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Harold Joseph Shea, 70
HARTLY - Harold Joseph Shea of Hartly died Wednesday, June 17, 1998, in Kent General Hospital, Dover. He was 70.
Mr. Shea was a millwright at Kraft Foods, retiring in 1985. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He enjoyed traveling in his motor home.
Mr. Shea was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Marydel, and the Greenwood Volunteer Fire Co.
He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Harriet Matthews Shea of Hartly; two sons, Ricky T. Shea of Wilmington, N.C., Michael J. Shea of Green Bay, Wisc.; three daughters, Donna L. Shea of Kure Beach, N.C., Cindy B. Walker of Hartly, Christine A. Philyaw of St. Thomas, Virgin Islands; a brother, Lawrence J. Shea of Greenwood; three sisters, Arlene Williams of Prairie Du Chien, Wisc.; Maxine Green of Newport, N.J., Dolly Mancus of Bridgeton, N.J.; 10 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Mass of Christian burial will be 10 a.m. Tuesday at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Main Street, Marydel, Del.
Friends may call 7-9 p.m. Monday at Trader Funeral Home, 12 Lotus St., Dover.
Burial will be in Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Bear.
Instead of flowers the family suggests contributions be made to Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Main Street, Marydel, DE 19964 or to Calvary Assembly of God, 1141 E. Lebanon Road, Dover, DE 19901.
Geneva Artellia Chester, 71
EASTON, Md. - Geneva Artellia Chester of Easton died Wednesday, June 17, 1998. She was 71.
Ms. Chester was born March 20, 1927, in Greensboro, the daughter of the late William Chester and Maggie Bolden.
She is survived by a sister, Elva Nichols; a sister-in-law, Joan Trice and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and other relatives and friends.
Service will be 2 p.m. today at Bennie Smith Funeral Home, Easton, where friends may call two hours prior to the service.
Burial will be in Richards Cemetery, Easton.
Mary Barbarika Cahall, 72
GREENWOOD - Mary Barbarika Cahall of Greenwood died of emphysema, Wednesday, June 17, 1998. She was 72.
Mrs. Cahall was born in Georgetown, the daughter of the late Harry and Helen Barbarika.
She worked at DuPont Co. in Seaford during World War II and worked as a rural mail carrier for the Dover post office, retiring in 1980 due to an injury.
She also worked for the IRS and was a representative for International Correspondence School. Mrs. Cahall was a hard worker. She also loved flowers. She liked to help people.
She is survived by her husband of 45 years, Ralph J. Cahall Jr.; a son Ralph ''Jay'' J. Cahall III; a daughter, Robin J. Cahall; a sister, Freda Barbarika, all of Greenwood; a sister-in-law, Elva Barbarika of Florida; two nephews, Harry and Alexander Barbarika and a niece, Roberta Howard.
Service will be 2 p.m. Monday at Fleischauer Funeral Home, 48 W. Market St., Greenwood.
Burial will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Milford.
Robert D. Wagner, 70
ELIZABETHTOWN, Pa. - Robert D. Wagner of Elizabethtown and formerly of Rheems died of natural causes Wednesday, June 17, 1998, in Lancaster General Hospital. He was 70.
Mr. Wagner was born in Mount Joy, the son of the late Paul E. and Hettie Wintermeyer Wagner.
He was a charter organizer of the Rheems Athletic Association and served as its first president from 1964-1971. He was employed for AMP Inc. for 37 years, retiring in 1988. During that time he worked at the Stoney Battery Plant, where he was a tool and die operator and trainer. He served on the Elizabethtown School Board from 1968-1972. From February 1974 to December 1983, he served as the West Donegal Township supervisor, chairman of the West Donegal Township. board of supervisors, and commissioner of the police force in West Donegal Township.
He was active in youth sports most of his life. He enjoyed traveling, playing cards and was an avid baseball fan. Mr. Wagner was a 40-year member of St. Mark's United Methodist Church, Mount Joy, and a life member of Rheems and Florin fire companies.
He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Gerry M. Pautz Wagner; three sons, Philip E. and his wife, Nancy White Wagner of Milford, Richard S. and his wife, Jamie Flowers Wagner of Elizabethtown, and Bruce R. and his wife, Beth Cardello Wagner of Mountville; eight grandchildren, five great-grandchildren; two sisters, Marie Zellers of Lancaster, and Ruth Weidman of Manheim; and a brother, Paul D. Wagner of Mount Joy.
Service will be 3 p.m. Sunday at St. Mark's United Methodist Church, 27 E. Main St., Mount Joy, where friends may call one hour prior to the service. The Rev. Donald E. Zechman will officiate.
Burial will be in Ruhl's Cemetery, Rapho Township.
