Ralston & Bredickas Funeral Home

The over 100 year old family-owned and operated Donohue Funeral Home was originally located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania at 54th and Market. The business today has funeral homes in Newtown Square, West Chester, Downingtown, Upper Darby and Wayne, Pennsylvania.

When the grandsons of founder John P. Donohue discuss the business, it is with a great deal of pride— with not only a sense of history, but also the caring and integrity demonstrated for the past 103 years.


Our Obituaries

James I. Pike

September 3, 2017

James I. "Jim" Pike, 78, of Glen Moore, PA passed away on September 3, 2017. Born in Elverson, PA in 1939, he was the son of the late James Henry and Isabel Jane (nee Hoffman) Pike. Jim served honorably in the US Air Force and was a retired facilities engineer for Lenfest Communications. Jim had a passion for racing, collecting antique cars and classic car restoration. He was a member of the...
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Stephanie "Bunny" Koenig

September 11, 1952 - December 7, 2016

Stephanie "Bunny" Helen Koenig, age 64, of Wilmington, DE, passed away on December 7, 2016. Born in Philadelphia, she was the daughter of the late John and Helen Koenig (nee Sosenko). Bunny graduated from Bethany College in West Virginia and was a member of Phi Mu Fraternity. She later pursued a career as a teacher. She retired while working at Sanford School. Her passion in life was for her...
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James C. Harmon

May 12, 1943 - May 23, 2016

James C. Harmon, 73 of Downingtown, PA passed away on May 23, 2016. Born in Philadelphia in 1943, he was the son of the late Jack and Ethel (Hendricks) Harmon. James was a graduate of Media High School and West Chester University. He worked as an Advertising Executive in the Philadelphia area. He was a Casino Dealer at Delaware Park Casino. He was also very active at Downingtown United...
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Lewis Thomas Clayton, Jr.

January 5, 1925 - April 23, 2016

On the morning of April 23, 2016, Lewis passed away peacefully of natural causes at in Honeybrook, PA. He was 91 years old and lived a life full of care for family, travel and adventure. "Lew" was born to Bessie Mae Clayton and Lewis T. Clayton, Sr. on January 5, 1925. He was their youngest child and is predeceased by his oldest sister, Louise, and survived by the family's middle sister,...
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Mary Rizzardi Geschwindt

September 27, 2014

Mary Rizzardi Geschwindt, 86, of Downingtown, passed away peacefully on Saturday, September 27, 2014. She was the wife of the late Irving Robert Geschwindt, who died in June 2010. Together they shared 58 years of marriage. Born in Minersville, PA on September 23,1928, she was the daughter of the late Walter and Ludwina Rizzardi. Mrs. Geschwindt graduated from Minersville High School in...
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Conley Shorty Forrester

July 30, 2014

Conley "Shorty Forrester," 84, of Chilhowie, VA, formerly of Morgantown, PA., passed away suddenly on July 30, 2014. He is survived by his wife Jane, daughter Linda Runchka and son Alfred. He is predeceased in death by his daughter Donna Conn, his sister Dorothy, several brothers, and is survived by his one sister, Eleanor Barlow. "Shorty" loved his country music and played in bands with...
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Carmella T. (nee Barbone) Dowlin

May 25, 2014

Carmella T. (nee Barbone) Dowlin, age 78, of West Chester, passed away Sunday May 25, 2014 after a lengthy illness. She was the beloved wife of the late Theodore V. Dowlin, Jr., also of West Chester. Carmella is survived be her daughter Susan (Chris) Price of West Chester, a sister Edith Barbone of Bridgeport, PA, many nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews and great great nieces and nephews....
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Anne R. McHale

February 11, 1923 - May 19, 2014

Anne R. McHale, 91, of State College, Pa., formerly of Coatesville died on Sunday, May 18, 2014 at Mt. Nittany Medical Center. Born on February 11, 1923 in Igloo, Alaska, she was the daughter of Thomas and Kiatcha Schultz. She was married to Anthony P. McHale, who passed away on March 19, 1990, for 47 years. She graduated from Montoursville High School in 1941. She was employed at Pepperidge...
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Anthony "Tony" Perpetua

April 9, 2014

Perpetua Anthony "Tony" Perpetua, Jr., age 44, of Downingtown, passed away suddenly on April 9, 2014. He was a pipe fitter and was employed by Guy Cooper. Tony enjoyed spending time with his family and friends and will be dearly miss by them all. Survived by his wife Lauren (nee Swearhart) Perpetua, his children Anthony III, Jackson, Celeste, Peyton and Mitchell Perpetua, his parents Tony and...
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J. Ray Seay

March 21, 2014

Seay J. Ray Seay, age 75, of Paoli, passed away after a long illness on March 21, 2014. He was the husband of Janice (nee Windle) Seay with whom he shared 42 years of marriage. Ray was a 1956 graduate of West Chester High School and took a medical retirement from PEECO, a division of Schramm Inc., West Chester, PA in 1991. Ray led a simple life enjoying spending time with his family, gardening,...
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Andy J. Eppolito

