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John E. 'Jes' Shetzler IV, 16

CLAYTON - John E. ''Jes'' Shetzler IV of Clayton died at Christiana Hospital of injuries suffered in an automobile accident near Smyrna on Wednesday, July 1, 1998. He was 16.

Jes was a Smyrna High School high honor student and junior marshall; member of the class of 1999; a member of student government; a member of the French club and the Smyrna High School golf team.

He worked on a crab boat for summer employment.

Jes was a member of Ewells St. Paul's United Methodist Church of Clayton.

He enjoyed hunting and fishing.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Joseph H. Ziegler and his paternal grandparents, John E. and Frances B. Shetzler.

He is survived by his father and mother, John E. and Susan Ziegler Shetzler III of Clayton; a brother, Greg Reed of Smyrna; two sisters, Emily Shetzler of Clayton and Candace Shetzler of Lewes, and his maternal grandmother, Frances Ziegler of Clayton.

Service will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Faries Funeral Chapel, 29 S. Main St., Smyrna, where friends may call two hours prior to the service.

Burial will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Camden.

Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to Smyrna High School Golf Team, 85 Duck Creek Pkwy., Smyrna, DE 19977.

 

Harold Thomas Karns, 91

DOVER - Harold Thomas Karns of Dover, formerly of Altoona, Pa., died Tuesday, June 30, 1998, at the Silverlake Nursing Home in Dover. He was 91.

Mr. Karns was born in Cresaptown, Md., the son of the late Lester and Mary Grubb Karns.

He attended Bedford High School and graduated from the University of Pittsburg with a degree in pharmacy.

Mr. Karns served in the Pacific theater during World War II as a Pharmacist's Mate First Class in the U.S. Navy.

He was a salesman for Upjohn Co. for over 35 years.

Mr. Karns was a member of Llyswen United Methodist Church in Altoona, where he was treasurer for many years.

He was preceded in death in 1994 by his wife, Mary Jane Steele Karns.

He is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Bonnie and Tom Brooks of Dover.

Service will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the Good Funeral Home, Inc., Alto Reste Park, Altoona, Pa., where friends may call one-half-hour prior to the service.

The Rev. Baughman will officiate.

Burial will be in Altoona Reste Park.

Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to Llyswen United Methodist Church, 308 Colridge Avenue, Altoona, PA. 16602.

Arrangements by Trader Funeral Home, Dover.

 

John Franklin Heddinger Jr., 73

STEVENSVILLE, Md. - John Franklin Heddinger Jr. of Stevensville died Wednesday, July 1, 1998, in Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis. He was 73.

Mr. Heddinger was born in 1925, in Baltimore, the son of the late John F. and Ethel Plummer Heddinger Sr.

He attended school in Baltimore.

Mr. Heddinger enlisted in the U.S. Army during World War II, serving in Japan.

He began a career as a Baltimore City policeman in the Southern District, after his discharge from the Army. He attained the rank of detective with the Baltimore City police, and was assigned to the State Attorney's Office, retiring after 23 years. In 1983, he was employed with the state of Maryland as a fraud investigator with the Department of Social Services in Centreville, retiring in 1993.

Mr. Heddinger was a member of the American Legion Post 278; Masonic Order #51 of F.O.P. Baltimore City Lodge.

He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Betty May Fitez Heddinger of Stevensville; a son, John F. Heddinger III of Centreville; a step-son, Robert Alan Wheat of Odenton; four daughters, Debbie K. Morgan of Odenton, Gail L. Riley of Centreville, E. May Rhoten of Queen Anne, and Evelyn L. Hodge of Odenton; a sister, Evelyn L. Bain of Stevensville and 10 grandchildren.

Service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Fellows, Helfenbein & Newnam Funeral Home, 106 Shamrock Rd., Chester, where friends may call from 7-9 p.m. Friday.

Burial will be in Stevensville Cemetery in Stevensville.

The family suggests contributions be made to American Diabetes Association, 407 Central Avenue, Reistertown, MD 

 

Franklin L. Shultes, 82

GEORGETOWN - Franklin L. Shultes of Georgetown, formerly of Berne, N.Y. and Albany, N.Y., died of pancreatic cancer Friday, June 26, 1998, in the Health Care Center at the Methodist Manor House. He was 82.

Mr. Shultes was born in 1915, the son of the late Sanford and Mary Robinson Shultes.

