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Gebhart Funeral Home of New Castle

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.

Our Obituaries

Lucinda Emory

March 30, 2017

Lucinda Christine "Kris" Emory, 59, passed away Thursday March 30, 2017 in her Lewes, DE home. Kris was born in Wilmington, DE on October 13, 1957. She graduated from William Penn High School in 1975. Kris is survived by her father, Alvis Brown, the love of her life, husband, Charles H. Emory, III, their 2 children and spouses, Chaz Emory (Mandy) and Miranda Geesaman (Ben), and...
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James Freeman Hardy

March 29, 2017

James Freeman Hardy, age 86, of New Castle, DE, formerly of Boissevain, VA passed away on Wednesday, March 29, 2017, surrounded by his loving family. As a young man, Jim joined the United States Army as soon as he became of age. Freeman served his country honorably during the Korean War with the brave young men along side him. After the war, he returned to Virginia where he met the love of...
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Patricia A. Till

March 24, 2017

Patricia A. Till, age 77, of New Castle, DE passed away on Friday, March 24, 2017. Patricia worked at the local Elementary School in New Castle as the cafeteria lunch lady. She enjoyed NASCAR, drag racing and the music of the 'King of Pop', Elvis Presley. Patricia was a lifelong member of the Minquadale Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary. Patricia enjoyed spending time in Lewes, DE at the beach. ...
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Ralph Paul Lemon

March 17, 2017

Ralph Paul Lemon, age 94, passed peacefully on March 17th 2017. Dad resided at the Delaware Veterans Home (Milford) for the past 8 years. He was born in Bluefield, West Virginia, and served in the U.S.A.F during World War II in North Africa and Italy. He was a kind and gentle man, who never met a stranger. Those who knew him, loved him and have many great stories of his generosity and unique...
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Kenneth R. Stapleford

March 11, 2017

Kenneth R. Stapleford, of Dover, DE, passed away at his home in Florida on March 11, 2017. He was 83. Born in New Castle, DE, Ken attended the University of Rochester on an NROTC scholarship, graduating in 1956 with a degree in chemical engineering. He went on to serve as an officer in the United States Navy aboard the USS Eldorado, and was stationed at Naval Base Coronado, near San Diego....
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Esther Marrero Fernandez

March 4, 2017

Esther Marrero Fernandez October 31, 1926 - March 4, 2017 Esther Fernandez was born Esther Marrero Crespo in Camaguey, Cuba. She lived there with her parents, two sisters and one brother until migrating to the United States in 1956, to join the love of her life and father of their two very young daughters, Maria Elena and Maria Esther. They went with a dream. Once in America,...
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Eva Catherine Jensen

February 22, 2017

Eva Jensen, age 85, was called to our Lord on February 22, 2017. Eva was born and raised in Dobbinsville, Delaware and lived her entire adult life in New Castle, Delaware. She is preceded in death by her husband, Dave Jensen, Sr.; parents, Frank and Anna Wegrzynowski; sisters, Annie (Frank) Lis, Ethel (Buddy) Read; and brother, Francis Wegrzynowski. Eva is survived by her son, Dave (Sissie...
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William L. Barben, Sr.

January 21, 2017

William L. Barben, Sr. (Sugar Bear), age 44 years young and lived in New Castle at the time of his passing on January 21, 2017. He passed away at home with his wife by his side. William was born in 1972 and was able to achieve his lifelong dream of becoming a truck driver and enjoyed being a loving husband, father and GiPi. He loved his children deeply and his granddaughters were the apples of...
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Mildred E. Cole

January 15, 2017

Mildred Elizabeth Cole, age 94, of New Castle, DE passed away peacefully at home on January 15, 2017. She was born in fall of 1922 in New Castle, DE. Mildred was the daughter of Mildred Mannering Strawbridge and Robert Edwin Strawbridge. Mildred graduated from William Penn High School in 1940. Mildred worked at Wilmington Dry Goods before becoming a happy homemaker. Mildred was a life...
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Laura Wanda (Rogers) Barry

January 14, 2017

Laura Wanda (Rogers) Barry, age 80, of Wilmington, DE passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Saturday, January 14, 2017 at Seasons Hospice. Upon graduating from Wilmington High School in 1954, Wanda spent several years working as a nurse's aide at Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children. She managed The Green Frog Tavern in New Castle for many years and later worked for Pathmark until...
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Karen L. Sibley

January 9, 2017

Karen L. Sibley, age 72, of Elsmere, DE, formerly of E. 4th St. New Castle, DE died on January, 9, 2017. Karen graduated from William Penn High School, class of 1962. She was a School Bus Aide for the Red Clay School District, retiring in 2005. Karen is survived by her cousins, Noel P. Lloyd of Edgemoor, DE, Joyce Maack of Elsmere, DE, June Gillespie of Port Charlotte, FL, and Richard...
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Louis E. "Lou" Klingler

January 2, 2017

Louis E. Klingler "Lou", age 62 of New Castle, DE died on January 2, 2017 at home. He was a 1971 Graduate of De La Warr High School. Mr. Klingler retired from Delaware River and Bay Authority after 39 years. He also worked for C.P.G Inc. Lou was a life member of Holloway Terrace Fire Company Station # 20. He was also a member of St. Gabe's. He was predeceased by his wife, Mary Alice ...
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Felix Ramos Ruiz

