Dorothy Lillian Kheradjou,
Dorothy Lilian Kheradjou, 96, a longtime resident of Rehoboth Beach, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2007, at Milford Memorial Hospital in Milford.
Born in Leeds, Yorkshire, England, Mrs. Kheradjou retired to Rehoboth Beach from Washington, D.C. in 1968 and became a well-known local artist. She volunteered tirelessly for the Rehoboth Art League over many years becoming a close friend of art league founder Louise Corkran. In the early 1970s she owned a successful art gallery in downtown Rehoboth Beach called “The Goosegog Gallery.”
Lilian was an award-winning multi-media artist, and an avid reader, gardener and writer. She loved what she called “The Little Blue Green Town” in an article she wrote for the Coast Press, under the pseudonym “Cassandra.”
Locals and visitors alike could see her riding her “beach bike” every day throughout town. Her athletic skills were such that in 1981, in her 60s, she entered the Rehoboth First Bike-A-Thon for the Delaware Lung Association and won first place in her category. She walked the beach for miles every day and enjoyed diving in the ocean waves on a regular basis.
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one of the top 10 hostesses in the city by the Washington Post. She also studied art at The Cochran School of Art and The American University in D.C. where she was asked to teach art. Instead, she made the decision to retire to Rehoboth Beach, a decision she never regretted. Mrs. Kheradjou will be forever and deeply missed by her daughter Lalage, relatives in both Ireland and England, and friends throughout the area.
She is survived by her daughter Lalage “Lee” Kheradjou Lott. Her beloved son Bijan John Kheradjou passed away last month of a sudden heart attack in Tytherington, Maccelsfield, England.
Memorial services will be held at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 20, at the Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Atkins-Lodge Chapel, 16961 Kings Highway, Lewes, where friends may call after 5 p.m. A more extensive High Church of England private ceremony will be held in Boston Spa, Yorkshire. During the ceremony, the ashes of both Mrs. Kheradjou and those of her son will be scattered, as requested, in the church’s wild flower garden. Afterward there will be a private Celebration of Life reception held at the home of relatives.
In lieu of flowers, please send contributions to The Rehoboth Art League, 12 Dodds Lane, Henlopen Acres, Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971, or to Beebe Medical Foundation, 902 Savannah Road, Lewes, DE 19958 or to Milford Memorial Hospital, 21 W. Clarke Avenue, Milford, DE 19963.
Elizabeth A. Reardon,
Elizabeth A. “Betty” Reardon, 76, of near Lewes, and formerly of Wilmington, passed away on Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2007, at home. Mrs. Reardon was born on Feb. 3, 1931 in Wilmington, to the late Norman and Julia Freeman Pass.
Mrs. Reardon was a homemaker. Betty was a member of St. Jude’s Roman Catholic Church in Lewes. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Francis D. Reardon in 2004; her son, Thomas A. Reardon in 2003, and a brother, Jimmy Pass. Mrs. Reardon is survived by a son, Francis S. Reardon of Lewes; a daughter, Laura Reardon-Green and her husband Rich of Wilmington; a brother, Charles Pass of California; five grandchildren, Shannon, Amber, Matt, Sara and Elizabeth; three great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. A memorial Mass will be celebrated 11 a.m., Tuesday, Dec. 18, at St. Jude’s Roman Catholic Church, Route 1, Lewes. The Rev. Roman Stadtmuller and The Rev. Jim Hreha are the celebrants. The family asks for contributions to Casa San Francisco, P.O. Box 38, Milton, DE 19968 or to Delaware Hospice, Southern Division, 20167 Office Circle, Georgetown, DE 19947.
Arrangements by Watson Funeral Home, Millsboro.
Phyllis J. Dunfee,
former nursing assistant
Phyllis J. Dunfee, beloved friend, mother and sister, passed away suddenly Friday, Dec. 7, 2007, after a brief illness.
