Obituaries and Funeral Announcements

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Dorothy Anna Mae Keen ~1922-2014

Dorothy Anna Mae Keen (daughter of the late Reba Williams) passed away peacefully on Saturday October 18, 2014 at the age of 92 after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease.

She had been cared for by her loving and devoted daughter Jewel and granddaughters; Shamain and Charlena for the last 4 years. Dorothy was always independent, hardworking, stubborn, and stated right before her passing, "I love all my family." She leaves them with her strength, love, good values, and a lifetime of wonderful memories. A long-term resident of Bridgeton, she was faithfully employed by Seibel/Sterns dress factory for 55 years. Dorothy was a devoted member of Trinity A.M.E. church until her decline. Upon her retirement, she was a care giver and crossing guard for the city of Bridgeton. Dorothy, (Schrammy and Granny) is what we called her, never wanted to sit still, stop working, or [taking] care of her family and others. "Life is what you make it," is what she always said. She also found great love and enjoyment in her yard, flowers, and animals.

Dorothy is predeceased by her husband Samuel Keen, sisters Ethel Pierce Valentine, Vernetta Williams, and one brother, William (Billy).
She is survived by her daughter Jewel Walker; whom was her sole care giver until her relocation of her final place of rest at Keystone Hospice in Wyndmoor, PA; two granddaughters Shamain Morris (Stephen), Charlena Walker-Nichols (Matt Nichols), and her beloved Great Grandson Matthew Jordan Nichols; her step-daughter Vickie Williams Gould and her children (Mark, Paul, Dee, and Deasia Williams); her niece Beverly Valentine Pierce and her children (Karen Pierce-Harden, Kevin Pierce, and Michelle Pierce); her nephew Perry Valentine (Heather) and children (Michael and Jasmin Valentine); cousin Chester (Junie) Pierce Jr. whom she spent and enjoyed countless hours helping out on his farm; and a host of great-nieces, nephews, and cousins.

The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to Poppy Eugene Morrison for his care and efforts during Dorothy's decline and her life-long friend and neighbor Ms. Clarise Loatman and her children for loving, caring, and looking after Dorothy and her home. A big piece of us is gone now and has been for quite a while. She was my heart, our heart. I called her "My Schrammy Pie." Lena and Matthew called her Scharmmer. But she will be remembered as *LOVE*. I Love You Ol' Girl. Rest in Peace. You're with the Lord now, and we'll all see you soon.

Services will be held Friday, October 24th, 2014, at Trinity AME Church Bridgeton - Millville Pk, Gouldtown where family and friends may call at 10:30am. Interment will be in the Gouldtown Memorial Park, Fairfield Twsp.

Janet Christine Durham Kelly ~1951-1989

Janet Christine Durham Kelly of' R.D. 5, Georgetown, died of cancer, Sunday, Oct. 8, 1989, in Peninsula General Hospital, Salisbury, Md. She was 38.

Mrs. Kelly had been a secretary before her illness.

She is survived by her husband, David Paul Kelly; a son, Joseph Allen Kelly; a daughter, Duana Sue Kelly, both at home; her father, Norris E. Durham of Dover; her mother, Mary Hughes of Dover; and an uncle, Glendin K. Durham of Dover. She was raised by her grandmother, Lulu R. Carter, who is now deceased.

Services will be held 1 p.m. today in Immanuel United Methodist Church, Cheswold, where friends may call one hour before the service. Burial will be in the adjoining church. cemetery. Instead of flowers the family suggests contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, Sussex Chapter, Georgetown. Arrangements by. Torbert Funeral Chapel, Dover.



Grace Robeda Mosley Kemp 1925-2012 

Grace Robeda Mosley Kemp, daughter of the late Wingate Burton Mosley and Clara Frances Jackson Mosley was born in Dover, Delaware on November 5, 1925, passed away quietly June 4, 2012. 

She attended Booker T. Washington grade school and proceeded to Delaware State College to obtain her high school diploma.  Grace was married to the late Thomas Jefferson Kemp.

Grace was preceded in death by her brother Walter Warren Mosley, James Paris Mosley, Sarah Elizabeth Durham, Jeanette Fleming, Jessie Mosley, and Gertrude Bland.  Grace was an active member of the Elks Pride of Dover Temple #784. During her membership she was a member of the Hattie B. Hubbard Council of Delaware, the Past State President and her highest achievement was Past Grand Daughter Ruler. She is survived by her nephews Charles Durham (Dorothy), Ronald W. Smith (Bertha), nieces Delores Frank, Joyce Bradley (Herb), Rita E. Smith, Roma Roberts and Dr’s Jeannie Mosley-Hall (Howard). She also leaves to mourn a host of great nieces and nephews and her beloved feline companion “Sir Speedy.” 