August 17, 1914 - March 11, 2014

Eppolito Andy J. Eppolito, age 99, of Exton, passed away on March 11, 2014 at the Sunrise of Exton. Born in Frazer on August 17, 1914 he was the son of the late Anthony and Givinina (nee DiGocomo) Eppolito. Andy was the widower of Rose M. Esposito Eppolito to whom he was married for 62 years. Also predeceased by his daughter Patricia Ann (LeRoy) Clarke, 2 sisters, Lena De Matteo and Enos...
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Kenwood "Ken" Lynn

October 19, 1933 - January 12, 2014

Lynn Kenwood "Ken" Lynn, age 80, of Morgantown, passed away on January 12, 2014 surrounded by his family. Born on October 19, 1933 he was the son of the late Clarence and Beatrice (nee Arner) Lynn. Ken was a graduate of Spring City High School Class of 1951. He served in the United States Navy on the USS Roanoke during the Korean War. Before retirement he held several management positions at the...
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Elizabeth Greenleaf Abel

May 6, 1918 - December 26, 2013

Abel Elizabeth Greenleaf Abel, age 95, of Downingtown, passed away on December 26, 2013. Born on May 6, 1918 she was the daughter of the late Harry and May (nee Platt) Greenleaf. She is survived by her children Susan Abel of Dexter, ME, Marie Armstrong of New Lebanon, NY, grandchildren William Davies, Stephentown, NY, Kelly Gardner, New Lebanon, NY, Kim Styer, New Lebanon, NY, Joseph Styer,...
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Anna L. (nee Binder) Hilton

December 22, 2013

Hilton Anna L. Hilton (nee Binder), age 93 of Downingtown, passed away on Sunday December 22, 2013 at the Hickory House Nursing Home in Honeybrook. Anna was born in Downingtown to the late John Martin Binder and his wife, Iva Hess Binder and had been a lifetime area resident. Anna was a congregant of the Central Presbyterian Church in Downingtown. She had graduated from West Chester University...
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Dominic Joseph DeStefano

September 16, 1919 - December 3, 2013

DeStefano Dominic Joseph DeStefano, 94, of Tel Hai Retirement Community, Honey Brook, died on Tuesday, December 3rd. He was born on September 16, 1919 to John and Michaelina DeStefano of Ridgeway, PA. Dominic was predeceased by eight brothers and sisters. He is survived by his children, step children, nieces and nephews, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Dominic was predeceased by his first...
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Patricia L. "Muff" (nee Corcoran) Morrison

November 23, 2013

Patricia L. "Muff" Morrison (nee Corcoran), age 85 of Coatesville passed away on Saturday November 23, 2013 at Tel Hai Retirement Community in Honeybrook. Mrs. Morrison is survived by her daughters; Catherine Jakubowski of Coatesville and Patricia Crouch of Cleveland, OH. She is the proud grandmother of 3, great grandmother of 5, great, great grandmother of 4 and is also survived and will be...
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Rebecca E. Nuttall

July 1, 1925 - November 17, 2013

Nuttall Rebecca E. Nuttall, age 88, passed away on November 17, 2013, at Hickory House Nursing Home in Honey Brook. A member of America's Greatest Generation. Mrs. Nuttall was born July 1, 1925, in Gloucester City, N.J., and graduated from Salem High School in 1943. In 1959, she married Wallace Herbert Nuttall of Norristown. They were married until his death in 1993 and spent most of their...
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Phalary J. Siever

September 6, 2013

Phalary J. Siever, age 93, of Downingtown, passed away on September 6, 2013. Born in Sugar Grove, WV on April 9, 1920 she was the daughter of the late Ami and Sarah (nee Puffenbarger) Simmons. Phalary was a homemaker who enjoyed cooking, baking, especially her apple pies, canning and shopping. She especially enjoyed spending time with her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren throughout...
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Martin F. Schroeder

September 1, 2013

Schroeder One machine can do the work of 50 ordinary men. Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. But, no machine can do the work of one extraordinary man like Marty Schroeder. Sometimes, all you need is the magic that comes from stretching out a hand, whispering words of encouragement or just understanding. Marty was a "computer geek" who was always there to answer...
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Barbara Ayrscott Heenan DeStefano

May 5, 1916 - June 30, 2013

Barbara Ayrscott Heenan DeStefano, age 97, of Honey Brook, formerly of Drexel Hill, passed away on June 30, 2013. Born in Burkton, Ontario, Canada on May 5, 1916 to George E. and Viola Velva (nee Shackelton) Ayrscott. She was a 1938 graduate of Millersville State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Education, followed by Lancaster Business College, Secretarial, then received her Master's...
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Brian E. Snyder

