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Ains, George J.  
George J. Ains AGE: 81 • Newark George John Ains, age 81, of Newark, DE, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family at Christiana Seasons Hospice on July 5, 2015. George grew up in North Philly and graduated from North East Catholic High School, Class of '51. He attended the University of Pennsylvania before serving honorably for 11 years in the US Navy, US Naval Air Force Reserves, VS Squadron 932. George worked for DuPont in the Philadelphia shipyards with his father before starting his 40+ years career in the insurance industry. Before his retirement in 1998, he spent his last 15 years as regional manager for Home Mutual Life Insurance Co. George had a charismatic personality and great sense of humor. He was cofounder of Kirkwood Soccer Club, a member of the Knights of Columbus, American Legion, Elks and the VFW. As a parishioner at Holy Family Catholic Church, he served as a lector for many years. Most of all George loved spending time with his family and friends - cheering on his Philadelphia and Notre Dame sports teams, hanging out on the beach, cracking jokes, or attending family celebrations. He will be dearly missed. George is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Theresa Marie Guckin Ains; 8 children: Valerie, Cynthia, Theresa (Bill), George (Lisa), Greg (Diane), Cheryl (Mark), Glen (Dawn), and Celeste (Harry); 22 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, George & Louise Ains; and sister and brother-in-law, Louise and Richard Howarth. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Wednesday, July 8, 2015 at 11 AM in the Holy Family Church, 15 Gender Rd., Newark, DE 19713. Burial will be Thursday, July 9, 2015 at 10 AM in the Delaware Memorial Veterans Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Holy Family Church in George's memory. For directions or to send an online condolence visit www.strano-feeley.com Strano & Feeley Family Funeral Home 302-731-5459
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Published in The News Journal from July 7 to July 9, 2015
Baird, James Alan  
James Alan Baird AGE: 62 • New Castle James Alan Baird, age 62, of New Castle, DE, went home to be with the Lord on Friday, July 3, 2015. Jim loved to be surrounded by family, especially his granddaughters. His passions were yard work, watching old Western Movies and the History Channel. He enjoyed listening to Motown, sitting by the camp fire in his yard with his kids and a cup of coffee, and visiting his family in Woodbine, GA. Jim is predeceased by his parents, Robert James and Grace Catherine Baird and his wife, Maryanna C. Lyden-Baird. Survivors include his sons Matthew (Lisa), Christopher (Rebecca), James Jr., and Robert; daughter Kimberly Bishop (Andrew); stepson Richard Wetmore; stepdaughter Sarah Al-Chokhachy (Keith); and grandchildren Emma, Jillian, Josephine, Olivia, Molly, Amelia, Alice and Anna. A memorial service will be held at 4:00 pm on Friday July 10, 2015 at CHANDLER FUNERAL HOME, 2506 Concord Pike, Wilmington where friends may call from 3:00 to 4:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the American Heart Association, PO Box 15120, Chicago, IL 60693. For online condolences please visit chandlerfuneralhome.com 302-478-7100
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Bridgeforth, Otis M. "Boop"  
Otis M. "Boop" Bridgeforth AGE: 31 • Wilmington Departed this life June 30, 2015. Son of Marlene Bridgeforth and Otis N. Hayes; brother of Zachary Bridgeforth; also survived by devoted grandmother, Mary E. Smith; grandfather, Charles A. Smith, Sr., and the grandson of the late Theresa O. Wilkes and Howard H. Bridgeforth. Also survived by a host of other family and friends. Funeral 11AM, Thursday, July 9, 2015, at Simpson UM Church, 907 Centerville Rd., Wilm, DE; viewing 9-11AM. Burial Gracelawn Memorial Park. congofuneralhome.com
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Published in The News Journal from July 6 to July 8, 2015
Connors, Christopher Shawn  
