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Raymond Eli Lied, 97, of Pomeroy, Pa., passed away peacefully at Freedom Village Home on Friday, February 17, 2017, surrounded by family.  Ray was born in Embreeville, Pa, on the 4th of July, 1919, the son of Isaac and Rhoda Wilson Lied.  He was predeceased by Hilda, his loving wife of 69 years, along with three sisters and two brothers.  

He is survived by three children, Lois A., wife...

Joyce L. Kauffman, 74, of Atglen, passed away peacefully at her home on February 8, 2017.  She was the wife of Daniel L. Kauffman for over 54 years.  Born in Coatesville, she was the daughter of hte late Charles and Beatrice Carr Gordon.

Joyce was a homemaker and attended Penningtonville Presbyterian Church.  She enjoyed sewing, crocheting and shopping for bargains.

In addition...

Elsie M. Ranck, 89, of Reading, passed away on Tuesday, February 14th under the care of Berks Heim Nursing and Rehabilitation of Reading.  She was the widow of the late Roy H. Ranck who passed away in 1993 after they had shared 45 years of marriage together.

Born in Coatesville, Elsie was the daughter of the late Kathryn and Harold Thompson.  

She was a graduate of Scott High...

Anthony Nicholas “Nick” Sloan, born June 22, 1985 to Anita Cornett and Robert J. Sloan, Jr. in West Chester, PA. God called Nick and his K-9 companion Chance home together Sunday, February 12, 2017 to fulfill their final chapter in Heaven with his Lord our Savior.
 
Nick was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather Ronald Hilton, his paternal grandfather Robert J. Sloan Sr.,...

Thomas P. DeFroscia, 67, of Coatesville, passed away on Monday, February 13, 2017 at the Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia. He was the beloved husband of Patricia G. Markward DeFroscia with whom he shared 45 years of marriage. Born in Coatesville, he was the son of the late Woodrow and Anna Hood DeFroscia. 

Tom was an area resident all his life and a 1967 graduate of the Scott...

George L. Holston, Sr., 64, of Glenmoore, passed away at the Brandywine Hospital on Monday, February 13, 2017. He was the beloved husband Dorothy L. "Dottie" Powers Holston with whom he shared 41 years of marriage. Born in West Chester, he was the son of the late George E. and Marian Emily Good Holston. 

George was a County resident all his life and 1971 graduate of Henderson High...

Raymond Fred Wolfe, 67, formerly of Sadsburyville, passed away on Friday, February 10, 2017 at the Chester Valley Rehabilitation and Nursing Center of Malvern. He was the husband of the late Cynthia Gardner Wolfe with whom he shared 30 years of marriage. Born in  Coatesville, he was the son of the late Raymond and Emily Henry Wolfe. 

Fred was an area resident all his life and a 1967...

Dawn A. Paup, 66, of Parkesburg, passed away on Friday, February 10th at Brandywine Hall in West Chester.  She was the wife of Fred E. Paup, with whom she shared 25 years of marriage.  

Born in Coatesville, Dawn was the daughter of the late Sara M. (Rissel) and Fred H. Casey, Sr.  

Dawn was a 1968 graduate of Octorara High School.  She worked as a Jewelry Supervisor at QVC in...

Gerald Allen Weaver, 81, of Coatesville, died on Friday, February 10, 2017 at the Brandywine Hospital. following a short illness. He was the widower of the late Jacquline Jean Ash Weaver who died in 2004. They shared 41 years of marriage. Born in Coatesville, he was the son of the late Edgar P. and Ellen B. Refford Weaver.

He lived in Coatesville all his life and was employed in the...

Jean "Pat" Whiteside, 83, of Honey Brook, formerly of Parkesburg, went home to be with the Lord, surrounded by her three daughters on Wednesday, February 8th under the care of Hickory House and Holisticare Hospice.  She was the widow of Norman W. Whiteside III, who passed away in 2005 after they had shared 49 years of marriage.  

Born in Gap, Pat was the daughter of the late Margaret (...

Harper Schlimme, 89, of Cedar Knoll, passed on February 4th 2017, at Tel Hai Retirement Community. 

Born in the Compass area in July, 1928 to the late Fred and Helen Thompson Schlimme, Harper had ten brothers and sisters. Twin brother Edwin was 16 when he passed, followed by Fred, Dorothy Leslie Stern, Edgar, Harry, and Helen Rice. 

He is survived by sisters Ruth Diobilda,...

Violet L. White, 70, of Quarryville, died on January 15, 2017 at the Mt. Joy Hospice Center. She was the wife of Wayne White. She was the daughter of Ray Baker, Jr. and Elizabeth R. Donley Baker.

She is survived by two sisters; Edith Farber and Shirley Ann Anderson of Lucasville, Ohio. She was preceded in death by a brother Robert L. Baker.

