Thomas P. Priore

October 4th, 2015

Thomas P. Priore of Southampton, 70, died peacefully on Sunday, October 4, 2015 at Abington Hospice, Warminster, surrounded by his loving family.

Tom was the beloved husband of 42 years of Susan L. Buzby Priore and the son of the late Joseph and Julia Talone Priore.

Tom was a graduate of Bishop Neumann High School, class of 1963. He served an apprenticeship as a marine mechanic at the Philadelphia Navy Yard until 1965 when he entered Temple University. As the Vietnam Conflict expanded, Tom left Temple University and was called to active duty in the United States Navy. He served on the USS Cutlass, a submarine, and after his tour of duty, Tom returned to the Navy Yard to pick up his apprenticeship. He reentered Temple University night school program and, in 1979, he received his degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology.

Tom’s professional career spanned 36 years working at the Navy Yard. He retired in 2001 as a Marine Gas Turbine Program Manager for the Naval Surface Warfare Center. After leaving the Navy Yard, Tom worked for Rolls Royce North America, Marine Division, in Reston, VA for 3 years. He retired from the US Naval Reserve in 1992 as a Master Chief, after 28 years of service.

Tom was an active member of the American Legion, Pennypack Post # 800, a faithful member of St. John’s United Methodist Church, and a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. He served as the chairman of the Marine Committee.

Tom was a jack of all trades that could fix anything, and his home was his castle. He enjoyed wood working, loved to cook for family and friends, and looked forward to a heated political conversation.

In addition to his beloved wife, Susan, Tom is survived by his daughter, Jillian S. Priore, son, Thomas P. Priore Jr., his wife, Allison M., and his two dear grandchildren, Maxwell T. and Christian D. Priore. He is also survived by one brother, Joseph Priore.

Tom’s family will receive condolences on Thursday October 8, at St. John’s United Methodist Church, 820 Almshouse Rd. Ivyland, PA 18974, from 10:00 am until his Memorial Services at 11:30 am. Military Honors will follow.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to the Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society, 1810 Grant Ave., Phila, PA 19115.


George J. Marcinkowski

October 3rd, 2015

It is with heavy hearts we share the death of George J. Marcinkowski.  With his wife and four children by his side, George peacefully departed our presence to be with The Lord on October 3, 2015 after 70 years of life, love and laughter.  He was the kind, compassionate and tender hearted husband of Mary Ann Zabinski Marcinkowski.  Born in Philadelphia, he was a son of the late Bruno and Ann Strohs Marcinkowski. 

George had a heart to serve and love others well.  Quick with a smile and generous with big bear hugs, George had a way of making everyone he encountered feel special.  As a beloved Guidance Counselor in the Central Bucks School District for 35 years, George had a passion for leading and encouraging children of all ages to be their best.  Gathering with friends and family on a beach, tennis court or a ski slope was his favorite place to be. 

In addition to his wife, George is survived by his children, Paul and his wife, Marlene of Kailua Kona, HI, Jeff and his wife, Cindy, of Doylestown, PA, Greg and his wife, Christine, of Columbia, MD and Melissa Anderson and her husband Mark, of Roswell, GA.  His 6 grandchildren Paige, Abigail, Graham, Grace, Lila, and Aurora, adored their Poppy and each sweet grandchild was a treasure in George's eyes.  

He also leaves 2 siblings, Ronald Marcinkowski and his wife, Betty of Bethlehem, PA and Jacqueline Repper and her husband, Ed, of Wrightstown, PA.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Richard and Bruno Marcinkowski. 

Relatives and friends are invited to celebrate George's life and visit with his family on Wednesday October 7, 2015 from 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM.   A Memorial Service will be held at 4:00 PM.  Both events will be held at the Joseph A. Fluehr III Funeral Home, 241 E. Butler Ave. (at Sandy Ridge Road), New Britain, PA 18901.  His interment will be private. 

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be sent to Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.


Jacqueline T. Casey

October 3rd, 2015

Jacqueline T. Casey of Churchville, PA died unexpectedly following a brief illness on Saturday, October 3, 2015, at her residence. She was 72.

She was the beloved wife of Lawrence J. Casey with whom she had just celebrated 50 years of marriage in June of this year.

Born in the Bridesburg section of Philadelphia, PA, she was the daughter of the late Frank and Eleanor J. Sawicki (nee Matczak).

Jackie was a graduate of Frankford High School. She later was employed with Sears where she met her husband, Larry. They began their life in Northeast Philadelphia before relocating to Richboro, Bucks County in 1976.

