Bruce Dawson October 15, 1952 ~ April 5, 2017
Bruce Dawson October 15, 1952 ~ April 5, 2017

Bruce was born on October 15, 1952 and passed away on Wednesday, April 5, 2017.
Bruce was a resident of North Wales Pennsylvania at the time of passing.

Mr. Dawson was a graduate of Upper Dublin High School Class of 1970 and
Pennsylvania State University Class of 1974 with dual degrees in pre-law studies
and education.

Bruce was married to Donna.

There will be a viewing from 6 to 8:00 p.m. Monday April 10 2017 at Huff Lakjer Funeral Home 701 Derstine Ave. Lansdale. A second viewing will start 10 a.m. Tuesday April 11 2017 at the Funeral Home with funeral services at 11:00 a.m. Interment to follow in Whitemarsh Memorial Park.

​John W. Klaiss   1952 - 2014
​John W. Klaiss 1952 - 2014
John W. Klaiss, 62, of Red Hill, died February 22, 2014. He was a son of the late John and Dorothy Klaiss. He worked for Bergeys Parts in Colmar. Survivors: Wife, Susan; children, John Klaiss and Denice Czop; stepchildren, Kristie Sue and Jeremiah Exner; and a brother, Leonard Klaiss. Services: 2 p.m., Thursday, Whitemarsh Memorial Park. Visit

Published in Morning Call on Feb. 26, 2014
RIP - George 'Champ' Simmons
RIP - George "Champ" Simmons
Kelly-marie Warren (George's adopted daughter) was kind enough to send his obituary and funeral card to me to include.

George Simmons was Born in Pennsylvania on November 12, 1952. Mother: Paulene Simmons. Father: George Harris. His greatest love was praising God, beign a husband and a father, serving his country, and sports. He was a loving husband, great provider and a true friend. His life was filled with many adventures and great travels. We thank him for twenty years of service and we honor him for a lifetime of  love. He will forever be loved and missed.

Survived by
Wife: Laverne Simmons
Oldest Son: Dayon Simmons
Daughter: Shante Palmer
Youngest Son: Shannon Simmons
Adopted Daughter: Kelly-marie Warren (sister of Shannon Simmons)

Note of Thanks
The family of the late George N. Simmons wishes to thank every one of their kind expressions of empathy, prayers, and all acts of kindness extended to them during our bereavement. May God bless and keep you all.
Renee E. Polsky
Renee E. Polsky
Mlle. Renee E. Polsky 83, passed away peacefully in her home located in the Chestnut Hill section of Philadelphia, a neighborhood she dearly loved. Renee graduated from Penn State University with a teaching degree and went on to teach French at Upper Dublin High School for over thirty years. She travelled the world with her beloved life companion, the late Millard Bekmezian "Bek". She was an avid supporter of the arts and the Philadelphia Library, Chestnut Hill branch.

Renee was the loving niece of Frances Polsky and the beloved cousin of Harvey Portner (Mary) and the late Esther Dinerman (Bernard). She is also survived by her second cousins, Doriann Parker (Dan), Michael Portner, Jay Dinerman (Linda), Ann Dinerman (Jack), Adam Dinerman (Nadine) and countless friends, fellow teachers, former students and library volunteers.

Services and Life Celebration will be private.

Published on from Sept. 15 to Sept. 22, 2019
Millard Bekmezian RIP 10 Jan 2007
Millard Bekmezian RIP 10 Jan 2007

MILLARD BEKMEZIAN, 87 of Upper Darby, On Jan. 10, 2007. Brother of Mary Bekmezian, beloved companion of Rene Polsky and Uncle of Herbert and Jack Takakjian. Relatives and friends are invited to his Memorial Service Monday, Jan. 15, 2007 at 12 Noon at The Armenian Martyrs' Congregational Church, Edmonds Ave., Havertown, PA 19083. Interment private. Contributions in his memory to the above named church. Arrangements by TOPPITZER FUNERAL HOME, Drexel Hill PA 

Published in the Philadelphia Inquirer & Philadelphia Daily News on 1/13/2007.



Victoria Henderson Bootman
Victoria Henderson Bootman
Interview with Vickie from 2010

Attended Taylor School of Business after graduation, Worked as a medical secretary; Graduated from Bethleham School of the Bible, Phila., PA pending BS degree in theology. Also I am an active missionary to Novia Scotia. CA- I enyoy my grandchildren, nieces and nephews and greats; knitting, crocheting, studying the Bible, singing and teaching.

Children: Nathaniel(1973), Lydia(1979) GC-Malik 10, Micah 7, Liz-el 14
Scott D. Sharman 1953 - 2015
Scott D. Sharman 1953 - 2015

Scott D. Sharman of Richland Township, Pa. passed away Monday, June 22, 2015 at LifeQuest Nursing Center, Quakertown. He was 62.

He was the loving husband of Carol (Delp) Sharman for the last 42 years.

Born in Abington, he was a son of the late Sumner and Jane (Harrar) Sharman.

Scott was a printing planner for RR Donnelly.

He enjoyed fishing, hunting, wood working, and golf, and loved helping with various projects on a friend’s farm. Above all else, he loved spending time with his family and friends.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his daughter, Christina Bast and her husband, Derek; son, Chad Sharman and his wife, Maryana; grandchildren, Gianna Bast and Alexis Rader; brothers, Glenn Sharman and Peter Sharman; Aunt Esther Hutchinson; his mother-in-law, Margaret Delp; brothers-in-law, Ken Delp and Jim Delp; sisters-in-law, Karen Ziegler and Marie Delp; nieces, Jennifer Ziegler, Anna Delp, Caitlyn Blades, Heather Sharman, and Brittany Richardson; and nephews, Phil Ziegler, Charles Sharman, Brayden Sharman, Brent Sharman, and Charles Blades.

Services will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, June 26, at the Jeffrey A. Naugle Funeral & Cremation Service, 135 W. Pumping Station Road, Quakertown, where calling hours will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Interment will be held in Hillside Cemetery, Glenside.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Scott’s memory to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123.

Jeffrey A. Naugle Funeral & Cremation Service,


Pamela Addy
Pamela Addy
RIP  Elwood  T. 'Mugsy' Boone  9/4/52-9/24/15
RIP Elwood T. "Mugsy" Boone 9/4/52-9/24/15
Cynthia E. Weisse Stamos
Cynthia E. Weisse Stamos
Cynthia E. Stamos, of Marlton, NJ, passed away on November 9, 2012. Age 60. Beloved wife of John J. Stamos. Loving mother of Michael Lippincott (Jeanine) and Matthew Lippincott (Stephanie). Step-mother of Lisa Sperry, Hayley Stamos and Jamie Stamos. Grandmother of Anna, Nora, Edie Rose, Alessandra and Zachary. Also survived by her brother Dana Weisse, and nieces, Nicole, Katie and Rachel Weisse.

