Charles E. Hood,
Charles Edwin Hood, 78, of Lewes, passed away early Tuesday, May 15, 2007, after a brief illness.
Charlie is remembered with love by his wife of 54 years, Jane; three daughters, Linda, Pamela, and Melissa; and 11 grandchildren. He was predeceased by his son, Kevin.
Born in Rushville, Ind., Charlie graduated from Purdue University with a degree in electrical engineering. He pursued a career with General Electric and the U.S. government focusing on manned and unmanned space flight missions. Charlie retired from the Central Intelligence Agency in 1988 and moved with his wife from Potomac, Md. to Lewes. There he served on the Board of Public Works for many years and was an active member of Bethel United Methodist Church.
Charlie was a most loyal husband, father and friend; an animal lover and protector; a tireless worker in his beautiful home and garden; a beloved charmer and prankster; an impeccable gentleman; and a passionate student of a world whose beauties and mysteries he always found fresh and glorious. Charlie’s faith in God endowed him with a generosity of spirit that led him to assume the best in everyone.
A celebration of his life will be held at 2 p.m., Sunday, May 20, at Bethel United Methodist Church, 129 W. Fourth St., Lewes.
Please omit flowers. The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Delaware Humane Association, 701 A St., Wilmington, DE 19801, or to Bethel Christian Preschool, 129 W. Fourth St., Lewes, DE 19958.
Arrangements are being handled by Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Atkins-Lodge Chapel, Lewes.
Victor A. Pini Jr.,
Victor Anthony Pini Jr., 86, of Bridgeville, passed away Monday, May 14, 2007, at his residence, surrounded by his loved ones.
Mr. Pini was born March 20, 1931, in Everett, Mass., son of the late Victor and Julia Pini, immigrants from Italy.
Vic retired from the U.S. Air Force after serving 23 years. He and his wife Mary lived many places all over the world, finally retiring in Dover.
He then retired from the Sussex County Correctional Institure. He enjoyed serving coffee at the Bridgeville Fire Company dinners, reading the latest novels, gardening, grilling and tinkering in the garage. He was an awesome husband, dad, grandfather, and friend. God broke the mold when He made Vic.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother Dinny and his sister Virginia.
He is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Mary Kopas Pini; his daughter, Vickie Pini of Milford; his daughter and son-in-law, Maria Pini Denny and Tom Denny of Newark; grandsons, Simon, Danny and Alex; granddaughter, Julia; his brother, Harold and his wife Kay of Malden, Mass.; and many friends and co-workers.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m., Thursday, May 17, at St. Michael The Archangel, 202 Edward St., Georgetown, with Father Robert Burk, MSA, as celebrant. Friends may call at the church one hour prior to Mass. Interment will follow at the Delaware Veterans Memorial cemetery, 26669 Patriots Way, Millsboro.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Compassionate Care Hospice, 201-A West Dupont Hwy., Millsboro, DE 19966 or to Eternal Word Television Network, 5817 Old Leeds Road, Irondale, AL 35210.
Joseph ‘Joey’ Screpesi,
active church member
Joseph “Joey” Screpesi, 44, of Long Neck, died Monday, April 30, 2007, in Beebe Medical Center, Lewes.
Mr. Screpesi was born in Reading, Pa., son of Michael J. and Concetta Aiello Screpesi of Long Neck.
He was a member of Mary Mother of Peace Roman Catholic Church, Oak Orchard. Mr. Screpesi was a 1981 graduate of Governor Mifflin High School.
He is survived by a son, Michael Screpesi of Bridgeville; his parents; two sisters, Janelle Screpesi and her husband Jeffery Rohrbach of Mohnton, Pa., and Rachelle Screpesi and her husband, Neil Linney of London, England; two nephews, Christian Linney and Cameron Linney of London, England; and four nieces, Brittany Rohrbach and Chelsea Rohrbach, both of Mohnton and Annabel Linney and Tiffany Linney, both of London.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated in the Chapel of Resurrection at Gethsemane cemetery, Lauderdale, Pa.
Burial was in Gethsemane cemetery.
Arrangements by Henniger Funeral Home Inc., Reading, Pa.
Charles C. Baker,
Charles C. Baker, 70, of Georgetown passed away Saturday, May 12, 2007, in Georgetown.
Mr. Baker was born in Millsboro, the son of the late Ollie and Mary Cooper Baker.
He worked as a supervisor for DuPont Co. for 35 years, retiring in 1993. He was a member of the Marvel Museum Historical Society.
Mr. Baker enjoyed the beach, traveling, antiques, auctions and yard sales.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Ollie Baker Jr.
