Obituaries

Barbara Claire Cleary, 72

Barbara Claire Cleary, 72, of Bethany Beach, Del., formerly of Bridgewater, N.J., passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020, at Christiana Hospital in Newark, Del. She was born in Queens, N.Y., on March 25, 1947, daughter of the late Henry Inselmann and the late Claire (White) Inselmann.

Cleary was a graduate of Queens College in New York, where she was a proud member of the Delta Zeta sorority. After meeting the love of her life, Dennis Cleary, and starting a family, they moved from New York to Springfield, Va., and then to Bridgewater, N.J., before retiring and settling in Bethany Beach in 2002.

Cleary was a member of the Bethany Beach Women’s Civic Club and weekly visitor to the South Coastal Library in Bethany Beach. She was a competitive duplicate bridge player, achieving the rank of “Life Master,” and also enjoyed playing mahjong with her many friends.

She traveled the world with her husband and, when home, they enjoyed spending their evenings watching British television. Her true passion was for her family. She loved hosting family visits to Bethany Beach, which always included trips to the boardwalk and the arcade. She was a devoted and loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister and aunt.

In addition to her parents, Cleary was preceded in death by a son-in-law, Butch Sevila. She is survived by her husband of 52 years, Dennis P. Cleary; three children, Deborah Lofton and her husband, Jake, of Wayne, Pa., Monica Sevila of Great Falls, Va., and Brendan Cleary and his wife, Christine, of Dublin, Ireland; eight wonderful grandchildren, Jane Sevila, James Lofton, Will Sevila, Michael Sevila, Patrick Lofton, Shane Lofton, Nolan Cleary and Devin Cleary; three brothers, Henry Inselmann and his wife, Cathy, of Alpharetta, Ga., Billy Inselmann and his wife, Karin, of Seminole, Fla., and Paul Inselmann and his fiancée, Maureen Bishop, of Brooklyn, N.Y.; and a sister, Deidre Kaufman and her husband, John, of Flushing, N.Y.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020, at 11 a.m. at St. Ann Catholic Church, 691 Garfield Parkway, Bethany Beach, Del. A celebration-of-life reception will follow at Bear Trap Dunes golf club. Interment will be held at a later date in New York. In lieu of flowers, the family suggested memorial contributions to the South Coastal Library (https://foscl.com/index.php/product/donation) or to Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation through the family’s charity, Cars for the Cure (www.carsforthecureusa.com). Condolences may be sent online at www.melsonfuneralservices.com.

 

Maryland Phoebe Davis, 80

Maryland Phoebe Davis, 80, of Millsboro, Del., transitioned this life and passed away on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020, at her home. She was born in Millsboro on June 30, 1939, to the late William Wesley Davis and Phoebe (Thompson) Davis.

Davis attended the Millsboro #204 School and William C. Jason High School. She was employed at Townsend Poultry Plant in Millsboro for more than 30 years, until she was released for medical reasons.

“Aunt Meryl,” as she was affectionately called by everyone in the community, was like the “Big Mama” of the neighborhood. She made every Sunday feel like Thanksgiving or a family reunion. Cooking and baking were her passion. She also enjoyed listening to music and watching westerns, soap operas and cartoons.

Davis spent quality time with her nieces and nephews. She taught some of the girls how to cook and shared stories of the family history. She never had biological children, but she helped raise her only sister Joan’s three children, Sandra Davis, Jane Davis and Toney Floyd, all from Millsboro. She cared for them as if they were her own. She and Joan were inseparable. They spent lots of time together, shopping and enjoying each other’s company.

In addition to her parents, Davis was also preceded in death by her companion of 37 years, Charles Henry. Left to cherish her memories are three brothers; William Davis Jr., Stanley Davis of Millsboro and Preston Davis of Seaford, Del.; a sister, Joan Davis of Millsboro; and her beloved nieces, nephews, cousins and neighborhood friends.

