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Azato Jr., John P. "Jack"  
John "Jack" P. Azato, Jr. AGE: 71 • Jack, 71, was the great love of his family's life. He went home to be with The Lord following a courageous battle with cancer, which ended on August 29, 2015. He was a wonderful family man, a devoted and loving husband, father, and poppy. He is survived by the love of his life, Esther DiBiaso Azato; children, John P. Azato III (Jo-El), Irene Azato Stuckey (Jeff), and Dennis Azato (Traci); 8 grandchildren whom he deeply adored, Jack, Aiden, Nina, Evan, Gabriel, Samantha, Ryan, and John IV; siblings, Kathy Gartland, Joseph Azato, Jeffrey Azato, Jerald Azato, and James Azato (Lynn) who was also his best friend; and extended family, Ronald and Concetta Bright, and many nieces, nephews, and great friends. Jack loved everyone and was a kind man. He shall forever be in the hearts of many. Visitation will be held at the CHARLES P. ARCARO FUNERAL HOME, 2309 Lancaster Ave in Wilmington, on Thursday, September 3 from 10am-12noon. Funeral and Committal Services will be held privately at a later date. arcarofuneralhome.com (302)658-9095
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Published in The News Journal from Sept. 1 to Sept. 4, 2015
Catalano, Rocco J.  
Rocco J. Catalano AGE: 62 • Formerly of Wilmington Rocco J. Catalano of Tavares, FL formerly of Wilmington, DE passed away peacefully after a courageous battle with cancer on August 14, 2015, with his loving cousin Debbie Joyce by his side. Rocky proudly served in the U.S. Army Airbourne. He was predeceased in death by his parents, Rocco A. and Anna R. (Denney) Catalano and many loving aunts and uncles. He is survived by his best friend and devoted sister, Michele A. Deptula and many loving cousins. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 PM on Tuesday, October 20, 2015 at the Jacksonville National Cemetary, 4083 Lannie Road, Jacksonville, FL.
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Published in The News Journal from Sept. 2 to Sept. 4, 2015
Conner, Charles Ray "Chuck"  
Charles "Chuck" Ray Conner AGE: 83 • Arden, DE On August 23, Chuck Conner passed over to a larger life. Chuck was born in the mountains of Kentucky and raised on a farm in Indiana. A talented athlete, he played both baseball and basketball and attended the University of Indiana where he graduated with a degree in Business. He was known to say that both "he and Abraham Lincoln were born in Kentucky, schooled in Indiana and lived in Illinois." Chuck married his sweetheart, Phyllis Rae Scrivner, on September 4, 1954 and moved to Chicago. In 1958, fate found them a permanent and welcoming home in Arden, Delaware. Chuck and Phyllis designed and built their amazing Ardencroft home in 1963 where they spent over 50 years creating a haven of beauty, with their well groomed yards, magnificent garden beds, numerous bird feeders and a small pond that was a favorite stopping point for neighborhood children. Chuck had a very successful, 50 year career with the Travelers Insurance Company, where he earned virtually every award the industry had to offer. He served many years on the Arden Council, The Rotary Club of Wilmington, and was heavily involved in the Episcopal Church, as well as a Vestry leader for St. David's for decades. He was a man of strong faith and integrity, a loving husband, a devoted father, cherished grandfather, and a well-respected civic leader in the Arden community. Chuck was predeceased by his son Charles Daniel "Dan" Conner on the same day in August 2002. We believe that Dan greeted Chuck with open arms and they now reside together once again. Chuck is survived by his devoted wife of 61 years, Phyllis Scrivner, his son Michael Ray Conner of Santa Barbara and his two daughters, Grace and Angela, his daughter Kay Conner Miller, her husband, Hodge, and their two sons Will and Conner (Chuck's namesake) of Washington, VA. Services will be held at The St David's Episcopal Church, 2320 Grubb Rd. Wilmington, DE on Monday, September 7 at 11:00 am. A memorial gathering will follow the service at the Arden Gild Hall on The Highway Arden, Delaware. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to the Arden Gild Hall Restoration Fund 2126 The Highway Arden, DE 19810, the Arden Memorial Garden fund 2119 The Highway Arden, DE 19810 or a charity of your choice in Chuck's honor. For online condolences Please visit CHANDLER FUNERAL HOMES & CREMATORY Chandlerfuneralhome.com 302.478.7100
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Published in The News Journal from Sept. 2 to Sept. 4, 2015
Cooper, Kathleen Cicely  
Kathleen Cicely Cooper AGE: 71 • Newark Kathleen Cicely Pembrey Cooper, age 71 of Newark, DE, passed away at home with family on Monday, 10 August, 2015. Cicely was born and grew up in England and came to the US in 1966. She had a long career as a Registered Nurse, with advanced certifications in multiple specialties including psychiatric nursing, gerontology, maternity and orthopedics. She is survived by her husband of 49 years, Terry Cooper; her two sons Bruce Pembrey Cooper and Neil Pembrey Cooper (Stephanie); two sisters, Elizabeth Petit and Sarah Hoad; and six grandchildren. A Celebration of Life service will be held at 2:00pm on October 3rd, 2015 at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Newark, 420 Willa Road, Newark DE 19711. In lieu of flowers, donations would be gratefully received by Delaware Hospice, 16 Polly Drummond Center, 2nd Floor, Newark DE 19711. To send condolences, visit: www.dohertyfh.com 302-999-8277