May 20, 1970 - May 17, 2013

Snyder Brian E. Snyder, age 42, of Glenmoore, passed away on May 17, 2013. Born in Coatesville on May 20, 1970 he was the son of Barry E., Sr. and Betty Lou (nee Trego) Snyder. Brian enjoyed cooking with the various sauces he created, football and playing baseball with his son Chase. In addition to his parents he is survived by Lynne (nee Dyer) Snyder, children Chase E. and Sydney N. Snyder,...
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Eleanor V. Schmolz

July 19, 1932 - April 23, 2013

Schmolz Eleanor V. Schmolz, age 80, of Coatesville, passed away on April 23, 2013. Born in Abington on July 19, 1932 she was the daughter of the late Richard and Lily (nee Reichle) Wildermuth. Eleanor enjoyed gardening, reading and shopping for jewelry and anything that sparkled. Survived by her children Christine Schmolz, Jeffery (Sony) Schmolz, Frederick (Cheryl) Schmolz,Jr., Jason (Catherine...
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Mary Katherine Patton Sellers

October 11, 1931 - March 25, 2013

Sellers Mary Katherine Patton Sellers, age 81, of Elverson, formerly of Marshallton, passed away on March 25, 2013. Born in Clifton Heights on October 11, 1931 she was the daughter of the late James and Marion (nee Carty) Patton. She was a graduate of St. Agnes High School. Mary worked at West Bradford Elementary School, Homemakers Home Health Aids, Friends Hall, Downingtown National Bank and,...
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William K. Robb, Jr.

March 6, 2013

Robb William K. Robb, Jr., age 88, of Downingtown, passed away on March 6, 2013. He was the son of the late William K. Sr. and Janet A. (nee Alexander) Robb. He was an entrepreneur who owned and operated a local answering service in Downingtown. William enjoyed reading, gardening and was involved with the Chester County Association for the Blind. He is predeceased by his wife Barbara Jane (nee...
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Marion "Nan" Douie Felten Manley

August 19, 1914 - February 21, 2013

Manley Marion "Nan" Douie Felten Manley, age 98, of Willow Street, formerly of Downingtown, passed away on February 21, 2013. Born in Roxborough on August 19, 1914 she was the daughter of the late Howard and Laura (nee Fryer) Douie. Marion was a graduate of Roxborough High School Class of 1932. She was a former member of the Downingtown Baptist Church and was a board member for the Baptist...
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Mary Baxter Pollock

May 16, 1918 - January 29, 2013

Pollock Mary Baxter Pollock, passed after a brief illness on Tuesday, January 29, 2013 at Chester County Hospital. Mary was born May 16, 1918 in Downingtown, the only child of Dorothy Baxter and Robert Garrett. She resided in Downingtown most of her life, and was both baptized and confirmed at St. James Episcopal Church. At the time of her death she was the oldest member of St. James. She...
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Mary Hattie Marsh

November 4, 1917 - January 11, 2013

Marsh Mary Hattie Marsh, age 95, of Exton, passed away on January 11, 2013. Born in Hopewell, PA on November 4, 1917 she was the daughter of the late Earl Kennard and Daisy Agnes (nee Speakman) Dawson. Mary was a homemaker who enjoyed spending time with her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. She enjoyed reading, crossword puzzles, collecting salt and peppershakers and spending...
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Hugh I. Pollock

December 7, 2012

Pollock Hugh I. Pollock passed away peacefully on December 7, 2012 at age 79. Born in Phila., he was the son of the late Susan and Eugene Pollock and was a resident of Honey Brook and formerly of Downingtown. For many years, Hugh was a postal clerk at the Downingtown Post Office. He was a life long member of the Alert Fire Company No. 1. He is survived by his nephews Gordon E. Hickman of...
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Naomi Sonneborn Reed

November 20, 2012

Reed Naomi Sonneborn Reed of West Chester, PA died November 20, 2012 surrounded by her loving family, at age 92. Naomi was preceded in death by her loving husband, Bill and daughter, Susan. "Sunny," as she was known, was born in Cincinnati, Ohio: the youngest of four children. In 1941, she graduated from Deaconess Hospital School of Nursing as a Registered Nurse. Following graduation,...
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Ronald A. Styer

November 20, 1941 - November 20, 2012

Styer Ronald A. Styer, age 71, of Pottstown, formerly of Nantmeal Road in Elverson, passed away on November 20, 2012. Born in West Chester, PA on November 20, 1941 he was the son of the late Joseph R. and Ida Elizabeth (nee Derry) Styer. Ronald operated a Phillips/Amoco service station south of Pottstown on Rt. 100 for 10 years and was a Diesel Mechanic Supervisor for the Pennsylvania Department...
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Cecil C. Forrester

