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Madhav Karnik

December 18, 2014

Madhav Karnik passed away peacefully on 17th December 2014, he was 80 years old. Loving husband to Usha, father and father-in-law to Madhura-Tushar, Nilesh-Manasi and Aaba to Prachi, Aditya, Sayuri and Sana. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend the funeral to be held at Chandler Funeral Home, 7230 Lancaster Pike, Hockessin, DE 19707 Service commencing at 2:00pm on...
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Wallace James Forrester

December 16, 2014

Wallace James Forrester, age 78, of Yorklyn, Delaware, formerly of Mountain City, Tennessee, passed away on Tuesday December 16, 2014 surrounded by his loving family. He retired from the NVF Company after 50 years of service as a mill wright worker. Wallace was an active member with the VFW Post in Hockessin, DE. He was predeceased by his wife Shirley Dellinger Forrester. Wallace is survived...
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Jack H. Li

December 15, 2014

Dr. Jack H. Li passed away at the age of 72 on December 15, 2014 at his home in Hockessin, DE. He was born in Shanghai, China and came to the United States in 1963. He received a BS in Engineering Physics from UC Berkeley in 1967 and his PhD in Physiology/Biophysics at Tufts University in 1973. Jack dedicated his career to Biomedical Research which he performed at Boston University School of...
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Robert Ackart

December 14, 2014

Robert C. Ackart, age 93, of Wilmington, DE passed away in his sleep on Sunday, December 14, 2014 at the Methodist Country House. Robert was a longtime volunteer with The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, was stage manager of Central City's work premiere of Douglas Moore's The Ballad of Bay Doe and stage director in its initial seasons of the Santa Fe Opera. Author of numerous cookbooks,...
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Michael Allen Viner

December 13, 2014

Michael Allen Viner of Salisbury, MD and formerly of Wilmington, DE passed away peacefully on December 13, 2014 with his family by his side. He was 66 years old. Michael graduated from Mount Pleasant High School in 1966 as a National Merit Scholar and a member of the National Honor Society. He was appointed to the United States Military Academy, West Point, upon graduation. Mike completed...
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Douglas Kirk Simonton

December 12, 2014

Douglas Kirk Simonton, 64, passed away peacefully on Friday, December 12, 2014 with his family at his side. Doug attended Wilmington Friends School, and graduated from Lawrence Academy and Bowdoin College, where he was a member of the Varsity Squash Team and the Beta Theta Pi fraternity. He retired from a long career with Simonton Insurance and was a CPCU Charter Property Casualty...
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Charlotte Huber Becker

August 4, 1925 - December 8, 2014

Charlotte Huber Becker passed away peacefully on December 8, 2014. Born in Upper Darby, PA, on August 4, 1925, Char was the daughter of Donald Moyer Huber and Mary Youngs Huber. In her teens, Char's family moved to Wilmington, where she graduated from P.S. duPont High School. She attended Elmira College in New York and worked at the duPont Company Experimental Station in the 1940s. Char and...
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Alessio F. Perrone

December 7, 2014

Alessio "Al" Francis Perrone, 62, of Wilmington, DE, formerly of Newark, DE, died on December 7, 2014 at Christiana Hospital. He was born in Philadelphia, PA to Alessio "Jake" Perrone and the Barbara Green Perrone. He attended Annunciation BVM grammar school and Newman High School in Philadelphia, PA and graduated from Triton High School in Runnemede, NJ. He worked in the auto industry for...
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William "Bill" Reese Coon

December 7, 2014

William (Bill) Reese Coon passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on December 7, 2014. Bill was born in 1919, and raised in Buffalo, NY. He was the second child of the late William Michael Coon and the late Grace Mahoney Coon. Bill left Buffalo to attend the Valley Forge Military Academy in Wayne, PA for his high school and Junior College years, where he had a distinguished career....
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David Robert "Bob" Mantell

December 6, 2014

David Robert Mantell, beloved father and grandfather, died on Saturday, December 6th. He was surrounded by friends and family. He is survived by his daughter, Kim Carlson (nee Mantell), his son-in-law, Neil Carlson and his grandsons, Alex and Matthew. He was predeceased by his former wife, Denise Mantell and his son, Dorian Mantell. David was raised in New York City, where he lived...
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Genevieve B. Cichelli

December 6, 2014

Genevieve B. Cichelli, age 94, of Cokesbury Village, Hockessin, DE, passed away on Saturday, December 6, 2014 at her residence. Born in Baltimore, MD in 1920, she was the daughter of the late James and Amelia (Frank) Buettner. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Mario T. Cichelli in 2013 and one sister, Estella Polley. She is survived by one daughter, Joanne Hill of Downingtown...
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H. Irvin "Irv" Salmons, Jr.

