Genevieve Sherer Penuel, 80, of Dagsboro, Del., passed away at Milford Memorial Hospital on Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013. She was born in Roxana, Del., to the late Edward Elijah and Susie Fish Rickards Sherer.
She was married to Donald Penuel, her beloved husband, who survives her. She attended Frankford United Methodist Church and was retired from Indian River High School, where she had served as cashier in the cafeteria. Penuel was particularly dedicated to her family and especially loved her grandchildren and children. She loved baking and, particularly, shopping. She was remembered as a very kind woman who always thought of others. She loved to watch her grandchildren dance.
Penuel was preceded in death by a son, Jack “Rick” Donaway, and a sister, Ruth Ann Hudson. In addition to her husband, Penuel is survived by her daughters, Sherry Hudson and her husband, Lin, of Dagsboro, Del., and Dawn Truitt and her husband, Mike, of Selbyville, Del.; four grandchildren and their spouses, Brandon and Holly Donaway, Chad and Megan Hudson, Shane and Michelle Truitt, and Jenna Truitt; five great-grandchildren, Collin and Rylee Donaway, and triplets MaKenzie, Logan and Kyle Truitt. She is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, extended family members and friends, as well as alumni of past graduating classes at the old John M. Clayton and Indian River high schools.
Funeral services were scheduled for Jan. 24, 2013, at Watson Funeral Home, with interment at Delaware Veteran’s Memorial Cemetery, both in Millsboro, Del. In lieu of flowers, the family suggested memorial contributions to either Frankford United Methodist Church; P.O. Box 37; Frankford, DE 19945, or to Dagsboro Volunteer Fire Company; P.O. Box 128; Dagsboro, DE 19939. Condolences may be sent online at www.watsonfh.com.
Margaret W. Stortz, 88, of Rehoboth Beach, Del., passed away Monday, Feb. 4, 2013, following a series of health issues. She was born Sept. 14, 1924, in Bayonne, N.J., the youngest daughter of William J. and Nancy B. Ward.
The family of four girls grew up in Dover, Del., where Stortz graduated from Dover High School in 1942. She attended Syracuse University for a year before returning to Baltimore, Md., where she worked in retail before marrying William Clifford Stortz on June 16, 1952. She started as a teacher’s assistant at the School of the Chimes in Baltimore, now the Chimes School, eventually becoming its principal. She earned her bachelor’s degree in early childhood education from the University of Maryland the same year her daughter, Cathy, graduated from the Kansas City Art Institute.
When Stortz and her husband retired to Rehoboth Beach, she assumed an active role in the community, serving as president of the VIA and president of the Stockley Center Auxiliary in Georgetown, as well as working with the All Saints’ Thrift Shop, the West Rehoboth Community Land Trust, the Soup Kitchen and the Rehoboth Public Library. In 2011, she was awarded the VIA’s third annual Citizenship Award. Throughout, Stortz was a faithful member of the Lutheran Church of Our Savior, serving on committees and encouraging everyone she encountered.
Stortz was preceded in death by her daughter, Rosa Catherine; her husband, Clifford; her sisters, Betty Somerville, Isabella Ward and Georgia Hyatt; and her nephews, Chuck Hyatt and Jimmy Somerville. She is survived by a daughter, Martha E. Stortz of Minneapolis, Minn., and her niece, Nancy Somerville Martin and her husband, Phil Martin, of Hartly, Del.
Services were to be held Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013, at the Lutheran Church of Our Savior, 20276 Bay Vista Road in Rehoboth Beach, Del., with visitation at 10 a.m., services at 11 a.m. and lunch immediately following. Her daughter acknowledged with gratitude the sturdy support of the rehab team at Cadia Renaissance in Millsboro, Del., the medical team at Beebe Medical Center in Lewes, her neighbors at Spring Lake and her church family at Our Savior’s.
Arrangements were being handled by Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, through which condolences may be sent online at www.parsellfuneralhomes.com. Memorial contributions may be sent to Lutheran Church of Our Savior and the Stockley Center. And, as Margaret would say, “Hurrah for God!”
Lisa Marie Thompson, 36, of Milford, Del., passed away peacefully, surrounded by her loving family, on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013, at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, Pa.
Thompson was a graduate of Sussex Tech High School, in the Class of 1995, and was a childcare provider before her disability. She liked dolphins and listening to music, and enjoyed fishing. Thompson’s true devotion was to her family, especially her younger nieces and nephews.
