James W. Houseman Sr.

June 26th, 2015

James W. Houseman Sr. of Newtown, PA died peacefully on Friday, June 26, 2015, at his residence. He was 85.

He was the beloved husband of Florence E. Walker Houseman for 61 years.

Born in Philadelphia, PA, he was a son of the late Edgar and Edith Gerke Houseman and brother of the late Edgar William Houseman and Doris Brehmeyer.

Mr. Houseman was a resident of Newtown for the past 6 years and formerly lived in Holland for 40 years. He was a proud Army veteran, having served during the Korean War. In 1965, Mr. Houseman started his own business, General Partition Company, located in Croydon, which is involved in paper conversion. He was actively involved with his business during his lifetime. Along with his wife, he was a member of Northampton Presbyterian Church since l970, where he served as a Sunday School superintendent, elder and groundskeeper. In his leisure time, he enjoyed golfing and taking trips to the shore. He served at the Ocean City Tabernacle as head usher and was a Life Trustee. Above all, he cherished the special times spent with his family. He will be remembered as a loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather and brother.

In addition to his beloved wife, he is survived by his three children, James W. Houseman Jr. of Newtown, Richard A. Houseman Sr. and his wife, Rose, of Newtown, and Susan Ann Gregory and her husband, Peter, of West Chester, PA, and his sister, Barbara Scheich of Bensalem. He is also survived by his three loving grandchildren, Sandra Erlandson and her husband, Michael; Pamala Rahill and her husband, Timothy; Richard A. Houseman Jr. and his wife, Pamela; and eight great grandchildren, Carlie, Timmy, Michael, Tori, Gabriel, Isabella, Molly and Richard III.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Wednesday, July 1, 2015, from 10:00 AM until his Funeral Service 11:00 AM at Northampton Presbyterian Church, 539 Buck Road, Holland, PA 18966. Interment will take place at Forest Hills Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to Northampton Presbyterian Church at the above address.


Margaret M. “Peggy” Graham

June 22nd, 2015

Margaret M. “Peggy” Graham, of Chalfont, passed away peacefully on Saturday, June 20, 2015, at Doylestown Hospital surrounded by her loving family. She was 78.

Born on October 9, 1936, Peggy was the daughter of the late Margaret and James Mulholland.

Peggy was a retired teacher of the Philadelphia School District, having taught for over 36 years.

Peggy is survived by her loving daughter, Margaret E. “Meg” Graham, her dear sister Kathleen Nickels (John), her niece and nephew Kathleen Percetti (Tom), Jack Nickels (Leng), she is also survived by her great nieces and nephews; Nicole, Tommy, Mason, Tyler and Emily.

Margaret’s family will receive condolences on Friday June 26, 2015 from 9:00am until her Funeral Mass 10:00am at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church 100 Broad St. Hilltown, PA. 18927. Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers contributions in her memory may be made to Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Neonatal Division, 34th and Civic Center Blvd. Phila, PA 19104.


Joshua A. Burkey

June 22nd, 2015


Antonio DiPaolo

June 21st, 2015

Antonio DiPaolo of Newtown died Sunday, June 21, 2015 at Chandler Hall Hospice in Newtown. He was 88.

Antonio was the beloved husband of the late Maria A. Giannini DiPaolo.

Born in Italy, he was the son of the late Edward and Giuseppina Pontarelli DiPaolo, brother of the late Franco DiPaolo and sister of the late Angela Croce.

Antonio was a former resident of Philadelphia before moving to Newtown in 2003. He retired from Crown, Cork and Seal Company in Philadelphia with over 30 years of service in their manufacturing department. Antonio was a former Communicant of Maternity B.V.M. Church in Philadelphia and St. Bede the Venerable Church in Holland before attending the Church of St. Andrew in Newtown. In his leisure, he enjoyed gardening and playing games of chance, especially the lottery. His true joy was the quality times he spent with his family, especially his grandchildren. Antonio will be truly missed by his family and by all who came to know him.

