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Fredrick Eric Zumsteg

April 13, 2014

Fredrick (Eric) Carl Herrick Zumsteg died suddenly on Sunday, April 13, 2014. He was born to Norma Herrick Zumsteg and Dr. Fredrick (Rick) C. Zumsteg, Jr. in 1978 in Wilmington, DE. He married the love of his life, Elizangela (Liza) N. Marchena Zumsteg on May 2, 2009 in a fairytale wedding celebrated on Eagle Beach, Aruba, Liza's native island. Eric attended Wilmington Montessori School and...
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Michael D. Weller

April 12, 2014

Michael D. Weller, of Wilmington, DE died April 12, 2014, after a courageous battle with cancer. He was born to John and Dorothy Weller in Lancaster, PA and moved to Delaware at an early age. He obtained his Bachelor's degree from the University of DE, his Master's from Delaware State University and taught art in the Colonial School District for many years. Alongside teaching, Michael also...
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Isabella K. Tarumianz-Brown

April 8, 2014

Isabella Tarumianz-Brown passed away peacefully on April 7, 2014 at Stonegates Healthcare. She was born in 1924 to William and Isabella Kruger in Patterson, New Jersey. After a time in Buffalo, NY, she moved with her family to Wilmington in 1936 where she resided for the rest of her life. She attended P.S. DuPont High School and Penn Hall College. Isabella was predeceased by her first...
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Robert MacLeod "Bob" Smith

April 8, 2014

Robert MacLeod "Bob" Smith died on Tuesday, April 8, 2014. The son of Robert MacLeod Smith and Charlotte Cleapor Smith, he was born in Wilmington, NC, in 1924. He grew up in Wilmington, NC, graduated from New Hanover High School in 1942 and attended Wake Forest University. He joined the U.S. Navy as an ensign (1943-1946) and served in the Occupation Forces in Japan. Honorably discharged from the...
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Edward F. Molash

April 7, 2014

Edward F. Molash, age 82 of Highland West, Wilmington, passed away on Monday, April 7, 2014. Born in Shenandoah, PA in 1931, Edward was the son of the late Frank and Catherine Molash. He served his country in the US Navy during the Korean War. Edward made his career as a Supervisor with General Motors for 38 years until his retirement. Edward is survived by his wife of 56 years, Jean;...
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Alexander Downs Manners

April 7, 2014

Alexander Downs Manners, 86, died peacefully Monday in Palm Beach, FL. He was born to the late Alexander Downs Manners and Mary MacCrimmon Manners in Philadelphia, PA. He and his wife, Olga Gren Manners were high school sweethearts at John Bartram H.S. in Philadelphia. They celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary on December 18, 2013. They lived for 43 years in North Hills, Wilmington, DE,...
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Harry Joseph Siegfeldt

April 6, 2014

Harry Joseph Siegfeldt, age 75, died at Jenner's Pond Skilled Nursing facility on Sunday April 6, 2014 after fighting a long battle with Multiple Sclerosis and cancer. He was born in Bethlehem, PA, the only child of Harry O. Siegfeldt and Elizabeth Miller Siegfeldt, both deceased. He attended Bethlehem Catholic High School, Villanova University BSME, 1960 and Carnegie Mellon University, MSIA,...
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Mari Carroll Field Skelly

April 5, 2014

Mari Carroll Field Skelly (93) died peacefully at Brandywine Senior Living in Kennett Square, PA on Saturday, April 5, 2014, surrounded by her family. She was born in Parkside, PA to Walter and Catharine Carroll. She attended St Roberts Catholic School in Chester, PA and Immaculata College and West Chester University. She married Arthur Laurence Field, Sr, who predeceased her in 1965, and J Paul...
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Richard H. Stearns

April 4, 2014

The Rev. Richard H. Stearns passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family on April 4, 2014 in Poughkeepsie, NY. He was 81. He served the Presbyterian Church for nearly 40 years, retiring from ministry in 1995 after 13 years as senior pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Greenwich, CT. Before that, he was the former senior pastor at Twelve Corners Presbyterian Church in Brighton, NY...
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Father Stamatios Ganiaris

April 3, 2014

Father Stamatios (Stamos) Ganiaris passed away peacefully on Thursday, April 3rd, surrounded by his loving family. He resided in Wilmington, Delaware with his Presbytera Ioanna. He was affectionately known as Fr. Stamos. Fr. Stamos was born on the island of Chios, Greece in 1928, the third child of Socrates and Eleni Ganiaris. He and his brother Panos and sister Evie had a happy childhood...
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Jessie C. Lee

April 3, 2014

Dr. Jessie C. Lee, age 78, a resident of Foulk Manor in Wilmington passed away on April 3, 2014. Dr. Lee was born in 1935 in the Liaoning Providence of Manchuria China to the late Hsieuh San and Chow Ann Ho. She came to America in 1959 and attended MIT and the University of Pennsylvania earning her Doctorate Degree in Organic Chemistry in 1965. She was a Professor of Chemistry at the...
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Elizabeth Bartlett St. Clair

April 1, 2014

Elizabeth Bartlett St. Clair, known affectionately as Stevie or Liz, passed away April 1, 2014 after a long fight with Alzheimer's Disease. Liz was born in 1930 in Beckley, West Virginia. The only child of a school teacher and a principal, she was the Salutatorian of her high school class and then graduated Phi Beta Kappa as a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority from William and Mary at age...
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Zita K. Gill

