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Donavanik, Drew  
Drew Donavanik AGE: 29 • Newark and Chestnut Hill, PA Passed away May 19, 2016. He was born in Newark, DE, beloved son of Dr. Viroon Donavanik and Janet Mordawski, step-son of Judith Donavanik and Tom Hardy. Drew attended The Tatnall School and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Chestnut Hill College in 2010. He was a freelance writer with a love of writing, music and photography. In addition to his parents, Drew is survived by his brother Daniel Donavanik of Washington D.C., his step-sister Kristen Swain-Accisano and her husband Patrick Accisano; his step-brother Michael Swain and his wife Carolyn Stout-Swain; three nephews and a niece, Samuel and Nicholas Accisano, and Christopher and Maya Swain. He is also survived by his uncle Vajara Donavanik and his family. Funeral will be private. MealeyFuneralHomes.com (302) 652-5913
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Published in The News Journal on May 22, 2016
Donovan, Rose Marie  
Rose Marie Donovan AGE: 86 • Wilmington Age 86, passed away on May 18, 2016. Rose was born in Wilmington, DE on August 16, 1929 to the late William and Ellen (Begley) Nitsche. She was a diligent and prideful worker, having been employed at Ludlow's Textile, Wilmington General Hospital, and in her favorite role in Labor and Delivery at Christiana Hospital. Unwaveringly devout in her faith, she was a longtime member of St. Elizabeth Church and a faithful viewer of EWTN. Rose was endlessly devoted to her family and possessed notable adoration for her grandchildren, nieces, and nephews, with whom she would often joyfully take trips to places such as Wildwood, Myrtle Beach, and Disneyworld. Each of them would also receive heartfelt, detailed, and personalized letters upon graduation from high school. Rose was an avid Phillies fan and enjoyed baking cakes for family and friends. She was the host to many children of St. Elizabeth School upon the end of their school day, garnering the same warmth and affection she provided. Rose was preceded in death by her husband, Elton, and brother, Billy. She is survived by her son, Thomas (Ann); daughter, with whom she lived, Sissy Harrison; grandchildren, Keith, Melissa, Aislinn, and Bethany; great-grandchildren, Christopher, Brittany, and Alexander; great-great-grandchildren, Faith and Nevaeh; siblings, Betty Gliniak, Pat Rozanski, Joe Nitsche (Elaine), Marge Trimarco, Barbara Yarrusso (Jack), Kass DeSeta (Vince), Jackie Kempski (Jack); many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews; and her adopted daughter, Frances Gondek who provided much love and attentiveness during Rose's most recent illness. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Elizabeth RC Church, Cedar and Clayton Sts in Wilmington, on Tuesday, May 24 at 11am. Burial will follow in All Saints Cemetery. Visitation will be held at CHARLES P. ARCARO FUNERAL HOME, 2309 Lancaster Ave in Wilmington, on Monday evening, May 23 from 6-8pm. No visitation will be held on Tuesday morning prior to mass. arcarofuneralhome.com (302)658-9095
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Published in The News Journal from May 20 to May 22, 2016
Dorph M.D., Marvin H.  
Marvin H. Dorph, MD Age 92, of Hockessin, DE passed away peacefully on May 19, 2016. He was a physician for more than 60 years in Wilmington, DE. Marvin was born and raised in Philadelphia, PA on January 28, 1924, to the late Irving and Rose Dorph. He attended Overbrook High School and graduated at age 16 and then enlisted in the US Army during WWII. In 1944, he earned his undergraduate degree in pre-med and in 1948 graduated from Temple Medical School. Marvin relocated in 1948 to Wilmington, DE to start his long career in the medical field. During this time, he married his long time sweetheart, Muriel, and they enjoyed a full family life of 60 plus years. Marvin was an avid Philadelphia sports fan and enjoyed the opera. He spent most of his life caring for his patients and supporting his family with love and affection. Marvin's private practice lasted more than 50 years and then another 15 plus years at Governor Bacon Health Facility. He was also Secretary of The Delaware Medical Society for more than 40 years. At age 88, he retired. Marvin was preceded in death by his wife, Muriel "Min"; brother, Frank; and sister, Essie. He is survived by his sons, Michael (Denise) and Merrill (Tammy); daughter, Nina Hubbert (James); sister, Eunice Schrank (Wes); grandchildren, Jeremiah and Joshua (Kristin); great-grandchildren, Madison and Hannah. The family wants to thank all for their compassion and kindness with a special thanks to Lindy and Theresa for being his dinner buddies, to Paul Collins - his lunch partner, and Dr. Al and his wife, Claire Dworkin - his Saturday morning breakfast pals. A very special thank to Mara Markis for everything she did for him and the family. Last, to his neighbors, Steve and Marion for being there when most needed. Funeral services will be 1:00 pm, Sunday, May 22, 2016 at Adas Kodesch Shel Emeth Synagogue, 4412 Washington Boulevard, Wilmington, DE 19802. Shiva services will be 7:00 pm, Sunday May 22 and Monday May 23 at the late residence. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to Adas Kodesch Shel Emeth Synagogue. SCHOENBERG MEMORIAL CHAPEL
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Published in The News Journal from May 21 to May 23, 2016
Downs, Roy A.  
