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Bobbie Sue Ashby Miller, 86, resident of Peach Bottom, PA, and formerly of Parkesburg, passed away on Tuesday, March 24, 2020.  She was the widow of the late Ellsworth "Bill" Miller who died in 1989.  Born on August 19, 1933, she was the daughter of the late, Robert Ashby and Zella Blevins Ashby Roten.

She retired from Pocopson Home after 25 years where she worked as a unit clerk and...

Virginia Lee Marshall, 65, of Parkesburg, passed away on Friday, March 20, 2020, at her home, with her family.  She was the beloved wife of 38 years to her husband, Dennis Marshall.

Born in Norristown, Virginia was the daughter of the late Adeline (Bloomer) and Romeo Gingras.

She was a graduate of Methacton High School.

She had worked as an Administrative Assistant for...

Joanne P. Cooper, 82 of Parkesburg passed away at her home on Sunday, March 22, 2020. She was the widow of the late Charles T. Cooper Jr., with whom she shared 52 years of marriage. Born in West Chester she was the daughter of the late Edward & Elva Brown and the stepdaughter of the late Edith Brown.

She grew up in Avondale and was a graduate of Avon Grove High School. When she...

Peggy Ann Haldeman, 80, of Pomeroy, passed away on Saturday, March 21, 2020 under the care of Newport Meadows of Christiana.  She was the widow of the late James R. Haldeman, with whom she shared 51 years of marriage.  

Born in Coatesville, Peggy was the daughter of the late Helen (Thorne) Eckman and James Steidler.  

She was an area resident her entire life.  She was a member of...

Melissa Lynn (Essaf) McCarraher, 40, of Kinzers, passed away on Wednesday, March 18, 2020. Born in Chester, PA, she was the beloved daughter of Myra L. Shelton Essaf and the late Stephen Essaf. 

Melissa lived in the area all her life and attended the Octorara High School. She was employed by ABM Industries.

She is survived, in addition to her mother, by three children; John "...

Charles J. "Little Chuckie" Gill, Sr., 47, of Gap, passed away on Wednesday, March 18, 2020 at the Lancaster General Hospital in Lancaster, PA. Born in Coatesville, he was the beloved son of Rochelle L. Gill of Gap and Charles M. Hughes, III and wife Crystale of Westwood, PA.

Charles was an area resident all his life. He was employed as a construction worker most of his life.

He...

Carl L. Hilton, 71, of Christiana, passed away on Friday, March 13th at his home.  He was the beloved companion of Linda M. Levenite Glauner for over 20 years. Born in Coatesville, he was the son of the late Burnita Shindle Hilton and Herman L. "Pete" Hilton.  

Carl was an area resident all his life. He attended the Octorara High School. He served in combat during the Vietnam War from...

William G. Solen, Jr., 51, of Cochranville, passed away suddenly from a cardiac event on Friday, March 13th under the care of Reading Hospital.  He was the beloved husband of Deborah Solen, with whom he shared 24 years of marriage.  

Born in Coatesville, Bill was the son of the Janice J. (Johnson) and the late William G. Solen, Sr.  He was a graduate of Coatesville High School and...

Elaine Mammarella, 74, of Nottingham, PA, passed away at her home on Thursday, March 12, 2020.  Born in Coatesville, she was the daughter of the late Vincent and Edith Catena Mammarella.

She was a graduate from Scott High School in Coatesville and worked as tech support for Agilent Technologies, Inc. in Wilmington.  She was a member of the Christiana American Legion.

She is...

Earnest McKinney, 96, of Baltimore, MD, formerly of Atglen, passed away on Thursday, March 12, 2020 at the Franklin Square Hospital in Baltimore. He was the husband of the late Mildred S. Thompson McKinney who died in 2012. They shared 58 years of marriage. Born in Manning, SC, he was the son of the late Ransom and Hattie McKinney. 

Earnest was employed most of his life by the former...

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Alberta Ann Schmidt, 62, of Valley Township, passed away on Tuesday, March 10, 2020 surrounded by her family and friends, under the care of Brandywine Hall of West Chester.  She was the widow of William Michael Schmidt, Sr., with whom she shared 40 years of marriage before his passing in 2016. 

Born in Valley...

Agnes Dorothy "Dotsy" McCarraher, 87, formerly of Coatesville, passed away on Thursday, March 5, 2020, at Brandywine Living in Fenwick Island, DE.  She was the widow of the late Wilmer "Sonny" McCarraher who passed in 2018.  Born in Coatesville she was the daughter of the late Joseph Melicher and Mary Polakovic Melicher.

She was a 1950 graduate of Scott High School and worked as a...

