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Gloria Clark, affectionately known as "Little Annie" by her father, passed away peacefully on April 12, 2024, surrounded by her loving family. She was born on December 19, 1949, in West Grove, Pennsylvania, and spent her formative years on a small farm near Kirkwood, PA, before moving to Gap, PA; where she attended Gap Elementary School and graduated from Pequea Valley High School in the class...

David M. Quaintance, 68, of Oxford, PA, passed away on Tuesday, April 9, 2024, in West Chester, PA.  Born in Coatesville, PA, he was the son of the late Robert L. Quaintance Sr. and Dorothy M. (Sloyer) Quaintance.

David was employed by the Unionville Chadds Ford school district in the maintenance department and also Tasty Cake Bakery in Oxford.  He enjoyed his dogs and hunting....

Stephanie S. Holman, 65, of Downingtown, PA, passed away on March 13, 2024, at The Chester County Hospital. Born in West Chester, PA, and raised in Coatesville, PA, she was the daughter of the late John T. and Marie (Scrivanich) Blythe. 

She is survived by her children, Angela, Amanda, Tabitha, Sabrina, Joshua, and Zachary-Isaiah, 20 grandchildren, and 17 great-grandchildren.

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"AJ", Alexander Michael Balla Jr., 28, of Honey Brook, PA, passed away suddenly on Sunday, April 7, 2024, as the result of a motorcycle accident.  Born in Coatesville, PA, he was the son of Alexander Balla Sr. and Sherry (Schwoerer) Balla, and the stepson of Denise E. (Thompson) Balla.

AJ graduated from Pequea Valley High School and Lancaster County VoTech where he excelled in carpentry...

Janet Ayers Riley, 80, of Coatesville, PA, passed away peacefully on Monday, April 8, 2024, at her residence in Freedom Village at Brandywine. Born on December 24, 1943, in Havre de Grace, MD, she was the daughter of the late F. Ellis and Mildred Emma Crossan Ayers.  Janet shared 53 years of marriage with William (Bill) Rodger Riley, whom she dearly missed after his death in 2019.

Janet...

Carol E. Messner, 75, of Honey Brook, PA, passed away on Saturday, April 6, 2024, in Narvon, PA.  Born in Coatesville, PA, she was the daughter of the late Edward G. and Olive B. (Thompson) Bell.

Carol was an area resident all her life and was a graduate of the Coatesville School District. She retired from Pepperidge Farm in Denver, PA, where she worked in the bakery.

She enjoyed...

Rachael Elizabeth Precise, 36, of New Holland, passed away at her home on Friday, April 5, 2024 surrounded by her family. She was the beloved wife of Austin M. Precise with whom she shared 16 years of marriage. Born in Lancaster she was the daughter of Bruce Marshman of Bowmansville, PA and Paula Minor of Colorado. 

Rachael faithfully served as a Certified Nursing Assistant at the...

Charles R. Killinger, 93, formerly of Pomeroy, PA, passed away on Friday, April 5, 2024, in Coatesville, PA. He was the husband of the late Florie (Pugh) Killinger who passed away in 2022, and his first wife, the late Kattie Elsie Killinger, who passed away in 1974.  Born in Limeville, Salisbury Township, Lancaster County, he was the son of the late Reuben and Silvia (Martin) Killinger.

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Randolph "Randy"  Blake Buchanan, 60, of Coatesville, PA, passed away at his home on Friday, March 22, 2024.  He was the husband of the late Stephanie Buchanan. Born in Coatesville, PA, he was the son of Marjorie H. (Smith) Seiple and the late Allen Seiple.

Randy was a graduate of Coatesville Area School District and at one time owned and operated R&S Mowing Service along with his...

Timyra Maria Thomas-Hines, 41, of Lancaster, passed away on Wednesday,
April 3, 2024, at the Lancaster County Hospice Center of Mt. Joy, PA.
Born in Lancaster, she was the daughter of Tirzah Marie Thomas of
Lancaster and the late Calvin E. Hines.