Relatives and friends are invited to the viewing on Sunday, November 11 from 1:00-3:00 PM at the Bradley Funeral Home, Rt. 73 & Evesham Rd., Marlton, NJ. Funeral Service will be 3:00 PM at the funeral home on Sunday. Interment will be private at a later date. Memorial donations may be made in Cynthia's name to: Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. 
Gary (Gizzy) L. Beaver   20 Mar 1951-31 May 2003
Gary (Gizzy) L. Beaver 20 Mar 1951-31 May 2003
Maxine Yvonne Bennett
Maxine Yvonne Bennett
William (Bill) Blombaum   14 May 1952 - 11 Feb 2009
William (Bill) Blombaum 14 May 1952 - 11 Feb 2009

William Robert “Hawk” Blombaum of the Willow Grove section of Upper Dublin died Feb. 11, 2009, at Abington Memorial Hospital. He was 56.

Born in Philadelphia, he was the som of Dolores H. (Boyle) Blombaum and the late William Blombaum.

He graduated from Ancillae Assumpta Academy in 1966 and Upper Dublin High School in 1970. He worked as a mason and was a member of The Local 1 PA/DE bricklayers & Allied Craftworkers. He was also a member of the Horsham VFW, the Willow Grove VFW, and American Legion Post 308.

Listening to Phillies games on the radio, hanging out with his buddies at the club, mint chocolate chip ice cream, and Ed’s cooking were just a few of his favorite things. Watching reruns of 1960 TV sitcoms and cartoons, deep sea fishing, listening to oldies rock n’ roll, and having fun with his nieces and nephew were his most treasured moments.

Friends and family are invited to attend a memorial service at 11 am Feb. 21 at St. John of the Cross Roman Catholic Church, 2741 Woodland Road, Roslyn.

Memorial contributions may be made in his name to the John Shapiro Benefit Fund, Citzens Bank, 1777 Sentry Parkway West Building #15, Blue Bell, PA 19422.

Jill E. Bothe RIP 2005
Jill E. Bothe RIP 2005
 In Memory of Jill

8/11/52 - 3/3/05


After graduation Jill married her sweetheart Donald and moved to Maine to start a family. They had a son together, bought a home and lived happily together for about fifteen years. After this time she grew restless and was tired of the long, cold winters Maine had to offer. She took an apprenticeship to learn the art of tattooing, got a divorce, packed her bags, her son, and moved to a collage town in Indiana and set up shop there. It took a couple years but once word of mouth got around her business flourished. The local hospital was sending her reconstructive surgery patients,  and was a pioneer in tattooing permanent make-up for women. She had countless local articles written about her and her business. A local radio station broadcasted live from her studio. Looking back this was the happiest time in her life. 

She eventually remarried, and to say the least it was a rocky relationship. Because of this it took its toll on her and her business. And over time it left her sad, depressed, and broken hearted. This is about the time she started having medical problems. She had taken a bad fall in the shower in her early 20’s and hurt her back. Bending over all day, every day, doing tattoos was getting harder and harder for her to do. Jill’s mother June passed away and that was hard for her to cope with as they were always so close. She moved a couple times and cut back on her work,  because of this, her once thriving business was now a mere shell of what it once was. She was ready for a life change again. 

My mother and I moved back to Maine together to start over fresh again. She was separated from her husband but never recovered from that relationship. She got to see old friends and family and she enjoyed that. She still didn’t enjoy the winters though. Money got tight and for a few other reasons we moved back to Indiana after only two years. Her health was getting progressively worse over time. She was depressed and everyone she was in contact with tried to get her to seek help or even just get out and do things. She did get out shopping and would frequent the local library at least once a week. Jill was an avid reader her whole life and loved to read a good book while drinking coffee and smoking cigarettes.  She also had a passion for cooking and baking. She had become a life long vegetarian in the late 70’s and was always trying new ways of eating her vegetables, pastas, and breads. 

Jill’s health took a turn for the worse in the winter of 2005 and she passed away in March from a combination of  pneumonia and other health issues. Her brother Larry and I were at her side. She was the greatest mother anyone could ever ask for, and was my best friend. She was able to be a part in many people’s lives in her time here, and her art of tattoos are on thousands of people from all walks of life all over the world. We all miss her very much and take comfort in knowing she is in a better place now. 
Donnie Morse ~ Jill's son

Elmer Brunner  20 June 1951 -9 September 1999
Elmer Brunner 20 June 1951 -9 September 1999
Michael J. Burke  2 October 1952 - 17 June 2005
Michael J. Burke 2 October 1952 - 17 June 2005

Michael J. Burke ESQ., 52 of Doylestown PA., died suddenly Friday in the Doylestown Hospital Doylestown, PA. after an auto accident.

Born in Duryea, PA., he was the son of Agnes (nee Guitson) Burke of Ambler and the late Joseph A. Burke.

He was a Graduate of Upper Dublin High School class of 1970, Penn State University Class of 1977 and Weider University Law School Class of 1991. Mr. Burke was an associate at McGlinchey & McGlinchey in Oreland from 1991 until 2002 when he started his own practice in Doylestown.

He was a US Army veteran and the #1 Rolling Stones Fan.

Mr. Burke was a member of Bucks County Bar Association, Corvette Club of the Delaware Valley where he had served as President.

He is survived by his wife Maureen A. Burke of  Doylestown, PA; a son Nickolay M. Burke of   Doylestown, PA; his mother Agnes G. Burke of  Ambler; three brothers, Neil J. Burke of Hatfield, PA, Kevin P. Burke  of  Columbia, MD, Jaime P. Burke of  Fort Washington, PA; two sisters Sharon E. Burke of Upper Dublin Twp., PA, Terri B. Borusiewicz of  Harleysville, PA; and 13 nieces and nephews.

Remembrances in his name to  Sunshine Foundation, 1041 Millcreek Drive, Feasterville, Pa. 19053 would be appreciated by the family.

Allen John Clark  21 June 1952 ~ 13 June 2007
Allen John Clark 21 June 1952 ~ 13 June 2007

Alan passed with family and friends in attendance and is survived by his loving wife Judy Clark and loving daughter Rebecca.  Al was preceded in death by his father, and younger brother Brian. His older brother Glenn passed in 2009.  His mother, Betty still lives in the area. Al was one of the kindest people I've known.  I never heard him say anything negative about anyone. The closest he would come to that would be "oh well".  He is still loved and missed by all his friends and family. ~ Kris Field

John Clegg 4 September 1952 ~ October 1977
John Clegg 4 September 1952 ~ October 1977
Diana Clements 22 March 1952 - 28 Feb 2008
Diana Clements 22 March 1952 - 28 Feb 2008
Diana Clements Bechtle, 55, of Horsham, Pa., and previously of Ambler, Pa., died suddenly Feb. 23 in her home.

Ms. Bechtle was born March 22, 1952, in Abington, Pa., to Thomas W. Clements Sr. of Annapolis and the late Elizabeth L. Clements. She graduated from Upper Dublin High School in 1970.

She worked in data entry in the pharmaceutical industry and also worked for HUD.

