Helen L. “Bunny” Kaley
Helen L. Kaley of Middletown, formerly of Bethany Beach, died Tuesday, April 9, 2002 surrounded by family. She was 79.
She was born on May 7, 1922 in Lancaster County, Pa. to the late Walter Scott and M. Irene Bunting. Mrs. Kaley was a former volunteer with the Delaware Hospice in Georgetown and was very active in the planning of the Bethany Beach Library.
She is survived by her husband of 57 years, Harry E. Kaley; a son, John Michael Kaley of New Castle; a daughter, Barbara K. Laramore (Charles) with whom she lived; a brother, W. Scott Bunting (Jane) of North East, Md.; three grandchildren, John Gray Staib (Michelle), Nicole L. Staib and Christopher Staib; and four great granddaughters, Victoria, Jordan, Taylor and Hailey.
Services were held April 13 at McCrery Memorial Chapel, Wilmington.
Interment was private.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Delaware Hospice, 911 S. DuPont Hwy., Dover, DE 19901.
Deborah Ann “Debbie” Adams
Deborah Ann Adams of Harrisonburg, Va. died Monday, April 8, 2002 at her home. She was 43.
She was born Aug. 26, 1958 in Delaware to Rachel DiFebo Adams Tracey and the late Lewis Francis Adams. Mrs. Adams was a member of the Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, Harrisonburg, Va. and graduated from the University of Delaware. She was formerly a registered nurse working in labor and delivery at the Rockingham Memorial Hospital, Va.
In addition to her mother, she is survived by a daughter, Aniseh Marie Khoury of Hasbrouck Heights, N.J.; two brothers, David Adams of Winterhaven, Fla. and Kenneth Adams of Fla.; and three sisters, Dawn Adams of Wilmington, Lori Kays of Elkton, Md. and Jan Weiss of Middletown.
Services were held April 12 at the Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, Harrisonburg.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, 154 N. Main St., Harrisonburg, VA 22802.
Mary Jane P. “Iodine” Bowerson
Mary Jane P. Bowerson of Newark died Sunday, April 14, 2002 surrounded by family. She was 58.
Mrs. Bowerson, born in Philadelphia, Pa., formerly worked as a security guard with J.R. Gettier. She enjoyed reading.
She is survived by her husband of 38 years, Gerald E. Bowerson, Sr.; four children, Gerald E. Bowerson, Jr. (Jenn) of Bear, Andrew E. Bowerson of Newark, Megan M. Stoner (Mike) of Middletown and Kateri L. Burke (Bill) of Elkton, Md.; a brother, Charles E. O’Connor (Elaine) of West Chester, Pa.; a nephew, Charlie O’Connor; and 10 grandchildren.
Services will be held today, April 18 at 10 a.m. at Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 121 W. Park Place, Newark.
Interment will follow in Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 2465 Chesapeake City Rd., Bear.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, 100 W. 10th St., Ste. 1002, Wilmington, DE 19801.
Richard E. Coffin
Richard E. Coffin died Friday, April 12, 2002 at his home, surrounded by family. He was 53.
Mr. Coffin served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War. He attended the Wilmington Church of God.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Howard R. and Dorothy Ann Coffin; and a brother, Howard R. Coffin, Jr.
He is survived by his wife of 21 years, Cynthia L. (Morris) Coffin; four children, Michelle Wilson of Upper Darby, Pa., Donna McElwee of Bear and Victoria Peters and Rickie Lee-Ann Coffin, both of Delaware City; a brother, Russell B. Coffin of Delaware City; and seven grandchildren, Tristan, Ashley, Christopher, Allison, Brandon, Amy and Caroline.
Services and interment were private.
Arrangements by Gebhart Funeral Homes of New Castle County.
Tula K. Dougherty
Tula K. Dougherty of West Minquadale, New Castle died Friday, April 12, 2002 at the Christiana Hospital in Newark. She was 60.
Mrs. Dougherty was a homemaker.
She is survived by her husband, Richard A. Dougherty; four children, Wayne F. Lambert, Gary D. Lambert, Renee Grajewski and Shelly L. Dougherty, all of New Castle; many brothers and sisters; 16 grandchildren including, Kaylee L. Prentice, whom Mr. and Mrs. Dougherty were raising; and a great grandson.
She was preceded in death by a son, Paul R. Lambert, in Jan. 2002.
Services were held April 16 at Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, New Castle.
Interment was in Gracelawn Memorial Park, Minquadale.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Kaylee L. Prentice Education Fund, c/o PNC Bank, 1 Penn Mart Center, New Castle, DE 19720.
