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George G. Karabetsos, 87, of Holtwood, entered into rest on Saturday, September 12, 2020 at home with his daughter by his side. Born in Lancaster, he was the son of the late Gregory G. and Sarah (Swiderski) Karabetsos. He was the loving husband of Mary E. (Pittman) Karabetsos for over 43 years at the time of her passing in 2019.

George was a decorated veteran of the U.S. Airforce and...

William A. "Bill" Killinger, 72, of New Holland, passed away on Monday, September 21, 2020 under the care of Brandywine Hospital.  He was the beloved husband of Frances (Hendricks) Killinger, with whom he shared six years of marriage.  

Born in Coatesville, Bill was the son of the late Sylvia (Martin) and Ruben C. Killinger.  

He worked as a heavy equipment operator for...

Worth Toliver Coldiron, age 92, born December 8, 1927 in Grayson, Ashe County, North Carolina, passed away surrounded by his family at his home in Oxford, PA on Sunday, September 20, 2020.  He was the husband of the late Pearl (Susie) Pennington Coldiron who died in 2005.  He also was preceded in death by four siblings: John F. Coldiron, Mary L. Barber, Beulah G. Lewis Osborne, and Howard D....

Larry V. Wallace, 57, of West Caln, passed away on Friday, September 18, 2020, under the care of Reading Hospital.  

Born in Coatesville, Larry is the son of Patricia (Null) and Richard Wallace of East Fallowfield.  An area resident his entire life, he was a 1980 graduate of Coatesville Area School District.  He retired from Downingtown School District as the Maintenance Supervisor six...

Herbert William Anderson, Sr., 68, of Mohnton, PA, passed away on Wednesday, September 16, 2020, at his home. Born in Coatesville, PA, he was the son of the late Gilbert A. Anderson and Elizabeth Jean Conner Anderson.  

Herb was an area resident all his life and a 1972 graduate of the Octorara High School. He honorably served in the US Army from 1973 to 1975. He was retired from the...

Timothy John Firlein, 40, of Coatesville, PA, died suddenly on Tuesday, September 15, 2020, at his home.  He was the husband of Darlene Vaughan Firlein.  Born in Delaware County, he was the son of James J. Firlein and Nancy L. Newcomb Spoonburger and stepson to Geraldine Mena-Firlein.

Timothy was a self-employed contractor and owned and operated DTC Services.

He is survived in...

Much too soon, Don Marvin Breiner, 76, of Christiana, died suddenly on September 11, 2020, as a result of an automobile accident. He was the loving husband of Barbara Burkhart Breiner.  Born in Palmerton, PA, he was the son of the late Marvin A. and Arlene K. Schoener Breiner. 

Don graduated from Wilson High School in 1962 and earned a Bachelor's Degree from Delaware Valley College in...

David Arthur Book, 66, of Downingtown, passed away on Tuesday, September 15th, 2020 under the care of Penn Medicine Hospice in West Chester.  He was the beloved husband of Donna Marie Book, with whom he shared three years of marriage.  

Born in West Chester, David was the son of the late Emma Violet (Mooney) and Albert T. Book, Jr.  He was a graduate of Downingtown High School and...

Lester J. Baxter, 90, of Honey Brook, passed away on Tuesday, September 15, 2020 while under the care of his daughter in Denver, PA. He was the husband of the late Rosella Anna Frederick Baxter who died in 2009. Born on the family farm near New Holland, he was the son of the late Chester Baxter and Bessie Watson Baxter.

Lester was an area resident all his life and a 1947 graduate of...

Ruth M. Hensel, 92, of Coatesville, passed away on Friday, September 11, 2020, at the Hickory House Nursing Home after her long battle with severe dementia and recent complications from Covid-19. She was the widow of Albert J. Hensel and the daughter of Leroy and Sarah Moffit Kochel.

A Downingtown and Coatesville area resident her entire life, Ruth obtained her cosmetology license after...

Flora M. Murtaugh, 87, of Havertown, formerly of Honey Brook, PA, passed away on Tuesday, September 8, 2020, at Arden Courts of King of Prussia. She was the widow of the late Bernard J.P. Murtaugh who passed away in 2009. They shared 46 years of marriage together. Born in Cambridge, Maryland, she was the daughter of the late Alva M. and Dora Bradley Snyder.  

Flora graduated from West...

Beulah G. Osborne, 95, of Cochranville, passed away on Sunday, September 6, 2020, at Oxford, PA.  She was the wife of the late Charlie Hart who died in 1944, the late J. Elwood Lewis who died in 1981, and the late Ray W. Osborne who died in 2004.  Born in West Jefferson, Ash County, NC, she was the daughter of the late Freil and Bertha Moxley Coldiron.

She retired from the Friends Home...

