James Osborne Lytle, 81

James Osborne Lytle, 81, of Ocean View, Del., formerly of Mayo, Md., passed away on Friday, Jan. 30, 2015, at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury, Md. Born and raised in North Carolina, he was the son of Gudger and Mary Lytle.

Norman E. Smith, 89

Norman E. Smith, 89, of Lewes, Del., formerly of Rehoboth Beach, passed away Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015, at the Delaware Hospice Center in Milford.

Marion M. Snead, 74

Marion M. Snead, 74, of Laurel, Del., passed away Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015, at Lifecare at Lofland Park, Seaford, Del.

Services and burial were to be private. Condolences may be sent online at

John J. ‘Jack’ Taylor, 82

John J. “Jack” Taylor, 82, of Ocean City, Md., and formerly of Baltimore, died Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015, at home. He was born in Baltimore, son of the late Charles Taylor and Lillian (Heil) Taylor.

John C. Woodward, 59

John C. Woodward, 59, of Millsboro, Del., passed away Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, at home.

He was born in Wilmington, Del., son of Paul and Betty Woodward and Florence and Harold Hannum.

Peggy Timmons, 85

Peggy Timmons, 85, of Dagsboro, Del., passed away on Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014, after a long and courageous battle with ovarian cancer.

Lawrence F. Bates, 88

Lawrence F. Bates, 88, of Frankford, Del., and formerly of Baltimore, Md., died Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015, at home. He was born in Baltimore, Md., son of the late Wallace Bates and Helen Fisher Bates.

Bates had been an engineer with the Maryland School of the Blind in Baltimore and was a Merchant Marine.

Joanne Nerpiol, 84

Joanne Nerpiol, 84, passed away peacefully on Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015, at her home in Ocean View, Del., with her loving husband, Thomas, by her side. They were married 62 years.

Russell A. Peterson Sr., 95

Russell A. Peterson Sr., 95, of Dagsboro, Del., and formerly of Vinemont, Ala., passed away on Monday, Jan. 19, 2015, at home with his family. Peterson was born in Providence, R.I., on Sept. 18, 1919, to the late Arthur Peterson and Alma Sedig Peterson.

Anthony Joseph ‘Tony’ Piechnik Sr., 76

Anthony Joseph “Tony” Piechnik Sr., 76, passed away peacefully Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015, in his beloved slower-lower Delaware town of Millsboro, Del.

William M. ‘Will’ Watson, 28

William M. “Will” Watson, 28, of Millsboro, Del., formerly of Georgetown and Dover, passed away suddenly on Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015. He was born on March 29, 1986, in Seaford, Del.

Wayne C. Weber, 64

Wayne C. Weber, 64, of Clarksville, Del., went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Friday, Jan. 23, 2015. Weber was the son of the late Clyde Weber and Edna Dorothy (Shadel) Weber.

Lemuel J. Wingate Sr., 74

Lemuel J. Wingate Sr., 74, of Ocean View, Del., passed away at his home, surrounded by his loving family, on Friday, Jan. 16, 2015. He was born March 11, 1940, in Dagsboro, Del., son of the late William Wingate and Virginia Brittingham Wingate.

Mary Ella Trader-Wise, 96

Mary Ella Trader-Wise, 96, formerly of Selbyville, Del., passed away peacefully, surrounded by her loving Philadelphia family, on Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015. Born in Withams, Va., she was the fifth child of eight siblings born to the late Isaiah and Elizabeth Cropper, all of whom she survived. As an adult, she spent her entire life in Delaware.

Mary Ellen ‘Ellen’ Collins, 90

Mary Ellen “Ellen” Collins, 90, of Dagsboro, Del., went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015. Collins was born in Philadelphia, Pa., on Nov. 29, 1924, daughter of the late Delbert H. Daisey and Cora (Breasure) Daisey. She was a 1942 graduate of John M. Clayton High School and attended Goldey-Beacom College in Wilmington, Del.

