Obituaries


Walter John Pitkevits, 89

Walter John Pitkevits, 89, of Selbyville, Del., passed away Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2011, at Delaware Hospice Center in Milford, Del.

Born in Plymouth, Ohio, Pitkevits was a Baltimore City police officer for 21 years and a member of the...

Thursday, October 20, 2011 - 6:04am

Mary Ellen Massetti, 73

Mary Ellen Massetti, 73, of Rehoboth Beach, Del., passed away peacefully Monday, Oct. 10, 2011, at Beebe Medical Center in Lewes.

Born and raised in New York City, N.Y., Massetti graduated from the Mary Louis Academy in Jamaica, N.Y. She...

Thursday, October 20, 2011 - 6:03am

Ruth A. Jopling, 81

Ruth A. Jopling, 81, of Lewes, Del., formerly of Norristown, Pa., passed away on Monday, Oct. 17, 2011, at Harbor Health Care Nursing Home in Lewes.

Jopling was a retired Pennsylvania school bus driver. After she and her husband moved to...

Thursday, October 20, 2011 - 6:01am

Granville E. Hudson, 84

Granville E. Hudson, 84, of Millsboro, Del., passed away Thursday, Oct. 13, 2011.

Born in Millsboro, Hudson owned and operated the former Millsboro Lumber. He graduated from Millsboro High School, served in the Merchant Marine during World...

Thursday, October 20, 2011 - 6:00am

William Procop, 68

William Procop, 68, of The Villages, Fla., passed away Friday, Sept. 23, 2011, at Shands Hospital at the University of Florida, Gainesville.

Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Procop attended Benedictine High School and lived in Solon, Ohio, for...

Thursday, October 20, 2011 - 5:59am

Thomas Lee ‘Tom’ Reid Sr., 74

Thomas Lee “Tom” Reid Sr., 74, of Selbyville, Del., passed away Thursday, Oct. 6, 2011.

Born on July 4, 1937, in Exmore, Va., Reid was one of 10 children. He was remembered as enjoying work, holding several jobs in his life, the last 40...

Thursday, October 20, 2011 - 5:57am

Leslie C. Smith, 66

Leslie C. Smith, 66, of Seaford, Del., passed away Thursday, Oct. 13, 2011.
Born in Milford, Smith worked as a machine operator for the DuPont Chemical Company for 29 years. A member of the Moose Lodge in Seaford, he was known to enjoy Hess...

Thursday, October 20, 2011 - 5:56am

Margaret L. Vickers, 96

Margaret L. Vickers, 96, of Millsboro, Del., passed away under hospice care on Oct. 13, 2011.
Born in Georgetown, Del., Vickers was a homemaker who was known to enjoy gardening, woodcrafts, needlepoint and crochet. At age 90, she won a...

Thursday, October 20, 2011 - 5:55am

Steven Ralph ‘Steve’Chiavelli, 62

Steven Ralph “Steve” Chiavelli, 62, of Selbyville, Del., passed away Friday, Sept. 30, 2011, while on vacation in Vienna, Austria.

Born in Teaneck, N.J., Chiavelli graduated from Clarkstown High School in New City, N.Y., and earned a...

Thursday, October 13, 2011 - 3:40am

Joan P. Chalk, 86

Joan P. Chalk, 86, of Lewes, Del., passed away peacefully Saturday, Oct. 8, 2011, at her residence.

Born in London, England, Chalk attended Clark’s College there. After completing her schooling, she had a lifelong career as a telephone...

Thursday, October 13, 2011 - 3:40am

Oliver Willard Cropper, 92

Oliver Willard Cropper, 92, passed away peacefully on Thursday, Oct. 6, 2011.

Cropper was a well-known businessman and lifelong resident of Selbyville and Fenwick Island, Del. He joined the Army Air Force in 1941, enrolling in aviation...

Thursday, October 13, 2011 - 3:39am

Angelina R. “Angel” Johnson, 71

Angelina R. “Angel” Johnson, 71, of Millsboro, Del., passed away on Saturday, Oct. 1, 2011, at St. Francis Hospital in Wilmington, Del., after a long illness.

Born in Claymont, Del., Johnson was known to enjoy Christmas, sewing, doing...

