Obituaries

Janice Marie ‘Jan’ (Friedel) McWilliams, 84

Janice Marie “Jan” (Friedel) McWilliams, 84, passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday, June 7, 2016. She was born in Bridgeville, Del., raised in Seaford and lived in Newark before retiring to Dagsboro. Her family was her dearest love. She married and is survived by Marvel C. “Mac” McWilliams, her hometown sweetheart.

Juanita S. McDonald, 91

Juanita S. McDonald, 91, of Selbyville, Del., died Thursday, June 9, 2016, at home. She was born in Raleigh, N.C., daughter of the late Bessie (Newton) Campbell.

Emily ‘Rose’ Hill, 52

Emily ‘Rose’ Hill, 52, of Dagsboro, Del., passed away at home, surrounded by her family, on Tuesday, June 7, 2016, after a short battle with cancer. She was born in Wilmington, Del., on April 16, 1964, to the late Joseph Steele Jr. and Sylvia Kusmaul Steele-Olson.

Hill was employed as a baker with G&E Hocker’s retail grocery as a baker.

James P. Gorman, 88

James P. Gorman, 88, of Georgetown, Del., passed away peacefully on Tuesday, June 7, 2016.

Gorman was born in Bangor, Maine, on Jan. 29, 1928.

Betty C. Esham, 85

Betty C. Esham, 85, of Gumboro, Del., passed away peacefully on Friday, June 10, 2016, at Atlantic Shores Nursing and Rehab in Millsboro, Del. She was born in Gumboro on June 16, 1930, to the late Henry Phillips and Addie F. King Phillips.

Victor Angelo ‘Vic’ DeGeorge Sr., 87

Victor Angelo “Vic” DeGeorge Sr., 87, of Bethany Beach, Del., formerly of Washington, D.C., passed away on Thursday, June 9, 2016, surrounded by his loving family, at the Delaware Hospice Center in Milford, Del.

Helen Pryor Prettyman, 73

Helen Pryor Wilson, 73, passed away peacefully on Monday, May 30, 2016, at Atlantic Shores Rehab & Health Center in Millsboro, Del. She was the daughter of the late William and AnnaBelle Brittingham Pryor of Salisbury, Md.

Ralph ‘Jimmy’ Timmons, 64

Ralph “Jimmy” Timmons, 64, of Millsboro, Del., passed away on Sunday, May 29, 2016. He was born in Lewes, Del., to the late John and Audrey Timmons.

Timmons was a truck driver for 42 years and loved being on the road. He drove for Townsends and Mountaire before his retirement. He was a devoted family man and will be dearly missed.

Arthur J. ‘Art’ Shapiro, 83

Arthur J. “Art” Shapiro, 83, of Ocean View, Del., formerly Bowie, Md., and Brooklyn, New N.Y., passed away on Saturday, May 28, 2016, at Atlantic General Hospital, Berlin, Md. He was born in Brooklyn in February of 1933 to the late Julius and Esther Shapiro.

Joyce G. Prettyman, 92

Joyce G. Prettyman, 92, of Ocean View, Del., passed away peacefully, with her family by her side, at home on Thursday, June 2, 2016. She was born Dec. 26, 1923, in Bristol, England, and grew up in Wellington, New Zealand.

Roland Paul ‘Pee Wee’ Placente, 74

Roland Paul “Pee Wee” Placente, 74, of Dagsboro, Del., and formerly of Burlington Township, N.J., passed away at home on June 2, 2016. He was born June 9, 1941, to the late Albert and Lucy Hall Placente, in Burlington City, N.J.

James Nicholas ‘Jim’ Panagopoulos, 84

James Nicholas “Jim” Panagopoulos, 84, passed away peacefully at Beebe Healthcare in Lewes, Del., on May 26, 2016, with his family keeping him close in their hearts. He was born July 1, 1931, in Albany, N.Y.

Sherly A. DeMott, 88

Sherly A. DeMott, 88, of Dagsboro, Del., passed away peacefully on Thursday, May 19, 2016, at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital in Seaford, Del. He was born in Chatham, Va., on Nov. 15, 1927, son of the late Bennie DeMott and Gladys (Giles) DeMott.

Raymond Horace Derrickson Jr., 58

Raymond Horace Derrickson Jr., 58, of Media, Pa., passed away on June 4, 2016, after a brave battle with cancer.

Robert F. Dorn, 87

Robert F. Dorn, 87, of Millsboro, Del., died on May 28, 2016, at the Delaware Hospice Center in Milford. He was born Feb 8, 1929, in Camden, N.J.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and retired from being a union representative for Firestone Tire & Rubber.

