Miscellaneous Sussex County, Delaware Obituaries

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Clifford M. Wolsterholme,
interior decorator
Clifford M. "Cliff" Wolsterholme, 89, of CHEER Apartments, Georgetown, died Thursday, July 26, at Beebe Medical Center, Lewes, after a battle with pneumonia.
Mr. Wolsterholme was a surveyor for the U.S. government until serving in the Army Air Corps during WWII. After moving to Harbeson in 1945, he opened a furniture repair and refinishing business, later creating wood carvings and antique reproductions. Ultimately, he became an interior decorator and he and his wife, Mary Ellen sold furniture, carpet and draperies.
After retiring in 1970 due to an illness, Mr. Wolsterholme continues his passion for wood working by designing and making furniture. His creations were featured in several popular woodworking magazines and also enjoyed oil painting, animals and raising greenhouse plants. He moved to the CHEER Apartments in January, 2000, where he made some special friends. He was a true inspiration to those around him as he remained determined to live alone since his wife's death in 1983.
He is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Elaine and Dave Betts of Lewes.
Services were private. 

Elsie F. Davis,
Milton homemaker
Elsie F. Davis, 95, of Milton, died Sunday, Aug. 5, 2001, at home.
Mrs. Davis was born in Delaware, the daughter of the late James and Debrah Bennett Palmer. She was a homemaker.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Owen Lee Davis, in 1972, and by her sisters.
She is survived by a daughter, Barbara Hudson of Milton; three grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and 17 great-great-grandchildren.
Services were held at Short Funeral Services, Milton, with burial in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Milton. 

Thomas Earle Bourne Jr.,
retired company prexy
Thomas Earle Bourne Jr., 77, the president of Schindler's Peanut Products, Inc., died of congestive heart failure Sunday, Aug. 5, 2001, at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Washington, D.C.
Mr. Bourne was born in Baltimore, grew up in University Park, Md., and graduated from Hyattsville High School in 1939. He earned a bachelor of science degree in accounting at the University of Maryland in 1943 and was a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity. He served in France, Germany and Austria with the 44th Infantry Division during WWII under General Dean and received a bronze star for his heroic actions. After the war, he remained active in the Army Reserves until 1953, when he was honorably discharged as a first lieutenant.
As a young man, Mr. Bourne taught at the University of Maryland and later worked as a staff accountant with the Baltimore office of Peat, Marwick, Mitchell and Co., CPA firm. In 1951, he joined the family business, Schindler Peanut Products, Inc., retiring as president in 1982. He was a member of the National Capitol Bank Board of Directors in Washington, D.C. from 1976-82.
Active in his community, Mr. Bourne served in various capacities with the American Red Cross Prince Georges County Chapter and the Rotary Club of College Park, as well as a chapter advisor for the University of Maryland Sigma Chi Fraternity from 1956-66. He was also a long time member of the Maryland Terrapin Club. Upon retirement, Mr. Bourne moved to Rehoboth Beach where he became active in the American Legion Post 5 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7447.
Survivors include two sons, William T. of Dunkirk, Md. and Thomas E. III of San Francisco; five daughters, Joyce K. Yokley of Potomac, Md., Ann F. Gallagher of Bel Air, Md., Mary J. Marshall of Rehoboth Beach and Margaret M. Bourne and Grace C. Previti of San Francisco; two brothers, John Bourne of University Park and Richard Bourne of College Park; a sister, Mary Louise Merryman of West Salem, Oh.; and 15 grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 9:30 a.m., Monday, Aug. 20, at Arlington National Cemetery with military honors. 

Alfred Robert Mezzadra,
SYSCO truck driver
Alfred Robert Mezzadra, 63, of Millsboro, died Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2001, at Beebe Medical Center in Lewes.
Mr. Mezzadra was born in Baltimore, Md. He was a truck driver for SYSCO.
He is survived by his wife of 26 years, Beverley Ann Mezzadra; his sons, Ronald Strack and Charles "Jack" Strack and his wife Jaime; his daughters, Deborah Bell and her husband Sam and Kimberley Strack; a brother, Robert; his sister, Donna Haupt; and his grandchildren Ronald Strack, Samuel Bell III, Amber Bell, Brittany Strack, Jilleigh Strack, Jenna Strack and Jaclynn Strack.
Memorial services were held at Conley's Chapel in Angola.
Contributions are suggested to the American Cancer Society, 92 Read's Way, Suite 205, New Castle, DE 19720.
Arrangements by Melson Funeral Services, Long Neck. 