December 30, 2016

Felix "Pepe" Ramos Ruiz, age 75, of New Castle, "Shawtown", DE went to be with the Lord on Friday, December 30, 2016 surrounded by his loving family. "Pepe" was a passionate gardener who enjoyed spending time in his vegetable garden. Felix could be found fishing at Battery Park when not in the garden. Pepe's favorite dish to cook was a large pot of rice and beans for friends and family to...
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Owen Thomas Gillespie

December 26, 2016

Owen Thomas Gillespie, age 64, of New Castle, DE passed away December 26, 2016. Owen graduated from Maryland School for the Blind. He worked at Delaware Industries for the Blind for nearly 30 years, where he held many jobs, most recently in a custodial position. Owen is survived by two sisters and one brother, all located in Delaware; and several nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews. ...
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Candice Carol Lopez

December 23, 2016

Candice Carol Lopez, 27, passed away suddenly on December 23, 2016. Candice was born in the winter of 1989 in Wilmington, Delaware. Candice was loved by everyone who met her. Candice was always smiling, she had a bubbly personality and everyone she met became her friend. Candice was a great singer and enjoyed music. She will be deeply missed by everyone. Candice is survived by her father,...
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Betty M. Filliben

October 3, 2016

Betty M. Filliben, age 92, of Middletown, DE, formerly of New Castle, DE passed away Monday, October 3, 2016 in Broadmeadow Nursing Home. Betty was a graduate of William Penn High School, Class of 1942. She was employed for over 30 years for the Great A&P Tea Company, retiring in 1982. Betty is survived and will be lovingly missed by her children, Kathleen O'Neill (Joe), Joseph F....
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Edwin F. Williams, Jr.

October 2, 2016

Edwin F. Williams, Jr., age 64, of Elkton, Maryland, formerly of New Castle, Delaware died on October 2, 2016 in his home in Elkton, Maryland. Edwin was a graduate of William Penn High School class of 1970. He was a retired Elevator Mechanic for the DuPont Company. He was an avid hunter and bird dog trainer. He loved horses and the outdoors. Edwin was preceded in death by his first wife,...
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Genevieve L. Miller

September 26, 2016

Genevieve L. Miller, age 86, of Olde New Castle, DE, died on Monday, September 26th, 2016. She was born in the summer of 1930. Genevieve graduated from H.F. Brown Vocational High School. Afterwards, she enlisted in the United States Air Force and served during the Korean War. After the war, she returned home to earn a Bachelor of Science from East Stroudsburg State Teachers College in PA. She...
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Shelby Jean Stiles

September 23, 2016

Shelby Jean Stiles passed away peacefully on September 23, 2016 at Cadia Pike Creek, Wilmington, DE with family by her side. Shelby was preceded in death by her mother, Katheryn Campbell; her husband of 25 years, David E. Stiles; her sister, Mary Liberi; and her two brothers, T and Howie Trawick. She is survived by her son, David G. Stiles of Williamsport, PA; twin daughters, Danna K....
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Robert D. Fleck, Jr.

September 22, 2016

Robert D. Fleck, Jr., of New Castle, Delaware, passed away after a brief battle with cancer, on Thursday, September 22, 2016. Robert was born on February 4, 1947 and was the son of the late Robert D. Fleck, Sr. and the late Mollie Reeves Fleck. Bob graduated from University of Delaware in 1969 with a BS in Chemical Engineering and from University of Virginia in 1971 with an MS, also in...
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Richard Earl Cake

May 31, 1960 - September 16, 2016

Richard Earl Cake, 56, of New Castle, DE passed away on September 16, 2016 at Christiana Hospital, Newark, DE. He was born on May 31, 1960. Richard attended William Penn High School and graduated from James H. Adult High School in 1983. He was employed by Crowell Corporation and worked as a machine operator. He is survived by his fiancée, Florence Baffone; mother, Joan Cake; and sister,...
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Jeffrey Brian LaFrancis

August 20, 2016

Jeffrey Brian LaFrancis, age 54, of Wilmington, DE died on Saturday, August 20, 2016. Jeffrey attended Concord High School, Concord, N.H. He was a truck driver and route manager for over 25 years. Jeffrey loved to travel, enjoyed being outdoors and helping others. He is survived by his caretaker and former wife, Sharon LaFrancis; his step-daughter, Jeanette C. Boring; his step-son,...
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William Tatem "Bill" Quillen

August 19, 2016

William Tatem "Bill" Quillen, age 81, died suddenly and peacefully on August 19. In addition to his parents, Robert James Quillen, Sr. and Gladys Tatem Quillen, he was predeceased by his wife of 56 years, Marcia Everhart Stirling Quillen; his brother, Robert James Quillen, Jr.; and his nephew, Robert Irvine Quillen. Bill is survived by his daughters, Carol Everhart Quillen (George McLendon) and...
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Mark S. Gland

August 10, 2016

Mark S. Gland, age 56, of Delaware City, DE, passed away peacefully at home on August 10, 2016. He leaves behind his beloved son, Zachary R. Gland, of Delaware City, DE, his mother, Hedy A. Gland of New Castle, DE, and his loving companion, Kathy Sobus, of Wilmington, DE. Mark , who was raised in New Castle, DE, and went to William Penn High School, was a contractor and owned the Mark Gland...
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Nancy B. Ferguson

August 1, 2016

Nancy Bailey Ferguson, age 87, of New Castle, DE passed away on Monday, August 1, 2016. Nancy was born in East New Market, MD on April 17, 1929, and was raised in Delmar, DE. She attended Goldey College in Wilmington, DE and spent more than two decades as a secretary with Du Pont Co. Nancy married the love of her life, Harry W. Ferguson, Sr., in 1949; they were married for 61 years. Nancy...
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Charles W. "Chuck" Smith

