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Posted: Thursday, August 19, 2010 12:00 am

Ramona Chartowich

Ramona Colicchio Chartowich, of Orange Park, FL, formerly of Newark, died on August 10.
Ramona was preceded in death by her son, Vincent Colicchio and her second husband, David Harrington. She is survived by her husband, John Chartowich; her daughters, Terry Canady (Dave), Mary Ann McGonigal (Charlie) and Karen Protz (Kelly); her sons, Greg Colicchio (Claudine) and Mark Colicchio (Karen); 13 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Ramona was employed at Christiana Care of Delaware for 15 years. She relocated to Florida in 1989, volunteering her cooking and sewing talents to the community as a member of Moose Lodge #1767. She received the Academy of Friendship award for her commitment and loyal service during that time. In 2005, Ramona retired to Moosehaven Retirement Community in Orange Park, FL.
Services were held in Florida. Contributions may be made to your local ASPCA.
 
John Chivalette
John Chivalette of Newark lived a long 96 years and was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather to a family who will miss him very much.
As a very young man he served in the Civilian Conservation Corps that was established by FDR to help build over 800 parks nationwide. He then served with the Pennsylvania Railroad where he worked for 43 years until his retirement in 1975.
John is survived by his devoted wife Louise Chivalette, daughters - Darlene Wolverson, Barbara Kelly, Mary Bryant and Louise Ann Chivalette as well as 12 grandchildren and 26 great grandchildren.
Memorial services will be private at the family's request.
 
Joyce Crumlish
Joyce Lorraine Crumlish, 61 of Newark died Thursday, August 12, at home. Joyce was born on May 11, 1949 in Philadelphia to the late George, Jr. and Ruth (McGinnis) Snider.
Joyce attended school in Philadelphia, and following graduation from John Bartram High School attended West Chester State Teachers College, graduating in 1970. Joyce taught 1st grade for two years in the Darby Colwyn School District before marrying and moving to Delaware. From September 1972 until June 2008, Joyce taught 1st grade at the John R. Downes Elementary School in Newark.
In addition to her parents, Joyce was preceded in death by her brother, George III, and is survived by Edward, Jr., to whom she was married for 34 years, a son Edward, III, daughter, Meghan, and sister, Ruth DiFilippo.
Services were held Monday, August 16 at the Newark United Methodist Church on Main Street in Newark. A service followed the visitation period, with interment at the All Saints Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Caring for Kids in care of John R. Downes Elementary School, 220 Casho Mill Rd., Newark, DE 19711.
 
Barbara D'Angelo
Mrs. Barbara Louise D'Angelo, 87, formerly of Newark, died on Friday, August 6, at the Masonic Home of Delaware.
A native Delawarean, Mrs. D'Angelo was born in Wilmington on April 7, 1923, daughter of the late Oliver Bensinger and Louise Kenyon Bensinger. Active in a variety of community organizations, Mrs. D'Angelo was a member of Order of the Eastern Star Chapter #10 and was instrumental in founding Job's Daughters Chapter #3, both in Newark. She was a member and past president of the Ladies Auxiliary of Aetna Hose, Hook & Ladder Fire Company and also served for a time as a volunteer tour guide at the Brandywine Zoo in Wilmington.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Michael D'Angelo, and brothers, Kenyon Bensinger and William Bensinger. She is survived by her children, Geraldine L. Melvin (David) of Indianapolis, IN; Frances C. Scott of Ronks, PA; Oliver J. D'Angelo (Diane) of Wilmington, DE; Michele A. Giammatteo (James) of Spring, TX; and Michael R. D'Angelo of Wilmington, DE; 11 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.
Visitation was held on Thursday, August 12, at the Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 121 W. Park Place, Newark. A funeral service was held on Friday, August 13, at the chapel of Gracelawn Memorial Park, 2220 N. DuPont Parkway, New Castle. Interment followed in the adjoining memorial park.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to PAWS for People, PO Box 1353, Hockessin, DE 19707 (302/351-5622 / pawsforpeople.org). To sign guest book, visit http://spicermullikin.com">spicermullikin.com.
 
