Obituaries

Peter Scoville Wells

Peter Scoville Wells, aged 80, succumbed to Parkinson's disease March 20, 2019 at Barclay Friends, West Chester, PA after a long and courageous battle. Born in New York City to Jonathan Godfrey Wells Jr. and Eleanore Shannon Scoville, he attended Tower Hill School in Wilmington, Delaware; he was graduated from The Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, Connecticut in 1956. ...

 
 

Helen Ann Gehr Burkhart, formerly of Avondale

Helen Ann Gehr Burkhart, 87, of Shreveport, La., formerly of Avondale, where she had lived for 51 years, died Wednesday, March 13, at the Colonial Oaks Nursing Center, Bossier City, La. She was the wife of Jay Burkhart who died in 2003, and with whom she shared 51 years of marriage. Born in Ephrata, Pa., she was the daughter of the late Harry Gehr and the late M. ...

 

Muriel E. Wetzel of Oxford

Muriel E. Wetzel, 96, of Oxford, formerly Landenberg, died Sunday, March 17, at Christiana Care Hospital following a severe stroke. She was the wife of Roland H. Wetzel, who died in 2016, and with whom she shared more than 70 years of marriage. Born in Milwaukee, Wis., she was an only child, the daughter of the late George G. Auler and Ivis H. Uecke Auler. She was a ...

 

Ruth M. Hicks of West Grove

Ruth M. Hicks, 79, of West Grove, died Friday, March 15, at the Twin Pines Health Care Center. She was the wife of Dale B. Hicks, who died in 2001, and with whom she shared over 39 years of marriage. Born in Landenberg, she was the daughter of the late Paul Hatton and the late Margaret Mark Hatton. She was a bookkeeper, retiring from the Pocopson Home in West ...

 

Katharine Storrs Brigham of Birmingham Township

Katharine Storrs Brigham, 68, of Birmingham Township, died peacefully in hospice Monday, March 11, after a determined struggle against cancer. The oldest child of Richard T. and Margaret H. Brigham, deceased, she is survived by sisters Ann Brigham Thomas of Louisville, Ky. and Deborah Brigham Wray of Charlottesville, Va., and by brother Robert Brigham of Escondido, ...

 

Gail Williamson Beck of Chadds Ford

Gail Williamson Beck, 78, of Chadds Ford, died on her birthday, March 8, at Riddle Memorial Hospital. Born in the Philadelphia area, she was the daughter of the late William and Gladys Daniels Williamson and resided in Garnet Valley before moving to her late residence three years ago. Gail was a graduate of Springfield High School, class of 1959 and worked in the ...

 

Norman L. Cross of Chadds Ford

Norman L. Cross, 87, of Chadds Ford, dearly-loved husband, step-dad, pop-pop and friend, died Wednesday, Feb. 27. Never a fan of obituaries that painted the departed person as "more than," Norm's list of accomplishments in life, though many, will not be recounted here. Instead, his life is summarized in two words, "he cared." He cared about all the people in the ...

 

William Brinton Parker Jr. of Kennett Square

William Brinton Parker Jr., 89, of Kennett Square, died peacefully on Feb. 26. Mr. Parker is survived by his wife Barbara “Bobbie” Collins. Born in Philadelphia, PA, he was the son of the late William Brinton Parker Sr. and Naomi Cecelia Lodge. Mr. Parker graduated from Westtown School in West Chester and received a degree as an electronic engineer from Penn State. ...

 

Lana W. Gill (Shortlidge) 0f West Grove

Lana W. Gill (Shortlidge), 75, 0f West Grove, died Sunday, March 3, at the Jennersville Hospital,  for her home in heaven. She was the wife of Earl Shortlidge, with whom she shared 40 years of marriage. Born in Wilmington, she was the daughter of the late Harry T. Woodward Jr. and the late Isabel Jenkins Woodward. She lived in Avondale until she was about 2, then ...

 

Dorothy “Dot” A. Klein of Concord Township

Dorothy “Dot” A. Klein, 86, of Chadds Ford, died Thursday, Feb. 7, at Naamans Creek Country Manor. Born in Greenwich, Conn. and raised in Harrison, N.Y., while she had previously resided in Philadelphia. Since the 1970s, she had lived in Concord Township. Dot graduated from St. Louis University receiving her bachelor’s degree in accounting. She retired with over 30 ...

 

Mingzhen of Chadds Ford

Mingzhen, 86, of Chadds Ford, died Wednesday, Feb. 20. She attended Shanghai Kunfan Elementary School and Shanghai Wuben Middle School. She graduated high school in 1950 and joined the Chinese Army shortly thereafter. Relatives and friends are invited to her visitation on Monday, Feb. 25, from 9-10 a.m. at DellaVecchia, Reilly, Smith & Boyd Funeral Home Inc. 410 ...