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Minnie Sumner Moore Wynder, 83
DOVER - Minnie Sumner Moore Wynder of Dover died Monday, March 2, 1998, in Kent General Hospital. She was 83.
Mrs. Wynder was born in 1914, on the campus of North Carolina A&T College in Greensboro, N.C.
She received her formal education in the public school system of Durham, N.C. She then attended Hampton University (formerly Hampton Institute) in Hampton, Va., on an academic scholarship, earning her bachelor of science degree in home economics in 1937. She was one of the first blacks to receive a master's degree from the University of Delaware and did additional studies at the Michigan State University, Kentucky State University and Delaware State University.
On Aug. 27, 1938, she married the late William Richard Wynder, whom she met while both were teaching in the Robert Moton High School in Easton, Md. They moved to Dover where she continued to pursue her love of teaching at the Louis L. Redding High School in Middletown for 12 years. She taught at Kent County Vocational Child Care Center in the state of Delaware. She was the first state supervisor of home economics and worked in related occupations until her retirement in June 1979 after 44 years of service in education.
Mrs. Wynder also had other loves. Being a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother gave her so much pride. She will be remembered as a loving, hard working, caring and giving lady who shared her life and what she had with all she knew. Her acceptance of others knew no boundaries. She was a true friend and humble servant who always had a kind word, a wonderful smile, and a great sense of humor. She was always known as Aunt Minnie or Mom Wynder, especially by the many college students she and her late husband loved and supported as their children. Ten special students had the privilege to live with Dr. and Mrs. Wynder while attending Delaware State College. Two of her special children - Sherena Williams of Dover and Rose Sobers of New York City - established and maintained a mother/daughter relationship.
She dedicated her Christian life to her church, Whatcoat United Methodist Church, where she was involved in the total worship of the church, especially her melodious years as a member of the Chancel Choir. She also served her church as vice president of the trustee board, Lay member to the annual conference, the Pastors Parish Relations, member of the Finance Committee, and the Whatcoat Social Services. She was a charter member of the Dover Alumnae Chapter of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. She held all offices in the Dover chapter. She cherished her sorority, believing in the true sense of sisterhood and her sisters and their families became part of her family. She was also a member of the Omega Psi Phi Quette's, holding all offices in the lower Delaware chapter.
Mrs. Wynder held numerous offices in many educational and community organizations. She was a member of the Delaware Association of School Administrators, American Home Economics Association, American Vocational Association and the Delaware Vocational Association. One of her favorite volunteer works was the ''Meals on Wheels Program'' at the Dover Modern Maturity Center. She was honored as a community volunteer by the state of Delaware. She also served on the following boards: Kent and Sussex Industries, Kent County Head Start, Lowen Pitte Day Care Center, Delaware Displaced Homemakers and the Delaware State College Economics Advisory Council. She has received many awards and recognition for her outstanding service.
She is survived by her daughter, Anne Wynder Pitman of Philadelphia; a son, William Richard Wynder Jr. of Dover; a son-in-law, Dr. Joffie C. Pitman Sr. of Philadelphia; a grandson, Joffie Christopher Pitman Jr. Esq. of Philadelphia; a granddaughter, Nicole Iris Pitman Esq. of New Orleans; her close friends and companions of over 60 years, Mrs. Blairyn Perry of Hampton, Va., and Dr. Harriet Ruth Williams of Dover; and many other nieces, nephews, devoted neighbors, relatives and friends.
Service will be 1 p.m. Friday at the Whatcoat United Methodist Church in Dover, where friends may call one hour prior to service. Friends may also call from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the church.
Burial will be in the Sunset Memorial Gardens, Dover.
Arrangements by Bennie Smith Funeral Home, Dover.
Ada Mae Williams, 89
CHESTERTOWN, Md. - Ada Mae Williams of Chestertown, formerly of Rock Hall, died Sunday, March 1, 1998, in Magnolia Hall Nursing Home, Chestertown. She was 89.
