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Thomas B. Baker

July 28, 2014

Thomas B. Baker, age 88, passed away on Monday July 28, 2014. Mr. Baker was Canadian born, and was sent to the U.S. for schooling as a child, making Delaware his home. He proudly served his adopted country, enlisting in the Marines during WWII and was deployed to Wake Island in the Pacific. With a talent for design and fascination with electronics, Mr. Baker worked for a time at the DuPont Co....
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Vickie Lynn Denton (Griffin)

July 26, 2014

Vickie Lynn Denton (Griffin) passed away on Saturday July 26, 2014 after a long battle with cancer. Vickie was born in Raleigh, North Carolina. She married her soul mate, Rick Griffin, who was by her side and caring for her through this very difficult time. Vickie was a very loving, caring and giving person. She was a remarkable aunt to her niece Kelly Lynn Gehrmann. She is survived by her...
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Elizabeth Kirby Price

July 25, 2014

Elizabeth Kirby Price, 104, died peacefully at her home on July 25, 2014. She was born December 1, 1909 in Wilmington, DE, daughter of Margaret Cunningham Pedrick and Howell Pedrick. Elizabeth took courses at Goldey-Beacom College and performed switchboard and secretarial functions after graduating from high school. She learned to play the piano at a young age and frequently played for her...
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Susan W. Panchak

July 25, 2014

Susan (Ward) Panchak, 55, of Wilmington, passed away peacefully in her sleep at home surrounded by her loving family on Friday, July 25, 2014 after a brave battle with brain cancer. Sue was born and raised in North Wilmington and was a graduate of Brandywine High School (1977) and the University of Delaware (1981). She worked at Bush Early Education Center as a paraprofessional and...
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Kimberly D. Siple

July 24, 2014

Kimberly D. Siple, age 52, of Wilmington, DE passed away peacefully on July 24, 2014 at Christiana Hospital from ovarian cancer. She graduated from Concord High School in 1981. Kimberly was employed with Edgecraft Corporation in Avondale, PA for 27 years. She was a member of Aldersgate United Methodist Church. Kimberly is predeceased by her sister Wendy Brong. She is survived by her...
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Yolanda Bush

July 24, 2014

Yolanda Bush (nee Pepe), 88, of Wilmington, Delaware and formerly of Trainer, Pennsylvania died peacefully at home in the care of her family after a brief illness on Thursday, July 24, 2014. Yolanda was one of twelve siblings born and raised in Chester, Pennsylvania. She attended Chester High School where she met and eventually married her beloved husband John of 69 years. Yolanda was a...
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Josephine D. Gamble

July 23, 2014

Josephine Catherine Deats Gamble, age 88, of Live Oak, Florida, formerly of Poughkeepsie, New York, passed away on Wednesday July 23, 2014. Josephine attended Wilmington High School in Wilmington, Delaware and was a homemaker. While living in Poughkeepsie for 50 years, she joined the IBM Women's Golf League and enjoyed playing bridge with the women of the community. Josephine also...
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M. Cordella Serge

July 23, 2014

M. Cordella Sisofo Serge, age 83, of Claymont, DE, formerly of Aston, PA and Wilmington, DE passed away on Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at her son Matthew's home in Wilmington. Cordella is the daughter of the late William P., Sr. and Catherine Joyce Sisofo who were known in Wilmington for their tailor and dry cleaning business. She graduated from the St. Francis School of Nursing in 1951 where she...
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William Stanley Alexander

July 21, 2014

William Stanley "Stan" Alexander, age 84, of Hockessin, DE, passed away on July 21, 2014 at Heartland Hospice House in Wilmington. He was a graduate of BelAir High School (1946), the University of Delaware (1952) and the University of Maryland Law School (1964). He also proudly served in the US Marine Corp. Mr. Alexander was employed by Thiokol as a chemist and by Hercules as a patent...
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Edith E. (Anderson) Johnson

July 20, 2014

Edith E. (Anderson) Johnson, age 92, of Ingleside Assisted Living, Wilmington, formerly of Worchester, MA, Torrington, CT, and Sherwood Park in Wilmington, died peacefully on Sunday morning. Mrs. Johnson worked at McKean High School when it first opened, and later as an assistant to the superintendent. But her first love was her avocation of music. She played organ and piano, and sang alto...
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Keith Clark Brinker

July 18, 2014

KEITH CLARK BRINKER, 93, a resident of Jenner's Pond in West Grove, PA and formerly of Wilmington, DE, died peacefully Friday, July 18, 2014, from complications related to chronic illness. He was the son of the late Albert William and Elsie Henry Brinker. Keith, a native of Waterloo, IA, attended the University of Northern Iowa and went on to earn his Master's Degree from Iowa State University...
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Winifred Temple Schumacher

