Gilbert D. ‘Fish’ Fisher
Gilbert D. “Fish” Fisher of Cecilton, Md., died Monday, April 16, 2007, in Union Hospital, Elkton, Md. He was 67.
He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Helen Henry Fisher; two brothers, Lawrence Pierce and William Fisher Jr.; and a sister, Mildred Pettyjohn.
He is survived by three daughters, Helen Davis of Claymont, Robin Fisher of New Castle and Kimberly Fisher of Elkton, Md.; two sisters, Clara Pratt of Townsend and Helen Smith of Middletown; five grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held on April 20 at the Galena Funeral Home of Stephen L. Schaech, Galena, Md.
Burial was private.
James M. Gladstone
James M. Gladstone of Delaware City, formerly of Newark, died on Saturday, April 14, 2007, at Governor Bacon Health Center in Delaware City. He was 79.
Mr. Gladstone was born in Exmore, Va., son of the late Bernase C. and Daisy D. (Lanier) Gladstone.
He served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.
Mr. Gladstone worked for the State of Delaware Highway Department for 24 years, retiring in 1991.
He was an avid Philadelphia Eagles fan, devoted father and grandfather, and enjoyed traveling with his wife, Evelyn, and son, James.
Mr. Gladstone attended the Greater Grace Evangelical Church and was a member of the Loyal Order of Moose Lodge No. 1578.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Evelyn C. (Spencer) Gladstone, in 1999.
He is survived by a son and a daughter-in-law, James M. Jr. and Maria Gladstone of Wilmington; a grandson, James M. Gladstone III and his fiancée, Cindy, of Claymont; and a great-grandson, Jaycin Gladstone.
Services were held on April 20 at the funeral home.
Burial followed in Gracelawn Memorial Park, New Castle.
Erving R. ‘Erv’ Streets
Erving R. “Erv” Streets of New Castle, and Clifton Forge, Va., passed away on Monday, April 16, 2007, at his Clifton Forge home, with his family by his side. He was 85.
Mr. Streets was born on June 10, 1921, in Chester, Pa., son of the late William Fleming Streets and Anna Spicer Bintliff.
He served his country during World War II as part of the 189th 1st Engineer Aviation Battalion in the England European Theater Operation and the China, Burma and India Campaign as a Combat Army-Air Force Engineer. He received a Presidential citation for the 1st Battalion, three Battle stars in Burma and various other ribbons and medals.
After the war, he met Ethel Smith and they were married on Oct. 12, 1946.
Mr. Streets started racing stock cars in 1947 at many of the local tracks including the Wilmington, Augustine Beach, Georgetown, Vineland and Atco Speedways. His first car was No. 36 (Ford) and it was named “Ethel Lee.” He joined NASCAR in 1952, and raced with them until 1961. He was very proud to have raced at the Daytona Speedway in 1954 and 1955 when the track was still half beach and half asphalt. He was a member of the Wilmington Police Department. He was appointed Constable of New Castle Hundred from 1954 to 1960. He owned E & Z Auto Repair Shop and City Line Auto Parts in Wilmington. He was a 50-year member of the International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 542 as a heavy equipment operator. He was a master mechanic at many job sites. He was involved in the construction of General Foods, the Twin Span of the Delaware Memorial Bridge, as a tugboat captain and the Brandywine Building for the DuPont Company.
Mr. Streets was a very talented musician who played various instruments. He especially loved bluegrass, country music and his weekly jam sessions at “Tinks” in Virginia and “The Auction House” in Crumpton, Md. He enjoyed watching NASCAR and was a big fan of Dale and Dale Jr., and all other sports.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Herman Streets; two sisters, Anna Grant and Irene “Sissy” Haskett; and a grandson, Michael Robinson.
He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Ethel; his twin daughters and two sons-in-law, Teri Burnett-Hearn and her, Gary, of New Castle and Gerrie and Ed Springer of Bear; a son-in-law, Bill Burnett of Townsend; his grandchildren, Kelly Cimorosi and her husband, Brian, of New Castle, twins, Midn. 1/C Kevin Burnett, U.S. Naval Academy, and Kristy Burnett of New Castle, Kenny Burnett of New Castle and Danielle Springer of Bear; his siblings, William Streets Jr. and his wife, Debbie, Raymond, Edward “Bing,” Robert Streets and Nancy Jones, all of Newark, Virginia Evans of Ocala, Fla., Amelia Dixon and Edith Cassidy, both of Pleasanton, Texas, Marie Golemis of Rockland, Calif. and Thelma Cathell of Salisbury, Md.
