Adrienne Brodsky Dessel Obituary

Adrienne Brodsky Dessel died peacefully in her home in Ann Arbor, Michigan, on September 12.

Adrienne was a 1980 graduate of Swarthmore High School. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Boston University, a Master’s of Social Work from Simmons School of Social Work, and a Ph.D. in Social Work from the University of Tennessee.

She was an associate director of the Program on Intergroup Relations and lecturer in the School of Social Work at the University of Michigan. She co-edited Conservative Christian Beliefs and Sexual Orientation in Social Work: Privilege, Oppression and the Pursuit of Human Rights (2014), and was active in dialogue dealing with cultural and political conflict in Israel.

Adrienne’s loss is deeply felt by her husband J.P.; her children Talia and Erez Dessel; her father and stepmother, John Brodsky and Ingrid Rosenback; and her brothers and sisters Matthew, Stephanie, Miranda and Eric Brodsky.

The family gathered for a remembrance in Michigan on Sunday, September 16.

Memorial Service for Gloria R. Hamilton

Please join the family and friends of Gloria R. Hamilton for a memorial service and a celebration of her life on Saturday, November 17, 2018 at 1 p.m. at the Swarthmore Public Library, 121 Park Avenue. A reception will follow at the library.
Ms. Hamilton passed away on March 10, 2018.
Contact Sam Berley for further information at 443-614-8412 or at spjrberley@verizon.net.

Caroline Simons Kent Obituary

Caroline Simons Kent, wife of Donald W. Kent, Jr. and a long-time resident of Swarthmore, died peacefully on August 15, 2018. 

Born in 1927, Caroline was the youngest of Agnes and Frank Simons’ four children. She spent her early years in St. Davids, Pa., before moving with her family first to Cleveland, Ohio, then Newark, Del., and finally to Merion, Pa. In 1945 she graduated from Wilmington Friends School, where she played varsity field hockey, softball and was captain of the basketball team. From there she went on to Wheaton College (Norton, Mass.), where she joined the synchronized swimming team and sang with the a capella group the “Wheatones, ” graduating in 1949 with a BA in Biology.

After college she returned to Philadelphia to work at the Devereaux School and Friends Central School, and pursued her love of music and singing with the Savoy Company of Philadelphia, before moving to the Boston area to join the Shady Hill School in Cambridge, Mass., where she taught ancient Greek civilization to 4th graders. In the early ‘50s she moved back to Philadelphia to work at the Museum of the University of Pennsylvania. While in Philadelphia she met Donald Kent, whom she married in 1958. They moved to Swarthmore in 1960 where they have lived ever since.

Described by her family and friends as gracious, spirited, warm and kind, Caroline was a devoted wife and mother, who volunteered for school projects, field trips, and boy and girl scout troop adventures. She bestowed upon her children her love of swimming, music, learning, art, and fun. She greatly enjoyed getting to know her children’s friends and many have fond memories of playing at her home growing up.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by her three children: Anna, Alexander and wife Theresa Thomas, and Laura and husband Michael Gately; and four grandchildren: Abigail, Ian, George, and Fiona.

A celebration of her life will be held Saturday September 15, at 11:30 a.m. in Bond Hall, Swarthmore College.

Anya Krugovoy Silver Obituary

Anya Krugovoy Silver died on August 6, 2018 at the age of 49. The cause was metastatic inflammatory breast cancer.

Anya was born and raised in Swarthmore, which remained one of her very favorite places. As a child, she spent her summers in Middlebury, Vermont, and Hofheim, Germany, two other of her beloved places.

Anya graduated from Strath Haven High School (1986) and attended Haverford College (B.A. in English Literature, 1990) and Emory University (Ph.D. in English Literature, 1997). Since earning her doctorate, she taught in the English Department at Mercer University in Macon, Georgia. She loved Mercer, especially her students, and considered it her academic home.

Anya’s deepest vocation was poetry writing. She published four books of poetry: The Ninety-Third Name of God (Louisiana State UP, 2010), I Watched You Disappear (LSU, 2014), From Nothing (LSU, 2016) and Second Bloom (Cascade Books, 2017). Her work was featured in numerous journals and anthologies, including Best American Poetry 2016. She was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2018.

Anya was also involved in the effort to educate and fund research for inflammatory and metastatic breast cancer, and served as a board member of the Inflammatory Breast Cancer Research Foundation, helping countless other women live with cancer. Anya refused to use fighting language in reference to cancer; she was diagnosed with cancer in 2004 while pregnant and given several months to live.

Instead, she thrived with metastatic breast cancer from 2010 until her death, during which time she continued to write and teach.