Service will be at Whatcoat United Methodist Church, Saulsbury Road, Dover, DE.  Visitation 9:00 am - 10:00 am Jun 11, 2012.  Interment at Sharon Hill Cemetery, Dover, DE, 19901. Arrangements by Bennie Smith Funeral Home.

Marie Giles Kennedy 1917-2000

Marie Giles Kennedy, of Goldsboro, Md., died as a result of an automobile accident Friday, May 12, 2000, in Bridgetown, Md. She was 82.

Mrs. Kennedy was born July 17, 1917, in Philadelphia, the daughter of the late Jack Wilson and Myrtle Groce Matthews. She lived in Goldsboro since coming from New York City in 1972. She was employed by Beck & Co. in New York as a seamstress for 20 years. She also had worked as a licensed practical nurse for Harlem Hospital in New York.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Benjamin R. Giles, on June 23, 1979, and by her second husband, Walter E. Kennedy Sr., on Jan. 4, 2000. She also was preceded in death by a daughter, Marilyn Knight, on June 7, 1999. She is survived by a son, Dennis D. Giles, and his wife, Delores, of Ridgely, Md.; a sister, Ruth Washington, of Goldsboro; four grandchildren, Paul Stubbs and Gary Stubbs, both of Bronx, N.Y., Donna Knight and Michelle Knight, both of New York City; two step-grandchildren, Gladys Ricketts of Denton, and Stanford Ricketts of Baltimore; two great-grandchildren, Aisha and Khanna Stubbs, both of Bronx; and a host of relatives and friends.

Service will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Lockerman Church, Goldsboro, where friends may call one hour prior to service. Burial will be in Union Cemetery, Goldsboro. Arrangements by Fleegle & Helfenbein Funeral Home, P. A., Greensboro, Md.


Sally A. Wensley Key
25 Oct 2009
(A descendant of John Norwood and John Hughes Miller of Delaware)

Mrs. Sally A. Key died at her home after a long illness resulting from several major surgeries. Mrs. Key was born on August 4, 1934, to Ethel and Edwin Wensley in Dearborn, Michigan. Her family included several artists and musicians. Mrs. Key herself was an accomplished artist. She rendered in pencil and in oil a portrait of approximately forty people from Polk County, as well as various local scenes.

She attended Florida Southern College for three-and-a-half years, and nearly completed her Bachelor's degree. After touring in Europe with Mrs. Fugitt and other students from Florida Southern College in 1958, she continued to travel extensively. She later traveled around the world with Keith Billups. Mrs. Key was a member of the Lakeland First United Methodist Church where she volunteered in the tape ministry and also taught Bible classes in the 1970s. She went on several mission trips with members of this church. She also volunteered in the GI Unit at Lakeland Regional

Medical Center, where she established special friendships with the nurses and doctors. Earlier in her life, Mrs. Key was an avid tennis player. Another favorite activity was Ballroom dancing, and she was privileged to dance with Arthur Murray at the Waldorf Astoria.

Mrs. Key was preceded in death by her husband, Albert Key, who was employed for fifty years at Peoples Bank of

Lakeland. She established the Albert Key Award in 1983 at Florida Southern College. Each year, one outstanding senior vocalist and one outstanding senior instrumentalist receive a scholarship award. She was preceded in death by her parents, Edwin and Ethel Wensley; sister, Mary Ellen Masters and her husband George; brother-in-law Carl Dapprich; and great-nephew Blake Smith. Earlier this year, her dear companion of ten years, Keith Billups, who was employed at Publix Supermarkets for thirty-nine years, preceded her in death.

Mrs. Key is survived by two of her step-children by Albert Key: Kathlyn Key Garrison and Nancy Newman; four step-grandchildren and three step-great-grandchildren. The youngest of eight brothers and sisters in the Wensley family, Sally Key is survived by six siblings: Clara Dapprich, Edwin Wensley, Lil Zebley, Lucile Campbell, Lionel Wensley, and Francis Erwin. She also is survived by 31 nieces and nephews, 87 great-nieces and nephews, 43 great-great nieces and nephews, and 6 great-great-great nieces and nephews.

There will be a celebration of her life at the Wensley Family Reunion in Michiganon Sund ay, June 27, 2010, where over a hundred of her relatives and friends will join in a special service of song and praise. Donations may be made to The Albert Key Award at Florida Southern College, Lakeland First United Methodist Church, or the charity of your choice.

