EDWIN M. KELLY, 70, of Oakland Park, FL entered eternal life on February 15, 2015 following a fall outside his residence.

Mr. Kelly taught English for 30 years at Pennsbury High School in Fairless Hills, PA where he earned a national reputation as a debate coach. He was elected to the National Speech & Debate Hall of Fame in 1995 and the Pennsylvania High School Speech League Hall of Fame in 1989. Mr. Kelly, who took great pride in being a teacher and a debate coach, earned the respect and affection of countless students, professional colleagues and friends.

Relatives and friends are invited to the Mass of Christian Burial at St. John the Evangelist Church, 752 Big Oak Road, Morrisville, PA 19067 at 10 A.M. on Saturday, March 14, 2015. Visitation will precede the Mass at 9 A.M.

Interment at Our Lady of Grace Cemetery, 1215 Super Highway, Langhorne, PA.

55000b41872c6.imageAnne Biedka Sarnecki passed away Monday, March 9, 2015, at the Brunswick at Attleboro. She was 94.

Anne was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. to the late John and Stephania Biedka in 1920. She was a resident of Yardley for 55 years before moving to The Brunswick in Attleboro, Anne was a 1938 graduate of Langhorne-Middletown High School.

She retired from Bell Telephone after 42 years of service and was a lifetime member of the Pioneers Club.

She was preceded in death by her loving husband of over 60 years, Henry, and her brothers, Peter, Matthew and Edward Biedka.

She is survived by her sisters-in-law, Sister Irene Marie, Felician Sisters, and Pauline Biedka. Anne is also survived by her many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews, and her god children.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m., Monday, in St. John the Evangelist Church, 720 Big Oak Rd., Yardley, PA 19067. Family and friends will be received from 9:30 a.m. until time of the Mass on Monday, at the church. Interment will be held privately.

Contributions in memory of Anne may be made to St. John the Evangelist Church at the above address.

Thomas G. Kilroy passed away in Florida Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015, after a brief illness.

He was born Christmas Day, 1926, in Barnsville, Pa. Tom graduated from Mahanoy Township High School in 1944, and went into military service as a Naval Air Cadet.
He then continued his education, graduating from East Stroudsburg College and Drexel University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He spent his career with RCA and GE.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Joan (Havard); his children, Lois, Tom Jr. and his wife, Denise, and Jay and his wife, Marissa. He was Poppy to his five grandchildren, Shanna, Thomas, Lauren, Dylan, and Hailey; and brother to Ann, Pat, and the late Jim.

He loved golfing, and was an avid fan of the Philadelphia Eagles and Phillies.

Calling hours will be from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, with a funeral Mass to follow at St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church, 728 Big Oak Road, Morrisville. Interment will be held privately at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Lester Bahrt Food Pantry. Please make the donation payable to Nancy Delso; on the check memo line, please add: Lester Barht Food Pantry. Checks may be sent to 840 Trenton Road, Fairless Hills, PA 19030.Jeffries & Keates-Plum,
Northfield, N.J.

Jay F. Young Jr. of Morrisville died Friday, Feb. 6, 2015, at St. Mary Medical Center. He was 68.

He was the loving husband for 45 years of Linda, who passed in 2014.

Born in Philadelphia, he was the son of the late Dorothy Klaczak and Jay F. Young Sr.

Jay had been employed as an environmental engineer at PSC Inc in Hatfield.

Jay was a caring father, and devoted husband, who will forever be missed by his family.

He is survived by his children, Christine, Jay Aaron, and Stephen Young, and his sister, Karen Cuhn.

Relatives and friends are invited to his Funeral Mass, 12 noon, Thursday, Feb. 19, at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 752 Big Oak Road, Morrisville. Interment will be held privately.

John M. Niedermeyer of Yardley died Wednesday Dec. 10, 2014, at Chandler Hall Hospice in Newtown. He was 83.

Born in Portland, Ore., a son of the late Bernard and Tessie Martin Niedermeyer, he had been a Yardley resident for the past eight years.

Mr. Niedermeyer headed his own firm in international import and export of varied products. He was graduated from the University of Portland. A U.S. Army veteran, he was a member of the American Legion Knowles-Doyle Post 317, Yardley, and the Knights of Columbus.

He is survived by his wife, Gerri Egan Niedermeyer; a daughter, Joanne Niedermeyer-Cox; a son-in-law, Waymen Cox; three grandchildren, Amber Cox, Jaclyn Cox and Kyle Cox; two great-grandchildren, Nevaeh and Dez. John was one of fifteen children and survived by three brothers, Daniel, Linus, and James Niedermeyer; and three sisters, Mary Natta, Ruth Van Hoomissen, and Jeannie Santos.

He was preceded in death by five brothers and three sisters, Bernard, George, Thomas, Edward, Walter, Catherine, Virginia, and Tessie.

The funeral will be held 11:30 a.m., Thursday, from the FitzGerald-Sommer Funeral Home, 17 S. Delaware Avenue (River Road), Yardley. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 12:30 p.m. at St. John the Evangelist Church in Lower Makefield. Burial will follow in Washington Crossing National Cemetery. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, at the funeral home.

Gerard Smith, father of David Smith of Yardley, PA died November 3rd, 2014. (A full obituary will be posted at a later date.)

20141105_142620029_0Marjorie J. Fullan of Yardley, Pa., passed away peacefully on Nov. 3, 2014 in St. Mary Medical Center, Langhorne, Pa., with her family by her side.

Born in Jackson Heights, Queens, N.Y., she lived in Long Island and Massapequa, N.Y. for 14 years before moving to Yardley in 1978.

Prior to her retirement, she was employed as a secretary with AT&T as well as Western Electric in New York. She also worked as a processing clerk with Allstate Life and MetLife. Additionally, she spent over 20 years working with American Greetings.

Marjorie was a graduate of St. Agnes Diocesan High School in Rockville Centre, N.J. She volunteered with numerous thrift shops, and also helped at Sunrise Assisted Living in Lower Makefield. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother.

Daughter of the late Frank and Ruth (Schwaninger) Donofreo, and grandmother of the late James A. Fullan; she is survived by her loving husband, Arthur E. Fullan; four children, Kathleen M. and Thomas Rutz of North Wales, Pa., James Fullan of Doylestown, Maureen A. and Matthew Cosenza of Lansdale, and Michael P. Fullan of Newportville; a sister, Alice Johns of State College; eight grandchildren, Matthew, Andrew, Sean, Christopher (Rachel), Laura (Jason), Victoria, Matthew Jr., and Alex; two great grandchildren, Lillyanne and Jase; and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend her funeral mass at 11 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 10, at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, Yardley, Pa. Interment will follow in Resurrection Cemetery, Bensalem.

Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. on Sunday evening and from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Monday morning at the J. Allen Hooper Funeral Chapel, 41 W. Trenton Ave., Morrisville, Pa.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to St. Mary Medical Center, 1201 Newtown-Langhorne Road, Langhorne, Pa. 19047

20141104_144803946_0Edward J. Farinelli of Morrisville, Pa., passed away Monday, Nov. 3, 2014 at St. Mary’s Hospital, Langhorne, Pa. He was 92.

Born in Carlisle, Pa., he lived in Trenton before moving to Morrisville 55 years ago.

Prior to his retirement, Mr. Farinelli was a successful businessman who, along with his late brother, Bruno, owned and operated Bromley Fuel Service Co., Inc. in Trenton for over 40 years.

He was an avid sailor and most enjoyed exploring the Caribbean around the Virgin Islands on his sailboat. If he wasn’t working, he was entertaining his relatives and friends at sea. Edward was a parishioner of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Lower Makefield.

Son of the late Silvestro and Diamente (Gianfresci) Farinelli; and brother of the late Mildred Ottaunick; he is survived by his beloved wife, Marie (Montervino) Farinelli; two children, Edward Jr. of Ft. Collins, Colo., and Lisa Farinelli of Denver, Colo.; four grandchildren, Rachel, Aaron, John, and Christopher; and several nieces and nephews.

Services and entombment in St. Mary Mausoleum in Trenton, N.J. will be held privately at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Mr. Farinelli’s name may be sent to St. John the Evangelist Church, 728 Big Oak Road, Yardley, Pa. 19067.

545747a0a16c7.imageKaitlin Nicole Abel died suddenly Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014. She was 23.

Kate was full of life, happiness, and love, and will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Kate was the beloved daughter of Tim and Kathy; and loving sister of Tim, Julianna, and Marissa Abel. She was granddaughter of Ronald and Frances Abel, and James and Kathleen Hughes. She also is survived by many cousins, aunts, uncles, and friends.

She was a graduate of St. John the Evangelist grade school and Villa Joseph Marie High School. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from LaSalle University. Kate spent her most recent days pursuing her dream of attending graduate school while balancing a variety of jobs, including Sesame Place, Ivy Rehabilitation Center, Starbucks, Brittingham’s Irish Pub & Restaurant, Magee Rehabilitation Center, and most recently, Bowers Physical Therapy.

It was Kate’s lifelong dream to become a physical therapist, but she never let her own goals stand in the way of spending time with others. Kaitlin made every interaction personal, a testament to her genuine care for others. She lived her life with a unique grace in her heart and a permanent smile on her face.

Kaitlin’s family and friends are invited to her viewing from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 6, at St. John the Evangelist Church, 752 Big Oak Road, Morrisville, PA 19067. A funeral Mass will follow at noon.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Kaitlin’s name may be made to a charity of your choice.

ESG-ObituaryPic 2Ernesto Sitchon Guillen went home to his Heavenly Father on Sunday, October 26, 2014. He was 73.

He was born in Manila, Philippines, the son of Roberto and Anunciacion (Sitchon) Guillen. In 1970, he immigrated to the US and has lived in Philadelphia, Bensalem, and Yardley. He received his education in both countries and worked as a case worker for the state of Pennsylvania.

He was a dedicated and devoted family man and caring friend. Passionate about life, he enjoyed seeing the world having visited 43 countries. A true “foodie”, he loved to sample various cuisines. He was also an avid Philadelphia sports fan, always hoping for the best and never giving up on his teams. In truth, this was the approach he took on everything he did.

Ernesto was the beloved husband for 48 years of Meyanda (de Anas) Guillen and the loving father of Katherine Guillen. He will be sadly missed by his brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.

Relatives and friends will be received by the family Sunday, November 2, 3-5pm at the Hoffmann Funeral Home, 1770 Brown Ave, Bensalem and Monday, November 3, 9-10:30am at St John the Evangelist Church, 752 Big Oak Rd, Morrisville. His Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30am. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory can be made to the National Kidney Foundation, 30 East 33rdSt, New York, NY 10016.

54318035a2d0f.imageOn Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014, a light seemed to be forever extinguished in our family. Lori Joy Tyler (Zabielski) passed peacefully to be with our Lord after her courageous battle with cancer.

Lori was a lifelong resident of Lower Bucks County and a 1993 graduate of Pennsbury High School.