She is survived by her sons, Ralph W. Dunfee and Gary L. Dunfee; a grandson, Brad Thomson; sisters, Dolores Rominellow and her husband Vince, Alice Ellis and Loretta Ford, Jacqueline Reece and her husband Tom; brothers, Michael, Robert and George Puglise; and many nieces and nephews.
Memorial services will be graveside at 2:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 21, at Egg Harbor City cemetery, Moss Mill Road, Egg Harbor, N.J. Contributions for the burial fund will be greatly appreciated; mail to 17263 Water View Drive, Lewes, DE 19958.
Rose Mary Harper,
Rose Mary Harper, a retired real estate broker in the District of Columbia and the states of Virginia and Maryland, died Dec. 13, 2007. Rose Mary and her husband Alvin of 52 years lived in Washington, D.C., before retiring to Lewes in 1994. Rose Mary attended George Washington University and graduated from Parsons School of Design in New York City. She and her husband worked several years in the interior design field in New York City before relocating to Washington, D.C. In Washington, Rose Mary taught interior design at the National Art Academy and volunteered at the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Rose Mary became interested in real estate and began a new career at Shannon and Luchs Realtors and later joined W.C. and A.N Miller Realtors. She was a life member of the Washington Board of Realtors and received awards for her listings, sales and service to her clients. In the 1980s Rose Mary and her husband decided when they retired they wanted to become antique dealers. They decided to specialize in items related to preparing, serving and drinking tea for both adults and children collectors. The Harpers are renowned for their English transfer tea pottery, their sterling silver teapots and paraphernalia, and their children’s European tea sets. The Harpers participated in antique shows in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland and Virginia. Rose Mary was known in the antique trade for her collection of hats that she wore at shows. Arrangements are being made by Gentry-Griffey Funeral Chapel in Knoxville, Tenn. Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m., Tuesday, Dec. 18, at the Harper family plot, Greenwood cemetery, Knoxville. The family suggest memorial contributions be made to The American Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, 424 East 92nd St., New York, N.Y. 10128-6804; or the Humane Society of the United States, 2100 L St. N.W., Washington, D.C. 20037.
Alexander Howat, 64, of Lewes, died Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2007, at Beebe Medical Center in Lewes. Mr. Howat was born in Chester, Pa., son of Helen Getz Howat and the late John Howat.
Mr. Howat was formerly of Chester and Eddystone, Pa., relocating to Sussex County three years ago. He had been employed as a spray painter for Boeing Aeronautics in Ridley Township, Pa., for 30 years, retiring in 2003.
He was a member of American Legion Post No. 777 in Crumlynne, Pa., and American Legion Post No. 844 in Eddystone. He enjoyed fishing, boating and horse racing, and was devoted to his dog, Spanky.
In addition to his mother, Helen Howat of Lima, Pa., Mr. Howat is survived by his wife of 35 years, Ruth E. McKinley Howat; two stepsons, Steven Sharp of Camden, and Thomas Sharp of Swedesboro, N.J.; a brother, John Howat of Lester, Pa; and four stepgrandchildren.
Services and burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to the Delaware County SPCA, Sandy Bank Road, Media, PA 19063.
Arrangements are being handled by Parsell Funeral Enterprises Inc., 16961 Kings Highway, Lewes.
Richard Thurman Lynch,
Nanticoke Hospital retiree
Richard Thurman Lynch, 87, passed away Monday, Dec. 10, 2007, at Harrison Senior Living in Georgetown. He was born Feb. 26, 1920, in Orlando, W.V., son of the late Richard Thurman and Rose Nell Bennett Lynch.