Rena Albertine Malott Kientz 1945-2009
(Descendant of John Norwood and John Hughes Miller of Delaware)

D. O.B: 8/21/1945         Age:     D.O.D: 8/4/2009
Nankin Twp., MI           63        Farmington Hills, MI

Beloved Wife of Tom Kientz Survived by God children Paul Kientz, Skyler Kientz, Gabriel Cox, Michael Cox, Missy Cox, Mary Kientz, Brandie Kientz, Carol Dennis.  Sisters Geraldine Etherton, Diana E., Phyllis Hayes, Linda Sutton; brothers Rolland Malott, James Malott, Forest Malott; Brothers-in-Law Paul (Jonnia) Kientz and Richard (Geraldine) Kientz; Sister-in-Law Nancy Kientz.  Preceded in death by father Harold E. Malott and mother Marie Miller Malott.

Visitation Hours:  Wednesday, 4-9pm, Thur. 9am -9pm.  Funeral Services will be at: The Uht Funeral Home, Fri Aug 07, 2009 1:00pm.  Disposition:  Burial at Knollwood Memorial Cemetery, Canton, Michigan. 

William S. Kimmey ~1936-2001

William S. Kimmey of Georgetown, formerly of Milford, died of heart failure Sunday, July 22, 2001, in the Lewes Convalescent Center, Lewes. He was 66. Mr. Kimmey was a retired house painter. He is survived by a son, Ted Kimmey of Milford; a sister, Joyce Sargeant of Maryland; and three grandchildren. Services will be private. Arrangements by Melson Funeral Services, Long Neck.

David W. King III
January 09, 1999

David W. King III, 4, of New Castle, Del., died Saturday in Alfred I. du Pont Children's Hospital, Wilmington, Del. Born in Bridgeton, he was the son of David W. King Jr. and Melissa Loatman.

Surviving in addition to his parents are a sister, Dominique King of New Castle, Del.; grandparents Joyce Koas and John Michalek of Bridgeton; and maternal great-grandparents Robert and Erma Williams and Edna Loatman, all of Bridgeton. He was predeceased by his paternal grandparents, David Sr. and Hortense King.

Services are noon Wednesday at Bagwell Funeral Home, 131 S. Broad St., Penns Grove, where friends may call from 10 a.m. to noon. Burial will be in Newport Baptist Church Cemetery, Newport.

Dora Grinage Kisner 1874-1935
11 Jan 1935 Democrat Messenger

Funeral services were held yesterday afternoon for Mrs. Dora Grinage Kisner, aged 60, wife of Andrew Kisner and a nativ e of

Greene County, who died Tuesday morning, January 8, 1935, at her home near Houston. The rites were conducted in he r home at 2:30 with Rev. E.W. Williams, of Canonsburg, in charge. Interment was in the Oak Springs Cemetery. Mrs. Kisner was born October 13, 1874, at Holbrook, a daughter of William and Elizabeth Grinage. Besides her husband she leaves four children: William, Alvin and Clara, all at home, and Mrs. Alicia Lewis of Philadelphia; one sister, Mrs. William Bruce, of Waynesburg, and a brother, Ross Grinage, of Washington.

Hilda Roberta Knox  ~1915-1995
21 Apr 1995

Hilda Roberta Knox, 80, of Jefferson Apartments, Lewes, died Wednesday, April 12. 1995,  of a stroke in Beebe Medical Center, Lewes.

Mrs. Knox was a housekeeper and a nurse in New York. After her retirement in 1975, she moved toDelaware.

She is survived by two sons, Isaac Tankard of Connecticut and Andrew Knox of Harbeson; a brother, Williard Harmon of Wilmington; a sister, Jesse Mae Wilkins ofEaston.Md.; seven grandchildren, a great-granddaughter and a great-great-granddaughter.

Funeral services were held Saturday, April 15, at Short Funeral Services in Milton. Burial was in Evergreen Cemetery, Berlin, Md. Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions to Delaware Hospice, Southern Division,Georgetown. DE 19947.

Philip A. Kosek  1953-2012
October 27, 1953 - September 20, 2012 

Philip "Booper" Kosek of Dover died Thursday, September 20, 2012 at Kent General Hospital. He was 58.   Phil was born October 27, 1953 in Chester, Pennsylvania to the late Helen and Philip Kosek. 