Contributions can be made in his memory to the Rheems Athletic Association, P.O. Box 66, Rheems PA 17570, or the American Heart Association, 610 Community Way, Lancaster, PA 17603.
Arrangements by the Sheetz Funeral Home Inc., 16 E. Main St., Mount Joy.
Shirley Lucille Thorn, 63
KENTON - Shirley Lucille Thorn of Kenton died Tuesday, June 16, 1998, in North Arundel Hospital. She was 63.
Mrs. Thorn was born Oct. 18, 1934, in Kenton, the daughter of the late Eliza and Raymond Lake.
She received her education in the Del. public school system.
She was a devoted wife and mother and spent countless hours praising her family. She had a passion for the outdoors. She loved working in her yard and flowers. For entertainment, she loved traveling, listening to music, dancing, attending plays and fashion shows. She had a passion for shopping and dressing fashionably. Her places to shop were Nordstrom's and Macy's, where she was known by many for her ''exquisite style.'' She was a real people person. She could converse with anyone and everyone about anything. She always left a lasting impression. She was a very outgoing person and always in good spirits. She touched the lives of many, her hobbies were collecting figurines such as ''All God's Children,'' ''All That Jazz'' and ''Native Craft Ltd.''
Mrs. Thorn's Christian experience began as a young girl at Blanco AME Church in Kenton. She was a member of the Usher Board, Missionary Society and choir. After moving to Fort Meade, Md., in 1981, she attended Calvary Chapel.
She was preceded in death by her sister, Bivian Jackson-Demby and two brother, Roland James Lake and Elmer Lake.
She is survived by her husband, James Thorn; a daughter, Karen M. Thorn of Hanover, Md.; four sons, Anthony B. Thorn and Maurice F. Thorn, both of Severn, Md., Gordon P. Thorn of Glen Burnie, Md., Randall J. Thorn of Augusta, Ga.; two daughters-in-law, Lisa Thorn of Glen Burnie and Marilynn Thorn of Augusta; five grandchildren, Tanisha, Antione, Christian, Geromy and Jude; two brothers, Clarence Lake of Smyrna and Richard Lake of Jackson, Miss.; a goddaughter, Faith Lively of Middletown and special godchildren, John Slade of East Orange, N.J., Julia Fowlkes of Catonsville, Md., Cotina King of Hanover, Md., and Roslyn Scott of Millersville, Md.; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, a special cousin, Audrey King, and special friends, Alpain and Marshall Wilson, Jimmy and Edna King, James and Mary McClurkin, Rosa Redd and Lulu Raines.
Service will be noon Wednesday at Chapel Center, Fort Meade.
Friends may call one hour prior to the service at the church and may also call 5-7 p.m. Tuesday at Bennie Smith Funeral Home, 717 W. Division St., Dover.
Burial will be in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va.
George E. Price, 68
MILFORD - George E. Price of Milford died Thursday, June 18, 1998, in Milford Memorial Hospital, Milford. He was 68.
Mr. Price was a chef for Mitchells Market from 1976-1981. He was a chef at the Milford Diner and Miss Elly's Restaurant, Milford, retiring in 1997.
He was a U.S. Army veteran.
He is survived by his wife of 28 years, Eleanor Price; a daughter, Lynne Scotto of Bohemia, N.Y.; two sons, Stephen P. Price of Milford and Kevin McNamee of Lake Ronkonkoma, N.Y.; two sisters, Emily Kolb of San Antonio and Marianne Towers of Whitestone, N.Y.; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Service will be 11 a.m. Monday at the Chapel of Berry-Short Funeral Home, 119 N.W. Front St., Milford, where friends may call 7-9 p.m. Sunday.
Burial will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Milford.
Thomas J. McHale Jr., 78
DOVER - Thomas J. McHale Jr. of Dover died after a lengthy illness Thursday, June 18, 1998, in Kent General Hospital. He was 78.
Mr. McHale was born in Stoneham, Mass., the son of the late Thomas J. and Mary McHale.
He served in the U.S. Army.
He was employed by Baker's Chocolate. He then went to work for General Foods in Dover in 1964, where he served as a power house engineer, retiring in 1979.
Mr. McHale was a member of Holy Cross Church in Dover, where he had served as an usher and was long-time member of the Knights Of Columbus Council 4182. He was also a volunteer at the Dover Modern Maturity Center, where he was involved with the Meals On Wheels program.
He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Gertrude Cronin McHale of Dover; a son, Richard T. McHale of Dover; a daughter, Tech Sgt. Mary Ellen McHale, USAF of Lakenheath, England; two grandchildren, Clint Thomas McHale and Chelsey Anne McHale, both of Chandler, Ariz.; four sisters, Barbara Aiesi, Patricia McLaughlin and Marion O'Connell, all of Boston, Dorothy Keneavy of Dedham, Mass.
