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Joshua D. Myers “Josh” age 47 of Woodlyn formerly of Prospect Park passed away on January 1, 2023 after long courageous battle with cancer.
Josh was a 1993 graduate of Interboro High School. He went on to culinary school and worked as a cook in the area for many years. He went on to work as a warehouse manager and driver prior to most recently working at the Navy Yard.
He was an avid Philadelphia sports fan and loved spending time tailgating at Eagles games with great friends and hosting games in his famous garage bar “Time Delay Bar and Grill”. He enjoyed cooking food for his family and friends, bowling, golfing and taking trips to the cabin.
He was dedicated to his family and enjoyed coaching and volunteering for Swarthmorewood Athletic Assoc., Ridley Raider Youth Football and ABA Basketball. Watching his sons play baseball, hockey and football were his most precious moments. Lifelong friends were made here and are very special to Josh and his family.
He will be missed dearly by his family and the countless friends he made along his journey.
Survivors: Beloved husband of 19 years of Kim Myers, devoted father of Harper and Benjamin Myers, cherished son of Tom and Cecilia Myers and dearest son in law of Ed and Terrie Maguire, loving brother in law of Dan(Christy) Maguire and special uncle of Abby and Charlie Maguire.
October 16, 1937 — December 20, 2022 | Salvatore M. DeVito, 85, of Newtown Square, PA, passed away on December 20, 2022, surrounded by his loving family.
He was born in Montella, Italy on October 16th,1937, son of the late Salvatore and Grazia (née Garofalo) DeVito. Salvatore was born the sixth of seven siblings.
In 1962, Salvatore left his home and family in Montella, to follow the love of his life, Carmela, to Upper Darby where they were soon married. After arriving in the United States, Salvatore and his brother Amato with their brides Carmela and Antoinette worked diligently to save money and founded DeVito Brothers Iron Works in 1965. DeVito Brothers & Son continues to serve the greater Philadelphia and Main Line areas.
Salvatore was known for his artistry with metal and sculpture and won several awards from the Davinci Art Alliance. He was an active member of the Holy Savior Society of Norristown that preserves the culture and traditions of Montella. Salvatore enjoyed spending time with his family making wine and his famous Sunday Gravy. In his leisure he returned to Italy to see family and locally visited Mount Airy Lodge and the Jersey Shore. Salvatore was the life of the party and enjoyed spending time with his friends and family. Always joking, dancing, and sharing stories of his years building and racing motorcycles, his childhood escapades and other family memories.
This past year Salvatore and Carmela celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in July and his 85th Birthday in October.
Salvatore was the beloved husband of Carmela (née Teta) DeVito; the loving father of Rose Anne DeVito Glenn (Joseph), Angela DeVito Grazio (Paul) and Salvatore DeVito, Jr. (Margaret Coyle); devoted grandfather, of Joseph (Caitlin), Michael (Lauren), Christopher (Paula), Gabriella, Sophia, Salvatore, and great-grandfather of Kristina, Christopher, Reina, and Hailey. Also survived by his two brothers, Amato DeVito (the late Antoinette) and Orazio DeVito (Beatrice) and his many nieces, nephews, cousins, and numerous loving family members. Predeceased by his four siblings, Antonio, Luigi, Michael, and Carmela.
Lois Huffman | September 29, 1942 – December 20, 2022 | Loving wife of Charles “Chip” Huffman, to whom she was married for over 50 years. Beloved mother of Kristi Huffman; stepmother of Tracie Miller-Godri and Charles Miller (Dawn). Preceded in death by her siblings Edith Pelszynski, Margaret Henderson, Linda Jean Kreutzer, and William Mackell. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews. Lois will be sadly missed by Coco.
Matthew U. Davis of Marlton, NJ. Passed away on November 5, 2022 after a courageous battle with cancer. He was 46 years old. Beloved husband of Frances (nee Kulpa). Loving father of Adelaide and Blake. Devoted son of the late Walter and Sandra (nee Deschler) Davis. Matthew grew up in Marlton and was a 1994 graduate of Cherokee High School. He retired from Westampton Township where he worked as an EMT and Firefighter, and had previously served in Cherry Hill, Evesham and Burlington City (Endeavor). He taught HAZMAT courses in Burlington County and at Rutgers University and in his retirement worked as a safety coordinator for Princeton University. He was a member of NJ Task Force One, which is deployed nationwide for natural disaster rescue operations. He was also a member of the Beverly-Riverside Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons.