December 3, 2014

H. Irvin "Irv" Salmons, Jr., age 89 of Wilmington, DE passed away peacefully on Wednesday, December 3, 2014. Irv was born Harold Irvin Salmons, Jr. in 1925 in Milford, DE, son of the late Harold Irvin and Imogene (Hill) Salmons. Irv lived his childhood days in Milford, (spending his summers in Chincoteague Virginia) until he graduated from Milford High School in 1944. He went on to attend...
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Ronald G. Burcham

December 2, 2014

Ronald Burcham died peacefully at home in Newark, DE on December 2, 2014, ensconced in his favorite easy chair. Born & raised in Rockland, DE, he was a 1951 graduate of A.I. DuPont High School where he excelled in sports earning 11 varsity letters in baseball, basketball, track & field, and football for which he was named to the 1950 All-State Team as a Running Back. After high school, Ronnie...
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V.N. "Malli" Rao

December 2, 2014

V. N. Mallikarjuna "Malli" Rao passed away suddenly at his home in Wilmington, Delaware on Tuesday, December 2, 2014. Born in 1937 in Tamil Nadu state in India, Malli received his bachelors and masters degrees from Pachaiyappa's College, affiliated with the University of Madras, in 1959. He came to the U.S. on a Fulbright Fellowship and obtained his Ph.D. in organic chemistry at the University...
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Fred Benedict Clemens

November 30, 2014

Fred Benedict Clemens, 87, of Hockessin died on November 30, 2014. Fred was born in 1927 in Jasonville, Indiana to Roy Fred Clemens of Indiana and Margaret O'Neill, a native of Ballymuddy, County Waterford, Ireland. Fred grew up in Somerville, Massachusetts, near Boston. After serving in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from 1946-47 in Japan, he graduated in 1950 with a B.S. in...
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John R. Ruddick

November 29, 2014

John R. Ruddick, age 87, of Wilmington, passed away on Saturday, November 29, 2014, at the Country House. John was the son of James H. Ruddick and Mary L. Ruddick of Elmira, NY. He joined the Navy enrolling in the V-12 Officer Training Program during World War II. Starting at Bates College he completed the program and graduated from Tufts University with a BA in Economics. After the Navy,...
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Walter William Fox, Sr.

November 27, 2014

Walter W. Fox, Sr., age 62, of Wilmington, DE passed away on November 27, 2014 at home. A 1972 graduate at William Penn High School in New Castle, Walt was a machine operator for various local companies for 40 years. He was an avid fisherman and bowler, who also played and coached softball. Most of all he cherished time spent with family and friends. Walt is predeceased by his parents Earl...
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Felicia C. Koch

November 25, 2014

Felicia C. Koch, 93 of Chalfonte, Wilmington passed away on November 25, 2014. After receiving her training as an RN from St. Alexis Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio she served as a Lieutenant in the Army Nurse Corp during WWII. In 1984 she retired from Sacred Heart Hospital in Chester where she worked part time. For many years she was a volunteer nurse at St. Mary Magdalen School. Felicia was...
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Dorothy Gravatt Hunter

August 5, 1930 - November 24, 2014

Dorothy Gravatt Hunter passed away on November 24, 2014 in Wilmington, DE. She was born on August 5, 1930 in Richmond, VA, graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School, and received a B.A. in French from Mary Washington College. She taught high school French and Spanish before moving to Wilmington in 1958. She devoted her life to giving to others. She served actively both within Westminster...
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Joan McGarry Heath

November 24, 2014

Joan Elizabeth McGarry Heath, 80, passed away peacefully November 24, 2014 at Cokesbury Village. She was born in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands and grew up in New Haven, Connecticut. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Tufts University and worked at Boston University Medical School for three years before marrying Harry Williams Heath, Jr. in 1958. In their first ten years of...
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Janet Hunter Bell McMahon Purdon

November 23, 2014

Janet Hunter Bell McMahon Purdon, 84, of Wilmington, Delaware passed away peacefully, surrounded by family, on Sunday, November 23, 2014. Janet was born in Ayr, Scotland to Mary and Thomas McMahon. She received her RN degree at Ruchill Hospital in Glasgow, Scotland, in 1952, and then continued to work there as an infectious diseases nurse. She was privileged to be among the first nurses to...
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Edward C. Broge

November 23, 2014

Edward Broge, 92, died on November 23, 2014. Mr. Broge was born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1922, was educated in their public schools and was a graduate of Columbia University, Class of 1943. During WWII, he was employed by the National Defense Research Committee, where he was a member of the team that developed the implosion device that triggered the atomic bomb. After the war, he entered...
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Matthew Joseph White

November 22, 2014

Matthew Joseph White, age 27, of Wilmington, DE died suddenly at his home on Saturday, November, 22, 2014. Matthew graduated from Brandywine High School in 2005 and the Immaculate Heart of Mary School in 2001. Matthew enjoyed spending time working on cars, loved playing baseball and was an avid Philadelphia Phillies fan. Matthew will be greeted by his mother, Mary Jane Sheehan, August...
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Mae Dorothy Hightower Vandamm

November 20, 2014

Mae Dorothy Hightower-Vandamm, 88, died on November 20, 2014. Raised in Dublin, GA, Mae Dorothy Hightower-Vandamm, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Hightower, and sister of Robert Hightower, Jr., received a Bachelor's Degree from Wesleyan College and a Master's Degree from Columbia University. She enjoyed a stellar career as an occupational therapist and served as Executive Director of the...
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Gretchen Burrus Eller

November 20, 2014

Gretchen Burrus Eller, age 90, widow of Kenneth L. Eller, passed away on November 20, 2014. Mrs. Eller was born in Duluth, Minnesota, daughter of Vera and Albert H. Heyroth. She graduated from Niagara Falls High School and attended Williams Smith College and studied music at the Bradley Institute of Music in Ontario, Canada where she completed 13 years in three years. She was an avid lover of...
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Althea E. "Tia" McDowell

