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November 24, 2000 | By Herb Drill, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Anna N. Jacobs Crean, 71, of West Rockhill Township, a retired U.S. Postal Service employee, died Monday at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center as the result of an aortic aneurysm. She retired in 1990 after 20 years as a part-time mail carrier in the Sellersville post office. From 1954 to 1964, she was a waitress at VFW Forrest Lodge Post 245 in Sellersville. Mrs. Crean was born in Philadelphia and graduated from high school there, then attended a business school for two years.
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December 26, 1998 | By Herb Drill, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Britiani Marie Creciun, 14, of Lansdale, a student in the North Penn School District, lost a long and courageous battle against leukemia when she died Monday at Grand View Hospital in West Rockhill Township. She had been hospitalized 72 times and undergone 16 surgeries. Britiani, who was born and raised in the North Penn area, had been studying through the school district's Special Education Department. She enjoyed boating and fishing, and the company of her special-needs dog, Schultzie King.
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March 16, 2000 | By Herb Drill, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Ethel Burke Baker, 91, of Lansdale, a former employee of the University of Pennsylvania, died Friday in Grand View Hospital in West Rockhill Township, Bucks County. Before her marriage, Mrs. Baker was chief clerk at the School of Education at Penn for eight years. Born in Philadelphia, she graduated from Frankford High School in 1926 and took courses at Penn. A former resident of the Tacony and Mayfair sections of Philadelphia, she had lived with her daughter in Lansdale since 1988.
BUSINESS
May 4, 2013 | By David Sell, Inquirer Staff Writer
With net income down 26.7 percent for the first quarter of this year, Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. said Thursday that it would close its Bucks County manufacturing plant in 2017. The plant is on Cathill Road in West Rockhill Township and has a Sellersville address. About 450 people work there, according to a company spokeswoman, down from 472 as of Dec. 31, 2012, as noted in Teva's 2012 annual report on file with the Securities and Exchange Commission. About 40 people were notified in April that they would lose their jobs because of reduced demand for products made at the plant, according to the spokeswoman.
NEWS
March 29, 2000 | By Stephanie Doster, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Voters in New Britain Township, West Rockhill, Lower Makefield and Yardley will decide the fate of four initiatives, including two open-space referendums, when they head to the polls Tuesday. Residents of New Britain and West Rockhill will be asked whether they are willing to pay an extra 0.125 percent in annual earned-income tax to buy and preserve open space. If the proposal is approved in New Britain, township officials expect to collect between $280,000 and $310,000 annually.
NEWS
March 30, 2000 | By Herb Drill, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Charles W. Lutter, 68, of Montgomery Township, the former president of a dental products company and a retired management consultant, died on Saturday at Grand View Hospital in West Rockhill Township, Bucks County, after a brief illness. In 1957, he joined Philco Corp. in Lansdale, and he spent the next 30 years in the consumer-products field. During those years, he joined Syntex Dental Products Co., in Audubon, Montgomery County. In 1987, he left Syntex as president and CEO and, until his 1994 retirement, was a management consultant with Ford Motor Co.'s electronics division in Lansdale.
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June 7, 2000 | By Herb Drill, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Harry F. Fosbenner, 73, of Sellersville, a retired machinist who had played semipro baseball and was a justice of the peace, died Sunday at Grand View Hospital in West Rockhill Township after a short illness. He retired in 1992 after more than 35 years as a machinist with U.S. Gauge Co. in Sellersville. He also had been a butcher for C.D. Moyer Co. in Silverdale. In the early 1960s, he was a justice of the peace in Sellersville. Mr. Fosbenner, a native of Spinnerstown, graduated from Milton Hershey School in Hershey in 1945 and served in the Army at the end of World War II. As a young man, he played for the Redbirds, a well-known semipro baseball team in the Sellersville-Perkasie area.
NEWS
April 23, 1997 | By Herb Drill, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
William R. Lewis, 76, of Hilltown Township, a farm owner and produce seller who was known as a horseman, died Saturday at Grand View Hospital in West Rockhill Township in Bucks County. Affectionately known as "The Huckster" because he sold dairy products, fruits, vegetables and meat in the Philadelphia area, Mr. Lewis owned and operated a family farm in Hilltown Township, Bucks County, for more than half a century. Mr. Lewis was born and educated in Hilltown and lived there all his life.
NEWS
November 8, 2002 | By Sally A. Downey INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Richard D. Derstine, 71, of West Rockhill, a retired veterinarian and civic leader, died Sunday at Lehigh Valley Hospital from complications from a fall at home. For 32 years, Mr. Derstine had been chairman of the Board of Supervisors in West Rockhill Township in Bucks County. He had been on the board for 34 years. Dr. Derstine, a Republican, encouraged some development in the township but also voted to set aside tax money to preserve open space. Dr. Derstine, a descendant of five generations of West Rockhill residents, graduated from Sell-Perk High School in Perkasie.
NEWS
May 19, 2000 | By Herb Drill, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Alice E. Smith Davies, 60, a registered nurse who worked at a variety of institutions and in private practice, died Monday of cancer at her home in New Britain Township. Her nursing career spanned 41 years. In Bucks County she had been a nursing director at the Pine Run retirement community's health-care center, a nurse at St. Mary Medical Center in Middletown, and a home-care coordinator for Grand View Hospital in West Rockhill Township. For the last few years, she was a nurse at the Chalfont Family Practice.
