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Recent Obituaries

Sharon L. Bennett (Craig)


Sharon L. Bennett of Chalfont passed away on Tuesday, June 2, 2020 at her residence. She was 63.

Sharon was the beloved wife to the late David P. Bennett for 43 years.

Born in Philadelphia, she was the daughter of the late Francis and Marion Winters Craig and the mother of the late David P. Bennett Jr.

Sharon was a former resident of Philadelphia before moving to Chalfont in 2000. She had worked as a Pharmacy Technician since 2008 at Doylestown Hospital. In her leisure time, she enjoyed traveling to the Jersey shore especially North Wildwood and also to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Sharon enjoyed cooking for her family and friends during the holidays and will be truly missed by all.

Sharon is survived by her loving son Joseph M. Bennett and his wife Kate Cardone Bennett and her sister Victoria Collins of Berwick. She was the Mammie to her 3 grandchildren, Luigi, Logan and Carter, is survived her goddaughter Tracy Hacker, godson Alexander James Hacker and great nieces Kaylee Paige, Tori Lee and Josette Marion.

Services and interment will be privately held. For future Memorial Services, please visit for updated service information.

If so desired, please consider a contribution in Sharon’s memory to the Fire Department of Montgomery Township, PO Box 18, Montgomeryville, PA 18936.



Melvin S. Blumenthal, M.D., F.A.C.C.

Melvin S. Blumenthal, M.D., F.A.C.C.

Mel Blumenthal, age 77, of Lower Makefield Twnsp, passed away on May 31, 2020 from pancreatic cancer surrounded by his family.  He was born in Philadelphia on December 6, 1942, the son of Edwin Blumenthal and Leona (Pinsky) Blumenthal. After graduating from Central High School, Mel received an BA with highest honors from Dickinson College and then an MD from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He had postgraduate training at the University of Virginia (Charlottesville), the University of Wisconsin (Madison), and completed a fellowship in Cardiology at the Pennsylvania State University (Hershey). After three years of active service as a medical officer in the US Army (Frankfurt & Nuremberg, Germany), he returned to the US and spent 15 years practicing Cardiology at the Monroe Clinic (Monroe, WI). In Monroe, he was elected to the local school board and served many years as member and chairman of the local library board.

In 1990, he moved back to PA to take a research position at the Bristol-Myers Squibb Pharmaceutical Research Institute in Lawrenceville, NJ, where he played a key part in the clinical development of clopidogrel (Plavix), which had an important role in the prevention of cardiac ischemic events and the utility of coronary artery stenting.

While at the University of Wisconsin, Mel met and married Elizabeth MacKenzie (Oregon, WI), his life-long friend, companion, caretaker and precious wife on November 15, 1969, and the couple have two cherished children: Holly Miller of Alexandria, VA and Craig (Lisa) Blumenthal of Wauwatosa, WI.

In retirement, Mel enjoyed travel, classical music & reading.  He hated yardwork.

Mel is survived by his wife, children, and two grandchildren (Abby & Jack) of whom he was very proud, and his brother Rick and his family (Sherman Oaks, CA) and brother-in-law John MacKenzie and his family (Oregon, WI). He was preceded in death by his parents.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the American Cancer Society 1626 Locust Street Philadelphia, PA 19103, the American Heart Association 5455 North High Street Columbus, OH 43214, or a charity of donor’s choice would be appreciated.



John (Johann) Gallik

John (Johann) Gallik of Lower Makefield Township, died peacefully surrounded by his loved ones on Sunday, May 31, 2020.  At the age of 91, John left his earthly body to be with our Heavenly Father.  He will be deeply missed by his loved ones.  

John was the loving husband of Eva (Bahnweg) Gallik.  The couple shared 65 years of love, memories and laughter.  Born in Yugoslavia, he was the son of the late Johann and Barbara Gallik.  He immigrated to the US in 1952 and married his beloved Eva in 1955.  They raised two daughters, Anna and Kathy, in a loving home in Northeast Philadelphia.  Through the years, his family expanded and he was affectionately known as Opa or Opi. 

