need.   He was always ready with a prayer

that would come effortlessly and eloquently, bringing assurance of love, care, and support.  

His family will miss him very much; his daughter Nancy and her husband Barry Jerdan and their two children Barbara (William) Jenkins and Andrew, and his other daughter Paula and her husband Curt Cole and their two children Greg (Amy) and Valerie (Tim) Johnson, with a total of four great grandchildren (and counting).

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, December 28, 2013 at Hilltown Baptist Church, 26 Upper Church Road, Chalfont, where friends may

call from 10:30 a.m., until the time of the service. Interment will be private.   

In lieu of flowers you may forward donations in his memory to Evergreen Family Friendship services via http://www.evergreenchina.net/home/ with whom his grandson Greg and and his wife Amy Cole serve the Lord in China.  

Frank was a good and faithful servant to his Lord, a faithful husband and loving father, who will be missed by all who had the privilege to meet and know him.  

Elaine Barnett

Elva Elaine Barnett of Doylestown passed away Wednesday, December 18, 2013, at Doylestown Hospital, surrounded by her family. She was 82. She was the

wife of Thomas J. Barnett.

Born in Philadelphia, Elaine was the daughter of the late Elwood and Elva Leitenberger.

She graduated from Frankford High School and attended Temple Business School. She worked at Frankford Trust in the title department.

At the age of 22, Elaine married the boy around the corner shortly after his return from service in the U.S. Army. Elaine was the devoted and loving wife to Thomas Barnett for 59 years. Her life was centered around her children and grandchildren. She enjoyed vacationing in Ocean City, N.J. with her family and hosting celebrations for all holiday and family events.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by her three daughters: Donna Blizzard of Voorhees, N.J.; Carol (wife of Mark Rorabaugh) of Mount Joy and Lisa Barnett of North Wales. She is also survived by grandchildren Christine, Dan, Kevin and Kelly (wife of Matt Pearson) and great-grandchildren Jack and Owen.

A funeral service will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, December 27 at Reed and Steinbach Funeral Home, 2335 Lower State Road, Doylestown. Friends may call from 10:30 a.m. until the time of service. Interment will follow in Washington Crossing National Cemetery, Newtown.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Elaine’s name to:  American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312 or to: Doylestown Hospital, c/o Development Office, 595 West State Street, Doylestown, PA 18901.

 

Anne McMullen

Anne McMullen of Gardenville died on Wedensday, December 18, 2013. She was 93 years old. Anne was the beloved wife of the late William E. McMullen.


Born in Philadelphia, she was the daughter of first generation immigrants, the late Ernest Coppen (England) and Agnes Breen Coppen (Ireland).


Anne was a homemaker. During WWII she worked at Brewster Aeronautical Corp., a defense plant in Warminster, where she assembled undercarriages for fighter planes. At the age of 17 she had earned enough to purchase her own home in Horsham where she was able to care for her father and siblings.

During the war she met a handsome red headed Sergeant from the US Marine Corps, William McMullen, and they were married in 1948. They moved their young family to a 35 acre farm on Bradshaw Rd. in Gardenville in 1961. They raised five children there and a myriad of horses, goats, chickens, dogs, donkeys, sheep, cows and even a bull.


Anne had a zest for life and loved the activity of the farm and they spent many happy years building it into a showplace. After her husband, William, retired from Johnsville Naval Base, they happily retired to a newer home in Gardenville.


Anne was a devout Catholic who had great devotion to the Blessed Mother and St. John Neumann and was a great spiritual influence to many.


She had varied interests including real estate and antiques, and enjoyed rummage sales, garage saling and family parties.


Anne is survived by daughter, Nancy (Ronald) Takach of Gardenville; son, William (Heather) of Hartsville; daughters: Patricia Akers of Kintnersville, Kathleen Cannon of Dublin and Karen (Edward) Beck of Gardenville. Also surviving are her 12 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.


She will be sadly missed by both her family and the many friends that she made throughout her life.


A funeral Mass will be 11 a.m., Sat., Dec., 21 at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, 235 East State Street, Doylestown. A calling hour will be at church from 10 a.m. until the time of Mass. Interment will be private.


In lieu of flowers masses may be said in Anne McMullen’s name.

R. Frank  Trout

R. Frank Trout of Doylestown passed away Friday, Dec. 13, 2013 at Doylestown Hospital, surrounded by his family following a brief illness. He was 82.


Frank was an adoring and deeply loving husband of Mary F. Trout for 60 years.


Born in Doylestown, he was the son of the late Russell W. and Elizabeth R. Niece Trout.


Frank served our country from 1950 to 1952 in Japan at UNSAS Atsugi as an Aviation Electronics Technician.


He was a graduate of Drexel having worked 38 years in various Bell Systems in Pennsylvania, Illinois and New Jersey prior to his retirement to Doylestown in 1988.


Frank supported many organizations throughout his lifetime. He volunteered his time to benefit others including working on Habitat for Humanity homes in the local area.


In addition to his wife, he is survived by his six children: James and Cathy Trout of Chicago, Ill.; Catherine Dubyk of Doylestown; Joseph Trout of Doylestown; Rosemary and  David Lissak of Conifer, Colo.; Anne and Richard Sipin of Fort Collins, Colo. and Maureen and John Hamrick of Flemington, N.J. and ten grandchildren.


Relatives and friends are invited to his funeral service 11a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 18, at Trinity Episcopal Church Buckingham, 2631 Durham Road, Buckingham, where friends may call from 10 a.m. until the time of the service. Interment will be held privately.


In lieu of flowers, please do something kind for and or with a loved one. Also, memorial contributions may be made in Frank's name to Trinity Episcopal Church Buckingham, P.O. Box 387, Buckingham, PA 18912.


Kathleen M. Hampton

Kathleen Mary Hampton of Doylestown, died Monday, December 9, 2013. She was 60 years old.

Relatives and friends are invited to call from 10 a.m., until the time of her memorial service at 11 a.m., Friday, December 13, 2013 at Reed and Steinbach Funeral Home, 2335 Lower State Road, Doylestown. Interment will follow the service in St. John Neumann Cemetery, Chalfont.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Kathleen’s name may be made to: Last Chance Ranch Animal Rescue, 9 Beck Road, Quakertown, PA 18951 (pets@lastchanceranch.org).

 

Patricia A. Zavitsky

Patricia A. Zavitsky of Doylestown died on Sunday, December 8. She was 64

and the wife of the late Paul P. Zavitsky who passed in 2013.

Born in Philadelphia, Patricia was the daughter of the late Charles and Teresa Louden Weed.

Patricia had worked as a secretary for nearly 30 years and also volunteered as an EMT for Plumsteadville Fire Company. In her spare time she enjoyed camping, flea markets, playing bingo and crocheting. She also loved her family, God and animals.

She is survived by her sister, Teresa M. Carey, her brother, Charles Weed, as wells as two nephews, Eric Carey and Chris Flores.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend her viewing from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, December15, at Reed and Steinbach Funeral Home, 2335 Lower State Road, Doylestown, and to her Funeral Mass at 11 a.m. Monday, December 16, at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, 235 East State Street, Doylestown. Interment

will follow Mass in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Cheltenham Township.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Patricia's name may be made to: American

Cancer Society, 480 Norristown Road - Suite 150, Blue Bell, PA 19422-2329

or to: Bucks County S.P.C.A., P. O. Box 277, Lahaska, PA 18931.

 

Donna L. Hutchison
 
Donna Lee Hutchison of Pt. Pleasant, died on December 8th 2013 at her home. She was 66 years old.

Born in Troy, New York, Donna was the daughter of the late Robert  and Lucianne Hutchison.
 
Donna worked proudly for BARC for most of her life.  She loved going to work and receiving her paychecks.   Donna also enjoyed going to church at Point Pleasant Baptist Church.  Donna lived at home until 1984 when she moved to her own “apartment” at Family & Friends in Pt. Pleasant.  She enjoyed her life there very much and made many friends.

Donna  is survived by her sister, Joan (David) Werner, brother Rob ( Debbie) Hutchison, aunt, Dorothy Hutchison; uncle, William Hutchison; 5 nieces and nephews and 2 great- nieces and many cousins.
 
Donna will be dearly missed by all of those who knew her and loved her. Donna’s smile and hugs will always be treasured.  There is another angel in heaven.
 
Services and interment will be private.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Donna’s name may be made to: BARC Developmental Services, P. O. Box 470, Holicong, PA   18928 (www.BARCprograms.org).
 

 

Ernestina Gonzalez

Ernestina Gonzalez of Perkasie passed away Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013.

She was 84.

Ernestina was a long-time resident of Doylestown, Pa.

She was the devoted wife of the late Luis David Gonzalez and loving mother of Jamiel "Jimmy" Gonzalez, Louis and Louisa Gonzalez, Maria and William Hibbs, Joe Gonzalez, Alicia and
Robert Zukowski and her late daughter-in-law, Cathy Gonzalez. She is also survived by eight
grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Relatives and friends are invited to her memorial service at 11 a.m. on

Saturday, Dec. 7 at Reed and Steinbach Funeral Home, 2335 Lower State

Road, Doylestown.

 

Joan E. Eberwein


        Joan E. Eberwein of Chalfont, died on Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013 at Doylestown Hospital. She was 82.


        She was the wife of the late Willaim C. Eberwein Sr. Born in Abington, she was the daughter of the late William L. and Emma Appel Musselman.


        Before moving to Chalfont in 1989, Joan lived most of her life in Warrington. Mrs. Eberwein graduated from Upper Moreland High School and spent most of her life working as a homemaker and raising her children. She taught ceramics and enjoyed playing cards and attending luncheons with her wide circle of friends.
        Joan was a longtime participant in the Senior Olympics at both the county and state levels.  She enjoyed bowling and playing golf.  Above all, Mom Mom loved spending time with her family.


        Surviving are her children, Christine A. Frock, William C. Eberwein Jr. (Sue), Lindee S. Fitting; her grandchildren, Michael Gilorma (Colleen), Steven Fitting, Carrie Fitting, Jamie Bumbaugh; and her great grandchildren, Michael and Nina Gilorma.


        Relatives and friends are invited to her funeral service at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 3, at St. Matthews Evangelical Lutheran Church, 3668 Ridge Road, Perkasie, PA 18944, where friends may call from 10 to 11 a.m., prior to the service. Interment will follow in Whitemarsh Memorial Park, Ambler.


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

 

Jill N. Hutchison

 

Jill Nicole Hutchison of Upper Black Eddy, passed away with her family by her side on Monday, November 25, 2013, at the age of 32. Jill was the wife of Travis Hutchison.


Born in Texarkana, AR, she was the daughter of Tim and Becky Cigainero Glasgow.

Jill lived most of her life in the Doylestown area. She was educated in the North Penn School District and continued her studies at Bloomsburg University where she received a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology. After graduating, Jill pursued her career with Saint Jude Children’s Hospital, Charming Shoppes and most recently Orchard Brands where she excelled in e-commerce and online retail marketing.

Outside of work she loved to travel, cook, decorate and had a strong interest in fashion. She was a wonderful “mom” to their two adored dogs, Logan and Hollis.

In addition to her husband and parents, Jill is survived by her sister, Jennifer Glasgow, and her in-laws, Madeline and Richard Zaveta and Curt and Jenny Hutchison, as well as her sisters-in-law, Danielle and Erica Zaveta.

Relatives and friends are invited to her funeral Mass, 11:30 a.m., Friday, November 29, 2013 at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, 235 East State Street, Doylestown where friends may call from 10 a.m., until the time of Mass. Interment will follow Mass in Doylestown Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Jill’s name may be made to: Bucks County SPCA, P.O. Box 277, Lahaska, PA 18931.

Jill will remain in our hearts forever.

 

James M. Vaseleck, Jr.

James Michael Vaseleck, Jr. of Upper Black Eddy died on November 21, 2013 at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He was 53 years old. He is survived by his partner, Henry M. Cochran.

Born in Alexandria, Virginia he was the son Barbara T. Vaseleck of Woodstock, Virginia and James M. Vaseleck, his wife, Gretchen, of Millsboro, Delaware.

Jim graduated from the College of William & Mary earning a Bachelor of Arts degree and from the Marshall-Wythe School of Law earning a Juris Doctor. He was admitted to the Virginia bar in 1987 and was a member of the American Bar Association. Jim was the Senior Director of Public Affairs and Deputy General Counsel at the Law School Admission Council in Newtown, Pennsylvania. He was a past president of the Tinicum Conservancy.

He is also survived by  his brother, Larry Vaseleck, his wife, Jodee, of Waldorf, Maryland, his sister, Jennifer Vaseleck, of Chevy Chase, Maryland, and nieces: Jaclyn Courtney Vaseleck of Washington D.C., Carly Rose Vaseleck and Dani Nadeen Vaseleck, both of Waldorf, Maryland.

Funeral services and interment will be at Bruton Parish Church in Williamsburg, Virginia.   A memorial service in Newtown will be announced.

Memorial contributions in Jim’s name may be made to Bucks County SPCA, P.O. Box 277, Lahaska, PA 18931.

 

Gloria M. Demusz

 

Gloria Marie Demusz, of Point Pleasant, passed away Thursday night, November 21, 2013, surrounded by her loving family.  She was 85 years old and the loving wife of the late Stephen Demusz, to whom she was married for 59 years.
 
Born in Philadelphia, she was the daughter of the late John and Paraskievia Panko.
 
Gloria was a graduate of Kensington High School and was employed at Penn Engineering as a data processor until her retirement.
 
Gloria and Stephen were married May 4, 1952. Together they built their own home in which they raised their five children. Gloria traveled extensively throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Europe with her husband, family, and friends.
 
She was an avid gardener, reader, and enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren. Gloria was an excellent cook, and enjoyed having her family over for Sunday dinners and holiday celebrations. Gloria always found luck on the slot machines at the casino.
She was best known as Mommom to her grandchildren, to whom she passed on her wonderful sense of humor.
 
Gloria is survived by her daughters: Jeanne P. Majetich and her husband Richard, of Perkasie; Donna A. Bleam and her husband Levi, of Plumsteadville, her sons: Stephen F. Demusz and his wife Beverly; Paul J. Demusz and his wife Patricia and James M. Demusz, all of Bedminster; as well as her sister Jeanne Majeski and her husband Michael, of Hoschton, Georgia, her sister-in-law Patricia Demusz and her children, Patricia, Gregory, and Timothy, in addition to numerous nieces and nephews.
 
She will be sorely missed by her grandchildren, Julie, Kristy, Kori, Michael, Bobby and his wife Alea, Kaitlyn, Karlita, Ariel, Melissa, Matt, Josh, and Luke, and her great-granddaughter, Lexi.
She taught her family valuable life lessons garnered from her own experiences, and she has influenced all with her love and wisdom.
 
A Divine Liturgy will be celebrated at 11 a.m., Tuesday November 26 at St. Anne’s Ukrainian Catholic Church, 1545 Easton Road, Warrington, Pa 18976. Friends may call from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. at Reed and Steinbach Funeral Home, 2335 Lower State Road, Doylestown. Internment will follow the Divine Liturgy in Our Lady of Czestochowa Cemetery, Doylestown.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Gloria’s name to St. Anne’s Ukrainian Catholic Church at the address above or to Doylestown Hospital Hospice, 595 West State Street, Doylestown, Pa 18901.

 

 
Maria Palatinus
 
Maria Palatinus, of Doylestown, died Monday, November 18, 2013, at Doylestown Hospital.  She was 90.
 
Relatives and friends are invited to Maria’s memorial service 10 am Saturday December 14, 2013 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 301 North Main Street, Doylestown.
 
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Maria’s name may be made to Last Chance Ranch, 9 Beck Road, Quakertown, PA 18951.

 

Francis J. Porter

Francis Joseph Porter of Ambler, died on Monday, November 18, 2013. He was 97. He was the husband of the late Florence Kehrer Porter who died in 1993 and the late Mary S. Vanderherchen Porter who died in 1990.

Born in Philadelphia, he was the son of the late Julia Porter and Anthony Petrasso.

Francis was a graduate of West Catholic High School for Boys. He received a BA from Catholic University in Washington, DC and a Master of Arts degree from the University of Pittsburgh.

He taught English at West Philadelphia Boys High School, Central District Catholic High School in Pittsburgh, LaSalle College High school and Burlington City High School in New Jersey, where he served as department head. He also substitute taught at Wissahickon High School in Ambler.

Francis had lived in Vero Beach, Florida for many years.

Surviving are his step-daughters: Joanne V. Fulcoly and Barbara V. Gilkerson (Ralph). Also surviving are his grandchildren: Juanelle F. Mochel (Toby), Joseph E. Fulcoly, III (Therese), John S. Fulcoly (Debra), Gail F. Barr (John), Jo Ellen Cockley (Jon Payne) and Andrew N. Cockley (Julie), as well as eight great grandchildren and six great-great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by three brothers and a sister.

Relatives and friends are invited to his memorial service at 3 p.m., Sunday, December 8, 2013 at Church of the Messiah, 1001 DeKalb Pike, Lower Gwynedd, PA. Interment will follow in
Church of the Messiah Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Francis’s name may be made to: American Cancer Society, 1626 Locust St. Philadelphia, PA 19103.

 

John C. Gourley

John C. Gourley of Pine Run Community, Doylestown passed away at his residence with family by his side, on Thursday, November 14, 2013, at the age of 87.

He was born in Glenside, he was the son of the late W. Clyde and Dorothy Darrah Gourley.

John was married to his partner and wife, Willetta King a.k.a Willie or Willa for 62 years. They led a full life and were fortunate to travel worldwide together.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by, his son: Jack (Joanne), and daughters: Amy Landis (Dave) and daughter Nancy Bellmeyer. John had eleven grandchildren and one great-grandson. He was preceded in death by his sisters: Roberta Beck and Jane Blilie, his brother: Walter Gourley and his grandson, Justin D. Landis.

John graduated from Abington High School and enlisted in the Army during World War II. He fought with the 28th Infantry Battalion through France, Belgium, Germany and Czechoslovakia serving in the 2nd infantry division. He was awarded several metals and a purple heart.

After returning from the service he attended Temple University and worked for various insurance companies, George K. Garrett Company, National Lockwasher Company and King Engineering. In 1968 he started his own Manufacturer Rep business, John Gourley Associates, which is now run by his son, Jack, and his grandson, Mike. John was always proud of the three generations continuing the business.

He was referred to as” Mr. Volunteer.” He was a little league coach, Sunday School Teacher, Boy Scout Advisor, Big Brother. He was also a founder of the Indian Princesses for the Hatboro YMCA. He drove for 16 years for Meals on Wheels and volunteered at Doylestown Hospital two days a week where he contributed over 6,000 hours of volunteer service. Upon moving to Pine Run Community he became involved in many volunteer duties there

John was a member of the Chalfont Lions Club, having served in many offices for the Club, including Past President. He was also a member of Lenape Valley Presbyterian Church, Chalfont.

He always owned a motor boat, did a lot of water skiing and taught many others how to ski. He enjoyed playing golf and watching most other sports.

Relatives and friends are invited to John’s memorial service 11 a.m., Monday, November 18, 2013
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, memorial contributions in John’s name may be made to: PARVEE Foundation at Pine Run Community, 777 Ferry Road, Doylestown, PA 18901 or to a charity of the donor’s choice.

 

Mary G. Gibson


Mary G. Gibson passed away Thursday, November 14, 2013. She was 102.


She was the wife of the late Donald L. Gibson Sr.


She is survived by her three children, Emily Leech and her husband, Geoffrey Leech of San Antonia, Texas, Donald L. Gibson Jr. of Bridgeville, Del, and John W. Gibson and his wife, Marge Gibson, of Bridgeville, Del. She also is survived by four grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and 10 nephews and nieces.


Relatives and friends are invited to her funeral service 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20, at Reed and Steinbach Funeral Home, 2335 Lower State Road, Doylestown. Interment will be held privately.

 

Vernon H. Beyer

Vernon H. Beyer of Bensalem died on Saturday, November 2, 2013. He was 70.

Born in Philadelphia he was the son the late Vernon G. and Anne Foy Beyer.

Vernon lived most of his life in Bucks County.

In the l960's he owned and operated a barbershop in downtown Ambler. Over the last 45 years Vernon worked in the insurance industry, having worked for Prudential where he won several sales awards and cultivated a dedicated customer base.

Most recently he worked as an insurance customer service representative for AON in Hatboro, Pa.

Vernon was know for his warm heart and smile.

He enjoyed following the Eagles and Phillies. His favorite vacation spot was the Jersey Shore. Vernon loved his dogs. His biggest joy was being “Grandpop.”

Vernon is survived by his loving partner, Jacqueline Heil; his son: Anthony Beyer, his wife, Monica; five grandchildren: Mason, Connor, Braden, Natalie and Leia; his sisters: Betty Lee Krupinski, her husband, Paul, and Anne Zelonis, her husband, Frank, as well as a host of family and friends. He was predeceased by his son, Jimmy.

Relatives and friends are invited to his funeral Mass 11 a.m., Thursday, November 7, 2013 at Saint Ephrem Catholic Church, 5400 Hulmeville Rd. Bensalem where the family will receive guests from 9:30 a.m. until Mass. Interment will follow Mass in Holy Sepulchre, Cheltenham.

 

Frederick J. Slack, Sr.

Frederick J. Slack Sr., of Forest Grove, passed away Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at his home on his treasured farm. He was 90. He was the caring and beloved husband of the late Evelyn Froehlich Slack who passed away on November 20, 2012.

Born in Forest Grove, he was the son of the late Miles Bennett and Josephine Kaetzel Slack.

Fred was a farmer, school bus driver, farrier, pilot and a World War II veteran. However, the farm was his life and soul all his life. He loved the farm in spite of all the hard work and long hours. No one understands how a farmer feels about his land except fellow farmers. The Fred Slack Farm was the first farm in the state of Pennsylvania to be put on Farm Preservation by Buckingham Township in 1996. Fred and Evelyn were so proud.

Fred was a member of the Forest Grove Presbyterian Church and the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau and an avid supporter of Farm Preservation.

Fred is survived by his four children: daughters, Connie, her husband, Jack Evans; Janet, her husband, Garry Sampson; Debra, her husband, Duane Smith, and his son, Frederick J. Slack Jr. Fred and Evelyn also have eight grandchildren including Ryan Evans, his wife, Sherri; Gregory Evans, his wife, Laura; Bradley Evans, his wife, Anna; James McGowan, Joseph McGowan, and Michael McGowan, his wife, Lauren; Frederick J. Slack Ill and Deanna Slack; as well as one great grandchild, Faith Evans. Also surviving are his sisters, Frieda Heston and Marjorie Moorhead. He was preceded in death by a brother, Miles Bennett Slack.

Fred loved the farm and loved baseball. He was an avid Phillies fan. He and Evelyn would spend winters in Port Richey, Florida and would visit the Phillies training camp in Clearwater. They would visit and play "Bonk" with their dear friends Bill and Betty Shackleford and Jim and Suzanne Mourey. Fred is also survived by his life-long respected friends, Ed and Margit Deschamps.

Fred and Evelyn had many friends and customers over the years that would come to the farm year after year to purchase the best tasting tomatoes and corn you would ever eat, as well as just the right pumpkin to carve for Halloween. Fred and Evelyn appreciated all the wonderful words and pictures people have taken of them on the farm over the years.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend his funeral service, 11 a.m., Monday, November 4, 2013 at Reed and Steinbach Funeral Home, 2335 Lower State Road, Doylestown where the family will receive guests from 9 a.m., until the time of the service. Interment will follow in Forest Grove Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Forest Grove.

In lieu of flowers, please remember Fred and contributions may be made in his memory to Fred Slack Farm Preservation, c/o 45 Lindsay Court, Mohnton, Pa 19540-9007.

 

Roger A. Gruver

Roger Allen Gruver of Campobello, SC went to be with the Lord on October 30, 2013. He was 87 and the beloved husband of Joy Yvonne Paul Gruver.

Born in Bedminster, PA, he was the son of the late Joseph Leidy and Alice Lear Gruver.

He served in the US Army during the Korean Conflict, was a member of Heritage Bible Church and was a career auto mechanic.

Surviving in addition to his wife are three children: Gary Lee Gruver of Lebanon, PA, Vonda Gruver Pickelsimer, her husband, David, of Piedmont and Dwayne Gruver, his wife, Marie, of Margaret, AL; nine grandchildren and two great grandchildren, as well as two sisters: Lorraine Myers and Louise Whitman and two brothers: Walter Gruver, and Raymond Gruver. Roger was predeceased by his first wife, Ida Thelma Gruver, and a sister, Sylvia Gruver.

Relatives and friends are invited to his funeral service 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, November 5 at Reed and Steinbach Funeral Home, 2335 Lower State Road, Doylestown where the family receive guests from 12:30 until the time of the service. Interment will follow in Mechanicsville Cemetery, Mechanicsville.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Roger’s name may be made to Child Evangelism Fellowship, CEF of Bucks Mont, P.O. Box 489 Dublin, PA 18917.

Brad Buehrer

Brad Buehrer, of Hazleton, formerly of Doylestown, died Saturday, October 26, 2013, at his residence.  He was 61.

Born in Doylestown, he was the son of Otto and Jean Cosner Buehrer.

He was the lifelong companion to Rose Greschner.

In addition to his parentsand companion, he is survived by his sister: Wendy Ann Gerhart; his brother: Kurt Buehrer, husband of Debbie; 1 niece and 2 nephews.

Services and interment will be held at the convenience of the family.

Memorial contributions may be made in Brad’s name to American Diabetes Association, 150 Monument Road, Suite 100, Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004.

 

Marie W. Ciliberto

Marie “Mom-mom” Ciliberto passed away peacefully in her Doylestown home on Monday evening October 14, 2013 wrapped in her family’s love and under the care of Doylestown Hospital Hospice. 2013 had been a difficult year for her health, but we are grateful she was healthy and vibrant for her 80th birthday party with her family and friends in June.

Marie lived in Doylestown for just short of seventy years, moving to Pebble Hill with her parents, William and Marie Kummer and sister, Wilma, near the end of World War II. She was married to Bernard “Benny” Ciliberto in 1950 and together raised six children: Bernard (Cydney), Cathy Gonzalez (Louis), Carole, John (Jacquelyn), Lisa (Wes) and William.

She was adored and loved so by her eleven grandchildren, Sarah, Lucy, Luke, Ivan, Emily, Greg, Josh, Colin, Autumn, George and Mia. Marie was blessed to hold her four great-grandchildren, Luke, Max, Logan and Skylar. The children all seem to have inherited their Mom-mom’s loving, open smile.

Marie will be best remembered for her wonderful holiday family dinners and birthday parties, always with a surplus of food and desserts . . . she seldom went a week without finding a new recipe to try, but she revered the recipes and menus from her mother and grandmother.

A very talented seamstress and avid gardener, Marie’s devotion to the art of quilt making, crochet and pattern sewing produced many beloved heirlooms, including unique patchwork quilts for each of her grandchildren upon their high school graduation. The scent and sight of her night blooming cereus was a delight on her porch!

Relatives and friends are invited to her memorial service 11 a.m., Saturday, November 9, 2013 at Neshaminy-Warwick Presbyterian Church, 1401 Meetinghouse Road, Warminster. Interment will be held privately in Neshaminy-Warwick Presbyterian Church Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Marie’s name may be made to: Montgomery County SPCA, P.O. Box 222, Conshohocken, PA 19428-0222 or to: Family Service Association of Bucks County, 4 Cornerstone Drive, Langhorne, PA 19047 or to a charity of the donor’s choice.

 

Frank J. Muth

Frank J. Muth of Doylestown, husband of the late Irene Early (Renie) Muth, died on Sunday, October 6, 2013 at Pine Run Lakeview Assisted Living, where he lived for the last five years of his life. He was 99 years old.

Born in Sopron, Hungary in 1914, he was the son of the late John Albert and Anna Marie Bauer Muth.

After immigrating to the US with his family in 1921, he grew up in Reading, PA and spent most of his life in Bethesda, MD. He and Renie were married for 63 years until her death in 2002.

Following his serving in the Army during World War II, he and his two brothers started Muth Bros. Builders in Bethesda. Before retiring in 1980, the Muth Bros. built many of the commercial buildings in Bethesda and the Woodmont Triangle, as well as many residences, commercial buildings and churches in the Bethesda/Rockville/Potomac area.

Frank loved the outdoors: fishing, birding, gardening, and hiking. He was an avid NFL fan, bridge player and reader of historical non-fiction. He cherished family weekends at his cottage on the Patuxent River with Renie, their children and grandchildren.

Frank is survived by his children, Joey Vance and Eric Muth and their spouses, five grandchildren, and seven great grandchildren and sister, Alice Cohen. He was preceded in death by his first child, Stephanie Quillin, and his first grandchild, Schuster Vance.

A memorial service is being planned for early November in the Doylestown area.

Tessie D. Kohl


Tessie Demusz Kohl, of Point Pleasant, formerly of Pipersville, died on Thursday October 3, 2013 at home with her family. She was 93.


She was the devoted wife for 18 years of the late Charles Kohl, who passed away in 1967.


Born in Point Pleasant, she was the daughter of the late Fred and Eva Bushko Demusz.


Tessie graduated from Prospect Corner School, the only girl in her class of 13. She worked in manufacturing and for H.J. Noll Fly Tying.


Tessie was a fabulous baker and cook and an avid lover of nature and the outdoors.


She was a devoted member of St. Anne's Ukrainian Catholic Church and enjoyed being one of the Pyroghy ladies every Wednesday.


The last remaining sibling of eight, she is survived by two sisters-in-law, Patricia Demusz and Gloria Demusz, both of Pt. Pleasant; many nieces and nephews, including: Jeffrey and Diane Sparks, Ronald and Karen Sparks, Raymond and Lynne Sparks, Diane and Mark Malecki, Greg & Barb Demusz, Tim & Donna Demusz, all of Point Pleasant and Patianne Demusz & Dr. Larry Geller, of Hilltown, PA; as well as great-nieces; great- nephews; great-great nieces; great-great nephews and her family friend, Harry S. Weeks.


Relatives and friends are invited to her Mass of Christian Burial, 11 a.m. Wednesday, October 9, 2013, at St. Anne Ukrainian Catholic Church, 1545 Easton Road, Warrington. Her viewing will be held from 9 to 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, October 9, at Reed and Steinbach Funeral Home, 2335 Lower State Road, Doylestown. Interment will follow Mass in St. Mary's Cemetery, Doylestown.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Tessie’s name may be made to St. Anne Ukrainian Catholic Church, 1545 Easton Road, Warrington, Pennsylvania 18976. Vichnaya Pamyat!

 

Joseph F. Matejik

Joseph Francis Matejik, of Mechanicsville, died tragically on Thursday, October 3, 2013, in an accident on his farm. He was 64.


Joe is survived by his loving wife of 35 years, Karen (Hand) Matejik; his daughters, Christina Matejik and Jessica Wilkinson, wife of Thomas and by his granddaughter, Laura Wilkinson. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Laura Matejik Eberts.


Joe will be forever remembered by his extended family and dear friends and will be genuinely missed by all who knew him.


Born to Joseph L. and Amelia Matejik of Mechanicsville, Joe graduated from New Hope-Solebury High School in 1968 and earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Agronomy in 1972 from Delaware Valley College, Doylestown.


He honorably served in the US Army National Guard from 1972 to 1976. Joe volunteered many years as a board member on the Bucks County Conservation District.


Joe dedicated his life to his family and his farm. He was an incredibly hard-working, intelligent and driven individual who was well known, liked and respected for his abilities and knowledge of farming and agricultural practices.
Joe was a faithful, loyal, loving and caring husband, father, grandfather, friend and mentor. He will be missed dearly by all and will never be forgotten.
Relatives and friends are invited to his funeral Mass, 11 a.m. Tuesday, October 8, 2013, at St. Martin of Tours Roman Catholic Church, 1 Riverstone Circle, New Hope, where the public may call from 9:30 a.m. until the time of Mass. Interment will follow Mass in the Church of St. Martin of Tours Cemetery, New Hope.


In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Joseph’s name may be made to Wounded Warrior Project (woundedwarriorproject.org)

 

Laura M. Ridgway


Laura (Myers) Ridgway, formerly of Doylestown, died Thursday, October 3, 2013 at Hospice of Queen Anne's in Centreville, MD. She was 95.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, William D. Ridgway, Jr., brothers Warren, Raymond, Norman, Milton and Elliot, and sisters Lizzie Hager, Dorothy Hager, Grace Ott, Martha Myers and Ruth Emig.

Born Laura May Myers in Plumstead Township, she was the daughter of the late David M. and Laura M. Myers. She lived nearly all her life in Doylestown and nearby Bucks County and was a life-long member of Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tinicum.

She was a World War II veteran of the Women’s Army Corps and maintained good friendships over the years with women who served beside her. She married in 1952 and settled into life on a Plumsteadville dairy farm for more than 30 years.

Blessed with a family heritage of self-reliance, Laura excelled at sewing, knitting, quilting, gardening, canning, cooking and baking. She enjoyed playing cards with life-long friends, and in later life, reading and dining with friends. She was proud to have been a safe driver without a single traffic violation or accident during her 75 years of driving.

She is survived by two sons, William L. Ridgway (Juana) and Wayne D. Ridgway (Vicki), three grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. She cherished her close relationship with her adult grandchildren Holly, Kristin and Dylan.

Relatives and friends are invited to her funeral service at 11 a.m. Saturday, October 12, 2013, at Reed and Steinbach Funeral Home, 2335 Lower State Road, Doylestown, with visitation preceding at 10 a.m. Interment will follow in Mechanicsville Cemetery, Mechanicsville.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Laura’s name may be made to Christ Lutheran Church, 353 East Dark Hollow Rd, Pipersville PA 18947.

 

Timothy G. Durbin

Timothy G. Durbin, of Buckingham Township, was taken from us suddenly on Wednesday, October 2 at the age of 57. Timothy was married to Melodye Brown Durbin in 1999.

He was born to the late Robert J. Durbin and Francis B. Blazich Calahan at Holy Redeemer Hospital. Timothy graduated from Archbishop Wood High School in 1973.

After working briefly for Doylestown Fire Company and Riegelsville Police Department, Timothy went on to work at and in 1993 became the owner of Mawson and Mawson Inc.

Timothy lived life to the fullest and was able to make a lasting impression on everyone he came in contact with. He was a devoted family man and his countless friends knew him as generous and loyal.

He had a life-long love of cars, motorcycles, and boats. He spent his leisure time in Marco Island, FL, Brielle, NJ or his family cottages outside Havelock, ON.

