Obituaries

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Sharon E. Highfield, 45, of Ephrata, died on Tuesday, August 25th near Gap as the result of a motorcycle accident. Born in West Grove, she was the daughter of the late Robert A. Highfield, Sr. and Elizabeth Brennan Highfield.
Sharon was employed at the Blackhorse Tavern in Denver and she also tended bar at Dolly's in Ephrata. 

She will be remembered for her unconditional love she...

 Ella Elizabeth "Betty" Patton, 92, of Honey Brook, passed away on Tuesday, August 18, 2015 at the Tel-Hai Retirement Community. She was the widow of Ernest C. Patton who died in 1988. Born in Lyndell, PA, she was the daughter of the late Dudley G. and Beulah Barnes Draucker. 
Betty was an area resident all her life. She was an active member of the Coatesville Bible Fellowship where she...

Augustinea H. (Warmiak) McCarraher, 72, of Parkesburg, passed away on Monday, August 17, 2015 at Chester County Hospital after a lengthy illness.  She was the widow of George L. McCarraher who passed away in 1992.   

Born in Coatesville, she was the daughter of the late Myra (Barkley) and Leon Warmiak.  A resident of Parkesburg for 43 years, she attended the Parkesburg Methodist Church...

Gage Michael Towber, 18, of Paradise, passed away Thursday, August 13th in Ronks.  Born in Lancaster, Gage is survived by his two parents Michael Lee Towber (husband of Lisa M. Towber) and Amber B. Besash (wife of Justin Trout).  Gage's parents wrote him these letters:  

For our loving son, we watched you grow over the years from a shy young boy into a mature young man.  Although the...

Margaret Patricia "Peggy" Filiault, 58, of Coatesville, PA, passed away suddenly at her home on Wednesday, August 12, 2015. Born in Phila. PA. Peggy was raised in Glenolden and attended St. George's grade school and Prendergast High School in Drexel Hill, PA. 

Peggy was a registered nurse and had been employed down through the years at several local hospitals and nursing homes. Her...

Mary E. Lepore, 85, of Chatham, PA, passed away on Tuesday, August 11, 2015 at the Jennersville Regional Hospital. She was the widow of Charles S. Lepore who died in 1990.Born in Coatesville, she was the daughter of the late Arthur and Martha Pine Hess.
Mary was an area resident all her life and a member of Our Lady of Consolation Church.

She is survived by four sons; Charles S....

Mallisa Marie Holbert, 33, of Parkesburg, died at her home in Parkesburg on Tuesday, August 11, 2015 as the tragic result of a house fire. Born in Baltimore, Maryland, she was the daughter of John Holbert, Sr. and the late Brenda Ann Luckart Garcia.

Mallisa was a graduate of the Avon Grove High School and a resident of Parkesburg for the last ten years. 

She is survived by five...

Susanna C. Clapsadle, 57, of Hustontown, PA, passed away at her home on Sunday, August 9, 2015. She was the wife of Mark Clapsadle. Born in West Chester, PA, she was the daughter of Jonathan P Jones of Honey Brook and the late Mary Catherine Baker Jones. 

Susanna was a 1976 graduate of the Twin Valley High School. 

She is survived, in addition to her husband and father, by four...

George H. Supplee, Sr., 78, of Romansville and Bradenton, FL, died August 11, 2015 at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.  

Born in West Chester, PA on February 19, 1937, he was the son of the late Virginia (Reeves) and George E. Supplee.  

He was predeceased by his first wife Joan Hart Supplee in 1993.  

Survived by his wife Barbara Weinman Supplee and children Kathleen...

Alfred H. Hicks, Sr. 72, of Parkesburg, passed away on Saturday, August 8th at Pocopson Home of West Chester.  Born in Coatesville, he was the son of the late Mildred (Dickinson) and John Hicks Sr.

An area resident his entire life, Alfred worked for 28 years at Lukens Steel.  He was a member of the former Elk Lodge of Coatesville and a former member of Enon Baptist Church of West Grove...