He owned and operated Shultes Insurance Agency in Schoharie, N.Y. for 40 years, retiring in 1983.

Mr. Shultes was past president of the PIA in Albany and active on their board of directors; joined AARP Chapter 3134 in 1985; was an AARP Alive driving instructor, eventually becoming its state coordinator. He was appointed to AARP State Legislative Committee and as legislative chairperson of Chapter 3134; had been editor of AARP State Legislative News; was selected by Sen. William Roth Jr. as male senior intern of 1988; served on the Council of Aging and was appointed to the Boards of Commissioners for Georgetown and Seaford Libraries; was past vice president of AARP Chapter 1034 of Seaford and in 1995, became information specialist of AARP's 800 number; a member of AARP Leadership Council. While a resident of Methodist Manor House, he served as secretary of the Resident Council; chairman of General Services Committee; participated in Manor House Fund Drive; volunteered whenever asked.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Esther in 1983, and a daughter, Susan in 1951.

He is survived by his second wife, Nora Shultes; two sons, Chris of National City, Ca. and Bruce of Albany, N.Y.; a daughter, Cindy Elacqua of Albany; two grandsons, Steven and Robert Elacqua.

There will be a memorial service at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 19, 1998, at the Methodist Manor House Purdue Chapel.

Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to The Methodist Manor House Benevolence Fund, 1001 Middleford Rd., Seaford, DE 19973, or Delaware Hospice, Inc., 600 DuPont Hwy., Georgetown, DE 19947.

Arrangements by the Cranston Funeral Home, Seaford.

 

Charles Henry Thorpe Jr., 71

HENDERSON, Md. - Charles Henry Thorpe Jr. of Henderson died of natural causes Wednesday July 1, 1998, in Kent General Hospital. He was 71.

Mr. Thorpe was born in 1926, in Marydel, the son of the late Charles H. Thorpe Sr. and Emma Jane Russum Thorpe.

He was a World War II Army veteran, ranking as a Techincian Fifth Grade. He received the Army of Occupation Medal for Japan, the Asiatic Pacific Theatre Ribbon, World War II Victory Ribbon and the Distinguished Unit Badge.

Mr. Thorpe was employed by Playtex as a compounder.

He was a life member of the Caroline Memorial VFW Post #7937, where he served as an honor guard.

Mr. Thorpe enjoyed bowling, gardening and bingo, but most of all, he loved his family and friends.

He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Marguerite Postles Thorpe; three children, Doris Buchanan of Lincoln, Del., Wanda Youmans and Walter Postles, both of Milford, Del.; two brothers, Marvin Thorpe of Harrington, Del. and Carl Thorpe of Dover, Del.; two sisters, Rosiene Edwards of Sandtown, Del., and Doris Downes of of Ingleside; eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

There will be a graveside service at 11:30 a.m. Monday at the Eastern Shore Veteran's Cemetery, near Preston, Md.

Friends may call from 7-9 p.m. Sunday at the Fleegle & Helfenbein Funeral Home, P.A., Greensboro.

Burial will be in Eastern Shore Veteran's Cemetery, near Preston.

 

Charles Robert Fry Sr., 50

MIDDLETOWN - Charles Robert Fry Sr. of Middletown died from injuries sustained in an auto accident near Summit Bridge, Wednesday, July 1, 1998. He was 50.

Mr. Fry served in the United States Marine Corps.

He worked at General Motors for 13 years.

Mr. Fry was a member of the United Auto Workers Union Local 435.

He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Betty Joe; two sons, Charles R. Jr. of Newark and Eric Robert of Middletown; a daughter, Patricia Leighton of Newark; his mother, Dora E. Dailey of Harrisburg, Pa.; six brothers, John, Jack, Earl, Pete and Harold, all of Harrisburg and Lindsey of Fla.; seven grandchildren; two sisters, Peggy Black and Arlene Fry, both of Harrisburg.

Friends may call from 7-9 p.m. at the Daniels & Hutchison Funeral Home, 212 N. Broad Street, Middletown.

Kenneth James Baer Sr., 67

BEAR - Kenneth James Baer Sr. of Bear died Wednesday, July 1, 1998, in his home. He was 67.

Mr. Baer was an Army veteran of the Korean War.

He worked for 30 years as a truck driver for Yellow Freight, retiring in 1989.

