Obituaries for Kovacs Funeral Home Obituary for John J. McDonnellJohn J. McDonnell John J. “Jack” McDonnell, also known as “Murph”, age 80, died peacefully on December 4, 2014 . Born in Springfield, PA, Jack was a graduate of West Catholic High School for Boys in 1952 and LaSalle College in 1956. He was a resident of Ridley Park. A Facilities Manager for Internal Revenue Service, where he was also the President of the 25 Year Club. Jack served for nine years as a member of the Pennsylvania National Guard. He was a former member of St. Kevin Church in Springfield. He was a long time Class "A" golf club maker and repairer. Jack was a faithful 30 year member of the Men of Malvern. He is survived by a daughter, Kelly Ann McDonnell, a son, David Andrew (Lauren) McDonnell, three grandchildren, Ronan, Sloane, and Declan, his sister, Maureen Eichman, brothers Tom, Bob, and Joe McDonnell, and long time friend, Patricia Calhoun. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews and long time good friends. He was predeceased by his parents, Tom and Catherine (McNelis) McDonnell, and his brother Jim. Relatives and friends are invited to his viewing on Tuesday, December 9, 2014, from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. at St. Kevin Church, 200 W. Sproul Road, Springfield, PA 19064 until the time of his funeral Mass at 11:00 a.m. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery, Media, PA. Donations in his memory may be made to Main Line Health Hospice, 240 Radnor Chester Road, Radnor, PA 19087 or the Malvern Retreat House (Attn: Development Department), P.O. Box 315, Malvern, PA 19355. for Robert E. Butler, Sr.Relatives and friends are invited to his visitation on Saturday, November 29, 2014, after 9:30 AM at St. Kevin Church, 200 W. Sproul Road, Springfield, PA until the time of his funeral Mass at 11:00 AM. Interment will be private. for Marianna Sewell Miss Marianna Sewell Miss Marianna Sewell was a teacher her entire teaching career. She taught both kindergarten and first grade, but mostly kindergarten, in the Ridley and Penn Delco School Districts. A graduate of Chestnut Hill College with a degree in Psychology, she then went on to obtain a Master of Arts in Education at St. Joseph University. She said she liked working with children and thought that the most important thing for them to learn was listening and following directions. She loved the children because they were spontaneous and reacted to everything. Miss Sewell liked all shades of blue. Her favorite foods were ice cream and peanut butter. She traveled all over the world and liked Ireland best. Relatives and friends are invited to her funeral Mass on Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at 10:00 AM at St. Kevin Church, 200 W. Sproul Road, Springfield, PA 19064. Interment SS Peter & Paul Cemetery, Springfield, PA. for George J. DemkoGeorge Demko Passionate Geographer and Father, dies at 81. George Demko, a former Springfield resident and an internationally renowned geographer, academic, and PhD scholar has died at age 81 of natural causes. George Demko came from humble origins growing up with four siblings in the steel mining town of Catasauqua, PA. He served his country in the Marine Corps in the Korean War and earned a Purple Heart for his bravery. When he returned from Korea, he used the GI Bill to go to college and received his Bachelor’s Degree from West Chester State Teachers College. It was there he met his wife Jeanette Small. Dr. Demko was later inducted into the West Chester Athletics Hall of Fame for excellence in football. Dr. Demko learned that education could radically alter the course of one’s life and he continued on to earn a PhD in Geography from Penn State University in 1964. While pursuing his PhD, he was accepted into a special International Exchange Program to study for a year at Moscow State University. Dr. and Mrs. Demko lived in the Soviet Union during some of the most intense days of the Cold War, including during the Bay of Pigs and the Cuban Missile Crisis. Upon return from completing his studies overseas, he received a professional position in the geography department of Ohio State University. He taught undergraduate and graduate students for 18 years at OSU with brief teaching assignments at both the University of Hawaii and Hong Kong University. He also worked on projects for NASA, the World Bank