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Obituaries Virginia Marvin Tanzer, author and artist Virginia Marvin Tanzer, 84, of San Francisco and formerly of Re- hoboth Beach, died Wednesday, July I, 1998, in San Francisco. Born in Takoma, Wash., Dec. 27, 1913, Mrs. Tanzer received her bachelor of arts degree from Stanford University in1934. She later returned there for two years of grad- uate work, studying with authors Wal- lace Stegner TANZER and Richard Scowcroft. As an officer in the U.S. Navy during World War II, she edited a weekly newspaper, "The Island Breeze," on Maui in the Hawaiian Islands. Before her marriage to the late Ward Holm Tanzer, she supported herself as a freelance writer in New York City. After a period in which her family took precedence, she be- gan once again to write profes- sionally. Mrs. Tanzer's feature stories and columns about Del- marva have appeared in a number of publications on the Delmarva Peninsula, first with the Delaware "Coast Press" and then with "The Whale," where she wrote a col- umn titled, "Shorelines" from the late 1970s until moving to San Francisco in 1984. Her first book, "Seagulls Hate Parsnips - and other electrifying revelations about the Delaware shore," was described as "local bgst;,' the "Mary-: land Historical Magazine." Her second book, "Call It Delmarval- ous," explored the southern Delaware manner of life, talk and food and is still used as a refer- ence by those writing on down- state mannerisms. This second book stemmed from one of her weekly columns in "The Whale," which won a first prize in the Maryland, Delaware, D.C. Press Association. Mrs. Tanzer was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Mayflower Soci- ety of Delaware,-the National League of American Penwomen and All Saints' Episcopal Church in Rehoboth Beach where she served as chairman of the Re- hoboth Christmas Shop tbr many years and was known for wearing one green and one red shoe during the traditional preview party each year. She was also a member of the Rehoboth Art League, where she founded the annual Members' Craft Show. She taught de- coupage and pottery in her home studio as well. She is survived by a daughter, Catherine Marvin Tanzer Rader, and granddaughter, Dana Virginia Rader, both of Lewes; and cousins. Services will be held in Califor- nia and contributions are suggest- ed to the Ward and Virginia Tanz- er English Fund, c/o English De- partment Chair Carol Kopay, Delaware Tech, Georgetown DE 19947. Robert B. Stott, Sears repairman Robert B. Stott, 81, of Lewes and formerly of Rochester, N.Y., died Monday, June 29, 1998, in Mitlsboro Nursing Home. Mr. Stott was a field repairman from Sears, until his retirement in 1972. He served in the U.S. Coast Guard and was a member of the Rehoboth Beach VFW and the American Legion, Lewes. He was . a member of the Community Church of Oak Orchard. He is survived by his wife, Hil- da B. Stott; a daughter, Tammy L. Stott of Lewes; a sister, Betty Gorder of Aberbenn, S.D.; a step- daughter, Silvia L. Stange of Huntingtown, Md.; a stepson, Mearl L. Crabill of Keller, Texas; and three grandchildren. Services will be held at 1 p.m., Friday, July 3, at the Atkins- Lodge Chapel of Parsell Funeral Homes, Lewes, with burial in Henlopen Memorial Park, Milton. Contributions are suggested to the Alzheimer's Association, 321 E. l lth Street, Wilmington, DE 19801. Arrangements by Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium. Karl 'Butch' Dickerson, cosmetologist Karl F. "Butch" Dickerson, 43, of Lewes, died Monday, June 29, 1998, at home. Mr. Dickerson was a graduate of Cape Henlopen High School. He was a cosmetologist for sever- al years, and had previously worked in salons at the Henlopen Hotel and the Carousel Hotel, which he owned. He is survived by his parents, Carl and Irene Short Dickerson of Lewes; a sister and brother-in- law, Bonnie and William Chasanov of Milford; an uncle, Wayne Short of Tampa, Fla.; two nephews, William M. and Matthew A. Chasanov; and a niece, Shae Chasanov. A memorial service was held in the chapel of Short Funeral Ser- vices, Milton. Homer C. Smith, machine operator Homer C. Smith, 84, of Holly Continued on page 30 is(omino ..... Io Wi!dwood. and wei'e sailing families to the fun! July IOth and llth andjuly 17th and 18th, you can jump...twist...and shout_and find out what the MESS is about! 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