July 18, 2014

Winifred Temple Schumacher passed away peacefully, surrounded by her loving family, on July 18, 2014, at age 91. She was born in Tottenville, Staten Island on March 10, 1923, and grew up in Niagara Falls. A graduate of Ohio Wesleyan, she worked briefly as a social worker. In 1944 she married Frederick Schumacher, who died in 2011, after they had been married for 66 years. Winnie was a...
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Charlotte Leona (Whaley) Alexander

July 16, 2014

Charlotte Leona (nee Whaley) Alexander, age 85, of Hockessin, DE, passed away on July 16, 2014 at Heartland Hospice House in Wilmington. Mrs. Alexander graduated from PS duPont High School (1947) and the University of Delaware (1951). She worked as a chemist prior to becoming a full time mother and homemaker. She enjoyed travel, gardening and watercolor painting and was an avid animal lover....
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Alan A. Dennison

July 16, 2014

Alan A. Dennison Age 66, of Wilmington, DE, died peacefully at home on Wednesday, July 16, 2014, from pancreatic cancer. Alan Adams Dennison was born in Buffalo, NY, in 1948, to the late Gretchen (Adams) Dennison and Dr. Richard Dennison of Wilmington, DE. In 1966, he graduated from Mt. Pleasant H.S.; and earned a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Delaware in 1970. He was later...
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Paul Randy Inglis

July 15, 2014

Paul "Randy" Inglis, Sr. age 54 of North East, MD formerly of Hampton, NH passed away on July 15, 2014 in Avalon, NJ while participating in one of his greatest joys in life, riding his bike. Randy attended Winnacunnet High School in Hampton, NH. He graduated from Wilmington University in 1992 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications. Upon graduating, Randy worked at Community...
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Mary T. (nee Barrett) Shea

July 14, 2014

Mary T. (nee Barrett) Shea of Wilmington, DE, formerly of Southwest Philadelphia and Yeadon, PA, passed away on July 14, 2014. Mary was born in South Philadelphia, the third of eight children to the late Catherine and Edward Barrett. In addition to her parents and husband, John P. Shea, she was preceded in death by her son, Edward and grandson, Mark Galle. Mary is survived by her children,...
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Bruce O. Kallos

July 13, 2014

Bruce Oliver Kallos, 79, passed away on Sunday July 13, 2014. Bruce was born and raised in Ridgefield, Connecticut. He graduated from Yale University in 1956. Bruce started his career with Du Pont in Seaford, Delaware in 1956 and retired from the company in Wilmington in 1989. Upon retirement from Du Pont, he became the Executive Director of the Arlington County Employees' Retirement System...
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John Franklin Mitchell

July 13, 2014

John Franklin Mitchell, age 62 of Middletown, DE died on Sunday, July 13, 2014 at his home. A native of Salisbury, MD, he graduated from Wicomico High School, where he became a star athlete and an Eagle Scout, an accomplishment of which he was very proud. He graduated from Salisbury State College, with a degree in Education and Wesley Seminary, Washington, D.C. with a Masters of Divinity. A...
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Ruby R. Dubble

July 12, 2014

Ruby R. Dubble, age 83, of Hockessin, DE, formerly of Sinking Spring, PA, passed away peacefully on July 12, 2014 in her home with family by her side. Born in Strausstown, she was the daughter of the late Rufus and Grace (Keener) Wertz. Ruby was a graduate of Hamburg High School. She was employed by Western Electric where she built some of the first single transistors. Upon an early...
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Richard James Wegner

July 12, 2014

Richard James Wegner, age 87 of Wilmington, Delaware died Saturday, July 12, 2014 at Christiana Hospital. Dick was born in 1926 in El Dorado, Kansas, first son of Peter James and Cora Muriel DeArmond Wegner. He received a BS in Chemistry from Kansas State University in 1950. In 1956, Dick earned a Master's Degree in Education and Psychology. Dick was selected two times as a third...
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Robert Riter Hoopes

July 8, 2014

Robert Riter Hoopes, 74, passed away on Tuesday, July 8, 2014 with his family at his side. Rob was born in Wilmington, the son of Frank M. Hoopes, Sr. and Edna Sossaman Hoopes. He attended Wilmington Friends School, Duke University and the Kornberg School of Dentistry at Temple University. He was honored to have served as a Captain in the United States Air Force. Rob was fortunate to be...
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Poe-lim Chua

