Bonita “Bonnie” Evans Hess, 79, entered into rest on Wednesday, April 26, 2023 at the Quarryville Presbyterian Retirement Community.
Born in Lancaster, she was the daughter of the late Richard J. and E. Faye (Burkholder) Evans.
After graduating from Solanco High School, Bonnie went on to earn a degree as a Medical Secretary from Elizabethtown College. She retired in 2011, after working 27 years for Dr. Daniel Diehl as a Medical Assistant. Bonnie was a life-long member of St. Paul’s Church in Quarryville, where she served as a trustee, sang in the choir, and volunteered her time visiting shut-ins. She had also volunteered at New Hope Ministries, Solanco Fair and the Fulton Theater. In her spare time, Bonnie enjoyed spending time with family and friends, gardening, traveling, attending Solanco sporting events and the activities of her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. In her early years, she enjoyed dancing, hunting, snowmobiling, and golfing,
Donna Parnell Rutledge, 78, of Oxford, PA, passed away on Monday, April 24, 2023 at her home.
She was the wife of the late James Doyle Rutledge, Jr. with whom she shared 40 years of marriage.
Born in Vicksburg, MS she was the daughter of the late Henry and Vera Strickland Parnell.
Donna was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Greenville, MS. She was also a book club and garden club member.
She enjoyed bike riding with her neighbors, going to church and spending time with friends and family.
David J. Powell Jr., age 32 of Quarryville, passed away on Friday, April 21, 2023 at home surrounded by love from his family.
He was the husband of his devoted wife, Victoria McMullen Powell.
He was born in Delaware County, the son of David J. Sr. and Karen Genthert Powell of Oxford.
Dave attended Waterway Church. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, riding dirt bikes and 4 wheelers, riding his Harley Davidson Motorcycle, enjoying time in the mountains for getaways with his wife, family and friends and going on tropical vacations to Mexico. He shared a great love for his dog, Hemi, and 2 cats, Smith and Wesson.
Cynthia “Cindy” Stoots Shank, 59, of Lititz, PA passed away at her home on Friday, April 21, 2023, after a six year battle with cancer. She was surrounded by her loving family.
Cindy was born on November 26, 1963, in Anderson, Indiana.
She was the daughter of Linda L. Stoots (nee Hummel) and the late Carl D. Stoots, who instilled in her strong Christian values.
She was preceded in death by her brother Jay D. Stoots.
She married her loving husband, John P. Shank, in 1986 and together they raised two children, Zachary J. Shank and Emily M. Shank, in Lititz, PA.
Cindy was a pillar of strength and support for her family. Her unwavering faith and commitment to her Christian beliefs were a cornerstone of her life. She was known for her ability to listen without judgment and offer comfort and guidance to those in need. As a mother, Cindy was the embodiment of unconditional love. She poured her heart and soul into raising her children, always putting their needs first and providing them with a safe and loving home. Zachary and Emily were everything to her, and she was immensely proud of the young adults they have become. Cindy loved and treated as her own Alexa Lazzarotti and Jenna Brower, the partners of Zachary and Emily. She will also be missed by Wilbur, her loyal dog, who laid by her side until her very last day. Cindy was a shining example of love and selflessness, whose life was dedicated to serving others.
Larry J. King, 79, of West Grove, PA, passed away on Saturday, April 15, 2023 at his home.
Born in Havre de Grace, MD, he was the son of the late Ruth King Bard.
He is survived by five siblings, Michele Clark of Provo, UT, Vickie Stoud of Griffin, GA, Rodney Bard of Coatesville, Susan Bard of Nottingham and Michael Bard of Oxford.
Yvonne B. Herr, 85, of Oxford, PA, passed away at home on Saturday, April 15, 2023.
Born in Chester County, PA she was the daughter of the late Fred and Angie Kilgore Boyd.
Yvonne was a long-standing member of Nottingham Presbyterian Church and over the years served as Elder and Deacon as well as directed the church choir.
Beloved teacher and chorus accompanist, Yvonne dedicated 30 years working at the Oxford Area School District Intermediate School and then Elk Ridge School, before retiring in 1997. She later returned to the classroom to substitute teach for many years. Her renowned firm yet kind approach to helping all students achieve positively impacted multiple generations in the area.
James L. "Jim" Abbot, 97, of Quarryville died at Quarryville Presbyterian Retirement Community Thursday, April 20
James L. “Jim” Abbot, 97, of Quarryville, formerly of Levittown, passed away on Thursday, April 20, 2023, at Quarryville Presbyterian Retirement Community.
He was the loving husband of the late Florence Y. (Young) Abbot, with whom he shared 59 years of marriage at the time of her passing in 2009.
Born in Luzerne, PA, he was the son of the late Edwin W., Sr., and Chella M. (Underwood) Abbot.
Following high school, Jim proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during World War II from 1943 to 1946. He then attended Lehigh University and earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering, graduating in 1950. Jim found employment as an engineer with US Steel at their Fairless Hills location, retiring in 1983 with 33 years of service. For many years, Jim was an active member of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Levittown, serving as a deacon and an elder.
Norman T. Newton, Jr. (Bud), 83, from Oxford, PA, passed away on April 16, 2023 peacefully after a battle with cancer at his daughters home surrounded by family.
He was a caring husband and father who loved his children and family.
Born April 2, 1940 in West Chester, PA to Norman T. Newton, Sr. and Opal V. Roberts Newton.
Married to Louise Prewitt Newton for 63 years.
Norman was employed with Pepperidge Farms, in business with his father hauling & growing mushrooms, and in real estate for several years. He also raised & raced horses, had an antique shop, refinished furniture and raised & sold sheep.
Alfred Drayovitch Jr. of Quarryville died on April 13 at Hospice and Community Care Mount Joy, PA. He was 73.
Born in Palmerton, he was the son of the late Alfred and Anna Papesh Drayovitch
He graduated from Daniel Boone High School, Birdsboro, PA in the Class of 1967, and Kutztown University in 1971 with a Bachelor of Arts degree.
Mr. Drayovitch served as Quarryville's borough manager from 2005 to 2014, when he retired.
Before coming to Quarryville, he was borough manager for Wyomissing, several other municipalities and worked for the state's Department of Community and Economic Development. He was hired as the Franklin Township, Chester County, manager in 2004. He held that post until he was hired by Quarryville Borough.