Graveside cremation services will be...

William Leon Hart, 81, of Gap, passed away on Sunday, February 5, 2017 at the Lancaster General Hospital.  He was the beloved husband of Helena J. (Lewis) Hart with whom he would have shared 60 years of marriage in April.

Born in Atglen, he was the son of the late Mary Elizabeth and H. Charles Hart.  He worked maintenance at Octorara High School, retiring in 2006. 

He is survived...

Rev. Herbert Grant Boyes, 98, of Highland Township, Chester County, passed away at his home on Sunday, February 5, 2017 surrounded by his family.  He was the husband of the late Marjorie Stern Boyes who died in 2009.  Born in Fenton, Michigan, he was the son of the late Arthur Grant and Lois A. Dennison Boyes. 

Rev. Boyes spent most of his life in service to the Lord as a missionary in...

Donald Joseph "Pop" Missimer, 77, of Coatesville, died on Monday, January 30, 2017 at the Coatesville, VAMC Hospice Unit. He was the beloved husband of Charlotte Ann Steczak Missimer with whom he shared 53 years of marriage. Born in Coatesville, he was the son of the late Joel Missimer and Hester Kropp Missimer Davis.

Don was an area resident all his life and a 1957 graduate of the...

Pauline M. Miller, 93, formerly of Parkesburg, passed away on Wednesday, February 1st under the care of Luther Acres in Lititz.  She was the widow of Lewis E. "Lew" Miller who passed away in 2004.  She was the daughter of the late Cathrine (Zbirak) Peppernick and Andrew Peppernick.  

She was a member of Upper Octorara Presbyterian Church. She was a devoted wife, loving mother and...

Jeannette Mikula, 95, passed away peacefully at Harrison House Christiana, PA on Tuesday, January 31st at the age of 95 just days after a birthday party with her family.   

She was born in Chester, Pennsylvania the daughter of Jack & Margaret Lippolis.  

Jeannette was a 1939 graduate of St. Roberts High School.  

She married Rudolph Mikula in 1943 and they celebrated...

Richard M. Sensenig, 92, of Coatesville, PA went home to be with the Lord on Friday, February 3rd,  2017 at Freedom Village, West Brandywine, PA. He was the husband of the late Virginia M. (Horning) Sensenig of whom he shared 55 years of marriage. He was the son of the late John Howard Sensenig Sr. and Mabel (Murray) Sensenig of Pomeroy.
After graduating from Scott Senior High School in...

Dawn Fryer, 70, of Parkesburg, passed away on Friday, January 27, 2017 at her home.  She was the beloved wife of Michael Gerber.

Born in Phoenixville, Dawan was the daughter of the late Eleanor Kelso and George Fryer.  

She had worked as the Recorder of Deeds for Lancaster County.

Dawn is survived, in addition to her husband, by her son, Cliff Kerr of Spring City, Pa.; her...

Florence Skiles "Flossie" Johnson, 92, formerly of West Caln Township, passed away on Wednesday, February 1, 2017 at the Brandywine Hospital. She was the wife of the late Harold O. Johnson who died in 2008. Born in West Caln Twp., she was the daughter of the late James W. and Helen Townsley Skiles. 

Flossie was an area resident all her life and a 1941 graduate of the Parkesburg High...

Giselle Marie Verlaque Guy was born November 19, 1956 in Madrid, Spain, one of five siblings and the only daughter of Jules Verlaque and Giselle Wilkes Verlaque.  Known as ‘Jill’ to her immediate family, she preferred to be known as Giselle. Hospitalized for the first several weeks of life in neo-natal intensive care, it was doubtful she would survive, and yet she prevailed, and embarked on a...

Mildred H. Neal, 92, of Parkesburg, passed away on Tuesday, January 31, 2017 at the Lancaster General Hospital. She was the widow of the late Clair G. Neal who died in 2002. They shared 52 years of marriage together. Born in Manheim, PA she was the daughter of the late Elias and Anna Frysinger Hornburger. 

Mildred was lived and worked on the family dairy farm beside her husband and...

Helen H. Tice, 95, of Cochranville, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, January 29th, 2017 at her home.  She was the widow of the late Harold A. Tice, with whom she shared 61 years of marriage. 

Born in West Grove, she was the daughter of James C. and Hazel (Fox) Haney.  She was a graduate of Cochranville High School and has lived around Cochranville all of her life. 

Helen...

Linda "Lynn" Riggins, 73, of Gap, passed away on Friday, January 27, 2017 at Lancaster General Hospital.  She shared 41 years together with her Partner in Life, Sandra Houck.

Born in Pottstown, Lynn was the daughter of the late Ruth Snyder Jones.  

She was a retired Corrections Officer, having worked for Lawdy Corrections Institute in Florida.  

Lynn enjoyed hunting and...