Josephine T. DeMarco
Josephine T. DeMarco of Wilmington died Monday, April 15, 2002. She was 67.
Mrs. DeMarco was a homemaker and daycare provider. She owned Funtastic daycare in Newark.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles G. DeMarco, in 1980.
She is survived by five daughters, Jeanette Byrum of Maryland, Stephanie DeMarco of Wilmington, Victoria Stare of Bear, Lucia Disabatino of Newark and Charlene O’Connor of Middletown; four sisters, Antoinette Gambassi, Millie Guigliano, Rosemary Verdi and Catherine Robino, all of N.Y.; a brother, Joseph Russo of N.Y.; nine grandchildren, Gabriella, Shannon, Nicole, Stephen, Janelle, Alexandra, Steven, Morgan and Christopher; a great grandson, Michael; and several nieces and nephews.
Services will be held today, April 18 at noon in St. John the Beloved Church, 907 Milltown Rd., Sherwood Park, Wilmington.
Interment will be private.
Arrangements by Doherty Funeral Home.
George S. Grossman, III
George S. Grossman, III of Fitchburg, Mass. died April 1, 2002 in the Birchwood Care Center after an illness. He was 64.
Mr. Grossman was born Nov. 20, 1937 in Wilmington, son of George S. and Dorothy (Veasey) Grossman, Jr. and before moving to Massachusetts a short while ago, lived in Delaware, Michigan, New Jersey and Rhode Island. He previously worked for BASF in New Jersey and had also worked for many years for DuPont.
He was a graduate of St. Andrew’s School in Middletown, class of 1956 and was a 1960 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy. He served three years in the U.S. Navy.
Mr. Grossman is survived by two sons, George S. Grossman, IV of Templeton and Scott V. Grossman of R.I.; a sister, Carla G. Lantier of Calif.; two grandchildren; his former wife, Mechthild (Scheidt) Grossman of R.I.; and two nephews.
Services will be held April 19 at Trinity Episcopal Church, 1108 N. Adams St., Wilmington.
Following cremation, interment will be in Intercourse, Pa.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association, Always and Forever Memorial and Honor Program, Attn: ADA Web, PO Box 2680, North Canton, OH 44720.
M. Connie Filar (nee Ferrari)
M. Connie Filar of Broomall, Pa., formerly of Wilmington, died Thursday, April 11, 2002. She was 62.
She is survived by her husband, Robert F. Filar; two children, Kathryn A. Boivin of Maine and Robert F. of Fla.; eight brothers, Joseph, Dominick, Angelo, Thomas and John Ferrari, all of Wilmington, Robert Ferrari of Ill., Richard Ferrari of Stockely, Anthony Ferrari of Middletown; two sisters, Joann Budynkiewicz of Wilmington and Donna Lawler of Maine; five grandchildren; her stepmother, Yolonda Ferrari; an aunt, Ann Mancini; and an uncle, Joseph Scatasti.
She was preceded in death by a brother, Nicholas Ferrari.
Services were held April 16 at the Frank C. Videon Funeral Home, Broomall, Pa.
Interment was in Holy Cross Cemetery, Yeadon, Pa.
Bayard W. Fletcher
Bayard W. Fletcher of Warwick, Md. died Monday, April 15, 2002 in Christiana Hospital in Newark. He was 79.
Mr. Fletcher was born on Nov. 13, 1922 in Elsmere, son of the late Daniel W. and Beulah Pearce Fletcher. He was a carpenter and 56-year member of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters Local 626, New Castle. He enjoyed the outdoors, gardening, fishing, crabbing and hunting.
He was preceded in death by two sons, Allan T. and Daniel L. Fletcher, Sr.
Mr. Fletcher is survived by his wife of 59 years, Katherine Barlow Fletcher; a son, Samuel Fletcher (Judy) of Massey, Md.; a daughter, Connie Davis (Ronnie) of Chesapeake City, Md.; four grandchildren, Daniel Fletcher, Jr. (Karen), Allan and Dana Fletcher and Ashley Davis; and two great grandchildren, David and Danielle Fletcher.
Services will be held April 19 at 11 a.m. in the Galena Funeral Home of Stephen L. Schaech, 118 W. Cross St., Galena, Md., where friends may call Thursday evening from 7 to 9 p.m.
Interment will be in Warwick Cemetery.
Teagun Cross Spence
Teagun Cross Spence died Saturday, April 13, 2002 at Christiana Hospital in Newark shortly after birth.
He is survived by his parents, Donald and Michele Spence of Smyrna; two brothers, Donald and David Spence, both of Smyrna; maternal grandparent, Mark and Caroline Tomasetti of Smyrna; and paternal grandparents, Donald and Shelva Spence of Lindside, W. Va.