Denise Grace Cuozzo of Galloway, NJ passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family. She will forever be remembered as an incredible wife, mother, sister, and friend. She was born and raised in Newark, NJ before moving to South Jersey where she was a beloved Casino supervisor for 40 years at several casinos in Atlantic City, the most recent being the Golden Nugget. She was a devout Catholic and member of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton’s parish. She was a world traveler, avid reader, and amazing cook. Her most enjoyable moments were spent doing yoga, spending time with family, walking her dogs, and going to the Brigantine beach.
She was preceded in death by her brother, Ralph A. Colasanti. She is survived by her husband, Joseph A. Cuozzo Sr., son, Joseph A. Cuozzo Jr, daughter, Deanna R. Cuozzo, sister, Debra Szapucki, brother, Anthony Colasanti Jr., and her two dogs, Petey and Spanky. She will be missed dearly by all who knew her.
John F. Mazurek, 70, of Hatfield, passed away Saturday, August 20, 2022. He was the loving husband of Jane (Tallia) Mazurek of Hatfield.
Born May 10, 1952 in New York, NY, he was the son of the late John and Emma (Wesner) Mazurek.
John was an avid golfer. He loved the game, and enjoyed Jane’s company by his side in the golf cart. He also enjoyed working in the garden with Jane. John and Jane enjoyed spending time with family at the beach, especially in the Outer Banks, NC where they vacationed for over 25 years. Above all, he was an exceptional husband, father, grandfather, and uncle. He cared deeply for his family, as it was his second nature to be their support. He took much pleasure in watching his children and his grandchildren play sports.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by his children, Paul Mazurek (Carrie) of Middletown, DE, Laurie Goidas (Brian) of Hatfield, Christina Yaskowski (Justin) of Schwenksville; his grandchildren, Haden, Ryan, Tallia, Addison, Hailey, Jackson, Nolan; and sister, Lynn Sokalski of Catonsville, MD.
John is predeceased by an infant son, Matthew Mazurek and a sister, Elaine Meyer.
Patricia “Trish” Mary Churchill passed away on July 3rd, 2022, at the age of 27 in her parents’ home surrounded by her parents; her brother; her boyfriend, Steve; and close family and friends.
Trish was raised in Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania, a graduate of St. Thomas the Apostle and Archmere Academy where she excelled in the classroom, as well as on the softball field where she was captain of the team. She was an adored cheerleader who also served in multiple honors societies. Trish attended Penn State University and Thomas Jefferson University where she earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the College of Pharmacy in 2019.
Trish achieved her lifelong dream of becoming a pharmacist in 2019, working in center city Philadelphia before taking a position with PerformRX as a Pharmacist II on the Clinical Outcomes and Therapeutic Optimization team. She excelled in both positions, building strong and charming relationships with coworkers and the patients she cared for. Trish loved her job and treated every day as another opportunity to help someone else.
After graduating, Trish lived in Philadelphia. She loved the city and all it had to offer. She was always excited to try new restaurants and activities, spending time with friends, attending concerts and sports games, where she cheered on her beloved Philadelphia Eagles. She spent her summers in Sea Isle City, NJ with family and friends on the beach. It held a special place in her heart. SIC is where she met her boyfriend, Steve in 2017 and where she put together a team for Bringing Hope Home’s Sea Isle Stomps Cancer 5k for years to come. In 2020 & 2021, Trish and Steve found love for the beaches in Florida and lived in Key West and Delray Beach, where they spent quality time with her brother, Bobby.
To everyone who was lucky enough to meet her, they knew how loving, caring, and thoughtful she was. Trish was the type of person to put everyone else first, making sure others needs were put before hers. She carried this compassion in all walks of life, constantly bringing friend groups together and making every person she met feel loved.
Trish was the definition of selfless, an amazing person, so strong and unassuming, never drawing attention to herself even in the most difficult situations. While diagnosed with cancer in 2018, onlookers would have no idea, as she stayed committed to her friends and family, her daily activities, her pharmacy career, and beloved relationships. Faced with numerous obstacles, trials, and tribulations, her strength never wavered, keeping an infectious positive attitude throughout her journey. Trish will live forever in her family and friends’ memories as the sweetest, kindest girl, always charming, always laughing, always smiling.
Trish is survived by her parents, Kimberlee and Bob Churchill; her brother, Bobby Churchill; her boyfriend, Steven Elf; and many, many special friends and family members.
