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Merle E. Glessner, 89

TURNERSVILLE, N.J. - Merle E. Glessner of Turnersville died of cancer Wednesday, May 20, 1998 in Meadowview Nursing Home, Washington Township. He was 89.

Mr. Glessner was born in 1908 in Berlin, Pa., the son of the late Harry Wilson and Pearl Coughnour Glessner.

He was a truck driver for Preston Trucking Co., Baltimore Terminal, for most of his life, prior to retirement.

Mr. Glessner was a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows of Mullica Hill, French Lodge 89 and Freight Drivers and Helpers Local Union 557, Baltimore.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Elizabeth Coulbourne Glessner, in 1977; and two brothers, Jim and Robert Glessner.

He is survived by his second wife, Gladys Nichols of Turnersville; a daughter, Marie McAllister of Federalsburg, Md.; two brothers, Bill Glessner of Banner, N.Y., and Harry Glessner of Federalsburg; six sisters, Mae Bennett of Falls Church, Va., Dolly Seamon of Preston, Md., Dorthy Hurst of Wilmington, Del., Hazel O'Bryan of Federalsburg, Marian Hearn of Seaford, Del., and Betty DePasquale of Pitman; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Service will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at Williamson Funeral Home, 311 S. Main St., Federalsburg, where friends may call one hour prior to the service. The Rev. Glenn Lyburn of Christ United Methodist Church will officiate.

Burial will be in Hillcrest Cemetery, Federalsburg.

Contributions may be made to Fox Chase Cancer Center, 7701 Burholme Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19111.

 

Henry Crawford Long, 83

FREDRICKTOWN, Md. - Henry Crawford Long of Fredricktown died as a result of heart failure Thursday, May 21, 1998, in the Union Hospital of Cecil County, Elkton. He was 83.

Mr. Long was born in Earleville. He was the son of the late Charles E. and Emma J. Taylor Long.

He worked with his family on the Stanfield Wright farm, Earleville. He worked for a period of two years for the Pennsylvania Rail Road. He worked with a dredging crew on the Chesapeake and Delaware canal. He worked on the Conowingo Dam project. For a period of time, he returned to farm life, growing crops and raising dairy cattle. In 1959, he went to work for General Motors Corp. at the Boxwood Plant, Wilmington, Del., where he was an assemblyman, and then, later, worked in the custodial department until he retired.

He enjoyed traveling with his family in their camper. He enjoyed spending time with his family, his grandchildren and his great-grandchildren. He also enjoyed organizing family reunions.

Mr. Long was an avid photographer and is noted for the splendid array of photographs and home movies that he took. He was a member of of the Local U.A.W. union of Wilmington, and was also a past member of the Cecilton Volunteer Fire Department.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 52 years, Mary Emma Long, in 1987.

He is survied by three daughters, Edith L. Davis of Cecilton, Mary Diane Powell of Galena and Phyllis Lee Carroll of Chesapeake City; five sons, Henry K. Long Sr. of Galena, James R. Long of Fredricktown, William B. Long of Earleville, and John R. Long and Edward D. Long, both of Elkton; a sister, Marian Bailey of Cecilton; 20 grandchildren; and 24 great-grandchildren.

Service will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Fellows, Helfenbein and Newnam Funeral Home, 226 E. Main Street, Cecilton, where friends may call one hour prior to the service. The Rev. William Downing of St. Paul's United Methodist Church will officiate.

Burial will be in St. Paul's Cemetery, Earleville.

Instead of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made in his name to either the Galena Volunteer Fire Dept. Ambulance fund, P.O. Box 189, Galena, MD 21635, or to the St. Paul's Cemetery Fund, P.O. Box 129, Earleville, MD 21919.

 

Grace Roe Lambert, 100

SEAFORD - Grace Roe Lambert of Seaford died Friday, May 22, 1998 in the Methodist Manor House, Seaford. She was 100.

Mrs. Lambert was born in 1897 in Bridgeville, the daughter of the late John P. and Laura J. Elliott.

She was a homemaker.