Thursday, October 13, 2011 - 3:37am

Angelina R. “Angel” Johnson, 71

Angelina R. “Angel” Johnson, 71, of Millsboro, Del., passed away on Saturday, Oct. 1, 2011, at St. Francis Hospital in Wilmington, Del., after a long illness.

Born in Claymont, Del., Johnson was known to enjoy Christmas, sewing, doing...

Thursday, October 13, 2011 - 3:37am

Angelina R. “Angel” Johnson, 71

Angelina R. “Angel” Johnson, 71, of Millsboro, Del., passed away on Saturday, Oct. 1, 2011, at St. Francis Hospital in Wilmington, Del., after a long illness.

Born in Claymont, Del., Johnson was known to enjoy Christmas, sewing, doing...

Thursday, October 13, 2011 - 3:35am

Patricia ‘Pat’ Gardill Linn, 84

Patricia “Pat” Gardill Linn, 84, of Henlopen Acres in Rehoboth Beach, Del., formerly of Duquesne, Pa., passed away peacefully at home on Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011, after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer.

Born in Pittsburgh, Pa.,...

Thursday, October 13, 2011 - 3:35am

R. Keith Wilkinson, 82

R. Keith Wilkinson, 82, of Rehoboth Beach, Del., passed away peacefully on Friday, Sept. 30, 2011, surrounded by family.

Born in Washington, D.C., Wilkinson was a son of the late Roy Keith and Helen (Van Sickle) Wilkinson.

Wilkinson...

Thursday, October 13, 2011 - 3:34am

Virginia Messmore Seidle, 100

Virginia Messmore Seidle, 100, of Rehoboth Beach, Del., passed away Saturday, Oct. 8, 2011, in her home, following a long illness.

Born in Masontown, Pa., Seidle graduated from Winchester School in Pittsburgh, Pa.; from Hollins College in...

Thursday, October 13, 2011 - 3:33am

Dorothy E. Reid, 91

Dorothy E. Reid, 91, of Rehoboth Beach, Del., passed away peacefully on Friday, Oct. 7, 2011, surrounded by family at Brandywine Assisted Living in Rehoboth Beach.

Born in Philadelphia, Pa., Reid graduated from Olney High School there. She...

Thursday, October 13, 2011 - 3:32am

Kimberly Jean ‘Kim’ Miller, 28

Kimberly Jean “Kim” Miller, 28, of Dagsboro, Del., passed away peacefully Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2011, at Milford Hospice House surrounded by her loving family.

Born in Milford, Miller was a 2001 graduate of Sussex Technical High School. She...

Thursday, October 13, 2011 - 3:31am

Amanda M. Bauer, 88

Amanda M. Bauer, 88, of Seaford, Del., formerly of Glenn Dale, Md., and Selbyville, Del., passed away Sept. 26, 2011, at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital in Seaford.

Born in Washington, D.C., Bauer had been an executive secretary for the...

Wednesday, October 5, 2011 - 2:56pm

Kendall David Clogg, 71

Kendall David Clogg, 71, of Dagsboro, Del., passed away suddenly on Oct. 2, 2011, at Atlantic General Hospital in Berlin, Md.

Born in Dagsboro, Clogg worked for 41 years for First State Packaging, proudly awaking at 3 a.m. daily to report...

Wednesday, October 5, 2011 - 2:55pm

Ethel Hiegel Connell, 92

Ethel Hiegel Connell, 92, of Ocean View, Del., passed away peacefully Oct. 1, 2011, surrounded by her loving family. She was formerly of Middletown and Frederick, Md.

She was born Ethel Carter in Naylor, Georgia. At the start of World War...

Wednesday, October 5, 2011 - 2:54pm

Deborah Ann Dennis Cottman, 60

Deborah Ann Dennis Cottman, 60, of Salisbury, Md., passed away on Sept. 26, 2011.

Cottman was born in Millsboro, Del., the daughter of Alton and Elizabeth Hopkins, and Frank and Ethel Corbin.

She is survived by her husband, Clifford...

Wednesday, October 5, 2011 - 2:53pm

Harry W. Henkel Sr. 84

Harry W. Henkel Sr., 84 of Ocean View, Del., formerly of Aldan, Pa., passed away peacefully on Sept. 30, 2011.

Born and raised in Philadelphia, Pa., Henkel was a served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He worked as an R-and-D...

Wednesday, October 5, 2011 - 2:52pm

Horace C. Matthews, 87

Horace C. Matthews, 87, of Frankford, Del., passed away on Sept. 29, 2011, surrounded by his family.

