In Memoriam – Fall 2016

Fall 2016

Obituaries are gathered from online and print sources as a courtesy to the MFS community. Please email communications@mfriends.org to bring errors or inaccuracies to our attention. Thank you.

1936

Virginia Brown Perry, or Eleanor Virginia Perry, “Toie”, of Norwalk, passed away on June 21, 2015. She was 97. Virginia was born in Philadelphia and grew up in New Jersey. She married Bretton Perry in 1941, and after a few years in Baltimore the couple settled in Tuckahoe, NY, where they raised their family and lived for 20 years. Virginia lived in Norwalk for nearly 50 years. In the past she spent much of her time volunteering for such organizations as The American Red Cross and FISH, as well as being involved with the Wilton Society of Friends. Virginia was an avid knitter and weaver. She loved classical music, playing piano, and a competitive game of Scrabble. Virginia was a kind and thoughtful person. Everyone she met instantly liked her. Virginia transcended generation. She befriended young and old alike. She loved people and wanted to know everything about them. Different cultures and places fascinated her, and she always wanted to know the origin of words or names. In previous years she and her family traveled a lot, and she never lost the travel bug, even when it was clear she would not be able to make such trips anymore. She is survived by her children David Perry of Bronxville, NY and Robert Perry of Ashburn, VA. She is also survived by five grandchildren and eight great grandchildren, as well as many nieces, nephews, and friends, all of whom are blessed to have memories of such an amazing woman. She was predeceased by her husband Brett in 1983.

1944

Jean Bell Landis, mother of the late Diane Landis Wright ’69 and Douglas S. Landis ’70, died. Her husband, Thayer, followed her wishes and did not have a service or place an obituary.

1951

Lucia Seitzinger Mitchell was born on October 1, 1933 and passed away on December 28, 2015. Lucia was a resident of Medford, New Jersey at the time of her passing. With a Bachelor’s degree in foreign languages Lucia also had two Masters degrees in Education and ABD all but dissertation short of a Doctorate in Educational Leadership. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made in Lucia’s memory to Samaritan Hospice 5 Eves Dr. Suite 300 Marlton NJ 08053.

1953

Elinor “Elle” Hull Jones passed on June 28. She was preceded in death by her devoted husband Carleton H. Jones, Jr. She is survived by her belovd children Rebecca Jones (Michael Toner) and Carleton Jones (Lisa Magill); her sister Mary Lewis (nee Hull).

1955

Jay G. Bancroft, brother of Wayne Bancroft ’52, passed.

1960

Procter Lippincott, brother of Joanna Lippincott Patterson ’61 and the late Gregory Lippincott ’64, of Quechee, VT has passed.

1961

Barbara Richie Snyder, daughter of former faculty members David and Mary Richie and sister of Martha Richie ’67, a resident of Columbus for 50 years, passed away March 18 in her home in Hilliard, OH surrounded by her family. Born in Philadelphia, on August 1, 1943, daughter of Mary Wright and David S. Richie. Barbara spent her childhood years in nearby Moorestown, NJ. She graduated high school from Moorestown Friends School in 1961 and earned her college degree from Wilmington College in 1965 with a dual major in English and Psychology. Barbara spent 35 years of her working career with Franklin University, where she retired in 2014. In 2012, she was baptized at The Church Next Door in Columbus, OH, where she was a member. Barbara was wonderful and kind and was best known for her smile and sense of humor. Everyone loved her. She enjoyed jewelry making, quilting, and card making. However, her passions were gardening and being a grandma. She is survived by her sons, Craig Snyder and his wife, Robin and their daughters, Amanda and Madelyn, Brad Snyder and his wife, Kristen and their children, Lillie, Luke, Ruth, Benjamin, and Samuel; and sister, Martha Richie and her husband, Tim Bricker and their daughter, Tessa.

Susan Doerr Hiltebrand, age 73 of Cherry Hill, passed on June 18 after a brief but courageous battle against cancer. Wife of Stephen of Cherry Hill, NJ. Dear mother of Kimberly (William) Pierce and Keith (Karen) Carella. Grandmother of Michael, Morgan, Anthony, Brian, and Kyle.

