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Gebhart Funeral Home Of Claymont

Gebhart Funeral Home was started in 1919 when the Gebhart family purchased the business from Mr. Charles H. Clewell. The original location at 531 Delaware Street in the city of New Castle was built as a funeral home in 1885. This funeral home is the oldest existing funeral establishment in New Castle County, Delaware.

The Claymont Chapel located on Philadelphia Pike, north of Wilmington was originally built in 1915 as a vacation home for a Philadelphia plumber. It was converted into a full service funeral home in the 1950’s after William F. Jones purchased the property. Through a strong friendship and professional relationship with Mr. Jones, the Gebhart family purchased this location in 1972.


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Charles "Chuck" Roy Dover

May 2, 2017

Charles "Chuck" Roy Dover, age 55, of Claymont, DE died on Tuesday May 2nd, 2017. Charles was an accomplished journeyman machinist for over 30 years. Through his years as a machinist he became a well-respected member of his trade. He enjoyed blacksmithing and became an esteemed member of the Blacksmith Guild of central Maryland in which he was presented with the "Unsung Hero" award. He...
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Edward W. Ewald

May 2, 2017

Edward W. Ewald, age 64 of Claymont, DE passed away Tuesday, May 2, 2017. A Memorial Service will be held Wednesday, May 10, 2017 at 12pm at Gebhart Funeral Home, 3401 Philadelphia Pike, Claymont, DE 19703, where friends may visit with the family from 11am - 12pm. Burial will be private.
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Jessie Anita Hargan

April 22, 2017

Jessie A. Hargan of Claymont, DE and Gwinhurst, DE went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, April 22, 2017 in St. Francis Hospital, Wilmington, DE. Jessie was the daughter of the late Rose and Gilbert Hargan, Sr. She was a member of Atonement United Methodist Church, where she worked in many ministries. Jessie graduated from Claymont High School and Goldey-Beacom College with a business...
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Joseph John Parkinson

April 21, 2017

Joseph John Parkinson, age 88 of Wilmington, DE passed away April 21, 2017 at Compassionate Care Hospice, St. Francis Hospital. Joseph graduated from Claymont High School, Class of 1946. He retired from Phoenix Steel as a lab technician after 34 years of service. Joseph constructed realistic detail model ships from blueprints which he made from wood and also from tin cans. He later...
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Barbara Lee Parkinson

April 21, 2017

Barbara Lee Parkinson, age 60, went home to be with our Lord April 21, 2017, after a short illness. Barbara attended Charles W. Bush School. She enjoyed life, she loved music and animals and especially going out to eat. She is survived by her mother, Bennetta Parkinson; her sister, Bonnie (Harry) Marcus; aunt and uncle, Jack (Cathy) Parkinson; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was...
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Charles A. Weferling

April 16, 2017

Charles A. Weferling passed away peacefully on Sunday, April 16, 2017 after a battle of esophageal cancer. He was born on March 24, 1929 in Ludlow Massachusetts, son of the late Albert and Laura Weferling and leaves behind a sister, Gertrude Mallonee. After being released from the military he moved to Delaware living here the majority of his life. He is survived by his daughters, Deborah...
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Shelba K. Deavers

March 31, 2017

Shelba K. Deavers, age 80, of Claymont, Delaware, formerly of Rileyville Virginia, passed peacefully in her sleep March 31, 2017. Shelba was a native of Orlando, West Virginia, daughter of the late Ed and Pearl Skinner. She was preceded in death by her late husband Allen Deavers, twin sister Shirley Windsor, sons, William Shaw and Wallace Edward Shaw. She is survived by her siblings Edsel...
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Elmer M. "Reds" Morgan

March 18, 2017

A resident of Claymont, DE and Centerville, MD, Elmer M. "Reds" Morgan passed away on Saturday, March 18, 2017, at his home in Claymont, Delaware, surrounded by his family. He was 90 years old on January 31, 2017. Mr. Morgan was the son of the late Charles Hiram and Melthy Elizabeth (Trice) Morgan. Mr. Morgan, his 3 brothers, and 3 sisters grew up in Claymont, Delaware. Mr. Morgan...
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Philip F. Crosland

March 14, 2017

Philip F. Crosland, aged 98 died March 14, 2017 at Compassionate Care Hospice after a lengthy illness. He was born on December 2, 1918 in Philadelphia, PA to Philip A. Crosland and Sarah Louise Miller. The family moved to Holly Oak when he was two years old and he has lived in that house ever since. He graduated from Claymont High School in 1935 and from Temple University in 1939. He later...
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Margaret T. Maguire

March 12, 2017

Margaret T. Maguire, age 58, of Wilmington Delaware, died peacefully on March 12, 2017, surrounded by loved ones. Margaret had been a teacher at St. Helena's for over 30 years until her retirement. She enjoyed spending time with her children and was a devoted mother. Margaret also enjoyed Facebook because it gave her the opportunity to keep up with family and friends and with current events. ...
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Kathleen E. Hayes

March 3, 2017

Kathleen E. (Matarese) Hayes "Kay", 78 of Claymont, DE passed away on March 3, 2017. Kay was born on January 29, 1939 to the late Joseph and Marguerite Matarese. Kay devoted her life to being a "domestic goddess" raising and caring for her family and friends and hosting gatherings but her greatest love was caring for the kids she had in her daycare. Kay was also predeceased by daughter,...
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Daniel T. "Dan" Petrucci, Jr.

