Obituaries


John Keith Axel, 67

John Keith Axel, 67, of Ocean View, Del, died Friday, Sept. 22, 2006.

Axel was born in Moline, Ill., on Oct. 10, 1938, to the late Charles and Charlotte (Hoff) Axel. He was self-employed in advertising.

He is survived by his loving...

Thursday, September 28, 2006 - 8:00pm

Joseph Wilson Caleb, 79

Joseph William Caleb, 79, of Selbyville, Del., formerly of Baltimore, Md., died Friday, Sept. 15, 2006, at Peninsula Regional Medical Center, Salisbury, Md.

Caleb had been a shipping-and-receiving clerk for the Catalyst Research Company...

Thursday, September 28, 2006 - 8:00pm

Sharon T. Church, 63

Sharon T. Church, 63, of Ocean City, Md., died Friday, Sept. 15, 2006, at Atlantic General Hospital in Berlin.

Church had been a nurse and had retired from Atlantic General Hospital. She was a member of Atlantic United Methodist Church in...

Thursday, September 21, 2006 - 8:00pm

Richard Wayne Fitchett, 52

Richard Wayne Fitchett, 52, of Georgetown died Monday, Sept. 18, 2006, at home.

Fitchett was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. He loved fishing and going out to eat.

He is survived by his wife of 31 years, Lynn Simpson...

Thursday, September 21, 2006 - 8:00pm

Elmer S. Stokes, 83

Elmer S. Stokes, 83, died Sept. 17, 2006, at home, after a long illness.

Stokes was born in Ocean City, N.J., on Aug. 5, 1923, to John J. and Anna Schaffer Stokes, after which the family moved to Havertown, Pa., where Stokes attended Manoa...

Thursday, September 21, 2006 - 8:00pm

Sylvester E. Thompson, 61

Sylvester E. Thompson, 61 of Millsboro, Del., died Friday, Sept. 15, 2006, at Beebe Medical Center, Lewes.

Thompson enjoyed fishing, hunting and NASCAR. His favorite driver was Jeff Gordon. He had been a chicken catcher for 40 years. He...

Thursday, September 21, 2006 - 8:00pm

William Walter ‘Dustey’ Long , 67

William Walter ‘“Dustey” Long, 67, of Harrington, Del., died Thursday, Sept. 14, 2006 at home.

Long was very close to his granddaughters, Sophie Marie and Amanda’ his closest friends, Bill and Joyce Handley and their son J.J, whom he...

Thursday, September 21, 2006 - 8:00pm

Vernon Isaacs, 56

Vernon Isaacs, 56 of Millsboro, Del., died Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2006, at home.

Isaacs loved country music and playing the guitar. He had been in the U.S. Army Reserves.

He is survived by his cousin, Irvin Betts and wife Nancy. In...

Thursday, September 21, 2006 - 8:00pm

Elizabeth A. Hopkins, 74

Elizabeth A. Hopkins, 74, of Millsboro, Del., died Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2006, at home.

Hopkins retired from Campbell Soup. She was a member of the Jehovah’s Witness Church in Dagsboro, Del. She enjoyed cooking, flowers, shopping and...

Thursday, September 14, 2006 - 8:00pm

Mary C. Presley, 93

Mary C. Presley, 93, of Selbyville, Del., died Saturday, Sept. 23, 2006, at home.

Presley had lived in the area since 2001, coming from LaVale, Md. She was a member of the LaVale Baptist Church and Victory Baptist Church in Selbyville. She...

Thursday, September 14, 2006 - 8:00pm

James Clarence Hilyard Jr., 78

James Clarence Hilyard Jr., 78, of Georgetown, Del., died Thursday, Sept. 21, 2006, at Seaford Center, Seaford.

Hilyard was a World War II Army veteran and also served as an Allied guard at the Nuremburg War Crimes Trial. He had been a...

Thursday, September 14, 2006 - 8:00pm

Leonard A. Jaskiewicz, 79

Leonard A. Jaskiewicz, 79, of Dagsboro, formerly of Arlington, Va., died Sept. 20, 2006, at home.

Jaskiewicz was a founding partner of the law firm Grove, Jaskiewicz and Cobert, and a former partner of Dow, Lohnes and Albertson. Jaskiewicz...

Thursday, September 14, 2006 - 8:00pm

John Keith Axel, 67

John Keith Axel, 67, of Ocean View, Del, died Friday, Sept. 22, 2006.

