Obituaries


Jessie M. Adams, 84

Jessie M. Adams, 84, of Berlin, Md., passed away Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2007, at Atlantic General Hospital in Berlin, Md.

After completing the cosmetic school requirements, Adams became a beautician and owner in Silver Spring, Md. Over the years, she had lived in Pennsylvania; Washington, D.C.; Silver Spring and Ocean City, Md.; Edgewater, Fla., Hackettstown, N.J. and Berlin, Md. She was a member of the Atlantic Methodist Church in Ocean City and a certified instructor of china and porcelain painting in Ocean City and Edgewater, Fla.

At Heath Village in New Jersey, she was active in the quilting club, as well as the knitting group and Martha’s Circle Bible Study Group affiliated with the Trinity United Methodist Church in Hackettstown.

Adams was preceded in death by her parents, Roy B. and Jessie Ramsey Tosh; her husband, Paul H. Adams; and a brother, Roy B. Tosh Jr. She is survived by a son, Paul R. Adams and his wife Marilyn of Bethany Beach; a sister-in-law, Lorraine Tosh of Fayetteville, Pa.; three grandchildren, Michael T., John R. and James P. Adams; and three great-grandchildren, Jacob R., Brett R. and Tara K. Adams.

Services will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Trinity United Methodist Church, 213 Main St., Hackettstown, N.J. 07840.

Lucille R. Calentine, 81

Lucille R. Calentine, 81, of Gumboro, formerly of Selbyville, passed away Friday, Dec. 14, 2007. She had worked in the accounting department of Kmart Corporation for many years.

Calentine was preceded in death by her parents, Harry W. and Annie E. Luileart Hammack; and her husband, Clifford E. Calentine. She is survived by her daughters, Jo Ann Montague of Gumboro, Raggatha Calentine of Selbyville and Sharon McChesney of Brandeburg, Ky.; a sister, Doris Thornton of Bossie City, La.; 13 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

A graveside service will be held at noon on Friday, Dec. 21, 2007, at Roxana Cemetery, Selbyville. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Worchester County Humane Society, P.O. Box 48, Berlin, MD 21811.

Margaret R. Clauss, 59

Margaret R. Clauss, 59, of Dagsboro, formerly of Pasadena, Md., passed away Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2007, at the Coastal Hospice by the Lake in Salisbury, Md. She was a loving, devoted wife and mother and enjoyed cooking, gardening and exercising.

Clauss was preceded in death by her parents, John and Frances Wohler. She is survived by her loving husband of 36 years, Gary Clauss; four children, Tina Klingensmith of Frankford, John Spicknall and his wife Cris of Glen Bernie, Md., Eric Clauss and his wife Clarissa of Columbia, Tenn. and Gary Clauss Jr. of Columbia, Tenn.; eight grandchildren, Kenny Klingensmith, Johnny Spicknall, Megan Spicknall, Rachel Clauss, Destiny Klingensmith, Katelynn Klingensmith, Christopher Clauss and Aidan Wisniewski.

Funeral services were scheduled by Saturday, Dec. 15, 2007, with interment in Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Dagsboro. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to the American Cancer Society, Sussex County Unit, P.O. Box 1673, Salisbury, MD 21805.

Kimberly Ann Pusey Drayton, 43

Kimberly Ann Pusey Drayton, 43, of Seaford, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2007, at home. She graduated from Delaware Technical and Community College as a licensed practical nurse and was employed by Nanticoke Memorial Hospital.

Drayton is survived by her husband, Earl Drayton; her father and stepmother, Gerald and Hazel Pusey of Millsboro; her mother and stepfather, Anita L. and Rick Stone of Millsboro; her son, Travis Fisher of Seaford; a sister, Terri Lee Jenson of Lewes; half-brother, Quintin Stone of Laurel; half-sisters, Kim Hall of Princess Ann, Md. and Dee Wertzel of Houston, Texas; two nephews, Shane and Casey; and her canine child Brutus.

