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Obituaries

John T. O’Brien, 65, recently of Newark and previously of Ellicott City, Maryland, passed away peacefully on Monday, May 13, 2019 at Brandywine Nursing & Rehabilitation Center after several years of health struggles and decline.
Philip J. Hessler, age 76, of Newark, DE and Elkton, MD passed away surrounded by his loving family on May 10, 2019. Born in Wilmington, DE, Philip was the son of the late Dorothy (Carpenter) and Paul C. Hessler, Jr. He graduated with his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Delaware. Phil was a teacher at William Penn High School, North East High School, and Padua Academy.
Rita V. Bryan, age 82, of Wilmington, DE passed away surrounded by her family at Wilmington Hospital on May 12, 2019. She was the daughter of the late Mary (Morrelli) and William DiCinque. Rita was a graduate of the 1956 class of Wilmington High School. She went on to be a homemaker for her two children and a member of St. Helena’s Church.
Dolores Sanzone, age 85, of Wilmington, Delaware, passed away on May 11th, 2019. Born in Wilmington on July 7th, 1933, she was the daughter of the late Elizabeth (Johnson) and George Francis Cekine. She was predeceased by her stepmother Mary, and her brothers Thomas and Robert. Dolores was a graduate of Wilmington High School. She was employed by the DuPont Company as an administrative assistant.
Justin Darrel Shelly, age 33, of Wilmington, DE passed away on May 11, 2019. Born in Wilmington, Justin was the son of Gina M. (Smoyer) and Bret D. Shelly. He graduated from Concord High School and went on to work in construction. Justin loved football and was a talented player, playing at St. Mary Magdalen School through the CYO program and at Concord High School.
Melvin W. Kessler, Sr., age 79, of Newark, DE, formerly of Bellmawr, NJ, passed away surrounded by his family on May 4, 2019. Born in Philadelphia, he was the son of the late Viola (Wells) and William Kessler. Melvin worked as a truck driver and enjoyed fishing, crabbing, country music, John Wayne and Texas Ranger movies.
Age 83, of Wilmington, DE, passed away peacefully at St. Francis Hospital on Thursday, May 2, 2019 surrounded by his loving family.
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Michael J. Shutak, Jr. on April 28, 2019 at Wilmington Hospital at the age of 76. Surrounded by his family, he fought a courageous battle against heart disease. 
Dyanne, age 70, of Wilmington, DE, passed away peacefully on Friday, April 19, 2019 at Seasons Hospice surrounded by her family.
William L. Crossan, 96 of Wilmington passed away peacefully at Arden Courts on Monday, April 29, 2019, surrounded by his family. 
Harry R. Mathis, Jr., 88 of Wilmington passed away on Sunday, April 28, 2019 at his home surrounded by his family.
Age 86 of Smyrna formerly of Wilmington passed away surrounded by her loving family on April 28, 2019.
Thomas Edward Joseph Kelly, age 85, of Saint Georges passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on April 23, 2019. He was born in Clifton Heights, NY and graduated from the Christian Brothers Academy. He subsequently enlisted in the United States Marine Corps, where he had a distinguished career. Thomas retired from the Marine Corps as a Major in 1979 after 28 years of service.
William R. Barto, age 83, of Hockessin, DE passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family on April 23rd. Born in Endicott, NY, he was the son of the late Trilby (Brown) and Walter M. Barto. William graduated from Drexel University and was a self-employed financial planner for over 25 years. In addition to financial planning, he also worked as a real estate agent in New Jersey.
Pauline Y. (Bolduc) Porter, age 83, of Wilmington, DE passed away at Seasons Hospice on April 4, 2019.
Thomas J. Hayes, Jr., age 83, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family at the Brackenville Center on April 22, 2019. Born in Memphis, TN, he was the son of the late Katherine (West) and Thomas J. Hayes, Sr. Tom graduated from Delaware Technical Community College with his associate’s degree. He worked as a corporate pilot for Atlantic Aviation and several other companies.
Dolores L. Kaiser, age 86, of Hockessin, DE, passed away peacefully at Jennersville Hospital, West Grove, PA, Saturday, April 20, 2019.  A private Memorial Service will be held at a later date.  
Patricia Ann “Patty” Gregg, age 75, of Hockessin, DE, passed away peacefully at St. Francis Hospital on Thursday, April 18, 2019 surrounded by her family. Patty was a loving mother and grandmother. She loved God and her Church and was a beautiful angel here on Earth. Patty had a heart of gold and she was dedicated to her family and friends who will miss her greatly. God has gained another angel.
Gloria V. Brown, age 78, of Bear, DE passed away surrounded by her family on April 19, 2019. Born in Georgetown, Guyana she was the daughter of the late Isabella (Stephen) and Cyril Moonsammy. After emigrating to the United States in 1969, Gloria received her LPN and worked at SunBridge Care and Rehabilitation in Elkton.
Gene F. Jordin, 85, of Mt. Cuba and Bethany Beach, DE, passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday, April 16, 2019. The only son of Raymond and Sarah (Fredrick) Jordin, Gene was a graduate of A. I. DuPont High School. Gene lived his entire life out of the family home in Mt. Cuba.

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