Mildred T. Hopkins,
retired bookkeeper
Mildred T. Hopkins, 94, of Denton, Md. and formerly of Queen Anne, Md., died Saturday, Aug. 11, 2001, in the Homestead Manor in Denton.
She had lived in the midshore area all her life. She had been a bookkeeper for Eley Lumber Co. in Queen Anne. She had lived in St. Mark's Village in Easton for 11 years until she moved to Homestead Manor Oct. 25, 1999. She was a member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Hillsboro.
She was preceded in death by her husband, E. Roy Hopkins in 1976; and a sister, Agnes Larrimore.
She is survived by two nieces, Marjorie Reynolds of Palm Coast, Fla., and Cordelia L. Fisher of Rehoboth Beach.
Services were held at the Moore Funeral Home, with burial in Greenmount Cemetery in Hillsboro.
Contributions are suggested to the Queen Anne-Hillsboro Volunteer Fire Co., P.O. Box 226, Queen Anne, MD 21657. 

Cynthia R. Norwood-Taylor,
retired librarian
Cynthia R. Norwood-Taylor, 80, of Belltown, near Lewes, died Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2001, in Beebe Medical Center.
Mrs. Taylor moved to Philadelphia were she worked as a librarian for Philadelphia Free Library. She moved back to Delaware after retiring in 1983.
She was a member of Israel United Methodist Church, serving as workshop leader for the United Methodist Women and in the senior choir, on the trustee board and the nominations and personnel committees, as a public relations person and as chairperson of the Church & Society committee. She was also a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of VFW Post 10683 and of the Lewes Senior Center, and was a Beebe Medical Center volunteer.
She is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, John N. "Johnny" and Brenda Moore of Philadelphia; three grandchildren, Johnny Moore Jr. of New York City, Michelle Gilbert Owens of Philadelphia, and Angelic Edwards of Atlanta; six great-grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Eva Norwood of Lewes; five nieces, Deborah Y. Norwood and Marian Norwood, both of Dover; Betty J. Street of Milton, Trudy N. Jackson of Millsboro, and Judy Cannon of Lewes; and two nephews, Thomas E. Norwood of Lewes and William V. Street of Milton.
Services will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 14, at Israel United Methodist Church, with burial in Israel United Methodist Church Cemetery.
Contributions are suggested to the Israel United Methodist Church building fund. 

Rexual C. Murray,
retired farmer
Rexual C. Murray, 90, of Whaleyville, Md., died Friday, Aug. 10, 2001 of heart failure in the Berlin Nursing Home, Berlin, Md.
Mr. Murray was a graduate of Berlin High School. He was active in the poultry industry and farming. He was a member of Salem United Methodist Church, Selbyville, and a member of Doric Masonic Lodge 30, AF&AM of Millville.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 67 years, Mary E. Murray, in 1999.
He is survived by a son, Gerald E. Murray and his wife, Betty of Keenwick; two daughters, Elizabeth Joyce McCoy of Rehoboth Beach and Janice M. Powell and her husband, Albert of Frankford; a sister, Madeline Clay of Jacksonville, Fla.; two stepbrothers, Lacy of Selbyville and Welton of Whaleyville; three grandchildren, Sherry Norton and her husband Michael of Dagsboro, Mary Elizabeth McCoy of Rehoboth Beach and Barbara Ann Hansen and her husband David of Portland, Ore.; and two great-grandchildren, Christopher and Lindsey Norton, both of Dagsboro.
Services and burial were private.
Arrangements by Melson Funeral Services, Frankford. 

Linda Rogers Needles,
Hercules employee
Linda Rogers Needles, 46, of New Castle, died Thursday, Aug. 9, 2001 of breast cancer at home, with her husband Bobby at her side.
Mrs. Needles was born in St. John, New Brunswick, Canada in 1955 and moved to Wilmington with her parents, John Rogers of Wilmington and the late Joyce Rogers. She was a graduate of Mount Pleasant High School Class of 1973 and attended Lincoln Memorial College before graduating from Delaware Technical & Community College in 1979. A longtime employee of the Hercules Company Research Center, she was an active member of the Wellness Community of Delaware.
In addition to her husband and father, she is survived by a stepdaughter, Kelley Needles; and two stepgrandsons, Michael and Matthew, both of Rehoboth Beach; a brother, Bruce, of McLean, Va.; and her paternal grandmother, Avila Rogers of Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada.
Services will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 15, at Beeson Memorial Services, Newark.
Contributions are suggested to the Wellness Community of Delaware, 4810 Lancaster Pike, Wilmington, DE 19807; or Compassionate Care Hospice, 623 W. Newport Pike, Wilmington, DE 19804. 

