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James Edward Butler, 67
CAMDEN-WYOMING - James Edward Butler of Camden-Wyoming died of cancer Tuesday, May 19, 1998, in his home. He was 67.
Mr. Butler was born Jan. 19, 1931, in Milford, the son of the late James E. Butler Sr. and Mildred G. Smith.
He was self-employed in well-work and plumping, before losing his eyesight 30 years ago, after which he raised beef cattle, goats and sheep.
He enjoyed talking on the CB radio as a hobby.
Mr. Butler was a member of the Harrington Moose Lodge 534 for 29 years.
He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Charlotte J. Hobbs Butler; a brother, L. Layton Butler of Millsboro; and two sisters, M. Louise Schuyler and Shirley A. Larrimore, both of Centreville, Md.
Service will be 1 p.m. Saturday at Pippin Funeral Home, 119 W. Camden-Wyoming Ave., Wyoming, where friends may call one hour prior to service.
Burial will be in Mt. Olive Cemetery, Sandtown.
Piret S. Jerread, 52
MILFORD - Piret S. Jerread of Milford, formerly of Houston and Wilmington, died Monday, May 18, 1998, in the Milford Center. She was 52.
Mrs. Jerread graduated from Milford High School in 1964, where she was on the National Honor Society and co-editor of the senior yearbook. She was graduated from the University of Delaware in 1968.
She retired from DuPont's in Wilmington after 19 years of service. Her last position was in Dupont Customer Fiannce. She retired early in 1992.
Mrs. Jerread was a member of the Reformation Lutheran Church in Milford.
She is survived by her husband, Richard L. Jerread; a daughter, Kirsten P. Black of Houston and her father, Leo K. Saksen of Milford.
Memorial service will be 4 p.m. June 13 in the Reformation Lutheran Church, 613 Lakeview Ave., Milford.
Contributions in her memory may be made to Delaware Valley Transplant Program, 2000 Hamilton St., Suite 201, Philadelphia, PA 19130.
Arrangements by Rogers Funeral Home, Milford.
Ruth Ann Allen Demby, 56
DOVER - Ruth Ann Allen Demby of Dover died after a short illness Thursday, May 14, 1998, in Kent General Hospital. She was 56.
Ms. Demby was the daughter of the late Clarence Gibbs and Margaret Demby.
She received her education at Booker T. Washington School.
She was formerly employed by Quality Inn in Dover.
Ms. Demby was a caring mother and loving grandmother. She was always willing to listen and lend a helping hand to anyone who needed it. Everyone in the neighborhood loved her for her out-spoken and joyous ways.
She is survived by two sons, Lawrence Demby and James Taylor, both of Dover; two daughters, Sophonia Demby of Ocean City, Md., and Valerie Demby of Dover; two brothers, Raymond Demby of New Jersey and Clarence Wells of Dover; nine grandchildren and a host of relatives and friends.
Service will be 7 p.m. today at Center of Faith C.O.G.I.C., 326 W. Loockerman St., Dover, where friends may call one hour prior to service.
Burial will be 9 a.m. Friday in Delaware Veterans Cemetery, Bear.
Arrangements by Bennie Smith Funeral Home, Dover.
Marjorie Waters, 71
KENNEDYVILLE, Md. - Marjorie Waters of Kennedyville died Sunday, May 17, 1998, in Kent & Queen Annes Hospital, Chestertown. She was 71.
Mrs. Waters was born in Delaware County, Pa., the daughter of Dorothea Gilmore Duncan of Broomall, Pa., and the late Andrew Duncan.
Along with her late husband, she owned and operated Mar-Stans, Inc. an unfinished furniture retail business in Chadds Fords, Pa., for 25 years. Following their retirement, they moved to the Kent County area in 1979.
Sharing her love for playing the piano, she enjoyed volunteering her time to play at several local nursing homes. She was also a volunteer at the Kent & Queen Annes Hospital in Chestertown. A devoted friend to many, she was always known for offering her transportation services. Her love for Jesus Christ was shared with all she touched through her teaching, her music, and her actions.
Mrs. Waters was an active church member and taught Sunday school for a number of years.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Stanley Waters in December of 1990.
In addition to her mother, she is survived by two sons, Glenn Waters of Kennedyville and Gordon Waters of Roseland, Va.; a daughter, Linda Koreny of Christiana, Pa.; a brother, Raymond Duncan of Glen Mills, Pa.; eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Memorial service will be 10 a.m. Saturday at Chestertown Baptist Church Auditorium, 401 Morgnec Road, Chestertown.
Burial was in Crumpton Cemetery, Crumpton.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions made in her memory to Gospelink, Inc. P.O. Box 889, Wrens, Ga. 30833-0889.
Arrangements by Fellows, Helfenbein & Newnam Funeral Home, P.A., Millington.
