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John J. Watson Jr., 58

TOWNSEND - John J. Watson of Townsend died Sunday, Jan. 21, 2001, in his home. He was 58.

Mr. Watson was born in Philadelphia, the son of Isabella Renner of Harrisburg, Pa., and the late John J. Watson Sr.

He was a Marine Corps veteran, serving from 1960 to 1965. He served in the Bay of Pigs during the Cuban Missile crisis of 1961.

He was employed as an electrical engineer by General Motors, Wilmington, since 1965.

Mr. Watson was a member of St. Peter's Episcopal Church, and the American Legion 14, both of Smyrna.

He enjoyed fishing and crabbing from his boat on the Chester River in Maryland.

He is preceded in death by a brother, James Watson, who died in 1968.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife of 32 years, Elizabeth R. "Betty" Watson of Townsend; a daughter, Dawn Marie Watson, of Dover; three sons, John J. Watson III of Christiana, Douglas J. Watson Sr. of Townsend and Gerard Riccardi of Dover; two brothers, Ed Dover of Wilmington and Michael Kochanek of Jasper, Texas; five sisters, Pat Dooley of Elkton, Md., Jennie Griffith of Harrisburg, Barbara Barnett of Shinglehouse, Pa., Jeannette Faber of West Chester, Pa., and Margaret Mueller of Stamford, Conn.; a godson, Christopher Vernon of West Grove, Pa.; four grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.

Friends may call from 7 to 9 tonight at Matthews-Bryson Funeral Home, 123 W. Commerce St., Smyrna.

A service will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. Peter's Episcopal Church, 22 N. Union St., Smyrna, where friends may also call one hour prior to the service.

Burial will be in St. Peter's Cemetery, Smyrna.

Contributions may be made to St. Peter's Episcopal Church.

Linda Marie Gonce, 60

TOWNSEND - Linda Marie Gonce of Townsend died Sunday, Jan. 21, 2001, in Bayhealth-Kent General Hospital, Dover. She was 60.

Ms. Gonce retired after 35 years from the Corporation Trust Division of the state of Delaware.

She enjoyed traveling and doing crafts.

Ms. Gonce attended the Smyrna Wesley Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Earl W. "Woodie" Gonce and Virginia Frances Gonce.

She is survived by a brother, David F. Gonce of Dover; three sisters, Sandy L. Robbins of Orange Park, Fla., Cynthia S. Bennett of Sharptown, Md., and Ester V. Halter of Troy, Pa.; a special uncle, Paul Gonce; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Daniels & Hutchinson Funeral Home, 212 N. Broad St., Middletown.

A service will be 11 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Burial will be in Dulaneys Church Cemetery, Clayton.

Kathryn Ford Kaufman, 84

BETTERTON, Md. - Kathryn Ford Kaufman of Betterton died Sunday, Jan. 21, 2001, in Corsica Hills Nursing Home, Centreville. She was 84.

Mrs. Kaufman was born Oct. 17, 1916, in Still Pond, the daughter of the late Wallace Herman and Helen Hackett Ford.

Mrs. Kaufman was a 1933 graduate of Chestertown High School.

Following her graduation she worked for many area businesses. including The Chestertown Defense Plant, Vita Foods, and C and P Telephone, where she worked as an operator.

She was the wife of the late William R. Kaufman, who she married in 1961. Together they owned and operated Kaufman's Restaurant, Betterton. She retired in 1980, and in 1986 her husband predeceased her.

She enjoyed embroidery, crocheting, knitting and painting. Mrs. Kaufman was a member of the Kent County Senior Citizens, (in which she was very active); the Golden Age Club, Betterton, of which she was president; and Shrewsbury Episcopal Church, Kennedyville. She also was appointed by the county commissioners to serve on the Commission on Aging for Kent County.

She is survived by four sons, Allan Moore and Wayne Kaufman, both of Betterton, Richard Kaufman of Kennedyville and James Kaufman of Smyrna, Del.; two daughters: Carolyn Walls of Denton and Louise Cahall of Cordova; and a host of grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

A service will be 11 a.m. Friday at Fellows, Helfenbein and Newnam Funeral Home, 130 Speer Road, Chestertown, where friends may call one hour prior to the service.

Those serving as pallbearers are J.W. Cahall, Jason Cahall, Kevin Kaufman, Richard Kaufman, Norman "Toppy" Hopkins and Jeff Moore.

Burial will be in Still Pond Cemetery.

Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to Shrewsbury Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 187, Kennedyville, MD 21645; or to Kent County Senior Citizens, 118 N. Cross St., Chestertown, MD 21620.

Laura Virginia Kennedy, 82

SMYRNA - Laura Virginia Kennedy of Smyrna died Sunday, Jan. 21, 2001, in the Delaware Home and Hospital for the Chronically Ill, Smyrna. She was 82.

Mrs. Kennedy was born in North East, Md., where she attended school.

She was employed as a cook by Dr. and Mrs. Laylor Burdick of Wilmington. She also was employed as a domestic worker for the noted artist and his wife, Mr. and Mrs. James "Jamie" Wyeth of Granogue.

