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New Castle County, Delaware Obituary Collection

New Castle County, Delaware Obituary Collection - 55

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Date: Tuesday, 2 November 2010, at 10:24 a.m.

Pauline Bugajeski (nee Pasela)

Pauline Bugajeski died Sunday, June 9, 2002 in Somerford House in Newark. She was 98.

She was a lifetime West End Chester resident and was born in Chester, Pa. She was a homemaker.

Mrs. Bugajeski was a member of Holy Rosary Church, lifetime member of St. Hedwig's Fatima Sodality, lifetime member of St. Hedwig's Church and a lifetime member of Sacred Heart Hospital Auxiliary.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Bernard J. Bugajeski, in 1992; a daughter, Cecilia M. Plystak, in 1994; and her parents, Valentine and Magdalena Lagoski Pasela.

She is survived by her granddaughter, Carol A. Lester, of Middletown, who cared for her; and great granddaughter, Kaylee M. Lester.

Funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, June 13 at Holy Rosary Church, 3200 Philadelphia Pike, Claymont. Calling hours are after 8:30 a.m. today at Kaniefski Kendus-D’Anjolell Memorial Home, 3900 W. Ninth St., Trainer, Pa.

Interment will be in Lawn Croft Cemetery, Linwood, Pa.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Holy Rosary Church, 3200 Philadelphia Pike, Claymont, DE 19703.

Nancy C. Collins
Nancy C. Collins, of Wilmington, passed away on May 30, 2005. She was 80. She was a homemaker.

Her husband, Gorman H. Collins, died in 2001. Nancy is survived by her daughters, Carolyn A. Simpkins, and her husband, Patrick, with whom she lived, and Pamela K. Blankley, and her husband, Dale, of Townsend; one sister, Betty Lewis, of Salisbury, Md.; and two grandchildren, Sheena and Christopher Blankley.

A funeral service was held on June 3 at the McCrery Memorial Chapel. Interment was in Gracelawn Memorial Park.

Lori Copson
Lori K. Martin Copson, of Newark, died on Tuesday, May 31, 2005, at Christiana Hospital. She was 48.

A native Delawarean, Ms. Copson was born in Wilmington on March 10, 1957, and was a graduate of Christiana High School. She later attended Delaware Technical and Community College and was currently employed as a council program associate with the International Reading Association in Newark.

A Girl Scout in her youth, Ms. Copson mentored many local girls and young women as a scout leader for several years. She was accomplished in many types of arts and crafts including scrapbooking. Ms. Copson had been fascinated by frogs throughout her life and maintained a unique collection of frog knickknacks. She also created beautiful and inviting frog ponds in the garden of her home.

Ms. Copson greatly enjoyed travel and beach vacations, but most of all, delighted in spending time with her beloved family. She will be remembered as a devoted mother, daughter, fiancée, sister, aunt and friend, and will be sadly missed by those fortunate enough to have known her.

She is survived by two children, Jennifer Copson, an honor student at the University of Delaware, and Jeffrey Copson, who will enter the U.S. Marine Corps shortly following his graduation from Newark High School, both at home; parents, Albert K. and Mary Ellen (Peyton) Martin of Bear; brother, David Martin, and his wife, Kelli, of Middletown; sister, Sandra Lantz, and her husband, Brian, of Bear; niece, Jessica Martin; nephew, Scott Martin; and fiancé, Tom Hall, and his daughter, Ashley Hall, of Newark.

A funeral service was held on June 2 at the Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home. Interment followed in Head of Christiana Cemetery, Nottingham Road, Newark.

The family encourages contributions to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Delaware Chapter, 100 W. 10th St., Ste. 209, Wilmington, DE 19801.

Charles R. Willis
Charles R. “Dick” Willis, of New Castle, died Sunday, May 29, 2005, in the Arbors at New Castle. He was 80.

Dick had worked at various carpenter and construction jobs in and around New Castle and Wilmington. He was a U.S. Navy veteran and served as a Sea-Bee during World War II. His favorite pastime was spending time at Battery Park in New Castle, where he became one of the "Senators."

