In Memoriam

Gerorge A. Matuszewski

  George passed away suddenly in 2018 at age 67. He was a man of exceptional talents, vigor and versatility. George’s many contributions to the Delaware County community are countless and will long be remembered. His assistance to the Upper Chi Library during his service as a Board Member and beyond was invaluable in moving the library forward. George was generous with his time and offered his expertise as an architect in drafting a design for a potential new building on a pro bono basis.   As President and longtime member of the Chichester Rotary, he utilized his connections to enlist members in helping the library successfully confront a variety of business issues. Although he departed this earth too soon, he left behind an enduring legacy of the importance of faith, family, friends and community.    

Karl E. Dorschu

Karl E. Dorschu, 88, died in January 2019 after a long illness.  His insatiably curious nature was bolstered by a lifelong love affair with literature, lectures and adult learning.  So it’s unsurprising that Karl spent many hours utilizing the Upper Chi library, taking out fiction and non-fiction books, attending adult learning events and supporting our fundraisers.  Some people know a little about a lot of things; Karl knew a lot about many things!  A retired metallurgical engineer, he managed some companies, owned a few and was widely recognized as an expert in his field. He oversaw the movement and relocation of the iconic Liberty Bell during its repair.  Jean, his wife of more than six decades, served as a “behind the desk” library volunteer and currently is a member of Friends of the Library.  There is a fund named in his honor where residents can support the library through donations.  Karl was an afficionado of the Opera, attending countless concerts.   A famous baseball player once said, “It ain’t over until the fat lady sings.”  We are certain that this portly diva is serenading Karl’s remarkable life this very moment.

Theresa Durbano

Theresa A. “Terry”, (Marantino) (Bryant) Durbano of Upper Chichester, PA, passed away on April 30, 2020 at the age of 84. She and her husband enjoyed many years in bowling leagues at Conchester Lanes in Upper Chichester, and Holiday/First State Lanes in Claymont, DE. She was a long-time member of Immaculate Conception of Lourdes Church in Marcus Hook, PA and an active member of their women’s club. Theresa was formerly employed at Boothwyn Pharmacy and Bob Mac Millers Market, now Don’s Market, in Boothwyn. She also baby sat many children who were very special to her. She was the wife of the late Norman “Norm” Durbano Jr. , the daughter of the late John and Mildred (Smith) Marantino, sister of the late Robert “Bob” Marantino, and Bette Hawkins Stephey, and daughter-in-law of the late Norman Durbano, Sr. and Florence DeChec Durbano (Baxter), and sister in-law to the late Angie (Babe) and Robert “Bob” Kellett. Survivors: Sons: David Durbano and William Bryant. Sisters: Rita Robinson and Lois West (Jackie,Deceased) Brother: Guy “Jack” (Sharon) Marantino. In-Laws: Richard “Dick” (Helen) Durbano and Lawrence “Larry” (Sally) Durbano, and many nephews, nieces, and cousins. Funeral Services: Private. In Lieu of Flowers donations may be made to: Upper Chichester Library 3374 Chichester Ave. #19, Upper Chichester, PA 19061 or Delaware Hospice 16 Polly Drummond Center 2nd Floor Polly Drummond Shopping Center Newark, DE 19711 Condolences: