Obituaries

Eileen Daphne Primrose Daughters, 77

Eileen Daphne Primrose Daughters, 77, of Dagsboro, Del., passed away on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020. She was born in Mildenhall, England, on March 15, 1942.

Daughters was preceded in death by her husband, Glenn, in 2006.

A chapel service was to be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020, at the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 26669 Patriots Way, Millsboro, Del. Condolences may be sent online at www.watsonfh.com.

 

Elva E. Elliott, 91

Elva E. Elliott, 91, of Georgetown, Del., passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020. She was born on May 2, 1928, in Roxana, Del., to the late George Littleton and Deborah Fenton Littleton.

Elliott retired from work as an assembly line operator from Arrow Safety Device in Georgetown after 39 years of service.

In addition to her parents, Elliott was also preceded in death by her husband, Ray Elliott, five sisters and a brother. She is survived by her son, Charles Elliott and his wife, Nancy, of Georgetown; two granddaughters, Jamee Belleau and her husband, Jason, of Stevensville, Md., and Jill Elliott and her husband, Brandon, of Summerville, S.C.; a sister, Lula Webb of Seaford, Del.; four great-grandchildren, Charlotte, Eliza, Tyler and Raelyn; and many nieces, nephews, extended family members and friends.

A funeral was to be held Feb. 11, 2020, at Watson Funeral Home, Millsboro, Del., officiated by the Rev. Christopher Cordrey. Burial was to follow, at Union Cemetery in Georgetown, Del. In lieu of flowers the family suggested memorial donations to the Georgetown Fire Company; P.O. Box 77; Georgetown, DE 19947. Condolences may be sent online at www.watsonfh.com.

 

Evelyn Jones, 92

Evelyn Jones, 92, of Frankford, Del., passed away on Friday, Jan. 31, 2020, at home under the care of Vitas Hospice. She was born on Feb. 5, 1927, to the late Fred M. Marvel and Carrie Timmons Marvel.

Jones retired from work at the DuPont nylon plant in Seaford, Del., where she worked as a chemist for 46 years. She was a graduate of Georgetown High School and was an avid bridge player. She also enjoyed golf and reading books, especially about the game of bridge. She was known as a sweetheart of a person who will be missed dearly.

In addition to her parents, Jones was preceded in death by her husband, Edward R. Jones, in 2009. She is survived by two nephews, Jeffrey Parker and his wife, Robin, of Millsboro, Del., and Robert G. Jones of Frankford; a great-nephew, Kyle Byram; two great-great-nephews; and a great-great-niece.

A graveside service was held on Feb. 7, 2020, at Carey’s Cemetery in Millsboro, Del., officiated by the Rev. Dr. James Van der Wall. Flowers were welcome. Condolences may be sent online at www.watsonfh.com.

 

Lillian T. ‘Bunny’ Pauciello, 73

Lillian T. “Bunny” Pauciello, 73, of Selbyville, Del., passed away on Friday, Jan. 31, 2020, at her home. She was born in Philadelphia, Pa., daughter of the late Thomas J. Goughan and Lillian C. (Wassel) Goughan.

She had worked as a retail clerk and was a member of St. Luke Catholic Church in Ocean City, Md.

Pauciello was preceded in death by her two daughters, Denise M. Mattern and Donna M. Truitt. She is survived by her friend, Terri L. Nicholson of Bethany Beach, Del.; her aunt, Doris Shaughnessy; and several cousins.

A memorial service was held Feb. 8, 2020, at Bishop-Hastings Funeral Home, Selbyville, Del. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Coastal Cats; P.O. Box 1125; Bethany Beach, DE 19930. Condolences may be sent online at www.bishophastingsfh.com.

 

John F. Pilkington, 72

John F. Pilkington, 72, of Frankford, Del., formerly of Long Island, N.Y., passed away on Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020, surrounded by his loving family, in Lewes, Del. He was born in Astoria, N.Y., on Jan. 16, 1948, son of the late George Pilkington and the late Catherine (Doonan) Pilkington.

Pilkington retired as a vice president of Citibank in New York in 2015. After moving to Delaware in 2016, he worked at Sea Colony in Bethany Beach.

Pilkington had a devotion to the Catholic Church and was heavily involved in both his parishes in New York and Delaware. At the parish of St. Anthony of Padua in East Northport, N.Y., he served as a Eucharistic minister, lector and leader of the Pre-Cana courses of the congregation. After moving to Delaware and becoming active at the St. Ann parish in Bethany Beach, Pilkington served on the parish council and the liturgy committee and was a Eucharistic minister.

He also enjoyed playing golf whenever he got the opportunity. Pilkington will be remembered as a loving, caring and wonderful husband, father, grandfather and brother.

