Obituaries

 

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Helen Czerniakowski Thurrell

Helen Czerniakowski Thurrell -2012

Helen Czerniakowski Thurrell died August 22, 2012 after a short bout with cancer. Her family was by her side. Helen was born in 1935 in Plains, PA. She excelled as a student and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.S. in Chemistry from Misericordia College. She met her husband, Larry, while working at Hercules (Powder Co.) in Wilmington, DE. They celebrated their 53rd anniversary in May. Helen instilled in her family a strong sense of...

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Jean Boyle -2012

Jean Boyle, age 96, of Wilmington, Rehoboth Beach and Naples, FL died on Sunday, August 19, 2012 in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. The daughter of Thomas E. Boyle and Sara (O'Brien) Boyle, Jean attended Ursuline Academy and the University of Delaware. At Ursuline, she received the Gorgas Medal for Science presented by Colonel Wilbur Corcoran. Her career was in advertising at the DuPont Company and she retired after 45 years of dedicated service. ...

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Elizabeth Maguire Denny

Elizabeth Maguire Denny -2012

Elizabeth Maguire Denny, born in 1917, passed away peacefully on August 24, 2012 at The Methodist Country House where she had been a resident since 2000. Born to Harry Winfield Maguire and Elizabeth Loder Maguire, Bettie grew up in Chester, PA where she graduated from Chester High School. Interested in art from an early age, Bettie won a scholarship to the School of Industrial Arts, but due to the Depression, was obliged to turn it down. ...

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Helga I. Foulke

Helga I. Foulke -2012

Helga I. Foulke, age 81, died on Monday August 20, 2012. Helga was born in Chester, PA in 1930 and resided in Brandywine Hundred. She graduated from Chester High School and attended Goldey Beacom College. Helga retired from the Brandywine School District after 34 years. One of her greatest pleasures was attending her grandsons' baseball and football games. Helga was their #1 fan and supporter. She and her late husband, Jack Foulke,...

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Andrew A. Bushko -2012

Andrew A. Bushko Age 71, of Wilmington, DE, died on August 3, 2012 at St. Francis Compassionate Care Hospice. Born in 1941 in Trenton, NJ, to Andrew and Anna Bushko, he graduated from Cornell University with a B.A., New York University with an M.S. in Higher Education Student Administration, and Columbia University with an EdD in the History of Higher Education Administration. He served as an administrator at North Dakota State University...

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Robert E. Joslin -2012

Robert Edward Joslin, "Bob", passed away peacefully on Monday, August 20, 2012 at the age of 92. Mr. Joslin was born in Bethesda, Maryland to Theodore G. and Rowena H. Joslin. He grew up in Silver Spring, Maryland and Wilmington, Delaware and graduated from Mercersburg Academy. After attending Lehigh University, Mr. Joslin entered the U.S. Army in 1941. He served for five years, including positions in the Transportation Corps in Louisiana,...

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Michael Melie

Michael Melie -2012

Michael Melie, aged 87, of Wilmington, DE passed away on Friday, August 10, 2012 after a lengthy illness. Born in Port Byron NY, he grew up in Auburn NY. He entered the army at age 18 and served in the Seventh Army in the ETO during WWII. After graduating from Syracuse University in 1951, he began working for DuPont in the logistics and materials departments. His professional career was spent in marine transportation. He retired from ...

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Ruth M. Webb

Ruth M. Webb -2012

Ruth M. Webb, 92, of Wilmington, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family on Wednesday, August 15, 2012. Born in Phoenixville, PA., she was the daughter of the late Andrew and Edna Malin. For 16 years of her life, she worked in the Brandywine School District. She was preceded in death by her husband, William S. Webb. She is survived by her children William T. (wife Janis) of Hockessin, DE., and daughter Kathleen W. Elkins (husband...

