Patricia Devlin Peters Obituary

Patricia Devlin Peters passed away on August 8, 2018, surrounded by loved ones at her daughter’s home in Seattle, Wash., following a three-and-a-half-year battle with lung cancer. She was 76.

Born and raised in Chester, Pa., Pat attended grade school at St. Robert’s from 1948-1956, and graduated high school from the School of the Holy Child in Sharon Hill, Pa., in 1960. She earned a B.S. in Chemistry from Immaculata College in 1964, and an M.S. in Information Science from Drexel University in 1966. Pat then took a job at the Franklin Institute Research Laboratories in Philadelphia, where she met the love of her life, Alec M. Peters.

Pat and Alec were married in 1970 and raised their family in their beloved home on Parrish Road in Swarthmore, including children Julie (Strath Haven High School Class of 1991), Max (SHHS Class of 1993), and Susie (SHHS Class of 1995), and their dog, Billy.

In 1980, Pat founded and served as president of Peters Technology Transfer, Inc., a company that created and sold databases on a wide range of scientific and technical topics. Alec retired from the Franklin Institute shortly thereafter and joined her in the business as vice president. Together, they later founded a second business, J.A.M.E.S. Publications, named after Alec’s four children, Julie, Andrew, Max, et (French for “and”) Susie.

Pat sold the family businesses and the family home in Swarthmore in 1999, and moved to Fort Collins, Colo., where she ran NISC-Colorado, a company similar to the one she had founded. Pat retired from NISC in 2011, but continued working as a freelance copy editor of scientific research articles. Following her cancer diagnosis, she relocated to Seattle to live with her daughter, Susie, while undergoing treatment. She continued to work and to travel extensively until entering hospice care in July 2018.

Pat was pre-deceased by her loving parents, Michael and Anne Devlin, both in 1986; by her adoring husband, Alec Peters, in 1994; by her sister and closest confidant, Mary E. Devlin, in 1999; and by her step-grandson, Justin Peters, also in 1999.

Pat is survived by her daughter, Julie Peters, Julie’s husband, Evan Pritchard, and their children, Aidan (13), Anna (11), and Emma (7) Pritchard, of Arlington, Va.; her son, Max Peters, his fiancée, Diana Reading, and their son, William Peters (4 months) of Philadelphia, Pa.; and her daughter, Susie Peters, of Seattle, Wash.; her step-son, Andrew Peters, his wife Nancy, their son, Ryan, his wife, Deanna, and their four children, McKenzie (11), Zachary (9), Jason (5) and Cody (1), all of Arizona; and last, but never least, she is survived by her best friend of 70 years, Helen Carney Welc, of Boothwyn, Pa., with whom she shared many adventures.

Family and friends are invited to a viewing and visitation at the Carr Funeral Home, 935 South Providence Road, Wallingford, PA, 19086, on Friday, August 17th, from 10 a.m. to noon. In accordance with Pat’s wishes, there will be no Funeral Mass.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Pat’s memory may be made to the Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer disease fund of the Patient Access Network Foundation: panfoundation.org.

Doris Purcell Obituary

Doris (née Knapp) Purcell passed away Wednesday, August 8, 2018 in Media, Pa.

Doris was born at home in Farmers Mills, N.Y., to Hattie and Holmes Knapp on July 12, 1926. She attended schools in Poughquag and Pawling, then graduated in 1946 from Vassar Brothers Nursing School. That same year, she married George Purcell.

She is survived by daughters Cathleen Purcell Darrell (m. Christopher Darrell) of Swarthmore, Pa. and Diane Purcell Boujikian (m. Mark Boujikian) of Fishkill, N.Y.; three grandsons, Collin Darrell (m. Kirsten) of Kapaa, Hawaii, Alex Darrell of Fort Worth, Tex., and Noah Boujikian of Wappingers Falls, N.Y.; and her dear baby sister, Janet Acker (m. George) of Kennebunkport, Maine, who called her daily with a smile, a song, and the “tail” of the day. 

Doris was predeceased by her parents, her husband George, her sisters Marion Hart and Blanche Hart, and her brother Wilber Knapp.

Doris and George lived more than 40 years in Fishkill. Doris worked for over 20 years as a nurse in a local OB/GYN office. She also delighted in being a docent at Boscobel Historic House. For some of that time, Doris and George were snowbirds, going between a cottage at Sylvan Lake and their home in New Port Ritchie, Fla. Eight years ago, Doris moved to Media, Pa., to be close to her daughter, Cathleen.

