Iris V. Henderson, Civic Leader

Posted: August 27, 1990

Services were held last night for Iris V. Henderson, a civic leader who was active in numerous community organizations. Henderson, who died Wednesday, was 56 and lived in West Philadelphia.

A founder of the West Philadelphia Partnership and the Women's Guild of Misericordia Hospital, Henderson had also been a prime mover behind ''Lifesaver's Day," an appreciation event for local police and firefighters held annually at Misericordia, now a division of the Mercy Catholic Medical Center. She also helped organize the first group of volunteers for the hospital's hospice.

Henderson was instrumental in establishing the West Philadelphia Improvement Corporation.

A graduate of Our Lady of the Valley High School in Wheeling, W. Va., she also had graduated from the Pennsylvania Institute of Criminology and the Philadelphia School of Practical Nursing.

She was organizer and captain of the 6000 block of Osage Avenue and served as its president. She was a delegate to the Democratic Mid-Term Conference in 1978 and a committeewoman from 1974 to 1979.

Henderson belonged to the Coalition of a Hundred Black Women, the American Heritage at Belmont Mansion and the National Council of Negro Women. She served on the board of the Fairmount Park Commission, the American Red Cross's West Philadelphia Branch, Keys to Living and the American Cancer Society's West Philadelphia office.

A member of St. Carthage Roman Catholic Church, Henderson was a dedicated supporter of the Sisters of Mercy.

Survivors include a son, Mark Henderson; a daughter, Vicki Henderson; five grandchildren; a sister, Ella Mae Eggleston; a godson, Joseph Gilbert; and a goddaughter, Benita Dent.

A memorial service was held last night at St. Carthage Church. Burial will be in Mount Lawn Cemetery, 84th Street and Hook Road, Sharon Hill, Delaware County.


Services were to be held this morning for Edgar C. Hilghman, president of Talco Metals, who died Thursday. He was 71 and lived in the city's Fairmount section.

Under Hilghman's leadership, Talco Metals, an international supplier of nonferrous metals, expanded into the computer and electronics industries on an international scale. He perfected the use of the extrusion press in the manufacturing of tin and tin alloys.

Hilghman was an Army veteran of World War II and had been awarded the Bronze Star. He was an active member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7650.

Survivors include his wife, the former Beatrice Lilley; two sons, Robert Hilghman and Leo Conner Jr.; two daughters, Gale Hill and Flossie Mason; eight grandchildren; a brother, Robert Hilghman; and two sisters, Doris Kline and Mary Jane DeCarlo.

Mass of Christian Burial was to be celebrated at 10 a.m. today at St. Francis Xavier Roman Catholic Church, 24th and Green streets. Entombment will be in Arlington Cemetery, Lansdowne Avenue and School Lane, Drexel Hill, Delaware County.


Lewis J. Marsh, an auto mechanic for Sears, died Saturday. He was 48 and lived in Darby, Delaware County.

Marsh had worked for the Sears store in King of Prussia for 26 years. He was a member of Blessed Virgin Mary Roman Catholic Church.

Survivors include his wife, the former Catherine Mielich; two sons, Lewis S. and Stephen; two daughters, Carolyn Ciccio and Catherine Omlor; a granddaughter, Rachel Ciccio; a sister, Joan Watson; and a brother, Joseph Marsh.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Blessed Virgin Mary Church, MacDade Boulevard and Main Street, Darby. Burial will be in Ss. Peter and Paul Cemetery, Sproul and Crum Creek roads, Marple Township, Delaware County.

Friends may call between 7 and 9 tomorrow night at the Marvil Funeral Home, 1110 Main St., Darby.

Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 280 N. Providence Road, Media, Pa. 19063.


William F. "Bud" Russell Jr., a retired sales manager, died Friday. He was 67 and lived in West Chester.

A former longtime resident of Aldan, Delaware County, Russell was national accounts sales manager for the Amstar Corp. in Philadelphia. He retired in 1986 after 20 years with the company.

He was a Marine veteran of World War II and Korea and held the rank of captain. He was a 1940 graduate of Upper Darby High School, where he won letters in football, basketball and baseball. He attended Penn State and Villanova universities.

Survivors include his wife, the former Jeanne M. Lang; a daughter, Deborah Anne Thompson; four sons, William F. III, J. Walter, R. Andrew and Thomas D.; six grandchildren; a sister, Margaret Joachim; and two brothers, H. Vernon and Milton G. Russell.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. tomorrow at Ss. Simon and Jude Roman Catholic Church, West Chester. Burial will be private.

Friends may call after 6:30 p.m. today at the M.F. Williams Funeral Home, Baltimore and Summit avenues, Clifton Heights, Delaware County.

Mass cards are preferred.


Samuel S. Stewart, a retired employee of wholesale meat firms who was active in his church, died Friday. He was 78 and lived in Broomall, Delaware County.

Stewart had worked for B.J. Price in Chester and Armour & Co. in Philadelphia. He later worked for eight years for the state in the Inheritance Tax Division.

A member of the Marple Presbyterian Church in Broomall for 45 years, Stewart had served as a trustee, Sunday School teacher and church league basketball coach. He was also active in the Odd Fellows and the Wesleyan Lodge. He was an Army veteran of World War II.

Survivors include his wife of 54 years, the former Edna Sickel, and two daughters, Dorothy R. Doerle and Ruth Rainey.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at Marple Presbyterian Church, Sproul and Marple roads, Broomall, where friends may call a half-hour before the service. Burial will be in Glenwood Memorial Gardens, West Chester Pike and Sterner Avenue, Broomall.

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