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Posted: Thursday, March 31, 2011 12:00 am

Delsie Brookens

Delsie E. Brookens, 73, of Newark, died on Monday, March 21, at Christiana Hospital.

A native Delawarean, Mrs. Brookens was born in Wilmington on July 27, 1937, daughter of the late Merrill H. Gooden and Mary R. Amoroso Gooden. She made her career as a professional administrator, working as the office manager for D & S Warehousing in Newark for over 30 years until her retirement. Mrs. Brookens was a longtime member of Holy Family parish.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, David I. Brookens, Sr., and son, Merrill A. Brookens. She is survived by her children, The Rev. Elizabeth R. Brookens-Sturman of Brambleton, VA, David I. Brookens, Jr. of Chesapeake City, MD, Judi L. McKelvey of Middletown, Joni L. Weglein of Canterbury, CT, and Patricia A. Wilson of Newark; sisters, Julia Bolton of Williamstown, MA, and Joan Mayer of Hagerstown, MD; 13 grandchildren; a great granddaughter; and her dear friend and traveling buddy, Edna Amoroso.

Mass of Christian Burial was offered on Friday, March 25, at Holy Family R.C. Church, E. Chestnut Hill and Gender Roads, Newark. Entombment was in Gracelawn Memorial Park, 2220 N. DuPont Parkway, New Castle. To sign guest book, visit www.spicermullikin.com.

Jimmie Channel Jr.
Jimmie Channel Jr., of Newark, was born April 21, 1925 in Galena, KS. He died on March 18.

He was preceded in death by his parents James and Ruby, and wife Lillian Channel.

Jimmie was proud of his service as a Paratrooper in the Pacific during World War II. He was an active leader in the Boy Scouts of America for many years.

He is survived by his love of sixteen years, Clare Kelley; his brother, William Channel; and his sons, Richard and James Christopher Channel.

A family graveside service will be held at the San Joaquin National Cemetery near Los Banos, CA. To send online condolences, please visit www.dohertyfh.com.

Edeltraud D'Angelo

Edeltraud Barbara (Joner) D'Angelo, 85, of Newark, died March 20.

Mrs. D'Angelo was born in Kassel, Germany. She met her husband, John P. D'Angelo, while he was on a military deployment to Germany. She came to the United States in 1950. Mrs. D'Angelo previously resided in Boothwyn, PA.

She was a member of Holy Family Church in Newark and an active member of the Delaware Sangerbund.

She is predeceased by her husband John P. D'Angelo, who died in 1974; brothers Werner Joner, Kurt Joner and Seppel Joner. She was a loving mother to John P. and Marian D'Angelo, Jr., Richard & Patricia D'Angelo, Cecilia & James Blair, Thomas D' Angelo, Mary and Christopher Bartsch, Barbara and Francis White, Theresa and Michael Antonio, and Catherine La Rue. She is also survived by her brothers Wolfgang Joner and Horst Joner; 28 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; sister-in-law Rose Mariani; brother-in-law Joseph and Lenora D'Angelo and numerous nieces and nephews.

A viewing was held on Thursday, March 24 at St. John the Beloved Church, 907 Milltown Rd., Wilmington, followed by mass. Interment was in Westminister Cemetery, Bala Cynwyd, PA.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to: Feed The Children, www.feedthechildren.org, P.O..Box 36, Oklahoma City, OK 73101, 800-627-4556 or Boys Town, www.boystown.org, 800-217-3700. To send condolences visit www.dohertyfh.com.

Anne Galuska
Anne M. Galuska (Filipowski), 93, was born April 11, 1917 in Wilmington. She died peacefully at home on Saturday, March 26, with her son Stanley S. Galuska and his wife, Laurie, of Newark.

She was preceded in death in 1999 by her husband of 63 years, Stanley. A devoted mom and grandmom, she is also survived by her daughters and sons-in-law, Maryanne and Dick Matthews of Salisbury, MD; Joan and Maynard Dill of Englewood, FL; Cathy and Don Tancredi of Newark, DE; and her nine grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren who were the center of her world.

Friends and family were invited to a Celebration of Life for Anne M. Galuska (Filipkowski) on Wednesday, March 30 at the McCrery & Harra Funeral Home, 3710 Kirkwood Highway (Rt. 2 at Duncan Rd.), Wilmington. Entombment followed the service at Silverbrook Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Delaware Hospice, 3515 Silverside Rd., Wilmington, DE 19810.

Paul Gerding
Paul R. Gerding, 74, of Newark, and Middlebury, VT, beloved husband of Sally C. Holland and father of Aaron P. Gerding and Margie A. Rothermich, both of Northampton, MA, died March 22, in Newark.

Paul was a pioneer: he made an original discovery in nuclear physics while studying for his PhD, with a partner, developed the software for the first CT scan ever done in the United States. His career in information technology was marked by his technical expertise, innovation and an exceptional ability to identify and resolve even the subtlest inconsistencies in software. He was especially skilled as both a manager and a programmer at collaborating with end-users to achieve their goals.

