Obituaries for Kovacs Funeral Home Obituary for Leona M. "Lee" JohnsonLeona M. “Lee” (nee Jones) Johnson, 92, a resident of Springfield passed into her Savior's presence on July 15, 2014. She was a Registered Nurse who taught nursing at the Buffalo General Hospital nursing program and LPNs in the New York state BOCE program. She was a graduate of the University of Buffalo (B.S.N. & M.S.N.) and Garfield Memorial High School, Wilkes-Barre. She also attended college-level nursing training at Columbia University and NY Polyclinic. Lee served nearly five years in the US Navy Nurse Corps during WWII and was recalled for the Korean Conflict. Lt j.g. Johnson served at Naval hospitals in Gulf Port MS; at the Philadelphia Naval Hospital; and as the Orthopedic Ward Nurse in Charge, Camp Lejeune NC. As a civilian nurse she served as Supervisor of the Medical-Surgical floor at the NY Polyclinic Hospital; and later at Millard Fillmore Suburban and Mercy Hospitals in the Buffalo NY region. The Johnsons were longtime residents of Williamsville NY before they retired to Fayetteville NC in 1984 where they resided until 2010 when they moved to Springfield PA. Lee was active in her churches - Hedstrom Memorial Baptist in Buffalo NY; Fayetteville Christian Church in Fayetteville NC; and most recently at Springfield Baptist Church, Springfield PA. She was the daughter of the late William & Martha Jones of Wilkes-Barre, PA. She was the last of four siblings - Martha, Leona, Ruth, and Robert. Lee was married to George G. Johnson for 64 years and they had two sons: Rev. Wylie W. Johnson of Springfield, PA, and George R. Johnson of Sterling VA. The Johnson's also were blessed with six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Memorial donations may be made to the Springfield Baptist Church, 184 N. Norwinden Drive, Springfield, PA 19064 or to Fayetteville Christian Church, 4308 Rosehill Rd, Fayetteville, NC 28311. A memorial service is planned at the Kovacs Funeral Home, 530 W. Woodland Avenue, Springfield, PA 19064 on July 24th. Visiting time 7-8 pm, service at 8 pm. There will be a private interment at Arlington National Cemetery with military honors.http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=3057336777Obituary for Antoinette Del ColloMrs. Antoinette (nee Giuffre) Del Collo, 86, died on July 10, 2014, at the Broomall Nursing and Rehabilitation Center after a lengthy illness. Born in Philadelphia, Mrs. Del Collo was a graduate of South Philadelphia High School. She was a resident of Springfield for 57 years. Mrs. Del Collo was a former seamstress in the Philadelphia clothing industry and later was a cashier at the former Martel’s Food Market in Springfield. She was a member of St. Francis of Assisi Church in Springfield. She enjoyed baking and cooking and also taking trips to the casinos. She is survived by a son, John (Michele) Del Collo, of Thornton, PA, a daughter, Jennifer (James) Frost, of Springfield, PA, and four grandchildren, Brian and Kerri Del Collo and Courtney and Erica Frost. She was predeceased by her husband, John Del Collo, in 2008. Relatives and friends are invited to her viewing on Tuesday, July 15, after 9:00 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 Life Choice, 200 Dryden Rd., Suite 3300, Dresher, PA 19025 (www.lifechoicehospice.com). http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=d6e1336220Obituary for Ronald "Jerry" ParsonsMr. Ronald “Jerry” Parsons, 86, died on July 5, 2014 at Springfield Hospital after a brief illness. Born in Peoria, IL, Mr. Parsons was a graduate of Woodruff High School. He was a former resident of Glenolden and later moved to Springfield, PA in 1965. For over 42 years he was employed by American Airlines in Philadelphia, retiring as an operations agent in 1993. He was a member of the Church of the Redeemer in Springfield. The WWII Navy veteran was a member of the Springfield American Legion Post #227. He was also a member of the Quiet Birdmen of America as well as the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association and the Stearman Owners Club. He served as a volunteer at the American Helicopter Museum in West Chester, PA. After his retirement he drove for the Krapf charter bus company as well as others. He enjoyed soaring, flying planes, helicopters and seaplanes. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Louise (nee Reichert) Parsons, a son, Eric Parsons of Valley Village, CA, a grandson, Andrew Kaminskas of Broomall, PA. He was predeceased by a daughter, Patricia Elaine Parsons. Relatives and friends are invited to his visitation on Saturday, July 12, after 10:00 AM at the Church of the Redeemer, 145 W. Springfield Road, Springfield, PAa 19064 immediately followed by his funeral service at 11:00 AM. Inurnment will be in the church memorial garden. Donations in his memory may be made to the Church of the Redeemer at the above address. http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=7235336052Obituary for Anna Marie BentMrs. Anna Marie (nee Sole) Bent of Springfield, PA, died on June 25, 2014, in Ridley Park, PA. Born in Philadelphia, she was a 1962 graduate of Upper Darby High School. She was a resident of Springfield for the past 48 years. The homemaker was a member of St. Kevin Church in Springfield. She was a member of the Pennsylvania Live Steamers and Friends of East Broad Top