Kay M. Laurenzi,
Kay M. Laurenzi, 79, of Rehoboth Beach, passed away peacefully at her home on Sunday, Oct. 28, 2007, surrounded by her family.
Born in Marcus Hook, Pa., Mrs. Laurenzi loved going to the Gull House in Rehoboth.
She was predeceased by her husband, Francis A. Laurenzi, by her son, Michael, and by her daughter, Paula. Mrs. Laurenzi is survived by her daughters, Toni Laurenzi of Elsmere and Denise Laurenzi, her caretaker with whom she lived; her sons and daughters-in-law, Gary and Cathy of Wilmington, Terry and Kim of Millsboro, and Francis Jr. and Becky of Odessa; 10 grandchildren, Michelle, Gary Jr., Paul, Stacey, Holly, Brian, Michael, Tracey, Nicky and Emily; and five great-grandchildren.
Friends are invited to visitation, 6-8 p.m., Friday, Nov. 2, at Mealey Funeral Home, Limestone and Milltown roads, Wilmington. Funeral services will take place at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 3, at the funeral home. Entombment will follow at Cathedral cemetery, Wilmington.
Helene Obertyschew, 83, of Wilmington, passed away on Oct. 29, 2007.
Mrs. Obertyschew was born in Russia. After World War II, she lived in Germany before immigrating to the United States in 1953. Helene worked as a seamstress for many years in the Wilmington area, retiring in 1987. She loved her family and will be dearly missed by all. She was a homemaker and enjoyed working in her garden. She was also very active in St. Michael’s Orthodox Church in Wilmington for over 50 years, volunteering her time to many church activities.
She is survived by her husband of 55 years, Vasily Obertyschew; her children, Olga Maloney and her husband John of Newark, and Alexander Piragow of Lewes; her grandchildren, Diane and her husband Irenee, David and his wife Dawn, Janice and Adam, all of Delaware. She is also survived by six great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, Nov. 2, in the McCrery Memorial Chapel, 3710 Kirkwood Highway at Duncan Road, where family and friends may call at 9:30 a.m. Burial will be in Silverbrook cemetery, Wilmington.
In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to St. Michaels Orthodox Church, 2300 W. Huntington Drive, Wilmington, DE 19808.
Kylee Hope Clobes,
Kylee Hope Clobes, born May 30, 2007, to Michael and Allison Eck Clobes, went to be with our God when she passed away on October 29, 2007, at the Alfred I. DuPont Children’s Hospital in Wilmington. Although Kylee was with us for such a short time, she touched many lives and will be sadly missed by her family and all who knew her.
Surviving are her parents, Michael and Allison Clobes of Georgetown; her brother, Caleb Clobes; her maternal grandparents, Ray and Linda Eck of Newark; her paternal grandmother, Charlotte Clobes of Georgetown; her maternal great-grandmother Lucille Floyd; her paternal great-grandparents, Donald and Mariam Nelson; her aunts, Suzanne Bracceri and her husband Len, and Laurie Ann Conklin and her husband Kevin; her uncle, Robert Clobes and his wife Debra; and several cousins.
A memorial service celebrating Kylee’s life will be held at 4:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 3, at the Lewes Church of Christ, 14904 Coastal Highway, Milton.
In lieu of flowers, Kylee’s family asks that memorial contributions be made in Kylee Hope’s name to Mike and Allison Clobes so that they may provide Alfred I. Dupont Children’s Hospital, Nemours Foundation with a gift in Kylee’s memory.
George W. Shorthose,
George W. Shorthose, 66, of Rehoboth Beach and Jefferson City, Mo., died Saturday, Oct. 20, 2007, at St. Mary’s Health Center in Jefferson City.
He served in the U.S. Navy and was an over-the-road truck driver most of his life. He was a member of American Legion Post 17 in Lewes, Lewes-Rehoboth Moose Lodge 646, the Fraternal Order of Eagles in Jefferson City and the VFW in Jefferson City.
He enjoyed fishing, go-kart and stock car racing and singing and playing the guitar. He was also known for making his famous train whistle sound.
He is survived by his wife, Ellen; four children, George Shorthose of Colorado Springs, Colo., Karen Shorthose of Chamois, Mo., and Wendell Shorthose and Grant Shorthose, both of Jefferson City; two stepsons, Allan Rogers of Bear and Mitch Rogers of Millsboro; three brothers, Bill and Herb of Lewes and Patrick of Frankford; four sisters, Norma Rutherford and Verna Roberts of Kansas City, Mo., Shirley Mitchell of Lewes and Mary Lamb of Broken Arrow, Okla.; nine grandchildren; and four stepgrandchildren.
Services were held Oct. 23 at Houser-Millard Funeral Home in Jefferson City.
Raymond Harmon Jr.,
World War II veteran
Raymond “Kaiser” Harmon Jr., 82, of Milton, departed this life Saturday, Oct. 27, 2007, in his home in Cool Spring.
He attended Faith, Hope & Love Christian Fellowship, Milford.
