retired from DP&L
Mr. Martin Robert “Bob” Griesmeyer, 79, of New Castle, died Thursday, March 30, 2006, at his sister Andrea’s home in Lewes, surrounded by his loving family.
A Delaware native, Bob was born April 26, 1926 in Wilmington, son of the late Emil Irving Griesmeyer and Mary M. Reardon Griesmeyer. He joined the Navy when he was just 18 years old and proudly served his country during World War II aboard the battleship USS Texas.
Bob graduated from the Eckels College of Mortuary Science in Philadelphia, Pa., at the age of 20, and later worked for the former Delmarva Power and Light Company (DP&L) for many years.
He enjoyed 22 years of retirement living after concluding his career with DP&L. Bob was a longtime member of Our Lady of Fatima parish in New Castle.
His wife, Imogene Largen Griesmeyer, died in 1993.
He is survived by his stepson, Bruce Grady Johnson, and his wife, Michelle, of New Castle; five sisters, Mildred Lair and her husband, Bill, of Sarasota, Fla., Alice Ann Wilkinson and her husband, Nelson, of Lewes, Joan Prettyman, of Middletown, Marion Augustine and her husband, Albert, of Media, Pa., and Andrea Ruff and her husband, Frederick of Lewes, with whom he was staying; his companion, Virginia Ciancio, of Elsmere; three step-grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held at Our Lady of Fatima R.C. Church, New Castle, with burial in Gracelawn Memorial Park, New Castle.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to Our Lady of Fatima Parish, 801 N. DuPont Parkway, New Castle, DE 19720; or to Delaware Hospice, Southern Division, 20167 Office Circle, Georgetown, DE 19947.
John T. Landon Jr.,
Coast Guard engineer
John T. Landon Jr., 77, of Milford, died Thursday, March 30, 2006, in his home.
He was born in Wachapreague, Va., son of the late John T. Landon Sr. and Edna Bell Landon.
Mr. Landon was a chief engineer for the U.S. Coast Guard for 21 years.
After retiring from the Coast Guard, he was a civil service worker at Fort Miles, Lewes and Milton for 10 years.
Mr. Landon was then a substitute teacher at Sussex Tech for several years.
He enjoyed hunting and fishing.
Mr. Landon was a member of the Avenue United Methodist Church in Milford, Endeavor Lodge 17, Milton, The Grand Lodge of Delaware A.F.&A.M., Temple Lodge 9, Milford, Order of the Eastern Star 9, Georgetown, and the Redmen, Indian River Tribe 37. He was a member and past president of the Delaware Beekeepers Association since 1972, USCG Lightship Sailors Association; a member of the Grand Lodge in Wilmington, and the Scottish Rite Charities.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Ethel B. Landon; and a granddaughter, Christina Lerenzi.
He is survived by his wife, Martha (Adams) Moore Landon; four sons, John T. Landon III of Nassau, William H. Landon of Lewes, Byron Landon of Milton, and Keith B. Landon of Milford; a daughter, Ann Richter of Milton; two stepsons, John T. Moore of Atlantic Beach, N.C., and Robert L. Moore Jr. of Milton; a sister, Annabelle L. Scott of Cheriton, Va., 12 grandchildren, Sharon Landon, Cheryl Davidson, Laura Landon, Brittany Landon, Khara Landon, Margaret Landon, Michael Landon, Matthew Richter, Allison Richter, Megan Richter, Lauren E. Moore, Christopher J. Moore; and two great-grandsons.
Funeral services will be 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 4, in the chapel of Short Funeral Services, 416 Federal St., Milton, where friends may call after 1 p.m. The Rev. Earle Baker will officiate. Burial will be in Odd Fellows cemetery, Milton.
The family suggests memorial contributions be made to Delaware Hospice, 911 S. DuPont Highway, Dover, DE 19901.
Carmela Mazzalonga, 89, of Millsboro, passed away peacefully in her home Friday, March 31, 2006, surrounded by her loving family.
She was born June 25, 1916, in Queens, N.Y., daughter of the late Salvatore and Lucia (Coppola) Ervolina.
Mrs. Mazzalonga was a homemaker.
She loved corresponding, singing and reading.
Mrs. Mazzalonga was a member of Mary Mother of Peace Catholic Church of Oak Orchard, the Order of the Sons of Italy in America and the Italian Heritage Association.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her loving husband, Louis Mazzalonga in 1978; five brothers; and two sisters.
She is survived by three daughters and two sons-in-law, Lucille and John Wallo, Mary Jane and Allen Donato and Irene Gianesses; 10 grandchildren, John Wallo, Stephen Wallo and his wife Jean, Lori Wallo, Thomas Wallo, Paula Perez, Teressa Smith and her husband George, Ralph Martino, Louis Martino, Janette Ingrassia and Alexandra Gianesses; 12 great-grandchildren, Stephanie Wallo, John Wallo, Elyse Rivera, Christopher Perez, Samantha Smith, Rebecca Smith, Ashley Martino, Jason Martino, Jack Swihart, Salvatore Ingrassia, Michael Ingrassia and Blake Wallo; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
A Mass of Christian will be at 11 a.m., Tuesday, April 4, in Mary Mother of Peace Catholic Church, Route 24, Oak Orchard. Burial will be in Henlopen Memorial Park, Milton.