Services were held on April 23 at the Delaware Veteran’s Memorial Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Mountain Regional Hospice, 537 Main St, Clifton Forge, VA 24422.
Victoria ‘Vicki’ (Barbizzi) Tingle
Victoria “Vicki” (Barbizzi) Tingle of Townsend died after a long and courageous battle with pancreatic cancer on Tuesday, April 17, 2007, at her home, surrounded by her family. She was 62.
Mrs. Tingle graduated from Padua Academy in 1962.
She served 21 1/2 years in the U. S. Navy with the Military Sea Lift Command.
She was employed by Delaware Trust as a loan officer for 12 years and then worked for the Delaware Hospice for 18 years.
Mrs. Tingle enjoyed crossstitching, country music and the slots. Her favorite country singers were Billy Ray Cyrus and George Strait. Her love of animals, especially her Pekingese dogs, brought her heart joy. Her compassion and caring for others will be remembered by all who knew her.
She was preceded in death by her father, Joseph Barbizzi; and a stepdaughter, Tracy Noel Tingle.
She is survived by her husband of 24 years, Earl B. Tingle Sr.; an adopted daughter and a son-in-law, Cathy and Timothy Pryor of Versailles, Mo.; a son, Earl Jr. of Middletown and his companion, Jamie; four stepdaughters and two stepsons-in-law, Robin Altizer, Wendy and Tom Sanborn of Newark, Kim Byerly of Bear and Tanya and Johnny Bush of Bear; 13 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; her mother, Josephine Barbizzi of Wilmington; a brother, Joseph and his fiancée, Arlene Conte; a sister and a brother-in-law, Janet and Larry Kindbeiter; and a host of nieces and nephews.
Mass of Christian Burial was held on April 24 at St. Matthew R. C. Church, Wilmington.
Burial was in the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Bear.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Helen Graham Cancer Center, 4701 Ogletown-Stanton Road, Newark, DE 19713.
John M. ‘Jack’ Hearn
John M. “Jack” Hearn of Middletown died peacefully on Friday, April 20, 2007, at his home, surrounded by his loving family. He was 70.
Mr. Hearn was born in Federalsburg, Md., on Oct. 9, 1936, son of the late William and Virginia (Jones) Hearn.
He was vice president of WSMW, Ind., and also employed by Potts Welding.
Mr. Hearn enjoyed playing trumpet for The Archer Eppler Musketeers Drum & Bugle Corp. In retirement, what was most important to him was being at home with his wife. He enjoyed playing cards with Mom and Jerry, history, gardening and watching the Philadelphia Eagles football games. He looked forward to his visits from family, particularly those from Tyler, Brooke, Dominic and Alex.
He is survived by his wife of 20 years, Cindy (Paxson); his children from his previous marriage, two sons and a daughter-in-law, Gary and Teri of New Castle, Mark and his companion, Liz Mitchell, of Middletown, three daughters and two sons-in-law, Susan Hearn of Wilmington, Karen and Henry Miller of Bear and Lisa and Vincent Moore of Hockessin; a former son-in-law, Marvin Goad of New Castle; a brother, Kenneth Hearn; nine grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, in-laws and friends.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, April 26, at 11 a.m., at Beeson Funeral Home of Newark, 2053 Pulaski Highway, where friends may call one hour earlier.
Burial will be at Gracelawn Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to Heartland Hospice, 261 Chapman Road, Suite 100, Newark, DE 19702; or The American Lung Association, 1021 Gilpin Ave., Wilmington, DE 19806.
John F. Long, Sr.
John F. Long, Sr., of Delaware City, died on Tuesday, April 15, 2003 at his home. He was 56.
Born in Wilmington, on December 21, 1946, Mr. Long was the son of the late Harley and Irene (Ludlam) Long.
In 2002, he retired from the maintenance department of the Letica Corporation in Middletown after 12 years of service. Mr. Long was a Life Member of the Delaware City Volunteer Fire Company and served as the assistant engineer for several years. He was a veteran of the Army National Guard.
He enjoyed hunting, fishing and crabbing.
Most of all, Mr. Long was devoted to his family, especially his beloved grandchildren.