She enjoyed collecting Mickey Mouse items and coins, and she also enjoyed arts and crafts.

Survivors include two sons, Christopher K. Bechtle of Horsham and Brian N. Baker of Dallas, Pa.; one brother, Thomas W. Clements Jr. of Crofton; and one grandchild.

Family and friends may visit from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. tomorrow at Taylor Funeral Home, 147 Duke of Gloucester St. in Annapolis.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in the funeral home's chapel. Interment will be at 1 p.m. March 15 in Cedar Bluff Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 1850 York Road, Suite D, Timonium, MD 21093.

Robert T. Cornelison 24 Jan 1953 ~ 26 Sep 2001
Robert T. Cornelison 24 Jan 1953 ~ 26 Sep 2001

DR. ROBERT T. CORNELISON, PhD, of Pelham, NY, on Sept. 26, 2001, fiance of Patricia R. Mayer; son of the late Robert and Gloria Cornelison; grandson of Florence "Ted," Cornelison; brother of David R. (Jill) and Jeffrey J. (Lisa) Cornelison; uncle of Matthew and Claudia Cornelison; close cousin of Kris Stavola.

Family and friends are invited to his Memorial Service Tues. 1P.M. from Resurrection Lutheran Church, Welsh and Mann Rds., Horsham, PA 19044.

In lieu of flowers, a donation in Bob's memory may be made payable to Pulmonary Research Fund, in memory of Bob Cornelison, Div. of Pulmonary Allergies and Critical Care, Columbia Hospital Univ., P.H.8 East Room 101, 630 W. 168 St., New York, NY 10032. Family Service by CRAFT/GIVNISH OF ABINGTON



Bob Cornelison

In memorian

For those who knew him in high school Bob Cornelison was an unlikely academic.  His grades were lackluster, he was always getting busted for smoking in the men's room and God knows when the two of us were stocking shelves at Genuardi's in Maple Glen and the topic of What's next in life? came up I never heard him say, Um, I'm thinking theology, man.  Maybe the relationship between Reinhold Niebuhr and Jurgen Moltmann.  Yet he ended up a tenured professor of theology at Fordham UniversityI suspect theology crept up on him, surprising him as much as it did his friends, while he was teaching high school religion (as a Lutheran) at Gwynedd Mercy Academy, the Catholic girl's prep school. 


In the ten years before his death in 2001 we used to see each other every five or six months, usually while I was down from New England visiting my parents in Ambler.  After he joined the theology department at Fordham I'd arrange to spend an overnight with him in the Bronx until he made his last move, to an apartment in Pelham.   


Our visits in the Bronx had a common pattern. He’d take me to a nearby open air market filled with Italian and Armenian vendors selling all manner of food.  Then he’d lead me to his latest extreme ingredient discovery—fresh eels the size of your arm, say, or monkfish livers, and he’d ask if I knew how to cook them.  My wife is a chef, I'd worked in restaurants for ten years and I was doing a lot of food writing, but he wasn't really looking for my advice.  The business with exotic ingredients was just his way of maintaining a little culinary street cred.  Hey, just because you're in the restaurant world don't think we don't eat weird things here in the Bronx too. 


After deciding we didn't really have time to hang an eel from his door frame and peel the skin off with a pair of pliers, we’d settle for fresh sardines or mussels, and essentials--garlic, onions, wild mushrooms, pasta, bread and red wine.  Then we’d go back to his apartment, cook an unfussy dinner and talk and drink.  That's what both of us most enjoyed--cooking and eating and drinking together.  All the while catching up our lives--my wife and kids, what I was working on, his life as a professor, his hatred of academic politics, the pressure to write and publish when he would rather have devoted himself to teaching.  On one visit he told me he’d been to France the month before where he purchased a set of Dehillerin copper cookware.  Dehillerin is uber-serious cookware, not for the faint of bicep or wallet. Given its cost it's practically a cult item. The heavy-duty pots and pans seemed wildly outsized for Bob's apartment; two of the sauté pans completely covered his tiny four-burner stovetop.  Another time he asked me about the economics of starting a catering business.  Who knew theologians harbored cooking fantasies?   


In the summer of 2001 he got sick.  Quickly.  After bicycling through Germany with his German fiancé, something went dreadfully wrong.  Within a couple of weeks he could barely muster the breath to climb the stairs to her third-floor Berlin apartment.  Alarmed, he returned to the US for a diagnosis and treatment.  Soon he was using an oxygen tank to negotiate the steps to his own second floor apartment in Pelham.  Although he had given up smoking a year earlier, he had been a two-pack-a-day man for years, like his parents, who both died of lung cancer.  But his doctors ruled out cancer, then emphysema.  In September he entered Montefiore Hospital in New York for a lung biopsy, a last effort to discover what was wrong with him.  He never went home.  His fiancé was with him when he died. 

During one of my visits to Fordham we spent an hour drinking beers in the late afternoon in an otherwise empty student pub while he enthused about his freshman class, Intro to Theology.  Unusual in a tenured professor, he liked teaching freshman, particularly students who were the first in their families to go to college.  Their limitations had been his own limitations—too much tv, not enough books, a sheltered view of the world.  I must have seemed a little skeptical, and he explained, “For most of these kids this will be the first and last time they open a book on theology.”  His job, he told me, was to get them to think about things that they didn’t ordinarily think about, to ask themselves questions that they didn’t normally ask.  Every semester he would be rewarded for his efforts by one or two kids who seemed to get it, usually balanced out by a few who-gives-a-shit-ers, with everyone else in between.  But that didn't matter.  As a teacher he saw himself as handing out the spiritual equivalent of an extra pair of dry socks.  You might not need them now, but you will need them.  Terrible things happen—children die, love grows cold, we get cancer or heart disease before our time.  “When those things happen, even the who-gives-a-shit-ers ask themselves a lot of the same questions we talk about in my class.  And I hope that’s when my class comes back to them.” 

Almost ten years after his death, I still miss him, especially when a white truffle or lump of mullet roe shows up on my cutting board.  In July I was in Italy with my wife Jody, who was teaching a hands-on cooking class to our biking tour group.  Deep into the process I remember lifting a pot lid to check on a pair of giant octopuses stewing in their own juices.  An incredible aroma of seafood, white wine, extra virgin olive oil, garlic and orange rose up from the pot.  The octopuses themselves looked really strange, big bulbous heads and curly alien tentacles.  Cool, I thought, Bob would like that. 

