Obituaries

 

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William Homer

William Homer -2012

William Innes Homer, Ph.D. November 8, 1929 – July 8, 2012 A nationally recognized scholar, teacher, and connoisseur, William Innes Homer was the H. Rodney Sharp Professor of Art History at the University of Delaware. He arrived at UD in September 1966 to assume an appointment as the first Chair of the newly created department. While attending Princeton University, inspirational teachers piqued Homer's interest in art history and he majored...

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Giosue Scotto

Giosue Scotto -2012

Giosue Scotto, age 71, of Wilmington, Delaware, died on July 8th 2012 at Heartland Hospice Care of Delaware. He is survived by his wife of fifty years, Maria Scotto, his loving sons Tony and wife Connie, Paul and wife Danielle, and daughter Sara, along with his three grandchildren Gianna, Joshua and Cameron. Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Thursday, July 12th at 11 am at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church where friends may call...

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Thomas Frederic Celello, MD -2012

Thomas Frederic Celello, MD, age 65, of Wilmington, Delaware, died on July 6, 2012 in his home. A graduate of Fairfield University and Albany Medical College, he was a physician in Wilmington for almost forty years. He is survived by his family: Marybeth Celello; Kristin Celello, Carl and Teo Bon Tempo; Dave, Sara, Nate, and Esme Celello; Lauren Celello Gradinger and Kyle Gradinger; and Alison Celello. A Memorial Mass will be offered at...

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Michael J. Friel

Michael J. Friel -2012

Michael John Friel, age 86, peacefully passed away on Friday, June 29, 2012 at approximately 3:00 PM while surrounded by his loving family. Michael was born in 1926 in Scranton, PA, the son of the late Kathleen and Eugene Friel. He graduated from high school at age 17 and immediately entered the U.S. Navy where he served as a radarman aboard the USS ROCHE in the North Atlantic, the Mediterranean and Pacific theaters of operation. The ROCHE, one...

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Lee Wilson Thomas

Lee Wilson Thomas -2012

Lee W. Thomas, 85, died peacefully with family by his side on June 29, 2012, at Heartland Hospice in Wilmington, DE. He was born on a farm near Boswell, PA in 1926. A WWII veteran, he served with the U.S. Army Air Corps in the Philippines. After graduating from the University of Pittsburgh with a degree in Chemical Engineering, he moved to Delaware in 1952 to work for DuPont, enjoying a 33-year career. After retiring, he became a co...

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Carolyn K. Hughes -2012

Carolyn K. Hughes, a 20 year resident of Cokesbury Village, passed away July 5, 2012, at the age of 95. She is survived by her son Charles Hughes and his wife Mary Rose, living in West Chicago, IL, her daughter Betsy Black, living in Andover, MA, and her daughter Christine Cooper and her husband Mark, living in Glenview, IL. She thoroughly enjoyed seeing and hearing about her 6 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. Carolyn had a BS...

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MaryLou (Schell) Taylor

MaryLou (Schell) Taylor -2012

MaryLou (Schell) Taylor MaryLou Taylor, age 82, passed away peacefully in her sleep on Tuesday, June, 26, 2012, at the Methodist Country House in Greenville, Delaware. MaryLou was born on May 4th, 1930, in Philadelphia PA, daughter of the late Dr. and Mrs. James Fox Schell. Raised in Philadelphia until her teen years, her family moved to Wilmington when her father was appointed Chief General Surgeon for the newly opened Veteran's Hospital...

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Ruth Geer -2012

Ruth Geer died July 4, 2012 at Manor Care Nursing Home. She was born in 1913 and was preceded in death by her husband, Durward, in 1967. She is survived by Richard and Connie Geer, Newark, DE and Robert and Debra Geer, Kingsport, TN and by grandchildren, Patrick Geer, Newark, DE; Julie Geer, Poulsbo, WA; and Jennifer Geer, Lafayette, LA. We want to thank the Manor Care staff for their years of thoughtful caring. Services and burial...