Elizabeth Noble Wilson,
retired school teacher
Elizabeth Noble Wilson, 89, of Rehoboth Beach, died Sunday, Aug. 12, 2001, at Harbor Healthcare, Lewes, following a lengthy illness.
Mrs. Wilson was born in Wilmington and graduated from the University of Delaware in 1933. She arrived in Rehoboth Beach in 1934 to accept a teaching position and taught school in the Rehoboth Special School District for 31 years, mostly in second grade, retiring in 1974. Following her retirement, she continued to serve local children, volunteering to play the piano in the kindergarten for another 23 years. She was a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Rehoboth Beach, the Village Improvement Association, the Rehoboth Beach Country Club, the Sussex Gardeners and participated in many other community affairs.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, Hubert O. Noble in 1971; and her second husband, Earl M. Wilson, in 1985.
She is survived by a son, George Denny Noble of Forestville, Calif.; and two stepdaughters Dorothy W. Reeder of Newark and Joan Avalotis of Stewart, Fla.
Services to be held at Westminster Presbyterian Church on Thursday, Aug. 16 at 11 a.m. 

Guy Clary,
Red Lion resident
Guy Clary, 40, of Red Lion, Pa., died Sunday, Aug. 12, in Alabama.
He is survived by three children, Chad, Elliott and Laura Su; with their mother, Suk Hyon Geesey and Moriag Angela and her mother Georgiana Robinson Clary, all of Red Lion, Pa.; his mother, Patricia L. Clary of Lewes; his father, Ronald P. Clary of Visalia, Calif.; sisters, Gail Clary of Lewes, Jan C. Matthews of Enola, Pa. and Jill C. Wright of Milton; and his brother, John Clary of York, Pa.
Services will be held at 2 p.m., Friday, Aug. 17, at the Danner Funeral Home, 822 East Market Street, York, Pa.
A trust fund is being created for his children. 

R. Lee Palmer,
retired from Post Office
R. Lee Palmer, 71, of Lewes, died Sunday, Aug. 12, 2001, at Beebe Medical Center.
Mr. Palmer was a loving husband, father, grandfather and brother. He served as class president of the Lewes High School Class of 1949. He was a member of Bethel United Methodist Church, Lewes; a charter member of the Cape Henlopen Elks Lodge 2540; and a member of the American Legion Post in Lewes. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1950 to 1954. He retired from the Lewes Post Office after serving as a rural mail carrier for 12 years.
He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Elaine "Bunny" Palmer; three sons, Jeff and his wife Laurie of Bear, Greg and his wife Terri of Haddon Heights, N.J., and Russ and his wife Nicole of Lewes; a daughter, Ellen Ritchie and her husband Steve of Middletown; two sisters, Agnes Allen of Lewes and Jean Howarth and her husband Cliff of Seaford; and 13 grandchildren, Brian and Jennifer Palmer of Bear; Jason, David, Gregory and Michele Palmer of Haddon Heights, N.J.; Zachary, Lauren, Alison and Dane Palmer of Lewes; and Kyle, Erin and Chad Ritchie of Middletown.
Graveside services were held at Bethel Methodist Cemetery, Lewes.
Contributions are suggested to Bethel United Methodist Church Trustees, W. 4th Street, Lewes, DE 19958, or to Beebe Medical Center, Same Day Surgery or ER divisions, Lewes.
Arrangements by Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Lewes. 

Charles P. "Polk" Spicer Sr.,
Former Secretary of Agriculture
Charles P. "Polk" Spicer Sr., 84, of Georgetown, died Friday, Aug. 10, 2001, in Harrison House, Georgetown.
Mr. Spicer was a self-employed farmer for many years. He was also a partner of Jack Spicer Real Estate Co. in Georgetown. He was a member of Providence United Methodist Church and a former member of the board of Realtors. He served as Delaware Secretary of Agriculture in the 1950s. He was instrumental in starting the Young Republicans of Delaware, served on the advisory board for Wilmington Trust and was past president of the Farm Bureau.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Evelyn Koster Spicer, in 1983.
He is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Charles P. and Winnie Spicer of Georgetown and Jack and Maria Spicer of Bethesda, Md.; four grandchildren, John Matthew Spicer, Cara Spicer, Cassandra Spicer and Tim Spicer.
Services to be held at Short Funeral Services Inc., Georgetown at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 15, where friends may call one hour prior, with burial in Union Cemetery.
Contributions are suggested to Providence United Methodist Church, Georgetown. 

