Doris Eleanor West,
loved ballroom dancing
Doris Eleanor West, 90, of Dover, died Saturday, Dec. 22, 2007, at Westminster Village, Dover.
Mrs. West was born Dec. 15, 1917, in Philadelphia, to the late Frank E. Yhost and Hortense Dean Yhost.
She worked for Manufactures Insurance Co. in Philadelphia for 15 years and also helped her mother operate a dance studio, The Dean School of Dance. Mrs. West then spent 25 years working as a manager in a savings and loan which eventually became the Hamilton Reliance Savings and Loan in Germantown, Pa., and near King of Prussia, Pa.
Mrs. West loved ballroom dancing and reading and was a member of the Oaklane Review Club. Mrs. West is survived by her husband of 65 years, Robert M. West Jr. of Dover; her sister, Jane Brooks of Dover; her niece, Wendy Lynch of Dover; and two nephews, Tom Brooks of Lewes and Robert Brooks of New Martinsville, W.Va.
Memorial services will be 11 a.m., Monday, Dec. 31, in Westminster Village Community Center, 1175 McKee Road, Dover.
Laura B. Anderson,
Laura B. Anderson, 85, of Elkton, Md., passed away peacefully Sunday, Dec. 23, 2007, at the home of her son and daughter-in-law in Milton with her family by her side.
Mrs. Anderson was an English teacher who taught for many years at Tower Hill School in Wilmington. Her passions included cooking, collecting cookbooks, gardening, music, traveling and visiting with her family.
Mrs. Anderson was predeceased by her husband of 27 years, AJ Anderson; and her sister, Norma Hoy. She leaves behind her daughter, Marcia Gregory of Wilmington; her son and daughter-in-law, Paul and Sharon Anderson of Milton; her brother, Donald Bouton of Massachusetts; two stepsons, Daniel Anderson of Wilmington and Peter Anderson of Hillsboro, N.D.; five stepdaughters, Nancy DiGicacomo of Newark, Christine Coffman of Elkton, Md., Kathleen Anderson of Audubon, N.J., Julie DiEmedio of Lincoln University, Pa., and Patrice Brunskill of Lincoln; along with 19 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
A funeral service will be held at St. James Episcopal Church, 2106 St. James Church Road, Wilmington, at 11 a.m., Monday, Dec. 31. Friends may call from 6:30 to 8 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 30, at the McCrery Memorial Chapel, 3710 Kirkwood Highway at Duncan Road. Interment will be in the Delaware Veterans Memorial cemetery, Bear.
John Henry Terry,
John Henry “Pookie” Terry, 48, of Lincoln departed this life Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2007, in Beebe Medical Center, Lewes.
Mr. Terry, affectionately known as “Pookie,” was born in Belle Glade, Fla., on May 10, 1959, to Willie Mae Midgett.
John obtained his elementary and secondary education in the Milford School District, graduating from Milford Senior High School in 1977.
He later served in the U.S. military until 1979. As a young adult, John worked as a laborer in the agriculture, poultry and Brown and Rooted Construction industries.
In addition to loving his family, John was an avid sports fan; he enjoyed playing football, wrestling, basketball and baseball.
John leaves to cherish his memories one son, Jason Terry of Millsboro; one daughter, Johnmika Daniels of Laurel; his mother and stepfather, Willie Mae and James Midgett of Lincoln; two sisters, Wanda Midgett of Lincoln and Pamela Midgett, who is currently serving her nation and stationed in Iraq; one brother, James D. Midgett of Lincoln; one granddaughter, Jasmine of Alexandria, La.; four great-aunts; one great-uncle; his grandmother, Georgia Boone of Lincoln; two maternal aunts, Gloria Woods and Willie Dean Rivers (Joe) of Belle Glade; two maternal uncles, Johnny Terry of Pahokee, Fla., and Leroy Terry of Miami, Fla.; five paternal aunts, Yolanda Phillips (Dallas), and Jennifer Boone of Lincoln, Bonnie McCloud (Willie) of Mitchellville, Md., Charlotte Boone of Georgetown, and Jacqueline Young of Viola; four paternal uncles, Calvin Manuel (Virginia), Anthony Williams (Michelle) of Columbia, Md., Eddie Banks (Loretta) of Millsboro, and Johnny Boone of Lincoln; two nieces; and a host of cousins and friends.
Services will be 1 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 29, at Welcome Full Gospel Holiness Church, Slaughter Neck, where friends may call two hours prior.
Interment will be in the Milford Community cemetery.
Arrangements by Young & McPherson Funeral Home, Milford.
