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Harriet Thall

Harriet Thall

Harriet Thall, 81, who with her husband, Marvin, founded the Erdenheim Bicycle Center, died Jan. 12 of cancer at her home in Chestnut Hill Village.

The Thalls opened the family-oriented bicycle shop 1981 and established a reputation for selling safe and reliable bikes for all ages and all purposes — touring, commuting, racing and off-road riding.

With the sale of their business in 1991, the Thalls retired and enjoyed biking at Valley Green and Valley Forge, going on Elderhostel tours and actively participating in progressive causes for peace and justice.

Mrs. Thall met her husband at Penn State, where she received a bachelor’s degree in sociology. Before opening the bicycle shop, she had worked in a variety of teaching and administrative positions at social agencies in the Philadelphia area, among them the House of Industry, the Center for Autism and the Red Cross, and also at Univac.

In addition to her husband, Mrs. Thall is survived by a daughter, Rachel Grossman; a son, Michael Freed-Thall, and two grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to Veterans for Peace, Chapter 31, 11 Price’s Lane, Rose Valley, PA 19065, or to the Rena Rowan Breast Center, Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine, 3rd Floor, 3400 Civic Center Blvd., Philadelphia, PA 19104, Attn: Dr. Kevin Fox.


Clyde R. Barr

Clyde R. “Ray” Barr, 88, of Mt. Airy, a retired postal employee, died Jan. 25 at Keystone Hospice in Wyndmoor. Mr. Barr had worked at Philadelphia’s main post office at 30th and Market streets for three decades until his retirement in 1986.

    He had retired from the Marine Corps as a master sergeant in 1956 after 13 years’ service that included combat during World War II in the Pacific theater and later in the Korean War.

    He is survived by two daughters, Kathleen A. Gibson and Marianne T. Swann; a son, Raymond A. Barr; sisters, Grace Stone and Betty Gray; a brother, Orville Barr; and five grandchildren. Mr. Barr’s wife, the former Mary T. Lipsett, preceded him in death.

    A  funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 29, at Holy Cross Church, 154 E. Mt. Airy Ave. Relatives and friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 28, at Jacob F. Ruth’s, 8413 Germantown Ave., and at 10 a.m. Thursday at the church. Interment will be at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery.

    Memorial contributions may be made to Keystone Hospice, 8675 Stenton Ave., Wyndmoor, PA 19038 or to MGySGT John W. Zaengle Detachment, P.O. Box 342, Abington, PA 19001.

Dorothy S. Ramsey

Dorothy Shields Ramsey, 80, a former Springfield Township committeewoman, died of pneumonia Jan. 23 at the Hospice of the Golden Isles, Brunswick, Ga.

Mrs. Shields had been a resident of Ann’s Choice, a retirement community in Warminster, since 2007.

She had served as a Republican committeewoman in Springfield for 30 years. She was a volunteer with Chestnut Hill Meals on Wheels for many years and was an active member of Christ Church and St. Michael’s Episcopal Church in Germantown. She also was a longtime member of the Philadelphia Cricket Club, where she had been a member of the golf and bowling teams.

Born in Omaha, Neb., and raised in Kansas City, Mo., Mrs. Ramsey was a graduate of Iowa State University.

She is survived by her husband, Henry B. Ramsey Jr.; a daughter, Anne Campbell of Glenside; three sons, Craig Ramsey of Portland, Ore., Matthew Ramsey of Spring City, and Henry B. Ramsey III of Holmdel, N. J.; 12 grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 7, at Christ Church and St. Michaels, 29 W. Tulpehocken St., Philadelphia PA, 19144.  In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the above church.


Helen C. Casertano

Helen C. Stabilito Casertano, 88, of Wyndmoor, died Jan. 20 at Chestnut Hill Hospital.

Mrs. Casertano is survived by three daughters, Barbara Casertano, Carolyn Jones and Debbie Hinkel; a sister, Vera Stabilito; a brother, William Stabilito; two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Michael J. Casertano.

A funeral Mass was celebrated Jan. 24 at Seven Dolors Church in Wyndmoor. Interment was at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 399 Market Street, Suite 102, Philadelphia, PA 19106.