Paul was an accomplished, juried photographer whose work explored delicate symmetries in nature and was shown in several galleries. He had a deep interest in mathematics, especially computational geometry and the foundations of mathematical analysis; he was also an avid linguist. In addition to his scientific and artistic talents, Paul had a mechanical genius that enabled him to fix just about anything. 

A memorial service will be held at a later date at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made in Paul's memory to a charity that addresses hunger or homelessness. To express an online condolence please visit www.strano-feeley.com.

Norris Graham
Mr. Norris L. “Buzz” Graham, 63, of Newark, died after a long illness on Friday, March 18. He was predeceased by his parents, Francis P. and Frances R. Graham, and by his brother R. Terry Graham.

He graduated from Newark High School in 1965, and was a painter by profession. He taught tennis at Chase Tennis Center.

Buzz was an accomplished musician who played five instruments and was a member of numerous bands in the 60s, 70s, and 80s. He sang with Johnny Maestro and the Brooklyn Bridge when they performed in Delaware in the early 80s.

Buzz will be deeply missed by his loving wife of 18 years, Carol C. (Chris) Graham; son, Jeffrey F. Graham, and wife, Stacy; daughter, Traci L. Henn, and husband, Michael; grandchildren, Sheyanne and Travis Graham, Nathan Dize, and Eric and Lindsay Henn; and his beloved dog, Ireland. He is also survived by his sister-in-law, Linda Graham; nephew, Rick Graham, and wife, Jody; niece, Jocy Surface, and husband, Wayne, and their children.

A visitation was held on Thursday, March 24, at the Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 121 W. Park Place, Newark.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to Faithful Friends Inc., a no-kill animal shelter, 12 Germay Drive, Wilmington, DE 19804. To sign guest register, visit www.spicermullikin.com.

Charlotte Harkins
Charlotte S. Harkins, 76 of Newark, died on March 20. Charlotte was recently retired from Markell of DE. In her lifetime, Charlotte had contributed to many charitable organizations.

Charlotte is survived by her daughter Elaine Barnett and her husband Henry and her grandson Eric Barnett and his girlfriend Tiffany and great granddaughter Addison.

Service and burial will be held privately. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Mid-Atlantic Great Dane Rescue League, Inc. P.O. Box 5543 Plymouth, MI 48170 or the American Lung Association, 630 Churchmans Rd. Suite 202 Newark, DE 19702.

Online condolence to www.mccreryandharra.com.

Helen Kubico
Helen Leah Kubico of Newark, died in Lewes, on Sunday, March 13. She was 92 years old.

Born February 2, 1919 in Lowellville, OH to the late Paul and Annabel Smith, she was the youngest of three sisters. Her early years were spent in Ohio where she met and married her husband of 69 years, Michael A. Kubico (deceased). She earned degrees from the College of Wooster and Case Western Reserve (Ohio) and moved to Delaware shortly thereafter.

Helen worked first as a nurse and then as a teacher of both chemistry and biology at Newark and Thomas McKean High Schools. She received the Governor's Volunteerism Award for her work with Tri-State Bird Rescue and Research.

She is survived by two sons, Michael A. Kubico, Jr. of Jupiter, FL and Stephen B. Kubico of Dover, DE; their respective partners Elizabeth Shapiro and Trish Kubico; and two grandchildren, Stephanie N. Kubico and Samuel C. Kubico, both of Dover, DE.

Ceremonies are private. Contributions may be made to Tri-State Bird Rescue and Research, 110 Old Possum Hollow, Newark, DE 19711. Please review Mrs. Kubico's Life Memorial and sign her online guest book at www.parsellfuneralhomes.com.

Howard Leverage
Howard Norman Leverage, 93, died March 22, at the Masonic Home of Delaware Healthcare Center after a short illness. He had resided independently in a cottage on the premises for 13 years. His wife of 52 years, Evelyn (Jones) (Lee) Leverage, died in 1998.

Howard was born in Newark, July 29, 1917, the son of the late Ollie and Florence (Pierce) Leverage. He attended Newark High School and the University of Delaware, Class of 1939. He was a World War II Army Veteran, and was a 50+ year Mason, a member of Eureka-DuPont Lodge and the Delaware Consistory.

In March 1975, Howard retired as a Project Engineer at the DuPont Experimental Station with 34 years' service. He had also been a professional musician and played saxophone in local orchestras in Delaware and surrounding states.

Howard is survived by his stepdaughter Sara L. Hamblin and her husband Daniel of Cresco, PA; nieces Lillian Antonelli of Wilmington and Renee Santoro of Landenberg, PA and numerous great-nieces and great-nephews. He was preceded in death by his brother, Herbert Leverage and nephews Fenton and Howard W. Leverage.

Following cremation, private graveside services will be conducted at Silverbrook Cemetery at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Mount Salem United Methodist Church, 2629 West 19th Street, Wilmington, DE 19806 where Howard was an active member and had worshipped for many years. Online condolence to www.mccreryandharra.com.

Carol Majchrzak
Carol Ann Majchrzak, 57, of Newark, peacefully died surrounded by loved ones on Tuesday, March 22.

