|Burton R. Beck
Burton R. Beck of Panama City Beach, Fla., formerly of Warrington, died
Monday, Dec. 10, 2001 at the Gulf Breeze Hospital in Pensacola, Fla. He
He was the husband of Barbara Ann Scott Beck.
Born in Abington, he was the son of Elizabeth Burton Beck of Glenside
and the late Robert B. Beck.
Mr. Beck graduated from Abington High School, Class of 1957 and attended
the University of Pennsylvania. After 30 years of combined service for
AT&T and Bell Telephone, he retired in 1993. He and his wife moved
to Panama City Beach in 1995.
He was a former member of the Glenside Welden Volunteer Fire Company.
In addition to his wife and mother, he is survived by two sons, David
S. Beck and his wife, Kristen, of Green Lane and Jeffrey A. Beck and his
wife, Kathy, of Ambler; one daughter, Tracy Thiebeau and her husband, John,
of Pipersville; six grandchildren, Nicole, David, Aimee, Alex, Jillian
and Cole; and one sister, Alice Joanas of Glenside.
Relatives and friends are invited to his funeral service 10 a.m. Wednesday,
Dec. 19 at the Glenside Abington Methodist Church, 137 N. Easton Road,
Glenside. Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the new location
of the Reed and Steinbach Funeral Home, 2335 Lower State Road, Doylestown
and also from 9 to 10 a.m. Wednesday at the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Mr. Beck’s name may be
made to the American Cancer Society, Making Strides Against Breast Cancer,
1626 Locust St., Philadelphia, PA 19103.
Catherine M. Berry
Catherine M. (Kehan) Berry of Horsham passed away Tuesday, Dec. 11,
2001 at Abington Hospital. She was 80.
Born in Philadelphia, she was the daughter of the late Patrick and
Katherine Coyle Kehan.
She was the beloved wife of the late John L. Berry; loving mother of
James Berry, Joanne O’Brien, Janice Romberger, John Berry Jr., Joseph Berry,
Joyce Lavin, Judith Cousart and Jill Coogan; and sister of Louise Davis.
Also surviving are 26 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend a funeral Mass 11 a.m.
Monday, Dec. 17 in St. Catherine of Sienna Church, 317 Witmer Road, Horsham.
Friends will be received 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday in the Decker Funeral Home,
216 York Road, Warminster and after 10 a.m. Monday until time of Mass in
the church. Interment will be in St. John Neumann Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Mrs. Berry’s
memory to: Katie McDonald, 1006 Marian Road, Warminster, PA 18974 to benefit
the Denise Francis Aiers Children.
Joseph A. Curcio
Joseph A. Curcio of Doylestown died Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2001 at Doylestown
Hospital. He was 77.
He was the beloved husband of 50 years to the late Margaret Hunsicker
Born in Philadelphia, he was the son of the late Paul and Alice Lawson
Curcio and father of the late Peggy A. McCartney and the late Joanne Muller.
Mr. Curcio grew up in the Germantown section of the city and lived
in Northeast Philadelphia before moving to Bucks County in 1980. He was
a resident of Southampton for 17 years before moving to Doylestown.
Joseph was the owner and operator from 1964 to 1972 of the Bee Restaurant
located in Richboro. In 1974 he took ownership of the Golden Pump Restaurant
in New Hope. He worked there until 1999.
Mr. Curcio was a former parishioner of Our Lady of Good Counsel Church
in Southampton. He was a Navy veteran of World War II.
In his leisure time, Joseph enjoyed golfing and traveling, especially
his vacations in Florida. He also was an avid poker player.
He is survived by three daughters,Rosemary Oglialoro of Kintnersville,
Denise Payne of Willow Grove, and Judy Butler of New Hope, also son-in-law,
Frank McCartney of Horsham; and 13 grandchildren. Four sisters also survive,
Theresa Werner of Florida, Janice Ernst of Harleysville, Marlan Lawson
and Cass Kerwin, both of Philadelphia; and one brother, Paul Curcio, also
Relatives and friends are invited to attend his funeral Mass 11 a.m.