Phil graduated from Chester High School in 1971 and the Williamson Trade School with an Associates in Specialized Technology degree as an Electric Power Technician in 1975. He worked for 25 years for the City of Dover Power Plant and then the last 12 years in power plant operations for the City of Dover with NAES Corporation. Phil loved the sport of baseball and was captain of the Chester West Little League 16-18 year old Babe Ruth baseball team that went to the National Championships from Delaware County in 1971. He served as a pitcher for his college team and later played in several softball leagues. He coached and was the equipment manager for 10 years with Dover Little League and was the Assistant Coach for many years on the Dover High School Varsity Baseball Team. He was a supporter of the Dover High School wrestling team. He was a proud father to Andy and was an avid supporter of anything his son was involved in. Phil enjoyed watching his grandson Philip play baseball. He loved to bowl and traveled up and down the East Coast competing. Phil also enjoyed bass fishing in his boat, especially with his wife Marsha. He loved to play cards with his friends and listening to the Temptations, and was an avid fan of the Phillies, Redskins, Flyers and Tiger Woods. Phil loved to be surrounded by family, especially in the summer by the pool. He was a father figure to many. He will be missed by Bella, the family dog and his couch buddy.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his brother Alan Kosek and his sister Phyllis Barnard, 2011. He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Marsha Johnson Kosek of Dover; son, Andy Kosek and his wife Leslie of Elkton, MD; beloved niece Amanda Johnson (also his Goddaughter) and her daughter, Destiny Hettinger, and nephew Shawn Ridgeway whom he helped raise; brothers, David Kosek and his wife Jill of Lambertsville, NJ and Mark Kosek of Chester, PA; grandson Philip J. Kosek; and Godchildren Becky Hurd, Lauren Durham, Mathew Robinson, and Michael and Kelsey Garnett; and numerous nieces, nephews, and brother and sister in laws and friends. 

Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, September 29, 2012 at Torbert Funeral Chapel, 1145 E. Lebanon Rd. (Rt. 10), Dover. Friends may call from 6-8 p.m. Friday evening. Interment will be in the Immanuel Union United Methodist Church Cemetery, Cheswold. In lieu of flowers the family suggests contributions be made to Dover Little League PO Box 1764, Dover, DE 19903 or Dover High School Baseball Boosters (send checks to DHS Baseball Boosters, 40 Carnoustie Rd., Fox Hall, Dover, DE 19904). Viewing:  Friday September 28, 2012, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM at Torbert Funeral Chapels.  Funeral Service: Saturday September 29, 2012, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM at Torbert Funeral Chapels.  Interment: Saturday September 29, 2012, 12:30 PM - 12:45 PM at Immanual United Methodist Church and Cemetery

Mary Dean Kozma

1.  Memorial:  In Memory of Mary Dean Kozma, Who Resided at RD 7, Fordville-Fairton Road,  Bridgeton, New Jersey.   Date of Birth  January 17, 1910.  Date of Death February 21, 1979.

Date and Hour of Services:  Saturday, February 24, at 1 p.m.  Services from Garrison-Sray Funeral Home, 62 Landis Avenue,  Bridgeton, New Jersey.  Clergyman Officiating:  Rev. Paul Sprouse, Centerton Freewill Baptist Church.  Final Resting Place:  Gouldtown Memorial Park.

2.  Death Notice:  KOZMA — Of RD 7, Fordville-Fairton Road, Bridgeton, on Wednesday, February 21, 1979.     Mary Dean  Kozma, wife of  Michael Kozma and mother of Franklin Dean, Norene Taylor, Evelyn Gould and Rosemary Burton, aged 69 years.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend the funeral services on Saturday, February 24 at 1 p.m. from the Garrison-Sray  Funeral Home, Carlls Corner.  Interment in the Gouldtown Memorial Park.  Friends may  call Friday evening from 7 to 9.  For those who desire, contributions may be in Mrs. Kozma’s memory to the  Cumberland County Chapter  of the American Heart Association.

Rose Marie Norwood Kyler  ? - 2009
Tallahassee Democrat , 11 Feb 2009
note – daughter of Lincoln Norwood of Nassau, DE

Rose Marie Norwood Kyler a retired special-education teacher in Dade County schools, died Monday Feb. 2, 2009, in Miami, Fla. She was born in Kansas City, Mo., and reared in Tallahassee. She received a bachelor's degree and a master's degree from Florida A&M University. She was an Episcopalian. Survivors include Dr. and Mrs. J.R.E.Lee III of Tallahassee, John Robert Norwood Jr., Jackie Norwood, Jonathan Norwood, Norris Norwood, Ralph Lee, Elaine Lee and Charlotte Ann Lee.  The service will be at 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 13, at Strong & Jones Funeral Home Chapel (850-224- 2139). Burial will follow at Greenwood Cemetery.




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