Obituaries


Barbara Elaine Petrisko, 76

Barbara Elaine Petrisko, 76, of Dagsboro, Del., passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018, at Coastal Hospice at the Lake, at Deers Head Hospital, in Salisbury, Md. She was born in West Mifflin, Pa., on June 12, 1942, daughter of the late John...

Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 10:05am

Catherine T. Ness, 75

Catherine T. Ness, 75, of Millsboro, Del., passed away Monday, Oct. 29, 2018, at Beebe Healthcare in Lewes, Del. She was born Sept. 9, 1943, in Baltimore, Md., to the late Lavinia (Whitehurst) Taylor and King Taylor.

Ness worked as the...

Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 10:04am

Gordon M. ‘Boo’ Law, 57

Gordon M. “Boo” Law, 57, of Millsboro Del., passed away peacefully on Nov. 4, 2018, after a year-long battle with cancer. He was born Sept. 25, 1961, in Harrisburg, Pa., to the late George R. “Doc” Law and Elizabeth H. (Zebley) Law of Lewes, Del...

Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 10:03am

Tunnie William Kiser, 80

Tunnie William Kiser, 80, of Millsboro, Del., died of cancer on Nov. 4, 2018. He was born Sept. 7, 1938, in Wise County, Va., son of the late Denny William Kiser and the late Steller H. Simerly Kiser.

Kiser lived most of his life in Ohio....

Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 10:03am

Richard Lloyd ‘Dick’ Grimes, 84

Richard Lloyd “Dick” Grimes, 84, of Frankford, Del. passed away on Oct. 20, 2018, surrounded by his family. Born on Dec. 1, 1933, he was a land developer by trade.

In his teen years, Grimes spent quality time with baseball coaches in the...

Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 10:02am

Gloria J. Ediger, 85

Gloria J. Ediger of Harbeson, Del., passed away on Friday, Nov. 2, 2018. She was 85 years old.

Services were to be private. Condolences may be sent online at www.watsonfh.com.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggested donations to...

Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 9:54am

Joseph “Lou” Wheeler, 88

Joseph “Lou” Wheeler, 88, of Ocean View, Del., passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018, at the Delaware Hospice Center in Milford, Del. He was born in Baltimore, Md., on Sunday, Oct. 5, 1930, son of the late Louis A. and Regina Wheeler.

He...

Thursday, November 1, 2018 - 2:40pm

Vincent Stone Vendetti

Vincent Stone Vendetti passed away and went to be with the Lord on Friday Oct. 26, 2018. He was a 1973 graduate of Salesianum High School and worked as a constable for Christiana Care for 26 years.

Vendetti was passionate about his hobbies...

Thursday, November 1, 2018 - 2:39pm

Paul E. Taylor Sr., 77

Paul E. Taylor Sr., 77, of Bishopville, Md., died Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018, at Peninsula Regional Medical Center, Salisbury, Md. He was born in Ocean City, Md., son of the late Roland and Leona (Dunn) Taylor.

He was a self-employed painter...

Thursday, November 1, 2018 - 2:39pm

Robert McClain “Bob” Smith, 75

Robert McClain “Bob” Smith, 75, passed away peacefully in his home on Oct. 25, 2018, with his family by his side, from complications of heart disease. He was born in West Grove, Pa., on Oct. 9, 1943, and spent the majority of his life in...

Thursday, November 1, 2018 - 2:38pm

Ellen Elizabeth Rudolph, 80

Ellen Elizabeth Rudolph, 80, of Millsboro, Del., passed away peacefully on Oct. 22, 2018, after fighting a courageous battle with cancer.

She was born in Selbyville, Del., on Dec. 16, 1937, the daughter of the late Elwood and Maude (Jones...

Thursday, November 1, 2018 - 2:38pm

Julia Helen (Kladzan) Ringel, 94

Julia Helen (Kladzan) Ringel, 94, passed away Friday, Oct. 19, 2018, in Hillsborough, N.C. She was born Sept. 14, 1924, in Newark, N.J., daughter of the late Michael Kladzan and Mary (Petrovcheck) Kladzan.

She lived most of her life in New...

Thursday, November 1, 2018 - 2:37pm

Allen E. Powell, 62

Allen Powell, 62, passed away in his home, surrounded by his loving family on Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018.

