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Laura M. Watson, 91, formerly of Coatesville and Parkesburg, passed away on Saturday, January 14th at Golden Living Center in Lancaster.  She was the widow of the late Paul Watson.  

Born in Rock Run, Coatesville, she was the daughter of the late Viola (Zerby) and Allen Harry.  

She is survived by her daughter, Linda Watkins, wife of John, of Holtwood; grandson, Kris Garber; and...

Annie Lucille Martin, 76, of Downingtown, passed away on Friday, January 13, 2017 surrounded by her family at her home.  She was the widow of Edward M. Martin, who passed away last October after they had shared 33 years of marriage.  

Born in West Chester, Annie was the daughter of the late Bertha (McCorkle) and Vernon Fronfield.  A resident of Downingtown since 1980.  She worked at...

Brad A. Ziobro, 30, of Coatesville, passed away at the Brandywine Hospital on Wednesday, January 11, 2017. Born in West Chester, he was the beloved son of David A. and Diane McNally Ziobro of Coatesville. 

Brad was an area resident all his life and a 2004 graduate of the Coatesville Area High School. He was employed by Raymour & Flanigan in Frazer. He was an avid Philadelphia Eagles...

Debra L. Ray, 60, of Cochranville, PA, passed away on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at the Chester County Hospital in West Chester, PA. She was the beloved wife of Leonard Darrrell Ray with whom she shared 34 years of marriage. Born in West Grove, PA she was the daughter of Julia Prange Powers of Rising Sun, MD and the late B.L. Letterman, Jr.

Debbie was a County resident all her life. She...

Leon E. Warmiak, 66, of Coatesville, passed away on Sunday, January 8th at the Brandywine Hospital.  He was the husband of Rhonda M. Kauffman Warmiak with whom he shared 35 years of marriage.  

Born in Coatesville, Leon was the son of the late Myra (Barkley) and Leon P. Warmiak.  

He is survived, in addition to his wife, by his daughter, Desiree Corle, wife of Merle, of...

Ethan Eric Schenk, 25, of West Chester, passed away at his home on Thursday, January 5th, 2017.  Born in Coatesville, he was the son of Eric A. Schenk of Atglen and Christine Caripides of Providence, R.

Ethan is survived by his daughter, Ava A. Schenk; siblings, Adam Schenk of Providence R.I. and Anya Schenk of Gap; paternal grandparents, Phyllis and Richard Schenk of Parkesburg; and...

Steven A. Sturges, 65, of Westfield, PA, passed away at the home his daughter in Gap, PA on Friday, January 6, 2017. He was the husband of the late Gail C. Sturges who died in 2008. Born in Coatesville, he was the son of the late Elwood and Hazel Patton Sturges. 

He attended the Coatesville Area Schools and was an area resident most his life. For the past 20 years, Steve resided in...

Paul R. Sherman, Jr., 81, of Ronks, passed away on Wednesday, January 4, 2017 while under the care of Hospice and Community Care in Mt. Joy, PA. He was the beloved husband of Alice Joy Fisher Sherman with whom he shared 61 years of marriage. Born in Atglen, he was the son of the late Paul R. and Ella Conover Sherman. 

Paul was an area resident all his life and a 1954 graduate of the...

Gloria Marie "Sis" Smith, 65, of Parkesburg, died on Tuesday, January 3, 2017 while under the care of Hospice and Community Care in Mt. Joy, PA. 

Born in Coatesville, she was the daughter of Doris E. Seiders Smith of Lititz and the late Earl R. Smith.

She was a Parkesburg resident most of her life. She attended Octorara High School.

She loved animals and left behind her...

Dixie L. Blechman Pollard, 63, of Wagontown, passed away on Thursday, December 29, 2016 at the Chester County Hospital in West Chester, PA. She was the beloved wife of Larry Pollard with whom she shared 32 years of marriage. Born in Coatesville, she was the daughter of Paul Blechman of Christiana, PA and the late Evelyn Stanley Blechman.

Dixie was an area resident all her life. She...

Joseph John Butler, 87, of Downingtown, passed away on Monday, December 26, 2016 at the Coatesville VA Medical Center Hospice Unit. Born in Chester, PA, he was the son of the late Frank and Bertha Wolinski. 

 Joe proudly served in the US Air Force from 1948 to 1950. In recent years he spent much time visiting the Coatesville VA hospital to be with his fellow veterans. 
He was a...

Kathryn A. Gathercole, 69, of Sadsburyville, passed away at her home on Saturday, December 24, 2016. She was the beloved wife of George A. Gathercole with whom she shared 48 years of marriage. Born in Coatesville, she was the daughter of the late LeMont and Gladys Elder Keefer. 

Kathryn was an area resident all her life and a 1965 graduate of the Coatesville High School. She was a...

Arthur V. DiSanto, Sr., 88, of Coatesville, formerly of Upper Darby, passed away on Friday, December 16, 2016 at Neighborhood Hospice Center in West Chester, PA.  Born in Philadelphia, he was the son of the late Gustine DiSanto and Ida (Caporale) DiSanto.  

He served honorably in the US Army during the Korean War.  

He was employed as a Bartender most of his life at several...

Barbara E. "Barb" Collins, 69, of Downingtown, died on Wednesday, December 21, 2016 at the Jefferson Hospital in Philadelphia. Born in Christiana, PA, she was the daughter of the late Mildred and Martin Ammon, Jr.

Barb was an area resident all her life. She was employed by the Downingtown VFW Post where she was also a member. She was also a member of the Loyal Order of the Moose.

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Rev. G. Richard Sigg, 88, of Ronks, went home to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ whom he loved and served all his adult life, on Tuesday, December 20, 2016 at the Coatesville VAMC Hospice Unit. He was the beloved husband of Amelia "Mimi" Martin Sigg with whom he shared 61 years of marriage. Born in Evansville, IN, he was the son of the late Georges and Frances Sigg. 

Richard...

Samuel J. Smith, 81, of Parkesburg, passed away on Wednesday, December 21, 2016 at Tel Hai Retirement Community.  He was the beloved husband of Mildred S. (Swyderski) Smith with whom he shared 60 years of marriage.  

Born in Coatesville, he was the son of the late Walter P. and Alma (Wilson) Smith.  

Sam was a 1953 graduate of Parkesburg High School.  

He retired from...

Maryann Patricia Lenhart, 74, of Elverson, passed away on Tuesday, December 20, 2016 peacefully at Brandywine Hospital. 

Born in Ashland, Pa., Maryann was the daughter of the late Harry Bilder Sr. and Anna Dougherty Bilder.  

She had worked as a housekeeper at the Ramada Inn of Downingtown and Hair Innovations, retiring in 2006.  

Maryann is survived by her sons, Tom...

Helen E. Hatton, 85, of Morgantown, passed away on Sunday, December 18, 2016 at the Sunny Crest Home of Morgantown, PA. She was the wife of the late William Hatton. Born in Claymont, DE, she was the daughter of the late Harry S. and E. Naomi Hess. 
An area resident most of her life, she was a member of St. John's Episcopal Church of Compass, PA.

She is survived by one daughter...

Wilbur N. Marsh, 87, of Parkesburg, passed away on Friday, December 16 at Brandywine Hospital.  He was the widower of the late Alice V. Marsh who passed away in 2004.  They shared 48 years of marriage.

Born in Coatesville, Wilbur was the son of A. Verna (Werntz) and A. Norman Marsh.  He graduated from Scott High School and Pratt Institute.  

Wilbur served honorably in the US Army...