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Harry B. Francisco

July 21, 2016

Harry B. Francisco, 91, of Wilmington, passed away on Thursday, July 21, 2016. He was the son of Harry N. Francisco and Edna (Zeigler) Francisco and the brother of Melvin E. Francisco who preceded him in death. Harry graduated from H. Fletcher Brown Vocational High School in Wilmington. After graduating, he served in the U.S. Army during World War II and was a radio operator. After the...
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Mary Jane Wadsley

July 21, 2016

Mary Jane Wadsley, 89, of Wilmington, died on Thursday, July 21, 2016 at Christiana Hospital. She was born and raised in Wilmington. Mary Jane graduated P.S. DuPont High School 1945. Her previous employers included DuPont, Richmond Ice Cream, and she was a homemaker to the present day. Mary Jane enjoyed surf fishing and skeet shooting with her husband Jack. She spent many summers in Lewes...
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Lucas A. Vito

July 19, 2016

Lucas Ash Vito, age 7 months, of Newark, Delaware died on July 19, 2016 at A.I. duPont Hospital for Children. He was born at Christiana Hospital and was four months premature. He overcame a lot in his short life, and gave his family many joyful memories to cherish. His family, the doctors, nurses, and medical teams at both Christiana Hospital and A.I. duPont Hospital for Children did their very...
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Mary Bock Jung

April 24, 1929 - July 16, 2016

Mary Bock Jung, of Wilmington, DE passed away peacefully at home Saturday, July 16, 2016. Mary was born to Ark Bock and Sue Chew Bock on April 24th, 1929 in Baltimore, MD. She was their fourth child. Mary attended and graduated from Eastern High School in 1947. She attended and graduated from University of MD. in 1951 where she majored in Home Economics. She married Dr. Shee Lup Jung...
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Pauline E. Scarborough

July 16, 2016

Pauline Edwards Scarborough passed away on July 16, 2016 at the age of 103. She was the daughter of Earl Edwards and Nellie Pearle Tyson Edwards of Macon, MO, which was her childhood home. She graduated from Central Methodist College, Fayette, Missouri and did graduate studies in music at Columbia University in New York City. Pauline worked as a public school music teacher and as a church...
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Marguerite Mary "Maggi" Vitale

July 10, 2016

Marguerite Mary "Maggi" Vitale of Wilmington, DE passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on July 10, 2016 at Manor Care, Wilmington where she was receiving care from Heartland Hospice. She celebrated her 70th birthday in March. Maggi was born in 1946 in Darby, PA to Eli and Margaret Dolhancryk. She was a 1964 graduate of Archbishop Prendergast High School. Over the years, Maggi...
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George Raymond Smallwood, Sr.

July 10, 2016

George Raymond Smallwood Sr., age 68 of Wilmington, passed away on July 10, 2016. He served in the United States Army. He retired at DuPont as a Lab Tech/ Chemist after working 45 years. He is survived by his children, Linda D. Smallwood and George R. Smallwood Jr.; his stepson, Brandin L. Watson; and grandchildren, Robert, Kristin, Amanda, Jeffery and George III. Services will be held...
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Elbridge Ruhl Graef

July 10, 2016

Elbridge Ruhl Graef, age 96, of Greenville, Delaware passed away on Sunday July 10, 2016 at Stonegates. Elbridge, or "El", as his friends and family called him, was born in 1920 in New York, NY to Dr. Charles Graef and his wife Charlotte. He graduated from Horace-Mann School and received his BS and Masters degree from Princeton University. After a successful engineering and management career...
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Ronald Bruce Tieste

July 8, 2016

Ronald Bruce Tieste, age 67 of Wilmington passed away on June 8, 2016. He graduated from Summit High School in New Jersey and Davis and Elkins College in West Virginia. Ronald was the assistant store manager of Pomeroy's and worked in collections at Wachovia Bank. He was a volunteer at the Brandywine River Museum of Art and a longtime member of Concord Presbyterian Church. Ron is...
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Catherine C. Hughes

July 6, 2016

Catherine Combacker Hughes died peacefully on July 6, 2016, at Cokesbury Village in Hockessin. She was 96. She was the widow of the late John Ingram Hughes, her college sweetheart, who passed away in 2013 after nearly 70 years of devoted marriage. They made their home in Wilmington for the past 60 years, having been moved by the DuPont Company from West Virginia in 1950. Catherine was born in...
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Betty Barefoot Parker

July 5, 2016

Betty Parker, age 91, of Catonsville, MD, formerly of Wilmington, DE, died peacefully on July 5, 2016. Betty was born in Oklahoma City, the daughter of the late Charlotte Jeanette (McCorkle) and Oren Clifford Barefoot. She grew up in Ponca City where she was a cheerleader and played on the high school tennis team but graduated from Bosse High School, Evansville IN. A 1946 graduate of the...
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Carol S. Dietz

July 5, 2016

Carol Smith Dietz passed away peacefully on July 5th after a brief illness. Born in Wilmington, Delaware to the late Harry Lester Smith and Anne Bodenstedt Smith, Carol graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in music. Returning to Delaware, she took a secretarial job with DuPont where she met her husband of 54 years, John. Together they raised 3 daughters and enjoyed (among...
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Russel S Dutton

July 5, 2016

Russel S. Dutton, age 87 of Newark, formerly of Montreal, Canada died on July 5, 2016 at Christiana Hospital. Russel retired from Speakman Company in 1995 where he served as plant manager for 10 years. Prior to that, he was employed by Crane Company for 35 years. Russel was a loyal member of the Masonic Order of Thistle Lodge and The Shriners in Montreal for over 50 years. He was a...
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Benjamin F. Lloyd, Jr.

