Dorothy V. Szczesny, 78
DOVER - Dorothy V. Szczesny, of Dover, died Saturday, Feb. 8, 2003, in the Westminster Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Dover. She was 78.
Ms. Szczesny was born in Detroit, daughter of the late Martin and Ann Bobrowski Szczesny.
She had been employed as a telephone operator at the J.L. Hudson Department Store in Detroit until her retirement in the mid-1980s, at which time she had moved to the Dover area.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by three brothers and a sister.
She is survived by two sisters, Cecillia Straszewski, of Dover, and Barbara Gabrysh of Arlington, Va.; a brother, J. Raymond Szczesny, of Cleveland; and several nieces and nephews.
A memorial Mass will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday in Holy Cross Catholic Church, 631 S. State St., Dover.
Burial will take place at the convenience of the family.
The family suggests donations in her memory to Holy Cross Church, 631 S. State St., Dover, DE 19901
Arrangements by Michael J. Ambruso Funeral Director Inc., Dover.
Barbara Hathaway Kellogg-Smith Blohm, 78
CHESTERTOWN, Md. - Barbara Hathaway Kellogg-Smith Blohm of Chestertown died of complications of Alzheimer's disease Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2003, in her home. She was 78.
Mrs. Blohm was born May 17, 1924, in New York City, daughter of the late Jewell and Margaret S. Shearer Kellogg-Smith.
She graduated from Bryn Mawr Preparatory School, Baltimore, and attended Reed College, Portland, Ore.
Due to her husband's military involvement, she traveled extensively and later settled in Sunnyvale, Calif., for 15 years before moving to her family's farm on the Chester River in Kent County in 1970.
Mrs. Blohm was a lifetime supporter of regional, national and international equestrian sports and served as a mentor to many young riders and their families. She had a tremendous community spirit and volunteered much of her time to Kent County Social Services in assisting disadvantaged families.
She is survived by her husband of 59 years, whom she married June 13, 1944, Richard Walton Blohm; three daughters, Alison Bergen of Worton, Danette Napier of Denton and Margaret Blohm of Nederland, Colo.; a son, Randall Walton Blohm of Price; a brother, Ogden W. Kellogg-Smith of Arnold; a sister; Joan van der Goes of Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada; eight grandchildren, Courtney Dickerson, Kelly Dickerson, Marilyn Bergen, Ashley Blohm, Taylor Blohm, Hannah Napier, Rebekkah Napier and Marguerite Bradley; and a great-grandchild, Jacob Suwala.
Memorial services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Chestertown.
Burial will be private.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to the Tuckahoe Pony Club, 130 Speer Road, Chestertown, MD 21620.
Arrangements by Fellows, Helfenbein and Newnam Funeral Home PA, Chestertown.
Donald M. 'Donnie' Evans, 65
MILFORD - Donald M. "Donnie" Evans of Milford died of cancer Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2003, in his home surrounded by his family. He was 65.
Mr. Evans was born July 17, 1937, in Milford, son of the late Edward C. and Essie Brown Evans.
He graduated in 1955 from Milford High School.
After graduation, he joined the U.S. Navy for six years, serving on the Destroyer Force on the Hugh Purvis Ship.
Mr. Evans worked as an insurance salesman for more than 42 years.
He loved spending time with his family and surf fishing.
Mr. Evans was a member of the Delaware Surf Stabbers Fishing Team, the Delaware Mobile Surf Fishermen, United Mobile Surf Fishing, First Presbyterian Church of Milford, Milford Elks Lodge 2401 and the Milford Grange. He also was a devoted volunteer firefighter for more than 41 years. In 1962, he joined Memorial Fire Department Station 89, Slaughter Beach, where he held the office of secretary and served on the committee with the Sussex County Fireman's Association. He joined the Carlisle Fire Co. Station 42, Milford, in 1964. He held numerous offices through his years there, including president, deputy chief, assistant chief, captain and assistant engineer, and was on the board of directors. He also served on several committees: Radio, New Truck, Archives, By Laws, New Firehouse and Training Officer. He also implemented the Budget Program. In 1981, he was Elks Fireman of the Year. In 1983, he was the Carlisle Fireman of the Year. In 1984, he was made a life member. In 1996, he was Carlisle Heroic Fireman of the Year, and in 2003, he was made chief emeritus. He was an instructor for the Delaware State Fire School and in 2003, was honored as a lifetime instructor. He served on the Kent County Fire Chiefs Association; the Kent County Fireman's Association, where he was made president emeritus of Kent County; and the Committee of the Call Board for Kent County. He was a trustee for Kent County on the Delaware Fireman's Mutual Relief Association.
