Sunday, April 19, 2015

Obituaries

A. Alfred Taubman, 91, a self-made Michigan billionaire whose philanthropy and business success - including weaving the enclosed shopping mall into American culture - was clouded by a criminal conviction late in his career died of a heart attack April 17.
BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich. (AP) - A. Alfred Taubman, the self-made Michigan billionaire whose philanthropy and business success - including weaving the enclosed shopping mall into American culture - was clouded by a criminal conviction late in his career, has died. He was 91.
She suffered breathing problems after the 9/11 World Trade Center attack.
Former Sen. Robert Griffin, 91, a Michigan Republican whose withdrawal of support hastened President Richard Nixon's resignation during the Watergate scandal, died Thursday, according to a family statement released Friday.
Cardinal Francis George, 78, a vigorous defender of Roman Catholic orthodoxy, died Friday, according to the Archdiocese of Chicago.
Dan Farrell, 84, whose photograph of a young John F. Kennedy Jr. saluting during the 1963 funeral ceremonies for his father became one of the most memorable images surrounding the Kennedy assassination, died Monday at a hospital in Rockville Centre, N.Y. The cause was pneumonia, said his son Daniel Farrell.
James D. Winsor IV, 82, formerly of Ardmore, a journalist in the trucking and equipment engine industry, died Wednesday, April 8, of congestive heart failure at his home in Beaumont at Bryn Mawr.
Msgr. Dominic Bottino once shared a memorable two-week trip to Germany with Msgr. Joseph G. Stoerlein. "No piano was safe when he was around," Bottino told the Catholic Star Herald, the newspaper of the Camden Diocese. During that trip, "he would play the piano each night in each different hotel where our travel group was staying."
Steve Kelly, 55, of Hightstown, N.J., an Inquirer news editor who fended off advanced-stage pancreatic cancer for almost two years while going public with the fight, died Wednesday, April 15, of the disease at his home.
The Rev. David Brainard Watermulder, 94, formerly of Bryn Mawr, a church leader and preacher who served as pastor of Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church for 24 years, died Saturday, April 11, of heart failure at Waverly Heights, Gladwyne. He had moved to Waverly Heights in 2003.
Marjorie Ross Traver, 90, of Mount Holly, a retired credit manager for the Burlington County Times, died Sunday, April 12, at her home.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Paul Almond, a Canadian-born filmmaker whose landmark 1964 documentary "Seven Up!" inspired an extended look at British children's unfolding lives, has died. Almond was 83.
Alex Niles, 32, formerly of Yardley, a businessman who created clothing designed to provide comfort for cancer patients during treatment, died Wednesday, April 8, of gastric cancer at his mother's home in the Forest Hills section of New York City.
Even in kindergarten, Lisa Marino knew how to deal with her cystic fibrosis, said Danielle Westfall, her friend for 35 years.
Edward J. Lowry, 71, of Langhorne, founder of a center in Philadelphia that provided training and counseling services to thousands of military veterans and operated transitional housing for homeless veterans, died at home Sunday, April 12, of pancreatic cancer.
He was so popular he would run into people who knew him everywhere he went.
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Patricia Decatur Fridolph, 80, a former public school coach and teacher in Marlton and Medford, died of heart failure on Wednesday, March 25, at her home in Jensen Beach, Fla.
Jerold G. Klevit, 77, an administrative law judge who handled workers compensation cases for 30 years for the state of Pennsylvania, died Friday of kidney failure at Abington Hospital. He lived at Rydal Park in Jenkintown.
Watergate historian Stanley Kutler, 80, who successfully fought for the release of President Richard Nixon's secret tapes, died April 7 in Wisconsin. He had been in declining health and was in hospice care, according to his son, Andy Kutler.