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Arlen, Leonard* - Fort Myers  
Leonard “Len” Arlen, 65, retired teacher at Springfield Twp. HS (Montco).On September 15, 2016, Len Arlen, passed away at his home in Ft. Myers, FL. He is survived by his beloved wife, Casey, children, Jason, (Theresa), Jeff, Stuart de la Rosa, Cora (John) Arenz, and Lyle de la Rosa, grandchildren, Kathryn, Judah, and Caleb, brother Michael (Gina), nephew David and many other nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his father, Arnold and mother, Ruth (nee Heyman). Growing up in Broomall, PA, Len was a devoted Philadelphia sports fan. He loved yelling at the teams he loyally followed his whole life. He delighted us with his pocket full of funny quotes from movies, and was our favorite weather man, often telling his students to make sure they did their homework in spite of any predicted blizzard. A baseball coach for more than 30 years, he began with his sons’ T-ball teams and continued coaching at Springfield Township High School where he taught. Before his tenure at STHS, Len was the owner of Arlen Electronics Supply in Upper Darby. We wanted to spend the rest of our lives with you, and we’re so honored that you spent the rest of yours with us. A Celebration of Life will follow, date and time to be determined. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Len’s name to: Springfield Spartans Hit & Run Club, Inc. 533 Paper Mill Road, Oreland, PA 19075.
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Published in Montgomery Newspapers on Sept. 25, 2016
Bell Jr., Francis Jerome (Memoriam) - Roxborough  
In Loving Memory of Francis Jerome Bell, Jr. who passed away on September 26, 2015.
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Published in www.montgomerynews.com from Sept. 26 to Oct. 3, 2016
Bevins, Ethel A. (Memoriam) - West Rockhill Twp.  
In Loving Memory of Ethel A. Bevins who passed away on September 19, 2015.
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Published in www.montgomerynews.com from Sept. 19 to Sept. 26, 2016
Borkowski, Dorothy Claire* - Fort Washington  
Dorothy Claire (Gaquin) Borkowski, age 93 of South Yarmouth, MA dearly loved for her cheerful, loving nature, died peacefully in her home on September 25. Born in Boston, MA in 1923 she was the youngest daughter of Michael Gaquin and Della (Mulhern) Gaquin. Upon graduating from Regis College in 1946, she pursued a career in social work at the Boston Psychopathic Hospital, but always knew her true calling was to be a mother. She was the wife of the late Winslow J. Borkowski MD and is predeceased by her siblings: the late Mary T. Gaquin, Thomas E. Gaquin, John F. X. Gaquin, and Edwin Gaquin. She leaves behind her five children, Winslow J. Borkowski MD (Debora) of Omaha, NE, Kathleen M. Orlando of East Dennis, MA, Justin P. Borkowski Esq. (Theresa) of Springfield PA, Regina M. Hisey (Richard) of Gwynedd Valley, PA and Teresa A. Borkowski MD of Chestnut Hill, MA. Also survived by five grandchildren, Elizabeth, Pamela, Brian, Megan and William, and many nephews and nieces. Her devotion to faith was a constant in her life. She also loved singing, particularly with her church choir, and each day her comforting voice could be heard throughout the house singing a Gershwin tune or music from the 1940s. Most important in her life was raising her five children in her loving and compassionate way. She will always be remembered for her sense of humor and her heartfelt ability to make everyone feel special. She truly cherished visits from friends and family and time spent with nieces, nephews and grand children in her home on Cape Cod. Friends and relatives are invited to call at the Hallett Funeral Home, 273 Station Ave., South Yarmouth, MA on Friday, September 30, from10 am to 12 noon. A funeral Mass at Saint Pius X Church will follow at 12:30 PM. Interment on Saturday October 1st, 11 am at Holyhood Cemetery, Chestnut Hill, MA. As an expression of sympathy donations to Ancillae Assumpta Academy or LaSalle College High School are appreciated.
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Published in Montgomery Newspapers on Oct. 2, 2016
Cheston, Cynthia Mitchell* - Ambler  
Cynthia Mitchell Cheston, a resident of Ambler and Spring House for more than 50 years and a former nursery school teacher, philanthropist, and community volunteer, died at her home on Friday, July 8, 2016 after living graciously and courageously with ovarian cancer. Mrs. Cheston, 71, was the wife of recently deceased Morris Cheston, Jr. for 49 years. Mrs. Cheston was born in Bryn Mawr, PA on January 12, 1945 and was the daughter of Susanna Minturn Mitchell and John Kearsley Mitchell, Jr. She and her husband lived in Ambler since 1966 before moving to Spring House in 2008. They spent their summers in North Haven, Maine. Educated at the Shipley School, Mrs. Cheston graduated from Miss Porter’s School in Farmington, CT and then went onto finishing school in Paris, France. A nursery school teacher at Twin Spring Farm in Ambler for over 20 years, Mrs. Cheston specialized in working with 5-6 year olds as they prepared for elementary school and beyond. She left a lasting legacy on their early childhood development with creative hands-on learning activities. Mrs. Cheston’s creative talents and horticultural skills played a major role in her volunteer work. An active member with the Garden Club of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, and Philadelphia Flower Show, she was recently recognized with the Club Appreciation Award from the Garden Club of America. She was also a volunteer at St Thomas’ Church where earlier this year she was recognized for exemplary volunteerism and citizenship in the St. Thomas’ community. Always on the go, Mrs. Cheston lived life to the fullest and could be found on long walks, kayaking in Pulpit Harbor in Maine, working on puzzles, knitting, and tending to her gardens. She was well known for her sense of style, colorful patterned tights, and unique hats. Mrs. Cheston had the gift of gab and made new friends wherever she went. She cherished her many friendships and was devoted to her husband, children, and grandchildren. She is survived by her children: Melinda K. Cheston; Morris Cheston III and his wife, Janet; James Cheston II and his wife, Ann; and four grandchildren, Katherine, Julia, Winsor, and Morris IV; and three sisters, three sisters-in-law, and many nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held Monday, October 3, 3:00pm at St Thomas’ Church, Whitemarsh. Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Thomas’ Church Landscape Fund PO Box 247 Fort Washington, PA 19034.
