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Edgar Leo Douville

August 23, 2016

Edgar Leo Douville, age 99, of Woodbrook, Wilmington, DE, passed away on August 23, 2016 in Forwood Manor, Wilmington. Leo was born in Sutton, MA, the youngest of three children, and graduated from Northbridge High School and Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, MA in 1939 with a BS in electrical engineering. Following his schooling, Leo took up with his brother residency in Baltimore,...
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Grace Marlene Kochie

August 23, 2016

Grace M. Kochie, age 81 passed away Tuesday, August 23, 2016 surrounded by her loving family. She graduated from Temple School of Nursing and worked as an Operating Room nurse at Episcopal Hospital in Philadelphia until 1961 when she was married. She was a devoted mother to her four boys and then later helped raise four granddaughters. Her fondest times were spent with the entire family on...
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David K. "OB" O'Bryan

August 20, 2016

David K. O'Bryan (aka "OB"), 68, of Newark, formerly of Wilmington and Hockessin, passed away peacefully on Saturday, August 20, 2016, surrounded by family. David proudly served his country from 1965-1968 in the United States Navy. He worked for the Millcreek Mobile Home & Land Co. for over 20 years. David had many passions. He loved horse racing, sports, music and spending time with his...
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Betty F. Russo

August 15, 2016

Betty F. Russo, 94, a lifelong Wilmingtonian, passed away on August 15, 2016 at Seasons Hospice at Christiana Hospital. She was a proud graduate of Wilmington High School, Class of 1940. Betty worked in the late 1940's as an Executive Secretary for the DuPont Company and retired from Russo Brother's Plumbing & Heating Inc. as Secretary and Treasurer in 1984. She loved spending time at the...
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Elizabeth ("Carlie") Bell Levinson

August 15, 2016

Elizabeth ("Carlie") Bell Levinson of Rockland, DE and Kennedyville, MD died on August 15, 2016, after a long struggle with Alzheimer's Disease. She was 88. Born in Ocean City, NJ, Carlie was the eldest daughter of Elizabeth and Robert K. Bell Sr. She graduated from The Baldwin School in Bryn Mawr, PA, Stephens College in Colombia, MO, and the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA. ...
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David "Dave" R. Sands

August 14, 2016

Dave's soaring spirit finally reached escape velocity and took flight on August 14, 2016 at 8:00 a.m. Dave was 89 years old, born in 1927 in Rhinelander, Wisconsin, to Rupert Charles Sands and Dorothy Quant Sands, both of whom predeceased him. Dave grew up in Rhinelander with his sister Elaine. She, with her husband Robert Hackbarth (both of whom are now deceased), resided in Green Bay and...
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Jessie Veghte Thuma

August 14, 2016

Jessie Veghte Thuma, of Cragmere in Wilmington, Delaware, died on Sunday, 14 August 2016. She is survived by her daughters, Karen B. Thuma and Jessie M. Thuma. Mrs. Thuma is also survived by her brothers James H. Veghte and Richard L. Veghte, and by her sister Susan B. Wilson. Mrs. Thuma was predeceased in 1998 by her husband of 47 years, Jeremiah A. Thuma. There will be no service or...
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Luther Derieux Dunn

August 13, 2016

There in the solitude of the early morning hours of August 13, Luther Derieux Dunn heard the call of the Eternal in the chambers of his soul. Luther lived a full and rich life. He came into this world in 1929, the first of four children born to Pearl Saunders Dunn and Luther D. Dunn, Sr. All through his childhood he enchanted people with his sunny disposition and his interests in books,...
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Anne Lampert

August 10, 2016

Anne "Nancy" Toomey Lampert, age 71, of Wilmington, DE passed away suddenly on Wednesday, August 10, 2016, at her home. Nancy was a graduate of St. Elizabeth's High School and earned her B.S. from Wilmington University. She became a registered nurse and worked for several area hospitals throughout her career including Jeanes Hospital, St. Frances Hospital and Christiana Care. Nancy is...
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Jacob N. Leech, Jr.

August 10, 2016

On this day, August 10, 2016, at the age of 89, our father, Jacob N. Leech Jr. was welcomed into The House of the Lord. He was born in Lawrenceburg, TN. in 1927. Neil, as he was affectionately known, served four years in the United States Navy. In 1950, he graduated from Vanderbilt University. Soon after, he met and married his wife of 51 years, Jean Mansfield. He had a long and rewarding...
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Maria Joaquina Gonzalez

August 9, 2016

Maria Joaquina Gonzalez passed away peacefully on August 9, 2016 at Stonegates Retirement Community. She was born in Las Estacas, Spain, and made Wilmington, Delaware her home in 1960. She retired from DuPont in 1991 after working there for 24 years. After her retirement, she spent her time volunteering at the A.I. DuPont Hospital for Children where she helped families by providing...
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Carl Franklin Hauser

