Dolores M. Purdy

March 1st, 2015

Dolores M. “Ginger” Purdy of Newtown and formerly of Wellsboro, PA and a former long time resident of Philadelphia passed away March 1, 2015 at Chandler Hall Hospice in Newtown with her loving family by her side. She was 83.  

She was the loving wife of 28 years to the late Walter J. “Jim” Purdy.

Born in Philadelphia, Ginger was a daughter of the late Daniel and Marion Moreland Mullin.  

Ginger was a graduate of John W. Hallahan High School for girls in Philadelphia and later met and married her beloved husband. Together they raised their family and Ginger went on to work as a bookkeeper for the F.C. Haab Company before her retirement.

Ginger possessed a magnetic personality and her zest for life was deeply felt by everyone around her. She was born and raised in Philadelphia and later relocated to Wellsboro, PA.   Although she was proud to call herself a “country girl”, she never lost her love for the Mummers and cheering on her Philadelphia Eagles.

Most of all, Ginger treasured her life which was filled with immense love and laughter from her family and friends, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She will be dearly missed.

Ginger is survived by her children, James F. Purdy and his wife, Marie, of Gaithersburg, MD, Elizabeth A. Smith and her husband, Jim, of Wellsboro, and Steve Purdy and his wife, Tenaz, of Yardley; her adoring grandchildren, James, Janine, Kimberly, Lauren, Deeanna, Marisa and Samantha; her great-grandchildren Kira, Fiona, Emerson, and Sonya. Ginger was eagerly anticipating the arrival of another great-grandson, expected soon.

She also leaves behind her brother Francis Mullin and his wife, Jule, of Blackwood, NJ.

In addition to her husband and her parents, Ginger was preceded in death by her sister, Marion Wenner.  

Relatives and friends are invited to greet the family on Wednesday March 4, 2015 from 10:00 AM until her Funeral Mass 11:00 AM at the Church of St. Andrew, 81 Swamp Rd., Newtown, PA 18940. Her interment will be held privately.

In appreciation of the compassionate care given to Ginger and her family during her time at Chandler Hall, the family requests that in lieu of flowers donations be made in Ginger’s name to Chandler Hall Hospice, 99 Barclay St., Newtown, PA 18940.

 

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John L. “Jack” Rhoades Jr.

February 28th, 2015

John L. “Jack” Rhoades Jr. of Newtown, PA died on Saturday, February 28, 2015, at St. Mary Medical Center, Langhorne, PA. He was 73.

He was the beloved husband of April Grosso Rhoades for 37 years.

Born in Trenton, NJ, he was the son of the late John L. Sr. and Helen Walton Rhoades.

Mr. Rhoades was a resident of Richboro for 37 years before moving to Newtown in June 2014. He was employed as a collection supervisor for Public Service Electric and Gas in New Jersey for 37 years before his retirement in 1997.

In his leisure time, Jack enjoyed dabbling in the stock market and always liked taking a chance at the horse races. He also enjoyed hunting and fishing. Being family oriented, he especially enjoyed the times spent with his family. His two grandsons went to visit him this past week and just the sight of them brought a beaming smile to his face and made him laugh. He will be sadly missed as a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle.

In addition to his beloved wife, he is survived by his daughter, Kristi S. DeCarlo and her husband, Kevin, of Newtown, PA and his sister, Dorothy Rittenberry and her husband, Kevin, of Allentown, New Jersey. He was the loving Pop Pop of Logan G. and Carter R. DeCarlo and special uncle to Isabelle Rittenberry of Allentown, NJ.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend his viewing on Wednesday, March 4, 2015, from 10:00 AM until his Funeral Service 11:30 AM at the Joseph A. Fluehr III Funeral Home, 800 Newtown-Richboro Road (at Holland Road), Richboro, PA 18954. Interment will take place at Resurrection Cemetery, Bensalem, PA.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made American Heart Association, 5455 N. High Street, Columbus, OH 43214.

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Irene K. Stieber

February 28th, 2015

Irene K. Stieber of Richboro, PA passed away peacefully and surrounded by her family on Saturday, February 28, 2015, at St. Mary Medical Center in Langhorne. She was 85.

Irene was the beloved wife of the late Francis Joseph Stieber and loving mother of the late James D. Stieber.

Born in Philadelphia, PA, she was the daughter of the late James J. and Margaret Wallace Carroll and sister of the late James M. Carroll and Margaret Habercorn.