Lori was caring and compassionate and one of the most kind-hearted people you will ever come across. As an active member of the church community, Lori found solace in the words and teachings of God. Her devout faith and remarkable strength were commendable. It was her love for God and her beautiful family that helped her face each day with grace, admiration and resolution during her arduous battle.

Lori was very artistic. She loved to paint and play the piano. She enjoyed the outdoors. She loved camping and traveled across Europe with her husband, Dave. But her most proud moments in life were caring for her family.

An inspirational mother and wife, Lori’s greatest moments were those she spent with her family, especially her children whom she loved dearly. Lori lived a full life in her short years. Yes, for a brief moment the light seemed to have gone out, but it was just a flicker. Lori’s light will shine on forever within our hearts and minds. Her light will shine on through the love and beliefs that she instilled in her children. It will shine on through all of us that were blessed to have her in our lives.

Lori is survived by her loving husband, Dave and her three beloved children, David, Holland and Johanna. She also is survived by her parents, Tom and Cynthia Zabielski (Catania); her brother, Tom and wife, Lori (Gallagher) Zabielski; her brother, Michael; sister, Nikki Zabielski; grandfather, Joe Zabielski; niece, Anna; nephews, Anthony and Roman Zabielski; mother and father-in-law, Mija and David Tyler Sr.; brother-in-law, Thomas Tyler; and many adoring aunts, uncles and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her brother-in-law, James Tyler.

Relatives and friends are invited to call from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 6, at St. John the Evangelist, 752 Big Oak Road Morrisville, PA 19067, followed by a Mass.

  542e691fdf18d.imageGeraldine M. Poliquin died Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014, at her home in Yardley, surrounded by her loving family. She was 86.Born in Chestnut Hill, and formerly of West Chester, Mrs. Poliquin has been a resident of Lower Makefield Township for the past 20 years.

Gerrie enjoyed gardening and spent 20 years working in a local flower shop. She loved sports and was a passionate fan of many!

Beloved wife of the late Thomas E. Poliquin, Gerrie was the loving mother of Carol Lepp (Andrew) and Susan Newcomer (Mark). She was the devoted grandmother of Christopher and Thomas Lepp; sister of Margaret Bradley and Irma Munnelly; and sister-in-law of Dottie Koons.

Gerrie will also be sadly missed by numerous nieces, nephews and extended family members.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Sherman and Anna Koons; a daughter, Laurie Poliquin; a sister, Anna Mae Zwerlein (Ed); and two brothers, Sherman Koons and Gene Koons (Mary).

Family and friends are invited to call on Tuesday, from 10 until 11 a.m. at Saint John the Evangelist Church, Morrisville, 752 Big Oak Road, Morrisville, where her funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Interment will be held privately.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Gerrie’s name may be made to Saint Mary Medical Center Foundation, Regional Cancer Center, Langhorne Newtown Rd, Langhorne, PA 19047.

53fef3256abaa.preview-300Samuel J. “Sam” Valeri of Lower Makefield Township died peacefully on Monday at Compassionate Care Hospice at St. Francis Medical Center in Trenton with his devoted daughter and grandson by his side. He was 91.

Born in Trenton, N.J., Sam was a resident of Lower Makefield for the past 46 years. He was employed with the Naval Air Warfare Jet Propulsion Center in Ewing Township where he served for 35 years and retired as a Senior Rigger in 1983.

He served his country during World War II and was a proud U.S. Navy Veteran and was the last surviving World War II veteran of the Iowa Class Battleship, USS Missouri.

Sam was a long time member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Lower Makefield and was a 4th Degree Knight with Council No. 7515. He was also a proud member of the N.R.A.

Son of the late Clemente and Philomena Silvestri Valeri, husband of the late Jean Landolfi Valeri, brother of the late Josephine Valeri Scarano, August J. Valeri and Benedetto Valeri and father-in-law of the late Fred V. Bruschini, he is survived by his daughter, Phyllis Valeri-Bruschini; his grandson, Brandon A. Valeri-Bruschini; his two brothers-in-law, Ralph Landolfi and his wife, Loretta and Pat Landolfi and his wife, Barbara; a sister-in-law, Loretta Oddo; and many nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated for Sam, today, August 28 at 11 a.m. at the Church of St. Ann, 1253 Lawrence Road, Lawrenceville, N.J. Entombment will follow in Our Lady of Lourdes Madonna Mausoleum, Hamilton, N.J. Friends may call today from 10 a.m. until time of Mass in the daily chapel at the church.

Memorial contributions may be made in Sam’s name to the American Heart Association, 1 Union Street, Suite 301, Robbinsville, NJ 08691 or at www.heart.org

20140822_161158147_20Rose H. Kupiec, age 86, of Morrisville, PA, passed away peacefully Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at her home. Born in Trenton, she lived in Trenton before moving to Morrisville 63 years ago.

Mrs. Kupiec was a graduate of Trenton Central High School, Class of 1946. She enjoyed cooking and traveling throughout the world. She loved to collect porcelain figurines.

Daughter of the late Walter and Rose (Szymkowiak) Strycharz, and wife of the late Alphonso S. Kupiec, she is survived by a son and daughter in law, Robert J. and Susan M. Kupiec of Doylestown, PA, and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend her Funeral Mass at 9:30 AM on Tuesday, August 26, 2014 at St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church, 752 Big Oak Rd., Morrisville, PA 19067. Interment will follow in Washington Crossing National Cemetery, Newtown, PA. 

Friends may call Tuesday morning from 7:30-9AM at the J. Allen Hooper Funeral Chapel, 41 W. Trenton Ave., Morrisville, PA (www.hooperfuneralchapel.com). 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, www.donate.cancer.org or to the Macular Degeneration Foundation, www.eyesight.org.

20140811_144036619_0Edward L. Mc Kenna, 85, of Morrisville, PA died Saturday August 9, 2014 at his home in Morrisville.

Born in Orange, NJ Mr. McKenna has been a resident of Morrisville for over 55 years moving here from Parsippany, NJ. Mr. McKenna retired as a machinist for Public Service Electric and Gas Company where he had worked for over 40 years.

Mr. McKenna was an Army veteran of the Korean War.

He was a graduate of Verona High School class of 1947. Mr. McKenna was a Scout Master for Troop # 46, he was an Eagle Scout and a member of the Order of the Arrow. Mr. McKenna was a little league coach for the Pennsbury Athletic Association. He was an avid fan of the NY Yankee’s and the NY Giants he enjoyed all types of sports. Mr. McKenna also was an avid stamp and coin collector.

Husband of the late Viola F. (Smith) McKenna and brother of the late John and Walter McKenna, he is survived by one daughter, Kathleen A. Lincoln, of Westminster, MD; four sons, Kevin J. McKenna, of Levittown, PA; Timothy K, McKenna and his wife, Joanne, of Levittown, PA; Brian J. McKenna and his wife Betsy, of Levittown, PA; Terrance J. Mc Kenna and his wife Irene, of Levittown, PA; eight grandchildren and seven great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, August 14, 2014 at 12:00 noon in St. John the Evangelist R.C. Church, Big Oak and Makefield Roads, Morrisville, PA under the direction of the J. Allen Hooper Funeral Chapel, 41 W. Trenton Ave., Morrisville.., PA.
Relatives and friends may call at the funeral chapel on Wednesday, August 13, 2014 from 7 to 9:00 P.M. and on Thursday, August 14, 2014 from 10:30 A.M. until time for departing for the Mass.

In Lieu of flowers the family request memorial contributions be made out in his name to a charity of the donor’s choice.

53db84cc12ce3.preview-300Antoinette M. (Distler) Hess passed away surrounded by her loving family on Thursday, July 31, 2014 at Aria Health Torresdale Campus. She was 67.

Born in Philadelphia, Antoinette had been a longtime resident of Lower Bucks County. She was a 1964 graduate of the former Woodrow Wilson High School.

Antoinette worked for many years as an insurance compliance consultant.

She was a wonderful and devoted grandmother. Spending time with her grandchildren brought her great joy.

Antoinette was the beloved mother of Vincent L. Bodnar (Amy) and Michelle L. Miller (Mike). She is also survived by her husband, Kenneth, and his children, Scott Ludwig (Chanel), Jennifer Sanceciz (Ron), and Michael Hess (Jackie). Antoinette was the devoted grandmother of Christopher, Kenneth and Colby Moser, Brittany, Cassandra and Shane Bodnar, Kai Ludwig, Emily Sanceciz, and Brianna and Tyler Hess; and proud great grandmother of six. She will also be sadly missed by her six siblings and numerous nieces and nephews.

Antoinette was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph and Harriet Distler, and two brothers.

Family and friends are invited to call from 5 to 7 p.m. this evening, Friday, Aug. 1, at the James J. Dougherty Funeral Home, Inc., 2200 Trenton Road, Levittown. Friends may also call from 10 to 11 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 2 at Saint John the Evangelist Church, 752 Big Oak Road, Morrisville, where her funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. The Rite of Committal will follow in Resurrection Cemetery.

53c794342d0d9.preview-300Julius F. Tibolla of Langhorne, died Tuesday, July 15, 2014, at St. Mary Medical Center in Langhorne. He was 86.

Born in Clifton, N.J., son of the late Felix and Colomba Belli Tibolla, he formerly resided in Lower Makefield Township for 50 years before moving to Langhorne seven years ago.

Mr. Tibolla was an electrical engineer with Circle F Industries in Trenton, N.J. before forming his own company, Tibolla Associates. He retired three years ago. He was graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and received his Master’s Degree from The University of Pennsylvania and served in the U.S. Navy.

Julius was a member of St. John the Evangelist Parish, The Knights of Columbus, and served on the Lower Makefield Youth Aid Panel. A true family man, his family had his enduring love and pride.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, C. Idelia (Deedee) Tibolla; a son and daughter-in-law, John W. and Angela Tibolla of Allenwood, Pa.; two daughters and sons-in-law, Dee Wolfe and Ted Maciolek, and Julie and Steven Miner, all of Lower Makefield; a sister, Madge Riuli of Lakewood, N.J.; four grandchildren, Amanda Tibolla, and Caitlin, Jack and Amelia Miner; one great grandchild, Olivia; and many nieces, nephews and grand nieces and nephews.

His Funeral Mass will celebrated at 9 a.m. Saturday at St. John the Evangelist Church in Lower Makefield. Burial will follow in St. Ignatius Cemetery. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at FitzGerald-Sommer Funeral Home, 17 S. Delaware Avenue (River Road), Yardley.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, 1617 John F. Kennedy Blvd., Philadelphia, PA 19103. 

20140715_131706386_20Alphonse S. Kupiec of Morrisville passed away peacefully Sunday, July, 13, 2014, at his home. 86 He was born in, and a lifelong resident of, Morrisville.

Prior to his retirement, Mr. Kupiec was employed as a tool and die maker with General Motors Fisher Guide Division in Ewing Township for more than 40 years.

