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Margaret 'Maggie' L. MeGee, 73
GEORGETOWN - Margaret ''Maggie'' L. MeGee of Georgetown, died of congestive heart failure Saturday, Feb. 21, 1998, in Milford Memorial Hospital. She was 73.
Mrs. MeGee was born in Oakland, Calif., and moved to Clarksville in 1956, and later to Georgetown.
She worked briefly at Nanticoke Homes from 1986-1990, but most of her life, she stayed home and took care of her children. She was a good mother.
Mrs. McGee, in her leisure time, watched television and especially liked to watch western shows and soaps.
She was preceded in death by her former husband of 26 years, Allen M. McGee, in 1994.
She is survived by five sons, Bobby Joe and Luis of California, Ronald MeGee of Maine, Steve MeGee of Bridgeville and Gary MeGee, with whom she lived, of Georgetown; one daughter, Sherrie Yoder of Andrewville; one brother, Joe Hensley of California; one sister, Mary Gilman of California; 10 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Service will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Fleischauer Funeral Home, West Market Street, Greenwood, where friends may call one hour prior to the service.
Burial will be private.
Dorothy Chester White, 67
DOVER - Dorothy Chester White of Dover died of respiratory failure Sunday, Feb. 22, 1998, in her home. She was 67.
Mrs. White was born in Philadelphia, daughter of the late William J. and Martha Scott McKay.
She was employed with the Federal Defense Contract Audit Agency, Media, Pa., retiring in 1992.
Mrs. White was a member of Christ Episcopal Church, Dover; Walter L. Fox Post 2 American Legion Auxiliary, Dover; VFW Post 7679, Mantua, N.J.; and the Modern Maturity Center, Dover.
She is survived by her husband, William W. White of Dover; a son, Andrew J. Chester of Mount Ephraim, N.J.; three daughters, Christine D. Heaton of Deltona, Fla., Marilyn J. Hines of Frederica and Dorothy J. Winkeler of Media; and 10 grandchildren.
Services will be held privately at the convenience of the family.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to the Delaware Hospice, 911 N. Du Pont Highway, Dover, DE 19901.
Arrangements by Torbert Funeral Chapel, Reed & Bradford Streets, Dover.
Elizabeth May Foster, 87
CECILTON, Md. - Elizabeth May Foster of Cecilton died of heart failure Sunday, Feb. 22, 1998, in Med Pointe Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Elkton.
She was 87.
Mrs. Foster was born in Philadelphia, daughter of the late George and Cynthia Burger.
She and her husband were longtime residents of Cecilton; they were first attracted to the area early in life, as they loved to sail the Chesapeake Bay, particularly in and around the Cecil County areas. Their home was a labor of love, as they worked together to completely restore a house which was once in ruin.
Mrs. Foster and her husband owned and operated Foster's Plumbing, Cecilton, for a number of years. She was a homemaker most of her life.
She was active in the Methodist Women's Organization, Cecilton, and a volunteer worker at Union Hospital, Elkton, for a long period of time.
Mrs. Foster was very family-orientated.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence Biddle Foster, in 1987; and by a son, Dr. Wayne K. Foster, in 1997.
She is survived by three sons, the Rev. C. Biddle Foster of Manchester, Stephen D. Foster of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and David A. Foster of Cecilton; 12 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.
Service will be 11 a.m. Saturday at the Zion U.M. Church, Cecilton, where friends may call one hour prior to the service.
Burial will be in the Still Pond Cemetery, Still Pond.
Arrangements by the Fellows, Helfenbein & Newnam Funeral Home, 226 E. Main Street, Cecilton.
William B. Hering Jr., 77
MILFORD - William B. Hering Jr. of Milford died of heart failure Monday, Feb. 23, 1998, in Milford Memorial Hospital. He was 77.
Mr. Hering was an Army veteran of World War II.
He was a retired farmer and had also been a carpenter with John L. Briggs and Co., Milford area, for many years.
Mr. Hering enjoyed dogs and guns.
He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Callie McBroom Hering; a son, Mike Hering of Milford; and several nieces and nephews.
Service will be 1 p.m. Friday at the chapel of Berry-Short Funeral Home, NW Front Street, Milford.
Friends may call from 7-9 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Burial will be in the Odd Fellows Cemetery, Milford.
John Joseph Palmer Sr., 64
SALISBURY, Md. - John Joseph Palmer Sr. of Salisbury died Friday, Feb. 20, 1998, in the Peninsula Regional Medical Center, Salisbury. He was 64.
