Dean R. Schafer
On Monday afternoon, February 28, 2005, Dean, age 51, left this world behind and proceeded on to the next step of his journey into the kingdom of God.
Dean was a wonderful husband, an extremely loving father and a dear friend to many. He was an avid video player. He was also a "motorhead" from the beginning, from his hotrod Camaro as a teenager to his Buick Grand National, to the Vette he never managed to attain. "We're certain he's racing around heaven in a shiny new C-6 as we grieve." He graduated from William Penn HIgh School in 1971. Dean was a man of great dedication, having worked for New Castle County as a licensed wastewater treatment plant operator for 34 years. the only job he ever had. He was an accomplished musician, having played keyboards in the bands "Outlet" and "Castle" in the 70s and 80s. He liked visiting the Poconos where he grew up, and loved spending time at his beach house. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him, from his co-workers at the county, to his friends and his playstation partners, Johnny Calvetti and Chris Leary. Dean was always helping and thinking of others. Being an organ donor, he is still helping others from heaven.
Dean was preceded in death by his parents, Marshall and Nellie Schafer. Survivors include his wife of 21 years, Karen (Kamalski) Schafer; and his "Little Mouse of the House", daughter, Lauryn, the apple of his eye. Dean is also survived by his brother, Warren Schafer of White Haven, PA; brother-in-law, Mark Kamalski and his wife, Janice; niece, Kelly Kamalski; and nephew, Luke Kamalski, all of Middletown, DE.
The Schafer and Kamalski families would like to especially thank the Leary family for their support and comfort.
A funeral service will be held at 12 noon on Monday, March 7, 2005, at the Glasgow Reformed Presbyterian Church, 2880 Summit Bridge Rd., Bear, DE 19701. Friends may call at the church from 10-12 noon. Dean would prefer casual attire at his services. Burial will be held privately. GEBHART FUNERAL HOMES of New Castle County
Thelma Katheryn Schmid
Of Riverdale in Millsboro, DE passed away Friday, March 4, 2005, at home.
Mrs. Schmid was born September 24, 1921 in Green Spring, WV and was an RN, a graduate of Sacred Heart Hospital in Cumberland, MD. She had been an active member of the Rehoboth VFW Auxiliary.
She is survived by her husband, John P. Schmid; a sister, Anna L. Jackson and her husband, Richard, of Newark; brother, Ray E. Brown and his wife, Blanche, of Pleasanton, CA; and 2 sisters-in-law, Phyllis Goodwin of Newark and Dorothy Schmid of Enterprise, AL. She was predeceased by her sister, Dorothy E. Swisher; and brothers, Robert L. Brown and James B. Brown.
Interment will be private. Arrangements by MELSON FUNERAL SERVICES of Long Neck, DE
Helen Potts Simmons
Age 86, died Thursday, March 3, 2005, at Bayhealth. Funeral 12 noon Tuesday, March 8, at Centennial United Methodist Church, 44 E. Mt. Vernon St., Smyrna, where viewing will be from 10:30-12 noon. BELL FUNERAL HOME
Rose J. Zaorski
Age 80 of North East, MD, formerly of New Castle, DE, passed away at her daughter's home on March 3, 2005.
She was a facilities manager with the Internal Revenue Service in Wilmington, retiring in 1986 after 30 years service.
Her husband, Vincent J. Zaorski died in 1996. Rose is survived by her daughter, Judith A. Shanahan and her husband, Frank, with whom she lived; 3 sisters, Mary Brunn of Pittsburgh, PA, Josephine Ciuffeteli of King of Prussia, PA and Lee Helman of Wilmington; 1 grandson, Anthony Paul Antonio; and 1 great granddaughter, Leah P. Antonio.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend the funeral service on Tuesday, March 8, 2005, at 11 am at the MCCRERY MEMORIAL CHAPEL, 3710 Kirkwood Highway at Duncan Road, where friends may call after 10. Interment will be in All Saints Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 92 Reads Way, New Castle, DE 19720.
Russell L. Adams
Age 85, passed away on February 23, 2005 in the Christiana Hospital.
