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Gladys L. Wilson

Service Date: 1/30/2015

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Charles F. Slaw Jr.

Service Date: 1/30/2015

CHARLES SLAW, JR. Charles F. Slaw, Jr., 90, of Franconia Twp., passed away on Tuesday, January 27, 2015 at his residence in the Peter Becker Community. He was the husband of 48 years to the late Jean Ann (Roberts) Slaw who died in 1996. Born in Bala Cynwyd, he was a son of the late Edna (Lownes) and Charles F. Slaw, Sr. A U. S. Army veteran of WWII, he served from 1943-1946. He was the owner and operator of Slaw-Landis Paving for many years, and also worked as a senior construction representative for Chambers Associates for 20 years. He enjoyed Phillies baseball, and playing golf at the Plymouth Country Club where he had served as President, just as his father had done. In his retirement, he enjoyed assisting with the annual Flower Show at the Peter Becker Community. He is survived by his companion Janice Barndt of Franconia Twp., a son, Edward C. Slaw of Pottstown, four grandchildren: Bella, Jennifer, Erica, and Emily, and two great grandchildren: Zachary and Aimee. In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by a son, Frederick Slaw, and a sister, Nancy Slaw Koelle. Funeral Services will be held on Thursday, January 29, 2015 at 7:00 PM in the Sadler-Suess Funeral Home, 33 N. Main St., Telford. Family will receive friends from 6-7 PM prior to the service. Interment will be private at the convenience of the family in West Laurel Hill Cemetery in Bala Cynwyd. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in his memory to the Benevolent Fund of Peter Becker Community, 800 Maple Ave., Harleysville, PA 19438. Arrangements are by the Sadler-Suess Funeral Home, Telford

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William W. McDowell Jr.

Service Date: 1/31/2015

MCDOWELL, WILLIAM W., JR., age 85, on January 19, 2015, of Chestnut Hill. Husband of the late Toby (nee Duross). Father of Bill, George, Andy, Luke, Nina, and the late Ian. Also survived by 11 grandchildren. A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, January 31st, 11 A.M. at the Church of St. Martin in the Fields, 8000 St. Martins Lane, Phila., PA 19118. Donations may be made in his memory to Springside Chestnut Hill Academy, 500 W. Willow Grove Ave., Phila., PA 19118.

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Frank McPherson Sr.

Service Date: 1/31/2015 Memorial Service

McPherson, Frank H., 83 of Rosemont, PA, died on Friday, January 16, 2015. He graduated from Lower Merion High School and Wharton School at University of Penn. He worked Remington Rand, UNIVAC in engineering, sales, marketing and management. In 1969, with colleagues, he formed Decision Data and was Vice-President of Sales and Marketing.  They opened 72 offices in the U.S. and Canada. When he retired, Frank attended Philadelphia College of Art, and the Academy of Fine Arts where he became a wood sculptor. He was a board member of Wayne Art Center and a lifetime church member, and most recently a Deacon and elder at Wayne Presbyterian Church. A loving husband of 54 years, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, mentor, teacher and friend, he will be missed. He is survived by his wife, Mary Ann (nee Nixon), his three children: Frank, Jr. (Margie), Lynn McPherson Child and Mary Kathryn, and six grandchildren: Daniel, David, Matthew, April, Samantha and Thomas. Memorial Service, Saturday, January 31st, 10 a.m., at Wayne Presbyterian Church, 125 E. Lancaster Ave. Wayne, PA 19087. Memorial contributions in his name may be made to Wayne Arts Center, 413 Maplewood Ave., Wayne, PA 19087 or Wayne Presbyterian Church. Arrangements by Bringhurst Funeral Home at West Laurel Hill Cemetery.

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Thomas Alan Schneider

Service Date: 2/1/2015

Thomas Alan Schneider, “Tom” to his friends and family, passed away on January 28, 2015.  He is survived by his loving wife Deena, sons Eric, Todd, and Mark, daughter-in-law Sharon, and granddaughters Victoria and Julianne, and by his loving sister Bobbi Wald, her husband Gerry, and their daughters Lauren and Katherine.  A memorial service will be held on Sunday, February 1, at 12 pm at the Bringhurst Funeral Home at the West Laurel Hill Cemetery located at 225 Belmont Avenue in Bala Cynwyd and will be followed by a reception.  In light of Tom’s well-known and often-expressed distaste for suits, ties, and uncomfortable shoes, guests should feel free to dress casually.  Donations may be made to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Friends of Acadia, or another charity of your choice.  

