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New Castle County, Delaware Obituary and Death Notice Collection
(Obits and death notices from Various Funeral Homes in the Wilmington, Newark, Elsmere, New Castle, Middletown, Delaware City, Newport, Bellefonte and Odessa areas.)
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New Castle County, Delaware Obituary Collection

New Castle County, Delaware Obituary Collection - 56

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Date: Tuesday, 2 November 2010, at 10:25 a.m.

Darlene K. Bostic
Darlene K. Bostic of Middletown passed away Sunday, June 3, 2007, at her residence with her loving family and dear friends by her side. She was 63.

She was born in Wilmington on June 15, 1943.

Darlene was a graduate of Middletown High School and received an associate’s degree from Delaware Tech. She worked as an accountant and bookkeeper for more than 20 years at various local businesses. She was a successful real estate agent for the past 21 years. She was one of the original owners of Remax 1st Choice in Middletown. Those who knew Darlene were treated honestly and ethically.

Darlene’s relationship with God, her loving family and the many dear friends she cherished were most important to her. Darlene also shared a special love for her many animals.

She was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Tara Bostic.

She is survived by her loving husband of 32 years, Danny Bostic; three children, Lisa Webb of Newark, Michelle Bostic of Wilmington and Michael Bostic of New Castle; five grandchildren, Ryan, Autumn, Lauren, Andrea, and Joshua; her parents, Darwin King of Stanton, and Florence Pearce of Townsend; four brothers, Dubbie, Dale and Donnie King and Earl Pearce, as well as many dear friends and colleagues.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, June 7, at Connection Community Church, 100 W. Green St., Middletown. Interment will be in Townsend Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in Darlene’s memory to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Delaware Chapter, 100 W. 10th St., Suite 209, Wilmington, DE 19801.

Alfonso V. ‘Jack’ ‘Al’ Walker
Alfonso V. “Jack” “Al” Walker went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Saturday, June 2, 2007, at St. Francis Hospital surrounded by his loving family. He was 88.

Jack was born on Sept. 7, 1918, to Cecil and Mattie (Preston) Walker and was raised in the Wilmington area.

He graduated from Wilmington High School in 1938. He moved to Pennsville, N.J., in 1960 where he and his wife Betty still reside. He was employed by the Insulators Union Local No. 42 for more than 38 years. He served the Local in the capacity of Business Agent and recording Secretary. Jack served his country during WWII as a First Sergeant in the Army with Company 1, 21st Infantry Regiment, 24th Division from June 5, 1941, to Jan. 22, 1946. He served in the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign and received many medals for his service. Jack enjoyed hunting, fishing and playing golf with his friends. Mr. Walker was a life long member of the NRA. He played softball for many years, well into his 70’s. He also enjoyed watching his children and grandchildren play football, soccer, field hockey and softball. He was a volunteer baseball coach in the Babe Ruth league in Pennsville during the 1960s and 1970s. He faithfully attended Park Bible Baptist Church in Pennsville. Jack will be remembered for his laughter and his always present positive attitude. He enjoyed life and seldom let anything get him down.

Jack is survived by his wife of 48 years Betty; three sons, Ward Walker and his wife, Jane, of Atco, N.J., Kenneth Fowser, of Ocean City, N.J. and his fiancee, Kathy Scanlon, of Blackwood, N.J., Jay Walker and his wife, Deborah, of Middletown; two daughters, Carol Weiser and her husband, Barry, of Woodstown, N.J., and Bonnie Furst of Albuquerque, N.M. Survivors also include 10 grandchildren, Sean Weiser, Aaron Weiser, Brandon Furst, Logan Furst, Kenny Fowser, Amanda Walker, Jessica Walker, Emily Walker, Dana Walker and Ashley Walker and great-grandson, Gage Weiser.

The family would like to thank the staff of the CVICU and Select Specialty at St. Francis Hospital for their excellent care of Mr. Walker during his stay.

Services will be Thursday, June 7, at 10:30 a.m., at Laughrey Funeral Home at 1 N. Broadway in Pennsville, N.J., where friends may call Thursday from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., prior to the service. Burial will be at Gracelawn Memorial Park following the service.

