Obituaries


John Francis Burke, 89

John Francis Burke, 89, of Bethany Beach, Del., passed away peacefully on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019, with his family at his side. He was born on June 3, 1929, to Martin and Nora Burke, who immigrated to the United States from County Galway in...

Thursday, March 7, 2019 - 10:10am

Joseph Robert ‘Joe’ Wright Jr.

Joseph Robert “Joe” Wright Jr. of Millsboro, Del., passed away on Monday, Feb. 18, 2019, in the care of his family and VITAS Hospice. He was born in Philadelphia, Pa., to the late Joseph Robert Wright Sr. and Ruth Cole Wright.

He retired...

Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 11:40am

Dawn Elizabeth White, 79

Dawn Elizabeth White, 79, of Millville, Del., formerly of Baltimore, Md., passed away peacefully on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019, at Renaissance Healthcare, Millsboro, Del., surrounded by her loving family. She was born in Concord, N.C., on March 4,...

Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 11:39am

Virginia Banning Walls, 98

Virginia Banning Walls, 98, of Dover, Del., passed away, Monday, Feb. 25, 2019, at Milford Genesis Center. She was born June 16, 1920, in Dover, to the late Delbert Banning and Francis Hurley Banning.

Walls earned her bachelor’s degree in...

Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 11:38am

Lillian Lucille ‘Linnie’ Tingle, 92

Lillian Lucille “Linnie” Tingle, 92, of Gumboro, Del., passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019, at Harrison House in Georgetown, Del. She was born in Bishopville, Md., on Nov. 7, 1926, daughter of the late Ollie Savage and Maude (McCabe) Savage....

Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 11:37am

Margaret Ann ‘Marge’ Soranno, 79

Margaret Ann “Marge” Soranno, 79, of Bethany Beach, Del., formerly of Bayonne, N.J., passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019, at her home. She was born in Bayonne on April 30, 1939, daughter of the late James Coughlin and Amelia (...

Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 11:36am

Deborah L. Mitchell, 67

Deborah L. Mitchell, 67, of Selbyville, Del., died Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019, at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury, Md. She was born in Salisbury, daughter of the late Clarence and Hilda (Lewis) Smith.

She had retired from work...

Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 11:36am

Donald Elwood Hitchens Jr., 81

Donald Elwood Hitchens Jr., 81, was born on May 20, 1937 in Millsboro, Del. He was the son of the late Donald Hitchens Sr. and Isabelle Hitchens. In the warmth of his home, surrounded by family, he departed this life on Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019....

Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 11:35am

Evelyn S. ‘Babe’ (Simpson) Clark

Evelyn S. “Babe” (Simpson) Clark of Dagsboro, Del., formerly of Elsmere and Marshallton, Del., passed away at her home, after a short battle with cancer, and went home to be with the Lord on Feb. 19, 2019.

She was a member of Bethel United...

Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 11:34am

Betty M. Cazille-Metz

Betty M. Cazille-Metz of Millsboro, Del., passed away on Dec. 23, 2018, at the Delaware Hospice Center.

Services were held privately. Condolences may be sent online at www.watsonfh.com.

Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 11:31am

Joan D. Williams, 76

Joan D. Williams, 76, of Georgetown, Del., passed away at home, in the loving care of her family and assisted by Vitas Hospice, on Feb. 16, 2019. She was born on Nov. 25, 1942, to the late Joseph C. Gordon and Alice Marie Hitchens Gordon.

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Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 12:14pm

Margery (LaMar) Watson, 86

Margery (LaMar) Watson, 86, of Millsboro, Del., formerly of Claymont, Del., passed away on Saturday Feb. 16, 2019, to be with her husband, the late Elmer B. Watson Jr.

Watson had retired from work at the Alfred I. Dupont Institute in 1985...

Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 12:13pm

Daniel Edward Tracy, 83

Daniel Edward Tracy, 83, of Gumboro, Del., passed away on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019. He was born in Woodlawn, Md., to the late George H. Tracy and Elva Whitehead Tracy.

