G. Thomas Alderson
G. Thomas Alderson, of Ocean View, formerly of Newark and Chesapeake City, Md., died suddenly Tuesday, June 25, 2002 at the Christiana Hospital, Newark. He was 69.
Born in Cecilton, Md., he was the son of George T. and Elizabeth Loller Alderson. He was a graduate of Chesapeake City High School and received a BA degree from Salisbury University and a M.Ed. degree from the University of Delaware.
An Army veteran, he retired in 1991 from 26 years of teaching mathematics and computer science in the Christina School District. He also taught math at Padua Academy, Wesley College, Cecil Community College and most recently at the University of Delaware, Wilmington College and the Delaware Technical College in Georgetown.
Mr. Alderson was a member of the VFW, American Legion, the NEA and the Delaware Retired Teachers Association. He and his wife retired to Ocean View where they have been avid golfers at Salt Pond, and he played weekly with the VFW Golf Gang. He enjoyed watching major league baseball games.
He is survived by his beloved wife, Patricia Chandler Alderson; a son, Mark T. Alderson (Marian) of Castle Rock, Conn.; a daughter, Carol Poarch (Daniel) of Middletown; four grandchildren, Nicole and Daniel Poarch, Alyssa and Diana Alderson; and two brothers, Robert Alderson of Chesapeake City, Md. and James V. Alderson of Chestertown, Md.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Marjorie Foster, in Dec. 2001.
Services were held July 2 at the Trinity Methodist Church, Chesapeake City, Md.
Interment was in the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Bear.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to VFW Post #7234, c/o the R.T. Foard Funeral Home, Chesapeake City, MD 21915.
Eric G. Cole
Eric G. Cole, formerly of Odessa, died suddenly January 18, 2002 in Savannah, Ga. He was 34.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Francis R. Cole in 1969 and Ellen Manlove Cole in 1998.
He is survived by his siblings, Francis M. Cole of Townsend, June J. Evans of Avon Park, Fla., Kendall L. Scott of Elkton, Md. and Barbara S. Howell of Newark.
Services and interment were private.
Arrangement by Daniels and Hutchison Funeral Homes, Middletown.
Elizabeth F. Baldwin
Elizabeth F. Baldwin, of Ashley Heights, died Thursday, June 27, 2002 in the St. Francis Hospital, Wilmington after suffering a stroke. She was 94.
A native of Ithaca, N.Y., Mrs. Baldwin came to Delaware in 1934 and worked as an administrative assistant for the duPont Company during World War II. At the conclusion of the war, she retired to become a homemaker.
Mrs. Baldwin is survived by a son, Barry J. Baldwin, Sr. of Newark; two grandsons, Barry J. Baldwin, Jr. of Wilmington and John T. Baldwin of Middletown; a granddaughter, Holly Caliendo of Newark; and six great grandchildren.
She was predeceased by her beloved husband, James E. Baldwin.
Services were held July 2 at the Calvary Presbyterian Church, Wilmington.
Interment was in Silverbrook Memorial Park, Wilmington.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to Heartland Hospice Services, 431 S. Walnut St., Kennett Square, PA 19348.
Arrangements by Doherty Funeral Home, Pike Creek.
Beatrice C. Leonard (nee Freebery)
Beatrice C. Leonard, of New Castle, died Friday, June 28, 2002 at the Christiana Hospital, Newark, surrounded by her family. She was 73.
Mrs. Leonard was a homemaker. She was also a founding member of the Holy Spirit Church and a member of the Blessed Virgin Mary Sodality. She was always involved with many of the church groups and functions. She enjoyed spending time with her friends at bingo, Atlantic City, N.J. and Delaware Park.
She was the daughter of the late James and Catherine Freebery and was also preceded in death by a daughter, Anne Marie Broadhurst.
Mrs. Leonard is survived by her husband of 52 years, Paul F. Leonard, Sr.; her children, Paul F. Leonard, Jr. of New Castle, William T. Leonard (Diane) of Wilmington, Catherine L. Delaney of New Castle, Brian E. Leonard (Donna) of New Castle, Lisa L. Carnley (Chris) of Middletown; three brothers, John "Jack" Freebery and George Freebery, both of New Castle and William "Butch" Freebery of Bear; a sister, Barbara "Doll" Hiner of New Castle; and 10 grandchildren, Jennifer, Lauren, Michael, Erin, Morgan, Sean, Brian Jr., Allison, Christi and Cory.
