John J. Eisch, Ph.D.

John “Jack” Joseph Eisch, PhD, 88, died suddenly at his home in Vestal, N.Y., on June 29, 2019.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Joan (Scheuerell) Eisch, whom he first met in kindergarten; three daughters, Karla Eisch of Vestal, N.Y., Paula Cichon and her husband Doug of Loudonville, N.Y, and Amelia Eisch, Ph.D. and her husband Shae Padrick, Ph.D. of Swarthmore; his son, Joseph Eisch and his wife Robin of Silver Spring, Md.; two grandchildren, Taylor Anne Cichon and Zachary Eisch Padrick; and many nieces and nephews.

Elma Jones

Elma Jones of Wallingford passed away peacefully on June 26, 2019 at the age of 72.

Elma was the loving wife of George J. Jones, Jr.; beloved mother of Anamarie Jones, Cristy Stack, and Stephanie Jones; and dear grandmother of Matthew Jones-Blisard, Madeline Jones-Blisard, Maxwell Jones-Blisard, Maryn Jones-Blisard, Hunter Stack, Brayden Stack, Peyton Stack, Trent Stack, and Gabrielle Jones-Warner.

Shirley D. Tallent

Shirley Dorothy Tallent died at her home in Plush Mills Senior Living in Wallingford on June 13, 2019. She was 91. A longtime resident of Northampton, Massachusetts (1959-2013), she was born in Springfield, Mass., on July 6, 1927, the second of four children of Leah and Carl Rudman. Her sister, Ruth, and brothers, Seymour and Harold, predeceased her.

Dr. Benjamin J. Gaieski, M.D.

Dr. Benjamin Joseph Gaieski, M.D., born Bronislav Joseph Gajewski, in Salem, Mass. on May 29, 1921, died peacefully in Philadelphia, Pa. on June 11, 2019 at age 98. He grew up in Peabody, Mass. and played high school football, baseball, and basketball before matriculating at Tufts University in Somerville, Mass. He was the starting catcher on Tufts’ varsity baseball team for three years and fast-tracked through an undergraduate degree in biology and medical school so he could become a doctor in the Navy during World War II.

Mary Catharine Mulvihill

Mary Catharine Mulvihill, 94, passed away on Saturday, June 8, 2019. She had been residing at Maris Grove Retirement Community in Glen Mills, Pa., since 2008. Prior to Maris Grove, Mary Catharine and her husband, John J. Mulvihill, had lived, flourished and raised their family together for 53 years in Swarthmore.

William J. Hickey

William Joseph Hickey, a health professional and former 43-year resident of Swarthmore, died on Thursday, May 23, 2019, at Riddle Village in Media, where he had resided for the last two years. He was 83.

Born in Chicago, Illinois, to the late Catherine (Gannon) and James Hickey, Bill Hickey spent most of his youth in San Antonio, Texas. He started working when he was 14 and never stopped until a few years ago at his retirement. He was a quiet man of great integrity and intelligence.

Alfreda Anderson, wife of the late Alfred Anderson of Swarthmore, passed away peacefully on April 19, 2019, at the age of 96. Alfreda was the daughter of Alfred and Mary Hyett of Lydney, Gloucestershire, England, and the eldest of five children.

William Joseph Hickey, a health professional and former 44-year resident of Swarthmore, died on Thursday, May 23, 2019 at Riddle Village in Media, where he had resided for the last two years. A private family service was held at the Cavanaugh Funeral Home in Media the following day. Mr. Hickey was 83.

Michael A. Snyder

Michael Andrew Snyder, 67, formerly of Purcellville, Va., and Pittsburgh, Pa., passed away May 18, 2019, at Peter Becker Community in Harleysville, Pa., where he had resided since 2016. He and his wife, Maggie (Schilling) Snyder, would have observed their 42nd wedding anniversary on May 22 of this year.

Karen Roza

Karen (née Ordell) Roza, a longtime resident of Swarthmore and Rose Valley, passed away on November 15, 2018 in Louisville, Colorado. Karen was predeceased by her daughter Nadja, who died at age 17, and her sister Joan Ordell. She is survived by her husband of 53 years, Bob, of Louisville, professor emeritus of Swarthmore College; her son Eric Roza (Melissa) of Boulder; their four children; and her nephew, Steve Ordell (Nancy) and their children of St. Paul, Minnesota.

Dr. Andrew J. Bobkowicz

Dr. Andrew J. Bobkowicz died on Friday March 15, 2019 in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, from late stage Parkinson’s disease.  He was predeceased by his first wife Sally (née Donohue, 2007) and is survived by his four children Mike (Heather Rydeard), Ken (Anna Seranno), Andrea, and Cathy (Bob Goyetche, 2017), as well as his sister Margaret Lefebvre (Ron Walker, 2017). He will also be missed by his grandchildren Simon, Aidan and Chelsey, along with Sally’s extended family of Donohues and countless friends.

Joyce Leet Phillips

Joyce Leet Phillips of Glen Mills entered into eternal rest peacefully while at Mary Washington Hospital on March 25, 2019 at the age of 93. 

Born on March 16, 1926 in Chester, Pa., Joyce was the daughter of the late Eva Cruthers and Thomas E. Leet. She was raised in Chester, while her father served on the staff at Pennsylvania Military College.

David A. Walter

David Walter, artist, athlete, dancer, musician, perfectionist and relentless seeker of knowledge, died peacefully on March 18, 2019. He was 78. David was born in Columbus, Ohio, to Reverend A.C. Walter and Marguerite Walter. He graduated from Swarthmore College in 1962 with a degree in civil engineering. While in school, he was an All-American lacrosse player and gifted wrestler.