Frank M. Dalton
Frank M. Dalton, died in Dover, on September 26, 2003. He was 80.
He was born in Princeton, W.V. in 1923. He grew up there and was a three-sport athlete. Upon graduation from Princeton High School, he attended Roanoke Business College on a basketball scholarship. He entered the U.S. Navy in December 1942 and served meritoriously in the Pacific Theater, including the invasion of Pelelui, until January of 1946. He served on the ships USS Namakagon and USS PC 589. He attained a BS from Concord College and a MS from the University of West Virginia.
He taught school in West Virginia, Maryland and Delaware, and retired from the Smyrna School District in 1983. He was a successful coach in football and basketball for 25 years. He was in a coaching fraternity that included Press Maravich, the father of Pete, and Fred Schaus, the coach of Jerry West.
One of his proudest achievements was having coached Rod Thorn, now the President of the New Jersey Nets. He was a 32nd Degree Mason with a 50-year pin. He also served as a Deacon at the First Christian Church in Mercer Co. He was loyal to his family and friends. He will be missed for his sense of humor and his upbeat attitude about life.
He is survived by his wife of 53 years, V. Marie (Bailey) Dalton and sons, Gary F. Dalton, Mark Dalton and Avery Dalton, all of Dover; his daughter, Vicky DiNetta of Middletown; son-in-law, Louis DiNetta and daughter-in-law, Debra Dalton; his grandchildren, Natalie Kilby; Allegra, Adam and Allyssa DiNetta; and Matthew & Andrew Dalton; great-grandchildren, Wesley Russum, Eve and Aurora Kilby.
A service was held on Tuesday, Sept. 30, at Torbert Funeral Chapel, 61 S. Bradford Street, in Dover.
Mr. Dalton will receive a veteran’s burial at Pearl Harbor.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the First Christian Church, 805 Straley Avenue, Princeton, WV, 24740.
Louise Donovan, of Middletown, passed away Monday, September 22, 2003, at Millcroft in Newark. She was 81.
She is survived by her husband of 62 years, Robert; one daughter, Adelaide E. Greenhouse and her husband, Dennis; a grandson, Michael C. Kirch and his wife, Stephanie; a sister, Madalin Fortner; and several nieces and nephews.
Louise's request was to celebrate her life, not mourn her passing. In her honor, services will be private.
Her family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to the Friends of Appoquinimink Library, c/o Mrs. Ruth McDowell, 111 N. Broad St., Middletown, DE 19709.
Arrangements by the Daniels & Hutchison Funeral Home, in Middletown.
Doris C. Flagg
Doris C. Flagg, of Middletown, passed away September 23, 2003 at home. She was 59.
Doris left us these thoughts. "Chuck and I traveled across the country on wonderful genealogy trips with a stop in all of the 48 states. We also looked for a really good hot dog. My favorite trip was either driving to Alaska or the voyage on the Mississippi River aboard the Delta Queen. I enjoyed planning, establishing and harvesting my cut flower garden.
“Thanks to all of you who came to take a piece of that beauty home. I loved our family cookouts by the pond. When you couldn't find me in the garden I was puttering in the shop. My Husband, Chuck, loves me very much and I will miss him. I am so proud of my daughter Carrie, of Felton, who will soon be a compassionate and talented nurse. She has also raised two of my grandsons, Chuckie, an aspiring football and baseball player, and Louie, a future dolphin trainer and pilot, to be wonderful people. I am equally proud of my daughter, Linda, of Toms River N.J., who has raised my favorite granddaughter, Hilary, to be a beautiful person inside and out. She and her husband, Denis, are grooming my youngest grandson, Robert, to be a world-class baseball player."
She was predeceased by her father, Durwood L. Gould; and sister, Elaine Dapper.
She is survived by her mother, Frances Gould of Duncan, Ariz.; her sisters, Taffy Couts of Auburn, Calif. and Loretta Puzzi of Miami, Ariz.; and her brother, Durwood Gould of Conroe, Texas; as well as several nieces and nephews.
A memorial service was held on Friday, Sept. 26, at Old Drawyers Church, north of Odessa. Interment was private.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in memory of Doris to the American Cancer Society, Ovarian Cancer Research, 92 Reads Way, Suite 205, New Castle, DE 19720.
Olive B. Loss
Olive B. Loss of Odessa passed away on Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2005, in the Christiana Hospital CICU. She was 90.