Mary Green Diamond, age 69, of Media PA, died peacefully at home surrounded by her loving family on July 3, 2022. Mary is celebrated for her generosity of heart, her compassion for her community, friends and family and her contagious joy and desire to live life fully. Mary adored her family, especially her grandkids. One could often find Mary in the backyard planning an obstacle course, or hosting tea parties and fashion shows or playing games like hide the thimble or find the penny, all for her grandkids.
She had a wealth of friends who loved her dearly. She never forgot a birthday or a special event of any kind. She was always full of fun, never missed a party and made so many people smile. Mary was a long-time active member of Christ Church Episcopal in Media, where she sang in the choir, taught Sunday School and led Bible Camp. She later became a member of Media Presbyterian Church and Middletown Presbyterian Church where she once again shared her angelic voice singing and performing in their choirs. She was also a member of the Neumann University Concert Chorale for many years and travelled with them to perform in several cities around the globe.
Continuing in her journey of service, Mary worked as a massage therapist and was certified as an Usui Reiki Therapist. She worked from home, in local spas and salons and would often donate her time offering massage to local organizations. She was an avid gardener, loved walking in nature or just around the neighborhood making friends wherever she landed.
Mary is survived by her husband William Diamond, her three sisters, Elizabeth Zoumas, Susan Feyrer and Lucy Messick, her three children, Jacqlyn Diamond, Jonathan Diamond and Meredith MacCleary and her four grandchildren. In addition, she is missed by many others of her extended family and dear friends.
Edward P. McLaughlin, age 64, husband of Johanna B. (Powers) McLaughlin, of Collegeville, PA, passed away on Sunday, June 19, 2022 at home. Born on May 11, 1958 in Upper Darby, PA, he was a son of the late Vincent and Patricia (Flanagan) McLaughlin.
Mr. McLaughlin was a graduate of Upper Darby High School, class of 1976. He faithfully attended Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church in Royersford, PA. Mr. McLaughlin worked in the corporate offices of Genuardi’s as the bakery manager for over twenty-five years. For the past ten years, he has worked as a category manager for C and S Wholesalers in Robesonia, PA.
Ed was an active basketball referee for several leagues in the area, and he enjoyed interacting with the players and mentoring those around him. He volunteered and coached alongside his children during their sports careers in the Spring-Ford athletic programs, and he loved watching, cheering, and videotaping for others to enjoy the races of his daughter Emma Rose in the unified track program.
Ed was a recipient of the generosity of Bringing Hope Home, an organization that assists families whose loved one is being affected by cancer. He would then go on to volunteer and represent the organization at many different events, and share his story with others. Ed and his family, in honor of their daughter Emma Rose, was one of the founding families of the Buddy Walk over twenty years ago at Villanova University. Through the charity, the Buddy Walk helps support families with a loved one with Down Syndrome, and proceeds helped form and continue to operate the Trisomy-21 Center through Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Ed loved spending time with his family, taking trips to Sea Isle City, NJ, and participating in the Mummer’s Parade.
In addition to his wife, Mr. McLaughlin is survived by three children, Patrick E. McLaughlin of Sea Isle City, NJ, Brenna P. McLaughlin, companion of Sonny Rennard of Collegeville, PA, and Emma Rose McLaughlin of Collegeville, PA.
Harry J. DeJesse Jr., age 63, of Secane, PA formerly of Collingdale, passed away on March 28, 2022 surrounded by family.
Harry was born in Darby, raised in Collingdale and a longtime resident of Secane.
He was the son of Anne DeJesse (Donahue) and the late Harry DeJesse of Collingdale. He graduated from Collingdale High School in 1977. He recently retired from the Union Carpenter for local 255 formerly 845 Delaware County.
Harry was the beloved husband of Sandy (Hagarty) DeJesse for 41 years; the loving father of Harry (Ashley), the devoted grandfather “Grumps” to the light of his life Genevieve, survived by his siblings Diane Kime (Daniel), Patricia Cashin (Paul), Jane Grossi (Matthew), Michael DeJesse (Natalie) Frank DeJesse (Barbara). He was uncle and great uncle to many nieces and nephews and predeceased by his Niece & Goddaughter Tiffany (Grossi) Johnson.
Harry enjoyed cooking, bowling, golfing, fishing, spending summers in Cape May Court House, NJ and recently the winter in Fort Pierce, Florida. He enjoyed time at the casino with family and friends and trying his luck on daily scratch off tickets.
