Obituaries

 

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Patrick Tomlan

Patrick Tomlan -2014

Patrick F. Tomlan, age 70, of Wilmington, passed away on March 16, 2014 in Season's Hospice at the Christiana Hospital after a battle with cancer. Mr. Tomlan was born in Duluth, Minnesota in 1943 to the late Joseph Anthony and Evelyn Mae (Mork) Tomlan. He graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1965 with a degree in engineering and from the University of Illinois in 1969 with a PhD in chemical engineering. He met his future wife,...

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Ronald Edward Steward

Ronald Edward Steward -2014

Ronald Edward Steward, age 53, of Wilmington, Delaware passed away on March 17, 2014. Ron graduated from Brandywine High School in 1979. He had a long career at Genesis Health Care. He is survived by his parents, Ronald and Kathleen Steward; son Ryan; daughter Kristeen; sisters Sharon (Chas) McCormick and Michele (Grant) Wagner; and nieces and nephews. Services will be private. The family suggests memorial contributions in Ron's name...

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George Giannaris

George Giannaris -2014

The Very Reverend Father George Giannaris, known and loved as "Father George", 87, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Sunday, March 16th. He had resided in Wilmington, Delaware with his Presbytera Mary. Fr. George was born in the village of Neohori, Greece, the first of five children of the late Katerina and Stefanos Giannaris on May 29, 1926. Fr. George started his life in Greece but he and his family moved to...

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William John Eissing, Jr.

William John Eissing, Jr. -2014

William John Eissing, Jr., age 92 of Wilmington, DE passed away on March 6, 2014. He graduated from Darby High School in Darby, PA in 1939. He attended the Drexel Institute and the University of Delaware. William worked for the Pennsylvania Railroad from 1939 to 1949, US Army Air Corps from 1942 to 1945 and DuPont Company as a Research Technician from 1956 to 1985. He was a member of the American Legion, VFW, AM Vets, Granite/Corinthian...

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Donald F. Stauffer

Donald F. Stauffer -2014

Donald Francis Stauffer A native of Wilmington, Delaware and long time resident of Kennett Township, Pennsylvania, and late of Jennersville, Pennsylvania, Donald F. Stauffer passed on at age 89 on February 28, 2014. Don was born and raised in Wilmington. He graduated from P. S DuPont High School in 1942. After a year at the University of Delaware, he volunteered for the U. S. Army and served in...

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Sally B. Walker -2014

Sally B. Walker, 92, of Greenville, DE formerly of New York, NY. died on Monday, March 10, 2014 in her home after a long struggle with Alzheimer's disease.. Sal was the daughter of the late Edith Parkhouse Walker and Lambert Roger Walker of Bellerose, NY. She graduated from the Cathedral School of St. Mary's and Finch College. After graduating from Finch, she began her career at Steuben Glass in New York, ultimately retiring as Executive Vice...

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James F. Kearns

James F. Kearns -2014

James F. Kearns, age 85, of Greenville, DE, passed away on Saturday, March 8, 2014 at Stonegates. Jim was born in Cleveland, OH, son of the late Allen and Mildred Kearns. He graduated from P.S. duPont High School in 1946 and received his bachelor's degree from the University of Delaware in 1950. Jim worked for the DuPont Company for 41 years. He began his career in 1950 at the Waynesboro, VA textile fibers plant. During this assignment he...

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Geraldine Geri O'Neill -2014

Geraldine (Geri) Desmond O'Neill, age 83, of Wilmington, DE, formerly of New York City, passed away on Sunday, March 9, 2014 at Cadia Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, following a long illness. She was the daughter of William and Delia Desmond, and was raised in Richmond Hill, a neighborhood in the Queens borough. In 1945 Geri graduated from St. Mary Gate of Heaven Grammar School and in 1949 from Our Lady of Wisdom Academy, both in Queens. ...

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Christopher M. Milcendeau

Christopher M. Milcendeau -2014

Christopher Milcendeau, age 36, of Wilmington, Delaware died in his home on Friday, March 7, 2014, surrounded by family after a brief but valiant battle against brain cancer. Chris was born in Littleton, New Hampshire, and spent most of his childhood in Carthage, North Carolina, graduating from Union Pines High School in 1996. In 2000, Chris graduated from Winthrop College with a finance degree. Chris worked at MBNA (now Bank of America) in...

