Miscellaneous Sussex County, Delaware Obituaries
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Jean Kay
Beebe volunteer
Jean Kay, 83, of Brandywine Assisted Living Center, Rehoboth Beach, died Sunday, Nov. 26, 2000, at Beebe Medical Center.
Mrs. Kay was born in Wilmington, and was a 1934 graduate of Wilmington High School. She served as an ambulance driver during WWII with the American Red Cross based out of New Castle Air Base. In her younger years, she was a fashion model for several Wilmington department stores. After moving to the Cape Region, she served as a volunteer at Beebe Medical Center for 25 years. She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter S. Kay, in 1997, and a son, Stephen R. Kay, in 1999.
She is survived by a brother and sister-in-law, Ken and Marion Cashell of Wilmington; and three nieces and two nephews.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 2, at Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Atkins-Lodge Chapel, 1449 Kings Highway, Lewes, with burial in Henlopen Memorial Park, Milton. Contributions are suggested to Beebe Medical Center Ladies Auxiliary, Savannah Rd., Lewes DE 19958. 

Natalie A. Kephart
Sussex teacher
Natalie A. Kephart, 49, of Georgetown, died Sunday, Nov. 26, 2000, in Harrison House, Georgetown.
Ms. Kephart graduated from Georgetown High School in 1969 and Shepherd College in 1973. She taught at Laurel Middle School for 23 years and Jefferson High School in West Virginia for one year. She was a member of Wesley UM Church, the Laurel Education Association, Delaware State Education Association, National Education Association and Delaware Association of English Teachers. She was preceded in death by her father, Clinton A. Kephart Jr.
She is survived by her mother, Nell Kephart of Georgetown; a sister, Nancy Karen Kephart Campo of Lewes; four nieces and a great-nephew.
Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 2, at Wesley Church, Race and Laurel streets, Georgetown, where services will be held at 2 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 3. Burial will be in Union Cemetery, Georgetown. Contributions are suggested to Wesley UM Church, Race and Laurel sts., Georgetown DE 19947, or Delaware Hospice, 600 DuPont Hwy., Georgetown DE 19947. 

Malcolm L. MacKenzie
Kalmar Nyckel initiator
Malcolm Lewis MacKenzie, 74, of North Wilmington, died Monday, Nov. 27, 2000, at home.
Mr. MacKenzie was a self-employed advertiser, public relations specialist and artist. He graduated from the Maine Maritime Academy before joining the Merchant Marines. He graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design and Brown University. He was an active member of the Kiwanis Club, Sister Cities of DE, the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church Council and Blue Ball Project. He was a former Boy Scoutmaster and former president of the Brandywine Council Civic Association and founded and directed the Malcolm L. MacKenzie Association, the Delmarva Safe Sailing Association and the New Sweden Centre. In 1982 he initiated the construction of the Kalmar Nyckel and led the efforts for 10 years.
He is survived by his wife of 20 years, Marianne MacKenzie; a son, David W. MacKenzie of Wilmington; a daughter, Ellen Lee MacKenzie of Rehoboth Beach; his stepchildren, L. Adam Mekler of Baltimore, Lars Mekler of Wilmington, Ann-Marie Naughton of Wilmington and Vicki Folmar of Denville, N.J.; and his grandchildren, Jordan, Jenna, Eric, Maggie and Lukas.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 2, at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 500 Concord Ave., Wilmington, with burial private. Friends may call after 7 p.m., Friday, Dec. 1, at Doherty Funeral Home, 1900 Delaware Ave., Wilmington.
Contributions are suggested to the New Sweden Centre, 817 E. 7th St., Wilmington DE 19801. 

