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Eugene R. Baker Sr., 60
SARASOTA, Fla. - Eugene R. Baker Sr. of Sarasota, formerly of Dover, Del., died of cancer Tuesday, Dec. 16, 1998, in the home of his loving and devoted fiancee, Diann Fent. He was 60.
Mr. Baker was born May 9, 1938.
He graduated from Dover High School in 1956.
In 1957, Mr. Baker joined his father in the taxicab business, and later became part owner and vice president of Dover City Cab Inc., until he moved to Florida in 1978.
When his sons became of the age to participate in Cub Scouts, he formed Pack 103 in Dover, which met at St. Andrew's Lutheran Church. He later worked with a Boy Scout troop. He took the Scouts on a 50-mile hike on the Appalachian Trail, and every weekend in January, he would take his troop camping so they could earn their Icicle Badge.
Mr. Baker's son Anthony was the youngest Eagle Scout in Delaware at that time. During that time, Mr. Baker received the Order of Merit badge. He was dedicated to, and very active in, the cause of scouting, and wanted to be a part of his sons' formative years.
He was preceded in death by his brother-in-law, Howard Seward, Oct. 20, 1998.
He is survived by his father and stepmother, George H. and Edith Baker of Hartly, Del.; his mother, Alma M. Baker of Dover; two sons and two daughters-in-law, Eugene R. Baker Jr. and Evelyn Baker of Palm Bay and Anthony D. and Elaine Baker of Harrisburg, Ore.; a daughter and son-in-law, Lisa and Larry Jozwik of Robins, Ga.; a brother, George H. Baker Jr. of Angelsey, Wilmington, Del.; two sisters, Romayne B. Seward of Dover and Nancy B. Tieman of Chapeltown, Del.; seven grandchildren, Justin Jozwik, Aubrey Jozwik, Jennifer Baker, Steven Baker, Eugene R. Baker III, Jason Baker and Zachary Baker.
He will be greatly missed by his children and family.
Private service will be held by the family today at Brown's Funeral Home, Bradenton.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to a Boy Scout troop or Cub pack of one's choice.
Earl Price Cronshaw, 85
CHESTERTOWN, Md. - Earl Price Cronshaw of near Chestertown died Wednesday, Dec. 16, 1998, in Corsica Hills Nursing Home, Centreville. He was 85.
Mr. Cronshaw was born July 19, 1913, near Barclay, the son of the late Edward S. and Katie Price Cronshaw.
He was a lifelong resident of Queen Anne's County. He grew up and worked on the family farm until age 23, when he was married to the former Dorothy Mae Everett of Sudlersville July 20, 1936. They moved to near Sudlersville, where he was a self-employed dairy and grain farmer until 1959. Later that year, he moved to near Chestertown, and was employed at Church Hill Lumber Co. in Church Hill as a yard manager, retiring in 1979.
He enjoyed all outdoor sports and, in later years, took up bowling. He was also an avid gardener.
Mr. Cronshaw was a member of Calvary-Asbury Methodist Church, Sudlersville, and a former member of the Queen Anne's Farm Bureau and Easton Moose Lodge 1520.
He was preceded in death by four brothers, Edward P. Cronshaw, George Henry Cronshaw, E. Price Cronshaw and Linwood S. Cronshaw; and a sister, Catherine Cosden.
In addition to his wife of 62 years, he is survived by a brother, Franklin ''Pete'' Cronshaw of Chestertown.
Service will be 1 p.m. Sunday in the Fellows, Helfenbein & Newnam Funeral Home P.A., 370 W. Cypress Street, Millington, where friends and family may call one hour prior to the service.
Burial will follow in Sudlersville Cemetery, Sudlersville.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made in his memory to a favorite charity of one's choice.
Marie S. Forman
DOVER - Marie S. Forman of Dover died Thursday, Dec. 17, 1998, in Kent General Hospital.
Ms. Forman was the daughter of the late Beaulah and Arthur Showell.
