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Laurette Bouffard, 75

REHOBOTH BEACH - Laurette Bouffard of Rehoboth Beach died Friday, June 18, 1999, in her home. She was 75.

Ms. Bouffard was born in Maine. She moved with her family to Philadelphia, where she worked for the Equitable Life Assurance Society.

Ms. Bouffard, with her mother, moved to the Rehoboth Beach area in December, 1990. She cared for her mother until her death at the age of 99 in 1993.

She was a well-known volunteer in the Rehoboth Beach area, active in the Village Improvement Association, co-chaired the Chocolate Festival several times, and was involved in funding for the Rehoboth Beach Public Library and other causes.

She was very active in her condominium association at Eagles Landing, and she was known to area restaurants for her requests of contributions for worthy causes. Even City Hall called on her to help out at times. She also volunteered at Beebe Hospital.

Ms. Bouffard was a member of St. Edmond's Catholic Church and Sodality of Rehoboth Beach.

She is survived by a sister, Joanne Matthews, and her husband, John, of Lewes; 11 nieces and nephews; and countless friends in the community.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 9 a.m. Friday at St. Edmonds Church.

Graveside service will be 2 p.m. Friday in Holy Sepulcher Cemetery in Philadelphia.

Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions to: Shannon Rose Matthews Fund, c/o Delaware National Bank, Rt 1, Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971; or to Delaware Hospice, Southern Division, Georgetown Professional Park, Suite 107, Georgetown, DE 19947.

Arrangements by Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Lewes.

Edward F. Prandeski Sr., 70

MARYDEL, Md. - Edward F. Prandeski Sr. of Marydel died of natural causes, Sunday, June 20, 1999, in Kent General Hospital in Dover. He was 70.

Mr. Prandeski was born on Oct. 15, 1928, in Delaware County, Pa., the son of the late Walter and Mary Prandeski.

He worked for Westinghouse as a steel fabricator, retiring after 3212 years of service.

He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Elizabeth M. Prandeski; five sons, Edward Prandeski Jr. of Yeaden, Pa., Charles Prandeski of Collindale, Pa., Walter Prandeski of Philadelphia, Quinton Prandeski of Haberford, Pa., and Harris Prandeski of Darby, Pa.; two daughters, Ella Marie Prandeski of Clifton Heights, Pa., and Leanora Prandeski of Dover, Del.; a stepson, Stephen Loudance of Philadelphia; a stepdaughter, Rosemary DeGiorgio of Springfield, Pa.; a brother, Walter Prandeski of Upper Darby, Pa.; two granddaughters, Jackie Lynn Prandeski and Jessica Lee Prandeski, both of Marydel; 18 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

Friends may call 7-9 p.m. Wednesday at Fleegle & Helfenbein Funeral Home in Greensboro.

Burial will be private.

Lucretia Long Hocker, 81

DOVER - Lucretia Long Hocker of Dover died following a long illness Saturday, June 19, 1999, in Westminster Health Center in Dover. She was 81.

Mrs. Hocker was born on April 3, 1918, in Selbyville, the daughter of the late Levin W. and Susan Warren Long.

She lived in Sussex County for several years, moving to Dover in 1958.

Mrs. Hocker was a member of the Wesley United Methodist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Kendall J. Hocker Jr., in 1997; and a son, Kendall J. Hocker III, in 1992.

She is survived by a brother, Levin W. Long Jr. of Calif.; three grandchildren; Kendall J. Hocker IV of Norfolk, Va., Ed W. Hocker of Newark, and Anita Sedillo of Alemagordo, N.M.; and six great-grandchildren.

Service will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Torbert Funeral Chapel, 61 South Bradford St., Dover, where friends may call one hour prior to service.

Burial will be in Sharon Hills Memorial Park in Dover.

Mildred 'Jaun' Cooksey, 78

LAUREL - Mildred ''Jaun'' Cooksey of Laurel died of heart failure, Sunday, June 20, 1999, in Life Care of Lofland Park in Seaford. She was 78.

Ms. Cooksey was born in Savannah, Ga., the daughter of the late James M. and Virginia Hager Cooksey.