July 16, 2016

Charles W. "Chuck" Smith, age 61, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania passed away suddenly on Saturday, July 16, 2016, in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, where he had vacationed every July for more than twenty years. Born in 1954, he was the son of Charles S. and Joan (Hopkins) Smith. He was raised in St. Georges, Delaware. He graduated from the University of Delaware and the University of Wisconsin...
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Ethel Oneita Taylor

June 27, 2016

Ethel Oneita Taylor, age 93, of Wilmington, DE, formerly of Brookhaven, PA, passed peacefully at home to be with the Lord on June 27, 2016. Born in Oklahoma, she met her husband John in Seattle. They were married for 67 years until his passing in 2012. Mrs. Taylor was employed as a payroll clerk at Riddle Memorial Hospital for many years. She enjoyed laughing and spending time with her...
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David Irvin Walker

June 26, 2016

David Irvin Walker, age 36, of New Castle, DE passed away Sunday morning, June 26th, 2016 while at home. David was a high school graduate, and attended William Penn High School. He worked with his father on the family's farm. He enjoyed going to Old Country Buffet, and spending time with his children at the beach. David was known for his unique sense of humor and enjoyed pulling pranks on...
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Phyllis J. Paxton

June 11, 2016

Phyllis Jean Paxton, age 73, of New Castle, DE passed away Saturday, June 11, 2016 at home. Phyllis graduated from Clay County High School in West Virginia, Class of 1961. She worked at one of the nearby elementary schools as a lunch room attendant, was an employee of Gaylords Dept. Store as an associate and also worked at Ames Dept. Store, where she then retired. Phyllis is survived by...
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Michael A. Romanowski

June 10, 2016

Michael A. Romanowski, age 60, of Middletown, DE, formerly of New Castle, DE, passed away Friday, June 10, 2016 at Christiana Hospital. Michael attended Point of Hope, New Castle, DE through the week, which he enjoyed immensely. He participated in Special Olympics in his younger years, where he won numerous Gold Medals for swimming. Michael was preceded in death by his parents, Stanley M....
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Rebecca A. "Becky" DeToro

May 2, 2016

Rebecca A. DeToro, age 82, of New Castle, Delaware, passed away peacefully at Christiana Hospital surrounded by family on Monday, May 2, 2016. Becky was born in Crisfield, Maryland, in 1933 to Harry J. and Flora Branner. She graduated from nursing school in Wilmington, Delaware, and enjoyed a long career serving the community as a registered nurse. One of her favorite positions was working...
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Paul Austin Singleton, Sr.

April 27, 2016

Paul Austin Singleton, Sr., age 91, passed away on Wednesday, April 27th, 2016. A native to Wittman, Maryland, Mr. Singleton was a carpenter with the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America Local #626 New Castle from 1966 to 1993. During WWII he served in the U.S. Army in the Pacific. Paul was predeceased by his first wife, Elsie and his second wife, Mildred Virginia...
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Barbara Ann Thomas

April 7, 2016

Barbara Ann (Bedell) Thomas, age 78, of New Castle, DE passed away peacefully on Thursday April 7th, 2016. Barbara loved spending time with family and friends, especially her 7 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. She loved everyone she met and left a positive mark on the lives she touched. The children in the area called her "Mom Mom" Thomas. She was a proud life member of Goodwill...
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Sarah Catherine Hammond

April 5, 2016

Surrounded by loved ones, Catherine "Kitty" Hammond, age 85, of New Castle, DE passed away Tuesday, April 5, 2016 at her son Dennis' home in Newark, MD. Mrs. Hammond was employed by Wilmington General Hospital, Allied Kid Co., Seton Leather, and Chase Bank. She was a longtime member of New Caste United Methodist Church, active with Tiny Tots, Meals on Wheels, CROP walk and visiting shut ins,...
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Beverly Ann Clarke

March 29, 2016

Beverly Ann Clarke, age 81, of Lewes, Delaware, formerly of Wilmington, Delaware passed away on Tuesday, March 29 with her family by her side. She was the daughter of the late Eleanor L. and Herbert E. King. Beverly was happiest when spending time with her cherished friends and family and enjoying the surf and sand of the Delaware Beaches. She graduated from Wilmington High School and was...
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Lennie Lorraine Hall

March 10, 2016

Lennie Lorraine Hall, age 61, of Dover, DE, passed away Thursday, March 10, 2016 at home, surrounded by her loving family. Lennie was preceded in death by her parents, Eugene Sr. and Esta Mae (Kincaid) Hammond; sisters, Regina Cloak, Katherine Cole, Margaret Trusello; brothers, Walter and Robert Hammond. She is survived by her husband, Joseph Gray; children, Louis Dotson, Mark Dotson, David...
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Patricia Ann (Wells) Ashley

March 3, 2016

Patricia A. (Wells) Ashley, age 81, of Middletown, DE and formerly of New Castle passed away peacefully on Thursday, March 3rd, 2016 after a short illness. Mrs. Ashley, a native of New Castle was born in the winter of 1934 and was the daughter of Francis and Helena (Hillis) Wells. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother to her husband of 44 years, John, sons, Frank (Rocky), his wife...
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Charles Granville McVey

