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Cornelia Coltrane Bocchini

Born April 22, 1940 High Point, NC to Homer Coltrane and Annette

Donovant. Mrs. Bocchini was raised in Greensboro, NC and attended Women’s College. On graduation, she attended the School of Social Work at UNC, Chapel Hill where she received a MSW. She then worked at the Veteran’s Hospital in Salem, VA before moving to Philadelphia to take a position with Episcopal Community Services as a Child Foster Care Case Worker. She met her future husband, Dr. Richard Bocchini, in Philadelphia and they were

married in Greensboro, NC in August of 1966. Mrs. Bocchini served on the board of Lincoln Day Care Center and was active in a variety of volunteer

organizations. At one point she worked for the Bishops Relief Fund helping to relocate international refugees.

She was actively interested in learning and attending the Philadelphia

College of Textiles, focusing on the collection of lichens and other plants to make dyeing material. As a result of her forays into the woods to collect lichens, she started studying and identifying ferns, shrubs, and other native woodland plants. She attended both the Barnes Horticulture and Art

Appreciation programs. She then worked under the supervision of a

landscape architect, which led to her starting her own landscape design

 business. Her interest in plants was fueled by a 36-year exposure to the

forest lands surrounding Eagles Mere, Pennsylvania.

She survived by her husband, her son Paul, and her daughter, Lisa Gray Bocchini (Cogan) and by her mother, Mrs. Annette Fordham, her Aunt, Mrs. Helen Wolff, and by her sister, Mrs. Gray Boehm of Chattanooga, TN.

A memorial service will be held at the Church of St. Martin-In-The-Fields, 8000 St. Martin’s Lane, Philadelphia, PA on Saturday, October 31st at Noon. In lieu of flowers, donations should be sent to the Eagles Mere Conservancy, P.O. Box 64, Eagles Mere, PA 17731.



Carroll S. Byrd

Carroll S. Byrd, 88, recently resided at Stapeley in Germantown.  She died Thursday, Oct. 8, 2009 at Roxborough Memorial Hospital of natural causes. Born March 11, 1921 in Atlanta, GA. Long-time employee of Bird In Hand Consignment Shop in Chestnut Hill and resident of Wyndmoor, PA. Survived by son Willard S. Byrd and daughter in law Betsy Butterworth of Glenside, PA. Informal Remembrance Gathering will be held at St. Paul’s Episcopal Chapel, 22 East Chestnut Hill Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19118 on Sunday, Oct. 25 at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to the Montgomery County chaper of the ASPCA.





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