Lee S. Southers
Mrs. Lee S. Southers, of New Castle, passed away on Monday, March 14, 2005, at Christiana Hospital. She was 48.
Mrs. Southers was born in Oxford, England on November 23, 1956. She worked as a quality control analyst for First USA in Wilmington, retiring in 2002 after 22 years.
Mrs. Southers was preceded in death by her father, William S. Stuber. She is survived by her beloved husband of 20 years, John Southers; two children, Alissa D. Manelski of Rehoboth Beach; and Jonathan M. Southers, at home; mother, Patricia M. Jarvis Stuber of Wilmington; two brothers, James W. Stuber of Albuquerque, N.M.; and Warren W. Stuber of Newark; sister, Dawn M. Guseman of Middletown; three grandchildren, Miranda Manelski, and twins, Madison and Montana Manelski; niece and goddaughter, Kelly Guseman; nephew, Hayden Guseman; niece, Rene Welch; nephew, James Welch; special friends, Kelly Grieshop and Tom Lord; and pet dog, Bizkit.
A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 17, at the Free Will Baptist church, 409 Moores Lane, New Castle.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Helen F. Graham Cancer center c/o Christiana Care Foundation, P.O. Box 1668, Wilmington, DE 19899.
Diane Jackson Morgan
Diane Elizabeth Jackson Morgan, of Middletown, formerly of Philadelphia, died March 2, 2005 at Christiana Hospital in Newark. She was 56.
Diane was born in Philadelphia and resided in Delaware for 30 years. She was a graduate of West Philadelphia High School and later took courses at Franklin School of Arts and Science for radiation technology. She had been a sales representative for T.J. Maxx and was also employed by Chase Manhattan Bank for about 20 years. Diane was a member of Providence Baptist Church in Chester, Pa. She also loved interior design and porcelain dolls. Because of her deep interest in interior design, she began to work for several large upscale merchandise companies that gave her diverse accessibility and reasonable prices for buying expensive items for her home. She loved her family and home. Everything else was secondary. Diane was a very loving and creative person that always had a reasonable answer for any problem or situation. She will definitely be missed by many family members and friends.
Diane was the daughter of the late Carl Jackson, Sr. and Annie Finney Jackson. Survivors include her husband, Wayne A. Morgan; a son, Eric K. Morgan (Anissa N.) of Middletown; a daughter, Regan D. Morgan of Chester Township, Pa; a sister, Josephine Jackson of Maryland; three grandchildren, Porsha, Elijah and Aaron; brother-in-law, Alphonso Wynne; and a host of aunts, uncles and cousins.
A funeral service was held on Saturday, March 12, at Providence Baptist Church, 1100 W. 2nd St., Chester, Pa. Interment was in West Laurel Hills Cemetery in Bala Cynwyd, Pa.
Carol Homan Hickman
Carol Homan Hickman, formerly of Bear, passed away on Wednesday, March 9, 2005, at Manor Care Health Services, Pike Creek, after a lengthy battle with multiple sclerosis. She was 67.
Mrs. Hickman was born in Woodbury, N.J. on July 11, 1937, daughter of the late Franklin W. Homan and Ruth Hunter Homan. A 1955 graduate of Penns Grove Regional High School, she was a gifted athlete and a standout member of the tennis, field hockey, basketball and softball teams.
Mrs. Hickman later graduated from the former Penn Hall Junior College and also attended Goldey-Beacom College. She worked for a time in the trust department of the Delaware Trust Company and was a substitute teacher in the former De La Warr School District. With her husband, Mrs. Hickman assisted in the operation of their family business, Soft Touch Car Wash.
In her leisure time, she greatly enjoyed fishing and traveling. Mrs. Hickman will be remembered for her tremendous courage in facing multiple sclerosis, especially how she always smiled and never complained.
She is survived by her husband of 44 years, Richard F. Hickman; three children, Elizabeth H. Julian and husband, Frank, of Newark; Richard F. Hickman, Jr. and wife, Lisa, of Middletown; and Holly H. Proffitt and husband, David, of Newark; two brothers, Warren "Jack" Homan and wife, Judy, and Franklin "Tank" Homan, all of Woodstown, N.J.; sister, Kay Fagan of Norristown, Pa.; sister-in-law, Sue Gregg of Wilmington; nine grandchildren, Thomas Julian, Marissa Julian, Megan Julian, Julia Hickman, Hunter Hickman, Ashley Hickman, Alexa Proffitt, Emily Proffitt and Madison Proffitt. The family wishes to thank the staff of ManorCare for their loving care of Mrs. Hickman over the past four years.