August 9, 2016

Carl Hauser, age 95, passed away on August 9, 2016 at Forwood Manor in Wilmington, DE surrounded by his loving family. Carl was born in February 1921, the son of Harvey and Effie Hauser. Upon completing his education, Carl enlisted in the Marine Corps serving in the South Pacific from 1942 to 1945. Upon returning to the States, he became a builder in New Castle County. He built custom homes...
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Lina E. Sinning

August 6, 2016

Lina E. Sinning, age 81, of Wilmington, DE, passed away peacefully on the evening of Saturday, August 6, 2016 after a brief battle with ovarian cancer. Lina was born in Mittelbuchen, Germany to the late Wilhelm and Lisa Seibel. The family later moved to Langendiebach (now Stadt Erlensee). After grade school, Lina worked for the Pirol Schuh Fabrik. She met and married her husband, George W....
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Ruth G. Conklin

August 5, 2016

Ruth Grimshaw Conklin, age 90, of Wilmington, Delaware, died on August 5, 2016 at her home at Country House. Ruth grew up in Hollis NY (Long Island) and was a graduate of Skidmore College (Bachelor of Arts in English, 1947). Her marriage that year to Roger Conklin, a chemical engineer with Dupont, took her initially to Pennsville NJ and Wilmington DE, then later to Geneva, Switzerland and Akron...
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Phyllis Maynard Stanton

August 5, 2016

Phyllis Maynard Stanton passed peacefully from this earth on August 5, 2016, after a short illness, with family and friends at her bedside. Phyllis Deane Rupright, the daughter of Howard J. and Mona Sanderson Rupright, was born in Cleveland, Ohio and raised in Midland, Michigan. While attending the University of Michigan she married Carl Wesley Maynard, Jr. in January 1937. She also attended...
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Joseph Martin "Joe" Schaefer

August 4, 2016

Joseph ("Joe") Martin Schaefer, 80, of Wilmington, DE (formerly of Phila., PA) passed away on August 4, 2016 after a long battle with leukemia. Joe was active in scouting as a boy and was a member of the Sea Scouts Polaris division in his teens. He raised his family in Incarnation of our Lord parish, where he was active in Boy Scouts and other volunteer organizations. He was a youth leader...
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Raymond W. Tabeling

August 4, 2016

Raymond W. Tabeling passed away at home on August 4th in Glen Mills, PA. Ray was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, the son of Joseph Henry and Helen Stubbers Tabeling. He and Marjorie Bothe were married in Franklin, Ohio in 1952. He was a graduate from Xavier University in Cincinnati with a BS in Chemistry and Iowa State College in Ames, Iowa with a PhD in Analytical Chemistry. After working for Jarrell...
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Lewis C Bancroft

August 3, 2016

Lewis C. Bancroft, 87, of Wilmington, formerly of Aiken, S.C., died on Wednesday, August 3, 2016 at the Country House, Wilmington. He was born in Reading, MA. Lewis attended and was a graduate of Phillips Academy in Andover, MA, Class of 1946. He earned two degrees from Princeton University, a B.S.in 1950 and an M.S. in 1952. Lewis then worked for DuPont as a manager of patents and contracts...
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Richard "Frank" Balotti

August 2, 2016

Richard Franklin ("Frank") Balotti passed away at the age of 74 on Tuesday, August 2, 2016 after a short illness at Christiana Hospital in Newark, DE. He was surrounded by his loving family. Frank was devoted to Marcia, his wife of 49 years, and his children Alissa, Richard and Michael. He loved to spend time on the beaches of Key Biscayne, Florida and Avalon, NJ with Marcia, his children,...
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Marion Q Robinson

August 1, 2016

Marion Robinson, age 91, of Wilmingtondied peacefully on August 1, 2016 at Stonegates Health Center, Greenville, DE. She was born in Georgia, the only child of Samuel Whitfield and Hazel Mundy Quisenberry. Marion was a graduate of Washington Seminary (now The Westminster Schools) in Atlanta, Georgia. She attended Sullins College in Bristol, VA and University of Georgia. In 1948 she moved to...
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Natalia Taclan

August 1, 2016

Natalia Joy Taclan, 16 weeks, went to be with Jesus on August 1, 2016, in the cardiac intensive care unit at Alfred I. DuPont Hospital in Wilmington, Delaware. Natalia was a beautiful girl who fought against many serious health conditions. She was full of joy and personality. Natalia is survived by her parents Rob and Michelle, her brother Trevor, maternal grandparents Bob and Lisa, paternal...
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Marie B Manza