Bertram Kelly, son of the late Gloria Stratton Kelly ’41 and brother of Kevin Kelly ’73, age 73, of Franklin, Georgia passed away August 14 at his residence. Bertram was born in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania on December 31, 1942, the son of the late Bertram F. Kelly, Sr. and Carole Gloria Stratton. He worked in textile sales and marketing for many years before retiring and throughout his life he enjoyed traveling throughout Europe, Asia and Latin America. Bertram was Catholic by faith and attended Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Carrollton, Georgia. Survivors include his wife, Joyce A. Kelly, son, Scott L. Kelly, Lawrenceville, Georgia, sons and daughters-in-law, James W. and Sylvia Kelly, Villa Rica, Georgia and Bert and Jessica Kelly, Marietta, Georgia; brother, Kevin M. Kelly, San Francisco, California and five grandchildren also survive. The family respectfully requests donations be made to Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, 210 Old Center Point Road, Carrollton, Georgia 30117.

1979

Linda Smith Sharpless passed away quietly and peacefully at home on May 6. She truly loved her alma mater and loved her time there.

1985

Kevin Wise, age 49 of Shamong, NJ, passed away peacefully in his family home on July 20. He was the devoted son of Linda Wise (nee Taylor) and the late W. Sprague Wise, Sr., dear brother of Sharon Wise, W. Sprague Wise, Jr. (Megan), and Christopher Wise (Nicole), and beloved uncle of Ben Brown, Evangeline, Rosalie, Elizabeth and Colby Wise. Faith, family, service to community, and entrepreneurship were the hallmarks of Kevin’s life. He attended The First Presbyterian Church of Haddonfield as a baby, continuing until late into adulthood. He was an active member of the Church Choir and Bells for several years.In his youth, Kevin was a Cub Scout and Boy Scout. He had the honor of receiving the Arrow of Light Award, the highest-ranked award available to Cub Scouts. Kevin graduated from Moorestown Friends School and attended Wittenberg University in Ohio, where he continued with his love of the choir and bells. Kevin returned from college to work at the family business, Wise Tag & Label Co. Inc., where he began at the age of 13, reaching the rank of Executive before the business was sold. Kevin held many titles throughout his life, most notably President of Wise Systems, a company he started in 1986. Kevin also owned his own catering business, Mill Pond Catering, for several years. Kevin also served on the Shamong Township Planning Board for 20 years, and was Deputy Chairman until his passing. Kevin enjoyed photography, golfing, cooking, and friends. For many years, Kevin volunteered as timekeeper for several South Jersey swimming events. He also participated with his catering business at the St. Joan of Arc Carnival for 32 years. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Jersey Wahoos Foundation (for the construction of the 50 meter pool), 4101 Church Rd., Mt. Laurel, NJ 08054.

 

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Paul T. Andrews, father of Nikki Andrews Gladding ’99, 67, of Jamestown, passed away peacefully April 29 at his home surrounded by his loving family after, in his typical style, successfully proving the medical field wrong about just how long he would be able to battle cancer. He was the beloved husband of Suzann (Fink) Andrews and father to Nikki Andrews Gladding. Born in East Orange, NJ, he was a son of the late Elias and Ann (Nickalopolus) Andrews. In his childhood, he was active in the Boy Scouts and Eagle Scouts. He was the first Greek Boy Scout to earn the Alpha Omega Award. He went on to earn the Order of the Arrow, Nathan Hale Award and two Palms. Paul received a Bachelor’s Degree in Business and Political Science from Millikin University in 1972. He was an accomplished entrepreneur in many fields. He grew a single office real estate and insurance company to a five office, multi-county company and expanded it to include property management, a leasing division, and land development. He was a passionate collector of classic cars, and turned that, of course, into a successful business endeavor. He was President of the Burlington County Board of Realtors, a founding member of 5 county MLS system in South Jersey, active in Rotary, Moorestown Historical Society, and a member of the NADA. He gave us more to list, but we think you get the point! Besides his wife and daughter, he also leaves Nikki’s husband Ken, of Jamestown, who he regarded as his son, his Rescue Pibble and guardian angel Olive, and three granddogs, Tuukka, Charlie, and Tommy. In lieu of flowers, we request that donations be made to the South Kingstown Animal Shelter (who saved Olive), the North Kingstown Animal Shelter (who saved Tommy), or the Potter League (where Paul would often go and then beg Suzi to let him bring more dogs home).

