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Michael C. Ferguson, 42

SMYRNA - Michael C. Ferguson of Smyrna died of cancer Thursday April 9, 1998, in Christiana Hospital. He was 42.

Mr. Ferguson was a graduate of Clyde-Savannah High School, Clyde, N.Y., and a 1977 graduate of the State University of N.Y. at Genesco, where he majored in political science and sociology. He was an adjunct faculty member at the University of Delaware where he annually taught a graduate course on the state budget process, and earlier in his career had been a teaching assistant. He earned a master's degree in public administration at the University of Delaware.

He was a uniquely qualified educational manager who held key positions for two governors and was recognized for his bipartisan analytical savvy and fiscal expertise. From 1990-1994, he served Gov. Mike Castle and subsequently Gov. Tom Carper, as state budget director, after serving as Castle's deputy chief of staff for two years. As budget director, he led a staff of 200 and managed operating budgets and capital improvements programs of over $300 million. Previous to joining Castle's staff, he was a senior fiscal and policy analyst in the Office of the Budget, with responsibility for oversight of all public and higher education operating and capital budgets. 

From 1979-1985, he was a senior planner with the city of Wilmington, responsible for zoning review, policy development and capital budgeting.

In 1994, Gov. Carper appointed him deputy state superintendent at the Department of Public Instruction to assist Superintendent Pat Forgione Jr. When Forgione left the state to work for the federal government, Michael Ferguson was appointed interim state superintendent. In that leadership role, he sustained the state's standards based reform effort through its early developmental phase with brilliant financial management and sound accounting practie. In addition, he was instrumental in the creation of the Delaware Department of Education, and as Deputy Secretary of Education he provided crucial fiscal and regulatory expertise to the Department's first Secretary of Education, Dr. Iris T. Metts. He was also instrumental in guiding the Carper administration's education reforms through the general assembly including such landmark initiatives as charter schools, school choice and the Delaware State Testing Program. 

Most recently, he helped craft the administration's education accountability package which is pending in the general assembly.

Mr. Ferguson enjoyed Nascar racing, music, the beach, roller blading, camping, and working on his Toyota Land Cruiser.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Marion Turnquest Ferguson.

He is survived by his wife, Sue Elaine Ferguson; three daughters, Cory, 13, Alyson, 10, and Paige, 7, all of Smyrna; his parents, Richard H. and Patricia A. Ferguson of Victor, N.Y.; two brothers, Steven Ferguson and Shawn Ferguson of Clyde, N.Y.; two sisters, Marcia Bachre of Lockport, N.Y., and Colleen Aldrich of Clyde, N.Y.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Holy Cross Catholic Church, 631 S. State St., Dover.

Friends may call from 6-9 p.m. Saturday at Torbert Funeral Chapel, Bradford and Reed streets, Dover.

Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, Dover.

Instead of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 7, Dover, DE 19903-0007.

 

Betty Ann Seth Brown, 56

DENTON, Md. - Betty Ann Seth Brown of Denton died Monday, April 6, 1998, in the Memorial Hospital, Easton. She was 56.

Mrs. Brown was born in Denton, daughter of the late Sherman and Mildred H. Thomas Seth.

She attended Lockerman High School.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Alfred; four sisters, Shirley A. Seth, Seleana V. Seth, Rose M. Holmes, and Madeleine Davis; five brothers, Sherman C. Seth Jr., Clifford Seth, Irvin Seth, Mervin Seth, and Herman Seth.

She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Helen Brown Edwards and Alan of Chester, Pa.; three sons, Alfred Maurice and Calvin Maurice, both of Denton, and Vincent Gregory of Atlanta; four grandchildren; two sisters, Elizabeth Seth and Leomia Dallam, both of Chester, Pa.; two brothers, Melvin Seth of Boothwyn, Pa., and Dallas Seth of Chester, Pa.; a daughter-in-law, Angelina Thomas; an uncle, Edward Thomas Sr. of New London, Conn.; four aunts, Sarah Thomas and Pauline Thomas, both of New London, Delia Thomas of Alabama, and Hennrietta Thomas of Omaha, Neb.; four brother-in-laws, William Davis and William Dallam, both of Chester, Pa., William Holmes Sr. of Dover, and Thomas Brown of Denton, Md.; six sister-in-laws, Janice Seth of Philadelphia, Delores Seth, Mira Seth, and Rena Seth, all of Chester, Pa., Ida Mae Brown and Sarah Staten, both of Denton; and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.

