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Bob Fenimore came into this world in May of 1936 in Mt. Holly, NJ, the oldest child of Mary and Allen Fenimore. He left the world a better place, because of his 87 years in it, on October 15, 2023, in Hockessin, DE. His wife and partner for 63 adventure-filled years, Edee, was his enthusiastic cheerleader and occasional critic. Bob did all the usual things of a privileged life. He went to school (Lawrenceville Prep, Yale, MIT), worked a lot (Sun Oil, Atlas Chemical, ICI), married Edee, had kids ...Read More

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Laura Elizabeth Ludlam

Nov 19, 1977 - Feb 14, 2024

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Hockessin, DE

Laura Elizabeth Ludlam, 46, of Hockessin, passed away on February 14 after a fierce battle with cancer. She was surrounded by her family, and dear friends, just as she wished. Laura was born on November 19, 1977 to Tom and Nancy in Wilmington. After Laura graduated from A.I. duPont High School in 1995, she went on to graduate with a degree in Behavioral Science from Wilmington University. She is survived by her identical twin and best friend Sandra (Ben) her parents, Nancy and Tom, sisters Maureen (Drew) and Emily (Erik), her nephew Luke and niece Erika, as well as all her aunts, uncles and cousins. Laura worked at Kutz Senior Living where she was the Life Enrichment Coordinator. She was a caregiver with a loving heart and took the best care of her patients as well as everyone she knew and loved. She spent the three years since her diagnosis, living life to the fullest, fulfilling items on her bucket list with the help of family, friends, and her “Lady Gang.” She enjoyed traveling, spending time at the beach, and spending time with those she loved. Aunt Lala loved being with her niece, nephew, and little cousins, and friends' children, always spoiling them. Her last wishes were that everyone she knew and loved would take care of themselves and one another. Laura’s Celebration of Life will be held on February 25 at Deerfield Golf Club in Newark. Visitation will be at 10am with the memorial service following at 12pm. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Susan B. Komen for the Cure (http://www.info-komen.org/goto/LauraLudlam).

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Bettie Blakely Bagnall

Jan 01, 1923 - Jan 25, 2024

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Hockessin, DE

Bettie Blakely Bagnall passed away peacefully on January 25, 2024 at Cokesbury Village in Hockessin, DE. She was 100 years old. She was born Bettie Mebane Blakely in 1923 in Charlotte, NC to Charles and Helen Blakely and had one sister, Nancy. She married William D. Roxlo in 1947 and they lived in Waynesboro, VA, Camden, SC and Wilmington, DE. She is survived by four children (Helen Roxlo Delp, James William Roxlo, Katherine Spencer Roxlo, Charles Blakely Roxlo) and three grandchildren (Amanda Delp, Thomas Roxlo and Eric Roxlo). She worked as a librarian, admin assistant and accountant at various places. Her proudest accomplishment was the raising of four successful children. In 1972, she married George H. Cook. Together they started up and successfully ran GC Industries. She was majority owner, secretary and treasurer of the company. Bettie married Lew Bagnall in 2002. They spent 20 years together, mostly at Cokesbury, where they lived in a cottage, then an apartment in the big house, and later WillowBrooke Court. Her interests included bridge, golf, gardening, accounting, tax preparation, the stock market and staying fit, healthy, and beautiful. She traveled many places in Europe, Asia, Australia and South America. She was a proud member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Colonial Dames. She researched her family genealogy and wrote 6 books detailing different family branches. She loved following the stock market and the ticker tape at the bottom of finance television shows as her stocks went up and down. Like any successful southern dame, she excelled at cooking picnic foods and holiday meals. Her potato salad, Thanksgiving turkey and stuffing, and Christmas eggnog were highly acclaimed and will not be forgotten. She was famous for preparing big meals for holiday gatherings and could easily serve a dozen people in high style. Religion and her faith in God were an important part of her life. She read the bible nightly.