She graduated from Georgia Technical University.

Ms. Cooksey worked as an aeronautical engineer for Lockheed in Atlanta. In addition, she was a spanish dancer, chef, writer, and a psychic.

She had a passion for life that led to many successful careers, and was never afraid to try or say anything. If you knew Jaun, you would never forget her.

She was the great-granddaughter of Jonathon Hager, the founder of Hagerstown, Md.

Ms. Cooksey was a Buddhist and an Episcopalian.

She is survived by a close friend, Georgia E. Davis of Dagsboro.

Memorial service will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at Watson-Yates Funeral home, Front and King Streets in Seaford. The Rev. Douglas Albert will officiate.

Burial will be private.

Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions to: Delaware Hospice, Inc., Southern Division, Suite 107, 600 Du Pont Hwy., Georgetown, DE 19947.

James W. Nicholson, 66

CRUMPTON, Md. - James W. Nicholson of Crumpton died Sunday, June 20, 1999, in Perry Point Veterans Hospital in Perryville. He was 66.

Mr. Nicholson was born on March 8, 1933, in Still Pond, the son of the late Benjamin Sr. and Mary Hickman Nicholson.

He was honorably discharged from the Army in 1954.

He owned and operated a landscaping business, and worked as a self-employed auto mechanic until his retirement in 1971.

Mr. Nicholson was a member of the American Legion Post 192 in Millington.

He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Helen McFadden Nicholson; five daughters, Rebecca at home, Donna Jianniney of Millington, Francine Norman of Thorndale, Pa., Becky Beasy of New Albany, Ind., and Deborah Kuhn of Manassas, Va.; a brother, Benjamin Nicholson of Still Pond; three sisters, Doris Cannon of Price, Mary Walbert of Winstead, Conn., and Jane Holden of Millington; and six grandchildren.

Service will be noon Wednesday at Fellows, Helfenbein & Newnam Funeral Home, 130 Speer Road, Chestertown, where friends may call one hour prior to service.

Burial will be in Still Pond Cemetery in Still Pond.

Harry A. McClain, 71

HOLLY OAK - Harry A. McClain of Holly Oak died Friday, June 18, 1999, in Christiana Hospital in Newark. He was 71.

Mr. McClain served in the U.S. Army, a veteran of the Korean War.

He worked for the Phoenix Steel Company for 33 years, retiring in 1983.

He is survived by his wife, Octavia McClain; two sons, H. George McClain of Middletown and Robert V. McClain of Wilmington; a daughter, Marianne Barrett of Elsmere; two brothers, George D. of Denton, Md., William T. of Dover; two sister, Elizabeth Losak of Marcus Hook, Pa., and Josephine Collison of Camden; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at Holy Rosary Church, 3200 Philadelphia Pike, Claymont.

Friends may call 7-9 p.m. tonight at Gebhart Funeral Home, 3401 Philadelphia Pike, Claymont.

Burial will be in Immaculate Heart of Mary Cemetery in Linwood, Pa.

Virginia W. McCullough, 83

MILFORD - Virginia W. McCullough of Milford died Saturday, June 19, 1999, in Milford Memorial Hospital in Milford. She was 83.

Mrs. McCullough retired in 1984, after 15 years with Franklin Mint in Pennsylvania as a die polisher.

She was a member of St. John's Catholic Church in Milford.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John P. McCullough, in 1967.

She is survived by a son, Charles B. Monell Sr. of Levittown, N.Y.; and four grandchildren.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 9 a.m. Wednesday at St. John's Catholic Church, 506 Seabury Ave., in Milford.

Burial will be in Holy Spulchre Cemetery in Mt. Airy, Pa.

Arrangements by Rogers Funeral home in Milford.

John H. Cuje Sr., 74

DOVER - John H. Cuje Sr. of Dover died Sunday, June 20, 1999, in Kent General Hospital in Dover. He was 74.

Mr. Cuje was born on Feb. 6, 1925, the son of the late John and Minnie Major Cuje.

He loved sports.

Mr. Cuje was a member of the First Baptist Church of Dover, where he served as usher and church trustee, was on the First Baptist Church Bowling Team, and a member of General Foods Retiree Group.

