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Herbert J. Berkovitz
DOVER - Herbert J. Berkovitz of Dover died Wednesday, Dec. 9, 1998.
He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Bernice Berkovitz; three daughters, Dr. Roslyn Berkovitz of Buffalo, N.Y., Helen Schlesinger of Dover and Linda Wattel of Long Island, N.Y.; and a son-in-law, Dr. Stephen Schlesinger of Dover.
Graveside service will be 1 p.m. Friday in Sharon Hills Memorial Park, Dover.
Arrangements by Torbert Funeral Chapel, Dover.
Anthony K. 'Tony' Ferretti, 53
CLAYTON - Anthony K. ''Tony'' Ferretti of Clayton, formerly of Gibbstown, N.J., died Monday, Dec. 7, 1998, in Kent General Hospital, Dover. He was 53.
Mr. Ferretti was born in Woodbury, N.J., the son of Dino A. Ferretti and Dora (Luppinetti) Ferretti of Gibbstown.
He was a graduate of St. James High School, Carney's Point, N.J.
He was a line worker for Johnson's Control in Middletown.
He was a member of the Board of Education of the Positive Outcomes Charter School in Dover.
Mr. Ferretti enjoyed collecting and showing antique cars.
In addition to his parents, he is survived by his companion with whom he lived, Dawn Amrhein; a son, Dino A. Ferretti of Dover; two sisters, Palma Betz of Thorofare and Doreen Vanaman of Audubon; and many nieces and nephews.
Service will be 11:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Michael R.C. Church, Gibbstown.
Friends may call from 9 a.m.-11 a.m. at the Landolfi Funeral Home, 300 West Broad Street, Paulsboro.
Burial will be in Eglington Cemetery, Clarksboro, N.J.
The family suggests contributions be made to the American Heart Assocation, 600 White Horse Pike, Audubon, NJ 08106.
Dorothy Marie Hakes, 72
MAGNOLIA - Dorothy Marie Hakes of Magnolia died Monday, Dec. 7, 1998, in Christiana Hospital, Newark. She was 72.
Ms. Hakes was born Jan. 18, 1926, in Johnstown, Pa., the daughter of the late James & Helda Fyok.
She had been working as the transportation supervisor for the Dover Modern Maturity Center for the past eight years.
She attended the Dover Assembly of God, Dover.
She is survived by a son, Kevin Hakes, and his wife, Bonnie, of Dover; a daughter, Leanne Lawrence of New Jersey; a sister, Jean Craig of Johnstown; and four grandchildren.
Graveside service will be 1 p.m. Saturday in the Forest Lawn Cemetery, Johnstown.
Friends may call 10:00-11:30 a.m. Friday at the Torbert Funeral Chapel, 61 South Bradford Street, Dover.
Richard E. Hammond, 77
FELTON - Richard E. Hammond of Felton died Tuesday, Dec. 8, 1998, at Wilmington Hospital of Christiana Care, Wilmington. He was 77.
Mr. Hammond was a poultry worker for Conagra in Milford for 27 years, retiring in 1982.
He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Elizabeth Hammond; two stepsons, Frank Shanan of Felton and Lester Shanan of Whitleysburg; two brothers, Howard Hammond of Magnolia and Robert Hammond of Seaford; a sister, Evelyn Flowers of Magnolia; three grandchildren; and two great-great grandchildren.
Service will be 11 a.m. Saturday at the Chapel of Berry-Short Funeral Home, Main Street, Felton, where friends may call one hour prior to the service.
Burial will be in Mount Olive Cemetery, Sandtown.
Georgia Ada Tunnell, 91
GRASONVILLE, Md. - Georgia Ada Tunnell of Grasonville died Tuesday, Dec. 8, 1998. She was 91.
Mrs. Tunnell was born Aug. 1, 1907, in Wilmington, Del., the daughter of the late George W. Waples and Annie W. Chamberlain.
She received her education in upstate New York, and later, she came back to Wilmington, where she attended the old Howard School.
