Deborah Lynn Reilly, 47, of Delray Beach, Fla., and Bethany Beach, Del., passed away Tuesday, April 9, 2013, in Delray Beach, due to complications caused by pancreatic cancer.
She was born Nov. 16, 1965, to Robert W. Reilly and the late Carol K. Reilly in Annapolis, Md.
Reilly graduated from Severn School in Glen Burnie, Md. in 1983. She earned a business administration degree from the University of Delaware in 1987 and became a successful entrepreneur, who owned and operated businesses in Palm Beach County, Fla., and Sussex County, Del. Most recently in Florida, she was general manager of Pineapple Podiatry LLC, a private medical practice, with her sister, Elizabeth Reilly, DPM. Reilly also owned the Key West-inspired office building where the medical office is located.
Before moving to south Florida, her Bethany Beach business interests were varied and successful, including her Shore Fun Amusement Center. After the untimely passing of her mother, Carol, in 2004, the Reilly family members moved to Florida, and the Amusement Center became Arnie’s Arcade. The move to Florida meant the sale of the commercial building (that now holds Bethany Blues restaurant), including her sister’s podiatric medical facility.
Before Mango’s restaurant was constructed on the boardwalk, Reilly and her sister operated the Holiday House restaurant, also known as Bethany’s, for its final year. She was general manager of Peninsula Foot and Ankle Center, P.A., from 1997 to 2004, which operated offices in Bethany Beach, and in Berlin and Salisbury, Md. From youthful customers at her arcade to senior citizens at her medical offices, those in contact with Reilly walked away with smiles on their faces.
Reilly’s political career became a piece of Bethany folklore. When she ran for Bethany Beach Town Council, few insiders thought she would actually win the 1998 council race. In previous council meetings, she was admonished to run for election if she thought she could do a better and more efficient job. Aided by her family and others, she took the challenge, mailed letters, pounded on doors and ran as a businessperson and “fiscal conservative practitioner.” She beat the odds, and her winning was even reported in the State Briefs section of USA Today. Reilly aimed to be an active and compassionate member of the town council with the town’s best interests at heart.
Reilly was known as a happy, cheerful, sensitive and approachable person whom people instinctively trusted. The loves of her life were her niece, her sister, her mom and her dad. She loved traveling and taking her niece, Reilly Arena, to New York City for acting and voice lessons and Broadway shows. The emphasis on a well-rounded education was a family tradition perpetuated by Reilly’s mother, who was an educator. Reilly was also blessed with an exceptional memory, with an unusual ability to remember personal and work details, both great and small, even dinner orders for large parties of people.
Reilly truly loved Bethany Beach and Delray Beach equally and was involved in civic and charitable organizations in both towns. On the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce board of directors, she served as board secretary from 1997 to 2002. She was on the Town of Bethany Beach Parking and Budget committees. Reilly was also a major contributor to the Christmas Toy Drive in Bethany and participated in healthcare screenings and seminars at numerous local health fairs and conferences.
In Delray Beach, Reilly was a Pineapple Grove Main Street board member; was local co-chair for the Delray Beach Share Your Soles Christmas Shoe Drive; and received 2004 “Volunteer of the Year” award for her Christmas Program and support of the Caring Kitchen for to needy families.
For many years, she helped organize the Bethany Beach Jazz Funeral. In Ocean City, Md., Reilly was a marketing and project manager for East Coast Promotion & Research Group and Ocean City Advertising Agency. In Florida, she held a real estate license; owned the Polished pedi-spa; was retail consultant for Williams Sonoma, Talbot’s and Nordstrom; and was customer service consultant for the U.S. Census Bureau, Palm Beach County and the City of Boynton Beach.
