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PHILLY.COM HOLIDAY EDITION TUESDAY, DEC. 25, 2012 THE PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER B5 Funeral Announcements PLEASE VIEW AND SIGN THE ONLINE GUEST BOOK AT PHILMCOM BENSON MARGARET C. (nee Cranor), at age 102, on Dec. 16, 2012, of St. David's, PA. Beloved wife of the late Lloyd Benson. Devoted mother of Robert L. Benson (Betty) and Forest A. Benson (Janet). Also survived by 6 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren and 8 great-great grandchildren. Requiem Eucharist will be celebrated Fri. Dec. 28, 2012 at St. Mary's Episcopal Church, 104 Louella Ave., Wayne, PA 19087 at 12 Noon where relatives and friends may visit the family after 11:00 A.M. Int. private. In lieu of flowers, donations in Mrs. Benson's name to the charity of your choice would be appreciated. STRETCH OF HAVERTOWN BRANNICK EDWARD J. age 96, of Berwyn Pa. on December 23, 2012. Beloved husband of the late Marian J. Brannick, nee Hayes. Loving father of William E. (Roselyn), Katherine M. Hatting-Sherman (Bill), Eileen E. Kehr, Michael j. (Dianne). Grand Dad of Susan, Bill, Emily, Gwen, Matt, Daniel, Elizabeth and Ben. Great Grand Dad of Thomas, Juliana, Clarissa and Eleanor. Relatives and friends are invited to call from 9:15 to 10:15 A.M. on Sat. Dec. 29, at St. Monica Church, 635 First Ave. Berwyn Pa. Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at 10:30 A.M. Interment St. Monica Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Surrey Senior Services, 28 Bridge Ave. Berwyn Pa 19312. CUSMINA THOMAS, on Dec. 22, 2012, of of Virginia Beach, VA. Age 94. Beloved husband of the late Eda Cusmina (nee Ivanova). Loving father of Thomas Alexander Cusmina and Diana Bisinger. Dear grandfather of Christopher and Melissa Oschell and Nicholas and Casey Cusmina. Thomas was a World War II Veteran who served with the 542 AAA AW Battalion, and was stationed in England, France, Belgium, and Germany. He met his wife, a war bride, while in Belgium. Relatives and friends are invited to the viewing on Fri. from 11:30 A.M.- 12:30 P.M. at the BRADLEY FUNERAL HOME, Rt 73 & Evesham Rd., Marlton, where a Funeral Service will be held at 12:30 P.M. Int. Oakland Cem., Phila. If desired, donations may be made in Thomas' memory to St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, 621 First Colonial Rd., Virginia Beach, VA 23451 or to the Alzheimer's Association online at FLYNN MARTIN B., December 17, 2012, age 82. Husband of the late Nancy (nee Marx) Flynn, father of Kevin B. (Gretta), Thomas B., Mary Beth (Paul) Tomlinson, Patrick J. (Gina) and the late Bernard; grandfather of Jason, Haley, Eric and Emma. Relatives and friends are invited to his Funeral Friday, Dec. 28, 9 A.M. at St. Dorothy Church, 4910 Township Line Rd., Drexel Hill, PA 19026 where his Funeral Mass will follow at 10:30 A.M. Interment Holy Cross Cem. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, 555 North Lane, Ste. 5010, Conshohocken, PA 19428. Arr. RUFFENACH F.H. HOMAN DAVID E., age 59, on Dec. 21, 2012. He is survived by his children, a brother and sister, and grandchildren. Relatives and friends are invited to his Funeral Mass Thurs. Dec. 27, 2012 Church of St. John Chrysostom 11:00 A.M., 615 S. Providence Rd., Wallingford, PA 19086. Interment private. Contributions to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or (O'LEARY KW, Springfield, PA) McNALLY ALICE E. (Wagner), Richland-town. Mar. 24, 1916 - Dec. 23, 2012. Wife of the late William W. McNally. Service: Fri., Dec. 28th, 11 A.M. at Ore land Evangelical Presbyterian Church, Ore land, PA. Call: 10-11 A.M. Fri. Dec. 28th. Interment: White-marsh Memorial Pk, Ambler, PA ri Jnquira BOVINE ADA (nee Itkowitz), on Dec. 24, 2012. Wife of the late Norman. Mother of Dr. Michael Rovine (Cindy Moore) and Kenneth (Marsha) Rovine, grandmother of Matthew (Meredith) Rovine. Also remembered by brother-and sister-in-law Daniel and Rosemarie