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Mary C. Rivera, 71
DOVER - Mary C. Rivera of Dover died Friday, April 24, 1998, in Kent General Hospital. She was 71.
Mrs. Rivera was born in 1926, in Milford, the daughter of the late Bessie E. Vann and Theodore Bell.
She attended school in the Milford District.
Mrs. Rivera worked at Burris in Milford; King Cole of Milton and Torches of Milford.
She received her religious teaching at Bethel A.M.E. Church of Milford. She was a member of the Stewardess Board. She loved animals and fishing.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Paulino Rivera; two brothers, Frank Vann and Amos Vann and a niece, Vanessa Brown.
She is survived by two sisters, Edith M. Vann of Dover and Lucille P. Allen of Milford; a multitude of relatives; nine nieces, Sylvia Bailey, Shamekia Horsey, Marilyn Fry, Linda Walters, Amy Brown, Beverly Weems, Valeria Brown, Dolores Wiggins and Shirley Owens; eight nephews, Donald Vann, Jerome Carey, Richard Brewington, Lawrence Horsey, Jessie Fitzgerald, Ramadan Bayyan, Craig and Bruce Brown and cousins and a host of friends.
The family will receive friends from 10-noon Saturday at Bethel A.M.E. Church, Milford. The service will be at noon.
Burial will be in Old Hickory Cemetery, Slaughter Neck.
Arrangements by Bennie Smith Funeral Home, Dover.
Edward J. Price, 76
FREDERICA - Edward J. Price of Frederica died of heart failure Sunday, April 26, 1998, in BayHealth Kent General Hospital. He was 76.
Mr. Price was born in Viola, the son of the late James and Elsie Mae Price.
He was a U.S. Army veteran, serving during World War II with 102nd Infantry Division Service Battery of 381st Field Artillery Battalion. He received the American Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, European African Middle Eastern Medal and World War II Victory Medal.
Mr. Price retired in 1981, after 40 years with Conrail R.R., where he worked as a track forman.
He was a member of VFW Post 6009 of Felton; Cub Scout Pack Member 141 of Felton; a member of R.R. Brotherhood Maintenance of Way and life member of Felton Fire Co.
Mr. Price loved to bowl and bowled on Milford Monday Seniors League. He enjoyed model railroading in his spare time.
He was preceded in death by his son, John.
He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Mary ''Betty'' Price of Frederica; two sons, Howard L. Price of Dover and Jay G. Price of Felton; one sister, Annie B. Messick of Dover; seven grandchildren.
Service will be at 1 p.m. Friday at the Melvin Funeral Home, 13522 South DuPont Hwy., with Pastor William Robertson III officiating.
Friends may call one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.
Burial will be in Barratt's Chapel Cemetery in Frederica.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to Felton Fire Co., P.O. Box F, Felton, DE 19943 or N. Bowers Fire Co., P.O. Box 348, Frederica, DE 19946, or to the charity of your choice.
Eugene S. Schuyler, 89
DOVER - Eugene S. Schuyler of Dover died of heart failure Sunday, April 26, 1998, in Kent General Hospital. He was 89.
Mr. Schuyler worked for Playtex Products, Dover, for 30 years, retiring in 1973.
He was a member of Bethel Wesleyan Church in Goldsboro, Md., and the Modern Maturity Center in Dover.
His wife, Helen, died in 1995.
He is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Mary and Noel Breton of Harrington.
There will be a graveside service at 1 p.m. today in Greensboro Cemetery, Greensboro.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to the Bethel Wesleyan Church, P.O. Box 141, 435 Main St., Goldsboro, MD 21636.
Arrangements by Price Funeral Home, Harrington.
Beverly Ann Brooks, 44
CHESTERTOWN, Md. - Beverly Ann Brooks of Chestertown, Md. died Sunday, April 26, 1998, in the Kent-Queen Anne Hospital in Chestertown. She was 44.
Miss Brooks attended Coleman Elementary School and graduated from Kent County High School in 1973.
She worked at Campbell Soup for 22 years and Chestertown Foods for one year.
Miss Brooks joined Union United Methodist Church at an early age.