November 20, 2014

Althea E. McDowell, "Tia", after a prolonged and heroic battle with multiple sclerosis, passed away on November 20, 2014 at age 51. Despite total paralysis, Tia remained mentally alert throughout her struggle with MS. She was an inspiration to all those who had the privilege of knowing and loving her. Tia was a graduate of Eastern College in 1985 and received her law degree from Villanova...
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Jean Marie Daggett

November 19, 2014

Jean Marie Daggett, 84, formerly of Wilmington, passed away on Wednesday, November 19, 2014 surrounded by her family. Born in Lewisburg, PA in 1930, she was the daughter of Mary Kathryn Sassaman Winter and Bruce Harold Winter. Upon graduating from Lock Haven State Teachers College, she taught elementary grades in Toledo, OH and Ridley Park, PA. After retiring as a teacher, she worked as a...
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Rose Marie (Re) Kouba

November 18, 2014

Rose Marie (Re) Kouba, 88, entered into God's rest on November 18 at her home in Garden Spot Village in New Holland, PA, She was born in Atlantic City, NJ, to the late Frank and Helen (Rutkosky) Monastra. She graduated from Atlantic City High School in 1944 and earned a bachelor's degree in Home Economics from the New Jersey College for Women (now Douglas College, a part of Rutgers University)...
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John Norman Sherman

November 18, 2014

John N. (Jack) Sherman Age 90, passed away on Nov 18, 2014 with wit and charm. Jack was born and raised in South Dakota, but traveled the world making a name for himself. He served as a crew member of a Blimp squadron on submarine patrol during World War II. After graduating from the Univ of Minnesota as an Aeronautical Engineer, he joined Hercules Powder Co as a Rocket Scientist. He...
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George A. Morrone

November 18, 2014

George A. Morrone, age 84, of Brooklyn, NY, passed away November 18, 2014 at Sunrise Assisted Living in Wilmington, DE. George was born in 1930 in Clearwater, FL. He was married to Margaret for 67 years. He was a retired Chief Petty Officer with 21.5 years of service with the US Navy and a retired teacher with 20 years at Sussex County Vo-Tech Center in Georgetown, DE. He touched many young...
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Elaine Elliott Johnston

November 17, 2014

Elaine Elliott Johnston, 80, a resident of Cokesbury Village in Hockessin, Delaware, died November 17, 2014. The daughter of Thomas R. and Elsie Price Elliott, Elaine grew up in East Orange, New Jersey. She graduated from Keystone Junior College, now Keystone College. Upon graduation, Elaine worked for Merrill-Lynch in Manhattan, Newark and Trenton. In 1956, she married Edsall R. Johnston,...
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Eleanor Hickey

November 17, 2014

Eleanor M. Hickey, 95, passed away peacefully at Wilmington Hospital on November 17, 2014 after a brief illness. She lived at Cokesbury Village in Hockessin for the past 20 years. Eleanor was born in Whitinsville, Massachusetts in 1919 to Robert Alexander and Hattie Ernestine Pray Magill. She married Norman M. Hickey in 1940 in Worcester, Massachusetts. She and Norman lived in Worcester;...
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Gary D. LaFollette

November 17, 2014

Gary D. LaFollette, of Wilmington, DE and Ocean City, NJ, age 68, passed away on Monday, November 17, 2014 at his home with his family beside him. Gary was born in Milan, Indiana to Opal LaFollette and the late Gareld LaFollette. He moved to New Jersey and spent the next 30 years of his business career engaged in sales and marketing. He was one of the early pioneers of the multi-vendor...
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Brenton G. Wallace, Jr.

November 16, 2014

Brenton G. Wallace, Jr., age 93, of Hockessin, Delaware (formerly of Wayne, Pennsylvania), died on Sunday, November 16th at Christiana Hospital, following a brief illness. Born in Philadelphia to the late Major General Brenton G. Wallace and Dorothy Wallower Wallace. Mr. Wallace attended The Haverford School and The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He served in the U.S....
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Edward J. Mead

November 14, 2014

Edward J. Mead left this world peacefully on November 14, 2014 at the Christiana Hospital, with his family at his side. He was born in Cleveland Ohio on October 3, 1928 to the late John Mead and Sylvia Cleland. After graduating from high school at the age of sixteen, Ed attended the Virginia Military Institute and graduated with a B.S. in chemistry in 1949. He then pursued graduate studies at...
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Mason Webster Dunn

November 14, 2014

Mason Webster Dunn, 41, of Wilmington, formerly of Massachusetts, South Carolina, Florida, Colorado and California died in a tragic auto accident Friday, November 14, 2014 in San Diego, California. He attended A.I. DuPont High School and was a continuing student of the school of hard knocks and living life. He will be missed by everyone who knew him all over the country. Mason was a...
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Winnie Guy Hoover

November 13, 2014

Winnie Guy Hoover, age 92, passed away peacefully November 13 at Cokesbury Retirement Village, Hockessin, where she lived for the past 13 years. Born in Onancock, Virginia to the late Ella and Harold Guy, Winnie moved with her mother and sisters to Wilmington following high school. She attended Goldey Beacom College. After college, Winnie became secretary to the treasurer of Atlas Powder...
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Leon Strycharz III

