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30 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, Obituaries Hayward Lee Risper, manager at King Cole Hayward Lee Risper, 49, of Bridgeville, died Friday, Sept. 25, 1998, of cancer in Nanticoke Memorial Hospital in Seaford. Mr. Risper was a safety manag- er at King Cole. He was a member of Trinity Holiness Church, Frankford. He is survived by his wife, Lea- ronia; a son, Hayward Jr. of Bridgeville; two daughters, Aretha Lowther and Christine Risper, both of Bridgeville; two brothers, Andrew of Seaford and MacArthur of Bridgeville; a sis- ter, Corilee Short of Frankford; two sisters-in-law, Brenda Risper of Seaford and Joanne Lowther of Milton; and three brothers-in-law, David Lowther of Milton, Charlie Lowther of Roper, N.C., and El- der James Short of Frankford and three grandchildren;. Services were held at Trinity Holiness Church, Frankford, with burial in Mount Calvary Church Cemetery, Middleford. Ethel McMahon Redefer, Rehoboth By Sea director Ethel McMahon Redefer, 99, of Rehoboth Beach, died Monday, Sept. 28, 1998, in Harbor Health- care & Rehabilitation Center, Lewes. Mrs. Redefer was director and treasurer of Rehoboth By The Sea Realty from 1958 until 1988, when she became a member of the board emeritus. She served as as- sistant secretary and treasurer un- til her death. Mrs. Redefer was a lifelong res- ident of Wilmington, with a sum- mer residence in Dewey Beach. She was a member of St. Ann's Catholic Church in Wilmington and of St. Edmond's Catholic Church, Rehoboth Beach. She al- so served as treasurer for the old Wilmington General Hospital. She was preceded in death by her husband, John E. Redefer, in 1984. She is survived by a son, John E. Jr. of Rehoboth Beach; a daughter, MargO Vaughn of Re- hoboth Beach; a sister, Ann Keri- gan of Wilmington; 14 grandchil- dren; and 16 great-grandchildren. Services will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, Oct. 2, in St. Edmond's Catholic Church, with burial pri- vate. Contributions are suggested to Casa San Francisco, PO Box 38, Milton, DE 19968. Victor Russell Epolito, Gas company manager Victor Russell Epolito, 79, of Georgetown, died Saturday, Sept. 26, 1998, at home. Mr. Epolito was the former manager of Georgetown Gas Company, retiring in 1983. He was a former member of Grace United Methodist Church, Georgetown. He was a past presi- dent and member of the Greater October 2 - October 8, 1998 Georgetown Cha .mber of Commerce, past president and member of the Kiwa- nis Club and Delmarva Gas" Associa- tion. He was also active in EPOLITO the American Legion, the Moose Lodge, Georgetown Historical Society, Midland Age, Sussex County As- sociation of Towns and the Delaware League of Local Gov- ernments. Mr. Epolito was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Army, and was in the 511th Air- borne unit. He was among a group of 49 soldiers who parachuted into New Guinea. He was a member of the Im- proved Order of Redmen, Nassau, and past president of the Nanti- coke Tribe of Georgetown and the State Order of Redmen. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Blanche R. Epolito a son, Victor R. Jr. of Milton; two daughters, Pat Joseph of Seaford and Sharon Moore of George- town; three brothers, John and Pe- ter of Fredonia, N.Y., and Guy of Dunkirk, N.Y.; a granddaughter, Jill Litten of Georgetown; and two grandsons, Merrill Moore Jr. of Georgetown and Anthony Joseph of Seaford. Services were held in the Dodd- Carey Chapel of Parsell Funeral Homes, Georgetown, with burial in Union Cemetery, Georgetown. Contributions are suggested to Delaware Hospice, Southern Di- vision, N. Dupont Highway, Georgetown, DE 19947. history and was deeply involved in the college's liberal arts curricu- lum. Dr. Norman Smith, president of Wagner College, said, "Richard Gaffney was a key counsel in most of the college's most important is- sues. He was a fine and dedicated teacher and mentor." Mr. Gaffney was born on April 22, 1935, in Washington, D.C., the second of 10 children born to Leo and Muriel Clark Gaffney, both of whom were medical doctors. He attended the University of Penn- sylvania, graduated from the Pratt Institute, and earned a master's de- gree in art from New York Univer- sity. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1955 to 1957. For the last 32 years he had been a faculty mem- ber at Wagner College. He is survived by his wife, Ann; a son, Walker of St. Louis; a daughter, Elizabeth Gaffney of Brooklyn; a grandsofL Rynier For= rester Gaffney; and eight brothers and sisters, James C. of Washing- ton, D.C., Thomas H,, Joseph M. and Jill G. Parker of Maryland; John H. of Chesapeake, Va.; David W. of Seattle; Ellen G. Seifert of North Hollywood, Calif.; and Katherine G. Perkins of Henderson, Nev. A memorial service was held at Grace Church Brooklyn Heights, Richard Waring Gaffney, well.known artist Richard Waring Gaffney, 63, of Brooklyn Heights, N.Y., died Tuesday, Sept. 22, 1998, at home. An avid sportsman, Mr. Gaffney had spent the weekend prior to his death hunting near his family's summer home in Re- hoboth Beach. Mr. Gaffney was the chairman of the Department of Visual and Performing Arts at Wagner Col- lege, a private liberal arts college on Staten Island, N.Y. He was also an ac- complished artist who worked in GAFFNEY many medlia - printmakin!g, pen and ink, watercolor, oil and pastels. He was a member of" the West Broadway Gallery, a groundbreaking cooperative of artists in SoHo before that section of Manhattan became well known as an art center. His most re(cent shows were at the Atlantic Gallery on Broome Street. Mr. Gaffney was passionate about teaching. In addition to painting, drawing, printmaking and sculpture classes, he taught art Brooklyn, N.Y. Contributions are suggested to the Richard Gaffney Memorial Fund of Wagner Col- lege, One Campus Road, Staten Is- land, NY 10301. Charlotte H. German, Lewes homemaker Charlotte Howarth German, 77, of Lewes, died Tuesday, Sept. 29, 1998, at Harbor Healthcare & Re- habilitation Center, Lewes. A native of Lewes, Mrs. German was a homemaker. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Belinda A. Ritter; her first husband, Walter Howarth, in 1962; and her second husband, Norman German, in 1989. She is survived by three sons, Walter UI Howarth of Millsboro, Richard Jan Howarth, address unknown, and William Howarth of Rehoboth Beach; a sister, Jane Miller of Sal- isbury, Md.; and five grandchil- dren. Services will be held at noon, Friday, Oct. 2, at Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Atkins- Lodge Chapel, 1449 Kings High- way, Lewes, with the Rev. Dougls Culton officiating. Burial will be private. George D. Wright, real estate salesman George D. Wright, 73, of Smyr- na, died on Tuesday, Sept. 29, 1998, at Bayhealth-Kent General Hospital, Dover. Mr. Wright graduated from Smyrna High School in 1943, where he flayed basketbill and Continue! on page 33 Read Selections From The Cape Gazetl:q-00 On-Line SEALY QUALITY & COMFORT BUILT INTO EVERY MATTRESS Support yourself and your wallet with *547 *797 *1177 "m'00l QUEEN SET Reg. S875 QUEEN SET Reg. $1245 QUEEN SET Reg. *Ie75 41 I TWIN SET ......... Reg. $895 HARVEST VALUE $377 FULL SET .......... Reg. $795 HARVEST VALUE s477 KING3 pc. SET Reg. $1275 HARVEST VALUE s797 TWIN SET ........ Reg. $8.75 HARVEST VALUE s497 FULL SET ......... Reg. $1095 HARVEST VALUE *697 KiNG 3 pc. SET Reg. $1745 HARVEST VALUE $997 TWIN SET ........ Reg. $1395 HARVEST VALUE *877 FULL SET ......... Reg. $164,5 HARVEST VALUE $1047 KING 3 pc. SET Reg. 475 HARVEST VALUE s337 QUEEN SET TWIn Seg. Ss $187 FULL SET .......... 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