Mrs. Williams was born in Rock Hall, daughter of the late Earl and Sarah Ada Stevens Hogan.
She was a seamstress for I.C. Issacs Garments Inc. and then retired and became a homemaker.
Mrs. Williams was a member of the Rock Hall Yacht Club, Rock Hall Homemakers Association and St. John's Catholic Church in Rock Hall.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph B. Williams Sr. in November of 1992.
She is survived by a son, Joseph B. Williams Jr. of Doylestown, Pa.; two daughters, Virginia Levickas of Catonsville and Betty Lou Reihl of Pasadena; two grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
Service will be 11 a.m. Thursday at the St. John's Catholic Church in Rock Hall. A viewing will be 3-5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. today in Fellows, Helfenbein, and Newnam Funeral Home, Chestertown.
Burial will be in St. John's Cemetery in Rock Hall.
Instead of flowers, contributions may be made to: St. Johns Catholic Church, 508 High St., Chestertown, MD 21620.
James R. Cowen, 74
GEORGETOWN - James R. Cowen of Georgetown died of chronic lung disease Sunday, March 2, 1998, in his home. He was 74.
Mr. Cowen was born in Clay, Ky., son of the late George W. and Nora Belle Cowen.
He operated James R. Cowen Plumbing and Welldrilling Company in Georgetown for 43 years and retired in 1990.
Mr. Cowen was an Army Air Corp veteran of World War II.
He was a member of the Trinity United Methodist Church near Laurel.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Elaine Radish Cowen, in 1989.
He is survived by a son, Randall Jay Cowen of Georgetown; two daughters, Marybelle C. Toomey and Shirley A. Class, both of Georgetown; a sister, Lorene Barrick of Codorus, Pa.; four grandchildren; and two great grandchildren.
Service will be noon Saturday at the Watson Funeral Home, 211 Washington St., Millsboro, where friends may call one hour prior to service.
Burial will be in Line Methodist Cemetery in Whitesville.
Henry E. Hall, 79
LAUREL - Henry E. Hall of Laurel, died Sunday, March 1, 1998 in Nanticoke Memorial Hospital in Seaford. He was 79.
Mr. Hall was born in Parsonsburg, Md., son of the late Henry and Ida Hall.
He was an independent truck driver and retired.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Lottie M. Hall.
He is survived by a son, Gary Hall of Bethel; a daughter, Eva Ann Parsons of Laurel; a sister, Catherine Holston of Georgetown; five grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.
Service will be 11 a.m. Friday at Short Funeral Home, 700 West St., Laurel, where friends may call from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday.
Burial will be in Laurel Hill Cemetery, Laurel.
James A. Hoesch Sr., 63
WYOMING - James A. Hoesch Sr. of Wyoming, formerly of Darby, Pa., died of cancer Friday, February 27, 1998, in his home. He was 63.
Mr. Hoesch was born in Darby, son of the late Kathryn Gallagher and Andrew Hoesch.
He moved to Delaware a year ago after retiring from the University of Pennsylvania, where he had worked as a computer technician.
Mr. Hoesch served in the United States Coast Guards until 1959.
He was member of the Catholic War Veterans.
He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Patricia Stauffer Hoesch; a son, James Hoesch Jr. of Wyoming; a daughter, Kimberly Flynn; a son-in-law, Michael Flynn of Wyoming; and six grandchildren, Nicole Hoesch, Michael Hoesch, Kristyn Hoesch, Tara Flynn, Heather Flynn and Ashlee Flynn, all of Wyoming.
Service will be 10 a.m. Thursday at the Holy Cross Catholic Church, State Street., Dover.
Instead of flowers, contributions may be made to: Delaware Hospice, 911 S. DuPont Highway, Dover, DE 19901.
Arrangements by Pippin Funeral Home, Wyoming.