Harry could give anyone a hard time but always made sure everyone always had a good time!
GONE FISHING FOREVER!
Mark William Jones, age 59, of Wayne, PA, passed away on January 16, 2022 after an eight month battle with cancer. Mark’s treatment was led by Dr. Sameer Gupta and his compassionate team. Born in Darby, PA, he was the son of the late William R. and Mary Patricia Jones (nee Higgins).
Mark is survived by his wife of 32 years, Catherine Regina Jones (nee Manion), his loving children Jessica Catherine Roche (Joseph), Meghan Colleen Jones, Mary Catherine Jones and Nathan Francis Jones. He welcomed the birth of his grandchildren Harrison Joseph and Theodore Mark Roche on December 13, 2021. He is also survived by his siblings Michael Jones, Timothy Jones, Mary Lochary and the late Anthony Jones and numerous in-laws and nieces and nephews.
Mark enjoyed golf, especially with his son, Nate. He coached his three daughters in basketball for many years, and was a longtime St. Katharine and Region 32 CYO volunteer. He enjoyed fishing at the shore, stamp collecting, gardening, reading military and Civil War books and loved his dogs.
West Chester resident, Jacqueline Angelucci, 34, earned her angel wings on April 7th, 2021. She was born on September 22, 1986.
Jackie loved her family more than anything else. The beautiful people in her life included her wonderfully funny and compassionate husband, Larry, Jackie’s “mini-me,” daughter Aubrey, and her sweet baby, Bryce, born on her birthday. During the pandemic, Jackie’s loving family lived every moment for each other, generating joy and creating new memories.
Jackie loved to cheer on The Phillies, Flyers, Sixers and most of all, her beloved Philadelphia Eagles. She treasured her personalized Jon Dorenbos video, sent to inspire her in her courageous battle against breast cancer.
She attended as many tailgates and games as she could. Home openers offered Jackie new hope each season. And the Birds winning the Super Bowl was her dream come true.
She loved to travel both inside and outside the United States. Even during her most difficult weeks, Jackie never stopped dreaming up and planning road trips. Her second home was Ocean City, New Jersey. She called it her “happy place” because it made her so incredibly happy through the years. This is where Jackie spent most of her summers with her grandparents while working many different jobs on the boardwalk at the shore.
She was an exceptional writer, armed with an uncanny wit, and you’d consider yourself lucky if you ever heard her deliver a speech.
She adored Adam Sandler’s films and music and found humor as a means to endure any suffering.
From a young age, she knew she wanted to help people. A double major in both Psychology and Spanish, she educated, counseled, and was loved by her many students. Social worker by trade, she cared for many families, particularly those with children in crisis. Jackie’s deep reservoir of love and compassion for young people and her concern for their safety and happiness is her lasting legacy to the lives she touched.
Jackie’s most extraordinary gift was her ability to make the people she knew and the people she helped feel as though they were the most important persons in the room.
Over the years, many people claimed her as their “best friend” and she will forever be known as the one and only “Aunt girlfriend”. She possessed a talent for making people laugh and feel cherished. Her sense of humor, luminous smile, and laughter lit up many rooms and softened many hearts.
Jacqueline is survived by her adoring husband, Larry; her beautiful children, Aubrey (13) and Bryce (1); her loving mother, Reina Lori Martinez Mooney; her father, Robert F. Mooney Jr; a brother, Justin Mooney, and “sister” Ressie (Joe) Popowicz. She is also survived by her Nana, Immaculata “Maggie” Martinez. She will also be missed by her many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends who will remember Jackie for her endless kindness, honesty and strength.
At her request, there will be a private service for immediate family and friends. A celebration of Jackie’s life will be held in June to remember her and share the laughter that she brought to so many.
Our lives are richer for having known Jackie, with the bright, red lips. Watch over us, Jacqueline, we love you!
“It is good to love many things, for therein lies the true strength and whosoever loves much, performs much and can accomplish much. What is done in love is well done” -Vincent Van Gogh.
Leonard J. Seybold
Lenny was born September 17th 1953 to Rose M. and William R Seybold who predeceased him in death.
Brother of William A. Seybold (Linda M), loving uncle to Matthew W. (Amy and great uncle to Baby Seybold due in Sept. 2021).
