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July 19, 1997 | By Herb Drill, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
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.
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March 7, 1997 | By Herb Drill, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
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.
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April 3, 1997 | By Herb Drill, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
H. William Keil, 64, of Lafayette Hill, retired chairman of a Delaware engineering firm, died Sunday at Chestnut Hill Hospital, where he had been taken after going into cardiac arrest. A mechanical engineer, he had been affiliated with Furlow Associates of Claymont for 30 years. He retired in January 1996 after serving as president and chairman. Mr. Keil was born in Bristol Township and was raised in Philadelphia, graduating from Roxborough High School in 1949. He attended Muhlenberg College in Allentown and earned his engineering degree in 1953 from Drexel University.
NEWS
February 22, 1997 | By Herb Drill, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Mina M. D'Lauro Tosta, 84, of Lafayette Hill, former co-owner of a Philadelphia restaurant, died Tuesday at Montgomery Hospital in Norristown. In the 1930s and '40s, she and her husband owned and operated the Rock Inn in Chestnut Hill. Mrs. Tosta was born in Philadelphia and graduated from Mount St. Joseph Academy, then attended Chestnut Hill College. She resided for more than half a century in Lafayette Hill, where she was a member of St. Philip Neri Roman Catholic Church and of its Philippians social group, women's guild, and home and school association.
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January 4, 1999 | By Herb Drill, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Joseph A. Goldbeck Sr., 73, of Lafayette Hill in Montgomery County, a retired mortgage banking executive, died Tuesday at the Integrated Health Services facility in Springfield Township, Montgomery County, of complications from Alzheimer's disease. In 1980, Mr. Goldbeck retired as president and vice chairman after 35 years with Central Mortgage Co. in Philadelphia. Born in Philadelphia, he graduated in 1942 from Roxborough High School and served in the Army during World War II. Mr. Goldbeck was a Lafayette Hill resident for the last 23 years and formerly lived in Blue Bell for eight years, and in Philadelphia's Andorra section for 17 years.
NEWS
March 14, 1996 | By Herb Drill, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Victor Dunoff, 66, of Lafayette Hill, owner of a Montgomery County company who was active in charity work, died Tuesday at Chestnut Hill Hospital. Mr. Dunoff was a manufacturer's representative and the owner-president of Safety Hoist Co. in Wyndmoor. He was an active volunteer for the Breast Health Institute of Philadelphia and had helped found Step Above, an organization for single Jewish people 35 or older. "He was a terrific source of enthusiasm and energy," said Elaine Grobman, executive director of the Breast Health Institute.
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August 12, 1999 | By Herb Drill, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
William C. Parker, 83, a former prisoner of war and retired retailing manager, died Saturday of cancer at his home in Lafayette Hill. Mr. Parker was serving as a second lieutenant and bombardier in the Army Air Corps when his B-24 Liberator was shot down during World War II. "He spent a year and 27 days as a prisoner of war at a camp in Sagan, Germany," said his wife, Mary Murray Parker, to whom he would have been married for 50 years in...
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January 26, 1989 | By Donna St. George, Inquirer Staff Writer
Samuel Wallach, 95, a Lafayette Hill grocer for more than six decades, died Tuesday at the Leader One Nursing Home in East Norriton, where he had lived for five weeks. Mr. Wallach came to Lafayette Hill in the 1920s as one of its early settlers, at a time when the community was known as Barren Hill. There, he opened Wallach's Food Market at Chestnut Street and Germantown Pike, and over the years became regarded as a community fixture. The sort of old-fashioned grocer who was willing to take orders over the telephone and deliver to people's homes, Mr. Wallach became known both for his business and for his civic interests.
NEWS
August 13, 1999 | By Herb Drill, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Michael M. Kushwara, 58, of Warminster Township, an accountant who liked skydiving and cooking, died Sunday at his apartment in Atlanta after suffering a heart attack. For the last three years, he worked for U.S. Securities Associates, a loan services firm, in Atlanta and maintained an apartment there as well as his Bucks County residence. Previously, he worked for Wells Fargo Alarm Systems in King of Prussia for 18 years. Mr. Kushwara was born in Pottsville, Pa., and graduated from Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary High School there in 1958.
NEWS
April 25, 1996 | By Herb Drill, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Harold C. "Mac" McCuen, 86, a newspaper columnist and retired publisher of several newspapers, died Saturday at his Plymouth Township home. Mr. McCuen had written a column, "Not Too High or Too Low," for the weekly Conshohocken Recorder since 1975. He was the paper's publisher from 1948 to 1961. He still covered local news events and, with the help of a son, produced an annual four-page Christmas newsletter. The 1995 edition was the 51st. Mr. McCuen was born in Barren Hill and educated at local schools.
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