E. Jeannette Kirby Ward, 80
DOVER - E. Jeannette Kirby Ward of Dover died Tuesday, May 19, 1998, in her home. She was 80.
Mrs. Ward was born Sept. 2, 1917, in Thompsonville, the daughter of the late, Joseph C. and Ethel Short Kirby.
She graduated from Milford High School and Beacom College in Wilmington.
Mrs. Ward worked as a bookkeeper for I.D. Short Lumberyard in Milford prior to getting married.
She and her husband owned and operated the Hi-D-Ho Restaurant on U.S. 113 in Dover for over 20 years.
She was a devoted mother and loving grandmother. She enjoyed traveling and shopping.
Mrs. Ward was a member of the Wesley U.M. Church in Dover, the United Methodist Women of the Church, and the Kent County Republican Women's Club.
She is survived by two daughters, Lois J. Ward Capone and her husband, Patrick J., of Newark and Joan K. Ward Wisniewski and her husband, John V., of Ocean View; three grandchildren, Andrew Capone and his wife, Kristin S., Eric J. Wisniewski and Catherine Ward Capone; and a great-grandson, Andrew Patrick Capone Jr.
Service will be 2 p.m. Sunday at Torbert Funeral Chapel, Bradford and Reed streets, Dover, where friends may call one hour prior to service.
Burial will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Milford.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions in her memory made to Dover Public Library, c/o Joan Stover, 45 S. State St., Dover, DE 19901.
Della Case, 90
DOVER - Della Case of Dover died of a stroke Wednesday, May 20, 1998, in Silver Lake Nursing Home, Dover. She was 90.
Mrs. Case was the daughter of the late Norman H. Willis and Lizzie Urian Willis.
She graduated from Dover High School and Goldey College.
Mrs. Case worked as a secretary for the State Department of Public Instruction and was later employed by the USDA Farm Service Agency as an office clerk.
She lived 64 years on a farm south of Dover which she and her husband purchased. She moved to Green Meadows Retirement Home in 1996.
Her hobbies included gardening and needlework.
Mrs. Case was a lifelong member of the First Baptist Church of Dover.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Harrington M. Case, and a son-in-law, Eugene M. Metheny.
She is survived by a son, Willis H. Case; two daughters, Marion C. Metheny and Della C. Watkinson; a son-in-law, Robert L. Watkinson; a daughter-in-law, Glenda J. Case; seven grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
Service will be 1 p.m. Friday at Pippin Funeral Home, 119 W. Camden-Wyoming Ave., Wyoming.
Friends may call 7-9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Burial will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Camden.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions made in c/o First Baptist Church, Della Case Memorial Fund, 301 Walker Road, Dover, DE 19904, or D. Mascoe Scholarship Fund, c/o Farm Service Agency, 3500 S. Dupont Hwy, Dover, DE 19901.
Robert Lewes, 66
DOVER - Robert Lewes of Dover died of natural causes Wednesday, May 20, 1998, in Capital Health Care Center, Dover. He was 66.
Mr. Lewes was the son of the late Edward and Mary Lewes.
He was an Army veteran of World War II.
Mr. Lewes was a member of the Federal Fraternal Order of Police.
He is survived by his wife, Clare Lewes; a daughter, Adrienne McCutchen of Dover; a son-in-law, Anthony McCutchen of Dover; and four grandchildren, Lamar, Latasha, Lavoy and Lavaugha McCutchen, all of Dover.
Service will be 10 a.m. Friday at Minus Funeral Home, 222 N. Queen St., Dover.
Burial will be in Delaware Memorial Veterans Cemetery, Bear.
Emma Gatsch McGuire, 90
KENNEDYVILLE, Md. - Emma Gatsch McGuire of Kennedyville, formerly of Toms River, N.J., died Wednesday, May 20, 1998, in her home on Sycamore Farm. She was 90.
Mrs. McGuire was born in Philadelphia, the daughter of the late Edward and Augusta Kerber Gatsch.
She lived in Philadelphia until her family moved to Toms River when she was 8 years old.
On March 17, 1929, she married Benjamin A. McGuire, president of McGuire Brothers Inc. Bey Lea Farm Dairy in Toms River. The farm was purchased by Dover Township for a golf course in 1965.
In 1966, Mrs. McGuire moved to the Eastern Shore of Maryland with her husband, son, and his family, settling at Sycamore Farm in 1967.
Her garden and kitchen were her favorite places. She was well known for her wide variety of main dishes, desserts, preserves and pickles. She won many prizes for her recipes and treated her egg customers as family.
Mrs. McGuire was an original member of Chestertown Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband on January 8, 1983.
She is survived by a daughter, The Rev. Emma McGuire Mitchell of Toms River; four grandchildren, Cynthia Mitchell Crickenberger of Middlebrook, Va., Merrilyn Mitchell Livingston of Toms River, John Benjamin Mitchell of Lanoka Harbor, N.J., and Timothy Shawn McGuire of Kennedyville; and five great-grandchildren.