He is survived by his wife, Nancy; three daughters, Iva Clark, of Wilmington, Nancy Karen Marsh, of Deerfield Beach, Fla., and Charlotte Rizzardi, and her husband, Rob, of Middletown; three grandsons, David and Daniel Clark of Florida and Jason Rizzardi of Middletown; and two great-granddaughters, Samantha Clark of Wilmington and Alora Lockwood of New Jersey.

The funeral service was held on June 3 in the chapel at Gracelawn Memorial Park, New Castle. Burial was in the adjoining memorial park.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Dick's memory to the American Diabetes Association, 100 W.10th St., Suite 1002, Wilmington, DE 19801.

Joan L. Duckery
Joan L. Duckery, of Middletown, died May 27, 2005, at Christiana Hospital, Newark. She was 63.

Services were held on June 4 at Rehoboth Church of God, Middletown.

William A. Mellow
William A. Mellow, of Middletown, died Wednesday, June 1, 2005. He was 74.

A graduate of Julliard, he was a singer at the Metropolitan Opera for 28 years.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara; a son, George, and his wife, Carol; and granddaughters, Erica and Jessica.

A funeral service was held on June 3 at Schoenberg Memorial Chapel, Wilmington. Interment will be in New York.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to Julliard School, Lincoln Center, New York, NY 10023.

Dr. Richard Marion Robb
Dr. Richard Marion “Leo” Robb, of Newark, passed peacefully away at home on Tuesday, May 24, 2005. He was 89.

He was born July 10, 1915, in Epworth, Ga., son of the late Dr. and Mrs. James L. Robb, of Atlanta, Ga. He graduated from Tennessee Wesleyan College, the University of Tennessee, and then Purdue University for his doctorate in biochemistry. He worked on the Manhattan Project during World War II and later mainly lived in Wilmington, Middletown and Newark.

Dr. Robb worked in the research field for DuPont, where among other assignments, he was director of Stine Lab (now Stine-Haskell). He also worked for the U.S. Commerce and Defense departments and was director of research at the Naval Propellant Plant in Indianhead, Md. After retirement from federal government service, he entered the field of social services. He worked for Ferris School and Family Court in Wilmington. It was his great pleasure after retirement from social services to serve at West Park Elementary School in Newark as volunteer coordinator of their computer lab reading program. Dr. Robb was honored with the Jefferson Award and the Humanitarian of the Year Award from Baha'i Faith, as a result of his work with young people for more than 25 years.

He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Loretta; sons, Dick Alan, Jim, Joe and Hugh; stepdaughters, Linda Trumble, Laurie Shahan and Lisa Gulrich; grandchildren, Ellen Gibson, Daniel and Heather Robb; and stepgrandson, William Shahan, IV.

A memorial service will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Newark on Willa Road on Sunday, June 19, at 1 pm. Family and friends are invited to attend.

Donations may be made to Delaware Pacem in Terris, 1304 N. Rodney St., Wilmington, DE 19806-4227

Henrietta R. Howard
Henrietta R. Howard, of Crosslands, Kennett Square, Pa., passed away on Wednesday, May 18, 2005, at her residence. She was 98.

She was the wife of the late Earl Lowell Howard who passed away in 1948 and with whom she shared eight years of marriage.

Born in Smyrna, she was the daughter of the late George Collins and Sallie Deakyne Rothwell. After graduating from high school in Smyrna, she earned a B.E. from the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee and a M.A. from George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Mrs. Howard was an elementary school principal and a junior high school teacher in Kenosha, Wis. She was a guidance counselor at both the junior high and high school levels in Montgomery County, Md., where she served as the Supervisor of Guidance. She was past president of the Montgomery County and the Maryland State Personnel and Guidance Associations.

She taught at the University of Maryland and was a consultant at American University in Washington, D.C. Twice awarded a Fulbright Professorship at Einshams University in Cairo, Egypt, she was also awarded a fellowship at Syracuse University from General Electric.