Anya is survived by her husband, best friend, and eternal soul mate, Andrew Silver, and her most beloved and adored son, Noah Samuel Silver, both of Macon, Ga. She is also survived by her dearly loved, best possible mother, Christel Krugovoy, of White Horse Village (until recently, of Swarthmore), her incomparably wonderful and much-loved sister Claudia Krugovoy of Dobbs Ferry, N. Y., brother-in-law Sean Brewer, and nephew and niece Henry and Aubrey Brewer, as well as her in-laws and extended family in Germany and Ireland. She also leaves behind her many dear friends. She is predeceased by her dear father, Yuri (George) Krugovoy.

Anya loved writing, reading in her big red chair, the Swiss Mountains, Cape May, good food, laughter, and film. She valued justice, peace, beauty and above all, kindness. Anya credits her family and growing up in Swarthmore for teaching her the progressive values which guided her life.

Anya loved life and was grateful for her many sources of joy. She wanted to live for many more years, but died peacefully, satisfied with what she accomplished in the years allotted her.

A funeral was held on August 11, at Saint Francis Episcopal Church in Macon.

On September 16, there will be a traditional service of the Orthodox Church for a departed soul on the 40th day. This is a short service following the Liturgy and starts approximately at 11:30 a.m. at St. Herman of Alaska Orthodox Church, 1855 Middletown Rd, Glen Mills, PA 19342. 

Memorial donations to a fund set up for the education of her son may be sent to Path2College Fund (subject line Noah Silver Beneficiary 2497162), Path2College 529 Plan, P.O. Box 55924, Boston, MA 02205-5924.

Gifts may also be made to Saint Francis Church, 432 Forest Hill Rd, Macon, GA 31210 or the Inflammatory Breast Cancer Research Foundation at www.ibcresearch.org if preferred.

James Clifton Bryan Obituary

James Clifton Bryan of White Horse Village in Newtown Square, Pa., passed away peacefully on August 12, 2018, with his daughter Mary by his side. He was 93 years of age.

The son of Dr. Ollie Clifton Bryan and Aileen Mildred Box, he was born December 28, 1924, in Bedford, Ala., and grew up in Gainesville, Fla. Jim was attending the University of Florida when his studies were interrupted by World War II, and he served in the U.S. Navy from 1945 to 1946. He returned to graduate in 1947 and earned a Masters in Chemical Engineering from the University of Michigan in 1949. Jim put his love of science and chemistry to work for the DuPont Company in Wilmington, Del., for over 35 years, developing products for multiple departments (Fabrics and Finishes, Elastomers, and Polymers). He retired in 1986.

On a blind date in 1953, Jim met Genevieve “Jenny” Alfriend, also with DuPont. They married a year later in her hometown of Charles Town, W.V., then settled in Wallingford, Pa., where they lived for nearly 50 years.

A long time member of Swarthmore Presbyterian Church, Jim served in many capacities there, including trustee, elder, Scout troop leader and teacher. Jim and Jenny were an enthusiastic bridge team and belonged to several bridge clubs. In retirement, Jim enjoyed catching crabs and puttering around their Avalon shore house, volunteering at the Community Arts Center and Furness Library, and vegetable gardening.

He and Jenny traveled the world, visiting 45 countries and attending 20 Elderhostel programs. He took advantage of retiree benefits at the DuPont Country Club, playing golf as often as possible, even after glaucoma took away the satisfaction of actually seeing where his balls landed. After his vision dimmed, Jim turned to audio books, devouring hundreds over the past few years.

Jim is survived by his beloved wife of 64 years, Jenny; sister Mary Bryan Harms of Gainesville, Fla.; four children, Jim Bryan Jr. of Phoenix, Ariz., Anne Westrick (John) of Mechanicsville, Va., Betsy Thurston (Sam) of Marietta, Ga., and Mary Banchero (Jeff) of San Mateo, Calif.; ten grandchildren, Linda, Jane, Ted, Sam, Blair, Ben, Luke, Anna, Michael, and Lena; and one great-grandson, Henry. Jim was predeceased by an infant son Thomas and his brother Dr. William Locke (Bill) Bryan.

Jim was a warm, funny, no-nonsense man who thought for himself and said exactly what he thought. His many friends appreciated his humor, candor, and non-judgmental acceptance of all. A true gentleman, he was beloved by many.

Family and friends are invited to a celebration of Jim Bryan’s life on Saturday, August 18, at 1 p.m., at Swarthmore Presbyterian Church, 727 Harvard Avenue, Swarthmore, Pennsylvania 19081 with a reception to follow.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to Swarthmore Presbyterian Church are welcome. Condolences may be posted at www.haganfuneralhome.com.

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.