Russell M.L. Hershey III,
Russell Martin Luther Hershey III, of Millsboro, and formerly of Lebanon, Pa., passed away Monday, Dec. 24, 2007, at the Harbor Healthcare Center in Lewes.
He was born in Harrisburg, Pa., son of the late Russell Martin Luther Hershey Jr. and Agnes Look Hershey. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Penn State.
Russell was a veteran of the Vietnam War, serving with the U.S. Army. He enjoyed gardening and taking care of his cats. He was a member of Conley’s United Methodist Church in Lewes. He was also a member of the A.A. and C.D.A. Association.
Russell is survived by his loving wife of seven years, Dixie Sheeler Hershey.
A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m., Monday, Dec. 31, at the chapel of the Delaware Veterans Memorial cemetery in Millsboro. Arrangements by Melson Funeral Services of Millsboro.
retired restaurant cook
Rosario Pirrone, 67, of Lincoln, passed away Friday, Dec. 21, 2007, at Bayhealth/Milford Memorial Hospital, Milford.
Mr. Pirrone was born in Italy, the son of the late Liborio and Rosaria Anile Pirrone.
He worked as a cook in many area restaurants for over 40 years retiring in 1997. He was a member of the Word of Hope Church, Rehoboth. He enjoyed gardening, baking and cooking and was known as a regular “Mr. Fix-It. “ He loved and enjoyed spending time with his family.
He is preceded in by his parents, and is survived by his wife of 43 years, Piera Olinda Pirrone; three daughters, Rose Smith and her husband Arron of York, Pa., Agnes Boothman and her husband Rev. Greg Boothman of Lincoln, and Daniela Marchione and her husband John of Townsend; four sisters; two brothers; and seven grandchildren, Jonathan, Breana and Sarah Boothman, Kayla Fenton, Chelsea Smith and Alissa and Claudia Marchione.
Services were held in the chapel of Berry-Short Funeral Home, Milford, with interment at the Milford Community cemetery.
Catherine V. Devenny,
Catherine V. Devenny, 79, of Spring House Estates in Lower Gwynedd, Pa., died on Thursday, Dec. 20, 2007.
Mrs. Devenny was a loving homemaker for her family.
She was the wife of the late Charles F. Devenny. She was born in Philadelphia, Pa., on July 15, 1928, to the late Matthew and Mary McCarville Manning.
She was a graduate of John W. Hallahan Girls Catholic High School, class of 1945. She was a member of St. Alphonsus Church, Maple Glen, Pa., an avid gardener, and enjoyed bowling and traveling.
She is survived by her six children, Thomas P. Devenny and his wife, Alice Mary, Norristown, Pa., James J. Devenny and his wife, Sandra, Wayne, Pa., Francis X. Devenny and his wife, Beth, Easton Md., Patricia Ann Schall and her husband, Paul, Verona, Pa., Mary Elizabeth Devenny, Natick, Mass. and Christopher M. Devenny and his wife, Eileen, Poughkeepsie, N.Y.; 11 grandchildren; and a sister, Margaret Gibson of Millsboro.
A funeral Mass was held at St. Alphonsus Church, Maple Glen, Pa., with interment in Holy Cross cemetery, Yeadon, Pa.
In lieu of flowers, donations in her name can be sent to John W. Hallahan Catholic Girls High School, Office of Institutional Advancement, 311 N. 19th St., Philadelphia, PA 19103-1198.
James D. Hicken II,
James D. “Jamie” Hicken II, 39, of Wilmington, passed away Friday, Dec. 21, 2007, with his loving family by his side, at Christiana Care-Christiana Hospital, Newark.
Mr. Hicken was employed by Ritz Camera of Christiana for the past four years. He also worked for Lincoln Camera and Mid-City Camera, both of Wilmington.
He was a freelance photographer and his work can be found in many private collections.
Mr. Hicken is a 1986 graduate of Caravel Academy and attended Fairmont State College. He also took art and photography classes at several other institutions.
He is survived by his father, James D. Hicken of Lewes; his mother, Sandra L. Cohee and his stepfather William Cohee of Middletown; one sister, Sarabeth Sayers of Lewes; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.
Memorial services were held at St. Anne’s Episcopal Church, Middletown. Interment was private.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Jamie’s memory to Joshlin Diabetes Center, c/o Camp Joshlin, 1 Joshlin Place, Boston, MA 02215.
Rachel Virginia Taylor Chappelle, 92, of Westminster Village, Dover, died Friday, Dec. 21, 2007.