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Harry Francis Furlong

Service Date: 2/4/2015

Harry Francis, 73 of Narberth, Philadelphia, PA, died on Wednesday, January 28, 2015. Harry graduated from Northeast Catholic High School, received his bachelor’s degree from Villanova University and his master’s in mechanical engineering from Drexel University. He worked for the Department of Defense for most of his career. He is predeceased by his parents, Henry Francis and Lois Mary (nee Smith), and his brother, Robert. He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Luevella (nee Young), two daughters, Denise Dockery (Gregg Dockery) and Michelle Perry, one grandson, Frederick Hardy, sister in-law, Sonia and niece and nephew, Sean and Heather.  Visitation and Funeral Mass at St. Matthias Church in Bala Cynwyd, PA, beginning at 10 a.m., Wednesday February 4, 2015. Entombment immediately following at West Laurel Hill Cemetery.  Arrangements by Bringhurst Funeral Home at West Laurel Hill Cemetery.



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May C. Schwartz

Service Date: 1/26/2015

May C. Schwartz, 94, of Lansdale, entered into the presence of her Lord Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at Dock Terrace. She was the beloved wife of the late Charles E. Schwartz, her husband of 65 years, who died February 3, 2013. Born May 13, 1920 in Buckingham, PA, she was a daughter of the late Ralph and May (Liddell) Crowell. She was raised on her family farm, Sunnyside Acres, which was widely known for its peaches and apples. Mrs. Schwartz attended Wharton Business School and Wheaton College before earning her Bachelors and Masters Degrees in education from the University of Pennsylvania. She taught Physical Education and, later, third grade at Buckingham Elementary, retiring after over 40 years of service. May was a longtime member of First Baptist Church, Doylestown. More recently, she was a member of Bethany Bible Fellowship Church, Hatfield. Over the years, she was a dedicated Sunday School teacher, camp counselor, and Pioneer Girls leader. She will be remembered as a faithful servant of her Lord and her family. Survivors include her daughters, Virginia M. Schoonover and her husband, Harold, of Lansdale, and Lois A. Sollenberger and her husband, Robert, of Williamsburg, PA; four grandchildren, Jeffrey Schoonover and his wife, Rigel, of Telford, Ruth Gavin and her husband, Aaron, of Macungie, Rebecca Walter and her husband, Clay, of Nampa, ID, and Elizabeth Sollenberger of Williamsburg, PA; and ten great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two grandchildren, Crystal Sollenberger and Virginia Sollenberger; and her sister, Florence "Flossie" Simons. Relatives and friends may call after 3:00 p.m. Monday, January 26, 2015 at Bethany Bible Fellowship Church, 75 West Broad St., Hatfield, PA 19440, followed by the Memorial Service at 3:30 p.m. Burial will be private in West Laurel Hill Cemetery. Arrangements are by Huff & Lakjer Funeral Home, Lansdale. For those desiring, contributions may be made in Mrs. Schwartz's memory to Bethany Bible Fellowship Church, FLC Fund, address above.

 

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Thomas Kasper

Service Date: 1/24/2015

Thomas J. Kasper, age 92 Thomas J. Kasper, age 92, of Media, died December 5, 2014. Born in Stroudsburg, Pa., Tom enrolled in Ursinus College and after completing two years enlisted in the Army, where he achieved the rank of Captain serving in Europe and the Philippines during WWII. Upon his return, he graduated from Ursinus in 1948. He went on to receive his master's degree from the University of Pennsylvania and his doctorate in organic chemistry from Temple University. Tom retired from Smith Kline & French (predecessor toGlaxoSmithKline) in 1986 as Director of Chemical Operations for US and Europe. Tom was an accomplished golfer who won many tournaments and was a long-time member of Media Presbyterian Church. He was the quintessential family man and he loved to entertain family and friends. Survived by his beloved wife of 64 years Esther (nee White) Kasper of Media. Devoted children Thomas (Anne), and Robert Kasper both of Richmond, Va., Barbara and Glenn Kasper, both of Media, and grandchildren Rebecca, Caroline and Priscilla Kasper. Relatives and Friends are invited to a Memorial service Saturday, January 24, 2015, at 1 p.m. in the Media Presbyterian Church, 30 E. Baltimore Avenue. Interment Private. Contributions to Fredrick Douglass Christian School located at 700 Central Avenue in Chester, Pa. 19013 are appreciated. Arrangements J. Nelson Rigby Funeral Home, Media