He was a member of Teamsters Local 326. He played with the Mason-Dixon Boys, a country and western/bluegrass band, and accompanied many well-known artists such as Ernest Tubbs and Jimmy Dixon. He played many different instruments, but was best known for the steel guitar. He was also a member of the New Castle Moose Lodge.

Mr. Baer also enjoyed golf in his spare time.

He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Eleanor A. Baer; five sons, David, Gary, Dale and Mark, all of Bear, and Kenny of Smyrna; his mother, Mabel K. Baer of Bear; a sister, Ida Jannuizzo of Wilmington; three brothers, George Baer of Harrington, Donald and Robert Baer, both of Bear and 10 grandchildren.

There will be a memorial service at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Daniels & Hutchison Funeral Home, 212 N. Broad Street, Middletown.

Burial will be in the Delaware Veteran's Memorial Cemetery, Bear.

The family suggests contributions be made to Delaware Hospice.

 

W. Charles Paradee Sr. 92

DOVER - W. Charles Paradee Sr. of Dover died Wednesday, July 1, 1998, in his home. He was 92.

Mr. Paradee was born in 1906, in Kent County, and remained a lifelong resident for the past nine years. As the son of a farmer living on land which later became Dover Air Force base, Mr. Paradee was a descendant of early colonists, French Huguenots, who settled in the state. Always a hard worker and particularly known for his athletic ability in running, young Charles was heralded for the races he won and his indefatigable energy whatever the task.

He founded Paradee Oil Company and Paradee Gas Company during his lifetime. He served as founder and president of both corporations and developed other businessmen. He achieved the growth, dedication and hard work required in businesses along with a never-ending willingness to help. His many activities included his status as member and past president of the board of trustees of Wesley United Methodist Church and as sponsorship patron of civic organizations such as Troop 13, Boy Scouts of America.

Mr. Paradee was a member and past president of Dover Rotary, accumulating over 43 years of perfect attendance for the organization's meetings. He was also awarded the highest commendation of Rotary International, The Paul Harris Fellow. He was involved in other organizations, including the Masons, Union Lodge #7, and was a charter member of Nur Temple in Wilmington and the Royal Order of Jesters. He was also a member of Coral Ridge Yacht Club in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and was a member of Delaware 4H Clubs.

Recognition of Charles Paradee Sr. and of the Paradee legacy to the state is strong within Delaware. His largesse for the institutions which support the development and the history of the state can be found in his involvement with the Delaware Agricultural Museum, Delaware State College, the University of Delaware and Bayhealth Medical Center-Kent General Hospital. Included in the recognition he enjoyed outside Delaware, are two major honors: his inclusion in Who's Who in Finance and Industry and in Who's Who in the East. As a loyal and trustworthy man, Mr. Paradee counted among his friends those of all ages, abilities and beliefs. ''Charlie Paradee Sr.,'' became a legend in his own time.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his first wife, Eleanor Simpson Paradee in 1977.

He is survived by his wife of 20 years, Eleanor Clement Paradee of Dover; a son, W. Charles Paradee Jr. of Dover; a daughter, Eleanor Lee Cain of Wilmington; five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Service will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Wesley United Methodist Church, South State Street, Dover.

Friends may call from 6-8 p.m. Sunday at the Trader Funeral Home, 12 Lotus Street, Dover.

Burial will be in Lakeside Cemetery, Dover.

Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to Wesley United Methodist Church, 209 South State Street, Dover, DE 19901 or to Delaware Hospice, 911 South DuPont Hwy., Dover, DE 19901.
 

Mary Louise Miller, 79

PEARISBURG, Va. - Mary Louise Miller of Pearisburg died Tuesday, June 30, 1998, in her home. She was 79.

Mrs. Miller was born in 1918, the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. William C. Ennis.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Elbert F. Miller.

She is survived by her son, Joseph E. Miller; three sisters, Elizabeth ''Betty'' Fugee, Dorothy ''Dot'' Burke and Virginia Bice, all of Delaware; two grandchildren, Andrew Joseph Miller and Caitlin Grace Miller both of Hiwassee, Va.; and several nieces and nephews.

Graveside service will be 11 a.m. Monday in Henlopen Memorial Park, Milton, where The Rev. John Dean will officiate.

Arrangements by Parsell Funeral Homes and Crematorium, Lewes.

 

Phyllis Courtney, 92

SWANSEA, S.C. - Phyllis Courtney of Swansea, S.C died Sunday, June 21, 1998, during her visit to Delaware, in the Capital Health Care Services in Dover. She was 92.