October 31, 2012

Forrester Cecil C. Forrester, age 91, of West Brandywine, passed away on October 31, 2012. Born in Chilhowie, VA he was the son of the late Samuel and Kitty A. (nee Rouse) Forrester. Cecil was the owner of Forrester's Fuel Service and Forrester's Taxi Service. He enjoyed hunting, staying at his camp in Potter County and spending time with his family. Cecil is preceded in death by his wife Edna ...
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Jane Elizabeth Jenkins

October 15, 2012

Jenkins Jane Elizabeth Jenkins of Downingtown passed away Oct. 15, 2012 at her home surrounded by her loving family. Jane was the daughter of late Wayne and Ellen McAllister and was the wife of Page H. Jenkins. Jane graduated from Great Valley High School. Jane loved the beach, watching the sunset, listening to music, knitting, crocheting, but most of all Jane enjoyed spending time with her...
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Margaret Ann "Peggy" Crochunis

July 31, 1943 - October 5, 2012

Crochunis Margaret Ann "Peggy" Crochunis, age 69, of Spring City, passed away on October 5, 2012. Born in Pottsville, PA on July 31, 1943 she was the daughter of the late George and Dorothy Nocket. She was a graduate of Pottsville High School. Before it closed she was employed at Pennhurst State School and Hospital in the housekeeping department. She enjoyed spending time at home, jigsaw puzzles...
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Martha Charles

September 8, 2012

Charles Martha Charles, 88, of Ridgewood NY, passed away on Sat. September 8, 2012, at Neighborhood Hospice in West Chester, PA. Born in Brooklyn, NY, Martha was the daughter of John Kausch and Caroline Kirschstein Kausch, who were German Immigrants. Martha was a first generation German American. Martha lived her entire life in NYC where she graduated from Bushwick High School in 1941....
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Jean Adaline Stranere

August 7, 2012

Stranere Jean Adaline Stranere, 76, of Downingtown, passed away peacefully on Tuesday Aug. 7, 2012, at the Chester County Hospital with her sons by her side. Born in Coatesville, Jean was the daughter of the late William D. and Katie Newman. She was the wife of late Vincent A. Stranere, who passed away in April of 2007. Jean was a 1954 Graduate of Scott High School, where she was on the...
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Stanley August Burk

November 10, 1917 - July 29, 2012

Burk of Little Washington Stanley August Burk, 94, of Little Washington, passed away peacefully, July 29, 2012 with his daughter and family by his side. Stanley was born November 10, 1917 in Blenheim, MD to August Oscar and Rose Albright Burk. He was the husband of the late Dorothy M. Burk who passed away in 2004. At the time of her passing they were married for 64 years. Stanley,...
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Lorraine M. Sofranko

February 19, 1925 - July 20, 2012

Sofranko Lorraine M. Sofranko 87, of Elverson, PA. Formerly of Pawleys Island, SC, died Friday, July 20, 2012 after an 16 month battle with cancer. She was born February 19, 1925 to the late Mildred and Wayne Trump, Allentown, PA. She was the wife of Andrew John Sofranko for 67 years. They met at a roller skating rink and discovered they lived across the street from one another. Lorraine...
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Edward Francis Perley

August 20, 1920 - July 10, 2012

Perley Edward Francis Perley, age 91, of Downingtown, passed away on July 10, 2012 at the Coatesville V.A. Medical Center Hospice Unit. Born in Coatesville on August 20, 1920 he was the son of the late Edward H. and Marie (nee Ciarlone) Perley. He was a veteran serving in the United States Navy during WWII on the U.S.S. Sigsbee. Edward was employed at Pepperidge Farm as the Supervisor of...
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Harold Arthur Jones

August 12, 1921 - July 2, 2012

Jones Harold Arthur Jones, age 90, of Phoenixville, passed away in St. Martha's Nursing Home on July 2, 2012. Harold was married to the late Lillian Simmons Jones. Born in Philadelphia on August 12, 1921 he was the son of the late Harry A. and Mary (nee Stine) Jones. He was a graduate of Simon Gratz High School Class of 1939 and the University of Miami in 1953. Harold was an Army Veteran,...
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Myrtle Marie Kirkner

June 27, 2012

Kirkner Myrtle Marie Kirkner, 85, of Downingtown, passed from this life, Wednesday, June 27, 2012, in her home that was built by her husband, surrounded by her family. Born and raised in Philadelphia, she was the daughter of the late Abraham Lincoln Ward and Carrie Ward (Hattie), and was one of 8 children; of which she was the last to grace this world. Surviving are children, Barbara (Grant...
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Thomas Gabriel Vadine

December 10, 1919 - June 2, 2012

Vadine Thomas Gabriel Vadine, age 92, of Downingtown, PA. Was born on December 10, 1919 in Lyndell, PA, passed of natural causes in West Chester, PA on June 2, 2012. Son of Antonio Vadino and Gesilmina Ciarlone and brother of Anthony Thomas Vadino (deceased) George Thomas Vadino of Issaquah, WA. Married Antionette Duca on July 13, 1944 and were married 64 years until her passing on March 30,...
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Herman G. Siever, Sr.