March 31, 2014

Zita K. Gill, age 83, passed away on Monday, March 31, 2014 at Maris Grove, in Glen Mills, PA. Zita was born in 1930 in Chicago, IL to the late Zita and Thomas J. Clancy. Her family eventually moved to Tucson, AZ where she graduated from Tucson High School. She also attended Miserocdia College in Dalles, PA. Zita was a very warm and kind person and loved people. She was loved by everyone...
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Robert Emmett Hickman

March 30, 2014

Robert Emmett Hickman died at his home in West Grove, PA, on Sunday, March 30, at the age of 91. Bob was born in 1922, in Wilmington, Delaware, to Emmett Stewart Hickman and Ethel Seal Hickman. A 1939 graduate of Tower Hill School, he attended Cornell University where he was an award-winning member of the swim team. He received his B.S. in civil engineering from Cornell in 1943 and served as...
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Nipser (Norma Katherine Herr) Mackey

April 4, 1925 - March 30, 2014

Nipser (Norma Katherine Herr) Mackey, age 88, of North Wilmington. April 4, 1925 – March 30, 2014. Born in Buffalo, NY, to Frederick August Herr and Emma Schulz Herr. She was preceded in death by her parents, brother Robert August Herr, and husband of 55 years Robert Wright Mackey. She is survived by Katherine Mackey Baab (David), Janet Susan Mackey (Ron Ketter), Paul Frederick Mackey (Jill...
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Shantaben B. Patel

March 27, 2014

Funeral services will be held at 2 pm on Tuesday April 1, 2014 at the Chandler Funeral Home, 7230 Lancaster Pike, Hockessin. Friends and family may visit at the funeral home from 1 to 2 pm.
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James H. Garvin

March 27, 2014

JAMES H. GARVIN of New York City, formerly of Wilmington, DE, died on Thursday, March 27, 2014. Born in Petoskey, Michigan in 1920, he was the son of the late Charles E. and Edith (Gregory) Garvin. He graduated from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, in 1942, and was commissioned as a second Lieutenant in the United States Air Force, Air Transport Command. He married his high school...
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Beth Harding Scheuerman

March 26, 2014

On March 26, 2014, Beth Harding Scheuerman died peacefully at her home at Shipley Manor. Born in 1929, Beth grew up in Colby, KS. She attended Barnard College (in NYC) on a merit scholarship. In 1949 she graduated—first in her class, summa cum laude, majoring in mathematics. She returned to Kansas to marry her high school sweetheart, Hardy Scheuerman, whom she remained deeply in love with,...
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Louis G. Blizzard

March 26, 2014

Louis G. Blizzard passed peacefully on March 26, 2014 at the Heartland Hospice House in Wilmington, Delaware. He was born in 1925 to George and Emilie Schmitz Blizzard of Cedarville, NJ. He was a graduate of Bridgeton High School and Washington College. Louis was a member of the Theta Chi Fraternity, Varsity Club and ODK Honor Society. He enlisted in the Navy and served in the Pacific Theatre...
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Sigurd Simcox Swensson

March 26, 2014

Sigurd Simcox Swensson died on March 26, 2014. The son of Earl E. and Viola Simcox Swensson, he was born in Buffalo, NY in 1926. He grew up in Old Hickory, TN and Richmond, VA and graduated from high school in Fairfield, CT. He joined the US Navy V12 Program at the University of Washington, graduating as Ensign with an EE degree in 1945 and was honorably discharged as a Lieutenant JG. Between...
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Joan M. Valania

March 26, 2014

Joan M. Valania, age 74, of Wilmington, DE passed away on Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at Foulk Manor South Assisted Living Community in Brandywine Hundred. She was born on June 18, 1939 in Philadelphia, PA, daughter of the late John J. Foley and Mary K. (Sugden) Foley. Joan graduated from the former Saint Mathew's High in Conshohocken, PA in 1958, where she led the marching band in holiday parades...
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Paul W. Best

March 26, 2014

Paul W. Best, age 94 of Hockessin, died March 22, 2014 at Cokesbury Village. He was born in Middletown, PA in 1919 to James F. and Helen (Beck) Best. Paul graduated from Pennsylvania State University where he was active in Alpha Chi Sigma fraternity. He married his high school sweetheart D. Pauline Baum who predeceased him in 2009. Paul worked for Hercules, Inc. for 43 years in Wisconsin,...
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Arthur Guild Connolly, Jr.

March 25, 2014

Arthur Guild Connolly, Jr. died at the age of 76 on March 25, 2014 at his home in Wilmington. He had a rare and aggressive form of lymphoma, which he fought with great courage and strength for nearly three years. His family was with him when he died peacefully. Art was the son of the late Arthur G. Connolly, Sr. and the late Gerardine Laffey Connolly. He was born in Wilmington on September 5,...
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Donald Dean Lloyd

March 23, 2014

Donald Dean Lloyd passed away peacefully in the Compassionate Care Hospice unit at St. Francis Hospital on March 23, 2014. He was born to the late Emlen and Mildred Lloyd on July 12, 1933 in Wilmington, DE. Donald grew up in Gwinhurst and graduated from Mt. Pleasant High School in 1950 where he played football and basketball. He served in the United Sates Navy from July 1950 to July 1953....
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Catherine Gayanne (Gay) Guzman