Reilly was preceded in death by her mother, Carol, in 2004. She is survived by family in Delray Beach, including her father, Robert; sister, Elizabeth, and niece, Reilly Arena. Lifelong friend Judy Labashosky of Unionville, Pa., and fiancé, Paul Jankovic of Bethany Beach and Boca Raton, Fla., also survive her. Reilly was a true animal lover, helping many rescue cats to find good homes. She will be missed by her dog and cat, Herbie and Ty-Ty.
Reilly’s battle with pancreatic cancer lasted about 18 months. She spent more than a year near Stanford Medical Center, Calif., for treatment and medical trials. In lieu of flowers, the family requested memorial donations be made to the American Cancer Society. Viewing and burial were private, in Delray Beach, Fla.
Hazel M. Robinson, 93, of Bishopville, Md., passed away Sunday, April 7, 2013, at Berlin Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Berlin, Md. She was born in Bishopville, daughter of the late Ollie Lee and Addie (Murray) Hall.
Robinson was a homemaker and a retired poultry farmer. She enjoyed the outdoors, being with her family and friends, her daily walks and horseracing. She loved being with her children and grandchildren at the Sunday family gatherings. She attended Friendship United Methodist Church in Berlin.
Robinson was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Francis Robinson, and a son, Raymond I. Robinson. She is survived by a son, Gary E. Robinson, and two daughters, Joan R. Davis and Margaret E. Hammond, all of Bishopville; eight grandchildren, Harry Hammond Jr., Teresa Willey, Brooks and Patty Gray, Wendy Pettit, Heather Parson, Casey and Raymond Robinson Jr.; and eight great-grandchildren.
A graveside service was scheduled for April 11, 2013, at Redmen’s Cemetery in Selbyville, Del. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Showell Vol. Fire Dept.;11620 Worcester Hwy.; Showell, MD 21862, or to Friendship United Methodist Church, c/o Lou Taylor; 12329 Vivian St.; Bishopville, MD 21813. Condolences may be sent by visiting www.hastingsfuneralhome.net.
Pete E. Rendina, 79, of Selbyville, Del., and Venice, Fla., and formerly of northeast Philadelphia, Pa., passed away Wednesday, April 10, 2013, with his beloved wife and son by his side. Born in Masontown, Pa., he was the son of the late Riccardo and Rose (Eppolito) Rendina.
Rendina had been a truck driver for the Oscar Meyer Company prior to his retirement. He was a member of the Marine Corps League, First State Detachment, and during the Korean War, he joined the Marine Corps in Philadelphia and saw combat with Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 7th Marines.
Redina was a member of the Olde Tymers Softball League and had been a player/manager with the Delaware Diamonds.
He was a member of St. Luke Catholic Church in Ocean City, Md., and had been active in youth sports and high-school sports at Archbishop Ryan High School in Philadelphia, touching the lives of hundreds of young people.
Rendina is survived by his wife, Barbara M. (Scherer) Rendina; three children, Peter R. Rendina and his wife, Rebecca, Kathryn Rolle and her husband, Walt, and Geraldine Nielson and her husband, Terry; seven grandchildren, Tyler, Tessa and Tayah Rendina, Stephanie Johnson, Walter Rolle, Holly Rosten and Eric Nielson; two sisters, Theresa Childs and Julia DiLella; and many beloved family members.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday, April 19, 2013, at 11 a.m. at St. Luke Catholic Church, Ocean City, Md., where friends may call after 10 a.m. Interment with Marine Corps Honors was to be at Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Millsboro, Del. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Marine Corps League, First State Detachment; P.O. Box 434; Ocean View, DE 19970. Arrangements were by Hastings Funeral Home in Selbyville, through which condolences may be sent online at www.hastingsfuneralhome.net.
Debbie A. Eaton, of Georgetown, Del., passed away on Friday, April 5, 2013. She was 38 years old.
