Barbara Boland Foti,
retired business teacher
Barbara Boland Foti, 69, of Lewes, passed away Saturday, Aug. 11, 2007, at her home.
She was born on August 17, 1937, to the late Eleanor Stout Boland and William Boland. Barbara was raised in Gaithersburg, Md., and graduated from the Academy of Holy Names in Silver Spring, Md., and St. Joseph’s College in Emmitsburg, Md. She taught at Goldey Beacom College in Delaware, Montgomery County Public Schools Adult Education Department in Maryland and in federal and county governments in the Washington, D.C. area. Barbara taught business subjects at Washington Business School in Rockville, Md., and Vienna, Va., and was dean of students at Washington Business School for 11 years. She was also dean of secretarial studies for the Katharine Gibbs School in Rockville for five years, where she implemented a student success program used in all the Gibbs schools. Combining her love for teaching with administration, Barbara felt strongly about helping her students develop their potential to become the best they could be. She received the Virginia Association of Private Career Schools Award for Teacher of the Year in 1991 and its Distinguished Service Award in 1994. After retiring to Lewes in 2000, Barbara volunteered at Beebe Medical Center, worked as bulletin editor for St. Jude The Apostle Church and served as secretary of the Liturgy Committee, a lector, a Eucharistic minister and a hospital minister to the sick. She also facilitated a program for separated and divorced Catholics.
Barbara is survived by three daughters, Linda Daugherty, her husband John and their four children, Andrew, Lauren, Chris and Katie of Virginia Beach, Va., Lisa Creamer, her husband Sean and their three children, Kevin, Ryan and Colleen of Olney, Md., and Laurie Ferguson, her husband Andy and their son Garrett of Keyser, W.V. She is also survived by her fiancé, David Vaughn of Rehoboth Beach; her sister, Susan Southwell of Germantown, Md.; a niece; two nephews; and dear family and friends. A viewing will be held from 7 to 9 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 16, at Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Atkins-Lodge Chapel, 16961 Kings Highway, Lewes, and again from 10 to 11 a.m., Friday, Aug. 17, at St. Jude The Apostle Church, Route 1, Lewes, prior to Mass. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. at the church. Burial will take place in Beallsville, Md. The family requests that donations be made to St. Jude The Apostle Building Fund, 152 Tulip Lane, Lewes, DE.
Ronald A. Letson,
American Legion member
Ronald A. Letson, 72, of Millsboro, died Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2007, at Beebe Hospital in Lewes.
He was the son of the late Armin C. and Charlotte Johnson Letson.
Ronald was a member of the Dagsboro American Legion Post 24 in Dagsboro. He loved to work on his computer and read.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Jane Letson; children, Jerry and Joey Letson of Syracuse, N.Y., David Letson of Egg Harbor, N.J., Buddy Baker of Dagsboro, Charles Baker of Seaford, George Baker of Laurel, Mary Polite of Millsboro and Cindy Pruette of Pennsville, N.J.; one brother, Jeffrey Letson of New York; a beloved cousin, Patty Monto of Oswetatchie, N.Y.; a good friend, Richard Mosley of Berlin, Md.; 15 grandchildren and two great-granddaughters.
A memorial service will be at 1 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 14, at Watson Funeral Home, 211 Washington St., Millsboro.
Interment will be in Delaware Veterans Memorial cemetery, Millsboro.
Arrangements by Watson Funeral Home, Millsboro.
James K. Lehman,
James K. Lehman, 45, of Lewes, passed away Monday, Aug. 6, 2007, at his home. Born Aug. 27, 1961, in Watsontown, Pa., he was the son of James N. Lehman of Allenwood, Pa., and Judith Swoper Miller, with whom he was living.
A 1979 graduate of Warrior Run High School, he attended Kent State University. He was an advocate for stem-cell research and a member of the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis.
Surviving besides his parents are his stepmother, Christina Lehman of Allenwood; a sister, Jo Reichard of Mechanicsburg, Pa.; a stepbrother, Timothy Guffey of Bellefonte, Pa.; a stepsister, Tina Prowant of Lewisburg, Pa; two nieces, Andrea and Erica Reichard; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.
A memorial service will be at 11 a.m., Monday, Aug. 13, at Brooks Funeral Home, 207 Broadway St., Turbotville, Pa., with retired pastor the Rev. James H. Gold officiating. Burial will follow in Turbotville cemetery.