William Doyle
William B. Doyle, 74, formerly of Newark, died on August 10.
He was a lifelong truck driver.
Husband of Frances Doyle; father of Linda Clevenger (Harold), F. Diane Wheatley, Sharon Gleeson (Bob), William, IV, and the late Victoria Evans and Kathleen Liebal; brother of Jack Doyle. Also survived by many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Services and interment are private. Arrangements by Cavanagh Family Funeral Home of Norwood.
 
Marianne Farren
Marianne Lynch Farren, 61, of Newark, died suddenly and unexpectedly at home Thursday, August 12.
Marianne was the daughter of Rachel A. Schabach. She was a member of the graduating class of 1967 from Ursuline Academy and graduated from University of Delaware in 1971 with a degree in special education. She worked as a special education teacher in the early years of her career before transitioning into a 20-year career with the United States Postal Service working in the human resources department. After retiring from the Postal service in 2008, she volunteered her time at Chimes Delaware.
She is survived by her beloved husband of 28 years, George "Bear" Farren; and three children, Jennifer Lynch, James "Jay" Lynch, and Christine Lynch Alvarez. She was blessed with six grandchildren.
Visitation was held on Wednesday, August 18 at the Chandler Funeral Home, 2506 Concord Pike, Wilmington. Burial was private.
In lieu of flowers, please make contributions in Marianne's name to Chimes Delaware, 514 Interchange Blvd, Newark, DE, 19711.
 
Oletha Gallagher
Oletha (Lee) M. Calvert Gallagher, 68, died suddenly and peacefully at her home in Wilmington on Sunday, August 8.
Born in Pittsburgh, PA, Lee was the oldest daughter of the late Walter and LaVerda Calvert. Her father was in the Navy and the family moved often, living in Washington, D.C., San Diego and Hawaii before moving to Delaware where Lee graduated from Newark High School. She attended the University of Delaware where she majored in chemistry and worked at the agronomy lab. She was employed by Farmers Bank where she soon became an officer before entering the world of private enterprise.
Lee started cooking before she was ten and in July of 1979, she and her husband Charles opened a catering service, pursuing her lifelong passion for cooking. For over three decades, Gallagher & Gallagher, the Caterers have served clients throughout DE and surrounding states with pride and impeccable standards of food preparation and presentation.
Lee was the loving wife of Charles Gallagher, with whom she shared 35 years of marriage. Charles had traveled extensively in India where he met the friend who introduced him to Lee. They returned to India for their honeymoon in 1975 where Lee was deeply affected by the needs of the poor. For 28 years, Lee and Charles have catered a Thanksgiving meal for the homeless at the Ministry of Caring's Emmanuel Dining Hall. Lee said that this was one way they could demonstrate their gratitude for the success of their enterprise. In recognition of their dedicated service to the Wilmington community, Lee and Charles were honored with the James M. Baker Mayoral Award for Distinguished Citizens in 2002.
Lee was the proud and loving mother of Lisa Calvert Gallagher Stewart, wife of Andrew Stewart. Lisa and Andrew married in October 2009 and are expecting their first child in December. Lee was looking forward to being a doting grandmother.
She was the eldest sister to six siblings, Deena Swist and her husband, Robert, Sandy Turulski and her husband, Jack, Vicki Cherry and her husband, Brett, Wayne Calvert, David Calvert, and Gary Calvert and his wife, Peg. Aunt Lee was loved and respected by her eight nieces and nephews, and their families. She is also survived by her aunt Rosina Rank and several cousins.
Lee's many friends were invited to visit at the McCrery Memorial Funeral Home, 3924 Concord Pike, Talleyville on Monday, August 16 and to attend the funeral service on Tuesday, August 17, at Westminster Presbyterian Church at 1502 W. 13th Street in Wilmington.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions in Lee's memory be made to the Ministry of Caring, 506 N. Church Street, Wilmington, DE 19801. To send condolences to the family, visit http://www.mccreryfuneralhome.com">www.mccreryfuneralhome.com.
 
