Geraldine Burkel

Geraldine Bernadette Burkel, 52, of Newark, died at home with her family on Wednesday, November 3, of natural causes. Gerri was born in Wilmington, DE on June 18, 1958, the daughter of Anna Mae and Frederick Barry Ventura.

Her husband, Deny J. Burkel, predeceased her in May 2010. She will be greatly missed by her brother, Michael James Ventura; sons, Frank Christopher Cario Jr. and Thomas Fredrick Burkel of Newark DE, Anthony Ryan Cario of Philadelphia, PA; her step-daughters, Claire Francine Cario of Brooklyn, NY, and Aimee Madison Cario of Philadelphia, PA.

Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Monday, November 8, at Holy Angels Church, 82 Possum Park Road, Newark. Interment followed at All Saints Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the Thomas F. Burkel Education Fund, c/o Wilmington Trust Co., 2371 Limestone Road, Wilmington, DE 19808 or to any Wilmington Trust Branch. To send a condolence, please visit">

Erin Favreau
Erin M. Favreau, 53 of Newark, died on October 29, at the Christiana Hospital in Newark.

Born in Clinton, IN, Erin was the daughter of Les McFann and the late Jean O'Connell McFann. Mrs. Favreau graduated from Goldey Beacom College and later worked as a Fund Accountant for PFPC Trust Company in Wilmington, DE for several years. Erin loved gardening and was a proud "Gift of Life" donor.

In addition to her father Les McFann of Florence, SC, Erin is survived by her husband, Marcel L. Favreau; her sister, Leslie Tenaro of Houston, TX; step-sister, Candice Gallant of FL; father-in-law, Raymond L. Favreau of Plattsburgh, NY; brother-in-law, Alfred Favreau and his wife Penny of Champlain, NY, and her sister-in-law, Noella Jones and her husband Dale of Leesburg, FL.

Funeral services were held on Thursday, November 4, at the Doherty Funeral Home, 3200 Limestone Road, Pike Creek. Interment was held privately at the family's convenience. To offer condolences, visit">


Vicmar Igartua
Mr. Vicmar A. Igartua, 86, of Newark, formerly of Norfolk, VA, died on Sunday, October 31, at Wilmington Hospital.

Born in Bayamón, Puerto Rico, on March 17, 1924, Mr. Igartua was the son of the late Carmen and Victor Igartua. He made his career in the U.S. Navy and proudly served his country during World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War before retiring with the rank of chief.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Blanca Olabarrieta Igartua. He is survived by his children, Eric V. Igartua and Sandra M. Igartua.

A memorial service was held on Thursday, November 4, at the Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 1000 N. DuPont Parkway, New Castle.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, 100 W. 10th Street, Ste. 209, Wilmington, DE 19801. To sign guest book, visit">

Francis Jackson
Mr. Francis X. Jackson "Frank", 79, of Newark, died on Thursday, October 28, at his home.

Mr. Jackson was a native Delawarean, born in Wilmington on March 15, 1931. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War from 1950 to 1954. An accountant by profession, he was employed with the DuPont Company for 39 years until his retirement.

He is survived by his wife, Lillian T. Dabrowski Jackson, sons, Michael Jackson of Middletown and Kevin Jackson of Bear; brother, Jerry Jackson of San Diego, CA; granddaughter, Heather Jackson; and great-granddaughter, Alexis Jackson.

Mass of Christian Burial was offered on Friday, November 5, at Holy Family R.C. Church, E. Chestnut Hill and Gender Roads, Newark. Entombment followed in All Saints Cemetery, 6001 Kirkwood Highway, Wilmington.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Holy Family R.C. Church, 15 Gender Road, Newark, DE 19713 or to the charity of the donor's choice. To sign guest book, visit">


Dorothy McVey
Dorothy A. McVey, 64, of Newark, died on Monday, November 1. She was the husband of Wilber "Mac" McVey, with whom she shared 16 years of marriage.

Born in Everett, Massachusetts, she was the daughter of the late John and Phyllis McDonough.

In addition to her husband Mac, she will be dearly missed by her children, Ron Thompson and his wife Debbie, Scott Thompson and his wife Beth, Sandie Neff and her husband Rick; step-son Steven McVey; sisters, Phyllis Harrotunian and Marjorie Cassely; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Friends were invited to attend Dorothy's funeral service on Friday, November 5, at the Beeson Funeral Home of Newark, 2053 Pulaski Hwy, Newark. Interment followed at Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Bear, DE. To leave an online condolence, please visit">


Janet Pletcher
Janet W. Pletcher, 80, of Newark, died on Tuesday November 2, at the Christiana Hospital surrounded by her family.

She is survived by her two sons, James J. Pletcher of Charlotte, NC and Jay C. Pletcher of Buffalo, NY; daughter, Janet M. Pletcher of Elkton, MD; five grandchildren and her dog, Angel.

Services were private and at the convenience of her family.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her memory to Delaware Humane Society, 701 A Street, Wilmington, DE 19801. For online condolences, please visit">


Lee Schultz
Lee Schultz, 65, of Newark, died on Saturday, October 30, with his family by his side.

Mr. Schultz served with the Delaware U.S. Army National Guard and received the Army Commendation Medal. He was employed with Consolidated Rail Corporation for 26 years as a Locomotive Engineer and Instructor. Mr. Schultz was a past president for Eastburn Acres Civic Assn. and Brookfield Maintenance Assn. He was a member of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers, Div. 886; and the Train Collector's Assn., Strasburg, PA.

Mr. Schultz is survived by his daughters, Stephanie Lynn Wolynetz and Jessica Beth Schultz; and their mother, Harriet B. Schultz; brother, Sheldon G. Schultz and wife Ina and his extended family; two grandsons, Ryan Luke and Kevin Marcus Wolynetz; and father, Carl Schultz. He was preceded in death by his mother, Pearl Schultz.