She is survived by one nephew and two nieces.

Graveside services and interment were held on June 6 at Odd Fellows Cemetery, Smyrna

Beatrice Downs
Beatrice Downs, of Wilmington, passed away peacefully Tuesday, May 31, 2005, at Manor Care Nursing Home. She was 87.

Ms. Downs was born in Queen Anne’s County, Md. to Isaac and Edith Downes. Beatrice moved to Wilmington in the 1940s and retired from domestic work in 1998.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by three sisters, Emma Cain, Naomi Wright and Gladys Groce; five brothers, Wilson Downes, Sr., Isaac O. Downs, Jr., William Downes, George L. Downes and Carvalee Brown.

She leaves to cherish her memory a devoted nephew, Michael T. Downes, and his wife, Mary, and their sons, Michael L. and Marques R.; sisters, Viola Jarman, Elsie Wood and Mabel Miller of Wilmington; brothers, John Thomas Downes of Middletown; Calvin Brown of Wilmington; and Marvin Brown of Federalsburg, Md.; as well as a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

A service was held on June 5 at The House of Wright Mortuary, Wilmington. Interment will be in Riverview Gardens.

John D. Ringer, III
John Dean Ringer, III, of Kennett Square, Pa., and formerly of Odessa, passed away on Friday, June 3, 2005, in the Christiana Hospital. He was 69.

John "Dean" was born in Traverse City, Mich., and grew up in Arden, where his parents moved in 1942. He was a highly sought after master craftsman and cabinetmaker. In his retirement, he turned his woodworking skills toward the creation of unique and artistic wooden vessels and large scale animals made from natural tree formations. An avid life-long sports fisherman, his passing will leave a much larger catch for his old fishing friends.

John will be sorely missed for his wit, humor, and devotion he gave so freely to his family and friends. He is survived by his companion, Barbara Baker Walsh, of Kennett Square; a son, John D. Ringer, IV, of Odessa; a daughter, Lynne Swedlow, of Madison, Wis.; a sister, Chloe Ringer, of Baltimore, Md.; a brother, Frederick Ringer, of Claymont; two grandsons, Ronald and Michael Swedlow; one granddaughter, Casey Ringer; and five nieces.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 11, at the Kennett Friends Meetinghouse, North Union and West Sickle streets, Kennett Square, Pa.

Thomas W. ‘Tommy’ Sartin
Thomas W. “Tommy” Sartin of Middletown passed away peacefully, Thursday, May 31, 2007, at his residence with his loving family by his side. He was 80.

Born on Feb. 27, 1927, at Boyds Corner in Middletown, he was the son of the late Leslie D. and Grace (Heverin) Sartin.

Raised on the family farm, Mr. Sartin devoted his lifetime to farming. He enjoyed meeting people and always had the time to stop to share a few kind words. Because of his outgoing personality, many will remember him for his great sense of humor, big heart, and the friendship he unselfishly shared with others. He adored his family and cherished the many dear friends he made over the years.

Mr. Sartin was a member of the St. Georges United Methodist Church where he enjoyed being a greeter, and especially loved and looked forward to all of the hugs and kisses he received every Sunday. He devoted many tireless hours and years to the care and upkeep of Hickory Grove Cemetery, where he and his wife served as board members.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one sister, Rena Phillips; and two brothers, Leslie L. and Vaughn W. Sartin.

He is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Thelma (Deakyne) Sartin; two daughters, Linda Graham and her husband, Ray, of Newark and Barbara Kelly of Bear; three sisters, Pauline Johnson of Magnolia, Iris Baldwin of Smyrna, and Hazel Sartin of Townsend; one brother, Larry J. Sartin of Smyrna; seven grandchildren, Ronnie Kelly, Glenn Williams, Melanie Thorp, Rebecca Johnson, Cindy Kelly, Nathan Graham and Erin Graham; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Graveside services were held on June 5 at Hickory Grove Cemetery, Port Penn Road, Middletown.

