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Lawrence J. Del Savio
Lawrence J. Del Savio, a resident of Horsham for eight years, died at his home on Oct. 1, 2001. He was 81.

He was the husband of Regine G. Rupolo Del Savio.

Born in Bronx, N.Y., he was the son of the late Rudolph and Mary Rossi Del Savio. His family moved to Philadelphia in 1935, and in 1941 they moved to Abington.

He attended Olney High School and earned a mechanical engineers degree from Drexel Institute of Technology in 1946.

Mr. Del Savio was employed by Bunting Glider Co. in Philadelphia and was plant manager of AMSCO Specialties in Hatboro. He retired as president from Delmor Machine and Tool Inc., his familyís business, in 1986.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Del Savio is survived by his sister, Constance Del Savio; his brother, John Solari; and 12 nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his brother, Andrew Solari and his sisters, Eleanor Meleco and Regina Storch.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated Thursday at St. Catherine of Siena Church in Horsham.

Baron Rowland Funeral Home Inc., Abington

Stanley F. Florkowski

Stanley F. Florkowski of Line Lexington died Oct. 1, 2001 at North Penn Hospital, Lansdale. He was 76.

He was the husband of Naomi (Lengel) Florkowski for nearly 53 years.

Born in Philadelphia, he was a son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Roman Florkowski.

He was a meat cutter for many years for the Lengel family butcher business and was a United States steel worker for the former Frank M. Weaver Co. of Lansdale where he was a foreman more than 30 years. For many years he was a part-time farmer and sold produce at his roadside stand.

Mr. Florkowski had taken technical training to become a radio/television repairman and a mechanical draftsman. His special interests were gardening and selling woodcraft items he made at local craft shows.

He was a World War II veteran of the United States Army, serving in Germany and the Philippine Islands.

Surviving beside his wife are one son, Adam J. Florkowski and wife, E. Michele, of Line Lexington; three grandsons, Stanley F. Florkowski III, Adam J. Florkowski II and Raymond A. Florkowski. Preceding Mr. Florkowski in death was a son, Stanley F. Florkowski II in 1967; five sisters; and six brothers.

The funeral Mass will be celebrated 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 4 at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Broad Street, Hilltown. A viewing period will precede the service from 9 to 9:45. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.

Anders-Detweiler Funeral Home, Souderton

Jeffrey E. George

Jeffrey E. George of Jamison died Sunday, Sept. 30, 2001 after a six-year battle with a brain tumor. He was 38.

A lifelong resident of Jamison, Jeffrey was born in Abington, the son of Eugene E. and Mildred P. Lang George.

Jeffrey was a 1982 graduate of Central Bucks East High School. He was employed as a machinist with John Bromley Inc.

An avid boating and fishing enthusiast, he was a member of the Bucks County Fish and Game Association.

In addition to his parents, Jeffrey is survived by his sister, Denise P. George; aunts and uncles, Phyllis and Herman Birster, Frank and Joanne Lang, Dorothy Christ, Charlotte and Richard Cullen; and many cousins. He was godfather of Vanessa Birster and Samantha Lang.

Funeral Mass will be 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 4 at St. Cyril of Jerusalem Church, 1410 Almshouse Road, Jamison, PA 18929. Friends will be received Thursday morning at the church from 10 until service time. Interment will be private.

Memorials in Jeffreyís name made in the form of Mass cards, or donations to St. Cyril of Jerusalem Church Building Fund at the above address, or the National Brain Tumor Foundation, 785 Market St., Suite 1600, San Francisco, CA 94103 would be appreciated.

Shelly Funeral Home, Warrington

Evelyn M. Hazlett

Evelyn M. Hazlett of Trumbauersville died Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2001 at St. Lukeís Quakertown Hospital. She was 76.

Born in Quakertown, she was the daughter of the late Lloyd T. Hazlett Sr. and Florence M. (Heist) Hazlett.

She was a member of Christ United Church of Christ in Trumbauersville.

She is survived by a brother, Lloyd T. Hazlett Jr. of Trumbauersville with whom she resided; a sister, Esther M. Swierzewski of Rome, N.Y.; two nieces, Jennifer Steele and Morgan Hazlett; four nephews, Jon and Kenneth Swierzewski, and Shane and Bowen Hazlett; and 13 great-nieces and great-nephews.

Services will be announced at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to Christ United Church of Christ, 101 N. Main St., Trumbauersville, PA 18970.

C.R. Strunk Funeral Home Inc., Quakertown

Venetta C. Helsel

Venetta C. (Crain) Helsel of Center Square Towers, Doylestown, and formerly of Chalfont, died Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2001 at Doylestown Hospital. She was 88.