November 11, 2014

Leon Strycharz, III, age 57, of Wilmington, DE, formerly of Hamilton Township, NJ, passed away on November 11, 2014. He was a graduate of the Berean Bible Institute and King's College. A husband for 34 years. Minister and Dad for 30 years. Poppy for 2 years. He dedicated his life to show mercy and edify others. 1 Corinthians 15:57 "But thanks be to God. He gives us the victory through...
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Mary Louise Baumhoff Fuller

November 9, 2014

Mary Louise Baumhoff Fuller died Sunday, November 9th at Riddle Village in Media, Pennsylvania. She was 84. She and her dearly loved husband Frank were married 58 years until his death last June. Prior to Riddle Village, the Fullers made their home in Wilmington, Delaware, where they reared their three children. Born in Altoona, Pennsylvania, Mary Lou spent most of her childhood in Richmond...
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Jeffrey Martin Morris

November 9, 2014

Jeffrey Martin Morris, age 46, of Old New Castle and Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, died suddenly on Sunday, November 9, 2014 with his husband by his side. Jeff was a graduate of Concord High School and the University of Delaware. Jeff was the Vice President of the Wilmington Fibre Company in New Castle. He also had obtained his real estate license. In addition to Jeff's love of life itself,...
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James Kalil, Sr.

November 8, 2014

James Kalil was born in 1919 and died November 8, 2014 at the age of 95. Dr. Kalil was a WWII veteran and served in the US Army from 1942 – 1945 as a ship demagnetizer and also in the Chemical Warfare Services in France. Following the war worked on the Atomic Bomb Project at Los Alamos NM. He earned Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering at Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute in 1950. After earning...
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Sylvia Pierce

November 8, 2014

Sylvia Pierce, 95, of Hockessin, Delaware died peacefully at home on November 8, 2014 surrounded by her loving family. Sylvia ("Syl") was born and raised in Lower Manhattan. She graduated high school at the age of 16, and was one of few women of her era to attend college, graduating from New York's Hunter College with an education degree in 1939. Her passion for education carried on throughout...
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Catherine R. Byrne

November 7, 2014

Catherine "Kip" R. Byrne, age 96, of Wilmington, DE passed away peacefully on November 7, 2014 at her home. Kip was born in Chester, PA in 1918 to the Late Dennis Byrne and Ellen Desmond. She attended St. Mary's Elementary School and graduated from Wilmington High School in 1937. She went on to attend Goldey Beacom School of Business. Kip was employed as a bookkeeper for her entire career and...
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Ivan DeBlieu

November 7, 2014

Ivan K. DeBlieu, 95, of Wilmington, passed from this life on Friday, November 7, after a brief illness. He was an accomplished chemical engineer, active community volunteer, and beloved husband, father, and grandfather. He was the only child of Ivan K. DeBlieu Sr. and Lucile Wells DeBlieu. Born in Opelousas, LA, he and his family lived throughout the South. He attended the University of...
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Harjinder Singh

November 6, 2014

Family and friends may visit on Thursday November 13, 2014 from 2 to 3 pm at the Chandler Funeral Home, 7230 Lancaster Pike, Hockessin. Service will begin at 3 pm at the funeral home.
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Russell Charles Middleton, Sr.

November 5, 2014

Russell Charles Middleton, Sr., age 86, of Cokesbury Village, passed away suddenly on November 5, 2014. He was the son of the late William and Marian Middleton. He was the loving husband of Elsie Middleton sharing almost 62 years of marriage. Russell received his MBA from Temple University. He enjoyed skiing, golf and rooting for the Eagles. After retiring in 1992, he and Elsie enjoyed...
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C. Robert Taylor

November 5, 2014

C. Robert Taylor died on November 5, 2014 at Crosslands after a brief illness. He had recently celebrated his eighty-seventh birthday. He is survived by his wife, Laurie Reynolds Taylor; his children Anne Taylor Malone (Mike), Robert W. Taylor and Martha L. Harpham (Jim); three step-children: Christy Searl Haegele (John), Timothy Searl (Anne) and Drew Searl (Kelly). He had eight grandchildren:...
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Fairfax D. F. Hering

November 4, 2014

Margaret Fairfax Dashiell Flinn Hering, age 82, of Wilmington, Delaware passed away on November 4, 2014 following an extended illness. Known affectionately by her family and magnificent circle of friends as "Fairfax," "Fax," "Faxie," "Peggy," "Mom," "Mimi," "Grammie" and "Sister", she courageously battled Parkinson's disease for more than ten years. Fairfax attended Wilmington Friends School...
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Bruce Allan Beardwood

November 2, 2014

Bruce Allan Beardwood, 78, of Greenville, DE passed away at home in the presence of his loving family on Sunday, November 2, 2014. Bruce was born in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, the son of Houghton Beardwood and Barbara Wright Beardwood. He attended Providence Country Day School and continued his studies at Yale University where he received his degree in Chemical Engineering in 1958. Bruce...
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Leon F. Dumont

November 2, 2014

Leon F. (Lee) Dumont, age 88, of Kennett Square, PA, passed away at Kendal Crosslands on November 2, 2014. Lee's life is best characterized by his efforts to excel in whatever circumstances he was placed. His career included primary and secondary schools in both the US and Belgium, the US Navy in WWII, Drexel, Drew and Columbia Universities, and a 38-year career with the DuPont Company in...
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Rebecca Melby Lockart

