Norma Lee Russell,
retired health care aide
Norma Lee Russell, 75, of Bridgeville, passed away Sunday, Nov. 25, 2007, at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital in Seaford.
Ms. Russell was born June 9, 1932 in Bridgeville, daughter of the late William James and Bessie Olivia Cole Russell.
Ms. Russell had worked as a home health care aide for many years in the Bridgeville area. She enjoyed working on puzzles, church socials and neighborhood outings.
In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her siblings, Mildred Lofland, Roland Russell, Melvin Russell, Ernest Russell and Evelyn English. She is survived by her son, Larry Alan Seaman of Finksburg, Md.; one grandson, Zachary Seaman of Cambridge, Md.; several nieces and nephews; and her beloved dog, Harley.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 1, at Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Hardesty Chapel, 202 Laws St., Bridgeville, where friends may call one hour prior to the service. Interment will be at Bethel cemetery at Oak Grove, Oak Grove Road, Seaford.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to the National Kidney Foundation of the Delaware Valley, 111 South Independence Mall East, 411, Philadelphia, PA 19106
Helen Frances Kamp Loeber, 87, died peacefully Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2007, at Beebe Medical Center, Lewes, following an unexpected short-term illness.
Born Sept. 10, 1920, in Columbus, Ohio, to the late Charles F. and Georgia E. Anderson Kamp, she spent her childhood years growing up in Crafton, Pa.
Following her marriage to her late husband, John Stuart Loeber, she found many cities throughout the United States and Europe her home as her late husband served a distinguished 30-year military career.
Most notable in the many homes she provided her family were those in Crafton, Indianapolis, Washington, D.C. and lastly, Bethany Beach, where she lived since 1977.
Mrs. Loeber was preceded in death by her sister, Marjorie Kamp Bennett of Philadelphia.
She is survived by five children, John and Luann Habermeyer Loeber of Travelers Rest, S.C., Michael and Angela Castro Loeber of Bonita Springs, Fla., Gretchen Loeber of Indianapolis, James and Judith Showell Loeber of Millsboro and Stephen and Mary Elizabeth Loeber Murray of Bethany Beach; and was dearly loved by her 13 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Loeber was the family linchpin and ensured there was always a home for her children and her children’s children. She possessed that rare quality that transcended parent to best friend.
A memorial service will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, in St. Ann’s Catholic Church, 691 Garfield Parkway, Bethany Beach.
Interment service will be held at Arlington (Va.) National cemetery, alongside her late husband, at a date yet to be determined.
Instead of flowers, contributions in Helen’s memory may be sent to Delaware Hospice, 20167 Office Circle, Georgetown, DE 19947; or Casa San Francisco, P.O. Box 40, Milton, DE 19968.
Arrangements by Melson Funeral Services of Ocean View.
Rickey D. Watts,
Rickey D. Watts, 60, of Rehoboth Beach, formerly of Short Gap, W.Va., died suddenly on Friday, Nov. 23, 2007, at Bayhealth-Milford Memorial Hospital.
Mr. Watts was born in Cumberland, Md. on Sept. 25, 1947, son of the late Otis C. and Mary Dixon Watts.
Mr. Watts had worked as a mechanic and a carpenter throughout his lifetime. He was always tinkering in his garage. He served with the U.S. Army Infantry Division during the Vietnam War, receiving an honorable discharge. He loved his family, especially spending time with his grandchildren.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his sister, Janet G. Tracy; and his brother Otis Watts Jr.
Survivors include his former wife of 36 years, Erma E. Watts of Rehoboth Beach; four children, Rachel E. Watts, Clinton L. Watts and Jason D. Watts, all of Rehoboth Beach, and Patrick D. Watts and his wife Melissa A. Watts of Lewes; seven grandchildren, Zoe A. Watts, Jillian M. Watts, Sabrina E. Crossland, Adam Z. Watts, Alaina C. Watts, Bryn M. Watts and Jairin G. Watts; three brothers, Danny M. Watts of St. Louis, Mo., Jerry W. Watts of Rehoboth Beach and Randy Z. Watts of Cross Junction, Va.; and his sister, Eunice Tracy of Santee, S.C. Continued from page 85
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, Nov. 30, at Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Atkins-Lodge Chapel, 16961 Kings Highway, Lewes, where the family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Interment will be private.