Memorial donations may be sent to the Ladies Missionary Society of Park Bible Baptist Church, 95 Sparks Ave., Pennsville, NJ 08070; or the charity of your choice.

Robert I. Brittingham

Robert I. Brittingham, of Townsend, went home to be with the Lord on May 27, 2002 in the Christiana Hospital. He was 73.

Mr. Brittingham retired from the DuPont Company Chambers Works in Deepwater, N.J. after working for 32 years as a pipefitter mechanic. He enjoyed custom building and built his home in Townsend. He also enjoyed woodworking, reading, and traveling. He is survived by his wife of 24 years, Alane Brittingham; two sons, Robert Brittingham Jr. and Michael N. Brittingham; three stepsons, Steve Sullivan, Barry Sullivan, and Stuart Schuva; and one brother, Stanley Brittingham.

Services were held at the Strano & Feeley Family Funeral Home, 635 Churchmans Road, Newark, on Saturday, June 1. Burial was private.

Vincent C. Koronik
Vincent C. Koronik, of Wilmington, died Monday, June 3, 2002 in Riverside Extended Care. He was 49.

Mr. Koronik is survived by his wife, Kathryn; a son, Vincent; and a daughter, Jessica, all of Wilmington; his mother, Jennie Koronik of New Castle; two brothers, Walter of Middletown and David of Henderson, Nev.; and three sisters, Barbara Moore of New Castle, Jennie Gebhart of West Chester, Pa. and Paulette Chinski of Bear.

He was preceded in death by his father, Walter B. Koronik; and two brothers, Paul and Edward.

A Memorial Mass will be offered today, June 6 at 10 a.m. in St. Elizabeth's Catholic Church, Wilmington.

Burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to St. Elizabeth's Development Fund, Wilmington, DE 19805.

Arrangements by the John Yasik Funeral Home.

Lois M. Miller
Lois M. Miller, of Bear, died Saturday, June 1, 2002 in Christiana Hospital, Newark. She was 61.

Mrs. Miller was co-owner of Henry Miller & Son, Inc. She was treasurer of Delaware Street Rods, a graduate of A.I. duPont High School, a member of NSRA and Red Clay Creek Presbyterian Church. She enjoyed shopping, street rods, Disney World and collecting beanie babies.

She is survived by her husband of 43 years, Henry G. Miller, Sr.; s son, Henry G. Miller, Jr. (Karen) of Bear; a daughter, Robin Miller Dugan (Dennis) of Port St. Lucie, Fla.; a brother, Howard Stike, Jr. of Hockessin; a sister, Donna Jarman of Middletown; her parents, Howard and Margaret Stike of Port St. Lucie, Fla., formerly of Hockessin; and four grandchildren, Matthew and George Miller and Henry and Alex Dugan.

She was predeceased by a brother, Robert Stike.

Services were held June 5 in Red Clay Creek Presbyterian Church, Wilmington.

Interment was in the adjoining cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to Red Clay Creek Presbyterian Church Bldg. Fund, Wilmington, DE 19808 or Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center Development Office, Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Bldg., 401 N. Broadway, Suite 1100, Baltimore, MD 21231.

Arrangements by Doherty Funeral Home, Pike Creek.

James R. Hewes, Jr.

James R. Hewes, Jr., of Smyrna, died suddenly on Friday, May 31, 2002 in the Kent General Hospital, Dover, of an apparent heart attack. He was 69.

Mr. Hewes was born in Chesapeake City, Md., son of the late James R., Sr. and Jessie May Hewes. He retired in 1988 after 32 years with the Chrysler Corporation. He was an Army veteran and served during the Korean War. He loved working in his garden and hunting and fishing in his spare time.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 47 years, Sally Hewes; a daughter, Louise Holt (Terry) of Milford; a son, Steven Hewes (Debbie Sipple) of Dover; a daughter, Susan Ball (William) of Aston, Pa.; a brother, Frank Hewes of Townsend; two sisters, Glenda Dutton of Clayton and Mary Ella Argo of Hartly; three grandchildren, Elizabeth Holt, Willie Ball, Angela Ball; and many nieces and nephews.

Services were held June 4 in the Daniels and Hutchison Funeral Home, Middletown.

