July 18, 2015 |
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.
July 16, 1989 |
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.
June 12, 1996 |
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.
July 10, 1988 |
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.
October 30, 1988 |
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.
October 4, 2003 |
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.
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.
February 18, 1990 |
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.
September 24, 2013 |
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.
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.