Thompson was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, Theodore and Mary Ann Thompson and her aunt, Julia Ann Turner. Thompson is survived by her mother, Wanda Lee (Thompson) McGraw of Millsboro, Del.; her fiancé, Mike Studte of Milford; two sisters, Rebecca Thompson of Milton, Del., and Crystal Thompson of Lewes, Del.; a brother, Phillip James of Millsboro; an aunt, Mary Jane Campbell of Millsboro; two uncles, Ted Thompson of Georgetown and his wife, Stephanie, and Joe Thompson and his wife, Tammy, of Lincoln, Del.; five nieces, Kora, Haley, Allison, Emily and Carly; three nephews, Kyle, Jessie and Michael; and numerous cousins.
A funeral service was scheduled for Feb. 14, 2013, at Melson Funeral Services in Millsboro, Del., through which condolences may be sent online at www.melsonfuneralservices.com. Interment was to follow at Dagsboro Redmen’s Memorial Cemetery.
Francis von Essen, 84, of Felton, Del., formerly of Long Island, N.Y., passed away on Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013.
Von Essen was born May 3, 1928, in Brooklyn, N.Y., to the late Matthew and Myra Chard Ryder. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Stanley W. von Essen Sr., in 2005, and a brother, Donald Ryder. She and her husband relocated to Delaware in 1968. She was a homemaker, raising three children of her own and taking care of her family, but she was also the proud foster mother to 40 boys and one girl. Two of them were very special and remained in her life: Walter Alberts of Clayton, Del., and his wife, Paula, and Robert Longfellow of Smyrna, Del., and his wife, Jo Ann.
She was a member of the South Side Baptist Church in Camden, as well as the Doll House Club. She loved canning and helping her husband on the vegetable farm. Von Essen enjoyed painting lighthouse scenery in oil and acrylic paint.
She is also survived by her children, Stanley von Essen Jr. and his wife, Linda, of Felton, Del., Ruth Marshall and her husband, John, of Millsboro, Del., and Joseph Triola of Florida; sisters, Gloria Beavers and Elizabeth Maschi; seven grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews, extended family members and friends, including her special lady friends from the Southside Baptist Church.
A funeral service was to be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 15, at Watson Funeral Home, 211 S. Washington St., Millsboro, Del., where friends could call after 11 a.m. Burial was to follow, at the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Millsboro. In lieu of flowers, the family suggested memorial donations to Gideons International; P.O. Box 140800; Nashville, TN 37214-0800. Condolences may be sent online at www.watsonfh.com
Gerald E. “J.R.” Wingate Jr., 45, of Georgetown, Del., passed away at his home on Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013.
Wingate was born in the Philippines, son of Gerald and Virginia Wingate. He was a master mechanic for the State of Delaware. Wingate had a love for the outdoors, was an avid hunter and competitive archer, and enjoyed riding four-wheelers, dirt-track racing and fishing. He loved farming, gardening and animals. He was a member of the Harley Riding Club.
Wingate was preceded in death by his grandparents, John and Elsie Howard, and Jasper and Elizabeth Wingate; his great-aunt, Florence Wingate; a sister-in-law, Donna Rae Bunting; and many aunts and uncles. He is survived by his loving wife, Kimberly (Bunting) Wingate; his parents, Gerald Wingate Sr. and Virginia (Howard) Wingate; a daughter, Kodi Wingate; a sister, Tammy Rust and her husband, Mark, and their children, Jaclyn and Justin; brothers-in-law Scott Bunting and his wife, Jan, and Mark Bunting and his wife, Tammie; a sister-in-law, Christine Thomas and her husband, James, and their son, Bryan, and his son, La’Bryan; parents-in-law, Sylvester and Barbara Bunting; aunt and uncle Jerald and Maxine Howard, and their children, J.P. Howard, Joel Howard and his wife, Heather, and Jaime Howard; aunt Judy Howard; many cousins and friends; and his four four-legged companions, Tjark, Lenny, Holle and Kloe.
A visitation was to be held on Friday, Feb. 8, 2013, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Melson Funeral Services, 43 Thatcher Street, in Frankford, Del. A funeral service was set for Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013, at 2 p.m. at the funeral home, where friends and family may call after noon. Interment was to follow at Woodlawn Memorial Park in Georgetown. The Rev. Jerald Howard was to officiate. Condolences may be sent online at www.melsonfuneralservices.com.