A funeral service was held on Saturday, March 12, at the Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home. Interment followed in St. Georges Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Society, Delaware Chapter, 2 Mill Road, Ste. 106, Wilmington, DE 19806.
Bernard “Tootsie” Garrett passed away March 6, 2005 at the age of 46.
His mother, Della Brown, preceded him in death. Bernard is survived by his son, Bernard Smith of Wilmington; sister, Teresa Waters (Michael) of Townsend; niece and nephew, Karyn and Jordan Gatling; and good friends, Kevin Homier, Julian "Buzzy" Anderson and Fred Hall.
There was a memorial service Thursday, March 10, at the Schoenberg Memorial Chapel, 519 Philadelphia Pike. There will be no viewing.
Christina Maria Shaeffer
Christina Maria Shaeffer, of Middletown, passed away suddenly March 8, 2005. She was 39.
Christina was born in Ruislip, England on May 28, 1965, daughter of Christina Tipper Moran and the late Francis F. Shaeffer. She was employed at the law firm of Pachulski, Stang, Ziehl, Young, Jones and Weintraub. She was a talented cross stitcher and a devoted and loving mother.
She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Laurence and Elizabeth Tipper; and her uncle, Thomas Tipper. In addition to her mother, she is survived by her son, Joseph Bacon, Jr., and his father, Joseph Bacon, Sr.; stepfather, Raymond Moran of Newark; sister, Fiona Shaeffer; and nieces, Cassie and Shanelle Shaeffer, both of Missouri. In addition, she is survived by many aunts, uncles and cousins in Europe and Australia.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. Margaret of Scotland Catholic Church, 230 Executive Drive in Newark on Monday, March 14.
Flowers are welcome, however if you wish, charitable contributions may be made to the Joseph Bacon Jr. Education Fund c/o the funeral home.
Arlen Ronald Thayer
Arlen Ronald Thayer, of Warwick, Md., formerly of Delaware City and New Castle, passed away at Christiana Hospital on Wednesday, March 9, 2005 after a courageous battle with cancer.
Arlen was born in Sewickley, Pa. to Stephen C. Thayer and Macil Thayer-Wolsky. After serving in the military where he was awarded the Bronze Star for Valor, the fascination with automobiles that had begun in his youth continued when Arlen began his career as a mechanic at Townsend's Garage in Delaware City.
During his lifetime, Arlen applied his vast knowledge of automobiles by teaching auto shop classes, working as a service manager for several General Motors car dealerships, and most recently as a warehouse manager for Quality Automotive Warehouse, an auto parts distributor.
His passion for the automobile also included building racecars. He was a member of the NHRA for nearly 40 years and participated in many local drag races at Cecil County, Delmar and Maple Grove dragways, where he won many awards during the late 60s through the early 80s and appeared in National Dragster and Hot Rod Magazine.
When he wasn't building or racing cars, Arlen enjoyed many varied interests including boating, reading Clive Cussler novels, visiting Civil War battlefields as he was an avid Civil War historian, and painting. Although inactive, he was also a private pilot with great interest in aviation.
He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Sidney Thayer-DuRoss and James W. DuRoss, Jr. of New Castle; his brother, Phillip Thayer and his wife, Barbara of St. Georges; his sister, Sandra Thayer-Moore of Millsboro; and his stepmother, Marie F. Gilkey Thayer of Wilmington. He will also be dearly missed by his longtime friend and companion, Leona Sklodowski of Bear.
A funeral service was held on Saturday, March 12, at the Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 214 Clinton Street, Delaware City. Interment followed in Delaware City Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Helen F. Graham Cancer Center, c/o Christiana Care Foundation, P.O. Box 1668, Wilmington, DE 19899.
Joseph A. VanDzura
Joseph A. VanDzura, of Elkton, Md., passed away on Friday, March 11, 2005 with his family at his side at Christiana Hospital after a short illness. He was 85.
