Catherine R. Melson,
Catherine Radish Melson, 93, of Rehoboth Beach and formerly of Wilmington, died Saturday, March 11, 2006 in Greenwood Rest Home.
Catherine worked as a secretary for the Board of Education and the Highway Department in Dover.
She was born Sept. 8, 1912 in Philadelphia, daughter of the late John W. and Clara (Lowe) Radish.
She attended the University of Delaware, was a graduate of Wesley Collegiate Institute and Beacom College.
While a resident of Wilmington, she had been president of the Delaware Doll and Toy Collectors Club, president of the Women’s Auxiliary to the Delaware State Hospital from 1965-1966 and a member of the Salvation Army Auxiliary. She was also a member of McCabe United Methodist Church and a member of Epworth United Methodist Church in Rehoboth Beach. Locally, she was a member of Sussex Gardeners, a charter member of the Rehoboth Beach Historical Society and the Home Owners Association.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. William F. Melson.
She is survived by a son, William Lloyd Melson of McCormick, S.C.; and two grandchildren.
A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, March 17, at Barratt’s Chapel in Frederica.
Contributions are suggested to Epworth United Methodist Church, 20 Baltimore Avenue, Rehoboth Beach DE 19971, or Griswold Special Care Fund, 109 Market Street, Lewes DE 19958.
Arrangements by Long Neck Chapel, Melson Funeral Services.
Helen Garrity Kiesel,
Helen Garrity Kiesel, 79, of Millsboro, passed away peacefully Tuesday, March 14, 2006, at Beebe Medical Center.
Mrs. Kiesel worked for 28 years for Acme Market in Pennsylvania as head cashier before retiring in 1986 and moving to Millsboro.
Helen was born May 18, 1926, to the late Patrick and Helen Burke Garrity in Philadelphia.
She was a member of the Indian River Senior Center Bowling League, American Legion Post 24 and AARP Chapter 4907.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her loving husband, Allen Kie4sel, who died in 1983.
She is survived by her companion of 11 years, Edward Grimshaw; two sons, Allen Sr. and his wife, Linda, and Kenneth and his wife, Penny; six grandchildren, Allen Jr. and his wife, Dee Ann, David, James, Kenneth Jr., Debby Cooper and Lori Pusztay; a sister, Mary Metcalfe; a beloved niece, Mary Ellen Poley; and many other nieces and nephews.
A memorial Mass will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, March 17, at Mary Mother of Peace Catholic Church, Oak Orchard. Burial will be in Saints Peter and Paul cemetery
in Pennsylvania with her beloved husband.
Arrangements by Melson Funeral Services, Millsboro.
Doris E. Cobb,
retired from poultry industry
Doris E. Cobb, 79, of Delmar, Md., passed away peacefully Friday, March 10, 2006, surrounded by her loving family and friends at the home of Naomi and Ruth Cowgill, two very special guardian angels.
Mrs. Cobb was born in Dagsboro, Dec. 8, 1926, to the late Elmer and Ida (Hitchens) Parsons.
She was a former employee of the Union Trust Bank and Pocohantas in Salisbury and retired from the poultry industry. After retiring, she helped both her daughters with their businesses, Stained Glass Bridal and Tuxedo and Costumes by Keenan in Delmar.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her loving husband, George Cobb, in 1980; a niece, Cathy Cobb; and her beloved beagle, Barney.
She is survived by two daughters, Donna Keenan of Delmar and Kay Pianka and her husband Gary, also of Delmar; five grandchildren, Jeremy Joseph and his wife Erica of Laurel, Kennedy and Zachary Keenan, both of Delmar, Tara Pianka of Georgetown and Laura Pianka of Laurel; two nieces, Suzanne Berry of Lewes and Mary Jane Gardner of Manassas, Va.; six nephews, Robert Parsons of Millsboro, Gregory Cobb of San Diego, Calif., Mike Cobb of Bravard, N.C., Dwight Hall of Palm Gay, Fla. and Jerome and Scott Hall, both of Banner Elk, N.C.
Services will be held at 2:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 14, at the Frankford Chapel of Melson Funeral Services, Thatcher Street, Frankford, where friends may call after 2 p.m. Burial will be in Prince George’s cemetery, Dagsboro.
Dr. Edith Maria Mroz,
Dr. Edith Maria Mroz, 71, of Wyoming died Thursday, March 9, 2006, in her home surrounded by her family.
Dr. Mroz was born May 26, 1934 in White Plains, N.Y., daughter of the late Herman and Hedwig Fay.
She graduated with a Ph.D. from the University of Delaware.
She worked as an English professor with Wesley College and then Delaware State University, from which she retired.
Dr. Mroz was a member of Christ Episcopal Church, Dover, the Delaware Choral Society, was a co-founder and member of the Dover Early Music Consort, cofounder and member Dover English Country Dancers and Dancing Mistress for 25 years. She also was a member of the American Recorder Society and Southern Delaware Academy of Lifelong Learning, where she taught English literature and poetry for more than 10 years.
