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Former Newark resident Dale Frank Bray died on Friday, Oct. 26, 2001. Mr. Bray, 79, was born in Michigan. He graduated from Northville High School. He received a bachelor of science degree in forestry and a master of science degree in entomology from Michigan State University. He earned a Ph.D. in entomology from Rutgers University.
Dr. Bray served in the Medical Corps during World War II in the South Pacific. He was married in 1947. He was chairman of the entomology-ecology department at the University of Delaware. He was active in the Delaware Pest Control Association, being one of its founders. He was a deacon in the Presbyterian Church, an official in the World Sheep Dog Trials and a judge for the Delaware Sports Club.
His professional accomplishments included Phi Kappa Phi (Emeritus Life Member), Sigma Xi National Science Honorary, Xi Sigma Pi National Forestry Honorary, Alpha Zeta National Agricultural Honorary. He is listed in Who's Who in America, American Man of Science and the Outstanding Educator of America. His private insect collection is housed in the Smithsonian Institute and includes three insects he discovered that were also named after him. In 1991, Mr. Bray and wife moved to their cabin in northern Pennsylvania. 
He is survived by his wife, Polly; children, Jane Bray Yacoe, (an actress primarily on the West coast) and her husband Paul of Coatesville, Pa., and James Dale Bray DPM and his wife Jo of Newark; and two grandchildren. Services were held at the Head of Christiana Presbyterian Church. Burial was private.

George C. Wilkie Sr., great-grandfather
Bear resident George C. Wilkie Sr. died on Thursday, Oct. 25, 2001.
Mr. Wilkie, 85, is survived by his son, George C. Wilkie Jr. and his wife Sandra; three grandchildren; and one great-grandson.
Services were private.

Anthony J. Pizzi, 73, worked for PECO
Newark resident Anthony J. Pizzi died on Thursday, Oct. 25, 2001.
Mr. Pizzi, 73, was born in West Chester, Pa., and also lived in Kennett Square, Pa. In 1974, Mr. Pizzi moved to Newark. 
He served in the U.S. Army from 1949-1951 and was a professional musician in the 1950s, traveling with "The Twin Tunes" throughout the United States. Mr. Pizzi was a customer service analyst for PECO Energy Company in Chester, Pa., retiring in 1991 after 25 years of service. He enjoyed gardening, movies, and his large music collection of big bands and Frank Sinatra.
He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Sue S. Baker Pizzi; daughter, Linda G. Katchur of Newark; siblings, Elmer Pizzi of Wayne, Pa., Albert "Butch" Pizzi of West Chester, Pa., Evelyn "Lynn" Trump of Radnor, Pa., and Helen Waldron of Seffner, Fla.; two grandsons; and one great-granddaughter.
Services were held at the Kuzo and Gofus Funeral Home and interment was in the Union Hill Cemetery, both located in Kennett Square, Pa. 

Norval M. Coale Jr., Chrysler plant worker
Newark area resident Norval "Buddy" M. Coale Jr. died on Thursday, Oct. 25, 2001. 
Mr. Coale, 55, was a 1964 graduate of Rising Sun High School in Maryland. He was member of the Janes United Methodist Church, where he coached the women's softball team, and was involved in the Rising Sun Little League Association. 
He worked for Chrysler auto assembly plant in Newark, retiring in 1998 after 34 years of service. He was an avid auto-racing fan and a street rod enthusiast.
He is survived by his wife, Mary J. Coale of North East, Md.; sons, John M. Coale and Matthew J. Coale, both of Rising Sun, Md.; daughters, Kimberly R. Coale of Rising Sun, Md., Gina Sylvestro of Elkton, Md., and Lori Channel of North Carolina; siblings, Harvey S. Coale of Rising Sun, Md., Harriett Rea of Elkton, Md, and Ruth Delp of Rising Sun, Md., and seven grandchildren.
Services were held at Janes United Methodist Church in Rising Sun, Md. Burial was in Brookview Cemetery. 

Sylvia Rifkin, 88
Former Newark resident Sylvia Rifkin died on Thursday, Oct. 25, 2001.
Mrs. Rifkin, 88, was a resident of Potomac Valley Nursing Home in Rockville, Md.
She is survived by her sister, Anna Kesselman of California; four nephews; and two nieces.
Service and burial was at the Jewish Community Cemetery on Foulk Road in Wilmington.

