Caroline S. ‘Candy’ Duer, 95

Caroline S. “Candy” Duer, 95, of Rehoboth Beach, Del., formerly of Dagsboro, Del., and Tipp City, Ohio, passed away and peacefully went home to be with her Lord on Wednesday, June 5, 2019, at Brandywine Living at Seaside Pointe in Rehoboth Beach, Del. She was born Jan. 25, 1924, in Oil City, Pa., daughter of the late Lorne Shanely and Josephine (Barlett) Shanely.

Duer grew up in Shelby County, Ohio, on her grandmother’s farm and the Shanely family farm. She graduated from Ohio University in 1945 with a bachelor’s degree in English. She served as an executive secretary at Dayton Power & Light Company and for various community groups in Tipp City. She was very active in the Masonic fraternity, serving as the Worthy Matron of the Tippecanoe Order of the Eastern Star and the Royal Matron of the Miami Valley Court Order of the Amaranth.

Duer was previously an active member of Tipp City United Methodist Church, where she served on the board of trustees, was a member of the United Methodist Women and served as a circle leader. After moving to Bay Colony in Dagsboro in 2008 to be near her son and his wife, she became a member of Mariner’s Bethel United Methodist Church in Ocean View, Del. Duer moved to Brandywine Living in 2011 and was lovingly cared for by the staff there until her death.

Anyone who met Duer was charmed by her smile, sense of humor and sparkling personality. She had the gift of making people feel happy and loved, and her greatest joy was helping others. She enjoyed walking, going to the beach, knitting, sewing, dancing, playing dominoes and cards, and mostly eating lots of sweets. Duer also loved her faithful companion, Merlin the cat, and spending time with her family and friends.

In addition to her parents, Duer was preceded in death by her husband, Douglas Duer, in 1993 and a sister, Marilyn Shanely. She is survived by her beloved son, Michael Duer and his wife, Robin, of Dagsboro, Del., and a step-granddaughter, Jill Anderson of Richmond, Va.

A celebration of Duer’s life will be held at noon, with visitation at 11 a.m., on Monday, June 17, 2019, at Mariner’s Bethel United Methodist Church, 81 Central Avenue, Ocean View, Del. A luncheon will be served afterward in the social hall. Interment will be held privately at Riverside Cemetery in Troy, Ohio, at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family suggested memorial contributions to the Hope Center, c/o Mariner’s Bethel UMC; 81 Central Ave.; Ocean View, DE 19970. Condolences may be sent online at