Merle H. Rockemann
Age 75 of Georgetown, DE, died March 20, 2006. Funeral services, 1 pm, March 24 in the CHAPEL OF SHORT FUNERAL SERVICES, 609 E. Market St., Georgetown. Friends may call after 12 noon. Interment, Union Cemetery, Georgetown.
Cecelia Archangelo "Elsie" Ross
Mrs. Cecelia A. Ross, age 83, of Wilmington, DE, passed away on Tuesday morning, March 21, 2006, at Wilmington Hospital, surrounded by her loving family.
Cecelia was born February 19, 1923 in Wilmington to the late Francesco and Emidia (Pacifici) Archangelo.
She was employed as a sales clerk at Sears and Roebuck, Co. before retiring in 1985 after 23 years of service. A lifetime parishioner, Cecelia was an active member of St. Anthony of Padua Church, having served as a greeter. She was also a member of the Blessed Virgin Mary Sodality. Cecelia was also an active member of the Sons of Italy Lodge in Chester, PA. Her greatest love was for that of her family, cherishing her time with loved ones. Cecelia was a devoted mother, grandmother, great grandmother, aunt and friend.
Cecelia is survived by her son, David Ross, and his wife, Mary Ann, of Delmar, DE; daughter, Jeannette Kelley, and her husband, Thomas, with whom she lived; grandchildren, Brian A. Ross, of Delmar, and Anthony F. Ross, of Newark, DE; great grandchildren, Justin and Sarah Ross; several nieces and nephews; and many friends who will miss her dearly. She was predeceased by her brothers, John, Gabriel and Frank Archangelo.
Family and friends may call at the CHARLES P. ARCARO FUNERAL HOME, 2309 Lancaster Ave. (opposite Cathedral Cemetery), on Friday evening, March 24, from 6 to 8. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Anthony of Padua Church, 9th and DuPont Sts., Wilmington, on Saturday morning, March 25, at 10:30. Interment will follow in Cathedral Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made in Cecelia's memory to St. Anthony of Padua Church, 901 N. DuPont St., Wilmington, DE 19805.
SFC William L. Russell "Sarge"
SFC William L. Russell, "Sarge", age 76, passed away March 19, 2006 at Christiana Hospital in Newark, DE.
Sarge was a veteran of the US Army, having served for 21 years. As a member of the Security Agency, he spent several years in Germany, Korea and Vietnam. In 1962, while stationed in Germany, he took part with a large group of US troops in the landing scenes of "The Longest Day". Produced off the coast of France, this film re-enacted the famous "D-Day" June 6th landing at Normandy. This was a very historical battle in US history of our invasion of strongholds of World War II in Europe. After retirement, he was employed at the GM Boxwood plant in Wilmington for 20 years. He served on the veteran's committee of Local #435. Veteran affairs, both local and national, were a major concern to him. Both Senators Biden and Carper's offices were so helpful to his inquiries. In the past few years, he made every possible effort to publish the need of a home for homeless vets and those in need of medical help. He attended the ground breaking ceremony last August. This was a fulfillment of a dream. The proposed date of completion is December, 2006 in Milford, DE.
Sarge is survived by his wife, Violette, with whom he celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Thanksgiving Day 2005; 3 children, Kevin Russell and Bonnie Papaleo, both of Wilmington, DE, and Glenn Russell, and his wife, Pam, of nearby PA.
Private services were arranged by the Strano & Feeley Family Funeral Home and interment was in the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Bear.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Wilmington Veterans Hospital, 1600 Kirkwood Highway, Wilmington, DE 19805; or to the Veterans Home Fund, Department of State, 401 Federal St. Suite 3, Dover, DE 19901.
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Hannah Elspeth Shickley
Hannah Elspeth Shickley, age 19, of Ridley Park, PA, died on Saturday, March 18, 2006, at the scene of an auto accident, due to injuries sus-tained.
Hannah was the daughter of Dr. Timothy and Kristina Adam Shickley, of Ridley Park. She was a first-year student at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts bicentennial class. She attended Penn Children's Center for preschool in west Philadelphia and Lakeview Elementary in Ridley Park, where she excelled as a student in the learning enrichment program. She studied piano for many years with Beverly Kapanjie, sang in the choir of Christ Church, and was chosen for the prestigious vocal ensemble at Tower Hill under the direction of Jack Burnham. Hannah entered middle school at Tower Hill School, where she continued, graduating from the upper school in the Spring of 2005. While at Tower Hill, she won numerous awards including the music department music award for Vocal Arts and the Lisa Orienti Memorial Art award in 8th grade. Mr. Kirby Smith, head of the art department at Tower Hill, said this about Hannah's artistic talent at the award ceremony: "If you were ever to pick up a copy of Ralph Mayer's book entitled The Artist's Handbook of Materials and Techniques, you might notice a flaw in the plot - there isn't one. It's basically a long, long list of art stuff, and an even longer list of some things to try out with that stuff. No one ever reads this book. But the stuff referred to in it, when given capable hands and a mind like a tornado, allows Raquets things to happen - very, very good things. When these things happen by familiar people in public places, say in our gallery, crowds tend to gather out of a sense of wonderment and respect. The intention of this award, the Ehret Art award, is to publically acknowledge our respect and gratitude to the owner of one of the most tornadic of creative minds in my memory - Hannah Shickley." Hannah continued to win praise and awards for the fine arts while in upper school at Tower Hill, including both a Gold Key award and an American Vision award in the National Scholastic Art and Writing program in 2003. She won Tower Hill's Haon award in art for 2004-2005. She won competitive selection to The Governor's School of Delaware in Fine Arts in 2004, and at graduation from Tower Hill, received the Ehret award for Fine Arts. In the fall of 2005, she completed a large commissioned work for the Wilmington Raquets Club.