Agnes L. Daisey
avid reader, traveler
Agnes L. Daisey, 72, of Dagsboro, died of heart failure at her daughter's home in Salisbury, Md., Nov. 29, 2000. She was the daughter of the late James Martin Long and Pauline Agnes Long and beloved granddaughter of the late Ida M. Long. Mrs. Daisey retired from Stockley Center in Millsboro in 1994, after serving there for 15 years. An avid reader and traveler, Mrs. Daisey visited each of the 50 United States, Mexico and Canada.
She was the devoted and loving matriarch of five generations, and the children were the love of her life. Along with her parents and grandmother, Mrs. Daisey was preceded in death by her husband, Manford T. Daisey, who died in 1981; great grandson, Brandon R. Bennett, who died in 1983; and Francis O. Long, who died in 1990.
Mrs. Daisey is survived by two sons - Mack W. McCary of Roxana and Robert B. McCary of Mardela Springs, Md.; two daughters - Sylvia J. Malone of Salisbury, Md., and Denise L. Baker of Dagsboro; two brothers - Throt M. Long of Millsboro and Harley King Long of Elkton, Md.; two sisters - Maxine L. Sharp and Ann Mitchell, both of Millsboro; nine grandchildren - Sonya M. Manchin, Gail L. Foltz, R. Thomas Jones, Hunter B. McCary, Heather L. Statler, Angela L. McCary, Robert B. McCary Jr., Robert W. McCary and W. Lee Baker; eight great-grandchildren; a great-great-grandson; and her best friend and confidante of 55 years, Loreta M. Prince of Hawthorne, Calif.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 2, at the chapel of Melson Funeral Services on Thatcher Street in Frankford. Friends may call after 1 p.m. Burial will be in the Wicomico Memorial Park in Salisbury, Md. 

Helen E. Quigley
telephone operator
Helen E. Quigley, 95, of near Rehoboth Beach, died Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2000 at her residence.
Mrs. Quigley was born in Lewes and worked as a telephone operator and at the Dressco Dress Factory in Lewes.
She was predeceased by her husband, Clyde Quigley Sr., in 1955. She is survived by her sons, Robert Quigley and Clyde Quigley Jr.; her daughters, Judy Rockwell and Betty Fisher, both of Lewes, Jeanette Meade of Rockville, Md., and Jean Tyre of Easley, S.C.; 21 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren and eight great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 4, at Lewes Church of Christ, Route 1, Lewes. Friends may call one hour prior to the service. Interment will be at Henlopen Memorial Park, Milton.
Contributions are suggested to Delaware Hospice, Southern Division, 600 duPont Highway, Georgetown Professional Park, Georgetown, DE 19947.
Arrangements by Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Lewes. 

Richard "Dick" Nyhagen
former U.S. Marine
Richard M. Nyhagen III, 59, of Lewes, died of heart failure Friday, Dec. 1, 2000, at the Veteran's Administration Hospital in Elsmere.
Mr. Nyhagen was born in Chicago. He was predeceased by his parents, the late Richard M. Nyhagen Jr. and Dorothy Baruito Nyhagen. He is survived by his wife of 12 years, Betty Ringler Nyhagen; son, Billy Boyer of Newark; daughter, Lori Boyer of Lewes; step children Michael and Janette Angelo of Maryland, Robert and Mary Jane Angelo of Pennsylvania, Tamee Butche of Indiana and Richard Angelo of Maryland; and seven grandchildren.
Mr. Nyhagen served in the U.S. Marine Corps infantry until he was honorably discharged in 1960. He was a member of the Cape Region's Marine Corps League, American Legion and U.S. Merchant Marines.
Mr. Nyhagen was well-known in the Cape Region for his many years of service in area restaurants. He was a gifted cook who mentored countless young people who chose to enter professions in the restaurant business. He studied at the University of California at San Diego and taught bartending courses at Delaware Technical & Community College in Georgetown.
Friends of Mr. Nyhagen will fondly recall his years working at the Sea Horse Restaurant, where he worked as a cook, bartender and in restaurant management for 11 years. He was particularly well-known for his wit, story-telling skills and his quest to devise the ultimate prank. Mr. Nyhagen was also well-known at the Lamp Post restaurant, where he tended bar and often entertained customers with his U.S. history trivia questions.
Mr. Nyhagen was beloved by many who knew of his kindness, generous spirit and loving nature. His last wish was granted when his body was accepted in a donor program designed to unravel medical mysteries that will one day promote longer, healthier lives for others.
A service to remember and celebrate Mr. Nyhagen's life will be at 2 p.m., Friday, Dec. 8, at Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Atkins-Lodge Chapel on Kings Highway in Lewes. In lieu of flowers, contributions are suggested to Toys for Tots, where toys may be dropped off at American Legion Post 28 or the Cape Gazette office located in Midway Shopping Center. A toy collection box will be available at Parsell Funeral Home during the service. 