She attended school in Philadelphia and Cheyney State Teachers College.
Ms. Forman was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star and of Delta Sigma Theta Inc.
She was a life member of the Women's Missionary Society of the Delaware Conference, an active member of the Nancy C. Perry Missionary Society and the Unity Choir of Zion A.M.E. Church, Dover, until her illness prevented such activity.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Atwood J. Foreman, presiding elder of the Wilmington District of the A.M.E. Church, in 1992.
Services will be noon Saturday in Mount Zion A.M.E. Church, Queen and Fulton streets, Dover, where friends may call two hours prior to the service.
Arrangements by Bennie Smith Funeral Home, Dover.
Marlene O. Fountain, 65
MILFORD - Marlene O. Fountain of Milford died of cancer Tuesday, Dec. 15, 1998, in Milford Memorial Hospital. She was 65.
Mrs. Fountain was born in Bridgeville May 1, 1933, the daughter of the late Carsene and Edith Palmer.
She was a high school graduate.
Mrs. Fountain had worked for the state of Delaware in a mail room for 35 years, and had been the manager for about 20.
She was a member of Mount Calvary United Methodist Church, Bridgeville.
She is survived by her husband, Franklin P. Fountain; a son and daughter-in-law, Henry Palmer Sr. and Claudia Palmer of Coatesville, Pa.; three brothers, Vincent Carey of Texas, Carrol Palmer of Dover and Carsene Palmer of Baltimore; a sister, Juanita Palmer of Felton; a devoted niece, Stacey Slade of Salisbury, Md.; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Service will be noon Monday at Mount Calvary U.M. Church, Bridgeville, with the Rev. Charles Smith officiating.
Friends may call at the church two hours prior to the service.
Burial will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Milford.
Arrangements by Minus Funeral Home, Dover.
Helen M. Monaghan, 81
MILFORD - Helen M. Monaghan of Milford, formerly of Clearwater, Fla., died Wednesday, Dec. 16, 1998, in Bayhealth/Milford Memorial Hospital, Milford. She was 81.
Mrs. Monaghan was born on June 3, 1917, in Chester, Pa., the daughter of the late Frank and Clara Osbourne Brennan.
She was a homemaker.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, Thomas Smith, in 1950; and her second husband, Joseph P. Monaghan, in 1990.
She is survived by a son, Thomas J. Smith of Dover, and his fiancee, Harleane Wells, of Milford, who took care of her; two grandchildren, Thomas Monaghan of Odenton and Sheri Conrad of Landenberg, Pa.; five great-grandchildren, Zachary Conrad, Lucas Conrad, Samuel J. Conrad, Kyle Monaghan and Bethany Monaghan; a sister-in-law, Mildred Brennan of Boothwyn, Pa.; two nieces, Loretta Kufta of Boca Raton, Fla., and Kelli Griffis of Clearwater; and a nephew, Maurice Bufano of Aston, Pa.
Service will be 1 p.m. Saturday at the Trader Funeral Home, 12 Lotus St., Dover, where friends may call one hour prior to the service.
Burial will be private.
Katherine Mary Reese Nash, 86
DENTON, Md. - Katherine Mary Reese Nash of Denton died Wednesday, Dec. 16, 1998, in Caroline Nursing Home, Denton. She was 86.
Mrs. Nash was born on Aug. 14, 1912, in Baltimore, the daughter of the late Andrew and Louise Marie Lettau Reese.
She attended Western High School, Baltimore.
She worked at Montgomery Ward until Dec. 31, 1931, when she married Arthur Orville Nash of Chester. During most of her lifetime, she was a homemaker in Chester. She and her husband ran ''Miss Kitty's Dairy Bar'' in Wye Mills, and later in Easton, during the '50s and '60s.
Mrs. Nash was a member of the Kent Island Volunteer Fire Department's Ladies Auxiliary, the Kent Island Heritage Society and Kent Daughters of America.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Feb. 17, 1979; and a son, Capt. Arthur O. ''Sonny'' Nash, March 20, 1995.