November 2, 2014

Rebecca Melby Lockart, age 81, of Wilmington, DE, formerly of American Corner, MD, died on Sunday November 2, 2014 at her home surrounded by her loved ones after managing breast cancer for 30 years. Rebecca graduated from Federalsburg High School in 1951 where she excelled at academics and played basketball and softball. She then came to Wilmington and attended Goldey-Beacom secretarial...
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R. Warren Boyer

November 2, 2014

It is with great sadness that the family of R. Warren Boyer announces his passing on Sunday, November 2, 2014 after a short battle with cancer. Warren will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 59 years, Jean, his daughter, Rhonda and husband Bob, his son David and his wife Yolande and his granddaughter Ava as well as his many close friends within the community. Warren spent his early years...
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Catherine "Jane" White Bartlett

October 31, 2014

Catherine "Jane" White Bartlett passed away on October 31, 2014, at the Lorien Riverside Nursing Home in Belcamp, MD. She was 85 years old. Jane graduated from P. S. DuPont High School and worked at the DuPont Co. for nearly 30 years. Upon her retirement, Jane resided in Rehoboth Beach, DE, which was her dream - to live at the beach ! There were many celebrations at Mom Mom Jane's house...
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Carmela Linda Abessinio

October 31, 2014

Carmela Linda Abessinio, age 72, of Wilmington, DE, passed away on Friday, October 31, 2014 at Forwood Manor Health Center. She was born in Wilmington, the daughter of the late Pio Abessinio. She was also predeceased by her brother Gino Abessinio. Carmela is survived by her mother Dolores Abessino with whom she lived. She is also survived by her siblings, Rocco Abessinio (Mary) of Bacon...
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Dale E. Mentzer

October 29, 2014

Dale E. Mentzer, age 77, of Wilmington, DE passed away on Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at his home. Dale was a graduate of Orbisonia High School 1956 and Western Union Telegraph School 1957, where he was employed for 30 years. Upon his retiring from Western Union he worked for J.P. Morgan Chase until retirement from there in 2002. He was a member of the Reformed Episcopal Church. Dale is...
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Shirley Anna Roberts Bohn

October 27, 2014

Shirley Anna Roberts Bohn, age 87, died at home on October 27, 2014. She was the daughter of Anna Camperson Roberts and Paul Wade Roberts. A native born 8th generation Delawarean, she graduated from P.S.duPont High School and attended The Philadelphia Museum School of Art. In 1951 she married Jim Norwood Bohn. They were married for 49 years. Mr. Bohn died on May 11, 2000. Shirley was an avid...
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Chi Thanh Nguyen

October 27, 2014

Chi Thanh Nguyen, age 86 of Wilmington, Delaware, passed away peacefully in his sleep on October 27, 2014. Born in Vietnam, Mr. Nguyen served bravely as a Colonel in the artillery of the South Vietnamese Army during the Vietnam War. Mr. Nguyen came to America with his wife and three children in 1990 and lived most of his life after that time in Garden Grove, California. Mr. Nguyen was the...
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Kusum P. Panwalker

October 23, 2014

Kusum P. Panwalker, age 89, of Newark formerly of Pune, India passed away on October 23, 2014. She was a life long teacher. She is survived by her son Anand Panwalker and his wife Asha and grandson Sandeep. The visitation will take place at 3:00 pm on Sunday October 26, 2014 followed by the funeral service at 4:00 pm at Chandler Funeral Home, 7230 Lancaster Pike, Hockessin DE 19707. In lieu...
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Catherine Rose Eckerman Adam

October 23, 2014

Catherine Rose Eckerman Adam, age 92, died peacefully in her sleep at home Thursday October 23, 2014. Catherine was predeceased by her husband, Henry L. Adam. She is survived by her five children, Hank (Maureen), Chris, Ann, Roberta and Brian; her sister, Helen Mary Avelis of Terre Haute, IN; sister-in-law, Jean Adams of Wilmington, NC; three grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and many...
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George Robert Patrick

October 22, 2014

George Robert Patrick passed away peacefully on October 22, 2014. George was born in 1941, in Windber, Pennsylvania, to Martha Strapple Patrick and George Henry Patrick. George lived his life with passion and purpose, and was known by all as a man of deep integrity. As a high school student, George excelled both academically and as an athlete, earning a Grant and Aid to Juniata College...
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Bruce Alexander Lyon

October 12, 1965 - October 20, 2014

Bruce Alexander Lyon, 49, of Wilmington, died peacefully on Monday at the Mary Campbell Center while surrounded by his loving family. He lived in Lynnfield with his devoted mother until two years ago when he joined the Mary Campbell family. Born in West Orange, N.J. on Oct. 12, 1965, he was the son of Ann Simpson Lyon, and the late George C. Lyon Sr., of Wilmington. He moved to Delaware with...
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Shesharatnam Chirra

October 19, 2014

Mrs. Shesharatnam Chirra passed away on October 19, 2014 at Hackettstown Regional Medical Center in Hackettstown, New Jersey. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday October 22, 2014 at 3 pm at Chandler Funeral Home, 7230 Lancaster Pike, Hockessin where friends and family may visit from 2 to 3 pm.
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Ebenezer D Williams, Jr.