John P. Gibbons
retired auto painter
John P. Gibbons, 75, of Long Neck and formerly of Claymont, died Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2000, at Beebe Medical Center, Lewes.
Mr. Gibbons was a retired auto paint technician for Colonial Chevrolet in Wilmington. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Army. He received the Purple Heart and was a prisoner of war. He was a lifetime member of VFW Post 7447 of Rehoboth Beach.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret, in 1996.
He is survived by two sons, John P. Jr. of Claymont, and Gary T., at home; four daughters, Patricia Scarpato and Kelly Brower, both of Lewes, Deborah Kunz of Newark and Bonnie Becker of Claymont; a brother, James, of Virginia; three sisters, Sister Joan Mary of Philadelphia, Catherine Kelly and Joan Rickabaugh, both of New Jersey; 12 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Services were held at St. Edmond's Catholic Church, Rehoboth Beach; burial with military honors was held in Millsboro Cemetery.
Arrangements by Melson Funeral Services, Long Neck. 

James W. Jefferson Sr.
retired from Milford Memorial
James W. Jefferson Sr., 63, of Lincoln, died Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2000, of a heart attack, at home.
Mr. Jefferson retired from Milford Memorial Hospital. He was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church in Slaughter Neck and its PPR Committee. He also served as an usher, a chaplain, a lay leader and a member of the men's gospel choir. He also sang in different choirs and was a Steward of the Month.
He is survived by his wife, Mary E. of Lincoln; two sons, James W. Jr. of Milton and Solomon Lee of Lincoln; three daughters, Patricia Ann of Milton, Thelma Mae Jefferson of Flint, Mich., and Irene Allen of Lincoln; two adopted daughters, Daisey Hughes and Patricia Thomas; two sons-in-law, Donald Parker and Wardell Allen; a daughter-in-law, Marcella Jefferson; his mother, Thelma Jefferson of Baltimore; his stepmother, Loretta Jefferson of Georgetown; two sisters, Yvonne Jefferson and Delores Johnson, both of Baltimore; stepbrothers and stepsisters; and many other relatives and friends.
Services were held at Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church, with burial in Old Hickory Cemetery, Slaughter Neck. 

Virginia L. Martin
noted seamstress
Virginia L. Martin, 72, of Millsboro since 1991 and formerly of Newark and North East, Md., died Saturday, Nov. 25, 2000, at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital, Seaford.
Mrs. Martin enjoyed boating, water skiing, gardening and was an excellent seamstress. She also loved dogs. There was no sweeter or more gentle person and she will be greatly missed by those she touched.
She is survived by her husband of 32 years, Robert M. Martin; three children, Becky Buckson of Newark, Bruce Buckson of Havana, Fla., and Craig Buckson of Churchville, Md.; two sisters, Maxine Moore and Betty Sprenkle, both of Milton; and 10 grandchildren; as well as her dogs, Sparky and Cody.
Services were held at St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Millsboro.
Contributions are suggested to the American Cancer Society, 1138 Parson Road, Salisbury, MD 21801. 