Eaton is survived by her husband of nine years, David Eaton of Georgetown; her father, Reuben Franklin Sr., and his wife, Vicki, of Frankford, Del.; her mother, Sarah Tribbett and her husband, James, of Laurel, Del.; three children, Brittany A. Jefferson, Bryant Weathers and Tyler Franklin, all at home; two brothers, John Short Jr. and Reuben Franklin Jr.; two sisters, Toni Townsend and Reba Franklin; a mother-in-law, Ann Taylor; a father-in-law, Donald Eaton and his wife, Sue; a brother-in-law, John Eaton; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
A funeral service was scheduled for April 10, 2013, at Watson Funeral Home, Millsboro, Del., with interment at St. John’s United Methodist Church Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggested donations to the Delaware SPCA; 22918 DuPont Blvd.; Georgetown, DE 19947. Condolences may be sent online at www.watsonfh.com.
Ernest M. “Ernie” Fair, 67, of Rehoboth Beach, Del., passed away peacefully on Tuesday, April 2, 2013, at Christiana Care, Newark. He was born Jan. 8, 1946, in Baltimore, Md., son of the late Albert and Rose (Price) Fair.
Fair was a 1964 graduate of Dundalk High School in Maryland and was soon drafted into the U.S. Army, where he served proudly during the Vietnam War. Fair worked briefly with Bethlehem Steel in Dundalk before attending the Police Academy in Baltimore County. Upon completion at the academy, he began a lifelong career in law enforcement with the Baltimore County Police Department. Most of his career had been with the SWAT team, which he thoroughly enjoyed.
Fair loved computers and learning anything new in the world of computers. He was always among the first to own the latest and greatest products on the market. He and his wife would travel cross-country to one of his favorite historical sites, Yellowstone National Park.
Fair loved Shelties, especially his companion “Chaps.” Another favorite pastime was spending time with his best friends Bill, Charlie and Gary, talking over a pot of fresh-brewed coffee. The conversation often came full circle to computers, which Fair always enjoyed discussing. He will be remembered as a loving husband, brother, uncle, cousin and friend.
Fair is survived by his wife of 44 years, Carolyn (Myers) Fair; two cousins who were like brothers, Dale Price and his wife, Kathleen, of Carroll County, Md., and Gary Price of Towson, Md.; two brothers-in-law, Steven Myers of Catonsville, Md., and David Myers and his wife, Barbara, of Catonsville, Md.; three nieces and their husbands, Lisa Myers-Stamp and her husband, Clay, Amy Morse and her husband, Scott, and Jennifer Bates and her husband, Kyle; one nephew, Michael Myers and his wife, Shelley; numerous grandnieces and grandnephews; and his beloved Sheltie, Chaps.
Services were to be announced at a later date. Arrangements were by Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium in Lewes, Del. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital; 501 St. Jude Place; Memphis, TN 38105. Condolences may be sent online at www.parsellfuneralhomes.com.
Christine Derrickson Griffin passed away peacefully on April 3, 2013, at the age of 91, at Manor Care in Wilmington, Del.
Born Aug. 10, 1921, Griffin was the daughter of Orlando and Orna Derrickson and grew up in Roxana, Del. She was happily married for 50 years to Alvin Griffin. She is survived by her daughters, Joy Cmorik and Verna Griffin-Tabor; son-in-law Tom Tabor; granddaughter Megan Scantlan; grandson-in-law, Tim Scantlan; granddaughter Chrissy Cmorik; and great-grandson, Eli Scantlan.
In the 1950s, Griffin enjoyed singing on the weekly “Precious Memories” radio show, with the quartet of the same name. She was active in leadership roles with the Eastern Star in the mid-1960s through the early 1970s. She and her husband were very proud of their work in their local Gideons organization, and she provided leadership in her work with widows in the Gideons.
Until becoming ill, she was quite active in the Oak Orchard Community Church. Griffin’s life was guided and driven by her love for the Lord and her family.
Services were scheduled for April 7, 2013, at Watson Funeral Home in Millsboro, Del. In lieu of flowers, the family requested that memorial donations be made to the Center for Community Solutions at www.ccssd.org or to Gideons International at www.gideons.org. Condolences may be sent online at www.watsonfh.com.