Service will be 1:30 p.m. Monday at Delaware Veterans Chapel of Honor, Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery.
Friends may call 7-9 p.m. Sunday at the Michael J. Aburso funeral home, 1175 S. State St., Dover.
Burial will be in Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Bear.
John W. Donaway Sr., 78
LEWES - John W. Donaway Sr. of Lewes and formerly of Audubon, N.J., died of double pneumonia, Thursday, June 19, 1998, in Beebe Medical Center. He was 78.
Mr. Donaway was a World War II. He received a Conspicuous Medal from the state of Delaware.
Mr. Donaway was a member of Epworth United Methodist Church in Rehoboth Beach and a member of the Master Masons in Lewes, the Lions Club of Lewes and the American Legion.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Lillian Donaway in 1991.
He is survived by a son, John W. Donaway Jr. of New Jersey; three grandchildren; and two brothers, James S. Donaway and Rynear ''Ron'' Donaway; and several nieces and nephews.
Service will be noon Monday at Henry Funeral Home, 152 W. Atlantic Ave., Audubon, where friends may call one hour prior to the service. Burial will be in Locustwood Memorial Park, Camden County, N.J.
Instead of flowers contributions can be made to Epworth United Methodist Church, 20 Baltimore Ave., Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971
Harry George Greenly, 82
MILFORD - Harry George Greenly of Milford died Thursday, June 18, 1998, in Bayhealth Medical Center/Milford Memorial Hospital. He was 82.
Mr. Greenly retired in 1967 from Dover Air Force Base after serving over 30 years in the military service. He worked for I.G. Burton Inc. for 10 years retiring in 1977. Mr. Greenly was a member of Lincoln UMC and several military related organizations.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Janis C. Greenly in 1987.
He is survived by a son, Harry G. Jr. of Milford; a daughter, Jan Sentman of Lewes; Esther Rothermel of Canton, Ohio; and three grandchildren;
Service will be 1 p.m. Monday at Rogers Funeral Home, 301 Lakeview Ave., Milford, where friends may call two hours prior to the service.
Burial will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Milford, with full military honors. Instead of flowers the family suggests contributions to be made to Carlisle Fire Co. Ambulance Fund, P.O. Box 292, Milford, DE 19963 or to the American Lung Association of Delaware, Suite 202, 1021 Gilpin Ave., Wilmington, DE 19806.
Dale Jewell Thornton, 50
YONKERS, N.Y. - Dale Jewell Thornton of Yonkers died of natural causes Thursday, June 18, 1998, in her home. She was 50.
Ms. Thornton was born 1947 in Chester, Pa., daughter of the late John and Mary Drulyk Thornton.
She was employed by Peoples Westchester Savings, Yonkers, as a vice president of payroll from 1978-1994. She also worked at Frances Scherviers.
Ms. Thornton received her bachelor of arts degree in Christian education from Bob Jones University in Greenville, S.C. She held a certificate from the American Institute of Banking. She loved taking care of her nephews, Travis, Kyle, Brad, Luke and Lance. The church was her life.
Ms. Thornton was on the board of College Careers in Westchester. She represented the bank as a member of the Payroll Association. She was a member of North Yonkers Community Church, where she was a financial secretary, a trustee and founder of the church's day care center. She volunteered at the Methodist Church.
She is survived by a brother, Deryl Jack Thornton of Hastings-on-Hudson and several nephews and cousins.
Graveside service will be 10 a.m. Tuesday in Greensboro Cemetery, Greensboro, Md.
Contributions may be made to Hospice of Westchester, 95 S. Broadway, White Plains, NY 10706.
Arrangements by Fleegle and Helfenbein Funeral Home, Greensboro.
Tessa Brooke Delaney Slover-Niblett, 1 month
CAMDEN - Tessa Brooke Delaney Slover-Niblett of Camden died Wednesday, June 17, 1998, in A.I. Dupont Hospital for Children, Wilmington. She was one month old.
Tessa was born May 17, 1998, in Bayhealth Medical Center-Kent General Hospital, Dover, the daughter of Claudia A. Slover-Niblett of Camden and Douglas S. Niblett of Dover.
Her mother was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Camden.
In addition to her parents she is survived by a brother, Maxwell A. Slover of Camden; three sisters, Lindsey M. Slover of Camden, Amanda R. and Kristina A. Niblett, both of Dover; maternal grandmother, Nancy L. Rollings of Kenton; a special great-aunt, Pat A. Pearson of Joliet, Ill.; and numerous aunts and cousins.
Service will be 3 p.m. Tuesday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Lebanon Road, Camden, where friends may call two hours prior to the service.