She is survived by three brothers, Gregory Brooks of Coleman, Md., Garnett Brooks and Keith Brooks, both of Chestertown; one sister, Gladys Brooks of Philadelphia, Pa.; two sister-in-laws, Gladys Brooks of Coleman and Eileen Brooks of Chestertown; three nieces, Tasha Butler of Richmond, Va., Danielle Brooks of Coleman, and Kishira Brooks of Chestertown; two nephews, Gregory Brooks Jr. and Tyler Brooks, both of Coleman; seven aunts, Margaret Wilson, Georgia Thompson and Gertrude Jones, all of Coleman, Catherine Rudd, Florine Jackson and Anna Mae Jackson, all of Philadelphia, Gertrude Tinch of Va.; three uncles, George Brooks of Chestertown, Herman Jackson and Ronald Rudd, both of Philadelphia; three special friends, Sharon Green, Wayne Jackson and Olethia Huntley; and a host of cousins, other relatives and friends.
Service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at New Christian Chapel of Love in Coleman, where friends may call from 7-9 p.m. Friday.
Burial will be in Coleman Cemetery.
Arrangements by Bennie Smith Funeral Home, Butlertown, Md.
Earl W. Thumma, 56
OCEAN CITY, Md. - Earl W. Thumma of Ocean City, Md., died of heart failure in Frankford, Del., Saturday, April 18, 1998. He was 56.
Mr. Thumma was born in Baltimore, Md., the son of the late Benjamin and Anna Lepak Thumma.
He served in the United States Army.
Mr. Thumma was a disabled iron worker from Local 16.
He is survived by his wife, Frances C. Thumma of Deland, Fla.; five children, Benny, Stevie and Brian, Lori Ann Mattingly and Anna Ellis, all of the Ocean City area; a sister, Shirley A. Cunningham of Baltimore, Md., and eight grandchildren.
Service will be private.
Arrangements by Melson Funeral Services, Frankford.
Michael Malagieri, 78
LEWES - Michael Malagieri, a resident of Lewes Convalescent Center, died of complications from cancer, Monday, April 27, 1998, in Beebe Medical Center. He was 78.
Mr. Malagieri retired in 1982, as a supervisor with the Nicholson Construction Company of New York. He worked in several sections of America in heavy construction.
He was a member of Carpenters Union Local 2012, Seaford.
He is survived by his wife, Ida B. Malagieri of Lewes; one step-son, F. Clayton Downes of Milton; two sisters, Philamina Bozzella and Madelyn Scocca, both of New Hyde Park, N.Y.; two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Hardesty Funeral Home, 202 Laws St., Bridgeville, where friends may call one hour prior to service.
Burial will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery in Milford.
Bobby W. Griffin, 63
GREENWOOD - Bobby W. Griffin of Greenwood died of lung cancer Monday, April 27, 1998, in his home. He was 63.
Mr. Griffin was a retired Master Sergeant of the United States Air Force. He was a Vietnam veteran and received the Bronze Star.
He is survived by his wife, Alice Zott Griffin of Greenwood; a son, Glenn Griffin of Staten Island, N.Y.; two step-sons, David Zott of Greewood and Thomas Zott of Lincoln; a daughter, Karen Griffin of Boone, N.C.; a step-daughter, Nancy Zott Hudson of Georgetown; three brothers, Raymond of Orlando, Fla., Ronnie of Lenox, Ga. and Donnie of Fort Meade, Fla.; a sister, Dot Pickard of Fitzgerald, Ga.; two step-grandchildren and five step-great-grandchildren.
There will be a graveside service at 3 p.m. Thursday.
Burial will be in Bloomery Cemetery in Federalsburg, Md.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to Delaware Hospice, 600 DuPont Hwy., Georgetown, DE 19947.
Sally Gravenor Calloway, 82
SEAFORD - Sally Gravenor Calloway of Seaford, formerly of Galestown, Md., died of heart failure Monday, April 27, 1998, in Nanticoke Memorial Hospital. She was 82.
Mrs. Calloway was born in Galestown, Md., the daughter of the late Merrill Cooper and Myrtle Rae Brinsfield Gravenor.
She was a graduate of Hurlock High School, Class of 1933.
Mrs. Calloway was a housewife.
She was a member of Galestown United Methodist Church, Galestown, Md., and Ladies Auxiliary Sharptown Volunteer Fire Co., Sharptown.
Her husband, Halbert Wheatley Calloway, died in 1988.
She is survived by two sons, Robert E. Calloway of Laurel, and Michael W. Calloway of East New Market, Md.; one sister, Mary G. Watson of Seaford; four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
There will be a graveside service at 2 p.m. Thursday at Galestown Cemetery in Galestown.
The Rev. Wellington Watson will officiate.
Burial will be in Galestown Cemetery.
The family suggests contributions be made to Galestown Cemetery Fund, c/o Paul E. Wooten, 5922 Wheatly Church Rd., Seaford, DE 19973.
