NFL coach, scout
Ralph Warring Hawkins, 69, of Fenwick Island, died Thursday, Sept. 9, 2004 at Atlantic General Hospital in Berlin, Md.
A native of Washington, D.C., Mr. Hawkins was a high school graduate of St. John’s and played quarterback, running back and defensive back at the University of Maryland, where he earned his bachelor of science in physical education.
He was a successful college coach before moving to the NFL. He served as defensive coordinator/defensive backs coach at Cincinnati, and coached defensive backs at both Army and Kentucky.
Hawkins began his NFL coaching career from 1969-71 in Buffalo; from 1972-77 Hawkins was with the Washington Redskins under George Allen. After spending the 1978 season with the Colts, he joined the New York Giants from 1979-81 as defensive coordinator. For the next eight years he served under Chuck Knox with both the Bills and Seattle before moving to the New York Jets for the 1989 season.
Following a very highly respected coaching career, Mr. Hawkins moved into college scouting with the Arizona Cardinals, Carolina Panthers and Houston Texans.
He was diagnosed with frontotemporal dementia in July of 2003.
Survivors include his wife of 37 years, the former Carol Hench; his children, Mary Kathleen, Kristin Oster and son-in-law Dan, Karianne, and Andrew; four grandchildren, Michael, Cady, Christopher, and Ashley.
A memorial mass was offered at St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Bethany Beach.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the Gull House Adult Day Care, 38149 Terrace Road, Rehoboth Beach, DE. 19971.
Irvin L. Sellers,
Bell Telephone retiree
Irvin L. Sellers, 79, of Warwick Park, Millsboro, and formerly of Reading, Pa., died Friday, Sept. 10, 2004, at home.
Mr. Sellers was retired from Bell Telephone Company of Pennsylvania. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Navy, and he was a member of American Legion Post 28 of Oak Orchard and the AmVets. He was also past president of BELLCO Credit Union in Reading.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Frances B. Sellers, in 2003.
He is survived by three sons, Bruce, Donald and his wife, Joy, Ronald and his wife Debra; six grandsons, Michael, Nickolas, Eric, Gregory, Nathan and Brett; a great-grandson and two great-granddaughters.
Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 15, at Laureldale cemetery, near Reading. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday evening at the Long Neck Chapel of Melson Funeral Services.
Arrangements by Melson Funeral Services, Long Neck.
Wayne Lewis Carlson,
Wayne Lewis Carlson, 59, of Snow Hill, Md., died Thursday, Sept. 2, 2004, at Anchorage Nursing & Rehabilitation Center.
Mr. Carlson was born in Delaware, the son of the late Lewis and Gertrude Carlson.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving in the Vietnam War.
He was a member of the American Legion in Snow Hill, and a member of the Bates United Methodist Church.
He was preceded in death by the grandmother who raised him, Ethel Perdue.
He is survived by the mother of his children, Alice Pusey Carlson; a son, Brian Carlson; a daughter, Melissa Figgs; a stepdaughter, Nannie Figgs; three grandchildren, Tiffany Fay Figgs, Dakota Maeawood and William Nathaniel Figgs; and his dog Sport, all of Salisbury, Md.
Services were held at Bounds Funeral Home, Salisbury, with burial in the Marylands Veterans cemetery
Eastern Shore, in Hurlock.
John Keener, 82, of Ocean View, and formerly of New Castle County, beloved father and Pop Pop, went home to be with Jesus on Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2004 due to injuries sustained during an automobile accident on Aug. 27, 2004.
Mr. Keener was born in Kane, Pa. He served his country in both WWII and the Korean War in the Army. He loved fishing, gardening, and was an accomplished carpenter. He was a member of VFW Mason-Dixon Post #7234 in Ocean View.
He was preceded in death by his daughter, Mary Jane.
He is survived by his loving wife of 51 years, Ruth; four children, Kathy Halter, Sharon Stewart and her husband Peter, Garry Keener and his significant other Liz, Laurie Keener and her significant other Kenny Lindell; five grandchildren, Allison Bender, John Keener, Lizz Stewart, Scott Lindell, and Jesse Stewart, all of Newark; his sister, Dorothy Krieber of Kane, Pa.; and his nephew, Jack Keener and his wife Jessie of New Bern, N.C.
Memorial services were held at the Blackwater Fellowship Church in Clarksville, and at the Gracelawn cemetery
in New Castle.
Arrangements by Melson Funeral Services of Ocean View.
Frieda (Skuza) Munsell,
retired dietary aide
Frieda (Skuza) Munsell, 87, died Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2004, at Beebe Medical Center in Lewes.
Mrs. Munsell was born February 14, 1917, in Isauk Rapids, Minn., daughter of the late William J. Skuza and Libby Sitko Skuza.
She was employed by Beebe Medical Center as a dietary aide for 17 years, retiring in 1982.
