Emma Elizabeth Hill

December 30, 2005 - February 19, 2022 Kennett Square | Age 16

Emma Elizabeth Hill, of Kennett Square, PA, passed away suddenly at the young age of 16 on Saturday, February 19, at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia after a brief, severe illness. She was with her loving mother and father at the time of her passing.

Emma was born in 2005 in Reston, VA, and was the daughter of Brian T. and Amy C. Hill, and sister of Tyler T. Hill.

Emma was an excellent student as a sophomore at Unionville High School. She loved to swim and was a dedicated member of both the Kennett YMCA Sea Dragons and UHS swim teams. In her spare time, Emma was a lifeguard and also taught young children how to swim at the Y. As a younger child and teenager, Emma excelled on the ballfield while being coached by her dad in URA softball.

Throughout Emma’s brief illness, she was strong and determined to get better, and did not let her health issues define her in any way. In the months during which Emma had 3 hospital stays and a difficult path to recovery, she continued to swim competitively, got straight A’s, met her first boyfriend (Ernesto), celebrated Thanksgiving and Christmas at her grandparents’ homes, started to learn to drive, and remained a loyal and loving friend. She celebrated her 16th birthday with her closest friends at a slumber party with very little slumber.

Emma was beautiful in every sense of the word, and was loved throughout the Kennett Square community and beyond. She worked hard at whatever she was trying to accomplish, but always with a cheery, exuberant attitude and gorgeous smile. More than anything, her absolute kindness and warm heart are what made Emma our sweet girl.

In addition to her parents and brother, Emma is survived by her grandparents David L. and Jane F. Mordan of Johnstown PA, and Carl E. and Linda F. Hill of Reading PA; her uncle, David Mordan and his wife Kimberly, and aunt, Amy (Hill) Chiarelli and husband John. She is also survived by her loving cousins Ashley and Jessica Mordan, Derek MacDonald (wife, Korrie), and Andrew, Olivia, and Jack Chiarelli.

You are invited to visit with Emma’s family and friends from 4 PM to 7 PM on Saturday, February 26, and Sunday, February 27, from 1 PM to 5 PM. Viewings will be held at Kuzo Funeral Home, 250 West State Street, Kennett Square, PA 19348. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 AM on Monday, February 28, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church at 212 Meredith Street, Kennett Square, PA 19348. The Mass will be streamed live at https://venue.streamspot.com/66c95b9b
The interment will follow at Union Hill Cemetery at 424 North Union Street, Kennett Square, PA 19348. A luncheon celebrating Emma’s life will be held afterward at Willowdale Chapel, 675 Unionville Road, Kennett Square, PA 19348. Guests are asked to wear masks while indoors.

Arrangements by Kuzo Funeral Home of Kennett Square, PA.

Message from the Family

A Message from the Hill Family

Our daughter Emma passed away suddenly on February 19, 2022. Our family is devastated by her loss, but we have been overwhelmed by the support of our family, friends, and the Kennett Square community.
In the time since her passing, our extended family, friends, other caring individuals, local companies, and organizations have expressed their desire to honor Emma in a meaningful way.
As her mother and father, our greatest sources of pride were her work ethic, enthusiasm, and excellence in both the classroom and athletics, so we know that Emma would want to support local student athletes by way of a memorial scholarship fund. With that, we have established the Emma E. Hill Memorial Scholarship Fund which will be administered by the Chester County Community Foundation.

For details on the scholarship fund, please visit the website below:

Link: https://chescocf.org/fund/emma-e-hill-memorial-scholarship-fund/

We have been amazed by how many people have contributed to a cause honoring Emma and offer our heartfelt thanks to all those that have donated.

We also want to thank those of you who donated to Four Diamonds on Emma’s behalf; we are incredibly grateful for that generosity.
We have personally contributed to the scholarship fund and welcome further ideas to help us share Emma’s legacy, but we are adamant that such efforts should not financially benefit our family. Your kind thoughts and hugs will be enough to get us through this trying time. And we know Emma would love that we are working hard on her behalf to help other kids.