August 1, 2016

Marie B. Manza, 93, of Monroe Township, NJ, formerly of Seaford, NY, died on Monday, August 1, 2016 at Foulk Manor South in Wilmington. She was predeceased by her husband, Erasmus "Ray" Manza in 2010. Marie was a loving mother and doting grandmother and great-grandmother. She was fond of good chocolate, the Metropolitan Opera, tennis, and a hot cup of coffee. Her family and many friends will...
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Rebecca "Becky" Keyser

August 1, 2016

Rebecca "Becky" Jeffery Keyser, was born 81 years ago to Marian Govaerts Jeffery and Thomas Jeffery. Becky graduated from Mossic High School in Pennsylvania in 1952 and attended nurses training at Kings County Hospital in Brooklyn, New York. She moved to Wilmington in 1953 and soon met Alan Keyser. They were married in 1954. Becky was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great...
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Robert John Green, Sr.

July 30, 2016

Robert John Green, Sr., age 77, passed away on July 30, 2016 in Wilmington. He was an avid hunter, fisherman and crabber. He enjoyed Nascar and attending the races. Robert is predeceased by his parents William and Florence Green, brother William (Bib) Green, nephew Ricky Dillon and best friend Kermit Stacy. He is survived by his five children; Tammy Zinni (Kenny), Robert Green, Jr. (Deidre)...
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Mary E. Manolakis

July 30, 2016

Mary E. Manolakis, age 85, passed away on July 30, 2016 in Wilmington, Delaware. Mary was born in New York City in 1931 and moved to Wilmington in 1945. She was employed by the DuPont Company, Plastics, and retired in 1991 after 37 years of service. She enjoyed her retirement by being involved in many activities and enjoyed spending her winter months in Florida. Mary was a long time...
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Robert John Green, Sr.

July 30, 2016

Robert John Green, Sr., age 77, passed away on July 30, 2016 in Wilmington. He was an avid hunter, fisherman and crabber. He enjoyed Nascar and attending the races. Robert is predeceased by his parents William and Florence Green, brother William (Bib) Green, nephew Ricky Dillon and best friend Kermit Stacy. He is survived by his five children; Tammy Zinni (Kenny), Robert Green, Jr. (Deidre)...
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Nils Kingsley Bishop

July 28, 2016

Nils K. Bishop, age 75, of Wilmington, DE passed away peacefully on Thursday, July 28, 2016 at Shipley Manor. Nils was born to the late Jay Bayard and Alice Bishop in Camden N.J. He was raised in Chester, Pa and graduated from Chester High School in 1959. He joined the Air Force stationed in Illinois and served as a weather observer. Nils left the Air Force after 2 years and returned to his...
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Daniel M Bove

July 25, 2016

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of our beloved father, Daniel Michael Bové. He passed away peacefully on July 25, 2016 at Saint Francis Compassionate Care Hospice in Wilmington, Delaware. Dad had a very fulfilling 87 years of life. First and foremost, Dan was a devoted husband of 60 years to his wife, and best friend Anna C. Bové. His love and compassion for Anna was...
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Harry B. Francisco

July 21, 2016

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

July 21, 2016

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

July 19, 2016

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

April 24, 1929 - July 16, 2016

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

July 16, 2016

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

July 10, 2016

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

July 10, 2016

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

July 10, 2016

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

July 8, 2016

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

July 6, 2016

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

July 5, 2016

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

July 5, 2016

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

July 5, 2016

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

July 4, 2016

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

July 3, 2016

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

July 3, 2016

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

June 28, 2016

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

June 26, 2016

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

June 25, 2016

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

June 22, 2016

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

June 17, 2016

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

June 17, 2016

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

June 13, 2016

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

June 12, 2016

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

June 11, 2016

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

June 11, 2016

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

June 9, 2016

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

June 9, 2016

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

June 8, 2016

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

June 7, 2016

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

June 6, 2016

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

June 5, 2016

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

June 4, 2016

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

June 3, 2016

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

June 3, 2016

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

June 1, 2016

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

May 30, 2016

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

May 28, 2016

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

May 28, 2016

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

May 28, 2016

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

May 27, 2016

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

May 24, 2016

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

May 23, 2016

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

May 22, 2016

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

May 19, 2016

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

May 19, 2016

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

May 19, 2016

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

March 20, 1924 - May 19, 2016

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

May 17, 2016

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

May 14, 2016

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

May 12, 2016

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

May 12, 2016

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

May 11, 2016

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

May 9, 2016

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

May 8, 2016

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

May 7, 2016

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

May 6, 2016

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

May 6, 2016

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

May 3, 2016

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

May 2, 2016

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

May 1, 2016

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

April 30, 2016

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

April 28, 2016

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

April 26, 2016

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

April 25, 2016

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

April 25, 2016

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

April 23, 2016

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

April 22, 2016

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

April 21, 2016

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

April 19, 2016

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

April 18, 2016

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

April 18, 2016

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