Mrs. Lambert was a member of the Wesley United Methodist Church, Dover, and the Ormond Beach Methodist Church, Ormond Beach, Fla.

She is preceded in death by her husbands, William Price Roe Sr. in 1947 and James Lambert in 1957.

She is survived by a son and his wife, William P. Roe Jr. and Jean S. of Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.; and two grandaughters, Kathy G. Roe of New York, N.Y., and Janis E. Roe of Jersey City, N.J.

Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to Elizabeth W. Murphey School, 42 Kings Hwy., Dover, DE 19901.

Arrangements by Torbert Funeral Chapel, Dover.
 

Gladys Evelyn Taylor, 85

CORDOVA, Md. - Gladys Evelyn Taylor of Cordova died Wednesday, May 20, 1998, in Salisbury. She was 85.

Mrs. Taylor was born in 1912 in Princess Anne, the daughter of the late Joseph W. Hayman and Marry E. Wilson-Hayman.

She was self-employed.

She is survived by a daughter, Norma Wilson.

Service will be 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Metropolitan United Methodist Church, Pricess Anne, where friends may call two hours prior to the service. The Rev. Charlotte Nichols will officiate.

Burial will be in John Wesley Cemetery, Princess Anne.

Arrangements by Bennie Smith Funeral Home, Salisbury.

 

Alice M. Jones, 79

LINCOLN - Alice M. Jones of Lincoln died of heart failure Friday, May 22, 1998, in Milford Memorial Hospital, Milford. She was 79.

Mrs. Jones was a homemaker.

She enjoyed playing cards and watching westerns.

She is survived by her husband of 47 years, F. Paul Jones Sr.; three daughters, Eleanor Hartleroad of Lincoln, Dorothy Allen of Dover and Susan Warren of Lusby, Md.; a son, F. Paul Jones Jr. of Newark; eight grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and three sisters, Luzetta Holloway of Lincoln, Katherine Ross of Greensboro, Md., and Audrey Donoway of Willards, Md.

Service will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Chapel of Berry-Short Funeral Home, 119 N.W. Front St., Milford.

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

Burial will be in Henlopen Memorial Park, Milton.

 

Margaret Irene Passwaters Jewell, 69

SEAFORD - Margaret Irene Passwaters Jewell of Seaford died of pneumonia Friday, May 22, 1998, in Nanticoke Memorial Hospital, Seaford. She was 69.

Mrs. Jewell was born in Bridgeville, the daughter of the late Branch Albert and Dora Jester Passwaters.

She was a homemaker.

Mrs. Jewell was a member of Christian Church of Seaford.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Dallas Elmer Jewell, in 1989.

She is survived by a son, Daniel D. of Seaford; a daughter, Dian J. Miller of Seaford; a brother, Alton Passwaters of Seaford; three sisters, Dora Lee Zsedeny of New York, and Virginia Sammons and Mary Elen Tull, both of Seaford; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Service will be 2 p.m. Monday at the Christian Church of Seaford, Dual Highway (U.S. 13) North, Seaford, where friends may call two hours prior to the service. The Rev. Mathew Sheep will officiate.

Burial will be in Blades Cemetery, Blades.

Contributions can be made to Christian Church of Seaford, Dual Highway (U.S. 13) North, Seaford, DE 19973.

 

Teresa M. 'Missy' Williamson, 29

GREENWOOD - Tersa M. ''Missy'' Williamson of Greenwood died of cancer Friday, May 22, 1998, in Milford Memorial Hospital, Milford. She was 22.

Mrs. Williamson graduated from the Milford High School, Class of 1986; she also graduated from Delaware Technical and Community College with her nursing degree in 1994.

She was a resgistered nurse at Milford Memorial Hospital for four years, and previously worked at Yoder's Country Rest Home, Greenwood.

She enjoyed reading, camping, antiques and traveling to Lancaster and Gettysburg, Pa., where she and her husband enjoyed learning of the area's history.

Mrs. Williamson was a member of Christ Episcopal Church, Milford.

