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18 - CAPE GAZETTE - Tuesday, Feb, 7 - Thursday, Feb. Obituaries Continued from page 17 Castle. Burial was in G-racelawn Memorial Park in New Castle. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Presbyterian Church of Lewes, PO Box 612, Lewes 19958; or to the Delaware chapter of the Alzheimer's Association, 2306 Kirkwood Hwy Wilmington 19805. SFC Gerard P. Vavala, National guardsman SFC Gerard P. "Jerry" Vavala, 48, died suddenly at home Monday, Jan. 30, 2006. Sgt. First Class Gerard "Jerry" P. Vavala enlisted in the Delaware Army National Guard June 5, 1975. He had more than 31 years of decorated military service, with more than 26 of those years serv- ing as an active guard soldier. Since 1992, he proudly served the soldiers of the 72nd Troop Command as an operations and training noncommissioned officer. SFC Vavala was the embodiment of the citizen soldier. His profes- sionalism, expertise, dedication, team spirit, love of his soldiers and responsiveness to the needs of his country, state, organization and its members, has been the cat- alyst for many of the successes of the Delaware National Guard. Jerry loved boating and spend- ing time with his family on the water fishing and crabbing. He enjoyed remodeling and repairing. He liked golf and was a member of the Delaware Army National Guard Golf League. He also enjoyed wine making and cooking Italian meals. Jerry was a dedicat- ed and loving father, husband and brother. Jerry was the son of the late Frank and Nell Vavala of Elsmere. Wilmington; brother, Maj. Gen. Francis "Frank" D. Vavala, and his wife, Jane, of Wilmington; sis- ter, Cissy E. Vavala-Gouert, and her husband, Terry, of Rehoboth Beach; his devoted nieces and nephews; and his beloved troop command family of the Delaware Army National Guard. The Mass of Christian Burial was Thursday, Feb. 2, at St. Anthony R.C. Church in Wilmington. Interment was in the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Bear, with full military honors Friday, Feb. 3. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Delaware National Guard and Reserve Emergency Assistance Fund. Please make donations payable to DNGREAF, First Regiment Rd Wilmington, DE 19808. Thomas A. Pingitore, Korean War veteran Thomas A. Pingitore, 73, of Lewes, died in Lewes Friday, Jan. 27, 2006, after battling a long ill- ness. Mr. Pingitore served in the armed services and was a veteran of the Korean War. He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Zeta A. (Barry) Pingitore; three sons; a daughter; and four grandchildren. Arrangements by Chandler Funeral Homes and Crematory, Wilmington and Hockessin/Pike Creek. Mary Kathryn Showell, honorary church mother Mary Kathryn Showell, 83, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2006, in the Genesis Eldercare Center in Seaford. She was born Feb. 14, 1922, daughter of the late Gladys R. (Coverdale) and Howard Hood. She attented Paul Lawrence Dunbar School in Laurel and He is survived by his wife of 13 Richard Allen . School in yearS, Debb2 Vavala'; his loving Georgetown. ' children, DaVe A. Fell, of Newark, Mrs. Showell had been a mem- Michael A. Gonzales, of Newark, ber of United Church or'First Born Justin G. Vavala, of Wilmington, in Salisbury, Md since the 1970s. and Kristin M. Vavala, of She served faithfully until her 9, 2006 health began to fail. She was an honorary mother of the church, and she also sang on the senior choir. Mrs. Showell met James W. Showell in the 1940s and from this union was blessed to have three daughters. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her hus- band James; one daughter, Joyce A. Showell; five sisters, Elsie Brittingham, Gladys S. Hood, Lillie M. Parker, Irene G. Whaley and Ruth O. Horsey; and four brothers, Howard E. Hood, Lloyd Hood, Samuel Hood and Leslie Hood. She is survived by two daugh- ters, Grace Mills of Bridgeville and Jean O. Showell of Seaford; one sister, Cora V. Miller of Rehoboth Beach; three brothers, Courtland M Hood and Thomas W. Hood of Slaughter Neck and George Arnold Hood of Seaford; one brother-in-law, Lonnie Horsey of Slaughter Neck; two sisters-in-law, Sheila Hood of Slaughter Neck and Edith Hood of Seaford; five grandchildren and their spouses, Sabrina and Michael Johnson of Salisbury, Rudolph Jr. and Verleen Mills of Laurenceville, Ga Alesia and Duane Hopkins of Bridgeville, Terrence L. Showell and Shambre Showell, both of Seaford; eight great-grandchildren, Jevon Mills, Chaundell Mills, Rayshaun McCrea, Shameisha Horsey, Lamarcus Matthews, Shanice Durham, Duane Hopkins Jr Davonte Mills; four great-great- grandchildren; a foster aunt, Marie Taylor; a special adopted granddaughter, Catherine Briddell, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Services were Saturday, Feb. 4, in United Church First Born in Salisbury. Burial will be in Green Acres Cemetery, West Road, Salisbury. Lucille Mcllvaine Tyrrell devoted mother Lucille Mcllvaine Tyrrell, 92, lifelong resident of Lincoln, passed away peacefully Saturday, Jan. 28, 2006, in her home. Mrs. Tyrrell was born May 1, 1913, in Greenwood, daughter of the late Sewell Biggs and Annie Elizabeth Willey Mcllvaine. She was employed by the Milford Stitching Co. for many years and retired in 1965. She was a devoted mother and grandmother that enjoyed her family. She was a very caring and hardworking lady. She always loved to help others and was very kind. She had a special ability to bring laughter and joy to others. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Calvin Clark Tyrrell, in 1980; a grandson, Ralph Rust Jr in 1951; two sisters, Myrtle Brines Mcllvaine Warrington and Viola Mcllvaine; and four brothers, John Robert Mcllvaine, Howard Joseph Mcllvaine, Sewell Mcllvaine and Alfred Cahall Mcllvaine. She is survived by three sons, Quentin Marvin Tyrrell Jr of Delmar, Gene Sewell Tyrrell of Riverside, Calif and Everett Lee Tyrrell Sr. of Lincoln; three daughters, Ruth Elizabeth Hurd of Lincoln, Marlene June "Tootsie" Bailey of Milton and Lyle Ann Merrick of Bridgeville; 17 grand- children, Diana Golt, Dana Carlock, Bruce Tyrrell, Janice Moore, Donnie Dutton Sr Cindy Bunting, Wanda Smith, Deborah Sharp, Debbie Hrusko, Lori Bailey, Kimberly Tyrrell, Melanie Yost, Kelly Tyrrell, Everett Lee "Bud" Tyrrell Jr Jon Terry, Cris Terry and Robin Peterson; 14 great-grandchildren; seven great- great-grandchildren; and one sis- ter, Elsie Pauline Mcllvaine Kincaid of Wilmington. Services were Thursday, Feb. 2, at Berry-Short Funeral Home in Milford. Burial was in St. Johnstown Cemetery, Greenwood. Regional women in ag conference set Feb. 9-10 A two-day regional Women in Agriculture Conference will be Thursday and Friday, Feb. 9-10, at the at the Sheraton Hotel in Dover. Conference registration is $30. For more registration information, con- tact Laurie Wolinski at 302-831-2538 or visit sion/kent/womeninag.htm. ./ Your "One Stop Party Store" ./ I'!' 302.934.8119 , 208 Main Street Millsboro, DE t~ ,lI DECORATIONS, PARTY and BIRTHDAY Supplies including: nardi Gras, :' Chinese New Year and morel Now Taking Orders for Valentines Balloons Also The Classroom Corner Teachers & Home School Supplies"l Fun & Educattonal Toys '1 . ,O, !f,lS,uff nimals Uil