Mrs. Courtney was born in Chatham, Kent County, England, the daughter of the late Charles and Alice Sawyer Fleiger.

She retired from Dillon Read of Wall Street in New York.

Mrs. Courtney had been a member of the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Swansea, and of the Women of the ELCA.

She was preceded in death by her husband, George Courtney Sr.

She is survived by a son, George Courtney Jr. of Camden, whom she was staying with for the past four months; a daughter, Alice Sant'Andrea of New York City, N.Y.; a sister, Edna Schade of Sooke, British Columbia; four grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Service was held on Thursday, June 25 in the Good Sheperd Lutheran Church with burial in Melrose Cemetery in Swansea.

Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Swansea.

Local arrangements by Pippin Funeral Home, Wyoming.

 

John F. Noronowicz, 68

MILLSBORO - John F. Noronowicz of Millsboro died of lung cancer Thursday, July 2, 1998, in his home. He was 68.

Mr. Noronowicz was born in 1929, in Wilmington, the son of the late John J. Noronowicz and Alice Zelazny.

He had been an Army Veteran of the Korean War.

Mr. Noronowicz retired in 1986 from General Motors as an electrical repairman after 26 years of service.

He enjoyed fishing and crabbing.

Mr. Noronowicz was a member of the VFW in Kennett Square, Pa.

He is survived by his wife, Joan Noronowicz of Millsboro; a son, Michael Bove of Modena, Pa.; two daughters, Michelle Brittingham and her husband, Bill, both of Avondale, Pa., and Jeannette Noronowicz of Tucson, Az.; a sister, Sylvia McCool of Wilmington; three brothers, Stan Noronowicz of Lewes, Joe Noronowicz of Wilmington and Ronnie Noronowicz of Smyrna; and six grandchildren, Tiffany, Elizabeth, Anthony, Natalie, Jason and LaTosha.

Service and burial will be private.

Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to the American Cancer Society, 228C North DuPont Highway, Georgetown, DE 19947 or to the Delaware Hospice, Southern Division, North DuPont Highway, Georgetown, DE 19947.

Arrangements by Parsell Funeral Homes and Crematorium, Lewes.

 

Alice Elizabeth Klein, 68

CHESTERTOWN, Md. - Alice Elizabeth Klein of Chestertown died Thursday, July 2, 1998, in Kent and Queen Anne's Hospital. She was 68.

Mrs. Klein was born in 1930, in Still Pond, Md., the daughter of the late Thomas W. and Mary Elizabeth Crossley Mann.

She attended Chestertown High School.

Mrs. Klein worked with Acme Supermarkets for several years. She later worked with her sister at Unruh's Coffee Shop for several years before moving on to providing personal care for many Chestertown families. Her health forced her into retirement in 1992.

She enjoyed gardening, working diligently on her flowers. She also enjoyed traveling and spending time with her friends.

She is survived by two sons, Randy Klein of Chestertown and Robbie Klein of Gulf Breeze, Fla.; a daughter, Patsy Klein Bische of Bradenton, Fla.; a sister, Theresa Unruh of Chestertown; two foster-brothers, Elmer and Charles Taylor, both of Chestertown; two foster-sisters, Helen Knott of Ridgley, Md., and Pauline Starkey Clark of Catonsville, Md.; and eight granddaughters and two great-grandchildren.

Service will be at 1 p.m. Sunday at Fellows, Helfenbein & Newnam Funeral Home, 130 Speer Rd. in Chestertown, where friends may call one hour prior to the service.

Burial will be in Still Pond Cemetery.

Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to Chestertown Rescue Squad in Chestertown, Md.

 

Helen H. King, 74

GEORGETOWN - Helen H. King of Georgetown died Thursday, July 2, 1998, in the Beebe Medical Center. She was 74.

Mrs. King was a homemaker and in previous years, had been a baby sitter. She also delivered newspapers for the Wilmington News Journal.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph C. ''Cliff'' King, in 1997.

She is survived by two sons, Alan S. of Oak Orchard and Gerald C. of Georgetown; two sisters, Ruby Jackson of Newark and Agnes Scott of Chester, Pa.; a granddaughter, Mindy Eskridge of Georgetown; and three great-grandchildren, Alan, Haley and Tyra Jo Eskridge, all of Georgetown.

Service will be private.