Interment was in the Old Drawyers Cemetery, north of Odessa.

Francis Donald Fromal, Jr.

Francis Donald Fromal, Jr., of New Castle, died Friday, May 31, 2002 at his residence surrounded by family. He was 49.

Mr. Fromal had worked at the Country Health Store in Elsmere for the past three years.

He was a 1970 Delaware State Wrestling Champion and was an avid supporter of the William Penn High School wrestling program. He enjoyed bass fishing. Mr. Fromal was a veteran of the United States Navy, serving with the Sea Bees.

He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Joanne M. Rodowicz Fromal; three children, Francis Donald Fromal, III, Jesse Daniel Fromal and James Vincent Fromal, all at home; his parents, Dorothy L. and Francis Donald Fromal, Sr. of Ocala, Fla.; three siblings, Daniel Fromal of Myrtle Beach, S.C., Donna Fromal of Ocala, Fla. and Dennis Fromal of Middletown; maternal grandfather, Keith Williams of Wilmington; and a granddaughter, Courtney Nichole Fromal.

Services were held June 3 at the Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, New Castle.

A graveside service was held June 4 in the chapel of the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Bear.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the Francis Donald Fromal, Jr. Memorial Fund, c/o PNC Bank, 1 Penn Mart Center, New Castle, DE 19720.

Diane Ashley Downward

Diane Ashley Downward, of Townsend and Earleville, Md., died suddenly Sunday, May 26, 2002. She was 13.

Diane was an eighth grader at Caravel Academy in Bear, where she played second base for the girls middle school softball team. She also played for the Chesapeake City Jr. girls softball team, as well as the Delaware Demons A.S.A. softball team.

She was always a happy girl and believed in setting high goals, and achieving them. She dreamed of becoming a pro-softball player and a lawyer.

Diane is survived by her mother, Judith J. Rossell (Kenny McKee) of Earleville, Md.; her father, Eugene T. Downward, Jr., of Townsend; a sister, Jennifer L. Downward, of Townsend; her grandparents, William and Judith Rossell, of Millsboro and Eugene and Grace Downward, of New Castle; step-grandparents, James and Vivian McKee, of Bear; and many friends and relatives.

Services were held May 31 at the New Castle United Methodist Church, New Castle.

Interment was in the Glebe Cemetery of Immanuel Episcopal Church, New Castle.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made in Diane's memory to Caravel's Softball Fund, c/o Caravel Academy, 2801 Del Laws Rd., Bear, DE 19701.

Arrangements by Gebhart Funeral Homes of New Castle County.

Joan E. Huber
Joan E. Huber of Wilmington passed away peacefully on Friday, May 25, 2007, surrounded by her loving family, at Broadmeadow Healthcare in Middletown. She was 75.

Ms. Huber was born on May 30, 1931, in Wilmington, daughter of the late Harvey and Mary (Jackson) Johnson.

For many years, she was employed by Bell Telephone, and later as a Security Guard.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Charles Johnson.

She is survived by a son and a daughter-in-law, Michael and Sharon McGuire of Felton; a daughter and a son-in-law, Debbie and Michael Street of Bear; three grandchildren, Mary McGuire of Harrington, Edward McGuire of Smyrna and Daniel Deery III of Bear; four great-grandchildren, Liam McGuire of Harrington, Hunter McGuire and Kylie McGuire, both of Smyrna, and Korinne Gearhart of Bear; two sisters, Marie Cofrancisco of Wilmington and Rita Delaney of Bear; and a brother and a sister-in-law, Paul and Cleo Johnson of Bear.

Services to celebrate Ms. Huber’s life and her 76th birthday were held on May 30 at Daniels and Hutchison Funeral Home, Middletown.

Burial was private.

The family suggests memorial contributions to VITAS Hospice Care, 100 Commerce Drive, Suite 302, Newark DE 19713.

Dorothy P. ‘Dot’ Starkey
Dorothy P. “Dot” Starkey of Newark, formerly of Millington and Chestertown, Md., died peacefully on Tuesday, May 22, 2007, with her youngest daughter and caregiver, Cindy Bailey, at her bedside in the Heartland Hospice House in Wilmington. She was 86.

