Irving M. Berkowitz,
Dr. Irving M. Berkowitz, D.O. 69, beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, friend, colleague and physician, passed away on Monday, Nov. 12, 2007. Irving, a devoted husband and father, was also a humanitarian and healer, deeply committed to the best professional care and support for his patients and their families.
Raised in Philadelphia by his parents, Morris and Rose with his brother, Steven, he enjoyed the support of a large extended family of grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins. His father, a pharmacist, fostered his interest in science and medicine. Irving attended Philadelphia public schools, Muhlenberg College and Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. His internship and residency training were at Metropolitan Hospital and fellowship training in hematology-oncology, surgery and medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. He was chairman of hematology oncology at Metropolitan Hospital and University of Pennsylvania. He practiced hematology oncology at the Medical Center of Delaware/Christiana Care for 31 years holding many administrative positions most recently as the medical director for the cancer center.
He also served as medical director for Delaware Hospice. Dr. Berkowitz participated in clinical cancer research as principal investigator for many national organizations. Beyond his vast energies toward cancer cure and care, Irving was an avid amateur photographer, pen collector, fly fisherman, and sometime flautist. He loved music, books and travel but most enjoyed his time with family and friends around the dinner table.
Sadly, he was predeceased by two of his children, Craig Lewis and Elijah Jacob. He is survived by Candace, his wife of 34 years; a son Avi Benjamin; daughters, Valerie Green, Rachel Joy and Kaila Creighton; two grandchildren, Jonah and Shoshana Green; and his brother, Dr. Steven Berkowitz of Lewes. With his sons-in-law, Scott Green and Matthew Creighton, he enjoyed an interest in cars and the shooting range.
Services were held at Chandler Funeral Home, Hockessin, with interment in Union Hill cemetery in Kennett Square, Pa.
In lieu of flowers make contributions to the Helen F. Graham Cancer Center, 4701 Ogletown-Stanton Road, Newark, DE 19713 in his name.
Ruth K. Ruddy,
Ruth K. McCruden Ruddy, 88, of Lewes, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2007, at Harbor Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center in Lewes.
Mrs. Ruddy was born April 11, 1919, in Baltimore, Md., daughter of the late James and Mabel Rebecca (Boyce) McCruden. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Thomas Ruddy (1991) and her son-in-law Ronnie Donovan.
Mrs. Ruddy was a member of St. Jude the Apostle Catholic Church. She loved music and was an avid reader. She was a retired nurse having worked many years at Presbyterian Hospital in Philadelphia.
She was also a housemother at the Beebe School of Nursing. For many summers she hosted students through the BUNAC (British University North American Club) exchange program; the students worked at the local resorts.
She also enjoyed trying to grow things in her garden. She adored her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was a devoted wife and mother.
She is survived by two daughters, Pat Donovan of Lewes, and Susan Hohmann and her husband Joe of Media, Pa.; eight grandchildren, Tom Donovan and his wife Sue of Brewster, N.Y. and their children Tyler and Katie; Keith Donovan and his wife Lisa of Middletown, and their children Lorin and Caroline; Karen Markovic and her husband Mark of Crofton, Md. and their children Kyle and Dylan; Jennifer McGaffin and her husband Jim of Wallingford, Pa. and their children Alleigh and Connor; Amy Ludwig and her husband Eric of West Chester, Pa. and their children Emily and Calvin; Neil Hohmann andh his wife Laura of Warsaw, Poland; Bill James and his wife Donna of Swarthmore, Pa. and their children Austin and Ashley; and Meredith Luzietti and her husband Rick of Springfield, Pa. and their son, Luke; her sister, Sally Aguilar of New Bloomsfield, Pa.; her sister-in-law, Dorothy Ruddy of Surf City, N.J.; and many nieces and nephews whom she loved. She will be sorely missed by all of her survivors.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 17, at St. Jude the Apostle Catholic Church, Route 1 north of Five Points, Lewes.
The Rev. John Grasing will be the celebrant. Interment will follow at Henlopen Memorial Park, Route 1, Milton. Friends my call at the church one hour prior to Mass.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to Beebe School of Nursing, 424 Savannah Road, Lewes, DE 19958.
Raymond C. Moore,
Raymond C. Moore, 80, of Oak Orchard near Millsboro, died Monday, Nov. 5, 2007, at Christiana Hospital, Newark.
Mr. Moore was born Dec. 24, 1926, in Lewes, to the late Charles W.W. and Mary Johnson Moore.
He was a carpenter all of his life and he was a member of Local 2012 Carpenter’s Union in Blades.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his lifelong companion, Barbara H. Johnson, in 2006, after being together for 67 years.
He was also preceded in death by four brothers, Charles, Norman, Robert and Gerald Moore; and three sisters, Ruth McGee, Eva Mae Webb and Shirley P. Fritz.