February 28, 2017

Daniel T. Petrucci, Jr. (Dan), 40 years old, passed away February 28th 2017. He was born September 29th, 1976 in Wilmington to Jeannie (Weaver) O'Donnell (Gene) and Daniel T. Petrucci Sr (Debbie). He is survived by his daughter, the love of his life, Ashleigh Petrucci (John). He is also survived by his sister, Nikki Miller (Bill); niece, Alex; nephew, Jax; half-sister, Allison; step brother ...
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Lucy R. Finocchiaro

February 27, 2017

Lucy (Zappacosta) Finocchiaro, age 94, of Wilmington, DE passed away Monday, February 27, 2017 at her daughter's home, surrounded by her family. Lucy graduated from P.S. DuPont High School. She was a homemaker and worked by her husband,'s side at Fino Repair in Wilmington, DE. Lucy was a parishioner of Christ Our King Church for 92 years, where she was a member of the Altar Society. Lucy...
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Joan Verna Light

February 16, 2017

Joan Verna Light, age 84, of Millsboro, DE, formerly of New London, PA and Claymont, DE passed away after a long illness on Thursday, February 16th, 2017 at Cadia Rehabilitation Renaissance, Millsboro, DE. Joan was a 1949 graduate of Claymont High School. She spent many years as a head teller in the banking industry in the Wilmington area and as a receptionist at the Masonic Home of Delaware....
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Walter G. Parsons

February 10, 2017

Walter G. Parsons, age 84, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Friday, February 10, 2017 at St. Francis Hospital Compassionate Care. Walter was born in Kenton, DE to the late George and Althea (Phillips) Parsons. He was a 1952 graduate of Prospect Park High School, where he was a 3-letter athlete. He worked for Bell Telephone of Pennsylvania for 40 years as a cable splicer,...
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Christopher Wolski

February 9, 2017

Christopher Wolski, age 50, born on November 15, 1966 in Chester, Pennsylvania passed away surrounded by his loving family, Thursday, February 9, 2017. Chris graduated from Howard High School in 1984, where his career pathway was welding. He joined the U.S. Navy directly after High School, where he was then stationed on the U.S.S. John F .Kennedy until 1988. He then was a part of the U.S....
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Donald R. McLeod, Sr.

February 3, 2017

Donald Ray McLeod passed away peacefully at his home on February 3, 2017. He was born in Fayetteville, NC to the late Lawrence H. and Annie Mae McLeod. He was a SMSgt. and a veteran of the Vietnam War in the US Air Force, serving 20 years as a jet engine mechanic before retiring in 1973. A second career of 17 years as a maintenance facilitator for Blue Cross of Wilmington, retiring in 1994. ...
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Anthony W. Vagnoni

January 31, 2017

"It won't all go the way it should, but I know the heart of life is good"-JM Anthony William Vagnoni passed away suddenly on January 31, 2017. Tony was born in 1983 as part of the first set of quadruplets in Delaware. Tony graduated from Concord High School in 2001. He was starting quarterback for the football team, played baseball throughout his high school career, and was crowned Mr....
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Gilbert M. Hargan, Jr.

January 27, 2017

Gilbert M. Hargan, Jr. of Claymont, DE went home to be with the Lord on Friday, January 27, 2017 at Christiana Hospital, Newark, DE. Gilbert was the son of the late Rose and Gilbert Hargan, Sr. He was a member of Atonement United Methodist Church. Gilbert graduated from Claymont High School in 1963. Then, he was employed with Congoleum as a Fork Lift Operator, supervising many jobs in the...
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Yolanda V. Bell

January 22, 2017

Yolanda V Bell, 93, of Townsend DE, formerly of Trenton, NJ, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Sunday, January 22, 2017 at Seasons Hospice, Christiana Hospital. Yolanda was born in East Harlem and spent her formative years in Brooklyn, where she attended Samuel L Tilden High School. She then worked for the Bulova Watch Company until she enlisted in the US Army during WWII serving...
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Everett S. Bradley, Jr.

January 22, 2017

Everett S. Bradley Jr., age 78, of Brookhaven, PA, formerly of North Wilmington, DE died on January 22, 2017 at Crozer Chester Medical Center, Upland, PA. Everett was a graduate of Mount Pleasant High School, Wilmington, DE. He was employed as a Chemical Operator for General Chemical Company, retiring in 2000. Mr. Bradley served in the Army Reserves. Everett was preceded in death by his...
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Diana Vera Stevenson-Stella

January 12, 2017

Diana Vera Stevenson-Stella, age 32, of Wilmington, DE, died on Thursday, January 12, 2017. Diana graduated from Mount Pleasant High School in 2002. She also completed 4 years at Delaware Tech, graduating in the top 10 of her class. She majored in health care, anatomy and physiology and medical transcription. Diana worked at the YMCA and then worked for Household Savings and Loan. She...
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Eugene "Gene" P. Solge, Jr.

January 7, 2017

Eugene "Gene" P. Solge Jr., age 70, of Wilmington, Delaware passed away on Saturday, January 7, 2017. Gene grew up in Fairfax, Delaware. He attended St. Mary Magdalen Grade School, graduated from Brandywine High school and then enlisted in the Army National Guard. After being honorably discharged from the Army National Guard, Gene went to work for Urie & Blanton Welding. He retired from Keen...
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Dolores M. Ward

January 2, 2017

Dolores M. Ward, age 92, a longtime Ardentown, DE resident passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Monday, January 2, 2017. Dolores was born on August 26, 1924 in Carbondale, Pennsylvania to Mildred (Smurl) and James Mullaney. She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 41 years, Charles L. Ward on May 22, 1989 and her son, Thomas E. Ward on February 14, 2015. She is...
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Roy I. Covey, Sr.