He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Linda A. (Ford) Long; three children, Annette M. Parag and her husband, Thomas of Delaware City; John F. Long, Jr. and his wife, Danielle of Bear and Marsha E. Pierce and her husband, Robert of Delaware City; a sister, Marsha McCartney of Walnut, Kan.; two brothers, Russell Long, Sr. of Conowingo, Md. and Philip Long, Sr. of Delaware City; three aunts, Mary Malandruccolo, Sue Ludlam and Hazel Long; and seven grandchildren, Michael Long, Kristine Long, Victoria Press, Dylan Long, Colton Long, Tiffany Dudlek, and Robert Pierce, IV.
A memorial service was held on Saturday, April 19, at Ebenezer United Methodist Church, 309 Clinton Street, Delaware City. Interment was private.
Byron L. Favre
Byron L. "Sarge" Favre, of New Castle, died on Thursday, April 17, 2003 at Christiana Hospital. He was 69.
Born in New York on January 16, 1934, Mr. Favre was the son of the late Robert and Ann (Kudirka) Favre. He was a U.S. Marine veteran of the Korean War, earning the Purple Heart for injuries sustained in service of his country.
In 1983, he retired as a machine operator at St. Joe's Paper Company in New Castle after 15 years of service.
Mr. Favre was a Life Member of Holloway Terrace Volunteer Fire Company, where he had served as past recording secretary and a past member of the fire police. He was a member of the Berean Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Robert Favre.
He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Loretta A. (Zellers) Favre; three children, Anthony L. Favre and his wife, Helen of New Castle, Michael W. Favre and his wife, Rebecca of Smyrna and James Brian Favre of New Castle; brother, George Favre of N.Y.; sister, Shirley Diehl of Ill.; and six grandchildren, Stephanie M. Favre, Sherri A. Favre, Jonathan W. Shoemaker, Melvin E. Shoemaker, Perry M. Shoemaker and Rebekah D. Shoemaker.
Funeral services were held on Wednesday, April 23 at the Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 1000 N. DuPont Parkway, Wilmington Manor, New Castle. Interment followed in the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Bear.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Berean Baptist Church, P.O. Box 556, Manor Branch, New Castle, DE, 19720.
Keith E. Kandle
Keith E. Kandle, of Middletown, died on Wednesday, April 16, 2003. He was 49.
A memorial service was held on Saturday, April 19 at the Daniels & Hutchison Funeral Home, 212 N. Broad Street, Middletown. Burial will be private.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to Keith Kandle's Children Education Fund, c/o Daniels & Hutchison Funeral Home, P.O. Box 126, Middletown, DE 19709.
Charles J. Edwards, Sr.
Charles J. Edwards, Sr., of Dundalk, Md., died April 16, 2003. He was 49.
Mr. Edwards was born on September 23, 1953, son of Joseph "Buttons" Edwards, Sr., of Middletown, and the late Helen Carson Edwards. He was raised in Galena, Md., and had lived in Cecil County before moving to Baltimore 23 years ago. He owned and operated Décor Construction LTD, coached Dundalk Little League and was a 3rd degree Knights of Columbus. He enjoyed baseball and was a die-hard Baltimore Ravens fan.
Along with his father, he is survived by his wife, Elizabeth R. Edwards; four children, Christina Meekins of Elkton, Md., Charles J. Edwards, Jr., Jessica Edwards and Julianna Edwards all of Dundalk; one brother, Joseph Edwards, Jr., of Middletown; one sister, Brenda Edwards of Ark., and two grandchildren.
A viewing was held Wednesday, April 23 at the Galena Funeral Home of Stephen L. Schaech, 118 W. Cross St., Galena. Service and burial will be private.
Raymond W. Kennedy
Raymond W. “Wally” Kennedy, of Smyrna, passed away on Thursday, April 14, 2005, of injuries sustained in an automobile accident. He was 80.
Mr. Kennedy was born in Zion, Md., and graduated from North East High School in 1943. He enlisted in the Navy during World War II, and served aboard several ships on duty in the South Pacific.
He was employed as a dry wall hanger for Charles Beatty, Wilmington, and also worked for Dry Wall Contractors of Delaware, Inc., of Newark. He later was employed by the Mamie Warren Senior Center, Kenton, and delivered for Meals on Wheels. Mr. Kennedy was a member of VFW Post 8801 in Clayton.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Laura Virginia Kennedy, in 2001. He is survived by a stepson, Wayne E. Racine, of Ocala, Fla.; two stepdaughters, Calysta D. Hitchens, with whom he lived, of Smyrna, and Margaret “Ginger” Herold, of Elsmere; a sister, Irene Bine, of New Smyrna Beach, Fla.; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.
