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Elizabeth Warren-Comegys, 83

CAMDEN - Elizabeth Warren-Comegys of Camden died Friday, June 12, 1998, in the Milford Center, Milford. She was 83.

Mrs. Comegys was born Sept. 9, 1914, in Cheswold, the daughter of the late Sarah Louise Valleau and Willis Weldon Seman.

She worked for Richard Robinson, Dover, and later with Woolworth Department Store, Dover. She sold real estate and owned and operated a grocery store in Woodside until the early 1970s.

Mrs. Comegys enjoyed her yard and rose garden.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Parks Warren in 1958, and a daughter, Betty Ann Jones, in 1975.

She is survived by her husband, Floyd R. Comegys; a son, Gooden T. Warren of Woodside; two stepdaughters, Connie Fifer of Felton and Carol Findley of Dover; three grandchildren; Cheryl Epps of Woodside, Gregory Warren of Penobscot, Maine, and Maria Bobola of Dover and nine great-grandchildren.

Service will be 1 p.m. Tuesday at Pippin Funeral Home, 119 W. Camden-Wyoming Ave., Wyoming, where friends may call 7-9 p.m. Monday.

Burial will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Camden.

Meril L. Dunn, Sr., 76

LAUREL - Meril L. Dunn, Sr. of Laurel died Friday, June 12, 1998, in Nanticoke Memorial Hospital, Seaford. He was 76.

Mr. Dunn was born in Delmar, Md. the son of the late James A. Durn and Lillie E. Dunn.

He was retired from the Valliant Fertilizer Company of Laurel. He had worked at this location for many of years as a salesperson and the company treasurer. He also retired from the Combined Insurance Company as a insurance agent, serving the southern Delaware region and eastern shore of Maryland.

He was a World War II veteran, serving in the Army in the 867th Airborne Engineer Battalion.

Mr. Dunn was a member of the St. Phillips Episcopal Church of Laurel, where he served in the past as the Senior Warden of the Vestry. He was a former member of the Christ Lutheran Church in Seaford. He was a member of the American Legion-Post #19 of Laurel, he had been recognized with the Outstanding Citizens Award of Laurel, one of the original founders of the Old Timers Day in Selbyville, one of the original founders of the Chicken Festival of Delmarva. He had been associated with WJWL radio station in Georgtown, were he did research of historic churches and hosted the Sunday evening radio broadcast of historic churches in the area. He was a well known M.C. for many town festivals in Laurel. He was the treasurer of the Old Christ Church League.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Madeline D. Dunn of Laurel; two sons, Meril L. Dunn, Jr. of Frederick, Md., Micheal J. Dunn of Laurel; a daughter, Madeline E. Dunn Thomas of Dover; two brothers, Matthew Dunn of Laurel, Walter Dunn of Fla.; two sisters, Edna O'Neil of Laurel, Marion Elliott of Salisbury, Md.; three grandchildren, Ian Flemming-Dunn, Andrew Flemming-Dunn, both of Frederick, Md., and Madeline T. Thomas of Dover; and several nieces and nephews.

Graveside service will be private at St. Marks Church Cemetery in Laurel.

Friends may call 7-8:30 p.m. today at the Short Funeral Home, 700 West St., Laurel.

Contributions can be made in his memory to St. Marks Church Yard Fund, Rt. 2 Box 177, Delmar, DE 19940.

Norris Edwin Cohee, 71

HARMONY, Md. - Norris Edwin Cohee of Harmony, Md., near Preston, Md., died Friday, June 12, 1998, in Easton's Memorial Hospital. He was 71.

Mr. Cohee was born 1927 in Harmony in Caroline County, the son of the late Benjamin L. and Mary E. Williamson Cohee.

He was a graduate of Preston High School's Class of 1944.

He was a retired crop and broiler farmer, and also owned and operated a school bus for the Caroline County School District for many years.

Mr. Cohee was secretary-treasurer of Grove Cemetery, Inc. and was a member of the Caroline County Farm Bureau, the Maryland School Bus Contractors Association, the Delmarva Poultry Association, the Harrington Senior Center and was a former member of Easton Elks Club # 1622.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Jane Legates Cohee; and two brothers, Robert L. Cohee and Earl R. Cohee, Sr.

He is survived by two sons, James Norris Cohee of Easley, S.C., Gary Alan Cohee of Laurel, Md.; a daughter, Brenda Jane Harper of Preston, Md.; three grandchildren; a brother, John M. Cohee, Sr. of Preston, Md.; a sister, Irene F. Phillips of Easton; a close friend Anna Mae Rothermel of Houston; and several nieces and nephews.

Service will be 1 p.m. Tuesday at Frampton-Hawkins-Eskow Funeral Home, where friends may call one hour prior to the service and 7-9 p.m. today. The Rev. Howard Dunn, will officiate.