William O. Thompson Sr.
retired auto dealer
William O. Thompson Sr., 78, of Cooper Farms, Wilmington, died Thursday, Nov. 30, 2000, in Christiana Hospital after a long illness.
Mr. Thompson, "Bill" to all, retired in 1986 from his own automobile business, and earlier had been in management for many years with Diver Chevrolet, Porter Chevrolet-Buick and Liberty Buick, all in the Wilmington/Newark area.
He was a 33rd degree Mason-Armstrong Lodge 26 in Newport. He was a devoted husband and an avid gardener. He deeply loved fishing and being a good and helpful neighbor, but above all, he relished spending many happy hours at his other home in Prime Hook Beach.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 25 years, Anne Pope Spicer Thompson; two sons, William O. Jr. of Hyde Park, Wilmington and Thomas N. of Lewes; four daughters, Kay Thompson of Clayton, Anne Kabino of Middletown, Lynn Bliler of Dover and Hope Mitchell of Rehoboth; his devoted and much loved grandson, William O. III, two grandchildren, Robert and Melissa Thompson, all of Hyde Park; together with many other grandchildren and several great-great-grandchildren.
Services were held at Mealey Funeral Home, Wilmington.
Contributions are suggested to the Little Sisters of the Poor, Jeanne Jugan Residence, 185 Salem Church Road, Newark, DE 19713. 

John Wesley Wine
enjoyed bingo
John Wesley Wine, 89, of Lewes, died Thursday, Nov. 30, 2000, at Harbor Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center, Lewes.
Mr. Wine was disabled his entire life. He enjoyed conversation with people, playing bingo and watching television. He lived with the Sekcienski family for 23 years before moving to the nursing home two years ago.
He is survived by Patricia and Joseph A. Sekcienski of Millsboro; their two children, Joanna Caldwelll of Felton, Joseph A. Sekcienski Jr. and James Sekcienski, both of Millsboro.
Graveside services were held at Bethel Methodist Cemetery, Lewes.
Arrangements by Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Lewes. 

Virginia Roberts Koler
retired from federal government
Virginia Roberts Koler, 79, of Lewes, died Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2000, of respiratory and heart problems at Milford Memorial Hospital.
Mrs. Koler was a graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School and attended Wilson's Teachers College, both in Washington, D.C. During her high school and college years, she was an accomplished violinist. She taught violin at the Washington Musical Institute and performed with the National Symphony Orchestra at Constitution Hall under the direction of Dr. Hans Kindler.
She began a long career with the federal government in 1941, employed first by the War Department in the Office of the Secretary of War, in Washington, D.C. and later in Dallas, Texas. Thereafter, she was employed by the highly secret National Security Agency and served with distinction until her retirement in December 1978.
In 1979, she moved from Langley Park, Md. to Lewes. She was the fourth president of Chapter 1690 of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees (NARFE), serving two terms in 1982 and 1983. She was the organizer of the NARFE, Delaware Federation of Chapters, serving as its first president. She established a service center for Delaware Federal Employees and Retirees located at Dover Air Force Base. In conjunction with this, she served as federation service officer up until the time of her death, providing information to employees and retirees in their particular time of need. She held numerous committee posts for the local chapter, including service officer and newsletter editor. She represented the local chapter at many of the National Biennial Conventions and served on the National Scholarship Review Committee since its inception four years ago.
Mrs. Koler was a member of the local David Hall Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. She was also a member of Bethel Methodist Church in Lewes, where she sang in the choir and served as treasurer for many years. She delivered meals to members of the community as a volunteer in the local Meals on Wheels program. She also utilized her teaching skills as a volunteer teacher of inmates at Sussex Correctional Institution.
She is survived by her sisters, Marcia Gibbs, of Lewes and Natalie Friend of Woodside, Calif.; a brother, Ovid E. Roberts III; nieces and nephews, Marica Gibbs of Raleigh, N.C., Barbara J. Quick of Port Jervis, N.Y., Robert Gibbs of Lewes, Laurie R. Gibbs of Dallas, and Lois V. McManus of Frostburg, Md.; grandnieces Bridgette Gibbs of Lewes and Kelly and Allison McManus of Frostburg; and grandnephews Jason, Ryan and John Quick of Port Jervis.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 16, at Bethel Methodist Church, Fourth Street, Lewes.
Contributions are suggested to Bethel Methodist Church, Lewes, DE 19958.
Arrangements by Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Lewes. 