Stephanie Gregg
Ms. Stephanie Griffiths Gregg, 49, of Newark, died on Tuesday, August 10, at Christiana Hospital.
Ms. Gregg was born at the U.S. Navy Hospital in Bainbridge, MD, on February 24, 1961.
She enjoyed taking care of others, which lead her to become a sponsor for people struggling with drug and alcohol addiction.
She was preceded in death by her father, George Griffiths. She is survived by her daughter, Jessica N. Gregg of Milford, DE; son, Donald R. Gregg III of New Castle, DE; mother, Josephine B. Griffiths of Newark, DE; siblings, Barry Griffiths of Manhattan Beach, CA; Cindy Jo Dodge of Sonora, CA; Stanley Griffiths of Wilmington, DE; Ruth Schaen of Newark, DE; and Jan Desmond of Middletown, DE; grandson, Brett DeVary; and her children's father, Donald R. Gregg II.
Services were held privately. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Helen F. Graham Cancer Center, c/o Christiana Care, P.O. Box 1668, Wilmington, DE 19899.
To sign guest book, visit http://spicermullikin.com">spicermullikin.com.
 
Mary Joiner
Affectionately known as "Mom Joiner", 70, of Newark, died peacefully at home surrounded by her loving family on Saturday, August 7.
She was born to the late Roy and Willie Jean Morgan in Crossett, AR on February 25, 1940. Mary retired from the Christina School District as a bus aide for autistic children. She will be dearly missed by her children, Mary Jean and her husband Eddie, Billy Joe and his wife Debbie, Elizabeth Ann and her significant other John, Jacqueline Kay and her husband Frank, Howard Jr. and his significant other Chrissy; grandchildren, Stacy, Billy, Joe, Tina, Krista, Ritchie, Angela, Eddie, Sandy, Mandy, Brandon, Shania; and her great grand children, Katelyn, Joey, Jason, Brianna, Ritchie, Cheyenne, Kristen, Haley, Rylie, Cameron, Joey-Christina, Madelyn, Kaya, Logan, Kyle, Christian, Billy Joe and Nicholas. She was predeceased in death by her loving husband Howard E. Joiner, her sons, John Roy "Butchie" and James Earl "Jimmy".
Relatives and friends were invited to attend Mary's service on Thursday, August 12, at the Beeson Funeral Home of Newark, 2053 Pulaski Hwy, Newark. Interment followed at Gracelawn Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, Mary's family requests that donations be made to Compassionate Care Hospice, 702 B Kirkwood Hwy, Wilmington, DE 19805. To leave an online condolence, please visit http://www.griecocares.com">www.griecocares.com.
 
Mary Kerr
Mary Eva Kerr, 93, of Lima, PA, died peacefully August 9, at Lima Estates.
Born in Mineral Point, PA on July 19, 1917, Mary was the daughter of the late John and Cora Singer Byers. Upon graduating from High School in Johnstown, PA, she worked for the Pennsylvania Department of Assistance. Mary was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Newark and was particularly active in Presbyterian Women.
She is survived by her daughter Judith Kerr Kenworthy and her husband Robert of Wallingford, PA; a granddaughter Jennifer Kenworthy Gelson; a grandson Peter Kerr Kenworthy and his wife Julie; five great grandchildren, Anna Elizabeth Gelson, Rebecca Judith Gelson, Courtney Nicole Kenworthy, Maxwell Owen Kenworthy and Thomas Kerr Kenworthy. She was preceded in death by her husband Robert G. Kerr who died in 1995.
A memorial service was held at First Presbyterian Church, 292 West Main St., Newark, on Saturday August 14. Burial was private. Contributions may be made to the First Presbyterian Church Memorial Fund c/o R.T. Foard & Jones Funeral Home, 122 West Main St., Newark, DE 19711. To send condolences visit http://www.rtfoard.com/">www.rtfoard.com.
 
Patricia McAvoy
Patricia C. McAvoy, 80 of Newark, died at Christiana Hospital on August 9, surrounded by her family.
Pat was born in Brooklyn, NY on July 19, 1930; she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Constance (Platou) Anyon. Pat was a Library Analyst/ Reference Technician with the University of Delaware, where she worked from 1972 until her retirement in 1997. Following her retirement she worked part time for the Kirkwood Library. When the Library reopened after being renovated, Pat served as Vice President of The Friends of the Kirkwood Library.
Pat is survived by her husband of 59 years, Thomas E. McAvoy; two sons, Thomas J. McAvoy (Christie) and William A. McAvoy; four daughters, Ellen P. Elliott (Doug), Constance L. Park (David), Karen D. Kohlmorgen (Scott) and Mary A. Curran (Hugh); 11 grandchildren; two sisters, Annette Effaldana and Joy Thielen (Carl); and her two furry kids, Maddie and Buddy.
A Memorial in her honor was held at the Doherty Funeral Home, 3200 Limestone Road, Pike Creek on Friday, August 13. Interment was held privately.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her memory to "Friends of the Kirkwood Library", contact Nancy Collins, 302-995-7663, 6000 Kirkwood Highway, Wilmington, DE 19808. To offer online condolences, visit http://www.dohertyfh.com">www.dohertyfh.com.
 