Robert Sperl, founder of engineering firm
Former Hockessin resident Robert J. Sperl died on Thursday, Oct 25, 2001.
Mr. Sperl, 88, was born in Carbondale, Pa. He was a graduate of Carbondale High School and Tri-State University in Angola, Ind., where he received his chemical engineering degree. He resided in Cligton Park, N.Y. for the past six weeks and had been a longtime resident of Hockessin. Mr. Sperl retired in 1979 as president of the Standard Engineering and Machine Co. Inc. in Wilmington, a company he founded 27 years earlier.
He is survived by his daughter, Ann Gay and her husband Stanley of Clifton Park, N.Y.
Services were held at the Gordon C. Emerick Funeral Home in Clifton Park, N.Y.

Helen V. Pingree, 67, taught school here 
Newark resident Helen V. Pingree died on Thursday, Oct. 25, 2001.
Mrs. Pingree, 67, was a homemaker. She was a graduate of Lake Erie College in Paynesville, Ohio, and a resident of Newark for 45 years. Mrs. Pingree continued her college interests: she was her class scribe for Lake Erie College and was a past president of the AAUW. She also taught grade school in New Castle County.
She is survived by her husband, John D. Pingree of Newark; son, John D. Pingree Jr. of Broadkill Beach; daughter, Anne P. Smith and her husband Frank A. Smith of Elkton, Md.; and two grandchildren both of Elkton, Md.
Services were held at the Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home in Newark. Interment was in the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Bear.

Josephine M. Ischia, Goldey-Beacom grad
Newark resident Josephine M. Ischia died on Thursday, Oct. 25, 2001.
Mrs. "Jo" Ischia, 80, was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., and moved to Elkton, Md., in 1955 and then to Newark in 1962. She graduated from Goldey-Beacom College in 1967. She worked for Thiokol Chemical in Elkton where she was a security administrator, retiring in 1974. Following her retirement, she worked as a florist at the Castle Mall until 1982. She was a member of the Holy Family Church in Newark. She enjoyed cooking, old movies and playing the lottery.
She is survived by her husband of 60 years, R. Frank Ischia; daughter, Janet I. Brown of Newark; son-in-law, James A. Brown Sr. and his wife Betsy of Wilmington; daughter-in-law, Melinda J. Ischia of Townsend; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Services were held at the Strano and Feeley Family Funeral Home in Newark. Interment was in All Saints Cemetery.

Muriel M. Brazier Hansen, 91 
Hockessin resident Muriel M. Brazier Hansen died on Thursday, Oct. 25, 2001. 
Mrs. Hansen, 91 resided at the Cokesbury Village in Hockessin.
Services were held at the Cokesbury Village Chapel in Hockessin. Interment was private.

Robbin LaRue Howard, 47, IRS tax examiner
Newark resident Robbin LaRue Howard died on Thursday, Oct. 25, 2001.
Mrs. LaRue, 47, had been a tax examiner for the Internal Revenue Service for 25 years. 
She is survived by her daughter, Leslie C. Downward of Newark; and brother, Robert Richard Howard of Newark. Services and interment were private.

Howard J. Frank Jr., Army veteran of WW II
Bear resident Howard J. Frank Jr. died on Friday, Oct. 26, 2001.
Mr. "Mate" Frank, 79, was born in Salem, N.J. He served as a member at the Delaware Air National Guard as a full-time technician, retiring as a chief master sergeant after 26 years of service. He served in the Army Air Corps in Italy during World War II. He is a life member of the Wilmington Manor Volunteer Fire Company.
He is survived by his wife, Barbara A. Frank of Bear; son, Gerald L. Frank and his wife Sandra L. of Newark; four grandchildren; and one great-grandson.
Services were held at the Gracelawn Memorial Park Chapel in New Castle. Interment was in the adjoining memorial park. 

Marion Crawford Kirk, operated Kirk's Flowers
Former Newark resident Marion Crawford died on Friday, Oct. 26, 2001.
Mrs. Kirk, 100, had worked as a switchboard operator at the Krol Company. She, along with her husband, owned and operated Kirk's Flower Shop in Newark. 
She was a former member of St. John-Holy Angels Church. 
A devotee to the arts, she was an avid painter, played piano and organ, and loved to dance.
She is survived by her brother, George F. Crawford of Hockessin; sisters, Helen Crawford Lattomus of Hockessin, and Ethel Quinn Dewey of Wilmington.
Services were held at St. Mary of Assumption Church in Hockessin. Interment was in St. Patrick's Cemetery in Ashland.

