Henry William Rolsal, 76
DOVER - Henry William Rolsal of Dover died, after a short illness, Saturday Oct. 26, 2002. He was 76.
Mr. Rolsal was born Dec. 18, 1925, in Dover, son of the late William and Blanche Rolsal.
He was educated in the public school system at Booker T. Washington in Dover and furthered his education at Delaware State College in Dover.
Mr. Rolsal served his country as a veteran of the U.S. Army. He retired from civil service after 17 plus years at Dover Air Force Base.
He was a great provider and devoted husband.
Mr. Rolsal was a member of Love Temple 2 COGIC for 14 years, served on the finance board for many years and was a very faithful deacon and usher.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Reginald Rolsal; and two sisters, Dorothy Heath and Hilda Hill.
He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Mildred Marie Rolsal; four children, Charlene Needam of Grand Prairie, Texas, Marlene Newton of Middletown, Janice Reese of Woodbridge, Va. and Malcolm Rolsal of Honolulu; seven sisters, Mary Freeman of Dover, Rashida Guest, Theresa Hardy, Elizabeth Brown, Debra Walsh and Lois Kirby, all of Springfield, Ill.; three brothers, William Rolsal of Philadelphia, Michael Rolsal of Kenton and Moses Williams of Springfield; nine grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; two brothers-in-law, Elder Louis Bowers Sr. of Woodside and Isiah Freeman III of Dover; and two sisters-in-law, Iva Bowers and Lottie Lewis of Felton; two devoted sons-in law, Frizzelle Needam Jr. of Grand Prairie, and Ransom Newton Jr. of Middletown; a devoted cousin, Mr. James Hardcastle of Dover; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in the Bennie Smith Funeral Home, Dover.
Services will be noon Saturday in the Love Temple Church of God in Christ, Governor's Avenue, Dover, where friends may call two hours earlier.
Burial will be noon Monday in the Delaware Veteran's Cemetery, Bear.
Arrangements by Bennie Smith Funeral Home, Dover, DE
Mary Etta (Strickland) Seaman, 82
MILFORD - Mary Etta (Strickland) Seaman of Milford died Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2002, in her home. She was 82.
Mrs. Seaman was born in Norfolk, Va., daughter of the late Samuel Edward and Louisa Johanna (Jaegle) Strickland.
She attended Baldwin Public Schools in New York and graduated from high school in 1938. She was a graduate of Katherine Gibbs Secretarial School in New York in 1939.
She worked for the New York Life Insurance Co. in New York City from 1939 until 1943. From 1944 until March of 1983, she assisted her husband, the Rev. R. Whitson Seaman, while he was pastor at Trinity Lutheran Church, Castleton-on-Hudson, N.Y.; Bethany Lutheran Church, North Bergen, N.J.; St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Beachwood, N.J.; St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Millville, N.J.; Grace Lutheran Church, North Arlington, N.J.; Ebenezer Lutheran Church, China Grove, N.C.; and the Lutheran Church of the Atonement, Wilkesboro, N.C.
Mrs. Seaman was a former member of Hope Lutheran Church, New Castle, and at the time of her death was a member of Reformation Lutheran Church, Milford.
In addition to her husband of 60 years, she is survived by two daughters, Lois Anne Hart of Milford and Linda Jeanne Funderburk of Kannapolis, N.C.; a brother, Harold D. Strickland of River Edge, N.J.; five grandchildren, E. Gregory Austen Jr., Victoria Anne Moon, Gianna Natalie Bryan, Wendy Anita Mitchell and Cheryl Christina Funderburk; and five great-grandchildren, Matthew Gregory Austen, Timothy Jonathan Austen, Emily Elizabeth Austen, Noah Richard Bryan and Chloe Elizabeth Mitchell.
Services will be 4 p.m. Saturday in Reformation Lutheran Church, 613 Lakeview Ave., Milford.
Instead of flowers the family suggests contributions to either Delaware Hospice Central Division, 911 S. DuPont Highway, Dover, DE 19901; or to the Reformation Lutheran Church, 613 Lakeview Ave., Milford, DE 19963.
Arrangements by Lofland Funeral Home, Milford.
Howard 'Ken' Spriggle, 72
MILLVILLE - Howard "Ken" Spriggle of Millville, formerly of Collingdale, Pa., died of a heart attack Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2002, in his home. He was 72.