Mr. Lynch retired from Nanticoke Memorial Hospital in Seaford, where he was manager of plant operations, after more than 20 years of service. Prior to his employment with Nanticoke Hospital, he worked for All American in Georgetown. He was a veteran of the Army Air Corps. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Elva Lou Jones Lynch, in March 1999; and by his grandson, Rick James, in May 2006. He is survived by two daughters, Linda L. Wainwright, and Carol James and her husband Jake, all of Seaford; four grandchildren: Michelle Reynolds, Tina Gorman, Jeff James and Jonathan James; and three great-grandchildren: Nathan Reynolds, Caleb Gorman and Anna Gorman.
Funeral services were held Thursday, Dec. 20, at Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Bridgeville, with interment at Bridgeville cemetery.
Josephine Hess Hastings,
Josephine Hess “Nana” Hastings, 92, of Milton, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2007, at State Street Assisted Living in Dover.
Josephine was born in Camden, N.J., daughter of the late Benjamin and Julia Kitlas.
She was a beautician with Village Beauty Salon for many years and retired in 1977.
Josephine was a member of St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church, Order of the Easter Star, American Legion Ladies Auxiliary and the Milton Fire Co. Ladies Auxiliary. She enjoyed knitting and crocheting.
In addition to her parents, Josephine was preceded in death by her first husband, Paul E. Hess; her second husband, John W. Hastings; and a daughter, Alice Shockley.
She is survived by a daughter, Arlene Wright and husband Bill of Milton; one son, Paul Hess Jr. and wife Joyce of Newark; eight grandchildren, Gary Shockley, Ricky Shockley, Alison Green, Carol Jo Shockley, Karen Wright Ruffner, Danny A. Wright, Bill Wright Jr., and Paul E. Hess III; 14 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 15, at St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church, 307 Federal St., Milton. Friends may call from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Saturday, at Short Funeral Services, 416 Federal St., Milton.
Burial will be in Henlopen Memorial Park in Milton.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Vitas Hospice Care, 100 Commerce Drive, Suite 302, Newark, DE 19713.
Dorothy A. Breeding Thoroughgood, 76, of Rehoboth Beach, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2007, at Harbor Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center in Lewes.
Mrs. Thoroughgood was born February 12, 1931, in Goldsboro, Md., daughter of the late Frank and Sarah Pierson Breeding.
Mrs. Thoroughgood moved to Delaware and made it her home from the time she turned 18 years old. Initially, she was a waitress at the Robin Hood Restaurant. Before going to work for her son in 1974 where she worked as a bookkeeper for the Thoroughgood Appliance Store, she arranged flowers at Crosby Gifts & Flowers in Rehoboth Beach. She was very involved with Epworth United Methodist Church where she was a member of the Methodist Women Circle, the church choir and took care of the pointsettias every Christmas.
She was also a member of Unity chapter #16, Order of the Eastern Star, Lewes.
She enjoyed making ceramics and crafts. She also sheltered participants of Wandering Wheels, a group that bicycled annually from the West Coast to the East Coast with Rehoboth Beach being their last stop.
She was a wonderful mother, grandmother and great-grandmother and will be missed by all who knew her.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Linwood and Walter Breeding; and one sister, Myrtle Downs.
She is survived by two daughters, Mary Ann Thoroughgood of Rehoboth Beach and Deborah T. Hawkins and her husband Andrew of Millsboro; two sons, William J. Thoroughgood III and his wife Shelly of Lewes and David A. Thoroughgood of Rehoboth Beach; nine grandchildren, Jennifer Turner, Tracy Tipton, Kimberly Thoroughgood, Michael Wells and his wife Kimberly, Michele Bailey and her husband Jonathan, Matthew Wells and his fiancee Janie Gibson, Patrick Thoroughgood and his girlfriend Stacy, Andrew Thoroughgood and Tyler Thoroughgood; six great-grandchildren, Katie and Lola Turner, Christian and Samuel Tipton, and Delaney and Sierra Bailey; four sisters, May Bishop, Ruth Bauer, Lillian Bishop and Barbara Porter; and her longtime best friend and confidant, Marian Ward.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Friday, Dec. 14, at Epworth United Methodist Church, 20 Baltimore Ave., Rehoboth Beach, where friends may call one hour prior to the service. Interment will follow at Epworth Methodist cemetery, Henlopen Avenue, Rehoboth Beach. The Rev. Jack Abel and the Rev. Charles Covington will co-officiate.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 163, Salisbury, MD 21803-0163.
