James T. Dye
James T. Dye died September 16, 2002 at the Green Valley Pavilion Nursing Home in Smyrna. He was 97.
He was born in Chester County, S.C. September 7, 1905.
James is survived by his beloved wife, Ruth L. Dye; four sons, James A. Dye of Clayton, Ause T. Dye of Bear, Phillip A. Dye of Townsend, Darrell A. Dye of Wilmington; three daughters, Maryann D. Williams of Smyrna, Nancy J. Dye of Middletown, and Ruth E. Dye of Brooklyn, N.Y.; his sister, Willa Mae Watson of High Point, N.C.; a son-in-law, George Williams; four daughters-in-law, Gwendolyn Dye, Amelia Dye, Rebecca Dye, Pamela Dye; 20 grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren; four great-great grandchildren; and a host of grandnieces, grandnephews, other relatives and friends also survive.
A funeral service was held at the Sharon Temple Seventh-Day Adventist Church, 20th and Washington Streets, Wilmington, on Monday, Sept. 23. Professional Services were provided by The House of Wright Mortuary.
Mary Wiswall Cooke
Mary Wiswall Cooke died September 16, 2002 at Cokesbury Village, Hockessin. She was 80.
Mrs. Cooke graduated from Tower Hill High School in 1939 and from Skidmore College in 1943. Mrs. Cooke taught third grade at Lombardy Elementary School for 22 years. She was a former member of the Junior League and Junior Board of the Delaware Hospital. She was also a lifelong member and active volunteer at Silverside Church, the Arthritis Foundation and other community services.
Mrs. Cooke is survived by her children, Robert O. Cooke, Charles W. Cooke (Cathleen) of Jacksonville, Fla., Molly C. Smith (Blair), of Middletown; 6 grandchildren; and two great grandchildren. She is also survived by her brothers, Charles G. Wiswall of Wilmington, and James L. Wiswall of Birmingham, Ala. and their respective families.
A memorial service was held on Thursday, Sept. 19 at Silverside Church, Wilmington. Burial was private.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to Silverside Church, 2800 Silverside Rd., Wilmington, DE 19810 or to Delaware Hospice, 3515 Silverside Rd., Wilmington, DE 19810.
Marian P. Anderson
Marian P. Anderson died on Tuesday, September 17, 2002 at Christiana Hospital in Newark. She was 69.
Mrs. Anderson was born in Chance, Md., the daughter of the late Marion and Alma Price, and graduated from Dover High School. She began her legislative career working as a secretary in the Delaware State Senate and then served as a representative for the Newark area in the Delaware State House of Representatives.
Mrs. Anderson was an avid bowler for 30 years and enjoyed playing bingo and pinochle with friends.
Her first husband, Donald Palmer, died in 1959. Her second husband, Robert Anderson, died in 1998. She was also preceded in death by a brother, Bobby Price.
She is survived by six children, Donald G. Palmer (Sheila) of North East, Md., Wanda J. Palmer of Middletown, P. Jeff Palmer and his friend, Laura of Warwick, Md., Vicki A. Alexander (Robert), of Newark, Robert J. Anderson (Dorothy), of Newark, and Joni Anderson-Manuel (Paul), with whom she lived; eight sisters, Doris Mae Crabtree of N.H., Jean Scott of N.Y., Janet Price, Shirley Reicholt and Phyllis Pisacano, all of Dover; Carolyn Akers of Virginia, and Christina Nickerson and Joanna Likens, both of Dover; 17 grandchildren; and five great grandchildren.
A funeral service was held on Monday, Sept. 23, 2002 at the Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, Newark. Interment followed at Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Bear.
Contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 2306 Kirkwood Highway, Wilmington, DE 19805.
Dena Mae Arno
Dena Mae Arno, of Clayton, died peacefully at home on Tuesday, September 17, 2002. She was 71.
She was born March 28, 1931 in McCook, Nebraska, the daughter of the late Dennis and Lucille Hayes.