Dr. Clifton T. Browne,
college faculty member
Dr. Clifton T. Browne, 81, of Dover, died Wednesday, July 18, 2001, at Bayhealth-Kent General Hospital, Dover.
A native Delawarean raised by his grandparents in Lewes, Dr. Browne graduated from the High School at Delaware State College for Colored Students and from Delaware State College. He served in the US Air Force for nearly three years as a military policeman prior to graduating from college and was honorably discharged. Through the GI Bill and scholarships and grants from the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), he attended the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Work, receiving a master of social work degree.
He began working as a settlement house worker in Minneapolis before moving to New York City. During the next 36 years he was employed in increasingly higher positions, eventually being appointed to the faculty of Hunter College School of Social Work as an assistant professor. During his tenure there, he entered the doctoral program at Adelphi University where he received the doctor of social welfare degree in 1981.
Subsequently he was promoted to associate professor, retiring in 1990 from the Department of Social Work. He was a contributing member of the department until May 2001.
He is survived by his wife, Susan Young Browne of Dover; two sons, Chris Browne of Los Angeles and Hugh Browne of New York City; a stepson and his wife, James and Leola Young of Mt. Laurel, N.J.; a stepdaughter and her husband, Dr. Lynnette and Dr. Cordell Overby of East Lansing, Mich.; four grandchildren; a grandson-in-law; a devoted cousin, Esthelda Selby of Milton; a devoted foster daughter, Diane Little of Dover; and other relatives and friends.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 18, at Whatcoat United Methodist Church, 341 Saulsbury Road, Dover.
Contributions are suggested to the Dr. Clifton T. Browne Scholarship Fund, c/o Mrs. Elaine Bowers, Department of Social Work, Delaware State University, 1200 N. DuPont Hwy., Dover DE 19901. 

August "Gus" Schroeder,
general laborer
August Adam "Gus" Schroeder, 62, of Elkton, Md., died Thursday, Aug. 9, 2001, at home of heart failure.
Born in Wilmington, Mr. Schroeder was a general laborer for many years in Wilmington, New Castle and Elkton. He enjoyed boats and loved the outdoors and fishing.
He is survived by his brothers, William "Bill" Schroeder of Rehoboth Beach and George Schroeder of Milford; several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his parents, Harry and Charlotte Harrison Schroeder.
A service will be held at 10 a.m., Friday, Aug. 17, at the Gee Funeral Home, 259 E. Main Street, Elkton, Md., with burial in Cathedral Cemetery, Wilmington. Contributions are suggested to the August "Gus" Schroeder Memorial Fund, c/o Gee Funeral Home. 

Wilburn "Tex" Marshall,
retired captain
Captain Wilburn "Tex" Marshall, 81, died Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2001.
He was a husband, father, grandfather, friend, conservationist and a "man's man." He will be deeply missed.
Born in Troup, Texas in 1919, the second of six rowdy boys, during his formative years, Tex went to school and picked cotton to help support his family during the depression. Being the independent young man that he was, he left home at the age of 16 and joined the Conservation Corps. This is how he survived and learned a great appreciation for the land.
When he was old enough, Tex joined the Merchant Marines and saw action in WWII. It was during that time that me met the love of his life, a student nurse at Beebe Hospital, Dorothy Millman. They were married in 1944. Following the war, he joined Sun Oil Company of Marcus Hook, Pa.,, retiring after 23 years of sea life and beginning a new career closer to home as captain on the "new" Cape May-Lewes Ferry. Feeling the need to have the ocean under his feet again, Tex left the ferry and hooked up with APEX Marine of New York, taking several world "cruises" aboard the super tankers before retiring.
Tex was a man of the earth and enjoyed camping and teaching his children about the land he loved. He played with his children and grandchildren, built birdhouses, was addicted to golf and was always a gentleman.
Captain Marshall will always be remembered by his wife of 56 years, Dorothy Millman Marshall, his daughter, Shirley Marshall-DeMar of Jacksonville, N.C., his son, Glenn A. Marshall of Millsboro, his youngest brother, Barnet G. Marshall Jr. of Lampasse, Texas, and two grandchildren, Elizabeth DeMar and Joshua Marshall.
The family would like to invite friends of Tex to a Celebration of Life at 3 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 18, at Bethel Methodist Church, Fourth and Market streets, Lewes. Contributions are suggested to the Alzheimer's Association, 919 North Michigan Ave., Suite 1100, Chicago, Ill. 60611-1671. Write "100 Percent to Research" on the check.