Burial will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Camden.
Arrangements by Torbert Funeral Chapel, Reed and Bradford streets, Dover.
Contributions may be made to Bayhealth Foundation, Perinatal Bereavement Program, 640 S. State St., Dover, DE 19901.
Richard B. Howell Jr., 86
MILTON - Richard B. Howell Jr. of Milton died Friday, June 19, 1998, in his home. He was 86.
Mr. Howell attended school at the FBI National Academy, where he had received a letter from J. Edgar Hoover.
He worked for the Delaware State Police staring in 1943. In 1947 he was promoted into trooper first class, and in 1948 he was promoted to corporal and then detective and in 1951 he was promoted to sergeant. In 1956 he was promoted to detective sergeant and in 1958 he was chief investigator. In 1959 he was promoted to captain troop commander. He was then transferred to Dover and made staff captain chief of the Criminal Investigation Division and retired as a state police captain in 1962.
Mr. Howell was a co-founder of Confidential Services of Lewes. He helped establish a youth camp at Camp Barnes. He was a member of Franklin Lodge #12 A.F. and A.M. of Milton for 54 years. He was a member of Nur Temple of New Castle.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 50 years, Margaret Emma Howell in 1988 and two sisters, Edna Howell, and Elizabeth Jones both of Townsend.
He is survived by a son, Richard B. Howell III of Broadkill Beach; a granddaughter, Lou Ann Howell Witherspoon of Farmington, who helped care for him; and a great-grandson, Daniel James Witherspoon of Farmington.
Service will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at Daniels and Hutchison Funeral Home, 212 N. Broad St., Middletown, where friends may call 7-9 p.m. Monday. Burial will be in Townsend Cemetery.
M. Josephine Knapp, 89
LEWES - M. Josephine Knapp of Lewes died of congestive heart failure Thursday, June 18, 1998, in Harbor Healthcare Center. She was 89.
Mrs. Knapp was born in 1910 n New York City, daughter of the late Harry and Mabel Willsey.
She worked for Church of the Ascension, Claymont, as a secretary, for many years.
She was preceded in death by her husband, G. Donald Knapp in 1982.
She is survived by her daughter, Kathleen R. Brown of Lewes; a grandchild and two great-grandchildren.
Service will be noon Wednesday at the Church of the Ascension, Claymont.
Burial will be private.
Contributions can be made to Delaware Hospice, Southern Division, 600 N. Du Pont Highway, Georgetown, DE 19947.
Arrangements by Parsell Funeral Home and Crematorium
Atkins-Lodge Chapel, 1449 Kings Highway, Lewes.
Dorothy B. Mattson, 87
DOVER - Dorothy B. Mattson of Dover died Thursday, June 17, 1999, in Bayhealth-Kent General Hospital in Dover. She was 87.
Mrs. Mattson was born on Oct. 17, 1911, in Del Air, N.J., the daughter of the late Charles M. Bennett and Florence Bennett Watson.
She worked as an office manager for the Deptford (N.J.) Municipal Township, retiring in November 1973.
Mrs. Mattson moved from Woodbury, N.J., to Delaware in 1973, and had lived in the Dover area ever since. She and her mother worked together in getting the Foster Grandparents program started in the Dover area.
She was preceded in death by three sons, Herbert K. Mattson Jr., Andrew Mattson Redding and James D. Mattson; and two brothers, Charles H. Bennett and Donald R. Bennett.
She is survived by two daughters, Betty Jane Hurst of Paulsboro, N.J., and Floretta A. Harrington of Tucson, Ariz.; 15 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
A graveside service will be 11 a.m. Tuesday in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Route 10, Camden.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions to: American Cancer Society, 92 Reads Way, Suite 205, New Castle, DE 19720; or to your favorite charity.
Arrangements by Torbert Funeral Chapel, Dover.
Christine H. Allcorn, 74
SMYRNA - Christine H. Allcorn of Smyrna, formerly of Newark and Millington, Md., died Saturday, June 19, 1999. She was 74.
Mrs. Allcorn was born on Dec. 16, 1924, in Stockdale, Texas, the daughter of the late William B. and Gertie Freeman Clements.
She was a homemaker.
Mrs. Allcorn enjoyed gardening and fishing.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Lewis W. Allcorn in 1998.
She is survived by a two daughters, Janet Harper Wooley of Smyrna, and C. Sandra Dillon of Greensboro, N.C.; a brother, Marcus Clements of San Antonio, Texas; two grandsons; two granddaughters; and five great-grandchildren.
Service will be 4 p.m. Tuesday at Faries Funeral Chapel, 29 S. Main St., Smyrna, where friends may call one hour prior to service.
Burial will be in Stockdale.