Obituaries

Gary Lee Meredith, 80

Gary Lee Meredith, 80, of Ocean View, Del., passed away in the comfort of his home on Thursday, July 27, 2017, with his family present. He had just celebrated his 80th birthday on Monday, July 24. Meredith had fought a brave fight with pulmonary fibrosis for the last several years. Delaware Hospice had been directing his care for the last five months.

Jackie L. Shockley, 73

Jackie L. Shockley, 73, of Frankford, Del., formerly of Galestown, Md., passed away peacefully, surrounded by her loving family, on Thursday, Aug. 3, 2017, at her home. She was born May 28, 1944, in Seaford, Del., daughter of the late John Lankford and Hilda (Darby) Lankford.

Michael G. ‘Mike’ Pratt, 60

Michael G. “Mike” Pratt, 60, of Baltimore, Md., and Millsboro, Del., passed away peacefully, surrounded by his loving family, on Saturday, Aug. 5, 2017, at Beebe Healthcare in Lewes, Del. He was born in Staten Island, N.Y., on April 28, 1957, son of Clarence “Clay” Pratt and the late Norma A (Barry) Pratt.

Barbara Ann Bittenbender, 89

Barbara Ann Bittenbender, 89, of Selbyville, Del., died Thursday, July 27, 2017, at Compassionate Care Hospice in Wilmington, Del. She was born in Kansas City, Mo., daughter of the late William B. and Lillian (Divokey) Larson.

She retired from work as an accountant for the State of Maryland and was member of the Ocean City (Md.) Elks and the Moose Lodge in Roxana, Del.

William John ‘Bill’ Boyle Jr., 67

William John “Bill” Boyle Jr., 67, passed away on July 22, 2017. He was born Dec. 6, 1949, and is remembered as a kind and precious man who was a champion for the elderly and small children.

Robert J. ‘Bob’ Collins, 80

Robert J. “Bob” Collins, 80, of Gumboro, Del., passed away, surrounded by his family, on Monday, July 24, 2017. He was born in Gumboro, to the late James N. and Georgia Anna Daisey Collins.

Mary Frances (Zorn) Culver, 82

Mary Frances (Zorn) Culver, 82, passed away suddenly on Saturday, July 29, 2017, at her home in Selbyville, Del. She was born on Oct. 26, 1934, in Baltimore County, Md.

Culver married the love of her life, Leonard Eugene Culver, in 1952. They raised their four children, Sandy, Lenny, Vickie and Terry, in Rosedale, Md.

William Leroy ‘Lee’ King Sr., 84

William Leroy “Lee” King Sr., 84, of Selbyville, Del., formerly of Pikesville, Md., passed away suddenly on Sunday, July 23, 2017. He was born in Baltimore, Md., on March 21, 1933, son of the late James Henry King and Nina Mae (McFarland) King.

Shirley Marker Oliphant, 69

Shirley Marker Oliphant, 69, passed away suddenly on Friday, July 28, 2017. She was the daughter of the late Oscar and Cora Marker. She was married to Vaughn Oliphant for 45 years.

Louis Arthur Schoenle IV, 63

Louis Arthur Schoenle IV, 63, passed away on July 11, 2017, in hospice care.

He is survived by his wife, Kimberly Long Schoenle, and many family members and friends.

Interment with military honors was scheduled for Aug. 2, 2017, at Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery. Condolences may be sent online at www.watsonfh.com.

Edward L. Swierczewski, 86

Edward L. Swierczewski, 86, of Millsboro, Del., formerly of Wilmington and Clayton, Del., passed away on Tuesday, July 25, 2017, at his home, surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Wilmington on Jan. 9, 1931, son of the late Leopold Swierczewski and Tekla (Kielkowski) Swierczewski.

Elizabeth ‘Betsy’ Vitalo, 29

Elizabeth “Betsy” Vitalo (known as “Nell” to her mother) of Long Neck, Del., formerly of Newark, Del., passed away at age 29 on Friday, July 28, 2017.

DeWitt R. Wolfe, 88

DeWitt R. Wolfe, 88, of Dagsboro, Del., died on July 28, 2017, at 9 p.m. He was born July 11, 1929, in Rehoboth Beach, Del., to the late Edward and Lucinda Johnson Wolfe.

Brian Clark Aisquith, 69

Brian Clark Aisquith, 69, of Ocean View, Del., formerly of Edgewater, Md., passed away peacefully, surrounded by his loving family, at his home on Wednesday, July 19, 2017. He was born in Annapolis, Md., on Oct. 7, 1947, to the late Elgin C. Aisquith and Elizabeth J. (Walters) Smith.

Karl F. Baumann, 68

Karl F. Baumann, 68, of Selbyville, Del., died Sunday, July 16, 2017, at home. Baumann was born in Pittsfield, Mass., the son of the late Charles R. and Agnes T. (Smith) Baumann.

