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Elaine Maza Aiello

Elaine M. Aiello

Elaine Maza Aiello, 64, a member of the board of directors of the Chestnut Hill Community Association, died Aug. 31 at her home in Roxborough.

Mrs. Aiello was elected to the board in 2006 for a one-year term and reelected in 2007 for three years. Her husband, Louis F. Aiello II, served for many years as a CHCA board member and vice president for operations.

The Aiellos had lived in Chestnut Hill for more than four decades.

At the time of her retirement in 2000, Mrs. Aiello was an administrative assistant in the step-down cardiac unit at Chestnut Hill Hospital, where she had been employed for 18 years. Earlier she had worked in the individual personalized instruction program at Norwood-Fontbonne Academy.

In addition to her service on the CHCA board, she had been a volunteer for many years in community fundraising activities and in the association’s office.

Mrs. Aiello was born in Wilmington, Del., and raised in Mt. Airy. She was a graduate of Dobbins High School.

She was an expert cook who enjoyed gardening and traveling, especially her visits to Italy.

In addition to her husband, Mrs. Aiello is survived by daughters Gina Aiello, Marianne Haselman and Lisa Laws; a son, Christopher, and 10 grandchildren. A son, Louis F. Aiello III, died in 2007.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 5, at Our Mother of Consolation Church, 9 E. Chestnut Hill Ave., Philadelphia PA 19118. Relatives and friends may call at from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 4, at Jacob F. Ruth, Funeral Directors, 8413 Germantown Ave., Chestnut Hill, and 9 a.m. Friday at the church. Interment will be in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Louis F. Aiello III Scholarship Fund at Norwood Fontbonne Academy, 8891 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19118, or to the above church.


Frances S. Gilbert

Frances Snowden “Chubby” Gilbert, 78, formerly of Mt. Airy, died Aug. 24 in at her home in Englewood, Colo.

Raised in Mt. Airy, Mrs. Gilbert was a graduate of Springside School.

She was a former director of volunteers at Children’s Hospital in Denver and an active volunteer at Christ Episcopal Church in Denver.

She is survived by her husband, Sam; daughters Sandra Evans, Joanie Bolton and Suzie Todd; a sister, Ronnie Snowden of Cathedral Village, and nine grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to Christ Episcopal Church, 2950 S. University Blvd., Denver CO 80210.


Dr. Charles M. Norris

Dr. Charles M. Norris

Dr. Charles M. Norris, 93, formerly of Chestnut Hill, an internationally known laryngologist and bronchoesophagologist, died Aug. 21 at Cathedral Village in Andorra.

At the time of his retirement in 1985, Dr. Norris had been chairman of the Department of Bronchoesophagology and Laryngology and head of the Chevalier Jackson Clinic at Temple University Hospital for 24 years.

After completing internship and resident training, Dr. Norris became an associate in the Jackson Clinic, founded by Dr. Chevalier Jackson Sr., a pioneer in the field of peroral endoscopy. The clinic, later renamed the Jackson-Norris Clinic in honor of Dr. Norris, conducted diagnostic endoscopic procedures in diseases of the bronchi, lungs and esophagus, but was even better known for removing foreign bodies inhaled by adults and children of all ages.

The Chevalier Jackson-Norris Clinic was also involved in the surgical treatment of cancer of the larynx, and Dr. Norris is credited with developing one of several “conservation” operations, in which a part of the larynx can be preserved, thus avoiding total loss of voice. His success in this area endeared him to patients from around the world.

Dr. Norris was active in several national medical organizations, having been president at various times of the American Society for Head and Neck Surgery, the American LaryngologicaI Association and the American Broncho-Esophagological Association. He also was Secretary for the Americas of the International Federation of Otolaryngological Societies from 1973 to 1981.

Dr. Norris was raised in New Milford, Pa., a small town for which he felt great affection. After completing the pre-medical curriculum at Penn State, he attended Temple University School of Medicine, graduating in 1939.

In retirement, he narrated books for Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic in Bryn Mawr. He enjoyed small boat sailing, golf and tennis.

Dr. Norris and his wife, the former Sallie Harwood, had been residents of Chestnut Hill for more than five decades before moving to Cathedral Village. They were known in Chestnut Hill for the themed costume parties they held in their home.

In addition to his wife, Dr. Norris is survived by two sons, Charles M. Jr. “Carl,” an associate professor of surgery at Harvard Medical School, and Stephen H., director of non-clinical pharmacokinetics at Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, and four grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6, at the Church of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, 8000 St. Martin’s Lane, Philadelphia, PA 19118. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Martin-in-the-Fie1ds.


Barbara B. D. Cianelli

Barbara Binney Dexter Cianelli, 84, formerly of Chestnut Hill, died Aug. 9 at Cross Keys Village, the Brethren Home Community, New Oxford.

Raised in Chestnut Hill, Mrs. Cianelli was the daughter of Sidney Breese Dexter and the former Nancy Binney Dunning. Her father was the first president of the Chestnut Hill Community Association.

She graduated from Springside School and magna cum laude from Smith College, where she was a member of Phi Beta Kappa.

After graduation Mrs. Cianelli worked as a researcher for Newsweek magazine in New York, but left a career in journalism to raise a family in Chevy Chase, Md. Later, she taught ancient history at a middle school in Washington, D.C.

In 1983 she was awarded a Fulbright scholarship to study the ancient history and culture of Israel.

Widely traveled in the U.S. and Europe, she also had visited Russia, the Near East and the Far East. An accomplished poet, she wrote and published poetry throughout her life.

Mrs. Cianelli and her husband, David T. Cianelli, were divorced in 1960.

Mrs. Cianelli is survived by a son, David Dexter Cianelli of Blacksburg, Va.; daughters Barbara Renee Kurtz of Freeland, Md. and Martha Binney Vick of Richmond, Va., and five grandchildren. A sister, Nancy Dunning Dexter Martin, preceded her in death.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. John Evangelical Church, P.O. Box 25, New Freedom, PA 17349, or Smith College, Office of Advancement Services, 33 Elm St., Northampton, MA 01063-0024.