Jeffery C. Higgins,
Jeffery C. Higgins, 40, of Lewes, died Friday, May 4, 2007, of injuries sustained from an auto accident April 27, in Mississippi. He was born Aug. 31, 1966, in New Jersey, the son of Alice Gruver and John Higgins Sr.
He was a self-employed contractor who loved climbing trees, working outside and fishing.
He is survived by three loving daughters, Cassandra Lynn Higgins, Hayley Higgins and Taylor Higgins; a loving brother, John R. Higgins; two sisters, Sue Lynn Higgins and Janette Renee Higgins; all of Delaware; his mother and stepfather, Alice Carol Gruver and Richard Gruver of Bassfield, Miss.; and his father, John R. Higgins of Pennsylvania; as well as many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. He will be greatly missed. He was a member of Midway Assembly of God in Lewes, where a memorial service will be held at 6 p.m., Tuesday, May 15. Friends and family are welcome to celebrate his life.
Edward P. Lavelle,
retired school principal
Edward P. Lavelle, 71, of Corona del Mar, Calif., and formerly of Scranton, Pa., died Feb. 19, 2007, in California, after complications from heart surgery.
He was the son of Edward and Nora Lavelle of Scranton, Pa. He was a 1953 graduate of Scranton Central High School and later graduated from the University of Scranton, where he was a member of the school’s last Division III football team, coached by Pete Carlesimo.
After attending the Jesuit Seminary in Wernersville, Ed joined the U.S. Marine Corps and was a lieutenant upon completion of his tour of duty.
He settled in California and was a school principal his entire career in Fountain Valley, Calif.
Ed was an avid Notre Dame football fan and an almost avid golfer.
There was never a more devoted husband and father; he was loved by all who knew him.
His wife, Mary, preceded him in death in 2004, after a heroic battle with cancer. Ed is survived by his son, Edward, of Brooklyn, N.Y., three daughters, Kelly, Erin and Shannon, all of California, a brother, Jim, of Dewey Beach, and a sister, Mary Lavelle Baeurle of Dewey Beach, nine grandchildren and seven nieces and nephews. A Memorial Mass will be at 4 p.m., Saturday, May 19, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, King Street, Wilmington.
Elva D. Tull,
Elva D. Tull, 86, of Seaford, died Tuesday, May 8, 2007, at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital, Seaford.
Elva was born May 11, 1920, daughter of the late Herman and Virgie Dill. She was raised east of Whiteleysberg and graduated from Felton High School.
Elva retired from the Seaford School District, where she worked in the school cafeteria for 11 years.
She was a member of Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church in Seaford.
Elva was an avid golfer and a member of the Seaford Golf and Country Club.
Two sisters and four brothers preceded Elva in death.
She is survived by her husband of over 58 years, Carlton L. Tull; a son, Carlton “Lee” Tull Jr. and his wife Vicki of Rehoboth Beach; and many friends and relatives.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m., Friday, May 11, at the Cranston Funeral Home, 300 N. Shipley St., Seaford, where friends may call one hour before services. Burial will be in Odd Fellows cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations made to Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church, 315 High St., Seaford, DE 19973.
Paul Tzortzis, 77, of Milton, passed away Sunday, April 29, 2007, at his residence.
Mr. Tzortzis was born April 1, 1930, in Greece, son of the late Apostoli and Despina Tzortzis.
Mr. Tzortzis was self-employed in the home improvement business for many years, primarily as a painter. He was a master chef who provided many wonderful and tasty holiday dinners for family, extended family, and friends. His spinach pie will be missed by all. He was an avid gardener who loved to share the bounty of his harvest.
