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.

Gene Herman R.I.P.

Old friend Gene Herman died Nov. 29. He was 81 and worked as a reporter at the Philadelphia Evening Bulletin for more than 25 years being there for its closing on Jan. 29, 1982.

Gene Herman R.I.P.

Here is his obit with funeral service times courtesy of Healey Funeral Homes of Haddon Heights, N.J.

On Nov. 29, Martin “Gene” J. Herman, age 81 of Haddon Township passed away at Cooper University Hospital.  Born and raised in Philadelphia, Gene graduated from North Catholic High School in the Class of 1956.  After graduation, he attended LaSalle College before going to work at the Philadelphia Bulletin, covering business and labor for over 25 years until the paper closed in 1982.  He then worked for the State of New Jersey as the Director of Communications for the Department of Labor and later as the Deputy Press Secretary for the Governor’s Office under Christie Whitman, retiring in 2000. A resident of Haddon Township, NJ for 57 years, he also maintained a summer home in Brigantine, NJ, for the past 50 years where he loved spending time with his family, especially his 10 grandchildren, and writing the City of Brigantine’s Newsletter for several years.

Gene is the beloved husband of 60 years to Regina A. (nee Iorio).  He is the devoted father of Regina Ann (Thomas) Muccifori, Martin J. (Gabrielle) Herman, Michael J. Herman, Mary Margaret (Dan) Gannon and the late Patrick J. Herman.  He is the cherished grandfather of Tommy and Caroline Muccifori; Ann, Elizabeth, Katherine, Patrick and Madeleine Herman; Timothy, Christopher and Alison Gannon.  He is the dear brother of the late Walter (late, Dorothy) Herman; Helene (late, John) McIntyre, Regina (Al) Fazio and Anthony Herman.  Gene is also lovingly survived by 19 nieces and nephews as well as numerous great nieces and great nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to his viewing on Friday from 9 – 10:30 a.m. at the Healey Funeral Home, 9 White Horse Pike, Haddon Heights, NJ.  His Funeral Mass will be celebrated Friday, 11 a.m. at Saint Rose of Lima Church, 4th Avenue and Kings Highway, Haddon Heights.  Interment will be at St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Chews Landing, NJ.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Patrick J. Herman Scholarship Fund c/o St. Rose of Lima School, 300 Kings Highway, Haddon Heights, NJ 08035.  Due to current restrictions, a celebration of his life will be held in Brigantine this upcoming summer.

Sarabelle Salsburg R.I.P.

Sarabelle Salsburg R.I.P. — It’s been a lousy few weeks. Another old friend died. Sarabelle Salsburg, the mother of author Jim Waltzer whom you might have seen mentioned here, died Sept. 26 of end-stage kidney disease. She was 93 and remained semi-independent until a few months ago according to Jim.

Sarabelle (nee Mazer) was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and, as a teenager, lived for several years in Atlantic City before attending the University of Pittsburgh (where she trained to be a nurse during World War II) and then Penn State, where she met her first husband. She was a longtime resident of Newtown Square.

 She is survived by Jim, of Chesterbrook, and his brother David (Julie) Salsburg of Phoenix, and grandchildren Nicole, Lauren, and Jordan Salsburg.

We remember her as a woman of intelligence, charm and absolutely impeccable artistic taste.

R.I.P. Sarabelle.

The family welcomes donations to the Philadelphia Orchestra (https://www.philorch.org/donate/#/levels/) in lieu of flowers.

Don Gilmore R.I.P.

Don Gilmore R.I.P.
Don Gilmore R.I.P.

Don Gilmore of Chester died Aug. 21 of cancer. He was 64. He served in the Army and Army Reserves. He had been employed by Fed Ex for 21 years.

He is survived by his brother John and sister Arlene and others.

He was a smart guy and we had many a long conversation about whatever topic happened to pop in our heads. He was one of my favorite people and I will miss him.

Antoinette O’Brien R.I.P.

Antoinette O'Brien R.I.P.Antoinette O’Brien died Aug. 27. She was 96 and grew up at the Dante School and Orphanage in Concord, Pa.

As a girl, she was close to Dr. Horace Hillborn Darlington of the prominent Darlington family, said Mrs. O’Brien’s daughter Lorraine Moretti.

Dr. Darlington was the physician for the children at the school and had also donated the land for the Concord Fire Co.

During World War II, Mrs. O’Brien served as a WAC.

She will be buried 12:10 p.m., tomorrow, Aug. 30 at Beverly Veterans Cemetery in New Jersey with graveside military honors.

Antoinette O’Brien R.I.P.


Senator John McCain Started 2008 Campaign In Springfield, Pa.

Senator John McCain, Rest In Peace — If you haven’t heard Sen. John McCain died today, Aug. 25, 2018.

Senator John McCain Started 2008 Campaign In Springfield, Pa.
John McCain at the Springfield Country Club, March 14, 2008. (I did not take this pix).

His death occurred 9 years to the day of that of Ted Kennedy. To McCain’s credit, Theodore Edgar McCarrrick will not be speaking at his funeral unlike that of Kennedy.

Senator John McCain Started 2008 Campaign In Springfield, Pa.
John McCain shaking hands with congressional candidate Craig Williams in Springfield. Behind them is Mike Culp of Springfield.

I actually liked McCain and remember him starting his 2008 presidential campaign at the Springfield Country Club. I walked in with a big camera bag and to my shock they just waved me through. I entered the spot for the national press pool photographers and stayed there the whole time — without credentials — despite their unfriendly comments.

Security was not an issue. I could have smacked him on his knee a dozen times.

R.I.P. senator. I still wish you had won.

Senator John McCain Started 2008 Campaign In Springfield, Pa.

Senator John McCain R.I.P.