Rachel L. Robison,
Church of God member
Rachel L. Robison, 96, died peacefully in her sleep on Sunday, Nov. 25, 2007, at Brandywine Assisted Living in Rehoboth Beach, where she had lived for the past three years.
The daughter of William E. Robison and Grace Satterfield Robison, Mrs. Robison was born near Chestnut Grove, Md., on Sept. 20, 1911.
She attended school in Concord, Md. She was employed by Maryland Plastics for 30 years. She was a member of the First Church of God in Federalsburg, Md., for many years.
Her husband, Alonzo H. Robison, passed away in February 2000.
She was also predeceased by two sisters, Mildred W. MacMahan and Alice V. Sherbrooks; and four brothers, George V. Satterfield, Russell E. Satterfield, William J. Satterfield and Gilbert White.
Mrs. Robison is survived by a stepdaughter, Virginia Joseph of Blades; two grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. She was cared for by her longtime friends, George and Paula Simpson of Rehoboth Beach and their daughters, Linda J. Simpson and Susan S. Selph, both of Milton.
A service will be held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 28, at Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Atkins-Lodge Chapel, 16961 Kings Highway, Lewes. Service of interment for Mrs. Robison will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, Nov. 29, at Hillcrest cemetery in Federalsburg, Md.
In lieu of flowers please send donations to Compassionate Care Hospice of the Delmarva Peninsula, 31038 Country Gardens Blvd., Dagsboro, DE 19939.
Rayfield Handy Sr., 64, of Millsboro, died Thursday, Nov. 22, 2007, at Christiana Care, Newark.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Lenford and Elsie Fooks Handy Sr.; his sister, Petric Aletha Goodman and brother Lenford Handy Jr.; and his wife of 28 years, Delores Elizabeth Duton Handy.
He is survived by his sons, Rayfield M. Handy Jr. of Smyrna, Darryl L. Handy of New Castle; and a daughter Petric A. Handy of Selbyville; a Brother: Clarence Handy of Frankford; two grandchildren, Chanel and Chamyra; and a host of nieces and nephews.
Rayfield was a member of the Alpha & Omega Brothers Club of Berlin, Md. He loved cars and “Shay Ray Barbeque.” He was a good man. He worked for Demmy Merritt Marine Construction and Bill Cannon’s Garage. He was a graduate of Worchester High School, Newark Maryland, class of 1961.
Services will be at 1 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 28, at Calvary Pentecostal Church, Bishopville, Md., where friends may call at noon. Pastor Douglas Showell will officiate.
Interment will be in Calvary Pentecostal cemetery, Bishopville.
Sarah H. Cowgill,
Sarah H. Cowgill, 92, of Milford passed away Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2007, at the Milford Center.
Mrs. Cowgill was born Oct. 1, 1915, in Wyoming, daughter of the late Elmer and Edith (Baker) Haddaway.
She graduated as a registered nurse in 1937 from the Wilmington General Hospital College of Nursing.
Mrs. Cowgill volunteered her time for 10 years at the John Charlton School, Rising Sun.
Her fondest memories were of the many summers she spent with family and friends at the home she and her late husband, Henry, owned at Slaughter Beach.
Mrs. Cowgill was a member of Avenue United Methodist Church, Milford, where she was active in the Sarah Circle and gave willingly of her time to help with other church functions.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Henry G. Cowgill, in 2003; and a sister, Elmere Guthrie.
She is survived by her daughter, Sarah “Sally” C. Reynolds of Milton; a sister, Gladys Miller of Rehoboth Beach; and two grandchildren, Sarah E. Dickey of Rehoboth Beach and Matthew Dickey of Annapolis, Md.
Services and burial will be private.
Instead of flowers, the family has requested memorial contributions to the Milford Community Pantry, 20 N. Church St., Milford, DE 19963.