June 27, 1922 - May 17, 2012

Siever Herman G. Siever, Sr., age 89, of Downingtown, passed away on May 17, 2012. Born in Ft. Seybert, WV on June 27, 1922 to the late John and Ann (nee Brady) Siever. Herman enjoyed wood working, gardening, baseball, Penn State football and vacations with his family. Before his retirement he worked as ground maintenance at Wyeth. He is survived by his wife Phalary (nee Simmons) Siever,...
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Eleanor Forrell

May 15, 2012

Forrell Eleanore Forrell, age 92, of Honey Brook, passed away on May 15, 2012. Born in Brooklyn, NY she was the daughter of the late Adolf and Katherine (nee Berzler) Winter. She was the wife of the late Otto Forrell who passed away in 1989. Eleanore is survived by her sons Eric A. Forrell and his wife Carol and Andrew P. Forrell and his wife Marilyn, her grandchild Alison M. Forrell, and her...
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Geraldine "Gerry" Forrester

September 9, 1928 - April 28, 2012

Forrester Geraldine "Gerry" Forrester, age 83, of Glenmoore, PA, passed away on April 28, 2012. Born in Anna, IL on September 9, 1928 she was the daughter of the late Roy and Maggie (nee Boyd) Roach. Gerry was a resident of Illinois until she moved to Pennsylvania when she was 16. She worked at Pepperidge Farm and retired after 25 years of service. Gerry enjoyed cooking and spending time with...
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William "Dan" Meyers

April 26, 2012

William "Dan" Meyers 63 yrs old lived in West Chester with his spouse Eileen R Evans. Born in Dayton, Kentucky- Dan moved to Downingtown where he graduated from Downingtown High School in1967. He served in the Navy from 1969 to 1970 at the Naval Air Base in Brunswick, Georgia. Dan was a car enthusiast and enjoyed building custom cars, traveling and spending time with his grandchildren. ...
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Margaret Elizabeth Ezrah

November 10, 1906 - April 3, 2012

Ezrah Margaret Elizabeth Ezrah, age 105, of Downingtown, PA, passed away on April 3, 2012. Born in Parkesburg, PA on November 10, 1906 she was the daughter of the late Oliver Thomas and Laura (nee Jones) Ezrah. She spent most of her life in Downingtown and has lived at Simpson Meadows since January of 2000. Margaret Elizabeth was a graduate of Downingtown High School and the West Chester State...
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Marion J. (Yohn) Baen

March 18, 2012

Baen Marion J. Baen (Yohn) of Narvon Formerly of Downingtown passed away March 18, 2012 at age 87. A resident of Narvon, PA, she was the beloved wife of the late Russell H. Baen, Jr. She was the loving mother of Linda M. Miller, Keith S. Baen, and the late Russell G. Baen. She is survived by 3 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. Marion was a 1945 graduate of the Chester County Hospital...
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Michael F. Golden, M.D.

July 23, 1931 - February 22, 2012

Golden Dr. Michael F. Golden, M.D., age 80, of Phoenixville, passed away on February 22, 2012 at the Coatesville VA Medical Center. Born in Philadelphia on July 23, 1931 he was the son of the late Thomas and Catherine Golden. Michael served in the United States Army during the Korean War. He was a psychiatrist who had his own practice in Coatesville for many years. Surviving are his children...
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Della A. (nee Altizer) Whitely

February 2, 1934 - January 18, 2012

Whitely Della A. Whitely(nee Altizer) 77 of Downingtown passed away Wed. Jan. 18th at The Brandywine Hall Nursing Home. Born in Montgomery, Va., she was the daughter of the late Oscar and Daisy Altizer. Della was the wife of the late Frank Richmond Whitely Jr. and is survived by her son Dale (Michael Ann); daughters Debra Baum (Howard), Elaine Fennelly(late James) ,and Deana Wells (William Sr.),...
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Linda Ashbridge Casey

February 22, 1949 - January 10, 2012

Casey Linda Ashbridge Casey died January 10th at the Chester County Hospital after a long battle with cancer. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and step grandmother who nurtured us all. She was a friend to many. She was born in Norwood, PA February 22, 1949, but lived most of her life in the West Chester Area. She was a 1967 graduate of Henderson High School and was employed by...
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Dennis (Denny) Earl Haas

January 8, 2012

Haas Dennis (Denny) Earl Haas; devoted husband, father and grandfather passed away on Sunday January 8, 2012 in Lebanon, PA at the age of 69. He was the husband of Sandra L. (Summers) Haas with whom he shared 50 years of marriage. Denny was the son of Ernst P. and Helen M. (Fallman) Haas. A graduate of Altoona High School, class of '60, Denny was employed as a senior systems analyst with...
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Russell Gene (Rusty) Baen

