July 13, 2018 – This week’s issue . . .

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The stories in this week’s issue . . .

• Pictures of Independence Day Celebrations in Swarthmore and Rose Valley

• Swarthmore Borough Council Report by Abby Finney

 Swarthmore Special Olympian (Lizzie Smith) Brings Home the Hardware

• Award-winning Edmund Jones Centennial Foundation Essay by Leah Graham

• Andrea Richardson & Robert Mazzoni Wedding Announcement

Briefly Noted and Personals

• Letters to the Editor

• What’s New? 3 Plays at PCS Next Weekend

• Swarthmore Independence Day Lion’s Club Contest Winners, Awards & the SRA Great Bike Race Results

• Catch the Rising Stars At Valley Forge National Park

• Catch a Ride to Poconos Bazaar

• Oy Vey, a Road Race Already?

Susan George Hatzell Warren Obituary

Susan George Hatzell Warren, surrounded by family who loved her very much, passed away peacefully at Davis Hospital in Utah on July 3, 2018.

Born in Philadelphia on February 14, 1947 to the late Robert and Jane Gallagher George, she earned degrees in both nursing and Renaissance and Medieval literature (B.A. from Neumann and M.A. from Villanova). Sue traveled extensively, taught English in Estonia, was a senior lecturer at Widener University, volunteered at Bartram Gardens, and ran a successful framing studio in Swarthmore. She was a member of Trinity Episcopal Church in Swarthmore.

After settling nine years ago in Syracuse, Utah, she became a beloved senior warden at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, and president of the Syracuse Museum. A lifelong lover of theater, Sue’s favorite institution was the Stratford Shakespeare Festival.

A skilled culinary artist and devoted matriarch, she is survived by her daughter Lara Finley and her husband Robert, her son Isaac Hatzell and his wife Marj, and her son Benjamin Warren and his fiancée Ramona; her brother Ken George and his wife Lee; along with her three beloved grandchildren, Luke and Ian Hatzell, and Ethan Finley.

A service was held July 6, 2018 at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Utah. A service will be planned in Pennsylvania in the fall.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the charity of your choice.

Dr. Richard Whittington Obituary

Dr. Richard “Dick” Whittington of Media, died in his home peacefully of acute myeloid leukemia on Friday, June 29, 2018 surrounded by family. He was 67.

Born December 12, 1950 to Richard M. Whittington and Eileen Whittington (née Cooney), he was raised in Shaker Heights, Ohio, with four siblings before graduating from Rice University, and later graduating from Jefferson Medical School. While he attended Jefferson he met the love of his life, Dr. Jane L. Coleman, whom he married on August 28, 1976.

Dr. Whittington practiced medicine as a radiation oncologist and ended his first career at the VA Medical Center-East Orange. He then pursued a Master’s in Bioethics and finished his careers as the Director of Palliative Care at Crozer-Chester Medical Center. Dr. Whittington committed his life to serving all people, but especially his patients and their families, with care and compassion, something he never lost sight of. Since retirement he found further service as a math tutor with the Delaware County Literacy Council.

For those who knew him in the Wallingford-Swarthmore community, you were more likely to hear him referred to as “The Cake Man” or “The Skeleton Man:” the former for his tireless commitment to his children’s classrooms and fundraisers where his decorated cakes would be auctioned or enjoyed; the latter for appearing with a skeleton to teach anatomy to elementary students around Halloween.

His interests were varied ranging from history and politics to philosophy to science fiction to sports; his answers to “Jeopardy” always correct; and his love for others unquestioned. He left this world better than he found it, and he shaped the lives of all who knew and loved him.

He is survived by his wife, and three sisters, Kathryn Enchelmayer, Linda Ferguson, and Anne Whittington; son Richard C. Whittington and his wife Shanna Whittington, son Daniel Scullington and his spouse Carolyn Scullington, daughter Sarah Whittington and her partner Patrick Doyle; and grandson Gabriel Richard.