March 22, 2014

Catherine Gayanne (Gay) Guzman passed away and went to her eternal home on Saturday, March 22, 2014 at her home in Smyrna, Delaware at the age of 77. Gay was born to Alberta and Samuel Dilley in New Jersey. She graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School and began working in the publishing industry, eventually working as an executive secretary for Alcoa Aluminum Co. for close to 30 years. She was...
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Dorothy A. Shackleford

March 20, 2014

Dorothy A Shackelford, age 81, of Wilmington, passed away peacefully at her home on Thursday, March 20, 2014. She was born and raised in Wilmington and lived her entire life in the State of Delaware. Dorothy was a loving wife, mother and homemaker who enjoyed spending time with her family. She also enjoyed ballroom dancing, traveling, gardening, playing bridge, bird watching and shopping. ...
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Amelia White

March 19, 2014

Amelia (Sack) White Amelia White passed away at Cokesbury Village on Wednesday March 19, 2014. Amelia, "Mimi" to her friends, was the last of six children born to Florence and Peter Sack in Sayreville, NJ in 1923. She married Courtland K. White, Jr. in 1944. This union began a long life of living in foreign countries and throughout the U.S. with three daughters; Chris, Daryl and Kathy...
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Victor Lee Rose

March 18, 2014

Victor Lee Rose, age 73, of Newport passed away on Tuesday March 18, 2014 at Cadia Rehabilitation in Wilmington. Mr. Rose was the son of the late Gorman Rose and Grace Rose Gliniak. He loved country music, gave lessons on guitar and enjoyed watching TV and sports programs. Mr. Rose was a past member of Minquas Fire Company No. 1. In addition to his parents, Mr. Rose was predeceased by...
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Elaine June Dobrzynski

March 18, 2014

Elaine June Dobrzynski Elaine Dobrzynski, 69 of Wilmington, died Tuesday, March 18, 2014, surrounded by her family, after a brief illness. Elaine enjoyed working over 20 years in the banking industry, but loved being a wife and mother even more. She is survived by her husband of 45 years, John (Jack) J. Dobrzynski, her children John J. Dobrzynski, Jr. (Jaclyn), Deborah L Dobrzynski (Marc...
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Ronald Edward Steward

March 17, 2014

Ronald Edward Steward, age 53, of Wilmington, Delaware passed away on March 17, 2014. Ron graduated from Brandywine High School in 1979. He had a long career at Genesis Health Care. He is survived by his parents, Ronald and Kathleen Steward; son Ryan; daughter Kristeen; sisters Sharon (Chas) McCormick and Michele (Grant) Wagner; and nieces and nephews. Services will be private. The...
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Margaret Whitney Mahood

March 16, 2014

Margaret Whitney Mahood, our dear Maggie, was born in Mount Pleasant, Pennsylvania, on the twenty fourth of November, nineteen hundred and forty two and passed peacefully from this world on the sixteenth of March, twenty fourteen at her residence in Wilmington, Delaware. And though she has traveled to our Father's home, entering gratefully as a servant humble in service, mindful, dedicated and...
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George Giannaris

March 16, 2014

The Very Reverend Father George Giannaris, known and loved as "Father George", 87, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Sunday, March 16th. He had resided in Wilmington, Delaware with his Presbytera Mary. Fr. George was born in the village of Neohori, Greece, the first of five children of the late Katerina and Stefanos Giannaris on May 29, 1926. Fr. George started his...
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Patrick Tomlan

March 16, 2014

Patrick F. Tomlan, age 70, of Wilmington, passed away on March 16, 2014 in Season's Hospice at the Christiana Hospital after a battle with cancer. Mr. Tomlan was born in Duluth, Minnesota in 1943 to the late Joseph Anthony and Evelyn Mae (Mork) Tomlan. He graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1965 with a degree in engineering and from the University of Illinois in 1969 with a PhD in...
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Helen S. Vaala

March 14, 2014

Helen S. Vaala, 98 years young, of Wilmington, DE passed away March 14, 2014 at ManorCare Health Services. She was born in 1915 in Harrison, NY to August and Minnie Siegmann. A lifelong advocate of the importance of education, Helen graduated from Harrison NY High School at age 16 and was awarded a scholarship to Randolph-Macon College where she received a Bachelor degree in French in 1936....
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Elizabeth M. Castiglione

March 11, 2014

Elizabeth M. (Finnegan) Castiglione "Betty" 86 Wilmington, DE Elizabeth M. Castiglione of Wilmington, DE passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family on Tuesday, March 11, 2014. Born and raised in Philadelphia, PA, she was the daughter of the late James and Bertha Finnegan. Betty graduated from John Bartram High School. She worked for Gimbels, General Electric, Folcroft School...
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Sally B. Walker

March 10, 2014

Sally B. Walker, 92, of Greenville, DE formerly of New York, NY. died on Monday, March 10, 2014 in her home after a long struggle with Alzheimer's disease.. Sal was the daughter of the late Edith Parkhouse Walker and Lambert Roger Walker of Bellerose, NY. She graduated from the Cathedral School of St. Mary's and Finch College. After graduating from Finch, she began her career at Steuben Glass...
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Napoleon I. Salameda

March 10, 2014

Napoleon I. Salameda of Hockessin, DE, died peacefully at Seasons Hospice at Christiana Hospital on Monday March 10, 2014 following complications of a stroke. He was 81 years old. "Noli" was born in Taal, Batangas, Philippines and came to the United States with his wife, Dr. Lolita R. Salameda, deceased in 2007, and settled in Wilmington in 1958. He worked for many years with DuPont as an...
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Geraldine Geri O'Neill