July 6, 2014

Poe-lim G. Chua, age 84, of Newark, formerly of Edina, MN died on July 7, 2014 at Foulk Manor South. He received his M.D. from University of Santo Tomas in 1957. Poe-lim practiced for 5 years in internal medicine at Chinese General Hospital in the Philippines. He came to the US and began his internship at Mary Mount Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio. Poe-lim went on to his residency in anesthesiology...
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Donna Hoesterey

July 5, 2014

Donna Dugan Hoesterey, age, 51 of Wilmington, DE, passed away suddenly on Saturday July 5, 2014 in her husband's arms. Born in Jim Thorpe PA, she moved to Delaware to attend college. She was a medical transcriber for Christiana Care Health System for 27 years. Donna passionately supported her children's educational and sports related activities. She spent countless hours as president of both...
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Jerry Dawson

July 5, 2014

Jerry E. Dawson of Wilmington, Delaware passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, July 5, 2014 at the age of 73. Jerry was born to Elmer and Pearl Dawson in 1941 and grew up in Wilmington and Yorklyn, Delaware. He graduated from Salesianum School in 1959. Jerry had a long career with the John Hancock Mutual Life Insurance Company, where he served as District Manager in Long Island and in Delaware...
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Frederick Shulley

July 4, 2014

Frederick Jacob Shulley, age 86, died peacefully on Friday, July 4, 2014, at his home, Windsor Place, in Hockessin, Delaware with his daughter, Samantha, at his side. Born in Knoxville, Tennessee on July 28, 1927, son of Frederick J Shulley, Sr and Nancy Long Shulley, he was known as Bud to his childhood friends and family. He and family moved to Fayetteville, PA, where he and his sister, Mary,...
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William A. Dorrier

June 28, 2014

William A. Dorrier, age 97, of Hockessin, DE died on Saturday, June 28, 2014 at Cokesbury Village. Bill was born near Scottsville, VA, son of the late Gertrude and Benjamin Dorrier. He was one of seven children, attended Scottsville High and Fishburn Military School. He graduated with a degree in chemical engineering from the University of Virginia, where he was a member of the Delta Upsilon...
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Blanche Edith Skidmore

June 26, 2014

Blanche Edith Skidmore, 93, of Wilmington, died on June 26, 2014 after a brief illness. Blanche was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, the daughter of Dr. William and Blanche Edith Skidmore. She received her A.B. in Chemistry from Wilson College, Chambersburg, PA in 1941, and her M.A. in Biochemistry from Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana in 1942. After graduation she worked in...
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Esther Green Clayton Huber

June 26, 2014

Esther Green Clayton Huber, age 91, of Wilmington, went home to be with her Heavenly Father on Thursday, June 26, 2014 in the presence of her loving daughter, Sande Richardson and the dedicated staff of Foulk Manor North. Esther was born to the late John Lawrence and Mary Emma Green. She was the second youngest of nine children. During her youth she attended the Wilmington Public Schools. In...
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Martha Budd Shelnutt

June 25, 2014

Martha Budd Shelnutt, age 88, of Wilmington, Delaware died on June 25, 2014. She graduated from Wilmington Friends School in 1943 and attended Sweet Briar College. Martha was the former owner or La Cocina in Greenville, DE, and worked at Carl Doubet Jewelers where she retired after 20 years in 2010. She enjoyed volunteering for many Wilmington organizations including the Alumnae...
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Pearl Elizabeth Kaufman Kellerman

June 25, 2014

Pearl Elizabeth (Kaufman) Kellerman, 94, of Somerford House, Newark, DE, formerly of Seminole, FL, died on Wednesday, June 25, 2014. She was born in Scranton, PA, to Isaac Allen Kaufman and Anna Eckert Kaufman. In Scranton she met and married the love of her life, Paul J. Kellerman. They resided in Saddle Brook, NJ, where their daughter, Paula Jean, was born and raised. Once Paul died in...
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Andrea E. Rees

June 24, 2014

Andrea E. Rees, age 53, passed away on June 24, 2014 at the Seasons Hospice in Christiana Hospital after a year-long battle with cancer and complications. Andrea graduated from Mt. Pleasant High School, and trained with The Arc of Delaware in light assembly, food service and office skills. After several years of food service work in Geneva, Switzerland, she returned to Delaware with her...
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Alice Nancy Cooper

June 22, 2014

Alice Nancy J. Cooper of Newark, Delaware, age 95, died on June 22, 2014. She was born on August 25, 1918, in Lakewood, Ohio, to John V. and Ada Wilson Jamieson. She graduated from Lakewood (Ohio) High School, then worked as a comptometer operator. She married David N. Cooper in St. Louis, Missouri, on December 15, 1945. She had one daughter, Constance J. Cooper. Nancy Cooper lived in...
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Laura Blair Marvel