She is survived by her husband of 50 years, Dr. Winfried Mroz; three sons, Christopher Mroz and his family of Grand Junction, Colo.; Peter Mroz and his family of Newtown Square, Pa., and Paul Mroz and his family of Eagle, Colo.; and a daughter, Rosemarie Garritano and her family of Shelburne, Vt.
Services will be 3 p.m. Wednesday in Christ Episcopal Church, 501 S. State St., Dover. Burial will be private.
Contributions are suggested to Delaware Hospice, 911 S. DuPont Highway, Dover, DE 19901; or Central Delaware Habitat For Humanity, PO Box 63, Dover, DE 19903.
Arrangements by Pippin Funeral Home, Wyoming.
Katherine ‘Kay’ S. Lofland,
retired from DAFB
Katherine “Kay” S. Lofland, 81, of Millsboro, died Thursday, March 9, 2006, in Salisbury Rehabilitation Center, Salisbury, Md.
Mrs. Lofland was born in Milton, daughter of the late John and Amy Palmer Smith.
She was chief procurement officer for Commissary Services at Dover Air Force Base.
After retirement, she and her husband spent several years at their second home on Cape Hatteras Island in North Carolina, enjoying fishing and spending time with friends. She was a devoted mother and grandmother, and will be missed by her family and friends.
Mrs. Lofland was past president of the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary for Delaware.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph E. “Big Joe” Lofland Sr., in 1995.
She is survived by a son and a daughter-in-law, Joseph E. II and Joyce Lofland of Millsboro; a grandson, Keith W. Jessen of Laurel; a granddaughter, Karen Lofland of Hampton, Va.; two stepgrandsons, Karl Stahre of Harrington, and Dean Warrington of Oak Orchard, along with their respective families; a stepgranddaughter, Dania Ramirez, and her family, of Georgetown; and several great-nieces and great-nephews.
Services will be noon Wednesday in Watson Funeral Home, 211 Washington St., Millsboro, where friends may call one hour earlier. The Rev. Robert Hudson will officiate.
Burial will be in Millsboro cemetery.
Contributions are suggested to The Christian Store House, P.O. Box 239, Millsboro, DE 19966.
Marvin ‘Polly’ ‘Tank’ Cooke Sr.,
Marvin D. “Polly” “Tank” Cooke Sr., 56, of Millsboro, formerly of Seaford, died, Friday, March 3, 2006, in Nanticoke Memorial Hospital, Seaford.
He graduated from Seaford High School in 1968.
Mr. Cooke faithfully served his country in the U.S. Army, and upon completing his tour of duty with the Army, he served for more than 20 years in the National Guard.
He worked for Mountaire Farms in Millsboro, in the shipping department as a truck driver. His most recent employment was with Hardwood Mills Lumber Co. in Millsboro.
Mr. Cooke enjoyed life to the fullest. He was a man who treasured time spent with family and friends and he liked to be of assistance to others.
He is survived by one son, Marvin D. “Polly” Cooke Jr. of Seaford; three stepchildren, Steven Abney of Millsboro, Natasha Abney of Bridgeville, and Brandon Garrison of Georgetown; one brother, William Cooke of Brooklyn, N.Y.; three sisters, Mary Hopkins of Seaford, Diane Cooke of Brooklyn, and Frances Gray of Baltimore; three grandchildren, Castaysha Lewis of Bridgeville, Marlia “Starr” Cooke of Seaford, and Darius Quailes of Salisbury, Md.; two aunts, Dorethea Herring of Bridgeville, and Iona Hazzard of Seaford; three uncles, Vernon “Honey” Cooke of Frankford, Thomas Cooke of Bridgeton, N.J., and Robert Cooke of Brooklyn; his devoted and loving companion, Violet Garrison, with whom he resided in Millsboro; his ex-wife, Margie Cooke, who has remained a dear friend; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Funeral were held in the Agape Family Tabernacle, Seaford, with burial in the Delaware Veterans cemetery
in Millsboro, at 1 p.m. immediately after the funeral service.
John “Jack” F. Maher,
retired state trooper
John “Jack” F. Maher, 67, of Milton, and formerly of New Castle, passed away Thursday, March 9, 2006, at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center in Philadelphia, Pa.
Mr. Maher was born January 26, 1939 in Wilmington, son of late John C. and Carolyn (Beckloff) Maher.
He was a Delaware State Trooper for 13 years retiring in 1981. He then worked for the Delaware State Department of Motor Vehicles retiring in 2000. Mr. Maher enjoyed spending time with his family, especially with his granddaughters.
He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Phyllis B. (Mann) Maher; two sons, John M. Maher and his wife Karen of Newark and Brian D. Maher of Milton; two granddaughters, Chelsea and Devin Maher; his sister, Patricia A. Maher of New Castle; and his brother, James Maher of Boothwyn, Pa.