Mr. Spriggle served in the U.S. Army from 1951 to 1959, and was a veteran of the Korean War.
He was a retired newspaper editor and graphic artist who worked for The Composing Room and for Winchell, both of Philadelphia, and The News Journal in Wilmington, the Hong Kong Morning Post and the San Juan Star newspapers.
Mr. Spriggle was a member of the Mason Dixon VFW Post 7234 at Quillen's Point in Ocean View.
He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Judith Ann Spriggle; a sister, Betty Robinson; and a brother and sister-in-law, Lee and Bonnie Spriggle.
Services will be noon Friday in the Bethany Beach Chapel of Melson Funeral Services, West Avenue, Ocean View, where friends may call one hour earlier.
Burial will be in the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery South, near Millsboro.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to the Delaware Hospice Southern Division, 600 Du Pont Highway, Georgetown, DE 19947.
Jerome Lamont Thompson, 52
CHESTERTOWN, Md. - Jerome Lamont Thompson of Chestertown died of natural causes Saturday, Oct. 26, 2002, in Kent and Queen Anne's Hospital, Chestertown. He was 52.
Mr. Thompson was born June 7, 1950, in Kent County, son of Ellsworth Thompson and Phyllis Lorraine Brown Thompson.
He attended Henry Highland Garnett High School up to the 10th grade. He transferred to Chestertown High School, where he finished his last two years, graduating in 1968. He received a bachelor of science degree in business administration from Morgan State College, which is now Morgan State University.
He was employed, by turns, by John Deere & Co., WWIN Broadcasting Co. in Baltimore, Catalytic Inc., Allied Bond and Collection Agency, Atlantic Financial Federal Bank, The Associates and Citicorp Credit Services Inc.
Mr. Thompson was a member of Asbury United Methodist Church in Georgetown, near Chestertown.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Emmajean "Jeanne" Saunders Heath.
In addition to his parents, he is survived by a sister, Joan Harvey; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. James Saunders; three brothers-in-law, Cephus Harvey, Richard "Dickie" Saunders and Charles "Tinker" Saunders; two nieces, Crystal Harvey and Tonya Saunders; three nephews, Cephus Troy Harvey, Damon Saunders and Michael Saunders; a great-niece, Ariel Williamson; a very special cousin, Gregory Rochester; 10 aunts; seven uncles; and a host of other cousins and friends.
Friends may call from 7 to 8 p.m. Friday in Asbury United Methodist Church in Georgetown.
Services will be 1 p.m. Saturday in the church, where friends also may call two hours earlier. The Rev. Lawrence Purnell will officiate.
Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Arrangements by Walley Funeral Home, Chestertown.
Oscar H. Warrington Jr., 75
LEWES - Oscar H. Warrington Jr. of Lewes died, after a long illness, Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2002, in his home. He was 75.
Mr. Warrington was born in Lewes, son of the late Oscar H. Warrington Sr. and Elva Rust Warrington.
He served in the U.S. Army
He retired as a supervisor of the Electric Distribution Department for the Board of Public Works in Lewes in 1989, after 34 years of service.
Mr. Warrington enjoyed working his farm, especially the livestock that he had raised over the years.
He is survived by his wife, Thelma M. Warrington; two sons, J. Ronald Garner Sr. and Oscar Warrington III, both of Lewes; two daughters, Virginia Lee Lynch of Milton and Sue Ann Newsham of Lewes; a sister, Virginia Escot of Lewes; a brother, Roland Paynter Warrington of Caledonia, Ill.; eight grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in the Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Atkins-Lodge Chapel, 1449 Kings Highway, Lewes.
Services will be 2 p.m. Saturday in the funeral home. The Rev. Harry Hughes will officiate.
Burial will be in Cool Spring Presbyterian Cemetery, Cool Spring.
The family suggests memorial contributions to the Lewes Presbyterian Church Building Fund, or to a charity of one's choice.
William W. Casterline Jr., 25
CLAYTON - William W. Casterline Jr. of Clayton died Saturday, Oct. 26, 2002, following injuries sustained in a hit-and-run accident on Del. 42, west of Clayton. He was 25.
Mr. Casterline grew up in Harrington and had recently moved to Clayton from Laurel.