Olive was born in Ridgely, Md., on Dec. 14, 1914, daughter of Arthur and Helen Butler. She grew up on a farm, attended public schools in Caroline County and went to Western Maryland College on a full scholarship, graduating in 1935 with a Bachelor of Arts in English. In 1971, she achieved a Master’s in Education from the University of Delaware. Olive was a well-known and respected educator in Delaware for 34 years, beginning as a teacher at Odessa Elementary and rising through the ranks to become the first female School Superintendent in the state. She retired from that position in 1984 at age 70.
In 2002, the Appoquinimink School District opened the Olive B. Loss Elementary School in Bear, named in her honor. Olive was a long-time member of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Odessa, where she was active in many church activities.
Olive will be sadly missed by her family: sons, Dr. Brian B. Loss and wife Phoebe, of Glen Mills, Pa.; Robert F. Loss III and wife Eleanor, of Villa Park, Calif.; daughter Sandra L. McKay and husband Donald, of Wilmington; grandchildren Dawn Walsh, Miles Loss, Cathi Killian, Dr. Robin Loss, Robert F. Loss IV and Sheryl McKay Baierlein, Esq.; great-grandchildren Anthony Petruccelli, Shannon and Brett Walsh, Christophe and Porter Killian and Bridget Baierlein. She was predeceased in 1967 by her husband of 33 years, the Rev. Robert F. Loss Jr.
On Friday, Oct. 7, visitation will be held from 9:30 to 11 a.m., at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, Main Street, Odessa. A Celebration of Life Service for Olive will follow at 11:30 at the Olive B. Loss Elementary School in Brennan Estates, 200 Brennan Boulevard, Bear. Afterward, all are invited to a reception at the school. Interment at Old Drawyers will be private.
In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests that donations be made in Olive’s memory to St. Paul’s Methodist Church, Main Street, Odessa, DE 19730, or the Olive B. Loss Elementary School, 200 Brennan Blvd., Bear, DE 19701.
Barbara Jean Johnson
Barbara Jean Johnson of Blackbird died Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2005, at her home surrounded by her loving family after a long and courageous battle with cancer. She was 56.
Barbara Jean was born May 4, 1949, in Wilmington, daughter of Evelyn Holland and the late Elton P. "Ike" Holland. Mrs. Johnson taught first grade at Townsend Elementary School for 30 years, retiring in 2001.
Throughout her career, she touched the hearts of many children and was awarded District Teacher of the Year in 1977.
She was a loving wife, mother, daughter, and grandmother. She enjoyed reading, gardening, and spending time with friends and family. She was a member of Esther Chapter 17 OES of Middletown, ADK, a society of women educators, member and vice president of Townsend Women's Club, and the 3M's of Immanuel United Methodist Church in Townsend, where she attended regularly.
She is survived by her devoted husband of 32 years, Stanley W. Johnson of Blackbird; a daughter and her husband, Andrea and Tom Shoemaker of Townsend; a daughter at home, Laurie B. Johnson and her boyfriend Stephen Poore of Smyrna; a granddaughter, Kourtney Allisyn Shoemaker; and a host of family and close friends.
Her family would like to thank Brooke Matthes, CNA, for her compassionate and loving care during Barbara's final days at home.
A funeral service was held Sept. 24 at the Daniels & Hutchison Funeral Home, Middletown. Interment was in Mt. Olivet Methodist Cemetery Warwick, Md.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to the ACS Middletown Relay For Life team "Barb's Bunch" at 92 Reads Way, New Castle, DE 19720 or Townsend Women's Club Scholarship Fund at P.O. Box 237, Townsend, DE 19734.
Julia A. Deputy
Julia A. Deputy of Kirkwood died Sept. 14, 2005, at her home surrounded by her family after suffering recent a brief illness. She was 97.
Born the daughter of the late Levi and Elizabeth Atwell, she was predeceased by her husband Harry G. in 1970 and daughter Betty D. Pleasanton in 1979. Born and raised in the Middletown area and later as a hard working farm wife and mother, she lovingly raised her family and sometimes extended family staying in the Middletown and Kirkwood areas her entire life. Her ever-growing family had the amazing gift of having this special woman who spent so much of 97 years loving and guiding them through their times of need, supporting them through their times of loss, and sharing their celebrations of joy. As a member of St. Georges United Methodist Church, she will also be missed by her many friends who also had the privilege to know and love her.
She was predeceased by her husband Harry G. in 1970 and daughter Betty D. Pleasanton in 1979.