She is survived by two sons, Ervin Munsell of Hatboro, Pa. and Karl W. Munsell of Georgetown; a daughter, Dolores Stevenson of Georgetown; four sisters, Alvina Fleck of Sak Rapids, Minn., Lillian Johnson and Marlys Thomas of Minneapolis, Minn., and Leah Stricker of St. Cloud, Minn.; two brothers, Harland Skuza of Foley, Minn. and Virgil Skuza of Sauk Rapids, Minn.; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Services were held at Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Atkins-Lodge Chapel, Lewes, with burial in Cokesbury cemetery, in Georgetown.
Arrangements by Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Lewes.
James Grillo, 54, died peacefully after a long illness Saturday, Sept. 4, 2004, at the place he called “home,” Lewes Convalescent Center.
There will be a memorial service at Lewes Convalescent Center at 2 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 25. Contributions are suggested to The Residents Activities Fund, Lewes Convalescent Center, 440 Market St., Lewes DE 19958, in care of Nancy Seitz.091004
Marie T. Lawson,
Marie T. Lawson, 83, of Milton, died Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2004, at Harrison House of Georgetown, her residence for the past four years.
Mrs. Lawson was born in Milton to the late John Thomas and Carrie Betts Leverage of Georgetown. She was a homemaker and a member of St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church in Milton as well as American Legion Post 20 Ladies Auxiliary.
In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by her husband, Norman Lawson, in 1967.
She is survived by her mother; as well as four sons, Gary Lawson and his wife Jeanne of Lincoln, Tom Lawson of Tampa, Fla., Jerry Lawson of Milford and Rick Lawson and his wife Pam of Milton; a daughter, Linda Lawson and her husband Tracy Westen of Los Angeles, Ca.; a brother, Norman Thomas of Milton; five grandchildren, Erica Paquette, Tyler Westen, Jason Lawson, Joshua Walstead and Lindsay Hetrick; and four great-grandchildren, Ambrie Paquette, Brandi Paquette, Tagan Paquette and Hazel Lee.
Services will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 11, at Short Funeral Services, 416 Federal St., Milton, where friends may call after 11 a.m. Burial will be in Henlopen Memorial Park, Milton.
Contributions are suggested to the Alzheimer’s Association, Georgetown Branch, 4 N. Bedford St., Georgetown DE 19947.
Gertrude H. Johnson,
UD Extension agent
Gertrude Holloway Johnson, 90, of Newark, died Friday, Sept. 3, 2004 at her home.
Mrs. Johnson was born in Snow Hill, Md. May 13, 1914, the daughter of the late David and Ida Jarmon Holloway. She grew up and attended schools in Berlin, Md. and in 1934, graduated from the University of Delaware with a degree in home economics. After receiving her degree, she returned to Wicomico County and taught at Ocean City High School from 1938-39.
In 1939, Mrs. Johnson joined the Delaware Cooperative extension Service as a home demonstration agent for Sussex County. Six years later, in 1945, she was appointed state leader of Home Economics in the Delaware Cooperative Extension Service. She resigned from that position when in 1954, she married William H. Johnson, a partner in Dayett Mills. He died in 1963. From 1966-1980, Mrs. Johnson served as the first executive director of the Newark Senior Center.
In addition to her remarkable career, she was affiliated with the following organizations: The Delaware Home Economics Association, where she served on the executive board from 1945-54; The American Home Economics Association, where she served as secretary from 1953-55; vice president of the University of Delaware Alumnae Association; president of the Newark Alumnae Chapter; member of Phi Kappa Phi; secretary of Epsilon Sigma Phi; member of Cooch’s Bridge Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution; secretary of the Cooch’s Bridge Civic Association; the Delaware Parks and Recreation Society; the National Council on Aging; the New Castle County Advisory Committee on Aging; and was a charter member of the Newark Historical Society. She attended Welsh Tract Baptist Church for many years.
Mrs. Johnson is survived by her stepson, Raynor A. Johnson and his wife Susan Kirk Johnson of Newark; and two step grandchildren, Amy M. and R. Kirk Johnson.
A graveside service was held at Head of Christiana cemetery. Contributions are suggested to the Newark Senior Center c/o R.T. Foard & Jones Funeral Home, 122 West Main St., Newark, DE 19711 or directly to the senior center.
Albert J. Radomile,
Albert J. Radomile, 52, of Rehoboth, and formerly of Philadelphia, Pa. died on Saturday, September 4, 2004 at Peninsula Heart Center, in Salisbury, Md.
He is survived by his partner of 23 years, William Raucci, his mother Antoinette Radomile; a sister and brother-in-law, Annette and Richard Urban, all of Rehoboth Beach.
A mass of Christian memorial will be celebrated at St. Edmond’s Catholic Church in Rehoboth, on Saturday, Sept. 11, 2004 at 12:30 PM. Friends may call prior to the service.
Contributions in memory of Mr. Radomile are suggested to the Sussex County AIDS Committee, P.O. Box 712, Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971
Johnny Jones, 78, of Millsboro, died Sunday, Sept. 5, 2004, at home.
