Herman J. “Bunk” Truitt, 82, of Whaleyville, Md., passed away Saturday, March 2, 2013, at home, surrounded by his loving family, after a valiant struggle with colon cancer.
Truitt was born Oct. 11, 1930, in Baltimore, Md., son of the late Jennie (Dale) and Herman James Truitt. He was known as making indelible mark on the community, having served as teacher, tutor and coach for more than 40 years, during which time he positively influenced hundreds of students. He taught math and English; coached football, baseball and softball at Indian River, Selbyville and Stephen Decatur high schools; and taught night school at Delaware Technical & Community College. Truitt also coached Little League and Pony League in Berlin and Showell, Md., in the 1970s and 1980s. Countless residents of Sussex and Worcester, Md., counties owe a measure of their success and many happy school-day memories to his tutelage and support. He will be sorely missed.
Truitt proudly served his country during two tours of duty in the U.S. Army in Japan and Korea. He served as private first class from 1947 to 1949, during which time he earned the Army of Occupation medal. He re-enlisted in 1951 and served through 1953 as a paratrooper in the U.S. Army Airborne division. During his second tour, he was promoted to sergeant, made 26 service jumps — most into occupied territory — and was awarded his Parachutist Badge (“Jump Wings”), the National Defense Service Medal and a Good Conduct Medal.
After his military service, Truitt enolled in the Salisbury State Teachers College, graduating in 1957 with an English degree. In addition to serving his country and his community, Truitt regularly attended estate sales and was an avid collector of clocks and Ocean City, Md., memorabilia. He was also a lifelong fan of the Baltimore Orioles and hardly ever missed a game.
In addition to his parents, Truitt was preceded in death by his son, Thomas Truitt. Truitt is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Shirley Ann (Bowdle) Truitt; two daughters, Jennie Knapp, and her husband, William, of Ocean Pines, Md., and Janie Truitt, and her husband, Steven Weiler, of Wilmington, Del.; grandchildren Whitney McNamara and her husband, James, and Katelyn Knapp and Thomas Weiler.
A celebration of Truitt’s life will be held Saturday, March 23, 2013, at 1 p.m. in the auditorium at Indian River High School, 29772 Armory Road in Dagsboro, Del., with a reception following in the school cafeteria. Those mourning him are being invited to join his family and friends in sharing stories and memories of his life. In lieu of flowers, the family requested memorial donations to Whaleyville United Methodist Church; P.O. Box 6; Whaleyville, MD 21872, or to Coastal Hospice; P.O. Box 1733; Salisbury, MD 21802. Condolences may be sent online at www.hastingsfuneralhome.net.
Thomasina Cataudella, 81, of Lewes, Del., passed away peacefully on Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013, at her residence. She was born in Passaic, N.J., on July 28, 1931.
A celebration of Cataudella’s life was to be held on Thursday, March 7, 2013, at 6 p.m. at Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium in Lewes, where friends could visit beginning at 5 p.m. Interment was to be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Seasons Hospice & Palliative Care; 220 Continental Dr., Ste. 101; Newark, DE 19713. Condolences may be sent online at www.parsellfuneralhomes.com.
Sandra Dee Davis, 50, of Statesville, N.C., passed away Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013, at her home after an extended illness.
Davis was born April 18, 1962, in Seaford, Del., to James E. and Shirley Elliott Powell, who survive her. Davis was an avid reader and enjoyed writing. She was a loving mother and daughter and will be missed by her family and friends.
In addition to her parents, Davis is survived by her daughter, Shannon Davis of Statesville, N.C.; son, Steven Davis of Davenport, Fla.; two grandchildren, Alexis and Shia Davis; a brother, Vernon Powell and his wife, Maureen; sisters Paula Wells of Frankford, Del., and Betty Jo Bailey of Millsboro, Del.; nieces Angela Nicole Witschi and her husband, David, Macie Powell, Tiffany Wells and Madison Powell; nephews Eben and Vinnie McCabe and Richard Wells Jr.; a great-niece, Lanie Powell, and great-nephew, Khyle Wells.
A funeral service was scheduled for March 2, 2013, at Watson Funeral Home in Millsboro, Del. officiated by the Rev. Chuck Reynolds. Interment was to be held privately. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Hospice and Palliative Care of Iredell County; 2347 Simonton Rd.; Statesville, NC 28625, or to Pancreatic Cancer Action Network; 1500 Rosecrans Ave., Suite 200; Manhattan Beach, CA 90266. Condolences may be sent online at www.watsonfh.com.