Services were held April 19 in the chapel of the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery. Interment was in the adjoining cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to the Down Syndrome Assoc. of Delaware, P.O. Box 1302, Middletown, DE 19709.
Christopher A. Bierlein, of New Castle, passed away on Friday, April 15, 2005, after a long illness. He was 53.
Mr. Bierlein attended Salesianum High School and East Tennessee State University and was a longtime technician for the DuPont Co. He was an avid golfer and marksman.
He is survived by his mother, Irene Bierlein, of West Grove, Pa.; his son, Steven Bierlein, of Middletown; his sister, Barbara Goetz, of Landenberg, Pa.; and two grandchildren, Tyler Justin and Kayla Brooke, of Middletown.
Mass of Christian Burial was held April 20 in St. Gabriel of the Sorrowful Mother Catholic Church, Avondale, Pa. Burial was in St. Joseph on the Brandywine Cemetery, Greenville.
Dorothy Louise Walls, of Townsend, passed away peacefully at her home on Sunday, April 17, 2005. She was 71.
Mrs. Walls had worked in the Christina School District and also at the University of Delaware, retiring in the late 1990s after 30 years.
Mrs. Walls was predeceased by a granddaughter, Amanda Coleman. She is survived by her beloved husband of 28 years, Clifton E. Walls; two daughters, Jeanne Smith, and her husband, Charles, of Newark, and Tina Coleman, of Wilmington; two grandsons, Mark Canter, and Daniel Coleman, Jr.; a sister, Violet Ruth Pope, of Chesapeake, Va.; several nieces and nephews and her devoted friends, Betty and Dink Canter.
The family would like to extend their thanks and love to the caregivers of Odyssey Hospice.
The funeral service will be held on Thursday, April 21, at 11 a.m., in the Daniels & Hutchison Funeral Home, 212 N. Broad St., Middletown, where friends may call one hour before the service. Interment will be in Bethel Cemetery, near Chesapeake City, Md.
Melvin Leitner Jones, II
Melvin Leitner Jones, II, of Middletown, passed away on Friday, April 15, 2005, at his home. He was 56.
Mr. Jones was a lifelong Delaware resident. He was a 1966 graduate of Mount Pleasant Senior High School and Greensboro College, Greensboro, N.C. He was a Certified Alcoholism Counselor.
He was predeceased by his parents, Bessie B. and Melvin L. Jones, and his wife, Judith Reed Jones. He is survived by son and daughter-in-law, Matthew and Kate Jones; grandchildren, Clove Cook, Gus and Ryleigh Jones, of Newark; a sister, Roxanne J. Ruckdeschel, of Florida; and numerous cousins in both Ohio and Delaware.
Services were held on April 20 at Daniels & Hutchison Funeral Home, Middletown. Interment was in Hollywood Cemetery, Greenwood.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Mr. Jones’ memory may be made to the charity of your choice.
Deborah Louise Sturgeon
Deborah Louise Poppe Sturgeon, of Daytona Beach, Fla., formerly of Delaware City, passed away after a long battle with breast cancer on January 20, 2005. She was 44.
Debbie was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, James and Carrie Odgers, and paternal grandparents, Adolph and Louise Poppe; her son, Jonathan Stranahan in 1985, and her sister, Edith Hickman, in 1997.
Deborah is survived by her parents, Adolph and Olive Poppe, of Delaware City, and her children, Paul Poppe, of Delaware City, Vicki King, of Newark, Damian Stranahan of West Virginia; and her sisters, Carol Williams, of Stanton, Pa., and Jeanie Watts, of Virginia Beach, Va.; and many special family and friends.
A Memorial service was held on April 13, in Delaware City. Burial was private.
Milton H. Smith, Sr.
Milton H. Smith, Sr., of Delaware City, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, April 6, 2005, at Churchman's Village, Newark. He was 89.
Mr. Smith was a long devoted member of Mt. Salem U.A.M.E. Church, where he loved to sing in the choir.
He leaves his wife of 62 years, Margretta A. Smith; eight children, Irene Smith Vaughn, and her husband, Britt, Rosetta Smith Vullin, and her husband, Thierry, Milton Smith, Jr., Nancy Smith May, Joann Smith Davis, Karen Smith Jackson, and her husband, Nathaniel, Mark Smith, and Jeffrey Smith and his wife, Valarie; 24 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Pearl Smith; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
A funeral service was held on April 13, at Mt. Salem U.A.M.E. Church Interment was in Green Hill Cemetery, Delaware City.
Robert A. Leger, Sr.