Mrs. Arno worked as a certified nursing assistant for Quality Care of Dover until her retirement in 1996. She was devoted to taking care of other people. Her heart was generous and she had a wonderful sense of humor. She enjoyed gardening, and was very creative in arts and crafts.
She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Kathy and Kenny McNatt, of Clayton; a son, Peter John Arno, of Clayton; four grandchildren, Britain McNatt, of Newark; Matthew McNatt, of Clayton; Jenafer Arno, of Jersey Shore, Pa.; and Shawn Arno, of Clayton; two sisters, Eleanor Pfeiffer, of Fort Wayne, Indiana; and Barbara Mitchem, of McCook, Nebraska; three brothers, Donald Hayes, of Oxnard, California; Dennis Mitchem and Tom Mitchem, both of McCook, Neb.
Memorial Services will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 28 at Matthews-Bryson Funeral Home, 123 W. Commerce St., Smyrna.
Interment will be private.
Barbara A. Paulish Wilson
Barbara A. Paulish Wilson, of Smyrna, died on Monday, September 23, 2002 at her home. She was 62.
She was born in Scranton, Pa., the daughter of the late Peter and Mary Zaleski.
Mrs. Wilson was a resident of Smyrna for more than 30 years, and had been employed as a nurse’s aide at the Delaware Hospital for the Chronically Ill, Smyrna, for nearly 20 years. In addition, she had also been employed in home health care for several years. She had been a volunteer for the Mamie A. Warren Senior Center, Kenton, for many years, and had served on the center’s Board of Directors.
Mrs. Wilson enjoyed the beach, and collected hummingbirds and bells.
She is survived by her husband, Fred A. Wilson Jr.; four sons, David Paulish, of Rehoboth Beach; Mark Paulish, of Denver, Co.; Gary Paulish, of Harrington; and Bruce Paulish, of Dover; a sister, Patricia Paulish, of Dickson City, Pa.; and eight grandchildren.
Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 27 at St. Polycarp Catholic Church, Ransom Lane and South St., Smyrna, where friends may call at 10 a.m.
Burial will be in Sharon Hills Memorial Park, Dover.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggest contributions to the American Cancer Society, 92 Reads Way, Suite 205, New Castle, De. 19720.
Nicholas M. Vlasveld Sr.
Nicholas M. Vlasveld Sr., of Newark, passed away peacefully on Monday, Sept. 12, 2005, at Christiana Hospital, surrounded by his loving family and friends. He was 73.
Nick was born in Abington, Pa., son of Nicholas and Helen Vlasveld, lived the majority of his life in Christiana and made Newark his home for the past 45 years. Nick served his country proudly as a member of the U.S. Army during the Korean crisis, serving in Germany. Nick was a line foreman at Chrysler Corporation for 36 years, retiring in 1987. After retirement, he worked as a furniture salesman at Sears and delivered paint for Sherwin-Williams at the Chestnut Hill store. Nick was a member of Stahl Post 30, American Legion and the Moose Lodge. Nick enjoyed fishing and boating at his summer home in Chincoteague, Va. He also enjoyed billiards, football and spending time with his pet dog, Buddy, but most importantly, Nick was a family man who loved and cared for his family, especially being with his grandchildren.
Nick will be sadly missed by his beloved wife of 49 years, Margaret; sons, Nicholas M. Vlasveld Jr., of Newark, and Robert E. Richardson, and his wife Carla, of Middletown; daughters, Susann M. Shepherd, Jody D. Davis, and her husband Joe Davis, Sr., and Brenda Lee Miller, and her husband Scott, all of Newark; and his very special grandchildren, Joe Davis, Josh Davis, Megan Shepherd, Kara Shepherd, Kelly Richardson, Nicholas Miller, and Delaney Miller. Nick will also be missed by Kendra Eggleston and Dean Langell, who he brought into his home and provided them with much love and support throughout the years as his own. Nick was predeceased by his grandson, Robert "Bo" Richardson, in 1981.