February 23, 2016

Charles Granville McVey crossed over on February 23, 2016, at the age of 92 with his children taking the final days of the journey with him. Granny was born in Oxford, Pennsylvania on November 11, 1923, to the late Ralph and Isabella (Pierce) McVey and was raised in Elsmere, Delaware, and educated in the local schools. After graduating from Wilmington High School in February 1942, he worked as...
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Ira C. Lunt

February 18, 2016

Major Ira C. Lunt, age 78, of New Castle, DE passed away on February 18, 2016 surrounded by his family. Ira was preceded in death by his parents, Buford and Jessie Lunt and his sister, Ruth C. Thomas. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Margaret Lunt; his children, Cynthia Fryer and her husband Glenn, Kathryn Lehman and her husband Keith, Christiane Schulze and her husband Christopher,...
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Leon Porter Tucker

February 17, 2016

Leon P. Tucker passed away on February 17, 2016 with his family and Pastor by his side. A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, March 19, 2016 at New Castle United Methodist Church, Delaware St. at 11:00am. A luncheon will follow. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the New Castle United Methodist Church, 510 Delaware St. New Castle, DE. 19720. To...
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Laura E. Perry

February 8, 2016

Laura E. Perry, age 87, of New Castle, DE passed away surrounded by her loving family on Monday, February 8th, 2016. She is now in the loving arms of Jesus Christ for all eternity. Laura was a devoted mother and nurse for many years. She enjoyed the fellowship of her Christian friends and family and attended Victory Fellowship Church. She is predeceased by her daughter, Rebecca Ruth...
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David P. Jensen, Sr.

January 31, 2016

Dave Jensen, age 86, was called by Our Lord on January 31, 2016. Known by many as "Pop", he lived all his life in New Castle, DE, where in his early years he piloted the New Castle-Pennsville Ferry. He is preceded in death by his parents, Lars and Grace Jensen; and siblings, Lars, Jr., Dorothy, Gladys, Mary, Otto, Charles and Robert. He is survived by the love of his life and wife of...
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Ronald H. "Hoppie" Hopkins

January 27, 2016

Ronnie H. Hopkins, age 84, of Wilmington, DE passed away Wednesday, January 27, 2016 at Seasons Hospice, Christiana Care. Ronnie graduated from Wilmington High School, Class of 1950. In his earlier years, he was a chauffeur and maintenance worker for Wilhelmina DuPont Ross. Mr. Hopkins served his country in the US Navy during the Korean War aboard the USS Quincy and USS Mississippi. ...
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Donald W. Dixon, Sr.

January 24, 2016

Donald W. Dixon Sr., age 83, of New Castle, DE passed away on January 24, 2016. Mr. Dixon was born on April 10, 1932 and he proudly served his country in the US Navy. He is survived by his beloved wife, Ina Lee Dixon; two sons, Donald W. Dixon, Jr., Jeffery K. Dixon of North Carolina; granddaughter, Samantha Dixon; sister, Ida Mae Williams and brother, William H. Dixon of North Carolina;...
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Martha Ellen Shipe

December 25, 2015

Martha died early Christmas evening in the comfort of her home, surrounded by her loving family, during a thunderstorm - God's way of calling her home and celebrating her life with a spectacular unseasonal display of nature. There was no more fitting way for her to leave us. Born in Sunbury, Pennsylvania, on June 19, 1921, Martha grew up along the Susquehanna River in Sunbury with her two...
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Donald J. Koppes

December 10, 2015

Donald J. Koppes, age 83, of Bear, DE passed away Thursday, December 10, 2015 at home. Mr. Koppes worked for the DuPont Company Experimental Station for 33 years. He proudly served in the United States Air Force. Donald is preceded in death by his wife, Virginia K. Koppes; He is survived by his stepdaughter, Marlena J. McDowell and stepson, Creed L. York (Myrtle). A Committal Service...
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Veronica "Sis" Gebhart Davis

December 8, 2015

Veronica, 82, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, December 8th, 2015 surrounded by her family. Born in New Castle, DE in 1933, "Sis" was a daughter of the late William (Woody) H. Gebhart and Veronica (Bonnie) Freebery Gebhart. A lifelong resident of New Castle who enjoyed her daily walk down Battery Park, spending time with her grandchildren, and playing her favorite video poker machine in...
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John R. Parks, Sr.

November 29, 2015

John R. Parks, Sr., age 81, of Millsboro, DE, formerly of New Castle, DE passed away at Seasons Hospice, Christiana Hospital on Sunday, November 29, 2015. John was born in New Castle, DE, one of six children to the late James and Martha (Maxwell) Parks. He retired from the Chrysler Corporation after 30 years of service. After retirement, John started his own lawn service business which he...
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Betty McIntyre Ferriola

November 29, 2015

Betty McIntyre Ferriola – 86 of Smyrna, DE, Formerly of New Castle, DE, went home to be with Her Lord on Sunday, November 29, 2015. Betty Lucille Guseman was born in Brandonville, West Virginia, to parents Marshall Gay and Euruth Anna Kelly Guseman. She attended the Locust Grove School, Preston County Schools, and graduated from Bruceton WV High School. She married Clarence H. McIntyre...
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Sylvester Vied, Jr. "Jr."