Pauline M. Dukes, 90, of Millsboro, Del., passed away on Monday, Feb. 25, 2013. Dukes was born April 9, 1922, in Willards, Md., to the late Larry and Stella Hill Cooper. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her husband, Arvil Dukes, in 1988.
Dukes worked in the poultry business, vaccinating chickens for Allen’s and Cargill. She was a member of Hickory Hill United Methodist Church and the LIFT group. She enjoyed going to the Atlantic Shores Nursing Home with the LIFT ladies and helping the residents play bingo.
Dukes is survived by a son, Wayne Dukes, and his wife, Linda, and a granddaughter, Kelley Dukes, all of Dagsboro, Del.; sisters-in-law Catherine “Teen” Justice of Dagsboro and Pauline “Peg” Clogg of Gumboro, Del.; a half-sister, Pat Hudson of Nelsonia, Va.; and a half-brother, Buddy Cooper of Mayport, Fla.
A funeral service was scheduled for March 2, 2013, at Watson Funeral Home in Millsboro, Del., with interment at Millsboro Cemetery. The Rev. Thomas Starnes was to officiate. In lieu of flowers, the family suggested memorial donations to Hickory Hill United Methodist Church, C/O Roy Rogers; 28209 Walt Carmean Ln.; Millsboro, DE 19966. Condolences may be sent online atwww.watsonfh.com.
of flowers, donations in Duke Feist’s name can be made to Paws for Life; 284 Great House Farm Ln.; Chesapeake City, MD 21915. Condolences may be sent online at www.melsonfuneralservices.com.
Anna Marie Fisher, 75, of Rehoboth Beach, Del., passed away peacefully Monday, Feb. 25, 2013, surrounded by her loving family and friends. She was born Nov. 9, 1937, in Philadelphia, Pa., daughter of the late Charles Hoffner and Marie (Short) Prell.
Fisher spent her early years in Williamstown, N.J. She was a 1955 graduate of Glassboro High School and furthered her education at Temple University in Philadelphia. She raised her children in Clayton, N.J., and retired to Rehoboth Beach after a long career with Wawa Food Markets. Fisher enjoyed world travel and cruises, having visited the Caribbean, Europe and much of the U.S. However, she was happiest when surrounded by her grandchildren, enjoying the beach and an occasional manicure and pedicure.
Fisher was also preceded in death by her husbands, Richard Meaney, in 1998, and Eugene Fisher, in 2003; her son, Alfred Meaney, in 2012; and her granddaughter, Amanda Stubbs, in 2004. She is survived by her life partner, William Brown; six children and their spouses, Richard Meaney II of Egg Harbor Township, N.J., Janet Gambino and her husband, Joseph, of Clayton, N.J., David Meaney of Egg Harbor Township, N.J., Beatrice Preston and her husband, Jay, of Hamilton, N.J., Marie Fisher of San Francisco, Calif., and Dawn Stubbs and her husband, John, of Rehoboth Beach; 11 grandchildren,
Kathleen Meaney, Tomara Blackburn and her fiancé, Ryan Evans, Craig Blackburn, Jessica Preston, Louise Gambino, Adam Preston, Richard Meaney III, Johnny Stubbs, Jay Preston Jr. and Abigail Stubbs; two great-grandchildren, Jeanne Meaney and Ryan Evans Jr.; five siblings and their spouses, Edward Hoffner, Richard Hoffner and his wife, Peggy, Barbara Beacroft and her husband, Skinner, William Prell and Mary Macklin and her husband, Mark; and her two loving cats, Mr. Boots and Lollipop.
A celebration of Fisher’s life was scheduled for March 2, 2013, at Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Lewes, Del., with private interment. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the charity of the giver’s choice. Condolences may be sent online at www.parsellfuneralhomes.com.
Charles L. Hamblin, 91, of Selbyville, Del., passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013. He was born May 26, 1921, in Selbyville to the late Lee and Cora Cahall Hamblin. He was also preceded in death by his sisters Elizabeth and Hannah, and a son-in-law, Gerald L. Megee.
