Obituaries


Kathryn E. Knauer Hostetter, 65

Kathryn E. Knauer Hostetter, 65, of East Earl, Pa., formerly of Laurel, and Kinzers, died Jan. 2, 2007, in Essa Flory Hospice Center, Lancaster, Pa., after a three-year struggle with Lou Gehrig’s disease.

Born in Caernarvon Township, she was a daughter of the late Abram W. and Marian A. (Yohn) Martin.

She worked for 23 years, retiring in 1994, with Morgan Corp., Morgantown, as a customer service representative. She also had worked for the Delaware State Parks Department, Fenwick Island. She was a 1959 graduate of Garden Spot High School.

She was a member of Cedar Grove Presbyterian Church, an associate member of Ocean View Presbyterian in Ocean View, and a former member of Leacock Presbyterian Church. She was active in the church choir and solo work. She also was active in the Southern Delaware Choral Society and the Coventry Singers, and she enjoyed hiking, the outdoors, hunting, gardening and family.

She is survived by a daughter, Gail E. and her husband, Kelly Anderson; and two stepsons, Glenn M., and wife Jennifer (Brenneman) Hostetter; and Carey L. and wife Sheri (Howe) Hostetter. Other survivors include a brother, George E. and wife Brenda (Clark) Martin; and a sister, Mildred M. and husband, Leroy Snader. She is also survived by three grandchildren, Andrea L., Gregory A. and Chelse L. Hostetter. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Marvin K. Knauer Jr., in 1977, and her second husband, Glenn L. Hostetter, in 2003. She was also preceded in death by stillborn twin daughters.

Funeral services were scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 6, 2007, at 10 a.m. in Cedar Grove Presbyterian Church, 4833 Division Highway, East Earl, Pa., with interment at Elverson United Methodist Cemetery. Viewing will be Friday from 6 to 9 p.m. in Groff-High Funeral Home Inc., 145 W. Main St., New Holland, and Saturday from 9 to 10 a.m. in the church.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the ALS Association, 321 Norristown Road, Suite 260, Ambler, PA 19002, or Md.A, c/o Citizens Bank, 2005 Linglestown Road, Harrisburg, PA 17110.

Donna Fae Hitchens, 28

Donna Fae Hitchens, 28, of Laurel, died Saturday, Dec. 30, 2006, at home.

Hitchens was a 1999 graduate of the Beebe School of Nursing, Lewes. She had been employed by Beebe Medical Center, Lewes, Del., as a cardiac nurse. She and her family attended the Peninsula Community Church, in Selbyville. She enjoyed traveling, shopping, and scrap booking. She had been a volunteer for the Relay for Life. “Donna, you were a wonderful wife, mother, sister, and daughter. Anyone who knew you knows you inspired a lot of people. You will be greatly missed. We all love you very much.”

She is survived by her husband, Blaine Hitchens, with whom she married in 1997; a son, Tyler Hitchens; parents, Donald and Dawn Steen; sisters, Sheree Price and husband Alan; Shelly Pusey and husband Mike; Angie Warrington and husband Matt; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Marvin and Jean Ellen Hitchens; sister-in-laws and brother-in-laws, Marian Carey and husband Tom; Pam Cummins and husband Mike; nieces and nephews, Taylor Price, Hunter Price, Emily Pusey, Caleb Pusey, Meredith Carey, Erin Carey, Rachel Carey, Ryan Cummins, and Mallory Cummons.

Funeral services were scheduled for Friday, Jan. 5, 2006, at 2 p.m. at the Laurel Fire Company, Laurel, Delaware, where friends may call from 11 a.m. to noon. Interment will be at Laurel, Odd Fellows Cemetery, Laurel.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Tyler L. Hitchens Scholarship Fund, c/o Wilmington Trust Company, Attn. Kay L. Murphy, Laurel Branch, 101 West Market Street Laurel, DE.

Robert B. Alliston, 79

Robert B. Alliston, 79, of Ocean View, died Thursday, Dec. 28, 2006, at the Beebe Medical Center in Lewes.

He was born in Newark, NJ, the son of the late Frank and Johanna (Geisel) Alliston.

He was a retired insurance underwriter and a veteran of World War II and Korea, serving in the U.S. Army.

He is survived by his loving wife, Marilyn; two daughters, Mary Lynn Busfield and Jean Matarazzo; three grandchildren, Kevin, Julie and John. He was preceded in death by a son, Michael Alliston.

A Mass of Christian Burial was scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2007, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Ann’s Catholic Church, Garfield Parkway, Bethany Beach. Interment will be in the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery South in Millsboro.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions in his memory to the Millville Rescue Squad, c/o Millville Volunteer Fire Co, Millville, DE. 19967.

Anna A. McCabe, 90

Anna A. McCabe, 90, of Millsboro, Del., died Thursday, Dec. 28, 2006.

McCabe was a retired farmer and homemaker. She was a member of Hickory Hill United Methodist Church and a member of the United Methodist Women. She had also been a member of the Farm Bureau. She loved to garden, cook and shop.

