Obituaries


Ronald Gordon Lawrance, 68

Ronald Gordon Lawrance, 68, of Georgetown, Del., passed away at his home on Feb. 18, 2017, surrounded by his family and in the care of Delaware Hospice. He was born in Philadelphia, Pa., on Aug. 6, 1948, to the late Wayne G. and Mildred Dulany...

Thursday, February 23, 2017 - 8:26am

Karen Ann Lynch, 48

Karen Ann Lynch, 48, of Lewes, Del., passed away suddenly on Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017, at Christiana Hospital in Newark, Del., with her family by her side. She was born in Wilmington, Del., on Aug. 31, 1968, to Michael Williams and Josephine...

Thursday, February 23, 2017 - 8:23am

Mary Lee West Middleton, 84

Mary Lee West Middleton, 84, passed away in the care of her family and Compassionate Care Hospice on her birthday, Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017. She was born Feb. 19, 1933, in Church Hill, Md., to the late Edward and Cora Middleton.

Middleton was...

Thursday, February 23, 2017 - 8:21am

Carol R. Pape, 67

Carol R. Pape, 67, of Selbyville, Del., died Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017, at home. She was born in Baltimore, Md., daughter of the late John Raymond Doyle and Dorothy Moore (Johnson) Doyle.

Pape is survived by her husband, Les D. Pape of...

Thursday, February 23, 2017 - 8:18am

Kenneth L. ‘Ken’ Posey, 71

Kenneth L. “Ken” Posey, 71, of Selbyville, Del., formerly of New Carrollton, Md., passed away on Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017, at Medstar Washington Hospital Center, from heart failure. He was born in Glapthorn, Peterborough, England, on March 6, 1945...

Thursday, February 23, 2017 - 8:14am

Dolores ‘Dee’ Tucker, 79

Dolores “Dee” Tucker, 79, of Selbyville, Del., passed away peacefully Feb. 11, 2017, surrounded by those who loved her, after a brave battle with ALS.

Tucker was a devoted and loving mother, grandmother and friend. She was very proud of...

Thursday, February 23, 2017 - 8:13am

Leon T. Wingate, 90

Leon T. Wingate, 90, of Millsboro, Del., passed away on Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017. He was born in Laurel, Del., on May 30, 1926, to the late Norman T. Wingate and Marjorie Wilkerson Wingate.

Wingate retired from Delmarva Power & Light,...

Thursday, February 23, 2017 - 8:11am

Mildred B. ‘Mickie’ Christfield, 83

Mildred B. “Mickie” Christfield, 83, of Selbyville, Del., went home to be with her Lord and Savior and passed away on Feb. 12, 2017.

Christfield was a retired elementary school teacher of more than 40 years, having taught in Baltimore...

Thursday, February 16, 2017 - 5:18am

Douglas J. Fearn, 89

Douglas J. Fearn, 89, of Seaford, Del., formerly of New Castle, Del., passed away on Monday, Feb. 13, 2017, with his beloved wife and daughter by his side. Fearn was born in Southampton, England, on June 16, 1927, son of the late Fredrick Charles...

Thursday, February 16, 2017 - 5:17am

Margaret H. Long, 90

Margaret (Haldeman) Long, 90, of Frankford, Del., passed away on Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017, at Harrison House Senior Living in Georgetown, Del. She was born May 28, 1926, in Philadelphia, Pa., to John and Alice Haldeman, and lived in Haddon Heights...

Thursday, February 16, 2017 - 5:16am

Clayton Ringler Sr., 87

Clayton Ringler Sr., 87, of Hayesville, N.C., passed away Friday, Feb. 3, 2017, at his residence. He was the son of the late Raymond Easter and Enid Odessa Lynch Ringler, and a native of Sussex County, Del., but lived in the Florida Keys before...

Thursday, February 16, 2017 - 5:13am

John G. Stafford Sr., 92

John G. Stafford Sr., 92, of Ocean View, Del., formerly of Baltimore, Md., and Carroll County, Md., passed away peacefully on Feb. 7, 2017, at the Delaware Hospice Center. He was born Sept. 10, 1924, to Reid Stafford and Blanche (Simmons)...

Thursday, February 16, 2017 - 5:12am

Marguerite ‘Peg’ Wentz Trimble, 103

Marguerite “Peg” Wentz Trimble, 103, died at home in Elkins, W.Va., on Feb. 1, 2017, after an active life with a close family, friends and good bridge. She had been in gradually declining health.