Christopher Shawn Connors AGE: 30 • Smyrna, DE Christopher Shawn Connors, a veteran of the Afghanistan war, died Tuesday, June 30, 2015, in his home in Smyrna, Del. He was 30. Sergeant Christopher Connors enlisted in the Delaware Army National Guard in July 2009 as a signal support systems specialist in the 153rd Military Police Company in Delaware City. He began his full-time employment with the Delaware National Guard as a human resources specialist for 72nd Troop Command in August 2011. A short time later, Christopher transferred to the 153rd Military Police Company on a full-time basis and helped prepare the unit for deployment. From January 2, 2013 to September 30, 2013, Christopher was deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom where he earned the Army Commendation Medal for his service. He was best known as a loyal friend, devoted son, brother and uncle. Christopher was a kind and generous man. His family and friends could always count on him - to help with a move, to babysit, to "cook" the best macaroni and cheese, even if it was just from a box, and so much more. He could make friends smile even during difficult times. Christopher grew up in Kent County, Del. He earned his high school diploma at Polytech Adult Education. Christopher is survived by his parents, Francis Connors and Norine Storer; his sister and brother-in-law, Nikki Lavoie and Sean Barney; his brother, Patrick Connors; and his niece, Sophie Lavoie. A Service of Remembrance will be held on Friday, July 10, 2015 at 12:00 p.m. at the Chandler Funeral Home, 2506 Concord Pike, Wilmington, DE 19803. Friends and family are invited to attend a visitation from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, July 9, 2015 and again from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Friday, July 10, 2015 both at the funeral home. Interment with military honors will follow at the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 2465 Chesapeake City Road, Bear, DE. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Home of the Brave Foundation, 6632 Sharps Road, Milford, DE 19963. For online condolences Please visit Chandlerfuneralhome.com 302-478-7100
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Published in The News Journal from July 5 to July 7, 2015
Cullen, Charles M. "Chuck"  
Charles "Chuck" M. Cullen AGE: 74 • Seaford Charles "Chuck" M. Cullen, 74, of Seaford, formerly of Delmar and Annapolis, Maryland, died Friday, July 3, 2015 at Select Specialty Hospital at St. Frances in Wilmington. He was born November 5, 1940 in Salisbury, a son of the late Charles M. and Marguerite Pusey Cullen. Chuck graduated from Delmar High School with the class of 1958. He was a member of the football, basketball and baseball teams of Delmar and has supported the sports at Delmar for many years. Chuck was also an accomplished chess player and won the Wicomico County Chess Championship. On Friday nights in the fall he could usually be found at a Delmar football game supporting his hometown Wildcats. After graduation from high school, he earned his degree in agriculture business at the University of Delaware ('63) where he played on the UD baseball team and forged several lifelong friendships. After college he served his country in the Air National Guard of Delaware. As a child he was baptized and raised in St. Stephen's United Methodist Church in Delmar. He recently attended Bayshore Community Church in Gumboro. Chuck worked for 35 years as an account representative for Kraft Foods out of the Baltimore/Washington district. He enjoyed coaching his son through multiple baseball leagues and was a faithful Baltimore Orioles fan. He also loved playing golf and was a former member of the Seaford Golf & Country Club. He is survived by his wife, Elaine Cullen; a son, Charles "Eric" Cullen and his wife, Lauren of Branchburg, NJ; his granddaughter, Amanda Cullen of Branchburg, NJ; a brother, Richard "Rick" L. Cullen and his wife, Judith of Delmar; a niece, Lee Renee Cullen of Delmar; and nephews, David Frey of Delmar, Matthew Frey of Alexandria, VA and Jonathan Frey of Laurel. He is also survived by several brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law and many other nieces and nephews. A visitation will be held on Thursday, July 9, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at Short Funeral Home in Delmar, followed by a funeral service which begins at 11:00 a.m. Interment will follow the services at Union Cemetery in Georgetown. Memorial contributions may be made in his memory to Delmar High School Athletic Fund, 200 N. 8th Street, Delmar, DE 19940. Arrangements are in the care of Short Funeral Home in Delmar. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.shortfh.com .
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Published in The News Journal on July 7, 2015
Czel, Amelia M.  