and United Nations in population and demographic studies of less developed nations. In the 1980s, he left academia for public service at the National Science Foundation and Federal Government in Washington, DC. He served as the Geographer of the United States in the Department of State, and helped develop the office’s integral cross-departmental mission. He also served as the President of the American Association of Geographers (AAG) from 1986-1987. Dr. Demko returned to academia in 1989 as Director of the Rockefeller Center for Social Sciences at Dartmouth College and as professor of Geography. He launched the Prague Foreign Study Program, a joint program between Dartmouth and Charles University. He received the Gold Medal of Charles University for a lifetime of contributions to geographical knowledge and the promotion of international intellectual cooperation. Dr. Demko was a Fellow of the American Geographical Society, a contributor to the Geographical Review and FOCUS on Geography magazine, and a member of the Board of Editors of FOCUS on Geography. He published many books and articles over a prolific lifetime of research. He was also a contributor to the mystery writing genre and published articles on and hosted a blog Landscapes of Crime. Over his lifetime in academia, his greatest achievement was the mentoring and influencing of thousands of students who carry his legacy with them today. He is survived by his wife and lifelong cheerleader, Jeanette Demko, two daughters, Megan Demko and Kerstin Demko, two brothers, John and Joseph Demko, and five grandsons. Services will take place on November 22 at The Church of Saint Kevin, 200 West Sproul Road, Springfield, PA 19064. Visitation will begin at 9:30 a.m. and a funeral mass will be held am 11 a.m. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked for donations to be made to the American Stroke Foundation in honor of George Demko. for Arthur L. TroisiArthur L. Troisi, Sr., 73, of Springfield, PA passed away October 20, 2014 with his loving family by his side. Art is survived by his wife of 52 years, Marie (Italiano) Troisi, son Art Jr., brother Adrian (Mary) Troisi, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and friends. Art was a retired manager with Prudential Financial. He was a member of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority and held a Series 6 license. After retirement Art became a volunteer for the American Heart Association. He was a fan of Philadelphia sports and especially enjoyed watching the Eagles and Phillies. Art was an avid storyteller with a lifetime of interesting and amusing stories to tell. He could keep his family and friends laughing for hours at a time. Art was a genuine and proud man with a strong spirit and kind soul. He will be deeply and dearly missed. Funeral Services will be held Saturday, October 25th at St. Kevin's Church (200 W Sproul Road, Springfield, Pa). Visitation will begin at 9:30am followed by Mass at 11am. Burial will be at SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery in Springfield, Pa. Memorial donations may be sent to American Cancer Society ( and The Hyperacusis Community ( for Lawrence G. GalvinMr. Lawrence G. Galvin, 88, of Springfield, PA, died on October 13, 2014 at Little Flower Manor in Darby, PA. Born in Pittsburgh, PA, Mr. Galvin was a graduate of North Catholic High School in Pittsburgh as well as Duquesne University. Before moving to Springfield in 2009, Mr. Galvin was a long time resident of Mount Laurel, NJ. He was retired as East Coast Regional Manager of the Morton Salt Company after forty years of service. He was a member of St. Kevin Church in Springfield. He was a Navy veteran of WWII. He entered the U.S. Navy as a mine sweeper at the age of 17. He enjoyed golfing, fishing, gardening, and playing bridge. He was devoted to his family. He spent his winters in Naples, FL and his summers in Long Beach Island, NJ, and was member of AARP. He is survived by two sons, Larry Galvin and Michael (Denise) Galvin, a daughter, Kathy (Carl) Unger, a brother, Jim Galvin, and two sisters, Patty Morse and Mary Anne Gibbs, grandfather of Lauren, Meghan, Kelly, Carl, Kimberly, Christie, and Ashlee, and great-grandfather of Declan. He was predeceased by his wife, Audrey in 2009 and a sister, Barb McKelvey in 2012. Relatives and friends are invited to his viewing on Thursday, October 