Hamblin was a postal clerk in the Selbyville Post Office for many years before retiring. He was a U.S. Army veteran, having served during World War II. He was a charter member of the Selbyville Assembly of God Church in Selbyville. Hamblin enjoyed gardening and fishing. He was remembered as a loving husband, wonderful father and grandfather who was devoted to his family.
Hambln is survived by his wife of 67 years, Emma Lu Foster Hamblin of Selbyville; a daughter, Celeste Merritt, and her husband, Larry; grandchildren Ryan Megee and his wife, Kelley, and Mendi Smith and her husband, Erik; and great-grandchildren Sommer and Foster Smith, all of Bishopville, Md.
A funeral service was scheduled for March 4, 2013, at the Watson Funeral Home in Millsboro, Del., officiated by the Rev. Dave Douglas and Celeste Merritt. Burial was to follow at the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggested memorial donations to Delaware Hospice; 100 Patriots Way; Milford, DE 19963. Condolences may be sent online at www.watsonfh.com.
Sarah Joyce Hazzard, 20, Millsboro, Del., passed away suddenly on Friday, March 1, 2013, at her residence. She was born Aug. 16, 1992, daughter of Debra L. Hazzard and the late Stephen D. Hazzard, who preceded her in death in 2002.
Hazzard attended Sussex Central High School and was an avid animal lover. She worked at the SPCA and volunteered countless hours at different animal organizations. Hazzard loved riding horses, participating in horse shows and giving horseback riding lessons. She took pride in every ribbon she won and always enjoyed working with children during summer riding camps.
Hazzard was very creative and would spend hours drawing and making photo art on the computer. She most recently became interested in history and family genealogy, discovering she was a descendent of the Daughters of the Revolution. Hazzard was known as a light-hearted and outgoing person who made immediate friends with everyone she met. She was a loving mother, daughter, granddaughter, niece, cousin and friend who will be sorely missed by all who knew her.
In addition to her father, Hazzard was preceded in death by her grandparents, Richard and Anna Greer, and her aunt, Sarah J. Greer. She is survived by her son, Raylyn Knowles, and his father, Robert Knowles of Millsboro; her grandparents, Gene and Rose Hazzard of Harbeson, Del.; her brother, Wilson D. Hazzard of Harbeson, and his companion, Ashlyn Steele; her sister, Katherine A. Hazzard of Harbeson; her uncle, Richard Greer of Georgetown, Del., and his wife, Diane; her cousin, Hunter Greer of Harbeson; and her beloved Pomeranian, Missy.'
Funeral services were scheduled for March 6, 2013, at Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium in Lewes, Del., with interment at Henlopen Memorial Park in Milton, Del. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations will be accepted at The Raylyn Knowles Trust, c/o PNC Bank; 104 Main St.; Millsboro, DE 19966. Condolences may be sent online at www.parsellfuneralhomes.com.
Etta Mae (Long) Hickman, 95, passed away Saturday, March 2, 2013. She was born July 2, 1917, in Milton, Del., daughter of the late Lulu and Oliver Long. She devoted her life to her family, friends and others.
Hickman’s family remembered her as the best mother and grandmother in the world. She enjoyed reading, gardening, cooking and her African violets. She spent many happy hours with her family and grandchildren, playing cards.
Hickman was preceded in death by her husband, John A. Hickman; a grandson, James F. Hudson Jr.; her brother, Alton Long; and three sisters, Dorothy, Mamie and Hilda. She will be dearly missed by her son and daughter-in-law, James and Tressia Hickman; her daughter and son-in-law, Olivia and Jim Hudson; her grandchildren, Denise and Michael Budd, Debbie and Bill Robertson, Cheryl and Rodney Reynolds, Cynthia and Peter McMahon, and J.J. and Karyn Hudson; her great-grandchildren, Jared and Mary Budd, Maggie, Job and Jonah Robertson, Macy Reynolds, Riley, Brody and Erichson McMahon, Emma, Sarah and Connor Hudson, and Corey Galbreath, who was like a granddaughter to her; and two sisters, Dulcie Scott of Pennsville, N.J., and Olive DeFino of Berea, Ohio.
The family thanked Vitas Hospice for their kindness and compassion during this difficult time.
A funeral service was scheduled for March 5, 2013, at Melson Funeral Services in Millsboro, Del., with interment in Odd Fellows Cemetery in Milton, Del. In lieu of flowers, the family suggested memorial contributions to Moose Charities; 155 S. International Dr.; Mooseheart, IL 60539-1100. Condolences may be sent online at www.melsonfuneralservices.com.
