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Thelma Louise Hartman King, 70
ALEXANDRIA, Va. - Thelma Louise Hartman King of Alexandria died Saturday, April 11, 1998, in Alexandria Hospital. She was 70.
Mrs. King was born in 1927, in Philadelphia, the daughter of the late David J. Hartman and Eve Cloman.
She worked as an accountant with Jackson-Hewitt in Alexandria for several years, and retired in 1992.
She was preceded in death by her husband, John Larmen King Jr., many years ago.
She is survived by four daughters, Iris Christine Lovelady of Springfield, Eve Michelle Ellison and Cindy Lou King, both of Washington, D.C., and Susan Marie King of Arlington; one brother, James Hartman of Laurel, Del.; and two grandchildren.
Service will be at 2 p.m. today at Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium Atkins-Lodge Chapel, 1449 Kings Highway, Lewes, Del.
Burial will be in St. Peter's Cemetery, Pilottown, Lewes.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, N.Y., or ALS, Lou Gehrig's Disease Foundation.
Elizabeth C. Hansen, 88
LEWES - Elizabeth C. Hansen of Lewes, and formerly of Dover, Rehoboth Beach, Flemington, N.J., Melbourne, Fla., and Bridgeville, died Saturday, April 11, 1998 in the Lewes Convalescent Center. She was 88.
Mrs. Hansen was born Dec. 23, 1909, near Redden to the late Annie Short Conaway and William Benton Conaway. She grew up in Bridgeville, attended a one-room schoolhouse near Coverdales Crossroads and graduated from Bridgeville High School in 1928. She was one of only 5 percent of the women of her generation to attend college, and she graduated from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, N.Y., in 1930 with a degree in dietetics. She began her career as a dietitian at Philadelphia Lying-In Hospital. After her marriage to Thomas P. Hansen, a native of Rising Sun, she gained the distinction of being the first married woman to be hired by Public Service in Trenton, N.J., where her job was to demonstrate proper use of new kitchen appliances to homemakers throughout central New Jersey.
She and her husband returned to the family farm in Bridgeville in 1940 after the birth of their daughter, Ann, and lived there until 1972.
Mrs. Hansen retired from the Bridgeville Consolidated School District in Bridgeville, where she had worked as a cafeteria manager from 1956-1971. She was a longtime member of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, in Milford, and a member of the Delaware School Food Service, and she has been honored as a 4-H Link.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her loving husband of 37 years, Thomas Peter Hansen; and a half-sister, Lillian Conaway Johnson.
She is survived by a daughter, Ann Hansen Hughey of Lewes; two grandsons, Scott Hansen Hughey of Chambersburg, Pa., and Mark Evans Hughey of Pensacola, Fla.; a granddaughter by marriage, Jill Edwards Hughey, and a great-grandson, Peter Edwards Hughey, both of Chambersburg, Pa.; cousins, Catherine Short Suplee of Wilmington, Kathleen Dobson Watson of Townsend and James H. Baxter of Georgetown; a niece, Virmadel Johnson Wilson of Lewes; and many friends everywhere.
Services will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Hardesty's Funeral Home, 202 Laws Street, Bridgeville.
Burial will be in the Bridgeville Cemetery.
The family suggests contributions be made to First Church of Christ, Scientist, 901 South Walnut Street, Milford, DE 19963.
Grace S. Breeser, 91
DOVER - Grace S. Breeser of Dover died Wednesday, April 15, 1998 in Westminster Health Center, Dover. She was 91.
Mrs. Breeser was born July 28, 1906, in Marydel, Md., to the late Norman and Maggie Seward.
She retired at age 65 from Ernst & Ernst Trust Co. in Philadelphia after 25 years of service.
Mrs. Breeser was a former member of the Duck Creek Historical Society and Friends of Old Dover.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold C. Breeser, May 29, 1980, and by her sister, Lola Shinn.
She is survived by a niece, Louise Sherwin of Dover; and two grand-nieces, Carolyn Bailey and Penny Gibbs.
Graveside services will be held privately and at the convenience of the family in Lakeside Cemetery, Dover.
Arrangements are by Torbert Funeral Chapel, Dover.
Lena Brown, 72
PATERSON, N.J. - Lena Brown of Paterson, formerly of Dover, Del., died Sunday, April 12, 1998. She was 72.
Mrs. Patterson was born in Dover and had resided in Paterson for many years.