He was a proud U.S. Army veteran of World War II; a member of St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church; and a member of the Auto Workers Union.

Mr. Kupiec was an avid gardener, who enjoyed bowling and woodworking.

Son of the late Joseph and Eva (Dobrowolska) Kupiec, he is survived by his loving wife, Rose H. (Strycharz) Kupiec; a son and daughter-in-law, Robert J. and Susan M. Kupiec of Doylestown; and many nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to celebrate his funeral Mass at 9 a.m. Thursday, July 17, at St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church, 752 Big Oak Road, Morrisville. Interment will follow in Washington Crossing National Cemetery, Newtown.

Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, and from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. Thursday, at J. Allen Hooper Funeral Chapel, 41 W. Trenton Ave., Morrisville.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Mr. Kupiec’s name may be made to the National Parkinson’s Foundation, 330 S 9th St 3rd Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107.

53aa96a301762.preview-300Gerald P. McGovern of Falls Township, died Monday, June 23, 2014, at his home surrounded by his wife and children.

Born in Philadelphia, a son of the late Joseph and Verna McGovern, he had been a Falls resident for the past 35 years.

Mr. McGovern was an accountant with Merrill Lynch for 25 years in both New York city and Plainsboro, N.J. He graduated from LaSalle University in Philadelphia.

He was a U.S. Army veteran serving in Vietnam and an Honor Guard volunteer at the Washington Crossing National Cemetery. He was enthusiastic about home landscaping, fishing, both ocean and fresh water, and Philadelphia Eagles Football. He loved spending time with his family and baby sitting his grandchildren. His witty sense of humor and ability to make us laugh even during the most difficult of times will be missed

He is survived by his wife, Linda A. McGovern; two sons and daughter-in-laws, Craig and Nicole McGovern of Downingtown, Pa., and Brad and Jill McGovern of Conshohocken, Pa.; a daughter and son-in-law, Cheryl and Steve Selleny of King of Prussia, Pa.; three brothers, Joseph McGovern of Oriental, N.C., Charles McGovern of Lansdale, Pa., and Harry Magrisi of Yardley; and four grandchildren, Jack, Zoe, Ian and Juliet. He was also the brother of the late Terry Randall and Diane Magrisi.

Funeral services will be at 8:15 a.m. Friday at FitzGerald-Sommer Funeral Home, 17 S. Delaware Ave. (River Road), Yardley. Burial will follow at Washington Crossing National Cemetery at 9:30 a.m. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Disabled American Veterans (DVA), 3725 Alexandria Pike, Cold Spring, KY 41076, ww.cst.dva.org

539ea7a05f14f.preview-300Gerard Henry Vaughan of Yardley, and Beach Haven, N.J., formerly of Bala Cynwyd, Pa. died Sunday, June 15, 2014. He was the son of the late Bernard and Margaret ‘Peggy’ of Bala Cynwyd; cherished husband of Christine S. (McFeeley) for 29 years; and loving father of Christine ‘Bradie’. He also is survived by his siblings, Margaret Mary (Patrick), Bernie (Kara), Bridget (Peter), Ellie (George), and PJ (Sheila); as well as his many beloved nieces, nephews, and friends.

Loved by all who knew him, Gerard was an avid deep sea fisherman, boater and traveler.

Family and friends are invited to call from 6 until 9 p.m. Wednesday, at James J. Dougherty Funeral Home, 2200 Trenton Road, Levittown, and from 11 a.m. until noon Thursday, at Saint John the Evangelist Church, 752 Big Oak Road, Morrisville, where his funeral Mass will be celebrated at noon. Interment will be held privately.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Chandler Hall Hospice, 99 Barclay St., Newtown, PA 18940. 

539ab69f07202.preview-300Mary Carmella Neumann passed away Tuesday, June 10, at home surrounded by loving family. She was 70. Born in Trenton, N.J., she grew up in Morrisville, Pa. She was a graduate of Morrisville High School, Class of 1961, where she was a three sport letter winner, outstanding softball player, and co-captain of the cheerleading squad.

After graduation, Carmella worked at Aero Chem Corp. in Princeton for two years before marrying her high school sweetheart Ed in 1962 and moving to Stroudsburg, Pa. Upon Ed’s college graduation, she moved to Southold, N.Y. where she worked as a title examiner in Riverhead, N.Y.

Carmella and Ed returned to Bucks County in 1968 and lived in Levittown, where they began to raise their family. In 1976, she moved to Lower Makefield. During this time she worked at Vipco Corporation, Micron Technology, and for ten years at Mercer Bucks Cardiology as a secretary.

Mary Carmella was a loving, caring person who was always there to help family and friends. She enjoyed planning reunions for the Class of ’61, in addition to serving as a member of the Dick Bedesem Scholarship Committee for several years. She was a wonderful daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother – her family was her pride and joy. She enjoyed cooking meals for family gatherings, spoiling her grandchildren, and attending her children’s and grandchildren’s sporting games and school events. She was Ed’s number one fan through many years of football involvement. Carmella was also blessed with many wonderful friends who were a big part of her life. She enjoyed vacationing on Long Beach Island and in Florida, and taking cruises with family and friends. She was a member of St. John the Evangelist Church for the past 38 years. Mary Carmella was one of God’s wonderful people.

Daughter of the late Dominick and Mary Marrazzo (Pesce), Mary Carmella is survived by her loving husband of 51 years, Edwin A. Neumann. She was a devoted mother to her two sons, Edwin A. Neumann V (Pamela) of Lower Makefield, and Daniel A. Neumann (Jennifer) of Falls Township. She also is survived by her brother, Dominick Marrazzo (Constance) of Falls Township, and sister-in-law, Mary Ann Carlsen (Richard) of Coatesville, Pa. She was the proud grandmother to Cassandra, Thomas (Annemarie), Joseph, Rebecca, Ellie, Daniel, Andrew, and Matthew, as well as great-grandmother to Sophia. She will also be greatly missed by her lifelong best friend, Arlene Demech Wittenborn, in addition to many relatives and friends.

The family wishes to thank family doctor Scott Adler, oncologist Dr. Michael Mann, nurse Laura Brann, and the entire staff of Regional Hematology and Oncology for the years of loving care they gave to Mary Carmella. The family also thanks the Home Hospice staff at Chandler Hall for the wonderful care they provided in her final days. A special thank you to Jennifer Neumann, Pamela Neumann, and other family and friends who helped care for Carmella during this time.

Relatives and friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday, June 16, and from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 17, at the J. Allen Hooper Funeral Chapel, 41 West Trenton Avenue, Morrisville. All are invited to attend her funeral Mass at 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 17, at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 752 Big Oak Road, Morrisville. Interment will follow at Our Lady of Grace Cemetery, 1215 Super Highway, Langhorne.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in Mrs. Neumann’s name to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund at 14 Pennsylvania Plaza, Suite 1710, New York, NY 10122, or online at www.ocrf.org/donatenow.

Linda L. Young of Morrisville, died on Thursday, June 5, 2014 at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. She was 64 years old.

Born in Cobleskill, N.Y., she was the daughter of the late William D. and Frances M. Collins Shafer.

Linda had been employed by US Filter and Siemens Water Technologies.

Linda was a caring mother and devoted wife.

She is survived by her husband of 45 years, Jay; and her children, Christine, J. Aaron, and Stephen; and her brother, Roger Shafer (Linda).

Relatives and friends are invited to her funeral Mass at 11 a.m. on Monday, June 16, at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 752 Big Oak Road, Morrisville.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Linda’s name may be made to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, 555 North Lane – Suite 5010, Conshohocken, PA 19428. 

5357ab0914125.preview-300Joanne A. Rossi (nee Giovanna ‘Jennie’ Grimaldi) of Yardley, formerly of Newark, N.J., passed away at home surrounded by her family Monday, April 21, 2014. She was 95.

Born in Springfield, N.J., she had been a long time resident of Newark before moving to Yardley, in 2005.

Joanne worked at RCA Victor and Hygrade Meat Packing Plant in Newark, N.J., in support of World War II. She belonged to the Children of Mary Rosary Society at St. Rocco’s Church before meeting and marrying the love of her life Thomas G. Rossi (Gaetano) in 1946.

She was the beloved wife of Thomas; devoted mother of Joanne, Thomas, Phyllis and Carole. She was the daughter of Dominic Grimaldi and Anna (Purpura) and was preceded in death by siblings, Nancy, Mecurio, Philip, Jack, Lucy, Trudy, Angela, Rosie and Angelo. She was the loving grandmother to Kristin, Justin, Marc, Thomas, Michael and Bree; great grandmother to J.T., Brady, Brayden, Ava Grey, Alexa and one on it’s way. A wonderful mother-in-law to William T. Meyer, aunt and great aunt to many nieces and nephews and cousin to late Prince Rainier of the House of Grimaldi in Monaco.

The funeral will be from FitzGerald-Sommer Funeral Home, 17 S, Delaware Avenue, Yardley, PA at 8 a.m. Friday. Her Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 9 a.m. at St. John the Evangelist Church, 752 Big Oak Road, Morrisville. Burial will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery, N. Arlington, N.J. Friends may call from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. FitzGerald-Sommer Funeral Home.

Linda J. Lukacs of Bethesda, Md., formerly of Fort Washington, Pa. and Yardley, Pa., died peacefully Sunday, April 6, 2014, surrounded by her family. She was 67.

Beloved daughter of the late Mary and Joseph Lukacs; she is survived by two sisters, Dr. Susan Lukacs and Carol Miller (Larry); nephews, Andrew (Jen) and Bryan Miller; an uncle, Frank Pletyak, and by other loving family and friends.

Linda was a graduate of Juniata College and was a scientist with Merck from which she retired. She loved to travel and be with family and friends. Her radiant smile will be missed.

Her Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday, at St. John the Evangelist Church in Lower Makefield, where friends may call from 8:30 a.m. Burial will follow at St. Nicholas Cemetery, Hamilton Township, N.J.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Washington Animal Rescue League, 71 Oglethorpe St., NW, Washington, DC 20011 or to Save the Children, 54 Wilton Rd., Westport, CT 06880. FitzGerald-Sommer Funeral Home

20140320_144510534_0Paul Skarulis died peacefully at home Wednesday, March 19, 2014, after a long and valiant battle with kidney disease. He was 64.

A recent resident of Yardley, he was born and raised in Brooklyn, N.Y. to Sarah and Joseph Skarulis. A graduate of Alexander Hamilton High School and City College, he moved to Denver, Colorado where he was employed by Stone and Webster Corporation, an engineering services company.

Paul was a man of great faith and perseverance. Though challenged with serious health issues, he remained cheerful and an inspiration to the many friends and family he leaves behind.

He is survived by his mother and seven siblings, Carol, Joseph, Margaret, Louise, Agatha, Julianna and Catherine; twenty-eight nieces and nephews; and nineteen great nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to celebrate his funeral Mass at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 22, 2014 at St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church, 752 Big Oak Rd., Yardley, PA 19067.