Ken Rivard

Thomas J. Ellmore, Jr.   RIP 14 March 2005
Thomas J. Ellmore, Jr. RIP 14 March 2005
Thomas J. Ellmore, Jr. of Ambler, on March 14, 2005, husband of Diane S. Ellmore, father of Joel T. (Kimberley), Jason T. (Emilia) and Kristen.
George Warren Gares, Jr. 5 Mar 1952 - 10 Jan 2004
George Warren Gares, Jr. 5 Mar 1952 - 10 Jan 2004
William (Bill) Grote  RIP 1 March 1985
William (Bill) Grote RIP 1 March 1985
Martha J. Hampton 13 Oct 1952 - 8 Aug 1999
Martha J. Hampton 13 Oct 1952 - 8 Aug 1999

ATTORNEY, Martha J. Hampton, 46, a workers' compensation attorney, died of complications from pneumonia and heart failure Sunday at Chestnut Hill Hospital. She lived in West Mount Airy.  Ms. Hampton had been in the hospital for two weeks being treated for pneumonia when tests indicated early signs of lung cancer, said Patricia Woods, director of administration for Gelfand Berger, the Center City law firm that employed Ms. Hampton. 

Ms. Hampton had worked at the firm for the last nine years. Besides practicing her specialty, she often lectured on workers' compensation for Philadelphia Bar Association groups, trial lawyers, and labor organizations. ''She spent most of her life committed to helping the injured workers,'' Woods said.  Ms. Hampton wrote articles on workplace safety and the rights of the injured. She also chaired the committee that drafted regulations and recent changes in Pennsylvania's workers' compensation law. 

Born in Pullman, Wash., Ms. Hampton earned a bachelor's degree in Chinese studies from Temple University in 1975. She worked as a secretary while pursing a law degree from Temple, which she received in 1982. She was a 1970 graduate of Upper Dublin High School. 

Her interests included gardening, art, science fiction and animals.  Surviving are her parents, Richard J. and M. Jane Hampton, and a sister, Roberta Hampton. Services and burial will be private.
Parker Magee Henson 15 Sept 1952 - 16 April 1988
Parker Magee Henson 15 Sept 1952 - 16 April 1988

Name: Maren Henson Judge  E-mail:
Comments: I am so pleased to see Parker's name in the Memorials. He died of a massive heart attack while working in his garden at the age of 35. He left behind 3 children - Jeffrey, Amanda, and James - who miss him every day. He was on the brink of getting a Master's in Education from William and Mary College when he died, and his degree was awarded posthumously.

I would enjoy hearing from his friends if they want to write. He did have a great smile and a wonderful sense of humor. It took him awhile to find happiness. He had 2 marriages before he finally found the one for him. Unfortunately, they were only married a couple of years when he died. He also kind of drifted after college (graduated from Ursinus College in 1974) not really know what he wanted to do with his life. Then he decided that he would like to be a teacher and went back to school. Quite a number of his pupils from when he student taught came to his funeral and all said he was a great teacher. Such a loss. It's kind of nice to "talk" about him. I don't get too many opportunities to do that.  I think Parker had finally found happiness with his third wife. He wasn't really a gardener but had decided to start a vegetable garden to save money. It was while digging up the ground for it that he died.  His daughter, Amanda, was 5 when he died and saw him collapse - quite traumatic as you can imagine. She most definately remembers him and misses him every day. She is 27. His older son, Jeffrey, is 32 and definately remembers him as well. His younger son, James, was only a month old when he died but I made him a picture album of Parker from the time he was a baby on upward and share memories of Parker whenever I can.

Parker - Rest in Peace.

Notes of conversation between Maren and Victoria S. It is good to have an answer about our friend. Thank you Maren!!!

Karl P. Koury  27 Jan 1952 - 26 Jun 2006
Karl P. Koury 27 Jan 1952 - 26 Jun 2006

Karl P. Koury of Royersford, formerly of Upper Dublin, died June 27, 2006, at Parkhouse in Royersford following a long battle with Huntingdon’s disease. He was 54.

Born in Carlisle, PA, he was the son of Margaret L. (Hipple) Koury of Hatboro and the late Alfred H. Koury.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by a sister, Lorraine Koury (since deceased 2010)  at Parkhouse; a brother, Lance of Henderson, NV; a sister-in-law Sure Koury of Hatboro; and two nieces and a nephew.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Paul Koury.

A memorial service is pending.

Contributions in his memory may be made to HDSA (Huntingdon’s Disease Society of America), 505 Eighth Ave., Suite 902, New York, NY 10018.

Arrangements by Wetzel & Sons Inc., Willow Grove.

William Michael Johnston   RIP 22 May 2003
William Michael Johnston RIP 22 May 2003
Howard G. MacIntire 4 Mar 1952 - 27 Jan 2006
Howard G. MacIntire 4 Mar 1952 - 27 Jan 2006
Donna Marquess  RIP November 2009
Donna Marquess RIP November 2009
Donna Marquess Class of 1970, left us suddenly after a brief illness to be with the angels. We are sad to see her leave and will always keep her in our hearts and prayers. God Bless you and keep safe till we can all be together again.  Posted by Donna’s sister on Classmates 9 November 2009
Albert McMonagle 16 Dec 1951- 13 Sept 2004
Albert McMonagle 16 Dec 1951- 13 Sept 2004
 Albert G. "Bert" McMonagle of Perkasie, formerly of Sellersville, died Sept. 13, 2004, in Grand View Hospital, Sellersville. He was 52.

He was the husband of Elizabeth S. (Gyrmati) McMonagle.

Born in Philadelphia, he was a son of Audrey (Bireline) Gearhart of Fort Washingon.

He was employed as a sales manager at Suburban Ford, Ottsville, for seven years.

Mr. McMonagle was an avid golfer and football fan and loved nature and bird watching.

In addition to his wife and mother, he is survived by three sisters, Kathleen Lavin of Fort Washington, Debora Begley of Abington and Sandra Neill of Prospectville; and two brothers, Michael McMonagle and Gary Gearhart of Ambler.

A memorial service will be held at 11am Sept 23 at the Mann-Slonaker Funeral Home, 222 Washington St., East Greenville, with the Rev. John J. Scarcia, pastor of St. Phillip Neri Catholic Church, Pennsburg officiating. Interment will follow in Holy Cross Cemetery, Pennsburg. Friends and relatives may call from 10 to 11 am Sept. 23 at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made in Mr. McMonagle's name to the American Lung Association Research, 527 Plymouth Road, Suite 403, Plymouth, Meeting PA 19462.

Linda Provost  27 June 1952 - 2 March 2001
Linda Provost 27 June 1952 - 2 March 2001

Linda C. (Provost) Uliasz, 48, of Montgomery Township, died Friday, March 2, 2001 at her home following a long illness. She was the wife of Casimir J. Uliasz. They would have celebrated their 28th wedding anniversary in June.

Born June 27, 1952 in Altoona, she was the daughter of Clara Elizabeth (Veluteni) Provost of Port St. Lucy, FL and the late Robert Cook Provost.

Linda had a contagious laugh and loving heart. She willl be rememberes by her family and many friends for her strength, courage, and compassion for others. She was a longtime friend of Bill W.

In additions to her husband and mother, she is survived by her two loving daughters, Tisha Uliasz and Adrienne Uliasz, both at home; and a brother Robert Provost.

