Obituaries

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Deborah J. DeLoretta, 69, of Parkesburg, passed away on Saturday, February 20, 2021 after a short illness. She was the beloved wife of Joseph A. DeLoretta with whom she shared 29 years of marriage. Born in Shenandoah, PA, she was the daughter of the late Clarence Maurer and Helen Howard Maurer.

Debbie was an area resident most of her life.  She graduated from the Coatesville Area High...

George William “Bill” Harnish, loving husband and proud father, passed away in Houlton, Maine on Tuesday, February 23, 2021 at the age of 83.  He slipped away from this world with his one-and-only, Joan Royle Harnish, by his side, as she had been through 52 years of marriage.

Bill was born on November 17, 1937 in Coatesville,...

Elizabeth (Libby) Bessie Bair, 92, passed away on Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at UM Upper Chesapeake Medical Center from kidney complications.

Born on May 22nd, 1928, in East Brandywine Township, PA., Libby was the daughter of the late William Boulden Warren and Bessie Rachel Ellingsworth Warren. She has lived in Bondsville, PA. Downingtown, PA. Parkesburg, PA, Charlestown, MD, and Elk...

Eugene E. Butcher, 81, of Kennett Square, PA passed away on Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at the Jennersville Regional Hospital. He was the beloved husband of Mary Rebecca Powell Butcher with whom he shared 45 years of marriage. Born in West Chester, he was the son of the late Frank Albright and Bertha Butcher Albright. 

Eugene was an area resident all his life and a graduate of the former...

Steven L. Reese, 66, of East Fallowfield, passed away on Wednesday, February, 17, 2021 at the Brandywine Hospital. He was the beloved husband of Dawn Marie Wright Reese with whom he shared 40 years of marriage. Born in West Chester, PA, he was the son of the late Clyde Reese and Violet Lewis Reese. 

Steve was an area resident all his life and a 1973 graduate of the Coatesville Area High...

Known as "The People's Priest," Father John lived his life as a testament to both justice and love.

Father John Van de Paer was born in Antwerp, Belgium, Nov. 29, 1920. He studied in Brussels and Louvain, Belgium, and joined the Congregation of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, also known as Missionhurst, upon graduation from high school in 1940...

Robert Earl Becker, 85, of Coatesville, passed away on Sunday, February 14, 2021 at the Penn Hospice Center in Philadelphia, PA after a long illness. He was the beloved husband of Martha Anna McGinnis Becker with whom he shared 58 years of marriage. Born in West Chester, he was the son of the late Herman Becker and Elizabeth Todd Becker.

Bob was an area resident all his life. He enjoyed...

Charque Bacon, 28, of Slippery Rock, Pa., formerly of Parkesburg, passed away on Friday, February 12, 2021 in Lancaster.  

Born in Coatesville, Charque was the daughter of Charletta Green and Curtis Bacon, Sr.  An area resident for most of her life, Charque was a graduate of Octorara High School and completed two years with Master's Commission Bible Institute.  

Charque served as...

Chester B. London, 76, of Coatesville, passed away on Saturday, February 13, 2021. He was the husband of the late Rose Taylor London. Born in Coatesville he was the son of the late Chester A. and Freda E. Crawford-London.

An area resident most of his life he was formerly employed by Pat McGrail's Nu-Pak Metal Fabrication Corporation in Parkesburg. He enjoyed watching sports, westerns,...

Roseanna Terriman, 67, wife of Jack J. Terriman of Parkesburg, passed away on Friday, February 12th, 2021 at her home, under the care of Penn Hospice. 

Rose was the daughter of the late Garfield and Betty Beam McCoy. She was employed for 45 years by Lukens Steel, now ArcelorMittal USA, where she held the position of Technical Specialist.  However, she was most proud of her former role...

Joseph M. O'Connor, Jr., 74, of Moreno Valley, California, passed away on Saturday, January 30, 2021. Born in Coatesville, PA, he was the son of the late Joseph M. O'Connor, Sr. and  Margaret Gee O'Connor. 

While living in Coatesville, Joseph attended the former School at St. Cecilia's Church. He has lived in California for the past 25 years

He is survived by his twin brother...

Rita M. Kelnock, 89, of Downingtown, passed away on Wednesday, February 3rd, 2021 at her daughter's home,...