She was a cook for the Eastside High School in Paterson. She was a member of the Elks Lodge in Dover and the Serenity Baptist Church in Paterson, where she sang in the Senior Choir.
She is survived by three sisters, Elizabeth Scruggs of Paterson and Melinda Evans and Laura Waters, both of Dover; two sisters-in-law, Helen Gibson of Dover and Anna Mae Gibson of Georgia; a brother-in-law, Roosevelt Scruggs; an adopted daughter, Evelyn Tolson of Magnolia; a godson, Lamar Hayer; a devoted companion, Augustas Little of Paterson; two best friends, Ruth Moody and Christine Johnson, both of Paterson; and many other relatives and friends.
Services will be 8 p.m. today at the Community Baptist Church of Love, Paterson, and at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Bennie Smith Funeral Home, 717 W. Division St., Dover, where friends may call one hour before the service.
Burial will be in Sharon Hills Memorial Park, Dover.
Albert Dickerson, 60
LEWES - Albert Dickerson of Lewes died of pneumonia Sunday, April 12, 1998, in the Lewes Convalescent Center, Lewes. He was 60.
Mr. Dickerson was born in Wilmington in 1938.
Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Friday in Carey's Cemetery, near Millsboro. Friends may call from 10-10:45 a.m. Friday at the Watson Funeral Home, 211 Washington Street, Millsboro.
William Thomas Simpler, 72
MILTON - William Thomas Simpler of Milton died of acute respiratory distress syndrome Sunday, April 12, 1998, in Beebe Medical Center. He was 72.
Mr. Simpler was born in 1925, in Delmar.
He worked as a lineman and serviceman for Delmarva Power for 20 years, and retired in 1977.
Mr. Simpler was a 32nd Degree Mason and past master of Jefferson Lodge 15, Lewes; a member of the American Red Cross Disaster Response Team; and a member of the Delaware Bee Keepers Association, Sussex County.
He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Mary Jane Sue Swain Simpler of Milton; five sons, Michael D. Simpler of Milton, William F.A. ''Andy'' Simpler of Rehoboth Beach, Frank Secksinski of Bethany Beach, Thomas I. Simpler of New Castle and James E. Simpler of Felton; three daughters, Ethel S. Davidson of Felton, Deborah S. Priddy of Rehoboth Beach and Lora S. Wagner of Milton; a sister, Mary E. Spicer of Laurel; several grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.
Memorial service and reception will be at 1 p.m. Sunday at Rehoboth Beach Fire Hall, Rehoboth Avenue, Rehoboth Beach.
Burial will be private.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to American Red Cross Disaster Relief, 1973 Bay Road, Milford, DE 19963, or to Rehoboth Little League, P.O. Box 909, Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971.
Arrangements by Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium Atkins-Lodge Chapel, 1449 Kings Highway, Lewes.
Della Mae Parker, 83
HARRINGTON - Della Mae Parker of Harrington died of pneumonia Saturday, April 11, 1998, in the Milford Memorial Hospital. She was 83.
Mrs. Parker was born in Harrington, the daughter of the late Charlie and Ella Anderson.
She was formerly employed as a domestic.
Mrs. Parker was a member of Metropolitan United Methodist Church, where she served as a Sunday school teacher. She served as a faithful member until her illness.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Dorsey Parker, in 1997.
She is survived by four sons, Allen Parker, George E. Parker, Donald Lee Parker and William L. Parker, all of Harrington; three daughters, Hester J. Fryer of Columbia, S.C., Mary E. Harris of Star Hill and Linda J. Casson of Felton; one sister, Lutitia Wright of Milford; three sons-in-law, Johnny Lee Fryer, James Harris Sr. and Larry Casson; two daughters-in-law, Mary L. Parker of Harrington and Lois Parker of Frederica; two sisters-in-law, Lenora Anderson and Marion Anderson, both of Harrington; 24 grandchildren; 42 great-grandchildren; and a host of nephews, nieces, cousins and friends.
Service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Metropolitan United Methodist Church, West Street, Harrington, where friends may call one hour prior to the service.
Friends may also call from 7-9 p.m. Friday at the church.
The Rev. George Moody will officiate.
Burial will be in the Williamsville Cemetery in Houston.
Arrangements by Lewis N. Watson Funeral Home, Salisbury, Md.
James L. Sylvester Sr., 53
SMYRNA - James L. Sylvester Sr. of Smyrna died Tuesday, March 31, 1998, in Seattle, Wash. He was 53.
