Cathy Martin, Editor, R.I.P.

Cathy Martin, Editor, R.I.P. — Catherine Ann Martin died in her sleep, Jan. 4, at her home in South Kingstown, R.I. She was 71.

Cathy was the managing editor of the County Press and associated newspapers in Delaware County, Pa. from the mid-1990s until 2010.

Cathy Martin, Editor, R.I.P.

She started at the Press as a reporter. Her main beat was Haverford Township, where she lived, which she covered like a blanket. She took photos and did layout. She rode the crest of the computer revolution in the business going from X-Acto knives to on-screen pagination and from film cameras to digital.

She was the daughter of the late James and Mary Sutton of Framingham, Ma.

She is survived by her husband, Joseph P, a retired engineering professor at Drexel University, whom she married in 1975; son Robert J. of Kittery, Me; daughter Kelly; granddaughter Evelyn C. Kelly; brother James D. Sutton of Rocky Mount, N.C.; and sisters Mary l. Blue of Framingham, Ma., and Patricia V. Porcello of Peabody, Ma.

Before moving to Pennsylvania, the couple lived in Colorado. After the move to Haverford, Cathy served as a church cantor, Girl Scout leader, an election official, and a volunteer at the Grange Estate mansion.

Viewing will be 2-4 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 8 Avery-Storti Funeral Home, 88 Columbia St., Wakefield, RI 02879. Mass of Christian burial will be 10 a.m., Monday at St Francis of Assisi Church, 114 High St., Wakefield, RI 02879

R.I.P., Cathy

Cathy Martin, Editor, R.I.P.

Dr Robert Sklaroff, Patriot R.I.P.

Dr Robert Sklaroff, Patriot R.I.P. — We just learned that Dr. Bob passed away. He was born in 1951. He had metastatic prostate cancer.

His obituary was published by Joseph Levine & Sons, on Aug. 14.

For a man of his accomplishments, the passing of Robert Sklaroff went far too little marked.

His numerous professional citations on the web continue to describe him in the present tense.

Dr Robert Sklaroff, Patriot R.I.P.
Dr Robert Sklaroff

He was an oncologist/hematologist affiliated with several local hospitals, notably Nazareth. He was retained as an expert witness over 500 and testified as such 60 times.

He was a contributor here with his last column coming on Aug. 4, just before he death.

The last time we saw him was at the Phyllis Schlafly Eagles Event in April. He did not let on he was in ill health.

Dr. Bob was a patriot who loved this country. He carried with him a copy of the U.S. Constitution.  He was a strong supporter of election integrity and Donald Trump. He was active in Jewish causes in Montgomery County, and an opponent of big tobacco. He wrote for The Times of Israel.

He helped institute safer designed needles for nurses, fought medical insurance monopolization, and was instrumental in passing the Pennsylvania Holocaust education bill.

He is survived by his brother Harvey, and son, Michael.

R.I.P., Dr. Bob. You are missed.

John Joseph Damiano, R.I.P.

John Joseph Damiano died Nov. 6. He was 94 and was a long-time Springfield, Pa. resident before moving to Newtown Square.

He graduated Southern High School in Philadelphia, studied at Drexel University and Penn State to earn a Bachelors degree in chemistry and served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean war.

John Joseph Damiano, R.I.P.

He would later continue with a career in chemistry and appeared in the Merck index for inventing a herbicide.

He enjoyed baking (and eating) sweets, Penn State football, science programs among other things, but above all loved his family.

He is predeceased by his wife, Eleanor.

He is survived by his son John; daughter-in-law Debbie; daughter Joyce; son-in-law Wayne; grandchildren Brittany and Connor; sister Mildred Lieberman; and many nieces and nephews.

A viewing will beheld starting 9:30 a.m., Monday, Nov. 14 at Saint Kevin Church, 200 W. Sproul Road, Springfield, Pa. 19064, followed by a Funderal Mass at 11 a.m.

Burial will be at Saints Peter and Paul Cemetary, 1600 S. Sproul Road, Springfield.

To send flowers to the family or place a tree in his memory visit the Tribute Store at D’Anjolell Memorial Home.

R.I.P. Mr. Damiano.

John Joseph Damiano, R.I.P.

