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Posted: Thursday, June 24, 2010 12:00 am

F. Chandler

F. Naomi Chandler, 86, of Newark, died June 13.
She is survived by her husband, Herbert T.; one daughter, Barbara Chandler Cernikovsky; and two grandchildren, David and Jennifer Cernikovsky.
Graveside services were held on Wednesday June 16, at Elam United Methodist Church Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to American Cancer Society, 92 Read's Way, New Castle, DE 19720. For online condolences, please visit Chandler Funeral Homes at chandlerfuneralhome.com.
 
Katherine Dickerson
Ms. Katherine J. Dickerson, 69, of Newark, died on Wednesday, June 16, at her home.
Born in Pocahontas, VA, on March 20, 1941, Ms. Dickerson was a daughter of the late Henderson J. Edmondson and Martha Virginia Smith Edmondson. She was employed in the human resources department of General Motors for 10 years and later accepted a position as the sales manager for the H.L. Yoh Company, where she retired after 12 years.
She is survived by her daughter, Laura D. Rowe (Michael) of Newark, DE; son, Raymond E. Hodge, Jr. of Newark, DE; sisters, Martha A. Farmer of Marion, VA, and Wanda J. Vance (Steve) of New Castle, DE; grandchildren, Samantha A. Rowe and Morgan E. Rowe; and nieces and nephews.
A funeral service was held on Monday, June 21, in the chapel of Gracelawn Memorial Park, 2220 N. DuPont Parkway, New Castle. Entombment followed in the adjoining mausoleum.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Helen F. Graham Cancer Center, c/o Christiana Care, PO Box 1668, Wilmington, DE 19899; or to Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure, P.O. Box 660843, Dallas, TX 75266-0843. To sign guest book, visit spicermullikin.com.
 
Paul Edwards
Mr. Paul D. Edwards, 88, of Newark, died on Wednesday, June 16.
Born in Independence, VA, on April 14, 1922, Mr. Edwards was the son of the late Samuel Houston Edwards and Nannie Carr Edwards. He proudly served his country in the US Army Infantry's 86th Blackhawk Division as a staff sergeant stationed in Germany during World War II.
In civilian life, he made his career as a maintenance millwright at the DuPont Company's Chestnut Run site, where he retired in 1986.
He is survived by his beloved wife of over 64 years, Florence M. Powell Edwards; sons, Daniel P. Edwards of Middletown, DE; and Ronald L. Edwards of Bear, DE; sister, Ann Brown of Elkton, MD; and granddaughter, Melissa Jones of California.
A funeral service was held on Wednesday, June 23, at the Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 121 West Park Place, Newark. Interment followed in Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 2465 Chesapeake City Road, Bear.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Mr. Edwards may be made to Delaware Hospice, 3515 Silverside Road, Wilmington, DE 19810. To sign guest book, visit spicermullikin.com.
 
Barbara Frank
Barbara A. Frank, 78, of New Castle, DE, died at Manor Care Pike Creek on June 14.
Born in Newark, on August 15, 1931, Barbara was the daughter of the late Charles and Norma Lane Hutchison.
She is survived by her son, Gerald L. Frank and his wife Sandra L. of  Elkton, MD; a sister Lois Hutchison Bowers and her husband David of Smyrna, DE; a brother Charles Donald Hutchison and his wife Eileen of Newark; three grandsons, Brian, Cory and Devon Frank and granddaughter Aimee Romero. She was preceded in death by her husband Howard who died in 2001.
A celebration honoring Barbara’s life was held at R.T. Foard & Jones Funeral Home, 122 West Main St., Newark, on Thursday June 17. Burial was in Gracelawn Memorial Park on Friday, June 18. Charitable contributions in Barbara’s memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association c/o the funeral home. To send condolences visit rtfoard.com.
 