July 4, 2016

Benjamin F. Lloyd Jr., age 84 of Wilmington Delaware died on Monday, July 4, 2016 at Christiana Hospital. He was born in Yorklyn Delaware to Benjamin F. Lloyd and Helen Viola Pierson. Ben graduated from Alexis I. DuPont High School in 1949 and received a degree from Goldey Beacom College. He worked for the E.I DuPont de Nemours Company in the Information Systems Division before taking...
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Paul R. Weber

July 3, 2016

Paul died peacefully in his sleep at 100 years of age at Ruston - Jenner's Pond on July 3rd, 2016. Mr. Weber was born in Milwaukee, WI. He was predeceased by his beloved wife of 68 years. They met in Charleston, WV while working for DuPont – Belle Plant during WWII. He graduated in 1939 with a BSME from the University of Wisconsin and worked as an engineer for E. I. DuPont de Nemours & Co....
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Robert Gene Carroll

July 3, 2016

Robert Gene Carroll, 67 of Wilmington and formerly of Freehold, NJ died on July 3, 2016 at the Hospital of University of Pennsylvania. Bob was a 1966 graduate of Freehold Boro High School. He became a private business owner of Lawn Doctor of Brandywine and Lawn Doctor of Chester County and recently retired. He is survived by his wife Linette Ann (Hopkins) Carroll, son Randall Patrick...
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Coleman Frederick "Metz" Metzler

June 28, 2016

Coleman, age 90, of Brandywine Hundred, died peacefully in his sleep at home on Tuesday, June 28, 2016. He was born and lived his first 16 years in Wilmington, DE. Coleman graduated from Tower Hill Preparatory School in Wilmington and attended Bowdoin College in Maine prior to entering the Navy in 1942. He received officer training, was assigned to a mine sweeper, and was stationed in the...
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Matthew J. Lynch

June 26, 2016

Matthew J. Lynch, (Matty) age 94, of Wilmington, Delaware, formally of Providence, Rhode Island died on Sunday, June 26, 2016 at home. Matty graduated from LaSalle Academy of Providence, Rhode Island, where he lettered in three sports: baseball, basketball, and football. He received a BS degree in Pharmacy from the University of Rhode Island and became a registered pharmacist. He joined the...
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Ruth W. Reichert

June 25, 2016

Ruth W. Reichert, age 87, of Wilmington and Ocean View, Delaware, passed away on June 25 after a long fight with congestive heart failure. Ruth was one of three children of the late Clarence and Alpha Winfree of Summerfield, NC. Ruth was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, Robert J. Reichert. She is survived by her five children, R. Joseph (Jean) of Jamestown, Colorado, Michael C. ...
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George W. Datz

June 22, 2016

George W. Datz, 73, of Wilmington, died on Wednesday, June 22, 2016 at home. He was born and raised in New Jersey. George was a graduate of Livingston High School, Class of 1960. He served in the US Navy during the Cuban Missle Crisis. George was a man of many gifts. He enjoyed woodwork and carpentry. George worked as a driller for Jersey Boring & Drilling, as a supervisor for Tremco...
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Karen Ann Ptak

June 17, 2016

Karen Ann Ptak (Baker), age 56 of Quinton, NJ and formerly of Claymont, DE died on Friday June 17, 2016 at Kindred Hospital in Havertown, PA. Karen 's occupations included laundromat manager, housekeeping supervisor, stay at home mother and grandmother. She was a member of React of Salem County. Karen is survived by her children Kary and Donald Ptak, her life time partner James Brower, three...
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John Edward O'Boyle, Jr.

June 17, 2016

John Edward O'Boyle, Jr., age 67, of Claymont, DE passed away on early Friday morning, June 17, 2016. John was the son of the late John Edward Sr. and Dorothy Keller O'Boyle. He graduated from St. John Neumann High School, St. Joseph's University with a B.S. and Temple University with his M.B.A. John was the comptroller for Hertz Corporation, an advertising manager for Gimbels Corp, account...
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Mildred Walker O'Hara

June 13, 2016

Mildred Walker O'Hara, 78, of Wilmington died on Monday June 13, 2016 at Wilmington Hospital. She retired from General Motors in 2004 after 33 years of service. Mildred was a member of the VFW Hall-Burke and Claymont Moose Lodges. Mildred was preceded in death by her parents Elbert and Sarah McGhee, sister Mamie Pitts and brother William "Billy" McGhee. Survivors include her husband,...
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Eleanor A. Dougherty

June 12, 2016

Eleanor A. Dougherty, 94, of Wilmington, died on Sunday, June 12, 2016 at Rockland Place. She was born and raised in Wilmington and was a life long resident. As a young girl, Eleanor embraced the love of Jesus Christ and St. Ann's Catholic Church of Wilmington became her passion. After graduating from the Padua Academy, she began her lifelong career as executive secretary at DuPont,...
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Nancy Ellen Beukelman

June 11, 2016

Nancy Ellen Beukelman, of Wilmington, passed away peacefully at Compassionate Care Hospice on June 11, 2016. She was 68 years old. A graduate of Brandywine High School, she had a varied career in retail sales and marketing. She enjoyed a love for animals, especially horses. Reading, crossword puzzles and crocheting were her favorite past times. She supported the Talleyville Fire Co. and...
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Robert Leroy Longyear, Sr.