October 18, 2014

Ebenezer David Williams, Jr., beloved husband of Florence Louise Williams, died on October 18, 2014. He received his undergraduate degree in Chemistry from Swarthmore College and his PhD in Chemistry from the University of Pennsylvania. He spent his professional career working in the textile fibers division of the DuPont Company, where he was awarded the honor of being named a DuPont Fellow....
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Scot Andrew Bentley

October 17, 2014

Scot Andrew Bentley, age 48, of Wilmington, DE, passed away Friday October 17, 2014 at Seasons Hospice in the Christiana Hospital. He was born at Fort McClellan in Anniston, AL. He was a graduate of A.I. duPont High School, Class of 1983, and attended the University of Delaware. Scot was a dedicated husband, father, and a genuine friend to all who had the pleasure of knowing him. He...
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Frances Ellen Neff Costa

November 22, 1916 - October 14, 2014

Frances Ellen Neff Costa passed away on October 14, 2014. She was born November 22, 1916, to Dean and Esther Brooker Neff in Kewanna, Indiana, and graduated at the top of her class from Rochester High School in 1934. After graduation she worked in the County Clerk's Office in Rochester. In 1937 she was married to Lester Joseph Lemon and in 1941 they moved to Los Angeles California. Frances...
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Madison B. "Matt" Whittier

October 14, 2014

Madison B. "Matt" Whittier, 85, of West Grove, PA, formerly of Wilmington, DE passed away peacefully on Tuesday, October 14, 2014. Matt was born in 1929 to Mildred and Lester Whittier in Newton, MA. He graduated in 1953 from Northeastern University with a degree in Chemistry. Upon graduation, he worked several years at DuPont in Texas, West Virginia and Delaware. He later established a long...
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Harry Cress, Jr.

October 11, 2014

Harry Cress, Jr., age 92, of Wilmington, DE, passed away on October 11, 2014. Mr. Cress graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in November 1943 with a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering. He began employment in November 1943 with DuPont Company in the Research and Development Division of the Plastics Department at Arlington, NJ. In May1944, he joined the U.S. Navy and...
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Mary Louise Murray

October 10, 2014

Mary Louise Murray, age 76, of Wilmington, DE and formerly of Rockville Centre, NY passed away on Friday, October 10, 2014. Mary Lou was born in Newark, NJ to the late Vincent and Louise Beers Campbell. She graduated from the St. Agnes High School, Rockville Centre, NY in 1956. Mary Lou was a devoted wife and mother of seven who took great pride in her family. She loved to laugh and spend...
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Anthony Michael Barone

October 8, 2014

Anthony Michael Barone, age 95, of Greenville, DE passed away on Wednesday, October 8, 2014 at his home with his family by his side. Mr. Barone was born in Clifton Heights, Pennsylvania to the late Joseph and Rose Palmerio Barone. He was a graduate of Clifton Heights High School and Drexel University. He was an electrical engineer, working for Westinghouse and the, Philco/Ford Motor Co....
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James Robert Wersinger

October 6, 2014

James Robert Wersinger, 85, of Wilmington and formerly of Hazelton, PA died at home after a long courageous battle with pancreatic cancer on October 6, 2014 surrounded by his loving family. A graduate of Hazelton High School, he attended Penn State University and served in the US Army from 1947 – 1950. He worked as a laboratory technician at DuPont Experimental Station Laboratory and retired...
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Sarah Louella Scott

October 4, 2014

Sarah Louella Scott, age 75, of Wilmington, died at 2:01 AM, Saturday, October 4, 2014 with her family at Monmouth Medical Center in Longbranch, NJ. She was born in 1939, in Somerset, Pennsylvania. She was the daughter of the late Gilbert and Sarah Ellen Wood. Sarah (also known as "Sally" by her family) was a homemaker and a long-time Wilmington resident for over 44 years. She graduated in...
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Richard C. Pierce, Jr.

October 4, 2014

Richard C. Pierce, Jr. passed away suddenly on Saturday, October 4, 2014 in Rehoboth Beach, DE. Dick was born in Philadelphia, and was the eldest son of the late Richard C. and Georgianna Pierce. He was a graduate of John Bartram High School and served in the U.S. Navy aboard a destroyer in the Pacific Theatre during WWII. He studied Architecture at Drexel and Manhattan Tech and was employed...
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Joseph Edward Dunning

October 4, 2014

Our beloved son, brother, uncle, nephew, and friend, Joseph Edward Dunning was taken by God to be with Him in heaven, tragically, on October 4, 2014. Jed, as he was known throughout his life, was so full of life and love. He was always optimistic, cheerful, and always a shoulder to lean on. No words could ever describe our loss. He is survived by his parents, Alice V. Masterson, and...
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John K. Visich

October 2, 2014

John K. Visich, born in 1931 in Brooklyn, NY died peacefully at Heartland Hospice House on October 2, 2014. He leaves behind his wife Antoinette (Toni) and their three children Joanne Mitchell (Gary), John Visich, Jr. (Qi), and Susan Machmer along with grandchildren Heather and Lauren Mitchell, and Jingmei and Sam Visich. After a career at Family Finance managing the top office in NY, John...
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George Bud Marcin, Jr.

