Richard "Richie" Joseph Stansberry

  • Born: February 12, 1946
  • Died: October 25, 2009
  • Location: Kennett Square, Pennsylvania

Kuzo Funeral Home, Inc.

250 W State St
Kennett Square, PA 19348
Tel. (610) 444-4116

Tribute & Message From The Family

Richard “Richie” Joseph Stansberry (Stronz), age 63, passed away on Sunday, October 25, 2009 at Chester County Hospital after a long battle with lung cancer.

Born and raised in Kennett Square, PA, he was the son of the late Joseph V. and Alta Norris Stansberry.

Richard graduated from Kennett High School in 1964. He was employed in Maintenance for the past 9 ½ years at St. Patrick’s School in Kennett Square. He was fondly known as “Mr. Rich” by the school children. He was a member of the Army National Guard, The American Leagion Post 491 of Kennett Square, and the Italian American Citizens League. Richard played softball for many years with the Sam Tavoni Softball League, coached baseball for the KAU, and played darts for the Thorndale Fire Co. Brandywine League, Mason-Dixon Dart League, and the Delaware County Leagues. He was also an avid golfer and die-hard Yankees, Phillies, and Eagles fan.

Richard is survived by his wife of 36 years, Diane, his daughter, KerriAnne, his sons, Christopher and Jason, 2 granddaughters, Jessica and Kayla, one brother, John, of Kennett Square, and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Richard was predeceased by his son Joshua, and step-son, Michael.

You are invited to visit with Richard’s family and friends on Thursday, October 29, 2009 from 8:00 to 9:30 am at the Kuzo & Grieco Funeral Home, 250 West State Street, Kennett Square, PA. His funeral will follow at 10:00 am at St. Patrick Church, 212 Meredith Street, Kennett Square, PA. Interment will be in St. Patrick’s Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, a donation, to help defray funeral expenses, may be made to Sovereign Bank, Attention: The Stansberry Fund, 313 West Cypress Street, Kennett Square, PA 19348.

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Condolence & Memory Journal


Dianne and Family Im a li8ttle late at ths but I had no idea of Rich's passing I tghink of you alot and pray for all of my friends and people I know from Saving Hands prayer group at Holy Rosary in Claymont De I can still remember the hard fight that tiny little baby went through and what a fighter Josh was all the way to the end Im sorry to read about Rich and my thoughts and prayers will continue for you all feel free to E mail me any time

Love Marianne and Gordon Taylor

Posted by Marianne T^aylor - Wilmington, DE   December 01, 2009

Dianne and Family Im so sorry about richies passing I still think of you guys from Holy Roasary prayer Group t5he Saving hands Love you all still and God Bless you

Posted by Marianne Taylor - Wilmington, DE   December 01, 2009

I am so sorry for your loss and the passing of a good friend. I know you don't know me but, Rich and I were on the same dart team for many years in the Delco League. We have not seen each other in years, but I have memories of good times. Good Bless

Posted by Bruce Butler - springfield, PA   November 02, 2009

Diane, John, and family,

Shocked and saddened, the two words that have haunted me since hearing of Richie's passing. I first met Rich as "Hoppy" (stick ponny, black cowboy hat, toy six shooter at his side, Kennett's answer to Hopalong Cassidy) in the big yard in front of his house when my Dad would visit the Moynihans and take me along. Hanging out at Reese's, dances, crusing, the bowling alley, were but a few of the good times we shared. I will better remember Stronz as a guy who would always be willing to help out in any way he could, in any instance that may present itself. Family and friends were the focus of his day. There will never be another Stronzberger. Memories are a pale subsitute when a loved one is lost, but those who had the pleasure of having Richie in their lives can gain strength from those memories in this difficult time.
My best to you and all of yours.

Ken Webb

Posted by Ken Webb - Downingtown, PA   October 31, 2009


Diane and Family,
We are sorry for your loss and wish you all the best during this difficult time. You are in our thoughts and prayers. We are sure that all the memories you have acquired over the years will now be more pronounced and special for all of you. God Bless !!!

Posted by Nicole Copley (Sharon's daughter) - Media, PA   October 29, 2009


Diane, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your husband. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family now and always. Even though we haven't kept in touch i think of you often. Stay strong. If you need anything don't hesitate to contact me.

Posted by Pat Lincoln    October 28, 2009


John, Diane and members of Rich's family. I am deeply saddened and express my utmost sympathy on the loss of "Richie". As a kid we grew up together, played together and graduated together. There are so many memories that time won't allow to mention. The trips to the Gino's at Prices Corner, the dance we attended at Lampeter/Strasburg HS, the cruisin' we did in his dad's light green Plymouth. Softball at Tavoni. Pickup games at the High School, Race St. park, basketball in the alley near his house, wiffle ball games at Bailey's and so many others. I had the chance to run into Rich at Pat's Pizza, gave him a big hug and chated for a few. That is the last I had seen him. I wish only to have known how ill he was for I would have done all I could to see that he attended our 45th reunion earlier this month if he so desired. I know he enjoyed helping us with many of the previous ones. I will always remember him and know that a small piece of my childhood is now missing. God Bless you Rich !

Posted by Ralph J. Hunter - Kennett Square, PA   October 28, 2009

Found out about your loss through the prayer group. Thanks so much for the chance you heard of my mother's passing two months ago. She is now in presence of the Lord as with Richie. Believing God will bring His self-same consolation as already He did with our family. Thanksgiving and the day after Christmas will mark again the loss. Tell of all your family,friends and prayer group member of God's love and our condolences.

Posted by Cathy Scarcelli - Claymont, DE   October 28, 2009


Kerri and family-
I am so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time.
Chip and Beth Thomas

Posted by Beth Thomas    October 28, 2009


I am so sorry for you loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this sad time.

Posted by Lori Koss    October 27, 2009