Obituaries


Donna M. Atkins, 55

Donna M. Atkins, 55, of Millsboro, Del., passed away on Friday, Sept. 23, 2016.

She was preceded in death by her father, Clayton Atkins. She is survived by her mother, Betty Atkins; three aunts, Doretta Truitt, Barbara Melson and Pauline...

Thursday, September 29, 2016 - 8:17am

Calvin R. Willett, 83

Calvin R. Willett, 83, of Selbyville, Del., passed away Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016, at Berlin (Md.) Nursing & Rehabilitation Center after a brief illness. Willett was born Oct. 7, 1932, in Washington, D.C., the oldest son of the late Calvin S....

Thursday, September 22, 2016 - 8:21am

Ralph G. Willey, 83

Ralph G. Willey, 83, of Millsboro, Del., passed away on Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2016. He was born in Winchester, Va., and served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War.

Willey was employed at All American Engineering Co. at the Sussex...

Thursday, September 22, 2016 - 8:20am

Dorothy E. White, 88

Dorothy E. White, 88, passed away on Friday, Sept. 9, 2016, in the early evening, surrounded by her loving family, at Methodist Manor House, Seaford, Del. She was born Dorothy Edith Crockett on Oct. 15, 1927, in Washington, D.C., daughter of...

Thursday, September 22, 2016 - 8:18am

Dora Mae Patton, 86

Dora Mae Patton, 86, of Greenbackville, Va., passed away on Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2016, at Delaware Hospice Center. She was born in Huntington, W.Va., on Tuesday, Sept. 17, 1929, daughter of the late Woodford Patton and Elizabeth (Herbert) Patton...

Thursday, September 22, 2016 - 8:18am

Wayne T. Meyer, 76

Wayne T. Meyer, 76, of Ocean Pines, Md., passed away peacefully, with his family by his side, on Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016. He was born Feb. 3, 1940, in Syracuse, N.Y., to the late Harold L. Meyer and Eleanor F. Thompson Meyer.

Meyer was...

Thursday, September 22, 2016 - 8:17am

Robert L. ‘Bob’ Mader, 77

Robert L. “Bob” Mader, 77, of Bethany Beach, Del., died on Sept. 16, 2016. He was born in Washington, D.C., son of the late Lawrence J. and Inez Hinson Mader. He attended St. Martin’s Grade School in Washington, D.C., and graduated from...

Thursday, September 22, 2016 - 8:16am

Eleanor M. Banks, 95

Eleanor M. (Evans) Banks, 95, formerly of Dagsboro, Del., passed away peacefully on Sept. 13, 2016. Born on Oct. 10, 1920, Banks was the daughter of the late Harvey K. Evans and Elsie M. (Derrickson) Evans.

Banks was a 1938 graduate of...

Thursday, September 22, 2016 - 8:14am

Suzanne T. Vosburg, 71

Suzanne T. Vosburg, 71, of Bethany Beach, Del., passed away on Saturday, Sept. 3, 2016, in Atlantic General Hospital in Berlin, Md. She was born Sept. 13, 1944, in Haverford, Pa., daughter of John Turner and Suzanne (Remy) Turner.

Vosburg...

Thursday, September 15, 2016 - 9:37am

James M. Switalski

James Michael Switalski of Millsboro, Del., passed away at his residence on Aug. 31, 2016.

He was a truck driver for Swift Transportation. He loved football, the Pittsburgh Steelers and reading the Bible more than anything else. He was...

Thursday, September 15, 2016 - 9:36am

Rosalee Steele, 96

Rosalee Steele, 96, of Millsboro, Del., passed away at her residence on Sept. 5, 2016. She was born April 8, 1920, to the late Thomas S. Steele and Edith E. Corder Steele in Warrenton, Va.

She married Raymond Steele, and together they...

Thursday, September 15, 2016 - 9:34am

Carol Schneider, 70

Carol Schneider, 70, a longtime teacher in Montgomery County, Md., Catholic schools and a businesswoman in Bethany Beach, Del., passed away Sunday, Sept. 4, 2016, from cancer. Born Carol Ann Fletcher on Dec. 2, 1945, in upstate New York, she was...

Thursday, September 15, 2016 - 9:33am

Carol Ann Riddle, 78

Carol Ann Riddle, 78, of Dagsboro, passed away peacefully at home, with her family by her side, on Monday Sept. 12, 2016. Riddle was born in Baltimore, Md., where she lived until 1986, when she and her husband, Charlie, retired and moved to...

