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Oscar Levi Whitehead, 74, of Gap, passed away on Sunday, August 31, 2014 at his home surrounded by his family.  He was the beloved husband of Mary E. (Hilton) Whitehead, with whom he shared 33 years of marriage.  

Born in Pocahontas, VA, he was the son of the late Gladys and Henry Whitehead Sr.  

He was employed by Wayne Moving and Storage of West Chester for 24 years, retiring...

Francis Patrick Epright, 66, of Limerick, passed away on Saturday, August 30, 2014 surrounded by his family.

He was the son of Mary (Finnin) and John Epright.  

He served honorably in the US Army.  He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, VFW, American Legion and the Goodwill Fire Co.

Francis was employed by the Montgomery County Correctional Facility for 34 years,...

Violet A. Ciaccia, 85, of Coatesville, passed away on Friday, August 29, 2014 at Harrison Senior Living of Christiana, PA. She was the widow of Joseph J. Ciaccia who died in 2013. Born in Coatesville, she was the daughter of the late Louis and Mary Morris Laurento.

Violet was an area resident all her life. She was employed by Pepperidge Farms in Downingtown. She was a member of Our Lady...

Maryann Mangiovillano, 77, formerly of West Chester, passed away on Wednesday, August 27, 2014 at the Chester Valley Nursing Home of Paoli.

Born in Philadelphia, she was the daughter of the late Anna Marie (Pardo) and Angelo Abbate.  

She was a 1955 graduate of the Hallahan Catholic Girls High School and a 1959 graduate of the Philadelphia Museum College of Art.  

Maryann...

Mary Anne Grabill, 88, of West Chester, passed away on Tuesday, August 26, 2014 at the Neighborhood Hospice Center in West Chester. She was the widow of Richard C. Grabill who died in 2007. Born in Lancaster, she was the daughter of the late Eugene and Mary Louise Nickel Wingender. 

Formerly a resident of Thornton, PA, Mary was retired  from the St. Joseph's Hospital in Lancaster.

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Norman W. Miller, Jr., 94, of Parkesburg, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, August 23, 2014 at the Pocopson Home. Born in Atglen, he was the son of the late Norman W. Miller, Sr. and Elsie J. Boots Miller. 

Norman was a lifelong resident of Parkesburg. He received his education at the old Lenover School. After serving in the US Army during WWII, he was employed by the Lukens Steel...

Harold C. Butler, Jr., 46, formerly of Coatesville, passed away on Sunday, August 17, 2014 in Virginia.  Born in Coatesville, he was the son of Joanne and Harold C. Butler Sr.  

Harold served honorably in the Navy and had previously worked in the Navy Yard.

He is survived by one brother Wesley Norman Butler.  

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Wilde Funeral Home of...

Kathryn I. Matson, 93, formerly of West Grove, died on Tuesday, August 19, 2014 at Ware Presbyterian Village in Oxford. She was the Widow of Lester "Spike" Matson who died in 2007. Born in Lincoln University, she was the daughter of the late John and Helen Smith Massey. 
Kathryn was an area resident all her life and 1940 graduate of the Avon Grove High School.

She is survived by...

Cheryl Ann Loomis, 56, of Coatesville, passed away on Sunday, August 17, 2014 at the Pembrooke Health and Rehab Center in West Chester. She was the wife of Steven H. Loomis with whom she shared 25 years of marriage. Born in Coatesville, she was the daughter of the late James M. and Thelma J. Schroder Quinn. 
Cheryl was an area resident all her life and a 1976 graduate of the Coatesville...

Brenda Sharon Young, 63, of Quarryville, Pa., passed away on Saturday, August 9th, 2014.  She was the widow of the late Robert A. Young.

Born in Coatesville, Brenda was the daughter of the late Earline (Johnson) and Robert W. Lonas.  

She attended the Octorara High School.

Brenda was employed at Bon Worth in Lancaster.  She was a member of the Oak Hill Fellowhship Church...

Joshua David Houck, 15, of Strasburg, went home to be with his Lord and Savior, after a lengthy illness on Sunday, August 17, 2014 at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia .  He fought a brave and courageous battle.  

Born in Lancaster, he was the beloved son of Vickie R. (Blevins) and Brian D. Houck.  

Before he became ill he enjoyed baseball and football.  He always made you...

J. Eilene Derk, of Gap, Pa, went to Heaven to be with her Lord and Savior on Saturday, August 16, 2014. She was 85 years old. Born in Shamokin, PA on June 13, 1929. Eilene graduated from Shamokin High School. Eilene married the love of her life Danny Derk on September 16, 1948 by eloping to Elkton, Maryland. On their 35th wedding anniversary they renewed their wedding vows at the Christian and...

Susanne Sweigart, 63, of Coatesville, passed away on Wednesday, August 13, 2014.  She was the beloved wife of Larry Sweigart with whom she shared 42 years of marriage.  

Born in Coatesville, Susanne was the daughter of the late Dorothy (Linnenbaugh) and John Terriman.

She was a 1968 graduate of the Coatesville Area High School.  Susanne was employed for 20 years by the former...