Jacob P. “Jake” Boyce III, 74, of Lewes, Del., passed away peacefully Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013, at Beebe Medical Center in Lewes. He was born Oct. 9, 1938, in Darby, Pa., son of the late Jacob P. Boyce II and Doris (Flounders) Boyce.
Boyce enjoyed a 36-year career as an inspector with Boeing in Essington, Pa., retiring in 2002. An avid bowler and golfer, Boyce participated on the Boeing bowling and golf leagues. He was a member of the WAW Union Local #1069 for many years. Boyce and his wife, Terri, relocated from Media, Pa., to the Lewes area, where they had been weekend residents for 11 years. Not one for sitting in one place too long, he started his own painting business, Boyce Construction, in Lewes.
Boyce was president of his bowling league, Millsboro 55, a member of the Elks Lodge in Lewes, volunteer at Beebe Medical Center in the Cardiac Rehabilitation area and enjoyed assisting his wife in a special charity, Kinfolk, not to mention his years as a fireman in the Darby fire station.
Boyce loved cooking, especially baking for family and friends. He was famous for his “cool and refreshing” cocktails and banana nut bread. He and Terri enjoyed traveling, and their most memorable excursion was to Italy. He was a member of the Long Neck and Bayside Travel Clubs and Suzanne’s Sensational Seniors.
Boyce was known as a witty man, with an enormous sense of humor and a tremendous love for his family and friends. He will be remembered as a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend to all.
Boyce is survived by his loving wife of 32 years, Theresa “Terri” Bradley; four sons, Jay Boyce, and his wife, Maryann, of Colmar, Pa., Michael Boyce and his wife, Joanne, of Middletown, Del., Matthew Boyce and his wife, Barbara, of Glenolden, Pa., and Stephen Bradley of Aston, Pa.; three daughters, Suzanne Small and her husband, Bill, of Birdsboro, Pa., Tina Cortese and her husband, Al, of West Chester, Pa., and Kristin Silvestri and her husband, Lou, of Wallingford, Pa.; eight granddaughters, Heather, Karen, Brianna, Carrie, Kaitlyn, Lauren, Kelly and Brigid; and five grandsons, Jacob, Matthew, Christopher, Joe and Lou Jr.
A celebration of Boyce’s life will be held Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013, between 1 and 4 p.m. at the Cordrey Center, 30366 Cordrey Road in Millsboro, Del. Arrangements were handled by Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium in Lewes, Del., through which condolences may be sent online at www.parsellfuneralhomes.com. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Beebe Cardiac Care; 424 Savannah Rd.; Lewes, DE 19958.
Calvin Lester Bivens of Frankford, Del., departed this life Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013, at Beebe Medical Center in Lewes, Del., at the age of 59.
Bivens was born Feb. 4, 1953, the youngest son of the late Emerson L. Bivens and Martha S. Dickerson Bivens. He was also preceded in death by three brothers, Elzey, Mervin and Edward Bivens. Bivens attended Lord Baltimore School and Indian River High School. He also attended Sussex Technical School and received training as a carpenter. He worked with various contractors, including Iacchetta Builders for 13 years and Mountaire Poultry for two years.
Bivens is survived by his wife of 40 years, Rachel A. Bivens of Frankford. He was the love of her life. He was known as a man of few words but much wisdom. Those who knew him also knew his world revolved around family. A master carpenter, he was often caught working with his hands. Oftentimes people would catch him working with his hands. Bivens was remembered as the original family guy.
In addition to his wife, Rachel, Bivens is survived by three sons, Duane Brown and his wife, Ann, Jamaal Bivens and his wife, Mamie, and Lester Bivens and his wife, Tee; a brother, Denver Bivens and his wife, Reva; a sister, Deanna S. Bratton; seven grandchildren, Diamond, Elizabeth, Jadaya, Dalisha, Shamika, Juan and Devin; a goddaughter, Nicole Tyre; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family members and friends.
A funeral service was scheduled for Feb. 2, 2013, at Calvary Pentecostal Church in Bishopville, Md., with Apostle Larry Morris officiating. Burial was to follow at Zoar Golden Acres Cemetery. Condolences may be sent online at www.watsonfh.com.