He is survived by his companion of many years, Marie Liquori; two sisters, Peggy Makris of New York and Loula Pararas of Athens, Greece; several nieces and nephews; and great-nieces and great-nephews.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, May 11, at Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Atkins-Lodge Chapel, 16961 Kings Hwy., Lewes. Pastor Charlie Arnold will be officiating. Interment will be at private.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 163. Salisbury, MD 21803-0163.
held government posts
Gordon Negus, 72, of Lewes, son of the late Hugh and Gladys Negus of Syracuse, N.Y., died Friday, May 4, 2007, in his home in Lewes, of esophageal cancer.
Mr. Negus was a former executive director of the Defense Intelligence Agency and a leader in the field of national strategic intelligence.
Mr. Negus was born in Syracuse.
He spent 32 years in government service, primarily as a Soviet strategic analyst, capping his federal service as the executive director of DIA from 1986 to 1990. In that capacity, he provided strategic planning and guidance for the military intelligence agency, managed the agency’s global intelligence resources and oversaw worldwide intelligence operations.
Before he was selected to lead the agency as executive director, he served as the DIA senior analyst for arms control negotiations on behalf of the Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff, and was selected to be the first Soviet Strategic Defense Intelligence Officer, a pilot program to coordinate interagency assessments and intelligence on select matters of national significance.
Since his retirement from the federal government in 1990, Mr. Negus provided consulting services to national intelligence organizations, primarily in the areas of strategic planning, future intelligence requirements and performance assessment. His recent efforts were focused on applying the precepts of philosophical knowledge epistemology to the tradecraft of intelligence analysis to ensure appropriate analytic rigor and information sharing within the intelligence community.
After earning a bachelor of science degree in physics from LeMoyne College, a small Jesuit college in Syracuse, Mr. Negus began his government career as an electronic engineer with the Rome Air Development Center, U.S. Air Force, where his work included exploratory development research in communication satellites. While working for the Air Force he earned a master of science degree in physics from Syracuse University. He was a 1973 graduate of the National War College, earning a master of science degree in National Security Studies.
Mr. Negus was awarded the Presidential Exceptional Service Award for his work on Soviet strategic targeting in support of SALT II, and was a recipient of the National Intelligence Distinguished Service Award, the Distinguished Executive Service Award and two Director, DIA, Exceptional Service Awards. He was also awarded an honorary PhD in strategic intelligence from the Defense Intelligence College.
He served on a number of scientific and strategic advisory boards to include the Joint Strategic Targeting Planning Staff Scientific Advisory Committee, the Director of Central Intelligence Nonproliferation Panel, the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Nonproliferation/Arms Control/International Security Advisory Committee, Strategic Air Command Scientific Advisory Group and the Defense Science Board.
He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Barbara Negus, also of Syracuse; six children, Catherine Kennedy of Coronado, Calif., U.S. Navy Cmdr. Thomas Negus of Virginia Beach, Va., Margaret Burkhart of Jeffersontown, Va., Mary Negus of Austin, Texas, Laura Moore of Austin, and Dr. Charles Negus of San Diego; and 14 grandchildren.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m., Wednesday, M ay 9, in St. Edmond’s Catholic Church, King Charles Avenue, Rehoboth Beach. Viewing will begin at 10 a.m. in the church.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests contributions be made to the Tunnell Cancer Society, Beebe Medical Center, Lewes, DE 19958.
Arrangements by Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Atkins-Lodge Chapel, Lewes.
Ellen Denise Lackhove,
enjoyed travels in U.S.
Ellen Denise Floyd Lackhove, 67, of Lewes, a super wife, mother and grandmother, passed away Friday, May 4, 2007, at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Philadelphia, Pa.
Mrs. Lackhove was born Feb. 21, 1940, in Philadelphia, the daughter of Basil and Maude Floyd.
Denise loved to travel the United States with her husband, spend time on the water – she was a boogie-boarding grandmother - and especially loved being with her grandchildren. “We had more fun in the last 19 years than any two people deserve to have,” said her husband, Capt. Speed Lackhove. “It was a great ride.”
She is survived by her husband, Harry “Speed” Lackhove; her children, Michelle Melvin and Kevin Moore and his wife Marilyn; and grandsons Jesse David Melvin, Robert Harrison Moore and James Andrew Moore.
