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Dorothy W. Perry, 76
MILFORD - Dorothy W. Perry of Milford died of cancer Saturday, May 16, 1998, in her home. She was 76.
Mrs. Perry was a telephone operator for Farmers Bank in Georgetown for 12 years before retiring in 1984.
She loved to work outside and around her home. She was a loving wife and friend.
She is survived by her husband of 25 years, James E. Perry Sr.; two brothers, Charles ''Cap'' Wilkins of Georgetown and Robert Wilkins of Frederica; and a sister, Margaret Wilkins of Georgetown.
Service will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at Lofland Funeral Home, 102 Lakeview Ave., Milford, where friends may call one hour prior to service.
Burial will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery, U.S. 113, Milford.
Elaine Marie Taylor, 57
GREENSBORO, Md. - Elaine Marie Taylor of Greensboro, died Thursday, May 14, 1998, in Corsica Hills Center, Centreville. She was 57.
Ms. Taylor was the eldest of five children.
She attended public schools in Palmyra, N.J., and Caroline County. She graduated from Queen Anne's County Licensed Practical Nurse training program.
She was employed as an L.P.N. at St. Gertrude's Priory for 19 years.
Ms. Taylor was a member of Mt. Pleasant U.M. Church in Greensboro and the Fellowship Chapter 58 Order of the Eastern Star.
She is survived by her mother, Evelyn S. Taylor of Greensboro; a son, Howard Taylor of Albuquerque, N.M.; three daughters, Rowena Johnson of Tampa, Fla., Deidre Taylor-Oross of Bel Air, and Bridgette C. Jones of Houston, Del.; two brothers, Wayman W. Taylor Jr. of Baltimore, and Vernon A. Taylor of Wilmington, Del.; a foster brother, Keith A. Hill of Denton; two sisters, Edith T. Elzie of Bear, Del., and A. Michele Wayman of Hillsboro; her grandmother, Arevia Scofield of Denton; four grandchildren; a great-grandchild and a host of cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.
Service will be noon Tuesday at Mt. Pleasant U.M. Church, Greensboro.
Friends may call 6-8 p.m. Monday at the church.
Burial will be in Cokers Cemetery, Greensboro.
Arrangements by Bennie Smith Funeral Home, Easton.
Alexander 'Sonny' Seiler, 83
GREENSBORO, Md. - Alexander ''Sonny'' Seiler of Greensboro, died of natural causes Thursday, May 14, 1998, in Memorial Hospital, Easton. He was 83.
Mr. Seiler was born 1915, New York City, the son of the late Steve and Mary Cera Seiler.
He graduated from Greensboro High School.
He was self employed, he work as a weldor for 53 years
Mr. Seiler was a member of the Greensboro Volunteer Fire Co., Greensboro Lions Club, and Order of Redmen, Greensboro.
He is survived by two daughters, Beverly Garris of Boynton Beach, Fla., and Veronica Woody of Shalimar, Fla.; three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Service will be 11 a.m. Monday at Fleegle and Helfenbein Funeral Home, Greensboro, where friends may call one hour prior to the service.
Reba Gephardt, 98
CHESTERTOWN, Md. - Reba Gephardt of Chestertown, and formerly from Rock Hall, died as a result of heart failure Saturday, May 16, 1998 in Magnolia Hall Nursing Center, Chestertown. She was 98.
Mrs. Gephardt was born in Rock Hall, the daughter of the late James and Emma Urie Downey.
She was a homemaker most of her life.
She enjoyed sewing, knitting and was a wonderful cook, especially in the area of desserts, she also enjoyed her children, and all of her grandchildren.
Mrs. Gephardt was active in the Seventh Day Adventist Church, Rock Hall.
She was preceded in death by her husband, George Gephardt in 1989, and her daughter, Louise Edwards in 1988.
She is survived by a daughter, Ethel Beard of Baltimore; a son, Raymond Foreman of Baltimore; a sister, Mary Messick of Rock Hall; seven grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; 15 great-great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Service will be 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Fellows, Helfembein and Newnam Funeral Home, Rock Hall, where friends may call 7-9 p.m. Monday.