She is survived by her husband of 14 years, Kenneth C. ''Chris'' Williamson; three daughters, April Nicole, Kristin Michelle and Holly Amanda, all at home; a sister, Jennifer Tucker, and brother-in-law, Butch Tucker, of Greenwood; her mother, Molly Rogers of Milford; her father, Gary Rogers, and her stepmother, Barbara Rogers, of Thompsonville; her mother-in-law, Christine G. Records, and Mrs. Records' husband, Donald Records, of Greenwood; her father-in-law, Kenneth Williamson, and Mr. Williamson's wife, Carol Williamson, of Georgetown; two sisters-in-law, Sharon Elliott of Georgetown and Christina Melvin of Greenwood; aunts and uncles, Jeanette Reale, Robert Walls and his wife, Elaine Walls, William Walls and his wife, Donna Walls, James Walls, and Toni Diogo, all of Milford; several nieces and nephews; many friends; and extended family.

Service will be 1 p.m. Tuesday at Christ Episcopal Church, Second and Church streets, Milford.

Friends may call 6-9 p.m. Monday at the Chapel of Berry-Short Funeral Home, 119 N.W. Front St., Milford.

Burial will be in the Christ Episcopal Church Cemetery, Milford.

Instead of flowers, the family suggest contributions be made to: the Teresa Williamson Memorial Fund, c/o Wilmington Trust Bank, Milford, DE 19963.

 

Carl Clifford Stenger Sr., 84

CHESTERTOWN, Md. - Carl Clifford Stenger Sr. of Chestertown died Thursday, May 21, 1998, in Deer's Head Center, Salisbury. He was 84.

Mr. Stenger was born in New Brunswick, N.J. He was the son of the late William Davis and Mary Martin Stenger.

He worked for the Office of Price Adnnistration, among other various federal government agencies in the Baltimore area. He and his wife opened Rock Hall Hardware Store, Rock Hall. He also was a master electrician and plumber, working in these capacities in Kent and Queen Anne's counties. He then later owned and operated a liquefied-petroleum-gas business in Kent and Queen Anne's counties, as well as an additional business in Hudson, Fla.

Mr. Stenger served on the Kent County Zoning Appeals Board. In Freemasonry, he was a member of Chester Lodge 115, Chestertown, a member of both York and Scottish rites, and member of the Shriners' Boumi Temple. He was past commodore of Rock Hall Yacht Club and was instrumental in bringing log canoe sailing to Kent County. He also was a member of Chestertown Elks Lodge 2474 and of Rock Hall United Methodist Church.

He is survived by his wife, June L. Stenger; a son, Carl Clifford Stenger Jr.; two daughters, Judith Iseman of Chestertown and Quail Baez of Ross, Calif.; three and a great-grandson; and several nieces and nephews.

A Masonic service will be held at 8 p.m. Wednesday at Fellows, Helfenbein and Newnam Funeral Home, 130 Speer Road, Chestertown, where friends may call two hours prior to the service.

Burial will be private.

Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to the fire companies and ambulance funds of one's choice in Kent County (Md.) or Queen Anne's County.
 

Bishop Janie Joshua, 52

TOWNSEND - Bishop Janie Joshua of Townsend died of a heart condition Friday, May 22, 1998, in her home. She was 52.

Ms. Joshua was born in 1945, in Morgantown, W. Va., the daughter of Mary Jo and George Joshua.

She attended school in Easton, Md.

She worked as a caregiver in private homes.

Ms. Joshua was a bishop and founder of Tabernacle Church, Smyrna.

She is survived by a son, Clyde C. Joshua of Easton, Md.; three brothers, Thomas Freson of Federalsburg, Md., George Joshua of Anchorage, Alaska, and Okey Joshua of Ridgely, Md.; three sisters, Jeannie Scott of Dover, Georgia Staton of Easton, Pa., and Pyhllis Raisin of Easton, Md.; two sisters-in-law; a brother-in-law; five nieces and five nephews.

Service will be noon Wednesday at the Emmanuel Pentecostal Church of God, 145 Center St., Camden, where friends may call one hour prior to the service. Bishop Joseph P. Cooper will officiate.