June 19, 2014

Laura Blair Marvel, age 92, passed away peacefully on June 19, 2014 at Stonegates Retirement Community, Greenville, DE. She was born in New York, NY to the late George and Catherine Lawson. Following her father's stroke, Laura was adopted when she was 4 years old by her Uncle Gist and Aunt Laura Blair of the Blair House in Washington, D.C. Laura grew up in the Blair House in Washington as...
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Stephanie Louise Kwolek

June 18, 2014

Stephanie Louise Kwolek passed away peacefully in June 18, 2014. We want to thank Gilpin Hall and Compassionate Care Hospice for their care and kindness. Stephanie was born in New Kensington, PA in 1923. She is the daughter of the late John and Nellie Kwolek and late brother, Stanley. Stephanie earned a bachelor's degree in Chemistry in 1946 from the Margaret Morrison Carnegie College of...
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Donald Roderick Welles, Jr.

June 16, 2014

The Rev. Donald Roderick Welles, Jr. The Rev. Donald Roderick Welles, Jr., age 79, was born peacefully into eternal life on June 16, 2014 at home surrounded by family. A native Delawarean, Rod attended Wilmington Friends School and graduated from the Hotchkiss School, Lakeville, CT. Rod received his B.A. from Yale University and his Master of Divinity from Episcopal Theological School in...
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Genevieve Sullivan

June 14, 2014

Genevieve D. Sullivan Genny passed away at her home in Wilmington, DE on the evening of June 14 after a lengthy illness. A native of Wilmington, Genny was born in 1934 to John and Jennie Doberstein. She graduated from Ursuline Academy and from Goldey Beacom College. Genny had a long and varied career with the DuPont Company. Through her many roles over the years from secretary on up to...
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Pierre Louis LeRoy

June 14, 2014

Dr. Pierre Louis LeRoy passed away peacefully at Christiana Hospital on Saturday, June 14th surrounded by family. Dr. LeRoy was born in Saint Martin les Boulogne, France and immigrated to America at the age of six with his parents Pierre Marie and Lucie Philippine. At the age of 18, he joined the Free-French Navy and served in World War II. Dr. LeRoy graduated from Ursinus College and...
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Helen Quinn (Pennie) duPont

June 13, 2014

Helen Quinn (Pennie) duPont, 75, of Greenwich Village, New York passed away peacefully at the Methodist Country House in Wilmington, Delaware on June 13, 2014. Pennie was born in Johnstown, PA in1939 to the late Helen L. Rodgers and James Q. duPont. She is survived by her sister Deborah duP. Riegel of Wilmington, and by two brothers, P. Coleman duPont of Wilmington and Jamie MacKenzie of...
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Greta Brown Layton

June 13, 2014

Greta Brown Layton, of Greenville, Delaware died peacefully in her home surrounded by family on June 13, 2014. She was born in Philadelphia in 1924 to Greta Barksdale and F. Donaldson Brown, of Irvington-on-the-Hudson, New York. After moving to Port Deposit, Maryland, she attended Tower Hill School in Wilmington and St Timothy's School in Maryland. Following her graduation from Katherine Gibbs...
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John E. Hunter, Jr.

June 12, 2014

John E. Hunter, Jr. passed away at home on June 12, 2014 in Wilmington, DE. He was born in Oxford, NC, on April 5, 1929, raised in Raleigh, NC, and graduated from NC State University with a degree in chemical engineering. After serving in the U.S. Army in Korea, Mr. Hunter continued his career with the DuPont Company until his retirement in 1993. He served others in the Wilmington community...
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Arthur L. Adams

June 10, 2014

Arthur Adams, age 87 of Wilmington, passed away peacefully at Christiana Hospital on Tuesday, June 10, 2014 after a short illness. Mr. Adams graduated from Fairfield Maine High School, enlisted in the US Army and was honorably discharged in 1952 after serving in Korean War at Pork Chop Hill. Mr. Adams then took up the skill of a Mason bricklayer who worked on numerous large east coast projects...
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Ethredge Wayne Lemons

June 10, 2014

Ethredge Wayne Lemons, age 83, of Wilmington, Delaware, died peacefully, surrounded by his family, on Tuesday, June 10, 2014. Born in 1931 in Gravelly, Arkansas, Wayne was the first child of James Ethredge and Moliccie Lemons. Wayne grew up in Gravelly, attending Fourche Valley public schools and graduating in 1948. He enrolled at the University of Arkansas, receiving his bachelor's...
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Gloria I. Albright