Wanda C. Mangler,
retired federal worker
Wanda C. Mangler, 78, of Milford and formerly of Edgewood, Iowa, died Sunday, Oct. 21, 2001, at home.
Mrs. Mangler was previously a telephone operator in Edgewood and also worked as a federal employee for the U.S. Army. She was very devoted to her family and touched many lives with her kind and gentle heart.
She was preceded in death by a grandson, Thomas Anthony Mangler.
She is survived by her husband, Eldon William Mangler of Milford; four sons, Eldon R. of Phoenix, Ariz., David C. of Lewes, Dennis L. and Douglas A., both of Bellevue, Iowa; 12 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
Services and burial were private.
Contributions are suggested to a favorite charity or church of choice.
Arrangements by Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Lewes. 

George Albert Betts,
state highway employee
George Albert Betts, 73, of Milton, died Monday, Oct. 22, 2001, at home.
Mr. Betts was born in Ellendale, the son of the late Gove and Clara Betts. He was a grader operator for the state highway department for 37 years, retiring in 1990.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Alice Mae Bullock Betts, in 1990; a brother, Gove Betts; and a sister, Hilda Willey.
He is survived by two sons and a daughter-in-law, James A. Betts and Barry and Sandy Betts, all of Milton; a close friend, Dolly Moore of Ocean View; a brother, J. Edward Betts of Georgetown; four sisters, Lib Moore Smith of Milford, Bertie Clendaniel of Georgetown, Ruth Wilson of Millsboro and Pearl Carmean of Milford; three grandsons; a step-grandchild; five great-grandchildren; and four step-grandchildren.
Services to be held at Short Funeral Home, Milton, at 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25, with burial in McColleys Cemetery, Redden. Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Short Funeral Home. 

Helen Louise Beck
Hospital Volunteer
Helen Louise Beck, 75, wife of Washington, D.C. lawyer John A. Beck, died of pancreatic cancer at her Henlopen Acres home Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2001.
Mrs. Beck, a native of Missouri, grew up in Missouri and Oklahoma. She and her husband of 55 years were classmates in grade and high school. She attended the University of Missouri and served in several secretarial positions for the Federal government. She was an active participant in activities at the University Club of Washington, D.C., where her husband is the senior past president.
She was a member of the Women's Board of Columbia Hospital for Women in Washington, D.C. and was a volunteer in the auxiliary of the Eisenhower Medical Center, Rancho Mirage, Calif. They are resided in Rancho Mirage where she was active in the women's golf program at the Thunderbird Country Club.
Her son, John Jr., is a vice president of Sandy Spring Bank and the current president of the Kiwanis Club of Bethesda. Her son Scott is a partner in the financial services firm of Columbia Financial Advisors, immediate past president of the University Club of Washington, D.C. and current president of the Tewaaraton Trophy Foundation.
Accompanied by her husband, Mrs. Beck traveled around and to the far reaches of the globe, from the Arctic Circle to the southern tip of New Zealand. Her latest trip was a safari to Kenya and Tanzania.
Mrs. Beck is survived by her husband of 55 years; her sons and daughters-in-law, John A. Beck Jr. and Marie and Scott E. Beck and Laura; and four grandchildren, Melissa Sage Beck, John A. Beck III, William Taylor Beck and Allison Ann Beck.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 27, at St. George's Chapel, Route 23, Angola, with burial in All Saints' Cemetery, adjacent to the church.
A memorial service will be held at the University Club of Washington, D.C., 1135 16th Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20036 at 11 a.m., Friday, Nov. 2.
The family suggests contributions to the Delaware Hospice, Southern Division, 600 N. Dupont Hwy., Georgetown DE 19947, or All Saints' Episcopal Church, 18 Olive Ave., Rehoboth Beach DE 19971.
Arrangements were made by Parsell Funeral Homes and Crematorium, 1449 Kings Highway, Lewes. 

