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Sussex Countian
  • Obituaries / June 11, 2008

  • Click the link above for this week's central Sussex obits: John Kenneth West, Mildred G. Hayes, Jose Americo Viana, Virginia M. Osowski, Mary Louise O'Brien, Grace M. Salvatore, Sarah J. Johnson and Dessie E. Carey.


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  • JOHN KENNETH WEST
    John Kenneth West, 82, of Dagsboro, passed away on Sunday, June 1, 2008, at Atlantic Shores Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Millsboro.
    He was born on April 22, 1926, in Laurel, the son of the late, John and Elizabeth (Short) West.  He was an over-the-road truck driver for Perdue, Inc., for 20 years.
    West attended Bayshore Community Church, in Gumboro.  He loved fishing and being and working outdoors.
    He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Betty (Revel) West, his daughter, Janet Hudson, of Dagsboro; and his granddaughter, Sheila Hudson, of Millsboro.
    Funeral Services were held on Friday, June 6, at Watson Funeral Home, Millsboro.
    Pastor Jeff Hudson officiated.
    Interment in Price George’s Cemetery, Dagsboro.
    In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to Delaware Hospice Center, 100 Patriot’s Way, Milford, DE  19963 or to the American Diabetes Association, P. O. Box 11454, Alexandria, VA  22312.
    Letters of condolence may be sent to:  www.Delmarvaobits.com.
    Arrangements provided by Watson Funeral Home, Millsboro.
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    MILDRED G. (DeNIGHT) HAYES
    Mildred G. (DeNight) Hayes, 86, of Millsboro, passed away on Sunday, June 1, 2008, at Harrison Senior Living, in Georgetown.  She was formerly of New Castle, Wilmington, and Lewes.
    She was the daughter of the late, Howard and Mary (Adel) DeNight.  She retired as a lab technician from the DuPont Experimental Lab in 1984.  She was a charter member of Calvary Assembly of God Church in Wilmington, where she served in many capacities, including VBS Director and a Sunday school teacher.
    Hayes was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 54 years, George H. Hayes; and her brother, Woodard H. DeNight.
    She is survived by her two daughters, Sandra Hoesch and her husband, Frank; and Beverly Cook and her husband, Joe; her grandson, Donald Cook; her brother and sister-in-law, Howard and Eleanor DeNight; and her sister-in-laws, Dorothy DeNight and Sarah Garrett.
    A Service to Celebrate her Life was held on Thursday, June 5, at the Chapel at Gracelawn Cemetery, Wilmington.
    Burial in Gracelawn Cemetery, Wilmington.
    Letters of condolence may be sent to:  www.Delmarvaobits.com.
    Arrangements provided by Watson Funeral Home, Millsboro.
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    JOSE AMERICO VIANA
    Jose Americo Viana, 76, of Rehoboth Beach, passed away suddenly on Sunday, June 1, 2008, at Beebe Medical Center, Lewes.  He was formerly of Vienna, Va., retired to the shore area in 1997.
    He lived the American Dream after arriving in the U.S.A. in 1958 from Brazil.  He embodied the virtues of hard work, pursuit of education, and self-determination to raise a family and build a successful career.  His career began in Brazil, with his father’s agricultural business and once in the United States, his career moved into the banking industry concluding in Washington, D.C., in 1995 with the Inter-American Development Bank as an Export Finance Officer.  In his retirement, he was a strong supporter of the Republican Party and supported his wife’s efforts with local charities and community outreach programs.
    Page 2 of 4 - Viana was preceded in death by his parents; Raimundo Viana and Maria Jose (Silveira) Viana; his sister Fatima; and his two brothers, Raimundo and Pedro.
    He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Monica (Silva) Viana; his son, Alexandre Viana and his wife, Kari Ann; his grandson, Alexander Americo Viana; his granddaughter, Gabriella Victoria Viana; his two sisters, Maria Edna and Elaine; and his four brothers, Joao; Alberto; Carlos; and Delano.
    A Memorial Mass was held on Saturday, June 7, at St. Edmund’s Catholic Church, Rehoboth Beach, DE  19971.
    Interment was private.
