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George L. Steinmetz, 84
BRIDGEVILLE - George L. Steinmetz of Bridgeville died of complications from cancer, Sunday, May 10, 1998, in Nanticoke Memorial Hospital. He was 84.
Mr. Steinmetz graduated from Iowa State University with a degree in chemical engineering.
He retired in 1976 as plant manager for H.P. Cannon & Son Co. Cannery, Bridgeville. He previously worked as quality control manager for the company for 30 years.
Mr. Steinmetz was a member of the Bridgeville Kiwanis Club; Union United Methodist Church, Bridgeville, and the Nanticoke Amateur Radio Club (Ham radio operators). He won a gold medal in the Delaware Regional Senior Olympics for the fast walk in 1993. He was an avid sportsfisherman.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Grayce D. in 1997.
He is survived by two sons, George Dixson of Newark and Ray L. of Houston, Texas; one daughter, Gretchen S. Collins of Fenwick Island; 11 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Service will be at 1 p.m. today at Union United Methodist Church, Market & Laws Streets, Bridgeville, where friends may call one hour prior to the service.
Burial will be in the Bridgeville Cemetery.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to the Union United Methodist Church, 1 Laws Street, Bridgeville, DE 19933.
Carlvin Burton Vansant, 94
CHESTERTOWN, Md. - Carlvin Burton Vansant of Chestertown, Md. died after a brief illness, Sunday, May 10, 1998, in the Magnolia Hall Nursing Center. He was 94.
Mr. Vansant was born in Rock Hall, Md., the son of the late Harry and Margaret Middleton Vansant.
He attended Piney Neck School, near Rock Hall.
Mr. Vansant went to work on steamboats of the Tolchester Line, including the ''Emma Giles'' and the ''Louise''. He moved to Chestertown, Md., where he worked for Culp Lumber Company. After working for the Atlantic Oil Co., he started his own business as owner and operator of the C. Burton Vansant Atlantic Oil Distributorship in Chestertown. He remained actively involved in his business until his retirement.
He served for 12 years as a Chestertown Town Councilman. For over 50 years, he was a member of the Chestertown Lions Club, where he once served as president. He was a 65 year (1935-1998) member of Chester Masonic Lodge #115, where he took the roll of Grand Master in 1941, 1943, and 1944. He served for many years, beginning in the 1950's, as Deputy Grand Lecturer for the Grand Masonic Lodge of Maryland. At the time of his death, he held the honorary post of Grand Lecturer at Large for Maryland's Masonic Lodge.
In addition to his wife of 67 years, Thelma Moffett Vansant, he is survived by one daughter, Anne Burton Vansant of Chestertown, and one sister, Virginia Vansant Collins of Wilmington.
Service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday a the Christ United Methodist Church, High Street, Chestertown.
Friends may call from 7-9 p.m. Wednesday at the Fellows, Helfenbein, and Newnam Funeral Home, 130 Speer Road in Chestertown, where a Masonic service will be at 8 p.m.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to a charity of your choice.
Arrangements by Marvin V. Williams Jr. Funeral Service, Chestertown.
John H. Hudson, 74
MILLSBORO - John H. Hudson of Millsboro died of cancer, Monday, May 11, 1998, in his home. He was 74.
Mr. Hudson was born near Dagsboro, the son of the late William D. and Lettie Murray Hudson.
He was a boiler operator at Townsend's, Inc., Millsboro for 15 years, retiring in 1986.
Mr. Hudson was a member of the St. George's United Methodist Church in Clarksville.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Helen Melson Hudson in 1995.
He is survived by two sons, Terry W. Hudson of Dagsboro and Garry W. Hudson of Millsboro; one daughter, Mary Jane Decker of Millsboro; one brother, Delano R. Hudson of Frankford; seven grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
Service will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at the Watson Funeral Home, 211 Washington Street, Millsboro, where friends may call two hours prior to the service.
The Rev. Ruth Tull will officiate.
Burial will be in the Millsboro Cemetery, Millsboro.
Norman E. Waters, 82
DOVER - Norman E. Waters of Dover died of cardiac arrest, Saturday, May 9, 1998, in Kent General Hospital. He was 82.
Mr. Waters was born in 1915, in Copper Hill, Md., the son of the late Norman and Jessie Waters.
He was a painter for 36 years.
Mr. Waters was a loving husband and loved his family and everyone so much. He served Jehova for more than 25 years and was a member of the Kingom Hall in Felton.
He is survived by his wife, Emma Waters of Dover; two daughters, Linda Page of Magnolia and Deborah Waters of Manhatten, N.Y.; one sister, Vera Starks of Philadelphia, Pa.; seven grandchildren; five great-grandchildren and a host of relatives and friends.