November 22, 2015

Sylvester Vied, Jr. "Jr." passed away peacefully with family at his side on Sunday, November 22, 2015 after a short illness with brain cancer. He was born on November 1, 1927 in Summerfield, West Virginia. He had worked in the coal mines in Fireco and Anjean, West Virginia. In the early 50's he relocated to Delaware with his wife and children where he had lived until his death. He worked...
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Margaret Hetrick (Esposito) Wilhelm

November 3, 2015

Margaret Y. Wilhelm, 81, passed away Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015 surrounded by her family. A native of Olde New Castle, Margaret was born in DuBois, PA. She graduated from William Penn High School class of 1952. Margaret's family was her true pride and joy. She was generous with her time and talent. Her jovial spirit captivated everyone she met. Margaret enjoyed an active lifestyle...
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Joseph Murray

October 28, 2015

Joseph Murray, age 63, of Bear, DE, passed away on October 28, 2015. Joe was a proud husband, father, and patriot. Joe began working in the transportation business with his father who co-owned "M&K Bus Service". He continued with his brother Robert Murray in 1980. In 1994, Mr. Murray founded and operated 'Murray Transportation' until 2004. He loved his family. He was a gifted musician and...
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Lisa Nakolia Waters

October 25, 2015

Lisa Nakolia Waters, age 55, of Bear, DE passed away Sunday, October 25, 2015 at home. Born in Wilmington, DE, Lisa was the daughter of the late, Lester W. and Emily A. (Sewell) Waters. She attended Delaware Technical and Community College and made her career in the banking industry. Lisa will be lovingly remembered by her sister, Deborah Waters of Newark, DE and brother, Dennis Waters...
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Susan Hopkins

October 21, 2015

Susan Hopkins, a resident of The Heritage at Milford, DE passed away Wednesday, October 21, 2015. Our mother, Susan, was born of immigrant parents on June 4, 1922 in Pittsburgh, PA to John and Suzanna Gaydos, who came to this country in 1920 from Czechoslovakia. She attended public schools there and graduated in 1941 from Brentwood High School. After graduation, she worked in retail sales...
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Helen M. "Mom-Mom" Cichocki

October 20, 2015

Helen Marie Townsend Cichocki of Millsboro, DE, went home to be with the Lord of Glory on Tuesday, October 20, 2015. Helen was born on a dairy farm in Wawa, PA (Yes, where all of the Wawa Markets began). She lived a few days short of her 90th birthday. She worked for several years for the Schaeffer's Shop Rite Markets. She was married to John A. Cichocki for over 55 years. Helen taught...
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Jean Marie Mundell

September 29, 2015

Jean Marie Mundell passed away peacefully in the early morning of Tuesday, September, 29, 2015. Jean graduated from William Penn High School and earned an associates degree from the University of Delaware. She worked as a paralegal while living in Dallas, Texas and Naples, Florida. Ms. Mundell thoroughly enjoyed astronomy and her friends from William Penn High School. Jean is survived by...
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Erika C. Gillespie

September 15, 2015

Age 91, formerly of Newark, DE, passed away on Tuesday, September 15, 2015, at Brandywine Nursing Home, Wilmington, DE. Mrs. Gillespie had been a homemaker for the majority of her life, although she had worked in the war effort during WWII. She especially loved her family and was exceedingly kind to her pets. She was a professed Christian. She was preceded in death by her parents, Hugo...
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Claire E. Shoemaker

September 14, 2015

Claire E. (Drake) Shoemaker, 80, wife of Alfred Shoemaker, Sr., of Newark, DE, left this world to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on September 14th, 2015 after a brief illness and being cared for by the wonderful people at Heartland Hospice, Wilmington, Delaware. She was preceded in death by her first husband Robert Myers in 1975, and by her father and mother, Clarence and Ellen ...
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William "Bill" Leach

August 28, 2015

William "Bill" Harvey Leach, age 77, of Wilmington, DE passed away on Friday, August 28, 2015. Bill worked at Wilmington Fibre Specialty Company for over 30 years. William is predeceased by his mother, Elizabeth Booker and father, John Callaway; brothers, Jack and Donald Callaway, sister, Betty Tucker and his adoptive parents, Betty and Oren Leach. Bill is survived by his wife Frances...
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Bruce P. Morgan

August 27, 2015

Bruce P. Morgan, passed away on August 27, 2015, after a long battle with cancer. Morgan was born in 1927, to Mae and Robert Morgan, who predeceased him. He grew up with three brothers and a sister. Morgan served proudly in the Navy and the Air Force and went on to retire from Boeing. Morgan loved his family, watching his beloved home team the Phillies, fishing and telling stories about his...
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Edward A. Smith

August 22, 2015

Edward A. Smith, passed away on Saturday, August 22, 2015 at home with his loving wife by his side. Edward spent many years in the army, where he was honorably discharged. He then went to work at Electric Hose and Rubber Company. He also worked at Bowlerama, and worked for the Brandywine School District, where he eventually retired. Ed loved old westerns, John Wayne, Roy Rogers and many...
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Marcia Everhart Stirling Quillen

July 19, 2015

Marcia Everhart Stirling Quillen, age 77, died on Sunday, July 19. She is survived by her husband of 56 years, William (Bill) Tatem Quillen; her daughters, Carol Everhart Quillen (George McLendon) and Tracey Tatem Quillen (John Carney); her grandchildren, Caitlin Everhart Lohrenz, Samuel Quillen Carney, and James Tatem Stirling Carney; her sister-in-law, Barbara Quillen; niece Anne Quillen...
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William J. Beale

June 23, 2015

William J. Beale, passed away peacefully into eternal rest on June 23, 2015, surrounded by his loving family. William was born January 01, 1951 as the first child born in the New Year in the State of Delaware. Known to those closest to him as Beatle, for his love of the band, The Beatles, William loved listening to various genres of music and attending concerts. William also enjoyed...
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Kitty A. Fultz-Roberts

June 11, 2015

Kitty A. Fultz-Roberts, passed away on Thursday, June 11, 2015, surrounded by her loved ones. She was born July 6, 1930 in Kyles Ford, TN, and raised in Pennington Gap, VA. Kitty owned and operated General Exterminating Company for more than 40 years. She was the first woman in Delaware to receive her Pest Control Operator's Certification. She is survived by her husband, Frederick E....
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Joseph P. Foster, Jr.