Services will be Tuesday, March 6 at 11am at Kirk & Nice Funeral Home, located on the grounds of George Washington Memorial Park, Stenton Avenue and Butler Pike. Interment to follow the service at George Washington Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in her name may be made to either A Walk Together (an autoimmune deficiency support group_ at 500 W. Main Street, Lansdale, PA 19446 or Community Housing Services, 617 W. Main St., Lansdale, PA 19446.

George Andrew (Andy) Painter 14 Feb 1951 ~ 28 Feb 2003
George Andrew (Andy) Painter 14 Feb 1951 ~ 28 Feb 2003

GEORGE ANDREW (ANDY) PAINTER , of Oreland, PA, passed away on Feb. 28, 2003, at the age of 52 after a courageous 2 year journey with cancer. He attended Upper Dublin High School and graduated from West Virginia University. Beloved husband of Linda (nee Nisbet), preceded in death by his daughter Mary and father George L. Painter, survived by mother Ruth (nee Oyler) Painter, brother Ed, sisters Jean, Georgette and Ruth A., sisters-in-law Nancy, Diane and Trish, mother-in-law Grace Nisbet and several nieces and nephews. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Memorial Service on Sat., March 15 at 10:30 A.M. at St. Philip-in-the-Fields Episcopal Church, 317 Oreland Mill Rd., Oreland, PA 19075. Contributions in Andy's memory can be made to the above named church or The Lenni Lenape Historical Society, 2825 Fish Hatchery Rd., Allentown, PA 18103-9214. CRAFT OF ERDENHEIM

Published in Philadelphia Inquirer & Philadelphia Daily News on March 9, 2003

Scott G. Saunders  8 May 1952 -14 November 2008
Scott G. Saunders 8 May 1952 -14 November 2008

Saunders, Scott G., formerly of Maple Glen, PA ., Mr Scott G Saunders, 56, Merriam, KS, died Nov 14, 2008 Cherished partner of Charlotte K Crockett, beloved father of Peter, Kevin and Leslie, son of Patricia and Harold Saunders.

Penny Schaffner  4 July 1952 - 14 July 1999
Penny Schaffner 4 July 1952 - 14 July 1999
Charles Edwin Schwenk 8 Nov 1951- April 1993
Charles Edwin Schwenk 8 Nov 1951- April 1993
Steven T. Schwenkler  8 October 1952 - April 1987
Steven T. Schwenkler 8 October 1952 - April 1987
William (Bill) Stewart Smith Jr.
William (Bill) Stewart Smith Jr.
Robert A. Stickel 10 August 1952 -13 April 1994
Robert A. Stickel 10 August 1952 -13 April 1994
Jack R. Vanderslice  27 Aug 1952 - 27 Jan 1995
Jack R. Vanderslice 27 Aug 1952 - 27 Jan 1995
VANDERSLICE, JACK R., JR. of Perkasie, on Jan. 27, 1995, age 42 years, husband of Deborah Hirsch,
father of Jack R. III, Lisa Marie and Tyler, son of Jack R, Sr. and Elaine Benz Vanderslice, brother David, Karl,
Susan Brong, and Judith Anne Cranata. Service for relatives, friends and employees of Bell Telephone Co.
11 AM, Tuesday Jarrettown Methodist Church, 1460 Limekiln Pike, Jarrettown, PA 19025. Int Whitemarsh Memorial Park. Memorial contributions in his name may be made
to the above names Church's Memorial Fund or American Cancer Society,
43 S. Main St., Doylestown, PA 18901. (MOYER-KANTNER FUNERAL HOME, Perkasie).
Charles Raymond Weir III  4 July 1952 ~ 22 October 2010
Charles Raymond Weir III 4 July 1952 ~ 22 October 2010

Charles (Chip) Raymond Weir III passed away on Friday the 22nd, after a year long battle with pancreatic cancer.

Charles (Chip) Raymond Weir III,originally of Ambler, lost his battle with Pancreatic Cancer early Friday morning October 22, 2010.  He turned 58 on July 4th. He is survived by his only child, Rebecca Anne Weir; his two grandchildren, P. J. and Emma Miller; his brother David G. Weir and sister in law Janice, their two children; His Uncle William A˛”Bill” Weir and his wife Mary as well as several cousins.  He was preceded in death by his mother, Anne (Garrett) Weir in 1994, and his father, Charles Raymond Weir, Jr. in January 2005. Chip died at the home of his ex-wife,  Deborah (Brandriff) Cook and her current husband Robert Cook and their family. 

Chip graduated from Upper Dublin High School in 1970.  He worked as a Civil Engineer for C. Raymond Weir and Associates until the business was sold in the early 1990's.  He worked odds jobs for several years and his last employer was Lansdale Meats, where he worked in the deli. 

Chip was open about his addiction to alcohol and had celebrated 22 years of sobriety only days before being diagnosed with cancer in April of this year.  He will be remembered for his strange sense of humor, his love of baking, bowling and music, as well as his phenomenal skills in both penmanship and ability to draw. 

A memorial service is to be held November 4, 2010 at the Pleasant Ridge Church, in  Danboro Pa. at 5 pm. 

A memorial service is to be held November 4, 2010 at the Pleasant Ridge Church, in  Danboro Pa. at 5 pm.  In lieu of flowers Please make donations to Super Kids of Montgomery County, PO Box 1472, Blue Bell, PA 19422, a Charity that provides funding for the educational needs of Foster children in Montgomery County.  Checks can be made out to his daughter Rebecca Anne Weir or directly to the Charity based in Blue Bell.

Robert (Robin) D. Wenzel, Jr.  RIP 21 August 1971
Robert (Robin) D. Wenzel, Jr. RIP 21 August 1971

Robert D. Wenzel, Jr. of 193 Overlin Terrace, Lansdale, died suddenly Friday night at Pocono Pines. He was 18 and the son of Elizabeth Erick Newman, Pocono Pines and Robert D. Wenzel, Sr. of the Lansdale address.

Mr. Wenzel who was born in Philadelphia had resided in Fort Washington and graduated in 1970 from Upper Dublin High School. He was a member of Trinity Luthern Church, Fort Washington.

Besides his parents, Mr. Wenzel is survived by his sister, Ann, and his paternal grandmother, Mrs. Clara Wenzel.

Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon from the Robert M. Hassinger Funeral Home, 131 N. Main Street, Ambler, with the Rev. Howard O. Bailey, Fort Washington, officiating. Interment was in Whitemarsh Memorial Park.

He was interred at Whitemarsh Memorial Park on 8/24/1971. His date of death was 8/21/1971. The location of where he is interred is Block 34, Section 12, Grave #1

Cheryl Anne Wolf Emore
Cheryl Anne Wolf Emore
Edward Yeager  17 January 1951 - 13 April 1999
Edward Yeager 17 January 1951 - 13 April 1999
Edwin L. Yeager IV, 46, of Ambler, died April 13 in Abington Memorial Hospital, from injuries he sustained in a motor vehicle accident that occurred the same day in Upper Dublin.

Born in Philadelphia, he was the son of the late Edwin L. III and Loretta (Gutowski) Yeager.

