Rita Suarez, of Milton, passed away Sunday, April 22, 2007, at her home in Milton, surrounded by her loving family.
Rita was born in Havana, Cuba, daughter of the late Jose and Margarita de la Pezuela Alicot. In addition to her parents, Rita is preceded in death by her husband of 37 years: Fernando Suarez; and a son, Humberto Suarez.
A wonderful homemaker, loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, Rita will be deeply and sadly missed by her family that adored her.
She leaves behind a daughter, Gladys Suarez; a son and daughter-in-law, Jorge and Angela Suarez; two granddaughters, Liliana Suarez and Angela Suarez; and five great-grandchildren: Elliot, Evan and Patrick Flaharty, Sara and Isabella Feraca.
A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m., Tuesday, April 24, in the chapel of Short Funeral Services, 416 Federal St., Milton, where friends may call one hour prior to the service.
Entombment will be in Woodlawn Memorial Park, Millsboro.
John ‘Jack’ McCarty Sr.,
Lewes BPW retiree
John “Jack” M. McCarty Sr., 80, of Lewes, passed away Tuesday, April 17, 2007, at Beebe Medical Center in Lewes.
Mr. McCarty was born May 16, 1926 in Philadelphia, Pa., son of the late Pleasant and Mildred Palmer McCarty.
Mr. McCarty moved to Lewes as a young child and never left the area. He was employed by the Lewes Board of Public Works for 20 years. He and his wife then owned and operated Mac’s Bait & Tackle shop in Dewey Beach for 25 years.
Mac loved fishing and reading, especially horror and mystery novels.
He was a 32nd degree Mason and a member of Jefferson Lodge, Lewes. He had served in the Merchant Marine. He was a devoted husband and he loved spending time with his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his two sons, Patrick J. McCarty in 2001, and Richard Alan McCarty in 2005.
He is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Beverly Howarth McCarty; two sons, John M. “Jack” McCarty Jr. and Michael L. McCarty, both of Lewes; his daughter-in-law, Carlie McCarty of Lewes; eight grandchildren, Shane McCarty and his wife Brenda, Tracey McCabe and her husband Clarke, Michelle Calvello and her husband Andy, John McCarty III, Jan Ezell and her husband Bryson, Jamie Johnson and her husband Bob, Ragen McCarty, and Pleasant J. McCarty; 10 great-grandchildren; his sister and brother-in-law, Jeanette and Donald Travis of Rehoboth Beach; and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Monday, April 23, at Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Atkins-Lodge Chapel, 16961 Kings Hwy., Lewes, with the Rev. Jeffrey Ross officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the service. Burial will be at St. Peter’s cemetery, Pilottown Road, Lewes.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Second and Market streets, Lewes, DE 19958 or to the Lewes Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 225, Lewes, DE 19958.
Josephine W. Hawes,
Josephine Wilson Hawes, 96, lifelong resident of Georgetown, passed away Monday, April 16, 2007, at Green Valley Terrace in Millsboro.
Josephine was born in Georgetown, daughter of the late Charles W. and Annie Hitchens Wilson. She was a homemaker and had been an active member of Milton Wesleyan Church.
In addition to her parents, Josephine was preceded in death by her husband, Valentine B. Hawes, in 1998.
She is survived by several nieces and nephews; and Catherine Noto Scrivener, to whom, at a young age, she opened her home.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, April 21, in the chapel of Short Funeral Services, 609 E. Market St., Georgetown where friends may call after 10 a.m. Burial will be in Union cemetery, Georgetown.
Contributions in Mrs. Hawes’ memory can be made to the Milton Wesleyan Church, 411 Union St., Milton, DE 19968 or Delaware Hospice, 20167 Office Circle, Georgetown, DE 19947.
Edward D. Carucci,
dictator of golf
Edward D. Carucci, 68 of Wilmington, passed away Monday, April 16, leaving this mortal life for a better one free of the pain of cancer.
Mr. Carucci was born in Wilmington, July, 3, 1938, son of the late Dominic and Edith Carucci.
A member of St. Hedwig Catholic Church and Cement Masons Local 36, Eddie showed to all who knew him what an enduring spirit was. He loved golf and horse racing. He was known as the dictator of golf at Oak Hills Golf Club in Springhill, Fla., where Eddie and his wife, Diane, resided for 15 years until moving back to Delaware in 1993. Eddie was a respected horse handicapper and enjoyed his morning hours with friends at Delaware Park, studying the racing news and skillfully selecting the day’s winners.