Roy A. Downs AGE: 37 • New Castle passed away suddenly at home on May 11, 2016. He was born in Kingston, Jamaica to Roy and Dortris Downs. He migrated to the United States at the age of four. He attended public schools and graduated from Christian High School. After graduation, he joined the United States Air Force. After his discharge, he returned to attend college at the University of Delaware. He received a degree in Engineering. He worked for Thermo Fisher Scientific, Philadelphia, for several years. He was a loving son, comforting and supportive. The moment you met Roy, Jr., you knew he was a man of many passions. He loved music, reading, religious studies, travel and politics. Roy was preceded in death by his grandparents: Ivis and Lawford Patterson and Elizak and Persival Downs; two cousins, Michael Beaumant and Mark Downs. He is survived by his parents: Dortris and Roy Downs; his sisters: Dr. Andrea Downs-Patterson, Valerie Patterson, Dortis Am Downs, Dr. Jolethea J. Downs, Sophie Leila Downs, Hycinth Downs-Gordon, Dr. Beverly Green; brothers, Andrew Downs, Damian Patterson, Andrae Williams; aunts: Dr. Avis Joseph, Rita Patterson, Jacqueline Thompson, Aneita Patterson-Warrick, Jennifer Patterson, Enid Patterson, Jennieve Patterson, Conceleta Patterson-Burbick, Joyce Downs-Davis, Adina Downs; uncles Willoughby Downs, Charles Downs, Elton Downs, Philbern Downs, Ernel Frater, Handel Patterson, Edwin Patterson, Hubert Patterson, several cousins, nieces, nephews and friends. Viewing will be held Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at Faith City Family Church, 179 Stanton-Christiana Rd, Newark, DE from 11 to 12 noon. Celebration of Life will follow viewing at 12 noon. Interment will be in Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery at 2:00 pm In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Roy's memory to the Faith City Family Church.
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Published in The News Journal from May 22 to May 24, 2016
Drain, Anne Rose  
Anne Rose Drain AGE: 90 • Newark Anne Rose Drain, age 90, of Newark, DE, passed away peacefully while surrounded by her family, on Sunday, May 15, 2016. Born in Little Ferry, NJ on July 10, 1925, Anne was a daughter of the late Dominic and Rose Verdi. She devoted her life to caring for her family and was a talented homemaker. A woman of strong faith, Anne possessed a deep sense of spirituality. She was a dedicated and active member of Faith City Family Church where she enjoyed being a greeter for many years. An avid gardener, Anne adored working in her yard and tending to her flowers. She was a nurturing grandmother and great grandmother who lovingly helped to raise many of her grandchildren. In addition to her parents, Anne was preceded in death by her beloved husband, James A. Drain, Sr., a daughter, Carol Ann Drain and 11 of her siblings. She is survived by her children, James A. Drain, Jr., Kevin S. Drain, Cynthia S. Richman and Robin L. Smith; sister, Betty "Mary" Vorisek; 15 grandchildren; 2 great grandchildren; and 1 great great granddaughter. A funeral service will be held at 1 pm on Thursday afternoon, May 19, 2016, at the Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 121 West Park Place, Newark, DE, where a visitation for family and friends will be held from 11 am until 1 pm. Interment will follow in Gracelawn Memorial Park, 2220 N. DuPont Parkway, New Castle, DE. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Anne's memory may be made to Seasons Hospice of Delaware, 220 Continental Drive, Ste. 101, Newark, DE 19713. To sign guest book, visit spicermullikin.com SPICER-MULLIKIN FUNERAL HOMES & CREMATORY 302-328-2213
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Published in The News Journal from May 17 to May 19, 2016
Dustman, Lorena (In Memoriam)  
Dustman, Lorena Virginia Beach, VA- Lorena H. Dustman, 94, passed on May 22, 2016. Born in North Tonawanda, NY, on January 17, 1922, she was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She became a nurse (RN) in 1944 and practiced at Dupont, in Tonawanda, NY where she met her husband of sixty-three years, Robert B. Dustman, Jr. Family life became her career and she raised five children in Wilmington, DE. She was an avid golfer, bowler, bridge player, and church choir member. As a Christian, she was always compassionate to others. Lorena is survived by two daughters (Sue D. Bennett, Mary D. Hays), three sons (Robert B. Dustman, III, Richard B. Dustman, John E. Dustman), eight grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, a sister-in-law (Kay Hicks), two nieces, and nine nephews. She will be dearly missed. A private ceremony is planned.