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Anne Marie Powell

Died : Jan 23, 2024

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Hockessin, DE

Anne Marie (Shebel) Powell, age 72, of Hockessin, DE passed away on Jan 23, 2024 at Christiana Hospital after a 2 year battle with cancer. Anne graduated from Elston Sr High School, Michigan City, IN in 1970 just before marrying her sweetheart John Powell. Their marriage of 53 years serves as a testament of love to all those who knew them. Anne had long careers at both the University of Delaware and AstraZeneca before retiring in 2014. She was a member of the International Association of Administrative Professionals, Resurrection Parish Council, Indivisible Highlands and Beyond, and was active in the Coffee Run Condominium Community. She loved gardening and was a fantastic chef. In retirement she was always planning their next trip. Some of her favorite places included Abiquiu, New Mexico; West Palm Beach, Florida and any of the many US National Parks she visited from Denali to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and many in between. Spending time with her children and grandchildren was her favorite activity. Anne will be missed by her loving husband John Powell, daughters Carissa Neubert (Bryan), and Dawn Maloney (Dave), and her grandchildren Elaina Neubert, Jared Maloney, Alexandra Neubert, Kara Maloney, and Erin Neubert. She is also survived by her siblings Michael (Carolyn) Shebel, Michelle Karlowsky, Mark (Amy) Shebel, and Matt (Mary Kay) Shebel along with many nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews and countless friends and neighbors. Friends may call on Friday, February 9, 2024 from 5:00 – 7:00 pm at Chandler Funeral Home, 7230 Lancaster Pike, Hockessin 19707. A Funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, February 10, 2024 at 11:00 am at Resurrection Parish, 3000 Videre Dr, Wilmington, DE 19808. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, Anne would love for you to share a fantastic meal with those you love, and vote in the next election. Contributions may be made in her memory to Indivisible Highlands and Beyond, https://secure.actblue.com/donate/indivisibleihb881204482 . For online condolences visit Chandlerfuneralhome.com.

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Fanny Terry Milligan

Died : Jan 20, 2024

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Hockessin, DE

Fanny Terry Milligan, age 104, of Hockessin, Delaware, formerly of Willis Wharf, Virginia, passed away on Saturday, January 20, 2024 at Cokesbury Village. Fanny was born in Willis Wharf, VA., daughter of the late Henry Miller Terry and Rachel Wescott Terry. She graduated from Randolph Macon Womans’s College in 1942. Fanny was a homemaker and a member of Christ Church Christiana Hundred and the Wilmington Country Club. Fanny is predeceased by her husband, Thomas James Milligan (Jim) and her son, Thomas James Milligan (Tom). She is survived by her daughters; Terry Milligan Aufranc and her husband St. George Tucker Aufranc of Naples, FL., Francis Woodhall Milligan and her husband Dana Johnston of Eugene, OR., Kate Milligan Kramer of Denver, CO., Daughter-in-law, Marjory Milligan of Bedford, VA., her grandchildren; Lisa Sharples of Seattle, WA., Saint Aufranc of Wellesley, MA., Kaarina Aufranc of Seattle, WA., John Kramer of Boston, MA., Tom Kramer of Philadelphia, PA. and Anne Kramer of Denver, CO., and her 9 great-grandchildren. A Celebration of Life service will be held in Willis Wharf, Virginia in August. Memorial contributions may be made the Christ Church Christiana Hundred, P.O. Box 3510, Wilmington, DE 19807 for the Emmanuel Dining Room Fund.