Mr. Sylvester was born in 1944, in Dover, the son of the late Carrol and Helen Meredith Sylvester.
He was a machine operator for General Foods in Dover for 27 years before retiring in 1993, due to disability.
Mr. Sylvester was a U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War.
He is survived by his wife, Ruby Wood Sylvester; two sons, Jimmy Sylvester Jr. of Wilmington and Michael Sylvester of West Decatur, Pa.; one brother, Howard Sylvester of Harrington; three sisters, Ruth Ann Whalen of Clayton, Janet Ennis of Manteo, N.C., and Charlotte Fox of Hartly; and his beloved pet cat, M.T.
Memorial service will be at 7 p.m. Saturday at Ewell's St. Paul United Methodist Church, at the corner of West Street & Clayton Avenue, Clayton.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to Ewell's St. Paul United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 266, Clayton, DE 19938.
Juanita H. Yarnell, 76
MIDDLETOWN - Juanita H. Yarnell of Middletown died Tuesday, April 14, 1998, in Kent General Hospital. She was 76.
Mrs. Yarnell was a homemaker and had worked as a cook at the MOT Senior Center.
She was a member of MOT Senior Center, and past president of the Joppa-Magnolia Ladies Auxiliary.
She was preceded in death by her husband, James F. Yarnell, in 1987, and a her son, Donald E. Yarnell, in 1989.
She is survived by two daughters, Joyce M. Donohew of Clayton and JoAnn Jamison of Smyrna; two sons, Richard A. and James A., both of Clayton; three sisters, Lanta Shirley of Bel Air, Md., Carleen Roberts of Pacific Grove, Calif., and Kitty Long of East Bend, N.C.; two brothers, Carl Edmonson Jr. of Aberdeen, Md., and Odis Edmonson of Clayton; eight grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
Service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday 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 Sharon Hills Cemetery, west of Dover.
A. Warren Corson, 67
LEWES - A. Warren Corson of Lewes, formerly of Fairhaven, N.J., died of heart failure Tuesday, April 14, 1998, in Beebe Medical Center. He was 67.
Mr. Corson was a retired fabric stylist for J.P. Stevens & Co. of New York, N.Y.
He was a member of St. Edmond's Catholic Church, Rehoboth Beach.
He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Dolores A. Corson; a son, Warren J. Corson of Dumfries, Va.; three daughters, Karen A. Sandor of Laurel, Md., Kristine M. Arway of Niagra Falls, N.Y., and Kathleen M. Zierold of Eatontown, N.J.; a sister, Joan Bonaparte of Paramus, N.J.; and five grandchildren.
A mass of Christian burial will be offered at St. Jude's Catholic Church, near Lewes, at 10 a.m. Friday.
The Rev. Philip Sheekey will officiate.
Friends may call from 7-9 p.m. today at the Chapel of Melson Funeral Services, Long Neck Road and Del. 24 in Long Neck.
Burial will be in the Conley's Chapel Cemetery, near Angola.
Luella Hamilton, 51
SEAFORD - Luella Hamilton of Seaford died of liver failure Wednesday, April 15, 1998, in her home. She was 51.
Mrs. Hamilton was a homemaker.
She was preceded in death by her daughter, Doranna L. Hamilton, in 1995.
She is survived by her husband of 31 years, Richard C. Hamilton; one daughter, Kelly Gallagher of Seaford; one granddaughter, whom she was raising, Katelyn M. Hamilton; four brothers, Joseph Little of Goshen, N.Y., Richard Featherman of Mooresville, N.C., James Featherman of Port Jervis, N.Y., and Brad Featherman of Sussex, N.J.; and two sisters, Betty Lou Scott of Hamburg, N.J., and Shirley Breckenridge of Mooresville.
Service will be at 8 p.m. Friday at the Cranston Funeral Home, 300 Shipley Street, Seaford, where friends may call two hours prior to the service.
Burial will be at 10 a.m. Saturday in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Seaford.
Jane Lynn Pflumm, 41
SMYRNA - Jane Lynn Pflumm of Smyrna died of cancer Tuesday, April 14, 1998, in BayHealth Medical Center-Milford Memorial Hospital. She was 41.
Mrs. Pflumm was a licensed pracital nurse and worked in the Milford Memorial Hospital operating room, and later with Ambulance 64, Smyrna. She was most recently an independent businesswoman.