Tracy worked as a machinist for NCR and later was the owner/operator of...

Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 12:12pm

Scott Edward Salley, 40

Scott Edward Salley, 40, of Ocean Pines, Md., formerly of Pipersville, Pa., passed away peacefully, with his parents by his side, on Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019, at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury, Md. He was born in Langhorne, Pa., on...

Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 12:09pm

Leonard ‘Doc’ Romansoff, 78

Leonard “Doc” Romansoff, 78, of Frankford passed away Jan. 7, 2019. He was born in Yonkers, N.Y., on Aug.1, 1940. He had practiced as a chiropractor for 40 years.

Romansoff went to Yonkers New York Grade School and Hackley School in...

Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 12:08pm

Maj. Rev. Jack Randolph Mercy, 84

Maj. Rev. Jack Randolph Mercy, 84, of Millsboro, Del., died Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019, at Delaware Veterans Home in Milford, Del. He was born in Tulsa, Okla., son of the late Jack Mercy and Gladys (Hughes) Mercy.

Mercy served in the U.S. Air...

Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 12:06pm

John Richard Phillips, 93

John Richard Phillips, 93, of 7 Marina Park Drive, Frankford, Del., passed away on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019. The only child of Clyde and Simone Phillips, he was born in 1925 and raised in Morgantown, W.Va.

Phillips married his first wife,...

Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 12:05pm

Sebastian R. ‘Bob’ LaRocca, 77

Sebastian R. “Bob” LaRocca, 77, of Harbeson, Del., formerly of Hazlet and Spotswood, N.J., passed away on Friday, Feb. 15, 2019, at the Delaware Hospice Center in Milford, Del. He was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., on Jan. 24, 1942, son of the late...

Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 12:04pm

Elwood Martin Johnson, 88

Elwood Martin Johnson, 88, of Georgetown, Del., died at his home on Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019, after a long illness. He was the sixth of eight children born to Ralph Johnson and Lula (Short) Johnson.

In 1951, he married Marie Flood. Johnson...

Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 12:01pm

Patricia Lynn (Hubscher) Foskey, 59

Patricia Lynn Foskey, 59, of Selbyville, Del., passed away suddenly at her home on Feb. 13, 2019. She was born Dec. 13, 1959, to the late Robert M. Hubscher and Marion Oke Hubscher.

Foskey was a graduate of Stephen Decatur High School in...

Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 12:01pm

George Franklin ‘Frank’ Betts, 89

George Franklin “Frank” Betts, 89, passed away on Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019. He was born on Nov. 13, 1929, in Millsboro, Del., to the late William J. Betts and Anne Mitchell Betts.

Betts attended a small schoolhouse off Route 20 on Godwin...

Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 11:58am

Leonard ‘Doc’ Romansoff, 78

Leonard “Doc” Romansoff, 78, of Frankford passed away Jan. 7, 2019. He was born in Yonkers, N.Y., on Aug.1, 1940. He had practiced as a chiropractor for 40 years.

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Friday, February 15, 2019 - 2:46pm

Robert Frederick ‘Fred’ McNally, 74

Robert Frederick “Fred” McNally, 74, of Bethany Beach, Del., and formerly of New York, N.Y., and Wilmington, Del., passed peacefully on Feb. 2, 2019, from severe congestive heart failure after a four-year battle with Alzheimer’s disease. He was...

Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 2:00pm

Fred Darrell Welch, 89

Fred Darrell Welch, 89, of Ocean View, Del., passed away on Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019, after a brief illness. He was born in Nicholsville, Va., son of the late John Darrell Welch and Dana (Kilgore) Welch.

He retired from work for Ryder...

Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 1:59pm

Shirley Edna Elizabeth Upchurch, 90

Shirley Edna Elizabeth Upchurch, 90, of Cumberland, Md., formerly of Dagsboro, Del., died Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019, at the Allegany Health Nursing & Rehabilitation in Cumberland. She was born Dec. 29, 1928, in Baltimore, Md., daughter of the...

Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 1:58pm

Joyce Ann Hall Redmond, 78

Joyce Ann Hall Redmond, 78, of Selbyville, Del., passed away on Feb. 8, 2019. She was born Feb. 23, 1940, to the late Chester Hall and Hazel Hitchens Hall.

Redmond was a graduate of the Selbyville High School and later moved to Wilmington...

Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 1:57pm

Malcolm S. Impink, 91

Malcolm S. Impink, 91, of Frankford, Del., formerly of Mount Penn, Pa., passed away peacefully at his home on Friday, Feb. 1, 2019. He was born in Reading, Pa., on April 22, 1927, son of the late Albert Impink and Florence (Christ) Impink.

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Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 1:56pm

Robert Francis ‘Bob’ Graham, 87

Robert Francis “Bob” Graham, 87, of Bethany Beach, Del., formerly of Rockville, Md., passed away peacefully, surrounded by his loving family, at home on Friday, Feb. 8, 2019. He was born in Washington, D.C., son of the late John Thomas Graham and...

Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 1:53pm

Walter F. ‘Walt’ Cohee Jr., 71

Walter F. “Walt” Cohee Jr., 71, of Mardela Springs, Md., passed away on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019, at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore, Md. He was born on Feb. 23, 1947, in Cambridge, Md., a son of the late Walter F. Cohee Sr....

Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 1:52pm

Kathleen Workman Bryan, 92

Kathleen Workman Bryan, 92, of Harrison Senior Living in Georgetown, Del., peacefully joined her Heavenly Father and passed away on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019, after a long journey with Alzheimer’s disease. She was born May 16, 1926, the youngest of...

Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 1:50pm

Billy H. Baker, 88

Billy H. Baker, 88, of Fenwick Island, Del., passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family, at home on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019. He was born in Jenkins, Ky., on Nov. 10, 1930, to the late Bessie M. Phipps Baker and Robert Patton Baker.

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Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 1:50pm

Albert ‘Al’ Apicella, 90

Albert “Al” Apicella, 90, of Millsboro, Del., formerly of Baltimore, Md., passed away on Friday, Feb. 8, 2019, at the Country Rest Home in Greenwood, Del. He was born in Baltimore, Md., on April 28, 1928, son of the late James Apicella and Rose (...

Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 1:48pm

Ronald James ‘Ronnie’ Wootten, 70

Ronald James “Ronnie” Wootten, 70, passed away unexpectedly at his home on Jan. 28, 2019. He was born March 12, 1948, to the late Granville T. Wootten and Nora Ruth Fisher Wootten, in Millsboro, Del.

Wootten served in the U.S. Coast Guard...

Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 11:03am

Rudolph D. ‘Rudy’ Roethlisberger, 69

Rudolph D. “Rudy” Roethlisberger, 69, of Millsboro, Del., passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019, at Beebe Healthcare in Lewes, Del., surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Lansdale, Pa., on Oct. 13, 1949, son of the late Herrald D....

Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 11:03am

Janet M. Pappas, 83

Janet M. Pappas, 83, of Rehoboth Beach, Del., passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019.

Pappas was an elementary-school teacher, a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend.

Pappas was preceded in death by her...

Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 11:02am

Alva Patrick ‘Duke’ Pantall, 69

Alva Patrick “Duke” Pantall, 69, passed away on Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019, at his home. He was born in Annapolis, Md., son of the late William and Mary Keough Pantall.

Pantall was a graduate of Southern High School of Lothian, Md., where he...

Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 11:01am

Marvel C. ‘Mac’ McWilliams, 88

Marvel C. “Mac” McWilliams, 88, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019, at Westminster Village in Dover, Del. He was born Dec. 4, 1930, in Blades, Del., to the late Joseph McWilliams and May (Henry) McWilliams, and lived in Newark...

Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 11:00am

Dana Charles Marvel, 71

Dana Charles Marvel, 71, of Dagsboro, Del., passed away at home on Monday, Jan. 28, 2019. Born Oct. 20, 1947, he was a local carpenter for most of his life but had been retired for several years.

