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Alfred R. Pierce, 47

DOVER - Alfred R. Pierce of Dover died Tuesday, April 14, 1998, in Kent General Hospital. He was 47.

Mr. Pierce was born in Wilmington, and he was a lifelong resident of Delaware.

He served in the U.S. Army from 1968-1973 as a supplyman, serving in Vietnam, where he was wounded and was awarded the Purple Heart.

Mr. Pierce was employed by Marble Craft in Wilmington as a tile-setter helper for the past four years. He was previously employed by the Port of Wilmington as a forklift driver for two years.

He was a member of the Bricklayers & Allied Craftsmen Union No. 1, located in Philadelphia.

Mr. Pierce enjoyed fishing, hunting, auto mechanics and bowling, and was best described as enjoying life.

He is survived by his wife of 12 years, Margaret Pierce; four sons, David Zimmerman, Alfred Zimmerman and John Zimmerman, all of New Castle, and Donald Zimmerman of Wilmington; two daughters, Roxanne W. Horseman of Rehoboth Beach, and Barbara D. Pierce at home; four brothers, Leo J. Pierce Jr. of Wilmington, Arthur Pierce and Andrew Pierce, both of Millsboro, and Robert Pierce of Alaska; two sisters, Ruth Degal of Wilmington and Dorothy McHall of Connecticut; and ten grandchildren.

A celebration of his life will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Beeson Memorial Services of Christiana-Elkton, U.S. 40, Fox Run, where friends may call one hour prior to the service.

Burial will be in the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Chesapeake City Road, Bear.

 

Mary Hicks, 70

DOVER - Mary Hicks of Dover died Saturday, April 11, 1998, in Baptist Medical Center in Jacksonville, Fla. She was 70.

Mrs. Hicks was born in 1927, the daughter of the late Rev. Fisher and Sarah Harris.

She was reared in a loving and caring home while being educated in the Frederica and Woodside schools.

Mrs. Hicks was employed by Swift & Co. in Felton for over 15 years before receiving training in Texas for employment as a U.S. Department of Agriculture inspector, a position which she held over 21 years.

She was formerly a member of Bethuel Seventh-day Adventist Church in Dover.

Mrs. Hicks developed many long and lasting friendships over the years. She was a loving and devoted wife and mother.

She was preceded in death by one sister, Eloise Dixon, and one brother, Bootsie Harris.

She is survived by her husband of 31 years, Lee Hicks; four children, Joan Biddle of Felton, Ellsworth Collins of Philadelphia, Benjamin Hicks of Walterboro, S.C., and Charles Hicks of Mission Hills, Calif.; five grandchildren, Cheryl Collins, whom they raised, Stacey Hicks, Robert Biddle, Charles Hicks Jr. and Sterling Hicks; two great-grandchildren; two sisters, Hazel Goldsborough of Frederica and Ella King of Camden, N.J.; two sisters-in-law; two brothers-in-law; two daughters-in-law; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Service will be at noon Monday at St. James Union A.M.E. Church, Andrew Lake Road, Frederica, where friends may call one hour prior to the service.

Arrangements by Bennie Smith Funeral Home, Dover.

 

Albert H. Ross, 80

MILFORD - Albert H. Ross of Milford died of congestive heart failure Thursday, April 16, 1998, in Milford Memorial Hospital. He was 80.

Mr. Ross was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving during World War II.

He was a millwright for General Foods Corp. in Dover for 32 years before retiring in 1983.

Mr. Ross was a member of the Milford Elks Lodge 2401, B.P.O.E., and of the Milford Moose Lodge.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Rita Lorraine Ross, in 1981, and a grandson, Rodney J. Harrington, in 1994.

He is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Linda and Robert K. Russell Sr. of Ellendale; a sister, Eva Paddock of Canada; a granddaughter, Amy Reed of Lincoln; and a great-grandson, Tyler Reed of Lincoln.

Service will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Lofland Funeral Home, 102 Lakeview Avenue, Milford, where friends may call from 7-9 p.m. Monday.

Burial will be in Barratt's Chapel Cemetery, U.S. 113, Frederica.

Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to the Rodney J. Harrington Scholarship Fund, c/o Milford High School, Milford, DE 19963.

 

Violet Beulah Huffer, 90

TOWNSEND - Violet Beulah Huffer of Townsend, formerly of Kennedyville, Md., died Thursday, April 16, 1998, in the Chestertown Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Chestertown, Md. She was 90.

Mrs. Huffer was a homemaker and had worked as a home nurse and companion during the 1970s and 1980s, taking care of the elderly.

She was a member of the Immanuel United Methodist Church in Townsend, the Kennedyville Methodist Church, the United Methodist Women's Club, the Townsend Women's Club and the Lower New Castle County Republican Women's Club.