She is survived by a daughter, June Kemp of Denton; and three grandchildren.
Service will be 11 a.m. Saturday at the Fellows, Helfenbein & Newnam Funeral Home, Chester, where friends and family may call from 7-9 p.m. Friday.
Burial will follow in Woodlawn Memorial Park, Easton.
The family suggests memorial contributions be made to one's local fire department.
Robert Odee, 67
LEWES - Robert Odee of Lewes died Wednesday, Dec. 16, 1998, in Clara Maass Medical Center, Bellville, N.J. He was 67.
Mr. Odee was born July 14, 1931, in Johnstown, Pa., the son of the late Josep Odee and Petronella Abler.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Army.
Mr. Odee had owned his own company that installed taxicab meters in New York City. After moving to Lewes, he worked as a field representative for Lawns Unlimited for 11 years.
He is survived by his wife, Louise B. Odee of Lewes; a son, Robert John Odee Jr. of Mullica Township, N.J.; a daughter, Tina Louise Odee of Lewes; and two grandchildren.
Graveside service will be 11:15 a.m. Saturday at Bethel Methodist Cemetery, Savannah Road, Lewes, with the Rev. Philip Sheekey officiating.
Friends may call from 9-11 a.m. Saturday at Atkins-Lodge Chapel of Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, 1449 Kings Highway, Lewes.
Burial will be in Bethel Methodist Cemetery following the service.
The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Intensive Care Unit, Clara Maass Medical Center, 1 Franklin Ave., Bellville, NJ 07109.
Owen Leroy Walbert, 73
CHESTERTOWN, Md. - Owen Leroy Walbert of Chestertown died Thursday, Dec. 17, 1998, in Kent and Queen Anne's Hospital, Chestertown. He was 73.
Mr. Walbert was born Dec. 21, 1924, in Still Pond, the son of the late Wilbur W. Walbert and Beatrice Lehman Walbert.
He served in the U.S. Army during World War II, receiving the Army of Occupation Medal and the Asia-Pacific Theater Ribbon.
On March 12, 1949, Mr. Walbert married Jean V. Whitlock. They lived in Betterton.
Mr. Walbert was a lifetime farmer. He worked as farm manager at Cacaway Farm for more than 30 years. He retired in 1996.
He was a member of the Kent County Farm Bureau and the Frank M. Jarman American Legion Post. He also was a past member of the Chestertown Elks Lodge 2474. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and crabbing.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Joanne Bigelow, July 14, 1998.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Owen E. Walbert of Sterling, Va.; a brother, Joe Walbert of Mississippi; two sisters, Louise Thomas of Baltimore and Virginia Johnson of Hartford, Conn.; three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Service will be 2 p.m. Sunday at Fellows, Helfenbein & Newnam Funeral Home, 130 Speer Road, Chestertown, where relatives and friends may call one hour prior to the service.
Burial will be in Wesley Chapel Cemetery, Rock Hall.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made
to the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical and Office Center, 1601 Kirkwood
Ave., Wilmington, DE 19805.
Martha Stalter Tignor, 92
DOVER - Martha Stalter Tignor of Dover died Thursday, Dec. 17, 1998, in her home. She was 92.
Mrs. Tignor was born Jan. 4, 1906, in Upper Sandusky, Ohio, the daughter of the late Franklin and Bertha Stalter.
She graduated from the College of Wooster and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa.
She had worked as a Latin teacher at Yeadon High School in Yeadon, Pa., and had been a tour guide for many overseas trips.
She was preceded in death by her husband, the Rev. Robert M. Tignor, Nov. 19, 1995.
She is survived by three sons, Robert L. Tignor of Princeton, N.J., Richard F. Tignor of Williamsport, Pa., and John P. Tignor of Carrollton, Texas; two daughters, Joan Tiernan of Severna Park, Md., and Judy Russo of Glassboro, N.J.; a sister, Regina O'Donnell of Boston; 13 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 26, at the Westminster Village Community Center, Dover.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to Delaware Hospice, Central Division, 911 South Du Pont Highway, Dover, DE 19901.