Born February 28, 1920 in Plum, Pa. in Allegheny County, he was the son of the late John S. and Barbara E. (Kocis) VanDzura. During World War II, he served as a First Sergeant in the US Army in the South Pacific Campaign. A master in his trade, he held lifelong positions at Allied Steel Products, Inc. for 60 years before his retirement as Vice President.
Mr. VanDzura was a charter member of the Knights of Columbus Council #3240, New Jersey Council and a member of St. Mary of the Assumption Church in Hockessin. He was an avid golfer and volunteer fireman in his earlier years. His wife, Elizabeth Muriel VanDzura, predeceased him in 2000 after 58 years of marriage.
He is survived by his children, Joseph A. VanDzura and his wife, Suzanne of The Villages, Fla., Elaine C. Windsor and her husband, Jack of Millsboro; Dennis S. VanDzura of Wilmington; and Janet M. VanDzura of Wilmington. Also surviving are four grandchildren, Christine Fenimore Kubik and her husband, Wayne of Middletown; Barbara A. Fenimore of Bear; Samantha M. VanDzura of Newport; and Joseph A. VanDzura of Newark; and three great grandchildren, Joseph and Rebeka Kubik and Brandon Lee Morales.
Mass of Christian Burial was held on Wednesday, March 16 at St. Mary of the Assumption Church, 7200 Lancaster Pike, Hockessin. Interment was at St. Patrick's Cemetery, Ashland.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contribution to the St. Mary of the Assumption Knights of Columbus Council, 7200 Lancaster Pike, Hockessin, DE 19707 or to the Hockessin Fire Company, 724 Yorklyn Road, Hockessin, DE 19707.
Marian E. Sheridan
Marian E. (Vanaman) “Grammy” Sheridan, of Wilmington, passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, March 12, 2005. She was 91.
Born in Wilmington on May 25, 1913, she worked for the Claymont School District for many years. In earlier years, she worked at Hearns and at Horisk Stores. In her leisure time, she enjoyed travel, especially her many trips to the Mountain Cabin, which she considered her second home.
She was preceded in death by her husband, H. Luther Sheridan, in 1971. She is survived by her children: sons, Gary L. Sheridan and his wife, Sandra of Wilmington; William Sheridan and his wife, Theresa of Middletown; daughters, Jane Ruiz of Wilmington; Kathy Tyler and her husband, James Tyler, Jr. of Baltimore. Marian also enjoyed the company of her seven grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren; and four great-great grandchildren.
Funeral service was held on Wednesday, March 16, 2005 at Mealey Funeral Home, Limestone and Milltown Roads, Wilmington. Interment was at Chester Bethel Cemetery, Delaware County, Pa.
John L. Carter, Jr.
John L. “Jack” Carter, Jr., of New Castle, passed away peacefully at home while surrounded by family and friends, on Thursday, March 10, 2005. He was 71.
Jack's greatest passion was for his wife, Sandra, to whom he was happily married for 46 years. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather and enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, especially his grandchildren. Jack was born in Concord Township, Pa. in 1933. He proudly served as a sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1952 to 1955. He worked at Electric Hose & Rubber Company for 19 years and then at Standard Chlorine of Delaware for 18 years until his retirement in 1995.
Jack was a member of Asbury United Methodist Church for 43 years. Jack always lived life to its fullest and felt he had more fun in a year than many had in a lifetime. He was an avid golfer since the age of 10 and a member of the Green Hill and Porky Oliver Golf courses. He was a past club champion and delighted in having made numerous holes-in-one in his time. In his retirement, he would often play 36 holes, followed by an evening with the horses. One of Jack's greatest wishes was that everyone would learn to enjoy life as much as he did. He always felt life was too short not to enjoy every minute.
Jack is survived by his loving wife, Sandra; daughters, Candace Tillinghast and her husband, John, of Columbia, SC; and Carol Carter of Germantown, Md.; sons, John of Conowingo, Md. and David and his wife, Marjorie, of Townsend; and his grandchildren, Jessica, John, Samuel, Caitlin, Joshua, Adam and Michael. He is also survived by his sister, Ruthann Combs and her husband, Joe, of Honeybrook, Pa.; brother, Bill and his wife, Maggie, of Chadds Ford, Pa.; and many nieces and nephews, other family and many friends.
