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16 - CAPE GAZETTE - Tuesday, January 8 - Thursday, January 10, 2008 Obituaries David E. Jennings Sr., Marine Corps veteran David E. "Hondo" Jennings Sr., 57, of Smyrna, passed away Saturday, Jan. 5, 2008, at home. Mr. Jennings was born Nov. 25, 1950, in Churchville, Md., son of the late Allen R. Jennings St. and Dorothy Randow England. He was a self-employed plumber/HVAC technician for several years before retiring due to disability. Mr. Jennings was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran of the Vietnam War. He was a member of the Del-Rods and the Ghost Warriors Motorcycle Club. Mr. Jennings' hobbies included motorcycle rid- ing, hunting, fishing, watching Western movies and playing pool. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a broth- er, Allen R. Jennings Jr. He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Elaine Dyer Jennings; a son, David E. Jennings Jr. of Felton; three daughters, Tammy Mason of Smyrna, Ruth Jennings of Aston, Pa., and Sherry Treadway at home; two sisters, Molly England of Elkton, Md., and Linda Griffin of Beaver Creek, Ohio; two brothers, Kenneth Bowen of New Castle and Archie Bowen of Wilmington; three sisters-in-law, Lorraine Cook of Lewes, Diana Pearce of Smyrna and Nancy Deo of Camden; 13 grandchildren; a great-grandson; and many friends and biker friends. Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 8, in the Faries Funeral Chapel, 29 S. Main St., Smyrna. Committal services will be 1 p.m., Friday, Jan. 11, in the chapel of the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 2465 Chesapeake City Road, Bear. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the funeral home to defray burial expenses. Brian J. Gudzelak, HVAC technician Brian J. Gudzelak, 28, of Wilmington, passed away sudden- ly at his residence on Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2008. Born in Lewes, Brian was the son of Andrew and Candice Whitley Gudzelak. He was a grad- uate of Wilmington High School and worked as an HVAC techni- cian for Calvert Mechanical. In addition to his parents, Brian is survived by his wife, Jennifer Hubbs Gudzelak; a daughter, Laurel Gudzelak; and two broth- ers, Andrew Gudzelak Jr. and John Gudzelak. Friends and family are invited to funeral services at 11 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 8, at Mealey Funeral Home, Limestone and Milltown roads, Wilmington, where visitation will begin after 10 a.m. Interment will follow at Silverbrook Cemetery, Wilmington. Joseph A. Szefler Sr., Getty Oil retiree Joseph A. Szefler Sr., 90, of Dover and formerly of Chestnut Hill Estates in Newark, died Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2008, at his home. Mr. Szefler was born in Bayonne, N.J., on March 24, 1917, a son of the late Vincent Szefler and Mary Kowalski Szefler. A U.S. Marine Corps veteran, he proudly served his country dur- ing World War II in the Asiatic- Pacific Theater. In civilian life, he was employed with the former Getty Oil Refinery in Delaware City, retiring as a shift operator after 25 years of service. A devout Catholic, Mr. Szefler was a long- time member of Holy Family parish in Newark. He greatly enjoyed fishing and crabbing in his leisure time. His beloved wife of 58 years, Beatrice B. Miller Szefler, died in 2000. He was also preceded in death by a brother, Adam Szefler. He is survived by two sons, Wayne J. Szefler and his wife Connie of Dover and Joseph A. Szefler Jr. of Lewes; two brothers, John Szefler and Casmir Szefler, both of Bayonne; three sisters, Mary Rath of Bayonne, Martha Carpenter of Duncannon, Pa., and Hatty Wisnieski of Linden, N.J.; two granddaughters, Sheryl Hayes and Sandra Szefler, both of Lewes; and two great-grandchil- dren, Michael Kelsall and Elizabeth Polite, both of Lewes. Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 12:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 10, at Holy Family R.C. Church, E. Chestnut Hill and Gender roads, Newark, where friends may call after 11:30 a.m. Interment will follow in Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 2465 Chesapeake City Road, Bear. Edward W. Draine Jr., retired route driver Edward Wilson Draine Jr., 75, of 1016 Lockett Drive, Danville, Va., died Friday, Dec. 28, 2007, at his residence. He had been in declining health for the past month. Born Oct. 22, 1932, in Philadelphia, he was the son of the late Edward Wilson Draine Sr., and the late Millie Durham Draine. DOGGII00 DA00J CALVE Cage Free / ,are 01q N ..... @. IATL,,! ,,,,o,.,,,0o,,.,,,. I [ilglll M i ,0..,,, l Mr. Draine had lived in Virginia Beach prior to mov- ing to Danville in 1989. He had retired from the Pepsi Cola Co., where he DRAINE worked as both a route driver and a mechanic; after his retirement he worked as a driver for the Peneske Co. He was of the Methodist faith. With his heritage being Native American, he was a current mem- ber of the Nanticoke Association. He was first married to the late Loretta C. Carney, who died in 2001. He married Victoria "Vickie" Lee Bohannon Draine on Oct. 5, 2001. In addition to his current wife, he is survived by two daughters, Jamie Renshaw of Edenton, N.C. and Jackie Morris of Cape Carteret, N.C.; two sons, Orville Carney of Magnolia and Mike Pope of New Castle; two stepsons, Andrew Hodnett of Buffalo, N.Y. and Robert Hodnett of Danville; two brothers, Eugene Draine of Lincoln and Philip Draine of Lancaster, Calif.; four sisters, Nancy Seeney of Lewes, Grace Jackson of Harbeson, Linda Wright and Fondella Dunmore, both of Millsboro; eight grand- children, Shauni and J.D. Renshaw, Kristopher and Kristian Morris, Tanisha and Eddie Pope, Andrew Jr., and Andre Hodnett; and one great-granddaughter, Rylee Morris. Services were held at Wrenn- Yeatts Westover Chapel with entombment at Rosewood Memorial Park in Virginia Beach. The family requests that in lieu flowers, memorial donations be made to the Hospice Support Services, Inc., P.O. Box 2713, Danville, VA 24543. Thomas H. Brown Ill, retired psychotherapist Thomas H. Brown III, 71, of Lewes, passed away Thursday, Jan. 3, 2008, at St. Francis Hospital in Wilmington. He was born in Asbury Park, N.J., son of the late Thomas H. Brown Jr. and Beverly McNamara Brown. He was a veteran of the Korean War, serving with the U.S. Marine Corps. Thomas was a retired psychotherapist working with patients at the Alcohol Treatment Center at Arlington Hospital. He also volunteered his services through the hospice pro- gram. He is survived by his loving wife, Karen G. Cassidy Brown; stepmother, Patricia O'Regan Brown; son, Kenneth Brown; daughter, Cheryl Brown; stepson, Brian Burns; stepdaughter, Michelle Geary; brother, Michael Brown; sister, Stephanie Giunta; grandchildren, Gregory, Wesley, Savannah, Taylor, Lexi, Kyle, Connor, Brendan, Chandler and Brittany; and a niece, Valerie Thommen. A gathering of friends and fam- Continued on page 17 To ease the burden and relieve the stress, call Delaware's most trusted hospice. Call today for your confidential visit, 302-856-7717. Or go to h: lifetime of stories deserves a happy ending. For everything he did and said. For all the times he gave of himself. The tales he told, the songs he sang. Now the roles are reversed, and he needs you-more than ever. We can be there to lend a hand. We respond quickly and listen carefully. We tailor what we do to what he needs and what you need. DELAWARE HOSPICE Sbl 1952