Mr. Yeager was employed as an elevator repairman by Kenor Co. in West Chester.

He is survived by two half sisters, Marlene L. Tracey of Edgewater Park, NJ, and GarRe Cocker of Burlington, NJ.

Services will be Wednesday afternoon in the Anton B. Urban Funeral Home ein Ambler. Arrangements are by the same.
Principal Francis J. Gilronan
Principal Francis J. Gilronan
Francis J. Gilronan, 82, died Wednesday at his home in the Pine Run Community in Doylestown, PA. He was a former resident of Schwenksville, Maple Glen, Fort Washington, and Philadelphia, PA.

Born in West Philadelphia, he was the son of the late Thomas and Agnes Curran Gilronan. He attended Our Lady of Victory Elementary School, and graduated Saint Thomas More High School. From 1944 to 1946 he served in the U.S. Army’s 148th Field Artillery Battalion in the Pacific Theater.

After his military service he attended West Chester State Teacher's College where he received a B.S. in Education and met his wife-to-be. He later received an M.S. in Education from the University of Pennsylvania and completed post-graduate work at the University of Massachusetts and McGill University in Montreal, Canada.

Mr. Gilronan started his professional career as a teacher in 1951 at Upper Dublin School District in Fort Washington, PA where he taught English, Geography and Social Studies in addition to coaching track, football and baseball and serving as a Class Advisor and Yearbook Moderator. He also served as Administrator, Athletic Director, Assistant Principal and Principal from 1967 – 1981. Mr. Gilronan retired in 1984, and touched the lives of thousands of students over decades of service to Upper Dublin High School.

A devoted churchgoer and communicant, most recently of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Doylestown, PA, he was also a lifelong Phillies fan, witnessing baseball games at Baker Bowl, Shibe Park, Veterans Stadium, and Citizens Bank Park, and recently celebrating the 2008 World Series victory.

Francis is the beloved husband of 57 years of Ruth D. Gilronan and the devoted father of Patricia G. (Robert) Dianora of Wildwood, MO and Michael F. Gilronan (Maura Harrigan) of Acton, MA. He is the loving grandfather of Rob, Kate, and Danny Dianora; he is also survived by his brother James J. Gilronan of East Lansdowne, PA, and many nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends may call Tuesday, December 23, 2008 from 9:00 to 10:00 am at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, Doylestown with a Funeral Mass at 10:00 AM. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery, West Conshohocken.

In lieu of flowers, remembrances in his name to PARVEE, c/o Pine Run Community, 777 Ferry Rd., Doylestown, PA 18901 or Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church 235 E. State St. Doylestown, PA 18901 would be appreciated by the family.
Coach Andrew Cunningham
Coach Andrew Cunningham

Andrew Cunningham | High school coach, 80

Andrew Cunningham, 80, a former high school coach, died of complications from Lou Gehrig's disease Saturday, Sept. 4, at his home in Whitpain Township, Montgomery County.

From the 1950s into the 1990s, Mr. Cunningham coached football, basketball, and golf at Upper Dublin High School, where he was a physical education teacher, said his wife, Miriam.

Born in Glenside, Mr. Cunningham graduated from Abington High School in 1948 and earned a bachelor's degree in education at what is now West Chester University.

After serving as an Army physical therapist at what is now the Armed Forces Recreation Center in Garmisch, Germany, Mr. Cunningham earned a master's degree in history at Temple University, his wife said.

In 2007, Mr. Cunningham received an award for 26 years as a track and field official for the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association.

He was a member of the Liberty Bell Wanderers, a walking club in Warminster that is part of the American Volkssport Association.

He was a lay leader at Bethel Hill United Methodist Church in Worcester Township, Montgomery County.

Besides his wife of 47 years, Mr. Cunningham is survived by daughters Kristen Lieberman and Karen Abeyta, a brother, and four grandchildren.

A viewing is from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 8, at Bethel Hill United Methodist Church, on Skippack Pike at Bethel Road, Worcester, and from 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 9, before an 11 a.m. funeral there. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Elsie G. "Perky" Detwiler, Age 82, of Ft. Washington, died on July 30, 2010 at her home in Ft. Washington Estates. She was the beloved wife of John W. Detwiler, Sr. for 60 years.

She was born in Philadelphia, PA on February 15, 1928 to the late James Mills and Ada Dorothy (Adams) Grundy. She was a graduate of Lower Merion High School and Drexel University achieving her degree in Education, being eligible to teach English and Science.

Mrs. Detwiler taught English at Sandy Run Middle School and taught Home Economics at Upper Dublin High School retiring after 29 years in 1992. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Ambler. Perky enjoyed gardening, flower arranging, and was active with Plant Ambler. She was a devoted homemaker, wife, mother and grandmother who loved to cook and hosted many parties. She, along with her husband John, took pride in restoring their historic home on Stout Rd. to resemble its historic era and took joy in giving tours of their home to school children. She enjoyed spending time in Avalon, NJ where she made many memories with her family.

Mrs. Detwiler volunteered with Meals on Wheels in the 1990's, spearheaded the paper Recycling Program at Ft. Washington Estates, visited the shut-ins, and sold greeting cards as fundraisers for the Residents' Association. She was featured in the Ambler Gazette as Citizen of the Week on January 23, 2008 for her volunteer efforts.

In addition to her husband John, she is survived by 4 children: Debbie Sotack of Coburn, PA, Kathy Detwiler of Philadelphia, PA, John W. Detwiler, Jr. (Jane) of Natick, MA, Dottie McBrien (George) of Ambler, PA. She was "Muzzie" to 7 grandchildren: Wesley, James aka "Jimbers", and Elizabeth Sotack; Kelsey Detwiler; Luke and Jared Detwiler, Katie McBrien, and 1 great-grandson Sean McBrien, as well as many nieces and nephews. She was pre-deceased by 2 brothers James A. Grundy and her twin William A. Grundy.

Relatives and friends are invited to her Funeral Service on Wednesday, August 4, 2010 at 11 AM at Emil J. Ciavarelli Family Funeral Homes, 951 E. Butler Pike, Ambler. The Viewing will be from 10-11 AM. Interment will be Private. In lieu of flowers, donations in her name to
American Cancer Society , PO Box 897, Hershey, PA 17033 or Drexel University at are appreciated. Condolences can be made by friending her on Facebook as well as sending photos and loved memories to: which will be uploaded to her Facebook page.
John E. Schwering  5 Jan 1929
John E. Schwering 5 Jan 1929
Mary Charles Speece
Mary Charles Speece
Dr. William Robert Myron Ritter    RIP 4 April 1993
Dr. William Robert Myron Ritter RIP 4 April 1993
Among the survivors of Dr. William R.M. Ritter, 51, of Maple Glen, Montgomery County, who died Friday in Abington Memorial Hospital, are his parents, Myron S.R. and Edna M. (Acker) Ritter of Ambler. Ritter was an educator for the Upper Dublin School System. 
Elizabeth Lincoln Clements  RIP 12 Jan 2006  Mr. Harr's secretary ~ Diana Clements mother
Elizabeth Lincoln Clements RIP 12 Jan 2006 Mr. Harr's secretary ~ Diana Clements mother

Elizabeth “Betty” Lincoln Clements of Annapolis, MD., formerly of Ambler, died Jan. 12, 2006, at Annapolitan Assisted Living. She was 85.