May 21, 2015

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Joseph P. Foster, Jr. He passed away on May 21, 2015, at home, after a short unexpected illness. Born on September 2, 1950, Joe was a resident of Old New Castle for most of his life. He attended St. Peter the Apostle Elementary School and graduated from Salesianum High School. He retired in April, due to illness, from the DuPont...
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Susanne Louise Ratledge

May 4, 2015

Susanne Louise Ratledge, age 65, of New Castle, DE passed away Monday, May 4, 2015 at home. Born in Wilmington, DE, she was the daughter of the late John Edwin and Abigail Louise Ratledge. Susanne attended Gunning Bedford High School in Delaware City, DE from 1964 to 1968 and the International Correspondence School in Scranton, PA, where she received her High School diploma in 1969. From...
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Thelda C. Smith

April 24, 2015

A homemaker and teacher until her death on April 25, 2015, Thelda Smith of New Castle, Delaware, was born on January 15, 1919 to Leson and Hazel Callihan of Bedford County, Pennsylvania. One of twelve children, she is survived by five sisters, Verla Hinson, Belva Ewig, Nancy Foust, Barbara Dishong, Susan Yost; and one brother, Robert Callihan. She was preceded in death by her brothers, Alton,...
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Curtis Albert Pritchard

April 17, 2015

Curtis Albert Pritchard, age 54, of New Castle, DE passed away peacefully on Friday, April 17, 2015 at the Hillside Center of Wilmington, after a long battle with cancer. Curt was a painter for Cassidy Painting and an avid fan of NASCAR and NFL football. His favorite drivers were Dale Earnhardt and Earnhardt, Jr and he was always cheering for his favorite team, the Colts. He was a member of St...
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Joan Rogemoser

March 30, 2015

Joan Rogemoser, 93, of New Castle, DE, received her last honorable discharge and final orders from her Lord & Savior on March 30, 2015. Joan was born on April 12, 1921 in Sheffield, England and raised in Buffalo, NY. She was an accomplished equestrian, pilot and fashion model in New York City. She joined the Woman's Army Corp in 1942 and was stationed at Camp Kilmer, NJ. She was promoted to...
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Paul A. Lambert

March 14, 2015

Paul A. Lambert, age 74, of 507 W. 11th Street, New Castle, passed away on March 14, 2015 at Christiana Hospital. Mr. Lambert was born on May 27, 1940, in Methuen, Massachusetts to the late Aimee Lambert and Osite Alie Lambert. He was a graduate of Lowell Technical High School in Lowell Massachusetts and retired after twenty-five years of service from Strawbridge & Clothier. Mr. Lambert was...
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Elsie B. Clark

March 12, 2015

Elsie B. Clark, 90 years old, of New Castle, DE, passed away on Thursday, March 12, 2015. She was born on November 17, 1924 in Wilmington, DE to the late Myrtle and Crawford Brown. Elsie was a homemaker, known for her many different varieties of Christmas Cookies. She was a member of New Castle Presbyterian Church for over 50 years. She was preceded in death by her parents, her son,...
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Andria Summa

March 5, 2015

Andria Summa, of New Castle, Delaware, died peacefully at home on Thursday, March 5, 2015, the third anniversary of the death of her loving husband of 65 years, Phil. Andria was also preceded in death by her beautiful son, Franny. She was the daughter of Capt. William A. Anderson and Ivy (Pye). She is survived by her loving caregivers for the last 4 years of her life, her son, Robert Summa,...
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Paul Thomas Morris, Sr.

February 16, 2015

Paul Thomas Morris, Sr., age 73, of Middletown, DE passed away at home on Monday, February 16, 2015 surrounded by his loved ones. Paul graduated from Newark High School in 1960. He lived in New Castle, DE where he worked as a Truck Driver for over 25 years, retiring in 1992. Paul had a love for fishing and the outdoors. He was a long-time member of the New Castle Lions Club and a member...
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Barbara Gale Strosnider

February 1, 2015

Barbara was a native of Delaware, born in Wilmington in 1934 during the Great Depression, the family lived in, or around, Old New Castle all their lives. Barbara Ann graduated from William Penn High School in 1952, President of her student class. She was a great athlete and loved sports, being a 3-time letter in Basketball, Field Hockey, Softball, and Cheerleading. She was also a great bowler;...
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Marie L. "Mi Mi" Amoroso

January 31, 2015

Age 81, of New Castle, DE, passed away peacefully on January 31, 2015. Marie graduated from Larksville High School, PA. She retired from a long career with the DuPont Co., enjoyed many years as a semi-pro bowler, was active in local politics into her seventies, was an avid Eagles fan and loved her dogs. Marie is survived by and will be greatly missed by her children, Vivian Giallanza of...
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John R. Daveler