Trimble was born at home years before women...

Thursday, February 16, 2017 - 5:08am

Paul Zolbe, 80

Paul Zolbe, 80, a 30-year resident of Ocean View, Del., passed away on Feb. 4, 2017, with his loving wife at his side, after a 15-month battle with cancer. Zolbe was born to William Zolbe and Geraldine (Howell) Zolbe on Oct. 15, 1936, and raised...

Thursday, February 16, 2017 - 5:04am

Mark Joseph Bennett, 74

Mark Joseph Bennett, 74, passed away peacefully at his home in Ocean View, Del., on Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017, while surrounded by his family. He was born March 28, 1941, at his childhood home in Bethany Beach, Del.

Bennett graduated from...

Thursday, February 9, 2017 - 5:58am

David J. Cullen Jr., 80

David J. Cullen Jr., 80, formerly of Vienna, Va., and recently of Baywood in Long Neck, Del., passed away on Feb. 6, 2017, after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. He was born Aug 22, 1936, in Pittsfield, Mass.

A graduate of the...

Thursday, February 9, 2017 - 5:55am

Erle F. Dobson, 88

Erle F. Dobson, 88, of Frankford, Del., died Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017, at home.

Dobson retired from Chrysler after 33 years and had worked for Seaside Hobbies in Ocean View, Del. He was a member of Nur Temple Shrine Club/Ritual Unit, St....

Thursday, February 9, 2017 - 5:46am

Harry Leroy Easton Sr., 89

Harry Leroy Easton Sr., 89, of Selbyville, Del., died Monday, Jan. 23, 2017, at home. He was born in Poplar Springs, Md., and was the son of the late Albert and Pearl Smith Easton.

Easton was the devoted husband of the late Alleene (Barry...

Thursday, February 9, 2017 - 5:44am

Mary Wimberly Anderson (Szlasa) Franz, 80

Mary Wimberly Anderson (Szlasa) Franz, 80, passed away from lung cancer on Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017, leaving behind a legacy as a prominent business owner, a beloved sister, wife, mother and friend. Born on March 25, 1936, and raised on Wimberly...

Thursday, February 9, 2017 - 5:30am

John David Friling, 77

John David Friling, 77, of Ocean View, Del., formerly of Downingtown, Pa., passed away suddenly on Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017.

Friling graduated from Frenchtown High School, where he played football. He went on to Gettysburg College, where he...

Thursday, February 9, 2017 - 5:27am

George E. Klinger, 77

George E. Klinger, 77, of Dagsboro, Del., passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017, at the Delaware Hospice Center.

Klinger retired from Verizon, where he worked as a splicing tech for many years.

Services were to be...

Thursday, February 9, 2017 - 5:24am

Howard M. ‘Hobs’ Moyer, 78

Howard M. “Hobs” Moyer, 78, of Palm City, Fla., passed away on Feb. 2, 2017, at his home. He was born March 10, 1938, in Reading, Pa., son of the late J. Milton Moyer and Grace E. Moyer of Dagsboro, Del.

Moyer graduated from John M....

Thursday, February 9, 2017 - 5:20am

Robert Walter ‘Bob’ Oggenfuss, 83

Robert Walter “Bob” Oggenfuss, 83, died Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017, at home, following a brief illness. He was born May 6, 1933, in Fairfield, Conn., to Dorothy Elisabeth (Heidrich) Oggenfuss and Herman Walter Oggenfuss.

Oggenfuss was a 1951...

Thursday, February 9, 2017 - 5:18am

John T. ‘Johnny’ Rogers Jr., 87

John T. “Johnny” Rogers Jr., 87, of Millsboro, Del., passed away on Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017. He was born May 16, 1929, in Millsboro, Del., son of the late John T. and Mable Downs Rogers Sr.

Rogers was the owner of Johnny Rogers Bulkhead for...

Thursday, February 9, 2017 - 5:17am

John R. ‘Bob’ ‘B.S.’ Shanahan, 77

John R. “Bob” “B.S.” Shanahan, 77, of Frankford, Del., passed away on Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017, in his home. He was born April 26, 1939, in Baltimore, Md., son of the late Joseph William Shanahan and Catherine (D’Anthony) Shanahan.

Shanahan...

