Anna A. Robinson
Anna A. Robinson of Clayton died Sunday May 26, 2002 at Bayhealth Kent General Hospital, Dover. She was 88.
She was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., the daughter of the late Fenton and Anna Mortimer.
Mrs. Robinson was a homemaker. During World War II, she was active in the Women’s Victory League. She was a former member of St. Rochs Parish, Staten Island, N.Y., and had been a volunteer for the American Cancer Society.
She moved to Delaware in 1975, and became a member of St. Polycarp Parish, Smyrna. Mrs. Robinson enjoyed bingo and crocheting.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 55 years, Charles T. Robinson, in 1989; and a grandson, Navy Air Crewman, Charles Robinson, in 1993.
She is survived by a son, Deacon Charles Robinson of Clayton; a brother, Dr. Raymond E. Mortimer of Fla.; three grandchildren, John, Tim, and Maureen; and seven great-grandchildren.
Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11 a.m. Thursday May 30 at St. Polycarp Catholic Church, Ransom Lane and South St., Smyrna. Friends may call Thursday morning from 10 to 10:45 a.m. at Matthews-Bryson Funeral Home, 123 W. Commerce St., Smyrna.
Interment will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, Dover.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests that contributions be sent to St. Polycarp Parish Building Fund, 135 Ransom Lane, Smyrna, DE 19977.
Clifton J. “Buster” Donovan
Clifton J. Donovan of Clayton died Tuesday, May 21, 2002 at Bayhealth Kent General Hospital, Dover. He was 76.
He was born in Townsend, the son of the late Clifton Donovan and the late Ethel Donovan Donaway.
Mr. Donovan worked for W.L. Wheatley Inc., Clayton, which was later owned by Campbell’s Soup Company. He retired in 1988.
He enjoyed fishing, pro-wrestling, and being around other people.
He is survived by two brothers, James S. Donaway of Georgetown and Rynear S. Donaway of Clayton; two sisters, Peg Foraker of Wilmington and Virginia D. Cubbage of Clayton; and several nieces and nephews.
Services were held May 24 at Matthews-Bryson Funeral Home, Smyrna.
Interment was in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Smyrna.
Lura Mae Brown
Lura Mae Brown of Smyrna died Thursday, May 23, 2002 at Christiana Hospital, Newark. She was 79.
She was born in Wise, Va. on Dec. 9, 1922, the daughter of the late Leonard and Ethel Powers.
Mrs. Brown was a homemaker and had formerly been employed by Leeds Travelware, Clayton, for 13 years.
She was an active member of Full Gospel Church, Clayton, which is pastored by her husband of 53 years, Pastor Guy Brown. She enjoyed antiquing and crocheting.
Mrs. Brown was preceded in death by a son, Ralph Wayne Brown, in 1996.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by three brothers, Victor Powers of Moneta, Va., David Powers of Delbarton, W.Va. and Troy Powers of Merritt Island, Fla.; a sister, Norma Brummett of Hartly; and three grandchildren, Rafe Beteylon of Georgetown, Lura Mae Brown of Calif. and Jason Brown of Dover.
Services were held May 26 at Full Gospel Church, Clayton.
Interment was in Sharon Hills Memorial Park, Dover.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to Full Gospel Church, PO Box 587, Clayton, DE 19938.
Arrangements by Matthews-Bryson Funeral Home, Smyrna.
Edna G. Henry
Edna G. Henry of Townsend died Monday, May 20, 2002 at Silver Lake Nursing Home. She was 84.
Mrs. Henry was born in Townsend to the late Anthony L. Watson and Ethel Hinson Watson.
She was retired from Delaware Hospital for the Chronically Ill where she worked in the kitchen.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Jerome Henry; and numerous brothers and sisters.
She is survived by four sisters, Sadie, Hazel N. and Jeanette Watson and Beulah Henry, all of Townsend; a brother, Dorsey J. Watson of Townsend; two sister-in-laws, Mozelle O. Watson and Hazel M. Watson, both of Townsend; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Services were held May 23 at Lee Haven United Methodist Church, Townsend.
Interment was in the adjoining cemetery.
Arrangements by Bennie Smith Funeral Home, Dover.
Cecilia M. (Beattie) Mazurkiewicz
Cecilia M. Mazurkiewicz died Sunday, May 19, 2002 in the St. Francis Hospital, surrounded by family. She was 68.
She had been a secretary in the Advertising Department of the Delaware Power and Light Company, retiring in 1965. She was a member of St. Hedwig Church and the Holy Rosary Society.