A memorial service honoring Mr. Sartin’s life will also be held 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 16, at St. Georges United Methodist Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in Mr. Sartin’s memory to St. Georges United Methodist Church, P. O. Box 145, St. Georges, DE 19733.

Maria S. Kalb
Maria S. Kalb of Smyrna was called home by God on Saturday, June 2, 2007, surrounded by her loving family. She was 68.

Mrs. Kalb was born on Aug. 26, 1938 in Teocaltiche, Mexico, the daughter of the late Ezequiel and Alejandra Calderon.

She was very proud and thankful to become a United States Citizen. She was a devoted and loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and aunt who enjoyed spending time with her family. She was most notable for her ability to love unconditionally.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Roberto Calderon of Mexico.

She is survived by her husband of 50 years, Franz “Sam” Kalb; six children, Samuel R. Kalb of Pike Creek, Alejandra “Sandy” Barnett of Smyrna, David F. Kalb and his wife Barbara of Smyrna, Erick A. Kalb and his wife Marianne of Smyrna, Victoria K. Carter and her husband Jim of Middletown, and Jacob O. Kalb and his wife Lorianne of Bear; 10 grandchildren; four great grandchildren; two sisters, Herminia Tejeda of Mexico, and Juana Chase and her husband Chuck of Kenton; a brother, Ezequiel Calderon and his wife Oralia of Mexico, and many nieces and nephews.

The family extends their heartfelt gratitude to the nurses and staff of Compassionate Care Hospice and to Dr. Timothy Wozniak of the HGCC for their kindness to Mrs. Kalb during her illness. Also, the family would like to thank all their friends for their support and prayers throughout this difficult time.

A viewing in celebration of Maria’s life was held on June 6 at the Faries Funeral Chapel, Smyrna.

A Catholic funeral will be held on Thursday, June 7, at 11 a.m., at St. Polycarp’s Parish in Smyrna. Burial will be at the Delaware Veteran’s Memorial Cemetery in Bear.

John Westsley ‘Buddy’ ‘The Fox’ Simmons Jr.
John Westley “Buddy” “The Fox” Simmons Jr. of Hartly, passed away on Friday, June 1, 2007, at his home. He was 60.

John was born in Townsend to the late John and Ada (Carroll) Simmons.

He was a welder and a 35 year member of the International Boilermakers Union. He retired in 2005 due to his health. John enjoyed working in his yard and garden, fishing, helping others, and spending time with his family and friends. He will be greatly missed.

He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Shirley “Missy” Simmons in 1993; and most recently his son John Westley Simmons III on May 3, 2007.

He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Shirley Ann; a son, Aaron Daniel “Danny” Simmons Sr. and his wife Elizabeth of Marydel, Md.; a daughter, Brandi Mae Simmons of Hartly and six grandchildren, Arianna and Benjamin Simmons of Clayton, Rachel, D.J., Michaela. and Colleen Simmons all of Marydel; six sisters, Rosemary Brown of Felton, Susan Clymer, Sharon Daniels, Elizabeth Krisco, all of Clayton, and Joan Cosner and Caroline Cosner both of Townsend; four brothers, William Simmons of Clayton, Ralph Simmons Sr. of Dover, Steven Simmons of Hartly and Joseph Simmons of Clayton; and many cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Funeral services were held on June 5 at the Daniels and Hutchison Funeral Home, Middletown. Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to the “Brandi Simmons College Fund,” c/o First National Bank of Wyoming, 28 Deak Drive, Smyrna, DE. 19977.

Emily J. ‘Jane’ Schrader
Emily J. “Jane” Schrader of Middletown died Saturday, June 2, 2007, at Union Hospital, Elkton, Md. She was 79.

Born in Earleville, Md., on Sept. 16, 1927, she was the daughter of the late Ralph E. Bailey Sr. and Marion Long Bailey.