January 1, 2017

Roy I. Covey. Sr, "Buzzy" 76 of Claymont, DE passed away on January 1, 2017 at home. Born in Elkton, MD, on October 23, 1940, Mr. Covey was the son of the late Roy F. Covey and Emma Seymour Covey. Mr. Covey worked for General Motors (GM) in Wilmington, DE for 30 years. Following retirement from GM, he held several positions at WAWA markets. Then, with Atlantic Logistics Agency, he...
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George H Miller III

December 20, 2016

George H. Miller III passed away on Tuesday, December 20, 2016 at UPMC Hospital surrounded by his wife, loving family and friends. George graduated from Salesianum High School in 1972 and attended Mount St. Mary's College. He retired from Hopkins Seafood. He also worked at Blue Crab Seafood and Century Seafood. He was an active member of Talleyville Fire Company, Co. B, 4th Texas Vol. Inf....
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Jeanne E. Corbett

December 13, 2016

Jeanne E. Benham Corbert, born in England on December 21, 1930. She is predeceased by 3 brothers Louis from PA, Morris from Amsterdam, Seril from Holland. One brother that is alive Elga E.W. from Australia. Mother Phyllis and Father Arthur. 3 grandchildren, Deven, Athena, Jackie Hallback, daughter of the late Rita Hallback the love of Jimmy's life may she rest. Daughter Margaret...
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Walter "Butch" F. McClain III

November 29, 2016

Walter "Butch" F. McClain III, age 48, passed away at home on Tuesday, November 29, 2016. Butch graduated from Delcastle High School in 1986 and started his 28 year career with Alcatel-Lucent Technologies. Butch was actively involved in the N.C.C. men's softball league for 15 years, where he developed strong relationships with his teammates. Butch was well known for his long conversations and...
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Barbara Hicks Hart

November 29, 2016

Barbara Hicks Hart was born in Oneonta, New York on September 10th, 1942. She passed away peacefully surrounded by her family and loved ones and entered Heaven's gates on November 29th, 2016. She worked in the restaurant business all of her life and was the consummate professional. She carried your breakfast, lunch, and dinner with the utmost grace and never left your coffee cups empty or...
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Irene Claire Kominek

November 23, 2016

Irene C. Kominek, 95, of Wilmington (previously of Bergenfield, NJ), passed away on Wednesday, November 23, 2016, at Foulk Manor North. Irene was born in 1921 to the late Charles and Angela (Kuhn) Merkler. She attended St. Mary's High School in Elizabeth, NJ, and Montclair State College in Montclair, NJ. She later earned a Master's degree in Library Science from Columbia University. She...
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Louis "Mike" McCall

November 20, 2016

Louis "Mike" McCall, 61, of Wilmington, DE passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, November 20, 2016 at home. Mike was a 1974 graduate of Mt. Pleasant High School. It was there that he developed his talent and appreciation for all types of music as lead guitarist and vocalist in several local bands. Mike had a love for the beach, especially fishing. He was an avid Blue Hens fan as well as all...
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Mary A. Monopoli

November 19, 2016

Mary A. Monopoli, age 93, of Wilmington, Delaware, passed away on Saturday, November 19, 2016. Mary was born in Syracuse, NY to the late Vito and Grace Allegro and graduated from Assumption High School. She worked for many large companies in her career including Niagara Mohawk Power, General Electric Corp. and retired from William Importing Co. as secretary and bookkeeper. After moving to...
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John T. "Jack" Malone

November 18, 2016

John T. "Jack" Malone, age 66, passed away on Friday, November 18 at St. Francis Compassionate Care surrounded by his wife and family. Jack was born in Wilmington, Delaware, and was a life-long resident of Claymont, Delaware. After attending Holy Rosary and being a member of the first graduating class of Claymont High School, Jack met the love of his life and wife of 42 years, Carol...
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Dora M. Kofron

November 6, 2016

Dora Kofron, 74, of Claymont, Delaware passed away on Sunday, November 6, 2016. Dora had attended Brandywine High School and dedicated many years serving as a crossing guard. Dora treasured countless annual summers with family and friends in Cape May, NJ. Her love for sweets, especially cheesecake, never went unnoticed. She enjoyed participating in a bowling league and being a part of the Al...
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Joseph Edward Turchen, Sr.

November 3, 2016

Joseph Edward Turchen, Sr. age 66, of Wilmington, Delaware, formerly of Chester, PA, died on November 3, 2016 in Christiana Hospital. Joseph graduated from Chester High School, Class of 1968. He was formerly employed by Kiddie World and Holiday Lanes. He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Jean Turchen, and his father and mother in law, James and Dolores Elder. Joseph is...
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Becky J. Yencharis

October 18, 2016

Becky J. Yencharis, a resident of Claymont, Delaware, died at home on October 18, 2016. Becky was born in Scranton, PA to Joseph and Ann Bulauskas and had five siblings, all deceased. Becky was married to Al Yencharis, who died in 1986. Prior to her retirement, she was employed at the Teledyne-Wirz for many years. She is survived by nieces and nephews. Becky was an avid runner and won...
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Clinton Mark Charles

October 7, 2016

Clinton Mark Charles, age 62, of Claymont, DE passed away at home on October 7, 2016. He will truly be missed by everyone that knew and came into contact with him. Clint was a very private person but was always willing to help anyone in need. He had a heart as big as the moon and a hug for everyone. Clinton was very close to his family. When his father passed away in 1975, he went to school,...
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Donald "Dunkin" Ray Allred, Jr.