Sid Mark R.I.P

Sid Mark R.I.P

By Bob Small

Whether or not you believe Frank Sinatra was one of the greatest singers of the last century — I don’t know why you wouldn’t — only he had a devoted radio presence for 65 years in the persona of one Sid Mark.  

Most recently, Sid Mark of Bryn Mawr presented his Sunday with Sinatra on 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on WPHT 1210 AM –the same station as Dom Giordan.

Sid Mark Fliegelman died on April 18 at the age of 88.  He began airing Fridays with Frank, in 1957 over WHAT am and fm and continued airing his shows over various stations and/on various days until  April 17  of this year.

Sid Mark R.I.P
Frankie and Sid

There is plenty more information over these websites.

Sid Mark, Disc Jockey Devoted to Sinatra for Six Decades, Dies at 88

Sid Mark, Radio’s Authoritative Source On Frank Sinatra, Has died

Personally, he was one of the two weekly shows that I had to listen to.  Sid Mark had a wealth of knowledge and information about the whole Sinatra clan and, more importantly, about the recordings, bands, record labels, etc.  To keep this in context, as a soloist,  he released 59 albums and 297 singles, not counting what he did with Tommy Dorsey’s big band and The Pied Pipers, etc.  (Note; there is some dispute over how many actual songs he did release, whether you count remakes of previous songs, etc.)  The citation for this post is Wikipedia.  The most unusual album he ever did was Watertown, a “concept album”.

Sid’s show, at it’s zenith,was carried over 100 stations. Now there are other shows, on both broadcast and Sirius, that focus on Sinatra or Sinatra and friends, but this was the original. 

In the meantime, another Delaware Valley personage, who has been broadcasting the same format for almost the same time is one Jerry Blavat.  He started in 1958  broadcasting what we call either “doo-wop” or“accapella”.  He has been on numerous stations and he knows many of the acts, both old and new, and much of the history, especially the local history (Cameo-Parkway records, Chubby Checker, Bob Horn of Bob Horn’s bandstand, later taken over by a young kid named Dick Clark, etc.)

Currently, Jerry Blavat has a Saturday evening show (6 to 7 p.m.) on WXPN and a daily Monday to Friday show (5 to 7 p.m.) on 92.1 WVLT  He’s only 81 as of this writing.

Sid Mark, R.I.P

James Smart R.I.P.

James Smart, maybe the best columnist in the history of the legendary Philadelphia Evening and Sunday Bulletin, died April 15. He was 92.

He is survived by Stephen J. Smart (Alene) and Leslie Zavodnick (Steven); grandchildren Elizabeth Sherstad (Andrew), Jillian Zavodnick (Nicholas Gutowski), and Matthew Smart (Eilise Blessington); and six great-grandchildren. He is also survived by a sister, Ruth Wiren (the late Raymond) and nieces, nephews, and grand- and great-grand nieces and nephews. 

His wife, Barbara, died in 2019. They had been married 41 years.

R.I.P. Mr. Smart.

James Smart R.I.P.

William Lawrence 1929-2021

William Lawrence 1929-2021 — My father died yesterday. It was at his home of 60 years in Springfield, Pa. He was 92. He went gently, sitting in his recliner listening to waltzes.

William W. Lawrence was born May 3, 1929 in Roebling, N.J. and raised by a single mom with two sisters. In his early teens, they moved to Philadelphia where he attended Jules E. Mastbaum High School.

William Lawrence 1929-2021
Dad with one of his favorite people

He was a good athlete. He played Pop Warner football and high school basketball. He was the school’s center, actually. Dad was 5-6. They never won a game, he says.

Dad’s other high school boast was that he was the only one among his friends who never stole a car.

He planned to be a carpenter but just before his 18th birthday he joined the Army. His goal was to become a paratrooper. A skill test, though, changed things. While waiting in a line he heard a whisper.

“Hey, kid. You wanna be a spy?”

And so rather than jumping from planes he ended up in the Army Security Agency. He learned Morse Code and spent the next several years in Western Europe monitoring the Soviet bloc. He talked about the time his unit was sent to West Berlin to chase a real spy. He talked about the time he intercepted the names of the entire Yugoslavian Army, when it broadcast its payroll over the air due to a postal strike. He talked about his dog Dit.

