• John D. ‘Jack’ Steller Jr.
• Jeffrey Allen Nost
• George Eugene ‘Gene’ Bryson II
• Robert C. Rollins
• Earl Joseph Unruh Jr.
• Michelle Lynn Rigney
• Eileen Schusteritsch
John D. ‘Jack’ Steller Jr.
John D. “Jack” Steller Jr. of Townsend passed away peacefully on Sunday, June 22, 2008, at Christiana Care Medical Center in Newark, with his niece, Cathy Mannering and cousin, Jim Burge, by his side. He was 73.
Born on March 12, 1935, in Townsend, he was the son of the late Mary (Alfree) and John Delbert Steller Sr. of Taylor’s Bridge.
Jack grew up in Taylor’s Bridge and later moved to Newark, then to Wilmington where he resided at the Cliff House Condominiums. Most recently he lived at Newark Manor Nursing Home in Newark.
After high school, Jack served in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Arkansas, where he was honorably discharged July 31, 1963. Immediately after his discharge from the Army he attended barbering school. Following his completion from barbering school, he started his career as a barber at F & N Shopping Center (Faulk and Naamans) where he worked for many years. Jack left F & N to open his own barber shop, Club Avenue Barber Shop on Philadelphia Pike, which he owned and operated for 17 years, retiring in 1998. Throughout his career Jack made numerous friends and many in the area often referred to him kindly as “Jack the Barber.”
Mr. Steller was a member of Friendship United Methodist Church in Townsend.
In addition to his parents, Jack was preceded in death by his brother, William A. “Bill” Steller Sr., on March 5, 2008.
Jack will be dearly missed by his five nieces and nephews who survive him, Cathy Mannering of Townsend, David Steller and his wife, Betty, of Smyrna, Linda Wheeler and her husband, Larry, of Smyrna, William “Bill” Steller Jr. and his wife, Debbie, of Millington, Md., and Lori Sherwood and her husband, Glen, of Smyrna. He is also survived by many extended nieces and nephews, great nieces, great nephews, cousins and countless dear friends. He leaves many wonderful memories to his great nieces, Stacey Robinson and her husband, Bob, and Abby Mannering and great nephew, Michael Mannering; his great-great nephew, Grant Robinson and great-great niece, Elyssia Robinson, who each made “Uncle Jack” laugh and brightened his day. Lastly, he will be missed dearly by his cousin, Jim Burge of Baltimore, who helped care for him in his declining illness.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, June 26, at Friendship United Methodist Church, 231 Paddock Road, Townsend, where family and friends may call one hour prior to the service.
Interment will follow at Old Drawyers Cemetery in Odessa, where Jack will be laid to rest with his parents and brother.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Friendship United Methodist Church, c/o Pauline Shockley, 986 Taylors Bridge Road, Townsend, DE 19734.
Jeffrey Allen Nost
Jeffrey Allen “Uncle Jeff” Nost of Delaware City died Friday, June 20, 2008, at his home. He was 48.
Born in Wilmington on May 22, 1960, Mr. Nost was employed as a line operator with American Mirrex in Delaware City. He was an active member of the Delaware City Recreation Club and was an avid fan of the Philadelphia Phillies and of the Oakland Raiders.
A talented musician, his great passion was playing the guitar. Mr. Nost was, above all, a devoted father who delighted in spending time with his beloved daughters, especially during family trips to the beach.
He was preceded in death by his father, Jake A. Nost; and two brothers, Ronald Nost and Paul Nost.
He is survived by his three daughters, Amanda Lynn Edge of Selma, N.C., Jessica Lynn Nost and Jenna Noelle Nost, both of Delaware City; his mother, Barbara Greenwell of Delaware City; six siblings, Patti Foraker-Glenn of Elkton, Md., Cheryl Griffin of Delaware City, Laura Nost of Red Lion, Biggie Nost of Port Penn, Joey Nost of Red Lion, and Jake Nost of Kirkwood; former wife, Gwen Nost-Walker of Delaware City; four grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A public visitation was held Tuesday, June 24, at the Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, Delaware City.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Delaware City Fire Company, P.O. Box 251, Delaware City, DE 19706.
George Eugene ‘Gene’ Bryson II
George Eugene “Gene” Bryson II of Dover, formerly of Smyrna, passed away suddenly at his home Tuesday, June 17, 2008. He was 51.
Born Sept. 27, 1956, he was the son of Alice Jane Matthews Bryson and the late George E. Bryson.