He is survived by his wife, Marlene Cuje of Dover; a son, John Cuje and his wife, Donna, of Lakeland, Fla.; a grandson, Bryan Cuje of Lakeland, Fla.; a daughter, Theresa Malone and her husband, Kevin, of Dover; stepmother, Martha Cuje of New Jersey; three stepbrothers, Floyd Dwight of Germany, Wallace Dwight of Washingtonville, N.Y., and Harvey Cuje of Virginia; three stepsisters, Barbara Leavey of Massachusetts, Georgianne Tstuis of Jackson, N.J., and Gail Hudak of Linden, N.J. ; two brothers-in-law, Raymond Masullo of New Jersey and Robert Madison of New York; and a number of nephews and nieces.

Service will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at First Baptist Church, 301 Walker Road in Dover.

Friends may call 7-9 p.m. tonight at Trader Funeral Home in Dover.

Burial will be in Sharon Hills Memorial Park in Dover.

Wilson B. 'Billy' Jones Jr., 42

MILFORD - Wilson B. ''Billy'' Jones Jr. of Milford died Sunday, June 20, 1999, in Milford Memorial Hospital in Milford. He was 42.

Mr. Jones was involved with helping teach sign language to youth at Eagles Nest Fellowship at the home of his father.

He is survived by his father and stepmother, Bill and Sharon Jones of Milton; his mother, Ruth Lytle of Milton; and four brothers and sisters, Jennifer Lanza of Wildwood, N.J., Wendy Rybacki of Milton, Leslie Laughlin of Cape May Court House, N.J., and Bruce Jones of Milford.

Service will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Short Funeral Services, 416 Federal St., Milton, where friends may call one hour prior to service.

There will be an interpreter for the hearing impaired at the service.

Burial will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery in Milton.

Hilda M. Daniels, 89

CLAYTON - Hilda M. Daniels of Clayton died Sunday, June 20, 1999, in Kent General Hospital in Dover. She was 89.

Mrs. Daniels was born on March 29, 1910, in Leipsic, the daughter of the late Jefferson and Anna Belle Shahan Cummins.

She was a homemaker.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lee C. Daniels Sr., in 1986.

She is survived by two sons, Lee C. Daniels of Clayton and Ralph C. Caniels Sr. of Smyrna; three daughters, Hilda B. Cox of Smyrna, Helen M. Butler of Townsend, and Nellie V. Hand of Dover; 12 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and eight great great-grandchildren.

Service will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Faries Funeral Chapel, 29 South Main St., Smyrna, where friends may call one hour prior to service.

Burial will be in Townsend Cemetery in Townsend.

Mary M. Todd, 73

GREENWOOD - Mary M. Todd of Greenwood died of congestive heart failure Sunday, June 20, 1999, in Milford Center. She was 73.

Ms. Todd was the daughter of the late John and Serephina DaPonte.

She worked for the ILC in Frederica and later for Greenwood Cheer Center.

Ms. Todd moved to Greenwood in the early 1950s from Fall River, Maine.

She loved to go out to dinner on Sunday afternoons with her friends.

Ms. Todd was a member of the Greenwood VFW Ladies Auxiliary and the Greenwood Cheer Center, and attended the Greenwood United Methodist Church.

She is survived by a brother, John DaPonte of Fall River, Mass.; a sister-in-law, Myrtle Fry of Harrington, a niece, Betty Starkey of Felton; two nephews, John DaPonte of Cranston, R.I., and David DaPonte of Portland, Maine; and three great-nieces.

Service will be 1 p.m. Wednesday at Fleischauer Funeral Home, 48 West Market St., Greenwood, where friends may call one hour prior to service.

Burial will be in Hollywood Cemetery in Harrington.

Susie S. Haulenbeek, 78

DOVER - Susie S. Haulenbeek of Dover, formerly of Oriental, N.C., died Saturday, June 19, 1999, in the home of her daughter. She was 78.