Pilkington was preceded in death by a sister, Georgette Vizzini. He is survived by his loving wife of 47 years, Annabelle C. (Winther) Pilkington; three children, Chris Pilkington and his fiancée, Michele McCullouch, of Baltimore, Md., Tom Pilkington and his wife, Maggie, of Potomac, Md., and Lauren Pilkington and her partner, Peter Saad, of Baiting Hollow, N.Y.; four grandchildren, Jacob, Hannah, Tommy and Mary; three siblings, Kathleen D’Introno and her husband, Joseph, of Hicksville, N.Y., Regina Pilkington of Milford, Del., and Bryan Pilkington and his wife, Ana, of Lebanon, Pa.; several nieces and nephews; and his “granddogs,” Lulu and Sneakers.

A visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 14, 2020, at Melson Funeral Services, 38040 Muddy Neck Road, Ocean View, Del. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 15, at St. Ann Catholic Church, 691 Garfield Parkway, Bethany Beach, Del. Interment will follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Dagsboro, Del. In lieu of flowers, the family suggested memorial contributions to St. Ann Catholic Church; 691 Garfield Pkwy.; Bethany Beach, DE 19930. Condolences may be sent online at www.melsonfuneralservices.com.

 

Dallas M. Shockley Jr., 68

Dallas M. Shockley Jr., 68, passed away on Monday, Feb. 3, 2020. He was born Nov. 2, 1951, in Georgetown, Del., to the late Dallas M. Shockley Sr. and Norma L. Wilkins Shockley.

He worked for the State of Delaware as correctional officer for 26 years, retiring as a sergeant.

In addition to his parents, Shockley was preceded in death by a daughter, Stacey Shockley, and a sister, Sandy Baker. He is survived by a son, Scott Shockley of Milton, Del.; a sister, Connie Davis of Millsboro, Del.; and his extended family members and friends.

Services were to be private. Condolences may be sent online at www.watsonfh.com.

 

Mary L. Timmons, 100

Mary Lauretta (Harney) Timmons, 100, of Selbyville, Del., passed away peacefully on Jan. 9, 2020, surrounded by family, at Atlantic General Hospital in Berlin, Md. She had suffered a stroke two days earlier. Timmons was born Nov. 1, 1919, in Cambridge, Mass. She grew up in Somerville, Mass., the eldest daughter of Mary L. (Keenan) Harney and John J. Harney.

Timmons graduated from Somerville High School in 1936 and attended the Chandler Secretarial School. She was employed by the Harvard University Press in Cambridge as assistant to the production manager.

She was the loving wife of the late Francis X. Timmons, who passed away in 2011. They met at a wedding where she was the maid of honor and he was the best man. They were married a year later, in 1947. Their first home was in East Falls Church, Va., and they raised their family in Chatham and Loveladies Harbor, N.J. The couple retired in 1988 to Kings Mill in Williamsburg, Va., where they lived for 23 years.

Considering herself an athlete, Timmons enjoyed skiing and ice skating, participated in a bowling league, and was a member of the nine-hole ladies golf group at Fairmount Country Club in Chatham, N.J., where her husband was the co-founder and first president. She was also an avid bridge player and gourmet cook. Volunteering was a big part of her life. Timmons was always involved with activities centered on the schools and church, and a hospital volunteer as well.

Family, friends and staff joined together to celebrate her 100th birthday at her residence of eight years, Brandywine Living at Fenwick Island near Selbyville, Del. She was so happy to achieve that milestone. Timmons had a very active life there, participating in social events, bingo, field trips, exercise classes and crafts. For five consecutive years, Timmons was a model for the Brandywine calendar, with proceeds from its sale going to the Alzheimer’s Association. She will be remembered for her youthful spirit and sense of humor.

Timmons was preceded in death by her siblings, Joseph Harney and his wife, Mary, of Arlington, Mass., Dorothy Gralton and her husband, Kenneth, of Weymouth, Mass., Barbara Costello and her husband, Joseph, of Quincy, Mass., and George Harney and his wife, Mary, of Somerville, Mass. She was the devoted mother of Marilyn Harrington, wife of Robert, of Wayland, Mass.; the late Maureen Pilot, wife of Henry, of Ocean View, Del., and Michael Timmons, husband of Randi, of Branford, Conn. She was very proud of her 10 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Memorial donations may be sent to the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition (https://debreastcancer.org/gift/make_a_gift).

 

Joseph P. ‘Joe’ Wastler, 69

Joseph P. “Joe” Wastler, 69, of Rehoboth Beach, Del., passed away on Friday, Jan. 31, 2020, at the University of Pennsylvania Hospital. He was born Oct. 26, 1950, to the late Clarence F. Wastler and the late Bernice C. Wastler, owners of the former Treasure House on Coastal Highway in Rehoboth Beach.