Railroad. Mrs. Bent was devoted to her family and a great friend to all. She loved music, especially country music, and enjoyed the outdoors. Even after a long illness she kept her fun loving free spirit. She is survived by a son, Stephen Bent, two daughters, Catherine Bent and Joyce Crocker, her mother, Catherine Sole , her Step-Father, Armad DiAngello, Aunt Mary Moore, and two sisters-in-law, Catherine Sutton and Ruth O'Hara, three grandchildren, Vincent Procaccio, Billy Crocker, and Kenny Hastings, and a dear family friend, Bonnie Emanuel. She was predeceased by her husband, Robert Bent in April 2014. Relatives and friends are invited to her visitation on Tuesday, July 1, after 10:00 am at the Kovacs Funeral Home, Inc., 530 W. Woodland Avenue, Springfield, PA 19064 followed immediately by her funeral service at 11:00 am. Interment will be private. Donations in her memory may be made to the Pennsylvania Live Steamers, P. O. Box 26202, Collegeville, PA 19426. http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=6f52334885Obituary for Catherine E. MowbrayMrs. Catherine E. (nee Van Buren) Mowbray, 90, of Springfield, PA, died on June 23, 2014 in Darby, PA. Born in Philadelphia, PA, Mrs. Mowbray was a graduate of Olney High School in 1941. Formerly of Glenolden and Philadelphia, Mrs. Mowbray was a resident of Springfield since 1958. She was employed by the Springfield School District where she worked serving food and friendliness to high school students and faculty for 25 years. Catherine was a member of St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Springfield for 46 years. She was active in the Altar Guild, Women’s groups, and the Alpha group. She enjoyed gardening and was devoted to her family, especially her son, Donald. Everyone Catherine met became a recipient of her grace, kindness and love. She is survived by her husband, Charles S. Mowbray Jr., three sons, Charles S. Mowbray III (Stella) of Reading, PA, William J. (Amy) of Lancaster, PA, and Donald R. of Springfield, a sister, Margaret and a brother, John, as well as 4 grandchildren, Kara, Marcia, Matthew and Anabella. She was predeceased by a brother Joseph Van Buren. Relatives and friends are invited to her viewing on Friday, June 27, 2014, after 10:00 am at St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 400 Lynbrooke Road, Springfield, PA 19064 followed immediately by her funeral service at 11:00 am. Interment will be in Arlington Cemetery. Drexel Hill, PA. Donations in her memory may be made to St. Matthew Lutheran Church at the above address. http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=8779334566Obituary for Jena "Jean" MendittoJean Menditto (nee Vanuni-Esposito) 89, passed peacefully on May 31, 2014 at her home in Springfield, PA. Born in Reading, PA, she moved to Philadelphia in 1946 when she married her beloved husband John. In 1970, Jean moved to California with her family, returning to the area 42 years ago and settled in Springfield. Jean was a devoted wife and loving mother. A consummate homemaker she lovingly welcomed family and friends into the home she took so much pride in, and where so many shared countless meals, laughter and love. John and Jean owned a local family greenhouse business. Self-taught, they raised thousands of azaleas, for which they were well-known. They travelled to many Naval reunions and church conferences around the country. Many years a member of Tacony Baptist Church, she served as a Deaconess and sang in the choir. Her faith sustained her and she shared her love of Jesus with her family. She loved unconditionally and served even those who hurt her. She continued to serve with her love even after she became physically disabled. She accepted her fate in life, never once complained, became negative, critical, or judgmental. Jean Menditto was a great example of a true human being. We were so blessed to have had her in our lives. She may have gone ahead of us, but she will forever live in us. She is survived by her husband of 68 years, John Menditto, a son, John Menditto, two daughters, Regina Frances Amos and Karen Jean Menditto. Jean was the oldest of eight children and is survived by a sister, Ruth Gehris, and 3 brothers, Elias, David, and Richard Esposito, as well as 4 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. Relatives and friends are invited to celebrate Jean’s life on Monday, June 9. The viewing will begin at 9:00AM. The service commences at 10:30AM at Kovacs Funeral Home, Inc., 530 W. Woodland Avenue, Springfield, PA 19064. Interment will be in Washington Crossing National Cemetery in Newtown, PA.http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=29e1332689Obituary for Arthur LiberatoreMr. Arthur Liberatore, 85, of Media, PA, died on May 30, 2014 in Ridley Park after a lengthy illness. Born in Italy, Mr. Liberatore immigrated to the United States in 1945. Before moving to Media four years ago, he lived in Clifton Heights, PA. Mr. Liberatore was a tailor for the Botany 500 Company for 25 years where he was a sleeve setter. Later he was a tailor for the Defense Personnel Center in Philadelphia, PA for over 20 years. He worked part-time for the Philadelphia Phillies for 25 years, retiring after the 2013 season. He was a member of Nativity BVM Church in Media, and was a U.S. Army Veteran serving in the Korean Conflict. He was also a member of