Mrs. Haulenbeek graduated from the Women's College, now University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

She was a native of Eastern North Carolina, born in Littleton, N.C., and raised in Weldon, N.C. She lived in New Jersey most of her adult life, returning to Oriental in 1977.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 48 years, Garrie B. Haulenbeek, in 1994.

She is survived by three daughters, Libby Patnovic and her husband, John, of Chestertown, Md., Alice Smith and her husband, Ron, of Dover, and Susan Storch and her husband, Bill, of Getzville, N.Y.; a sister, Ballard Cutchin of Whitakers, N.C.; six grandchildren, Mason Smith, Kevin Smith, Beth Patnovic, Martha Patnovic, Amy Patnovic and Anne Storch.

Memorial Service will be Friday at the Oriental United Methodist Church in Oriental, N.C.

Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions to: Delaware Hospice, 911 S. Du Pont Hwy., Dover DE 19901.

Arrangements by Torbert Funeral Chapel in Dover.

Lewis Ernest Brown, 76

LEWES - Lewis Ernest Brown of Lewes died Monday, June 21, 1999, in Millsboro Nursing Home. He was 76.

Mr. Brown was born on Feb. 6, 1923, in Conowingo, Md., the son of the late Veryl J. and Bessie McComsey Brown.

He served in the U.S. Army in World War II with the rank of PFC, from April 9, 1943, to August 31, 1945.

Mr. Brown worked for the Container Corporation as a paper maker, retiring in 1981, after 35 years of service.

He was an avid golfer and fisherman.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Lewis E. Brown Jr.

He is survived by his wife, Ruth Richardson Brown of Lewes; a son, John E. Brown of Brandon, Fla.; three daughters, Patricia Allen and Sandra Barnett, both of Sierra Vista, Ariz., and Catherine Warf of Polk City, Fla.; a stepson, Richard V. Brown of Livingston, Mont.; a stepdaughter, Dorthea Boemer of Nashville, Tenn.; a foster son, Harold Perdue of Georgetown; three brothers, Donald Brown of New Holland, Pa., Harold Brown of West Chester, Pa., and Robert Brown of Elkton, Md.; 23 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Service will be 11 a.m. Thursday at Parsell Funeral Home & Crematorium Atkins-Lodge Chapel, 1449 Kings Hwy., Lewes, where friends may call one hour prior to service.

Burial will be in Henlopen Memorial Park.

Dennis James Warren, 39

SLAUGHTER NECK - Dennis James Warren of Slaughter Neck died of injuries sustained in an accident, Saturday, June 18, 1999, in Cambridge Dorchester General Hospital. He was 39.

Mr. Warren was born on March 29, 1960, in Milford, the son of the late David Warren and Rachel Warren of Slaughter Neck.

He graduated from Cape Henlopen High School in 1978.

Mr. Warren worked for Perdue as a chicken catcher.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by two brothers, Dennis J. Trotter and Darrell E. Trotter, both of Slaughter Neck; four sisters, Blanche Causey of Houston, Emma Powell of Lincoln, Rev. Thelma McClain of Milford, and Barbara Maddox of Lewes; a brother, David M. Warren of Redden; three grandchildren; three brothers-in-law; and lots of nieces and nephews.

Service will be 1 p.m. Thursday at Mt. Enon Church in Milford, where friends may call two hours prior to service.

Burial will be in Old Hickory Cemetery in Slaughter Neck.

Arrangements by Young Funeral Home in Milford.

William Hughes Abbott Jr., 16

FELTON - William Hughes Abbott Jr. of Felton died as the result of an ATV three-wheeler accident, Saturday, June 19, 1999, near Felton. He was 16.

William was the son of Debra N. Abbott of Felton and the late William H. Abbott, who preceded him in death in August, 1991.

He worked for Parker Farms and East Coast Motor Cars.

He had just completed his sophomore year at Lake Forest High School, where he was involved with football, basketball, and baseball.

William enjoyed watching NASCAR, motorcycle riding, and sports trucks, often spending time cleaning his truck and listening to his ''System.'' He also enjoyed dancing, of which he attended the prom in his freshman year.

He will be remembered most for his smile and his fast-motion way of doing things. Two of his favorite things were farming and speed. He will be missed by his family and friends, and will be remembered for having ''a lot of his father in him.''