Mr. Jones was born in Bridgeville, the son of the late Johnny E. and Viola Donaway Jones.
He was a self-employed carpenter. He was a Marine Corps veteran in World War II, serving with the 6th division of the Okinawa Campaign in the South Pacific in 1945. He was a member of VFW Post 7422 in Millsboro and the American Legion Post in Lewes.
He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Joyce Jones; four sons, Johnny E. Jones Jr., Rick H. Jones and David B. Jones, all of Millsboro and Steven L. Jones of Gumboro; a daughter, Sandi Jones of Millsboro; three sisters, Viola Tingle of Salisbury, Md., Delores McClintock of North Carolina and Aline Taylor of Clarksville; eight grandchildren; five step-grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Services will be held at noon, Friday, Sept. 10, at the Watson Funeral Home, 211 Washington Street, Millsboro, where friends may call one hour before the service. Burial will follow in the Delaware Veterans Memorial cemetery, Millsboro.
Contributions are suggested to Delaware Hospice, 600 N. DuPont Hwy., Georgetown DE 19947.
Arrangements by Watson Funeral Home, Millsboro.
Edward J. Andrzejewski,
retired from General Motors
Edward J. Andrzejweski, 93, of Middletown and formerly of Woodcrest, Wilmington, died Monday, Sept. 6, 2004, at Christiana Hospital.
Mr. Andrzejewski was a silk mill worker, ship fitter and musician who joined the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1933, being stated at Fort duPont, Camp Dix, N.J., in Lewes and Camp Slate Creek, Id., being honorably discharged in 1937. While stationed in Lewes, Edward, along with another CCC member, E.A. Jones, received a Letter of Commendation from the Adjutant General of the US Army for saving the life of a comrade who was in imminent peril of drowning beyond Queen Anne Pier in the Delaware Breakwater off Lewes Beach.
He was employed and retired from the General Motors Assembly Plant on Boxwood Road. He also worked part time for St. Matthew’s Church in Woodcrest and after retiring from the school and church, contributed many hours to the school, church and the Sisters Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary well into his 80s. Edward also loved to play the banjo and harmonica at family gatherings.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 61 years, Cecelia Oleksy, in 1993; his son, Anthony; his four brothers, Stanley, Steven, Francis and Walter; and three sisters, Cecilia Czachorowski, Catherine Murphy and Stella Sakowski.
He is survived by his son, Ronald E. Andrzejewski and his wife Barbara, with whom he lived; a daughter, Mary Gardner and her husband Joseph of Milton; two grandchildren, Olivia and Nicholas DeCain; and a sister, Florence, of Wilmington.
A funeral mass will be celebrated at 11:30 a.m., Friday, Sept. 10, 2004, at St. Matthew’s Church, Woodcrest. Burial will be in Assumption Patio Crypt in All Saints’ cemetery.
Henry C. Wenke Jr.,
retired pipe insulator
Henry C. Wenke Jr., 75, of Dewey Beach, died Saturday, Sept. 4, 2004, at home.
Mr. Wenke was born April 30, 1929 in Holloway Terrace, the son of the late Henry C. Wenke Sr. and Elsie B. "Dawson" Wenke.
Mr. Wenke worked 35 years as a pipe insulator with Local 42, retiring in 1985. He also served in the U.S. Army and was a Korean War veteran.
Mr. Wenke had many interests and was active in his community throughout his life. He was a member of the Cape Henlopen Elks Lodge; a 32nd Degree Mason with St. John's Lodge, New Castle; a lifetime member of the Holloway Terrace Fire Department; a lifetime member of the Rehoboth Beach VFW Post 7447; a lifetime member of Disabled American Veterans; and a member of American Legion Post 28, Oak Orchard/Riverdale.
He is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Pauline "Witsil" Wenke of Dewey Beach; his son, Henry Carl Wenke III of Cool Spring; three daughters, Paula W. Scaramozzi of King George, Va., Cara W. Wilson of Rehoboth Beach and Hope C. Cooper of Rehoboth Beach. He leaves behind nine grandchildren: Crystal Stigils, Tamara Scaramozzi, Lucas Scaramozzi, Cara Scaramozzi, Paul Wilson, Sara E. Wilson, Heather Wenke, Rhianna Wenke and Hunter Wenke; and three great-grandchildren; as well as sisters Alma W. Simmons of Cleveland, Oh., Georgie Ann Bennett of Bear and Janice Lehman of Bear. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Sharon Wenke; and a sister, Ruth Jensen.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Monday, Sept. 13, at Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Atkins-Lodge Chapel, 1449 Kings Hwy., Lewes, where friends may call at 1 p.m. Burial will be private.
Contributions are suggested to New Covenant Presbyterian Church, 5 Lighthouse Plaza, Rehoboth Beach DE 19971; indicate "Building Fund."