Herbert W. ‘Herb’ Chetirkin, 89

Herbert W. “Herb” Chetirkin, 89, of Dagsboro, Del., passed away at his home on Tuesday, July 18, 2017. He was born March 6, 1928, in Passaic, N.J., a son of the late Zachary and Olga Buss Chetirkin.

John R. Crossland, 79

John R. Crossland, 79, of Lewes, Del., formerly of Claymont, Del., passed away on Friday, July 21, 2017, at the Delaware Hospice Center in Milford, Del. He was born on March 1, 1938, in Wilmington, Del., son of the late John Richard Crossland III and the late Marion (Corse) Crossland.

Amelia R. Lynch, 86

Amelia R. Lynch, 86, of Dagsboro, Del., died Saturday, July 22, 2017, at her daughter’s home in Dagsboro.

Lynch was a lifetime member of Bethel United Methodist Church in Dagsboro, a member and officer of Friends of Prince George’s Chapel, a member of Bethel Choir for years and was also active in fundraisers for the church, as well as Prince George’s.

Eileen Marshall, 74

Eileen Marshall, 74, passed away on July 20, 2017, surrounded by family.

She was a homemaker for many years, but her real love was helping people. Marshall helped many people over the course of her life, even right up to the end of her life. Because of her huge heart and humorous spirit, Marshall was loved by many friends.

Karen S. Medes, 69

Karen S. Medes, 69, of Milford, Del., formerly of New Jersey, passed away on Saturday, July 15, 2017, in Milford Hospital. She was born Aug. 9, 1947, in Pitman, N.J., a daughter of the late Kenneth Simmerman and Edith Elizabeth (Down) Simmerman.

Medes was preceded in death by her husband, Harry Medes. She is survived by her daughter, Leslie Anne Corsaro.

Robert Leonard Sasko, 87

Robert Leonard Sasko, 87, of Lewes, Del., formerly of Hyattsville, Md., died Wednesday, July 19, 2017, at home, surrounded by his loved ones.

Harry A. ‘Bud’ Shinsky, 88

Harry A. “Bud” Shinsky, 88, of Millsboro, Del., originally from Lancaster, Pa., who never met a stranger, passed away on July 21, 2017.

Albert H. Steele Sr., 94

Albert H. Steele Sr., 94, of Dagsboro, Del., passed away on Saturday, July 22, 2017, at Beebe Healthcare hospital. He was born Sept. 28, 1922, in Frankford, Del.

Calvin Benham Baldwin Jr., 91

Calvin “Cal” Benham Baldwin Jr., 91, an administrator for 33 years at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), died peacefully on June 28, 2017, at Kensington Park, a senior living community. A resident of Garrett Park, Md., from 1963 to 2017, he was born on Dec. 22, 1925, in Radford, Va., to Calvin Benham “Beanie” Baldwin, Sr. and Louise Delp Baldwin.

Mary M. Corso, 77

Mary M. Corso, 77, of Millsboro, Del., formerly of Canarsie, N.Y., passed away Tuesday, July 11, 2017, at Beebe Healthcare, in Lewes, Del. She was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., daughter of the late Paul Battaglino and the late Pauline (Pollari) Battaglino.

George M. Driscoll, 87

George M. Driscoll, 87, of Millsboro, Del., formerly of Claymont, Del., passed away on Sunday, July 16, 2017, at Harbor Healthcare in Lewes, Del. He was born Aug. 12, 1929, in Erie, Pa., son of the late George Henry Driscoll and Ellen (Stender) Driscoll.

Jane E. Hall, 80

Jane E. Hall, 80, of Millsboro, Del., passed away after a short illness on Friday, July 14, 2017, at Peninsula Regional Medical Center. She was born June 10, 1937, in Philadelphia, Pa., to the late Michael and Mildred Rutter.

Frances Janet ‘Fran’ (Wagner) Marshall

Frances Janet “Fran” (Wagner) Marshall, 78, of Ocean View, Del., passed away peacefully on July 12, 2017.

Robert Clifford ‘Bob’ Megee, 81

Robert Clifford “Bob” Megee, 81, of Long Neck, Del., died Thursday, July 13, 2017, at Seasons Hospice in Newark, Del., after suffering a massive stroke at home on July 4, 2017. He was born on March 13, 1936, in Philadelphia, Pa., son of the late William Clifford Megee and Belinda (Monaghan) Megee.

Herbert Randall Miller Jr., 81

H. Randall Miller Jr., 81, a resident of Ocean View, Del., passed away on July 13, 2017, in Berlin, Md. He was born in Baltimore, Md., on March 23, 1936, son of the late Sarah Elizabeth Parks and Herbert Randall Miller Sr.

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