A chapel service with military honors was scheduled for Monday, June 6, 2016, at the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Millsboro.

James H. ‘Jim’ Cooper Jr., 90

James H. ‘Jim’ Cooper Jr., 90, of Fenwick Island Del., passed away on Dec. 10, 2015, at his Florida home, in the loving arms of his wife of 67 years, Naomi.

William H. Clark Jr.

William H. Clark Jr., passed away and went home to be with the Lord on June 3, 2016, at his home in Dagsboro, Del.

Louise Houts Buck, 91

Louise Houts Buck, 91, of Millville, Del., passed away in the care of her family on May 30, 2016. She was born on March 29, 1925, in Chattanooga, Tenn., to the late George W. Houts and Lydia Felker Houts.

Norwood J. Simpler, 80

Norwood J. Simpler, 80, of Millsboro, Del., passed away peacefully on Tuesday, May 24, 2016. He was born Aug. 6, 1935, in Dagsboro, Del., to the late James Simpler and Thelma Long Simpler.

Markell Augustine ‘Kelly’ Main, 94

Markell Augustine “Kelly” Main, 94, of Selbyville, Del., formerly of Ocean View, Del., and Silver Spring, Md., passed away on Saturday, May 28, 2016, at Harrison House in Georgetown, Del. He was born in Middletown, Md., on Aug. 21, 1921, son of the late Oscar Main and Margie (Wiles) Main.

Kevin Werner Lehm, 33

Kevin Werner Lehm, 33, of Fenwick Island, Del., passed away peacefully on May 25, 2016.

Born Aug. 30, 1982, he was a graduate of Brandywine High School, attended the Florida Institute of Technology and graduated from Wilmington University with a bachelor’s degree in psychology.

Carol Ann Hartney, 73

Carol Ann Hartney, 73, of Hockessin and Ocean View, Del., passed away peacefully to be with the Lord on May 21, 2016, at Beebe Healthcare in Lewes, Del., with her loving family at her side. Hartney was born and raised in South Philly, Pa. She was the daughter of the late Frank Scarpato and Josephine (DiSabato) Scarpato.

Ada E. Carey, 84

Ada E. Carey, 84, of Selbyville, Del., passed away Friday, May 20, 2016, at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital in Seaford, Del. She was born in Snow Hill, Md., daughter of the late Avery Truitt and Elsie (Wainwright) Truitt.

She had worked for Treasure Beach near Fenwick Island, Del.

Arthur William Bauer

Arthur William Bauer of Ocean View, Del., formerly of Gaithersburg, Md., passed away on Friday, May 27, 2016, at Beebe Healthcare in Lewes, Del.

Ferdinand Mark 'Ferd' Comolli, 92

Ferdinand Mark “Ferd” Comolli, 92, of Bethany Beach, Del., and formerly of Kennett Square, Pa., passed away peacefully, surrounded by his loving family, at his home, on Friday, May 27, 2016.

George B. Simpson, 84

George B. Simpson, 84, of Rehoboth Beach, Del., died with his loving family by his side on Tuesday, May 24, 2016, at Beebe Healthcare in Lewes, Del. He was born on Tuesday, April 12, 1932, in Dover, Del., son of the late William Simpson and Mary (Wilson) Simpson.

Isabel Wharton Smith, 98

Isabel Wharton Smith, 98, passed away peacefully, at home, on Wednesday, May 18, 2016. She was born on July 21, 1917, in Ocean View, Del., one of nine children of the late William and Hattie Wharton.

Bessie W. Savage, 94

Bessie W. Savage, 94, of Millsboro, Del., passed away peacefully on Sunday, May 22, 2016.

Savage was born Jan. 17, 1922, in Chester, Pa., to the late Charles Gear and Mary Christopher Gear.

Florence B. McCormick, 96

Florence B. McCormick, 96, of Lewes, Del., formerly of Arizona and Rhawnhurst, Pa., passed away peacefully on Thursday, May 12, 2016, at her home. She was born in Philadelphia, Pa., on March 28, 1920, daughter of the late Charles Joseph O’Neill and Margaret K. (Bash) O’Neill.

Muriel H. Mawyer, 89

Muriel H. Mawyer, 89, of Rehoboth Beach, Del., passed away on Friday, May 20, 2016, with her girls by her side, at Renaissance Healthcare in Millsboro, Del. She was born Oct. 31, 1926, in Stuart, Va., daughter of the late Samuel Handy and Lillian (Gunter) Handy.

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