Obituaries

Don Brittin, 61

Don Brittin, 61, of Milton, Del., passed away at home May 9, 2015, surrounded by his husband and beloved dogs.

Brittin was born in Gloucester City, N.J., and traveled the country before settling in Delaware. He graduated from the Rochester Institute of Technology and was a valued employee at Principal Trust Company for 30 years before retiring in 2013.

Robert L. ‘Bob’ Castle Jr., 76

Robert L. “Bob” Castle Jr., 76, of Bridgeville, Del., passed away peacefully, at his home, on Friday, May 15, 2015. He was diagnosed with cancer a short time before his death. Castle was born Friday, May 20, 1938, in Baltimore, Md., son of the late Robert L. Castle and Barbara (Beard) Castle.

George F. Eckert, Jr., 71

George F. Eckert, Jr., 71, of Bethany Beach, Del., passed away Thursday, May 21, 2015.

Eckert was a dedicated Baltimore City police officer for 35 years. He is survived by his wife, Susan; children, Molly Menard, Amy Eckert, Melissa Wilson and Parker Heckner; and six grandchildren.

Ronald L. ‘McD’ Evans, 58

Ronald L. “McD” Evans, 58, of Frankford, Del., passed away on May 20, 2015. He was preceded in death by his father, Minos Evans and mother, Barbara.

Evans was a most unique person, friendly to everyone, special friend to some and a brother to his lifelong friends. He will be sadly missed.

Services were to be private.

Thomas J. Galifaro Jr., 77

Thomas J. Galifaro Jr., 77, of Selbyville, Del., died Thursday, May 14, 2015. He was born in Washington, D.C., son of the late Thomas J. Galifaro Sr. and Lillian (Divver) Galifaro.

Roberta J. George, 71

Roberta J. George, 71, of Millsboro, Del., formerly of Easton, Md., passed away on Saturday, May 23, 2015, at her daughter’s home in Lewes, Del. She was born Nov. 3, 1943, in Easton, Md., daughter of the late Elwood Jackson and Madeline (Sullivan) Jackson.

Phyllis Mackenzie Herd, 84

Phyllis Mackenzie Herd, 84, passed away on May 22, 2015,

Thelma W. ‘Teddie’ Hull

Thelma W. “Teddie” Hull, beloved wife of Lloyd G. Hull of Ocean Pines, Md., has passed away. She was born in Shelburne Falls, Mass., on April 21, 1922.

Betty F. Marvel, 85

Betty F. Marvel, 85, of Dagsboro, Del., passed away Saturday, May 23, 2015, at Atlantic General Hospital in Berlin, Md. She was born in Georgetown, Del., daughter of the late Patrick G. Henry and Agnes S. (West) Henry, and the wife of the late Ralph E. Marvel.

June M. Pierson Palmer, 93

June Margaret Pierson Palmer, 93, formerly of Chester, Md., died on May 20, 2015, at Brandywine Assisted Living at Fenwick, near Selbyville, Del. Palmer was born at home on Aug. 11, 1921, to the late Carroll C. Pierson and Mabel L. Straughn Pierson, on the very day her family moved into their house in Grasonville, Md.

Joyce H. Phillips, 84

Joyce H. Phillips, 84, of Millsboro, Del., formerly of Malden, Mass., passed away on Thursday, May 21, 2015, at Brandywine Assisted Living in Rehoboth Beach, Del. Phillips was born April 28, 1931, in Salem, N.J., and raised in Wilmington, Del., daughter of the late Charles and Violet (Caudle) Phillips.

Mildred Audrey Shipley, 86

Mildred Audrey Shipley, 86, passed away on May 20, 2015, in her sleep. She was born Dec. 21, 1928, in Baltimore, Md., to Clarence and Viola Theis.

Nancy L. Smith, 68

Nancy L. Smith, 68, of Ocean View, Del., formerly of Herndon, Va., went home to be with her Lord Jesus Christ on Saturday, May 23, 2015.

Mary Agnes Thurston, 95

Mary Agnes Thurston, 95, of Millsboro, Del., and formerly of Philadelphia, Pa., passed away gently, in the loving care of her family, at her home, on May 19, 2015. She was born in Philadelphia on Oct. 20, 1919, to the late Charles Harrison and Helen Whalen Harrison.

Ivory ‘Jesse’ Turnage, 83

Ivory “Jesse” Turnage, 83, passed away May 16, 2015. She was born Feb. 10, 1932, to the late Cora Stamp and the late Willie Lofland.