Mrs. Stieber was a resident of Richboro for the past 58 years. She graduated from St. Hubert Catholic High School for Girls in Philadelphia, Class of 1947. She was a past member of St. Mary Medical Center Women’s Guild. Irene enjoyed singing in the church choir, playing bridge, golfing and travelling, especially taking her annual vacation to Pompano Beach, FL which she looked forward to every year. Above all, she enjoyed spending time with her family.  She was so proud of all of her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren and always had a story to share about them with her friends.  Since several of her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren are musically talented, she always enjoyed attending their concerts, productions and dance recitals. She will be sadly missed as a loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother, special aunt (“Aunt Mom”), sister-in-law and friend to all who knew her.

 Irene is survived by her five children; Francis Jerome Stieber and his wife, Anne, of Dresher, PA, Christopher G. Stieber and his wife, Faith McKee, of Churchville, PA, Marian J. Stieber of East Norriton, PA, Joel M. Stieber and his wife, Sue, of Stevens, PA and Irena K. Bordonaro and her husband, Charles, of Worcester, PA. She is also survived by her 15 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend her viewings on Thursday, March 5, 2015, from 7:00 to 9:00 PM and on Friday, March 6, 2015, from 8:30 to 9:45 AM at the Joseph A. Fluehr III Funeral Home, 800 Newtown-Richboro Rd. (at Holland Road), Richboro, PA 18954 and to her Funeral Mass 10:30 AM at St. Vincent de Paul Church, 654 Hatboro Road, Richboro, PA 18954. Interment will follow in St. Andrew Cemetery in Newtown, PA.

In lieu of flowers, contributions “In Memory of Irene Carroll Stieber, Class of '47" may be made to St. Hubert Catholic High School Annual Fund, 7320 Torresdale Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19136.

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Marie T. Gibbons

February 25th, 2015

Marie T. Gibbons of Southampton died peacefully on Wednesday February 25, 2015 at Holy Redeemer Hospice in Meadowbrook. She was 89.

Born in Philadelphia, she was the beloved wife of 67 years to Paul D. Gibbons, daughter of the late Matthew and Anna Gannon McVey and Mother of the late Maryann Gibbons and Marie Gibbons.

Marie was a graduate of St. Hubert's High School for Girls, class of 1944. She was a resident of Huntingdon Valley for many years before moving to Southampton 26 years ago. She was a faithful and active communicant of Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish.

Marie loved playing cards and belonged to a Bridge Club for many years; she also looked forward to bowling with family and friends.

Marie and her husband where blessed to have 10 children, to which she devoted her life, setting good example and she succeeded and has been rewarded by God with many happy years as a Mother and her children have blessed her with 24 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.

Marie will be sadly missed not only by her caring family but many life long friends.

In addition to her beloved husband, Marie is survived by her children and their spouses; Paul D. Gibbons, Jr and his wife Patti, Patti McTear and her husband Tom, Donna M. Donohoe and her husband Bill, Daniel Gibbons, Barbara Cook, Edward Gibbons, Suzanne Leven and her husband Greg, and Nell Bailey and her husband Scott. She is also survived by her sister Ann Marasheski. Also surviving are her loving 24 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend her viewing on Monday evening March 2, from 7:00pm to 9:00 pm at the Joseph A. Fluehr III Funeral Home 800 Newtown-Richboro Rd. (at Holland Rd.) Richboro and to her Funeral Mass Tuesday 10:00am in Our Lady of Good Counsel Church 2nd Street Pike and Knowles Ave. Southampton, with words of remembrance at 9:55 am.

Her interment will be in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Cheltenham.

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Matthew Sheehan

February 25th, 2015

Matthew Sheehan, of Oakford, PA died on Wednesday, February 25, 2015. He was 34.

Born in Meadowbrook, PA, he was the fifth born of eleven children of Ed and Nancy (Newnam) Sheehan.

A working class electrician, he was very proud of his trade. As a child Matthew was very gentle minded, and was always looking for approval and to fit in with his friends and among his ten brothers and sisters, he always aimed to please whoever he was with at any time.

He possessed a great sense of humor and was always able to lighten even the most serious mood with his jokes and keep everyone around him laughing.

Matt was a very loving father and family oriented. Even though things became tough over the last few years, he always said "We're a family we, have to be there for each other". His heart was huge and no person or situation could change that or waiver his unbreakable loyalty.

