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Louis Charles Getz Sr., 85
CHESTERTOWN, Md. - Louis Charles Getz Sr., of Chestertown died Wednesday, Feb. 25, 1998, at Kent and Queen Annes hospital. He was 85.
Mr. Getz was born in 1912, in Philadelphia, the son of the late Wesley and Wilhemia Greisiger Getz.
He worked as a carpenter and supervisor of construction in the Philadelphia and New Jersey area, retiring in 1979.
Mr. Getz enjoyed fishing.
He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Helen White Getz; a son Louis C. Getz Jr. of Danboro; two daughters, Judith Ann Hesser of Hawley, and Nora Norman of Amelia Island, Fla.; eight grandchildrn and four great-grandchildren.
Service will be 2 p.m. Monday, at St. Paul's Episcopal Church near Chestertown, where friends may call one hour prior to service. Service will also be held noon Tuesday, at the chapel in Whitemarsh Memorial Park in Ambler, where friends may call one hour prior to service.
Burial will be in Whitemarsh Memorial Park.
Instead of flowers the family suggests donations be made to St. Paul's Episcapol Church, 7579 Sandy Bottom Road, Chestertown, MD, 21620, or to Kent Hospice Foundation, 118 S. Lynchburg St., Chestertown, MD, 21620.
Arrangements by Fellows, Helfenbein, and Newnam Funeral Home in Chestertown.
Charles 'Smokey' S. Shifflett, 75
DOVER - Charles ''Smokey'' S. Shifflett of Dover died due to complications of emphysema, Thursday, Feb. 26, 1998, at Kent General Hospital in Dover. He was 75.
Mr. Shifflett was born in 1923, in Elkton, Va., the son of the late Etha P. Shifflett.
He was a retired asbestos worker for Local 42 in Wilmington, after working for them for nearly 30 years. Before becoming an asbestos worker, he tried fishing for a living.
He was a World War II Army Veteran.
Mr. Shifflett enjoyed mechanics and fishing in the Delaware Bay.
He is survived by his wife, Irene Page Shifflett of Dover; a son, Charles Shifflett of Raleigh, N.C.; two daughters, Ester Meadows of Laurel, and Carolyn Baggs of Hillard, Ohio; two brothers, Russel and James Anderson, both of Oriskany; a sister, Edith Goff of Salem; six grandchildren, Randy Jr., Scott and Timothy Meadows; Craig and Keith Baggs, and Charles Shifflett Jr.; and many nieces and nephews.
Service will be 5 p.m. Saturday at the Torbert Funeral Chapel, Reed and Bradford streets, Dover, where friends may call one hour prior to service.
Burial will be private.
Contributions may be made to the Cheswold Fire and Ambulance Co., Cheswold, DE, 19936.
Frank C. Foster, 72
DOVER - Frank C. Foster of Dover died of heart failure, Wednesday, Feb. 25, 1998, at Kent General Hospital in Dover. He was 72.
Mr. Foster was born in 1925, in Chicago, son of the late Joseph and Marie Sebek Frcek.
He retired in 1985 after working 32 years for Roger Engraving, Long Island, N.Y., as a photo engraver. He also worked for the Modern Maturity Centers Weatherization Program and at General Foods, where he was a security guard.
He was a World War II Marine veteran.
Mr. Foster was a member of the St. Albans Masonic Lodge, a member of the Pleasantville (N.Y.) Lodge 886 where he formerly was the worshipful master and held postition of secretary for four years, and a member of the Royal Arch Masons and the Shrine. He was also a member of the Marine Corp League in Dover.
He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Elinor Murphy Foster of Dover, two sons, Robert W. Foster of Cantebury and John E. Foster of Staten Island; a brother, James Frock of Lawerenceville, Ga.; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Service will be 2 p.m. Saturday, at the Torbert Funeral Chapel in Dover, where friends may call 7-9 p.m. today and one hour prior to service. There will also be a masonic service at 7:30 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Contributions may be made to Delaware Hospice, Inc. 911 N. DuPont Highway, Dover, DE, 19901.
Claude Harely Towsley, 61
DOVER - Claude Harely Towsely of Dover, formerly of New York, and Altoona, Pa., died of heart failure, Wednesday, Feb. 25, 1998, in the Christiana Hospital in Newark. He was 61.
Mr. Towsely was born in 1936, in Dansville, the son of the late Vernon and Margueritte Towsley.