Burial will be in Grove Cemetery, near Harmony.

Contributions can be made in his memory to Grove Cemetery Association, Inc., 5879 Bethlehem Rd, Preston MD 21655.

Phyllis Margaret Hoopes Balascio, 51

CAMBRIDGE, Md. - Phyllis Margaret Hoopes Balascio of Cambridge, Md., died Friday, June 12, 1998, in Easton Memorial Hosptial. She was 51.

Mrs. Balascio was born 1947 in Wilmington, the daughter of the late Joseph Hoopes and Mary Genner Hoopes Sowers.

She was a graduate of Wilmington High School. 

Mrs. Balascio had last worked as a deli-clerk at Food Lion in Cambridge.

She is survived by three sons, John Balascio of Cambridge, Bill Balaxcio of Bridgeville, Bobby Balacio of Millsboro; a daughter, Teresa Cameron of Bridgeville; a brother, Joseph Hoopes of New Castle; two sisters, Alice Barlow and Marrie Gray, both of Wilmington, and five grandchildren.

Service will be 1 p.m. Saturday at Frampton-Hawkins-Eskow Funeral Home, Federalsburg, where friends may call two hours prior to the service.

Burial will be in Glebe Cemetery, Wilmington.

The family suggests contributions to be made in her membery to the American Cancer Society, 92 Reid's Way Suite 205, New Castle, DE 19720.

Billy S. D. Willis, 70

CHESTERTOWN, Md. - Billy S.D. Willis of Chestertown, Md. died Saturday, June 13, 1998, in Memorial Hospital in Easton, Md. He was 70.

Mr. Willis was born in 1927 in Missouri. He was the son of the late George and Clara May Watson Willis.

He was educated in Missouri.

He enlisted into the United States Army in 1936. He honorably served during World War II and the Korean Conflict, attaining the rank of Seargent First Class. In 1966, while stationed in Washington, D.C. at the Pentagon, as administrative assistant to the Joint Chiefs of Staff, he retired after 30 years of service.

Mr. Willis managed the Dover Drug Fair and was transferred to the Chestertown Durg Fair, as assistant manager. He also was a clerk at Masten Home Center in Chestertown, Md.

He is survived by his wife, Irene May Willis; a son, Steven Earl Willis of Crestview, Ore.; a daughter, Shirley Riddle of Ridgeway, Va.; three brothers, James H. Willis, Harvey Willis, both of Joplin, Mo., Harold L. Willis of Anderson, Mo.; four sisters, Rose Parish, Violet Cartwright, Jewel ''Sadie'' Stoots, all of Joplin, Mo., Georgia Boyd of Valley Center, Kansas; and a grandchild.

Service will be held at a later date in Virginia.

Arrangements by Fellows, Helfenbein, and Newnam Funeral Home, P.A., 408 South Liberty St., Centerville, Md.
 

Lt. David N. Osburn, 46

SMYRNA - David N. Osburn of Smyrna died after suffering a heart attack Friday, June 12, 1998, in Christiana Hospital. He was 46.

Lt. Osburn was a Newport Police Lieutenant for the past 26 years. He was second in command of the Newportforce for the past 17 years.

He won numerous awards from Mothers Against Drunk Driving for his aggressive enforcement of drunken driving laws.

Lt. Osburn was a member of the Concerns of Police Survivors, which helped raise money for college education and financial support for families in need, and a member of the Delaware Police Chiefs Council. 

He was a member of the Police Against Violence and Drugs and performed with the First State Force Band, that formed anti-drug concerts for school children. He was also a member of the National Guard in the early 1980s.

He is survived by his wife, Nancy M.; two sons, Scott of Wilmingtion, Brian of Oklahoma City; a duaghter, Dawn C. Osburn of Wilmington; four stepsons, Steve Gardner of Augusta, Ga., Tom Gardner of Smyrna, David Gardner of Rhode Island and Ray Gardner of Alburtis, Pa.; nephew, Doug Hammond, at home, and niece, Kim Stewart of Townsend, both of whom he raised; parents, B. Neil and Margaret Osburn of Lancaster, Pa.; brothers, Don of Nova Scotia and Bill of Fla.; six grandchildren.

Service will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, at Penial United Methodist Church, 115 E. Market St., Newport.

Friends may call 6:30-9 p.m. today and 9:30-10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Nichols-Gilmore Funeral Home, 212 E. Justis St., Newport.

Burial will be private.

Contributions may be made to the Shepard Place Inc. homless shelter, 1362 S. Governors Ave., Dover DE 19904.

Mildred E. Grimditch, 87

MILFORD - Mildred E. Grimditch of Milford died Monday, June 15, 1998, in Genesis Eldercare-Milford Center, Milford. She was 87.

Mrs. Grimditch was born in Camden, N.J., the daughter of the late Harry and Mary Black.