Barry Lee Kehler, 65, of Frankford, Del., passed away Wednesday, April 3, 2013, at the Beebe Medical Center in Lewes, Del.
Kehler was born in Shamokin, Pa. He was part-owner of the La Mirage Beauty Salon in Ocean View, Del., and was a U.S. Navy veteran. Kehler was a member of the East Sussex Moose Lodge #2542 in Roxana, Del., and the Fraternal Order of Eagles in Ocean View, Del., and he enjoyed camping.
Kehler is survived by his loving partner of 29 years, Tommie S. Adams; two daughters, Nicole Neary and her husband, Dan, of Coal Township, Pa., and Kelly Ebersole of Paxinos, Pa.; a son, Barry Kehler and his wife, Vanessa, of Shamokin, Pa.; six grandchildren, Kelsey McAndrew of San Diego, Calif., Ty and Gavin Neary of Coal Township, Pa., and Clorissa Troutman, Mason Kehler and Kirstyn Kehler, all of Shamokin, Pa.
Services and burial were to be private. Condolences may be sent online at www.melsonfuneralservices.com.
Joshua A. ‘Josh’ Messick, 69, of Delmar, Del., and formerly of Millsboro, Del., passed away Saturday, April 6, 2013. Born in Millsboro, he was a son of the late Everett and Clarabel English Messick.
Messick was a graduate of Millsboro High School and Wesley College. He was employed by Bunting Construction as a customer service representative for 23 years, having retired in 2005. He will be remembered as an accomplished jokester, for his unselfish heart and his contagious smile.
In addition to his parents, Messick was preceded in death by his wife, Elsie Messick; a brother, Ronald Messick; a sister, Bonita Messick; and a grandson, Jason Messick. Messick is survived by his son, Allan Messick and his wife, Dawn, of Whaleyville, Md.; his daughter, Melissa Potter, of Geneva, N.Y.; a sister, Jane Johnson and her husband, Bob, and a twin brother, Phillip Messick and his wife, Eloise, all of Millsboro; a sister-in-law, Doris Messick of Georgetown, Del.; a brother-in-law Jack Hudson of Hebron, Md.; three grandchildren, one great-grandchild and many nieces, nephews and their families.
A graveside service was scheduled for April 10, 2013, at the Messick Family Cemetery, Phillips Hill Road in Millsboro, Del., with the Rev. James Burton to officiate. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Delaware Hospice; 100 Patriots Way; Milford, DE 19963. Condolences may be sent online at www.hastingsfuneralhome.net.
Agnes E. Moore, 85, of Lewes, Del., passed away peacefully on Monday, April 1, 2013, at the home of her son, Bruce, and daughter-in-law, Julia. She was surrounded by her loving family. She was born Oct. 11, 1927, in Philadelphia, Pa., daughter of the late John Wesley and Agnes Henrietta (Wieczak) Haughey.
Moore worked a lifelong career at Frankford Hospital in Philadelphia, Pa., as a head registered nurse in the Obstetrics and Gynecology Department, where she aided in the delivery of thousands of babies. In 1991, after more than 40 years of work, she would retire to Lewes, Del. There she was a member of Mary Mother of Peace Catholic Church and the Red Hat Ladies.
Moore enjoyed spending time at the beach and the boardwalk with her family and friends. Moore was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend who will be missed by all who knew her.
Moore was also preceded in death by her husband, Jimmie D. Moore, in 2012, and her brother, Phillip Haughey. She is survived by her three sons and their wives, James M. Moore and his wife, Dorothy, of Orlando,
Geoffrey Randolf Myers of Bethany Beach, Del., passed away peacefully on Friday, April 5, 2013.