A graveside service with State Police Honor Guard will be held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, March 15 at Epworth Methodist cemetery, 32 Baltimore Avenue, Rehoboth Beach, with The Rev. Oscar Frundt officiating. Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m., Tuesday, March 14, at Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, 16961 Kings Highway, Lewes, DE. There will be no viewing.
Contributions are suggested to the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center, Lung Transplant Program, 3400 Spruce Street, Rhoads Pavilion, Philadelphia, PA 19104, Attn: Nancy P. Blumenthal.
William Austin Welsh,
prominent Pa. lawyer
William Austin Welsh, 94, of Lima Estates, Lima, Pa., died on Wednesday, March 8, 2006. He was born in Philadelphia on Nov.17, 1911 to Judge George A. Welsh of Philadelphia and Nellie Ross Wolff Welsh, formerly of Bermuda.
Mr. Welsh graduated from Westtown Friends School, the University of Pennsylvania, and Cornell Law School. After law school he was admitted to the Pennsylvania Bar and worked as assistant city solicitor in Philadelphia. In 1941 he moved to Cheyney, Delaware County where he owned and operated Beacon Hill Orchards until 1953. In 1953 Mr. Welsh moved to Swarthmore and resumed the practice of law. He also served as Delaware County Commissioner from 1959-1967.
He was the beloved husband of the late Anne Tomlinson Welsh, and beloved father and father-in-law of William and Deanie Welsh Jr, of Lebanon, Pa; Judith Welsh and Donald Auten, of Wallingford, Pa.; Anne Welsh and Peter Suthers, Paris, France; Kathleen Welsh and Keith Fox, Bryn Mawr, Pa.; George and Lindsay Welsh, Mechanicsburg, Pa.; and Hal and Carol Welsh, Lewes. His brother D. Patrick Welsh, two sisters, Deborah Kirk Welsh and Margaret Welsh Sinclair, and 17 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren also survive him.
William Welsh was a member of Middletown Friends Meeting, Lima, where a memorial service was be held on March 12.
Lee Alan Davis
former “Bandstand” dancer
Lee Alan Davis, 70, of Wilmington, passed away Wednesday, March 8, 2006.
Born in Chester, Pa., Mr. Davis attended Glen-Nor High School, where he was the DJ for Teen Time on WPWA. He was also an original dancer on American Bandstand, when it was televised from Philadelphia, Pa. and hosted by Bob Horn. Lee then went to the Williamson Free School of Mechanical Trades, where he majored in power plant operation. After leaving Williamson, he enlisted in the Marine Corps. Lee worked at the DuPont Company and spent many years at Scott Paper Company as an electrician and trainer. He was also active in local politics when he served as a councilman for the Borough of Trainer, Pa. in the early 1970s. After moving to Delaware, Lee eventually switched careers to being an electrical training consultant. He also became involved with the Delco Detachment of the Marine Corps League. At various times, Lee held the post of commandant and junior vice commandant of the Delco Detachment. In his later years, Lee returned to Williamson as a member of the maintenance crew and then fulfilled a lifelong wish of opening a snack bar in Wilmington.
Survivors include his wife, Catherine Davis, of Wilmington; sons, Dean Davis and his wife, Susan, of Newark, Sean Davis and his wife, Terri, of Wilmington; daughter, Michele Wallick, and her husband, Gregory, of Key Largo, Fla.; sister, Hazel Meegan, of Rehoboth Beach; aunt, Hazel Meegan, of Rehoboth; and five grandchildren, Jonathan, Andrew, Owen, Mia and Adriel.
Services were held at the James M. Brower Funeral Home, Wallingford, Pa., with interment in the Delaware Veterans Memorial cemetery
Jacob A. ‘Jake’ Clymer,
Dupont Co. retiree
Jacob A. “Jake” Clymer, 79, of Millsboro, formerly of Newark, died Friday, March 10, 2006, in Beebe Medical Center, Lewes.
Mr. Clymer was born July 5, 1926, in New Castle County, son of the late Charles and Lettie Clymer. He attended schools in the Christiana School District.
Mr. Clymer was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, where he received a Victory Medal. He retired from the DuPont Co. in 1984.
Mr. Clymer and his wife lived in the Windy Hills development in Newark for many years before retiring to Oak Meadows in Sussex County.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his loving wife, Mary E. “Tea” Spence Clymer, on March 20, 1989; six brothers, Charlie, Jack, Layton Howard, Allen, Horace and William; and a sister, Mary.
He is survived by many nieces and nephews, including Lynne Spence Betts of Seaford, Alleen Clymer Krewatch of Long Neck and Deborah Moffit Nix of Minnesota; and many great-nieces and great-nephews, including Samantha Mangene of Milford and Ashley Mangene of Seaford.
Graveside services will be noon, Tuesday, March 14, in Gracelawn cemetery, U.S. 13, Wilmington.
The family suggests memorial contributions to Beebe Hospital Capital Campaign Fund, 424 Savannah Road, Lewes, DE 19958.