Jesse Hill of Newark passed away Sunday, Sept. 25, 2005, at a private nursing home. He was 92.
Jesse was an operator at NVF Corp., retiring nearly three decades ago. For years afterward, he was a fixture on Wilmington's Market Street Mall, where he patronized Govatos Luncheonette and other eateries. Jesse cherished his independence and lived on his own at the Mayfair Apartments until the age of 87. He was also an avid follower of Philadelphia pro sports, particularly the 76ers. During the last five years, Jesse lived at the Gardens of White Chapel in Newark, where he enjoyed the company of his friends there and especially the visits of his great-great nephew, Luke Barrish, and his great-great niece, Elizabeth Barrish.
Jesse was preceded in death by three siblings, Bernard Helenski, the founder of Bernie's Tavern in Wilmington, Alfred Helenski and Vera Derrick. He is survived by his niece, Bernadette Barrish; great nephews, Cris Barrish of Corner Ketch, Drew Barrish of Arden and Jeff Barrish of Germany; and great niece, Linda Prickett of Townsend.
A memorial service was held Sept. 28 at the Mealey Funeral Home, Wilmington, followed by burial in Cathedral Cemetery in Wilmington.
Contributions may be made to Delaware Hospice, 3515 Silverside Road, Wilmington, DE 19810.
Iva T. Insley
Iva T. Insley of New Castle died Monday, Sept. 26, 2005, at her home. She was 71.
Born in Wilmington April 26, 1934, Mrs. Insley was the daughter of the late Edward T. Bell and Ethel H. Jeandell Bell. She was employed for more than 20 years as the office manager of Mike's Glass Company, retiring in 1994.
Mrs. Insley was a member of Asbury United Methodist Church, where she taught Sunday school for many years, and was a life member of the Minquadale Volunteer Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary.
She is survived by her daughter, Lois Marie Insley of Wilmington; her son, James P. Insley Jr. and his wife Jacqueline, of Townsend; and three grandchildren, Amanda, Brittany and Alex.
A memorial service was held Sept. 29 in the chapel of Gracelawn Memorial Park, New Castle. Interment followed in the adjoining memorial park.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to Minquadale Volunteer Fire Company, P.O. Box 663, Manor Branch, New Castle, DE 19720; or to Odyssey Hospice, c/o Odyssey Healthcare, 1407 Foulk Road, Wilmington, DE 19803.
Julia E. Swavy
Julia E. Swavy of Newark died Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2005, at home with her daughter who cared for her for the past five years. She was 93.
Mrs. Swavy was a homemaker. Before marriage, she kept house for priests in Conshohocken, Pa., and worked in various yarn factories in Marcus Hook, Pa., and Chester, Pa. She moved to Newark in 1990, coming from Chester. She was a lifelong member of St. Hedwig Church in Chester, Pa., and a member of the Church Blessed Virgin Mary Sodality. After moving to Newark, she was a member of St. John the Beloved Church in Wilmington. She was a member of the Polish American Citizens Club of Chester.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph Dziubczynski, who died in 1941, and Catherine Dziubczynski, who died in 1984; and her husband, Alexander John Swavy, who died in 1973.
She is survived by her daughter, Janice M. Swavy, with whom she lived; her sisters, Rose Orobono of Prospect Park, Pa., and Kitty Czarnota of Glenolden, Pa.; her brother-in-law, John C. Cheban of Middletown; and many nieces and nephews.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held Oct. 1 at St. John the Beloved Church, Wilmington. Interment was in Immaculate Heart of Mary Cemetery, Linwood, Pa.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. John the Beloved Church; or to Delaware Hospice, Inc., 3515 Silverside Road, Clayton Bldg., Suite 100, Wilmington, DE 19810; or the Little Sisters of the Poor, 185 Salem Church Road, Newark, DE 19713-2997.
Donald Millar Laws
Donald Millar Laws of Townsend passed away after a long illness on Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2005, at Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore. He was 53.
