June 17, 2015 |
Margery Cohen Willis, 72, of Chestnut Hill, a businesswoman and educator, died of cancer Thursday, June 11, at home. Mrs. Willis grew up in Wynnefield and attended Overbrook High School - to which she would return to almost 50 years later as an English teacher. After earning an undergraduate degree in education from Temple University, Mrs. Willis taught at Simon Gratz High School before returning to Temple to earn a master's degree in communications. She worked toward a Ph.D.
March 23, 2015 |
Hope T. Schwab, 64, of Wayne, a former banking manager who on learning that she had a brain tumor embraced the rest of her life with an ambitious string of adventures, died Wednesday, March 18, of a glioblastoma in Florida. In March 2010, six months after she was diagnosed, Mrs. Schwab wrote a letter to her adult daughters, Rachel Turbet and Diana Himmelstein. The letter was designed to "keep teaching and guiding us, even if she wasn't around," Turbet said. Mrs. Schwab's husband, Gary, said nothing could slow her down.
January 7, 2015 |
Edith Seidman, 95, of Philadelphia, a businesswoman who with her husband operated a hardware store in Kensington for 37 years, died Saturday, Jan. 3, of kidney failure at the Abramson Center for Jewish Life. In 1946, Mrs. Seidman and her husband, Isadore "Ed" Seidman, opened a paint store at Kensington Avenue and Ontario Street. The business soon evolved into Seidman Supply Co., a hardware store that Mrs. Seidman ran with her husband and their son, Elliott. Mrs. Seidman and her husband retired in 1983, and their son ran the store until the mid-1990s, when it was sold.
July 22, 2014 |
Joan H. Hummel, 83, of Philadelphia and Palm Beach, Fla., a businesswoman, died Sunday, July 20, of pneumonia at Temple University Hospital. Mrs. Hummel was married for 57 years to Dennis Hummel. Together, they built the family business, Metropolitan Reporting Bureau, which supplies information to the insurance industry from offices in Center City. Mrs. Hummel grew up in Yeadon and graduated from Yeadon High School. She earned a bachelor's degree in English at Temple University, where she was a cheerleader and president of Alpha Sigma Pi. She and her husband met in the business world of Philadelphia.
June 19, 2014 |
Mae Aronovitz Ciociola, 54, of Rydal, a businesswoman and animal lover, died Friday, June 13, of glioblastoma multiforme, a brain cancer, at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Mrs. Ciociola was president and chief executive officer of API Scientific, a division of Aronovitz Products Inc., in Jenkintown. The firm supplies equipment to big food and beverage companies for testing the quality of products. Reshaping and revitalizing a corporation begun by her family in 1979, Mrs. Ciociola launched API Scientific as a home business in 1998 and then established an office on Old York Road.
May 21, 2013 |
Beverly B. Brownstein, 75, of Bala Cynwyd, who helped her husband build an ad agency and later ran her own businesses, died Monday, May 13, at home after battling breast cancer for several years. Born in South Philadelphia, Mrs. Brownstein was 19 when she married her future husband, Berny, who was 21. They began their lives together in Mount Airy and then moved to Cheltenham, where they raised three children. Mrs. Brownstein initially helped her husband manage the Brownstein Group, an ad agency he founded and now runs with their son, Marc.
May 3, 2013 |
CATHY ORTIZ worked hard to bring beauty and good works to her city. Her activities for the greater good included Habitat for Humanity, Philadelphia More Beautiful, Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, YMCA/YWCA and a number of organizations for young people. All that while teaching in public schools for 33 years, running several businesses, raising a family and traveling the world. She also managed to fit in four college degrees. Catherine Janice Vinson Rivera Ortiz, who was also an outstanding cook whose peach cobbler and fried chicken were always in demand, died Saturday.
April 15, 2012 |
Ask those who have worked with Emily Gottschalk to describe the Cherry Hill entrepreneur, and the compliments gush forth. Market savvy. Upbeat. Focused for success. Trustworthy. But last week, the identifier that seemed to thrill Gottschalk the most was 011891. It was the SKU, or stock keeping unit, on a DVD Gottschalk plucked from a display Wednesday at the Walmart in Somerdale, Camden County. In bar-code language, that SKU stands for TGG Direct, the home-entertainment distribution company Gottschalk founded in 2006 to compete in an industry dominated by such behemoths as Disney, Warner, and Universal Studios and less-familiar independent companies such as Echo Bridge and Mill Creek Entertainment.
March 19, 2012 |
EDITH REDCROSS had lived in Philadelphia since childhood. She joined churches and ran successful businesses, but never developed the famous Philadelphia accent. She always sounded like she might have been in Flatbush, her family said. She was born in Brooklyn, got her early education and served her father's church there, and never gave up that famous Brooklyn twang. Edith, known to family and friends as Edie, who celebrated the beauty of black women with a popular boutique, and ran catering and cleaning services, died March 6 after a tough battle with breast cancer.
September 19, 2011 |
Peggie O'Neill, 76, of Wayne, a Philadelphia-area businesswoman, philanthropist, and mother of six sons, including real estate developer Brian O'Neill and businessman Michael O'Neill, died of cancer Saturday, Sept. 17, at home. Mrs. O'Neill's sons described her as a dynamo who believed in setting big goals and doing whatever it took to reach them. "She was a no-excuses person," said Michael O'Neill, who owns a sand-mining company. "You set a goal and you go after it. " Raising six sons presented plenty of challenges, but Mrs. O'Neill had the right temperament.