Antonio is survived by his children, Antonietta Maria Coletta and her husband Vincenzo of Holland and Anthony DiPaolo and his wife Kathleen of Newtown. He is also survived by his brother Peter DiPaolo of Philadelphia, 7 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren and his many nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend his viewing, Wednesday, June 24th from 10:00am until his Funeral Mass 11:00am in the Church of St. Andrew, 81 Swamp Road, Newtown, PA 18940 followed by his interment in Resurrection Cemetery in Bensalem.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to National Parkinson Foundation, Gift Processing Center, P. O. Box 5018, Hagerstown, MD 21741-5018.


Eugene Shuttle, Sr.

June 21st, 2015

Eugene Shuttle, Sr., of Glenside, died June 21, 2015 at St. Mary Medical Center in Langhorne. He was 88.

Eugene was preceded in death by his wife, Dolores. They were married for 53 years.

He was a graduate of Linsly Military Academy, he served in the Army during WWII in the Pacific. Following the war he attended the University of West Virginia earning his degree in 1948. He worked for A. Shuttle Construction, a family business, and later started Telefix a water and sewer line repair company. A devoted husband and family man, he was a volunteer leader for a local Boy Scout troop and at St. Luke’s parish.

Eugene is survived by four children, Eugene Shuttle, Jr. (Anita) of Crofton, MD, Robert Shuttle (Cindy) of Lansdale, Dina Bicakcioglu (Ilham) of Newtown, and Marleis Giangiulio (Craig) of Haddonfield, NJ. Affectionately known as Pop to his nine grandchildren, Eugene III, Alyssa, Austin, Robert, Ryan, Reed, Tylon, Craig and Blaize. Also survived by his sister Laura Nestor of Somerset and many friends.

Relatives and friends are invited to call Saturday, June 27th from 10:00am until his Funeral Mass 11:00am in St. Luke the Evangelist Church, 2316 Fairhill Avenue, Glenside, PA 19038 follow by his interment at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Cheltenham.


James A. Nolan

June 21st, 2015

James A. Nolan, 59, of New Hope, Pa., succumbed to liver cancer at home on Father’s Day, June 21, 2015, surrounded by his loving family.

Jim was born in 1956 and was a lifelong resident of Bucks County. He graduated from Neshaminy High School, Langhorne, Pa., in 1974, and Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., Class of 1978.

He is survived by Anita, his wife of 35 years, daughter Kellyn and sons Thomas and Bennett.

He was president and co-owner of Tohickon Abstract Co., a family title insurance business in Holicong, Pa., where he worked since graduating from college, holding real estate closings throughout Southeastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey. He was highly respected within the title industry, and considered those with whom he had the pleasure of working to be his friends.

Upon learning of her father’s illness, Kellyn moved home to be by his side, helping both at home and in the office, and working as hard as he did.

Jim loved running, bicycling, and reading. Things were not his friends, however, and he usually left issues mechanical or technological to his younger son, Bennett.

Jim coached all his children in soccer at one point or another, and enjoyed spending time along the pitch, shouting from the sideline. He especially loved watching Kenyon College soccer, and continued to follow the team’s progress, even after his son Thomas had graduated.

Jim was predeceased by his father, James J. Nolan, a fine Irish dancer, and is survived by his mother, Bernita Curley, brothers Patrick J. Nolan and his wife Elizabeth, of Doylestown, Brendan F. Nolan and his partner Joseph Litton, of New Hope, and sister Carey K. Young and her partner April DiPietro of Mount Laurel, N.J., as well as many nieces, nephews, and their children.

A celebration of Jim’s life will be held on Wednesday July 15, 2015 at Covenant Church, 4000 Route 202, Doylestown, PA 18902. Jim’s family will receive Condolences from 1:30 pm until his Life Celebration at 3:00 PM.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to the Heritage Conservancy, 85 Old Dublin Pike, Doylestown, PA 18901; The Kick Leuk Foundation, www.kickleuk.org , PO Box 61, New Hope, PA, 18938; or to Germantown Academy, 340 Morris Rd., Fort Washington, PA 19034-0287.



William Warren Tomlinson

June 20th, 2015

William Warren Tomlinson of Ivyland passed away peacefully with his loving family by his side at his residence on Saturday June 20, 2015. He was 73.

Bill was the loving and devoted husband of 19 years to Lynne R. Marts Tomlinson.

