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Alvarez, Mary Katharine True Bird (Kay)  
Mary Katharine (Kay) True Bird Alvarez AGE: 85 • Newark, DE Our beloved mother and friend peacefully passed at Heartland Hospice on June 18, 2016. Kay was born in Shanghai, China to Frederick James and Katharine McClenahan True. She is survived by her children, Geoffrey B Bird (Maria), Lisa Bird Kelley, and Raymond A Alvarez, Jr. She is also survived by her grandchildren: Andrew and Michael Bird, David Sutton, Chrissy Johnson, Lindsay, Emily, and Sonni Alvarez, and great-granddaughter, Chloe Rose Johnson; her brothers Perry True of Brunswick, ME, and Peter True of Lancaster, PA, plus a myriad of loving nieces and nephews, and her dear friend, Phyllis McCloskey. She was predeceased by her ex-husbands, Albert B Bird and Raymond A Alvarez Sr. and two sons, David and Jonathan Bird. Kay loved fun, martinis, and eating at good restaurants. She loved family time at the beach, the theatre, music, and reading mysteries, but most of all, she loved being with her family and sharing joy with them. Kay was a Realtor and Associate Broker from 1970 to 2003, when she retired. She loved her job, the people she met, and her fellow Realtors. She was an independent contractor for B. Gary Scott, Appraiser Realty, Re/Max, and Coldwell Banker Rowley Realtors. A memorial gathering will be held at the Arden Gild Hall, 2126 The Highway, Arden, DE on Saturday, July 9 at 2 pm. Food and refreshments following. Interment will be private in the Arden Memorial Garden. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Faithful Friends, Delaware Humane or charity of your choice in Kay's honor. For condolences, visit www.mccreryandharra.com .
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Published in The News Journal from June 23 to July 7, 2016
Austin, Sharon Rohr  
Sharon Rohr Austin AGE: 77 • Newark Sharon Rohr Austin, age 77, of Newark, DE, passed away peacefully on Friday, June 24, 2016. Born in Columbus, OH, on Christmas Day, 1938, Mrs. Austin was a daughter of the late Lovell W. and Marie E. (Kashner) Rohr. She attained her Registered Nurse's certification from Christ Hospital in Cincinnati, OH in 1959 and in 1961 received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from The Ohio State University. Sharon married Ross E. Austin in August 1962. They were happily married for 49 years sharing the raising of their daughters as well as many traveling trips and adventures. In addition to raising her family, she served as the school nurse at Newark High for many years. Active in her community, Mrs. Austin was a longtime member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Newark Century Club, the Newark Country Club and the Hockessin Athletic Club. She was an avid Ohio State football fan. In her leisure time, Mrs. Austin enjoyed cruising the world with her sisters and friends. She held a special place in her heart for animals of all kinds, especially her feline companion, Smokey. Above all else, Mrs. Austin will be remembered as a devoted and loving wife, mother, sister and grandmother. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Ross E. Austin, Esq. She is survived by her daughters, Beth Austin Robert (Frank) of Sykesville, MD and Vicki Austin Tyranski (Gary) of Baltimore, MD; sisters, Joan Hepps of Yorba Linda, CA and Diana Mollica (Jerry) of Athens, OH; and grandchildren, Jillian and Lindsay Robert. A visitation for family and friends will be held from 5 pm until 7 pm on Thursday evening, June 30, 2016 at the Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 121 W. Park Place, Newark, DE. A funeral service will be held at 11 am on Friday morning, July 1, 2016 at the St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 701 S. College Avenue, Newark, DE. Interment will follow in the Head of Christiana Cemetery, Newark, DE. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Delaware Humane Association, 701 A Street, Wilmington, DE 19801. 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 June 27 to June 29, 2016
Crawford, Juanita Baim  
Juanita Baim Crawford AGE: 75 • Newark Juanita Baim Crawford, age 75, of Newark, DE, died Saturday, June 25, 2016 after her struggle with metastatic cancer which went undiagnosed until ten weeks ago. Juanita was born to Rev. Frank & Lucy Baim on May 28, 1942. She graduated from Lock Haven High School and Indiana Univ. of PA with a Masters in music. Juanita taught 28 years in the public schools of New Castle, PA and Christiana School District, DE, before spending another 13 years at Wilmington Christian School teaching Computer Ed. She was Teacher of the Year and received several certificates of accomplishment. After retirement Juanita did some traveling and enjoyed wintering in FL. Juanita is survived by her loving husband of 51 years, Richard; sister, Sharon Johnson of Hattiesburg, MS; brother, Richard Baim of Lynchburg, VA; and 2 nieces and nephews along with their children. Friends are invited to a service in celebration of Juanita's life Thursday, June 30, 2016 at 1 PM in Richard Searer Funeral Home, Tyrone, PA, officiated by Paul Pease. Burial will follow in Arch Springs Presbyterian Church Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Seasons Hospice, 220 Continental Dr. Ste 100, Newark, DE 19713. To send an online condolence visit ww.stranofeeley.com Strano & Feeley Family Funeral Home 302-731-5459
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Published in The News Journal on June 28, 2016
Dickey Colonel USAF (retired), Thomas P.  