A funeral will be held at 11 a.m. with viewing and visitation starting at 10 a.m., on Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020, at Watson Funeral Home, 211 S. Washington Street, Millsboro, Del. Interment will follow at Harmony Cemetery in Millsboro. Condolences may be sent online at www.watsonfh.com.

 

Robert Lee ‘Bob’ Davis Sr., 81

Robert Lee “Bob” Davis Sr., 81, of Millsboro, Del., formerly of Burtonsville, Md., passed away on Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury, Md. He was born in Washington, D.C., on June 26, 1938, son of the late Beverly P. Davis Jr. and the late Anna Lee (Thompson) Davis.

Davis, “The Old Marine,” proudly served his country in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1956 to 1959. He retired from Giant Food in Montgomery County, Md., after 25 years of service. Upon moving to Delaware in 2000, Davis worked as a security officer for Sea Colony near Bethany Beach, Del., a job he thoroughly enjoyed.

Davis loved going to car shows — not only looking at the cars, but showing his as well. He also owned Harley Davidson motorcycles over the years and loved riding them.

In addition to his parents, Davis was preceded in death by his daughter, Vickie Patterson; and two brothers, Joseph and Ronald Davis. He is survived by his fiancée, Elizabeth Landi; a son, Robert L. Davis Jr. of Florida; several grandchildren; and a brother, William Davis of Delaware.

Services and burial were to be held privately at the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Millsboro, Del. In lieu of flowers, the family suggested memorial contributions to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital by visiting www.stjude.org. Condolences may be sent online at www.melsonfuneralservices.com.

 

Emilia K. ‘Millie’ Dera, 89

Emilia K. “Millie” Dera, 89, of Ocean View, Del., formerly of Bellmawr, N.J., passed away and went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020, while surrounded by her loving family in the comfort of her home. She was born in Camden, N.J., on May 28, 1930, daughter of the late Andrew Karwan and the late Jozefa (Bolesinga) Karwan.

Dera owned and operated her own catering business for 15 years in New Jersey, Catering by André. She continued her love of cooking and catered countless events and funeral luncheons at St. Ann Catholic Church in Bethany Beach, Del.

Dera was a member of St. Ann’s Sodality, a member of the Red Hats and volunteer for ACTS in Clarksville, Del. She was proud to be a mom to her three sons and took great pleasure in watching her sons raise their families. Her personality and laugh would brighten up any room. She enjoyed traveling, gardening, music and art. Dera also loved sewing, crocheting and having a good laugh.

In addition to her parents, Dera was preceded in death by her husband, Robert J. Dera, in 2009, and a sister, Mary Holliday, and her husband, Albert. She is survived by her three sons, Kenneth Dera and his wife, Joan, of Baltimore, Md., Daniel Dera and his wife, Risa, of Cherry Hill, N.J., and Andrew Dera and his wife, Lucinda, of Rehoboth Beach, Del.; six grandchildren, Jennifer Huttenbach and her husband, Lee, Sherry Pomraning and her husband, Michael, Robert Andrew Dera, Abraham Dera, Joshua Dera and Rebecca Dera; two great-grandchildren, Alexis Pomraning and Michael Pomraning Jr.; a sister, Victoria Gudaitis and her husband, Jim, of Colorado; and several nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial was to be held Jan. 27, 2020, at St. Ann Catholic Church in Bethany Beach, Del., with interment at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Dagsboro, Del. As she loved all types of animals, the family suggested memorial contributions to an animal shelter of the giver’s choice. Condolences may be sent online at www.melsonfuneralservices.com.

 

Curtis William Fletcher, 29

Curtis William Fletcher, 29, of Ellendale, Del., was born Aug. 8, 1990, and passed away suddenly on Jan. 18, 2020.

Ever since he was a child, he had had a love for motorcycles and anything that had wheels. Fletcher had a heart of gold and would do anything for the people that he loved. He always had a smile on his face and was so funny, always trying to make people laugh. He loved being outdoors and spending time with his niece and nephews. He will be missed by everyone who knew him.