Thursday, February 9, 2017 - 5:15am

Fred S. Burton, 71

Fred S. Burton, 71, of Harbeson, Del., passed away on Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017, at Beebe Healthcare in Lewes, Del., with his loving family by his side. He was born on Saturday, Nov. 3, 1945, in Lewes, Del., son of the late Samuel J. Burton and...

Thursday, February 2, 2017 - 8:29am

Neil W. Cooley, 90

Neil W. Cooley, 90, passed away peacefully on Jan. 24, 2017, at Atlantic Shores Rehabilitation Center in Millsboro, Del.

Born in Washington, D.C., he graduated from Roosevelt Senior High, served in World War II in the U.S. Army Air Force...

Thursday, February 2, 2017 - 8:28am

Henrietta Daisey, 91

Henrietta Daisey, 91, of Dagsboro, Del., passed away peacefully in her sleep, at her home, on Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017. She was born in Williamsville, Del., on Aug. 26, 1925, daughter of the late Albert Hudson and Florence (McCabe) Hudson.

...

Thursday, February 2, 2017 - 8:26am

Marshall F. Hall, 80

Marshall F. Hall, 80, of Selbyville, Del., passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017, at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury, Md. He was born in Willards, Md., on Dec. 21, 1936, son of the late Frederick M. Hall Jr. and Emma (Hudson)...

Thursday, February 2, 2017 - 8:25am

Jennie M. ‘Sacred Heart’ Hargett, 71

Jennie M. “Sacred Heart” Hargett, 71, passed away peacefully on Jan. 24, 2017, at her residence in Millsboro, Del. She was born to the late Donald Hitchens Sr. and Isabelle Johnson Hitchens on Aug. 22, 1945.

Hargett was a member of...

Thursday, February 2, 2017 - 8:24am

Raymond E. ‘Fuzzy’ Mitchell, 89

Raymond E. “Fuzzy” Mitchell, 89, of Dagsboro, Del., passed away on Jan. 24, 2017, at Atlantic Shores Nursing Home in Millsboro, Del. He was born in Millville, Del., on Sept. 20, 1927, son of the late John and Della Mitchell.

When his...

Thursday, February 2, 2017 - 8:21am

Becky Murray, 77

Becky Murray, 77, of Ocean View, Del., passed away Friday, Jan. 27, 2017. She was born April 25, 1940, in Millville, Del., a daughter of the late Edwin O. Murray Sr. and Gladys Campbell Murray.

Murray is survived by a brother, Robert...

Thursday, February 2, 2017 - 8:20am

Veronica I. ‘Peggy’ Shifflett, 89

Veronica “Peggy” I. Shifflett, 89, of Millsboro, Del., formerly of Baltimore, Md., passed away on Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017, and went home to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and her late beloved husband, Wallace H. Shifflett Sr.,...

Thursday, February 2, 2017 - 8:13am

Martin John ‘Marty’ Vari Jr., 59

Martin John “Marty” Vari Jr., 59, of Harbeson, Del., passed away peacefully on Jan. 24, 2017, surrounded by many of his loving family and friends. He was born in Wilmington, Del., to Martin “Tino” Vari and Nancy (Grello) Vari on Dec. 8, 1957....

Thursday, February 2, 2017 - 8:11am

Doris E. Ward, 89

Doris E. Ward, 89, of Selbyville, Del., died Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017, at Atlantic General Hospital in Berlin, Md. She was born in Baltimore, Md., daughter of the late Russell Breneman and Bertha (Thomas) Breneman.

Ward retired after 30...

Thursday, February 2, 2017 - 8:11am

Richard Alan Wooden, 60

Richard Alan Wooden, 60, of Millsboro, Del., passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017, in Beebe Healthcare. He was born Oct. 10, 1956, in Mt. Holly, N.J., a son of Edward Wooden and Mildred Deal Wooden.

Wooden had lived in Delanco, N.J., and...

Thursday, February 2, 2017 - 8:05am

Phillip J. Anthony, 70

Phillip J. Anthony, 70, of Bishopville, Md., died Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017, after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. He was born in Los Angeles, Calif., and was the son of the late Dorris L. Anthony and Dorothy (Stoll) Anthony.

He enjoyed...

