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Charlotte C. Stokes

Charlotte Calwell Stokes, 93, formerly of Mt. Airy, an artist, sculptor and author, died March 18 after a short illness at Chestnut Hill Hospital. She had been a resident of Cathedral Village in Andorra for the past 17 years.

Mrs. Stokes’ paintings have been exhibited locally, and her sculptures are in the Philadelphia Stock Exchange Building, the Montana Historical Society Museum, on the grounds of Cathedral Village and in private collections.

She illustrated the book, Handguide to the Coral Reef Fishes of the Caribbean, written by her late husband, F. J. Stokes Jr., in collaboration with the Philadelphia Academy of Natural Sciences.

Active in the restoration of the Maxwell Mansion in Germantown, she was the author of Documentation of the Victorian Gardens at the Ebenezer Maxwell Garden and, in 2000, wrote and illustrated the book How to Build Fairy Houses. 

Born in Philadelphia, Mrs. Stokes was the daughter of Eleanor P. Calwell and Charles S. Calwell, a prominent civic leader and president of the former Corn Exchange Bank and Trust Co. in Philadelphia. She was educated at Germantown Friends School and Connecticut College.

She had lifelong interests in art, gardening and children’s literature, and was a longtime guide at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.  

Mrs. Stokes assembled a collection of hand fans, which she donated to the National Hand Fan Museum in Healdsburg, Calif. In 1988, she chaired the Philadelphia convention of the Fan Association of North America and was active in this group.

She was a member of the former Germanton Garden Club and exhibited frequently at the Philadelphia Flower Show. Her Mt. Airy garden was on the tours of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society and others.

She is survived by sons Francis J. Stokes III and Donald W. Stokes; a daughter, Katherine Stokes-Shafer; 10 grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren. A son, Charles C. Stokes, preceded her in death.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 18, at Germantown Friends Meeting, 47 W. Coulter St. in Germantown Memorial donations may be made to the Employee Fund, Cathedral Village, 600 E. Cathedral Drive, Philadelphia, PA 19128.


Carmella R. Edwards

Carmella R. Calisto Edwards, 79, of Erdenheim, formerly of Chestnut Hill, died March 29 at Temple University Hospital.

Mrs. Edwards is survived by sons, James A. Corley, John E. Corley and Gerald W. Edwards Jr.; a daughter, Lucy B. Edwards Wilson; brothers Joseph Calisto, Russell Calisto and Edward Calisto; a sister, Francis Calisto Brill; seven grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Edwards’ husband, Gerald W. Edwards Sr., and a son, Joseph V. Corley, preceded her in death.

A funeral Mass was celebrated March 28 at Seven Dolors Church in Wyndmoor. Interment was in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery.

Memorial donations in her name may be sent to the American Heart Association, 625 W. Ridge Pike, A100, Conshohocken, PA 19428.


Stephanie L. Roman

Stephanie Leonards Roman, 35, formerly of Wyndmoor, a science teacher at Mount St. Joseph’s Academy in Flourtown, died March 26 of breast cancer at Abington Memorial Hospital.

Mrs. Roman, who lived in Perkasie, had taught at the school for the past six years. She was a graduate of Springfield High School and Millersville University.

Mrs. Roman is survived by her husband, Gregory M. Roman; sons Mikey and Sam; a daughter, Katie; her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas C. Leonards III, of Wyndmoor; brothers Carter Leonards, of Lansdale, and Bake Leonards, of Blue Bell; a sister, Christine Coleman of Bloomsburg, and grandmothers Barbara B. Leonards and Irene M. Roy, both of Berwyn.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 4, at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 22 E. Chestnut Hill Ave. in Chestnut Hill.

Memorial donations may be made to the Stephanie L. Roman Scholarship at Mount St. Joseph’s Academy, 120 W. Wissahickon Ave., Flourtown, PA 19031, or to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, 125 S. 9th St., Suite 202, Philadelphia, PA 19107.


Patricia A. Schlicher

Patricia A. Tierney Schlicher, 78, of Mt. Airy, died March 24 at Chestnut Hill Hospital.

Born and raised in Newport, R.I., Mrs. Schlicher had been a telephone operator for the Pennsylvania School for the Deaf.

She is survived by a daughter, Mary Kim; a son, William G. Schlicher, and two grandchildren. A daughter, Kathleen, preceded her in death

A funeral Mass was celebrated March 30 at St. Madeleine Sophie Church, in Germantown. Interment was at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Pennsylvania School for the Deaf, 100 W. School House Lane, Philadelphia, PA 19144.