Herbert L. Murray,
Herbert L. Murray, 78, of Bethany Beach, passed away Saturday, April 28, 2007 at the Harbor Health Care Rehabilitation Unit in Lewes.
He was born Dec. 21, 1928, in Ocean View, son of the late Orlando and Katie (Daisey) Murray and was the last survivor of their eight children.
Herbert was a retired poultry and hatchery manager for the former Murray’s Hatchery and Cargill Inc. for 45 years.
He was a member of Mariner’s Bethel United Methodist Church in Ocean View and a former member of the board of directors at the Sussex Pines Country Club in Georgetown. He was an avid golfer, boatman and fisherman.
Along with his parents he was preceded in death by his son, Glenn L. Murray in 1997 and seven siblings: Lloyd Murray, William R. Murray, Edwin Murray, Mary Long, Kathryn Button, David Murray, and Linda Long.
He is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Mary Lou (Evans) Murray; and daughter, Robbin Murray of Annapolis, Md.
A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, May 5 at the Bethany Chapel of Melson Funeral Services on West Avenue in Ocean View, where friends may call after 1 p.m. Burial will be in Mariner’s Bethel cemetery
in Ocean View.
The family’s wishes are that expressions of sympathy may be made as a donation in Mr. Murray’s memory to Marine’s Bethel United Methodist Church, 81 Central Ave, Ocean View, DE 19970; or flowers would also be appreciated.
Louise Jones O’Neill,
active church member
Louise Jones O’Neill, 94, of Dover, formerly of Georgetown, passed away Monday, April 30, 2007, at Westminster Village in Dover. She was born Nov. 27, 1912, in Philadelphia, Pa., daughter of the late Hoyt P. and Pearl (Noble) Jones.
Mrs. O’Neill was an active member of the Georgetown Presbyterian Church. She attended West Nottingham Academy in Colora, Md. where she graduated valedictorian.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Col. Stewart B. O’Neill Jr., in 1963.
She is survived by her daughter, Betsy O’Neill of New York, N.Y.; nieces, Sandra MacDiarmid of San Jose, Calif. and Mary E. MaGinley of Washington, D.C.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Friday, May 4, at Georgetown Presbyterian Church, 203 N. Bedford St., Georgetown, where friends may call one hour prior to the service. Interment will follow at Union cemetery
in Georgetown. The Rev. Michael Williams will be officiating with the Rev. Robert Snable co-officiating.
Memorials may be sent to Westminster Village Charitable Care, 1175 McKee Rd., Dover, DE 19904.
Catherine J. Vickers,
former business owner
Catherine J. Vickers, 80, of Dagsboro, died Saturday, April 28, 2007, at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury, Md.
She was preceded in death by her parents, John R. and Hulda Mitchell Joseph; and her husband of 56 years, Louis L. Vickers Sr., who passed away in 1998.
She is survived by her children, Louis L. Vickers Jr. and wife Lori of Dagsboro, Janice V. Gerard of Millsboro and Lois V. Mears and husband James Jr. of Georgetown; one sister, Doris Clark of Georgetown; a close friend, Preston Mumford of Millsboro; four grandchildren, Ken Gerard Jr., Jamie Messick, Mollie Anderson and Matthew Mears; and four great-grandchildren.
Catherine was born in Georgetown and was a member of the Hickory Hill United Methodist Church in Millsboro and the Order of the Eastern Star chapter #12 of Frankford. She had been co-owner and co-operator of Vickers Stone in Dagsboro from 1960 to 1998.
A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, May 3, at Dagsboro Redmen’s cemetery, Iron Branch Road, Dagsboro.
The Rev. Betty Jo Magee will officiate.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Hickory Hill United Methodist Church, c/o Roy Rogers, 28209 Walt Carmean Lane, Millsboro, DE 19966. Arrangements by Watson Funeral Home, Millsboro.
Joseph P. Monigle,
loved aviation, history
Joseph P. Monigle, 82, passed away peacefully April 24, 2007, at his home in Old New Castle, after a long illness.