Thomas P. Dickey Colonel USAF (retired) AGE: 97 • Dover Thomas P. Dickey, Colonel USAF (retired) of Dover, DE passed away on June 20, 2016, after a short illness. He was 97. Thomas was born in Hartstown, PA in 1919 and attended a one room elementary school and a 3 room high school. In Sept. 1939, the day after the Germans marched into Poland, Thomas enlisted in the Army and was accepted into Flight School where he achieved his dream of flying airplanes. During the WW II, he dropped paratroopers in North Africa, Sicily and Italy. After the war and until his retirement at Dover AFB in 1970, he served in a variety of assignments. Two most notable were as Chief of War Plans, Strategic Air Command at Offutt AFB in Nebraska at the height of the cold war and then as Deputy Commander of Material for the 18th Tactical Fighter Wing, Kadena AFB, Okinawa, during the Viet Nam war. After retirement, he was an active member for many years of both the Camden-Wyoming Lions Club and the Camden VFW Post 3238. He was also a volunteer with the Veterans office in Dover. He campaigned for and was instrumental in the establishment of the first Veterans Cemetery in Delaware. He was predeceased by his wife of 63 years, Gertrude, his sister, Irene Drake of Jamestown, PA and his parents, Claude Bowman and Letitia Irene Dickey of Jamestown, PA. He is survived by his children Thomas P. Dickey Jr. of Bow, NH, Eva M. Dickey of Dover, DE and Christopher B. Dickey of Fayetteville NC, three grandchildren, Catherine Mary, Thomas Patton III and Christopher Edwin Dickey also of Fayetteville, NC, as well as niece Catherine Byerly & family of Shannon, PA, nephew Alan Drake & family of Bella Vista, AR and niece Carol Henegan & family of Jamestown, PA. Funeral services will be held 12PM, Saturday, July 2, 2016 at Torbert Funeral Chapel, 61 S. Bradford Street, Dover, DE 19904. Friends may call one hour prior. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Col. Dickey's memory to the Dover, DE Salvation Army, 611 Forest Street, PO Box 123, Dover, DE 19903 or the USO 500 Purple Heart Way, Dover AFB, DE 19902. Letters of condolences may be sent and guest book signed at www.torbertfuneral.com .
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Published in The News Journal on June 28, 2016
DiSabatino, Frances  
Frances DiSabatino AGE: 88 • Newark Frances DiSabatino 88, of Newark, DE passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family on June 22, 2016. Frances was born in Wilmington, DE on March 8, 1928, the daughter of the late Aloysious I. and Florence (Walsh) Breslin. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by 11 siblings. Frances spent most of her life in Delaware. She also lived in Colorado for 12 years with her daughter. She loved spending time with her beloved family. She was an avid reader and very knowledgeable of many things. She was a unique individual and a very special lady with a witty sense of humor. Her favorite past time was visiting Delaware Park. She is survived by her sisters, Ruth Rucinski and Florence Shepherd; her children, Carlo (Judy), Dennis (Diane), Barbie (Mike), and Peter (Cindy); her grandchildren, Stephanie, Karyn, Carlo Jr., Dennis Jr., Richard, Robert, Peter Jr., Pamela, Jessica and Cindy Lee; 20 great grandchildren; and 4 great-great grandchildren. Family and friends are invited to visit 5:00 - 7:00pm on Tuesday, June 28, 2016 at the Doherty Funeral Home, 3200 Limestone Road, Wilmington, DE 19808. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 am on Wednesday, June 29, 2016 at St. Thomas of the Apostle Church, 4th St. and N. Bancroft Pkwy, Wilmington, DE 19805. Interment will follow in All Saints Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Heart Association, PO Box 15120, Chicago, IL 60693, or to the American Cancer Society, 92 Reads Way, #205, New Castle, DE 19720. Doherty Funeral Homes 302-999-8277 To send condolences, visit: www.dohertyfh.com
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Published in The News Journal from June 26 to June 28, 2016
Elmer, Cecelia F.  