Dorothy E. Jefferson,
accomplished artist
Dorothy E. Jefferson, 96, of Milton died Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2001 at Wicomico Nursing Home in Salisbury, Md.
She was born in Frankford, the daughter of the late James and Eva Belle Taylor Williams. She moved to Milton more than 70 years ago to teach school.
She was a member of St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church and the Alter Guild. Dorothy was a member and volunteer at the Milton Senior Center for many years, as well as a member of the Milton Century Club. She was an accomplished painter and was featured on the WBOC "Next Door Neighbor" in 1990.
She was a resident of Wicomico Nursing Home for the past five years. Her husband, William H. Jefferson, died in 1977.
She is survived by a son, Truitt W. Jefferson, and his wife, Virginia, of Milton; daughter Eleanor Hoekstra and her husband, Robert of Salisbury, Md.; daughter Sara Belle Larmore and her husband Sheldon of Salisbury, Md.; three grandchildren, Lisa Arias, Laura Nover and David Larmore; two great granddaughters.
Sevices were held Sunday, Oct. 21, at Short Funeral Services, 416 Federal St., Milton. 

Mildred V. Schleh,
active church member
Mildred V. Schleh, 85, of Milton, died Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2001 at her home surrounded by her family. Mrs. Schleh was born in McElhattan, Pa., the daughter of the late Edgar II and Olive Miller Bierly. She was a homemaker.
She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and friend with many children over the years through teaching youth group. She loved her Lord and always reminded all to "stay close to Jesus."
She love the youth and was involved with many children over the years through teaching youth group, Sunday school, vacation Bible school and through giving many piano lessons along the way.
She was a member of the Grace Church in Milton for 32 years. Her husband, Rev. Lester Schleh served as pastor of the church from 1969-1977 and preceded her in death in 1991. She served for many years as the church's organist, as well as its choir director, and was very active with the Alliance Women's Group.
She also enjoyed visiting nursing home residents and calling her many friends of the phone just to check in on them. In addition to her husband, she is preceded in death by a grandson, Daniel West Jr.
She is survived by eight children, including Janet Elaine Baker of Manassas, Va., Carolyn Ruth West of Cincinnati, Elizabeth "Betty" Karen west of Sun, River, Miss., Esther Schleh Ilaugen of Sterling, Va., Faith Patricia Lowe of Georgetown, Grace Rebecca "Becky" Sockriter of Milton, James Daniel Schleh of Orlando, and John David Schleh of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. She is also survived by 17 grandchildren, six great grandchildren and one great great granddaughter.
Services are scheduled at 10 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 27 at Grace Church on Union Street in Milton. Friends may call 7-9 p.m., Friday, Oct. 26, in the chapel of Short Funeral Services, Federal Street, Milton. Contributions in Mrs. Schleh's memory can also be made to Delaware Hospice, 600 Dupont Highway, Georgetown, DE 19947. 

Nathan C. Briley,
served in U.S. Coast Guard
Nathan C. Briley Jr., 57, of Milton, died Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2001 at the Lewes Convalescent Center. He served in the United States Coast Guard and had been employed for many years as a heavy equipment operator in the area.
Survivors include a daughter, Angela (Jeannie) Briley-Wallo of Milton; daughter, Terri Strine of Wilmington; daughter, Loretta Ostroski of Lewes; sister, Doris Broughton of Newbern, N.C.; sister, Evelyn Miller of Bayboro, N.C., sister, Betty Ann Rawls of Greenwood, S.C.; granddaughter, Sydney Renee Ostroski; and grandson, Jackson Tyler Ostroski, both of Lewes.
He is also survived by his ex-wife Virginia Jobora of Lewes, several nieces and nephews and an extended family at the Lewes Convalescent Center.
Memorial services will be at 2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 27, at the Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium Atkins-Lodge Chapel, 1449 Kings Highway, Lewes, with Chaplain Robert T. Mylod officiating. Friends may call after 1 p.m. Burial will be private. Memorials may be made to Beebe Medical Center School of Nursing, East Market Street, Lewes, DE 19958. 

Helen V. Pingree,
AAUW past president
Helen V. Pingree, 67, of Newark, died Thursday, Oct. 25, 2001.
Mrs. Pingree was a devoted and loving wife, mother and homemaker. She was a graduate of Lake Erie College in Paynesville, Ohio and a resident of Newark for 45 years. She 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; a son, John D. Jr. of Broadkill Beach; a daughter, Anne P. Smith and husband Frank Smith and their children Matthew A. and Hillary A. Smith, all of Elkton, Md.
Services will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, Nov. 2, 2001, at Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, Newark, where friends may call after 10 a.m. Burial will follow at noon in Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 2465 Chesapeake City Road, Bear.
Contributions are suggested to the Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund, 1-800-HELPNOW. 