A visitation for family and friends was held on Wednesday, November 3, in the Strano & Feeley Family Funeral Home, 635 Churchmans Road, Newark, followed by a service in celebration of Lee's life. Burial was held in Lawn Croft Cemetery, Linwood, PA.

The family suggests memorial contributions to The Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation, P.O. Box 414238, Boston, MA 02241-4238. To express an online condolence, visit">


Jean Simcox
Mrs. Jean Simcox, 64, of Newark, died on Thursday, November 4, at Christiana Hospital.

Born in Philipsburg, PA, on July 19, 1946, daughter of the late James Jarrett and Leona Ball Jarrett, Mrs. Simcox was employed as a bindery clerk with D & B Printing Company in Bear for 10 years. She was a longtime and very active member of Ladies of the Moose Chapter 1418 in New Castle.

She is survived by her beloved husband of 46 years, Lee Simcox; daughter, Leann M. Gregg and her husband, Dennis, of Newark; sister, Patricia Vaux of Osceola Mills, PA; grandson, Eddie Gregg; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, James Jarrett, and sister, Shirley Wisor.

A funeral service was held Tuesday, November 9, at the Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 1000 N. DuPont Parkway, New Castle. Interment followed in Gracelawn Memorial Park, 2220 N. DuPont Parkway, New Castle.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to Compassionate Care Hospice, 702 B Kirkwood Highway, Wilmington, DE 19805. To sign guest book, visit">


Irving Spiro
Mr. Irving "Irv" Spiro, 88, of Aventura, FL, and Pennsville, NJ, died peacefully at home in Pennsville surrounded by loving family on Monday, November 1.

Born on October 29, 1922 in New York City, son of Albert and Gussie Spiro, and brother of Howard, Irv was a graduate of Long Beach High School and City College of NYC where he earned his bachelor's degree in business and subsequently passed his CPA exam. Irv served his country by enlisting in the US Army Air Corps, training as a Bombardier Navigator during World War II. He survived numerous dangerous flying missions over Germany and completed his Air Corps service by guiding a squadron of A26 Douglas Invaders on a first-of-its kind non-stop flight across the Atlantic Ocean from France to Brazil.

After the war, Irv met his future wife, Loida, in front of the famous Rascal House restaurant on Collins Avenue in Miami Beach. They married and were blessed with two children, Grace Elizabeth and Alan Jeffrey. Irv was also blessed with two children, Susan Frances Spiro and Judi Weislo, from a first marriage.

After Irv and Loida married they moved to Delaware and Irv became involved in real estate development. During Irv's initial development project—the building of the expansive Brookside neighborhood in Newark—Irv met his future business partner, Arnold Mattei Sr. Irv and his partner went on to develop the Society Hill Apartments in Claymont, DE, the New Amstel Apartments, the Landings Apartments in Pleasantville NJ, the Quality Inn Skyways, Kent Manor Motel & Inn, the Bowlerama Entertainment Center and Continental Cafe, along with other commercial projects.

Irv is survived by his loving, devoted wife Loida, daughters Susan, Judi, and Grace, son Alan, daughter in-law Victoria, his nieces, Marsha and Ellen Spiro, and grandchildren, Justin, Benjamin John Ruben, and Alana Jade.

A Celebration of Life service was held on Friday, November 5, at the Asbury United Methodist Church, 300 E. Basin Road, New Castle. Interment was in Gracelawn Memorial Park, 2220 N. DuPont Parkway, New Castle, DE, followed by a celebration reception at the Clarion Belle Hotel.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the American Diabetes Association, 100 W. 10th St., Ste. 1002, Wilmington, DE 19801 or to Asbury United Methodist Church at the address above. To sign guest book, visit">


Elizabeth Walker
Mrs. Elizabeth V. Walker, known fondly as Betty, 83, of Newark, died on Wednesday, November 3, at her home.

Mrs. Walker was born in Chester, PA, on October 29, 1927, daughter of the late Lawrence Adams and Lillian M. Buckingham Adams. A talented homemaker throughout her life, she was also a lifelong member of Christiana United Methodist Church and a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of both the VFW in Port Deposit, MD, and the American Legion in Rising Sun, MD.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Harvey B. Walker, and a son, Richard Walker. She is survived by her children, Janis E. Malloch of Newark, Ralph A. Walker (Lisa) of Newark, and Robert J. Walker (Charlotte) of Bear; seven grandchildren; and a host of great and great-great-grandchildren.

A funeral service was held on Monday, November 8, at the Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 121 West Park Place, Newark. Interment followed in Newark Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to Vitas Hospice, 100 Commerce Drive, Ste. 302, Newark, DE 19713. To sign guest book, visit">


Ryan Weiss
Ryan Neal Weiss, of Newark, died November 5. Beloved husband of Kimberly Ann (nee Stone) Weiss. Dear father of David Stone Weiss. Devoted son of Edmond and Beverly (nee Eisenberg) Weiss. Cherished brother of Mindy Weiss Friedman. Adored grandson of Gloria (the late Daniel Eisenberg) Aaron, Sandra Weiss, and the late Harry & Hilda Weiss.

Ryan was a graduate of Wilmington University, a broadcaster who worked most of his career at Comcast, a member of the New Castle County JCC, and an accomplished musician/ composer.

Relatives and friends were invited to Platt Memorial Chapels, Inc., 2001 Berlin Rd., Cherry Hill, NJ for the funeral services. Interment was at Shalom Mem. Park. Afterward, the family returned to the home of Edmond & Beverly Weiss.

Contributions may be made to Compassionate Care Hospice of Wilmington DE, 19805.

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