William Lawrence 1929-2021
Dad with some of his other favorite people

He returned to civilian life in 1954. He went to Temple University on the GI Bill and that’s when he chose journalism as his new career. He took a job with the Philadelphia Daily News where his talents were nurtured by editors like Bill Blitman and J. Ray Hunt.

He met my mom, Margaret Lozinak, a nurse at the Philadelphia Veterans Administration Hospital, and they were married in 1959. I came along a year later followed by Robert (1961) and Chris (1962).

In the early 1960s, The Philadelphia Evening Bulletin — then the largest evening paper in the country — hired him away. There he covered crime and politics and numerous national stories. He edited the Mr. Fixit consumer affairs column, and was a leader in the Delaware Valley Kidney Fund which would morph into a movement to make dialysis affordable for all who needed it nationwide.

When the Bulletin closed in 1982, he was hired by Rich and Reese Crowe to edit the brand new County Press, a weekly covering Marple and Newtown townships in Delaware County, Pa. He created the Omnibit and Legendary Recipe features for the Press.

Dad would soon get part-ownership and start new Presses in Haverford, the Media area, Garnet Valley area, and Aston and Brookhaven.

The papers were sold to the Journal Register Co. in 2003. Dad would work part-time for them until 2008.

After Mom died in 2016, his last years were spent cooking, listening to music, and watching birds. He had seven bird feeders around the house including two for humming birds. His greatest enjoyment in the last few years was his cat Misty given him by Cindy and Katie, two friends from the County Press.

He is survived by his three sons; granddaughters Miranda, Skyler and Kyley; and grandson Anthony.

I’d like to thank Nurse Practitioner Kelly Barringer, Dr. Eric Ojerholm and a host of others at the Corporal Michael J. Crescenz Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center for the caring treatment he received.

A service will be held at 11 a.m., Oct. 7 at Holy Myrrh Bearers Church, 900 Fairview Road, Swarthmore, PA 19081 with visitation starting at 10 a.m.

Arrangements are being handled by Logan-Videon Funeral Home.

William Lawrence 1929-2021
Dad with his most favorite person.
William Lawrence 1929-2021

Jean Ziv, 99, Of Springfield R.I.P.

Jean Ziv of Springfield, Pa. died in her sleep at her home, July 28. She was 99.

A service will be held 10 a.m., Monday, Aug. 2 at Har Yehuda Cemetery, 8400 Lansdowne Ave., Upper Darby, Pa. 19082 at Lot 3.

She was a great lady and great neighbor and will be missed.

Jean Ziv R.I.P.
Jean Ziv, 99, Of Springfield R.I.P.

Judith Reisman Revealed Kinsey Pedophilia Push

Judith Reisman Revealed Kinsey Pedophilia Push— Dr. Judith Reisman, who revealed the evil behind the pseudo-scientific justification for massive cultural changes relating to sexual behavior, died, April 8.

She was 86.

Mrs. Reisman was a happy wife and mother until her 10-year-old daughter was raped by a 13-year-old family friend in 1966. The boy thought she’d like it based on things he had read in his father’s Playboy.

Judith Reisman Revealed Kinsey Pedophilia Push
Dr. Judith Reisman

At her daughter’s urging , she did not call police.

She did tell her staid, conservative aunt though.

“Well Judy, she may have been looking for this herself. Children are sexual from birth,” the aunt said.

Mrs. Reisman called her friend Carole from Berkeley.

“Well Judy, she may have been looking for this herself,” Carole told her. “You know children are sexual from birth.”

These pod-people-like replies from different parts of the country shocked and confused her.

Mrs. Reisman would go on to produce music-videos for public television and then Captain Kangaroo. She left Captain K, which she respected, after pressure to speed up the music in ways she thought unwise. She then pursued a doctorate in communications at Case Western Reserve University where she studied the effects of television. To her surprise, it was already well-understood that by 1972 TV was toxic.

The industry, however, was actively hiding the data.

This led her to investigate the effects of pornography on women, which was also doing damage and also being hidden.

This led her to investigate child pornography in, by now, mainstream publications like Playboy and Penthouse. It was widespread.

