July 7, 1998 |
Gathering a ray of sunshine, Nicholas Tomaine, 5, of Lafayette Hill, cuts a zinnia under the direction of his mother, Mary Ellen Tomaine, at Maple Acres Farm in Plymouth Township, which has a pick-your-own garden. The sun is expected to hide behind clouds at times today but still should peek out aplenty for another fine day afield.
July 8, 1997 |
Edris Larsen Pfeffer, 78, of Lafayette Hill, a retired commercial artist who devoted much of her time to volunteer historical activities, died June 29 at the Manor Care nursing center in King of Prussia, where she had lived for two years. Mrs. Pfeffer was born in Philadelphia. She graduated in 1937 from Simon Gratz High School and in 1941 from the Moore College of Art. As a self-employed commercial artist, she worked in textiles and then did freelance work for the Insurance Co. of North America and Philadelphia-area advertising agencies.
August 3, 1996 |
William H. Resch 3d, 68, owner of a metal sales company and a football enthusiast,, died Wednesday of cancer at his home in Lafayette Hill. Mr. Resch was born in Philadelphia and graduated in 1946 from St. Joseph's Preparatory School, where he captained the football team. He then attended Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., playing end on the football team for four years, which included an appearance in the 1950 Sun Bowl game. After receiving his bachelor's degree that same year, he became a sales representative for metal distribution companies.
July 9, 2009 |
Desmond J. Murtagh, 38, of Lafayette Hill and County Cavan, Ireland, died June 6 of a heart attack in Cavan Town, where he had lived since 2001. The youngest of 12 children, Mr. Murtagh graduated from the Comprehensive School in Cootehill, County Cavan, in 1989. He worked for a year as a carpenter before immigrating to the United States at age 20. Mr. Murtagh lived in Lafayette Hill for 10 years starting in 1991. Initially, he worked with brothers Paul, Raymond, Gerry, and Phillip for their construction company, Murtagh Bros.
July 4, 2012 |
William A. Geppert Jr., 88, of Lafayette Hill, a decorated World War II veteran and former chairman of the board of Geppert Bros., a demolition firm in Colmar, died Friday, June 29, of cancer at his daughter's home in Wyndmoor. Mr. Geppert's father, William Sr., established the demolition firm in 1925. After he died in 1953, the business was operated by Mr. Geppert and his three younger brothers. Geppert Bros.' major projects included Connie Mack Stadium, Philadelphia State Hospital at Byberry, Philadelphia Naval Hospital, and the Spectrum.
August 27, 1997 |
George Hutchinson, 76, formerly of Lafayette Hill, a retired electric company estimator who devoted much of his free time to swimming, died Sunday at his Blue Bell home. He had resided in Lafayette Hill for 47 years before moving to the Normandy Farms Estates retirement community in Blue Bell 10 months ago. For more than 40 years, he worked for the Philadelphia Electric Co., now Peco Energy Co. When he retired in 1984, he was an estimator and detailer. Mr. Hutchinson was born in Philadelphia, attended Northeast High School and graduated from Germantown Academy in 1939.
August 19, 1998 |
John P. McCarthy, 67, of Lafayette Hill, a retired certified public accountant who served as a township supervisor and zoning board member, died Saturday at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital after a long illness. He retired in 1996 after owning and operating John P. McCarthy & Co., an accounting firm, in Lafayette Hill for many years. Mr. McCarthy had been a member of the Whitemarsh Township Board of Supervisors for 16 years, serving as chairman for eight. For the last four years, he was a member of the municipality's Zoning Hearing Board.
January 31, 1998 |
Elmer E. Sague, 78, an auto-repair-service and bus-company owner who had been active in firefighting, died Sunday of cancer at the home of a son in Lafayette Hill. A lifelong resident of Lafayette Hill, he opened Sague Auto Service in the mid-1930s and later founded the Sague School Bus Co., which has served parochial schools in the Lafayette Hill area and a school in Roxborough. During World War II, he served in the Army infantry. Mr. Sague was a life member of the Barren Hill Volunteer Fire Company and served as its president from 1955 to 1975.
July 19, 1997 |
William N. Billetter, 71, of Lafayette Hill, retired vice president and controller for station WFLN-FM, died Tuesday at Chestnut Hill Hospital from complications of a stroke. He retired in 1986 after 25 years with WFLN-FM, Philadelphia's primary classical-music station. He also had been controller for station WFMZ-FM in Allentown and for Magnetic Recorders, a Philadelphia recording firm. Mr. Billetter, who was born in Philadelphia, graduated from Central High School in 1944 and served in the Navy near the end of World War II. After the service, he studied chemical engineering at Drexel University and then earned a degree in accounting from Temple University.
March 7, 1997 |
Charles A. Kessler Jr., 72, of Lafayette Hill, a former general contractor and retired insurance adjustor, died last Friday at the Clara Burke Community in Whitemarsh. After receiving his degree from the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth College in 1948, he joined the family's general-contracting business, Charles A. Kessler Inc., which later became Keefer Kessler Associates. Many years later, he liquidated the company and joined Young Adjustment Co., where he was an adjuster until retiring in 1995.