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Springfield Eugene Joseph Crawford, age 66, died of pneumonia on May 3, 2015 at his home at Divine Providence Village, Springfield, PA. Gene was the son of Dorothy and William Crawford who predeceased him and under their loving care he lived at home until they could no longer provide full time care for him. As a child Gene was surrounded by family and friends who contributed to his full life. He went to the “shore” for summer visits, loved ice cream and increasingly became more independent. It was during his home life that Gene became independent enough to travel by bus to the Delaware Sheltered Workshop in Lansdowne, PA where he worked for the Delaware Association of Retarded Citizens as it was then known. He moved to Don Guannella School in Springfield, PA., as a young man and then the Cardinal Krol Center (referred to by as Gene as CK) on the same campus both of which were founded by the Diocese of Philadelphia. He was welcomed into this loving community staffed at that time by the Servants of Charity whose mission goal was to assist and teach disabled men to care for themselves and live full lives as much as they were able. A guiding spirit for Gene and his family was Father Romano Di Pascio who assured Gene’s parents that Eugene would always have a home there. After Gene’s father, William, died in 1975, his home weekend care fell to his mother, Dorothy, who into her 80’s saw to it that he enjoyed these home visits. Eugene’s life was full in the residential community where he worked, played, and was taught skills of lifelong learning. His friends among the staff referred to Gene as a “gentleman.” As a teenager Gene was a big fan of Hawaii Five O and the Sound of Music, which was regularly played at Christmas time. He enjoyed writing in lined books which he carried to and from his home. He was considered by all to be friendly and happy and referred to his friends with a pat on the back and a comment “he’s my friend.” In the past few years, Gene’s health declined and his cognitive skills deteriorated but his appetite never diminished which was remarked upon by the staff who cared for him. He walked and walked the corridors of Como House on the Cardinal Krol campus where he lived for over 40 years before moving to Divine Providence Village when Cardinal Krol closed. He probably completed several marathons over the years. Eugene was cared for by so many persons at CK and Divine Providence and then at the end by Penn Wissahickon Hospice. The family will always be grateful. Eugene is survived by his three brothers: William O. Crawford, M.D. (Grace) of Chester, NH and their children and grandchildren, Reverend Robert F. Crawford MM, of Mary Knoll, NY., and Paul E. Crawford, Esq. (Natalie) of Wilmington DE., and their children and grandchildren. Family and friends are invited to a visitation at Divine Providence Village at 10AM, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at D.V.P Chapel, 686 Old Marple Rd. Springfield PA at 11AM Saturday, May 9, 2015. Interment private. In lieu of flowers, a contribution in Gene’s name may be made to the Divine Providence Village, 686 Old Marple Rd. Springfield, PA 19064 (610) 328-7730. Funeral arrangements handled and entrusted by Spencer T. Videon Funeral Home of Drexel Hill. 610-259-2200.
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1939-2015 Deaconess Alberta M. Williams (nee Taylor) “Bertie”, age 75 of Claymont, Delaware, went home to be with the Lord on May 2, 2015. Bertie was born in Chester, Pa. to the late Eben Taylor and Mabel Young Taylor Jones. Bertie was a graduate of Notre Dame High School. She was a member of Community Baptist Church where she was an usher, deaconess, a member of the Willing Workers Ministry and The Pastor’s Aide Ministry. Bertie was employed as a machine operator at Scott Paper Company, now Kimberly Clark. In addition to her parents, Bertie was also pre-deceased by 2 siblings: Anita Taylor and Kenneth Taylor. Left to cherish her beautiful memory are her husband Deacon Harold “Bates” Williams, daughters: Jovon “Bonnie” Jones (Jeffrey), and Kim Wynn (Mark) sisters: Diane Taylor, and Lettie Williams, grandchildren: Shenese, Jeffrey Jr., and Deon Jones, Xavier, and Aaliyah Wynn, great grandchildren: Zakiyyah Wynn, and Israel-Elisha “Izzy” Spain, step-children: Naville Hice (Donna), and Glynis Williams, 3 step grandchildren: Shantee, Natasha, and Naville Hice III, many other relatives and friends Service: Saturday May 9, 2015 10:00 am at Community Baptist Church 325 W. 7th St. Cheser, Pa. Viewing: 8:00 am – 10:00 am. No viewing after the eulogy. Interment: Chester Rural Cemetery, Chester, Pa. Arrangements: Earl L. Foster Funeral Home. View online Condolences at earlfosterfuneralhome.com
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1941-2015 Lloyd Stanford Cottman “Poppy”, age 73 of Chester, Pa., surrendered to the will of the Lord on April 29, 2015 at Crozer-Chester Medical Center. Poppy was born in Chester, Pa. to the late Douglas Stanford Cottman and Lelia P. Pearsall Cottman and was a graduate of Chester High School - class 1959. Poppy also attended Goldie Beacon Business College. Before his retirement, Poppy worked as a production supervisor at Foamex International. He was a faithful member of St. Luke Community Christian Church where he diligently served as an usher and was also a member of the Church Ushers Association of Chester and Vicinity. Poppy was a veteran of The United States Navy where he received The Good Conduct Medal. Widower of Thelma Scott Cottman, the wonderful memory of Poppy’s life will forever remain in the hearts of his children: Tracey N. Cottman, Douglas S. Cottman (Teresa), and Kristoffer S. Cottman, his sister Valaida Albert {Harold}, 8 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren, many other relatives and friends. Service: Saturday May 9. 2015 11:00 am at St. Luke Community Christian Church 4th Street and Central Ave. Chester. Viewing: 8:00 am- 10:30am. No viewing after the eulogy. Usher’s service will begin at 10:30 am. Interment: Washington Crossing National Cemetery, Newtown, Pa. Arrangements: Earl L. Foster Funeral Home. Online Condolences at earlfosterfuneralhome.com
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