January 23, 2015

M/Sgt. John R. Daveler, age 85, born July 17, 1929, of Frankford, DE passed away on Friday, January 23, 2015. Born in Lancaster, County, PA, he entered the United States Air Force, where he was a Squadron Training N.C.O., instructor in atomic, biological and chemical warfare; Crash and Structural Fire Chief and First Sergeant. He was on the atomic bomb test in Yucca Flats, Nevada in 1953. He...
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Savilla D. Campbell

January 21, 2015

Savilla D. Campbell, age 69, of Elkton, MD passed away Wednesday, January 21, 2015, after a long battle of health issues. Savilla was a homemaker. She enjoyed ceramics, dancing and spending time with her grandchildren, family and friends. Savilla was preceded in death by her loving husband, Stanley R. Campbell; parents, Charles A. Hedrick, Sr. and Ruth C. Hedrick; brothers, Donald J....
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Josephine Ciuffetelli

January 12, 2015

Josephine Ciuffetelli, age 85, of New Castle, DE passed away Monday, January 12, 2015 surrounded by her family. Josephine was the daughter of the late Peter and Sara Panza. She was an administrative Assistant for several companies, including Dupont, Toensmeir Adjustment Services and S& H Investigations, retiring in 1998. In her leisure, Josephine enjoyed video games and books. Josephine...
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Billy Lloyd Collins

January 12, 2015

Billy Lloyd Collins, of New Castle, DE, passed away peacefully at his home on Monday, January 12, 2015. Billy was born on September 21, 1941 at home near Pineville, West Virginia, to Charles E. and Alpha O. Elswick Collins. He was the fifth of eight children. He loved to fish and loved camping, in his younger years he played baseball. He was an excellent cabinet maker and wood worker. ...
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Lana L. Mark

December 25, 2014

Lana L. Mark, 67, of New Castle, DE passed away on December 25, 2014 in Brandywine Nursing & Rehabilitation Center. Born in Newark, DE she was the daughter of the late Merryman Allen, Jr. and Margaret Spratt Allen. Lana was a homemaker who formerly worked as a preschool teacher, hairdresser and was a local business owner. She was very active in many programs that she volunteered her time to,...
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Denis Beaumont

November 23, 2014

Denis Beaumont died suddenly on November 23, 2014 at the age of 86. A resident of New Castle, Delaware for 28 years, he was a loving husband, father, brother, grandfather and uncle, and a loyal and lively friend, quick to lend his energy and abilities whenever they were needed. Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1928, Denis was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and served on the Byrd Expedition to...
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Myrtle E. Beattie

November 9, 2014

Myrtle E. Beattie, age 85, of New Castle, DE passed away Sunday, November 9, 2014 at home. Myrtle was a homemaker and a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was a member of the New Castle Moose Lodge #1578 Ladies Auxiliary. Myrtle was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph R. Beattie; and her son-in-law, Jerry Mills, Sr. She is survived by her children, Marie E....
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Enrique Fernandez

November 5, 2014

Enrique Fernandez, the hero of our family, sadly passed away on November 5th, 2014. We will miss his kind eyes and infectious smile, but we have peace in our hearts knowing his first child, Maria Elena Fernandez Guercio, has been patiently waiting for him, and will take it from here. After a 70 year love affair, and married 67, Enrique is survived by his beba, Esther Fernandez Marrero....
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Ruth O. Palmer

October 25, 2014

Ruth O. Palmer, age 88, of Hockessin, DE and New Castle, DE passed away peacefully on Saturday, October 25, 2014. She went home to meet her loving husband Ralph. Ruth was a devoted wife and mother who loved gardening, cooking and baking and was an avid reader. She was a Girl Scout leader and a Sunday school teacher at Holy Spirit Catholic Church for several years in New Castle, DE. She worked...
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Veronica M. Maden

October 20, 2014

Veronica M. Maden "Ronnie" This loving and giving Mom, Grandmother, Great-Grandmother, Sister, Aunt and Friend, passed away after a long, painful struggle with cancer on Monday, October 20, 2014. Ronnie was born in 1934 in New Castle, DE, to the late Veronica and Joseph Hushebeck, and lived her entire life in New Castle. Ironically, Ronnie passed away 19 years to the day her father...
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June M. Pennell

October 15, 2014

June Pennell, age 81, of New Castle, DE, passed away peacefully, surrounded by the love of her family, on Wednesday, October 15, 2014. Born to Fred and Elizabeth Shultie, June was born in Harrington and raised in Millsboro, DE and graduated from Millsboro High School in 1951. June was named to the American Legion's Girls' State and moved to Northern Delaware after high school to work for...
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Katherine B. Hill

October 14, 2014

Katherine B. Hill 82, formerly of New Castle, DE died Tuesday, October 14, 2014, peacefully, from a long illness at an assisted living facility in Newark, DE. Katherine was born August 21, 1932 in Bethlehem, PA to the late Katherine and William G. Schroeder. She was a graduate of William Penn High School in 1950. She worked for a short time at Delaware Trust bank as a teller, before giving it...
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Robert W. Lilly

October 13, 2014

Robert W. Lilly, age 79, of New Castle, DE passed away peacefully, Monday, October 13, 2014, surrounded by his family. Robert was born in Fireco, WV. He loved fishing, hunting and spending time at the beach. He is survived by his beloved wife of 58 years, Carol K. Lilly; daughters, Lisa C. Lilly and Kathy M. Lilly. A Funeral Service will be held Friday, October 17, 2014 at 2pm in the...
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Gladys Ella Massey