Arrangements are being handled by Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Lewes.
William Daniel Brenner,
William Daniel “Bill” Brenner, 79, of Lewes, passed away Dec. 6, 2007, following a heart attack.
Bill was born in Hamilton, Ohio, on Feb. 10, 1928, to Carl and Gertrude Brenner. He graduated from Hamilton High School in 1946. A Korean War veteran, Bill at one time found himself stationed at Fort Miles in Lewes. Bill married Eileen Gfroerer on April 7, 1956. She predeceased him on April 28, 2002.
Bill’s first job at age 16 was loading mail cars in Hamilton, Ohio, for the Pennsylvania Railroad. After a stint in the Army he continued to work for the railroad including through its mergers as Penn Central and Conrail, retiring in 1990 as an area credit manager, assistant treasurer - cash mobilization.
At different times Bill was a member of the Knights of Columbus, St. John the Beloved’s Athletic Association, the Oak Orchard-Riverdale American Legion Post 28, and an usher at St. Jude’s Catholic Church in Lewes.
Quietly he helped raise three sons, Michael, Daniel and Lawrence, and enjoyed supporting them in all of their activities throughout his life. In the summer of 2007 he proudly treated his family to a two-week vacation in Hawaii.
Bill is survived by three sons, Mike and Anna Marie of Wilmington, Dan and his spouse, Mary Lipp of Nimrod, Ore., and Larry and Shawnda of Lebanon, Ind.; three grandsons; three granddaughters; and one great-grandson.
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 15, at St. Jude The Apostle Catholic Church, Route 1 north of Five Points, Lewes. The Rev. James Hreha will be the celebrant. Friends may call from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., Saturday at the church or 6-8 p.m., Friday, Dec. 14, at Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Atkins-Lodge Chapel, 16961 Kings Highway, Lewes.
A private family entombment will be at Delaware Veterans Memorial cemetery, Millsboro.
In memory of Bill, and in lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to Beebe Medical Center Building Fund, 424 Savannah Road, Lewes, DE 19958.
Robert L. Jervis,
textile sales manager
Robert L. Jervis, 80, of Milton, died Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2007, in Bayhealth-Kent General Hospital, Dover.
Mr. Jervis was born Nov. 11, 1927, in Somerville, Mass., to the late Edward W. Jervis and Isabel Day Jervis.
Mr. Jervis graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a bachelor’s degree in English.
He worked as a sales manager for the textile industry, working most of the time out of New York for Burlington Industries.
Mr. Jervis attended St. John’s Episcopal Church in Milton.
Mr. Jervis was a member of the Patterson Country Club in Fairfield, Conn., and Jacksonville Golf and Country Club in Jacksonville, Fla.
He was an avid golfer and loved walking, especially on the beach.
Mr. Jervis just celebrated his 80th birthday with his family in Nashville, Tenn.
Mr. Jervis is survived by his wife of 19 years, Ursula G. Weiser Jervis of Milton; three sons, Robert L. Jervis Jr. of Charlton, Mass., Craig M. Jervis of Nashville, and Karl E. Berzins of St. Cloud, Fla.; three daughters, Leslie Jervis Waters of Jacksonville, Fla., April Merrill of Venus, Fla., and Ines Grimm of Brick, N.J.; two brothers, Fred Jervis of Durham, N.H. and Edward Jervis of Atkinson, N.H.; five grandchildren, including Courtney E. Fletcher; and two great-grandchildren.
Memorial services were held Thursday in Torbert Funeral Chapel South, Dover.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 1 St. Jude Place Bldg., P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 300, Memphis, TN 38148-0552.