After graduating from Duke Law School, he worked as a patent examiner at the Patent and Trademark Office. He then went into private law practice, working as an intellectual property attorney for 38 years. In addition to keeping up an active law practice, Myers volunteered as commander of the Middlesex Beach Patrol for 20 years and served on the legal and building committees of Middlesex Beach. In 1996, he was recognized by the Delaware House of Representatives for his volunteer efforts.
Myers enjoyed many sports. He won the men’s tennis championship at Congressional Country Club, played baseball and basketball, and loved to fish on his boat, the EB2. Myers also was an active member of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, in Rehoboth Beach.
Myers is survived by his wife, Judy; son, Randy and his wife, Jennifer; daughter Elizabeth and her husband, Ryan Barnhart; four grandchildren, Rory and Liam Myers, and Mary Kate and Paige Barnhart; and his sister, Fran Oestricher of Mulberry, Fla.
A private memorial service was to be held Saturday, April 13, 2013, followed at 1 p.m. by lunch for family and friends at the Rehoboth Country Club. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to the Chesapeake Bay Trust at www.cbtrust.org.
David Blocher, 82, of Frankford, Del., and formerly of Westminster, Md., passed away Sunday, March 31, 2013, at Delaware Hospice Center in Milford, Del. He was born in Gettysburg, Pa., son of the late David and Henrietta (Hersh) Blocher.
Blocher had been a jeweler in Pennsylvania and Maryland and was a member of Lochraven Trap & Gun Club and a life member of the Elks.
He is survived by his wife, Ellen F. Blocher of Frankford; a son, David Blocher and his wife, Susan, of Dayton, Ohio; a daughter, Kim Blocher and her husband, Larry Knutson, of Newville, Pa.; two sisters, Elizabeth Bucher and Carolyn Neely, both of Fairfield, Pa.; and his beloved dog Moose.
A memorial service was scheduled for April 4, 2013, at Hastings Funeral Home in Selbyville, Del., with the Rev. Dr. Mark Cyr officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to Delaware SPCA, 22918 Dupont Hwy.; Georgetown, DE 19947, or to Delaware Hospice; 100 Patriots Way; Milford, DE 19963. Condolences may be sent online at www.hastingsfuneralhome.net.
Joan Carol Hughes, 78, of Frankford, Del., formerly of Wilmington, Del., passed away on Friday, March 22, 2013, at her home.
Hughes was born Sept. 24, 1934, in Wilmington, daughter of the late Stanley and Helen (Lefkewich) Pietuszka. She retired as a teacher’s aide within the Prince George’s County school district in Maryland with 10 years of service. Hughes enjoyed cooking and shopping.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her loving husband, Billy Ross Hughes, in 1999. She is survived by two sons, Chris Hughes and his wife, Valerie, of Newark, Del., and Greg Hughes and his wife, Jen, of Ocean View, Del.; a grandson, Josh Hughes; a brother, Raymond Pietuszka of Wilmington; and a sister-in-law, Patricia Pietuszka of Frankford.
Services and burial were to be private. Condolences may be sent online at www.melsonfuneralservices.com.
Henry A. Markowski, 89, of Selbyville, Del., formerly of Forest Hill, Md., passed away at home on Monday, March 25, 2013. He was born in Baltimore, Md., son of the late Theodore and Helen (Lubinska) Markowski.
Markowski had been a quality-assurance worker for the federal government and then for General Dynamics Engineering. He was a decorated veteran of the U.S. Army Air Corps, having served during World War II, and was awarded a Purple Heart for wounds he received over Germany during a bomber mission flown from Thorpe-Abbotts Field in England.
Markowski was a member of St. Luke Catholic Church in Ocean City, Md., the DAV and the Bloody 100th Bomber Group, and a life member of VFW Post 8672 in Jarrettsville, Md. He was also an avid outdoorsman and blood donor, and he enjoyed bowling.