Henry D. Mears, 63, of Berlin, Md., passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013. He was born in Lewes, Del., son of Norma J. Truitt of Whaleyville, Md., and the late Preston R. Mears.
Mears is survived by his wife, Nancy J. Mears of Berlin; a son, Michael S. Mears and his wife, Michele, of Georgetown. Del.; a daughter, Sandy D. Sutty and her husband, Eric, of Hockessin, Del.; a brother, Bryan J. Truitt, and wife, Samantha, of Whaleyville; a sister, Lisa Phillips and her husband, Eddie, also of Whaleyville; and four grandchildren, Morgan and Miranda Mears, and Matthew and Nathan Sutty.
A funeral service was scheduled for March 1, 2013, at Hastings Funeral Home in Selbyville, Del., with the Rev. John Oltman officiating. Interment was to follow at New Hope Cemetery in Willards, Md. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Whaleyville United Methodist Church c/o Elaine Rogers; 12332 Blueberry Rd.; Whaleyville, MD 21872. Condolences may be sent online at www.hastingsfuneralhome.net.
Stacey Lynn Schaub Close, 39, of Laurel, Del., and formerly of Illinois, passed away Monday, March 4, 2013, at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury, Md., after a sudden illness.
Close was born Oct. 24, 1973, in Lincoln, Ill. She moved to Delaware in 1997. She was a graduate of Eisenhower High School in Decatur, Ill., and Immaculata University. She was a case manager for Fellowship Health Resources. She loved camping, decorating and crayon coloring. She was a fan of novelist James Patterson. She was remembered as a good and very loving person who had a great and sometimes strong personality, and who would do all she could to help others.
Close was preceded in death by her stepmother, Glenna Schaub, and a brother, Daniel. She is survived by her mother, Richelle Barger, and her husband, Michael, of Laurel, Del.; and her father, Paul Schaub Jr., of Lincoln, Del. She is also survived by her beloved daughter, Christina Lynn Bethards; six siblings, Sara, Richard, Michael, Brian, Dustin and Jamie; special friends Elmer Bethards, Glenn Hudson and Dawn Ruhl; many extended family members and friends; her kitty friends Frick and Frack; and her doggie friends Dusty, Zeus and Pugsley.
A memorial service and celebration of Close’s life were scheduled for March 7, 2013, at Watson Funeral Home in Millsboro, Del., moderated by Marcie Altman. In lieu of flowers, the family suggested memorial contributions for breast cancer research through the Susan G. Komen for the Cure; ATTN: Donor Services; P.O. Box 650309; Dallas, TX 75265-0309. Condolences may be sent online at www.watsonfh.com.
Edith M. Snell, 89, of Lewes, Del., formerly Montgomery County, Md., passed away peacefully Friday, March 1, 2013, at Beebe Medical Center in Lewes, Del. She was born May 1, 1923, in Staten Island, N.Y., daughter of the late William and Edith (Flanagan) Klee.
Snell lived a long life dedicated to her family. As a loving mother of six, she enjoyed cooking, cleaning and caring for all of her family, but it did not end there. In her free time, she worked countless hours volunteering at soup kitchens and taking care of the elderly.
Snell was an active parishioner of St. Edmond Catholic Church in Rehoboth Beach, Del. She enjoyed working on her beautiful garden, playing bridge and traveling to explore and experience new things. Snell was known as the family matriarch, and to the very end, she made her strong faith, love for family and love for life known to all.
In addition to her parents, Snell was preceded in death by her husband, Henry Ambrose Snell, in 1994; her brother, William Klee; and sister, Eleanor Skinner. She is survived by her four sons and their wives, Henry Snell and his wife, Kelly, of Pittsburgh, Pa., Michael Snell and his wife, Patricia, of Ocean Pines, Md., James Snell and his wife, Alice, of Raleigh, N.C., and Keith Snell and his wife, Diana, of Mount Airy, Md.; two daughters, Beth Rogan and her husband, Robert, of Newtonville, Mass., and Rosemary Snell of Wilmington, Del.; 12 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews and dear friends.