She moved to St. Petersburg, Fla., in 1972, and returned to Delaware in 1980. She moved to Smyrna in 1989.

She is survived by her husband of 31 years, Raymond W. "Wally" Kennedy of Smyrna; a son, Wayne E. Racine, of Elkton, Md.; two daughters, Calysta D. Hitchens, and Margaret "Ginger" Harold, both of Smyrna; four sisters, Bertha Letts and Patricia Johnson, both of North East, Margaret Rhudy of Dade City, Fla., and Beatrice Murray of Batavia, N.Y.; eight grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren,

Friends may call from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Matthews-Bryson Funeral Home, 123 W. Commerce St., Smyrna.

A graveside service will be 2 p.m. Thursday in the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Bear.

Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions be sent to Downs Syndrome Association of Delaware, 220 N. James St., Newport, DE 19804.

William Elbert Liden Jr., 65

FEDERALSBURG, Md. - William Elbert Liden Jr. of Federalsburg died Thursday, Jan. 18, 2001, in his home. He was 65.

Mr. Linden was born Aug. 19, 1935, in Easton, the son of the late William Elbert and Margaret Cook Liden Sr.

After graduating from Federalsburg High School, he attended Stanford University and graduated from Stanford University Law School.

He returned to Federalsburg and was a tax preparer for many years.

He is survived by cousins.

A graveside memorial service will be 11 a.m. Wednesday in Bloomery United Methodist Church Cemetery, near Federalsburg.

The family suggests memorial contributions in his memory be made to Bloomery United Methodist Church Memorial Fund, c/o Anna Mae Merdith, Bloomery Road, Federalsburg, MD 21632.

Arrangements are being handled by Williamson Funeral Home, Federalsburg.

Leroy Ritter Taylor, 79

LEWES - Leroy Ritter Taylor of Lewes, formerly of Carlisle, Pa., died Saturday, Jan. 6, 2001, in his home. He was 79.

Mr. Taylor was born May 26, 1921, in New Kingstown, Pa., the son of the late George Gilmore and Beulah Ruth Ritter Taylor.

He lived most of his life in the Carlisle area.

Mr. Taylor was a retired maintenance engineer for AMP, Harrisburg, Pa. He also was employed by Frog & Switch Manufacturing Co., Carlisle, for 10 years.

He enjoyed gardening and fishing.

Mr. Taylor was a member of St. Stephen Lutheran Church, New Kingstown; the AMP Nimrods; and the Eagles Club Aerie 1299, Carlisle, for more than 50 years.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Elizabeth Ann Taylor; and a brother, Gilmore M. Taylor.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Cora Geraldine Sheaffer Taylor; two sons, Robert L. of Mechanicsburg, Pa., and George W. of Wilkes Barre, Pa.; a daughter, Wendy L. Taylor of Camp Hill, Pa.; a brother, Elwood of New Kingstown; a sister, Margaret Heikes of Altoona, Pa.; a grandson; two granddaughters; and two great-grandsons.

A graveside service was Jan. 10 in Westminster Memorial Gardens, North Middleton Township, Pa.

Arrangements by Ewing Brothers Funeral Home, 630 S. Hanover St., Carlisle.

The family suggests memorial contributions to Hospice of Delaware, Georgetown.

Mary Pouch Sears, 92

CHESTERTOWN, Md. - Mary Pouch Sears of Chestertown died Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2001, in her home. She was 92.

Mrs. Sears was educated at Miss Bennet's School, New York.

She married Austin L. Smithers, who died in 1936.

She married Mr. Sears in 1937. They lived in Greenwich, Conn., and New York City.

Mrs. Sears moved to Chestertown in 1976.

She had a long-lasting interest in farming and land conservation.

She is survived by her two sons; Henry Francis Sears of Cambridge, Mass., and Austin Leonard Smithers of Lyme, N.H.; five grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Karen Lynn Stokesbury, 35

LEWES - Karen Lynn Stokesbury of Lewes died from injuries sustained in an automobile accident, Friday, Jan. 19, 2001. She was 35.

She loved and enjoyed life.

She is survived by three daughters, Ashley Marie, Brittany Nicole and Cassie Lynn; her parents, Sara Louise Cresmer and Norman W. Cresmer Sr. of Lewes; a sister, Bonnie Brasure of Vancouver, Wash.; a brother, Norman W. Creamer Jr. of Vancouver; and a maternal grandmother, Helen J. Boyd of New Castle.

Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Atkins-Lodge Chapel, 1449 Kings Highway, Lewes.

Services and burial will be private.

Because obituaries are an important element of the Delaware State News, this newspaper will publish obituaries and death notices at no charge to the public. Obituary information is often provided by area funeral homes. Family members can also prepare and submit this information for publication.

An easy-to-use obituary form can be obtained by contacting Trish Nixon at 741-8229. Forms are also available at the main office of the Delaware State News, Webbs Lane and New Burton Road, Dover.


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