Posted: September 10, 1992


Charles E. Weber Sr., 90, of Westtown, a former Delaware County Republican Party committeeman and a television and appliance dealer, died Aug. 30 at Main Line Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Malvern.

From 1933 until 1966, Mr. Weber owned and operated Weber Electric Co. on South Chester Pike in Glenolden. He founded the business as a small retail store and repair service for major appliances.

In 1954, he opened a bigger store a few blocks up the street to sell appliances and TV sets to the southwestern suburbs' booming population. In the 1950s, it was known as the largest store of its kind in Delaware County. It was closed when Mr. Weber retired in 1966.

He was a participant in GOP activities in Delaware County for 45 years.

In 1987, he received the Presidential Achievement Award from the National Republican Congressional Committee for his commitment to President Ronald Reagan and his help in electing Republicans to Congress.

Born and raised in Philadelphia, Mr. Weber attended Lutheran schools in the city. He moved to Glenolden in 1930.

He was also a general contractor. In 1955, he built the post office that served the community until the 1970s.

"As the owner of a business in what was then a small community, he came to understand it was important to become involved in community affairs," said his son, Charles E. Weber Jr. As a result, Mr. Weber became active in the local GOP and the Kiwanis Club.

He was appointed to the Delaware County Parks and Recreation Board and played a key role in the establishment of Rose Tree Park in Media.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Anna Mildred Magee Weber; a son, Charles E. Jr.; a daughter, Nancy J. Kane; five grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

A funeral was held on Tuesday at the Founds Funeral Home in West Chester.

Interment was Tuesday in Philadelphia Memorial Park in Frazer.

Memorial contributions may be sent to Church of the Holy Trinity-Episcopal, 212 S. High St., West Chester, Pa. 19382 or to the Chester County Area Alzheimer's Association Inc., Box 2361, West Chester, Pa. 19380.


Helen R. Ritter Pensyl, 78, formerly of Upper Darby, a homemaker, died Friday at the Dowden Nursing Home in Newtown Square. She had lived in Broomall for the last seven years.

Mrs. Ritter was raised in Lewisburg and graduated from Lewisburg High School in 1932. She moved to Broomall from Upper Darby, where she had lived for 30 years.

Mrs. Ritter was a member of Grace Chapel in Havertown, where she was active with the Ladies Fellowship and the Ladies Bible Study group. She was a former member of the Drexel Hill Church of the Brethren and St. John's United Church of Christ in Lewisburg.

Her husband of 42 years, Ward A. Pensyl, died in 1989.

She is survived by a son, W. Earl Pensyl; a daughter, Theora M. Stauffer, and four granddaughters.

A funeral service was held yesterday at St. John's United Church of Christ in Lewisburg. Interment was to follow in Lewisburg Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be sent to Grace Chapel, 1 W. Eagle Rd., Havertown, Pa. 19083.

Arrangements were made by Frank C. Videon Funeral Home in Broomall.


Erica Lynne Scarlata Seward, 4, of Media, died Aug. 30 of leukemia at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

She was born in Philadelphia and would have been 5 last Thursday.

She is survived by her parents, Jack Seward and Barbara Scarlata; a sister, Laura Michelle; a paternal grandmother, Anne Wittmer, and maternal grandparents Angelo and Theresa Scarlata.

A funeral was held Sept. 2 at Frank C. Videon Funeral Home in Broomall. Interment was in SS. Peter & Paul Cemetery in Broomall.

Memorial contributions may be sent to the Leukemia Society of America, 1080 N. Delaware Ave., Philadelphia 19125.


Leon J. Usaczki, 80, of Drexel Hill, a retired security guard, died Aug. 28 at Little Flower Manor Nursing Home in Darby.

Mr. Usaczki retired 15 years ago as a security guard at the former Jack Frost sugar refinery in Philadelphia. Previously, he was employed as a security guard at Campbell Soup Co. in Camden.

In the last 20 years, he became a compassionate helper to elderly neighbors in the Feltonville section of Philadelphia.

"His hobby was taking care of elderly people in the neighborhood, taking them shopping, taking them for an eye examination or taking them to the hospital," said his daughter, Leona M. Frascella.

His wife, Marie Gaydosh Usaczki, died in 1970.

In addition to his daughter, Mr. Usaczki is survived by a son, Eugene J. Usaczki; a sister, and six grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial was said Sept. 1 at St. Bernadette Church. Interment was in Holy Cross Cemetery in Yeadon.

Arrangements were by Donohue Funeral Home in Upper Darby.


Elsie Dingler Edwards, 75, of Collingdale, a retired waitress, died last Thursday at Taylor Hospital in Ridley Park.

A native of Southwest Philadelphia, Mrs. Edwards lived in Collingdale for the last 17 years.

For 30 years, she was a waitress employed at Pappy's Restaurant at 13th and Sansom Streets in Philadelphia. She retired from there in 1979.

Her husband of 25 years, Steven D. Edwards Jr., died in 1966.

She is survived by a son, Dean S.; a daughter, Dale Singley, and a brother, a sister and nine grandchildren.

A funeral service was held at 10 a.m. Saturday at James F. Knoetgen Funeral home in Collingdale. Interment was in Mount Moriah Cemetery in Southwest Philadelphia.

Memorial contributions may be sent to Taylor Hospital, Development Fund, 175 East Chester Pike, Ridley Park, Pa. 19078..


Hazel A. Hovey Blair Harris, 91, formerly of Upper Darby, who was thought of as a homemaker who exemplified the role of a pastor's wife, died Sept. 1 at Franklin Regional Hospital in Franklin, N.H.

From 1929 to 1963, Mrs. Harris lived in Upper Darby with her first husband, the late Rev. John H. Blair, who was the founding pastor of Llanerch Hills Chapel in Upper Darby. When her husband was appointed pastor of another church, she moved with him to North Sedgewick, Me.

She devoted much of her married life to making pastoral calls.

Both of the couple's children eventually became missionaries. Their son, the Rev. Howard C. Blair, serves in Tokyo. Priscilla A. Blair, their daughter, served in Spain and Andorra before she went to New Hampshire four years ago to care for her mother and stepfather.

Mr. Blair died in 1969. In 1973, Mrs. Harris married Elsworth F. Harris and moved to Sanbornton, N.H. He died last year.

Born in Somerville, Mass., Mrs. Harris graduated from Arlington High School in Arlington, Mass. in 1918. She went on to graduate from Gordon College in Wenham, Mass., formerly Gordon College of Theology and Missions in Boston, in 1923.

In addition to her two children, she is survived by three stepdaughters, Miriam Corson, Edna Libby and Clara Hawthorne; four grandchildren; eight step- grandchildren; six great-grandchildren, and several step-great grandchildren.

A graveside service was held Saturday at Westminster Cemetery in Bala Cynwyd.

Memorial contributions may be sent to the American Bible Society, 1865 Broadway, New York, N.Y. 10023, or Send International, Box 513, Farmington, Mich. 48332.

Arrangements were by H.L. Young & Co. Memorial Home of Franklin, N.H., and locally by Spencer T. Videon of Drexel Hill.

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