Obituaries

 

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Lois F. Becker

Lois F. Becker -2013

Lois F. Becker, age 87, of Wilmington, Delaware, passed away on May 5, 2013 after a brave battle with end-stage dementia. Mrs. Becker was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1925. She was the daughter of the late Walter and Frances DeMeyer. She was an excellent homemaker who dedicated her life caring for her oldest son James of Pageland, South Carolina and her youngest son Robert of Wilmington. She was preceded in death by her husband Edward...

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Ludmila "Millie" Placko -2013

Ludmila "Millie" Placko, age 88, of Wilmington, DE, formerly of Livingston, NJ passed away at Gilpin Hall on May 15, 2013. Mrs. Placko escaped communist Czechoslovakia by foot to Germany. In 1948, she immigrated to the United States with the help of her sister, Corp. Anna Walker, U.S. Army nurse. During her career years, she worked as a nanny, nurse's aid, caterer for private parties, and a licensed manicurist/pedicurist. She enjoyed...

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Pat Wentz

Pat Wentz -2013

Pat Wentz, age 60, passed away at Compassionate Care Hospice at St. Francis Hospital on May 14, 2013. Pat was a life-time resident of Wilmington and was the dear daughter of the late Roy and Patty Wentz. She was a fond sister of Parry Wentz, Pete (Dale) Wentz, and Piper (Jono) Rothschild; devoted aunt of Peter Wentz, Hilary (Mike) Hoye, Andrew Wentz, and Roy, Elson, Celia, and Sophia Rothschild; and loving friend of Stuart Bailey. ...

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Antoine Hill -2013

On Wednesday, May 8, 2013, after a life well served, the King has summoned home his warrior prince, Antoine Hill, to take his restful place in majestic glory. Antoine was born in Lawton, Oklahoma in 1960, the only son of Carl Hill and Levecia Simmons. Much of Antoine's youth was spent as a "military brat" traveling from Oklahoma to Colorado, to Pennsylvania and finally to New Jersey. Antoine received his education in the public school...

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Jane Ogden Hamilton -2013

Jane Ogden Hamilton of Wilmington passed away on May 2, 2013. She was 93. She was born in 1919 in Baltimore to Harry Ford Ogden and Mildred Broughton Byrd. She grew up in Baltimore and was graduated from Goucher College in 1939. During her junior year abroad she studied at the University of Heidelberg, Germany. She was 18 years old and eager to learn about Europe. In the event, she learned more than she expected to. The Nazis she encountered...

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Pauline Smith Jett -2013

Pauline Smith Jett, 96 of Wilmington, DE, formerly of Dover, passed away on May 12, 2013. Born in Hartly, Delaware, Pauline was the daughter of the late Salvatore and Margaret Cirrigione. During her long and happy life, she was a house wife, owned her own grocery business and worked for the City of Dover before retiring in 1980. She loved to cook and share the bounty of her kitchen. Spending time with her family and friends always gave her...

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Mary Ann Smith Guthrie -2013

Mary Ann Smith Guthrie, age 79 of Kennett Square, passed away on Wednesday May 8, 2013. Mary Ann was an office manager of Drug Mart/DM Medical of Kennett Square for 20 + years prior to working for Genesis Health Ventures in Kennett Square before retiring. She was a member of the Senior Center in Kennett Square where she played cards and bingo. Mary Ann also enjoyed playing bingo at some of the local fire houses. She is predeceased by...

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Sophia Sluzar -2013

Sophia Sluzar, age 75, of Wilmington, DE died Wednesday, May 8, 2013, at her home surrounded by her family. Sophia was a historian and editor who specialized in Eastern European studies. A native of Ukraine, she immigrated to the United States with her parents and siblings after World War II and settled in Philadelphia. Ukrainian politics and culture were lifelong interests, and she worked to promote democracy and human rights in Ukraine and...

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Lin Yu Cheng

Lin Yu Cheng -2013

Lin Yu Cheng (77) of Wilmington, DE departed this world peacefully to be with the Lord on Wednesday, May 1, 2013. Lin was a loving attentive mother of five and a devoted wife of Herman Cheng for fifty-six years. Together with her husband, Lin operated two businesses, the Oriental Gift Shop at Booth's Corner Farmers Market from 1975 to 2010, and the Kid's Kloset clothing store in Fairfax from 1979 to 2011. She was born in Tainan, Taiwan,...

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Jerome D. Towe

Jerome D. Towe -2013

Jerome D. Towe, age 81, of Walnut Hill, Hockessin, DE and Plantation Golf and Country Club, Venice, FL, died Sunday, May 5, 2013 at Cokesbury Village. Mr. Towe, a former Hercules Incorporated executive, retired in 1990. His parents, the Honorable Harry L. Towe and Eliza Binns Towe, and sister, Virginia T. Beck, predeceased him. His wife of 34 years, Joan C. died in 1991. He is survived by son J. Donald of Landenberg, PA, his wife Deb,...

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Bharati Ram Bhatia -2013

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Helen T. Hanselman

Helen T. Hanselman -2013

Helen Theresa Hanselman, age 89, passed away at Wilmington Hospital on May 3, 2013. The rosary will be recited at 10 am on Wednesday May 8, 2013 at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 4701 Weldin Road, Wilmington followed by visitation from 10:30 to 11 am. Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11 am with interment to follow at Cathedral Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Veterans Hospital, 1601 Kirkwood...

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Charles J. Otersen -2013

Charles J. Otersen, 77, of Avondale, PA, formerly of Sea Bright, NJ, passed away Saturday, May 4, 2013, surrounded by his family. Charlie served in the U.S. Army followed by a career on Wall Street. For the last 15 years, Charlie was a stay-at-home Dad caring for his twin daughters as well as his many pets including his beloved poodles Snowflake and Buddy. He was a friend to many and enjoyed getting to know and forming bonds with the...