A memorial service will be held July 21, 2018 at 11 a.m. at Reformation Lutheran Church, 102 W. Rose Tree Road, Media, PA 19063, with visitation preceding.

In lieu of flowers, please send memorial contributions in his name to The People’s Emergency Center, 325 N 39th St, Philadelphia, PA 19104; Delaware County Literacy Council, delcoliteracy.org; or a charity of your choice.

Deborah Read Yoder Obituary

Deborah (Debby) Read Yoder, a passionate advocate for children and the arts, died at her home in Brookhaven on June 8, 2018. She was 71 years young.

Debby grew up in Media, Pa., and graduated from Nether Providence High School. After earning a degree in Art History from Muhlenberg College, Debby married and lived in Alaska, Connecticut, California, Texas and London, England, before returning to her home in Delaware County. 

As a generous volunteer and capable organizer, Debby made a significant impact on her community. Through the school district and various sports organizations, Debby’s enthusiasm and creativity helped to foster new programs (Senior Celebration, The Rex Storch Superman Swim) and revitalized traditional ones (Wallingford Elementary School’s Santa’s Workshop).

Professionally, Debby served as the Executive Director of the Community Arts Center in Wallingford from 2000-2012. During that time she oversaw the building of the Duke Gallery and expanded the scope of the center’s programming. She always had lollipops on her desk and a friendly moment for any of the children that visited her office.

Beyond her countless accomplishments and contributions, Debby was a unique force in many lives. She was a loyal friend, disarmingly honest, incredibly talented, and humble to a fault. She lived a beautiful life of integrity, grace, and grit. Debby will be dearly missed by many friends whom she considered family. 

She is survived by her children, Suzanne (Suzy) and David (Tucker); her daughter-in-law Colleen; her grandchildren, Ella, Joshua, Gabriel, Hannah and Lily; and her brother William Read.

Per her wishes, there will be a party celebrating Debby’s life on Sunday, August 12, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the Duke Gallery at the Community Arts Center (414 Plush Mill Road; Wallingford, PA 19086). Light refreshments will be served.

In lieu of flowers, a fund honoring Debby, and committed to supporting the arts interests she championed, has been established. If you would like to contribute to the fund, details are provided below.

Debby Yoder Fund Information: Donations should be made payable to “The Foundation for Delaware County” and directed to “The Debby Yoder Fund.”

Mail to: Frances Sheehan, President, The Foundation for Delaware County, Suite 304, 200 E. State Street, Media, PA 19063.

Online condolences at www.carrfuneralhome.net.

Dean Wilson Wolfe Obituary

Dean Wilson Wolfe (Wolfie, good old Dean) passed away on June 30, 2018.

Beloved husband and best friend of Kate McKay, he is also survived by sisters Tracy Walters and Kim Wolfe; good friends Mike Sarf, Christine Sarf, Kerrigan McKay, all the McKays; many nieces and nephews; and Sara and Fiona, his Labrador retrievers.

Dean had an encyclopedic knowledge of cars, photography, history and Reading, Pa. A shed builder par excellence, he weathered so many assaults on his health that he said he was on his 3rd cat life. His eternal and unquenchable good humor with a sweet smile for all was always present. Dean was always on hand to help friends and strangers alike. He graduated from the University of Virginia, with a degree in architecture, and was proud of it. He was a respected member of the Swarthmore Rotary. I’m glad I met you, too, Dean – Love, Kate.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Life Celebration on Friday, July 6, at the Cavanagh Patterson Family Funeral Home, 43 E. Baltimore Avenue, Media, PA 19063, where his family will receive friends from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m., with a Remembrance Service beginning at 4:30 p.m.

In lieu of flowers please send donations to Brookline Lab Rescue, http://brooklinelabrescue.org/get-involved/donate. 

To offer a condolence message, visit cavanaghfuneralhome.com/obituaries.