June 11, 2016

Robert LeRoy Longyear, Sr., 75, of Wilmington, died on Saturday, June 11, 2016 at home. He was born and raised in Terre Haute, IN and made his home in Wilmington. Bob proudly served his country in the USMC. He earned his Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Delaware and was a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation Academy. He was a Captain with the...
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Terese A. Melczak

June 9, 2016

Terese A. Melczak, 88, of Wilmington, died on Thursday, June 9, 2016 at Shipley Manor. She was born in Watertown, NY and lived in Wilmington for many years. Terese served in the United States Army Nurse Corps for 3 years. She attended Mercy Hospital School of Nursing. Terese was a registered nurse for many years. She worked for the Marine Hospital in Staten Island for 3 years and as...
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Mildred O. McConnell

June 9, 2016

Mildred O. McConnell, 85, of Wilmington, died on Thursday, June 9, 2016 at Wilmington Hospital. She was born and raised in Nova Scotia, Canada and lived in Wilmington for over 62 years. Mildred was a teacher for her entire career. She started teaching in a one room school house in Nova Scotia. When she came to the United States, Mildred earned a Bachelors Degree in Math at the...
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Joseph Dodsworth Weed

June 8, 2016

Joseph Dodsworth Weed passed away peacefully at his home in Hockessin, DE Wednesday, June 8, 2016 at the age of 94. Joe was born on January 20, 1922 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada to Harry and Hilda Weed. His family moved to Vancouver where he graduated from Lord Byng High School and the University of British Columbia. During Word War II, Joe served as a Lieutenant (E) in the Royal Canadian...
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John Stephen Reach, Sr.

June 7, 2016

John Stephen Reach, Sr. of Newark, DE died Tuesday, June 7, 2016 at his home. He was predeceased by his wife, Lesley Christine Reach. John was 71. John was born in New York, NY to the late John S. and Marie A. Reach. He graduated from Olean High School and received a B.S.-M.S degree from Bucknell University in 1967. He earned an MBA from the University of Delaware in 1973. John was...
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Steven Edward (Dziadzi) Podolak

June 6, 2016

Steve passed away at home unexpectedly on June 6, 2016. He was the owner of AZTech Dental Studio in Wilmington for the past 30 years and a Certified Dental Technician for over 35 years. He enjoyed art, photography and sharpening his drawing skills. He was a life long fitness fanatic and enjoyed reading, collecting gadgets and taking trips with his wife and family. What Steve loved most...
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Marilyn Talman

June 5, 2016

Marilyn Talman, 69, of Wilmington, DE, passed away peacefully at home, with her spouse and best friend by her side. She died June 5, 2016, after a short, intense fight against ovarian cancer. Marilyn was born in Belle Vernon, PA to Simon and Elizabeth Talman. She earned a BS in Mathematics, worked as an IT tech for 20 years, and graduated cum laude from Temple School of Law. Most of her...
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Anna Mary Waring

June 4, 2016

Anna Mary Waring of Wilmington, DE passed peacefully and surrounded by love on Saturday, June 4, 2016. Aimee was born in Tynan, Northern Ireland and lived most of her youth in Belfast. At 24 years old, she moved to the US and lived in Texas and West Virginia before settling in Wilmington to raise her family. During her life she enjoyed music, cooking, travel, and tennis. She was a devoted...
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Thomas Andrew Sullivan

June 3, 2016

Thomas Andrew Sullivan, age 95, of Wilmington, Delaware formerly of Ardmore, Pennsylvania died on Friday, June 3, 2016 at the Stonegates Community. Tom was the only son of Andrew and Mary Sullivan. He was a graduate of Lower Merion High in Ardmore, PA, a graduate of Villanova University in Economics and a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania where he received his Wharton MBA. He was a...
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Florence Recce

June 3, 2016

Florence B. Recce, the loving and devoted wife of Richard L. Recce, went home to be with the Lord at the age of 94 on Friday, June 3, 2016 at Rockland Place in Wilmington, DE. Florence was born and raised in Paducah, KY. After graduating from the University of Kentucky, she found work teaching elementary school in Oakridge, TN during World War II. It was there that she met her future...
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Elizabeth "Libby" H. Grobosky

June 1, 2016

Elizabeth "Libby" H. Grobosky, 87, of Cochranville, PA, formerly of DE, died on Wednesday, June 1, 2016 at Jefferson Hospital for Neuroscience in Philadelphia. She lived in Cochranville for the past four years. Libby was a devoted homemaker, wife and mother. She was married to her loving husband, Robert E. Grobosky, for 67 years. Together they raised four children. Libby enjoyed living life...
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Naresh Jashbhai Patel

May 30, 2016

A visitation will be held from 1:00 to 2:00 pm on Thursday June 2, 2016 at the Chandler Funeral Home, 7230 Lancaster Pike, Hockessin. Funeral services will follow at 2:00 pm at the funeral home.
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Charles F. Lantz, Jr.