Mr. Laws was born May 9, 1952, in Wilmington. Donny co-owned and operated L&M Fuels, Inc. and D&W Trucking, Inc. He graduated from Middletown High School in 1970 and attended the University of Delaware. He was a member of the Brandywine Rod and Gun Club, Delaware Farm Bureau and the Delaware Standardbred Owners Association. He owned, trained and drove harness horses most of his life.
He always gave without asking for anything in return. He loved living and everyone he met and always thought the best of everyone. He never made an enemy. His cup always being half full, he only considered the “best case scenario.” “Here I come, Alan and Alice.”
He was predeceased by his sister, Alice. Donny is survived by his wife Ellie Laws, and his children, Keri and Brandon, both at home; his parents Jean and Charles R. “Chum” Laws; three brothers, Rick Laws and his wife Marie, of Clayton, Bill Laws and Ron Laws, both of Middletown; two sisters, Kathy Wade of Florida, and Jenny Ostberg and her husband Jeff, of Maine; his in-laws George and Joan Dalphon, Mom Mom Jennie of Smyrna, and George and MT Dalphon of Elkton and several nieces and nephews.
A celebration of his life will be Saturday, Oct. 8, at the Boondocks Restaurant, 825 Lighthouse Road, Smyrna. Friends may call from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. A brief service will be held at 12:30 with a luncheon immediately following. Everyone is invited to come and share their memories of Donny.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to Special Olympics Delaware, P.O. Box 7229, Newark, DE 19714-7229 or Horse Lovers United, Inc., P.O. Box 2744, Salisbury, MD 21802-2744.
Richard Dean Dillon
Richard Dean Dillon of New Castle died suddenly Thursday, Sept. 29, 2005. He was 42.
Ricky did roofing and siding and worked at several different roofing companies all his life. His favorite was working for Louie Connell at Charles C. Connell. Ricky touched a lot of people during his life and will be missed by all.
He was predeceased by both of his grandmothers, Florence Green and Mae Dillon; and his son, Frazier Dillon. He is survived by four sons, Wesley A. Barnett Sr. of Wilmington, Richard Scott Barnett of Ft. Myers, Fla., Lonnie Dillon and Jack S. Dillon, both of Seaford; his mother and stepfather, Shirley A. Kurten and her husband Robert S. Kurten Jr., of New Castle; his father and stepmother, Gene W. Dillon and his wife Lynne, of Tazewell, Va.; two brothers, Wesley G. Dillon and his wife Sally, of New Castle and Scott A. Dillon of Port Penn; one sister, Deborah L. Dillon of Bear; one grandson, Wesley A. Barnett Jr.; many aunts, uncles and cousins; one niece and one nephew.
A funeral service was held Oct. 5 at the Chandler Funeral Home, Wilmington. Burial was in Gracelawn Memorial Park.
Julia L. Sadler
Julia Louise “Weasie” Sadler of Odessa departed this life Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2005, at Christiana Hospital, surrounded by family and friends. She was 79.
She was employed by the Hearth Restaurant in Odessa until her retirement. She worked hard but laughed harder, sharing wisdom and joy with all who crossed her path. She was a wonderful mother and grandmother, sharing her love and support. She also worked diligently to support all efforts on the upkeeping of Zoar U.M. Church.
She was predeceased by her husband George H. Sadler, Jr. She is survived by 10 children, George A. and his wife Linda, Cecil, Hester, William and his wife Pamela, David, Daniel, Kennard and Lisa Sadler, Stephanie Allen and her husband Raymond, and Elizabeth Boyer. She dearly loved and established a strong foundation for her 19 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren. She also leaves to cherish her memory two sisters-in-law, Viola Naylor and her husband Charles and Barbara Saddler; two brothers-in-law, John and Simon Saddler; and a host of nieces, nephews, other family and friends.
A Celebration of Life was held Sept. 17 at Zoar U.M. Church in Odessa. Her final resting place is in Zion Cemetery, Port Penn.
Ronald G. Warren
Ronald G. Warren, formerly of Felton, died Sunday, Sept. 25, 2005, in Bayhealth/Kent General Hospital, Dover He was 53.