Services were held July 2 at the Holy Spirit R.C. Church, New Castle.
Interment was in the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Summit.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Holy Spirit Church, 12 Winder Rd., New Castle, DE 19720.
Arrangements by Krienen Funeral Home, New Castle.
Thomas R. Maguigan, III
Thomas R. Maguigan, III, of Delaware City, died Sunday, June 23, 2002 in Jacksonville, Fla. He was 64.
Mr. Maguigan worked for Insteel, formerly Forbes Steel, for more than 30 years until his retirement in 1998. He was a member of the Army National Guard.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Eva (Coursey) Maguigan, in 1997.
He is survived by three daughters; Laura A. Kusching of Plano, Texas and Sandra M. Borst and Karen L. Purcell, both of Newark; two stepchildren, Michelle Close and Mark Mitchell; two siblings, Charles Maguigan of Middle-town and Gertrude Morgan of Elkton, Md.; five grandchildren; three stepgrandchildren; and a great granddaughter.
Services and interment were private.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions in Mr. Maguigan's name to your favorite charity.
Arrangements by Mealey Funeral Home, Wilmington.
James Edward ‘Jimmy’ Waecker Jr.
James Edward “Jimmy” Waecker Jr. of Townsend passed away on Tuesday, June 19, 2007, at Christiana Hospital in Newark, with his loving family by his side after a courageous battle with cancer. He was 44.
Born on Jan. 4, 1963, in Dover, he was the son of Phyllis (Emerson) and James Edward Waecker Sr. He attended Middletown High School where he graduated in 1981. He worked in the Middletown area his entire life. Until his illness, he was employed by Atlantic Tractor in Cecilton, Md. Along with work, Jimmy enjoyed fishing, the outdoors, NASCAR, and lending a helping hand to his friends on their farms.
In addition to his parents, he is survived by his loving wife, Emma (Stutzman) Waecker; and their two children, Anna and Travis Waecker; his maternal grandmother, Anna Emerson; two sister-in-laws, Inez Thompson and Kyle Bramble and her husband, Tom; a brother-in-law, George Stutzman and his wife, Linda; as well as a host of many aunts, uncles, cousins, friends, and co-workers who will cherish the many memories they shared with Jimmy.
Graveside memorial services were held on June 26 at Townsend Cemetery, Townsend.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the college trust fund for Anna and Travis Waecker, c/o PNC Bank, 460 W. Main Street, Middletown, DE 19709.
Dorothy Ann Leona (Weber) Forgione
Dorothy Ann Leona (Weber) Forgione of Townsend and formerly of Stanton, passed away peacefully, Monday, June 25, 2007, at Christiana Hospital in Newark. She was 77.
Born in Cape Girardeau, Mo., she was the daughter of the late Genevieve M. (Scherer) and Philip Weber.
Mrs. Forgione spent most of her life in the Stanton area where she and her husband raised their four children. She was a devoted wife and loving mother who took pride in raising her family. Mrs. Forgione was a talented seamstress and enjoyed working on a variety of crafts. She attended St. Joseph Parish in Middletown with her daughter.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her loving husband of 51 years, John J. Forgione Sr. on Aug. 8, 2002; a daughter, Leona M. Johnston on Dec, 31, 1998; and a son, Philip A. Forgione on April 7, 2007.
She leaves to cherish her fond memories a son, John J. Forgione Jr. and his wife Linda of Newark; a daughter, Joyce A. Connelly and her husband Tom of Townsend; a daughter-in-law, Linda Forgione of Smyrna; nine grandchildren, Janel Carey, Jill Forgione, Thomas and Kyle Connelly, Venus Kincaid, Charles and Phillip Miller, Charlene Komives and Wayne Wingard; and 11 great grandchildren, Caleb, Chase, Lance, Samantha, David, Riley, James, Danielle, Ashley, Gavin and Ariel.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 1 p.m. on Thursday, June 28, at St. Joseph Parish, 115 Cleaver Road, Middletown. A visitation was held Wednesday evening at Daniels & Hutchison Funeral Home LLC, Middletown.