Burial will be in Sunset Memorial Gardens, Dover.

Contributions can be made to the Hospice of Delaware.

Arrangements by Minus Funeral Home, Dover.

 

Theresa Louise Cullen Collins, 61

SEAFORD - Theresa Louise Cullen Collins of Seaford died of heart failure Saturday, May 24, 1998, in Nanticoke Memorial Hospital, Seaford. She was 61.

Mrs. Collins was born in Lewes, the daughter of the late John M. Cullen and Blanche Shockley Cullen of Seaford.

She was a waitress at Seaford Golf and Country Club for 15 years, retiring this year. Prior to working there she worked at the Flagship Restaurant and the former Seaford Inn, Seaford.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Nelson Grover Collins, and a twin brother, Amos Cullen, both in 1989.

In addition to her mother, she is survived by two sons, Randy A. Workman of Seaford, and Maj. Steven N. Collins of the U.S. Army, Fort Bragg, N.C.; a brother, Lawrence Cullen of Roxana; four sisters, Elaine Townsend and Eva Tindall, both of Seaford, Evelyn Davis of Parksley, Va., and Alice Davidson of Dagsboro; two grandchildren, a great-grandchild; and her companion, Harold Hulliger.

Service will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Watson-Yates Funeral Home, Front and King streets, Seaford.

Burial will be in Bishopville Cemetery, Bishopville, Md.

Contributions can be made to the Salvation Army, 611 Forest St., Dover, DE 19901.

 

James Emil Retzlaff, 41

GREENWOOD - James Emil Retzlaff, of Greenwood, died of cancer Saturday, May 23, 1998, in his home. He was 41.

Mr. Retzlaff was born in 1956, the son of Ferdinand and Elfriede Retzlaff of Greenwood.

He graduated from Woodbridge High School in 1974; he later graduated from the University of Delaware with a degree in agricultural business management, and then he went to Salisbury State to get his master's degree in education.

He started his career in 1985 at Woodbridge High School as a councilor and teacher. In 1991, he became principal of Woodbridge Elementary School, until about a month ago when his health would not permit him to work.

Mr. Retzlaff was a member of St. Bernadette's Catholic Church, Harrington.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Otto Retzlaff, in 1993.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his wife of seven years, Wendy McQuerry Retzlaff; three children, Kelsey, Joshua, and Rachel, all at home; three brothers, Willy Retzlaff of Bridgeville, Heinze Retzlaff of Laurel, and Peter Retzlaff of Milford; and a sister, Eva Adams of Bridgeville.

Service will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at the St. John's Catholic Church, Seabury Avenue and School Place, Milford.

Friends may call 7-9 p.m. Monday and 7-9 p.m. Tuesday at the Fleischauer Funeral Home, 48 W. Market St., Greenwood.

Burial will be in St. Johnstown Cemetery, Greenwood.

Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to an education fund for his three children that will be established, Greenwood Trust Co., P.O. Box C, Greenwood, DE 19950.

 

Lena D. Gravenor, 87

DENTON, Md. - Lena D. Gravenor of Denton, died of heart failure Saturday, May 23, 1998, in her home. She was 87.

Mrs. Gravenor was born in Mount Jackson, Va., the daughter of the late Jacob N. Drummond and Rebecca Susan Litten Drummond.

She was a homemaker and a seamstress; she also operated the Andersontown Country Store on U.S. 404 for many years with her first husband.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Harry H. Willis, in 1953, and her second husband, Olen W. Gravenor, in 1976, two brothers, Howard Drummond and Charles Drummond; two sisters, Maggie Scott and Nellie Beauchamp.

She is survived by a son, H. Roland Willis of Williston; a daughter, Elaine Friel of Denton; a stepdaughter, Isabelle Wingate of Rehoboth Beach, Del.; four grandchildren, three great-grandchildren; and five step-grandchildren.

Service will be 2 p.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.