He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. After returning home, he had a 30-year career at the E.I. Dupont Company, retiring from...

Wednesday, October 5, 2011 - 2:51pm

William Purnell Meeds, 78

William Purnell Meeds, 78, of Roxana, Del., passed away on Sept. 27, 2011, at Inova Alexandria Hospital in Alexandria, Va.

Born in Hollywood, Md., Meeds was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and retired as a lab supervisor from Du Pont...

Wednesday, October 5, 2011 - 2:50pm

Paul W. Mezzatesta, 65

Paul W. Mezzatesta, 65, of Ocean View, Del., and formerly of Newark, Del., passed away on Sept. 30, 2011, at Beebe Medical Center in Lewes, Del.

Mezzatesta was known to enjoy motorcycle riding, classic automobiles and playing with his...

Wednesday, October 5, 2011 - 2:49pm

Richard C. Bennett, 64

Richard C. Bennett, 64, of Ocean View, Del., passed away suddenly on Sept. 18, 2011.

Born in Chester, Pa., Bennett was a steel worker with the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organization. He also worked in...

Thursday, September 29, 2011 - 4:49am

Allen B. Clark, 88

Allen B. Clark, 88, of Millville, Del., formerly of Easton, Md., and Dover, Del., passed away peacefully, surrounded by his loving family, on Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2011.

Born in Denton, Md., Clark served as a minister for 20 years in the...

Thursday, September 29, 2011 - 4:48am

Kathryn L. Esham, 88

Kathryn L. Esham, 88, of Bishopville, Md., passed away Thursday, Sept. 22, 2011, at Berlin Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Berlin, Md.

In her earlier years, Esham had worked at the Bishopville Hatchery in Maryland. She and her late...

Thursday, September 29, 2011 - 4:47am

James Eugene Leahy, 77

James Eugene Leahy, 77, of Ocean View, Del., passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by his loving family, on Sept. 22, 2011.

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., Leahy graduated from State University of New York Institute of Applied Arts and...

Thursday, September 29, 2011 - 4:46am

S. Jean Marvel, 74

S. Jean Marvel, 74 of Frankford, Del., passed away peacefully on Friday, Sept. 23, 2011, at University of Maryland Hospital in Baltimore, Md.

Born in Gumboro, Del., Marvel was a homemaker and a lifetime member of the Ladies Auxiliary at...

Thursday, September 29, 2011 - 4:45am

Evelyn Rosalie Warrington Roberts, 83

Evelyn Rosalie Warrington Roberts, 83, of Ocean View, Del., formerly of Baltimore, Md., passed away Friday, Sept. 23, 2011, surrounded by loved ones, at home.

Roberts graduated as valedictorian in 1946 from Rehoboth High School in Rehoboth...

Thursday, September 29, 2011 - 4:44am

Evelyn Rosalie Warrington Roberts, 83

Evelyn Rosalie Warrington Roberts, 83, of Ocean View, Del., formerly of Baltimore, Md., passed away Friday, Sept. 23, 2011, surrounded by loved ones, at home.

Roberts graduated as valedictorian in 1946 from Rehoboth High School in Rehoboth...

Thursday, September 29, 2011 - 4:44am

F. Warren Allen Jr., 82

F. Warren Allen Jr., 82, of Lewes, Del., passed away Friday, Sept. 23, 2011, at his home.

Born in Beverly, Mass., Allen served in both the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Air Force for more than 23 years before retiring from the Air Force in 1973....

Thursday, September 29, 2011 - 4:43am

Mary E. Beckwith, 95

Mary E. Beckwith, 95, of Selbyville, Del., formerly of Seaford, Del., passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2011, at Brandywine Assisted Living in Selbyville.

Born in Williamsburg, Md., Beckwith was a retired seamstress for...

Thursday, September 22, 2011 - 3:02am

Herman J. Baker, 78

Herman J. Baker, 78, passed away on Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011, at Atlantic General Hospital in Berlin, Md.
Born in Eastville, Va., Baker was employed for more than 20 years at the Angler restaurant in Ocean City, Md. He was known to enjoy the...

Thursday, September 22, 2011 - 3:01am

Yolanda Y. Griffin, 51

Yolanda Y. Griffin, 51, of Selbyville, Del., passed away on Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011.