Verna Bieber Davis, 93, active volunteer
Newark resident Verna Bieber Davis died on Friday, Oct. 26, 2001.
Mrs. Davis, 93, was a homemaker and had been a 7th and 8th grade teacher in New Jersey for 13 years. She was an active member of the White Clay Creek Presbyterian Church. 
Mrs. Davis served as a Gray Lady during the Korean War and volunteered at the Blood Bank of Delaware for many years.
She is survived by her sons, Thomas Bieber Davis and Robert Hambling Davis, both of Newark; and three grandchildren.
Services were held at the White Clay Creek Presbyterian Church in Newark. 
Burial was private. 

Evelyn V. Johnson, homemaker
Newark resident Evelyn V. Johnson died on Sunday, Dec. 9, 2001.
Mrs. Johnson, 55, was a lifelong resident of the New Castle area, being born in Wilmington. She was a homemaker who enjoyed playing bingo and cards.
She is survived by her husband of 30 years, Jerry M. Johnson Sr.; children, Diane McKinney of Bladwin, Fla., Debbie Harbaugh of Butler, Pa., Jimmy Johnson of Smyrna, Jerry M. Johnson Jr., Matthew Johnson and Jason Johnson, all of Newark, and Mary Ann Johnson; brother, James Goodwin of Bear; and, Dorothy Comer of Ridgely, Md.; seven grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Services were held at Beeson Memorial Services of Christiana-Elkton in Fox Run. Interment was in Silverbrook Cemetery.

Olga M. Drugotch, 80
Newark area resident Olga M. Drugotch died on Sunday, Dec. 9, 2001.
Mrs. Drugotch, 80, is survived by her brother, Eugene J. Truono, DDC; and 15 nieces and nephews. Services were held at the Holy Family Church in Newark. Interment was in Cathedral Cemetery.

Larry Dodd Sines, worked at DuPont 
Bear resident Larry Dodd Sines died on Monday, Dec. 10, 2001, after a long battle with cancer.
Mr. Sines served in the U.S. Air Force from 1956-1960. He worked for the DuPont Company Chambers Works for 28 years, first as a welder and then as a representative to the vice president of the union. He was an active member of the Cornerstone Ministries, where he served as a deacon and taught Sunday school. Mr. Sines loved hunting, fishing and playing golf.
He is survived by his wife, Eppelina Sines; children, Larry A. Sines, Dawn Tidwell and Lorraine Brown; stepchildren, Hamilton Parker, James Parker, Al Parker, Isaac Davis and Jane Evans; sister, Sandra Hardy; 40 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Services were held at the McCrery Memorial Chapel in Wilmington. Interment was in Gracelawn Memorial Park in New Castle.

Kerry L. Smith Sr., worked for Chrysler
Newark area resident Kerry L. “Smitty” Smith Sr. died on Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2001, of heart failure.
Mr. Smith, 60, was born in Berks County, Pa., and spent most of his life in Elkton. He had been a production control manager for Chrysler Corporation in Newark, and most recently a consultant, retiring in 2001. He was a member of the Elkton Lions Club for 33 years, serving as past deputy district governor, as president three times and had held several other offices. He was a member of Chrysler Local UAW #1183, Local #1212 and management. Mr. Smith enjoyed playing golf in Rehoboth and traveling.
He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Barbara J. Smith; daughter, Debbie S. Blevins and her husband Doug of Warwick, Md.; sons, Kerry Smith Jr. of Mountain City, Tenn., and Tim Smith of Oxford, Pa.; siblings, Donald Smith of Newark, Dwight Smith of Perryville, Md., Nelda Strong, Linda Chadwick, Donna Sherman, all of Elkton, and Darell Leary of North East, Md.; and six grandchildren.
Services were held at the Gee Funeral Home and interment was in the Cherry Hill Methodist Cemetery, both located in Elkton, Md.