Jean B. Levesque,
retired civil engineer
Jean Baptiste Levesque, 83, of Rehoboth Beach, passed away peacefully at his residence Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2007, surrounded by his loving family.
He was born June 24, 1924 in Fall River, Mass., son of the late George and Philomene Belanger Levesque.
Mr. Levesque started his career as a civil engineer with the federal government in the District of Columbia where he worked for 25 years. Following his civil service, he worked for Gannett & Flemming Engineering firm in Baltimore, Md. He then worked as a freelance consultant in civil engineering, retiring in 1991.
He was a member of St. Edmond’s Catholic Church in Rehoboth Beach where he was active in the Knights of Columbus. During World War II, he was a first lieutenant with the U.S. Army serving for more than three years throughout Europe. He was a member of the Ocean View VFW Mason Dixon Post 7234, the American Legion Post 5, Rehoboth Beach, and Cape Henlopen Elks Lodge 2540.
He was an avid golfer and he enjoyed bowling. He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather.
He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Lorette Marie Lafleur Levesque; two sons, Roger Levesque and his wife Karen of Reading, Pa. and Thomas Levesque and his wife Linda of Dallas, Texas; seven daughters, Elaine Brogan of Fredericksburg, Va., Dorothy Regan and her husband Jim of Glen Rock, Pa., Patricia Morgan and her husband John of Frederick, Md., Susan Gilbert and her husband Dave of Bethesda, Md., Janet Butler and her husband Roscoe of Frederick, Md., Yvonne Sargent of Riverview, Fla. and Bernadette Turner and her husband William of Laurel, Md.; and 13 grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m., Monday, Aug. 13, at St. Edmond’s Catholic Church, King Charles and Laurel streets, Rehoboth Beach. Interment with military honors will follow at Delaware Veterans Memorial cemetery, 26669 Patriot’s Way, Millsboro. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 12, at Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Atkins-Lodge Chapel, 16961 Kings Highway, Lewes.
Please omit flowers. The family suggests memorial contributions be made to Delaware Hospice, 20167 Office Circle, Georgetown, DE 19947 or to Meals On Wheels, 32409 Lewes-Georgetown Highway, Lewes, DE 19958.
Helen Hawkins Haase,
Helen Hawkins Haase, 75, of Wilmington, died Sunday, August 5, 2007, at home in the company of her family.
Helen was born in Philadelphia, Pa., the eldest daughter of Lee Russell and Frances Niefer Hawkins. After a few years in Philadelphia, the family relocated to the Milford area for a number of years before settling in Wilmington in the 1940s. In 1949 Helen graduated from Wilmington High School where she was a member of the library squad and the glee club. In 1951, she married the late Henry A. Haase of Wilmington. In 1963, she went to work for the Wilmington Free Institute Library. In 1968, she accepted a position with the DuPont Co. where she worked for 24 years with the Technical Library before retiring in 1992. She was a devoted member of Lower Brandywine Presbyterian Church and enjoyed her active role in the women’s group at church.
She enjoyed classical and operatic music, gardening, cooking, attending local sporting events, reading and being in the company of her co-workers, friends, and mostly, her loving family. She thoroughly enjoyed recounting the family history.
She is survived by her daughter, Joanne L. Haase of Wilmington; three sons, Bruce H. Haase of Dover, Robin R. Haase of Wilmington, and Alan E. Haase, and his wife Karen of Wilmington; her very special grandson, Christopher A. Haase and his wife Dr. Kelly Tan-Haase of Wilmington; two sisters, Frances Brown and her husband Ross of Millsboro, and Marilynn Toomey and husband John of Newark; three brothers, Leroy Hawkins and his wife Joyce of Newark, Donald Hawkins and his wife Mary Lou of Greenville, and Ralph T. Hawkins and his wife Joyce of Downingtown, Pa.; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.
The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., Monday August 13, in Lower Brandywine Presbyterian Church, 101 Old Kennett Road, Greenville, where family and friends may call at 10 a.m.
Burial will follow in Gracelawn Memorial Park, Route 13, New Castle.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 92 Reads Way, New Castle Commons, DE 19720, or to Delaware Hospice, 3515 Silverside Road, Wilmington, DE. 19810.