Mrs. Starkey was born in Linwood, Pa., daughter of the late Charles and Wavia Robinson Thorpe.

She was a homemaker.

She enjoyed country music, dancing, shopping and playing cards.

Mrs. Starkey was a member of the Asbury United Methodist Church, Millington.

In addition to her parents, she was predceded in death by a son, George Alexander; a grandson, David Alexander Jr.; and two sisters, Jean Deisem and Joann Starkey.

She is survived by two sons and two daughters-in-law, David and Donna Alexander of Georgetown and Joe and Nancy Alexander of Golts, Md.; two daughters and a son-in-law, Dottie and Jack Pratt of Millington and Cindy Bailey of Middletown; a stepson and a stepdaughter-in-law, William and Marlene Starkey of Chestertown; a brother and a sister-in-law, Charles and Ann Thorpe of Oxford, Pa.; four sisters and a brother-in-law, Catherine Alexander and Janice Bramble and a very special sister, Nancy Teat, all of Millington; and her sister and best friend, Charlotte Conti and Nick of Audubon, Pa.; nine grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Very special memories include her cherished grandson, Chad Bailey.

Services were held on May 25 at the Fellows Helfenbein and Newnam Funeral Home, Millington.

Burial was in the Asbury Cemetery, Millington.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to the American Cancer Society 92 Reads Way, Suite 205 New Castle, DE 19720; or the Asbury United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 187, Millington, MD 21651

Lucille H. Frayne
Lucille H. Frayne of Middletown, formerly of New Castle, died on Friday, May 18, 2007, at her home. She was 85.

Mrs. Frayne was born on Nov. 30, 1921, in Pennsylvania.

She was employed for 10 years in the New Castle County Department of Licenses and Inspections.

She greatly enjoyed sports throughout her life and was an avid fan of the New York Yankees and the New York Giants. A devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother, she truly possessed the proverbial heart of gold. She was an unmatched role model for her beloved family and was often described as by her many friends as the “real deal” for her genuine kindness, charity and love of others.

She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 54 years, John P. Frayne, in 1999.

She is survived by three daughters and two sons-in-law, Jacqueline F. and Douglas Brown of Middletown, Doreen F. and Charles Young of Salem, N.J., and Dr. Colette A. Frayne of San Luis Obispo, Calif.; three grandchildren, Jason F. Brown, Amanda M. Young and Kevin M. Young; a great-granddaughter, Alexis P. Brown; a brother, Ernest M. Lukenda of Atlanta, Ga.; and a sister, Edith Serafenas of New Castle.

Mass of Christian Burial was held on May 25 at Our Lady of Fatima RC Church, New Castle.

Burial followed in Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Bear.

Hazel E. ‘Haze’ Grantland
Hazel E. “Haze” Grantland of Townsend died Sunday, May 27, 2007, at the Cancer Treatment Center of America, Philadelphia.

Mrs. Grantland was born in Chester, Pa., and raised in Linwood, Pa. Her previous residence was Upper Chichester, Pa.

She graduated from Chichester High School in 1986 and received her associate’s degree at Delaware County Community College.

Mrs. Grantland was a senior purchasing agent for DuPont for 20 years, until 2004, when she retired due to illness. In her teen years, she worked for E&M Lunchonette in Boothwyn, Pa.

She loved riding her horses. She loved all animals and would bring home numerous strays. She was a very generous, loving, caring and giving person to everyone and treasured her family most of all.

Mrs. Grantland was a member of Free Will Baptist Church in Townsend for 10 years.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Joann V. Warren Kucipak.

She is survived by her father, James P. Kucinpak of Upper Chichester, Pa.; her husband of three years, Geoll A. Grantland; a daughter, Sarah C. McHugh at home; a son, Triston J. Grantland at home; two sisters and a brother-in-law, Peggy T. and Joseph Dubosky of Levittown, Pa., and Glenda Beck of Trainer, Pa.

Services will be at 11 a.m., Friday, June 1, at the Pagano Funeral Home, 3711 Foulk Road, Bethel Township, Pa., where friends may call one and a half hours earlier.