Adeyemi A. Adeseye, worked for WSFS
Bear resident Adeyemi Adekunle Adeseye died on Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2001.
Mr. Adeseye, 38, was born in Lagos, Nigeria. He was employed at the Wilmington Savings Fund Society in Delaware. He was a recent graduate of the Chubb Institute in Springfield, Pa., and a former resident of Elizabeth, N. J. 
In 1997, he represented Xerox Corporation at the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award ceremony, where he met the President of the United States, William Jefferson Clinton.
He is survived by his wife, Carolyn Hunte; children, Tayo, Jessica, Edward, and Jacquelyn; mother, Sikiratu; and his sisters and brother.
Services were held at Gracelawn Memorial Chapel in New Castle. Interment was in the adjoining park. 

Wanda C. Semones, born in West Virginia
Newark resident Wanda C. Semones died on Sunday, Dec. 9, 2001.
Mrs. Semones, 47, was born in Parkersburg, W. Va. She was a previous resident of Belpre, W. Va., and a member of the Belpre Church of Christ and the American Legion Auxiliary of Belpre. 
She is survived by her husband, Stan Semones; children, Michele “Chris” Mattson, David Niday, Stephanie Schreffler, Stanley “Donna” Semones Jr.; four grandchildren; sister, Dorothy “Curtis” May; brothers, Michael “Sharon” Niday, Jack Niday; half-brother, Richard Joe Thorn; special friends, Linda and Rick; and several other family members.
Services were held at Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home in Parkersburg, W. Va.

Loretta Elizabeth Saunders, 95
Bear resident Loretta Elizabeth Saunders died on Sunday, Dec. 9, 2001. Mrs. Saunders was 95. Services were held at The House of Wright Mortuary in Wilmington.

Georgia Mae Swayze, worked for W.L. Gore
Newark area resident Georgia Mae Swayze died on Monday, Dec. 10, 2001. 
Mrs. Swayze, 57, was a lifelong Delaware resident. She was a 1962 graduate of William Penn High School in New Castle. She worked for W. L. Gore & Associates Inc. in Newark for 34 years.
She is survived by her son, Richard Gregg of Bear; daughter, Stephanie Ciancio and her husband Steven of Bear; brother, Glenn Davis of New Castle; sister, Nancy Lloyd of Wilmington; and her companion, James C. Underwood of Middletown.
Services were held at the Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home in Newark. Interment was in Odd Fellows Cemetery in Camden.

Hazel L. Hulton, was nurse’s aide
Newark resident Hazel L. Hulton died on Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2001.
Mrs. Hulton, 76, was formerly of Claymont and had worked as a senior nurse’s aide.
She is survived by her son, Joseph T. Hulton and his wife Debbie of Newark; brother, Melvin Walker of Charlottesville, Va.; three grandsons; and also by Shawn, Terri Marie and R.D. Services were held in the chapel of Gracelawn Memorial Park in New Castle and the interment was in the adjoining park.

William A. Rice, Navy veteran of WW II
Newark resident William A. Rice died on Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2001.
Mr. Rice, 74, formerly lived in Heritage Park. He was a resident at the Churchman Village Nursing Home in Newark at the time of his death. He was an electrical engineer for the DuPont Company and retired in 1990 after 30 years of service. 
He was a Navy veteran of World War II and spent his summers at his home in Fenwick Island. Mr. Rice was a member of the Newark Senior Center and Parents Without Partners.
He is survived by daughters, Lynn Rice-Miller and her husband Bill of Newark, and Kimberlee S. Kelley and Sharon Cederholm, both of Wilmington; brother, John Rice of Clifton Heights, Pa.; seven grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
Services were held at the Mealey Funeral Home and interment was in the All Saints Cemetery.

Frances M. Cortilesso
Newark resident Frances M. Cortilesso died on Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2001.
Mrs. Cortilesso, 54, was a homemaker and had been the supervisor of medical receptionists at HMO of Delaware for 12 years until 1990. She was a member of Holy Family parish in Newark.
She is survived by her sons, Vincent P. Cortilesso and Christopher M. Cortilesso and his wife Mesha, all of Newark; father, Sheldon Shaffer of Newark; daughter-in-law Jennifer Cortilesso of Townsend; brother, Denis Charles Shaffer of Glenolden, Pa.; and two grandchildren.
Services were held at Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home in Newark. Interment was in the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Bear.


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