July 26, 1948 - December 13, 2011

Baen Russell Gene (Rusty) Baen, age 63, of Coatesville, passed away on December 13, 2011. Born in Downingtown on July 26, 1948 he was the son of Jean (nee Yohn) Baen and the late Russell H. Baen. Rusty was a veteran serving in the United States Army during the Vietnam War. He was employed at Johnson Matthey for 30 years and in his spare time enjoyed fishing and riding motorcycles. In addition to...
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Warren Latham Mitchill

December 2, 2011

Mitchill Warren Latham Mitchill, age 90, of Downingtown, passed away on December 2, 2011. Born in Manhasset Long Island, NY on August 15, 1921 he was the son of the late Singleton Burdett and Sarah Howard (nee Wright) Mitchill. Warren was in the Coast Guard during WWII and was in charge the engine room of an 83 foot Coast Guard Cutter that patrolled the Philippines. He was a first class...
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Shane Henry Roop

August 6, 1983 - November 16, 2011

Roop Shane Henry Roop, age 28, of Parkesburg, passed away on November 16, 2011. Born in West Chester on August 6, 1983 he was the son of William and late Linda (nee Arbogast) Roop. Shane was a graduate of Coatesville High School and most recently worked as a delivery person for Joe Umberger Produce in Exton. Shane enjoyed hunting, fishing, motorcycles, the Pittsburgh Steelers especially...
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Jeanne Ellen Swisher Tucholski

November 2, 2011

Tucholski Jeanne Ellen Swisher Tucholski, age 60, of West Brandywine Twp., passed away suddenly on November 2, 2011. She was the daughter of the late William L. and June I. (nee Batdorf) Swisher. Jeanne was a Graduate of the Coatesville Area Senior High School class of 1968, Kutztown State College, class of 1972, majoring in elementary and special education, and, thereafter earned her Master's...
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Vernon C. Lee

December 29, 1915 - November 2, 2011

Vernon C. Lee, age 95, of Downingtown, passed away on November 2, 2011. Born in West Chester on Dec. 29, 1915 he was the son of the late Thomas E. and Ida B. (Yarnall) Lee, and husband of the late Helen E. (Binder) Lee to whom he was married for 55 years. Vernon was a 1934 graduate of Downingtown High School. He was a Veteran of the U.S. Army where he served throughout Europe first as...
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Gordon P. Brickner

October 24, 2011

BRICKNER Gordon P. Brickner, 84, died October 24, 2011, in Brandywine Hospital surrounded by his loving family. He was the husband of Alva M. (Yates) Brickner. They would have celebrated their 57th wedding anniversary on November 5, 2011. Gordon was born in York, PA, the son of Albert “Larry” and Mary (McSherry) Brickner. He graduated in 1945 from York Catholic High School in York, PA....
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John F. Gray

October 23, 1962 - October 20, 2011

John F. Gray of Glenmoore, passed away on Thursday October 20, 2011 at his home surrounded by his family. He was 48 years old. John was born on October 23, 1962 in Downingtown and was the son of Gerald Gray and Dottie Fletcher and the beloved husband of Terressa (nee Sanderson) with whom he shared 20 years of marriage. John was a huge fan of NASCAR and cherished his 1970 Chevy Nova. He was a...
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Elizabeth Ann (nee Lambert) Kurtz

October 3, 2011

Kurtz Elizabeth Ann (nee Lambert) Kurtz, 61, of Coatesville passed away on October 3, 2011at home. Beth was the daughter of the late J.B. and Rita Mary (nee Budd) Lambert. She is survived by her daughter Patti A. “Penny” and her husband Jeff Kuser of Douglassville, one son Kerry A. Smith. Dear grandmother of Austin J. Kuser. Beth worked as a secretary for the Chester County Court system...
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Kenneth H. Snider

October 13, 1929 - September 20, 2011

Snider Kenneth H. Snider, age 81, of Downingtown, passed away on September 20, 2011. He was born in Grantsville, WV on October 13, 1929. Kenneth was a graduate of Parkersburg High School and attended college in England. He was a veteran serving in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War and received two accommodations while in service. Kenneth's career tenure was regional sales manager in the...
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R. David Heller

September 16, 2011

Heller R. David Heller age 78 of Downingtown, Pa. died on September 16, 2011 at Brandywine Hospital. Beloved husband of Janet Williamson Heller he was born in Philadelphia, Pa. son of the late Raymond Davis & Mildred Margaret Green Heller. David graduated from Radnor High School in 1951 & was captain of the Basketball team. He was active with the West Chester Fish, Game and Wildlife...
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Jack F. Scott

