Miscellaneous Kent County, Delaware Obituaries


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Carmalee Kay Daniels, 47

BRIDGEVILLE - Carmalee Kay Daniels of Bridgeville died of cancer Friday April 10, 1998, in her home. She was 47.

Mrs. Daniels was born in Coffeyville, Kan. in 1951, the daughter of the late Wincle L. Twitchell and Floye Prater Twitchell.

She was a homemaker, a loving wife, and a great pastor's wife.

Mrs. Daniels was a member of the Bridgeville Church of God, where she was past president of the ladies ministry and was currently the vice president. She was also the Sunday School teacher for the children. 

She is survived by her husband of 28 years, Rev. Harold Daniels; one brother, Gary Lee Twitchell of Norman, Okla.; three sisters, Rosa Lea Lewis of Coffeyville, Bonnie Jean Finney of Coffeyville and Phyllis Ann Hills of Moore, Okla.; many nephews and nieces and great-nephews and great-nieces.

Service will be at 10 a.m. Monday at the Bridgeville Church of God, where friends may call one hour prior to the service. Friends may also call from 6-9 p.m. Sunday at the church.

Burial will be in Restlawn Memorial Park Cemetery, Coffeyville, Kan.

The family suggests contributions be made to the Bridgeville Church of God Building Fund, R-2, Box 26A4, Bridgeville, DE 19933.

Arrangements by Fleischauer Funeral Home.


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 was preceded in death by his sister, Mary Elizabeth Webb, and two brothers, William Scheer and Robert Scheer.

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.


Virginia Lee Monroe Dennis, 78

DOVER - Virginia Lee Monroe Dennis of Dover died Thursday, April 9, 1998, in Kent General Hospital, Dover. She was 78.

Mrs. Dennis was born in 1919, in Huntington, West Va., daughter of the late Lee Monroe and Carrie Stokes Monroe.

She graduated from Hampton Institute in Hampton, Va.; she earned a master's degree in physical education from New York University.

Mrs. Dennis was a long-time educator and civic leader. She began her career of teaching in Maryland at the then Maryland State College in Princess Anne, Md. She taught physical education at the then Delaware State College. She later taught at Central Middle School before retiring in 1981 from the Capital School District. In 1983, she was appointed Delaware State Elections Commissioner by Gov. Pete DuPont.

She was a member of the Kent General Hospital's Board of Directors; the University of Delaware's Board of Trustees; the Dover Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority; the Archousae of the Beta Eta Boule' of Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity, and many other charitable and civic organizations. She was an organizer of the Delaware Contingent to the 1963 Civil Rights March on Washington, where the late Dr. Martin Luther King delivered his now famous, ''I Have a Dream'' speech.

She was preceded in death by her sister, LaVerna Monroe Mitchell.

She is survived by her husband, Edward S. Dennis Sr., M.D.; four children, Edward S.G. Dennis Jr., Esq. of Media, Pa., Carolee Dennis Simmons of Silver Spring, Md., James I. Dennis of Dover, Lee M. Dennis, M.D. of Dover, four grandchildren, Jole' Simmons, Edward Brookfield Dennis, Tiffany Dennis and Timothy Dennis; one niece, Lynne Mitchell Heaggans; one nephew, William Horatio Jones III; one son-in-law, Earl F. Simmons; two daughter-in-laws, Lois J.Y. Dennis and Janette Dennis, as well as a host of other relatives and friends.

Service will be at 1 p.m. Monday at the Whatcoat United Methodist Church, Dover, where friends may call one hour prior to the service. Friends may also call from 6-7 p.m. Sunday at the church.

Burial will be in Sharon Hills Memorial Park, Dover.

Arrangements by Bennie Smith Funeral Home, Dover.


Alfred E. Anderson, 65

DOVER - Alfred E. Anderson of Dover died of an apparent heart attack, Thursday April 9, 1998, in the Kent General Hospital. He was 65.

Mr. Anderson was born in Taylors Bridge, the son of the late Alfred and Catherine Anderson.

He retired in 1989 from civil services after 37 years of service in the Department of the Air Force at Dover Air Force Base, where he was an electronics engineering technician, specializing in advanced radar and navigational computer systems.

Mr. Anderson was a Korean War Veteran serving in the U.S. Air Force from 1949-1952.

He was an avid reader and his main hobby was cabinet making.

He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Ann Anderson of Dover; a daughter, Kelly C. Anderson of Groton, Conn.; two sons, Scott E. of Bear and Kent B. of Rehoboth Beach; one sister, Thelma McGinnis of Dover; one granddaughter.

Service will be at 1 p.m. at the Daniels & Hutchison Funeral Home, 212 N. Broad Street, Middletown, where friends may call one hour prior to the service.

Burial will be in the Townsend Cemetery.