Axel was born in Moline, Ill., on Oct. 10, 1938, to the late Charles and Charlotte (Hoff) Axel. He was self-employed in advertising.

He is survived by his loving...

Thursday, September 14, 2006 - 8:00pm

Joseph Wilson Caleb, 79

Joseph William Caleb, 79, of Selbyville, Del., formerly of Baltimore, Md., died Friday, Sept. 15, 2006, at Peninsula Regional Medical Center, Salisbury, Md.

Caleb had been a shipping-and-receiving clerk for the Catalyst Research Company...

Thursday, September 14, 2006 - 8:00pm

Kathleen Kollock, 90

Kathleen Kollock, 90, of Millsboro died Thursday, Aug. 31, 2006, at Peninsula Regional Medical Center, Salisbury, Md.

Kollock had been a real estate agent, member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, past president of the WSCS, and...

Thursday, September 7, 2006 - 8:00pm

Helen ‘Lou’ White, 62

Helen “Lou” White, 62, of Pittsville, Md., died Thursday, Aug. 31, 2006, at Peninsula Regional Medical Center, Salisbury, Md.

White was a yacht upholsterer for Maxum Marine and a co-owner, along with her husband, David, of the Pittsville...

Thursday, September 7, 2006 - 8:00pm

Elbert B. Esham, 85

Elbert B. Eshamn, 85, of Bishopville, Md., died peacefully on Saturday, Sept. 2, 2006, at home.

Born in St. Martin’s Neck, he was the youngest son of Daniel W. Esham and Eva M. Brasure Esham. A devoted husband and father, he enjoyed...

Thursday, September 7, 2006 - 8:00pm

Michael Tracey White, 39

Michael Tracey White, 39, of Salisbury, Md., died at Atlantic General Hospital on Sunday, Sept. 3, 2006. Born in Salisbury, White was known throughout the area as a professional musician, performing solo, or with saxophonist Joe Smooth or...

Thursday, September 7, 2006 - 8:00pm

Stanley J. Babiarz Jr., 73

Stanley J. Babiarz Jr., 73, of Lewes, Del., died Saturday, Aug. 12, 2006, at Beebe Medical Center, Lewes.

Babiarz was a retired pharmacist in Wilmington; he moved to Lewes in 1994. He was a member of St. Judes the Apostle Roman Catholic...

Friday, August 25, 2006 - 8:00pm

James L. Smith, 75

James L. Smith, 75, of Dagsboro, formerly of Potomac, Md., died in Georgetown on Monday, July 10, 2006. He was a retired deputy administrator for the Packers and Stockyards Administration of the USDA with over 30 years of service.

He is...

Thursday, August 24, 2006 - 8:00pm

Mark W. Faulkner, 41

Mark W. Faulkner, 41, of Georgetown, Del., died Sunday, Aug. 13, 2006, at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital, Seaford.

Mark loved fishing and hunting. He was an avid bass fisherman; he fished in tournaments with his son Justin. He was a wonderful...

Thursday, August 24, 2006 - 8:00pm

Sarah A. Tyler, 79

Sarah A. Tyler, 79, of Frankford, Del., died Thursday, Aug. 10, 2006, at Green Valley Terrace, Millsboro. Tyler was a missionary with her church. She loved to go to the Pyle Center and loved to go to church.

She is survived by her friends...

Thursday, August 24, 2006 - 8:00pm

Thurman J. Bodley Jr., 82

Thurman J. Bodley Jr., 82, of Whaleyville, Md., died July 21, 2006, at Peninsula Regional Medical Center. He was a retired district manager for Coca Cola.

He was a member of Masons, the Scottish Rite, the Valley of Salisbury and VFW Post...

Thursday, August 17, 2006 - 8:00pm

Robert James Hudson Sr., 62

Robert James “Bob” Hudson Sr., 62, a resident for 10 years of Lexington Park and Mechanicsville, Md., died July 21, 2006.

Master Chief Robert Hudson joined the U.S. Navy in 1960, and served on active duty for 29 years. He served with honor...

Thursday, August 17, 2006 - 8:00pm

Burton W. Toomey, Jr. 66

Burton W. Toomey Jr., 66, of Millville, died Tuesday, July 25, 2006, at Beebe Medical Center, Lewes.