Mrs. Forgione will be laid to rest beside her loving husband in All Saints Cemetery, 6001 Kirkwood Highway, Wilmington.
Elwood James David Sr.
Elwood James David Sr. of Earleville, Md., died Wednesday, June 20, 2007, at Union Hospital in Elkton, Md. He was 77.
Elwood J. David Sr. was born March 22, 1930, in Delaware the son of the late William and Edna “Wright” David. Mr. David attended Bancroft Junior High and then went to H. Fletcher Brown Vocational School. Mr. David then went on to serve his country in the United States Army and Navy. After an honorable discharge he went to work in the railroad industry for Conrail Railroad where he worked for more than 30 years. Mr. David was a member of the Middletown Moose Lodge and Life Member of VFW Post 4583 in Georgia. He also volunteered at the Wayne Memorial Hospital in Georgia. He enjoyed being with family, helping people, working on mowers and small gas engines, traveling and joking around with people.
In addition to his parents Mr. David was preceded in death by his wife Marlene David in 1987; and his son Elwood James David Jr. in 1994.
He is survived by his daughter, Edna E. Wallace of Earleville, Md.; two sisters, Ella Chapman of New Castle and Doris Paola of Elsmere; three brothers, William David Jr. of New Castle, Charles David of Cecilton, Md., and Martin David of Wilmington; two granddaughters, Angela Patterson of Elkton, Md., Krystal Dillmore of Townsend; one great grandson, Jacob Rose of Elkton, Md., and a special companion, Ann Mullen of Odum, Ga., and her son Stephen of Cecilton, Md.
A visitation was held on June 26 at the Fellows, Helfenbein and Newnam Funeral Home, Cecilton.
Interment with Military Honors was held at Gracelawn Memorial Park in New Castle.
Emaline T. (Melvin) King
Emaline T. (Melvin) King of Smyrna passed away peacefully at home Tuesday, June 19, 2007. She was 76.
Mrs. King was born Sept. 22, 1930, in Wilmington, the daughter of the late George B. Till Sr. and Ethel Card Till.
Mrs. King worked as a switchboard operator for the State of Delaware at the Delaware Hospital for the Chronically Ill in Smyrna for 26 years before retirement. Her hobbies included visiting local bingo gatherings and Dover Downs and collecting lighthouses. Mrs. King was a member of Ewell’s St. Paul United Methodist Church in Clayton.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Morris W. King in 2005; her first husband, Charles G. Melvin in 1981; two brothers, William J. Till and George B. Till Jr.; and a sister, Mabel B. Till.
She is survived by a son, C. James Melvin of Smyrna; a daughter, Patricia M. McGinnis and her husband, Robert W. of Clayton; two sisters, Ileene Ishikawa and her husband, John, of Wilmington, and Elmira Williams, of New Castle; a brother, Howard Till and his wife, Patricia, of New Castle; two granddaughters, Trisha M. Andress and her husband, John, of Townsend, and Jamann N. Melvin of Smyrna; a great-grandson, Rawley Andress, of Townsend; and the extended family of the late Morris W. King.
Services were held on June 23 in the Faries Funeral Chapel, Smyrna.
Burial was in Sharon Hills Memorial Park, Dover.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to Delaware Hospice, 911 S. DuPont Highway Dover, DE 19904; or to Ewell’s St. Paul United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 266 Clayton, DE 19938.
Ronald J. Wright Sr.
Ronald J. Wright Sr. was called to rest at Christiana Hospital on Thursday, June 14, 2007.
He attended Middletown High School. Upon graduating he served three years in the United States Army and retired after 20 years in the National Guards. He was employed for General Motors, Local 435 for 25 years.
Ronald was preceded in death by his mother; one daughter; two sisters; one brother; one brother-in-law and mother-in-law.
