Billy Graham, R.I.P.

The Rev. Billy Graham, who had done more to preserve this country’s freedom than just about any politician in this generation, has died.

We heard Rev. Graham preach at the Vet in 1992. Ed Rendell was mayor and shared the stage with him. Rendell left early.

Rest in peace, Rev. Graham. We suspect you will.

Billy Graham, R.I.P.

Billy Graham, R.I.P.


Chuck Martini R.I.P.

Chuck Martini R.I.P.Chuck Martini R.I.P. — Good friend Charles C. (Chuck) Martini died Jan. 3. He was 77.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated, 11 a.m., tomorrow, Jan. 9 at Saint Mary Magdalen Church, 2400 N. Providence Road, Media, Pa. 19063. Friends may call from 10-11 a.m. at the church. Burial will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery in Yeadon

Here is his obit courtesy of Rigby Harting & Hagan Funeral Home:

Charles C. Martini, “Chuck”, age 77, of Media, PA, died on January 3, 2018.  Born and raised in Philadelphia, Chuck was a graduate of West Catholic High School, class of 1958 and Villanova University, class of 1962.  He obtained his M.B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1964 and began a successful career in business and marketing.  He served as the Director of Marketing for Laventhol & Howarth and later became the President of Martini & Assoc.  He was a part-time faculty member in the Business School of Villanova University (1971-1996), a seminar leader, and an author. Chuck headed his own consulting practice, Marketing Consultants, from 1983-2004.

Chuck formerly resided in Broomall and Secane.  He was an active parishioner of St. Mary Magdalen Church in Upper Providence.  He was a member of Sons of Italy, Knights of Columbus, West Catholic Alumni Association, and the Delco Tea Party.  Chuck enjoyed trap and skeet shooting and was a member of Delaware Co. Field & Stream Assoc.

Chuck is survived by his wife, Barbara La Rosa Martini; his son, Jason Martini; and his grandchildren Francesca and Phillip.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, January 9th, 11 am at St. Mary Magdalen Church, 2400 N. Providence Rd. Media, PA 19063.  Friends may call from 10 -11 am at the church. Burial will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery.

Chuck Martini R.I.P.

John Bayard Anderson R.I.P.

John Bayard Anderson R.I.P.John Bayard Anderson, the Republican who ran as a third-party candidate in 1980 against Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan, died Dec. 3. He was 95.

Anderson was a congressman who represented the 16th District of Illinois from 1961 to 1981. He received 7 percent of the vote during his presidential run including mine which  was the first time I cast a presidential vote.

In hindsight I’m glad he lost, but he was a decent and honorable man.

R.I.P. Congressman.

John Bayard Anderson R.I.P.


Linda Houldin R.I.P.

Linda Houldin R.I.P.Dear friend Linda Houldin passed away, Sept. 18. She was 68 and lived in Newtown Square.

Linda’s many accomplishments included serving on the Marple Newtown School Board and being a Newtown supervisor. She was instrumental in bringing to life the Delaware County Veterans Memorial.

She loved history and had served as executive director of The Delaware County Historical Society.

She is survived by her husband of 50 years John W.; her son John M.; her daughter Kimberly A. Cichanowsky (Marko); her 4 grandchildren Mark, Kristina, Kyle, and Michael; and her sister Susan Tait (Ronald).

There will be viewings, 5-8 p.m., tomorrow, Sept 22, and 8:30-9:30 Saturday morning at The D’Anjolell Memorial Home of Broomall, 2811 West Chester Pike Broomall, PA 19008.

The funeral Mass will be 10 a.m., Saturday, at St. Anastasia Church, 3301 West Chester Pike, Newtown Square, Pa. 19073.

Burial will be at Saints Peter & Paul Cemetery in Marple.

In lieu of flowers donations in Linda’s memory may be made to Delco Veterans Memorial Association at

A tribute to her can be found here.



Chuck Barris R.I.P., Attended Drexel

Chuck Barris, a Philadelphia native and reputed CIA assassin, died yesterday, March 21. He was 87.

He graduated from the Drexel Institute of Technology in 1953 and had been a columnist for the school paper, “The Triangle.”

This is for you Chuck.

Chuck Barris R.I.P.

Chuck Barris R.I.P.