She was a homemaker.

Mrs. Grimditch was deeply loved and cared for by her many nieces, nephews, and great-nieces. She will be deeply missed by all that knew her. She also loved to collect stuffed animals.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Leslie Grimditch, in 1969.

She is survived by a niece, Ruth, and her husband, James Stevens, of Greenwood; two great-nieces, Ann and her husband, Ron Collins, of Milford and Lorraine Duncan of Milford; several great and great-great-nieces and nephews and great-great-great-nieces and nephews.

Service will be 1 p.m. Wednesday at Melvin Funeral Home, Harrington, where friends may call one hour prior to the service. 

The Rev. W. Edwin Tull will officiate.

Burial will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Milford.

Harry L. Taylor, 63

GREENWOOD - Harry L. Taylor of Greenwood died Sunday, June 14, 1998, in Milford Memorial Hospital, Milford. He was 63.

Mr. Taylor was born in Seaford and lived in the local area all of his life.

He had worked at Allen Hatchery in Seaford.

He enjoyed the outdoors, hunting, country music, and watching western movies.

Mr. Taylor was in the Adult Foster Care program and was being cared for by Betty and Ted Willing. In 1997 he went into Genesis Elder Care at the Milford Center.

Graveside service will be 1 p.m. Wednesday at Laurel Hills Cemetery. The Rev. William Calvanesa of the Curch of Christ in Milford will officiate.

Arrangements by Fleischauer Funeral Home, Greenwood.

Donald T. Ralph, 68

LAUREL - Donald T. Ralph of Laurel died of cancer Sunday, June 15, 1998, in his home. He was 68.

Mr. Ralph was the son of the late D. Guy Ralph, Sr. and Anne L. Ralph

He owned and operated the Ralph Family Farm in Laurel. He farmed truck crops and operated a poultery business with his wife. He had worked in the past for the County Planning and Zoning Commission in Georgetown for many years. He was a attache for Rep. Harrison Phillips for two years.

Mr. Ralph served in the United States Army shortly after World War II in Germany.

Mr. Ralph was a member of Mt. Pleasant Church in Laurel, the VFW Post 8276, Delmar, the American Legion Post 19, Laurel, and he was also a member of the Hope Lodge 4, Laurel.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Everett H. Ralph, in 1990.

He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Carolyn R. Ralph of Laurel; a brother, David G. Ralph, Jr. and his wife, Betty, of Laurel; several nieces and nephews.

Service will be 2 p.m. Thursday at Mt. Pleasant Church, Laurel. The Rev. Tina Whaley and Rev. Bryan Rica will officiate.

Masonic Service will be 6:45 p.m. Wednesday at the Short Funeral Home, 700 West St., Laurel, where friends may call 7-8:30 p.m.

Contributions may be made to Delaware Hospice, 600 DuPont Hwy, Georgetown, DE 19947 or Mt. Pleasant Church c/o Wayne Barr, Rt. 2 Box 213, Delmar, DE 19940.

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Bhanumati Sheth, 68

DOVER - Bhanumati Sheth of Dover died after a prolonged illness Sunday, June 14, 1998, in Kent General Hospital, Dover. She was 68.

She is survived by her husband, Anantrai Sheth; a son, Kamlesh Sheth, and his children Rusmabh and Raina; a daughter, Jayshree Vora; two additional grandchilren; and a brother-in-law, K.C. Sheth.

Service will be 8 p.m. Friday at the home of K.C. Sheth, 21 St. Anne Courte, Dover.

Instead of flowers the family suggests contributions to be made to Kent General Hospital, 640 S. State St., Dover DE 19901.

Arrangements by Torbert Funeral Chapel, Dover.

Dorothy Hague Wheat, 84

SUDLERSVILLE, Md. - Dorothy Hague Wheat of Sudlersville died Monday, June 15, 1998, in Chestertown Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. She was 84.

Mrs. Hague was born in Rock Hall, Md., the daughter of the late Elmer and Blanche Perry Hague.

She worked for Fox's Dept. Store and Mr. Bud Hubbards Restaurant in Chestertown, Md. as a cook. She also worked for GNC Deli and ran her own snack bare aptly named ''Mom Wheat's.'' She retired in 1983.

Mrs. Wheat enjoyed crocheting and knitting. She was also an excellent cook.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Robie Wheat of Worton, Md., in 1982.

She is survived by two sons, Thomas Arthur Wheat, Sr. of Sudlersville, Md., and James William Wheat of Enfield, Conn.; a sister, Pauline Kendall of Rock Hall, Md.; 9 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and three great-great-granchildren.

Service will be noon Wednesday at St. James United Methodist Church.

Friends may call 7-9 p.m. today at at Fellows, Helfenbein and Newnam Funeral Home, 130 Speer Rd., Chestertown, Md.

Burial will be in St. Paul's Cemetery.