After her education, Mrs. Tunnell entered the domestic field, mostly cooking. She also operated a beauty shop in her home for 10 years.
Mrs. Tunnell converted at the age of 17. She was very active in her church, where she sang with the Senior Choir and was a member of the Steward Board and of the Clara Evans Health and Welfare. She organized the Delaware Gospel Chorus, for which she served as president for a number of years. She was also district steward of Ezion Mount Carmel Church in Wilmington, for the Delaware Conference. She loved the Lord; when things didn't go right, she would go to God in prayer and ask for forgiveness.
She also was a member of the Order of the Easter Star, Star of Bethlehem 18, Prince Hall Affiliate.
Mrs. Tunnell was a good wife and housekeeper, always willing to help where needed. She loved to sew and to plant flowers in her yard and house. She loved to travel, and did so until ill health hindered her from traveling.
She is survived by two sisters, Evelyn Steward and Mary Waples; a stepson; a sister-in-law; a devoted nephew and niece, Harry Warrick and Iona Warrick; and a host of other nephew, nieces, cousins and friends.
Service will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Ezion Mount Carmel United Methodist Church, 10th and Lombard streets, Wilmington, where friends may call one hour prior to the service.
Friends may also call 5-7 p.m. Friday at Bryan's United Methodist Church, Grasonville, the Rev. Vaughn Adams, pastor.
Arrangements by Bennie Smith Funeral Home, Easton.
Dorothy Marie Webb, 78
GREENWOOD - Dorothy Marie Webb of Greenwood died Tuesday, Dec. 8, 1998, in the Country Rest Home, Greenwood. She was 78.
Mrs. Webb was born in Lynn, Mass., in 1920.
She earned her master's degree at Inter-American University in Puerto Rico.
Mrs. Webb was a teacher and taught school in many different locations while traveling with her husband, who was in the U.S. Air Force. She became an assistant principal in her last school, and retired in 1979.
She liked to play golf and travel with her husband in their travel trailer. They especially liked to pull their trailer up to Ossipee Lake in New Hampshire.
She is survived her husband of 53 years, Kenneth L. Webb; two sons, Kenneth H. Webb of Clearwater, Fla., and Robert E. Webb of Greenwood; five grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Service will be held in Florida at the convenience of the family.
Arrangements by Fleischauer Funeral Home, Greenwood.
Clarence Carlton Adams, 70
HURLOCK, Md. - Clarence Carlton Adams of Hurlock died, after a short illness, Wednesday, Dec. 9, 1998, in his home. He was 70.
Mr. Adams was born Jan. 14, 1928, the son of the late William and Eary Adams.
He was a professional truck driver, and did numerous odd jobs after retiring.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Mamie Devine Adams.
He is survived by his dear companion, Diane Smith; three sons, Bobby Quailes, Jarvis Devine and Tracy Adams; four daughters, Gladys Holland, Freda Devine, Delesia Pinder and Natasha Adams; a sister, Sadonia Adams of Baltimore; several nephews and nieces; and many, many friends.
Service will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Bennie Smith Funeral Home, Hurlock, where friends may call from 7-9 p.m. today.
Burial will be in Washington Cemetery, Hurlock.
Ann W. Campbell, 86
DUNELLON, Fla. - Ann. W. Campbell of Dunellon, and formerly of Greensboro, Md., died of natural causes Tuesday, Dec. 8, 1998, in Sylvia's Hospice, Ocala. She was 86.
Mrs. Campbell was born March 14, 1912, in Wurtzburg, Germany, the daughter of the late Leo and Babette Langstangh Weikinger.
She was a homemaker. She moved to Greensboro in 1992 from Hyattsville, Md.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Lawrence Peggerly, in 1955; and her second husband, Paul Campbell, in 1997.
She is survived by two sons, Larry Peggerly of Cornersville, Tenn., and Greg Pefferly of Rocky Ridge, Md.; three daughters, Barbara Husk, Sue Simmons and Fay Lupac, all of Ocala; a sister, Kay Lucke of Linden, Va.; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Service will be noon Saturday at the Fleegle and Helfenbein Funeral Home P.A., 106 W. Sunset Ave., Greensboro, Md., where friends may call two hours prior to the service.
