Obituaries

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Lynn E. Conner, of Parkesburg, PA, died on May 29, 2016 surrounded by his loving family.  He was the beloved husband of 36 years to his wife, Patricia, loving father to Keira Eyre (Thomas) of West Chester, Lyndsey Stevenson (Matthew) of Downingtown, and Jenna Conner (Timothy) of Philadelphia, and the fun Pop-Pop of Conner Stevenson, Nora Stevenson, Robert Eyre, Clara Eyre, and the late Anna...

Alma Wilson Thomas, 94, of Parkesburg, passed away on Friday May 27th, 2016, with her family. 
She was the beloved wife of the late Richard D. Thomas, with whom she shared 72 years of marriage.
Born in Christiana, Alma was the daughter of the late Walter H. Wilson and Nora McMillian. She was raised on a farm in Steelville, where she learned the value of hard work and a love of...

Patricia L. Stong, 82, of Christiana, passed away at home on Friday, May 27, 2016 surrounded by her loved ones. She was the widow of the late William Stong who died in 2010. They shared 58 years of marriage. Born in Coatesville, she was the daughter of the late William L. McCrery Sr. and Ruth B. MacNeal McCrery.

Pat was an area resident all her life and a 1953 graduate of the Parkesburg...

Marvin L. "Mutt" Middleton, 79, of Gap, passed away on Thursday May 26, 2016 at the Brandywine Hospital after a courageous two year battle with cancer. He was the beloved husband of Joyce E. Kuhns Middleton with whom he shared 51 years together. Born in Coatesville, he was the son of the late Thomas G. and Ruth A. Black Middleton. 

Marvin was an area resident all his life. He was...

Margaretta Apgar, 90, of Parkesburg, passed away on Thursday, May 26th, under the care of Tel Hai Retirement Community.  She was the widow of Paul V. Apgar, who passed away in 1980 after they had shared 35 years of marriage.  

Born in Coatesville, she was the daughter of Basilius and Anna Kanawal Kopple.  She had worked at the former Mammarella Sewing Factory of Coatesville.  

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Grace V. Huyard, 79, of Parkesburg, died on Friday, May 27, 2016 at Harrison Senior Living of Christiana.  She was the wife of Robert L. Huyard, Sr.

Born in Coatesville to the late Fern (Witmore) and Clinton Scott.  

Grace was a member of the Christ Chapel Full Gospel.

She is survived, in addition to her husband, by five children: Judy A. Scott of Parkesburg, Robin M....

Shirley Jane Fryberger, 71, of Coatesville, passed away at Brandywine Hospital on May 26, 2016.  She was the wife of Chris Sweigart, Jr. with whom she shared 32 years of marriage.  Born in Thorndale, she was the daughter of the late Howard F. and Elva D. Myers Shaffer.  

She was an area resident all her life and was a graduate of Scott high School.  She was a Junior Girl Scout leader....

Kenneth Jack Russell, 83, of East Fallowfield, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, May 24, 2016 at the VA Hospice in Coatesville, PA.  Jack was born in Marion, VA on May 6, 1933 to the late Kessler J. and Mamie L. Russell.  He was the husband of the late Shizuyo Miyauchi Russell with whom he shared 57 years of marriage.

Jack was employed at Lukens Steel Company as a crane operator...

George J. Chenger, Jr., 84, of East Fallowfield died on Monday May 23, 2016 at the Coatesville VAMC. He was the husband of Barbara J. Gay Chenger with whom he shared 59 years of marriage. Born in Coatesville, he was the son of George J. and Anna Chenger, Sr.

George was a graduate of Scott H.S. and a Veteran of the US Army. He was employed by the Budd Company as a welder.

In...

Evelyn J. Parker, 86, formerly of Malvern, passed away on Tuesday, May 17th at Dallastown Nursing Center.  She was the beloved wife of Fred Parker with whom she shared 62 years of marriage.  

Born in Embreville, Pa., Evelyn was the daughter of the late Irma (Wright) and John L. Colyer.  She was a 1948 graduate of Scott High School and a 1951 graduate of Chester Hospital School of...

Julia B. Grosser, 73, of Ronks, passed away on May 16, 2016 at her home, under the care of her daughter, Juliann.  She was the widow of the late Alexander J. "Sandy" Grosser, who passed away in 2013 after 22 years of marriage.  

Born in Philadelphia, she was the daughter of the late Margaret and James Durning.  Julia worked as a bartender and waitress.  

She is survived by her...

Donald Miley, 78, of Coatesville, passed away at his home on Saturday, May 14, 2016. He was the husband of the late Edith "Edie" H. Miley who died in 1992. Born in Chester County, he was the son of the late Carrie Miley Cosenzo. 
Don was a County resident all his life and a 1955 graduate of the Downingtown High School. He was employed, for over 40 years, by the former Lukens Steel...

A. Mae McGuigan, 93, of Pomeroy, passed away on Wednesday, May 11, 2016. She was the wife of the late Norman W. McGuigan who died in 1992. Born in Guthriesville, PA, she was the daughter of the late Moses H. and Alice Jefferis Marshall.

Mae was an area resident all her life and a 1940 graduate of the Downingtown High School. She was employed as a beautician and hairdresser most of life...

