Thomas C. Chas, Sr.
Thomas C. Chas, Sr., formerly of Smyrna, passed away at his home in Ocala, Fla., on Saturday, February 21, 2004. He was 77.
Mr. Chas was a member of the carpenters Union Local 626 for 50 years and was also a Navy Veteran of WWII.
He was preceded in death his wife of 47 years, Janet Chas in 1999, a brother, Joseph A. Chas, and a sister Velma (Jesse) Grady.
Mr. Chas is survived by his children and their spouses: TC Chas and wife Debbie of Newark, Kathryn B. Parsons and husband Russell of Smyrna, Sharon E. Jarman and husband Jerry of Clayton, Hope L. Tripp and husband Wayne of Ocala, 14 grandchildren, seven great grandchildren, two sisters Betty Ellingsworth of Newark and Edna Alfree of Blackbird, and Thomas “Duck” Hutchison of Wilmington.
Friends may call Thursday evening, Feb. 26, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Daniels & Hutchison Funeral Home, Main Street in Townsend.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, Feb. 27, at 1 p.m. in the Immanuel United Methodist Church, Main Street, Townsend. Burial with Military Honors will be in the Townsend Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to Hospice of Marion County, Inc., 3231 S W. 34th Ave., Ocala, FL, 34474.
William C. Delong
William C. Delong of Townsend passed away on February 9, 2005 in the Bay Health Medical Center. He was 73.
Mr. Delong attended Ceaser Rodney High School and retired from Calotex Oil Co. in Middletown after 28 years. He served in the US Army from 1951 to 1953 and then enlisted in the Army Reserves. He was a member of the Camden Moose Lodge, the Elk Lodge 1903, the VFW Post 3238 and American Legion Post 2 in Dover. He was also a member of the Modern Maturity Center of Dover.
He enjoyed fox hunting and teaching line dancing.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Clinton and Helen, stepfather John Kennedy, and one sister Genevieve Porter. He is survived by his wife 16 years, Doris Delong.
Funeral services were held Sunday, February 13, at Daniels & Hutchison Funeral Home.
Interment was in the Townsend cemetery.
The family suggest contributions to the American Cancer Society, 92 Reads Way, Suite 205, New Castle, De. 19720.
Elise E. Lambdin
Elsie E. Lambdin (nee Foraker) of Townsend passed away on Tuesday, February 15, in the Mainline Nursing Center, Malvern, Pa. She was 87.
Mrs. Lambdin was born in Golts, Md. on October 30, 1917.
She was an avid reader and crafter. She was a member of the MOT Senior Center and enjoyed working in the yard growing flowers.
She also loved animals and always pput the needs of others before her own. Elise will be deeply missed.
She was preceded in death by her husband, John, daughter Janet E. Smith, 2 brothers and 4 sisters. She is survived by 4 daughters, Patricia M. Mannering of Townsend, Mary F. Varner of Wilmington, Darlene E DiFerdinando of Parksburg, Pa., and Beryl L keesey of Brandamore, Pa., 9 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and 5 great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held on Saturday, February 19, at the Daniels & Hutchinson Funeral Home. Interment was in Bethel Cemetery, Chesapeake City, Md.
Mark Jennings Wharton of Delaware City, passed away at home on Wednesday, Febraury 9, 2005. He was 48.
Mark was born on November 3, 1956 to Alton and Doris Wharton of New Castle. After graduating from DelCastle High School in 1974, he served his country in the United States Marine Corp., for 5 years.
He was employed by the Recovery Center of Delaware for 13 years.
Mark touched the hearts of many through his quick wit and humor. He enjoyed working on and riding his 1994 Harley Davidson Special Edition Softtail.
He will always be remembered lovingly by his family and friends.
In addition to his parents, Mark is survived by his compaion of 20 years, Lisa M. Elias of Townsend and their children, Arthur R. Elias, III and his wife April of Smyrna, Michael A. Elias, James T. Elias, and Crystal Lea Wharton, all of Townsend, and his son Mark Mulrooney of New Castle, 2 sisters, Lorrie Scott and her husband Jimmy of Toccoa, Ga., and Linda Turner and her husband David of New Castle, 3 brothers, Jack Wharton and his wife Bonnie of Middletown, Danny Wharton of Wilmington, Paul Wharton and his wife Suzie of Wilmingoton, 5 grandchildren, 11 nephews and 10 nieces.
Funeral services were held on Tuesday February 15 at Daniels & Hutchinson Funeral Home.
Interment with Military Honors was follow at the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Bear.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests contributions to the VA Medical Center, 1601 Kirkwood Hwy. Wilmington, De., 19805; Attn: L J, Cavanaugh.
Robert Dale Swan
Robert Dale “Bob” Swan of St. Georges passed away on Wednesday, February 16, 2005 at the Christiana Hospital. He was 84.