A devoted wife, mother and grandmother, Jackie was so very dedicated to her family.  She treasured time visiting them and traveling, whether it was with her daughter and her family in California, spending time at the shore, or with those close by, she always made time to be with them and loved every minute of it.  Despite being an only child, Jackie came to cherish the holidays with her big family, most especially Christmas.

She was a faithful parishioner of St. Vincent de Paul Parish, who enjoyed Novena, and along with her husband had devoted time to volunteering with various church groups. 

She fought her illness with great fervor and bravery. Above all else she will be remembered for her kind heart and her generous spirit, especially the concern she continued to showed for others as her illness progressed. She will be dearly missed.

Jackie enjoyed simple pleasures like playing Scrabble, enjoying a sunrise or sunset on the deck, testing her knowledge while watching “Jeopardy”, a glass of wine and a good conversation, or just quietly holding her infant grandchildren.

In addition to her beloved husband, she is survived by her three children, Lawrence J. Casey and his wife, Nancy, of Woodstown, NJ, Brian J. Casey and his wife, Heidi, of Limerick, PA and Colleen M. Shariat and her husband, Far, of Los Feliz, CA.  She is also survived by her seven loving grandchildren, Meghan, Kevin, Kathleen, Liam, Jessica, Annabelle and Kayvan.

Relatives and friends are invited to greet her family on Thursday, October 8, 2015, from 10:00 AM until her Funeral Mass 11:00 AM at St. Vincent de Paul Church, 654 Hatboro Road, Richboro, PA 18954.  Interment will take place at Resurrection Cemetery, Bensalem, PA.

Contributions in her memory may be made to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society,; 888-557-7177.

"Sing and make music in your hearts, always giving thanks to the Father for everything.” -Jacqueline T. Casey (A handwritten note found amongst her personal belongings)



Thomas B. Konowalczyk

October 2nd, 2015


Thomas B. Konowalczyk of Ivyland, died peacefully on Friday, October 2, 2015, at his home. He was 55.

Born in Philadelphia, Tom was a resident of Bucks County all of his life.

He was the devoted son of Anthony C. and Dorothy M. Widdows Konowalczyk; He is the dearest father of Bradley T., Brett H., and Bryce C. Konowalczyk.

Tom was a graduate of Council Rock High School, class of 1978 where he played football and baseball. He attended Bucks County Community College. Tom enjoyed being with people and was in sales for many years for Blatt Tire Co. During his career he received many awards for his excellence in communication and sales.

Tom loved life; he thrived for adventure, and was a fun guy to hang around. Tom enjoyed landscaping, golfing and traveling with family. He was an avid Philly sports fan and looked forward to working on anything with an engine. He will be sadly missed by his big family and many friends.

In addition to his 3 sons and parents, Tom is survived by his 2 brothers; John A. Konowalczyk (Connie), Craig J. Konowalczyk as well as his 2 sisters;, Lynn M. Kopacz (Paul) and Cindy M. Scipione (Bruno). He is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Tom’s family will receive condolences on Saturday October 10, 2015 at St. John United Methodist Church 820 Almshouse Rd. Ivyland from 1:00pm until his Memorial Services 2:00pm. Interment will be private. 



Russell T. Braun

October 2nd, 2015

Russell T. Braun of Furlong, a unique and wonderful person of 28 years ended his life after a long battle with depression on Friday, October 2, 2015.

Russell was the loving son of Jim and Beth Chapman Braun and best friend and brother to Kelly Braun.

Russell had Asperger’s Syndrome and it was the defining aspect of his life. He had a loving heart, a brilliant mind, a dry sense of humor and a troubled soul.

Russell attended Central Bucks West and graduated from Widener University with a degree in Informational Technology.

In addition to his parents and sister, Russell is survived by his grandparents, Patricia Chapman of Doylestown and Vic and Marilyn Braun of Arizona, He is also survived by his aunts and uncles; Dave, Becky and Colin Chapman, Barb and Jerry Thoreson, Rich, Holly, Matt and Zach Chapman, Carol, Rich, Alex and Brad DeRamon, Ken, Robin, Taylor and McKenzie Braun and Vickey, Michael and Miles Kennedy.

A memorial gathering will be held on Saturday October 24, from 10:00am until Russell’s Life Celebration at 11:00am, in the Joseph A. Fluehr III Funeral Home 241 E. Butler Ave. (at Sandy Ridge Rd.) New Britain, PA 18940.

Condolences and thoughts about Russell may be sent to or Contributions in memory of Russell may be made to Widener University-Office of Development, One University Place, Chester PA 19011.

We will miss Russell’s’ wit and unique perspective on life. He made our world a brighter place and we love him and will miss him greatly. “Rest in Peace Russell.”