Burial will be in Wesley Cemetery, Rock Hall,
William B. Green, 71
DENTON, Md. - William B. Green of Denton, died of heart failure Saturday, May 16, 1998, in the Memorial Hospital at Easton. He was 71.
Mr. Green was born in Ridgely, the son the late Willard H. Green and Lucy Long Green.
He had retired in 1987 as an alcohol and drug counselor for the state of Maryland.
He was a veteran of World War II and had served in the Pacific theater.
Mr. Green was a member of the Caroline Memorial Post, VFW 7937, Greensboro.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, Allan ''Flash'' Green and Paul Green and two sisters, Marion Collison and Jean Blackburn.
He is survived by a sister, Mattie L. Conner of Denton, and many nieces and nephews.
Service will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Moore Funeral Home, P.A., 12 S. Second St., Denton, where friends may call one hour prior to the service.
Burial will be in the Denton Cemetery.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations be sent to the American Heart Association, 800 E. Main St., Salisbury, MD 21801.
John B. Sharp, 81
DENTON, Md. - John B. Sharp of Denton, died Sunday, May 17, 1998, in the Memorial Hospital at Easton. He was 81.
Mr. Sharp was born near Starr, the son of the late John Byard Sharp and Anna Stewart.
He was a carpenter and painter with Cannon Wright, Denton. Later, he was self-employed, retiring in 1995.
Mr. Sharp was a founding member and honorary Deacon of the Calvary Baptist Church, Denton.
He was preceded in death by four brothers, James Sharp, George Sharp, Charles Sharp and Paul Sharp; and a sister, Mary E. Fluharty.
He is survived by a daughter, Deborah S. Medford of Federalsburg; three brothers, R. Gibson Sharp and Howard Sharp, both of Williston near Denton, and Kemp Sharp of Grifton, N.C.; and a sister, Louise Messix of Cordova.
Service will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Moore Funeral Home, P.A., 12 S. Second St., Denton.
Friends may call 7-9 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Burial will be in the Concord Cemetery, Denton.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations be sent to the Calvary Baptist Church, 1120 Market St., Denton, MD 21629.
Clifford D. Baker, 84
CHESTERTOWN, Md. - Clifford D. Baker of Chestertown, died as a result of heart failure Sunday, May 17, 1998, in Kent and Queen Ann's Hospital, Chestertown. He was 84.
Mr. Baker was born in Centreville, the son of the late John and Mary Elizabeth Davis Baker.
He was the owner and operator of Baker's Repair Shop on McGinnis Road, Chestertown.
Mr. Baker enjoyed collecting antique vehicles and would only repair them with original parts.
He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Ernestine ''Crew'' Baker; four daughters, Sue Anne Morrison of Springfield, Mo., Patricia Holden of Washington, D.C., Beverly Gibson of Chestertown, and Katherine Kinsey of Denton; 17 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren.
Graveside service will be 2 p.m. Wednesday in Crumpton Cemetery. The Rev. David Bringman will officiate.
Arrangements by the Fellows, Helfenbein and Newnam Funeral Home, P.A., 130 Speer Road, Chestertown, MD.
Jane H. Robinson, 76
SEAFORD - Jane H. Robinson of Seaford, and formerly of Georgetown, died of a long illness Saturday, May 16, 1998 in her home. She was 76.
Mrs. Robinson was born in 1921, in Georgetown.
She was a homemaker.
Mrs. Robinson was a member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Georgetown, and she was also a member of the Seaford Senior Center.
She was preceded by her husband, George W. Robinson Jr., in 1975.
She is survived by two daughters, Sally R. Carney of Bethany Beach and Mary Jane Hudson of Seaford; six grandsons and seven great-grandchildren.
Service will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Parsell Funeral Homes, where friends may call one hour prior to the service. The Rev. Doug Albert will officiate.
Contributions can be made to Delaware Hospice,
Southern Division, Georgetown.
Willard J. Fitzgerald, 81
REHOBOTH BEACH - Willard J. Fitzgerald of Rehoboth Beach died Sunday, May 17, 1998 in Peninsula Regional Medical Center, Salisbury, Md. He was 81.