Survived by his nephew and caregiver, Francis M. McBride, Jr. of Claymont. He is also survived by other nieces and nephews.
A committal service will be held at 10 am on Tuesday, March 8, 2005 in the Chapel of Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 2465 Chesapeake City Rd., Bear, DE, on Tuesday, March 8, 2005 at 10 am. GEBHART FUNERAL HOMES of New Castle County
Margaret W. Schooley
Margaret W. Schooley Age 84, passed away August 1, 2004 at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury, MD.
She resided for more than 40 years in Gwinhurst, DE and resided in Bayard, DE for the last 7 years.
Peggy was an executive secretary for more than twenty years in the Human Resources Department at the Dupont Experimental Station in Brandywine DE.
She was the daughter of the late Edward and Mary Woods of Ireland. She is survived by her only child, Dr. Daniel E. Schooley; her beloved daughter -in-law Wendy S. Schooley; her grandson, Richard C. Schooley; her niece whom she considered a daughter, Mary Elizabeth DeMatto; and many nephews, nieces and other grandchildren.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend Peggy's viewing from 9:30 to 10:30 am at BEESON MEMORIAL SERVICES, 412 Philadelphia Pike. Funeral Service will be at 10:30 am at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Claymont Fire Co., 3223 Philadelphia Pike, Claymont, DE 19703, whose quick actions saved her son's life.
Loretta M. Tackett
Loretta M. Tackett Age 58 passed away Wednesday, July 28, 2004 in Wilmington Hospital.
Loretta worked as a cosmetologist. She enjoyed attending worship services at Eighth Street Baptist Church.
She is survived by 4 sons, Robert N., Michael N., Tyrone J. and Cory L.; mother, Laura Griffin; siblings, Laban, Larry, Lonnie, Lucille and Lillian Stevens, Charles Griffin, Ella Williams, Laurie Taltoan, LaVern Fullerton, Lorraine Henry and Gloria James. She is also survived by 6 grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and other family and friends.
Funeral 11 am Wednedsday, August 4 at CONGO FUNERAL HOME, 24th & Market Streets, Wilmington. Viewing 9-11 am only. Burial in New Evergreen Cemetery, Coatesville, PA.
John H. Thompson, Sr.
Age 89, of Wilmington, DE, passed away on Saturday July 31, 2004, joining his wife and buddy, Lydia J. Thompson who died in 1998.
Mr. Thompson served in the AAA Gun Battalion as a Technical Sergeant in the South Pacific during WW II from 1940-1945. John was a Laboratory Technician Mechanic for DuPont's Experimental Station retiring in 1979 after 29 years of service. He made numerous contributions to DuPont Experimental Station's research and development projects. John was a 58- year member of the Christiana Lodge #35 A.F. & A. M. in Newport, the DAV, and the DuPont Country Club.
John is survived by his son, John H. Thompson, Jr. and his wife Deb; and his granddaughters, Lauren and Ashley, all of Lincoln University, PA. He is also survived by his brother, Frank Thompson of Westview.
Service and interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Veterans Administration Medical Center, 1601 Kirkwood Highway, Wilmington, DE 19805. Arrangements by MCCRERY FUNERAL HOME.
Beatrice L. West
Beatrice L. West Age 95 of Millsboro, DE died Thursday, July 29, 2004 in Kindred Hospital, St. Petersburg FL.
She was born near Millsboro, and the daughter of the late Elijah and Florence Baker Brumbley. Beatrice was a member of the Carey's Untied Methodist Church and The Churches Untied Methodist Women, near Millsboro.
She was predeceased by her Husband Raymond V West, who died in 1993. She is survived by 2 daughters, Betty Lou Montgomery of Newark, DE, Evelyn West Gilhooley of St. Petersburg, FL; 4 grandchildren, James Gilhooley and Carole Gilhooley West of St, Petersburg, FL, Sheila Montgomery and Jennifer Healy of Newark, DE; and 7 great grandchildren.
Service will be 2 pm, Friday, August 6, 2004 at the WATSON FUNERAL HOME, 211 Washington St., Millsboro, where friends may call 2 hours before the service. Interment will be in Carey's Cemetery, Millsboro, and Rev, Arthur G. Backus will officiate.