Arrangement by Torbert Funeral Chapel, Dover.
Mary S. Moran-Crockett, 84
DOVER - Mary S. Moran-Crockett of Luther Towers, Dover, died Wednesday, Dec. 16, 1998, in Capitol Health Care Services, Dover. She was 84.
Ms. Moran-Crockett was born Jan. 1, 1914, in Addis, La., the daughter of the late Ezekiel and Isabella Montgomery.
She had been a foster grandparent.
Ms. Moran-Crockett was a member of Mount Carmel Church of the Living God, Dover.
She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Ruby L. Coppadge and Robert Coppadge Jr., both of Dover; a sister, Ruby Williams of Los Angeles; four grandsons, Daryl Coppadge of Voorhees, N.J., Joel Coppadge of Wilmington, Carl Coppadge of Woodbridge, Va., and Paul Coppadge of Coatesville, Pa.; and seven great-grandchildren.
Service will be noon Tuesday at Mount Carmel Church of the Living God, 117 West St., Dover, with Elder Nelson E. Lewis officiating.
Friends may call one hour before the service at the church.
Burial will be in Sharon Hills Memorial Park, Dover.
Arrangements by Minus Funeral Home, Dover.
Mariann F. Bierbaum, 75
DOVER - Mariann F. Bierbaum of Dover died of pneumonia Friday, Dec. 18, 1998, in Bayhealth-Kent General Hospital, Dover. She was 75.
Mrs. Bierbaum was born in Duchesne, Utah, the daughter of the late William & Mary Wood Foster.
She and her family moved to Dover in 1955, and in 1964, her husband's military career caused them to leave the area. They returned to Dover in 1973.
Mrs. Bierbaum worked as a sales clerk for McCrory's in Dover, retiring in 1991.
She was a dedicated wife and mother. To those who knew and loved her, she was a unique lady who often assigned herself to laughter.
Mrs. Bierbaum had been a member of the Camden Friends Meeting of Camden, a former Red Cross volunteer and an active member of the Modern Maturity Center, where she had participated in the Meals on Wheels program.
She was preceded in death by a son, Carl, in 1992; and a grandson, Blaine Bowhall, in 1983.
She is survived by her husband of 51 years, Henry Bierbaum Sr. of Dover; six sons, Henry Jr. of Portland, Ore., William of San Diego, Calif., Johnny of Cambridge, Md., Tom of Erie, Pa., Bob of Laurinburg, N.C., and Jim of Wilmington; four daughters, Vicky Bowhall of Dover, Kathy Van Dame of Salt Lake City, and Teresa Bierbaum and Beth Dawson, both of Federal Way, Wash.; nine grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.
Service will be 8 p.m. Monday at the Funeral Home of Michael J. Ambruso, 1175 S. State St., Dover.
Friends may call from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Burial and committal service will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday in Holy Cross Cemetery, Dover.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made in her memory to the American Lung Association, 625 S. State St., Dover, DE 19901.
Clarence S. Collins Jr., 81
SMYRNA - Clarence S. Collins Jr. of Smyrna died Thursday, Dec. 17, 1998, in Beyhealth-Kent General Hospital, Dover. He was 81.
Mr. Collins was born in Odessa and was a 1938 graduate of Beacom College in Wilmington.
After graduating from Officers Candidate School, he was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army and was stationed in the South Pacific during World War II.
Mr. Collins then served as personnel director of Wilson Cabinet and its successor, Tyler Industries, in Smyrna from 1946-1955. In 1955, he purchased a lumber and hardware business in Clayton from R.W. Slaughter. It was sold in 1967 to the present owners. He then purchased land and property on U.S. 13 in Smyrna and opened Slaughter's Inc., a heating and plumbing supply business. The U.S. 13 location was sold in 1983, and the former Smyrna Theater was purchased, where Slaughter's Inc. is currently located.
