Dolores Cooper, 87, formerly of Upland died December 14 at Brinton Manor. Dolores worked for decades as a secretary at Westinghouse and later for Coldwell Banker Realtor. She was a founding member of Our Lady of Charity Church in Brookhaven. She was predeceased by her parents Daniel and Anna Cooper and her brother Daniel. She is survived by her cousin Janelle Gillespie. Relatives and friends are invited to her graveside service on Wednesday Dec. 21 at 10:30 AM at Immaculate Heart of Mary Cemetery 1701 Market Street Linwood, PA 19061.
Lorenzo S. Scalora, 63, of Wallingford passed away on Wednesday, December 6th at Riddle Memorial Hospital. He was born in Chester to the late Salvatore and Martha Scalora. He was a graduate of St. James High School with the class of 1977. Larry worked as an accountant in the property management industry for many years. He was a member of the Lower Chichester Fire Department. He was also a member and past grand knight of the Knights of Columbus, St. John Chrysostom Council. Through the Knights, Larry volunteered at both The Church and the School in many capacities. He was also an avid sports fan, especially of hockey.
In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his brother, Mario A. Scalora. He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Linda Scalora; sister-in-law, Janice Scalora; niece, Jennifer Cheeseman (Matthew); nephew, Salvatore A. Scalora (Dara); great-nephew, Bennett Cheeseman; great-nieces, Marlowe and Esme Scalora; many cousins.
His funeral service will be held on Wednesday, December 14th at 11am at the Carr Funeral Home 935 S. Providence Rd. Wallingford, PA. Friends and family are invited for visitation from 10-11am. Interment will be private.
Andrea M. Rokos, 45, of Wallingford passed away on Wednesday, November 16th at Crozer Chester Medical Center. She was born in Media and raised in Wallingford. Andrea was a graduate of Strathaven High School with the class of 1995. She worked as a manager for the Springhaven Country Club, Harry’s Savoy, and the Inn at Swarthmore.
Andrea was predeceased by her maternal grandparents, Joseph & Margaret Dougherty; paternal grandparents, Francis & Anna Rokos. She is survived by her son, Eric Tyler Cape; parents, James and Ann Marie Rokos; brother, Francis Rokos; granddaughter, Avery Cape.
Her Funeral Mass will be held on Tuesday, November 22nd at 11am at St. John Chrysostom Church 617 S. Providence Rd. Wallingford, Pa. Friends and family are invited for visitation from 10-11am in church. Burial will follow in SS Peter & Paul Cemetery.
Frances “Frankie” Lastowka, age 81, died peacefully at home on Sunday, November 13, 2022 in the presence of family, after a five year challenge of Parkinson’s Disease and other conditions.
Born, raised and married in Chester, she moved to Aston for ten years before living for the last forty-five years in Gradyville, Edgmont Township.
Although Frankie served diligently for many years on the Board of Directors for Associated Services for the Blind and the Delaware County March of Dimes, Frankie was best known in her communities as a dedicated volunteer who preferred to work in the background rather than in the limelight, while always focusing primarily on family. In support of her son Joe and his classmates, Frankie helped as a teacher’s aide in classrooms at Overbrook School for the Blind and St. Lucy’s School for the Blind and Visually Impaired. When Joe mainstreamed his education at Penncrest High School, she was active with the Parents of the Chorus where Joe and his younger brother Greg sang. More than anything else, Frankie was a devoted and caring mother. She and her husband Joe parented two exceptional sons who were her greatest treasures.
Her older son Joe 3rd was born blind with other learning disabilities, including severely impaired hearing. Her support for Joe continued as they graduated together with Associate’s Degrees from Delaware County Community College, and thereafter Bachelor’s Degrees from Neumann University, with each joint graduation receiving wide publication in the local press. While at Neumann, together they received the 1993 PAACE Awards as Outstanding Adults in Higher Education from the Pennsylvania Association of Adult and Continuing Educators. Frankie’s college education had actually started shortly after graduation from Notre Dame High School in Moylan, Class of 1959, when she was one of the first two women allowed to take classes at then Pennsylvania Military College (PMC) as it transitioned to civilian status as Penn Morton College and thereafter Widener University, but was interrupted for the years committed to Joe’s early upbringing.
Her younger son Greg, who died of cancer in 2015, graduated Yale University with highest honors, committed two years to the Peace Corps serving in Turkmenistan with his wife Carol, and after later graduation from University of Virginia Law School taught at Rutgers-Camden Law School. He was an internationally recognized scholar of cyberlaw and intellectual property, and author of a book published by Yale University Press that is regarded as a landmark treatise on the intersection of law and virtual worlds.
Her Gradyville home was the special place for the extended Lastowka and McGeehan families’ Christmas Day dinners, always followed by hours of enthusiastic caroling. For most of those families and others, Fourth of July meant that her house on the bay in Avalon, NJ was their destination for an annual festive reunion. Family pictures document Frankie’s satisfied exhaustion at the conclusion of each of those events, but for much of the year these homes were her opportunity for quiet connection with the beauty of surroundings.
After Frankie somehow persuaded husband Joe that their travel did not always require golf courses, she was able to visit many places of her choosing. Paris, St. Petersburg, Buenos Aires, Athens, Copenhagen, Barcelona, Florence, Galway and the rest of Ireland were among her favorites, while still accommodating Joe with multiple stays in Maui and the chance to play the “Southest”course in the world at Ushuaia, Argentina on a return from Antartica.
Frankie was a member of Aronimink Golf Club, which was the scene of many family birthdays, anniversaries and holiday celebrations. In her early adult years, she was active with the Chester Jaycettes.
She was predeceased by son Gregory Francis Lastowka, father Frank George McGeehan, mother Frances Weekes McGeehan, and brother Frank McGeehan.
Frankie is survived by husband Joseph E. Lastowka, Jr., a lawyer with the Eckell Sparks law firm, who was her classmate from first grade on at Resurrection School in Chester. Also surviving are son Joseph E. Lastowka 3rd, daughter-in-law Carol Chase Lastowka, grandsons Adam Chase Lastowka and Daniel Josef Lastowka, sisters Anne (James) McGlone and Denise (Ken) Kropp, Sister-in-law Linda McGeehan, niece Christie Tan, niece Kelly Mayerski, nephews David Kropp, Richard McGeehan and Mark McGeehan, goddaughter Karen Hamill and godson John Bethard.
In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested in support of The Parkinson’s Institute of Pennsylvania Hospital, Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital for its Parkinson’s programs, Neumann University’s Adult Education programs, The Wetlands Institute at Stone Harbor, NJ or any charity of donor’s choice.
Relatives and friends are invited to the Funeral Mass Celebrating Her Life Friday November 18 at 11 a.m. at St. Thomas the Apostle Church 430 Valleybrook Road Glen Mills, PA. Friends may call at the Church from 9 to 10:45 a.m. Interment at St. Thomas the Apostle Cemetery.
Frank Roselli, 55, formerly of Ridley Township passed away on Tuesday, November 8th at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in Harrisburg, PA. Frank was born in Chester to Frank and Adriana Roselli. He was raised and educated in Ridley. Frank liked music and enjoyed playing the guitar.
He is survived by his parents, Frank Roselli and Adriana Roselli; Sister, Anita Roselli Woolery (Ted). His Funeral Mass will be held on Wednesday, November 16th at 11am at St. Helena’s Church 602 Philadelphia Pike, Wilmington, De 19809. Family is invited to his viewing from 10-11am in church. Burial will follow in Rolling Green Memorial Park, West Chester, Pa.