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Mary Vondersaar Barnes

Died : Jan 03, 2024

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Hockessin, DE

Mary Vondersaar Barnes, age 62, of Hockessin, DE departed this world on January 3rd, 2024. She resided in Hockessin for 25 years with her husband, John (Sean) Barnes of 32 years. She was born in Lebanon, Indiana in January of 1961 and was the daughter of the late Paul Richard Vondersaar and Joan (Coyle) Vondersaar. Mary is survived by her son Liam Patrick Barnes and his fiancée Kendall Dishek of Round Hill, VA, and daughter Emma Marie Barnes of Reston, VA. She is also survived by sisters Anne (Vondersaar) Gaylord, Carole (Vondersaar) Seidl, and Kathryn (Vondersaar) Lee, and brothers Paul Vondersaar II, Joseph Vondersaar and Thomas Vondersaar. Mary grew up in Brownsburg, Indiana and graduated from Cardinal Ritter High School in 1979. She received a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts in metalsmithing from Ball State University in Muncie, IN in 1983. Mary subsequently worked for jewelry design studios in New York City and further refined her jewelry design and fabrication skills working for several jewelry stores back in Indianapolis. After marrying Sean Barnes in 1991 they moved to Delaware, where Mary worked for Stuart Kingston Jewelers for many years while also developing an independent following of clients who appreciated her exquisite designs and workmanship. She eventually struck out on her own, opening an Etsy store that was extremely successful. Working out of the basement of her home she produced world-class jewelry that attracted a wide clientele. Mary was a very gifted athlete, competing in over 20 Spartan obstacle races all over the country. She trained with great determination for these races, setting up a gym in her basement and training every day. This paid off – she medaled several times, most notably winning Gold in her age group. She was also an accomplished pickleball player, winning many tournaments and representing Delaware in the National Senior Games. Although very competitive in sports, Mary had a very kind and generous heart and gained many close friends through her various activities. She will be greatly missed by her friends in fitness groups, and in the Diamond State Pickleball Club and many other clubs in the region. She and her husband enjoyed travel and visited France, Spain, Ireland (her husband’s homeland), New Zealand, Kauai, the Florida Keys, and St. Croix, among other destinations. Her indomitable spirit in facing her illness was an inspiration to her carers and to all who had the privilege of knowing her. This wonderful woman will be sorely missed by her family and many friends. A Memorial Service will be held on Wednesday, January 10, 2024 at 6:00 pm at Chandler Funeral Home, 7230 Lancaster Pike, Hockessin, DE 19707. A viewing will be held prior to the service from 4:00 to 6:00 pm. Interment will be private.

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Gail Hutchison Russell

Apr 16, 1952 - Jan 01, 2024

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Hockessin, DE

Gail Hutchison Russell passed away on Monday, January 1, 2024 at her home. Born April 16, 1952, Gail was the daughter of the late Dorothy Holton Hutchison and James Hervey Hutchison, Jr. She was a Newark native and a graduate of Newark High School and the University of Delaware. Gail married Robert Ehmer Russell in 1973. Together they raised their two sons, and built a life filled with family, friends and festivities in both Hockessin and Bethany Beach. Gail was a loving and devoted wife, sister, mother, “Nana”, aunt and friend. She always had time and a compassionate ear for a loved one, and would happily spend time with friends sharing a meal and a glass of wine, playing bridge, or discussing a recent film or museum visit. She was the designated family historian, spending much of her free time researching genealogy and finding interesting facts and stories about ancestors and distant relatives. Aside from her family and friends, she loved the beach, golf, travel, reading and quilting. Gail had a nearly-three-decade career in the banking industry with various roles, which allowed her to showcase her keen intellect, planning and problem solving skills. She was happy to put these same skills to use in retirement, assisting on various scholarship committees, charity events, and by serving on the board of The Centerville School for a number of years. Gail is survived by her husband, Robert Ehmer Russell of Hockessin, Delaware and two sons, Kyle James Russell and wife, Meredith Centrella Russell, of Silver Spring, Maryland and Erik William Russell of Hockessin, Delaware; her sister, Ann MacDonald Hutchison of Richmond, Virginia; one grandchild, Tristan Chase Russell; three sets of in-laws and “out-laws” in Joseph Russell and Linda Hairsine Russell of Newark, Delaware, Ken Levering and Denise Levering of Newark, Delaware and William Russell and Sherri Russell of Edgewater, Maryland; and four nephews, two nieces and seven grandnephews / grandnieces. A Celebration of Life will be held in March and additional details will be provided at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made payable to PanCAN, the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.

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Frank Kesselman

Jan 01, 1937 - Dec 28, 2023

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Hockessin, DE

Frank Kesselman departed this world on December 28, 2023 at the age of 86. He resided in Hockessin, Delaware with his wife, Gayle Kesselman of 30 years. He passed peacefully in his home surrounded by his loving family. Frank was born in Philadelphia, PA in 1937. He resided in Hockessin, Delaware for the past 30 years. He will be sadly missed and his legacy will live on through his family; Ira Kesselman, Edward and Bernadette Kesselman, Harvey and Lynn Kesselman, Marty and Jamie Kesselman, Lillian and Phillip Slogoff-Sevilla, Lawrence Kesselman, David, Nicole, Jake and Cody DeLancey. Lastly, but not least, his loving wife Gayle Kesselman. Frank was well remembered for his contribution to the Naaman’s Little League. Coaching was a passion for him and the children loved him. He was the head coach for Occidental Life and achieved multiple winning seasons. He was a proud carrier of the Olympic torch in 1984. He was an avid tennis player for many years. Frank attended Wagner College majoring in accounting. He quickly proved himself to be successful in the life insurance business. He ended up being a branch manager of one of the top ten Transamerica agencies and was well known in the industry. Frank had tremendous drive and had a very successful career. Frank was a warm, caring, intelligent man who never turned down anyone’s request for help. He was known for his generosity. He was frequently seen showing his love, patience and compassion for his dear son, Ira. He always had a smile on his face and will always be fondly remembered and loved by all who knew him.