John J. Kalata

September 29th, 2015

John J. Kalata of Richboro, PA died peacefully on Tuesday, September 29, 2015, at Attleboro Health Care, Langhorne. He was 67.

He was the beloved husband of Carolyn Saravo Kalata for 45 years.

Born in Stanley, WI, he was the son of the late Casimir P. and Helen Stangret Kalata.

Mr. Kalata was a resident of Richboro for 37 years. After attending Girard College, he went on to receive his bachelor’s degree in Accounting from LaSalle College, Class of 1969. He continued his education by attending evening class and received his Master’s of Business Administration from Drexel University in 1976. Before his retirement in May 2014 he was Corporate Controller at Sparks Exhibits in Philadelphia for many years.

He enjoyed fine woodworking, carpentry and all types of home renovations. He also liked a good round of golf and was a devoted Eagles fan. Through his outgoing personality, John became an instant friend to everyone he met. He will be sadly missed as a loving husband, father, brother and friend to all who knew him.

In addition to his beloved wife, he is survived by his two children, Josh Kalata and his fiance, Marilyn Malin, of Moorestown, NJ and Courtney Kalata Jost and her husband, David, of Hatboro, PA. He is also survived by his brother, Charles C. Kalata and his wife, Vera, of Philadelphia and his sister-in-law, Mildred Tarquinio of Philadelphia.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend his viewings on Sunday evening, October 4, 2015, from 7:00 to 9:00 PM and Monday, October 5, 2015, from 9:30 to 10:30 AM at the Joseph A. Fluehr III Funeral Home, 800 Newtown-Richboro Road (at Holland Road), Richboro, PA and to his Funeral Mass 11:00 AM at St. Bede the Venerable Church, 1071 Holland Road, Holland, PA 18966.

Entombment will take place at New St. Mary Cemetery, Bellmawr, NJ.


Anton Geiger

September 29th, 2015

Anton Geiger, of Doylestown, PA died on Tuesday, September 29, 2015, surrounded by his loved ones. He was 92.

He was the beloved husband of 61 years to Johanna. In addition to his loving wife, he is survived by his four children, Angelika Geiger and her husband David Monedero of San Francisco, Johanna Sheppard and her husband Gary of New Derry, PA , Gabriella Cucinotta and her husband Frank of Hamilton Square, NJ , George Geiger of Doylestown, PA, as well as his sister Benita Schwele of Warminster, PA and additional siblings in Germany. He is also survived by his 5 grandchildren Jason, Danielle, and Alyssa Sheppard and Christina and Marissa Cucinotta.

Born in Zell, Germany, Tony was a Master Cheese Maker. Once in the U.S., Tony spent much of his career with DelRan Builders as a master carpenter. A talented artist, he also painted, sculpted and created unique furniture. What he cherished most was his family.  

His family will receive relatives and friends on Saturday, October 3, 2015 from 10:00am until his Funeral Service 11:00 AM at Joseph A. Fluehr III Funeral Home 800 Newtown-Richboro Road (at Holland Rd.) Richboro, PA 18954. His interment will follow in Union Cemetery, Richboro.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Doylestown Hospital Hospice or The Cancer Institute of Doylestown Hospital, c/o 595 West State Street, Doylestown, PA 18901.


Paul A. Barras

September 29th, 2015

Paul A. Barras of Chalfont passed away following complications from a sudden heart attack on Tuesday, September 29, 2015. He was 40. Paul was the beloved husband of 5 years to Emily S. Barras and the loving and adoring father of his two boys, Joey and Casey Barras.

Born in Philadelphia in 1975, he was a son of Ronald E. and Mary Theresa Higgins Barras and attended St. Ephrem School and Bishop Egan High School.

An avid Philadelphia sports fan, but soccer was Paul's passion right up until the end. He played soccer his entire life, most recently for PA Rush Soccer Club, and coached youth soccer at Upper Moreland Soccer Club and PA Rush as well. He was a role model in the game for his many nieces and nephews. The youngest of six children Paul had a rich and diverse love of music spanning many decades and genres.

Paul worked in Information Technology holding positions with Jones of New York and most recently at Toll Brothers. His gentle and friendly way made him a natural in desk side support because he loved nothing more than to help others in their time of need, whether they be coworkers or family and friends.

In addition to his wife, children, and parents, Paul is survived by his siblings, Ron E., Jr. and his wife, Kathy, Tim and his wife, Barb, Rob and his wife, Patty, Mike, and Rosemary Moran and her husband, John; his sisters-in-law, Sarah S. Philo and her husband, Jeremy and Molly Roberts and her husband, Scott; and his mother and father-in-law, Susan and Joseph Sager. Paul also leaves behind countless Aunts, uncles, Cousins, Nieces, Nephews, extended family and friends.