May 28, 2016

On Saturday May 28, 2016 surrounded by his family in his Chadds Ford home, Charles F. Lantz at 97 passed away. Born in Philadelphia, Charles graduated from Overbrook High. An accomplished musician on bass and piano, he actively pursued a career in music. His career was interrupted by his WWII service as a chief radio officer in the Merchant Marine. During his years at sea, he made the...
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Dolores Naumann

May 28, 2016

Dolores Naumann, age 83, passed away peacefully on Saturday, May 28, 2016. Dolores was a lifelong resident of Wilmington. She attended St. Hedwig's School and graduated from Wilmington High School in 1950. Dolores worked for Delaware Trust (Wells Fargo) and ultimately retired from the Brandywine School District in 1995 after serving as an administrative assistant for many years. She is...
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Benjamin C. Wetzel, Jr.

May 28, 2016

Benjamin C. Wetzel, Jr., 90, of Wilmington passed away on May 28, 2016. He was born in Sun, West Virginia in 1926. He was the son of the late Ben and Zylfa Wetzel. He enlisted in the Army Air Corps after graduating from high school and after the war, went to West Virginia University on the G.l. Bill. While in college, he supported himself by working in the coal mines and painting houses....
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Frank Charles Bramble

May 27, 2016

Frank Charles Bramble, age 91, of Nottingham, PA, passed away peacefully in Wilmington, DE at the residence of his oldest daughter, Carole Brantner, her husband Robert and daughter Debra at his side on May 27, 2016. Frank served in the Navy during WWII. He had various jobs in his life and finished out his career at Westinghouse where he retired in 1985. In his retirement he enjoyed spending...
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Gangaben M. Patel

May 24, 2016

Funeral services will be held from 2:00 to 3:00 pm on Thursday May 26, 2016 at the Chandler Funeral Home, 7230 Lancaster Pike, Hockessin, DE 19707.
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Philip T. Manos

May 23, 2016

Philip T. Manos, age 89, of Wilmington, DE passed away peacefully on May 23, 2016. Born in Thessaloniki, Greece, Philip immigrated to the United States at the age of 21, landing in Boston where he worked while teaching himself English and putting himself through college, ultimately earning a PhD in chemistry from Boston University where he met and married his first wife Betty. Upon graduating,...
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Robert V. Kidd

May 22, 2016

Robert Vansickle "Bob" Kidd loved music, science, and his family. Born in Louisville, Kentucky in 1941, he was a third generation scientist. A graduate of Bucknell University, he worked as a chemist, and held patents in chemistry. A life-long lover of classical music, he sang with numerous vocal ensembles including the Delaware Valley Chorale, with whom he performed for over thirty years. He...
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Marjorie Jean Whittaker

May 19, 2016

Marjorie Jean Whittaker, age 91, of Wilmington, NC and formerly of Wilmington, DE, passed away on Thursday, May 19, 2016. Marjorie Jean Wormeck Whittaker was born in her childhood home in Philadelphia, PA, the youngest child of Nellie K. and George J. Wormeck. She had one brother, George P. Wormeck, who died in 2009. Marjorie was graduated from Frankford High School in 1942 and was graduated...
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Alex Petro

May 19, 2016

Alex Petro, Sr. passed away peacefully on Thursday, May 19th. Alex was born in Perth Amboy, NJ. Son of Ferencz Petro and Rozalia Petro née Szeli. He is survived by his wife, Carol; son Alex Petro, Jr. and grandson Cade of Tampa Bay, FL; daughters, Alison Petro of San Francisco, CA; and Tracy Werkley and grandson John V. of Wilmington, DE. Alex attended Perth Amboy High School. He...
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Loren Arthur Mays

May 19, 2016

Loren Arthur Mays, age 69, of Dover and formerly of Wilmington, DE, passed away on Thursday, May 19, 2016 surrounded by his loving family. Loren was a heart transplant recipient nearly 12 years ago. He was the son of the late Harold and Mildred "Polly" Mays and brother to the late, Joel Mays. He was a graduate of Brigham Young University and Temple School of Pharmacy. Loren was one of the...
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Gloria C. Bruxelles

March 20, 1924 - May 19, 2016

Gloria Bruxelles, 92, of Hockessin, formerly of Winthrop, Massachusetts passed away peacefully on Thursday May 19, 2016. Gloria was born on March 20, 1924 to the late Pascal and Agnes Bruxelles (Dunn) in East Boston, Massachusetts. She graduated from Girls High School of Boston in 1941. Gloria aided the WW II effort and joined what is now the Defense Logistics Agency as a civilian employee in...
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Ferne B. Harris

May 17, 2016

Ferne B. Harris, 94, of Newark, formerly of Wilmington, passed away on May 17, 2016 at Brookdale Assisted Living in Newark. She was born in St. Agatha, Maine. Ferne graduated from St. Agatha High School in 1939 and was the class Valedictorian. She went on to graduate from Bliss Business School in Lewiston, ME in 1940. She served in the United States Navy Waves during World War II. It was...
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John F. Whitney

May 14, 2016

John F. Whitney, 99, of Hockessin, formerly of Presque Isle, Maine, died on Saturday, May 14, 2016 at Heartland Hospice House in Wilmington. John was a graduate of the University of Maine where he received his Bachelor's Degree and Cornell University where he received his PhD, he very much enjoyed his time at both. John was a life long student. He was always interested in learning, especially...
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Jane R. Pinkerton

