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Jeanne P. Huyard, 71, of Gap, PA, passed away at her home on Tuesday, January 18, 2022. Born in Coatesville, she was the daughter of the late Harry A. Donovan, Jr. and Barbara A. Supplee Donovan.

Jeanne was an area resident all her life and a 1968 graduate of the Coatesville Area High School.  She was employed for 36 years by Rite Aide in Coatesville retiring as an assistant manager....

David Peter Springer, 73, of West Brandywine Township passed away on Wednesday, January 19, 2022. Born in West Chester he was the son of the late Vincent J. Springer and Marie A. (Schroeder) Springer. He was the beloved husband of Cynthia Springer with whom he shared 43 years of marriage. 

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Romayne Denise Dennison Pugh, 67, of Valley Township, passed away peacefully at her home on Saturday, January 15, 2022.  She was the wife of Michael Eric Pugh Sr. for over 43 years.  Born in Coatesville, PA. she was the daughter of the late Lewis S. and Romayne Wilson Dennison.

Denise was a 1972 graduate of Octorara High School and a 2021 graduate of Lincoln University. She retired from...

Brian C. Burke, 45, of Highland Township, passed away on Friday, January 14, 2022, in Lancaster, PA.  Born in Wilmington, DE, he was the son of John R. and Elizabeth C. Schrass Burke of Highland Township.

Brian was a graduate of Bishop Shanahan High School class of 1995, and also attended the Chester County VoTech. He was an award-winning competitor in the Vocational Industrial Clubs of...

Chester Bruce Hoover, 81, formerly of Elverson, PA, passed away on Thursday, January 13, 2022, in West Chester, PA.  He was the husband of the late Loretta Kay Hoover.  Born in Cochranville, he was the son of the late Clifford and Dorothy Shute Hoover.

Chester retired after many years working for Coatesville Electric and Denny Electric. He was an avid Elvis fan who loved to travel. He...

Nathan Phillip Hugh “Hoot” Huffman, 53, of Parkesburg PA passed away suddenly at home on Friday, January 14, 2022. He was the husband of Patricia “Patti” Fuller Huffman for over 32 years. Born at Coatesville Hospital, he was the son of Margie Ella Hale Huffman and the late Phillip Houser Huffman.

Hoot was a graduate of Coatesville High School and was employed as a Production Manager by...

Florine A. Griest, 81, of Highland Township, passed away on Sunday, January 16, 2022 at the Lancaster General Hospital. She was the beloved wife of Kenneth W. Griest, Sr. who died in 1997. Born in Highland Township, she was the daughter of the late Charles W. Pfitzenmeyer, Sr. and Bertha L. Killian Pfitzenmeyer.

Florine was an area resident all her life and was a 1959 graduate of the...

Patricia Anne Goshea, 77, of Parkesburg, PA, passed away on Saturday, January 15, 2022, in Lancaster, PA.  Patty was the wife of the late Robert “Bob” Goshea with whom she shared 22 years of marriage before his passing in 2005.

Born in Oxford, PA, she was the daughter of the late Bryant and Rose Moore Gwaltney.

 Patricia worked at the former Quebecor Printing Company in Atglen...

Raymond H. "Butch" Devlin, 79, of Parkesburg, PA, passed away on Saturday, January 15, 2022 at the Lancaster General Hospital in Lancaster, PA. He was called home to heaven and into the open arms of his late daughter Lisa M. Devlin. He was the beloved husband of Marjorie Russell Devlin with whom he shared 60 years of marriage. Born in Coatesville, PA, he was the son of the late Raymond S....

Milton Jones Searles, 78, of East Fallowfield, PA, passed away on Tuesday, January 11, 2022, in Paoli, PA. 

Milton was born February 5, 1943 in Ercildoun, Pennsylvania to parents Hubert Searles and Lucy Jones Searles and raised alongside older brother Hubert (Bradley).

Milton was above all else a loving family man and loyal friend. During the European travel adventures of his...

Sharon Brady, 65, of Cochranville, passed away on Thursday, January 13, 2022, at her home.  She was the wife of Joseph F. Brady.  Born in Coatesville, she was the daughter of the late Maxine Spangler Killingsworth and the late Robert F. Killingsworth.

Sharon was a graduate of Octorara High School and was a member of Faith Bible Chapel in Cochranville. In addition to her husband, she is...

Jonathan K. Moore, 38, of East Fallowfield, PA, passed away on Tuesday, January 11, 2022 at the Chester County Hospital in West Chester, PA.  He was the beloved husband of Branda L. Roney Moore with whom he shared 10 years of marriage. Born in Philadelphia, he was the son of Keith and Patricia K. Somma Moore of Oxford.

Jonathan was an area resident most of his life. He was employed by...

Blanche E. Young, 83, of East Fallowfield, passed away peacefully at her home on Wednesday, January 12, 2022. She was the wife of the late Morey T. Young who passed in 2010. Born in Downingtown, she was the daughter of the late Harry R. and Sara E. Butler Perkins.