Fletcher is survived by his mother, Rose Fletcher; stepdad, Hayes Cooper; father, Charles Quillen; stepmom, Sharon Quillen; five sisters, Sharon Mitchell, Bobbi Stubbs, Heather Sipple, Julie Lecates and Katie Sullivan; two brothers, Charlie Steele and David Sullivan; his grandparents, Henry and Pat Quillen; a niece, Leah Mitchell; and three nephews, T.J. Mitchell, Miles Villalobos and Ezra Villalobos; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

A funeral service was to be held on Jan. 25, 2020, at the Watson Funeral Home, Millsboro, Del., officiated by the Rev. Dr. James Van Der Wall. Interment was to be private. Condolences may be sent online at www.watsonfh.com.

 

Robert E. ‘Bob’ Garvey, 87

Robert E. “Bob” Garvey, 87, of Millsboro, Del., passed away at home on Jan. 21, 2020, surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Wilmington, Del., on June 6, 1932, to the late J. Elmer and Pauline Garvey.

Garvey graduated in 1950 from Conrad High School, where he played football and baseball. Shortly after graduating from high school, he was signed by the St. Louis Cardinals farm team.

He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1951 and served four years’ active duty. In 1955, he joined the Delaware Air National Guard, where he served 33.5 years, retiring in 1988 as a colonel. He was also co-owner of Hitch-N-Go in Hockessin, Del., for six years. He was a member of Long Neck United Methodist Church and a former member of Calvary United Presbyterian Church in Wilmington, Del.

Garvey married his high school sweetheart, Marie Shannon Garvey, in October of 1952, and they shared 67.5 years together. They were blessed with two children; a son, Robert Brent, who preceded Garvey in death in 1992; and daughter, Sandra R. Collier.

Garvey is survived by his wife, Marie; his daughter, Sandi, and her husband, Rick Collier; a daughter-in-law, Anita Garvey; four grandchildren, Kim Garvey, Rob Garvey, Stephanie Baker and Nikki Collier; and a great-grandson, Brent Baker; his brother, Richard Garvey, and his wife, Dottie; and a sister, Thelma McCandless.

A private memorial service and internment will be held at the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Millsboro, Del. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project (support.wondedwarriorproject.org) or by calling 1-855-448-3997. Condolences may be sent online at www.melsonfuneralservices.com.

 

Robert Derek ‘Robbie’ Kenyon, 64

Robert Derek “Robbie” Kenyon, 64, passed away on Jan. 20, 2020, after a courageous battle with colon cancer. He was born in Manchester, England, on Feb 2, 1955.

He was proud to have become an American citizen in 2008. He worked for 40 years as a master cabinet maker/wood machinist in England, Florida and the Delmarva Peninsula’s Eastern Shore. He also worked for several years as a resort patrol and investigation security officer.

Kenyon was preceded in death by his parents, Emily and Alan Kenyon. He is survived and lovingly remembered by his devoted wife of 16 years, Barbara Kenyon, and her extended family; his sister, Linda Turner, and her husband, Steven; his niece, Sarah McCole, and her husband, Jeremy; two nephews, Matthew Turner and his wife, Katie, and Mark Turner and his wife, Alison, and their children; and his constant companion, his 20-year-old cat, Skittles.

The family thanked his doctor and the nurses and staff at Tunnell Cancer Center for their excellent care and dedication over the past year.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Feb. 8, 2020, at 11 a.m. at Saint Anne’s Catholic Church, 691 Garfield Parkway, Bethany Beach, Del., with a reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Tunnell Cancer Center; 18947 John J. Williams Hwy.; Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971.

 

Ryan Littleton, 35

Ryan Littleton, 35, of Ocean View, Del., passed away peacefully at his home on Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020. He was born in Salisbury, Md. on Oct. 2, 1984, to Russell and Deborah Littleton.