Thursday, January 26, 2017 - 4:07am

Ralph ‘Kenny D.’ Doughty, 82

Ralph “Kenny D.” Doughty, 82, of Sandy Landing, Dagsboro, Del., passed away on Jan. 21, 2017. He was in death, as he was in life, singing praises to the Lord.

Doughty was a graduate of Ohio State University. He loved his career in teaching...

Thursday, January 26, 2017 - 4:05am

Marion C. Graves, 88

Marion C. Graves, 88, of Millsboro, Del., and formerly of Wilmington, Del., and Florida passed away on Monday, Jan. 16, 2017. She was born Aug. 9, 1928, in Newark, Del., to the late Frank Morris and Elizabeth Higgins Morris.

Graves was a...

Thursday, January 26, 2017 - 4:00am

Susan O. ‘Suzie’ McConnell, 62

Susan O. “Suzie” (Orr) McConnell, 62, passed away peacefully on Jan. 11, 2017, at home, in Millsboro, Del., surrounded by her husband of 39 years, Bob, and their three children, Megan, Robert and John Claude. McConnell, formerly of Downingtown,...

Thursday, January 26, 2017 - 3:58am

Muriel T. Smith, 89

What she said the family was allowed to say: Muriel Smith died today.

What the family would have said, if they had been allowed to: Muriel T. Smith died on Jan. 11, 2017, at Beebe Healthcare in Lewes, Del. She lived a long and interesting...

Thursday, January 26, 2017 - 3:54am

Harvey Lee Atkins

Harvey Lee Atkins departed this life on Friday, Jan. 6, 2017, peacefully, surrounded by his family and loved ones.

Atkins moved to Delaware, with his mother and sister, to live with his uncle at a young age. He attended George Washington...

Thursday, January 19, 2017 - 8:16am

Robert H. Bertram, 91

Robert H. “Bob” Bertram, 91, of West Fenwick, Del., passed away on Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017, from advanced Alzheimer’s disease, which he had been struggling with for several years. He was born on March 24, 1925, in Marshallberg, N.C., to Frederick...

Thursday, January 19, 2017 - 8:14am

Anita Paige Briddell, 83

Anita Paige Briddell, 83, known to many as “Bitsy or Mom-Bitsy,” of Dagsboro, Del., passed away and went home to be with the Lord on Monday, Jan. 9, 2017, at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital in Seaford, Del., surrounded by her loved ones. She was born...

Thursday, January 19, 2017 - 8:13am

Steven V. Brummell, 63

Steven V. Brummell, 63, of Millsboro, Del., passed away at Atlantic Shores Nursing & Rehabilitation Center on Jan. 16, 2017. He was born in Philadelphia, Pa., on Oct. 14, 1953.

Brummell had worked as a chef at the Rehoboth Beach...

Thursday, January 19, 2017 - 8:10am

Joyce Elaine Dravk, 73

Joyce Elaine Dravk, 73, of Frankford, Del., passed away Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017, in her home. She was born April 8, 1943, in York, Pa., a daughter of the late Joseph and Margaret Householder Krafft.

Dravk is survived by her husband, Stephen E...

Thursday, January 19, 2017 - 8:08am

Kevin R. Fisher, 58

Kevin R. Fisher, 58, of Millsboro, Del., passed away unexpectedly on Jan. 10, 2017. He was born Sept. 5, 1958, in Lewes, Del., to the late Oliver R. and Nettie Carey Fisher.

Fisher was married to Cheryl Downs in 1984, and together they...

Thursday, January 19, 2017 - 8:06am

Shirley A. Gabriel, 80

Shirley A. Gabriel, 80, of Millington, Md., formerly of Millsboro, Del., passed away on Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017, at Autumn Lake Healthcare in Chestertown, Md. She was born in New Jersey on May 4, 1936, daughter of the late Oscar Thomas Faucett...

Thursday, January 19, 2017 - 8:05am

James Allen Giles, 66

James Allen Giles, 66, died peacefully Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017, in his home. He was born Nov. 20, 1950, in Chester, Pa. He lived in Claymont, Del., for most his life and was a dedicated steelworker until his retirement in 2013.

He was a...

Thursday, January 19, 2017 - 8:04am

David Joseph Hall

David Joseph Hall passed away peacefully in Lake City, Minn., with his parents by his side.

He loved his family and church. Hall enjoyed listening to Elton John’s music and watching the Vikings football team. He lived in Minnesota, a place...

Thursday, January 19, 2017 - 8:02am