June 9, 2014

Gloria I. Albright, 86, of Wilmington, DE passed away suddenly on Monday June 9 at Wilmington Hospital. Born in Roanoke, VA, Gloria graduated from Bethesda High School in MD and Madison College in VA. Her first job was as fashion coordinator for Woodward and Lothrop in Bethesda, she was a demonstrator for DuPont in Atlantic City but her occupation for most of her life was as a talented water...
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Rosemary T. Costello

June 5, 2014

Rosemary T. Costello, nee Donoghue, of Wilmington died on June 5, 2014 at the age of 87, peacefully, in the arms of her family after a long illness. She grew up in a large, lively, and loving Irish-American family in the Mount Airy section of Philadelphia. She graduated from Cecilian Academy High School, married a fellow Mt. Airy Irish-American, E. Joseph "Joe" Costello in 1948. Joe's work...
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Virginia Lee Logan

June 4, 2014

Virginia Lee Logan (nee Shields) age 93, formerly of Maplewood, New Jersey died on June 4, 2014 at Cokesbury Village in Hockessin, Delaware where she was a resident for 20 years. She was a homemaker most of her life. At age 55, Virginia learned secretarial skills and took a job as an administrative assistant at a psychiatric clinic in Summit, New Jersey where she worked for 10 years. ...
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Peter G. Andrews

June 4, 2014

Peter Gibson Andrews, age 94, of Wilmington, Delaware, died June 4, 2014. Born in 1920 in Chiswick, England, the son of George C. G. and Ada Andrews (nee Davies), he grew up in Carshalton, England. He graduated from the Whitgift School, Croydon, England. He won a scholarship to Sidney Sussex College at Cambridge University, where he read Mechanical Sciences. He graduated in 1940 with a First...
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Kathleen Marie Shields

May 31, 2014

Kathleen Marie Shields, age 63, of Bear, DE, passed away peacefully on Saturday, May 31, 2014. Kathy was the daughter of the late William F. and Helen M. Lawler. She was a graduate of St. Peter's Elementary and High School in Olde New Castle, Delaware. She enjoyed crocheting, trips to the beach and playing the slots. The most important thing in her life was her grandson, whom she was...
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Rufus Wilder Miller, Jr.

May 30, 2014

Rufus Wilder Miller Jr., 62, died peacefully at home on Friday following a long illness. Born in Philadelphia he was the son of Rufus W. and Marjorie Knapp Miller. He graduated from Council Rock High School, Newtown, PA, and earned an economics degree from Brown University in Providence, RI., in 1974. After receiving a masters degree with high honors in business administration from the...
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Robert Matthias

May 28, 2014

Robert H. Matthias passed away peacefully on Wednesday, May 28th while looking out a window where he lived at Maris Grove. Bob was born in Bridgeport, CT, to the late Virginia and Frederick William Matthias, Jr. and was raised with his two brothers, Bill and Donald, by his mother after his father passed away. He graduated from the Williston Northampton School in 1941 and then went on to study...
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Lillian A. Bomgardner

May 25, 2014

Lillian A. Bomgardner, 92, passed away on May 25, at the Milton & Hattie Kutz Home, her residence since January. Lillian was born in Flint, Michigan to Lilian Russam Tambs and Francis Tambs. Her husband, Clyde Bomgardner (Cleona, PA), preceded her in death. A talented pianist and crafter, she had a passion for reading, gardening, and the arts. Lil travelled extensively across the U.S. in her...
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Grant H. Warner

May 25, 2014

Grant H. Warner, age 71, passed away from a long illness at home with his family by his side. Grant was employed by the DuPont Company for 38 years and worked both in Kinston, NC and Wilmington, DE. He graduated from North Carolina State and was a huge "Wolf Pack" fan. Grant loved hunting, fishing and boating. Most of all, he loved to go to the beaches in North Carolina and Delaware. His...
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Matthew A. "Marty" Corrozi

May 24, 2014

Matthew A "Marty" Corrozi age 93, passed away peacefully on Saturday May 24 2014. Marty was born on February 2, 1921 in Wilmington to Anthony and Rose (Ruggerio) Corrozi. Marty is survived by his daughter Christine and son-in law James Mancini, grandchildren Steven, Carlo and Lauren, brother Nicky Ruggerio, nieces MaryAnn DiBonaventura (Ralph) and Tony Ann Lesniak (Joe) , nephew Jack...
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Pax Thomas Williams

May 24, 2014

Pax Thomas Williams, 54, of Kennett Square, Pennsylvania died unexpectedly on Saturday, May 24, 2014 while scuba diving. Pax was born in Wilmington, Delaware. He graduated from Newark High School, and went on to college at the University of Delaware where he received bachelor's degree in Mathematics, Physics, and Computer Science in 1982 and 1985. Pax was an accomplished competitive swimmer...
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Florence Martin D'Onofrio, RN

May 23, 2014

Our much-loved wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother died peacefully with her loving husband by her side on May 23, 2014, at the Kentmere Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, her residence since January. Florence ("Flo") was born in Wilmington to Ethel Stewart Martin and G. William Martin. She was a 1940 graduate of Wilmington High School and a 1943 graduate of The Delaware Hospital...
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Lonnie J. "Jay" Ivey, Jr.