Committal service and burial will be 2:30 p.m. in Fort Lincoln Cemetery, Bladensburg, Md.
Emmie Dean Decuir Douglas, 40
DOVER - Emmie Dean Decuir Douglas died Wednesday, Dec. 9, 1998. She was 40.
Mrs. Douglas was born Oct. 25, 1998, in New Orleans, the daughter of the late Vernon Magee and Mary Decuir.
She received her formal education in New Orleans public schools.
Mrs. Douglas moved to Dover in 1996. She was a customer service manager with Wal-Mart.
She is survived by her loving husband, Melton Douglas; a son, Larry; a brother, Eldridge Decuir; sisters, Lou Ann Crenshaw of Atlanta, Nedrea Johnson, Cynthia Grow and Verna Howard, all of New Orleans, and Andrea Black of Camden; six brothers-in-law, Samuel Douglas Jr. and Caesar Douglas, both of Baton Rouge, La., and Ray Crenshaw, Aaron Black, Charles Grow and Ronnie Grow; four sisters-in-law, Celestine Douglas, Rebecca Johnson, Hazel Thomas and Helen Black, all of Baton Rouge; her mother-in-law, Madelyn Brown; a grandmother, Alice Decuir; uncles; aunts; cousins and many devoted friends.
Service will be 8 p.m. today at Bennie L. Smith Funeral Home, Dover, where friends may call one hour prior to the service.
Burial will be Monday in Provident Cemetery, New Orleans.
Jean Ruth Rickards Hines, 81
SEAFORD - Jean Ruth Rickards Hines of Seaford died of heart failure Wednesday, Dec. 9, 1998, in Berlin Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Berlin, Md. She was 81.
Mrs. Hines was born in Wilmington, the daughter of the late William Lawrence Rickards and Anna Winifred Derrickson Rickards.
She was a homemaker.
She is survived by her husband, Stedman W. Hines; two daughters, Carol J. Morris of Salisbury, Md., and Linda L. Hollis of Seaford; four grandchildren and a great-grandson.
Service will be 11 a.m. Monday at Watson-Yates Funeral Home, Front and King streets, Seaford, with the Rev. Kari K. Jones officiating.
Burial will be in Gracelawn Memorial Park, New Castle, following a graveside service.
The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Ambulance Service of Blades Volunteer Fire Co., Blades, DE 19973; the Western Sussex Boys and Girls Club, Virginia Avenue, Seaford, DE 19973; or the Arthritis Foundation, 1505 Emerson Ave., Salisbury, MD 21801.
Doris Erie Hynson, 71
CHESTERTOWN, Md. - Doris Erie Hynson of Chestertown died Saturday, Dec. 5, 1998, in Kent and Queen Anne's Hospital, Chestertown. She was 71.
Mrs. Hynson was born in Kent County, the daughter of the late Robert Banks and Alice Hopkins.
She attended the public schools of Kent County.
Mrs. Hynson worked for Vita Foods and Campbell Soup Co., both of Chestertown, and for several area families.
She was a longtime member of Bethel A.M.E. Church, Chestertown, and served as a stewardess.
Mrs. Hynson loved gospel music.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, William Hynson.
She is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Mark Jackson and Priscilla Ann Jackson of Chestertown; three grandchildren, Dorese Jackson of Chestertown, Mark Jackson Jr. of Glen Burnie and Thomas Jackson of Greenville, N.C.; eight great-grandchildren; an uncle, George Johnson Jr. of Rock Hall; two aunts, Rena Pendleton of Baltimore and Elaine Hopkins of Rock Hall; and a devoted friend, Vivian Comegys of Chestertown.
Service will be 11 a.m. Saturday in Bethel A.M.E. Church, College Avenue, Chestertown, with the Rev. Frederick W. Jones officiating.
Friends may call at the church from 7-9 p.m. today and two hours prior to the service.
Burial will be in Rich Neck Hall Cemetery, Ewingtown.
