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January 31, 1998 | By Herb Drill, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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
December 10, 2015 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Janice May Swan, 87, of Lafayette Hill, a mother of six who made music her lifelong passion, died Sunday, Dec. 6, of aspiration pneumonia at the Hill at Whitemarsh. Mrs. Swan embraced singing and playing the piano as a child growing up in Conshohocken. She graduated from Norristown High School in 1944 and later began a 30-year career as an operator with Bell Telephone in Norristown and Philadelphia. Along with her husband, James S., Mrs. Swan was involved in theater groups such as the Whitemarsh Curtain Callers and the Dramateurs.
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.
NEWS
February 19, 2016 | By Susan Snyder, Staff Writer
Mary Ciammetti teared up in her Conshohocken living room as she showed the video of her youngest son. It's been a little more than a year since he died of alcohol poisoning, despite his Temple University roommates' frantic attempts to save him with CPR. There was Christian Ciammetti having a bath in the kitchen sink at 16 months, then wearing a suit at First Communion. In his high school football uniform, with his girlfriend, at graduation, on skis, posing with a big fish he'd reeled in. Then the music - Avicii's "Wake Me Up" - stopped, and the images played silently: A refrigerator with empty liquor bottles and a red Solo cup. An unmade bed. A hospital room, with Christian tethered to a mesh of tubes and IVs. And finally, Christian lying in a casket in a red flannel shirt, dead at 20. He had been a junior, a young man with dyslexia who shined through his major, landscape architecture.
SPORTS
July 11, 2014 | BY AARON CARTER, Daily News Staff Writer cartera@phillynews.com
GERALD HOWARD became the first black basketball player at Chestnut Hill Academy to be selected first team All-Inter-Ac in 1992 when he was chosen by league coaches after averaging 11.5 points on a team that shared the title with Germantown Academy. Howard went on to a distinguished track and field career at the University of Virginia where he still holds school records in the 100-meter (10.42) and 200-meter (20.79) dashes. He is currently an IT professional living in Lafayette Hill with his wife and three children.
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