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John B. Rodgers, 78, of Kennett Square, passed away on Sunday, March 1, 2015 at the Pembrooke Health and Rehab Center.  He was the widower of the late Gail Anne (McGinnis) Rodgers who passed away in 2010 after 55 years of marriage.  

Born in Coatesville, he was the son of the late Sarah (Patton) Rodgers Martin and John Rodgers.

He was carpenter and a member of the Carpenters...

Earl A. Pierce, Sr., 87, of West Caln Twp., died on February 27, 2015, at the Southeastern Veterans Center in Spring City, PA.  He was the beloved husband of Margaret Gay Barnes Pierce for over 33 years.
Born in Coatesville, he was the son of the late Harry and Helen Miley Pierce. 
Earl proudly served in the US Army from 1945 to 1947. He was employed as an automotive mechanic and...

Surrounded by his family, H. James “Jim” Fitzmier, 77, of Elverson PA,
passed away peacefully on February 26th. Originally from southwest
Philadelphia and the Gradyville area, Jim served in the U.S. Navy
aboard the U.S.S. Wren and then worked at Curtis Publishing, Boeing
Vertol, and Wyeth-Ayerst Pharmaceuticals. He was a long time coach in
Chester Valley and Exton...

Steven G. Waltz, 46, of Gap, passed away on Tuesday, February 24 in Landisville.  Born in Lancaster, he was the son of Betty Towber Waltz and Richard Marlin Waltz.  

He graduated from the Lower Dauphin High School. 

Steven worked...

Mildred A. "Mickey" Donnelly, 82, of Reading, died on Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at the St. Joseph Medical Center in Reading. She was the wife of the late Patrick G. Donnelly who died in 2004. Born in Coatesville, she was the daughter of the late Howard and Evelyn McLaughlin Byerly. 

Mickey was a 1950 graduate of the Coatesville High School. She served on the Octorara Area School...

Anna M. Kuhn, 94, of Parkesburg, died on Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at Twin Pines Health Care Center, West Grove, PA. She was the widow of the late Alfred "Zip" Kuhn who died in 1990. Born in Parkesburg, she was the daughter of the late Thomas and Anna Stoner Allen. 
Anna was a Parkesburg resident all her life and a 1939 graduate of the Parkesburg High School. She was a member of Our...

Ronald D. Hilton, 66, of Cochranville, passed away on Sunday, February 22, 2015 at the Jennersville Regional Hospital.  He was the husband of Mary (Matherly) Hilton with whom he shared 35 years of marriage.  

Born in Coatesville, Ronald was the son of the late Doris and James Markle.  

Ronald was retired from the Pocopson Home as a Unit Clerk.  He later delivered medicine for  ...

Veronica E. Moncuso, 93, formerly of Parkesburg, passed away on Friday, February 20, 2015 at St. Martha's Manor in Downingtown.  She was the widow of the late Dominic L. Moncuso who passed away in 2003.  

Born in Parkesburg, Veronica was the daughter of the late Margaret (Harris) and Joseph A. Swyderski.  A resident of Parkesburg her entire life, Veronica was a graduate of the...

Albert S. Plant, Jr., 46, of Coatesville, passed away on Wednesday, February 18th at the University of Pennsylvania Hospital.  He was the beloved husband of Alison L. (Konchek) Plant with whom he shared 12 years of marriage. 

Born in West Chester, he was the son of Albert S. Plant, Sr. of North Carolina and the late Patricia Coulson Plant.  

Albert was a 1987 graduate of...

Mary D. Jordan-Cronenbold, 73, of Gap, passed away on February 16, 2015 at the Harrison Senior Living Center of Christiana, PA. Born in VillaMonte, Tarija, Bolivia, she was the daughter of Alicia Cronenbold of Bolivia and the late Antonio Jordan. 

Mary retired from the International Monetary Fund as an executive secretary. 

She is survived, in addition to her Mother, by three...

Beatrice "Betty" Brown died at home on Thursday February 12, 2015.  She was the wife of Thomas A. Brown. They had been married for 49 years. 

Beatrice was born in Bryn Mawr and was the daughter of the late Joseph and Bessie (McGarvey) Harkins. Beatrice was a graduate of Villa Maria Academy in Malvern and Immaculata Collage. She had been employed by Wyeth International Division in Great...