Friends may call Friday from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m., and on Saturday from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the J. Allen Hooper Funeral Chapel, 41 W. Trenton Ave., Morrisville.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Paul’s memory may be made to his “home away from home”, St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 752 Big Oak Road, Morrisville, PA 19067 or St. Mary’s Medical Center, Dialysis Unit, 1201 Newtown-Langhorne Road, Langhorne, PA 19047.

Philip R. Wood of Austin, Texas, formerly of Yardley, died Sunday, March 2, 2014. He was 23. He was killed tragically in a hit-and-run car accident in Austin.

Phil was born on Jan. 30, 1991, to David and Julia Wood in Princeton, N.J. He is survived by his parents, maternal grandparents, Richard and Magda Rueda, as well as two uncles, an aunt, and four cousins.

 

The family will receive friends beginning at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, March 12, at St. John The Evangelist Catholic Church, 752 Big Oak Rd., Yardley, PA 19067, followed by a Funeral Mass at 11 a.m. Interment will follow at 12:45 p.m. at Newtown Cemetery, Washington Ave., Newtown. A reception for family and friends will be held at 1:30 p.m. at the Yardley Country Club, 1010 Reading Ave, Yardley, PA 19067.

While limited to only 23 short years, Phil had a full life with many achievements. He also overcame many challenges. At an early age he was diagnosed with Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder, which he battled hard throughout his life to overcome. A measure of his success in this regard was that he was only two months shy of graduating from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in Kinesiology and Education.

Phil found sports at an early age as an outlet for his boundless energy. He was also blessed to have been given the gift to run like the wind. After the age of 11 he had become a top ranked and well-known middle distance runner, winning many regional and national honors. His proudest moment came at the age of 15 when he won the AAU National Cross-Country Championship. At the age of 17, he represented the North East U.S. team at the Footlocker National Cross Country Championships. Perhaps more important than his racing achievements, was that he was highly regarded by his and other coaches, his team mates and opponents — and their parents, for his training ethic, knowledge of his sport beyond his years — and as an ambassador for his school teams and his sport.

Prior to going to college, Phil ran track and cross-country for St. Ignatius in Catholic Youth Organization competitions, for the Three Amigos Track Club in AAU National Junior Olympic Track Championships, and at high school for La Salle College High School and the Pennington School.

As a high school senior Phil was heavily recruited by colleges as a distance runner. He decided to attend the University of Texas in Austin on a sports scholarship – a city where his grandparents were retired. Attending UT as a scholar-athlete had long been his dream. He competed for three years at UT, but struggled progressively with injury, which ultimately forced him to stop running competitively. This devastated him for a while, but he ultimately was able to pick himself up, and threw himself with refocused passion into learning coaching – and how to teach all round fitness. He was considering making a career as a college track and cross-country coach – and had a dream of one day setting up and managing his own gyms.

A memorial service was held in Austin for Phil earlier in the week attended by over 200 friends and his teachers and coaches from UT, as well Hyde Park Gym companions. Many spoke of his passion for life and sport which had inspired them. They also spoke of his kind heart, friendship, ready smile, helpful nature, and that fact that he never spoke ill of others.

In place of flowers please, any donations to The Philip Wood Scholarship Fund which is in the process of being established c/o the FitzGerald-Sommer Funeral Home, 17 S Delaware Ave, Yardley, PA 19067. FitzGerald-Sommer Funeral Home

20140224_114348176_0John A. Deithorn of Morrisville, passed away Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014, at Chandler Hall Hospice, Newtown. He was 70.

Born in Elwood City, Pa., John was a lifelong Morrisville resident.

Mr. Deithorn attended Holy Trinity School, graduated from Bishop Egan High School in 1961, and earned his Associate Degree in Computer Science from Bucks County Community College. Prior to his retirement, he was employed as a computer systems analyst with North American Phillips Lighting for 28 years. He also worked at Rohm & Haas, Optical Scanning, and The Bucks County Courthouse.

John was a member of Fairless Hills Elks No. 2023, where he served as Exalted Ruler three times, as well as serving several years as an officer. He was an avid golfer, who especially enjoyed playing at Pinehurst in North Carolina. Mr. Deithorn was also a veteran of the U.S. Marine Reserves, and a member of the Yardley American Legion Post No. 317.

Son of the late Milton and Bina (Donnelly) Deithorn, he is survived by his loving wife Kathleen ‘Kathy’ (McLaughlin) Deithorn; two children, Jeannette Wallace of Trevose and John A. Deithorn, Jr. of Morrisville; four brothers, Joseph of Florida, Milton of Bethel Park, Pa., Hugh of Doylestown, and David of Hanover, Pa.; a granddaughter, Jennifer Deithorn, and many nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to celebrate his funeral Mass at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 27, at St. John the Evangelist Church, Morrisville. Interment will follow in Our Lady of Grace Cemetery, Langhorne. Friends may call Thursday morning from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the J. Allen Hooper Funeral Chapel, 41 W. Trenton Ave., Morrisville, where a service conducted by Elks Lodges No. 970 and No. 2023, will be conducted at 10 a.m.

Memorial contributions in Mr. Deithorn’s name may be made to St. John the Evangelist Church, 752 Big Oak Rd., Morrisville, PA 19067, http://stjohnpa.org/.

Claire M. Connell died on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014 from complications resulting from Alzheimer’s disease, at the Attleboro Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Langhorne, Pa. She was 84.

Claire was born in Boston, Mass., a daughter of the late Albert and Catherine Doherty McNamara, and lived in Allston and Reading Mass., before moving to Yardley, Pa. 46 years ago.

Claire graduated from Mount St. Joseph’s Academy, received her Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Regis College and her Master of Education EdM from Boston University. In 1951 she began her career as a health educator at Beebe Junior High School in Malden, Mass. In 1955 she worked with the Department of Public Health in Boston in polio health education and vaccination programs.

Claire’s belief that all young people should have an opportunity for a good education led her to serve on the Board of Directors of the Pennsbury Scholarship Foundation for 31 years. She served as vice president and president and was bestowed the title of director emeritus in 2008. Claire’s compassionate manner also led her to join the Board of Directors of the UIH Family Partners, supporting single mothers in their efforts to build a life for themselves and their children. In addition to her charitable work, Claire was an avid reader and golfer, enjoyed traveling and was a devoted Catholic.

She was the wife of the late William M. Connell III; sister of the late Albert McNamara III and the late Catherine Kay McDonnell. She is survived by a daughter, Kathleen M. Connell of Brooklyn, N.Y.; three sons, William M. Connell IV of Rye, N.H., David J. Connell of Fairfax, Va., and Steven J. Connell of Philadelphia, Pa.; a brother, John McNamara of Fort Myers, Fla.; and two grandchildren, Sean and Wills Connell.

The funeral will be held at 9 a.m., Saturday from the FitzGerald-Sommer Funeral Home, 17 S. Delaware Avenue (River Road), Yardley, Pa. Her Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. at St. John the Evangelist Church, Lower Makefield. Burial will follow in St. Ignatius Cemetery. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday at the funeral home.

The Claire Connell Memorial Scholarship has been created to help students afford a college education. To donate contact the Pennsbury Scholarship Foundation at 215-428-4145 or scholarships@pennsbury.k12.pa.us.

Walter W. Corson of Lower Makefield Township, Pa., died Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013 at St. Mary Medical Center, Langhorne, Pa. He was 70.

Born in Bristol, Pa., son of the late Walter L. and Rita Toner Corson, he had resided in Lower Makefield for the past 37 years.

 Mr. Corson was a retired architect. He served in the U.S. Army, and was a sports enthusiast, who enjoyed watching tennis and Philadelphia Eagles football.

He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Karen E. Corson, and a son, Stephen J. Corson.

Funeral services and burial will be held privately. FitzGerald-Sommer Funeral Home

52a97ea10abf9.preview-300Robert A. Michels Sr. passed away on Tuesday Dec. 10, 2013 at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania at the age of 80.

A resident of Lower Makefield Township for over 45 years, Bob was born in New York, N.Y. He was a U.S. Army Veteran serving during the Korean War. Bob was graduated from New York University. He worked for many years for Sperry Univac and McGraw Hill. In recent years Bob enjoyed traveling the world and visiting many different countries. An avid photographer, he has collected over 10,000 pictures of his travels.

Bob was the beloved husband of the late Frances M. Michels and loving father of the late Robert A. Michels Jr.; son of the late George and Blanche Michels; and brother of the late Henry Franklin and George Michels.

Left to cherish his memory are his devoted children, Christina M. Marks (Theodore), and Gregory J. Michels (Reed Evins); his grandchildren, Brian T. Marks (Dara), Kyle R. Marks, and Colin P. Marks; in addition his companion, Marilyn Behler.

Family and friends are invited to attend his memorial service at 10 a.m. on Friday at FitzGerald-Sommer Funeral Home, 17 S. Delaware Avenue (River Road), Yardley, PA, where friends may call from 9 a.m.

Bob will join his wife of 35 years in burial at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Hawthorne, N.Y.

Loretta A. (Cawley) McDonnell passed away peacefully on Friday, Dec. 6, 2013 at the family residence. She was 96.

Born in Pittston, Pa., Loretta had resided in Morrisville for many years prior to moving to Yardley three years ago. She loved spending time with her grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John T. McDonnell, and her daughter, Mary Pat Williamson.

She is survived by her son, Jack J. McDonnell ; and daughter, Karen M. Kulesza; her five grandchildren, Lisa Willard (Paul), John Wiliamson (Michele), Lory Klotz (Tom), Lee Ann Clarke (Joe) and Kevin Kulesza; seven great grandchildren, Erica (Jay), Hilary, Owen, Johnny, Joey, Sierra and Morgan; as well as two great grandchildren, Kayleb and Kamren. She is also survived by her extended family, many nieces and nephews and was “Mom-Mom” to Sabeen and Shermeen Ahmad.

Relatives and friends will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursday evening, and from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Friday morning, at the James O. Bradley Funeral Home, Inc., 260 Bellevue Ave., Penndel, Pa. 19047. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Friday at St. John the Evangelist Church in Yardley. Her interment will follow in St. Ignatius Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family would prefer Mass cards. 

Marie A. (Blair) McKenna of Langhorne, passed away peacefully Monday, Dec. 2, 2013, at St. Mary Medical Center, Langhorne. She was 81.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. William T. McKenna.

 Marie was born and raised in Port Richmond, Philadelphia and was a graduate of Little Flower High School. Marie managed her husband’s Family Medical practice in Lower Makefield for 30 years.

She is survived by her loving sons and daughters and their spouses, Thomas (Kathleen) McKenna, Marie Larkin, Julia (Patrick) Jones, Kathleen (Charles) Rauchut, William (Cindy) McKenna, Robert (Christine) McKenna, Kevin (Christy) McKenna; twenty grandchildren; twenty great-grandchildren; a sister, Katherine McCarthy.