He worked for Victor Insulator in New York as a laborer.
He was a member of the Holy Cross Catholic Church in Dover, and a member of the National Rifle Association.
Mr. Towsely loved his country, his family, and the simple things in life. He was a man of quiet and gentleness and cared deeply for others.
He is survived by his wife, Mildred F. Towsley of Dover; five daughters, Santa and James Mosey Jr., of Altoona, Josephine and Donald Halfpenny Jr. of Altoona, Virginia and Daniel Bantel of Milford, Marguerite and Dewey R. Lavender Jr. of Dover, and Kathleen and Ronald Chism of Goodview, Va.; four sisters, Daisey McClean, Shirley Hawks, Sharon Cochran, Ellen Towsley; eight grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Service will be 2 p.m. today at the Torbert Funeral Chapel in Dover, where friends may call on hour prior to service.
Burial will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery in Camden.
Contributions may be made to the Claude Towsley Memorial Fund, 92 Pinewood Acres, Dover, DE, 19901.
Elwood J. 'Woody' Hitchens, 76
GEORGETOWN - Elwood J. ''Woody'' Hitchens of Georgetown died of respritory failure, Thursday, Feb. 26, 1998, at the Millsboro Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Millsboro. He was 76.
Mr. Hitchens was born in Georgetown, the son of the late Samuel P. and Florence D. West Hitchens.
He had been a heavy equipment operator for M.L. Joseph Construction Co. in Georgetown for 40 years, retiring in 1976.
Mr. Hitchens was a World War II Army veteran.
He was preceded in death by a son, Elwood J. Hitchens Jr.
He is survived by a son, Jeffery D. Hitchens of Millsboro; a stepson, Joseph A. Moore Jr., of Millsboro; a stepdaughter, Diane M. Short of Millsboro; a sister, Gladys M. Shoemaker of Georgetown; four grandchildren, Joe Moore, Joey Moore, Marc and Dean Short; and several nieces and nephews.
Service will be 1 p.m. Monday at the Watson Funeral Home, 211 Washington St., in Millsboro, where friends may call one hour prior to service.
Burial will be in the Hebron Church Cemetery in Georgetown.
Winfred 'Buddy' E. Clevenger, 82
CENTREVILLE, Md. - Winfred ''Buddy'' E. Clevenger of Centreville died Wednesday, Feb. 25, 1998, at the Corsica Hills Nursing Home in Centreville. He was 82.
Mr. Clevenger was born in 1915, in Grasonville, the son of the late Frank E. and Leola Sadler Clevenger.
He attended school in Grasonville.
Mr. Clevenger owned and operated a service station in Grasonville. He later established Clevenger Oil Company in Grasonville, which he owned and operated until he became a real estate broker and established Clevenger Real Estate in Grasonville. He retired in 1987.
He served in the United States Army in Germany during World War II.
Mr. Clevenger was a member of the V.F.W Post 7464 in Grasonville, where he served as past commander, a member of Kent Island Yacht Club in Chester, Prosppect Bay Country Club in Grasonville, Winchester Lodge knights of Pythias Grasonville, and Immanuel United Methodist Church in Grasonville.
He is survived by his wife, Kitty Clevenger of Grasonville; a son, Frank E. Clevenger of Queenstown; three daughters, Patricia A. Niehus of Glenarm, Suzanne Ponciroli of Nashville, Tenn., and Deborah L. Jones of Federalsburg; a brother, Marlin ''Sadler'' Clevenger of Grasonville; three sisters, Dorothy Clough of Chester, Shirley O'Donnell of Centreville and Frieda Thomas of Grasonville; and 14 grandchildren.
Service will be 2 p.m. Saturday, at the Immanuel United Methodist Church in Grasonville.
Friends may call 3-5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. today at the Fellows, Helfenbein and Newnam Funeral Home in Chester.
Burial will be in Woodlawn Memorial Park in Easton, Md.
Tyler Lee Folke, 37
GEORGETOWN - Tyler Lee Folke of Georgetown died of Kidney Cancer, Wednesday, Feb. 25, 1998, at Beebe Medical Center. He was 37.
Mr. Folke was born in Milford, the son of Lowell G. and Clarica ''Chris'' Anderson Folke of Milford.