Rose Marie Elizabeth Cook, 74, of Exton, passed away on Thursday, February 12th at her son Jim's home.  

Born in Philadelphia, Rose Marie was the daughter of the late Helen Marie (Riley) and Joseph F. Ryan.  She was a 1958 graduate of the Hallahan Catholic Girls High School of Philadelphia.  

Rose Marie was employed by the Brandywine Hospital for 24 years as the Supervisor of...

Thomas W. Svanoe, 73, formerly of Parkesburg, passed away on Wednesday, February 11, 2015 at the Pembrooke Health and Rehab Center of West Chester. Born in Chicago, ILL.,  he was the son of the late William H. and Lorraine C. Crowley Svanoe. 
Mr. Svanoe had earned a Masters Degree and was employed as a social worker in Wilmington, DE and later in New York City before moving to Parkesburg...

Mary R. Hopton, 87, of Coatesville, passed away on Wednesday, February 11, 2015 at St. Martha's Manor in Downingtown. Born in Coatesville, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Columbia DeBungo Catanese. 
Mrs. Hopton was employed by Unisys retiring in 1989 and she continued to work after retirement for 24 years at Qual-Tech Laboratories of Exton.  

She is survived by two...

Marian M. Dorsey, 77, of Atglen, went home to be with the Lord on Monday, February 9th at the Lancaster General Hospital.  She was the widow of the late Charles H. Dorsey Jr., who passed away in 2012.  

Born in Parkesburg, Marian was the daughter of the late Matilda (Gray) and Wilbur Brown.  She was a member of the Bethany AME of Parkesburg.  

Marian had worked as a Nursing...

Graham Fairbanks Young, 79, of West Grove, passed away on Monday, February 9th, 2015 at the Ware Presbyterian Home.  He was the husband of Marie Frances (Bryson) Young with whom he shared 60 years of marriage.  

Born in Burke's Garden, Tazewell County, Va., Graham was the son of the late Stella G. (Lambert) and Homer Fairbanks Young.  

He attended Christ`s Chapel Full Gospel...

Eleanor S. Young, 87, of West Brandywine Twp., passed away suddenly on Saturday, February 7th, 2015 at the Brandywine Hospital.  She was the widow of the late John A. Young.

Born in Greensburg, Pa., Eleanor was the daughter of the late Helen and Herman E. Tapper.  She was a member of the Hibernia U.M. Church.

Eleanor is survived by her two daughters: Linda S. Wike and Donna L....

Theodore R. Lacey, 86, of Cochranville, passed away at the Twin Pines Healthcare Center of West Grove on Monday, February 9, 2015.  He was the widower of the late Betty Swisher Lacey who died in 1984.  

Born in Pughtown, he was the son of the late Dora and Theodore Lacey.

He was employed by Primo Contractors of Exton as a heavy equipment operator.  

He was a member of the...

Richard L. Kimes, 80, of Coatesville, formerly of Parkesburg, passed away on Wednesday, February 4th at the Brandywine Hospital.  He was the widower of the late Anna Bailey Kimes who passed away in 2007 after they had shared nearly 51 years of marriage.

Born in Coatesville, Richard was the son of the late Eleanor (Finnefrock) and Roy C. Kimes.  He was a 1952 graduate of Scott High...

Frances K. Herr (Babel), 90, of Parkesburg started a new journey Saturday, February 1, 2015 surrounded by her family on what would have been her 60th Wedding Anniversary. 

Frances, known to most as Nan or Fran, was born in Washington, PA and grew up in Rock Run, PA.  She was the daughter of the late George and Helen (Tatataylo) Babel.  She was preceded in death by her husband...

K. Laverne Reiter, 80, of Lancaster, died on Saturday, January 31, 2015 surrounded by her family at the Lancaster General Hospital. She was the loving wife of her sailor boy, Charles A. Reiter with whom she shared 61 years of marriage. Born in Lancaster, she was the daughter of the late David and Edna Bouder. 
Laverne was a member of the Upper Octorara Presbyterian Church since 1954. She...

Darla L. Perella, 69 of Parkesburg passed away on Sunday, February 1, 2015 at her home. She was the beloved wife of Ernest J. Perella with whom she she shared 44 years of marriage. Born in Coatesville, she was the daughter of the late William E. and Lois Steen Broschard.

A 1964 graduate of Pittsfield, Mass. High School she returned to Coatesville in 1968. Working in retail she was...