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Published in The News Journal on May 25, 2016
Elliott, Blanche Dukes  
Blanche Dukes Elliott AGE: 91 • Laurel Blanche Dukes Elliott, age 91, of Laurel, went to be with Jesus on May 19, 2016. Blanche was born on December 9, 1924 to the late Aaron P. and Orva Sirman Dukes. She was raised by her grandparents the late Joseph and Rosa Sirman. She was predeceased by her husband Marshall T. Elliott in 2012 after 68 years of marriage. Blanche is survived by her daughter, Marlene Elliott Brown and her husband, Jim, with whom she made her home. She is also survived by a brother William Dukes (Norma) and a sister Joan Stevenson (Robert) and a grandson, Michael Brown (Tanya) and 3 great grandchildren Mia, Abi, and Aaron. She also leaves to cherish her memory many others who were like children and grandchildren and a special cousin, Dorothy Banks. Blanche attended Sycamore School and graduated as the salutatorian of the Laurel High School Class of 1942. She worked for many years as a bookkeeper for L. B. Brittingham. She had been a member of Trinity United Methodist Church for over 70 years. She treasured being a farm wife and mother and loved serving her church. She will always be remembered for her kind, gentle spirit. A viewing will be held on Sunday, May 22 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm at Trinity United Methodist Church. 17429 Phillips Hill Rd. Laurel, DE, with a service to follow at 3:00 pm. Interment will be held on Monday, May 23 at 10:00 am in Odd Fellows Cemetery Laurel, DE. Contributions can be made in her memory to Trinity United Methodist Church, c/o Barbara Adams, 16394 Adams Rd. Laurel, DE 19956. Arrangements are in the care of the Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home Laurel, DE. Online condolences can be made by visiting, www.hsdfuneralhome.com .
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Published in The News Journal on May 20, 2016
English III, Alfred Patton "Pat"  
Alfred Patton English III "Pat" AGE: 55 • New Castle Alfred Patton English III, age 55, of New Castle, DE, passed away peacefully while surrounded by his loving family on Wednesday, May 18, 2016. Pat was born in Salem, New Jersey on September 24, 1960 and was the son of Alfred Patton English II and Kathleen "Kay" (McManus) Bartlett. A graduate of Pennsville High School, he worked for the Town Of Pennsville, NJ, retiring after over 20 years of service. Pat was a loyal and avid fan of all of the Philadelphia sports teams. He was preceded in death by his father, Alfred II and step father, Bill Bartlett. Pat is survived by his mother, Kay with whom he lived; sister, Sherry Sweetman (Ronald); nieces, Brooke Alston and Kate and Lauren Sweetman; step mother, Elizabeth English; step brothers, Richard Wilber and Andrew Wilber; step sisters, Deborah Wilber and Peggy Foster; and aunt, Shirley Beasley. A funeral service will be held at 11:30 am on Tuesday morning, May 24, 2016, at the Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 1000 N. DuPont Parkway, New Castle, DE, where a visitation for family and friends will be held from 10 am until 11:30 am. Interment will be held privately. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Pat's memory may be made to the A.I. duPont Hospital for Children Muscular Dystrophy Clinic, 1600 Rockland Rd., Wilmington, DE 19803. To sign guest book, visit spicermullikin.com SPICER-MULLIKIN FUNERAL HOMES & CREMATORY 302-328-2213
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Published in The News Journal from May 21 to May 23, 2016
Filipowicz, Norma R.  
Norma McLachlan Filipowicz AGE: 89 • Wilmington Passed away gently on Saturday, May 21 at Manor Care Pike Creek. Norma was predeceased by her husband and soul mate, Gene of Wilmington, DE, her parents, John and Ellen McLachlan; one sister, Stella Hawkins; and one brother, Jack McLachlan, all of Brisbane, Australia. In the United States, Norma will be dearly missed by her daughter and son-in-law, Jane and Fred Bogucki, her grandson, and his wife, Michael and Christine Bogucki and great-granddaughter Marie. In Australia, Norma will be missed by her sisters, Joan Kennedy and Marion Murphy, and brother and sister-in-law Robert and Lynn MaLachlan, as well as many nieces and nephews. Being a faithful member of St. John the Beloved Church for over forty years, a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. John the Beloved Church, 907 Milltown Road, Wilmington DE. 19808 on Friday, May 27 at 1:00 PM with entombment immediately following at All Saints Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. John the Beloved Church at the above address or the American Cancer Society, 92 Reads Way, New Castle, DE 19720. MealeyFuneral Homes.com (302) 652-5913
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Published in The News Journal from May 24 to May 26, 2016
Gardner, Earl H. (In Memoriam)  
Earl H. Gardner Father Of: Kevin Gardner (Valeria), Daryll Gardner, Nacole Gardner, Earl D. Gardner, Vandrick Robinson (Shanell) and Omar Robinson (Alexis). Sister Zelda G. Johnson and Brother Robert Godwin (Debra). The Family of Earl Halbert Gardner would like to express our thanks and appreciation to all of our relatives and friends who surrounded us with love , prayers and care during the season of grief. We thank you from the depths of our hearts. May You Be Blessed Always
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Published in The News Journal from May 19 to May 20, 2016
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