With love,
Amy and Brian Hill

Memorial Donations

Emma E. Hill Memorial Scholarship Fund

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Mass of Christian Burial

February 28, 2022 11 AM St. Patrick Church
212 Meredith Street
Kennett Square, PA 19348

Calling Hours

February 26, 2022 4 to 7PM Kuzo Funeral Home
250 W. State Street
Kennett Square, PA 19348

Calling Hours

February 27, 2022 1 to 5PM Kuzo Funeral Home
250 W. State Street
Kennett Square, PA 19348


  1. So extremely sorry for your loss, my sincere condolences l was leaving a message for a family l know when l saw her beautiful face. May God provide you peace and comfort as you have loss someone so dear and precious. May you find comfort as l have in the words at Isaiah 25:8 and John 5 28&29. A time we truly will see soon!! Our prayers for your family.

    T. Barrett Huggins | April 7, 2022 at 11:12 AM
  2. Sorry for your loss and I just want to say she seems nice

    Tiffany | March 10, 2022 at 11:41 AM
  3. Dear Brian and family,
    We just learned of Emma’s passing, and we can’t imagine the pain and sorrow you feel. We will remember her in our prayers and, although we didn’t know her, based on your beautiful tribute to her, we know that she rests in God’s loving arms. May God bless you all.

    Les and Joanne White | March 9, 2022 at 2:25 PM
  4. Dear Hill Family,
    Please accept my sincere condolences for the passing of sweet Emma. She will forever live in my mind as that bright eyed little girl who walked into my kindergarten classroom with the biggest smile everyday. I will continue to read and cherish the books that she and her Girl Scout troop wrote for me. There are no words that can take away the pain of Emma’s passing, but I hope that you know how much she is loved. I am sorry that I was unable to say this in person over the weekend. The memorial service today was such a beautiful tribute to her love of family and life. I do promise to remember Emma’s smile always and pass it along to new UE kindergartners in Emma’s honor.

    Katie Klingensmith | February 28, 2022 at 11:18 PM
  5. Amy, Brian & Tyler… We have been thinking of you all so much lately…. No words could convey how heartbroken we are for you & the family.💔 Thanks for letting us be there virtually today🙏🏻.
    Brian, Fer, Nick & Jack Stefanick

    Fernanda Stefanick | February 28, 2022 at 1:16 PM
  6. Hill family,
    I’m at a loss for words and have been deeply grieving the loss of your sweet Emma since I heard the news. It isn’t fair. I am so sorry. I cannot imagine your sorrow at the loss of this beautiful girl. For others reading, I was Emma’s second grade teacher. I loved and adored her. She was a standout then— and it seems as I read the tributes that she only grew more special as she grew. As a child she was so smart and hard working, but what made her really special was how gentle and kind she was— the type of unique kindness toward others that makes you think— she must have such loving parents to raise her this way. I’ll remember Emma always.
    I wish I could be there this weekend, and would be in a heartbeat if I weren’t away on a trip. Sending love and prayers to you during this unimaginably difficult time.

    Amanda Ruch | February 27, 2022 at 11:04 PM
  7. Mr. and Mrs. Hill and Tyler – I was heartbroken to hear of Emma’s passing. She was one of my favorite swimmers to coach during the few years I was lucky enough to do so. She was always so positive, caring, and kind, and she never failed to brighten my day. She was such a light in so many lives. Please know that I’m thinking about you during this difficult time.

    Hana Graybill | February 26, 2022 at 5:48 PM
  8. Amy, Brian, and Tyler, we are sending you love and our deepest sympathies for the loss of your lovely daughter (and sister), Emma. Thank you for sharing your beautifully written tribute of your special girl. What a bright light she shone! No words can ease the pain you are experiencing, but please know we are praying for you daily and are here for you if you ever need anything at all.