Gordon Beckhart, father of Katharine Beckhart Temel ’69, Wendy Beckhart Bachmann ’74, and Gordon H. Beckhart, Jr. ’80, passed away surrounded by loving family on April 7 at age 93. As a youth Gordon attended Oakwood Friends (Poughkeepsie, NY) throughout his school years graduating in 1940. That formative experience led him to send his three children to Moorestown Friends – Katherine Beckhart Temel ’69, Wendy Beckhart Bachmann ’74, and Gordon H. Beckhart, Jr. ’80. Grandson Deren Temel made it a three generation tradition by graduating from Friends Select in 2008. For the past 15 years, Gordon flourished in the Quaker run Continuing Care Retirement Community of Medford Leas in Medford, NJ. There he enjoyed the company of many Oakwood and Moorestown Friends School alumni, teachers, administrators, and parents. Gordon was a WWII veteran, had a career as an engineer, was a founder of Haddon Glen Swim Club in Haddon Heights, NJ, and enjoyed sailing, skiing, genealogy, photography, Apple computers, summers on Cape Cod, MA, and contributing in a positive way to the community in which he lived. He will be missed.

Harold Bozarth, father of Harold Bozarth ’09, executive director of the Chemistry Council of New Jersey, died on June 12. Hal was predeceased by his parents Harold C. Bozarth, Sr., and Sara Elizabeth Bozarth. He is survived by his wife to whom he was married for 38 years, Deborah R. Bozarth, his son, Hal W. Bozarth; his brothers and sisters-in-law Diane and Michael Duff, Bill and Tracy Richardson, Tim and Laurie Richardson; and his nephews and nieces Sean and Heather Duff, Bill and Jenifer Duff, Patrick and Faridar Duff, Billy Richardson, Ryan Richardson, Amanda Richardson and Shane Richardson. As one of the most prominent, influential, and well-known lobbyists in Trenton, Hal spent almost forty years of his life as a staunch advocate for the constituencies he represented throughout his career. As executive director of the Chemistry Council of New Jersey for the last thirty-three years, Hal was the lead advocate for the Council, and the chemistry industry. He worked tirelessly to advance the interests of the council’s membership. Under Hal’s leadership, the Chemistry Council of New Jersey became one of the state’s premier lobbying trade associations. An effective advocate for the business community, Hal utilized his skills and talents to build coalitions and grassroots campaigns around specific issues to help member companies with direct lobbying efforts and to strategically navigate the New Jersey legislative and regulatory processes. Hal was an All Star athlete. He was member of the Audubon High School basketball team that won the New Jersey State Basketball Championship in 1964. He played basketball for Western Kentucky University and was on the championship team in 1966. He enjoyed golf and often won the longest drive competition in golf tournaments. His happiest days were spent on the golf course with his son. Hal was a founding member of Old York Country Club, and served for a time as a member of the Vestry of St Andrews Episcopal Church. Hal loved hiking in the Blue Ridge Mountains, floating in the Caribbean Sea, horses and history. He had a generous heart and a great sense of humor. In lieu of flowers, the family has request that donations be made to Moorestown Friends School, 110 E. Main Street, Moorestown, NJ 08057-2949, in Hal’s name.

Diane Marie Canfield, wife of Dick Hess ’67, 55, died peacefully on March 31 in Denver, Colorado, after an eleven-year battle with cancer. She was born on October 13, 1960 in San Diego, California, the daughter of William Robert Canfield and Mary June Canfield. She was preceded in death by her parents, and two siblings. Diane is survived by her husband, Richard Hess, of Denver, Colorado; a step-mother, six siblings, two step-siblings, four sisters-in law, and one brother-in-law, as well as a number of nieces-nephews, aunts-uncles and cousins. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology at the University of Colorado in Denver, and a Masters in Early Childhood Education from Regis University, in Denver. She cared passionately about children, and dedicated her professional life to them as a sibling, aunt, great-aunt, teacher, nanny, and care-giver. Children were drawn to her. She is survived by dozens of friends around the world. All of her survivors fondly remember the uplifting love she shared with each and every one.

