Ralph Harrison Lyons,
Ralph Harrison Lyons, 86, of Georgetown, died Monday, Aug. 30, 2004, in Genesis Elder Care in Seaford, his residence for the past two weeks.
Mr. Lyons was born in Milford to the late Vernon Lee Sr. and Helen Willey Lyons.
He had been a life underwriter for Monumental Life Insurance Co. for 26 years, retiring several years ago. He was an Army veteran of World War II, serving for five years. Thirty-two months of that service was in the Southwest Pacific Theatre in three battle campaigns. He served in the U.S. Army Artillery as a specialist 5th class in the Battery Armor and Maintenance Section.
His memberships included Gideons International and the First Baptist Church of Georgetown.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by five brothers and two sisters.
He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Venetia Parker Lyons; and a sister, Doris L. Mangini, Wilmington.
Services were held at Short Funeral Services, Georgetown, with burial in Union cemetery, Georgetown.
Contributions are suggested to Gideons International, P.O. Box 252, Lewes DE 19958 or First Baptist Church of Georgetown, 601 N. DuPont Highway, Georgetown DE 19947.
Clarence Burton Stewart,
retired plant supervisor
Clarence Burton Stewart, 83, of Lewes, died Friday, Aug. 27, 2004, after a lengthy illness, at home.
Mr. Stewart was born Jan. 16, 1921, in Lewes, son of the late Annie Burton and Henry P. Stewart.
He received his early education in the Lewes School and graduated from high school at the former Delaware State College, now Delaware State University. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II in the Rhineland in northern France, receiving the American Service Medical, the European-African-Middle Eastern Service Medal, the Good Conduct Medal and the World War II Victory Medal.
After being honorably discharged, he returned home and went to work for Doxsee Clam Factory, retiring in 1978 as plant production supervisor after more than 40 years’ service.
Mr. Stewart was a member of St. George AME Church and its men’s club, and was a former member of Rising Sun Lodge 4, Milton.
He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Pauline Turpin Stewart; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Clarence B. “Yank” Stewart Jr. of Norristown, Pa. and Anthony H. “Tony” and Cynthia Stewart of Seaford; his mother-in-law, Sarah A. Turpin of Denton, Md.; a sister-in-law, Hilda Mae Wilson of Denton; and two grandchildren.
Services were held in St. George AME Church, Lewes, with burial in People’s Memorial Park, Lewes.
Rose Ellen Wojszwillo,
retired clothing inspector
Rose Ellen Wojszwillo, 76, of Long Neck, formerly of Reading, Pa., died Saturday, Aug. 28, 2004, at home.
Mrs. Wojszwillo was a retired clothing inspector for Grief Men’s Clothing in Allentown, Pa.
She is survived by her husband, Francis R. Wojszwillo; stepson Craig; brothers Bob Lengel and John Petinko; sisters Lorrain Rathman and Elaine Strunk; two stepgranddaughters; and a step great-granddaughter.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, Sept. 3 at the Long Neck Chapel of Melson Funeral Services, Long Neck, and at 11 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 4, at the Kirkhoff Funeral Home, 206 Main Street, Bernville, Pa. Burial will be private.
Contributions are suggested to Delaware Hospice/Southern Division, 600 N. DuPont Highway, Georgetown DE 19947.
Arrangements by Melson Funeral Services, Long Neck.
Paul G. Carlson,
Paul G. Carlson, 62 of Rehoboth Beach, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family, Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2004.
Born in Pittsburgh, Pa., on Nov. 30, 1941, and raised in McKeesport, Pa., Paul received his undergraduate degree in 1963 from Indiana Teachers’ College, now Indiana University of PA, where he was an active member of the Theta Chi fraternity. He received his master’s degree in Education from the University of Delaware in 1970.
Paul moved to Delaware in 1966 when he became a teacher at Leasure and Maclary elementary schools. In 1970, he was named principal of McVey Elementary School in Newark, and was subsequently appointed principal of Shortlidge, Mote, and Warner elementary schools in Wilmington, and Lewes Middle School in the Cape Henlopen School District. From 1993 until July 2004, Paul was executive director of the Delaware Association of School Administrators (DASA).