Richard L. Thomas,
retired from Local 80
Richard L. Thomas, 75, of Bear, died Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2001.
Mr. Thomas served in World War II in the U.S. Navy aboard the LST 1049 in the South Pacific. He was a Scottish Rite Mason of the Delaware Consistory, Hiram Lodge 25, AF&AM and VFW Post 475 of Newark. He retired in 1990 from the Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 80 and was employed previously by the DuPont Company. He was a member of St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, where he served as a Sunday School teacher, trustee and member of the Session.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 53 years, Shirleen; his sons, Randy and his wife Jody of Landenberg, Pa., Richard and his wife Robin of Newark and Craig and his wife Karen of Rehoboth Beach; his daughter, Raelyn Thompson and her husband Edward of Middletown; his brothers, Earl and Donald, both of Altoona, Pa.; his sisters, Betty Miller of Martinsburg, Pa., and Madelene Gorsuch of Altoona, Pa.; and 11 grandchildren.
Services were held at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, Newark, with burial in Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Bear.
Contributions are suggested to St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church Buildings & Grounds Fund, 200 Marrows Road, Newark, DE 19713. 

Anna B. Savage,
retired factory worker
Anna B. Savage, 91, of Rehoboth Beach, died Monday, Oct. 22, 2001, of heart failure in Harbor Healthcare, Lewes.
Mrs. Savage was a factory worker at Perdue. She was a member of Mount Zion Baptist Church in Virginia.
She is survived by three daughters, Dorothy M. Ames of Rehoboth Beach and Georgia Lee Savage and Annie Simms Stoakley, both of Cheron, Va.; a brother, George L. Burton of Baltimore; a son-in-law, Henry Stoakley of Cheron; and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
Services were held at the Friendship Baptist Church in Lewes, with burial in the church cemetery. 

Rodney J. Leverton
avid reader
Rodney J. Leverton, 67, of Lewes, and formerly of Minneapolis, Minn., began a new journey on Oct. 27, 2001.
Rodney graduated from John Marshall High School in Minneapolis. His world travels began when he joined the military at age 17 and worked as a mechanic. While on duty in England, Rodney met Betty, who joined his life journey for 42 years. During that time, Kim, Steve and Robert joined the family.
Rodney, an unquenchable reader, believed that books could unlock many of life's secrets, including how to win big at the horse races. He loved fishing, golfing and traveling.
He was preceded in death by his father, James Leverton, in 1963.
He is survived by his wife, Betty (Newland); his daughter Kim; son, Stephen James and daughter-in-law Robin; son Robert John and daughter-in-law Amy. He will be sadly missed by his mother, Louise Leverton; his two brothers and sisters, many nieces and nephews and his six grandchildren, Melanie, Jason, Gillian, Stephanie, Kristyn and Kimberly.
Rodney James Leverton, sometimes referred to as the old codger, will be remembered for his grumblings, silliness, honesty and love. His family wishes him peace and blessings in this new life cycle, walking with his beloved Mugs and watching over his new great-granddaughter, Serenity. 

Timothy Francis Price,
former chef, restaurateur
Timothy Francis Price, 75, of Lewes, died Friday, Oct. 26, 2001, at home.
Mr. Price was a former chef in New York and Delaware and owned and operated many restaurants. He was also an avid New York sports fan, a member of the Cape Henlopen Elks Lodge 2540 and American Legion Post 28. He was also an Army veteran, serving in World War II, for which he received two Bronze Stars for participating in the Battle of the Bulge.
He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Thelma C. Price of Lewes; his son, Timothy F. Jr. and his wife Shirley of Georgetown; three daughters, Beverly Porter and her husband Herschel of Lewes, Donna Groneman and her husband Greg of Dallas, Texas, and Judy Gomish of West Islip, N.Y.; two sisters, Marianne Towers and her husband Johnny of Flushing, N.Y. and Emily Kolb of San Antonio, Texas; seven grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
Services will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30, at Atkins-Lodge Chapel, Parsell Funeral Homes, with burial in Delaware Veterans Cemetery South, Georgetown.
Contributions are suggested to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 163, Salisbury, MD 21803-0163.
Arrangements by Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Lewes. 