She is survived by her husband of 37 years, Edward M.; sons, John and Joseph, both of Wilmington and Edward of Middletown; brothers, the Rev. John Bettie, OSFS and the Rev. Joseph Beattie, OSFS, both of Ft. Myers, Fla.; sisters, Anne Mundy of Wilmington and Sr. Mary Alfred Beattie, OSC of the Monastery of St. Clare, Langhorne, Pa.
Services were held May 23 in St. Hedwig R.C. Church, Wilmington.
Interment was in Cathedral Cemetery, Wilmington.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests that contributions be sent to the Monastery of St. Clare, 1271 Langhorne-Newtown Rd., Langhorne, PA 19047 or to the Oblates of St. Francis DeSales, 5625 Sunrise Dr., Ft. Myers, FL 33919.
Arrangements by John F. Yasik Funeral Home, Wilmington.
Roger W. Brown, Sr.
Roger W. Brown, Sr. of Newark died Friday, May 24, 2002 at home. He was 36.
Mr. Brown was a loving husband and father. He was a sheet metal worker for Local #19. He was a member of the Odessa Volunteer Fire Company. He enjoyed camping, surf fishing and restoring GTOs.
He is survived by his wife, Lorraine T. Brown; his children, Rhonda L. Reed, Larry D. Reed, Roger W. Brown, Jr., Kory W. Brown, all at home and Kody J. Brown of Newark; and his parents, Agnes T. and William H. Brown of Middletown.
Services were held at Doherty Funeral Home, Pike Creek.
Interment was in Gracelawn Memorial Park, Minquadale, New Castle.
Lillian M. Genzel
Lillian M. Genzel of Middletown died Thursday, May 23, 2002 at the Franciscan Eldercare Center, Wilmington. She was 89.
Mrs. Genzel was born in Philadelphia, Pa. in 1913, the daughter of the late Warden and Helen (Kirk) Meade. She was a homemaker and lived most of her life in Collingdale, Pa. For the past 20 years, she lived with her son in Claymont and Middletown.
She was a life-long member of the Presbyterian Church, most recently of New Covenant Presbyterian Church, Middletown, and formerly of Trinity Presbyterian Church, Wilmington.
She was preceded in death by her husband, John A. Genzel, Sr., in 1983.
She is survived by a son, John A. Genzel, Jr. (Patricia) of Middletown; a brother, Warden Meade of Collingdale, Pa.; a sister, Miriam Bock of Southern Pines, N.C.; five grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren; and a great great granddaughter.
Services were held May 29 at Trinity Presbyterian Church, Wilmington.
Interment was in Glenwood Memorial Gardens, Broomall, Pa.
Arrangements by Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, New Castle.
Christopher Wicks, Sr.
Christopher Wicks, Sr. of Middletown died Friday, May 24, 2002 at his home. He was 76.
Mr. Wicks farmed all his life. He was born in Wantagh, N.Y. and moved from Long Island to Delaware in 1956. He was a past president of the Delaware Vegetable Growers Association, a member of the Delaware Farm Bureau, the Delaware Council of Farm Organization, the Delaware Potato Growers Association and founder and president of Lazy Boy Farm in Middletown.
He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Margaret F. Wicks; a daughter, Margaret W. “Peggy” Frymoyer (Richard) of Newark; three sons, Christopher, Jr. (Laurie) of Middletown, Kenneth (Carolann) of Townsend and Eugene (Vicki) of Middletown; two sisters, Elizabeth Wicks and Anna Wicks, both of Long Island, N.Y.; two brothers, Fred of Middletown and George of Smyrna; and six grandchildren.
Graveside services were held May 28 in Old St. Anne’s Cemetery, Middletown.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests that contributions be sent to the American Cancer Society, Relay for Life Middletown Chapter, c/o Daniels and Hutchison Funeral Home, PO Box 126, Middletown, DE 19709 or to the M.O.T. Senior Center, 300 S. Scott St., Middletown, DE 19709.
Bent B. Pedersen
Bent B. Pedersen of Wilmington died Friday, May 24, 2002 at home surrounded by family.
Mr. Pedersen was born in Copenhagen, Denmark in 1926. He grew up and was educated there, graduating from the Technical University of Denmark in 1951. In 1953, he was hired by the DuPont Company and moved to Orange, Texas, with later postings in Parkersburg, W.Va. and finally here in Wilmington. He retired in 1985.
He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Joan (nee Ingold); a son, Alan J. (Susan) of Middletown; a daughter, Anne Malone (James, Jr.) of Ambler, Pa.; and three grandchildren, Laura Pedersen, Scott Malone and Tara Malone.
In accordance with his wishes, there were no services.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions be sent to Delaware Hospice, 3515 Silverside Rd., Wilmington, DE 19810.
Arrangements by Doherty Funeral Homes.