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Published in The News Journal from Aug. 16 to Sept. 30, 2015
Crowe, Elise (In Memoriam)  
In Loving Memory Elise Crowe 05/05/39 - 09/04/14 One year ago you left. I miss you more than words can ever say Not only my mother but my best friend. Always in My Heart Alice
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Published in The News Journal on Sept. 4, 2015
Davis II, Edward Stowman  
Edward Stowman Davis II AGE: 94 • Edward Stowman Davis, II, 94, passed away peacefully on September 2, 2015 surrounded by his family in Greenville, Delaware. He was the son of Lawrence E. Davis and Edna MacElroy Davis of Philadelphia. He received his bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from Lehigh University and married his college sweetheart, Winnie Taylor after their graduation in 1943. Following graduation from Lehigh, Ed spent a brief period at the DuPont Company in research before joining the war effort. A member of the Greatest Generation, Ed served in World War II in the Pacific Theater as Ordinance Officer, Naval Air Force, Combat Aircraft Service, Unit F35 on Eniwetok Atoll in the Marshall Islands. His experience was recorded as part of Ken Burns' research for his PBS documentary THE WAR. Following his service, he received his master's degree in chemical engineering from the University of Delaware and returned to DuPont where he spent his career. Ed transferred to marketing and left Wilmington with Winnie and their children to spend six years as field representative in greater New England and New York City. After residing in Wellesley, MA and Summit, NJ, they returned to Wilmington in 1959. As industry manager of the Polyolefins division he led the marking and technical task force working with machinery and paperboard companies. Based on DuPont extrusion coating technology the development displaced the traditional glass milk bottle with polyethylene paperboard cartons. He subsequently directed the efforts of the same team to commercialize Surlyn Ionomer Resin, invented in the DuPont research labs. Surlyn went on to revolutionize weekend golf with every amateur's dream of a cut-proof golf ball. Other early major markets included Italian ski boots, windsurfers, and durable heat seals for packaged foods. Ed traveled extensively in Europe and Japan as the marketing liaison for DuPont's joint venture with Mitsui Polychemicals Company. He retired from DuPont after forty years as Marketing Manager and Head, DuPont Polyethylene Resins Department. He spend the next fifteen years as Secretary-Treasurer of Davis-Young Associates, Inc., his son Zachary's landscape design/build firm. Ed and Winnie were lifelong recreational athletes. He taught swimming as a camp counselor and coached Little League baseball. As a sailor he was a sought after crew member for Chesapeake Bay cruising and racing. He played paddle tennis, tennis and skied well into his 80's as member of the 80 plus ski club. Ed was a 60 year member of the Metropolitan Opera Guild in New York City and his love of music spanned from liturgical to classical. After he and Winnie moved from Chadds Ford, PA to Cokesbury Village in Hockessin, he played piano for weekly sing alongs in the Health Center and the Sussex Wing for many years. He sang in church choirs with Wellesley Congregational (Massachusetts), Central Presbyterian (Summit, NJ) and forty two years with Westminster Presbyterian Church (Wilmington). He performed with the Westminster Choir in Vienna and the Melk Abbey in 2000. His community service included President of the Christiana Cotillion, President of the Lehigh Club of Delaware and Executive Vice-President & Member, and Board of Directors of the Delaware Symphony Orchestra. As Vice President and board member of the Greenville Country Club, he served as Chair of Tennis, Racquet Sports and the committee which built the original indoor tennis facility. His beloved Winnie predeceased him in 2003 and he found love again with his constant companion of 11 years, Barbara Allison. Ed was also predeceased by his son in law Joseph Q. Guccione. In addition to Barbara, he is survived by his daughters, Leslie (Davis) Guccione of Duxbury, MA and Amy Taylor Davis of Wilmington; his sons, Lawrence E. Davis, II and wife Suzanne, Zachary W. Davis and Margaret Thomas all of Chadds Ford, PA; seven grand and step grandchildren and five great grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister, Jayne Davis Bauer, nephews and nieces. The family wishes to thank the staff of Cokesbury Village, Elder Care, Compassionate Care Hospice, Dr. James Ritter and Dr. Charles Hill for their extraordinary care. Celebration of his life and interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, a contribution may be made to the Westminster Presbyterian Church choir Fund, 1502 W. 13th St., Wilmington, DE 19806 or to the Delaware Symphony, 100 W. 10th St., Suite 1003, Wilmington, DE 19801. For online condolences please visit chandlerfuneralhome.com 302-478-7100