Mr. Fitzgerald was born July 13, 1916, in Claymont, the son of the late Floyd Fitzgerald and Annie Bunch.
He attended Philadelphia College of the Bible.
Mr. Fitzgerald worked for Sun Oil Co. as a lab technician for 33 years.
He was a World War II veteran in the Army Air Corps, he served in the Grand Support in 412 Fighter Squad, he served as a staff sergeant in the Army Air Force Ground Support in European Theatre.
Mr. Fitzgerald was a member of Brandywine Masonic Lodge 43, Wilmington, a former member of Rehoboth Beach Kiwanis Club. He was a past president and member of the Rehoboth Historical Society. He taught art classes at the Cape Henlopen Senior Center for many years and was also editorial cartoonist for the Delaware Coast Press for many years.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Beatrice G. Miller Fitzgerald, 1996.
He is survived by a son, Keith F. Fitzgerald and his wife, Gayle P. Fitzgerald of Rehoboth Beach; a sister, Bethel Stern of Media, Pa.; three grandaughters, Lee, Stacy, and Paige Fitzgerald, all of Rehoboth Beach; and a sister-in-law, JoAn Miller of Rehoboth Beach.
Service will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Lutheran Church of Our Savior, Bay Vista, Rehoboth Beach.
Burial will be in Delaware Veterans Cemetery, Bear.
Instead of flowers the family suggest contibution to be made to the charity of your choice.
Arrangements by Parsell Funeral Home and Crematorium Atkins-Lodge Chapel 1449 Kings Highway, Lewes.
Joseph L. Wright, 72
MILFORD - Joseph L. Wright of Milford died of complications of leukemia Sunday, May 17, 1998, in Milford Memorial Hospital. He was 72.
Mr. Wright attended the General Motors Institute in Flint, Mich.
He was founder and past president of Wright's Auto Parts in Milford and Bridgeville for 26 years, retiring in 1988. Before entering the NAPA Auto Parts business, he and his father, John L. Wright owned and operated Wright's Pontiac in Milford for many years.
He was a U.S. Navy electrician 2nd class during World War II.
Mr. Wright enjoyed camping with his family and playing golf in the M.I.S.G.A. Golf Association.
He served on the Milford School Board and was involved in the construction of the Polytech Vocational School, Woodside, where he served as an original school member. He was a charter member of Shawnee Country Club in Milford; a member of the Holiday Ramblers Travel Club; a member and past president of the Diamond State Twirlers Square Dancing Club; and a member of Milford VFW Blue Hen Post 6483.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Helen Steward Wright, in 1998.
He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Gladys S. Wright; a son-in-law, Curtis S. Wright and his wife Vera F. of Lewes; a daughter, Deborah L. Dixon and her husband, Dennis O. Dixon of Felton; and a step-grandaughter Amy Dixon of Wyoming.
Service will be 1 p.m. Wednesday at Lofland Funeral Home, 102 Lakeview Ave., Milford.
Friends may call 7-9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Burial will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Milford.
Instead of flowers the family suggests contributions be made to Calvary United Methodist Church, 301 S.E. Front St., Milford, DE 19963 or the Leukemia Society of America, Delaware Chapter, 100 W. 10th St., Wilmington, DE 19801.
Eugene 'Gene' R. Schaer, 53
MILLSBORO - Eugene ''Gene'' R. Schaer from Millsboro died of asphyxia and drowning due to a boating accident Sunday, May 10, 1998, in Indian River Bay near Millsboro. He was 53.
Mr. Schaer was born Aug. 17., 1944, in Oakland, Calif., the son of Raymond C. Schaer and Jacqueline Jones-Schaer of Torrington, Conn.
He worked was a manager for Southern New England Telephone.
In addition to his parents, he is survived by his wife, KaArin I. Schaer of Millsboro; three daughters, Roberta Lambert, Patricia Kenney, both of Torrington, and Christina Schaer of Chicago; three brothers, John Schaer of Watertown, Conn., Raymond Schaer Jr. of New Hartford, Conn., Kenneth Schaer of Torrington; and five grandchildren.
Service was held in Connecticut.