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Rosemary Drake Shute -2012

Rosemary Drake Shute died on July 3, 2012, at age 80, surrounded by her loving family. She was the daughter of the late Gladys Heeley and Newman H. Drake and was the great granddaughter of the founder of Drake's Cakes. She was born in Glen Ridge, New Jersey, and grew up in Essex Fells and Mountain Lakes, New Jersey. She graduated from the Greer School in Tyrone, Pennsylvania, and attended Centenary Junior College in Hackettstown, New...

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Michael William Zoladkiewicz

Michael William Zoladkiewicz -2012

Michael W. Zoladkiewicz, age 65 of Wilmington, DE, passed away on July 3, 2012. Michael was a graduate of St. James in Chester, PA, served in the U.S. Army and had retired from General Motors. Michael is survived by his mother Margaret, his wife Linda, four brothers, sister, two children and three grandchildren. Memorial services will be held at 11 am on Saturday, July 7, 2012 at the CHANDLER FUNERAL HOME, 2506 Concord Pike, Wilmington...

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Ruth Friday George

Ruth Friday George -2012

Ruth Friday George of Newark, Delaware passed away on Monday, July 2, 2012 after a long illness. She is survived by her devoted husband of 61 years, Hugh A. George II. Mrs. George is predeceased by her parents, Florence and John Friday, and her grandson, Bruce Green Jr. (BJ). She is survived by her loving children, Carol McDowell (George), Bruce Green (Pam), Hugh George, Jr. (Martha Brown), and Karen Goldstein (Mark). She is also survived...

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Charles S. Kieffer, Jr.

Charles S. Kieffer, Jr. -2012

Charles S. Kieffer, Jr., age 84, of Wilmington, DE, formerly of Boothwyn, PA, passed away on July 1, 2012 at St. Francis Hospital. Mr. Kieffer graduated from Browns Vocational School in Wilmington in 1945. He served in the U.S. Army with the 707 Battalion during the Korean War from 1950 to 1952. He was employed by Doeskin Paper Products in Rockland, Delaware for 28 years. He was then employed by Chichester Township retiring in 1993. Mr....

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James Franklin Booker

James Franklin Booker -2012

James Franklin Booker, age 90, of Wilmington DE, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Saturday, June 30, 2012. He was born in 1921 to Dr. Lyle Steele and Annie Mae Corbett Booker in Durham, NC, moving to Waynesboro, VA at the age of 12. He attended Duke University prior to enlisting in the Army Air Force in 1942 serving with the 8th Air Force over Europe, earning the Distinguished Flying Cross with Cluster, 4 battle stars and the rank of...

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Anne Veronica Gibbons Kratzer -2012

Anne Veronica Gibbons Kratzer passed away on Friday, June 29, 2012 at Woodland Terrace in Cary, North Carolina. Anne Veronica Gibbons was born in Wilkesboro, PA, in 1913. When Anne was a young girl, the family moved to Essex County, New Jersey. Anne had a sister and two brothers. For most of her schooling she attended Catholic parochial schools, that is until high school when she attended Barringer High School in Newark, NJ. This was a...

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Joseph A. McKee -2012

Joseph A. McKee, age 79, of Wilmington, DE died June 20, 2012 at Compassionate Care Hospice, St. Francis Hospital. He was the husband of Bonnie Faline McKee, with whom he shared 55 years of marriage. Joseph was the son of the late Joseph A. and Ardean McKee. He was a graduate of Wilmington High School Class of 1951 and Widener University. He served his country as a sergeant in the US Army. Mr. McKee was a purchasing agent for General...

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Nikunjbala A. Patel -2012

Nikunjbala (Nikki) Patel, 64, of Newark, Delaware (formerly of Bath, New York) passed away surrounded by her family in her home on June 24, 2012. She is survived by her husband, Anilkumar; three sons, Sameer, Sunil, and Sandeep; daughter-in-law Ratna; grandson Kaden; and parents Harikrishna and Sarda Patel. A dedicated wife and mother, in a short life she selflessly fed and nurtured the bodies, minds and souls of family and friends. She will...

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Edith Nancy Ray Fahnoe -2012

Nancy passed away on June 27, 2012 at Cokesbury Village, Hockessin, DE. She was born in 1918 in Sharon, PA. Nancy was the third daughter born to Leroy Porter Ray and Mary Hannon Ray. She attended Sharon Public Schools, Seton Hill College, Greensburg, PA. She transferred to Grove City College, PA, and graduated in 1940 with a B.S. Degree in Commerce. On May 9, 1942, Nancy married Frederick Fahnoe, a high school classmate. They lived in...