Thomas Phillips
Thomas Phillips, 84, of Newark, died on August 11. He passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by his beloved wife of 62 years and adoring family.
Thomas was born in Union Beach, New Jersey. He attended Grover Cleveland High School in Caldwell, New Jersey. On August 3, 1943 he enlisted in the United States Navy. After completing boot camp in Newport, Rhode Island, he enrolled in Radio School in Bainbridge, Maryland.
During the course of his twenty one and a half years in the Navy, Thomas served aboard the staff of COMSUBLANT, CSSZ, CSS10, the USS BRILL(SS-330), USS CREVALLE(SS-291), and the USS TENCH (SS-417). As an instructor, he had two tours of duty at both the RM "A" and RM "B" Schools in Bainbridge, Maryland. Thomas retired from the United States Navy as a Chief Radioman in 1964.
Thomas launched a second career and retired as a production foreman for the Schmidt Baking Company in Fullerton, Maryland.
On December 19, 1948, he married his sweetheart, Elvira Ellen Romano. They recently celebrated 62 wonderful years of marriage.
Thomas is survived by his wife Elvira; two daughters, Deborah Phillips and Colleen Deal; son Thomas Phillips; grandson Jared; granddaughter Chantelle; her husband Ron and three beautiful great-grandchildren Kaely Shea, Bryce Patrick, and Brody Chase.
A funeral service was held on Saturday, August 14, at the McCrery Memorial Chapel, 3710 Kirkwood Hwy, at Duncan Rd, Wilmington. Burial was in All Saints Cemetery.
For online condolences, visit http://www.mccreryfuneralhome.com">www.mccreryfuneralhome.com.
 
Eleanor Stearns
Eleanor W. Stearns, 76, formerly of Newark, and Landenberg, PA, died on August 8, surrounded by her family, after a long struggle with Alzheimer's Disease.
An active and faithful servant of the Presbyterian Church, she spent nearly 40 years alongside her husband in his ministry of four congregations: First Presbyterian Church of Hominy, OK; Calvin Presbyterian Church, Oklahoma City, OK; Twelve Corners Presbyterian Church, Rochester, NY and First Presbyterian Church, Greenwich, CT.
She attended Red Clay Creek Presbyterian Church in Wilmington, having lived in Newark, and Landenberg, PA for nearly 12 years before moving to Massachusetts. During that time, she was a licensed family daycare provider and worked at MBNA's corporate childcare center - Great Expectations. She was an active volunteer in the community, particularly in caring for the needs of the elderly.
She is survived by her husband of 54 years, the Reverend Richard H. Stearns and sister-in-law Charlotte M. Stearns, both of Poughkeepsie, NY, daughter Cheryl Stearns Huber and her husband Randy Huber of Newark, DE, daughter Lisa C. Stearns of Hingham, MA, son Richard H. Stearns Jr., of Newark, DE, son Robert J. Stearns of New York, NY, and sister Evelyn Gray of Onalaska, TX. She was beloved "Gramma" to Ryan, Lauren and Caitlyn Huber of Newark, DE and Heather, Jeffrey and Alyssa Stearns of Hamilton, NJ. Born and raised in Laredo, TX she was preceded in death by her brother, Jerry Worsham, and her parents Jerry and Maude Worsham of Laredo, Texas.
A funeral service was held on Thursday, August 12, at First and Central Presbyterian Church, 1101 N. Market Street, Wilmington, followed immediately by a burial at Red Clay Creek Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Wilmington. Friends visited with the family at the Chandler Funeral Home, 2506 Concord Pike, Wilmington.
In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made in Eleanor's name to the Alzheimer's Association (alz.org). Checks may be mailed to Alzheimer's Association, 225 N. Michigan Ave., Ste 117, Chicago, IL 60601-7633. For online condolences, please visit Chandler Funeral Homes at http://www.chandlerfuneralhome.com">www.chandlerfuneralhome.com.

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