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Mildred P. Cunningham, of East Fallowfield, PA, went to be with her Lord on Sunday, March 26, 2017 surrounded by her family. She was the wife of the late Harry G. Cunningham who died in 1993. Born in Coatesville, she was the daughter of the late Howard and Helen (Thomas) Pyle. 
Mildred was an area resident all her life and a 1940 graduate of Scott High School in Coatesville. 

She...

Lavania E. Wertz, 98, of Londonderry Township, died on Friday, March 24, 2017.  She was the widow of the late Jacob Wertz who died in 1988. 

Born in East Caln Township, she was the daughter of the late John and Bessie (Killinger) Adams.  She had lived with her grandson, Glenn "T.J." Senter and his wife Brenda for the last 10 years of her life in Highland Township.  

She is...

William J. Simmons, Sr., 69, passed away on March 21, 2017 at the Brandywine Hospital.  Born in Venice, Italy, he was the son of the late Antonio and Ida Pozzobon Simmons.  

He worked as an equipment operator for City Construction.

He is survived by his children, William J. Simmons, Jr and wife Sarah from Marianna, Florida, Kimberly Simmons of Kinzers, Steve Simmons and fiancé...

Joseph C. Callahan, 70, of East Fallowfield, passed away on Friday, March 24, 2017 at his home.  He was the husband of Shelley L. (Evans) Callahan, with whom he shared 40 years of marriage.  

Born in Philadelphia, Joseph was the son of the late Joseph F. and Edith A. (Freed) Callahan.

He attended Edison High School and graduated from North Catholic High School of Philadelphia.  ...

Robert L. Gebhard, 77, of Honey Brook, PA, died on Friday, March 24, 2017 at the Ware Presbyterian Village in Oxford. He was the beloved husband of Ruth Ann Archer Gebhard with whom he shared 14 years of marriage. Born in Pottstown, he was the son of the late Lynn and Eva Moon Gebhard. 

Bob was employed, for 35 years, by Allied Moving retiring in 2006. He was a member of Faith Community...

Michele Ann Hutzler Kelnock, 52, of Christiana, passed away on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at the Lancaster General Hospital. Born in Coatesville, she was the daughter of the late Calvin Hutzler, Jr. and Lois Daphne Semple Dill. 

Michele was an area resident all her life. She was employed, for 5 years, by the former Quad Graphics Printing Company of Atglen.

She is survived by three...

Sarah Margaret Bailey Wiley, 87, of Lancaster, passed away on Thursday, March 23, 2017 at the Hospice and Community Care Center in Mount Joy, PA after 3 months in her residence under the care of her daughter, Janet and Hospice Nurses. Born in Atglen, she was the daughter of the late Horace A. and Anna Mae Carpenter Bailey. 

Sarah was a Lancaster resident most of her life. She was...

Christopher Luke Lorenz, Sr., 52, of Coatesville, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, March 19th at Brandywine Hospital.  He was the beloved husband of Nancy Lorenz, with whom he shared 20 years of marriage.  

Born in Philadelphia, he was the son of Joan Lorenz and the late Rev. H. Roberts Lorenz.

He owned and operated Lorenzo's Steaks & Hoagies in West Chester.  

He...

William Eby Hershey Sr., 87, of Cochranville, passed away on Monday, March 20, 2017 at the Hospice and Community Care of Mount Joy, PA. He was the beloved husband of Elizabeth Groff Hershey with whom he shared 65 years of marriage. Born in Nine Points, he was the son of the late Edith (Weir) and Peter E. Hershey. 

Bill was employed by Penn Dot where he worked for a number of years as an...

Valerie L. Mariano, 55, of Gap, passed away at her home on Sunday, March 19, 2017.  She was the beloved wife of John F. "Jack" Mariano, with whom she shared 30 years of marriage.

Born in Coatesville, Valerie was the daughter of the late Edith (Robinson) and Van B. McIntire.  An area resident her entire life, she was a 1980 graduate of Octorara High School.  She attended Brandywine...

