Obituaries for Kovacs Funeral Home Obituary for Robert H. SmallRobert H. Small Former Springfield Resident Mr. Robert H. Small, 77, died on June 28, 2015 at his home in Broomall, PA after a lengthy illness. Mr. Small was a 1956 graduate of Springfield High School. He was a long time resident of Springfield before moving to Newtown Square and later to Broomall. For 30 years Mr. Small worked at Westinghouse Corporation in Essington in transportation and shipping. Later he became an automobile salesman for over 20 years, retiring in 2007. The Marine veteran served during the Viet Nam War. He was a member of AARP. Mr. Small was an avid sports fan. He especially enjoyed he Phillies. He saw his first game with the Philadelphia “A’s” Athletics. He was famous for his McSmall burgers. He loved horses and enjoyed fly fishing where he made his own flies. He is survived by a son, Ross Small of Broomall, three daughters, Meredith Small of Broomall, Heather Whitman of Downingtown, and Holly Small of Paoli, and five grandchildren, Linda Hart, Gabrielle Hill, Ross Small, Jr., and Ashley and Tyler Whitman. He was predeceased by his wife, Linda Small, in 1991. Relatives and friends are invited to his viewing on Wednesday, July 1, 2015 after 7:00 PM at the Kovacs Funeral Home, Inc., 530 W. Woodland Avenue, Springfield, PA 19064. Family and friends are also invited to a viewing at the funeral home on Thursday, July 2 after 9:00 AM followed immediately by his funeral service at 10:00 AM. Interment will be in Arlington Cemetery, Drexel Hill, PA. Donations in his memory may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675 or online at www.woundedwarriorproject.org. http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=b057367423Obituary for Richard J. AtchisonRichard J. Atchison Mr. Richard J. Atchison, 82, of Springfield, PA died on June 26, 2015 at Crozer-Keystone Hospice Residence at Taylor Hospital after a brief illness. Born in Southwest Philadelphia, Mr. Atchison graduated from Bartram High School and Pierce Jr. Business College. He was a resident of Philadelphia before moving to Springfield over 45 years ago. He was the owner and operator of Atchison’s Luncheonette in Southwest Philadelphia. He later was employed by Conrail in 1963 until his retirement in 1990. He was a member of the Church of the Redeemer in Springfield. He was a master carpenter as well as a barbeque master. He enjoyed music and was devoted to his family and to maintaining his home. He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Susan (nee Mellon) Atchison, two daughters, Jennifer of Germany and Jessica Atchison of Springfield, one son, Jeff Atchison (Michelle) of Paoli, PA, and one cousin, Janet Vincins of Landenberg, PA. Also survived by four grandsons, Alexander and Jacob Barnes, and Brian and Garrett Atchison and several nieces, grand nieces and grand nephews. Relatives and friends are invited to his visitation on Tuesday, June 30, 2015, after 7:00 PM at the Kovacs Funeral Home, Inc., 530 W. Woodland Avenue, Springfield, PA 19064. Friends and family are also invited to his visitation on Wednesday, July 1, 2015 after 10:00 AM at the Church of the Redeemer, 145 W. Springfield Road, Springfield, PA followed immediately by his funeral service at 11:00 AM. Entombment will be in Glenwood Memorial Gardens, Broomall, PA. Donations in his memory may be made to the above named church Building Fund at the above listed address or the American Cancer Society, 480 Norristown Road, Suite 150, Blue Bell, PA 19422.http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=1209367384Obituary for Diane D. NestorDiane D. Nestor Relatives and friends are invited to her funeral Mass on Thursday, June 25, 2015, at 11:00 am. at St. Malachy Church, 1429 N. 11th St., Philadelphia, PA. Interment will be private.http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=cf1a366907Obituary for Rita LaPresteRita LaPreste Homemaker Mrs. Rita (nee Morello) LaPreste died on June 11, 2015 at Bryn Mawr Hospital in Bryn Mawr, PA. Born in Philadelphia, PA, she was a former resident of Springfield from 1956 to 1996 before moving to Glen Mills. She moved to Broomall in 2011. The homemaker was a member of St. Cornelius Church in Glen Mills, PA. She enjoyed drawing and sewing. She was an avid nutritionist, exercise guru and gardener. She loved the New Jersey shore and was devoted to her family. For many years she appeared in Polaroid advertisements as Miss Polaroid. She is survived by four daughters, Bunny Torrie of Downingtown, PA, Mary Clipp of Fort Worth, TX, Charlene LaPreste of Media, PA, and Darlene Boose of Glen Mills, PA, six grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild. She was predeceased by her husband, Anthony LaPreste in 2000. Relatives and friends are invited to her visitation on Saturday, June 20, 2015, after 10:00 AM at the Kovacs Funeral Home, Inc., 530 W. Woodland Ave., Springfield, PA 19064 followed immediately by her funeral service at 11:00 AM. Interment will be in SS Peter & Paul