A Mass of Christian Burial was scheduled for March 6, 2013, at St. Edmond Catholic Church in Rehoboth Beach, Del., with visitation March 5, 2013, at Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium in Lewes, Del. Interment was to be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Mary Campbell Center; 4641 Weldin Rd.; Wilmington, DE 19803. Condolences may be sent online at www.parsellfuneralhomes.com.
Carole Ayn Butewicz, 66, of Ocean View, Del., formerly of Old Bridge, N.J., passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013, at the Delaware Hospice Center in Milford, Del.
Butewicz was born June 1, 1946, in New Brunswick, N.J., daughter of the late James and Edith (Lund) Gray. She retired as a certified court administrator for the borough of Jamesburg in 2005. Butewicz was devoted to her vocation; however, she will always be remembered as existing solely for her family.
In addition to her parents, Butewicz was preceded in death by the love of her life of 48 years, Richard M. Butewicz, on Nov. 15, 2012. She is survived by a daughter, Jayne Ayn Devine and her husband, Drew J., of Matawan, N.J.; a granddaughter, Kyra Ayn Kanig of Mount Pleasant, S.C.; and her mother-in-law, Lili Butewicz of South River, N.J.
A Mass of Christian Burial was scheduled for Feb. 25, 2013, at St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Bethany Beach. Interment was to be private. In lieu of flowers, the family suggested memorial contributions to the Tunnell Cancer Center; 18947 John J. Williams Hwy.; Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971. Condolences may be sent online at www.melsonfuneralservices.com.
K. Ruth Cooper, 90, formerly of Bethany Beach, Del., passed away on Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013, at the Atlantic Shores Nursing Home in Millsboro, Del.
Cooper was born Dec. 25, 1922, in Philadelphia, Pa., to the late Charles L. and Adah Lingo Hart.
She was a graduate of Lord Baltimore High School in Ocean View, Del., and attended the Beebe School of Nursing in Lewes, Del. She enjoyed playing bridge every week and was well known for her funny jokes, good cooking, knitting skills and wonderful hospitality shown to everyone she met. She was a member of the Ocean View Church of Christ.
Cooper was preceded in death by her brother, Charles L. Hart Jr., and her beloved husband, Milton W. Cooper, who passed away in September of 2012. Cooper is survived by her son, John Cooper of Millville and his wife, Janet; a daughter, Carolyn Hockman of Ocean View and her husband, Sterling; three grandsons, Chad Hockman and his wife, Karen, of Millville, Greg Hockman and his wife, Marisa, of Millville and Guy Cooper and his wife, Billie, of Clarksville; and five great-grandchildren, C.J. and Madison Hockman, Macyn Hockman, and Nathan and Braxton Cooper.
Funeral services were scheduled for Feb. 27, 2013, at Ocean View Church of Christ in Ocean View, Del., with interment at Roxana Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggested memorial contributions to Ocean View Church of Christ Building Fund; 55 West Ave.; Ocean View, DE 19970. Condolences may be sent online at www.melsonfuneralservices.com.
Timothy Edward Draper, 37, of Rehoboth Beach, Del., passed away suddenly on Monday, Feb. 18, 2013, at Christiana Hospital in Newark, Del. He was born Oct. 14, 1975, son of John Lee Draper and Phillis G. (Ramsey) Draper-Watts.
Draper graduated from Cape Henlopen High School in 1994. He and his family moved to Maine, where he resided for five years while earning his associate’s degree. He had a very outgoing personality, was a jokester and storyteller, and everyone he met became an instant friend. He worked with his stepfather as a flooring contractor for Jerry Watts Construction. Draper was an avid sports enthusiast who enjoyed playing and watching all types of sports. He spent many summers playing volleyball on the local restaurant league, and he loved boating and snow skiing.
Draper was a devoted family man and a loving father and son. Draper was an organ donor through the Gift of Life Program; even in death he continued his generous nature by giving new hope to four people in grave need.
Draper is survived by his mother, Phillis G. Draper-Watts, and stepfather, Jerry W. Watts; his father, John Lee Draper; his loving companion and then best friend, Emily S. Wingate; three children, Cameron Jack Draper, MaryJane Draper and Elijah L. LeCates; a brother, John L. Draper Jr., and his wife, Angela; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and dear friends.
Funeral services were scheduled for Feb. 22, 2013, at Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Lewes, Del., through which condolences may be sent online at www.parsellfuneralhomes.com. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be sent to the Draper Children Trust, c/o Fulton Bank; 34346 Carpenters Way; Lewes, DE 19958.