Funeral services will be held Friday, Dec. 21, 2007, at 11 a.m. at Watson Funeral Home, 211 Washington St., Millsboro, where friends may call from 10 to 11 a.m. Interment will be in Millsboro Cemetery, Millsboro. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to Compassionate Care Hospice, 31038 Country Garden Boulevard, Suite D2, Dagsboro, DE 19939.

John A. Driscoll, 80

John A. Driscoll, 80, of Ocean View, formerly of Norristown, Pa., passed away Monday, Dec. 17, 2007, at the Beebe Medical Center in Lewes. He was a World War II veteran, serving with the U.S. Army Air Corps. He was a retired electrician for Merck Pharmaceuticals in West Point, Pa., and a member of both Mariner’s Bethel U.M. Church in Ocean View and the Lord Baltimore Lions Club.

Driscoll was predeceased by his parents, Thomas and Matilda (Devaux) Driscoll. He is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Charlotte (Ackerman) Driscoll; a son, Carl Driscoll; daughter, Kathleen Chalox; sister, Julia Driscoll; five grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

A funeral service will be held Friday, Dec. 21, 2007, at 11 a.m. at Mariner’s Bethel U.M. Church in Ocean View, where friends may call after 10 a.m. Burial will be in the adjoining church cemetery.

Dorothy Hudson Folsom, 97

Dorothy Hudson Folsom, 97, of Fenwick Island, formerly of Selbyville, passed away Sunday, Dec. 16, 2007, at Atlantic General Hospital in Berlin, Md. She was an avid gardener and a member of St. George’s United Methodist Church in Clarksville.

Folsom was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Katie Hudson; her first husband, Russell W. Hudson; and her second husband, Norman Folsom. She is survived by a son, George Edward Hudson and his wife Barbara of Frankford; a daughter, Dorothy A. Murray of Frankford; two grandchildren, Keith Murray and his wife Darnell of Frankford, and Russell Hudson and his wife Sherry of Frankford; and a great-grandson, Timmy Hudson of Maryland.

A graveside service was scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2007, at St. George’s Cemetery in Clarksville. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to St. George’s U.M. Church, 34281 Omar Rd., Frankford, DE 19945.

Ronald L. Hickman, 70

Ronald L. Hickman, 70, of Dagsboro, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Saturday, Dec. 15, 2007, at Beebe Medical Center after a short battle with pulmonary fibrosis. A self-employed electrical contractor, he was a proud member of the Selbyville Elks Lodge, the Delaware Masonic Lodge #37 and a lifetime member of the Frankford Volunteer Fire Company. He enjoyed yard sales and collecting antiques.

Hickman was preceded in death by his parents, Theodore and Misoura Hickman. He is survived by his loving wife of 48 years, Bonnie; a sister, Coleda Hudson of Clermont, Fla.; three daughters, Dawn Jones and her husband the Rev. Dr. Bruce Jones of Derwood, Md., Jane Tribbitt and her husband Keith of Dagsboro, and Debbie Layton and her husband Kevin of Dagsboro; five grandchildren, Jennifer Tribbitt Hitchens and her husband Brian, Tiffany Tribbitt, Kyle Tribbitt, Alex Layton and Courtney Jones; and a great-grandchild, Luke Hitchens. He was deeply loved and will be missed.

Funeral services were scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2007, with interment in St. George’s Cemetery in Clarksville. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations by made to the Frankford Volunteer Fire Company, P.O. Box 99, Frankford, DE 19945; or the Beebe Medical Center Building Fund, 424 Savannah Road, Lewes, DE 19958.

Bertha M. Joseph, 83

Bertha M. Joseph, 83, of the Georgetown, Del., area, passed away Saturday, Dec. 15, 2007, at her home. She worked as a caregiver at Stockley Center, Georgetown, for a number of years. A member of the Mt. Olivet Brethren Church in Georgetown, she loved being with family and friends, loved her church and loved attending family functions.