Arrangements by McCrery Funeral Home.
David John Warrington,
Air Force veteran
David John Warrington, 50, of Felton, passed away Saturday, July 28, 2007, in Bayhealth-Milford Memorial Hospital, Milford.
He was born Feb. 14, 1957, in Milford. After graduating from Lake Forest High School, Mr. Warrington spent eight years in the U.S. Air Force.
He is survived by two daughters, Heather Gatti of Felton and Kathy Denn of Milton; three grandchildren, Samantha Warrington, R.J. Gatti and Haily Denn; his foster father and mother, Richard and Esther Pepper of Felton; a brother, William Martin Warrington of Dover; a sister, Nada Kimball of Magnolia; a foster brother, Monty Pepper of Smyrna; and two foster sisters, Marie Kemp of Dover, and Donna Ansbach of Felton.
Memorial services were held Thursday, Aug. 9, at Trader Funeral Home in Dover.
Burial will be at the Delaware Veterans Memorial cemetery, Millsboro, at the convenience of the family.
The family requests that memorial contributions be given to St. Jude”s Children”s Hospital, 501 St. Jude”s Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
James E. Finney Sr.,
retired truck driver
James “Baby James” Ernest Finney Sr., 62, of Millsboro, passed away Friday, Aug. 3, 2007, in Beebe Medical Center, Lewes.
He was born in Millsboro, the son of the late James Henry Finney and Mary Harmon Nelson.
Mr. Finney was a retired truck driver, having worked for Townsend’s for 25 years and S&R Distributors for 10 years. He was currently an employee of Stockley Center on medical leave.
He was a member of Bible Church of Christ, Dagsboro.
Mr. Finney was a loving man, a loving father, a loving grandfather and a loving friend.
He was a wonderful singer.
Mr. Finney is survived by his wife of 42 years, Ethel Collins Finney; two sons, James E. Finney Jr. and his wife Celestine of Columbia, S.C., and Darrus Finney of Millsboro; three daughters, Delia Hall and her husband Timothy of Millsboro, Jacqueline Hudson and her husband William of Selbyville, and F. Melody Edme of Boston; two brothers, Robert Mannings of Dover, and Simon Mannings of Millsboro; one sister, Joann Thompson of Millsboro; a godson, Julian Coffee; two special aunts, Jennie “Tinky” Hitchens and Blanche “Sickie” Miller; eight grandchildren, Timothy, Tempestt, William III, Mylez, Ashia, Jameelah, James III and Darneeka; one great-grandchild, Tyleta; and a host of nieces and nephews.
Services were held Wednesday in the Bible Church of Christ, Diamond Acres, Dagsboro. Interment was in Harmony United Methodist Church cemetery.
Instead of flowers, donations may be made to Bible Church of Christ, Diamond Acres, Dagsboro, DE 19939.
John R. Burrows,
former drag racer
John R. Burrows, 67, of Millsboro, died Monday, Aug. 6, 2007, at Beebe Medical Center in Lewes.
Mr. Burrows was born in Wilmington, son of the late Clarence and Susie Beeson Burrows.
He relocated to Sussex County with his wife in 2001 from Wilmington.
Mr. Burrows was a member of the New Covenant Presbyterian Church, Rehoboth Beach; the AmVets Post 2, the Elks Club and the Indian River Yacht Club in Oak Orchard.
He had formerly been a drag racer up and down the East Coast. Mr. Burrows had served in the National Guard with a rank of Sgt. E-5.
He had been employed in sales for Shallcross Chevrolet Nucar, Middletown.
Mr. Burrows is survived by his wife of 39 years, Betty Lou Chapman Burrows; a son, John F. Burrows of Wilmington; a sister, Susanna E. Burrows Brooks of Wilmington; two grandchildren, Tessa Marie Pearson and Bryianna Pearson; and a niece, Stephanie Dickson of Wilmington.
Funeral services were held at Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Lewes. Interment will be at 10 a.m., Friday, Aug. 10, 2007 in Chester Bethel United Methodist cemetery, 2619 Foulk Road, Wilmington.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the American Heart Association, 1151 Walker Road, Suite 202, Dover, DE 19904, or to New Covenant Presbyterian Church Building Fund, 19331 Lighthouse Plaza, Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971.