 

Blanche worked as an executive secretary for Chemical Leaman Tank Lines for over 30 years, and also for East...

William Cochran Townsend, 93, of Parkesburg, formerly of Cochranville, passed away on Wednesday, January 12, 2022 at the Chester County Hospital in West Chester, PA. He was the beloved husband of Hazel Mellinger Townsend with whom he shared 68 years of marriage. Born in West Grove, PA, he was the son of the late Willis Townsend and Bertha Hershour Townsend.

Bill was an area resident all...

Joseph Michael Klejnowski, 69, of Christiana, PA, passed away on Sunday, January 2, 2022 at his home. Born in Taylor, PA, he was the son of the late Edward Klejnowski and Margaret Romanko Klejnowski.

He was employed as a Senior Technician in Wiring and Maintenance.

Joe was a private, quiet man, loving his family with all his heart and they loving him the same. Joe spent many days...

Kenneth Gary Wetzel, 83, of Parkesburg, passed away on Sunday, January 9, 2022 at the Chester County Hospital in West Chester, PA. He was the beloved husband of Diane Riddell Wetzel with whom he shared 61 years of marriage. Born in Shippensburg, PA, he was the son of the late Kenneth G. Wetzel and N. Mildred Newcomer Wetzel.

Gary grew up in Shippensburg and was a 1956 graduate of the...

Norman Westley Semple, 65, of Coatesville, PA, passed away on Wednesday, January 5, 2022, in West Chester.  Born in Lancaster, PA, he was the son of the late Foster Leroy and Mary Cox Semple.

Norman worked for over thirty years as a driver for Entenmann's Baking Company, retiring about ten years ago. Norman was a huge Philly sports Phan and loved going to Phillies and Eagles games as...

Regina Susan “Sue” Pugh 66 of New Holland and previously of Gap passed away at her home peacefully on Wednesday January 5, 2022. She was the wife of Ron Pugh with whom she shared over 48 years of marriage. Born September 14, 1955 she was the daughter of the late George O. and Doris E. Seal Taylor. 

Sue attended the Coatesville schools and worked at Dray’s Steak Shop in Coatesville and...

John N. Thompson, Jr., 53 of Cochranville, passed away on January 5, 2022 under the care of Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia.  He was the beloved husband of Rhonda L. (Thomas) Thompson, with whom he shared nearly 30 years of marriage.

Born in Jennersville, PA, John was the son of the late John N. Thompson, Sr and Lois L. (Mayberry) Thompson.  

John was a 1988 graduate of...

Thomas Joseph Wardell
“Tommy” “Shuggs” “Wadd”
November 8th, 1966 -- January 4th, 2022

Thomas Joseph Wardell, 55, of West Grove, passed away on Tuesday, January 4th, 2022 under the care of Chester County Hospital.  He was the beloved husband of Sharon “Sherry” Wardell, with whom he shared 40 years of life together and 33 years of marriage...

Fred Wilson Ham, 95, of West Grove, PA went to be with the Lord on January 4, 2022 surrounded by his loving family at home. He was the husband of Norma Jean “Sue” Ham with whom he shared 68 years of marriage. Born to the late Forester “Foster” Ham and Virginia “Jenny” Miller in Lansing, Ashe County, North Carolina, he was the last surviving of seven siblings. Fred spent his youth in Lansing...

Edward George Elvin, Sr., 79, of Cross Fork, PA, formerly of Mortonville, PA, passed away at his home on Saturday, January 1, 2022. He was the husband of the late Judy Mae Foster Elvin who died in 2014. They shared 54 years of marriage together. Born in Coatesville, he was the son of the late E. Howard Elvin and Anna Elizabeth Laird Elvin.

Ed was an area resident most of his life and a...

Harry David McNally, Jr, 90, formerly of Parkesburg, passed away on Wednesday, January 5, 2022 at the Hickory House Nursing Home in Honey Brook. He was the husband of the late Dorothy Ramsay McNally who died in 2007. They shared 51 years of marriage together. Born in Parkesburg, PA, he was the son of the late Harry David McNally, Sr. and Mary Agnus Lewis McNally.  

Harry was a...

William Scott Benekam, Sr., 93, of Atglen, PA, passed away at his home on Monday, January 3, 2022. He was the husband of the late Emma "Peg" Griest Benekam who died in 2015. They shared 66 years of marriage together. Born in Coatesville, he was the son of the late William Benekam and Emma Taggart Scott Benekam.

Bill was an area resident all his life and a 1946 graduate of the former H....

Sgt. David G. Bicking ("Bick") of Gap passed away on Friday, December 31, 2021. He was the husband of the late, Nguyen Thi Kien "Kim" Bicking who passed in 2019. They shared 55 years of marriage and he is now reunited with the love of his life in Heaven.

Born in Coatesville, David was the son of the late Miriam H. Bicking and Walter J. Bicking. Upon graduation from Octorara High School...

