Monday, December 22, 2014

Obituaries

Mike Mokrzycki, 52, a former journalist and election polling specialist at the Associated Press who later started his own survey research business, died of an apparent heart attack, his wife said.
Udo Juergens, 80, an Austrian-born star who dominated pop music in the German-speaking world and sold more than 100 million records in a career spanning...
William Stokking, 81, retired principal cellist of the Philadelphia Orchestra and former faculty member of the Curtis Institute, died Sunday, Dec. 14, at a Moorestown nursing home of complications from a stroke.
Virna Lisi, 78, a multifaceted Italian actress who found herself hostage to the sultry looks that sparked her career, quitting Hollywood in the 1960s after being typecast in bombshell roles, died Thursday in Rome. The cause was cancer, according to Italian media reports.
A memorial service will be held Sunday, Jan. 25, for Julian Katz, 77, of Gladwyne, a leading gastroenterologist, author, and educator.
Lowell Steward, 95, a former member of the Tuskegee Airmen who flew nearly 200 missions over Europe during World War II, died Wednesday of natural causes at a hospital in Ventura, Calif.
CHICAGO - Ernie Terrell, 75, whose brief reign as heavyweight champion ended with a punishing loss to Muhammad Ali in a 1967 grudge match, has died.
She founded a Montessori school and was active in civil-rights causes.
Daniel Edward Beren, 85, formerly of Meadowbrook, a five-term state legislator from eastern Montgomery County in the 1960s and '70s, died Sunday, Dec. 14, of complications from an aortic aneurysm at the Woods at Cedar Run in Camp Hill.
VENTURA, Calif. (AP) - Lowell Steward, a former member of the Tuskegee Airmen who flew well over 100 missions over Europe during World War II, has died in California. He was 95.
George L. Schrufer, 72, a firefighter who survived one of the worst blazes in Philadelphia history, died Thursday, Dec. 18, at his home in Bridesburg. He had suffered numerous health issues since being injured in the massive Gulf Oil refinery fire in 1975.
Shivah will be observed this weekend for Philip J. Kendall, 85, a former publishing company owner who died Wednesday, Dec. 17, in Florida.
He was a learned and excitable Philadelphia sports fan.
Larry J. Cano, 90, the founder of the El Torito restaurant chain who helped popularize guacamole, fajitas, and margaritas with the U.S. masses, died of pancreatic cancer Dec. 10 at his home in Corona Del Mar, Calif., his former assistant Lee Healy confirmed Monday.
Chittaranjan "Chitu" Shantilal Shah, 66, of Norristown, an engineer and respected member of the Indian community in the Pennsylvania suburbs, died Monday, Dec. 15, of unknown causes after collapsing at his home.
Sy Berger, 91, the father of the modern baseball trading card, who designed the famed Topps versions in the 1950s, died of natural causes Sunday at his home in Rockville Centre, N.Y.
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Raymond J. Edelman, 87, of Woodbury, a highly regarded basketball coach at the Haverford School, University of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania State University, and elsewhere, died Saturday, Dec. 6, of complications from a gall bladder infection at Inspira Medical Center in Woodbury.
Jerry Byrd, 67, of Sewell, a former editor and reporter at The Inquirer, died Saturday, Dec. 20, at home after a long illness.
Services will be held Tuesday, Dec. 23, for Phyllis Jean Lewis Prible, 82, a longtime resident of Malvern and a world traveler who died at home Friday, Nov. 14, of complications from liver disease.