In lieu of flowers the family suggest donations to the Carey's United Methodist Church, c/o Josephine Dorey, R.D. 9, Box 321, Millsboro, DE 19966 or to a charity of choice.
John L. Williamson
John L. Williamson Age 50, of Ocean View, DE, formerly of Philadelphia, died at his home on Saturday July 31, 2004.
Mr. Williamson worked in a family business.
He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Susan; his mother Mildred Williamson; sons, John Jr., Kevin, Mark, Paul, and Matthew; a daughter, Melissa Williamson; brothers James and Richard; and 5 grandchildren.
A mass of Christian burial will be offered Wednesday August 4th at 10 a.m. at St. Ann's Catholic Church, Garfield Parkway in Bethany Beach, DE with interment to follow in Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Dagsboro, DE. Friends may call on Tuesday Evening from 7-9 pm at the Bethany chapel of Melson Funeral Services on West Avenue in Ocean View, DE.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial contributions to, American Heart Association, Sussex chapter, 600 DuPont Hwy, Georgetown, DE. 19947.
Thomas Scott Lodge
Retired senior partner of the Connolly, Bove, Lodge & Hutz law firm in Wilmington, DE died in his home in New Castle, DE June 23, 2004 at the age of 86. He joined the firm in 1954, and earlier this year celebrated 50 years of membership in the Delaware Bar Association.
Mr. Lodge was born and raised in Lewes, DE.
He graduated from the Beacom (now Goldey Beacom College) Business College in Wilmington before enlisting in the Delaware National Guard in September 1940, 2 days after the Guard was federalized prior to American involvement in World War II.
He initially served in the South Pacific, primarily on the island of Bora Bora, as an enlisted man, attended officers' candidate school, and subsequently served as an anti-aircraft artillery officer in the European theatre in North Africa, Sicily and France. He remained active in organizing annual reunions of his military units until last year.
Following the war, Mr. Lodge enrolled in the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA, where he received both his undergraduate and law school degrees.
He returned to Wilmington in 1951 and served as a clerk in the U.S. District Court before joining the law firm.
He also rejoined the Delaware National Guard, serving for another 20 years until his retirement with the rank of colonel.
In addition to his distinguished legal career and military service, Mr. Lodge was extensively engaged in a wide variety of community service and charity activities.
He was a faithful member of the New Castle United Methodist Church, singing in the church choir for over 50 years, and serving on numerous church boards and committees.
He served as secretary of The Laffey-McHugh Foundation.
He was a member of the board of trustees of Widener University and was instrumental in the establishment and accreditation of the Delaware Law School at the University's Chester, PA campus, where he delivered the commencement address and received an honorary Doctor of Law degree in 1992.
He also served on the boards of Salesianum School in Wilmington, the Sunday Breakfast Mission in Wilmington, and the Delaware Division of the American Cancer Society.
He served for many years as a member of the New Castle County Board of Elections and of the Eagle Advancement Board of the Boy Scouts of America local Three Rivers District.
Mr. Lodge's wife of 50 years, Doris Haden Lodge, died in 1997.
He is survived by their 5 children, Scott Lodge of Centreville, VA, David Lodge of Sterling, VA, and Jean Lodge Blumenfeld, Gail Lodge and Martha Lodge Helojoki, all of Wilmington; 11 grandchildren; and 2 great grandchildren.
He is also survived by his sisters, Catherine Riniker and Virginia L. Brittingham, both of Lewes, DE.
A private family burial will be held at the family gravesite in Bethel Methodist Cemetery in Lewes, DE.
A memorial service celebrating Mr. Lodge's life will be held at 2 pm on Saturday, July 3, 2004, at the New Castle United Methodist Church, 510 Delaware St., New Castle, DE 19720.
The family requests that donations may be made to the New Castle United Methodist Church's new organ fund; or to the Sunday Breakfast Mission, 110 N. Poplar St., Wilmington, DE 19801.
Arrangements by PARSELL FUNERAL HOMES & CREMATORIUM, Atkins-Lodge Chapel 1449 Kings Highway Lewes, DE 19958