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Published in Montgomery Newspapers on Oct. 2, 2016
Chiodo, Theresa Elizabeth* - Ambler  
Theresa Elizabeth Chiodo, born Sept. 27, 1977 in Abington, PA, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2016, at Einstein Hospital, following an illness. She was the daughter of Dolores Chiodo and the late Nelson Chiodo Sr. Theresa was the mother of three young children; sons Brady and Austin, and a daughter, Barklee (Vetter). Theresa spent much of her childhood living in the Pocono Mountains, where she enjoyed attending campground music shows on weekends and helping with a family festival, The Pocono Mountain Jamboree. A family move took her to Oklahoma, where she attended Tulsa Memorial High School and became active in the music department. She joined the marching band where she played the flute and alto sax, and eventually moved up to color guard. Theresa later attended and graduated from Hartshorne High School. These moves gave Theresa the opportunity to make friends and touch lives in many locales. She loved everything in the medical field from a young age when she started working at a local hospital as a Candy Striper. This led her to the filed of medical supplies where she held several administrative and clerical positions throughout her lifetime. Theresa loved crafting, making handmade gifts, baking, live music, playing cards, board games, entertaining friends and family (especially during football season), and spending time with her children. Theresa was preceded in death by a brother, Nick, and a sister, Lori. In addition to her mother and her children, she is survived by; a sister Joan (Duffy) of Haileyville, OK; a brother Michael of Harleysville, PA; a sister Michelle Ciliberto (wife of Dan) of Ambler, PA; and several nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and -nephews. The family will be having a grave side memorial service Wednesday September 28th at 11 a.m. at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Philadelphia, PA. In lieu of flowers the family asks that you donate to a charity near and dear to your heart in memory of Theresa, or simply make time to get together with loved ones to create memories that will last a lifetime, and beyond.
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Published in Montgomery Newspapers on Oct. 2, 2016
Davis, Geneva Myrtle (Memoriam) - Penllyn  
In Loving Memory of Geneva Myrtle Davis who passed away on September 28, 2015.
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Published in www.montgomerynews.com from Sept. 28 to Oct. 5, 2016
Derstine, Stanley S. (Memoriam) - Hamburg  
In Loving Memory of Stanley S. Derstine who passed away on September 24, 2015.
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Published in www.montgomerynews.com from Sept. 24 to Oct. 1, 2016
Detweiler, Evelyn* - Fort Washington  
Evelyn L. Bergey Detweiler, age 87, completed her earthly journey and went home to be with her Lord on September 15, 2016. She was the beloved wife of the late Russell M. Detweiler for 62 years. She is survived by three children and their spouses, Glenda Moyer and her husband Phil of Souderton, Julia Gotwals and her husband Brent of Telford, James Detweiler and his wife Yvonne of Sellersville, 10 grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by one brother, Willard Bergey and his wife Thelma of Manns Choice, PA, sister-in-law Lorene Derstine of DeLand, FL, brother-in-law Merrill Detweiler and his wife Suzanne of Sellersville, sister-in-law Gladys Nice and her husband Curtis of Telford, and sister-in-law Cora Detweiler of Telford. She was preceded in death by two brothers, Henry Bergey and Lester Bergey, a sister-in-law Edna Bergey, and two brothers-in-law Joseph Derstine and Donald Detweiler. Evelyn was born on January 19, 1929 in Elroy PA. She was the daughter of the late Howard F. and Edith L. Bergey. She attended the local one room school near Elroy. Married in 1949, Evelyn was busy for many years raising three children as well as teaching children’s Sunday School and Vacation Bible School classes at Rockhill Mennonite Church where she was a member for many years. In recent years, she attended Towamencin Mennonite Church. Later in life she volunteered at Rockhill Mennonite Community making beds and was also active in her church’s sewing circle. Evelyn was always hospitable and eager to serve meals, visit the sick, and send cards of encouragement for which she was well known. She enjoyed spending time with her husband at their second home in Honey Brook, PA. She had a strong faith in God and read her Bible daily. Her kind and generous spirit will be greatly missed by her family and all who knew her. Calling hours will be held on Sunday, September 25 at Souderton Mennonite Home from 12:30 – 2:45 PM with a service beginning at 3:00 PM. Burial will be Monday, September 26 at Rockhill Mennonite Church at 10:00 AM. In lieu of flowers, the family requests any donations in Evelyn’s memory be made to Towamencin Mennonite Church Benevolent Fund or the Towamencin Mennonite Church Sewing Circle, 1980 Sumneytown Pike, Kulpsville PA, 19443. Arrangements are by the Williams-Bergey-Koffel Funeral Home, Inc. in Telford, (Franconia Twp.) Visit www.WilliamsBergeyKoffel.com to send online condolences to the family.
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Published in Montgomery Newspapers on Sept. 25, 2016
Espenshade, William E. (Memoriam) - Ambler  
In Loving Memory of William E. Espenshade who passed away on September 19, 2015.
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Published in www.montgomerynews.com from Sept. 19 to Sept. 26, 2016
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