She was the wife of the late James G. Helsel Jr.

Born Oct. 9, 1912 in Osceola Mills, Pa., she was the daughter of the late Mayberry and Celia (Kellender) Crain.

Mrs. Helsel was a retired housekeeper for the Philadelphia School District.

She was a former member of St. Johnís United Methodist Church in Winter Haven, Fla. where she had lived for 20 years.

She was an active member of the Doylestown United Methodist Church and taught Sunday school.

She is survived by her daughters, Joan L. Waegerle of Chalfont and Doris Myers of Beelington, W.V.; 10 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; nine great-great-grandchildren; and a sister, Margaret Dumbleton of Curwensville, Pa. She was preceded in death by her son, James F. Helsel.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 5 at Doylestown United Methodist Church, 320 Swamp Road, Doylestown, PA 18901 with visitation beginning at 10 a.m. Interment will be in Whitemarsh Memorial Park, Prospectville.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the church at the above address or to Fox Chase Cancer Center, 7701 Burholme Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19111.

John R. Freed Funeral Home, Glenside

Emma Mildred Huber

Emma Mildred Huber, a native of Doylestown, died Monday, Oct. 1, 2001 at the Artman Lutheran Home, Ambler. She was 94.

She was the wife of Raymond H. Huber who died in 1976.

Born in Doylestown, she was a daughter of the late Henry and L. Ida Dimmig Beck.

Mrs. Huber attended Doylestown High School and was a graduate of the Lansdale Business School and the Pierce Business School in Philadelphia.

She was a bookkeeper for her husbandís business and a lifelong member of St. Paulís Lutheran Church in Doylestown. She was also a member of the Order of the Eastern Star.

Mildred was a resident of the Artman Lutheran Home for the past 13 years.

She is survived by her sister, E. Rae Craven of Stevensville, Md., three nieces and one nephew. She was preceded in death by three brothers, Paul, Leon and William Beck; and a sister, M. Catherine Griffith.

Services will be 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5 at St. Paulís Lutheran Church, 301 N. Main St., Doylestown with a viewing starting at noon. Interment will follow in Doylestown Cemetery.

Contributions may be made to the Benevolent Care Fund at the Artman Lutheran Home in memory of E. Mildred Huber, 250 Bethlehem Pike, Ambler, PA 19002.

Reed and Steinbach Funeral Home, Doylestown

Edna M. Slabaugh

Edna M. Slabaugh of Quakertown, formerly of Sarasota, Fla. and Hilltown, died Monday, Oct. 1, 2001 in her home. She was 84.

She was the wife of Paul S. Slabaugh. They were married 60 years this past August.

Born in Hawksville, Ontario, Canada, she was a daughter of the late Michael and Nancy (Bast) Erb.

She was a member of Swamp Mennonite Church, Quakertown where she was active with the visitation committee.

Mrs. Slabaugh was a member of Gideonís International where she was active in the auxiliary to Upper Bucks Camp.

Surviving with her husband are two sons, Sanford E. of Rockford, Ill. and Myron A. of Quakertown; two brothers, Ezra Erb of Goshen, Ind. and Joseph Erb of Darien, N.Y.; two sisters, Barbara Schrock of Alden, N.Y. and Ruth Albright of Harrisonburg, Va.; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 5 at Swamp Mennonite Church, Quakertown. Interment will follow in Swamp Mennonite Cemetery. Family and friends are invited to call 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the church and 10 to 11 a.m. Friday at the church.

While the family appreciates the gesture of flowers, they respectfully request that you extend your graciousness by making contributions to Gideonís International, P.O. Box 1162, Doylestown, PA 18901 or Swamp Mennonite Church, 2125 Rosedale Road, Quakertown.

Jeffrey A. Naugle Funeral Home, Quakertown

Horace T. Smith

Horace T. Smith passed away on the evening of Sept. 23, 2001 after fighting a long battle with cancer.

Born on Dec. 16, 1915 on the family farm on Lurgan Road near New Hope, he was the elder son of the late S. Wilfred and Sara R. Smith of Newtown.

He graduated from George School in 1934.

Mr. Smith was very active in the Middletown Grange and had been a member of the Fellowship Choir in Philadelphia and the Delaware Valley Choral Society.

He was an avid photographer and loved to make pen and ink sketches of rural landscapes, which he was able to sell.

Horace was a birthright Quaker and a member of Wrightstown Meeting.