Markowski was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Angela A. Markowski, in 2009, as well as a daughter, Marguerite E. Donovan, and seven adult siblings. He is survived by two sons and their wives, Thomas H. and Frances Markowski and Gary A. and Judy Markowski; two daughters and their husbands, Karen A. and Bob Denney and Mary A. and Anthony Mignini; a brother, Thaddeus Markowski; a sister, Theresa Osietski; 13 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-granddaughter.
A funeral service was scheduled for March 28, 2013, at Hastings Funeral Home in Selbyville Del., with the Rev. Anthony Cardone officiating. Entombment was planned for March 29, 2013, at Bel Air Memorial Gardens in Bel Air, Md. Condolences may be sent online at www.hastingsfuneralhome.net.
Harold E. Marvel, 80, of Frankford, Del., passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by his loving family and friends, on Friday, March 22, 2013. He was born Feb. 20, 1933, in Rising Sun, Del., to the late Edward and Hannah (Tyre) Marvel. He was raised in Clarksville, Del., by the late Horace and Ella (Megee) Tyre.
Marvel was known as a generous farmer who supported his community. He served in the United States Army and was also a lifetime member of the Millville Volunteer Fire Company. He also enjoyed horse racing, playing cards and fox hunting. He will be remembered as a loving father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend to all.
In addition to his parents, Marvel was preceded in death by his wife of 52 years, Jean (Rogers) Marvel; his four sisters, Marie, Miriam, Aleina and Mabel; and three brothers, Elijah, Roland and Charlie. He is survived by his sister, Hannah Walters; several nieces and nephews; three daughters, Vicky Andrews and her husband, Glenn, Penny West and her husband, Rod, and Donna Sue McInnis and her fiancé, Michael Ryan; a son, Rolland Marvel and his wife, Paula; seven grandchildren, Danny and Angie Andrews, Doug and Rolland Marvel Jr., Kari Ann McInnis, Loriann and Clayton West; seven great-grandchildren, Makenzy, Emma, Caleb, Brianna and Gavin Marvel, Kylie Murray and Avery Andrews.
A funeral service was scheduled for March 27, 2013, at Melson Funeral Services in Ocean View, Del., with interment at St. George’s Cemetery in Clarksville, Del. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Millville Volunteer Fire Company; P.O. Box 64; Millville, DE 19970. Condolences may be sent online at www.melsonfuneralservices.com.
John Henry Mitchell, 63, of Millsboro, Del., passed away Monday, March 25, 2013. He was born March 29, 1949, in Millsboro, to the late Joseph F. and Madeline M. Baker Mitchell.
Mitchell retired from the Collins Saw Mill, where he worked as a de-barker. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War, in which he served as a radio technician/operator. He loved racetracks and dirt tracks. He enjoyed grilling on the barbecue, attending old car shows and watching “Swamp People” and “Gator Boys” on TV.
Mitchell is survived by his wife, Ethel Toomey Mitchell of Millsboro; daughters, Tracey M. Toomey and Misty L. Toomey, both of Millsboro; two brothers and their wives, Roger and Judy Mitchell of Millsboro and Emory and Virginia Mitchell of South Carolina; a sister, Marie Phillips, and her husband, Milton, of Dagsboro, Del.; and four grandchildren, Angela, Hunter, Bentley and Kailey.
A chapel service and burial with military honors were scheduled for April 2, 2013, at the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Millsboro, Del., with the Rev. Bob Hudson officiating. Condolences may be sent online at www.watsonfh.com.
Terry Lee Hazzard, 63, of Lewes, Del., passed away on Sunday, March 31, 2013, at his residence. He was born in Milford, Del., on Jan. 27, 1950, son of the late Francis R. Hazzard Sr., who passed away in 2000, and Mary (Short) Hazzard.
Hazzard was a 1969 graduate of Lewes High School and served his country proudly with the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. Hazzard worked 11 years at Collier’s Trim Shop in Rehoboth Beach, Del., before striking out on his own in 1979, opening Hazzard’s Upholstery. He was a man with “gifted” hands who made upholstering look easy, restoring old John Deere tractors and working on anything with a motor.
