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Donita Elizabeth Ross Newlin Cain, 60

MIDDLETOWN - Donita Elizabeth Ross Newlin Cain of Middletown, and formerly of Marydel, died from complications following surgery Thursday, Feb. 26, 1998, in the Christiana Hospital, Newark. She was 60.

Mrs. Cain was a homemaker and had worked for Walker's Grocery Store in Marydel, retiring in 1988.

She enjoyed playing bingo.

Mrs. Cain was a member of the Middletown-Odessa-Townsend Senior Center.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William Cain, in 1985.

She is survived by two daughters, Irene Newlin of Linwood, Pa., and Deborah Dixon of Middletown; two sons, Dale Newlin of Delaware City and Francis Cain of Marcus Hook, Pa.; 10 grandsons; and a granddaughter.

Memorial service will be 8 p.m. Monday at the Daniels and Hutchison Funeral Home, 212 N. Broad St., Middletown, where friends may call one hour prior to the service.

Burial will be private.

 

Helen Mae Hazel Shahan, 83

DOVER - Helen Mae Hazel Shahan of Dover died of respiratory failure Friday, Feb. 27, 1998, in the Kent General Hospital, Dover. She was 83.

Mrs. Shahan was born in Frederica, the daughter of the late James K. and Julia Hazel.

She was employed by Emmanuel's and J.C. Penney Co., both formerly of downtown Dover. She then worked with Geriatric Services, Dover, for 10 years.

She volunteered at Kent General Hospital for five years in the surgical waiting room.

Mrs. Shahan was a member of the Wesley Uunited Methodist Church in Dover and the Dover Lioness Club.

She is survived by her husband of 64 years, Brady V. Shahan Jr. of Dover; two sons, Donald J. Shahan of Myrtle Beach, S.C., and Jerry High of Salisbury, Md.; a daughter, Beverly Ann Brown of Dover; a brother, James Hazel of Lewes; a niece, Janice Holston of Long Neck; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Service will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Torbert Funeral Chapel, Reed and Bradford streets, Dover.

Friends may call 7-9 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Burial will be in the Odd Fellows Cemetery, Camden.

Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to the Arthritis Foundation, Delaware Chapter, 222 Philadelphia Pike, Wilmington, DE 19809; to the Delaware Hospice, 911 N. Du Pont Highway, Dover, DE 19901; or to the Wesley U.M. Church, 209 S. State St., Dover, DE 19901.

 

Frances G. Lechner, 87

DOVER - Frances G. Lechner of Dover died of complications from a stroke Friday, Feb. 27, 1998, in Christina Hospital. She was 87.

Mrs. Lechner was born in Philadelphia.

She was a graduate of the Germantown School of Nursing.

Mrs. Lechner was a homemaker in Pennsylvania, then moved to Chicago, and finally to Dover in 1983.

She spent her summers at Ocean City, N.J.

Mrs. Lechner resided with her daughter, Karen Lechner of Dover, and was lovingly watched over and cared for by Dolores Young and Hilda Mosley.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Louis N.J. Lechner, and her beloved mother, Frances Fielemeyer.

She is survived by a son, Louis J. Lechner, and his wife, Joan, of West Chicago; two daughters, Marilyn Shaw, and her husband, Daniel, of Philadelphia, and Karen Lechner of Dover; a brother, Joseph Fielemeyer, and his wife, Ethel; two grandchildren, Karen Forman, and her husband, David, and Jennifer Shaw; a great-granddaughter, Samantha Bristown; six nieces; and three nephews.

Service will be 10 a.m. Tuesday at the William R. Mays Funeral Home, Easton Road and Keswick Avenue, Glenside, Pa.

Instead of flowers, the family suggests a donation to the Compassionate Care Hospice in her name.

 

Beulah Houston Kulmack, 82

OWENS STATION - Beulah Houston Kulmack of Owens Station died of viral pneumonia Friday, Feb. 27, 1998, in the Milford Memorial Hospital. She was 82.

Mrs. Kulmack was born in Milford, the daughter of the late Philip and Harriett Elizabeth Houston.

She traveled to Israel and extensively in the U.S.

She enjoyed gardening, sewing and flowers.

Mrs. Kulmack was a charter member of the Tressler Mennonite Church, Owens Station, when 16 years old. Later, she was a member of the Bethany Church of the Brethren, Farmington, where she enjoyed the Women's Bible Study in her home and the church quilt-making group.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank A. Kulmack; a brother, Stevens W. Houston; and a sister, Elizabeth M. Houston.

She is survived by a daughter, Ellen J. Peterson of Greenwood; a stepdaughter, Peggy Gordon of Wilmington; five sisters, Mary, Elsie and Harriett Houston of Owens Station, Florence H. McKinney of Manheim, Pa., and Margaret H. Fooks of Indianapolis; a brother, Robert B. Houston of Tulsa, Okla.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Service will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Fleischauer Funeral Home, Greenwood, where friends may call one hour prior to the service.

Burial will be in the St. Johnstown Cemetery, Greenwood.