He was born Aug. 29, 1956, in Lewes, Del., son of Lois Powell Valli and Allen “Mac” Powell. A lifelong resident of Ocean View, Del., he...

Thursday, November 1, 2018 - 2:37pm

Constance “Connie” Rogers Morris, 86

Constance “Connie” Rogers Morris, 86, of Ellicott City, Md., and formerly of the Bishopville, Md., area, passed away on Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018.

A funeral service and celebration of her life were held Oct. 27, 2018, at Curtis United...

Thursday, November 1, 2018 - 2:36pm

Patricia “Patti” Ann Evans Meyers, 74

Patricia “Patti” Ann Evans Meyers, 74, of Frankford, Del., passed away on Monday, Oct. 22, 2018. She was born in Lewes, Del., to the late George Asher and Katie Lewis Evans.

She was a retired home healthcare aid and also waitressed in...

Thursday, November 1, 2018 - 2:35pm

Barbara W. Lewis, 87

Barbara W. Lewis, 87, of Selbyville, Del., died Friday, Oct. 26, 2018, at the home of her daughter in Berlin, Md. She was born in Salisbury, Md., daughter of the late Goldsborough and Virginia (Brittingham) Welch.

She was homemaker, mother...

Thursday, November 1, 2018 - 2:35pm

Richard Lee Hudson, 69

Richard Lee Hudson, 69, of Gumboro, Del., passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018. He was born on May 4, 1949, to the late Preston L. and Madelyn Phillips Hudson. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Preston Lee...

Thursday, November 1, 2018 - 2:33pm

Albert Anthony “Al” DeFazio, 72

Albert Anthony “Al” DeFazio, 72, of Bethany Beach, Del., suffered a severe heart attack on Oct. 20 2018, and passed from this life on Oct. 23, the date of his 47th wedding anniversary to his devoted wife, Earlene.

He was preceded in death...

Thursday, November 1, 2018 - 2:33pm

Robert Bryan “Bob” Dye, 69

Robert Bryan “Bob” Dye, 69, of West Fenwick, Del., passed away on Oct. 27, 2018. He was born Feb. 3, 1949, in Tulia, Swisher County, Texas.

After graduating in 1973 from Newton Junior College’s Nursing Program in Newtonville, Mass., he...

Thursday, November 1, 2018 - 2:31pm

Bessie Martin Hocker Evans Briggs, 94

The service information has been updated for Bessie Martin Hocker Evans Briggs, 94, who passed away on Sept. 27, 2018.

A celebration of her life will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018, with visitation at 2 p.m. at Mariner’s...

Thursday, November 1, 2018 - 2:30pm

Dorothy V. (McLair) Bertele, 97

Dorothy V. (McLair) Bertele, 97, died Oct 27, 2018, at her home in Ocean View, Del.

She was born Dorothy Virginia McLair on Aug. 25, 1921, in Bayonne, N.J., to Mary (CIrbus) and Joseph McLair. She married Edward Anton Bertele on April 25,...

Thursday, November 1, 2018 - 2:30pm

Ottis J. Baker, 64

Ottis J. Baker, 64, of Bishopville, Md., died Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018, at Coastal Hospice At The Lake in Salisbury, Md. He was born in Milford, Del., son of the late Robert F. and Madeline R. (Bunting) Baker.

He had been a poultry live haul...

Thursday, November 1, 2018 - 2:29pm

Matthew G. Kauffman, 35

Matthew G. Kauffman, 35, of Dagsboro, Del., passed away surrounded by his loving family on Monday, Oct. 15, 2018, at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury, Md., after battling kidney failure and heart disease for over a year.

He...

Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 10:54am

Donald Charles Justice, 74

Donald Charles Justice, 74, of Frederica, Del., passed away peacefully on Friday, Oct. 19, 2018, at Renaissance Nursing Home in Millsboro, Del., with family by his side.

Justice was born in Philadelphia, Pa., on June 25, 1944, to the late...

Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 10:51am

Violet “Vi” M. Houser, 81

Violet “Vi” M. Houser, 81, of Georgetown, Del., formerly of York, Pa., passed away on Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018, at Atlantic Shores Nursing Home in Millsboro, Del.

She was born in York, Pa., on June 15, 1937, daughter of the late Edwin C....

Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 10:50am

Gerald “Jerry” E. Frey, 83

Gerald “Jerry” E. Frey, 83, of Millsboro, Del., passed away surrounded by his loving family on Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018, at Beebe Healthcare in Lewes, Del.

Frey was born in Ocean View, Del., on Dec. 4, 1934, son of the late Russell and...

Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 10:49am

Sandra L. Graves, 70

Sandra L. Graves, 70, of Millsboro, Del., and formerly of Wilmington, Del., and Florida, passed away on Monday, Oct. 15, 2018.

“Sandy” was born in Wilmington on Aug. 6, 1948, to the late Charles and Marion Morris Graves.

She was a...

Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 10:47am

Marie M. Cullen, 86

Marie M. Cullen, 86, of Ocean View, Del., formerly of Bucks County, Pa., passed away on Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018, at Beebe Healthcare in Lewes, Del.

Cullen worked a variety of jobs in her younger years. However, her primary vocation was...

Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 10:46am

Dorothy “Dottie” P. Bernard, 77

Dorothy “Dottie” P. Bernard, 77, of Millsboro, Del., and formerly of Delran, N.J., passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018.

Bernard was born on Jan. 29, 1941, in Bryn Mawr, Pa., to the late Arthur and Mary Mitchelltree Parkinson. She...

Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 10:45am

Jennie Colleen Sulcoski, 50

Jennie Colleen Sulcoski, 50, formerly of Ocean View, Del., departed this life on Oct. 9, 2018.

She loved the beach, knitting, quilting, gardening, photography, mastiffs and, most importantly, her family.

Sulcoski is survived by her...

Thursday, October 18, 2018 - 10:55am

Linda L. Simcox, 60

Linda L. Simcox, 60, of Millsboro, Del., formerly of Delaware County, Pa., passed away, surrounded by her loving family, on Friday, Oct. 12, 2018, at Heartland Hospice House in Wilmington, Del. She was born in Chester, Pa., on July 10, 1958,...

Thursday, October 18, 2018 - 10:54am

Evelyn M. Jeffers, 91

Evelyn M. Jeffers, 91, of Selbyville, Del., formerly of Georgetown, Del., Ocean View, Del., and Baltimore, Md., passed away peacefully on Friday, Oct. 5, 2018, at Brandywine Living of Fenwick Island in West Fenwick, Del., where she had resided...

Thursday, October 18, 2018 - 10:53am

Charles L. Hatch, 86

Charles L. Hatch, 86, of Millsboro, Del., and of the world, passed away peacefully on Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018, at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury, Md. His wife, Elli, and his daughter, Chris, were at his side. He was born in Altoona...

Thursday, October 18, 2018 - 10:51am

Bart H. Donaway, 60

Bart H. Donaway, 60, of Millsboro, Del., passed away peacefully on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018, at the Delaware Hospice Center in Milford.

He was preceded in death by his parents, George B. Donaway and Elizabeth Ann Donaway. He is survived by...

Thursday, October 18, 2018 - 10:47am

Elsie Doris Schenck Cadden, 97

Elsie Doris Schenck Cadden, 97, of Ocean View, Del., formerly of Brigantine, N.J., passed away at home and crossed over on Monday, Sept. 17, 2018. She was born in Atlantic City, N.J., daughter of Laurence Wilson Schenck and Sylvia Arbigast...

Thursday, October 18, 2018 - 10:47am

Elsie C. Ayres, 96

Elsie C. Ayres, 96, a beloved mother who was part of the Greatest Generation, passed away on Oct. 4, 2018.

Ayres was born Nov. 19, 1921, and grew up during the Great Depression, worked making nylon parachutes during World War II, and, with...

Thursday, October 18, 2018 - 10:45am

Dorothy Clark Weller, 89

Dorothy Clark Weller, 89, of Millsboro, Del., and formerly of Jackson, N.J., passed away at her home on Oct. 6, 2018. She was born in Cassville, N.J., to the late George and Elsie Tucker Sloan on July 30, 1929.

On May 9, 1949, she was...

Friday, October 12, 2018 - 11:06am

Daisey Mae Taylor, 84

Daisey Mae Taylor, 84, daughter of the late Eddie and Janie West Taylor, was born on March 1, 1934, in Melfa, Accomack County, Va. She transitioned into rest and passed away on Sept. 26, 2018, at Atlantic Shores Nursing Home in Millsboro, Del.,...