Anna K. Laskoski,
Anna K. Laskoski, 86, of Millsboro, passed away peacefully on Friday, March 31, 2006, in Beebe Medical Center, Lewes.
She was born Nov. 6, 1919, in Mount Carmel, Pa., daughter of the late Enoch and Louise Kijewski.
Mrs. Laskoski was a homemaker.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her loving husband, Walter W. Laskoski in 1993.
She is survived by two sons and two daughters-in-law, Stephen and Teresa Laskoski of Philadelphia, and Walter J. and Alice Laskoski of Sewell, N.J.; and a brother, Peter Kijewski.
Friends may call from 9 to 10 a.m. Wednesday in the Long Neck Chapel of Melson Funeral Services, Long Neck Road, Millsboro.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m., Wednesday, April 5, in Mary Mother of Peace Catholic Church, Route 24, Oak Orchard.
Burial will be in Conley’s Chapel cemetery, Angola.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to Mary Mother of Peace Catholic Church.
Bishop Mollie Brisco,
Bishop Mollie Brisco, 69, of Milton, died Monday, March 27, 2006, in her home.
Mrs. Brisco was born June 1, 1936, in Northampton County, Va., daughter of the late Willie Dixon and Mollie Dixon Frazier.
She attended public schools in Northampton.
Mrs. Brisco was called by the Lord into the ministry at an early age to preach the gospel and work in His kingdom. She lived the life she preached.
She was a member of St. Peters and Friends Holiness Church since 1980. She later became bishop and pastor.
Mrs. Brisco loved the church and loved the members. They were her heart and they became a part of her family.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Henry L. Brisco; and four sisters, Ruth Wilson, Marie Watson, Mattie Riddick and Emma Terry.
She is survived by her husband, Manchester Brisco Sr.; a son, Manchester Brisco Jr. of Havre de Grace, Md.; two daughters, Alveria F. Brisco and Rita M. Brisco, both of Ellendale; two sisters, Annie Dixon and Doretha Howard, both of Philadelphia; a daughter-in-law, Juanita Brisco of Milton; a goddaughter, Auntonette Balfour of Seaford; two foster daughters, Betty Coverdale of Georgetown, and Delores Walker-Harris of Milford; two granddaughters, Tielene Aiken of Ellendale, and Tomika Houchens of Milford; eight grandsons, Andre Mifflin and Darius James, both of Milton, Tyshon Brisco of Prince Fredrick, Md., Henry Brisco Jr. and Antonio Brisco, both of Milton, Robert Brisco of Ellendale, and Isaiah Brisco and Dominique Brisco, both of Milton; 11 great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and her church family.
Services were held in Eagles Nest Fellowship Church, Route 16, Milton, with burial will be in Friendship Baptist Church cemetery, Lewes.
Arrangements by Bennie Smith Funeral Home, Dover.
Marvin Jay Deputy,
retired from DuPont
Marvin Jay Deputy, 63, of Greenwood, died Tuesday, March 28, 2006, in his home.
Mr. Deputy was born in Milford, son of the late Thomas J. and Lula (Lank) Deputy.
He retired in 1996 from the DuPont Co. in Seaford. He had been a poultry farmer since 1983.
He also enjoyed playing golf and attending auctions.
Mr. Deputy loved the Lord. He was an active member and trustee of the Greenwood Methodist Church and served on various committees, including the pastor selection committee.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Joann (Jalot) Deputy, in 1995; and a sister, Betty Dickerson.
He is survived by two sons, Thomas J. Deputy of Milton and Matthew Bayard Deputy of Greenwood; a daughter, Carla Ann Brown of Greenwood; a sister, Evelyn Barto of Wilmington; a brother, John Burton Deputy of Milford; and six grandchildren.
Services were held in Tressler Mennonite Church, Greenwood, with burial in Union United Methodist Church cemetery, Lincoln.
Contributions are suggested to Greenwood United Methodist Church, P.O. Box Q, Greenwood, DE 19950.
Coty Lane Hastings
worked at Morgan Stanley
The life of Coty Lane Hastings, 23, of Columbia, S.C., was tragically taken March 26, 2006, as the result of an automobile accident in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
Born July 30, 1982 in Milford, Coty grew up to be a well-rounded young woman with a passion for life. While in high school in Jacksonville, Fla., she swam on the Bolles National Championship team for four years. Upon graduating, she spent eight weeks exploring the Colorado Rockies with Outward Bound and her adventurous spirit then led her to Yosemite, where she climbed El Capitan. A bright young woman, Coty scored 1470 on her SATs, which placed her in the top 5 percent of college-bound students. She attended the University of South Carolina before transferring to the School of Arts in Cortona, Italy. She finished her college education at Flagler College in St. Augustine, Fla. in 2005.