Saturday, Dec. 15 at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church, Second Street Pike
at Knowles Avenue, Southampton where friends may call after 10. Interment
will be at St. John Neumann Cemetery, Chalfont.
Contributions in his memory may be made to Eagle Fire Co., Sugan Road,
New Hope, PA 18938.
Joseph A. Fluehr III Funeral Home, New Britain
Ruth Duca, beloved wife of Michael J. Duca, died Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2001.
She was 85.
After her retirement from OIC in Philadelphia, Mrs. Duca worked for
Como Real Estate.
She was the loving mother of Patricia (Domenic) DiGiacomo, Donna (Steven)
Wilson and Donald (Jane) Duca. She is also survived by six grandchildren,
Kim (Paul) Abdalla, Deborah (Marco) Arnone, Eric (Stephanie) Duca, Michael
Duca, Danielle Wilson and Andrew Wilson; five great-grandchildren; and
her brother, William Patrizio.
Relatives and friends are invited to call from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday,
Dec. 13 at the Kirk & Nice Suburban Chapel, 333 County Line Road, Feasterville
where funeral services will be held at noon Friday. Interment will be in
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to your local chapter of
The Parkinson Disease Association.
John H. Fox
John H. Fox of Doylestown, formerly of Dublin, died Tuesday, Dec. 11,
2001 in Beverly Healthcare Doylestown Manor. He was 85.
He was the husband of the late Florence (Schermann) Fox.
He was a retired funeral director and owner of the former John Haney
Fox Funeral Home in Dublin.
Born in Curley Hill, Pa., he was the son of the late John and Addah
He was a member of Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church on Pipersville.
He was a U.S. Navy veteran, serving in World War II.
He also was a member of the Rajah Shrine in Reading and a member of
the Doylestown Masonic Lodge 245.
There are no immediate survivors.
Graveside services will be held 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14 in Doylestown
Cemetery, Doylestown. There will be no calling hours.
Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of choice.
C.R. Strunk Funeral Home, Quakertown
Ralph B. Ketterer
Ralph B. Ketterer of Bedminster Township died Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2001,
in Grand View Hospital, West Rockhill Township. He was 79.
He was the husband of Marietta (Gabel) Ketterer. The couple had celebrated
their 58th wedding anniversary on June 19.
Mr. Ketterer owned and operated a dairy farm on Deep Run Road in Bedminster
Township for 11 years. He had continued to crop-farm until the present.
For more than 25 years he was a local sales representative for Badger Equipment
of Wisconsin. He also represented Cuckler Buildings of Iowa, selling and
erecting steel buildings. Additionally, he worked in sales for Fickes Silos
of Western Pennsylvania and for DeLaVal Pipeline Systems.
Mr. Ketterer was a 45-year member of Deep Run Mennonite Church West,
Bedminster Township, where he served as trustee and Sunday school superintendent
and on the cemetery committee. He also bowled in the church league.
Mr. Ketterer was a longtime member of the Bedminster Zoning Hearing
Board, retiring from the position in 2000. He enjoyed playing the harmonica
and making things for his grandchildren.
Surviving with his wife are four sons, Robert Ketterer and his wife,
Dianna, of Kempton, Berks County; Larry Ketterer and his wife, Kathy, of
Perkasie; Edward Ketterer and his wife, Melody, of Coopersburg; and Steven
Ketterer and his wife, Gail, of Ferndale; also one daughter, Donna Rice
and her husband, Barry, of Bedminster Township; 14 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren;
and seven brothers, George Ketterer and his wife, Mildred, of Hagersville;
Raymond Ketterer and his wife, Kathryn, of Hilltown Township; Stanley Ketterer
and his wife, Margaret, of Bedminster Township; Norman Ketterer, and his
wife, Jean, of Mount Holly, N.J.; Arthur Ketterer of Hilltown Township;
Alfred Ketterer and his wife, Beverly, of Carrollton, Texas, and Walter
Ketterer and his wife, Marion, of Sellersville; also a sister, Hilda Keller
and her husband, Lloyd, of Upper Black Eddy. Three brothers and a sister
preceded him in death: Clarence, Lloyd and an infant, Floyd Ketterer and
Family and friends are invited to attend his funeral service 11 a.m.