Mrs. Huffer was an avid gardner.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ernest F. Huffer, in 1969, and a daughter, Virginia Daniels, in 1996.

She is survived by two sons, Donald E. Huffer of Millington, Md., and Glenn E. Huffer of Laurel; a son-in-law, with whom she lived, Allen ''Dick'' Daniels; seven grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Service will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Kennedyville Methodist Church, where friends may call one hour prior to the service.

Friends may also call from 7-9 p.m. Saturday at the Daniels & Hutchison Funeral Home, Main Street, Townsend.

 

Joseph A. Moore Sr., 72

SELBYVILLE - Joseph A. Moore Sr. of Selbyville died of heart failure Thursday, April 16, 1998, upon arrival to the Nanticoke Memorial Hospital in Seaford. He was 72.

Mr. Moore was born in Mangohick, Va., the son of the late George O. Moore and Virginia Reed Moore.

He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Navy.

Mr. Moore was a retired truck driver and security guard.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Flora Odette Moore, in 1993.

He is survived by a son, Joseph A. Moore Jr., and two daughters, Diane M. Short and Sharon Kaye, all of Millsboro; a brother, George O. Moore Jr. of Dagsboro; a sister, Helen Mae Mears of Frankford; and six grandchildren.

A memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Monday at the Chapel of Melson Funeral Services in Frankford.

Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to Meals on Wheels, c/o Sussex County Senior Center, 546 S. Bedford Street, Georgetown, DE 19947.

 

Master Dominick Andrew Creasy, infant

RIDGELY, Md. - Master Dominick Andrew Creasy of Ridgely died of natural causes Thursday, April 16, 1998, in Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. He was an infant.

Dominick was born March 30, 1998, in Johns Hopkins Hospital, son of Kenneth Eugene Creasy and Caryn Anne Welzel, both of Ridgely.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his maternal grandmother, Ann Arthur of Ridgely, and grandfather, William Welzel of West Virginia; maternal great-grandmother, Jean Farris of Ridgely; paternal grandparents, Kenneth Robert and Sylvia Blanche Creasy of Greensboro; great-grandparents, Charles Kenneth and Elizabeth Shaffer Creasy of Pennsylvania; and one sister, Jasmine Welzel of Ridgely.

Service will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the Greensboro Cemetery.

Burial will be in the Greensboro Cemetery, Greensboro.

Arrangements by Fleegle & Helfenbein Funeral Home P.A., 106 W. Sunset Avenue, Greensboro.

 

John H. Stachnick Jr., 81

HARRINGTON - John H. Stachnick Jr. of Harrington died as a result of a fall Thursday, April 16, 1998, in his home. He was 81.

Mr. Stachnick was born in 1916 in Edwardsville, Pa., the son of the late John Henry Stachnick and Marie Piasta Stachnick.

He was in the armed forces for three years.

Mr. Stachnick was a nurse for 55 years.

He was a member of the Harrington Moose Lodge and the Milford VFW.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 55 years, Shirley Stachnick, in 1989.

He is survived by three sons, James of Stanhope, N.J., William of Montvale, N.J., and Raymond of Bridgeville; three daughters, Joyce Thomas Halitsky of Montvale, Frances Hardy of Bergenfield, N.J., and Patricia Boles of Doylestown, Pa.; 12 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Service will be at 1 p.m. today at the Fleischauer Funeral Home, Market Street, Greenwood.
 

Gertrude G. Marshall, 85

BRIDGEVILLE - Gertrude G. Marshall of Bridgeville died of a stroke Saturday, April 18, 1998, in Nanticoke Memorial Hospital, Seaford. She was 85.

Mrs. Marshall was a homemaker.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Theodore Marshall in 1991.

She is survived by two daughters, Darlene Martin of Bridgeville and Phyllis Stumbo of Indian Town, Fla.; one sister, Ollie Marshall of Ashland, Ky.; six grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.

Service will be Thursday at Erwin-Dodson Funeral Home, Minford, Ohio.

Burial will be in Siloam Cemetery, Siloam, Ky.

 

Genevieve K. Palivoda, 82

MARSHALLTON - Genevieve K. Palivoda of Marshallton died of heart failure Friday, April 17, 1998, in Christiana Medical Center. She was 82.

Mrs. Palivoda was a homemaker.

She was a member of St. Hedwigs Catholic Church; a member of St. Matthews Senior Center and the Ladies Auxilary of the Polish American VFW in Browntown.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Edward J. Palivoda in 1995.