March 9, 2014

Geraldine (Geri) Desmond O'Neill, age 83, of Wilmington, DE, formerly of New York City, passed away on Sunday, March 9, 2014 at Cadia Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, following a long illness. She was the daughter of William and Delia Desmond, and was raised in Richmond Hill, a neighborhood in the Queens borough. In 1945 Geri graduated from St. Mary Gate of Heaven Grammar School and in 1949...
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James F. Kearns

March 8, 2014

James F. Kearns, age 85, of Greenville, DE, passed away on Saturday, March 8, 2014 at Stonegates. Jim was born in Cleveland, OH, son of the late Allen and Mildred Kearns. He graduated from P.S. duPont High School in 1946 and received his bachelor's degree from the University of Delaware in 1950. Jim worked for the DuPont Company for 41 years. He began his career in 1950 at the Waynesboro, VA...
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Christopher M. Milcendeau

March 7, 2014

Christopher Milcendeau, age 36, of Wilmington, Delaware died in his home on Friday, March 7, 2014, surrounded by family after a brief but valiant battle against brain cancer. Chris was born in Littleton, New Hampshire, and spent most of his childhood in Carthage, North Carolina, graduating from Union Pines High School in 1996. In 2000, Chris graduated from Winthrop College with a finance degree...
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J. Simpson Dean, Jr.

March 7, 2014

J. Simpson Dean, Jr., of Wilmington, DE, and Palm Beach, FL, passed away peacefully on Friday, March 7, 2014 at age 86. Jimmy was born in Philadelphia, PA, to the late Paulina du Pont and J. Simpson Dean, Sr., and raised in Wilmington. He was predeceased by his first wife, Leatrice Warren Dean. He is survived by his wife, Margaret M. Dean, his sisters, Lisa D. Moseley of Wilmington and...
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William John Eissing, Jr.

March 6, 2014

William John Eissing, Jr., age 92 of Wilmington, DE passed away on March 6, 2014. He graduated from Darby High School in Darby, PA in 1939. He attended the Drexel Institute and the University of Delaware. William worked for the Pennsylvania Railroad from 1939 to 1949, US Army Air Corps from 1942 to 1945 and DuPont Company as a Research Technician from 1956 to 1985. He was a member of the...
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Thomas Gallagher

March 3, 2014

Thomas Gallagher died peacefully on March 3, 2014 at the age of 58. Tommy had battled several health conditions over the last decade but he never lost his love of life and devotion to his friends and family. Tom was born to Francis Xavier (F.X.) and Ann Cosler Gallagher of Wilmington, DE. He was the younger sibling to Michael F. Gallagher and Catherine (Katie) Wolfe. He attended The Tatnall...
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Julia Shields Pilcher

March 3, 2014

Julia Shields Pilcher, age 75, of Wilmington, passed away on Monday March 3, 2014 after a long illness. She was peaceful and received comfort by Seasons Hospice and Pallative Care at Christiana Hospital. Miss Pilcher was the beloved daughter of the late William and Sarah Pilcher and sister of the late Elizabeth Pilcher. A private service will be held on Tuesday March 11, 2014 followed by a...
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William B. Zolper

March 3, 2014

Ben died at home on March 3, 2014 at the age of 91. He was born in Wilmington in 1922, son of William B. and Marion Zolper. Growing up in the Highlands area, he graduated from Wilmington High School and the University of Delaware. College was interrupted when he volunteered for the U.S. Navy during WWII, participating in Officer Training at the University of Pennsylvania and Northwestern. He...
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Marlene A. Ciechoski

March 2, 2014

Marlene Ciechoski died suddenly on March 2, 2014, as a result of complications from chronic illness. She was 69 years old. She dedicated her life to serving others, both in her personal relationships and in her career. Marlene was born in Wilkes-Barre, PA, in 1944 to Elsie and Adam Ciechoski. She attended Wilkes-Barre College of Nursing and eventually earned a Master's of Science in Nursing...
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Donald F. Stauffer

March 1, 2014

Donald Francis Stauffer A native of Wilmington, Delaware and long time resident of Kennett Township, Pennsylvania, and late of Jennersville, Pennsylvania, Donald F. Stauffer passed on at age 89 on February 28, 2014. Don was born and raised in Wilmington. He graduated from P. S DuPont High School in 1942. After a year at the University of Delaware, he...
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Margaret Peggy Wallig

March 1, 2014

Margaret (Peggy) Wallig entered her eternal rest on March 1, 2014 at the Country House in Greenville. She was born on April 20, 1934 in Dubuque, Iowa along with her twin sister Madonna. Peggy was a registered nurse who loved her career. She was also a talented homemaker, wife, mother, grandmother and friend to her husband, children and grandchildren. Peggy enjoyed her duplicate bridge...
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Howard Vaughn Rutter

March 1, 2014

Howard Vaughn Rutter, age 87, passed away Saturday March 1 at his residence in Cokesbury Retirement Community. Born in Wilmington, he was the son of the late Harvey P., Sr. and Helen McVey Rutter. A graduate of Conrad High School, Vaughn attended Niagara University and Goldey Beacom College. Following his service in the Army Air Corps during World War II, he was employed as an accountant...
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Fred Whitaker

February 27, 2014

Fred Whitaker, age 94 of Wilmington, DE and formerly of Newark, died on February 27, 2014 at the Methodist Country House after a short illness, one day before his 95th birthday. Originally from Penn Yan, NY, Fred graduated from M.I.T. with a degree in Chemical Engineering and then served in the Army during WWII. Upon returning home, he joined the DuPont Company and retired after 35 years. Fred...
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Jennifer Mauk