Monday, Dec. 17 in Deep Run Mennonite Church West, 1008 Deep Run Road,
Perkasie (Bedminster Township) where friends may call from 9:30 to 11 a.m.
Monday. Interment will be in Deep Run Mennonite Church West Cemetery, Bedminster
In lieu of flowers, contributions in Ralph’s memory may be made to
the Deep Run Mennonite Church West at the above address or to the American
Cancer Society, 700 Horizon Circle, Suite 201, Chalfont, PA 18914.
Bernard Suess Funeral Home, Perkasie
Anthony F. LeStorti
Anthony Francis LeStorti of Willow Grove passed away suddenly on Tuesday,
Dec. 11, 2001 at Abington Memorial Hospital. He was 79.
He was the beloved husband of Connie (Pellizzeri) LeStorti, to whom
he was married on Dec. 16, 1944.
Born in Holley, N.Y., he served his country in the U.S. Army during
World War II. His service to the U.S. Post Office began as a mail carrier.
After attending St. Joseph’s University Institute for Industrial Relations,
he became a representative of the National Association of Letter Carriers.
He retired from the post office as a supervisor with responsibility for
the delivery of mail to center city Philadelphia. He went on to direct
the mail systems at NutriSystem and the Montgomery County Intermediate
Unit’s PRISE Center.
Anthony was a member of the Knights of Columbus for more than 50 years,
serving as Grand Knight for the Father Gallen Council in 1992-93 and a
member of the Archbishop Wood Assembly and Color Corps. He was also a member
of the Sons of Italy for more than 50 years, where he served as vice-president
and was their 1996 Merit Honoree. He attended 50 retreats with the Holy
Spirit Group of the Men of Malvern and served as their captain for two
years. He also was a member of the North Penn VFW Post 676 and an active
parishioner of St. John of the Cross parish.
He was especially proud of his Italian heritage and enjoyed many family
traditions. His hobbies included gardening, crossword puzzles and blackjack
at the casinos.
Besides his wife, he is survived by his dear children, Anthony J. LeStorti
(Lorraine) and Patricia Kensey (Jack) and his grandchildren Kevin, Sam,
Anthony, Suzanne and Kevin.
Relatives and friends will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the
Angelone Funeral Home, 1414 Easton Rd., Roslyn. A Mass of Christian Burial
will be celebrated at 10 a.m. at St. John of the Cross Church, 2741 Woodland
Road, Roslyn. Interment will be in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery.
Cynthia E. Webster
Cynthia E. Webster of Warminster died Dec. 11, 2001 at Pine Run Health
Center, Evergreen Terrace. She was 84.
Cynthia was born Feb. 16, 1917 in Philadelphia, a daughter of the late
William Webster Jr. and the late Beatrice (Feaster) Webster.
She worked for several years at a Quaker home for the elderly in West
Chester, but was a homemaker for most of her life. She was a member of
Horsham Monthly Meeting of Friends and a past member of the First Presbyterian
Church of Willow Grove.
Cynthia shared a home in Willow Grove with her sister, Myrtle Webster,
for 82 years. The two sisters were always interested in the history of
Willow Grove, the First Presbyterian Church of Willow Grove and the Horsham
Friends Meeting. Both contributed to the spiritual life of the Meeting
over the many years of their attendance. They were affectionately known
as ‘the sisters.’ Myrtle died in 1996.
Cynthia lived the last year of her life at Christ’s Home in Warminster,
where she was happy and enjoyed her new home and friends.
A memorial service will be held 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 15 at Horsham
Friends Meeting, Meetinghouse and Easton roads, Horsham.
