Ruth Delane Mills,
home health aide
Ruth Delane Mills, 58, of Rehoboth Beach, passed away Saturday, Oct. 22, 2005, in her home surrounded by her friends and family.
Mrs. Mills was born Oct. 22, 1947, daughter of the late Hilton and Emma Mapp Mills. She grew up in the Virginia area and attended public schools in Accomac County.
She worked for Perdue for many years. After her retirement, she was a private duty home health aide. She moved to Delaware in the mid-1980s and had helped her late devoted companion, Charlie Pettit, with his auto mechanic business.
Mrs. Mills was a member of the Soul Saving Station Church in Rehoboth Beach, where she gave her life to the Lord and was baptized. She enjoyed attending the services and giving a testimony every Sunday.
She is survived by her husband, whom she married in 1966, Ralph Savage Sr. of Rehoboth Beach; three sons, Ralph Savage Jr., Darwin Savage, and Charles R. Pettit III, all of Rehoboth Beach; two stepdaughters, Valerie Brown of Cashville, Va., and Dorothea Dickerson of Belle Haven, Va.; a grandchild, Desiree Thomas Savage of Millsboro; four brothers, Cleveland Mills of Florida, William C. Mapp of the Eastern Shore, and Hilton Upshur and Charlie Upshur, both of Wachapreague, Va.; four sisters and two brothers-in-law, Marlene and Bill Thomas of Ohio, Geraldine Nock of Bridgeville, Ada and Jonathan McNair of Millsboro, and Patricia Pettit of Laurel; two aunts, Gladys Mapp and Christine Mapp, both of Wachapreague; and a host of additional family and friends.
Services were held in Saint John’s Second Baptist Church, Mount Joy.
Arrangements by Cooper and Humbles Funeral Home, Accomac, Va.
Gail Regina ‘Foxy’ Russ,
Gail Regina “Foxy” Russ, 43, of Dover, formerly of Milford, died Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2005, in Bayhealth-Kent General Hospital, Dover.
Ms. Russ was born Aug. 6, 1962, in Milford, daughter of the late Naomi Campbell and Merrill Russ. She attended Milford public school, graduating in 1982.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her daughter, LeAndra Russ; a twin sister, Gaye Russ; an uncle, Sylvester Campbell; four aunts, Agnes Campbell, Iris Sauls, Helen Short, and Olivia Fullman; and a niece, Shantrell Russ.
She is survived by five sons, Joevon Russ, Justin Russ, and Dion Russ, all of Dover, Demarcus Russ of Felton, and Naymon Russ of Houston; a daughter, Ziondra Russ of Milford; two grandsons, Najir Russ of Lithonia, Ga., and Azmere Scott of Dover; three brothers and a sister-in-law, Charles Russ of Fayetteville, N.C., Sylvester and Ashley Campbell of Lewes, and Mark Russ of Wilmington; 11 sisters, Judy Dromgoole of Garland, Texas, Doris Campbell and Valerie Russ, both of Smyrna, Joelina Campbell and Jackie Russ, both of Dover, Diane Thompson of Willingboro, N.J., Lorraine Russ of Philadelphia, Matrethia “Retie” Campbell and Denice Russ, both of Milford, Bernice Smith of Fayetteville, N.C., and Alfredia Durant of Frederica; three brothers-in-law, Glenn Dromgoole of Garland, Wendell Thompson of Willingboro, and David Durant of Frederica; a sister-in-law, Linda Campbell of Lewes; an aunt, Margaret Evans of Smyrna; a great-aunt, Odessa Warren of Dover; an uncle, Fred Short of Selbyville; a special sister, Romonita Legrand of Milford; three special friends, LaTanya Whaley, Jackie Riddick and James Burton; and a host of special nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
Services were held in the Mount Sinai Tabernacle, Milford. Arrangements by Young’s Funeral Home, Inc., Milford.
Leroy ‘Capt. Gus’ Kuratle,
Leroy “Captain Gus” Kuratle, 79, of Lewes, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2005, at Harrison Senior Living Center, Georgetown.