Nick's Life Celebration was held Sept. 16 at Beeson Funeral Home of Newark. Interment was in Christiana Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Christiana.
In memory of Nick, contributions may be made to the Delaware SPCA, Rt. 7 Stanton-Christiana Road, Stanton, DE 19804.
Corinne J. Mitchell
Corinne J. Mitchell, of Smyrna, entered God’s Kingdom Monday, Sept. 12, 2005. She was 75.
She was born on Oct. 19, 1929, daughter of the late G. Frank and Rachel Baker Conner.
Connie, as she was fondly called, was married to James L. Mitchell in 1947, and they were lovingly devoted to each other for 58 years. They resided in Smyrna, where they remained at each other’s side until her death.
She had been employed as a bookkeeper for Southern States in Clayton, Ennis Oldsmobile, and Kent Convalescent Center, both of Smyrna, for a number of years. She retired in 1991. She was a member of the Lebanon Wesleyan Church, near Dover, where she taught the adult Sunday school class until the decline of her health. One of her greatest joys was calling, visiting and praying with others. She also enjoyed gospel music and played the flute, accordion, piano, and organ.
In addition to her parents, Corinne was preceded in death by two brothers, Phillip and William Conner, and a sister and brother-in-law, Frances and John Berry. In addition to her husband, she is survived by two daughters, Connie Lee O’Neal and her companion Eddie Young, of Grandy, N.C.; and Wanda J. Shorter and her husband Marvin Shorter, of Seaford; three grandchildren, Michael Shorter, Jessica Shorter and Emily Williams; and two great-grandchildren, Cole and Aiden Shorter.
She has also lovingly been cared for by all of the extended family – many brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, and many caring members of the Delaware Hospice Team.
Services were held Sept. 17 at Matthews-Bryson Funeral Home, Smyrna. Interment was in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Smyrna.
The family suggests memorial contributions to the Lebanon Wesleyan Church, 1138 Sorghum Mill Road, Dover, DE 19901 or to the American Cancer Society, 92 Reads Way, Suite 205, New Castle, DE 19720.
Julia A. Deputy
Julia A. Deputy, of Kirkwood, passed away Sept.14, 2005, at her home. She was 97.
Funeral services were held Sept. 17 at the Daniels and Hutchison Funeral Home, Middletown. Interment was in St. Georges Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to St. Georges United Methodist Church, 109 Main St., North St. Georges, DE 19733.
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 Sadler; 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. Final resting place will be in Zion Cemetery in Port Penn.
William Latta, of Townsend, passed away Sept. 14, 2005, at home. He was 89. He leaves no immediate survivors.
Service and burial will be private.
John A. Smith
John Albert “Smitty” Smith, of Townsend, died Friday, Sept. 16, 2005, at Christiana Medical Center. He was 80.
Mr. Smith was a line supervisor for General Motors in their Boxwood Plant for 30 years, retiring in 1979. He was a Navy Veteran of WWII and served on both the USS Prentiss and the USS Oberon and participated in both the European and Pacific Theatres. He founded the Dairy Goat Association of Delaware and enjoyed hunting.
He was preceded in death by his father and mother, John W. and Mary E. Slaughter Smith, and his first wife, Mary Ellen Pritchett Smith. He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Mary Rose Webster O'Brien Smith, of Townsend; daughter and son-in-law, Carolyn Ann and Leonardo Milano, of York, Pa.; son and daughter-in-law, Tim and Sherry O'Brien, of Morristown, Tenn.; grandson, Shawn O'Brien; and a sister, Louise Seward, of Felton.
Services were held Sept. 21 at Delaware Veterans Cemetery, Bear, where the burial followed.
John W. Fuller Jr.
John W. “Jack” Fuller Jr. passed away Friday, Sept. 16, 2005, in the Wilmington Hospital. He was 70.