May 22, 2014

Lonnie J. "Jay" Ivey, Jr., age 93 of Hockessin, DE, passed away on Thursday, May 22, 2014 at Season's Hospice in the Christiana Hospital with his family at his side. Born in Raynham, NC in 1920, Jay was the son of the late L.J. Ivey, Sr. and Frances H. (Britt) Ivey. He was also preceded in death by his loving wife of 65 years, Catherine in 2012 and siblings, Cora, Clare, Johnnie, Bowman,...
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Samuel Miller

May 19, 2014

Samuel B. Miller 'Sam' Delaware lost one of its favorite sons on May 19, 2014. Sam Miller passed away peacefully at home at the age of 60 surrounded by his family. Sam was raised in Middletown where, among other sports, he excelled at football. Although Sam received athletic as well as academic recognition in the way of scholarship offers from Universities throughout the country, Sam...
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Mary Sipala King

May 19, 2014

Mary Sipala King, age 91, of Wilmington passed away peacefully after a short illness at the Wilmington Hospital on May 19, 2014. Mary was born in Wilmington, DE, daughter of the late Mary and Frank Sipala. In addition to her mother and father, Mary was predeceased by her sister Jennie Razze and brother Joe Sipala. She is survived by her sister Lucille North and brothers Frank Sipala...
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Peter James Collins

May 19, 2014

Peter Collins, brave soul and unforgettable friend to all he met, passed away on May 19 in the Christiana Hospital ICU, comforted by his sisters, brother and parents. Peter was 40 years old, which would be unremarkable except that he was born with the severe birth defects, spina bifida and hydrocephalus and was not expected by doctors to live "two hours, two days, two weeks." While he never...
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Jane Mary Normandeau

May 18, 2014

Jane McIntosh (Clune) Normandeau, RN Our beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, age 88, died peacefully, May 18, 2014 at Forwood Manor from complications of a stroke suffered in 2012 after a period of declining health. Jane was born in Springfield, MA to Louise and William McIntosh. She was preceded in death by her sister, Ethel Estabrook. Jane received her nursing degree in 1947...
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Richard Mills Lagergren

May 17, 2014

Richard Mills Lagergren, age 90, died on May 17, 2014 after a long illness at Stonegates Healthcare where he had resided for the last five years. Dick grew up in Nutley, NJ and was the son of Alan and Kathryn Lagergren. He graduated from Nutley High School where he met his future wife, Gloria Mitchell Lagergren. He attended Antioch College before joining the U.S. Naval Air Corps in WWII. He...
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Lydia Taylor Thomen

May 16, 2014

At the age of 90, Lydia Ellen Taylor Thomen passed away peacefully on Friday, May 16, 2014. She was at home with loved ones near. Lydia was born in Sherman, Texas, graduated in 1941 from high school as valedictorian in Luling, Texas, and went on to earn her BBA (1944) and MBA (1949) from the University of Texas, Austin. While in Austin, Lydia was secretary to both the Dean of Students and the...
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John A. Basciano, Jr.

May 15, 2014

John A. Basciano, Jr., age 49, of Glenolden, PA, formerly of Darby, PA, passed away on May 15, 2014 at his home. John was a graduate of Darby-Colwyn High School in 1982 and Delaware County Community College in 1986. He was a respiratory therapist at several area hospitals with most of his years dedicated to Crozer-Chester Medical Center. John was teaching himself how to play guitar since...
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Shirley Simonton Bancroft

May 13, 2014

Shirley Simonton Bancroft (Sis to everyone), age 84, died May 13, 2014 at the Country House surrounded by loving family, including her devoted husband of 52 years, Lewis (Lew), after a long battle with pulmonary fibrosis. Sis was born in Wilmington, Delaware to Fagan H. Simonton Sr. and Irene Van Kirk Simonton. She graduated from Wilmington Friends School (K-12), Lasell Junior College, and...
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Patsy Ruth Seidel

May 10, 2014

Patsy Ruth Seidel (Chidester) 87, of Wilmington Delaware passed away peacefully on Saturday May 10, 2014. Patsy was born in Alexandria, Ohio on July 30, 1926, to George and Helen (Turner) Chidester. She was preceded in death by Col. Richard L. Seidel, her devoted husband of 57 years. She graduated from Ohio State University in 1948 receiving her Bachelors degree in Occupational Therapy....
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Richard G. Wittmeyer, Sr.