She is survived by a son, Edward ''Jack'' Palivoda of Marshallton; two daughters, Bernice E. Nowicki of Dewey Beach and Justine P. Florczyk of Bethany Beach; a sister, Helen Lobozzo of New Castle; seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Service and burial will be private.

 

Joseph A. Covington, 65

QUEENSTOWN, Md. - Joseph A. Covington of Queenstown died Saturday, April 18, 1998, in his home. He was 65.

Mr. Covington was born in 1932, in Queen Anne, Md., the son of Catherine Willis Covington and the late Edward Elijah Covington.

He graduated from Centreville High School, class of 1949.

Mr. Covington became a Merchant Marine, working his way through the ranks to attain the position of chief engineer early in his career. Traveling the high seas all over the world, he retired in 1994, after 40 years of service.

He also loved the land. He and his son, Bruce, farmed together near Starr, Md., on their family farms for almost 20 years.

He is survived by his mother, Catherine Covington of Silver Spring, Md.; his wife, Shirley S. Covington of Queenstown, Md.; one son, Bruce Covington of Queenstown; three grandchildren, Heather, Jacy Jo, and Lindsey ''Kelsea''; four brothers, The Rev. Charles Covington of Georgetown, Henry Covington Sr. of Centreville, Md., Thomas Covington of Easton, Md., and Alfred Covington of Delmar, Md.; four sisters, Peggy Tolson of North Carolina, Dolly Taylor of Starr, Mary Payne of Salisbury, Md., and Sarah Crooke of Silver Spring.

Service will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Fellows, Helfenbein and Newnam Funeral Home, P.A., 408 S. Liberty St., Centreville, where friends may call from 7-9 p.m. Tuesday.

Burial will be in Woodlawn Memorial Park, near Easton.

Contributions suggested by the deceased and his family for the restoration of the Old Starr Church in Starr, Md., c/o Mrs. Jane Potter, 2317 4H Park Road, Centreville, MD 21617.

 

Blanche M. Staats, 94

DOVER - Blanche M. Staats of Dover, formerly of Smyrna, died Sunday, April 19, 1998, in Kent General Hospital. She was 94.

Mrs. Staats was born in 1903, in Wilmington, the daughter of the late Morris Webb and Kate Wood Webb.

She was a seamstress at Dover Air Force Base for 15 years before retiring in 1971.

Mrs. Staats enjoyed gardening and sewing.

She is survived by her daughter, Nancy L. Morton of Dover; two ers, Elinor King of Georgetown and Clara Champlin of Dover; one grandson; two great-grandsons, and one great-great-grandson; she was also survived by several nieces and nephews.

There will be a graveside service 11 a.m. Tuesday in Glenwood Cemetery, Glenwood Avenue, Smyrna.

Arrangements by Faries Funeral Directors, Inc., 29 S. Main St., Smyrna.

 

Maria K. Petroske, 76

LEWES - Maria K. Petroske of Lewes died Saturday, April 18, 1998, in the Lewes Convalescent Center. She was 76.

Mrs. Petroske was born in 1922, in Neuburg, Germany, the daughter of the late Anton Selmaier and Augusta Zoll.

She was a member of St. Edmonds Catholic Church at King Charles and Laurel streets, Rehoboth Beach.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Clifford S. Petroske, in 1984.

She is survived by two daughters, Frances Scutti and her husband, Thomas of Philadelphia, and Mary Ann Cooper of Beaverton, Ore.; one son, the Rev. Peter Petroske of Archdiocese of Detroit; two brothers, Hans Selmaier of Neuburg, and Franz Selmaier of Munich, Germany; four grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.

Service will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Our Lady of Ransom Church, Philadelphia, where Father Peter Patroske will officiate.

Friends may call from 7-9 pm. Tuesday at Fox Funeral Home, 7026 Castor Ave., Philadelphia.

Burial will be in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Philadelphia.

Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to St. Christopher Hospital for Children, Philadelphia. Local arrangements by Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium Atkins-Lodge Chapel, 1449 Kings Highway, Lewes.

 

Henry P. Marshall Jr., 85

LEWES - Henry P. Marshall Jr. died Saturday, April 18, 1998, in the Lewes Convalescent Center. He had previously resided on Dewey Avenue in Lewes. He was 85.

Mr. Marshall was a graduate of Lewes High School and the University of Delaware.

He was a veteran of World War II serving in the U.S. Signal Corps on islands in the South Pacific.

Mr. Marshall was a retired assistant postmaster for the U.S. Postal Service in Lewes.

He was one of Lewes' leading historians. He was instrumental in the planning of many historical events, including the 325th and 350th anniversary celebrations which marked Lewes as Delaware's first settlement. He was an authority on maritime history and served as curator of the Cannonball House Museum of the Lewes Historical Society for many years. His knowledge of local history including the Delaware Bay lighthouses was unsurpassed. He willingly shared this knowledge with many local historians.