He is survived by his wife, Jane Baker; three children, Kim Hudson and her husband John of Irmo of South Carolina, Karen Willey and her husband Scott of Millsboro, and Kathy Kay and her husband Chris of Rehoboth; three sisters, Dot Green of Georgetown, Doris Stauffer and her husband, Emerson of Milton and Helen Hurst of Ellendale; a sister-in-law, Carolyn Swett and her husband Tom of Unionville, Pa.; six grandchildren, Daniel Hudson, Sarah Hudson, Ben Willey, Jared Kay, Erin Kay, and Colin Kay; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held in the Chapel of Short Funeral Services, Georgetown. Interment was in Union cemetery, Georgetown.
William W. Henning Sr.,
retired state employee
William W. Henning Sr., 90, of Lewes passed away peacefully Friday, May 11, 2007, in his home.
Mr. Henning was born March 11, 1917, in Pittsburgh, Pa., the son of the late William F. and Ruth Lingopelt Henning.
Mr. Henning, a veteran of World War II, retired as a lieutenant colonel after serving more than 20 years in the U.S. Air Force.
He also retired after 30 years of service to the state of Delaware, last serving as the personnel director at the Stockley Center.
He loved to golf and enjoyed traveling.
Mr. Henning was a faithful member of St. George’s Episcopal Church.
He was a member of the Lions Club and the Rehoboth Beach Country Club.
He is survived by his wife of 62 years, A. Christine Henning; three sons, William W. Henning Jr. of Lewes, John D. Henning of Lewes and Larry Henning and his wife, Kathy of Eagle, Wisc.; and two granddaughters, Anna Henning and Carrie Henning.
Memorial services will be 11 a.m., Saturday, May 26, in St. George’s Episcopal Chapel, 20322 Beaver Dam Road, Harbeson.
Burial will follow in All Saints’ Episcopal cemetery, adjacent to St. George’s Chapel.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to Delaware Hospice, 20167 Office Circle, Georgetown, DE 19947; or St. George’s Episcopal Chapel, c/o All Saints Episcopal Church, 18 Olive St., Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971.
Arrangements by Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Atkins-Lodge Chapel, Lewes.
Jennie W. Maedler,
Jennie W. Maedler, 97, of Lewes passed away Sunday, May 13, 2007, in Harbor Healthcare in Lewes. Mrs. Maedler was born April 6, 1910 in Chincoteague, Va., daughter of the late Frank Lee and Emma Watson Derrickson.
She worked in Trader’s Jewelry Shop, Lewes, and at the Avenue Restaurant, Rehoboth Beach.
Her favorite time of the year was summer, where she could go fishing off her dock on Pilottown Road in Lewes.
Mrs. Maedler was a member of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Lewes, the Order of the Eastern Star and the Ladies Auxiliary of Beebe Hospital.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Robert H. Maedler in 1973.
She is survived by her son, Robert D. Maedler and his wife Susan of Lewes; a grandson, Sean Maedler and his wife Janie of Rehoboth Beach; and two great-grandchildren, Gavin and Rylie Maedler.
A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m., Friday, May 18, in St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 212 Second St., Lewes, where friends may call after 9:30 a.m. Burial will be private.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to St. Peter’s Church, P.O. Box 464, Lewes, DE 19958; or Meals on Wheels, 32409 Lewes-Georgetown Highway, Lewes, DE 19958.
Frank C. Johnson,
Frank C. Johnson, 79, of Ellendale, died Tuesday, May 15, 2007, in Bayhealth – Milford Memorial Hospital.
He was born in Milton, the son of the late Fred S. and Emma Steward Johnson.
For many years, Frank was a self-employed plumber and heating service specialist. He retired in 1994 after more than 50 years in the profession. He was an Army veteran, serving during the Korean War.
Frank is survived by his wife of 54 years, Marie Neely Johnson; two sons and daughters-in-law, Randall and Robin L. Johnson of Milton, and Terrence and Linda J. Johnson of Milford; a daughter and son-in-law, S. Lynn and Patrick O. Cesard of Leesburg, Va.; seven grandchildren, Mark Johnson, Jason Johnson, Morgan Johnson, Casey Johnson, Connor Cesard, Jeremy Cesard and Jillian Cesard; and one great-grandson, Ocean R. Johnson.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, May 19, in the chapel of Short Funeral Services, 416 Federal St., Milton, where friends may call after noon. Burial will be in Odd Fellows cemetery, Milton.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial contributions be made to the American Lung Association of Delaware, 422 S. Governors Ave., Dover, DE 19904.
Brenda J. Townsend,
Brenda J. Townsend, 52, of Millsboro, died Saturday, May 12, 2007, at Lewes Convalescent Center, peacefully surrounded by her family and friends after a lengthy illness and fight with cancer.
