Obituaries


Annie Lynn and Joseph Lee Adkins II, newborns

Annie Lynn and Joseph Lee Adkins II, newborn twins of Joseph L. and Katie (Baker) Adkins of Dagsboro, passed away at the Christiana Care Medical Center in Newark. Joseph passed away on Friday, Nov. 16, 2007; Annie passed away on Sunday, Nov. 18, 2007. They were born Thursday, Nov. 15, 2007, at Beebe Medical Center in Lewes.

Along with their parents, Katie and Joseph, they are survived by maternal grandparents, Richard and Debbie Baker of Dagsboro; paternal grandparents, Al and Norma Adkins of Frankford; maternal great-grandmother, Beatrice Ennis of Dagsboro; aunts and uncles, Ritchie and Sara Baker of Ellendale, James and Maria Adkins of Millsboro, Thomas and Christy Adkins of Ocean View, Steven and Susan Adkins of Frankford; and a host of cousins.

A graveside service will be held Saturday, Nov. 24, 2007, at 2 p.m. at St. George’s Cemetery in Clarksville. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to the Neo-Natal Care Unit of Christiana Care Medical Center, 4755 Ogletown-Stanton Rd., Newark, DE 19718.

Claudia M. Brasure, 96

Claudia M. Brasure, 96, of Frankford, passed away on Sunday, Nov. 18, 2007, at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury, Md. She was a homemaker and a member of the Frankford United Methodist Church.

Brasure was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph and Sally (McCabe) Lynch; and her husband, Clifton W. Brasure. She is survived by a son, Neil C. Brasure and his wife Joyce of Dagsboro; two daughters, Janet Davidson and her husband Clayton of Dagsboro, Lois Wingate and her husband George of Dagsboro; four grandchildren, George W. Wingate III and his wife Tricia, Lane Brasure and his wife Rebecca, Lance Brasure, Gordon Davidson and his wife Karen; five great-grandchildren, Katie, Matthew and Joshua Davidson, Kyle Brasure and Garrett Wingate.

Services were private. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions in her memory to Frankford U.M. Church, P.O. Box 37, Frankford, DE 19945.

Annabelle Hall

Annabelle Hall, of Bishopville, Md., passed away on Saturday, Nov. 17, 2007, at Atlantic General Hospital in Berlin, Md. She was a member of the Calvary Pentecostal Church in Bishopville.

Hall was predeceased by her parents, Daniel and Catherine Baker. She is survived by her husband of 64 years, Clarence E. Hall Sr. of Bishopville; a son, Clarence E. Hall Jr. of Bishopville; a daughter, Mary Edith Leonard and her husband James of Salisbury, Md.; brothers, Jerome Baker of Lenton, N.J., Robert Baker of Bishopville, Md., Herman Banker of Ocean City, Md., Robert Baker of Selbyville, Walter Baker of Elizabeth, N.J. and Norman Baker; sisters, Rosalie Miller of Dagsboro and Mary Helen Fassett of Elizabeth, N.J.; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews and friends.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Nov. 24, 2007, at Calvary Pentecostal Church, Bishopville, Md., at noon, where friends may call one hour prior. Interment will be in Calvary Pentecostal Cemetery.

Joan Z. Luoto, 76

Joan Z. Luoto, 76, of Ocean View, formerly of Oxford, Pa., passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2007, at Beebe Medical Center in Lewes. She was a school bus driver for the Oxford area schools, retiring after over 30 years of service. She enjoyed reading her extensive cookbook collection, knitting and cooking. She was a member of the Oxford Presbyterian Church, Ladies Auxiliary of VFW Post 7234 at Quillen’s Point in Ocean View, Moose Lodge of Roxana and the Red Hat Society. However, most of her time was spent volunteering at the Coastal Leisure Center in Ocean View for the past eight years.

