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
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
Services were held in Florida. Contributions
may be made to your local ASPCA.
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
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
Memorial services will be private at the
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)
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
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.
Mrs. Barbara Louise D'Angelo, 87, formerly of
Newark, died on Friday, August 6, at the Masonic Home of
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
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
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.
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
Services and interment are
private. Arrangements by Cavanagh Family Funeral Home of
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
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
In lieu of flowers, please make contributions
in Marianne's name to Chimes Delaware, 514 Interchange Blvd,
Newark, DE, 19711.
Oletha (Lee) M. Calvert Gallagher, 68, died
suddenly and peacefully at her home in Wilmington on Sunday, August
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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 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
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
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/
Patricia C. McAvoy, 80 of Newark, died at
Christiana Hospital on August 9, surrounded by her
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
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
Memorial in her honor was held at the Doherty Funeral Home, 3200
Limestone Road, Pike Creek on Friday, August 13. Interment was held
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, 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
Thomas launched a second career and retired as
a production foreman for the Schmidt Baking Company in Fullerton,
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
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.
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.
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