Obituaries


Walter John Brysiak, 75

Walter John Brysiak, 75, of Seaford, passed away on Wednesday, May 16, 2007, at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital in Seaford. He was a retired welder from Sun Ship-building and Dry Dock Co. in Chester, Pa. Brysiak was a Korean War veteran in the 256 Tank and Tractor BTN. He was awarded a Silver Star and a Bronze Star, as well as the Purple Heart. He was a member of the Shipbuilders Union Local 802-Shop Steward. He loved his life on the Broadkill, as well as fishing and bowling.

Brysiak was preceded in death by his parents, Walter J. and Alice Markicky Brysiak Sr.; and a sister, Velma Stevenson. He is survived by his wife, Margita W. Brysiak; children, Walter Brysiak of Kings Mountain, N.C., Leon John Brysiak of Brook Haven, Pa., Debbie Ann Barbato of Aston, Pa., Verona Rae Suiter of Annocostis, Wash., Sandra Lee Senter of Newport, N.C., Patricia Jean Brysiak of Tobyhanna, Pa., Margaret Elizabeth Lendmesser of West Chester, Pa.; a brother, Edward Brysiak of Boothewyn, Pa.; 15 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Services and burial were private. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the charity of the giver’s choice.

Andrew Galanos, 95

Andrew Galanos, 95, of Milton, passed away on Saturday, May 19, 2007, at Green Valley Terrace Nursing Home in Millsboro. He entered military service in 1943 and became a member of the 26th Infantry Division, which went overseas that year. He was a Battle of the Bulge survivor and was awarded six medals and two oak leaf clusters. He was honorably discharged in 1946 at the rank of technical sergeant.

Galanos was then hired by the War Department in Frankfurt, Germany, and worked for the U.S. government until 1952. He then worked for the Sunbeam Oster Corp. in Philadelphia until his retirement. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge St. Alban Swain 529 and the Delaware Valley Chapter Veterans of the Battle of the Bulge.

Galanos was preceded in death by his parents, Peter and Caliope (Andrews) Galanos; his wife, Karin V. Galanos; and his son, Colin Andrew Galanos. He is survived by his daughter, Heather Galanos Hogan and her husband Bernie of Evansville, Ind.; two grandchildren, Colin and Mallory Hogan; and two nieces, Kitty Capetanakis and Callie Jackson.

A graveside service was scheduled for Tuesday, May 22, 2007, with interment in the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Millsboro. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to Conley’s United Methodist Church Building Fund, 22150 Robinsonville Rd., Lewes DE 19958.

Elson L. ‘Rock’ Johnson, 66

Elson Lee “Rock” Johnson, 66, of Millsboro, passed away on Wednesday, May 16, 2007, surrounded by his wife and friends, at Christiana Hospital in Newark. He received his education at Johnson and Jason School. He was employed by James Julian Construction Inc. After retirement, he continued to work as a handyman. He loved to build and he loved children, especially his godchild, Eurecka Briddell. Johnson was associated with Harmony United Methodist Church and St. John’s Baptist Church, and was generous in helping both churches with his carpentry skills.

Johnson was preceded in death by his parents, Marcella and Harley Johnson; brothers, George Edsel, Randall, Kendall; and sister, Barbara Johnson. He is survived by his wife, Barbara Johnson; three sisters, Rochella Nock and Vivian Johnson, both of Millsboro, and Blonnie McCall of Lewes; two brothers, Crawford Johnson, and Harlin Johnson and wife Jean of Georgetown; five brothers-in-law, Raymond Moore of Millsboro, Freddie Roberts and Oather Roberts Jr. and wife Harriet, all of Delmar, Del., Charles Wise and wife Emma of Salisbury, Md., and Timothy Wise of Pennsylvania.; four sisters-in-law, Beatrice Johnson of Millsboro, Evelyn Handy and husband Robert of Delmar, Del., Aleen Monroe of Pennsylvania., Martha Peters of Salisbury, Md.; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and many, many friends.

Services were scheduled for Sunday, May 20, 2007, with interment in St. Johns 2nd Baptist Church cemetery, Mt. Joy (near Millsboro).

Pauline Rogers Parsons, 70

Pauline Rogers Parsons, 70, of Pittsville, Md., passed away on Friday, May 18, 2007, after suffering a massive stroke at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury. She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother, and enjoyed cooking, gardening, singing and taking care of her beloved poodle Ginger.