Born in Abington he was a son of the late Warren F. and Margaret McClelland Tomlinson.

Bill graduated from Neshaminy High School with the class of 1961 and went on to proudly serve with the Army National Guard. He began his career with the Northampton Township Police Department in 1966, serving 30 years until his retirement from the position of Sergeant of the Criminal Investigation Division.

Along with his wife, Bill was a member of St. John’s United Methodist Church in Ivyland. In addition he was actively involved for many years as a driver with the Trevose Heights Rescue Squad, the Bucks County F.O.P. Lodge 53, and the National Rifle Association.

An avid outdoorsman, Bill enjoyed being outside any chance he had. He loved boating and could easily be found just about anywhere there was water, especially Sandy Hook, NJ and Lake Wallenpaupack. He also enjoyed travelling the country with his wife and grandchildren in their R.V., hunting, salt-water fishing with his daughters and friends, quadding and snow mobiling.

Above all else, Bill will be remembered as a true gentleman to whom time with family was of the utmost importance. He will be dearly missed as a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, and uncle and as an admirable public servant of his community.

In addition to his wife, Bill is survived by his daughters, Donna Marie Chakiris and Connie Lorraine Pickwell; his grandchildren, Devon and Joseph Chakiris and Melissa Pickwell; his brother, James Tomlinson and his wife, Patti; his “honorary” grandchildren, Mark and Fallon Murdock; and countless other relatives and friends.

Relatives and friends are invited to his viewings, Tuesday Evening June 23, 2015 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM at the Joseph A. Fluehr III Funeral Home, 800 Newtown-Richboro Rd. (at Holland Rd.) Richboro, PA 18954 and Wednesday Morning June 24, 2015 from 10:00 AM until his Funeral Service at 11:00 AM at St. John’s United Methodist Church, 820 Almshouse Rd., Ivyland, PA 18974. His interment will be private.

 In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Bill’s name to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Bod 758517, Topeka, KS 66675 or to St. John’s United Methodist Church at the above address.


Carolyn M. “Marie” Rodgers

June 20th, 2015






Sunrise: November 28, 1929

Sunset: June 20, 2015


It’s with great sadness to announce that Carolyn M. “Marie” Rodgers died at 12:35 am Saturday, June 20 surrounded by her family.

She was married to our Dad, William Rodgers, who predeceased her, for 65 very happy years.

Marie was the beloved daughter of the late Caroline Weber.

Marie, as those who knew her will attest, was the most lighthearted, fun to be with person who always had a smile on her face, dancing feet and a song in her heart.

Her happiest years were spent raising her family in Mayfair and working at Kenny’s Discount Gifts on Frankford Avenue.

Marie enjoyed the last five years at Wood River Village, being the life of every party and a friend to all who were lucky enough to cross her path. Everyone knew her and most people who saw her coming would say, “Uh oh, here comes Trouble with a Capital T” because she was always engaged in mischief of one kind or another. Her table at dinner was always the most boisterous and noisy group at Wood River Village. Gina, the nurse who took wonderful care of her told her it was “an honor to take care of you” and most people who knew Marie would agree.

Marie was the devoted mother of Carolyn Amato (and late son-in law, Anthony Amato) and their children, Jacquelyn and Scott Rand, Anthony and Carrie Amato and Carolyn Amato plus six great grandchildren.

She is also survived by her daughter, Suzanne Rodgers and her husband Anthony Porrazza and their children, Ciara and David Seal and Taryn Porrazza and her fiancé, Christopher Wickel.

William and Dorothy Rodgers also survive her as well as their children, William and Casey Rodgers, Christen and Moss Jacobson, Colleen and Michael Snow, Briana Rodgers, Bridget and Charles Sgrillo, Mackenzie Rodgers, Michaela Rodgers and nine great grandchildren.

Visitation is scheduled at 10:15 am on Monday, June 29th at Saint Bede the Venerable Roman Catholic Church (1071 Holland Road, Holland, PA 18966) followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:15 am. Interment will follow at the Washington Crossing Veterans’ Cemetery where Marie will be reunited with her beloved husband, Bill.