He loved fishing, bicycling, music and playing video games. He also was a NASCAR fan.
He was preceded in death by his paternal grandmother, Dorothy Casterline, and his maternal grandfather, Harry Roberts.
He is survived by his mother and her companion, Barbara Casterline and Carlton Rust, both of Seaford; his father and his companion, William W. Casterline Sr. and Rita Boyles, both of Clayton; a brother, Mike Casterline of Milford; a sister, Kim Starns of New Port Richey, Fla.; his maternal grandmother, Ann Christian of Newark; his paternal grandfather, William N. Casterline of Hartly; his best friend, Ernest Lee Boyles Jr. of Clayton; and a host of nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles.
Services will be 2 p.m. Friday in the Fleischauer Funeral Home, West Market Street, Greenwood, where friends may call one hour earlier.
Burial will be in Hollywood Cemetery, Harrington.
Rodger Dean Franklin, 61
HARTLY - Rodger Dean Franklin of Hartly died Monday, Oct. 28, 2002, in Bayhealth-Kent General Hospital, Dover. He was 61.
Mr. Franklin was born Feb. 20, 1941 in Decatur, Ill., son of the late Skyler and Leona (Seitz) Franklin.
He served in the U.S. Air Force, retiring in 1978 from Dover Air Force Base with the rank of master sergeant.
He was presently employed with the Dover Post Office as a caser/sorter with 23 years' service.
Mr. Franklin was a member of the American Legion and the Disabled American Veterans.
He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Esther Franklin; two sons, Paul Franklin of Raleigh, N.C., and Jeffery Franklin and his wife, Pamela, of Wake Forest, N.C.; a daughter, Jo Franklin of Dover; a brother, Ronald Franklin of San Antonio; two sisters, Delores Spellbring and Shirley Wombacker both of Decatur; four grandchildren, Justin Franklin, Hannah Franklin, Brandon Franklin and Ryan Franklin, all of Wake Forest; and several nieces and nephews.
Friends may call from 7-9 p.m. Thursday in Pippin Funeral Home, 119 W. Camden-Wyoming Avenue, Wyoming.
Services will be 2 p.m. Friday in the funeral home.
Burial with full military honors will be in Sharon Hills Memorial Park, Dover.
Irene F. Biloon, 82
DOVER - Irene F. Biloon of Dover died Thursday, May 22, 2003, at Bayhealth-Kent General Hospital, Dover. She was 82.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday in the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Chesapeake City Road, Bear.
Arrangements by Schoenberg Memorial Chapel, Wilmington.
Glen R. Emory, 37
HARRINGTON - Glen R. Emory of Harrington died Wednesday, May 21, 2003, in his home. He was 37.
Mr. Emory was born Sept. 21, 1965, in Dover, son of Rita (Petrodich) Emory of Lincoln and the late Richard Emory.
He attended school in the Lake Forest School District until moving to Florida, where he graduated from Dunnellon High School. He earned his associate's degree in architectural engineering technology from Delaware Technical & Community College's Terry Campus, Dover.
In addition to his mother, he is survived by a daughter, Maygen Emory of Yankeetown, Fla.; two brothers and a sister-in-law, Rick and Jo Ann Emory of Felton and Scott Emory of Lincoln; a sister and brother-in-law, Diane and James Gagliardi of Greenwood; two nieces, Missy Meadows and Rachel Emory; a nephew, Rick Emory Jr.; and many other relatives and friends.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Fleegle and Helfenbein Funeral Home, Greensboro, Md.
Burial will be in Greensboro Cemetery.
Raymond Boyd Metler Sr., 85
HARBESON - Raymond Boyd Metler Sr. of Harbeson and formerly of Upper Marlboro, Md., died of natural causes Thursday, May 22, 2003, at Harbor Healthcare, Lewes. He was 85.
Mr. Metler was born in Washington, D.C., son of the late David F. and Nellie B. Plager Metler.
He was an electrician with Local 26 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers for more than 40 years, retiring in 1979.
Mr. Metler was a member of Mary, Mother of Peace, Catholic Church, Millsboro, and the Knights of Columbus; was a former treasurer of the Sussex County Democratic Club; was a former Scoutmaster with the Boy Scouts of America; was involved in Special Olympics; and was a member of the Association for the Rights of Citizens with Mental Retardation (formerly the Association for Retarded Citizens).
