Alice C. (Watts) Ray
Alice C. (Watts) Ray of Warwick, Md., passed away peacefully at her residence on Friday, July 20, 2007, with her family by her side.
Mrs. Ray was born on Dec. 11, 1920, in Townsend, daughter of the late Kenneth and Nora Jane (Everett) Watts.
She grew up in Townsend and after marrying, she and her husband moved to Warwick.
Mrs. Ray worked for Leeds Travelwear in Clayton for 19 years. Following their closing, she became a caregiver to Peggy Shetzler. She enjoyed traveling to various yard sales and especially loved spending time with her family.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 45 years, Lester Leroy Ray, in 1992; two sisters, Thelma Hands and Elizabeth Bachman; and four brothers, Edgar Watts, Harry Watts, Liston Watts and Donald Watts.
She is survived by a daughter, Joan Ray of Warwick; a son, David Ray of Warwick; a sister, Barbara Lockerman of Middletown; two sister-in-laws, Agnes Benson and her husband, Barry, of Cecilton, Md., and Eileen Burris of Warwick; a brother-in-law, Harry Akin and his wife, Carolyn, of Dover; a granddaughter, Carol Boulden of Elkton, Md., and two special great-grandsons, Kenny Eames and Zachary Hauth.
Funeral services were held on July 24 at Daniels & Hutchison Funeral Home LLC, Middletown.
Burial was in Warwick Cemetery.
Flowers are welcome or memorial contributions may be made to Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 15, Warwick, MD 21912-0015.
John Peigh of Middletown went home to be with the Lord Saturday, July 21, 2007. He was 92.
Mr. Peigh was a committed Christian who served in many different areas of the church throughout his life. He was a member of the Newark First Church of the Nazarene.
He worked for more than 30 years as a purchasing agent for the DuPont Company in Seaford, before retiring in 1977. Mr. Peigh was musical and enjoyed playing his mandolin. He also liked to fish, bowl and paint.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Julia Peigh; a son, William Cherry; a brother, Henry Peigh; and two sisters, Jean Otteni and Frances Nordland.
He leaves to cherish his memory his wife, Claudia Peigh of Middletown; three sons and two daughters-in-law, David and Delores Peigh of Knoxville, Tenn., Keith Cherry of Douglasville, Ga., and Donald and Lynn Cherry of Middletown; a brother, Carl Peigh of Napa, Calif.; four sisters, Marie McGee of Laurel, Ruth Whitaker of Wilmington, Hazel Vugteveen of Zeeland, Mich., and Dorothy Garrison of Artoboro, N.C.; 11 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.
Services were held on July 24 in the Newark First Church of the Nazarene.
Burial was in Georgia.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Newark First Church of the Nazarene Building Fund.
Raymond W. Janvier Sr.
Raymond W. Janvier Sr. of Middletown passed away on Saturday, July 21, 2007, at Christiana Hospital, surrounded by his family. He was 74.
Mr. Janvier was born in Wilmington, the son of the late Leroy F. and Ethel R. (Reynolds) Janvier.
He belonged to Painter’s Local No. 100 and retired after 40 years in 1988. He was a member of St. John’s Masonic Lodge No. 2.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by four brothers, Harvey Janvier, Nevin Janvier, William Janvier and Edward Janvier; and four sisters, Beatrice Vincent, Florence Howard, Mildred Broccolli and Ethel DiMarco.
He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Marie A. (Murphy) Janvier; a son and a daughter-in-law, Raymond W. Jr. and Janine of Ocean City, Md.; a daughter, Yvonne M. Janvier of Middletown; two grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; a great-great-grandchild; and many nieces and nephews.
Graveside services were held on July 25 in the chapel at Gracelawn Memorial Park, New Castle.
Stanley L. ‘Stan’ Elkins
Stanley L. “Stan” Elkins of Ocala, Fla., formerly of Wilmington, passed away Saturday, July 21, 2007, at his residence. He was 83.
Mr. Elkins was born in Price Hill, W.Va., and moved to Ocala in 1984 from Wilmington. He was a bench worker for Chrysler Corp., and was a very active member of Central Baptist Church, Ocala, where he bowled on the church league.
He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Virgie Elkins; a son, Eugene Elkins of Newark; four stepdaughters and three stepdaughters-in-law, Mary and Bob Martin of Tazewell, Va., Linda Short of ownsend, Brenda and Daryl French of Newark and Dorothy and Larry) Hess of Smyrna; a stepson, Henry Taylor of Bear; a sister, Gracie Turer of Onida, Fla.; a brother, Lawrence Elkins of Elyria, Ohio; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Graveside services will be held 2 p.m. Thursday, July 26, at Gracelawn Memorial Park, U.S. 13, New Castle, where friends may call one hour earlier in the cemetery chapel.