Lauren Elizabeth Sullivan, 34, of Parkesburg, passed away on Thursday, August 14, 2014.  Born in Wilmington, De., she was the beloved daughter of Elizabeth A. Johnstone Myrick, wife of Harry, of Highspire and Raymond E. Sullivan Jr. of Parkesburg.  

Lauren was a 1998 graduate of the Octorara High School.  She had an Associate Degree from Delaware Community College.  She worked at DaVita...

Patricia L. Hoffmeier, 65, of Atglen, entered into rest on Monday, June 9, 2014. She was the daughter of the late Thomas and Anne Rynier of Parkesburg. She was the wife of Ronald Hoffmeier with whom she recently celebrated 50 years of marriage. She was a 1966 graduate of Octorara High School and she also graduated from Gordon Phillips School of Cosmetology. She retired from PNC Bank where she...

Fred W. Pepperday, 83 of Honey Brook, PA, died on Sunday, August 10, 2014 at his home. He was the beloved husband of Joy Phillips Beveridge Pepperday and the late Evelyn Quick. 

Born in Philipsburg, PA he was the son of the late Walter and Hattie Daughenbaugh Pepperday.

Fred resided in Philipsburg and Fairless Hills, PA before retiring to Honey Brook, PA. He served honorably in...

Ellis J. (Jim) Haines, 83, passed away on Tuesday, 12 August 2014.  Born April 18, 1931, Jim is survived by his loving wife, Lisa, his daughters, Susan Durborow (Jim) and Barbara Haines, and sons, Robert Haines (Sandy) and Thomas Haines (Jennifer), as well as grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  Forever a soldier, Jim served with honor and distinction in the Korean War and the Viet-Nam War...

Elfriede Adams, 78, passed away in her daughter's home in Avondale on August 10, 2014. She had been under the care of her three loving daughters. She was the companion of Claudio Frometa. Born in Langenau, Germany, she was the daughter of the late Anna Maier Dudurytsch.

She worked since arriving from her native Germany at the age of 15 years old and her most current employment was with...

Ray L. "Raphael" Gentile, Jr., 80, of Atglen, passed away at his home on Sunday, August 10th, surrounded by his family.  He was the beloved husband of Cora Mae (Benner) Gentile, with whom he shared 41 years of marriage.  

Born in Coatesville, he was the son of the late D. Margaret (Porreca) and Raphael L. Gentile, Sr.  

An area resident his entire life, he was a 1952 graduate of...

Dennis R. Cox, 59, of Paradise, PA died on Saturday, August 8, 2014 at the Pembrooke Health and Rehabilitation Center in West Chester. Born in Chester County, he was the son of the late Wallace Cox, Sr. and Betty Myers Carr. 
Dennis was employed most of his life as a automotive manager and he also was self employed in lawn care and snowplowing.
Funeral services will be private. ...

Etta (nee Stevenson) Smith, 85 of Coatesville, PA passed away on August 10, 2014. Born in Gibbstown, NJ, she graduated from Paulsboro High School, Paulsboro, NJ in 1947. After 19 years being a wife and mother she decided to return to school to become a registered nurse. She graduated from Gloucester County College in 1971 with an RN degree. She enjoyed worked most of her career at Underwood...

Eugene C. Kuch, 84, of Honey Brook, died on Saturday, August 9, 2014 at the Coatesville VA Medical Center. He was the husband of the late Elizabeth Kuch who died in 2013. Born in Cains, Lancaster County, he was the son of the late Eugene J. and Priscilla Szilagyi Kuch. 

Eugene was an area resident all his life and a 1949 graduate of Williams Trade School. He proudly served in the US...

Dorothy M. "Dottie" Simmons, 71, of Westwood, passed away on Saturday, August 9, 2014 at the Brandywine Hospital. She was the beloved wife of Barry E. Simmons, Sr. with whom she shared 50 years of marriage. Born in Coatesville, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Mary Swisher Sweigart. 

Dottie was an area resident all her life and a 1961 graduate of the Scott High School. She...

Donna Louise Wright, 60, of Wilmington, IL, formerly of Coatesville, passed away on Friday, August 8th, 2014 at her home. 

Born in West Caln Twp., she was the daughter of the late Jean (Townsend) and Louis John Gregor. 

She was a graduate of the Brandywine School of Nursing. Donna was a visiting nurse. 

Donna is preceded in death by her daughter Amy Jo (Shearer) Heming and survived by...

CT “Clarence” Middleton, 80, a former U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Fair Housing (HUD) Washington, D.C., passed away Sunday, 3 August 2014, in the presence of his life long, Best Friend, Dr. Robert H. Hanna, his lovely wife, Doris H. Hanna and his younger daughter, Tatiana “Tanya” Middleton.

Mr. Middleton was an Appointee to the former Administrations of Presidents George H. W....

Lois L. Thompson, 64, of Cochranville, passed away on Friday, August 1, 2014, in Philadelphia.  She was the widow of the late John N. Thompson who died in 2012.  Born in Lancaster County she was the daughter of the late Burley and Marie Greer Mayberry.
She was a graduate of Solanco High School, had lived in this area all her life and was retired from Quest Labs.
She is survived by...