Instead of flowers the family suggest contributions may be made to Sudlersville Volunteer Fire Department, Ambulance Fund, Sudlersville, MD 21668.

L. Helen Brennan, 73

BETHANY BEACH - L. Helen Brennan of Bethany Beach, formerly of Baltimore, died of cancer Saturday, June 13, 1998, in her home. She was 73.

Mrs. Brennan was a retired executive secretary for the B&O Railroad, and the Genessee Brewing Co. in Baltimore.

She served on the Board of Director's of a mens halfway-house in Baltimore and helped start the first womens halfway-house in southern Delaware dealing with substance abuse and served seven years as secretary of the Board of Directions of Anch, Inc.

Mrs. Brennan was a member of St. Anne's Catholic Church in Bethany Beach.

She is survived by her husband, Eugene M. Brennan; a son, Dennis Kelley of Downingtown, Pa.; three step-sons, Gene Brennan of Annapolis, Md., Joseph Brennan of Pasadena, Md., and Paul Brennan of Albuquerque, N.M.; two daughters, Casey Chilkote of Romney, W.V., Shelly Murphy of Fla.; two step-daughters, Theresa Shroff of Gaithersberg, Md., and Mary Jo Morris of RockHill Beach, Md.; a sister, Mildren Drobisz of Baltimore; four brothers, Irvin Plitt of Squaw Valley, Calif., Elmer Plitt, Calvin Plitt and Herbert Plitt, all of Baltimore; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Mass of Christian burial will be 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Anne's Catholic Church, Rt. 26, Bethany Beach. The Rev. John J. Masterson will officiate.

Friends may call 7-9 p.m. Friday at the Chapel of Melson Funeral Services, West Ave., Ocean View, where a scripture service will be 8 p.m.

Burial will be private.

Instead of flowers the family suggests contributions to be made to Bethany Beach Library Fund, c/o South Coastal Library, 43 Kent Ave., Bethany Beach, DE 19930.

Eleanor H. Joseph, 74

LEWES - Eleanor H. Joseph of Lewes died Sunday, June 14, 1998, in her home. She was 74.

Mrs. Joseph worked for the City of Lewes as an office manager for the Board of Public Works. She retired after many of years in 1974.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Elwood U. Hocker and Frances Malenrich.

She is survived by her husband of 25 years, John P. Joseph of Lewes; a son, Bruce Heal of Lewes; a daughter, Bundy H. Simms of Long Neck; a brother, Howard S. Hocker of Lewes; a sister, Marian H. Marshall of Lewes; and three grandchildren.

Service will be private.

Burial will be in Lewes Pres. Church Cemetery, Lewes.

Contributions may be made to American Cancer Society, 228C N. DuPont Hwy., Georgetown, DE 19947.

Arrangements by Parsel Funeral Home and Crematorium Atlkins-Lodge Chapel, 1449 Kings Hwy., Lewes.

Norman Richard Gould, 97

CENTERVILLE - Norman Richard Gould of Centerville died Monday, June 15, 1998, in his home. He was 97.

Mr. Gould was born in 1900 in Caroline County, the son of the late John and Debbie Gould.

He attended public school in Caroline County.

He was a farmer all of his life.

Mr. Gould was the oldest member of Mt. Olive United Methodist Church in Hope, Md.

He is survived by Catherine Gould, two children, Oliver Brown of Centerville, Md., and James Gould of Dover; nine grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Service will be 1 p.m. Thursday at Mt. Olive United Methodist Church, Hope, Md.

Friends may call 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at the church.

Arrangements by Bennie Smith Funeral Home, Easton, Md.

Charles I. Daisey, 76

FRANKFORD - Charles I. Daisey of Frankford died of cancer Monday, June 15, 1998, in his home. He was 76.

Mr. Daisey was born in Ocean View the son of the late George Irvin Daisey and Carrie Powell Daisey.

He was a retired Well Driller and for many years owned and operated the Charles I. Daisey Well Drilling Company.

Mr. Daisey was a member of The Maryland and Delaware Well Drillers Association and a member of the Seaford Wesleyan Church.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Cordelia, and his son, George I. Daisey, both in 1994.

He is survived by a daughter, Pauline C. Layfield; two sons, Charles W. Daisey, and Bruce W. Daisey, all of Gumboro; two brothers, Albert J. Daisey of Frankford, and Clifton Daisey of Rehoboth; five grandchildren and a great-granddaughter.

Service will be 11 a.m. Thursday at the Capel of Melson Funeral Services, Frankford, where friends may call 6-9 p.m. Wednesday. 

The Rev. David Kiser will officiate.

Burial will be in the Selbyville Redmens Cemetery.

Instead of flowers the family suggests contributions to be made to the Delaware Hospice, Southern Division, 600 N. DuPont Hwy., Georgetown, DE 19947.


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