We thank all our family, friends and the entire staff at Wood River Village (drivers, nurses, restaurant staff and administrators) for their love and support for our mother and us.

For those who wish to make a donation in Marie’s name, her preference would be the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research at Grand Central Station, PO Box 4777, New York, New York 10163-4777.


Mary M. Rajnic

June 20th, 2015

Mary M. Rajnic, a long-time resident of Newtown, passed away on Saturday June 20, 2015 at St. Mary Medical Center, Langhorne. She was 95.

She was the beloved wife of the late Frank Rajnic and mother of the late Francis J. Rajnic.

Born in Coaldale, PA, Mary was a daughter of the late Cletus and Catherine Gildea Schilling.

A graduate of St. Mary’s School in Coaldale, Mary later met and married her beloved husband, Frank. Together they relocated to Newtown, PA where they were devoted parishioners of the Church of St. Andrew. Mary enjoyed puzzles and travelling, but most importantly, she treasured time with her family who will miss her dearly as a devoted mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.  

Mary is survived by her grandchildren, Maura C. Hesdon and Michael F. Rajnic and his wife Valerie; her four great-grandchildren, Madison, Hannah, Janie, and Justin; and her daughters-in-law, Patricia Rajnic (wife of the late Francis J.) and Sharon J. Rajnic.

In addition to her husband, her son, and her parents, she was preceded in death by five siblings.

Relatives and friends are invited to her viewing on Monday June 29, 2015 from 9:30 AM until her Funeral Mass at 10:30 AM at the Church of St. Andrew, 81 Swamp Rd., Newtown, PA 18940. Her interment will be held at 3:00 PM in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Summit Hill, PA.

In lieu of flowers, those desiring may make donations to the charity of their choosing.


William Frederick Davis

June 17th, 2015

William Frederick Davis of Bensalem, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, June 17, 2015, with his loving family by his side following a brief illness, at St. Mary Medical Center, Langhorne. He was 67.

Bill was the beloved husband of Mary Ann Keating Davis. The two would have celebrated their 42nd wedding anniversary on June 23rd, 2015.  

Born in Dayton, OH he was a son of the late James and Rosetta Havens Davis and brother of the late Bob Davis.

Bill graduated from Northridge High School in Dayton, OH before entering the United States Air Force and served proudly during the Vietnam War. Bill had the chance to travel the world while in the service and it was during this time that he met his beloved wife, Mary Ann.

After settling down in Bensalem, Bill was employed for Reedman Automotive as a salesman and later worked for Bucks County Community College, from where he retired. Bill was a long time parishioner of St. Ephrem Church where he became actively involved in coaching sports. He was also a coach and umpire for Valley Athletic Association for many years. He was devoted to enjoying retirement and filled his time attending sporting events for his grandchildren and getting as much family time as possible.

Perhaps most of all Bill will be remembered for being a hard worker who strived to provide a stable foundation for his family who was the most important thing to him. He was knowledgeable on sports of any kind, enjoyed bowling, and was a generally quiet and mild mannered man. He will be dearly missed as a loving husband, father, brother, uncle, and “Poppy”.

 In addition to his wife, Bill is survived by his children, Bill Davis, Jr. and his wife, Melanie, of Langhorne, Mary Beth Walinskas and her husband, Tim, of Newtown, and Matthew Davis and his wife, Lindsay, of Newtown. He also leaves behind his beloved grandchildren, Brynn, Colin and Trevor Davis and Bridget and T.J. Walinskas; his sister, Pam McKenzie and her husband, Don, of Ohio and their family, his sister-in-law, Debbie Davis (wife of the late Bob) and their family; his brothers-in-law, Jack Keating of San Francisco and Jim Geddes (the late Diane Keating Geddes) of Wycombe, PA; and his nieces, Kellyann Rogers (Patrick) and Shannon Geddes and his nephew, Jim Geddes Jr., and countless cousins, relatives, and friends.

Relatives and friends are invited to Bill’s viewing on Monday June 22, 2015 from 9:30 AM until his Funeral Mass 10:30 AM at St. Ephrem Church, 5400 Hulmeville Rd., Bensalem, PA 19020. His interment will follow in Resurrection Cemetery, Bensalem.