He leaves to mourn his death his wife, Janel Wright; daughter, Janelle Williams; son, Ronald Wright, Jr.; sister, Arline Wright-Booker; brothers, Wilbert Jr., Odell and his wife, Eva, Baynard, Kevin; two other brothers, Willie and West Wiggins; and a very special grand-daughter, Serenity Young. Also surviving, father-in-law, James Williams, Sr.,;three sisters-in-law, Lerma Windham (Norman), Dawn Rowe (Sterling), Erna Williams; two brothersin-law, James Williams Jr., Franklin Lloyd; one god child, Jalen Saunders; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
A celebration of his life took place on June 22 at Mt. Pisgah U.A.M.E., Middletown.
Interment was in Delaware Veterans Cemetery, in Bear.
Isaac W. ‘J.R.’ Sizemore Jr.
Mr. Isaac W. “J.R.” Sizemore Jr. of Delaware City died on Monday, June 18, 2007, at his home. He was 62.
Mr. Sizemore was born in Richlands, Va., on April 17, 1945. A pipefitter by profession and a member of Plumbers & Pipefitters Local No. 74 in Wilmington, he retired in 1987 after a 42-year career. He was a memberand Past Worshipful Master of Jackson Lodge No. 19 AF & AM. An avid fisherman and hunter throughout his life, he was also a fan of Phillies and Orioles baseball.
He was preceded in death by his father, Isaac W. Sizemore Sr.
He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Gertrude Ann “Trudy” Sizemore; three children, Kevin N. Sizemore and his fiancée, Kim Phillips, of Elkton, Md., Karin N. Hunt and her husband, Larry, of Newark, and Krista N. Krieger and her husband, Dwayne Aliff, of Bear; his mother, Dolores Thompson Sizemore Chapman of Louisville, Ky.; his brother, Ray Donald Sizemore Sr. and his wife, Sharon, of Louisville, Ky.; nine grandchildren; two nephews; and a niece.
A memorial service was held on June 22, at the Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, Delaware City. A Masonic service was held.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the charity of the donor’s choice.
Kathryn M. (Johnson) Bailey
Kathryn M. (Johnson) Bailey of New Castle passed away on Tuesday, June 19, 2007, at Christiana Hospital, Newark. She was 81.
Mrs. Bailey was born in Middletown, the daughter of the late Stanley and Bessie (Statts) Johnson.
She worked for many years for the Colonial School District in the transportation department. Mrs. Bailey was a member of the New Castle United Methodist Church. She was very civic minded and served on the Collins Park Civic Association, where she held the post of treasurer for several years.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Francis W. Bailey Sr., on May 30, 2003.
She is survived by two devoted sons, Francis W. Bailey Jr., of Middletown and Stanley J. Bailey of New Castle, with whom she resided; a sister-in-law, Martie Bailey; a grandson and a granddaughter-in-law, Jeff and Sandy Bailey; a granddaughter, Jennifer Bailey; two great-grandchildren, Shawn Bailey and Meghan Bailey; several nieces and nephews, especially Shirley Redmond and Barbara Markey, who were her caregivers.
Services were held on Friday, June 22, at the Gebhart Funeral Home, New Castle.
Burial was in Gracelawn Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 92 Read’s Way, New Castle, DE 19720.
Robert W. “Snake” Johnston
Robert W. Johnston, of Townsend, formerly of Chesapeake City, Md., died Tuesday, June 18, 2002 at home. He was 76.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Marion L. Johnston, in 1973.
He is survived by two sons, Robert W. Johnston, Jr. of Smyrna and Arthur H. Johnston of Tampa, Fla.; three daughters, Marlene Gregson of Elk Mills, Md., Barbaralynn Durham of Marydel, Md. and Babbette Johnston of Townsend; two sisters, Gertrude Eveland of Chesapeake City, Md. and Daisy Torrence of Marshallton; five grandchildren; and two great grandchildren.
Services were held June 22 in the Trinity United Methodist Church, Chesapeake City, Md.
Interment was private.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Delaware Hospice, 911 S. DuPont Hwy. Dover, DE 19902.
Arrangements by R.T. Foard Funeral Home, Chesapeake City, Md.