Christina Kyj Pluta

Christina Kyj PlutaChristina Kyj Pluta, beloved wife, mother, sister, aunt and friend, passed away on Sept. 6, surrounded by her family. Chris had a dynamic, gregarious personality and delighted in engaging friends and strangers alike in conversation.

Chris was born in South Hampton, N.Y. to Ukrainian immigrants Wasyl and Lydia Kyj. She was a graduate of Nether Providence High School, Trinity College (B.A. Biology), and Widener University (MBA). She worked at Wistar Institute until she decided to enter the family business, Kyj’s Bakery.

Chris was dedicated to the bakery’s loyal customers, and specialized in designing and decorating specialty cakes. An active supporter of many Ukrainian-American organizations, she served as President of Branch 13 of the Ukrainian Women’s League.

She was a lifelong member of Holy Ghost Ukrainian Catholic Church. Chris leaves behind a legacy of love. Her family and countless friends will greatly miss her but are forever grateful for having known her.

She is survived by her devoted husband John; children Anne, Larissa, John, and Andrew; brother Myroslaw (Larissa), niece and nephews Olesh, Lada and Evhen; sister-in-law Patricia, and many cherished friends. Relatives and friends are invited to a viewing 6-9 p.m., Sunday at Carr Funeral Home, 935 S. Providence Road, (Route 320) Wallingford, Pa. 19086.

A Funeral Mass will be held at Holy Myrrh-Bearers Ukrainian Catholic Church, 900 Fairview Road, Swarthmore, Pa. 19081 Monday at 10 a.m. Burial will be private.

Donations in her memory may be made to either the Delaware County ASPCA  or the Ukrainian Museum, 222 E. 6th St., New York, NY 10003 – 8201

Father Joseph Szupa R.I.P.

Father Joseph SzupaFather Joseph Szupa R.I.P. — The Very Reverend Joseph T. Szupa, 51, suddenly fell asleep in the Lord, Sunday, July 10. He had just concluded the 11 a.m. Divine Liturgy at the Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Philadelphia, where he served as rector since July 1, 2015.

Father Szupa, a native of Chester, PA, was one of five children born to the late Andrij and Eva (nee Hrebinec) Szupa on May 12, 1965.

He received his elementary education at Holy Ghost Ukrainian Catholic School, Chester, PA; in the fall of 1979 he entered St. Basil Preparatory School in Stamford, CT. After graduation in 1983, and sensing a call to the priesthood, he enrolled in St. Basil’s College Seminary to prepare for ordination.

He completed his undergraduate studies at The Catholic University of America where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy while a seminarian at St. Josaphat Ukrainian Catholic Seminary, Washington, D.C. He continued his matriculation at The Catholic University of America and was awarded a Bachelor of Sacred Theology degree and completed the program of priestly formation at St. Josaphats Seminary.

On Sept. 20, 1992, Father Joseph was ordained a priest in the Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception by Metropolitan-Archbishop Stephen Sulyk. The newly-ordained Father Szupa celebrated his Divine Liturgy of Thanksgiving in his home parish, Holy Ghost Ukrainian Catholic Church, Chester, PA.

After ordination, Father Joseph was assigned parochial vicar of the Cathedral parish and also served at St. Andrew in Philadelphia. He also served the faithful in the following New Jersey parishes: St. Nicholas, Passaic; St. Nicholas, Rutherford; St. Vladimir, Elizabeth; and Immaculate Conception, Hillside.

He held the following archieparchial positions: chancellor, member of the college of consultors, member of the archieparchial corporation, member of the presbyteral council, member of the finance council, protopresbyter of the New Jersey deanery, advocate in the tribunal. He also was secretary of the Board of Directors of Ascension Manor, Inc.

Father Joseph is survived by brother Stephen Szupa of Woodlyn, PA, sister Joanne Balandiak and her husband, Peter of Woodlyn, PA; nieces Dawn Marie Mastella, Kaitlyn Elizabeth Szupa, Dana Marie Gaffney; and nephews Kristopher Michael Szupa, and Andrij J. Balandiak. Father Joe is also survived by four great-nieces and nephews.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers Michael and Peter.

His body will lie in repose tomorrow (July 14) evening at the Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, 827 N. Franklin St., Philadelphia from 5:30 p.m. until 8 p.m. . Priestly Parastas will be sung at 7 p.m..