He is survived by his sisters, Anna R. Duckworth of Warrington, Elizabeth R. Smith of Newtown and Ellen S. Welker of Mt. Dora, Fla.; and a brother, Story W. Smith Jr. of Hampton, Va.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Oct. 3 at the Wrightstown Meeting. Horaceís name will also be included in the memorial service at Chandler Hall on Oct. 16.

Swartz/Givnish Funeral Home, Newtown

Rosemarie P. Vassalluzzo

Rosemarie P. Vassalluzzo of Langhorne died Sunday, Sept. 30, 2001 at Saint Mary Medical Center in Langhorne. She was 62.

She was the wife of her beloved husband of 39 years, Dr. Julio E. Vassalluzzo.

She was the daughter of the late Tomasso and Rose Bucci Pellegrino.

A lifelong resident of Bucks County, Rosemarie was a member of one of the first classes to graduate from Neshaminy High School and later received bachelors and masters degrees in elementary education from Temple University. Her life as an educator began in the Neshaminy School District as a fifth grade teacher at Herbert Hoover Elementary School in Langhorne.

Rosemarieís devotion to sharing her knowledge and expertise with others continued throughout the course of her life, expressed through more than 30 years of food and garden columns in several newspapers and magazines as well as her lecturing at the University of Pennsylvania, Longwood Gardens, Temple University, the University of Delaware, Bucks County Community College, Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, civic organizations and other groups locally, nationally and internationally.

Rosemarie toured and lectured on the gardens of England, France, Holland and Brussels (including the 1992 Floriade), Greece, Scotland, Spain and Italy.

The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society came to hold a special place in her heart, beginning with simple attendance with her husband at the Philadelphia Flower Show and blossoming into active participation and ultimately becoming the Grand Sweepstakes champion a record of 14 times. The New York Times referred to her winnings as Ďthe work of a true artist.í

As a community and civic leader, Rosemarie was honored as Woman of the Year several times. A charter member of the Saint Mary Medical Center Womenís Guild, she helped to raise funds for the construction of the facility and went on to serve nine years as a member of the board of trustees. She also served on the medical centerís foundation board and was the current chair of the entities board. Rosemarie was a member of the board of directors of the Delaware Valley Philharmonic Orchestra, Bucks County Historical Society and was a member of the Four Lanes End Garden Club of Langhorne. She was recently recognized as co-founder of the Tyler Tasting Party, which benefited the restoration of Tyler Hall at Bucks County Community College, Newtown.

While she will be deeply missed by her family, friends and the community she loved, her inspiration will live on in the memories of those she touched.

In addition to her husband, Rosemarie is survived by her dear children, Dr. Christopher J. Vassalluzzo, Barbara V. Carpentier and Elizabeth V. Tentilucci; her sister, Mary (the late Peter) Court, Adeline and Lawrence Lentini of Philadelphia; her brother, Joseph and Miriam Pellegrino of Croydon, Ernest and Edith Pellegrino of Yardley, and Edward and Helen Pellegrino of Penndel; her beautiful grandchildren, Abigail, Nicholas, Gianna and Emily; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her brothers, Dominic and Antonio Pellegrino.

Relatives, friends and members of the community are invited to her viewings from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3 and after 9 a.m. Thursday at the Joseph A. Fluehr III Funeral Home, 800 Newtown-Richboro Road (at Holland Road), Richboro. The funeral Mass will be held Thursday at 10:30 a.m. at the Church of Saint Andrew, Swamp Road, Newtown. Interment will be at Our Lady of Grace Cemetery, Langhorne.

Contributions in her memory may be made to Saint Mary Medical Center Foundation for the Healing Garden, Langhorne-Newtown Road, Langhorne PA, 19047 or Chandler Hall Home Health Care and Hospice, 99 Barclay Street, Newtown, PA 18940.

Caroline Velma Zellner

Caroline Velma Zellner died on Sept. 24, 2001 in Pennswood Village in Newtown. She was 88.

Mrs. Zellner was born in Trenton, N.J., the daughter of the late Dr. William and Velma Wetzel. She attended Swarthmore College and graduated from Wheaton College.

She married Carl N. Zellner in 1936. They lived in Berkeley Heights, N.J. from 1944 to 1968, when they moved to River Road in New Hope. Mr. Zellner died in 1988, and Mrs. Zellner moved to Pennswood Village in 1996.

Mrs. Zellner enjoyed poetry, art, theatre and travel. She was a member of the League of Women Voters.

She leaves a son and daughter-in-law, Carl and Joan, and a granddaughter, Kristin, of Madison, N.J.

A memorial service will be held at noon on Saturday, Oct. 27 at Pennswood Village, 1382 Newtown-Langhorne Road, Newtown.

Leaver/Cable Funeral Home, Buckingham


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