Jean Geese
Mrs. Jean Berlincke Geese, 80, of Newark, died on Tuesday, June 15, at Christiana Hospital in Newark.
Mrs. Geese was born in Baltimore, MD, on June 16, 1929, daughter of the late Charles R. Berlincke and Edna Foard Berlincke. A 1947 graduate of Eastern High School in Baltimore, she remained very close to her childhood friends throughout her life and was always a vibrant leader in planning school reunions and other social gatherings.
In Delaware, Mrs. Geese was employed as a professional medical secretary at the Newark Emergency Center for 20 years until her retirement. She was very active in the community, particularly as a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church.
Her husband, Charles O. Geese, Jr., died in 1979. She is survived by her children, Charlean E. Ruiter (Brian) of Bear, DE; C. Richard Geese of Newark, DE; and Janet A. Juliano (Chris) of Elkton, MD; and granddaughters, Jean Wright and Jennifer Ruiter.
Visitation was held on Sunday, June 20, at the Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 121 W. Park Place, Newark. A funeral service was held on Monday, June 21, at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 701 S. College Avenue, Newark. Interment followed in Parkwood Cemetery, 3310 Taylor Avenue, Baltimore, MD.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Mrs. Geese may be made to Our Lady of Grace Home, 487 E. Chestnut Hill Rd., Newark, DE 19713. To sign guest book, visit spicermullikin.com.
 
Ann Lee
Mrs. Ann P. Lee, 76, of Newark, died on Friday, June 11, at her home in Seattle, WA.
Born in Kemblesville, PA on February 6, 1934, Mrs. Lee was the daughter of the late T. Fred Peterson and Annie Lee Peterson.
She was employed as a secretary in the Newark Special and Christina School Districts until her retirement.
Her husband of 53 years, Allen K. Lee, Sr., died in 2007.
She is survived by her sons, Allen Kenneth Lee, Jr. (Amy) of Alameda, CA; Andrew K. Lee (Julie) of Honolulu, HI; and Brian K. Lee of Seattle, WA; her sisters, Nina Moody of Lynchburg, VA; Allene Spence of Fair Hill, MD; and Fay Fritzche of Palm Harbor, FL; grandchildren, Heidi, Ericka, Alex, and Carrie; and two great grandchildren.
A funeral service was held on Tuesday, June 22, at the Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 121 West Park Place, Newark. Interment followed in Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 2465 Chesapeake City Road, Bear.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Mrs. Lee may be made to Providence Mt. St. Vincent, 4831 35th Avenue SW, Seattle, WA 98126. To sign guest book, visit spicermullikin.com.
 
Celia Roberts
Celia E. Jones Roberts, 92 of Bear, formerly of Brookhaven, PA, peacefully died on Sunday, June 13.
Celia was born in Glen Lyon, PA on November 22, 1917. Celia was a graduate of Wilkes-Barre General Hospital School of Nursing and worked and retired as an RN from Wilmington General Hospital. She also volunteered as the school nurse at Our Lady of Charity Catholic School in Brookhaven. A member of Our Lady of Charity Parish for 26 years, she served as a Eucharistic Minister and was active with the Parish Senior Group. She was preceded in death by her husbands, Ernest J. Jones and John J. Roberts; her sister, Lillian Roberts; and sons-in-law, John Hardy and Larry Murray. Celia is survived by her five daughters, Barbara Hardy (John) of Georgetown, DE, Judy Barger (Jim) of Fenton, MO, Margie Roberts (Errol) of Gold Beach, OR, Erna Bullock (John) of Wilmington, DE and Aileen Murray (Larry) of Bear, DE. She is also survived by her six step-children, Lillian Hilles (Rick), John Roberts (Charlene), Mary Swenson (Paul), Rita McDonough (Jim), Thomas Roberts (Patricia) and Carol Bender (John). She is also survived by 32 grandchildren; 43 great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Visitation was held on Friday, June 18, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at Our Lady of Charity Parish, 231 Upland Road, Brookhaven, PA. Interment was in Gracelawn Memorial Park, 2220 N. DuPont Highway, New Castle, DE.
In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate Mass Cards or contributions in memory of Celia to Our Lady of Charity Parish. To offer online condolences, please visit dohertyfh.com.
 
