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86 - CAPE GAZETTE - Friday, April 11 - Monday, April 14, 2008 Obituaries Continued from page 85 industry. She was a very loving mother to her family. Mrs. Vanca is survived by her husband of 59 years, George Vanca; two daughters, Anita Vanca of Brooklyn, N.Y., and Gail Rogers of Beverly, Mass; and two grandchildren, Devin and Olivia Rogers. Arrangements and burial will be private. Memorial contribu- tions are suggested to Safe Haven Animal Sanctuary of Sussex County, P.O. Box 430, Nassau, DE 19969; or the Historic Lewes Cat Society, P.O. Box 353, Lewes, DE 19958. Arrangements are being han- dled by Parsell Funeral Enterprises, Inc., Lewes. Patricia Dumas Babbie, former tavern owner Patricia Dumas Babbie, 75, of Milton, died Sunday, April 6, 2008, at home withher three sons by her side. Born Aug. 4, 1932, in Moores, N.Y., to the late Joseph and Irene Kingsbury Dumas Averill, she was the youngest. She graduated from Moores Central School in 1950. She attended the Plattsburgh Business College and worked for several busi- nesses in Plattsburgh, N.Y. Later in BABBLE life she moved to Jacksonville, Fla., where she owned her own business, the Three T's Tavern, for a number of years. In the early 1980s she moved to Dela,;vare, where she enjoyed a career in real estate. In her retirement years, she found pleasure in caregiving for the elderly. Throughout her life she enjoyed reading, gardening and working on puzzles. She most treasured her time with her sons and her extended "family. She is predeceased by her par- ents; her brother, Lawrence Dumas; and Joyce Dumas. She leaves behind her three beloved sons, Trevis Babbie of North Pole, Alaska, Terrance Babbie of Milton, and Timothy Limberger of Churchville, Md.; a beloved sister and brother-in-law, Gertrude and Albert Dean of Moores; a special aunt,_ Mary Hogle of Moores; nine nieces, three nephews, nine cousins and her most precious gems, her 'seven grandchildren. A memorial service in her honor will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, April 12, at Epworth United Methodist Church, 19285 Holland Glade Road, Rehoboth Beach, with a reception following at The Baycenter at Ruddertowne in Dewey Beach. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions to be made in memory of Ms. Patricia Dumas Babbie to Delaware Hospice, 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE 19963. Arrangements handled by Short Funeral Services, Milton. Charles F. Kaiser, Vitro machinist Charles F. Kaiser, 87, of Dagsboro, and formerly of Romney, W.Va., passed away Sunday, April 6, 2008, at Harrison House in Georgetown. Mr. Kaiser was born May 23, 1920, in Cumberland, Md., to the late Charles and Clara Ash Kaiser. Mr. Kaiser was a machinist at Vitro Automation in Silver Spring, Md., for more than 20 years; prior to that he worked for Hercules in Pinto, W.Va. Mr. Kaiser was a member of Mary Mother of Peace Catholic Church, Millsboro. He was a member of the Millsboro Senior Center and participated in many bowling leagues back in West Virginia as well as in Millsboro. He enjoyed hunting and fishing and was a good mechanic, and great carpenter and machinist. Mr. Kaiser was a U.S. Navy veter- an of World War II. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Wanda Mauk Kaiser, in May 1986, and his second wife, Margaret Steele Kaiser, in January 2003. Mr. Kaiser is survived by a son, Martin J. Kaiser and his wife Pamela K. of Gaithersburg, Md.; a daughter, Jacqueline N. Kaiser of Beckley, W.Va.; four stepchildren, Larry Bosworth and his wife Georgia of Slainesville, W.Va, James Bosworth and his wife Joanne of Huntingtown, Md., Janet Couvillon and her husband David of Clarksville and Robert Pace and his wife Josie of Del Ray, W.Va.; two sisters, Catherine McNeel of LaVale, Md., and Jean Rapson of Bedford, Md.; 17 grandchildren; and eight great- grandchildren. Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11 a.m., Friday, April 11, at Mary Mother of Peace Roman Catholic Church, Route 24, Oak Orchard, near Millsboro. A viewing will be held from 9 to 10 a.m., at the Watson Funeral Home, 211 S. Washington St., Millsboro. Father Daniel McCloskey will officiate. Interment with honors will be at the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Patriots Way, Millsboro. The family suggests contribu-. tions to the American Cancer Socie.ty, 1138 Parsons Rd, Salisbury, MD 21801. Michael Joseph English, hospital tmstrator Michael Joseph English, 60, legal and administrative leader at St. Elizabeth's Hospital and visionary, manager