Relatives and friends are invited to the celebration of Paul’s life on Tuesday October 6, 2015 beginning with a time to greet the family from 9:00 AM until his Memorial Service 11:00 AM in the Grand Ballroom at Normandy Farm Hotel and Conference Center, 1401 Morris Rd., Blue Bell, PA 19422. His interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory at .


Marion Shakely

September 26th, 2015

Marion Bruce Shakely of Warminster died peacefully in the evening on Saturday, September 26, 2015, at Doylestown Hospital. She was in her 88th year. Surrounding Marion were all her children, other members of her family, and a close friend, all praying, crying, laughing, and sharing memories.

Born in Point Breeze, South Philadelphia, Marion was the only child of Philip A. and Marion Bruce (nee Roth). In November of 1929, as the small family prepared to move to one of the first rowhomes in Philadelphia's Mayfair section (then largely still semi-wild open space), tragedy struck when Philip, a member of the Philadelphia Police Department, was killed in the line of duty. The widow, her 18-month-old child, and other family members fulfilled Philip's dream and completed the move. Mother Marion, "Nana" to her grandchildren, resided in the home until the mid-1970s; the Bruces were one of the earliest families in Saint Bernard parish in Mayfair.

On a blind date (when she was in college) Marion met her husband-to-be, John A. "Tioni" Shakely. In 1964, Marion and John moved their small family into a brand-new home in the Hartsville Park section of Warminster Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania. The Shakelys became members of Nativity of Our Lord parish, Warminster, in that year. Marion traveled extensively, including through the American West and Caribbean as well as to England, Scotland, Germany, Italy, and Greece. She was committed to Saint John Paul the Great and to the Culture of Life.

Marion worked for the old Snellenburg’s and Strawbridge & Clothier department stores, as a technical copyeditor for electronics manufacturer Philco Corporation, and for First Pennsylvania Bank, all in Philadelphia; but she regarded her true and noble vocation to be as a loving wife and loving mother.
Marion was proud to be a graduate of Saint Bernard School (in 1942); Mount Saint Joseph Academy, where she studied on scholarship at the original Chestnut Hill campus (1946), and the University of Pennsylvania (1950). At Penn, where she also studied on scholarship, she was a Kappa Delta sorority sister while studying political science and journalism.

Surviving Marion are her daughters Marion Wedo, Alison Nahrgang (spouse, Matthew), and Samantha Aboud (Robert); sons William and Joseph Shakely; 10 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Marion's loved and loving husband, John, long a teacher at Central Bucks High School West, and employee in Pennsylvania's "State Store" system, preceded her in death in 2001.

Celebration of Marion’s funeral Mass will begin at 10:00 A.M. on Saturday, October 3 at Nativity of Our Lord Church, 585 West Street Road, Warminster, PA 18974. There will be no viewing, per her wishes, however relatives and friends are invited to greet the family at the church beginning at 9:00 AM. Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Cheltenham Township will be her place of earthly rest.
The Shakely family warmly thanks the staff of Doylestown Hospital for the professional and compassionate care provided to Marion.

Please consider donating, in lieu of flowers, to a charity performing corporal works of mercy in the name of our Lord. The Holy Family Home, administered by the Little Sisters of the Poor (, was one of many charities that Marion supported. She also created the John & Marion Shakely Charitable Fund with the Catholic Foundation of Greater Philadelphia ( to provide scholarship assistance to students at Archbishop Wood High School.

"Requiescat in pace, Mom. Requiescat in pace, Gram."


Elizabeth “Betsy” Schluth

September 24th, 2015

Elizabeth “Betsy” (nee McGinley) Schluth, of Richboro passed away peacefully on Sept. 24th. Beloved wife of Frank C. Schluth; dearest mother of Frank R., Robert W. (Mary), Stephen D. (Rosanna), and Kevin C. (Kristin); and doting grandmother of Katie, Zach, Tim, Ana, Maggie, Kyra, Eva, Sophia, and Charlie. She is also survived by her sisters, Kay Messa and Jeanne Donahue; her sisters-in-law, Carol Robinson and Rita McGinley; and countless nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend her viewings, Monday 6:00-8:00pm in the Joseph A. Fluehr III Funeral Home, 800 Newtown-Richboro Rd. (at Holland Rd.) Richboro, PA 18954 and on Tuesday at St. Bede the Venerable Church, 1071 Holland Rd., Holland, PA 18966 from 10:30am until her Funeral Mass 11:30. Int. All Saints Cemetery, Newtown.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place Memphis, TN 38105.