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Lula A. Poore, 95
SMYRNA - Lula A. Poore of Smyrna died Monday, June 15, 1998, in the Delaware Hospital for the Chronically Ill. She was 95.
Mrs. Poore was born in 1903, in Milford, the daughter of the late Alfred B. and Emma Wilson Davidson.
She was a homemaker.
Mrs. Poore enjoyed reading, cooking and spending time with her family.
She was preceded in death by her husband, John H. Poore, in 1983.
She is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, John E. and Ila Poore of Smyrna; two daughters, Doris P. Moore of Smyrna and Sandra Lee Poore of Millsboro; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren.
Service and burial will be private.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to Asbury United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 330, Smyrna, DE 19977.
Arrangements by Faries Funeral Directors Inc., Smyrna.
Ronnie G. Hironimus, 51
SMYRNA - Ronnie G. Hironimus of Smyrna died Tuesday, June 16, 1998. He was 51.
Mr. Hironimus was born in 1947, in Lyons, N.Y., the son of the late Phil C. and Mildred DeRue Hironimus.
He earned his bachelor's degree from Albright College in Reading, Pa., and his M.F.A. from Catholic University in Washington, D.C. He was currently working on his doctorate degree in curriculum and development at the University of Delaware.
Mr. Hironimus was a school teacher for the last 23 years, most recently with Capital School District, where he was named the Teacher of the Year for the 1996-'97 school year.
He loved the theater and was the drama teacher at Dover High School. He enjoyed traveling extensively.
He is survived by his wife, Bonnie Schlagel Hironimus; a brother, Larry Hironimus of Marion, N.Y., and a sister, Dawn Bothell of Smyrna.
There will be a memorial service at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Modern Maturity Center, 1121 Forest Ave., Dover.
Burial will be private.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to the Ronnie Hironimus Scholarship Fund, One Pat Lynn Drive, Dover, DE 19904, c/o the building principal, Dr. Joseph DeFelice.
Arrangements by Faries Funeral Directors Inc., Smyrna.
Matilda R. Andrews, 93
FRANKFORD - Matilda R. Andrews of Frankford died of heart failure Sunday, June 14, 1998, in her daughter's home. She was 93.
Mrs. Andrews was born in Aldan, Pa., the daughter of the late James and Mary Ellen Lacy.
She was formerly employed as an attendant at the former Hospital for the Mentally Retarded, now known as Stockley Center, near Georgetown.
Mrs. Andrews was a member of Holiness Church in Philadelphia, and she joined and attended the Antioch A.M.E. Church, Frankford.
She was preceded in death by her husband, William C. Andrews, in 1945.
She is survived by six daughters, Dorothy Sample of Ellicott City, Md., Charlotte Bagby of Holmes, Pa., Florence Godwin of Philadelphia, Pa., Ruth Lewis of Baltimore, Md., Shirley Mackey of Millsboro, and Joyce Andrews of Frankford; two sons, Howard and Joseph Andrews, both of Georgetown; 41 grandchildren, three of which she raised as her own, Leroy Robinson of Baltimore, Brian Andrews of Milton, and Gwendolyn Smith of Virginia; 72 great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren.
Service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at the St. John's Second Baptist Church, Mount Joy, near Millsboro, where friends may call two hours prior to the service.
Rev. C.N. Sample will officiate.
Burial will be in the adjoining church cemetery.
Arrangements by Watson Funeral Home, Millsboro.
Dennis J. Reams Sr., 51
MIDDLETOWN - Dennis J. Reams Sr. died Monday, June 15, 1998, in his home.
He was 51.
Mr. Reams worked as a school bus driver for the Christiana School District for the past six years.
He enjoyed fishing and putt putt golf, along with many other activities, both with his family and friends. He also enjoyed the time he spent transporting children for the district schools.