Larry L. Stirling, 73, of Parkesburg, passed away on Saturday, March 18th at his home, surrounded by his family.  He was the beloved husband of Betty Lou (Walton) Stirling, with whom he shared 54 years of marriage.  

Born in Coatesville, Larry was the son of the late Jeanette (Brown) and James M. Stirling, Sr. 

A Parkesburg resident for 54 years, he was a 1962 graduate of...

William “Randy” Conner, 68, of Gap, passed away on Friday, March 17, 2017 at Reading Hospital. He was the beloved husband of Diana Johnston Conner with whom he shared 28 years of marriage.

Born in Coatesville, he was the son of the late Jeanne (Acker Conner Moore) and Norwood Conner.

Randy was employed by Stoney Crete Co. of Gap where he worked as a concrete finisher and he also...

Mickey L. Harrington Sr., 84, of Honey Brook, passed away on Saturday, March 18, 2017 at Hickory House Nursing Home. He was the beloved husband of Matilda Miller Harrington with whom he shared 66 years marriage.

Born in Rock Run, he was the son of the late Marie and George T. Harrington.

Mickey was employed by the Lukens Steel Company of Coatesville as an Electrical/ Mechanical...

Harlene P. Garner, 89, of Gap, passed away on Friday, March 17, 2017 at her home.  She was the widow of H. Douglas Garner, who passed away in 2013 after they had shared 63 years of marriage. 
 
Born in Boone, N.C., Harlene was the daughter...

Constance "Connie" Ickes, 73, of Coatesville, passed away on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at Brandywine Hospital.  She was the widow of the late Paul H. Ickes, Sr., who died in 1981 after they had shared 15 years of marriage.

Born in Buffalo, NY, she was the daughter of the late Carolyn (Becker) and Horace F. Drury.

She retired from Quad Graphics in 2016.

She was an avid...

Z. Sharon Taylor, 64, of Honey Brook, passed away at her home on Wednesday, March 15, 2017. She was the widow of the Robert W. Taylor, Jr. who died in 2012. born in West Chester, she was the daughter of the late Zay and Laura Ellen Hooper DeHaven. 

Sharon was a County resident all her life. She was self employed as a professional cleaner.

She is survived by by three children;...

William Jamison McDonald, 89, formerly of Downingtown, Pa. and Hawk Valley, Lancaster County, Pa. and presently living for the last 17 years in Lander, Wyoming, died on Wednesday, March 15, 2017.

Mr. McDonald was a son of the late John and Laura McDonald.  He was preceded in death by a sister, Margaret Neff and a brother, Robert McDonald.  He is survived by a sister, Janet Carlin, two...

Laverne Quinn Sproul, 63, of Mohnton, Pa., passed away on Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at the Coatesville VA Medical Center. She was the wife of James David Sproul.  She was predeceased by her first husband, George Edward Quinn.    

Born in New York, Laverne was the daughter of Betty Mento and Harry Evans.  

She had been employed by Ferguson and Hasslers of Quarryville as a Cashier....

Walter B. Bicking, 76, of Parkesburg, passed away on Sunday, March 12, 2017 in Clearwater, Florida.  He was the husband of Linda (McMillen) Bicking, with whom he shared 54 years of marriage.  

Born in Coatesville, Walter was the son of the late Bertha M. (Herr) and Walter J. Bicking.  He was a 1958 graduate of Octorara High School.  He worked at the former Lukens Steel as a Safety...

Ronald E. Thompson, 75, of Malvern, passed away on Saturday, March 11th, 2017 at the Paoli Memorial Hospital.  He was the beloved husband of Dorothy Mae "Dottie" Taylor Thompson, with whom he shared 46 years of marriage.  

Born in Coatesville, he was the son of the late Sarah and Robert Lee Thompson.

Ronald was employed at Immaculata University for 32 years as a Chef.  

He...