Mr. Carucci is survived by his endearing wife of 46 years, Diane Glowiak Carucci; sons, Dominick and wife Antoinette, and Michael; daughter, Caroline; granddaughters, Victoria, Gillian, Elisia and Madalyne; brother, Thomas and wife Phyllis of Murrells Inlet, S.C.; sisters, Anne Marie Lano and Joanne Ferrante and her husband Joseph of Thorofare, N.J.; brother-in-law, Henry Glowiak of Lewes; sister-in-law Geraldine Lunger and her husband David of Fairville, Pa.; and 11 nieces and nephews.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. Hedwig Church in Wilmington.
Entombment followed in Cathedral cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Hedwig Church, 408 S. Harrison St., Wilmington, DE, 19805.
Joseph A. Sekcienski III,
loved surfing, fishing
Joseph Anthony Sekcienski III, 17, of Millsboro, died Saturday, April 14, 2007.
His grandmother, Donna J. Bridges, passed in 2000.
He is survived by his father and stepmother, Joseph A. Sekcienski Jr. and Sandra; his mother, Kimberlyn B. Satterfield of Millsboro; his paternal grandparents, Joseph A. Sekcinenski Sr. and wife Patrica A. of Millsboro; maternal grandfather, Robert J Bridges of Millsboro, and stepgrandmother, Dorothy Bridges; stepbrother, David Ruckle of Aston Pa.; sister, Erin Elizabeth Sekcienski of Georgetown; stepsister, Brittany Sekcienski of Millsboro; uncles, Travis Bridges of Smyrna, Robert M. Bridges and wife Gail of Millsboro, James Mark Sekcienski and wife Karen of Millsboro; aunts, Joanna Marie Mutter and Laura Ann Bridges; great-uncle, Frederick L. Weisgerber and wife Gail; first love Morgan McCaffrey; special girlfriend, Katlin Calloway; many friends, cousins, second cousins and acquaintances to numerous to mention.
Joseph was a member of Mary Mother of Peace Roman Catholic Church, Millsboro. He loved surfing, lacrosse, fishing and dirt bikes.
He loved to aggravate his grandpa and everybody else. He loved clothes more than any woman and “needed more.” He was “Joey the man.” He loved his family and friends.
Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at May Mother of Peace Roman Catholic Church, Rt. 24, east of Millsboro, at 11 a.m., Monday April 23.
Friends may call from 1 to 4 p.m., Sunday April 22, at Watson Funeral Home, 211 Washington St. Millsboro, with Fr. Daniel McCloskey officiating.
Burial will be in Gate of Heaven cemetery
Thelma L. Sharp,
Thelma L. Sharp, 87, of Milton, died Monday, April 16, 2007 at Bayhealth/Milford Memorial Hospital in Milford.
Thelma was born in Milton, to the late Walter H. and Bertha Walls Lank.
She graduated from Lewes High School in 1937 and Goldey Beacom, School of Business in 1939.
She was an insurance investigator for the state of Delaware, retiring in 1989.
She was a member of Goshen U.M. Church in Milton, as well as treasurer for the United Methodist Women and Building Fund and a member of the trustees-at-large.
Other memberships include the Milton Century Club, Federation of Women and she was also involved in 4-H. She enjoyed gardening and traveling.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, W. Paynter Sharp Sr. in 1991.
She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Jane Lynn and Milton Carey; two sons and daughters-in-law, William P. Jr. and Joan Sharp and Henry A. and Deborah Sharp, all of Milton; seven grandchildren, Christine Beck and her husband Stephen, William Brian Sharp and his fiancée Sarah Herzig, Stephen Carey and his friend Krista Williams, Angela Carey and her friend, James Jones, Joshua Sharp, Nicholas Sharp and Dylan Sharp; three great-grandchildren, Daniel Beck, Andrew Beck and Leonard “Lenny” Williams.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Friday, April 20, at Goshen U.M. Church, 105 Mulberry St., Milton, where friends may call after noon. Interment will be held in Henlopen Memorial Park, Milton. Contributions may be made to Goshen U.M. Church Building Fund, 105 Mulberry St., Milton.