He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Dorothy I. Reams; a son, Dennis J. Reams Jr. of Middletown; two daughters, Tara L. Newkirk and Trudy M. Donlon, both of St. Petersburg, Fla.; his mother, Thelma L. Reams of Largo, Fla.; two brothers, Ronnie of East Bridgewater, Mass. and Robert of Largo, and 10 grandchildren.
Service and burial will be private.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to the Delaware Hospice, 911 South Du Pont Hwy., Dover, DE 19901.
Arrangements by Daniels & Hutchison Funeral Home, Middletown.
Grace M. Tirabassi, 82
WOODBRIDGE, N.J. - Grace M. Tirabassi of Woodbridge, formerly of Jersey City, N.J. and Smyrna, died Tuesday, June 16, 1998, in her home. She was 82.
Mrs. Tirabassi was born in Hoboken, N.J.
She was a homemaker.
Mrs. Tirabassi was a former communicant of St. Polycarps Roman Catholic Church in Smyrna and she was a member of its Altar-Rosary Society.
She was preceded in death by her husband, John A., in 1986.
She is survived by a son, John A. Tirabassi of Hartly; a daughter, Joanne Casablanca of Woodbridge; a brother, Andrew Kerrigan of Woodbridge; eight grandchildren; two great-grandchildren.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at noon Friday at St. Polycarps Roman Catholic Church, 135 Ranson Lane, Smyrna.
Friends may call from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Friday at the Faries Funeral Chapel, 29 S. Main St., Smyrna.
Burial will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Smyrna.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to the Woodbridge Police Department, c/o D.A.R.E. Program, Attn.: Patrolman Jim Thorn, 1 Main Street, Woodbridge, N.J. 07095.
Judith Fuller Kendall 'Judy' McDowell, 62
NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. - Judith Fuller Kendall ''Judy'' McDowell of New Smyrna Beach died of pancreatic cancer, Monday, May 18, 1998, in Fort Washington, Fla. She was 62.
Mrs. McDowell was a native of Middletown.
She was a graduate of the University of Miami Nursing School, as well as the University of Delaware in 1956 and Middletown High School.
Mrs. McDowell was a nurse for 23 years at the Bert Fish Memorial Hospital, in New Smyrna Beach, retiring last year as an operating room nurse.
She was a member of the Association of Operating Room Nurses; was on the board of directors of the New Smyrna Beach Marina and had been associated with Forest Presbyterian Church and St. Anne's Episcopal Church, both of Middletown.
Mrs. McDowell traveled abroad extensively, keeping journals of places she visited, and had a houseboat for trips on the Florida Intra Coastal Waterway.
She is survived by a daughter, Christa Twomey of Indianapolis, Ind.; a son, Bradford Spangler of Daytona Beach, Fla.; a brother, R.C. McDowell of Middletown; a sister, Gayle Murray of Orlando, Fla. and her former husband, Richard Spangler of New Smyrna Beach.
There will be a memorial service at 11 a.m. Saturday at Forest Presbyterian Church, Middletown.
The family suggests contributions be made to: the Judy McDowell Scholarship Fund, Bert Fish Memorial Hospital, New Smyrna Beach, Fla. 32069.
William J. Leonard, 85
DOVER - William J. Leonard of Dover died Tuesday, June 16, 1998, in his home. He was 85.
Mr. Leonard was born in 1912, in Easton, Md., the son of the late William Clyde and Ella Malinda Cryer Leonard.
He retired in 1975 after 30 years with Delaware Farm Credit of Dover as secretary and treasurer.
Mr. Leonard was a member of the Frederica Methodist Church and the Frederica Lions Club.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 64 years, Marjorie F. Leonard in 1997, and a brother, Francis Leonard.
He is survived by three sons, Gene F. Leonard of Ardmore, Pa., John W. Leonard of Luray, Va., and Robert F. Leonard of Mechanicsburg, Pa.; 10 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Service will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Torbert Funeral Chapel, Bradford & Reed streets, Dover, where friends may call one hour prior to the service.