Service will be 1 p.m. Thursday at the Maryland Veterans Cemetery, Beulah.
Friends may call from 11 a.m.-noon Thursday at the Bennie Smith Funeral Home, Salisbury.
Phyllis J. Canavan, 65
DOVER - Phyllis J. Canavan of Dover died Monday, Feb. 23, 1998, in Crozer-Chester Medical Center, Upland, Pa. She was 65.
Ms. Canavan was born in Clearfield, Pa., daughter of the late Monroe and Martha Katherine Donley Montague.
She was a homemaker and also worked at various jobs throughout her life.
She was preceded in death by three brothers, Robert M. Montague, Walter W. Montague and Russell L. Montague; and a sister, Mary Katherine Hemphill.
She is survived by a daughter, Heather L. Davis of Clayton; two granddaughters, Sarah E. Davis and Andrea M. Davis, both of Clayton; a grandson, John W. ''Jack'' Davis III of Clayton; a niece; and two nephews.
Friends may call from 7-9 p.m. Friday at the Matthews-Bryson Funeral Home, 123 W. Commerce St., Smyrna.
Burial will be in the Hillcrest Cemetery, Clearfield.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to Clayton Fire Co., A.E.D. Fund, PO Box 1050, Clayton, DE 19938.
Donald Dean Riggs, 60
SMYRNA - Donald Dean Riggs of Smyrna, formerly of Folcroft, Pa., died, apparently of a heart attack, Monday, Feb. 23, 1998, while at work. He was 60.
Mr. Riggs was a Navy veteran of the Vietnam War.
He was employed with General Motors, Boxwood Road, for 13 years and with General Electric, Philadelphia, for over 20 years.
Mr. Riggs was a member of the UAW Local No. 435; of the St. James Episcopal Church, southwest Philadelphia; and of St. Peter's Episcopal Church, Smyrna.
He enjoyed boating, camping and antique car shows.
He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Frances E. Riggs; a son, Norman Glenn Riggs of Boothwyn, Pa.; a daughter, Debbie A. Shiber of Smyrna; his mother, Christine Skiles of Lawrence, Kan.; four brothers, Jerry of Colorado, Terry of Washington, Tom of Iowa and Bill of Idaho; and seven granddaughters.
Service will be 1 p.m. Friday at the Daniels and Hutchison Funeral Home, 212 N. Broad St., Middletown.
Friends may call one hour prior to the service and from 7-9 p.m. Thursday.
Burial will be in the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Chesapaake City Road, Bear.
Helen J. Nielsen, 82
MILFORD - Helen J. Nielsen of Milford died of heart failure Tuesday, Feb. 24, 1998, in the Milford Center, Milford. She was 82.
Ms. Nielsen was born in Philadelphia, daughter of late Joseph J. and Mary Fleming McNally.
She was a sales clerk with the former Emanuel's, Dover, worked at Steele's Pharmacy, Dover, and was a house mother at Wesley College.
Ms. Nielsen lived in Luther Towers, Dover, for five years and then at the Milford Center for the past two years.
She is survived by a son, Kenneth Ryder of Lincoln; a daughter, Joan Marie Bartsch of Harrington; two brothers, James E. McNally Sr. and Joseph J. McNally, both of Gaithersburg, Md.; a sister, Trude M. White of Houston, Texas; nine grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Service will be 1 p.m. Thursday at the Torbert Funeral Chapel, Reed and Bradford streets, Dover, where friends may call one hour prior to the service.
Burial will be in the Barratt's Chapel Cemetery, Frederica.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to Delaware Hospice Inc., 911 N. Du Pont Highway, Dover, DE 19901.
Frances C. Primaldi, 89
NEW CASTLE - Frances C. Primaldi of New Castle died of cancer Monday, Feb. 23, 1998, in Union Hospital, Elkton, Md. She was 89.
Mrs. Primaldi was a homemaker.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Phillip Joseph Primaldi, in 1995.
She is survived by a son, Edward L. Primaldi of New Castle; a daughter, Janet E. Stauffer, with whom she has lived for the last two years; a sister, Mary Barnes of Lewistown, Pa.; three grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
Mass of Christian burial will be 11 a.m. Thursday at Price Hall, Del. 299 West, Middletown.
Friends may call from 10-10:45 a.m. Thursday at the Daniels and Hutchison Funerl Home, 212 N. Broad St., Middletown.
Burial will be in the Gracelawn Memorial Park, Minquadale.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the American Cancer Society, 625 S. State St., PO Box 7, Dover, DE 19903-0007.