February 27, 2014

Jennie Mauk, born Jennifer Marie Horenburger, died at the age of 34 on February 27, 2014. She was lovingly surrounded by close family as she passed away peacefully at her parents' home in Chadds Ford, PA. Jennie graduated from Archmere Academy in 1997 and the University of Delaware in 2001, where she was a sister of Lambda Kappa Beta and earned a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology. She worked in...
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William Ross Stevens III

February 25, 2014

William Ross Stevens III passed away on Tuesday, February 25, 2014, at the Methodist Country House in Greenville, DE. Ross was born November 29, 1943, in Wilmington, DE, to William Ross Stevens and Katherine Hutchinson Stevens. He grew up in Seaford, DE, Covington, IN, and Aiken, SC. He was a man of broad interests, deep faith, and familial devotion; he lived life well and fully. Ross...
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Marcella Patricia Dunne Walker

February 23, 2014

Marcella Patricia Dunne Walker, 86, of Greenville, DE died on February 23, 2014 in her home, after a long struggle with Alzheimer's. She is survived by her loving husband Bob, devoted children Roger, Patrick (Theresa Levins) and Moira, two grandsons William and Timothy and 22 nieces and nephews. Additionally, her four sisters Rosemary Hardart Dobbin (Robert) of Bronxville, NY, Moira Desloge ...
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David Allan Duvall

February 22, 2014

David Allan Duvall, age 84, of Wilmington, DE, passed away on Saturday, February 22, 2014 at Parkview Nursing, Wilmington, DE. David was born in Cleveland, Oklahoma in August 1929 to the late Emerald Rees Duvall and Clay Sloan Duvall. David graduated from the University of Missouri, Columbia with a B.S. degree in chemical engineering. David served in the U.S. Army from 1954-1956, followed by...
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Lesley Christine Reach

February 21, 2014

Lesley Christine Reach of Newark, DE died Friday February 21, 2014 at Seasons Hospice, Newark Delaware. Her loving husband was at her side. She was 67. Lesley was born in Philadelphia, PA to the late James A. and Elizabeth M. Hall. As a child of Navy parents Lesley lived in several locations including Guam, San Diego, Virginia Beach and Bainbridge, Maryland. She graduated from Christiana...
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Lesley Reach

February 21, 2014

Lesley Christine Reach of Newark, DE died Friday February 21, 2014 at Seasons Hospice, Newark Delaware. Her loving husband was at her side. She was 67. Lesley was born in Philadelphia, PA to the late James A. and Elizabeth M. Hall. As a child of Navy parents Lesley lived in several locations including Guam, San Diego, Virginia Beach and Bainbridge, Maryland. She graduated from Christiana...
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Walter Wade Foskey

February 21, 2014

Walter Wade Foskey, 44, of Hockessin, DE, passed away at his home. Born on March 23, 1969 to Horace and Nadine Foskey, Wade was a lifelong resident of Hockessin. He attended Alexis I. DuPont High School. After his schooling, Wade was a dedicated employee at R. E. Michael Company Inc. for 16 years where he worked in sales. Hardly missing a day of work and rarely ever taking a vacation, Wade was...
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Aroon A. Vaidya

February 20, 2014

Dr. Aroon A.Vaidya, aged 78, passed away peacefully in his home on February 20, 2014 surrounded by his family. Dr. Vaidya was born in Gujarat, India. He was a devoted follower of Mohandas Gandhi and led a principled and disciplined life. He obtained a medical degree and had a successful private practice in India before bringing his family to the United States in 1974 to start a new life. He...
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Thomas Robert Elsman

February 20, 2014

Thomas Robert Elsman passed away on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at the Country House in Greenville, DE. Tom was born in 1932 in East Orange, NJ to Theodore Reginald Elsman and Dorothy Gitler Elsman. He received his BS in Commerce & Finance from Bucknell University where he was President of Phi Kappa Psi and a member of Delta Mu Delta Economics Honorary. He received his MBA from the...
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Joseph Wayne Kneisley

February 19, 2014

Joseph Wayne Kneisley died peacefully at his home at the age of 96 on February 19, after a long battle with diabetes and infirmities of age. "Wayne" was raised in the small town of Quincy, Ohio. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and then earned a Ph.D. degree in Organic Chemistry at the University of Illinois. He married Evelyn Barchick of Chicago, a straight-A...
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Ernest (Ernie) Woodacre

February 18, 2014

Ernest (Ernie) Woodacre, aged 83, passed away of Alzheimer's disease on February 18, 2014. Known as the "True English Gentleman," Ernie was born in Blackburn, England on April 6, 1930. He grew up as an only child to the late Kathleen and James Woodacre. As a young boy, he developed a strong passion for learning and excelled at academics. He particularly enjoyed reading but demonstrated a...
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Hugh Francis Bunnell

February 18, 2014

Hugh Francis Bunnell, age 101, of Port Charlotte, FL, formerly of Riverdale, MD and Lawton, PA died on February 18, 2014 at Season's Hospice in Wilmington, DE. Hugh graduated from Rush High School, Rush, PA in 1930 and The Pennsylvania State University in 1934. After teaching industrial arts in Reinerton, PA and Greenbelt, MD, he earned an MEd from the University of Maryland and served as a...
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Jane Gregg Anderson