Littleton was a graduate of Indian River High School, in the Class of 2002. He worked in many different fields, most often with his dad, and at the time of his death was employed with Mountaire Farms.

As a child, Littleton was a member of the Eastern Region Water Ski Team and excelled in every job that he held throughout adulthood. He earned Lifeguard of the Year honors with the South Bethany Beach Patrol and was working toward a leadership position with Mountaire Farms. He was a hard worker and was instantly loved by everyone he met. His personality was infectious, and he was always willing to lend a helping hand to family and friends.

He loved his daughter, Karlie, and they enjoyed fishing together. He was an avid waterman and had a great love for the outdoors.

Littleton was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Bud and Edith Thompson; paternal grandparents, Robert and Helen Littleton; and his uncle Barry Thompson. He is survived by his parents, Deborah and Russell Littleton (Lisa Wynn); his daughter, Karlie Jean Littleton; brother, Russell Littleton and his girlfriend, Molly Felter; sister, Krista Littleton; his friend, Amy Rust; his uncles and aunts, Charlie and Eileen Littleton, Carl Littleton and Abby Gilliar, Tracy and Michelle Littleton, Rob and Deana Littleton, and Kenny and Mary Thompson; many cousins; many lifelong friends; and many new friends he met in recovery.

A visitation will begin at 2:30 p.m., with funeral services at 4 p.m., on Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020, at Melson Funeral Services, 38040 Muddy Neck Road, Ocean View, Del. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family suggested memorial donations to an organization to help with addiction: Attack Addiction; P.O. Box 36; Bear, DE 19701 or online at www.attackaddiction.org/donate.

 

Terryl Yvonne Lofland, 78

Terryl Yvonne Lofland, 78, of Millsboro, Del., passed away peacefully at her home on Jan. 25, 2020. She was born Feb. 3, 1941, in Shenandoah, Pa., to the late William Schreffler and Verna Ganderton Schreffler.

She married John Joseph Lofland on June 4, 1993. She had worked in the past as a secretary for State Farm Insurance. She was an original member of American Bandstand. She was also a member of New Life Bible Church in Millsboro. Lofland was an outgoing, friendly person. She enjoyed doing crafts.

In addition to her parents, Lofland was preceded in death by a brother, William Schreffler. She is survived by her loving husband, John; three children, Kimberly Ann Farmer and her husband, Dennis, of Ellendale, Del., Brian Smith and his wife, Irene, of North East, Md., and Roby Hager and his wife, Diane, of Nottingham, Pa.; a stepdaughter, Dawn Michelle Lofland and her companion, Tony Salinski, of Lewes, Del.; a godchild, Rachel; six grandchildren, David, Jason, Whitney, Justin, Mason and Steven; two great-grandchildren, Kyleigh and Alexis; a sister-in-law, Debbie Schreffler; many, many friends, including Rosalie Bellafonte and Sharon Orth; and her American Bandstand friends.

A memorial service and celebration of Lofland’s life will be held on Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020, at 2 p.m. at New Life Bible Church in Millsboro, Del., officiated by the Rev. Andy Barnes. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family suggested memorial contributions to help offset final expenses, to Brian and Irene Smith; P.O. Box 322; Rising Sun, MD 21911. Condolences may be sent online at www.watsonfh.com.

 

Kenneth J. ‘Ken’ Lord, 76

Kenneth J. “Ken” Lord, 76, of Ocean View, Del., passed away on Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020, at his home, with his wife by his side. He was born in Pekin, Ill., on Dec. 3, 1943.

Lord proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War. He spent his life as a plaster, stucco and drywall mechanic prior to his retirement. He also loved fishing, camping and spending time in the outdoors. His true love was time spent with his family.

Lord was preceded in death by his mother, Mildred (Everett) Calloway. He is survived by his loving wife of 33 years, Patricia A. (Burns) Lord; three children, Cory Lord and his wife, Carissa, of Delmar, Md., Nicole Johns and her husband, Kyle, of Summerville, S.C., and Ryan Lord of Ocean View; and a granddaughter, Elyana Johns.