Ann Spence
Mrs. Ann C. Spence, 91, of Bear, died on Saturday, June 12. She had been a patient at Heartland Hospice House.
A native Delawarean, Mrs. Spence was born in Wilmington on August 8, 1918, daughter of the late Catherine and Stephen Dalecki. She was married to Ernest S. Spence, Jr. for 69 years until his death in 2002.
Mrs. Spence was a devoted homemaker and hosted many family outings, entertaining her beloved grandchildren at her swimming pool and summer home in Broadkill Beach. She dedicated many years of service to the Immanuel Episcopal Dining Room during "A Day in Old New Castle" and also enjoyed the Women's Bible Study Group while an active member of the Red Lion Evangelical Free Church.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was predeceased by her brother, Edward Dalecki, grandson, David W. Spence, and great grandson, Ernest S. Spence V. She is survived by her children, Ernest S. Spence III, Terry R. Spence, Gary R. Spence, and Patricia A. Browan; 11 grandchildren; and 17 great grandchildren.
The funeral service and interment were held privately. The family suggests contributions to Heartland Hospice House, 5661 Ochletree Lane, Wilmington, DE 19808. To sign guest book, visit spicermullikin.com.
 
Ashley Staats-Costello
Ms. Ashley N. Staats-Costello, 24, of Elkton, MD, formerly of New Castle, died suddenly on Saturday, June 12.
Born in Newark, DE, on December 6, 1985, Ashley was a 2004 graduate of St. Mark's High School, where she starred on the cheerleading squad. Ashley was a devoted mother to her two beloved children and was currently studying to receive her degree in nursing.
She is survived by her son and daughter, Michael A. Costello and Arianna N. Costello of New Castle, DE; father and stepmother, R. Thomas Staats, Jr. and Amy Staats of New Castle, DE; mother and stepfather, Barbara Shifflett Cahill and Jeff Cahill of Bear, DE; grandparents, Cynthia and Willis Shifflett of Milford, DE; Kathryn and Russell Staats, Sr. of Milford, DE; and Barbara and Homer Fender of Bear, DE; aunts and uncles, Laurie and Scott Shifflett, Robin and Luke DeStefano, Christopher Staats, Nina and Patrick Staats, Dawn and Matt Heal, Betsy Cahill, and Nancy Cahill; and many extended family members.
Visitation was held on Wednesday, June 16, at the Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 1000 N. DuPont Parkway, New Castle, DE. Mass of Christian Burial was offered on Thursday, June 17, at St. Mary Magdalen RC Church, 7 Sharpley Road at Concord Pike, Wilmington, DE. Interment followed in St. Georges Cemetery, Kirkwood-St. Georges Road, St. Georges, DE.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to The Michael and Arianna Costello Education Fund, c/o PNC Bank, 1 Penn Mart Center, New Castle, DE 19720.
To sign guest book, visit spicermullikin.com.
 
Agnes Suloff
Agnes C. Suloff, 93, of Bear, died on Tuesday, June 15, at her home.
Mrs. Suloff was born in Chadds Ford, PA, on November 30, 1916, daughter of the late Norwood Smiley and Myrtle Flowers Smiley. On April 8, 1936, she married the love of her life and husband of 74 years, Fred S. Suloff.
Mrs. Suloff was a devout Christian and a longtime member of Red Lion United Methodist Church.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her daughters, Elaine S. Hutchinson and Judith C. Long, and son-in-law, Daniel G. Hutchinson. In addition to her husband, she is survived by her son-in-law, William H. Long III; grandchildren, Alice Blodgett (Donald), Virginia Allen (Gordon), Christina Williams (Roger), Daniel S. Hutchinson, Derek Hutchinson (Jessica), and Carolyn Thomas (Richard); and great grandchildren, Frederick Pearson, Jr., Stephen Pearson, Taylor Hutchinson, Max Hutchinson, Alexandra Allen, Gordon Allen, Donald Blodgett III, Emily Blodgett, Erin Blodgett, Elaine M. Hutchinson, Aubrey Hutchinson, Kendall Hutchinson, Richard Thomas, and Michael Thomas.
A funeral service was held on Friday, June 18, at Red Lion United Methodist Church, 1545 Church Road, Bear. Interment was held privately.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Attn: Donor Services, P.O. Box 650309, Dallas, TX 75265-0309 (1.877.465.6636 or komen.org). To sign guest book, visit spicermullikin.com.

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