February 17, 2014

Jane Gregg Anderson of Wilmington passed away in her home February 17, 2014. She was 68 years old. She was born in Wilmington to the late Roland D. and Beulah Gregg Anderson. She graduated from P.S. DuPont High School, class of '63, and the University of Delaware, class of '67, and later went on to receive her M.Ed. as a reading specialist. Jane worked as a teacher for many years in the...
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Lucinia B. Sales, DMD

February 15, 2014

Lucinia B. 'Lucy' Sales, 72, of Newark, DE, passed away peacefully on February 15, 2014, at the Hospice at Christiana Hospital, surrounded by her loving family and friends. Lucy enjoyed travelling, cooking and being with family and friends. She was also a jack-of-all-trades, taking pleasure in yard work, carpentry, electrical wiring; and tinkering with cars. Lucy chose the life of a dentist....
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George S. Hanna, Jr.

February 12, 2014

George S. Hanna, Jr., 78, passed away at the VA Medical Center Hospice in Coatesville, PA on February 12, 2014. Born and raised in Bellefonte, DE George was the son of the late Alma Bamber McGinnes and George S. Hanna, Sr. He is also predeceased by his daughter Eileen Bugsy Hanna. He served in the Army during the Korean War and worked locally at the GM plant, DrugHouse and Halls Freight in...
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Richard W. York

February 11, 2014

Richard W. York, age 91, of Wilmington, DE, died peacefully at home on February 11, 2014. Born in Boston, MA, he graduated from Medford (MA) High School in 1940, Tufts College (now Tufts University) in 1947 with a degree in Computer Science and also earned a degree in Accounting from Bentley College. He joined the Navy in 1942 as Combat Air Crewman. He worked for E. I. du Pont de Nemours...
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Vijay Aggarwal

February 10, 2014

Funeral services will be held on Saturday February 15, 2014 at 3 pm at the Chandler Funeral Home, 7230 Lancaster Pike, Hockessin where friends and family may visit from 2 to 3 pm.
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Christopher Peter Fortugno

February 9, 2014

Christopher Peter Fortugno, 61, of Hockessin, DE, passed away February 9, 2014, in Christiana Hospital after a month-long, devastating illness. A graduate of Christ Our King grammar school and Salesianum High School, Chris went on to earn a BS from the University of Delaware, a Master of Business Adm. from Northern Arizona University and a Master of Science in Taxation from Widner University....
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Kenneth Edmund Wattman

February 7, 2014

Kenneth (Ken) Edmund Wattman died peacefully at his home in Chadds Ford on February 7, 2014 at age 85. He will be remembered for his kind heart, warm smile and the keen intelligence he used to mentor others and cheer their successes. Ken was born in Orange, NJ on February 9, 1928, the son of George Knut and Ruth Anderson Wattman. Raised in NJ and Fort Worth, TX, he graduated from Cornell...
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Margaret DiSabatino

February 6, 2014

After a long and rich life, Margaret went home to be with her loved ones and God on February 6, 2014. Margaret was born in Havre de Grace, Md. in 1922. Margaret lived in Wilmington most of her life. She was the 2nd oldest of 13 brothers and sisters. Margaret attended St. Thomas grade school. She started working at the A&P at the age of 18 and worked there for over 45+ years, where she made...
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Alice E. Hyland Krapf

February 6, 2014

Alice passed away peacefully on February 6, 2014 after a brief illness. She was the daughter of Harry and Mary (Ellsworth) Hyland. Alice is survived by Bob, her loving husband of 66 years. She was a resident of Stonegates in Greenville. After graduating from Wilmington High School. Alice worked for Craig Advertising and enjoyed a brief modeling career until she married Bob and devoted...
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Clare O'Donnell

February 5, 2014

Clare O'Donnell, age 90, passed away peacefully at her daughter's home in Wilmington, DE on Wednesday, February 5, 2014. Clare was born in Delphi, PA the daughter of the late George Weber and Jennie Nicholson Weber. Orphaned very young she was raised in S.W. Philadelphia by her sisters and brothers. She attended St. Clements grade school and graduated from West Catholic Girls HS in1941. ...
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Angel Julian Valbuena

February 5, 2014

Angel Julian Valbuena, (nom de plume Angel Valbuena-Briones), Elias Ahuja Professor of Spanish in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures at the University of Delaware, was an internationally known scholar, author, professor and lecturer in Spanish and Spanish American literatures. Dr. Valbuena passed away on February 5, 2014 from a Pulmonary Embolism and Deep Vein Thrombosis, at the...
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Jack Edward Beecher

February 4, 2014

Jack Edward Beecher, 90, resident of Maris Grove in Glen Mills, PA, husband of Wanda Beecher, died February 4, 2014 at Maris Grove's Rose Court. Born in 1923 in Pekin, Illinois, he was the son of the late Edward L. and Almina Brown Beecher. Jack and Wanda were married in 1942 and recently celebrated their 71st wedding anniversary. In addition to his wife, he is survived by two daughters,...
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Richard Anthony Kaiser

February 3, 2014

Richard Anthony Kaiser, Jr., age 86, of Wilmington, Delaware, died peacefully on Monday, February 3, 2014. Mr. Kaiser was born in 1927 in West Orange, New Jersey, the son of Richard A. and Madeleine Kearns Kaiser. His family moved to Wilmington in 1940 from Baltimore, Maryland. Mr. Kaiser graduated from Archmere Academy in 1945, served in the United States Navy on the USS Stanley during...
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Anna Stella Ross

