Edwin Sheffield, Cathedral Village founder

Obituaries | May 12th, 2020 | Leave a comment

Edwin Sheffield, a longtime Wyndmoor resident and a founder of Cathedral Village, a retirement and senior care facility in Philadelphia, died at his home at the facility on April 25. He was 98. Sheffield was born in Newport, Rhode Island in 1922 to William Paine Sheffield and Agatha Sheffield. He had three siblings, two brothers […]

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Norton A. Kent, city planner and community volunteer

Obituaries | May 5th, 2020 | Leave a comment

Norton A. Kent, 96, formerly of Chestnut Hill, a city planner and longtime community volunteer, died April 26 of complications of the coronavirus at Foulkeways in Gwynedd. Mr. Kent’s career as a city planner took him to positions in Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota, and Norwalk, Connecticut, in addition to projects in Philadelphia and Chester […]

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Karl H. Spaeth, attorney

Obituaries | April 29th, 2020 | Leave a comment

Karl H. Spaeth of Conshohocken died on April 11 of natural causes. He was 91. Spaeth was born in Philadelphia on March 12, 1929, the third son of Lena Link and Edmund B. Spaeth. He grew up in Germantown. Spaeth was educated at Germantown Friends School, Haverford College, Oxford University, and Harvard Law School. Later […]

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Jane Becker, educator, founder of Teens Inc.

Obituaries | April 22nd, 2020 | Leave a comment

Jane Becker, a longtime Chestnut Hill resident, educator, and advocate for youth died at Foulkeways at Gwynedd on Saturday, April 11. She was 88. Born in Germantown, Mrs. Becker and her husband, Dick Becker, moved to Chestnut Hill in 1954. Mrs. Becker had a distinguished career as an elementary school teacher in the Philadelphia Public […]

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Ena V. L. Swain, author and community historian

Obituaries | April 9th, 2020 | Leave a comment

Ena V. L. Swain, author and community historian Ena Veronica Lindner Swain, 88, of Germantown, an author, activist and community historian, died March 27 at Chestnut Hill Hospital. Mrs. Swain’s book, “The Evolution of Abolitionism in Germantown and Its Environs,” was published in 2018 and described the birth of the abolition movement in Germantown from […]

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Russell C. Goudy Sr., hardware store owner

Obituaries | March 23rd, 2020 | Leave a comment

Russell Conwell Goudy Sr., 89, the former owner of the William A. Kilian Hardware Co. in Chestnut Hill, died March 15 at his home in Gwynedd. As the proprietor of Kilian’s, Mr. Goudy was widely known in the community for helping customers to find what they were looking for among the tens of thousands of […]

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