Obituaries

Gary Arthur McCormick, 72

Gary Arthur McCormick, 72, of Ocean View, Del., passed away, Sunday, March 5, 2017, at Christiana Hospital, Newark, Del. He was born Oct. 12, 1944, in Rochester, N.Y., to the late Arthur F. McCormick and Alberta Berry McCormick.

Janet Speirs Sprague, 79

Janet Speirs Sprague, 79, of Medford, N.J., passed away on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017.

Diane Doris Weis, 72

Diane Doris Weis, 72, of Lewes, Del., passed away at the Delaware Hospice Center in Milford, Del., on Nov. 23, 2016. She was born July 30, 1944, in Orange, N.J., to the late Daniel and Doris De Finis.

Hunter L. Spillan, 90

Hunter L. Spillan, 90, of Dagsboro, Del., formerly of Annandale, Va., passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017, at the Delaware Hospice Center in Milford, Del. He was born in Lexington, Va., on Oct. 9, 1926, son of the late Thomas Spillan and Frances (Wilhelm) Spillan. Spillan proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy during World War II and the Korean War.

David Kline, 58

David Kline, 58, died peacefully at his home, surrounded by family and friends he loved, on Feb. 20, 2017, in Ocean View, Del. He was born Sept. 4, 1958, in Youngstown, Ohio, to Rita and Edgar Kline.

JoAnne M. McGowan, 66

JoAnne M. McGowan, 66, of Reston, Va., and South Bethany, Del., passed away on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017, at Beebe Healthcare in Lewes, Del. She was born in New York City, N.Y., on May 12, 1950, daughter of the late John Murphy and Eleanor (Tierney) Murphy.

McGowan and her family settled in Vienna, Va., when she was 9. McGowan retired from the Department of Transportation in 2005.

Kimberly J. McKenna, 57

Kimberly J. McKenna, 57, of Selbyville, Del., died Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017, at Delaware Hospice Center in Milford.

She was born in Baltimore, Md., daughter of the late Eugene McKenna and Florence (McCall) McKenna.

She had been an office manager for LEN Paper Co. and had worked for Brasure’s Pest Control in Selbyville.

William Dane ‘Bill’ Barry Sr., 66

William Dane “Bill” Barry Sr., 66, of Millsboro, Del., passed away on Feb. 18, 2017. He was born Dec. 25, 1950, in Litchfield, Ill.

Donald C. ‘Don’ Edwards, 82

Donald C. ‘Don’ Edwards, 82, of Millsboro, Del., formerly of Baltimore, Md., passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017. He retired from a career as a Baltimore City police officer in 1999, after 32 years of service.

Ronald Joseph Filloramo, 76

Ronald Joseph Filloramo, 76, of Selbyville, Del., died Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017, at home. He was born in Washington, D.C., son of the late Thomas Filloramo and Eleanor Mary (Scaldaferri) Filloramo.

Kenneth E. Hoban, 50

Kenneth E. Hoban, 50, of Frankford, Del., died Monday, Feb. 13, 2017, at Atlantic General Hospital in Berlin, Md. He was born in Salisbury, Md., the son of Jeanne (Purdon) Hoban and the late Francis Eugene Hoban.

Hoban was a correctional officer at the Sussex Correctional Institution in Georgetown, Del. and was an avid arm-wrestler.

Betty L. Johnson, 84

Betty L. Johnson, 84, of Ocean City, Md., died Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017, at home. She was born in Baltimore, Md., daughter of the late Patrick Duggan and Virginia (Harrison) Duggan.

She was a homemaker and a member of St. Matthews By-the-Sea United Methodist Church in Fenwick Island, Del.

Samantha Jo ­­‘Sam’ (Littleton) Kressin, 32

Samantha Jo “Sam” (Littleton) Kressin, 32, of Willards, Md., passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017, at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital in Seaford, Del. She was born in Seaford on Feb. 19, 1984, daughter of Thomas Jackson Littleton and Pamela Susan (McKirby) Littleton. She had worked as a store manager for several stores prior to her illness.

Ronald Gordon Lawrance, 68

Ronald Gordon Lawrance, 68, of Georgetown, Del., passed away at his home on Feb. 18, 2017, surrounded by his family and in the care of Delaware Hospice. He was born in Philadelphia, Pa., on Aug. 6, 1948, to the late Wayne G. and Mildred Dulany Lawrance.

Lawrance was married to Connie Hurley on Sept. 29, 1994. He worked as a truck driver for various companies over the years.

Karen Ann Lynch, 48

Karen Ann Lynch, 48, of Lewes, Del., passed away suddenly on Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017, at Christiana Hospital in Newark, Del., with her family by her side. She was born in Wilmington, Del., on Aug. 31, 1968, to Michael Williams and Josephine Hudson.