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Sara Goldschneider

Service Date: 1/24/2015 Memorial Service

GOLDSCHNEIDER, Sara, 40, of Philadelphia, but formerly from Nevada City, California and Amsterdam, Netherlands, died on Wednesday, January 14, 2015 from complications of Leukemia. She was born in Corfu, Greece to Gary Goldschneider and Antoinette Filanowska. Bart, her husband of 15 years, describes her as “kind, smart, gentle and beautiful, committed to and passionate about her family and friends. She loved to read…a lot, loved nature, movies and music”. She graduated from University of Pennsylvania and received her Master’s degree from Chestnut Hill College. She also attended the European School of Bergen, Netherlands. She is survived by her husband, Bart Miltenberger and their three sons: Julian Miltenberger (14), Miles Miltenberger (11), and Gabriel Miltenberger (8). She is also survived by her mother Antoinette Filanowska and six siblings: Andrew (Debra), Aron (Takiko), Isak (Amy), Anton, Ariana (Floris), Isadora and many other family members and friends. Visitation 1-3 pm on Saturday, January 17th at Bringhurst Funeral Home at West Laurel Hill Cemetery, 225 Belmont Avenue, Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004. Memorial service on Saturday, January 24th starting at 1pm at the Unitarian Society of Germantown in Germantown/Mt. Airy (6511 Lincoln Drive, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19119-3625). Reception to follow. There is a large parking lot behind the church (entrance is via Johnson Street), but please consider carpooling to save space in the lot. Contributions in her memory may be made to the Breathing Room Foundation http://breathingroomfoundation.org

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Neville Whittingham

Service Date: 1/24/2015

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Mary Kalaitzis

Service Date: 1/23/2015

KALAITZIS-DOUCAS, MARY, resident of Blue Bell died January 18, 2015 at the age of 74 survived by her beloved husband George, brother John (Carolyn) Doucas, and Brother-in-law Bill Mackrides. Also survived by many nieces, nephews, and grand nieces and nephews. Her Funeral Service will be 11:30 A.M. Friday, Jan. 23, 2015, at St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Church, 900 S. Trooper Rd, Jeffersonville, Pa 19403. Viewing 10 to 11:30 A.M. in the church. Interment, West Laurel Hill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the church. Vraim FH

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Gladys M. Conklin

Service Date: 1/20/2015 Funeral Ceremony

?Gladys M. Church Conklin, 94, of Yeadon passed away on January 15, 2015. Beloved wife of the late Marvin (Bard) Conklin. Loving mother of Suzanne (Remo) Mazetti, Linda Spence and Cynthia Ryan. Doting grandmother of Sue, Brent, Bryan and Laura. Great-grandmother of eight. Dear sister of Burton Church and Peggy Leiser. Relative and friends are invited to Gladys' Life Celebration Tuesday, Jan 20, 2015, after 1 p.m. at West Laurel Hill Cemetery, Chapel of Peace, 215 Belmont Ave., Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004, followed by her funeral service at 1:30 p.m. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to ALS Association at www.alsa.org

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Joan Markman

Service Date: 1/18/2015 Memorial Service

Markman, Joan L., of Philadelphia, PA, died on Wednesday January 14, 2015. Born in Baltimore and grew up in Pikesville, MD, Joan graduated Wesleyan University in 1979 and University of Virginia School of Law in 1983. She was Assistant U.S. Attorney (1987-2007) and then Philadelphia’s first Chief Integrity Officer (2008-2014). She is preceded in death by her parents and survived by her husband James M. Becker; children Andrew Markman Becker and Elizabeth Markman Becker; brother and sister in-law, Scott and Sharon Markman; sister in-law and brother in-law, MaryAnn Blocher and Tom Blocher; nephews and nieces Leland and Alexa Markman and Krysta Blocher; and many beloved family members and friends. Interment is private. Memorial service is Sunday, January 18th at 3 p.m. at Society Hill Synagogue, 418 Spruce Street in Philadelphia. Shiva will be observed at the Synagogue following the service and then at the late residence, Monday and Tuesday at 7 p.m. Shiva will also be observed on Tuesday in Chicago, at Scott and Sharon Markman’s home from 7-9:00 p.m. Memorial contributions in her memory may be made to Breakthrough Bike Challenge http://www.breakthrough.myevent.com, or American Jewish World Service http://ajws.org Arrangements by Bringhurst Funeral Home at West Laurel Hill Cemetery.