Alton R. Culver, 68
LAUREL - Alton R. Culver of Laurel died of heart failure Monday, March, 2, 1998, in the Peninsula Regional Medical Center, Salisbury, Md. He was 68.
Mr. Culver retired from Joseph C. O'Neal Auctioneer and Farmer in 1995 after 10 years of service.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Leona Marlette Culver, in 1985.
He is survived by his live-in companion of 10 years, Evelyn Hearn; a son, Ward L. Culver of Laurel; a daughter, Janet Hitchens of Bridgeville; a sister, Beatrice Bryan of Laurel; and six grandchildren.
Service will be 2 p.m. Thursday at the Cranston Funeral Home, 300 Shipley St. in Seaford , where friends may call one hour prior to service.
Burial will be in the Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Laurel.
Bertha Mae Harman, 99
ROCK HALL, Md. - Bertha Mae Harman of Rock Hall died of heart failure Monday, March 2, 1998, at Kent and Queen Anne's Hospital in Chestertown. She was 99.
Mrs. Harman was born 1898, in Herndon, Pa., the daughter of the late Grant and Tillie Witmyre.
She was a homemaker.
Mrs. Harman had been an active member of the Rock Hall Garden Club, the Rock Hall Senior Citizens, the Rock Hall Homemakers and the Tolchester Community Association. She was also a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Chestertown.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter Raymond Harman.
She is survived by two daughters, Carole Coleman of Rock Hall and Jean Jacob of Aberdeen; a son, Robert Mark Harman of Williamstown, Pa.; eight grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.
Service will be 2 p.m. Friday at the Fellows, Helfenbein and Newnam Funeral Home in Rock Hall, where friends may call one hour prior to service.
Burial will be in St. Paul's Cemetery near Chestertown.
Ingrid S. Boone, 84
MILFORD - Ingrid S. Boone of Milford died of heart failure Monday, March 2, 1998, at Milford Memorial Hospital. She was 84.
Mrs. Boone was born in 1914, in Pierpont, S.D., the daughter of the late Gjeruld Salvesen and Anne T. Hauseland Salvesen.
She was an executive secretary.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold G. Boone in 1961; and two sisters, Anny Salvesen and Gunvor Anita Braasch.
She is survived by two sisters, Olga Salvesen and Ida S. Corder, both of Milford; and a brother, Gerald S. Salvesen of Danville, Calif.
Service will be 1 p.m. Thursday at the Chapel of Berry-Short Funeral Home, 119 N.W. Front St. in Milford, where friends may call two hours prior to service.
Burial will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery in Milford.
Theodore W. Brunken, 64
LEWES - Theodore W. Brunken of Lewes died Monday, March 2, 1998, at Beebe Medical Center. He was 64.
Mr. Brunken was born 1933 in Philadelphia, the son of the late John Brunken and Mildred Carr.
He worked for AT&T as a systems engineer for 35 years, retiring in 1969.
He was a Korean War Air Force veteran.
Mr. Brunken was a member of the Telephone Pioneers in Georgetown, where he did volunteer work on machine for the hearing impaired, the 32nd degree Mason in Prospect Lodge #578 and a member of the Scottish Rite in Scranton, Pa. He was also a member of the VFW 7449 in Rehoboth Beach, the AARP Chapter 3543 in Sussex County, the Sussex Shore Senior Squares and the Whirl-A-Ways Square Dance Club in Georgetown.
He is survived by his wife of 12 years, Karen A. Valsing Brunken of Lewes; two sons, Theodore W. Brunken Jr. and Clifford Brunken, both of Prospect Park, Pa.; a daughter, John H. Brunken of Lewes; a stepdaughter, Cindy O'Neill of Fort Collins, Colo.; and a grandson.
Service will be noon Thursday at the Groome United Methodist Church, Savannah Road in Lewes, where friends may call one hour prior to service. The Rev. Charles Moyer will officiate.