Mr. Marshall was honored as the Delaware Coast Press ''Personality of the Year,'' in 1961. He wrote a popular column for that newspaper entitled ''Coffee Break'' in which he reminded residents of many historical and cultural facts of early Lewes life.

He was a member of the Lewes Post 17 of the American Legion; a former Master of the Jefferson Lodge A.F. & A.M. 15; an officer of the Lewes Chamber of Commerce; a member of the Bethel Methodist Church of Lewes, and a director of the Lewes Historical Society.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Alberta L. Marshall in 1985.

He is survived by a sister, Sylvia M. Bonk of Wilmington, and nieces and nephews.

Service will be 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Atkins-Lodge Chapel, 1449 Kings Highway, Lewes, where friends may call one hour prior to the service.

Masonic service will be 12:45 p.m. at the funeral home.

Burial will be in Bethel Methodist Cemetery, Lewes.

The family suggests contributions be made to the Lewes Historical Society, 110 Shipcarpenter St., Lewes, DE 19958.

 

John U. Leventry Sr., 85

MELBOURNE, Fla. - John U. Leventry Sr. of Melbourne died Friday, April 10, 1998, in Melbourne. He was 85.

Mr. Leventry was born in 1913, in Johnstown, Pa., the oldest of seven children of the late Authur and Edith Leventry.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Helen I. Young Leventry in 1995.

He is survived by two sons, John U. Jr. of Churchton, Md., and Frederick Roy of Cape St. Claire, Md.; three grandchildren, Mrs. Rita Marie Boberge of Virginia Beach, Va., Roy Frederick and Robin Anne of Cape St. Claire; one sister, Louise Hogue of Johnstown, Pa.; twin brothers, William Leventry of Ephrate, Pa. and Robert Leventry of Myrtle Beach, N.C.; a brother, Frederick David of Fort Myers, Fla. and his friend, Christine Bomboy of Ocean City, Md.

There will be a memorial service at 11 a.m. Friday at Watson Funeral Home, 211 Washington St., Millsboro.

Burial will be in Bethel Mariner's Cemetery, Ocean View.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 228-C, N. Du Pont Highway, Georgetown, DE 19947.

 

Woodrow W. Biles, 76

LABELLE, Fla. - Woodrow W. Biles of LaBelle, Fla., formerly of Milford, died Tuesday, April 14, 1998. He was 76.

Mr. Biles was a World War II veteran.

He was the maintenance supervisor of Conrail, retiring in 1981, after 37 years of service.

Mr. Biles enjoyed his retirement residing in Harborton, Va., and LaBelle.

He is survived by his wife, Grace Biles of LaBelle; a son, David M. of Greenwood; two daughters, Barbara Stevenson of Middletown and Linda Burrows of Felton; a stepdaughter, Pam Cissel of Fort Washington, Md., and four grandchildren.

A memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Christ Episcopal Church, 200 Church St., Milford.

Burial will be private.

Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to the American Diabetes Association, 110 S. French St., Wilmington, DE 19801.

Arrangements by Rogers Funeral Home, Milford.

 

Jeanne K. McDonald, 80

HARRINGTON - Jeanne K. McDonald of Harrington died of cerebal hemorrhage Friday, April 17, 1998, in Kent General Hospital, Dover. She was 80.

Mrs. McDonald was born in 1918, in Phillipsburg, N.J., the daughter of the late James F. and Clara Kelly.

She graduated from Phillipsburg High School in 1935, and from the Easton, Pa., Hospital School of Nursing in 1939.

Mrs. McDonald was a registered nurse at Milford Memorial Hospital for 25 years. While at the hospital, she assisted with in-service training and became personnel officer. After her retirement in 1975, she helped establish the Harrington Public Library, and she was past president of the Friends of the Harrington Public Library.

She is survived by her husband, Harold J. McDonald; one son, James J. and his wife, Barbara of San Antonio; one daughter, Susan Sklaroff and her husband, Michael of Philadelphia; two brothers, Richard Kelly and James Kelly, both of Phillipsburg; five grandchildren, Sean and Kevin McDonald of San Antonio, Sara Sklaroff of Washington, D.C., Samuel and Miranda Sklaroff, both of Philadelphia.

There will be a graveside service with burial at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Henlopen Memorial Park, near Milton.

Friends may call from 7-9 p.m. Tuesday at McKnatt Funeral Home, 50 Commerce St., Harrington.

Contributions may be made to the Friends of the Harrington Library, 110 Center St., Harrington, DE 19952.


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