A prayer service was to be held Jan. 25, 2020, at Melson Funeral Services, Ocean View, Del., with interment at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Dagsboro, Del. In lieu of flowers, the family suggested memorial contributions to VA Stars & Stripes Healthcare Network (www.pay.gov/public/form/start/48119268) or to VA Medical Center (www.volunteer.va.gov/apps/VolunteerNow/default.asp). Condolences may be sent online at www.melsonfuneralservices.com.

 

Ronald Lee ‘Ron’ McCabe, 86

Ronald Lee “Ron” McCabe, 86, of Selbyville, Del., died Monday, Jan. 27, 2020, at Atlantic General Hospital in Berlin, Md. He was born in Selbyville, son of the late Phineas McCabe and Sallie (Workman) McCabe.

He was a real estate agent for many years in the Ocean City, Md., area. He was a member of Fenwick Island Baptist Church and a past member of AMSA in Berlin. He enjoyed fishing and won several tournaments.

McCabe is survived by his wife, Elma C. McCabe; two daughters, Donna H. Wood and her husband, Bernard, of Melbourne, Fla., and Tracey M. Hudson and husband, Guy, of Frankford, Del.; a son, Troy L.C. McCabe of Selbyville; five grandchildren, Nicole Johns, Brandi Wood, Eric Wood, Seth Hudson and Erin Hudson; two great-grandchildren, Cannon Johns and Sloane Johns; and his dogs, Charlie and Chi Chi, who rarely left his side.

A funeral service was scheduled for Jan. 30, 2020, at Bishop-Hastings Funeral Home in Selbyville, Del., officiated by the Rev. Mike Fillis. Burial will be in St. George’s U.M.C. Cemetery in Clarksville, Del. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Fenwick Island Baptist Church; 36806 Lighthouse Rd.; Selbyville, DE 19975, or to Roxana Vol Fire Co.; 35943 Zion Church Rd.; Frankford, DE 19945. Condolences may be sent online at www.bishophastingsfh.com.

 

Margaret M. ‘Peggy’ McGinn, 84

Margaret M. “Peggy” McGinn, 84, of Ocean View, Del., passed away peacefully, surrounded by her loving family, at home on Monday, Jan. 20, 2020. She was born Oct.9, 1935, in Washington, D.C., daughter of the late Walter W. Girton and the late Dorothy (Travis) Girton.

McGinn was a graduate of Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring, Md. She  owned a successful hair salon in Silver Spring with her sister, Trudy, before retiring and moving to the beach in 1996. She purchased property on Route 26 in Millville, Del., and opened a gift and home store called Something Different, which she ran until her husband became ill.

McGinn loved the beach, gardening, exercising, listening to music and watching her grandsons play sports. She also enjoyed spending time with her sisters and their respective families. She enjoyed spending time at the Ocean View CHEER Center, participating in chair yoga and the Sea Colony water aerobics.

In addition to her parents, McGinn was preceded in death by her husband, Paul J. McGinn; a son, Michael J. McGinn; and a brother, Bobby Girton. She is survived by her daughter, Kathleen Barnes and her husband, Jim; three grandchildren, Michael Barnes, Carson Barnes and Sarah Wehner; two great granddaughters, Heidi and Greta Wehner; and her three sisters, Pat Zook, Trudy Fox and Diane Girton.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., with visitation starting at 10 a.m., on Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020, at Mariner’s Bethel United Methodist Church, 81 Central Avenue, Ocean View, Del. Interment will follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Dagsboro, Del. In lieu of flowers, the family suggested memorial contributions to Delaware Hospice Center; 100 Patriots Way; Milford, DE 19963. Condolences may be sent online at www.melsonfuneralservices.com.