She was also predeceased by her siblings Edward Atwell, Frances Arnold, Mary Wright and Walter Atwell. She is survived by her son Edward A. and his wife Ellan of Bedford Pa. and son H. Robert and his wife Nancy of Bear, 12 grandchildren, two stepgrandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, six step great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild, five step great-great-grandchildren, seven nieces and four nephews.
Services were held Sept. 17 at the Daniels and Hutchison Funeral Home, Middletown. Interment was at St. Georges Cemetery following the memorial service.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the St. Georges United Methodist Church.
Brian E. Prettyman
Brian E. Prettyman of Smyrna passed away suddenly at his home on Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2005. He was 26.
Brian loved football. The NY Giants was his favorite team. He also loved NASCAR and Dale Earnhart Jr. was his favorite driver. He loved to play his Playstation and he always bragged about finishing a new game after he had just bought it, especially when he beat his brother's games first. Brian was a loving, caring person. He devoted himself to his family and friends, especially his children and his nieces. He loved his cat and his brother’s dog. Brian will be deeply missed. He never quit and fought through his hardships like the soldier he was. He will always be with us and never forgotten.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Jewel and Donald Ames, and a brother, Matthew Prettyman. He is survived by two sons, Nathan Alioa and Brian Prettyman Jr.; his mother, Debra Prettyman and stepfather Anthony Moore of Smyrna; his father Edward Prettyman of Smyrna; a brother, Aaron Ames of Townsend; a sister, Amy Prettyman of Smyrna; grandfather, William Prettyman Sr. of St. Georges; several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Mass of Christian Burial was offered Sept. 26 in St. Francis Xavier (Old Bohemia) RC Church in Warwick, Md. with interment following in the adjoining cemetery.
Donations may be made payable to Brian Prettyman's Children's Education Fund, c/o Daniels and Hutchison Funeral Home, P. O. Box 126, Middletown, DE 19709
Margaret F. Ivory
Margaret F. Ivory of Townsend passed away Friday, Sept. 23, 2005, at the Bayhealth Medical Center in Dover. She was 83.
Mrs. Ivory was a homemaker and enjoyed playing the slots. She was also a big fan of the Phillies and Orioles.
She was preceded in death by her husband Roy Ivory, in 1998. Margaret is survived by her two daughters, Jane Ginn and her husband Jerry, of Newport, Louise McClain and her husband Rodney, of Dover; two granddaughters and their husbands, Robin and Glenn Mills of Dover and Kelly and Rusty Kaiser of Hartly; great grandchildren, Daniel, Brian and Michael Mills, all of Dover, and Amanda and Melinda Kaiser, both of Hartly; a brother, Bernard Minker of Newport; and one sister, Blanche Humphries of Wilmington.
A funeral service was held Sept. 27 at the Daniels and Hutchison Funeral Home, Middletown. Interment was in Townsend Cemetery.
Harry E. Margherita Jr.
Harry E. Margherita Jr. of Wilmington, formerly of Reading, Pa., passed away Friday, Sept. 23, 2005. He was 64.
He is survived by his sons, Anthony Margherita and Vincent Margherita; his daughter, Stefanie Cresto; seven grandchildren; his loving girlfriend, Eddie Kercszi; and many caring friends.
A service was held Sept. 28 at Mealey Funeral Home, Wilmington. Interment was private.
Thomas J. Owens Jr.
Thomas J. Owens Jr. of New Castle passed away Friday, Sept. 23, 2005, at his home. He was 70.
Born in Wilmington Nov. 1, 1934, Mr. Owens was the son of the late Thomas J. Owens Sr. and Hanna Tappley Owens. He served his country a member of the Air National Guard. A telephone lineman by profession, Mr. Owens was employed with the former Diamond State Telephone Company for 38 years, retiring in 1986. In his leisure time, he enjoyed all types of sports and collecting antique cars.
He was preceded in death by a son, James F. Owens, in 2002. He is survived by his beloved wife, Phyllis M. Donaghey Owens; three children, Thomas J. Owens of New Castle, John J. Owens of New Castle and Marie A. Sapp and her fiancé Joseph Saxton, of Middletown; three grandchildren, Amanda D. Sapp, Andrew Robert Sapp and Anthony Lee Sapp; and two sisters, Dorothy Connelly of Wilmington and Phyllis Strasowski of Wilmington.
The funeral service and interment will be held privately.
