Obituaries

Walter Linford ‘Peanut’ Norwood, 65

Walter L. “Peanut” Norwood, 65, departed this life on Friday, June 9, 2017, at home, in Millsboro, Del. He was born June 26, 1951. His employment was as a live-haul driver for Townsends Inc., which later became Mountaire, followed by his most recent position a heavy-equipment operator for Independent Transfer Operators.

Gregory A. Page, 60

Gregory A. Page, 60, of Selbyville, Del., died Wednesday, June 14, 2017, at Atlantic General Hospital in Berlin, Md. He was born in Milford, Del., son of the late James E. Page and the late Virginia (Collins) Wright.

Page and his wife, Nancy, owned the Wash Tub and Ricks Laundromats in Selbyville. He was a member of Salem United Methodist Church and the Selbyville Elks.

George Edward Snow Sr., 94

George Edward Snow Sr., 94, went home to be with his Lord and Savior and passed away on Friday, June 9, 2017. He was born Aug. 1, 1922, in Dover, Del., to the late George F. Snow and Airrener Allen Snow.

Shirley Y. Thompson, 78

Shirley Y. Thompson, 78, of Rehoboth Beach, Del., passed away on Sunday, June 18, 2017, at her home, surrounded by her family. She was born Nov. 19, 1938, in Lewes, Del., daughter of the late Joseph H. Prettyman and Ethaleene (Steele) Prettyman. She was the owner of Welcome Aboard Travel in Dover, Del.

George John Valiska, 88

George John Valiska, 88, of Millsboro, Del., formerly of Glen Burnie, Md., passed away on Friday, June 16, 2017, at his home.

He was the beloved husband of Joan Valiska for 33 years. He enjoyed a long career as a high school teacher and coached golf, soccer, basketball, baseball and softball. He retired in 1991. Valiska was a devoted husband and loved spending time with family.

John C. ‘Jack’ Foreman, 85

John C. “Jack” Foreman, 85, of Rehoboth Beach, Del., passed away on Thursday, June 1, 2017, at Beebe Healthcare in Lewes, Del. He was born Friday, Oct. 2, 1931, in Marianna, Ark., son of the late John and Christine (Eck) Foreman.

Andrew Scott ‘Drew’ Foxwell, 28

Andrew Scott “Drew” Foxwell, 28, passed away and began his forever journey on June 8, 2017, after a short illness, at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Md.

Laverne Harmon, 77

Laverne Harmon, 77, of Frankford, Del., or “Plunk,” as she was affectionately known to her family and friends, passed away on Monday, June 5, 2017. She was born on Dec. 26, 1939, to the late Edward K. Atkins and Essie Lee Walker Atkins.

James J. Hickman, 71

James J. Hickman, 71, of Milton, Del., passed away on Thursday, June 8, 2017, at Beebe Healthcare in Lewes, Del. He was born on Monday, Nov. 12, 1945, in Lewes, son of the late John A. Hickman and Edda M. (Long) Hickman.

Margery D. Hickman, 93

Margery DeChant Hickman, 93, of Berlin, Md., and formerly of Millville, Del., and Philadelphia, Pa., passed away on June 6, 2017, at Coastal Hospice at the Lake in Salisbury, Md.

Maureen Anne (Maloney) Jones, 70

On June 9, 2017, Maureen Anne (Maloney) Jones, 70, lost her two-and-a-half-year battle with leukemia. She passed peacefully at her home in Ocean View, Del., surrounded by her family.

Harlene Louise Riddle, 68

Harlene Louise Riddle, 68, of Millsboro, Del., passed away on June 9, 2017, in the care of Beebe Healthcare in Lewes, Del. She was born on July 31, 1948 in Dagsboro, Del., to the late Harley Bentley and Evelyn Louise Kruger Bentley.

Alice Faye Boyce Shockley, 60

Alice Faye Boyce Shockley, 60, of Selbyville, Del., passed away in the care of Atlantic General Hospital in Berlin, Md., on June 5, 2017. She was born on Jan. 22, 1957, to the late Lorenzo L. and Jeanette Collins Boyce in Seaford, Del.

Robert ‘Rob’ Wriston, 49

Robert “Rob” Wriston, 49, formerly of Lewes, Del., and Ocean City, Md., passed away suddenly on Wednesday, June 7, 2017, at his home in Ocean City.

James George ‘Jim’ Vardoulakis, 88

James George “Jim” Vardoulakis, 88, of Ocean View, Del., formerly of Baltimore, Md., passed away, surrounded by his loving family, on Saturday, June 10, 2017, at his home. He was born in Baltimore, Md., on Jan. 12, 1929, son of the late George Vardoulakis and Agnes (Lamones) Vardoulakis.