James E. Gallons Jr., 74, of South Bethany, Del., and formerly of Claymont, Del., passed away suddenly Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013, at Beebe Medical Center in Lewes, Del.
Gallons was born in Newport, R.I., son of the late Lt. James E. Gallons, USN, and Beatrice Gallons. He was a 1956 graduate of Norwich Free Academy, Bates College, Class of 1960, and received his Certificate of Physical Therapy in 1962 from University of Pennsylvania. Gallons was employed by Christiana Care for 32 years. He retired as administrative director of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation. He was proud to be project manager for the establishment of the Center for Rehabilitation at Wilmington Hospital.
Gallons was a past president of the Delaware Chapter of APTA; past president, Board of Examiners for Physical Therapy; a captain in the USAR 2289th Division; and member of St. Martha’s Episcopal Church in Bethany Beach, Del. Gallons was a lover of sports and enjoyed playing golf. He was an avid reader and a naval history buff. He also enjoyed gardening, fine wine and entertaining. However, his true loves were his wife and family.
Gallons is survived by his wife of 47 years, Nancy; his children, Judith A. Gallons of Bethany Beach, James E. Gallons III and his wife, April, of Clayton, N.C., Jennie Gallons Ferdinand and her husband, Christopher, of Clayton, N.C.; and three grandchildren, James E. Gallons IV, Abbey Gallons and Madeline Ferdinand.
A memorial service was scheduled for Feb. 28, 2013, at St. Martha’s Episcopal Church in Bethany Beach, Del., with private interment. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Salvation Army, at www.donate.salvationarmyusa.org, or to St. Martha’s Episcopal Church; 117 Maplewood St.; Bethany Beach, DE 19930. Condolences may be sent online at www.melsonfuneralservices.com.
Joanne B. (Lougheed) Hannagan, 81, of Lewes, Del., passed away Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013, at Beebe Medical Center in Lewes. Hannagan was born Sept. 3, 1931, in Wilmington, Del., daughter of the late Charles R. and Ethel (Samluk) Lougheed. She was preceded in death by her husband, James Hannagan, in 1987.
Hannagan was a member of St. Edmond Catholic Church in Rehoboth Beach, Del. She enjoyed her many friendships and would travel to Fenwick Island, Del., every year with the same group of ladies, for a relaxing getaway. She was known as a kind and loving person who will be missed by all who knew her.
Hannagan is survived by her brother, Robert F. Lougheed of Wilmington and his wife, Mary Ann; her nieces, nephews and their spouses, Robert Lougheed Jr. and Donna Lougheed, Michael and Sandra Lougheed, William and Denise Lougheed, Kimberly and Ted Stayton, and Christopher and Maria Lougheed; 11 grandnieces and grandnephews; two great-grandnephews; a stepson, Michael J. Hannagan of Parrish, Fla.; step-grandchildren and their spouses, Brett and Adam Bleifer, Leigh and Doug Blecki, and Alex and Charlotte Hannagan; their mother, Mary Hannagan; and four step-great-grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial was scheduled for Feb. 26, 2013, at St. Edmond Catholic Church in Rehoboth Beach, Del., with interment at All Saints Cemetery, Beaver Dam Road, Harbeson, Del. Arrangements were handled by Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Lewes. In lieu of flowers, a memoriam may be given to the charity of the giver’s choice in Hannagan’s name.
Madeleine Ann Shampine, 89, of Milford, Del., formerly of Lewes and Hadden Heights, N.J., passed away peacefully, surrounded by her loving family, on Friday, Feb. 15, 2013, at the Delaware Veterans Home in Milford.
Shampine was born Aug. 2, 1923, in Maple Shade, N.J., daughter of the late Francis and Hannah (Gallagher) Cloran. She had worked as a salesperson for the Little Paper in Pennsauken, N.J., as a Prudential insurance agent and at Merchantville National Bank before her retirement.
In addition to her parents, Shampine was preceded in death by her husband, Ira J. “Jack” Shampine, in 2011. She is survived by a daughter, Vicki Carmean of Fenwick Island and her husband, Wayne; a son, Kurt S. Roth of Hillsborough, N.J., and his wife Elizabeth; two stepsons, J. Michael Shampine of New Jersey and his wife, Christine, and P. Jeffrey Shampine of Massachusetts; five grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; six step-grandchildren; and three step-great-grandchildren.
