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