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Josephine E. Williams, 58
PHILADELPHIA - Josephine E. ''Big Red'' Williams of Philadelphia died Saturday, Oct. 24, 1998, in Philadelphia Hospital. She was 58.
Mrs. Williams was born Sept. 10, 1940, the daughter of the late Joseph and Patricia White.
She was a homemaker.
Mrs. Williams enjoyed playing spades and doing crossword puzzles.
She was a member of the Cosmopolitan Baptist Church, 11 West Morland St., Philadelphia.
She is survived by two daughters, Juanita E. McDonald, of Dover, and Gwendolyn Williams, of Philadelphia; three sisters, Ruthie, Joanne and Jeannett, all of Philadelphia; two brothers, Leon and Joseph White, both of Philadelphia; 13 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; two sons-in-law; a brother-in-law; a sister-in-law; several nieces and nephews and a special friend, Walter Kimble.
Service will be 11 a.m. Friday at the Cosmopolitan Baptist Church, where friends may call one hour prior to the service.
Burial will be in Northwood Cemetery.
Marian A. Harris, 89
ARMONK, N.Y. - Marian A. Harris of Armonk, formerly of Harrington, Del., died Saturday in her home. She was 89.
Mrs. Harris was a homemaker. She was a retired licensed practical nurse and had worked from 1950 to 1960 at Wilmington General Hospital.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Lawson Harris, in 1976.
She is survived by a daughter, Eileen Laurence of Armonk; a brother, Kenneth Hopkins of Milford; six grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
Service will be 1 p.m. Wednesday at McKnatt Funeral Home, 50 Commerce St., Harrington, where friends may call from 7-9 p.m.
Burial will be in Hollywood Cemetery, Harrington.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests contribution be made to Deacon's Fund, First Presbyterian Church, 31 Bedford Road, Katonah, NY 10536.
Edna Mark, 98
DOVER - Edna Mark of Dover died Friday Oct. 23, 1998, in Silver Lake Center, Dover. She was 98.
Born in Bayonne, N.J., she was the daughter of the late Harry and Mary Hines Crutchley.
An accomplished artist, Mrs. Mark had taught art in the Jersey City, N.J., area for most of her life until her retirement in 1980, at which time she moved to Dover. Her art work was often displayed in the Jersey Journal Building, Journal Square, Jersey City.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Herbert I. Mark, in 1979.
She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, John R. and Anna May Mark of Milford; five grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; a great-great-grandson; and her faithful friend, Monty Gusberg of Dover.
Service will be 1 p.m. today at the Funeral Home of Michael J. Ambruso, 1175 S. State St., Dover, where friends may call after 12:30 p.m.
Burial will be private.
Rodney 'Short' Miller,98
DOVER - Rodney ''Short'' Miller of Dover died of natural causes Thursday, Oct. 22, 1998, in Capital Healthcare Services, Dover. He was 98.
Mr. Miller was the son of the late Alexander and Salley Miller.
During Rodney's youthful years, he lived in Wilmington; Elkton, Md., and Glasgow.
Most of Mr. Miller's employment was farm labor, until he retired.
He was preceded in death by his youngest son, Walden Miller Sr.
He is survived by his wife, Clara V. Miller of Dover; two sons, Donald Miller of Wilmington and Aaron Miller of Lebanon; a daughter, Phyllis Berry Scott of Dover; two daughters-in-law, Bernice and Elizabeth Mitchell of Wilmington; 15 grandchildren; 37 great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Service will be 7 p.m. today at Bennie Smith Funeral Home, Dover, where friends may call one hour prior to the service.
Burial will be Wednesday at Sharon Hills Memorial Park, Dover.
Violet Johnson Greenfield
PHILADELPHIA - Violet Johnson Greenfield of Philadelphia died of chronic heart failure Saturday, Oct. 24, 1998, in Bayhealth-Milford Memorial Hospital.
Violet was born in Harrington June 20, 1905, to the late Sarah Johnson.
Her childhood years were happily spent in Delaware. Her early adult years were spent working as a domestic in Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York for restaurants and such people as the renowned conductor Mitch Miller and singer Leslie Uggams.
She later lived with her husband, the late Adam H. Greenfield Jr., in Philadelphia. Debilitating complications from several strokes and heart failure relocated Violet back to Delaware, where she resided in Milford Genesis Eldercare Center until her death.
She was preceded in death by a brother, Olin Johnson; a sister, Leatha Johnson and a niece, Catherine Waters.
She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Margaret and Daniel Coleman of Harrington; a son and daughter-in-law, Francis and Celeste Johnson of Pittsburgh, Calif.; five grandchildren, Denise, Glenda, Tonya, Fonda and Leslie; a grandson-in-law, Reggie; six great-grandchildren, Tylisha, Andrea, Marie, Missy, ZarWayna and William; a great-great-granddaughter, Carla; and a host of cousins and friends.
Service will be 1 p.m. Wednesday at St. Paul A.M.E Church, 103 W. Mispillion St., Harrington.