Elsie Mae Greenwalt, 71, of Georgetown, Del., passed away Monday, Jan. 28, 2013, at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury, Md. Born Aug. 20, 1941, in Berlin, Md., she was the daughter of the late Calvin P. and Iva Esham Jarman.
Greenwalt was retired from a career in housekeeping. She was most recently employed at Wal-Mart as a sales associate. She was an animal lover and especially cared for dogs and cats.
In addition to her parents, Greenwalt was preceded in death by her husband, Alvin, in 1995, and a brother, Richard Jarman. She is survived by her children, Robert Greenwalt of Baltimore, Md., Lori Elliott and her husband, Charles, of Georgetown, Charles Greenwalt of Georgetown, Timothy Greenwalt and his wife, May Macrohom, of Millsboro, Del., and Allen Davidson of Georgetown; two brothers, Charles and Ralph Jarman; five grandchildren, Heather Blackburn, Brandon Elliott, Shane Elliott, Victor Greenwalt and Serenity Davidson; and two great-grandchildren, Dylan Stewart and Landon Elliott.
Funeral services and interment were to be private. In lieu of flowers, the family suggested memorial contributions to Delaware SPCA, or an animal support group of the giver’s choice. Condolences may be sent online at www.watsonfh.com.
Leona “Lee” Macrane, 76, of Milton, Del., passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013, at the Delaware Hospice Center in Milford, Del., She was born Tuesday, Oct. 13, 1936, in Philadelphia, Pa., daughter of the late Lloyd and Margarite (Melson) Wilkinson.
Macrane was a devout Christian who was an active member of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Milton. She was a member of the Red Hat Society and attended Thursday Bible Study in Milford. Prior to her move in 1997 from Cinnaminson, N.J., to Sussex County, Del., Macrane was a CCD teacher at Christ Episcopal Church in Riverton, N.J., and a member of the Eastern Star in Riverton. She was an avid reader, created many crafts and loved animals. She always had a pet.
Macrane is survived by her husband of 57 years, Robert D. “Bob” Macrane of Milton; a son, Robert Scott Macrane and his wife, Joan, of Medford, N.J.; three granddaughters, Catherine Jane “ C.J.” Macrane, Elizabeth Macrane and Jennifer Macrane, all of Medford, N.J.; a sister, Frances Chaput of Inman, S.C.; and her miniature poodle whom she adored, Molly.
A memorial service was to be held at a later date. Arrangements were by Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium in Lewes, Del. In lieu of flowers, the family suggested memorial contributions be made to Delaware Hospice; 100 Patriots Way; Milford, DE 19963. Condolences may be sent online at www.parsellfuneralhomes.com.
William D. Madden Sr., 75, of Dagsboro, Del., passed away Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013.
Madden was born June 24, 1937, to the late John Wesley and Elizabeth Farnen Madden. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Michael and Richard Devine. Madden moved from Philadelphia, Pa., to Delaware in 1990. He and his wife, Becky, owned and operated Becky’s Country Inn and Becky’s Country Barn in Dagsboro. He was a bus driver for Ocean City Transit.
Madden was a U.S. Navy veteran, having served four years in the Navy and eight more years in the Army reserves. He was a member of St. Ann’s Roman Catholic Church in Bethany Beach, the Loyal Order of Moose and American Legion Post 24 in Dagsboro. He loved taking care of his koi, working in his workshop and fishing. Madden was devoted to his family, especially his children and grandchildren.
Madden is survived by his wife of 29 years, Rebecca Madden of Dagsboro; a daughter, Colleen McCormick, and a son, William D. Madden Jr., both of Philadelphia, Pa.; a sister, Margaret Butler of Philadelphia; and six grandchildren, Nicholas, Erik, John, Sarah, Jennifer and William III.
A funeral service was scheduled for Feb. 4, 2013, at Watson Funeral Home, with interment and military honors at Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, both in Millsboro, Del. Deacon Dennis Hayden was to officiate. In lieu of flowers, the family suggested memorial donations to the American Stroke Association; P.O. Box 163549; Columbus, OH 43216-3549. Condolences may be sent online at www.watsonfh.com.
Florence I. Morrissey, 86, of Millsboro, Del., formerly of Ridley Township, Pa., passed away peacefully Friday, Feb. 1, 2013. She was the beloved wife of Robert “Bob” Morrissey, to whom she was married for 66 years. She was a resident of Ridley Township for 60 years before moving to North Port, Fla., where she lived for 15 years before moving to Millsboro.