May 12, 2016

Jane R. Pinkerton, age 78, formerly of Lititz, passed away peacefully in her sleep at Christiana Hospital, Newark, DE, early Thursday morning after battling a rare blood disorder and is now at home with the Lord. Born Jane Lois Risser in 1937 in Lititz, PA, she was the daughter of the late Ruth (Weaver) and Carl B. Risser of that town. She was a graduate of Lititz High School in 1955, and...
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Joyce A. Ruddick

May 12, 2016

Joyce A. Ruddick, age 87, of Wilmington passed away on Thursday, May 12, 2016. Joyce was the daughter of Joseph and Mildred Chipman of Poland Spring, ME. She attended Gould Academy in Bethel, ME and received her BA in Mathematics from the University of Maine. After college she began work as an engineering assistant at General Electric in Pittsfield, MA. She married John R. Ruddick in April...
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F. Samuel Wilcox III

May 11, 2016

F. Samuel Wilcox, III passed away peacefully on Wednesday, May 11, 2016 with his loyal, loving family by his side. He was 73 years young. Sam was born to the late Mary Elizabeth Stine Wilcox & Franklin Samuel Wilcox, Jr. on November 14, 1942 in Wilmington, Delaware. He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Maureen Mulvena Wilcox; daughter Molly Robeson Wilcox; sons M. Christopher Viner & Ryan...
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Evelyn J. McCoy

May 9, 2016

Evelyn McCoy, 92, of Wilmington, died on Monday, May 9, 2016 at the Kentmere Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Wilmington. Born and raised in Milford, Delaware, she graduated from Milford High School and worked as a hair dresser for many years. She enjoyed Wii Bowling and loved to play Bingo while a resident of Ingleside, where she resided for a number of years. She was an active member...
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Edwin Manning Stephenson

May 8, 2016

Edwin Manning Stephenson, age 90, passed away on May 8, 2016. He was born to parents Jubilee Smith Stephenson and Annie Hatcher Stephenson 1925 in Kite GA. Over the next few years, the family moved to Vidalia GA and finally settled in Mount Vernon GA. In 1943, Ed attended Georgia Tech through the Navy's V12 program. This program combined Military training with college classes to increase...
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Carol Ann (Few) Drass

May 7, 2016

Carol Ann (Few) Drass, age 62, of Wilmington, DE passed away on Saturday, May 7, 2016 surrounded by her family. Carol was the daughter of Geraldine Louise Wensing Few and the late Walter Few. She graduated from Brandywine High School in 1971. She worked as a teachers aid at several of the area schools. Carol was an avid reader and enjoyed spending time at the beach. In addition to her...
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Mary Margaret Boyer

May 6, 2016

Mary C. Boyer, age 88, of Edina, MN, formerly of Wilmington, DE, passed away peacefully at home on May 6, 2016 after a short illness. Mary was born in Minneapolis and graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1950. After several years of working she joined the Maytag Company in Newton, Iowa as Director of Home Services. Mary led the development and launch of the first Maytag washing...
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John Dougherty, Jr.

May 6, 2016

John Joseph Dougherty, Jr. departed this life on Friday, May 6, 2016 surrounded by his family. John was born in Philadelphia, PA., the oldest child of the late Evelyn Curtin and John J. Dougherty, Sr. John, Jr. was a long time resident of Wilmington, DE and a member of Holy Rosary Parish for over 60 years. John was graduate of St. Joseph's Prep and attended Villanova University until he...
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Thomas "Jim" Walklett

May 3, 2016

Thomas "Jim" Walklett, 85, of Wilmington, died peacefully on Tuesday, May 3, 2016. Jim served in the United States Air Force during the Korean War as a ground radio operator. He had a long and successful career at DuPont until his retirement. One of his proudest accomplishments was being a co-founder of the Brandywine Little League which celebrated its 50th anniversary this year. Jim was a...
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Jeraldine Merlyn Shanessy Trabant

May 2, 2016

Jeraldine Merlyn Shanessy Trabant, age 92, died on May 2, 2016. When Jerry was born in Indianapolis, Indiana in 1923, according to family lore there had never been a caesarian birth where both mother and child survived; however, Jerry and her mother, Julia Shanessy, thrived. Jerry's father, James Colmar Shanessy, was president of the barbers union and a lifelong labor leader. Jerry attended...
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Helen Durka Jezyk

May 1, 2016

Helen (Durka) Jezyk joined the love of her life, Stanley, in heaven on Sunday, May 1, 2016. She was born in 1921 to Helena (Przybysz) and John Durka in Wilmington, DE. She was the youngest of four children, was raised in Hedgeville on Van Buren Street and attended St. Hedwig's church and school. But out of necessity, she and her sister Mary needed to go to work at an early age because her father...
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Dean Clement Pappas

April 30, 2016

Dean Clement Pappas, 76, philanthropist and former CEO and chairman of Clement Pappas and Company, Inc., a South Jersey food processing company, died of pancreatic cancer on April 30, 2016 in Philadelphia. Mr. Pappas is survived by his loving wife of 46 years, Zoe Sarbanes Pappas, his two children, Dimitri (Stephanie Marudas) and Aleni (Anthony Kyriakakis), and four grandchildren. Dean is also...
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Fleecie M. Dahl

