Unclaimed Cremains

Occasionally there are individuals who pass away in Chester County where the next of kin cannot be located or the next of kin declines responsibility for the individual. In these situations, the Coroner’s Office takes possession of the deceased individual and arranges for a cremation. At least one calendar year after the date of death, the cremains will be interred during a ceremony at the Chester County Coroner's Office vault located at Philadelphia Memorial Park in Frazer, PA. These interments occur every other year, alternating with our unclaimed Veterans' ceremony. The next interment will be scheduled for Fall of 2022.

Unclaimed Cremains at CCCO to be interred in 2022

Name Age Date of Death Location of Death Residence Location
Allen, Ronald
73 04/19/2020 Willistown Twp Willistown Twp
Asparagus, Daniel
63 06/02/2020 Phoenixville Boro Royersford
Bowman, Leroy
46 11/10/2016 West Caln Twp West Caln Twp
Brooke, Edward
78 05/02/2020 Phoenixville Boro Philadelphia
Byerly, Ruth
89 05/07/2020 Oxford Boro Oxford Boro
Cleveland, Christine
56 10/29/2019 Phoenixville Boro Phoenixville Boro
Crespo, Emilio
83 05/15/2020 Phoenixville Boro Reading
England, Robert
67 07/19/2020 Coatesville City Coatesville City
Ferguson, William 65 02/28/2020 Coatesville City Coatesville City
Gibson, James
90 06/14/2020 Phoenixville Boro Downingtown Boro
Gold, Richard
70 11/19/2020 East Coventry Twp East Coventry Twp
Hillanbrand, Robert
53 01/17/2020 Honey Brook Twp Honey Brook Twp
Hutchinson, Virginia
88 04/17/2020 West Goshen Twp East Bradford Twp
Kates, Harold 88 04/21/2020 West Goshen Twp East Bradford Twp
Lockard, Ronald
84 04/14/2020 East Vincent Twp East Vincent Twp
Lord, Barbara 73 08/19/2020 Phoenixville Boro Reading
McCall, Oliver
59 03/21/2020 West Goshen Twp Norristown
McCann, Dudley
69 12/31/2019 West Goshen Twp West Goshen Twp
Rasmussen, Sara-Marie
82 02/24/2020 East Bradford Twp East Bradford Twp
Ridley, Clifton
74 01/22/2020 Penn Twp Philadelphia
Roark, Daryl
42 05/01/2020 West Chester Boro West Chester Boro
Smith, Byron 77 06/24/2020 Phoenixville Boro Phoenixville Boro
Spott, Anastasia
59 10/12/2019 East Bradford Twp East Bradford Twp
Troup, Clarence 71 05/08/2006 Coatesville City Coatesville City
Troupe, Charles 71 05/09/2020 Pocopson Twp Pocopson Twp
Westergom, John 78 12/31/2019 East Goshen Twp East Goshen Twp
Yohn, Martha 92 11/29/2020 Franklin Twp Franklin Twp

Forgotten Souls Laid to Rest
On Thursday, November 8, 2018 under blue skies and an autumn breeze, the Chester County Coroner's Office interred, at Philadelphia Memorial Park in Frazer, the cremains of 52 individuals who did not have any next-of-kin or whose next-of-kin would not or could not take responsibility for them.

The Rev. Robert Garrett led the assembled group in a non-denominational ceremony. Coroner Christina VandePol, M.D. spoke at the ceremony saying she wanted to honor the lives of the individuals who have been left in the care of the Coroner's office. Music was provided by Carter, Hill & Hobson, a blue-grass combo and by West Chester University music professor Mark Rimpel. Flowers were provided by Philadelphia Memorial Park and by Peter Urscheler, Mayor of Phoenixville.

The names of the 52 individuals were read in turn by Coroner Christina VandePol, Deputy Coroner Maryanne Higbee, Office Manager Patty Emmons and Phoenixville Mayor Peter Urscheler. The ceremony was attended by several Chester County elected officials, staff from the Coroner's office and staff from Chester County Henrietta Hankin Library.