Part Two of Two

A popular song by our favorite group, Russell Thompkins and The New Stylistics, says “people make the world go ‘round.” People certainly make Delaware County a desired place to live and work and The Spirit salutes all of those, who in 2017, contributed to the success of their municipalities and we remember many whom we lost.


Steven A. Fischer

Steven A. Fischer

Lee Ann Wetzel

Lee Ann Wetzel

Ninety-three year-old Upper Darby resident Rose Poryzees retired from the workforce after 58 years as a tax specialist. Nancy Mackrides was again named president of the Marple Newtown School Board. A 17-year member of the board, Mackrides has served as president two times previously.

The Chester Housing Authority’s Board of Directors voted to retain Executive Director Steven A. Fischer through 2021. Ridley School District Superintendent Lee Ann Wentzel was named 2017 Financial Literacy Advocate for her active involvement in financial education.

The Brookhaven Fire Department and community marked the 15th anniversary of the death of Junior Firefighter Christopher Kangas, who was three days shy of his 15th birthday on May 4, 2002, when he was struck by a car while responding to a fire.

Mary Jo Ruth

Mary Jo Ruth

Michael Curran was named president of Crozer-Chester Medical Center. He served as interim president since Sept. 2016.  Brookhaven Borough clerk Mary Jo Ruth retired after 21 years and was saluted by Council for her service.

Michael Curran

Michael Curran

Aston resident Barry Pinkowicz was named 2017 Aston Township Citizen of the Year. Trainer Borough Council dedicated Nealy Blvd. to honor its late resident and former Councilman William Nealy.

Barry Pinkowicz

Barry Pinkowicz

 Christopher Kangas

Christopher Kangas

Aston Township Police Chief Daniel Ruggieri was presented a congratulatory proclamation in recognition of 25 years of service to the township.

Sharon Hill dedicated Michael Reagan Way to the 21 year-old firefighter who lost his life due to a fire he was fighting in 2007.

Honors and Awards

Paxton Hollow Middle School student Ryan Fazio was among the winners of the 28th annual Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Awareness poster contest sponsored by the Delaware County Department of Human Services.

Lansdowne resident Dequilla Hurt, MSN, a nurse practitioner with the Crozer-Keystone Health Network, was honored by the Eastern PA Geriatrics Society with the Nancy Tatum, RN Memorial Award for distinguished service in geriatric nursing.

The Rose Tree Media School Board recognized 2016 Penncrest High School graduate Jason Campbell for achieving the rank of Eagle Scout.

Delaware County 911 dispatcher Megan Berry and Parkside police officer Steven Jackson were recognized by Parkside Borough Council for working together when the McDonald’s Restaurant in Brookhaven was robbed Jan 19, 2017.

The Ridley Township Board of Commissioners honored seven year-old Jackson Bauer for safely removing his baby sister from the family home when a clothes dryer caught on fire.

Widener University employees Carl Pierce, of Chester, and Michelle Simon, of Parkside, were awarded the William David Eckard, Jr.  Award for Distinguished Service.

Chester STEM Academy student Dahkeem Williams was awarded the Making Dreams a Reality Scholarship from the Health Partners Foundation.

Mary Nunes, of Glenolden, a home health nurse, was awarded the Daisy Award from the Crozer-Keystone Health System, for dedication to her patients.

Morton Borough Council presented outgoing Fire Marshal David Montana with a plaque commemorating his 18 years of community service.

Parkside Councilman Douglas Bull was saluted by Borough Council for spending several weeks in the country of Nicaragua on a humanitarian mission trip.

Swarthmore Borough Manager Jane Billings was presented the Carol Sambol Award in recognition of her 25 years of service to the borough.

Aldan Borough Council proclaimed October as Aldan Boosters Month. The organization has been in operation since 1924.

Marple Commissioners recognized Katherine Hallinan, a 2017 graduate of Marple Newtown High School, on receiving the Girl Scout Gold Award.

Charles 'Pat' Vivial

Charles ‘Pat’ Vivial

In Memoriam 

Former Chichester High School and Cheyney University basketball standout Hammie Byrd died of congestive heart failure at age 64. Among other awards, in 1973-74 Byrd was named All-PSAC at Cheyney University.

Ralph Naimoli, who died in June, coached the 1972-73 Darby-Colwyn High boys basketball team and was D-C’s head coach in track and field and baseball. He also served as an assistant coach in football. Naimoli was inducted into the Delco Athletes Hall of Fame and the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame’s Delaware County Chapter.

Ridley High School wrestling coach Carl Schnellenbach died in December. Schnellenbach amassed more wins than any wrestling coach in Pennsylvania history. His record of 746-217-7 ranks him fourth nationally.

Brookhaven resident Vivian Linowski, wife of Borough Councilman Ben Linowski, died Nov. 23 after a short illness.

Willie C. DeJarnette, Jr. died Jan. 27. He worked as a teacher, administrator, and elementary school principal in the Chester Upland School District, and served as assistant director of the Boys & Girls Club of Chester, where he worked for many years.

Dr. Joseph Valloti

Dr. Joseph Valloti

Ruth Alexander, former secretary at Delcroft Elementary School in Folcroft, died June 4.

Joseph. P. Egan, Jr. died Oct. 13. He lived in Folcroft for more than 50 years and served on Borough Council for four years and was president for two of these years. He was currently secretary of the Folcroft Historical Commission.

Charles “Pat” Vivial passed away peacefully on Oct. 1 at age 81. He was a longtime resident and former mayor of Folcroft for 13 years and was a past president of the Folcroft Boys Club for five terms.

Fifty-two-year Trainer resident Percy Mcgaw, Jr., husband of Chichester School Board member Mary Mcgaw, died Oct. 5 at home. Percy was the father of nine children including deceased Trainer Police Chief Jim Mcgaw.

Former Clifton Heights Councilman Joseph Hammond died on May 20. He was past grand knight of De La Salle Council 590 and past faithful navigator of Cardinal Dougherty Assembly.

Dr. Joseph M. Valloti, 93, passed away on Aug. 12. He was a lifelong Chester resident and practiced medicine in the city for 65 years.

Collingdale resident Carline Boyer died suddenly on Christmas Eve. She was a popular fixture in her community and was the sister of The Spirit’s General Manager Jeanne Bennett.

Carline Boyer and her-drawn hearse that stopped traffic and attracted dozens of cell phone photographers along the journey from St. Joseph's Church to Fernwood Cemetery.

Carline Boyer and her-drawn hearse that stopped traffic and attracted dozens of cell phone photographers along the journey from St. Joseph’s Church to Fernwood Cemetery.

W- Loretta- 2017- COVER and full shot INSIDE- Carline's ride to the cemetery

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