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Ed­ward G. Cress­man

Ed­ward G. Cress­man, age 93, of Am­bler, passed away on Satur­day, Feb. 1, 2014, at Abing­ton Hospi­tal, Lans­dale.

Mr. Cress­man was born in Con­shohocken and had hon­or­ably served his coun­try in the U.S. Army dur­ing WWII. He had worked for the rail­road sys­tem for many years and had re­tired to Min­nesota. Just five years ago, he moved back to Penn­syl­va­nia to be with his fam­ily.

Mr. Cress­man is the son of the late Wil­liam and Mary (nee Hennessey) Cress­man and is sur­vived by his sib­lings, Micki Beck­with, Dar­lene Van El­swyck and Pete Cress­man. He is also sur­vived and will be sadly missed by his niece, Berniece Cress­man.

Fu­neral ser­vices and in­ter­ment were held in Pine City, Minn.

To share your lov­ing mem­o­ries of Ed, please visit­cel­e­bra­ Fam­ily ser­vices were un­der the care of Boyd-Hor­rox Life Cel­e­bra­tion Home, 200 W. Ger­man­town Pike, Nor­ris­town. 1-800-GIVNISH.

Rose­mary Ro­masco

Rose­mary Ro­masco, 85, of Lafayette Hill, died Feb. 11, 2014, at her home. She was the beloved wife of Joseph D. Ro­masco for over 53 years.

She was born in Philadel­phia, Pa., on Oct. 31, 1928, to the late Thomas J. and Kathleen M. (Clark) Camp­bell. Rose­mary was a grad­u­ate of St. Athana­sius El­e­men­tary School, Lit­tle Flower High School, Chest­nut Hill Col­lege with a B.A. in so­ci­ol­ogy, and Loy­ola Univer­sity with a M.A. in pas­toral stud­ies.

She was em­ployed as a su­per­vi­sor for Philadel­phia So­cial Ser­vices. She also was a real es­tate agent while liv­ing in Nor­cross, Ga. She and her hus­band resided in Maple Glen, Pa., Scotts­dale, Ariz., Cherry Hill, N.J., and Nor­cross, Ga., be­fore re­turn­ing to Penn­syl­va­nia in 2012 and set­tling in Lafayette Hill. She was a de­voted Catholic and was for­merly a mem­ber of St. Alphon­sus Church in Maple Glen and All Saints Church in Dun­woody, Ga.

She was very ac­tive within her church. She vol­un­teered in nu­mer­ous ca­pac­i­ties in­clud­ing RCIA, In­ter­faith Out­reach Group, where she was founder and helped es­tab­lish apart­ments for fam­i­lies in need, Habi­tat for Hu­man­ity, St. Vin­cent DePaul So­ci­ety, St. Joseph’s Hospi­tal in At­lanta, Ga., and the At­lanta High Mu­seum of Art, where she was a do­cent vol­un­teer. She also helped spon­sor refugees from Bos­nia. Rose­mary also en­joyed trav­el­ing the world with her hus­band, Joe.

In ad­di­tion to her hus­band, she is sur­vived by two chil­dren, Cara Peter and hus­band Robert of North Wales, Joseph Ro­masco, Jr. and wife Dr. Jill Melsha Ro­masco of Haver­town; two grand­chil­dren, Kathleen Peter and Luca Ro­masco; a brother, Thomas J. Camp­bell and wife Tess of Hunt­ing­don Val­ley; a sis­ter, Kathleen Zeaser and hus­band Ed­ward of McCormick, S.C.; 12 nieces and neph­ews.

Rel­a­tives and friends were in­vited to her fu­neral Mass on Mon­day, Feb. 17, 2014, at 10:30 a.m. at Mary, Mother of the Redeemer Church, 1325 Up­per State Road, North Wales. Visi­ta­tion was from 9:30 to10:30 a.m. at church. In­ter­ment was in Holy Sepul­chre Ceme­tery.

In lieu of flow­ers, do­na­tions may be made in her name to Lit­tle Flower High School, 1000 W. Ly­coming St., Phila., PA 19140; Chest­nut Hill Col­lege, 9601 Ger­man­town Ave., Phila., PA 19118; or Habi­tat for Hu­man­ity, 270 Peachtree Street NW, Suite 1300, At­lanta, GA 30303.

Con­do­lences may be made at www.ciavarel­li­fu­ner­al­

Nancy Bod­kin


Nancy Bod­kin Crosson, daugh­ter of the late Harry J. and Mar­garet Crosson, peace­fully passed away Feb. 13, 2014, at the age of 87.

Nancy was born in Philadel­phia, Pa., July 8, 1926. She was raised in Jenk­in­town, Pa., where she at­tended Jenk­in­town High School and was a grad­u­ate of Beaver Col­lege (now Ar­ca­dia Univer­sity).

She ma­jored in so­cial sci­ence at Beaver Col­lege, and upon grad­u­a­tion, worked for the Easter Seal So­ci­ety for nine years. She then moved to the South­east­ern PA Chap­ter of the Amer­i­can Red Cross, where she served as an as­sis­tant ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor for com­mu­nity ser­vices and was awarded the Tif­fany Award for Ex­cel­lence. In Septem­ber 1987, Nancy was ap­pointed ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the South­east­ern PA Chap­ter of the Ameri- can Red Cross, man­ag­ing a staff of 700 em­ploy­ees and 20,000 vol­un­teers.

Nancy en­joyed many ac­tiv­i­ties in­clud­ing golf, mu­sic, pol­i­tics and com­mu­nity in­volve­ment. She was a mem­ber of the Old York Road Coun­try Club and a women’s club cham­pion. She loved to travel and en­joyed many vis­its to Europe as well a Maine and Stone Har­bor, N.J. Nancy loved to sing and play the piano. She en­joyed her an­nual vis­its to the Philadel­phia Orches­tra and Broad­way mu­si­cals. She par­tic­i­pated in the life­long learn­ing cour­ses of­fered at lo­cal col­leges, study­ing topics such as English, lit­er­a­ture, mu­sic, world af­fairs and com­puter tech­nol­ogy.

Nancy served on the board of trustees for Ar­ca­dia Univer­sity and was an ac­tive mem­ber of ARC Re­tiree As­so­ci­a­tion, the Delaware Val­ley Chap­ter of the As­so­ci­a­tion for Mac­u­lar Dis­eases, as well as an ad­vo­cate for women’s health work­ing with the Mont­gomery County Health Depart­ment and the Women’s Cen­ter of Mont­gomery County. She was a car­ing and com­pas­sion­ate friend to many and deeply de­voted to her fam­ily.

Nancy was pre­ceded in death by her broth­ers, Harry J. and Wil­liam J. Crosson. She is sur­vived by her sis­ter, Mar­garet; nieces Con­stance (Dan) Morse and Dorothy (Stephen) McG­lynn; neph­ews Harry J. III; David H. (Lor­raine); and sev­eral great-nieces; great­nephews; and many dear friends.

Rel­a­tives and friends called Satur­day, Feb. 22, af­ter 9:30 a.m., at Im­mac­u­late Con­cep­tion Church, 602 West Ave., Jenk­in­town, Pa., fol­lowed by the me­mo­rial Mass at 11 a.m. In­tern­ment was pri­vate.

In lieu of flow­ers, re­mem­brances may be made to the South­easter PA, Chap­ter of the Amer­i­can Red Cross, 2221 Chest­nut St., Philadel­phia, PA 19103, or to the Catholic Char­i­ties Ap­peal, 222 N. 17th St., Philadel­phia, PA. 19103.

Joseph J. McGoldrick Fu­neral Home, Jenk­in­town, Pa.

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