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Ruth A. Bordenkecher, 70

DECATUR, Ill. - Ruth A. Bordenkecher of Decatur died Friday, Dec. 11, 1998, in St. Mary's Hospital, Decatur. She was 70.

Mrs. Bordenkecher was born May 3, 1928, in Wilmington, Del., the daughter of William and Alfreda (Ruston) Conard. She graduated from Dover High School in 1946, then attended the University of Delaware.

She worked in the laboratory at the former International Latex Corp. until her marriage Nov. 19, 1955, to Charles W. Bordenkecher in Holy Cross Church, Dover.

Mr. and Mrs. Bordenkecher then resided in Indianapolis until 1975, at which time, they moved the family to Decatur. For a brief time, she taught grade school at St. Rita's School in Indianapolis.

Among her many accomplishments, she played high school basketball and was a Red Cross swimmer; she was an avid gardener and a thoughtful friend to many. She was very much a participant in the activities, schools and lives of her children and grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Lawrence Byron Bordenkecher; and a sister, Shirley Marty.

She is survived by her husband of 43 years, Charles W. Bordenkecher Sr., of Decatur; a son and daughter-in-law, Charles W. Bordenkecher Jr. and Marlene Bordenkecher, both of Decatur; three daughters and three sons-in-law, Nancy and Albert Wheelock, Barbara and David Lehman and Ruth and John Snider, all of Decatur; 11 grandchildren, Lillie Bordenkecher, Ruthie Wheelock, Madalyn Wheelock, Albert Wheelock Jr., Amanda Bordenkecher, Andrew Bordenkecher, Catherine Lehman, Jeremy Lehman, Ryan Morrow, Hannah Snider and Justin Snider, all of Decatur; six stepgrandchildren; a great-grandchild, Addie Marie Haney; and six step-great-grandchildren.

Funeral Mass will be 11 a.m. Monday in St. Patrick Catholic Church, Decatur.

Friends may call from 5-7 p.m. today in J.J. Moran & Sons Funeral Home, Decatur, following a 4:45 p.m. vigil prayer service.

Burial will be in Northfork Cemetery.

The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to the Visiting Nurses Association.


Dillon James Hegman

SMYRNA - Dillon James Hegman of Smyrna died shortly after his birth Thursday, Dec. 10, 1998, in Christiana Hospital, Newark.

He is survived by his parents, Rodney and Lori Hegman of Smyrna; his twin brother, Austin Tyler Hegman of Smyrna; a half-sister, Adrienna Hegman of Little Creek; his maternal grandmother, Sandy Carty of Townsend; his paternal grandmother, Helen Hegman of Little Creek; and his maternal great-grandparents, Helen and Sam Austin of Townsend.

Service and burial will be private.

Arrangements by the Daniels & Hutchison Funeral Home, Middletown.


Harrington William Robinson Sr., 86

HURLOCK, Md. - Harrington William Robinson Sr. of Hurlock died, after a long illness, Wednesday, Dec. 9, 1998, in Chesapeake Woods Center, Cambridge. He was 86.

Mr. Robinson was born in 1912 in Dorchester County, the son of the late Houston and Martha Robinson.

He received his education in Dorchester County public schools.

Mr. Robinson worked at the Acme Market Cannery for over 30 years.

He always had a winning smile and encouraging words for others.

Mr. Robinson had been a very active member of the Hurlock United Methodist Church for most of his adult life. He was a faithful and dedicated lay speaker until his health failed. He also served on the Building Committee.

He was preceded in death by a stepson whom he raised, Edward Dotson, earlier this year; and by a sister, Lula Wongus.

He is survived by his wife, whom he married in March 1950, Rosalie Dotson Robinson; a son, Harrington Robinson Jr. of Denton; two daughters, Beverly Robinson of Hurlock and Geraldine Cannon of Laurel, Del.; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Service will be 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Hurlock United Methodist Church, where the Rev. David Lee is pastor.

Friends may call from 6-8 p.m. Monday at the church.

Burial will be in Washington Cemetery, Hurlock.

Arrangements by Bennie Smith Funeral Home, Hurlock.


John W. 'Jack' Thompson, 83

CHESTERTOWN, Md. - John W. ''Jack'' Thompson of Chestertown died of heart failure Friday, Dec. 11, 1998, in the Kent & Queen Anne's Hospital, Chestertown. He was 83.