Donald I. "Tex" Pirches, Sr., 86, of Parkesburg, went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, August 5, 2015 at his home. He was the husband of the late Helen Hanna Pirches who died in 2009. Born in Coatesville, he was the son of the late George R. Pirches and Edna M. McCarraher Leed. 

Donald proudly served in the US Army from 1946 to 1949. He was first employed by the Downingtown Paper...

Laura E. Ludwig, 54, of Lititz, passed away on Tuesday, August 4th at Hershey Medical Center.  

Born in Coatesville, she was the daughter of Grace (March) and Martin McWilliams.  

Laura is survived by her three children: Martin W. Dean of Lititz, Allen L. Dean, husband of Brandy, of Ephrata, Crystal Marie Evans of Manheim; two grandchildren and siblings Connie Snyder of Lititz,...

Lillian Shirley Doratt, 83, of Pomeroy Heights, PA, went home to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on July 27, 2015. Shirley was the wife of the late Douglas C. Doratt. She was an active member of The John Birch Society before her husband's death and also an active member of the Central Baptist Church in Pomeroy where she served as the pianist for many years. Shirley was very passionate...

James L. Farris, 86, of Mohnton, passed away on Sunday, August 2nd at Reading Hospital.  He was the widower of the late Mary E. Farris with whom he shared 51 years of marriage.

Born in Springfield Twp., James was the son of Rosalie (Lax) and Henry Farris.  He served honorably in the US Navy from 1946 to 1952 and was a member of the Coatesville VFW.

He was retired from Lukens...

Everett C. Cowan III, 68, of Chapel Hill, N.C., formerly of Coatesville, passed away on Wednesday, May 27, 2015 at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill Hospital. He was the beloved husband of 43 years to Kristine (Faulkenholm) Cowan. Born in Coatesville, he was the son of the late Everett and Ella Frances (Coates) Cowan.

 He went to the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill...

Ronald E. Tillman, Sr., 73, of West Caln Twp., passed away on Saturday, August 1st at Pembrooke Health and Rehab Center of West Chester.  He was the husband of Andree Rappold Tillman, with whom he shared 49 years of marriage.  

Born in Coatesville, Ronald was the son of the late Elizabeth F. (Hallick) and J. Donald Tillman, Sr.  

Ronald was a 1959 graduate of Scott High School.  ...

Cynthia Ruth Wilson, 54, of Parkesburg, passed away on Wednesday, July 29, 2015 at the Neighborhood Hospice Center in West Chester. Born in West Chester, she was the daughter of the late Norris and Eva Kay Barlow Wilson.

Cindy was an area resident all her life and a member of the Friendship United Methodist Church. She was employed as a horse trainer.

She is survived by three...

Sheridan H. Dickinson, 71, of Christiana, PA, died on Thursday, July 30, 2015 at the Lancaster General Hospital. He was the beloved husband of Alison Miller Dickinson. Born in Coatesville, he was the son of the late Philip J. Dickinson and Margaret Williams Dickinson Ferguson. 

Sheridan was an area resident all his life and a member of the Mt. Zion AME Church. He was employed as an auto...

Arthur A. "Pud" Burt, III, 69, of Narvon, formerly of Compass, passed away on Tuesday, July 28, 2015 at the Lancaster General Hospital. Born in Lancaster, he was the son of Arthur A. Burt, II of Narvon and the late Miriam H. Hoar Burt and stepson to Carol Hunt Burt. 
Pud was an area resident all his life and a member of St. John's Episcopal Church in Compass. He enjoyed working at Handi-...

Elenor Louise Crawford, 87, of Valley Township, Chester County, formerly of Secane, Delaware County, passed away at home on Wednesday, July 29, 2015. She was the widow of the late Paul J. Crawford who died in 1989. Born in Brooklyn, NY she was the daughter of the late Henry J. Wagner and Elenor Munter Wagner Hetzner. 

Elenor was a 1946 graduate of the Prospect Park High School. 

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