Calling hours will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, at the Burns Funeral Home, 1514 Woodbourne Road, Levittown. Mass of Catholic burial to be held 1 p.m., Friday, Dec. 6, at St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church, 752 Big Oak Road, Yardley, followed by interment at Resurrection Cemetery, 5201 Hulme-ville Road, Bensalem.

In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests memorial contributions be made to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia at www.chop.edu. 

2339058Jacqueline C. Stafford, of Washington Crossing, died on Sunday, December 1, 2013 peacefully at Chandler Hall in Newtown, with her family at her side. She was 84.

Born in Philadelphia, Mrs. Stafford was an original Levittown homeowner for 50 years before moving to Washington Crossing 10 years ago.

Prior to her retirement in 1990, Mrs. Stafford was a Director with the IRS for 20 years.

She enjoyed extensive traveling throughout her life, most especially with her late husband. She spent her winters in Boynton Beach, Florida.

Mrs. Stafford was a former member of St. Michael the Archangel Parish where she was a member of the Sodality, and was currently a member of St. John the Evangelist Parish, Morrisville.

She was a member of Bristol Township Seniors and enjoyed trips to the casinos and spending time with her girlfriends. She also enjoyed knitting and crocheting various gifts for family and friends. Mrs. Stafford was the beloved wife of 58 years to the late Thomas J. Stafford.

She was the loving mother of Jackie and her husband Stan Topolski of Key Colony Beach, FL , Thomas and his wife Eileen Stafford of Doylestown and Susan and her husband Jamie Atkins of Washington Crossing.

She was the devoted Nana of Amy; Lauren; Stanley, Katie (Dan), Dan, Kyle and Erin and proud great Nana of Gabe, Danny, Sebastian and Travis.

She will also be sadly missed by her sister, Josephine Machulsky (Joe) and numerous nieces and nephews.

Family and friends are invited to attend her Funeral Mass on Friday, 10:00 a.m. at St. John the Evangelist Church, 752 Big Oak Road, Morrisville where the family will receive friends from 9:00 a.m. until the time of the Mass. Interment will follow in Washington Crossing National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to www.woundedwarriorproject.org.

 

 

 

 

529afe32ca334.preview-300Mary M. Lago of Lower Makefield Township, Pa., died Friday, Nov. 29, 2013 at her home. She was 87.

Born in the Bronx, N.Y., daughter of the late Joseph and Esther Mayersky, she had been a Lower Makefield resident for the past 50 years.

Mary was a member of St. John the Evangelist Parish, supporting church activities, helping with bingo and in the cafeteria. She was a St. Mary Medical Center volunteer for many years. She enjoyed her family, sewing and gardening.

Wife of the late Rudolph M. Lago, she is survived six children and their spouses, Marianne and William Ziegler of Langhorne, Pa., Michael W. Lago of Lawrence Township, N.J., Thomas and Charlotte Lago of Houston, Texas, Joan C. and John Shipp of Bristol, Pa., Rudolph P. and Eileen Lago of Trabuco Canyon, Calif., and Joseph A. Lago of Lower Makefield Township, Pa.; nine grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

Her Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Thursday at St. John the Evangelist Church in Lower Makefield. Burial will follow in Washington Crossing National Cemetery. Friends may call from 8 to 9:15 a.m. on Thursday at FitzGerald-Sommer Funeral Home, 17 S. Delaware Avenue (River Road), Yardley, Pa.

In lieu of flowers, Kymm Ziegler Russell, granddaughter of Mary Lago, is currently undergoing serious medical complications. Donations may be made to a special account at Wells Fargo Bank under the name Kimberly Ziegler or checks payable to: Kimberly Ziegler Donation Account. FitzGerald-Sommer Funeral Home

20131119_161024482_0Mary (Devitt) Lohan, age 89, of Morrisville, PA, passed away peacefully on Monday, Nov. 18, 2013 at Chandler Hall Hospice. Born in Philadelphia, she had lived in Morrisville for 53 years.

She began her career as an accounting clerk with the Pennsylvania Railroad. Mary also worked at Bake Rite Rolls in Bensalem for 20 years. She was a parishioner at St. John the Evangelist Church in Lower Makefield. Mary was also a former volunteer at St. Mary Medical Center and was a founding member of the Ladies of St. John. Her favorite pastime was knitting.

Daughter of the late John and Marie (Carey) Devitt, wife of the late Edward J. Lohan, and grandmother of the late Eric Von Badins, she is survived by 5 children, Edward J. (and Jane) Lohan, Jr. of Riverton, NJ, Marianne (and James) Von Badins of Morrisville, Sean (and Cathy) Lohan of Wood Ranch, CA, Maureen Lohan of Palmyra, NJ, and Michael (and Anne) Lohan of Summit, NJ, 2 brothers, John P. (and Ann) Devitt of Norristown, PA and Edward Devitt, of Latrobe, PA, 5 grandchildren, Jennifer and Stefani Lohan, Kathryn Liebhaber, and Ryan and Matthew Lohan, 2 great grandchildren Lilly and Sienna Faulls and many nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend her funeral mass at 2 PM on Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013 at St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church, Big Oak and Makefield Rds., Morrisville, PA. Interment will follow in St. Ignatius Cemetery, Yardley.

Friends may call from 1-2 PM at the Church on Thursday.

150x234-2334474Marie H. (Gannon) Kolanko, died on Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013. She was 82.

Born in Philadelphia to the late Helen (Cassidy) and John Gannon, Marie was a resident of Upper Southampton, since 1967.

Marie was the beloved wife of the late Frank J. Kolanko; loving mother of Kathleen Greway (John), Helene, Frank (Kathleen), Laurie Anne Wajda (George), and Amy Ruta (Sam); proud grandmother of Samuel, Mary Paige, Erin, Isabella, Frankie, Sal, Jamie, Nolan, Crosby, Rocco, and the late Vincent.

Marie’s family will receive relatives and friends from 9:30 to 11 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 16, at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 752 Big Oak Road, Yardley, Pa. Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Marie will be laid to rest in Resurrection Cemetery, Bensalem, Pa.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Bucks County Association for the Blind, 400 Freedom Dr. Newtown, PA 18940.

5281f1b96f28e.preview-300-1Elizabeth M. ‘Betty’ Hertkorn of Lower Makefield Township died Monday, Nov. 11, 2013, at Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia. She was 67.

Born in Philadelphia, daughter of Elizabeth Keis Toman and the late Arthur Toman, she resided in Lower Makefield for the past 35 years.

Mrs. Hertkorn was pre-school teacher at the Crossing Cooperative Nursery School in Washington Crossing for 22 years. She was graduated from Nazareth Academy in Philadelphia.

She was a member of St. John the Evangelist Parish in Lower Makefield; She served as a eucharist minister and was involved with Marriage Prep programs. Betty was also a volunteer at St. Mary Medical Center.

She was preceded in death by her granddaughter, Isabella Martin.

In addition to her mother, she is survived by her husband, Donald R. Hertkorn; a daughter and son-in-law, Debra Jean and Scott Martin of Jackson, N.J.; two sons and daughters-in-law, Timothy and Michelle Hertkorn of Lower Makefield and Michael and Rachel Hertkorn of Feasterville; a brother and sister-in-law, James and Stacey Toman of Morrisville; cousin and best friend, Anne McMullin; and nine grandchildren, Sean, Bryan, Emily, Ashley, Amanda and Kaylee Martin, Kaya and Madison Hertkorn, and Michael Hertkorn Jr.

Her Funeral Mass will be celebrated 10 a.m., Thursday, at St. John the Evangelist Church, Lower Makefield. Family and friends may call from 5 to 9 p.m., Wednesday, at the FitzGerald-Sommer Funeral Home, 17 S. Delaware Avenue (River Road), Yardley, PA.

Memorial contributions may be made in the name of Elizabeth Hertkorn to Fox Chase Cancer Center, Attn: Lung Cancer Nurse Navigator Program, 333 Cottman Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19111 or through foxchase.org\giving. 

52760624ebb12.preview-300Joseph Edward Michalak of Yardley died Friday, Nov. 1, 2013. He was 31.

Born in Langhorne, Joseph was a life long resident of Lower Bucks County.

He was a member of St. John the Evangelist parish and was a 2000 graduate of Conwell Egan Catholic High School where he played on the ice hockey team.

Joseph was an U.S. Army veteran who had served during the Iraq War.

He enjoyed drawing, sports and playing golf.

He will be lovingly remembered for his vibrant personality and great sense of humor.

Joseph was the loving father of Alyssa ‘Peanut’ Michalak. He was the beloved son of Therese (Javornik) and Albert Michalak and the loving brother of Ashley Archbald (Shaun) and Katelyn Michalak. Joseph was the grandson of Alice H. Javornik and the nephew of Milissa Wang (John), Beth Ann Bunting (William), Donna Javornik, Dana Zaluski and Zibby Teterycz. He will also be sadly missed by many cousins.

Family and friends are invited to call 6 to 9 p.m., Monday, at the James J. Dougherty Funeral Home, Inc., 2200 Trenton Rd., Levittown. His funeral Mass will be celebrated on 12:30 p.m., Tuesday, at St. John the Evangelist Church followed by Rite of Committal in Washington Crossing National Cemetery. There are no calling hours on Tuesday prior to the Mass.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675.

Marie Lavey of Langhorne and Boca Raton passed away peacefully on Saturday, October 26, 2013; she was 80 years old. Marie was born in Ireland on January 29, 1933, the daughter of Thomas and Mary Egan. She came to the United States in 1956; she settled and raised her family in Langhorne, Pennsylvania. Marie ran a successful catering business in Newton, PA before she eventually retired.

Marie was the ultimate host; she loved entertaining and arranging fabulous parties. She also enjoyed traveling with Alfred; making new friends and discovering the world. She was a woman of many facets and charms.

Marie is survived by her loving husband Alfred; devoted sons Glenn and his wife Sandra, Frank and his wife Krislyn, and Neil; cherished grandchildren Shawn, Kelly, Jade, and Jack. She also leaves behind her sisters Anne Fagan and Rosaline Kunick; and many wonderful nieces and nephews. She leaves a legacy of love and precious memories; she will be forever missed.

Relatives and friends may call on Sunday, November 3rd from 6 to 9 PM at the Swartz/Givnish Funeral Home, 323 Washington Ave., Newtown. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, November, 4 at 9:30 at St. John the Evangelist Church, 752 Big Oak Road, Morrisville, PA. Interment will follow in Washington Crossing National Cemetery in Newton, PA.

Leo T. ‘Chip’ Kepcsynski of Morrisville died Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013, at his home. He was 64.

Born in Monongahela, Pa., Chip had been a resident of Falls Township for 62 years.

He worked at U.S. Steel for many years until 1983, and was very proud of the work he did with his crew. In 1986 he joined the staff at Princeton University in maintenance and building services where he worked until retiring in 2009.

Chip was a member of St. John the Evangelist parish where he served faithfully as an usher. He also worked as a volunteer with Mary’s Cupboard.

He was an avid Philadelphia sports fan.