David Croshaw, husband of former School Committee member Sandra Croshaw, father of Jeffrey Croshaw ’98 and Heather Croshaw ’00, passed away April 27 at the Samaritan Hospice Inpatient Unit in Mount Holly. He was 69. Born in Mount Holly, the son of the late Ryland and Ethel Croshaw, David was a graduate of Northern Burlington High School and the University of Findlay in Ohio. He was the longtime owner of Croshaw Nursery in Columbus, where he worked as a tree farmer and nurseryman. David was a member and former director of the New Jersey Christmas Tree Growers Association, a member of the Burlington County Board of Agriculture, and a member of the Mansfield Township Environmental Commission. He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Sandra; a son, Jeffrey of Columbus; and a daughter, Heather of St. Croix. Contributions in David’s memory may be made to Teton Valley Ranch Camp Education Foundation – online at https://tvrcamp.org/donate-now or by mail to The TVRC Education Foundation, P.O. Box 4915, Jackson, WY 83001.

Joseph Gellman, father of Gigi Gellman Schwartz ’81 and Jodi Gellman-Wallach ’82, passed at age 96 on July 18. Of Wyncote, PA. Husband of Lillian K. Gellman. Father of Gigi (Brad) Schwartz and Jodi Gellman. Grandfather of Tyler and Dylan. Joe was a custom home builder and developer in the Southern New Jersey and Philadelphia area. A Veteran, he served in the Army Air Corps during World War II. Contributions can be made to BookMates or the American Heart Association.

Ana Contigiani Gospodinoff, wife of Victor Gospodinoff, passed on June 28.   

David Edward Mirfin, father of Ed Mirfin ’16, of Delran, passed away on August 29. He was 57 years old. Born and raised near Bridgeport CT, Dave lived for a time in Boston MA, Philadelphia PA, Maple Shade NJ, Ferndale MI and Delran NJ. He spent much of his early career in the field of specialized dog training including personal protection, obedience, and Schutzhund. He went on to a successful second career as he owner/operator of AllBrite Carpet Cleaning. Dave was dedicated to the success of his employees and company. Dave had been involved in BSA, Troop 25 Delran NJ for many years serving as Scout Master and mentored a number of Scouts through their advancement and on to Eagle Scout Rank. He was actively involved in all his children’s extracurricular activities and was always happy to volunteer wherever needed. Dave loved music, vacationing with his family, and had a particular appreciation for the water. Always rooting for the underdog, he had a love of helping those in need, was passionate about raising people up, and giving second chances. Dave was the beloved husband of Nancy (nee McFeeley), loving father of David E. Jr., Jacqueline, and Edward and dear Grandpa to Katherine. Dave is survived by his sisters, Patricia Payne and Carol Potter, and brother Gary Mirfin. He is predeceased by his brother Johnny Mirfin. In lieu of flowers, donations in Dave’s name may be made to the Boy Scouts of America, Troop 25, Resurrection Parish, Campership, 260 Conrow Rd., Delran, NJ 08075.

Jean Scattergood, mother of John Scattergood ’72 and Kirk Scattergood ’75, 91, passed away peacefully on Nov. 23, 2015, in her home at Medford Leas in Medford Township, N.J., after a year- long struggle with ALS. Born in Philadelphia, PA, and prior to moving to Medford Leas, Jean lived for 57 years on the family farm in Bordentown Township. She was a graduate of West Philadelphia High School and the University of Pennsylvania. Later she earned a master’s degree in education from Trenton State College. After 20 years of teaching, she retired from Peter Muschal Elementary School. In addition, she was very involved with the family farm operation. Jean was a past clerk and member of Crosswicks Friends Meeting in Crosswicks, NJ; served as treasurer of the NJ Association of Farm Insurance, and was a member of Burlington County Farm Bureau Women’s Committee and a lifetime member of NJEA, NEA, and BCREA. Jean loved her family; her friends; her cat, Chrissie; the shore, especially Ocean City, and playing bridge. Predeceased by her parents, Wilford and Jean Broadbelt; her husbands, Norman Scattergood and Peter Grady, she is survived by her beloved children, Elizabeth J.Scattergood and her husband, Tom Kinder, of Atlanta, GA; Nancy S. Donavan and her husband, Peter R., of Bennington, VT; John R. Scattergood of LaGrange, GA, and Kirk D. Scattergood and his wife, Donna, of Sister Bay, WI; five grandchildren, Leah Barad, Andrew Kinder, Mari Holomuzki, Lindsay Scattergood-Keepper and Alison Scattergood; a great-grandson and several nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Medford Leas Reserve Fund, 1 Medford Leas Way, Medford, NJ 08055 or the Animal Welfare Association, 509 Centennial Blvd., Voorhees, NJ 08043.