Mr. Bryson was a 1974 graduate of Smyrna High School. While serving as editor of the school paper, he received many awards in writing and journalism.
He attended the University of Delaware and Delaware State University, where he graduated with a degree in history. While in college, he was a member of Phi Alpha Theta, an honor society for students of history.
Gene was employed by the News Journal as a sportswriter from 1979 to 1997, and served in both the Wilmington and Dover bureaus.
Among his assignments were coverage of the 1983 Major League Baseball World Series and Divisional Playoff Series, NASCAR Racing, Delaware State University football and high school sports throughout Delaware. At various times in his professional career, he covered the Philadelphia Phillies, Baltimore Orioles and some NFL games.
In 1997 to 1998 Gene collaborated on a project with photographer Kevin Fleming by writing the text to their book “Dover Downs,” a chronicle of the history of the track and a detailed chronology of the events of race week.
He joined the staff of the Delaware State News as a night editor in 1999. In recent years, he served as senior editor, leading the newspaper’s copy desk, news service team, photographers and sports team. Gene was known for his headline-writing wit, sharp eye for details and knowledge of the people, events, and history of Kent County, and unsurpassed knowledge of NASCAR racing.
In 1999, he was given the Smyrna-Clayton Heritage Association Award for Journalistic Talent. In 2002, the Maryland-Delaware-D.C. Press Association honored Gene with a “Best in Show” award in the headline category of the newspaper competition. His headline was selected best overall, too, meaning it was the best of all winners in the six divisions, which included metropolitan newspapers in Maryland, Delaware and Washington, D.C. That same year, he was among a group that won second place for a tribute section to Dale Earnhardt.
This year, he won two awards in the MDDC contest, sharing a first place award for informational graphic for the preview pages for the NCAA Division I-AA football championship game between the University of Delaware and Appalachian State. He also earned a second-place award in the headline division.
He greatly enjoyed sports, history, music and most especially his swimming pool.
In addition to his mother, he is survived by a brother and sister-in-law, Matthew R. “Rick” and Carol L. Bryson, of Smyrna; and his beloved niece and nephew, Sarah E. Bryson and Matthew R. Bryson Jr., both of Smyrna.
Services were held Saturday, June 21, at Matthews-Bryson Funeral Home, Smyrna.
Interment was in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Smyrna.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Charlton School, 278 Sorghum Mill Road, Camden, DE 19934.
Robert C. Rollins
Robert C. Rollins of Middletown died Tuesday, June 17, 2008, at Christiana Hospital, Newark. He was 52.
Mr. Rollins was born in Baltimore July 22, 1955, and proudly served his country as a Seabee in the U.S. Navy.
A local business leader for 20 years, he was the owner and operator of Rollins Metalworks in Middletown.
Mr. Rollins was active in his community throughout his life and was currently a member of Odessa Fire Company. A devout Catholic, he was a parishioner of St. Joseph’s R.C. Church and a member of Old Bohemia Council No. 6543 Knights of Columbus. He was a talented outdoorsman and particularly enjoyed hunting and fishing. An avid SCUBA diver as well, he was a member of the New Castle County Dive Team.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 21 years, Lori A. Regener Rollins; three daughters, Nicole E. Rollins and her boyfriend, Michael Fontello Jr., Shelby L. Rollins and Paige M. Rollins, all at home; his parents, Clarence H. Rollins and Mary Applegarth Rollins of Seaford; brother, Edward G. Rollins and his wife, Trudy, of Seaford; three sisters, Connie A. Kennedy of Harrisburg, Pa., Barbara R. Porcelli of Havre de Grace, Md., and Carol Maurer and her husband, Greg, of Hockessin; mother- and father-in-law, Barbara A. Regener and Paul A. Regener Sr. of New Castle; and many nieces and nephews.
A Mass of Christian Burial was offered Monday, June 23, St. Joseph R.C. Church, Middletown.
Interment followed in St. Mary Star of the Sea Cemetery, Golden Hill, Church Creek, Md.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Rollins Children Education Fund, c/o Wilmington Trust, 405 W. Main St., Middletown, DE 19709.
Earl Joseph Unruh Jr.
Earl Joseph Unruh Jr. of Middletown passed away unexpectedly Friday, June 20, 2008, at Johns Hopkins Medical Center in Baltimore, with his family by his side. He was 70.
Born in Townsend on Nov. 15, 1937, he was the son of the late Margaret (Morris) and Earl Joseph Unruh Sr.