Mr. Swan was born in Delaware City April 7, 1920, son of the late John Swan, Jr. and Edith Bendler. A U.s. Navy veteran of World War II, he proudly served his country in the South Pacific Theatre. Mr. Swan was the owner and operator of the former General Store in Port Penn for 21 years and had also served as the fire marshall for the Chrysler plant in Newark for 15 years prior to his retirement in 1979. A community leader throughout his life, he was an elder at Port Penn Presbyterian Church, member and past president of the school board of Gunning Bedford School District past treasurer of the Delaware City Recreation Club, past president of hickory Grove Cemetery and a member of Robert Taylo Post #13 American Legion. Mr. was also active in the Masonic order as a 50-year member of Jackson Lodge #19 AF&AM and a member of the Delaware Consistory.
He is survived by beloved wife, Jeanne O’Neal Swan; 2 daughters, Judith Swan Trincia and her husband, Vincent, ofCharlotte, NC and Constance J. Swan of Wilmington; brother John Swan, Jr of Delaware City, 3 grandson, Andrew Trincia, Beau Trincia and Nicholas Trincia; nephew, Herbert Swan of Delaware City; and pet cat, Ginger.
A graveside service was held on Saturday, February 19, 2005, at Hickory Grove Cemetery on Port Penn Road in Port Penn.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to First Presbyterian Church of Port Penn, P.O. Box 171, Port Penn, DE., 19731.
Maurice Shannon Whitlock, Jr.
Mr. Maurice Shannon Whitlock, Jr., of Delaware City passed on Tuesday, February 15, 2005, at the Christiana Hospital in Newark after a long struggle with diabetes. He was 56.
Mr. Whitlock was born in Bristol, VA on June 15, 1948 and proudly served his country in the U.S. Army as a combat engineer during the Vietnam War. An avid history buff from his youth, he was appointed the curator of the Berlin Military Museum while stationed in Germany.
With his wife, Sunny, he owned and operated the Grand Illusions Costume Company in Delaware City (formerly in Newark). Well known for his expertise in historically-accurate costuming, Mr. Whitlock consulted on and supplied clothing for many important and award-winning Hollywood productions including Titanic, Dances with Wolves, Gettysburg, Young Guns, Ride with the Devil, The Alamo, Gangs of New York, Gods and Generals, Somersby, and the not-yet released film biography of Samuel Colt. He was also greatly interested in the Civil War and was a reenactor with a group portraying the First Virginia, Army of Virginia, CSA.
He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Grace A. "Sunny" Hetzler Whitlock; 2 children, Maurice "Marc" Shannon Whitlock III and Kathleen "Katie-Kate" Elizabeth Whitlock, both at home; father, Maurice Shannon Whitlock, Sr. of New Castle; mother, Pauline Swanson Whitlock of Fair Hill, MD; brother, Brandon Swanson Whitlock and his wife, Marian, of Fair Hill, MD; sister, Rebecca May Whitlock-Lang and her husband, Bryan, of Bear; 5 nieces, Taylor Whitlock, Maggie Davis, Sally Anne Davis, Annie Hetzler and Junior Hetzler; and 4 nephews, Keiran Kelly, Trip Hetzler, Brandon Davis and David Davis.
Funeral services werel held on Saturday, February 19, 2005, at the Spicer-Mulliking Funeral Home, 1000 N. DuPont Parkway, New Castle.
Interment was in Delaware City Cemetery.
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Mary L. Lee
Mary L. Lee of Townsend passed away at her home on Saturday, February 19, 2005, surrounded by her loving family. She was 75.
Mrs. Lee was a homemaker.
She was preceded in death by her grandson, Larry W. Lee. She is survived by her husband of 55 years, William C. Lee; 2 sons, William K. Lee and his wife, Carolyn, of Middletown and Danny R. Lee and his wife, Susan, of Townsend; 3 grand-daughters, Danielle, Lee Ann and Stephanie; 1 grandson, John; and 1 great grandson, Matthew. Mary is also survived by 1 brother, Henry Sinks of FL; and 1 sister, Jackie Holden of Highland, MI.
The funeral service will be held on Thursday, February 24 at 11 a.m. at the Daniels & Hutchison Funeral Home, 212 North Broad Street, Middletown. Friends may call Wednesday evening, February 23, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. athe the funeral home.
Interment will be in Townsend Cemetery.
The family suggests contributions to Delaware Hospice, 911 South DuPont Hwy., Dover, DE, 19901.
Emma Louise Aspril
Emma Louise Aspril (Burris) of Newark passed away Friday, February 18,2005, at her residence. She was 81.
Mrs. Aspril was born in Kenton, De., daughter of the late Elmer and Lena Burris. She retired from the Christina School District, where she had worked as an aide in special education.
She was preceded in death by her brother, James Cooper Burris, in 1980.
She is survived by her husband of 57 years, John F. Aspril; 1 son and daughter-in-law, John D. and Pam Aspril of Newark and their daughter and Emma’s beloved grand-daughter, Megan Marie Aspril; 2 brothers, William Wilson Burris of Smyrna and Raymond “Dickie” Burris of Middletown; and 2 sisters, Ruth Carter of Marshallton and Helen Walker of Wilmington.