Friends may call from 12 noon -1 p.m. Tuesday at the Chapel of Short Funeral Services, E. Market Street, Georgetown.

Burial will be in Union Cemetery, Georgetown.

 

Mary Lois Yoder, 73

DOVER - Mary Lois Yoder of Dover died Thursday, July 2, 1998, in Kent General Hospital, Dover. She was 73.

Mrs. Yoder was born in 1925, near Wellman, Iowa, the daughter of the late Samuel and Lucy Miller Swartzendruber.

She taught first grade at Central Christian School for 13 years.

Mrs. Yoder committed her life to the lord in her youth and was a member of the Central Mennonite Church in Dover at the time of her death. She loved the church and taught Sunday School for many years.

She was preceded in death by two sisters, Anna Luella, in 1917, and Ellen, in 1955, and a brother, Owen, in 1978.

She is survived by her husband, whom she married on March 16, 1947, Daniel Yoder; four children, Michael Yoder and daughter-in-law Brenda of Hartly, Rebecca Whitham and son-in-law Terry of Dover, Stephen Yoder and daughter-in-law Gayle of Dover, and Rachel Maldonado and son-in-law John of Tacoma, Wash.; two brothers, Joseph Swartzendruber of Glendale, Az., and William Swartzendruber of Kalona, Iowa; a sister, Wilma Thayer and her husband Dean of Roseville, Minn.; a brother-in-law, Ira Miller, of Dry Fork, W. Va.; a sister-in-law, Lois Gugal, of Kalona, Iowa; and five grandchildren.

Service will be 11 a.m. Monday at the Central Mennonite Church, Denneys Road in Dover, where friends may call one hour prior to service. Friends may also call from 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the church and from 6 to 9 p.m. today at the Pippin Funeral Home, 119 West Camden-Wyoming Avenue in Wyoming.

Burial will be in the church's adjoining cemetery.

Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to the Central Christian School, 220 West Denny's Road, Dover, DE 19904.

 

Steven Mark Davis, infant

LEWES - Steven Mark Davis of Lewes died at birth Thursday, July 2, 1998, in St. Francis Hospital, Wilmington. He was an infant.

Steven was born on July 2, 1998, in Wilmington, the son of Virginia Dianne Davis of Lewes.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by a sister, Amber Lee Lopez; his grandmother, Linda Davis of Lewes; and his grandfather, Steve Davis of Lewes.

Graveside service will be 10 a.m. Wednesday in St. Peters Cemetery, Pilottown Road, Lewes. Father Philip Sheehy will officiate.

Arrangements by Parsell Funeral Home and Crematorium, Lewes.

 

Anna L. Redman Boulter, 85

ROCK HALL, Md. - Anna L. Redman Boulter of Rock Hall died Friday, July 3, 1998, in her home. She was 85.

Mrs. Boulter was born in 1912, in Talbot County, the daughter of the late George C. and Ada A. Slaughter Redman.

She attended school in Talbot County before moving to Kent County in the early 1930's.

Mrs. Boulter worked for several different companies, such as Swarthmore College as a waitress, Atlantic City in the hotel industry, Chestertown Defense Plant and Colonial Jewelers as a clerk. On Jan. 26, 1963, she married Charles Boulter, making their home in Rock Hall. Together they owned and operated Boulter Laundromat until 1996 when they sold the laundromat and retired.

She enjoyed bird watching and needlepoint. She was devoted to her family.

Mrs. Boulter was a member of Sacred Heart and St. Johns Catholic Church, where she served on the Church Council. She was a past member of Chestertown Vol. Fire Dept. Ladies Auxiliary. She also helped prepare meals for both Rock Hall and Chestertown Lions Clubs.

In addition to her husband of 34 years, she is survived by two sons, William Carl Redman and Phillip Lee Redman, both of Chestertown; two sisters, Margaret Morris of Rock Hall, and Ada North of Easton; three brothers, Theodore C. Redman and George C. Redman, both of Chestertown, and William Eugene Redman of Baltimore; five grandchildren and a great-grandchild.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m. Monday at St. John's Catholic Church in Rock Hall, where the Father Leonard Blakelyt will officiate.

Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the Fellows, Helfenbein and Newnam Funeral Home, 130 Speer Rd., Chestertown.

Burial will be in St. Pauls Cemetery near Chestertown.

Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to Chester River Home Health and Hospice, 118 S. Lynchburg St., Chestertown, MD 21620.


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