Mark E. Steiner,
Mark E. Steiner, 44, of Lewes ,passed away Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2007, in his home.
Mr. Steiner was born March 5, 1963, in Cambridge, Mass., son of Edward J. and Marjorie (Wright) Steiner.
He graduated from Milford High School, Davidson College and Villanova Law School.
Mr. Steiner worked as an attorney for Duane, Morris and Hecksher in Wilmington, his family’s business in Milford, Moore and Rutt in Georgetown and as a public defender in Sussex County.
After declining health issues rendered him unable to commit to employment, he spent much time on Lewes beaches, on his phone talking to a wide assortment of friends and on his computer trying to figure out the vagaries of the stock market. He also had a great interest in Sussex County politics.
Mr. Steiner was a member of Avenue United Methodist Church, Milford, and the Lewes Yacht Club, and had been active in the Sussex County chapter of the American Heart Association.
He is survived by a daughter, Anna Kathleen Steiner of Lewes; his ex-wife, Paula Ryan of Lewes; his parents, Edward J. and Marjorie Steiner of Milford; two sisters and two brothers-in-law, the Rev. Dr. Sandra Steiner Ball and the Rev. Barry Steiner Ball of Milford, and Karen Steiner and Anand Bahl of Kennesaw, Ga.; and two nieces, Sarah Ball and Becky Ball of Milford.
Memorial services will be 3 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27, in the Avenue United Methodist Church, 20 N. Church St., Milford, where friends may call two hours earlier.
George F. Shanks Jr.,
Air Force veteran
George Franklin Shanks Jr., 75, of Georgetown, died Friday, Nov. 16, 2007, in Nanticoke Memorial Hospital, Seaford. He was 75.
Mr. Shanks was born in Grasonville, Md., son of the late George F. Sr. and Lena Sterling Shanks.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force.
Mr. Shanks installed hardwood and carpet. He enjoyed woodworking. Mr. Shanks was a member of Chestertown (Md.) Baptist Church. He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Yvonne Thomas Shanks; three sons and two daughters-in-law, Gordon and Cheryl Poet of Clayton, Glenn and Barbara Poet of Grasonville, Md., and Matthew Shanks of Georgetown; four daughters and three sons-in-law, Debbie and Jack Griffitts of Clayton, Christine and Tom Raughley of Townsend, Debra Kay and Robert Horney of Skipton, Md., and Christine Seeney of Georgetown; 12 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; four sisters, Mary Davidson of Grasonville, Patricia Smith of Chester, Md., Phyllis Austin of Queenstown, Md., and Emily Thomas of Grasonville; and a stepbrother, Henry O’Donnell of Centreville, Md.
Services were held in Short Funeral Services, 609 E. Market St., Georgetown, with burial in Delaware Veterans Memorial cemetery, Millsboro.
Wayne L. Williams Sr.,
I.G. Burton manager
Wayne Leonard Williams Sr., 53, of Georgetown, died suddenly on Friday, Nov. 23, 2007, at Beebe Medical Center in Lewes.
He was born Sept. 9, 1954, in Baltimore, Md., son of John Carter Williams of Milton and the late Dolores R. Williams.
At the time of his death, Mr. Williams was employed at I. G. Burton of Seaford as a service manager. He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting, fishing and golfing. He was also a former high school lacrosse coach in Minnetonka, Minn.
In addition to his father, he is survived by his sons, Christopher Williams of Bristol, Va., and Wayne L. Williams Jr. of Harbeson; his daughter, Heather Williams of Glen Burnie, Md.; one granddaughter, Hailey Diana Furniss of Glen Burnie, Md.; his companion, Mary Reidhead of Georgetown; his stepmother, Dolores H. Williams of Milton; two sisters, Phyllis A. Williams of Fairfax, Va., and Jacqueline L. Bryley and her husband William of Pasadena, Md.; three nephews and one niece.
All services were private.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to the American Heart Association (Heart Disease Prevention), 1151 Walker Road, Suite 202, Dover, DE 19901.
Arrangements by Parsell Funeral Enterprises Inc., Lewes.