Memorial contributions may be made to Central Baptist Church, 1714 SE 36th Ave., Ocala, FL 34471; or to the Hospice of Marion County, 3231 SW 34th Ave., Ocala, FL 34474.
Joseph P. Bachmura
Joseph P. Bachmura was born Nov. 17, 1930, in Plymouth, Pa. He was the son of John and Antoinette Bachmura. He died Saturday, July 16, 2005, at Christiana Hospital after a short illness. He was 74.
Joe was preceded in death by two brothers and three sisters. He married Eleanor Schlink in 1985 and resided in the Prices Corner vicinity. Joe was a faithful member of St. Hedwig Church and worked as a handyman for more than 20 years.
He is survived by his wife, Eleanor; two nieces, Regina Hall, of Wilmington, and Sylvia Yeater, of Canton, Ohio; a nephew, Stanley Bachmura, Jr., of Wilmington. In addition, Joe is survived by two stepchildren, M. Christine Pratt, of Hockessin, and Jay R. Schlink, Sr., of Townsend; five stepgrandchildren, Major Michael Mlynarczyk, of Colorado Springs, Colo., Christopher Mlynarczyk, of Newark, Maribeth Baxter, of Wilmington, Melissa Davis, of Smyrna, and Jay R. Schlink, Jr., of Townsend. He has two great-grandchildren, Marissa Mlynarczyk, and Monica Mlynarcyzyk, both of Colorado Springs, Colo.
Friends and family may call Wednesday evening, July 20, from 7 to 9 p.m., at the John F. Yasik Funeral Home, 607 S. Harrison St., Wilmington. Family and friends may meet at church on Thursday morning, July 21, at 9:45 a.m. for a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at St. Hedwig Catholic Church, Linden & S. Harrison streets, Wilmington. Burial will be in Gracelawn Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to St. Hedwig Church, 408 S. Harrison St., Wilmington, DE 19805.
Thomas J. Radzius
Thomas J. Radzius, of Middletown, and Rehoboth Beach, died on Monday, July 18, 2005, at the Beebe Medical Center in Lewes. He was 66.
Mr. Radzius was born in Pittsburgh, Pa., on February 2, 1939, son of the late John and Marie Szymoniak Radzius. A member of UAW Local #435, he was employed with General Motors at the Boxwood Road site in Wilmington, retiring in 1993 after 29 years of service. In his leisure time, Mr. Radzius greatly enjoyed gardening, trips to the beach, and, most especially, crab fishing with his beloved grandchildren.
He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Marlane S. Weismiller Radzius; four daughters, Karen L. Zaremba and her husband, Ed, of Bear, Denise L. Boyles, and her husband, Randy, Lynnette R. Baker, and her husband, Jim, and Ladawn M. Barba, and her husband, Vince, all of Middletown; three sisters, Dorothy Napolitana, of Pittsburgh, Pa., Patricia O'dato, of Jefferson Hills, Pa., and Helen Metro, of Lewes; seven grandchildren, Alyssa Barba, JT Baker, Julia Barba, Joshua Boyles, Amanda Baker, Sarah Zaremba and Megan Boyles.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held July 22 at Our Lady of Fatima R.C. Church, New Castle. Interment was held in All Saints Cemetery, Wilmington.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, 1501 Casho Mill Rd., Ste. 1, Newark, DE 19711.
Sarah E. Gorecki
Sarah Elizabeth “Sally” Tompkins Gorecki, of Lewes, died Tuesday, July 19, 2005, at her residence. She was 70.
Mrs. Gorecki was born January 26, 1935, in Penns Grove, N.J., daughter of the late Paul Tompkins and Geneva Ray Wood Tompkins Hartnett, of Milford. Mrs. Gorecki moved to Lewes 10 years ago with her husband. She was a homemaker who loved to read, a member of St. Jude the Apostle Catholic Church and she loved spending time with her family.
She is survived by her husband of almost 49 years, John Gorecki; two sons, John Gorecki, and his wife, Eileen, of New Castle, and Michael Gorecki, and his wife, Alanna, of Middletown; seven grandchildren; two sisters, Gail Cunningham, and JoAnn Hite, both of W.V.; and her brother, Edward Hartnett, of Dover.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday, July 22, at 11 a.m., at St. Jude the Apostle Church, on Del. 1, just north of Five Points, where friends may visit one hour prior to Mass. Father Jim Hreha will officiate.
Interment will be in the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Bear.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, 3920 Kirkwood Highway, Wilmington, DE 19808; Attn: Toys for Tots.
William D. Schaeffer, Jr.
William D. Schaeffer, Jr., of New Castle, died on Thursday, July 21, 2005, at his home. He was 74.
Mr. Schaeffer was born in Wilmington on October 9, 1930, son of the late William D. Schaeffer, Sr. and Pearl Smith Schaeffer. A roofer by profession, he owned and operated Schaeffer and Son Roofing Company for many years, retiring in 1991. Following his retirement, he was employed with Schaumann Roofing Company until 2004.