September 25, 2016

Donald "Dunkin" Ray Allred Jr., 48, of Claymont, Delaware was reunited with his mom, aunt and grandparents on Sunday, September 25, 2016 after a long well-fought battle with lung cancer. Donald was born December 7, 1967 in Wilmington, Delaware to Mary (Clark) Hickey and Donald Allred. He attended Brandywine High School and received his diploma from Greensburg High School. At age 18, Donald...
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Alvan F. Dobson, Jr.

September 14, 2016

Alvan "Dobbie" Dobson, Jr. age 87 of Claymont, DE passed away peacefully at home while surrounded by his family on Wednesday, September 14, 2016. A native Delawarean, Dobbie was born on July 12, 1929, some say with a rubber coat, hip boots and helmet on into a family of firefighters. He began his volunteer firefighting at a young age with Five Points Fire Company and served at Claymont...
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John E. Archer

August 28, 2016

John Emerson Archer, age 81, of Claymont, DE died August 28, 2016. John was born in Reading, PA, the son of F. Emerson and S. Agnes Archer. He attended Mount Pleasant H.S. and received a BA and MA from West Chester State Teachers College. He taught Social Studies and helped with intramural sports and jazz club. He had a love of music, especially jazz, Big Bands and Frank Sinatra. He loved...
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Eugene A. Petrella

August 28, 2016

Eugene Petrella of Wilmington, DE, passed away on Sunday, August 28, 2016 at the age of 93. He is predeceased by his wife of 67 years, Josephine Petrella. Eugene was born in Belleplain, NJ on April 29, 1923. He was the son of the late Elizabeth and Andrea (Andrew) Petrella, both immigrants from Italy. He attended school at Cape May Court House where he graduated in 1941. After...
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Glenn Leo Harmon

August 26, 2016

Glenn Leo Harmon, age 64, of Claymont, Delaware, formerly of Crum Lynne, Pennsylvania, passed away on Friday, August 26, 2016 at Christiana Hospital after a long battle with cancer. Born in Chester, PA on May 3, 1952, he was the son of the late William D. and Ozzilene Harmon. Glenn grew up in Crum Lynne, PA and attended Ridley High School. He worked as an Operating Engineer at Jones Lang...
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Peggy Ann Hoylman

August 3, 2016

Peggy Ann Hoylman, age 66, of Wilmington, DE passed away at home, August 3, 2016. Peggy was preceded in death by her sister, Norma Lorraine Rozati. She is survived by her husband of 45 wonderful years, Jack Hoylman; daughters, Sabrina Milo and Lavette Milo; granddaughter, Erica Sullenberger; 4 great-grandchildren; brother, Hollis Cox; sister, Jean Saltzman and her husband, Jack; and step...
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Beth Ann Stack

July 24, 2016

Beth Ann Stack, (nee) Lejman, age 58, of Wilmington, DE formerly of Philadelphia, PA passed away on Sunday, July 24th, 2016, peacefully with family beside her. Beth attended and graduated Sun Valley High School, Brookhaven, PA, Class of 1976. She then went on to become an Office Manager in the Insurance and Real-Estate fields out of Philadelphia, PA for thirty plus years. Beth's passion for...
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Barbara A. McGhee

July 15, 2016

Barbara Ann (McNelly) McGhee passed away after a long illness on Friday, July 15, 2016. She would have been 68 on July 17th. Born at Chester Hospital in Chester, PA in 1948, she graduated from Claymont High School and remained a lifetime Claymont resident and member of the VFW. Barbara worked for General Motors, the Brandywine School District, and Shop Rite Food Market. She was preceded in...
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Nicole "Nikki" Shaw

July 2, 2016

Nicole Shaw "Nikki", age 55, of Wilmington, Delaware, died on July 2, 2016. She attended Claymont High School, where she met many of her lifelong friends. She was a former Front-End Supervisor of Acme Supermarkets, where she worked for 37 years. When she was not around close family and friends, you would always find Nikki tending to her gardens and flowers or flipping through magazines. ...
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James W. "Jimmy" Harris, Jr.

June 30, 2016

James W. Harris, Jr., 53, formally of Claymont, DE went to be with Lord on June 30th, 2016, he passed away in his home in Millsboro, DE. Jimmy was born in Claymont, DE to the late Nancy Harris (Thompson) and James W. Harris Sr. on June 28th 1963. He attended Claymont High School. He went on to work with his father in construction at Harris Construction Company. Jimmy had his captains license...
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Charles D. "Slick" Lawrence, Sr.

June 30, 2016

Charles Dwight "Slick" Lawrence, Sr., age 65, of Wilmington, DE, died on Thursday, June 30, 2016. Charles was employed by Waste Management for twenty years. He was predeceased by his daughter, Angela DeFrancis and his sister, Jennifer Serpe. He is survived by his loving wife, Maggie; devoted loving son, Chuck D. Lawrence, Jr. and his wife,; one sister, Lynn; one brother, Walter and his...
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Dana Carroll King

June 15, 2016

Dana Carroll King, 71, passed away peacefully at the Kutz Nursing Home on Wednesday, June 15th, losing her 10 year battle with Arachnoiditis, also known as failed back surgery. She was strong willed, especially through her long and painful illness. Doctors and nurses admired her determination to live and enjoy life even though her quality of life was severely diminished. Dana leaves...
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Lee I. Jones

