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Beichman, Carol  
Carol Beichman AGE: 71 • Wilmington Carol Beichman of Wilmimngton died on Nov. 24, 2014 at the age of 71. Carol was a nurse who worked at Crozer Medical Center for many years. Visitation will be held on Nov. 28, 2014 at OBriens funeral Home in Brick, NJ. For information and condolences please visit www.obrienfuneralhome.com
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Published in The News Journal from Nov. 26 to Nov. 28, 2014
Biederman, Shirley A.  
Shirley A. Biederman Shirley Ann Biederman, age 78, of Fair Hill, MD, passed away Wednesday, November 26, 2014. Born in Fort Payne, AL, on January 2, 1936, she was one of two children born to the late William Foster and Dorothy Foster Lowe. Mrs. Biederman retired as a cashier in retail sales. She resided at Calvert Manor Healthcare Center for the past 5 years, where she enjoyed playing bingo and spending time with her friends and the Calvert Manor family. Mrs. Biederman loved being with her family, especially her grandchildren. She enjoyed playing the piano, traveling and watching cooking shows. She was one of Jehovah's Witnesses for over 40 years. Mrs. Biederman will be remembered as a caring person who opened her home and heart to anyone in need. Survivors include her children, Deborah Jianniney and husband, James, Donald Biederman, Jr., Thomas Biederman and wife, Vicki, Trina Biederman and Aimee Walther and husband, Robert, Jr.; brother, David Foster; 12 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and a host of extended family. In addition to her parents, Mrs. Biederman was preceded in death by her husband of 55 years, Donald H. Biederman, Sr. Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., Monday, December 1, 2014, at Hicks Home for Funerals, 103 W. Stockton St., Elkton, MD 21921, with visitation beginning at 10 a.m. Interment in Gracelawn Memorial Park, New Castle, DE, will follow the service. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Calvert Manor Nursing Scholarship Fund, in care of the funeral home. hickshomeforfunerals.com
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Published in The News Journal on Nov. 28, 2014
Blake, Mary J.  
Mary J. Blake AGE: 57 • Wilmington, DE Ms. Blake passed away November 18, 2014. She leaves to cherish her memory: her partner, Harry Wise; two children, Ontavion "Tavy" Turner & Latoya "Pebbles" Blake; a host of other relatives and friends. Funeral 11am, Sat., Nov. 29th at CONGO FUNERAL HOME, 201 N. Gray Ave., Wilmington; viewing 9-10:45am only. Burial, Private. CONGO FUNERAL HOME congofuneralhome.com 302.652.8887
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Published in The News Journal from Nov. 27 to Nov. 29, 2014
Brinton, Jane G.  
Jane G. Brinton Jane G. Brinton, 70, returned to her heavenly home on November 23, 2014 after a brief yet valiant battle with cancer. Her devotion to her family and her firm belief in God supported Jane in her struggle and ultimately gave her peace. She was born to the late Russell and Elizabeth Gackenbach, a WWII veteran and a homemaker respectively, in Wilmington, DE on August 9, 1944. A graduate of Goldey-Beacom College, she began her career at the DuPont Company before accepting a position with AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals where she remained until her retirement in 2005. Jane was blessed with a loving, extended family. She was the wife of Allan Brinton, Sr. and is the mother of two children. Jane was a caring woman gave her time to helping others as an advocate for the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Delaware, Donate Life Delaware, and the Blood Bank of Delaware. She was also devoted to her Dobermans, Bonnie and Samantha and also to the rescue and care of countless animals. She will be dearly missed by her loved ones, extended family, and countless friends who celebrate she is at peace with the Lord. Jane is survived by, Allan Sr. of Newark, DE; her son Allan Jr. and his wife Laura of Malvern, PA; her daughter Christina of Austin, TX.; son-in-law Matthew of Claymont, DE; stepsister Barbara Boyd and niece Jennifer Boyd-McKelvey of Claymont, DE; niece Sandy Geahr-Justice of Temple Terrace, FL; niece Tracy Geahr and nephew Thomas Geahr of Huntsville, AL. Jane was preceded in death by her sister Nancy Levine, her parents, her stepfather Hugh Jones and ex-Husband David Hughes. Funeral services will be held on December 2, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. at St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church, 135 Old Baltimore Pike, Newark, DE, followed by a brief reception. The burial ceremony will be private for family members at Grace Church Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church. Prayers, condolences, and memories are welcomed and can be shared at https://www.facebook.com/jane.brinton1 . Arrangements by McCrery & Harra 478.2204
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Published in The News Journal from Nov. 28 to Nov. 30, 2014
Byrne Sr., Richard C.  