Rovine, sister-in-law Gabrielle Rovine, and many nieces and nephews. She was a founding member of Main Line ORT and a long-time volunteer for PARC. Relatives and friends are invited to Funeral Services Wednesday 11 A.M. precisely at GOLDSTEINS' ROSENBERG'S RAPHAEL SACKS, 6410 N. Broad St. Int. Roosevelt Memorial Park. Contributions in her memory may be made to The Arc of Pennsylvania, www. thear cpa. or g. www.goldsteinsfuneraLcom SAMUELS AURELE (nee Spirt), age 77 of Philadelphia, PA passed away peacefully in her home on December 21, 2012 surrounded by family. Beloved wife of the late William Rankin and devoted mother of Alexandra (Peter) and Arthur (Katherine); loving grandmother of Graham, Ian and William. Born in Waterbury, CT and formerly of New York City, she was a graduate of The Emma Willard School for girls and the University of Pennsylvania. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in her memory to a charity of your choice. A private Memorial Service will be held for family and friends. (JACOB F. RUTH) Si JANE COYLE, SSJ formerly SR. MARY JOANNE, Dec. 20, 2012, age 86. Sister of Timothy Coyle (Sally) and the late Patrick, John and Joanne Coyle. Sister-in-law of Catherine and Mary Coyle; also survived by nieces, nephews and members of her congregation the Sisters of St. Joseph. Religious, relatives and friends are invited to Viewing Wed., 1:30 P.M., followed by Funeral Mass 3 P.M. at St. Joseph Villa. Interment Villa Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the St. Joseph Villa, 110 W. Wissahickon Ave., her memory may be ma to the St. Joseph Villa, 1 W. Wissahickon Av Flourtown, PA 19031. KOLLER FUNERAL HOME SPIKE MARVIN, December 23, 2012. Husband of Eileen (nee Groffman). Father of Andrea (Mark) Polsky, Ricky (Donna) Spike and Robert (Lauren) Spike. Grandfather of Rachel, Jake, Zachary, Justin, Ali, Jillian, Brett and Carly. Relatives and friends are invited to Funeral Services Wednesday 11 A.M. precisely GOLDSTEINS' ROSENBERG'S RAPHAEL SACKS SUBURBAN NORTH, 310 Second St. Pike, Southampton. Int. Shalom Memorial Park. Shiva will be observed at the residence of Robert and Lauren Spike. Contributions in his memory may be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson Research, Grand Central Station, P.O. Box 4777, New York, NY 10163-4777 (PH 1-800-708-7644). koe ark, leatÁ Aatice4. See the Death Notices at atie inquirer phillyecom See the Death Notices at phillyocom Tony Randall (left) and Jack Klugman in "The Odd Couple," which ran on television from 1970 to 1975. ABC Photo Archive Klugman Continued from B1 Randall, as the fussy photographer Felix Unger, in the roles played by Walter Matthau and Art Carney on Broadway by and Matthau and Jack Lemmon in the 1968 film. Mr. Klugman had already had a taste of the show when he replaced Matthau on Broadway, and he learned to roll with Randall, with whom he Funeral Announcements PLEASE VIEW AND SIGN THE ONLINE GUEST BOOK AT PHILLY.COM STEPHAN FRANCES CECELIA (Horn), 84, of Newtown Square, passed away December 21, 2012. Frances was born in the Brewerytown section of Philadelphia on November 22, 1928, one of nine children of Alfred Horn and Frances Bade Horn. Frances loved working in her garden among her angel statues, as well as reading and writing stories. She was the official family historian and enjoyed doing genealogical research. Frances was a member of Saint Anastasia Roman Catholic Church for over 50 years. Frances was a kind and selfless wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, eager to leave a legacy by donating her body for anatomical study and research through the Humanity Gifts Registry of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. She was well-loved by her entire family and will be remembered for her generous disposition and sassy personality. Frances was predeceased by her husband of 57 years, Harry L. Stephano. Left to cherish her memory are her three children, Geraldine (John) Snyder of Richmond, VA, Stephen (Jean) Stephano of Raleigh, NC, and Christopher Stephano of Upper Darby; 11 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at a future date. WINCHESTER MARY A. (nee Gramaski), passed away peacefully at her home on December 21, 2012, of Wissahickon, age 85. Wife of William F. Winchester Sr. Mother of William F. Winchester Jr and Barbara A. Dudek (Michael). Sister of Stanley Gramaski, grandmother of Kaela Mary and Marissa Rose Dudek. Relatives and friends invited to Viewing Thursday, 9 A.M. followed by Funeral Mass 10 A.M. at St. John the Baptist Church. Int. Calvary Cem. In lieu of flowers donation in her memory may be made to St. John the Baptist Church Building Fund, 146 Rector St., Phila., PA 19127. KOLLER FUNERAL HOME In Memoriams ,491. Christopher Frazer, RN July 13, 1964 - Dec. 25, 2010 YOUR LOVE LIVES ON There are no words for a world without you. Not a single hour goes by that you are not remembered and loved. Your life was a gift made even more precious because it was taken so young on this holiest of days. God watch over you till we are together again. No matter what they tell us, what we believe is true. From your loving family, husband, friends, coworkers, patient families, and all the plants and animals who knew you were their friend. worked in 1955 on the CBS series Appointment With Adventure. "There's nobody better to improvise with than Tony," Mr. Klugman said. "A script might say, 'Oscar teaches Felix football.' There would be four blank pages. He would provoke me into reacting to what he did. Mine was the easy part." They were battlers on screen and the best of friends in real life. When Randall died in 2004 at 84, Mr. Klugman told CNN: "A world without Tony Randall is a world that I cannot recognize." In Quincy, which ran from 1976 to 1983, Mr. Klugman played an idealistic but tough-minded medical examiner who tussled with his boss by uncovering evidence of murder in cases where others saw natural causes. "We had some wonderful writers," he said in 1987. "Quincy was a muckraker, like Upton Sinclair, who wrote about injustices. He was my ideal as a youngster, my author, my hero. "Everybody said, 'Quincy'll never be a hit.' I said, 'You guys are wrong. He's two heroes in one, a cop and a doctor.' A coroner has power. He can tell the police commissioner to investigate a murder. I saw the opportunity to do what I'd gotten into the theater to do give a message." The son of Russian Jewish immigrants, he began his acting career in college drama at Camegie Institute of Technology in Pittsburgh. He served in the Army during World War II and served seafood dishes as a waiter at Old Original Bookbinders in the late 19405. Mr. Klugman made his Broadway debut in 1952 in a revival of Golden Boy. His film credits included Sidney Lumet's 12 Angry Men and Blake Edwards' Days of Wine and Roses, and an early television highlight was appearing with Humphrey Bogart and Henry Fonda in a production of The Petrified Forest. His performance in the classic 1959 musical Gypsy brought him a Tony nomination for best featured (supporting) actor in a musical. He also appeared in several episodes of The Twilight Zone, including a 1963 one in which he played a negligent father whose son is seriously wounded in Vietnam. His other TV shows included The Defenders and the soap opera The Greatest Gift. Throat cancer took away his raspy voice for several years in the 1980s. When he was back on the stage for a 1993 revival of Three Men on a Horse, an Associated Press reviewer wrote, "His voice may be a little scratchy but his timing is as impeccable as ever." "The only really stupid thing I ever did in my life was to start smoking," Mr. Klugman said in 1996. Seeing people smoking in television and films, he added, "disgusts me, it makes me so angry kids are watching." In his later years, he guest-starred on TV series including Third Watch and Crossing Jordan and appeared in a 2010 theatrical