at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), died of cancer Sunday, April 6, 2008, at his home in Rehoboth Beach. Mr. English was born in Coventry, Conn., grew up in Hawthorne, N.Y., and was a graduate of Georgetown University and Georgetown ENGLISH University Law Center. In the mid-1970s, Mr. English began a long and noteworthy career as both a lawyer and a hospital administra- tor at St. Elizabeth's Hospital, the District of Columbia's large pub- lic mental health facility. During his first eight years at the hospital Mr. English served as a senior attorney in the hospital's Legal Adviser's Office. He successfully represented the hospital in a broad variety of federal litigation, including complex medical mal- practice cases and class actions brought on behalf of hospital patients. Mr. English played a pivotal role in orchestrating the federal defense of the landmark Dixon, et al. v. Williams case, brought in the 1970s to deinstitutionalize the long-te.rm patient population at St. Elizabeth's. He was intimately involved in the development of plans to implement this 1975 fed- eral court mandate requiring the outplacement of patients into community-based treatment pro- grams. Mr. English was tapped to become the hospital's chief administrative officer in 1983. In that position he had the lead man- agement responsibility for all the hospital's financial and personnel functions, as well as the exten- sive, 300-acre property and numerous buildings and facilities at the hospital's Southeast D.C. campus. He was also involved in train- ing at the local and national level on issues relating to the interface of law and psychiatry. He fre- quently made educational presen- tations to psychiatrists and other mental health professionals. He co-authored the medical school text "Law and Ethics, A Guide for the Health Professional," ed. N. Sidley, Human Sdences Press, 1985. In 1987, when control of St. Elizabeth's Hospital was trans- ferred by federal legislation from the federal Department of Health and Human Services to the District of Columbia government, Mr. English continued as the chief operating officer for the newly formed Commission on Mental Health Services, which combined the previously federal mental health programs at St. Elizabeth's with the District of Columbia's community mental health system. In the early 1990s Mr. English returned to federal government employment in a top management position with the Department of Health and Human Services. At SAMHSA, he was the director for the Division of Services and Systems Improvement. Mr. English served on the mental health and substance abuse work- ing group headed by Tipper Gore. Later on, he designed a grant pro- gram that brought together the Justice Department, the Department of Education, and the Department of Health and Human Services to focus on the role of mental health in addressing school violence. "It was creative both in the content and in the process," said Dr. Bernard Arons, the former director of the Center for Mental Health Services at SAMHSA. "He's the one person I know who can take a long-term project, design it from beginning to end and gee it through. Not many people can do that. He did it in one of the best ways that has been done in the nation." Many of those who worked with him believe that the $1.4 billion feder- al investment in preventing school violence is Mr. English's most important legacy. Mr. English was a true Renaissance man: avid reader, word traveler, craftsman, photog- rapher, philatelist, hiker, golfer, cook, equestrian in his younger years, and renovator of homes. He enthusiastically shared his knowl- edge and experiences with every- one. Those experiences are partic- ularly reflected in the many exquisite photographs he took, printed and framed. He collected and loved books and music. He and his wife-Maureen retired in 2003 with a lifetime of new adventures on their agenda. Above all, Mr. English loved his family. In September of this past year, he wrote to a friend, "I can't describe how good it feels to have a new goal - to hold Jenny's new baby, due in early April!" His wish came true when on March 28, his daughter, Jenny, placed her three-day=old baby, Seamus Michael, in her father's arms. Survivors include his wife of 34 years, Maureen Perrotti English of Rehoboth Beach; daughter, Jennifer English Lynch; son-in- law, Scan Lynch; and grandchil- dren Caeley English Lynch and Seamus Michael Lynch of Continued on page 87 g ct'u,00 c a n Pergolas Patios Porches Outdoor Kitchens and more Creating the backyard of your dreams. 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