October 18, 1938 - September 13, 2011

Scott Jack F. Scott, 72, of Exton died on Tuesday Sept. 13, 2011. Jack was born in Bryn Mawr on Oct. 18, 1938. He was in US Army and a member of the 82nd Airborne Division. He enjoyed woodworking, football, especially the Eagles. Survivng Jack is his wife Mary, sons Jack and his wife Denise and Todd and his wife Megan, daughter Kimberly Cericola, and his grandchildren, a brother Bob and his...
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Naomi Pensack Morgan

October 21, 1926 - September 10, 2011

Naomi Pensack Morgan, 84, of Wagontown, PA died September 10, 2011. She was the wife of the late Howard Morgan, Jr. Naomi was born in Dickson City, PA. of the late Adam and Katheran Pensack. She was a 30-year retiree of the Dept. of Defense Industrial Supply Center of Phila. and was a Foreign Military Sales and Grant Aid Supply Technician. She is survived by two daughters, Donna Lee Trexler...
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Naomi Pensack Morgan

September 10, 2011

Morgan Naomi Pensack Morgan, 84, of Wagontown, PA died September 10, 2011. She was the wife of the late Howard Morgan Jr. Naomi was born in Dickson City, PA. of the late Adam and Katheran Pensack. She was a 30-year retiree of the Dept. of Defense Industrial Supply Center of Phila. and was a Foreign Military Sales and Grant Aid Supply Technician. She is survived by two daughters, Donna Lee...
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John W. Mahers

August 5, 1946 - August 18, 2011

Mahers John W. Mahers, age 65, of Honey Brook, PA, passed away on August 18, 2011 at the University of Pennsylvania Hospital. Born in West Chester, PA on August 5, 1946 he was the son of the late John A. and Shirley (nee Pinkerton) Mahers. John was a Pennsylvania State Constable for 37 years. He enjoyed his street rod and spending time with his family. He is survived by his wife Roxia (nee Kurtz...
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Jeffrey R. Stock

August 17, 2011

Stock Jeffrey R. Stock of Royersford Jeffrey R. Stock, age 56, of Royersford, passed away on August 17, 2011. Born in Albany, N.Y. he was the son of Robert and Jean (Veil) Stock. He was preceded in death by his wife Christine (Belmonte) Stock. He was a U.S. Veteran serving in the Army. A big passion that Jeffrey had was CB Radios and he was an avid bowler. In addition to his parents he is...
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Robert Renfer, Sr.

August 8, 1956 - July 31, 2011

Renfer Robert Renfer, age 54, of Norristown, passed away on July 31, 2011. Born in Oceanside, CA. Robert was the son of Annamae Renfer and the late Kenneth Lee Renfer, Sr. He was a toll collector for the PA Turnpike. Robert enjoyed fishing, riding motorcycles, and spending time with his grandchildren. He is survived by his wife Judith, his late son Robert Renfer, Jr., daughter Christi...
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Paul F. Aberts, Jr.

March 29, 2011 - July 30, 2011

Paul F. Aberts, Jr., age 79, of Downingtown, formerly of Exton, passed away on July 30, 2011. Born in Downingtown on March 29, 1932 he was the late Paul F. Sr. and Alice (nee Simcox) Aberts. Paul was a United States veteran serving in the Army. He was a self employed businessman who owned COA Pallets Inc. in Downingtown. Paul enjoyed fishing, gardening, and spending time with his family....
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April Hendricks Tipton Plank

April 16, 1962 - July 14, 2011

Plank April Hendricks Tipton Plank, age 49, of Coatesville, passed away on July 14, 2011 at her home. Born in Pottstown on April 16, 1962 she was the daughter of the late Edward and Joyce (nee Hoffman) Hendricks. She was a member of the Modena Fire Company where she served as EMS Captain. She is survived by her husband James Plank, Sr., 5 children Tara Stagg, Tricia Tipton, Michael Tipton, Jr.,...
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Brian Matthew Gottier

September 27, 1967 - June 19, 2011

Gottier Brian Matthew Gottier, age 43, of Coatesville, passed away suddenly on June 19, 2011. Born in West Chester, PA on September 27, 1967 he was the son of Barbara (nee Trego) Gottier and the late Thomas N. Gottier. He was a graduate of Downingtown High School class of 1985 and Carnegie Mellon University in 1991 with a major in Computer Science and a minor in Applied Math. Brian enjoyed...
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Marguerite R. “DeeDee” McCombs

December 31, 1922 - June 7, 2011

McCombs Marguerite R. “DeeDee” McCombs, age 88, of Downingtown, passed away on June 7, 2011 at Cornwall Manor. Born in Chambersburg, PA on December 31, 1922 she was the daughter of the late Parke and Esther (nee Shields) Renfrew. She was a graduate of Chambersburg High School. DeeDee was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and friend. She worked hard as a seamstress and was active in...
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Jean S. DeGraw

September 1, 1920 - May 18, 2011

DeGraw Jean S. DeGraw, of Myerstown, formerly of Ashbridge Manor in Downingtown, age 90, entered into eternal life on May 18, 2011. Born in Brooklyn, NY on September 1, 1920 she was the daughter of the late William Edgar and Natalie Fuller (Hoyt) Shaw. Jean retired in 1986 as the Finance Director for the Freedom Valley Girl Scout Council. She was a former member of Faith Baptist Church, the...
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Nicholas “Junior” Kipp , Jr.