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Genevieve M. Conroy Metler, on Nov. 19, 2002.
He is survived by two daughters, Helen V. Cervenka of Bowie, Md., and Mary G. Adams of Harbeson; six sons, Raymond Boyd Metler Jr. of Duncan, S.C., Robert M. Metler of Dunkirk, Md., William J. Metler of Tallahassee, Fla., Charles D. Metler of Huntingtown, Md., James P. Metler of Upper Marlboro and Christopher Metler of Harbeson; two sisters, Louise Holbrook (his twin) of Greenbelt, Md., and Marguerite Salmon of Charlotte Hall, Md.; 20 grandchildren; and 26 great-grandchildren.
Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at Watson Funeral Home, 211 Washington St., Millsboro.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at St. Michael's Catholic Church, Edward Street, Georgetown.
Burial will be in St. George's Cemetery, Angola.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to the Delaware State Association for the Rights of Citizens with Mental Retardation, 1016 Centre Road, Suite 1, Wilmington, DE 19805.
Civilla J. Miller, 77
DOVER - Civilla J. Miller of Dover died Thursday, May 22, 2003, in her home. She was 77.
Mrs. Miller was born Sept. 26, 1925, in Dover, daughter of the late Jacob S. Yoder and Annie Miller Yoder.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Benedict D. Miller, in 1997; two grandchildren; a great-grandchild; three brothers; and four sisters.
She is survived by 11 children, Edwin Miller, Simon Miller, Paul Miller, Ellen Detweiler, Elva Coblentz, Dora Coblentz, Freda Pritchett, Anna Yoder, Bertha Miller, Alvin Miller and Ivan Miller, all of Dover; 69 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and two sisters.
Services will be at 9 a.m. Monday at Paul B. Miller's home, 460 Shaw's Corner Road, Dover, where friends may call up until service time.
Burial will be in the Amish Cemetery, Dover.
Arrangements by Torbert Funeral Chapel, Dover.
Clinton L. 'Kenny' Breeden, 63
MILLINGTON, Md. - Clinton L. "Kenny" Breeden, of Millington, died Friday, May 23, 2003, in Kent and Queen Anne's Hospital, Chestertown. He was 63.
Mr. Breeden was born Dec. 13, 1939, in Baltimore, son of the late Samuel and Helen Shiflett Breeden.
He was a U.S. Army veteran, serving from 1963 to 1965.
Mr. Breeden was employed as a diesel mechanic for 27 years with General Motors Railroad Division in Halethorpe, retiring in 1992.
He and his wife moved from Severn to Millington in 1993. He didn't know a stranger and enjoyed reading, listening to old music, playing cards and joking with family and friends.
Mr. Breeden was a member of the United Auto Workers.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Beverly A. Crawford.
He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Gloria Rodgers Breeden; two children, Carl Dean Breeden of Severn and Wanda A. Brown of Pasadena; a brother, Harry Breeden of Crofton; four grandchildren, Melony Kimble, Aaron Brown, J.C. Breeden and Trevor Breeden; four step-grandchildren, Matt Eve, Amber Eve, Larisa Brown and Alicia Brown; and his closest companion, his dog, Sassy.
Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday in the Galena Funeral Home of Stephen L. Schaech, 118 W. Cross St., Galena.
Services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday in the funeral home.
Burial will be in Crumpton Cemetery, Crumpton.
The family suggests memorial contributions to the National Kidney Foundation, 1107 Kenilworth Drive, Suite 202, Baltimore, MD 21204.
Nancy J. Everett, 92
DOVER - Nancy J. Everett, of Dover, died Friday, May 23, 2003, of cardiac arrest in Bayhealth-Kent General Hospital, Dover. She was 92.
Mrs. Everett was born May 5, 1911, in Wilmington, daughter of the late John and Nancy (Alexander) MacKnight.
At the age of 62, she took retirement from Playtex of Dover, having served 24 years as a customer representative for the accounting department.
She enjoyed her retirement with family and friends and loved boating and being on the water. She also enjoyed doing needlework, knitting and crocheting, and had an appreciation for birds and nature.
Mrs. Everett was a life member of the Capitol Grange and the Coast Guard Auxiliary.