Carol was born in Wilmington on December 15, 1953, daughter of the late Walter and Cornelia (Dobrosielski) Kennedy. An avid animal lover, she was the owner and operator of Casual Canines for the past 25 years. Carol was a devoted member of St. Elizabeth Parish and a member of the Lay Fraternity of St. Dominic.

Carol will be lovingly remembered by her husband of 34 years, Stephen W. Majchrzak; her children, Stephen W. Jr. and his wife, Beth and Christine English; her sister, Linda Shank; her grandchildren, Patricia, Ashley, Tyler and Erica; her nieces and nephews; and many devoted friends.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. Elizabeth's Church, Cedar and S. Clayton Streets, Wilmington on Friday, March 25. Entombment followed in All Saints Cemetery.

Please omit flowers. Instead, the family requests memorial donations to Compassionate Care Hospice, 702 B Kirkwood Hwy., Wilmington, DE 19805. To offer online condolences, please visit www.dohertyfh.com.

Luther Rhoades
Luther M. Rhoades, 80, of Newark, died on Friday, March 18.

Mr. Rhoades proudly served with the U.S. Marines during the Korean War. He worked with DuPont for 32 years before his retirement in 1985. Mr. Rhoades was a member with First Baptist Church in New Castle where he served as a greeter, served at church dinners, and a member of Post Cana. He volunteered his elaborate wood carving talent on the Kalmar Nyckel.

Mr. Rhoades is survived by his wife, Nancy Moore-Rhoades; sons, Steven Rhoades, and David M. Rhoades and longtime companion Fran Callahan; daughter, Linda Willis & husband Peter; brother, Charles Rhoades; step-grandson, Jason Ellis; step-granddaughter, Casey; and nephews: Alfred Eugene, David, and James Hilbert. He was preceded in death by his sister, Mary Hilbert; and stepsons, David and Brian Ellis.

A visitation for family and friends was held on Saturday, March 26, at First Baptist Church, 901 E. Basin Road, New Castle, followed by a service in celebration of Luther's life. Burial with military honors was held in All Saints Cemetery.

The family suggests memorial contributions to First Baptist Church or Compassionate Care Hospice, 5610 Kirkwood Hwy., Wilmington, DE 19808. To express an online condolence, visit www.strano-feeley.com.

John Reynolds
John Joseph Reynolds, 68, of Bear, died peacefully at St. Francis Hospital on Sunday, March 20, after a long battle with heart disease.

Born in Wilmington, DE, John was the son of the late Howard and Helen (Krusynski) Reynolds. He worked the assembly line at Chrysler Corporation. He was a 50-year member of the Delaware City Fire Company.

He is survived by his son, John Joseph Reynolds Jr. of Rehoboth Beach, DE; his brother, Richard Reynolds of Delaware City, DE; three sisters, Margaret Spicer, Florence Mahaffey and Chrisy Alfree of Smyrna, DE; granddaughter, Victoria R. Reynolds of Delaware City, DE; aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, Helen (Krusynski) Reynolds Garboski and Howard Reynolds, and his older brother Howard Reynolds Jr.

Funeral services will be private. To send an online condolence, please visit www.mealeyfuneralhomes.com.

G. Jeanette Thomas
Mrs. G. Jeanette Reese Ayars Thomas, 73, of Newark, and Betterton, MD, died on Monday, March 21, at Chester River Hospital in Chestertown, MD.

Jeanette was born in Wilmington in 1938, daughter of the late Daniel Reese and Gertrude Dawson Reese. A 1956 graduate of P.S. DuPont High School, she attended the University of Delaware, but withdrew in 1957 to raise her family. She returned to the university curriculum in 1980 and graduated in 1984 with a double major in psychology and sociology.

Throughout her career, Jeanette worked in the mental health field, specializing in services to recovering mental health clients. She was the past executive director of the Self Help and Rehabilitation program for the Cecil County area. Later she accepted the position of executive director of the Alliance for the Mentally Ill in Delaware and coordinated advocacy projects throughout the state. She retired from the Delaware State Hospital as a psychiatric social worker.

Active in her community, Jeanette served as the secretary of the New Castle County Suburban Hospital Task Force, which was instrumental in the site selection process for the Christiana Hospital campus. She was the past president of the Returning Adult Student Association at the University of Delaware and past president of the Newark Republican Women's Club. She was also a fundraising representative for the American Cancer Society for many years, an active member of the Newark Kiwanis Club, a member of the local Jaycees and past president of the Delaware Jaycees Women, and a Life Member of the Newark Historical Society.

She is survived by her beloved husband of 12 years, Robert O. Thomas Sr.; sons, Daniel Ayars (Milissa) of Wilmington, O. Kent Ayars (companion, Debbie Hammond) of Millsboro, Glenn Ayars of Panama City, FL, and Brian Ayars of Middletown; stepson, Robert O. Thomas Jr. of Newark; and grandchildren, William Ayars, Matthew Ayars, Lea Ayars, and Kate Ayars.

A celebration of Jeanette's life was held on Saturday, March 26, at Bentley's Banquet Hall, 902 East Pulaski Highway, Elkton, MD 21921.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Red Clay Creek Presbyterian Church, 500 McKennans Church Road, Wilmington, DE 19808. To sign guest book, visit www.spicermullikin.com.

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