Joseph A. Schmitt, Jr.
Joseph A. Schmitt, Jr., of Townsend, passed away suddenly on Thursday, May 26, 2005, at St. Francis Hospital. He was 59.
Born in Pittsburgh, Pa., to the late Joseph A. Schmitt, Sr., and Mabel (Sunogel) Schmitt, he was veteran of the U.S. Navy, a member of Iron Workers Local #451 and was very active for many years in the Boy Scouts.
Joe is survived by his daughters, Arthene Schmitt-Alpaugh of Newark, Beth Murawski and her husband, Brian, of Townsend, Joanne Sarver and her husband, Randy, of Raleigh, N.C.; his sons, John J. Schmitt, and Stephen T. Schmitt, both of Wilmington; his sisters, Beverly Elder, and Mabel Stritzinger, both of Pittsburgh, Pa.; and 10 grandchildren.
Family and friends are invited to attend Joe's Life Celebration from 7 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, June 1, and again on Thursday, June 2, from 10 to 11 a.m. at Beeson Memorial Services, 2053 Pulaski Highway, U.S. 40, Newark. His funeral service will follow at 11 a.m. on Thursday, June 2, at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions in Joe's name may be made to the Autism Society of America, 5572 Kirkwood Hwy., Wilmington, DE 19808; or Cub Pack #522, c/o Delmarva Council, 801 N. Washington St., Wilmington, DE 19801.
M. Pauline Sharpe
M. Pauline “Polly” Sharpe, died Sunday, May 22, 2005, in Arnold, Mo., after an extended illness. She was the widow of Wilmer E. Sharpe, who died in 1987. She was 81.
Mrs. Sharpe was born in Wilmington and lived in the Wilmington-Newark area for many years. She lived in St. Petersburg, Fla., before moving to Arnold, Mo. in 1988.
She is survived by her sons, Richard A. Sharpe, and his wife, Sheila, of Newark, Carl L. Sharpe, and his wife, Joan, of Middletown; and her daughter, Rebecca S. Wagstaff, and her husband, Richard, of Arnold, Mo. She is also survived by her brother, Richard A. Kemske, of Wilmington; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
The funeral services will be held privately. Contributions in her memory may be made to a charity of your choice.
Frances A. Cutrona
Frances A. (Panella) Cutrona, of Hockessin, passed away Monday afternoon, May 23, 2005, with her family at her side. She was 79.
Mrs. Cutrona was born in Wilmington January 18, 1926, daughter of the late Benedetto and Alfonsina (Colucci) Panella. A homemaker, she faithfully stood by her husband's side and assisted him as he worked in the family business, Cutrona's Fruit Market. She enjoyed cooking, decorating, shopping and monthly trips to Atlantic City, N.J. She also loved taking walks on the beach.
Her husband of 38 years, Anthony F. Cutrona, Sr., passed away in 1984. Mrs. Cutrona was predeceased by her sisters, Corlinda Maggitti, and Gilda Tavani; and her companion of 18 years, John Grier. Mrs. Cutrona is survived by her children, Dr. Anthony F. Cutrona, Jr., and his wife, Maria, of Youngstown, Ohio, Diane Koronik, and her husband, Walt, of Middletown, and Michelle Cutrona-Tsivis, and her husband, Dr. Peter A. Tsivis, of Lighthouse Point, Fla.; her grandchildren, Andrea Coleman, Anthony F. Cutrona, III, Amparo, Ashley, and Alesandro Cutrona, Felicia DeBonaventura, Amy Dively, Heather Immediato, Megan Koronik and Peter and Andre Tsivis; and her great grandchildren, Alexis Watson, Carly, Brian and Tyler Coleman, Alissa, Anna and Guy Thomas DeBonaventura and Carson Dively, and two expected in July. She is also survived by her brother, Ben Panella and his wife, Mary; her sisters, Victoria Cambi, Vera Toto, Emily Lambise, Edith Mangini and her husband, Lewis, and Hilda Dellose; and many nieces and nephews.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. Anthony of Padua Church, Wilmington, on Friday morning, May 27. Interment followed in Cathedral Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests that donations in Mrs. Cutrona's memory be made to St. Anthony of Padua Church, 901 N. Dupont St., Wilmington, DE 19805.
C. William Green
C. William Green, of Dover, died Wednesday, May 25, 2005, at his home surrounded by family and friends. He was 76.
Mr. Green was preceded in death by his wife of 46 years, Ruth E. Green. Bill was a retired farmer. He was an avid hunter. He especially enjoyed running his rabbit dogs. He also enjoyed watching baseball. Earlier in life, he received many awards for showing his coon hounds. He later developed a love for horses, especially Quarter Horses and Paints.