Marguerite Bowers Whitlock, 84, of Delmar, formerly of Seaford, died Saturday, Aug. 4, 2007, in Delmar Nursing and Rehabilitation, Delmar.
Mrs. Whitlock was born in Seaford, daughter of the late Hattie Larrimore and Percy Frederick Bowers.
She was a self-employed seamstress. Mrs. Whitlock was a member of Mount Olivet United Methodist Church, Seaford, and a lifetime member and past president of the ladies auxiliary, Virgil Wilson VFW Post 4961, Veterans of Foreign Wars.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Bruce Earl Whitlock, in 2000; a brother, Alton Bowers; two sisters, Jane Phillips and Charlene Tubbs; and a daughter-in-law, Carol Lord Ellingsworth.
She is survived by two sons and a daughter-in-law, Fred L. Ellingsworth of Laurel, and Vernon R. Jr. and Barbara Ellingsworth of Millsboro; a sister, Ann Wingate of Laurel; three grandchildren, Scott Ellingsworth, Jessica Hudson and Noell Warren; and four great-grandchildren.
Services will be 1 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 8, in Watson-Yates Funeral Home, Front and King streets, Seaford, where friends may call one hour earlier.
Burial will be in Blades cemetery, Blades.
George R. Canavan,
George R. Canavan, 89, of Lewes, formerly of Long Island, N.Y., passed away Saturday Aug. 4, 2007 at Harbor Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Lewes.
Mr. Canavan was born December 16, 1917 in Woodhaven, N.Y. to the late Robert and Rose Snow Canavan. He was a retired lineman for the New York Telephone Company. Mr. Canavan was a veteran of World War II serving in the United States Army.
He served as the captain of the Rescue and Emergency Squad of the Roosevelt Fire Department on Long Island.
George was a member of Mary Mother of Peace Catholic Church in Oak Orchard, the Knights of Columbus where he was a past grand nnight, a member of the St. Vincent DePaul Conference and a member of American Legion Post 28 in Oak Orchard.
He is survived by his loving wife of 39 years Theodora Bartkus Canavan; a son George R. Canavan Jr. and his wife Linda; a daughter Marie Casazza and her husband Gene; a brother John Canavan; a sister Florence Canavan; four grandchildren, Andrew, Todd, Michael and Devon; two great-grandchildren, Kieran and Kaelyn; and many loving nieces and nephews.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Aug. 8, at Mary Mother of Peace Catholic Church where friends may call after 10 a.m. in the church.
A visitation will also be held from 5 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 7, from at the Long Neck Chapel of Melson Funeral Services, Long Neck Rd., Millsboro.
A graveside service will be held at 12:30 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 9,, at St. Charles cemetery, Conklin St. in Farmingdale, N.Y.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial contributions in George’s name to Mary Mother of Peace Catholic Church, 202 Edward St., Georgetown, DE 19947.
Victoria Torres-Morales, 91, of Georgetown and formerly of Puerto Rico, died Friday, Aug. 3, 2007, at home.
Mrs. Torres-Morales was a retired domestic laborer.
She was a devout Roman Catholic and was a member of Immaculate Conception Parish in Guananilla, Puerto Rico. She was a devoted mother, loved to sew and loved flowers. She was close to, loyal to and loved her neighbors.
She was also a very protective lady who raised four children whom she loved dearly.
She was preceded in death by two sons, José Onel Rodriguez-Torres in 1991 and Paschal Rafael Rodriguez-Torres in 1993.
She is survived by two sons, Edwin Rodriguez of Puerto Rico and Aladino “Cookie” Rodriguez and his wife Kandy of Georgetown; two sisters, Eloisa Torres of Pennsylvania and Porforia Torres-Morales of Florida; five grandchildren, Rafael, Aladino Jr., Linsay Jo, Robert and Jason; and five great-grandchildren.
Graveside services will be held at 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2007 at Millsboro cemetery. A viewing will be held from 10 to 11 a.m., Wednesday, Aug. 8 at Watson Funeral Home, 211 S. Washington Street, Millsboro.
Contributions are suggested to help defray funeral expenses. Checks should be payable to Kandy Rodriguez, c/o Watson Funeral Home, P.O. Box 125, Millsboro, DE 19966.