Born in 1924, Mr. Monigle had a lifelong love of planes and flying beginning with his first airplane ride. At age four, he was pictured in the News Journal as “Delaware’s youngest aviator,” flying as a passenger in a Bellanca “Skyrocket.” Following his graduation from Archmere Academy, Mr. Monigle attended Dartmouth College before enlisting in the Army Air Force in 1942 after observing a P-40 fighter barrel-roll over his dorm. Assigned to the China-Burma-India theatre as a pilot, Mr. Monigle flew 36 missions with the “Burma Bridge Busters” in the 490th Medium Bomber Squadron of the 341st Bomber Group and was awarded the Air Medal and the Distinguished Flying Cross. Following WW II, Mr. Monigle joined the Delaware Air National Guard as an original member when it was founded in 1946. The squadron was called to active duty in the Korean War for three years (1951-54). During this time he served as public information officer and assistant to the base commander for the 113th Fighter Interceptor Wing and was promoted to captain. Mr. Monigle completed his master’s degree at the University of Delaware while beginning his civilian career in 1952 as assistant to the director of the Hagley Museum in Wilmington. He was instrumental in the conception and development of many programs and exhibits throughout his museum career until his retirement as the deputy director in 1980. In addition to his work at Hagley Museum, Mr. Monigle was actively engaged his entire life in preserving Delaware history and worked personally to restore several historic structures in Old New Castle. He had a passion for researching, writing and recording history, including that of his own family. During his lifetime he served as president of the Archeological Society of Delaware, the Delaware Travel Council and the Friends of the John Dickinson Mansion. He was a past member of the New Castle Historic Area Commission, the New Castle Historical Society and the Historical Society of Delaware. He also was active in helping to facilitate the development of public television (Channel 12) in Delaware. Reflecting his love for Delaware history, including its aviation history, and historic preservation, Mr. Monigle most recently was an active founding member of the Friends of Bellanca Airfield, a nonprofit community group that has been instrumental in preserving the historic Bellanca hangar located adjacent to Old New Castle and the former site of Bellanca aircraft manufacturing. Mr. Monigle was also a world traveler and an avid reader as well as an accomplished photographer and artist who loved to paint local scenes. In past years, his paintings were enjoyed by many at local art festivals. His watercolors are in the collections of several local banks.
He is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Sally; three children, Chris of Laguna Niguel, Calif., Jill Compello of Pike Creek and Betsy Alaniz of Seattle, Wash.; his three proud grandsons, Shane Compello, Carter Compello and Tyler Theile; his beloved brother Donald Monigle of Rehoboth Beach; and many other caring family members and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Lucy Monigle. Mr. Monigle will be deeply missed by his family and friends.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend the funeral service at 11 a.m., Wednesday, May 2, at St. Paul’s Church, 4th and Jackson streets, Wilmington, where friends may call in the church from 10 to 11 am. Interment will be in Cathedral cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Mr. Monigle’s memory to The Friends of Bellanca Airfield Inc., P.O. Box 267, New Castle, DE 19720, www.friendsofbellanca.org; or to Delaware Hospice, 3515 Silverside Rd., Wilmington, DE 19810, www.delaware- hospice.org.
Charletta W. Martyn,
Charletta Martyn, a resident of Newark Manor Nursing Home, died peacefully Friday, April 27, 2007.
Charletta, or “Peppie” as her family called her, was born in Wilmington and attended local public schools. As a young woman, she earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at the University of Delaware, at a time when few women pursued postsecondary education, in order to become a teacher. She taught second grade for over 30 years at Lore Elementary School in Wilmington. She often said that her favorite part of teaching was helping children learn how to read and enjoy the new worlds that books opened to them. Charletta retired from teaching in 1971 and filled her life with her passions. She loved to travel and was proud of the fact that she had visited every state, including Alaska and Hawaii. Besides travel, Charletta enjoyed her house in Rehoboth Beach, playing bridge, reading, supporting state and national Republican Party candidates, antiquing, attending Broadway shows and the Delaware symphony, interacting with other seniors at Seller’s Senior Center, the Christmas season and her family.
She was preceded in death by her former late husband, Earnest “John” Martyn; her parents, Esther and Charles Wilkins; and her sisters, Beatrice Bailey, Mildred Clark and Marion McCann. She is survived by her nephew, Charles Bailey of Newark and his wife Jeannette; and her niece, Elaine Hawes of Falls Church, Va.; as well as many great- and great-great-nieces and nephews, whom she loved dearly.
Family and friends are invited to attend a funeral service in celebration of Charletta’s life at 11 a.m., Tuesday, May 1, at Beeson Funeral Home of North Wilmington, 412 Philadelphia Pike, where friends may call after 10 a.m. Interment will follow in Gracelawn Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a contribution to the Alzheimer’s Association of Delaware Valley, 2306 Kirkwood Hwy., Wilmington, DE 19805.
