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John J. Stretch III

John is a supervisor and licensed funeral director for 52 years. He was born and raised in Havertown. Married Elaine Arenz of Ardmore, Pa. He is the father of John J. "Jay" 4th, Cheryl Northey, Linda Crossan, Timothy, and Christopher Stretch. John is a member of St. Denis R.C. Church in Havertown. He graduated from St. Denis School in 1949. Graduated from Malvern Prep in 1953. John then graduated from Temple University with his degree in Mortuary Science. 

John is the current president of the Oakmont Fire Company and has been a fireman for over 47 years. John was the past president of the St. Denis Youth Athletic Association and Haverford Township Little League. He was voted to the Haverford Township Little League Hall of Fame in 2000. He was also the District Chairman at the Boy Scouts of America. John was selected "Outstanding Graduate of St. Denis School" at the school's 75th Anniversary.
He was honored at St. Denis Football Homecoming for all his work with their sports programs on October 9, 2010.
John is also a member of the Cheese Club in Havertown and a 4th degree Knight of Columbus Bishop Kenrick Council. 

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John J. "Jay" Stretch IV

Jay has been a licensed funeral director for 25 years. He was born and raised, and still resides in Havertown. He is a member of Annunciation BVM Church, in Havertown. He married Kim Leonardo of Broomall and has 3 children; Erik, Brooke, and Sierra Stretch, all of whom attended Annunciation BVM School. Erik now is in his sophomore year at Slippery Rock University. Brooke is a senior at Archbishop Prendergast High School. Sierra is a student at Haverford Middle School and plans to attend Archbishop Prendergast High School next year.

Jay graduated from St. Denis School in 1974 and Archbishop John Carroll High School in 1978. Jay attended Paul Smith College of Arts and Sciences in Paul Smith, New York. He graduated from McAllister Institute in New York City with his degree in Mortuary Science.

Jay is a member of Annunciation BVM Parish. He has been coaching football for close to 25 years, serving as Head Coach of St. Denis School, Defensive Coordinator at Cardinal O'Hara High School and Archbishop Carroll High School and was Defensive Backfield Coach at Widener University. Jay, presently is the Defensive Coordinator at Monsignor Bonner High School in Drexel Hill, Pa. He was past president of St. Denis School's Youth Activities Association. He had a 1st degree KOC Bishop Kenrick Council.

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Timothy J. Stretch

Tim has been a licensed funeral director for 12 years. He was born and raised in Havertown and now lives in the Ardmore section of Haverford Township. Tim graduated from St. Denis School in 1979 and Archbishop Carroll in 1983. Tim attended Villanova University and graduated from McAllister Institute in New York City in 1989 with his degree in Mortuary Science. Tim was the secretary of his class. 

Tim is a member of St. Denis R.C. Church in Havertown, where he serves as a Eucharistic Minister. Tim also serves on the St. Denis School Endowment Fund Board. He is also in his 18th year as head baseball coach at St. Denis, where he also is the Region 15 CYO Baseball Commissioner. 

Tim's other interests include serving as majority inspector of elections for the Republican Party in Haverford Township. He is also a member of the Cheese Club in Havertown, and the Italian-American Club in Ardmore. 

Tim is also a 1st degree KOC Bishop Kenrick Council.

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Edward F. Powers III "Ted" Funeral Director efp33@aol.com

Ted has been a licensed funeral director since 1986 and has worked with the Stretch Family since January 1, 2002. Ted was the supervisor for another area funeral home for 15 years. 

Ted grew up in Ardmore and graduated from St. Colman's Grade School and Archbishop John Carroll High School. Ted earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Business from Philadelphia College of Textile and Science. Ted graduated with his degree in Mortuary Science from McAllister Institute of Mortuary Science in New York City. He married Lori Stokes of Maple Glen, Pa. a graduate of Villanova University on December 3, 1988. They have two children, Caitlin and Riley. Caitlin is a graduate of University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and is an Investment Banker in New York City. Riley is a senior at Auburn University majoring in Public Relations.

Ted has been an active firefighter with Merion Fire Co of Ardmore since 1970 and also serves on the Board of Directors. Lori and Ted  reside in Villanova and are active parishioners of St. Thomas of Villanova Parish. 

