William Richard Walker, Sr., age 83, of Perryville, Md., died Sunday March 23, 2014 at the Franciscan Care Center in Hockessin, Del. Born in Chester, he was a son of the late Philip and the late Margaret (Killen) Walker. His life celebration was Saturday, March 29. at Kuzo & Grieco in Kennett Square.

Joanne Stern Skemer, 83 of Unionville died Monday March 24, 2014 at the Jenners Pond Retirement community in West Grove. She was the wife of Robert Skemer, with whom she shared 64 years of marriage. A private graveside service will be held in the spring.

Robert J. Tuesday Hopkins, Jr, 61, of Avondale most recently of the Delaware Veterans Home, Milford, Del., passed away peacefully on Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at Milford Memorial Hospital. Born in West Chester, PA, he was the son of Robert J. Hopkins, Sr. and Mary Leo Hopkins of Avondale. His memorial service was Tuesday, April 1, at Kuzo & Grieco in Kennett Square.

Richard Dick Royden Baldwin, 91, lost his courageous battle with bladder cancer Wednesday afternoon, March 26, 2014, in his home at Jenners Pond Retirement Community in Jennersville, surrounded by his loving family and pet dog Molly. In 1951 he married his wife, Virginia Detwiler of Cedars, whom he met on a blind date during World War II in 1942. A memorial service will be held Saturday, April 5, 2014, at 11 a.m. at the Living Faith Community Church, 111 Vineyard Way, West Grove, PA 19390 (Jennersville) (610) 345-1102. Visitation will be from 10 - 11 a.m. before the service followed by a reception in the Delaware Room of the Alison Bldg., Jenners Pond Retirement Community, 2000 Greenbriar Lane, West Grove, PA (Jennersville,PA).


Betty Jean Stilwell, 76, of Kennett Square passed away on Friday, March 28, 2014, at the Brandywine Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Wilmington, Del. Born in Horsepen, Va., she was the daughter of the late Levi and Pearl Dickens Stilwell. Her service and burial will be private.

Phyllis R. Buffington, 90, of Kennett Square and Oxford, died March 17, 2014 at St. Andrews Presbyterian Village in Indiana, PA. In 1952 she married Carl E. Buffington, who preceded her in death. Eastern Star services will be performed at 6:45 p.m. on Friday, April 11, in the parlor of the Oxford Presbyterian Church, 6 Pine St., Oxford. A memorial service will begin at 7 p.m. in the sanctuary; visitation with the family to follow.

Virginia Ehlers, 86, passed away peacefully on Thursday, March 20, 2014 at home in Kirkwood with loving family at her side. Following her Oct. 4, 1947 marriage to John W. Ehlers, they resided in Elsmere Del, Fairfax DE and West Chester. Her memorial service was Wednesday March 26, 2014 at Oxford United Methodist Church, Oxford.

Chessie Ann Mom-Mom Blankenbeckler, 92, of Oxford, passed away Sunday, March 23, 2014 at Ware Presbyterian Village in Oxford. She was the wife of the late William Vance Blankenbeckler. Her funeral was Friday, March 28, at Nottingham Missionary Baptist Church.

Dorothy E. Shirtz, 85, of Oxford, formerly of Delaware County, passed away Monday, March 24, 2014 at Jennersville Regional Hospital, West Grove, PA. Born in Drexel Hill, she was the daughter of the late Frank, Sr. and Vera Durler Shirtz. Her memorial Mass was Saturday, March 29, at Sacred Heart Church in Oxford.