Lenny was a lifelong Tacony resident attending Our Lady of Consolation grade school and Father Judge High School where he graduated in 1971.
He was a veteran of the United States Marine Corp serving 5 years attaining the rank of Sergeant while serving in the Marine Air Wing in Okinawa, Miramar and Oceanside California.
Lenny was also a US Postal Carrier for 37 years where he served the people of the neighborhood from the Tacony Post Office.
He followed his dad’s routine of having a box of dog bones with him for all his 4 legged friends on his route.
William J. “Bill” Swahl
June 29, 1943 – March 28, 2021
Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania
William J. Swahl, age 77, of Garnet Valley, PA passed away on Sunday, March 28, 2021.
Bill was born in Philadelphia, PA on June 29, 1943, the son of late William and Clara Swahl, and brother of the late Maryanne Carlberg and Rosemarie Courtney.
He attended John Bartram High and then enlisted in the Navy serving on the USS Kohn during the Cuban Missile Crisis.
Bill began his career as an apprentice with Sun Shipbuilding Company in the early 60’s where he was employed for the next 20 years. He then went on to work at General Dynamics in Massachusetts and returned home to Pennsylvania where he eventually started his own consulting company, Colony Place Consulting. Bill was most proud of his work with Rhoads Industries, helping to grow their business by creating jobs and opportunities all while sharing his knowledge mentoring and nurturing relationships.
Bill loved dancing with his wife Vera, spending time with family and friends and rarely missed an opportunity to play a round of golf. Over the years, he was a dedicated fan at many of his grandchildren’s sporting events, and in his free time you could find him playing cards & billiards at the Club House with many of his friends at Fox Hill Farms.
Survived by his wife of 55 years, Vera (nee Bonanno) Swahl, his two children, Vera Barnard (Ed), and Bill Swahl (Judy); four grandchildren, Eddie Barnard (Sara), Jenna Barnard, Billy Swahl and Julia Swahl and sister-in-law, Dolores Galloway (Ken).
Maureen March 18, 2021 age 69. Loving sister of Michael (Marge), Gregory (Susan), Mark (Kathy), Karen and the late Carol (Fran) Bizon. Daughter of the late Joseph V. and Mildred C (nee Thomer) Fitzgerald.
In addition to her siblings, Maureen is survived by 5 nieces and 4 nephews and their families. Also survived by her Fitzgerald and Thomer cousins.
Anthony J. Bukenas, Jr., age 88, died on March 5, 2021. Born and raised in Philadelphia, Tony moved to National Park after 8th grade and graduated from Woodbury High School in 1950. He has lived in West Deptford since 1958. Tony served in the US Navy during the Korean War. He then worked for his father at A.J. Bukenas and Sons. Tony moved the business, Bukenas Service Center to West Deptford, NJ in 1969. Tony’s son’s took over in 1988. He also worked for Allied Painters Union from 1977, retiring in 1996. After retirement,
Tony continued to stay active with Bukenas Automotive on a daily basis.
Tony was an avid hunter and fisherman. He spent summers at his home in Fortescue where he was a member of the Anglers Club. He was a talented dancer, enjoyed traveling, and spending winters in Mexico with his wife Janice. Most of all, Tony loved being with his family and grandchildren.
He was predeceased in 2007 by his wife of 54 years and the love of his life, Janice Marion (nee Cassady), parents Margaret (nee Matczak) and Anthony J. Bukenas Sr. and brothers John A. and Leonard Bukenas.
He is survived by his children Cynthia (Michael) Santoro, James, Michael, grandchildren Michael, Andrew and Kevin Santoro, Lauren Bukenas, Michael Jr. and Patrick Bukenas, great grandson Michael J. Bukenas III and sister in law Helene Bukenas.
Stanley M. Olejniczak, 69, passed away on January 27, 2021 at Penn Presbyterian Hospital. He is survived by his wife Carol Miller, step-son Ryan Miller, brother Dennis Olejniczak, sister-in-law Laura Olejniczak, brother-in-law Christopher Schwamb, nephew Carl Oleniczak and his wife Kristen and their children Cora and Carter, nephew Kyle Olejniczak, nephew-in-law Ben Schwamb and countless treasured friends.
After working as a co-op student at Veda Inc. for five years in the early 1970s, Stanley graduated from Drexel University, 1974, BSEE, (accordion playing made that possible). Stanley continued his career with Veda, and subsequent companies that acquired Veda, for 36 years as a Navy contractor. During his career as an aircraft systems and human systems engineer he provided support to a wide range of Naval aircraft directly to the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR). Stanley also served as a consultant to NAVAIR and the Boeing corporation on highly advanced Unmanned Ariel Vehicle (UAV) systems development.