He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Edna N. Evans; a daughter and son-in-law, Donna and Mark Walton of Milford; a son, Edward Evans of Milford; a brother, William Edward Evans of Milford; a granddaughter, Lauren Walton of Milford; a French exchange student whom he thought of as a son, Fabrice Dubecq; three nieces; and three nephews.
Services with full fireman's honors will be 1:30 p.m. Sunday at Carlisle Fire Co., 615 N.W. Front St., Milford, where friends may call after 11 a.m.
Burial will follow in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Milford.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to the Carlisle Fire Co. Fire Training Program, P.O. Box 292, Milford, DE, 19963; the Memorial Fire Co. Fire Training Program, Route 1 Box 327C, Milford, DE, 19963; or Delaware Hospice, Lotus Plaza, 911 S. DuPont Highway, Dover, DE 19901.
Arrangements by Rogers Funeral Home, Milford.
George H. Gibson, 93
LEWES - George H. Gibson of Lewes died Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2003, at the Harbor Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center, Lewes. He was 93.
Mr. Gibson was born in Belfast, Ireland, son of the late Alexander and Nellie Knowles Gibson.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving during World War II.
Mr. Gibson was an insurance agent for 30 years with People's Life Insurance Co., retiring in 1970.
He enjoyed boating, fishing and gardening.
Mr. Gibson was a member of Grace Church, Milton, and of Jefferson Lodge 15 of the Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, Lewes.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 67 years, Anna M. Hazzard Gibson, in 2000; and several brothers and sisters.
He is survived by five children, Elizabeth Anderson and George A. Gibson, both of Lewes, Janet Heilman of Minnetonka, Minn., Raymond H. Gibson of Lake Mary's, Fla., and John D. Gibson of Milford; 11 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Short Funeral Services, 416 Federal St., Milton, where friends may call one hour earlier.
Burial will be in Conley's Chapel Cemetery, Angola.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to Grace Church, 514 Union St., Milton, DE 19968.
Robert M. Gottschall, 86
MILFORD - Robert M. Gottschall of Milford, and formerly of Middletown, died Thursday, Feb. 13, 2003, at the Silver Lake Center, Dover. He was 86.
Mr. Gottschall graduated from Ursinus College, Collegeville, Pa., in 1938, and then received his master's of business administration from Temple University, Philadelphia.
He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, serving as an officer with the 809th Engineers in Italy.
Mr. Gottschall worked as secretary and treasurer for 17 years with NVF Corp., Wilmington, and also for Avisun Corp., New Castle. He retired in 1989 as director of financial services for Sun Health Corp., Sun City, Ariz., and also from Northern Arizona Medical Center, Flagstaff, Ariz.
He enjoyed listening to jazz music and was known for his joke-telling ability. He was a beloved husband, father and grandfather and a good friend to all who knew him.
Mr. Gottschall was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Middletown, where he sang in the church choir. He also was a member of various service organizations, such as the Jaycees and the Kiwanis Club.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a son.
He is survived by his wife, Veronica Cole Gottschall; three sons; a daughter; three daughters-in-law; six granddaughters; two great-grandsons; and a devoted friend and caregiver, Hope.
Mass of Christian burial will be 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, West Cochran Street, Middletown.
Burial will be private in the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Bear.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to St. Joseph's Catholic Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 196, Middletown, DE 19709.
Arrangements by Daniels and Hutchison Funeral Home, Middletown.
Edith Elizabeth Blunt Jump, 69
CENTREVILLE, Md. - Edith Elizabeth Blunt Jump of Centreville died of natural causes Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2003, in her home. She was 69.
Mrs. Jump was born Feb. 23, 1933, in Starr, daughter of the late George Raymond and Mable Elizabeth Blunt.
She was a graduate of Queen Anne's County High School.
In 1950, Mrs. Jump married George Robert "Bob" Knopp. Mr. Knopp died Nov. 18, 1979. She was employed by The Memorial Hospital at Easton and the Dixon House as a nurse's aide, and later began working for Oak Hill Diner as a waitress. On Feb. 23, 1980, she married John William Jump Sr., and they made their home in Centreville.