film, Camera Obscura. Mr. Klugman's hobby was horse racing, and he eventually took up raising horses, too. "I always loved to gamble," he said. "I never got close to a horse. Fate dealt me a terrible blow when it gave me a good horse the first time out. I thought, how easy this is. "Now I love being around them." His first wife, actress-comedian Brett Somers, played his ex-wife, Blanche, on The Odd Couple. The couple, who married in 1953 and had sons Adam and David, had been estranged for years at the time of her death in 2007. In February 2008, at 85, Mr. Klugman married longtime girlfriend Peggy Crosby. His attorney, Larry Larson, said via e-mail that Mr. Klugman is also survived by two grandchildren and that memorial services had not been set. Barbara Tacconelli of pizza parlor fame By Sally A. Downey INQUIRER STAFF WRITER Barbara Cummiskey Tacconelli, 70, co-owner of Tacconelli's Pizzeria, a Port Richmond landmark, died Saturday, Dec. 22, of heart failure at Kennedy University Hospital-Cherry Hill. Mrs. Tacconelli grew up with 13 siblings in Port Richmond. At 16, she married Vincent Tacconelli and began helping him operate his family's pizza shop. The couple raised four children on the second floor. Tacconelli's crispy-crusted, brick-oven pizza LITr was always popu- lar with locals. Its 4-1 fame spread to the suburbs and beyond in the 1980s after it was chosen as a "Best Barbara C. of Philly" by Phila- Tacconelli delphia Magazine, and was profiled in The Inquirer and the Philadelphia Daily News and on local TV stations. A special favorite with food writers was the white pie slathered with garlic and olive oil and a smattering of mozzarella cheese. In 1986, when the pizzeria was featured on CBS-TV's West 57th Street, Mrs. Tacconelli told the Daily News that CBS wanted to contrast the Tacconelli family operation with franchise operations like Domino's Pizza. "They selected us because we're old-fashioned," she said. "We make good-tasting pies as opposed to good-looking ones. The secret isn't making a perfect-looking pie the secret is making it perfect-tasting." In 1993, the Tacconellis replaced their original brick oven, which had been built in 1920 by Vincent Tacconelli's grandfather John, an Italian immigrant who baked bread in Port Richmond's Little Italy section. The family began making pizza in 1948. The replacement oven took seven months to install. "Our standards for an oven are as high as those for our pizza. That's why it took so long to complete the restoration," Mrs. Tacconelli told the Daily News. She and her husband retired to the Jersey Shore in 2002, leaving the operation of the pizzeria to their children and grandchildren. Mrs. Tacconelli hosted numerous parties at her home on the bay in Stone Harbor, visited the Wild-wood boardwalk with her grandchildren, played the slots in Atlantic City, and shopped in Cape May. Three years ago, she and her husband moved to Merchantville. "A hard worker all of her life, it was the simple things that brought her joy," her family wrote in a tribute. In addition to her husband, Mrs. Tacconelli is survived by sons John and Vincent; daughters Dina Woltjen and Tracey Rosini; two sisters; four brothers; nine grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter. Friends may call from 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 27, and from 8:30 to 10:15 a.m. Friday, Dec. 28, at Cassizzi Funeral Home, 2913 E. Thompson St. A Funeral Mass will follow at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 28, at Mother of Divine Grace Church, 2918 E. Cambria St. Burial will be in Resurrection Cemetery, Bensalem. Contact Sally A. Downey at 215-854-2913 or To Submit Obituaries The Inquirer welcomes obituary information from funeral directors, relatives and friends. Please submit information promptly. We want our obituaries to be timely. Recent photographs of publishable quality are desired. 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