April 28, 2016

Fleecie M. Dahl, age 93, of Wilmington, DE, formerly of Waynesboro, VA, passed away on April 28, 2016. Fleecie was an active member of Aldersgate United Methodist Church and United Methodist Women. She enjoyed volunteering at the Emmanuel Dining Room and Methodist County House. She was an avid golfer for 30 years. She is predeceased by her husband Robert F. Dahl, brother James Arnold...
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Valerie J. Woods

April 26, 2016

Valerie J. Woods, age 83, of Claymont, passed away on April 26, 2016 at Compassionate Care Hospice in St. Francis Hospital. She was the daughter of J. Paul and Iola Doris Stafford. After her mother's death at an early age, Valerie was lovingly raised by Mary Jane Stafford, her second mother. Valerie graduated from P.S. duPont High School in 1950 and went on to obtain her teaching...
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Lisa Dean Moseley

April 25, 2016

Lisa Dean Moseley of Wilmington, Delaware and New York City, New York, passed away peacefully on Monday, April 25, 2016 at the age of 87. Mrs. Moseley was born in Wilmington, Delaware to the late Paulina du Pont Dean and J. Simpson Dean, Sr. She was predeceased by her two husbands, Dr. John M. MacGuigan and Christopher L. Moseley, her brother, J. Simpson Dean, Jr., and her two sons, Simpson...
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William J. Sheing

April 25, 2016

William "Bill" J. Sheing, 76, of Wilmington, died on Monday, April 25, 2016 at home. He was born and raised in Wilmington and was a life-long resident. Bill was a graduate of the Salesianum High School. He was a paratrooper in the United States Army in the 82nd Airborne Division. Bill was a police officer with the City of Wilmington and owned and operated a slip cover business with his mother...
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Louise H. McGrenrey

April 23, 2016

Louise H. McGrenrey, 98, of Hockessin, died peacefully on Saturday, April 23, 2016 at Brackenville Center in Hockessin. She was born in Philadelphia and lived in Sharon Hill, PA over 50 years. Louise attended West Philadelphia High School graduating in 1935. After graduation, she worked at GE for 43 years and retired to care for her husband. She babysat her grandchildren and great nephew. ...
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Alexander Paul McCann

April 22, 2016

Alexander Paul McCann of Wilmington, Delaware entered into eternal rest on Friday, April 22, 2016. He was 87 years old. Alex was born in New York, New York, to the late Bernard and Alice Robbin McCann, both of County Antrim, Northern Ireland. The first of his family to have the opportunity to attend college, he worked as a bank teller to pay for tuition at Fordham University, where he earned a...
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David E. Megill

April 21, 2016

David E. Megill, 79, of Wilmington, passed away peacefully on April 21, 2016 at Shipley Manor in Wilmington. He was born in Chester, PA. David served his country during the Korean War in the US Army and was a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne. After the war, David worked as a steel worker for the Lukens Steel Company. In addition to his parents, David was preceded in death by his brothers,...
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Erika Muhlenberg

April 19, 2016

Erika Muhlenberg, 84, of Kennett Square, formerly of Swarthmore, PA, died on Tuesday, April 19, 2016. She was born in Hamburg, Germany and was educated at Shule Schloss Salem. She immigrated to the United States in 1950 and studied at Pendle Hill and Widener University. She worked as a paralegal at the Domestic Abuse Center in Delaware County. Erika was very active socially. She was the...
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Robert E. Wagner

April 18, 2016

Robert "Bob" E. Wagner, Ph.D., 95, died on April 18 at Kendal at Longwood in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, his home since 2000. He is predeceased by his wife Ruth M. Wagner; daughter Susan M. Wagner; and daughter-in-law Lucinda C. Wagner. He is survived by his son Douglas S. Wagner; daughter Barbara E. Wagner; son-in law Lawrence J. Devlin; his granddaughters Emily L. Wagner and Patience L....
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Alwyn D. FitzGerald

April 18, 2016

Alwyn D. FitzGerald, age 86, passed away on April 18, 2016 from complication of Alzheimer's. He was born in Claymont to Malvin (dec'd 1990) and Louise Repp FitzGerald (dec'd 2005). Alwyn went to Claymont Elementary and Marcus Hook Jr. High, graduating from Eddystone High School in 1948. He worked as a lab technician for Sun Oil Company for almost 45 years retiring in 1995. Alwyn loved...
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Dorothy Mathews Sparks

April 17, 2016

Dorothy Mathews Sparks 1928 to 2016 Dorothy (Dottie) Mathews Sparks, beloved mother, grandmother, and mother-in-law, passed away peacefully on Sunday April 17, 2016 at Stonegates Retirement Community in Greenville, Delaware. She was born in June of 1928 in Media PA, the daughter of Rueben L. and Emilie Singleton Mathews. Dottie graduated from Media High School, and attended the University of...
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Teresa Margraf Casey

April 17, 2016

Teresa Margraf Casey, age 88, of Wilmington, DE, formerly of Tuckerton, NJ, passed away on Sunday April 17, 2016 at the Christiana Hospital in Newark, DE. Teresa graduated from Tuckerton High School in 1944 and Drexel University in 1948. She was employed as a secretary for both Sun Oil and the DuPont Company. Teresa was a member of St. Mary Magdalen Church, the Elks Lodge #307 and The Grace...
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Michele S. Holmes