Joseph was preceded in death by her parents, Walter and Alice Parker Betts; her husband, Norman E. Joseph; and her daughter, Thelma. She is survived by two aunts, Pearldean Parker of Greenwood and Sarah Parker of Georgetown; her close cousins, Madeleine Lewis and Margaret Conaway of Laurel, Annabel Hignutt of Seaford, Ellery Parker of Georgetown and Isabelle Morris of Raleigh, N.C.; a sister-in-law, Ruth M. Hitchens; and other family members, nieces, nephews, cousins; and a group of very special friends and neighbors.

Services were scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 20, 2007, with interment in Millsboro Cemetery, Millsboro. In lieu of flowers, the family asks for contributions to FMC – Mid-Sussex County (Dialysis Unit), 34 Georgetown Plaza, Georgetown, DE 19947.

Rachel M. Parker, 86

Rachel M. Parker, 86, of Frankford, formerly of Little Valley, N.Y., passed away at her home on Friday, Dec. 14, 2007, surrounded by her loving family. She was an aid to the Red Cross during World War II. She was family oriented and particularly enjoyed playing and baking with her great-granddaughters, as well as playing music, painting and needlework. For over 30 years, Parker and her late husband devoted their time and efforts to the First Baptists Church of Salamanca, N.Y.

After moving to Sussex County, she spent countless hours volunteering at the South Coastal Library in Bethany Beach. A member of the Dorcas Circle at Mariner’s Bethel Methodist Church, she was very active in the Mariner’s Bethel Bell Choir and St. Martha’s Bell Choir.

Parker was predeceased by her parents, Ernest and Iva (Terrill) Mallinee; and her loving husband Paul S. Parker Jr. She is survived by her four children, Paul Parker III and his wife Joanna of British Columbia, Dale Parker and his wife Paige of Chester Springs, Pa., Ruth Parker Schifano and her husband Louis of Clarksville, and Jane Parker Warren and her husband Howard of New York, N.Y.; six grandchildren, Jennifer Shryock of Arizona, Corinne Parker of Tokyo, Japan, Branden Parker of Arizona, Theresa Schifano O’Shields and her husband Samuel of Dagsboro, Matthew Schifano of Ocean View and Chaplin Warren of New York, N.Y.; two great-granddaughters, Abigail and Savannah O’Shields.

Services and burial were to be held privately at Arlington National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to South Coastal Library, 43 Kent Ave., Bethany Beach, DE 19930; or to Delaware Hospice Southern Division, 20167 Office Circle, Georgetown, DE 19947.

Elizabeth A. ‘Betty’ Reardon, 76

Elizabeth A. “Betty” Reardon, 76, of the Lewes, Del., area, formerly of Wilmington, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2007, at home. She was a homemaker and a member of St. Jude’s Roman Catholic Church in Lewes.

Reardon was preceded in death by her parents, Norman and Julia Freeman Pass; her husband, Francis D. Reardon; her son, Thomas A. Reardon; and a brother, Jimmy Pass. She is survived by her son, Francis S. Reardon of Lewes; her daughter, Laura Reardon-Green and her husband Rich of Wilmington; her brother, Charles Pass of California; five grandchildren, Shannon, Amber, Matt, Sara and Elizabeth; three great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

A Memorial Mass was scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2007. In lieu of flowers, the family asks for contributions to Casa San Francisco, P.O. Box 38, Milton, DE 19968; or to Delaware Hospice, Southern Division, 20167 Office Circle, Georgetown, DE 19947.

Michael A. Ruddo, 68

Michael A. Ruddo, 68, of Bethany Beach, formerly of Roanoke, Va. and Adelphi, Md., passed away peacefully Sunday, Dec. 16, 2007, at Beebe Medical Center in Lewes. He was surrounded by his loving friends and family.

The only son of Michael and Josephine Ruddo, Ruddo graduated from Virginia Tech, where he studied civil engineering and was a member in the Corp of Cadets. He was employed by the WSSC in the D.C. area as a civil engineer until retirement and was certified as a professional engineer while there. He then worked for Rodgers & Associates in Rockville, Md., until moving to Bethany Beach.