Parsons was preceded in death by her parents, Milton J. and Edna E. (Bunting) Rogers. She is survived by her husband, W. Lewis Parsons; son, Roger Parsons and wife Lisa of Pittsville; daughter, Linda S. Parsons and fiancé Donald Dorsey of Denton, Md.; two grandchildren she adored, Phillip and Austin Parsons of Pittsville; brother, Clarence Rogers and wife Sharon of Millsboro; and several nieces and nephews.

A funeral service was scheduled for Tuesday, May 22, 2007, with interment in Pittsville Cemetery.

Judith H. ‘Judy’ Steverson, 65

Judith H. “Judy” Steverson, 65, of Selbyville, formerly of Fairhaven, Md., passed away Sunday, May 20, 2007, at home. She had worked as a staff assistant for Sen. Ted Stevens of Alaska and had worked for the U.S. Senate for 24 years. She was a member of the Keenwick Women’s Club and a member of St. Matthews By-The-Sea United Methodist Church in Fenwick Island.

Steverson was preceded in death by her parents, Leander E. and Margaret Groff Herman. She is survived by her husband, Woodrow W. Steverson; daughters, Eva Marie Savage of New Church, Va., and Sophia E. Garrett-Davis of Waldorf, Md.; step-daughters, Jane Shellhouse of Brea, Calif., Cheryl Steverson of Patsgona, Ariz., Sandra Hubbard of Fla.; brother, Lee H. Herman; sister, Margaret Ullrich of Fairhaven, Md.; and two granddaughters, Raven Savage and Madison Garrett-Davis.

Services were scheduled for Thursday, May 24, 2007. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to S. Matthews-By-The-Sea United Methodist Church, 1000 Coastal Highway, Fenwick Island DE 19944, or the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 163, Salisbury, MD 21803-0163.

Michael J. Szwed, 80

Michael J. Szwed, 80, of Millsboro, formerly of Jackson, N.J., passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Sunday, May 20, 2007, at Beebe Medical Center in Lewes. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the United States Navy and was employed by the Department of the Army as an electronic engineer for 30 years before retiring in 1995. He was past president of the Lions Club in Montville, N.J., a lifetime member of the Cape Henlopen Elks Lodge #2540 in Lewes, a lifetime member of Mason Dixon VFW Post #7234 in Ocean View, and a lifetime member of the American Legion Post #28 in Oak Orchard.

Szwed was a musician who loved to travel and kept busy working on the house or tinkering in the garage.

Szwed was preceded in death by his parents, Michael and Mary (Kobylarz) Szwed. He is survived by his wife, Irene (Zielonka) Szwed; a son, Michael J. Szwed and wife Arlene of Darnestown, Md.; three daughters, Eileen Klinkatsis and husband Tony of Weddington, N.C., Michele Szwed of Mahwah, N.J., and Renee Torre and husband Michael of Jackson, N.J.; three sisters, Wanda Paleskey, Agnes Bednarz and Bertha Monkowski; a brother, Edward Szwed; and six grandchildren, Amanda Klinkatsis, Rachel Klinkatsis, William Klinkatsis, Samantha Torre, Melissa Torre and Melissa Szwed.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, May 25, 2007, at 11 a.m. at Mary Mother of Peace Catholic Church, Route 24, near Oak Orchard, Del. A visitation will be held Thursday evening, May 24, 2007, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Long Neck Chapel of Melson Funeral Services, Long Neck Rd., Millsboro. Interment will be in the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Millsboro.

Robert E. Zinn, 84

Robert E. Zinn, 84, of Selbyville, formerly of Wilmington, passed away Thursday, May 3, 2007, at Atlantic General Hospital in Berlin, Md. He had been a special agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigations for 26 years, retiring in 1977, and was a member of the Society of Former Special Agents of the FBI. He was also a World War II veteran as a pilot in the U.S. Air Force. Zinn enjoyed his retirement, traveling and boating on the bay near Ocean City. He loved his family deeply.

Zinn was preceded in death by his parents, Elmer and Pearl Jones Zinn. He is survived by his wife, Virginia C. Zinn; son, Robert D. Zinn of Newark, Del.; two daughters, Cheryl Gibbs of the British West Indies and Linda Booth of Georgetown; two sisters, June Sippel of San Diego, Calif., and Lee Creech of Dayton, Ohio; and four grandchildren.

Services and burial were private.