Remembrance gifts in Cynthia’s name may be made to Christ’s Home, 1220
W. Street Road, Warminster, PA 18974.
Wetzel and Son Funeral Directors, www.wetzelandson.com
Robert Howard Welch
Robert Howard Welch of Doylestown died Dec. 8, 2001 in Charlottesville,
Va. He was 79.
He was the husband of Doris Clair Gemunden, who preceded him in death
Born June 19, 1922 in Philadelphia, he was the son of Charles Rupert
Welch and Lavinia Adams.
He graduated from South Philadelphia High School and attended Penn
State University and Delaware Valley College.
Bob was a veteran of World War II, having served in the Merchant Marines
and the U.S. Navy. During his military service, he enjoyed meeting the
local residents of Australia, France and Great Britain. He maintained a
fondness for the English people until his death.
He was employed as a tool and die maker and retired as a purchasing
agent from the Department of Defense.
He was a member of the Sons of the Union Veterans of the Civil War,
the Moose Lodge and the U.S. Navy League. He had a keen interest in Civil
War history and participated in Civil War reenactments. He also research-ed
his family genealogy.
Survivors include his son, Robert Howard Welch II of Cincinnati, Ohio;
a daughter, Carol Janssens and her husband, Radford, of Charlottesville,
Va.; beloved friend, Evelyn Bergey of New Hope; and five grandchildren,
Nicholas and Alexander Janssens of Charlottesville, Va., Robert Howard
Welch III of Cincinnati, Ohio, Lori Welch of Laurinburg, N.C. and Courtenay
Constable of Asheville, N.C. He is also survived by his brothers, Charles
Welch and his wife, Lavinia, William Welch and his wife, Joanne, and Howard
Welch and Ronald Watta. He was a favorite uncle to many nieces and nephews.
A funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 15 in the Baskwill
Funeral Home, 20 W. Montgomery Ave., Hatboro. Relatives and friends may
call at the funeral home after 10:30.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American
Cancer Society, 527 W. Butler Pike, Chalfont, PA 18914.
Miriam Young of New Hope died Sunday, Dec. 9, 2001 at Chandler Hall
Hospice, Newtown. She was 86.
Miriam was a well-known antique dealer for the past 50 years. She started
her antique business in Maine and came to this area in 1963. She set up
her business on Route 202 where her red sign was seen for 35 years. Most
recently, she was at Broadmoor Antiques in Lambertville, N.J.
She is survived by Theresa Fresco, her friend, business partner and
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Chandler Hall Hospice, 99
Barclay St., Newtown, PA 18940.
FitzGerald-Sommer Funeral Home, Yardley
Louis Antonucci, a 46-year resident of Abington, died Tuesday, Feb.
He was the beloved husband of Mary T. Falbo Antonucci. They were married
Louis worked for Abington Township for 25 years.
He was the loving father of Betty D’Alessandro and her husband, Guy,
of Lansdale; Eric Antonucci and his wife, Jill, of Buckingham; Emilie Kopenhaver
and her husband, Brent, of Doylestown; and Mary Lou Schmidt and her husband,
Kurt, of Doylestown. He was the brother of Ercole Antonucci of Ambler;
devoted grandfather of Denise, Daniel, Brent, Lori, Jake, Stephen, Eric,
and Katelyn; and great-grandfather of Joshua.
Family and friends are invited to his life celebration from 7 to 9
p.m. Friday from Craft-Givnish of Abington, 1801 Old York Road at Old Welsh
Road and after 9 a.m. Saturday at the Church of Our Lady Help of Christians,
1500 Marian Road, Abington, where his funeral Mass will be celebrated at
10. Interment will be in St. John Neumann Cemetery, New Britain Township.
In lieu of flowers, donations would be appreciated in Louis’ memory
to Abington Memorial Hospital, Hospice Unit, 2510 Maryland Road, Willow
Grove, PA 19090.
Thomas W. Charlton
Thomas W. Charlton of Bedminster died Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2002 in St.
Luke’s Hospital, Quakertown. He was 83.
He was the husband of Helen (Eckardt) Patzek-Charlton. He was preceded
in death by his first wife of 48 years, Pauline (Tesla).