Joan L. (Ferron) Scheetz, 76, of Parkesburg, PA and Ocean City, NJ passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, December 29, 2021, at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia. She was surrounded by all of her family.

She was the wife of Carroll W. Scheetz Jr. with whom she shared 57+ years of marriage.

Born in Valley Township, Chester County, she was the daughter of the...

Deborah L. Wagner, 67, of Parkesburg, PA, passed away at her home peacefully on Tuesday, December 28, 2021. She was the wife of the late Gregory Wagner who died June of this year. Born, 3/20/1954, she was the daughter of the late Charles Scott and Marie E. Rubincam Scott.

Debbie was an area resident all her life and a 1972 graduate of the Octorara High School. Later, she continued her...

Gloria Jean (Baxter) Kulinich, 78, of East Caln, passed away on Thursday, December 30th, 2021 at her son's home, surrounded by her loved ones.  

Born at her childhood home in Coatesville, she was the daughter of the late Alice (Haines) and Jacob Baxter.  Gloria was a graduate of Scott High School in Coatesville.  She worked at Pactiv in Downingtown for over 30 years, retiring two years...

Donald R. "Ducky" Daller, 87, formerly of Wagontown, passed away on Wednesday, December 29, 2021, in West Chester.  He was the husband of the late Judith M. Wenger Daller who passed in 2004.  Born in Parkesburg, he was the son of the late George C. and Jane Marie Cahill Daller.

Ducky worked for years for the Borough of Parkesburg in labor and maintenance.  He and his crew had the...

Kermeda (Kay) May Welch, 87, of New Holland, entered into eternal life with her Savior Jesus Christ at home on Christmas Day, Saturday, December 25, 2021. She was preceded in death by her loving husband Simon Welch who passed in 2000. Born in Gap, she was the daughter of the late Amos and Annie (Smoker) Stoltzfus.

Kermeda was employed as a lineman at Pepperidge Farms in Downingtown.....

Jerry V. Moore, Sr., of Coatesville, passed away on Friday, December 24th under the care of Sunrise Senior Living of Exton.  He was the widow of the late Donna (Urbine) Moore, who passed away in 2014 after they had shared 46 years of marriage.    

Born in Meadowview, Virginia, Jerry was the son of Voy Mae Babetski of Downingtown and the late Raymond Moore.  Jerry attended Scott High...

Ruth Ann Soto, 69, of Christiana, PA, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family at her home on Sunday, December 26, 2021. She was the beloved wife of Noah A. Evans. Born in West Chester, PA, she was the daughter of the late Horace Givler and Dorothy Hoffman Givler. 

Ruth was an area resident all her life and a 1970 graduate of the Downingtown High School. She was employed by...

Harold L. “Rootie” Root, 95, of Coatesville passed away at his home on Sunday, December 26, 2021. Born in Honey Brook, he was the son the late Verna (Lewis) Root and Charles Root. He was the beloved husband of Patricia E. Root with whom he shared 40 years of marriage.

Rootie loved country music, has traveled with his wife Pat through all of the United States except for Alaska. Also,...

D. Marie Manues, 79, of West Caln Township, Chester County, passed away on Monday, December 20, 2021 at the Paoli Memorial Hospital. She was the wife of the late William E. Manues. Born in Richmond, VA, she was the daughter of the late Floyd Leslie Morrissette and Mary Lynn Bohannan Morrissette.

Marie was employed by the Wyeth Laboratory in West Chester, PA as an inspector.

She...

Cole M. Kopanski, 24, of Mt. Joy, PA, died on Thursday, December 23, 2021. Born in Coatesville, he was the son of Michael J. Kopanski, Sr. of Coatesville and Candy A. Sweigart Seese (Todd) of Coatesville.

Cole was an area resident all his life. He was faithfully employed at Dutch Wonderland as a rollercoaster mechanic. 

He was a big Minnesota Viking fan. 

He is survived,...

Harriet C. White, 87, formerly of Coatesville, passed away on the morning of Thursday, December 23rd, 2021 at Sunrise Nursing Home of Exton. Harriet was the widow of the late Sterling D. White, with whom she had shared fifty years of marriage.

She was born in the Bronx in New York City on March 10, 1934 to the late Mildred (Zales) and Charles Weininger. Harriet attended Evander Childs...

Ethel E. Stewart, 58, of Atglen passed away at Brandywine Hospital on Sunday, December 19, 2021. Born in Chester County, she was the daughter of the late Ruth and Lydner Stewart. She was the wife Herbert Watters.

Ethel enjoyed crocheting, cooking, cleaning, and crossword puzzles. She was talkative and funny, but could also be described as stern. She also enjoyed yard work, helping in...

Betty Lou Rineer Groff, 91, a lifelong resident of Coatesville prior to moving to Tel Hai Retirement Community in Honey Brook in 2007, died at Tel Hai on December 23, 2021, after an extended illness, initially brought on by the Coronavirus. She was the beloved wife of the late Lloyd L. Groff with whom she shared 67 years of marriage at the time of his passing in 2017.

Betty Lou was the...