The family suggests contributions be made to Delaware Hospice, 911 South DuPont Hwy., Dover, DE 19901 or to the American Heart Association, 1096 Old Churchmans Road, Newark, DE 19713.


Barbara F. Stein, 62

CAMDEN-WYOMING - Barbara F. Stein of Camden-Wyoming died Tuesday April 7, 1998, in Kent General Hospital. She was 62.

Mrs. Stein was a sorter for Playtex for 15 years, retiring in 1991.

She enjoyed being a grandmother.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James E. in 1996, and her son, James E. Stein.

She is survived by a son, Danny R. Stein of Camden-Wyoming; a daughter, Karen Page of Dover; a sister, Marie Clayton of Lubbock, Texas, and two grandchildren, Kristina Page of Dover and Colin James Stein of Camden-Wyoming.

Service will be at 1 p.m. Monday 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 Odd Fellows Cemetery, Camden.


Mary Jane Chadduck, 79

LAUREL - Mary Jane Chadduck of Laurel died of a heart attack Tuesday April 7, 1998, in her daughter's home. She was 79.

Mrs. Chadduck was born in Frankford, the daughter of the late Lemuel and Emma Hitchens Banks.

She was a member of the Laurel Senior Center.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, George Williams.

She is survived by her second husband, Harry Chadduck; two daughters, Rose Fletcher of Millsboro and Terry Mills of Milford; two sons, Robert Williams and Preston Williams, both of Berlin, Md.; one brother, Henry Banks of Willards, Md.; one sister, Catherine Betts of Milton; 12 grandchildren.

Service and burial will be private.

Arrangements by Watson Funeral Home, Millsboro.


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 practice. 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 South State Street, Dover.

Friends may call from 6-9 p.m. Saturday at Torbert Funeral Chapel, Bradford & 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.


Marvin S. Gilman, 76

BRANDYWINE HUNDRED - Marvin S. Gilman of Brandywine Hundred died Tuesday April 7, 1998, in Christiana Hospital. He was 76.

Mr. Gilman was president of Gilman Development Co., one of the largest home-building companies in the Wilmington area, and the recipient of the Josiah Marvel Cup.

He was an economist and lawyer who became a homebuilder more than 40 years ago. Since forming his company in 1983, he built hundreds of homes and apartments in Delaware and bordering states.

Mr. Gilman was a sponsor of Sutton Place, Baltimore's nationally acclaimed first high-rise residential redevelopment of the early 1960's, one of the first major real estate efforts that voluntarily welcomed tenants of all races.

He and his wife Muriel, former executive vice president of United Way, were the first husband and wife to be presented with the Josiah Marvel Cup Award in 1995, given by the State Chamber of Commerce to Delawareans who have performed exemplary service for the benefit of the community.

Mr. Gilman was chairman emeritus of the board of directors of the National Housing Conference, the nation's oldest nonprofit, bipartisan citizens' organization working to provide decent, affordable housing for all Americans. He was director of the National Committee Against Discrimination in Housing and the National Association of Home Builders.

He was former president and vice president of the Home Builders Association of Delaware. He served on the state Council of Housing and Community Development, the Health Resources Management Council and the New Castle County Board of License and Inspection Review.

Mr. Gilman was chairman of the board of trustees of the AFLCIO Housing Investment Trust from 1983-1991.

He was an overseas housing consultant for the U.S. Department of State, and represented the Department of Housing and Urban Development at an international conference on housing policy in London.

Mr. Gilman was appointed to the board of trustees at the University of Delaware in 1995, where he was a professor emeritus in the College of Urban Affairs and Public Policy. He taught housing finance, land-use planning and administrative law for 18 years. He also lectured at other universities, including Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Yale Law School. The university established a graduate scholarship in housing and urban policy in his name.

In 1980, President Jimmy Carter named him a fourth successive term on the 15-member board of directors of Fannie Mae, the national mortgage association.

In 1981, Gov. Pete duPont honored him with the Distinguished Citizen Award of the state of Delaware. Other honors included the National Housing Conference Housing Man of the Year and its Crystal Eagle Award, the first Citizen Planner Award from the Delaware Chapter of the American Planning Association, and induction into the National Housing Hall of Fame in 1984.

He was a member of the News Journal's Community Advisory Board.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Muriel Edelstein Gilman; a son, Peter of Wynnewood, Pa.; a daughter, Martha Gilman Smith of Yorklyn, and six grandsons.

Service will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Arsht Hall, University of Delaware Wilmington campus, Pennsylvania Avenue.

Burial will be in Jewish Community Cemetery, Montefiore Section, Foulk Road.

The family suggests contributions be made to Marvin S. Gilman/National Housing Endowment Scholarship, c/o College of Human Resources, Education and Public Policy, University of Delaware, Newark, DE 19716.

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