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BUSINESS
May 4, 2013 | By David Sell, Inquirer Staff Writer
With net income down 26.7 percent for the first quarter of this year, Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. said Thursday that it would close its Bucks County manufacturing plant in 2017. The plant is on Cathill Road in West Rockhill Township and has a Sellersville address. About 450 people work there, according to a company spokeswoman, down from 472 as of Dec. 31, 2012, as noted in Teva's 2012 annual report on file with the Securities and Exchange Commission. About 40 people were notified in April that they would lose their jobs because of reduced demand for products made at the plant, according to the spokeswoman.
NEWS
March 4, 2005 | By Sally A. Downey INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Frederic G. Hyde, 93, of Chalfont, a former newspaper reporter and retired professor at Bucks County Community College, died Feb. 25 at Grand View Hospital in West Rockhill Township. In 1936, Dr. Hyde joined the staff of The Inquirer. For the next 23 years, he worked as a reporter and rewrite man. At the time, he said in an interview in 1975, there was stiff competition among the seven daily papers in Philadelphia; the most popular stories, he said, "dealt with the three B's - blood, booze and broads.
NEWS
November 8, 2002 | By Sally A. Downey INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Richard D. Derstine, 71, of West Rockhill, a retired veterinarian and civic leader, died Sunday at Lehigh Valley Hospital from complications from a fall at home. For 32 years, Mr. Derstine had been chairman of the Board of Supervisors in West Rockhill Township in Bucks County. He had been on the board for 34 years. Dr. Derstine, a Republican, encouraged some development in the township but also voted to set aside tax money to preserve open space. Dr. Derstine, a descendant of five generations of West Rockhill residents, graduated from Sell-Perk High School in Perkasie.
NEWS
November 24, 2000 | By Herb Drill, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Anna N. Jacobs Crean, 71, of West Rockhill Township, a retired U.S. Postal Service employee, died Monday at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center as the result of an aortic aneurysm. She retired in 1990 after 20 years as a part-time mail carrier in the Sellersville post office. From 1954 to 1964, she was a waitress at VFW Forrest Lodge Post 245 in Sellersville. Mrs. Crean was born in Philadelphia and graduated from high school there, then attended a business school for two years.
NEWS
June 7, 2000 | By Herb Drill, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Harry F. Fosbenner, 73, of Sellersville, a retired machinist who had played semipro baseball and was a justice of the peace, died Sunday at Grand View Hospital in West Rockhill Township after a short illness. He retired in 1992 after more than 35 years as a machinist with U.S. Gauge Co. in Sellersville. He also had been a butcher for C.D. Moyer Co. in Silverdale. In the early 1960s, he was a justice of the peace in Sellersville. Mr. Fosbenner, a native of Spinnerstown, graduated from Milton Hershey School in Hershey in 1945 and served in the Army at the end of World War II. As a young man, he played for the Redbirds, a well-known semipro baseball team in the Sellersville-Perkasie area.
NEWS
May 19, 2000 | By Herb Drill, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Alice E. Smith Davies, 60, a registered nurse who worked at a variety of institutions and in private practice, died Monday of cancer at her home in New Britain Township. Her nursing career spanned 41 years. In Bucks County she had been a nursing director at the Pine Run retirement community's health-care center, a nurse at St. Mary Medical Center in Middletown, and a home-care coordinator for Grand View Hospital in West Rockhill Township. For the last few years, she was a nurse at the Chalfont Family Practice.
NEWS
March 30, 2000 | By Herb Drill, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Charles W. Lutter, 68, of Montgomery Township, the former president of a dental products company and a retired management consultant, died on Saturday at Grand View Hospital in West Rockhill Township, Bucks County, after a brief illness. In 1957, he joined Philco Corp. in Lansdale, and he spent the next 30 years in the consumer-products field. During those years, he joined Syntex Dental Products Co., in Audubon, Montgomery County. In 1987, he left Syntex as president and CEO and, until his 1994 retirement, was a management consultant with Ford Motor Co.'s electronics division in Lansdale.
NEWS
March 29, 2000 | By Stephanie Doster, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Voters in New Britain Township, West Rockhill, Lower Makefield and Yardley will decide the fate of four initiatives, including two open-space referendums, when they head to the polls Tuesday. Residents of New Britain and West Rockhill will be asked whether they are willing to pay an extra 0.125 percent in annual earned-income tax to buy and preserve open space. If the proposal is approved in New Britain, township officials expect to collect between $280,000 and $310,000 annually.
NEWS
March 16, 2000 | By Herb Drill, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Ethel Burke Baker, 91, of Lansdale, a former employee of the University of Pennsylvania, died Friday in Grand View Hospital in West Rockhill Township, Bucks County. Before her marriage, Mrs. Baker was chief clerk at the School of Education at Penn for eight years. Born in Philadelphia, she graduated from Frankford High School in 1926 and took courses at Penn. A former resident of the Tacony and Mayfair sections of Philadelphia, she had lived with her daughter in Lansdale since 1988.
NEWS
August 25, 1999 | By Herb Drill, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Francis "Frank" Blase Jr., 61, of West Rockhill Township, retired owner of a sign company who devoted himself to regional history, died Saturday of cancer at the Rockhill Mennonite Community's Skilled Nursing Unit in West Rockhill. Following an interest in commercial and industrial arts he had developed in high school, Mr. Blase worked for a local furniture-restoration company and then for a sign-manufacturing firm. In 1957, he founded Blase Sign Co., of which he was owner-operator until retiring in 1991.
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