Richard C. Byrne, Sr. AGE: 92 • Wilmington Richard C. Byrne, Sr. of Wilmington died Tuesday, November 18 at the Compassionate Care Hospice at St. Francis Hospital after a brief illness. He was 92. Raised primarily in Hartford, CT, Dick worked for the Aetna Insurance company after high school and before serving in the U.S. Army Air Corps during WWII. After his military service he earned a B.A. and a Masters Degree in Education from Trinity College, Hartford. Richard and Beatrice C. Byrne nee Lieb married in 1948 and began their teaching careers at the Rectory School in Pomfret, CT. They moved to Wilmington in 1954 where both taught middle school at Tower Hill School. Dick served as Head of the Middle School across three decades. He spent 37 years as a teacher and administrator at Tower Hill before retiring in 1991. He helped create innovative learning programs and served as President of the Independent School Teachers Association. A service award bearing his name is presented annually to an eighth grade student at the Moving Up Day exercises he was instrumental in establishing to honor middle school students. Dick was predeceased in 2001 by his wife of 52 years. He is survived by sons, Richard, Jr. (Emily) of St. Louis; Christopher of New York City; Robert of Downingtown, PA; The Reverend Laurence (Susan) of Bayside, NY ; daughter Jennifer of Middletown; nine grandchildren; and two great-granddaughters. A funeral service is scheduled for 11 AM on Saturday, November 29 at Christ Church Christiana Hundred, 505 E. Buck Road, Greenville, DE. In lieu of flowers, please consider memorial gifts to Tower Hill School, 2813 W. 17th St., Wilmington, DE 19806; Christ Church Christiana Hundred or Compassionate Care Hospice Foundation, 248 E. Chestnut Hill Road Suite 4, Newark, DE 19713.
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Published in The News Journal from Nov. 24 to Nov. 28, 2014
Coen, Ann M. "Honey"  
Ann M. "Honey" Coen AGE: 79 • Wilmington Passed away peacefully at home on November 25, 2014, surrounded by her loving family. Born in Wilmington, DE on April 17, 1935 to the late James A. Lynch and Ann (Samluk) Lynch, Ann or "Honey" as she was affectionately known to all who loved her, was a kind, gentle woman, who loved listening to Irish music, following the Phillies, watching professional football, and most of all spending time with her loved ones, most especially her beloved grandchildren. Honey attended St. Elizabeth High School, and married her high school sweetheart, Martin F. Coen, in 1955. She left her employment with the DuPont Company in 1956 to begin the job she enjoyed most in life, being a mother. After her children were grown, she returned to work and eventually retired from Blue Cross/Blue Shield. She spent her retirement years caring for her grandchildren and being the best Mom Mom in the world. A lifelong member of St. Elizabeth Church, Honey, a devout catholic, drew great comfort and strength from her faith especially in her final days. She was preceded in death by her husband, Martin F. Coen, her sister, Kathleen Walsh, and her in-laws, George Walsh and Betty Ann Lynch. Honey is survived by her sons, Martin F. Coen, Jr., and his wife, Mary Ann, Patrick G. Coen, and Michael P. Coen and his partner, Andrea Brinton; her daughter, Maureen Dunning and her husband, Michael; her grandchildren, Kevin Coen (Kristina), Shannon Xarhoulakos (Michael), Erin Coen, Martin Coen, III, and Michael Dunning; and two great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her brothers, James A. Lynch, Jr., Francis S. Lynch (Nancy); her sister, Marie L. Freebery (Jack); and her goddaughter and best friend, Nancy McCaffery. Relatives and friends are invited to attend Mass of Christian Burial at St. Elizabeth R. C. Church, 809 South Broom Street, Wilmington, on Saturday, November 29, at 10:30 am. A viewing will take place at the church from 9:30-10:30. In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to St. Elizabeth School, 1500 Cedar Street, Wilmington, DE 19805. Krienen-Griffith Funeral Home 302.994.9614 www.delawarefuneral.com
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Published in The News Journal from Nov. 27 to Nov. 29, 2014
Cooper, Mary Alice  