Mr. Moore is survived by three sons, Leon Johnson and his wife Trina of Laurel, Irvin Johnson and his wife Beverly of Federalsburg, Md., and Raymond Johnson of Georgetown; a daughter, Teresa Johnson of Millsboro, two brothers, Joseph Moore of Millsboro and Irvin W. Moore of Millsboro; two sisters, Eliza White of Millsboro and Mary Boyce of Laurel; nine grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Services will be private.
Arrangements by Watson Funeral Home, Millsboro.
Local services set
for Travis William Catts
A Celebration of Life service will be held for Machinist Mate Second Class, U.S. Coast Guard Travis William Catts, at 3 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 24, 2007, at Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Atkins-Lodge Chapel, 16961 Kings Highway, Lewes. Friends and family may call at 3 p.m. and a prayer service will be held at 3:30 p.m.
Travis passed away tragically on Oct. 4, 2007, from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident while serving at the U.S. Air Station Borinquen in Puerto Rico. He had graduated from Cape Henlopen High School in 2000, and in December of that year enlisted in the Coast Guard and began basic training in Cape May, N.J.
Services were held earlier in West Palm Beach, Fla., and the cremated remains were scattered at sea from the Coast Guard Cutter Gannett, where Travis served on his first assignment in the Coast Guard.
Ralph Lee Zettlemoyer,
Ralph Lee Zettlemoyer, 87, who formerly resided in Aston, Pa., died Thursday, Nov. 8, 2007, at Beebe Hospital in Lewes.
Mr. Zettlemoyer was born in Danville, Pa., and grew up in Marcus Hook, Pa. A graduate of Eddystone High School, class of 1938, he then served in the U.S. Navy from 1944 to 1946. Ralph worked for Sun Ship, General Steel, then retired as a machinist for DuPont Experimental Station in the 1980s. He was a 1951 graduate of Radio Electronic Institute of Philadelphia, and had a TV repair business.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Mildred Starr Zettlemoyer, in 1980; and his son, Larry Zettlemoyer Jr., in 1981.
He is survived by his nieces and nephews and his dearest friend, Lemonita Hensley of Lewes.
Graveside services were held at Lawn Croft cemetery, Linwood, Pa.
owned Whitey’s Texaco
Murray White, 80, of Georgetown, peacefully departed this life Saturday, Nov. 10, 2007, at Milford Memorial Hospital surrounded by his loving family. He was affectionately known to many as “Whitey” and “Pard.”
Mr. White ended his life’s journey to meet his Lord and to reunite with the love of his life, Thelma Jane, who preceded him in death in 2004. Theirs was a lifelong romance lasting 56 years.
Mr. White was born Feb. 5, 1927, and was raised in Pittsville, Md., on the farm of his parents, Dorothy and Walter White.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and a member of the American Legion Post 8, Georgetown. Mr. White’s career as a skilled mechanic began at Conaway Motors in Georgetown. For 20 years, he was an independent owner/operator of Whitey’s Texaco in Georgetown.
After 17 and a half years with the state of Delaware, he retired from the Stockley Center.
During his lifetime, he enjoyed fishing, sailing, gardening, flying radio-controlled airplanes and spending time with family and friends. Mr. White and his wife were active volunteers for the Robin Hood Thrift Shop and Meals on Wheels. He was a long-time member of Grace United Methodist Church where over the years he served as trustee and usher. In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by a brother, Irvin White.
Left to cherish his memory are three sons, Stephen M. and his wife Linda of Middletown, Philip M. and his wife Karen of Federalsburg, Md. and Jeffrey A. of Georgetown; four grandchildren, Stephen White, Christine Rex, Robin Wooters and Trey White; four great-grandchildren; a number of loving nieces and nephews; and three sisters, Maridell West of Millsboro, Ida Widdowson of Mardela Springs, Md., and Amanda Taeuber of Salisbury, Md.
Services were held, followed by interment in Union cemetery. Georgetown.
Donations may be made to Grace United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 209, Georgetown, DE 19947; or Vitas Hospice, 10 Commerce Road, Suite 302, Newark, DE 19711.
Dorothy Louise Kirker Pettyjohn, 83, of Seaford died Sunday, Nov. 11, 2007. Born in Leon, W.Va., the daughter of the late Dimmie Susan Smith and Joseph Kirker, Dorothy was a homemaker.
Mrs. Pettyjohn was a member of the ladies auxiliary, Virgil Wilson Post 4961, Veterans of Foreign Wars, the ladies auxiliary, Nanticoke Post 6, American Legion, and the Loyal Order of Moose Lodge, chapter 1384.
