Obituaries

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.

William G. ‘Chuck’ Frazier, 83

William G. “Chuck” Frazier, 83, of Ocean View, Del., and Oakland Park, Fla., formerly of Rockville, Md., passed away peacefully, surrounded by his loving family, on Tuesday, May 23, 2017, at his home. He was a native Washingtonian, born on Oct. 20, 1933, son of the late Raymond T. Frazier and Lillian J. (Panholzer) Frazier.

Delmus Hickman, 86

Delmus Hickman, 86, of Ocean View, Del., passed away on Sunday, May 28, 2017, at Seasons Hospice at Christiana Hospital in Newark, Del. He was born in Frankford, Del., on April 15, 1931, son of the late Ollie Hickman and Mattie (Bishop) Hickman. He was a lifelong farmer and also raised chickens. Hickman
lived a simple life and was a hard worker who enjoyed gardening.

Janet E. Jamerson, 84

Janet E. Jamerson, 84, of Selbyville, Del., died Tuesday, May 23, 2017, at Harrison Senior Living in Georgetown, Del. She was born in Baltimore, Md., daughter of the late Howard S. Garrett and Arnetta M. (Mathias) Garrett.

Donna Marie Remo, 58

Donna Marie Remo, 58, of Frankford, Del., passed away on Sunday, May 21, 2017, at her home. She was born in Queens, N.Y., on May 23, 1958, daughter of the late Harold Zwick and Anna (Brackett) Zwick.

Remo was a homemaker and caregiver to her family. She loved spending as much time with her family as she could.

David Breckenridge Springer, 87

David Breckenridge Springer, 87, passed away on May 19, 2017. He was born in Garwin, Iowa, on March 5, 1930, to Fred Springer and Bess (Ferguson) Springer.

Mary Ann Flickinger, 75

Mary Ann Flickinger, 75, passed away on Feb. 10, 2017, in Aiken, S.C. Born on March 19, 1941, in Wilmington, Del., she was the daughter of Clarence MacNeal Jr. and Mary Elizabeth Griffith. After age 6, when her mother remarried, she was raised by her stepfather, William Scott Roberts, and Mary Roberts in Sudlersville, on the Eastern Shore of Maryland.

Edward J. ‘Ed’ Gossett Sr., 70

Edward J. “Ed” Gossett Sr., 70, of Selbyville, Del., died Thursday, May 18, 2017, at Atlantic General Hospital in Berlin, Md. Gossett was born in Baltimore, Md., son of the late Chester Perry Gossett and Catherine Rita (Mank) Gossett.

Lisa W. Moore, 56

Lisa W. Moore, 56, of Lewes, Del., passed away on Saturday, May 20, 2017, in her home. She was born March 3, 1961, in Berlin, Md., a daughter of Thomas R. Williams and Brenda (Smallwood) Williams.

Moore was the former owner of Flats Shore Store in Rehoboth Beach, Del.

Timothy J. ‘Tim’ Munro, 68

Timothy J. “Tim” Munro, 68, of Selbyville, Del., died Sunday, May 14, 2017, at home. He was born in Bellingham, Wash., son of the late Sterling S. Munro and Dorothea (Spears) Munro.

Vernon S. ‘Smitty’ Murray, 79

Vernon S. “Smitty” Murray, 79, of Frankford, Del., passed away on Monday, May 15, 2017, at Renaissance Healthcare in Millsboro, Del. He was born in Frankford, Del., on July 3, 1937, son of the late Vernon O. Murray and Bertha (Hudson) Murray.

Jack Ralph Barrett, 97

Jack Ralph Barrett, 97, passed away peacefully at home on Sunday, May 7, 2017. Born in Philadelphia, Pa., on Nov. 28, 1919, he was the son of Harvey Earl Barrett and Ellen Sophia (Johnson) Barrett.

Mildred Irene Esham, 88

Mildred Irene Esham, 88, of Dagsboro, Del., passed away, in the care of her family and the Delaware Hospice, at her residence on Mother’s Day, May 14, 2017. She was born in Selbyville, Del., on June 19, 1928, to the late James Shockley and Hattie Bunting Shockley.

Gerald A. ‘Jerry’ Goodwin, 73

Gerald A. “Jerry” Goodwin, 73, of Dagsboro, Del., formerly of Las Cruses, N.M., and Exeter, N.H., passed away on Monday, May 8, 2017, at his home. He was born in Dover, N.H., on April 22, 1944, son of the late Franklin Goodwin and Pearl (Cross) Goodwin.

Anna Ruth (Long) Hickman, 92

Anna Ruth (Long) Hickman, 92, of Selbyville, Del., passed away Wednesday, May 10, 2017, at home, surrounded by family. She was born in Bishopville, Md., on April 23, 1925, to Elisha D. Long and Edna (Hudson) Long.

Frank James Harrison, 88

Frank James Harrison, 88, of Whaleyville, Md., formerly of Philadelphia, Pa., passed away peacefully, surrounded by his loving family, on Friday, May 5, 2017, at Coastal Hospice at the Lake in Salisbury, Md. He was born in White Hall, Ala., on April 4, 1929, son of the late William Harrison and Queenie V. (Mills) Harrison.

Irene Kwasnik, 81

Irene Kwasnik, 81, of Bethany Beach, Del., passed away on May 6, 2017, after a long illness. She was born on Sept. 20, 1935, in Saddle Brook, N.J., daughter of the late Martin and Frances (Pierog) Serafin.

F. Jack Luzzi, 102

F. Jack Luzzi, 102, passed away peacefully on May 11, 2017, at his home, with his loving family by his side. A longtime resident of Lewes, Del., he was born on March 28, 1915, in Pittsburgh, Pa., to Angelo and Philomina Luzzi.

Margaret H. Smith, 85

Margaret H. Smith, 85, of Lewes, Del., formerly of Port Republic, Md., passed away on Thursday, May 11, 2017, at Beebe Healthcare in Lewes, Del. She was born in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 12, 1932, daughter of the late Francis Hall and Jessie D. (Farrell) Hall.

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