Paul R. Janeka, 82
NEW CASTLE - Paul R. Janeka of New Castle died Saturday, April 25, 1998, at home. He was 82.
Mr. Janeka was born and raised in the Dover area. He was a graduate of the Dover High School.
Mr. Janeka was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, serving as a Seaman First Class. He was awarded the American Theatre Victory Medal.
He was an operating engineer, retiring in 1981 from the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 542 of Eastern Pa. and Delaware, after 25 years of service.
In addition to his wife, Theresa J. DeGrazia Janeka, he is survived by five sons, Paul R. Jr. of Greeley, Colo., Kenneth T. of Newark, Ted C. of N. Wilmington, Thomas R. of Newark, and Donald R. of Savannah, Ga.; three step-sons, Douglas L. Burkhalter of Savannah, Anthony DiFonzo and Arthur DiFonzo, both of Wilmington; two sisters, Julia Baumann and Charlotte Reynolds, both of Redlands, Calif.; 22 grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren.
Service will be at 11:30 a.m. Thursday at Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 1000 N. DuPont Parkway, New Castle, where friends may call after 7 p.m Wednesday.
Burial will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Camden.
Charles A. 'Chic' Krams, 54
SEAFORD - Charles A. ''Chic'' Krams of Seaford died of a heart attack Monday, April 27, 1998, in Nanticoke Memorial Hospital. He was 54.
Mr. Krams served in the U.S. Navy as an air traffic controller.
He was a computer programer for the First National Bank of Maryland in Millsboro for the past 10 years.
He is survived by his wife, Barbara Ward Krams; two sons, Charles A. Krams Jr. of Seaford and Curtis A. Krams of Salisbury, Md.; one sister, Sarah Henderson of Pittsburg, Pa.
There will be a memorial service at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Cranston Funeral Home, 300 Shipley Street, Seaford, where friends may call a half hour prior to the service.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to the Blades Ambulance Squad, P.O. Box 691, Seaford, DE 19973, or the American Heart Association, 600 North DuPont Hwy., Georgetown, DE 19947.
Helen J. Woodruff, 92
SEAFORD - Helen J. Woodruff of Seaford, formerly of Cape May, N.J., died of heart failure Sunday, April 26, 1998, in Nanticoke Memorial Hospital. She was 92.
Mrs. Woodruff retired in 1976, from the Office of Rep. Charles Sandman, where she was the office manager. Prior to that, she was administrative assistant for Sen. H. Alexander Smith, both of New Jersey.
She was active in Republican politics her entire life in New Jersey.
Her husband, Franklin Woodruff, died in 1977.
She is survived by one step-son, Franklin ''Woody'' Woodruff of Seaford; two step-daughters, Jane Woodruff Kearns of Lake of the Woods, Va. and Virginia MacConnell of Red Bank, N.J.; eight grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.
There will be a memorial service held at a later date in Cape May.
Arrangements by the Cranston Funeral Home, Seaford.
Charles Edward Blake, 59
CHESTERTOWN, Md. - Charles Edward Blake of Chestertown, Md. died Saturday, April 25, 1998, in his home. He was 59.
Mr. Blake was born in 1939, in Washington, D.C., the son of the late Henry Blake Sr. and Irene Gibbs Johnson.
He was known to many of his friends as ''Chick'', and he attended school in Kent County.
Mr. Blake started working at Stepney Manor in 1953, aiding in the raising, training and racing of harness horses and care of the farm and home for Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Lusby. Over the years, he joined with the Lusby's and their families, in their family social and community activities, and remained with Mrs. Lusby until her death earlier this year.
He aided in the American Legion, Jeff Davis Post 18 of Centreville, Md., in the construction of Veteran's Memorials in cemeteries in both Queen Anne's and Kent County. He joined Janes United Methodist Church at an early age. Many will fondly remember him riding his bicycle around town.
Mr. Blake's favorite pasttime was fishing on the Chester River and Chesapeake Bay.
He was preceded in death by two sisters, Mary Blake Waters and Barbara Ann Hutchins.
He is survived by a brother, Henry Blake Jr. and a sister-in-law, Mamie Blake, both of Easton, Md.; a brother-in-law, Leander Hutchins of Chestertown, and a host of nieces and nephews.
Service will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Janes United Methodist Church, Chestertown, where friends may call two hours prior to the service. Friends may also call from 7-8 p.m. Wednesday at the church.
The Rev. Gonzalee Matthews will officiate.
Burial will be in Emmanuel United Methodist Cemetery, Church Lane, Pomona, near Chestertown.