His family fondly remembers his angelic smile and beautiful singing voice.  He would often sing a variety of songs in German or English, while playing the piano, harmonica or accordion.  John also enjoyed gardening, boating, and animals.  He was a fierce card player when playing Pinochle with friends and family.  He worked for over 30 years as a tool and die maker at Eaton Yale & Towne.  He was known to be able to fix practically anything, and was always lending a helpful hand.  John and Eva took memorable 6 week long adventures traveling across the United States and through Europe. 

 John was predeceased by his daughter, Anna Decher, and brothers, Jakob and Adam (Helen) Gallik. 

John is survived by his beloved wife Eva.  He will be greatly missed by his daughter and son-in-law, Kathy and Mark Falcone; son-in-law, Manfred Decher; grandchildren, Michael (Kim) Decher, Diana Decher, Teresa (Jason) Harris, Erika (Adam) Priori, Maria (Eric) Wimmers, John (Christine) Falcone, Christina (Matt) Kauffman; 18 great-grandchildren, Rebeka, Melissa, Ellie, Timmy, Coulton, Matthew, Luca, Luciana, Stella, Julia, Gabriel, Morgan, Anthony, Colette, Olivia, Scarlett, Austin, and Daniel; sister Margaret (Dieter) Forberger; sister-in-law Hilde Gallik; and many nieces and nephews.

Following current health and social-distancing guidelines, masks are required at the services.  Relatives and friends are invited to greet John’s family on Monday, June 8, 2020 from 10:00 am, until the start of his Funeral Mass, 11:00 am at St. Andrew Catholic Church, 81 Swamp Road in Newtown, PA.   Internment following mass is at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, 3301 W Cheltenham Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19150.  A memorial gathering and luncheon will be arranged for a later date. 

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Shriner Hospital for Children, in John’s memory, to 3551 N. Broad St. in Philadelphia, PA 19140.




James M. Shapiro

James M. Shapiro, 65, died peacefully May 29, 2020, in his home and surrounded by his family. He was born August 4, 1954, in Abington, the son of Malcolm and Alice Shapiro.

Dad graduated from Abington High School, Class of 1972 where he played both soccer and lacrosse. Following his graduation, he attended Lake Forest College in Evanston, IL where he continued to pursue his passion for both sports. Following an illustrious college career where he enjoyed all that the ‘70s had to offer, Dad began working for his father.

Dad joined his father, Malcolm Shapiro, as a manufacturers’ representative at Shapiro and Boehm at the age of 22 and took the company over when Malcolm passed away. SRS Marketing was established in 1996 when Shapiro and Boehm merged with Robert Riefberg Sales, where Dad served as President alongside his partners Robert Riefberg and Bob Slemmer until his passing. Dad has served on both the ASIA and APAA committees and has more recently served on the Auto Care Association Board of Directors. Recognizing the need for a strong volunteer presence in the industry, Dad held many different roles within the Association.

Dad is survived by his wife Alice Shapiro (née Walsh), his three children and their spouses: Alex Shapiro and Danielle Shapiro (née Rosen), David Shapiro and Rachel Shapiro (née Dromgoole), and Lucy Mullaney (née Shapiro) and Steven Mullaney. He is also survived by his sister Karen Shapiro and his mother Alice Shapiro (née Hecht). No this is not a typo. He married a woman with his mother’s name. Also, they were both born in Brooklyn, in February. No comment.

Dad was not only a terrific businessman, but he was also an incomparable husband and father. Never one to accept adequacy in his professional life, he didn’t accept it in his duties as a parent. When he wasn’t traveling, he could be found behind the chain link fence of a Little League game, coaching soccer, or driving up and down the eastern seaboard to various sporting events. On more than one occasion he would get off a plane and drive two or more hours to catch the second half of one of his children’s activities.