Timothy is survived by: his beloved wife, Melodye; his cherished children, Sean, Ashley (Dax) Evans, and Brendan; grandchildren Kallen and Brynn; his mother Frances; step mother Faith; sisters Maureen and Jennifer; brother Patrick; uncle Andy; cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends.

A celebration of Tim’s life will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday October 12, 2013 at the Sheraton Hotel, 400 Oxford Valley Road, Langhorne, PA 19047.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Timothy's name may be made to: Middletown Police Department, 5 Municipal Way, Langhorne, Pa 19047; Doylestown Fire Company, P. O. Box 208, Doylestown, PA 18901 or to: Lingohocken Fire Company, P.O. Box 102, Wycombe, PA 18980.

 

Linda L. Lawler

Linda L. Lawler of Doylestown died on Thursday, October 3, 2013 at Abington Memorial Hospital. She was 51. Linda was the wife of Terence J. Lawler.

Born in Philadelphia, she was the daughter of the late Warren D. and Dolores M. Delfonse Robinson.

Linda lived most of her life in Roxborough. She was a graduate of Mount Saint Joseph Academy and LaSalle College.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by her daughters: Analisa; Leah Marie and Marta Lynn. Also surviving are Linda’s brother, Warren D. Robinson, III, her mother-in-law, Anna Marie Lawler; sister-in-law, Marie Lawler Keidel; brothers-in-law, Denis J. Lawler; Rory J. Lawler (Barbara); Timothy J. Lawler (Mary); sister-in-law, Jamie Lawler Rosati (Stephen) and brother-in-law, Brendan J. Lawler (Karen), as well as fifteen nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend Linda’s funeral Mass, 11 a.m., Tuesday, October 8, 2013 at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, 235 East State Street, Doylestown. Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Linda’s name may be made to Mount Saint Joseph Academy, 120 West Wissahickon Ave., Flourtown, PA 19031

 

Jule Scarpill

Jule Scarpill of Doylestown passed away at Doylestown Hospital on Monday, September 30, 2013 at the age of 86. He was the husband of Phyllis Tussey Frederick Scarpill and the late Anna Graser Scarpill.

Born in Philadelphia, PA he was the son of the late Louis and Mabel (Wood) Scarpill.

Jule moved to Warminster, PA at the age of one and resided there for most of his years. He attended Warminster School.

The majority of his work career was at Fisher and Porter in the fiberglass department. Jule was extremely talented with his hands and handcrafted concrete benches and tables for many to enjoy. He had an eye for antiques and was gifted in the resale of many useful items.

In addition to his wife, Phyllis, he is survived by his sisters: Dorothy Haverstraw, wife of the late Arnold; Lillian Battis, wife of the late Wilson and brother: John Scarpill, husband of the late Nancy. He was also preceded in death by his siblings and their spouses: Louis and Clara Scarpill; Charlie and Flossie Scarpill and Mabel and Alvin Cornell

He had no children of his own but was blessed with many nieces and nephews. Close to him were Johnny and Tommy Graser, Alvin and Cathy Cornell and Bridget and Luke Witts.

Relatives and friends are invited to Jule’s funeral service, 11a.m., Saturday, October 5, 2013 at Forest Grove Presbyterian Church, 1856 Forest Grove Road, Forest Grove. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until the time of the service. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.

In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial contributions in Jule’s memory to Forest Grove Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 462, Forest Grove, PA 18922.

 

Richard W. Kennedy

Richard W. Kennedy, a long time resident of both Bucks County and Skaneateles, NY, died Saturday, September 28, 2013 at Ann’s Choice in Warminster. 

Born in 1926 in North Hornell, NY, he was the son of the late Charles P. Kennedy and Helen Kennedy Beardsley.
As a boy, Richard was very involved with the Boy Scouts of America in Canisteo, NY, attaining to the rank of Eagle Scout. He was also elected to Scouting's Order of the Arrow.

During World War II he served in the US Navy. Following the war, he attended Alfred University, graduating in 1950 from the College of Engineering. After working as a ceramics engineer for some time at Star Porcelain in New Jersey, he became part of the General Electric Co. of Syracuse, NY in 1957, and spent the rest of his career in their semiconductor department. He has nine Semiconductor Patents to his name.

During his time living in New York, Richard was an active member of St. James Episcopal Church, Skaneateles, NY, where he served on the church vestry for six years, as warden for four years, and then as treasurer for two years. After moving to Pennsylvania in 1994, he became a member of Trinity Episcopal Church, Buckingham.

Richard loved the outdoors, and spent most of his vacations with his family amidst the beauty of the Adirondacks, particularly at Raquette Lake's Golden Beach Campground.

He married Mildred D. Kennedy in 1952, and their marriage of 61 years was truly one of those made in heaven.
He is survived by his daughter, Nancy K. Tribley; and his son, Donald R. Kennedy. He also has four grandchildren and one great grandson. 
Relatives and friends are invited to Richard’s memorial service 1:30 pm Saturday, October 5, at Ann’s Choice Chapel, 31000 Ann’s Choice Way, Warminster, where the public may call from 1:00 to 1:30 pm, prior to the service.  Interment in Canisteo, NY will be private.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Richard’s name may be made to Covenant House, 461 8th Avenue, New York, New York 10001 or on their website: www.covenanthouse.org.

 

 

Charles W. Burmeister, M.D.

Charles W. Burmeister, M.D. of Doylestown passed away Monday, September 23, 2013. He was 86 and the husband of the late Joann C. Burmeister who died in 2012.

Born in Ashland, Pennsylvania he was the son of the late Louis and Loraine Klauger Burmeister.

Dr. Burmeister was a longtime physician in Plumsteadville.

His family would like to thank the staff at Pine Run for the loving care and support that they provided.

He is survived by his sons: Charles William Burmeister, Jr. of Temecula, California and David A. Burmeister, his wife, Frances, of Doylestown and four grandchildren: Brianna, Cayla, Dillon and Stacey. He is also survived by his sisters: Nancy Heiser of Horsham and Janie Yoder of Glenside.

Funeral services and interment were private.

Memorial contributions in Dr. Burmeister’s name may be made to: Plumsteadville Fire and Ambulance Company, P. O. Box 405, Plumsteadville, PA 18949.

 

Laura A. Krach

Laura A. Krach of Doylestown passed away Thursday, September 19, 2013 at Doylestown Hospital. She was 87. She was the wife of the late James Krach who passed in 1979.

Born in Philadelphia, Laura was the daughter of the late William and Elsie Locker Abel.

She was a hard worker throughout her life at area restaurants, having had a long relationship with Conti Cross Keys Inn as a waitress and ultimately hostess/manager. She enjoyed her home, travel, dining out with family and friends, her dogs and summertime.

Surviving are Laura’s children: Robert (Ann), Alan and Linda (Robert Kriel); daughter-in-law, Donna; grandchildren: Joshua (Kathleen), Nathan, Amy and Alexandra (Chris) Young and her great-granddaughter, Svea. She was preceded in death by her son, Dale, and her brother, William H. Abel, Jr.

Relatives and friends are invited to her funeral service, 11 a.m., Saturday, September 28, 2013 at Reed and Steinbach Funeral Home, 2335 Lower State Road, Doylestown, where 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 Laura’s name may be made to: Heart Institute of Doylestown Hospital, c/o Development Office, 595 West State Street, Doylestown, PA 18901.


Dr. James F. Rea

Dr. James F. Rea, 82, of Fort Washington, PA died on September 15, 2013. His partner of 12 years, Meredith Smith, her children and grandchildren survive him.

Dr. Rea had a 50-year psychiatric career and was devoted to his patients, and often focused on matters of particular concern to women.  Jim was an open-minded thinker whose most recent interest was exploring spiritual self-transformation. He loved classical and new age music. For over forty years he chronicled his life’s journey.  He was an avid reader and cherished his library. Jim had a passion for playing handball- until recently meeting his friends on the court. Jim had an affinity for the beauty, strength, and intelligence of wolves. He believed in the battle of the good wolf and the evil wolf inside us all, with the realization that the winning wolf is the one you feed.

Throughout Jim’s life he was a philanthropist and contributed generously to dozens of organizations. He believed strongly in the United States Constitution and supported many groups whose interest is in protecting it.

Born in Hackensack, NJ, he was the son of James Russell Rea and Melvera Constance Harrauff Rea. Jim grew up in Bergenfield, NJ, and lived most of his adult life in Bucks and Montgomery Counties in Pennsylvania.

Dr. Rea received his B.S. Degree from Bowling Green State University in 1953, and his D.O. degree from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1957.  The American Osteopathic Board of Neurology and Psychiatry and The American Academy of Psychotherapists certified Dr. Rea in 1972.

Dr. Rea was a member of numerous career affiliated organizations; The Theosophical Society in America; The Heritage Foundation; The Tea Party Patriots; VFW Patriots Circle; National Republican Congressional Committee; Scottish Heritage USA, Inc.; and the United States Handball Association.

In addition to his partner and her family, he is survived by his brother and sister and their spouses Richard (Thelma) Rea and Marion (Wesley) Richards; his six children Elizabeth Ann Rea, Kevin (Loretta McGranaghan) Rea, Kristen
(Devin) Forte, Seonaid Rea, Tracey (Scott) Yaw, Melissa Rea (Greg McFarland), and his two step-children Steven (Mimi) Myers, and Kimberly
(Dan) Lippin, and nine grandchildren.

A private memorial service is to be held in November.  If you would like to attend please contact a family member.  Memorial contributions may be made in Dr. James Rea’s name to: Women’s Center of Montgomery County, 880 Old York Rd., Suite 200, Elkins Park, PA 19024 or Wolf Sanctuary of PA, 465 Speedwell Forge Rd. Lititz, PA 17543

Richard W. Schoenkopf

Richard “Dick” W. Schoenkopf, passed away suddenly in Doylestown, PA on September 14, 2013. He was 83.


Although Richard recently relocated to North Palm Beach, Florida he was a long time resident and supporter of Doylestown Borough. Richard truly lived and understood poverty being raised by his single, divorced mother through the Depression. Richard was on his own after he graduated from Hatboro Horsham High School in 1948 where he played football, baseball and ran track. He enjoyed participating in and following sports and, like his father, was a big Phillies fan. He told how his Army enlistment was caused by his disenchantment when the Phillies were swept in the 1950 World Series. Trained as a cryptographer, Dick was stationed at Enewetak in the Marshall Islands where he experienced the first nuclear test of the hydrogen bomb. Upon discharge, Richard enrolled at Penn State under the GI bill where he met his late wife of 50 years, Marian Cooper. Dick graduated from Penn State with exceptional grades in 1956 with a degree in psychology. Dick also attended Columbia University and grad school at the University of Pennsylvania.


After college Richard worked in human resources for Compudyne, Martin Marietta in Baltimore, Educational Testing Service in Princeton and Philip Morris in New York. While at Philip Morris he transferred out of human resources into sales and marketing. After leaving Philip Morris, Richard didn’t slow down. He was young at heart and continued to be active, opinionated and engaged. He was an investor, consultant and/or founder in many firms, projects and ideas. He was a trustee of the Charles and Barbara Close Foundation and was a strong supporter of the JDRF, academic scholarships through the Hatboro Horsham Alumni Association and many other worthy causes.


Richard is survived by his children: Kurt and his partner Robert of Philadelphia, Erich and wife Marsha of Dallas, TX, Ilse and husband Frank Goshen of Bloomsbury, NJ; his grandchildren: Gretchen, Austin, Lydia, Jakob and Adrian and his great-grandchildren are Penelope and Sebastian. His partner, Anne Coakley also survives Richard. His son, Mark, preceded him in death in 1999.


Richard will be missed by many.


The family requests that no gifts or flowers be provided other than a contribution to a cause or a good deed of your choosing.


There will be a celebration of Dick’s life from 1 to 5 p.m., Sunday September 29, 2013 at the Mercer Museum Elkins Gallery 84 S. Pine Street, Doylestown, PA.

 

William L. Goldman, Sr., Esquire

In 1947, Bill and his wife, Jean, moved to Doylestown to start a new life and begin a family. A Navy blimp pilot in World War II, Bill met the love of his life, a Navy nurse and coal miner's daughter during that great conflict. Over the next 60 years Bill earned a reputation as an accomplished and hard working attorney, respected by his peers, who fought the good fight for his clients. Bill never dwelled on any professional accolades, simply focusing on what he considered to be his greatest successes in life, his 59 year marriage to Jean, who preceded him in eternal rest, and his children to whom he stressed the importance of family. Bill passed away peacefully this past Monday at the age of ninety-four.

His children and spouses, William (Lynn Bierman), Robert (Linda Finney), Jan (John O'Connor), Lee (Steve Kolbe)and Jeanne (Steve Haeckel), consider their father a role model for all who understand that family bonds are the bedrock foundation for any individual to meet head on all adversities that life may bring.

Born in Philadelphia shortly after World War I, Bill worked his way through the Great Depression as a waiter at his father's saloon, selling programs at Franklin Field sporting events, and then graduating on to selling vacuums, bibles, U.S. Savings Bonds and tombstones door to door, and tap dancing. These life experiences properly suited him for his last trade, that of an Attorney.

In addition to his children, Bill is survived by thirteen grandchildren, who know well, and ten great grandchildren, who will come to know, that the principles guiding their future lives were instilled by their grandparents, Bill and Jean, who live on through them.

Relatives and friends are invited to his funeral Mass, 5 p.m., Friday, September 20, 2013 at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, 235 East State Street, Doylestown where friends may call from 4 p.m., until the time of Mass. The family will receive friends Thursday evening, September 19 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Reed and Steinbach Funeral Home, 2335 Lower State Road, Doylestown. Interment will be private in Doylestown Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Doylestown Hospital, 595 West State Street, Doylestown, PA 18901 or the Doylestown Post 175, Veterans of Foreign Wars, P.O. Box 1533, Doylestown, PA 18901.

 

Nancy L. Von Klemperer

Nancy Church Logan Von Klemperer, of Doylestown, formerly of Mill Neck, New York died peacefully on Thursday, September 12, 2013 in Doylestown. She was 95.


Nancy was the beloved wife of the late Alfred Herbert Von Klemperer, who passed in 2003; devoted mother of William John Von Klemperer (Barbara) of Summit, New Jersey; Diana VK Resek (James) of Doylestown and Marie VK Logan (Paul) of South Pasadena, California; proud grandmother of Benjamin Von Klemperer, Matthew Von Klemperer, Anna Resek Chung (Gabriel), William Logan (Arti) and Katherine Logan; devoted aunt of Herbert B. Gengler, Jr., Marjory G. Smith (Stanley), Louise G. Thomas (Henry), John L. Gengler, Nancy Gengler-Saint (Harry), Jeanne G. Swiacki (William), Marion G. Melton (Andrew), Jean VK Makris (Phillip), James A. von Klemperer (Alison), Catharine vK Utzschneider (Robert) and the beloved sister of the late Marjory Jeanne Logan Gengler (Herbert, Sr.) of Locust Valley, New York.


Born in Brooklyn, Nancy was the daughter of the late William John and Marjory Church Logan. She attended Great Neck Preparatory (Buckley Country Day School), Westover School and was a graduate of Bryn Mawr College.


Nancy lived in Mill Neck, New York for 45 years and was a reliable member of the Winter Wheezers, Junior League, Episcopalians for Traditional Faith, The Republican Party and The Creek Club. Active until death in political and religious causes important to her. Since 2003, Nancy was a resident of Pine Run Community, Doylestown where she had caring friends.


Relatives and friends are invited to Nancy’s memorial service 3 p.m., Saturday, September 28, 2013 at Reed and Steinbach Funeral Home, 2335 Lower State Road, Doylestown.


In lieu of flowers, remembrances in Nancy’s name may be made to Doylestown Hospital, 595 West State Street, Doylestown, PA 18901 or at www.dh.org

 

JoAnn Fitzpatrick

 
   

JoAnn Fitzpatrick of Warrington died on Wednesday, September 11, 2013 at Doylestown Hospital.    She was 64.   JoAnn was the loving wife of Dennis J. Fitzpatrick.

 

Born in Staten Island, New York, she was the daughter of the late Peter and Grace Reina Giaccio.

 

JoAnn was the loving mother of three:   Charles, Christine and Gary and grandmother of five: Rosemarie, Vincent, DJ, Hannah and Jayden.    Also surviving are her brothers: Anthony, Peter and John and her sister: Theresa. 

  

Relatives and friends are invited to JoAnn’s funeral Mass, 11 a.m., Saturday, September 14, 2013 at Saint Robert Bellarmine Catholic Church, 856 Euclid Ave., Warrington, Pa.   The family will receive friends Thursday, September 12  from 1  to 3 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m., Friday, September 13, from 1 to 3 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m. and Saturday, September 14 from 9 to 10 a..m., at Reed and Steinbach Funeral Home, 2335 Lower State Road, Doylestown, PA.

Interment will be private.

 

 

James C. Luitweiler, Jr.


James C. Luitweiler, Jr., of Buckingham died on Friday, September 6, 2013, at his home. He was 93. He was the husband of the late Erika O. Luitweiler who passed in 2008.


Born in Brooklyn, New York, he was the son of the late James C. and Marion Bassett Luitweiler.


Jim attended public school in Millburn, New Jersey, and entered the U.S. Army from Springfield College in Massachusetts. He served in the Seventh Armored Division until the end of W.W. II. Thereupon, he entered the University of Wisconsin on the G.I. Bill.


Following graduation he married Erika Ochsner in 1948. They settled in Campton, New Hampshire, where he did woodworking and Erika made silk screen prints and other artwork. They were active members of the New Hampshire League of Arts and Crafts.


Jim earned a teacher certification from Plymouth Teachers College in Hew Hampshire and moved to Farmington, Connecticut, where he taught upper elementary grades while studying to earn his MALS degree from Wesleyan University.


The Luitweilers moved to Buckingham in 1956, and he taught at Buckingham Friends School in Lahaska and then in the Central Bucks School District, primarily at Chalfont Elementary School, until his retirement in 1985.


Jim continued woodworking throughout his life, making beautiful furniture and gadgets for photography and teaching. He was active in camera clubs, the Bucks County Audubon Society and Peace Valley Nature Center.


During his retirement he made a hobby of creating a photographic record of Bucks County’s transition from farms to housing developments.


Surviving are his son: J. Preston (Marlene) of Audubon, PA, and daughter: Jane Coale (William “Gil”) of PA and SD, as well as four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.


Services and interment will be held privately.


In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate memorial contributions in Jim’s name be made to: Peace Valley Nature Center, 170 North Chapman Road, Doylestown, PA 18901.

David W. Emerich

David W. Emerich, formerly of Doylestown, died Thursday, September 5, 2013 at Abington Hospital Hospice. He was 85 and the husband of Marlene (Lochner) Emerich.

Born in San Mateo, California, he was the son of the late LeRoy E. and Daisy Schmidt Emerich.

David served in the US Army during the Korean Conflict.

He graduated from Drexel University with a BS in mechanical engineering. David retired from Leeds and Northrup in 1991 after 30 years of service.

Mr. Emerich enjoyed all sports, he loved the outdoors and especially loved traveling. He was devoted to his family.

In addition to his wife, David is survived by his daughters: Cathy Petersen and Susan Henderson; his 3 granddaughters: Katelyn, Emily and Caroline as well as his sister: Lois Peterson. He was preceded in death by a brother, Richard and a sister, Ruth.

Relatives and friends are invited to his memorial service, 11 am Monday, September 9, 2013, at Reed and Steinbach Funeral Home, 2335 Lower State Road, Doylestown, where the public may call from 10:30 to 11 am, prior to the service. Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in David’s name may be made to: Abington Hospice at Warminster, 225 Newtown Road, Warminster, PA 18974.

 

Joan B. Bitzer

 
Joan B. Bitzer of Doylestown passed away Sunday, July 21, 2013 at Pine Run Health Care Center.   She was 85.   Joan was the wife of the late Robert L. Bitzer who passed in 1985.
 

Born in Queens, New York, she was the daughter of the late Albert C. And Emma Quis Benson.

Joan was the mother of Robert L. Bitzer, Jr., married to Nancy H. Bitzer of Doylestown; Virginia B. Evans, married to Patrick Tolan of Charlottesville, VA and William Quis Bitzer, married to Lisa Czyr Bitzer of Doylestown. She is also survived by her grandchildren: Morgan B. Bedore; Erika P. Bitzer (Robert), John Robert Evans, Caroline Benson Evans (Virginia), Adam Czyr Bitzer, Zachary Quis Bitzer and Derek William Bitzer (William) and her great-grandchildren: Charlotte Paige Bedore and Elizabeth Catherine Bedore. Also surviving is her brother, Dr. Albert C. Benson, Jr. of Potomac, MD.

Mrs. Bitzer was an artist, primarily a watercolorist. She enjoyed painting landscapes and was well known in the Bucks County area. She studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia and was a longtime student of the local artist, Roy Nuse, as well as other established artist and teachers in various locales.

She exhibited in many locations including the James A. Michener Art Museum and Phillips Mill in New Hope. Joan was a member of the American Watercolor Society and the Whiskey Painters of America.

She traveled extensively, both in the United States and abroad and enjoyed documenting her observations in her artwork.

Mrs. Bitzer also volunteered as a guide for the Sanibel/Captiva Conservation Foundation, specializing in tropical plants.

She maintained vacation homes at Sanibel Island, FL and Thompson, PA (northeastern PA).

Joan was a supporter and member of the Central Bucks YMCA, Trinity Episcopal Church Buckingham and Doylestown Art League.

 

Relatives and friends are invited to Joan’s memorial service, 11 a.m., Friday, September 13, 2013 at Reed and Steinbach Funeral Home, 2335 Lower State Road,  Doylestown. Interment will br private.
 
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Joan’s name may be made to: Central Bucks YMCA, 2500 Lower State Road, Doylestown, PA 18901 or to: Bucks County S.P.C.A,, P. O. Box 277, Lahaska, PA   18931.

 

Anna “Jeanne” R. Young

Anna “Jeanne” Reese Young of Vero Beach, Florida, formerly of Doylestown, went home to her Lord on Monday, August 5, 2013. She was 82. She was the wife of the late LeRoy “Bill” H. Young, who passed in 2011.

Jeanne was the daughter of the late Arthur T. and Georgetta G. Reese.

She is survived by three children, Holly Scampton (Rick) of Ottsville, PA; Lisa Young of Doylestown, PA; and David Young of Vero Beach, FL, two stepchildren, Raymond Young (Lyn) of Lansdowne, PA; and Katherine Book, of New Britain, PA; her grandchildren, Richard Young, Bridget Bigay, Lauren Gottshall, Eric Gottshall, Raymond Young, Paul Young (Jeannine), Jennifer Smith, Krista Barlow (Norman), Jarrett Book, and Chino Young (Danielle) and one great-grandson, Landon Young. She was preceded in death by her granddaughter, Nicole Bigay.

Born and raised in Doylestown, she was a graduate of Doylestown High School, class of 49. Her first job was as an usher at the County Theater. After graduating school she worked for the Daily Intelligencer before becoming a legal secretary for over 35 years. She retired in 2001 after 20 years with Bucks County Department of Children and Youth.

It is hard to put into words the personality, compassion, faith and humanity that made her a person that was loved and befriended by everyone she met. Jeanne was an avid communicator who, in her retirement, made it her full-time job to keep in touch with friends and family around the country. Whether by telephone, letter or post-card she never missed wishing someone a happy birthday, the chance to say congratulations or express her sympathy with just the right words in a time of loss or struggle.

Until her final days, Jeanne had a child-like enthusiasm for life enjoying every sunrise, every sunset and the beautiful colors God used to paint our natural landscapes. She was thrilled to take her weekly car ride along Florida’s treasure coast and stop to watch the waves crash against the sand, sailboats and fishing boats coming and going from the marinas and feeling the warm ocean breeze blowing in the car window.

A faithful woman, Jeanne was a member of St Paul’s Lutheran Church in Telford, PA and Our Savior Lutheran Church in Vero Beach, FL. Her relationship with God led her through life and her desire to be a good servant to Him was her roadmap for living. She felt so blessed to have such great church communities that celebrated God’s love for us.

Relatives and friends are invited to Jeanne’s memorial service, 11 a.m., Friday, August 16, 2013 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, E. Lincoln Avenue in Telford, where the family will receive guest from 10 a.m., until the time of the service. Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers donations in Jeanne’s name may be made to: Our Savior Lutheran Church, (for the benefit of the Music Fund), 1850 Sixth Avenue,

Vero Beach, FL 32960.

 

Phillip Michael Evanski


Phillip Michael Evanski, M.D., of New Hope, Pennsylvania, passed away at the age of 75, at his home and in the loving company of his family on Monday, July 29, 2013.


He was the beloved husband of Maureen Evanski, with whom he shared 31 years of marriage.


Born in Campbell, Ohio, Phil was the first son of the late Michael and Helen Evanski.


Phil was a 1955 graduate of Memorial High School in Campbell, Ohio, a 1960 graduate of Case Institute of Technology (metallurgical engineering) and a 1964 graduate of Western Reserve University (school of medicine) Graduating with honors from all three schools. He completed his residency in orthopedics in 1969 at County General Hospital in Los Angeles, Ca and completed his fellowship in foot and ankle surgery under Dr. Nicholas Giannestras in Cincinnati.


He served his country in the United States Air Force as a major from 1969 to 1971, at Clark Air Force Base in the Philippine Islands.


A dedicated and highly regarded surgeon and teacher, Phil retired from orthopedic surgery in 2001 from NYU Medical Center, where he served as Acting Chairman and Associate Professor in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery.
Phil enjoyed spending time with family, driving back country roads, listening to classical music, exploring art, solving complex math algorithms, and watching football and sci fi movies.


In addition to his wife, Phil is survived by his children: Lara Ignaczak (Tony); Phillip J. Evanski (Elizabeth Chung) and Michael T. Evanski (fiancé, Sujatha Vempaty); daughter and sons of Joyce Janicek; 5 grandchildren, Luke, Alexa, Nicholas, Chance and Suah, his brother Dale, his father’s sister Annie Wuyek and several cousins.


The family will receive relatives and friends for a viewing from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. , Wednesday, July 31 at Reed and Steinbach Funeral Home, 2335 Lower State Road, Doylestown, PA.


Relatives and friends are invited to attend the Mass of Christian burial, 2 p.m., Thursday, August 1 at St. Martin of Tours Roman Catholic Church, 1 Riverstone Circle. New Hope, PA. Interment will follow Mass in St. Martin of Tours Cemetery.


In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate memorial contributions in Phil’s name to: Doylestown Hospital Hospice, 595 West State Street, Doylestown, PA 18901.

Alyssa McGuigan

Alyssa McGuigan of Doylestown, died Sunday, July 28, 2013. She was 18.

Born in Doylestown, Alyssa was the daughter of Jodie Lurtsema McGuigan of Runnemede, NJ and Matthew J. McGuigan (Julie) of Doylestown.

In addition to her parents, Alyssa is survived by her brother, Matthew J. McGuigan, Jr., of Doylestown and two sisters, Lauren McGuigan and Kylie McGuigan, both of Runnemede, NJ. She is also survived by her grandparents John and Sandra Lurtsema and Joan McGuigan. She was predeceased by her grandfather John P. McGuigan. She is also survived by many loving aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.

Alyssa was a loving, caring and beautiful young woman with a huge heart. She is well known for her smile and quick sense of humor. She was always there for her family and friends. Those that were close to her will remember her famous saying "I got your back"!

Relatives and friends are invited to her funeral Mass, 11 a.m., Friday August 2, 2013 at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, 235 East State Street, Doylestown. The family will receive friends Thursday evening, August 1st from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Reed and Steinbach Funeral Home, 2335 Lower State Road, Doylestown. Interment will follow Mass in St. John Neumann Cemetery, Chalfont.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Alyssa’s name may be sent to: Lenape Valley Foundation, 500 North West Street, Doylestown, PA 18901.

 

Dale O. Smith

 
Dale Oliver Smith of Buckingham, PA, died Thursday evening, July 25th at Doylestown Hospital at 70 years of age.
 
Dale was the son of Benjamin and M. Eleanor (Clements) Smith.
 
He was a graduate of Frankford High School (Class of 1960), Drexel University and Stonier School of Banking. Dale grew up in the Wissinoming community of Philadelphia where he was a member of Hope Lutheran Church and his career included Continental/Midlantic Bank, Penn Independent Financial Services Inc., Harleysville National Bank, and Premier/Fulton Bank.
 
Dale, a Silver Beaver award recipient, was active with his sons in Boy Scout Troop 372 (Philadelphia, PA) and Troop 175 (Danboro, PA).  He was also a member of the Doylestown Rotary Club, Today Inc., Bucks County Council, BSA and the Vasa Order of America/Oscars Borg Lodge No. 172. He also served as Chm, Board of Auditors for Buckingham Township.
 
In addition to his wife of 49 years, Linda (Josefsson) Smith, he is survived by his sons:  Erik M. Smith (Dina) and Bryan S. Smith (Liz) and his grandchildren: Kayla, Matthew, Andrew and Timothy Smith and step-grandchildren Dennis and Rachel Duffy.  He was preceded in death by a brother, T. Louis Smith.
 
Dale loved the outdoors and spending time with his sons and their families!
 
 
Relatives and friends are in invited to his funeral service,11 a.m., Tuesday, July 30th at Reed and Steinbach Funeral Home, 2335 Lower State Road, Doylestown, where the family will receive friends from 10 a.m., until the time of the service or Monday evening July 29th from 7 to 9 p.m.  Interment will follow the service Tuesday in Newtown Cemetery, Newtown, PA.
 
In lieu of flowers, donations in Dale’s name may be made to:  Parkinson Research Foundation, 5969 Cattleridge Blvd.,  Suite 100,  Sarasota FL 34232  or to:  St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 301 N. Main St., Doylestown PA 18901.
 

 

Dorothy D. Johnstone

 
    Dorothy D. “Dori” Johnstone of New Holland, PA, formerly of Erwinna, PA died on Thursday, July 18, 2013 in Doylestown, PA.   She was 86.   Dori was the wife of the late Donald D. Johnstone, Sr.
 
    Dori was born in New York.   She attended the Art Student’s League in New York City and Regis University (formerly Loretto Heights College) in Denver, Colorado.
 
    She had worked as a runway model and catalogue model in New York City.   Dori had been a research assistant at the New York Public Library in New York City and later was a library assistant at Hunterdon County Library in Flemington, New Jersey.
 
    Dori had a lifelong love of dance and as a child she tap danced for many radio programs attracting the attention of a Broadway talent scout.   She loved attending ballets, reading, going to the beach and cats, especially her beloved, Gemma and Rudy.
 
    Mrs. Johnstone is survived by her daughter: Dr. Diana Johnstone Graves; her son: Donald D. Johnstone, Jr.; her stepson: Stuart D. Johnstone; her granddaughters:   Becki Kostelac and Ali Graves; two great-grandchildren; a nephew: Douglas R. Bell and a niece: Susan D’Agostino.  Also surviving is Dori’s brother: Lawrence Brusack.
 
    Relatives and friends are invited to Dori’s funeral service, 10 a.m., Thursday, August 1, 2013 at Reed and Steinbach Funeral Home, 2335 Lower State Road, Doylestown.   Interment will follow in Upper Tinicum Cemetery, Upper Black Eddy.
 
    In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Dori’s name may be made to: Humane League of Lancaster County, 2195 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster, PA 17602 or to:  Bucks County S.P.C.A., P.O. Box 277, Lahaska, PA   18931.

 

Mildred D. Kennedy

Mildred D. Kennedy, a long time resident of Bucks County, died Monday, July 22, 2013 at Ann’s Choice in Warminster. 

Born in 1928 in Yardley, PA, she was the daughter of the late James and Mildred McDonnell Dilliplane.
Mildred graduated from the Mercer Hospital School of Nursing in Trenton, NJ and worked as an RN at Mercer Hospital, and Auburn Memorial Hospital, Auburn, NY. Following her retirement, she was a volunteer at Doylestown Hospital for 10 years.
While living in New York Mildred was an active member of St. James Episcopal Church, Skaneateles, NY where she was involved in the altar guild, volunteered at the church Thrift Shop and served on the Board of Directors. After moving back to Pennsylvania in 1994, she joined Trinity Episcopal Church, Buckingham where she also served on the altar guild.
Mildred excelled in hospitality, and was an excellent cook. Her wonderful smile could light up a room.  She also enjoyed painting as a hobby, working in both oil and acrylics.
She is survived by her husband of 61 years, Richard W. Kennedy; her daughter, Nancy K. Tribley; and her son, Donald R. Kennedy. She also has four grandchildren and one great grandson. 
Relatives and friends are invited to Mildred’s memorial service 2 pm Saturday, July 27, at Ann’s Choice Chapel, 31000 Ann’s Choice Way, Warminster, where the public may call from 1:30 to 2 pm, prior to the service.  Interment in Canisteo, NY will be private.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Mildred’s name may be made to Covenant House, 461 8th Avenue, New York, New York 10001 or on their website: www.covenanthouse.org.

 

Elizabeth H. Kenny

Elizabeth H. “Libby” Kenny of Buckingham died on Thursday, July 18, 2013 at her home. She was 89. Libby was the wife of the late Robert G. Kenny.

Born in Dayton, Ohio, she was the daughter of the late Otto Henry and Mary Florence Ferneding Hamm.

Libby graduated from Cornell University in 1945. She was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority. After college she worked as a cosmetic packaging designer in New York City.

She was a gracious hostess, unlicensed architect and decorator, having designed five homes, one yet to be built. Libby was a talented water colorist and water color teacher. Her artistic talent was also expressed as a set and costume designer for little theater and school plays.

Surviving are her daughters: Robin Kenny Schriedel and her husband, Gene F. Schriedel and Carol Kenny Sterba and grandson, Robert Ryan Sterba.

Libby’s funeral service will be at a later date.

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

The family would like to thank Buckingham Family Medicine, Health Quarterly Partners and Doylestown Hospital Hospice for all of the care they provided to

Libby during her journey.

 


Dale E. Ihnat


Dale E. Ihnat of Doylestown, passed away Sunday, July 7, 2013, at St. Lukes Hospital in New York. He was 69.

Dale was the partner of Carolyn Smith.

Born in Gulfport, Mississippi he was the son of the late Michael and Susan Reed Ihnat.


Dale lived most of his life in Doylestown.

He received a bachelor's and master's degrees in Physics from UMASS and Ohio State University.

Dale had several executive positions as a scientist primarily at Raytheon, Foxboro Company, EG&G, and Belfort Instruments.

He was an avid photographer and enjoyed restoring cars.