Cemetery, Springfield, PA. Donations in her memory may be made to Wounded Warriors Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675 or online at www.woundedwarriorproject.org. http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=8c6c366342Obituary for Angelina SantellaAngelina Santella Homemaker Mrs. Angelina Santella, 106, died on June 9, 2015 at Riddle Hospital in Media, PA. Born in Italy, Mrs. Santella came to the United States at 13 years of age. She was a longtime resident of Springfield before moving to Fair Acres Geriatric Center in Media in 2005. She was a member of St. Kevin Church. She enjoyed cooking, sewing, and gardening. She was devoted to her family and enjoyed family gatherings. She is survived by a son, Francis Santella, of Dumfries, VA, two daughters, Carmina Sage of Wallingford, PA and Marie Flannigan of Avalon, NJ, 8 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, and 5 great-great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband of 69 years, Florinto Santella, in 1996. Relatives and friends are invited to her viewing on Saturday, June 13, 2015 from 10:00 to 11:00 AM at St. Kevin Church, 200 W. Sproul Road, Springfield, PA 19064 followed immediately by her funeral Mass. Interment will be at SS Peter & Paul Cemetery, Springfield, PA. Donations in her memory may be made to her longtime favorite charity, the Alzheimers Research Foundation, 399 Market Street, Suite 102, Philadelphia, PA 19106.http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=8cb7366039Obituary for Linda A. KulpLinda A. Kulp Retired Teacher Ms. Linda A. Kulp, 65, died suddenly on June 6 at her home in Springfield, PA. Born in Darby, PA, Ms. Kulp was a 1968 graduate of Springfield High School and a 1972 graduate of Mansfield University. She resided in Springfield for the past 15 years. Ms. Kulp retired from teaching in 2013. She taught for 15 years at the Delaware County Intermediate Unit as a Head Start teacher. She was a member of St. Matthew Church in Springfield where she was very active, serving on various committees and as a Sunday School teacher. She was also a member of AARP and Pennsylvania State Education Association (PSEA). Beinging an animal lover, she was active with the SPCA. She is survived by a brother, John W. (Barbara) Kulp of Media, and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by two brothers, Harry L. and Al C. Kulp as well as her parents. Relatives and friends are invited to her visitation on Friday, June 12, after 9:00 AM at St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 400 Lynbrooke Road, Springfield, PA 19064 followed by her funeral service at 10:00 AM. Interment will be in Mt. Zion Cemetery, Collingdale, PA. Donations in her memory may be made to the St. Matthew Lutheran Church at the above address. http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=876c365958Obituary for Miles F. GliddenMiles F. Glidden Technical Publisher Miles F. Glidden, 79, of Milton, DE formerly of Unionville, PA passed away at Beebe Medical Center on Wednesday, May 27, 2015. He was born in Middleboro, MA son of the late Isabel Carey and Robert N. Glidden. He was preceded in death by a brother, Chales R. Glidden in 2012. Miles was retired from DuPont where he worked as technical publications supervisor at several locations and previously worked for RCA at the Cherry Hill, NJ and Patrick Air Force Base, FL locations. After retirement, Miles continued to pursue his lifelong interest in fine furnituremaking. He enjoyed surf fishing and was a member of NJBBA surf fishing group. Miles is survived by his wife of 34 years, Andrea; a son Robert A Glidden; a daughter, Elizabeth G. Dever and her husband Pat; a daughter, Laura Glidden; six grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; a sister, Shirley Borders and her husband Dub and four nieces and nephews. A funeral service will be held Thursday, June 4, 2015 at 11 a.m. with visitation from 10-11 a.m. at Kovacs Funeral Home, Inc., 530 W. Woodland Avenue, Springfield, PA 19064. Interment will follow services at Holy Cross Cemetery, Yeadon, PA. Contributions may be made in Miles' name to Parkinson's Education and Support Group of Sussex county, P.O. Box 56, Lewes, DE 19958.http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=e8ac365290Obituary for Michael T. PattersonMichael T. Patterson Machinist Mr. Michael T. Patterson, 57, died suddenly on May 16, 2015, at his home in Eddystone, PA. Born in Darby, PA, Mr. Patterson was a 1975 graduate of Springfield High School. He was a lifelong resident of Delaware County. He lived in Eddystone for the last 30 years. He was a machinist with Boeing Aircraft Corporation for 28 years at the Ridley Township plant. He retired in 2011. