October 21, 2010

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Rhoe Nicoletti, community volunteer

Rhoe Nicoletti, 93, a longtime Chestnut Hill resident and former staff member of the Chestnut Hill Community Association died Oct. 14 at Arden Court in Cherry Hill, N.J., where she had been a resident for four months.

Mrs. Nicoletti retired from the CHCA in 1990 after serving for 25 years as administrative assistant to the board of directors.

A member of Our Mother of Consolation Church, she had been a volunteer for many parish activities and served as a Eucharistic Minister.

Born Rosaria Cirillo and raised in South Philadelphia, Mrs. Nicoletti was a graduate of South Philadelphia High School for Girls. After graduation, she worked for a time as a legal secretary until her marriage to the late Louis J. Nicoletti.

Joan Bradley, Mrs. Nicoletti’s daughter, said her mother also was widely known among friends and family for her cooking – especially her Italian dishes – which she shared with everyone.

In addition to her daughter Joan, she is survived by daughters Lois, Pamela, Kathy and Gail; sons Geoff and Richard; 15 grandchildren, and 13 great-grandchildren. A brother, Fred, and sisters Carmela, Verna and Louise preceded her in death.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 23, at Our Mother of Consolation Church, 9 E. Chestnut Hill Ave. Relatives and friends may call at the church at 10 a.m. Interment will be at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. – WF


Alfred H. Gilbert III builder and inventor

Alfred Henry Gilbert III, 86, a longtime resident of Mt. Airy and Chestnut Hill and a former Deputy Managing Director of the City of Philadelphia, died of complications of renal cell carcinoma on Oct. 14 at Keystone Hospice in Wyndmoor.

Mr. Gilbert was Deputy Managing Director from 1992 to 1996 during the administration of Mayor Ed Rendell.

A lifetime carpenter, he had served as construction manager at several major projects, including the largest residential construction job in the country at Co-op City in New York.

Mr. Gilbert was an inventor of many useful tools, among them “Fast Step,” a nautical device for climbing ships’ masts quickly, and “Safe Brake,” a braking system for rappelling down masts.

He also was a gifted singer – his bass voice often compared to that of the opera singer Cesare Siepi – who performed locally at the Chestnut Hill Hotel, the Mermaid Inn and the Tavern on the Hill.

He was born and raised in Abington and graduated from Abington High School. He attended Ursinus College and graduated from Temple University.

He served in the Navy in World War II aboard the mineswe- eper USS Impeccable in the Pacific Theater.

Mr. Gilbert is survived by a son, Galen Scott Gilbert; daughters Cristen Gilbert, Laura Gilbert-King and Alicia Gilbert; a sister, Irene Jane Garner, and three grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 6, at the Chestnut Hill Friends Meeting House, 100 E. Mermaid Lane. – WF


Edith “Jean” Robertson

Edith “Jean” Robertson, (nee Hagenbucher) passed away peacefully surrounded by her family and loved ones on Tuesday, October 12, 2010.  She was 83. Jean was born September 13, 1927 in Philadelphia. She was preceded in death by her parents Edson Frederick Hagenbucher and Edith Hagenbucher; and a sister Edith Ann Hagenbucher. She was married on October 23, 1948 to Malcolm George Robertson, who preceded her death May 30, 1982. She graduated Roxborough High School and attended Beaver College. She was an active member  at St. Jude’s Church in Lafayette Hill. “Jean Beans” as many would call her, was an avid lover of cooking. She was an active member of Whitemarsh Valley Country Club for the past 50 years, along with Wing’s Field, MM Investment Club, Northern Home for Children, Uno Club, Annuals Club and an original member of the D.R.O.O.G’s Entertainment Club. “When you think of Nonnie you may think of shopping, endless amounts of food in her refrigerator or piles of boutique bags with un-opened shoe boxes and sweaters with tags left on them. You may envision her elegance, stellar beauty, and poise as she walks into a room, knocking the socks off everyone. You may think  of countless amounts of times she spent at swim meets, soccer games, crew races or baseball games. You may think of her tireless hours slaving over a stove adding a dash of this or a dash of that, (never using a recipe). Her passion for restaurants in Philadelphia, Avalon, and Naples. The treasured times spent in Avalon by her house on the bay. Her sharp eyesight, long trim legs, and infectious laugh, as well as the voice on the other end of the phone telling you how much she loves you,” her grandchildren quoted. Jean is survived by her sister, Linda (Hagenbucher) McLarty (Doug); her five children: Georgene Borusiewicz (Paul), Karen Gallagher (Robin), Cindy Belcher (Brian), Malcolm Robertson III (Nancy), Edson Robertson (Lisa); three sisters in-law: Doris Kaufman, Alice May (Herb), Betsy Wilson (James); dear friend Thomas Dolan; 18 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren. Visitation was on Friday October 15th at Lownes Funeral Home in Lafayette Hill, PA. A Memorial service was held on Saturday October 16th at St. Martin’s in the Field Church in Chestnut Hill. In  lieu of flowers donations may be made to The Memorial Garden at the Church of St. Jude and the Nativity: 203 Germantown Pike, Lafayette HIll, PA 19444 or KROC Salvation Army Center, Attn: Maura Deming, 701 North Broad St. Philadelphia, PA 19123


Charles Adelman

Charles Adelman, Oct. 18, 2010 of Phila.; husband of Joan (nee Olshin).  Father of Hannah Komy (Avishai Ofir) and Rebecca Mann (Dr. Ronald Mann); Brother of Benjamin Adelman and Shirley Kenig; Grandfather of Noam, Nadav and Oded Komy, Sarah and Leah Mann; also survived by nieces and nephews.  Funeral services were held on Tuesday, Oct.19, 2010 at Joseph Levine & Son Memorial Chapel, 4737 Street Road, Trevose Pa.  Interment Mt. Sharon Cemetery.  The family returned to the late residence.  In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to the Free Library of Phila. (Chestnut Hill Branch) or to a charity of the donor’s choice. 


Derf Nolde

Anthony Derf Nolde, on Sept. 25, 2010, age 82. Born in Wyndmoor, PA, Sept. 22, 1928, son of the late Reverend Dr. O Frederick Nolde and Ellen Jarden Nolde. Musician and leader of Keystone Jazz Group, Derf is survived by his son, Scott F. Nolde, daughter, Catherine V. (Kate) Nolde, three grandchildren, Gwyneth, Christian and Bronwen Nolde, two sisters, Suzanne Van Leer Nolde and Fredricka Berger, partner and friend, Alice Berendzen, former wife Jane Benge and his father’s widow, Nancy Nolde. A brother, Walter Hahn Jarden Nolde pre-deceased Derf. A memorial tribute is being organized in late October for Derf, a man of great presence, talent and humor.



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