Mr. Warren was born July 14, 1952, in Dover, son of the late Cecil and Elizabeth Quillen Warren. He graduated from Lake Forest High School in 1970. Mr. Warren owned and operated Ron’s Lawn Service. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, the outdoors and loved making people laugh.
Mr. Warren is survived by a brother, Gary Warren and his wife Gale, of Middletown; two sisters, Sondra Satterfield and her husband Jim, of Wyoming and Tammy Warrington and her husband Doug, of Collegeville, Pa., several aunts, uncles, cousins and a special cousin, Penny Harris, of Selbyville, three nieces and one nephew.
Services were held Sept. 30 at the Pippin Funeral Home in Wyoming. Burial was in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Camden.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions to Delaware Hospice, 911 S. Dupont Highway, Dover, DE 19901 or the American Cancer Society, 92 Reads Way, Suite 205, New Castle, DE 19720-1633.
Eileen M. (Larson) Gaskins
Eileen M. Gaskins of Minquadale, New Castle died Sunday, September 23, 2001 at the Christiana Hospital, Newark. She was 68.
Mrs. Gaskins was a supervisor with the New Castle County Crossing Guards, retiring in 1985 after 25 years of service. She was a member of the New Castle Moose Chapter #1578 and she enjoyed bowling and bartending.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Alpheus Gaskins, in 1975; a son, Stanley J. Gaskins; and her parents, Olaf and Florence Garthe.
She is survived by two daughters, Colleen Y. Morgan and her husband, David and Patricia C. Blythe and her husband, Don E., Jr., all of New Castle; a daughter-in-law, Janice R. Gaskins of New Castle; a brother, Kenneth D. Larson and his wife, Patricia, of New Castle; 14 grandchildren; and five great grandchildren.
Services were held Sept. 27 at Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, New Castle.
Interment was in Gracelawn Memorial Park, Minquadale, New Castle.
Those who wish may make contributions to Minquadale Fire Company, PO Box 663, Manor Branch, New Castle, DE 19720 or Asbury United Methodist Church, 300 E. Basin Road, New Castle, DE 19720.
Judith B. Hardy
Judith B. Hardy of Westminster Village in Dover died Sunday, September 30, 2001. She was 95.
Mrs. Hardy was a native of Staten Island, N.Y. and taught in the school systems there for many years. After retirement, she traveled extensively and lived for some time in San Diego, Cal.
She moved to Middletown in 1977 and was an active member of St. Anne’s Episcopal Church, the Middletown-Odessa-Townsend Senior Center and the Business and Professional Women’s Club. She enjoyed playing Bridge, gardening, reading and knitting. After ill health necessitated a move to Westminster Village, she enjoyed playing the piano for their devotional services.
Mrs. Hardy is survived by a son, Mel Larsen and his wife, JoAnne, of Avon, N.C.; five grandchildren, Mel Larsen of Cape Coral, Fla., Mark Larsen and Cathy Mahroum, both of Fair Haven, Mass., J. Eric Larsen of Peachtree City, Ga. and Ted Larsen of Milton; and eight great grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 10 at St. Anne’s Episcopal Church, East Green Street, Middletown.
Burial will be in Staten Island, N.Y. at a future date.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the M.O.T. Senior Center, 300 S. Scott Street, Middletown, DE 19709.
Arrangements by Daniels & Hutchison Funeral Home, Middletown.
Hedwig (Hattie) Hayes
Hedwig Hayes of Lewes died Sunday, September 30, 2001 at the Christiana Hospital, Newark. She was 73.
Mrs. Hayes was a housewife. She was a member of St. Hedwig Rosary Society, the Pulaski Legion Ladies Auxiliary and the Milton Senior Center.
She is survived by her husband of 51 years, Charles F. Hayes, Sr.; a son, Chuck Hayes, Jr. and his wife, Lynn, of Townsend; a daughter, Barbara Tull and her husband, Frank, of New Castle; three grandchildren, Amanda, Christopher and Rebecca.
She was preceded in death by a brother, Anthony “Butch” Weremiewicz.