April 21, 2011

Kipp Nicholas “Junior” Kipp Jr.,2 years old, of Downingtown passed away April 21, 2011. He was the loving son of Nicholas and Ashely Kipp and a wonderful brother and best friend to his sisters Amber and Bryanna Kipp. Nick was fun loving and had a contagious smile. He made a lasting impression on every life he touched. He leaves behind to cherish his memories his Maternal...
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Robert Leigh Blevins, D.M.D.

July 12, 1945 - April 20, 2011

Blevins Dr. Robert Leigh Blevins, D.M.D., age 66, of Exton, PA, passed away on April 20, 2011. Born in Wichita Falls, TX, on July 12, 1945, he was the son of the late Herbert H. and Neva (nee Payne) Blevins. Robert earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Denison University, Granville, Ohio, and his Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from the University of Pennsylvania, where he was a member...
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Reginald A. "Reg" Neale

October 15, 1930 - April 20, 2011

Neale Reginald A. "Reg" Neale, age 80, of Downingtown, passed away on April 20, 2011 surrounded by his loving family. Born in Bedworth, England on October 15, 1930 he was the son of the late Arthur and Phyllis (nee Vernon) Neale. Reg studied at Courtaulds in England and served in the Royal Air Force. Reg was a Electrical Engineer while working in England for Hawker Siddley Aircraft. In the...
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Elmer C. Hall, Jr.

February 2, 1942 - March 31, 2011

Hall Elmer C. Hall, Jr., age 69, of Downingtown, PA, passed away on March 31, 2011. Born in Marshallton, PA on February 2, 1942 he was the son the late Elmer C. Sr. and Sara E. (nee Hines) Hall. Elmer was the custodian for the Chester County Intermediate Unit. He enjoyed his family, baseball and was a huge fan of the Phillies. Surviving are his siblings Donald (the late Betty Ann) Hall of...
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Edna Kay Eckels

September 10, 1939 - March 19, 2011

Eckels Edna Kay Eckels of Coatesville passed away Sat. March 19, 2011 at the Brandywine Hospital after a long illness. She was the wife of the late Michael Eckels. Edna was a Skating instructor at the Caln Roller Rink where she taught a class called the Tiny Tots. She is survived by her son Steven Hayes, daughters Susan L. (Chris) Lapp and Sandra E. (David) Wilbanks, 4 grandchildren and...
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Susanna Elston Romig

July 21, 1920 - March 18, 2011

Romig Susanna Elston Romig, age 90 Born in Rensselaer, New York on July 21, 1920, (Clara) Susanna Elston Romig spent most of her years residing near and in Downingtown, Pennsylvania. In August of 2009 she came to live with her only daughter, Nancy Romig Radke, and son-in-law, Gary Michael Radke, in Syracuse, New York. Susanna died on Friday March 18, 2011 from natural causes in Crouse Hospital...
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Ola Messner Rimel

July 12, 1918 - March 13, 2011

Rimel Good- bye Mom! A great lady, Ola Messner Rimel, 92, passed away on Sunday. Wife of Clarence L. Rimel (Mic) who passed away in 1995, Ola’s four children survive her; daughters Char Pasco (Bob), Evergreen, CO, Robin Woodworth (Phil), Garnet Valley, PA and sons C. Lee Rimel, Vail, CO and Boyd Rimel (Julie), Manlius, NY. Ola has 20 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren. Born in...
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Jeanne Keen King

May 5, 1950 - March 4, 2011

King Jeanne Keen King of Downingtown passed away on Friday March 4, 2011, after a long battle with cancer, surrounded by her family. Jeanne was an avid sewer, and loved to crochet and needlepoint. Jeanne graduated from Downingtown High School class of 1968. She was a life member of Alert and Minquas Fire Companies of Downingtown where she also served as Secretary for the Alert Fire Co. from...
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Mitchell K. McKahan

November 13, 1962 - November 16, 2009

Mitchell K. McKahan Born November 13, 1962 in Washington, PA son of the Late Marlene Mesta McKahan and William E. McKahan. Died November 16, 2009 in Berwyn, PA. Survived by his wife, Donna Ray McKahan of Parkesburg, PA whom he married on January 29, 1997. Marshall his son and Jodie Gallagher of Canonsburg, PA, his sister, Marlie Gallagher his niece, step-mother, Dr. Ruth A. Reisenman,...
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