June 12, 2016

Lee I. Jones, born January 7th 1928, passed away peacefully on June 12, 2016 at Season Hospice of Christiana Care. Mr. Jones served in the Army during World War II, then worked for The Sun Oil Company in Marcus Hook, PA for 28 Years. He was an active member of the American Legion Post 951 in Boothwyn, PA, where he served as Judge Advocate. Lee is predeceased by his wife of 57 years,...
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Jerry J. Jackson

May 21, 2016

Jerry J. Jackson of Claymont, DE, born on September 20, 1952 died at age 63 on Saturday, May 21st, 2016 at Heartland Hospice House, Wilmington, DE. Jerry graduated Claymont High School in 1970. Jerry was known as a general handy man and painter by trade. Jerry was known for his expertise at the pool table. Jerry is survived by Guardian Angel, Tom Ryan and wife Cathy and family; sister,...
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Grace Mary (Harrison Bradley

May 21, 2016

Grace Harrison Bradley, of Claymont, DE passed away Saturday, May 21, 2016 at the age of 82. Grace graduated from Claymont High School in 1951. She received a degree in Physical Education from the University of Delaware in 1955. Grace was a phys ed teacher at William Penn High School in New Castle where she also coached field hockey, cheerleading and softball. She left teaching in 1969 to...
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Barry Wayne Dahllof, Sr.

May 8, 2016

Barry W. Dahllof, Sr. of Ellendale, DE passed away at Heartland Hospice House on Sunday, May 8, 2016, at the age of 71. Though his body had started to and finally failed him, his heart, mind and sense of humor never did. Barry graduated from Chester High School in Chester, PA. He worked as a quality control supervisor and chemist for Irving Textile Products for 34 years. Barry is survived...
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Deidrea "Dee" Marie Carson

May 6, 2016

Deidrea "Dee" Marie Carson, age 58, of Wilmington, DE passed away suddenly on Friday, May 6, 2016 surrounded by her loved ones. Deidrea was born in Erie, PA, the daughter of Virginia (Wambach) and the late William J. Carson. She was a graduate of Newark High School and attended the University of Delaware and Cecil County Community College. She was working in customer service at Verizon. Dee...
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Elizabeth "Betty" Ann Solge

April 29, 2016

Elizabeth "Betty" Ann Solge, 68, of Wilmington, Delaware, passed away on Friday, April 29, 2016 surrounded by her loving family; beloved wife of Gene Solge, Jr., loving mother to Gene Solge, III and adored grandmother of Meghan and Hannah. Betty was born in Philadelphia, PA and raised in Cherry Hill, NJ. She graduated from Cherry Hill High School and then attended Goldey Beacom College,...
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Robert Ralph Southam

April 22, 2016

Robert Ralph Southam, age 64, of Wilmington, DE, formerly of Sharon Hill, PA, died on April 22, 2016 at home in Wilmington, DE. Robert graduated from Sharon Hill High School in Sharon Hill, PA. He was an auto mechanic for Springfield Ford in Springfield, PA, and a diesel mechanic for Bentley Trucking of Delaware, and also Truck Tech of Delaware. Robert, is survived by his loving fiancé...
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Joshua James Rickards Crews

April 17, 2016

Joshua James Rickards Crews, age 17, of Claymont, DE, formerly of Chester, PA, died on April 17th, 2016 at home. Josh attended Media Providence Friends School, Brandywine High School and Concord High School for a short time. When not in school, Joshua worked at the Acme Supermarket in Wilmington. He was a member of the Folsom Falcons Youth Football Program in Ridley, PA. He was an honorary...
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Joan Frances Chambers

April 17, 2016

Joan Frances Chambers, age 84, of Wilmington, Delaware passed away on April 17, 2016 after a short but courageous battle with cancer. Joan was a graduate of West Catholic School for Girls in Philadelphia in 1950. After being married in January 1964 to Joseph D. Chambers Sr, they moved to Claymont, Delaware and began to raise a large family. Joan spent many years being the Manager of the...
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Constance M. Ventura

April 12, 2016

Constance M. Ventura (nee DeMarco), age 94, passed away peacefully on April 12, 2016 surrounded by family in her home at the Lorelton Assisted Living Facility in Wilmington, Delaware. Born in Philadelphia in 1921, Connie was the beloved daughter of Alberico and Irena (DiOvidio) DeMarco. She played the violin and was concertmistress of the symphony orchestra in her senior year at West...
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Jane G. Krieger

April 8, 2016

Jane G. Krieger, age 64, of Wyoming, DE died on Friday, April 8th, 2016. Jane attended Mt. Pleasant High School and graduated in 1969. She worked for the Law Office of Morris, James, Hitchens and Williams. For the past 10 years, she worked for the Superior Court- State of Delaware as an Administrative Assistant for the Honorable Mary M. Johnston. When not at work, Mrs. Krieger enjoyed...
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Kenneth J. Waltz

March 26, 2016

Kenneth J. Waltz, age 70, of Wilmington, Delaware passed away peacefully on Saturday, March 26, 2016 at home surrounded by loved ones. Kenneth attended Father Judge High School and Neshaminy High School. He joined the U.S. Navy after high school as a 3rd Class Boiler Technician. Ken worked for Nova Consultants, LTD., as a District Engineer for the last 16 years. Kenneth was predeceased...
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Gail Lee Patterson Bickling

March 22, 2016

Gail Lee Patterson Bickling, 76, of Austin, Texas died Tuesday March 22, 2016 at her home. Gail is survived by her husband and life-long love Richard Bickling, her 2 surviving sisters Sue Dougherty of Newark, DE; Wendy Haedo of Garnet Valley, PA; her 3 children and their spouses; Rick and Ellen Bickling of Leander, TX; Randy Gaytan of Valdosta, GA; Ryan and Kim Bickling of Lawrence, KS: her 7...
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Lora Annette Allmond Pazdalski

