Obituaries

Tracy Thomas Hickey, 57

Tracy Thomas Hickey, 57, of Ocean View, Del., died Sept. 1, 2017. He was born May 9, 1960, in New London, Conn., to Robert Lee Hickey Sr. and Ella Elizabeth “Faye” Hickey.

Nina Lee Howard, 75

Nina Lee Howard, 75, of Gumboro, Del., passed peacefully at home on Monday, Sept. 4, 2017. She was born Jan. 15, 1942, in Baltimore, Md., to the late Frank Grant and Mary Ford Gant.

Margaret A. Cain, 83

Margaret A. Cain, 83, of Selbyville, Del., formerly of Beltsville, Md., passed away surrounded by her family on Monday, Aug. 21, 2017, at her home. She was born in Washington, D.C., daughter of the late Henry Warfield Buckler and Margaret Loretta (Madigan) Buckler.

Dennis S.P. Fletcher Sr., 51

Dennis S.P. Fletcher Sr., 51, of Georgetown, Del., passed away on Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017, at his home. He was born Aug. 25, 1965, in Upper Darby, Pa., to the late David Fletcher and Eileen (Proth) Operseck.

J. Robert Gault, 90

J. Robert Gault, 90, of Selbyville, Del., died Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017, at home. He was born in Wayne, Pa., and was the son of the late James Reese and the late Marilyn (Richardson) Gault.

Mary E. (Zelesky) Hercker, 94

Mary E. (Zelesky) Hercker, 94, of Wilmington, Del., formerly of Millsboro, Del., originally of Frackville, Pa., passed peacefully into heaven on Aug. 7, 2017.

She was the mother of four children, Tina Borek, Sandy Ferrara, Frank Hercker and Joseph Hercker; grandmother of 10; great-grandmother of 23; and great-great-grandmother of two.

Catherine Johnson, 78

Catherine Johnson, 78, of Dagsboro, Del., was called to her eternal rest on Aug. 4, 2017. She was born in Pocomoke, Md., on Feb. 16, 1939, daughter of the late Irvin and Beulah Ross Johnson.

Mary E. Kelley, 87

Mary E. Kelley, 87, of Millsboro, Del., formerly of Newark, Del., passed away peacefully, surrounded by her loving family, on Monday, Aug. 28, 2017, at the Delaware Hospice Center in Milford, Del.

Sheryl Ann Murray, 58

Sheryl Ann Murray, 58, of Dagsboro, Del., passed away peacefully, surrounded by her loving family, on Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017. She was born Oct. 9, 1958, in Lewes, Del., to the late William H. and Hilda M. Truitt Lewis.

Murray worked as a lab tech at Merck Animal Health for 28 years. She enjoyed camping and spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.

Paul Eugene Street Sr., 76

Paul Eugene Street Sr., 76, passed away on Aug. 20, 2017. He was born May 7, 1941, in Harbeson, Del., to the late Elmer Richard Street and the late Pearl “Florine” (Daisey) Street.

Betty Elaine (Rizzi) Wendelin, 88

Betty Elaine (Rizzi) Wendelin, 88, passed away Aug. 15, 2017, at Inova Fairfax Hospital in Falls Church, Va., from complications from a fall. The adored wife of Ellis M. Wendelin Jr., she was a resident of the Fountains of Washington House in Alexandria, Va. She was born July 8, 1929, in Monessen, Pa., the only daughter of Betto and Bruna Rizzi, who emigrated from Italy in the early 1900s.

Francis R. ‘Wazi’ Wojszwillo, 89

Francis R. “Wazi” Wojszwillo, 89, of Millsboro, Del., passed away Aug. 22, 2017, in his home. He was born July 23, 1928, in Birdsboro, Pa., a son of the late Alfred Wojszwillo and Sarah Naomi (Feick) Wojszwillo.

Wojszwillo was a graduate of Reading High School and worked as a salesman for Buten Reading Paints until retiring in 1990.

George K. Wilder Sr., 71

George K. Wilder Sr., 71, of Millsboro, Del., formerly of Baltimore, Md., passed away on Friday, Aug. 25, 2017, surrounded by his loving family, at Beebe Healthcare in Lewes, Del. He was born in Hazard, Ky., on May 4, 1946, son of the late Earl Wilder and Martha (Duncil) Wilder.

Michael G. Brockson, 52

Michael G. Brockson, 52, a lifelong Delawarean who had a passion for studying philosophy, mathematics, science and history, passed away on Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017, at his home in Frankford, Del.

George Vincent Carey Jr., 61

George Vincent Carey Jr., 61, of Selbyville, Del., died Wednesday, July 12, 2017, at Delaware Hospice Center in Milford. He was born in Salisbury, Md., son of the late George V. Carey Sr. and the late Ada (Truitt) Carey.