October 1, 2014

George "Bud" Marcin, Jr., age 67 of Titusville, FL, passed away on October 1, 2014 in Wuesthoff Hospital, Rockledge, FL. Born in Wilmington, DE July 1, 1947, he was the son of the late George Marcin, Sr. and Ann Gurney Marcin. George will be remembered for many reasons, but, most notably his love of Corvettes. He attended Mount Vernon High School (Class of 1965) and Goldey Beacom College. He...
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Joan Davidson Whitney

September 28, 2014

Joan Davidson Whitney, age 95, of Glen Mills, PA, formerly of Wilmington, DE and Huletts Landing, NY, died on September 28, 2014. Joan graduated from Colby-Sawyer College in New Hampshire, and Bucknell University in Lewisburg, PA. She was employed at Imperial Chemical Industries (ICI) in New York City and Temple Hospital in Philadelphia, serving as secretary to the Dean of the Medical School....
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Harvey H Poole, Jr.

September 28, 2014

Harvey H. Poole, Jr. of Brandywood, Wilmington, DE passed away September 28, 2014 at the age of 84. Born in Wilmington to the late Harvey and Nellie Poole, he graduated from the Peddie School of Hightstown, NJ and attended the University of Delaware. Harvey served in the United States Air Force during the Korean War. He was employed for several years at Poole's Electric Co with his father...
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Paul Townsend Hart

September 28, 2014

Paul Townsend Hart, 90, of Wilmington, passed away peacefully at Christiana Hospital on Sunday, September 28, 2014 while surrounded by his loving family. Paul was born in Corinna, Maine in 1924, the son of Alice (Townsend) and Raymond L. Hart, both Methodist ministers. He was an Eagle Scout and graduated from the University of Maine with a degree in Chemical Engineering after proudly serving...
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Diana Dibble Leitch

September 27, 2014

Diana Dibble Leitch, age 74, of Hockessin, passed away peacefully with her family at her side on September 27, 2014, following complications from cardiac arrest. Diana was the eldest daughter of the late Earl and Eloise (Bilyeu) Dibble and was born in Omaha, Nebraska in 1940. She lived much of her life in Kansas City, Missouri, and Scarsdale, New York, before moving to Delaware in 1967 with...
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Virginia Wilson Crawford

September 21, 2014

Virginia Wilson Crawford of Greenville, Delaware, died at her home on September 21, 2014, at the age of 88. Virginia was born in Elizabeth City, NC, to the late John Kenyon and Bessie Weatherly Wilson. She attended St. Mary's Jr. College in Raleigh, NC, and graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Virginia enjoyed and excelled at gardening and cooking. She was an...
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Laurence I. Levinson

September 21, 2014

Laurence I. Levinson, age 61 of Wilmington, died at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, MD on Sunday September 21, 2014. Larry was a graduate of Concord High School '71, University of Delaware '75 and Delaware Law School of Widener College '79. He was the founder of The Levinson Firm. He was predeceased by his father, Stanley B. Levinson. Survivors include his wife, Anda Lidums Levinson,...
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Frank A. Sadowski

September 19, 2014

Frank A. Sadowski, age 90, of Wilmington, DE passed away peacefully on Friday, September 19, 2014. Born and raised in Chester, PA, he graduated from St. James High School in 1942. He served in the Navy during World War II as an Electrician's Mate on the USS Current and was honorably discharged in 1946. He graduated from Pennsylvania Military College as an electrical engineer and then worked...
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Suzanne Miller

September 18, 2014

Suzanne "Susie" Miller passed away peacefully on Thursday, September 18, 2014. Susie was 71. She was born in Montreal, Canada to the late S. Thomas Miller, MD and Hermine Wexler Miller. Susie is survived by her siblings, Louise Korban and husband Richard of West Chester, PA and Bend, OR, Marilyn Miller and husband William Culman of Scotts Valley, CA and Thomas H. Miller of Skowhegan, ME. ...
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Leonard Katz

September 18, 2014

Leonard Katz, MD age 77, of Wilmington passed away at Christiana Hospital on Thursday September 18, 2014. Dr. Katz earned his undergraduate degree from Cornell University and his medical degree from Catholic University of Louvain in Belgium. His residency and EEG Fellowship were completed at Thomas Jefferson Medical College. He retired from the VA Medical Center in Wilmington where he was...
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Virginia M. Schanche

September 18, 2014 - September 18, 2014

Virginia Nadine Miller Schanche passed away peacefully on Thursday, September 18, 2014, at the age of 90. She was born in 1924 to Hazel, a school teacher, and Wilbur Miller, a farmer, in Gresham, Nebraska. Together with her older sister Lucille and younger sister Helen she was raised on the family farm and was graduated from McCool Junction High School. With Lucille she moved to Baltimore,...
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Myrtle E. White

September 16, 2014

Myrtle E. White, 91, passed away on September 16, 2014 at her home in Hockessin, Delaware. She was born in April 1923 to the late Franklin and Elizabeth Morris. Myrtle is survived by her devoted husband Guy A. White, with whom she shared sixty-eight years of loving marriage; their daughter Rebecca and her husband Robert Rose of Milford, New Jersey; and their son Guy Alexander Jr. and his wife...
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Theodore Augur Koch

September 13, 2014

Theodore Augur Koch, age 88, passed away peacefully in his home on the evening of Sept. 13, 2014, surrounded by his family. He lived a long, productive, fulfilling life, and was deeply loved by many around the world. Born in Schenectady, NY, Ted attended St. Michael's College in Burlington, VT, later earning his PhD in Chemistry from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. To support...
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John R. Schaefgen