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Robert O. Bodycot

Jul 29, 1931 - Dec 19, 2023

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Hockessin, DE

Robert O. Bodycot, 92, a longtime resident of Newark, Delaware, and more recently Hockessin, Delaware, passed peacefully on December 19, 2023, at Complete Care at Brackenville in Hockessin, Delaware. Born in 1931, he was the son of the late Irvin and Edith Bodycot. He grew up in Wilmington, Delaware, and graduated from A.I. duPont High School in 1949. He started working for DuPont de Nemours, Inc. in 1950 and enlisted in the Navy Reserves in 1951. Soon after, he was called to active duty and served during the Korean War. During one of his leaves, he met Claire, the love of his life, at a church picnic at Camp Rodney. They married on September 26, 1953, and started a family in 1955. After being discharged from the Navy, they lived in Wilmington for several years, before moving to Newark in 1967. He also worked at the Brandywine Raceway and was an easy-going man who made friends easily. He loved working on cars and in his early married years, worked on restoring a 1930’s Ford. He also enjoyed tinkering in his basement and around the house after retiring from DuPont in 1985. He thoroughly enjoyed many summer vacations with his family at the beaches in Wildwood, NJ, Sandbridge, VA, and Corolla, NC. In later years, he came to know Jesus as his savior and became an active member of New Life Christian Fellowship in Newark. He attended there until his decline in health prevented his participation. He and Claire lived in Newark until recently when they both moved to The Summit and then, after Claire’s passing in July and a short hospital stay, he resided at Complete Care at Brackenville in Hockessin. He is survived by his two children, William (Ginna) Bodycot and Barbara (Duane) Dieter, four grandchildren, William and Katherine Bodycot and Diana (David) Barrera and Devin (Chelsea) Dieter, and four great-grandchildren, Isabella, Wyatt, Logan, and Charlotte Barrera, and two nieces, Sandra (James) Hartnett and Jo Fountain. He is predeceased by his wife, Claire, his brother, Irvin, and grandson, Daniel Dieter. A private burial will be held at the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Bear, Delaware. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to New Life Christian Fellowship at 2712 Old Milltown Road, Wilmington DE 19808.

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John Ziemann

Dec 31, 1969 - Dec 15, 2023

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Hockessin, DE

John A. Ziemann, age 62, of Hockessin, passed away on Friday, December 15, 2023. John graduated from Elkton High School in 1980 and from the University of Maryland in 1984. He was a right of way agent for New Castle County for over 20 years and also was a real estate appraiser and agent. John enjoyed boating, fishing and weightlifting. John was preceded in death by his mother, Patricia F. Ziemann. Survivors include his father, Walter R. Ziemann of Hockessin; brother, Wayne D. Ziemann of Mellville, NY; sister, Marjorie A. Caldwell (Matthew) of Denver, CO; nephew, Alexander Haldeman of Boston, MA and nieces, Rebecca Ziemann of Skillman, NJ and Rachel Ziemann of Bordentown, NJ. Services will be private. Contributions in John's memory may be made to Accent Care Hospice.

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Trikambhai Patel

Died : Dec 02, 2023

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Hockessin, DE

Trikambhai K. Patel, age 88, of Ghadkan, India, son of the late Kalidas and Santokben Patel, passed away peacefully on Saturday, December 2nd, 2023, after a battle with prostate cancer. Trikambhai dedicated his sweat and tears into a career of agriculture in order to better the quality of life for himself and most importantly his family. He loved being surrounded by family and friends - enjoying dinners together and making everyone around him happier. Trikambhai is survived by his wife, Kashiben T. Patel; sons: Maheshbhai T. Patel, Popatbhai T. Patel; daughter, Savita N. Patel. A service will be held Thursday, December 7th, 2023, from 9:30AM - 11:30AM at Chandler Funeral Homes & Crematory, 7230 Lancaster Pike, Hockessin, DE, 19707.

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