Marvin R. Reece, 80, of Coatesville, passed away on March 4, 2020, at his home. He was the loving husband of Lois J. Montgomery Reece for 62 years.   Born in Hillsville, VA, he was the son of Virginia Henley and Jessie Reece.  

He was a superintendent at Ballymore in West Chester.

He is survived by his wife and children, Marvin R. Reece of Coatesville, Deborah A. Reece of...

Betty Alice Aubry, 79, of Quarryville, passed away at her home surrounded by her family on Saturday, March 7, 2020. She was the beloved wife of James P. Aubry with whom she shared 53 years of marriage. Born in Lancaster, she was the daughter of the late George and Bessie Weidler Caldwell and later adopted and raised by James and Anna Mae Davis.

Betty lived in the village of Mortonville...

Geraldine Baynard, 71 of Coatesville, Pa., passed away on Thursday, March 5, 2020 under the care of Reading Hospital. She was the wife of Leroy D. Baynard, Sr., with whom she shared 48 years of marriage. She was a loving and devoted mother to her three sons, Leroy Jr, Dennis and Brian. She is the daughter of the late Lydner and Ruth Stewart.

Geraldine received her formal education in...

Thomas Franklin Russell, 74, unexpectedly left family and friends for greener pastures on March 4, 2020.  Born in Unionville, Pa, Tom was the youngest child of the late Thomas F. and Edith Best Russell, and was preceded in death by his siblings Elmer, Margaret, Lydia, and Mary.  

After the death of his father at the age of 9, Tom spent his youth farming the picturesque Kings Ranch (Pa)...

Richard Matthew Schmidt, 73, of East Earl, died on Wednesday, February 26th at Lancaster General Hospital.  

He was the beloved husband of Nancy Schmidt, with whom he shared nearly 54 years of marriage.

Born in Chester, Pa., he was the son of the late Katherine (Taylor) and John Schmidt.  

He served honorably in the US Army during the Vietnam War.

Richard worked at...

Wendy Annabelle Moore, 51, of Cochranville, passed away on Thursday, March 5th, 2020, peacefully in her home. She was the high school sweetheart, best friend, and wife of 31 years to her beloved husband, Stuart Michael Moore. As Mike put it, it was love at first sight; their 32nd wedding anniversary is March 26th.

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Miriam "Mim" Green, 92, of Gap, passed away on Thursday, March 5th, 2020 under the care of Newport Meadows of Christiana.  She was the beloved widow of the late Herman Green with whom she shared over 50 years of marriage.

Miriam worked at Bell Telephone as a switchboard operator and as a cafeteria cook at Paxon Hollow School.

She enjoyed traveling and dancing with her husband. ...

Thomas A. Frederick, 72, of West Brandywine Township, passed away at the University of Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia on Wednesday, March 4, 2020 surrounded by his family. He was the beloved husband of Cynthia White Frederick with whom he shared 48 years of marriage. 

Born in Coatesville, he was the son of the late Anthony and Idelle Keech Frederick.

Tom was an area...

Charles W. "Chuck" Rice, 58, of Reading, PA, died of natural causes at his home on Monday, March 2, 2020. Born in Coatesville, he was the son of the late Charles W. Rice, Sr. and Evelyn Ruth Straub Rice. 

Chuck was an area resident all his life and a 1980 graduate of the Coatesville Area Senior High School. He was employed by J.P. Mascaro and Sons as a truckdriver.

He is survived...

Jane Adelaide Fenner Thayer, 102, of Christiana, PA, passed away on Saturday, February 22, 2020 while under the care of Manor Care Nursing Home in Yardley, PA.

Jane was born on May 7, 1917, on a farm in Ludowville in the Finger Lakes area of New York. Canal boats still plied the waters of nearby Cayuga Lake, carrying salt to market via the Erie Canal. Woodrow Wilson was president, and...

Walter J. Warfield, 92, of Coatesville, PA, formerly of Metuchen and Island Heights, New Jersey, peacefully passed away at his daughter's home surrounded by his family on Monday, March 2, 2020. He was the beloved husband of Edith Frieda Nietzold Warfield with whom he shared 67 years of marriage.  He was born in Perth Amboy, NJ and was the son of the late Daniel D. and Elizabeth Biro Warfield...

David Simmons Young , 68, passed away Friday, February 21, 2020, after bravely battling several lengthy illnesses.

He leaves behind his wife of 34 years Joellyn (Cox) Young; sons Daniel Young and Jonathan Young, two brothers William Young and wife Judy, Morey Young and wife Cathy, sister Sally (Young) D’Antonio, nephews William Young, Steven Young, Shannon Young and Jeremy Young and...