Mr. Unruh owned and operated CC Vending for 30 years, where he traveled throughout Cecil County, Md., and Delaware, making friends everywhere he went. Following his retirement from the vending profession, he went to work for Wayman Fire Protection in Wilmington, where he enjoyed working for the past 20 years as a sprinkler inspector.
He was a member of Union No. 5, AF & AM Masonic Lodge in Middletown, where he served as Past Master. He was a former member of Ducks Unlimited.
Earl was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting and especially loved visiting his cabin in Pennsylvania, which he and his family built. He and his wife were often seen taking their 5-mile walk in the surrounding Middletown area. From an early age, he was a devoted sports fan. In 1956 he played in the first Blue-Gold All-stars football game, now in its 53rd year.
He leaves many wonderful memories to his high school sweetheart and wife of 51 years, Joanne (Heldmyer) Unruh; a son, Earl J. Unruh III and his wife, Cindy, of Odessa; a daughter, Teresa Fischetti of Sterling, Va.; a brother, Ray Unruh of Middletown; a sister, Ruth Anne Jarrett and her husband, Bud, of Middletown; five grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; and many dear friends.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, June 25, at Daniels & Hutchison Funeral Home LLC, Middletown. A Masonic service was held at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Interment will be private at Old St. Anne’s Cemetery in Middletown at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Volunteer Hose Company of Middletown, 27 W. Green St., Middletown, DE 19709.
Michelle Lynn Rigney
Michelle Lynn Rigney passed away on June 17, 2008, after a courageous three-year battle with melanoma. She was 22.
Michelle was born in Newark on July 15, 1985, to Thomas B. Rigney and Sherrill A. (Leonard) Rigney.
She was attending the University of Delaware studying to be a nurse-dietician so she could help others suffering from cancer. As a 2003 graduate of Newark High School, Michelle was the president of the Spanish Club, a Key Club and choir member, and also played soccer with Newark High School and with the Kirkwood Soccer Club. She was an Honors Scholar and graduated with distinction. Michelle was an avid fan of Philadelphia sports, loved music, being at the beach and spending time at home with family and friends.
As a co-founder of Miles for Melanoma of Delaware, Michelle lived her life to help build awareness of the dangers of tanning beds, sun safety and to raise money for research.
She will be remembered mostly for her honesty, laughter and love. Michelle was an inspiration to all those who knew her. Her legacy will continue to live in the hearts of those who loved her.
Michelle was preceded in death by her maternal grandfather, Philip Mason Leonard; and her paternal grandparents, Mary Jeanne (Roe) and James F. Rigney, Jr.
In addition to being survived by her parents, she is also survived by her stepfather, Timothy Hummel; stepmother, Marsha (Jones) Rigney; brother, Mark P. Rigney and his wife, Christina (Meyer) Rigney; stepbrother, Rodney Jones and his wife, Claudia; stepsisters, Jessica Hummel and Rachael Jones; nephews, Ryan and Matthew Jones.
A funeral service was held at Red Clay Creek Presbyterian Church, Wilmington, on Tuesday, June 24.
Interment was in Silverbrook Cemetery, Wilmington.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to the Miles for Melanoma of Delaware c/o Delaware National Bank, 468 W. Main St., Middletown, DE 19709.
Eileen Mary Schusteritsch of Bear passed away Thursday, June 19, 2008, at home, with her husband and son by her side. She was 68.
Eileen was born in Paddington, England, to the late Geoffrey and Ellen (Burke) Phelan.
She came to the United States in 1955 and lived in several large cities, where she worked as a nanny and a switchboard operator. She settled in Queens, N.Y., where she met and married her devoted husband of 44 years, Charles M. Schusteritsch. Eileen loved all things New York, especially the New York Mets. She lived in Queens until 1989, when the family relocated to Bear.
Eileen loved spending time gardening, shopping and caring for her family.
Eileen is survived by her husband, Charles; two sons, Michael C. and his wife, Sharon, of Middletown, and Geoffrey and his wife, Erin, of Newark; and four grandchildren, Kalynn, Alyssa, Gabriel and Gavin. She is also survived by her two sisiters, Elizabeth Hall and her husband, Gerald, of Connecticut, and Shelly Phelan of England, and their families; and her four-legged friend, Princess.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at Holy Family Church, E. Chestnut Hill and Gender roads, Newark, on Tuesday, June 24.
Interment will be private.