Helen Fedor, 83
CHESTERTOWN, Md. - Helen Fedor of Chestertown, Md. died of natural causes Monday, May 11, 1998, in the Chestertown Nursing & Rehabilitation Center. She was 83.
Mrs. Fedor was born in 1915, in Hendeson, Md., the daughter of the late Fred and Marie Vashrick Zlock.
She was a hair stylist in New York City.
Mrs. Fedor was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Chestertown.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Stephen Fedor in 1991.
She is survived by one brother, Carl Zlock of Henderson; one sister, Mary Mullholland of Milford and several nieces and nephews.
Service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Fleegle & Helfenbein Funeral Home, Greensboro, where friends may call one hour prior to the service.
There will be a memorial service conducted by the Order of the Eastern Star at 10:30 a.m.
Burial will be in the Greensboro Cemetery, Greensboro.
Arlie B. Clark, 72
GEORGETOWN - Arlie B. Clark of Georgetown died of heart failure Monday, May 11, 1998, in the Beebe Medical Center. He was 72.
Mr. Clark was born in Milton, the son of the late John W. Clark Jr. and the late Lulu Carey Clark.
He served in the Army during World War II.
Mr. Clark was a truck driver and mechanic for Reed Trucking for several years. He also worked in the Maintenance Dept. at Paramount Poultry for several years.
He was a member of Lewes V.F.W. #10638.
He is survived by a sister, Millie Morris of Millsboro; two brothers, Wilford Clark of Los Angeles, Calif. and John W. Clark III of Lewes.
Service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Chapel of Short Funeral Services, 416 Federal Street, Milton.
Burial will be in Congregational Church Cemetery, Milton.
Rita Pauline Peterson, 81
MILLINGTON, Md. - Rita Pauline Peterson of Millington, Md., died of heart failure Monday, May 11, 1998, in her home. She was 81.
Mrs. Peterson was born in Ireland, W.Va., the daughter of the late Clodian and Mary Leota Chipps.
She was a homemaker.
Mrs. Peterson was a member of Asbury United Methodist Church, Millington, where she was also active in the United Methodist Women; she was active with the Millington Senior Citizens and the Millington Homemakers.
She enjoyed cooking and sewing and gardening.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Louis C. Peterson in 1989, a grandson, David Alexander and two brothers.
She is survived by one daughter, Judy Majeskie of Beltsville, Md.; one son, Rick Peterson of Sudlersville, Md.; three sisters, Ruth Bolyard of Grafton, W.Va., Frances Wiley and Ginger Satterfield, both of Morgantown, W.Va.; a grandson, Troy Alexander of Millington; a very dear friend, Charles Spicer of Millington.
Service will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the Fellows, Helfenbein & Newnam Funeral Home, 370 W. Cypress Street, Millington, where friends and family may call from 7-9 p.m. Thursday.
Burial will be in the Crumpton Cemetery, Crumpton, Md.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to the American Heart Association, 29 Kent Plaza Box 174, Chestertown, MD 21620 or the Asbury U.M. Church Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 187, Millington, MD 21651.
Lillie Mae Gernert. 80
GRASONVILLE, Md. - Lillie Mae Gernert of Grasonville, Md. died Tuesday, May 11, 1998, in Genesis Eldercare Meridian of Corsica Hills, in Centreville, Md. She was 80.
Mrs. Gernert was born in 1917, in Stevensville, Md., the daughter of the late Joseph Watson and Lillie R. Guessford Davis.
She attended Stevensville High School.
Mrs. Gernert worked at the concession stand on the Manapeake Ferry Boat. She managed the Chesapeake Motel in Grasonville from 1954 until she remarried.
She was a member of the Emmanuel United Methodist Church in Grasonville; the Bay County Chapter, Women of the Moose #1696, and of the Pythian Sister #31 in Grasonville.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, Louis Coughlin in 1945, and her second husband, Jackson Gernert in 1965.
She is survived by her sister, Mrs. Rebecca Ruth of Grasonville, Md.
There will be a graveside service at 11 a.m. Thursday in the Stevensville Cemetery in Stevensville.
The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the choice of: the Department of Aging, 104 Powell Street, Centreville, MD 21617; the Grasonville United Methodist Church, 102 School House Lane, Grasonville, MD 21638; or the Grasonville Volunteer Ambulance Department Fund, 4128 Main Street, Grasonville, MD 21638.
Arrangements by Fellows, Helfenbein and Newnam Funeral Home, P.A., Chester, Md.
Carl R. 'Pete' Rentz Jr., 68
DOVER - Carl R. ''Pete'' Rentz Jr. of Dover died Monday, May 11, 1998, in the Delaware Hospital for the Chronically Ill. He was 68.