Chip was a sharp dresser, liked to travel, be outdoors and take walks. He also loved animals and had a sweet tooth.

Chip was the beloved husband of Beverly D. (Arch) Kepcsynski for 38 years.

He was the loving father of Brian Kepcsynski (Beth) and Erik Kepcsynski (Erin); and the devoted grandfather of Nate and Lucy. He also is survived by his mother-in-law, Marie Arch; uncles, John Hyjurick (Judy), Louis Hyjurick (Ann) and Donald Baker; aunt, Marlene Burns (William); and numerous nieces, nephews,and extended family including the Arch family.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Chester and Georgetta Kepcsynski; and his aunt, Cecilia Baker.

Family and friends are invited to call from 5 until 8 p.m. Tuesday at James J. Dougherty Funeral Home, 2200 Trenton Road, Levittown. Friends also may call from 9 until 10 a.m. Wednesday, at St. John the Evangelist Church, 752 Big Oak Road, Morrisville, where his funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Rite of Committal will follow in Resurrection Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Mary’s Cupboard, 100 Levittown Parkway, Levittown, PA 19054, or to a charity or church of the donor’s choice.

2290357John C. Jenca, Jr., of Yardley died peacefully on October 19, 2013 at Manor Care of Yardley. He was 83.

Born in Philadelphia to the late John Jenca and Eleanore Distler, he was a resident of Lower Bucks County for 60 years.

A graduate of Frankford High School, he served in the U. S. Naval Reserves for 12 years. He was a member of St. John the Evangelist R. C. Church in Lower Makefield and served as an usher there for many years. He was a life-long Phillies fan. In his younger years he played baseball and was a great second baseman.

John worked in the dry cleaning business for 30 years and then at Clarke Checks, Inc., from which he retired in 1991.

He was the beloved husband of Nancy E. Jenca and the father of Joseph J. Jenca and his wife Patricia of Yardley. He was the proud grandfather of Scott J. Jenca. Also surviving are his brother George G. Jenca of Langhorne and several nephews.

Family and friends will be received on Wednesday from 10 until 11 am at the James J. Dougherty Funeral Home, 2200 Trenton Road, Levittown where his Funeral Service will be held at 11 am. Rite of Committal will follow at Resurrection Cemetery.

525bdcd71915a.preview-300Albert M. DiGregorio of Lower Makefield, and formerly of Philadelphia, died peacefully Friday, Oct. 11, 2013, at St. Mary Medical Center in Langhorne. He was 90.

Albert was the beloved husband of the late Dolores ‘Debbie’ Bisceglia DiGregorio, whom he married on Nov. 23, 1957, in Philadelphia.

Born in Philadelphia, he was the eldest of the three children of the late Isidoro and Giuseppina ‘Josephine’ Taglialatela DiGregorio. He was the brother of the late Aida DiGregorio and Clara ‘Claire’ Vassolotti.

Albert graduated in 1940 from South Philadelphia High School. He enlisted in the military and served as a Private First Class in the 34th Infantry Division, 5th Army, U.S. Army. He served in the North African and European theaters during World War II. He served in the U.S. Army Field Artillery, U.S. Army Signal Corps and U.S. Army Infantry. He was awarded the Rifle Marksman Badge, and was awarded three times with the Combat Infantryman’s Badge (Bronze Star Medal), the European-African-Middle Eastern Medal, the Army Good Conduct Medal, and the World War II Victory Medal. He was a member of the American Legion for more than 60 years, and was currently a member of Post 440 in Newtown.

Albert was educated at the University of Florence and the University of Pennsylvania. He was one of the charter members and a past president who organized the Optimist Club of South Philadelphia in April of 1948. He had been a Pennsylvania real estate broker and partner in I. DiGregorio& Son Real Estate since May 2, 1949. He was the developer of the community of Beltzville Lake Estates in Lehighton, Pa. His greatest joy was spending time with his family in his mountain retreat by the lake.

Albert is survived by his five loving and devoted children and their spouses, Albert M. DiGregorio Jr. Esq. and Andrea, Dr. Eileen DiGregorio and Jack Livezey, Carla D. Hendricks and Leonard, Dr. Robert A. DiGregorio and Paula, and Joan D. Young and Howard. He also is survived by 12 grandchildren; Danielle, Alexander, Joseph, Nicholas, Gianni, Mia, Victoria, Cara, Sophia, Matthew, Giovanna, and Christopher; and by sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, and many nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend his viewing from 9 a.m. until his funeral Mass at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15, in St. John the Evangelist Church, 752 Big Oak Road, Morrisville. Entombment will follow in Sunset Memorial Park in Feasterville.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in his name may be made to the Healing Garden at St. Mary Medical Center, c/o One Summit Square, Suite 300, 1717 Langhorne-Newtown Road, Langhorne, PA 19047. www.fluehr.com

2276554James Francis McMahon, Jr., 47, ended his courageous year-long battle with leukemia on Tuesday, October 8, 2013 in the arms of the love of his life, Denise.

Born in Philadelphia, the son of Rosemarie (Cimino) and James F. McMahon, Sr., Jim was raised in Levittown but relocated to the Washington, DC area for many years after college. A grade school reunion with a twist of fate prompted his permanent return to the Levittown area.

Jim graduated from Bishop Egan High School and Drexel University. With his BSA degree he worked for over 25 years in the industry as a CPA specializing in corporate real estate accounting.

Always an adventurous spirit, Jim ventured across the U.S. as well as traveling abroad. His fascination with other cultures had him running with the bulls in Spain, participating in the Holi Hindu festival of colors in India and enjoying a pint in a London pub.

But Jim’s true passion was his music. He was a gifted musician with an unlimited dedication to his craft. Over the years he enjoyed working on countless music projects with like-minded friends. Jim’s electric taste gave him an appreciation for all types of music genres. A longtime collector, Jim cherished all of his instruments with a special fondness for anything stringed.

Jim was the beloved husband of Denise (Fullam) and the devoted step-father and special friend of Lonnie Dearing. He was the loving brother of Mary Ann May (John), Barbara Hare (Douglas) and Stephen J. McMahon (Victoria). He will also be sadly missed by nieces and nephews, extended family and many longtime friends.

Family and friends are invited to call on Sunday, from 2:00 until 5:00 pm at the James J. Dougherty Funeral Home, Inc., 2200 Trenton Road, Levittown. A funeral mass will be celebrated at Saint John the Evangelist Church, 752 Big Oak Road, Morrisville on Monday at 10:30 am with a calling hour starting at 9:30 am. Interment will be held privately.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Jim’s name may be made to Family Service Association of Bucks County, 515 S. West End Blvd., #9, Quakertown, PA 18951.

Mary C. Perillo – Mary C. Perillo passed away peacefully, with her daughter Doris by her side, on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at Chandler Hall in Newtown. She was 89. Born in Chicago, IL, and formerly of Trenton, NJ, Mrs. Perillo has been a resident of Morrisville since 1955. She served in the US Army during World War II. Mrs. Perillo was a former member of the Knowles-Doyle American Legion Post #317, Yardley.

Until her retirement, Mrs. Perillo was an assembly worker with Heinemann Electric for many years. She was an avid Phillies fan and also enjoyed baking Christmas cookies and making her delicious homemade ravioli. She loved needlepoint, embroidery and crocheting and also enjoyed reading. In her younger years, Mrs. Perillo enjoyed gardening, trips to the casinos and horse racing.

Loving mother of Kenneth Witkowski and his wife, Pat, Phyllis J. Perillo and her life time partner, Dennis Jackson and Doris M. Perillo, she was the devoted grandmother of Lucann, Dawn, Stacey, Solomon and Joseph, the proud great grandmother of 9 and great great grandmother of 1.

Family and friends are invited to call on Thursday, from 9:30 until 10:30 am at Saint John the Evangelist Church, 752 Big Oak Road, Morrisville, where her funeral mass will be celebrated at 10:30 am. Entombment will follow in Saint Mary’s Mausoleum, Trenton, NJ. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in her name may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.

2244474David Brian Merrick, born the first of John and Mary Merrick’s five sons on October 3, 1952 in Philadelphia, passed away on September 16, 2013. Survivors include brothers John, Christopher (Patricia), Steven (Elizabeth), and Donald, along with seven nieces and nephews, Andrew, Charlotte, Kathryn, Emily, Sean, Patrick, and Erin.

Dave was the salutatorian of his 1970 graduating class at Penndel’s Marist Preparatory Academy. He graduated from La Salle University with a B.A. in History in 1976.

Dave was an intense, solitary man who loved to read, appreciated the outdoors, and lived a simple life. As a youth, he was a gifted athlete. In later years, he devoted his energies to cycling. Most Bucks County motorists no doubt have passed Dave by at one time or another as he bicycled from here to there.

While Dave worked in a variety of jobs, his passion was writing. Dave’s legacy includes thousands of handwritten and manually typed pages of journals and stories along with, from his later years, entries detailing his personal struggle to manage life at its most basic level as well as his manuscript of an apocalyptic novel to which he had devoted years of his life.

Dave’s early interest in literature and art inspired his brothers to similar pursuits that immensely enriched their lives. The honor roll of 20th century writers that Dave introduced into the house was a source of fellowship that survives his death. But Dave’s learned one-line (and last word) critiques will be sorely missed at family gatherings.

Dave battled back after the onset of cancer. After his treatments, he found new strength. Both Dave and his family treasured the extra time and deepened connections that his extended life gave them.

His Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. John the Evangelist Church in Lower Makefield, PA on Saturday, September 21st at 11:00 a.m. A viewing beginning at 9:30 a.m. will precede the Mass. The Rite of Committal will follow in Saint Ignatius Cemetery.

June 13, 1941 - August 26, 2013

20130827_161736092_1When Thomas A. Baradziej walked into the room, those in his company felt energy, an enthusiastic spontaneity. This was just one example of who Thomas was and how he impacted those around him. Thomas was a clever and gregarious person who always sought out the finest attributes in other people. It was as if Thomas wanted to share all of their experiences, revel in their lives and celebrate their discoveries. Thomas was tireless and had boundless enthusiasm that would serve him well throughout his life.

       He was the son of Walter and Mary Baradziej. Thomas was raised in West Hazleton, Pennsylvania. Always at the ready with a good joke, he grew up to be quite a humorous person. While some who knew Thomas might describe him as an idealist, his friends and family understood well that Thomas was always in pursuit of life’s endless possibilities and opportunities available to him.

      Thomas was raised with two siblings. He had one older sister, Marie, and one older brother, Jack. Thomas was very accepting and supportive of his family. He was perceived as the central person in his family in terms of keeping communication open between the family members. Whenever discord or tension arose within the home, Thomas was typically the member who brought about resolution and harmony. These traits served Thomas well in his adult life and, along with his wit, outgoing personality, and understanding of others, drew the admiration of many who knew him.