    Dan, Sherry, and Luke Tierney | February 26, 2022 at 10:20 AM
  9. Brian, Amy, and Tyler – we send our deepest condolences. Brian, you were Cece’s first softball coach back in 2018, and again in 2020 for the covid season that got moved to summer/fall. Remember how much fun they (we) all had once they finally got the green light to play?! Emma was a kind, beautiful young lady and we will remember her always. Please know that we are praying for you, and will continue to do so.

    The Grace Family | February 26, 2022 at 6:59 AM
  10. Amy, Brian, Tyler and family – Our deepest sympathies on the loss of Emma. In every interaction around baseball or scouts for Tyler, she was kind and friendly to all. A “warm heart” indeed. She seemed so grounded and centered in this life, and able to speak comfortably whether to those her own age, younger or older. We know you will carry her in your hearts always, and we hope all who knew her continue to be inspired by her warm heart. We are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.

    Susan, Jake, Garrett & Claire Elks | February 25, 2022 at 2:52 PM
  11. Brian, heartfelt condolences to you and your family! I can not imagine your sorrow! May the great memories never fade and help to comfort your family and friends! God bless! And thoughts and prayers from myself and your UGI family! Brad Aspril

    Brad Aspril | February 25, 2022 at 11:31 AM
  12. Dear Dave and Jane,

    We are saddened to hear of your Granddaughter Emma’s death. Please know that you and Emma’s parents are in our prayers. We hope that your beautiful memories of your beloved Granddaughter provide you with at least a small measure of comfort today and in the days to come.

    With deepest sympathies.

    Mark and Laura Malzi

    Mark Malzi | February 24, 2022 at 8:07 PM
  13. Our deepest sympathy to you during this time. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

    Kiva, Josh and Maxwell Baron | February 24, 2022 at 4:38 PM
  14. Very sorry to hear of Emma’s passing. She was the perfect student, just delightful, in my 4th grade PREP class. Grateful that Love is stronger than death, that Love never dies. Eternal rest grant on to Emma, and let perpetual light shine upon her. May her soul rest in peace.

    Patty Brady | February 24, 2022 at 3:04 PM
  15. Amy and family:

    Deepest condolences. As a parent I don’t even know what to say. I may not have known your daughter but I always enjoyed seeing pictures and snippets of her life via Facebook. May God hold you in his embrace during this difficult time. Love and prayers for all of you.

    Kim (Corle) Geisel | February 24, 2022 at 2:20 PM
  16. Dear Amy, Brian, Tyler and family. Our hearts ache for you as you travel this road of sorrow. Your tribute to Emma is beautifully written and gave us a glimpse of your wonderful daughter. May God hold you in his loving arms and may you find peace in memories shared by those who loved and knew her. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Boyd & Colette Kaufman

    Colette Kaufman | February 24, 2022 at 1:53 PM
  17. Our sincere condolences to the family. We never met Emma but through her grandmother Jane Mordan, have seen many beautiful pictures and moments with her. You are in our thoughts and prayers.🙏🙏🙏

    Rose Ann Wilczewski Byrne | February 24, 2022 at 1:22 PM
  18. Dear Hill Family & Extended Family,

    I’m so very sorry for your loss.
    My daughter Korrie spoke very fondly of Emma.
    The tribute is beautiful. My heart hurts for all of you.


    Karen Barton | February 24, 2022 at 12:18 PM
  19. Brian, Amy, Tyler and family. We are so heartbroken to hear of Emma’s passing. Although no words can really help to ease the loss you bear, just know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. May loving memories ease your loss and bring you comfort.

    Aunt Leda Thomas and Melanie McCollum | February 24, 2022 at 9:42 AM
  20. Dear Amy, Brian, and Tyler,
    We are sending love and strength to your family during this time of sorrow. Emma was a bright light to anyone who knew her.
    Kathy and Max Sherman

    Kathy Sherman | February 24, 2022 at 8:46 AM
  21. Brian, Amy & Tyler,

    We are so sorry for your loss. We are keeping you in our prayers.