Burial will be in Barratt's Chapel Cemetery, Frederica.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to the National Kidney Foundation, 325 Chestnut St., Suite 904, Philadelphia, PA 19106, or to Delaware Hospice, 911 S. Du Pont Hwy., Dover, DE 19901.
Authur A. Biloon, 84
DOVER - Authur A. Biloon of Dover, formerly of Wilmington, died Wednesday, June 17, 1998, in Kent General Hospital. He was 84.
Mr. Biloon owned and operated Biloon Electric for 30 years, retiring in 1975.
He served in the U.S. Army and Delaware Army National Guard for 23 years, retiring in 1957.
Mr. Biloon was a member of Congregation Beth Emeth, Wilmington, Jefferson Lodge #15 A.F. & A.M., Lewes; a volunteer at the Dover Air Force Base; a member of Delaware Consistory, Nur Temple Shrine; past commander of Lawrence Robert American Legion Post #21; past president of Masonic Club of Delaware; president emeritus of Wilmington West Kiwanis; a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars, Delaware National Guard Association, 198th Coastal Artillery, First State Model Railroad Club, Camden-Wyoming; life member of the National Rifle Association and the Air Force Association.
He is survived by his wife, Irene Biloon; a son, Millard L. Biloon of Savanah, Ga.; two daughters, Deborah S. Butter of Annapolis, Md., and Ellice K. Biloon of Newark; a sister, Marian Kreshtool of Long Boat Key, Fla.; and three grandchildren.
Service will be at 1:30 p.m. Friday at Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Bear.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to the Benedictine School Scholarship Fund, Ridgely, MD 21660, or to the Congregation Beth Emeth, Wilmington, DE 19802.
Bradley Roy Bright, 45
LONG NECK - Bradley Roy Bright of Long Neck, formerly of Baltimore, Md., died Wednesday, April 29, 1998, in his home. He was 45.
Mr. Bright was a disabled veteran of the Vietnam War.
He is survived by his mother, Veronica ''Ronnie'' Chambers of Long Neck; a sister, Catherine ''Cass'' Gonmiah of Newark, N.J.; two brothers, John Thomas Bright of San Francisco, Calif., and William A. Zang of Hershey, Pa.
There will be a memorial service Saturday at Long Neck United Methodist Church, Long Neck Road, in Long Neck, where the Rev. Karen Booth will officiate.
Burial will be private.
Arrangements by Melson Funeral Services, Long Neck.
Charles Linwood Johnston, 81
MILLINGTON, Md. - Charles Linwood Johnston of Millington, formerly of Brooklyn, N.Y., died Tuesday, June 16, 1998, in his home. He was 81.
Mr. Johnston was born in Still Pond, Md., the son of the late James Craig and Catherine Bessie Everett Johnston.
He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He was a member of the Merchant Marines, serving as a cook for 20 years, and later as a security officer for the Seafarers Union Hall. He retired in 1989, and moved from Brooklyn to Millington.
Mr. Johnston was a member of the Masonic Lodge #418 in Brooklyn.
He loved to cook, and he loved the sea. He enjoyed his family and friends.
He is survived by a son, Charles L. Johnston Jr. of Baltimore, Md.; a daughter, Rosemary Peters of Forest Hill, Md.; a brother, Earl Everett Johnston of Millington; four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Service will be at 1 p.m. Friday at the Fellows, Helfenbein & Newnam Funeral Home, P.A., 370 W. Cypress St., Millington, where friends may call one hour prior to the service.
Burial will be in Still Pond Cemetery, in Still Pond.
Myrtle Marie Keith, 86
MILTON - Myrtle Marie Keith of Milton died Wednesday, June 17, 1998, in Milford Memorial Hospital. She was 86.
Mrs. Keith received her teaching degree at New River State Teachers College, Beckley, W. Va.
She was a teacher in Virginia and West Virginia schools, teaching third and fourth grade.
Mrs. Keith was a member of Grace Church in Milton.