Aside from a successful career, Stanley was afforded the opportunity to travel, and was fortunate to have a cast of characters in his life; his Band of Brothers . . . The Crew. More than anything his decades long friendships were his most treasured possession even when distance kept them apart. It was always obvious when Stan was in the room or on the dance floor. Stan had his own vocabulary which his family and friends grew to understand and use themselves; despite it not being dictionary worthy. Traveling with Stan was always an adventure. He spent countless hours “engineering” the most perfect use of time, logging pages and pages of notes, finding the not so popular and quirky attractions, and of course, ensuring the most bang for the buck. The old cliché a “A Life Well Lived” does apply to Stan. But more so his was a “A Life Well Laughed.” Stanley proudly embraced his Polish heritage and often attributed his quirks to his heritage. Stanley was one of a kind and will be deeply missed.
Winnifred Beatrice Wright Bossard, was born on March 30th, 1939 to the union of Winifred (Champion) Wright and Samuel Oscar Wright Jr. in Camden, South Carolina. She was their second born of their two daughters. Winnie departed this life on January 18th, 2021, at Christiana Care Hospice & Palliative Care, in Wilmington, Delaware.
Raised in the United Methodist tradition, Winnie attended Trinity United Methodist Church in Camden, South Carolina, from an early age and into young adulthood. She attended Jackson Elementary School and then went on to attend and graduate from the prestigious Boylan-Haven Mather Academy in 1956. She advanced her education and graduated from South Carolina State College in Orangeburg, South Carolina, where she obtained a bachelor’s degree in Business and Secretarial Studies. This put her well on her path of becoming an extraordinary Administrative Assistant and Secretary. We believe she did her student teaching in Denmark, South Carolina and met her future husband, Belasco J. Bossard, “Jack”, during that time.
Winnie and Jack were married on December 21st, 1962, in Camden, South Carolina, and both were employed at Mather Academy. Jack was the basketball coach and taught Science and Physical Education, while Winnie was the Typing and Shorthand teacher. After a few years of teaching at Mather, the couple, along with their first-born son, moved to Lamar, South Carolina, and continued teaching in the school system there. Lamar was a rural town known for producing tobacco, corn, cotton and the Klan. Despite the risk, Winnie and another teacher volunteered to go from home to home of the black tenant farmers to stress the importance of sending their children to school to get an education instead of keeping them at home to harvest crops. By 1967, their second son was born, and with little change in the socio-economic structure in the South, Jack and Winnie were open to consider other options. So, in June of 1969, the family relocated to Dover, Delaware.
Winnie was a devoted mother, loving wife, loyal friend and good neighbor. She quickly adjusted to life in Delaware. She and Jack were well known in the Dover Community. Winnie enjoyed traveling to sporting events, family gatherings, chats with friends, reading, and as a member of Whatcoat United Methodist Church, she managed the newsletter, under the leadership of Reverend Alice J. Ervin and was the Assistant Secretary for the Trustees Board. Winnie was also a Board Member of the Harvest House. She enjoyed taking on leadership roles for initiatives she cared deeply about.
Winnie was employed by the Capital School District and transitioned from being in the classroom to an office position in Administration. She retired after 30 years of dedicated service. Those who knew her understood her love of life, family, and football. Both of her sons played college football, so for eight years, on any given Saturday in the Fall, you would find Winnie traveling to a game. The habit continued as her grandsons played sports too, football, baseball, karate, soccer and lacrosse. In 1977, Winnie, one of the “Lucky 11 of 77” was initiated into the Dover Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated. Her older sister Beck was present at her initiation ceremony.
In 1979, Winnie welcomed her niece Jackie into Delta land and the legacy continued when her niece, Vanessa, pledged in 1995. Winnie was a Golden Life Member. She served on many committees. As a breast cancer survivor, she was dedicated to the success of the Relay For Life Committee and she also enjoyed serving on the Senior Prom Committee.
She had an incredibly special bond with her niece, Vanessa. She and her husband Jack welcomed Vanessa to live with them every summer from the first grade through the 9th grade and then again after her freshman year in college, thus, creating an unbreakable bond with Vanessa and the Bossard family.