the Columbus Italian American Club in Clifton Heights. Mr. Liberatore was a family man and adored his children and grandchildren. He was an avid sports fan and loved to play poker. He is survived by three daughters: Theresa Quinn of West Chester, PA, Judith Vollmer of Glenside, PA, Cynthia Callan of Glenside, PA; two sons, Arthur Liberatore, Jr. of Springfield, PA and Stephen Liberatore of New London, PA; 9 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.He was predeceased by his wife, Mary Ann, in 1998. Relatives and friends are invited to his viewing on Wednesday, June 4, after 9:00 AM at the Nativity BVM Church, 30 E. Franklin St., Media, PA, 19063, immediately followed by his funeral Mass at 11:00 AM. Interment will be in SS Peter & Paul Cemetery, Springfield, PA. Donations in his memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1626 Locust St., Philadelphia, PA 19103. Arrangements by Kovacs Funeral Home, Inc.http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=4721332266Obituary for Gerald W. MurrGerald W. Murr Electrician Mr. Gerald W. Murr, 73, died on May 27, 2014, at his home in Glenolden, PA after a lengthy illness. Born in Altoona, PA, Mr. Murr was a graduate of Bonner High School in Drexel Hill, PA. He attended St. Joseph University for two years. Later he attended a trade school and became an electrician. He was employed by the University of Pennsylvania for 45 years, retiring in December of 2012. A collector of bears, Mr. Murr was also an avid Eagles fan. He was a nature lover. He and his wife enjoyed their cruises to the Bahamas, Alaska, and to Disneyworld among others. His special pet dogs were Tiga, Larry, and Chloe. He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Maryann (nee Ballato), a sister-in-law, Connie (Robert) Giacopetti, and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, Charles and Grace Murr as well as a brother, Ronald (Jacquilyn) Murr, and two sisters, Maryanne Druck and Claire McCurdy. Relatives and friends are invited to his viewing on Saturday, May 31, after 9:30 AM at St. Joseph Church, 500 Woodlawn Avenue, Collingdale, PA 19023, immediately followed by his funeral Mass at 11:00 AM. Entombment will be in SS Peter & Paul Cemetery, Springfield, PA. The family wishes to thank the Caring Hospice for their love and support. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the Caring Hospice, 400 Commerce Drive, Suite C, Fort Washington, PA 19034 or to the Delaware County SPCA, 555 Sandy Bank Road, Media, PA 19063. http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=943f331871Obituary for Helen V. VignolaHelen V.(nee Foreaker) Vignola, aged 85, of Springfield, Pa., peacefully passed away on May 13, 2014, surrounded by her family, at Bryn Mawr Hospital. Born in Philadelphia, she was the daughter of the late Helen Symes and John Foreaker. She was a graduate of John Bartram High School. She was the loving and devoted wife of the late Robert William Vignola. Helen is survived by her two children, Dr. Robert William Vignola and Janice Elaine Veneziano; her two sisters, Doris and Patricia; her five beloved grandchildren, Courtney, Lindsey, Amanda, Jennifer, and Evan; and by her great-granddaughter, Kylie. Helen was a hardworking woman who enjoyed the simple things in life. She expressed her love for her family through her cooking, baking, and meticulous home. Helen was always just a phone call away, regardless of the time of day, whenever someone needed advice or just a shoulder to cry on. Although she experienced many hardships in life, she always remained strong and never complained. She will continue to live on in our hearts through all of the wonderful memories cherished by her loved ones. Relatives and friends are invited to her viewing on Monday, May 19, after 9:30 am at the funeral home followed immediately by her funeral service at 11:00 am. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery, Conchohocken, PA. Donations in her memory may be made to the Lymphatic Education Network Foundation, 40 Garvies Point Road, Suite D, Glen Cove, NY 11542. www.lymphaticnetwork.orghttp://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=df11330677Obituary for Anna "Nancy" WalshMrs. Anna “Nancy” (nee Foote) Walsh died on April 20, 2014 in Springfield Hospital after a prolonged illness. Born in Philadelphia, PA, Mrs. Walsh was a graduate of Bartram High School. She was a resident of Springfield from 2009 to 2014 and Media from 1996 to 2009 and was formerly from Philadelphia. She was a long time executive secretary with the DuPont Corporation at the 34th and Grays Ferry plant in Philadelphia. She enjoyed dining out and was an avid animal lover. She is survived by her two sisters, Edith Hogle of Cape May, NJ and Mildred Kibler of Springfield, PA, as well as many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, Patrick Walsh, and a brother, Harry Foote. Relatives and friends are invited to her viewing on Thursday, April 24, at the Kovacs Funeral Home, Inc., 530 W. Woodland Avenue, Springfield, PA 19064 from 10:00 to 11:00 am immediately followed by her funeral service at the funeral home. Interment will be in SS Peter & Paul Cemetery, Springfield, PA 19064. Donations in her memory may be made to the Delaware County SPCA, 500 Sandy Bank Road, Media, PA 19063.http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=b7a8328158