Including his parents, he is survived by a son, Lee R. Folke of Milford; a sister, Peggy V. Holleger of Georgetown; two brothers, John K. Folke of Harrington, and Michael H. Folke of Milford; a companion, Lisa Hammond of Georgetown; and a foster sister, Nanette Harold of Rehoboth.
Friends may call 7-9 p.m. Friday, at the chapel of Short Funeral Services, 416 Federal St., Milton.
Burial will be private.
Instead of flowers the family suggest donations be made to Lee R. Folke, C/O Delaware National Bank, P.O. Box 520, Georgetown, DE., 19947.
Betty Elizabeth Sutton, 69
DOVER - Betty Elizabeth Sutton of Dover died Wednesday, Feb. 25, 1998, in Dover. She was 69.
Mrs. Sutton was born in 1929, in Easton, Md., the daughter of the late Charles E. Green Sr., and Margaret Dobson of Easton.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Leonard Sutton, and a brother, Charles E. Green Jr.
Including her mother, she is survived by a daughter, Doris Ann Fisher; four sisters, Sadie Rederon, Virginia Mij, Frances Cooper and Shirley Cooper; a brother, Robert Nixon, all of Easton; her niece and nephew with whom she lived, Arnita Robinson and Cornelius Robinson, both of Dover; and a host of grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and friends.
Service will be 1 p.m Monday at Bennie Smith Funeral Home in Easton where friends may call two hours prior to service.
Burial will be in Richardson Cemetery in Easton.
Eugene Joseph Karlik Sr., 76
MILTON - Eugene J. Karlik Sr., of Milton, formerly of Wilmington died Thursday Feb. 26, 1998, at home. He was 76.
Mr. Karlik was born in Wilmington, the son of the late Joseph H. and Maria Danes Karlik.
He worked as an auto mechanic for Delaware Oldsmobile in Wilmington for many years. He also worked for Short's Garage in Wilmington, retiring in 1977.
Mr. Karlik was an Air Force veteran.
He was a member of Temple Lodge 11 A.F. and A.M. of Wilmington
Mr. Karlik was a NASCAR fan.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Beatrice Woodring Karlik. in 1988, and a son, Joseph H. Karlik. in 1977.
He is survived by two daughters, Jo Ann Melson of Wilmington, and Gail and Richard Smith of Milton, with whom he lived with; a son, Eugene Karlik Jr. of East Stroudsburg, Pa.; a brother, Robert Karlik of Wilmington; and four grandchildren.
Service will be 6:30 p.m. Saturday, at the home of Richard and Gail Smith, R.D. 3 Box 22, in Milton.
Burial will be private.
Instead of flowers the family suggest contributions be made to Delaware Hospice, Southern Division, 600 DuPont Highway, Georgetown, DE, 19947.
Helen Jenny Heinz McGinnes, 79
CHURCH HILL Md. - Helen Jenny Heinz McGinnes of Church Hill, Md. died Thursday, Feb. 26, 1998, at Kent and Queen Anne's Hospital. She was 79.
Mrs. McGinnes was born in 1918, in Salem. N.J., the daughter of the late Ralph and Helen Sanderland Heinz.
She and her husband owned and operated McGinnes Service Store until 1949, then worked on the family dairy farm in Church Hill. In 1957. she went to work for Maryland Toll Facilities on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, where she worked for 11 years. Before she retired in 1980s. she worked as coordinator for Meals-on-Wheels at Kent Senior Center in Chestertown.
Mrs. McGinnes enjoyed crocheting, reading, music and doll collecting.
She is survived by her husband of 60 years, Joel T. McGinnes of Goldsboro; a son Joel T. McGinnes III of Goldsboro; three daughters, Betty Ann Davidson of Church Hill, Joyce C. Williams of Barclay, and Janet K. Sylvester of Goldsboro; a brother, S. Elton Essler of Pennsville, N.J.; a sister. Eunice E. Roe of South Carolina; 11 grandchildren, and 19 great-grandchildren.
Service will be private.
Instead of flowers the family suggest donations be made to Kent Senior Center, 118 Cross St., Chestertown, MD, 21620.
Arrangements by Fellows, Helfenbein, and Newnam
Funeral Home in Chestertown.
Joseph Delandor Lovett, 52
SEAFORD - Joseph Delandor Lovett of Seaford died Tuesday, Feb. 24, 1998, in Nanticoke Memorial Hospital. He was 52.