G. Francis Downs
G. Francis Downs of Middletown, formerly of West Chester, Pa., died at home Sunday Sept. 25, 2005. He was 77.
Mr. Downs was born June 29, 1928, near Smyrna, son of the late Gilbert W. and Ethel Jones Downs. Mr. Downs worked as a real estate broker for more than 35 years, most recently with Prudential Fox and Roach in Chadds Ford, Pa. For eight years, he was an assistant secretary of the State of Delaware. He was a past president of the 28th Representative District Democratic Club of Kent County. He was a member of the American Association of Certified Appraisers, a member of the Chester County Board of Realtors and a member of the 4-H Club.
He is survived by his wife, Patricia Ramsey Downs; a son, Gregg A. Jackson of Coatesville, Pa.; two daughters, Donna L. Markley of Aston, Pa. and Nance Mattison of Baltimore, Md.; two sisters, Mary Hester Ford of Smyrna and Laura Belle Davidson of Dover; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
The funeral service will be Thursday, Sept. 29, at noon, in the Faries Funeral Chapel, 29 S. Main St., Smyrna, where friends may call one hour prior to the service. Burial will be in Lakeside Cemetery in Dover.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the Melanoma Research Foundation, 24 Old Georgetown Road, Princeton, N.J. 08540.
Jordan A. Elliott
Jordan A. Elliott of Lewes, formerly of Penn Acres in New Castle, died suddenly on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2005, in an automobile accident. He was 26.
Born on August 31, 1979, in Seaford, Jordan graduated from William Penn High School in 1997, where he was a two-time state champion and high school All American in wrestling. He served as assistant wrestling coach at Delcastle High School for two years, working with Coach Jeff Hewes. Jordan was currently attending Wilmington College, completing a degree in communications and Web page design. He was employed as an independent contractor doing house construction and home improvement.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, twins Justin and Jason; and two nephews, twins Georgie and Justin Delaney. Jordan is survived by his parents, Jerry A. Elliott and Janice L. Tingle Elliott of Lewes; brother and sister-in-law, Jeff and Sheila Elliott of Bear; sister and brother-in-law, Jamie and Donovan Delaney of Middletown; niece, Jenna; two nephews, Alec and Donovan, Jr.; girlfriend, Kim Thorpe and her daughter, Tori Thorpe; maternal grandmother, aunts, uncles, cousins, and many close friends.
Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 30, at the Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 1000 N. DuPont Parkway, New Castle. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 1, at the Red Lion Evangelical Free Church, 1400 Red Lion Road, Bear. Interment will follow in Gracelawn Memorial Park, 2220 N. DuPont Parkway, New Castle.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in Jordan's memory may be made to the William Penn High School Wrestling Boosters, 713 E. Basin Road, New Castle, DE 19720.
Arthur W. Raison
Arthur Wallace “Pal” Raison of Chesapeake City, Md. died peacefully on Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2005, at his home. He was 77.
He leaves to cherish his memory, his wife Edith; daughters, Delores Duker of Middletown, Pearl Raison of New Castle, Elaine Warrick of Elkton, and Linnie Mae Hodges of New Castle; brothers, Raymond Raison of Chesapeake City, and Melvin Gibbs of Elkton; sister, Lucille Jones of Elkton; seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; one aunt, Mary Henson of Chesapeake City; a host of brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends; a devoted cousin, Elmer Raison; son-in-law, Leroy Duker; grandson, Betram Hodges; and good friend and pastor, Rev. Perry L. Davis, Jr.
A funeral service was held Sept. 28 at Ebenezer A.M.E. Church, Chesapeake City, Md. Interment will be in Bohemia Manor Cemetery, Chesapeake City, Md.
Pamela T. Fiscus
Pamela T. Fiscus of Townsend passed away at her residence on Thursday, Sept. 20, 2007. She was 49.
Born on May 1, 1958, in Hollywood, Calif., she was the daughter of the late Robert A. and Florence (Wanta) Ferrise.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Robert A. “Bobby” Ferrise Jr.; her oldest son, Sgt. Keith E. Fiscus; and her father-in-law, Richard E. Fiscus.
She is survived by her husband of 20 years, Darrell Fiscus; two daughters, Dena Archer and her husband, Chuck, of Smyrna, and Korrie Fiscus; a son, Jordan Fiscus; her mother-in-law, Lore Fiscus of Fredonia, Kan.; a special granddaughter, Ashlee Fiscus of Smyrna; two brothers-in-law, Richard Fiscus and his wife, Paula, and their children, Jeremy, Elise and Ashley, all of Missouri, and Billy Fiscus and his wife, Tammy, and their children, Jessica, Jared, and Jacob, all of Kansas.
Memorial services were held on Sept. 25 at Daniels & Hutchison Funeral Home LLC, Middletown.
