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Vernon W. McNelly Sr., 42

KENTON - Vernon W. McNelly Sr., of Kenton died Friday, Oct. 23, 1998, in Bayhealth-Kent General Hospital, Dover. He was 42.

Mr. McNelly was born April 10, 1956, in Wilmington, son of the late Vernon E. and Thelma P. McNelly.

He is survived by his wife of 14 years, Rebecca L. McNelly of Kenton; a son, Vernon W. McNelly Jr. of Kenton; a daughter, Rose Marie McNelly of Kenton; two brothers, Roy McNelly of Silver Springs, Fla., Henry Alters of Elsmere; five sisters, Verna Trump of Hartly, Deborah Stevens of New Castle, Cathy Bowers of Emmitsburg, Md., Harriet Strain of North Carolina and Ruth Winfield of Myersville, Md.

Service will be private and at the convenience of family.

Burial will be in the Longwood Cemetery, Longwood, Pa.

Condolences can be made to Rebecca McNelly, 46 Elaine Drive, P.O. Box 212, Kenton, DE 19955.

Arrangements by Torbert Funeral Chapel, 61 S. Bradford St., Dover.


John Wright Sipple, 83

SEAFORD - John Wright Sipple of Seaford died Thursday, Oct. 22, 1998, at The Methodist Manor House, Seaford, where he lived. He was 83.

Mr. Sipple was the son of the late Russell and laura Sipple.

He was a Navy veteran of World War II and became a industrial electrican.

Mr. Sipple worked as a farmer and had a grain combining business in the Kenton area. After the war he worked for Edward Budd Co., in Philadelphia, Playtex Co., Dover, and General Foods Co., Dover, before retiring in 1976. He held many patent letters on his industrial electrician work.

He was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church, Dover.

He is survived by his wife, Anna Mae Slaughter Sipple of Seaford; three sisters, Dorothy French, Ruth Olson and Jeamette Warner, all of Milford.

Service will be 1 p.m. Tuesday at Trader Funeral Home, 12 Lotus St., Dover.

Burial will be in Lakeside Cemetery, Dover.

Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to Wesley United Methodist Church, 209 S. State St., Dover, DE 19901.

Arrangments by Trader Funeral Home.


Doris Bonsall Johnson, 59

LONG NECK - Doris Bonsall Johnson of Long Neck, and formerly of Downingtown, Pa., died of a pulmonary embolism Thursday, Oct. 22, 1998, at Beebe Medical Center, Lewes. She was 59.

Mrs. Johnson was born in Elwyn, Pa., daughter of the late J. Clarence Bonsall and Florence Harper Bonsall.

She was a homemaker, devoted mother and enjoyed spending time with her granchildren.

She is survived by her husband with whom she shared 39 years of marriage and love, George W. Johnson Jr.; five sons, David A. Johnson, Glenn O. Johnson both of Downingtown, Mark W. Johnson of Exton, Pa., Gary W. of Pottstown, Pa., and Scott A. Johnson of Guthriesville, Pa.; a sister, Joan Bonsall Palmer of Long Neck; and seven grandchildren.

Service will be noon Tuesday, Oct. 26, 1998, at Middletown Presbyterian Church, Elwyn, where friends may call after 11 a.m. Friends may also call from 6-8 p.m. Mondayat the Chapel of Melson Funeral Services, Long Neck.

Burial will be in Middletown Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Elwyn.

Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to The American Diabetes Association or The American Heart Fund.


William E. Swiggett, 76

WILMINGTON - William E. Swiggett formerly of Hartly, died Saturday in Parkview Nursing Home, Wilmington. He was 76.

Mr. Swiggett was a Army veteran of World War II.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Marie.

He is survived by two daughters, Brenda L. Marchione of Claymont and Patricia Lowe of Tennessee; two sons, William of Dover and James of Tennessee; a brother, Francis Swiggett of Magnolia; two sisters, E. Lorie Swiggett Harvey and Buelah Elliott, both of Dover; and nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Service will be 2 p.m. Tuesday in the Daniels & Hutchinson Funeral Home, 212 N. Broad St., Middletown, where friends may call one hour prior to service.

Burial will be in Templeville Cemetery, Templeville, Md.


Loni Michelle Nickolson, 20

FELTON - Loni Michelle Nickolson of Felton died Friday, Oct. 23, 1998, at Bayhealth-Kent General Hospital, Dover. She was 20.

Ms. Nickolson was born on May 15, 1978, , in Takoma Park, Md., to Donald O. Nickolson and Mary Konosky Nickolson.

She moved from Hyattsville, Md., in 1984. A 1996 graduate of Lake Forest High School, she enjoyed music and writing poetry, being with her friends and the outdoors.

Ms. Nickolson was employed by ILC Dover Inc. of Frederica and Applebee's of Dover.

She was loved by her stepfather, Glenn Skinner of Felton; a brother, David Wayne Nickolson of Felton; maternal grandparents Mary and Carl Konosky of Fort Myers, Fla.; great-grandmother, Ann Konosky of Pennsylvania; paternal grandmother, Elsie D. Nickolson of Annapolis, Md.; godparents, Mickey and Patty Johnson of Millsboro, Del.

Service will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at Fleegle & Helfenbein Funeral Home, 106 W. Sunset Ave., Greensboro, Md. 