Friday, October 12, 2018 - 11:05am

Pearl Jeanette McGowan

Pearl Jeanette McGowan of Greenwood, Del., passed away peacefully on Oct. 1, 2018, at Lofland Park Center in Seaford, Del., where she resided after her stroke in March.

McGowan had retired from work with the State of Delaware after 25...

Friday, October 12, 2018 - 11:05am

Peter P. Kopyscianski, 74

Peter P. Kopyscianski, 74, died peacefully at Milford, Del., on Oct., 3 2018, after a 10-year battle with cancer. He was born on Nov. 24, 1943, in New Rochelle, N.Y., to Paul Kopyscianski and Clara Kopyscianski.

Kopyscianski graduated from...

Friday, October 12, 2018 - 11:04am

Norman Harold ‘Norm’ Koch, 75

Norman Harold “Norm” Koch, 75, passed away on Sept. 30, 2018, near Georgetown, Del. He was born March 31, 1943, to the late Harold Koch and Rose Huen Koch, of Siegel, Wis.

Koch started his telephone career as a lineman with GTE in...

Friday, October 12, 2018 - 11:03am

Joseph I. Hudson, 84

Joseph I. Hudson, 84, of Frankford, Del., died after an extended illness on Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018, at Berlin (Md.) Nursing & Rehabilitation Center. He was born in St. Martin’s Neck in Bishopville, Md., the son of the late Josiah A. Hudson...

Friday, October 12, 2018 - 11:02am

Ricky A. Hitchens, 59

Ricky A. Hitchens, 59, of Dagsboro, Del., passed away on Friday, Sept. 21, 2018, surrounded by family. He was a native of Sussex County and a graduate of Indian River High School. He served his family, country and the Navy. He battled M.S....

Friday, October 12, 2018 - 11:01am

Mary ‘Jane’ Emrick, 91

Mary “Jane” Emrick, 91, of Ocean View, Del., formerly of Camp Springs, Md., passed away peacefully, surrounded by her loving family, at her home on Friday, Oct. 5, 2018. She was born in Wapakoneta, Ohio, on Dec. 18, 1926, daughter of the late...

Friday, October 12, 2018 - 11:00am

Susan Marie Cain, 61

Susan Marie Cain, 61, of Millsboro, Del., passed away, surrounded by her loving family, on Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018, at her home. She was born in Philadelphia, Pa., on Oct. 14, 1956, daughter of the late Frank Thomas McClain and the late Dolores...

Friday, October 12, 2018 - 11:00am

Richard M. ‘Richie’ Bunting Jr., 40

Richard M. “Richie” Bunting Jr., 40, of Frankford, Del., passed away suddenly on Friday, Sept. 28, 2018. He was born in Mississippi on Dec. 16, 1977.

Bunting worked in the construction field. His life revolved around his children. He loved...

Friday, October 12, 2018 - 10:58am

Gerald ‘Gerry’ Bunting, 68

Gerald “Gerry” Bunting, 68, formerly of Millsboro, Del., passed away at his home in Norfolk, Va., on Oct. 6, 2018. Born in Lewes, Del., he was the son of Alvah Bunting and Bertha Mae (Lingo) Bunting, and stepson of Charles Vickers.

Growing...

Friday, October 12, 2018 - 10:58am

Peter E. Brown, 65

Peter E. Brown, 65, of Georgetown, Del., passed away as the result of felling a tree on Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018, in Camden-Wyoming, Del. He was born in Boston, Mass., on Feb. 2, 1953, son of the late Peter F. Brown and Eleanor (Parkhurst) Brown....

Friday, October 12, 2018 - 10:57am

Bessie Martin Hocker Evans Briggs, 94

Bessie Martin Hocker Evans Briggs, 94, passed away peacefully in her sleep on Sept. 27, 2018. She was born on July 4, 1924, to Jacob Boyer Hocker and Helen Vansant Hocker.

Briggs graduated from Lord Baltimore High School on June 4, 1942,...

Friday, October 12, 2018 - 10:56am

Mildred V. Timmons Bailey, 95

Mildred V. Timmons Bailey, 95, of Dagsboro, Del., passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018. She was born in Millsboro, Del., on July 29, 1923, to the late John and Delema Conaway.

Her love of farming began as a young girl, helping on her...

Friday, October 12, 2018 - 10:53am