Luoto was preceded in death by her parents, Arthur and Elizabeth (MacPhee) LeGar. She is survived by her loving husband of 31 years, Ernest “Ernie” A. Luoto Sr.; four children, Patrick Zaiss and his wife Paula of Kansas City, Mo., David Zaiss of Half Moon Bay, Calif., Michael Zaiss of Concordville, Pa. and Joan Paxson of Lancaster, Pa.; four step-children, JoAnn Smith and her husband Edward of Middletown, Ernest Luoto Jr. of Middletown, Linda Luoto of Bridgeport, Pa., and Daniel Luoto and his wife Donna of Conowingo, Md.; 19 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and her beloved dog J.D.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Nov. 24, 2007, at the Ocean View Chapel of Melson Funeral Services, West Ave., Ocean View. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to the Coastal Leisure Center, P.O. Box 637, Ocean View, DE 19970.

F. William ‘Bill’ Matthiesen, 88

F. William “Bill” Matthiesen, 88, of Ocean Pines, Md., formerly of Arbutus, Md., passed away Friday, Nov. 16, 2007, at home. He had been co-owner of Vet Dry Cleaners with his two brothers in Arbutus, Md. He was a member of Taylorville United Methodist Church in Taylorville, Md.

Matthiesen was preceded in death by his parents, Frederick William and Pauline Matthiesen Sr. He is survived by his wife, Betty M. Matthiesen; a brother, Joseph P. Matthiesen; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were scheduled for Monday, Nov. 19, 2007, with interment in Chapel Mausoleum, Loudon Park Cemetery in Baltimore, Md. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to Taylorville United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 456, Berlin, MD 21811.

Hallie J. Mitchell, 91

Hallie J. Mitchell, 91, of Millsboro, passed away on Thursday, Nov. 15, 2007, at Coastal Hospice at the Lake in Salisbury, Md. He was a trouble- and serviceman for Delmarva Power, retiring in 1981 after 35 years of service. He served his country proudly during World War II, spending 39 months in the Army’s 1st Armored Division and seeing action in Africa, Sicily, Anzio, Rome and the Po River Valley of Italy. He was a member of the Grace United Methodist Church and the American Legion in Millsboro.

Mitchell was predeceased by his parents, Charles W. and Amelia Mitchell; his wife of 56 years, Olive Mitchell; six brothers and a sister. He is survived by two sons, Gary L. Mitchell and his wife Carol of Laurel and Douglas H. Mitchell of Millsboro; a daughter, Barbara M. Hopkins and her husband Douglas of Salisbury, Md.; and a granddaughter, Amanda L. Mitchell of Laurel.

Services were scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2007, with interment in Millsboro Cemetery, on State Street in Millsboro. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Grace United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 566, Millsboro, DE 19966; or Coastal Hospice at the Lake, P.O. Box 1733, Salisbury, MD 21802-1733.

Cora Bell Timmons, 91

Cora Bell Timmons, 91, of Millsboro, formerly of Dagsboro, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2007, at Coastal Hospice at the Lake, Salisbury, Md. She worked for Townsends Inc. for many years, as well as on the family farm growing and selling vegetables. She also sold produce and holiday decorations at King Street Market in Wilmington for many years. A loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, she loved participating at the Roxana Cheer Center. She also loved NASCAR and Jeff Gordon.

Timmons was preceded in death by her parents, Minos and Edith Mae Daisey Littleton; her husband of 43 years, Roland Benjamin Timmons; and a son, Roland B. Timmons Jr. She was the last survivor of 16 siblings. She is survived by a daughter with whom she lived for the past eight years, Joyce Lofland and her husband Joseph of Millsboro; a son, David Timmons and his wife Joy of Holiday, Fla.; grandchildren, Vickie and Robert Coughlin of Clearwater, Fla., Dania and Randy Ramirez of Georgetown, Pamela Matoska of Clarkston, Mich., Ginny and Mark Stevens of Florida, and Dean and Lori Warrington of Millsboro; step-grandchildren, Keith Jessen of Laurel, Karen Lofland of Hampton, Va., and Karl and Wendy Stahre of Harrington; 11 great-grandchildren; and two step-great-grandchildren.

Services were scheduled for Monday, Nov. 19, 2007, with interment in Dagsboro Redmens Memorial Cemetery in Dagsboro. In lieu of flowers, the family asks for contributions to the Coastal Hospice at the Lake, P. O. Box 1733, Salisbury, MD 21801; and /or Grace U.M. Church, P.O. Box 566, Millsboro, DE 19966.