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.
Elisha Dale Gray, 79, of Selbyville, Del., formerly of Bishopville, Md., passed away at his home on Monday, Jan. 28, 2013.
Gray was born Sept. 26, 1933, in Friendship, Md., and was raised in Fenwick Island, Del. He served in the U.S. Coast Guard, aboard the cutter Mohican, out of Norfolk, Va., for four years. After serving his country, he returned back home to his wife, Hallie Ellen Bunting, to whom he was married for 41 years. He worked as an insurance salesman for Peoples Life and later as an independent contractor for an insurance firm.
Gray was preceded in death by his parents, Elisha and Dolores Gray, his wife, Hallie, and a sister, Delores Warren. He is survived by two daughters, Sharon and Cheryl, and her husband, Mark; two sons, Charlie and his wife, Erin, and Mark and his wife, Garnett; four grandchildren, Colleen, Chas, Jared and Ryan; a sister, Linda Stephenson; five brothers and their wives, Ronald and Gloria McCabe, Richard and Bonnie Gray, Robbin and Angela Gray, Larry and Chris Gray, and Jerry and Madeline.
A funeral service was to be held on Friday, Feb. 1, 2013, at 2 p.m. at Zion United Methodist Church in Saint Martin’s Neck, Bishopville, Md., where friends may call after 1 p.m. Interment will be in the adjoining church cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggested memorial donations to Zion U.M. Church, c/o Sandra Venable; 11213 Beverly St.; Bishopville, MD 21813. Condolences may be sent online at www.melsonfuneralservices.com.
Linda Sue Klahr, 71, of Ocean View, Del., passed away Sunday Jan. 27, 2013.
Klahr was born Aug. 3, 1941, in Shawnee Mission, Kansas; Klahr is survived by her longtime companion, Dorothy Snyder; daughter, Lisa Radinovsky; son-in-law, Dionissis Hristopoulos; two grandchildren, Annalina and Theodore Hristopoulos; a son, Dean Radinovsky and his companion, Joy Schroeder; and siblings Connie Wedemeyer, Lavonne Stapp, Diane Donaldson, John Klahr, Tim Klahr and Mike Klahr.
A memorial gathering was planned for Friday, Feb. 1, 2013, with a 10 a.m. visitation and an 11 a.m. service at Melson Funeral Service, 38040 Muddy Neck Road in Ocean View, Del. Condolences may be sent online at www.melsonfuneralservices.com.
Eve Kovalchick, 77, of Lewes, Del., passed away unexpectedly Friday, Jan. 25, 2013, at Beebe Medical Center. She was born Aug. 21, 1935, daughter of the late John and Mary (Crighton) Anderson.
Born and raised in Harmarville, Pa., Kovalchick graduated in 1957 from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania, eager to begin her career as an elementary-school teacher. She relocated to Chicago, Ill., in 1959 to be with Robert Kovalchick, to whom she was married for 23 years. In 1985 she completed her master’s degree in educational administration and supervision. Upon her husband’s passing, Kovalchick relocated to La Plata, Md., where she continued to teach elementary school until retiring in 1998.
Kovalchick had been a frequent visitor to the Delmarva Peninsula since 1970 and permanently relocated to Lewes in 1998. She was very active in the local community, volunteering for many years at Lewes Public Library and serving as a docent at Cannonball House and the Lewes Historical Society. She regularly hosted friends in her home to watch movies and was an avid supporter of the Rehoboth Beach Film Society, having sponsored several film festival screenings. Kovalchick loved live community theater, supported Possum Point Players and often enjoyed Broadway shows in New York City.
Kovalchick enjoyed recreational and educational travel with family and friends. She loved ocean and river cruises and was a frequent Road Scholar with Elderhostel. However, she was just as happy at home or under a beach umbrella with a good book or a challenging crossword puzzle. She especially enjoyed visits from her infant grandson, Max.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Kovalchick, in 1984, and two brothers, Arnold and Robert Anderson. She is survived by her daughter, Ann Kovalchick and her husband, Paul Longo, of Des Moines, Iowa; a son, Robert Kovalchick and his wife, Sheila, of Laurel, Md.; her beloved grandson, Max; and a dear brother, Jack Anderson of Lewes and his wife, Lois.
A memorial service was to be held on Friday, Feb. 1, 2013, at 5:30 p.m. at Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Atkins-Lodge Chapel, 16961 Kings Highway in Lewes, Del., where friends may visit beginning at 4 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family suggested memorial contributions be made to Rehoboth Beach Film Society; 107 Truitt Avenue; Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971, or to Lewes Public Library; 111 Adams Avenue; Lewes, DE 19958. Condolences may be sent online at www.parsellfuneralhomes.com.