Service will be noon Saturday at the Union Bethel A.M.E. Church, Lincoln Street, Denton, where friends may call two hours prior to the service.

Burial will be in the Spring Grove Cemetery, Denton.

Arrangements by the Bennie Smith Funeral Home, Easton.

 

Mary Virginia DeHaven, 76

HARRINGTON - Mary Virginia DeHaven of Harrington, formerly of Wilmington, died of heart failure Wednesday April 8, 1998, in Harbor Health Center, Lewes. She was 76.

Mrs. DeHaven as born in Wilmington, the daughter of the late Walter M. and Fannie A. Hammond Sr.

She operated a beauty shop for many years in the Bellefonte and Holly Oak areas during her early years.

Mrs. DeHaven, while residing in the Harbor Health Center, was extremely active in all social activities and was president of the Patients Council Organization. 

She also did volunteer clerical work for the University of Delaware Biology Department. She was also a member of the Clowns of Delaware.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Dave DeHaven in 1968.

She is survived by a brother, Walter M. Hayman Jr. of Wilmington; a sister, Pauline Brannock of Harrington, and several nephews and nieces.

Service will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the Melvin Funeral Home, in Harrington, where friends may call one hour prior to the service.

Burial will be in Gracelawn Memorial Park, Wilmington.

Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to the American Diabetes Association, 4 Mainsail Drive, Milton, DE 19968, or to the American Heart Association of Delaware, Inc., P.O.Box 1977, Dover, DE 19903.

 

Elmer M. Williams, 81

MILFORD - Elmer M. Williams of Milford died Wednesday April 8, 1998, in his home. He was 81.

Mr. Williams was a shipping specialist at the L.D. Caulk Company in Milford for 30 years before retiring in 1983.

He was a member of Avenue Methodist Church, Milford.

Mr. Williams was an avid gardener and an accomplished woodworker and carpenter. He enjoyed making doll houses and furniture. 

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Sarah E. Williams; one son, Robert T. Williams of Dover; and one daughter, Laraine Peterson of Fairfield, Conn.

Service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Lofland Funeral Home, 102 Lakeview Ave., Milford, where friends may call one hour prior to the service.

Burial will be in Barratt's Chapel Cemetery, Frederica.

Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to the Avenue United Methodist Church, Church Avenue, Milford or Delaware Hospice, Georgetown.

 

John T. 'Jack' Scheer, 69

MILLSBORO - John T. ''Jack'' Scheer of Brandywine Village, Millsboro, died of respiratory failure Tuesday, April 7, 1998, in the Coatesville V.A. Nursing Home, in Coatesville, Pa. He was 69.

Mr. Scheer was born in 1928, son of the late Albert F. and Irma T. Scheer.

He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, where he received the Korean Service Medal with two bronze stars, and the United Nations Service Medal.

Mr. Scheer was a member of the Millsboro American Legion. 

He enjoyed sports, jokes, family and friends. He especially enjoyed sitting in Dunkin Donuts in Millsboro and being a comedian.

He is survived by a sister, Marjorie J. Langabee of Wilmington; two nieces, Debbie Webb of Dover and Susan Scheer of Wilmington; two nephews, Tom Webb of New York and Gordon Langabee Jr. of Salisbury, Md.

Service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Torbert Funeral Chapel, Bradford and Reed streets, Dover, where friends may call 7-9 p.m. Friday.

Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday in Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Bear.

 

Elsie Beatrice Messick Short, 88

SEAFORD - Elsie Beatrice Messick Short of Seaford died of heart failure Wednesday April 8, 1998, in Life Care at Lofland Park. She was 88.

Mrs. Short was born in Seaford, the daughter of the late Charles and Agatha Culver Messick.

She was a housewife.

Mrs. Short was a member of the Christian Church of Seaford.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Emory Tyndall Short in 1978.

She is survived by two sons, Charles E. Short of Seaford and Clarence ''Pete'' Short of Frederica; two daughters, Joan Whaley of Laurel and Doris Collins of Seaford; 15 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren.