Mr. Rentz was born and raised in Frederica.
He was a trades instructor for the Delaware Correction Center in Smyrna for 13 years, retiring in 1993.
Mr. Rentz was a member of the Camden-Wyoming Moose Lodge #203 and a member of the Milford V.F.W.
He enjoyed fishing and NASCAR racing.
He was preceded in death by his brothers, Charles E. Rentz, Richard A. Rentz, and James I. Rentz.
He is survived by a daughter, Cynthia Porter of Harrington; a son, Robin J. Rentz of Frederica; four sisters, Janet Kanoy and Carol Steele, both of Felton, Kay Davidson of Frederica and Lois Saunders of Harrington; two brothers, Robert D. Rentz of Salisbury, Md. and William H. Rentz of Frederica; four grandchildren.
Service will be at 1 p.m. Friday a the Chapel of Berry-Short Funeral Home, Main Street, Felton, where friends may call from 7-9 p.m. Thursday.
Burial will be in Barratt's Chapel Cemetery, Frederica.
June Ellen Cephas Walker, 57
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - June Ellen Cephas Walker of Philadelphia, Pa., formerly of Lincoln, died of sepsis Friday, May 8, 1998, in the Allegheny-Hahneman Hospital. She was 57.
Ms. Walker was the daughter of the late Fred G. Cephas Sr. and the late Catherine D. Cephas.
She was a graduate of the former Wm. C. Jason High School in Georgetown, and received her Master's degree in Human Resources from Lincoln University, Oxford, Pa.
Ms. Walker was employed as the Associate Director for Combined Campaigns at the Center for Responsible Funding in Philadelphia for seven years; prior to this, she was the Human Resources Director for the Consortium, a community mental health center in Philadelphia for 15 years.
She was a member and secretary of Philadelphia 2000, a group dedicated to helping youth to attain employment. She was on the Board of Directors of Aids Fund (formerly known as From All Walks of Life) and sponsored her own team in the annual Aids Fund Walk. Her professional and personal activities have resulted in millions of dollars being raised to feed, clothe, provide shelter and medical care for hundreds of people in the Tri-State area.
She was preceded in death by her two brothers, Jon E. Cephas in 1995 and Fred G. Cephas Jr. in 1997.
She is survived by three sons, Jamal Abdul-Hamid of Dover, Mark A. Carson of Sanford, N.C., and Gregg B. Walker of Philadelphia; a step-mother, Elsie Y. Cephas of Lincoln; a brother, Timothy D. Cephas of Lincoln; three sisters, Sandra Cephas Mifflin of Dover, Dianne Cephas of Felton and Catherine R. Cephas of Newark; nine grandchildren.
Service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at New Covenant Church of Philadelphia, 7500 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia, where friends may call two hours prior to the service. Friends may also call from 6-8 p.m. Friday at Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church, Slaughter Neck, DE.
Burial will be in West Laurel Hills Cemetery, Bala Cynwyd, Pa.
The family suggests contributions be made to the Aids Fund, 1234 Locust Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102.
Arrangements by Young's Funeral Home, Milford.
James L. 'Dick' Jarvis Sr., 74
FELTON - James L. ''Dick'' Jarvis Sr. of Felton died after complications resulting from a head injury, Monday, May 11, 1998, in the Kent General Hospital. He was 74.
Mr. Jarvis was the son of the late Charles G. Jarvis and Elsie Morton.
He was a veteran serving in the U.S. Navy during World War II, and served in five major invasions, Italy, Sicily, Anzio, Normandy and Okanawa.
Mr. Jarvis worked in the civil service at Dover Air Force Base and he worked for the Delaware State News as a carrier.
He was a member of Dover Modern Maturity; Milford Senior Center; a former member of Camden-Wyoming Moose Lodge #203; a member of the Ageless Wonders, which performed for nursing homes; he was in the Pepper Steppers Square Dance Club, and Levi and Lace Dance Club in Dover.
Mr. Jarvis loved acting in plays and impersonating Elvis for charity; he loved bowing and karaoke.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 46 years, Mabel E. ''Dolly'' Jarvis in 1996.
He is survived by a son, James L. Jarvis Jr. of Wyoming; four daughters, Sandra Weishaupt of Greensboro, Md., Karen Sanders of Marydel, Cindy Griffin of Felton and Tammy Prince of Wyoming; one sister, Mary Ferguson of AnnArbor, Mich.; 15 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Service will be at 2 p.m Friday at the Trader Funeral Home, 12 Lotus Street, Dover, where friends may call two hours prior to the service.
Burial will be in Mt. Olive Cemetery in Sandtown.