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GLADYS E. FISH
Gladys E. Fish, 88, of Oak St. Susquehanna, PA, passed away Sunday, February 8, 2009, at the Barnes-Kasson Hospital, after an illness. She was born in London, England, the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Walter J. Sotcher.
Gladys was predeceased by her loving husband of 52 years, Leland Fish; one daughter-in-law, Jerilyn Fish; and many brothers and sisters from England.
She was survived by her threes sons and two daughters-in-law, Kenneth Fish, Gene and Barbara Fish, and Walter and Marguerite Fish; one daughter, Linda Fish; eight grandchildren, Keith and Julie Fish, Christopher Fish, Glenn Fish, Angela Fish, Gene Jr. and Patty Fish, Thomas and Michelle Fish, Walter Fish, and Jeffery Fish; sixteen great-grandchildren; one niece, Jackie and her family, from Sydney Australia; one nephew, Jaime and his family, from London, England; and numerous dear friends and neighbors.
Gladys was a member of the St. John’s Church in Susquehanna, PA, and their Altar Rosary Society. She spent much of her time cooking and helping at all of the church functions. Gladys lived in Susquehanna for 63 years after she moved here from London, England. She was a loving friend, mother and grandmother who will be deeply missed by all.
Also, a special thank you is owed to the generous staff at the Barnes Kasson Hospital and Dr. DeWitt.
The Funeral Service was held on Thursday, February 12 at the Hennessey’s Funeral Home, 747 Jackson Ave. Susquehanna, PA, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at the St. John’s Church in Susquehanna, PA, with Rev. Leonard officiating.
Burial will be held on a later date, due to weather, in the St. John’s Cemetery in Susquehanna, PA.
Memorial contributions may be made to the St. John’s Church in Susquehanna, PA.
ROBERT T. FROST
Robert T. “Thom” Frost, 84, died peacefully on Sunday, February 8, 2009 at Bryn Mawr Hospital after a brief illness. He and his wife, Carol Reisinger Frost, had celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in June, 2008.
Born in Towson, MD, he was son of the late Kathleen and E. Murray Frost. Thom spent three years in WWII as a radio operator in the Merchant Marines, where he was known as “Sparks.” After the war, he courted Carol in his war-surplus aluminum canoe. After putting himself through Johns Hopkins University where he earned a PhD, he began his career as a nuclear physicist for General Electric at the company’s KAPL division in Schenectady, NY, where he worked until 1961. Then he moved his family, which by then included five children, to Berwyn, PA where he worked at GE’s Missile & Space Division in King of Prussia until his retirement in 1986. He and Carol then lived in Accomac, VA, until moving to Narberth, PA in 2006.
His Accomac home was near Cedar Island, an uninhabited barrier island around which he’d had some of his best canoeing and camping adventures with his wife and children in the 1960s. In 1978 his adventures began to include helping son Tom, Jr. float tons of lumber to Cedar Island to rickshaw a mile up the beach and build a cottage.
Thom was an all-weather skier, an Extra Class ham radio operator, and an irrepressible scholar. While living in Virginia, he founded a science and philosophy seminar with Father Daniel Kelly that continues today. His many papers include a unique theory of electricity. He and Carol enjoyed extensive travel over the years, Italy being a favorite destination. At the time of his death he was planning a trip to Egypt with Tom, Jr., having studied it extensively since his adventures there in his “Sparks” days. He had also been a member of the Explorers Club.
The 1945 canoe, which he paddled as recently as 2008 with Tom, Jr., still graces the back yard at the Frost Farm near Lenoxville, PA. Thom bought the farm in 1967, as a place for the family to stay while skiing, maintaining it with pride together with his family for the rest of his life. As recently as his 80th birthday, Thom was lifting fifty-pound hay bales, and he shoveled coal for the farm’s furnace during his final visit in January.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Mike; and by a sister, Sally.
Surviving are wife Carol, of Narberth and Lenoxville; son Tom, Jr., of Lenoxville; and four daughters, Kathleen Springsteed, of Glendale CA, Susan Todhunter, of Pittsburgh, Christine Red, of Narberth, Amy Frost Baumgarten, of Arlington, VA; and seven grandchildren, Hans, Erika, Ian, Audrey, Emily, Jackson and Sarah.
A memorial service was held on Friday, February 13 at St. Margaret’s Church in Narberth, with burial at Arlington National Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to Christian Foundation for Children and Aging.
Arrangements were made by the Chadwick & McKinney Funeral Home (www.chadwickmckinney.com).
GERALD ROBERT BURTON
Gerald Robert Burton of Humboldt, Arizona, son of the late Paul Burton and Mildred DiVincenzo of Springfield, Missouri, passed away June 18, 2008.
Joseph McGee, of Ronkonkoma, NY, formerly of Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, passed away on February 9, 2009 in his 68th year. He was the beloved husband of the late Lynne, the devoted father of Shawna Monahan, Karrie Mazzaro, Kelly Arocho, Coleen Gervaserlo and Heather Schmidt, and the cherished grandfather of fifteen.
A funeral mass was held on Saturday, February 14, at St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church in Ronkonkoma, and burial followed at St. Charles Cemetery in Farmingdale, NY.
MILDRED IRENE DiVINCENZO
Mildred Irene (Murphy) DiVincenzo, 93, passed away Tuesday, February 10, 2009 in Springfield, MO. She was born on June 14, 1915 in Susquehanna, PA.
Mildred was preceded in death by her parents, Elbert and Mabel (Packer) Murphy; husband of 45 years, Charles; daughter, Patricia Burton: son, Gerald Burton; brothers, Arthur, Frederick, Edward; and sister, Beverly; grandson, Theirry Philippe.
She is survived by her brother, Donald Murphy and wife, Irene, Hornell, NY; sisters, Naomi Duffy and husband, Martin, Allentown, PA, and Helen Bronchella and husband, John, Susquehanna, PA; daughter, Cheryl Osborne, Springfield, MO; 11 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
She shall be missed by all who knew and loved her. She was known for her propriety, thoughtfulness, and a quirkiness that made her so unique and enjoyable. She lived simply, taking great pleasure in her family, friends, and faith in her Lord Jesus Christ.
No services are planned at this time.
Online condolences can be shared at www.hhlohmeyer.com.
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