During his 40 years of service to public education and community organizations, Paul held numerous leadership positions, including being past president of the Diamond State Reading Association, the Delaware Chapter of the International Reading Association, the Delaware Association of School Administrators, and the Newark Chapter of Rotary International, where he received both the Service Above Self Award and was twice-named a Paul Harris Fellow. Among his numerous other awards and commendations were the Delaware State Superintendent of Education’s Merit Award and the Red Clay School District’s Outstanding Leader Award. He was also twice awarded the Delaware State Board of Education’s Order of Excellence.
In 1985 he was named the National Distinguished Principal from Delaware. During the past couple of years, Paul was a mentor to several first grade boys at the Morris Early Childhood Center in the Milford School District. In May 2004, he received the Kent County Leader Award from KidsCount Delaware, and on June 30, 2004, at the closing session of the 142nd General Assembly, HJR35 was unanimously approved by both the House and Senate and signed by the governor honoring Paul as “a true public education advocate and leader for excellence.”
Paul is survived by his wife of one year, Beth; his daughters, Kristin Carlson and Amy Carlson; their mother, Carolyn Carlson; and one granddaughter, Kelly Carlson. He is also survived by his parents, Paul A. and Jeanne Carlson of Milton; one brother, Charles Carlson, of Camden; and two sisters, Carole Sieber of Lewes, and Darlene Cordeaux of Ocean View; as well as two nieces and five nephews.
Relatives, friends, and colleagues are invited to attend a memorial service at Reformation Lutheran Church, 613 Lakeview Avenue, Milford, Wednesday, Nov. 3, at 7 p.m. Paul’s family will be at the church from 6 to 7 p.m. to greet guests prior to the service.
Contributions are suggested to the Paul G. Carlson Excellence in Education Scholarship, a scholarship for high school seniors seeking to pursue a college degree and career in public education, c/o DASA, 860 Silver Lake Blvd, Suite 150, Dover, DE, 19904. Also, contributions may be made to the Tunnell Cancer Center, Beebe Medical Center, 424 Savannah Road, Lewes, DE 19958 or Delaware Hospice Southern Division, 600 DuPont Highway, Suite 107, Georgetown, DE 19947.
Arrangements handled by Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Lewes.
James D. Bennett Jr.,
construction co. owner
James D. Bennett Jr., 66, of Milton, died Monday, Oct. 25, 2004, at home.
Mr. Bennett was the owner of Itzen and Robertson Construction Co. Inc. and Clear Water Pools of Wycoff, N.J. he retired in 1999 as custodian of grounds for the Wycoff Board of Education. He was a member of Grace Church, Milton, and a past member of the Wycoff Volunteer Fire Col.
He was preceded in death by a son, John M. Bennett.
He is survived by his wife, Arlene Nielsen Bennett; two sons and daughters-in-law, James D. and Karen Bennett and Mark T. and Karen Bennett, all of West Milford, N.J.; a daughter and son-in-law, Tracy and Mike McGinness of Goshen, N.Y.; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Gail and Reginald Trefethen of Clearwater, Fla. and Sandra and Richard Furfaro of Chula Vista, Calif.; and eight grandsons.
Services will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 30, at Short Funeral Services, 416 Federal St., Milton, where friends may call at noon. Burial will be in Odd Fellows cemetery, Milton.
Contributions are suggested to Delaware Hospice, 600 N. DuPont Hwy., Georgetown DE 19947.
John H. ‘Jack’ Martin,
retired truck driver
John H. “Jack” Martin, 67, of Milton, died Tuesday, Oct./ 26, 2004, at home.