Mr. Thompson was born in Rock Hall, the son of the late John M. and Mary C. Thompson.

He spent his formative years in Rock Hall and was a graduate of Rock Hall High School.

Mr. Thompson enjoyed the farm life in his early years, farming for many years. After leaving the farm, he went to work for Holiday & Jones Gulf Oil Co. in Chestertown, where he drove a delivery truck, retiring in 1981. Upon retiring, he enjoyed his gardening.

Being family-oriented, he enjoyed being with his family and participating in family activities. He was happiest when he was with his wife and children and his grandchildren. He also enjoyed life and being with his friends. He was well-known in all of Kent County, particularly at this time of year, as he would dress as Santa Claus and visit the hospital patients, area banks, the senior citizens and a host of others, bringing joy and smiles to all those lives he touched.

Mr. Thompson had been active in the Wesley Chapel Church in Rock Hall, the Senior Citizens Organization and the Rock Hall Planning Group.

He was preceded in death by a brother, J. Merritt Thompson, in 1977.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Katharine of Chestertown; two daughters, Joan Plummer, and her husband, Tommy, of Worton and Mary K. Spray of Chestertown; two sons, James W. Thompson, and his wife, Helen, and William M. Thompson, all of Chestertown; a brother, William Thompson of California; 11 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Service will be 11 a.m. Monday at the Fellows, Helfenbein and Newnam Funeral Home, 130 Speer Road, Chestertown.

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

Burial will be in Chester Cemetery, Chestertown.

Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made in his name to the Kent Agricultural Center, P.O. Box 386, Chestertown, MD 21620.

Priscilla Caldwell, 80

WYOMING - Priscilla Caldwell fell asleep to the Lord, Friday, Dec. 11, 1998, in Bayhealth Medical Center-Kent General Hospital, Dover. She was 80.

Mrs. Caldwell was born Sept. 19, 1918, daughter of the late Edward and Mary Goldsborough in Wyoming.

She received her education at Paul Lawrence Dunbar School in Camden.

She worked as a domestic technician for 71 years.

She was united in holy matrimony to Mr. Allan Thomas Caldwell on Sept. 19, 1940, where they remained faithfully together until his passing on Jan. 23, 1985.

Mrs. Caldwell served in the community as a Republican chairwoman for the 32nd District in the 1970s, she was a volunteer for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and the American Cancer Society.

She was a dedicated member of Zion A.M.E. Church since 1929. She served as a Sunday School teacher, missionary vice president, trustee steward, president of willing workers, and a member of local area and conference branch missionaries.

She is survived by a daughter, L. Lorraine Harris of Dover; a son-in-law, William Harris Jr.; two granddaughters, Donna Mason of Dover and Tina Harris of Fredericksburg, Va; one grandson-in-law, Robert Mason III; one great-granddaughter, Amani Mason; two sisters, Florence Goldsborough of Dover and Ella Bordley of Camden; a brother, Fred Goldsborough of Delaware City; a sister-in-law, Virginia Goldsborough of Wyoming; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Going home service will be 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Mount Zion A.M.E. Church, Dover, where friends may call two hours prior to service. Friends may also call from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at Zion A.M.E. Church in Camden.

Burial will be in Whatcoat Cemetery, Dover. 

Arrangements by Benny Smith Funeral Home, Dover.

Stephen John Bell, 26

FELTON - Stephen John Bell of Felton died in the early morning of Thursday, Dec. 10, 1998, as the result of injuries suffered in an automobile accident. He was 26.

Mr. Bell was born in Finland, Ohio, the son of John Bell of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Marilyn Pinks of Winter Haven, Fla.

He worked as a carpenter. He loved to make things with his hands. He also loved to help his wife do house work.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his wife, Brenda, of Felton; a stepdaughter, Whitney, of Felton; a brother, Nathan Bell, of Winter Haven; and a nephew, Nathan Bell, also of Winter Haven.

Service will be 1 p.m. today at the Melvin Funeral Home, 15522 S. Du Pont Highway, Harrington, with the Rev. Ken Huffman officiating.

Friends may call at the funeral home one hour prior to the service.

Burial will be in Hollywood Cemetery, Houston.

Rocco J. DiGioacchino, M.D., 61

BRIDGEPORT, W.Va. - Rocco J. DiGioacchino, M.D., of Bridgeport died following several months' illness, Saturday, Dec. 12, 1998, at the home of his sister, Anna T. McConnell, in Pennsville, N.J. He was 61.