Mr. Harmon served in the U.S. Navy and was a World War II veteran.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Hattie Jane Harmon; and his father, Raymond Harmon Sr.
Mr. Harmon is survived by his wife, Phyllis Harmon of Millsboro; a stepson, Arthur Morris of Dover; an adopted daughter, Lisa Fisher; two very special friends, Shirley Fisher and Brenda Olson; six sisters and two brothers-in-law, Lillian Drummond, Hazel Milbourne, Ida Mae Brittingham, Frances Hopkins and her husband Melvin, Betty Samples and her husband John, and Lydia Wright; and two brothers and one sister-in-law, William of Bridgeton, N.J., and George and Paulette of Wilmington.
Services will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, Nov. 2, in Faith, Hope & Love Christian Fellowship, 218 Rehoboth Blvd., Milford, where friends may call at 10 a.m.
Arrangements by Bennie Smith Funeral Home, Dover.
Dorothy S. Lynch,
Dorothy Souder Lynch, 92, of Seaford, and formerly of Lewes, went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, Oct. 25, 2007.
Dorothy was born Sept. 12, 1915, in Telford, Pa. She moved to Lewes in 1939 and resided in Lewes until October 1999 when she moved to the Methodist Manor House in Seaford.
Dorothy was employed at Beebe Medical Center as a nursing assistant in Labor and Delivery until she retired in 1984. Dorothy married Roy Lynch of Lewes in 1984.
In addition to her parents, Dorothy was preceded in death by her first husband of 28 years, Wilmer E. Souder, along with her second husband of 15 years, Roy Lynch. She was also preceded in death by five brothers and three sisters.
She is survived by one sister, Sadie Grass of Pennsylvania; a daughter, Jackie Burton and her husband Don of Lewes; a son, Ronnie Souder and his wife Linda of Georgetown; six grandchildren, Donnie Burton, MariLou Burton Conlin, Steve Burton, Tracy Burton, Heidi Souder Hitchcock and Jonathan Souder; eleven great-grandchildren: C.J. Burton; Katie, Matthew and Elise Conlin; Hannah Burton; Anthony, Rebekah, Timothy and Trey Hitchcock; and Ethan and Julianna Souder.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 10, at Groome United Methodist Church, Dewey Avenue and Savannah road, Lewes. Interment will follow at Henlopen Memorial Park, Route 1, Milton.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Groome U.M. Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 299, Lewes, DE 19958.
Arrangements by Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Atkins-Lodge Chapel, Lewes.
William R. Beauchamp,
William Rayne Beauchamp, 76, of Lewes, went home to heaven to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, on Sunday, Oct. 28, 2007, at Milford Memorial Hospital in Milford.
Bill was born in Berlin, Md., on Aug. 23, 1931, to William Aubrey Beauchamp and Etzell Rayne Beauchamp, both natives of Berlin. When their only child was three years old, his father, in the Coast Guard, was transferred to Lewes. It was then that the family made Lewes their “home base” for the rest of their lives.
Youthful Bill Beauchamp enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and chose the military as his career. He met and married Joyce Martin of Shreveport, La., and while raising their three children resided in Scotland, Okinawa and eight different states. He was a flight engineer in the Air Force, responsible for maintenance on B-29s and B-52s. He qualified for a commercial pilot’s license and flight instruction license while in the service.
In anticipation of retirement, he established All American Aviation of Louisiana Inc., an air taxi service in Shreveport, La. The business was sold sometime later with, Continued from page 10
as Bill reported, “seven airplanes and a good reputation.”
Meanwhile, back in Lewes, Bill’s parents were making an imprint on the community’s commercial history. Etzell Beauchamp purchased the established ladies’ wear business of Virginia Larrimore on Second Street, and the couple owned and managed Anglers Motel.
They also initiated the tourist-related business of Lewes Tours Inc., an effort to acquaint visitors with the historical aspects of Lewes.
The elder Beauchamps opted for retirement in 1971 at the same time Bill was concluding his military career. They offered to sell the tourist-related business to their son and his wife. Lewes Tours expanded into filling a need for transportation service for motel guests and river pilots upstate and to Philadelphia, New Jersey and New York. The service developed into a fleet of cars, each with a driver.
During the busy years of entrepreneurship, Bill was heavily involved in efforts of the Lewes Chamber of Commerce; he served a term as president. Elected to the Lewes Board of Public Works for a period of 1975-1983, he served a term as president. He was an active member of the Lewes Fire Department for eight years.
A committed Christian during his adulthood, Bill has long fostered the faith-sharing work of Crown Financial Ministries and Bearing Precious Seed.
A member of the Groome United Methodist Church in Lewes, Bill was an ardent proponent of plans to build a new church on New Road. He was a member of the building committee.
Bill is remembered for his love of family, attention to detail, maintaining relationships with friends from high school and the military and the sheer joy of serving his fellow man.