Born in Selbyville, Griffin was as a maintenance worker for the Town of Ocean City, Md., Public Works Department for approximately 23 years. She attended...

Thursday, September 22, 2011 - 3:00am

Joseph V. Di Blasi Jr., 78

Joseph V. Di Blasi Jr., 78, of Selbyville, Del., and formerly of Bowie, Md., passed away Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2011, at Atlantic General Hospital in Berlin, Md.

Born in Baltimore, Di Blasi retired from Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. as a...

Thursday, September 22, 2011 - 3:00am

Beverley J. Conroe, 80

Beverley J. Conroe, 80, of Ocean View, Del., passed away peacefully, surrounded by her loving family, on Thursday, Sept. 15, 2011, at the Delaware Hospice Center in Milford, Del.

Born in Oneonta, N.Y., Conroe retired from the CIA...

Thursday, September 22, 2011 - 2:59am

Elton C. Savage, 86

Elton C. Savage, 86, of Bishopville, Md., died Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2011, at the home of his granddaughter Kristal. He was born in Selbyville, Del., and was the son of the late Thomas L. and Eva (Tyre) Savage.

He had been an over-the-road...

Thursday, September 22, 2011 - 2:58am

Elizabeth ‘Betty’ J. Long, 85

Elizabeth “Betty” J. Long, 85, of Selbyville, Del., passed away Thursday, Sept. 15, 2011, at Atlantic Shores Nursing Home in Millsboro, Del.

Born in Haines, N.C., Long was a homemaker and a member of Salem United Methodist Church in...

Thursday, September 22, 2011 - 2:57am

Linda K. Mayfield, 60

Linda K. Mayfield, 60, of Rehoboth Beach, Del., passed away on Monday, Sept. 12, 2011, at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury, Md. She was born June 20, 1951, in Lewes, Del., daughter of the late Ralph and Beatrice (Williams) Smith....

Thursday, September 22, 2011 - 2:56am

William Holland Milon, 74

William Holland Milon, 74, of Bethany Beach, Del., died Sept. 17, 2011, after a battle with cancer.

Born in Point Breeze, Pa., to Bill and Alice Milon, Milon attended Saint Bede’s grade school, and Central Catholic and Latrobe high schools...

Thursday, September 22, 2011 - 2:56am

Mary Kathleen McGinnis, 63

Mary Kathleen McGinniss, 63, of Millsboro, Del., formerly of Hyattsville, Md., passed away at Beebe Medical Center in Lewes, Del., on Sept. 4, 2011.

Born in Washington, D.C., McGinniss was a Roman Catholic and was retired from the federal...

Wednesday, September 7, 2011 - 1:47pm

Rhita J. Mitten

Rhita J. Mitten, of Ocean View, Del., formerly of Wilmington, Del., passed away at her home on Sunday, Sept. 4, 2011.

Mitten graduated from Wilmington High School and Goldey Beacom College. She was a retired executive secretary for Atlas...

Wednesday, September 7, 2011 - 1:47pm

Lacey B. Murray Sr., 86

Lacey B. Murray Sr., 86, of Selbyville, Del., passed away Sunday, Sept. 4, 2011, at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury, Md.

Born in Whaleyville, Md., Murray had worked for the Delaware Division of Natural Resources and...

Wednesday, September 7, 2011 - 1:46pm

Therese ‘Anne’ Coakley, 79

Therese “Anne” Coakley, 79, passed away Aug. 30, 2011, in Salisbury, Md., after a brief hospitalization.

Born in Canton, N.Y., to John and Mary Elizabeth Riley Coakley, Coakley graduated with a nursing degree from the College of St. Rose...

Wednesday, September 7, 2011 - 1:45pm

Doris Ann Miller Fox, 68

Doris Ann Miller Fox, 68, of Georgetown, Del., passed away Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2011.

Born in Milford, Del., Fox was involved at Central Worship Center in Laurel, formerly known as Epworth Fellowship Church. She led the Women’s Group,...

Wednesday, September 7, 2011 - 1:44pm

Madeline Bunting Lynch, 96

Madeline Bunting Lynch, 96, of Selbyville, Del., passed away Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2011, at Atlantic General Hospital in Berlin, Md., of complications from surgery.

Lynch had been a hairdresser and later worked with her husband for more than...

Wednesday, September 7, 2011 - 1:43pm