 

Bill H. Meehan, 66

Bill H. Meehan, 66, passed away on Jan. 8, 2020, at his home in Millsboro, Del. He was born April 17, 1953, in Staten Island, N.Y., to Wilfred Meehan and the late Patricia (McIntyre) Meehan.

After graduating from high school in Staten Island, Meehan opened his own business, designing and staging the window displays for local businesses there. His interest in design and his entrepreneurial spirit then shifted to the creation of original artificial silk trees and shrubs that were shipped around the world.

His career in design later made a more special turn and involved helping clients to choose and have installed floors that met their goals for their homes or businesses. His career culminated in a unique way when he and his husband-to-be, Abraham Kawaihalau, started to breed and raise Havanese dogs.

Growing up in New York City allowed Meehan to develop a love for Broadway musicals. He enjoyed socializing with friends and strangers, and this enjoyment was fulfilled by his wonderful sense of humor and by his smile that could light up a room. Indeed, Meehan has made many friends through his love of the Havanese, friendships that will be a legacy.

Meehan was preceded in death by his brother Gregg Meehan. He is survived by his loving husband, Abraham Kuulei Kawaihalau; loving brother Gary Meehan; sister, Patricia Hazen; dearest brother-in-law, Dennis Hazen; sister-in-law, Patricia Meehan; his cherished nephews, Matthew and Justin Meehan, and Dennis Hazen Jr.; and his dear great-nieces, Ella, Ashley and Charlotte Meehan.

Services were to be private. In lieu of flowers, the family preferred memorial donations made to Brandywine Valley SPCA; Georgetown Campus; 22918 DuPont Blvd.; Georgetown, DE 19947. Condolences may be sent online at www.watsonfh.com.

 

Margaret Dawson ‘Peggy’ O’Day, 100

Margaret Dawson “Peggy” O’Day, 100, passed into the arms of Jesus on Jan. 21, 2020, where she was greeted by family members who have gone on before. She was born in Newark, Del., on Aug. 3, 1919, and graduated as an art major in 1941 from the University of Delaware. She demonstrated her talent in painting and sculpting.

In 1941, she married Ralph J. O’Day, and they moved to Bristol, Tenn., for a year before moving to a farm west of Seaford, Del. The couple raised their five children on the farm.

O’Day had been an active member of Gethsemane U.M. Church in Reliance, Del., since 1942. There, she demonstrated her love for Jesus by teaching Sunday-school and serving as president of the U.M. Women. She was also choir director, pianist and organist for many years. She loved to make quilts and made a quilt for each of her children and her 13 grandchildren.

The Delaware State Grange was a meaningful part of her life, where she served in local and state offices. In 1964, she won a national first place for her sewing sampler. In 1984, she again won the National Grange sewing contest, for a dress made for a grandchild. She also won honors for her photography. The O’Days served a term as matron and master of the Delaware State Grange, spending countless hours publishing the Grange newsletter. Many hours were spent manning the food booth at the state fair in Harrington.

Teaching fifth grade came later in life, as the last of her children started school. She taught in West Seaford and Frederick Douglass elementary schools.

After moving to the ACTS Manor House in 1989, she used her talents to benefit others by serving in the Honeysuckle Players, playing Wii bowling, being involved in fashion shows and playing games with the residents in the memory unit. Most days would find her visiting in the health care unit.

O’Day was preceded in death by her husband of 67 years, Ralph; parents, Earl and Adelta Dawson; and sisters, Libby and Adelta. She is survived by five children, Jack O’Day and his wife, Joan, Edie Sipos and her husband, Joe, Gail Olive and her husband, George, Joe O’Day and his wife, Sue, and Jim O’Day and his wife, Carol; 13 grandchildren; and more than 30 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at Gethsemane U.M. Church in Seaford, Del., on Sunday, Feb. 2, at 2 p.m. Manor House friends can attend a memorial service in the social hall at the ACTS Manor House on Monday, Feb. 3, at 2 p.m. Those wishing to honor her life can make contributions to Gethsemane UMC; 2701 Woodland Ferry Rd.; Seaford DE 19973, or to ACTS Manor House; Benevolence Fund; 1001 Middleford Rd.; Seaford, DE 19973. Condolences may be sent online at www.cranstonfuneralhome.com.