William J. Yetter, Jr., a lifelong resident of West Bradford Twp., died on Febraury 27, 2016. He was the husband of Janet Dague Yetter and the son of the late William J. and Christina H. Yetter. 
Bill worked in Engineering at the former Lukens Steel Co. for 27 years before retiring in 1989. He was a member of the Amphibious Order of the Frogs, the VFW and a life member of the West Caln...

William Ralph Deremer, 66, of Quarryville, passed away on Tuesday, May 10th at Lancaster General Hospital.  He was the beloved husband of Debra A. (Witherow) Deremer, with whom he shared 25 years of marriage.  

Born in Scranton, he was the son of the late Mary Louise (Hosfeld) and Willard Deremer.  

He served honorably in the US Navy during the Vietnam War.  

A graduate of...

Wendy Marie Robbins, 48, of Atglen, PA, died on Saturday, May 7, 2016 in New Holland. She was the beloved wife of Gregory Allen Robbins. Born in Coatesville, she was the daughter of Arthur H. McGinnis of Coatesville and the late Lorraine Andrews McGinnis. 

Wendy was an area resident all her life. She was employed as an LPN and had recently  been employed by Prostat Nursing Agency and...

Nicholas Dmytryk, 82, of Coatesville, passed away on Monday, May 9, 2016 at St. Martha's Manor in Downingtown. He was the husband of the late Patricia Lusky Dmytryk who died in 2010. Born in Coatesville, he was the son of the late Stephen and Sophia Dmytryk. 

Nick was an area resident all his life and a 1951 graduate of the Scott High School. He was employed by the Lukens Steel Co. as a...

Grace "Nancy" Barrett, 82, of New Providence, passed away at home under the loving care of her daughter Donna, on Sunday May 8, 2016. She was the wife of the late Arrington George Barrett, who died in 1999. Born in Shillington, PA, she was the daughter of the late Edwin J. and Eva Amelia Gabler Kershaw. 

An area resident all of her life, she was a parishioner of St. Malachi Church. ...

Michael Pelet, 64, of Atglen, passed away on May 7th, 2016 at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia after a brief illness.  He was the beloved husband of Nancy L. (Antol) Pelet with whom he shared 40 years of marriage and cherished father to Kate and John Michael.  

Born in Coatesville, Mike was the son of the late Marie Catherine (Smyth) Pelet and John M. Pelet...

Rebecca Hall, 93, of Ephrata, passed away on Saturday, May 7th at Zerbe Sisters Nursing Center in Narvon.  She was the widow of Clyde E. Hall who passed away in 2009 after they had shared 63 years of marriage.  

Born in Honey Brook, She was the daughter of the late Eliza and Charles Spickler.  

During WWII, she was a machine operator for Wright Air making motors for B-17s and B-...

Bruce E. Thomas of Jonestown, PA passed away after a lengthy illness on May 6, 2016 at the Hospice Residence of Central PA in Harrisburg, PA.

Born in Coatesville he was the son of Ann “Dolly” (DiObilda) Thomas, and the late Joseph A. Thomas, Sr.

He grew up in Christiana, attended Octorara Area High School, and was a highly skilled welder during his younger years, as well as a...

Georgette E. Grier Sheaffer, 52, of Coatesville, passed away on Thursday, May 5th, 2016 at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.  

Born in Lancaster, she was the daughter of Judy E. (Peace) and Lawrence Baker Grier, Sr. of Coatesville.  

She was a 1983 graduate of Octorara High School and was self-employed as a cosmetologist.  

Georgette is survived by her two...

James H. Stauffer, 67 of Gap passed away at his home on May 3, 2016.  He was the loving companion of Deborah Ammon .  Born in Caernarvon, PA he was the son of the late Harwin L.  and Dorothy E. Lammey Stauffer.  

Being an area resident his whole life, he graduated from Coatesville and was employed by Sheiler Oil Co. of West Chester for 25 years.  

He is survived by his companion...

Margaret B. Maxwell, 91, of Honey Brook, passed away on Tuesday, May 3, 2016 at the Tel-Hai Retirement Community. She was the wife of the late Richard S. Maxwell, Sr. who died in 1989. Born in Oxford, PA, she was the daughter of the late Joseph R. and Helen V. Wolf Baily. 

Margaret was a area resident all her life and a 1942 graduate of the Oxford High School. She was a long time member...

James H. Althouse, 85, of Coatesville, died on Sunday, May 1, 2016 at the Harrison Senior Living Center in Christiana, PA. Born in Coatesville, he was the son of the late Harvey and Gertrude Haws Althouse. 

Jim was an area resident all his life and was a self employed carpenter. He was also an avid Philadelphia Phillies and Eagles fan.

He is survived by three step children; Susan...

John P. "Jack" Pavelik, 79, of Wagontown, passed away on Sunday, May 1st, 2016 at Brandywine Hospital.  He was the widow of Patricia Pavelik, with whom he shared nearly 50 years of marriage.  

Born in Coatesville, he was the son of the late Marie (Hamm) and John Pavelik.

An area resident most of his life, he was employed by the former Lukens Steel in the Fuel and Electronics...

Michael Joseph Gustis, 72, of Parkesburg, formerly of Philadelphia, died at his home on Saturday, April 30, 2016. He was the widower of the late Georgiann Paxson Gustis who died in 2014. Born in Philadelphia, he was the son of the late Albert Gustis, Sr. and Josephine Bartnowski Gustis. 

Mike spent most of his life in Philadelphia and was employed by the Philadelphia Fire Department...