      As a young boy, Thomas was able to empathize and identify with a vast array of people and personality types. This quality drew him into a diverse group of friends and acquaintances. Thomas was intelligent and had little trouble getting along with his peers. He was almost always the first to jump in when it came to playing games or participating in other childhood activities. Thomas took part in baseball, football, and basketball. In his spare time he liked playing in the woods and camping out. Thomas had the ability to find amusement with almost any activity he and the many childhood friends he shared might discover.

      During his high school years, Thomas responded enthusiastically to any new project and was regularly in search of one adventure after another. He graduated from West Hazleton High School in 1963. Thomas was a very good student, and generally did well in his courses. Thomas absorbed as much as he could from all of his teachers and was consistently able to tackle conceptual and abstract problems, using his imagination to master his assignments. For Thomas, school often became just an extension of playtime, thanks to his ability to turn just about anything into a game. Classmates considered Thomas a good listener, knowing that when necessary, they could go to him to discuss just about anything.

      Thomas did well in college, as a result of his comfort level with tackling new theories and his love of learning. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Bloomsburg University. He also pursued graduate school, earning his Masters degree from Trenton State College. Thomas was very adaptable, a quality that helped him make the transition from high school to college with little difficulty. As a result, Thomas’s problem solving skills and thirst for new knowledge almost guaranteed that he enjoyed virtually every class he took. Thomas was always in quest of new things to learn and experience.

      On July 11, 1972 Thomas married Nancy Perry at Maternity BVM Parish of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Thomas’s skill at “building bridges” played an important role in his ability to make his new family happy. He was quite sensitive towards Nancy’s needs, showing his constant concern and fondness. Thomas was tenderhearted and sensitive, qualities that served him well in helping to nurture his family.

      Thomas was a natural and creative parent who was willing to provide his family with all sorts of new and interesting experiences. For Thomas, parenting was a particularly enjoyable and pleasurable part of his life. Every activity, from chores to bedtime routines, became a game in the Baradziej home. Thomas’s skill at understanding his children’s feelings, his sensitivity to their needs, and his gift for gentle persuasion enabled him to find novel solutions to any problem or situation that might crop up. Thomas was blessed with three children: three sons, Anthony, Michael and Greg. They were also blessed with three grandchildren, Lindsay, Wesley and Nathan.

      Thomas was uplifted by new ideas and was excited by life’s possibilities, traits that made him an exceptional worker. His primary occupation was High School Biology Teacher. He was employed for almost three decades by the Bristol Township School District. Thomas was enterprising, inventive and working against deadlines seemed to energize him. Thomas had the uncanny ability to identify a win/win solution to just about any problem, possibly because of his gift for insight. Thomas’s fellow workers saw him as a supporter and a mentor.

      Thomas was an Air Force veteran. Through his hard work and dedication, he achieved the rank of Airman First Class. His fellow soldiers could count on him for being able to make adjustments to any situation as needed.

      Because Thomas loved to have a broad variety of activities in his life, he took advantage of the opportunity to pursue numerous hobbies. His favorite pursuits were playing golf, cards, going to the horse races and casinos and he loved all of the Philadelphia sports teams. Thomas had a knack for being able to multi-task in order to create time for all of his favorite pastimes. However, Thomas’s ever-present concern for others always took precedent.

      Thomas derived much satisfaction from participating in and watching sports. His charisma, supportive nature and ability to improvise when called upon to do so all made perfect attributes for enjoying a great many sporting activities. In high school, Thomas played baseball, football and basketball. Recreational sports included bowling and golf. Thomas was also something of a sports fan and enjoyed watching his favorite events whenever he got the opportunity. Tops on his list were golf and the Phillies, Eagles, Sixers and Flyers.

      Throughout his life, Thomas was actively involved in professional and community organizations. He was compassionate, accommodating and quick to move into action. Always able to build a consensus, Thomas seemed to be the person smack dab in the middle of things, working to get things done. Those who had the opportunity to work with Thomas usually agreed that when you were involved in an organization with him, it was as entertaining as anything you could imagine. Throughout his later years, Thomas was an active member of the Knights of Columbus.

      Thomas was a man who was dedicated and devoted to his faith. He was a member of St. John the Evangelest Roman Catholic Church for 33 years. He was sympathetic and able to empathize with others and he used these qualities to the fullest while working tirelessly for his beliefs.

      Though he never did anything solely for individual recognition, Thomas’s ingenuity, resourcefulness, and selflessness, earned him accolades for his many lifelong efforts. One of the awards he was most proud of was being inducted to the West Hazleton High School Sports Hall of Fame for Basketball and Football.

      Thomas’s love of improvising in his daily life was a perfect fit for his enjoyment of traveling. Excited about seeing changing scenery and constantly looking for the enjoyment life could offer, Thomas took his vacations seriously, well, as seriously as he possibly could. Favorite vacations included a trip to the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal, Canada, and the trip to Ship Bottom at the Jersey Shore with the whole family.

       He adapted and, like everything in his life, made it satisfying. Because he was such a flexible person and able to adjust to any situation, retirement was just another enjoyable change of pace for Thomas to master. In retirement, he found new pleasure in spending time with his grandchildren. Even in retirement, Thomas continued to stay in touch with his old friends and like always, made plenty of new ones.

      Thomas Baradziej passed away on August 26, 2013 at Aria Hospital in Langhorne, Pennsylvania. He is survived by his wife Nancy; his children Anthony, Michael and Greg; his grandchildren Lindsay, Wesley and Nathan, and his brother Jack and his sister Marie. Services were held at St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church in Morrisville, Pennsylvania. Thomas was laid to rest in Washington Crossing National Cemetery in Newtown, Pennsylvania.

      There was always a certain style and inventiveness to Thomas. He was a dynamic, self-expressive person who was forever looking to celebrate the endless possibilities life had to offer. He had a knack for being clever, creative and witty, and for others, was a joy to be around. While he was often fiercely independent, it seemed as if many others looked to Thomas Baradziej for inspiration, leadership, wisdom and even courage. Thomas was always more than willing to share life’s experiences with his loved ones.

Eileen Cassin Gallen Bademan died after a 12 month battle with cancer on Thursday, July 25, 2013. She was 49.

2177914Born in Glenside, Eileen has been residing in Yardley, PA for the past 10 years.

Eileen was graduated from Mount Saint Joseph Academy in Flourtown, PA in 1982 and received a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing form Villanova University in 1986. She was a Registered Nurse at St. Mary Medical Center in Langhorne since 2009. St. Mary’s honored Eileen with the “Eileen Gallen Inspirational Award”, an honor that will be awarded annually to recognize “the spirit of nursing and those who inspire us to be more.”

Eileen also was a well-respected Editorial Manager for HealthCom Media (2006-2009); Clinical Manager, Wolters Kluwer Health, Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins (1998-2006), where she proudly published A Daybook for Critical Care Nurses (journal of inspiration with quotes, ideas and clinical tips) and contributed to the annual publication of Nurses Drug Handbook; a staff nurse in the ICU at Williamsport Hospital (1991-1998); and a staff nurse at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (1986-1991).

Eileen will be remembered for being kind, compassionate and hilarious! She loved the beach and above all, she loved her family and friends.

Daughter of Joseph and Joan Cassin, Eileen was the beloved wife of Steve Bademan. Eileen was the loving mother of Lauren and Kate and stepmother of Nicole, Sarah and Steven. Eileen was adored by her siblings, Tom Cassin (Bonnie), Mary Rude (Robert), Margaret Carpi (David) and Dr. Maureen Cassin (Dr. Barry Kenneally) and niece/nephews Mary and Joseph Cassin, and Austin Carpi. She was cherished by her in-laws, Charles Sr. and Kathleen Bademan, Charles Bademan Jr. (Kathleen); Charles III and Sean; Kathleen Galliher (Jeffrey) and Breann.

Family and friends are invited to call on Tuesday from 5 until 10 p.m. and Wednesday from 8 until 9 a.m. at the James J. Dougherty Funeral Home, Inc., 2200 Trenton Rd., Levittown. Her funeral mass will be celebrated on Wednesday, 10 a.m. at St. John the Evangelist Church followed by Rite of Committal at Resurrection Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network at www.pancan.org.

 

 

 

20130712_083254944_2Catherine C. (DeFazio) Bender was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother and friend. She was loved by all who knew her.

Catherine was born November 21, 1937 at the family home in Morrisville, PA. She was the daughter of Joseph and Mary DeFazio. Catherine grew up in Bristol, PA. Catherine was raised with three siblings Joe, Bob, and Rosemarie. 

Catherine attained the Highest Academic Average at St. Ann’s school in Bristol. Catherine graduating from Bristol High School in 1955, where she was voted Most Popular and Assistant Editor-in-Chief for her high school newspaper, “The Rambler.” Catherine was captain of the color guard and secretary of the “Tri-Hi-Y club and Student Court.

While raising five children Catherine earned her Associates in Science of Nursing (1973) from Bucks County Community College on a full scholarship. Catherine maintained a 4.0 GPA and continuously made the Dean’s List while attaining her Bachelor of Science in Nursing (1979) from College of New Jersey – graduated Magna Cum Laude. She earned her Master of Arts in Public Health Administration (1990) from Rider University – graduated with Distinction. PhD in Health Administration (2008) from Warren University.

 A good friend to all who knew her Catherine had several very close friends. Her childhood friends were Hilda Hamm, Joyce Rauch, Joyce and Delores Rago other later in life her close friends included Katherine Cox, June Scott, Nancy Singer, Kathleen Coughlin, and Kay Taddei.

On September 21, 1963 Catherine exchanged wedding vows with Richard Bender at St. Ann’s Church of Bristol, PA and began fulfilling her dream of a house full of love and laughter. Catherine was a devoted mother, committed to making her new family happy and was blessed with five children, Maria, Carolyn, David, Diane and JoAnn. One of Catherine’s greatest gift came from spending time with each of her grandchildren, Ashley, Caitlyn, Melissa, Leah, Heather, Joseph and Joshua.

Catherine enjoyed working showing a strong work ethic, Catherine worked diligently and did her best to succeed in her career. Her primary occupation was as a Registered Nurse and all throughout Catherine’s career in nursing she was a patient advocate. Catherine was a a team player, doing what was necessary in order to get the job done.

Catherine enjoyed learning, traveling with her husband and spending twas a doer and always actively involved in professional and community organizations. In high school, Catherine was a member of the Student Court, “TRI-HI-Y,” and “The Rambler.”. Throughout her later years, Catherine was a volunteer for the Red Cross and a bereavement counselor at her parish St. John the Evangelist in Yardley.

Catherine faith was important and she took great pride in upholding her beliefs through action. She took an active role in her community, a Parish member of her church St. John the Evangelist since 1977. Though she never set out to gain individual recognition, Catherine was given accolades for her many and varied accomplishments throughout her life. Some of her most prestigious awards included an Annual Graduate Award in public affairs and human services administration for outstanding scholarship from Rider University, leadership abilities and devotion to excellence in the field of public affairs and human services administration in 1990, and Phi Beta Kappa from Bucks County Community College.