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Published in The News Journal from Sept. 4 to Sept. 6, 2015
Davis Jr., James Bayard  
James Bayard Davis, Jr. AGE: 71 • Wilmington James Bayard Davis, Jr., age 71, of Wilmington, DE passed away at his home on Tuesday, July 28, 2015. Jim was born in Salisbury, MD on September 18, 1943, son of the late James Bayard, Sr. and Mabel Perdue Davis. A 1965 graduate of Goldey-Beacom College, he was a veteran of the United States Navy, having served our country during the Vietnam War. Jim had a successful career, which spanned more than 40 years, in the property and casualty insurance industry in Delaware, Maryland and Pennsylvania. He served as president of Delaware Mutual Insurance Company, Vice President of Delaware Atlantic Insurance Company, and retired from Donegal Insurance Group in 2007. In addition, Jim was a member of the Society of Certified Insurance Counselors, and served on the boards of directors of Delaware Property and Casualty Insurance Guaranty Association and Delaware Fair Access to Insurance Plan. Jim was an active member for more than 20 years of Lions Clubs International and was a past president of the Brookside Lions Club. He was also an active member for more than 15 years of Rotary International, a charter member and past president of the Hockessin/Pike Creek Rotary Club, and a Paul Harris Fellow. Jim was a charter member of the Elks Lodge in Chestertown, MD, as well as a member of the American Legion and Buckingham Presbyterian Church, both in Berlin, MD. Jim possessed a keen interest in current events and sincere fondness for conversation and the world of ideas. A true gentleman and loving husband, he enjoyed traveling extensively with his wife and best friend, Sue, throughout their marriage and particularly during their retirement years. Driving about Europe, hiking, savoring fine cuisine and Paris were always special favorites. He will be remembered lovingly and respectfully for his integrity, kindness, optimism, smile and genuine zest for life. Jim is survived by his wife of 36 years, Susan E. Ayres Davis; his sisters, Mary Lou Kemp (George) and Ann Davis Lagos (Bill); his brother, John Perdue Davis (Ann); and five nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held at Christ Church - Christiana Hundred, 505 Buck Road, Wilmington, DE 19807 on Friday, September 18 at 11:00AM. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Jim may be made to the Astra Zeneca Hope Lodge of the American Cancer Society, 110 West Laurel Avenue, Cheltenham, PA 19012. Doherty Funeral Homes To offer condolences, visit www.dohertyfh.com 302.999.8277
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Published in The News Journal from Aug. 28 to Sept. 13, 2015
Fasano, Rita M.  
Rita M. (Koronik) Fasano, 79, of Bridgeville, DE passed away peacefully on Monday, August 31, 2015, surrounded by her loving children. Rita was born in Wilmington on February 2, 1936, daughter of the late Boleslaw and Victoria (Harasimowicz) Koronik. A loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother, Rita was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish and a former member of Holy Spirit Parish. Rita will be missed by her children, Rita M. Fasano (husband, Lester Bristow), Antoinette M. Fasano, Anthony G. Fasano III (wife, Allison L. Fasano), and Victoria M. Monahan.; her grandchildren, Lindsay M. Clairmont (husband, Brian Clairmont), Alice M. Hegesi, McGwire J. Monahan, Rebecca M. Bristow, Davianna C. Tribbett and Ludivina Fasano; and her great-grandchildren, Anthony M. Clairmont and Riley E. Clairmont. She is also survived by her sister, Bernardine Brzozowski; her sisters-in-law, Elaine Koronik, Marion Kash, Jennie Koronik and Drama Fasano; and several nieces and nephews. Her husband, Anthony G. Fasano, Jr. passed away on March 12, 1999. She was also predeceased by her grandson, Brett Fasano; her sisters, Tessie Szpyra and Alice Kozlowski; and her brothers, Michael, John, Walter and Chester Koronik. Family and friends are invited to visit at the Doherty Funeral Home, 3200 Limestone Road, Pike Creek, Wilmington, DE 19808 on Tuesday, September 8 from 4:00-7:00PM and on Wednesday, September 9 from 9:00-10:00AM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Holy Spirit Church, 12 Winder Road, New Castle, DE 19720 on Wednesday, September 9 at 11:00AM. Interment will follow in the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery. To offer condolences, visit www.dohertyfh.com 302.999.8277
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Published in The News Journal from Sept. 4 to Sept. 8, 2015
Fountain, R. Francis (Frank)  