Funeral services were February 23, 2005, at Daniels & Hutchinson Funeral Home.
Interment was at the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Bear.
Shirley A. Miller
Shirley A. Miller (Miklus), formerly of Newark, DE passed away at her home in Bridgeville, DE on February 17, 2005. She was 67.
Mrs. Miller was a bookkeeper for Sears, and later at Discover Card from where she retired 4 years ago. Her current passion was to go camping with her husband Robert in their RV.
Mrs. Miller is predeceased by her parents, Virgie Bailey Morris and Samuel Raymond Morris; first husband, Michael Miklus, Jr., who passed in 1982, as well as by 2 brothers, David and Samuel Morris; and her Aunt Unice and Uncle Jim who raised Shirley.
Mrs. Miller leaves to cherish her memory to her husband, Robert A. Miller; a son Michael Miklus III and his wife, Dorothy of St. Georges, DE; their 3 children Michael IV, Melissa and Megan; 2 great grandchildren, Michael V. and Mackenzie. She will also be fondly remembered by a brother, Robert Morris of Florida; 2 sisters Marie Workman and Catherine Medford, both of Seaford, DE and 3 step-children, John, Bobby and Beth Ann.
A Funeral service was held on Tuesday February 22, 2005, at the McCrery Memorial Chapel, Kirkwood Hwy. & Duncan Rds; Entombment will be at Gracelawn Memorial Park. Contributions may be made in Shirley's memory to Delaware Hospice, 3515 Silverside Rd. Wilm. DE. 19810.
Frank H. Reichelt
Frank H. Reichelt of Townsend died February 13, 2005 in Snowbird West RV Park, AZ. He was 77.
Funeral services were Monday, February 21, at FARIES FUNERAL CHAPEL, 29 S. Main St., Smyrna, DE 19977.
George E. Sturgis
George E. Sturgis of New Castle passed away on Wednesday, February 16, 2005, at his home. He was 76.
Born in Wilmington on August 31, 1928, son of the late, Ansley Sturgis and Louise Ente Sturgis, Mr. Sturgis proudly served his country in the US Army during the Korean War.
For 23 years he was employed with the former Occidental Petroleum Company in Delaware City, retiring in 1989 as a day foreman.
A talented artist, Mr. Sturgis greatly enjoyed carving and woodworking.
He was also a Civil War buff and an avid birdwatcher.
He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Lois M. Painter Sturgis; 2 sons, Mark A. Sturgis and his wife, Faye, of Middletown; and Michael T. Sturgis and his fianc‚e, Tina St. Amand, of Townsend; 2 sisters, Dare Fausnaught of Ogden, PA; and Mardella Newton of Prospect, KY; 4 grandchildren, Sumer Strecker, Amanda Sturgis, Neil Sturgis and Kyle Sturgis; 2 great grandchildren, Mason Strecker and Hayden Ortiz; cousin, Ronald Godwin and his wife, Natalie; and former daughter-in-law, Bonnie Sturgis and her daughter, Michelle Ortiz.
A funeral service was held at on Monday, February 21, 2005, in the chapel of Gracelawn Memorial Park, 2220 N. DuPont Parkway, New Castle.
Interment was followed in the adjoining memorial park.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Vitas Innovative Hospice Care, 100 Commerce Drive, Ste. 302, Newark, DE 19713 (451-4000).
Kathryn R. Griffin
Kathryn R. Griffin of 1st Colonial Road, Virginia Beach passed away on February 18, 2005 at Sentara Virginia Beach hospital. She was 84.
She was born in Townsend where she was a long time resident of Middletown, where she lived with her husband, William H. Brady II and their family, enjoying farmlife and the small town community. Several years after William’s death in 1991, Kitty moved to Virginia Beach. Though the transition was challenging, she soon found her new life in a “resort city” retirement home quite fulfilling by participating in activities such as gardening, dancing, and welcoming new residents and by making new friends. One friendship developed into a romance and subsequent marriage in 1996 to Shade W. Griffin who also predeceased her. She was a dedicated member of St. Anne’s Episcopal Church in Middletown and a recent member of Eastern Shore Chapel.
She was predeceased by her sister, Ruth Green, and her first child, Barbara Lynn Brady. Kathryn is survived by her children, Linda B. Codini of Orange Park, FL, Deborah C. Brady of Virginia Beach, VA and Col. William H. Brady III and his wife Sharon, currently living in Germany; by 5 grandchildren, Dawn Tatum, Alan Seutter, and Jeremy, Sean and Cameron Brady; and by one Great-granddaughter, Alana Tatum.
A memorial service followed by a brief reception was held on February 21, at First Colonial Inn, in Virginia Beach.
The family will gather at a later date at the family cemetery in Delaware.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Virginia Beach Volunteer Rescue Squad, P. O. Box 945, Virginia Beach, VA, 23451. H. D. Oliver Funeral Apts., Laskin Road Chapel, was handling the arrangements.