He served as a state representative in the Delaware Legislature from 1951-1952 and also as the state treasurer of Delaware from 1953-1954.
Mr. Collins was a past president and member of the Smyrna-Clayton Rotary for 44 years. He achieved 43 years of perfect attendance (2,236 consecutive weekly meetings). In 1997, he received the Paul Harris Fellowship, the highest honor a Rotarian can receive. He was also a member of the board of directors of Clayton Bank and Trust Co. in Clayton for 38 years, the American Legion Post 14 in Smyrna and the Asbury United Methodist Church in Smyrna. He was active on various projects in the Smyrna community, such as the Chamber of Commerce and other committees which helped bring in new business to the area.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Ruth S. Collins of Smyrna; two sons and daughters-in-law, Clarence S. ''Butch'' Collins III and Terri Collins and David M. Collins and Kathy Collins, all of Smyrna; a daughter and son-in-law, Barbara C. Greene and Russell Greene of Smyrna; two sisters, Mabel Othoson of Port St. Lucie, Fla., and Elsie Everett of Odessa; seven grandchildren, Gloria Collins and Roberta Collins, both of Dover, Michael Kyer, Meggan Collins and Sharon Collins, all of Smyrna, Michael Pleasanton of Coatesville, Pa., and Adam Greene of Smyrna; and a great-grandchild, Alayne Mary Pleasanton of Coatesville.
Service will be 2 p.m. Monday at Matthews-Bryson Funeral Home, 123 W. Commerce St., Smyrna.
Friends may call from 7-9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Burial will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Smyrna.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to Smyrna-Clayton Rotary (for the Clarence Collins Scholarship Fund), c/o the funeral home; the Asbury United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 330, Smyrna, DE 19977; American Legion Post 14, P.O. Box 345, Smyrna, DE 19977; or to VFW Post 8801, c/o Jack Achenback, 11 Lakeview Drive, Smyrna, DE 19977.
Gertrude E. Lord, 91
DOVER - Gertrude E. Lord of Dover died Saturday, Dec. 20, 1998, in her home. She was 91.
Mrs. Lord was born in 1907, in Galestown, Md., the daughter of the late Albany and Laura Ann Eskridge.
She was a homemaker and had taught in the Dover public schools for nine years.
Mrs. Lord had been a longtime member of the board of managers of the Palmer Home.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Fred C. Lord Sr., in 1989.
She is survived by two sons, Fred C. Lord Jr. of Dover and Charles W. Lord of Salisbury, Md.; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Friends may call from 1-2 p.m. Tuesday at the Torbert Funeral Chapel, 61 S. Bradford St., Dover.
Graveside service will be private.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to one's favorite charity.
Gwendoline Pereira, 96
MELBOURNE, Fla. - Gwendoline Pereira of Melbourne died Friday, Nov. 27, 1998, in Carnegie Gardens Nursing Home. She was 96.
Mrs. Pereira was a sweet, humorous and lovely lady.
She is survived by a son, Edward Pereira of San Diego, Calif.; two daughters, Polly Nace of Dover, Del., and Dorothy Moore of Indialantic; and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
Memorial service will be 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Presbyterian Church of Dover, 54 S. State Street, Dover.
Kasie Nicole Solloway
SMYRNA - Kasie Nicole Solloway of Smyrna was stillborn Thursday, Dec. 17, 1998, in Bayhealth-Kent General Hospital.
She is survived by her parents, Robbie and Lisa Scuse Solloway of Smyrna; two brothers, Aaron Solloway and Ryan Permelia, both at home; her maternal grandparents, George and Renee Scuse of Smyrna; her paternal grandparents, Robert and Nancy Solloway of Smyrna; and her paternal great-grandmother, Esther Weller of Sudlersville, Md.
Service and burial will be private.
Arrangements by Faries Funeral Directors Inc., Smyrna.