September 13, 2014

Dr. John Raymond Schaefgen Of Wilmington, DE, passed away on Saturday, September 13, at his home, surrounded by his loving children. He was 96 years old. Born in Gross Point (now Wilmette), Illinois, John was the son of Peter Joseph and Augusta Kasielke Schaefgen. John had a difficult childhood, contracting tuberculosis of the spine at the age of four and spending several years in a...
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Phillip Adam Bishop

November 14, 1986 - September 12, 2014

Phillip Adam Bishop, age 27, of Hockessin, DE was killed on Friday, September 12, 2014 in a cycling accident on Brackenville Road when he was struck by a motorist. Phillip was born in Farmington Hills, Michigan on November 14, 1986 to Clyde and Johanna Bishop, the third of their four children. He moved to Hockessin with his family in 1988. A 2004 graduate of Salesianum School, he studied...
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Charles "Chuck" Kelly

September 11, 2014

CHARLES HENRY "Chuck" KELLY Wilmington native and architect Charles Henry "Chuck" Kelly, 60, died peacefully Thursday, September 11, 2014 at St. Francis Hospital following a long illness. Born in Wilmington in 1954, Kelly was the son of George-Anne O. Kelly and the late Ralph E. Kelly and graduated in 1972 from Unionville (PA) High School. He earned both Bachelor's and Master's degrees in...
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Madhukanta Popatlal Shah

September 10, 2014

A visitation will be held from 1 to 2 pm on Sunday September 14, 2014 followed by funeral services at 2 pm at the CHANDLER FUNERAL HOME,7230 Lancaster Pike, Hockessin, DE 19707.
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Carl J. Lundgren

September 9, 2014

Carl J. Lundgren, of Newtown, PA, died Tuesday, September 9, 2014. He was 88. Carl was the youngest son of first generation Americans who emigrated from Sweden. He graduated from P.S. Dupont High School in 1944, where he designed his senior class flag, and from Roosevelt Aviation School in Hicksville, NY. He served in the ARMY in World War II. He retired from Exxon Corporation after more...
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Charlotte Tatnall Halloran

September 9, 2014

Charlotte Tatnall Halloran, 92, died peacefully on September 9, 2014 with her family around her, at her home at Jenner's Pond Retirement Community, West Grove, Pennsylvania. Charlotte was a mother, a singer and an artist. She was born August 11, 1922 in Wilmington, Delaware; graduated from the Tatnall School in 1940, and from the University of Delaware in 1943. She was a lively, talented,...
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Sara (Sally) McCormick

September 8, 2014

Sara (Sally) Louise Brown McCormick passed away on September 8, 2014 at Cokesbury Village, Hockessin, DE. She was born August 17, in Brooklyn, NY; daughter of Ivan Willard Brown and Louise Singer Brown, who then lived in Jamaica, Long Island, NY. Sally graduated from Columbia High School, South Orange/Maplewood, NJ in 1940, and from Syracuse University, Syracuse NY, magna cum laude, in June...
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Sarah E. Dennison

September 7, 2014

Sarah E. Dennison Sarah E. Dennison, age 95, of Lancaster, PA, passed away peacefully on Sunday, September 7, 2014 at Willow Valley Life Care Center. Sarah was born in Hockessin, Delaware to the late Samuel and Alice Dennison. She graduated from college with a teaching degree in 1940. She taught first grade for many years in Yorklyn and Stanton, Delaware before answering a call from the...
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Arpine Semerjian Maxwell

September 6, 2014

Arpine Semerjian Maxwell ( Mom, Aunt Arpine), age 91, of Glen Mills, PA passed into the Lord's hands on September 6, 2014, reuniting with her true love Henry on their 62nd wedding anniversary. Born in Constantinople during the Armenian genocide, she and her family fled Turkey through Greece settling in Philadelphia at the age of 5, with nothing but the bare essentials. Proud of her Armenian...
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Arpine Semerjian Maxwell

September 6, 2014

Arpine Semerjian Maxwell, age 91, passed away on September 6, 2014 at Maris Grove in Glen Mills, PA. A complete obituary will appear at a later date with detailed service information.
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George W. Sinning

September 5, 2014

George W. Sinning, age 83, of Wilmington, DE, formerly of Kassel, Germany passed away in the early morning on Friday, September 5, 2014. He graduated from P.S. DuPont High School in 1951, and he was a dedicated employee of Glazar Brothers, Inc. for 41 years. George is survived by his wife of 59 years, Lina E. Sinning, son George Robert Sinning and wife Mary of Wilmington, DE, daughter Lisa...
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James Michael Lanahan

September 5, 2014

Jim Lanahan, age 66, died September 5, 2014, after several years of ill health. After his graduation from Salesianum in 1966, Jim worked for the Diamond State Telephone Company. He proudly served his country as a Seabee in Vietnam, and then worked for the telephone company until retiring in 1998. He then worked at Chase Bank as a network engineer for another ten years. Jim enjoyed boating...
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Hugh Campbell Wallace

September 5, 2014

Born to Melville Fuller Wallace and Ruth Patterson in Koblenz, Germany, US Army of Occupation. Predeceased by brother Melville and sisters Patricia and Ruth. Graduated St. Mark's School, Southborough, MA in 1940. Attended Yale University for two years, played varsity football and ice hockey. Enlisted US Air Force 1942. Commissioned bombardier navigator 2nd lieutenant. Assigned to 9th Air...
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