R. Francis Fountain (Frank) AGE: 73 • Newark, DE R. Francis Fountain (Frank) age, 73 of Newark, DE passed away on Monday, August 31, 2015 after a lengthy illness. Born in Ridgley, MD on November 3, 1941, he was the son of the late Roland F. Fountain and Katherine G. Fountain. He was a graduate of St. Mary's University, Baltimore, MD and the University of Delaware with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering. Frank spent his working career at Hewlett-Packard/Agilent Technologies and especially enjoyed working in Germany, China, and Japan. He retired in 2006. Frank was an active member of St. Mary of the Assumption Church in Hockessin, DE and is survived by his caring and loving St. Mary's Church family who provided continuous and unwavering support over the past 2 ½ years. He was a Eucharistic Minister at St. Mary's, a member of the Knights of Columbus and served with the Lazarus Committee and the Sages Senior Group as Treasurer. With sincere gratitude we especially acknowledge the compassionate, professional care provided by his family physician, Dr. Mart Amick. He was always there especially in Frank's final days. We also thank his dear friend, Fr. Jim Smith for his loving presence during Frank's illness. Our lives were touched by many at the Helen Graham Cancer Center and we are grateful to all of you for your care and support. Frank is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 42 years, Dolores Antoine Fountain; his two sisters, Joan Dize and Mary Schaller, his brother, Paul Fountain, many nieces and nephews and his brother in law and devoted care giver, Leon Antoine. He was predeceased by two sisters, Martha Crouch and Elizabeth Cassidy and one brother, Robert Fountain. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, September 5 at 10:30 am at St. Mary of the Assumption Church, 7200 Lancaster Pike, Hockessin, DE 19707. Burial will be private. Frank enjoyed photography, woodworking, reading and gardening. He and Dolores enjoyed traveling throughout their marriage, especially their trips to Hawaii. Colonial Williamsburg was their favorite get away destination and they were fervent believers in their mission-"That the Future may learn from the Past." Therefore, it is requested that in lieu of flowers memorial contributions be made to Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, P.O. Box 1776, Williamsburg, VA 23187-1776, Attn: Kirsten Kellogg or to St. Mary of the Assumption Church at the above address. To send condolences, visit: www.dohertyfh.com 302-999-8277
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Published in The News Journal from Sept. 3 to Sept. 5, 2015
Friz, Dr. William Adolf  
Dr. William Adolf Friz AGE: 77 • West Palm Beach, FL Dr. William Adolf Friz, age 77, of West Palm Beach, Florida and formerly of Wilmington, Delaware passed away on Monday, August 31, 2015. William was born August 22, 1938 in Philadelphia PA, grew up in Wilmington DE and graduated from Mt. Pleasant High School. He attended Valley Forge Military Academy where he played drums in the Valley Forge Marching Band. He went on to attend Michigan State University on a full music scholarship. He studied biology and played drums in the Spartan Marching Band. Upon graduation he attended Temple University School of Dentistry where he met Pat, his wife of 50 years. After graduate school, William served his residency as an Officer in the U.S. Navy at the Naval Base in Bainbridge MD. Upon completion of residency, he started his private dental practice in Wilmington DE. Shortly thereafter, he joined his partners to form Dental Associates of Delaware. The partners' business interests included Stanley's Tavern, a local Wilmington landmark. William was a member of Wilmington Country Club where he served as Chairman of the Golf Committee and later as Club President. He was a 50 year member of the Masonic Grand Lodge of Delaware - Temple Lodge #11. He was a long time member of Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Wilmington DE, where he sang in the choir, served as Chairman of the Pastor Parrish Committee and also as Chairman of the Administrative Board. More recently he was a member of Jupiter First Church in Jupiter FL. Throughout his adult life, he was an avid fan and supporter of drum and bugle corps, including the former Delaware Blue Rocks Drum and Bugle Corps and The Cadets of Allentown PA. In addition to his wife Pat, he is survived by his son Robert and wife Amanda of Wilmington DE, and daughter Wendy Swanson and husband Scott of Jupiter FL, and four grandchildren - Grace, Robby, Isabel & Charlie. He is also survived by his brother Robert of Timonium MD. A Funeral Service will be held on Tuesday, September 8, 2015 at 11:00 am at Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 2313 Concord Pike, Wilmington, DE 19803. Interment will be private. To continue the celebration of his life, a reception will be held at the Wilmington Country Club, 4825 Kennett Pike, Wilmington, DE 19807, Tuesday evening, September 8, 2015 from 5:00 to 7:00 PM. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to TrustBridge Health, 5300 East Avenue, West Palm Beach, FL 33407 or Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 2313 Concord Pike, Wilmington, Delaware 19803. For online condolences please visit CHANDLER FUNERAL HOMES & CREMATORY chandlerfuneralhome.com 302-478-7100
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Published in The News Journal from Sept. 3 to Sept. 6, 2015
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