He was a member of the Coast Guard, worked for Gulf Oil in Wilmington, chartered the boat Tobe II for 26 years, then became an independent trucker.
He is survived by his wife, Jeanne Kuratle of Lewes; children, Gus Kuratle and wife, Linda, of Wilmington, Debra Huss and husband, Albin, of Lansdale, Pa., Patricia Ehrhart of Plainsboro, N.J., and Tom Smith and wife, Beverly, of Berlin, Md.; and eight grandchildren.
A funeral service will be held at noon, Monday, Oct. 31, at the chapel of the Delaware Veterans Memorial cemetery, Millsboro. Friends may call from 10 to 11 a.m., Monday at the chapel of Melson Funeral Services, Long Neck Road.
The family suggests memorial contributions to Alzheimer Association of Delaware, 2306 Kirkwood Hwy., Wilmington DE 19805.
Broadkiln VFW member
Dorothy Donovan, 79, of Milton, passed away Tuesday, oct. 25, 2005, at Bayhealth-Milford Memorial Hospital.
Mrs. Donovan was born in Burlington, N.J., the daughter of the late Herman and Margaret Bridge-Prettyman Goldy.
She was a homemaker and had traveled extensively over the years until her health prevented it. She enjoyed many destinations, especially the three trips she took to Alaska. Mrs. Donovan was a life-member of the Broadkiln VFW Post 6984 Ladies Auxiliary. She enjoyed making lap robes for residents of the Home of the Brave and local senior centers.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence O. Donovan in 1994; a brother, Herman Goldy; and a son-in-law, Bob Dishman.
She is survived by two sons, Jack Donovan of Lincoln and Richard Donovan of Milton; two daughters, Martha McLeod and husband, Elwyn of Madison, Fla. and Shirley Dishman of Milton; six grandchildren, Paula Emory and husband, John, Terry Snyder and husband, Jay, Donna Odom, Michel McLeod, Dennis McLeod and Jessica Donovan; six great-grandchildren, Robbie Emory, Jamie Emory, Casey Odom, Austin Odom, Justin McLeod and Crystal Snyder; and was a surrogate mother to her nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 29, in the chapel of Short Funeral Services, 416 Federal St.,, Milton, where friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m., Friday, Oct. 28. Burial will be in Henlopen Memorial Park, Milton.
The family suggests contributions to VFW Post 6984 Ladies Auxiliary, PO Box 335, Milton DE 19968.
Arnold A. Pfaffenhauser,
U.S.Army master sergeant
MSGT. Ret. Arnold Arthur Pfaffenhauser, 84, who resided with his daughter in Lewes, died at home Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2005.
Mr. Pfaffenhauser had a career of more than 20 years in the U.S. Army retiring in 1963. He had served in the 11th Airborne Division. Following his military service, he had worked as a Supply Supervisor for Firestone in Hopewell, Va., retiring in 1981. He was a Mason with the Powhatan Lodge 124, Petersburg, Va.; a member of the Shriners in Richmond, Va., a lifetime member of the VFW and a member of the 507th Infantry Parachute Association. He was devoted to his loving wife Elli Elizabeth Klaas Pfaffenhauser who passed away in 1995.
He is survived his daughter, Ada Lene Smith and her husband Chester A. Smith Jr. of Lewes; his son, William A. Pfaffenhauser and his wife Deborah Jeanette of Milford; five grandchildren; two brothers Ernie Pfaffenhauser and Leo Hauser and a sister Eloise Mossman, all residing in Colorado.
Friends may call Saturday, Oct. 29, 5-7 p.m., at Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Atkins-Lodge Chapel, 16961 Kings Highway, Lewes. Graveside services with military honors will be Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2006, 11 a.m., at Arlington National cemetery, Arlington, Va.
The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the American Cancer Society, PO Box 163, Salisbury, MD 21803-0163.
Ann Hall Valliant Carvel,
late governor’s wife
Ann Hall Valliant Carvel, 99, of Laurel, died Monday, Oct. 24, 2005, at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital in Seaford.