Morrissey had a zest for life and always welcomed the next challenge. She enjoyed boating on the Chesapeake Bay, gardening, cooking, crocheting, decorating, sewing and the computer. Morrissey was known for her ability to add a creative touch to everything she did, and she shared that talent with family and friends. Her greatest joy in life was spending time with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Morrissey is survived by her loving husband and devoted caregiver, Robert; daughters Irene Schultz and her husband, Bob, of Upper Providence, Pa., and Mary Beth Limburg and her husband, Bob, of Folsom, Pa.; a son, Michael of Yulee, Fla.; six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Services and burial were to be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Delaware Hospice; 100 Patriots Way; Milford, DE 19963, or to the SPCA. Condolences may be sent online by visiting www.melsonfuneralservices.com.
Alice M. O’Mara, 75, of Dagsboro, Del., and formerly of Chester, Mass., passed away Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013, at Delaware Hospice Center in Milford, Del. She was born in Springfield, Mass., daughter of the late Phillip and Alice (Cox) Arnold and sister of the late Thomas Arnold.
O’Mara was a homemaker and a member of St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Bethany Beach, Del.
She is survived by her husband, Donald E. O’Mara of Dagsboro; a son, Donald P. O’Mara of Arlington, Va.; two daughters, Laurie A. Delisle of Worthington, Mass., and Lisa M. Moore of Riva, Md.; two sisters, Patricia Kelly and Janet Cormier; and three grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial was to be held Monday, Feb. 11, 2013, at 11 a.m. at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church near Roxana, Del. Interment was to be at Delaware Veterans Cemetery in Millsboro, Del., following the Mass. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Delaware Hospice; 100 Patriots Way; Milford, DE 19963, or to the American Cancer Society; P.O. Box 163;
Irma Catherine “Erma” Pittman, 89, of Ocean View, Del., passed away at home Monday, Feb. 4, 2013.
Pittman was born Nov. 7, 1923, in Ocean View, to the late Robert and Myrtle Littleton. She was a hardworking woman throughout her life and raised eight children. She had various jobs, starting with a chicken factory job in Selbyville, Del., at age 16, had her own chicken vaccinating crew for many years and raised chickens with her husband, Jerry. She also cleaned houses at the beach, wallpapered and waitressed.
Pittman enjoyed dancing, clamming, puzzles, yard sales, reading and a good joke. In more recent years, she enjoyed her love of animals, caring for her birds, cats and so forth. Pittman was a lifetime member of the Millville (Del.) Volunteer Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary.
In addition to her parents, Pittman was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Thado “Jerry” C. Pittman, in 1989; a son, Howard O. Coffin; and five siblings, Marge Lewis, Tom Littleton, Grace Hartley, Norma DiLorenzo and Bob Littleton. Pittman loved her family and was proud of each one of them. She is survived by seven children, Jerry Coffin and his wife, Kathy, of Dagsboro, Janis Coffin of Brigantine, N.J., Terry Pittman and his wife, Beverly, of Lincoln, Del., Candy Peters and her husband, George, of Cottonwood, Ariz., Jack Pittman of Ocean View, Grace Ann Vickers and her husband, Preston, of Millsboro, Del., and Elizabeth Hammond and her husband, Eddie, of Frankford, Del.; a daughter-in-law, Shirley Coffin; eight grandchildren, Tammy, Kathy, Michael, Justin, Kristie, Allison, Brenton and Kyle; four great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A funeral service was to be held Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013, at 11 a.m. at the chapel of Melson Funeral Services, 38040 Muddy Neck Road in Ocean View, Del., where friends and family may call after 10 a.m. Burial was to follow at Millville Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggested memorial contributions to the Millville Vol. Fire Co. Ladies Aux.; P.O. Box 59; Millville, DE 19967. Condolences may be sent online at www.melsonfuneralservices.com.
Gladys T. Powers, 93, of Millsboro, Del., formerly of Philadelphia, Pa., passed away Monday, Jan. 28, 2013, at Virtua Rehab in Mount Holly, N.J.