Kenneth C. Lehman
Lewes business owner
Kenneth C. Lehman, 53, of Lewes, died Thursday, Nov. 30, 2000, at the Shock Trauma Center, Baltimore, Md.
Mr. Lehman was the co-owner, along with his wife, Susan, of Clearwater Plumbing and Bluewater Spas in Lewes for over 17 years. He had been a plumber since the age of 18. He was a master plumber and a member of the Plumbers Union Local 728 of Seaford. He was also a member of the DAV, American Legion Post 5, VFW Post 7447, and Elks Lodge 2540. He was an avid fisherman and loved his friends and enjoyed cooking. He served with the U.S. Army in the Vietnam War.
He was preceded in death by his father, James.
He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Susan C. Marsh Lehman; his mother, Doris Mitchell Lehman of Lewes; three daughters, Gretchen Lehman of Lewes, Casey Berger of Millsboro, and Kelly Lehman of Lewes; a brother, James M. Lehman R.N. of Milton; and two granddaughters, Rebecca and Elizabeth Berger.
Services were held at St. Peter's Episcopal Church, Lewes, with burial private in St. Peter's Cemetery.
Memorial contributions are suggested to University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center, 22 S. Green Street, Baltimore, MD 21201, Attn: Shock/Trauma Directors Office.
Arrangements by Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium. 

Anna "Anita" Charlotte Abele
community volunteer
Anna "Anita" Charlotte Abele, 74, of Georgetown, died Friday, Dec. 1, 2000, peacefully at home.
She was born in Poland and resided in Germany where she met her future husband. She came to the United States in January 1961 with her family and became an American citizen on May 3, 1982.
She worked for her brother, Dr. Alois Maresch in Dagsboro until his retirement. After that, she worked for Peter Doubrava Button in Georgetown, and Buttons by David, also in Georgetown, as a bookkeeper, retiring in 1990.
She was a very active member of St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church in Georgetown, and Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church in Secretary, Md., serving in numerous positions. In addition, she was very active in the community. She delivered meals to the elderly for the Georgetown Meals on Wheels for the past 28 years. She was also the treasurer for the St. Vincent de Paul Society, delivering assistance to those in need in the Georgetown and Millsboro areas. She had recently become a volunteer for Delaware Hospice.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 39 years, Hans Abele, in 1992.
She is survived by two daughters, Doris Gray of Allentown, Pa., and Elizabeth Hazzard of Millsboro; two sons, Klaus Abele of Richmond, Va., and Andrew Abele of Georgetown, with whom she resided; a brother, Dr. Alois Maresch of Pompano Beach, Fla.; a sister, Gerda Gliniecki of Munich, Germany; nine grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Services were held at St. Michael's Catholic Church, Georgetown, with burial in Union Cemetery, Georgetown.
Contributions are suggested to the St. Vincent de Paul Society, c/o St. Michael the Archangel Church, Georgetown; the Meals on Wheels Program, c/o The CHEER Center, Sand Hill Road, Georgetown; or Delaware Hospice, Southern Division, 600 DuPont Highway, Georgetown, DE 19947.
Arrangements by Watson Funeral Home, Millsboro. 