Burial will be at Lawn Croft Cemetery, Ridge Road, Linwood.

Nellie H. Garrigan

Nellie H. Garrison Garrigan of Cape May, N.J. died on Saturday, May 25, 2002 in her home. She was 82.

Mrs. Garrison worked as a secretary for the American Insurance Company in Newark. She and her husband moved to Earleville, Md. in the 1960s. She opened The Treasure Chest in Middletown in 1976 until her retirement in 1988. She and her husband moved from Middletown and retired to Cape May and Hope Sound, Fla.

She was a member of the Old Bohemia Historical Society and Middletown Chamber of Commerce and was a contributor to the Everett Theatre.

Mrs. Garrigan was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother and aunt. She was preceded in death by a sister, Hannah Finnerty; and a brother, Charles Garrison.

She is survived by her husband of 42 years, James J. Garrigan; a son, James J. (Mary) of Fayetteville, N.C.; a daughter, Darcy Jensen (Eugene) of Andover Twp., N.J.; a brother, Benjamin Garrison of Indiantown, Fla.; a sister, Ruth Money of Vero Beach, Fla.; four grandsons and several nieces and nephews.

Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, May 29 at Daniels and Hutchison Funeral Home, 212 N. Broad St. in Middletown.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Francis Xavier RC Church in Warwick, Md. Burial will be in the adjoining cemetery.

Instead of flowers, contributions can be made to the Old Bohemia Historical Society, P.O. Box 61, Warwick, MD 21912.

George Abner Hall Sr.

George Abner Hall Sr., of Port Penn, died Friday, May 24, 2002 in his home. He was 66.

Mr. Hall was born Aug. 15, 1935. He was a US Army veteran of the Korean War. He served as a fire policeman with the Port Penn Volunteer Fire Company. He was also a brick and block mason and had last worked for A.F. Neal of Newport.

Mr. Hall was an outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Dorothy Marie Hall; his father, George A. Hall; his stepfather, Frank Garrett; a sister, Shelly Hart; and a step great-grandson, Donald Smith.

He is survived by his wife, Ruth Ann Walls Hall; two sons, Ronald Hall of Port Penn and George Hall of Smyrna; three stepsons, Willard Reynolds Jr. and Joseph Reynolds of Mardela Springs, Md. and Robert Reynolds of Newark; two daughters, Connie Hart and Brenda Hall of Smyrna; his mother, Lucy Garrett of Hartly; four brothers, Jack, William, Lewis and Glenn; four sisters, Rae Teel, Mary Reed, Susan Hitchcock and the Rev. Shirley Friend; 20 grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

Services were Wednesday at Daniels and Hutchison Funeral Home. Burial was in the Hickory Grove Cemetery, Port Penn.

Raymond B. Reid
Raymond B. Reid of Middletown and formerly of Brewster, N.Y., died on Monday, May 27, 2002 in the Christiana Hospital. He was 70.

Mr. Reid was a 1959 graduate of Iona College in New Rochelle, N.Y., an Army veteran of the Korean War and retired in 1995 from DomCo Floor Products as District Sales Manager for New York and New Jersey.

He was a life member and past Exalted Ruler of the Brewster Elks #2101, a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Middletown and a former member of the Knights of Columbus. He was also an auto enthusiast.

He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Joan M. Reid; three sons, James, of Wichita, Kan., Richard of Flanders, N.J., and Raymond B. Jr. of Narragansett, R.I.; four daughters, Cameron McLean of Albany, N.Y., Mary C. Randle of Middletown, Diane F. Tiberio of Ridgefield, Conn. and Barbara Kody of Dublin, Ohio; two sisters, Kathryn Logan of Richmond, Va. and Ruth Wittig of Mission Viejo, Calif.; a twin brother, Alfred L. Reid of Hilton Head, S.C.; and nine grandchildren.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, May 31 at 11:30 a.m. in St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, 301 Lock St., North Chesapeake City, Md. Burial will be in the adjoining cemetery.

Friends may call Thursday evening from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Daniels & Hutchison Funeral Home, 212 North Broad St. in Middletown. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to Compassionate Care Hospice, 623 W. Newport Pike, Wilmington, DE 19804.

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