Services will be held Thursday, Oct. 4 at 9 a.m. in St. Hedwig Church, Linden and S. Harrison streets.
Burial will be in the Delaware Veterans Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, family requests donations be made to St. Hedwig Church, 408 S. Harrison Street, Wilmington, DE 19805.
Effie M. Pearce
Effie M. Pearce of Dover died Sunday, September 30, 2001 in the Kent General Hospital, Dover. She was 75.
She was the daughter of the late Clarence William and Anna May Pearce and had worked at Leeds in Smyrna and also Peggy’s Truck Stop in Newark. She enjoyed playing Bingo at the Modern Maturity Center and the Cheswold Fire Hall.
She is survived by three sons, Clarence Woodall and Robert Knight, both of Dover and James Knight of Houston, Texas; three daughters, Ruth Woodall of Lewes, Helen Knight of Dover and Verna Tocchimma of Conn.; three brothers, John T. Pearce of Ga., Ander Pearce and William Pearce, both of Clayton; six sisters, Nellie Ditman of Clayton, Daisy Richards of Dover, Catherine R. “Kitty” Probst of Dover, Mary Lavender and Marion Reed, both of Townsend and Margaret Ann Pearce of Georgetown; 19 grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by a daughter, Carol Woodall; a sister, Mildred Hurd; a brother, Clarence Pearce, Jr.; and her former husband, George Woodall, Sr.
Services were held Oct. 3 at Daniels & Hutchison Funeral Home, Middletown.
Burial was in Sharon Hill Cemetery, Dover.
The family suggests contributions to Delaware Hospice, Dover, DE.
Chynesther M. Powell
Chynesther M. Powell of Townsend died Saturday, September 22, 2001.
She was born in N.Y. and resided the past 3-1/2 years with her foster family.
Ms. Powell attended the Modern Maturity Center-Day Break in Dover. She rode the Dart paratransit bus and enjoyed laughing and joking with many of the drivers. Her passion was drawing and she won a ribbon at the Delaware Sate Fair 2001. She enjoyed parties, dancing, shopping and helping others.
She is survived by two brothers, Frank Powell and Andre Powell; a sister, Shawnee Phillips; two nieces, Keisha Whitman and Keauga Glover; and a total of 30 nieces and nephews; and 15 great nieces and nephews.
Services were held Oct. 1 at the House of Wright Mortuary, Smyrna.
Eldon M. “Robby” Robinson
Eldon M. Robinson of Wilmington died Wednesday, September 26, 2001. He was 84.
Mr. Robinson was born in Washburn, Wis. And graduated from Washburn High School. In 1939 he graduated with honors from the University of Wisconsin and received his MBA from Columbia University. After retirement, he successfully pursued a law degree and graduated cumma sum laude from Widener University School of Law in 1983. He was a member of the Phi Eta Sigman and Beta Gamma Sigma fraternities.
Mr. Robinson joined the DuPont Company in 1939 and retired as associate director of the finance department in its Wilmington headquarters in 1979.
He was an avid stamp collector, fisherman and naturalist and he supported numerous charities.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Alice Seestrom Robinson, in 1980.
Mr. Robinson is survived by his wife, Margaret Slader Robinson; four daughters, Ellen Viden of Middletown, Jean Rarus of Guilford, Conn., Carolyn Beckman of Wilmington and Susan Robinson of Worchester, Mass.; a son, Paul Robinson of Maple Grove, Minn.; 11 grandchildren, Kimberly Blatz, Wendy Yocum, Cynthia Viden, Eric Rarus, Molly Rarus, Alice Beckman, Stefan Rarus, Abby Rarus, Nicholas Robinson, Kelly Robinson and Travis Robinson; and four great grandchildren.
Services were held Sept. 29 at the Aldersgate Methodists Church, Fairfax.
Interment will be in Washburn, Wis. at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Peninsula United Methodist Homes, 726 Loveville Road, Suite 3000, Hockessin, DE 19707.
Stanley R. Minor
Stanley R. Minor, of Hartly, formerly of Jacksonville, Fla., passed away Monday, September 23, 2002 at Green Valley Nursing Home in Smyrna. He was 70.