His wife, Katherine Eckman Schaeffer, died in 1981. He is survived by four children, William D. Schaeffer, III, and wife, Patricia, of Middletown, Lori Verucci, of New Castle, Sherri Thomason, of Pittsgrove, N.J., and Amanda Miller, at home; companion, Constance R. Miller; sister, Pearl McCamey; and five grandchildren.
A funeral service was held Monday, July 25, in the chapel of Gracelawn Memorial Park, New Castle. Interment followed in the adjoining memorial park.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Delaware Hospice, 3515 Silverside Road, Wilmington, DE 19810.
Mae Baker, of Middletown, died Friday, July 22, 2005, at Union Hospital, Elkton, Md. She was 85.
Mrs. Baker enjoyed taking care of her home; she loved to cook and work in her garden, taking care of her beautiful flowers. Mae was a loving mother and grandmother. Her passion was definitely her family.
Mrs. Baker was preceded in death by her husband, Elbert Baker; children Sonny, Carl, Tommy, Elizabeth Wozciechowski, and Yvonne Dotson; and a grandson, Terry. Survivors include her children, Eugene Baker, Christine Croff, Gail Atkins, Mark Baker, Terry Baker and John Baker.
Survivors also include her brothers, Mark Mayhorn, Ralph Mayhorn and Gib Mayhorn; and her sisters, Faye Hatfield, and Elsie McCoy. Mae is also survived by 22 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandson.
A service will be held 11 a.m. on Thursday, July 28, in the Chapel of Gracelawn Memorial Park, North Dupont Highway, New Castle, where friends may call after 10 a.m. Burial will be in the adjoining cemetery.
Contributions may be made to the Mae Baker Memorial Fund, c/o PNC Bank, 460 West Main St., Middletown, DE 19709.
Roger C. LaMarche
Roger C. LaMarche, of Glen Mills, Pa., passed away peacefully at home Sunday, July 24, 2005, surrounded by his family. He was 79.
He was born June 8, 1926, in Manchester, N.H. He was a graduate of St. Anselms College in Manchester and earned his masters degree in chemistry from the University of Detroit. He served in the Army Air Corp during WWII and was a Marine Corp Officer during the Korean War. Roger began a 35-year career with the DuPont Company in Seaford in 1953. In 1955, he was transferred to Wilmington, where he was a marketing manager in the Textile Fibers Division. Roger's passions included spending time with family and friends, history, gardening, skiing, art and music.
He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Patricia P. LaMarche; a daughter, Elise Nguyen, of Wilmington; sons, Charles LaMarche, of Oxford, Pa., Christopher LaMarche, of Wilmington, and Timothy LaMarche, and his wife, Elaine, of Middletown; and eight grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11 a.m. Friday, July 29, at St. Mary Magdalen Catholic Church, Sharpley Road and Concord Pike, Wilmington. Burial will be private. Friends may call on the family Thursday evening from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Chandler Funeral Home, 2506 Concord Pike, Wilmington.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Catholic Relief Services, P.O. Box 17090, Baltimore, MD 21203-7090; or Delaware Hospice Care, 3515 Silverside Road, Wilmington, DE 19810.
Melvin L. Sparks
Melvin Lester Sparks, of Dover, passed away on Sunday, July 24, 2005, at State Street Assisted Living. He was 80.
Melvin was born on September 30, 1924, in St. Georges, to Irving V. and Elva Lester Sparks. He worked as an independent truck driver for more than 30 years and also owned a fertilizer company in Clayton. Melvin also worked for Anchor Motor Freight. He was a 32nd Degree Mason with Harmony Lodge #13 AF&AM in Smyrna. In addition, he was a member of the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite and belonged to Nur Temple as a Shriner.
In the late 1950s, he served as an auxiliary state policeman. He also served his country in the United States Navy stationed aboard the USS Lyon. He was a veteran of World War II and the Korean War. He was proud of his country and attended many navy reunions throughout the years. He belonged to American Legion Post 14 in Smyrna for 39 years. He was a member of Lions International and the Lions Club of Smyrna. He belonged to St. Georges United Methodist Church.
He is survived by three daughters, Diane G. Sparks, of Wilmington, Janice A. Sebastianelli, and her husband, Baldo, of Bear, and Gail L. Rutter, and her husband, Michael, of Frederick, Md.; one brother, I. Clifford Sparks, of Georgia; one niece, Sandy Forshee, also of Georgia; four grandchildren, Edward Sebastianelli, and his wife, Jenifer, of Middletown, David Sebastianelli, and his wife, Marisa, of Upton, Mass., Christopher Rutter, and Emily Rutter, of Frederick, Md.; three great-grandchildren, Cole and Raegan Sebastianelli, and Luciano Sebastianelli.