She will be remembered and dearly missed by many loving friends.
A celebration of Denise’s life will be held from 3 to 5 p.m., Thursday, May 10, on the deck at the Lighthouse Restaurant (LHR) on Lewes Beach. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Lewes Fire Department.
Agnes Marie Pasqualini,
former area resident
Agnes Marie Pasqualini, of Mechanicsburg, Pa., passed away Thursday, May 3, 2007.
Mrs. Pasqualini was born Oct. 10, 1931, to Agnes Marie and James F. Kearney in the Oxford Circle section of Philadelphia. She lived in Mechanicsburg, where Agnes and her husband had moved in September 2005. Previously, they lived in the Lewes/Rehoboth area for 18 years in retirement.
She attended St. Martin of Tours Catholic Grade School and graduated from Little Flower Catholic High School in Philadelphia. During her high school years, she was a cellist in the school orchestra. At 16, she met her husband-to-be, Paul Pasqualini, and had to wait until she graduated to be married on Sept. 4, 1950. Their marriage was during the era when the wife could be a stay-at-home mom while her husband was the breadwinner. Paul and Agnes raised four wonderful children, three daughters and a son. Today they are successful, professional business people with strong family values.
Agnes had a lifelong love for music, played both the piano and the organ and had a beautiful soprano voice. Her husband’s work caused the family to move 23 times and as a result, she was a member of various church choirs, including St. Clement in Johnstown, Pa. and St. Edmond’s in Rehoboth Beach. She was involved in various children’s mentoring programs over the years in the different locations the family lived. In Delaware, she was a facilitator with the Delaware READ-ALOUD program. She was also involved with Rehoboth YMCA’s annual membership drives. When the children were grown, Agnes became a bridal consultant, both in Sharon and Johnstown, Pa. She established a following and was well known in those areas for her creative bridal head ieces.
Agnes was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease more than 20 years ago and was treated at the Pennsylvania Hospital Movement Disorder Center for more than 13 years. She volunteered to participate in a variety of research programs hopefully for the benefit of others with Parkinson’s.
She is survived by her husband of 57 years, Paul J. Pasqualini Sr.; her children, Rosemarie Pasqualini of Louisville, Ky., Nativa P. Wood, wife of Jerome Wood of Mechanicsburg, Paul J. Pasqualini Jr. and his fiancée Elisabeth Carmichael, both of Etters, Pa. and Juleann Pasqualini of Dallas, Texas; and two grandchildren, Patrick Jerome Wood and Paul James Pasqualini.
The family wishes to thank all the personnel of Holy Spirit Hospital, especially the nurses, aides and housekeeping staff, who rendered loving care to Agnes during her illness.
A Rite of Christian Burial Mass will be held at 11:30 a.m., Tuesday, May 8, at St. Edmond’s Catholic Church in Rehoboth Beach. A viewing will be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the church. A Memorial Mass will be held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, May 9 at the Church of the Good Shepherd in Camp Hill, Pa. Agnes will be placed to rest in the Gate of Heaven cemetery, Mechanicsburg, Pa., at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to Building on Faith Capital Campaign Fund at the Church of the Good Shepherd, 3435 Trindle Rd., Camp Hill, PA 17011. The funds are for the building of a new Catholic grade school.
Janice Marie “Hinkley” Krumm,
Long Neck homemaker
Janice Marie “Hinkley” Krumm, 59, of Long Neck, died Wednesday, May 2, 2007. She was a homemaker.
Services will be at 1 p.m., Monday, May 7, at Watson-Yates Funeral Home in Seaford. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to offset medical and funeral expenses. Send donations to William Krumm, 25660 S. Parkway Rd., Seaford, DE 19973. Write “Janice memorial” in the memo line on the check.
A full obituary will be published in the Tuesday, May 8 issue of the Cape Gazette.