James J. Walker,
retired from Sussex Tech
James J. Walker, 51, of Palm Harbor, Fla. and formerly of Seaford, passed away at home, Sunday, April 22, 2007, of pancreatic cancer.
Mr. Walker was born in Chester, Pa., and was a resident of Sussex County most of his life.
He was a former employee of Sussex Tech from 1990 to 2006 and served as president of the STESEA from 2002-06. He was an associate member of the Nanticoke Indian Association since 1998 and a member of the Fraternal Order of the Moose North Lodge 2373 and formerly a member of the Seaford Lodge.
Jim loved camping, hiking and riding his Harley. He loved working with the Nanticoke Dance Troupe, helping them with their regalia. He had a variety of interests but most of all he loved to help others. He was an incredible artist and craftsman. He made beautiful drums, some of which he donated to children, and he also made incredibly beautiful jewelry. He was instrumental in acquiring and donating a rare dugout canoe to the Nanticoke Indian Museum and in creating the Nanticoke Indian display at the Seaford Museum.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Dorothy Adams of Georgetown, in 2006, his father, Gerald Walker of Milton in 1976, and his brother, Howard “Bud” Walstead of Milton, in 2005.
He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Sturino; two daughters, Jamie French and her husband Robert of Palm Harbor and Jera Gentile and her husband Michael of Georgetown; four stepchildren, Mecca Foskey of Palm Harbor, Seaman Jon Foskey of Little Creek Naval Base, Norfolk, Va., Chloe Johnson and Lucas Johnson of Georgetown; six grandchildren, Robert and Kayla Harding, R.J. French, and Tristan, Chase and Riley Gentile; a sister, Dee Walstead of Milton; a brother, Gary Walstead and his wife Bonnie S. of Georgetown; a sister-in-law, Bonnie L. Walstead of Milton; and a stepfather, Roscoe Adams of Georgetown.
A memorial celebration of Jim’s life will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, May 12, at the Nanticoke Powwow Grounds. Flowers for the service may be sent to the Nanticoke Indian Museum.
Donna A. McAvaney,
worked at PFPC
Donna A. McAvaney, 45, of Hockessin, passed away Tuesday, April 24, 2007.
Donna graduated from Goldey-Beacom College with a degree in finance management and formerly worked for PFPC. She was a competitive ballroom dancer and was a loving mother, daughter and sister.
She is survived by her daughters, Stephanie and Lisa McAvaney of Hockessin; her grandson Mikey, her sister Darlene Garber and husband, Curtis, of Hockessin; her brother Paul Matthews and wife Jill, of Waldorf, Md.; and her mother, Carol Ann Smith of Lewes.
Services were held at the Doherty Funeral Home, Pike Creek, with burial in All Saints cemetery.
Joseph P. Strain,
Joseph P. Strain, 79, of Lewes, died Wednesday, April 25, 2007.
He leaves behind his wife, Jessie B. Strain.
Services were held at Joseph A. Ward F.H., Inc., Linwood, PA. Entombment was in Glenwood Memorial Gardens.
Theodore Mitchell, 85, of Seaford, died Monday, April 23, 2007, in Genesis Elder Care, Seaford.
Mr. Mitchell was born in Rehoboth Beach, son of the late Emma Belle Magee and Cyrus Mitchell.
He was a filter changer in the Power House at the DuPont Co. in Seaford, retiring with 34 years service. He was a World War II Army veteran, serving in the Pacific Theatre. He was a member of Christ Evangelistic Church in Laurel.
In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his wife, Mary Frances Baker Mitchell in 2005 and two brothers, Walter Mitchell and Loutrell Mitchell.
He is survived by a daughter, Connie Sue Prettyman, and her husband, Steve, of Arnold, Md.; a sister, Helen Evans of Rehoboth Beach; and three grandchildren, Travis, Caressa and Levi.
Services were held in Christ Evangelistic Church, Laurel, with burial in Blades cemetery, Blades.
Virginia Sue Jefferson,
Virginia Sue Paxson Jefferson, 70, of Bridgeville, passed away Friday, June 22, 2007, at Christiana Medical Center in Christiana. She was born April 1, 1937, in Camden, N.J., daughter of the late Edward and Catherine Eskridge Paxson.