    The Waters Family | February 23, 2022 at 9:11 PM
  22. Brian, Amy and Tyler: we just want to share our deepest sympathies for your loss. We didn’t have the chance to know Emma but know that your family is in all our thoughts and prayers. What a beautiful tribute to your amazing daughter. We wish you peace and strength to get through this very difficult time and know that the community, ourselves included, are here for you all.
    The Buterbaugh’s – Tom, Magen and Carter (from URA basketball team of Brian’s)

    MAGEN BUTERBAUGH | February 23, 2022 at 7:41 PM
  23. Brian, Amy and Tyler, Our hearts break for you. Emma was a very special friend to Sylvie and we will always love her. We are praying for you.

    Paul and Suzanne Henry | February 23, 2022 at 6:08 PM
  24. Amy, Brian, Tyler and family. Emma was so loved by all. That was such a wonderful tribute written for her. You all have our sincere condolences. You will be in our prayers always. Love to you all.
    Keith and Paula Saylor

    Paula Saylor | February 23, 2022 at 1:37 PM
  25. As a friend of Dave Mordan, I want to send my sincerest condolences to the family. I am so, so sorry for your loss. The tribute was beautifully written; thank you for sharing some of her brightness with us.

    Steve Nunez | February 23, 2022 at 12:58 PM
  26. We are so brokenhearted for you and for all who loved Emma. Our family is praying constantly with such heavy hearts. Such a beautifully written tribute to a beautiful girl inside and out.

    The Kendziera family | February 23, 2022 at 12:39 PM
  27. We are at a loss as to what to say or do. Emma was a bright, beautiful young woman who should us immediate kindness starting the day we moved to Kennett Square. I am grateful that she and Courtney became friends. She will be missed by so many people. You are in our thoughts, always.

    Jody Brennan | February 23, 2022 at 11:21 AM
  28. We are so sorry to hear about Emma..we hope God will help you deal with loss of a beautiful child.

    Joseph and Joann Tomasco

    Joann tomasco | February 23, 2022 at 11:15 AM
  29. Amy, Brian, and Tyler,
    Emma holds a special place in the hearts of the Unionville Elementary (UE) staff.
    She truly was the definition of a UE Superstar.
    As we look through the yearbook pictures, we continually see Emma with the biggest, brightest smile.
    Please accept our deepest condolences. Please know that we will be here
    to support your family.
    We love you,
    UE staff

    Michelle Lafferty | February 23, 2022 at 11:07 AM
  30. I have no words, just tears and prayers for you. My sincerest condolences.

    Christine Stempka Rhoads | February 23, 2022 at 10:51 AM
  31. Amy, Brian and Tyler,
    I am beyond devastated to learn about Emma’s passing. She was an incredible sunshine and such a beautiful light here at UE. I have very fond memories of Emma and her friends having a blast together. Her smile was contagious and she was a friend to all. Please know that we are here for you and Tyler. Tyler will always have a home here at UE, so anytime he and his friends might want to come over and have some fun in their old elementary stomping grounds, please let me know. Hugs and love.

    Laura Toner | February 23, 2022 at 10:48 AM
  32. Brian, Amy and Tyler. Our hearts are broken for Emma and your family. She was such a beautiful kind person. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

    Chad, Dawn and Lauren Fenstermacher | February 23, 2022 at 10:30 AM
  33. Amy and Brian and family, my sincerest condolences. I am so sorry for your unfathomable loss. May Emma’s memory live forever in the hearts of those who loved her.

    Emily (Borza) Gavin | February 23, 2022 at 9:37 AM
  34. Our sincere condolences. I never met Emma but I have heard wonderful things about her from my Daughter Vicky Stockman and her family. Your family will always be in our prayers.

    Susan Fahrnbach | February 23, 2022 at 9:30 AM

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