Toomey retired in September 2005 as a maintenance supervisor for Coastal Resort. He was an Army veteran with two years of foreign service...

Thursday, August 17, 2006 - 8:00pm

Marie E. Laws, 87

Marie E. Laws, 87, of Selbyville, Del., died Sunday, Aug. 6, 2006, at Beebe Medical Center, Lewes.

“Marie was a mother to many, every ethnicity. It was just natural to her to be a mother. She was the matriarch of the family. If you told...

Thursday, August 17, 2006 - 8:00pm

Susannah I. Butz, 87

Susannah I. Butz, 87, of Lewes, died on July 30, 2006, at home.

In Lewes, Butz enjoyed many classes at the Southern Delaware Academy of Lifelong Learning and was interested in a worldwide correspondence, bridge, literature, music, nature...

Thursday, August 17, 2006 - 8:00pm

Anga Lee ‘Angie’ Brittingham, 64

Anga Lee “Angie” Brittingham, 64, of Dagsboro, formerly of Gaston, S.C., died Friday, Aug. 4, 2006, at Beebe Medical Center in Lewes. She was a retail clerk serving in retail sales and grocery stores.

She loved to play cards, to read and...

Thursday, August 17, 2006 - 8:00pm

Mary M. Joyner, 62

Mary M. Joyner, 62, of Millsboro, formerly of Baltimore, Md., died Thursday, Aug. 3, 2006, at home. She was a customer-service representative, having worked her life in the banking industry, and retired from Nationsbank after many years of...

Thursday, August 17, 2006 - 8:00pm

James R. Derickson, 77

James R. Derickson, 77, of Selbyville and Naples, Fla., died July 30, 2006, at Peninsula Regional Medical Center, Salisbury, Md.

He retired from Dupont Company as a payroll supervisor. He was a member of St. Matthews-by-the-Sea United...

Thursday, August 17, 2006 - 8:00pm

James L. Smith, 75

James L. Smith of Dagsboro, and formerly of Potomac, Md., died July 10, 2006, at Harrison House in Georgetown. He was a retired deputy administrator for the Packers and Stockyards Administration of the USDA.

He served as a first lieutenant...

Thursday, August 17, 2006 - 8:00pm

Blaine Atkins, 62

Blaine Adkins, 62 of Millsboro, Del., died Friday, July 21, 2006, at home.

Atkins was retired from Melvin Joseph Inc. He was a life member of the Mid Sussex Ambulance Squad. He loved fishing, hunting, and his grandchildren.

He is...

Thursday, July 27, 2006 - 8:00pm

Thurman J. ‘T’ Bodley, 82

Thurman J. “T” Bodley, 82, of Whaleyville, Md., died July 21, 2006, at Peninsula Regional Medical Center, Salisbury, Md.

During World War II, Bodley served in the United States Navy. After the war, he served in the Merchant Marines and the...

Thursday, July 27, 2006 - 8:00pm

William S. Cropper IV, 24

William S. Cropper IV, 24, of Roxana, died Sunday, July 23, 2006, at Atlantic General Hospital in Berlin, Md. Cropper was the son of the late William S. Cropper III, who died in 2003. He was an apprentice electrician with Royal Plus Electric in...

Thursday, July 27, 2006 - 8:00pm

Ronald J. Carrara, 62

Ronald J. Carrara, 62, of Selbyville, died Monday, July 17, 2006 at home.

He had been Verizon technician for many years.

He had been a member of St. Lukes Catholic Church in Ocean City and a member of the Ocean City American Legion...

Thursday, July 20, 2006 - 8:00pm

Preston Lee Hudson, 82

Preston Lee Hudson, 82 of Gumboro, Del., died Monday July 17, 2006, at Peninsula Regional Medical, Center Salisbury, Md.

Hudson was a Navy Veteran of World War II, awarded the Purple Heart for wounds he received aboard the LCS L353 on D-...

Thursday, July 20, 2006 - 8:00pm

Edward McGue, 70

Edward McGue, 70, formerly of Laurel, Md., died June 25, 2006, at Harbor Healthcare in Lewes.

McGue was a floral designer for the Baltimore-Washington area.

He is survived by his sister and brother-in-law, Sally and Charlie Webb;...

Thursday, July 20, 2006 - 8:00pm

Larry K. Pruett, 43

Larry K. Pruett, 43 of Millsboro, Del., died Thursday, July 13, 2006 at Beebe Hospital, Lewes.

