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July 16, 1989 | By Lynn Hamilton, Special to The Inquirer
Roger J. Dearstyne, 50, an insurance agent, died July 8 at Lankenau Hospital. He was born in Philadelphia and had lived in Havertown about 25 years. Mr. Dearstyne was an insurance agent for about 20 years. Most recently, he sold life, health and fire insurance for The Philanthropic Mutual Life Insurance Co. in Rosemont. "Roger always had his clients' best interest at heart," said Fred DeLuca, the assistant agency director, who also noted that Mr. Dearstyne was a hard worker who would be missed.
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June 12, 1996 | By Bill Price, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Margaret Mary J. Herron, 77, of Havertown, a shareholder relations representative for Philadelphia Suburban Corp., died Friday of pneumonia at Mercy Haverford Hospital. For the last seven years, Mrs. Herron sold company stock directly to the public from corporate headquarters in Bryn Mawr, and also served as a service representative to stockholders. She previously was secretary to corporate secretary Ray Mysek. "Peggy was a tireless, dedicated worker who always went the extra mile," Mysek said.
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July 10, 1988 | By Laura Fortunato, Special to The Inquirer
Samuel James Passo, 77, who lived in Havertown for more than half a century, died June 29 at his home after a long illness. Born in Reggio, Calabria, Italy, in 1911, Mr. Passo immigrated to the United States in 1920 and settled in Philadelphia. At age 12, he began to support his widowed mother, two brothers and sister. In 1936, he married Angelina Lucia of South Philadelphia and moved to Havertown. Mr. Passo began his own company, Drexel Bindery, a bookbinding firm. The company, moved from Clifton Heights to 1306 W. Girard Ave. in Philadelphia, where it grew from 15 to 45 employees.
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October 30, 1988 | By Yvette Ousley, Special to The Inquirer
George G. Sekula, 74, a retired quality-control inspector who graduated from college at the age of 53, died Oct. 22 at Bryn Mawr Hospital. He lived in Havertown. Mr. Sekula fulfilled his dream of attending college when he began attending evening classes at St. Joseph's University in the late 1960s. He graduated in 1973. He had graduated from Central High School in Philadelphia during the Depression. "He had a thirst for education, and he fulfilled his life-long dream while working full time and taking care of his family.
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October 4, 2003 | By Sally A. Downey INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Robert M. Speers, 47, of Havertown, a lawyer, died Thursday at Lankenau Hospital in Wynnewood. Mr. Speers was struck by lightning Aug. 30 on the beach in Avalon, N.J., on the last day of his family's vacation at the Shore. He never regained consciousness. Mr. Speers was a lifelong member of St. Denis Church in Havertown and had attended the parish school. "He kept up friendships with guys he had gone to kindergarten with," his wife, Elizabeth Bradley Speers, said. In recent years he was among the volunteers who helped renovate the school, which his sons, Daniel and Matthew, now attend.
NEWS
July 15, 2012
A Havertown, Delaware County, woman was in critical condition Friday after she was shot in a home on the 500 block of Wales Avenue, police said. Within minutes of the shooting, Gerald R. Moss, 26, was taken into custody and was to be charged with aggravated assault and other counts, said John Viola, Haverford Township deputy police chief. He said that after police dialed a number from which a call was made to the county 911 dispatch at 1:13 p.m., a woman answered and said she had just been shot by her husband.
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February 18, 1990 | By Anne Fahy, Special to The Inquirer
David A. Watson, 77, a lifetime resident of Haverford Township and a graduate of Westminster Theological Seminary, died Jan. 29 at his home in Havertown. Although he never pursued a career as a minister, Mr. Watson read works of theology and was an active member of his church, Trinity Christian Reformed in Broomall, where he had taught Sunday school. Most of his life, Mr. Watson worked as an insurance agent with Prudential Life Insurance in Narberth and Havertown. He retired in 1975.
NEWS
September 24, 2013 | By Ashley Kuhn, Inquirer Staff Writer
Among the paintbrushes and drill bits and grass seed, the aisles are full of local banter - about Notre Dame football, Haverford Township leaf collection, a customer's lawn project. Stephen Allen, manager of Jacob Low Hardware, will be in the thick of it, giving advice and direction about what to buy while all 70 pounds of P.J., a tan-and-white mixed-breed dog, remains steadfast on his perch in the old wooden chair by the window. The shop, founded in 1930 by Jacob Low, is a throwback to a time when hardware stores were as much a part of the neighborhood as barber and sandwich shops.
NEWS
December 25, 2012
A Delaware County man has died of injuries he received Saturday after being struck by a car, police said. Michael Betzala, 58 of Havertown, was attempting to cross West Chester Pike at 9:50 p.m. near the Llanerch Fire Company when he was hit by a car driving south on Darby Road attempting to turn left, police said. The driver remained on the scene and Betzala was airlifted to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Police were informed Betzala died of injuries Monday.
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November 24, 2013 | By Megan Lydon, Inquirer Staff Writer
Alf Ake Winte, 83, a lifelong pastry chef who emigrated from Sweden and later owned a pastry shop in Havertown, died Friday, Oct. 18, at his home in Newtown Square from a stroke brought on by heart disease complications. Mr. Winte honed his culinary skills as an apprentice pastry chef in Stockholm and Sala, which is about 65 miles outside the Swedish capital. By 1951, Mr. Winte and his future wife, Britt Lundvik, had opened their first bakery in Stockholm, Grev Ture. The two married a year later, and in 1955 they came to America, settling in Denver, where one of his sisters was living.
