Miscellaneous New Castle County, Delaware Obituaries
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William Hunter, owned gift shop
Mr. "Bill" Hunter, 66, along with his wife, was the proprietor of Dixie's Cards and Gift Shop in Lantana Square in Hockessin, as well as Osaka Gifts in Vineland, N.J., and in Christiana. He was president of Merchants Association at Christiana and Lantana Square.
He is survived by his wife, Delphine "Dixie" Hunter; son, William Hunter II of Hockessin; brothers, Ralph and James Hunter; and sister, Earlene Hunter.
Services were held first in North Carolina and then also at the Congo Funeral Home in Wilmington. Burial was in Rolling Green Memorial Park in West Chester, Pa.
Sam Mariano, Little League coach
Mr. Mariano, 59, was the owner of Thrift Way in Kennett Square, Pa. He was a coach for Suburban Little League for many years.
He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Alice M. (McNeely) Mariano; son, David B. Mariano of Bear; daughters, Teri Manelski of Newark, Debbie Mariano at home and Diane DiTomasso of Pike Creek; brothers, Charlie of New Castle, William of Bear and Frank of Ohio; sisters, Cindy Mariano, Patty Ann Rushden, Cathy Manuel, all of W.Va. and four grandchildren.
Services were held at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church in Bear. Interment was in the All Saints Cemetery in Wilmington.
Antoinette Buchler, served in World War II
Mrs. "Nettie" (Talmo) Buchler, 78, attended the Wilmington General Hospital school of nursing where she received her diploma and R.N., and went on to obtain her bachelors degree from the University of Pennsylvania.
She served during World War II as an air force flight nurse with the rank of 2nd lieutenant, and was charged with supervising the transport of German P.O.W.s.
Her career in nursing spanned 50 years, during which she was the recipient of many honors and awards. She was the director of nursing at Wilmington General Hospital, a nurse for the Pennsylvania Railroad, Heinz Foods and General Motors, a nurse at the Emily P. Bissell Hospital from where she retired in 1994. She was the first female director of the Women's Prison, and was sworn in as a State Trooper.
She is survived by her son, Michael V. Buchler; daughters, Debbiann M. Buchler and Donna M. Buchler; one grandson; brothers, Victor Talmo, James Talmo and Francis Talmo; sisters, Rose Schueler and Florence Grenda.
Services were held at St. Elizabeth's Church. Interment was private.
Marjorie E. Jones, worked for Department of Labor
Mrs. Jones, 91, was a graduate of Goldey Beacom Business College. She was employed by Hercules until she married. She continued her career at the American Red Cross, the Delaware Racing Commission and the U.S. Department of Labor, retiring in 1972. She also served on the Governor's Committee for the Handicapped. She was a longtime active member of St. Paul's United Methodist Church.
She is survived by her daughter, Lois and husband, Charles L. Munson Jr. of Wilmington; son, Gary P. Jones of Elkton, Md., and one grandson.
Services and burial were private.
William Gaillard Mikell, worked at Experimental Station
Mr. Mikell, 78, was a graduate of the University of South Carolina and received his Ph.D. in physics in 1952 from the University of Virginia.
Dr. Mikell retired in 1988 as the environmental control manager for the DuPont Experimental Station. He spent more than 36 years in various assignments including the textile fibers department. He was a charter staff member of the Industrial Products Research laboratory and later served in industrial marketing.
In 1990, he was one of the recipients of the C.R. & D. Manager's Award for significant contributions to safety, health and the environment.
Dr. Mikell served on three separate national research council committees which developed prudent practices for laboratories, and he was a founding member of the American Biological Safety Association.
He was a member of Christ Church where he was active as a lay-leader, the Greenville Country Club, the George Washington Club and the Delaware Huguenot Society.
He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Elizabeth Gamble Mikell; daughter, Elizabeth Gamble Mikell of Richmond, Va.; son, William Gaillard Mikell Jr. of Fairfax, Va, and two granddaughters.
Services were held at the Christ Church in Greenville, Del.
Joyce Apostolico, operated resale shop
Mrs. Apostolico, 68, was a homemaker. She was a member of St. John the Beloved Church and the Newark Senior Center. She worked for the Farmers National Bank, the Halby Chemical Company and was the sole proprietor of the Elsmere Resale Shop.
She is survived by her sons, Thomas A. Apostolico and his wife Karen of Bear and Mark S. Apostolico of Wilmington; sister, Louise Hale of Newark and four grandchildren.
Services were held at the Robert T. Jones and Foard Funeral Home in Newark. Interment was in the All Saints Cemetery in Wilmington.
Thelma Carpenter Nutt, member Bethany Baptist
Mr. Nutt was a homemaker and a member of the Bethany Baptist Church in Newport.