Jane worked for Tilcon Construction Company where she retired after 24 years of service. She enjoyed her family, gardening and watching baseball, as well as the NASCAR races.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Ira N. Emerson, her second husband, George W. Schrader; and a step-daughter, Melanie Schrader.

She is survived by her daughter, Betty J. Smith and her husband, Alfred, of Smyrna; a son, Edward Emerson and his wife, Ginny, of Townsend; two step-daughters, Frances Schrader of Zambia and Doris Sloan of Philadelphia; a step-son, George W. Schrader and his wife, Elsie, of Cave City, Ky.; four grandchildren, Chris Pierce, Debbie Shane and her husband, Mike, Lauren Grieder and her husband, Jeff, and Christy Emerson; four step-grandchildren, Debbie Costa, Willy Schrader, Doris Neilson and her husband, Edward, and Christie Salley; nine great-grandchildren; and her siblings Ralph E. Bailey, Jr. and his wife, Phyllis, Margaret O’Neal and Robert O. Bailey and his wife, Carol.

Memorial services will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, June 7, at the Summit United Methodist Church, 554 Old Summit Bridge Road, Middletown, where family and friends may call from 9:30 to 10. Interment will be in Townsend Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Summit United Methodist Church, 554 Old Summit Bridge Road, Middletown, DE 19709.

Stephan D. Holt
Stephan D. Holt of Middletown died suddenly at his home on Thursday, May 24, 2007. He was 54.

Mr. Holt retired from Thiokol with more than 20 years of service. He was an amateur artist and lover of the outdoors, enjoying fishing, golf, and tennis.

He is preceded in death by is wife, Andrea M. Holt in 2001.

He is survived by his mother and step father, Patricia and James Sample; his children, Austin, Douglas, and Tracy Holt; his brothers, Jeff Holt and Chuck Sample; his sister, Kimberly Rodenbaugh; and grandchildren, David Czach, and Brianna Mullen.

Services and interment will be private and at the convenience of the family.

Howard J. Cox Sr.
Howard J. Cox, Sr. of Englewood, Fla., and formerly of Townsend, passed away Monday, May 28, 2007, at Englewood Community Hospital in Englewood. He was 81.

Born on Jan. 7, 1926, in Paulsboro, N.J., he was the son of the late William S. and Mary (Sinkovitz) Cox.

Mr. Cox proudly served in the U.S. Navy in Honolulu, Hawaii from 1943-1946. On Nov. 16, 1946, he married his high school sweetheart, Anna M. DeLiberis, and together they raised their family in Paulsboro, N.J. In 1946 he went to work for the Mobil Oil Co. in Paulsboro, N.J., and joined the Getty Refinery, Delaware City, in 1956 and was employed for 36 years retiring in 1982. Following their move to Townsend, in 1958 they became active members of St. Joseph Parish until 1991 when, they moved to Englewood. While in Englewood, they attended and were active members of St. Raphael’s Catholic Church. Mr. Cox was also a very active member of the Englewood Elks Lodge No. 2378 in Englewood. In his spare time he enjoyed duck carving and spending time with his wife, family and friends.

Mr. Cox was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather and was devoted to his Catholic faith.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers, Charles, William and Wilbert.

He leaves many cherished memories to his beloved wife, Anna M. Cox, of 60 years; five sons and daughter-in-laws, Michael T. and Lynn Cox, Sr. of Earleville, Md., Howard J. and Patricia Cox Jr. of Earleville, Md., Robert P. and Patricia Fry Cox of Newark, Stephen and Ursula Cox of Middletown, and Christopher K. and Vickie Cox of Townsend; 12 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews in New Jersey; as well as the many dear friends he made over the years.

A Mass of Christian Burial was offered on June 2 at St. Francis Xavier (Old Bohemia) Church, Church Road, Warwick, Md. Interment followed in Old Bohemia Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in Mr. Cox’s memory to Englewood Elks LodgeNo. 2378, 401 N. Indiana Ave., Englewood, FL 34223.

