Obituaries

Michael Patrick Miller of Chadds Ford

Michael Patrick Miller, 69, of Chadds Ford, died Sunday, Aug. 2, at his home surrounded by his family. He was the husband of Cathy Rusden Miller, with whom he shared 40 years of marriage. Born in Tunnelton, WVa., he was the son of the late Leslie Miller and the late Lucile Bickford Miller. He graduated from Tunnelton High School and attended West Virginia ...

 
 

Glenn A. Combs of West Grove

Glenn A. Combs, 71, of West Grove, died Friday, July 31, at his residence. He was the husband of Diane McGeehan Combs, with whom he shared 49 years of marriage. Born in Philadelphia, he was the son of the late Glenn R. Combs and the late Josephine Cozza Combs. Glenn was a heavy equipment operator, last working for Meco Constructors in Bensalem, until his retirement ...

 

Constance M. Ford of Concord Township

Constance M. Ford, 99, of Concord Township, died Friday, July 31, at Maris Grove. Connie was born Nov. 30, 1920, to Mabel (Benson) and William P. Hourigan in Geneva, Nebraska.  Her grandparents came to Nebraska from County Cork, Ireland. After graduation from the University of Nebraska, Connie taught English and history at Geneva High School.  She met her future ...

 

James “Jimmy” F. LaSalvia of Wilmington

James "Jimmy" F. LaSalvia, 52, of Wilmington, died Thursday, July 30, at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital after a 40-year battle with kidney disease. Born in Meadowbrook, Pa., and raised in Holland, Pa., Jimmy lived for the last 16 years in Wilmington. A realtor for 18 years, Jimmy was a real estate agent for Keller Williams Realty in Chadds Ford. Jimmy ...

 

Joanne Snyder, formerly of Chadds Ford

Joanne (Eslinger) Snyder, 90, died peacefully on July 24. Born in February of 1930 in Wilmington, to Caleb and Antoinette Eslinger, she grew up on 18th Street with two sisters, Ernie and Eileen. The trio loved to sing together, and during the war, they would entertain wounded soldiers as The Stair Step Sisters and The Debs of Rhythm. After graduation from Alexis I. ...

 

Michael Alan Kaffenberger of Wilmington

Michael Alan Kaffenberger, 39, of Wilmington, died Wednesday, July 15, at his residence.  Born on Sept. 7, 1980, in Wilmington, he is the son of Hartmut A. and Elke D. Kaffenberger of Chadds Ford. Michael attended Tower Hill School in Wilmington, moving to Unionville High School, and graduated with the class of 1999. He continued his education at the University of ...

 

Alexander “Alex” S. Diamond of Concord Township

Alexander “Alex” S. Diamond, 77, of Concord Township, died Feb. 9, at Naamans Creek Country Manor. Born to Samuel and Estelle Schultz Diamond in Upland, he has been a longtime resident of Concord Township. He worked in protective services for the Franklin Mint for 31 years retiring in 2004. Alex served as an active firefighter and EMT for the Concordville Fire Co., ...

 

Constance Sallie Taylor of Chadds Ford

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the death of Constance Sallie (Reichard) Taylor, 94, of Chadds Ford, on the afternoon of July 18. She passed at home with her daughter Cindy at her side, listening to music and stories of wonderful family times, and following a day-long visit by her four children and other family members. Constance was born in Allentown on ...

 

Peter Kurt Schwarz Sr. of Kennett Square

Peter Kurt Schwarz Sr., 51, of Kennett Square, died Sunday, July 12, at his home. He was the amazing, loving husband of Christine (Buckland) Schwarz. They shared 23 years of marriage and three awesome children: Peter Jr., Emma and Margo. He was the son of Kurt W. Schwarz and the late Lore (Ruof) Schwarz. Pete is survived by his brother Steven and wife Lynne, and his ...

 

Donna Pratola

Donna Pratola, 66, died peacefully while holding her son Christopher’s hand on July 15 at the Penn Medicine Inpatient Hospice Unit in West Chester after a nearly four-year battle with Early Onset Alzheimer’s Disease. Born on Feb. 21, 1954, Donna was the second of three children born to the late Fred Pratola, Sr. and Angeline (Giroso) Pratola. She was a 1972 graduate ...

 

Barbara Kay Dalton of Chadds Ford

Barbara Kay Dalton, 79, of Chadds Ford, died Sunday, July 12, at Penn Medicine Hospice at Chester County in West Chester. She was the loving wife of William O. Dalton for 57 years. Born July 23, 1940, in St. Louis, Mo. she was the daughter of the late John O. Pinks and the late Elizabeth I. Coates Pinks. Barbara received a bachelor’s degree from Illinois Wesleyan ...