Instead of flowers, the family suggests donations may be made to the Bethany Church of the Brethren, PO Box 245, Farmington, DE 19942, or to the CHEER Home Services, 546 S. Bedford St., Georgetown, DE 19947.
 

David E. Fox, 40

SMYRNA - David E. Fox of Smyrna died Saturday, Feb. 28, 1998, in Philadelphia. He was 40.

Mr. Fox was born in Dover, son of the late Samuel J. Fox II and Joan and Jack Ewing of Smyrna.

He was a waterman in the Delaware Bay for the last 27 years.

Mr. Fox loved being around the water and playing his guitar.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Wendi Fox Keeler.

He is survived by, in addition to his mother, a daughter, Amy Fox of Smyrna; a brother, Samuel J. Fox, III of Leipsic; a sister, Lisa Naylor-Timmons of Smyrna; several nieces and nephews; and a host of friends who loved him.

Service will be 1 p.m. Wednesday in Faries Funeral Chapel, 29 S. Main St., Smyrna, where friends may call one hour prior to the service.

Burial will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Smyrna.

 

James 'Jamie' K. Hickman, 46

EASTON, Md. - James ''Jamie'' K. Hickman of Easton died Friday, Feb. 27, 1998, in Easton Memorial Hospital. He was 46.

Mr. Hickman was born in Chestertown, the son of Eleanor W. Hickman of Rising Sun and the late Robert J. Hickman Jr.

He moved to Easton in 1985 with his wife and they worked together as caretakers for Gordon Brunner, Peach Blossom Estate, Easton.

Mr. Hickman enjoyed hunting, fishing and crabbing.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Mandy Hickman.

He is survived by his wife of 14 years, Pam Hickman of Easton; his mother; three sons, James K. Hickman Jr. of Rock Hall, Daniel Joseph Hickman of Easton, Bryan Justin Hickman of Easton; a daughter Amy Elizabeth Hickman of Easton; three sisters, Kathy Thomas of Rising Sun, Becky Curlis of Omaha, Neb., Janet Gorsuch of Fairlee; two brothers, Robert Hickman III of Palm Bay, Fla., and Timothy Hickman of Rock Hall; and a grandson.

Service will be 1 p.m. Wednesday at Fellows, Helfenbein and Newnam Funeral Home, Speer Road, Chestertown, where relatives and friends may call from 7-9 p.m. Tuesday.

Burial will be in Chestertown Cemetery, Chestertown.

The family suggests contributions may be made to the Regional Cancer Center, c/o Memorial Hospital Foundation, P.O. Box 1846, Easton, MD 21601.

 

Marion Louise Brodsky, 73

PLANTATION, Fla. - Marion Louise Brodsky of Plantation died of a massive stroke Thursday, Feb. 26, 1998, in Avenel Nursing Center, Plantation. She was 73.

Mrs. Brodsky was born in Winston-Salem, N.C., daughter of the late Thomas and Hattie McCann Jones.

She attended Catholic grade and high schools in Washington, D.C.

Mrs. Brodsky was a homemaker while in Silver Spring, Md.. In 1969 she moved to Edgewater, Md., where she established Kangaroo Korner Day Care Center which she operated for 10 years. She then worked as a real estate agent in the Annapolis, Md., area, until illness in 1986.

She was a parishoner of St. Marys Catholic Church, Edgewater, Md.; attended St. Gregory's Catholic Church, Plantation; and attended St. Christophers Catholic Church, Chester, Md.

Mrs. Brodsky, during her six years in Avenel Nursing Center, enjoyed her time with nature and was happiest while feeding the squirrels in the courtyard.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Fred Frank Brodsky of Washington, D.C., in 1989; a daughter, Paula Brodsky Johnson in 1997; a sister, Mary Evelyn Rich in 1994; and a granddaughter, Elisabeth Jeanne McKenney in 1984.

She is survived by a son, Thomas Brodsky of Puyallup, Wash.; two daughters, Angela McKenney of Denton, Md. and Jeanne Brodsky of Pembroke Pines, Fla.; two brothers, Eric Jones of Silver Spring, Md., and Thomas Edward Jones of Rockville, Md.; a sister, Edna Jones McIntosh of Cheverly, Md.; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Memorial mass will be 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church, Annapolis, 

Arrangements by the Fellows, Helfenbein and Newnam Funeral Home, P.A., Chester.

 

Mildred Stull Hill, 81

CHESTERTOWN, Md. - Mildred Stull Hill of Chestertown died Saturday, Feb. 28, 1998, in the Heron Point Nursing Center, Chestertown. She was 81.

Mrs. Hill was born in Newtown Square, Pa., the daughter of the late Gideon M. and Mildred W. Stull.

She was a graduate of the Agnes Irwin School, Rosemont, Pa., and Chevy Chase Junior College, Chevy Chase, Md.

Mrs. Hill and her husband moved to Towson, Md., and established the Hill Chase Steel Co. in Baltimore. In 1969 they moved to the Eastern Shore of Maryland, lived in Queenstown until Mr. Hill's death and then she moved to Chestertown.