Mr. Lovett was the son of Mrs. Hazel Lovett of Queens, N.Y., and the late Allen Lovett.
He was raised by his uncle and aunt, Alfred Thomas and the late Alice Thomas of Royal Oak.
He is survived by his wife, Linda L. Lovett; a daughters, Denika Lovett; three sons, Marcus Lovett, Joseph D. Lovett Jr. and Joseph Norman; and a stepson, Warner Johnson Jr.
Service will be at noon Monday at Union Baptist Church, 233 Glenwood Ave., Easton, Md.
Friends may call from 4-6 p.m. Sunday at Bennie Smith Funeral Home, Easton.
Burial will be in Maryland Veterans Cemetery, Beulah, Md.
Helena Victoria Chandler, 56
CAMBRIDGE, Md. - Helena Victoria Chandler of Cambridge died Wednesday, Feb. 25, 1998, in Dorchester General Hospital, Cambridge. She was 56.
Ms. Chandler was born in Accomac, Va.
She received her educated in the public schools of Accomack County, Va.
Ms. Chandler was a member of Mount Calvary Baptist Church, Exmore, Va., for many years and Bethel A.M.E. Church in Cambridge.
She is survived by two sons, Glen Patrick Cropper Sr. of Cambridge and Steven Lamon Cropper of Painter, Va.; her father, Levin Chandler Sr. of Painter; her mother, Mary Victoria Chandler of Painter; six sisters, Alice Holland of Nassawadox, Va., Shirley Fitchett of Cambridge, Hattie Lee Chandler, Norma Grace and Ida Mae Daniels, all of Painter, and Annie Mae Mitchell of Salisbury; four brothers, Levin Chandler Jr. of Salisbury, Willie Chandler of Delmar, Cleveland Chandler of Onley, Va., and Thomas Bailey of Painter; a grandson; two granddaughters; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Service will be noon Wednesday at the Mount Calvary Baptist Church, Exmore, Va.
Friends may call from 7-9 p.m. Tuesday at the Bethel A.M.E. Church, Cambridge.
Burial will be in Mount Calvary Church Cemetery, Exmore.
Arrangements by Bennie Smith Funeral Home, Cambridge.
Michael C. Acquaviva, 39
GREENWOOD - Michael C. Acquaviva of Greenwood died Thursday, Feb. 26, 1998, in Nanticoke Memorial Hospital, Seaford. He was 39.
Mr. Acquaviva worked for I.G. Burton & Co. for the last eight years in the Mr. Goodwrench department.
He enjoyed flying and playing golf.
Mr. Acquaviva was a member of Avenue United Methodist Church in Milford, where he was in the choir. He was also a member of the S.P.E.B.S.Q.S.A. Barber Shop Quartet in Milford.
He was preceded in death by his father, Col. Onorio Acquaviva.
He is survived by his wife, Cynthia D. ''Cindy'' Acquaviva; his mother, Gilberta L. Acquaviva of Milford; a brother, James F. Acquaviva of Boone, N.C.; and a sister, Lynn M. Acquaviva of Milford.
Service will be 11 a.m. Monday at Rogers Funeral Home, 301 Lakeview Ave., Milford.
Friends may call from 7-9 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Burial will be in St. Johnstown Cemetery near Greenwood.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to the Avenue United Methodist Church, Choir Fund, 20 N. Church St., Milford, DE 19963.
James F. Capel, 87
GRASONVILLE, Md. - James F. Capel of Grasonville died Thursday, Feb. 26, 1998, in Corsica Hills Nursing Center Centreville. He was 87.
Mr. Capel was born in 1911 at Morgan Neck in Chestertown, the last surviving child of the late Otto F. and Emily Isabelle Batchelor Capel.
He worked as a farmer, carpenter and waterman. He worked at S.E.W. Friel, where he retired.
Mr. Capel was a member of the Maryland National Guard in his younger years. He was also a member of the Queenstown Volunteer Ambulance Department, the Bay County Moose for a few years and the Grasonville United Methodist Church.
He was preceded in death by his daughter, Barbara Ann.
He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Marie Jewell Capel; seven children, Virginia Roof of Grasonville, Shirley Compton of Landrum, S.C., Betty Hardman of Gettysburg, Pa., James. E. Capel of Grasonville, John E. Capel of Queenstown, Joseph E. Capel of Kent Island and Jesse E. Capel of Severna Park; 12 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and several step-great-grandchildren.