April 16, 2016

Michele S. Holmes, age 63, of Wilmington, DE, passed away on Saturday, April 16, 2016 after a courageous battle with cancer. Mickie was born in Milford and raised in North Wilmington by Ramona and the late Alfred Stoops. She graduated from Brandywine High School and received her bachelor's degree in Music Education from the University of Delaware. Mickie was a gifted flutist and taught...
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Harolyn Lazarus

April 14, 2016

Harolyn Lazarus, age 86, of Wilmington, passed away on April 14, 2016. Services were private.
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Kenneth H. Schroeder

April 14, 2016

Kenneth H. Schroeder, 94, of Wilmington, Delaware passed away on April 14, 2016 at his residence. Ken and his wife Nancy raised their family in Fairfax, moving there in 1954. He moved to Foulk Manor North in 2009. Ken was born in Paterson, New Jersey in 1921, the son of the late Jessie Allcot and Harry J. Schroeder. He was a graduate of the Pratt Institute's School of Science and Technology in...
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Mauro W. Capossere

April 14, 2016

Mauro W. Capossere, 72, of Hockessin, died on Thursday, April 14, 2016 at Christiana Hospital in Newark. He was born and raised in Boothwyn, PA. Mauro worked as a truck driver by trade for 30 years and as a construction worker for 10 years. He is survived by his wife, Anna (Connelly) Capossere of Hockessin, his son, Patrick and daughter, Nicole and fiancé Derek Dalton. Also survived...
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Susan Penniman Burns

April 13, 2016

Susan Penniman Burns died on April 13, 2016 just five weeks shy of her 97th birthday. She was born in 1919 to Susan and Findley Burns of Bolton Hill in Baltimore, Maryland. She graduated from the Bryn Mawr School in Baltimore in 1937. Susan was an alumna of Smith College and received her Masters in Social Work from Bryn Mawr College. She spent her career at The Children's Bureau in...
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James McGhie, Sr.

April 12, 2016

James McGhie, Sr., age 87, of Wilmington, formerly of Kearny, NJ, died on Tuesday, April 12, 2016 at Seasons Hospice at Christiana Hospital in Newark. He worked as a telephone equipment installer for many years. James was a member and parishioner of St. Paul's United Methodist Church of Wilmington, was involved with the Boy Scouts and helped his son become an Eagle Scout and was a member of...
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Peggy J. Burton

April 10, 2016

Peggy J. Burton, 82, of Selbyville, died on Sunday, April 10, 2016 at Seasons Hospice at Christiana Hospital in Newark. She was born and raised in Alexandria, VA. Peggy was a homemaker. She was predeceased by her husband, John A. Colantuono, Sr. Peggy was a loving and devoted mother to her son, John A. Colantuono, Jr.
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Kenneth S. Donovan

April 10, 2016

Kenneth S. Donovan, age 94, of Wilmington, Del. passed away on Sunday, April 10, 2016 in Andover, MA. Ken was born in Medford, MA to Harold Russell Donovan and his wife Margaret. He lived in Medford and attended Tufts University until he was drafted into the Army in 1942. While serving in the Army Air Corps in 1943, he met and married his wife Elizabeth ("Jimmy", née Sweeten). They were...
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Martha McLaughlin

April 9, 2016

Martha McLaughlin, age 85, of Hockessin, Del. passed away on Saturday, April 9, 2016 at Cokesbury Village in Hockessin. Martha was born in Peoria, IL to the late Harvey F. and Helen Dawson McLaughlin, and grew up in Baltimore and New Orleans. A 1949 graduate of the Louise S. McGehee School in New Orleans, she received her BA degree from Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, MA in 1953. She...
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Joan S. Bowman

April 6, 2016

Joan S. Bowman, age 82, of Hockessin, Delaware, passed away peacefully Wednesday, April 6, 2016. Joan was born in Syracuse, NY to the late James and Kathryn Sheedy. She graduated from the Convent School in Syracuse, NY in 1951. She received a Bachelor of Science in the Humanities from LeMoyne College, also in Syracuse, in 1955. She taught grade school at the Pebble Hill School in Syracuse...
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Herbert O. Wolf

April 5, 2016

Herbert Otto Wolf, age 85 of Hockessin, Delaware, passed away April 5, 2016 surrounded by the love and spirit of his family. He was born in May 1930 in Bronx, New York, and grew up in Glendale, Queens, the son of Otto and Mary Wolf, both deceased. He was educated in the public school system and attended Brooklyn Technical High School, graduated with a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering, cum laude...
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Ann M. Mazzeo

April 5, 2016

Ann Margaret (nee: Trani) Mazzeo passed away unexpectedly on April 5, 2016, surrounded by her loving family. For 61 years, Ann was the beloved wife of Joseph T. Mazzeo. She was a proud mother of six children, and a doting grandmother to her eight grandchildren. Ann touched the lives of everyone who knew her, and she will be dearly missed for the generous, kind person she was. Born in Jersey...
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Margaret "Peggy" Smith

April 5, 2016

Margaret (Peggy) Smith, 84, of Wilmington, DE, died April 5 in the Compassionate Care Center in St. Francis Hospital, Wilmington. Born in Keyser, WV, she was the daughter of Robert A Davis and Margaret Gilmore Davis. After graduating from Allegany High School, Cumberland, MD, in 1949, she attended Potomac State Junior College, Keyser, and West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV, where she...
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Janet C. Attix