Anya J. Schenk, 25, of Bensalem, PA, passed away on Saturday, September 5, 2020, of an overdose after a long battle with addiction. Born in Coatesville, she was the daughter of Christine Caripides of Bensalem, PA and Eric A. Schenk (Robin) of Atglen, PA.

Anya grew up in Cochranville, PA and was a 2012 graduate of the Octorara High School, Atglen, PA. Anya was always very determined and...

Steven (“Von”) Von Stetten passed away on September 3, 2020, at Reading Trauma Hospital, surrounded by family.

Born November 11, 1958, in West Chester to Glenn and Freda (Zeigler), Steven is survived by his devoted sisters Cindy (Kohlmeyer) of Hollidaysburg and Ann (Schott) of West Grove; brothers-in-law Edward and Eric, respectively; three nieces (Jennifer, Sarah, and Katie) and a...

William Warren McGinnis, 90, of Coatesville, passed away at Brandywine Hospital on Saturday, September 5, 2020. Born in Parkesburg he was the son of the late Harry Warren McGinnis and Mary E. (Pratt) McGinnis.  

He was the husband of the late Emily (Swanson) McGinnis with whom he shared 57 years of marriage.  

William was a graduate of Scott Senior High School in Coatesville and...

Arlene F. Dalmas, 76, of Pomeroy, passed away on Friday, September 4th, 2020 under the care of Brandwine Hall.  She was the wife of George H. Dalmas, Jr., with whom she had shared over 48 years of marriage. 

Born in Pomeroy, Arlene was the daughter of the late Anna (Schumeister) and Rufus McLaughlin.  She was a 1962 graduate of S. Horace Scott High School.  A resident of Pomeroy her...

Surrounded by the love of her family Donna McCoy, 66, of Coatesville, PA passed away Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020, after a recent diagnosis of liver cancer. 

A meticulous bookkeeper and energetic questioner of all, Donna enjoyed her recent years at home while working hard at being the best Mom, Mom-Mom, and best daughter ever.

Previously, Donna worked at Walmart in Parkesburg for nine...

Elaine Suzanne (Strause) Brubaker, 75, passed away on September 2, 2020, at the Lancaster General Hospital due to cancer.

Born on August 4, 1945, in the Reading Hospital, West Reading, PA.  She was the daughter of the late Elmer S., Jr, and Jeanne M. (Swartz) Strause.
    
A graduate of Gov. Mifflin High School in Shillington, PA, class of 1963, Elaine was a medical...

William was born on October 26, 1974 in Lancaster, PA, to George William (“Bill”) and Joan (Royle) Harnish. A member of Octorara Area High School Class of 1993 and a 1997 graduate of Bard College, William followed in his mother’s footsteps with a long career in libraries, holding positions at The Pennsylvania State University, Towson State University, and North Carolina State University, where...

Karen Leigh Flahart, 59, of Cochranville, Pa., went home to be with her heavenly Father on August 27, 2020.  

She was the eldest of five children born to James E. and the late Janet McCauley Flahart of Cochranville, PA.  

A resident of Chester County all her life, she attended the Tom Thumb School of Avondale, Pa., The Child Development Center of Coatesville, graduating from C.D....

Doris Jean Meredith, 93, of Parkesburg, passed away on Friday, August 14, 2020, at Brandywine Hospital.  She was the wife of the late Francis D. Meredith who died in 1997.  Born in Philadelphia, she was the daughter of the late Samuel and Josephine Powell Mellinger.

She was a member of the Coatesville Moose.

She is survived by a son, Francis C., husband of Carol A., Meredith of...

Alger Joseph Heaps, Jr., 60, of Honey Brook, PA passed away Tuesday, August 25, 2020 at the Jennersville Regional Hospital, West Grove, PA. He was the beloved husband of Tammy Rodgers Heaps with whom he shared 37 years of marriage. Born in Coatesville, he was the son of the late Alger J. Heaps, Sr. and Beverly Helms Heaps Barber.

Alger was an area resident all his life and a 1978...

Shirley L. Barnes, 79, of Pomeroy Heights, passed away on Saturday, August 22, 2020, at her home, surrounded by her family.  She was the wife of Charles E. "Pat" Barnes, with whom she shared 60 years of marriage.  

Born in Coatesville, Shirley was the daughter of the late Velma Merrill and Norwood Evans.  She was a 1959 graduate of Scott High School.  

She is survived, in...

James Michael Geatens, Sr., 59, of West Caln, passed away on Thursday, August 20, 2020 at the Paoli Memorial Hospital as the result of a motorcycle accident. He was the beloved husband of Kimberly Hannum Geatens with whom he shared 39 years of marriage. Born in San Antonio, Texas, he was the son of the late Daniel Geatens and Velma Kathleen Brown Geatens. 

Mike was an area resident all...