Ethel Henry Barnes Hamilton, 77
FAIRLEE, Md. - Ethel Henry Barnes Hamilton of Fairlee died Saturday, Feb. 21, 1998, in Kent and Queen Anne's Hospital, Chestertown. She was 77.
Mrs. Hamilton was born in Chestertown, daughter of late Frank and Victoria Chambers-Barnes.
She worked with the Campbell Soup Co. for 20 years.
Mrs. Hamilton was a member of the Bethel A.M.E. Church and was a faithful background worker in the Senior Usher Board, and an active member of Sarah E. Travers Chapter 50, Order of the Eastern Star.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Irving J. Hamilton.
She is survived by an adopted son and his wife, Alvin and Vanessa Ringgold of Baltimore; a sister, Emma Smith of Chestertown; a uncle, Benjamin Chambers of Wilmington, Del.; a stepson and his wife, Melvin and Shirley Hamilton of Chestertown; three sisters-in-law, Isabella Steward and Solistine Briscoe, both of Chestertown, and Christine Brooks of Baltimore; three brothers-in-law, Oliver Briscoe of Chestertown, Clarence Brooks of Baltimore and Richard Jacobs of Staten Island, N.Y.; an uncle-in-law, Russell Wright of Wilmington; an aunt-in-law, Helen Chambers; a devoted friend, Walter Carter; three adopted grandchildren; and two stepgrandchildren.
Service will be 11 a.m. Saturday at the Bethel A.M.E. Church, Chestertown. The Rev. Frederick Jones will officiate.
Friends may call from 7-8 p.m. Friday at the Walley Funeral Home, Chestertown, and two hours prior to the service.
Burial will be in the Janes U.M. Cemetery.
Mildred Robinson Millman, 96
ANGOLA NECK - Mildred Robinson Millman of Angola Neck died of heart failure Monday, Feb. 23, 1998, in Milford Memorial Hospital. She was 96.
Mrs. Millman was born in Lewes, daughter of the late James and Mary Dunn Robinson.
She was a resident of the Millsboro Nursing Home for the past 10 years.
Mrs. Millman was a homemaker.
She was a lifetime member of Conley's U.M. Church, Angola, where she served as pianist for many years.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Everett, in 1973.
Graveside service will be 10 a.m. Thursday at the the Conley's Chapel Cemetery, Angla.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to Conley's U.M. Church.
Arrangements by Short Funeral Services, Milton.
Helen L. Wise, 82
Dover - Helen L. Wise of Dover died of heart failure Monday, Feb. 23, 1998, at the Westminster Health Center.
Mrs. Wise was born in 1915 in Johnstown, Pa., the daughter of the late Benjamin L. and Margaret L. Evans Johns.
She had been a member of the First Baptist Church of Dover, and the Good Samaritans at Luther Towers.
Mrs. Wise's family, grandchildren and great-grandchildren were very important to her.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Harry E. Wise, in 1982.
She is survived by two daughters, Peggy Cox of Dover and Judy Nelson of Bel Air, Md.; a brother, Clyde of Denver, Colo.; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Service will be 11 a.m. Saturday at the Torbert Funeral Chapel, Reed street at Bradford Street, Dover, where friends may call one hour prior to the service.
Donations may be made to the East Barn Fund c/o the First Baptist Church of Dover, 301 Walker Road, Dover, DE 19904.
Joe 'Pop Pop' Mench, 68
CHESTERTOWN, Md. - Joe ''Pop Pop'' Mench of Chestertown died Monday, Feb. 23, 1998, at Washington Hospital Center. He was 68.
Mr. Mench was born in 1929 in Worton, the son of the late John Vincent and Grace Reynolds Gears Mench.
He had worked for several years for Campbell's Soup, then, later, at Kent and Queen Anne's Hospital as a security guard. He was a chief at one time.
Mr. Mench served in the U.S. Air Force as an aircraft engineer during the Korean and Vietnam wars. He retired as a master sergeant with 28 years of service.
He was a member of Frank M. Jarman American Legion Post 36 in Chestertown, and a past member of Betterton Lions Club.
Mr. Mench enjoyed his grandchildren and his pets.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth H. Moore, in 1986.
He is survived by a daughter, Hilda Jean Mench Plummer of Chestertown; two sisters, Frances Welch of Centreville and Florence Legg of Delaware; and two grandchildren, April Ruth and Michael James Plummer of Chestertown.