Josephine Evans,
Josephine Evans, of Lewes, died Saturday, Oct. 27, 2001 at Beebe Medical Center at Lewes.
Mrs. Evans moved to Lewes with her husband in 1968. She was a homemaker.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 55 years, Joseph C. Evans, her infant son John and her infant daughter Donna Marie.
She is survived by her mother, Nina Kime of Harbor Health Care, Lewes; her son, Thomas Evans Sr. of Lewes; two grandsons, Thomas Evans Jr. of Wilmington and Shawn Evans and his wife Tracy of Lewes; a sister, Mary Kiscadden of Lewes; a great-granddaughter, Kelsey Evans of Lewes; and many nieces and nephews.
Burial will be private at the family's convenience in Lebanon, Pa.
Contributions are suggested to Delaware Hospice, Southern Division, 600 N. DuPont Highway, Georgetown, DE 19947.
Arrangements by Melson Funeral Services, Long Neck. 

Edna M. Murphy,
Beebe auxiliary member
Edna M. Murphy, 82, of Lewes, died Tuesday, Oct.. 30, 2001, at Peninsula Regional Medical Center, Salisbury, Md.
Mrs. Murphy was a member of Beebe Medical Center Auxiliary, the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), the WIBC, the American Legion Auxiliary in Florissant, Mo., the Lewes Historical Society, and the Lewes Presbyterian Church, where she was a member of the Kelly Class. She was an avid baseball and football fan. She was predeceased by her husband, Daniel J. Murphy.
She is survived by a sister, Virginia Trader Wood of Wilmington; nephews Norman W. Moore, Richard P. Henderson and G. Vincent Wood IV; and nieces Margaret A. Lupton, Nancy W. Goulet, Victoria W. Weeks and Elizabeth E. Latta.
Services will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 3, at Lewes Presbyterian Church, Kings Highway, with the Rev. Harry Hughes officiating. Burial will be in Bethel Methodist Cemetery. Friends may visit from 7 to 9 p.m., Friday, Nov. 2, at Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Atkins-Lodge Chapel, 1449 Kings Highway, Contributions are suggested to the Lewes Presbyterian Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 512, Lewes DE 19958. 

Olden DiVirgilio,
long-time bartender
Olden DiVirgilio, 83, of Wilmington, died Monday, Oct. 29, 2001, at home.
Mr. DiVirgilio was a bartender and worked for the Press Club, The Red Barn, San Souci and retired from the Tally Ho in 1975. He was voted All State Fullback for Conrad High School and was an all around athlete. He enjoyed playing cards and spending time with his family at the beach. He was preceded in death by his wife, Gloria Ann Conley DiVirgilio; a brother and sister.
He is survived by his son, Anthony DiVirgilio of Wilmington; his daughters, Gloria "Nancy" Nardo of Rehoboth Beach and Vernice DiVirgilio of Wilmington; his brothers, William and Raymond DiVirgilio of Wilmington; his sisters, Elizabeth Racine of Elkton, Md. and Yolanda DiVirgilio of Wilmington; and nine grandchildren.
Services will be held at 1 p.m., Friday, Nov. 2, at Krienen-Griffith Funeral Home, 1400 Kirkwood Highway, Elsmere, where friends may call at noon. Burial will be in Delaware Veterans Cemetery.
Contributions are suggested to The Pop Warner Football League, P.O. Box 351, Lewes DE 19958. 

Michael McClain,
Wal-Mart clerk
Michael McClain, 31, of Milford, died Friday, Oct. 26, 2001, of heart failure in Bayhealth-Milford Memorial Hospital.
Mr. McClain was a Wal-Mart clerk.
He is survived by his parents, Thelma and Frank McClain of Milford; his maternal grandmother, Rachel Warren of Lincoln; his paternal grandmother, Bernice McClain of Dover; three aunts and two uncles, Blanche Causey of Houston, Emma and Marvin Powell of Lincoln and Barbara and Collins Maddox of Lewes; five additional uncles, David Warren of Lincoln, Thomas McClain and David McClain, both of Dover, Danny McClain of Wilmington and Norman McClain of Woodbridge, Va.; and a host of cousins and other relatives.
Services to be held at Mount Enon Baptist Church, Milford, on Thursday, Nov. 1, where friends may call one hour earlier, with burial in Old Hickory Cemetery, Slaughter Neck.

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