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John L. Kvochak -2013

John L. Kvochak, age 86 of Wilmington, died on Tuesday May 7, 2013 at home. He was a loving and devoted husband and family man and will be greatly missed. He was predeceased by the love of his life, his wife Pat in 2006. John was born in Bethlehem, PA and attended Lehigh University. He worked as a chemical engineer for the DuPont Company for many years and after retirement, worked for ETI, International. He is survived by his 5 children...

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Thomas P. Leounes

Thomas P. Leounes -2013

Thomas P. Leounes, age 85, of Hockessin, DE, formerly of Binghamton, NY, passed away on May 7, 2013 at Heartland Hospice House. Tom served in the U.S. Army from 1946 to 1947 in occupied Japan. From 1948, he was co-owner of the Copper Kettle Restaurant in Wilmington and began his retirement in 1974. He was an avid golfer and loved traveling, especially to Florida where he enjoyed playing golf. Tom belonged to the Cavaliers Country Club...

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Barbara M. Maile

Barbara M. Maile -2013

Barbara M. Maile of Wilmington, DE, passed away peacefully on May 6, 2013. Barbara was the daughter of John and Emily McManus of Bellefonte, DE. Barbara graduated from P.S DuPont High School and began her career at Diamond State Telephone and retired from Verizon after 30 years of service in 1993. Barbara loved to travel and vacation at her home in Broadkill Beach. She was an avid reader and enjoyed knitting as a hobby. She had a soft...

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Treva M. Merrill -2013

Mrs. Merrill passed away at Seasons Hospice at Christiana Hospital on May 1, 2013. Graveside services will be held at 10:30 am on Saturday May 4, 2013 at Gracelawn Memorial Park in New Castle, Delaware.

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Vernon Cecil Minkwitz, Jr.

Vernon Cecil Minkwitz, Jr. -2013

Vernon C. Minkwitz, Jr. "Vern" Vernon C. Minkwitz, Jr., age 67, of Hockessin, DE and Vineland, NJ, passed away on May 3, 2013 after a long and courageous battle with chronic lung disease. Vern loved history, especially military history, and since the 1960's, he had been involved in the hobby of painting miniature military figures. He was active in the Military Figure Collector Association (MFCA) of Philadelphia, the Artist Preservation...

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Kathryn C. "Kay" Roney

Kathryn C. "Kay" Roney -2013

Kathryn C. "Kay" Roney, passed away on March 28, 2013 at Grand Oaks Assisted Living in Washington,DC at 93 years of age. Kay was born in Syracuse, NY where she graduated from Central High School and from Powelson Business School. She attended Syracuse University and was employed there in the Admissions Office. She was also employed by the Syracuse Trust Company and served as secretary to the President of the Merchants National Bank. ...

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James E. Steele, Sr.

James E. Steele, Sr. -2013

James E. Steele, Sr., age 56, of Millsboro, formerly of Wilmington, passed away on April 29, 2013 at Beebe Hospital. Mr. Steele worked for Coca Cola Bottling Co. in Wilmington and then American Mirrex in Delaware City until he was placed on disability. He was a Dallas Cowboys fan and loved all sports. He was a member of Local 1756 Union through Mirrex. He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Barbara (Collins) Steele. He is...

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Stephanie A. (Cunningham) Jones

Stephanie A. (Cunningham) Jones 1977-2013

Stephanie A. (Cunningham) Jones passed away peacefully April 15, 2013. Born October 19, 1977 in Wilmington, DE, she was the daughter of the late Karen Cunningham. Stephanie was a loving wife, daughter, sister, stepmother and friend to all who were lucky enough to have known her. Helping others was a passion that prompted her to be an EMT and volunteer firefighter. She was fearless and known for loving sports like skiing, skydiving, and hang...

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Salvatore Louis Lubrano

Salvatore Louis Lubrano -2013

Salvatore Louis Lubrano, age 88, born in Philadelphia PA in 1924, passed away on Saturday April 20, 2013 after a long battle with Parkinson's disease. As a first generation American, Salvatore, known to family and friends as Sam, worked very hard to achieve an advanced education and career. He was raised in South Philadelphia, served in World War II, and married shortly thereafter. By putting himself through night school while raising a...

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Paul Y. McCormick

Paul Y. McCormick -2013

Fourth and youngest child of Henry J. and Anna Y. McCormick, Paul Yager McCormick, Cokesbury Village, Hockessin, DE, was born in Watertown, NY 90 years ago. He descended from the Galvin, McCormick, Moore, Neary, Shaad and Yager families, immigrant farmers who settled in northern New York State in the early 19th century. Educated in Watertown and Syracuse schools, he was an eagle scout, played lacrosse and was a trumpet player in his high...

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Ruth Fitz-Randolph Taylor

Ruth Fitz-Randolph Taylor -2013

Ruth Fitz-Randolph Taylor, age 81, of Wilmington, Delaware, passed away Monday April 22, 2013. She died peacefully in her Greenville home with her six children close to her heart and her dog, Annie, at her side. Ruthie was born in 1931 to Paul Fitz-Randolph and Eleanor Judkins Randolph and was raised in Clearwater, Florida. She was a graduate of The Madeira School in McLean, Virginia and Garland Junior College in Boston, Massachusetts. In...

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Robert Harvey Varland -2013

Robert Harvey Varland, of Newtown Square, PA, died peacefully on April 21, 2013 at age 96. He was born in Artesian, South Dakota, to Harvey and Josephine Varland. His family moved to Grand Forks, North Dakota where Rob completed school, excelling in vocal music and sports. Rob majored in chemistry at the University of North Dakota and the University of Illinois. Upon graduation, Rob reported to midshipman's school at Columbia University and...

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