Catherine Isabel (Buffington) Kozak, aka ‘KATE,’ received her angel wings on Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017. She passed away peacefully at home after a lengthy illness. She was 79.

Born in the Mount Airy section of Philadelphia to Jane Cecelia (Hickey) Buffington and William Buffington, she was the youngest of four children. As a child she loved climbing and playing in the woods near Wissahickon Creek and Fairmont Park.

Kate attended Little Flower High School in Philadelphia, where she excelled in music, conducting the high school orchestra. She then entered the novitiate in the Immaculate Heart of Mary Order (IHM), where she studied at Immaculata College and worked as a music teacher. She taught at Our Lady of Grace School in Penndel, before leaving the convent to pursue a different calling. Kate was forever devoted to her Catholic faith, and maintained a special lifelong fondness for the sisters.

Kate then worked in banking at PSFS Bank in Philadelphia. Following a period of travel with girlfriends, she met and married William Joseph ‘Bill’ Kozak, and resided in Northeast Philadelphia for 15 years, before moving to Yardley-Morrisville area in Bucks County. For the next 35 years, Kate and Bill raised four children together and have three grandchildren.

Kate received her Bachelor’s degree from Thomas Edison University and began work for the State of New Jersey, working at Department of Community Affairs (DCA), Bureau of Plan Review and Construction Code Enforcement. There Kate made many friends and became a beloved character at DCA for 25 years. She ate breakfast every morning with colleagues at the Friendly’s in Morrisville, enroute to work in Trenton. At DCA she coordinated many activities, including the weekly NFL football pool (she was known as the ‘Sports Babe’), and the retirement committee, where she personally wrote individual musical ‘roasts’ for each state department retiree, including her superiors. She maintained lifelong friendships with DCA colleagues, even after being forced to retire due to a stroke in 2008.

Kate was extremely devoted to her children, and participated in their many school and collegiate activities. A lifelong Notre Dame football and Villanova basketball fan, she went to many games with her children as alums, and traveled extensively to Villanova, Pa., South Bend, Ind., Los Angeles, Calif., and Honolulu, Hawaii. On one special trip, she traveled to Italy and attended a Papal Mass with the Pope at St. Peter’s in Rome. She and Bill shared a love of sports, including the Philadelphia Eagles, and the above Notre Dame and Villanova teams.

Kate also was an avid musician, playing first violin with the Delaware Valley Philharmonic Orchestra for over 25 years.

Kate was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, William ‘Buff’ Buffington; her sister, Rosemary Buffington; her in-laws, Dorothy and William Kozak; and brother-in-law, Thomas Kozak.

She is survived by her husband, William J. Kozak; her four children and their spouses, Dorothy (Shane), Bill (Evelyn), Kathleen (Dan), and Michael; three grandchildren, Caden, Scarlett and Dash; sister, Jane Buffington; and many beloved brothers and sisters in-law, nieces, nephews, cousins, godchildren, extended family, and dear friends.

A celebration of her life will be held at a funeral Mass at noon on Friday, Sept. 1, at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 752 Big Oak Road, Morrisville, Pa., where a viewing for relatives and friends will precede the Mass from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. The Rite of Committal will follow at Our Lady of Grace Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please direct contributions in her name to Fox Chase Cancer Center, 333 Cottman Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19111.

Joseph T. Whinney of Morrisville died Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017. He was 48.

Born and raised in Bucks County, Joseph had been a lifelong resident of Morrisville. He attended St. John the Evangelist grade school and then graduated from Holy Ghost Prep and LaSalle University.

Joseph began his working career as a revenue officer with the IRS, and had been with Pacaar Financial for the past 15 years.

He was an avid sports fan and especially enjoyed football and basketball.

Joseph was the loving son of Joseph M. and June (Wagner) Whinney, and the dear brother of Christopher (Heather Thrush). He was the devoted uncle of Pomee Therese and will also be missed by numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Family and friends are invited to call from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, at St. John the Evangelist Church, 752 Big Oak Rd., Morrisville, where his funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Interment will be held privately.

George E. Abel, a long-time resident of Lower Makefield Township, died Thursday, Aug. 3, 2017. He was 62.

Born in Trenton, N.J., George was a graduate of Notre Dame High School and Rider University. He was a third-generation owner of E. J. Koenig, Inc. of Bordentown, and later an account manager at Hough Petroleum in Ewing for the past 17 years.

George was an avid participant in organized athletics throughout his life. During his school years, he was a pitcher in baseball and a talented soccer player.

┬áHe continued his participation in sports for the past 25 years by becoming a referee in soccer and lacrosse for NJSIAA and NJILOA sanctioned games and was named ‘Referee of the Year.’ He also coached youth soccer.

George also found time for varied other interests such as competitive golf, model railroads, restoration of classic cars, classic rock, the beach, and his beloved dog, Myles, while being sure to devote his generosity, humor, and love to his family.

Son of the late George Charles Abel and Helen Koenig Abel, he is survived by his wife of 38 years, Lisa Pannucci Abel; his children and their spouses, George Michael and Kimberly Elizabeth Abel of Bordentown, N.J., Adrienne Rose and Anthony LaBella of Lower Makefield, and Travis Joseph and Francine Marie Abel of Chalfont, Pa.; two sisters and a brother-in-law, Carolyn K. and Gerald Stoy, and Mary Beth Warren, all of Ewing, N.J.; six grandchildren, Gianna Elizabeth and Anthony Michael LaBella, Stella Elizabeth and Scarlett Grace Abel, and Vincent Angelo and Austin George Abel; and many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends are invited to call from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, at FitzGerald-Sommer Funeral Home, 17 S. Delaware Ave. (River Road), Yardley. His funeral Mass will be celebrated at noon Wednesday, at St. John the Evangelist Church, 752 Big Oak Road, Morrisville.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the American Cancer Society would be appreciated.