Powers was born Sept. 14, 1919, in Worthington, Ind., daughter of the late Nova E. and Elizabeth (Moran) Mast. Powers retired as a long-distance telephone operator for Bell Telephone Company and also worked as a telephone operator for the Philadelphia Art Museum.
In addition to her parents, Powers was preceded in death by her loving husband, William H. Powers, in 2001; a sister, Dorothy Maloney; her triplet great-grandchildren, Catherine, Meghan and Ryan Powers; and another great-granddaughter, Presley Shalala. She is survived by two sons, William H. Anne Powers Jr. and his wife, Anne, of Aston Township, Pa., and James W. Powers of Millsboro; three daughters, Elizabeth Zurman of Millsboro, Margaret Shalala and her husband, Philip, of Stamford, Conn., and Maribeth Smith and her husband, Joseph, of Browns Mills, N.J.; nine grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
A visitation was scheduled for Feb. 4, 2013, at Melson Funeral Services, with a Mass of Christian Burial at Mary Mother of Peace Catholic Church, both in Millsboro, Del. Interment was to follow at Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Millsboro. In lieu of flowers, the family suggested memorial contributions to Catholic Charities; P.O. Box 2610; Wilmington, DE 19804. Condolences may be sent online at www.melsonfuneralservices.com.
Michael Wayne Robbins of Millsboro, Del., passed away on Friday, Jan. 25, 2013. He was 64 years old.
He is survived by his siblings John, Peggy, Ann, Donna, Sharon and Michael.
Services were to be private. Letters of condolence may be sent online at www.watsonfh.com.
Dominick Scaglione, 70, of Rehoboth Beach, Del., passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by his beloved family and friends, on Friday, Feb. 1, 2013. He was born Dec. 24, 1942, in Brooklyn, N.Y., son of the late Frank and Anna Scaglione.
Scaglione grew up in Brooklyn, graduated from Abraham Lincoln High School and attended Brooklyn Community College. He moved to New Jersey once he met his future wife, Susan. Scaglione worked for several companies in New Jersey as a mechanical engineer, specializing in packaging machinery. His last position was at Johnson & Johnson in Hopewell, N.J.
In 2003, the Scagliones built their future retirement home in Rehoboth Beach, where they spent weekends until he retired and moved there permanently in 2006, starting his own handyman business, Mr. Dom Odd Jobs & Finishing Touches. He was known as a jack-of-all-trades and a perfectionist in all that he did.
Scaglione was an avid saltwater fisherman, spending many wonderful hours on his Grady White fishing the ocean and Delaware Bay. He also played a pretty good game of golf. One of his other favorite things to do was to cook breakfast for his beloved twin grandsons. He also made them a special dessert, which they called the “grandpa special.”
In addition to his loving wife of 45 years, Susan Scaglione, he is survived by his daughter, Kristin Gemma, and her husband, Steven, of Stewartsville, N.J.; his son, Robert Scaglione and his wife, Maryann, of Stewartsville, N.J.; twin grandsons, William and Thomas Gemma; three sisters, Helen Scaglione and Mary Ann Bosso, both of Brooklyn, and Dolores Bowman, and her husband, Glenn, of Ocala, Fla.; a brother-in-law, Peter Zocchi, and his wife, Susan, of the Bronx, N.Y.; and several nieces and nephews.
A Mass of Christian Burial was scheduled for Feb. 6, 2013, at St. Edmond Catholic Church, Rehoboth Beach, Del. Burial was to follow at St. Peter’s Cemetery on Pilottown Road in Lewes, Del. In lieu of flowers, the family suggested memorial contributions be made to Delaware Hospice Center; 100 Patriots Way; Milford, DE 19963. Condolences may be sent online at www.parsellfuneralhomes.com.
Paul J. Widitz, 82, of Selbyville, Del., and formerly of Columbia, Md. passed away Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013, at Atlantic General Hospital in Berlin, Md. He was born in Hazelton, Pa., son of the late Joseph Thomas and Columba Emma (Zebelin) Widitz.
Earlier in his career, Widitz was in radio in the Baltimore, Md., and Washington, D.C., area, followed by many years of educational book sales. He was a member of the Musicians Association of Baltimore and a member of St. Luke Catholic Church in Ocean City, Md., where he sang in the church choir.