Hazzard enjoyed a career of more than 15 years as an auto mechanic, first with Toddy’s and then with his brother at Hazzard Auto Repair. He might have butted heads with his brothers from time to time, but he enjoyed working with his youngest brother, Mike. Hazzard was excited and looking forward to the new rollback that had just been bought for him.
Hazzard’s childhood days were spent on the family farm, and farming soon became the center of his life. He enjoyed the outdoors, splitting wood for heating his home and the occasional camping trip. He really didn’t like leaving Sussex County but loved the getaways to West Virginia and Chincoteague, Va. He truly was a jack-of-all-trades and had an uncanny ability to make friends anywhere he went.
Stock car racing and RC cars were Hazzard’s other favorite pastimes. Hazzard loved volunteering for the annual Nanticoke Indian Powwow in Millsboro, Del., each year. Above all, he loved time spent with his family and friends, a bag of peanuts and an ice-cold Natural Light!
In addition to his father, Hazzard was preceded in death by two infant sons, Brian and Kevin Hazzard; his paternal grandparents, Ernest and Alice Hazzard; and his maternal grandparents, Felix and Thelma Short. He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Deborah L. (Howarth) Hazzard; a son, Keith L. Hazzard of Lewes; a daughter, Amy Bonkowski and her husband, Brian, of Georgetown; three brothers, Francis “Bob” Hazzard Jr. and his wife, Yanhui, of California, Md.; Steve Hazzard of Winslow, N.J., and Michael Hazzard of Lewes; a sister, Linda Wardurp and her husband, Doug, of Harbeson, Del.; numerous nieces and nephews; and his mother, Mary (Short) Hazzard of Lewes.
Funeral services were to be held on Saturday, April 6, 2013, at 11 a.m. at Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Atkins-Lodge Chapel, 16961 Kings Highway, Lewes, Del. Friends may visit with the family at the funeral home beginning at 9:30 a.m. on April 6. Interment with military honors was to follow the service, at Conley’s Chapel Cemetery in Lewes. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Nanticoke Indian Association; 27073 John J. Williams Hwy.; Millsboro, DE 19966. Condolences may be sent online at www.parsellfuneralhomes.com.
Henry Ralph Arnold, 88, of Frankford, Del., passed away peacefully on Sunday, March 24, 2013, at Beebe Medical Center in Lewes, Del. He was born Oct. 28, 1924, in Philadelphia, Pa., son of the late Henry and Anna (Reustle) Arnold. He was also preceded in death by his wife of 29 years, Patricia (Axe) Arnold, in February of 2013, and a son, George Arnold, in 2007.
Arnold served his country proudly with the U.S. Army during World War II. He enjoyed a lifelong career as a residential contractor in the greater Philadelphia area. Later he would retire and relocate to Delaware, where he could enjoy the beach life and boating. Arnold continued his love for working with his hands and was always available for any odd job. He was affectionately known by many as the “Wood Doctor.” The last project with the touch of his hands was at his church in Frankford, Community Lutheran Church. He and his late wife, Patricia, were very passionate about worship, participating in Bible studies and volunteering wherever needed. He will be remembered and missed as a loving father, grandfather and dear friend to many. His footprints will be left on the hearts of many.
Arnold is survived by his son, Robert Arnold, and his wife, Robin, of East Harwich, Mass; a daughter, Carole May, and her husband, Jeff, of Cornelius, N.C.; a stepdaughter, Vickie Johnson of Frankford; six grandchildren; one step-grandson; 11 great-grandchildren and one step-great-grandchild.
A celebration of Arnold’s life will be held on Wednesday, Apr. 3, 2013, at 10 a.m. at Community Lutheran Church, 30897 Omar Road, Frankford, Del., with a luncheon following services. Arrangements were by Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium in Ocean View, Del. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Community Lutheran Church; 30897 Omar Rd.; Frankford, DE 19945. Condolences may be sent online at www.parsellfuneralhomes.com.