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Napoleon I. Salameda

Napoleon I. Salameda -2014

Napoleon I. Salameda of Hockessin, DE, died peacefully at Seasons Hospice at Christiana Hospital on Monday March 10, 2014 following complications of a stroke. He was 81 years old. "Noli" was born in Taal, Batangas, Philippines and came to the United States with his wife, Dr. Lolita R. Salameda, deceased in 2007, and settled in Wilmington in 1958. He worked for many years with DuPont as an accountant and also worked later with Corpus Christi...

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Elizabeth M. Castiglione

Elizabeth M. Castiglione -2014

Elizabeth M. (Finnegan) Castiglione "Betty" 86 Wilmington, DE Elizabeth M. Castiglione of Wilmington, DE passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family on Tuesday, March 11, 2014. Born and raised in Philadelphia, PA, she was the daughter of the late James and Bertha Finnegan. Betty graduated from John Bartram High School. She worked for Gimbels, General Electric, Folcroft School and lastly Rollins Truck Leasing for 32 years. After...

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Howard Vaughn Rutter

Howard Vaughn Rutter -2014

Howard Vaughn Rutter, age 87, passed away Saturday March 1 at his residence in Cokesbury Retirement Community. Born in Wilmington, he was the son of the late Harvey P., Sr. and Helen McVey Rutter. A graduate of Conrad High School, Vaughn attended Niagara University and Goldey Beacom College. Following his service in the Army Air Corps during World War II, he was employed as an accountant with Hercules for 20 years and then worked for...

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Marlene A.  Ciechoski

Marlene A. Ciechoski -2014

Marlene Ciechoski died suddenly on March 2, 2014, as a result of complications from chronic illness. She was 69 years old. She dedicated her life to serving others, both in her personal relationships and in her career. Marlene was born in Wilkes-Barre, PA, in 1944 to Elsie and Adam Ciechoski. She attended Wilkes-Barre College of Nursing and eventually earned a Master's of Science in Nursing from the University of Delaware before completing...

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William B. Zolper

William B. Zolper -2014

Ben died at home on March 3, 2014 at the age of 91. He was born in Wilmington in 1922, son of William B. and Marion Zolper. Growing up in the Highlands area, he graduated from Wilmington High School and the University of Delaware. College was interrupted when he volunteered for the U.S. Navy during WWII, participating in Officer Training at the University of Pennsylvania and Northwestern. He was assigned to a mine sweeper serving in both the...

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J. Simpson Dean, Jr.

J. Simpson Dean, Jr. -2014

J. Simpson Dean, Jr., of Wilmington, DE, and Palm Beach, FL, passed away peacefully on Friday, March 7, 2014 at age 86. Jimmy was born in Philadelphia, PA, to the late Paulina du Pont and J. Simpson Dean, Sr., and raised in Wilmington. He was predeceased by his first wife, Leatrice Warren Dean. He is survived by his wife, Margaret M. Dean, his sisters, Lisa D. Moseley of Wilmington and Paulina duP Dean of Tortola, B.V.I., his children,...

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Margaret Peggy Wallig

Margaret Peggy Wallig -2014

Margaret (Peggy) Wallig entered her eternal rest on March 1, 2014 at the Country House in Greenville. She was born on April 20, 1934 in Dubuque, Iowa along with her twin sister Madonna. Peggy was a registered nurse who loved her career. She was also a talented homemaker, wife, mother, grandmother and friend to her husband, children and grandchildren. Peggy enjoyed her duplicate bridge groups and their yearly trip to Bethany Beach for...

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Ernest (Ernie) Woodacre

Ernest (Ernie) Woodacre -2014

Ernest (Ernie) Woodacre, aged 83, passed away of Alzheimer's disease on February 18, 2014. Known as the "True English Gentleman," Ernie was born in Blackburn, England on April 6, 1930. He grew up as an only child to the late Kathleen and James Woodacre. As a young boy, he developed a strong passion for learning and excelled at academics. He particularly enjoyed reading but demonstrated a great curiosity for technical subjects as well....