Dale was a kind person who took a genuine interest in the people he encountered in daily life. He will be missed greatly by his family and friends.

Surviving are his children, Stacey Khosla, Margot Kramer, Derek Ihnat, Dylan Ihnat; his grandchildren, Maxwell, Brett, Anna, AJ, Sarita and London. He also is survived by his close friends, Charles and Tim Smith and their families, as well as his brothers, Michael and Peter and his sisters, Susan and Louanna. Dale was preceded in death by his son, Brett and a sister, Kay.

Relatives and friends are invited to his Funeral Mass, 11 a.m., Thursday,

July 11, in Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, 235 East State Street, Doylestown, where friends may call from 10 a.m. until the time of Mass. Interment will follow Mass in Doylestown Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Dale's name may be made to County Theater, P.O. Box 779, Doylestown, PA 18901.

 

Stella D. Sparks

Stella D. Sparks of Point Pleasant, Pa., died on Monday July 1, 2013 at home surrounded by her family. She was 81.


She was the devoted wife of 55 years to the late Rusty Sparks, who died in 2010.


Born in Point Pleasant, she was the daughter of the late Fred and Eva Bushko Demusz.


Stella graduated from Saint Basil Academy in Jenkintown. Along with raising her family, she worked for H.J. Noll Fly Tying and as a bulk mail contractor to the U.S. Postal Service delivering to local post offices. She enjoyed gardening, baking and caring for others.


She is survived by her four children and their spouses: Jeffrey and Diane Sparks; Ronald and Karen Sparks; Raymond and Lynne Sparks and Diane and Mark Malecki, all of Point Pleasant as well as her eight grandchildren: Paige, Shaun, Megan, Jillian, Ryan, Brandon, Jane and Dylan Sparks; her sister, Tess Kohl; many in-laws, nieces and nephews and her lifelong family friend, Harry S. Weeks.


All are invited to her viewing from 7 to 9 p.m., Friday, July 5th at Reed and Steinbach Funeral Home, 2335 Lower State Road, Doylestown. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m., Saturday, July 6, 2013 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, 5175 Cold Spring Creamery Road, Doylestown, PA 18902. Interment will follow Mass in St. Mary's Cemetery, Doylestown.


In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Stella’s name may be made to Our Lady of Guadalupe, (for the benefit of the Building Fund), at the above address.

 

James Clark Shuster Sr.


James Clark Shuster Sr., a 50-year resident of Doylestown, passed away Saturday, June 29, 2013, at Doylestown Hospital. He was 90.


He was the husband of Maureen Walsh Shuster for 24 years. He was preceded in death by his wife, Anna Shaupp, who passed away in 1986.


Born in Colwyn, Pa., Delaware County, he was the son of the late Lawrence J. and Ethel E. Clark Shuster.


James worked as a manufacturing representative for many years, and was a parishioner of Trinity Episcopal Church in Buckingham, where he was very active in and taught religion classes where his three sons attended.
Many of his interests included vacationing on Nantucket, Mass., and Surf City, Long Beach Island, N.J.


An aficionado of jazz greats, he had an extensive record collection. James enjoyed growing zinnias, roses, tomatoes, many vegetables, and cultivating grapes for making his own wine, as well as being a tap dancer and gourmet cook, and enjoying a lot of the works of Dom DeLuise. A weight lifter since the age of 16, he was also a cigar expert along with having five dachshunds over the years.


In addition to his wife, Maureen, James is survived by his sons, James Shuster Jr. and his wife, Beth, Paul Shuster and his wife, Pam, Clark Shuster and his wife, Jane; a grandson, James Shuster; and a sister, Ethel Clendenin and many nieces

and nephews.


Relatives and friends are invited to his Mass of Christian Burial 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 3, at Trinity Episcopal Church in Buckingham, 2631 Durham Road, Buckingham, where the public may call from 10 to 11 a.m. Interment will be held at the convenience of the family at a later date.


In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Mr. Shuster's name may be made to Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 175 Doylestown Post, P.O. Box 1533, Doylestown, PA 18901.

Mary Lou Burmeister

Mary Lou Burmeister of Doylestown passed peacefully Tuesday, June 25, 2013 at her home loved ones by her side. She was 76 years old.

Born in Buckingham, she was the daughter of the late Morris and Ida Cosner.

Mary Lou is survived by her beloved husband of 42 years, Harry W. Burmeister. She was blessed with four children: Lester Strouse, Julie Strouse, her husband, Ralph, Bill Burmeister, his wife, Carrie, and Luanne Lafferty, her husband, Jack, as well as seven grandchildren: John, Ashley, Olivia, Patrick, Jordan, Logan and Aaron. Also surviving are her sister, Ellen “Scott” Nagradi, and her brother, Jim Cosner, his wife, Laura.

Mary Lou was a graduate of the Central Bucks High School, class of 1954. She lived all around the United States and in various countries. She was a secretary for the American Horse Circuit, that showed on the east cost from Maine to Florida. Mary Lou was one of the first to introduce computers to organize the shows to run more efficiently. She was a pilot, loved to drive her motor home and was always looking for an adventure.

Mary Lou was a loving mother and grandmother. She will always be loved and missed by all who knew her.

Relatives and friends are invited to her funeral service, 12 p.m, Monday, July l, 2013 at Reed and Steinbach Funeral Home, 2335 Lower State Road, Doylestown, where friends may call from 10 a.m., until the time of the service. Interment will follow the service in Doylestown Cemetery.

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

 

Ruth Naylor

Ruth Naylor of Doylestown died on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at Wesley Enhanced Living. She was 92. Ruth was of the wife for 54 years of the late Russell Naylor, who died in 1996.

Born in Bedminster, she was the daughter of the late Abraham and Rose Keener Kulp.

Ruth was a long-time resident of Doylestown and served her community in several ways. She enjoyed delivering Meals On Wheels for over 20 years. Ruth also helped prepare and serve lunch at Central Bucks Senior Center for approximately 20 years.

She took pride in knitting baby sweater and hat sets for Doylestown Hospital Gift shop, as well as knitting literally hundreds of “preemie hats” for infants born at the hospital.

Ruth and Russell enjoyed fishing and trips to their cabin in the Pocono Mountains. When grandchildren started arriving, she and Russell would take the grandchildren to the mountains for “weekend get-aways.”

Mrs. Naylor worked as a custodian for Bucks County for 23 years and for William L. Goldman Law Firm for 35 years.

Ruth was a long time member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Doylestown.

Ruth is survived by her daughter: Karen Gallagher (Robert) and son: Russell Naylor (Jane); her grandchildren: Marc Gallagher (Stephanie Hayes); Stacy Langhirt (Charles); Kelly German (Thomas); Kara Naylor and Brett Naylor (Nicole) and her great-grandchildren: Aidan and Abigael Gallagher; Nicholas Langhirt; Hannah and Fiona German and Tobias Naylor. She is also survived by her her sisters: Doris Slotter and Jean Hellerman and brothers: Frank Kulp and Robert Kulp, as well as many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her sisters: Eleanor Myers and Mae Fell and her brothers: Luther Kulp and George Kulp.

A memorial service will be held 11 a.m., Saturday, June 29, 2013 at Reed and Steinbach Funeral Home, 2335 Lower State Road, Doylestown, where the public may call from 10 a.m., until the time of the service. Interment will be private.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in Ruth’s name may be made to: Meals on Wheels, 252 Belmont Ave., Doylestown, PA 18901 or to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 301 North Main Street, Doylestown, PA 18901.

 

Robert E. Massaro, Sr.

 
Robert E. Massaro, Sr. of Furlong passed away, Friday, June 21, 2013 at his home, surrounded by his family. He was 72 and the husband of Judy A. Castelow Massaro.
 
Born in Abington, he was the son of Jane A. Malick Massaro of Perkaise and the late Anthony R. Massaro.
 
Bob served in the United States Marines during the Viet Nam War. He was employed at Miller & Son Paving for 35 years.
 
He enjoyed motorcycling and spending time with his children, seven grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, two nieces and nephew.
 
Bob’s primary goal in life was to live his life for his wife and children. He will be missed dearly.
 
In addition to his wife, he is survived by his sons: Scott Massaro, his wife, Janna, of Ivyland and Bob Massaro, his wife, Sheri, of Hilltown and daughters: Kimberly Mielke of Sellersville and Tracie Repkoe, her husband, Edward, of Plumsteadville.
Also surviving are Bob’s brother, Bill Massaro, his wife, Jenny, of Lake George, NY and his sister, Jane Noel, her husband, Luke, of Perkasie. He was preceded in death by his son, Chuck Massaro.
 
Relatives and friends are invited to attend his funeral Mass, 9 a.m., Tuesday, June 25, 2013 at St. Cyril of Jerusalem Church, 1410 Almshouse Road, Jamison. There will be a viewing from 7 to 9 p.m., Monday, June 24, at Reed and Steinbach Funeral Home, 2335 Lower State Road, Doylestown. Interment will follow Mass in Forest Grove Cemetery, Forest Grove, Pa.
 
In lieu of flowers, contributions in Bob’s memorial may be made to: Doylestown Hospital Hospice, 595 West State Street, Doylestown, PA 18901.
 
 

 

Marlene M. Riordan

 
Marlene Martin Riordan of Warminster, passed away on Friday, June 14, 2013 at the age of 77.
 
Born in Media, PA she was the daughter of the late Frank and Cora Jiacomino Martin.
 
Marlene received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Johns Hopkins University, a Master of Science in Nursing for Nurse Practitioners from University of Pennsylvania and a Health Education, Master from Arcadia University (formerly known as Beaver College).
 
She worked in many areas of nursing throughout her impressive career. Predominantly, she worked in public health in Indianapolis, IN;  as an instructor at Bucks County Community College, Newtown; a clinical instructor at Abington Memorial Hospital, Abington; clinical coordinator at Neshaminy Manor, Doylestown and as a private consultant nurse practitioner at Bryn Mawr Hospital, Bryn Mawr, PA. Following her retirement she served with the Bucks County Medical Reserve Corps.
 
Marlene kept in touch with many of her friends over the years, including her grammar and  high school classmates and was “part of the glue” that helped keep them together for the past 50 to 60 years.
 
She loved to entertain and had a wonderful sense of humor that was greatly appreciated by those in her company. Marlene lived a full life and touched numerous hearts, was loved by many and will be truly missed.
 
Marlene is survived by her sons: John Riordon and Jeffrey Riordon (Heidi); her grandchildren: Margaret, Henry, Sabrina and Corwin and her sister, Lynn Martin Haskin (Don). She is also survived by her dear friends, Alanna and Paul Murray (their children: Steve and Laura).
 
Relatives and friends are invited to Marlene’s memorial service, 2 p.m., Tuesday, June 25, 2013 at Christ’s Home, Fellowship Hall, 1220 West Street Road, Warminster, PA 18974.
 
Marlene was so thankful to be warmly embraced as a welcome member of the caring and nurturing community of Shepherd’s Crossing /Christ’s Home and so in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in her name may be made to Christ’s Home at the above address.

 

 

Helen C. Joka


        Helen C. Joka, of Buckingham, died on Tuesday, June 18, 2013,

surrounded by her family, at the home of her daughter, Marianne Bleam.

She was 81 years old. She was the wife of Aloysius Joka, who passed in 1988.

 
        Born in Doylestown, she was the daughter of the late Michael and Mary

Ofner Novakovitz. 


        Helen worked for over 20 years in the Central Bucks East High School cafeteria. She was "grandmom" not only to her three grandsons, who graduated from Central Bucks East, but to all of their friends as well.

 
        Helen devoutly began each day praying the rosary and has been a lifelong member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Doylestown. 


        She happily filled her spare time with her daughter and her family. Helen enjoyed tending to her vegetable and flower gardens, listening to Polka music and sharing her fantastic cooking and baking with all those who knew her. She volunteered for many years in the kitchen during the Midway Volunteer Fire Company Carnival and most recently volunteered at the Central Bucks Senior Citizens' Cinnamon Bun Bake.


        Helen is survived by her daughter, Marianne Bleam and her husband, David, of Danboro; her grandsons, David James Bleam, of Pompton Plains, N.J., Adam Bleam and fiancé, Holly, of Dublin, Ryan Bleam and wife, Hannah, of Scottsdale, Ariz.; and a sister, Mary Orme, of Warrington. Helen was preceded

in death by her son, Jimmy, in 1970.


        A Funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, June 21, at Our Lady

of Mount Carmel Church, 235 East State Street, Doylestown, where friends

may call at church from 9 a.m. until 10 a.m. prior to Mass. Interment will

follow Mass in St. Mary's Cemetery.


        In lieu of flowers, mass cards would be appreciated, or memorial contributions may be made in Helen's name to Doylestown Hospital Hospice,

595 West State St., Doylestown, Pennsylvania 18901.

John M. Szabo

John Mariner Szabo passed on Sunday June 2, 2013 but if you knew him at

all you see him now in this - his requested obituary opening line:

"Today John Mariner Szabo croaked."

John Szabo passed at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia, PA from injuries sustained in an accident that occurred on June 1 while he was piloting his twin engine Wilson Cri Cri (Cricket) airplane out of Doylestown Airport. He had planned an emergency landing and at the last moment veered away to avoid colliding with a car, resulting in his airplane colliding with electrical wires and catching fire. A tragic end to a life lived to the fullest; some comfort may be found in that he died doing what he loved. His last hours were spent surrounded by the love of close friends and family, and the music of The Brothers Four. Though 69 in years, the twinkle in his eye, the sharpness of his mind, and his enthusiasm for life were wonderfully and contagiously childlike.

Born in Rahway, New Jersey in 1944 to Aline Rothen and John Szabo, he lived his early childhood around there before moving to Lake Worth, Florida where he graduated from Lake Worth High School. He enjoyed many good times with his younger sisters Aline Humphrey, Carol Szabo, and Nancy Raynor. He was a loving brother and devoted and helpful son to his mother and his stepfather, Bill Haker. Following high school, he packed up his Corvette and traveled across the country in search of new adventures. As a college student he found himself enthralled by the airport activity outside his classroom window and quickly left school to join the Army to pursue his longtime dream of becoming a pilot.

From December 1966 to June 1968, Chief Warrant Officer II John M Szabo served with distinction and valor as a member of the United States Army Aviation Branch. After graduating from the United States Army Aviation Flight School, Fort Rucker Alabama, Chief Szabo was forward deployed to South Vietnam, where he earned the coveted title of Aircraft Commander, piloting a UH1H/Huey Helicopter. While serving two Combat Tours in Vietnam Chief Szabo earned many awards and distinction including the (VSM) Vietnam Service Medal, (VCM) Vietnam Campaign Medal, (NDSM) National Defense Service Medal, (ACM) Army Commendation Medal awarded for sustained acts of heroism, and the (AAM) Army Air Medal, with three Oak Leaf Clusters, awarded for setting himself above his comrades through meritorious achievements and heroism, while under fire and involved in Combat Aviation Assault Missions. Most notably, CW2 John M Szabo was wounded in action, twice, and thus awarded the Purple Heart with one Oak Leaf Cluster. Chief Szabo remained on Army Reserve Status until 1970 when he received his Honorable Discharge, resulting from his end of time in service.

Following this, he continued his passion for flight and became a career pilot. He spent 4 years with Rollins in New Castle, Delaware in the early 1970s, then 15 years with Mack Trucks in Allentown, PA and was employed most recently for 20+ years with Merck in New Jersey. He made many lasting friendships and enjoyed countless laughs with colleagues throughout his career. He was known as a clever and light-hearted prankster. He loved his work.

Outside of work, his interests and talents were many and varied. He built and flew his own aircraft. An active participant in flight shows, he was a long-time member of aviation groups EAA and Quiet Birdmen. He also enjoyed classic cars, and built and restored Corvettes, Triumphs and MGs. He regularly attended car shows and was a prolific builder of model cars. He found joy in nature and spent many hours picking wild blackberries, fishing, tending bonsai trees, and sailing. There was nothing he couldn’t fix, and no question from his children or grandchildren that he couldn’t answer. He had a deep passion and talent for teaching others. He exhibited integrity throughout his life and was a very thoughtful person. He was a jack of all trades and master of every one of them. He enjoyed bragging about his grandsons and frequently shared their photos and latest developments with anyone who would listen. He loved good food and was known to leave one last bite of gelato in the container to look forward to another day.

John is survived by daughter Cristine Hahm, her husband Kyung and their sons Alex and Max of Seattle, WA; his son Robert Szabo of Allentown, PA; and his sisters: Aline Humphrey of Pueblo, CO, Carol Szabo of El Granada, CA, and Nancy Raynor of Montgomery, Alabama. His longtime girlfriend Heather Kimak (deceased June 7, 2012) and her children held a special place in his heart, as did friends Jim & Andrea Mehling, friend and colleague Tim Lelie, and friends George Scholl and Jack Gardner.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend his graveside service at 2:30 p.m., Monday, June 24 at Washington Crossing National Cemetery, 830 Highland Rd., Newtown, PA. The funeral procession will leave from Reed and Steinbach Funeral Home, 2335 Lower State Rd., Doylestown, PA, 189901 at 1:15 p.m. (Please note the cemetery is in PA and will not admit latecomers.) A memorial reception will follow at Princeton Airport, (main hangar) 41 Airpark Rd., Princeton, NJ beginning at 3:30 p.m.

The family is creating a time capsule with items that defined John and his career history and life, his humor and wit. If you have any memorabilia that could be included - items, pictures, cards, letters, etc. - or have any stories or memories that you want to share, they are welcomed. His daughter wants to keep his memory alive for his grandchildren who were so crazy about him. Please bring along and/or send to Cristine Hahm, 4742 42nd Ave SW #134, Seattle, WA 98116. 

 

Memories of John can be shared and more detail can be found at http://memorialwebsites.legacy.com/JohnSzabo/homepage.aspx

 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in John M. Szabo’s name to either of these organizations: EAA Young Eagles, P.O. Box 3086, Oshkosh, WI 54903 or to the Space Foundation, online at www.spacefoundation.org/donate or via U.S. mail to Attention: Development, Space Foundation, 4425 Arrowswest Drive, Colorado Springs, CO 80907.

Thank you to all who touched his life. He misses us, is glad he was so loved, is delighted to once again have a full head of hair, and is happy he does not need to pay taxes.

Followed dreams, tinkered, adventured, learned, laughed, loved…

 

Marlene M. Riordan

Marlene Martin Riordan of Warminster passed away peacefully on Friday,

June 14, 2013 after fighting a courageous battle against cancer.

She was loved by many and will be truly missed.

A memorial service will be announced at a later date.

Memorial contributions in Marlene’s name may be made to: Christ’s Home,

1220 West Street Road, Warminster, PA 18974.

 

 

Mary F. Festa

Mary F. Festa of North Wales, passed away on Friday, June 7, 2013.

She was 85 and the wife of the late John Festa.

Born in Stranraer, Scotland, Mary was the daughter of the late James

and Frances Williamson Gibson.

Mary was a resident of Neshaminy Falls in Montgomery Township where

she enjoyed the choir, singles club, bingo and all of her friends at Neshaminy Falls.

Mary is survived by her son: Ian A. Baldock, his wife, Michele and her grandson: Colin I. Baldock.

Relatives and friends are invited to her memorial service 7 p.m., Wednesday, June 12 at Reed and Steinbach Funeral Home, 2335 Lower State Road, Doylestown, where friends may call from 6 p.m. until the time of the service. Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Mary’s name may be made to: American Red Cross, Southeastern Pennsylvania Chapter, 2221 Chestnut

Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103-3010 or at www.redcross.org.

 

W. Luther Fillman

W. Luther Fillman of Doylestown, formally of Pipersville, died Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at Wesley Enhanced Living, Heritage Towers, Health Care Center. He was 94. He was preceded in death by his wife of 68 years, Ethel "Peg" Fillman.

Born in Bedminster Township, he was the son of the late Elmer O. and Ella Mae (Schmell) Fillman.

Luther lived in Pipersville most of his life. He worked for the Fretz’s Pants Factory in Pipersville for many years until they closed. He worked for various other companies including Chesterman Surgical Appliances, CB Schools, and Thomas & Betts Doylestown until retirement. Mr. Fillman was a long time member of Tinicum United Church of Christ. Luther also was involved with the Plumsteadville Grange.

He is survived by four sons: W. Dennis Fillman, his wife, Eugenia of Souderton; Barry W. Fillman, his wife, Rosanne, of Reynoldsville, PA; T. Dean Fillman, his wife, Helen, of Telford and G. Lynn Fillman, his friend, Beverly Kehs of Ottsville . Also surviving are 5 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be celebrated 11 a.m., Thursday, June 27, 2013 in the Acorn Room at Heritage Towers, 200 Veterans Lane, Doylestown, where friends may call after 10 a.m. Interment
will be private.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Luther’s name may be made to the Wesley Enhanced Living Foundation Benevolent Fund, 200 Veterans Lane, Doylestown, PA 18901.

 

Benjamin Thomas Nangeroni
 
    On June 4, Benjamin Thomas Nangeroni passed into the light of God, surrounded by his loving family.  He was 24.
 
    Ben was the beloved son of Jim and Sallie Nangeroni and the devoted brother of James, Charlie and Charlie’s wife, Leah.   He was the grandson of Sarah Lee (Ough) and Doc Houston of Kennett Square, PA and preceded in death by his grandfather, the Reverend J. Preston Ough, Jr.,  his grandparents, Louis and Albina Nangeroni, his uncle, Louis Nangeroni Jr., and his cousin, Elizabeth Nangeroni.
 
    Ben graduated from Central Bucks West High School, class of 2007.   During his high school years he played rugby for Doylestown, became an Eagle Scout in Troop 24, learned to play the keyboard, and participated in school activities, including Heifer International and Mr. West.   He earned his undergraduate degree in Marketing and International Business in 2011 from the University of Delaware.   While at Delaware, Ben spent a semester in Paderno del Grappa, Italy with the Consortium of Universities of International Studies (CIMBA), earning an award in Leadership.   Currently he was working as a Marketing Assistant with EWB Development in Philadelphia.
 
    Ben loved music, movies, his dog, George, a good joke, a party and his many wonderful friends.   Ben was a gentle giant.  He had an adventurous soul, a playful spirit and a warm smile.   He was kind, committed to his family, loyal to his ideals and protective of people who needed protection.
 
    In addition to his immediate family, Ben will be sorely missed by his aunts, uncles, and cousins:   Marie Nangeroni, Jonathan, Eric and Alexandra Sauerschell of Schenectady, NY;   Joanne, Paul and Timothy Nangeroni of Saratoga Springs, NY; Lawrence, Susan, Preston and Julia Ough of Roswell, GA; Martha (Ough), Robert, Victoria and Xavier Briggs of Andover, MA; Tom, Jeanne, Isaiah, Monica, Micah and Ezra Houston of State College, PA; Andy, Jennifer, Nancyrose and Adam Houston of Seattle, WA and Mark, Suzann and Nora Houston of Anchorage, AS.
 
    Ben’s family would like to sincerely thank all the medical staff at Doylestown Hospital, especially the nurses and doctors in the ER and the ICU, for their care of Ben and their talent in medicine. 
 
    In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Ben’s name may be made to Doylestown Hospital, 595 West State Street, Doylestown, PA   18901 or online at www.dh.org/MakeaDonation
 
    A gathering to share memories of Ben will be held from 10 to 12 p.m, Saturday, June 8 at Reed and Steinbach Funeral Home, 2335 Lower State Road, Doylestown followed by a celebration of Ben’s life beginning at 12:30 p.m. at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, 235 East State Street, Doylestown.    Interment will be private in Doylestown Cemetery.
 
 


 

George J. White

George J. White of Winter Garden, Florida passed away May 30, 2013 at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Orlando surrounded by his loving family. He was 55 years old.

Born in Trenton, New Jersey he was the son of George A. White and M. Dorothy Lengenfelder .

He received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Trenton State College and his Masters of Public Administration from Pennsylvania State University. He was married to his wife, Patricia for 31 years and had two children: Jason and Lauren.

George lived most of his life in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, where he served as the Chief Information Officer of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. He won multiple awards throughout his career, recognized by many states for his contributions and was recognized as one of the nation’s top Information Technology Professionals of the Year for 2010. Before retiring, he was honored by Governor Tom Corbett for his outstanding career and service to the Commonwealth.

He was a loving and devoted husband and father. All who crossed his path knew how proud he was of his family.

George and Patricia were able to buy their dream house on a golf course in Florida upon retirement. He loved all sports, but was most significantly known for being an avid fan of the Green Bay Packers and never missed watching a game. He also enjoyed listening to his large collection of music, playing the piano, taking care of his beloved basset hound Monty, playing golf and spending time at the beach with his family and friends.

George is survived by his wife, Patricia A. Petak White; children: Dr. Jason C. and Lauren M. White; his mother, M. Dorothy Lengenfelder, daughter-in-law, Dr. Christine Klimowicz White; David Hecker; brother, John P. White and family. He was preceded in death by his father, George A. White.

A viewing will be held from 7 to 9 p.m., Monday, June 3, 2013 at Reed and Steinbach Funeral Home, 2335 Lower State Road Doylestown, PA. A Funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m., Tuesday, June 4, 2013 at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church , 235 E State St, Doylestown, PA with visitation from 10 a.m. prior to Mass at church. Interment will follow Mass in Our Lady of Czestochowa National Shrine Cemetery, Doylestown.

In lieu of flowers, the would request that donations be made in George’s memory to Jimbo’s Squad through their website http://www.jimbossquad.org/ or by mail to Jimbo’s Squad, PO Box 869, Ambler PA 19002.

Margaret S. “Peggy” O’Neill

 

Peggy O’Neill created her own little part of history in Bucks County. Born in Bristol in 1925 and attending parochial school there for eight years, her first remembered award was the American Legion Medal for scholarship.

 

After moving to Philadelphia to attend John W. Hallahan High School, she returned to Langhorne in 1950 where she raised a family of two sons and

became active in many civic and charitable organizations.

 

It was in the 1950's, after several years of being a volunteer Motor Service Chairman for the Red Cross that an opportunity came to take a part time job

at Neshaminy Manor as a social investigator. As a volunteer driver, she had taken many older people to clinics and senior groups and discovered the lack

of services for the aged and decided to become an advocate on their behalf.

 

From 1960 to 1966, working for the County of Bucks at Neshaminy Manor,

she realized many people did not belong there if there had been other alternatives to the institution. That began a life-long career of pioneering

and creating programs and services for senior citizens in Bucks County. Obtaining “seed grants” from the State, she initiated the first foster home program where older persons were placed with private families. This success

was followed by organizing the first county-wide information and referral,

the first counseling services, first adult day care and vocational workshop

and the first homemaker service.

 

In 1966, she formed the first County Department of Adult Services dedicated

to helping persons stay out of the nursing home with community services.

1966 was the same year that she decided at the age of 41 to go back to school

and get a college degree to better prepare herself for the professional challenges ahead. In 1971 she graduated from Rider College with a BA in Sociology and

as the outstanding evening school graduate. Determined and energetic, with career and family, she continued her education by commuting in the evening

to the New Jersey School of Social Research in New York and graduated with a Master’s Degree in Psychology in 1974. It was at that time the County Commissioners designated the Adult Services Department as the first Agency

on Aging in Bucks County, and Peggy O’Neill was appointed Executive Director. At that time, the Agency employed fifty persons to deliver services to 16,000 older persons with a 7 million dollar budget.

 

Understanding the importance of public administration, Peggy continued her education and received a second Master’s Degree from Penn State in 1981 at

the age of 56.

 

Peggy O’Neill believed that aging is a woman’s issue. Women of all ages have dispelled stereotypes and proven that one is never too old to accomplish any-thing you really want to do. She was recognized for her interest, energy and determination in addressing the needs of growing older in Bucks County.

In 1975, she received the Pennsylvania Department of Welfare Human

Services Award for outstanding achievement. In 1981, the Chapel of Four Chaplains Award for Community Services and in 1986 was named one of

the outstanding women in Bucks County.

 

In 1997, after 37 years of public service, the Commissioners Committee of Business and Community Leaders, which reviewed County agencies praised

her for being innovative and entrepreneurial and putting the interests of

people before the bureaucracy.

 

Peggy retired from county government and continued being a human

services advocate and entrepreneur. She became a free-lance columnist

and wrote the column “The Aging Connection” for the Intelligencer and

for the past ten years for the Bucks County Herald. During that time,

she began with local restaurants a “Y-Dine-Alone” club.

 

A peer teacher at the Delaware Valley College for Learning in Retirement,

she offered courses in Eastern Religions and became interested in Buddhism

as a way of life. This was followed by creating “Socrates Cafes” for the purpose

of developing the philosophy, “The unexamined life is not worth living” and fostering dialog to encourage listening and acceptance of others.

 

The ”love” of Peggy’s life was her family and friends. Mom-Mom Peg leaves

her grandchildren: Matthew, Brian, Kelly, Gregory and great-grandchildren: Sienna, Zane, Jack, Maya, as well as her son, Kevin and his wife, Diane. Peggy

is also survived by her friend and long time companion, Dan Maloney. She was preceded in death by son: Michael.

 

Peggy enjoyed every minute of her day’s work. She personally believed and

is a living example that as one grows older, one must seize each day as an opportunity, take charge of one’s life, create your own proud history of

women of distinction in Bucks County.

 

Relatives and friends are invited to her viewing from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Friday, May 24 at Reed and Steinbach Funeral Home, 2335 Lower State Road, Doylestown followed by her Funeral Mass 11 a.m. at Our Lady of Mount

Carmel Church, 235 East State Street, Doylestown. Interment will be private.

 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Peggy’s name may be made to: American Red Cross, 2221 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103.

 

Harry W. McKinstry

Harry W. McKinstry a lifelong resident of Doylestown died on Sunday,

May 19, 2013 at his home. He was 81 years old and the beloved husband

of Doris Hespell McKinstry.

Born in Doylestown, he was the son of the late Alvin G. and Helene DeWitt McKinstry.

Harry was a graduate of Doylestown High School and a Korean War Army Veteran.

He was a letter carrier for Doylestown Post Office for thirty-seven years. He played semi-professional basketball in Trenton, New Jersey and was a parishioner of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church.

Harry was an avid golfer and tennis player.

In addition to his wife, Harry was the loving father: Thomas S. McKinstry of Telford; Peter W. McKinstry of Doylestown and John C. McKinstry, husband

of Judith, of Doylestown, and loving grandfather of: Thomas S. McKinstry, Jr. and Michael S. McKinstry, both of Chicago, IL and Eric McKinstry and

Kelly Ann McKinstry, both of Doylestown. He was preceded in death by

his sister: Charlotte McKinstry Schoenkopf and his brother: Wallace D. McKinstry.

A private graveside service will be held at Whitemarsh Memorial Park, Prospectville.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Harry’s name may be made to: Doylestown Hospital, c/o Development Office, 595 West State Street,

Doylestown, PA 18901 for the benefit of The Heart Institute or the Hospice Program.

 

Catherine Doris Dowd


Catherine Doris Dowd of Doylestown passed away Friday, May 17, 2013.

She was 73.


Born in Philadelphia, she was the daughter of the late Gottlieb and Mary

Mayer Hettich, Philadelphia.


Catherine's life was dedicated to raising her six children.


She is survived by her loving husband of nearly 50 years, Dr. Gerard Thomas Dowd; six beautiful children including five daughters: Cathy Golder, wife of Timothy; Patti Casselli, wife of Anthony; Terry Kuypers, wife of Scott; Marybeth Horning, wife of Charles; Anne Becker, wife of Keith and one son, Gerard Anthony Dowd, husband of Lee Ann and 17 grandchildren with one on the way.


Relatives and friends are invited to her funeral Mass 11 a.m. Wednesday,

May 22, at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, 235 East State Street, Doylestown, PA 18901. Interment will follow Mass in St. Mary's Cemetery.


The family would prefer, in lieu of flowers, contributions be made in Catherine's

name to Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church at the above address.

 

William T. Bonacum
 
William Thomas “Bill” Bonacum of Doylestown, passed away peacefully on May 12, 2013 at Clare Bridge of Dublin.  He was 89.
  
Born in Astoria, Queens, New York, he was the son of the late William A. and Margaret (Haffey) Bonacum.  He graduated from William Cullen Bryant High School, Queens, New York.
 
Bill enlisted in the United States Navy in 1942 and served in both the Atlantic and Pacific theaters on the U.S.S. Arkansas.  He was honorably discharged in January 1946.  He re-enlisted for the  Korean War and served from April 1951 through January 1953 until his second honorable discharge.
 
He joined the New York City Police Department in June of 1953, after placing first in his class of 6,000 candidates.  During his 21 year career with the NYPD, Bill rose from Patrolman to the position of Assistant Chief Inspector – one of the top 20 positions in a force of over 30,000 uniformed officers.  His last two assignments within the police department were to lead the Narcotics and Traffic Divisions.  Some of his accomplishments in running the NYPD Narcotics Division were recognized by former NYPD Commissioner Patrick V. Murphy in his book, Commissioner, A View From The Top of American Law Enforcement
   
During his police career, Bill graduated suma cum laude from John Jay College with a B.S. in Criminal Justice.  He then received a Masters Degree in Public Administration, also from John Jay College.
 
Following his career with the NYPD, Bill worked for the State of New York as a Deputy Commissioner in the NY State Department of Criminal Justice Services.  He  moved to Virginia to become the Planning Commissioner for the Virginia State Police.  He returned to New York as an Inspector General for the New York State DOT.  This was followed by the appointment to Inspector General, Virginia Department of Juvenile Justice.   He retired in 2007.
 
Bill raised his family on Long Island, New York where he enjoyed spending time with them on or around the water.  Common family activities were fishing, sailing or going to Jones Beach for a day of swimming.
 
He is survived by his children: Joan Most of Clifton, NJ;  Linda (John Toner) of Ocala, FL;  Ernest Bonacum (Cheryl) of Concord, CA;  Diane Pearson of Honey Brook, PA and Peter Bonacum (Holly) of Buckingham.  He is also survived by one step-daughter, Gretchen Beckhorn of Dobbs Ferry, NY and by four grandchildren, David Most of Massachusetts, Karen Most of New Jersey, Christopher Sparke of New York and Kristin Bonacum of Buckingham, as well as his brother, James Bonacum of Oneonta, NY.  Also surviving is his former spouse, Mary Hart of Hawthorne, NJ. He was preceded in death by his wife of 24 years, Rosemarie (Beckhorn) Bonacum of Midlothian, VA and by his daughter, Patricia (Bonacum) Gibson of Peoria, IL.
 
Bill was laid to rest in Washington Crossing National Cemetery, Newtown.
 