She was preceded in death by her parents, David Monroe and Virginia E. Huskins Riddle; and two brothers, John Wayne Riddle and Dallas Riddle. She is survived by her daughter, Raquel Murray of Seaford, three brothers, Bobby, Glen and Allen Riddle, all of Millsboro; seven sisters, Hazel Chason of Florida, Betty Norman of Georgetown, and Cindy Riddle, Yvonne Parker, Dorothy Hudson, Vivian LeGates and Linda Pase, all of Millsboro; one granddaughter, Caitlyn Murray of Millsboro; and 24 nieces and nephews. She is also survived by a specially devoted companion in her final care, Cynthia Pase.
She enjoyed painting, flying kites, fishing, horses and animals.
She was a good, kindhearted person.
Services will take place at 2 p.m., Tuesday, May 15, at Watson Funeral Home, 211 Washington St., Millsboro, where friends may call one hour prior. Pastor Tim Taylor will officiate.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Sussex County SPCA, 22918 DuPont Blvd., Georgetown, DE 19947.
Interment will be at Carey’s cemetery, Millsboro.
Arrangements by Watson Funeral Home, Millsboro.
Alvin A. Campbell,
owned movie theater
Alvin A. “Skeet” Campbell, 88, formerly of Dagsboro, died Sunday, May 13, 2007, surrounded by his loving family at home in Millsboro.
He was a former co-owner of the Clayton Movie Theater in Dagsboro and later was employed by the Delaware Division of Revenue in Georgetown and Animal Health Sales of Selbyville. Mr. Campbell was a veteran of World War II serving in the U.S. Navy.
He was a member of Bethel United Methodist Church of Dagsboro. He enjoyed golfing and supporting Indian River High School sporting events.
He was predeceased by his wife, Marjorie, in 2005; and a sister, Eileen Campbell, in 1999. He is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Joanne Bireley and her husband Charles, and Lucinda Hearn and her husband Terry; three grandchildren, Charles “Chuck” Bireley, Christopher Bireley and Jennifer Evens Spinks; and four great-grandchildren, Ceth, Gage, Coleman and Allyson.
Family and friends may call from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 16, at Bethel United Methodist Church, Clayton Street, Dagsboro. Services will follow at 1 p.m. Burial will be in Prince George’s cemetery, Dagsboro.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to either the Bethel United Methodist Church Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 147, Dagsboro, DE 19939 or Delaware Hospice Southern Division, 20167 Office Circle, Georgetown, DE 19947. Arrangements by Melson Funeral Services of Frankford.
George L. Petitgout Jr.,
retired Boeing engineer
George Louis Petitgout Jr., 85, of Henderson, Ky., and formerly of Georgetown, died Thursday, May 10, 2007, at his home.
He was of the Presbyterian faith. George was a U.S. Army Air Corps veteran, having served as a flight instructor for the B-24 bomber.
He was a graduate of Pennsylvania State University, where he received a bachelor of science degree in aeronautical engineering and belonged to Phi Delta Theta fraternity.
He was also a retired aeronautical engineer with the Boeing Company.
Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Adrianne Petitgout; a daughter, Margaret Fidler, and her husband, Bill, of Henderson, Ky.; a son, George Petitgout, III, and his wife, Cathy, of Georgetown; a sister, Mary Elizabeth Johnson, and her husband, John, of Waynesboro, Va.; seven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.
Services were private.
Contributions are suggested to St. Anthony’s Hospice, 2410 South Green St., Henderson, KY 42420; or Alzheimer’s Association, 4770 Covert Ave., Suite 211, Evansville, IN 47714-5663.
Elmeda E. Betts,
home care provider
Elmeda E. Betts, 79, of Milton, died Thursday, May 10, 2007, in Beebe Medical Center, Lewes.
Elmeda was born in Milton, the daughter of the late Daniel B. and Laura C. Lingo Smith.
She was a custodian at H.O. Brittingham School in Milton for 10 years and a home care provider for several years.
She was a member of Grace Church in Milton and the Milton Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary.
She enjoyed playing cards, cooking and spending time with friends and family.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, William F. Betts in August 1988.
She is survived by three daughters, Betty A. Evans of Milford, Carolyn McNatt and her husband, Gene of Milton, and Gail L. Burroughs of Pennsylvania; six grandchildren, Michael Cohan Jr., Marc Evans, Chris Cohan, Heather Evans, J.W. Burroughs and Jaime McNatt; two great-grandchildren, Chase Evans and Dawson Cohan; a brother, Frank Smith of Milton; sisters, Dorothy Workman, Phyllis Stout and Eleanor Smith, all of Milton; and friends who were family, Shirley Holston, Gary Evans and Michael Cohan Sr.
A memorial servics will be held at 7 p.m., Tuesday, May 15, in the chapel of Short Funeral Services, 416 Federal St., Milton, where friends may call after 6 p.m.
Burial will be private.