Service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Christian Church of Seaford, Duel Hwy. 13, Seaford, where friends may call one hour prior to the service.

Mathew Sheep will officiate.

Burial will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Seaford.

 

Robert Cane, 82

FELTON - Robert Cane of Felton died of heart failure Wednesday April 8, 1998, in his home. He was 82.

Mr. Cane was a truck driver for 15 years for Rothwell's in Smyrna. He was retired.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving during World War II.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Barbara Cane in 1965.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Delema Kenton Cane; one daughter, Beverly Blunt of Felton; four sons, Lester Cane and Billy Cane, both of Felton, Allen Cane of Woodside, and Jimmy Cane of Harrington; 10 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Chapel of Berry-Short Funeral Home, Main Street, Felton, where friends may call two hours prior to the service.

Burial will be in Mt. Olive Cemetery, Sandtown.

 

Albert K. Daniels Sr., 72

TOWNSEND - Albert K. Daniels Sr. of Townsend died Wednesday April 1, 1998, in the Christiana Hospital of an apparent heart attack. He was 72.

Mr. Daniels retired from Smith & Douglas Fertilizer Co. in Clayton.

He was a Navy veteran of World War II.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Elizabeth; four sons, Albert K. Jr. of Townsend, John of Dover, Nick of Clayton, and Jeff of Crumpton, Md.; five daughters, May Holleger of Felton, Rebecca Ross of Georgetown, Sally E. Missimer of Elkton, Md., Ida Simmons of Clayton and Margie Meekins of Chestertown, Md.; 20 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Burial was in the Sharon Hills Cemetery, West Dover.

 

Mary Elizabeth Michelbach, 70

REHOBOTH - Mary Elizabeth Michelbach of Rehoboth died of cancer Thursday April 9, 1998, in Beebe Medical Center. She was 70.

Mrs. Michelbach was born in Exmore, Va., the daughter of the late Harry and Elizabeth Driscoll.

She was partner in the management and ownership of Ken Michelbach's Television & Appliance Store in Alexandria, Va., for 35 years. After she closed the business, she started a second career as a medical technician for Dr. Apter and Dr. Morrissey in Arlington, Va., until her retirement.

Mrs. Michelbach was president of St. Stephen's School Mothers Club in the 1970's. She was active in the Country Club of Fairfax, and after retirement in the Rehoboth Beach Country Club. She was a member of the Village Improvement Association, Rehoboth Beach; her favorite hobby was ballroom dancing.

She is survived by her loving husband, Kenneth; her children, Candis and Daniel Ramelli of Chatham, N.J., Kenneth and Krystie Michelbach of Los Angeles, and two grandchildren, Alison and Christine Ramelli.

A memorial service will be at a later date.

Burial will be private.

Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to The Hope Lodge, c/o American Cancer Society, 636 W. Lexington St., Baltimore, MD, 21201, or Beebe Medical Center, Savannah Road, Lewes, DE 19958.

Arrangements by Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, 1449 Kings Highway, Lewes.

 

Lawrence J. Nance, 59

GEORGETOWN - Lawrence J. Nance of Georgetown died of heart failure Monday April 6, 1998, in his home. He was 59.

Mr. Nance held different types of jobs at various places in the local community, including working for the Rusty Rudder, Holiday House, Townsend, and King Cole.

He loved cars, wresling, and he was a race car fan.

Mr. Nance is survived by a close friend, Arthur Warren of Georgetown and many friends from the local community.

Service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Fleischauer Funeral Home, West Market Street, Greenwood, where friends may call one hour prior to the service.

Burial will be in Carey Camp Cemetery, Millsboro.

 

Bryan Anthony Parker-Tunnell, infant

DOVER - Bryan Anthony Parker-Tunnell of Dover died of premature birth, Sunday April 5, 1998, in Kent General Hospital. He was an infant.

Bryan was born April 5, 1998, in Dover, the son of Alisha Parker of Dover and Brian Tunnell of Milford.

He is survived by his grandparents, Dorothy and Matthew Watkins of Felton and Harvey and Francis Tunnell of Milford, also Joseph Bostic of Wilmington.

Service will be at the graveside at 2 p.m. Saturday, where the Rev. Charles Smith will officiate.

Burial will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Camden.

Arrangements by Pippins Funeral Home, Camden.


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