Friends may call 6-8 p.m. today at St. Paul Church.
Burial will be in Williamsville Cemetery.
Arrangements by Bennie Smith Funeral Home, Dover.
Norma Rose Verrecchio Angeloni
NEWARK - Norma Rose Verrecchio Angeloni, ''Mrs. A,'' of Newark, formerly of Philadelphia, died Friday, Oct. 23, 1998, in her home.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Michael Angeloni, ''Mr. A.''
She is survived by two sons, the Rev. Michael Angeloni and Gary Angeloni, both of Delaware; a daughter, Carol Angeloni-Monjon, of Delaware; three sisters, Clara D'Agostino, Armand ''Babe'' Verrecchio and Amedio Verrecchio, all of Philadelphia; a brother, Albert ''Baba'' Verrecchio, of California; two granddaughters, Erin and Stephanie; and four grandsons, Michael, Matthew, James and Joseph.
Mass of Christian burial will be held 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Holy Family Church, Chestnut Hill and Gender roads, Newark, where friends may call two-and-one-half hours before the service.
Burial will be private.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to Holy Family Church, 15 Gender Road, Newark, DE 19713, in Norma's memory.
Arrangements by the DiPinto-Mehl Funeral Home, Philadelphia.
Charles R. Hammer Jr., 79
CLAYTON - Charles R. Hammer Jr. of Clayton died Sunday, Oct. 25, 1998, in Wilmington Hospital, Wilmington. He was 79.
Mr. Hammer was born March 10, 1919, in Harriston, Va., son of the late Charles and Gertrude V. Hammer.
He was a World War II Army veteran, serving in the Tunisian, Sicilian, Naples, Faggia, North Appenines, Southern France, Rhineland and Central European battles and campaigns. He was decorated with the American Defense Service Medal, the Croix de Guerre with Palm, the Distinguished Unit Badge with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Good Conduct Medal, the European-African-Middle Eastern Service Ribbon, and a Presidential Citation with Cluster.
After the service, he worked as an electrician doing general wiring.
Mr. Hammmer was a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 3B. He was also a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 8801, Clayton.
He is survived by his wife, Mary J. Hammer of Hartly; and a grandchild.
Memorial service will be 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Faith Baptist Church, Del. 300, Bryn Zion, Smyrna.
Arrangements by Torbert Funeral Chapel, Dover.
George R. Green, 75
EASTON, Md. - George R. Green of Easton died of natural causes Saturday, Oct. 24, 1998, in Memorial Hospital at Easton. He was 75.
Mr. Green was born Jan. 10, 1923, in Washington, D.C., the son of the late Robert J. and Bertha Gray Green.
He is survived by a devoted niece, Doris Boyd, of Washington; numerous other nieces, nephews and cousins; a devoted neighbor, Gladys Ellton; and a host of friends.
Service will be 11 a.m. today at the Bennie Smith Funeral Home, 426 Dover St., Easton, where friends may call two hours prior to the service.
Burial will be in Maryland Veterans Cemetery, Beulah.
The family suggests memorial contributions be made c/o Doris Boyd, 130 Higgins St., Easton, MD.
Lindsay Darcel Keene, 45
EASTON, Md. - Lindsay Darcel Keene of Easton died of natural causes Friday, Oct. 23, 1998, in Memorial Hospital at Easton. He was 45.
Mr. Keene was born July 2, 1953, in Easton, the son of Lucy C. Thomas Keene of Easton and the late Preston E. Keene.
He was educated in the Talbot County school system.
Mr. Keene worked as a cook for various restaurants.
He attended St. Paul U.M. Church, Royal Oak.
In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by a brother, William Keene.
In addition to his mother, he is survived by two brothers, Preston Keene Jr. of Cambridge and Larry Keene of Preston; two sisters, Barbara Keene of College Park and Yvonne Miles of Salisbury; and a host of other family and friends.
Service will be 1 p.m. today at St. Luke U.M. Church, Bellevue.
Calling hours were Monday.
Burial will be in Royal Oak Cemetery.
Arrangements by Bennie Smith Funeral Home, Easton.
Charles T. Morris Sr., 78
DEERFIELD TOWNSHIP, N.J. - Charles T. Morris Sr. of Deerfield Township died after having been in declining health for three-and-a-half years, Sunday, Oct. 25, 1998, in the South Jersey Hospital System-Bridgeton Division. He was 78.
Mr. Morris was born in Millsboro, Del., the son of the late Frank Norwood and Sara Morris.
He had lived in Deerfield Township for 25 years, and prior to that had lived in Hopewell Township.
Mr. Morris was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, serving in the European Theater.
He had been a shop steward with the former Cross Transportation Co., Bridgeton, for 25 years; had then been vice president of Teamsters Local 676 in Vineland and Collingswood; and had retired 11 years ago.
Mr. Morris was a member of the Nanticoke Indian Association of Millsboro; Teamsters Local 676, Collingswood; and the Veterans of Foreign Wars post in Vineland.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Eleanor Berry and Sylvia Mitchell.