Born in Church Hill, Md., she was a daughter of the late E. S. and Nellie Hall Valliant.
Mrs. Carvel was a longtime member of St. Philip’s Episcopal Church in Laurel. She was a proud homemaker who was very talented with her handiwork; enjoying needlepoint, embroidery, crewelwork and smocking. The clothing and sweaters she made for her children and grandchildren were special to her. She enjoyed spending time with family and was a Den Mother for the Laurel Cub Scout Pack in the 1940s. She was an accomplished pianist and was fond of the Steinway baby grand piano that was purchased many years ago. She was very active with the American Cancer Society and led the cancer fundraising in Laurel. She and her husband, former Governor of Delaware, Elbert N. Carvel, loved spending time at the family farm on the Chesapeake Bay on Kent Island, always looking forward to the 4th of July celebrations with all of her family at the farm. Her love of photography captured many of these family memories.
She is survived by three daughters, Elizabeth “Betty” Carvel Palmer, and her husband Charles, of Millville, Barbara Carvel Krahn of Newark, and Ann Hall House, and her husband David, of Baltimore, Md.; a son, Edwin Valliant Carvel of San Francisco, Ca.; a brother, James W. Valliant of Centreville, Md.; six grandchildren, Lisa Palmer, Drew Palmer, Daphne Soroka, Brooke Palmer, Dylan Palmer, and Beatrice Saviola-Wheeler; and eight great-grandchildren, Heather, Leslie, and Katelyn Palmer, Phoebe and Desmond Soroka, Lucy Bull, John Parker Valliant Wheeler and Patrick Christian Carvel Wheeler.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 72 years, the former governor Elbert N. Carvel; a brother, Edwin Stephens Valliant Jr.; and three sisters, Peggy Foreman, Mildred Valliant and Mary Crowther.
A funeral service will be held at Christ Episcopal Church in Stevensville, Md., Tuesday, Nov. 1, at 10 a.m. The Rev. David Green will officiate
Memorial contributions may be made to: The American Red Cross of the Delmarva Peninsula, P.O. Box 767, Wilmington, DE 19899.
Arrangements are being handled by Short Funeral Home of Laurel.
Ronald J. Simpler,
Ronald John Simpler, 28, of Millsboro, died suddenly of a thoracic aorta aneurysm as he was leaving work in Rehoboth Beach Saturday, Oct. 22, 2005 . He was pronounced at the Beebe Medical Center in Lewes.
He was born in Washington, D.C. and was a salesman for Kitchen Collections in Rehoboth Beach.
He is survived by his father, with whom he lived, Ronald J. Simpler Sr,; his mother, Mary E. Rutherford; half-brother, John; and half-sister, Kelly.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, Nov. 5, at 11 a.m. at the chapel of Melson Funeral Services on Long Neck road in Long Neck.
Interment will be private.
To help defray the cost of funeral arrangements, the family has suggested in lieu of flowers, donations may be mailed to the funeral home.
Robert L, ‘Bob’ Read Sr.,
Robert Louis “Bob” Read Sr., 49, of New Castle died suddenly Friday, Oct. 21, 2005, in New Castle.
Mr. Read was born Oct. 24, 1955, in Wilmington.
A member of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 313, he had been employed as a foreman with Furness Electric for eight years.
He loved The Beatles since his youth and was known to family and friends as the group’s greatest fan. He also greatly enjoyed fishing and watching Eagles football games.
Mr. Read was a longtime member of the Terrace Athletic Club and a member of the American Legion, Riverdale/Oak Orchard Post 28.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Shirley Hendrickson Read.
He is survived by a daughter, Stephanie C. Stoeckel of Ellendale; two sons, Robert L. Read Jr. and John Paul Read, both of Milton; his father and stepmother, Henry L. and Annette Read of New Castle; a brother, Michael T. Read of New Castle; two sisters, JoAnn Gentner and Barbara Merganthaler, both of Glasgow; two grandsons, William Robert Stoeckel and Joseph Wayne Stoeckel; five stepbrothers, Luis R. Mercado, Christopher J. Mercado, José Roman Mercado, Edward F. Mercado and Daniel B. Mercado; a stepsister, Christina M. Mercado; and many loved nieces, nephews and special friends.
Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26, in Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 1000 N. Du Pont Pkwy., New Castle.
Services will be 11 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 27,in the funeral home.
Burial will be in Gracelawn Memorial Park, 2220 N. Du Pont Parkway, New Castle.
The family suggests memorial contributions to the American Cancer Society, 92 Read’s Way, Ste. 205, New Castle, DE 19720.
J. Renee Robertson,
J. Renee Robertson, 44, of Bridgeville died Thursday, Oct. 20, 2005, in Nanticoke Memorial Hospital, Seaford.
She was preceded in death by her father, Roland Butschky.
She is survived by her husband, Richard Robertson; two stepchildren, Michele Stickler of Lewes and Stacey Taylor of Seaford; four step-grandchildren, Kaya Elliott, Lindsi Ware, Teague Elliott and Emily Taylor; her mother, Jacqueline Butschky of Baltimore; four brothers, Steven Butschky, Todd Butschky, Richard Butschky and James Butschky, all of Baltimore; and a sister, Diane Culver of Baltimore.
Memorial services will be 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 27, in Dublin United Methodist Church, 1528 Whiteford Road, Dublin, Md.
The family suggests memorial contributions to the Lupus Foundation, 100 W. 10th St., Suite 1015, Wilmington, DE 19801; or to the American Cancer Society, 92 Reads Way, Suite 205, New Castle, DE 19720.
Thelma Sewell, 75, of Lewes, formerly of Newport, died Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2005, at home.
Mrs. Sewell was born June 6, 1930, in Roxborough, Pa., daughter of the late Joseph and Anna Dottier Swartley.
Mrs. Sewell was a talented homemaker and devoted her life to caring for her beloved family.
She is survived by her husband of 57 years, Joseph A. Sewell; two daughters and two sons-in-law, Nancy and Wayne Moyer and Sue and Mike Cipolla, all of New Castle; a brother, Lee “Sonny” Swartley; two sisters and two brothers-in-law, Anne and William Ross and Carole and Joseph Lester, all of Roxborough; six grandchildren, Michele, Christina, Stephanie, Michael, Dominic and Mario; and seven great-grandchildren.
A funeral service will take place at noon Tuesday in Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 121 W. Park Place, Newark, where friends may call one hour earlier.
Burial will be in Delaware Veterans Memorial cemetery, 2465 Chesapeake City Road, Bear.
Instead of flowers, contributions may be made to the Diabetes Association, 100 W. 10th St., Suite 1002, Wilmington, DE 19801.
Mary Lou Kertiles,
Mary Lou Kertiles, 72, of Dover, died Friday, Oct. 21, 2005, in her home.
Mrs. Kertiles was born March 29, 1933, in Newark, daughter of the late Charles Strickland and Beatrice Moore Strickland Hevalow.
She worked as a waitress at the Village Inn and as a bartender at the Olde Towne Pub.
Mrs. Kertiles was a voracious reader and patron of the Dover Public Library, enjoyed doing crossword puzzles, playing cards, watching game shows and was a big history buff.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her stepfather who raised her, Herman Hevalow; her first husband, Thomas Baker Jr.; and a brother, William Strickland.
She is survived by her husband of 35 years, Speros “Buster” Kertiles of Dover; a son, Tom Baker III of Dover; two daughters and a son-in-law, Laurie and Bill Munion of Newark and Julie Rawding of Wilmington; two sisters, Emily Wilson of Lewes and Janet Wilson of San Diego; three grandchildren, Amy Hufnell, Steven Rawding and Jeremy Rawding; and two great-grandchildren, Mason Hufnell and Alexis Rawding.
Services were held in Torbert Funeral Chapel, 61 S. Bradford St., Dover.
Burial was be private.
Contributions are suggested to a charity of choice.