Mary Lee West Middleton, 84

Mary Lee West Middleton, 84, passed away in the care of her family and Compassionate Care Hospice on her birthday, Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017. She was born Feb. 19, 1933, in Church Hill, Md., to the late Edward and Cora Middleton.

Carol R. Pape, 67

Carol R. Pape, 67, of Selbyville, Del., died Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017, at home. She was born in Baltimore, Md., daughter of the late John Raymond Doyle and Dorothy Moore (Johnson) Doyle.

Kenneth L. ‘Ken’ Posey, 71

Kenneth L. “Ken” Posey, 71, of Selbyville, Del., formerly of New Carrollton, Md., passed away on Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017, at Medstar Washington Hospital Center, from heart failure. He was born in Glapthorn, Peterborough, England, on March 6, 1945, son of the late Leonard Posey and Harriet (Leverett) Posey.

Dolores ‘Dee’ Tucker, 79

Dolores “Dee” Tucker, 79, of Selbyville, Del., passed away peacefully Feb. 11, 2017, surrounded by those who loved her, after a brave battle with ALS.

Tucker was a devoted and loving mother, grandmother and friend. She was very proud of her family and was the most wonderful “Mamaw” to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Leon T. Wingate, 90

Leon T. Wingate, 90, of Millsboro, Del., passed away on Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017. He was born in Laurel, Del., on May 30, 1926, to the late Norman T. Wingate and Marjorie Wilkerson Wingate.

Mildred B. ‘Mickie’ Christfield, 83

Mildred B. “Mickie” Christfield, 83, of Selbyville, Del., went home to be with her Lord and Savior and passed away on Feb. 12, 2017.

Christfield was a retired elementary school teacher of more than 40 years, having taught in Baltimore County, Md., and Sussex County, Del. She was an avid reader and longtime member of PEO.

Douglas J. Fearn, 89

Douglas J. Fearn, 89, of Seaford, Del., formerly of New Castle, Del., passed away on Monday, Feb. 13, 2017, with his beloved wife and daughter by his side. Fearn was born in Southampton, England, on June 16, 1927, son of the late Fredrick Charles Fearn and Olive May (Dicks) Fearn.

Fearn had served as a Merchant Marine, with 40 years of service with Getty Oil.

Margaret H. Long, 90

Margaret (Haldeman) Long, 90, of Frankford, Del., passed away on Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017, at Harrison House Senior Living in Georgetown, Del. She was born May 28, 1926, in Philadelphia, Pa., to John and Alice Haldeman, and lived in Haddon Heights, N.J., with her parents, a brother and three sisters.

Clayton Ringler Sr., 87

Clayton Ringler Sr., 87, of Hayesville, N.C., passed away Friday, Feb. 3, 2017, at his residence. He was the son of the late Raymond Easter and Enid Odessa Lynch Ringler, and a native of Sussex County, Del., but lived in the Florida Keys before moving to Clay County, N.C., in 2006.

John G. Stafford Sr., 92

John G. Stafford Sr., 92, of Ocean View, Del., formerly of Baltimore, Md., and Carroll County, Md., passed away peacefully on Feb. 7, 2017, at the Delaware Hospice Center. He was born Sept. 10, 1924, to Reid Stafford and Blanche (Simmons) Stafford Tieman.

Marguerite ‘Peg’ Wentz Trimble, 103

Marguerite “Peg” Wentz Trimble, 103, died at home in Elkins, W.Va., on Feb. 1, 2017, after an active life with a close family, friends and good bridge. She had been in gradually declining health.

Paul Zolbe, 80

Paul Zolbe, 80, a 30-year resident of Ocean View, Del., passed away on Feb. 4, 2017, with his loving wife at his side, after a 15-month battle with cancer. Zolbe was born to William Zolbe and Geraldine (Howell) Zolbe on Oct. 15, 1936, and raised in Johnstown, Pa., where he met and married Carolyn Ann Clark. They were married for 61 years.

Mark Joseph Bennett, 74

Mark Joseph Bennett, 74, passed away peacefully at his home in Ocean View, Del., on Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017, while surrounded by his family. He was born March 28, 1941, at his childhood home in Bethany Beach, Del.

David J. Cullen Jr., 80

David J. Cullen Jr., 80, formerly of Vienna, Va., and recently of Baywood in Long Neck, Del., passed away on Feb. 6, 2017, after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. He was born Aug 22, 1936, in Pittsfield, Mass.

Erle F. Dobson, 88

Erle F. Dobson, 88, of Frankford, Del., died Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017, at home.

Dobson retired from Chrysler after 33 years and had worked for Seaside Hobbies in Ocean View, Del. He was a member of Nur Temple Shrine Club/Ritual Unit, St. Johns Masonic Lodge and the Delaware Seaside Railroad Club.

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