Ernest Claude Davison Jr.,
founded Kent Construction
Ernest Claude Davison Jr., of Dover and Rehoboth Beach, died Tuesday, May 1, 2007, at his Dover home. He was surrounded by his loving wife, Cathleen Maureen Bernadette Flynn Davison, and their four children, Ernest Claude Davison III, Julianne Tracey Davison, James Patrick Davison and Lewis Drexel Davison.
Ernest was born June 17, 1936, in Chester, Pa. “Dick,” as he was called, grew up on Franklin Avenue in Morton, Pa., where he attended Ridley Township High School. Not surprisingly, his focus was woodworking. After graduation, Mr. Davison entered the U.S. Air Force, where he trained as a sheet-metal specialist. Most of his four-year hitch was spent in Britain and France, where he met and married his wife. Desiring to be nearer his home and more settled, but still deeply interested in the Air Force, Mr. Davison decided to become a civilian employee. When a position in the Dover sheet metal shop opened a few months after he left the service, he took the job. There he built, and designed as he went along, the pods used with the Air Force’s fleet of C-141s which made it possible to carry very important passengers known as VIPs.
Throughout his life, Mr. Davison maintained an active interest in music, starting back in junior high when he became proficient on the accordion and marched with the Tinicum String Band in the annual Philadelphia Mummers Parade for three years. While in the Air Force, Mr. Davison used his talents as an organist and formed a dance group, the Starlifters, which played the base’s Officers Club and venues as far away as Philadelphia and Salisbury, Md. He taught the organ at his studio at the Blue Hen Mall. After retiring from the Air Force, Mr. Davison founded Kent Construction Co., which under his leadership oversaw such projects as the Schwartz Center for the Arts and the new Holy Cross Church on State Street in Dover, where he was a member.
Mr. Davison’s interests were many and varied. He enjoyed snowmobiling in Canada and upstate New York, wintering in Marco Island, Fla., captaining his yacht, piloting his helicopter and cruising on his Harley Soft Tail motorcycle. Mr. Davison was president of Davison NASCAR Racing Team.
He was a contributor to many charities including the American Heart Association, Special Olympics and Mom’s House. In 2000, Mr. Davison was a nominee for Small Business Man of the Year and was awarded the J. Paul Harris Award for outstanding community involvement. He founded the Davison Scholarship for Outstanding Athlete Award.
In addition to his loving wife and four children, Mr. Davison is survived by his daughter-in-law, Kathy Minner Davison, son-in-law, Joseph S. Liberto and daughter-in-law, Jean Kearns Davison, all of Dover; his grandchildren, Ryan P. Ament of Boca Raton, Fla., Courtney K. Davison, Kristin A. Hester, Katie A. Davison, Paige A. Davison, Brittney N. Davison and stepgrandson, Wesley T. Liberto, all of Dover; brothers, Richard G. Davison and wife Carol of Orlando, Fla., and Arthur Davison and wife Doris of Ridley Park, Pa.; and a sister-in-law, Julie Flynn and her children and family of Liverpool, England. The family would like to thank Crystal Harden, Jan Mercer, Lucy Goicuria and Martha Scott for their loving care of Ernie. He was our “little buddy,” he brought magic to our world, and he will be greatly missed.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m., Tuesday, May 8, at Holy Cross Catholic Church, South State Street, Dover. Visitation for family and friends will be from 5 to 8 p.m., Monday, May 7, at the church. Entombment will be at Holy Cross cemetery
following the service.
former executive secretary
Eileen J. Schnepfe, a resident of Rehoboth Beach for the past 12 years, died peacefully at Seaside Pointe Assisted Living, Sunday, April 29, 2007, after an extended bout with Alzheimer’s disease.
Eileen was born and raised in Baltimore, Md., and was a 12-year student at the University of Notre Dame. She graduated with a business/academic diploma. For two years she worked as a secretary for the Baltimore Board of Education, state of Maryland, until she married Charles Hamilton Jr. and spent the next 14 years raising her three children.