    In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to St. Edmunds Catholic Church, King and Charles Streets, Rehoboth Beach, DE  19971; or Beebe Medical Center Foundation, 424 Savannah Road, Lewes, DE  19958.
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    VIRGINIA “GINNY” M. OSOWSKI
    Virginia “Ginny” M. Osowski, 86, of Millsboro, formerly of Wilmington, passed away on Monday, June 2, 2008, at the Renaissance Health Care Center, in Millsboro.
    She was born in Wilmington, the daughter of the late, Dominick and Domenica (D’Alizio) Palmarella.
    Osowski was a retired restaurant hostess for the Dinner Bell, the Lamp Post, and Bob Evans, all in the Rehoboth Beach area.
    She was preceded in death by her parents; and her husband, Walter J. Osowski, who passed away in 1992.
    Osowski is survived by her son, William J. Osowski and his wife, Jacqueline, of Smyrna; her daughter, Lonnie Brown, of Rehoboth Beach; her brother, Ernest Palmarella, of Wilmington; her sister, Lena O’Toole and her husband, John, of Wilmington; her two grandchildren, Ed Brown and his wife, Maureen, of Rehoboth Beach; and Tara Brown, of Rehoboth Beach; her three great-grandchildren, Connor; Jordan; and Nolan Brown; and many nieces and nephews.
    A Memorial Mass was held on Friday, June 6, at St. Edmund’s Catholic Church, Rehoboth Beach.
    In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made in Ginny’s memory to Meals on Wheels of Rehoboth Beach, 32409 Lewes-Georgetown Highway, Lewes, DE  19958.
    Arrangements provided by Melson Funeral Services, Long Neck Road, near Millsboro.
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    MARY LOUISE “LULU” O’BRIEN
    Mary Louise “Lulu” O’Brien, 63, of Lewes, passed away on Wednesday, June 4, 2008, at Beebe Medical Center, Lewes.
    She was born December 15, 1944, in Bethesda, Md., the daughter of the late, Robert Emmet and Elizabeth Virginia (Franklin) O’Brien.
    O’Brien and her husband of 11 years, Leonard P. Kober, relocated to the beach five years ago from Rockville, Md.  Lulu had worked in real estate conducting title searches.  She was an avid antique shopper, gardener, decorator and bargain hunter.  She enjoyed iced tea, Coca-Cola and Monday night burger night in Lewes.
    She loved playing cards, especially Bunko and Solitaire; she controlled the TV remote 24-7; she loved red shoes; Cadillac’s and fast cars.  Lulu enjoyed baking – brownies were a favorite.  She was a member of St. Edmond’s Catholic Church.  Lulu will always be with her loved ones – “Our eyes see what our hearts cannot believe.”
    Page 3 of 4 - She is survived by her beloved husband, Leonard; her four daughters, Kathleen Haden and her husband, jess, of Charlottesville, Va.; Karen Ruppel-Mullervy and her husband, Colin, of Crownsville, Md.; Jeanne Lange and her husband, Steve, of Luguna Niguel, Calif.; and Diane Kober, of Owings Mills, Md.; her two sons, Patrick Kober and his wife, Mary Beth, of Oil City, Pa.; and Timothy Kober, of Raleigh, NC; her two grandsons, Emmet P. and John Carr Hayden; her two sisters, Betty J. Linthicum, of Rehoboth Beach; and Patricia C. Meier, of Virginia Beach, Va.
    A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Monday, June 9, at St. Edmunds Catholic Church, Rehoboth Beach.
    Interment was private.
    In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to:  Beebe Medical Center, Cardiac Care Unit, 424 Savannah Road, Lewes, DE  19958.
    Send online condolences to:  condolences@­parsellfuneralhomes.com.
    Arrangements provided by Parsell Funeral Homes and Crematorium, Lewes.
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    GRACE M. (GUARRERA) SALVATORE
    Grace M. (Guarrera) Salvatore, 93, of Lewes, died Thursday, June 5, at Beebe Medical Center in Lewes.  She was the daughter of the late Anthony and Rosario (Storniolo) Guarrera.