Friends may call from 7-9 p.m. today and Monday at the funeral home.

Burial will be in Greensboro Cemetery, Greensboro, Md.

Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to Felton Community Fire Company, P.O. Box F. Felton, DE, 19943; First State BMX, P.O. Box K, Milford, DE 19963; or to the Harrington Volunteer Fire Company, Harrington, DE 19952.

Virgil L. McAdams, 56

HARRINGTON - Virgil L. McAdams of Harrington died Friday, Oct. 23, 1998, at Bayhealth-Milford Memorial Hospital. He was 56.

Mr. McAdams was born in Corydon, Ind., in 1942 to Harvey McAdams and the late Catherine Mauck McAdams.

Virgil had been living the Harrington area for the past 30 years.

He served in the U.S. Army in the mid-'60s.

Virgil was a truck driver for 12 years and a dispatcher for five years for Martin Limestone in Viola.

He loved to go fishing with his grandson. He also liked to garden and watch Westerns and all types of sporting events on television.

Mr. McAdams was member of Bethany Church of the Brethren, Farmington.

He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Susan Robbins McAdams; two daughters, Mary Lou Venable and her husband, David of Greenwood, Lorraine Kemp and her husband, Jeff Sr. of Harrington; a grandson, Jeffery Allen Kemp of Harrington; four brothers, Richard McAdams and Lonnie McAdams, both of Felton, Harvey McAdams of Paoli, Ind., Eldon McAdams of Corydon; two sisters, Linda Lowe of Corydon, Elsie Swarens of Clarksville, Ind., and nieces and nephews.

Service will be 1 p.m. Tuesday at Fleischauer Funeral home, 48 W. Market St., Greenwood.

Burial will be in St. Johnstown Cemtery, Greenwood.

Arrangement by Fleischauer Funeral Home, Greenwood.


Mary B. Sheppard, 75

DOVER - Mary B. Sheppard of Dover died Saturday, Oct. 24, 1998, in Bayhealth-Kent General Hospital. She was 75.

Mrs. Sheppard was born April 30, 1923, in Dover, to the late Herman and Matilda Bell.

She worked 25 for Playtex until her retirement in 1985. She also attended Little Creek United Methodist Church.

Mrs. Sheppard was a member of the Dover Modern Maturity Center.

She is survived by her husband, Howard A. Sheppard of Dover; a son, Howard R.''Ricky'' Sheppard of Dover; two daughters and sons-in-law, Judith and Doug Hegman Sr. of Little Creek, Arlene Sue and Ronald Garrett of Dover; two brothers, Walter M. Bell of Hartly, Foster Bell of Long Island, N.Y.; a special nephew, Glendon Chmielewski of Dover; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Service will be 1 p.m. Wednesday in Torbert Funeral Chapel, 61 S. Bradford St., where friends may call from 11 a.m-1 p.m.

Burial will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Camden.

Instead of flowers, the family suggests memorial contribution be made to Little Creek United Methodist Church, Sunday School Building Fund, Little Creek, DE 19961.


William F. Matthias, 67

DOVER - William F. Matthias of Dover died of a lengthy illness, Friday Oct. 23, 1998, at his residence. He was 67.

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., he was the son of the late George and Margaret Luke Matthias. While serving in the U.S. Air Force, he and his wife moved to Dover in 1957. Upon his discharge in 1962 he entered employment with the U.S. Post Office in Dover where he served as claims clerk until his retirement in 1987.

Active in community affairs, Mr. Matthias had given of himself to youth activities including the Nagoya Little League in Japan, the Dover Little League, and the C.Y.O. League at Holy Cross Church. He had also donated his time with the Delaware State Police as a volunteer in the files department.

Amongst his friends and neighbors he will be remembered as ''Dover's Biggest New York Jets Fan.''

Mr. Matthias was a member of the American Legion - Walter L. Fox Post of Dover Korean War Veterans Association of Del. V.F.W. Post 3238 and the First State Chapter of the Disabled American Veterans. He was also a active member of the Nagoya/Komaki Air Base Reunion Association. 

He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Margaret Naoko Matthias of Dover; a sister, Arleen Matthias of Baldwin, Long Island, N.Y.

Service will be noon Wednesday at the Funeral Home of Micheal J. Ambruso, 1175 S. State St., Dover.

Friends may call 7-9 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. 

Burial will be in Delaware Veterans' Memorial Cemetery, Bear.


Sandra T. Russell, 46

SEAFORD - Sandra T. Russell of Seaford died of cancer, Saturday, Oct. 24, 1998, in her home. She was 46.

Mrs. Russell worked for the past year as a waitress at Jimmy's Grille in Bridgeville. Prior to that, she worked at Dillard's restaurant in Seaford.

She is survived by her husband, James A. Russell; her parents, Reginald P. and Doris Mae Rosetta Todd Sr. of Cambridge, Md.; a daughter, Jennifer Lee Oris of Bridgeville; a brother, Reginald Todd Jr. of Federalsburg, Md.; two sisters, Pamela Pitt of Hurlock, Md., and Glenda Wroten of Cambridge; and a granddaughter.

Service will be 1 p.m. Tuesday at Cranston Funeral Home, 300 Shipley St., Seaford, where friends may call from 11 a.m.-1 p.m..

Burial will be in East New Market Cemetery, East Market, Md.

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