After college, Coty was employed by Morgan Stanley Financial Services in Columbia, SC. In the summer of 2007, she was planning to marry the love of her life, Thomas Flitter, of Columbia, S.C. Although Coty’s life was taken so quickly, she was able to give life to three other people through the organ donation program.
Coty’s family members include her parents, Ronald E. and Cynthia R. Hastings, of Ponte Vedra Beach; three sisters, Chelsea Hastings, of Ponte Vedra Beach and Paige Hastings and Whitney Hastings Pogwist, both of Seaford; and maternal grandparents, Jerry and Doris Minton, of Seaford and Lewes.
Memorial services were held at Sawgrass Country Club in Ponte Vedra Beach.
Contributions are suggested to the Coty Hastings Memorial Fund at Flagler College. Checks should be made out to Flagler College (for the Coty Hastings Memorial Fund), and sent to the college at 74 King St. St. Augustine, FL 32084.
Ella G. Fournier,
Ella G. “Dixie” Fournier, 91, went to be with the Lord Wednesday, April 19, 2006.
She was born Nov. 2, 1914, to the late Ella Mae and John Paul Graham of Rehoboth Beach.
In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by her husband, Oliver Fournier; three brothers, Jack, Bob and Lee Graham; and a sister, Martha Gage “Peggy” Graham.
She is survived by her sister-in-law, Shirley Graham; and many nieces and nephews living in Florida, North Carolina and Washington.
Graveside services were held at Epworth cemetery, Rehoboth Beach. Arrangements by Short Funeral Services, Milton.
Martin Albert Starr Sr.,
Martin Albert Starr Sr., 40, of Bridgeville, died Friday, April 21, 2006, in Nanticoke Memorial Hospital, Seaford.
Mr. Starr was born May 8, 1965, in Lakewood, N.J., son of the late William and Madeline Stobb Starr.
He was raised in Texas, and lived in several states before moving to Delaware.
Mr. Starr’s hobbies were many outside activities which he enjoyed - camping and fishing, NASCAR racing - he especially liked No. 20, Tony Stewart, and No. 88, Dale Jarrett, football and the Green Bay Packers, dancing, shooting pool, bowling, listening to country music and ‘70s music, and writing poems.
He is survived by his wife of 24 years, Diane L. Starr; six children, Martin A. Starr Jr. of Bridgeville, Kimberly Louise Starr of Dover, Heather Renee Starr of Dover, Matthew E. Starr of Lewes, Priscilla C. M. Starr of Delmar and Skyven L. Starr of Harrington; and a granddaughter, Brianna M. Madden.
Services will be 2 p.m., Friday, April 28, in Lifeway Church of God, Bridgeville, where friends may call one hour earlier.
Burial will be in West Virginia.
The family suggests memorial contributions for the family, sent to Lifeway Church of God, 7046 Seashore Highway, Bridgeville, DE 19933.
Arrangements by Fleischauer Funeral Home, Greenwood.
Elizabeth D. Bonkowski,
devoted wife and mother
Elizabeth D. Bonkowski, 73, of Lincoln, formerly of Coventry, New Castle, died, after a brief illness, Friday, April 21, 2006, surrounded by her family and beloved pets.
Mrs. Bonkowski was a 1950 graduate of Wilmington High School.
Her first job was as an usher at the then-Playhouse Theater. Although she later worked at the DuPont Co., the New Castle County school system and the Delaware Division of Public Health, her true calling was always to her first and only love, her husband of 44 years, Francis J. Bonkowski Sr., and her children, to whom she selflessly devoted herself all of her life.
She was a long-time parishioner of Our Lady of Fatima Roman Catholic Church, New Castle. After moving downstate, she was a member of St. John the Apostle Roman Catholic Church, Milford.
She was preceded in death by her husband; a son, Francis J. Bonkowski Jr.; her parents, George and Julia Denney; a sister, Kathryn Ribynski; and a brother, George Denney Jr.
She is survived by two sons, Michael F. Bonkowski of Centerville and Brian Bonkowski of Georgetown; three daughters, Patricia Freas of New Castle, Judith Fagan of Cape May Courthouse, N.J., and Betsy Hughey of Lincoln, with whom she lived; a sister, Julia Cannatelli of Rehoboth Beach; 10 grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.
Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, April 25, in Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 1000 N. Du Pont Parkway, New Castle.
Services will be 11 a.m., Wednesday, April 26, in the funeral home, where friends also may call one hour earlier.
Burial will be in Gracelawn Memorial Park, 2220 N. Du Pont Parkway, New Castle.
The family suggests memorial contributions to Delaware Hospice, 3515 Silverside Road, Wilmington, DE 19810; or to the Diabetes Association, 100 W. 10th St., Suite 1002, Wilmington, DE 19801.