May 10, 2014

Richard G Wittmeyer, Sr., age 90, of Wilmington, DE passed away peacefully at home on May 10, 2014. Richard was born in Burlington, NJ in December 1923 the son of the late Oscar Wittmeyer, Jr. and Mary (Graham) Wittmeyer. During World War II, Richard served in the United States Army Air Corps 2nd Air Force. Upon leaving military service, Richard attended Rider University in Trenton, NJ. ...
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Philip R. McGinnis

May 9, 2014

Philip R. McGinnis, 91, of Newark, DE died Friday, May 9, 2014. He was born October 5, 1922 in Kansas City, MO to the late Donald William McGinnis and Rosamond Crosby McGinnis. He grew up in Kansas City, MO and Cranford, NJ. Phil played ice hockey at Cornell University and graduated from Cornell with a BS in Mechanical Engineering in 1944. He then served in the US Navy teaching diesel...
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Richard Dick Reed

May 9, 2014

Richard ("Dick") P. Reed, age 92, of Wilmington, Delaware died suddenly on May 9, 2014. He was a devoted husband and father and a champion for the poor and less fortunate. Dick graduated from Salesianum High School. He went on to earn an associate degree from Goldey-Beacom College and a bachelor's degree in horticulture from the University of Delaware, where he also was a member of the...
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E. Aileen Records

May 9, 2014

E. Aileen Records, age 94, passed away early Friday morning, May 9, 2014, at Emeritus at White Chapel in Newark, DE. Aileen was born in 1919 in Spartanburg, SC, the baby girl of Madison and Jannie Stone, with three older brothers: Madison, Harold, and Randolph. After graduating from Brevard College in 1940, and later Robinson Business School, Aileen worked as a secretary for the Draper...
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Dorothy Alice Ouellette Crane

May 9, 2014

Dorothy Alice Ouellette "Dotty" Crane, age 93, of West Grove, PA, formerly of Wilmington, DE, passed peacefully away on May 9, 2014. Dotty graduated from Madison High School in Madison, Maine. She went on to receive a BA in Government from the University of Maine in 1943 where she was a member of the Delta Delta Delta sorority and the prestigious All Maine Women. It was also at the University...
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Catherine (Kathleen) Browne

May 7, 2014

Services for Catherine Browne: Visitation at Chandler Funeral Home, 2506 Concord Pike, Wilmington from 7:00 to 9:00 pm on Monday May 12, 2014 Service at Chandler Funeral Home, 2506 Concord Pike, Wilmington at 11:30 am on Tuesday May 13, 2014 In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to Alzheimer's Association, 240 N. James Sreet, Suite 100A, Newport, DE 19804
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Myra Jean (Grant) Cline

May 7, 2014

Myra Jean (Grant) Cline passed away at the age of 79 on May 7, 2014 after a long battle with chronic lung disease. Born in Connersville, Indiana to George and Hazel Grant, Myra was a proud Hoosier and graduate of Indiana University at Bloomington. She continued her education and obtained her Master's degree at West Virginia University where she met her husband Robert George Cline, who survives...
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John Harold Ratliff, Sr.

May 4, 2014

John Harold Ratliff, Sr., 72, of Aurora, IL, passed away peacefully on Sunday, May 4, 2014 in Philadelphia, PA. John passed away after a short battle with Melanoma while surrounded by his loved ones. John lived an amazing life and was blessed enough to travel the world with his wife Linda. He felt most at ease on the golf course where he spent a lot of his time enjoying life. A native of...
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Ralph H. Lipford, Sr.

May 3, 2014

Ralph H. Lipford, Sr. 84 of Wilmington died suddenly at home on Saturday May 3, 2014. Ralph was a designer/installer in the carpet industry. He enjoyed fishing, gardening and spending time at Del Vets. A Navy veteran of four years, he was a member of the Delaware Veterans Post #1 for 40 years. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Virginia Lipford; daughters Sheila Wurst (Steve), Patricia...
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William Taylor Wood, Jr.