Arrangement handled by Short Funeral Services, Milton.
Elizabeth P. Keen,
Elizabeth P. Keen, 90, passed away Sunday, April 15, 2007 at Harbour Health Care Center in Lewes.
Born on January 30, 1917 on a farm near Middletown, she was the daughter of the late John Elmer and Ethel (Cochran) Price.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Milton C. Keen in 1968.
She is survived by two daughters, Diane Hutchison and her husband Carey of Brentwood, Calif., and Debbie Marsch and her husband Leonard of Lewes; a son, Laurence L. Keen and his wife Sharon of West Grove, Pa.; a sister, Anna Ray Price of Middletown; a granddaughter, Beth Ann Hutchison-Lopez and her husband Ed of Brentwood, Calif.; and seven grandsons, Don Hutchison of Mundelein, Ill,. Laurence Hutchison of Cloverdale, Calif., Dan Keen of Lothian, Md., David Keen of Cochranville, Pa., L. Lee Keen of Shadyside, Md., Chatham Marsch and Richard Marsch of Lewes. She was also blessed with six great-grandsons and four great-granddaughters.
Memorial services will be held 1 p.m., Saturday, April 21, at the Daniels & Hutchison Funeral Home LLC, 212 North Broad St., Middletown, where family and friends may call from noon to 1 p.m. Interment will follow in Old St. Anne’s cemetery, Middletown.
In lieu of flowers the family requests donation in memory of Mrs. Keen to The Delaware Hospice, Inc., 911 S. DuPont Highway, Dover, DE 19901.
Ellen V. Dunkes,
garden club member
Ellen V. Dunkes, 100, died Thursday, April 5, 2007, in Lewes Convalescent Center, Lewes.
Mrs. Dunkes was the oldest of six children of the late Charles and Mary Thompson. She was married in 1934 to George Dunkes, who died in 1996.
Mrs. Dunkes lived in Baltimore, Md. her entire life until moving to Brandywine Assisted Living in Lewes in 2000. She graduated from Mt. St. Agnes High School in Baltimore in 1928. Mrs. Dunkes was active in the Woodlawn Garden Club and the Sodality of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Woodlawn for many years.
She is survived by her sons, George Thompson Dunkes and his wife Dawn of Bel Air, Md. and Charles Michael Dunkes and his wife Joann of Rehoboth Beach; three grandchildren, Kerin Magill of Ocean View, Christopher Dunkes of Bel Air, Md. and Tom Dunkes of Granville, Ohio; eight great-grandchildren, Brittany, Bryce and Bethany Dunkes of Bel Air, Md., Kelsey and Nathaniel Magill of Ocean View, Del. and Sophia, Emma and Liam Dunkes of Granville, Ohio; as well as many nieces and nephews including Suzanne Romersa of Dagsboro and Paul Thompson and wife Mary of Bethany Beach and Baltimore, Md.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held at St. Gabriel Catholic Church (formerly Our Lady of Perpetual Help) in Woodlawn, Md. Burial was in Moreland Memorial Park, Baltimore, Md.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Lewes Convalescent Center Residents’ Fund, 440 Market St., Lewes, DE 19958.
Charles E. Dismuke,
Charles E. Dismuke, 57, of Frankford, died Saturday, April 14, 2007, at Peninsula Regional Medical Center, Salisbury, Md.
Mr. Dismuke was born July 7, 1949, to the late Charles and Geraldine Dismuke in Selbyville.
He was educated in the public schools of Delaware, graduating from Selbyville High School in 1967. During his life, Charles embarked on several careers, all of which were successful. He served in the U.S. Army and the Delaware National Guard. He was a custodian, car salesman, Delaware state trooper, and most recently district manager with United Insurance Company. He was with United Insurance Company for 25 years.
Charles enjoyed his motorcycle and took a leadership role in keeping the club together. He was an avid photographer both professionally and for pleasure. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, especially his precious granddaughters affectionately known as “Charlie’s Angels.”