Arrangements by James A. Perkins Funeral Service, Rock Hall.
Herbert William 'Sonny' Leathren, 59
GOLTS, Md. - Herbert William 'Sonny' Leathren of Golts died Wednesday, Dec. 9, 1998, in his home. He was 59.
Mr. Leathren had worked for the Middletown, Del., Agway for 10 years, and then worked for the Delaware Department of Transportation, Division of Highways, as an operator, for 20 years.
He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Sue Leathren; a son, Herbert ''Derby'' Leathren of Clayton, Del.; three daughters, Brenda Daniels of Smyrna, Del., Mary Ann Alexander of Middletown and Penny Leathren of Clayton; three sisters, Alice Redman of Middletown, Pauline Leathren of Smyrna and Frances Nabb of Florida; and seven grandchildren.
Graveside service will be 2 p.m. Saturday at the Townsend Cemetery, Townsend, Del.
Arrangements by Daniels & Hutchison Funeral Home, Middletown.
Virginia Rae Myers, 59
MARYDEL, Md. - Virginia Rae Myers of Marydel died Monday, Dec. 7, 1998, in the University of Maryland Medical Center, Baltimore, as the result of an accident. She was 59.
She was born January 19, 1929, in Cumberland, the daughter of the late Joe Donald and Amy Mansbury Coakley.
Mrs. Myers had lived in Marydel since moving from Washington, D.C., in 1968.
She was employed by L.C.S. of Dover, Del., as a team leader.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond Myers, April 12, 1994.
She is survived by a son, Raymond Edwin Myers of Marydel; three daughters, Joyce Ann Biddle and Janet Lee Racz, both of Henderson, and Sgt. 1st Class Judy Lynn Johnson of Fort Carson, Colo.; two brothers, Joe Donald Coakley of West Virginia and Frank Sword of Daytona Beach, Fla.; and five grandchildren.
Service will be 8 p.m. today at the Fleegle & Helfenbein Funeral Home, 106 W. Sunset Ave., Greensboro, where friends may call one hour prior to the service.
The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to a charity of one's choice.
Oscar L. Norman Jr., 73
DOVER - Oscar L. Norman Jr. of Dover died Wednesday, Dec. 9, 1998, in Westminster Village Health Center, Dover. He was 73.
Mr. Norman was born April 28, 1925, in Crawfordsville, Ind., the son of the late Oscar L. Norman Sr. and Viola Long Norman.
He graduated from Wabash College in Indiana with a bachelor's degree, from Northwestern University with a master's degree and from Purdue with a doctorate, all in chemistry.
Mr. Norman worked in research and development for 31 years, at the International Mineral & Chemical Co. from 1952-1961, and at the Sun Oil Co., Marcus Hook, Pa., from 1961-1983.
He was a member of Concord Presbyterian Church, Wilmington; the scientific honor society Sigma Xi; and the American Chemical Society.
Mr. Norman is survived by his wife of 52 years, Beverly A. Norman of Dover; a son, William C. Norman of Hockessin; a daughter, Pamela A. Norman of Wilmington and two grandchildren.
Memorial service will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Torbert Funeral Chapel, 61 S. Bradford St., Dover.
Burial will be private.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Delaware Hospice, Central Division, 911 S. Du Pont Highway, Dover, DE 19901.
Doris Plucenik, 71
MILFORD - Doris Plucenik died Wednesday, Dec. 2, 1998, in Westminster Village Health Center, Dover. She was 71.
A Memorial Mass will be held 2 p.m. Sunday at St. Bernadette's Catholic Church, 109 Dixon St., Harrington.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to the St. John's Building Fund, 506 Seabury Ave., Milford, DE 19963.
Arrangements by Rogers Funeral Home, Milford.
Henry Earl Roberts, 54
EASTON, Md. - Henry Earl Roberts of Easton died Monday, Dec. 7, 1998, in Memorial Hospital at Easton, Easton. He was 54.
Mr. Roberts was born in Easton, the son of the late Perry Roberts and Mary Sullivan Roberts.