Burial was private.
Menno Ash of Townsend passed away on Friday, Sept. 21, 2007, in the Christiana Hospital, surrounded by his family. He was 83.
Mr. Ash retired from the Chrysler Corporation in 1981 after 30 years as an auto worker. After his retirement he worked for his son’s company, Ash Trucking in New Castle.
He was an Army veteran of World War II and a member of the Moose Lodge 1578 in New Castle.
In his spare time, he loved to visit the Pocono mountains in Pennsylvania.
Menno was preceded in death by his wife of 52 years, Irene, in 1997; six brothers; and a sister.
He is survived by two sons, Richard L. Ash and his wife, Mary, of Middletown, and James F. Ash and his wife, Sharon, of Townsend; a brother, Daniel Ash and his wife, Eunice, of New Castle; seven grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held on Sept. 26, at the Daniels & Hutchison Funeral Home, Middletown.
Burial with military honors was in the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Bear.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests contributions to Meals on Wheels Delaware, 100 W. 10th St., Suite 207, Wilmington, DE 19801.
Connie G. ‘Nanny’ (Moody) Nabb
Connie G. “Nanny” (Moody) Nabb of Smyrna passed peacefully to be with her Lord on Thursday Sept. 20, 2007, after a long illness, at her home, surrounded by her loving family. She was 89.
Mrs. Nabb was born on May 1, 1918, near Mountain City, Tenn., the daughter of the late Elijah and Matilda (Church) Moody.
She worked 17 years at the Zenith Meat Packing Co. in Wilmington, followed by 12 years in nursing, retiring from Delaware Hospital for the Chronically Ill in Smyrna, where she also served as a Union Representative. Over the years she had been a member of several local churches, serving a host of missionaries and ministers through her years of service to her Lord. She was definitely known and loved for her hospitality and marvelous “down home country cooking.”
In addition to her parents, Mrs. Nabb was preceded in death by her husband, Charles L. Nabb, in 2001; a sister and brother-in-law, Garrison and Flossie Garland; and four nephews, Dewey, Sanford, Barton and W.H. Garland; and her first cousin/best friend, Bonnie Reynolds.
She leaves to cherish her memories five children, Ralph Danner of Butler, Tenn., James Danner of New Castle, Truman “Danny” Danner of Omaha, Neb., Margaret Kuhlman of Phoenix, Ariz., Martha Louise Joseph of Townsend; and “adopted son,” Jim Franklin of Blackbird; 13 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; a great-great grandson; a great-great-granddaughter; a niece, Mae Robinson; and numerous great-nieces and great-nephews of Tennessee.
Services were held Sept. 25 at the Faries Funeral Chapel, Smyrna. Chaplain Raymond Taylor officiated.
Burial was in Odd Fellows Cemetery, DuPont Parkway, Smyrna.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Praise Assembly Church, 1421 Old Baltimore Pike, Newark, DE, 19711; or the Mamie Warren Center, 1775 Wheatley’s Pond Road, Clayton, DE 19938; and/or Delaware Hospice, 911 S. DuPont Parkway, Dover, DE 19901.
Betty Ann Johnson
Betty Ann Johnson of Dover died on Thursday, Sept. 20, 2007, at her home. She was 71.
Mrs. Johnson was born in Wilmington on May 31, 1936.
A talented homemaker, she delighted in spending time with her family, especially her beloved grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Mrs. Johnson was very fond of animals throughout her life and in her later years particularly enjoyed feeding the squirrels and birds around her home.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Grace Roe.
She is survived by her husband of 52 years, Ellis B. Johnson Sr.; six children, Ellis B. Johnson Jr. of Newark, Michael L. Johnson and his wife, Reneé, of Fair Hill, Md., Robin S. Johnson and his companion, Karen Cornett, of Chesapeake City, Md., Todd A. Johnson of Newark, Karen L. Reifendifer and her husband, Jacob, of Newark, and Scott A. Johnson of Townsend; half-brother, Samuel Roe of California; two half-sisters, Debbie Greenfield of Jacksonville, Fla., and Margaret Johnson of Hockessin; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
The family extends their most sincere gratitude to the nurses and staff of Delaware Hospice and family friend Carol Donahue for their many kindnesses to Mrs. Johnson during her illness.
A funeral service was held on Sept. 24 at Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, Newark.
Burial followed in All Saints Cemetery, Wilmington.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Delaware Hospice, Dover Office, 911 S. DuPont Highway, Dover, DE 19901.