To some family and friends, Doris was Dorey, Dot, Aunt Dodie, and for a few years, Polkadottie the Clown with George, aka Roscoe. And to her sweet grandsons, she was Grammy. Doris was an accomplished artist, including painting, sewing, knitting, as well as being an expert wallpaper-hanger. In her later years, she delighted in her three grandsons and over the last few years, thoroughly enjoyed pictures and stories about her great grandchildren, Harper, Paxton, and Skylaya, in Hawaii.

Doris led a life well-lived and will be missed by all who knew her.

A celebration of her life was held on Monday, August 13, 2018 at McHoul Funeral Home in Hopewell Junction, N.Y. Interment followed immediately at Beekman Cemetery in Poughquag, N.Y.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to “Grant Children’s Wishes” of Make-A-Wish Foundation (www.wish.org/donate). Please visit Doris’ Book of Memories at www.mchoulfuneralhome.com.

Death Notice for John F. Devlin

John F. Devlin of Westport, Mass., died on July 27, 2018.

John was the beloved husband of Ruth Vogt Devlin (deceased) and Elizabeth M. Devlin (deceased); father of John T., Kathleen, and Maureen; brother of Mary, Eleanor, Frances, Jane, James, Joseph, and Arthur, all who predeceased him.

John devoted his career to public service and lived a life of integrity and honor. 

Services were private; interment was in Little Compton, R.I.

Expressions of sympathy may be made by contributions to Hope Hospice of Hyannis, Mass., 765 Attucks Ln, Hyannis, MA 02601 or the American Indian College Fund, collegefund.org.

Dr. William H. Erb Jr. Obituary

Dr. William Henry Erb Jr. of Rose Valley passed away on July 24, 2018, surrounded by his adoring family. 

The son of Dr. William Henry Erb Sr. and Sarah Ann Smith, he was born in 1939 in Philadelphia. Bill grew up in Ridley Park, Pa., across from Taylor Hospital with his two sisters, Patricia and Suzanne. He graduated from Ridley Park High School in 1957 and Mercersburg Academy in 1958. He continued his education at Haverford College, where he majored in history and was the captain of the basketball team. He graduated from Haverford in 1962 and then went to the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, following in his father’s footsteps and becoming a surgeon.

In 1963, Bill married Ursula Koenig from Assmannshausen, Germany, in her hometown along the Rhine River, in the heart of wine country. He then interned at Hartford Hospital in Connecticut and spent four years as a surgical resident. His residency, like many others during the Vietnam War era, was interrupted by two years in the U.S. Navy, where he served as a lieutenant commander and senior medical officer on the aircraft carrier USS Boxer.

Bill returned from naval service and dedicated himself to his family, career and community. He joined his father’s practice, Baker, Erb and Cronin, in Ridley Park. For over three decades he was a practicing general surgeon at Taylor Hospital, Riddle Memorial Hospital and Presbyterian Medical Center, University of Pennsylvania. Also like his father, Bill remained dedicated to the education of doctors by instructing medical students at the University of Pennsylvania. He became president of Taylor Hospital’s medical staff in 1987 and vice-chairman of the department of surgery in 1990.

Bill retired in 2000 and began a second career in philanthropy, giving generously to many charities. He served the Ridley Park community as a board member of the Taylor Hospital Foundation, where he was especially dedicated to hospice care and academic scholarships. Throughout his life, he believed in the importance of education, and he supported the University of Pennsylvania through the William H. Erb Scholarship Fund, which had been established by his father and mother. Like his father, Bill was a proud member of the Academy of Surgery in Philadelphia.

In his early retirement years, he enjoyed traveling throughout Europe and the United States. His favorite places were Assmannshausen; Avalon, N.J., where he proposed to his wife; and Skytop, Pa., a place where he spent many holidays with his family. In his later years, he enjoyed his garden, his wife’s Early American decorative art, the Rose Valley Swimming Pool, and living in Rose Valley, Pa.

William H. Erb Jr. was a wonderful father to his three daughters, Heidi, Kristin and Margit. They grew up in a household full of love and joy, and they are grateful for his love, kindness, generosity of spirit, and support. 