A true gentleman to the very end.
 

 

Ronald R. Sisca

Ronald R. Sisca of Doylestown, died Sunday, May 12, 2013. He was 71.

Ron was the husband of Rebecca A. Sisca. Born in Norristown, Pa., he was

the son of Gabriel Anthony and Italia Marianna Marsella Sisca.

Ron graduated from Norristown High School, class of 1959 and Villanova University with a Bachelor's degree in Biology/Chemistry and was pre-med,

class of 1963. At Villanova, he participated in The Villanova Singers, Lambda Kappa Delta Fraternity and sang with The Coventry Lads (a folk group with Jim Croce).

Captain Sisca was a highly experienced and professional military and civilian aviator who began his Naval aviation career at NAS Pensacola, Fla. in 1964 as an Aviation Officer Candidate, proceeding to Pre-flight, basic flight training and later to advanced flight training at NAS Corpus Christi, Texas, gaining his Naval Aviator wings in 1966. He then was assigned to a USAF transport squadron at McGuire AFB, flying C-130 aircraft worldwide until that joint UASF/USN unit was disbanded. He was later assigned as a pilot in an electronics communication squadron at NAS Patuxent, Md., until his release from active duty.

Once entering the civilian airline community, Ron was a pilot with Eastern Airlines, KIWI Airlines, Zaas Airlines, and later retiring from Northwest Airlines as a Captain. Coincidental with his airline career, Ron remained in the Navy's weekend reserve component as a transport aircraft commander based at NAS Willow Grove, until his retirement from the Navy with the rank of Captain. During his reserve years, he made several transport missions to and from Vietnam.

Ron's love for Bucks County and his 170-year-old farmhouse led him into a local real estate venture with Weichert Realtors (1987-2007) and Keller Williams Real Estate (2009-2013).

Ron's passions included multiple roles in productions at The Town and Country Players Theater, a cantor at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, singing with The Country Gentlemen and various other choral groups.

He enjoyed traveling the world, gourmet dining with his wife, playing with his grandchildren, gardening, photography, music, and spending time with loved ones.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his children: Kristen and her

husband, John Abboud of San Diego, Calif.; Scott and his wife, Kimberly

Sisca of Doylestown, and Stephanie and her husband, Jason Pojar of Boston,

Mass.; as well as his five grandchildren, Simon, Jamison, Josslyn Abboud and Brianna and Mariel Sisca. Ron is also survived by his brother, Girard and his wife, Wila Sisca of Collegeville, Pa.; sister, Valerie and her husband, Bob DiRenzo of Collegeville, Pa., and sister, Stephanie and her husband, Jerry Krause of Golden, Colo. Sister, Gabrielle Beres, is by Ron's side in heaven.

Relatives and friends are invited to Ron's Funeral Mass, 11:30 a.m., Friday,

May 17, in Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, 235 East State Street, Doylestown, where the family will receive guests from 10:30 a.m., until the

time of Mass. A visitation will also be held from 7 to 9 p.m., Thursday,

May 16th at Reed and Steinbach Funeral Home, 2335 Lower State Road, Doylestown. Interment will follow Mass at 2 p.m. in Washington Crossing National Cemetery, 830 Highland Road, Newtown.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Ron's memory may be made to: The Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network (BCAN), 4915 St. Elmo Avenue, Suite 202 Bethesda, MD 20814. (Please include your contact information with all donations.)

 

Elizabeth J. Shaeffer

Elizabeth J. Shaeffer, of Doylestown, died Friday, May 3, 2013. She was 84

and the wife of the late Lawrence F. Shaeffer, who passed away on

September 16, 2003.

Born in Oriental, PA, she was the daughter of the late Frank Benjamin

and Callie Cope Strawser. She graduated from Frankfort High School in Philadelphia when she was 16. She worked on the ENIAC computer at the University of Pennsylvania, then became an Executive Secretary until

she was married and moved to Warrington. After 9 years the family

moved to Doylestown.

She was a parishioner of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Doylestown

where she was active in The Ladies of Mount Carmel and the bowling league. Elizabeth worked as a Real Estate Agent for Prudential Fox in Doylestown for

over ten years.

She was an avid gardener and bridge player. She liked to shop and buy

presents for those she loved.

Elizabeth is survived by her sons: William Shaeffer, husband of Denise, of Quakertown, Lawrence Shaeffer, Jr., husband of Mei Ling Ng, of Philadelphia, Frank Shaeffer, husband of Jen Brader, of Perkasie; her daughters: Elizabeth Shaeffer, of Arlington, VA, Joan Steinberg, wife of Mark, of Bethlehem, Nancy Jakuboski, of Point Pleasant, Carol Gordon, of New York, NY; her 10 grandchildren: Danielle, Adrienne, Sierra, Emma, Alex, Andrew, Elizabeth, Daniel, Clarissa and Sarah, as well as her brothers: Jim, Don, Leonard, Wayne, Richard and her sisters: Violet Stailey, Doris Happ and Kay Strawser. Elizabeth was preceded in death by a brother, Charles and a sister, Lillian Herren.

Relatives and friends are invited to her Funeral Mass 10 am Friday, May 10, 2013, at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, 235 East State St., Doylestown. Interment will follow Mass in St. John Neumann Cemetery, Chalfont. A viewing will also be held Thursday evening from 7 to 9 pm at Reed and Steinbach Funeral Home, 2335 Lower State Road., Doylestown. There will be no viewing Friday morning.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Catholic Charities at www.catholiccharitiesusa.org or call 1-800-919-9338.

 

Jane B. Solly

 

Jane B. Solly, a longtime resident of Furlong, died Wednesday, May 1, 2013

at Doylestown Hospital. She was 90.

Born in Philadelphia, she was the daughter of the late Harry and Edna

Sergeson Behr.

Jane enjoyed gardening and listening to music and was an avid reader

and bird watcher. She was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Doylestown for over 45 years.

Survivors include her sons: Richard P. Solly (Anne), James S. Solly, (wife

Mary), all of Doylestown; two grandchildren: Christopher and Andrea and

two step-grandchildren: Carly and Emily. Jane was preceded in death by her sister: Edna S. Rodgerson.

Relatives and friends are invited to her memorial service 7 p.m., Tuesday,

May 7, 2013, at Reed and Steinbach Funeral Home, 2335 Lower State Road, Doylestown, where the public may pay their respects from 6:30 to 7 p.m.,

prior to the service. Interment will be private.

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

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 6931 Arlington Road, Suite 200, Bethesda,

Maryland 20814.

 

Robert A. Nagg

Robert Alexander Nagg of Solebury Township died Thursday, April 25, 2013

at his home surrounded by his loving family and friends. He was 17.

Born in Doylestown, he was the son of Dennis and Nan Bell Nagg.

Robert's childhood was spent in Lombard , Ill. There his skill at running at Parkview Elementary School culminated with a third place finish at the Illinois Prairie State Games. He represented his school at the Illinois Young Author's Convention with his true story. "How I Got My Dog."

A talented skateboarder, his skate park photograph "Flying High" circulated the state as a semi-finalist with the Illinois PTA Reflections Program for the arts.

Early on, he stated, "I like school, but it makes me so hungry." Above-all, he loved his shady backyard along the Great Western Trail best – climbing trees, digging for dinosaur bones and building forts with his brother and best friends.

As a youth, Robert entered the New Hope-Solebury school district, where as a talented soccer player on the varsity bench, he along with his team captured

the PIAA Boys "A" State Soccer Championship two years in a row.

His favorite Boy Scout experience was training for and completing a two week back packing expedition to Philmont in New Mexico .

Despite the diagnosis of a malignant brain tumor in the spring of his ninth grade year, Robert continued to be an honor student, receiving a " Superior " rating on his "Firefighting" Field Journal, a component of his Senior Culminating Project.

An avid fan of the European soccer club, FC Barcelona, Robert's dream came true thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, when he saw these superstar athletes play in their home stadium in Barcelona , Spain . Despite faltering physical ability, Robert got his best report card ever before departing for Seville, Spain as an exchange student recently, culminating his growing enthusiasm for the language and culture.

Shortly before his death, Robert commented while on a wheelchair stroll, "I've been doing a lot of neat things lately," including seeing his little brother play baseball, going to the Philadelphia Zoo with his best friend's family and joining his sister's Girl Scout troop on an excursion to Lake Wallenpaupack.

He made it clear to his parents that his most important weekly routine was attending the New Hope Community Church youth group study, where he recently shared, "I cannot imagine how people can go through suffering without God."

Robert's bright smile in the face of adversity will be sorely missed.

In addition to his parents, Robert is survived by his brother, Aaron; his sister, Laura; and brother, Davis; and by his adoring grandparents, John and Marjorie Bell and James and Marilyn Nagg.

a memorial service for Robert will be held at 4 p.m. on Saturday, May4, 2013 at First Baptist Church, 311 West State Street,  Doylestown, with a visitation from  2:30 until the time of the service (at church). The interment will be private.


In lieu of flowers, you may make donations in Robert’s memory to:  The Children’s Ministry at "The Helping Hand Mission," c/o First Baptist  Church

at the address above, or to:  New Hope-Solebury Community Association,

P.O. Box 62, New Hope, PA 18938 for the purpose of building a new multi-purpose stadium at the New Hope-Solebury High School.

Irma A. Nehoda

 

Irma A. Nehoda, lifetime resident of Bucks County, died peacefully on

Thursday, April 25, 2013 at her home in New Britain Township.

She was 91 years old.

 

Born in Plumsteadville, one of three children, she was the daughter of

Ruth Wismer. She was preceded in death by her husband of sixty years,

Harry Nehoda, and her sister, Marjorie Moyer.

 

Irma is survived by her brother, George Wismer, and her sister, Frieda.

She was the loving mother of Carol Robinson, Don Nehoda (Lois) and Betsy Rockafellow (George); grandmother of Amy, Joel, Jezik, Alyssa, and Ben and great-grandmother of Abbie.

 

She worked in the local Hosery Mill in Chalfont. She later became employed

at Peter Hellberg and Company Greenhouses where she remained a loyal employee for over 30 years as a Flower Grader. Her son, Don, continued those greenhouses as Chalfont Growers where she remained employed well into her retirement until it closed.

 

Irma was an accomplished equestrian in her youth taking long rides in the Nockamixon area. She was a gifted seamstress making clothes and quilts for family and friends. She was an avid gardener and loved her African Violets

and Orchids. She actively supported her children (and later, grandchildren) with their 4-H animal projects.

 

Relatives and friends are invited to attend her funeral service 11 a.m., Tuesday, April 30,2013 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 follow in St. Luke’s Union Cemetery, Dublin.

 

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

Peace Valley Nature Center, 170 North Chapman Road, Doylestown, PA 18901.

 

David R. Bell

 

David R. Bell, formerly of West Caldwell and Caldwell, NJ, passed away

April 23, 2013 at the Briarleaf Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in

Doylestown. He was 83.

 

Born in New York, he was the son of the late Francis and Mabel Bell.

He is also the brother of the late Francis Bell.

 

David will be greatly missed by his loving wife of 51 years, Elizabeth "Chip" Bell, his beloved son, Dr. John D Bell and his wife Joanne L Bell of Bedminste and four grandchildren, Justin, Jessica, Jason and Jillian Csaszar, also of Bedminster.

 

David grew up in the Caldwell's, attending school there and then finished his education at the University of Alabama. He served his country honorably with the U.S. Marines during the Korean War.

 

David was a member of the West Caldwell police department, rising up the

ranks to acting Chief. While a Lieutenant, he graduated from the FBI National Academy 110th Session in Quantico, VA in 1977.

 

He retired from West Caldwell after serving 28 years and then became the

Chief of police in Deerfield, MA for the next 13 years. He attended both the NJ State Police and FBI Academys' forensic art courses, eventually doing

forensic art drawings for various MA communities as a composite artist. He retired from the Deerfield Police Dept in 1994. While in Deerfield he was a member and president of the South Deerfield Rotary Club and served as

president of the Western Massachusetts Chiefs of Police.

 

David was an amazing artist and enjoyed doing water color and oil paintings,

as well as wood carvings. Much of his free time was spent at Stratton Mountain, VT with his wife and family.

 

Relatives and friends are invited to his viewing Saturday, April 27, from

1 to 2 p.m. at Reed and Steinbach Funeral Home, 2335 Lower State Road, Doylestown, PA 18901. Burial will be private.

 

In lieu of flowers, donations in David's honor may be made to the Grace

Cottage Hospital, Townsend, 185 Grafton Road, Townshend, VT 05353

or Briarleaf Nursing and Rehabilitation Activities, 252 Belmont Avenue, Doylestown, PA 18901.

 

Richard E. Doran, V.D.M., M.S., Diplomat ACVS

 

Richard E. Doran of Kintnersville lost his battle with ALS on Saturday,

April 20, 2013 at home. He was 59 and the husband for nine years of

Cheryl S. Doran.

 

Born in New Brunswick, New Jersey, he was the son of Richard and Anastasia Louth Doran.

 

Rick was a graduate of University of Delaware and Cornell University

College of Veterinary Medicine. He did his internship and residency at

University of Georgia.

 

 

Dr. Doran was president of the New Jersey Association of Equine Practitioners

from 1992 to 1993, veterinarian of the year in 1996 and was a premier

equine surgeon at Mid Atlantic Equine Medical Center in Ringoes, New Jersey

for over 25 years.

 

Rick was well known, respected and loved throughout the horse community.

 

He was a big fan of the New York Giants (“go Gmen) and the New York Yankees. As a frustrated golfer, he played the sport with passion, just as he lived his life. It’s not the length of life, but the depth of life.

 

In addition to his wife and parents, Rick is survived by his son, Nicholas Doran and his daughters, Caitlin Doran and Leah Doran.

 

Relatives and friends are invited to his memorial service 10 a.m., Saturday, April 27, 2013 at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 4000 Route 202, Doylestown.

 

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

ALS Hope Foundation, P. O. Box 40777, Philadelphia, PA 19107 or to:

Chipping In For ALS, 125 School Drive, Kintnersville, PA 18930.

 

 

Minnie H. Smith

Minnie Hennigson Smith, of Doylestown passed away surrounded by her loving family on April19. She was 96. Minnie was the beloved wife for 51 years of the late William J. Smith, who passed in 1993.


Born in Bay Shore, Long Island, New York, she was the daughter of the late Eugene and Anna Hennigson.


In her earlier years she attended Goucher College and Katherine Gibbs School and was employed in the executive office of Bristol Myers in Manhattan. Minnie lived in Merrick, Sag Harbor, Manorville, and Massapequa, NY, where her children were raised.


Minnie moved to Doylestown twelve years ago to be near her family.


She was an avid swimmer, bridge and scrabble player and accomplished piano player. She belonged to the Ladies League at Twin Woods Golf Club. Minnie was loved by all of her friends and known for her gregarious nature and keen sense of humor. She truly lived her Catholic faith.

Minnie was the mother of eight children. Affectionately known as “Memo” by her children and “Min” by her close friends.


Her family will dearly miss her energy, positive attitude and deep spiritual beliefs.


She is survived by her children: Eugene and Barbara Smith of Doylestown; Randolph and Therese Smith of Newburgh, NY; Brian and Phyllis Smith of Danbury, Ct; Anthony and Donna Smith of Morristown, NJ; Cindy and John Succoso of Massapequa, NY and Melissa Smith of Doylestown. Also surviving are 16 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. Minnie was preceded in death by sons, Christopher Smith and William Smith, Jr.

There will be a memorial service for Minnie 10 a.m., Friday, April 26 at St. Rose of Lima Church, 2 Bayview Avenue, Massapequa, NY.


In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Minnie’s name may be made to: Hope House Ministries, P.O. Box 358, Port Jefferson, NY 11777 (www.hhm.org)

 

Eugene R. Broschart

Eugene R. Broschart of Norristown, died Monday, April 15, 2013 at Einstein Medical Center in East Norriton. He was 76.


Relatives and friends are invited to Eugene’s graveside service 11 a.m., Saturday, May 4, 2013 at Doylestown Cemetery, 215 East Court Street, Doylestown.


Katherine M. Graham

Katherine Meredith Graham passed away Thursday, April 18, 2013, very peacefully, in the comfort of her parents, and in the house in which she was raised. She was 36.


Kate was born to C. Rogers and Diane Graham in Doylestown. She graduated from Coastal Carolina University with a Bachelor of Science in Biology, and attended graduate school at University of South Carolina and Coastal Carolina University.


Kate worked in Carr's quality control lab in Columbia, S.C., at Walter Reed

where she published a scientific paper on the genetics of the Adenovirus and

as a professor and camp teacher at Coastal Carolina University.


In 2008, she decided to dedicate her life to her family and became a full time mother to her three beautiful children. She was an active and beloved member

of the New Spring Church where she worshiped and also taught children at KidSpring Sunday School. Kate loved music and was passionate about

Widespread Panic. She had an everlasting love for the environment and for

her family.


Kate is survived by her parents, caretakers and best friends, C. Rogers Graham and Diane Graham of Doylestown; her grandmother, Josephine Maniscalco of Dunedin, Fla.; her brother, C. "Roddy" Graham of Murrells Inlet, S.C.; and her three children, Lyric Graham, Charlie Watts and River Watts of South Carolina. Kate also is survived by her aunts and uncles, Gina Maniscalco, Judith Evans, Janice Whitlow (Junior), and Ronald Maniscalco (Cathleen). Kate's cousins include Mary, Christy, Will, Brent and RJ.


Messages and cards of condolence should be sent to 1108 Sweetwater Blvd., Murrells Inlet, SC 28576.


Funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to University of South Carolina's Environment & Sustainability Program, www.environ.sc.edu.

 

Melva Beecher

Melva Beecher, a lifelong resident of New Britain, died peacefully, Thursday, April 18, 2013 at Pine Run - Lakeview. She was 93. Melva was the wife of the

late Robert H. Beecher who died in 1998.

Born in Plumstead Township, she was the daughter of the late Alfred and Clara Atkinson Shaddinger.

Melva was a graduate of Doylestown High School, class of 1938 and Lansdale School of Business. She was a homemaker for most of her years, however, she

had worked as a secretary at Pine Run Elementary School, New Britain. Melva was a longtime member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Doylestown.

Mrs. Beecher enjoyed playing pinocle with “her card club friends” and was an avid bird watcher.

Melva will be remembered as a loving and devoted mother and grandmother

and for her love of flowers, gardening and the joy she had spending summers

at the Jersey shore. She cherished spending time with her family.

Melva is survived by her two daughters: Beverly A. Neidert (Bernie) of Blooming Glen and Diane E. Drumm of Endicott, NY as well as her four grandchildren “who thought the world of her”:
Jeffrey (Heather), Jennifer, Jeremy and Justin. She was predeceased by her seven siblings.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend Melva’s funeral service, 11 a.m., Monday, April 22, 2012 at Reed and Steinbach Funeral Home, 2335 Lower

State Road, Doylestown, where guests will be received 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 Melva’s name may be made to: Peace Valley Nature Center, 170 North Chapman Road, Doylestown, PA 18901.

Robert L. Werner

Robert L. Werner of Doylestown, died Tuesday, April 16, 2013 at Wesley Enhanced Living. He was 83 and the husband of Alice Angeny Werner.

Born in Abington, he was the son of the late Royden and Grace Campbell Werner.

In his younger years, Robert farmed with this father and also worked as a clerk at the former A & P in Doylestown. He recently retired from Central Bucks School District with over 40 years of service as a school bus driver.

Robert loved to work in the yard and enjoyed fishing and woodworking.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his sons: Robert L. Werner, Jr., husband of, Kathryn, of Quakertown and Barry Werner, husband of, Kim, of Bedminster; as well as his grandchildren: Robert, Nicole, Samantha, Ashley and Brittany. Also surviving are his two sisters: Edith Fluck, wife of, Chester and Evelyn Angeny, wife of, David and a sister-in-law, Billie Shaw, all of Doylestown.

Relatives and friends are invited to Robert’s funeral service, 11 a..m., Tuesday, April 23, 2013 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 Beulah Cemetery, New Britain.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Robert’s name may be made to: Salem United Church of Christ, 186 East Court Street, Doylestown, PA 18901.

Boyd A. Murphy


Boyd A. Murphy, of Allentown, formerly of Doylestown, died Monday,

April 15, 2013 at his residence. He was 57.


Born in Altoona, Pa., he was the son of Stanley K. Murphy and the late

M. Naomi Gority Murphy.


Boyd grew up in Doylestown and graduated from Central Bucks East High

School in 1974. He had lived in Allentown the last 18 years.


Boyd was employed as a clerk with the Liquor Control Board at many liquor

stores in the Central Bucks area, most recently in Quakertown.


In his free time, he enjoyed bowling and attending Iron Pigs Baseball games.


In addition to his father, Boyd is survived by his sisters, Suzanne Gority, of Perkasie, and Miriam Black, of Lancaster; his brother, William Murphy,

husband of Jeannine, of East Greenville; many nieces and nephews; and his significant other of over 18 years, Janice Nast.


Relatives and friends are invited to his viewing 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.,

Friday, April 19, at Reed and Steinbach Funeral Home, 2335 Lower State

Road., Doylestown and to his graveside service and interment, officiated by

Rev. Bill Rex, in Doylestown Cemetery, immediately following the viewing.

Robert K. Cosner

Robert K. Cosner, a lifelong resident of Doylestown, died on Monday, April 8, 2013 at Doylestown Hospital. He was 83. Bob was the husband of the late Elizabeth S. Cosner who died in 2005.

Born in Doylestown, he was the son of the late S. Raymond and Grace Mitchell Cosner.

Bob was a graduate of Doylestown High School, class of 1947. He was a lineman for PECO for over forty years and a member of the Newtown Lodge Number 427 Pennsylvania Freemasons.

Mr. Cosner enjoyed spending time with his family and grandchildren and attending their sporting events.

Surviving are his children: sons, Robert R. Cosner, husband of Ann, of Buckingham and Richard B. Cosner, of Bethlehem and daughters: Joyce Gerstemeier, wife of Charles, of Ottsville and Denise M. Ackley, wife of Robert,

of Chalfont, as well as six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Also surviving are his sisters: Jean Buehrer and her husband, Otto, of Doylestown

and Elizabeth Price of Doylestown.

Relatives and friends are invited are invited to Bob’s memorial service 2 p.m., Friday, April 12 at Reed and Steinbach Funeral Home, 2335 Lower State Road, Doylestown, where the family will receive guests from 1 p.m., until the time of the service. Internment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Bob’s name may be made to: American Cancer Society, 480 Norristown Road - Suite 150, Blue Bell, PA

19422-2329.

 

David Frederick Presti


David Frederick Presti of Doylestown passed away unexpectedly Saturday,

April 6, 2013, in Doylestown. He was 55.


He was the beloved husband of Nancy (Hall) Presti, and they would have celebrated 20 years of marriage later this year.


David and Nancy shared an extraordinary and loving relationship that

grew in strength every day. They were each other's true companion.

Together they faced difficult health challenges and through it all David

would maintain a positive attitude. David was a master of the power of

positive thinking. He was optimistic always, and he would provide energy

to everyone when he walked into a room. With David, it wasn't hard to

believe that things would truly turn out alright; and because of him,

they did.


His children were his life. They filled him with wonder and joy. David was

very proud of the young man Sam had become, and of his academic and

sports accomplishments, most recently with his outstanding grades and wrestling skills. He adored his daughter, Abigail, and the compassion and thoughtfulness she showed to others, and he was overjoyed with her academic achievements, singing, dancing, acting and piano performances.


In all aspects of his life, David was a most generous and giving person who

would do anything for his family and friends. He loved and helped everyone;

he was generous with his time, his skills and resources; he was a selfless, born leader. David was a major supporter of Relay for Life and was a keynote speaker at its events; his children set new records raising funds for the organization.

He was a remarkable and loving husband, father, son, brother, uncle and

friend. David was the spiritual leader of his entire family; he would organize annual remembrances of his father by shepherding a ceremony on the anniversary of his passing; he would prepare meals and host parties to

celebrate and remember family milestones. He saw only the best in everything and everyone around him. He was the first to cheer success and the first to provide a shoulder in times of need. And he took great pride in sharing stories

of his friends' and his family's accomplishments. He was genuine in his passion

to be connected to friends and family and to be actively engaged in their lives.
David loved music so much that he would promote concerts and help aspiring young musicians with their careers. He frequented concerts and events and was always looking for the next fun event to experience with his friends and family. He loved good wine. It was a joy to David to host a party to watch football or play Pinochle. In the theater of life, David had a front row, center seat and he never missed an act.


David Presti was a good man, a man whose special grace and the many gifts

that he gave to his friends and his family will remain in their memory forever.
Born in 1958, in Baltimore, Md., he was the son of Maysie Presti and the late Frederick Joseph Presti. He graduated from Central Bucks West High School in Doylestown. He was president of the American Field Service Club and lived in Venezuela as a foreign exchange student.


At Elizabethtown College, he was president of both the student body and the activities planning board, and was involved in other student organizations. David pursued graduate studies and earned a Master's of Science at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. He next took a position at New York University, where he helped to oversee the university's significant expansion of on-campus housing throughout Manhattan. He was next appointed director of Graduate Housing. While at NYU, David also was enrolled in doctoral and post-graduate studies at Columbia University.


David joined other family members in ventures ranging from managing the County Theater, to manufacturing, to high-technology software consultancy.

As the president of PARIS Technologies International, Inc., David was instrumental in the launch of software products with truly international

reach. He traveled on overseas trade missions with two successive Pennsylvania governors, and was among a small audience invited to the White House for an important export-promotion speech given by President Obama. He supported his company's mission through the full extent of his efforts, and with great expertise in all aspects of the business, in sales, marketing, training and technological innovation. He cared deeply about every person's success. Although at the highest level of the company's administration, he was a true team player,

both a leader to and colleague of all who worked with him.


He is survived by his best friend and beloved wife, Nancy Hall Presti; his pride and joy, children, Samuel and Abigail Presti; his mother, Maysie Presti and her husband, George Corrieri; his mother-in-law, Esther Hall; his siblings, 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, MaryAnn Battipaglia, Thomas and Lisa Hall; his beloved nieces and nephews, Shannon, Jessica and Anxo, Benjamin and Amy, Jonathan and Jennifer, Christa and Douglas, Robert and Sarah, Matthew, John, Alexis, Alexander, Annalise, Tia, Dante, Chiara, Gianna, Matthew, Christen and Jeffrey, Kathryn and Thomas; grandnephews, Xaquin, Caetano and William. He was preceded in death by his beloved father, Frederick Presti, his beloved father-in-law, Edwin Hall, his beloved brother-in-law, Joseph Battipaglia; and his beloved niece, Marissa Robinson.


Relatives and friends are invited to attend his viewings from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, April 11, at Reed and Steinbach Funeral Home, 2335 Lower State Road, Doylestown, and again from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Friday, April 12, at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 301 N. Main St., Doylestown, where services will begin at 10:30 a.m. Interment will follow in Doylestown Cemetery, Doylestown.


In lieu of flowers, contributions in David's name for Samuel and Abigail Presti's college fund, may be made payable to "Charles Schwab FBO The Presti Family Trust", c/o Strategic Wealth Management Group, LLC , 7300 Grace Drive, Columbia, MD 21044.

Louise Krebs

Louise Krebs of Warrington died Monday, April 1, 2013. She was 101 and

the wife of the late Arnold Krebs.

Born in Germany she was the daughter of the late Heinrich and Anna

Sol-Gebelein.

Louise lived most of her life in Huntingdon Valley and Newtown.

Surviving is her son, Ronald Krebs, and her grandchildren: Matthew

Parson, Victoria Parson Smith; Meredith Krebs Smalley; Brendan,

Ryan and Constance Krebs, as well as nine great-grandchildren. She

was

preceded in death by: her son, Arnold Krebs and her daughter, Linda

Krebs-Parson.

A private memorial service will be held.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Louise’s name may be

made to: One Simple Wish, Att: OSW BE, 1977 North Olden Avenue,

No. 292, Trenton, New Jersey 08618 (www.onesimplewish.org)

 

Crispin William “Bill” Althouse

Crispin William Althouse, a longtime resident of Doylestown died on

Thursday, March 28, 2013 at his home. He was 65 years old.

Born in Doylestown, he was the son of the late Crispin and Esther Landes Althouse.

Bill was a pressman for most of his life, most recently having worked in

the shipping department at Penn Engineering in Danboro, prior to his

retirement in 2006.

Mr. Althouse had been a member of a local citizen band club in the mid

‘70's. He enjoyed vacationing on LBI in New Jersey, growing vegetables

and flowers and spending time with his pets and his beloved dogs, Sunny

and Sarah.

Bill is survived by his daughters: Rebecca Althouse-Malizia; Trisha

Althouse; Jennifer Althouse and Felicia Althouse. Also surviving are

his grandchildren: Jake Williams and Rosalynn Malizier, as well as

his sister, Barbara Althouse and his former wife, Sharon Kasak.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Tara Althouse.

Relatives and friends are invited to Bill’s funeral service, 11 a.m.,

Wednesday, April 3 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 follow in Mechanicsville Cemetery.

John J. Ford

John Joseph Ford of Spring Hill, Fla., formerly of Philadelphia, died

suddenly and went with his Lord on Thursday, March 28, 2013.

He was 72 years young.

John was the husband of Geraldine McNeill Ford, with whom he would

have celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in September.

John served in the Marine Corps and was a Philadelphia Police officer

for 22 years.

He moved to Spring Hill in 2003 to enjoy his retirement and his favorite

past time, golf.

John was a loving and compassionate husband, father and Pop Pop. He

was a loyal friend and steadfast companion.

He was devoted to his Catholic faith, especially to Mary and the Rosary.

John was selfless, giving and kind. His warm hospitality and sense of

humor will be missed and will forever be remembered by those who

loved him.

In addition to his wife, Jerrie, John is survived by his 'girls,' Kelly Ford

and Kimberly Robinson, wife of Thomas, and his beloved grandchildren,

Lauren Marrone, Thomas Robinson and Katherine Nair; as well as many

other relatives, friends and golf buddies.  He was preceded in death by his granddaughter, Lindsey Robinson.

John's Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Friday,

April 5 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, 5175 Cold Spring Creamery

Road, Doylestown, where friends may call from 10 a.m. until the time

of Mass. Interment will follow Mass in St. John Neumann Cemetery,

Chalfont. There will also be a viewing from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday,

April 4 at Reed and Steinbach Funeral Home, 2335 Lower State Road, Doylestown.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Lindsey Robinson Memorial Scholarship Fund c/o PNC Bank, P.O. Box 446, Buckingham, PA 18912.

 

Dennis Romano Honeyman

Dennis Romano Honeyman of Royersford, Pa., formerly of Doylestown, died Wednesday, March 27, 2013. He was 41.

Born in Passaic, N.J., he was the son of Marlene Romano Honeyman and Robert W. Honeyman of Doylestown.

Dennis graduated from Central Bucks West High School, Class of 1990, and Kutztown University with a Bachelor of Arts in Marketing. He received his Master's in Education from American Intercontinental University.

Mr. Honeyman was Dean of Students at Katherine Gibbs College in Piscataway, registrar at South University in Savannah, Ga., and admissions representative at ITT Technical Institute in King of Prussia, Pa.

Dennis was founder of Honeyglo Studios in Royersford. His interests included acting, photography, American cinema and literature, and comedy.

In addition to his parents, Dennis is survived by his brother, Thomas Honeyman, a sister, Danielle Honeyman Kovach; his grandmother, Lena Mirabile Romano; his fiancé, Gloria Gadsby, and her children, Nicholas and Julia.

A time of remembrance will be celebrated 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 2, at Reed and Steinbach Funeral Home, 2335 Lower State Road, Doylestown.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Dennis's name may be made to the Julia and Nicholas Gadsby Education Fund, c/o Wells Fargo Bank, 115 West Court St., Doylestown, PA 18901.

 

Melvin James Strickland, Jr.

Melvin James Strickland Jr. of Doylestown died Thursday, March 21, 2013,

at Doylestown Hospital. He was 71.


He was the husband of Elizabeth (O'Donnell) Strickland.


Born in Philadelphia, he was the son of the late Melvin James Strickland Sr.

and Clara Virginia Smith Strickland.


James lived most of his life in Doylestown.


Mr. Strickland attended Glenside Weldon Elementary School, Abington High School, William Tennent High School, and Muhlenberg College, graduating in 1963 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology.


He joined the Army National Guard of Pennsylvania, and served as sergeant

of the 108th Artillery Unit from 1963 to 1969.


James began working in 1966 as a juvenile probation officer for Bucks County Juvenile Court, and retired as a well respected officer in 2005. In his 39 years as a probation officer, Jim dedicated his career to impacting and helping thousands of children become positive citizens of society.


Mr. Strickland was a star football player at William Tennent High School.
He was on the Board of Trustees for the Pennsylvania Social Services Union. In 1986, he was recognized with two letters of commendation for performing his duties in the Juvenile Probation Office in a very effective and competent manner, one from the Bucks County Board of County Commissioners, and the other from the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.


James enjoyed fishing, fishing, and more fishing in the Outer Banks, North

Carolina, Jersey shore and the past 20 years surf fishing at Island Beach State Park, New Jersey. He loved baseball at all levels, was a history buff, followed politics closely, and was an avid reader.


In addition to his wife, Jim is survived by his two daughters, Karen Strickland Toth, wife of Daniel, of Melrose, N.Y., and Jennifer Strickland of Quakertown

and a grandson, Danny Toth.


Relatives and friends are invited to Jim's funeral service 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 27, at Reed and Steinbach Funeral Home, 2335 Lower State Road, Doylestown, where they may pay their respects from 9:30 to 11 a.m.

Interment will follow in Doylestown Cemetery.


In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Jim's name may be made to:

Visiting Nurse Home Care Department of Doylestown Hospital, 875 North

Easton Road, Doylestown, PA 18902.

Margaret Goldfield

Margaret “Peggy” Goldfield a lifelong resident of Bucks County died on Tuesday, March 19, 2013, surrounded by her loving family. She was 71. Peggy was the loving wife for 47 years of the late Lawrence Goldfield who passed in 2008.

Born in Doylestown, she was the daughter of the late Roy and Ellen Cheeseman Johnson.

Peggy was a graduate of Central Bucks High School, receiving her B.A. from Albright College and her M.A. from Trenton State College.

A well respected teacher and mentor to countless students, Peggy taught English at Council Rock High School for nearly thirty years.

