Obituaries

Joan P. Abrams, 58

Joan P. Abrams, 58, of Millsboro, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2007, at the Nanticoke Memorial Hospital in Seaford. She was a retired bookkeeper.

Abrams was preceded in death by her parents, William and Anna (Develin) Abrams; and her brother, William A. Abrams Jr. She is survived by her loving husband, Joseph P. Collis; her brother, Anthony Abrams; and her sister, Mary Ann Campbell.

A funeral service was scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 3, 2007, with burial private.

William Francis Collins, 73

William Francis Collins, 73, of Dagsboro, formerly of Montville, N.J., passed away Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2007, at his home. He served in the U.S. Army during the Cuban crisis. A graduate of Seton Hall University, he was an executive salesman for the welding and specialty gas industry for more than 40 years.

Collins is survived by his loving wife, Mary Mitzi Miltner Collins; three sons, William M. Collins and his wife Elise Delaney Collins, James E. Collins and his wife Sue Gay Collins, and Daniel J. Collins and his fiancée Kerrilyn DeRosa; a daughter, Catherine Ann Collins Kelly and her husband Robert; a sister, Helen Marie Preyor; six granddaughters, Sloane, Rory, Molly, Mackenzie, Corley and Jane; a grandson, Patrick Collins; and several nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial was scheduled for Monday, Nov. 5, 2007, with interment in Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Dagsboro. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to Beebe Medical Center Building Fund, 424 Savannah Rd., Lewes, DE 19958.

John J. ‘Jack’ Foster Sr.

John J. “Jack” Foster Sr., of Bethany Beach, passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, Nov. 3, 2007. He served in the U.S. Navy on the U.S.S. Midway in World War II. He retired from the Naval Sea Systems Command Detachment as a supervisory naval architect in the Combatant Craft Engineering Department in Norfolk, Va.

A man of faith, he was a devout Roman Catholic and an active parishioner in St. Joseph’s in Stuart, Fla., and St. Ann’s in Bethany Beach, serving in the ministries of lector and Eucharist minister at both churches.

Foster was a member of VFW Post 7234, the St. Vincent De Paul Society, the Knights of Columbus and the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers. Noted for his contributions to numerous charities, the Little Sisters of the Poor, St. Mary’s Seminary and University, National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Disabled Veterans, Paralyzed Veterans of America, Toys for Tots and the American Cancer Society were a few of those special to him.

He was an avid reader who enjoyed spending time with his family, playing golf, boating and fishing. His greatest love was for the unforgiving sea and he spent much of his time during the past 44 years at the family beach house “Storm Bait” in Fenwick Island.

Foster is survived by his beloved wife of 56 years, Doris Jane Foster; children, John J. Foster Jr., Caroline F. Wilt, Patricia S. Foster, Mark A. Foster, Martha F. Conover and Mary J. Cannon; grandchildren, Kellyn F. Wilt, Trey L. Creekmore, Taylor F. Wilt, Craig A. Conover, Lyndsey K. Creekmore, Christopher W. Conover, Kyle C. Foster, Emma J. Cannon, Cory J. Foster and Samuel John Cannon; great-grandchild, Kayla Marie Wilt-Abbott; sons-in-law, Ronald L. Wilt, W. Craig Conover and William C. Cannon; and daughter-in-law, Joelle L. Foster.

Services were scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2007, with interment in Delaware Veterans Cemetery in Millsboro. The family said they would like to extend their gratitude to Anita, Cleo, Debbie, Dawn and Delaware Hospice, who helped Jack and his family with caring comfort and support. They suggest that donations may be made to Delaware Hospice, 20167 Office Circle, Georgetown, DE 19947.

Jerry D. Franklin, 57

Jerry D. Franklin, 57, of Millsboro, passed away Sunday, Nov. 4, 2007, at his home. He was a retired carpenter.

Franklin was preceded in death by his parents, Medford and Edna (Cooper) Franklin. He is survived by his wife, Laury Franklin; two sons, Jerry D. Franklin Jr. and his wife Kristen, and Boomer Maiorano; four daughters, Dawn Scott and her husband Stephen, Missy Buck and her husband John, Stacey Wetzstein and her husband Fred, and Jill Stoeckel and her husband Chris; three brothers, Ruben Franklin, Linwood Franklin and Danny Franklin; a sister, Cynthia Wootten; 11 grandchildren, Shawn, Brent, James, Jordan, Jacque, John, Sam, Jordan, Tony, Ryan and Mia; his hospice caregiver, Todd Karrick; and his faithful cat, Topo Gigio.

A memorial service will be held Friday, Nov. 9, 2007, at 1 p.m. at Millsboro Wesleyan Church, 255 Wilson Highway in Millsboro. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to Delaware Hospice, Southern Division, 20167 Office Circle, Georgetown, DE 19947.

Margaret N. Purnell, 69

Margaret N. Purnell, 69, of Millsboro, passed away Thursday, Nov. 1, 2007, at Beebe Medical Center in Lewes. She was a homemaker and enjoyed reading, cooking and traveling.

Purnell was preceded in death by her parents, Clarence Pitts and Marjorie Williams. She is survived by her husband of 43 years, Henry E. Purnell Sr.; children, Kim L. Purnell of Orlando, Fla., Phillip Purnell of Wilmington, Henry Purnell Jr. of Seaford and Henry Purnell III of Wilmington; brothers, Vincent Davis Sr. and wife Nancy of Frankford, Calvin Davis and wife Jennie of Campbell Town, Md. and Jeffrey Taylor of Lewes; sisters, Debra Taylor of Millsboro, Janet Johnson of Pasadena, Md. and Pamela Davis of Frankford; six grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.

Funeral services will be held Friday, Nov. 9, 2007, at 11 a.m. at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 405 Flower Street in Berlin, Md., where friends may call one hour prior. Interment will be in Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Millsboro. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions may be made to the Military Order of the Purple Hearts, 5413 Backlick Rd., Springfield, VA 22151.

Emil Jacob Vogel Jr., 81

Emil Jacob Vogel Jr., “Jack” to some, “Jake” to others, 81, of Millville, passed away Monday, Oct. 1, 2007, at his home. He was a print model for the Pennsylvania Railroad, where his father was employed. He spent his youth traveling on the PRR whenever the spirit moved him and his later years were spent working on his own model PRR platform.

He served with the Seabees in Okinawa during World War II as a surveyor and photographer. His last wish was to pass while wearing his Seabee cap.

Known as “Jamo,” he was a charter boat captain out of Indian River Inlet for more than 20 years. He combined his love for boats and carpentry experience to spend the off-seasons in boat building and repair. His midlife was spent working for Community Action Agency in Georgetown. As home repair administrator, he was responsible for rehabilitating and insulating countless homes for the needy of Sussex County. For years he was an active member of Possum Point Players and also served for 15 years on the Board of Directors of the Miss Delaware Scholarship Pageant.

Vogel was preceded in death by his parents, Frances Zang and Emil Sr. He is survived by his son, Alan Vogel; his daughter, Joy Vogel Cadden and her husband Stevie of Frankford; a grandson, Dylan Hamblin of Frankford; a granddaughter, Jessica Hamblin of New York City; a sister, Frances Shadel; a niece, Vivienne Sexton of Millville; and a nephew, Gregory Shadel of New Castle.

A memorial service was held at Ocean View Presbyterian Church.