Anne Stevenson, wife of Maurice Stevenson ’50 and mother of Amanda Stevenson Hudson ’88, a beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, passed away on March 20, peacefully at her home with her loving husband and family by her side. Born on October 18, 1932, to Frederick D. and Marion L. Rockhill of Columbus, NJ, Anne was a resident of the area all of her life. Anne married the love of her life, Maurice W. Stevenson, on Sept. 12, 1953, built their first house together and soon began to raise a family. Anne, along with her husband Maurie, established and operated Stevenson Supply Company of Mount Holly, NJ, and was an active member and First Day School teacher at Crosswicks Friends Meeting. Anne was a founding member of the Country Pool Club and swim team in Chesterfield, NJ, a longtime member of the Chesterfield PTA, Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts and a volunteer at Moorestown Friends School through the Thrift Shop for over 25 years. Taking a lifetime to grow up, Anne’s body could no longer keep up with her youthful spirit. She learned to downhill ski at the age of 50 and was seen zip lining and crazy golf cart driving with her grandchildren at the age of 80. She was a lover of chocolate and the queen of Old Wive’s Tales. Anne was a fun-loving, strong-willed, humble and proud woman. Anne was often the leader of fun times in Maine with her husband, children and grandchildren. These activities included fishing, wave running, boating, swimming, hiking, tubing and card playing. Often seen on the sidelines of swim meets, races and games, Anne was the number one fan, often driving hours to watch her children or grandchildren participate. She enjoyed spending winters in Florida during her golden years. Her children and grandchildren often visited Florida and spent time with Anne walking, riding bikes, playing cards, enjoying the beach, pool and relaxing and enjoying each other. Anne’s family was very important to her. She enjoyed life and was a positive role model for her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Anne is survived by her beloved husband of over 62 years, Maurice W. Stevenson; her five children, Laurie A. Gorby and her husband, Dr. David R. Gorby of Battleboro, NC, William M. Stevenson and his wife, Lisa, of Crosswicks, NJ, Drew W. Stevenson and his wife, Sharon, of Southampton, NJ, Mandy S. Hudson and her husband, Wayne, of Sparks, MD, and Brian L. Stevenson and his wife, Kristiana, of Southampton, NJ; her brother, Frederick (Bud) Rockhill and his wife, Alice, of Jensen Beach, FL; 10 grandchildren, Rebecca and Andrew Gorby and his wife, Ashley, Chelsea and Will Stevenson, Brad Stevenson and his wife, Marcy, Cole, Pearce and Scott Hudson, Catelyn and Elizabeth Stevenson, and two great-grandchildren, Eli and Wyn Gorby. Anne was predeceased by her parents, Frederick D. and Marion L. Rockhill; her siblings, Robert (Bob) Rockhill, Jeanne Youngs, Doris and Eunice Rockhill, and her grandson, Kyle Stevenson. A special thank you to the caregivers from Cadbury at Home and Samaritan Healthcare and Hospice. Their compassionate care enabled Anne to rest comfortably and peacefully in her home. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Samaritan Healthcare & Hospice, 5 Eves Dr., Suite 300, Marlton, NJ 08053, or Crosswicks Friends Meeting, P.O. Box 456, Crosswicks, NJ 08515.

Rita Willison, mother of David Willison ’91, passed on July 3, age 78 of Moorestown, NJ. Wife of L. David Willison III. Mother of L David Willison, IV and Brian Jon Willison. Sister of Mary Lou Mudrick. Grandmother of Brian Jon Willison, Jr. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Charity of donor’s choice.