Joseph Louis Ahearn Sr.

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Joseph Louis Ahearn Sr., 78, of Aston Twp. and Plains Twp., died at home on Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017, surrounded by his family.

Born in Chester, he was the son of the late Thomas J. and Mary Scheivert Ahearn. He was predeceased by his brother, Thomas Ahearn Jr., and his late wife, Alice Quinn Ahearn.

While attending St. James High School, Chester, Joe sold Easter flowers and Christmas trees in front of his parents' grocery store. This early venture grew into a successful wholesale Christmas tree business. Joseph L. Ahearn Co., Christmas Tree Grower and Shipper soon had farms throughout Pennsylvania, New York, North Carolina and Canada. He was past president of the Pennsylvania Christmas Tree Growers Association and member of the National Christmas Tree Growers Association.

He also operated Christmas tree and flower stands throughout Delaware and Columbia counties. He was a respected real estate developer and investor.

He went on to become president of the board of directors of Buffalo Valley Produce Auction.

He loved to travel with his wife, Rita. Together they enjoyed many wonderful vacations.

He is survived by his loving and devoted wife, Rita Balestrini Ahearn; his son, Joseph Ahearn Jr.; his daughter-in-law, Susan; his granddaughters, Samantha and Anna Rose; his children, Joseph Van Wyk, Kathy Celestino, Daniel Van Wyk, Mary Alice Brennan, Brian Van Wyk, Patrick Van Wyk (deceased); his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Visitation is from 10 to 11:45 a.m. Saturday at Minshall Shropshire Bleyler Funeral Home, Middletown and Knowlton roads, Media, followed by A funeral Mass at 12:30 p.m. in St. Francis De Sales, 35 New Road, Aston.

Condolences can be made at
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Minshall Shropshire-Bleyler Funeral Home, Ltd
608 S Old Middletown Rd
Media, PA 19063
(610) 876-4213
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Published in Citizens' Voice from Sept. 13 to Sept. 14, 2017
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