Contributions can be made to American Diabetes Association, 110 S. French St., Wilmington, DE 19803.
Arrangements were by Parsell Funeral Homes and Crematorium Atkins-Lodge Chapel, 1449 Kings Highway, Lewes.
Donald F. Hoffman, 65
MILLVILLE - Donald F. Hoffman of Millville and formerly of Philadelphia died of respiratory failure Sunday, May 17, 1998, in Beebe Medical Center, Lewes. He was 65.
Mr. Hoffman was a district manager for W.T. Grant and Caldor Department Stores until he retired, then worked for Seacoast Realty.
He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War.
He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Shirley M. Hoffman; two sons, William and Richard, Both of Edgewater, Md.; two daughters, Gail Lavene of Deltona, Fla., and Donna Miskin of Chardville; eight grandchildren and a great-grandson.
Memorial service will be 11 a.m. today at St. George's United Methodist Church, Clarksville. The Rev. Ruth Tull will officiate.
Burial will be private.
Instead of flowers the family suggests contributions to be made to the Millville Volunteer Fire Co.
Dona Helen Mae Culver, 55
BRIDGEVILLE - Dona Helen Mae Culver died of cancer Sunday, May 17, 1998, in her home. She was 55.
Mrs. Culver was born May 28, 1942, in Bridgeville, the son of the late Edward C. and Pearl Brown Adams.
She graduated from Bridgeville High School.
Mrs. Culver worked for the Delaware Department of Social Service, Georgetown, for 20 years until her health forced her to go on medical leave.
She was a member of Seaford Wesleyan Church, Seaford.
She is survived by her husband, Samuel B. Culver; two sons, Samuel J. Culver and his wife Jeanette Culver and Edward Jake Culver and his wife Sheila Culver all of Bridgeville; a half brother, Lawrence Wallace of Bridgeville; six grandsons and a grandaughter.
Service will be 1 p.m. Wednesday at Williamson Funeral Home, 311 S. Main St., Federalsburg, Md. The Rev. Dave Kiser will officiate.
Friends may call 7-9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Burial will be in Bloomery Cemetery, Federalsburg.
Contributions can be made to Delaware Hospice Inc., 600 Du Pont Highway, Georgetown, DE 19947.
Melvin 'Mel' Eddie Causey, 57
HOUSTON - Melvin ''Mel'' Eddie Causey of Houston died of a stroke Friday, May 15, 1998 in Chronically Ill Hospital, Smyrna. He was 57.
Mr. Causey was born Nov. 22, 1940, in Greenwood.
He was a truck driver for George and Lynch.
Mr. Causey was a member of New Beginnings Church, Bridgeville.
He is survived by his wife, Blanche Causey of Houston; two stepsons, Larry and Arthur Jackson, both of Ellendale; three daughters, Pearl Jackson of Millsboro, Grace Jackson of Camden, and Melvina Jackson of Fort Drum, N.Y.; two brothers, William Causey of Thompsonville and Robert Causey of New York; two sisters, Pearl Causey of Brooklyn, N.Y., and Sara Causey of Felton; a stepbrother, Melson Mathews of Smyrna; and eight grandchildren.
Service will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Youngs Funeral Home, 309 North St., Milford, where friends may call two hours prior to the service.
Burial will be in Old Hickory Cemetery, Slaughter Neck.
Carol J. Wyatt, 56
GEORGETOWN - Carol J. Wyatt of Georgetown died Sunday, May 17, 1998, in Milford Memorial Hospital. She was 56.
Mrs. Wyatt was born in Matewan, W.Va., the daughter of the late Lewis Buck Ball and Macie Ball.
She worked for nine years at Superfresh, Rehoboth Beach, as an assistant bakery manager until she retired recently on disability.
In addition to her mother, she is survived by her husband of 38 years, Richard Allan Wyatt; two sons, Timothy Wyatt of Milford, Richard Wyatt of Dover; a daughter, Kimberly Givens of Georgetown; four brothers, Lewis Ball, Harold Ball, both of Georgetown, Thomas Ball of Morganton, N.C., Jerry Ball of Columbus, Ohio; two sisters, Mabel Watkins of Wilmington, Emma Sesco of Morganton; four grandchildren, Megan Wyatt of Seaford, J.C. Givens, Andrew Givens, and Josh Givens, all of Georgetown.