She is survived by her daughter, Marlene Bestpitch of Wilmington; brothers, Edward and George Carpenter, both of Florida; grandson, Marc Cygnus and his wife Jeanne; and two great-grandchildren.
Services were held in the Gracelawn Memorial Park Chapel in Wilmington. Burial was in the adjoining park.
Francis R. Paraskewich, retired from DuPont
Mr. Paraskewich, 63, retired in 1994 from the DuPont Experimental Center after 34 years of service. He served in the U.S. Navy, with active duty aboard the USS Lake Champlain.
He is survived by his wife, Sally H. Paraskewich; children, Timothy J. Paraskewich, Robert A. Paraskewich and Jill P. Ayers, all of Newark; mother, Frances Paraskewich of Earleville, Md.; brothers, John Paraskewich of Chesapeake City, Md, William Paraskewich of Pennsville, N.J., Michael P. Paraskewich and Steven Paraskewich both of Wilmington; sister, Sally Deldeo of Wilmington and three grandchildren.
Services were held at the St. Rose of Lima Church in Chesapeake City, Md. Burial was in the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Bear.
Robert P. Woolsey, retired from
Mr. Woolsey, 68, was employed with Delmarva Power and Light Company for 41 years, retiring in 1994 and served in the U.S. Army.
He is survived by his wife, Barbara A. Woolsey; sons, Robert A. and his wife, Noel, of Newark, P. Scott and his wife, Denise, of Middletown, and Darrin F. and his wife, Melissa, of Bear; and five grandchildren.
Services were held at the Doherty Funeral Home in Pike Creek. Burial was in the Delaware veterans Memorial Cemetery in Bear.
William Thomas Lewis Sr., worked at UD
Mr. Lewis, 74, worked in the maintenance department of the University of Delaware, retiring in 1986 after 15 years of service. He was a member of Peninsula McCabe United Methodist Church and was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II.
He is survived by his children, Jo Ann L. Lee of Dover, William T. Lewis Jr. of Warwick, Md., and Patricia Evanloski of New Castle; step-children, Anthony Fardoulis of Smyrna, Linda Townsend of Penns Grove, N.J., and Catherine Zsolczai of Conway, S.C.; sister, Margaret L. Ross of Onancock, Va., and 11 grandchildren.
Services were held at the Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home in Wilmington. Interment was in the Green Grove Cemetery in Keyport, N.J.
Benjamin F. Shahan Sr., worked for VPI Mirrex
Mr. Shahan, 46, had worked for VPI Mirrex in Delaware City for five years. He was a member of the Minquadale United Methodist Church and he enjoyed crabbing, fishing and playing softball.
He is survived by his wife of 24 years, Jean M. Downward Shahan; children, Trisha L. Shahan-Wingate of Bear, Benjamin F. Shahan Jr. and Christopher A. Shahan, both at home; parents, John and Betty Shahan of New Castle; brothers, Billy Shahan of Middletown, Johnny Shahan of Bear, Jimmy Shahan of Newark and Carl Shahan of Bear; sisters, Helen Foraker and Barbara Shahan, both of Bear; and three grandchildren.
Services were held at the Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home and interment was in the Gracelawn Memorial Park, both located in New Castle.
Richard F. Eddy, Kalmar Nyckel volunteer
Mr. Eddy, 84, worked on the railroad for many years in Colorado and upon returning East, pursued a career in sales. He was a longtime volunteer with Kalmar Nyckel Project and the Christiana River clean-up. He loved golf, sailing and bicycling and was an instructor at Camp Dimension.
He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Anna Duane Eddy; daughter, Rita Eddy of Arkansas; son, Richard Eddy Jr. of Colorado; daughter, Barbara Wagoner of California; brothers, Eugene Eddy Jr. and Gerald Eddy both of Florida; sister, Jane Swezey of Guatemala; 12 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Services were held at the Cathedral Church of St. John in Wilmington.
Geneva L. Catts Klonowski, retired from Ferris School
Mrs. Klonowski, 75, retired from the Ferris School in 1989.
She is survived by her sons, James L. and Arthur W. Catts; daughters, Betty A. Moore and Karen L. Cheeseman; sister, Beatrice Martinez; and a host of grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Services were held at the McCrery Memorial Chapel in Wilmington.
Nettie Harter, worked for W.L. Gore
Mrs. Harter, 62, was born in Cranston, N.C., and worked for W.L. Gore and Associates in literature and advertising for 15 years.
She is survived by her husband of 37 years, Richard L. Harter Sr.; children, Tommy Osborne and his wife Molly, all of Elkton, Md., Keith Harter of Felton, Alice Harter of Elkton, and Jennifer Harter of Newark; stepchildren, Kathy Moseley and her husband Edwin of Newark, and Richard L. Harter II and his wife Pam of North East, Md.; mother, Minnie Alice Poe of New Castle; brothers, Ronny Poe of New Castle,Charlie Osborne of Lansing, N.C.; sister-in-law, Shirley Minard and her husband Martin of Middletown; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Services were held at Gebhart Funeral Home in New Castle. Interment was in the Gracelawn Cemetery in New Castle.