She is survived by a daughter, Elizabeth W. Zachary of Rehoboth Beach; two sons, Joseph M. Pflumm and Jayson Robert Pflumm of Smyrna; her mother, Virginia Kachnic of Indialantic, Fla.; her father, James W. Johnson of Maitland, Fla.; two brothers, Jerald W. Johnson of Dover and James H. Johnson of Indialantic; and a paternal grandmother, Amy J. Johnson of Maitland, Fla.
A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Avenue United Methodist Church, 20 North Church Street, Milford.
Burial will be at a later date in Florida.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests a memorial gift to BayHealth Medical Center-Milford Memorial Hospital, P.O. Box 199, Milford, DE 19963.
Arrangements by Pippin Funeral Home, Wyoming.
Ellen Louise Pappas, 54
CAMDEN - Ellen Louise Pappas of Camden died of cancer Wednesday, April 15, 1998, in BayHealth Medical Center-Kent General Hospital, Dvoer. She was 54.
Mrs. Pappas was born in 1943 in Dover, the daughter of the late Elsey Davis and William R. Collison.
She graduated from John Bassett Moore High School, Smyrna, class of 1961.
Mrs. Pappas worked part-time as a bookkeeper for Fifer Orchards, Wyoming.
She enjoyed life as a homemaker and enjoyed needlework and crafts.
She is survived by her husband of 3112 years, James T. Pappas; a son, James T. Pappas III of Dover; a daughter, Sharon Lynn Pappas of Wilmington; four brothers, William D. Collison of Smyrna, Robert A. Collison of Smyrna, Roy J. Collison of Marydel, and Gordon Collison of Woodside; and two sisters, Rose C. Burg of Virginia Beach, Va., and Nancy C. Harrison of Royal Oak, Md.
Service and burial will be private at the family's convenience.
Burial will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Camden.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests a memorial gift be sent to the American Cancer Society, 625 South State Street, Dover, DE 19901.
Arrangements by Pippin Funeral Home, Wyoming.
Austin James Reynolds, infant
CLAYTON - Austin James Reynolds of Clayton died Tuesday April 14, 1998, in the Christiana Hospital in Stanton. He was an infant.
Austin was born in Dover Oct. 20, 1997, the son of Dorothy L. ''Dee'' Reynolds of Clayton and Cecil C. Moore of Townsend.
In addition to his parents, he is survived by a brother, Douglas Moore of Sandusky, Ohio; a sister, Alexis Reynolds of Clayton; maternal grandfather, Charles Reynolds of New Castle; maternal stepgrandparents, James and Judy Crowhorn of Clayton; paternal grandparents, Chris Moore of Townsend and Carol Miller of Cookeville, Tenn.; maternal great-grandmother, Carolyn Kershaw of New Castle; and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.
Service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Matthews-Bryson Funeral Home, 123 W. Commerce Street, Smyrna, where friends may call one hour prior to the service.
Burial will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Smyrna.
If desired, contributions may be sent to the American SIDS Institute, 6065 Roswell Road, Suite 876, Atlanta, GA 30328, or to a children's charity of your choice.
Mrytle L. Fry, 81
MILFORD - Mrytle L. Fry of Milford died of congestive heart failure Wednesday, April 15, 1998, in Courtland Manor, Dover. She was 81.
Mrs. Fry was born in 1916, the daughter of the late Charles and Rachel Holden.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Dallas R. Fry Sr., in 1991.
She is survived by one son, Dallas R. Fry Jr. of Odessa; one daughter, Mary F. Hicks of Laurel; one brother, Francis Holden of Culpeper, Va.; three sisters, Ruth H. Rogers of Milford and Grace Reis and Linda Henderson, both of Philadelphia; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Graveside service will be at 1 p.m. Friday in Hollywood Cemetery, Harrington.
The Rev. Randall Miller will officiate.
Joseph Reid O'Meara, 77
DOVER - Joseph Reid O'Meara of Dover, formerly of Clinton, Md., died Tuesday, April 14, 1998, in the Williamsport Nursing Home, Williamsport, Md. He was 77.
Mr. O'Meara was born in 1921 in Baltimore, the son of the late E.M. Reid O'Meara and Margaret Barry O'Meara.
He was employed with Ben Dyer & Associates, retiring in 1985.
Mr. O'Meara was a U.S. Army veteran, serving in World War II.
He was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Clinton, Md.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Roberta L. O'Meara, in 1994.