Mr. Green is survived by a sister, Marie Diehl, of Middletown; and two brothers, Paul E. Green, of Townsend, and Samuel M. Green, of Middletown. Bill is also survived by a niece, Ruth M. Dixon, and her husband, Lee Dixon, of Dover, with whom he resided. Bill, "Poppy," will be dearly missed by a special girl, Taylor Dixon, who was the apple of his eye.
The family would also like to thank Vicki Orr for the wonderful care she gave our loved one.
Services were held on May 27, in Townsend Cemetery, Townsend.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made to Hope United Methodist Church, Dover, DE 19901; or the Delaware Hospice, 911 S. Dupont Highway, Dover, DE 19901.
Donald A. Watts, Sr.
Donald A. "Doc" Watts, Sr., of Middletown, passed away on Tuesday, May 31, 2005, in the Christiana Hospital. He was 78.
Mr. Watts retired in 1987 as a Sgt. First Class, after 33 years with the Delaware Army National Guard. He was an Army Veteran of WWII and a former Post Commander of VFW 3792 in Middletown. He was also former Commander for District 1. Doc was a lifetime member and volunteer of the Townsend Fire Co., the American Legion Post 14 in Smyrna, and he had served on the Board of Directors for the M.O.T. Senior Center.
He is survived by his wife of 15 years, Paula; two daughters, Jane Massimino, of Wallingford, Conn., and Donna Watts, of Bono, Ark., one son, Donald A. "Doc", Jr., also of Bono, Ark.; three stepchildren, Scott Pierce of Newark, and Doug Pierce and Stacy Pierce, both of Smyrna; two sisters, Babara Lockerman, of Townsend, and Alice Ray, of Warwick, Md., seven grandchildren, Traci, Keith, Lisa, Kimberly, Michele, Christopher, and Brittney, and four great-grandchildren, Tonie, Michael, Darian, and Taylor.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, June 3, at 10 a.m. in the Daniels & Hutchison Funeral Home, 212 N. Broad St., Middletown. Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursday evening at the funeral home. Interment with Military Honors will be at the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the Middletown VFW Post 3792, P.O. Box 185, Middletown, DE 19709.
Mabel Ruth Corder, of North East, Md., died Monday, May 16, 2005, at Christiana Hospital in Newark. She was 82.
Born August 5, 1922, in Coeburn, Va., she was the daughter of the late Cossie Emmanuel and Elizabeth (Ringley) Gibson. Mrs. Corder worked along with her family at Johnnie's Restaurant in North East and was a past member of the ladies auxiliary of American Legion Post 15 in Elkton. She enjoyed her family, friends, and cooking. She was "mother to all."
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Henry Boyd Corder, who died in 1999, and her siblings, John B. Gibson, Helen Brickey and Virginia Lee Grube.
Survivors include seven children, Carolyn Frances Creswell of Elkton, Billy Conn Whited of Apple Valley, Calif., Bobby Gerald Whited of Elkton; Thelma Deloris Wilmer of Earleville, Md., Jackie Boyd Corder of North East, James Henry Corder of Elk Mills, and Vickie Lynn Cox of Townsend. Other survivors include her sister and dear friend, Margie Bouchelle of North East; brothers, Bill Gibson of Coeburn, Va., Emanuel Gibson of Chilhowie, Va.; 11 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
A funeral service was held on May 20 at the Crouch Funeral Home, North East. The Rev. Dr. Allen P. Dickerson of Maranatha Baptist Church officiated. Interment followed the service in Union Cemetery in Elkton.
Richard A. Watts
Richard A. “Ricky” Watts, of Smyrna, died suddenly on Wednesday, May 18, 2005, in York, Pa. He was 52.
Ricky was currently employed by Griff Transportation of New Castle. He was also a musician and played various instruments and sang with several local bands including "Cookin Good." In his spare time, he loved to attend yard sales.
He was predeceased by his parents, Edgar Wilson Watts and Margaret Ellen Bailey Watts and a brother, Robbie. Ricky is survived by two daughters, Nicole and Meagan Watts, both of Michigan and two granddaughters, Lucy and Claire. He is also survived by one brother, Edgar W., Jr. of Townsend; two sisters, Patricia W. Gonce of Townsend and Terry Watts Carroll of Felton; and five nieces and nephews, Robbie, Debbie, Pam, Scott and Amber.
A funeral service will be held today, Thursday, May 26, at 11 a.m. in the Daniels & Hutchison Funeral Home, 212 N. Broad St., Middletown. Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday evening, May 25, at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Townsend Cemetery.
The family suggests contributions to the Sgt. William Lloyd Nelson VFW Post 3792, P.O. Box 185, Middletown, DE 19709.