Julie Dejohn Patterson, Local Show-biz Veteran

Posted: July 16, 1996

Julie DeJohn Patterson, a popular singer-comedienne who was known as ``Delaware County's Sweetheart,'' died Sunday. She was 68 and lived in Spring Hill, Fla. She was born in Chester and lived most of her adult life in Concord Township.

In a career that spanned 40 years, Patterson appeared all over the world. Singing as one of the ``DeJohn Sisters'' with her sister, Dux, and collaborating with their brother, Leo, Patterson had a gold record in 1955, ``My Baby Don't Phone No More.''

She later performed with a cousin, Kay Zangari, for a time before going out as a solo act.

Patterson appeared on ``The Ed Sullivan Show,'' ``The Tonight Show,'' and did a record 77 appearances on ``The Mike Douglas Show.''

Dubbed ``Delaware County's Sweetheart'' in a tribute from the Delaware County Council, Patterson played many Philadelphia- area clubs and had a large local following.

She was also generous with her time and talents regarding local charities, including the Rose Tree Summer Festival, the Brandywine Youth Club and the Garnet Valley Fifth Quarter Club. She was a regular with telethons and was very active with the local Variety Club.

But Patterson's ``greatest pleasure in life,'' said a family member, ``was being a wife, mother and good neighbor in Delaware County . . . Throughout her life, her family was always her primary focus. She made many career sacrifices to be with them.''

Patterson and her husband of 33 years, David J. Patterson, retired three years ago and moved to Florida.

She also is survived by two sons, David Jr. and Patrick; her mother, Josephine DeJohn, and a stepsister, Antoinette.

Services will be private.

Contributions may be made to the Variety Club, Warwick Hotel, 3rd Floor, 17th and Locust streets, Philadelphia, Pa. 19103.

FRANCIS NICHOLAS TALONE Francis Nicholas ``France'' Talone, who was active in the drycleaning business for more than a half-century, died Sunday. He was 82 and lived in Ardmore.

Talone was a partner in A. Talone Inc., a business he helped build into one of the area's best-known dry-cleaners, on Lancaster Avenue near Greenfield Avenue in Ardmore. In 1995, the International Fabricare Institute recognized him for his 50 years as a dry-cleaning professional.

A 1933 graduate of West Catholic High School, Talone completed his education at the National Institute of Dry Cleaning. He was an active member of that organization. Talone also was a member of the Knights of Columbus and made annual retreats with the Men of Malvern.

Survivors include his wife, Gloria; three daughters, Patricia, Eileen and Marguerite; three sons, James, Thomas and David; five grandchildren; a sister, Lenore; and two brothers, Andrew and Richard.

A Mass of Resurrection will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Colman's Church, Lancaster Avenue, Ardmore. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, Gulph and Matson Ford Roads, West Conshohocken.

Friends may call from 4 to 5 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m. tomorrow at McConaghy's Funeral Home, 328 W. Lancaster Ave., Ardmore.

Contributions may be made to Manna, Box 30181, Philadelphia, Pa. 19103, or to Calcutta House, 1601 Girard Ave., Philadelphia, Pa. 19130.

EDWARD JOSEPH WATTS Edward Joseph Watts, a controller, died Saturday. He was 68 and lived in Lansdowne, Delaware County.

Watts was employed for the past four years at Heartbreaker Hobbies, in Clifton Heights. He had previously worked for 10 years at Grenadier Models of Folcroft, and before that for six years at Philadelphia Association of Retarded Citizens.

A graduate of West Catholic High School, Watts attended Temple University and received undergraduate degrees in business and accounting from St. Joseph's University after attending night school for 15 years. He was a Marine veteran of World War II and Korea.

Watts was a member of the Miniature Figure Collectors of America and was a past treasurer of that organization.

He was a member of St. Philomena Church. He also enjoyed bowling.

Survivors include his wife of 46 years, the former Mary C. Metzger; four sons, Edward G., Gerard J., Robert J. and Joseph J.; four daughters, Donna M. Chernak, Mary J. Marziano, Ann R. Toogood and Eileen J. Smith; his mother, Julia C. Fikentscher Watts; and 20 grandchildren.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Philomena Church, 41 E. Baltimore Ave., Lansdowne, where friends may call one hour before the service. Burial will be in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Cheltenham Avenue above Easton Road, Cheltenham.

Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 600 N. Jackson St., Media, Pa. 19063, or to the American Diabetes Association, One Plymouth Meeting, Suite 520, Plymouth Meeting, Pa. 19462.

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