Cecelia F. Elmer AGE: 99 • Wilmington Age 99, of Wilmington, DE, passed away peacefully on Thursday, June 23, 2016 at Manor Care in Pike Creek. Born in Old Lyme, CT, Cecelia was the daughter of the late Frank H. and Cecelia (Soukup) Fischer. She graduated 1935 at the top of her class at the old Wilmington High School and was a member of Zion Lutheran Church. Her husband of 66 years, Alois "Louie" Stocek Elmer, predeceased her in 2005. She is survived by her sons, Lon and Loren Elmer and her nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be private. In lieu of flowers, make a friend of someone you do not like. Condolences may be made at MealeyFuneralHomes.com (302) 652-5913
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Published in The News Journal from June 26 to June 28, 2016
Flowers, Rosalie  
Rosalie Flowers AGE: 85 • Wilmington passed on June 22, 2016. Viewing will be held Saturday, July 2, 2016 at Kingdom Hall of Jehovahs Witness (Wilmington South), 3011 S Heald St., Wilm., DE from 10:00 am to 12 noon. Service to follow at noon. Interment will be private.
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Published in The News Journal from June 25 to July 1, 2016
Franks Sr., James J.  
James J. Franks, Sr. AGE: 90 • Wilmington James J. Franks, Sr., 90 of Wilmington, DE, passed away peacefully on Saturday, June 25, 2016 with his children by his side. Jim was born in Wilmington, son of the late Peter and Marion (Weeks) Franks. He was a graduate of Wilmington High School, served honorably in the Army Air Corps during World War II and upon his discharge, enrolled in the Hussian School of Art in Philadelphia. Jim went on to enjoy a long career as a graphic artist and designer before his brief retirement in the mid 1980's. Jim missed the daily interaction with people and soon went back to work part-time for Fine Auto. He was a member of the Lions Club and a devout parishioner of St. John the Beloved Church. In his younger adulthood, Jim enjoyed playing golf. Above all else, he cherished the time he spent with his family, especially his grandchildren. Jim is survived by his children, James J. Franks, Jr., and Kathy Moon; his grandchildren, Bryan Moon (Michelle August) and Lauren Moon (Greg Jones); and great-grandson, Jack Moon. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Dolores in 2009; his son-in-law, Clyde Moon in 2015; and his five siblings, Alice Shepherd, Marion Ingram, Elizabeth Garrahan, Violet Hamilton, and Nicholas Franks. Family and friends are invited to visit from 5:00 - 7:00pm on Wednesday, June 29, 2016 at the Doherty Funeral Home, 3200 Limestone Road, Wilmington, DE 19808, where a funeral service will be held on Thursday, June 30, 2016 at 10:30am. Interment will follow in All Saints Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, Jim's family suggests making contributions in his memory to the Alzheimer's Association, 240 N. James Street, Newport, DE 19804. Doherty Funeral Home 302-999-8277 To send condolences, visit: www.dohertyfh.com
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Published in The News Journal from June 27 to June 29, 2016
Hoopes Jr., John W. "Jack"  
John W. Hoopes, Jr. "Jack" AGE: 94 • Kennett Square, PA John W. Hoopes, Jr., 94, of Kennett Square, PA, died peacefully at Kendal at Longwood on June 16, 2016. Jack was born on May 30, 1922 in Wilmington, DE, and grew up in Kennett Square. He graduated from Wilmington Friends School in 1939, and from Bowdoin College (class of '43) majoring in physics and the Massaschusetts Institute of Technology (class of '44), Phi Beta Kappa, majoring in chemical engineering, in those institutions' five year program. He was a member of Tau Beta PI. Jack then earned a master's degree (1946) and a PhD in chemical engineering (1951) from Columbia University. After teaching in Columbia's engineering school for four years, he took a position at Atlas Powder Co. in his hometown of Wilmington. At Atlas (which eventually became Astra Zeneca) Jack rose to director of the chemical engineering department. One of his early achievements was developing sorbitol from sugar. He worked as an engineer for twenty-six years. After retiring he took a job that he loved, teaching engineering at Widener University in Chester, PA, for eighteen years, until he was 79. He was an excellent photographer, and loved jazz, sailing, and bulldogs. Survived by his wife, Marjorie Hoopes, daughters Kathryn (Robert) Bowen, Pamela Hoopes (Daniel Kelliher), grandchildren Alison Bowen, John Bowen, Caitlin Kelliher and Fiona Kelliher. A memorial gathering will be held on Sunday July 17, 2016, 2 p.m., at Kendal at Longwood, 1109 E. Baltimore Pike, Kennett Pike, PA 19348. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to Kendal Reserve Fund, Kendal-Crosslands Communities, P.O. Box 100, Kennett Square, PA 19348.
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Published in The News Journal on June 28, 2016
Larkins, Tyreek  
Tyreek Larkins Tyreek Larkins, 18, of Bear passed on Friday, June 24, 2016. Viewing will held on Friday, July 1, 2016 from 10:00am to 12 noon. at Abundant Life Christian Center, 113 Pencader Dr., Newark, DE. Celebration of Life will begin at 12 noon. Interment will be in Danville, VA.
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Published in The News Journal from June 28 to June 30, 2016
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