While not a native of Rehoboth Beach, that is where Wastler’s heart and life was spent since 1962. He graduated from high school in Denton, Md., and completed a master’s degree in business administration at Salisbury University in Maryland. Education was a purpose to an end: Wastler was an entrepreneur and enjoyed working. He was always on the go. At age 14, he established the Jolly Jumper in Dewey Beach, Del., until it was sold to Tom Haley. He worked with the Fasnacht family at Funland, just up the street from his home on Brooklyn Avenue. He went on to become a licensed real estate agent and worked with Virginia Joy Realty and DiSabatino Realty.

Wastler served in the Delaware National Guard for a number of years. He established the Lock & Safe Company with Bill Delle Donne and created Mid-Atlantic Industrial with Walter Brittingham. After earning his MBA, Wastler went on to establish his latest business venture, Communications Contractors Corporation, with Leonard Tylecki, which originally began as AVC in 1976 with Walter Brittingham.

Wastler was immersed in life with the Rehoboth Beach Volunteer Fire Company for 48 years, since 1972, when he was just 21. The fire company became incredibly important to him, inspired by the service of his father, Clarence, as a volunteer firefighter in Denton and Rehoboth Beach. There, Wastler was a lifetime member; the secretary from 1974 to 1978 and 1994 to 1999; assistant engineer from 1982 to 1984; vice president in 1983 and 1984; president in 1985 and 1986; chief engineer in 1987 and 1988; the first elected executive-at-large from 2008 to 2015; and committee member for the fire company’s pension, insurance, Station 2 and 100th anniversary. Furthermore, Wastler was actively involved with many committees and events at the county and state levels.

He was a good friend to everyone he met. He enjoyed his life and his friends and was not ready to leave this life, despite his struggle with health issues caused by healthcare treatments that spiraled out of control.

Wastler is survived by his dear sister, B. Jean Wastler of Rehoboth Beach,; his brother, Harry C. Wastler; nieces, Karen Elizabeth, Elizabeth, Kathryn Leigh and Kimberly; nephews, Wayne and Derek; grand-nephews, Nigel, Caleb, Tommaso, Cooper and Curran; grand-nieces, Isabel, Olivia, Emily and Emma; his devoted friend and business partner, Leonard Tylecki; and a host of dear friends. He was preceded in death by his beloved dogs, Freckles, Ginger and Radar.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 5 p.m., with visitation beginning at 4:30 p.m., on Friday, Feb. 21, 2020, at St. Edmond’s Catholic Church, 409 King Charles Avenue, Rehoboth Beach, Del. Immediately afterward, there will be a firefighters’ procession with honors and final alarm at the Rehoboth Beach Volunteer Fire Company, Station 1, 219 Rehoboth Avenue, Rehoboth Beach. A celebration of his life will follow at Station 1 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Interment will be held on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020, at 1 p.m. at Westminster Cemetery, 17 N. Church Street, Westminster, Md.

Arrangements were by Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Atkins-Lodge Chapel, Lewes, Del., through which condolences may be sent online at www.parsellfunerahomes.com. His legacy with the fire company will be memorialized with a fund for the maintenance and restoration of the snorkel truck he once drove. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to the Rehoboth Beach Vol. Fire Co., Attn: Snorkel Truck; P.O. Box 327; Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971.

 

Francis I. Yost, 71

Francis I. Yost, 71, of Harrington Del., passed away on Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020, at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center in Philadelphia, Pa. He was born in Tiffin, Ohio, on March 10, 1948, son of the late Eugene Yost and Geneva (Reinhart) Yost.

Yost was a 1966 graduate of Calvert High school in Tiffin, after which he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and honorably served his country for four years. The Air Force brought Yost to Delaware, where he raised his family and made his lifelong career as a linesman. He worked for Diamond State Telephone, Bell Atlantic, which became Verizon, retiring in 2007 after 30 dedicated years.

In his spare time, Yost enjoyed carpentry, RC planes, riding his motorcycle and working around the farm. Above all else, he loved spending time with his grandchildren, who were the apples of his eye.

In addition to his parents, Yost was preceded in death by two brothers, Eugene P. Yost and Anthony C. Yost. He is survived by his wife of 22 years, Lynn (Mills) Yost; four sons, Brian Yost and his wife, Maria, of Milton, Del., Mike Yost and his wife, Erin, of Milton, Matt Yost and his wife, Monique, of Dover, Del., and Reese Yost of Harrington; six grandchildren, Jeremy Gaglione, and Levi, Ethan, Skylar, Dylan and Drake Yost; and a brother, Mike E. Yost and his wife, Kathleen, of Tiffin.

All services were to be private. Arrangements were by Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Atkins-Lodge Chapel, Lewes, Del., through which condolences may be sent online at www.parsellfuneralhomes.com. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to any veterans or animal charity.