Timyra was an area resident all her life. She attended McCaskey School
and the Conestoga Valley High School. She was...

John D. Warmijak Jr., 76, of Honey Brook, PA, passed away on Wednesday, March 27, 2024, in York, PA.  He was the husband of the late Dorothy B. Warmijak who passed away in 2022.  Born in Coatesville, PA, he was the son of the late John D. Warmijak Sr. and Vera  E. Hardy Warmijak.

An area resident John worked in maintenance for National Rolling Mills in Malvern, PA.  He enjoyed hunting,...

Debra M. Crothers, 63, of Modena, passed away on Thursday, March 21, 2024 at the Chester County Hospital in West Chester, PA. Born in Coatesville, she was the daughter of the late Donald M. Crothers, Sr. and Mildred Wilmott Crothers. 

Debbie was an area resident all her life. She attended the Coatesville Area Senior High School. She was employed as a Certified Nursing Assistant and...

Hazel M. Townsend, 94, of Parkesburg, PA, formerly of Cochranville, PA, passed away at home surrounded by her loving family on Sunday, March 24, 2024. She was the wife of the late William C. Townsend who passed away in January 2022. Born in West Grove, PA, she was the daughter of the late Samuel and Josephine (Powell) Mellinger. 

Hazel worked as a cashier at the former Webster's Store...

William D. Houck, 83, of Gap, PA, passed away on Monday, March 25, 2024 at the Lancaster General Hospital in Lancaster, PA. He was the beloved husband of Ethel L. Green Houck with whom he shared 59 years of marriage. Born in Lancaster, he was the son of the late Raymond Houck and Hazel E. Trout Houck. 

Bill was an area resident most of his life and 1958 graduate of the Twin Valley High...

Pedro Luis Torres, 78, passed away peacefully in his home on Tuesday, March 19, 2024, surrounded by his loving family. Pedro was born in Huanuco, Peru on April 12, 1945. He was the son of Pedro Torres Sr. and Isabel Fernandez de Torres.

He came to America in 1969, where he met his beloved wife Palmira Mata Torres. Our Lord and Savior called Pedro home on their 54th wedding anniversary....

Larry A Testa, 80, of Cochranville, PA passed away on March 20, 2024 in West Chester, PA. He was the loving, devoted husband and best friend of Stephania (Losito) Testa. On March 16th they celebrated 50 years of marriage. Born in Meyersdale, PA, he was the son of the late Andrew S and Esther (Swearman) Testa. 

Larry graduated from Salesianum High School and worked at General Motors for...

Gary Wayne Williams, 67, of West Caln Township, PA, passed away on Monday, March 18, 2024, in Philadelphia, PA. Born in Philadelphia, he was the son of the late Don B. and Dorothy (Clayton) Williams.

Gary attended Eastern University and Villanova University and earned his Associate Degree in Business. He proudly served his country in the U. S. Army National Guard. He was a police...

Dorothy "Diem" Keihm, age 92, passed away peacefully on Thursday, March 14, 2024 at the Chester County Hospital in West Chester, PA after a brief illness.  She was the widow of the late Neil W. Keihm with whom she shared 52 years of marriage.  Born October 4, 1931 she was the daughter of the late  Clarence E. Diem and Ella Mae (Sharp) Diem.

She is survived by one sister, Nancy Christy...

Sean Patrick Whiteford, 54, of West Caln Township, passed away at his home on Saturday, March 9, 2024. Born in Yeadon, PA he was the son of Vincent W. and Catherine F. Montgomery Whiteford of Lincoln University, PA.

Sean was an area resident most of his life and a 1989 graduate of the Coatesville Area High School. After school, he enlisted in the US Navy and served honorably from 1989...

Elaine Winecoff Lantz Pickering, 79, went home to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on Friday March 15, 2024 after a brave struggle with Lymphoma.

Elaine graduated from Octorara Area High School in 1963, and was working in the Chester
County Commisioners Office when she met and married the love of her life, Norman Pickering.

She was full of life and enjoyed...