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January 23, 2016 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Staff Writer
Walter Fontanella, 83, and the love of his life, Tomasina Fontanella, 85, died 10 days apart after a happy 58-year marriage. The couple lived in Havertown for many years. Mr. Fontanella had long been ill with cancer when he died Saturday, Jan. 16, at Vitas Hospice at Jefferson Methodist Hospital. Mrs. Fontanella's death in her sleep at home on Wednesday, Jan. 6, was unexpected, the family said. It was perhaps fitting that they should exit almost together, since they were inseparable in life; they indulged in opera, art, and travel, and in their latter years took classes together at Villanova University.
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December 14, 2015 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
George E. Weaver, 73, of Havertown, a longtime professor of philosophy at Bryn Mawr College, died Friday, Dec. 4, of multiple organ failure at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. At the time of his death, Dr. Weaver was the college's Harvey Wexler Professor Emeritus of Philosophy. He had received undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Pennsylvania. In 1969, he joined the Bryn Mawr faculty as a lecturer in the philosophy department. He rose to assistant professor in 1971, associate professor in 1976, and full professor in 1982.
NEWS
December 5, 2015 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Joan Kelly Beele, 61, of Springfield, Delaware County, who fulfilled her childhood dream of becoming a nurse, died Thursday, Nov. 26, of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis at home. As a girl in West Philadelphia and then Havertown, Mrs. Beele received medical treatment at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. The experience instilled in her the desire to take up nursing. She trained at Philadelphia General Hospital School of Nursing in West Philadelphia and graduated in 1975.
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November 5, 2015 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
The romance began on Facebook and ended on the third date, after Laura Selvage's new boyfriend made some "creepy comments" when she fell asleep near him as they watched a movie at her parents' Baltimore-area home. Then followed a campaign of abusive calls and text messages, and the sabotage of her social media accounts and emails. Selvage said she sought a restraining order, but was denied. Baltimore County authorities did not seem interested in prosecuting, she said. But in October 2011, Selvage told a Philadelphia jury Tuesday, a Baltimore police officer called and said she should contact Philadelphia police detectives.
NEWS
November 1, 2015 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
It began in August 2011 with a Facebook friend request, and Erika von Tiehl, then with one year in Philadelphia as a CBS3 anchor and looking to build viewers, said she agreed. John Hart wrote that his favorite movie was the Will Ferrell comedy Anchorman , and von Tiehl reposted it was hers also. Facebook posts continued, emails and phone numbers were exchanged, and then came three or four dates, ending with Hart staying overnight in von Tiehl's apartment. Von Tiehl said she felt uncomfortable, that Hart wanted more from the relationship than she, and so, in an Oct. 6, 2011, phone call, she told Hart it was over and wished him luck.
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October 28, 2015 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
Testimony is set to begin Thursday in the Philadelphia Common Pleas Court trial of a Delaware County man accused of stalking CBS3 newscaster Erika von Tiehl. Prosecution and defense lawyers spent Tuesday picking a jury of 12 and several alternates for what is estimated to be a three-day trial. John Hart, 39, of Havertown, is charged with six counts involving stalking, harassment, and identity theft in an alleged campaign of harassment in late 2011, after he and von Tiehl briefly dated and she ended the relationship.
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August 21, 2015 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
THE MAN who drowned in the Schuylkill on Saturday was a Grammy Award-winning songwriter and music producer, police said yesterday. Daniel Sembello, 52, was pulled from the river at Lock Street near Venice Island in Manayunk hours after friends told officers at the scene that he had jumped in for a swim, according to police. The Ardmore resident had attended the Hidden River Music Festival earlier that day on Venice Island, and "didn't look distressed" during his dip in the water, witnesses told police.
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August 10, 2015 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Rev. John Franklin McCleary Jr., 87, of Havertown, a minister for 30 years at Llanerch Presbyterian Church, died Saturday, Aug. 1, of Alzheimer's disease at Dunwoody Village, Newtown Square. In 1955, Mr. McCleary was ordained at the New London Presbyterian Church by the Presbytery of Chester. He served at the Old Manokin Presbyterian Church in Princess Anne, Md., followed by the Elsmere Presbyterian Church in Wilmington. His longest ministry was at Llanerch Presbyterian Church in Havertown, where he was a respected leader and spiritual adviser starting in 1964.
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July 18, 2015 | By Cat Coyle, Inquirer Staff Writer
After getting married two months ago, Scott Matsinger and his new bride decided to delay their honeymoon. Matsinger, a 33-year-old Delaware County teacher, wanted to finish the school year first. So, this month, he and his wife spent a week in the U.S. Virgin Islands, then planned to extend their trip with a few days with her family at the Jersey Shore. During a bike ride in Wildwood Crest on Saturday, Matsinger felt ill. He stopped, sat on the curb, passed out, and never woke up, police say. The sudden and still unexplained death of the Havertown man has left his community and three schools reeling.
SPORTS
April 21, 2015 | By Rick O'Brien, Inquirer Staff Writer
Martin Moran estimated that 60 to 70 people, mostly from St. Denis Catholic School in Havertown, gathered Saturday at coach Bill Clinton's home to remember Ryan Gillyard. "He was a really good kid, a really good athlete," said Moran, who was Gillyard's basketball coach at St. Denis in fifth and sixth grades. "Everyone is so upset over losing him. I can't imagine how his family is getting through something like this. " Gillyard, a 15-year-old freshman football player at St. Joseph's Prep, died Saturday morning after collapsing briefly after warm-ups during a spring workout session at the team's practice field at 11th Street and Cecil B. Moore Avenue.
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