Wednesday, September 17, 2014
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Obituaries

Lonnie Lynn, 71, known to hip-hop fans for his soulful, spoken-word poems on albums by his son, the rapper and actor Common, died Friday, Common said in an interview Monday in Los Angeles. He gave no further details.
She roamed the world with her engineer husband.
Henry Day Fisher, 90, formerly of West Chester, a retired Scott Paper Co. executive and volunteer with Habitat for Humanity, died Wednesday, Sept. 3, of kidney failure at his retirement home in Willow Street, Lancaster County.
Charlene L. Bembenek, 62, of Mount Laurel, who retired in 2012 as a systems analyst at Lockheed Martin in King of Prussia, died of breast cancer Friday, Sept. 12, at home.
Thomas Hale Boggs Jr., 73, a son of congressional royalty, who evolved into a top-tier lobbyist and prolific Democratic fund-raiser and embodied what it meant to have Washington clout, died Monday at his Chevy Chase, Md., home. The cause of death has not been determined, but the family suspected a heart attack.
Mildred "Mickey" Friedman, 85, a curator with a sharp eye for emerging talent who mounted a landmark 1986 show at Minneapolis' Walker Art Center that brought international attention to architect Frank Gehry, died Sept. 3 in New York.
Denny Miller, 80, a noted UCLA basketball player in the 1950s, who dropped the sport to play the title role in the 1959 movie Tarzan the Ape Man and went on to appear in Wagon Train and other TV shows, died Sept. 9 at home in Las Vegas. The cause was ALS, said his wife, Nancy.
Dina Wind, 76, of Gladwyne, a sculptor and longtime patron of the arts in the United States and Israel, died Tuesday, Sept. 9, of ovarian cancer at Penn Hospice at Rittenhouse.
Carl A. Breitinger was up among some trees on one of his more memorable assignments as a photographer for the Philadelphia Bulletin.
Joe Sample, 75, an iconic pianist who cofounded the Crusaders and revolutionized jazz fusion in the 1960s and 1970s, died Friday morning in Houston. His family announced Mr. Sample's death on Facebook, without mentioning the cause. The pianist was hospitalized last year with pneumonia after suffering from ongoing health issues, including heart attacks in 1994 and 2009.
Tony Auth, 72, of Wynnewood, the Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist and mainstay of The Inquirer's editorial page for four decades before resigning in 2012 to become a digital artist, has died.
Magda Olivero, 104, an operatic soprano who was one of the last practitioners of the century-old tradition of dramatic verismo style, died Sept. 8 in Milan. The cause was not disclosed.
Ian Paisley, 88, a Protestant minister and political agitator in Northern Ireland whose incendiary rhetoric stoked anti-Catholic violence for decades and who made a stunning late-career reversal that thrust him to a power sharing leadership role, died Friday in Belfast. The death was announced by his wife, Eileen Paisley. He had a history of heart ailments.
A Pulitzer Prize-winner, he always encouraged and helped other young artists.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, Oct. 11, for Alan Crawford Jr., 88, an investment adviser, conservationist, and civic leader, who died Saturday, Aug. 23, at his home, Little Brook Farm in Devon.
In the 1970s and 1980s, Samuel W. Madara and his wife, Connie, traveled overseas several times to share ideas about insurance "with a broad group of insurance people," she said.
Bob Crewe, 83, a singer, songwriter, and producer who helped write "Big Girls Don't Cry," "Walk Like a Man," "Can't Take My Eyes Off You," and other top 10 hits for Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons in the 1960s as well as the pop-disco favorite "Lady Marmalade," died Thursday in Scarborough, Maine. The cause was complications from a fall, said his brother Daniel.
Edith Kohn, 93, of Center City, a philanthropic leader in Philadelphia's arts and cultural life for more than a quarter of a century, died Sunday, Sept. 7, at home.
Put four children through college with faith and frugality.
George Gerhard Miller, 78, of Doylestown, a teacher and headmaster for more than 40 years, died Monday, Sept. 1, of heart disease at his home.
Tony Auth, 72, of Wynnewood, the Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist and mainstay of The Inquirer's editorial page for four decades before resigning in 2012 to become a digital artist, has died.
Legendary jazz pianist Joe Sample died on Friday morning in Houston. He was 75.
W. David Wood, 83, of Gloucester City, a former teacher and administrator at schools for disabled children in South Jersey, died of a brain tumor Tuesday, Sept. 9, at Wissahickon Hospice in Bala Cynwyd.
Richard Kiel, 74, the towering actor best known for portraying steel-toothed villain Jaws in a pair of James Bond films, has died.
Paula Rae Barvin, 57, of Elkins Park, a professional fund-raiser who developed amyotrophic lateral sclerosis two years ago and wrote powerfully about her experience with the disease, died Thursday, Sept. 4, at her home.
Stephen E. Skipton Sr., 41, of Goose Creek, S.C., former chief of the Bellmawr Park Volunteer Fire Department in Bellmawr, died of complications from bladder cancer Saturday, Aug. 23, at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston.
She never took a no when raising church funds.
Charles F. Mengers, 94, of the Ogden section of Lower Chichester, a musician and former director of research for the Philadelphia Electric Co., died Tuesday, Sept. 9, of myasthenia gravis at his home.
Fritz Blank, owner and executive chef of the legendary Deux Cheminées restaurant in Center City, died Tuesday, Sept. 9, in Thailand. Records and reports indicated he was in his early to mid-70s.
Bruce Morton, 83, a news correspondent for CBS and then CNN who covered Washington politics with a low-key but authoritative style for more than four decades, and who cohosted a droll morning show and reported on overseas massacres with equal skill, died Friday at his home in Washington.
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In 2007, Erica Barker went to a Haddonfield cafe to attend the first exhibit of her paintings. The show was especially meaningful because, born without use of her arms, she had worked only with pencils and brushes held between her teeth.
Nancy Rose Marie Carolan, 63, of Overbrook Farms, an artist and entrepreneur who helped spark the revival of the Reading Terminal Market, died Wednesday, Sept. 10, at Penn Hospice at Rittenhouse of acute myeloid leukemia.
Yoshiko "Shirley" Yamaguchi, 94, a singer, actress, and politician whose life was a series of incarnations, died Sept. 7 in Tokyo, her family said. They did not cite a specific cause.