Mr. Fuller was a plumber and a former member of Local 26. He was also a school bus driver for the Christina School District. He was Past Grand Secretary of the Odd Fellows and Rebecca's of Delaware and former treasurer of the 2X4 Square Dance Club.
He was predeceased by his son, John W. Fuller III, and his sister, Geraldine Goad. He is survived by his wife of 20 years, Cherry A. Fuller; his sons, Michael P. Fuller, of Middletown, and Stephen A. Fuller, of Elkton, Md.; his stepsons, R. Allen Wilkinson Jr., of Clarksburg, Md., Raymond A. Wilkinson, of Lewisville, Pa., and Randolph A. Wilkinson, of New Cumberland, Pa.; his brothers, Franklin C. Fuller, and David A. Fuller; his sisters, Carol Zook, Joyce Jones, Charlotte Martin, and Doris Wright; 14 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend the funeral service at the Doherty Funeral Home, 3200 Limestone Road, Pike Creek, on Friday, Sept. 23, at 11:30 a.m. Friends may call at the funeral home on Thursday, Sept. 22, from 6 to 8 pm. Internment will be in the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Bear.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Assn., 100 W. 10th St., Wilmington, DE 19801.
Anthony C. Iannetta
Anthony C. Iannetta, of Townsend, formerly of Sellersville, Pa., died Sept. 17, 2005, while on a camping trip to Potter County, Pa. He was 39.
Mr. Iannetta was born Nov. 11, 1965, in Abington Township, Pa., the son of Robert Iannetta of Sellersville and Joan Griffo Iannetta of New Port Richey, Fla. Mr. Iannetta worked as an aircraft mechanic for Aero Taxi in New Castle for the last 15 years. He enjoyed camping, hunting, fishing, hiking, tinkering in his garage and riding motorcycles. He was a graduate of Pennridge High School in Perkasie, Pa.
In addition to his parents, he is survived by his wife, Carolyn Gibson Iannetta; a brother, Tim Iannetta, of Tampa, Fla., and a sister, Lisa McCrorie, of Telford, Pa.
Services will be Thursday, Sept. 22, at 8 p.m., in the Faries Funeral Chapel, 29 S. Main St., Smyrna, where friends may call two hours prior to the services. Burial will be private.
William V. Pomichalek
William Vaclav “Pommie” Pomichalek, of Newark, died Sunday, Sept. 18, 2005, at his home. He was 83.
A native Delawarean, Mr. Pomichalek was born in Hartly on Feb. 12, 1922, son of the late Joseph Pomichalek and Veronica Mihal Pomichalek. He was a graduate of the University of Delaware and remained active with the Kappa Alpha fraternity throughout his life. A member of UAW Local 1212, he was employed with the Chrysler Corporation for 28 years, retiring in 1980 as a production control supervisor. Mr. Pomichalek was a member of St. John's-Holy Angels parish, serving as an usher for many years, and was a former member of the Newark Country Club, where he greatly enjoyed playing golf. A U.S. Army veteran of both World War II and the Korean War, he was a longtime member of J. Allison O'Daniel VFW Post 475 in Newark.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Betty Heath Pomichalek; son, Mark W. Pomichalek; sister, Ann Brannon; and brother, Joseph Pomichalek. He is survived by his wife, Maryanna "Pam" Price Pomichalek; two daughters, Gail Gerace and her husband Joseph, of Wilmington; and Linda Bish and her husband Douglas, of Mt. Joy, Pa.; four grandchildren, Justin Bish of Mt. Joy, Pa., Erica Pomichalek, of St. Georges, Trista Jianniney, of Newark, and Lauren Steffes, of Columbia, Pa.; and two great-grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial was offered Sept. 21 at Holy Angels R.C. Church, Newark. A committal service was held Sept. 22 at the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Bear.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to National Kidney Foundation, 30 E. 33rd St., Suite 1100, New York, NY 10016 or Aetna Hose, Hook & Ladder Fire Company, P.O. Box 148, Newark, DE 19715.