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Ursula, who loved him dearly; his three daughters and their husbands, Richard Anderson, Richard Gusick and Michael Parillo; his four grandchildren, Anika, Martin and Henry Gusick and Benjamin Anderson; and his two sisters. He will be remembered dearly by his many wonderful friends and co-workers, grateful patients, and one cute schnauzer, Wylie.

Family and friends are invited to his Funeral Mass and celebration of his life on Wednesday, August 1, at 10 a.m. at St. John Chrysostom Catholic Church, 617 S. Providence Road, Wallingford, PA 19086. There will be a calling timeto visit with Bill’s family on Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the church.

His burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, contributions made in Bill’s memory to The Community’s Foundation (TCF), 900 W. Sproul Road, Suite 101, Springfield, PA 19064 or to The World Surgical Coundation, P.O. Box1006, Camp Hill, PA 17001 would be appreciated by his family.

Condolences may be sent to griffithfuneralchapel@verizon.net. Arrangements are by the Griffith Funeral Chapel in Norwood, Pa., www.griffithfuneralchapel.com.

Maryalice ‘Trig’ (Moyer) Zebley Obituary

Maryalice “Trig” (Moyer) Zebley passed into eternal glory on June 5, 2018 at the Rydal Park Presbyterian retirement home in Rydal, Pa.

She was born on March 28, 1931 in Mifflin, Pa.  She graduated from Juniata Joint High School in 1950 and attended Maryville College in Maryville, Tenn., where she graduated with a B.A. in Bible and Religion in 1954. It was at Maryville College where she met Phil Zebley, whom she married in 1954. Phil and Trig enjoyed 64 years of marriage together.

Growing up, Maryalice was a gifted athlete and played basketball. Maryalice later played basketball and was drum major at Maryville College. She had been involved in Christian activities from a young age as a member and leader at the First Presbyterian Church of Mifflintown, Pa. She joined the Gospel ministry full-time when her husband Phil was ordained as a Minister of Word and Sacrament on June 1, 1955 by Marion Presbytery in the Presbyterian Church in the United States of America.

For the next 55 years, she would faithfully serve beside her husband in five Presbyterian congregations in Huntsville, Ohio, East Orange, N.J., Huntsville, Ala., Wilmington, Del., and Saranac Lake, N.Y., between 1955-78. Then in 1978, she moved to Lawrenceville, Ill., where Phil served as an area counselor for the Major Mission Fund in southern Indiana and Illinois. From 1979-87, she lived in Bridgeport, W.V., when Phil became Executive Presbyter of Grafton and Parkersburg Presbyteries in West Virginia. In all of these ministry assignments, Trig worked tirelessly to raise her family and host hundreds of events in their local church communities. She was also an organist. In the 1960s, they planted a new church in Huntsville, Ala., where Trig played the organ in the church sanctuary, which was also their basement in the early years!

The Zebleys retired to “Morganwood” in 1991 and enjoyed 20 years in this vibrant community of retired Presbyterian pastors and mission workers located in Swarthmore, Pa., adjacent to Swarthmore College. During this time, Trig was very involved in the Morganwood community and the mission committees of Swarthmore Presbyterian Church and later Wayne Presbyterian Church. She was also involved in Philadelphia Presbytery. The Zebleys enjoyed much travel in their later years — traveling to locations throughout Europe and Japan. In 2011, the Zebleys moved to the Rydal Park retirement home near Abington, Pa.

Maryalice is survived by daughter Cosette (Tom) Kilfoyle and son Rev. Christian (Kay) Zebley; her eleven grandchildren: Matthew (Tania) Frieswyk, Nathan (Devon) Frieswyk, and Jonathan Frieswyk; Rebecca (Steve) Peterman and Sam Kilfoyle; and Anna, Emma, Kristina, Isaiah, Abigail and Molly Zebley; and one great-grandchild, Holden Henry Frieswyk. Maryalice was predeceased by her husband Rev. Dr. Philip Zebley on March 9 of this year and their eldest daughter Consquella Frieswyk in 2013.

A joint-memorial service for Rev. Dr. Philip and Maryalice Zebley is scheduled for Saturday, August 11, 2018, at 10 a.m., at the Head of Christiania Presbyterian Church in Newark, Del.

Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimers Association, www.alz.org.

Condolences may be sent to Cosette Kilfoyle at czkilfoyle@gmail.com; 21533 Tustumena Lake Road, Kasilof, AK 99610.