Peggy is survived by her two children: daughter, Linda Goldfield, wife of

Joseph Portner and son, Stephen Goldfield, his wife, Tina. She was the

adoring grandmother of Andrew and Jack.  Also surviving are her sister, Marilyn Graff and her husband, Bob Graff.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend Peggy’s graveside service, 11 a.m., Saturday, March 23, 2013 at Doylestown Cemetery, 215 East Court Street, Doylestown, immediately followed by a celebration of Peggy’s life at Aldie Mansion, 85 Old Dublin Pike, Doylestown.

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

ALS Association, 321 Norristown Road, Suite 260, Ambler, PA 19002 or Doylestown Hospital, c/o Development Office, 595 West State Street,

Doylestown, PA 18901.

Margaret W. Lampman


Margaret W. Lampman of Newtown died on Thursday, March 14, 2013 at Pennswood Village. She was 85. Marge was the husband of Russell A. Lampman.


Born in Philadelphia, she was the daughter of the late Frederick and Magdelena “Lena” Wiesner.


Marge lived most of her life in Yardley and Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.


She was a graduate of Dobbins Vocational School. She worked for Weiler Advertising Agency as a graphic artist.


Marge was an artist, painter, quilter, dedicated volunteer for her church, Morrisville Presbyterian Church and First Presbyterian Church of Hilton Head Island, as well as the Yardley library. She loved clouds, flowers, hugs, gardening, travel, family and her friends.


In addition to her husband of 62 years, Russell, she is survived by her son: Jeffrey Lampman (Mary Lampman) and her daughter: Lynn Lampman

(Lynne Major), as well as her grandsons: Russell, Zachary and Michael.


Relatives and friends are invited to her memorial service 2 p.m., Tuesday, March 19 at Penn Hall, Pennswood Village, 1382 Newtown-Langhorne Road, Newtown, Pa.


Interment will be private at First Presbyterian Church, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.

In lieu of flowers, donations is Margaret's name may be made to:  ArtWell,

3723 Chestnut St., Philadelphia, PA 19104 or www.theartwell.org.


Jacqualin L. Giles

Jacqualin L. Giles (Martin) of Doylestown passed away peacefully on

March 14, 2013 after many years of suffering with Alzheimer’s Disease.

She would have celebrated her 80th birthday later this year.


She was the loving wife for nearly 59 years of Robert F. Giles, who with compassion and love took care of Jackie until she was no longer safe at

home at which point she went into care at Neshaminy Manor.


Jackie and Bob lived many years in the Green Valley section of Langhorne, Middletown Township. There they were the consummate entertainers with lavish cocktail and dinner parties for the “Sandmeyer Clan” and various

friends.   Jackie’s passion for cooking began with Julia Child’s PBS series, The French Chef and soon after studied with chefs in France and Italy, becoming a gourmet chef. She opened her cooking school (25 years before The Food Network) in her Langhorne home and thus began her legacy of fine dining and a love for everything French.


Jackie and Bob moved to Lahaska and opened Jacqualin et Cie, a French

country store and continued the cooking school. There the business expanded

to include catering and tours to France with daughter, Christine Hutkin.

Food, wine and family were Jackie’s loves and she shared her love and legacy

of fine cuisine with her children and their families: Jim and Sandy Giles of Wycombe; Jerry and Peg Giles of Yardley and Chris and Michael Hutkin of Buckingham.


Jackie is also survived by her grandchildren: Lindsey Arsenault; Ian Giles, Corey, Jaime and Dakotah Hutkin; Joshua and Michael Giles; Jessie Swal and Frank Greenfield, as well as several great-grandchildren.


The family wishes to thank everyone at Neshaminy Manor and Caring

Hospice for their love, compassion and care while Jackie was suffering the

end stages of Alzheimer’s Disease.


Family and friends are invited to Jackie’s memorial service, 10:30 a.m., Saturday, March 23rd at Reed and Steinbach Funeral Home, 2335 Lower

State Rd, Doylestown, where th family will receive guest from 9:30 until

the time of the service.


In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Jackie’s name to: Alzheimer’s Association, Delaware Valley Chapter, 399 Market Street - Suite 102, Philadelphia, PA 19106

Esther H. Loux

Esther H. Loux of Leewood, KS, formerly of Doylestown died on Monday,

March 11, 2013. She was 91. Esther was the wife for over fifty years of

the late J. Nelson Loux who passed away in 2000.

Born in Camden, New Jersey, Esther was the daughter of the late Esther

Shelly Hicks and Earl Hicks, Sr.

Mrs. Loux had worked for General Electric and Pennsylvania Railroad.

Later Esther worked as a secretary at First Baptist Church of Doylestown

for many years prior to her retirement. She was a member of First Baptist Church for over sixty years, having also taught Sunday school, sung in

the choir and assisted her husband with the church youth group.

Additionally, she volunteered for many years at Lakeside Youth Service in Prospectville

Esther is survived by her children, sons: John Loux, husband of Mimi, of Indianapolis, Ind.; and James Loux, husband of Nancy Elizabeth, of Chalfont

and daughter: Ruth Patterson, wife of Terry, of Bentonville, Ark. Also

surviving are nine grandchildren and thirty great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her grandson, Derek Loux.

Relatives and friends are invited to Esther’s graveside service, 2:30 p.m., Monday, March 18 at Mechanicsville Cemetery, Mechanicsville and to her memorial service beginning at 7 p.m., March 18 at First Baptist Church,

311 West State Street, Doylestown.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Esther’s name may be made

to: Orphan Justice Center, Post Office Box 877, Grandview, MO 64030.

 

Chris DeFrancis

Chris DeFrancis, a longtime resident of Doylestown died on Sunday, March 3, 2013 at Golden Living Center. He was 91. Chris was the husband of Elizabeth Arcade DeFrancis.

Born in Philadelphia, he was the son of the late Christino and Claudina Ambrosini DeFrancis.

Chris came to Doylestown in 1954. He was a watch maker by trade working

on Samson Street in Philadelphia, ultimately being employed by the former Howard’s Jewelers in Doylestown. He was a WW II Army veteran, a longtime parishioner of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church and a member of the Sons of Italy.

Chris was an avid golfer and enjoyed wood working.

In addition to this wife, he is surviving by his son: Stephen C. DeFrancis,

his wife, Ruth, of Glenside; a grandson: Stephen H. DeFrancis; a brother,

Albert DeFrancis of Media and two sisters-in-law: Madelyn Liss, of

Southampton and Joanne Russo, of Yardley.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated 10:30 a.m., Friday, March 8 at Our Lady

of Mount Carmel Church, 235 East State Street, Doylestown, PA 18901,

where friends may call from 9:30 a.m., until the time of Mass. Interment

will follow Mass in St. Mary’s Cemetery.

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

Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church at the above address or to: Doylestown Hospital, c/o Development Office, 595 West State Street, Doylestown, PA

18901.

 

Hilda M. Swartley

Hilda M. Swartley, a 45-year resident of Doylestown, died Saturday,

March 2, 2013, at Neshaminy Manor. She was 84.

She was the wife of the late George V. Swartley, who died in 1986.

 

 

Born in Easton, Pa., she was the daughter of the late Erwin and Alice

Schrantz Daniel. She graduated from Nockamixon High School,

Class of 1946.

Hilda worked at the former Fretz Pants Factory and Mrs. Pauls Frozen

Foods for many years. Most recently, she worked at Neshaminy Manor

in the dietary department.

Hilda is survived by a stepdaughter, Judy C. Murray, her husband,

Richard, of Forest Grove; one grandson; and three great-grandchildren.

She also is survived by a sister-in-law, Priscilla Glenn of Newak, Del.

A funeral service will be celebrated 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 6, at

Reed and Steinbach Funeral Home, 2335 Lower State Road, Doylestown,

where friends may call at 10:30 a.m. Interment will follow in Whitemarsh Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in her name may be made to:  Neshaminy

Manor, Attn: Activities Department, 1660 Easton Road, Warrington,

PA 18976 .

 

Paul P. Zavitsky

Paul P. Zavitsky of a longtime resident of Danboro, died on Wednesday,

February 27 at his home. He was 67. Paul was the husband for 46 years

to Patricia A. Weed Zavitsky.

Born in Scranton, he was the son of the late Alex and Dorothy Detricks Zavitsky.

Paul was auto body mechanic for Allan’s Collision in North Wales and most recently worked for Rocco’s Auto Body in South Philadelphia.

During the 1980's Paul was chief engineer for Plumstead Ambulance Squad 124.

In addition to his wife, Paul is survived by two brothers: Joseph and Leo Zavitsky, his brother-in-law, Charles Weed and sister-in-law, Teresa Carey. Also surviving are several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his twin brother, Alexander Zavitsky.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, March 5 at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, 235 East State Street, Doylestown, where friends may call from 9:30 until the time of Mass. Interment will be private.

 

Margaret G. Hinckley

Margaret G. “Peg” Hinckley of Doylestown went to her Lord on Sunday,

February 24 at her home. She was 90 years old and the wife of the late

George A. Hinckley who died in 2009.

Born in Cleveland, Ohio, she was the daughter of the late Gerald and Margaret Greulich.

Peg was raised in Pittsburgh and had attended Georgian Court College,

marrying George in 1946.

She was a great lover of animals, especially horses and had her dream come

true when she and her family moved to a farm in Buckingham where they

lived for forty years.

Surviving are her four children: sons, Greg (Latrelle), David (Kathy) and Thomas and daughter: Carol; four grandchildren and her brother, Thomas Greulich. She was preceded in death by her son, Paul.

Relatives and friends are invited to Peg’s funeral Mass, 11 a.m., Saturday,

March 9, 2013 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Roman Catholic Church, 5175 Cold Spring Creamery Road (at Route 413), Doylestown where friends may call from

10:30 until the time of Mass. Interment will be private.


In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made in memory

of Margaret G. Hinckley to: Bucks County S.P.C.A., P. O. Box 277, Lahaska, PA

18931.

 

George K. Fischer

George K. Fischer of Doylestown passed away Saturday, February 23, 2013.

He was 100 years old. George was the husband of the late Grace Woolley Fischer, his first wife and the late Anne Green Fischer, his second wife.

George served during WW II, attaining the rank of Lt. Col.

He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Drexel University and did graduate work at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He was president of Flow Engineering, Inc. and was director of Sensor Technology, Inc.; American Meter Co., Ametek, Inc. and Uniloc, Inc.

George was a member of the National Society of Professional Engineers; the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the Instrument Society of America.

Mr. Fischer had been president of Buckingham Civic Association; a member of

the Buckingham Township Planning Board; a trustee of Calvary Presbyterian Church in Wyncote; a member of Manufacturers’ Golf & Country Club, Seaview Country Club, Philadelphia; Seniors Golf Association and The Wayfair Club.

George is survived by his son: G. Kenneth Fischer, Jr., husband of Elaine.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Nancy Grace.

Relatives and friends are invited to his memorial service, 1 p.m., Saturday, March 2, 2013 at Trinity Episcopal Church Solebury, 6587 Upper York Road, Solebury, PA.

 

Darrell K. Stone

Darrell K. Stone, of Jamison, PA died Saturday, February 23, 2013, at his residence. He was 78 and the husband of Elizabeth A. Reilley Stone.


Born in Newville, PA, he was the son of the late Rev. Darrell F. and Louetta Lehner Stone.


Mr. Stone lived most of his life in Jamison, previously living in Lawrenceville, and Millington, New Jersey.


Darrell graduated from Mechanicsburg High School and Findlay College in

Ohio. He received his CPCU in 1970.


He was an executive with Continental Corporation in New York City and

later an insurance agent with the Reiss Agency in Quakertown.


Darrell was a past elder at First Baptist Church, Doylestown.


He was blessed with the love of Marjorie A. Stone, with whom he was married

for 49 years and with whom he had three outstanding children. After

Marjorie’s passing, the Lord blessed him with a loving relationship with

Elizabeth A. Reilley Stone, whom he married in June, 2006. They served the Lord in various capacities.


In addition to his wife, Darrell is survived by his daughters: Dr. Julie A. Stone,

of Cameroon, West Africa, Barbara A. Harsch, wife of Douglas, of Niles, IL;

his son: Darrell K. Stone, II, husband of Susan, of Millington, NJ; his six grandchildren: D. Aaron and Andrew D. Harsch, Darrell K., III, David W., Gregory J. and Lauren R. Stone; one great granddaughter, Hailey N. Harsch;

his brothers: Charles L. Stone, of Mechanicsburg, Rev. Robert H. Stone, of Mercersburg; his sisters: Frances F. Burkholder, of Dillsburg, PA and sisters-in-law: Janet Wolfe, wife of John, of Mechanicsburg and Frances Lund, wife of

Ralph, of Doylestown.


Relatives and friends are invited to Darrell’s funeral service 3 pm Wednesday, February 27, 2013, at First Baptist Church Doylestown, 311 West State St., Doylestown, PA 18901, where the public may call from 1:30 to 2:45 pm, prior

to the service. Interment will be private.


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

the General Fund at First Baptist Church Doylestown at the above address.

Alice A. Reisman

Alice Ann Reisman, 78, died Saturday, February 9, 2013, at her home in Holicong.


She was born in Brooklyn, NY, to the late Joseph and Madeline (Beavers)

Mobyed and grew up in Valley Stream and Garden City, NY.


Alice was a registered nurse and worked at Buckingham Valley Nursing

Center for many years until her retirement.


She cherished her time on Olden Days Farm and enjoyed having horses,

raising chickens, and mowing the field with her tractor. She also loved

going to Jones Beach on Long Island.


Survivors include her daughter: Deborah (Mazin) Daoud, of Surrey, England;

her son, David (Heather) Reisman, of Austin, TX; her daughter Miriam (Ronald) Wandover, of Phoenixville, PA; her son, Michael (Erin) Reisman, of Pottstown,

PA and her loving grandchildren: Emma, Honey, Adam, Henry, Shea, Zoe and Chelsea. She is also survived by her brother, John Mobyed, of Clarksburg, WV and her nieces and nephews. Alice was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Leonard E. Reisman, her sister Mary (Mobyed) Cappeluto and her friend James McGroarty.


A visitation will be held at Reed and Steinbach Funeral Home, 2335 Lower

State Road, Doylestown, PA, from 1:00 to 2:00 pm on Saturday, February 16, 2013.  A private family burial will take place in Wellwood Cemetery, Farmingdale, NY.


James Case


James Case, a lifelong resident of Doylestown, died Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013

at Doylestown Hospital. He was 78. He was the husband of Betty Ann Case.


Born in Philadelphia, he was the son of the late William Case and Clara

(Buckley) Hasson.


James attended Tabor Home, Doylestown High School, and graduated from
Central Bucks High School.


He was in the U.S. Army from 1957 to 1962, which he then worked at the Doylestown National Guards Armory. For 21 years, he worked at Charles Chips in Montgomeryville and then moved on to working at Salem United Church of Christ in Doylestown as the sexton.


In his early years, he was an avid dart player and enjoyed a game of golf now and then. The most enjoyment of his life was his four children and the eight grandchildren who called him "Pop Pop,"which he took great pride in.


In addition to his wife, Betty Ann, he is survived by his children: two daughters,
Marie Bunting of Perkasie and Kimberly Vagasky (Rick) of New Britain and two sons, Brian Case of Doylestown and Scott Case (Ellyn) of Doylestown; and his

eight grandchildren, Cory, Jessica, Sabrina, Kayla, Liam, Jeremiah, Brittany,
and Chloe. Also surviving are his brothers, Charlie Case (Emily) and Eddie Case,
and sisters, Dorothy Bauer and Clara Wysinski (Lou). He was preceded in death
by his son-in-law, Gregg Bunting, and his sister, Joan Schultz.


Services and interment will be private at the convenience of the family.

Corinne G. Broderick

Corinne Genevieve Broderick formerly of Willow Grove, Warrington and Doylestown passed away peacefully on Monday, February 4, 2013 at

Neshaminy Manor with her family by her side. She would have been

90 on February 28. She was the wife of the late Edward F. Broderick, Sr.

Connie, as she was known to all, was born in Bridport, VT and the daughter

of the late William P. and Edith E. Casey. She was raised in Middlebury,

Vermont and Long Island, NY.


Connie was a legal secretary for Halpin, Keogh and St. John law firm in Rockefeller Center, NY; which was the principal sponsor of the Keogh Pension Plan. After raising her children, she worked for LeRoy’s Flowers in Hatboro and 20/20 Vision in Doylestown.


Connie is survived by her children and their spouses: Michael (Donna) and Mary Cogan (Gerry), her 8 grandchildren: Ashlee and Morgan Broderick, Colin, Sean and Dylan Cogan, Taylor, Grace and Madeline Broderick and former daughter-in-law, Amy (Broderick) Lambert. She was predeceased by her daughter, Elizabeth A. Broderick, her son, Edward F. Broderick, Jr. and her granddaughter, Rachel Quinn Broderick.


Relatives and friends are invited to Connie’s funeral service, 10 a.m.,

Saturday, February 9 at Reed and Steinbach Funeral Home, 2335

Lower State Road, Doylestown, where friends may call from 9 a.m.,

prior to the service. Interment will follow in Whitemarsh Memorial

Park, Prospectville.


In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions is Connie’s name may be sent

to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Tara L. Althouse

Tara Lee Althouse of Doylestown died on February 3, 2013 at her home.

She was 39 years old.

Born in Doylestown, Tara was the daughter of Crispin and Sharon Kasak Althouse.

As a young girl, Tara participated in the local 4-H Club. She was a graduate

of Central Bucks East High School, class of 1991.

Tara worked as office manager for K-Mart of Doylestown where she had been employed for the past 23 years. She enjoyed animals, cooking and hosting holidays for her family. She also enjoyed spending time at her fiance’s farm.

In addition to her parents, Tara is survived by her four sisters: Rebecca Malizia; Trisha Althouse; Jennifer Althouse and Felicia Althouse; her niece, Rosie and

her nephew, Jake. Also surviving is her fiancé, Tim Kohl.

Relatives and friends are invited to Tara’s funeral service, 11 a.m.,

Thursday, February 7 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 follow in Mechanicsville Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Tara’s name may be sent to:

Bucks County S.P.C.A., P. O. Box 277, Lahaska, PA 18931.

 

Thomas B. Hiller

Thomas B. Hiller of Doylestown died on Saturday, January 26, 2013 at Wynwood Northampton Manor. He was 92 years old.


Born and raised in Philadelphia, he was the son of the late Bernard and

Margaret Dooley Hiller.


Tom was preceded in death by his wife of 53 years, Mildred (Ralston) and siblings, Margaret Spangler, John Hiller and Bernard Hiller. He is survived by his daughter, Gale Kyack and son-in-law, Paul Kyack, nieces, nephews, cousins and good friends. He is called Grandpop by many former exchange students around the world.


Tom graduated from Northeast High School in Philadelphia and served in the

US Army Air Corps in WWII. His B24 was shot down and he was a German POW for 11 months. Tom was employed by Prescolite Mfg Co for many years as a plant manager and as a customer service manager until the company closed their Warrington facility. He then worked at Mohawk Devices until his retirement.


Interment in Whitemarsh Memorial Park will be private.


In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in his name to the charity of your choice or to the Doylestown Post 175, Veterans of Foreign Wars, P.O. Box 1533, Doylestown, PA 18901.

Dorothy Grossman


Dorothy Grossman, a lifelong resident of Bucks County, died Monday, January 21, 2013 at Neshaminy Manor. She was 92.


Born in New Britain, Dorothy was the daughter of the late Max and Louise Schuler Troester. She was preceded in death by her husband, Lou Grossman and stepson Joe, also her brothers and sisters, Max, Madeline, Al, Frank, and Bert.
During her working career, she had been employed by Bitzer’s Dry Cleaners, Kelchner’s and was a loving care-giver of residents of Heritage Towers, Pine Run Community and Center Square Towers.


Dorothy was known for her infectious laugh and one who loved to joke around. She loved finding treasures at garage sales and enjoyed collecting dolls.
She was deeply loved and will surely be missed by her numerous nieces and nephews, their families and by her friends everywhere.


Relatives and friends are invited to her memorial service 2 p.m., Sunday, January 27, 2013 and Reed and Steinbach Funeral Home, 2335 Lower State Road, Doylestown.

 

Mary Ann Conover Helfrich

 

Mary Ann Conover Helfrich of Doylestown died on Friday, January 18th 2013. She was 78 years old.

 

Born in Hackensack, NJ, she was the daughter of the late Garrett and Edna DeLong Conover.

 

Mary Ann was graduated from Allentown High School and began her career

as a homemaker. In 1952, she married Thomas Willey, from whom she was divorced in 1970. In 1977, Mary Ann and Niklaus Helfrich were wed; she was widowed in 1991.

 

In the mid-1970’s she began selling advertisement for magazines that

featured arts and antiques, and thus commenced what would become a long

and successful career. She was a board member of the New Hope Historical Society and organized their antique show for a number of years. In 2004, Mary Ann embarked on a new career as a massage therapist.

 

Mary Ann will be remembered by her active participation in community theater, having starred in a number of productions at Village Player and Town and Country Playhouses. She served as president of the Village Players. She was also a vibrant member of the Bux Mont Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. Advocating for social justice and nonviolence were among Mary Ann’s lifelong passions.

 

Mary Ann is survived by her two sons: Charles Willey, his wife Angela and Christopher Willey, his wife Jeannine; her daughter, Joanne Willey, her husband, Jeffrey Shelkey, as well as her four grandchildren: Benjamin and Ethan Shelkey, and Martha and Jasper Willey and her stepsons, Niklaus, Paul, and Eric Helfrich.

 

A Memorial Service will be held at BuxMont Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 2040 Street Road, Warrington, PA 18976 on Saturday, January 26, 2013 at 11 am.

 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: Americans for Responsible Solutions PAC, P.O. Box 15642, Washington, DC 20003 (americansforresponsiblesolutions.org) or to: BuxMont Unitarian Universalist Fellowship at the above address.

 

Robert B. James

 

Robert B. James, 75, of Flourtown, PA died peacefully, surrounded by his wife and daughters in Venice, Florida on January 16th, 2013. Beloved husband of Barbara (nee Marafino), married 44 years.  Devoted father of Michelle Parisi (Tony), Tara Cush (Tom) and Nicole  James.   Loving Grandfather of Lyndsay, Tommy, Sophia, James and Audrey. 

Born in Philadelphia, he was the son of the late William James and Marion

(nee Myers). 

Bob graduated from Roman Catholic HS, Class of ’55 and attended Temple University, earning a degree in Mortuary Science. 

He spent his military service with the Coast Guard Reserve. 

His love o the ocean was exceeded only by his love of his family. 

Bob was well known and respected as a funeral director, working for many

years at Reed and Steinbach Funeral Home and recently served as President

of the Montgomery County Funeral Director’s Association. 

Relatives and friends are invited to attend calling hours on Thursday,

January 24 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Reed and Steinbach Funeral Home,

2335 Lower State Road, Doylestown, PA and Friday at St. Genevieve Church, 1225 Bethlehem Pike, Flourtown, PA from 9 a.m. until the start of his Funeral Mass at 10 a.m.  Int. private.   

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

 

Grace M. Emilio

Grace M. Emilio of Doylestown died Friday, January 18, 2013 at home

after a brave battle with pancreatic cancer.  She was 81 years old. 

Born in Brooklyn, New York, she was the daughter of the late Giacinto and Josephine Taranto Polimeni.

Grace lived most of her life in New York.  Grace and her late husband, Lou,

lived in Marlboro, New Jersey before moving to Whiting, New Jersey. 

After Lou’s death, Grace moved to Center Square Towers in Doylestown,

where she made many loyal friends.  She was an active resident and was a member of many committees, including Bingo.  Grace was fortunate to meet such lovely people at the later stages of her life and often took trips to Atlantic City with her friends. 

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Jodie and Anthony Calabro.  Grace is also survived by her grandchildren, Anthony Calabro and Ann Marie Hughes (Sean).  Grace was fortunate to have enjoyed her two great-grandchildren, Sean Patrick Hughes and Leah Grace Hughes.  She is also survived by her two brothers, two sisters, and their families.  Grace was predeceased by two brothers.

A funeral mass will be held 10 a.m., Thursday, January 24 at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, 235 East State Street, Doylestown.  Friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m., Wednesday, January 23 at Reed and Steinbach, 2335 Lower State Road, Doylestown.  Additional viewing time will be held at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church on Thursday, January 24, from 9 a.m. until the time of Mass.   Interment will follow Mass in Forest Green Park Cemetery, Morganville, NJ. 

Memorial contributions may be made in Grace’s name to:   American Cancer Society, 480 Norristown Road, Suite #150, Blue Bell, PA  19422-2329.

 

Thomas E. Mellon, Jr.

Thomas E. Mellon Jr. died Tuesday morning at his Doylestown home with his

four sons and his wife around him. He had bravely endured eight years of treatment for pancreatic cancer, during which family, friends and loyal colleagues sustained him both personally and professionally.

The son of Thomas E. Mellon Sr. and the late Honor McCormick Mellon,

Thomas is survived by his wife and law partner, Sara M. Webster and

his sons: Thomas III, Christopher, Ryan (Lauren), Henry and by his granddaughter, Julia Marie Mellon. He is also survived by his brothers:

Edward (Hongcheng Zhou), Robert (Deborah Romanski); aunts, Joan

Hunter and Mariann McCormick; nephews and nieces Eddie, Sean, Peipei, Elizabeth, Lauren and Eric and his former wife, Marilyn Mellon.

Thomas's zest for life, generosity and abiding loyalty to his loved ones and colleagues defined him as a person. He lived life abundantly and on his own terms.

Thomas was graduated from St. Joseph's University and Georgetown

University Law Center and received his Masters from Harvard Law School.

In 2012 he earned a Master of Bioethics from the University of Pennsylvania.

He established the Doylestown law firm now known as Mellon & Webster in 1982.

After clerking for the Honorable William H. Hastie, U.S. Court of Appeals for

the Third Circuit, Thomas spent seven years in the United States Attorney's Office where he served as chief of both the Narcotics Unit and the Criminal Division. Thomas prosecuted the first endangered species case, which laid the foundation for today's environmental law enforcement.

Through his focus on personal injury and complex commercial litigation, Thomas joined the fight against, most notably, American tobacco companies.

He represented the widows and families of 9/11 victims and created the national consortium of attorneys who filed suit against Iran/al-Qa'eda.

His cases have been the subjects of several books, and he served as a television news commentator for the O.J. Simpson trial and as a subject matter expert

for a wide range of articles and reports on legal issues.

Thomas was a leader in the trial bar, politics and the community. He was past president of the Bucks County Bar Association and served as president of the Bucks County Legal Aid Society. He served as chair of the Democratic Party of Bucks County, member of the Pennsylvania Democratic Committee and one of the political directors of the Clinton-Gore campaign in Pennsylvania.

Thomas arranged for the first group of American lawyers to visit Havana,

Cuba in 1999. He served on the Board of Directors of the Bucks Mont Katrina Relief Project, which has raised millions of dollars for the victims of Hurricane Katrina in Hancock County, Mississippi. He led more than one hundred attorneys and others on multiple trips to Hancock County to clean up the devastation, rebuild homes and assist in the construction of new community buildings such

as the food pantry and animal center.

Relatives and friends are invited to Thomas’s funeral service, 10 a.m.,

Saturday, January 19, 2013, at Trinity Episcopal Church Solebury,

6587 Upper York Road, Solebury, where the public may call from 9 a.m.,

prior to the service or Friday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at Reed and Steinbach Funeral Home, 2335 Lower State Road, Doylestown. Interment will follow the service Saturday in Doylestown Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: Thomas E. Mellon, Jr. Scholarship Fund, c/o Bucks County Bar Association, 135 East State Street, Doylestown, PA 18901 or to: Abramson Family Cancer Research Institute at the University of Pennsylvania, 3451 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104 (www.afcri.upenn.edu).

 

Laura Ott Ewer

Laura Ewer (Ott) a longtime resident of Doylestown died on Monday,

January 14, 2013 at Grandview Hospital. She was 77. Laura was the

wife of the late Joel E. Ott, who died in December of 1976 and of the

late Paul V. Ewer who died in January of 2003.

Born in Philadelphia, Laura was the daughter of the late Thomas D. and

Hilda Focht McKeown.

Laura attended Central Bucks High School. She enjoyed baking, crocheting, bingo, bowling on Wii and spending time with her family.

Surviving are her daughters: Margaret (Ott) Miller, wife of Gary of Dublin

and Sally Marie (Ott) Wile of Souderton and her son: Joel Elbert Ott, husband

of Janet of Pipersville; her grandchildren: Michael C. Miller of Dublin; Julie (Miller) Myers, wife of Matthew of Pottstown; Christina L. (Miller) Lechene,

wife of Aaron of Dublin; Ann Marie Wile of Souderton and three great-grandchildren: Austyn Myers, Maxwell Miller and Emma Myers. Also

surviving are her sister: Sally Schwartz of Pottstown and brothers: Thomas McKeown of Telford and James McKeown of Danboro.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend her funeral service at 11 a.m., Thursday, January 17, 2013 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 German Baptist Brethern

Cemetery, Fountainville.

 

Arthur M. Seefahrt

Arthur M. Seefahrt of New Britain died on Friday, January 11, 2013 at his

home. He was 61 and the husband of Melinda Williamson Seefahrt.

Born in New Haven, Connecticut he was the son of the late Arthur R. and

Mary Reilly Seefahrt.

Art attended Cheshire High School, Cheshire, CT. He was a graduate of

Lafayette College, class of 1973 with an A.B. in History. Mr. Seefahrt was a C.P.A. and pursued an MBA from Temple University. Art worked at the Philadelphia Sheraton Hotel in Convention Sales, as Food and Beverage

Director and eventually as Front Office Manager.

Upon attaining his C.P.A. license in Pennsylvania, Art worked for Main Hurdman, LLC and Michaels-Riefburg C.P.A. He left public accounting

and became the Treasurer of Dumont Carpet Company.

In 2000 Art joined Language Services Associates as General Manager and

was named Chief Operating Office in 2008.

Mr. Seefhart was selected as one of the Philadelphia area’s “Smart CXO’s”

in 2011 by the Philadelphia Business Journal.

Art was one of the founders of Josias A. Sterling Memorial Fund, a charity

that provides swimming lessons for “at risk” youth in Philadelphia.

He was an active adult leader for Boy Scouts of America, Troop 36, Chalfont.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his sons: Arthur, Jr. “A.J.” and Kurt,

as well as his sister, Maureen Sommer of Arizona and a large extended family

in the Doylestown area, Arizona, California, Connecticut, Texas and Austrailia.

Relatives and friends are invited to his funeral Mass, 11 a.m., Saturday,

January 19, 2013 at St. Jude Catholic Church, 321 West Butler Avenue, Chalfont; where the public may call from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Interment

will follow Mass in St. John Neumann Cemetery, Chalfont.

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

Josias A. Sterling Memorial Fund, c/o CHARITYSMITH NonProfit Foundation, 13100 Filly Lane, Truckee, CA 96161.

 

John C. Naus

John C. Naus of Doylestown died on Thursday, January 10, 2013, at Doylestown Hospital. He was 69 and the husband for 25 years of the late Lynda Morris Naus who died in 2009.

Born in York, PA and raised in Schyukill Haven, John was the son the late Charles and Dorothy Hunt Naus.

John was a mechanical engineer for U.S. Filter and WSG Solutions in Montgomeryville prior to his retirement in 2009. He was a resident of Newtown prior to moving to Doylestown in 2000.

Mr. Naus is survived by his daughter: Jennifer M. Mandrackie, her husband, Eric, of Chersterfield, NJ; a grandson, Nicolas A. Mandrackie, as well as a sister, Kathy Ellerd of Fort Valley, VA and a brother, Thomas Naus of Orlando, Fl.

Services will be private at the convenience of the family.

Memorial contributions in John’s name may be made to Doylestown Hospital, 595 W. State Street, Doylestown, PA 18901.

 

William Nathan Erwin

William N. Erwin, 83, illustrator, graphic designer, teacher, jazz musician, historical re-enactor and a former member of the Doylestown Planning Commission, died December 29 at Briarleaf Nursing and Convalescent Home

in Doylestown. He was suffering from congestive heart failure and dementia.

Mr. Erwin was born in Abington Hospital, grew up in Central Bucks County around Doylestown. "I milked my last cow by the time I was 18" he reminisced many times after he went on to attend the Philadelphia College of Art. From there, Mr. Erwin joined the United States Air Force where he used his design

skills in information dissemination. While in the Air Force, he met and married Rosamond Cushway and settled into life in Great Falls, Montana. There, after finishing four years of service, Mr. Erwin returned to civilian life, hosting the local television show Let's Draw, with Bill and the Kids.

By 1955 he was settled back in Doylestown, completing his degree in Illustration and Design from the Philadelphia College of Art, teaching at Moore College of Art and Design and subsequently at the Philadelphia College of Art. These were also the nascent years of William Erwin Studios, where he would spend the next several decades working as a freelance illustrator/graphic designer on projects ranging from business advertising to designing the Doylestown Hospital Magazine and creating the Hospital's current logo.

During the 1960s, Mr. Erwin, working with Joe Kenny and Frank Shelly, was a driving force behind Operation '64 - a significant redevelopment plan for the Doylestown business district. The success of this project took Mr. Erwin to other communities in the United States to help them with similar efforts.
In 2005 Doylestown Borough Council and Mayor formally acknowledged Mr. Erwin's considerable dedication for "sparking the renaissance that continues today." He also applied his understanding of the local landscape and what pressures it could handle during his time on the Doylestown Planning Commission to help guide development decisions at that time.

These years also brought out Mr. Erwin's passion for jazz and history. The Bill Erwin Trio performed throughout the greater Delaware Valley, New York City and New England. His interest in history led him to participate in Civil War centennial reenactment battles in Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Virginia with Russ Green and Harry Steinbach, among others. To fully participate, he worked with his sister Janice Allen, an accomplished seamstress, to create authentic period outfits for these events. In the 1970s, his interest in American history

led him to participate in Revolutionary War bicentennial reenactments. During each historical reenactment, Mr. Erwin enjoyed sharing his knowledge of history with those people who gathered to watch.

In the late 1970's, Mr. Erwin and his wife moved to Haycock Mountain. As computers took over the design business, Mr. Erwin retired from commercial

art and reactivated his considerable talents as a fine arts painter. He became very involved in local cultural organizations, designing the logo for Musica

2000 and becoming one of its founding board members.

Mr. Erwin was preceded in death by his wife Rosamond Jeanette Cushway

Erwin in 2000. Survivors include: his daughter, Rosalind Erwin of Philadelphia; his son, Nathan Erwin of Alexandria, VA and his two sisters: Janice Allen of Wrightstown, and Ellen Clark of Sellersville.