Service will be 1 p.m. Saturday at Fellows, Helfenbein and Newnam Funeral Home, 130 Speer Road, Chestertown, where friends may call from 7-9 p.m. Friday.
Burial will be in Chester Cemetery.
Contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, 711 Washington Ave., Chestertown, MD 21620.
Fannie S. Melvin, 94
LINCOLN - Fannie S. Melvin of Lincoln died Tuesday, Feb. 24, 1998, at Milford memorial hospital. She was 94.
Mrs. Melvin was born in 1903 in Pennsylvania.
She was an honorary member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Ellendale Volunteer Fire Co.
Mrs. Melvin loved life and people. She was an avid gardener of flowers, and enjoyed sending cards and photographing people.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Herbert W. Melvin Sr., in 1960.
She is survived by her son, Herbert W. Melvin Jr., and his wife, Dot, of Lincoln, with whom she lived; three grandsons, Herbert W. Melvin III, Guy W. Melvin and Michael R. Melvin; two granddaughters, Michele Coverdale and Darlene Johnson; seven great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Service will be 1 p.m. Friday at the Fleischauer Funeral Home, Greenwood, where friends may call 7-9 p.m. Thursday.
Burial will be in the Odd Fellows Cemetery in Milford.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to Ladies Auxiliary, Ellendale Volunteer Fire Co., P.O. Box 75, Ellendale, DE 19941, or to the Ellendale United Methodist Church, Main Street, Ellendale, DE 19941.
Martha Culver Hastings, 83
LAUREL - Martha Culver Hastings of Laurel died Monday, Feb. 23, 1998 at LifeCare at Lofland Park in Seaford. She was 83.
Mrs. Hastings was born in Elkton, Md., the daughter of the late Bertha and Harvey Culver.
She retired as a store clerk.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Nelson T. Hastings, and a son, Duane ''Bunky'' Hastings.
She is survived by a son, Douglas Hastings of Dover; a daughter, Dolores Morgan of Laurel; a brother, Theodore Dunn of Maryland; a sister, Anna Lowe of Redondo Beach, Calif.; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Service will be private.
Arrangements by Short Funeral Home in Laurel.
Alberta Elizabeth Simpler, 77
LAUREL - Alberta Elizabeth Simpler of Laurel died of heart failure Sunday, Feb. 22, 1998. She was 77.
Mrs. Simpler was a homemaker.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Clinton Simpler, several years ago.
She is survived by several cousins, one of whom she lived with and was taken care of by, James Mears, and his wife, Barbara, of Laurel.
Graveside service will be 1 p.m. today in the Roxana Cemetery.
Instead of flowers, the family suggest donations be made to Bethel Tabernacle Church, Route 1, Box 90-B, Frankford, DE 19945.
Arrangements by Cranston Funeral Home in Seaford.
John H. Niblet, 86
LEWES - John H. Niblet of Lewes died Tuesday, Feb. 24, 1998, at Harrison House in Georgetown. He was 86.
Mr. Niblet was born in 1911 in Lewes, the son of the late William Henry Niblet and Lula Mae Futcher.
He retired in 1972 after 37 years with the Maintenance Division, Department of Mental Hygiene, State of New York, in Thielis, N.Y.
Mr. Niblet was a U.S. Army Veteran.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret, in 1993.
He is survived by two brothers, William Niblet of Delmar, Md., and Carl ''Dick'' Niblet of Georgetown; and two sisters, Rose Stephenson of Delmar, Md., and Anna Betts of Berlin, Md.
Service will be 2 p.m. Thursday at the Parsell Funeral Homes and Crematorium Atkins-Lodge Chapel, 1449 kings Highway, Lewes, where friends may call one hour prior to the service.
Burial will be in Henlopen Memorial Park in Milton.
Margaret Rush, 72
REHOBOTH BEACH - Margaret Rush of Rehoboth Beach died Tuesday, Feb. 23, 1998, at the Beebe Medical Center. She was 72.
Mrs. Rush was born in 1925, in Denver, Colo., the daughter of the late Carl Anderson and Jean Harrower.
Mrs. Rush had served as secretary of the SeaBreeze Home Owners Association for 10 years, and was a volunteer at the Rehoboth Beach Library.
She is survived by her husband of 48 years, Edward L. Rush of Rehoboth Beach; a nephew, Jimmie Perkins of Seattle, Wash.; and a niece, Peggy Kochevar of Bakersfield, Calif.
Service and burial will be private.
Donations may be made to your favorite charity.