Michael P. Feeney
retired from IBM
Michael P. Feeney, 63, of Rosewell, Ga. and formerly of Wilmington, died Thursday, Nov. 30, 2000.
Mr. Feeney was a U.S. Army veteran, a member of St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church for 26 years and a member of the Knights of Columbus. He retired from IBM after 31 years of service and was presently employed at the EXPO Design Center.
He is survived by his wife, Suzanne Feeney of Roswell, Ga.; his children, Megan and Gary Johnson of New Bern, N.C., Julie and Daniel Feeney of Dahlonega, Ga., and Christi and Joseph Feeney of Dallas, Texas; his sisters, Nancy Farrell of Washington, D.C., Claire Day of Gainseville, Fla. and Susan Kerwin of Rehoboth Beach; his brothers and their wives, Donald and Doris Feeney of Parkersburg, W.Va., Peter and Retta Feeney of New Castle; a granddaughter, Brianna Danielle Johnson of New Bern, N.C.; and several nieces and nephews.
Services were held at St. Thomas Aquinas Church, with burial in Sawnee Memorial Gardens.
Contributions are suggested to the Hispanic Ministry of St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, 535 Rucker Road, Alpharetta, GA 30004, or to the Center for the Visually Impaired, 763 Peachtree St., Atlanta, GA 30308. 

Edmond J. Golden
NASA executive
Edmond J. Golden, 78, of Rehoboth Beach, died Sunday, Dec. 3, 2000, of cancer at home.
Mr. Golden was educated at St. Joseph's University in Philadelphia. He served in the Army during World War II as an enlisted and commissioned officer.
He spent most of his federal career with NASA, starting in Huntsville, Ala., and served as the deputy director of procurement at the Goddard Space Flight Center. He was later appointed to the position of deputy assistant administrator for procurement. He was the senior representative of the NASA delegation to the first meeting of the European Space Research Organization in Paris, which was a consortium of 10 European countries participating in the Skylab and Space Shuttle programs.
He served as a consultant to the State Department "Embassy Rebuild" program, familiarizing American contractors in Nicosia, Greece and San Salvador, El Salvador. He also assisted the Federal Railroad Administrator on the Northeast Corridor Project while working with the Ralph M. Parsons Company for five years.
He was a member of St. Edmond's parish and served as cochair of the finance council for 10 years. He was a member of the Rehoboth Beach Country Club and the Delaware Academy of Lifelong Learning.
He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 40 years, Irene, in 1990.
He is survived by three children, Edmond J. Jr. of Gaithersburg, Md., Michelle A. Golden of Falls Church, Va. and Jacquelyn Sullivan of Poolesville, Md., two sisters; two brothers and five grandchildren.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 7, at St. Edmond's Catholic Church, Rehoboth Beach, with burial in Epworth Cemetery, Rehoboth Beach.
Contributions are suggested to Delaware Hospice, Southern Division, S. Dupont Highway, Georgetown, DE 19947.
Arrangements by Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Lewes. 

Lisa J. Pink
store manager
Lisa J. Pink, 40, of Millsboro, died Saturday, Dec. 2, 2000, as a result of an automobile accident on Long Neck Road Saturday evening.
Mrs. Pink was born in Milford and was a manager for Uncle Willie's in Bridgeville.
She was preceded in death by her father, Charles Marvel, in 1986, and by her son, Gregory Keith Rogers, who was involved in the auto accident with her.
She is survived by her husband, Bryan K. Pink; her mother, Norma L. Darby and her stepfather, Elliot Darby of Laurel; a daughter, Kiley H. Purcell and her husband Royce of Dagsboro; a stepdaughter, Brittane Morgan Henderson and a stepson, Brandon Michael Henderson, both of Witchita, Kansas; a brother, Charles Marvel Jr. of Felton; three sisters, Gail Bunting and her husband Wendell of Selbyville, Charlene Lewis and her husband Gordon of Hebron, Md. and Marlene Spicer and her husband Mark of Blades; two stepbrothers, Eric Darby and his wife Brandy of Killeen, Texas, and Patrick Darby and his wife Inga of Hinesville, Ga.; a stepsister, Renee Thompson and her husband Steve of Lewes; 11 nephews; four nieces; and the light of her life, her grandson, Royce Purcell III, of Dagsboro.
Services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7, from the Chapel of Melson Funeral Services, Long Neck, with burial in St. George's Cemetery, Clarksville.
Arrangements by Melson Funeral Services, Long Neck. 