Burial will be 11 a.m. Friday in the Valley Forge Memorial Gardens, King of Prussia, Pa.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to the Groome United Methodist Church, Savannah Road, Lewes, DE 19958.
Arrangements by the Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Atkins-Lodge Chapel, Lewes.
Denver H. Helmick, 70
MILFORD - Denver H. Helmick of Milford died of cancer Monday, March 2, 1998, in the Milford Memorial Hospital. He was 70.
Mr. Helmick worked as a dispatcher in Milford for 30 years, retiring in 1989.
He was an Army veteran.
He was an avid woodworker and handyman.
Mr. Helmick had been a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Blue Hen Post 6483 in Milford, the American Legion Post 3 in Milford, the Lighthouse Christian Center in Milford and a member of the Milford Senior Center. He also acted as a volunteer mail carrier at the Milford Memorial Hospital and attended the Stroke Support Group at the hospital.
He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Lillie E. ''Winkie'' Helmick of Milford; a son, Dale G. Helmick of Milford; a daughter, Deborah J. Tucker of Milford; two brothers, Earl Helmick of Lincoln and Gordon Helmick of Columbia, S.C.; two sisters, Vada Collins of Milford and Beulah Crossland of Dryfork, W.Va.; and six grandchildren.
Service will be 11 a.m. Friday at the Lighthouse Christian Center, Del. 14 in Milford.
Friends may call from 7-9 p.m. Thursday at the Lofland Funeral Home, 102 Lakeview Ave. in Milford.
Burial with military honors will be in the Odd Fellows Cemetery, Milford.
William Franklin Harris, 75
MILFORD - William Franklin Harris of Milford died Monday, March 2, 1998, in the Kent General Hospital, Dover. He was 75.
Mr. Harris worked as a foreman at I.L.C. in Frederica for many years having to retire on disability.
He helped build the road between Milford and Georgetown while he was in the CCC Camp in the 1930s before World War II.
He served in the U.S. Army during World War II, first as a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division. He was involved in the D-Day Invasion of Normandy and was wounded during the battle, receiving his first purple heart. He then was transferred to the 4th Armored Division as a tank driver for the rest of his tour of duty and during this time he was wounded again receiving a second purple heart.
Mr. Harris was a member of the Church of Nazarene in Milford, a life member of the Military Order of the Purple Heart Chapter 1728 in Dover and a life member of the D.A.V.
He is survived by his wife, Ruth Ingle Harris; a son, William Harris of Wilmington; two daughters and their spouses, Catherine and Ozzie Arthurs of New Castle, and Roseanne and Kermit Stacy of Glasgow; a stepson and daughter-in-law, Sydney J. and Linda Ingle of Armarillo, Texas; a brother, Thomas W. Harris of Gibbstown, N.J.; a sister, Myrtle Ritterson of Pennsauken, N.J.; seven grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, two step-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Service will be 2 p.m. Thursday at the Church of Nazarene, U.S. 113 and Sullivan Place in Milford, where friends may call one hour prior to service.
Burial with military honors will be in the Odd Fellows Cemetery, Milford.
Robert Alfred Draper, 73
GREENSBORO, Md. - Robert Alfred Draper of Greensboro died of natural causes Tuesday, March 3, 1998, in the Shore Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Denton. He was 73.
Mr. Draper was born 1924 in Greensboro, the son of the late Harry J. and Mary Edna Shockley Draper. After retiring, he drove the Carolina Center Van for several years.
He worked for Greensboro Packers as a salesman. He also worked for the U.L. Harman as a draftsman.
He was a World War II Army veteran in the European Theater.
Mr. Draper had been a member of the Greensboro Baptist Church, serving as the Sunday school teacher and a trustee. He was also a member of the Caroline Memorial V.F.W. Post 7937.
He was preceded in death by a son, John E. Draper, in 1980.