Thursday, September 15, 2016 - 9:32am

Charles Allen Rakes, 55

Charles Allen Rakes, 55, of Millsboro, Del., passed away in the care of Atlantic Shores Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, after putting up a good and courageous fight from a prolonged illness. He was born on Aug. 31, 1961, in Baltimore, Md.,...

Thursday, September 15, 2016 - 9:31am

Elizabeth C. Mumford, 86

Elizabeth C. Mumford, 86, of Georgetown, Del., passed away on Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016, at her home, surrounded by her loving family. She was born on March 4, 1930, daughter of the late Oliver Mitchell and Mary (Steele) Mitchell.

Mumford had...

Thursday, September 15, 2016 - 9:29am

Ellen “Noreen” Kelty, 76

Ellen Noreen Kelty, 76, of Millsboro, Del., died peacefully on Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016, at home. She was born in Hoboken, N.J., daughter of Charles V. Kelty and Helen Flynn Kelty.

Kelty graduated from St. Dominic Academy in Jersey City, N....

Thursday, September 15, 2016 - 9:29am

Kathleen ‘Kay’ Gebhardt, 85

Kathleen “Kay” Gebhardt, 85, a resident of Dagsboro, Del., and previously of Germantown, Md., passed away at her home after a courageous battle with cancer, surrounded by family and friends, on Sept. 10, 2016. She was born Aug. 17, 1931, in...

Thursday, September 15, 2016 - 9:28am

Mary M. Gauntner, 87

Mary M. Gauntner, 87, known by her friends as “Little Mary,” of Ocean View, Del., passed away on Monday, Aug. 8, 2016, at her home. She was born in Baltimore, Md., on Sept. 26, 1928, part of what is now referred to as “America’s Greatest...

Thursday, September 15, 2016 - 9:27am

Richard B. ‘Ricky’ Catts, 45,

Richard B. “Ricky” Catts, 45, FNP, of Rehoboth Beach, Del., passed away on Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2016, at his residence. He was born on Aug. 7, 1971, in Milford, Del., son of Constance (Russell) Catts and the late Wilson B. Catts.

Catts grew...

Thursday, September 15, 2016 - 9:26am

Marissa C. Browning, 20

Marissa C. Browning, 20, of Selbyville, Del., died Monday, Sept. 5, 2016. She was born in Baltimore, Md., daughter of Randy J. Browning and the late Tamie (Colburn) Browning.

Browning was a 2014 graduate of Indian River High School and was...

Thursday, September 15, 2016 - 9:25am

Morris Thomas Brinkley, 83

Morris Thomas Brinkley, 83, of Selbyville, Del., passed away on Sept. 10, 2016, while in the care of Atlantic Shores Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Millsboro, Del. He was surrounded by his loving family at the end. He was born on July 12...

Thursday, September 15, 2016 - 9:24am

Bruce Traver Barkley Sr., 77

Bruce Traver Barkley Sr., 77, of Ocean View, Del., died Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2016, at Delaware Hospice Center in Milford, Del. He was born in Syracuse, N.Y., son of the late Robert Barkley and Katherine (Traver) Barkley.

Barkley was the...

Thursday, September 15, 2016 - 9:23am

Madeline Ruth Baker, 90

Madeline Ruth Baker, 90, of Bishopville, Md., died Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2016, at Guiding Hands Assisted Living in Berlin, Md. She was born in Selbyville, Del., daughter of the late Alfred Bunting and Maggie (Davis) Bunting.

She was a member...

Thursday, September 15, 2016 - 9:17am

Rena K. (Conner) Wiest, 83

Rena K. (Conner) Wiest, 83, of Dagsboro, Del., passed away Sunday, Sept. 4, 2016, in Delaware Hospice Center, Milford, Del. She was born April 19, 1933, in Mt. Union, Pa.

Wiest was a member of Sweet Adelines and a charter member of the...

Thursday, September 8, 2016 - 9:52am

Dorothy S. ‘Dot’ Welsch, 94

Dorothy S. “Dot” Welsch, 94, of Bishopville, Md., passed away and went home to her King on Friday, Sept. 2, 2016. She was born in Baltimore, Md., daughter of the late Martin and Charlotte Sommers.

Welsch had been an administrative...

Thursday, September 8, 2016 - 9:50am

Debra Lynn ‘Debbie’ Schaefer, 56

Debra Lynn “Debbie” Schaefer, 56, of South Bethany and Roxana, Del., passed away on Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016, after a yearlong battle with cancer.