Mr. Martin was born in Wilmington, the son of the late John and Marguerite Handlin Martin. He was a truck driver for over 20 years, retiring in 1996, having driven for Globe Union, Perdue, Holly Farms and Reed Trucking. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of the Vietnam War and Cuban Missile Crisis, retiring as a petty officer after 21 years of service. He was a member and quartermaster of the Broadkiln VFW Post 6984 of Milton. He loved Volkswagens, especially his own 1966 Volkswagen that he enjoyed taking to car shows.
He was preceded in death by his second wife, Kathleen Wilson Martin, in 1997.
He is survived by his wife of two years, Margaret Anna “Marty” Davis Martin; a daughter, Susan Martin of California; a niece whom he helped raise, Corinna Conway of Millsboro; two sisters, Marleen Phillips of Woodcrest and Patricia Winnington of Pocono, Pa.; two stepdaughters, Deborah Holloway of Russellville, Al. and Cynthia Carr of Newark; three stepsons, William McNeal of Milton, Michael J. McNeal of Florence, Al. and Patrick S. McNeal of Warwick, Md.; several stepgrandchildren; and great-grandchildren.
Services will be held at 1 p.m., Monday, Nov. 1, at Short Funeral Services, 416 Federal St., Milton, where friends may call after 11 a.m. Burial with military honors will be in Odd Fellows cemetery, Milton. Immediately following the service at the graveside a luncheon will be provided at the VFW Post home, Atlantic Avenue, Milton.
Contributions are suggested to Delaware Hospice, 600 N. Dupont Hwy., Georgetown DE 19947 or Tunnell Cancer Center, 424 Savannah Rd., Lewes DE 19958.
Richard W. Lemon Jr.,
Richard w. Lemon Jr., 35, of Clayton, died Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2004, in Christiana Care-Christiana Hospital, Newark.
Mr. Leon was born in Wilmington, the son of Richard w. Lemon Sr. of Wilmington and Mary Tipka Pack of Lewes. He had worked as a union bridge painter since age 18, and for Marinis Brothers Inc. in New Castle for the past eight years. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, motorcycle riding, working with his hands. He was a member of Alcoholics Anonymous and a special husband to his wife and papa to his children.
Besides his parents, he is survived by his wife, Lisa Yarnell Lemon; a son, Michael Haines; two daughters, Autumn Lemon and Meadow Lemon; three brothers and two sisters-in-law, George A. Jr. and Debbie Craig of Smyrna, Martin J. and Holly Lemon of Landenberg, Pa. and Joseph Lemon of Wilmington; his stepfather, James Pack of Lewes; his stepmother, Christine Lemon of Wilmington; his mother-in-law, Vera Lewis of Wilmington; and a sister-in-law, Suzy Yarnell of Smyrna.
Services will be held at 1 p.m., Friday, Oct. 29, in Faries Funeral Chapel, 29 S. Main St., Smyrna, where friends may call at 11 a.m. Burial will be in Townsend cemetery.
Contributions are suggested to the Richard W. Lemon Jr. Memorial Fund, PNC Bank, 7 S. Main St., Smyrna DE 19977.
Jeffrey Lynn Garnett,
Jeffrey Lynn Garnett, 62, of Millsboro, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2004, at Beebe Medical Center in Lewes.
He was born in Salisbury, Md. and had served in the U.S. Coast Guard. He retired one year ago from Barr International. He was an avid NASCAR fan and loved fishing.
Mr. Garnett is survived by his wife, Penny; three sons, Jeffrey Lee Garnett; Bryan Lynn Garnet and Larry McQuay; two daughters, -Teresa Mills and Tammy Horn; and was a loving PopPop to eight grandchildren. He was predeceased by his father, Arthur “Jack” Garnett, and his mother, Margaret I. (Hitch) Garnett.
As requested by Mr. Garnett, services will be private. Arrangements are being handled by Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Atkins-Lodge Chapel, 16961 Kings Hwy., Lewes.
Stephen T. McGee,
American Legion member
Stephen T. McGee, 61, of Millsboro, passed away at his home Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2004, of cancer.
He was born in Wilmington to John J. and Catherine (Kitty) McGee. He was a 1961 graduate of Salesianum High School.
