Obituaries


Madeline Jarka, 69

Madeline Jarka, 69, of Bethany Beach, formerly of Bellerose Village, Long Island, N.Y., passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family on Friday, Sept. 21, 2007. She retired from the New York State Hospital of Mental Health after 12 years of service and moved to the Bethany area with her husband, where she became active in many civic groups and organizations. She was a member of St. Ann’s Catholic Church, prefect of St. Ann’s Sodality, a member of the Red Hats, Best of the West, and a number of quilting groups, as well as a volunteer for Meals on Wheels, the Blood Bank, the library in Bethany Beach and at St. Ann’s Bazaar.

Jarka is survived by her loving husband of 42 years, Peter Jarka; five children, Jeffrey Jarka and his wife Theresa of Western Springs, Ill., Timothy Jarka and his wife Sheila of Canton, Conn., Jennifer Dekker and her husband David of Weston, Conn., Kenneth Jarka and his wife Avanel of New London, Conn., and Eugene Jarka and his wife Stacy of Charlotte, N.C.; a sister, Marilyn D’Amato of Viera, Fla.; and 12 grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial was scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2007, with interment to be private. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to Delaware Hospice, 20167 Office Circle, Georgetown DE 19947; or Tunnell Cancer Center, 18941 John J. Williams Highway, Rehoboth Beach DE 19971.

Wanda M Pittenger, 58

Wanda M. Pittenger, 58, of Millsboro, passed away Sunday, Sept. 16, 2007, at Beebe Medical Center in Lewes. A retired restaurateur, she was working for Shore Stop in Millsboro at the time of her death. She was a member of the Red Hat Society, the Razzle Dazzle Dames of Indian Summer Village in Millsboro, and the Ladies Auxiliary of the American Veterans Post 2. A wonderful mother and friend, she lifted the spirit of everyone she came in contact with and was truly the sunshine of her family.

Pittenger was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph and Virginia Horne Dillow. She is survived by her husband, Duane A. Pittenger; a daughter, Virginia M. Miller and her husband Sean of York, Pa.; brothers Paul Dillow, Dennis Dillow and Michael Dillow, all of Baltimore; sisters Donna Holdiness of Corbin, Ky., and Christine Rotonda of Hunt Valley, Md.; and two granddaughters, Eleanna Mae Miller and Emalena Marie Miller.

A memorial service was scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 22, 2007, with interment to be private. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, 20771 Professional Park Blvd., Unit 1, Georgetown DE 19947; or the American Diabetes Association, 100 West 10th St., Wilmington DE 19801.