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Jennifer Mauk

Jennifer Mauk -2014

Jennie Mauk, born Jennifer Marie Horenburger, died at the age of 34 on February 27, 2014. She was lovingly surrounded by close family as she passed away peacefully at her parents' home in Chadds Ford, PA. Jennie graduated from Archmere Academy in 1997 and the University of Delaware in 2001, where she was a sister of Lambda Kappa Beta and earned a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology. She worked in Human Resources for PFPC, GCOM, and Comcast. She...

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Fred  Whitaker

Fred Whitaker -2014

Fred Whitaker, age 94 of Wilmington, DE and formerly of Newark, died on February 27, 2014 at the Methodist Country House after a short illness, one day before his 95th birthday. Originally from Penn Yan, NY, Fred graduated from M.I.T. with a degree in Chemical Engineering and then served in the Army during WWII. Upon returning home, he joined the DuPont Company and retired after 35 years. Fred enjoyed golf, bridge, music and reading. He was a...

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Thomas Gallagher

Thomas Gallagher -2014

Thomas Gallagher died peacefully on March 3, 2014 at the age of 58. Tommy had battled several health conditions over the last decade but he never lost his love of life and devotion to his friends and family. Tom was born to Francis Xavier (F.X.) and Ann Cosler Gallagher of Wilmington, DE. He was the younger sibling to Michael F. Gallagher and Catherine (Katie) Wolfe. He attended The Tatnall School where he made lifelong friends and many...

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Julia Shields Pilcher

Julia Shields Pilcher -2014

Julia Shields Pilcher, age 75, of Wilmington, passed away on Monday March 3, 2014 after a long illness. She was peaceful and received comfort by Seasons Hospice and Pallative Care at Christiana Hospital. Miss Pilcher was the beloved daughter of the late William and Sarah Pilcher and sister of the late Elizabeth Pilcher. A private service will be held on Tuesday March 11, 2014 followed by a private interment at Lower Brandywine Cemetery. ...

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William Prickett

William Prickett -2014

William Prickett died after a long illness on January 30, 2014, at age 88. He is survived by his loving wife of 20 years, Caroline Johnstone duPont Prickett. His older sister, Elise Prickett Deans, and his younger brother, Harry deBoeck Prickett, predeceased him. Bill was very blessed by having his loyal son, William Loening Prickett and his wife Elizabeth Edwards Prickett and their two gifted and great children Sarah and William F. Prickett...

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William Ross Stevens III

William Ross Stevens III -2014

William Ross Stevens III passed away on Tuesday, February 25, 2014, at the Methodist Country House in Greenville, DE. Ross was born November 29, 1943, in Wilmington, DE, to William Ross Stevens and Katherine Hutchinson Stevens. He grew up in Seaford, DE, Covington, IN, and Aiken, SC. He was a man of broad interests, deep faith, and familial devotion; he lived life well and fully. Ross studied chemical engineering at Georgia Tech and later...

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Aroon A. Vaidya

Aroon A. Vaidya -2014

Dr. Aroon A.Vaidya, aged 78, passed away peacefully in his home on February 20, 2014 surrounded by his family. Dr. Vaidya was born in Gujarat, India. He was a devoted follower of Mohandas Gandhi and led a principled and disciplined life. He obtained a medical degree and had a successful private practice in India before bringing his family to the United States in 1974 to start a new life. He was well respected by his colleagues. Dr. Vaidya...

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Walter Wade Foskey

Walter Wade Foskey -2014

Walter Wade Foskey, 44, of Hockessin, DE, passed away at his home. Born on March 23, 1969 to Horace and Nadine Foskey, Wade was a lifelong resident of Hockessin. He attended Alexis I. DuPont High School. After his schooling, Wade was a dedicated employee at R. E. Michael Company Inc. for 16 years where he worked in sales. Hardly missing a day of work and rarely ever taking a vacation, Wade was known for his diligence and faithfulness to his...

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