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Karin Anne Griffith Weiner

Karin Anne Griffith Weiner -2012

Karin Griffith Weiner, age 59 of Wilmington, DE, passed away peacefully on Sunday, August 12, 2012, surrounded by her loving family at her home, after a 3 ½ yearlong battle with cancer. Born January 25, 1953 in Columbus, Ohio, she was the daughter of the late Dr. Louis J. and Dr. Rita V. Griffith. Karin is survived by her two daughters, Ellen R. Weiner and Rachel K. Weiner, both of Wilmington, DE; and brother L. John Griffith of Wilmington, NC....

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Peter J. Brezza, Jr. -2012

Peter J. Brezza, age 91, retired VP of Sun Oil Overseas and Sun Transport, of Wilmington, DE, passed away peacefully at Compassionate Care Hospice on Saturday, August 11, 2012. Born March 7, 1921 in Marcus Hook, PA, Peter is survived by his beloved wife of 65 years, Helen, his daughters, Diane Smith (Dale) of Wilmington and Robin Johnson, of Frisco, Texas and his grandchildren, Dallas Smith, Courtney Johnson and Justin Johnson. After a...

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Betty Ann Harper -2012

Betty A. Harper, 84, of Wilmington passed away peacefully at the home of her son on August 10, 2012. Mrs. Harper was a homemaker. She worked at Jim O'Hanlon's Mister Donut on Kirkwood Highway for many years. She also enjoyed hosting family barbeques and loved having family at Christmas. She was an avid bingo player at the Mill Creek Fire Company and at St. John the Beloved. When she was young, she enjoyed roller skating at Maryland Roller...

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Wang Chia-Yun Lin

Wang Chia-Yun Lin -2012

Wang Chia-Yun Lin was born on July 7, 1922 in Hunan China. She worked as an elementary school teacher since 1942 and lived in Chu Tung, Hsing Chu, Taiwan (49-82), Philadelphia (82-99), Richmond, VA (99-05) and finally setting with her son in Wilmington since 2005. She has been suffering from dementia since 2007 and passed away on August 12, 2012. Her husband died in 1990. She is also predeceased by a son and a daughter. She is survived...

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Leonard De Carlo

Leonard De Carlo -2012

Leonard De Carlo, age 64, of Oxford, PA, passed away on August 9, 2012. Lenny was a self-employed upholsterer for over 40 years. He was a hard working man who loved his family and his pets. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and was fond of sharing stories of his life and his adventures. He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Louise; daughter, Kimberly De Carlo of Centerville; brothers, Pasquale of Seaford and James and his wife, Linda of...

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Edward Arthur Trabant

Edward Arthur Trabant -2012

The celebration of the life of Edward Arthur Trabant will be held on Sunday, August 12th at 3 pm at Clayton Hall on the University of Delaware campus. Dr. Trabant was president of UD twice, from 1968-1987 and again from 1988-1990. He was a native of Los Angeles, CA. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate in Mathematics, from Occidental College, and a PhD from the California Institute of Technology. He held faculty appointments in mathematics and...

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Marcia Bradway Snowberger

Marcia Bradway Snowberger -2012

Marcia Bradway Snowberger, 86, passed away on August 11, 2012 at The Lorelton in Wilmington after spending the day with her daughter Ann and her good friend Leon Mitchell. Marcia was born October 18, 1925 in Wilmington, where she lived for most of her life. She attended The Tower Hill School and Harcum Jr. College, where she majored in Elementary Education. She was known by her friends and family for her sense of humor and love of singing. ...

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James Thornton, Jr.

James Thornton, Jr. -2012

James Thornton, Jr., age 64, of Bear, DE, formerly of Philadelphia, PA, passed away on August 5, 2012 at home. In 1992, Mr. Thornton graduated from Pierce College. He was 25-year veteran of the Philadelphia Police Department. Upon his retirement, he worked at Pepper and Hamilton Law Firm as a paralegal for two years. After which, he worked with the U.S. Marshall Service as court security. Mr. Thornton was a proud member of the Fraternal...

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Lois C. Molnar -2012

Lois C. Molnar of Wilmington, DE passed away on August 1, 2012. Lois was born in Upper Darby, PA and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in Medical Technology. She enjoyed volunteering for the church, her book club, shopping, her family and traveling. She particularly loved to travel to Lewes, DE and the Southwestern US. She is survived by Joseph R. Molnar, her loving husband of 44 years, her son David Molnar and...