Mrs. Chappelle was born Aug. 27, 1915, in Centreville, Md., to the late John B. and Ailie V. Clark Taylor.
She was raised in Wilmington, graduated from Wilmington High School at the age of 16, and moved to the Dover area 60 years ago.
Mrs. Chappelle was married to Palmer Reed Chappelle, who preceded her in death in 1999. She was also preceded in death by her brothers, Clark Taylor and Fletcher Taylor. She worked for 20 years for the Delaware Department of Transportation as an executive secretary. Mrs. Chappelle was a member of Peoples United Church of Christ, Dover, and was also a member of its choir, the Dover Century Club, the Round Table Club and the Red Hat Society. She was an avid bridge player who played both social and duplicate bridge at every opportunity. Mrs. Chappelle was devoted to her family and loved the time they spent at their beach house in Fenwick Island.Continued from page 21
She is survived by a son, Bruce Chappelle and his wife Sherry of Rehoboth Beach; two daughters, Diane Mason and Maureen Wootten, both of Dover; a sister, Emily Rosado of Dover; her grandchildren, Jeff and Gary Wootten, Todd and Dale Chappelle, Jody and Jamie Ebert and Andrea Mason; six great-grandchildren; and her many dear friends, including those from Westminster Village.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, Dec. 28, at Torbert Funeral Chapel, 1145 E. Lebanon Road, Dover. Interment will be in Sharon Hills Memorial Park, Dover. Contributions may be made to Peoples United Church of Christ, 46 S. Bradford St., Dover, DE 19904.
Ronald M. McCoy,
Ronald M. McCoy, 66, of Bethany Beach, passed away peacefully at his home on Sunday, Dec. 23, 2007, surrounded by his loving family.
Mr. McCoy, a 1959 graduate of Smyrna High School, went on to play football for the University of Delaware Fighting Blue Hens, graduating in 1963. The same year he married his high school sweetheart, Suzanne Kemp.
After serving four years in the U.S. Army, and achieving the rank of captain, he earned his MBA at the University of Delaware. Ronald, who spent most of his career in hospital administration, served as president and CEO of Victoria Hospital in Miami, Fla., and continued in hospital consulting until his retirement in 2005.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Tim and Martha McCoy of Smyrna; his stepmother, Ann Reed McCoy; and his brother, Shawn McCoy, both of Dover.
Mr. McCoy’s greatest joy in life was being with his family. He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Suzanne K. McCoy; four children, Rhonda McCoy Kelleher (Andy) of Lake Forest, Ill., Michael S. McCoy (Christine) of Wilmington, N.C., Robin McCoy Hall (Victor) of Fenwick Island, and Randall E. McCoy (Carrie) of Wilmington; 11 grandchildren, Caroline and Sean Kelleher, Lauren and Ryan McCoy, Cameron, Alexandra and Shane Hall, and Caitlin, Patrick, Brendan and Moira McCoy. He is also survived by brothers Burrill, Kelly, Timmy and Richard McCoy; and sisters Holly Powell and Brandy Niezgoda.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11 a.m., Saturday Dec. 29, at St. Ann’s Catholic Church, 691 Garfield Parkway, Bethany Beach. Friends may call Friday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Bethany Chapel of Melson Funeral Services on West Avenue in Ocean View. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial contributions in Ronald’s name to Delaware Hospice, 20167 Office Circle, Georgetown, DE 19947 or Alzheimer’s Association, P.O. Box 625, Georgetown, DE 19947.
Mary “Susan” DiSciullo,
former rental agent
Mary “Susan” Hovey DiSciullo, 60, of Rehoboth Beach, died Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2007, at Beebe Medical Center in Lewes. Susan was born in West Chester, Pa., daughter of the late Wilbur V. Hovey and Julia Cook Hovey. She was last employed by Long and Foster Realtors in Bethany Beach as a rental agent, and had previously been employed by Anderson Stokes Realtors. Susan had served on the Sussex County Association of Realtors. She loved animals, gardening, traveling and reading.
In addition to her parents, Susan was preceded in death by an infant son, Michael; her sister, Patricia Hovey; and two brothers, Wilbur Hovey Jr. and John Hovey. She is survived by three nieces.
A gathering of friends will be held from 2 to 4 p.m., Friday Dec. 28, at Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Atkins-Lodge Chapel, 16961 Kings Highway, Lewes. Interment will be private. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Bethany Town Cats Rescue, Bethany Beach, DE 19930 or to Tunnell Cancer Center, 424 Savannah Road, Lewes, DE 19958.