Service will be 11 a.m. Thursday at Parsell Funeral Home and Crematorium-Dodd-Carey Chapel, 307 N. Bradford St., Georgetown.
Friends may call 7-9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Burial will be in Harbeson Cemetery, Harbeson.
Contributions can be made to the American Diabeetes Foundation, 110 S. French St., Wilmington, DE 19803.
Eleanor 'Nan' Fremont, 87
MIDDLETOWN - Eleanor ''Nan'' Fremont of Middletown and formely of Newark died Sunday, May 17, 1998, in her granddaughter's home. She was 87.
Mrs. Fremont retired from the University of Delaware where she worked in the biological sciences department.
She was a member of St. Johns Catholic Church, Newark, and was involved with many of the church functions. The social hall at the church was named after her husband, for their dedication and contributions to St. John.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Bernard C. Fremont, 1988.
She is survived by a daughter, Mary L. Shrum of Bear; a sister, Bettie Bayagich of Michigan; five grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
Service will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. Johns Catholic Church, Main Street, Newark, where friends may call one hour prior to the service.
Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery, near Detroit.
Instead of flowers the family suggests contributions to be made to Addus Home Health Care, 260 Chapman Road, Suite 100 B, Newark, DE 19711, or to Delaware Hospice, 911 S. Du Pont Highway, Dover, DE 19901.
Arrangements by Daniels and Hutchison Funeral Home, Middletown.
Quinton C. Marsh, 79
DOVER - Quinton C. Marsh of Dover died Monday, May 18, 1998 in Kent General Hospital. He was 79.
Mr. Marsh was born Feb. 3, 1919, in Onancock, Va. the son of the late Gordan and Lena Marsh.
He served in the U.S. Army as master parachutist for 24 years, retiring as a command sergeant major. After retiring he worked for civil service in the Army Reserves and helped set up training exercises at Wesley College. He taught at St. Johns College High School near Washington for two years.
Mr. Marsh was a 32nd Degree Mason and a member of the Scottish Rite. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Dover, a member of Dover Lions, where he received the recognition of being a Melvin Jones Fellow. He also did volunteer work at Dover Air Force Base in the hospital and the dentistry department.
He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Doris Byrd Marsh; a son, Q. Coles Marsh of Annapolis, Md.; a daughter, Ann Byrd Duckworth of Alexandria, Va.; a brother, C.D. March of Onancock, Va.; three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Service will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at Torbert Funeral Chapel, Bradford and Reed streets, Dover.
Friends may call 7-9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Burial will be in Sharon Hills Memorial Park, Dover.
Instead of flowers the family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Dover Lions Club, P.O. Box 532, Dover, DE 19903.
Michele 'Shelly' Ann Lilly, 34
HARRINGTON - Michele ''Shelly'' Ann Lilly of Harrington died Saturday, May 16, 1998, while sleeping in her home. She was 34.
Mrs. Lilly was born Jan. 15, 1964, Chester, Pa., the daughter of Mary Lopchinsky of Mohnton, Pa., and the Rev. Richard Clifford Sr. of Coatesville, Pa.
She was a homemaker.
She loved the Lord and enjoyed studying her Bible and singing.
Mrs. Lilly was an active member of Harrington Baptist Church. She was involved with missions and was the former president of WOM. She was a Sunday School teacher, a member of Community Bible Study, and at one time she was involved in their children's ministry.
In addition to her parents she is survived by her husband of eight years, Bradley C.; three children, Pamela M. Fox, Thomas L. Lilly, and Daniel C. Lilly, all at home; two sisters, Rose Marie Ford, Christine Parker, both of Mohnton, Pa.; and her father and mother-in-law, William and Sudie Lilly of Milford.
Service will be noon Wednesday at Harrington Baptist Church, where friends may call one hour prior to the service.
Burial will be in Hollywood Cemetery.
Arrangement by Fleischauer Funeral Home, Greenwood.