Larry was a splicing tech for Verizon for the past nine years. He has been a field contractor since 1988. Pruett was a member of the Coweeta...

Thursday, July 20, 2006 - 8:00pm

Mauricelene D. ‘Penny’ Mondell, 65

Mauricelene D. “Penny” Mondell, 65, of Millsboro died Sunday, July 16, 2006 at Beebe Medical Center, Lewes.

Mondell had been a cosmetician manager for Happy Harry’s in Georgetown. She also was a certified Diamondologist. Penny was a member...

Thursday, July 20, 2006 - 8:00pm

S. Margery Jarmon, 90

S. Margery Jarmon, 90 of Millsboro, Del., died on Friday, July 14, 2006 at home.

Jarmon was a lifetime member of the Brandywiners. She served as the executive director of the Delaware Board of Nursing; she was a graduate of the University...

Thursday, July 20, 2006 - 8:00pm

James B. ‘Jim’ Caine Jr., 83

James B. “Jim” Caine Jr., 83, died Thursday, July 6, 2006, at Atlantic General Hospital, Berlin, Md. He was a graduate if Delaware City High School, Washington College (with a bachelor’s degree in accounting) and University of Chicago, where he...

Thursday, July 13, 2006 - 8:00pm

Peter B. Milloy, 80

Peter B. Milloy, 80, died on Saturday, July 8, 2006. He was a former automobile dealer and lease company owner. He was nationally recognized for used car expertise. He served on the National Advisory Board for the Red Book for many years. He was...

Thursday, July 13, 2006 - 8:00pm

Thelma Cropper Gault, 90

Thelma Cropper Gault, 90, died Tuesday, June 27, 2006 at home. She was a retired assistant vice president from Maryland State Bank after having started at the original Bishopville Bank. She was as appreciated by her co-workers as well as the many...

Thursday, July 6, 2006 - 8:00pm

Lambert P. Ayres, 83

Lambert P. Ayres, 83, of Lewes died Sunday, July 2, 2006 at Beebe Medical Center. He was a graduate of Millsboro High School Class of 1949 and he furthered his education at the City College of New York and Providence College. He was a civilian...

Thursday, July 6, 2006 - 8:00pm

Demmy O. Merritt, 64

Demmy O. Merritt, 64, of Dagsboro, died Saturday, June 17, 2006, at Peninsula Regional Medical Center, Salisbury, Md.

A self-made businessman, Merritt founded Merritt Marine Construction in Selbyville in 1964. At the time of his death he...

Thursday, June 22, 2006 - 8:00pm

Josephat A. ‘Joe’ Dextras, 89

Josephat A. “Joe” Dextras, 89, of Selbyville, formerly of College Park, Md., died Sunday, June 18, 2006, at Atlantic General Hospital, Berlin, Md. He had been a truck driver for many years.

He was a member of St. Luke’s Catholic Church in...

Thursday, June 22, 2006 - 8:00pm

Nicholas G. ‘Nick’ Cotsaris, 76

Nicholas G. “Nick” Cotsaris, 76, of Selbyville, formerly of Baltimore, Md., died Saturday, June 17, 2006, at Atlantic General Hospital, Berlin, Md. He owned and operated Nick’s Barbershop in Baltimore.

He was a member of St. George Greek...

Thursday, June 22, 2006 - 8:00pm

MaryCollette Smith, 73

MaryCollette Smith, 73, of Selbyville, formerly of Landover Hills, Md., died Tuesday, June 13, 2006, at Coastal Hospice at the Lake, Salisbury, Md. She had been a registered nurse for many years.

She was a member of St. John Neumann...

Thursday, June 22, 2006 - 8:00pm

Paul R. Prato, 74

Paul R. Prato, 74, of Millsboro, died Wednesday June 14, 2006, at home.

He was a graduate of Manhattan School of Printing in New York City. He was an Army veteran. He had been a member of the New York Typographical Union #6 and Atlantic...

Thursday, June 22, 2006 - 8:00pm

Brenda L. Shockley, 38

Brenda L. Shockley, 38 of Bridgeville, formally of Millsboro, died Thursday June 15, 2006, at home after a long illness. She was a loving wife and mother. She was an assistant manager of the County Bank in Georgetown. She enjoyed camping, going...

Thursday, June 22, 2006 - 8:00pm