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Howard Walker Benner, 83, of Cochranville, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family  on Wednesday, January 28, 2015. He was the beloved husband of Suzanne E. Roderick Benner with whom he shared more than 52 years of marriage. Born in Philadelphia, he was the son of the late Herbert B. and Alice Walker Benner. 

Howard was a graduate of Germantown High School and later...

Geraldine E. "Gerry" Daniels, 87, of East Fallowfield, passed away on Thursday, January 29, 2015 at the Brandywine Hospital.  She was the wife of Edward G. Daniels, Sr. with whom she shared over 63 years of marriage.  

Born in Westwood, she was the daughter of the late Emily (Liggett) and Lloyd Wallace.  She was a 1948 graduate of the Chester Co. School of Nursing.  In 1968, she retired...

Richard Huyard, 78, of West Chester, formerly of Downingtown, passed away on Wednesday, January 28, 2015 at the Pembrooke Health and Rehab Center in West Chester. 
Born in Coatesville, he was the son of the late Frank and Florence Troupe Huyard.
Richard was an area resident all his life. He served in the US Army for six years and then transferred to the US Air Force for eight years...

Margaret "Betty" (Miller) Schapansky, 81, of Atglen, passed away on Wednesday, January 28th, 2015 at her home.  She was the widow of Herman Schapansky, who passed away in 2013 after they had shared 62 years of marriage.

Born in Rising Sun, Md., Margaret was the daughter of the late Brinton and Margaret Miller.  

She attended the Parkesburg United Methodist Church.  

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Lillian M. Diem, 94, of Honey Brook, passed away on Sunday, January 25, 2015 at the Brandywine Hospital.  She was the widow of the late John D. Diem, who passed away in 2011.  

Born in Chester County, Lillian was the daughter of the late Estella E. and Robert G. Martin.  

She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Pequea.

Lillian is survived by her two children:...

Hamilton A. "Hap" Pringle, Jr., 76, of Gap, passed away on Saturday, January 24, 2015 at the Brandywine Hospital. He was the beloved husband of Carol L. Barr Pringle with whom he shared 55 years of marriage. Born in Malvern, he was the son of the late Hamilton A. Pringle, Sr. and Helen May Huey Pringle. 
Hap was a Chester County resident most of his life. He was employed as a machine...

John F. Antonini, 46, of Honey Brook, passed away on Friday, January 23, 2015 at the Brandywine Hospital as the result of an auto accident.  

Born in Bryn Mawr, Pa., John was the son of Gerri (Peterson) and Felix John Antonini.  

An area resident his entire life, John was a Carpenter by trade and a member of the Carpenters Union of Philadelphia.  

He belonged to the...

Rose Marie (Mack) Fedorowych of West Chester, Pa passed away on Sunday, January 25, 2015 at the age of 81.  

She is survived by her only daughter, Modesta Ciarlone, husband Alan, and 2 granddaughters, Kathryn and Erica Ciarlone.  Her beloved partner of 15 yrs, Robert MacHenry introduced her to the Order of the Eastern Star, where she has been an active member.  

She is also...

Gertrude N. Carpenter, 86, of Sadsburyville, Pa., passed away on Saturday, January 24, 2015 at her home, surrounded by her beloved family.  She was the beloved wife of Frank G. Carpenter, Sr., with whom she shared 67 years of marriage.  

Born West Chester, she was the daughter of the late Annie (Holroyd) and John Crabtree.  

An area resident her entire life, she was a 1946...

James "Beef" Simmers, 60, of Parkesburg, passed away unexpectedly Sunday, January 18, 2015.  

Born in Coatesville, he was the son of the late Evelyn M. and Pennock E. Simmers.  

An area resident his entire life, James was a 1972 graduate of the Coatesville High School.  He worked at the former Lukens Steel and he was an Iron Worker and a member of the Local 401 Union.  

He...

Clarence Everett Martin, Sr., 85, of Downingtown, passed away at his home on Monday, January 12, 2015. Born in Glenmoore, he was the son of the late William P. and Minnie Miller Martin.

A County resident all his life, he proudly served in the US Air Force from 1946 to 1949. 

Everett was a lifelong trucker, retiring after 29 years from Walter J. Styer Inc. of Eagle, PA in 1991. ...

Betty Decker, 88, of Parkesburg, passed away peacefully on Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014 at the Pocopson Home.

Born in 1926, she was the daughter of the late Walter and Edna Daller of Parkesburg.

Betty was preceded in death by her son, Gary E. Decker, in 2004.

A lifelong resident of Parkesburg,  Betty  made  many good  friends while living at Pocopson.  She was also recently  ...

Arthur E. Martin, Sr., 78, formerly of West Chester, passed away on Sunday, January 11th at the Golden Living Center of Lancaster.  

Born in West Chester, he was the son of the late Dorothy Popjoy Martin Draucker and Eber Pyle Martin, Sr.

He was self-employed antique and flea market dealer.

Arthur is survived by his children, Karen Martin Engle (Dave) of Honey Brook,...

Jesse L. Townsley, Jr., 89, formerly of Westwood, passed away on Friday, January 9th, 2015 at the Fairmount Homes of Ephrata.   He was the beloved husband of Dolores E. Townsley, with whom he shared 64 years of marriage.  

Born in West Chester, Jesse was the son of the late Elizabeth B. (Waltz) and Jesse L. Townsley Sr; and stepson of the late Cora (Britton) Townsley.  An area resident...

Arthur W. Renz, 96, of Atglen, passed away on Thursday, January 8, 2015 at the Harrison Senior Living of Christiana.  He was the beloved husband of Margaret (Donohue) Renz, with whom he shared 72 years of marriage.  

Born in Coatesville, Arthur was the son of the late Norma and George Renz.  

Arthur served honorably in the US Army during WWII in the European Theater with the...

Elizabeth Anne Bristow, 69, of Caln, died at her home on Wednesday, January 7, 2015. Born in West Chester, she was the daughter of the late LeRoy C. and Catherine Loughery Bristow. 
Elizabeth was an area resident all her life and had attended Coatesville Schools. She was employed by Chester County Government Services in the Housekeeping Dept. and she had also worked at the Brandywine...

Jason R. Mast, 29, of Atglen, died suddenly at his home on Monday, January 5, 2015. He was the beloved fiance of Heather Kendig. Born in Lancaster, he was the son of R. Glenn Mast of Atglen and Jill Jones, wife of John Illes of Downingtown.

Jason was an area resident all his life. He had attended Octorara Schools and was a 2003 graduate of the Chester County High...

Elizabeth Joan Wilson, 78, of Honey Brook, passed away at her home on Thursday, January, 1, 2015. She was the wife of the late James E. Wilson, Jr. who died last January. They shared 58 years of marriage. Born in Philadelphia, she was the daughter of the late Harry S. and Catherine Moran Mills. 

Joan and her husband were the owners and operators of Wilson's Eatery for close to 40 years...