Dad was an ardent Philadelphia sports fan, and an endless fount of knowledge of all the teams - a gift he passed along to all his children. Deeply superstitious, before every game he would say “we’re not going to win this one”; this way he could say “I knew it!” if they lost and be ecstatic if they won. A peculiarity he also passed on to his children which their spouses would agree is highly annoying.
Those who knew him, knew Dad was an avid fan of good food. Luckily for him he married our mom and was able to enjoy restaurant quality food every meal for the length of their 36-year marriage. A few of his favorites included ribs, meatballs, wings, barbecue chicken, roast beef, and thanksgiving turkey. It’s easy to see the theme.

Dad loved to golf and is leaving behind his second home in Lookaway Golf Club, a place he referred to as Shangri-La on more than one occasion. It is a sacred place where he taught his kids how to play golf, enjoyed many good meals on the back patio, and watched his daughter get married. In fact, looking back on our time with Dad, it is hard think of one without the other.

Dad had an uncanny knack for avoiding large scale weather events, including several major snowstorms and at least a couple hurricanes. He also managed to miss every Halloween by conveniently having a conference in Las Vegas that lasted the last week and a half of every October. This of course saved him from the post-Halloween sugar rushes and general madness that our weary mother dealt with. Now we’re not saying that he had a 6th sense, but you can make your own conclusions.

 Due to the ongoing pandemic and general disorder of the world, which true to tradition Dad has wisely avoided, a memorial event will not be held at this time.

In lieu of flowers, the Shapiro family has requested that donations be made to one of the charities that Dad supported:

  • Automotive Aftermarket Charitable Foundation (AACF) – - The AACF, or Automotive Aftermarket Charitable Foundation, was founded in 1959 to assist automotive aftermarket members and their families who, due to catastrophic illness or terrible accident, have exhausted all other available resources in maintaining a reasonable existence;
  • Gary Sinise Foundation - - At the Gary Sinise Foundation, we serve our nation by honoring our defenders, veterans, first responders, their families, and those in need;
  • The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) – – The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals® works to save animals from dogfighting, puppy mills, hoarding and other cruelty situations. We provide animals medical care and behavioral rehabilitation and help thousands of animals find loving homes every year. We respond to emergencies when disaster strikes, and fight for stronger laws to protect animals.




Leonard John Wojnarowicz

Leonard J. Wojnarowicz of Langhorne, PA died peacefully on Friday, May 29, 2020, at Manor Care of Oxford Valley.  He was 79 years old.

Leonard was the beloved husband of 55 years to Marcella M. Wojnarowicz, nee Bonett.

Born in Philadelphia, PA he was the son of the late Joseph and Bertha (Wszolek) Wojnarowicz and the brother of Nancy Nowicki and the late Joseph Wojnarowicz.

Leonard was a proud veteran of the Navy who served as a radarman on the Destroyers USS Conway and USS Stickell.

Leonard, fondly known as Uncle Lenny to most, enjoyed many activities including traveling with his wife, kids, family, and friends. He enjoyed many years camping with his family and hiking, biking, fishing, and most of all eating. He was an accomplished skier who raced with the Polar Bear ski club and taught the sport to many. His favorite sport was golfing and he looked forward to trips with his buddies to play. He and Marcy hosted the annual Cardellino family reunion for 14 years and countless family events including Christmas Eve, Easter, and the famous SuperBowl event. Uncle Lenny was a father-figure and mentor to many kids over the years and is considered one of the nicest guys in the world.

In addition to his beloved wife Marcy, Leonard is survived by his sons: Leonard J. Wojnarowicz Jr. and his wife Colleen of Willow Grove, PA and Gregory Wojnarowicz and his fiancé Kate Murphy of Foxchase, PA.  He is also survived by his sister Nancy Nowicki (Edward) and his dear grandchildren: James (Lila), Steven, Joseph, and Isabella.

Due to the National Health Crisis a Gathering and Memorial Mass at St. Andrew Catholic Church in Newtown, PA will be announced for family and friends at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to the American Stroke Association, 7272 Greenville Ave. Dallas, TX 75231 or at



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