She then returned to the workplace and was employed for 17 years as an executive secretary at AAI Corp. in Hunt Valley, Md. She moved to Rehoboth in 1995 and married Robert Schnepfe. Eileen was employed as an administrative assistant at Delaware Tech in Georgetown for three years before contracting Alzheimer’s disease. She was lovingly cared for by her husband, family and friends at home and at the Gull House Adult Day Services before moving to Seaside Pointe’s Reflections unit in September 2006, when once again she received excellent care from the Seaside Pointe staff and Delaware Hospice.
Eileen loved visits to Rehoboth by her family and friends and dining out or entertaining them. She also liked reading, especially on the beach.
Her favorite authors were Rosamunde Pilcher and John Grisham. Her particular love was music of all kinds. She and Bob attended the Rehoboth Beach Jazz Festival for 12 consecutive years. They also frequently visited Baltimore, New York, Las Vegas, London, Dover and Easton, Md., to attend music venues from classical to rock, bluegrass, zydeco and jazz.
Eileen will be remembered for her gentle manner and her beautiful smile. She will live forever in the hearts and minds of those who loved her.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Edwin and Elizabeth Ticha. She is survived by her husband, Bob Schnepfe; two sons, Charles Hamilton III and his wife Michelle and Timothy Hamilton and his wife Leslie; her daughter, Caroline Habakus and her husband Scott; eight grandchildren, Glenn and William Hamilton, Reese, Coleman and Anne Eileen Hamilton, and Charles, John and Elizabeth Habakus; her sister, Elizabeth Goldbeck and her husband John; her cousin, Patricia Axtmam; her former husband, Charles Hamilton Jr.; and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
Family and friends are invited to attend a service in celebration of Eileen’s life at 11 a.m., Monday, May 21, at St. Edmond’s Catholic Church at the corner of King Charles Avenue and Laurel Street in Rehoboth. Friends may call in the church at 10:30 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions to Gull House Adult Day Services, 38149 Terrace Rd., Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971.
Arlene Meissner, 53, of Georgetown, died Tuesday, May 1, 2007, at her residence.
Ms. Meissner was born in Amityville, N. Y., daughter of Edward and Ann Meissner. She was an extremely spiritual person who was a devoted Catholic. She was also a Tendai Buddhist and was a Reiki master. She was a member of the Metropolitan Community Church, Rehoboth Beach.
Arlene’s greatest love was animals. She was also very compassionate to the elderly and those in need. She loved traveling and good food. She had formerly operated a restaurant in Saratoga Springs, N. Y. Arlene had also worked at the Cracker Barrel Restaurant and Tanger Outlet Mall offices.
She is survived by her domestic partner, Bari Brustman, of Georgetown; and two brothers, Edward Meissner of Georgetown and Kenneth Meissner of Long Island, N.Y.
Funeral services will be held at 5 p.m., Friday May 4, at Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Atkins-Lodge Chapel, 16961 Kings Hwy., Lewes, where friends may call from 3 to 5 p.m. The Rev. Tom Bodache will officiate at the service. Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m., Tuesday, May 8, at St. Peters Catholic cemetery, Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Memorial contributions are suggested to the National Humane Society, 40 East Main St., Newark, DE 19711.
Frank Hercker, 78, of Millsboro and formerly of Philadelphia, Pa., passed away suddenly Monday, April 30, 2007, at Beebe Medical Center in Lewes.
He was born in Philadelphia, Pa., son of the late Charles and Mabel (Waller) Hercker.
He was a retired fleet mechanic and served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.
He is survived by his loving wife of 42 years, Mary Hercker; two sons, Frank and Joe Hercker; two daughters, Sandi Ferrara and Tina Borek; 13 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, May 4, at the chapel of Melson Funeral Services on Long Neck Road in Millsboro.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions in Frank’s memory to the charity of a choice.