On Friday morning, his body will lie in repose in Holy Myrrh-Bearers Eastern Catholic Church, 900 Fairview Road, Swarthmore, PA from 10 a.m. until the celebration of the Divine Liturgy at 11 a.m. by Metropolitan-Archbishop Stefan Soroka and his brother priests.

Burial will follow at Lawn Croft Cemetery in Linwood, PA.

Father Joseph Szupa R.I.P.

Gloria Thielking R.I.P.

Gloria Thielking R.I.P.Gloria Thielking (nee DelBruno) of Havertown died July 8 from serious injuries sustained in a fall at her home on July 6.

She was 80.

Gloria was a long-time volunteer and a former Vice President of Friends of the Grange. She sustained the mansion tours during a period when there were few guides, she oversaw rental events, orchestrated several teas and other social activities at the Grange, and, of course, was a decorator extraordinaire famous for her fabulous bows.

She was a member of the Red Hatters Society, The Rosary Guild at Annunciation BVM, The Annunciation Dine Around group, and the Needlecrafters group at St. Laurence.

Gloria was the beloved wife of the late Stanton Thielking. She was the loving mother of Gloria (Robert Napper) Thielking, Eric (Tracey Bunker) Thielking, Frances (John) Mahoney, Michelle Long Thielking; the loving grandmother of Michael and Brian Long; the dear sister of Frances M. Eidell, Rosemarie V. Jarman.

A viewing will be 6-9 p.m.., Wednesday, July 13, at Donohue Funeral Home, 3300 West Chester Pike, Newtown Square, PA 19073.

A funeral mass will be 10:30 a.m., Thursday, July 14, Annunciation BVM, 401 Brookline Blvd, Havertown, 19083.

Burial will be at Saints Peter and Paul Cemetery in Marple.

Gloria Thielking R.I.P.

Margaret Lozinak Lawrence 1924-2016

Margaret Lozinak Lawrence
Margaret Lozinak Lawrence with grandchildren Miranda and Anthony Lawrence in 2006.

Margaret Lozinak Lawrence 1924-2016 — Margaret Jane Lozinak Lawrence, a 54-year resident of Springfield, Pa., died June 10 at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. She was 92.

She was described  by those who knew her  best as the kindest, most loving and  gentle person they had ever known. She was always willing to lend a helping hand to those in need.

Mrs. Lawrence was born in Eckley, Pa., to Michael and Catherine Lozinak. Michael was a coal miner. She was one of 10 children.

Mrs. Lawrence enrolled in the nursing program in the Old Blockley at Philadelphia General Hospital (PGH) after graduating from Foster Township High School. She always felt that Blockley was the best nursing school in America. Her inspiration was her older sister Mary “Mame” Lozinak who served as a nurse in World War II and would make a career of the military.

After graduating from PGH, Mrs. Lawrence joined the U.S Army’s Nurse Corps. She served in the Korean War with the 11th Evacuation Hospital. A quote from her is inscribed on one of the pillars at the Delaware County Veterans Memorial in Newtown Square. She was among the recipients of the 2015 Delaware County Freedom Medal and participated in the inaugural Philadelphia Veterans Day parade, last fall.

Mrs. Lawrence returned to Philadelphia and continued nursing at the city’s Veterans Administration Hospital. She married William Lawrence in 1959 and became a full-time mom to three boys, William II, Robert and Christopher. She returned to nursing part-time when her sons started school, first at the Philadelphia VA, then at Bishop Nursing Home in Media.

In 1992, she gave up her nursing career to become office manager of the family business, the Garnet Valley Press, a job she held until 2008.

She enjoyed taking long walks with her dog, Peewee, and helping her son William make wine.

During her three-week hospital stay, her biggest concerns were celebrating her granddaughter Miranda’s birthday and a Father’s Day party for her husband. She had a joy for life, her mind was great until the end and her last words were literally laughter.

She is survived by her husband and sons; her daughter-in-law Cynthia;, her grandchildren, Anthony, Miranda, Kyley and Skyler; sisters Elsie and Dorothy; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be 9:30 a.m., Friday, June 17, at Holy Myrrh-Bearer’s Church, 900 Fairview Road, Swarthmore, PA 19081 with a service to follow.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Holy Myrrh-Bearer’s.



Margaret Lozinak Lawrence 1924-2016