Julia Anne Meiers, 71, of Frankford, Del., passed away at her home on Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013. After a long career at Navy Federal Credit Union, Meiers retired to Delaware in 2005. She enjoyed bowling, trivia, Scrabble and working in her yard and garden, but her real love was cooking and baking
Meiers was preceded in death by her husband, Edward John Meiers, in 2002. She is survived by her sons, John Matthew Meiers and his wife, Angela, and Daniel Edward Meiers and his wife, Stacie; grandchildren Jerry and Jordan; and her cousin, Ann Berry and her husband, Jim.
A memorial service was scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013, at Melson Funeral Services in Ocean View, Del. Her final resting place will be at Cheltenham Veterans Cemetery in Maryland. Condolences may be sent online at www.melsonfuneralservices.com.
Sondra Ann Moore, 56, of Millsboro, Del., formerly of Glen Mills, Pa., passed away on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013.
Moore was born Aug. 23, 1956, in Wilmington, Del., to the late Alexander Burton and Nancy Timothy, who survives her. In addition to her father, Moore was preceded in death by a sister, Nancy Franciscus. She grew up in Claymont, Del. Moore was very involved with her grandchildren and loved her family dearly. She loved the beach and the Beaver Valley region. She was a nature fan and supported wildlife preservation. She worked at the Riddle Hospital in Pennsylvania as a unit clerk.
Moore is survived by her mother, Nancy Timothy of Boothwyn, Pa.; her husband, Richard Moore of Millsboro; a daughter, Dianna Worrell of Aston, Pa.; a son, Robert Capriotti of Glen Mills, Pa.; sisters Laurie Faucett, Chrissy Bogardus and Jennifer Sarmento; three grandchildren, Kaitlyn, JoJo and Alexis; numerous extended family members and friends; and her three feline friends, whom she adored.
A funeral service was scheduled for Jan. 29, 2013, at Watson Funeral Home in Millsboro, Del., with Deacon Dennis Hayden officiating. Burial was to follow at Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Millsboro. In lieu of flowers, the family suggested memorial contributions to a wildlife preservation organization of the giver’s choice. Condolences may be sent online at www.watsonfh.com.
Gregory J. “Greg” Perry Sr., 50, of Selbyville, Del., and formerly of Salisbury, Md., passed away Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013, at Atlantic General Hospital in Berlin, Md. He was born in Salisbury, son of the late Bette (Collins) Perry and Calvin Perry.
Perry is survived by his father, Calvin Perry of Nanticoke, Md.; his wife, Veronica L. Perry of Selbyville; three sons, Gregory J. Perry Jr. of Salisbury, Aaron P. Perry of Roanoke, Va., and Cody A. Perry of Selbyville; a brother, Tom Perry of Spokane, Wash.; a sister, Terri Singleton of Magnolia; and two grandchildren, Gavin and Olivia Perry.
Services were to be private, for the family. Condolences may be sent online at www.hastingsfuneralhome.net.
Phillip E. “Pee Wee” Townsend, 71, of Millville, Del., passed away peacefully, surrounded by his loving family, on Monday, Jan. 28, 2013, at his home.
Townsend was born April 10, 1941, in Frankford, Del., son of Elisha William and Helen Jane (Morgan) Townsend. Townsend was a truck driver for Shelby Trucking in Selbyville, with more than 40 years of service before his illness. He loved working in his yard, driving the tractor and trailer and camping with his family. Townsend was also a social member of the Millville Volunteer Fire Company.
In addition to his father, Townsend was preceded in death by a stepson, Tim Timmons. He is survived by his loving wife of 22 years, Carolyn Hickman Townsend; his mother, Helen Jane Townsend Nichols; a son, William E. Townsend and his wife, Maria; two daughters, Donna Rae Frietz and her husband, Archie, and Holly Rae Townsend; a sister, Joyce Townsend Smullen and her husband, Tommy Smullen, and their sons, Greg Lynch and his wife, Shirley, and Tommy Smullen Jr.; seven stepchildren, Mark Hammond and his wife, Joann, Frank Timmons and his wife, Bonnie, Terry Timmons and his wife, Sheila, Sue Timmons, and Bill Timmons and his wife, Tina, as well as Brian Atkins and his wife, Kim, and Crystal Trout and her husband, Eric; eight grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; his four-legged baby, Mindy; and several step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren.