A private memorial service is being held January 8.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the American Indian College Fund, 8333 Greenwood Blvd. Denver, CO 80221 or at www.collegefund.org.

 

Lily A. McKenzie

 

Lily A. McKenzie of Doylestown died on Wednesday, December 26th, 2012 at Neshaminy Manor. She was 96 years old. Lily was the wife of the late Robert A. McKenzie who died in 1983.

 

Born in Rugeley, Staffordshire County, England, she was the daughter of the late Hugh and Lily McIntyre McDougall.

 

Lily emigrated with her family to the United States in 1928, settling in Abington and having attended school there.

 

In 1942 she returned to the U.K. to join the British Army during World War II having served until 1946 as a staff car and ambulance driver, stationed in Oxford,

Following their marriage in London in 1949, Lily and Robert went out to Australia where she helped run a government hostel for displaced Europeans

and survivors of the Nazi prison camps of Auschwitz and Buchenwald.

 

Upon Lily's return to the U.S. in 1954 she resided in Glenside and Chalfont

with her family and upon retirement, The Village of Neshaminy Falls in Montgomeryville.

 

After raising her family, Lily was employed by Doylestown Hospital.

 

Lily was a beloved mother and Nana.

 

Surviving are her son: Allan H. McKenzie of North Wales and daughters:

Barbara Darr (William) and Nina Carroll (Eugene) of Doylestown,

as well as her grandchildren: Jason and Christina Carroll and Marija McKenzie. She was preceded in death by her siblings, Neil, James, Gilbert, David, Charlotte and Mary.

 

Services and interment will be held privately at the convenience of Lily's family.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Lily's name may be made to: The Salvation Army, P. O. Box 269, Alexandria, VA 22313 or at www.thesalvationarmy.org   whose help during WW II gve Lily

immeasurable comfort and to which she was always grateful.

 

 

Jean Lois Whitehead

Jean Lois Whitehead, of Hilltown, formerly of Chester, NJ, died Wednesday, December 26, 2012. She was 81 and the wife of Robert H. Whitehead.


Born in Olyphant, PA, she was the daughter of the late Alexander and Florence Summers Seymour.


Lois lived most of her life in Chester, NJ. She was a graduate of Mountain Lakes High School, Mountain Lakes, NJ.


Lois worked most of her life and retired as a Librarian from the Chester Free Public Library, Chester, NJ.


In her free time she loved to knit and read.


In addition to her husband, Lois is survived by her son: James Whitehead, husband of Aurelia; her daughter: Linda Vahle, wife of Timothy; 3 grandchildren: Steven Whitehead and Laura and Nicole Vahle; as well as a brother: Kenneth Seymour, husband of Nora.


Relatives and friends are invited to Lois’ funeral service 11 am Thursday, January 3, 2013, at Presbyterian Church of Deep Run, 16 Irish Meetinghouse Road, Perkasie, PA 18944. A viewing will also be held Wednesday, January 2, 2013, from 6 to 8 pm at Reed and Steinbach Funeral Home, 2335 Lower State Rd., Doylestown. Interment will be held privately.


In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Lois’ name may be made to Presbyterian Church of Deep Run at the above address.

 

James J. Fiorelli

 

James J. Fiorelli of Doylestown died suddenly on Thursday, December 20,

2012. He was twenty-four years old.

 

 

James was a graduate of Central Bucks West High School. He played Challenger League Baseball and participated in Special Olympics. He loved playing Nintendo DS, doing word search puzzles and the Disney Channel.


James is survived by his devoted family, his parents: Steve and Rosanne and

his siblings, Stephen, Sarah and Erick. Also surviving are his loving aunts and uncles: Sarah and Tom Feerick; Mary Jane Fullam; Jim and Deb Fullam; Walt and Deb Fullam; Joe and Margie Fiorelli and his grandmother, Madeline Fiorelli.


Relatives and friends are invited to James's funeral Mass, 11 a.m., Friday, December 28, 2012, at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, 235 East State Street, Doylestown where the public may call from 10 a.m. until the time of Mass. There will also be visitation from 7 to 9 p.m., Thursday, December 27

at Reed and Steinbach Funeral Home, 2335 Lower State Road, Doylestown. Interment will follow Mass in Doylestown Cemetery.

 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in James's name may be made to: Central Bucks West High School, 375 West Court Street, Doylestown, PA 18901.

 

Philip G. Turner


Philip G. Turner of Buckingham died suddenly on Sunday, December 9th

at home. He was 68. He was the husband of Carolyn E. Turner.


Born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, he was the son of the late

George and Julia Turner.


Philip lived most of his life in Doylestown and Buckingham. He graduated

from Central Bucks High School. A skilled automotive technician, he was the former owner of the Furlong Getty and Phil Turner’s Service Center in Furlong. Most recently, he worked for Thompson BMW in Doylestown.


His greatest joy was his family and grandchildren.


In addition to his wife, he is survived by his children: Dawn Smith of Kintnersville; John Turner of Doylestown; Lori Hicks of Hatboro; Brett

Hauber of Allentown and Lisa LeFevre of Doylestown, together with ten grandchildren.  He is also survived by a sister Barbara Larweth of

North Pole, Alaska.

Relatives and friends are invited to his funeral service 3 p.m., Thursday, December 13th at Family of God Lutheran Church, 4770 Route 202, Buckingham, where friends may call from 2 p.m., until the time of the service. Interment will be private.


In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Phil’s name may be made to: Central Bucks Ambulance and Rescue Unit, 455 East Street, Doylestown, PA 18901-3844.

Lorraine Thackray

Lorraine Thackray, age 55 of Doylestown passed away peacefully, surrounded

by family on Tuesday, December 4th. Lorrie fought a long courageous battle against diabetes.

Her life revolved around her family and friends. She especially enjoyed her

time with her nieces and nephews and choreographing the “Annual Family Camp-out.”

Lorrie was an avid volunteer in the community who especially was proud

of the relief work she performed in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.

She touched the lives of all she met. Lorrie’s creative spirit will be missed by all.

Lorrie was predeceased by her mother, Eileen. She survived by her father, Lawrence Thackray; her siblings: Larry, Mike (Marge), Steve (Susan), Nancy Naimo (Rick), Trish McIntyre (John). She is also survived by her nieces and nephews, Shawn, Brian, Matt, Jason, Steve, Greg, Ryan, Kyle, Kate, Colin, Shane, Bryn, and Lauren, as well as her great nieces and nephews, Aiden, Hemming, Jessie, Maddie and Kinley.

The family would like to thank the staff at Golden Living and her medical

team that supported, cared and encouraged her.

Relatives and friends are invited to her funeral Mass, 12 p.m., Monday, December 10, 2012 at Saint Jude Church, 321 West Butler Ave., Chalfont,

where the family will receive friends from 10:30 a.m., until the time of the

Mass. Interment will be held privately.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association, Suite 100 - 150 Monument Avenue, Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004.

 

Cleo M. Tesno

 

Cleo M. Tesno of Doylestown on Wednesday, November 28, 2012 left this world

to join those who passed before her.    She was the wife of the late Ronald

"Mr. T" Tesno who passed in 2008.

 

Born in Ashland, Pa., she resided in Doylestown for most of her life.

 

To honor and celebrate the life that we shared, we are proud that Mom was a volunteer at Doylestown Hospital for many years.

 

She gave us a stable life living at the same residence for 46 years. It was not uncommon for her friends and neighbors to stop to see her for guidance.

 

Celo most enjoyed being available to everyone, especially for prayer requests. We will miss her “hotline to heaven!”

 

Cleo loved camping at Red Ridge Lake which was a family and friend affair for many years. She believed in keeping life simple sharing her good sense of humor.

 

 

Cleo’s life revolved around her family. Most recently becoming a great grandmother, giving herself the proud title of “GG.”

 

We have all grown from her knowledge, faith, strength and guidance.

 

We will miss you!

 

Cleo is survived by her immediate family: son, William R. Tesno, of Chalfont

and daughter, Kathleen M. DiCarlo of Bethlehem; her grandchildren:

Jennifer and Michael Tesno and Nicole and Vincent DiCarlo, as well as

her great grandson: Ronald J. Tesno.

 

Combined, they gave her great joy, she giving us love and laughter everyday of her life.

 

Cleo also appreciated and loved: Greg DiCarlo, Lisa Flynn Tesno, Monica Tesno, Andrew and Stefanie Flynn and Nicole and Jason Reischutz.

 

We would like to thank the many neighbors and longtime friends who through the years have brought love and friendship - - Carol, Debbie, Mary, Lloyd and Sandy for your most recent loyalty and support.

 

An opportunity to join Cleo’s family in celebrating her life will be at 11 a.m., Saturday, December 22, 2012 at Reed and Steinbach Funeral Home,

2335 Lower State Road, Doylestown, where friends may call from 10 a.m.,

until the time of the service.    Interment will be at the convenience of the family.

 

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

Living Hope Worship Center, 1566 Center Square Road, Swedesboro, NJ

08085-1739.

 

Evelyn A. Slack

Evelyn A. Slack of Forest Grove passed away peacefully Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at home surrounded by her husband, Fred, son, Fred Jr. and daughters, Connie, Janet and Debbie, after an extensive decline in health.

Evelyn was the beloved wife of Frederick J. Slack for 60 years. She loved to tell everyone that “He was the best man and I love him dearly.” They worked side by side on their farm since the day they were married.

Born in Abington, PA she was the daughter of the late Dietrich and Sarah Mondeau Froehlich and sister of the late Dietrich Froehlich, Jr.

Evelyn was a giving person who put everyone before herself. She was a member of Forest Grove Presbyterian Church; a bus driver for Central Bucks School District for 30 years; secretary of the Bucks County Farm Bureau; involved with farm land preservation; president of the Buckingham Junior Women’s Club and lifetime member of Midway Fire Company.

She was an avid Phillies fan who loved cooking and farming. She also enjoyed going with Fred to Florida in the winter to relax and have fun with their friends playing board games and eating oranges and grapefruits from their trees.

Evelyn is survived by her loving husband, Fred, and her four children and their spouses: Connie and Jack Evans of Mohnton; Janet and Garry Sampson of Newtown; Debbie and Duane Smith of Wycombe and Frederick Slack, Jr., of Forest Grove; her eight grandchildren: Ryan, Gregory and Bradley Evans; James, Joseph and Michael McGowan; Frederick Slack, III and Deanna Slack and one great-grandchild, Faith Evans. She is also survived by her sister, Wanda Slack of Furlong.

Evelyn will sadly be missed by all. Her smiling face and positive attitude touched everyone.

Relatives and friends are invited to a celebration of Evelyn’s life service, 11 a.m. Tuesday, November 27, 2012, at Reed and Steinbach Funeral Home, 2335 Lower State Road., Doylestown, where the public may call from 10 a.m., prior to the service. Interment will follow in Forest Grove Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Forest Grove.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in loving memory of Evelyn may be made to: Farm Slack Farm Preservation, c/o 45 Lindsay Court, Mohnton, PA 19540 or to Forest Grove Presbyterian Church, 1856 Forest Grove Road Forest Grove, PA 18922.

 

Betty L. Bouton

Betty L. Bouton of Doylestown died on Monday, November 19, 2012 at Doylestown Hospital. She was 73 years old and the wife for over 50 years of John C. Bouton.

Born in Lebanon, PA, Betty was the daughter of the late Jacob and Ethel Flocken Funk.

Mrs. Bouton was a graduate of Presbyterian Hospital School of Nursing and was employed as a register nurse at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, also having worked part time at Doylestown Hospital.

Betty served as a volunteer for many years in her children’s schools as a Cub Scout Den Mother and a Girl Scout leader. She also volunteered delivering Meals on Wheels and driving “shut ins.”

Betty enjoyed family activities, especially activities with her grandchildren. She was also an avid reader.

Betty was the loving mother of: Sharon, Judith, Kevin and Andrew and loving grandmother of five; sister of Patricia and Michael. She was preceded in death by her sister, Irene.

Relatives and friends are invited to Betty’s funeral service 11 a.m. Saturday, November 24, 2012, at Reed and Steinbach Funeral Home, 2335 Lower State Rd., Doylestown, where the public may call from 10 a.m., prior to the service. Interment will follow in Doylestown Cemetery, Doylestown.

 

Cheryl L. Taylor

Cheryl Lee (MacVaugh) Taylor of Jamison passed away on November 13, 2012

at Doylestown Hospital. She was 70 years old.

 

Born in Philadelphia, she was the daughter of the late Arthur Henry and Dorothy Anna (Dietz) MacVaugh.

 

Cheryl lived most of her life in Warrington, Pennsylvania. She graduated from Upper Moreland High School. Cheryl worked for Crane Company and Acme Markets before her employment with the Bucks County Department of

Domestic Relations from which she retired.

 

Cheryl took pride in working hard and keeping a pristine home. She loved

living in Bucks County and enjoyed nothing more than going for a drive

through its back roads to look at the beautiful homes.

 

The bright lights in her life were her five grandchildren and she cherished

every minute she was able to spend with them.

 

Cheryl is survived by her daughter, Donna Weiner (Thomas) of Helena,

Montana and her son Brian Taylor (Sharon) of Buckingham along with her grandchildren, Jake and Molly Weiner and Jeffrey, Sarah and Nicole Taylor.

She is also survived by her sister, Lois Kernen of Sellersville, and her brother David MacVaugh of Zion Hill.   Her brother, Arthur MacVaugh, predeceased

her.

 

Relatives and friends are invited to Cheryl’s graveside service 11 a.m.,

Saturday, December 1, 2012, at Whitemarsh Memorial Park, 1169 Limekiln

Pike (corner of Routes 463 and 152) Ambler, Pennsylvania.

 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Cheryl’s name to: Alpha-1 Foundation, 2937 SW 27th Ave., Suite 302, Miami, FL 33133 or at www.alpha-1foundation.org.

 

 

Robert F. Heinemann


Robert F. Heinemann, of Souderton, passed away Sunday, November 18, 2012, at the Souderton Mennonite Home. He was 80 years old.


He was the husband of the late Edythe C. (Rheams) Heinemann, who passed away in 2005 and with whom he had been married for over 50 years.


Robert worked for many years as the maintenance manager at New Hope Solebury High School.


Mr. Heinemann is survived by his sisters: Ellen Betty Klotz, of Florida and

Elaine Reinboth, wife of Robert, of Richboro. He is also survived by many

cousins.  Robert was preceded in death by a brother, Donald Heinemann.


Relatives and friends are invited to Robert’s funeral service 10 am Friday, November 23, 2012, at Reed and Steinbach Funeral Home, 2335 Lower State Rd., Doylestown, where the public may call from 9:30 to 10 am, prior to the service. Interment will follow in Mechanicsville Cemetery, Mechanicsville.

Wilma E. Hofmann

Wilma Elfriede Margarete Mueller Nitschke Hofmann, 92, of Doylestown, PA, passed peacefully Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012, at Doylestown Hospital, surrounded by her family. She was the loving wife of Wilhelm Hofmann for 62 wonderful years.


Wilma was born in Hanau, Germany and was the daughter of the late Franz and Frieda (Moeller) Mueller of Hanau, Germany, wife of the late Gerhard Nitschke of Germanengrund, Silesia and aunt of the late Gary Mueller of Lake Worth, Florida.


Wilma, together with her husband, mother and 12 year old son came to America in the early 1950s. Her life was dedicated to her family, raising her son and daughter in Doylestown and loving and caring for her grandchildren. She will always be remembered for her kindness, thoughtfulness and generosity, as well as her joy for cooking and hosting holidays with her family.


In addition to her husband, she is survived her son, Dieter Nitschke of Lansdale and her daughter, Beverly (Hofmann) Rost of Horsham; her brother, Werner Mueller, and sister-in-law, Elfriede Mueller, both of Lake Worth.


She will also be remembered and missed by grandchildren: Eric and Connie Nitschke of Pipersville; Jason Nitschke of North Wales; Kyle and Katrina Rost of Horsham; Kimberly Rost of Horsham and Ali Omelian of North Wales; as well as by her great-grandchildren Julia and Luke Nitschke of Pipersville and Tyler Friel of Horsham.


Relatives and friends are invited to Wilma’s funeral service at 11 a.m., Friday, November 16, 2012 at Reed and Steinbach Funeral Home, 2335 Lower State Road, Doylestown where friends may call from 10 a.m., until the time of the service. Interment will follow in Doylestown Cemetery.


In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions in Wilma’s name to: Doylestown Hospital, c/o Development Office, 595 West State Street, Doylestown, PA 18901.

Ruby Campbell

Ruby Campbell, of Doylestown, died Friday, November 2, 2012 at Doylestown Hospital. She was 77 and the wife of the late Charles Campbell, with whom she was married for 46 years.


Born and raised in Pickens, SC, she was the daughter of the late Jacob and Alma Brown Anthony.


Ruby moved to Pennsylvania at the age of 18 and was a lifelong member of Doylestown Fire Company Auxiliary and VFW Post #245. She retired from Thomas and Betts after 30 years and was a 25 year member of Second Baptist Church, Doylestown.


Ruby is survived by her children: Joann Ament, wife of Terry, Deborahann Long, wife of Walt, Kittyann Goodman, wife of George, Robert Campbell and Roxann Charnley; 13 grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren; 2 brothers:

Darrell Anthony, husband of Cheryl, Mark Anthony, husband of Linda and 2 sisters: Betty Seymore and Patricia Medford. She was preceded in death by 2 sisters: Charlotte Stewart and Martha Carroll.


Relatives and friends are invited to Ruby’s funeral service 1:30 pm Friday, November 9, 2012, at Reed and Steinbach Funeral Home, 2335 Lower State

Road., Doylestown, where the public may call from 12:30 until the service.

Interment will follow in Doylestown Cemetery. An evening viewing will also be held Thursday November 8 from 7 to 9 pm, at the funeral home.

Cheryl L. Stinson


Cheryl (Robinson) Stinson of Doylestown died on November 5 at Doylestown Hospital.

Born in Vallejo, California in 1948 she was the daughter of Dorothy Wear.

Cheryl was the wife of Joseph Stinson and mother of Laurel Stinson.

She grew up in California and lived her married life in California, Washington, Singapore and Texas before moving to Doylestown in 1999.

Cheryl has been retired since 2008 and was previously a learning support teacher's aide at Holicong Middle School and a devoted band parent for the Central Bucks East High School Marching Band.

She worked for eleven years as an executive secretary for Exxon in Benicia, CA prior to raising her family.

Her many passions included music, art and helping children.

In addition to her husband and daughter she is survived by her three sisters: Lynne Ball, Terri Sanders, and Kim Brumm.
Relative and friends are invited to her Funeral Mass 11 a.m., Friday, November 9 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, 5175 Cold Spring Creamery Road, Doylestown. The family will receive guests from 10 a.m. until the time of Mass at the church.

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

 

Theodore E. “Ted” Joka

Theodore E. “Ted” Joka of Doylestown, PA died on October 30, 2012 at home.

He was 81 years old. He was the husband of Gloria Snyder Joka.

Born in Manayunk, PA, he was the son of the late John Joka and Mary

Kruza Joka. Ted lived most of his life in Doylestown, PA. Ted was a

graduate of Buckingham High School.

Ted started out working on his father’s farm as a young boy and continued

to farm into his 30’s. He was also employed for 29 years at Link Belt—FMC

Corporation in Colmar, PA, and then he was employed by the Central Bucks

School District for an additional 10 years. After retiring, he worked 12 years

part time for his son, Stan who owns a landscaping business. He was a member

of the American Legion Post 0242. He was a former member of the Moose Lodge

of Doylestown, the Mannerchor of Doylestown, the Fraternal Order of Police

in Dublin and the Great Swamp Fish and Game Association. Ted also

honorably served his country in the Armed Forces during the Korean War

conflict for two years from 1954 to 1956. In his younger days he was an avid

hunter and fisherman. His true passion was farming and gardening. He had

many devoted customers at his tomato stand on Long Lane who will truly miss

his homegrown tomatoes.

In addition to his beloved wife, he is survived by his son, Stanley, daughter-in-

law, Meghan Koelle Joka, and his granddaughter Danielle. He was preceded in

death his brothers, Aloysius and Isadore and his sister, Philomena Chernuka.

A funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m., Tuesday, November 6th at Our Lady of

Mount Carmel Church 235 East State Street, Doylestown. Family and friends

are invited to attend his viewing from 7 to 9 p.m., Monday, November 5th

at Reed and Steinbach Funeral Home, 2335 Lower State Road in Doylestown.

Friends and family may also call on the family from 10:30 to 11:00 a.m. prior

to Mass at the church.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to a charity of your

choice.

 

Ellie Czyr

Ellie Czyr, of Lansdale, died Tuesday, October 30, 2012 in the comfort of her home, surrounded by her family. She was 74.

She was married for 47 wonderful years to Edward J. Czyr, who passed away in 2004.

Born in Ontario, Canada, she was the daughter of the late William Raymond and Lois Catherine Hannigan Dredge.

Ellie lived in Ridgefield, CT most of her life and had been a resident of Lansdale since 1993.

She worked for over 15 years as a dental assistant for Drs. Nyce, Tolley and Lorenzo in Lansdale. Ellie liked gardening and going to the beach and was an

avid Giants football fan. Most of all Ellie enjoyed spending time with her family and grandchildren.

Ellie was an amazing woman who fought her battle against breast cancer with incredible strength, grace and dignity. Throughout her journey, her smile and sense of humor never left her. pt # 046937

She is survived by her two daughters: Lauren C. Tyler and her husband, Joseph Pepe, of New Hope and Lisa C. Bitzer and her husband, William, of Doylestown; her three grandchildren: Adam, Zac and Derek Bitzer; her brother: William Bruce Dredge of Princeton, NJ, a sister-in-law: Frances Healey of Portland, CT,

as well as several nieces and nephews. Ellie was preceded in death by her sister, Beverly.

A memorial service will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Friday, November 9, at Reed and Steinbach Funeral Home, 2335 Lower State Rd., Doylestown, where friends may call from 10 a.m., prior to the service. Interment will be held privately.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Ellie s name may be made to Stand Up To Cancer, designated for the breast cancer dream team, 1801 West Olympic Boulevard., Pasadena, CA 91199.

Peter F. Wisber


Peter F. Wisber, of Doylestown, died peacefully at his residence, surrounded by his family, on October 29, 2012. He was 91 years old and is survived by his wife, Joanna Valentine Wisber.


Born in Nanty Glo, PA, he was the son of the late Anthony and Grace Soya Wisber and lived most of his life in the Montgomery and Bucks County area.


Peter served proudly in the U.S. Navy during WW II and was self-employed as an owner operator in the steel hauling business until his retirement. He also spent many summers residing at his shore house in Cape May, New Jersey.


In addition to his wife, Peter is lovingly survived by his son: Peter F. Wisber, Jr., husband of Barbara, of Perkasie and his daughter: Wendy Davis, of Warrington. Also surviving are six grandchildren: Marisa; Peter III; Danielle Favata, wife of Raymond; Ashley; Nicole and Michelle, as well as his great-granddaughter, Gianna. Peter was preceded in death by six brothers and sisters.


Relatives and friends are invited to his funeral service at 2 p.m., Saturday, November 3, 2012, at Reed and Steinbach Funeral Home, 2335 Lower State Rd., Doylestown, where friends may call from 1 p.m., until the time of the service. Interment will follow in Doylestown Cemetery.

 

Lewis E. “Bud” Arnold, Jr.

Lewis E. "Bud" Arnold, Jr., a life-long resident of Doylestown, died Sunday,

October 28, 2012 at Doylestown Hospital. He was 82 and the husband of

almost 58 years to Anne Campbell Arnold.


Born in Doylestown, he was the son of the late Lewis E. Sr. and Hattie Mehl

Arnold.


Bud graduated from Abington High School, class of 1949. He served in the US Army in the 101st Airborne and military police during the Korean Conflict.
He was the former owner of Tireama in Roslyn from 1970 to 1980 and worked for many years as an auto mechanic before his retirement a few years ago.
Bud loved watching sports, especially the Phillies and Eagles but mostly

enjoyed spending time with his family.


In addition to his wife, Bud is survived by his daughters: Marianne T. Fisher,

wife of Walt, of Doylestown, Cynthia L. Dreifert, wife of Jason B. of Huntington Valley, Dorothy L. Chase, wife of Rick, of Trumbauersville; his son : Lewis C. Arnold, husband of Jeness, of Danboro; his 12 grandchildren: Erin, Kelly,

Jarret, Stephanie, Alexis, Mark, Paul, Melanie, Seth, Moriah, Beverly and Timothy; one great granddaughter: Addison; his sister: Eleanor Campion,

wife of Bill, of Brodheadsville, Pa and a brother: Edward L. Arnold, husband of Nancy, of Texas. Bud was preceded in death by two sisters: Dorothy and Hattie.


Relatives and friends are invited to Bud's funeral service 12:30 pm Monday, November 5, 2012, at Reed and Steinbach Funeral Home, 2335 Lower State Rd., Doylestown, where friends may call from 11:30 to 12:30 pm, prior to the service. Interment will follow in Washington Crossing National Cemetery, Newtown.


In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Bud's name may be made to Habitat for Humanity, 31 Oak Ave, Ste. 100, Chalfont, Pennsylvania 18914.

 

Jo Anne S. Bescherer

 

Jo Anne Smyre Bescherer, of Buckingham, died peacefully in her home on October 27, 2012, following a long courageous battle with Parkinson’s disease.

 

Jo Anne was the wife of David H. Bescherer for fifty-three years.

 

Born in Greensboro, NC, Jo Anne was the daughter of the late Paul S. and Daisy Webb Smyre.

 

Jo Anne graduated from Guilford High School in North Carolina and attended

the former Woman’s College of the University of North Carolina, now known

as UNC-Greensboro.

 

Jo Anne lived much of her life in Buckingham but also enjoyed her summers

in Ocean Isle Beach, NC.

 

Jo Anne was well known among her friends as a warm, compassionate person who enjoyed using her cooking and hospitality skills to entertain in her home. She also managed and prepared dinners and receptions in the churches to which she belonged. No one left one of Jo Anne’s events hungry. They were often in awe of her culinary talents, however, and hoped for an encore. Her skills become more widely known when she was featured in a series in The Doylestown Intelligencer called Neighbor’s Kitchen. She was also an avid tennis player and a dedicated gardener.

 

In addition to her husband, she is survived by her three children and their spouses, Lisa of Boise, ID, Paul of Plano, TX, and Jennie of Chalfont, PA, as well as six much-loved grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister, Pat Huffine, three brothers, Paul Smyre, Walter Smyre, and John Smyre, her brother-in-law, Ed, Bescherer, their spouses, and many nephews and nieces.

 

Family and friends are invited to share in celebrating Jo Anne’s life at a memorial service 2:30 p.m., Thursday, November 8 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 301 North Main Street, Doylestown.

 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Jo Anne’s name may be made to: The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, Grand Central Station, P.O. Box 4777, New York, NY, 10163-4777.

 

Mary F. Eaton

Mary F. Eaton, of Doylestown, died on Friday, October 26, 2012 at Doylestown Hospital, one month shy of her 93rd birthday. Mary was the wife of the late James Eaton who died in 1990.

Born in Philadelphia, Mary was raised by her aunt and uncle, Marie and Joseph Andrews in the Shawmont section of Philadelphia.

Following her marriage in 1945 Mary lived in Gladwyn and King of Prussia before moving to Doylestown in 1955.

Mary graduated from Roxborough High School and worked at Hamilton Paper Company in Miquon where she and Jimmie met. After Jimmie completed his Naval service he returned to Hamilton’s and Mary became a homemaker. She remained a homemaker until 1969 when she began a 25 year career as both a paid employee and volunteer at Doylestown Hospital. After her retirement as a paid employee she continued to volunteer. Mary was active in the Doylestown Nature Club, Doylestown Senior Center and 60 Plussers.

Following Jimmie’s passing, Mary’s life centered around her family. Many wonderful family times were spent with her daughter, Linda Donovan and her husband, Bill and her son, Craig Eaton and his wife, Nancy.

Mary was the loving Grannie to her five grandchildren: Deron Donovan; Stephanie Tarnowsky, wife of Doug; Daniel Donovan, husband of Stephanie; Wendy Eaton, wife of Joseph Luchette and Brent Eaton and Great Grannie to: Ali Tarnowsky; Matthew Tarnowsky and Jory Luchette.

Relatives and friends are invited to Mary’s funeral service at 11 a.m., Saturday, November 3, 2012 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 Doylestown Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Mary’s memory may be sent to: The Salvation Army 701 North Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19123-2402.

 

Jack Finnegan

Our dear loved one, Jack Finnegan of Eagleville, PA passed away suddenly

on Friday, October 19, 2012. He was 65 years old. Jack was survived by

his wife Diane Finnegan, whom he shared 47 unforgettable years with.


Born in Brooklyn, NY, Jack was the first-born son of John Finnegan and

Lorraine Pivovar Finnegan.


Jack was a proud graduate of Kings Point Merchant Marine Academy

(class of ’69) in Kings Point, NY. His passionate love of the sea and

merchant marines, built the foundation for a life-long career in association

with the maritime industry.


Jack’s career started in the NY-NJ area. He later moved with his family to Savannah, GA, Williamsburg, VA, Basking Ridge, NJ to follow his career dedicated to the manufacturing and sales aspects of commercial shipping.

He exercised an extraordinary talent in both marketing and business development. Most recently, he served as Regional Marketing and Business Development Director at Houghton International in Valley Forge, PA.


Jack’s most loved time was spending time with his grandchildren. He

enjoyed spending time on the water, boating and fishing, golfing, traveling, skiing, and cooking. It was his greatest passion to share his interests and experiences with others. Most importantly, it was his intention to teach

his grandchildren about all the things he enjoyed and show them the

world as he had come to know it.


As a dedicated and beloved husband, father, grand-father, son and brother

he is survived by his family. In addition to his wife Diane, his daughter

Kelly, her husband Mark and their children Gavin and Avery; his daughter Lauren, her husband Doug and their children Ryann, Brady, and Will; his mother Lorraine; his brother Michael and sister Regina.


Relatives and friends are invited to Jack’s funeral Mass 11 am Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at St. Martin of Tours Roman Catholic Church, 1 Riverstone Circle, New Hope, PA. A viewing will also be held Tuesday, October 23

from 2 to 4 pm and from 7 to 9 pm at Reed and Steinbach Funeral Home,

2335 Lower State Road, Doylestown.


In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Jack Finnegan’s

name to the American Heart Association, 700 One Penn Center at Suburban Station, 1617 John F. Kennedy Boulevard, Philadelphia, PA 19103
(http://honor.americanheart.org/goto/jackfinnegan)

or to a  charity of the donor's choice. 

 

Kathleen Seiders


Kathleen Seiders of Doylestown died Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012, at her residence. She was 59.


She was the wife of Gregory Seiders.


Born in Philadelphia, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Gloria Hillanbrand O'Brien.


Kathie lived most of her life in Doylestown

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Kathie graduated from Holy Rosary High School in Philadelphia, and attended medical assisting school in Philadelphia as well.


She worked for several years as a medical assistant, and then cared for a gentleman with multiple sclerosis in her home for 17 years until his death. Her latest employment was as a clinical supervisor in Gregory's orthodontic practice.
Mrs. Seiders interests included gourmet cooking, and taking care of anyone she knew who was medically compromised. She also traveled all over the United States, Canada and Europe.


Kathie also volunteered for "living beyond breast cancer" where she would counsel other women who were in earlier stages of the disease.


In addition to her husband, she is survived by her two children, Larry and Kisha; five grandchildren; her sisters, Margaret "Peggy" Sibley and Karen Schick; 76 first cousins, as Kathie's mother was one of 16 children, and three stepchildren, Michael Seiders, Deborah Scheuren and Sharon Stepanski; and many nieces and nephews.


Relatives and friends are invited to Kathie's funeral Mass 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10, at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, 235 East State St., Doylestown, where friends may call from 10 to 11 a.m. Interment will be held privately at the convenience of the family.


In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Kathie's name may be made to The Perelman Center, Rena Rowan Breast Cancer Center, 3400 Civic Center Boulevard, Philadelphia, PA 19104.

George L. Sfirri, Sr.

George Louis Sfirri, Sr., 90, died peacefully on September 27, 2012 at the Garden at Pine Run Health Care Center in Doylestown.

He was the son of the late Nicola and Antonia Iannucci Sfirri of Chester, Pa. and was a resident of Delaware County until moving to Pine Run Lakeview Assisted Living in Doylestown in 2009.

He grew up on 6th Street in Chester and graduated from Chester High School in 1941. George enlisted in the Army and served in the Pacific Theater during World War II. He attended Pennsylvania Military College and graduated in 1950 with a business degree. In 1947, he married Rose Babicki, also of Chester.

He worked for DuPont in the Fabrics and Finishes division as a sales representative from 1950 until 1982. The family moved to Riddlewood in Lima in 1953, where George was the founder and inaugural commissioner of the Riddlewood Little League. He helped establish the Riddlewood Swim Club, served on the PTA at Glenwood Elementary and Indian Lane Junior High School, and was a member of the Media Kiwanis Club, serving as President in 1962. In 1966, the family moved to a new house on East Knowlton Rd. on which George served as general contractor. They downsized to a townhouse on Abel Place as George spent more time on the road until his retirement from DuPont in 1982.

He enjoyed the trotters at Brandywine Raceway, cigars, golf, Philadelphia sports teams and following his children’s exploits in sports and life. The family regularly vacationed in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.

George was a kind, caring, buoyant, outgoing person, a beloved husband, father, grandfather, uncle, father-in-law and friend. He touched many lives and he will be missed.

He is survived by his wife, Rose, and their sons, George, and his wife, Karen Augustitus, of Denver, Co., Mark, and his wife, Lucy Green, of New Hope and Michael, and his wife, Karen Messick, of Brunswick, Me., five grandchildren

and one great grandchild. George’s sister, Anna Appollari, predeceased him.

Relatives and friends are invited to George’s funeral service at noon Friday, October 5, 2012 at Reed and Steinbach Funeral Home, 2335 Lower State Road, Doylestown, where friends may call from 11:00 a.m., until the time of the service. Interment will follow in Washington Crossing National Cemetery,

Newtown.

We encourage you to remember George by making a donation in his name to your favorite charity.

 

Walter Brucker Jr.

Walter Brucker Jr. of New Britain died Monday, Sept. 24, 2012, at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. He was 81.

He was the husband of 60 years to Eleanor (Adomeit) Brucker.

Born in Philadelphia, he was the son of the late Walter and Julia Schweikle Brucker.