March 11, 2016

Lora Annette Allmond Pazdalski , age 92, passed away peacefully with family at her side on Friday, March 11, 2016 in Wilmington, DE. Lora was born in Murphy, North Carolina to the late Jerry and Cora Lee Allmond. She met her one and only love, Louis Pazdalski and were soon married and lived together for more than 55 years. She thoroughly enjoyed family get-togethers and volunteering as a scout...
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Tina L. Petrowsky

March 7, 2016

Tina L. Petrowsky, age 55, of Claymont, DE, died on Monday, March 7, 2016 at home. Tina graduated from Claymont High School, class of 1979. She was an executive secretary for the DuPont Company for 14 years. She was also employed by Rollins Environmental and she was an avid Avon Representative. Tina, was a loving wife and mother, and was a loving caregiver for her mother. Tina will be...
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Lance Wendell Cole

March 6, 2016

Lance W. Cole, age 77, of Claymont, DE, formerly of Ridley Park, PA passed away peacefully in his sleep at his home on Sunday, March 6. Lance attended Ridley High School and was a US Marine from 1958-1962, during which time he obtained his GED. He worked at Boeing Helicopter for over 32 years, first as a Mechanic, later as an Inspector and finally as a Flight Inspector before retiring in 1997...
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Frances Elizabeth (Kauffman) Riddle

March 6, 2016

Frances Elizabeth (Kauffman) Riddle, passed away Sunday, March 6, 2016 at Heartland Hospice. She was 86 years old. Frances was born in Sharon Hill, PA, she was the daughter of the late John and Frances (Meenan) Quinn. She was predeceased by her son, Stephen Kauffman, her daughter, Patricia Turnbull, and her brother, John P. Quinn, Jr. Frances is survived by two daughters, Denise...
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Kathleen M. "Kay" Jefferies

March 5, 2016

Kathleen M. Jefferies, "Kay", age 97, of Wilmington, DE, formerly of Peekskill, New York, died peacefully on Saturday, March 5, 2016 at her home in Wilmington, DE. Kathleen was a loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother. After moving to Delaware in 1976, she became a member of Church of the Holy Child. She helped with many events at the church. She volunteered at the Mary Campbell...
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Rose Ann Bucci

February 24, 2016

Rose A. Bucci, age 92, of Claymont, DE, died on Wednesday, February 24, 2016, at Season's Hospice at Christiana Hospital. Rose worked and retired from Claymont and Brandywine School Districts. She was an active member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church, where she volunteered for the carnival, and was a member of the parish altar guild. She loved to play bingo, and crocheting. Rose also loved...
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Dorothy J. Smith

February 18, 2016

Dorothy J. Smith, age 76, of Claymont, DE passed away peacefully surrounded by her children on Thursday, February 18, 2016 at the Christiana Hospital. After raising her children, she became a teacher's aide with the Brandywine school district. She was a member of the Claymont Fire Company ladies' auxiliary. She enjoyed crossword and jigsaw puzzles, reading, bingo, traveling, playing slots...
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Rosalie "Presky" Cherniski

February 17, 2016

Rosalie Cherniski, age 94, of Wilmington, DE passed away Wednesday, February 17, 2016. Born in Chester, PA, Rosalie was the daughter of the late, Andrew and Josephine Presky. Mrs. Cherniski was a school teacher who taught Special Education for 25 years in Marcus Hook, PA. She enjoyed sewing and crocheting, especially lap robes, bibs and tote bags for the patients in veterans hospitals in...
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John E. Mahek, Sr.

February 16, 2016

John Edward Mahek, Sr. age 65 of Claymont, DE, and Harrisburg, PA, died on Tuesday, February 16, 2016 at home, surrounded by his family. John was a 1969 graduate of Salesianum High School. He was an employee of First Student School Bus Company, and Giant Supermarket. He was a member of Delaware Veterans Post # 1, and Claymont Moose Lodge. John was an Army Reserve Veteran. He was preceded...
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Oather "Bub" Allen McDaniel

February 16, 2016

Oather Allen McDaniel, age 87 of Claymont, DE passed away peacefully on February 16, 2016. Known by friends and family as a kind and positive person, Bub truly enjoyed life. He was a giving man, who was happiest helping others and was the main caregiver to his mother in her later years. Bub believed that working in the yard was the best exercise. He enjoyed tending to his garden and...
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Elsie M. Neidlein

February 13, 2016

Elsie M. Neidlein, age 89, of Claymont, DE passed away February 13, 2016. Elsie was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and compassionate caregiver. Elsie was preceded in death by her husband, Charlie E. Neidlein and her daughter, Judy M. Morris. She is survived by her sons, Joseph D. Starkey of Virginia, David L. Starkey of Illinois, Wayne S. Starkey of Claymont; numerous grandchildren...
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George Edward Rambo

February 7, 2016

George E. Rambo, age 84, of Claymont, DE passed away Sunday, February 7, 2016 at Delaware Hospice Center, Milford, DE. George graduated from P.S. DuPont High School, Class of 1949. He was a lineman, cable-splicer and PBX repairman for Diamond State Telephone. A computer engineer with AT&T, George retired after 42 total years in the telephone industry. He enlisted in the U.S. Army, where he...
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David F. Bullock