The family wishes to express its gratitude to extended family, many friends, fellow members and clergy of the Asbury United Methodist Church and the dedicated staff of Delaware Hospice.
A funeral service was held on Tuesday, March 15, at the Asbury United Methodist Church, 300 E. Basin Road, New Castle, 19720. Interment followed in the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 2465 Chesapeake City Road, Bear.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Asbury United Methodist Church (address above); or to Delaware Hospice, 3515 Silverside Road, Wilmington, DE 19810.
David Paul Alford
David Paul Alford, of Wilmington, passed away Friday, March 11, 2005 at home. He was 49.
Dave was employed as a sales manager for Berger Brothers in Wilmington, and had been there for about 20 years. He earned his associates degree from Wesley College. He was a very active member of Crossroads Presbyterian Church, where he served as a member of the Music Worship Team. He was an accomplished musician, writing his own music. He enjoyed the beach and quiet times at home. Dave was a dear and caring man that was loved by everyone.
He is survived by his wife, Selina C. Alford; his father, Lawrence T. Alford and his wife, Jean of Smyrna; his mother, Helen D. Alford of Middletown; two brothers, Jeff Alford and his wife, Shannon of New Castle; and Steve Alford of Clayton and his fiancé, Chrissy of Newark; two sisters, Heather Triozzi and her husband, John of West Chester; and Terry Eldridge and her husband, Bob of Townsend. Dave is also survived by several nieces and nephews.
Memorial service was held Wednesday evening at Crossroads Presbyterian Church, 627 Vance Neck Road, Middletown. Graveside service was held Wednesday afternoon at Gracelawn Memorial Park, DuPont Highway, New Castle.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to the Building Fund of Crossroads Presbyterian Church, 627 Vance Neck Road, Middletown, DE 19709.
John L. Armstrong
John L. “Jack” Armstrong, of Earleville, Md., passed away peacefully at home by the beautiful Bohemia River on Thursday, March 10, 2005, with his loving wife at his side. He was 66.
John was born on February 23, 1939, in Media, Pa. He graduated from Media High School in 1957. He then worked for the DuPont Company until joining the US Army, and serving his country proudly as a member of the 40th Signal Battalion, stationed at Ft. Gordon, Ga., from 1962 to 1965. John then was employed by Verizon (then Bell Atlantic Telephone Company), retiring in 1991. His hobbies were reading, old cars, and NASCAR. He enjoyed going to parks, nature trails, bird watching, and spending summers at the ocean and river.
John was preceded in death by his parents, William John Armstrong and Helen Hayes Armstrong; and brother, William John Armstrong. He will be sadly missed by his loving wife and partner of 24 years, Louise Armstrong; sons, William John and wife, Colleen Ann of Penfield, N.Y.; David John of Aliso Vieja, Calif.; daughter, Maureen Ellen of Middletown; stepsons, William Michael Hession of Tampa, Fla.; and Christopher Jeffrey Hession and wife, Ashley Elizabeth of Richmond, Va.; grandchildren, Ryan Scott and Emily Frances of Penfield, N.Y.; Jonathan Tyler of Middletown; and Caroline Elizabeth of Richmond, Va.; sisters, Phyllis Bonsall and husband, Samuel of Earleville; Elizabeth Peters and husband, George of O'Brien, Fla.; and Kathleen Buckley and husband, John of Wilmington; father-in-law, James McGarry of Wilmington; brothers-in-law, Martin McGarry and wife, Anne, Donald McGarry and wife, Kathleen, both of Wilmington; Jim McGarry and wife, Eileen of Fairfax Station, Va.; sisters-in-law, Molly Kelly and husband, Michael, and Anne McGarry Coyle, both of Wilmington; and several nieces and nephews.
Family and friends were invited to John's Life Celebration March 14 at Beeson Memorial Services, with his funeral service beginning at 6 p.m. Interment will be held privately.
In lieu of flowers, John's family request a memorial donation be made to Northern Chesapeake Hospice Foundation, P.O. Box 2332, Elkton, MD 21922-2332.