Mr. Minor was born on June 12, 1932 in Brooklyn, Queens, N.Y. to Harry and Elaine (Kleinberg) Minor.
Mr. Minor was a retired USAF staff sergeant with 20 years of service. He was in the Korean and Vietnam wars. He worked as a medic and a dispenser at various hospitals and overseas. He was a NCO in charge of immunizations at the Paine Field AFB in Washington and his last assignment was as a physician's assistant at the Kirtland AFB in N.M. After the Air Force, he had a career in sales and was recognized many times for his outstanding performance. He worked for the Dover Army/Navy Store, Electrolux Vacuum Cleaners, and Ivey's department store in Jacksonville, Fla. He enjoyed the beach area in his spare time and was an avid Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers fan.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Marlene Bleiweiss Minor; and a son, Danny R. Minor. He is survived by seven sons, Stanley Minor, Jr. of LaPorte, Texas, Jeffrey Minor of Pasadena, Texas, David Minor of Hartly, Lance Minor of Middletown, George Coventry of Magnolia, John Coventry of Camden/Wyoming and Joe Stinson of Wilmington; two daughters, Linda Folsom of Clear Lake, Texas and Robin Coventry of Camden/Wyoming; and a sister, Lois Arfin of Woodland Hills, Cal. He is also survived by 14 grandchildren; and three great grandchildren.
Services were held Friday, Sept. 27 at the Delaware Veterans Cemetery in Bear, where burial also took place.
The family requests that memorial contributions be given to the American Diabetes Association, Box 1236, Dover DE 19901.
Donald P. Buckler
Donald P. Buckler, of Georgetown, died Monday, September 23, 2002 at home. He was 80.
Mr. Buckler was born in Salisbury, Md. and was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving during World War II. He was a self-employed painter for more than 40 years and he enjoyed playing guitar.
Mr. Buckler is survived by his wife of 46 years, Edna Mae Goeckeritz Buckler; sons, Kenneth Buckler of Georgetown, Richard Buckler (Donna) of Georgetown; and two grandchildren, Tiffany Buckler of Middletown, and Rachel Buckler of Georgetown.
Funeral services were held Friday, Sept. 27 at Short Funeral Services, Georgetown. Interment was in Union Cemetery.
Contributions may be made to the Georgetown Presbyterian Church, 203 N. Bedford St., Georgetown, DE 19947.
Anna Louise O'Neal
Anna Louise O'Neal, of Earleville, Md., died Friday, September 27, 2002 at the Calvert Manor Nursing Home in Rising Sun, MD. She was 85.
Born in Cecilton, Md., Anna was the daughter of the late Marion E. Sr. and Leona Belle Yates Pearce. She worked in the Cecil County public schools as a cafeteria manager, retiring in 1980 at age 65. She loved to cook and enjoyed sewing, traveling and reciting where her four sons served in the military. Through the years, Mrs. O'Neal was able to visit each of the locations throughout the world where each of her sons served while in the military. She was a member of the Cecilton Homemakers, the Zion United Methodist Church and the Ladies Auxiliary of the Cecilton Volunteer Fire Company.
In addition to her parents, Anna was preceded in death by her husband, Bradford Walter O'Neal, who died in 1957; two brothers, Marion E. Pearce, Jr. and Robert N. Pearce; and a sister, Cecilia P. Cox.
Mrs. O'Neal is survived by four sons, Earl Nicholas O'Neal of Smyrna, James Walter O'Neal of Earleville, Md., Bradford Pearce O'Neal of Lancaster, Pa., Harold Thomas O'Neal of Elkton, Md.; and a daughter, Yvonne Louise Eckman of Willow Street, Pa. She has two sisters, Leona Lum of Earleville, Md., Margaret "Peggy" Bramble of North East, Md.; 13 grandchildren; and 14 great grandchildren also surviving.
Funeral services were held Oct. 1, 2002 at the Fellows, Helfenbein and Newnam Funeral Home, Cecilton, Md. Interment was in Galena Cemetery, Galena, Md.