February 1, 2016

David F. Bullock, age 68, of Claymont, DE, passed away peacefully at home on February 1, 2016, surrounded by his family. David was a 1965 graduate of Claymont High School, where he was an avid football player and wrestler. He retired as Chief Operator from Sun Oil Refinery in 2001 after 35 years of dedicated service. David proudly served his country in the US Army and was a Vietnam Veteran. ...
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Edward J. Sumoski

January 26, 2016

Edward J. Sumoski of Claymont, DE passed away at home on Tuesday, January 26, 2016, at the age of 90. Though his body had started to and finally failed him, his heart and mind and sense of humor never did. Ed is preceded in death by his wife, Theresa Sumoski, of Ambler, PA; his father and mother, Joseph Sumoski and Frances Anascavage Sumoski, of Minersville, PA. "Eddie," as he was best...
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Julia Ann "Judy" Meixell

January 21, 2016

Julia Ann "Judy" Meixell, 76, of Smyrna, DE passed away on Thursday, January 21, 2016 at Kent General Hospital after a battle with cancer. Julia was born in Philadelphia, PA. She married Veryl V. Meixell, Jr. and lived in Wilmington, DE prior to moving to Smyrna, DE. She worked at Verizon Communications until she retired in 2001. She enjoyed going on cruises and spending time at the beach...
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Craig Seltzer

January 19, 2016

Craig Seltzer, age 50, of Wilmington, DE, died on January 19, 2016. Craig served in the United States Army. He was preceded in death by his parents, Jules and Carol Seltzer, and his brother Eric Seltzer. Craig will be remembered by his best friends, Mario, Sal and Ellen, and many nice neighbors. Friends are invited to attend a visitation on Wednesday, February 3, 2016 at 10:00am, at...
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John Stasho

January 6, 2016

John Stasho, age 92, of Wilmington, DE passed away Wednesday, January 6, 2016. Mr. Stasho was born in 1923 in Pottsville, PA. He graduated from St. Clair High School, PA and retired from the DuPont Co. He served in the armed services during WWII and loved the outdoors. John volunteered his time clearing and maintaining hiking trails at the Hawk Mountain Bird Sanctuary. Mr. Stasho is...
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Frances T. "Fran" Horner

January 4, 2016

Frances T. Horner "Fran", of Claymont, DE, formerly of Scranton, PA, died on January 4, 2016, at Crozer-Keystone Hospice Residence at Taylor Hospital Upon graduation from Holy Rosary School in Scranton, PA, Fran enrolled in the Mercy Hospital School of Nursing. She then worked for a time as a private duty nurse until enlisting in the U.S. Army during WWII. She served nearly 4 years as a 1st...
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Robert David Watts

December 21, 2015

Robert David Watts, 88, a loving Husband, Father. Pop Pop & Granpoppy, passed away on December 21st, 2015 with his family by his side. He was born on February 8th,1927 to the late Omar & Marjorie Watts in Eddystone, PA, 1 of 6 children. He is survived by two sisters, Sarah Lines and Dorothy Pauley. Robert graduated from High School and went immediately into the Army. He then married the late...
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Betty J. Spence

December 20, 2015

Age 83, of Claymont, DE, formerly of Boothwyn, PA passed away Sunday, December 20, 2015 at home surrounded by her loving family. Betty was born in Wattsville, VA, the daughter of the late Goldie Creswell (Tyndall) and Elmer B. Watson. She was a cafeteria manager with the Brandywine School District for 30 years. Betty enjoyed shopping, crocheting and traveling. Her biggest joy in life were...
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Larry Wayne Hicks

December 14, 2015

Larry Wayne Hicks, age 67, of Claymont, DE passed away Monday, December 14, 2015.
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Rose C. "Mickey" Mills

November 25, 2015

Rose C. Mills, age 82, of Claymont, DE passed away Wednesday, November 25, 2015 at home. Rose worked for Atlantic Aviation for 20 years and BJ's Wholesale Club for an additional 20 years. She was a member of New Castle Moose Lodge. Rose was preceded in death by her sons, Christopher Mills and Robert E. Mills, Jr. She is survived by her son, Steven Charles Mills of Claymont, DE; grandson,...
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Janice Irene Harvey

November 20, 2015

Janice Irene Harvey, age 74, of Claymont, DE died Friday, November 20th, 2015 at Compassionate Care Hospice. Janice graduated from Claymont High School. She was an X-Ray technician for DuPont and she worked for the State of Delaware. Ms. Harvey was a devoted Philadelphia Eagles and Phillies fan. She loved her cat "Gizmo". Janice is predeceased by her loving sister Ruthann Strickler. ...
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Inez Mary "Cita" Rice

November 19, 2015

Inez Mary Rice (Cita), age 91, of Wilmington, Delaware, passed away at home on November 19, 2015. Cita was the beloved mother and mother-in-law of Anne and Charlie, grandmother of Chris, David and Rob, and aunt of the Clavelouxs, Stricklers and Rices. She showed unconditional love and unwavering commitment to her family. She cherished memories of her deceased husband, parents, sisters and...
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Mary M. Tokarchick

November 17, 2015

Mary M. Tokarchick (nee Drumblusky) age, 98, of Claymont, DE, passed away peacefully on November 17, 2015. Mary was the beloved wife of the late John Tokarchick. She was a loving aunt to several nieces and nephews. Mary was predeceased by her parents, Michael and Mary Drumblusky, and her sisters, Anne Leshko, Lenore Terway, and her brother, Albert Drumblusky. Mass of Christian Burial...
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Harriet C. "Hats" Jones

October 14, 2015

Beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother passed away peacefully, October 14, 2015. Harriet would have turned 100 years old on December 30, 2015. She was born in Brooklyn, New York, 1915. She had lived in Delaware most of her life. Harriet was witness to the crash of the stock market in 1929, the crash of the Hindenburg in 1937 and many other historical events. She did not graduate...
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John S. Appleton, Jr.