Freda Reese Fronefield, 71, of Atglen, passed away on Thursday, January 26 under the care of Neighborhood Hospice of West Chester.  She was the beloved wife of Vernon "Butch" F. Fronefield, with whom she shared 44 years of marriage.  

Born in Coatesville, Freda was the daughter of the late Raymond and Vera (Gregory) Reese.  She attended Henderson High School of West Chester.  

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Calvin A. "Kelly" Barr, 82, of Elizabethtown, passed away on Wednesday, January 25th under the care of the Masonic Village.  

Born in Gap, he was the son of the late Harry and Mary Eva Barr.  

He served honorably in the US Army from 1957 to 1959, and then with the Army Reserves until 1963.  He had worked at Nupak, American Hardware and Service Star, all of Parkesburg, retiring in...

Rose Mary Whiteman, 82, of Honey Brook passed away peacefully surrounded by her family, on Tuesday, January 24, 2017 at the Tel-Hai Retirement Community. She was the wife of the late Harry Whiteman, Jr. who died in 2012 after celebrating 60 years of marriage. Born in Shamokin, PA on July 31, 1934, she was the daughter of the late Walter and Pauline Foieri Roth. 

Rose Mary retired from...

Anna G. Griffiths, 90, of Quarryville, passed away peacefully at the home of her daughter and son-in-law on Tuesday, January 24, 2017. She was the wife of the late David P. Griffiths with whom she shared 40 years of marriage. Born in Marion Heights, PA, she was the daughter of the late Michael J. and Mary A. Poremba Witowski. 

Anna resided in Quarryville for the past 7 years and had...

John A. Swyderski, 82, of Coatesville passed away on January 25, 2017, surrounded by his family in his home.   He was the beloved husband of Shirley Ann Swyderski for 60 years.  Born in Coatesville, he was the son of the late Alexander and Mary Zevtchin Swyderski.  

John was a 1952 graduate of Parkesburg High School.  He served in the United States Navy from 1952-1955.  John married...

Doris M. Hutchins Gaska, 87, formerly of Coatesville, PA, passed from death to life January 24, 2017 after battling Alzheimers. 

Born in Ridley Park, PA to James S. and Minnie K. Hall Hutchins. She worked at Westinghouse as a keypunch operator for over 20 years until she married Stanley P. Gaska in 1971. She then worked for Chemical Leaman in the mail room until 1986, then as a child...

Anthony Hector Perry, III, 69, of Parkesburg, passed away on January 25, 2017 at his home.  He was the beloved husband of Victoria J. Perry with whom he shared 48 years of marriage.  
Born in Coatesville, he was the son of Anthony "Skiz" Perry, II of Parkesburg and the late Alice Virginia Lee Perry.
Tony was an area resident all his life. He proudly served in the US Army in Vietnam...

Christopher T. Simmers, Jr., 28, of Coatesville, passed away on Monday, January 23, 2017 at his home.  Born in Coatesville, he was the beloved son of Wendy Martin Corle, wife of Larry, of Coatesville and Christopher Todd Simmers, Sr. of Intercourse. 

Chris was a 2006 graduate of Octorara High School.  

He is survived, in addition to his parents, by his siblings, Samantha Columbia...

Carol L. Minnick, 72, of Christiana, PA, passed away suddenly on Monday morning, January 23, 2017 at the Brandywine Hospital. Born in Akron, NY, she was the daughter of the late Edward A. Reese, Sr. and Norma J. Hubler Reese. 

Carol was an area resident most of her life. Her greatest joy was being a grandmother. She enjoyed bowling, drawing and, of course, all things Elvis. She was a...

Michael W. Collins, 64, of Towerville, passed away at his home on Thursday, January 19, 2017. He was the beloved husband of  Vicky Lynn Peters Collins with whom he shared 35 years of marriage. Born in Coatesville, he was the son of Alma Noble Collins of Towerville and the late Leon O. Collins. 

Mike was an area resident all his life and a member of the Towerville Christian Church. He...

Robert L Lash (Blackie), 84 of Downingtown, Pa. Passed away on January 20, 2017 at home surrounded by his family.

Born on March 19, 1932 in Pottsville, Pa. He was the son of the late Robert Luther and Dorothy (Boyer) Lash. He attended the Philadelphia area schools before enlisting in the Army National Guard. He was formerly employed with Forge Mill Work of Malvern as a truck driver....

Edwin L Hoover, 77, passed away on January 18, 2017, surrounded by his family at his home.  He was the husband of Edith Bradley Hoover, with whom he shared 46 years of marriage. Born in Lancaster, he was the son of the late D. Lester and Mae Buckwalter Hoover. 

Ed was a 1957 graduate of Octorara High School.  He was employed by Burkhart, Excavating of Cochranville for 39 years, retiring...