Walter served as president and owner of the Walter Brucker and Co. Inc., a contracting business which became incorporated in 1963. The company was responsible for the building of the Central Bucks Y.M.C.A., Pine Run Elementary School and more recently Bucks County Community College South Campus in Bristol.

When he wasn’t working, Walter dedicated his life to his family. He also enjoyed vacationing in Ocean City, N.J.

His family stated the words that best describe him and his life are kindness, integrity and hard-working.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his daughters: Karen Greilich, wife of Ron of Dresher; Lori Stevens of Abington; Janine Asher, wife of Dave of Oreland; his son: Chip Brucker, husband of Julia of Bedminster; nine grandchildren; his brothers: Dr. Paul Brucker, husband of Joan of Ambler, Dr. Eric Brucker, husband of Sharon of Aston, and his sister, Pauline Brucker, of Spring House.

Relatives and friends are invited to Walter’s funeral service at 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012 at Reed and Steinbach Funeral Home, 2335 Lower State Road, Doylestown, where friends may call from 12 Noon until the time of the service.

A visitation will also be held Wednesday evening from 7 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home. Interment will follow Thursday’s service in Sunset Memorial Park, Feasterville.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Walter’s name may be made to the Pancreatic Cancer Program, Thomas Jefferson University, c/o Jefferson Foundation, 925 Chestnut Street, Suite 110, Philadelphia PA 19107, or to Immanuel Lutheran Church, 1015 Cottman Ave., Philadelphia PA 19111.


Eugene J. Constantine

Eugene J. Constantine of New Britain went to be with his Lord and Savior on Monday, September 24, 2012. He was 85 and the husband of Margaret Gilbert Constantine.

Born in Doylestown, he was the son of the late Philip and Ethel Greer Constantine.

Gene worked for the United States Postal Service for more than thirty years. He served in the U.S. Navy during WW II. He and his wife, Margaret, attended Providence Reformed Baptist Church in Warminster.

In addition to his wife, Gene is survived by his sons: Eugene J. Constantine, Jr. and David M. Constantine and his daughter, Cynthia Harris, as well as his grandchildren: Renee and Trevor Harris. He is also survived by his twin brother, William and brothers, Jack and Roy Constantine.

Relatives and friends are invited to Gene’s funeral service 11 a.m., Friday, September 28, 2012 at Reed and Steinbach Funeral Home, 2335 Lower State Road, Doylestown, where friends may call from 10 a.m., until the time of the service. Interment will be held privately.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Eugene’s name may be made to: Providence Reformed Baptist Church, 800 York Road, Warminster, PA

18974-2006.

 

Daniel A. Taylor


Daniel Atkinson Taylor died peacefully on September 10, 2012, surrounded

by family and friends. He was 56.


Dan was born at Doylestown Hospital on May 19, 1956 and lived in central

Bucks County his entire life.


For 19 years Dan was the beloved husband of Christine Miller Taylor of Buckingham, daughter of Richard Miller of Topton. He was a devoted husband, father, son, grandfather, son-in-law, brother, uncle, neighbor and friend.
Dan was the son of Nancy Keller Auerbach of Doylestown, PA and Adrian Taylor of Litchfield, Ct.


A graduate of Central Bucks East High School and Temple University, Dan

was for many years the owner and president of Taylor Made Carpets and

Flooring in Doylestown, serving residential, institutional and commercial

clients throughout the tri-state region. He had previously held positions in management, operations and sales with Sears Roebuck and Co., R.H. Macy Company and several small firms.


Dan worked tirelessly on behalf of numerous civic causes and charities in

central Bucks County and beyond including Central Bucks Family YMCA, Doylestown Hospital, Doylestown Revitalization Board, Doylestown Historical Society, Gilda’s Club, The Community Conservatory of Music, Michener

Museum, Mercer Museum, Bucks County Audubon Society and was a past President of Central Buck’s Cares.


Dan Taylor was the recipient of the Don F. Whitney Exemplar Award - the highest award that the Central Bucks Chamber bestows and it is rarely given. The recipient must be considered a Lifetime Achievement Award recipient in

the following categories: Humanitarian, Business, Bucks County Ambassadorship, and Arts. Dan was unanimously selected as the 2005

recipient. When the award was bestowed, it was noted that Dan had grown his business from a start-up with one individual to 10 employees and 16 installation crews. His attention to detail was cited and he was recognized as the recipient of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Builder Association Award of Excellence, had set new records in the International Design Guild, and Taylor Made Carpets and Flooring had the exceptional distinction of achieving the highest sales per square foot in Bucks County.

Dan Taylor, a long-time and devoted member of the Central Bucks Chamber of Commerce, served for a time as First Vice President and was an active involved Vice President at the time of his passing. He was a Chamber Ambassador, member of the Chamber’s Membership Steering Committee and a tireless advocate for business growth and Chamber membership. Dan was a member of the Bucks Fever Byers Art Exhibition Committee, the Red Ball Gala Committee, donated his services to meet with entrepreneurs to help them with business growth, led, with Bob Byers (Jr.) the Mini Business World program (a joint effort of the Chamber and the CB School District). He served as a Patron of the Chamber’s Arts & Cultural Program – Bucks Fever – and, at one point, served as the Bucks Fever Patron Reception Grand Sponsor.

Dan was an active parishioner at Our Lady of Guadalupe Roman Catholic Church in Buckingham where he served on the fund raising committee and spearheaded the annual golf outing. Additionally, Dan played a key role in the development and opening of this new parish.


In addition to his wife, parents and father-in-law, Dan is survived by three daughters: Meredith Little, wife of James, of Raleigh, N.C.; Andrea Recher, wife of Jason, of New Orleans, La. and Pamela Taylor of Charlotte, N.C. and two granddaughters – Frances Prescott Little (aged 9 months) and Kennedy Pamela Recher (aged 6 months).  Other survivors include three siblings: Clem Taylor of Montclair, N.J.; Deirdre Lehman, wife of Jon, of Lancaster, Pa. and Brian Taylor of Perkasie, Pa. as well as many loving nieces, nephews, cousins, in-laws and friends.  Dan was preceded in death by his stepfather, Martin J. Auerbach. He was the namesake of his late grandfather, Daniel D. Atkinson, Mayor of Doylestown from 1966 to 1976.


Friends may call on Friday September 14, 1 to 3 p.m. and 5 to 9 p.m. at Reed and Steinbach Funeral Home, 2335 Lower State Road, Doylestown. Friends are encouraged to share their memories of Dan starting at 7:30 p.m.  A funeral mass will be held on Saturday September 15 at 11:30 am at Our Lady Of Guadalupe Roman Catholic Church, 5175 Cold Spring Creamery Road (at Route 413), Doylestown. Interment will follow Mass in Doylestown Cemetery.


In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made in memory of Daniel A. Taylor to: The Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center at Duke, Att: Ellen Stainback, DUMC Box 3624, Durham, N.C. 27710.

 

Nancy M. McCurdy

 

Nancy M. McCurdy of Doylestown passed away on Wednesday, September 12, 2012 at Peter Becker Community. She was 89.

 

Born in Moline, Illinois, Nancy was the daughter of the late Herman and

Florence Samuelson Miedke.

 

In 1944 she married Albert Eugene McCurdy in Chicago, Illinois. They were married 62 years. He preceded her in death, as did her sister, Eileen Steffenson.

She was a graduate of Moline High School and attended Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois.

 

Preceding and during WW II, Nancy worked at radio station WHBF in Rock Island, Illinois. She wrote and broadcast a daily program, “Women in the News,” that featured the activities of women worldwide who served in the military,

the Red Cross and on the home front.

 

She was a volunteer Girl Scout leader for ten years and also read papers, textbooks and books on tape for sight-impaired graduate students and blind individuals. During this time she also volunteered in a remedial reading program in a Philadelphia elementary school.

 

Additionally, Nancy volunteered with the Chester County Historical Society Museum in West Chester. She was a docent, a member of the Volunteer Council and editor of the monthly newsletter. She helped catalog the museum’s vast collections of historical treasures and especially enjoyed working with the museum’s fans. She became an expert on fans and lectured about the subject to various groups.

 

She was a member of Doylestown Presbyterian Church where she was active in the visitation program. She also belonged to the Village Improvement Association, the Mercer Museum and the James A. Michener Art Museum.

Nancy is survived by her three children: Lynne (Edward) Wettig of Leavenworth, KS, Emily (Kenneth) Brenninger of Souderton, and Michael (Kathleen) McCurdy of Radnor; five grandchildren: Kenneth Brenninger, Lisa Brenninger Bishop, Amy Brenninger, Rodler Morris and Todd Morris; and three great-grandchildren: Norah Bishop, Ian Bishop and Landon Morris.

 

Nancy’s greatest interest in life was her family whom she loved dearly and who loved her equally. She also immensely enjoyed traveling, which she and her husband did extensively in the US and abroad. Her other interests and talents were gardening, needlework, photography, reading and genealogy.

 

Relatives and friends are invited to Nancy’s funeral service at 11 a.m., Tuesday, September 18 at Reed and Steinbach Funeral Home, 2335 Lower State Road, Doylestown, where friends may call from 10:30 a.m. until the time of the service. Interment will follow in Doylestown Cemetery.

 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Nancy’s name may be made to the Salvation Army, 215 Appletree Drive, Levittown, PA 19055.

 

Charles H. Gale, V

Charles H. Gale, V, of Gwynedd, died unexpectedly in a motorcycle accident Monday evening, September 10, 2012. He was 28.

Born in Lansdale, he was the son of Barbara Barclay Gale and Charles H.

Gale, IV.

Charles graduated from Solebury School and in 2012 from Delaware Valley College, Doylestown.

He loved cars, motorcycles, computers and was an avid tennis player,

playing while in high school and recently playing with his mother in

mixed doubles at the club level. Charles worked in the computer department

at Solebury School while he was a student and after graduating and most recently ran the IT Department at the family business, Gale Nurseries in Gwynedd. Just three weeks ago, he began yet another job troubleshooting computers in

Mt. Laurel, NJ.

Charles also enjoyed traveling with his family to such places as: Africa, Peru, Iceland, France, Norway, Scotland, Spain, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico and Costa Rica. He was involved in conquering the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro in Africa in 2004, a 14 day boating trip in Colorado and in 2006 sat with the gorillas in Rwanda.

Charles was also a driving enthusiast and was very interested in BMW’s and worked on modifications for car owners all over the country.

He will be remembered for being a very kind and gentle person, as well as smart and funny and was loved by all of his family and friends. He will be sorely missed by all who knew him, including the little guys in his life, Trevor and Elijah.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by a sister: Christine Gale, of Doylestown; maternal grandparents: William and Shirley Barclay, of Worcester; paternal grandmother: Mary Gale, of Springhouse; his aunt: Nancy Granese, wife of Claude, of Chalfont; his cousins: David Granese, husband of Mariana, of Bridgeport and Angela Granese, of Philadelphia; his girlfriend: Aleciana Madalena, of Mt. Laurel, New Jersey as well as his beloved yellow lab, Zoey.

Relatives and friends are invited to Charles’ memorial service 4 p.m., Saturday, September 15, 2012, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 301 North Main Street, Doylestown, where friends may call from 2 to 4 p.m., prior to the service. Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Charles’ name may be made to: Bucks County S.P.C.A., Post Office Box 277, Lahaska, PA 18931.

 

Karen Cashwell

Anyone who met Karen Cashwell would agree that the one word to describe her was ‘memorable’. Sadly, this unique individual passed away Tuesday, September 4th, 2012 at age 55 at Doylestown Hospital.

She was born in Pontiac, Michigan and lived most of her life in Phoenix, Arizona. She and her family moved to Texas in 1997 and then Pennsylvania in 2000.
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Throughout her life she was involved in sports, working with people, and making friends. Her many jobs included X-Ray Technician, Manager of Sporting Goods Stores and Grocery Stores.

She is survived and sorely missed by her husband, Pascal (Pat) Cashwell, daughter Katherine and son, Christopher, along with her mother, Marilyn Kistner Smith, brother, Greg Smith, and sister, Linda Smith James as well as her pets, Linus, Buddy, and Abigail.

A memorial service will be held at 6 p.m., Friday, September 7, 2012 at Reed and Steinbach Funeral Home, 2335 Lower State Road, Doylestown, where friends may call from 4 p.m., until the time of the service. Interment will be held privately.


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

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Edward D. Kilcoyne

Edward D. Kilcoyne of Warrington Township died Monday, September 3,

2012 at his home. He was 68 and the husband for 21 years of Susan J. Illenberger Kilcoyne.

Born in Philadelphia, he was the son of the late Anne Elizabeth and

Edward B. Kilcoyne.

Ed believed his most important role in life was that of loving husband and devoted “PopPop” to his six grandchildren. He enjoyed gathering his family together for holidays and summer vacations. No one was more excited at Christmas than Ed. Once Christmas was over, he would begin planning

for the yearly family summer vacation to Sea Isle City. For Ed, everything

was always about family.

In addition to his wife, Susan , Ed is survived by a brother, James Kilcoyne; a sister, Suzanne Hodge; step-daughter: Maureen Murphy and step-sons: Brian Murphy (Erica) and Patrick Murphy (Polly); as well as his six grandchildren: Sean, Grace, Sophie, Alex, Sarah and Kelly. He was also the beloved brother-in-law and uncle to his extended family.

Relatives and friends are invited to his memorial service 12 p.m., Thursday, September 6, 2012 at Reed and Steinbach Funeral Home, 2335 Lower State Road, Doylestown, where friends may call from 11 a.m., until the time of the service. Interment will be held privately.

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

Holy Redeemer Hospice, 12265 Townsend Road., Suite 400, Philadelphia,

PA 19154-1214 or to: Joan Karnell Cancer Center, Pennsylvania Hospital,

230 W. Washington Square, Suite 102, Philadelphia, PA 19106-3500.

 

Frank B. “Bucky” Dunlap, Jr.

Frank B. “Bucky” Dunlap, Jr., a life long resident of Doylestown passed away

on Wednesday, August 15 at Doylestown Hospital. He was 65. He was the

loving husband for 36 years of Maryann Fedorak Dunlap.

Born in Doylestown, Bucky was the son of the late Mary Sobelewski and

Frank B. Dunlap, Sr.

Bucky was a graduate of Central Bucks High School, class of 1964 and served

in the United States Marine Corps during the Vietnam War. He also was a graduate of the FBI National Academy.

Bucky was an officer with the Doylestown Borough Police Department from

1973 until 1976 and with Doylestown Township Police Department from

1976 until his retirement in 2004.

In addition to his loving wife, Bucky is survived by his son, Frank B. “Bo” Dunlap, III, husband of Meridith and Pappy’s beloved grandchildren: Addison and Isaac, all of Kingsville, MD. He is also survived by his sisters: Mary Ann Alarcon of West Palm Beach, FL and Fran Szabo, of Buckingham and a brother: Joseph Witt (Elizabeth) of Chalfont. He was preceded in death by sisters: Gladys Tweed and Jeanne M. Boop and a brother: Sonny Dunlap.

Relatives and friends are invited to Bucky’s funeral service, 11 a.m., Monday, August 20, 2012, at Reed and Steinbach Funeral Home, 2335 Lower State Road, Doylestown where friends may call from 10 a.m. until the time of the service.

A visitation will also be from 6 to 8 p.m., Sunday, August 19 at Reed and Steinbach Funeral Home. Interment will be private.

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

the: Gift of Life Family House, 401 Callowhill Street Philadelphia, PA 19123

or to Doylestown Hospital, c/o Development Office, 595 West State Street, Doylestown, PA 18901.

 

Daniel P. O’Toole

Daniel P. O’Toole of Doylestown died on Sunday, August 12 at his home.

He was 58 years old and the husband of Carolyn DeNofa O’Toole.

Born in Philadelphia, he was the son of Harry and Joan Doebley O’Toole.

Dan was a graduate of Bishop Egan High School. He received a degree in Communications from Villanova University. Dan was a Broadcast Promotion Consultant and an avid sports fan with a special passion for golf.

In addition to his wife and parents, Dan is survived by his only child, a son: Mitchell O’Toole, as well as his sister: Patty O’Toole (Suzie) and brothers:  Bryan O’Toole (Lisa) and Harry O’Toole (Amy); also a niece and several nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to Dan’s funeral Mass, 11 a.m., Thursday, August 16, 2012 at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic 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.

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

 

Anne L. Calhoun

Anne L. Calhoun a longtime resident of Doylestown died at the age of 83 at her home on Thursday, August 2, 2012.

Born in Rockledge, she was the daughter of the late Albert and Marie Kaul Kurz.

Anne was “proudly” the first female Deputy Sheriff of Bucks County and the first female President of the Deputy Sheriff’s Association.

She was a longtime parishioner of Nativity of Our Lord Catholic Church in Warminster and devoted much of her time to church activities.

“Anne was a wonderful mother, grandmother and great-grandmother with a quick wit and a stubborn streak which she passed graciously along to us all.”

Surviving are her children: William R. Calhoun, Jr., husband of Tina; Michael L. Calhoun, husband of Amy; Marilyn Calhoun and Sandra Samuels, wife of David; ten grandchildren and two great grandchildren. She is also surviving by her brothers: Frank, Albert and Donald Kurz. She was preceded in death by a grandson: John H. Warren, IV.

Relatives and friends are invited to Anne’s funeral Mass, 11 a.m., Tuesday, August 7, 2012 at Nativity of Our Lord Catholic Church, 605 W. Street Road, Warminster, where the family will receive guests from 10 a.m., until the time of Mass. Interment will follow Mass in Whitemarsh Memorial Park, Prospectville.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Anne’s name may be made to Wesley Enhanced Living, Benevolent Fund, 200 Veterans Lane, Doylestown,

PA 18901

 

Alice Zych

Alice Zych of Philadelphia died  on Sunday, July 29. She was 88 and the

wife of late Stanley Zych.

Born and raised in Russia before immigrating to the United States in 1951,

Alice was the daughter of the late George and Sophia Popov Tregubienk.

Alice is survived by her children: Thaddeus (Mary), of North Carolina;

Richard (Lourdes), of New Jersey and Robert Zych, of Philadelphia.  She was

the grandmother of nine.

Relatives and friends are invited the her Funeral Mass 10:30 am Thursday, August 2 at Our Lady of Czestochowa Church (Cemetery Chapel), 645 Ferry

Road, Doylestown. There will be a viewing from 9 to 10 am at Reed and Steinbach Funeral Home, 2335 Lower State Road, Doylestown.

Interment will follow Mass in Our Lady of Czestochowa Cemetery.

 

Betty K. Price

Betty K. Price of Doylestown, passed away on July 23, 2012, after a week long battle with an unknown infection following a complex spinal surgery. She was 78 years old. She was the wife of Alan Price with whom she recently celebrated 50 years of marriage.

Born in Woodstock, Virginia in the Shenandoah Valley, she was the daughter of the late John Melvin and Rosa Elizabeth Grimm Kipps.

Betty graduated from Woodstock High School and attended Madison College. She worked as a receptionist at Fort Belvoir in Virginia before taking a job as a stewardess with Northwest Orient Airlines until she was married.

For most of her adult life she was the glue of her family as they relocated from California to New Jersey to Wisconsin to Illinois and finally to Pennsylvania. After raising her boys, she returned to work at the Naval Air Development Center in Warminster, PA until retirement.

She was a natural cook who loved to garden. She looked forward to every Phillies game and hosting her bridge group. She enjoyed her family the most and in recent years was happiest around her grandchildren. She would travel out of state on a moment’s notice to help someone in need, frequently caring for her older sisters in Virginia.

In addition to her husband, Betty is survived by her two sons: David and John, her sister Hilda, her brother Bill and her two beloved grandchildren Ryan and Brady. She was preceded in death by her sisters: Charlotte, Francis and Hazel.

A Funeral Service will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, July 26 at Reed & Steinbach Funeral Home, 2335 Lower State Road, Doylestown, PA. Visitation with family and friends precedes the service at 10 AM. Interment will follow the service in Doylestown Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in honor of Betty K. Price to any of the following charities: American Heart Association, 700 One Penn Center at Suburban Station, 1617 John F. Kennedy Boulevard, Philadelphia, PA 19103; American Diabetes Association, Suite 100 - 150 Monument Ave., Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004 or to: Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, 716 Mt. Airyshire Blvd., Suite 100, Columbus, Ohio 43235.


Relatives and friends are invited to his funeral service, 3 p.m., Sunday,

July 15, 2012 at Reed and Steinbach Funeral Home, 2335 Lower State Road, Doylestown, where the family will receive guests from 1 p.m., until the time

of the service. Interment will be private at the convenience of the family.

 

William P. Banning

William P. "Bill" Banning, a long time resident of Doylestown, passed away on Friday, July 20, 2012. He was 89. He was husband to the late Florence D. Banning who died in 2006.

Born in Hackensack, N.J., he was the son of the late William P. and Helen V. Banning.

Bill graduated from Deerfield Academy in Deerfield, Mass.

Bill served as a U.S. Marine infantry platoon commander in World War II with the Second Marine Division. He fought in the historic Battle of Saipan in the Northern Marianas Islands. He epitomized "Once a Marine, Always a Marine," he was a Patriot, and he waved the flag "30 hours a day" as "Flag Waver Extraordinaire."

He married Rita C. Conger, together they raised two daughters, Barbara and Karen.
He later married Florence D. Fitting. They were married 35 years.

He dedicated much of his adult life to the Navy League and U.S. Marine Corps. He edited a book entitled "The Heritage Years: Second Marine Division" documenting the critical role of the Second Marine Division in World War II.

He was also a former president of the Second Marine Division Association Mid-Atlantic Chapter, where he wrote and edited a monthly newsletter for the Second Marine Division, called "The Bugle." Bill also coordinated annual reunions and tours for the Second Marine Division, throughout many historic cities and towns on the East Coast, touring battlegrounds, ballistic submarines and aircraft carriers.

Bill was an avid reader, letter writer and wordsmith. He enjoyed his large family and many close friends. He loved music, ballroom dancing and sharing stories about the Marine Corps.
Bill is survived by his daughters: Barbara E. Banning Schoen and Karen L. Mininger, as well as six step children: Louis M. Fitting, Joan L. Fitting, David D. Fitting, Melody L. Miller, Daniel S. G. Fitting, and Florence E. Rosser. He also leaves behind 19 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Bill was preceded in death by his sister, Helen, and brother, George Banning.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend his funeral service at 11 a.m. Friday, July 27, 2012 at Trinity Episcopal Church Solebury, 6587 Upper York Road, Solebury, where friends may call from 10 a.m. until the time of the service. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.

Memorial contributions in Bill’s name may be made to Semper Fi Fund, 825 College Blvd., Suite 102, PMB 609, Oceanside CA 92057, (a foundation which provides injured Marines, and service members who served in support of Marine Forces, immediate financial assistance and quality of life solutions, which was near and dear to Bill), or to CHARGE Syndrome Foundation, 141 Middle Neck Road, Sands Point, NY 11050, (which provided Bill and his family great support for his grandson).

 

Albert Weiss

Albert Weiss of Milford, NJ, formerly of the Doylestown area died on Tuesday, July 10 at Hunterdon Medical Center. He was 89 and the husband of

Dorothy M. Goldbach Weiss.

Born in New York, New York, he as the son of the late Rudoph and

Grace Hertzen Weiss.

Albert served in the 24th Battalion (construction) as a Sea bee in the South Pacific.

He attended Ryder College and Rutgers University in New Jersey. Albert

served as assistant to Auxiliary Board member. While in South Carolina

he also served as chaplain for disabled veterans in addition to participating

as a substitute teacher at a vocational school in Anderson, S.C. They returned north to Buckingham Springs in Buckingham, later moving to Pine Run Community in Doylestown, where he was an active member of the choir.

Albert was appointed Chaplain for DAV in Doylestown and for two years

was a substitute teacher at Bucks County Vocational School.

Mr. Weiss enjoyed woodworking, gardening, singing and reading. He was a member of the Bahaʹ’iʹ faith, having a vision of peace that he wished for

family, friends and all mankind.

In addition to his wife, Albert is survived by his son: Stephen Weiss; his

daughter, Kathy Greco; three grandchildren: Byron Weiss, Todd Greco and Gloria Werner; three great-grandchildren: Gwen Werner, Mark Werner and Ingrid Weiss, as well as his sisters: Harriet Chilstrom and Victoria Nawa.

Relatives and friends are invited to Albert’s funeral service, 11 a.m.,

Saturday, July 14, 2012 at Reed and Steinbach Funeral Home, 2335

Lower State Road, Doylestown. Interment will follow the service in

Doylestown Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions in Albert’s

name to the charity of the donor’s choice.

Derek M. Brown

Derek M. Brown of Telford died on July 5, 2012 at Abington Memorial Hospital. He was twenty years old.

Born in Doylestown, Derek was the son of Matthew Brown and Lillian Kerns (Staiger) and step son of Jack Kerns.

Derek was a graduate of Souderton High School, class of 2010, where he had been a member of the football, basketball and track teams. He just completed his sophomore year at East Stroudsburg University and was an outside linebacker for the university’s football team.

Derek enjoyed spending time with his family, the beach, playing sports, including weightlifting and hanging out with his many friends.

In addition to his parents, Derek is survived by his brothers, Matthew and Ryan Brown, both of Telford; maternal grandparents: Jack and Lillian Staiger of Chalfont; his paternal grandparents: Lee and Mary Brown of Mechanicsville and his great grandmother: Lillian Oberkehr of Hatfield, as well as an aunt, Carolyn Ennis (Steve) of Upper Black Eddy and an uncle: Jack Staiger of Chalfont.

Relatives and friends are invited to Derek’s funeral service, 11 a.m., Tuesday, July 10, 2012, at Reed and Steinbach Funeral Home, 2335 Lower State Road, Doylestown where the public may call from 10 a.m. until the time of the service. A visitation will also be from 5 to 8 p.m., Monday, July 9 at Reed and Steinbach Funeral Home. Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the: Derek Brown Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o Monument Bank, 465 North Main Street, Doylestown, PA 18901 (for the benefit of football players at East Stroudsburg University).


Virginia S. Hampton

Virginia Sullivan Hampton of Doylestown died on July 4, 20212. She was 90 years of age.  She was the wife for fifty years to the late Donald K. Hampton,

who died in 1996.

Born in Chicago, Illinois, Mrs. Hampton was the daughter of the late Edwin O. And Gladys Corson Sullivan.

She graduated from St. Mary’s School for Girls in Evanston, Illinois. Virginia married Donald on June 3, 1946 in Chicago and moved to Doylestown where

she lived the rest of her life.

Mrs. Hampton was an American Red Cross volunteer during WW II. She was

a member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church since l946.

After her four children were born, Mrs. Hampton began raising and exhibiting collies in the mid 50's. In 1963 she started a long career as an American Kennel Club dog judge. In 1989 Mrs. Hampton was recognized by the AKC as an All-Breed judge. At that time she was one of just thirteen All-Breed judges out of 2,500 dog judges in the United States. During her life she judged as many

as 55 shows in a year, both in the United States and abroad.

Mrs. Hampton was an active member of the Bucks County Kennel Club and

the Keystone Collie Club, where she held various offices. For fifteen years

she was District Director of the Collie Club of America.

She is survived by her four children: Donna Hampton Dedula of Marietta, Georgia; Roger Hampton of Clifton, Virginia; Elizabeth Hampton Tanton and Kathleen Hampton, both of Doylestown. Also surviving are seven grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.

Relatives and friends are invited to Virginia’s funeral Mass, 11 a.m., Saturday, July 7 at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic 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. John Neumann Cemetery, Chalfont.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Virginia’s name may be made

to: St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN

38105-1905.

 

Guido Persichillo

 

Guido Persichillo of Buckingham Township died on Monday, June 25, 2012. He was 92. Guido was the husband of the late Florence Persichillo, who passed away in 2000.

 

Born in Bristol, PA, he was the son of the late Antonio and Marietta Quici Persichillo.

 

As a young man, Guido worked as a tailor in Jersey City, New Jersey and New York City. He served in the Army during WW II.

 

Guido and Florence owned and operated the Buttonwood Inn in Lahaska for thirty-eight years.

 

Surviving are Guido’s children: Marge Barnes, her husband, Mike and Jacqueline Persichillo , as well as his grandchildren: Anthony (Beckie) Barnes; Nicole (John) Norvaisas; Luke Persichillo; Ann Marie (Mark) Rowand and Don Hilbert, Jr.

and nine great grandchildren. He was predeceased by a daughter: Marietta Hilbert.

 

Relatives and friends are invited to his Funeral Mass, 10 a.m., Friday, June 29, 2012 at Mary Mother of the Redeemer Catholic Church, 1325 Upper State Road , North Wales.  A visitation will be from 7 to 9 p.m., Thursday, June 28 at

Reed and Steinbach Funeral Home, 2335 Lower State Rd., Doylestown. (There will be no morning visitation. Interment will follow Mass in Sunset Memorial Park, Feasterville.

 

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

The Heart Institute at Doylestown Hospital, 595 West State Street, Doylestown, PA 18901.

 

Elizabeth M. Markie

 

Elizabeth M. Markie of Doylestown died on Sunday, June 24, 2012. She was 82 years old. Elizabeth was the wife of the late Richard J. Markie, who passed in 2008.

Born in Mattawamkeag, ME she was the daughter of the late Webster and Hazel Stitham Martin.


Mrs. Markie received an associates degree from Manchester Community College followed by a Bachelor of Science in Human Services from New Hampshire College. She worked as a social worker for the Community Renewal Team in Manchester, Ct.


She loved doing her "handiwork" as she called it including crocheting and needle point.


Elizabeth is survived by a son: Rick Markie, of Elmira, NY; two daughters: Beth Ouellette of Norristown, PA and Karen Markie of Warrington, PA; an "adopted" daughter, Ana Rinehart of East Hartford, Ct and six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Also surviving is her sister: Marie Smith of Gales Ferry, CT, as well as two brothers: Fred Martin of Hamilton, OH and Alvin Martin of Benedicta, ME. Elizabeth was predeceased by a son, Terry Markie and a grandson, Richard Ouellette.


A Funeral Mass will be celebrated 11 a.m., Friday, June 29, 2012 at St. Robert Bellarmine Catholic Church, 856 Euclid Ave.,Warrington. Friends may call from 10 a.m. until the time of Mass. Interment will be private.


In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Elizabeth’s name may be made to the American Cancer Society, 480 Norristown Road, Suite 150, Blue Bell, PA 19422-2329.

 

Madelyn A. White

Madelyn A. White of Doylestown passed away on Saturday, June 23, 2012 at Briarleaf Nursing Home. She was 97 years old and the wife of the late Earl L. White who died in 1963.

Born in Pueblo. Colorado, she the daughter of the late William W. and Minnie Stampr Weston. Madelyn lived in Philadelphia prior to moving to Chalfont in 1949.

Mrs. White was employed by Sears in Doylestown for many years. She was also

a former, longtime member of Pleastanville United Church of Christ.

Surviving are her son, David L. White and his wife, Vicki, of Newfield, NJ and

her son-in-law, Carroll R. Quinby of Doylestown, as well as four grandchildren and six great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her daughter,

Judith W. Quinby.

Relatives and friends are invited to Madelyn’s funeral service, 2 p.m., Friday, June 29, 2012 at Reed and Steinbach Funeral Home, 2335 Lower State Road, Doylestown, where friends may call from 1:30 until the time of the service. Interment will follow in Beulah Cemetery, New Britain.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Madelyn’s name may be made to: Pleasantville United Church of Christ, 3424 Limekiln Pike, Chalfont, PA 18914.

Bruce R. Tilley

Bruce R. Tilley passed away on Monday, June 18, at home surrounded by his family. He was 46. Bruce was of the beloved husband of Elizabeth Tanner Tilley for 8 years.

Born in Doylestown, Bruce spent his entire life here. He was a graduate of

Central Bucks West High School, class of 1984 and worked in the family

business, Tilley Fire Equipment Company until be became ill.

Bruce was active in the Doylestown Area Jaycees, Heart of Bucks Auto Show, Doylestown at Dusk Auto Show and Southeastern Van Club. He enjoyed driving and working on his Chevelle Street Machine. He also loved to travel and enjoyed many vacations with his friends. Bruce was also a member of Salem United Church of Christ.

Bruce fought the good fight with brain cancer for many years and he and

his wife were active in the National Brain Tumor Foundation taking part

in the foundation’s annual walk.

He had a real zest for life and love for his family, friends and his street machine.

In addition to his wife, Bruce is survived by his mother, Nancy C. Tilley and stepfather, William Mount; brothers: Michael Tilley and Doug W. Tilley;

nephews Sam D. and Jack E. Tilley and niece, Rebecca Tilley. He is also

survived by his stepsister: Stacey Shearn and her daughter, Nicole and stepbrother: Jeff Mount, his wife, Lisa, and their children: Andrew and

Timothy Mount and Jeremy and Rachel Stern. Bruce was preceded in

death by his father, Donald L. Tilley in 2004.

Relatives and friends are invited to Bruce’s funeral service, 10 a.m., Friday,

June 22, 2012, at Salem United Church of Christ, 186 East Court Street, Doylestown where the public may call from 9 a.m. until the time of the service. A visitation will be from 7 to 9 p.m., Thursday, June 21 at Reed and Steinbach Funeral Home, 2335 Lower State Rd., Doylestown. Interment will follow the service in Doylestown Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Bruce’s name may be made to: Alchemy Open Studio, 260 Wells Road, Ste. A., Doylestown, PA 18901; (www.aostudio.org); National Brain Tumor Foundation, 124 Watertown

Street, Suite 2D, Watertown, MA 02472 (www.braintumor.org);
Dream Foundation, 1528 Chapala Street, Ste. 304, Santa Barbara, CA 93101 (www.dreamfoundation.org) or to Salem United Church of Christ, at the address above.

 

Agnes (Ginger) Lindsay Ware

Agnes L. Ware (also known as Ginger to her college friends) of Doylestown, passed away at home on Wednesday, June 13, 2012. Agnes was the devoted wife of the late Richard Cromb Ware. She was 87 years old.

Born in the Philadelphia area, she was the daughter of the late Donald and Lelia (Champion) Lindsay.

Agnes attended Lower Merion High School and went on to attend Principia College in Elsah, IL.

She worked for Burpee Gardens during high school and between college years reflecting her love of gardening. She then married her high school sweetheart and settled in a Philadelphia suburb before moving to Quakertown. They then built a home in Bedminster and moved there to raise their family on the beautiful 4 acre property filled with gardens, fruit trees and a big back yard.