He is survived by his wife, Mary C. Draper; a son, R. Wayne Draper of Doswell, Va.; a daughter, Mary Lou Gleockler of Denton; a sister, Mary Ellen Curry of Silver Springs, Md.; and five grandchildren, Lori Ann Martin, Kelly Lynn Draper, Robin Crystal Gleockler, Jeffrey Wayne Draper and David Robert Gleockler.
Service will be 2 p.m. Thursday at the Fleegle & Helfenbein Funeral Home in Greensboro, where friends may call one hour prior to service.
Burial will be in Greensboro Cemetery, Greensboro.
Instead of flowers the family suggest contributions be made to the Greensboro Baptist Church, P.O. Box 66, Greensboro, MD 21639.
George R. Shoop, 83
DOVER - George R. Shoop of Dover died of heart failure Tuesday, March 3, 1998 in the Christiana Hospital, Newark. He was 83.
Mr. Shoop was born February 10, 1915 in Enola, Pa.
He and his wife owned and operated the Shoop's Family Resturant in Corry, Pa. He was a store manager for Eckerd Drugs in Wilmington. He was also a store manager for J. B. Hunter Department Store in Wilmington and Virginia Beach. He etired in 1975, and moved back to Dover in 1992 after living in Florida for several years.
He was a member of the Masonic Lodge in Corry, Pa.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Jeanne G. Simpson Shoop on January 13, 1995.
He is survived by a son, Ron Shoop of Newark; a daughter, Donnalou Martin of Lewes, three grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday in the Torbert Funeral Chapel, Reed and Bradford streets, Dover.
Burial will be private at the convenience of the family.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions be sent to the American Heart Association, Kent County Division, 625 S. State St., Dover, DE 19901.
Joseph Theodore Pennock, 73
BETHANY BEACH - Joseph Theodore Pennock of Bethany Beach died of cancer in his home, Tuesday, March 3, 1998. He was 73.
Mr. Pennock was born January 17, 1925, in Kennett Square, Pa. the son of the late Herbert J. Pennock and Ester Freck.
He was an Army pilot and served in World War II. He was a graduate of the University of Delaware. He was a self-employed sales engineer for Valcon Sales Engineering Company for 24 years. He retired in 1986.
He was a member of the Fenwick Lions Club, Fenwick.
He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Virginia C. Pennock; three daughters, Cathy Runde of Sterling, Va., Nancy Sager of Wilmington and Lisa Rossberg of Ellicott City, Md.; a sister, Jane Collins of Kennett Square, Pa., and six grandchildren.
Service and burial will be private.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions be sent to Delaware Hospice, Southern Division, North DuPont Highway, Georgetown, DE 19947.
Charles Williams 'Bill' Hague Sr., 64.
MILLINGTON, Md. - Charles William ''Bill'' Hague Sr. of Millington, died of heart failure in the Washington Hospital Center, Washington, D.C. Monday, March 2, 1998. He was 64.
Mr. Hague was born on April 26, 1933, and raised in Cecilton, the son of the late William and Marguerite Everett Hague.
He retired in November 1997 after 29 years of service as a chemical operator for Oxy-Chem of Delaware City. He was an Army veteran of the Korean War.
He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Ann Shaeffer Hague; three sons, Charles W. ''Billy'' Hague Jr. of Millington; Robert Hague of Chestertown and Michael Hague of Colorado; one daughter, Lisa Bontrager of Millington, four sisters, Esther Husfelt and Doris Benson, both of Cecilton, Virginia Newton of Laurel, and Elizabeth Sauls of College Park and seven grandchildren.
Services will be 2 p.m. Saturday in the Galena Funeral Home, 118 W. Cross St., Galena, where friends may call after 12:30 p.m. The Rev. Kim Gilson of Asbury United Methodist Church will officiate.
Burial will be in Asbury Cemetery, Millington.