 

Sylvester Elmer Quillen, 86

Sylvester Elmer Quillen, 86, of Delmar, Del., formerly of Millville, Del., passed away peacefully, surrounded by his loving family, on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020, at Beebe Healthcare in Lewes, Del. He was born April 18, 1933, in Frankford, Del., son of the late Orville Edgar Quillen and the late Blanche (Lathbury) Quillen.

Quillen was a farmer for his entire life and also worked as a waterman for many years. He worked hard to provide for his family. He was a tractor enthusiast and liked to reminisce about the good old days. He was always there to lend a helping hand to those in need.

In addition to his parents, Quillen was preceded in death by his sister, Belva Townsend. He is survived by his loving wife of almost 70 years, Marian L. (Davidson) Quillen; six children, Eugene Quillen and his wife, Nancy, Brenda Hickey (wife of the late Tracy Hickey), Marilyn Reuter and her husband, James, Donna Hitchens and her husband, Sam, Wanda Johnson and her husband, Henry Clay Johnson IV, and Rachael Loveland and her husband, Chris; 12 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; three sisters, Ruth Davidson, Norma Daisey and Linda Cresmer; and several other extended family members and friends.

A funeral service was scheduled for Jan. 30, 2020, at Melson Funeral Services in Frankford, Del., followed by interment at St. George’s U.M.C. Cemetery in Clarksville, Del. In lieu of flowers, the family suggested memorial contributions to the American Heart Association, Delaware Chapter; 200 Continental Dr., Ste. 101; Newark, DE 19713 or online at www.heart.org. Condolences may be sent online at www.melsonfuneralservices.com.

 

Gerald Leslie ‘Gerry’ Rudolph, 93

Gerald Leslie “Gerry” Rudolph, 93, passed away, surrounded by family, on Dec. 14, 2019, at Cadia Renaissance in Millsboro, Del. He was born on April 17, 1926, in Baltimore, Md., to Nathan and Gladys Rudolph.

Rudolph grew up in Baltimore and graduated from Baltimore Polytechnic Institute in 1944. Immediately upon graduation, he reported for Army basic training, after which he served with the 70th Infantry Division in France and Germany. He was awarded various commendations for his service in combat, including the Bronze Star.

After the war, he attended University of Maryland in College Park, where he earned a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in criminology. He became a hearing officer at the U.S.  Department of Justice. He eventually rose to the rank of chief hearing officer of the U.S. Probation & Parole Office. He retired in 1981 and moved to Florida to enjoy his retirement.

Rudolph married his wife, Tania, in 1952 in Pasadena, Md. They were happily married for 51 years. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Moose Lodge and the the Nation Association of Retired Federal Employees. Rudolph was an avid tennis player, patron of the arts, world traveler, fisherman and a voracious reader. His zest for life and living was insatiable. He passed his sense of adventure and love of life on to his grandsons on their many adventures.

Rudolph is survived by his daughter, Linda Christ and her husband, Richard, of Towson, Md.; his grandchildren, Marc Christ and his wife, Melissa, of Abingdon, Md., and Geoffrey Christ (and Erin Bennett) of Ocean View, Del.; and his great-grandchildren, Owen, Spencer, Matthew and Elizabeth.

A chapel service was to be held Jan. 28, 2020, with military honors at the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery I,n Millsboro, Del. Condolences may be sent online at www.watsonfh.com.

 

Shirley Jean Seifert, 85

Shirley Jean Seifert, 85, of Millsboro, Del., formerly of Wilmington, Del., passed away on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020, at Beebe Healthcare in Lewes, Del.

She was born March 18, 1934, in Locustdale, Pa., daughter of the late Arthur E. Hoffman and Lottie (Avert) Hoffman.