Born in Annapolis, she was a daughter of the late Joseph B. and Gertrude Lincoln. She graduated from Annapolis High School in 1937.

She was a homemaker who enjoyed needlework and stained glass, a champion bridge player who achieved Silver Life Master status in 1996.

She is survived by her husband, Thomas W. Clements Sr.; a son, Thomas W. Jr. of Crofton, MD; a daughter, Diana Bechtle of Roslyn; six grandchildren; a great-grandchild; and five sisters, Eleanor Sasso of Pensacola, FL, Phyllis Alvery and Doris Dunleavy of Annapolis, MD., Barbara Lindgren of Arnold, MD and Mimi Fitch of Davidsonville, MD.

Robert C. Foust RIP 23 March 2009
Robert C. Foust RIP 23 March 2009
Robert C. Foust of Pottstown died March 23, 2009. He was 85. Mr. Foust taught in the Upper Dublin School District for more than 30 years as a music teacher. He is survived by his children, John Foust and Roberta Moffett, three grandchildren; and a brother. Private family services will be held in Washingtonville, Pa., at Washingtonville Luthern Church at a later time.
Edward P. Taddei  3 March 2007
Edward P. Taddei 3 March 2007

Edward P. Taddei of Lower Gwynedd, formerly of Maple Glen, a teacher and administrator in the Upper Dublin School District for almost 40 years, died March 3, 2007 at Abington Memorial Hospital after a prolonged illness. He was 76.

Mr. Taddei was a math teacher at Upper Dublin from 1954-64, chairman of the math department from 1957-64 and assistant principal at Upper Dublin Junior High School from 1964-67. He also served as the Upper Dublin varsity basketball coach. In 1967, he was named Suburban One Coach of the Year.

In 1968, Mr. Taddei became principal of Upper Dublin Junior High and later Three Tuns Junior High School. In 1976, he moved into district administration, serving as director of middle schools (1976-78), personnel director (1978-89), and assistant superintendent (1989-93) before retiring in 1993. Upon retirement, Mr. Taddei became and adjunct professor of math at Montgomery County Community College for almost 10 years.

Mr. Taddei served on the Northwestern Corporation Drug and Alcohol Prevention Program Board of Directors from 1989-95. In addition, he was, a high school basketball official for the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association from 1948-78.

The son of the late Vincent J. and Josephine (Ronciglione) Taddei, he grew up in Jenkintown and graduated from Temple University in 1952 with a bachelor’s degree in secondary education, earning a master’s in education at Temple in 1957.

Mr. Taddei served in the U.S. Army Signal Corps from 1952-54.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Joan M. (Heffernan) Taddei; two daughters, Joanne Gangeni of Blue Bell and Barbara Mackle of Sarasota, FL; two sons, Edward Jr. of Weehawken, NJ., and Gerard of North Wales; nine grandchildren; his twin brother, Theodore, and brothers Carmen and Vincent; and a sister, Theresa Kennedy.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend his funeral Mass at 11 am March 8 at St. Alphonsus Church, Conwell Drive, Maple Glen, where the family will receive friends from 9 to 11am.

Memorial contributions may be sent to the Gerard Taddei Jr. Trust Fund, Wachovia Bank, 4275 County Line Road, Chalfont, PA 

Lester E. Hoffmaster RIP 17 Aug 2005
Lester E. Hoffmaster RIP 17 Aug 2005
Lester E. Hoffmaster, 91, died Aug. 17, 2005 in Dock Terrace in Towamencin Twp. He was the husband of Verna M. (Heisey) Hoffmaster and they had observed 68th wedding anniversary in January. Formerly of Lancaster and Lebanon County, the couple lived in Norristown for more than 30 years, prior to moving to the Dock Woods Community in 1992.

Born in Lancaster, he was the son of the late Aaron O. and Fannie L. (Herr) Hoffmaster. He graduated from Manor Twp. High School in 1932. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Franklin and Marshall College in 1937 and a master’s degree in education from Temple University.

Mr. Hoffmaster had a 37 year teaching and coaching career. He taught high school in Warwick Twp., Heidelberg Twp., Cocalico Union and Norristown and retired from Upper Dublin District in 1979.

Prior to retirement, he served as the newsletter editor for the Pennsylvania Science Teacher’s Association and had been a member of the Montgomery County Science Teacher’s Association and Pennsylvania Retired Teacher’s Association.

He was a member of Ambler Church of the Brethren and a former member of the Ephrata and Midway Church of the Brethren.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by six children, Connie Place and her husband, David, of Fairview Village, David B. Hoffmaster and his wife, Mary (Wagner), of Phoenixville, Linda S. Miller and her husband, Mervyl, of Harrisonburg, VA, James L. Hoffmaster and his wife, Karen (Wilson), of Point Pleasant, NJ, Nancy J. Hamill and her husband, William Jr. of Warrington and Janet K. Ikoniak and her husband, Joseph, of Doylestown; 18 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Sandra Fay Hoffmaster; a brother, Richard; and two sisters, Dorothy Miller and Emma Snyder. 

John Stipe 25 Oct 1920 - 15 Nov 1998  Art teacher and Rifle Team Director
John Stipe 25 Oct 1920 - 15 Nov 1998 Art teacher and Rifle Team Director

Robert F. Corrigan

Robert F. Corrigan of Chalfont, Pa. died peacefully on Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2012, at the Abramson Center in Horsham. He was 75.

He was the beloved husband of Marian G. Corrigan for 42 years.

Born in New Rochelle, N.Y., he was the son of the late William S. and Julia E. Obelitz Corrigan and brother of the late William S. Corrigan Jr. and Priscilla M. Sullivan.

Mr. Corrigan was a resident of Chalfont since 1979. He graduated from Bloomsburg University, Class of 1959, where he received his bachelor degree in Education, English and Social Studies.

While working a full time job, he continued his studies and received his master's degree in Education from Trenton State College in 1976.

Mr. Corrigan was a teacher at Upper Dublin High School for 36 years where he taught History, Economics, Government and English until his retirement in 1995. History was his true passion throughout his teaching career.

For many years, he was a member of the Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees, the Pennsylvania State Education Association and also the National Education Association.

In his leisure time, he always enjoyed travelling to different historical sites, was an avid reader, developed an appreciation for classical music, and was a big fan of both the History and cooking channels.

He will be sadly missed as a devoted husband, father, grandfather and brother.