Instead of flowers the family suggests contributions be sent to the Asbury United Methodist Church, c/o Galena Funeral Home, P.O. Box 235, Galena, MD 21635.
Alfred N. Stump, 90
COLWYN, Pa. - Alfred N. Stump, longtime resident of Colwyn, died Tuesday, March 3, 1998 in Prospect Park Care Center where he has lived for the past two years.
Mr. Stump retired from General Electric after 20 years of service.
He was a life member of the Colwyn Fire Company and an active member of St. James of Kingsessing Episcopal Church in South West Philadelphia.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Nellie Stump, and his second wife, Emily M. Stump, on February 8, 1998, and a daughter, Jean Riley.
He is survived by three sons, Alfred Stump of Smyrna, Charles Stump of Phildelphia, and Howard Stump of Clayton; one daughter, Ruthanne Stump of Pottstown, Pa.; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Services will be 11 a.m. Thursday at the Marvil Funeral Home, 1110 Main St., Darby, Pa., where friends may call one hour before.
Burial will be in Glenwood Memorial Gardens, Broomall, Pa.
Tilda Ada Passwaters, 80
MILFORD - Tilda Ada Passwaters of Milford died of respiratory failure Monday, March 2, 1998, in the Nanticoke Memorial Hospital, Seaford. She was 80.
Mrs. Passwaters was a homemaker.
She attended Victory Church in Dover.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence Passwaters, in 1985.
She is survived by three sons and their wives, Raymond Edward Passwaters and Sylvia of Milford, Lee Roy Passwaters and Barbara of Seaford and Clarence James Passwaters of Milford; three daughters and their husbands, Norma Lee Hubble of Milford, Barbara Kenton and Franklin of Federalsburg, Md. and Sally Adams and Landy of Seaford; 25 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.
Service will be 1 p.m. Saturday at the Lofland Funeral Home, 102 Lakeview Ave. in Milford.
Friends may call 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Burial will be in the Odd Fellows Cemetery.
William Remus 'Buddy' Gibbs Jr., 79
SEAFORD - William Remus ''Buddy'' Gibbs Jr. of Seaford died Friday, Feb. 27, 1998, in Kent General Hospital, Dover. He was 79.
Mr. Gibbs was born 1918 in Mesic, N.C., the son of the late William R. Gibbs Sr. and Louise Jarvis Gibbs.
He received his elementary education in Mesic.
Mr. Gibbs worked various jobs including landscaping and custodial service. He retired as a custodian from the Hartly Fire Company in Hartly.
He served in the United States Navy.
Mr. Gibbs joined the Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist in Mesica at an early age. He was also a member of the New Jerusalem Baptist Church in Dover. Later years, he became a member of the prayer band in Seaford, lead by Brother Travers. He fellowshiped at the Christian Life Church under the leadership of Pastor Jeff Bryant until his illness.
He was preceded in death by two children, Arlene and Harold, and one brother, Mottie Gibbs.
He is survived by his wife, Luetta Gibbs of Smyrna; a daughter, Virginia Monroe Walker of Brooklyn, N.Y.; two sons, Melvin Gibbs of Silver Springs, Md., and Kevin Gibbs of Greensboro, N.C.; a son-in-law, William Walker; two daughter-in-laws, Barbara Gibbs and Josephine Gibbs; three sisters, Nancy Swift, Josephine Smith and Saraphine Swift, all of North Carolina; three brothers, Hilton Gibbs, Bill Gibbs and Rufus Gibbs, all of North Carolina; a brother-in-law, John Smith of North Carolina; three sister-in-laws, Ester Gibbs, Rosetta Gibbs and Joann Gibbs, all of North Carolina; 12 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, a great-great-grandson, and a host of other relatives, nieces, nephews, cousins and many loyal friends.
Service will be noon Saturday at the Benny Smith Funeral Home, 717 W. Division St., Dover.
Friends may call 6-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Burial will be in the Delaware Veterans Cemetery, Bear.