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Bernard J. "Bill" Cordivano, Jr
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Birth: unknown
Death: Feb. 27, 2007

Daily Local News, West Chester, Chester County, Pa
Bernard J. Cordivano Jr. of Jennersville
Tuesday, February 27, 2007

After a brief battle with cancer, Bernard ‘Bill' J. Cordivano Jr., 86, passed away peacefully at his home in Jennersville Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2007.

Bernard was the son of Josephine Di Bartolomeo and Bernardo Cordivano, who built an empire in the mushroom industry as the first Italian to grow mushrooms in the United States.

Along with his brothers, Bernard began Cordivano Brothers Mushrooms in the 1940s in Kennett Square, where he was born and raised. Bill retired from Cordivano Brothers in 1975.

He was the widower of Grace Ella Miller Cordivano, who died in 1972.

Grace and Bill are survived by Bernard J. Cordivano III and his wife, Rachel of Quarryville, Arthur E. Cordivano and wife, Patricia of Jennersville, Shirley A. Cordivano Madonna and husband, James of Landenberg, and James A. Cordivano of Jennersville.

William Joseph Cordivano predeceased his parents in infancy.

Grandchildren include Bernard J. Cordivano IV, Michele Cordivano Waters, James K. Madonna II, Angela Madonna Riddell, Marc Anthony Madonna and Dione Cordivano Suto. Great-grandchildren are Stephanie Waters, Christopher Waters, Jeremy Allan Madonna, John Graham Riddell III, Sarah Lynn Madonna, Joseph Douglas Madonna and Claire Elle Suto. Bernard's sisters, Rose Ulissi of Downingtown and Lorraine Alonzo of Kennett Square also survive, along with his brother, Joseph Cordivano. Bernard left many nephews and nieces as well.

His brothers, Guy Cordivano and Angelo Cordivano, and a sister, Phyllis Cordivano Sasso, predeceased Bernard.

Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Friday, March 2, 10 a.m., at St. Patrick Church, 210 Meredith St., Kennett Square, PA 19348.

Family and friends may call from 8:15 to 9:15 a.m., Friday, at the Kuzo & Grieco Funeral Home, 610-444-4116, 250 W. State St., Kennett Square.

Interment will be in St. Patrick Cemetery.

Contributions may be made in Bernard's memory to St. Patrick Church at the above address; or to Neighborhood Hospice, 795 E. Marshall St., Suite 204, West Chester, PA 19380.

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  Grace E Cordivano (1922 - 1972)*
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Saint Patrick Church Cemetery
Kennett Square
Chester County
Pennsylvania, USA
Created by: Dan Oh
Record added: Mar 30, 2010
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Bernard J. Bill Cordivano, Jr
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