Joanne Marie "Jo" Daniels, 86, of West Caln Twp., Chester County, passed away on Thursday, February 4th, 2021 under the care of the Chester County Hospital in West Chester.  She was the widow of the late Herbert N. Daniels who passed away in 2013.

Born October 3rd, 1934 in Austin, PA, Joanne was the daughter of the late Genevieve (Crosby) and Stephen S. Kudlock.  

Jo was a 1952...

Norma Santiago - Bermudez, 74, of Wilmington, DE, passed away on Sunday, January 31, 2021 under the care of Christiana Care Wilmington Hospital.  

Born in Santa Isabel, Puerto Rico, she was the daughter of the late Obe Emila Bermudez and Custodio Santiago.  

She was employed by Brandywine Food, retiring 12 years ago.  

Norma is survived by her six children; Fermin Rivera,...

Bonnie L. Hinton, 71, of Honey Brook, passed away on Monday, February 1st, 2021 under the care of Seasons Hospice of Phoenixville, PA.  She was the widow of the late Russell F. Hinton, II.

Born in Coatesville, Bonnie was the daughter of the late Kathryn (Emery) and Wilmer D. McKim.  She was an area resident her entire life and attended Coatesville Area High School.

Bonnie worked...

George Harris Ettien, 78, of West Brandywine, passed away in Brandywine Hospital on Monday, February 1, 2021. 

He was the beloved husband of Sandra (Yamshak) Ettien with whom he shared 54 years of marriage.

Born in Coatesville, he was the son of the late Kenneth R. Ettien and Jean (Dunnett) Ettien (Thomas).

George was a graduate of Scott Senior High School Class of 1960,...

Orville Ray Welch, 88, of Coatesville, passed away at his home on Tuesday, January 19, 2021. He was the beloved husband of Nancy Hartshorne Welch with whom he shared 67 years of marriage. Born in Clendenin, West Virginia, he was the son of the late Homer Welch and Daisy Hardwick Welch.

Orville attended Downingtown High School. He proudly served in the US Air Force during the Korean War...

Angela Constance Rossetti, 96, of Ronks, passed away on Friday, January 29th, 2021 under the care of Lancaster General Hospital.  She was the widow of the late Col. Raphael Rossetti, who passed away in 1992 after they had shared 45 years of marriage.  

Born in Baltimore, MD, Angela was the daughter of the late Jessica (Eulo) and Harry R. Giardina.  An area resident since March of 2020,...

Rebecca Nuse, 78, of Coatesville, passed away on Thursday, January 28, 2021, at the Chester County Hospital in West Chester, PA. She was the widow of the late Richard J. Nuse, Sr. who died in 2011. They shared 52 years of marriage together. Born in Coatesville, she was the daughter of the late Arthur M. Ash, Sr. and Helen Mae Hamilton Ash. 

Rebecca was an area resident all her life....

Ray Laub, 79, passed away peacefully at home on January 25th, 2021. He was the son of Rafael (Cutro) and Edwin Laub. He was preceded in death by his brother Kenneth, sister Adrienne, and his twin brother Edward who passed in October of 2020.

He is survived by Robin Stryker, his partner of 37 years and wife of two months, his sister-in-law, Mary Laub of Seaford, NY, brother-in-law Rick...

Richard E. Newswanger, 85, of Lancaster, passed away on Thursday, January 28, 2021 at the Chester County Hospital in West Chester, PA. He was the husband of the late Grace Newswanger. Born in Parkesburg, he was the son of the late Harry Newswanger and Florence Mowery Newswanger. 

Rich was a 1953 graduate of the former Parkesburg High School. He later continued education graduating from...

Donald L. Laird, 70, of Coatesville, passed away on Wednesday, January 27th, 2021 at his home, surrounded by his family.  He was the husband of Janet C. Laird with whom he shared 47 years of marriage.  

Born in Chester County, he was the son of the late Etta Mae (Hash) and Jonathan L. Laird.  

Donald attended Coatesville High School.  He worked at Sears, Roebuck and Co. in...

Samuel George, 77, of Gap, passed away at his home on Tuesday, January 26, 2021. He was the beloved husband of Ellen (Seymour) George, with whom he shared 57 years of marriage. Born in Houtzdale, PA, he was the son of the late John and Sophia (Simon) George.

Samuel was a retired Tow motor operator at the former ServisStar Warehouse in Parkesburg. He loved his family, friends, and the...