Services and interment were private.
Arrangements by Daniels and Hutchison Funeral Home, Middletown.
Mary L. Stark
Mary L. Stark died Sunday, March 31, 2002 in Mount Arlington, N.J., after a short illness. She was 76.
Born in Wharton, N.J., she lived most of her life in Mine Hill, N.J. She moved to Smyrna in 1984 and in 1991 moved to Pennsylvania.
She was the daughter of the late William and Mary T. Wood.
Mrs. Stark worked for the federal government beginning with Picantinny Arsenal in Rockaway Township, N.J. for 15 years. She was later transferred to Dover Air Force Base, where she served until she retired in 1990.
She was a member of Mine Hill Presbyterian Church, as well as the Richmond United Methodist Church in Bangor, Pa. In addition, Mrs. Stark was a member of the Tannersville (Pa.) Senior Citizens Club, the Slate Belt Seniors Club and the Mine Hill Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Carold R. Stark, in 1986.
Mrs. Stark is survived by a son, Bret Coranato (Nancy) of Mine Hill; two daughters, Lucille C. Newson (William) of Mount Arlington and Elizabeth J. Baker (Charles) of Henryville, Pa.; six grandchildren; and a great grandchild.
Services and interment were held privately in the Presbyterian Cemetery, Smyrna.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Hospice VNA of Northern J.J., 38 Elm St., Morristown, NJ 07960.
Arrangements by Matthews-Bryson Funeral Home, Smyrna.
Benjamin J. Russell
Benjamin J. Russell, of Dagsboro, passed away tragically on Friday, April 1, 2005, from injuries sustained during an auto accident. He was 42.
Mr. Russell was a master carpenter and was employed by Premier Glass in Frankford.
He was predeceased by his father, Victor Russell, Sr., in 1997, and his brother, Charles Russell, in 2002.
He is survived by his mother, Sharon Russell Peck, and her husband, Bob, of Dagsboro; his daughters, Jessica and Emily Gallagher, and their mother, Maureen Gallagher; his brother, Victor Russell, Jr., of Wilmington; his sister, Kathy Ellis, of Townsend; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held April 6, at St. Matthew's Church, Woodcrest. Interment was in All Saints Cemetery, Wilmington.
Regina Alma McGinnis
Regina Alma McGinnis, of Newark, died suddenly at her home on Monday, April 4, 2005. She was 81.
Mrs. McGinnis was born on May 5, 1923, in Philadelphia, Pa. She was a veteran of the United States Navy from 1940-1945 and following her service to our country, was a full-time homemaker.
She is survived by two sons, Kevin McGinnis, of Newark, and Sean McGinnis, and his wife, Kim, of Middletown, and two daughters, Robin McElhiney, of Drexel Hill, Pa., and Michele McGinnis, of Media, Pa. In addition, she leaves behind four grandchildren, Steven, Samantha, Jeffrey and Alyssa; a sister, Joan Coogan, of Philadelphia, Pa; and a brother, John Davis, of Cleveland, Ohio. She was preceded in death by her husband, Daniel J. McGinnis.
A memorial mass was celebrated at Holy Family Catholic Church, Newark, on Monday, April 11. Burial followed in All Saints Cemetery.
Florence Lucille Markle, of Elsmere, passed away on Wednesday, April 6, 2005, at Christiana Hospital. She was 87.
Mrs. Markle was born in Mahanoy City, Pa., on July 29, 1917, daughter of the late Samuel Williamson and Lucy Whitchy Williamson. For 27 years, she worked for Acme Markets in the meat department. She had previously worked for the Pennsylvania Railroad at the former Wilmington Shops and later at the Sears Service Center in Newport for eight years following her retirement from Acme. A devout Christian, Mrs. Markle was a longtime member of Asbury United Methodist Church in New Castle. In her leisure time, she greatly enjoyed traveling on the East Coast, solving crossword puzzles and gardening.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Albert Markle and by six brothers and sisters. She is survived by her daughter, Blanche Piluso, of Newark; granddaughter, Nicci Richmond, and her husband, Allan, of Middletown; grandson, Gery Piluso, and his wife, Lesa, of Elkton, Md.; three great-grandsons, Brian Richmond, and his wife, Michelle, Michael Piluso, and Scott Piluso; two great-great-grandchildren, Colin Richmond, and Torrie Richmond; 12 nieces and nephews; and longtime friend of 40 years, Earl Widdowson.