May 2, 2014

William Taylor Wood, Jr. died peacefully at the age of 72 on May 2, 2014 at his home in Wilmington. Bill battled cancer for two years prior to his death. His family was with him when he died. Bill was the son of the late William Taylor Wood and the late Evelyn Dawson Wood. He was born in Roanoke, Virginia on February 24, 1942. Following his graduation from Tower Hill School in Wilmington...
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Evelyn Liarakos

May 1, 2014

Evelyn M. Liarakos, age 92, passed away suddenly at her home on Thursday, May 1, 2014. She was born in Jersey City, New Jersey to the late Bessie (Tingos) Liarakos and Theodore L. Liarakos. Her family moved to Wilmington in the mis 20's and upon her father's death in 1929 they left that summer to spend a year with her mother's sister in Davis, California. They returned to the City of...
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Anne Donegan

April 28, 2014

Anne Donegan, age 90, passed away on April 28, 2014. Born in Philadelphia, Anne graduated from West Catholic Girls and became an Executive Secretary at Muratone Paint Company. Anne married Edward J. Donegan II, her loving husband of 62 years, and had two children, Donnamarie and Edward III. The family moved to Wilmington, DE in 1963. Anne honed her skills as a homemaker and volunteer,...
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Katina Manolakis

April 28, 2014

Katina Manolakis passed away peacefully on April 28th, 2014 at the age of 88 years old. She was born on January 8, 1926 in Asopos, Greece. She was one of five children born to Mr. & Mrs. Anastasios Perdikis. She came to the United States in 1955 when she married her husband Emmanuel (Mike) Manolakis, who preceded her in death. Together they owned and operated "The Candy Store", a successful,...
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John M. Stocking

April 27, 2014

John M. Stocking Age 88, of Hockessin, DE died on Sunday, April 27, 2014. Born on Bailey Hill he went on to grow up in Dundee in the beautiful finger lake region of New York state during the Great Depression, then served as Radar Operator in the Army Air Corp in the European Theater during WWII. He was a graduate from Bucknell University and worked as an accountant at the Atomic Energy...
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Beatrice Hoffman

April 24, 2014

Beatrice Hoffman, age 95, of Wilmington, Delaware died suddenly on April 24, 2014, at Christiana Hospital in Wilmington. Mrs. Hoffman was born in the Bronx, New York City as the daughter of Henry and Tena Freiberger. After graduating from Hunter College High School, she attended Hunter College in New York, where she majored in French Language and Early Childhood Education. After working as a...
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King L. Howe

April 24, 2014

King L. Howe, aged 85, of Wilmington, DE, died peacefully at home with his family on Thursday, April 24, 2014. Born in Shanghai, China, on September 4, 1928, he was the son of A.F. Howe and T.S. Fang, and the fourth of five children. He left China at the time of the Communist revolution, working at the Royal Observatory in Hong Kong until a scholarship from Dartmouth College allowed him to...
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William Matthew "Bill" Ford

April 23, 2014

William Matthias (Bill) Ford Bill Ford, age 48, passed away peacefully at home on April 23, 2014 surrounded by his family. He was a brave warrior against the colon cancer that he battled. Bill was born in Yorklyn, DE to Willard F. and Janice C. Ford who pre-decease him. He is survived by his family - Christine Ford and son, Lance, Beverly and Edward Relyea and daughter, Tracy Stanley, Donna...
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Richard P. Davy

April 23, 2014

Richard P. "Dick" Davy, 71, of Ocean View, Delaware, died peacefully Wednesday, April 23, 2014. He was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., the son of Richard J. and Dorothy (Maher) Davy. He grew up in Massapequa, L.I., N.Y., and graduated from Massapequa High School in 1961. He attended Kansas University, earning his Bachelor's and Master's degrees. He was a History Teacher, Guidance Counselor,...
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James Earl Conaway

April 22, 2014

James Earl "Jim" Conaway, 85, died unexpectedly at his home in Greenville, DE, on April 22, 2014. He was the widower of Martha Harris Conaway. Born in Coosa County, AL, and raised in Birmingham, AL, he was the youngest son of the late Grady Judson Conaway and Linnie Neighbors Conaway. Jim's youth was notable for his success in academics, football and baseball; for his close relationship with...
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Hugh Larkin Corroon

April 18, 2014

Hugh Larkin Corroon, age 85, died peacefully at home on April 18, 2014. Born to James and Katherine Corroon in Freeport, NY, he was the youngest of the nine children. He graduated from Canterbury, Princeton and Harvard Law School and practiced law as a partner at Potter, Anderson and Corroon. Hugh will be deeply missed by his family and friends. Survived by his wife Theo; two children...
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Stanley J. Trzonkowski, Sr.

April 16, 2014

Stanley J. Trzonkowski Sr., age 93, of Wilmington, Delaware died on April 16, 2014. Stanley was a lifetime member of the VFW Post 3257. Serving in the Navy during WWII he spent 18 months in the South Pacific and three-months in the occupation of Japan. During his service in the Navy he received four battle stars and a commendation for rescuing 35 nurses and doctors thrown into the water from...
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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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