April 1, 2016

Janet Craigue Attix of Wilmington, DE, surrounded by her family, passed away peacefully on April 1, 2016 at the age of 83. Janet, daughter of Norman A. and Louise H. Craigue of Mendenhall, PA and Clearwater, FL, is survived by her husband of 61 years, J. Mark Attix, her children Mark H. Attix (wife - Lynne), Karen A. Sinton (husband - William), Michelle A. Reed (husband - David) and Randall M....
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Harriet Harwitz Margolis

April 1, 2016

Harriet Harwitz Margolis, formerly of Wilmington Delaware, passed away Friday April 1, 2016 at the age of 84. A graduate of P.S. DuPont High School in Wilmington, she earned an English degree from Wellesley College in Massachusetts in 1953. Later she ran a family business in the automotive industry started by her parents Edward and Sara Harwitz, also formerly of Wilmington. Surviving are...
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James Marshall Vest III

March 31, 2016

James Marshall Vest, III age 62 of Wilmington died at his residence on Thursday March 31, 2016. He was a graduate of Brandywine High School and attended Kentucky Military Institute and Florida Institute of Technology. James was a private pilot instructor with a lifelong passion for all things aeronautic. He is survived by his parents, Jim and Myrna Vest of Wilmington and Ft. Lauderdale, Fl,...
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Joanne McGhee Righos

March 30, 2016

Joanne McGhee Righos, age 56, of Newark, formerly of Claymont, died on Wednesday March 30, 2016 at Seasons Hospice in Christiana Hospital. She graduated from Mount Pleasant HS in 1977 and went on to Delaware Technical and Community College where she received her nursing degree in 1982. Joanne worked as a Licensed Practical Nurse at Churchman's Village in Newark for 18 years. She is...
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Ruskin Longworth

March 26, 2016

Ruskin Longworth died peacefully at home surrounded by his family on March 26th after a short illness. He is survived by his beloved wife of 58 years, Joyce Kettaneh Longworth, his daughters and sons-in-law Monica Longworth and Michael Coyne, Kim Longworth and Jim Wallis, Jennifer Longworth and Matt Meyer, Alys Longworth and Jon Hope, as well as six grandchildren, Aidan and Glynis Coyne, Aubrey...
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Alexis Irénée duPont

March 25, 2016

The passing of Alexis Irénée duPont occurred quietly on Good Friday, March 25, 2016, in Hockessin, Delaware. His death followed his birth nearly 88 years before at the home of his parents, E. Paul duPont and Jean Kane Foulke duPont, in Montchanin, Delaware. He was a resident of Port Orange, Florida and Block Island, Rhode Island. Known as "Lex," he attended Wilmington Friends School in...
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Barbara Ann Rohrbough

March 25, 2016

Barbara Ann Rohrbough, nee Morris, age 66, of Newark, Delaware passed from our lives peacefully on March 25th 2016 of natural causes. Barbara was a loving mother and homemaker who loved to travel and enjoyed life. She especially liked creating a special home for her family, and caring for her grandchildren. Barbara was a "DuPont wife" for 41 years, and worked hard to support her husband...
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Lovette Suzanne Langille

March 24, 2016

Lovette Suzanne Langille, age 61, of Wilmington, DE passed away on Thursday, March 24, 2016 after a brief battle with cancer. Lovey was born in Chester, PA to the late Clyde and Jennie (Woodworth) Langille. She was employed in the data center of The News Journal for 13 years and later employed as an I.T. Consultant for various companies in the tri-state area. She enjoyed researching...
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Eileen Gloria Hubbard

March 24, 2016

Eileen Gloria Hubbard, age 90, of Wilmington, Delaware, formerly of St. Georges, Bermuda, passed away on Thursday March 24, 2016 at home with her family. She was proud to be a Notary Public for the State of Delaware. Eileen is predeceased by her husband William, sister Ella Rees and brother Walter Whitehead. She is survived by her children, Thelma Donovan, Linda Stilwell, Elizabeth Porter,...
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Clifford Thomas Ducey, Sr.

March 22, 2016

Clifford Thomas Ducey, Sr., age 73, of New Castle, DE formerly of Queens, New York, passed away suddenly on Tuesday, March 22, 2016 at his home. Cliff was born in Queens, NY to the late Bernard and Madeline Strang Ducey. He was a Project Manager for N.C.R. in Ithaca, NY and was a Security Supervisor for Macy's and also for Lord & Taylor in Garden City, NY. He was an ever-present father and...
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Lawrence Franklin Hayes, Jr.

March 21, 2016

Lawrence Franklin Hayes, Jr. of Wilmington, DE, died peacefully on March 21 at Forwood Manor. A young 96, Frank joins his wife of 58 years, Margaret "Peggy" Hayes, and beloved grandson Michael Hayes Fay. The only son of Franklin and Lyda Hayes, of Greenwood, DE, he is survived by his daughter, Irma Jane Hayes Lewis, and son-in-law, J. Wayne Lewis, grandson James Wayne Lewis, Jr., granddaughter,...
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Robert Fielding Altmaier

March 21, 2016

Robert Fielding Altmaier passed away quietly on March 21, 2016. He was 84 years' old Bob was predeceased by his parents Dorothy and Ellwood "Reds" Altmaier. He is survived by his wife of 61 yrs., Joan Dobb Altmaier of Wilmington, three married children, two sons, Michael and Peter Altmaier and a daughter, Michele Seretis six grandchildren and one step grandchild and three great-grandchildren. ...
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