Service will be 1 p.m. Friday at Chestertown Baptist Church. The Rev. David Nelms will officiate.
Friends may call 7-9 p.m. today at Fellows, Helfenbein & Newnam Funeral Home, 130 Speer Road, Chestertown.
Burial will be in Christ I.U. Cemetery, Worton.
Gregory Lewis Melson, 41
LEWES - Gregory Lewis Melson of Lewes died of heart failure Tuesday, May 19, 1998, in his home. He was 41.
Mr. Melson was a heating and air conditioning service technician.
He served in the U.S. Air Force and received the meritorious service award.
Mr. Melson was an artist, sculptor and enjoyed duck hunting and fishing.
He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Carl and Margaret Philips of Rehoboth Beach.
He is survived by two sons, Christian and Andrew Melson of South Portland, Maine; his parents, Eleanor and Robert Cordrey of Lewes, his father, Phillip H. Melson of Millsboro; two sisters, Margaret Landry of Sartoga Springs, N.Y. and Sandra Baker of Millsboro; four brothers, Christian P. Melson of Gaithersburg, Md., A. Page Melson of Lewes, Robert Cordrey Jr. of Millsboro and Dale Cordrey of Warner Robin, Ga.; his paternal grandmother, Mary P. Melson of Frankford; and his nieces and nephews, Kristen and Whitney Melson, Jacob and Rebecca Melson, Stacy, Kasi and Quinn Baker.
Service will be 11 a.m. Friday at the Chapel of Melson Funeral Services, Long Neck Road and Delaware 24, Long Neck, where friends may call one hour prior to service. The Rev. Charles Moyer will officiate.
Burial will be private.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions made to The American Liver & Hepatitis Foundation, 1425 Pompton Avenue, Cedar Grove, N.J. 07009.
Yolanda J. D'Antonio, 75
PRINCTON, N.J. - Yolanda J. D'Antonio of Princeton died of natural causes Tuesday, May 19, 1998, in Hospital at University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. She was 75.
Mrs. D'Antonio was the daughter of the late Antonio and Grace Lisinicsia.
She owned and operated East Wind Industries in Dover, Del., from 1966-1988.
In 1973, she started East Wind Manufactoring Factory in Trenton.
Mrs. D'Antonio is a former member of Trenton Country Club, Ocean City Yacht Club and Palm Beach Yacht Club.
She is survived by her husband, Mario R. D'Antonio; a son and daughter-in-law, John P. and Susan R. D'Antonio of Princeton; a daughter and son-in-law, Ann D'Antonio-Dry and Andrew Dry of Brooklyn Heights, N.Y.; two brothers, Peter and Anthony Lisinicsia of Easton, Pa.; three sisters, Lena Larosa, Grace Lovenstein and Josaphine Shelbo, all of Easton and five granchildren.
Mass of Christian burial will be 10 a.m. Saturday at Aquinas Institute. Father Thomas Mullelly will officiate.
Friends may call 7-9 p.m. Friday at Mather & Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Ave., Princton, N.J. 08542.
Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery, Hamilton, N.J.
Contribution may be made to Hands Together c/o Aquinas Ins. Library at Stockton, Princeton, N.J. 08540.
Norris Farlow, 59
WYOMING - Norris Farlow of Wyoming died Saturday, May 16, 1998, in Kent General Hospital. He was 59.
Mr. Farlow was born in 1938, in Dover, the son of the late Calvin and Elizabeth Farlow.
He attended White Oak School and Fork Branch School, Dover.
He served in the U.S. Army for four years.
Mr. Farlow was employed as a diesel mechanic for several different companies in the Dover area until he became disabled in 1993.
He was an active member at Crossroads Christian Church.
Mr. Farlow loved mechanical work and anything his hands could find to do. He also enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren. He always encouraged his wife to sing. One of his last fulfilled desires was to hear his wife singing in the church choir again.
He is survived by his wife of 31 years, Christine E. Cooper Farlow; two sons, Norris Jerome Farlow of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and Keith Cooper of Wyoming; three daughters, Carla Black and Bridgett Vanderpool, both of Fort Lauderdale and Denise Miller of Lewes; two stepdaughters, Carla Mosely of Magnolia and Anna Wicks of Dover; his stepmother, Lillian Farlow of Dover; five brothers, Robert Farlow of Newark, Thomas, Mark, Marvin and Brian Farlow, all of Dover; two sisters, Eva Harris and Alice Crump of Dover; 16 grandchildren; five son-in-laws; eight brother-in-laws; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and his church family.
Service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Calvary Baptist Church, Queen and Fulton Streets, Dover, where friends may call two hours prior to the service.
Burial will be in Sharon Hill Cemetery, Dover.
Arrangements by Bennie Smith Funeral Home, Dover.