      Catherine enjoyed traveling with her husband because it was a chance for her to renew and relax, to visit new places and experience new things. Her favorite vacations included Hawaii and Italy.

      When Catherine’s finally decided to retire in 2008, she was well prepared. Catherine remained in Yardley, PA in the house she raised her children in. In retirement, she found new pleasure in obtaining her Ph D from Warren National University and also volunteered for the Red Cross. Even in retirement, Catherine continued to stay in touch with her old friends while making plenty of new acquaintances. Catherine remained active in her community and felt fulfilled with the opportunities retirement offered her.

       Catherine fought a brave battle against cancer. She is survived by her husband Richard; her children Maria, Carol (Chuck), David, Diane (Chris), and JoAnn (Joe); her grandchildren Ashley, Caitlyn, Melissa, Casey, Leah, Heather, Joseph, and Josh; and her brothers Joseph and Robert, and her sisters Rosemarie, Loretta, and Charlotte.

      Simply stated, Catherine was a generous and kind person, an individual who will for all time be remembered by her family and friends as being a caring and giving person and someone who was a vital part of their lives. Catherine leaves behind her a legacy of life-long friendships and many cherished memories. Everyone whose life she touched will always remember Catherine.

Anthony P. ‘Tony’ Natale passed away Monday, June 17, 2013. He was 88.

A Trenton native and Lower Makefield resident, Anthony is survived by his wife, Frances (Daloisio); his two sons, Robert (Barbara) and John; his three grandchildren, Jennifer, Gina, and Mark (Shannon Prendergast), and many loving nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, Dominick and Maria (Porfirio) Natale, and dear brother Concezio ‘Mike’ Natale.

Born in the Chambersburg section of Trenton, Tony graduated from Trenton Catholic High School before serving in World War II, landing on Anzio beachhead. Upon leaving the service in 1951, he married Frances.

Anthony worked at U.S. Steel while getting his undergraduate degree from Villanova University in 1973. Tony received his MBA from Rider College in 1979 and he embarked on a long career with the State of New Jersey and as an adjunct professor for the then Trenton State College and Thomas Edison College. He was most proud of his education, and teaching was his true passion.

Tony enjoyed traveling with Fran, and Fran’s home cooking. He cherished the time spent with his sons, enjoying his long conversations with Bob and his Saturday mornings with John and being with his ‘third son’ Paul (Laurie) DeUmberto.

He was a proud 4th degree member of the St. John the Evangelist Knights of Columbus Council 7515.

Never short for a story, Tony’s favorite times were spent around the dinner table with his family.

His Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Friday at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Lower Makefield, where friends may call from 9 a.m. until time of service. Burial will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Hamilton Township, N.J.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. John the Evangelist Church, 752 Big Oak Road, Morrisville, PA 19067.

Catherine J. Lobefalo of Lower Makefield Township, died Thursday, May 23, 2013 at home. She was 86.

Born in Philadelphia, daughter of the late Gennaro and Anna Fusco Malcontento, she was formerly a longtime resident of Pennsauken, N.J. before moving to Lower Makefield seven years ago.

Mrs. Lobefalo was a homemaker and an active volunteer for the Deborah Heart and Lung Center.

She was a member of St. John the Evangelist Parish in Lower Makefield.

Wife of the late Anthony J. Lobefalo, she is survived by two daughters, Theresa McVey (Bernard) of Ellicott City, Md. and Annette J. Capaci (Gerald) of Lower Makefield; a brother, Anthony Malcontento of Philadelphia; and four grandchildren, Andrew McVey, Tara McVey, Amanda Capaci and Catherine Capaci.

She was a loving mother, grandmother, friend and Mommom to many.

Her Funeral Mass will be celebrated 10 a.m., Tuesday, at St. John the Evangelist Church, Lower Makefield. Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery, Pennsauken, N.J. Friends may call from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Monday, at the FitzGerald-Sommer Funeral Home, 17 S. Delaware Ave. (River Road), Yardley, and from 9 a.m. until time of service, Tuesday, at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. John the Evangelist Church, 752 Big Oak Road, Morrisville, PA 19067.

5191f28fc8629.preview-300Joan Moonan-Hackman died Saturday, May 11, 2013 at Spring Village at Floral Vale Assisted Living in Lower Makefield, Pa.

Born and raised in Trenton, N.J., she was the daughter of Anne and Joseph Culliton.

Joan was preceded in death by her loving husband of 37 years, Robert J Moonan, who passed away in 1991. Her second husband, James Hackman, passed away in 2010 after 13 years of a loving marriage to Joan.

She is survived by her seven children and their spouses, Robert Moonan (Mary Jane), Coleen Moonan-Grogan (John), Thomas Moonan (Anne), Timothy Moonan (Nance), Elizabeth Anne Schachner (Steve), Michael Moonan (Susan), Matthew Moonan (Jacqueline); 21 grandchildren, Megan (Seth) and Kaitlin; Sean, Brendan, Ryan, and Seamus; Kevin, Deidre, Brian, Ellie; Timothy Jr., Jillian and Victoria, Shaun and Kyle; Lindsey, Lauren, Bridget, and Michael; Nicole and Danielle; and one great-grandchild, Logan.

Joan’s entire life was devoted to her family. Her favorite pastime was spending time at the shore with family and friends.

Joan served as chairman of The Hibbert Group from 1991 until 1998 and was a life long supporter of St. Francis Medical Center in Trenton. She was also a founding member of St. John the Evangelist parish in Lower Makefield, Pa.

The family expresses heartfelt appreciation to the staff at Spring Village at Floral Vale for their tender loving care of Joan for the past six and a half years.

Her Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m., Friday at St. John the Evangelist Church, Lower Makefield. Burial will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Hamilton Township, N.J. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m., Thursday, at the FitzGerald-Sommer Funeral Home, 17 S. Delaware Avenue (River Road), Yardley, Pa. and on Friday from 9 a.m. until time of service at the church.

Contributions in Joan’s name may be made to St. Francis Medical Center in Trenton, NJ.

 

Donovan (Dorothy) 3Dorothy J. Donovan of Morrisville, PA died suddenly on Tuesday, May 7, 2013, at St. Mary Medical Center, Langhorne. She was 73.

She was the beloved wife of Richard C. Donovan for 48 years.

Born in Terre Haute, IN, she was the daughter of the late Hal M. and Dessia Jeffers Dunlap and sister of the late James L. Dunlap and Doris J. Fite.

Mrs. Donovan was a resident of Morrisville since 1968. She graduated from McKees Rocks High School located near Pittsburgh, Class of 1957. Being family oriented, she enjoyed the special times spent with her immediate family and her large extended family, plus she was very active with a close-knit circle of friends. She was loving and devoted to her grandchildren. Because she cared about them deeply, she had a special knack of making her family and friends feel at ease, and feel important to her. She enriched the lives of all of those close to her. She also had a natural talent for arts and crafts, particularly painting and sewing. For many years she had been active in genealogy of her extended family, and in assisting others to find information on their ancestors. In recent years,she got special enjoyment in time spent at the beach in and around Cape May, NJ. She was known as Dot to family and friends, and known as Mom-Mom to her grandchildren. She will be sadly missed as a loving wife, mother, grandmother, aunt, neighbor, and friend.

In addition to her beloved husband, she is survived by her two daughters, Kathleen L. Richter of Sellersville, PA and Kelly L. Cantwell and her husband, Bryan, of Churchville, PA. She is also survived by her five loving grandchildren, Allison and Adam Richter, Sam, Emily and Sarah Cantwell.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend her viewing on Monday evening, May 13, 2013, from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at the Joseph A. Fluehr III Funeral Home, 800 Newtown-Richboro Road (at Holland Road), Richboro, PA 18954 and Tuesday, May 14, 2013, at St. John the Evangelist Church, 752 Big Oak Road, Morrisville, PA 19067 from 10:00 AM until her Funeral Mass at 11:00 AM.

Interment will take place at Union Cemetery, Richboro, PA.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to Fox Chase Cancer Center, 333 Cottman Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19111.

 

517cda9d4fb45.preview-300John E. “Jack” Brady of Yardley, PA passed away peacefully on Wednesday, April 24th, 2013 at Arden Courts. He was 88 years old. Jack was born January 28th, 1925 to William and Matilda Brady of Philadelphia. He had one older brother, Bill, who is deceased. Jack grew up in Philadelphia and later lived in Washington, DC, Levittown and Yardley, PA. After proudly serving his country in World War II, he graduated from LaSalle College, and also received his law degree from Catholic University. He taught in the Neshaminy School District, where he also served in Administration for 20 years.

Jack was a role model for his children and so many that he touched. He was an amazingly kind, generous and compassionate man who constantly sought out ways to help others. He loved sports and enjoyed playing tennis. He piloted a landing craft during the Normandy D-day Invasion and made repeated landings on Omaha Beach under heavy fire. Afterwards, he was sent to the Pacific where his ship, the USS Henrico was hit by a Japanese kamikaze carrying two 500 pound bombs. The captain and most of the crew were killed instantly – but Jack managed to survive. He eventually reached the rank of Commander in the United States Navy. He was also a strong boxer and fought 50 matches during the war. But yet he was a strong believer in peace and justice. He finally realized his dream to open a law practice in his 50’s and was particularly dedicated to the poor and defenseless.

He will be dearly missed, and is survived by his wife, Kathleen (Tighe) Brady. They were married for 61 wonderful years. He is also dearly loved by his two sons and his daughter, Dr. John Brady and his wife, Anne of Allentown, PA; Eileen (Brady) Grebe and her husband, Michael of Ponte Vedra Beach, FL and Kevin Brady and his wife, Barbara of Coatesville, PA , as well as his brother-in-law, James Tighe and his wife, Linda of Philadelphia, PA. He was blessed with seven grandchildren, Allison Fritchman, Lindsey Brady, Erin Grebe, Kevin Grebe, Brigid Brady, Fiona Brady and Declan Brady. He also has three beautiful great-grandchildren, Katelynn Nily, and Colin and Emmit Fritchman. The family would like to thank all Jack’s caretakers at Arden Courts for their kindness to our family and loving care for our Jack. The Heartland Hospice Team for their care and kindness was especially helpful in these last months.

Jack’s life will be celebrated by a Mass of Christian Burial at St. John the Evangelist Church, Big Oak & Makefield Rds., Morrisville, PA 19067 on Friday, May 3rd at 1:00 P.M. Burial will immediately follow the Mass at Washington Crossing National Cemetery, Highland Road, Newtown, PA. Friends are asked to direct questions to James O. Bradley Funeral Home Inc. in Penndel, PA. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, contributions in Jack’s memory be sent to Alzheimer’s Association, 399 Market Street, Suite 102, Philadelphia, PA 19106-2117.

On April 14, 2013, mother of Kathryn Veitch.Viewing at St. John the Evangelist on Saturday, April 20, 10-11 AM, with Funeral Mass at 11 AM.  Internment is private.