John J. Stretch III

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John is a supervisor and licensed funeral director for 52 years. He was born and raised in Havertown. Married Elaine Arenz of Ardmore, Pa. He is the father of John J. "Jay" 4th, Cheryl Northey, Linda Crossan, Timothy, and Christopher Stretch. John is a member of St. Denis R.C. Church in Havertown. He graduated from St. Denis School in 1949. Graduated from Malvern Prep in 1953. John then graduated from Temple University with his degree in Mortuary Science. 

John is the current president of the Oakmont Fire Company and has been a fireman for over 47 years. John was the past president of the St. Denis Youth Athletic Association and Haverford Township Little League. He was voted to the Haverford Township Little League Hall of Fame in 2000. He was also the District Chairman at the Boy Scouts of America. John was selected "Outstanding Graduate of St. Denis School" at the school's 75th Anniversary.
He was honored at St. Denis Football Homecoming for all his work with their sports programs on October 9, 2010.
John is also a member of the Cheese Club in Havertown and a 4th degree Knight of Columbus Bishop Kenrick Council. 

John J. "Jay" Stretch IV

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Jay has been a licensed funeral director for 25 years. He was born and raised, and still resides in Havertown. He is a member of Annunciation BVM Church, in Havertown. He married Kim Leonardo of Broomall and has 3 children; Erik, Brooke, and Sierra Stretch, all of whom attended Annunciation BVM School. Erik now is in his sophomore year at Slippery Rock University. Brooke is a senior at Archbishop Prendergast High School. Sierra is a student at Haverford Middle School and plans to attend Archbishop Prendergast High School next year.

Jay graduated from St. Denis School in 1974 and Archbishop John Carroll High School in 1978. Jay attended Paul Smith College of Arts and Sciences in Paul Smith, New York. He graduated from McAllister Institute in New York City with his degree in Mortuary Science.

Jay is a member of Annunciation BVM Parish. He has been coaching football for close to 25 years, serving as Head Coach of St. Denis School, Defensive Coordinator at Cardinal O'Hara High School and Archbishop Carroll High School and was Defensive Backfield Coach at Widener University. Jay, presently is the Defensive Coordinator at Monsignor Bonner High School in Drexel Hill, Pa. He was past president of St. Denis School's Youth Activities Association. He had a 1st degree KOC Bishop Kenrick Council.

Timothy J. Stretch

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Tim has been a licensed funeral director for 12 years. He was born and raised in Havertown and now lives in the Ardmore section of Haverford Township. Tim graduated from St. Denis School in 1979 and Archbishop Carroll in 1983. Tim attended Villanova University and graduated from McAllister Institute in New York City in 1989 with his degree in Mortuary Science. Tim was the secretary of his class. 

Tim is a member of St. Denis R.C. Church in Havertown, where he serves as a Eucharistic Minister. Tim also serves on the St. Denis School Endowment Fund Board. He is also in his 18th year as head baseball coach at St. Denis, where he also is the Region 15 CYO Baseball Commissioner. 

Tim's other interests include serving as majority inspector of elections for the Republican Party in Haverford Township. He is also a member of the Cheese Club in Havertown, and the Italian-American Club in Ardmore. 

Tim is also a 1st degree KOC Bishop Kenrick Council.

Edward F. Powers III "Ted"

Funeral Director
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Ted has been a licensed funeral director since 1986 and has worked with the Stretch Family since January 1, 2002. Ted was the supervisor for another area funeral home for 15 years. 

Ted grew up in Ardmore and graduated from St. Colman's Grade School and Archbishop John Carroll High School. Ted earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Business from Philadelphia College of Textile and Science. Ted graduated with his degree in Mortuary Science from McAllister Institute of Mortuary Science in New York City. He married Lori Stokes of Maple Glen, Pa. a graduate of Villanova University on December 3, 1988. They have two children, Caitlin and Riley. Caitlin is a graduate of University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and is an Investment Banker in New York City. Riley is a senior at Auburn University majoring in Public Relations.

Ted has been an active firefighter with Merion Fire Co of Ardmore since 1970 and also serves on the Board of Directors. Lori and Ted  reside in Villanova and are active parishioners of St. Thomas of Villanova Parish.