Carey had been a sheet-metal worker and a pipefitter for many years.

Linwood E. Franklin Sr., 77

Linwood E. Franklin Sr., 77, of Dagsboro, Del., passed away, surrounded by his loving family, at his home on Sunday, Aug. 20, 2017. He was born Dec. 10, 1939, in Frankford, Del., son of the late Medford Franklin and Edna Mae (Cooper) Franklin.

George L. Grise

George L. Grise of Selbyville, Del., passed away peacefully, surrounded by his loving family, at his home on Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017. He was born in Philadelphia, Pa., to the late Charles J. Grise and Emma Matilda Grise.

James J. ‘Jim’ Harley III, 71

James J. “Jim” Harley III, 71, of Millsboro, Del., formerly of Rockville Centre, N.Y., passed away on Aug. 20, 2017, at Delaware Hospice, after a very sudden cancer diagnosis. He was born to the late James Harley Jr. and Frances Harley on July 16, 1946, in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Vinol Vincent Mitchell, 91

Vinol Vincent Mitchell, 91, of Frankford, Del., passed away in the early morning of Aug. 19, 2017. He was born on Jan. 17, 1926, to the late Norman I. Mitchell and Minnie Phillips Mitchell in Millsboro, Del.

Guy Daryl Reckeweg, 67

Guy Daryl Reckeweg, 67, of Millsboro, Del., formerly of Ridley Park, Pa., passed away Aug. 13, 2017, at his home in Millsboro. He was born July 23, 1950, in Philadelphia to the late George Reckeweg and Marie (Cavanna) Reckeweg.

Joseph P. Touchton, 73

Joseph P. Touchton, 73, of Millsboro, Del., formerly of Wilmington, Del., passed away on Sunday, Aug. 20, 2017, at his home. He was born in Wilmington on Oct. 26, 1943, son of the late Franklin J. Touchton Sr. and Anna Elizabeth (Oliver) Touchton.

Taylor Ward, 88

Taylor Ward, 88, beloved husband, brother, uncle, father and grandfather, passed away peacefully at home on Aug. 16, 2017.

Ward was an Army veteran, and a painter and woodworker who loved to build things, especially for his family and friends. He was also an avid hat collector.

Hugh J. Dolan, 89

The Hon. Hugh J. Dolan, 89, of Millville, Del., formerly of Springfield, Va., passed away Tuesday, Aug. 8 2017. He was born in New York City in 1928.

Mary E. (Zelesky) Hercker, 94

Mary E. (Zelesky) Hercker, 94, of Wilmington, Del., formerly of Millsboro, Del., and originally of Frackville, Pa., passed peacefully into heaven on Aug. 7, 2017.

She was the mother of four children, Tina Borek, Sandy Ferrara, Frank Hercker and Joseph Hercker, grandmother of 10, great-grandmother of 23 and great-great-grandmother of two.

Mark L. Metzler, 72

Mark L. Metzler, 72, of Selbyville, Del., died Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017, at Atlantic General Hospital in Berlin, Md. He was born in Baltimore, Md., son of the late Louis Metzler and Dorothy (Morris) Metzler.

Samuel R. Mitchell, 66

Samuel R. Mitchell, 66, of Delmar, Del., passed away in the care of his family and Coastal Hospice at the Lake in Salisbury, Md. He was born in Millsboro, Del., to the late John H. Mitchell Sr. and Effie M. Dickerson Mitchell.

Bert M. West, 75

Bert M. West, 75, of Kalamazoo, Mich., and formerly of Laurel, Del., passed away on Aug. 1, 2017, after a short battle with brain cancer. He was born in Laurel, Del., on Dec. 1, 1941, son of the late I. Lee West and Sara (McGee) West.

Donald Eugene Clement Jr., 50

Donald Eugene Clement Jr., 50, died at his home on July 30, 2017. He was born Jan. 1, 1967, in Baltimore, Md., to the late Mary Lou Clement.

Jane E. Duvall, 74

Jane E. Duvall, 74, of Dagsboro, Del., died Thursday, Aug. 3, 2017, at Beebe Healthcare in Lewes, Del. She was born in Baltimore, Md., daughter of the late Allen Arnold and Margaret (Kreig) Arnold.

She retired from work as an administrative assistant with the Social Security Administration. She was a member of St. Ann Catholic Church in Bethany Beach, Del., and was an avid gardener.

Freda F. Hudson, 96

Freda F. Hudson, 96, of Lewes, Del., passed away Sunday, Aug. 6, 2017, surrounded by her loving family, in her home. She was born July 27, 1921, in Chester, Pa., a daughter of the late Harry B. Wilson and Bertha (Bowden) Wilson.

She was the co-owner of Big Oaks Campground in Rehoboth Beach, Del.

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