Dr. DiGioacchino was born and raised in Penns Grove, N.J., the son of the late Rocco J. DiGioacchino Sr. and Aminta M. DiTommaso DiGioacchino.

He had been a resident of Clarksburg for the past 12 years, and had been living with his sister for the past two weeks.

Dr. DiGioacchino was a graduate of St. James High School, Penns Grove, N.J. He then studied at La Salle College (now University), Philadelphia, receiving a bachelor of science degree in 1959. He then went on to graduate studies at Pennsylvania State University, State College, Pa. Thereafter, he went to the University of Bologna in Bologna, Italy, to earn his doctorate in medicine. He performed his residency at the Wilmington Medical Center, Wilmington, Del., now Wilmington Hospital of Christiana Care.

During the Vietnam War, he served in the U.S. Army Medical Corps.

He formerly worked on the staff of the Beebe Hospital, Lewes, Del., in the radiology department. For the past 12 years, he worked in the radiology department of the Veterans Affairs Hospital in Clarksburg.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Lisabetta DiGioacchino.

He is survived by his wife, Nelda F. Young DiGioacchino of Bridgeport; two sons, George R. DiGioacchino of Alameda, Calif., and Rocco C. DiGioacchino of San Mateo, Calif.; a daughter, Nicole H. DiGioacchino of Lewes; four sisters, Madeline O'Connor of Newark, Del., Josephine Lopes and Anna T. McConnell, both of Pennsville, N.J., and Theresa Panunto of New Castle, Del.; and a granddaughter, Caroline M. DiGioacchino of San Mateo.

Mass of Christian burial will be 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Queen of the Apostles Roman Catholic Church, South Broadway, Pennsville, where friends may call one hour prior to the service.

Burial will be private.

The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to the Hospice of Salem County, 390 N. Broadway, Pennsville, NJ 08070.

Arrangements by Lougherty Funeral Home, One N. Broadway, Pennsville.

Evelyn F. McDowell, 70

BRIDGEVILLE - Evelyn F. McDowell of Bridgeville died Saturday, Dec. 12, 1998, in Bayhealth Medical Center, Milford. She was 70.

Mrs. McDowell was born Jan. 10, 1928, daughter of the late J. Frank and Florence Marvil Willoughby.

She graduated from Bridgeville Consolidated School in 1946.

She owned and operated McDowell's Market in Bridgeville for 44 years with her husband, retiring in Dec. 30, 1992.

Mrs. McDowell enjoyed family genealogy and making scrapbooks.

She is survived by her husband of 52 years, Marion C. Monk McDowell; a daughter, Judy M. Derrickson and son-in-law, Dennis B. Derrickson of Bridgeville; two sisters, Anna R. McDowell of Greenwood and Virmadel McAllister of Laurel; two brothers, William E. Willoughby of Greenwood and Ormond L. Willoughby of Bridgeville; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Service will be 1 p.m., Tuesday at Hardesty Funeral Home, 202 Laws St., Bridgeville, where friends may call one hour prior to service.

Burial will be in Bridgeville Cemetery.

Doug C. Manchester, 45

FELTON - Doug C. Manchester of Felton died Thursday, Dec. 10, 1998, in his home. He was 45.

Mr. Manchester graduated from Dover High School in 1976.

He retired from the United States Army.

He retired from Department of Correction in Smyrna, with the K-9 unit.

He was preceded in death by his father, Master Sgt. Maurice Manchester in 1976.

He is survived by his wife, Donna Manchester; his mother, Doris Robinson Manchester and stepfather, Ernest Crist of Downs Chaple; a brother, Donald Manchester of Harrington; two sisters, Joanne Leager of Downs Chaple and Lin Lancon of Houston, Texas. His two K-9 dogs, Major and King, were his children.

Service will be 1 p.m. Tuesday, at Trader Funeral Home, 12 Lotus St., Dover, where friends may call two hours prior to service.

Burial will be in Sharon Hill Memorial Park.

William H. Soots Jr., 68

REHOBOTH BEACH - William H. Soots Jr. of Rehoboth Beach died Saturday, Dec. 12, 1998, at his home. He was 68.

Mr. Soots was born July 20, 1930, in Indianapolis, Ind.

He was a veteran of the Korean War serving in the Army, retiring in 1952.

He was a television technician. He owned and operated Bills TV Shop for many years retiring in 1990.