Joan M. “Joanie” Brenan, 84, of Dagsboro, Del., formerly Greenville, Del., passed away peacefully, surrounded by her loving family, on Tuesday, March 19, 2013, at her home.
She was born Sept. 3, 1928, in Minneapolis, Minn., daughter of the late Walter H. Paul and Minerva M. (Shoberg) Steele.
Brenan was known as “Mom” by everybody and was a devoted mother, grandma and great-grandma. She was a member of the Ocean View CHEER Center, where she enjoyed playing bridge and was part of the Singles Mingles Club. Brenan had also been an avid golfer, NASCAR and Jeff Gordon fan. Her family will always remember her great sense of humor, quick wit and her favorite saying, “Whatever,” which she seemed to use in every conversation.
She was preceded in death in 1987 by her loving husband, Edward B. Brenan, and a daughter, Susan J. Hagen, in 2005. She is survived by four children, Mathew B. Brenan of Seattle, Wash., John E. Brenan of Ocean View, Del., Nancy A. Church of Dagsboro, and Mark T. Brenan and his wife, Karen, also of Dagsboro; 16 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
Leonard Layton Butler, 78, of Laurel, Del., passed away at Peninsula Regional Medical Center on Wednesday, March 20, 2013.
Born Apr. 6, 1934, in Easton, Md., he was the son of the late James E. and Mildred Smith Butler. He was married in 1967 in Grasonville, Md., to Wanda Lee Holden, who survives him. Together, they raised six children. He was an auto mechanic and a member of the Improved Order of Redmen #21 of Georgetown. He was a skilled mechanical and transmission technician, who always loved tinkering on motors.
He loved traveling, camping and especially going on cruises with his wife. He loved to joke and to tease and was quick with the wisecracks. He was “dry as a corn cob” in his humor. He was very much loved and will be deeply missed.
Butler is survived by his wife, Wanda; children, Cindy Coleman and her husband, Timothy, of Laurel, Mark Thomas of Centerville, Md., Leonard Butler Jr. and his wife, Tammy, of Delmar, Del., Todd Stiles and his wife, Sandra, of Ridgely, Md., Lisa Franklin-Butler of Millsboro, Del., and Wade Butler and his wife, Sue, of Laurel, Del.; his sisters, Louise Schyler and Shirley; a brother, James Edward Butler Jr.; 15 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren, numerous extended family members and friends; and his beloved canine friend Lillie, who was definitely the “other woman” in his life.
A funeral service and celebration of Butler’s life were scheduled for March 25, 2013, at Watson Funeral Home in Millsboro, Del., with the Rev. Robert Hudson officiating. Interment was to follow at Union Cemetery in Georgetown, Del. Floral tributes are welcomed. Condolences may be sent online at www.watsonfh.com.
Ruth E. Clough, 88, of Ocean View, Del., passed Friday, March 15, 2013, at Beebe Medical Center in Lewes, Del. She was born Jan. 30, 1925, in Wilmington, Del., daughter of the late Charles and Mildred (Thompson) Snavely.
Clough resided in Wilmington and worked for the New Castle County Recorder of Deeds before retiring to the beach in 1986. She was an avid golfer and played many rounds at the Sussex Pines Country Club, where she was a member. Clough enjoyed the beach, but her love of golf will be remembered the most.
Clough was preceded in death by her parents and by her brothers, William and James Snavely. She is survived by her loving husband of 70 years, Joseph; two daughters, Karen Marshall and her husband, George, of Ocean View, and Constance VanOrmer and her husband, Richard, of Wilmington; eight grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
All services were to be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the charity of the giver’s choice. Arrangements are being handled by Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Lewes, Del. Condolences may be sent online at www.parsellfuneralhomes.com.