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, and was an avid outdoorsman. He is survived by his wife of 27 years, Ava L. (nee Shandrew) Patterson, a step-son, John Murray, three brothers, Edward, William and Paul Patterson, 3 grandchildren, and 5 nieces and nephews. Relatives and friends are invited to celebrate Michael’s life on Thursday, May 21, between 6:00 and 8:00 PM at the Kovacs Funeral Home, Inc., 530 W. Woodland Avenue, Springfield, PA 19064. Interment will be private. www.kovacsfuneralhomeinc.com http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=9209364298Obituary for Joan W. LoanJoan W. Loan Civil Servant Joan Warwick Loan was born in Springfield, the second child of Laura Elmyra McClune Loan and William (Mike) Joseph Loan. She had an older sister, Ann Loan Fauber and a younger sister Carol Loan Halbert both of whom predeceased her, and a younger brother, Michael Loan who now lives in New Hampshire. Joan arrived on the day after the fireworks of the Fourth of July in 1925 and perhaps that is why she never liked a fuss or to be the center of attention. She attended Springfield public grade school and high school. In the days when it was not yet common for women to go to college, her father insisted that his girls go to school after high school so they could take care of themselves and only get married if they wanted to. Joan graduated from Rosemont College. Upon the advice of her sister Ann she applied for a job with the U.S. Civil Service and on June 24th 1951, she set sail on the U.S. Navy ship General Patch for the port of Bremerhaven, then on to Munich to work at the service club there. Every chance they got, she and her co-workers would pile into a car and drive to different countries to see the sights, visiting Paris, Rome and even went as far as Spain. Joan continued as a civil service worker when she returned to the States, for a career that spanned more than 30 years including Stewart Air Force Base, Valley Forge Military Hospital, and the Naval Logistics Center in Philadelphia. For many years she spent her vacations travelling to other countries Mexico, Greece, Ireland and the Caribbean as well as within the United States. Nonetheless, she was perhaps happiest on the beach in New Jersey or at her family home on Springfield Road. In her retirement she volunteered with the Red Cross and as a driver for Meals on Wheels. Although she was often mild mannered and unassuming, Joan knew her own mind and stood up for what she knew was right. For many years she served on juries in Delaware County and she would stand firm in her position even if the rest of the jury members disagreed. Joan never hesitated when someone needed help. She moved back to Springfield to assist her widowed mother. After the untimely deaths of her sister and brother-in-law, Joan stepped in to help her nieces and nephew. More recently, she provided childcare so that a niece could go back to school. Although she never married or had children of her own, she had 12 nephews and nieces of whom she was very fond. Joan’s hobbies were shopping and driving; she loved cars, especially her last car, a red PT cruiser. In her later years she came to depend on her wonderful neighbors on Springfield Road for help with things large and small that enabled her to remain at home until she moved to Sunrise for the last two years of her life. She died peacefully on May 9, 2015, two months shy of her 90th birthday. A memorial service will be held on June 27, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at Kovacs Funeral Home, 530 W. Woodland Avenue, Springfield, PA 19064, preceded by a visitation at 10:00 a.m. Interment will follow at SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery. Donations in her memory may be made to the Red Cross, 2221 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19103 (www.redcross.org) or to St. Francis of Assisi Church, 136 Saxer Avenue, Springfield, PA 19064. http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=3463366880Obituary for Frances M. ReidFrances M. Reid Homemaker Mrs. Frances M. (nee Kaszubski) Reid, 81, died on May 2, 2015, in Springfield, PA. Born in Baltimore, MD, Mrs. Reid was a graduate of St. Michael Business School. Before moving to Springfield in 1968 Mrs. Reid was a resident of Philadelphia, PA. She worked as a teller and an IBM machine operator for the former PNB Bank in Philadelphia before becoming a homemaker. Frances was a member of St. Francis of Assisi Church in Springfield where she enjoyed working on many church functions. She enjoyed cooking and baking. She was devoted to her family and friends, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and her beloved dog, Daisy. She is survived by a son, Paul E. Reid and a daughter, Theresa E. Reid, both of Springfield, two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband, Paul D. Reid, and a daughter, Frances A. Hill. Relatives and friends are invited to her viewing on Wednesday, May 6, after 9:30 AM at St. Francis of Assisi Church, 136 Saxer Avenue, Springfield, PA 19064, followed immediately by her funeral Mass at 11:00 AM. Interment will be in SS Peter & Paul Cemetery, Springfield, PA. Donations in her memory may be made to the church named above. http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=a99f363259