A viewing was to be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 1, 2013, at Melson Funeral Services, 43 Thatcher Street in Frankford, Del. The funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013, at the funeral home, where friends and family may call after 2 p.m. Interment was to follow at St. George’s Cemetery in Clarksville. Online condolences may be sent by visiting www.melsonfuneralservices.com.
Paul Anthony Trionfo, 82, of Frankford, Del., formerly of Ocean City, Md., and Baltimore, Md., passed away at his home on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013.
Trionfo was a veteran of the Korean War, having served in the U.S. Air Force. He was a retired bricklayer with the Local Bricklayers Union in Baltimore. He enjoyed playing slots, baking and knitting.
Trionfo is survived by two daughters and their husbands, Theresa M. Forrest and Robert Tayman of Abingdon, Md., and Concetta Trionfo Daley and Wayne Clark of Kingsville, Md.; his partner, John Harmon; a brother, Peter Trionfo; a sister, Nancy Cossentina; four grandchildren, Anna Clark, Kendall Daley, Giavanna Clark and Nicholas Tayman; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Services and burial were to be private. In lieu of flowers, the family suggested memorial donations to the Sussex Humane Society; 22918 DuPont Hwy.; Georgetown, DE 19947. Condolences may be sent online at www.melsonfuneralservices.com.
Marvin B. Woodrum, 77, of Dagsboro, Del., formerly of Gaithersburg, Md., passed away peacefully, surrounded by his loving family, on Monday, Jan. 21, 2013, at the Delaware Hospice Center in Milford, Del.
Woodrum was born Sept. 2, 1935, in Kaymoor, W.Va., son of the late Charles Spurgas and Dora Ellen (Johnson) Woodrum. He was a veteran of the United States Marine Corps and retired as a produce manager for A&P. Woodrum was a past member of the Delaware Senior Olympics, volunteer for CheerMobile and AARP, and a member of the Old Timer’s Softball League, and he enjoyed bowling.
Woodrum is survived by his loving wife of almost 57 years, Anna L. (Reed) Woodrum; three children, Charles Woodrum, Marvin David Woodrum and Pamela Ann Detrick and her husband, Richard; seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
A memorial service was to be held at noon on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013, at Melson Funeral Services, 38040 Muddy Neck Road in Ocean View, Del., where friends and family may call after 11:30 a.m. Interment was to be private. In lieu of flowers, the family suggested memorial contributions to the Tunnell Cancer Center; 18941 John J. Williams Hwy.; Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971. Condolences may be sent online at www.melsonfuneralservices.com.
James E. Atkinson Sr. of Millsboro, Del., passed away on Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013. He was 91 years old.
Atkinson was a veteran of the United States Army, having served during World War II in the 11th Airborne and the U.S. Army Pacific Theater. Atkinson was also a founding member of the Lutheran Church in Milford, Del.
He earned his master’s degree in education at St. Bonaventure University. He taught at Shingle House High School and also was the basketball coach there from 1947 to 1953. Atkinson later became principal at Milford High School, from 1953 to 1964, as well as A.I. DuPont from 1965 to 1967 and John Dickinson from 1967 to 1982. He continued to work full-time until the age of 86. Atkinson was an animal lover and supported both the Humane Society and the SPCA and rescued many animals in his lifetime.
Atkinson is survived by his children, Gloria Jones of Georgetown, Del., John Atkinson of Rose, Okla., and James E. Atkinson Jr. of Millsboro, with whom he lived; as well as six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
A funeral service was scheduled for Jan. 24, 2013, at Watson Funeral Home, in Millsboro, Del., through which condolences may be sent online at www.watsonfh.com. Interment with military honors was to follow the service, at Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggested memorial donations to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Delaware; 111-A North Bedford St.; Georgetown, DE 19947.
Naoma P. Avara, 80, of Selbyville, Del., and formerly of Baltimore, Md., passed away Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013, at Delaware Hospice Center in Milford, Del. She was born in Baltimore, daughter of the late Raymond James and Hilda Marie (Knell) Keefe.
She was a member of St. Luke Catholic Church in Ocean City.
Avara was preceded in death by a daughter, Connie Merenda. She is survived by her husband, Vincent R. Avara and a son, Vincent Merenda, both of Selbyville; two daughters, Brenda Kinsell, also of Selbyville, and Barbara Burns of Dagsboro, Del., a brother, Raymond Keefe of Ellicott City, Md.; a sister, Linda Ware of Middle River, Md.; two grandsons; and three great-grandchildren.
A Memorial Mass was to be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013, at St. Luke Catholic Church in Ocean City, Md., where friends could call from 12:30 to 1 p.m. 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.