Obituaries

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. Willett and Anna (Scheuch) Willett.

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 County (Del.) Airport and retired after 25 years as maintenance manager for the Barcroft Co. in Lewes, Del.

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 Samuel S. Crockett and Helen M. Crockett.

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.

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.

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 Northwestern High School in Hyattsville, Md., in 1957.

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 Lord Baltimore High School in Ocean View, Del., and attended Strayer’s Business College in Philadelphia, Pa., (now Strayer University) upon graduation.

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 was a beloved wife, mother and grandmother.

James M. Switalski

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

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.

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 the daughter of the late Robert Fletcher and Valeria “Bo” Fletcher and sister of the late Barbara Fletcher.

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 Delaware.

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., to Donald Rakes and JoAnn List Rakes.

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 worked in the poultry industry for several years before her retirement.

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.

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 Wilkes-Barre, Pa., daughter of the late James Brady Sr. and Kathleen (Walter) Brady.

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 Generation.”

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.

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 attending Delaware Technical Community College. She worked part-time at Food Lion in Selbyville.

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, 1933, in Trehanville, Va., to the late John and Lillian Morris Brinkley.

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.

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 of Harrington Moose Lodge #534.

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.

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.

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 2012, growing specialty produce, vegetables and organic eggs for sale at her farm stand and farmers’ markets.

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.

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).

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.

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 Indian River School District as a cafeteria manager. She was also a member of Sound United Methodist Church near Williamsville, Del.

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.

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