Arrangements by the Walley Funeral Home, Chestertown.
William 'Bill' Paul Croll, 58
DENTON, Md. - William ''Bill'' Paul Croll of Denton, Md. died of heart failure Saturday, April 25, 1998, in Atlantic General Hospital in Berlin, Md. He was 58.
Mr. Croll was born in 1939, in Ridgley, Md., the son of the late Paul A. and Alice Reagan Croll.
He graduated from Federalsburg High School, Class of 1957. He graduated in 1962 with a degree in mechanical engineering from Duke University.
Mr. Croll would work at his family business, Caroline Poultry, Inc., during his summer vacations from college. At times, he had plants in both Denton and Federalsburg.
He worked from 1962-1965 for Ralston-Purina and lived in Ocean City, Md. The family moved to Denton and for the next 20 years he owned Caroline Box Company of Federalsburg, and most recently, he was associated with the 151 Tire System in Federalsburg.
Mr. Croll was a member of Boy Scout Troop 137 and was an Eagle Scout. He also was a former member of the Federalsburg Jaycee's while a resident of Federalsburg; he had coached both Minor and Little League in Denton. He played in the Caroline County Softball Leagues; was a member and past president of the Caroline Country Club; a member and chairman of Caroline County Chapter of Duck's Unlimited; was a founding member and chairman of The Honga-Blackwater Game Dinner; was a former member of the Advisory Board of Maryland National Bank, Federalsburg, and was a member of St. Luke's United Methodist Church in Denton.
He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Sarah E. Croll, the former Sarah E. Everngam; two daughters, Sarah Elizabeth Belknap and her husband, Eric Moore Belknap, both of Eldersburg, Md. and Suzanne Katharine Croll of Denton, Md.; one son, Robert William Croll of Bethany Beach; two sisters, Nancy Sell of Lititz, Pa. and Phyllis Giles of Easley, S.C.; two granddaughters, Amanda Elizabeth Belknap and Allyson Catherine Belknap, both of Eldersburg.
Service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Union United Methodist Church, North Main Street, Federalsburg, where friends may call from 7-9 p.m. Tuesday.
Rev. Otho Brewer Jr. will officiate.
The family suggests contributions be made to the American Heart Association, c/o Mrs. Elizabeth E. Meredith, 218 Greenridge Road, Federalsburg, MD 21632.
Albert W. Horton, 87
SEAFORD - Albert W. Horton of the Methodist Manor House in Seaford, formerly of Laurel, died of natural causes Monday, April 27, 1998. He was 87.
Mr. Horton was born in Milford, the son of the late John W. Horton and Elizabeth V. Horton.
He was a graduate of the Wharton School of Business in Philadelphia, Pa. in 1932.
Mr. Horton was a former Town Clerk of the Town of Laurel in the 1960s and a former Magistrate of the State of Delaware, working in the Sussex County Judicial System.
He worked as a salesman in the Sussex County area. He worked for Burris Foods in Milford for over 10 years.
He was a member of the Centenary United Methodist Church in Laurel and an active member of the church choir.
His wife, Eleanor S. Horton, died in 1994.
He is survived by two sons, Gary S. Horton of Arlington, Va. and David B. Horton of Seaford; a daughter, Elizabeth Kinner of Portsmouth, N.H.; a brother, George Horton of Stewart, Fla.; five grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
There will be a memorial service at 11 a.m. Saturday at Centenary United Methodist Church, Laurel.
Friends may call from 10-11 a.m. Saturday at the church.
Rev. Kevin English will officiate.
Burial will be private.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to Centenary United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 230, Laurel, DE 19956.
Arrangements by Short Funeral Home, Laurel.
Gladys Winifred Smedley, 90
LEWES - Gladys Winifred Smedley of Lewes, formerly of Elsmere, died Monday, April 27, 1998, in Lewes Convalescent Center. She was 90.
Mrs. Smedley was the daughter of the late James Wright and Febbie King.
She was a homemaker, and she lived in the Lewes area for 28 years.
Mrs. Smedley was a member of the Church of England.
Her husband, Gordon M. Smedley, died in 1989.
She is survived by a daughter, Marjorie J. Conover of Lewes and a son, John G. Smedley of Pedricktown, N.J.; two grandchildren; six great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.
There will be a graveside service at 11 a.m. Friday at Bethel Methodist Cemetery, Savannah Road, Lewes.
Friends may call from 10-10:45 a.m. Friday at Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, 1449 Kings Hwy., Lewes.
Burial will be in Bethel United Methodist Cemetery.