A memorial service was to be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 16, 2013, at Melson Funeral Services, 38040 Muddy Neck Road in Ocean View, Del., where friends and family may call after 10 a.m. Interment was to be private. In lieu of flowers, the family suggested memorial contributions to the Delaware Veterans Home in Milford; 100 Delaware Veterans Blvd.; Milford, DE 19963. Condolences may be sent online at www.melsonfuneralservices.com.
Robert J. Showalter, 84, of Selbyville, Del., passed away Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013, at Atlantic General Hospital in Berlin, Md. He was born in Mt. Joy, Pa., son of the late Alvin and Anna (Liebfried) Showalter.
Showalter is survived by his wife, June L. Showalter of Selbyville; a son, David Showalter of Selbyville; two daughters, Marcia Beat, and her husband, Paul, of Ocean City, Md., and Barbara Evans, and her husband, Roy, of Selbyville; a brother, Donald Showalter; a sister, Joan Horn; nine grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Service and burial were to be private. Condolences may be sent online at www.hastingsfuneralhome.net.
Willard Simpson “Big Al” Jr., 61, of Frankford, Del., and formerly of Wheaton, Md., passed away Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013, at Beebe Medical Center in Lewes, Del. He was born in Olney, Md., son of Willard A. Simpson Sr. and Catherine Lucille (Musgrove) Simpson.
He had been a bricklayer with Cain Masonry for many years. Simpson was an avid Redskins and Terrapins fan.
In addition to his parents, Simpson is survived by his wife, Sandie Simpson of Frankford; a brother, Steve Simpson and his wife, Donna, of Laurel, Del; a sister, Carol Estep and her husband, Warren, of Danville, Ind.; a niece, Samatha; and his dog, Lucy. He was preceded in death by a brother, Gary Simpson.
A memorial service was to be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 2, 2013, at Hastings Funeral Home in Selbyville, Del., where friends may call an hour before the service. Condolences may be sent online at www.hastingsfuneralhome.net.
Rose Theresa Walker, 85, of Ocean View, Del., formerly of the Candy Apple House in Sycamore Gardens in Newark, Del., passed away on Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013.
Walker was born in Philadelphia, Pa., daughter of the late William J. Kane and Eugenia J. Sloan Kane. A talented homemaker throughout her life, she would later accept a position with Blue Cross following the death of her beloved husband, Thomas J. Walker, in 1971. She retired from Blue Cross as an administrative secretary after many years of service.
A devout Catholic from her youth, Walker was a longtime member of St. John’s-Holy Angels parish in Newark. She was also active in the Maple Valley Swim Club, and, in earlier years, served as the cheerleading coach for the Capitol Trail Football League. She enjoyed the fun, favorite local treat of dining at the former Lum’s Restaurant. Walker remained active in her community by participating in the annual Bethany Beach cleanup and breast cancer walks and fundraisers. She particularly enjoyed her experience as a volunteer for the television program “Extreme Makeover,” assisting in creating a new home for a deserving family in Sussex County.
Walker is survived by her children, Rose Theresa Walker and her husband, Russ Mullen, Thomas John Walker and his wife, Tammy, Corrine Patricia Bentley and her husband, Keith, John Joseph Walker and his wife, Paula Medaris, and Richard Paul Green and his wife, Darlene; a brother, William Kane Jr., and his wife, Beth; grandchildren Charlene Clark and her husband, Paul, Jennifer Frank, Robert Gilchrist, William Bentley, David Bentley, Sarah Bentley, Kellie Walker, Tommy Walker and Kelly Tidy and her husband, Seth; and great-grandchildren Julia, Megan, Madelyn and Lily Clark, and Kayla Tidy.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 1 p.m. Friday, March 1, 2013, at Holy Angels Roman Catholic Church, 82 Possum Park Road in Newark, Del., where visitation was to begin at 11 a.m. Interment was to follow in All Saints Cemetery, 6001 Kirkwood Highway, Wilmington, Del. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Attn: Donor Services; P.O. Box 650309; Dallas, TX 75265-0309 (1-877-465-6636 or komen.org), or to Delaware Hospice Center; 100 Patriots Way; Milford, DE 19963 (302-856-7717 or delawarehospice.org). Condolences may be sent online at spicermullikin.com.