She is survived by two daughters and a son-in-law, Victoria Banning of Pensacola, Fla., and Geraldine and David Warrington, both of Lincoln; a brother, Raymond Rice of Stanford, Texas; four grandchildren, James V. Banning, Jacki Lynn Moore, Stephen Banning and Brett Thomas, and five great-grandchildren.
Service will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the Chapel of Short Funeral Services, 416 Federal St., Milton, where friends may call from 7-9 p.m. Thursday.
The family suggests contributions be made to Grace Church, Milton, DE.
Frances L. Freeman, 56
DOVER - Frances L. Freeman of Dover died of cardiac arrest Monday, June 15, 1998, in Kent General Hospital. She was 56.
Mrs. Freeman was born in 1942, in Milford, the daughter of the late Dawson and Audrey Hudson.
She was a high school graduate.
Mrs. Freeman was an employee at Kent General Hospital for 18 years.
She was a member of the First Pilgrim Baptist Church, Camden, where she was the church treasurer.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Freeman.
She is survived by a son, Guy Freeman of Dover; two daughters, Audrey Singletary and Joann Burton, both of Dover; two sisters, Gail Ridgeway of Dover and Linda McCain of Germany; five brothers, Earl Hudson, Edward Hudson, Alvin Hudson, Aurbery Hudson, and Donald Hudson, all of Dover; seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Service will be at noon Saturday at First Pilgrim Baptist Church, Camden, where friends may call one hour prior to the service.
Bishop Doreen Miles will officiate.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to First Pilgrim Building Fund, Caesar Rodney Avenue, Camden, DE.
Dianna M. Morton, 46
MIDDLETOWN - Dianna M. Morton of Middletown died Tuesday, June 16, 1998, in Christiana Care. She was 46.
Ms. Morton was born in 1952, in Wilmington, the daughter of Clara Pratt of Townsend.
She attended Middletown High School.
Ms. Morton was formerly employed at the Delaware Home and Hospital in Smyrna, and had been a certified nursing assistant for many years at Intergrated Health Services, also in Smyrna.
She was a faithful member and servant at The Glorious Church of God in Christ, Townsend, where she was a choir member, president of the WISW Circle and president of the Junior Usher Board.
Ms. Morton loved to plan family gatherings and she loved church.
She is survived by her mother, Clara Pratt of Townsend; two brothers, Orville Fisher and Gilbert Pratt, both of Townsend; two daughters, Donya Jean-Baptiste of N.J. and Tamiko Fisher of Middletown; a son, Marcus Queen II; a son-in-law, Jeff Jean-Baptiste of N.J.; a granddaughter, Atiyannah Jean-Baptiste of N.J., and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends.
Service will be at noon Friday at Lee's Chapel United Methodist Church, Townsend, where friends may call one hour prior to the service.
Burial will be in adjoining Cemetery, Townsend.
Arrangements by Minus Funeral Home, Dover.
Vera C. Brown Allen, 93
SEAFORD - Vera C. Brown Allen of Seaford died of heart failure Tuesday, June 16, 1998, in Harrison House, in Georgetown, where she had been a patient for about two weeks. She was 93.
Mrs. Allen retired from Braunstein's Department Store in Wilmington in 1969, where she was a bookkeeper for 10 years.
She was a member of St. John's United Methodist Church in Seaford. She was active in the Nanticoke Senior Center, where she was also a bookkeeper for a while. She helped the Sunshine Committee make daily calls to shut-ins for several years.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, Robert F. Brown in 1956, and her second husband, Arthur Allen in 1994.
She is survived by three daughters, Mary Ellen Porter, Roberta A. ''Bobbie'' Bowden, both of Seaford, and Dorothy E. Medico of Wilmington; 11 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter.
Service will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the Cranston Funeral Home, 300 Shipley St., Seaford, where friends may call one hour prior to the service.
Burial will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Seaford.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to the American Heart Association, 600 N. Du Pont Hwy., Georgetown, DE 19947.