A funeral service was held on April 11, at the Asbury United Methodist Church, New Castle. Interment followed in Gracelawn Memorial Park, New Castle.
Anne W. Toole
Anne W. Toole, of Middletown, passed away on Wednesday, April 6, 2005.
Services and interment were private.
John Richard Crossan, of Middletown, passed away on Tuesday, April 5, 2005, at his home. He was 55.
Mr. Crossan was born in Wilmington on July 12, 1949. He was the owner and operator of a dump truck and hauling company for 17 years until his retirement in 1990. Mr. Crossan will be fondly remembered as a loving husband, father and grandfather and will be sadly missed by his beloved family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his father, James Crossan, and a sister, Kathy Rorher. He is survived by his devoted wife, Louetta Booth Crossan; four children, Dawn Crossan of Wilmington, Darrell Crossan of Bear, Alethea Schuyler of Greensboro, Md., and Amanda Crossan, of Bear; his mother, Jeanette Tuskevitch Crossan, of New Castle; two brothers, James Crossan, of Augustine Beach, and Mike Crossan, of New Castle; two sisters, Bea Thomas, of Delaware City, and Bonnie Green, of Middletown; and five grandchildren, Tabitha Crossan, Nicole Crossan, Brianne Crossan, William Holden, Jr. and Emily Crossan.
A funeral service was held on April 9, at the Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home. Interment followed in Hickory Grove Cemetery, Port Penn.
Stanley P. “Mr. Ski” Wierzbowski, of Middletown, passed away on Monday, April 4, 2005, surrounded by his family, after a short illness. He was 76.
Born in Amsterdam, N.Y., on December 21, 1928, Mr. Wierzbowski was the son of the late Marion Wierzbowski and Catherine Pisarek Wierzbowski. He served his country in the U.S. Army from 1951 to 1952, spending much of his military career stationed in Europe. A graduate of the University of Florida with a bachelor's degree in education, Mr. Wierzbowski moved with his family to Delaware in 1961 to accept a teaching position in the Brandywine School District. During his tenure, he earned a master's degree from Villanova University and completed further graduate coursework at West Chester University. He retired as an industrial arts teacher in 1991 after 30 years in education. During the summer for many years, he also managed the High Point Swim Club in Brandywine Hundred. An avid outdoorsman and naturalist, Mr. Wierzbowski especially enjoyed vacations at his home in the Adirondack Mountains. He was, above all, a devoted family man, and delighted in spending time with his beloved wife, children and grandchildren, as well as his many friends.
He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Marylou Reichel Wierzbowski; two sons, John P. Wierzbowski, of Bethel, Conn., and Mark P. Wierzbowski, and his wife, Jodi, of Wilmington; daughter, Cathy L. Wierzbowski-Cohen, and her husband, Arthur, of Wilmington; sister, Josephine Wierzbowski, of Amsterdam, N.Y.; and three granddaughters, Megan, Katie and Jana. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Angela Wierzbowski Ferguson.
A Mass of Christian Burial was offered on April 9, at St. Paul's R.C. Church. Visitation and interment were private.
Julia Johnson Slaughter
Julia Jessie Johnson Slaughter, of Wayne, Pa., and formerly of Smyrna, died Saturday, April 9, 2005, at Paoli Hospital, Pa. She was 99.
She was a 1925 graduate of Towson State Teachers College (now Towson State University), in Towson, Md. She moved to Smyrna after she was married in 1933, and resided there until 2002.
Mrs. Slaughter was a retired teacher of 31 years, having taught in Marydel, St. George’s and at Clayton Elementary School during her career. She retired in 1971.
As an active member of First Presbyterian Church in Smyrna for more than 50 years, she taught Sunday school, sang in the choir, and served as a deacon. She was also active as a volunteer in the community and had been a member of the Century Club of Smyrna.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Frederick Slaughter; a brother, Alvin Johnson; and two sisters, Florence Walworth, and Hilda Anderson. She is survived by a daughter, Judy Jo Iemolo, and her husband Joseph, of Wayne, Pa.; two grandsons, David V. Iemolo, and his wife Denise, of Newtown Square, Pa.; and Fredrick Iemolo, of Wayne, Pa.; and a great-grandson, Owen J. Iemolo, of Newtown Square, Pa.
Services will be held at noon on Thursday, April 14, at First Presbyterian Church, 118 W. Commerce St., Smyrna. Friends may call Thursday morning from 10 to 11 a.m., at Matthews-Bryson Funeral Home, 123 W. Commerce St., Smyrna. Interment will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Smyrna.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to the First Presbyterian Church Building Fund, 118 W. Commerce St., Smyrna, DE 19977.