Robert A. Leger, Sr., of Middletown, passed away on Saturday, April 9, 2005, at Christiana Hospital. He was 84.
Born on January 28, 1921, in Fitchburg, Mass., Mr. Leger was the son of the late Edmund Leger and Margaret Melanson Leger. For 12 years, including World War II, he was proud to serve his country as a member of the United States Navy. Mr. Leger worked for American Airlines at the Philadelphia International Airport and retired as a crew chief after 30 years of service. In his leisure time, he greatly enjoyed traveling, word games, golf, classical music, and most especially, spending time with his beloved family.
He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Dorothy R. Harrington Leger; five children, Robert A. Leger, Jr., and his wife, Janice, of Orlando, Fla., Richard E. Leger, and his wife, Ann, of Haddon Heights, N.J., Stephen J. Leger, and his wife, Erika, of Middletown, Marianne Null, and her husband, Fred, of Claymont and Michael R. Leger, and his wife, Denise, of Aston, Pa.; 13 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial was offered on April 13, at St. Joseph R.C. Church, Middletown. Interment followed in All Saints Cemetery, Wilmington.
Mary Jo Frohmander
Mary Jo O’Grady Frohmander, of Lansing, N.C., died Tuesday, March 15, 2005, at her home. She was 67.
Mrs. Frohmander was born January 21, 1938, in Massey, Md., to John and Mary Ford O’Grady. She was preceded in death by her father and daughter, Delia Imboden. Mrs. Frohmander was a retired real estate agent. She was an avid golfer. She enjoyed traveling, gardening and spending time with family and friends.
Mrs. Frohmander is survived by her husband, John Frohmander Jr.; her mother, Mary Ford O’Grady, of Middletown; four sons, George Hammer, of Christiana, Pa., Freddie Hammer, of Crumpler, N.C., Philip Hammer, of Clarksville, Tenn. and Charles Hammer, of Lancaster, Pa.; one daughter, Patricia Kauffman, of Parkesburg, Pa.; one stepson, John Frohmander, III, of Brandeton, Fla.; one stepdaughter, Linda Frohmander, of Lakeland, Fla.; three brothers, Jack, Thomas and Pat O’Grady, all of Middletown; 18 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews.
Florence Stidham Clay
Florence Stidham Clay, of Middletown, peacefully passed away Tuesday, April 12, 2005, at home. She was 82.
Florence was born to Harold and Stella Stidham on Nov. 22, 1922, in Sassafras, Md. Florence graduated from George Biddle High School in Cecilton, Md., went to beauty school and operated her own shop for several years. Beginning in 1950, she worked side-by-side with her husband, George, on the family farm. Florence was a faithful and active member of Mt. Olivet Methodist Church. She and George were members of the Delaware T's Antique Car Club and Brandywine AACA. They enjoyed years of traveling with their friends from these clubs. In the most recent years of her life, Florence spent her time caring for her husband and fighting her battle with cancer.
She is survived by her husband of nearly 60 years, George A. Clay; two sons, Morgan and Dennis and his wife, Cyndi; three grandchildren, Christopher, Kimberly and Michael Clay, all of Middletown; a sister, Betty Price, of Warwick, Md.; and a brother, George Stidham of Newark.
The family would like to extend a very special thanks to Angie Hamilton and Ethel Gassaway, who have shared their care and compassion during her illness.
The funeral service, conducted by the Rev. William Humphrey, was held on April 16, at the Daniels and Hutchison Funeral Home. Interment was in Townsend Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Mt. Olivet Methodist Church, P.O. Box 15, Warwick, MD 21912.
Stanley R. Hall
Stanley R. “Pete” Hall, of Wilmington, formerly of Wilmington Manor in New Castle, passed away on Wednesday, April 13, 2005, at his home. He was 93.
A native Delawarean, Mr. Hall was born in Wilmington on Nov. 11, 1911. For 40 years, he made his career with the DuPont Company, retiring in 1976 as a lab technician from the Chambers Works site. A gifted athlete from his youth, Mr. Hall was locally known for swimming the Delaware River from New Castle to New Jersey in the summer of 1926 with a group of friends. He greatly enjoyed golf, hunting and fishing in his leisure time.
His wife, Helena McDermott Hall, died in 1991. He is survived by three children, Judith A. Dailey, of Newark, Donna M. Flanagan, of Middletown, and Charles G. Pasquarella, of Wilmington; eight grandchildren; and 21 great-grandchildren.
The funeral service and interment will be held privately.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to your favorite charity.