Mary Alice Cooper AGE: 80 • Wilmington Mary passed away peacefully on November 21, 2014, at her residence after a battle with cancer. Mrs. Cooper, affectionately known as "Alice," was born on January 28, 1934 in Phenix, Virginia. Daughter of the late Scott Randall and Mittie Clark Randall, Mrs. Cooper worked at the General Motors Corporation (Wilmington plant) for 27 years. She loved cooking, reading and her all-time favorite, shopping. Mrs. Cooper was preceded in death by her husband, John W. Cooper, brother, Ernest J. Randall, sister, Pearl Randall, father, Scott Randall, and mother, Mittie Clark Randall. She leaves to cherish her memories, devoted daughter, Letitia A. Howell, devoted son-in-law, Ronnie Howell Sr., three devoted grandsons, Sterling, Ronnie, and Christopher Howell; one great-grandson, Adrian M. Howell; one niece, Marina A. Simms; one-great niece, Serita D. Dunnock; and one great-nephew, Donald N. Dunnock, Jr.; 2 brothers-in-law, 1 sister-in-law, also two special friends, Marguerite and Candice Lambert; a host of other family and friends. Burial will be private and a memorial will be held at a later date. www.houseofwrightmortuary.com (302)762-8448
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Published in The News Journal from Nov. 28 to Nov. 30, 2014
Cummings, Patricia Ann Matwey  
Patricia Ann Matwey Cummings AGE: 71 • Bear Entered eternity on November 24, 2014. Patricia was born on October 18, 1943 to late William Matwey, Sr. and Loretta C. Gliniak of Wilmington, DE. She graduated from Newark High School in 1961. Her employment history was extensive. For 18 years she worked for New Castle County as a crossing guard while also giving loving care to patients at Cokesbury Village and Millcroft Nursing Home. Upon leaving New Castle County, she went through the Correctional Training Academy and began her career at the Department of Correction as an officer. She worked numerous years at Gander Hill and then finished the last 7 years of her career working at the Prices Corner Webb Correctional Facility. In 2004, she retired on medical disability. Pat was pre-deceased by her sons Donald Mark Bullock in 1990; Charles David Bullock in 1999; her father in 1994, and her mother in 2008. She is survived by her daughters Kimberly Bullock at home, her daughter Patricia Bray (David) of NJ, and her beloved granddaughter Charity of Bradenton, FL who she raised as her own. Also surviving are 5 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren including "Big Boy" James Riesz of FL. Her surviving siblings are William Matwey, Jr. (Peggy) of Macungie, PA; Joanne Samans (Walt) of Middletown; and Christine Bekowski of Newark, as well as nieces Paula and Adrienna, and nephew James. Friends and family are invited to visitation on Sunday, November 30th between 6 and 8 PM at Mealey Funeral Home, 2509 Limestone Road, Wilmington. Funeral services will be celebrated on Monday morning at 11 AM at the funeral home. Interment will follow at All Saints Cemetery, Wilmington. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to ARC of Delaware, 2 South Augustine Street, Suite B, Wilmington, DE 19804. MealeyFuneralHomes.com (302) 652-5913
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Published in The News Journal from Nov. 26 to Nov. 29, 2014
Dawson, Gail Rought  
Gail Rought Dawson AGE: 75 • Newport, DE Gail Dawson passed away on Saturday, November 22, 2014. She was born in Scranton, Pa. and has resided in Newport most of her life. She enjoyed crossword puzzles and going to yard sales with her best friend. Gail was a graduate of H.C. Conrad High School. She was retired from The Home Insurance Company and had previously worked for Bank of New York and Chase. She was preceded in death by her parents, Esther and Bernard Rought and her best friend, Lois Lawson. Gail is survived by her husband, George Dawson; her devoted son, Darryl Johnson; her sister, Sherry wife of Wayne Riale; her sister in law, Gail Dawson; four nephews, Scott (Jennifer) Dunkelberger, Brian Dunkelberger, W. Scott and Thomas E. Riale; 11 great nieces and nephews, one great great nephew, Brayden Dunkelberger; several cousins, Nichole Rolls and family of Alexandria Bay, NY; her best friend Margie and especially her beloved cat, Callie. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, November 29, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. in the chapel of Gracelawn Memorial Park where visitation will begin at 10:00. The family would like to express their appreciation to Compassionate Care Hospice, Bayada Nursing and the Minquas Fire Company, Newport for their many transports of care for Gail. The family suggests memorial contributions to Compassionate Care Hospice or Minquas Fire Company. To send online condolences, please visit www.nicholsgilmore.com .