Peter W. Hemmenway Obituary

Peter William Hemmenway of Swarthmore passed away peacefully on June 30, 2018 at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

Loving husband of Diana (Sophocles) and devoted father to his children, Michael and Andrea, Peter was co-founder and President of Hemmenway and Reinhardt, Inc., a Swarthmore-based accounting firm specializing in non-profit planned giving.

Peter was known for his steel-trap memory, dry humor, wise counsel, and devotion to family and friends. His integrity and reliability were his hallmarks. When he wasn’t working at the office, Peter pursued his passion for books, particularly novels written by first-time authors. His obsession extended to his “Book of Books” – faithfully carried in his back pocket in case he wandered or finagled his way into a bookstore seeking a discounted hard cover book. His other interests included good movies (also found in the back of his Book of Books), the Flyers, and the Phillies, especially on Dollar Dog Nights.

Born on December 13, 1945, in Wilmington, Del., Peter lived in Wallingford during his elementary school years prior to the family’s move to Summit, N.J. He graduated from Duke University and subsequently served as a 1st Lieutenant in the Army Infantry during the Vietnam War.

Peter and Diana, his wife of 38 years, met in Swarthmore at a mutual friend’s Christmas party in 1979. They remained in Swarthmore to raise their two children and establish Peter’s business. Prior to starting Hemmenway and Reinhardt, Peter worked in Philadelphia as Vice President in the Trust department of Fidelity Bank. It was this experience that developed his expertise in the specialized area of planned giving administration, and formed the basis for starting the firm with his founding partner, Edith Reinhardt. Due to Peter’s committed and long-standing relationships with clients, the firm is now in its 31st year supporting non-profits based locally, regionally, and nationally.

Peter is survived by his wife and son; his mother, Jane Hemmenway of White Horse Village, Pa.; and his two sisters, Lynn Smith (David) of Summit, N.J., and Nancy Hemmenway (Tom Welsh) of San Francisco, Calif.

A memorial gathering was held on Friday, July 6, at the Inn at Swarthmore. In lieu of flowers, the family requested that donations be made to the following charities:

Swarthmore Public Library, 121 Park Avenue, Swarthmore, PA 19081

The Trevor Project (www.thetrevorproject.org)

The Danielle Rose Paikin Foundation, 13 Deer Run, Newark, DE 19711

Reverend Bernice Warren Obituary

The Reverend Bernice Warren, whose work benefitted a generation of children in her native Chester, died last Friday, July 13, at her home in that city. She was 66.

A Presbyterian cleric, Rev. Warren was for more than 20 years pastor and director of Chester Eastside Inc. and its predecessor Chester Eastside Ministries, developing programs and services to provide residents of Chester with food, support services, education, and opportunities for enrichment. She had announced her retirement from Chester Eastside at the end of December, 2016. Scarcely a week before she was honored at a farewell gala in May, 2017, Rev. Warren received a diagnosis of pancreatic cancer, truncating the plans her daughter Kearni Warren said would have continued her ministry in the wider world.

More than a year into her battle with pancreatic cancer, Rev. Warren planned a celebration of her friends for their love and support, care and compassion. As it happened, the “Thank You for Being My Friend” celebration took place last Friday, hours after her passing, but with her spirit abundantly present among more than 100 gathered at Thomas M. Thomas Presbyterian Church in Chester, said her daughter.

Reverend Zuline Gray Wilkinson, who succeeded her as Executive Director of Chester Eastside, called Rev. Warren “an indomitable force for truth and righteousness … a tireless advocate and outspoken truth-teller.” Through her service to the Chester community, Rev. Wilkinson said, “Reverend Warren touched thousands of lives and gave hope to children, families and countless individuals who turned to Chester Eastside for help. Young people, who came from humble beginnings, have gone on to achieve much success … Doctors of Philosophy, computer scientists, educators, medical personnel, ministers, office workers, auto mechanics, entrepreneurs and Gates Scholars have attributed their accomplishments to the influence of Rev. Warren … the energy and the commitment to the City of Chester will not change. Her legacy will continue.”

Reverend Warren is survived by her daughter Kearni and her sister Eva Henry. For those wishing to make a donation, a fundraising page was set up just before her death, at https://www.gofundme.com/my-life-journey-please-help.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, July 25, at St. Luke’s Community Christian Church, 320 Tilghman Street in Chester. A viewing will take place there from 9 to 10:45 a.m. In Rev. Warren’s honor, Chester Eastside will be closed on Wednesday.

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.