Helen L. Christy, artist and business owner

Obituaries December 5, 2012 0 Comments

Helen L. Christy, 72, an artist and interior designer who for many years operated the Helen L. Jones French Antiques store in Chestnut Hill, died Nov. 16 at the Hillcrest Convalescent Center in Durham, N.C. after a lengthy illness. Mrs. Christy’s store, at 8436 Germantown Ave., was widely known for offering the finest imported antiques […]
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Mary Ann Mannino, author and professor

Obituaries November 27, 2012 0 Comments

Mary Ann Vigilante Mannino, 69, a poet, author and English professor at Temple University, died Nov. 20 of breast cancer at her home in Chestnut Hill. Dr. Mannino was an associate professor of English at Temple, where she had taught for more than two decades. A Germantown native who had lived in Mt. Airy before […]
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Lillian Bortnick, community volunteer

Obituaries November 27, 2012 0 Comments

Lillian Ulanove “Lily”Bortnick, 93, formerly of Oreland, a longtime community volunteer, died Nov. 18 after a long illness at Cathedral Village in Andorra. Mrs. Bortnick had been a volunteer at many local organizations, including Meals on Wheels, Friends Psychiatric Hospital and what is now the Chestnut Hill Center for Enrichment, where she led a short […]
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Ivan Vassall Sr., auto dealer

Obituaries November 12, 2012 0 Comments

Ivan Vassall Sr., 96, who operated the first black-owned auto dealership in Philadelphia and, for a time, owned a Ford dealership in Chestnut Hill, died Nov. 1 of cancer at his home in Roxborough. Mr. Vassall’s dealership in Chestnut Hill, Vassall Motors at 8200 Germantown Ave., would later become the home of Magarity Ford. After […]
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Ann Stookey, floral designer

Obituaries November 12, 2012 1 Comment

Ann Stookey, 60, formerly of Chestnut Hill, an award-winning floral designer, died Nov. 6 in Paris after suffering a brain hemorrhage while vacationing with her husband, Joe Waz. The couple had been living in the Brentwood section of Los Angeles since 2011 when her husband retired as an executive with the Comcast Corp. They had […]
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Ronald Colston, coach and educator

Obituaries November 8, 2012 0 Comments

Ronald H. Colston Sr., 73, a retired coach and physical education teacher at Chestnut Hill Academy, died Oct. 17. Mr. Colston had been a faculty member at the school for more than 25 years before retiring in 2011. A lifelong Philadelphian, he received his bachelor’s degree from Cheyney State University and a master’s degree from […]
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Stephen Lawrence, public relations consultant

Obituaries November 1, 2012 0 Comments

Stephen Lawrence, 91, of Chestnut Hill, a retired public relations consultant, died Sept. 26 of cancer at the Springfield Rehabilitation Center in Wyndmoor. Mr. Lawrence had operated his own public relations consulting firm, Stephen Lawrence Associates, from 1991 to 2002. Earlier he had been a marketing and communications executive for 34 years with the Insurance […]
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