She was a talented cook and loved to go shopping to find a good bargain or sale. She also enjoyed crocheting, cross-stitching, playing cards and completing puzzles. Seifert will be remembered for her perseverance, as nothing would ever keep her down, and also her devotion to her grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, Seifert was preceded in death by several of her siblings. She is survived by her loving husband of 30 years, Lawrence E. “Larry” Seifert; a daughter, Sheila Calhoun; her three granddaughters, Michele Nowlan, Christina Layton and Janine Elseser; seven great-grandchildren, Ryan Gibbs, Verity Layton, Zoe Layton, Dylan Tarbox, Ava Steller, Harrison Elseser and Lulu Elseser; two sisters, Mabel Ladd and Carol Holland; a brother, Ronnie Hoffman; three nephews who were like sons to her, Wayne Minner and his wife, Becky, Ernie Minner and his wife, Barb, and Butch Minner and his wife, Robin; and a host of other extended family members and friends.

A celebration of life was held Jan. 29, 2020, at the Long Neck Chapel of Melson Funeral Services, Millsboro, Del. Interment was to be private. Condolences may be sent online at www.melsonfuneralservices.com.

 

Denise Michele Smith, 69

Denise Michele Smith, 69, of Ocean View, Del., formerly of Furlong, Pa., passed away on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020, at Beebe Healthcare in Lewes, Del. She was born Oct. 15, 1950, in Reading, Pa., daughter of the late Cyril Pisanick and Margaret (McDonough) Pisanick.

She was a 1968 graduate of Wilson High School in Whitfield, Pa., and attended the McCann School of Business in Reading, Pa. She began her career as an executive secretary to the controller at Columbia-Minerva Corp. in Robesonia, Pa. Smith later worked as an executive secretary to the vice president of Pilling Surgical Instruments in Fort Washington, Pa.

On April 8, 1972, she married the love of her life, Kenneth P. Smith. Five years later, they welcomed the birth of their only child, Matthew Peter Smith. For the next nine years, she stepped away from her career to raise her son.

In May of 1987, Smith and her husband founded Insurance Specialties Services Inc., in Jamison, Pa. She held the position of secretary/treasurer of the company, which was licensed and did business in all 50 states. Smith received the Accredited Adviser in Insurance (AAI) professional designation from the Insurance Institute of America. In 2014, she and her husband sold the company and retired to southern Delaware.

For more than 29 years, the couple have owned a secondary residence in Warren, Vt. They created many happy memories, skiing, fishing and enjoying all the great activities Vermont had to offer. Smith liked to travel both for business and pleasure. She had a passion for cooking, which she shared with family. Having family in her kitchen to preparing meals together were some of her happiest times, especially around holidays.

Smith is survived by her husband of almost 48 years, Kenneth P. Smith; a son, Matthew Peter Smith and his wife, Jill, of Norristown, Pa.; and a brother, Cyril John Pisanick and his wife, Teresa, of Wyomissing, Pa.

“To know Denise was to love her. she was a mother, friend, mentor and an inspiration to all those around her. She truly celebrated life and could always be counted on for a smile and a big hug.”

A celebration of Smith’s life will be held at noon, with visitation starting at 11 a.m., on Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020, at Mariner’s Bethel United Methodist Church, 81 Central Avenue, Ocean View, Del. Interment will be held at a later date at the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Millsboro, Del. Condolences may be sent online at www.melsonfuneralservices.com.

 

Drew Stuart, 55

Drew Stuart, 55, of Millsboro, Del., formerly of Putnam County, N.Y., passed away and went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020, at his home. He was born March 5, 1964, in Allentown, Pa., son of the late Ward Willis and the late Ethel Mae (Gerhart) Brophy.

He worked as a security guard with the Putnam Hospital Center in Carmel, N.Y., for more than 15 years before moving to Millsboro. For the last five years, he had been empl