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Thaddeus E. Marek -2012

Thaddeus E. Marek Passed away on June 20, 2012 in Wilmington, DE. He was 71 years old and was avid golfer along with being a huge Philadelphia Phillies and Eagles fan. Ted enjoyed watching his grandson's baseball games and recently attended his only granddaughter's high school graduation. Ted was a City of Wilmington Fire Fighter before retiring in 1989. He was a beloved husband to his wife of 47 years, Marie A Marek (Hayden), a devoted...

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Dolores A. McDivit Hamilton

Dolores A. McDivit Hamilton -2012

Dolores A. McDivit Hamilton Dolores, age 81, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family on Friday, June 8, 2012, at Christiana Hospital. Born in West Frankfort, Illinois, Dolores was the daughter of the late Anthony and Anna Matulis of Elmwood Park, Illinois, and had 3 brothers. She spent her childhood playing on her grandparents' farm in West Frankfort. Her family moved to the Chicago area where she graduated from Notre Dame HS...

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Costas S. Krikelis -2012

Costas S. Krikelis, age 74, of Wilmington, DE passed away peacefully on Wednesday, June 20, 2012 at Christiana Hospital with his family by his side. Costas was born in Greece on November 26, 1937. He came to the United States in 1954 and attended Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. During that time he spent a year in France at the engineering school in Nancy, after which he returned to Rensselaer to receive his Electrical Engineering degree. ...

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John  T. Ransom II

John T. Ransom II -2012

John Thompson Ransom II of West Grove, PA, and formerly of Yorklyn, DE, passed away on June 12, 2012 at the age of 91. Jack was born in 1920 in Haddonfield, NJ to Emma and Walter C. Ransom. He graduated from Haddonfield Memorial High School in 1938, where he won the Rennsalear Medal for Science and Mathematics. In high school, Jack was an ardent swimmer and the South Jersey Interscholastic Tennis Doubles Champion. Jack graduated from Lehigh...

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Frank Anthony Frumento, Jr.

Frank Anthony Frumento, Jr. -2012

Frank Anthony Frumento, Jr., age 72, of Hockessin, DE. passed away on Tuesday, June 12, 2012 at his home surrounded by his loving family after a brief battle with pancreatic cancer. He was born in Philadelphia, PA to the late Frank Anthony Frumento, Sr. and Jenny Angelastro Frumento. He grew up in Woodbury, NJ and worked in his father's pharmacy as a young boy. He first met his future wife, Nancy Catherine Holmes, in early grade...

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John Hugh Kurtz III

John Hugh Kurtz III -2012

John Hugh Kurtz III, age 78, of Chadds Ford, PA died on Saturday, June 16, 2012 in hospice care at Naamans Creek Country Manor. Mr. Kurtz spent his business career in various managerial and directorial posts at the DuPont Company. He was also known as an avid sportsman, a big game hunter, and a raconteur. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Judy Kurtz and his son Steven Kurtz, of Buffalo, NY. Services will be private and at the...

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Constance S. Cluff

Constance S. Cluff -2012

Constance S. Cluff, age 71, of Kennett Square, PA , formerly of Wilmington, DE died suddenly on May 27, 2012 at her home. Born in Mahwah, NJ in1941, she graduated from Tufts University with a BS degree in psychology and completed a master's degree in counseling at the University of Wisconsin. She worked as a mental health counselor for the State of Delaware Department of Health and Human Services, then at the Tressler Center, and later...

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Kenneth Alvah Thompson -2012

Kenneth Alvah Thompson , age 90, of Baltimore, MD, formerly of Wilmington, DE died on June 11, 2012. Mr. Thompson graduated from the University of Delaware with a degree in science. He began his career with the State of Delaware studying Dutch Elm Disease in lower Delaware. In 1963, Mr. Thompson began working for the Federal Government in Baltimore as an officer with the Food and Drug Administration, eventually moving to CPSC, Consumer...

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