Winnie Wright Bossard was preceded in death by her parents; her sister, Rebecca Wright Coote; and her husband, Belasco J. Bossard, Jr. Winnie leaves to mourn and celebrate her home going: her sons, Eric Kurtis Bossard (JoAnne) of Lansdale, Pennsylvania and Bryan Jackson Bossard (Kimber) of Dover, Delaware; nieces Vanessa Michele Wright Adams of Camden, South Carolina and Jacqueline Rutledge of Seneca, South Carolina; grandsons, Brandon, Justin, Connor, Xen and Xyon Bossard; extended family, many friends and Sorors of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated.
Patrice Jane “Pat” Noonan passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by family on January 11, 2021 after a short illness. Pat was born on July 1, 1949 in Wilmington to Carmen and Jayne Jones Stigliano. She is survived by her loving husband of 49 years, retired Delaware State Trooper Sgt. Thomas A. Noonan, her children Shane Noonan of Wilmington and Kristen (Craig) Marra of Elkton, beloved grandchildren Alyssa, Kiley & Samantha Noonan, Sadie, Michael & Mattea Marra, her sister, Donna Dill of Newark and sister-in-law Kathleen Hanby of Kennett Square. She was preceded in death by her mother and father, parents-in-law Thomas Sr. and Catherine Noonan, brothers-in-law Michael Dill and Joseph Hanby and many dear friends and family.
Pat grew up in Wilmington and attended St. John the Beloved grade school and John Dickinson high school before graduating from McKean in 1967. She went on to study nursing, graduating from Beebe Hospital School of Nursing in 1970, with her lifelong friends Claire Moffa, Lucy Sturmfelz, Connie Walker, Sue Welsh, and the late Denise Hickman and Bonnie Williams, with whom she laughed and traveled extensively. Pat excelled at her career as an emergency room registered nurse, spending 10 years at the Newark Emergency Room and then 17 more at Christiana Hospital, where she was awarded the Nursing Trauma Service Award. While working, she was the full-time caregiver for her mother, Jayne, whom she adored, until her passing in 1992. After retiring from nursing, she went on to be an active, hands-on grandmother who loved caring for her many beautiful grandchildren.
Pat was an accomplished skier and traveled the world doing so with her family and friends. She also loved the beach, and spent many years vacationing in Rehoboth and the Outer Banks. Many hours of joy were spent by the backyard pool where countless children have learned to swim. Pat was a generous, loving mother and grandmother, and a devoted sister and aunt who played a significant role in the lives of her nieces and nephews. She was an integral part of her Brookhaven neighborhood, forming lifelong friendships that have lasted almost 50 years. She will be greatly missed and has left an indelible mark on all who had the privilege of knowing her.
Paul H. Erdman, age 78, passed away peacefully on January 5, 2021 in the home he built with his father, surrounded by his family.
Paul was a long-time resident of Springfield, PA. After graduating from Landsdowne Aldan high school in 1960 he joined PECO as a lineman where he worked for almost 35 years before retiring in 1994 and was best known as “Tarzan”. Once he retired from PECO, Paul worked as a building inspector for Springfield township and in various subcontracting roles. Paul was very active in the Springfield community. He volunteered with the Springfield Youth Club, coached softball and football teams, and joined the Springfield Fire Company in 1967 where he was a life member. He served as the Chairman of the firehouse Building Committee from 1979 – 1981 and was a member of the Springfield Ambulance Corps. He also volunteered for the United Way.
He was a car enthusiast and was very involved in the Delaware Valley Chapter NCRS and won the Duntov award for the 1961 Covette he refurbished.
Paul was an extremely talented carpenter and electrician. He was a perfectionist and his attention to detail was evident in every project he worked on. Never could it be said that Paul shied away from hard work. He gave his time and expertise to many remodeling jobs throughout the county. He was a visionary, in that after tedious planning, his completed projects reflected the skill and craftsmanship of the man and they have stood the test of time, as he had. He will be sadly missed.
He is predeceased by his father William Erdman, mother Margaret (Cherret) Erdman, and sister Barbara (Donovan) Erdman.
Survivors: Loving husband of Laura (Middleton) Erdman; dear brother of William Erdman (Barbara), cherished father to three children: Chris Kenny (Marty), Jill Hoffner (John), Kevin Erdman, beloved grandfather of Kevin Michael, Taylor, Brandon, Olivia, Connor and Sean and great-grandfather of Corinne.