She is survived by her husband, John Thomas Pettyjohn Sr.; a son, James G. Tuck of Seaford; a daughter, Dorothy L. Owens of Galestown, Md.; a brother, Bobby Kirker of Rehoboth Beach; five grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren; three step-sons, Edward Pettyjohn of Seaford, William Pettyjohn of Bridgeville, and John T. Pettyjohn Jr. of Laurel; four step-daughters, Debbie Sibert of Georgetown, Texas, Deanna Marie Mack of Laurel, Tina A. Riggins of Laurel, and Tammy L. Denherder of Hebron, Md.; and six step-grandchildren.
Services were held in Watson-Yates Funeral Home, Seaford, with burial in Blades cemetery, Blades.
George F. Couch,
Bell Atlantic retiree
George F. Couch, 72, of Georgetown, died Sunday, Nov. 11, 2007, at home. He was born in Stroudsburg, Pa., the son of the late Donald F. and Katherine Brewer Couch. Mr. Couch was a switching tech for Bell Atlantic for 32 years, retiring in 1985 and a member of the Telephone Pioneers. He served in the Delaware National Guard.
Mr. Couch was a member of the Georgetown Kiwanis, First State Tractor Club, Twinkle Club, Return day Committee, the Delmarva Driving Club, and the Georgetown Historical Society. He also restored antique John Deere tractors and worked on his farm.
Survivors include his wife of 51 years, Ann Mariner Couch; two children, Wade G. Couch and his wife Sally and Scott F. Couch and his wife Catherine, all of Georgetown; two grandchildren, Casey L. Couch and Candy L. Couch; one great-grandchild, Ian Gigante; one sister, Ellen C. Stringfellow of Bagwell, Texas; and a brother, William D. Couch of Wilmington; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Funeral services will be 11 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 17, in the chapel of Short Funeral Services, 609 E. Market St., Georgetown, where friends may call from 7-9 p.m. Friday or after 10 a.m. Saturday.
Interment will be in Woodlawn Memorial Park, Georgetown.
Contributions may be made to Georgetown Historical Society, 510 S. Bedford St., Georgetown, DE 19947.
Ronald C. White,
Ronald C. White, 53, of Rehoboth Beach, died Saturday, Oct. 20, 2007, at Beebe Medical Center in Lewes.
He was born Dec. 9, 1953, in Springfield, Mass., and lived in Chester, Mass., for many years.
Ron graduated from Gateway Regional High School and was a graduate of Westfield State College where he earned a teaching degree in special education. He taught in the Philadelphia school system for 31 years, retiring in 2005. Ron enjoyed many hobbies including carpentry, tennis, bridge and cooking.
He was predeceased by his mother, Claire Blette White on April 15, 2007, and his sister, Lorraine Dupelle on April 18, 2007.He leaves his lifetime partner, George Bauer of Rehoboth Beach; his father, Robert N. White Sr. of Chester; two brothers, Robert N. White Jr. and his wife Ester, and Kenneth R. White, all of Westfield, Mass.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 8, at Epworth United Methodist Church, 20 Baltimore Ave., Rehoboth Beach.
John M. Roca,
Cape High graduate
John Michael Roca, 18, of Rehoboth Beach, died suddenly Saturday, Nov. 10, 2007, at Christiana Medical Center in Christiana. He was the son of Mariano Roca and Margaret Long Roca.
John was a freshman currently attending the University of Delaware majoring in natural resource management with a minor in art. He was working toward his goal of a master’s in shoreline conservation. He was a graduate of Cape Henlopen High School where he had carried a 3.97 grade point average. In his early years he was involved with the Boy Scouts program, attaining the position of Star Scout. Throughout high school he was very involved with the FFA where he had held numerous officer positions. He served as National Honor Society president his senior year, lettered in swimming and had been a lifeguard at the North Shores beach. He would light up a room with his smile every time he entered. One of John’s FFA advisors said, “He was a light in my chapter and a memory that I will carry forever. It was his love and dedication and his smile that made him so wonderful to have.”
A memorial golf outing at the Rehoboth Beach County Club is planned for July 23, 2008, from which the proceeds will be used to support the charity listed below.
In addition to his parents he is survived by his brother, Billy Roca of Rehoboth Beach; paternal grandparents, Vito and Mary Roca of Deltona, Fla.; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. He was predeceased by his maternal grandparents, Bernard and Elaine Long. Mass of Christian Burial will be at St. Edmond’s Catholic Church, King Charles Avenue and Laurel Street, Rehoboth Beach, at 11 a.m., Thursday, Nov. 15, with Father Raymond Forrester officiating. Interment will be at All Saints’ cemetery, Angola. Friends may call from 6-9 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 14, at the Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Atkins-Lodge Chapel, 16961 Kings Highway, Lewes.
Memorial contributions may be made to the John M. Roca Memorial Scholarship Fund for the benefit of the Cape Henlopen FFA Chapter, c/o Delaware National Bank, Route 1, Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971.