Frank J. Liberatore, 75
MILTON - Frank J. Liberatore of Milton died Tuesday, April 28, 1998, in his home. He was 75.
Mr. Liberatore was born in 1922, in LaBelle, Pa., the son of the late Fred Liberatore and Maria Lucantonio.
He had a Masters degree in Physics and was involved in the development of the Hubbel Telescope. He also helped set up many other observatories.
Mr. Liberatore worked at Goddard Space Center in Greenbelt, Md. as an electrical engineer for 25 years, retiring in 1980.
He was a member of St. Jude's Catholic Church, Rt. 1 and Five Points; a member of Cape Henlopen Elks Club; a member of St. Vincent DePaul's Society, and a volunteer at Beebe Medical Center, Lewes.
He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Mary E. Liberatore of Milton; one son, Fred Anthony Liberatore of Milton; three daughters, Carolyn Sue Lavine of Rochester, N.Y., Ann Louise Liberatore of Vienna, Va. and Mary Catherine Liberatore of Virginia Beach, Va.; two sisters, Josephine Gyke of Pittsburgh, Pa. and Mary Frances Sawchenko of Gaitersburg, Md., and five grandchildren.
Service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at St. Jude's Catholic Church, where friends may call one hour prior to the service.
Father Phillip Sheekey will officiate.
Burial will be private.
Dorothy E. McCormick, 53
FENWICK ISLAND - Dorothy E. McCormick of Fenwick Island died of cancer Tuesday, April 28, 1998, in her home. She was 53.
Mrs. McCormick was born in Philadelphia, Pa., the daughter of Dorothy Witts and the Late John Witts.
She was co-owner of Denney Electric Supply Company of Millsboro.
Mrs. McCormick was a member of St. Luke's Catholic Church of Ocean City, Md.
She was an avid miniature doll house collector and enthusiast.
She is survived by her husband of 31 years, Dennis M. McCormick; two sons, John McCormick and Mark McCormick, and a daughter-in-law, Karen, all of Fenwick Island; a grandson, Avery; her mother, Dorothy Witts of Villas, N.J.; a sister, Patti Witts of Ebenberg, Pa.; a brother, Tom Witts of Sewell, N.J.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Friday at St. Luke's Catholic Church, 100th Coastal Hwy., Ocean City, Md., where friends may call one half hour prior to the service.
Burial will be in St. Peter and St. Paul Cemetery, Broomall, Pa.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to Delaware Hospice, Southern Division, 600 DuPont Hwy., Georgetown, DE 19947.
Arrangements by Melson Funeral Services, Frankford.
Rev. Mary Elizabeth Little, 91
GRASONVILLE, Md. - Rev. Mary Elizabeth Little of Grasonville, Md. died Saturday, April 25, 1998, in her daughter, Regina's home in Grasonville. She was 91.
She was educated in the public schools of Baltimore.
Mrs. Little was employed by the Swindel Glass Factory. Being a good cook, she sought employment as a chef. She and her family relocated to Grasonville, where she worked in the seafood industries.
She received her Christian teaching at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Baltimore, Md.
Mrs. Little was an active member of the Baltimore Chapter of the Eastern Star; a member of the Elks Lodge in Baltimore; seeing the need, Mary transformed her membership of ministry to Christ's Spiritual Temple in Baltimore and assisted the Rev. Nettie Finney. When the Margaret/ Brinkley Chapter 24 was formed in Grasonville, she joined and served as Chaplin.
She was a member of Robinson's A.M.E. Church, under the pastorship of Rev. Norman E. Blackston. She served as president of the Mamie Bouldin Missionary Society. Transferring her ministry to the A.M.E. Church, she was licensed as an itinerant Deacon and was on of the Assistant Ministers of Robinson's A.M.E. Church. Mary was a dedicated member at Robinson's and whatever organization she was affiliated with.
Mary was a very rare person,
one who you could say, called it as she saw it. Whatever she thought, she would tell you, but was still a loveable person with a kind heart.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, James Edward Brinkley and three children; her second husband, William Little Sr.
She is survived by two daughters, Regina Smith and Ethel Mae Nickens; one son, Aaron Brinkley; one son-in-law, Allen Smith; one daughter-in-law, Mary Brinkley; one step-son; one step-daughter-in-law; 20 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren, and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.
Service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Robinson's A.M.E. Church, Grasonville, where friends may call from 7-9 p.m. Friday.
Burial will be in Robinson's Church Cemetery, Grasonville.
Arrangements by Bennie Smith Funeral Home, Easton, Md.
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