G. Keith Rogers
Millsboro resident
G. Keith Rogers, 19, of Millsboro, died Saturday, Dec. 2, 2000, as a result of an automobile accident on Long Neck Road Saturday evening.
Mr. Rogers was born in Lewes and resided in Millsboro.
He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Olive and Alvin Rogers; his uncle Bruce Rogers; his maternal grandfather, Charles W. Marvel; and his mother, Lisa J. Pink, who was involved in the auto accident with him.
He is survived by his fiancée, Laura Taylor; his father, Gregory Kent Rogers and his wife Theresa of Lincoln; his stepfather, Bryan Pink of Dover; his maternal grandmother, Norma L. Darby and her husband Elliott; two sisters, Kiley H. Purcell and her husband Royce Jr. of Dagsboro, and Nicole Rogers of Lincoln; a stepsister, Brittane Morgan Henderson and stepbrother, Brandon Michael Henderson, both of Witchita, Kansas; a nephew, Royce Purcell III of Dagsboro; four aunts, Donna Gail Esham of Frankford, Gail Bunting of Selbyville and Charlene Lewis of Hebron, Md. and Marlene Spicer of Blades; an uncle, Charles W. Marvel Jr. of Felton; step-aunt Tammy Knott and her husband Joe of Hollywood, Md.; grandparents Robert and Lois Hochstedler of Milford; stepuncle Robert Hochstedler and his wife Sheilah of San Diego, Calif.; and many close friend.
Services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7, from the Chapel of Melson Funeral Services, Long Neck, with burial in St. George's Cemetery, Clarksville.
Arrangements by Melson Funeral Services, Long Neck. 

Vicki W. Massey
Sussex employee
Vicki W. Massey, 51, of Seaford, died Sunday, Dec. 3, 2000, at Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, Md.
Mrs. Massey was employed as a secretary at The Recorder of Deeds office in the Sussex County Courthouse, Georgetown.
She was preceded in death by her father, Gerald Walter. She is survived by her mother and stepfather, Delores and Harry McIlvain, and her husband, James Massey, all of Seaford; sons and daughters-in-law, Charles and Lori Bredbenner Jr. of Laurel and Clint and Michele Bredbenner of Seaford; a brother, Larry Walter of Orlando, Fla.; and three grandchildren.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7, at Short Funeral Home, Laurel, with burial in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Laurel. 

Richard "Dick" Nyhagen
former U.S. Marine
Richard M. Nyhagen III, 59, of Lewes, died of heart failure Friday, Dec. 1, 2000, at the Veteran's Administration Hospital in Elsmere.
Mr. Nyhagen was born in Chicago. He was predeceased by his parents, the late Richard M. Nyhagen Jr. and Dorothy Baruito Nyhagen. He is survived by his wife of 12 years, Betty Ringler Nyhagen; son, Billy Boyer of Newark; daughter, Lori Boyer of Lewes; step children Michael and Janette Angelo of Maryland, Robert and Mary Jane Angelo of Pennsylvania, Tamee Butche of Indiana and Richard Angelo of Maryland; and seven grandchildren.
Mr. Nyhagen served in the U.S. Marine Corps infantry until he was honorably discharged in 1960. He was a member of the Cape Region's Marine Corps League, American Legion and U.S. Merchant Marines.
Mr. Nyhagen was well-known in the Cape Region for his many years of service in area restaurants. He was a gifted cook who mentored countless young people who chose to enter professions in the restaurant business. He studied at the University of California at San Diego and taught bartending courses at Delaware Technical & Community College in Georgetown.
Friends of Mr. Nyhagen will fondly recall his years working at the Sea Horse Restaurant, where he worked as a cook, bartender and in restaurant management for 11 years. He was particularly well-known for his wit, story-telling skills and his quest to devise the ultimate prank. Mr. Nyhagen was also well-known at the Lamp Post restaurant, where he tended bar and often entertained customers with his U.S. history trivia questions.
Mr. Nyhagen was beloved by many who knew of his kindness, generous spirit and loving nature. His last wish was granted when his body was accepted in a donor program designed to unravel medical mysteries that will one day promote longer, healthier lives for others.
A service to remember and celebrate Mr. Nyhagen's life will be at 2 p.m., Friday, Dec. 8, at Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Atkins-Lodge Chapel on Kings Highway in Lewes. In lieu of flowers, contributions are suggested to Toys for Tots, where toys may be dropped off at American Legion Post 28 or the Cape Gazette office located in Midway Shopping Center. A toy collection box will be available at Parsell Funeral Home during the service. 