He is survived by two daughters, Patricia E. McGowan of Hagerstown, Md., and Rosemary T. Springer of Silver Spring, Md.; two sons, Michael D. O'Meara of Dover and Robert L. O'Meara of Gambrills, Md.; one sister, Margaret Mary O'Meara of Lewes; one brother, Francis V. O'Meara of Lewes; and 12 grandchildren.
Mass of Christian burial will be at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Augustine's Catholic Church, 32 E. Potomac Street, Williamsport, Md., where the Rev. Alfred E. Smith will officiate.
Friends may call from 7-9 p.m. at the Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home, 1331 Eastern Blvd., North Hagerstown, Md.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made as a memorial to Alzheimer's Association of Western Maryland, 5 Public Square, Hagerstown, MD 21740.
John Joseph Vonville Jr., 51
RIDGELY, Md. - John Joseph Vonville Jr. died of natural causes Tuesday, April 14, 1998, in University of Maryland Medical Center. He was 51.
Mr. Vonville was born in 1946 in Greensboro, the son of Elvernace McReynolds Vonville and the late John Joseph Vonville Sr.
He was employed by Saulsbury Brothers of Ridgely as a warehouse worker.
He is survived by his wife of seven years, Rosalie Cecil Vonville Jr.; his mother, Elvernace McReynolds Vonville of Ridgely; one son, Christopher John Vonville of Ridgely; one daughter, Pamela Sue Vonville Swain of Cannon; two brothers, Michael Vonville of Greensboro and Charles Richard Vonville of LaCrosse, Ind.; two sisters, Victoria Darlene Jones of Ridgely and Theresa Elaine Towers of Greensboro; and three grandchildren.
Service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Fleegle & Helfenbein Funeral Home P.A., where friends may call from 7-9 p.m. Friday.
Burial will be in Ridgely Cemetery, Ridgely.
John Webster Lippert Sr., 79
QUEENSTOWN, Md. - John Webster Lippert Sr. of Queenstown, formerly of Catonsville, died Tuesday, April 14, 1998, in his home. He was 79.
Mr. Lippert was born in 1919 in Baltimore, the son of the late William Allen Webster and Helen Gorman Lippert.
He graduated from Baltimore City College, class of 1935, and attended John Hopkins University.
Mr. Lippert enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II, serving in North Africa, Italy and the Mediterranean from 1942-1945, and was awarded the Bronze Star for meritorious service, then received an honorable discharge Oct. 13, 1945.
He began working for Koppers Co. in 1951 and retired in 1982.
Mr. Lippert was a member of the Kent Island Methodist Church, Chester.
He is survived by his wife, Betty Lippert; a son, John Webster Lippert, and his wife, Sharon, of Catonsville; two daughters, Karen L. Holland, and her husband, Robert, of Newark, Ohio, and Gail Ebersole, and her husband, Bradley, of Catonsville; two brothers, T. Carroll Lippert of Louisville, Ky., and F. Walton Lippert of Landsdown; a sister, H. Marie Sauter of Perry Hall,; and eight grandchildren.
Service will be at 2 p.m. Monday at the Kent Island United Methodist Church.
Burial will be private.
Arrangements by Fellows, Helfenbein & Newnam P.A., Chester.
Joseph C. Rainville Jr., 84
EASTON, Md. - Joseph C. Rainville Jr. of Easton, formerly of Denton, died of heart failure Tuesday, April 14, 1998, in the Memorial Hospital at ton. He was 84.
Mr. Rainville was born in Prospect, Conn., the son of the late Joseph Charles Rainville Sr. and Ruby May Hotchkiss Rainville.
He was a World War II veteran of the U.S. Army, having served as a sergeant in the Signal Corps in North Africa, Sicily and Italy.
Mr. Rainville was a retired shipping clerk for Dresser Industries Inc., Bridgeport, Conn.
He was an oblate with St. Gertrude's Priory in Ridgely.
He was preceded in death by two sisters, Marjorie Eleanor Richardson and Lucille Doris Turkington.
He is survived by two brothers, Clifford Lewis Rainville of Denton and Howard Frederick Rainville of Marydel, Del.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A Mass of Christian burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at St. Elizabeth's Roman Catholic Church, First Street, Denton.
Friends may call from 9:30-10:15 a.m. at the Moore Funeral Home P.A., 12 South Second Street, Denton.
Burial will be in the Eastern Shore Veterans' Cemetery in Beulah, near Hurlock.