Donald W. ‘Pop’ Alfree, Sr.
Donald W. “Pop” Alfree Sr. of Blackbird passed away Friday, Sept. 7, 2007, at his home, surrounded by his family. He was 78.
Mr. Alfree was born Sept. 12, 1928, son of the late Alexander and Alice (Jones) Alfree.
He spent much of his childhood with his Aunt Rhoda and Uncle Roy Jones, growing up on Pop Jones’ farm near Golts, Md. As a boy, he commuted back and forth between Blackbird and Golts on his bicycle. He cherished the land on which he lived in Blackbird and was a true believer in preserving Delaware Farmland.
He worked for Flying A Gas Station at H&H Corner in Townsend, TransWorld Airlines in New Castle, the Delaware State Highway Department, the Tank Plant in Newark and Chrysler Corp. at the Newark Assembly Plant as a door/hood fitter for 37 years, retiring in 1990. He was a proud member of the UAW Local 1183 during his employment. He never took a vacation and rarely missed a day from work. It didn’t matter how deep the snow fell during a winter storm, he always made it to his job. He was very proud of his many years of hard work and instilled that into his children.
Mr. Alfree was an avid sports fan and was especially fond of WWE/WWF wrestling and PGA golf. He enjoyed spending time with his children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and friends. Before his illness, he loved to tinker on things and was always willing to lend a helping hand to friends and neighbors. Although he was known for his rough mannerism, he had a huge heart. He would do anything to help out his children and grandchildren. He could often be seen riding his John Deere lawn mower around home and at his neighboring children’s homes. He loved to mow the lawn.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 58 years, Mabel (McClain) Alfree, on Jan. 16, 2006.
He is survived by his two sons and a daughter-in-law, Donald Alfree Jr. and Bonnie of Townsend and Larry W. Alfree of Blackbird; three daughters and two sons-in-law, Diane L. and Jay Alphin of Blackbird, Debbie S. and Jimmy Emerson of Middletown and Donna L. Alfree and her companion, William Stackhouse, of Blackbird; eight grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren, a brother and a sister-in-law, LeRoy and Edna Alfree of Blackbird; and many nieces and nephews.
Services were held Sept. 12 at Daniels & Hutchison Funeral Home, Middletown.
Burial was in the Townsend Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Blackbird Community Center, c/o Joe Mannering, 144 Blackbird Forest Road, Townsend, DE 19734; or to the American Lung Association, 1021 Gilpin Ave., Suite 202, Wilmington, DE 19806.
Aaron David Pitt
Aaron David Pitt of Rising Sun, Md., died suddenly on Sunday, Sept. 9, 2007. He was 17.
Mr. Pitt was born on July 23, 1990, in Greer, S.C., son of David Harry and Lisa Bush Pitt.
He was a student at Delaware Technical & Community College, pursuing a career in nursing.
Among his interests were music, playing his guitar and riding dirt bikes. He also enjoyed farming and was a former member of the 4-H club. He will be dearly missed by his family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Harry and Anna Pitt, and Linda Bush.
He is survived by his parents, David Harry and Lisa Bush Pitt; a sister, Aimee Lynn Pitt; a brother, Austin Daniel Pitt; his grandfather, Ralph E. Bush of Newark; two aunts and an uncle-in-law, Sherry Mitchell of Rising Sun and Jennifer and Mark Fawzi of West Grove, Pa.; an uncle and an aunt-in-law, Eric and Marta Bush of Middletown; and seven cousins, Michael Smack, Sean Smack, Ryan Smack, Courtney Fawzi, Connor Fawzi, Grace Bush and Evan Bush.
A celebration of his life was held on Sept. 14, at R.T. Foard Funeral Home, P.A.
Burial was in Rosebank Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Caron Foundation, c/o the funeral home at 111 S. Queen St., Rising Sun, MD 21911.