His last four days were the most memorable and his friends and family will miss him immensely because he has taken a piece of them with him.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his children, Matthias, Ian, Emma, and Bryson Michael Sheehan, his 6 brothers Edward M. Sheehan III, Padriac and Olivia Sheehan, Brendan and Beth Sheehan, Gaelan Sheehan, Gerard Sheehan, Shamus Sheehan, his 4 sisters Kathleen and Jim Frey, Nancy and Ray Ruch, Marybeth and Liam Kelly, Brenna and Tom Maertzig, his paternal grandfather Edward Sheehan. He is also survived by his best friend and girlfriend, Liz Zoppina and many, aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his paternal grandmother Elizabeth Dudley Sheehan, and his maternal grandparents John and Doris Murray Newnam.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend his viewing, Thursday, March 5, 2015 from 10:00 – 11:45am and his Funeral Mass 12:00 pm at St. Bede the Venerable Church, 1071 Holland Road, Holland, PA 18966. His interment will follow in Resurrection Cemetery, Bensalem.

In lieu of flowers donations in Matt’s name may be made to the Sheehan Children’s Memorial Fund, C/O Wells Fargo Bank, 3625 Horizon Blvd., Trevose, PA 19053.

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Dr. Miroslav Martinovic

February 24th, 2015

Dr. Miroslav Martinovic of Ewing, NJ passed away on Tuesday, February 24, 2015 with his loving family by his side in Chandler Hall in Newtown, PA. He was 58.

Born in Serbia, he was the son of Milka Krcmar Martinovic and the late Milutin Martinovic.

Miroslav attained his masters degree at New York University and his doctorate in Computer Science from Belgrade University. Miroslav was a professor of Computer Science at Pace University, Wagner College, and most recently the chair and head of the department at The College of New Jersey. He enjoyed running, soccer, traveling, jazz and classical music, as well as celebrating his Serbian heritage. He also enjoyed watching his daughters playing tennis and performing in piano concerts. Most notably, he was devoted to his family.

In addition to his wife Katya, he will be deeply missed by his three daughters, Anna, Maria, and Sandra Martinovic and his mother, Milka.

Relatives and friends are invited to his viewing on Friday, February 27, 2015 at 11:30 AM followed by his funeral service at 12:30 PM at the Joseph A. Fluehr III Funeral Home, 800 Newtown-Richboro Rd., Richboro, PA, 18954. Miroslav’s interment will follow at Newtown Cemetery, Newtown, PA.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Miroslav’s memory may be made to the American Brain Tumor Association, 8550 West Bryn Mawr Avenue, Suite 550, Chicago, IL, 60631.

 

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Else Wecker

February 24th, 2015

Else Wecker of Warrington, PA died peacefully on Tuesday, February 24, 2015, at her home surrounded by her family. She was 82.

She was the beloved wife of Rolf Wecker for 56 years.

Born in Geislingen, Germany, she was the daughter of the late Mattheus and Anna Schmid Buehner.

Mrs. Wecker was a resident of Warrington for the past 16 years. She immigrated to the United States in 1953. Along with her husband, she was the owner of Ralph’s Pastry shop located in Richboro from 1973 to 1988. She was affectionately known as the “cookie lady” to many customers. Mrs. Wecker was a member of Addisville Reformed Church for over 35 years. She enjoyed gardening and cooking. Being family oriented, she cherished the special times spent with her children and grandchildren. She will be sadly missed as a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and aunt.

In addition to her beloved husband, she is survived by her son, Kurt R. Wecker and his wife, Diane, of Doylestown, PA, her daughter, Christine Errico and her husband, Andrew, of Newtown, PA and her three sisters, Ruth Buehner and Gerda Senft, both of Geislingen, Germany and Lotte Burits of Rockledge, PA. She is also survived by her four loving grandchildren, Matthew and Morgan Wecker and Christopher and Angela Errico.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend her viewing on Saturday, February 28, 2015, from 10:00 AM until her Funeral Service 11:00 AM at Addisville Reformed Church, 945 Second Street Pike, Richboro, PA 18954. Interment will take place in Union Cemetery, Richboro.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to Addisville Reformed Church at the above address.

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Joseph W. Birkbeck Jr.

February 24th, 2015

Joseph W. Birkbeck Jr. of Langhorne passed away on Tuesday February 24, 2015 at his home surrounded by his loving family and caregivers. He was 88. 

He was the beloved companion of 30 years to Marcella (Marti) Impagliazzo.

Born in Moosic, PA he was a son of the late Joseph W. and Ellen G. Martin Birkbeck.