16, after 9:30 AM at St. Kevin Church, 200 W. Sproul Road, Springfield, PA 19064 until the time of his funeral Mass at 11:00 AM. Interment will be in SS Peter & Paul Cemetery, Springfield, PA 19064. for Ken J. OngsuengKen J. Ongsueng Ken fought a long hard battle with leukemia after being diagnosed in January of 2013. Ken was a beloved father, son, a loyal and trustworthy husband, brother,friend, and much more. Ken touched every single person he met both in his nursing career and his personal life with his golden heart. Ken was always making tough situations lighthearted. Ken's favorite saying was:"WHAT DOESN'T KILL YOU MAKES YOU STRONGER." Ken you fought and it made you stronger, you are our angel now. Rest in peace Ken. You will be missed. We love you Ken. Ken is survived by his one year old daughter, Natalie Joy Ongsueng. His wife Jenna, His parents Johnny and Carmen Ongsueng, his two sisters Karen and Kelly Ongsueng, his niece Hannah and Nephew Caleb and many friends. Thank you to those who gave Ken unconditional love, support, and fought alongside him unconditionally. Thank you for fighting with Ken beyond 42 days and more. Relatives and friends are invited to his viewing at the Kovacs funeral Home 530 W. Woodland Ave Springfield Pa 19064 on Saturday, October 11, 2014 after 10:00 AM followed immediately by his funeral service at 12:00 PM. Intement will be in SS Peter & Paul Cemetery, Springfield, PA 19064. In Lieu of Flowers donations, please donate to ICLA DiSsilva Foundation (WWW.ICLA.ORG) or the Be the Match Foundation (WWW.BETHEMATCH.ORG) for Thomas E. RemickMr. Thomas E. Remick, 83, of Springfield, died on September 13, 2014 at Springfield Hospital. Born in Philadelphia, Mr. Remick was a graduate of South Catholic High School for Boys. He was a resident of Springfield for over forty years. Mr. Remick was a sheet metal worker at Boeing Aircraft in Morton and Ridley Park before his retirement. He was an Army veteran of the Korean War. Devoted to his Catholic faith, he was a member of St. Kevin Church in Springfield. Mr. Remick was a member of the Knights of Columbus De La Salle Council #590. Mr. Remick was the beloved husband of the late Dottie (nee Moore) Remick. He was an avid sports fan, especially the Phillies, Philadelphia Eagles and Notre Dame football. He is survived by his son, Timothy C. Remick and his daughter-in-law, Marian Remick of Brookhaven, PA. He was a life long friend of the late James Brawley. Relatives and friends are invited to his viewing on Wednesday, September 17, 2014, after 9:30 AM at St. Kevin Church, 200 W. Sproul Road, Springfield, PA 19064 followed immediately by his funeral Mass at 10:30 AM. Interment will be in SS Peter & Paul Cemetery, Springfield, PA. Donations in his memory may be made to Saint Kevin Church at the address listed above. for Eric D. WellerRelatives and friends are invited to his viewing on Monday, September 15, 2014 at the funeral home, 530 W. Woodland Ave., Springfield, PA 19064 after 10:00 am followed by his funeral service at 11:00 am. Interment in Media Cemetery, Media, PA. for Garrett "Gary" R. HartzellGarrett “Gary” R. Hartzell Mr. Garrett R. “Gary” Hartzell, 46, of Springfield, passed away on Saturday, August 30, 2014. Born and raised in Springfield he was a graduate of Springfield High School in 1987. He was an active member of the Springfield Ambulance Corps and the Springfield Fire Company for many years. He had been employed in the areas of dispatching and supervision in the emergency transportation field. Gary was a member of the First Presbyterian Church. He loved and enjoyed times with his family. He was a truly good person, always sensitive to the needs of others. He will be sorely missed. The beloved son of Richard and Lynne (nee Herd) Hartzell, he is also survived by his two sons, Matthew and Jarod and their mother, Deborah Hartzell; his sister, Christine (Michael) Jones; and his fiancé, Theresa Perazza and her son, Nicholas Ball. Relatives and friends are invited to his visitation on Friday, September 5, from 9:00 to 11:00 am at the First Presbyterian Church of Springfield, 356 Summit Road, Springfield, PA 19064, immediately followed by a memorial service at 11:00 am. Interment will be private. The family requests no flowers. Instead, contributions can be made in Garrett’s memory to the Deacon’s Fund at First Presbyterian Church at the above address.