September 29, 2014

Gladys Ella Massey, age 81, of New Castle, DE passed away Monday, September 29, 2014 at Kentmere Nursing Home, Wilmington, DE. Mrs. Massey was employed by Allied Kidd, Co., Seton Leather, Delaware Charter and Astra Zeneca. She was a longtime active member of New Castle United Methodist Church and a past member of the New Castle Little League. She was an avid baseball fan and enjoyed watching...
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Harold E. Brown

August 16, 2014

Harold E. Brown, age 70, of New Castle, DE passed away Saturday, August 16, 2014. Born in Oswego, NY, he was the son of the late Alfred H. and Helen G. (Annal) Brown. He served his country in the U.S. Navy for 3 years. Mr. Brown was a car salesman and truck driver. He delivered trucks and drove a school bus for 12 years. He enjoyed watching football and was an avid fan of the Philadelphia...
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Charles Edward Stevenson, Jr.

August 11, 2014

Charles E. "Pop" "Snookie" Stevenson, Jr., age 76, of New Castle, DE passed away at home with his faithful companion of 11 years, Jedi at his side on Monday, August 11, 2014. Charles attended St. Peters School in New Castle. He served in the US Army for 6 years, attaining the rank of Sgt. and received a commendation of valor medal in Fulda, Germany. Charles was an electrician with IBEW Local...
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Elizabeth S Hill

August 8, 2014

Elizabeth S. Hill, 84, of Wilmington, DE, passed away on Friday, August 8, 2014 at her residence. She was a William Penn High School graduate class of 1947. Following her graduation she went on to work with E.I. DuPont for the next 41 years where she, retired in 1987. She enjoyed many wonderful summers in Cape May, NJ at her beach house. Elizabeth was predeceased by her husband, Ronald Hill...
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Thomas A Rees, Jr.

August 5, 2014

Thomas Rees, died peacefully in his sleep, on August 5, 2014 at Churchman Village Nursing Home. Tom was born and raised in Olde New Castle. He served in the United States Army and then worked for the Pennsylvania Railroad an retired after more than thirty years. Tom was an avid golfer, and also enjoyed bowling. Tom is survived by his daughter, Deborah Reed (John) of Duncannan, PA, three...
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Naomi E. Biddle

July 20, 2014

Naomi E. Biddle, age 86, of New Castle, DE went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, July 20, 2014, surrounded by her loving family. Born in Wilmington, DE, she was the daughter of the late John and Etta Saunders. Naomi was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. She loved spending time with her family, especially during the holidays. She captured fond memories of family...
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Wayne J. Cake, Sr.

June 28, 2014

Wayne J. Cake, Sr., 46, of New Castle, DE passed away suddenly on Saturday, June 28, 2014 at the Christiana Hospital, Newark DE. Wayne was employed for 20 years with Crowell in Newport, DE where he worked as a Lead Printer and Coater 2 & 3 Operator. He is survived by his wife, Anne M.; daughters, Crystal and Amanda Cake; sons, Wayne J. Cake, Jr. and Michael Cake; 4 grandchildren; mother,...
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Catherine M. Young

June 28, 2014

Catherine M. Young, 89, passed away on Saturday, June 28, 2014 at the home of her son and daughter in law. Born in Philadelphia, PA, she was a long time resident of New Castle, DE. Catherine was a member of Asbury United Methodist Church and Holloway Terrace Ladies Auxiliary. She enjoyed fishing, crabbing, camping and her many trips with the Delawarr Senior Center. She was predeceased by...
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Henry Charles Boyce

June 16, 2014

Henry Charles Boyce, age 74, of Newark, DE, formerly of Hazlet, NJ died on June 16, 2014. Mr. Boyce retired from the Hazlet Post Office and was a Vietnam Veteran. He is survived by his wife, Sandra Shealy Boyce, of Newark, DE; his son, Henry Charles Boyce Jr. and his wife Angelique, of Newark, DE; his daughter, Rebecca Boyce Petry and her husband Glenn, of Jackson, NJ: his granddaughter,...
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Betty P. Houchins

May 31, 2014

Betty P. Houchins, age 75, of Middletown, DE, formerly of Smyrna, DE, passed away Saturday, May 31, 2014 in Christiana Hospital. Betty was born in New Castle, DE, the daughter of the late George P. and Florence H. (Veal) Layton. She was a homemaker. Betty enjoyed sitting outside surrounded by loved ones, reading braille books and loved her country music. She is survived by her daughters,...
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Bertha May Goff Trent

May 29, 2014

Mrs. Bertha May Goff Trent, 78, of Reidsville, NC, formerly of New Castle, DE passed away Thursday, May 29th, 2014. Mrs. Trent was born in 1936 in New Castle, DE to the late Charles and Virginia Johnson Goff. She was a homemaker and of the Baptist faith. Bertha enjoyed knitting and ceramics in earlier years. She was a dedicated wife and loved her husband dearly. She was preceded in death...
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Chrystal (Spear) Maiello

May 26, 2014

Chrystal (Spear) Maiello, 58, of Rehoboth Beach, DE and formerly of Salisbury, MD died May 26, 2014. Chrystal attended Christiana High School in Newark, DE and Goldey Beacom College. She was employed by GNC for many years. Chrystal was a former member of Allen Memorial Church in Salisbury, MD. She had a kind and giving heart and was always there with a gift for those people who had been kind...
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