After the death of her husband, she moved to Doylestown to be closer to her church community where she was a lifetime member at First Church of Christ Scientist, Doylestown. Later in life, she worked for H&R Block preparing taxes for 10 years.

Agnes loved many things in nature. She was an avid gardener, bird aficionado and loved following the stars and planets. She was always helping others. She volunteered much of her time to her church and Peace Valley Nature Center in New Britain.

She was an amazing, loving mother to her seven children - Alex Ware (Charleston, IL), Candace Sawyer (Brookfield, WI), Richard Ware (Perkasie, PA), Holly Moyer (Pipersville, PA), Donald Ware (Merrimack, NH), Malcolm Ware (Tucson, AZ) and Aline D’Agostino (Lansdale, PA), grandmother to twenty-three grandchildren and great grandmother of one.

A Memorial Service is scheduled for October 13, when her family can gather locally to enjoy her memory. Location and time are still to be determined.


In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Agnes’s name may be made to: Peace Valley Nature Center, 170 N. Chapman Road, Doylestown, PA 18901.

 

Karin D. Sutton

Karin D. Sutton of Doylestown, died on Sunday, June 10, 2012 at Doylestown Hospital.  Karin was the devoted wife of Bobby L. Sutton, Jr. and loving mother

of four.   She was 59 years old. 

Born in Seattle, Washington, she was the daughter of the late Howard and

Vera (Sears) Hilleary. 

A Navy wife, she lived in many places from Charleston, SC to Monterey,

CA as well as Guam and Iceland.  She moved with her husband and

children to Doylestown in 1994.   

Following graduation from the University of Washington, she entered

active duty with the U.S. Navy, eventually leaving the Naval Reserves

as a Commander.   From 1993-1994, she was the President of the

Tidewaters Officers Spouses Association in Norfolk, VA, an organization

made up of all spouses of active duty, reserve, retired and warrant officers

in the U.S. Armed Forces, Allied Forces and Civilian employees with

comparable officer status in the Hampton Roads area. While President

she led the fund raising effort resulting in record funds being collected

to support several charities' programs.

From 2003 to 2007, Karin was active with the Central Bucks YMCA

Board of Directors, active in the Building and Grounds Committee as

well as the Planning Committee for the Spring Gala, the YMCA’s

premier fund raiser.  She loved bird watching, gardening in her

spare time, being with her devoted Dachshund, Chihuahua, and

Sheltie, and talking and spending time with her children and grandchild.     

In addition to her husband of 36 years, she is survived by her four cherished children:  Daniel H. Sutton of Odenton, MD; Hilleary A. Himes and her husband Jerry, of State College, PA; Steven L Sutton and his wife Sarah, of Hong Kong, China; Taylor R. Sutton of Doylestown, PA and a beloved granddaughter, Olivia Himes.   

A Funeral Service will be held at 12 p.m., Friday, June 15th at the Reed and Steinbach Funeral Home, 2335 Lower State Road, Doylestown.  Friends

may call from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, June 14th.  Interment will follow the funeral service in Washington Crossing National Cemetery, 830 Highland Road, Newtown.   (There will be no morning viewing.)

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the SPCA of Bucks County,  P. O.  Box 277, Lahaska, PA    18931.

 

Peter A. McLaughlin

Peter A. McLaughlin, a longtime resident of Doylestown died on Tuesday, May 29. He was 56 years old.

Born in Chester, Pa., he was the son of Helen P. Gaughan McLaughlin and the late James P. McLaughlin.

Peter was a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, St. John’s Law School and Mannes School of Music. He was an accomplished baritone, singing with many opera companies, including the Houston Grand Opera and the Long Beach Opera of Santa Barbara, California.

In addition to this mother, Peter is survived by his brothers: Patrick J. McLaughlin, James P. McLaughlin, II and John J. McLaughlin, as well as six nieces and three nephews.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated 10 a.m., Friday, June 1 at 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 St. Ignatius Cemetery, Pringle, PA.

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

 

Joann B. Burmeister

Joann B. Burmeister of Doylestown passed away Sunday, May 20, 2012.

She was 84 and the wife of Charles W. Burmeister, M..D.

Born in Johnstown, she was the daughter of the late Robert and Ethel Hill Belz.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by her sons: Charles William Burmeister, Jr. of Temecula, California and David A. Burmeister, his wife, Frances, of Doylestown and three grandchildren. She is also survived by her brother, Robert Belz of Maryland.

Funeral services and interment were private.

Memorial contributions in Joann’s name may be made to the Village Improvement Association, c/o Doylestown Hospital, 595 West State Street, Doylestown, PA 18901.

 

Robert A. Rolleri

Robert A. Rolleri of Plumstead Township died on Sunday, May 20. He was 69 years old and the husband of Judith Rolleri.

Born in Manhattan, New York, he also lived in and around New Haven, Connecticut.

A graduate of Fordham University with a degree in pharmacy, he worked for Eli Lilly for 30 years as a hospital special sales representative and was part owner of Domani Star Restaurant in Doylestown.

In addition to his wife, he leaves behind two children: John Rolleri, husband of, Cheryl and Jessica Rolleri; six grandchildren: Carson and Addison Rolleri; Avery and CJ Oravec and Sarah and Travis Bellomo; two nephews: Justin and Kevin Bernstein and a niece, Caitlin Bernstein.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated 11 a.m., Thursday, May 24, 2012 at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, 235 E. State Street, Doylestown. Friends may call Wednesday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at Reed and Steinbach Funeral Home, 2335 Lower State Road, Doylestown (there will be no morning viewing). Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Robert’s name may be made to: Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, 555 North Lane, Suite 5010, Conshohocken, PA 19428.

 

Ayelien W. Richards

Ayelien W. Richards of Dublin, Pa., died at home on Friday, May 18, 2012

after a brief illness. She was 91 years old on April 26 this year.


Born in Wheeling, W. Va., she was the daughter of the late Sol W. and Norah Dugan Wolf of Williamsport.


She graduated from Penn State University with a major in physical education and taught for many years in the City of Elmira School District. She married

the late William T. Richards of Pine City, N.Y. shortly after graduation and before he left for the European theater during World War II.


She moved to Dublin in 1968 to be closer to her beloved son, Bill Richards, a resident of Melmark in Berwyn, Pa. Despite the difficulties of establishing a

new home as a single mother, she continued her life-long interest in horses

and maintained contact with cherished friends in the Morgan horse world.

She obtained a position with the Bucks County ARC where she developed contacts and skills to better be an untiring advocate for her son and other special needs individuals.


Ayelien loved to read and continued to do the daily crosswords and cryptograms in the newspaper until just recently. She taught herself to play the piano favoring an eclectic mix of boogie woogies and movie themes like the Cornish Rhapsody.


She is survived by her son, William T. Richards II, daughter, Salle E. Richards

of Beaver Dams, N.Y. and two grandsons, Morgan Crooks of Woburn, Mass. and

W. Justin Crooks of Darwin, Australia. She is also survived by her two younger brothers, George Wolf of Camp Hill, Pa. and Richard Wolf of Haddon Heights, NJ. She was preceded in death by her sister, Salle Wolf Peters.


A memorial service will be held June 2 at 11 a.m. at Presbyterian Church

of Deep Run Cemetery, 16 Irish Meeting House Road, Perkasie, PA. 18944 in Bedminster Township. Interment will be held privately in the church cemetery.


The family would like to thank all her wonderful friends at the Presbyterian Church of Deep Run, who always welcomed her to their community and supported her in her need.   Her last days went smoothly thanks to the

excellent care of Hospice and the CareMinder staff.


In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Ayelien’s name may be made to: Presbyterian Church of Deep Run at the address above or to: The Melmark Charitable Foundation, 2600 Wayland Road, Berwyn, Pa. 19312-9974.

 

John C. Rantz

John C. Rantz of Perkasie died Friday, May 18, 2012, after a long, hard-fought battle with heart disease. He died peacefully at his residence, with his wife of almost 50 years, Catherine (Underwood), by his side. He was 71.

Born in Philadelphia, he was the son of the late Albert and Lillian Louise Weltz Rantz.

John served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War, and was stationed in New Orleans.

Retiring in 1999, John worked for 33 years with Verizon. He was chief of Plumsteadville Ambulance Squad from 1972 to 1982, when he lived in Pipersville, and was a member of the Plumsteadville Fire Company. He was a member of the American Legion and the Retired Bell Employees Association.
He enjoyed boating and spending time at his shore house on Barnegat Bay with family and friends.

In addition to his wife, John is survived by his five daughters, Robin L. Mayer, wife of Nickolas, of Harleysville, Kelly Alameno, wife of Carmen, of East Norriton, Jennifer Wunnenberg, wife of Charles, of Perkasie, Kathlene Graf, wife of William, of Cedars, Kristene Rantz of Philadelphia; and his nine grandchildren, Amelia, Alexander, Andrew, Casey, Brian, Hank, Lauren, Hannah and Jessica.

Relatives and friends are invited to John's memorial service. Visiting hours are from 1 to 2 p.m., with the service at 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 23, at Reed and Steinbach Funeral Home, 2335 Lower State Road, Doylestown. Interment will be held privately.
With the support of family, friends and his medical team John fought his battle with heart disease with courage and dignity.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in John's name may be made to The Heart Institute of Doylestown Hospital, 595 West State Street, Doylestown, PA 18901.

 

James J. Mahoney

James J. Mahone of Doylestown, died during his sleep on Thursday,

May 17, 2012 at Greenleaf Nursing Home. He was 89.

Born in Pyrites, he was the son of Jeremiah Mahoney and Lottie Wells Mahoney.

Jim served during World War II in the U.S. Navy. Honorably discharged, he joined Alcoa in Massena, N.Y. He worked there until the early 1960's when he relocated to Bucks County where he worked for Keller Glove Manufacturing in Plumsteadville, Pa. Subsequently, he was employed by and retired from Penn Engineering in Danboro, Pa. Jim also drove a school bus for many years for the Central Bucks School District.


Jim was married to Elsie Jane Mahoney of Doylestown, who passed away on March 15, 1994.

His son, Timothy J. Mahoney of Haddonfield, N.J. survives Jim. He was also the grandfather of Mary Catherine Mahoney and Samuel Wells Mahoney.

Jim was the youngest of six children. One sister, Mary Hawes, 92, of Malone, New York survives him.

Per his request, no memorial services will be held. Interment will be at Doylestown Cemetery.

In his later years, Jim developed macular degeneration. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in his name, James J. Mahoney, to Bucks Country Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired, 400 Freedom Drive, Newtown, PA 18940 (www.bucksblind.org)

 

Frances D'Erasmo

Frances D’Erasmo passed away peacefully on Friday, May 11, 2012 at

Doylestown Hospital.  She was 79 years of age and was the beloved

wife of Sam for 57 years.

Frances lived most of her life on Long Island, NY where she raised her family.

She and her husband moved to Florida and enjoyed retirement for 19 years

before relocating to Doylestown three years ago.

Frances will be remembered as someone who always put others first.  She was

a gentle soul who greeted everyone with a warm smile.  She enjoyed reading, cooking, Bingo and most importantly, time spent with her family and friends.

In addition to her husband, she is the loving mother of Frank (Lorraine) D’Erasmo, Anna (Mitch) Vernace, and Dominick (Tina) D’Erasmo.  Her most treasured role was “Nanny” to her 8 grandchildren: Jennifer, Brittany, Joseph, Gabriella, Matthew, Adrianna, Nick, and Mark.

The family will be receiving visitors from 12 to 2 p.m., Sunday, May 20 at Reed and Steinbach Funeral Home, 2335 Lower State Road, Doylestown.  Relatives and friends may also call from 6 to 8pm at the Vernace residence.  (Please contact avernace@comcast.net for the details.)

The family would like to thank the wonderful staff atLiberty Dialysis and Doylestown Hospital for their compassionate care.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Frances’ name may be made to: The Grace Werner Memorial Fund (which benefits kidney dialysis patients) or to Doylestown Hospital.  Donations for either may be sent to: Doylestown Hospital, Development Department, 595 West State Street, Doylestown, Pa 18901.

 

George H.Wells

George H. Wells, a resident of Doylestown, died on Sunday, May 6, 2012.

He was 77 years old. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Nancy Wells.

George was born and raised in Berks County. He was a graduate of Boyertown High School, served in the Army for 2 years and went on to graduate with an Electrical Engineering degree from Penn State.

George was a true entrepreneur. Following graduation he joined RCA. He then went on to work with a number of electronics companies, but ultimately launched his own company, Technology Marketing, Inc., with partner Robert Lowry. George became involved in banking when he and 4 others started El Dorado Bancorp. He was also a founding member of Pacific Mercantile Bank in CA. He continued to serve as Chairman of the Board at Pacific Mercantile

until he died.

George enjoyed woodworking. He built cabinets, Adirondack chairs for the

yard, planters and more. He always wanted to see if he could fix something

first before calling anyone else. His interests included: computers, cameras

and photography, model trains, lead soldiers and finance.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his daughter: Laura Crawley, grandchildren: Ian and Alexandra Crawley; sister, Barbara Kerper (Wells);

aunt, Mildred Liss (Yoder), as well as niece: Kathy Donahower and nephews: Barry, Jim and Dennis Kerper and, Brian and Keith Gable.

Relatives and friends are invited to George’s memorial service at 11a.m., Saturday, June 2, 2012 at Reed and Steinbach Funeral Home, 2335 Lower

State Road, Doylestown, where the family receive friends from 10 a.m.,

until the time of the service. Interment will be at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in George's name to: National Marfan's Foundational, 22 Manhasset Avenue, Port Washington, NY 11050 or online: www.marfan.org or to Doylestown Hospital, Developmental Office, 595 West State Street, Doylestown, PA 18901.

 

Harry G. Smith

Harry G. Smith, a longtime resident of Doylestown died on Saturday,

May 5, 2012 at Golden Living Center. He was 86. Harry was the

husband of the late Virginia C. Smith whom he had married in

June of 1948.

Born in Doylestown, he was the son of the late Harry and Elma Gray Smith.

Harry was a graduate of Doylestown High School. He served in the

US Navy, having been stationed in Jacksonville, Florida.

His family owned Smith’s Dairy Farm where Harry and his siblings worked.

He also worked as a bartender for many years and retired from Genuardi’s in 2006.

Harry enjoyed baseball and spending time with his family and friends.

He is survived by his children: Gail (Ken) Reading; Robert (Diane) Smith;

Peggy (Chris) Blackmon and JoAnn Smith; his grandchildren: Stephanie

(John) Unruh; Christine (Thomas) Reading; Cindy Scholler; Becca (Josh) Gahagan; Ben (Regina) Blackmon; Scott Smith and Stephen Smith, six great grandchildren and his sister, Peggy Power, as well as many nieces and nephews. Mr. Smith was predeceased by his grandson, Jonathon Scheetz, his brother, Robert and a nephew, John Power.

Relatives and friends are invited to Harry’s graveside service, 10 a.m.,

Friday, May 11, 2012 at Doylestown Cemetery, 215 East Court Street, Doylestown.

Jannette (Lemma) Manion

Jannette Manion, 58, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Apr. 24 in Doylestown, Pa., with her loving family by her side. Beloved wife of

Col. Thomas E. Manion, USMCR (Ret.), Loving mother of (the late)

1st Lt. Travis L. Manion, USMC, and Ryan Manion (David) Borek,

Devoted grandmother of Maggie Rose Borek and Honor Emma Borek,

Beloved daughter of (the late) Anthony Lemma and (the late) Rose Lemma, Loving sister of Frank (Maria) Lemma, Joseph Lemma, and Annette (James) Arcuri. Jannette served as Chairman of the Travis Manion Foundation, which she founded after her son’s death in Iraq on Apr. 29, 2007, to help the military community. Viewing will be held on Friday, Apr. 27 from 6-8 p.m. at Reed & Steinbach Funeral Home, 2335 Lower State Rd., Doylestown, Pa. A viewing

will also be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Apr. 28 at Our Lady of Mount Carmel, 235 E. State St., Doylestown, Pa. Mass will follow at 11 a.m. Interment will

follow at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the Manion family requests donations

to the Travis Manion Foundation at P.O. Box 1485, Doylestown, PA 18901 or www.travismanion.com.

 

Virginia A. Smith

Virginia Ann (Severino) Smith of Doylestown died on Saturday, April 14.

She was 83 and the wife of the late Earl Robert Smith.

Born in Austin, Pa., she was the daughter of the late Pasquale and Rita Fitch (Faccia) Severino.

Virginia was a devoted daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, aunt and friend. She was a hair stylist by profession and a homemaker after she married in 1953. She lived with her husband, Earl, and their five children in North Tonawanda, New York for 28 years. Virginia and Earl moved to Media, Pa., in their retirement. They enjoyed many good times with special friends and relatives throughout their marriage.

A devout Catholic her entire life, Virginia spent may years as a pro-life advocate and caregiver.

Some of her interests were cooking, baking, entertaining, traveling, sewing and crafting. Virginia also had a keen interest in politics, folk art and painting.

She will be greatly missed.

Virginia is survived by her five children, four grandchildren, her sister, Teressa Martin, nieces, nephews, cousins and many loving friends.

Relatives and friends are invited to Virginia’s funeral Mass, 11 a.m., Friday, April 20 at St. Anne’s Chapel, Our Lady of Czestochowa, 654 Ferry Road, Doylestown. There will be a visitation from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., Friday,

April 20 at Reed and Steinbach Funral Home, 2335 Lower State Road, Doylestown. Interment will follow Mass in Our Lady of Czestochowa Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Virginia’s name may be made to: Mater Eccelsia Church, 261 Cross Keys Road, Berlin, NJ 08009 or to: Neshaminy Manor, 1660 Easton Road, Warrington, PA 18976-1202.

 

Muriel S. Craig

 

Muriel S. “Sweetie” Craig of Doylestown, formerly of Buckingham died Wednesday, April 11 at her home. She was 94. Muriel was the wife for

63 years of the late Milton Craig, Sr., who died in 2005.

 

Born in Germantown, she was the daughter of the late Theodore and Mabel Hopkins Shaw.

 

Milton and Muriel moved to Buckingham in 1949. She was very active with gardening, sewing, quilting, Fanny Chapman pool and Buckingham

Elementary School PTA. They enjoyed traveling the world with friends.

They moved to Doylestown in 1984.

 

After graduating from Germantown High School, Muriel worked for

Leeds and Northrup. In the 1960's she work for BARC. Muriel was a

35 year volunteer for Meals on Wheels and a member of Doylestown

Presbyterian Church for 50+ years.

 

Taking up golf in her retirement years, she enjoyed playing often and was involved in planning golf outings and weekly luncheons.

 

Muriel was a large part of her family’s lives and will be very much missed.

 

Muriel is survived by her son: Milton Craig, Jr., his wife, Joy; her daughter, Merrily Henley, her husband, Martin, and daughter-in-law, Ellouise Brown (John); 6 grandchildren: Heidi (Tim), Missi (Chris), Amy (John), Megan, (Rob), Craig (Sarah) and Kim (Julia); as well as 14 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her brothers: Lou, Pete,

George and Bud and sisters: Sue and Esther.

 

Relatives and friends are invited to her funeral service, 11 a.m., Monday,

April 16 at Reed and Steinbach Funeral Home, 2335 Lower State Road,

Doylestown where 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 Muriel’s name may be made to: Doylestown Hospital Hospice, 595 West State Street, Doylestown, PA 18901.

 

Elizabeth DelManzo Histand

Elizabeth DelManzo Histand passed away quietly at Neshaminy Manor on Easter morning, April 8, 2012.

She was the loving wife of the late Willard G. Histand, who passed in 2005 and with whom she shared 66 years of marriage.

Born in Keokuk, Iowa, Betty was the daughter of the late Milton C. and Mildred DeWees DelManzo.

Betty graduated from Horace Mann School in New York City and attended Oberlin and Barnard College. Her father, Milton, was Provost of Columbia University.

She married Willard on June 21, 1940 at Inghamdale, near New Hope, PA

and traveled with him during his military assignments at the beginning

of WW II while he served as Lt. Col. in the US Army in California, Washington and Alaska. Later, while helping organize the invasion of France, she waited

out the end of the war at Windbreak Farm in New Hope. After the war the

couple settled in Buckingham, where Betty was famous for her ambitious

flower gardens, ringing an 18th century farmhouse they renovated.

For many years she was a member of Trinity Episcopal Church in Buckingham and was actively involved in church related volunteer activities.

Betty served on the Board of Pennswood Village in Newtown and the VIA of Doylestown Hospital. Elizabeth was an avid gardener, reader, fabulous cook

and caring mother.

She is survived by her three children: her son; Michael Histand, husband

of Dede, of Fort Collins, CO; her daughters; Elizabeth Buchanan, wife of Dick,

of Koolengata, Australia, Nancy Bitzer, wife of Bob, of Doylestown; her grandchildren: Kaia and Miles Histand, Tonya, Petra and Kylie Buchanan

and Morgan and Erika Bitzer, as well as 10 great grandchildren.

A small family memorial service is being planned for the future.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Betty’s name be made

to: Bucks County SPCA, P.O. Box 277, Lahaska, PA 18931.

 

Karen M, Bokelman

 

Karen Marlene Bokelman (nee Carlson) of Doylestown, PA died suddenly on

April 4, 2012, at home with her family by her side. She was 76 years old

and died as she had lived, thinking first about the happiness of her family

and wide circle of close friends.

Born in McPherson, KS, she was the daughter of Marlin Carlson, MD and

Anne Carlson (nee Holmquist). Karen grew up in Ellinwood, KS, spending

her summers at her maternal grandparent’s farm in Smolan, KS. She

attended the University of Kansas (KU) and was a member of

Alpha Chi Omega sorority and the KU Spirit Squad. Karen was graduated

in 1958 with a Bachelors of Arts in History, and married her husband,

Delwin (Del), in June of that year. She moved to the east coast, living in Greenport, NY on Long Island and in Ithaca, NY and Lansdale, PA

before settling in Doylestown in 1966.

A forty-six year resident of Doylestown, Karen was an active member

of her community. She was a loyal blood donor, Girl Scout Leader, a

member of the Central Bucks School District PTA and a volunteer for

the American Red Cross. A lover of history and antiques, Karen was

active in the Bucks County Historical Association, the Friends of the

Bucks County Historical Association & the Kings Path Questers of

Doylestown. She also served for years as a volunteer at the Mercer

Museum.

She loved entertaining at her home for family and friends. An avid

gardener, she was a member of the Doylestown Nature Club, and

loved tending her flowers and plants and never missed the Philadelphia

Flower Show.

Karen enjoyed reading and was a fixture for years at Kenny’s Newsstand

and Bookstore. An ardent bridge player, Karen enjoyed playing bridge

with her friends and shut-ins. A true dog lover, her family affectionately referred to her as a dog-whisperer, for her dogs’ T-Bone, a German

shorthair, and KC, a Brittany spaniel, were always by her side.

She enjoyed spending time at the Jersey shore at the family’s vacation

home in Avalon, NJ and had the opportunity to travel throughout parts

of the United States, along with Africa, Japan, Spain, Ireland and

Australia with her husband and toured museums and towns in Europe

with her close friends.

Karen attended St. Paul’s Lutheran Church of Doylestown and enjoyed

adult Bible studies and the choral melodies of hymns. A fevered sport’s

fan, she passionately rooted for her KU Jayhawks, the 76ers and her

beloved Phillies. Most of all, she enjoyed spending time with her family

and close friends, and was a proud ixture at all of her children’s and grandchildren’s sporting and school events throughout the years.

Karen is survived by her husband, Delwin Bokelman, DVM, PhD;

her son, Mark, of Collegeville; her daughter, Lorrie, of Lansdale; her

son, John, of Collegeville; her daughter and son-law, Amy and James

Jamison, of Hatfield; her four grandchildren, Olivia & Madelynn Bokelman,

of Lansdale and Hannah & Alexandra (Ally) Jamison, of Hatfield; her brother and sister-in-law, Dr. Richard & Magda Carlson, of Overland Park, KS;

her niece, Berit Carlson, PhD, of Doylestown; and nephew, Marlin Carlson,

of Overland Park, KS.

Relatives and friends are invited to Karen’s memorial service 11 a.m.,

Friday, April 13, 2012 at Reed & Steinbach Funeral Home, 2335 Lower

State Road, Doylestown, where the public may call from 10 to 11 am.

A visitation will also be held Thursday evening, April 12, from 6 to 8 p.m.

at the funeral home. A private interment attended by the family will be

held at Doylestown Cemetery at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Karen’s name

to A Woman’s Place, PO Box 299, Doylestown, PA 18901 (www.awomansplace.org) or the Central Bucks Family YMCA

(for the Kids to Camp Campaign), 2500 Lower State Road, Doylestown,

PA 18901 (www.cbfymca.org/our-y/give).

 

George G. Snyder

 

George G. Snyder of Edison passed away at the home he built in 1954 on

March 23, 2012. He was 80.

 

George was the husband of Martha Kissel Snyder. They shared 59 years.

 

Born in Philadelphia, he was the son of the late Charles and Elizabeth Bassler Snyder.

 

Mr. Snyder worked in construction all of his life.

 

In addition to his wife, George is survived by his five children: Charles (Rosemary) of Savannah, Ga.; Albert (Micki) of Doylestown; Debbie Clark

(Gene) of Elizabethtown; Diane Snyder of East Greenville and George M.

(Jacki) of East Greenville, as well as thirteen grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

 

Family and friends wishing to share George’s life are invited to an informal gathering from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, March 31, 2012 at the Central

Bucks Senior Center, 700 Shady Retreat Road, Doylestown.

 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in George’s name may be made to Caring Hospice Services c/o Hopewell Foundation, 525 Route 70 West, Suite B15, Lakewood, New Jersey 08701 or a charity of the donor’s choice.

 

 

Justin David Landis

Justin David Landis of Montgomeryville passed away suddenly Thursday,

March 22, 2012. He was 27.


He was born in Doylestown, and was the beloved son of David and

Amy Gourley Landis.


Justin graduated from Central Bucks West in 2002 and continued

on to graduate from Penn College of Technology with an associate degree

in Business. After graduation he pursued his interest for insurance by

working as an insurance agent for the Allstate office in New Britain.


Justin was passionate about his family and friends whom he always put first.

His days were spent working and having fun with his many cars, wave runners, motorcycles, RC boats and working on his beautiful home. Justin was a go-getter who never sat down and worked hard to have the best of everything. He had many unfinished projects and plans for the summer to enjoy with his friends and family when he was taken from us far too soon.


In addition to his parents, he is survived by his sisters, Jordan Landis and her fiancé, Culum Mcneill, Jennifer Mejias, wife of Angel; his nephew, Aidan; his beloved maternal grandparents, John and Willie Gourley; and paternal grandmother, Marie Landis. He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Leroy Landis.


Relatives and friends are invited to attend a visitation from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 28, at Reed and Steinbach Funeral Home, 2335 Lower

State Road, Doylestown. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 29, at the funeral home with interment to follow in Beulah Cemetery, New Britain.


In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Parvee Foundation, Ferry and Iron Hill Road, Doylestown, PA 18901, or to a charity of your choice in his name.

 

Marion J. Saunders

Marion Jane Saunders passed away Friday, March 9, 2012 in Doylestown, Pa.

Born November 11, 1926, in New Brunswick, N.J., to Edith Marion (nee Venn) and Edmund John Moffet Herd, she graduated from Highland Park High School in 1944. She later earned a B.A. in filmmaking from Temple University graduating cum laude. She worked for many years in electronics, retiring from Penn Engineering in 2006; and was also a volunteer and employee of the Mercer Museum in Doylestown. She cherished her Bucks County Hambleton family roots dating to the 1700s as well as her Scottish ancestry.

Wife of the late Walter Arnold Saunders, she is survived by a son, Scott Arnold Saunders; his wife, Amy (nee Ruesch); and a grandson, David George Saunders, all of Pipersville.  Also surviving are a daughter, Bonnie Saunders, and two granddaughters, Tara Dharti Saunders and Cory Mei Saunders of Doylestown. She was predeceased by a son, Robb Ludlow Saunders, and two brothers, Robert E. Herd and Horace S. Mellor.  A brother, Dr. J. Kenneth Herd, of Johnson City, Tennessee, also survives as well as many nieces and nephews.

A woman of divergent interests, she read widely and was fascinated by new ideas.  She loved the outdoors, gardening, and bird watching, and frequently visited Peace Valley Park.  As a member of the Friends of the Delaware Canal, she hiked its entire length one fall.  Creative and artistic, she encouraged her children and grandchildren in similar pursuits.

Her life will be celebrated at 1:00 pm on March 25th at Plumstead Friends Meeting, 4914 Point Pleasant Pike, Doylestown, Pa.  In lieu of flowers, contribution in her honor can be made to Mercer Museum 84 S. Pine St. Doylestown, Pa. 18901; WHYY public television 150 N. Sixth St. Philadelphia, Pa. 19106; Peace Valley Nature Center 150 N. Chapman Rd. Doylestown, Pa. 18901; or Friends of the Delaware Canal 145 S. Main St., New Hope, Pa. 18901.

 

Elizabeth “Betsy” Raab


Elizabeth L. “Betsy” Raab of Doylestown left this life Saturday, March 10.

She was 90 years old. She was the beloved wife for 69 years of

Dr. George E. Raab, who passed away in January 2011.


Betsy was born and raised in Lansdale. She attended Lansdale High School and gave up a full college scholarship to take care of her widowed mother and her sister who was dying of cancer. She worked briefly as a lab technician at Hahnemann Hospital. Shortly after graduation , she met the love of her life- George - who was a new teacher. They married and she was with him during

the 4 years he served in the Navy living in North Carolina and Washington State. They then lived in Philadelphia while he attended school/worked for the Univ. of Penn. The couple lived in Scarsdale, New York for many years and then ended up in Doylestown where he was Superintendent of County Schools.


She was very active in church, Doylestown Nature Club and the Village Improvement Association. She volunteered at Doylestown Hospital and with Meals on Wheels.


Betsy loved playing bridge, gardening, cooking, reading, traveling, and doing things for others.


Above all else, Betsy valued her family. She was a phenomenal wife, mother

and grandmother. She was always there in all ways. Her unconditional love

and optimism helped the family through many trying times. She was devoted

to her precious George- their marriage was a perfect role model for us all.


Betsy is survived by her daughter, Beth, her husband, Frank Klasic; four grandchildren, Joshua and Meghan Klasic, Zach Raab, Kelly Raab Grigoli

and one great granddaughter, Gabriella Grigoli.

Betsy was preceded in death by her husband George; three children, Randy Louise, Thomas Andrew, and Jon Timothy, and a grandson, Jon Timothy Jr.


Betsy embraced life. She was rarely seen without her smile. She loved people

and loved to talk and socialize. Her faith in God was strong and deep and steadfast. She was our anchor.


We all thank God for every day that we were blessed with her presence and inspiration.


Family and friends are invited to her funeral service 11 a.m Saturday,

March 17 at Lenape Valley Presbyterian Church, 321 West Butler Avenue

(Route 202 & Ute Road), New Britain where the family will receive guests

from 10 a.m. until time of service. Interment will be in Susquehanna

Memorial Gardens, York, PA at the convenience of her family.


In lieu of flowers, please make contributions in Betsy’s name to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Barbara Fenley

Our dearly beloved mother, Barbara Fenley of Doylestown lost her courageous battle with cancer on Sunday, March 4 at home, surrounded by her loving family. She was 75 years old.

She was the lifelong companion and best friend of Ernest L. Keyser and wonderful mother to her four children, Raymond, David, Susan and Chris.

Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, she was the daughter of the late J. Bryan and Ethel Ponce Fenley.

Barbara attended Villa Madonna Academy of Fort Thomas, Kentucky. She was employed at the Bucks County Court House for over twenty years, serving most of those years as Jury Administrator.

She was a devoted mother, grandmother, aunt, sister and friend.

Barbara will be remembered as someone who always put others first. She loved life, had a great sense of humor and a passion for cooking, sewing and gardening. She adored animals and her pet, Pearl, held a special place in her heart.

She is survived by one daughter, Susan A. Smith and her companion, Robert Webster, of Riegelsville and three sons: Raymond Soriano, his wife, Donna, of Quakertown, David Soriano, and his finance, Leslie Barber, of Doylestown and Christopher Soriano, his wife, Colleen, of Hilltown. Also surviving are her 14 grandchildren, whom she adored: Richie, Michael, Chris, Caitlin, Christine, Justin, Brandon, Katey, Luke, Tailey, Sophie B., Nick, Jami and AJ and her

great grandchildren, Nevaeh and Jamie. Also surviving are her brother,

James M. Fenley, his wife, Marnie,.of Greensboro, NC; her sister-in-law, Gigi Fenley, of Rancho Sante Fe, Calif., her nieces and nephew, whom she adored,

Liz, Page, Sara, Holly, Jen, Amy, Erin, Grace and Bryan, as well as several cousins. She was preceded in death by her two sisters: Sally Fenley Tomlison

and Patrica Fenley Elfman and her two brothers: Joseph Bryan Fenley and

John Ponce Fenley.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated 10:30 a.m., Friday, March 9 at 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 Doylestown Cemetery.

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

Corinne Cody


Corinne Cody of Doylestown passed away peacefully at home, Saturday,

March 3, 2012. She was 81. Corinne shared a loving and devoted partnership with Kevin, her husband of 58 years.

She was the proud and inspiring mother of Marya Kolman (Dottie Painter) of Westerville, OH; Jolene Cody Pastoor (Art) of Murrieta, CA; Neal (Helenmary)

of Gibson Island, MD; Kieran (Judy) of Doylestown; and Annice (Peter Braverman) of Bethesda, MD and created wonderful memories of unconditional love for her twelve grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two sons, Stephen and Brendan, each of whom died shortly after birth.

Corinne was born and raised in Queens, New York and graduated from

St. John's University.

She lived in Doylestown for 46 years and worked for the Central Bucks School District from 1972 to 2000 as an elementary school teacher, principal and district-wide coordinator for social studies and science. She helped to develop

and promote the PEN program for gifted education. Throughout her career, Corinne continued her own education and received an Ed.D. from Temple University in 1983.
In addition to her commitment to family and work, Corinne was an

indefatigable leader in the community. She was instrumental in the

realization of the Doylestown Community Bike and Hike System and active

in the League of Women Voters as a long-time editor of the annual Voters'

Guide and a proponent of the educational program "Kids Voting."

Friends and family are invited to call from 3 to 5 pm or 7 to 9 pm on

Wednesday, March 7 at Reed and Steinbach Funeral Home, 2335 Lower

State Road, Doylestown. A funeral mass will be ce