Charles E. "Chuck" Aldrich, 82

Charles E. “Chuck” Aldrich, 82, of Lewes, Del., formerly of Westbrook, Conn., passed away and went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, May 27, 2017, at Atlantic Shores Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Millsboro, Del. He was born in Springfield, Mass., on June 22, 1934, son of the late Everett Aldrich and Dorothea (Pidgeon) Aldrich.

James ‘Jay’ Warren Baker Jr., 43

James “Jay” Warren Baker Jr., 43, of Wilmington, Del., formerly of Georgetown, Del., passed away suddenly on Wednesday, May 31, 2017. He was born in Lewes, Del., on Oct. 22, 1973, son of James Warren Baker Sr. and Cynthia A. (Towers) Baker.

Virgil V. Bullis Sr., 65

Virgil V. Bullis Sr., 65, of Dagsboro, Del., passed away and went home to be with the Lord on Friday, June 2, 2017. He was born in Salisbury, Md., on Dec. 20, 1951, son of the late Clincle Bullis and Juanita (Beauchamp) Bullis.

Charles Earl ‘Bobby’ Compton, 78

Charles Earl “Bobby” Compton, 78, died suddenly May 30, 2017, at his home in Georgetown, Del. He was born Oct. 7, 1938, in Washington, D.C., to the late Earl and Mable Leapley Compton.

Ruth Amy Hiner, 74

Ruth Amy Hiner, 74, of Ocean View, Del., formerly of Baltimore, Md., passed away on Thursday, June 1, 2017, with her family at her side. She was born in 1943 in Baltimore, Md., the only daughter of Bertram and Ruth Rill.

Rita Faye Bortness Hudson, 61

Rita Faye Bortness Hudson, 61, of Bridgeville, Del., passed away peacefully, in the care of her family and the staff at the Delaware Hospice Center, on Thursday, May 25, 2017. She was born in Vulga, S.D., to the late Oliver Bortness and Shirley Pedersen Bortness.

Claudia Sien McClenny, 73

Claudia Sien McClenny, 73, of Bethany Beach, Del., passed away and went to be with her Lord on June 2, 2017, following a struggle with cancer.

Joseph ‘Bruce’ Richardson, 67

Joseph “Bruce” Richardson, 67, of Ocean View, Del. and formerly of Montgomery County, Md., and Baltimore, Md., passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family, on Tuesday, May 30, 2017. Known to many as “Bruce,” he was born in Washington, D.C., on Aug. 12, 1949.

Joseph C. Russell Jr., 74

Joseph C. Russell Jr., 74, or Millsboro, Del., passed away on Saturday, May 27, 2017. He was born in Wilmington, Del., on April 16, 1943, to the late Joseph C. Russell Sr. and Bernice Windsor Russell.

Christopher Brian Simmons, 31

Christopher Brian Simmons, 31, of Millsboro, Del., passed away on Monday, May 29, 2017. He was born in Lewes, Del., on March 26, 1986, to Brian Simmons and Denise Richardson Laris, who survive him.

Simmons was a graduate of WyoTech Technical School and an auto mechanic who loved working on cars. He loved playing with his friends’ children and was an “honorary uncle.”

Thelma G. Wells, 95

Thelma G. Wells, 95, of Frankford, Del., passed away and went home to be with the Lord on June 5, 2017. She was born Dec. 11, 1921, daughter of Raymond and Stella Rickards.

She was a member of the Frankford Volunteer Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary and the Frankford Methodist Church.

Eric A. Rickards Sr., 51

Eric A. Rickards Sr., 51, known to some as “Rick” or “Lil Dog,” passed away and received his angel wings on Monday, May 29, 2017, while at Select Specialty Hospital in Wilmington, Del., after a long illness. His high school sweetheart, Tonoa Harmon, was by his side.

Donna Kay Olson, 44

Donna Kay Olson, 44, of Millsboro, Del., passed away on June 2, 2017, at Beebe Healthcare in Lewes, Del., after a long and tough battle with illness.

Bertha Van Vlierden Lasher, 90

Bertha Van Vlierden Lasher, 90, passed away peacefully, in Lutz, Fla., on May 5, 2017, surrounded by her daughters, after a full and fruitful life. She was born in Saugerties, N.Y., to the late Leroy and Helen Luhrs Van Vlierden.

Eleanor J. Baker, 91

Eleanor J. Baker, 91, of Millsboro, Del., passed away on Monday, May 29, 2017, at Harrison Senior Living in Georgetown, Del. Baker was born in Marcus Hook, Pa., on Jan. 28, 1926, daughter of the late William Warren and Mabel L. (Vincent) Warren.

She had worked as a secretary for Sun Oil Company in Marcus Hook and also for Boise Cascade Lumber Co. in Georgetown, Del., before her retirement.

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