An avid fan of Virginia Tech football and University of Maryland basketball, he also enjoyed golfing, traveling and spending time with his family. He was a devoted friend to many and will be sadly missed by all. His presence was a gift to all who knew him.

Ruddo is survived by his loving wife of 44 years, Mable Lavender Ruddo of Roanoke, Va.; as well as his five children, Michael S. and his wife Kim of Queenstown, Md., John P. and his wife Stephanie of Ocean City, Md., Timothy A. of Olney, Md., Matthew C. and his wife Kelly of West Friendship and Emily J.T. of Los Angeles, Calif. He was affectionately known as “B-Bop” to his six grandchildren: Taylor, Conner, Jonathan, Chloe, Tommy and Morgan.

A memorial service was scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 20, 2007. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in his memory can be made to the Tunnel Cancer Center, 18947 John J. Williams Hwy., Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971.

Robert A. ‘Bob’ Turpin, 74

Robert A. “Bob” Turpin, 74, of Georgetown, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2007, at Christiana Hospital in Newark. He was an auto body instructor at Sussex Vo-Tech in Georgetown, now known as Sussex Tech, for 33 years. He was a former pastor of the Assembly of God Church in Hensley, W.Va.,. and still enjoyed making pastoral visits. He regularly attended the Milford Church of God, where he would videotape sermons that were watched by seniors in nursing homes and others unable to attend church.

A devoted husband, father and grandfather, he loved spending time with his grandchildren. He was a fan of NASCAR, Dale Earnhardt Sr. and “Junior” and he enjoyed all forms and types of dirt track racing.

Turpin was predeceased by his parents, Benjamin F. and Tynesty Quensberry Turpin; and the last survivor of eight siblings. He is survived by his wife of 54 years as of Christmas Day, 2007, Ida D. Blankenship Turpin; three children, Vicki Minor and her husband Steve of Elkton, Md., Jeff Turpin and his wife Joyce of Georgetown and Danny Turpin and his wife Patti of Millsboro; six grandchildren, Jennifer and Robert Minor, Jeffrey and Jessica Turpin, Melissa and Lucas Turpin; and a niece, Josephine Blankenship of Oak Hill, W.Va.

Services were scheduled for Monday, Dec. 17, 2007, with interment in Asbury U.M. Church Cemetery, near Georgetown. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 7023, Merrifield, VA 22116-7023.

Karl L. Wells, 79

Karl L. Wells, 79, of Bethel, formerly of Glen Dale, Md., passed away Sunday, Dec. 9, 2007, at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital in Seaford. He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War, and then served in the Air National Guard of the District of Columbia, followed by the National Guard of Maryland, retiring in 1972. He achieved the rank of master sergeant.

While serving in the D.C. Air National Guard of Maryland, he was again federally activated to assist in the Berlin, Germany, air drops of 1961-1962 that helped supply and feed communist Berlin. He attended Sailor’s Bethel United Methodist Church in Bethel and loved to watch NASCAR.

Wells is survived by his wife of 42 years, Anice M. Bond Wells; four sons, Mark L. Wells and his wife Susan of Pennsylvania, Kim E. Wells of Naples, Fla., Kirk D. Wells of Falling Waters, W.Va., and Glen E. Jenkins and his wife Patricia of Owings, Md.; one daughter, Lori S. Wells of Berlin, Md.; a brother, Ira J. Wells and his wife Betsey of York, Pa.; seven grandchildren, Christopher, Kevin and Kyle Wells, Kristen and Patrick Jenkins, Denise and Danielle Wells; special cousins, Ralph Fowler, Matilda Caton and John Wells; and his special canine pals Molly and Penny.

Services will be held at 1 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2008, at the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 26669 Patriots Way, Millsboro. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the American Stroke Association, 4217 Park Place Court, Glen Allen, VA 23060; or to Sailor’s Bethel U.M. Church, 7774 Main St., Bethel, DE 19931.