Joe was devoutly patriotic and was immensely proud of having served his country with the United States Army during World War II in the 10th Armored Division. He later attended Scranton University and went on to join ER Squibb in 1951 retiring after 42 years of service as Director of International Business Development and Marketing. Joe also loved to travel and spend time with those he loved. His kind heart and fun loving nature will be greatly missed.

In addition to his beloved companion, Marti, Joe is survived by his sons, Joseph Birkbeck III (Sheree) of Porter, TX, Kenneth Birkbeck (Susan) of Spencerport, NY and Roger Birkbeck (Cheryl) of Newtown; his grandchildren Jessica, Nicole, Zach, Alyssa, Ryan, and Adam; and his sisters, Gloria Kittner (Edward) of South Carolina and Edie Calvetti of Boise, ID.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by four siblings Grace Russ, June Couch, Carl Birkbeck, and Ruth Huddleson.

Relatives and friends are invited to Joe’s viewing on Tuesday March 3, 2015 from 10:30 AM until his Funeral Service 12:00 PM at the Morrisville Presbyterian Church 771 North Pennsylvania Ave., Morrisville, PA 19067. His interment will follow in Washington Crossing National Cemetery, Newtown.  

In lieu of flowers contributions in his memory may be made to Boy Scouts of America, 1 Scout Way, Doylestown, PA 18901.

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Lawrence Gerard Leith

February 23rd, 2015

Lawrence Gerard Leith of Holland passed away on Monday February 23, 2015 at his home. He was 69. He was the beloved partner of 14 years to Diane Stinziani and her three children.

Born and raised in Philadelphia, Larry was the son of the late Clarence and Margaret (Flanagan) Leith.

After graduating from North Catholic High School, Larry entered the Carpenter’s Union. He then proceeded to serve 28 years with the Philadelphia Fire Department, retiring with the rank of Captain. Following his retirement from the Fire Department, he worked for Nationwide Insurance as an investigator.

Larry is survived by his children, Lori (Albert) Raggio, Holly (Jeffrey) Heefner, Lawrence Leith, and Kathryn (Gregory) Smith. He also leaves behind his seven grandchildren and his brothers James and Richard Leith and several nephews and nieces.

​Relatives and friends are invited to greet the family on Friday, February 27, 2015 from 7:00 – 9:00 PM and again Saturday February 28, 2015 from 8:30-9:30 AM at the Joseph A. Fluehr III Funeral Home, 800 Newtown-Richboro Rd. (at Holland Rd.), Richboro, PA 18954 followed by his Funeral Mass 10:00 AM at St. Bede the Venerable Church, 1071 Holland Rd., Holland, PA 18966. His interment will follow in Our Lady of Grace Cemetery, Langhorne.

In lieu of flowers contributions in his memory may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 150 Monument Rd., Ste. 100, Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004.

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Florence. M. Wysz

February 23rd, 2015

Florence. M. (Susie) Wysz (nee̒ Figlewski) of Cadbury at Cherry Hill died peacefully on Monday, February 23, 2015.

Born in Kingston, PA in 1922, she was the wife of Dr. Walter P. Wysz who died in 1977. She was the daughter of Boles J. and Marie S. (nee̒ Kozuchowski) Figlewski.

Susie had a strong intellectual curiosity all her life and graduated from Bucknell Junior College. She then studied to become an Oral Hygienist at Temple University School of Dentistry where she met her future husband, Walter P. Wysz. It was he who gave her the nickname “Susie” by which she was known for the rest of her life.

She was a woman ahead of her time, having a career as a Dental Hygienist and working with her husband in his dental practice. They lived in Philadelphia before moving to Cinnaminson, NJ where they lived for forty years.

Susie had a zest for life and many talents. She took a millinery class and learned to make beautiful custom hats. She learned to bead and made priceless handbags. She sketched in pencil, mastered photography and learned chair caning. She was a long-time volunteer for the Phila. County Dental Association, the Riverton Library and several other organizations in her lifetime.

Susie will be truly missed not only by her loving and devoted family but also by her friends at Cadbury where she has been a resident for more than ten years.

Susie is survived by her daughter BJ, her granddaughter Sandy (Geoff) and her great grandson, Antonio and extended family Maureen, Dean, Grace and Abigail.

Susie’s family will receive condolences on Friday March 6 at St. Rose of Lima of Lima Church 330 Kings Highway, Haddon Heights from 10:30am until her Funeral Mass at 11:00am. Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers contributions are kindly requested in her memory to the Cadbury Residents Association with the notation “for entertainment only”: Cadbury at Cherry Hill, 2150 Route 38, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002.

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