October 4, 2015

John S. Appleton, Jr., age 83, of Claymont, DE died Sunday October 4, 2015 at Christiana Hospital. John graduated from Claymont High School where he played on the 1950 undefeated football team. He served in the Navy on the USS Dennis Buckley #808. John worked as a maintenance machinist for Phoenix Steel and the DuPont Company. He was a member of Granite Corinthian Masonic Lodge #34 and the...
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Deborah K. Litteral

October 3, 2015

Deborah K. Litteral, age 61, of Claymont, DE passed away Saturday, October 3, 2015. Debbie was a childcare provider and foster mother to many children. She was a member of United Methodist Church of the Atonement. Debbie was preceded in death by her parents, Pete and Mary Slusser; and her brother, Mike. She will be dearly missed by her children, Crystal, Jimmy, Ashley, Percy and Alexis;...
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James "Jim" Chambers

September 17, 2015

James Chambers, age 49 of Wilmington, Delaware passed away on September 17th, 2015. Jim was a graduate of Claymont High School in 1984. He worked as a banquet houseman at the Wilmington Hilton in Claymont, Delaware. He also worked as a survey technician for Vandemark & Lynch in Wilmington, Delaware. He currently was employed as a landscaper with Ruditys Lawn Care in Wilmington, Delaware. ...
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Diane Reha Fromal

September 6, 2015

Diane Reha Fromal, age 57, of Claymont, DE passed away suddenly on September 6, 2015. Diane was formerly employed at Blue Cross Blue Shield. She graduated from Claymont High School in 1976 and was a graduate of Harris School of Business. Diane was a Phillies and NASCAR fan. She also loved animals. Diane is survived by her parents, Beverly and Albert Reha; her twin sister, Joanne Reha ...
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Philomena Mary (Deldeo) Heaney

September 5, 2015

Philomena "Phil" passed away peacefully at Seasons Hospice surrounded by family and friends on Saturday, September 5, 2015. Born in Wilmington, Philomena graduated from Padua Academy in 1963. She went on to become VP of Payment Processing for Citi Bank where she retired after 40 years . Most recently Philomena worked part time as a File Clerk for the Law Firm of Casarino, Christman, & Shalk....
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Doris L. Wallace

September 4, 2015

Doris, passed peacefully on Friday, September 4, 2015 in her home of twelve years, Shipley Manor in Wilmington, Delaware. Doris was a graduate of Claymont High School and graduated from nurses training at Delaware State Hospital as a Registered Nurse in 1949. She then began her nursing career that lasted for 38 years, 25 years specializing in IV therapy which included teaching and writing...
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Irene E. Rydzefski

August 31, 2015

Irene E. (Latsko) Rydzefski, age 89, of Claymont, DE passed away August 31, 2015 in Christiana Hospital. Born in Luzerne, PA, Irene was the daughter of the late Andrew and Anna Hospodar Latsko. She attended Luzerne High School and worked many jobs throughout her life, ending with retirement from the U.S. Postal Service. As a member of the Greatest Generation and survivor of the Great...
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Doris L. Barlow

July 26, 2015

Doris L. Barlow, age 85, of Claymont, DE, formerly of Mifflintown, PA passed away July 26, 2015. Mrs. Barlow was a supervisor for Elwyn, Inc. Doris was preceded in death by her husband, William "Gilbert" Barlow. She is survived by her children, Gary Bleiler of Claymont, DE, Paul Bleiler of Trainer, PA, Patricia Link of Chester, PA; brother, Paul Frymire of Lewistown, PA; 4 grandchildren; 4...
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Clara Eva Skatuler

July 21, 2015

Clara Eva Skatuler, age 89, of Elkton, MD, formerly of Wilmington, DE died on Tuesday, July 21, 2015 at her home. Clara graduated from Pembrook High School. She attended nursing school and graduated as a Registered Nurse. She was a secretary for Sears Fashion Center in Stanton, DE. Clara was a member of the Wilmington Senior Center, and the Red Hat Society. She also had a student pilot...
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Betty Jane Jewell

July 3, 2015

Betty Jewell, age 94, of Toledo, Ohio, died on Saturday, July 3, 2015 in her home. Betty was loved by everyone she met. She loved music, reading and conversations. She was predeceased by her husband, Norm Jewell. She is survived by her daughter, Holly Phillips and son-in-law, Tim Bennett and grand dogs, Baxter, Rufus, Toby and Casper. Service and burial will be held privately. In...
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Samuel A. Dominick

June 30, 2015

Samuel A. Dominick, age 95, of Wilmington, DE died on Tuesday, June 30, 2015. Samuel was a railroad car repairman for Amtrak, retiring in 1980. He was a life member of Veterans of Foreign wars, post 5447, Holly Oak. He served his country as a Marine in WWII. He was preceded in death his wife, Ida M. Dominick. He is survived by his daughter, Anne Marie Dominick, with whom he lived: his...
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Diane Vispi Banning

June 28, 2015

Diane Vispi Banning, 60 of Bear, DE passed away early on Sunday, June 28, 2015 at her Rehoboth Beach home. Diane was born on July 20, 1954 in Chester, PA. She graduated from Claymont High School and started a career at Wilmington Trust for many years. In the 90's, she was eager to make a change in her career. With her strong work ethics she was hired as Special Event Coordinator for New...
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