Born in Philadelphia, he was a son of the late Charles and Florence
Thompson Charlton. He had been a resident of Bedminster since 1994 and
formerly resided in Aldan and Pennsburg.
Prior to his retirement in 1987, Thomas had been employed for 30 years
as an auto mechanic with Kaiser Service Center, Glenolden.
Mr. Charlton was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and had served
in the Philippines and Japan.
He was a former volunteer at the Doylestown Hospital.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by six sons, Thomas W., Charles
R., David M., Paul E., Kevin J. and Christopher J. Charlton; one brother,
Joseph Charlton; two stepsons; four stepgrandaughters; 18 grandchildren
and 14 stepgrandchildren; five great-grandchildren and 11 stepgreat-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by one son, Stephen and three sisters.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 16,
at St. John the Baptist Church, Haycock. The family will receive friends
from 7 until 9 p.m. Friday and from 9 until 10 a.m. Saturday at the Shelly
Funeral Home, Easton Road at Kellers Church Road, Plumsteadville. Interment
will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, Yeadon.
If desired, memorials in Thomas’ name may be sent to St. John the Baptist
Church, Building Fund, 4050 Durham Road, Ottsville, PA 18942.
Grace D. Kelly
Grace D. (Sweeney) Kelly of Roslyn, formerly of Glenside, died Tuesday,
Feb. 12, 2002 at the Roslyn Nursing Home. She was 83.
Mrs. Kelly was the wife of the late Lawrence J. Kelly. She is survived
by children Joseph Kelly, Mary Hammerschmidt, Kathleen Luskin, Nancy Lucas,
Grace Kelly, Elizabeth Porter, Therese Kelly, Joan Bond and Daniel Kelly.
Also surviving are 19 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren; a brother,
Owen Sweeney and a niece, Sister Elizabeth Sweeney. She was preceded in
death by a brother, the Rev. Joseph Sweeney; a brother-in-law, Monsignor
John N. Kelly; and a daughter, Eileen Lewis.
Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17 at the William R.
May Funeral Home, Easton Road and Keswick Avenue, Glenside. A funeral Mass
will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday, Feb. 18 at St. John of the Cross
Church, Roslyn. Interment will be in Hillside Cemetery, Susquehanna Road,
Donations would be appreciated in Mrs. Kelly’s memory to the American
Parkinson Disease Association, 6700 Eastwood St., Philadelphia, PA 19149.
Lee B. Lansberry
Lee B. Lansberry of Spartanburg, S.C., formerly of Doylestown, died
Monday, Feb. 11, 2002. He was 92.
Born in Jersey Shore, Pa., he was the son of Edna Warren Lansberry
and Blake E. Lansberry.
He was the husband of the late Frances Duncan Carson Lansberry. They
were married for 54 years.
Mr. Lansberry was a graduate of Jersey Shore High School, received
his undergraduate degree from Temple University and his law degree from
Temple University Law School. He was admitted to the Pennsylvania Bar in
A veteran of World War II, he was a lieutenant commander in the U.S.
Navy, serving as a naval intelligence officer in New Orleans and as chief
legal officer for the Seventh Fleet in the Pacific Theater. On Aug. 19,
1945, he was present when Japanese dignitaries arrived at Nichols Airfield
in Manila to arrange for the surrender of Japan.
He returned to Pennsylvania to practice law in Williamsport and was
elected district attorney of Lycoming County, serving from 1948 to 1952.
After relocating to Doylestown, he was engaged in the private practice
of law in Bucks County for more than 26 years, serving as solicitor to
the Bucks County Treasurer’s Office, as well as solicitor to numerous municipalities
including Upper Southampton, Warminster, Warwick, Doylestown, Tinicum and
Durham townships. He was the head of the first Public Defenders Office
in Bucks County, counsel to the Pennsylvania Local Government Commission
in Harrisburg and was instrumental in authoring the Pennsylvania Municipalities
Planning Code. He served as president of the Bucks County Bar Association
in 1975 and head of the Five County Bar Officers Association. In 1975,
he formed a partnership with his son, Robert, practicing law as Lansberry
and Lansberry. He became counsel of the firm in 1978 and retired to Spartanburg,
S.C., where he was active in the Spartanburg Lions Club. He was a member
of La Belle Vallee Lodge 232 F.&A.M. in Jersey Shore and American Legion
Post 210 in Doylestown.