Marvel is survived by his parents, Charles...

Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 10:59am

Erick Henry Magee, 70

Erick Henry Magee, 70, of Frankford, Del., passed away Saturday Jan. 26, 2019, surrounded by his family, at home, after a courageous battle with cancer. He was the son of the late Eddie and Catherine Magee of Dagsboro, Del.

He was a...

Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 10:58am

Michael Clark Lasher, 55

Michael Clark Lasher, 55, passed away in his sleep, at home in Millsboro, Del., on Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019. He was born April 8, 1963, and lived his entire life in Millsboro.

As well as working in the family business, Lasher was a lifelong...

Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 10:56am

Donald M. Koperwhats, 82

Donald M. Koperwhats, 82, of Millsboro, Del., formerly of Fords, N.J., passed away on Friday, Feb. 1, 2019, at Lankenau Medical Center in Wynnewood, Pa. He was born in Perth Amboy, N.J., on July 3, 1936, son of the late Michael Koperwhats and the...

Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 10:55am

Marylou P. Johnson, 81

Marylou P. Johnson, 81, of Selbyville, Del., died Friday, Feb. 1, 2019, surrounded by family, at home. She was born in Philadelphia, Pa., daughter of the late Homer H. Pepper and Louise (Crozier) Pepper.

She was a member of Salem United...

Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 10:52am

James Edward ‘Jim’ Godfrey, 81

James Edward “Jim” Godfrey, 81, passed away peacefully on Feb. 1, 2019, surrounded by his loving family, after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. He was born on Feb. 16, 1937, in Selbyville, Del., to the late William J. Godfrey and Alberta...

Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 10:50am

Frank Thomas Eskra, 71

Frank Thomas Eskra, 71, of Frankford, Del., and formerly of Hanover, Pa., and Manchester, Md., passed away from complications of heart disease on Tuesday morning, Jan. 29, 2019. He was born on July 20, 1947 in Baltimore, Md.

As a teenager...

Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 10:50am

Dimitricus L. ‘Lynn’ Eggleton Sr., 53

Dimitricus L. “Lynn” Eggleton Sr., 53, of Frankford, Del., passed away on Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019.

He worked as a cook in various local restaurants. He had moved to Delaware from Belle Glade, Fla., about 10 years ago. He loved cars and...

Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 10:49am

Mack Lamar Davis Jr., 42

Mack Lamar Davis Jr., 42, of Frankford, Del., passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019, due to a lifetime illness. He can now be with his mom, Patti Meyers, who passed away on Oct. 22, 2018.

Davis attended Indian River High School in Dagsboro...

Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 10:48am

Gerald Martin ‘Beannie’ Cordrey Jr., 59

Gerald Martin “Beannie” Cordrey Jr., 59, passed away at his home, in the care of his family and Seasons Hospice, on Jan. 25, 2019. He was born Feb. 3, 1959, in Lewes, Del., to the late Gerald Martin Cordrey Sr. and to Mary Lou Marvel Grill, who...

Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 10:47am

Robin Lee Ann Clark, 64

Robin Lee Ann Clark, 64, of Millsboro, Del., formerly of Tacoma, Wash., and Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her loving family, on Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019, at Beebe Healthcare in Lewes, Del. She was born Aug. 31, 1954, in...

Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 10:46am

Michael W. Chadwick, 68

Mike Chadwick, 68, of Millville, Del., passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019, from congestive heart failure, in the presence of his loving daughter and sister. He was born Sept. 2, 1950, in Hampton, Iowa, to the late Harry and Delores...

Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 10:45am

Elva Louise Dorman Cash, 92

Elva Louise Dorman Cash, 92, passed from her worldly life on Jan. 29, 2019. She died in the presence of family members at home in Georgetown, Del. She was born Oct. 18, 1926, in Harbeson, Del., and spent most of her life in Sussex County.

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Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 10:42am