The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, July 28, at Gebhart Funeral Home, 531 Delaware St., New Castle, where friends may visit beginning at 9:30 a.m.
A Masonic service will be held prior to 11 a.m. Burial will be in St. Georges Cemetery, St. Georges.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Delaware Hospice, 911 S. Dupont Hwy., Dover, DE 19901.
Gene W. Arbaugh, Jr.
Gene W. Arbaugh, Jr., of Townsend, died suddenly Wednesday, July 17, 2002 at Bayhealth-Kent General Hospital, Dover. He was 32.
Mr. Arbaugh was a graduate of the Kent Christian Academy in Dover.
He worked at Worthy Brothers Pipeline in Newport and Milford Fertilizer.
Mr. Arbaugh attended the Freewill Baptist Church in Townsend.
He is survived by his mother, Linda Arbaugh (Wayne Morris) of Townsend; his father, Gene W. Arbaugh, Sr. of Iowa; two aunts, Barbara Armstong of Clayton and Linda Ratledge of Milford; four uncles, Edward Powell, Leon Powell, Randy Powell and David Arbaugh; his maternal grandmother, Cora Powell; his paternal grandmother, Leota Arbaugh; and many nieces and nephews.
Graveside services were held July 23 at the Townsend Cemetery, Townsend.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests contributions to be made directly to the family to help with funeral expenses.
Arrangements by Daniels and Hutchison Funeral Home, Middletown.
Eugene J. Barbato, Sr.
Eugene J. Barbato, Sr., of Northwood, died Friday, July 19, 2002 in the Christiana Hospital, Newark, after a long illness, surrounded by family. He was 79.
Born in Newport, the son of the late Angelo and Rosa Barbato, he had been a lifelong resident of the north Wilmington area. He was a member of St. Helena's Church for more than 50 years, where he served as an usher, was a member of the Young at Hearts Club, and a longtime volunteer at the church carnivals, where he worked in the kitchen.
Mr. Barbato was a 1953 graduate of Goldey Beacom College, an honorary life member of the Knights of Columbus, Claymont, Fraternal Order of Eagles #74, and the Post Cana Group. He started his employment career at the Pennsylvania Railroad, where he was a maintenance mechanic for three years, then he served in the U.S. Army during WWII in the South Pacific. After discharge, he returned to the Pennsylvania Railroad for another 10 years.
He then went to work at the DuPont Experimental Station, where he was a powerhouse operator for 30 years, retiring from work in 1985. He enjoyed golfing, working on the family cars, cooking, gardening, and watching boxing on television. He was an avid Eagles and Phillies fan. He especially enjoyed his weekly breakfast he had with his retired friends.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 51 years, Emily, in 1997.
He is survived by four children, Eugene J. Barbato, Jr. (Jan) of Bowie, Md., Janet L. Singleton of Newark, Michael A. Barbato (Elizabeth) of Middletown, Steven A. Barbato (Abbe) of Lititz, Pa.; seven grandchildren, Kimberly Maloney (Rob) of Newark, Keith Singleton (Angela) of Gainesville, Fla., Alex and Alissa Barbato of Bowie, Md., Nicolette and Jessica Barbato of Middletown and Kate Barbato of Lititz, Pa.; and two sisters, Rose Marie Cerrato and Mary Thomas, both of Wilmington .
Services were held July 23 at Beeson Memorial Services of North Wilmington and July 24 at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, both in Wilmington.
Interment was in the Delaware Veteran's Memorial Cemetery, Bear.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made in Mr. Barbato’s memory to the National Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance, 801 Roeder Rd., Suite 750, Silver Springs, MD 20910.
Norma Lea Boyd (nee Shahan)
Norma Lea Boyd, of Townsend, died Sunday July 21, 2002 at her home. She was 68.
Mrs. Boyd was a 1951 graduate of Middletown High School. She was employed as a secretary for 39 years at the Chrysler Corp. in Newark.
She taught Sunday school and was a member of the Chestertown Baptist Church in Chestertown, Md. She was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of Gideon’s International, Kent and Queen Anne’s Chapter.
Mrs. Boyd is survived by her husband of 41 years, Franklin R. Boyd; three children, Linda M. Reisig of DeBary, Fla., Franklin R. Boyd, Jr. of Rockville, Md. and Patricia A. Boyd of Townsend; a sister, Virginia A. Steller of Taylors Bridge; a brother, E. George Shahan, Jr. of Townsend; and four grandchildren.
Services will be held Friday, July 26 at 11 a.m. in the Chestertown Baptist Church, 401 Morgnec Rd., Chestertown, Md 21620. Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. July 25 at Daniels and Hutchison Funeral Home, 212 N. Broad St., Middletown.
Interment will be in the Townsend Cemetery, Townsend.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests contributions be made to the Chestertown Baptist Church Building Fund.