Kay Z. Atkinson, 67, of Kirkwood, PA died from pancreatic cancer on Wednesday, May 27, 2020 at home.
Kay was born September 1952 in Pittsburgh, PA to Lois Vogt Ziegler and the late Dean F. Ziegler. She attended school in Lewistown, PA graduating in 1970. She graduated from Messiah College, Penn State University and Brandywine School of Nursing.
She married her current husband, Stephen R. Smith in 2012 and is also survived by three sons, Andrew T. Atkinson (Bethany), Lt. Co. Philip Z Atkinson (Maritza) and Major Mark B. Atkinson (Lisa) plus two step-sons, alexander W. Smith (Leslie) and S. Andrew Smith (Laura). She had five grandchildren that she cherished and adored. Kay was predeceased by her husband, the Rev. Theodore S. Atkinson in 2004 having shared 28 years of marriage. She was especially proud of her three sons, and thought they were her greatest accomplishment.
On Tuesday, May 26, 2020, Susan C. Gold, devoted wife and mother, succumbed to complications associated with Alzheimer’s while in the care of Calvert Manor Healthcare Center, Rising Sun, MD, at the age of 74.
Susan was born on March 19, 1946 to the late Sim C. Cronrath and Marion E. (Faux) Cronrath, in Watsontown, PA, where she also grew up. As a child, Susan was active in her community, having a paper route, participating in girl scouts, and helping in her grandparent’s laundry business. In 1964, Susan Graduated from Warrior Run High School, where she had been a straight A student and Homecoming Queen.
Barbara Jane Knoble, 93, of Quarryville, formerly of Japan and Delaware County, was warmly welcomed into Heaven on Saturday, May 23, 2020. She was the loving wife of the late John Hugo Knoble, with whom she shared 45 years of marriage at the time of his passing in 2009.
Born in Philadelphia, she was the daughter of the late Horace and Jean Lang (Osbourne) Dean.
Barbara was a graduate of Haverford High School, class of January, 1945. After high school, she attended Wheaton College, studying anthropology and Christian Education, earning both a bachelor’s and master’s degrees respectively. For a short time after college, Barbara served on the Navajo Indian reservation. She then travelled to Japan in November of 1950 to serve with The Evangelical Alliance Mission (TEAM). While serving in Japan she met John. They married and raised a family, and planted churches in Japan. They retired from the mission field in 1991. Barbara served in Japan for 41 years.
Daniel Alan Pugh, 35, of Oxford, PA passed away on Saturday, May 23, 2020 at home.
Born in Lancaster, PA he was the son of William Alan and Cynthia Drennen Pugh.
Daniel graduated from Oxford Area High School in 2003. He worked at Custom Machine and Design and as a painter with his father’s painting business Alan Pugh Painting.
Daniel loved music and was a self-taught guitarist. He loved composing his own songs and playing with several of his friends. His greatest love was his 5-year-old son, Jacob.
Alvin A. Miller, age 35, of 431 Green Lane, Peach Bottom, passed away at the Mt. Joy Hospice Center on Saturday, May 23, 2020.
He was born in Peach Bottom, son of Amos F. & Susie F. Huyard Miller with whom he resided.
He spent time helping at Goodwill and the Care Center in Intercourse, PA. He was a member of the Old Order Amish Church. He enjoyed his family and church friends. Alvin was a special needs child since the age of one. Even with these difficulties he touched many lives in his special way.
Elizabeth Louise “Betty” Paterson, 94, of Willow Street, formerly of Delaware County, went home to be with the Lord on Friday, May 22, 2020. She was the loving wife of the late MacDonald G. Paterson, with whom she shared 45 years of marriage at the time of his passing in 1992.
Born in Ridley Park, she was the daughter of the late John and Margaret Alice (Sode) Kettering.
Betty was a graduate of Ridley Park High School, class of 1945. In addition to raising her family, she was employed as a bank teller for Girard Bank, Mellon Bank, and most recently Citizen’s Bank, retiring in 1987 with 23 years of service.
Prior to moving to Willow Street, Betty was a long-time member of St. Matthew Lutheran Church of Springfield, Delaware County. After moving to Willow Street, she attended Grace Church at Willow Valley. To those that knew her, Betty was a kind and generous person, always thinking of others before herself. She was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, and Gi Gi.
Peter Melville Nafziger, age 96, passed away at Landis Homes on Thursday, May 21, 2020.
He was the husband of the late Esther Swartzentruber Nafziger, who passed away on June 2, 2010.
He was born in Millbank, Ontario, Canada, son of the late Elia & Magdalena Boshart Nafziger. He was a member of Maple Grove Mennonite Church, and also attended Timberline Church. Melville started in ministry in 1952 and continued for over 60 years, as a minister and a bishop serving in Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey. He was a past member of the Mennonite Church General Board and Moderator and Youth Pastor of the Atlantic Coast Conference of the Mennonite Church. He obtained an M.A. in Education from University of Delaware, taught elementary school and was a guidance counselor in Wilmington Delaware for 28 years and served for two years as a professor of education at Eastern Mennonite University.
Frank E. Walsh, Jr., 93, formerly of Scranton, passed away on Tuesday, May 19, 2020 at Twin Pines Nursing & Rehabilitation Center. Born in Scranton, he was the son of the late Frank E. and Ethelmary (Wagner) Walsh.
Frank was a graduate of Dunmore High School, class of 1943. After high school, he proudly served his county in the U.S. Navy from 1943 to 1946, earning the rank of Radioman 3rd Class, serving in the Pacific Theater and the Philippines. Frank attended college for a short time, then went on to be employed by the US Postal Service as a Parcel and Mail Carrier, retiring in 1988 with 30 years of service.
Frank had the opportune employment as a mail carrier because he loved walking. He also genuinely loved people and enjoyed being with friends and family. Fishing was one of Frank’s favorite pastimes.
Herman G. Frederick, formerly of Bowers Beach, DE passed away in Quarryville on Wednesday, May 13, 2020. He was born in Amarillo, Texas on May 7, 1930 to the late Carl and Mavie (Nelson) Frederick.
Herman a had a long career in the U.S. Armed Forces, serving in the Army, Navy, and most recently the Air Force, retiring in August 1974. After retirement, he then became a commercial fisherman out of Bowers Beach.
Anita L. Duncan, 88, formerly of New Providence, passed away on Wednesday, May 20, 2020 at Conestoga View.
Born in Martic Twp., she was the daughter of the late Blair and Wave (Farmer) Kilby. Anita grew up in Grayson County, Virginia.
She married the late Robert Duncan in 1951 and they moved back to Chester County, where they raised their family. Anita studied art through correspondence courses and became an accomplished artist having won recognition at local art shows and fairs for her beautiful oil paintings, many of which she gifted to family and friends.