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Published in The News Journal from Nov. 25 to Nov. 29, 2014
Doelze, E. Gwynne  
E. Gwynne Doelze Age 88, of Wilmington, DE, crossed over to be with Jesus peacefully on Friday, November 21, 2014 at Heartland Hospice House with family present. The daughter of Nelson R. Roberts and Hazel E. Hudson Ryon, Gwynne was born in Milford in 1926. She left P.S. DuPont High School for a wartime marriage to James R. Howie with whom she had four girls. She later married Norman K. Doelze in May of 1952, had two boys, and raised all six children in the family home in Kiamensi Gardens. A dedicated homemaker and Mother, she returned to regular high school classes as an adult and graduated from Dickinson HS with her picture on the front page of the Evening Journal. She worked for her beloved entrepreneurial Daddy Judson D. Ryon and sold Avon door-to-door. Gwynne was a longtime member of St. Mark's United Methodist Church and taught Sunday School, sang in the Senior Choir, served as Director of Vacation Bible School, and entertained monthly at Delaware State Hospital for more than sixty years. She was a past Worthy Matron of Five Points Chapter No. 13, O.E.S. and manned the Hobby Cart at the Veterans Hospital in Elsmere with her smiles and singing for more than thirty years. Gwynne was a Den Mother of Cub Pack 160, loved Selbyville, camping, and "jumping the waves" at Indian River Inlet. She and her loving and inseparable husband Norman were jointly honored with the National Jefferson Award for their lifetime volunteer efforts. They renewed their vows in a gala 50th Anniversary ceremony in 2002 in which the Bride's 97 year old Father, the Best Man, and the Maid of Honor all reprised their roles. They traveled often to all corners of the world and Gwynne especially treasured their journey to the "City of Her Dreams" Vienna, Austria. Special memories were of crabbing at the family's annual retreat at White House Farms and of her excellent skill in the kitchen with her specialty cakes, gourmet tea sandwiches, and at Christmas an array of marvelous cookies, fudge, and Dresden Stollen. She is survived by daughters Marsha Lee McPherson of Port St. Lucie, FL, Gwynne R. Meloni-Shamers of Wilmington, DE, and Lynne R. Morrison of Wilmington, DE, sons Kurt J. Doelze, of New York, NY, and Rex R. Doelze of Wilmington, DE, sisters Estelle R. Williamson of Chambersburg, PA, Anna May R. Taylor of Severna Park, MD, and Shirley Ryon Shadduck of Savannah, GA, granddaughters Heather L. Fink , Julie E. Seichepine, Michelle E. Magalon, and Ryann N. Doelze, grandsons Nicholas M. Meloni, David E. Seichepine, Daniel E. Seichepine, and William K. Doelze, great-granddaughters Caitlyn Magalon, Lily R. Meloni, Sophia J. Seichepine, and Rebecca V. Seichepine. She was predeceased by her husband Norman K. Doelze, a daughter Joyce E. Seichepine, two grandsons, John P. Rose III, and JD Ryon Lane, her brother Robert J. Ryon, M.D., and her parents. Friends may call from 7-9 p.m. on Monday, December 1, 2014 at McCRERY and HARRA FUNERAL HOME, Kirkwood Highway and Duncan Road, Wilmington, DE. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. at St. Mark's United Methodist Church, 1700 Limestone Road, Wilmington, DE on Tuesday, December 2, 2014. Burial will be at Silverbrook Cemetery. Special thanks to the wonderful people at Heartland Hospice for their merciful care. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Mark's United Methodist Church, 1700 Limestone Road, Wilmington, DE 19804. Online condolences visit: www.mccreryandharra.com
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Published in The News Journal from Nov. 26 to Nov. 30, 2014
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