Bill is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Joyce M. Beauchamp; his three children, Joyce Smith, Betty Brittingham and William R. Beauchamp Jr., all of Lewes; and was preceded in death by his youngest child, Gwendolyn Beauchamp. He is also survived by six grandchildren: Rachel Barragan and her husband Patrick of Clovis, N.M., Judith Brittingham, Billie Jo Cooper and her husband Guy, Matthew Brittingham, Shelly Beauchamp of Brigantine, N.J., and John Beauchamp, all of Lewes except as noted; four great-grandchildren, Katelyn Skinner, Ryan Skinner, Isiah Brittingham and Derek Brittingham; and two aunts, Eunice Fisher of Berlin, and Doris Lewis of Salisbury, Md.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 1, at Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Atkins-Lodge Chapel, 16961 Kings Highway, Lewes, where friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m., Wednesday evening, Oct. 31. Interment with military honors will be at Lewes Presbyterian Church cemetery, Kings Highway, Lewes.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to Groome United Methodist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 299, Lewes, DE 19958.
Robert J. Kennedy,
former Lewes planner
Robert J. Kennedy, 91, died Saturday, Oct. 27, 2007, at Beebe Hospital in Lewes.
Mr. Kennedy was born in New Durham, N. J., on Sept. 21, 1916, son of the late Robert J. and Janet M. Kennedy. He graduated from Leonardo High School, Middletown, N.J., attended Princeton University and went on to complete a series of specialized business courses at Goldey Beacom College.
Mr. Kennedy was a loving husband and father who enjoyed above all time spent in the company of his family.
Mr. Kennedy was employed for 64 years in various capacities with the J. Howard Smith Co. in Port Monmouth, N.J. and Beauford, N.C., and its affiliates Fish Products Co. and Seacoast Products Co. in Lewes.
During his tenure with Fish Products Co. Mr. Kennedy traveled throughout Chile and Peru to establish new fishing operations and later went to Louisiana to oversee the construction of the Seacoast Products plant at Intercoastal City, La. When Fish Products Co. and Seacoast Products Co. were sold in 1974, Mr. Kennedy, then the comptroller and general manager, continued to work for the Smith family by becoming the business manager for Otis H. Smith’s real estate and farming interests in Delaware and Alabama.
Mr. Kennedy was appointed by Gov. Charles Terry and confirmed by the Delaware Senate to serve as the Sussex County commissioner on the Delaware Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission from March 10, 1966, to May 9, 1973.
He was a member of Bethel United Methodist Church and served on its finance committee for many years. He also was an active member of the City of Lewes Planning Commission serving from February 1971 to June 1999. Mr. Kennedy was a member of Franklin Lodge No. 109, Beaufort, N.C.; New Bern York Rite chapter 46 in New Bern, N.C.; New Bern Consistory Scottish Rite; and Sudan Temple Shrine, New Bern.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 64 years, Virginia S. Kennedy, in October 2006.
He is survived by his son, Robert J. Kennedy III and his wife Jan of Lewes; a daughter, Janet E. Kennedy of Milford; a granddaughter; Shelby K. DePrisco and her husband James of Bartlesville, Okla.; grandsons Robert J. Kennedy IV and his wife Jennifer of Alexandria, Va., James M. Kennedy of Wilmington, and Dr. Harvey R. Johnson of New York City; a granddaughter, Sarah E. Johnson of Milford; and nine great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 3, at Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Atkins-Lodge Chapel, 16961 Kings Highway, Lewes, where friends may call one hour prior to services. Burial will follow at Bethel Methodist cemetery, Lewes. In lieu of flowers, contributions are suggested to the Bethel United Methodist Church, 129 West 4th St., Lewes, DE or Beebe Medical Center Foundation, 902 Savannah Road, Lewes, DE 19958.
William B. McKeever,
former food salesman
William B. McKeever, 87, of Lewes, and formerly of Pittsburgh, Pa., died on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2007, at Beebe Medical Center. He was born on June 2, 1920, in the Mt. Washington section of Pittsburgh to James and Mary O’Neill McKeever.
Bill was a loving husband and wonderful father. He was a salesman for JayCee Foods in Charleroi, Pa. until 1985, and retired to Lewes, where he and his wife enjoyed their ‘life at the beach.’ He was a decorated World War II veteran.
He is survived by his devoted wife of 58 years, Bernice Ludwig McKeever; daughters Nancy M. Targett and her husband Timothy of Lewes, Susan M. Norris and her husband Allan of Hertfordshire, England, and Mary Jane McKeever and her husband Terry Hart of Bethlehem, Pa.; grandchildren William Norris, Katharine Targett, Mary Norris and Ryan Hart; and nieces and nephews.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 31, at St. Edmond’s Catholic Church, King Charles Avenue and Laurel Street, Rehoboth Beach, where friends may call one hour prior to Mass. Interment will follow at Delaware Veterans Memorial cemetery, 26669 Patriots Way, Millsboro.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to Casa San Francisco, P.O. Box 38, 127 Broad St., Milton, DE 19968.
Arrangements are being handled by Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Lewes.