Widitz is survived by his wife, Marie M. Widitz of Selbyville; four daughters, Lisa M. Christensen of Eldersburg, Md., Clare E. Widitz of Columbia, Md., Andrea J. Connors of Highland, Md., and Jennifer A. Kindbom of Hagerstown, Md.; two sisters, Evelyn Ciattei of White Marsh, Md., Jean Dauses of Essex, Md.; and 12 grandchildren.
A memorial mass was to be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 8, 2013, at St. Louis Catholic Church in Clarksville, Md., with the Rev. Jeffrey Dauses officiating. A memorial service will be held at St. Luke Catholic Church at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Luke Catholic Church; 14401 Sinepuxent Ave.; Ocean City, MD 21842. Condolences may be sent online at www.hastingsfuneralhome.net.
Frances Elaine Wilson, 57, of Lewes, Del., passed away peacefully, Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013, at Delaware Hospice Center in Milford, Del.
Wilson was born Jan. 11, 1956, in Baltimore, Md. She thoroughly enjoyed a great day fishing and was remembered as wonderful photographer.
Wilson is survived by her brother, Allan T. Funk, of Glen Burnie, Md.
All services were to private. Arrangements were being handled by Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium in Lewes.
Frank “Moose” “Yogi” Yodice Sr., 88, of Millsboro, Del., formerly of Wayne, N.J., passed away on Friday, Feb. 1, 2013.
Yodice was born Aug. 12, 1924, in Paterson, N.J., to the late Thomas and Consiliga Ricciardi Yodice. He worked as a beamer at Sterling Textile for 40 years. He also worked as a carpenter for Diemare Construction for 12 years, and a driver for Haledon Auto Parts, both in Haledon, N.J.
He was a member of the VFW Post 129 Fife Drum and Bugle Corps in Paterson, N.J. Yodice was a member of Our Lady of the Valley Roman Catholic Church in Wayne, N.J. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He was “one in a million.”
In addition to his parents, Yodice was preceded in death by a brother, Tony Yodice, and sisters Betty Festa and Louise Sarsfield. He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Adeline M. Naples Yodice of Millsboro; a son, Frank C. Yodice and his wife, Marrianne, of Butler, N.J.; two daughters, Marlene VanVliet and her husband, Michael, of Millsboro and Bobbi Yodice-Pavlak of Milford, Del.; sisters Marie Bino and Dolly Kerr of Wayne, N.J.; a brother, Angelo Yodice of Florida; six grandchildren, Tara, Frank V., Nick and Marc Yodice, Charlie Galante and Alexa Pavlak; and six great-grandchildren.
A funeral service was scheduled for Feb. 5, 2013, at Watson Funeral Home in Millsboro, Del., with Deacon Dennis Hayden officiating. Burial was to be private. 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
George P. Betty, 83, of Millsboro, Del., and formerly of Wilmington, Del., passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by his family, on Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013. Born on June 9, 1929, in Wilmington, he was the son of the late George B. and Viola Jester Betty.
Betty was a 1947 graduate of A.I. DuPont High School. He was a two-time past president of the Plasterer’s Union Local #38. He married his wife, Eileen, who survives him, in 1974. Betty was a lifetime member of Elks Lodge #2173 and served as commodore of the Indian River Yacht Club in 1981 and 1994. He continued as an honorary member until his passing. Betty had a saying: “I’d rather dance than eat!” He was an avid NASCAR fan and loved to tell jokes.
In addition to his wife, Betty is survived by three children and their spouses, Richard and Joanne Betty of Townsend, Del., Deborah and Wayne Nichols of Marydel, Del., and Connie and Joe Rose of New Castle; two step-children, Richard Thieleman of Wilmington and Michael Thieleman and his companion, Millie, of Anchorage, Alaska; and five grandchildren, Brian Betty, Larry Thompson, Mark Thompson, Michael Rankin and Chrissy Betty; five great-grandchildren, Allison Thompson, Kayla Thompson, Faith Thompson, Hope Thompson and Rachel Betty; numerous extended family members and friends; and his beloved feline friend Main, so named because he was “the main cat.”
A funeral service was scheduled for Jan. 28, 2013, at Watson Funeral Home in Millsboro, Del., with the Rev. Anne Strauss officiating and Linda Walls delivering the eulogy. Interment was to be private. In lieu of flowers, the family suggested memorial contributions to the Delaware Hospice Center; 100 Patriot Way; Milford, DE 19963. Condolences may be sent online www.watsonfh.com.