He is survived by his wife, Marion Loatman Morris; five sons, Charles T. Morris Jr. of Deerfield Township, Frank S. Morris of Washington Township, Brent Morris of Deerfield Township, Alan W. Morris of Las Vegas and Dennis E. Morris of Thousand Oaks, Calif.; a brother, Urie Morris of Bridgeton; nine grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.
Service was held Oct. 24 in Bridgeton.
Burial was in Fernwood Memorial Park, Hopewell Township.
Arrangements by Padgett Funeral Homne, Bridgeton.
Earl R. Scheidt, 76
DOVER - Earl R. Scheidt of Dover died Monday, Oct. 26, 1998, in Kent General Hospital, Dover. He was 76.
Mr. Scheidt was born May 18, 1922, in Kutztown, Pa., the son of the late George and Mary Scheidt.
He was a graduate of Kutztown University with a bachelor's degree in education.
Mr. Scheidt served in the U.S. Army Infantry in World War II, receiving the Silver Star and the Purple Heart.
He taught in the Caesar Rodney School District until 1965. At that time, he started Dover Graphics, owning and operating it until 1990. He also owned and operated EZ Photo and Photofinishing on Dover Graphics' property.
Mr. Scheidt was a charter member of St. Andrew's Lutheran Church, Dover; was one of three founders of the Kent County Theatre Guild and was a member of Elks Lodge 1903.
He enjoyed the theater, and loved to read, watch television and work on his computer.
He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Janet R. Scheidt of Dover.
Memorial service will be 1 p.m. Saturday at St. Andrew's Lutheran Church, 425 N. Du Pont Highway, Dover.
Friends may call from 7-9 p.m. Wednesday at Torbert Funeral Chapel, 61 S. Bradford St., Dover.
The family suggests that memorial contributions be made in his name to any charity of one's choice or to St. Andrew's Lutheran Church, 425 N. Du Pont Highway, Dover, DE 19901.
Jerry A. Shields, 63
DOVER - Jerry A. Shields, a major environmental figure and author, died after a short illness, Friday, Oct. 23, 1998, in his home. He was 63.
Dr. Shields was born March 24, 1935, in Goldsboro, N.C., the son of the late Phin and Josie Shields. He grew up in Kernersville, N.C.
He earned an A.B. and an M.A. in journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and an M.A. and a Ph.D. in English from Duke University, Durham, N.C.
Dr. Shields taught at Slippery Rock State College, Slippery Rock, Pa., and moved to Dover in 1972, where he taught various disciplines at Wesley College, Delaware State College, Wilmington College and the University of Delaware.
He began his second career as a writer in 1978, and was the author of three books: ''Doctors on the New Frontier,'' with William Hoffman, the first book by Americans to be reprinted in the People's Republic of China since 1949; ''The Invisible Billionaire: Daniel Ludwig,'' an acclaimed biography of shipping magnate Daniel Ludwig; and ''Gath's Literary Work and Folk,'' a biography of George Arthur Townsend, a famed Civil War journalist, which, in 1997, won a first place in the National Federation of Press Women's contest.
Besides writing many newspaper and magazine articles, Dr. Shields was active in numerous campaigns to protect the environment. He testified over 100 times before U.S. House of Representatives' subcommittees on a wide range of environmental issues, and was a driving force in getting the state Coastal Zone Act implemented.
He was actively involved in the drive for a new building to expand the State Archives and, at the time of his death, he was chairman of two environmental organizations, Watch Our Waterways and The Greenwatch Institute. He also was working on a new book about Patty Cannon, the infamous Delaware slave trader and murderer.
He is survived by his wife, Jane Tiffany-Shields of Dover; two sons, Shannon Shields of Florida and Steven Shields of Washington state; a stepson, Marcus Northrup of Dover; a stepdaughter, Kay Marie Webster of Nebraska; and three grandchildren.
A memorial service will be 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Torbert Funeral Chapel, 61 S. Bradford St., Dover.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Delaware Hospice Inc., 911 S. Du Pont Highway, Dover, DE 19901.
Anna Layton Tatman, 92
SEAFORD - Anna Layton Tatman of the Methodist Manor House, Seaford, died Friday, Oct. 23, 1998, in her home. She was 92.
Mrs. Tatman was born in Bridgeville, and had lived in Wilmington from 1926-1973, when she moved into the Methodist Manor House.
She was a graduate of Bridgeville High School and attended Goldey College, Wilmington.
Mrs. Tatman was employed as an accountant with the Braunstein Stores, Wilmington, for almost 40 years. She retired in 1968.
She was a member of St. John's United Methodist Church, Seaford.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Preston I. Tatman, in 1954.
She is survived by two nephews.
Graveside service will be 2 p.m. Thursday in Hollywood Cemetery, Harrington.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to St. John's United Methodist Church, Seaford or to Methodist Manor House, Seaford.
Arrangements by H.E. Hardesty & Sons Funeral Home, Bridgeville.
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