Mrs. Jefferson was an avid reader, and she loved the challenge of the Sunday crossword puzzle. She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She was the love of her daughter’s life.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Erving Jefferson in 2007, and two sons, Larry Jester and Frank Jefferson. She is survived by her daughter, Catherine Smoot of Bridgeville; three sons, Robert Alfred Bitler Sr. of Ellendale, Kenny Jester and Erving “Jeff” Jefferson, both of Seaford,; 11 grandchildren, Daniel Jester and Amber Smoot both of Alexandria, Va., Robert Bitler Jr., Devon Bitler and Chelsea Grant, all of Bridgeville, Nikki Bitler of Seaford, Kyle Bitler, Tyler Bitler and Adam Bitler, all of Ellendale, Brienna Sockriter of Milton, and Stephanie Maston of Harrington; her two devoted friends, Elearrena Rafale and Connie West, both of Bridgeville; and a sister, Nancy Johnson of Newark.
Calling hours will be 4 to 6 p.m., Friday, June 29, at Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Hardesty Chapel, 202 Laws Street, Bridgeville. All funeral services are private.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to the American Diabetes Association, 100 W. 10th St., Suite 1002, Wilmington, DE 19801.
Ocean Atlantic Realtor
David Hines, 57, of Rehoboth Beach, passed away Tuesday, June 26, 2007, after a courageous battle with cancer. Mr. Hines was born in Jersey City, N.J., son of the late John Hines Jr. and Marie Fleming Hines.
After spending a number of years as a retail executive, David moved to Delaware to become a Realtor with Ocean Atlantic Agency in Rehoboth Beach.
Mr. Hines was a sports enthusiast and a fan of the Yankees and Redskins. He was an avid golfer and enjoyed following the Masters tournaments.
Mr. Hines is survived by his wife Susan Hines of Rehoboth Beach; a stepdaughter, Jennifer and future son-in-law, Bryan; a sister, Barbara Mazzariello and her husband William; and a brother, Donald Hines, all of New Jersey; and a niece and nephew, Amy and William Mazzariello.
Memorial services will be at 11 a.m., Monday, July 2, at Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Atkins-Lodge Chapel, 16961 Kings Highway, Lewes, where the family will receive friends one-half hour prior to the service. Interment will be private.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Delaware Hospice, 20167 Office Circle, Georgetown, DE 19947.
Norman K. Doelze,
Norman K. Doelze, 87, of Wilmington, passed away peacefully Monday, June 25, 2007, at Heartland Hospice House with wife and family present.
The son of the late Kurt P. and Freda Marx Doelze, Mr. Doelze was born in Wilmington on July 29, 1919. A graduate of Wilmington High School and Goldey College, Mr. Doelze was a sergeant in the U.S. Army, worked for the DuPont Co. as a computer programmer for 40 years and was a member of St. Mark’s United Methodist Church.
Trained in the violin in his youth, he was a member of the Ault Wein Society for more than four decades as well as the Brandywine Pops and lent his talents to Dickinson High School for the 1968 production of “The Sound of Music.” He was a member of Ionic Lodge No. 31, A.F. & A.M. and Five Points Chapter No. 13, O.E.S, Cubmaster of Pack 160 and loved University of Delaware football and tailgating.
He is survived by his loving and inseparable wife, E. Gwynne Doelze, who was jointly honored with him with the National Jefferson Award for their lifetime volunteer efforts.
They renewed their vows in a gala 50th anniversary ceremony in 2002 in which the bride’s 97-year-old father, the best man, and the maid of honor all reprised their roles.
They traveled often and treasured their journey to the place of his father’s birth in the East German hamlet of Werdau. Special memories were of crabbing at the family’s annual retreat at White House Farms. Norman was above all a gentleman who will be missed for his unique sense of humor and kind ways.
Besides his wife, he is survived by three daughters, Marsha Lee McPherson of Port St. Lucie, Fla., Gwynne R. Meloni-Shamers of Wilmington, and Lynne R. Morrison of Wilmington; two sons, Kurt J. Doelze of Rehoboth Beach, and Rex R. Doelze of Wilmington; granddaughters, Heather McPherson, Julie E. Seichepine, Michelle E. Magalon and Ryann N. Doelze; and grandsons, William K. Doelze, Nicholas M. Meloni, David E. Seichepine and Daniel E. Seichepine. A daughter, Joyce E. Seichepine, and two grandsons, John P. Rose III and JD Ryon Lane, predeceased Mr. Doelze.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, June 29, at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church, 1700 Limestone Road, Wilmington, where friends may call one hour prior. Burial will be at Silverbrook cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The New Sign Fund of St. Mark’s United Methodist Church, 1700 Limestone Road, Wilmington, DE 19804.