She enjoyed traveling, reading and playing bingo.
Mrs. Jump was a past president of American Legion Ladies Auxiliary Unit 70, Easton.
In addition to her parents and first husband, she was preceded in death by two brothers, William Blunt and Raymond Blunt; and a stepson, James Jump.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by three daughters, Kathy Harrison of Easton, Trudy Knopp of Centreville and Toni Knopp of Pageland, S.C.; three sons, Michael Knopp and Steven Knopp, both of Trappe, and George Knopp of Killeen, Texas; two stepsons, John W. Jump Jr. of Federalsburg and Dale Jump of Easton; three stepdaughters, Donna Linder of Stevensville, Wanda Blades of Hillsboro and Debbie Kay; two sisters, Betty Burrows of Preston and Hilda Palone of Salisbury; 10 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
Services will be 1 p.m. Saturday at Fellows, Helfenbein and Newnam Funeral Home PA, Centreville, where friends may call one hour earlier.
Burial will be in Chesterfield Cemetery, Centreville.
The family suggests memorial contributions to the Hospice of Queen Anne's Inc., 300 Del Rhodes Ave., Queenstown, MD 21658.
Leola Beatrice 'Smiles A Lot' Reed Morris, 73
CHESWOLD - Leola Beatrice "Smiles A Lot" Reed Morris of Cheswold died after a long illness Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2003, at Bayhealth-Kent General Hospital, Dover. She was 73.
Mrs. Morris was born March 18, 1929, in Cheswold, daughter of the late Joseph L. Reed and Beatrice A. Morgan Reed.
She had lived all her life in the Cheswold area. She had worked for the Capital School District as a library aide at Towne Point Elementary School and in the music department at Fairview Elementary School.
She will be most remembered for her vibrant, magnetic personality, her ever-smiling and kind disposition and her devoted patriotism. She also was a very energetic person who participated in many functions and/or events, including the Nanticoke-Lenni Lenape powwows, where she danced; tap-dancing at the Modern Maturity Center, Dover, where she had the title of the second Ms. Mature of Dover; the Senior Olympics, where she was a torchbearer; Old Dover Days as a tour guide; traveling and helping with the family band, the Novels, and another band, the Starlighters; and at many other functions and events. Most memorable of the events and treasures of her life included the $100 bill that was given to her by Richard Simmons while he was in Dover and the tie clip handed to her late husband by former President Bush. She also loved taking pictures of her family and at events, TV, Philadelphia sports and shopping. She was a Richard Petty fan and enjoyed Little League games. She will be missed by many and was a special person who dearly loved everyone, and especially her children and their families, and her dog, Billy.
Mrs. Morris was a member of Immanuel Union United Methodist Church, Cheswold; the Nanticoke-Lenni Lenape Tribe; the Modern Maturity Center; the Steppin' Seniors at the Modern Maturity Center; the Retired Senior Volunteer Program; the Read-A-Loud Program at the hospital; and the Special Olympics. She also was a Mixed League and Ladies League member at Dover Bowl.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her beloved husband, William Morris, in 1995.
She is survived by three children, the spouses of two and the fiancee of one, Anita Y. Wright and Robert C. Wright Jr., Janice A. and William Anthony Durham and Bruce K. Morris and Trudy Davis, all of Dover; an adopted daughter, Loretta Gourley, and Mrs. Gourley's husband, Dennis, of Dover; four grandchildren and the spouses of two, Troy Shane Wright, William Eric and Janice Phillips Wright and Sonja B. Durham Tunnell and Al Tunnell, all of Dover, and Bruce Kenneth Morris II of Wilmington; an adopted grandchild, Yvonne L. Gourley of Dover; two stepgrandchildren, Stanley J. Lepkowski III of Clayton and Robert W. Lepkowski of Townsend; and five great-grandchildren, Rachel Ann Wright, Brittanie Wright, Camryn Tunnell, Avery Tunnell and Anthony Tunnell; and three godchildren, Wanda Seeney, Tiffany Coleman and Meagan Coleman.
Friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday at Torbert Funeral Chapel South, 1145 E. Lebanon Road, Dover.
Services will be 2 p.m. Sunday at Immanuel Union United Methodist Church, 756 Main St., Cheswold, where friends also may call one hour earlier.
Burial will be in the Immanuel Union Church cemetery, Cheswold.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to Immanuel Union United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 309, Cheswold, DE 19936.