Service will be 1 p.m. Monday at the Fellows, Helfenbein and Newnam Funeral Home P.A., Centreville.
Friends may call from 6-8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Burial will be in Chesterfield Cemetery, Centreville.
Flowers are accepted. The family also suggests contributions may be made in his memory to the Grasonville Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary, P.O. Box 463, Grasonville, MD 21638, or to the Queen Anne's County Hospice, P.O. Box 179, Centreville, MD 21617.
Dr. Stuart B. McMunn, 38
SEAFORD - Dr. Stuart B. McMunn of Seaford died of cancer Thursday, Feb. 26, 1998, in his home. He was 38.
Dr. McMunn was born in New Castle, Pa., the son of Dr. H. Earl McMunn of New Castle, Pa., and the late Dorothy B. McMunn.
He was a graduate of New Castle Senior High School, a graduate of Pennsylvania State University and a graduate of Temple University School of Medicine.
He was a medical doctor specializing in family practice in Georgetown and an affiliate with Nanticoke Memorial Hospital in Seaford.
Dr. McMunn was a member of Epworth Fellowship Church in Laurel, a past member of Highland Presbyterian Church in New Castle, Pa., and a member of the American Medical Association. He was also a member of the Delaware Medical Society and a member of the American Board of Family Practitioners.
In addition to his father, he is survived by his wife, Lisa McMunn of Seaford; a son, Trevor Allan McMunn, at home; a daughter, Kelsey Elizabeth McMunn, at home; a brother, Forrest E. McMunn of Canberra, Australia; a sister, Susan M. Simpson of Edinburg, Pa.; and several nieces and nephews.
Service will be 2 p.m. Sunday at the Epworth Fellowship Church in Laurel, where friends may call two hours prior to the service. Friends may also call from 7-9 p.m. today at the Short Funeral Home in Laurel. Jerry Denton, pastor, will officiate.
Burial will be in the Odd Fellows Cemetery, Laurel.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to the McMunn Trust Account, c/o Mellon Bank Trust Dept., P.O. Box 8888, Wilmington, DE 19899.
Evangelist Shirley Alicon Cornish Cofield, 62
CHICAGO - Evangelist Shirley Alicon Cornish Cofield of Chicago, and formerly of Easton, Md., died after a lengthy illness Wednesday, Feb. 25, 1998, in her home. She was 62.
Mrs. Cofield was born in 1935 in Easton, the daughter of Marvin Harris of Cambridge, Md., and the late Dorothy Cornish Gibson.
She attended Talbot County, Md., public schools.
She is survived by her husband of 35 years, Bishop Arthur Cofield; two daughters, Brenda R. Jackson of Easton and Tracilyn R. ''Tre'' Cofield of Chicago; four sons, Harry Roberts Jr. of Ridgely, Md., Authur M. ''Sydney'' Cofield Jr. of Chicago, Artie Cofield of Richmond, Va., and Robert Levi (Robert Brooks) Cofield of Chicago; two granddaughters, whom she helped raise, Tori A. Brummell of Easton and Shawn-Dae McDowell of Minnesota; two sisters, Gloria Harris of Newton, Md., and Francis Mills of Grasonville, Md.; five grandchildren; and two great-granddaughters.
Service will be 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Union Baptist Church, where friends may call two hours prior to service.
Burial will be the family plot in Chapel Cemetery.
Arrangements by Bennie Smith Funeral Services.
Roland C. Larson, 82
REHOBOTH BEACH - Roland C. Larson of Rehoboth Beach died of respiratory failure Thursday, Feb. 26, 1998, in the Harbor Healthcare Center, Lewes. He was 82.
Mr. Larson was born in 1916 in Chester, Pa., the son of the late Louis Larson and Mary Folley.
He worked at Darby Creek Joint Authority in Philadelphia as a sanitary treatment operator, retiring in 1971.
Mr. Larson moved to Rehoboth Beach in 1981 from Ridgely, Md.
He is survived by his wife, Eloise ''Lois'' Gilman of Rehoboth Beach; two sons, Louis M. Larson of Reston, Va., and William Larson of Pickering, Ontario, Canada; and a sister, Margaret Minor of Zellwood, Fla.
Service and burial will be held privately at a later date.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to the charity of your choice.
Arrangements by the Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Lewes.