Amelia M. Czel AGE: 76 • Wilmington Amelia M. Czel passed away on June 25, 2015 at St Francis Hospital. She was born in Lima, Peru on November 5, 1938. Daughter of Amelia Zerpa Martijena and Gerardo Martijena Copaira, Amelia dedicated her professional career to working for the Bilingual Program of Red Clay School District as a Bilingual Teacher's Aid. After retirement, Amelia worked an additional two years as a substitute teacher for Red Clay School District and loved every minute. Amelia is survived by her husband of forty-four years, Louis Czel, who retired from the DuPont Company as Chief Geologist, her son, George H. Johnson, her daughter in-law Lia D. Johnson, and three grandchildren, G. Heaton, Gella Marie, and Lia Marie Johnson, who reside in Leesburg, Virginia. Her brother, Gerardo Martijena Zerpa, resides in the Dominican Republic and is married to Ana Maria Aceto and father to four married children, Gerardo, Ana Maria, Berenice and Ernesto. Her sister, Ana Maria Martijena Zerpa, resides in Lima, Peru with her three married children, Ana Maria, Gustavo, and Maria Gracia. She is also survived by a very special friend, George H. Johnson III. Amelia doted lovingly on her three grandchildren, enjoyed international travel, her adopted birds, and caring for her veggie and flower garden. She was a spectacular cook and an incredible hostess. She was loved my many as she had an incredible facility for making friends. Please omit flowers. Amelia's wishes were for donations to be made to Delaware Hospice in her name. A Visitation and Church service will be held at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church on Friday July 10th at 10am.
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Dawson, Lois J.  
Lois J. Dawson, Esq. AGE: 68 • Landenberg Of Landenberg, PA, passed away peacefully at Select Specialty Hospital at St. Francis on Wednesday, July 1, 2015, at age 68, with her husband Geoff at her side. Born in Wilmington, Delaware, Lois was the daughter of the late Ellis and Freda (Reimer) Sartin. She was a graduate of Widener University School of Law and was admitted to the bars of Delaware and Pennsylvania in 1986. She began her career at the law firm of Young, Conaway and Stargatt & Taylor, and later opened a sole practice, specializing in domestic relations and personal injury cases. Throughout her career she donated much of her time to work with the Brain Injury Association of Delaware, serving on its first Board of Directors. She was presented the annual Friend of Brain Injury award by Governor Tom Carper in 1999. She was also active in the creation of Peach Tree Acres, an assisted living facility for persons suffering from brain injuries. Lois will be dearly missed by Geoffrey Dawson, her husband of nearly 45 years, and a host of close friends including Judge Susan DelPesco and her husband, Tom; psychologist, Maria Rayias, Ph.D.; Marsha Kramarck, Esq.; Marie Baca and her son, Luke; and Barbara Winter and her son, Greg. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, July 8th at Mealey Funeral Home, 2509 Limestone Road, Wilmington. Friends and family are invited to visitation between 10:30 and 11:30 AM. The funeral service will begin at 11:30 AM. Interment will follow at Hickory Grove Cemetery in Port Penn, Delaware, followed by lunch at Bogey's Bar & Grill in Middletown, Delaware. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the National Kidney Foundation, 1 11 S. Independence Mall East #411, Philadelphia, PA 19106. MealeyFu neralHomes.com (302) 652-5913
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Deamond, H. Terry  
H. Terry Deamond AGE: 71 • North East H. (Homard) Terry Deamond, 71 of North East, MD, went to be with his Lord on Sunday, July 5, 2015 at Calvert Manor Healthcare Center, Rising Sun, MD. Pat, his loving wife of 43 years and caregiver was by his side, holding his hand. Terry, a lifelong Cecil County resident, was born on March 4, 1944 in Bay View, MD to the late Ralph Dewey and Myrtle Russell Deamond. Terry was a 1962 graduate of North East High School, a 1965 graduate of Goldey Beacom School of Business in Wilmington, DE and had also attended Towson State College. Terry was employed as a computer programmer by E.I. DuPont de Nemours & Co. for more than 25 years and retired from Computer Sciences Corporation. While working for DuPont in 1991, he was selected to travel to Singapore to establish a data center. Terry was a 50 year honorary lifetime member of the North East Fire Company. Survivors include his wife: Patricia (Pat); 2 nieces; a nephew and special friends: Linda and Willard Slicer, Janet Patchell, Nora Ryan; and his North East Fire Co. brotherhood. In addition to his parents: he was also preceded by: his parents-in-law: Amos A. and Martha Lockard; sister, Jacqueline D. Russell who died July 4, 2015; and brother-in-law: Harry Russell. Visitation will be held Thursday, July 9, 2015 from 2-4pm and 6-8 pm at Crouch Funeral Home, 127 S. Main St., North East, MD. Funeral services, with full Fire Dept. Honors will be held on Friday, July 10, 2015 at 11 am at North East Fire Co., 210 S. Mauldin Ave., North East, MD. Interment will follow in North East Methodist Cemetery. Flowers are welcome; however donations may be made to H. Terry Deamond Old 38 Fund, in care of the funeral home to help maintain the antique fire truck which was near and dear to his heart. For condolences, please visit www.crouchfuneralhome.com .