Hannah loved volleyball and enjoyed tennis. She was an excellent marksman, shooting as a junior member of the Delaware County Field and Stream Association. She won the Junior Smallbore Range Championship 5 times before the age of 12. Hannah also did broader humanitarian work for Habitat for Humanity in SC as a volunteer, and here she met her dear love, Gregory Gnade, of Wilmington, DE.
In addition to her parents, Hannah is survived by her grandmother, Betty Shickley, of Nashville, IN; and many aunts, uncles and cousins. She was also the granddaughter of the late W.D. Shickley, and Robert L. and Gertrude Gallagher Adam.
Family and friends may call from 6:30-9 pm on Friday, March 24, at the WHITE LUTTRELL FUNERAL HOME, 311 N. Swarthmore Ave., Ridley Park. The funeral service will be held at 10 am on Saturday, March 25, at Christ Episcopal Church, Nevin St. & Sellers Ave., Ridley Park. Burial will be private.
Memorial gifts may be made in Hannah's memory, to the Tower Hill School, 2813 W. 17th St., Wilmington, DE 19806; or to Habitat for Humanity International, 121 Habitat St., Americus, GA 31709-3498.
Marguerite H. Simmons
Age 57, of Wilmington, DE, died Mar. 20, 2006 in Atlantic City, NJ. Viewing 9 am and funeral 11 am Wed., Mar. 29, at Resurrection Center, 3301 N. Market St., Wilmington.
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Joseph Swyka, age 82, of Chesapeake City, MD, died on Sunday, March 19, 2006, at the VA Maryland Healthcare System in Perry Point.
Joseph was born January 8, 1924 in Chesapeake City, son of Leon and Mary Swyka. Mr. Swyka served in the US Army Air Corps. during World War II, where he was a member of the 447th Bomber Group. He worked for DuPont Company at the Glasgow, DE site as a millwright, retiring in 1980. He was also a member of the VFW in Chesapeake City.
He is survived by his wife, Alice Mary Swyka; sons, Joseph Paul Swyka, and his wife, Diane, and Michael Swyka, both of Chesapeake City; daughters, Mary Alice Weber, and her husband, Donald, of Chesapeake City, and Margaret Ann Swyka, and husband, Kevin, of Dover, DE; brothers, Nickolas Swyka, of Middletown, DE, Leon Swyka, of Middletown, NY, and Peter Swyka, of North East; 6 grandchildren; and 3 great grandchildren.
Friends may call from 7-9 pm on Thursday, March 23, 2006, or at 10 am on Friday, March 24, 2006, at the R.T. Foard Funeral Home, 318 George St., Chesapeake City. The funeral service will be at 11 am on Friday at St. Basil's Ukrainian Catholic Church, 231 Basil Ave., S. Chesapeake City. Burial will be in St. Rose of Lima Cemetery in Chesapeake City.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Parkinson's Foundation, c/o R.T. Foard Funeral, PO. Box 27, Chesapeake City, MD 21915.
June West Wilcockson Taylor
Age 90, of Seaford, DE, died Mar. 18, 2006. Visitation 1 pm & funeral 2 pm Thurs., Mar. 23, at Grace Baptist Church, 805 Atlanta Rd., Seaford. Arr. by
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Grace M. Turner
Grace M. Turner, age 96, pa/ssed away peacefully at Linden Hall in Kennett Square, PA, surrounded by her family, on Saturday, March 18, 2006.
Grace was born in Bolton. England and came to the US as a child. She later worked on Wall Street in New York City, where she met her husband. In 1933, they made their home in Wilmington, DE. Those who knew Grace will remember her dedication to family and home, her love of animals, and her passion for learning and travel. She loved people and her heart was naturally open and generous. Of all qualities, she valued kindness.
The Turner-Bells would like to thank the staff at Linden Hall in Kennett Square, Greenridge Village in Newville, PA, and Hospice for their kindness to her and for their care.
Grace was predeceased by her husband, Piercy B. Turner; and is survived by her daughter, Sallie Turner-Bell; son-in-law, Sheridan W. Bell III; and her grandchildren, Sheridan and Morgan Bell.
A service to celebrate Grace's life is to be held at the Episcopal Church of Saints Andrew and Matthew, 8th and Shipley Streets in Wilmington, DE at 10 am on Thursday, March 23. Burial will follow in Lower Brandywine Presbyterian Church Cemetery, across from Winterthur, 101 Old Kennet Road.
Arrangements are being handled by the KUZO & GRIECO FUNERAL HOME of Kennett Square, PA
William R. "Bill" Wallace
Age 81 Youngstown, OH passed away Mar. 20, 2006.
Services, Mar. 24, 2 pm in the FARIES FUNERAL CHAPEL, 29 South Main St., Smyrna, friends may call Thurs. 7-9 pm & 1 hour prior to the service on Fri.
Burial, Odd Fellows Cemetery.
Joan L. Dittman
Age 69 of Smyrna, DE died October 16, 2005, at Christiana Hospital.
Visitation 7-9 pm Wed., October 20, and funeral 12 noon Thurs., October 20, at FARIES FUNERAL CHAPEL, 29 S. Main St., Smyrna, DE 19977.
Lillian Bissett Clancy
Age 91 of Newark, DE died Tuesday, October 25, 2005, at St. Francis Hospital.