So why was it accepted?

She was tipped to investigate Alfred Kinsey, whose Kinsey Reports led to the Sexual Revolution.

She found that Kinsey was a pedophile who molested children for data, and that conclusions he made from these molestations were extraordinarily unfounded.

She was naturally attacked but unnaturally she weathered them.

Mrs. Reisman died 10 days after taking her second Covid-19 vaccination shot. The Reisman Institute saysIt is believed that she suffered a stroke. There is NO KNOWN correlation between Judith’s stroke and the COVID vaccine.

Just the same, vaccines work by making one a little sick to prevent serious illness. If one should be in a category where even being a little sick presents a danger, maybe one should think twice about the vaccine.

Judith Reisman Revealed Kinsey Pedophilia Push

Joe Scheidler, Pro Life Pioneer, R.I.P.

Joe Scheidler passed away, Jan. 18, at the age of 93.

He was a pioneer in the pro-life movement.

Shortly after the infamous Roe v. Wade decision in 1973, Joe became a pro-life activist – ultimately founding the Pro-Life Action League in 1980 with his wife, Ann.

Joe’s groundbreaking work inspired a generation of sidewalk counselors and pro-life advocates.

His 1985 pro-life activists’ manual, “CLOSED: 99 Ways to Stop Abortion”, put pro-lifers throughout the United States and the world to work effectively fighting abortion.

Because of his hard work and ultra-effective advocacy, the National Organization for Women and two abortion clinics filed a RICO racketeering lawsuit against Joe.

The resulting legal saga in NOW v. Scheidler saw the founding of the Thomas More Society to defend Joe against a lawsuit that lasted for nearly 30 years and went before the Supreme Court three times, finally resulting in a unanimous victory for Joe and the pro-life movement.

Joe Scheidler was truly a larger than life leader for nearly 40 years – working each and every day to save the lives of the unborn.

Joe will be deeply missed by all those who knew him and those whose lives he saved.

Without Joe, the Thomas More Society likely wouldn’t exist, and the pro-life movement certainly wouldn’t look the same.

On behalf of the Thomas More Society, I’d like to offer my condolences to Joe’s family, including his wife Ann, who still serves as the Chairman of our Board. Joe’s contributions were unmatched, and the world has been changed because of his work.

May he rest in peace.

Joe Scheidler R.I.P.
Joe Scheidler, Pro Life Pioneer, R.I.P.

Helen Abbruzzesi Weber R.I.P.

Dear friend Helen Abbruzzesi Weber died, Dec. 24. Here is her obituary from Donohue Funeral Home:

Helen Abbruzzesi Weber

Helen Abbruzzesi Weber, age 82, of West Chester, PA was peacefully carried home to be with her Lord and Savior on Dec. 24, after battling cancer. She was born July 29, 1938 in Chester to the late Louis Abbruzzesi and Dorothy Abbruzzesi. Helen is survived by her loving husband of 59 years, John Henry Weber; her daughters: Lisa M. Esler (Chip), Donna J. Caudell (David), Paula J. Stiles, and Jaclyn A. Gregory; her grandchildren: Joshua King, Brittany Robinson, Cameron Stiles, Drew Gregory, Ryan Gregory, and Ashlynn Gregory, and her great grandchildren, Giovanna Lord, and Abel and Mercy King.

Helen was a born-again Christian and was very politically active in her community. Over the years she worked in property management, but her most important job was that of wife and mother. She loved spending time with her family and friends and enjoyed shopping and going to the beach. Helen was a giving person who always looked after those around her, especially her girls. Helen will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, December 30, at Faith Community Baptist Church in Downingtown, PA. Family and friends are invited to pay their respects beginning at 10 am, followed by her service at 11 am. Burial at Philadelphia Memorial Park Cemetery. Lunch will be provided at the church following the burial.  If you plan to join us for lunch, please RSVP to Donna at 443-350-0925.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Helen’ memory to Chester County Pro-Life Coalition, 590 Snyder Ave, West Chester, PA 19382, would be greatly appreciated.

Visitation is 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Faith Community Baptist Church, 1585 Glenside Road, Downingtown, PA 19335. A memorial service will follow.

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