Ruth Ann Dukes, 88

Ruth Ann Dukes, 88, of Millsboro, Del. passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015. Dukes was born Sept. 26, 1926, in Dagsboro, Del., to the late Raymond Toomey and Lillie Hudson Toomey.

Ray Franklin Fremont, 88

Ray Franklin Fremont, 88, of Lewes, Del., entered into eternal rest on Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015, at his home. He was born March 28, 1926, in Danbury, Wis., son of the late Charles LaFayette Freemont and Bertha Ann (Folley) Fremont.

Amauri Isaac Hopkins

Amauri Isaac Hopkins, newborn, came into this world on Thursday, Dec. 25, 2014, and left us on the same day. He was the beloved son of Elton F. Hopkins III and Chelsea L. Cooper.

Though his time here was all too short, he is loved and will be greatly missed.

Charles C. ‘C.C.’ Hudson, 58

Charles C. “C.C.” Hudson, 58, of Frankford, Del., passed away on Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015, at his residence. He was born Dec. 1, 1956, son of the late Vaughn J. Hudson and Lula May Hudson.

He worked at an early for Pargas Inc. in Millsboro. Later on in life, Hudson began his career in construction, and once owned and operated C.C. Hudson Builders.

Linda May Kahoe, 53

Linda May Kahoe passed away on Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015. She was 53 years old.

Kahoe is survived by her husband, Daniel P. Kahoe, and two children, Daniel P. Kahoe Jr. and Michael C. Kahoe, all of Georgetown, Del.

Services and burial were to be private. Condolences may be sent online at

Lester A. Meyers Sr., 84

Lester A. Meyers Sr. passed away Friday, Jan. 16, 2015. He was 84 years old.

Arrangements are by Watson Funeral Home in Millsboro, Del.

Ann K. (Kuzian) Shepherd, 86

Ann K. (Kuzian) Shepherd, 86, of Long Neck, Del., passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015, surrounded by her loved ones, at Beebe Healthcare in Lewes. Shepherd was born at home on East 5th Street in Wilmington, Del., on May 7, 1928, to the late Michael and Anastazya Kuzian.

Jesse Paul Stasi, 33

Jesse Paul Stasi, 33, of Lewes, Del., passed away suddenly without warning on Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015, at his home from unknown causes. He was born on May 10, 1981, in Rehoboth, N.M., and lived in the Navajo Nation prior to moving to Delaware. He was the son of Bruce W. Stasi of Crisfield, Md., and Margaret Wright-Stasi of Lewes, Del.

John Richardson van Dyke, 102

John Richardson van Dyke, 102, of Twining Village in Holland, Pa., formerly of Rehoboth Beach, Del., died Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015. Throughout his life, his high energy benefitted his “can do” attitude. With a warm smile and inclusive outlook he welcomed everybody. His infectious loving nature was reciprocated by others, sustaining him in his final decades.

Sara I. Weiss, 78

Sara I. Weiss, 78, of Lewes, Del., passed away on Friday, Jan. 16, 2015, at her home. She was born March 24, 1936, in Philadelphia, Pa., daughter of the late Frank Marzin and Marie (Gallagher) Marzin.

Evelyn T. Baker, 94

Evelyn T. Baker, 94, of Frankford, Del., passed away peacefully on Friday, Jan. 9, 2015, at her home. She was born in Frankford on Feb. 29, 1920, daughter of the late William Truitt and Ella (Hudson) Truitt.

Prior to the birth of her son, Baker operated a small catering business. She was a member of Frankford United Methodist Church and enjoyed writing poetry.

Robert W. Baker Sr., 59

Robert W. Baker Sr., 59, of Gumboro, Del. passed away on Friday, Jan. 9, 2015. Baker was born Dec. 18, 1955, in Salisbury, Md., to the late Harold Walter Baker and Edith Marie Toomey Baker, who survives him.

Ella B. Bauermeister, 95

Ella B. Bauermeister, 95, of Ocean View, Del.,, went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, Jan. 3, 2015.

She was a World War II veteran of the United States Navy.

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