Mr. Soots was a member of the Lewes Presbyterian Church, Kings Highway, Lewes.

He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Betty Jane Soots; three sons, Randy Soots of Lewes, Rusty Soots of Rehoboth Beach and Reagan Soots of Jacksonville, Fla; a daughter, Peggy Shockley of Lewes; a stepson, Roger Young of Rehoboth Beach; two brothers, Roy Soots of Lewes and Bob Soots of Indianapolis; two sisters, Helen Patton and Sandy Naylor, both of Indianapolis; 10 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Service will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at Lewes Presbyterian Church, Kings Highway, Lewes. The Rev. Harry Hughes will officiate

Burial will be in Lewes Presbyterian Church Cemetery.

The family suggests contributions be made to the Lewes Presbyterian Church,

Kings Highway, Lewes, DE 19958 or Delaware Hospice, Southern Division, 600 North DuPont Highway, Georgetown, DE 19947.

Arrangement are by Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Atkins-Lodge Chapel, 1449 Kings Highway, Lewes.

James J. Riccio, 82

HENDERSON, Md. - James J. Riccio of Henderson, formerly of Wilmington until 1972, died of natural causes Sunday, Dec. 13, 1998 in Kent General Hospital, Dover. He was 82.

Mr. Riccio was born July 17, 1916 in Wilmington, son the of late Michael and Mary Riccio.

He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the Army.

He worked for Gulf Oil of Wilmington as a truck driver for 27 years.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Elizabeth Taylor Riccio in 1972 and a great-granddaughter, Amanda McMullen in 1985.

He is survived by a daughter, Johanna Master of Hartly; two granddaughters, Pamela Dodge of Greensboro, Md., and Kimberly Espil of Hartly; a great-grandson, Mathew Espil of Hartly and a faithful companion, Anna May Squire of Henderson.

Mass of Christian burial will be 10 a.m. Wednesday in the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Marydel. Friends may call 7-9 p.m. Tuesday at the Fleegle & Helfenbein Funeral Home with closing prayers at 8:45 p.m.

Burial will be in Cathedral Cemetery, Wilmington.

The family suggests contributions be made to Immaculate Conception Church, P.O. Box 126, Marydel, MD 21649.

Bernice L. Seabrease, 77

LEWES - Bernice L. Seabrease died of congestive heart failure Saturday, Dec. 12, 1998, in the Lewes Convalescent Center, Lewes. She was 77.

Mrs. Seabrease worked as a nurse's aide with Beebe Hospital, Lewes and later as a seamstress for Dressco Corporation, Lewes, retiring in 1976.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Carlton P. Seabrease in 1975.

She is survived by four sons, Carlton D. Seabrease of Harbeson, Ralph A. Seabrease of Ramseur, N.C., Donald L. Seabrease of Bridgeville and James E. Seabrease of Ocean View; a sister, Shirley Macey of Georgetown; 10 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Service will be 1 p.m. Wednesday in Hardesty Funeral Home, 202 Laws St., Bridgeville, where friends may call two hours prior to service.

Burial will be in Bridgeville Cemetery.

James Orem Rhodes, 86

CENTREVILLE, Md. - James Orem Rhodes of Centerville died Saturday, Dec. 12, 1998, in the University of Maryland Medical Center. He was 86.

Mr. Rhodes was born Sept. 27, 1912, in Winchester, the son of the late James B. and Mary Johnson Rhodes.

He attended Stevenville High School.

He ran a gas station in Grasonville in 1933 until World War II began. 

He married Marguerite Coursey of Grasonville, in 1934 and worked for Fry & Son as a fork lift operator and later for US Trucking Company of Jessup until retiring in 1976, then returning to the Eastern Shore. He moved to Denton in 1978.

He was preceded in death by his wife, on Jan. 12, 1996 and a son, James E. Rhodes in April 1969.

He is survived by a son, Ray D. Rhodes of Cambridge; three grandsons, James ''Jimbo'' Rhodes of Queen Anne, Dean Rhodes of Gransonville and Chad Horney of Stevensville; a granddaughter, Donna Collins of Cambridge; a daughter-in-law, Jeannette Horney of Starr and six great-grandchildren.

Graveside service will be 11 a.m. Wednesday in Glen Haven Cemetery, Glen Burniet, Md.

Arrangements are by Fellows, Helfenbein & Newnam Funeral Home, P.A., 408 South Liberty Street, Centreville, MD 21617.

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