Mr. Lansberry was a member of Neshaminy-Warwick Presbyterian Church
and was later a deacon and elder of Doylestown Presbyterian Church. He
also was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Spartanburg.
Two sons, Paul Duncan Lansberry and his wife, Sue, of Spartanburg and
Robert Lee Lansberry and Sally Armstrong, of Doylestown, survive him. He
also is survived by a stepdaughter, Jennifer Scott Killian of Spartanburg.
Graveside services will be held 11 a.m. Friday at Neshaminy-Warwick
Presbyterian Church Cemetery on Bristol Road in Hartsville.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to the
Bucks County Bar Foundation, 135 E. State St., Doylestown, PA 18901, The
Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, Grand Central Station,
P.O. Box 4777, New York, NY 10163 or to any of the above churches.
Reed & Steinbach Funeral Home, Doylestown
Jean McKelvie died Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2002 at her residence in Southampton.
She was 74.
Born in Philadelphia, she was the daughter of the late Andrew and Eliza
She was the beloved sister of William W. McKelvie of Warrington, Robert
McKelvie of Florida, the late Andrew McKelvie and the late James McKelvie.
She also is survived by two sisters-in-law, Jo McKelvie and Lois McKelvie.
Services and interment will be held privately.
Wm. Rowen Grant Funeral Home, Southampton
Adelaide A. Smith
Adelaide A. Smith of Warminster, formerly of Swarthmore, died Feb. 12,
She was the beloved wife of Lewis W. Smith and the late William C.
A loving mother, she is survived by sons William R. Egbert of Bethel,
Conn. and Thomas H. Egbert of Atlanta, Ga.; six grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.
Relatives and friends are invited to call 9 a.m. Saturday at Christ’s
Home, 1220 W. Street Road, Warminster, PA 18974, where a funeral service
will be held at 10. Interment will be in Glenwood Memorial Gardens.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Christ’s Home at the
M.F. Williams Funeral Home, Clifton Heights
Harold G. Thomas
Harold G. Thomas of Quakertown died Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2002 in LifeQuest
Nursing Center, Milford Township. He was 77.
Memorial services will be held 3 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15 at First United
Church of Christ, Fourth Street and Park Avenue, Quakertown, where friends
may call from 2:30 until the time of the service. Interment will be private.
Memorial contributions can be made to the above-named church at P.O.
Box 437, Quakertown, PA 18951.
C.R. Strunk Funeral Home, Quakertown
Joseph H. Weiss Sr.
Joseph H. Weiss Sr. of New Hope died Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2002 at St.
Mary’s Hospital in Langhorne. He was 88.
He was the husband of Dorothy Horton Weiss.
Born in Philadelphia, he was the son of the late Hampton J. Weiss and
stepson of Mary A. Weiss.
During World War II Mr. Weiss served in the U.S. Army. He was currently
a member of American Legion Post 3 in Roxborough.
For most of his working career he was employed as a shipping clerk,
having retired from the Honeywell Corp. in 1978. Prior to his tenure at
Honeywell, he had been employed by the Boyertown Casket Co. Along with
his wife, Dorothy, he served as a volunteer at Doylestown Hospital for
more than 15 years.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Dottie Why and
her husband, Berk, of Mt. Laurel, N.J. and a son, Joseph H. Weiss Jr. and
his wife, Betty Ann, of Warminster. Also surviving are five grandchildren
and four great-grandchildren.
Relatives and friends are invited to his funeral service 11 a.m. Friday,
Feb. 15 at the Reed & Steinbach Funeral Home, 2335 Lower State Road,
Doylestown, where friends may call after 10 a.m. Interment will follow
in Hillside Cemetery, Roslyn.