William belonged to the National Future Farmers of America, Business Professionals of America, Environmental Organization, People Involved Touch Children's Lives, and well as the Director-at-Large for the State Student Council. In addition, he was Sophomore Class President and a member of the Ducks Unlimited.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by a sister, Jaime Parker of Harrington; maternal grandparents, Roland Neeman of Camden and Marie Austin of Magnolia; maternal great-grandmother, Dorothy Coverdale of Dover; paternal grandmother, Dorothy Abbott of Harrington; several aunts and uncles; and eight cousins.

Service will be 1 p.m. Wednesday at Melvin Funeral Home, 15522 South Du Pont Hwy., where friends may call three hours prior to service. The Rev. Roland G. Coon of Calvary Assembly of God will officiate.

Burial will be in Hollywood Cemetery in Harrington.

Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions to: The William H. Abbott Jr. Scholarship Fund, c/o Lake Forest High School, 5407 Killens Pond Road, Felton, DE 19943. Attn: Karen Crouse.

Sterling J. Walbert Sr., 78

CENTREVILLE, Md. - Sterling J. Walbert Sr. of Centreville died of heart failure Monday June 21, 1999, in Corsica Hills Nursing Center in Centreville. He was 78.

Mr. Walbert was born on March 26, 1921, in Church Hill, the son of the late Theodore J. and Ruby Jewell Walbert.

He attended public school in Sudlersville.

He served in the U.S. Army during World War II with the 29th Division, participating in the invasion of Normandy, and remained with the occupational forces in Europe until 1945.

Mr. Walbert worked as a truck driver prior to entering the Army and returned to truck driving after his discharge. He worked for Charles Walls until 1962, when he went to work for the State of Maryland as a correctional officer. He was transferred to the Church Hill Release Center in 1972, where he worked until his retirement in 1983.

He was a member of the Gransonville Bay Country Moose Lodge #831, the Jeff Davis American Legion Post #18 in Centreville, where he served in many positions, a life member of the Millington VFW Post #652 and AARP #3868 in Centreville, and the 29th Division Association, Eastern Shore Post #88.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Helen Sparks ''Betty'' Walbert, in 1996; and a sister, Phyllis Logan, in 1996.

He is survived by three sons, Sterling J. Walbert Jr. of Barclay, Jeffrey A. Walbert and Timothy D. Walbert, both of Centreville; two brothers, Theodore J. Walbert of Ellington, Fla., and Joseph T. Walbert of Wilmington; and six grandchildren.

Service will be 11 a.m. Thursday at Fellow, Helfenbein & Newnam Funeral Home, 408 Liberty St., Centreville, where friends may call 7-9 Wednesday.

Burial will be in Chesterfield Cemetery in Centreville.

Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions to: Centreville United Methodist Church, 608 Church Hill Road, Centreville, MD 21617; or in his memory to: the World War II Memorial Project, Court House Plaza II, Suite 500 2300 Claredon Blvd., Arlington, VA 22201.

Charles W. Felty, 44

WILMINGTON - Charles W. Felty of Wilmington died Sunday, June 20, 1999, in St. Francis Hospital. He was 44.

Mr. Felty was born on July 3, 1954, the son of Raymond and Nelly Gray Felty.

He worked for Independent Living Inc. in Wilmington for many years.

He was a big sports fan and loved all Philadelphia teams.

Mr. Felty did volunteer work for Catholic Services in the Wilmington area.

He is survived by his father, Raymond Felty of Smyrna, his mother and stepfather, Nelly Dawson and Victor Dawson, of Magnolia; a sister, Deborah Vigil, and her husband, Clarence, of Orlando, Fla., Tammy St. Clair, and her husband, Melvin, of Bowers Beach; a nephew, Anthony Garner of Orlando, Fla.; a niece, Ki Ki Diaz of Magnolia; two grandnieces and a grandnephew.

Service will be 11 a.m. Thursday at Trader Funeral Home in Dover, where friends may call 7-9 p.m. Wednesday.

Burial will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery in Camden.


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