She is survived by her husband of 72 years, Calver H. Everett; a daughter and son-in-law, Shirley Ann and Francis Nichols of Dover; two sisters, Ann Thompson of Townsend and Margaret Stewart of Waynesboro, Va.; two brothers, Jules MacKnight of Ogden, Pa., and Carlisle MacKnight of Harrisburg, Pa.; three grandsons and three granddaughters-in-law, Francis Nichols Jr. and Diana Nichols of Chestertown, Md., and Jon and Melanie Nichols and Michael and Carole Nichols, all of Dover; and six great-grandchildren and the wife of one, Jonny and Susan Nichols of Camden, Robert Nichols, Matthew Nichols, Tina Nichols and Justin Nichols, all of Dover, and Heather Nichols of Chestertown.
Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday in the Pippin Funeral Home, 119 W. Camden-Wyoming Ave., Wyoming.
Services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday in the funeral home.
Burial will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Camden.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to Tri-State Bird Rescue and Research, 110 Possum Hollow Road, Newark, DE 19711.
Ida 'Shy' Murphy Mackes, 92
DOVER - Ida "Shy" Murphy Mackes, of Dover, died of natural causes Saturday, May 24, 2003, in Capitol Healthcare Center, Dover. She was 92.
Mrs. Mackes was born Feb. 7, 1911, in Guanica, Puerto Rico, where her father, the late Douglas Murphy, was employed with the South Puerto Rico Sugar Co. at Ensenada.
She attended private school in Ensenada, Yauco High School and LaSell College in Auburndale, Mass.
Mrs. Mackes married Phil Donald "Don" Mackes, then of Stroudsburg, Pa., in 1932. After the birth of her two sons, and as her children grew, she was called by God to a ministry of prayer. She held weeklong prayer missions, schools of prayer and prayer groups in many church denominations in eastern states. Her mission work also took her to many countries overseas. She authored a book on the life of prayer, "The Overcoming Power," and a booklet, "Seven Steps to God's Healing Power."
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband in 1974; and by her youngest sister, Kitty Murphy.
She is survived by two sons and two daughters-in-law, French Donald and his wife Cari, and John David and his wife Carol; six grandchildren, French Donald Jr., Joseph Frederick, Charles David, Jennifer Lynn, Kathryn Elizabeth and John David Jr.; and five great-grandchildren, James Andrew, Stephen Douglas, Claire Elizabeth, Philip Donald and Joseph David; a brother, Ian Douglas Murphy, M.D.; and two sisters, Jean Murphy Aneda and Dorothy Murphy Cromb.
Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday in Torbert Funeral Chapel South, 1145 E. Lebanon Road, Dover.
Services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday in the funeral chapel.
Burial will be in Christ Churchyard, Dover.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to King of Kings Charismatic Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 683, Dover, DE 19903.
Charles H. 'Mickey' Mecke, 69
ELKTON, Md. - Charles H. "Mickey" Mecke, of Elkton, died peacefully of natural causes Thursday, May 22, 2003, in his home, surrounded by his family. He was 69.
Mr. Mecke was born April 14, 1934, in Hollisterville, Pa., son of the late William and Anna Mecke.
He was a resident of Cecil County for more than 40 years. He retired in 1985 from Overnite Transportation.
He was an avid NASCAR fan and enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. He spent many years enjoying flea markets and antique cars. He will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him.
Mr. Mecke was a member of Local 126, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, in Pennsylvania.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, William "Butts" Mecke; a sister-in-law, Carol Mecke; and a stepdaughter, Sheryl Ward.
He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Faye Mecke; two sons, Charles Mecke and Robert Mecke, both of Newark, Del.; a stepdaughter, Rebecca Ledford of Broadrun, Va.; a stepson, Richard Ward of Newark; a brother, Robert Mecke of Newark; and three sisters, Peg Fox and Mary Herdrick, both of Bear, Del., and Anna Judway of Tampa, Fla.; three grandchildren, Andrea Masten, Dustin Mecke and Zachary Mecke; and a great-grandson.
Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday in Gee Funeral Home, 259 E. Main St., Elkton, MD 21921.
Services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday in the funeral home. The Rev. Clevie W. Bell will officiate.
Burial will be private.
The family suggests memorial contributions to the Guiding Eyes for the Blind or to Northern Chesapeake Hospice Foundation, in care of the Gee Funeral Home.