Schaefer was principal owner operator of Into the Soil Farm in Roxana, which she started in...

Thursday, September 8, 2016 - 9:49am

Doris E. Savage, 84

Doris E. Savage, 84, of Selbyville, Del., died Friday, Sept. 2, 2016, at Delaware Hospice Center in Milford. She was born in Philadelphia, Pa., daughter of the late Benjamin Evans and Doris (Keating) Evans.

She had been a poultry grower...

Thursday, September 8, 2016 - 9:47am

Betty Lou Riddle, 76

Betty Lou Riddle, 76, of Millsboro, Del., passed away at her home, in the care of her family, on Sept. 3, 2016. She was born Aug. 26, 1940, in Lewes, Del., Chester Hall and Mildred Townsend Hall (Scott).

She married Robert Lee Riddle and...

Thursday, September 8, 2016 - 9:46am

Ernest Lutz Jr., 59

Ernest Lutz Jr., 59, of Millsboro, Del., passed away at Beebe Healthcare in Lewes, Del., on Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2016. All services were to be private.

Condolences may be sent online at www.watsonfh.com.

Thursday, September 8, 2016 - 9:45am

Velma G. Hudson, 80

Velma G. Hudson, 80, of Frankford, Del., died Monday, Aug. 29, 2016, at Coastal Hospice at the Lake in Salisbury, Md. Hudson was born in Roxana, Del., daughter of the late Raymond Hudson and Hilda (Long) Hudson.

Hudson retired in 2001 from...

Thursday, September 8, 2016 - 9:44am

Leona L. ‘Lee’ Guarna, 61

Leona L. “Lee” Guarna, 61, of Millville, Del., passed away and went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, Sept. 3, 2016. Guarna was born in São Paulo, Brazil, on May 24, 1955, daughter of the late Adam Lloyd and Leona (Flynn) Lloyd.

Guarna...

Thursday, September 8, 2016 - 9:42am

Charles Risley Griffiths, 78

Charles Risley Griffiths, 78, of Ocean View, Del., passed away after an epic and victorious battle with cancer on Sept. 1, 2016.

A lover of oversized diet sodas, cheap red wine from a box and corned beef hash from a can, he was known as...

Thursday, September 8, 2016 - 9:38am

Douglas J. Davis, 62,

Douglas Jerome Davis, 62, of Milford, Del., passed away unexpectedly at Bayhealth Milford Memorial Hospital on Aug. 27, 2016. He was born in North Hampton County, Va., on Nov. 13, 1953, to the late John Heath and Elizabeth Davis.

Davis led...

Thursday, September 8, 2016 - 9:37am

Anthony Michael ‘Tony’ Caputo, 69

Anthony Michael “Tony” Caputo, 69, of South Bethany, Del., and Mechanicville, N.Y., passed away in his sleep on Saturday, Sept. 3, 2016, after a seven-year battle with prostate cancer.

Born Dec. 9, 1946, Caputo graduated from Mechanicville...

Thursday, September 8, 2016 - 9:36am

John C. ‘J.C.’ Bennett, 68

John C. “J.C.” Bennett, 68, of Ocean View, Del., went home to be with the Lord on Sept. 1, 2016, after a brief illness. He was born in Sharptown, Md., to Victor and Mildred Bennett.

With his family, he moved to the Ocean View area as a...

Thursday, September 8, 2016 - 9:35am

Carol Schneider, 70

Carol Schneider, 70, a long time teacher in Montgomery County, Maryland Catholic schools and business woman in Bethany Beach, Delaware, passed away Sunday, Sept. 4 from cancer. Born Carol Ann Fletcher in upstate New York, she was the daughter of...

Thursday, September 8, 2016 - 9:25am

Kenneth L. ‘Kenny’ Taylor, 63

Kenneth L. “Kenny” Taylor, 63, of Bishopville, Md., died Saturday, Aug. 27, 2016, at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury, Md. He was the son of Billy L. Taylor of Berlin, Md., and the late Frances M. (Bradford) Taylor.

Taylor...

Thursday, September 1, 2016 - 7:20am

Robert G. ‘Bob’ Talemal, 82

Robert G. “Bob” Talemal, 82, died peacefully on Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016, surrounded by his family.

Talemal was a loadmaster, having retired from the U.S. Air Force, and later owned a construction business before enjoying retirement. His...