He was preceded in death by a younger brother, Gerald Dismuke. Charles is survived by his devoted wife of 30 years, Andrea, two daughters, Quandora Dismuke of Selbyville and Katrina Hooper and a special son-in-law James Hooper of Virginia Beach, Va.; three granddaughters, Noel Dismuke, Jade and Kennedy Hoope; his stepmother, Catherine Dismuke of Salisbury, Md.; two sisters, Delores Justice of Dover and Cynthia Gibson and her husband Gerald of Millsboro; four brothers, Gordon Dismuke and his wife Bernice of Augusta, Ga., Donald Dismuke of Newport News, Va., Duane Dismuke and wife Francita of Frankford and Adrian Dismuke of Millsboro; his mother-in-law, Elizabeth Hall of Millsboro, and a host of favorite nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives, friends and their families and special friends, the Black Knights Motorcycle Club.
Services were held at Calvary Pentecostal Church, Bishopville, Md.
F. Christiana Murray,
F. Christiana (Wyatt) Murray, of Smyrna, went home to be with the Lord Sunday, April 15, 2007.
Christiana was born on December 22, 1934. She was the oldest child of the late Robert S. and Florence C. Murray.
Christiana was a graduate of Middletown High School and attended Delaware Technical Community College.
She worked for the DuPont Company before raising her family and was also a foster grandparent for the state of Delaware. She was also employed by Ichthyologic Associates and Letica in Middletown and retired from Schmittinger & Rodriquez law firm in Dover.
She was also a member of the Townsend Free Will Baptist Church. All who knew her will remember Christiana as a hard-working and loyal friend.
In addition to her parents, Christiana was preceded in death by her former husband John C. Wyatt Sr., her brother William J. Murray; and a granddaughter.
She is survived by five sons, Steven M. Wyatt and his wife Carrie, John C. Wyatt Jr. and wife Kay, all of Smyrna, Patrick M. Wyatt and wife Nancy of Clayton, David E. Wyatt of Townsend, and William W. Wyatt of Arizona; one daughter, Jacqueline C. Grau and her husband Duane of Smyrna; 13 grandchildren, two great-grandsons; four sisters, Carolyn M. Shaffner, Patricia A. Barcus and Sabina Moffitt all of Townsend, and Elizabeth Henderson of Camden; two brothers, R. Charles Murray of Milton and Bruce B. Murray and his wife Jane of Middletown; a sister-in -law, Shirley Murray; and a brother-in-law Wilson Barcus.
Services were held in the Townsend Free Will Baptist Church.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests contributions to the Townsend Free Will Baptist Church, 4519 S. DuPont Pkwy., Townsend, DE. 19734.
Betty J. Clarke,
retired from DAFB
Betty J. Clarke, 81, of Felton, died Sunday, April 15, 2007, in Bayhealth-Milford Memorial Hospital.
Mrs. Clarke was born in Cresson, Pa., the third child of the late William Clifford and Molly I. (Sell) Miller.
She met her future husband, Thomas J. Clarke, when she was working at Squibb Pharmaceuticals in Trenton, N.J. They were married in her parent’s home in Harrington.
Mrs. Clarke’s husband was in the U.S. Army and she traveled with him when he was assigned to Japan, Alaska, New York and finally Delaware, where they settled down close to her parents and raised their family.
She started working for the civil service of the U.S. government at Dover Air Force Base in 1960 as a typist in the buyers’ section of the procurement office. In 1963 she left that position to be a homemaker. In 1966, she went back to work at Dover Air Force Base in the traffic management division as a claims examiner working until 1977, when she was transferred into the drafting division. In February 1980, Mrs. Clarke left the civil service to enjoy working with her husband, Thomas, raising horses on their farm. As the need for horses declined, Mrs. Clarke went back to work in traffic management in 1983, where she worked until she retired in November 1985.
In 1988 she worked for a period of time at the Modern Maturity Center, Dover, and in 1989 after her husband became ill, she wanted to work close to home so she worked for Simmons Cable, now Comcast Cable.
She was always active in some capacity in Asbury United Methodist Church, Harrington, having taught Sunday school and worked with her husband with the youth choir. In later years, few things gave her more pleasure than studying scriptures, being with her church family and watching harness racing on television.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Tom, in 2005.
She is survived by two daughters and two sons-in-law, Marianne and Paul Hayes of Lewes and Cynthia and Skip Thorn of Felton; and a son, Thomas David Clarke of Felton.
The family will visit with friends from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, April 21, in Asbury United Methodist Church, 200 Weiner Ave., Harrington, where a memorial service will follow at 11 a.m. Saturday.