He was raised in Easton and attended the public schools there.
People would call Mr. Roberts to do odd jobs for them.
He is survived by two brothers, Perry Roberts Jr. of Grasonville and Edward E. Roberts of Easton; four sisters, Thelma Bailey, Margaret Fountain, Virginia Mae Cherry and Darlene Ricks; one brother-in-law, of Easton; two sisters-in-law, both of Easton; a nephew, of Easton; six nieces, all of Easton; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Service will be 1 p.m. Monday at Union Baptist Church, Glenwood Avenue, Easton, where friends may call from 6-8 p.m. Sunday.
Burial will be in Richards Memorial Cemetery, Easton.
Arrangements by Bennie Smith Funeral Home, Easton.
Trudy R. Ruehrmund, 69
DOVER - Trudy R. Ruehrmund of Dover died of breast cancer Wednesday, Dec. 9, 1998, in her home. She was 69.
Mrs. Ruehrmund was born April 5, 1929, in Jersey City, N.J., the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. James Rienzi.
She graduated from Ferris High School in 1944 and studied voice with Leonard Rudke in New York City.
Mrs. Ruehrmund then sang with James Morielli and the NBC Orchestra in New York. She also had worked as a secretary for the Baker Chocolate Co. in Hoboken, N.J., where she met her late husband, Max E. Ruehrmund Jr.
She was very active in local theater organizations. She served as the president and member of the board of the Community Singers and acted in and directed numerous productions, including ''Oklahoma!,'' ''Carousel,'' ''Mame,'' ''Fiddler on the Roof,'' ''Destry Rides Again,'' ''Show Boat,'' ''The Wizard of Oz,'' ''Cinderella,'' ''On Golden Pond'' and ''The Shadow Box.'' She also was involved with the Patchwork Playhouse and the Children's Theatre.
Mrs. Ruehrmund was a member of Christ Episcopal Church in Dover and had served on the board of the Women of Christ Church and on the Altar Guild, and was a member of the choir for over 33 years.
She loved her family, friends and music, and was an inspiration to all.
She is survived by a son, Max E. Ruehrmund III of Chestertown, Md.; two daughters, Kim R. Ferrell of Henderson, Md., and Erika L. Paradee of Dover; a sister, Margaret Cackowski of Philadelphia; and six grandchildren, Betsy, Lindsay, Olivia, Max, Marissa and Cassandra.
Service will be 2 p.m. Saturday in Christ Episcopal Church, State and Water streets, Dover.
Friends may call from 7-9 p.m. today at Torbert Funeral Chapel, 61 S. Bradford St., Dover.
Burial will be in Christ Churchyard, Dover.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests that memorial contributions be made for a vocal student scholarship at the University of Delaware and sent to: University of Delaware, Office of Development, Academy Building, Newark, DE 19716, in memory of Gertrude Ruehrmund.
A. Marie Williams, 73
DOVER - A. Marie Williams of Dover died Wednesday, Dec. 9, 1998, in Westminster Village Health Center, Dover. She was 73.
Mrs. Williams had worked as a laboratory technician for the Delaware Department of Agriculture, retiring in 1990.
She was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9962 Ladies Auxiliary, Dover, where she held many offices.
Mrs. Williams enjoyed gardening, doing needlework and spending time with her great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Roy F. Williams, in 1988.
She is survived by her mother, Clara Cox of Dover; two daughters and a son-in-law, Connie and Wayne Stultz and Sheila R. Williams, all of Dover; a sister, Ruth Clampitt of Smyrna; a sister-in-law, Ruth Malone of Linglestown, Pa.; two grandchildren and their spouses, Tracey and John Green of Dover and Sean and Kim Stultz of Fayetteville, N.C.; and four great-grandchildren, Taylor Green of Dover and Desiree Stultz, Rebecca Stultz and Robert Stultz, all of Fayetteville.
Service will be 1 p.m. Monday at Trader Funeral Home, 12 Lotus St., Dover, where friends may call from 7-9 p.m. Sunday.
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