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Dr. Edward Pavsek

Service Date: 1/17/2015 Funeral Ceremony

PAVSEK, DR. EDWARD JOSEPH
Age 92, of State College, PA passed away on January 13, 2015, after a long illness. Edward was predeceased by his wife of 63 years, Adelina D. Pavsek. He is survived by his children, Mary Carol Pavsek, of New Jersey, Marianna P. Crowley and husband, Timothy, of Massachusetts, Edward J. Pavsek, Jr., Adelina M. Welch of Maryland, Michael D. Pavsek of Colorado, Christopher P. Pavsek and Carolyn Lesjak of British Columbia, and Christina M. Welch and husband, Steve of Pennsylvania; along with 18 grandchildren. Edward was born on February 17, 1922, in Forest City, Pennsylvania. He received a bachelor's degree from the University of Scranton, and his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. After Ed completed residency in radiology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, he and Addie moved to Pittsburgh, PA, where he spent his career in the Radiology Department at Mercy Hospital. When he retired in 1987, Ed was the chief of the department. Ed was a veteran of the United States Air Force. He served in World War 2 as a First Lieutenant, and as a Captain and Medical Officer in the Korean War. Ed and Addie lived for over 30 years in Pittsburgh, and thereafter lived in Hyannisport, MA, Ponce Inlet, FL, and ultimately moved to State College, PA. A wonderful husband, father, grandfather, son, brother and friend, Ed lived a full life with an amazing array of interests. He was an accomplished woodworker, gardener and baker, but his passion was fishing. He was an avid fly fisherman, and delighted in teaching his grandsons to tie flies. He will be sorely missed. Services will be private and burial will be in the West Laurel Hill Cemetery in Bala Cynwyd, PA. Memorial contributions may be directed to Casa de Amma, a supported apartment living community for adults with special needs, at 27231 Calle Arroyo, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675, in memory of Edward. J. Pavsek.

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Kula S. Sosangelis

Service Date: 1/16/2015

Kula "Betty" (nee Shaiko), Jan 11, 2015. Born in Philadelphia, Pa on April 9, 1924. Daughter of the late Lazarus and Litsa Shaiko of Wynnewood, Pa. She graduated from West Philadelphia High School in 1943. Her yearbook states "Whenever there is a telephone conversation one is sure to find Kula, for this is her favorite indulgence." Before marrying and having a family, Kula worked as a milliner at Nan Duskin, for the Insurance Company of North America and at Drexel University's Library. In the early 1970's she was an active member of the Mayfield Guild of Rosemont College, an organization of mothers of Rosemont students. Her devotion to the Greek Orthodox community was demonstrated in many ways over a span of more than 60 years. She was a member and President of the Ladies Philoptochos at the local level and held the title of Second Vice President at the national level, Chairperson of the Sisterhood Program for St. Basil Academy, and awarded the Medal of St. Paul by Archbishop Iakovos. She took pleasure in doing for others. Devoted wife of the late Archon Charles Efstratios Sosangelis. Survived by daughters Ellen Sosangelis and Denise S. Gilmar, son Sotir Charles (Michele), and granddaughter Kayla Elise Gilmar. She was the loving aunt of many nieces, nephews, grand nieces and grand nephews. Predeceased by brothers Lazarus Nicholas (Helen) Shaiko, Jr., Thomas (Ann), Michael, and Spiro, and by sisters Kay (Kimon) Haldas, Anna (Leon) Carafides, Dorothy, Mary and Anastasia Shaiko. Funeral service will be 11 A.M. Friday, at St. Luke Greek Orthodox Church, 35 N. Malin Rd, Broomall, Pa 19008. Viewing 9 to 11 A.M. Friday morning in the church. Interment, West Laurel Hill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to St. Luke Building Fund. Vraim Funeral Home, Inc.

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Mildred M. McClure

Service Date: 1/16/2015

Mildred M. McClure, 99, passed away January 10, 2015 at Dock Woods Community in Towamencin Township. She was the wife of the late John McClure, Jr., who passed away in 1986. Born March 15, 1915 in Havertown, she was a daughter of the late James B. and Emma (Weiler) Orr and step-daughter of the late Annie Orr. She enjoyed being a sales clerk at the former Strawbridge and Clothier in Jenkintown. Mrs. McClure was a member of Wentz's United Church of Christ for many years. She was the consummate cook and baker and was fond of entertaining friends and family in her home. Surviving is a nephew, James M. Kriebel, Jr. and his wife, Barbara, of Mechanicsburg; a niece, Linda Susan Dauphin of Gainesville, VA; a grand niece, Deborah K. Haynes and her husband, William; and a great grand niece, Sarah N. Haynes. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by a sister, Beatrice Graham; and a brother, James D. Orr. Relatives and friends are invited to attend her funeral service at 11AM on Friday, January 16, at the Dock Woods Community Chapel, Woods Dr., Lansdale, where the family will receive friends for the viewing beginning at 10AM. Burial will take place at West Laurel Hill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in her memory to Wentz's United Church of Christ, 3246 Skippack Pike, Lansdale, PA 19446. Arrangements are by R. L. Williams, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc., Skippack.

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