 

Reddie C. Baker, 86

DENTON, Md. - Reddie C. Baker of Denton, died Friday, May 22, 1998, in the Memorial Hospital, Easton. She was 86.

Mrs. Baker was born near Trappe, the daughter of the late Brainard Carroll and Effie Adams Carroll.

She was an ordained deaconess in the Wesleyan Church and worked closely with her husband pastoring in the following locations over a period of 42 years: Oxford; Roxana, Del.; Harrington, Del.; Denton; Bloxom, Va.; Tucson, Ariz.; Salisbury and Goldsboro.

She was preceded in death by her husband, the Rev. H. Grier Baker, in 1980.

She is survived by two daughters, Dorothy B. Lewis of Denton, and Ruth Ann Cooper of Cogan Station, Pa.; seven grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews and a host of friends.

Service will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at the First Wesleyan Church, Market Street, Denton.

Friends may call 7-9 p.m. Monday at the Moore Funeral Home, P.A., 12 S. Second St., Denton.

Burial will be in Barratt's Chapel Cemetery.

Instead of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations be sent to the Wesleyan Camp, 1841 Generals Hwy., Annapolis, MD 21401.

 

Louis John Biskach, 86

SEAFORD - Louis John Biskach of Seaford died of natural causes Saturday, May 23, 1998, in Methodist Manor House, Seaford. He was 86.

Mr. Biskach was born in 1912, in Baltimore, Md., the son of the late Louis Charles and Elizabeth Miller Biskach.

He graduated from Poylytech High school, Baltimore, Md.

Mr. Biskach was employed by General Motors; he was the plant manager for various plants in the United States. He retired in 1972, after 38 years.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Marie Devoto Biskach, in 1993, and a brother, Frank Biskach, in 1969.

He is survived by a sister, Sister M. Anselma Biskach of St. Gertrude's Priory, Ridgely, Md., and several nieces and nephews.

Service will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the St. Gertrude's Priory, Ridgely, Md., where friend may call one hour prior to the service and also from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Burial will be in St. Gertrude's Cemetery, Ridgely, Md.

Contributions can be made to Benedictine Sisters Retirement Fund, 14259 Benedictine Lane, Ridgely, MD 21660.

Arrangements by Fleegle and Helfenbein Funeral Home, P.A., 106 W. Sunset Ave., Greensboro, Md.

 

Rachel May Walrath, 76

CRUMPTON, Md. - Rachel May Walrath of Crumpton, and formerly of Liberty, N.Y., died Sunday, May 24, 1998, in her daughter's home in Crumpton. She was 76.

Mrs. Walrath was born in Walton, N.Y., the daughter of the late Earl and Maude Grotavent Hall.

She was a homemaker. 

Mrs. Walrath was very family oriented, she was known for her handcrafts, knitting and crocheting. She was also an accomplished seamstress. She enjoyed canning fruits and vegetables and gardening. She loved African Violets.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lester Walrath, in 1972.

She is survived by a son, William Walrath of Baltimore; three daughters, Kathleen Hoyt of Crumpton, Sally Walrath of Lakeland, Fla., and Mildred Plumb of Rochester, N.Y.; two brothers, Roland Hall of Sidney, N.Y.; five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Service will be private.

Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to Queen Anne's County Hospice, P.O. 179, Centreville, MD 21617.

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

 

Lillian W. Fisher, 75

FREDERICA - Lillian W. Fisher of Frederica died Saturday, May 23, 1998 in Bayhealth Medical Center-Milford Memorial Hospital. She was 75.

Miss Fisher was employed by Playtex, Dover, for 32 years, retiring in 1986.

She loved children and animals.

Miss Fisher was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church, Frederica, the Frederica Senior Center, and the Frederica Historical Society.

She is survived by a brother, Harry M. Fisher of Felton; two sisters, Anna F. Hoocker of Dover, and Claire Nashold of Frederica; three nieces and five nephews.

Service will be 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Rogers Funeral Home, 301 Lakeview Ave., Milford, where friends may call one hour prior to the service.

Burial will be in Barratts Chapel Cemetery near Frederica.


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