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Eckenrode, Nancy Mildred  
Nancy Mildred Eckenrode AGE: 80 • Newark Nancy Mildred Eckenrode, age 80, of Newark, DE, went home to be with the Lord Saturday, July 4 2015 with her friend at her side. Nancy looked forward to going to work every day at Denny's Family Restaurant where she was a dedicated and well liked employee for 27 years. She was also a dedicated employee of Lab Corp for 25 years. Nancy was an avid Dallas Cowboys fan, enjoyed country music and watching NASCAR - especially Tony Stewart. She will be dearly missed by all who knew her. Nancy is survived by her granddaughter, Laura Eckenrode. A visitation will be held Thursday, July 9, 2015 from 6-8 PM in the Strano & Feeley Family Funeral Home, 635 Churchmans Rd., Newark, DE 19702 and again on Friday, July 10, 2015 from 10-11 AM at the Gracelawn Memorial Chapel, 2220 N. DuPont Highway, New Castle, DE 19720 followed by a service in celebration of Nancy's life at 11 AM. Burial will follow in the adjoining cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent in Nancy's memory to The ALS Association, Gift Processing Center, PO Box 6051, Albert Lea, MN 56007. For directions or to send an online condolence visit www.stranofeeley.com Strano & Feeley Family Funeral Home 302-731-5459
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Feeney, John T. "Jack"  
John "Jack" T. Feeney February 17, 1927 - July 2, 2015 Jack Feeney passed away on Thursday evening, July 2, 2015 after a brief illness. Jack was a World War II veteran, serving first as a member of the Delaware State Guard, and later as a US Navy "Airdale" Air Gunner. He was a member of St. John the Beloved Catholic Church, where he attended the Charter Mass and served as an usher. Jack was also a member of Men Of Malvern, Stapler AA, Shadden Point Hunt Club, Salt Pond Golf Club and the Irish Culture Club of Delaware. He enjoyed hunting, surf fishing, golf, biking, thoroughbred horse racing, spending time with his family and attending daily mass. Jack worked at the DuPont Experimental Station, retiring as an electrical supervisor in 1986 after 39 ½ years of service. After retirement, he volunteered as a counselor for the Elder Information Program at the Weston Senior Center. Jack is predeceased by his parents, John F. and Anna S. Feeney, his sister Mary Ellen Emmons, his brother F. Carroll Feeney, and his best friend, James "Monk" Montgomery. He is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 66 years, Dolores Radka Feeney and three daughters, Sharon K. Feeney, Patti Feeney-Lynch (Chris) and Maureen Feeney Roser (Gary); four grandchildren, Christopher "CJ", Kevin "KJ" (Elyse), Jaci "JR" (Bruce), and Tara "TT"; and one great granddaughter Jordan "JRJ." Jack's life will be celebrated with a Mass of Christian Burial at St. John the Beloved Church, 907 Milltown Road, Wilmington, DE 19808 at noon on Wednesday, July 8, 2015. Internment will be in Cathedral Cemetery immediately following the service. Visitation will be held prior to Mass from 9:30-11:00 AM at the Doherty Funeral Home, 3200 Limestone Road Pike Creek. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions in Jack's memory to St. John the Beloved Church. To send condolences, visit: www.dohertyfh.com 302-999-8277
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