Growing up, Turnage was a loving, caring, loyal person, who had a smile that would lighten up the room. She worked at Vlasic Pickles until she became ill. She then became a stay-at-home mom.

Joan F. Baughman, 84

Joan F. Baughman, 84, of Milford, Del., passed away on Monday, May 18, 2015, at the Milford Center, Del. She was born Thursday, Feb. 12, 1931, in Bryn Mawr, Pa., to Albert John and Margaret Elizabeth (Harbison) Frazer.

Milford Thomas ‘Mel’ Favinger Jr., 81

Milford Thomas “Mel” Favinger Jr., 81, of Millsboro, Del., passed away Saturday, May 9, 2015, in his home. He was a veteran, foodie, carpenter, hobbyist, natty dresser, traveler, jokester and beloved father, grandfather, great-grandfather and brother.

Christina Mae Norwood-Green, 70

Christina Mae Norwood-Green, 70, of Milford, Del., passed away May 12, 2015, with her children by her side. Norwood-Green was born Jan. 22, 1945, in Millsboro, Del., to loving parents Samuel and Thelma Norwood.

Josephine Perruzzo Hood, 84

Josephine Perruzzo Hood, 84, of Millsboro, Del., formerly of Brookhaven, Pa., went home to be with the Lord on May 13, 2015, surrounded by her family.

Donald J. Lathbury, 71

Donald J. Lathbury, 71, of Laurel, Del., passed away gently on May 16, 2015, after a long battle with illnesses caused by Agent Orange exposure. He was born Feb. 2, 1944, in Lewes, Del., to the late Harry and Naomi Hudson Lathbury.

Keith B. Pretty, 56

Keith B. Pretty, 56, of Littlestown, Pa., died Saturday, May 16, 2015, at Dove House in Westminster, Md. Born Jan. 5, 1959, in Baltimore, Md., he was the son of Robert S. and Frances Hanson Pretty of Selbyville, Del.

Michael Arthur Weinmann, 61

Michael Arthur Weinmann, 61, of Berlin, Md., passed away in peace, surrounded by family, on Thursday, May 14, 2015. Born and raised in Newark, Del., the son of Arthur and Patricia Weinmann, he was a resident of Berlin and of Fenwick Island, Del.

Robert O. ‘Bob’ Wells, 86

Robert O. “Bob” Wells, 86, passed away peacefully on May 13, 2015, at the Country Rest Home in Greenwood, Del. He was the son of Louise Shores Wells and Robert E.T. Wells.

Meta Mae Schmierer Harper West

Meta Mae Schmierer Harper West passed away May 7, 2015. Daughter of the late Wilbert Emmanuel Schmierer and Clara Matilda Schmierer, she was born in 1927 in Lewes, Del., and shortly thereafter moved to Rehoboth Beach, where she spent the rest of her life for more than 85 years.

Robert E. Williams, 86

Robert E. Williams, 86, of Millsboro, Del., passed away peacefully, at his home, on Wednesday, May 13, 2015. He was born Oct. 11, 1928, in Ashley, Ohio, to the late Floyd Odell Williams and Monnie Elizabeth Shelton Williams.

Sandra Lynn Baker, 65

Sandra Lynn Baker, 65, of Georgetown, Del., passed away at her home on May 9, 2015. She was born Feb. 19, 1950, in Milford, Del., to the late Dallas Shockley and Norma Wilkins Shockley Nelson, who survives her.

Carl P. Cirul Jr., 74

Carl P. Cirul Jr. passed away on April 30, 2015. He was 74 years old.

Services and burial were to be private. Arrangements are by Watson Funeral Home in Millsboro, Del., where www.watsonfh.com.

Linda J. Draper, 59

Linda J. Draper, 59, of Millsboro, Del., passed away after a prolonged illness on May 4, 2015.

Mary Allene Hopkins-Williams, 90

Mary Allene Hopkins-Williams, 90, daughter of the late Charles E. Hopkins and Bertha Andrews-Hopkins, was born March 8, 1925, in Frankford, Del. She departed this life to live in her mansion just over the hilltop on Thursday, May 7, 2015, at Harbor Nursing Home in Lewes, Del.

Margaret Keating, 95

Margaret Keating, 95, of Millsboro, Del., formerly of Wilmington, Del., passed away on Wednesday, May 6, 2015. Keating was born Dec. 7, 1919, in Wilmington, Del., to the late Harry R. Braun and Marie V. Gibison Braun.

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