Allen N. Springer
Allen N. Springer of New Castle died suddenly on Wednesday, May 30, 2007, at Christiana Hospital. He was 65.

Mr. Springer was born in New Castle on June 23, 1941, a son of the late William Springer and Edna Hudson. He served his country in the U.S. Army. A mechanic by profession, he was currently the head of mechanical maintenance at Gracelawn Memorial Park where he had been employed for the past 40 years.

Mr. Springer was a sportsman and loved the outdoors; he loved to fish and he was an avid deer hunter. He was also a longtime member of the New Castle 100 Archery Club. Mr. Springer enjoyed browsing at flea markets and gardening around his home. A talented handyman as well, he delighted in fixing all types of things for family and friends. Known for his sense of humor and smile, he was also a man of wisdom and knowledge. He was influential to many as he was a loving and caring man. Mr. Springer will be forever missed by his family and many friends.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Richard Springer.

He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Betty A. Byerly Springer; two children, Deborah L. Springer and David A. Springer, both of New Castle; a brother, William Springer of Blackbird; four sisters, May Nelson and Barbara Todd, both of Newark; Marion Cabell of New Castle; and Sarah Lester of Middletown; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

A funeral service was held on June 5, in the chapel of Gracelawn Memorial Park, 2220 N. DuPont Parkway, New Castle. Interment will follow in the adjoining memorial park.

Flowers will be appreciated or contributions may be made to the National Wildlife Federation, 11100 Wildlife Center Drive, Reston, VA 20190.

George A. Briscoe
George A. Briscoe of Galena, Md., died Friday, June 1, 2007, in Chester River Hospital, Chestertown, Md. He was 83.

Mr. Briscoe was born on Feb. 20, 1924, in Galena, the last of nine children to survive the late George and Charity Carroll Briscoe.

Mr. Briscoe was employed by Chrysler, in Newark, for more than 20 years, and was a member of the UAW Local 1183. He attended John Wesley Church and oversaw the Olivet Hill Cemetery.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 54 years, Jacqueline Harris Briscoe in December 2006.

He is survived by his daughter, Earnestine Gillis, of Smyrna; a niece and nephew, whom he raised, Wendy Robinson, of Galena and Nathaniel Hackett, of Smyrna; four grandchildren, Shawnetta Bailey and her husband, Howard, Charles Bessix, Ronald Gillis Jr. and Shauntay Smith and her husband, Wayman; and eight great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held on June 6, in the Galena Funeral Home of Stephen L. Schaech, Galena. Burial was in Olivet Hill Cemetery, Galena.

William J. ‘Bill’ Lafferty Jr.
William J. “Bill” Lafferty, Jr. of Townsend passed away Thursday, May 31, 2007, in Capitol Health Care, Dover. He was 84.

Mr. Lafferty was born Oct. 14, 1922, in Dover, the son of the late William J. and Jeannette Bennett Lafferty.

Mr. Lafferty worked as a postal carrier for the Dover Post Office for 32 years before retirement. He was a United States Army veteran of World War II. Mr. Lafferty enjoyed motorcycles, tractor shows and reading. He was also a licensed pilot. Mr. Lafferty was a member of Asbury United Methodist Church in Smyrna and a member of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees (NARFE).

He is survived by his wife, Patricia “Pat” Fouracre Lafferty; a son, William J. Lafferty III of Wilmington; two step-sons, Allen Willey of Troy, Mich. and Steven Willey of New Orleans, La.; two step-daughters, Catherine “Kay” Rowe of St. Croix, Virgin Islands and Melissa Schench of La Place, La; six grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

Memorial services will be Saturday, June 16, at 11 a.m. in the Faries Funeral Chapel, 29 S. Main St., Smyrna, where friends may call one hour prior to the services.

Burial will be Tuesday, June 19, at 11 a.m. in the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery Bear.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests contributions be made to Asbury United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 330 Smyrna, DE 19977; or to the American Cancer Society, 92 Reads Way; Suite 205; New Castle DE 19720.

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