She was a homemaker.

Mrs. Hill, in her earlier years, was active with the Maryland Children's Aid Society, Baltimore, and with the Old Wye Parish, Wye Mills, Md.

She enjoyed gardening, sailing, reading and traveling.

She is survived by two daughters: Kathleen H. Hosford of Cockeysville, Md., and Joann H. Peach of Chestertown; a sister, Kathleen S. Smith of Newtown Square; and five grandchildren.

Service will be held privately for the family.

Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions may be made to the charity of your choice.

Arrangements by Fellows, Helfenbein and Newnam Funeral Home, Chestertown.

 

Roxie B. Elliott, 91

FEDERALSBURG, Md. - Roxie B. Elliott of Federalsburg died Sunday, March 1, 1998, in Caroline Nursing Home, Denton. She was 91.

Mrs. Elliott was born in Hi Hat, Ky., daughter of the late Willard and Mindy Brown Caudill.

She moved to Caroline County in 1946.

Mrs. Elliott was a cook with the Brick Hotel, Melvin's Restaurant and starting in 1963 for the Corner Restaurant, Denton, retiring in 1968.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Oram Elliott, in 1956 and her daughter, Mildred Guesfeird.

She is survived by a grandson, Alan W. Guesfeird of Federalsburg; four great-grandchildren; and a great-great grandchild.

Service will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at Moore Funeral Home, P.A., S. Second Street, Denton, where friends may call one hour prior to the service.

Burial will be in Denton Cemetery.

 

Margaret Mae Witman, 75

MILLSBORO - Margaret Mae Witman of Millsboro died Saturday, Feb. 28, 1998, in Beebe Medical Center, Lewes. She was 75.

Mrs. Witman was born in Harrisburg, Pa., daughter of the late Daniel and Martha Williamson Grissinger.

She was employed as a sales clerk at the Ames in Rehoboth Beach for six years, retiring in 1991.

Mrs. Witman enjoyed reading.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lester H. St. Clair, in 1950 and by two sons, Dale and James St. Clair.

She is survived by two daughters, Karen King of Linwood, Pa., and Kathleen Elliott of Harrisburg; a son, Lester St. Clair of Millsboro; a sister, Elenor Teter of Millsboro; a brother, Albert Grissinger of Harrisburg; six grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Service will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Harbeson Cemetery, U.S. 9, Harbeson.

Friends may call from 7-9 p.m. Tuesday at Short Funeral Services, Federal Street, Milton.

 

Mary Catherine Purnell, 88

HENDERSON, Md. - Mary Catherine Purnell of Henderson died of natural causes Saturday, Feb. 28, 1998, in the Caroline Nursing Home, Denton. She was 88.

Mrs. Purnell was born in Queen Anne County, daughter of the late Walter S. Emerson and Ann Gertrude Burchard Houseal.

She was self-employed in a home-cleaning business.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Harry Owen Purnell, in 1991.

She is survived by two stepsons, Wayne Purnell and Dale Purnell, both of Little Orleans; three stepdaughters, Marie Trail of Warfordsburg, Pa., Geannie Carson of Berkeley Springs, W.Va., Phyllis McDonald of San Diego and Mrs. Jones and husband, Donald of Portsmouth, Va.; a brother, Carroll Houseal of Ohio; and a sister, Helen Isabelle Gilmore of Denton.

Graveside service will be 2 p.m. Tuesday in Greensboro Cemetery, Greensboro.

Arrangements by Fleegle-Helfenbein Funeral Home, 106 W. Sunset Ave., Greensboro, Md.

 

Beulah Houston Kulmack, 82

OWENS STATION - Beulah Houston Kulmack of Owens Station died of viral pneumonia Friday, Feb. 27, 1998, in Milford Memorial Hospital. She was 82.

Mrs. Kulmack was born in Milford, the daughter of the late Philip and Harriett Elizabeth Houston.

She traveled to Israel and extensively in the United States.

She enjoyed gardening, sewing and flowers.

Mrs. Kulmack was a charter member of the Tressler Mennonite Church, Owens Station, when 16 years old. Later, she was a member of the Bethany Church of the Brethren, Farmington, where she enjoyed the Women's Bible Study in her home and the church quilt-making group.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank A. Kulmack; a brother, Owens W. Houston; and a sister, Elizabeth M. Houston.

She is survived by a daughter, Ellen J. Peterson of Greenwood; a stepdaughter, Peggy Gordon of Wilmington; five sisters, Mary, Elsie and Harriett Houston of Owens Station, Florence H. McKinney of Manheim, Pa., and Margaret H. Fooks of Indianapolis; a brother, Robert B. Houston of Tulsa, Okla.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Service will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at Fleischauer Funeral Home, Greenwood, where friends may call one hour prior to the service.

Burial will be in the St. Johnstown Cemetery, Greenwood.

Instead of flowers, the family suggests donations may be made to the Bethany Church of the Brethren, PO Box 245, Farmington, DE 19942, or to the CHEER Home Services, 546 S. Bedford St., Georgetown, DE 19947.


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