She is survived by a son, Michael McCabe and wife Iris; daughters, Shirley M. Harper and Sue Ella Hudson and husband Bud; sisters, Reta Sexton and Catherine Magee, 10 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence H. McCabe in 1979, a son, Vincent C. McCabe in 1990, and a daughter, Barbara Jean Collins in 1969.

Funeral services were scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2006, at 11 a.m. at Watson Funeral Home, 211 Washington St., Millsboro, with interment at Millsboro Cemetery in Millsboro.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Delaware Hospice, Southern Division, 20167 Office Circle, Georgetown, DE 19947, or Hickory Hill UMC, c/o Roy Rogers, 28209 Walt Carmean Lane, Millsboro, DE 19966.

Ralph Raymond Handy, 86

Ralph Raymond Handy, 86, of Berlin, Md., died Thursday, Dec. 28, 2006, at Peninsula Regional Medical Center, Salisbury, Md.

He was a retired construction worker for George R. Clark & Son. He was a member of Zoar United Methodist Church Selbyville, Del. He loved basketball, wrestling, lifting weights and smiling. His life was raising his family.

He is survived by his children, Ralph R. Tingle Jr. and wife Tammy; Bernard Tingle; daughters, Marlynn R. Tingle, Vonna M. Tingle, Ernestine Fooks; brothers, Wallace Handy and Monroe Handy; sisters, Helen Smith, Mildred Handy, Lola Handy, Ionia Davis and Radie Fooks; 13 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Jackie L. Handy, in 1993 and a son, Dwayne A. Tingle in 1984.

Funeral services were scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 4, 2007, at 1 p.m. at Calvary Pentecostal Church, Rt. 113, Bishopville, Md., where friends may call one hour prior. Interment will be at Curtis Cemetery, Bishopville, Md.

Shirley Temple Gill, 51

Shirley Temple Gill, 51, of Millsboro died Monday, Dec. 25, 2006, at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital.

She was a certified nursing assistant for the CHEER Center in Georgetown. She was a member of the Morning Star Holiness Church in Frankford. She loved her job and her clients, especially Miss Kitty. Shirley’s nickname, to many, was “Doll Baby.” She was beloved as a caregiver. She adored and cherished grandchildren. They were all she talked about.

She is survived by her mother, Marjorie Giles Predeoux; children, Rynell Predeoux and wife Phyllis; George H. Dunton Jr., Herschel Vick, Catrina Dorsey and husband Gary; brothers, Jake Predeoux, Lawrence Predeoux, Bruce Predeoux; sisters, Ernestine Miller, Mary Harmon, Barbara Predeoux; sister-in-law, Shirley Predeoux, and very close family friends, loved as family, Bobby, Nick and Brother Taylor; grandchildren, Rynell Jr., James Jr., Myleesha, Ta`shawnda and Jamere. She was preceded in death by her father, Herbert H. Predeoux.

Funeral services were scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 30, 2006, at 1 p.m. at Calvary Pentecostal Church in Bishopville, Md., with interment at Zoar Golden Acres, Bishopville, Md.

Orrie E. Hudson, 81

Orrie E. Hudson, 81, of Millsboro, died Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2006, at the Green Valley Terrace Nursing Home in Millsboro.

He was born on June 17, 1925, in Frankford, son of the late Fred E. and Pearl (Magee) Hudson.

He retired from Cargill in 1993. From there he worked part-time at Rose’s until June 23, 2006. He was devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He loved to spend time with his family, just talking and drinking coffee. He was an avid Orioles fan and loved sports.

He is survived by two sons, Gerald Hudson and his wife Diane; Robert Hudson and his wife Myrna; three grandchildren; four step-grandchildren, four great-grandchildren. He is also survived by two brothers, Norris Hudson and Bleat Hudson; and three sisters, Angeline Timmons, Millie Jones and Wilsie Donohoe. He was anxiously waiting for his fifth grandchild to be born.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Sally M. Hudson, in 2002.

Funeral services were scheduled for Sunday, Dec. 31, 2006, at 2:30 p.m. at the chapel of Melson Funeral Services on Thatcher Street in Frankford. Interment will be in Carey’s Cemetery in Frankford.

Gerald Dewayne ‘Pop’ Booth Sr., 93

Gerald Dewayne “Pop” Booth Sr., 93, of Selbyville, Del., died Thursday, Dec. 21, 2006, at home.

He was born on Aug. 4, 1913, in Amityville, N.Y., to the late Clifford and Lila (Ketcham) Booth. Booth lived many years in Durham, N.C., and the last three years in Selbyville.

He was a veteran who served in the U.S. Army as a 1st Lieutenant during World War II, serving in the 3150th Quartermaster Service Company.

Before retiring in 1976, he worked for Demov Foods and Ben Perlow Liquor Company on Long Island, N.Y.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Dorothy S. (Wolpert) Booth; daughter, Andrea Booth; two sons, Jerry Booth Jr., and Chris Booth; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. In addition to his parents, was preceded in death by his five sisters, and six brothers.

Family and friends remembered him at a family get together on Dec. 22 at his daughter’s home in Ocean View.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Sussex County Senior Services, Nutrition Program, 546 S. Bedford St, Georgetown, DE. 19947.