Robert M. Apgar
Robert M. Apgar, of Middletown, passed away on Wednesday, March 9, 2005, at his home. He was 65.
Born in Trenton, N.J., Mr. Apgar was a former resident of Lower Makefield Twp., Pa. and a resident of Forked River, N.J. for 17 years before moving to Middletown two years ago. Mr. Apgar retired as a division line supervisor from Public Service Electric and Gas Company in Trenton, N.J., where he had been employed for over 41 years. He was the former treasurer of Union Local #1350 IBEW (International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers), a former member of the Morrisville JC's, a charter member of St. John the Evangelist Knights of Columbus Council #7515 and a member of Immaculate Lady Knights of Columbus Council #5208.
Son of the late Martin J. and Natalie (Wszolek) Apgar, he is survived by his wife of 45 years, Carole (Cybrouch) Apgar; a son and daughter-in-law, Robert C. and Christa E. Apgar, of Hanover, Pa.; three grandchildren, Robert W., Catherine and Michael Apgar; three sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Cecilia and Robert Martin of Hilton Head, S.C.; Joyce and Anthony Klitus of Morrisville, Pa.; Lisa and Jerry Szul of Seaside Park, N.J.; and several nieces and nephews.
Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Monday, March 14, in St. Hedwig’s R. C. Church, Trenton, N.J. Interment followed in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Hamilton, N.J.
Ellanora G. Wilkins
Ellanora G. Wilkins of Georgetown, passed away Thursday, March 10, 2005. She was 85.
She was born April 7, 1919 in Lewes. She provided voluntary service to the U.S. Army serving at Ft. Miles, Lewes, during World War II. Because her three brothers served the country, she wished to participate as well, working as a cook in the mess hall, where eventually she received honorable discharge as a civilian in 1945.
Later in life, for many years she worked with the Visiting Nurses Association before her retirement. She was a member of Grace United Methodist Church of Georgetown. She was a very loving and caring person who participated significantly in the lives of her children and grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, John H. Wilkins; her son, James H. Wilkins; and an infant daughter. She is survived by two daughters, Jonna-Lee Davis of Georgetown and Kay W. Hudson of Millsboro; and three sons, John F. of Georgetown, Wayne W. of Rehoboth Beach and Keith D. of Georgetown. She is also survived by six grandchildren, Scott W. of Milton, John H. Davis III of Georgetown, David Hudson, Jr. of Baltimore, Md., Linda Hrycak of Middletown, Donald B. Wilkins of Laurel, Brandon C. Wilkins of Laurel; several great grandchildren, and a sister, Amelia Burton of Angola.
The funeral service was held on Monday, March 14, at Grace United Methodist Church, East Market and King Streets, Georgetown. Burial was in Union Cemetery, Georgetown.
Richard H. Hoback, Sr.
Richard H. Hoback, Sr., of New Castle, passed away peacefully on Saturday, March 12, 2005, at home surrounded by his loving family. He was 85.
Born on August 19, 1919 in Bluestone, Va., Mr. Hoback was the son of the late Andrew Hoback and Gray Leedy Hoback. He was a veteran of World War II, proudly serving in the US Army and receiving the Purple Heart. He was a part-time carpenter and retired from the Penn Central Railroad in 1972. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather and always wanted his family to be with him. He had a twinkle in his eyes and a smile on his face for everyone who visited.
His wife of 50 years, Iva Mae Godbey Hoback, died in 1991. He is survived by three children, Janie Jo Bebber and her husband, Don of New Castle, Dana Kay Danna and her husband, Joe of Middletown, and Richard H. "Dick" Hoback, Jr. and his wife, Gina of Landenberg, Pa.; nine grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; nieces and nephews; and his best friend, Bill Myers of New Castle.
The family wishes to express its gratitude to the nurses, aides, and companions at Compassionate Care Hospice, especially Carol, Kelly, and Carol. Also gratitude to the many aides of Companion Hearts, LLC, especially Wanda, who have provided care for several years.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, March 17, in the chapel of Gracelawn Memorial Park, 2220 N. DuPont Parkway, New Castle.
Interment will follow in the adjoining memorial park.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Compassionate Care Hospice, 5610 Kirkwood Highway, Ste. 5610-5612, Wilmington, DE 19808.