Stella M. Kracyla, school district employee
Mrs. Kracyla, 88, retired in 1972 from the Mount Pleasant School District.
She is survived by her brother, Martin and his wife Ann Kracyla; sisters, Helen C. Konitzer and Mary E. Flaherty, both of Newark; three nieces and three nephews.
Services were held at St. Matthews Church in Woodcrest. Burial was in the All Saints Cemetery in Wilmington.
Mabel Cordelia Dolinger, member Calvary Baptist
Mrs. Dolinger, 82, was born in Kleg Horn Valley, Va. She was a homemaker and a member of the Calvary Baptist Church in Newark.
She is survived her sons, Willis R. Dolinger and his wife Sharon of Newark, Larry Dolinger and his wife Jacque of Branson, Mo., and Michael C. Dolinger and his wife Jeanne of Naples, Fla.; sister, Mamie Blevins of Marion, Va.; four grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Services were held in the chapel of Gracelawn Memorial Park in New Castle. Burial was in the adjoining park.
A. Rita McCullen
Mrs. McCullen, 87, is survived by her sons, Kevin G. McCullen and his wife Joan of Newark, Mark E. McCullen and Robin Berenholz of Narberth, Pa., Dr. George R. McCullen and his wife Judy of Herndon, Va.; and her daughter, Frances R. Pierce and her husband Carter of Warrington, Pa.
Services were held at St. Denis Church in Havertown, Pa. Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery in Yeadon, Pa.
Mildred White Singles, member Eastern Star
Mrs. Singles, 86, was a homemaker and a long-standing member of the Newark United Methodist Church. She was also a member of the Soroptomis and the Eastern Star. She was very active in the establishment of the Newark Senior Center.
She is survived by her daughters, Joanne S. Reeves and her husband Karl of Upper Marlboro, Md., Betty Lou Rhoads and her husband Max of Newark, Grace H. Singles and Alan Ely of Newark; and three grandchildren.
Services were held at R. T. Foard and Jones Funeral Home in Newark. Burial was at the Head of Christiana Cemetery in Newark.
George F. Cullen, member Aetna Fire Co.
Mr. Cullen, 82, was a graduate of Elkton High School. He was a Staff Sergeant in the Army during World War II. He was a 47 year member of the Aetna, Hose, Hook and Ladder Fire Company in Newark from 1954-2001. He was also a member of the Fraternal Order of Police #4 in Newark. He worked for the State of Delaware for 42 years as a food service supervisor at Governor Bacon Health Center.
He is survived by his wife, Pearl E. Cullen of Newark; daughter, Marion L. and her husband Richard Dowdell of Elkton, Md.; one granddaughter; and several nieces and nephews. Services were held at the R. T. Foard and Jones Funeral Home in Newark. Burial was in the Newark Cemetery.
George A. Merritt, retired from Bayshore
Mr. Merritt, 67, was retired from Bayshore Transportation.
He is survived by his wife, Margaret Merritt; children, Patricia Baker, Barbara Mathena and Gary Merritt, all of Newark, Elaine Bradley of North East, Md., and Dawn Schaeffer of Emmaus, Pa.; step-children, Gary Ewell and Richard Ewell, both of Bear, Jennifer McAvaney and Daniel McAvaney, both of Millsboro; siblings, Elsie Rupert of Aliquippa, Pa, Betty Hindsley of Hobe Sound, Fla., Margaret Ward and Katherine Walker, both of Wilmington, Thomas Merritt of New Castle, Donald Merritt of Newark, and Eileen Healy of Townsend; 34 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
Services were held at the Hicks Home for Funerals in Elkton, Md.
Charles Newton Jr., Glasgow High grad
Mr. Newton, 42, was a carpenter employed by Production Builders and a graduate of Glasgow High School.
He is survived by his wife, Marti Lou Newton of Newark; daughters, Harli Newton and Brianna Newton, both of Newark; brother, Patrick John Newton of Naples, Fla.; sisters, Cheryl Wallace of Tampa, Fla., Denise Van de Steene of Walkerton, Ind., Deanna Boone of Tampa, Fla., and Charlene Ziegler of Houston, Texas; father and mother, Charles and Mary Sue Newton of Tampa, Fla.; father and mother-in-law, Marty and Helen MacLaren of Newark; paternal grandmother, Ethel Newton of Hockessin; and maternal grandmother, Mary Mackiewicz of Newark.
Services were held at the R. T. Foard and Jones Funeral Home in Newark. Burial was private.