July 23, 2015 |
REGGIE GASKIN found his life's calling in a cemetery. What Reggie found in his 44 years as a manager of area cemeteries was a way of helping people, people enduring one of the most difficult times of their lives. "He helped countless families through the process of laying their own loved ones to rest, and he always did it with a smile," his family said in a tribute. "Reggie understood that death is a part of life, but that this part of the journey brings pain to those who loved the deceased.
July 12, 2015 |
N. Leroy Kirk, 83, a lifelong resident of Broomall and a self-made businessman, died Tuesday, June 23, of complications from diabetes at Broomall Rehabilitation and Nursing Center. Known as "Le" to those close to him, Mr. Kirk was the son of Nelson L. and Katharine Lewis Kirk. A gentle man with a sense of humor, he was a birthright Quaker who lived a life "of peace and principle," his family said in a remembrance. After graduating from George School in 1950, Mr. Kirk studied engineering at Drexel University's night school.
July 10, 2015 |
NEW YORK - If there were a Food Olympics, beets would be overtaking kale in the produce competition. In the flavor event, two unlikely competitors, lavender and sriracha, would be out front, with their counterparts, elderflower and habañero, close behind. Matcha, the trendy powdered green-tea drink, would dominate the beverage field, while waffles would be leaving cupcakes in the dust (or perhaps crumbs). And, in a stunning upset, a Vermont goatherd would take the gold in the confection class, beating out powerhouse European chocolatiers with his goat's-milk caramels.
June 19, 2015 |
Daniel Wallace Jackson, 69, of Philadelphia, a business and family man, died Saturday, June 13, of complications from pancreatic cancer at home. Born in Philadelphia, he was the son of Leonard and Julia Jackson. Early on, religion claimed an important role in his life. He was baptized at age 10 at Vine Memorial Baptist Church, and in 2011 returned to worship there. He became a deacon a year later. Known as "Brother Dan" to friends and church members, Mr. Jackson completed his primary and secondary education in the city before graduating from Howard University in Washington.
May 30, 2015 |
Rosanne Sulock wandered into the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair when she was a teenager. It was 1966, and her passion for everything equestrian took her to the grounds all by herself. This week, she was at the 119th show with her two daughters and 1-year-old grandson. "I come every year," said Sulock, 67, of North Wales. More than a century ago, Terry Losse's great-grandmother was a judge at the show. His family has attended it ever since, and this week Losse, 79, came from Delaware to see it for the sixth decade running.
May 22, 2015 |
AFTER A RESOUNDING win in the Democratic mayoral primary, Jim Kenney mingled with Gov. Wolf, Republican challenger Melissa Murray Bailey and area homeless. Kenney joined a mishmash of political elites and poverty-stricken locals at a luncheon and fundraiser at Broad Street Ministry, in Center City. The luncheon, which was free to attend, was Kenney's and Bailey's first postprimary election event. BSM board co-chairman Richard Keaveney praised Kenney for celebrating his primary victory with a fundraiser instead of a ritzy lunch.
May 12, 2015 |
SANDRA L. STIBBINS would have been out there yesterday, marching with the other cancer patients and survivors in the annual Susan G. Komen Philadelphia Race for the Cure. She made every march in recent years, dressed in the pink costume that every marcher wears, symbolic of this Mother's Day event in the ceaseless battle against cancer. But this year Sandra couldn't make it. She died of cancer May 2 at age 57. An ebullient, high-spirited woman, she would have been laughing and waving at the crowds along the line of march, as she did every year.
May 9, 2015 |
These days, when Sipora Groen travels, it's work. In between bar mitzvahs, graduations, and a Mother's Day reunion at the Jersey Shore, Groen has also been visiting local schools and congregations to tell her story of love and survival during the Holocaust. Sipora Rodrigues-Lopes was a young nurse in Amsterdam when the German occupation began. She was one of only 30,000 Dutch Jews - one in four - to survive the Nazis. The war took all her close relatives, her fiancee, her home, and her possessions, but also introduced her to the man who would become her husband.
May 8, 2015 |
* GRACE AND FRANKIE. Netflix, Friday. "GRACE and Frankie" were sweethearts. And so were their husbands. That's the word from Broomall's Marta Kauffman, co-creator of a new comedy, premiering tomorrow on Netflix, that stars Jane Fonda (Grace) and Lily Tomlin (Frankie) as frenemies thrown together when their law-partner husbands (Martin Sheen and Sam Waterston) announce that they've been having an affair for many years and now want to marry each other. The Marple Newtown High grad and her former writing partner, Bala Cynwyd's David Crane, co-created "Friends," which made six young people very, very famous.
May 1, 2015
WHEN HE WAS playing football at Lower Merion High School, Joe Chovanes didn't dream he would grow up to be a woman. It's hard to wrap your mind around it, but the Joe of long ago, now Julie, says she was a woman all along. If this sounds like Bruce Jenner, but without the fame and national adoration, it is. Transgender has transitioned into our national consciousness. Like Jenner, Chovanes was kind of a jock and had a way with the ladies. Unlike Jenner, Chovanes became an attorney and married his college sweetheart.