    She was a resident of the Lewes area since 1996, coming from the Upper Darby, Pa., area of Philadelphia.   While in the Philadelphia area, Grace was involved with the American Cancer Society, cutting and sewing dressings for cancer patients.  She made casseroles for the patients in St. John’s Hospital of Phila and did sewing and helped with charity events for the Little Sister of the Poor.  
    She worked as a part time saleslady for John Wanamakers Department Stores in Phila. for 17 years.   Grace was an active member of the Lewes Senior Center and availed herself to all of their services.  She was a devout Catholic, dedicating herself to prayer, especially the rosary.   She loved to crochet as many of her family members have handmade stars on their Christmas Trees.  She enjoyed traveling and entertaining her family.  She was a member of St. Jude the Apostle Catholic Church, Lewes.
    In addition to her parents,she was preceded in death by her husband, Albert J. Salvatore who died in 1981 &  one brother, Rosario Guarrera  She is survived by her two sons,  Dr. Michael A. Salvatore, M. D.  & wife Judith of Milton, and Anthony Salvatore & Family of Springfield, Pa.; Sister-Lucy Grasso of Naples, Fla.; Sister-in-Law-Ronnie Guarrera of Monroe Twp., N.J.; Brother-Larry Cacciola of N. Wildwood, N.J. Granddaughters Alicia Link Salvatore of California and Laurea Link Salvatore of Boston, Mass.
    A Mass of Christian Burial was celebtated on Tuesday, June 10, at 11 a.m. in St. Jude the Apostle Catholic Church, Route 1 North at Five Points, Lewes,  where family received friends one hour prior.  The Reverend Mark Connelly will officiate. Interment will held on Wednesday , June 11, at 11 a.m. at Saints Peter & Paul Cemetery, 1600 S. Sproul Road, Springfield, PA 19064.
    Page 4 of 4 - Family suggests memorial contributions to St. Jude the Apostle Catholic Church, 152 Tulip Drive, Lewes, DE 19958 or Lewes Senior Center, 310 Nassau Park Road, Lewes, DE 19958
    Arrangements by Parsell Funeral Enterprises, Inc., Lewes, DE 19958
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    SARAH J. (SALLY) JOHNSON
    Sarah J. Johnson, 63, of Georgetown, passed away on Friday, June 6, at Beebe Medical Center, in Lewes.
    Johnson was born in Philadelphia, the daughter of the late Richard J. and Anna M. (Washington) Greer. She worked with the division of child support for the State of Delaware for 25 years, before retiring in 1985. Johnson was a past member of the Loyal Order of the Moose Lodge #646, in Coolspring. She also coached softball for several years for Georgetown and Milton Little Leagues. Johnson devoted her life to taking care of her children and family.
    She is survived by a son, James R. Greer, of Georgetown; a song, George J. Johnson and his wife, Holly, of Holley, N.Y.; a brother, Richard J. Greer II and his wife Diane, of Georgetown; a sister, Debra Hazzard, of Long Neck and a grandson, Hunter James Greer.
    Services will be held Thursday, June 12 in the chapel of Short Funeral Services, 609 E. Market. St., in Georgetown, where friends may call after noon.
    In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to: SPCA Georgetown Chapter, 22918 Dupont Hwy., Georgetown (19947), or the Milton Little League, PO Box 175, Milton (19968).
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    DESSIE E. CAREY
    Dessie E. Carey, 90, of Deer Haven Lane, in Milton, passed away on Friday, June 6, at Beebe Medical Center, in Lewes.
    Carey was born in Angola, the daugher of the late John E. and Jennie Wells Clifton. She was a homemaker, enjoyed her flower garden and arranging flowers. She attended Milton Wesleyan Church.
    In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, Roscoe C. Carey, in 1989. She is survived by her daugher, Bertha Enlow and her husband Murlyn, of Kokomo, Ind.; two grandchildren, Keith Wilhelm and his wife Lisa, and Branda Piraino and her husband Frank, and seven great grandsons.
    Funeral services will be held today (June 11) at 1 p.m. in the chapel of Short Funeral Services, 416 Federal St., in Milton, where friends may call one hour prior to the service. Interment will take place at the Milton Odd Fellows Cemetery. Flowers will be accepted or contributions may be made to the Milton Wesleyan Church, Union Street, in Milton.
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