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Marion Lee Patterson -2012

Marion Lee Patterson, age 95, a resident of Cokesbury Village, Hockessin, Delaware since 1986 and formally of Perryville, Maryland died on May 27th 2012 at Cokesbury Village. He was the son of the late Mildred E. Patterson and Lee A. Patterson. Mr. Patterson graduated from the Tome School in 1936 where he served as a trustee for a number of years. He graduated from the American Academy of Mortuary Research in New York City and was...

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Matthiam Cornelius Hoffman, MD -2012

Matthiam Cornelius Hoffman, M.D., 84 of Wilmington, Delaware formerly of Staunton, Virginia, born in South Africa died on August 3, 2012. He was an OB-GYN doctor in private practice and on staff at Wilmington General, St. Francis Hospital in Wilmington and Western State Hospital in Staunton, Virginia. Survivors include a former wife, Jean T. Hoffman of Staunton Virginia, a daughter Jeanne T. Hoffman of Swoope, Virginia; and two sons,...

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Waltraut Irmgard Cekovic -2012

Waltraut Irmgard Cekovic, 90, of Wilmington, DE, died Thursday, July 26, 2012 at Wilmington Hospital. Born on October 23, 1921 in Laugszargen, Lithuania, daughter of the late Wilhelm and Wilhelmine Kuhlmann, wife of the late Frank Cekovic. She is survived by a daughter, Inge Santos and her husband Gustavo and step granddaughters, Denise Santos and Cynthia Melendy. Committal services will be held at 2:00 pm on Wednesday, August 1, at...

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John A. Connolly, Jr. -2012

Age 64, a native Delawarean, passed away at home on July 24, 2012. Jack was a graduate of Salesianum High School and attended Walsh College, Canton, Ohio. He also served in the US Navy. He was employed at Flight Safety as a Senior Aviation Technician for 36 years. He enjoyed fishing, golf, traveling, and most of all, his family. Jack is survived by his wife, Brenda, sons Christopher (Nicole), Donnie (Corie), Brandon and Bradlee and...

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Ida M. Smith

Ida M. Smith -2012

Ida M. Smith, age 93, formerly of Hockessin, passed away on July 25, 2012 at her residence in Long Neck, DE. She was also a former resident of the Hale-Byrnes House in Christiana for ten years. Ida was a beloved employee of Sanford School for over 30 years including her caring for the founder of the school, Eleanor Sawin. She enjoyed antiquing and was proud of her several special collections. Ida relished the sun and her time at the beach....

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Charles F. Beatty, Jr.

Charles F. Beatty, Jr. -2012

Charles F. Beatty, Jr., of Wilmington, DE, known to friends and family as Jiggs, passed away peacefully Sunday, July 15, 2012 surrounded by his loving family. He was 86. He was the son of the late Charles F. Beatty and Mary T. Beatty of Wayne, Pennsylvania. Jiggs was gregarious throughout his life, which he lived to the fullest with humor, passion, and a genuine love of people. His character, leadership and love of family inspired those...

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William Cann, Jr.

William Cann, Jr. -2012

Bill Cann, 86, of The Lorelton, Wilmington, DE, passed away Monday, July 30, 2012. Bill was born in 1926 in Wilmington to William N. Cann, Sr. and Ruth Miller Cann. He was the husband of the late Margaret (Peg) Cann who died in 2010. Bill was a graduate of the Wilmington public school system where they begged him not to sing in the chorus or play a musical instrument, but they could not deter his love of jazz. He proudly served in the...

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Catherine M. Ivey -2012

Catherine M. Ivey, 89 of Hockessin, died on July 24, 2012. Catherine was a loving wife of 65 years to her husband Lonnie. She will be missed by her son Charles Ivey (Gail Cain) of Newark, grandchildren; John (Patricia) Ivey and Carolyn (Joseph) Lusby, 6 great grandchildren and one great-great grandson. Survivors also include her sisters, Bernadette, Rosalie, Geraldine, and Francina and brothers George, Gerald and John. She was preceded in...

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