Earl A. Irelan
retired millwright
Earl A. Irelan, 91, of Lewes, died Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2000, at Beebe Medical Center, Lewes.
Mr. Irelan retired in 1971 after 38 years as a millwright of duPont Company, Edgemoor yard division. After retirement, he worked as a carpenter for his son, Donald E. Irelan, who died in September of this year. He was also predeceased by a grandson, David William Irelan, in 1977.
He is survived by his wife, Mildred B. Irelan of Lewes; two daughters, Phyllis Fadeley and her husband Donald of Millsboro, and Shirley Wilderman and her husband Joseph of Newark; eight grandchildren, Donald W. Irelan, Carole Crescenci, Patti Cropper, Jeffrey Stoops, Lisa Trusty, Jennifer Oliver, Kevin Stoops and Kimberly Baccino; 19 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.
Services will be held at 4 p.m., Friday, Dec. 8, at Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Atkins-Lodge Chapel, 1449 Kings Highway, Lewes. Burial will be private in Gracelawn Memorial Park, Wilmington. 

Joseph Cross Chambers
chemical dependency counselor
Joseph Cross Chambers, 39, of Dover, died suddenly on Sunday, Dec. 3, 2000, in DelRay Beach, Fla.
Mr. Chambers received his bachelor's degree in social work from the University of Akron. Throughout his career he assisted many with his expertise as a chemical dependency counselor. He loved to sail and loved life.
He is survived by his parents, Jane Barnard Chambers and George E. Chambers Jr. of Lewes; his wife, Karen L. Chambers of Dover; a stepdaughter, Nicole Lowe of Newark; a stepson, Sean Dixon of Akron, Oh.; a brother George E. Chambers III of Lewes; a sister, Margie Hear and her husband Ray of Gambrills, Md.; a brother, Robin Chambers and his wife Toi of Alexandria, Va.; three nieces, six nephews and many close friends.
Service and burial will be private. The family suggests contributions to the American Liver Society, 75 Maiden Lane, Suite 603, New York NY 10038-4810.

Paul C. Williams
bank vice president
Paul C. Williams, 83, of Dagsboro, died Monday, Dec. 4, 2000, at the Millsboro Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, Millsboro.
Mr. Williams was a native of Dagsboro and vice president and branch manager of Farmer's Bank of Dagsboro, retiring in 1981 after 43 years of service. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army Air Corps, serving in WWII and a member of Bethel United Methodist Church in Dagsboro, as well as the Doric Masonic Lodge 30 AF&AM in Millville. His wife, Hilda Hudson Williams, died in 1999, and his son, Gerald Lee Williams, died in 1998.
He is survived by two daughters, Jane W. Barham of Hockessin and Linda C. Tingle of Georgetown; two brothers, Harry Williams of Bena, Va. and Jack Cannon of Florida; a sister, Frances Van Kleeck of Dewey Beach; three grandchildren; and a great-grandson.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m., Friday, Dec. 8, at Watson Funeral Home, 211 Washington St., Millsboro, where friends may call at noon. Burial will be private. Contributions are suggested to the American Heart Assn. of DE, Suite 104, 600 N. duPont Hwy., Georgetown DE 19947.

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