Steve was a multi craft senior maintenance technician at the DuPont Edge Moor Plant, retiring after 33 years as a maintenance planner. He also retired after 23 years with the Delaware National Guard as a Chief Warrant Officer 2. He was one of the seven-man Core Croup that formed the 249th Engineer Detachment which has served in the Caribbean, South America, Germany, Desert Storm, Iraqi Freedom and throughout the United States. Steve was a member of the executive board of American Legion Post 28 of Oak Orchard/ Riverdale, American Veterans Post 2 of Long Neck, and a lifetime member of the Delaware National Guard Retired Officers Association.
He is survived by two brothers, John P. McGee of Bronx, N.Y., and Arthur J. McGee and his wife Theresa of Smyrna; two stepsisters, Marie Sosnowski and her husband, Edward (Butch), of Wilmington, and Nancy Baffone and her husband, Ben, of Newark.
Services will be held Saturday, Oct. 30, at 9 a.m. at the American Legion Post 28 on Route 24 in Oak Orchard, Millsboro, where friends may call after 8 a.m. Interment will be in the Cathedral cemetery, Lancaster Avenue in Wilmington, Saturday, Oct. 30, at 11:30 a.m.
Memorial contributions are suggested to American Legion Post 28 Building Fund, RR10 Box 494A, Millsboro, DE. 19966.
Arrangements by Melson Funeral Services of Long Neck.
Ruth M. Tabor,
Ruth M. Tabor, 95, of Plano, Texas, died Sunday Oct. 24, 2004.
Mrs. Tabor was formerly from Rehoboth Beach. She was the beloved mother of Joan B. Weaver and mother-in-law of William M. Weaver; grandmother of W. Roy Weaver and Wendy C. Weaver; and great-grandmother of Kelley L. Weaver and Joseph R. Weaver.
Funeral services will be held at Parsell Funeral Home & Crematorium, Atkins-Lodge Chapel, 16961 Kings Hwy., Lewes, Friday Oct. 29, at 11 a.m. Interment will be in Henlopen Memorial Park near Milton.
Contributions are suggested to Alzheimer’s Disease Research, 22512 Gateway Center Drive, Clarksburg, MD 20871.
Roy A. Berg Jr.,
Roy A. Berg Jr., 72, of Lewes, passed away at home Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2004, after a long illness with family members by his side.
Roy was born in New Bedford, Mass. Sept. 17, 1932, son of the late Cmdr. Roy and Dorothy Berg. He attended Norwich University, Vt., graduated from Wentworth University, Boston, in 1953, where he was awarded an honorary degree in May 2003. Roy was an Army veteran and a member of the Cape Henlopen Elks Lodge 2540.
He worked in various aircraft/helicopter positions including Boeing Company in Philadelphia, Pa., where he held the position of helicopter accident investigator.
Mr. Berg is survived by his loving wife of 47 years, Mary Louise (Armstrong) Berg; his children Kathleen Berg of Scarsdale, N.Y., Brenda Heon of Charlottesville, Va., and Christopher Berg of Winthrop, Mass. In addition, he leaves behind four grandchildren, Christopher and Connor Pascale, and Nichole and Kendall Heon; two sisters, Barbara McDonald of Falmouth, Mass. and Patricia Swanson of Louisville, Ky.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Jude The Apostle Catholic Church, on Route 1 just north of Five Points Saturday, Oct. 30, at 10 a.m. Family and friends may call on Friday, Oct. 29,from 7-9 p.m., at the Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Atkins-Lodge Chapel, 16961 Kings Highway, Lewes. Burial will be announced at a late date in Woods Hole, Ma..
The family wishes to thank Delaware Hospice along with their many friends and neighbors for their continued support.
Contributions are suggested for Delaware Hospice Southern Division, 600 DuPont Highway, Suite 107, Georgetown, DE 19947 or the Children’s Beach House, 1800 Bay Avenue, Lewes, DE 19958.