Thursday, September 1, 2016 - 7:18am

Reese H. Hickman, 87

Reese H. Hickman, 87, of Selbyville, Del., passed away Monday, Aug. 22, 2016, at Brandywine Assisted Living at Fenwick Island in West Fenwick, Del., surrounded by his family. He was born April 27, 1929, in Roxana, Del., son of the late Frank E....

Thursday, September 1, 2016 - 7:16am

Mary James Legatski, 63

Mary James Legatski, 63, of Dagsboro, Del., passed away peacefully on Aug. 19, 2016. She was the daughter of the late William L. James Jr. and Dorothy Turley James, both formerly of Richmond, Va.

Born in Harrisonburg, Va., Legatski grew up...

Thursday, August 25, 2016 - 9:08am

Charles Truitt ‘Charlie’ Howey, 78

Charles Truitt “Charlie” Howey, 78, passed away in peace on Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2016, after a long illness.

Born Sept. 7, 1937, Howey served in the Marines early in his life and joined the Metropolitan Police Department in Washington, D.C.,...

Thursday, August 25, 2016 - 9:07am

Kendall William Hickman Jr., 69

Kendall William Hickman Jr., 69, of Frankford, Del., passed away on Sunday, Aug. 21, 2016, at home with his family. He was born June 15, 1947, son of the late Betty and Kendall Hickman.

In his prime, Hickman was an avid hunter and...

Thursday, August 25, 2016 - 9:05am

Bertha Mae ‘Bert’ (Cannon) Hall, 84

Bertha Mae “Bert” (Cannon) Hall, 84, of Millsboro, Del., departed her earthly journey and passed away on Sunday, Aug. 14, 2016, surrounded by her family and friends at Beebe Healthcare in Lewes, Del. The second of three siblings, Hall was born on...

Thursday, August 25, 2016 - 9:01am

Wayne L. Gibbs, 50

Wayne L. Gibbs, 50, of Georgetown, Del., passed away on Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016.

A funeral service will be held at noon on Saturday, Aug. 27, 2016, at Watson Funeral Home, 211 S. Washington Street, Millsboro, Del., where friends may call...

Thursday, August 25, 2016 - 8:59am

William Burley Carpenter, 62

William Burley Carpenter, 62, of Frankford, Del., passed peacefully on Aug. 13, 2016, at Beebe Healthcare in Lewes, Del. He was born in Salisbury, Md., son of the late A. Burley Carpenter and Eloise (Smith) Carpenter.

Carpenter had...

Thursday, August 25, 2016 - 8:58am

Essie L. Atkins, 97

Essie L. Atkins, 97, of Frankford, Del., born Feb. 8, 1919, passed from this life on Sunday, Aug. 21, 2016.

Services will be held Saturday, Aug. 27, 2016, at 11 a.m., with a public viewing at 10 a.m., at the Apostolic Faith Church of Jesus...

Thursday, August 25, 2016 - 8:44am

Robert ‘Todd’ Dickerson, 43

Robert “Todd” Dickerson, 43, of Gumboro, Del., passed away suddenly on Saturday, Aug. 13, 2016, at his home.

Dickerson was a proud union carpenter and a member of the Local 2012. He loved the Yankees, country music and hanging out with his...

Friday, August 19, 2016 - 4:45am

Raymond Elwood Townsend III, 53

Raymond Elwood Townsend III, 53, of Dagsboro, Del., passed away suddenly on Monday, Aug. 15, 2016 at his home. He was born in Salisbury, Md., on April 13, 1963, the son of Raymond E. Townsend Jr. and Evelyn (Hudson) Townsend.

Townsend was...

Friday, August 19, 2016 - 4:42am

Mary Elizabeth ‘Betty’ Shaw, 89

Mary Elizabeth “Betty” Shaw, 89, drifted off peacefully to the sweet melodies of her favorite hymns, surrounded by family at St. Anne’s Retirement Community in Columbia, Pa., passing away on the morning of Aug. 11, 2016. She was born in...

Friday, August 19, 2016 - 4:39am

Franklin ‘Gary’ Kinsey, 83

Franklin “Gary” Kinsey, 83, a native of Georgetown, Washington, D.C., passed away on Aug. 12, 2016, at Delaware Hospice in Milford, Del. He was the son of Walter Kinsey and Sadie (Dempsey) Kinsey.

Kinsey was the owner of the original Chevy...

Friday, August 19, 2016 - 4:35am