February 1, 2014

Anna Stella Ross, 77, of Hearthstone Manor in Milford, DE, passed away at the Delaware Hospice Center on January 1, 2014 after a long illness. She was a member of St. John the Apostle Catholic Church, Milford, DE. She retired from Hatfield Quality Meat, Hatfield, PA. She was a dance instructor for Arthur Murray Dance Studios in the 1950s. She had been a volunteer for hospice in Delaware. ...
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James R. Davis

January 31, 2014

Jim Davis, of Middletown, went home to be with the Lord while surrounded by his wife, Denise, his children and family, on Friday, January 31, 2014. Born in Wilmington, DE in 1945, Jim graduated from Wilmington High School then entered the military, Delaware Army National Guard. He worked for Ciba Specialty Chemicals for 42 years before retiring in January 2010. Jim loved woodworking, making...
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William Prickett

January 30, 2014

William Prickett died after a long illness on January 30, 2014, at age 88. He is survived by his loving wife of 20 years, Caroline Johnstone duPont Prickett. His older sister, Elise Prickett Deans, and his younger brother, Harry deBoeck Prickett, predeceased him. Bill was very blessed by having his loyal son, William Loening Prickett and his wife Elizabeth Edwards Prickett and their two gifted...
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Regina W. Walter

January 28, 2014

Regina (Judy) White Walter age 92 of Wilmington, DE passed away at the home of her daughter on January 28, 2014. Regina was born in Chester, PA on February 27, 1921, daughter of the late Joseph and Catherine (McAllister) Doris. She is predeceased by her first husband, Ernest T. White, in 1964 and her second husband, Sylvester H. Walter, in 1981. She was also predeceased by her great...
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Vasantprabha M. Sheth

January 28, 2014

Funeral services will be held on Thursday January 30, 2014 at 3:30 pm at Chandler Funeral Home,7230 Lancaster Pike, Hockessin where friends may visit from 2:30 to 3:30 pm
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John J. Drysdale

January 27, 2014

John J. Drysdale passed away after a long illness on January 27, 2014 at the age of 86. He was born in Springfield, Illinois in 1927 to Robert Drysdale, the sports editor to the Springfield Journal and Marguerite Drysdale, nee Jones, a school teacher. He was an avid musician, playing, inter alia, the violin, bassoon, clarinet and piano. As his high school valedictorian, he had the option...
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Lorraine J. Skinner

January 26, 2014

Lorraine J. Skinner, age 79, of Dunnellon, Florida, who lived a wonderful and blessed life, peacefully passed away at her home surrounded by family and friends, on January 26, 2014 after a courageous battle with bile duct cancer. Lorraine was born in Philadelphia, PA to Stephen and Anna Niemczura and grew up in Brigantine, NJ. After marrying Charles R. Skinner, she settled in New Castle, DE...
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Harlan Scott

January 25, 2014

Harlan Scott, 95, of Wilmington, DE, died at Stonegates, on Saturday, January 25, 2014. Mr. Scott was born in 1918, the son of the late Harlan George Scott and Deborah Halsey Scott of Wilmington. He attended Tower Hill School, Lawrenceville School and Yale University. He was a veteran of World War II serving in the Pacific Theater. Prior to his retirement he was a stockbroker with Laird,...
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Paul Y. McCormick, Jr.

January 23, 2014

Paul Y. McCormick, Jr., born in 1955, beloved son of Paul Yager McCormick (who predeceased him in 2013) and Sara Brown McCormick, cherished brother of Louise Sharp (Bob), Kathleen McCormick Mercer (Chris) and Sara Regalia (Bob), Paul lived a full life for over two years after his diagnosis of pancreatic cancer. He was a 1973 graduate of Newark High School where, in addition to excelling in...
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Anne Gladding Stern

January 23, 2014

Anne Gladding Stern died peacefully in her sleep on January 23, 2014. Born in Carney's Point, NJ in 1920, she spent most of her childhood in Buffalo, NY where her father managed the DuPont rayon facility. One of five children, she was the daughter of Dr. Ernest Knight Gladding and Elizabeth Congdon Gladding. Anne graduated from The Buffalo Seminary, Wheaton College (Massachusetts) and Yale...
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Florence L. Williams

January 22, 2014

Florence Louise Williams died on January 22, 2014. Chemist and educator, she was the first woman to be awarded a PhD by the Chemistry Department of the University of Pennsylvania. As a chemist, she worked for the U.S. Army Ordnance Division and the Hercules Corp. As an educator, she taught at Drexel University and the Tower Hill School. She volunteered in the Education and Malacology...
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Nancy S. Hebner

January 20, 2014

Nancy Spurney Hebner: January 20, 2014 Mom passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by her children, Elizabeth Hebner Weiss, William Logan Hebner and Cristina Hebner Mayhew, and grandsons Michael Yusef and Aaron Jonathan Weiss. She was born in Manhattan in 1929 to the late Felix and Elizabeth Sloane Spurney. Felix managed government construction contracts, so she grew up in different places...
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Andrea Toeroek

January 19, 2014

Andrea Toeroek, age 80 of Lititz, PA, formerly of Newark, DE, passed away at her residence on Jan 19, 2014 of natural causes. She was born at Baja, Hungary in 1933. She immigrated to the USA about 1950 and became a naturalized citizen. Her maiden name was Irene Vari. She was married to Laszlo Toeroek of New York for 19 years. She is survived by one brother, Vari Matyas of Hungary and her...
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Andrew Booth Kirkpatrick, Jr.