In addition to his beloved wife, he is survived by his two daughters, Erin J. Corrigan of Perkasie, Pa., and Heather M. Farber and her husband, Edward of West Chester, Pa. He is also survived by his brother, Richard D. Corrigan and his wife, Carolyn of Dagsboro, Del., and his loving granddaughter, Anna Juliet Farber.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend his viewing on Monday, Jan. 9, 2012 from 9 a.m. until his Funeral Service 10:30 a.m. at Joseph A. Fluehr III Funeral Home, 241 East Butler Ave. (Route 202 at Sandy Ridge Road) New Britain, PA 18901. Interment will take place at Whitemarsh Memorial Park, Ambler, Pa.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in his name may be made to College Settlement of Philadelphia, 600 Witmer Road, Horsham PA 19044.

John E. Legg  June 8, 1924 - March 15, 2012
John E. Legg June 8, 1924 - March 15, 2012


John E. Legg, 87, teacher and WWII prisoner of war


By Sally A. Downey

Inquirer Staff WriterJohn E. Legg, 87, of Wayne, a retired industrial-arts teacher in the Upper Dublin School District and a World War II prisoner of war, died Thursday, March 15, at home of heart failure.


On June 13, 1944, The Inquirer reported that the parents of Staff Sgt. John E. Legg had been notified that their son, who had been missing since May 24, was a prisoner of the Germans.


Sgt. Legg, a waist gunner on B-17s, graduated from Cheltenham High School and lived in Glenside before being inducted into the Army Air Forces in 1943, The Inquirer said.


On May 30, 1945, The Inquirer reported that he had been freed.


Missing from the newspaper accounts were the details of Sgt. Legg's capture and his imprisonment. That information would not come until 2000, when he wrote an account of his experiences for the archives of the Tredyffrin Easttown Historical Society.


His wartime ordeal, he said, began when his B-17 with a 10-man crew on a bombing mission to Berlin was attacked by German fighter planes. "Their 20mm cannon fire was exploding everywhere and it shook and vibrated the plane," he wrote. "The sounds and flashes of explosions and of twisting and tearing metal was horrible."


He and his crew bailed out. After his chute opened, he saw his plane crash and burn a short distance away. He smashed into a tree, unbuckled his chute with difficulty, dropped to the ground, and was confronted by a civilian pointing a rifle at him.


Eventually, Sgt. Legg, who hurt his back and head when he escaped the plane, joined other prisoners, including four surviving members of his crew, in Ratzeburg, Germany.


The men traveled by train to Stalag Luft IV, in what is now Poland, where they remained for eight months. They passed the time playing cards and sharing "hair-raising, wild experiences of the day they were downed," Mr. Legg wrote.


Once a day, they were fed "brown bread, mostly sawdust, and horrible, sometimes wormy, cabbage, rutabaga, or kohlrabi soup."


In the first week of February 1945, with the Russians closing in, the Germans evacuated Stalag Luft IV. Sgt. Legg was one of the "lucky" ones who, instead of leaving on foot, were packed into boxcars for an eight-day journey to a camp near Nuremberg.


The men had been in the camp for a short period when it, too, was evacuated. They were then made to march 91 miles in the cold and "soaking rain" to Stalag VII-A in Moosburg.


"Here was a camp built to house about 14,000 prisoners," he wrote, "now bulging with POWs of all nationalities and rank, numbering more than 130,000 in conditions similar to another nightmare."


On April 29, 1945, the camp was liberated, and the prisoners had some "real baked white bread. I remember it tasted so good, I thought it was better than angel food cake."


Two days later, Gen. George S. Patton visited the men. "All I can remember is that he did have those two pearl-handled pistols, and he did not look tired and dirty like his troops."


Sgt. Legg was awarded an Air Medal with two Bronze Clusters and a Purple Heart.


After his discharge, he earned a bachelor's degree from what is now Millersville University in 1952. He then earned a master's degree in education in 1953 from Texas A&M University, where he was a sheet-metal instructor.


He taught industrial arts at William Penn High School in New Castle, Del., before joining the faculty of Upper Dublin High School in 1954.


At Upper Dublin he helped organize a theater arts club and made scenery for school productions. Later he taught industrial arts at Sandy Run Junior High School.


While teaching, he designed do-it-yourself kits for American Home Craft Supply Co. of Glenside. His specialties were the repair and restoration of antique furniture, but, he told a local paper, he worked in leather and ceramics as well.


He retired in the mid-1980s.


Mr. Legg crafted kitchen cabinets and built a backyard playhouse for his children at his home in Wayne and made improvements to his summer home in Ocean City, N.J. He also found time to help friends and neighbors with projects, his daughter Jo Anne Johns said.


He was a Phillies fan and enjoyed birding and traveling across the country with his wife, Frances Legg.


The couple met at Tioga Presbyterian Church and married in 1950.


Mr. Legg was a member of the Brandywine Chapter of American Ex-Prisoners of War.


In addition to his wife and daughter, he is survived by a daughter Janice, and two granddaughters.


Services were private. Mr. Legg was buried in Washington Crossing National Cemetery.


Donations may be made to Disabled American Veterans, Gift Processing, Box 14301, Cincinnati, Ohio 45250.

June 8, 1924 - March 15, 2012

John E. Legg, 87, of Wayne Pennsylvania, passed away at home, Thursday, March 15, 2012. Devoted husband to Frances Legg, beloved father of Janice Legg, JoAnne Johns (David), and grandfather of Julia Grace Johns. Born in Philadelphia, Pa, in 1924, John was the son of Elsie and Leslie Earl Legg. He attended Tioga Presbyterian and later moved to Glenside Pa., graduating from Cheltenham High School in 1942. John entered the Armed Service February of 1943 as part of the 8th Air Force, 100th Bomb Group. He flew the B-17 overseas in the European Theater of WWII and was shot down over Berlin on May 24, 1944.

John E. Legg, 87, of Wayne Pennsylvania, passed away at home, Thursday, March 15, 2012. Devoted husband to Frances Legg, beloved father of Janice Legg, JoAnne Johns (David), and grandfather of Julia Grace Johns.

Born in Philadelphia, Pa, in 1924, John was the son of Elsie and Leslie Earl Legg. He attended Tioga Presbyterian and later moved to Glenside Pa., graduating from Cheltenham High School in 1942.

John entered the Armed Service February of 1943 as part of the 8th Air Force, 100th Bomb Group. He flew the B-17 overseas in the European Theater of WWII and was shot down over Berlin on May 24, 1944. Surviving a year of forced marches and Prisoner of War camps in Poland, Bavaria, and Germany, John was liberated by General Patton's Third Army on April 4, 1945. Returning to America on his 21st birthday his military awards included the Purple Heart, Air Medal and Clusters, Presidential Group Citation, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign, American Campaign, Victory WWII, and the Ex-POW medal. He was honorably discharged in September of 1945.

A graduate of Millersville University and Texas A&M, John taught Industrial Arts in the Upper Dublin School District for more than 30 years. John loved his country and was placed to rest at Washington Crossing National Cemetery . He was a member of the Brandywine Chapter of American Ex-Pows, enjoyed birding, the Phillies, and Ocean City NJ. He was blessed to have life long friends and a loving family.