Poulson Bolden Jackson, 61, devoted husband, father, Pop Pop and friend, departed this earth on March 7th, 2017 in Atlanta, GA.  He was born on July 20, 1955 in Coatesville, PA, and the son of the late Betty Morton and Paul Leslie Jackson. In addition to his parents, Poulson was preceded in death by his beloved sister Carol Farmer and brother Kenneth Jackson.

Poulson graduated from...

Due to the impending snow, the funeral and viewing have been moved to Thursday, March 16 at 11 AM. The viewing will be from 10 until 11 AM.  

Mary F. Seymour, 62, of Broomall, PA died on Thursday, March 9, 2017 at the Broomall Manor. Born in West Chester, she was the daughter of the late Percy Lewis Walton and Florence Mae Webster Walton. 

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Kenneth W. Longabaugh, 66, of Parkesburg, passed away at his home on Tuesday, March 7, 2017 surrounded by his family. He was the husband of the late Donna P. Longabaugh with whom he shared 45 years of marriage. Born in Lancaster, he was the son of Pearl Beatrice Wertz Longabaugh of West Chester and the late Earl E. Longabaugh. 

Ken was an area resident all his life and a 1968 graduate...

Jennifer Lee Smoker (nee McCullough), 59, of Gap, PA, passed away on Sunday, March 5, 2017 at the University of Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia. She was the beloved wife of Samuel L. Smoker with whom she shared six years of marriage. Born in Baltimore, MD, she was a very much loved daughter of Barbara (Shannon) Jackson of Annapolis, MD and the late Irvin Charles McCullough, Jr.

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Shirley Marie Skiles, 77, of Coatesville, passed away on Saturday, March 4th at her son's home, surrounded by her family.  

Born in Coatesville, Shirley was the daughter of the late Elsie and Leonard Swisher.  

She had worked at Harry's Hotdogs in Sadsburyville for 10 years.  

Shirley is survived by her son, Horace "Buzzy" Skiles Jr., husband of Susan, of Coatesville, her...

Charles Albert Benekam, 87, of Napoleon, Ohio, passed away on Friday, March 3rd, surrounded by his loving family at his niece's home in Lancaster.  He was the widower of the late LaRue Nash Benekam, with whom he shared 46 years of marriage.  

Born in Coatesville, he was the son of the late Emma (Scott) and William Benekam.  He was a graduate of Coatesville High School.  He served...

Bonnie M. Lee, 66, of Notthingham, passed away on Wednesday, February 22, 2017 under the care of Twin Pines of West Grove.  She was the beloved wife of Mark A. Lee.

Born in Coatesville, Bonnie was the daughter of the late Lucy (Welch) and Fred Andrews.  She was a graduate of Downingtown High School and worked in Child Care as a Teacher's Aide.  

She is survived by three children...

Mary S. Mendenhall, 86, of Honey Brook, died on Monday, February 27, 2017 at the Chester County Hospital. She was the beloved wife of Allen L. Mendenhall with whom she shared 62 years of marriage. Born in West Caln Twp., she was the daughter of the late John P. and Hedwig Drobney Gregor. 

Growing up, Mary attended Coatesville Schools. She was a Roman Catholic by faith. She enjoyed...

Brian Christopher Wilson, 33, of Cochranville, passed away at his home on Saturday, February 25, 2017. Born in Wilmington, Delaware, he was the son of Dr. Donald F. Wilson and Dr. Linda Cassel Wilson of Tampa, FL. 

He is survived, in addition to his parents, by one brother Andrew Wilson and wife Erica of Berwyn, PA and one sister Amy Wilson Adams and husband Brandon of Devon, PA, niece...

David Paul DeHart, 77, of Honey Brook, passed away peacefully on Thursday, February 23, 2017, at his home.  He was the husband of Janet M. Culley DeHart for over 60 years.  Born in Abbington, PA, he was the son of the late Aurther and Evelyn Culpepper-Jones DeHart.

David was a diesel truck mechanic retiring from William Cohen & Sons of Thorndale.  He was a member of Valley Baptist...