January 18, 2014

Andrew Booth Kirkpatrick, Jr., passed away January 18, 2014 at the age of 85. Born January 16, 1929, in Asheville, North Carolina, to Andrew Booth Kirkpatrick and Gertrude Ingles Kirkpatrick, he graduated cum laude from Davidson College in 1949, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. In 1954 he received an LLB magna cum laude from Harvard University, where he was a member of the Harvard Law...
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Thomas Edward McMillan

January 17, 2014

Thomas Edward McMillan, age 56, died of cardiac arrest at his home in Mendenhall Village, Hockessin on January 17, 2014. Tom was the son of James G. McMillan, Jr. and the late Carol S. McMillan. He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Carla McMillan, and by his father and by his children Erin McMillan – a student at Tufts University School of Medicine – and Jason McMillan, a student at...
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Truston L. Davis III

January 14, 2014

Truston L. Davis, III (Pop-Pop) of Hockessin, Delaware, passed away Tuesday January 14, 2014 at the age of 82. Mr. Davis was a native of Wilmington and was employed for 39 years at Bank of Delaware (PNC). He started as a Bank Runner and worked his way up to an Assistant Vice President and Branch Manager. He was a member of the 25-year club and in 1988 was elected President for a one-year...
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Regina Kelley Cassidy Abernethy

January 13, 2014

Regina Kelley Cassidy Abernethy (Jean Kelley) passed away on January 13, 2014. Jean was born on November 13, 1927, the youngest child of Robert Burns Kelley and Mary Ethel (Watson) Kelley. Jean graduated from P.S. DuPont High School on January 21, 1945, where she played basketball and loved to go to the beach with her friends Betty Jo, Marion, and Charlotte. She attended Beacom College and...
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Doris Hayes Corner

January 12, 2014

Doris Hayes Corner died peacefully (of pneumonia) on January 12, 2014 at Cokesbury Village in Hockessin. She was 92. Doris was born in suburban Philadelphia on October 31, 1921, the daughter of Elsie Phillips Hayes and Norman T. Hayes. She had one brother, Norman T. Hayes, Jr., who predeceased her. She lived in the Bryn Mawr area and graduated from The Baldwin School in 1939. She studied for...
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Elsie Kuepper Upton

January 10, 2014

Elsie Kuepper Upton, age 82, of Wilmington passed away on Friday, January 10, 2014. Elsie was born in Reading, PA but grew up in Montchanin in a home built by her parents, the late Otto and Adele Kuepper. She was a graduate of Alexis I. DuPont School and a proud member of A.I.'s marching band and color guard. Because she played multiple instruments, she filled in gladly wherever the band...
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John Wheaton Watjen

January 9, 2014

Dr. John W. Watjen of Greenville, DE passed away peacefully January 9, after a short illness, surrounded by family and friends. He was born May 31, 1930 in Barrington, RI, to Albert E. and Sarah C. Watjen. He received a BS in Organic Chemistry with Honors at Brown University, his MS in Chemical Engineering from University of Delaware and his doctorate in the same field at University of...
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Krishna Rabindran

January 9, 2014

Krishna Rabindran of Newark, Delaware, died on January 9, 2014 at the Christiana Hospital in Newark, Delaware. He was 92. Dr. Rabindran was born on October 8, 1921 to Krishna Iyer and Janaki Ammal. He was married to Annapurna Rabindran who passed away in 2003. Dr. Rabindran was an organic chemist by profession, and worked in Hindustan Lever Ltd. (a subsidiary of Unilever) from 1960 to 1981, in...
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Robert John Gamble, Jr.

January 8, 2014

Robert John Gamble, Jr., age 90, beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, peacefully passed away in Live Oak, FL on Wednesday January 8, 2014. He was born in 1923 in Wilmington, DE to Robert Sr. and Frances Gamble. A World War II veteran, Robert served with the U.S. Army in Burma with the Signal Core. Robert graduated from the University of Delaware in 1948 with an...
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Donna Marie (Nelson) Hanson

January 4, 2014

On January 4th, 2014, Donna Marie (Nelson) Hanson, 88, of Maris Grove, Glen Mills, PA, (formally of Wilmington, DE) went to meet her Lord, Jesus. Donna was proceeded in death by her parents, Maynard and Gladys (Loberg) Nelson of Marinette, Wisconsin, and is survived by her husband of 68 years, Robert J. Hanson, her sister Carol Weisgerber, her five children; Robert Hanson Jr. (Barbara), Brian...
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Mary Elizabeth Koval

January 2, 2014

Mary Elizabeth Koval passed away at home on January 2, 2014 at the age of 79. Born December 4, 1934 in Teaneck, New Jersey, Mary was the daughter of the late James J. and Mary E. Devine (Maguire). One of five children, Mary graduated from St. Cecilia High School, Englewood, New Jersey and Parsons School of Design, New York City. Mary worked for PanAm Airlines and for Merritt-Chapman & Scott...
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Anna Stella Ross

January 1, 2014

Anna Stella Ross, 77, of Hearthstone Manor in Milford, DE, passed away at the Delaware Hospice Center on January 1, 2014 after a long illness. She was a member of St. John the Apostle Catholic Church, Milford, DE. She retired from Hatfield Quality Meat, Hatfield, PA. She was a dance instructor for Arthur Murray Dance Studios in the 1950s. She had been a volunteer for hospice in Delaware. ...
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